Friday, December 8, 2017

TLC Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger by Victoria Alexander

The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger
The Lady Travelers Society, 2
Victoria Alexander 
November 28, 2017

Join the Lady Travelers Society in their latest romantic misadventure, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander

She must secure her future

A lady should never be obliged to think of matters financial! But when Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe’s carefree, extravagant lifestyle vanishes with the demise of her husband, her only hope lies in retrieving a family treasure—a Renaissance masterpiece currently in the hands of a cunning art collector in Venice. Thankfully, the Lady Travelers Society has orchestrated a clever plan to get Willie to Europe, leading a tour of mothers and daughters…and one curiously attentive man.

He must reclaim his heritage
Dante Augustus Montague’s one passion has long been his family’s art collection. He’s finally tracked a long-lost painting to the enchanting Lady Bascombe. Convinced that the canvas had been stolen, he will use any means to reclaim his birthright—including deception. But how long before pretend infatuation gives way to genuine desire?

Now they’re rivals for a prize that will change everything

Willie and Dante know they’re playing with fire in the magical moonlit city. Their common quest could compromise them both…or lead them to happily-ever-after. 

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Library Find Audiobook Review: Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham

I have decided to try the audiobook selection at my local library, and I happen to find Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham. I figured what the heck, I haven't read/listen to a suspense book in a while. The one Krewe of Hunters I did enjoy, so why not try another, which brings us to the Haunted Destiny. The narrator for this particular story was Luke Daniels. I have to say he did alright. It took me a little time to get use to his reading style, but once I did he did an all right job.

Haunted Destiny is 18 in the Krewe of Hunters series. Don't worry if you haven't read any of the previous books, you will be fine. Yes, you will see Jackson Crow on this case, but he's not the hero of the story. Nope that honor goes to the local area agent Jude McCoy. They basically are trying to find the Archangel Killer, they believe he's on the Destiny. They're not sure what to think of Alexi Cromwell, after all she has a special gift. Yep, she can talk with ghost. Both Jude and Alexi have suffer some kind of lost in their lives which kind of draws them together. They both have a special kind of gifts, but one doesn't realize he has a gift.

Haunted Destiny wasn't a bad read. It took a little time to get into the story. It wasn't until it got to middle that Haunted Destiny started to get interesting. Yes, once people started going missing and deaths happen it definitely picked up. I liked how the ghost of the ship were willing to help Jude and Alexi catch the Archangel Killer. Like I said not a bad read.

Local Library Find (Plus, I have it on Kindle)

3 1/2 Stars

Teaser: Love So Wild by Marquita Valentine

Love So Wild, an all-new contemporary romance from Marquita Valentine is coming December 13th!

Love So Wild 
Lawson Brothers, 8
Marquita Valentine
December 13, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Driving Mr. Dead by Molly Harper (Review)

Like I said I have been on a Molly Harper kick, and I figure might as well start reading Driving Mr. Dead: 1) it's part of the Half-Moon Hollow series 2) I got to hear a sample of the story. 3) Miranda Puckett was mention in A Witch's Handbook to Kisses and Curses. However, I found Driving Mr. Dead is kind of in a weird space. It might be because it was published before the last Jane Jameson book, and before the first Half-Moon Hollow, so there are timeline issues here. Other than that it was a fun read.

We have Miranda Puckett who is a walking disaster, who needs time to think, because her fiancee is a douchebag. Yes, a walking douchebag, but he gets what he deserves. I wish it was a little more violent, oh well. Then we have Colin Sutherland. Oh Colin. Talk about a stick in a butt. The start of the road trip was probably not the most easiest. In some ways it made me think of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles as they were trying to make their way back to Half-Moon Hollow. Talk a Murphy's Law kind of trip.

Overall, Molly Harper brings another fun vampire story. A super quick read that will have you laughing from start to finish. Granted I did choke up towards the end, because of Colin's poor choice of words. Anyway, if you are need of an escape, you might want to take a road trip to Half-Moon Hollow in Driving Mr. Dead.

4 1/2 Stars

Friday, December 1, 2017

Audiobook Review: A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper

Okay, after listening to A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses, I decided I needed to go and listen/read the Jane Jameson books. Granted you don't need to, but there are reoccurring characters from that series might help you with the Half-Moon Hollow books. One of them is Dick Cheney. Goodness, listening to the Jane Jameson series makes you understand Dick soooo much more. Plus, it makes the story even more funny.

