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Friday, September 26, 2014

Review and Giveaway: What I Love About You by Rachel Gibson

What I Love About You (Truly, Idaho, #3)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062247395
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemorary/Small Town
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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger


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.


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.


Can be read as a standalone. Returns to Truly, ID and is about the second Junger twin, Blake Junger.

My Review:

Intro: Rachel Gibson is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. She wrote a hockey romance series. How can I not love her? There have been very few of her books that I did not love and I loved this one.


Heroine: Natalie-I thought I wouldn’t like her at first. I never really like reading about the overly-popular, everyone loves them for just showing up kind of people and I thought I wouldn’t like Natalie because that’s exactly what she was. But I was wrong. I really ended up loving her. I felt for her and admired her strength at the same time.

Hero: Blake-I loved him as much as I loved Natalie. He was an eeyore of a hero. A bit grumpy and gruff. He definitely has reason for his less than cheerful demeanor. I did find that he was a really great guy under all of the crankiness.

Chemistry: I loved them. They started out on such a bad foot. And they kept on bickering. I love bickering and banter in my romances. But there was also such emotional depth to their relationship because both had such sad backstories. I also love how Blake interacted with Charlotte, Natalie’s daughter.

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Conclusion: I loved this book so much. I love all of Rachel Gibson’s books. I am a fangirl. It is official. I loved Blake, Natalie and Charlotte. I also loved how Gibson managed to balance emotion with humor. 
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Author Info
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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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Romancing My Love by Melissa Foster

Romancing My Love (Love in Bloom, #17; The Bradens, #9)Publisher: World Literary Press
Pages: 300 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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After months of caring for her terminally ill mother, Rebecca Rivera is left all alone in a world she doesn’t trust—but she’s determined not to let her mother’s death define her. Losing her job, having to pummel some jerk for being too handsy, and living in her car are just temporary setbacks to an otherwise solid plan in finding her footing. Full of pride and used to being in control of her life, she’s certain she can make it on her own. The last thing Rebecca needs is a man to fix her troubles—even if that man is strikingly handsome, wealthy, and charismatic Pierce Braden.

Pierce is a powerful real estate investor on the verge of a major acquisition. As the eldest of six siblings raised by a single mother, he’s spent his life protecting those he loves. He’s used to being in charge and making things right, and although he’d give his life for his family, he treats the women he dates as expendable—until he meets sexy and stubborn Rebecca Rivera, a woman who is as strong as she is vulnerable.

Passion ignites between them, and the two share their most intimate thoughts and desires. It doesn’t take long for Pierce to realize that Rebecca is as determined not to be saved as he is to find a way into her heart. As their love grows, Rebecca must face fears she didn’t even realize she had—and Pierce must learn the hard truth that sometimes less really is more. Is the power of true love enough for Rebecca and Pierce to learn to give up control and allow their hearts to take over?

My Review:

Intro: I am a big fan of the Braden series of books. I have intentions of reviewing all of them…after reading them again, of course, because who can resist. I was really looking forward to this one.


Heroine: Rebecca-I loved Rebecca so much. She was just so strong and independent. She never let anything get her down. I so admired that in her. And she may have broken me out of my heroine slump.

Hero: Pierce-I loved him too. He’s the oldest Braden and a bit of a womanizer. But he is generally a really great guy with a very sweet side. He may be my favorite of the Bradens but that is a very difficult choice to make.

Chemistry: Pierce and Rebecca had amazing chemistry. They had their issues to work out with Rebecca’s stubborn independence and Pierce’s womanizing tendencies. It was quite the interesting dynamic.

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Conclusion: I love this series so much and I will continue to fangirl until the sad day when the series ends. Romancing My Love just may be my favorite book in the series. I’m holding off an official declaration until I reread the series.
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Author Info
"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"-- Bestselling Author Jennie Shortridge
"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This  is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked."  International bestseller, M.J. Rose 
Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

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Review and Giveaway: Game Changer by Collette West

Game ChangerPublisher: Self
Pages: 261 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Sports
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Young, rich, and unaware of how seriously hot he is, Brooks Davison is tearing it up as the latest shortstop for the New York Kings, despite his tendency to blush whenever girls scream his name.

