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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Nero by Sarah Brianne

Nero (Made Men, #1)Publisher: Young Ink Press
Pages: 314 pages
Genre: Romance/New Adult
Series:  Made Men
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Nero is the king of Legacy Prep, living a life of power.
Elle is the school’s punching bag, living a life of fear.
The only good girls Nero knows jump in his bed when he tells them to.
The closest Elle has come to a bad boy like him is in the cafeteria line.
The mob boss gave him orders to find out what she knows.
Her mouth is sealed.

I just want to be a fucking made man.
I’m just a fucking waitress.

My Review:

Intro: I am a bit late with this one. I got caught in a doctor’s office waiting room vortex and me being the person I am does not have a smart phone with which to post away from home. Anyway, I loved this book. I knew I would when I saw the cover but I really did once I read it.


Heroine: Elle-I loved her. She was an amazing character. She was such a strong personality but in a completely tolerable way. I loved her sarcasm and quick wit. She was bullied in school and most of that was really hard to read because it made me quite mad and protective.

Hero: Nero-He was the popular kid in school which given how much I liked Elle. He was a bit cocky and he did have that arrogance about him but I found that I liked him anyway. He was different with Elle. She brought this sweet and gentle side out of Nero that I found both surprising and endearing.

Chemistry: I loved Elle and Nero together. On paper, they really don’t seem as if they match but they work so well together. Elle tames Nero and Nero gives an edge to Elle. They’re perfect.

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Conclusion: I can tell right off that this is going to be a series that I fangirl. I love Sarah Brianne’s writing style and I LOVE how she writes her characters. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Chloe was awesome in this book and I can’t wait for her story.

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Author Bio
Hey! My name is Sarah Brianne and after living for twenty-two years the characters in my head told me enough was enough and I have finally put pen to paper (or is it finger to keyboard?) to tell their stories. Since I was a little girl I have watched every chick flick I could get my hands on, then when I became older I discovered a whole new world of romance novels. To me there is nothing better then a tale of true love and those are the stories that have inspired me to write. Like everything else in my life I have put my own spin on two lovers destined to be together.
Next to my books my prized possession are my two beautiful fur babies, Kalypso and Khaleesi. I know what you’re thinking, do you pack them in your purse? Yep, right next to my kindle.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Fated for Love by Melissa Foster

Fated for Love (Love in Bloom, #16, The Bradens, #8)Publisher: World Literary Press
ISBN: 9781310583162
Pages: 300 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Librarian Callie Barnes has visions of reading and relaxing—and maybe having a few too many drinks—on her girls’ weekend away. Her hopes are crushed when her friends pull into a dude ranch instead of a spa, and she refuses to stay longer than one night. That is…until she realizes the ranch is owned by sinfully sexy, and dangerously rugged, Wes Braden—the subject of her late-night fantasies.

Fearless rancher Wes Braden thinks he’s the luckiest guy on the planet when the sweet, sexy librarian from his hometown shows up at his ranch. Their connection is white-hot, making it impossible for either to ignore their carnal desires. Wes is more than willing to convert sweet Callie from chick lit to a world of erotic romance, but Callie ties sex to love, and Wes avoids commitment like the plague.

Callie is thrust into physically demanding activities that ignite her deepest fears. Luckily, Wes is as tender as he is strong, and he’s there every step of the way to help her find her inner strength. With Callie’s influence, Wes might even discover that he’s been nursing a few fears of his own. Passion pulls Callie and Wes from their safe, comfortable lives into each other’s arms, and they’re about to find out just how alike they really are.

My Review:

Intro: The Bradens...oh how I love this series. It's quickly equaling most of the contemporary romance series I had ever read. It's that good.


Heroine: Callie-She is one of my people...a librarian. And I just loved her because I identified so much with her. She was quiet, shy and sort of standoffish. I love her reserve and some people may find it hard to get to know a character like that but I really identified with her.

