May 9, 2017

The Dukes of Vauxhall by Vanessa Kelly, Christi Caldwell, Theresa Romain, & Shana Galen Review

The Dukes of Vauxhall
A Box Set
By: Vanessa Kelly, Christi Caldwell, Theresa Romain,
& Shana Galen
Release Date: May 9th, 2017
Source: ARC from Author

Four dukes. Two balls. One prizefight. 

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens will never be the same. 

After England’s victory in the Battle of Waterloo, the Prince Regent arranges a series of lavish celebrations at London’s notorious Vauxhall Gardens. The royal festivities bring together the rich and the desperate, the criminal and the lordly…and allow four very different dukes to find the love of a lifetime. 

A proper viscount is kidnapped by a duke of the criminal underworld, only to encounter a mysterious woman from his past. A retired prizefighter, once known as the Duke of the Ring, stakes his reputation on a scrappy young boxer for the sake of a long-lost love. A traveler who inherited a dukedom needs a tightrope dancer’s help with a fake engagement that just might turn real. And the buccaneer son of a royal duke goes hunting for a respectable, highborn wife to salvage his scandalous reputation. 

Let the pleasures begin...

**Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review**

The Dukes of Vauxhall is an amazing box set of books, that I absolutely loved! From tightrope walking heroine, illegitimate son, Master of Ceremonies, to a fighting lord! The box set literally has it all! 

But there was one story that stuck out for me! Mainly because I have never read a story like it! And that is the story of Patricia Storm and the man that love her and lied! Oh my goodness, to say that I'm praying that the author continues with this series, might just be an understatement. Patricia character honestly broke my heart! to be "betrayed" by a lie from someone you love, and not be able to move on FOR 10 YEARS! oh my goodness, this brought ugly tears! But then you get to Godrick, and you just want to shake him, and yell at him. But he has more regrets that we will ever know! yeah! I'm just a little bit invested in the story.

As a British women living in America, I'm always very critical of American authors writing historical romances set in London. But this collection completely enchanted me, and I couldn't put it down. The writing and plots of all four authors kept me gripped, and in parts, crying like a baby and alternatively yelling at my kindle like a deranged women.

I have to say, if you a looking for a fresh take on Historical romance, take a chance on The Dukes of Vauxhall box set, but be prepared to fall in love!

I give The Dukes of Vauxhall 5 stars.


Vanessa Kelly is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.”  Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance.
Vanessa’s previous series, The Renegade Royals, was a national bestseller. She is currently writing a new spin-off series called The Improper PrincessesMy Fair Princess, book 1, was named a Goodreads Romance of the Month and is a BookScan bestseller.
Vanessa spends most of the year in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband, but she’s lucky enough to spend some of the winter in Florida.  When she’s not dreaming of plots for her next Regency novel, she’s writing USA Today Bestselling books with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.

USA Today Bestselling author, Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love," for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing, chasing around her feisty six-year old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Rewards series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy. Praised as “one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance” (Booklist), she has received a starred review from Booklist and was a 2016 RITA® finalist. Her highly acclaimed novels have been chosen for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club, featured in the DABWAHA tournament, and deemed “Desert Isle Keepers” by All About Romance. A member of Romance Writers of America® and its Regency specialty chapter The Beau Monde, Theresa is hard at work on her next novel from her home in the Midwest.

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a GentlemanBooklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." 

She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.

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