Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What I Love About You Truly, Idaho # 3 By: Rachel Gibson Plus Give Away


What I Love About You
Truly, Idaho # 3
By: Rachel Gibson
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Avon Romance 
 

Blurb
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger
GIMMEE A B-R-E-A-K!

Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity—her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn't.

GIMMEE A S-H-O-T!

Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he's determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.

GIMMEE YOUR H-E-A-R-T!
Can be read as a standalone. Returns to Truly, ID and is about the second Junger twin, Blake Junger.
My Review:
Four Stars
Copy received from Tasty Book Tours for an honest review
Although I've read a lot of romance books I've never read Rachel Gibson. I've definitely been missing out! What a fun romance! I love when the hero and the heroine have great chemistry and Natalie and Blake have it!  I loved the way they pushed each other and the way they challenged each other.  Watching them get under each others skin was so fun and it really added to the build up of their romance.  There were some funny moments that I laughed out loud at.  I loved when Natalie and Blake were sharing a moment and she says " I'm a mom, I don't do this."  It's just such a relateable statement it made me chuckle.  I really enjoyed this book and the characters and will read more Gibson in the future! Fun romance!

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Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age 16, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit and run and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.


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As You Turn Away by Molli Moran

As You Turn Away by Molli Moran


As You Turn Away
Molli Moran
(The Walker Boys #1)
Publication date: March 1st 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Two hearts, one life-changing summer, and a long-awaited second chance…
When Quinnlan Reynolds left home at 18, she escaped her small, Georgia town and her suffocating upbringing. She started a new life as a ballerina, and tasted freedom for the first time. But four years later, her first visit home turns tragic. Reeling, Quinn tries to piece her life back together again. But doing so is easier said than done when sexy Jonah Walker saunters back into her life.
Quinn shattered Jonah’s heart once, so getting involved with her isn’t something he’s sure he’s ready to do again. He became someone he didn’t recognize when he left home. He’s spent the last years burying his pain by keeping everyone in his life at arm’s length. Now he needs to get to know his family again, and finally become who he wants to be.
But neither Quinn or Jonah can stay away from each other, especially when old feelings resurface. Something is pulling them back together, and they can’t deny their chemistry for long. One Georgia summer could change both their lives forever, if they can work through their past to have a future together.
My Review:
Four Stars
Copy Received from Xpress Book Tours for an honest review
What a beautiful book! My heart ached reading this beautiful story!  I loved both these wonderful characters!Quinnlan Reynolds was truly a fantastic heroine. My heart ached for her and I championed her through all her difficulties.  Jonah Walker was the perfect male lead.  He was full of complexities and at times he was frustrating but I really liked him too.  Jonah and Quinn were beautiful together.  Their shared past made it seem like they would not have any hope for the future but they were able to get past their past hurts.  Really beautiful and well-written. I'm going to keep my eye out for more Milli Moran books! I highly enjoyed and recommend this sweet and touching story. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fallen Knight by Dana D'Angelo

Dana D'Angelo - Fallen Knight - Virtual Book Tour

Historical Romance
Date Published: June 20, 2014


For breaking the sacred vows of knighthood, Gareth de Mowbrey is banished to the outer realms of the kingdom. He is broken down and is plagued by the demons from his past. He has lost everything, his reputation is in shreds, and he is walking the path of self-destruction. That is, until he meets one woman who may have the power to save him from himself...


Clarisse de Servian knows that her duty is to marry the man that her family chooses for her. But even for the betterment of her people, she cannot bring herself to wed a man she does not love. She does however fall in love with a man who is forbidden to her, and for once she enjoys happiness. But this happiness is only fleeting, for Clarisse possess a dark secret that threatens to destroy her and everyone she loves.

Note: Although part 3 of the Knights of Honor Trilogy, this story can be read as a stand-alone book.