When a health scare forces his best friend, Kyle Roberts, off the team, no one can stomach the thought of replacing him, especially so close to the playoffs.

Until Kyle's sister, Sasha, steps in, convincing management to let her take his place. The idea of signing the first female player in Major League history proves too tempting for the Kings to resist.

Nevertheless, Brooks doesn't want any part of it. Sasha is Kyle's little sister, not some sideshow.

Yet when Kyle takes a turn for the worse, Brooks promises to do everything in his power to help Sasha win a championship for him. Because there's no way he's letting either of them down. Not now, not ever.

My Review:

Intro: I’m on a bit of a sports romance kick right now. I don’t even know why. Athletes don’t really appeal to me. Perhaps it is the propensity towards rakitude that some athletes have. But I really did enjoy this book.


Heroine: Sasha-I liked her. I am still in the midst of my heroine slump so finding a heroine that does not annoy me was quite the victory. I liked that she was athletic and strong.

Hero: Brooks-I really loved Brooks. He was a loyal friend to Kyle which I greatly appreciated. He was a sweet, good guy. He did have a bit of a slightly rakish edge to him.

Chemistry: I loved Brooks and Sasha together. They were sweet with a tiny bit of angst. And I do love the angst. It was a really interesting dynamic with Brooks’ friendship with Sasha’s brother Kyle. His loyalty to Kyle versus his feelings for Sasha was quite interesting.

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Conclusion: I really did like this one. I didn’t quite breeze through it but it never lost my attention. I loved the chemistry between Brooks and Sasha and, of course, I loved the sports.

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Author Info
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at
She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Stand of Redemption by Cathryn Williams

Stand of Redemption (Stand, #2)Publisher: Young Ink Press
Pages: 217
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series: Stand-1
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I’m Nicholas Brooks.
Everyone thinks I’m a nice guy, a local fighter who plays by the rules.
I’m not.
I killed someone when I was sixteen.
The women love me, but I use them.
All except Ria.
However, to have her, I’ll have to fight for her.
The pit isn’t for wimps, either. No rules—get the KO.
To earn redemption, there is always a price.
Even if I win, I lose. Because Ria just might be the price I pay.

My Review:

Intro: I really enjoyed Stand of Redemption even though I had a little bit of difficulty with the heroine. It’s been happening to me recently. It’s not yet a slump but it’s getting to that point.


Heroine: Ria-This is has been a trend of my recent reading. I love the book and the hero but the heroine presents a problem for me. Ria isn’t the most egregious case but she did have some traits that I had some trouble with. Her stubbornness had a tendency to grind on my gears a little and sometimes I just wanted to knock some sense into her. But for the most part, I did like her and admired her toughness.

Hero: Nick-As much as I have been annoyed with heroines lately, I have love my heroes. And Nick is no different. I loved him. He was the strong type but a good guy as well. He did do some things that befuddled me as well. But I really did like him.

Chemistry: This is where the book really becomes excellent. The chemistry between Ria and Nick is off the charts. This is one of those books where I like the pairing far more than I do the characters. They just worked so well together. And the drama and angst only added to the awesome.

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Ending Babble: I really enjoyed this one. I became so involved with this book. I finished it in less than an hour and I didn’t even realize I was breezing through it that fast. I think I need to get my hands on Stand of Honor. 
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Author Info
Cathryn Williams is the oldest and only female in a family of four children. While born on the east coast, she has lived all over the country. Her father’s job as an engineer caused the family to move throughout her entire youth. She has spent time in Texas, Idaho, and Nevada before moving back to the eastern part of the country as an adult.
It was during these early years that her love of literature began, starting with Nancy Drew and growing with the Sweet Valley High series stories. This passion grew with each book and has caused her to transition into writing her own stories. Cathryn’s inspiration stems from a diverse childhood, loving family, and oversized lapdog Scarlet. When not giving life to her characters, she enjoys traveling, marathoning TV shows, and spending time with her family.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Night Storm by Tracey Devlyn


A promising young apothecary picks up the pieces of her life, only to collide with the ruthless thief-taker who once shattered her dreams and her heart.