Hero: Wes-He went to the library every week to see her. That is just the sweetest thing ever. He's sort of the outdoorsy type dude. Generally not my favorite but I liked it in Wes.

Chemistry-Wes had such a stronger personality than Callie but I was surprised at how well Callie held her own with him. I always find it interesting when a quieter character is paired with a more outgoing one. I guess opposites attract.

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Conclusion: Melissa Foster is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Fated For Love was amazing. It kind of reminds me of Jill Shalvis' books and they are my benchmark for contemporary romance awesomeness.  

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Review and Giveaway: Sinful Rewards 1 by Cynthia Sax

Sinful Rewards 1: A Billionaires and Bikers NovellaPublisher: Avon Red Impulse
ISBN: 0062354108  
Pages: 100 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Belinda "Bee" Carter is a good girl; at least, that's what she tells herself. And a good girl deserves a nice guy—just like the gorgeous and moody billionaire Nicolas Rainer. He is everything she wants in a man.

Or so she thinks, until she takes a look through her telescope and sees a naked, tattooed man on the balcony across the courtyard. Hawke is mysterious, the bad boy she knows will bring only heartbreak. He has been watching her, and that makes him all the more enticing.

But when a mysterious and anonymous text message dares her to do something bad, she must decide if she is really the good girl she has always claimed to be, or if she's willing to risk everything for her secret fantasy of being watched.

Is her mystery man the reclusive billionaire with a wild side or the darkly dangerous bad boy?

My Review:

Intro: This is a biker series. I greatly enjoy biker series. It's a definite quirk but I love them. This one was not an exception. I loved it and can't wait for the next installment. 

Heroine: Bee-I liked her. I always have trouble making connections with heroines in novellas because we don't get to spend as much time with them. She had a nice strength of character to her but she had her vulnerabilities.


Option 1-Nicholas-He was the Darcy complex hero. Straight-laced and a bit aloof. Nice guy with a bit of an edge to him. He has to be one of my favorite rich boy characters out there.

Option 2-Hawke- I have to admit that he is my favorite. I have a weakness for a man on a motorcycle. I really do. It's one of those weaknesses that I am completely okay with. He was a bit naughtier than Nicholas.

Chemistry- I am going to make no secret that I prefer Bee with Hawke but I thought she had great chemistry with both men. In different ways. Which made it really interesting. It is almost like reading two completely different romances in one.

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Conclusion-I am salivating for the next part of this series. I need to know what happens. I very rarely have this happen to me. I am usually not one to get excited about a series. I can forget about it until the next book comes out. But not this one. I have a definite preference for endgame and I can't wait to see if I'm right.

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Author Info
Cynthia Sax lives in a world filled with magic and romance. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you”, they will do anything for the women they adore. They live passionately. They play hard. They love the same women forever.

Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.Please visit her on the web at

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: Dare to Surrender by Carly Phillips

Dare to Surrender (Dare to Love, #3)Publisher:CP Publishing
ISBN: 0989982416
Pages: 230 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series: Dare to Love-1,2 Invitation to Eden
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After ending a relationship to a cheating, domineering man, Isabelle Masters takes off in her leased Mercedes, only to be arrested for grand theft and hauled to a local police station. To her surprise, she is rescued by the most unlikely person possible, Gabriel Dare, a man she’s been attracted to for far too long. Gabe offers Isabelle freedom along with an invitation to Eden, an exclusive island resort where everything and anything is possible.

Although Gabe yearns to possess Isabelle, he knows all too well he must fight his primitive need to bind her to him, and instead help bring out the independent woman she yearns to become – or risk losing her for good.

A woman who needs to run her own life. A man who needs to exert control. Can she surrender to his erotic demands without losing her sense of self once more?

My Review:

Intro: This week has been weird. Adjusting to a new dog is not the easiest. But he's adorable and sweet and perfect in every possible way. It has cut into my reading time though. I did manage to finish this one.