Anyway, I did have fun with A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses, but it wasn't my favorite book. The first run through on the listening I was like it's okay. Since I'm on a Molly Harper kick and only have a couple of her audible books, I re-listen to the story again. Boy did this put some perspective on the story. The little things I missed. Still not my favorite in the series, but still a fun read/listen.

We have Nola Leery who needs to help her family keep her magic, but all she wants to be is normal. Kind of hard when your a witch. So, she's on a scavenger hunt to find the elements. She has a boyfriend at the beginning of the book, Stephen (not sure on the spelling because of audio). She loves him, but the farther she gets away from him, she's not sure why. By the way, it's pretty jacked up when you find out why. Sucks for Nola, because for a little while she feels like she's a bad girlfriend, especially when she develops the hots for Jed Trudeau. This gets a little complicated, but fortunately its not in a sense. Yep, being extremely vague here. There's a lot at stake here. Nola trying to save her families magic, trying to keep the evil sect of the family from getting their magic and it has to be done by the summer solstice; an easy feat.

I had conflicting feelings towards Nola, and part of that came from I thought she was cheating on her boyfriend Stephen. She's not. She's not a cheater. No cheating happen here, but a misunderstanding and is explained at the end. Jed, I absolutely love. Oh my gosh, he's such a sweet good ol' boy. He does some dumb things in the story, but it comes from a place of love for his family. I totally fell for Jed. We get hang out with Jane, Andrea, and a few other characters in Half-Moon Hollow.

Overall, A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses is a hoot. Again Amanda Ronconi does an amazing job on this series. You can see the characters come to life, and it's an enjoyable listen. So, if you are in the mood for something fun you might give A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses a try.

4 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Release Blast + Review + Giveaway: On of Line by Jen McLauglin

There is a NEW Out of Line book by Jen McLaughlin out today--that's right!

These characters are characters we met in I'll be Home for Christmas, the Carrie and Finn novella that came out last week--but don't worry!

Even if you have never read an OUT OF LINE book, you can pick up On the Line and read it without feeling lost. So what are you waiting for? Snatch up a copy TODAY!

on the line

Coming home… I’ve hated Ben Rollins ever since he broke my heart in high school. I’ve never fully recovered from it…even though I ran away as far as I could. Now I’ve returned home, fleeing something worse than I could have ever imagined. When our Captain partners us up together, I’m forced to realize that what I feel for him isn’t hate at all. It’s far worse.

Second chances… Sarah’s the one who got away. She never really explained her abrupt departure from my life, but to be honest, I no longer give a damn. What we’d once had was dead, and now I’m stuck with her at my side permanently, no matter how I feel about it. But when the truth comes out, and old secrets are unburied, being thrown together becomes so much more than a second chance…it becomes life or death.

And we have no intention of losing.

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Avon Romance Spotlight + Review + Excerpt: Cajun Crazy by Sandra Hill

Cajun Crazy
Cajun, 11
Sandra Hill
November 28, 2017

Welcome back to New York Times bestseller Sandra Hill’s Cajun country, where love heats up the Louisiana bayou . . .

Former Chicago cop Simone LeDeux is back home in the bayou, sharing a double wide in the Pearly Gates trailer park to help her mama recover from surgery. Her one rule: no Cajun men. Loved and left by too many double-crossing Cajuns, Simone puts bad experience to good use by opening Legal Belles: an agency that uncovers cheating spouses.

Suddenly she’s confronting a two-timer about to swindle his wife out of millions and antagonizing New Orleans bigwigs over an illegal sex club. Adam Lanier learns of the dangerous game Simone is playing . . . and the sexy single dad comes to her aid. Known as a rogue in the courtroom and a player in the bedroom, the ragin’ Cajun has Simone triply on guard.

With their crazy chemistry, danger on their trail, and infamous LeDeux relative Tante Lulu working her magical matchmaking, the bayou has never been this steamy.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Forever Romance Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Bachelor Contract by Rachel Van Dyken

The Bachelor Contract
Bachelors of Arizona 
Rachel Van Dyken
Forever Romance
November 28, 2017

A second-chance romance from the #1 New York Times bestseller of The Bet, Matchmaker and Elite series!

She's everywhere.


Love of his life.

The last person in the world he wanted to see...ever.

