Angsty & Emotional! Naughty Brits Anthology by Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, Louisa Edwards, Tessa Gratton, and Sierra Simone [ARC Review]

Posted September 24, 2020 by Zeee in Reviews4 Comments


Angsty & Emotional! Naughty Brits Anthology by Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, Louisa Edwards, Tessa Gratton, and Sierra Simone [ARC Review]

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Angsty & Emotional! Naughty Brits Anthology by Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, Louisa Edwards, Tessa Gratton, and Sierra Simone [ARC Review]Naughty Brits written by Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, Louisa Edwards, Tessa Gratton, Sierra Simone
Publisher Self Published
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 580
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames
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Everything is hotter with a British accent…

Sarah MacLean - A Duke Worth Falling For
Her career in tatters, celebrity photographer Lilah Rose retreats to the British countryside, complete with fluffy sheep, rolling hills…and Max, the stern, sexy farmer who tends to them. But their lazy days and lush nights aren’t as far from the spotlight as Lilah thinks, and Max will have to reveal the truth if he is going to convince Lilah that some dukes are worth the risk.

Sophie Jordan - Better with You
When the author of a controversial self-help book starts receiving threats, she has no choice but to accept a bodyguard on her UK book tour. Vee Mathers is famous for asserting that women don’t need men—especially for sex!—but at security specialist Luca Moretti’s first, burning touch, she starts to think she might need to revise her theory...

Louisa Edwards - Not a Bad Boy
Writer Mallory Pritchard moved to London for research—and to get over a bad breakup. When she (literally) runs into Hollywood’s hottest action hero, Ian Hale, at a dog park, she realizes her heart isn’t as broken as she thought! Ian is even more devastatingly sexy in person, which makes Mallory there room for a regular girl in his glamorous movie-star world?

Tessa Gratton - Songbird
Former American soldier Daniel Kelly’s mission is simple: close the deal to buy a Welsh pub on behalf of his family’s corporation, and survive another anniversary of the worst day of his service. Too bad that from the moment he sees the pub’s owner, Elspeth Gwenlan is the only thing Daniel wants to conquer—even if it means lying to her about his agenda.

Sierra Simone - Supplicant
After being left at the altar by her cold and brilliant professor, Church Cason, Charlotte Tenpenny had to leave school to take care of her younger brother. But a fateful night brings Church—and his delicious, drugging kisses—back into Charlotte's life. And it stirs up a reckoning years in the making . . .

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My Thoughts on Naughty Brits Anthology

I was so excited when I found out that this anthology was coming out! And I was not disappointed!

I will be reviewing each novella in the anthology and I’ll review the anthology as a whole.


A Duke Worth Falling For by Sarah MacLean – One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

This is Sarah MacLean’s very first contemporary romance and she did not disappoint! I love the opening scene – the heroine gets attacked by a rogue sheep! Then we get introduced to the hero and we immediately see the sparks between the two!

A Duke Worth Falling For was emotional and had me crying almost from the start! I am such a sucker for the hidden identity trope and this novella checked all my boxes!

This book did not feel like a novella! I was amazed at how the character development for both Max and Lilah! Their relationship progression felt fully developed and I felt that it was very believable that these two would fall in love in such a short time!

Also, I can’t not sing A Girl Worth Fighting For when I read this tile. LOL


Better with You by Sophie Jordan – One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

I am waffling a bit between 3.5 – 4 stars on this novella. Better with You is a bodyguard romance and I thought that it was done well, but for some reason, I wanted more.

Our bodyguard, Luca, is such a stoic British character and I liked how he was trying to keep his cool and try not to be seduced by the heroine, Vee. I think that the relationship development was a bit rushed but still believable.

If you want to read a quick novella featuring the following – closed proximity and there is only one bed, Better with You is the perfect quick read for you!


Not a Bad Boy by Louisa Edwards – One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Not a Bad Boy really gave me Captain America/Chris Evans vibes! I thought this was a very sweet and charming romance!

