Welcome to Coffee Pot Reviews! These are short and sweet reviews done in the length of time it takes my coffee pot to brew! I have two Avon books to share with you. I’ve got iced mocha coffee so grab a cup and enjoy!
by Lori Wilde
Series: Cupid Texas #0.5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
In Cupid, Texas, they say everyone has one true love. And if you write a letter to Cupid, you will get an answer in return . . . Now, from New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde, read how the legend of Cupid began . . . All it took was one great love story! Too bad for pretty young housemaid Millie Greenwood that her one true love is John Fant, the handsomest, wealthiest man in town. But in 1924, a maid—no matter how lovely—isn't about to marry into the town's foremost family, and John is on the verge of becoming betrothed to another. Everything seems hopeless until Millie writes a desperate letter to Cupid, and the most romantic legend of all is born . .
I have read and enjoyed some of Lori Wilde’s Cupid Texas series books so I was excited to have the chance to learn how the legend of Cupid Texas began. Wilde takes us back to 1924 in One True Love and shares with us the sweet, heartwarming romance that started the legend. Millie was sweet and innocent and quickly fell for John Fant a wealthy landowner. It’s an impossible romance as she is a maid but I enjoy these types of romances. The characters were sweet and a few like the maid and John’s sister made me giggle. Wilde offered a sweet romance with some interesting moments regarding the period and I loved how the legend of Cupid Texas began. Fans of the series and those who are new to it will find this to be a delightfully sweet read.
by Loretta Chase
Series: Scoundrels #3.5
Genres: Historical Romance
Originally appeared in the print anthology Three Weddings and a Kiss (1995). Gwendolyn Adams is about to propose to an earl. On his deathbed. Gwendolyn Adams isn't shocked at being asked to save a handsome earl's dying line, even when she learns the prospective bridegroom is seriously ill and possibly insane. She's quite a good nurse, after all, and her family is famous for producing healthy male children. Those stories about his riding the moors half-naked on a pale white horse? Extremely intriguing—especially after she gets her first look at the gorgeous lunatic. The Earl of Rawnsley wants only to lose what's left of his mind in peace and privacy. But his busybody relatives have saddled him with a surprise bride and orders to sire an heir forthwith. (And they say he's mad?) But with Gwendolyn, his health is returning, and his resistance ... crumbling. Is it possible that love is the finest madness of all?
As you know I love marriages of convenience and The Mad Earl’s Bride has an unusual twist! The Earl of Rawnsley is presumably on his deathbed and will slowly go mad just like his mother. He suffers debilitating episodes that will only continue to worsen and his doctor believes he has only months before he goes completely mad and dies from the illness. As the last living son, his death will be the end of his bloodline, so it is suggested he wed and while in a laudanum educed buzz he agrees. Gwendolyn Adams is a nurse and is asked to wed him and continue his line. The tale that unfolds is deliciously good with some wonderful medical history regarding the period which fascinated me. Gwen likes to solve medical mysteries and quite remarkable. She is outspoken, intelligent and resourceful. Dorian is rakishly handsome with long dark hair and the most unique eyes. I laughed and even teared up as I found myself completely caught up in this predictable and sweet romance. I have not read the other books in this series but it works as a standalone. I finished this in one sitting and found it to be a delightful escape.
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