When the love of his life chose an apprenticeship in Scotland over his marriage proposal, thief-taker Cameron Adair buried himself in his work--building an unmatched network of underworld spies. Forged by his reputation as a ruthless, greed-driven businessman, he has amassed a fortune. But he has one vulnerable spot in his armor--a brilliant, green-eyed apothecary, who continues to haunt his heart. When a murder investigation brings him back into contact with Charlotte Fielding, Cameron sets aside the past to find a killer and to distract a headstrong apothecary, clue by clue, kiss by kiss.

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In the distance, Charlotte Fielding spotted the simple, white-lettered sign that marked her destination. Apothecary. The tension she’d been carrying in her shoulders since entering the Whitley residence loosened its biting grip. The strain between husband and wife had not lifted in her two-day absence. If anything, it had grown worse, now that Mr. Whitley felt well enough to defend himself.

Charlotte’s brisk pace slowed. A man was slumped on the pavement between her shop and the boarded-up bakery next door. He sat with one leg stretched out across the walkway, the other bent at an angle. The rim of his hat protected his face from identification. So, too, did the long black woolen coat and matching muffler around his neck.

The tension in Charlotte’s shoulders returned full force. Even though she could not identify him, she knew what he wasn’t—a beggar. Everything about him was too fine for him to be living in the streets. She glanced around, checking the evening shadows as best she could with only lamplight to aid her. Anderson’s lending library, Patterson’s coffee shop, Gertrude’s lace boutique, Tilly’s former bakery—they all stood silent and free of loitering troublemakers and customers. If she cried out for help, would the shopkeepers hear her from their snug, upstairs apartments?

She considered entering through the back of her building, an area normally reserved for deliveries, but she couldn’t bring herself to venture down the dank, narrow alleyway at this time of night. Drawing in a calming breath, she reached into her reticule and pulled out her pouch of pepper. A poor defense, she knew, but she always kept it, thinking it would give her a small chance of escape if thrown in an assailant’s face.

Increasing her pace, she stopped in front of her shop’s weathered door, the color of a cloud-streaked blue sky. The man remained motionless, silent. Eerily so. She experienced a moment of indecision. Should she nudge him? Could he be hurt and in need of assistance? Or should she continue on inside her own shop and mind her own business?

“Hello, Charley.” The voice was unmistakable.

A chill started at the base of her neck and swept through her body. Bone deep and breath stealing. With slow, precise movements, her gaze lowered to the source of the too-familiar voice. A voice that belonged to the only man who had ever called her Charley.

The man’s uplifted face revealed itself. Thick, bold eyebrows stood out on a pale, pain-filled face. A once-beloved face. Cameron Adair. What little air she had left disappeared at the sight of Cam—Cameron. Other than a brief glimpse of him a few months ago, she hadn’t seen him for years. But she would have known him anywhere. The shock of seeing him held her immobile, terrified in a way she hadn’t been since the early days of their falling out.

“Charley, I need your help.”

His words, laced with a strain born of hard-fought control, snapped her out of the past and plunged her back into the present. Cameron Adair was sprawled at her door, hurt, needing her help.

 She slid her key into the lock. Metal scratched against metal until she heard a familiar click. Setting her bag inside the door, she returned outside. “Are you able to get to your feet?” She managed to keep her voice calm, unaffected. But inside, a violent tremor began and a maelstrom of questions flooded her mind. Why come to her? Where was he hurt? Why show up on her doorstep after complete and utter silence for five miserable years?

Carefully, she folded her hands at her waist and locked her knees before she could humiliate herself with senseless emotion. She had decided long ago to waste no more of it on Cameron Adair.

Something like disappointment flared in his blue, ice-chipped eyes. “Yes, with assistance.”

“Where are you hurt?”

“Left leg, right shoulder.”

“Let’s get you inside out of the cold, and I’ll hail a hansom cab to take you to Dr. Hollingsworth.”

He shook his head and mumbled, “I’ve been shot. Lost too much blood.”