Excerpt:


Gareth reached over and with one finger, he brushed it against her cheek. Unable to help it, her body flushed hot and cold and she shivered. She wasn’t sure what had come over her, and she took a step back.
His hand dropped to his side. “There was flour on your face,” he murmured but he made no move to come after her.
“Thank you,” she said, rubbing her face, now feeling foolish. Gareth was an altogether different man, she reminded herself. He was not the one who pervaded her nightmares.
“You’re welcome,” he said.
A silence fell between them, although she was acutely aware of the man who stood before her. His heated gaze fell to her lips, caressing them with his eyes and causing her to feel warm.
“I should escort you back to the great hall,” he murmured, “yet here I am hesitant to do so. Why is that?”
“I am not certain,” she said slowly.
His eyes had darkened and the look on his face caused a strange whirling in her stomach. But the sensation wasn’t caused by fright, she knew. Gareth had never done anything to frighten her, yet his physical presence suggested that he was capable of doing great harm. She should actually be leaving the kitchen this instant, but her feet felt as if they were stuck to the stone floor. A curiosity took hold of her and as the seconds passed by, its intensity grew.
“May I kiss you, Clarisse?”
 Her lips parted, while her gaze went down to his mouth. Every fiber in her body wanted her to say yes. His heat drew her in and for some inexplicable reason she knew that once his firm lips touched hers, she would reel from the heady passion that she only heard about in stories…  



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Dana D'Angelo

Dana is the only girl from a family of nine children. As a teenager, there was a constant battle for the T.V. remote, which she lost so she was forced to find her amusement in books. Soon after she discovered historical romance novels from best selling romance writers like Johanna Lindsay, Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood. She read as many as 10 romance books per week, and spent hours with her nose pressed between the pages, skipping meals and cutting out sleep. Medieval romance and love in the Regency era was just too exciting.

It wasn't until she was married with two young kids that she decided to take a stab at writing her own historical romance books. She is intrigued with the idea of writing romance fiction that could bring hours of enjoyment to readers, help them escape from reality, and perhaps remind them how sweet love is and should be. These are the things that she enjoys as a reader, and these are the things that she wants to give back as a writer.

Dana resides in a city east of Toronto, Canada. When not writing or reading, she's dining at local restaurants with her husband and kids and enjoying the spectacular foods of the world.

Website: www.dana-dangelo.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Dana-DAngelo-Historical-Romance-Author/1401184486768369

Twitter: twitter.com/DanaD_author

Blog: http://bygoneerastonow.blogspot.ca/

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The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill

 I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

This is my first time reading Antonio Hill but not my last! I really enjoyed this book and found the mystery intriguing. I also really liked the main character, I thought he was as much a part of the story as was solving the mystery itself. I also really loved that the story takes place in Barcelona, one of my favorite places. I thought the author was really clever in making the reader guess how reliable Inspector Salgado really was. As a reader I found myself questioning him and his credibility. It's one of those books where you can't really figure out if you can trust the main character. Really enjoyed and recommend this mystery book.
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He’s So Fine Author: Jill Shalvis Plus Give Away


Book: He’s So Fine
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Summary

For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?

Excerpt

“Dry off,” Cole said, and stepped back from Olivia.

She nodded but didn’t move.

“Olivia?” he asked.

Her face was a mask of misery. “M­m­my arms won’t w­w­work.”

Shit. He quickly and gently pushed her back down to the bench, sat at her side, and began to pile blankets over the top of them both.

“W­what are you d­doing?”

“Sharing my body heat,” he said.

“I c­c­can’t feel any h­h­heat.”

“You will.” Beneath the blankets, he reached for the towel she still had wrapped around her. “Don’t freak,” he warned. “I’m just going to remove the wet towel and pull you into me.”

She opened her mouth, but using her sluggishness to his benefit, Cole quicklystripped the towel away from her, wrapping his arms around her, pulling her into him as two things happened simultaneously. One, she squeaked. Probably trying to formulate her next threat.

And two—holy shit—he realized she was completely, totally, one hundred percent naked beneath the layer of blankets.

And pissed. “Y­y­your pants!” she gasped. “Th­th­they’re c­c­cold!”

“Sorry, but I’m trying to do the right thing here,” he said through clenched teeth. Jesus. He couldn’t see a thing below her neck, but he could sure as hell feel her. His hands were on her hip and low on her back, respectively, not touching anything he shouldn’t be, but damn she was soft, and at the feel of her, his brain clicked off. Just completely flatlined.

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Author Biography

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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A Tangled Web by Sandra Schwab

02_A Tangled Web

Publication Date: July 14, 2014

eBook; 104p

ASIN: B00LXU6EWE

Series: Allan's Miscellany

Genre: Historical Romance


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Lawrence Pelham works as a comic artist for Allan’s Miscellany. A chance meeting with a young woman dressed in mourning changes Pel’s whole life, and without his even knowing, he is thrown into a world of mystery and intrigue, where nothing is as it seems to be—especially not the woman he has given his heart to.