Heroine: Isabelle-I did not have much of a problem with her at all. In fact, I quite liked Isabelle. She did come off as a bit indecisive at times but she was pretty great for the most part. She had a very admirable strength to her.

Hero: Gabriel- I LOVED GABE!!! I don't do the all caps squeal very often but I was on the verge of a fangirl swoon with this one. Very few people can write a hero like Carly Phillips. He was very Darcy-like. Kind of aloof and close off but with an innate kindness.

Chemistry- I don't think I could dislike a romance with Gabe in it. I just loved how protective he was over Izzy. I also loved how they knew each other before and were attracted to each other. Their history together made it more interesting for me.

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Conclusion-I loved this book and I love Carly Phillips. My mother is a big, huge fan of her books so I am going to buy this one for her so we can fangirl over Gabe together. This was just the perfect book with just the right mix of romance and a touch of angsty goodness.  
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Review and Giveaway: The Earl's Enticement by Collette Cameron

The Earl's EnticementPublisher: Soul Mate Publishing
 Pages: 326 pages
 Genre: Romance/Historical
Buy this Book: Amazon


She won’t be tamed.
A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.
He can’t forget.
Haunted by his past, Roark, The Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he’s guarded and leery of all women.
Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement.
He succeeds only to discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart.

My Review:

Intro: Yesterday was quite a day. We got a new dog so we spent the day getting to know each other. He's a German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix named Rambo and he's just perfect. I posted pics of him on my Twitter account. I also spent yesterday attempting to draft my review of this book in spite of my distractions.


Heroine: Adaira- I absolutely loved her. She was spirited and strong. She had a nice natural spunk to her that I loved to find in a heroine. She was a bit stubborn and it did wear on my nerves occasionally but I really did like her.

Hero: Roark- He was so different from what I am used to but he's also exactly what I am used to. He's sort of by the book. Not stodgy but very buttoned up. But there was also a depth of emotion to him that I really liked.

Chemistry: I didn't really begin to understand these two until I saw them as a couple. Between Adaira's spunk and Roark's more quiet was amazing. Their personalities clashed and complemented at the same time. It was perfect and while it was not quite fireworks, it worked well.

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Conclusion-I really loved this book. Quite a bit. Enough to want to go back and read the previous books in this series. I loved how different Roark and Adaira were but how well they worked in spite of that. I also really enjoyed the complexity of the plot and how Cameron was able to weave so many plotlines together in such a great way.  
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Author Info
Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master's in Teaching. A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You'll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Review: Behind the Scandal by M.A. Stacie

Behind the Scandal (Reluctance, #2)Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing
ISBN: 1612132588
Pages: 202 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series: Reluctance-1
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Sent to the family ranch to overcome his addiction, Taylor Reese is angry and hurt. Feeling rejected by his father and brother, Taylor throws himself into ranch life to help him forget. But it isn’t long before it hits him hard how much his life has spiraled out of control, leaving him floundering and looking for a lifeline.

Libby Karlin is cautious, wary of Taylor’s presence. Her dark past makes her reluctant to let anyone near her family. But after Taylor strikes up a friendship with her son, Libby finds herself drawn to the sadness within him. His experiences are no secret to her, though she keeps her own buried until a knock on her door has her gasping for breath.

Could dealing with their pasts really give them a future?

My Review:

Intro: I very rarely find a middle ground between love and hate with books. Either I love a book or I hate it. Behind the Scandal is the rare one that walks the line between love and hate and settles comfortably in the land of like. Perhaps like a lot.


Heroine: Libby- This is one of the odd cases where I really liked the heroine but had iffy feelings about the hero. Libby was strong and smart and a great mom. She had a good head on her shoulders and I just really liked her.

Hero: Taylor-I had trouble with him for much of the book. He was obnoxious. He was just an abrasive character. His life wasn't the easiest but it came off as a bit of a fit being thrown. He did change quite a bit but he started out quite badly.