And now that he's working beside her every day, he can't escape her. Her scent, glimpses of her smile, even the tension in the air that makes his body hum with the kind of need he'd only experienced with one person-all of it is driving him over the edge.

Brant Wellington was certain of three things:

Alcohol wasn't going to solve this.

He really was losing his F-ing mind.

And his gorgeous ex-wife was going to be the death of him.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Sourcebooks Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Third Son's a Charm by Shana Galen

Third Son's a Charm
Survivors, 1
Shana Galen
Sourcebooks Casablanca
November 7, 2017

Ewan Mostyn thinks a job as a duke’s daughter’s bodyguard will be easy—but Lady Lorraine has a few tricks up her sleeve that spark an undeniable passion

Fiercely loyal to his friends and comrades, Ewan Mostyn is the toughest in a group of younger sons of nobility who met as soldiers and are now trying desperately to settle back into peaceful Society. Ewan trusts his brawn more than his brains, but when he’s offered a job watching the Duke of Ridlington’s stubbornly independent daughter, he finds both are challenged.

Lady Lorraine wants none of her father’s high-handed ways, and she’ll do everything in her power to avoid her distressingly attractive bodyguard—until she lands herself in real trouble. Lorraine begins to see Ewan’s protectiveness in a new light, and she can only hope that her stoic guardian will do for her what he’s always done—fight for what he loves.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Release Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: I'll Be Home for Christmas by Jen McLaughlin

I'll Be Home for Christmas
Out of Line, 5.5
Jen McLaughlin
November 21, 20017

Nothing could make me leave my family alone for Christmas—except maybe my father-in-law. I swore to Carrie I’d make it home in time, and I’m keeping that promise. One way or another…

I’ll be home for Christmas.

Some promises can’t be kept, and sometimes things just don’t work out. Finn is my world, my life. But when my worst nightmares come true, I’m faced with the impossible truth. Without him…

I'm lost.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Author's Pal Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: How to Woo a Wallflower by Christy Carlyle

How to Woo a Wallflower
Romancing the Rules, 3
Christy Carlyle
Avon Impulse
November 14, 2017

An Unconventional Wallflower…

Clarissa Ruthven was born to be a proper lady, but she’s never wanted to live up to the expectations her late father set. Determined to use her inheritance to help the less fortunate women of London, she’s devastated to learn that she won’t be inheriting anything until she marries, a fate she has no interest in. Unwilling to let go of her plans, Clary works at Ruthven Publishing for Gabriel Adamson, a man who’s always hated her. She’s always returned the feeling, but as she begins to turn her family’s publishing company upside down, she finds herself unable to forget her handsome boss.

Never Follows the Rules…

Gabriel Adamson believes in order. He certainly doesn’t believe Clary should be sticking her nose in the publishing company, and she definitely has no business invading his every thought. But Gabe soon finds he can’t resist Clary’s sense of freedom or her passionate kisses and he starts to crave everything she’s willing to give him.

Especially When It Comes to Love… 

When Gabe’s dark past comes back to haunt him, he’ll do anything to make sure that Clary isn’t hurt…even if it means giving up the only woman he’s ever loved.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Audiobook Review: Roulette by Megan Mulry

I did not even complete this book. I got up to Chapter 7, and basically clapped my hands and said I'm done. I would have liked to said that it wasn't bad, but then again, I didn't even finished. I had a problem with Miki. I can tolerate a lot, but she was supposed to be a 30 year about to get 10 year at the university she was working. Yet, she read more like an early 20 year old finished with college trying to figure out what to do next. Yeah, not cutting it. I probably would have cut it a little longer had she not cheated on her boyfriend who just asked her to move in. Seriously, she had to talk herself into saying yes. Miki should said no and broke it off. Yet here she is in Russia, and a hot French playboy and she decides to say, "What happens in Russia stays in Russia." Cheating is never the answer. I couldn't hang anymore after that, so I stopped.

Since this was an audiobook, I was listening to Neva Navarre who wasn't bad, but I didn't like Roulette. I think she would do a pretty good job with younger heroines, I might give the Neva a try on another story.

Since I'm in the minority on disliking Roulette, it didn't work for me. Others loved this story, but I'm wasn't a fan of Miki to beginning with. Sleeping with another guy, because he was hot and a one time thing. Yeah, I'm all for getting out a relationship before sleeping with some else. This is where I stand on this story.

1 Star