Her whole life Sarah Browne has been told how plain she is, how nondescript, destined to become an old maid. For years she has been her family’s dutiful nursing maid and caretaker, but now a secret inheritance and an encounter with the charming Mr. Pelham seem to offer her a chance to break out of her life of duty and drudgery—if she dares to take it. Yet how could such an interesting, witty man like Mr. Pelham be possibly interested in her boring self?


And so, Sarah soon finds herself entangled in a web of lies and deceit, which might even cost her the love of her life.
My Review:
Four Stars
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review

Historical Romances are one of my favorite genres so I was really excited to read this short but satisfying story.  Although it's only 104 pages long Schwab was able to deliver interesting characters, a satisfying romance and a mystery to the mix.  I would have thought that all these elements would be difficult to balance but she was able to pull it off.  Lawrence Pelham was a great male lead.  He seemed to really balance the plain-Jane: Sarah Browne.  I really enjoyed Sarah and though that the author was able to show her growth as a character.  Stories like these are my favorite because I feel connected to the character when I see their evolution.  The Sarah that we meet at the beginning is not the same Sarah that we see at the end.  I'm excited to have experienced a great author that I had not read before.  Anyone looking for a short but sweet venture into romance, adventure and mystery will enjoy this fun story. 

Praise for A Tangled Web



"Once again [Schwab] weaves brilliantly researched historical details into a story that not only is irresistibly romantic, but also sparkles with wit. To top it off, she has come up with an enchanting couple that truly earns their happy ending." ~ Tina Dick, LoveLetter



Praise for The Bride Prize


"The Bride Prize is, in a word, delightful. [...] I smiled for a long time when it was over. I cannot wait until the next installment in this series." ~ Michelle Boule, www.wanderingeye.com

Allan's Miscellany Series Titles



Book One: The Bride Prize

Book Two: Falling For a Scoundrel

Book Three: A Tangled Web

Book Four: Devil's Return



About the Author04_Sandra Schwab2



Award-winning author Sandra Schwab started writing her first novel when she was seven years old. Thirty-odd years later, telling stories is still her greatest passion, even though by now she has exchanged her pink fountain pen of old for a black computer keyboard. Since the release of her debut novel in 2005, she has enchanted readers worldwide with her unusual historical romances.



She holds a PhD in English literature and lives in Frankfurt am Main / Germany with a sketchbook, a sewing machine, and an ever-expanding library. Her new series about the fictional magazine Allan's Miscellany combines her academic research on Victorian periodicals with her love for story-telling.



For more information please visit Sandra Schwab's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads.

A Tangled Web: Allan's Miscellany 1846 Blog Tour Schedule


Monday, September 29

Review at Book Nerd

Spotlight at Just One More Chapter


Tuesday, September 30

Interview at Curling Up With a Good Book

Spotlight at Romantic Historical Reviews


Wednesday, October 1

Spotlight & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, October 2

Guest Post at Book Babe


Friday, October 3

Review at Unshelfish

Spotlight at Flashlight Commentary


Monday, October 6

Review at Reading World



Tuesday, October 7

Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews



Wednesday, October 8

Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry



Thursday, October 9

Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection



Friday, October 10

Review at Back Porchervations

Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing



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Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Unexpected Earl by Philippa Jane Keyworth

02_The Unexpected Earl 

Publication Date: September 20, 2014 | Madison Street Publishing | Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction/Regency/Romance

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From the author of the widely acclaimed The Widow's Redeemer, comes a new Regency romance from Philippa Jane Keyworth.