Chemistry: I actually had a bit of trouble deciding what I felt about the chemistry between Libby and Taylor. I am accustomed to being a bit iffy about some heroines but I usually like heroes. It was the complete opposite with this one. I did like that it was Libby's influence upon Taylor that changed him.

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Conclusion: This book was a middle of the road book for me. I liked it. I did. But it just didn't get to that love place. I did really love M.A. Stacie's writing style so I will definitely read the first book in the series to see if I missed something. I'll probably pick this one up again to see if I can tolerate Taylor in a easier fashion if I know more about him.  
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Release Date: July 31, 2014

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Behind-the-Scandal-3D-BookstackSent to the family ranch to overcome his addiction, Taylor Reese is angry and hurt. Feeling rejected by his father and brother, Taylor throws himself into ranch life to help him forget. He struggles with his addiction, though he refuses help. But it isn’t long before it hits him hard how much his life has spiraled out of control. He begins to question every aspect of his life, and the confusion leaves him floundering and looking for something, or someone, to cling to.

Libby Karlin is cautious, wary of Taylor’s presence. His brutal honesty and lack of respect claw at her composure. Her dark past makes her reluctant to let anyone near her family, but when Taylor strikes up a friendship with her son, Libby finds herself drawn to the sadness within him. His experiences are no secret to her. She sees where his world turned upside down and offers him a helping hand. But her own secrets stay buried, locked away until a knock on her door has her gasping for breath.

Libby’s fear paralyzes her as she comes face to face with her demons and, determined to stay strong, she battles for a way out.

Could dealing with their pasts really give them a future?

About the Author

mstacie_hi-resM. A. Stacie is never without a book or her eReader. A voracious reader, with a love of sexy, yet angst ridden novels, she adores getting lost in new worlds. Her need to write did not grip her until after her second son was born, when her previous rambles became fully fledged stories.

She describes herself as one huge contradiction, and though not the most conventional of hobbies, she counts getting new tattoos as one of hers. Running keeps her sane, along with knitting and listening to loud music.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Review: Pieces of Broken Time by Lorenz Font

Pieces of Broken TimePublisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing
ISBN: 1612132561
Pages: 196 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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When wounded soldier Blake Connor returns from Afghanistan, he wants nothing more than to hide from the world. He’s plagued by the memory of his best friend’s death and the pain of his own injuries. On top of all that, he has another burden to carry.

Take care of our girl.

Blake’s vow to watch over the woman who was left behind is overshadowed by his self-contempt and bitterness, making it impossible for him to reach out to her like he’d promised.
Jennifer Owens had expected to get married the moment her fiancé returned home from the war, but the news of his death changed everything. Shattered by her loss, she is still struggling with feelings of guilt when she receives an unexpected letter that raises new questions and reopens old wounds.

Jennifer’s need for answers leads her to Blake’s doorstep, but she is met with hostility and rejection from a man who only vaguely resembles the head-turning charmer she remembers from so long ago. Blake is determined to keep her at arm’s length, and Jennifer soon discovers that she must decide whether to push back or let him go.

Caught up in circumstances beyond their control, Jennifer and Blake have to learn to accept the truths that lie below the surface. She comes to recognize the beauty underneath the scars, and Blake realizes that he’s broken in more ways than he cares to admit.

Nothing will ever be the same for this ex-Army Ranger once he faces the truth. If he can learn to accept the help he needs, he might be able to overcome his warped self-image and emotional scars. To be the man Jennifer deserves, he must heal his wounds before he loses the woman he loves forever

My Review:

Intro: I have had a persistent migraine for the past couple of days. Not exactly prime for reading but I managed to manage. I read this one during the worst of the three days and it distracted me for a couple of hours. Safe to say that I loved it.


Heroine: Jennifer-I liked her. I don't think she is going on my favorite heroines list but I liked her. I did waver a bit with her. I had some moments where I loved her and others where I was a bit “meh” about her. I can't even pinpoint why.