I loved that that heroine, Mallory, new from the start who the famous actor was! It was definitely a believable romance! I also love that this book includes dogs!

Not a Bad Boy included a meet-cute that reminded me of Disney’s animated 101 Dalmatians! If you have seen that movie, you will know what I mean!


Songbird by Tessa Gratton – One StarOne StarOne Star

Songbird is my least favorite novella in this anthology. I honestly think that the plot was all over the place, to be honest. And I also did not feel the romance between Daniel and Elspeth.

This is Tessa Gratton’s first foray into romance, so this may be why? I have never read her before, but I just didn’t feel like the romance between Daniel and Elspeth was believable. And because Daniel lied to Elspeth, I feel like he was forgiven pretty quickly.


Supplicant by Sierra Simone – One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

This novella surprised me a lot. I have read Sierra Simone’s Priest and Supplicant had the same feel to it.

I was not expecting to enjoy this novella as much as I have. While it is not an erotic romance, this is steamier than all other novellas in this anthology.

Not only that, Supplicant had that taboo feeling to it because the main plot involves a relationship between an older man and his student! Although, the main romance happens years later when the heroine is no longer a student. This is also a second chance romance, one of my favorite romance tropes!


Thoughts on the Anthology

Overall, I enjoyed this anthology and I highly recommend it. While not all of the novellas were a hit to me, I think there is enough for everyone!

This anthology is also a great way to try new authors! I have never read Louisa Edwards or Tessa Gratton before and I may look at their backlists.


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About Louisa Edwards

Author: Louisa Edwards

Louisa Edwards was born in Austin, but grew up in Virginia, where she started reading romance around the age of eleven. She graduated with honors from Bryn Mawr College and landed her first job in publishing as an Editorial Assistant at Berkley and built her own list of authors, earning a promotion to Assistant Editor.

Then real life romance ensued: Louisa married a journalist and moved to a small town in Ohio where she critiqued restaurants for the local paper and began writing the Recipe for Love novels, a series of contemporary romances with a strong culinary theme. Her debut novel, CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, was released by St. Martin’s Press in September 2009 to rave reviews. The second novel in the series, ON THE STEAMY SIDE came out in March 2010, followed by JUST ONE TASTE in September 2010.

Louisa recently moved back to Austin with her husband. They and their two dogs are already completely in love with it!

About Sarah MacLean

Author: Sarah MacLean

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on’s Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.” A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

About Sierra Simone

Author: Sierra Simone

Sierra is a voracious reader of all things including the smuttiest smut, young adult, piles of non-fiction for research, and everything Bill Bryson (especially on audio).

She loves writing the dirtiest things that she can think of, King Arthur, sparkling water, Tarot, coffee, leggings, and learning new words daily.

Her previous jobs have included firing ceramics, teaching living history lessons in one-room school house in full, 1908-approved school marm attire, and working as a librarian for several years—not in that order

She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, two children, and two giant dogs. (And two cats, but they’re so naughty we don’t talk about them.)

About Sophie Jordan

Author: Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

About Tessa Gratton

Author: Tessa Gratton

Tessa Gratton has wanted to be a paleontologist or a wizard since she was seven. Alas, she turned out too impatient to hunt dinosaurs, but is still searching for a someone to teach her magic. After traveling the world with her military family, she acquired a BA (and the important parts of an MA) in Gender Studies, then settled down in Kansas with her partner, her cats, and her mutant dog. She now spends her days staring at the sky and telling lots of stories about magic.

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4 responses to “Angsty & Emotional! Naughty Brits Anthology by Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, Louisa Edwards, Tessa Gratton, and Sierra Simone [ARC Review]

  1. Sarah’s was my favorite because her writing gave me La Nora vibes with Lilah’s photography competence porn at the start. Next is Louisa’s because it’s a fantasy-fulfilling story. Sophie’s is middle of the pack for me. There’s a magic-peen element to it that’s a bit much. Tessa’s story has a great sense of place. Sierra’s characters are super messed-up but their discussions are so esoteric, so highly intelligent, there’s much to admire.