Six years after being jilted without a word of explanation, Julia Rotherham finds Lucius Wolversley standing before her once again–unexpected, unannounced, unwelcome. With her heart still hurting and, more importantly, her pride, Julia must chaperone her younger sister, fend off fortune hunters, orchestrate a fake engagement, and halt an elopement–all whilst keeping the man who jilted her at arm’s length. But what Julia doesn’t know is that this time, the Earl has no intention of disappearing, and this time, he has more than an explanation to offer…
My review:
Three Stars
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
I really enjoy historical romances and "The Unexpected Earl" by Philippa Jane Keyworth was no exception.  Keyworth kept me interested in the storyline with the persistent question, why did Wolversley break off his engagement to Julia?  The characters were fun and endearing.  When Wolversley shows up at Julia's sister coming out ball both are surprised to see each other but even more surprised to discover that they both still have lingering feelings for each other.  Julia for her part refuses to let Wolversley "dupe" her once again and goes out of her way to be rude to him and show him that she has moved on, even by pretending a romantic relationship with one of her friends.  Wolversley convinces himself that he is happy for Julia but always seems to find a reason to speak with her alone and tries to find out about her supposed love interest, of course he comes up short and convinces himself that Julia needs his help with her new love interest.

Overall, this was a fun and sweet read.  Both characters were very kind and much of their communication was based on misunderstandings and not wanting to be rejected.  Anyone that is looking for a charming historical romance will enjoy this book.  The main characters and secondary characters were equally interesting.  Keyworth's writing was also very good because she kept the mysterious break up between Julia and Wolversley interesting throughout the story.  

About the Author

03_Philippa Jane KeyworthPhilippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband.

Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer’s novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own.

Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow’s Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago.

So, what are you waiting for? Get swept away into another time with characters you will learn to love, and experience the British Regency like never before.

For more information please visit Philippa Jane Keyworth's website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Also by Philippa Jane Keyworth

The Widow's Redeemer

The Unexpected Earl Blog Tour Schedule

Saturday, September 20
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Monday, September 22
Review at Austenprose
Review at To Read or Not to Read
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Tuesday, September 23
Review at Bibliophilia, Please
Spotlight & Excerpt at Romantic Historical Reviews

Wednesday, September 24
Review & Interview at Bookish

Thursday, September 25
Review at "Good Friends, Good Books and a Sleepy Conscience: This is the Ideal Life."

Friday, September 26
Review & Interview at Back Porchervations
Spotlight at Princess of Eboli

Sunday, September 28
Review at Book Nerd

Monday, September 29
Review at Mel's Shelves
Review at Based on a True Story
Review at Queen of All She Reads

Tuesday, September 30
Review at A Library of My Own

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Crossing the Line by Frédérique Molay/Excerpt/Plus Give Away

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Crossing The Line

[police procedural / thriller]
(translated by Anne TRAGER)
 Release date: September 23, 2014
at Le French Book
224 pages
ISBN: 978-1939474148
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SYNOPSIS

It’s Christmas in Paris and Chief of Police Nico Sirsky has an uneasy feeling that something is very wrong with the case he’s investigating. He and his team of crack homicide detectives follow the clues from an apparent suicide, to an apparent accident, to an all-out murder as an intricate machination starts breaking down. Just how far can despair push a man? How clear is the line between good and evil? [provided by the publisher]

My Review:
Four Stars
Copy received from France Book Tours for an honest review
The second book in the Paris Homicide series, Crossing the Line was a can't-wait-for-next-page read!  Chief Niko Sirsky is in the middle of the action once again.   With the help of his new love interest, Caroline, he is slowly recuperating from a leg injury.  Although he is not a 100% he is thrown in the middle of a jewel heist and investigate the meaning behind body parts that appear.  This book gave me the chills, the pace was so quick and the mystery was scary.    

Molay is a very good writer.  She knows how to keep the readers anticipating and intrigued with the mystery. Molay really keeps readers intrigued as Nico has a talent for balancing all the mishaps, making them seem believable and keeping the reader wanting to turn the next page.  Fast-pace, scary and exciting!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Frederique Molay

Called, “the French Michael Connelly,” Frédérique Molay graduated from France’s prestigious Science Po
and began her career in politics and the French administration.
She worked as chief of staff for the deputy mayor of Saint-Germain-en-Laye,
and then was elected to the local government in Saône-et-Loire.
Meanwhile, she spent her nights pursing a passion for writing she had nourished since she wrote her first novel at the age of eleven.
The first in the Paris Homicide series, The 7th Woman,
won France’s most prestigious crime fiction award and went on to become an international bestseller,
allowing Molay to dedicate her life to writing and raising her three children.
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 ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR

Anne Trager loves France so much she has lived there for 27 years and just can’t seem to leave. What keeps her there is a uniquely French mix of pleasure seeking and creativity. Well, that and the wine. In 2011, she woke up one morning and said, “I just can’t stand it anymore. There are way too many good books being written in France not reaching a broader audience.” That’s when she founded Le French Book to translate some of those books into English. The company’s motto is “If we love it, we translate it,” and Anne loves crime fiction, mysteries and detective novels.
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Excerpt
Chapter 
2
Dr. Patrice Rieux walked quickly along the Rue des
Saints-Pères, which bordered Paris Descartes University.
He glanced down an alley to a door that led to a grimy
basement. Students found the ghoulish atmosphere in the
basement perfect for hazing. Broken cabinets, decrepit
work surfaces, dented water basins, burst file boxes, and
battered carts were scattered all over the floor. A confusion
of pipes covered the ceiling, like snakes ready to drop
and bite under the dull fluorescent light. Not a place for
the sensitive soul.
A little farther along, at 45 Rue des Saints-Pères, a
group of young men, cigarettes between their lips and
deep circles under their eyes, milled at the entrance,
stamping their feet against the cold. Dr. Rieux passed
a large pine tree and made his way into the university’s
main hall. He squeezed through a crowd of students, most
of whom would never make it beyond their first year.
They were overworked, tired, and pushed to their limits.
The dentist climbed to the sixth floor. A yellowing piece
of paper taped to a glass door pointed to the anatomy
department. It was past the body donation office. A grim
waiting area was reserved for those who were willing to
give their bodies to science after they died but had questions
while they were still alive. The area consisted of a
small wooden bench against a wall. Posts with unrolling
straps closed off a nine-square-foot zone. The space was
almost always empty, as if sitting there could bring bad
luck. Actually, the bench had an aura of death.
10 Frédérique Molay
The legendary red door at the end of the hallway
opened with an ominous creak. Marcel appeared in the
hallway in his usual outfit, which was like a second skin:
jeans, immaculate white coat, and plastic clogs. He was
short and heavyset, with thick hands, white hair, and
a sharp eye. The man was a good sixty years old, and
the red door was his. It led to his own private suite next
to the Farabeuf Lab. Marcel was the most experienced
body processor at the university. It was best not to know
his production secrets.
Patrice Rieux greeted him warmly at the entry to
the lab. Marcel said hello, his blue eyes sparkling with
mischief, and then he reassured the dentist that the specimens
were ready.

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Audio book: My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe

Katharine Ashe is one of those authors that I keep meaning to read and I wished I had sooner! What a story! My Lady, My Lord was nothing like I have read before! At first I was turned off by the plot but I was glad I stuck with it! It’s obvious that Ashe is an accomplished author and storyteller!

So the enemies to lovers’ storyline has been done before, but not like this! Lady Corinna Mowbray is a bluestocking. She has lead a very unconventional upbringing. When her father became a widower she dedicated herself to him and then she traveled the world with her aunt and uncle. When she returns to England she is past the marrying age but Corinna is perfectly okay with this. She would rather dedicate herself to art, history, politics and running her own salon then worrying about London’s tea rooms. 

Lord Ian Chance is Corinna’s nemesis. Although neighbors and childhood friends there is a lot of bad blood and a lot of miscommunications with them! Ian is the exact opposite of Corinna. He gambles, drinks, has numerous affairs and does not live the type of life Corinna finds acceptable. Whenever Ian and Cornna are within hearing distance they are arguing and bickering. Although I’ve read about bickering heroes and heroines before Ian and Corinna’s mutual criticism caused them pain. It was interesting to see how they hurt each other really not meaning to only reacting to each other.

One argument has a very different result… They switch bodies. So I know at first it sounds too far- fetched but the author made it work! The scene when they realize that they switched bodies was incredibly well written and the narrator did a fantastic job of reading the scene.

This was a fantastic book for a numerous amount of reasons. First, the plot is so original and the best part was that it worked! The author was able to show us how Ian lived Corinna’s life and vice versa. One of my all -time favorite scenes was when Corinna (in Ian’s body) breaks into tears in public and it makes the gossip column. This was so hilarious. As they try to live in the others body they also try to do some sabotaging. For example, Corinna breaks off with Ian’s mistress, also funny. Ian, tired of Corinna’s mourning outfits, changes her dresses. Ultimately, there was so much heart in the story. In their switched bodies they come to really understand each other and their animosity towards each other melts away to understanding. I really enjoyed this story and I loved the chemistry between Ian and Corinna. Ashe is so talented that she makes everything believable! I really enjoyed and highly recommend this creative, unique and fun story. 
My Lady, My Lord

A Winter Wedding (Marriage Mart #3) by Amanda Forester

Four Stars
This was my first time reading Amanda Forester so I was not sure what to expect. I can gladly say that A Winter Wedding (Marriage Mart #3) was a book that I enjoyed! I thought that her writing was easy to follow, her plot was very well developed and well-driven throughout. Finally, I really enjoyed the main characters and the secondary characters.