Hero: Blake-Now this is where the book got good. I loved Blake. He was broken, bitter and angry. His PTSD was portrayed with accuracy and great care. It was sometimes not the easiest thing to read because Blake tends to walk the line between making you angry and breaking your heart.

Chemistry: In spite of my difficulties with Jennifer on her own, I actually loved Blake and Jennifer together. They were the perfect complement to each other. They both were broken in their own ways and they needed each other to recover.

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Conclusion: For a book I read while experiencing a migraine, this one just breezed by. I did have a bit of trouble with Jennifer but thinking about it now, I think it was personalities not meshing. I firmly believe that can happen with fictional characters as well as actual people. Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I loved Lorenz Font's writing style and Blake was a huge highlight.  

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Lady Windermere's Lover by Miranda Neville

Lady Windermere's Lover (The Wild Quartet, #3)Publisher: Avon
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series:  The Wild Quartet-1,2
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Hell hath no fury . . .

Damian, Earl of Windermere, rues the day he drunkenly gambled away his family's estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. Now, after hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is finally called home, only to discover that his modest bride has become an alluring beauty—and rumor has it that she's taken a lover. Damian vows to keep his wife from straying again, but to do so he must seduce her—and protect his heart from falling for the wife he never knew he wanted.

Lady Cynthia never aspired to be the subject of scandal. But with her husband off gallivanting across Persia, what was a lady to do? Flirting shamelessly with his former best friend seemed like the perfect revenge . . . except no matter how little Damian deserves her loyalty, Cynthia can't bring herself to be unfaithful. But now that the scoundrel has returned home, Cynthia isn't about to forgive his absence so easily—even if his presence stirs something in her she'd long thought dead and buried. He might win her heart . . . if he can earn her forgiveness!

My Review:

Intro: I've been reading contemporaries (and Stephen King oddly enough) lately but I've really missed my angsty historicals. And I'm pretty lucky because this one is a reading highlight. I'm not even kidding. It's one of the reading highlights of my year.


Heroine: Cynthia- Oh how I loved Cynthia. She is the type of heroine you look for and hope to find. She strong and smart. I identified with her and empathized with her. I wanted to kick Damian's ass on her behalf.

Hero: Damian-There are some heroes that you love in spite of their incredible stupidity. Damian is one of them. I didn't like the way he treated Cynthia at times and wanted to throttle him on her behalf. But he did redeem himself. I grew to love him.

Chemistry: I loved them. Not because they were all smooshy and romantic but because they were angsty and awesome. I spent a good deal of the book wanting Cynthia to run as far away as she could from Damian but Neville redeemed him deftly and convincingly.

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Conclusion: I loved this book. It was angsty but in a not overbearing way. I love angst in my romance but often I find that it is done for shock value but in this one it only adds to the story of Cynthia and Damian. They wouldn't be nearly as compelling if they were all fluffy. I need to read more of Miranda Neville's books. I really do.  
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Author Info
Miranda Neville grew up in England. During her misspent youth she devoured the works of Georgette Heyer, Jean Plaidy, and any other historical novels she could lay hands on. As a result she attended the University of Oxford to study history, ignoring all hints that economics might be a more practical subject. She spent several years writing catalogs of rare books and original letters and manuscripts for Sotheby’s auction house in London and New York. Much of her time in this job was spent reading the personal correspondence of the famous. This confirmed her suspicion that the most interesting thing about history is people.

Since moving to Vermont, she has worked in Special Collections at Dartmouth College and as an editor and journalist on Behind the Times, a small, idiosyncratic (and now defunct) monthly newspaper. She is the owner and editor of a weekly advertiser in the Upper Valley, a job that leaves her enough time to write fiction.

Her first book, Never Resist Temptation. was published by Avon in 2009. The first two books in the Burgundy Club series will be published in 2010.

She lives with her daughter, Becca, a college student and confirmed drama queen, and two cats who are never on the right side of any door.

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