Since this is the third book in the series there might have been details that I missed but it did not stop me from enjoying it. Penelope has sisters and they were the focus in the prior books. Although the sisters appear in this book they play a small part.

Miss Penelope Rose was a fantastic character. I thought that she really carried the story. Pen is a jack-of -all -trades. She is the companion to Antonia Lockton, Dowager Duchess of Marchford. Although Pen is a part of the ton because of her age and her single status she is left with no respectable option than to become a companion. Antonia’s grandson is James, The Duke of Marchford. The Duke of Marchford is society’s biggest catch. The problem is that Marchford works for the Crown catching spies and on different missions. Since women are always throwing themselves at him it stops him from being able to carry out his duties as effectively as he can. Pen is also his “assistance”. She is very clever and often helps him spy on people that he suspects are up to no good. Aside from these two duties, she and Antonia match up couples under the name Madame X. Different members in society pay Madame X to match them up.

Pen and James are a great couple. They are friends because Pen is his grandma’s companion and because of this they spend a lot of time together. James asks Pen to marry him very early in the story because he thinks it will be the answer to both their problems. James won’t have to avoid the single ladies of the ton and Pen will no longer have to leave- Antonia is getting married to her first love.

Pen and James have great adventures since they are always trying to figure out who the sinister characters are- and there are some very sinister characters. This spy aspect of the story really made the story fun and their dynamic more adventurous.

Some issues I had with this book are: 1) it has very little to do with matchmaking. The description of the story makes it sound like Pen tries to find a wife for Marchford, this is a very tiny almost non-existent part of the story. 2) James has commitment issues. Since his mother abandoned him years ago, that is why he lives with his grandma. I thought that the author really played his mother’s role very well and I was completely surprised with how she appeared in the story. 3) The first 70 % of the books was fantastic. There is a mix of romance and espionage. The problem was the last 30 % of the book. Besides the many different storylines going on, I thought that the author added too much. It was became more about spying. Also, James and Pen kept wanting to marry and not marry. This became very redundant. Two characters that remained true to character were Pen and Antonia. They had a fun dynamic all throughout. Overall, I do recommend this story and enjoyed it. 
A Winter Wedding (Marriage Mart, #3)

Dare to Submit by Carly Phillips

Four Stars
Wow! I’ve read Carly Phillips before but “Dare to Submit” From the “Dare” series was way more than I expected!

Decklan Dare is part of the Dare family. He is a cousin of the Dare brothers and lives in New York. He is as a New York City detective. As a person he is very intense and also very shut down. He refuses to do relationships. Because Decklan lost his family at a very young age he is use to taking care of himself and he likes to feel in control. In order to fulfill his need for control he visits a fantasy club. At this club he first sees Amanda Collins.

Amanda is also very shut off. She also does not do relationships and she too frequents this fantasy club. Although she knows that Decklan has being eyeing her since her first laid eyes on her he has never approached her. Amanda is also pretty intense. She lives in California but gives herself some release at this fantasy club as well.

When Amanda and Deck finally decide to give into their mutual temptation, they both agree that their relationship will be purely physical. They both decide that they will enjoy their time together as long as it lasts and that is it. As tends to be the case neither one can deny the feelings that they develop for each other. By alternating weekends in NYC and California, they make sure to spend time together. Deck takes on the Dom persona and Amanda the submissive they both fall into an easy routine. When Deck’s family unexpectedly comes by and they meet Amanda they both realize that they have fallen in love with each other.

Amanda realizes that she has fallen in love with Deck and wants to tell him about a big secret that she has been keeping form him. Before she can tell Deck he finds out and he feels betrayed. I really liked Amanda and Deck and skipped the previous book in the series, Dare to Surrender because I was drawn to Amanda and Decks story. I thought that some aspects of the story were dark but it also made sense since both characters are intense. Their scenes together are also very intense. They really push each other’s limits in an attempt to learn to trust each other and communicate. The only reason this was not a five star for me was because of how Deck handled Amanda when he found out her big secret. I also wanted there to be a more emotional and stable connection between them. Overall, I’m enjoying all of Phillips books and plan to read “Dare to Surrender” next! This was a hot and steamy romance!
Dare to Submit (Dare to Love, #4)

A Love for All Time (ebook) by Chloe Douglas

Four Stars

I must admit that I had my doubts about this story. I’m skeptical about time travel and was a little hesitant to start the story but my doubts were without basis. This was a fun and romantic adventure.

Mick Giovanni is a homicide detective in New York City. He is a rough -around –the- edges -street –smart- tough guy. He is coming off a divorce and is very cynical about life. One day on the job a beautiful woman comes into the station. Miss Lettitia Merryweather is on a mission. She is in NYC for the exact purpose of finding Mick. The minute Mick lays eyes on Lettittia he knows that she is different but he doesn’t know just how different she is…

Lettitia is really from London from 1888. She was sent via a time travel device to find Nick. She was told that he would be the only one that can help her find her sister. After being cut off from her family when she ran off with a servant, Lettita’s sister is no longer welcomed in her family. Lettitia continues to have contact with her sister despite her family’s opposition and she realizes her sister is missing. 

When Mick realizes that Lettitia has transported him to 1888 London is his shocked and furious. However, since the portal won’t open for a couple of more days he is stuck. When he realizes that Lettitia brough him for the purpose of finding her sister the detective in him can’t help but be intrigued. He becomes even more intrigued when he realizes that Jack the Ripper is being sought after. Mick begins to investigate the case of Lettitia’s missing sister and also keeps his ears out for the true Jack the Ripper.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Mick and Lettitia had great chemistry. They are perfect opposites. She is a proper English lady and he is a tough NYC cop. They have fun banter and as they investigate together they make a good team. The author has the romance, the time travel, the missing sister and the Jack the Ripper murders happening at the same time. I thought that she was able to balance these themes and keep them all interesting. I’m glad to see this is part of a series and plan to read the next book. Fun time traveling, romance and suspense. 
A Love for All Time

Friday, September 26, 2014

MISTRESS OF LIES Mistress of Fortune Review Plus Give Away

SYNOPSIS:

MISTRESS OF LIES
Mistress of Fortune #2
Author: Holly West
Release Date: Sept, 29 2014
Publisher: Carina

London, 1679
Isabel, Lady Wilde, mistress of King Charles II, has made a good living disguised as fortune teller Mistress Ruby, counseling London's elite. But after the murder of one of her customers, business has taken a downturn, and Isabel is on the verge of accepting the king's offer to move into the palace.
Isabel's plans are interrupted when a beggar girl named Susanna shows up at her home, claiming to be her niece. Isabel always believed that her older brother, Adam, died alone during the plague. When Susanna reveals that Adam was actually murdered, Isabel is compelled to take up an impossible task: discover the truth about her brother's death, twelve years after it happened.
Isabel's investigation leads her through the gamut of London society, from bear-baiting matches and brothels to the realm of wealthy bankers. But as she uncovers her brother's dark secrets, Isabel begins to wonder whether the past is better left buried, especially when uncovering the truth could lead to her own funeral.
My Review:
Received for an honest review
Five Stars
The second book in the Mistress of Fortune series, Mistress of Lies picks up where Mistress of Fortune left off.   I really enjoyed Mistress of Fortune and equally enjoyed Mistress of Lies.  West's writing is so engaging and her storytelling so alluring.  She picks the delicious details and really knows how to capture my imagination.  I highly recommend and really enjoyed this fantastic book.  When Lady Wilde is approached by her "niece" Susanna she can't help but become involved in the search for the truth, what really happened to her brother.  The twist and turns were unexpected and added to the intrigue of the story.  Susanna was also a very interesting character.  Anyone that loves romance, history and intrigue will enjoy this book!


About The Author
Holly West is a crime fiction writer based in Los Angeles. Her short stories appear in several anthologies and her debut historical mystery, MISTRESS OF FORTUNE, will be published by Carina Press in 2014.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sweet Bea A Sir Arthur’s Legacy Series Novel By: Sarah Hegger

Sweet Bea
A Sir Arthur’s Legacy Series Novel
By: Sarah Hegger
Releasing September 1st, 2014
Lyrical Press, Inc.


Blurb
Is anything sweeter than revenge?

In a family of remarkable people, ordinary Beatrice strives to prove herself worthy. When her family is threatened with losing everything, she rushes to London to save them. Unfortunately, she chooses as her savior the very man who will see her family brought low.

Garrett has sworn vengeance on Sir Arthur of Anglesea for destroying his life when he was a boy and forcing his mother into prostitution for them to survive. He has chosen as his instrument Sir Arthur's youngest daughter, Beatrice.

Can Beatrice’s goodness teach Garrett that love, not vengeance, is the greatest reward of all?



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Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globe-trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother. She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
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ARC Review: The Gunslinger by Lorraine Heath


Although I know that Lorraine Heath is an accomplished author I had my doubts about liking about this novella. I’m glad to say that I was wrong. This was a great story and the characters were really fantastic. Usually I read Heath’s historical romance because I really love them. This story takes place in the Wild West.

Chance Wilder, adequately named, lives his life as a hired gun. He is rumored to have killed over twenty-eight people. His life is a serious of chances. Every fight he gets into is a chance to life or die. He has no home and drifts from town to town helping the people that hire him. Chance is hired by Toby, a young fourteen year old to save his sister Lillian. Although Lillian is in a very dangerous situation she thinks that she can take care of herself. When Chance rescues her she is grateful but repulsed by his lifestyle and his reputation. Chance never attaches himself to people or towns and tries not to get attached to Lily and her brother but he soon realizes that this job won’t be like the ones before.

As Lily and Chance get to know each other they both discover that their mutual reputations lack truth. The town has Lily pegged as a whore when Jack Ward is found dead in her bed. The Ward family wants to run Lily off the land that Mr. Ward left her. They rationalize that the only reason that he left her the land was because they had some type of illicit affair. Chance also falls into this category but he can’t help to grow to care for both Lily and her brother and before long he is trying everything in his power to protect her.

I’m so glad that this short novella is a part of a series because I really enjoyed it. Although only a few hundred pages I really loved both Lily and Chance and loved that they both really got to know their mutual truths. Both their reputations are not the least bit warranted and they are both genuinely caring and good people. Heath was able to make me love the characters, wishing they both had a happy ending and at the same time deliver a couple of surprises that I did not see coming. I really enjoyed and highly recommend this short novella.
The Gunslinger

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hold On To Love By: Roberta Capizzi

Hold On To Love
By: Roberta Capizzi
Releasing June 13, 2014
Self-Published



Blurb
Three weeks. All Alyssa O’Riordan needs is three weeks away from her wealthy life in New York City, to clear her mind and decide what she wants from her life. A dude ranch in Wyoming seems like the perfect place for a temporary escape from the cage her life has become. What she doesn’t expect is to come face-to-face with a handsome cowboy, who’s just as grumpy and rough as he is good-looking. All of a sudden, the promise of a relaxing, invigorating holiday seems long gone.

Three weeks. For Sean Maclaine, three weeks around the new guest feel like an eternity. After his first-hand experience with the upper class, rich daddy’s girls have become his worst nightmare, so when Alyssa O’Riordan shows up at his family’s ranch, he knows the time won’t go by fast enough. All he has to do is stay away from her, and count the hours until she finally goes back to New York.

Three weeks. Will three weeks be long enough for them to get over their prejudices and start looking beyond the surface?



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An avid reader since her childhood years and being an only child, Roberta always enjoyed the company of her fictional friends from the children’s books she loved reading, while she dreamed of writing her own stories one day.It was when she discovered novels by authors Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy in her teenage years that she realized it was time she put down in words the stories she had kept well hidden in her mind until then.
What started as a hobby, soon turned into a real passion and a way of life, until she could no longer keep the stories to herself, and decided to get over her fears and share them with the world.Roberta lives in Italy, but her dream is to move out of her country and live either in a thatched cottage in the Irish countryside or in a country house with a swing on the back porch, somewhere in the United States, where she would love to spend her days writing novels as a full-time job, and maybe one day even get as far as writing a screenplay for a movie.
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Blog: http://robertasdreamworld.blogspot.com/
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