“Cameron, I can’t—”

“You must,” he interrupted. “I haven’t the strength to go elsewhere.”

She knew what it had cost him to admit to such weakness. And because she knew this about him, an unrivaled fear forced her to his side.

Positioning herself in a crouch, Charlotte took a steadying breath before sliding her arm around his broad back. Blood, sweat, and a masculine scent uniquely Cameron’s filled her nose. She gritted her teeth against an overwhelming desire to inhale deeply.

“Ready?” she asked.

He nodded once, his full lips pressed into a thin, determined line. Bending forward, he wrapped an arm around her shoulder to brace himself. The new position put them face-to-face, breath-to-breath.

About the Author:

Tracey Devlyn is an award-winning author who writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine’s happy ending). She’s a co-founder of Romance University, a group blog dedicated to readers and writers of romance, and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, Chicagoland’s exciting new reading salon devoted to romantic fiction.

An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters. For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Review and Giveaway: The Governess Club: Sara and Louisa by Ellie Macdonald

The Governess Club: Sara-

The Governess Club: Sara (The Governess Club, #3)Sweet Sara Collins is one of the founding members of the governess club. But she has a secret… She doesn’t love teaching. She’d much prefer to be a vicar’s wife and help the local community. But this quiet mouse doesn’t want to upset her friends, and she resolves to help in whatever ways she can.

Nathan Grant is the embodiment of everything that frightens Sara. Which is why she can’t understand why the handsome but reclusive and gruff man is so fascinating to her. When Sara decides it’s time to take a chance and experience all that life has to offer, Nathan is the first person she thinks of.

Will Sara’s walk on the wild side ruin her chances at a simple, happy life? Or has she just opened the door to a once-in-a-lifetime chance of passion?


Heroine: Sara-I identified with Sara quite a bit because she is so shy. I am quite shy myself and so much of Sara’s characteristics reminded me of me. It was nice to see her come out of her shell because she was so buttoned up most of the time.

Hero: Nathan: Nathan was the complete opposite of Sara. He’s a politician so his whole demeanor is “out there.” He couldn’t be more different from Sara. I was quite curious about how he was going to draw her out.

Chemistry: I love how different Sara and Nathan are and how their differences only added to their amazing chemistry. Sara is so shy and Nathan is extremely outgoing and you could definitely see their personalities impacting and changing each other.

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The Governess Club: Louisa-

Louisa (The Governess Club, #4)Louisa Brockhurst is on the run - from her friends, from her family, even from her dream of independence through The Governess Club. But sometimes it’s easier for her to hide from those she loves in order to escape the secrets of her past.

Handsome but menacing John Taylor is a former prize-fighter turned inn-keeper who is trying to make his way in society. When Louisa shows up at his doorstep he’s quick to accept her offer to help - at a price. He knows that she’s hiding something and he can’t help his protective instincts around the beautiful woman.

Their attraction grows, but will headstrong, fiery Louisa ever trust the surprisingly kind John enough to tell him the dangerous secrets from her past that keep her running? Or will the power of her feelings scare her into running yet again?


Heroine: Louisa-I generally liked Louisa but I did have some difficulties with her. She had a bitter and sort of cruel aspect to her character that I really didn’t like. I didn’t quite know if it was a lack of checks and balances in her mental filter or if she was just cruel and bitter.  

Hero: John-I loved John. He was a prizefighter (well, innkeeper…but he was at one time a prizefighter…it counts). I love rough around the edges heroes with gentle, mushy demeanors. I found him to be quite sweet and tolerant—he had to be considering his heroine’s harshness.

Chemistry: I loved them together. Even though I had difficulties with Louisa. These two just worked well together. The intimidating but sweet John and the slight but bitter Louisa. They were complete opposites but it worked so well.

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Conclusion: I think I need to get my hands on the previous books in this series. Ellie Macdonald is an author I will be keeping my eye on. 

Author Info
Ellie Macdonald has held several jobs beginning with the letter t: taxi-driver, telemarketer and most recently, teacher. She is thankful her interests have shifted to writing instead of taxidermy or tornado chasing. Having travelled to five different continents, she has swum with elephants, scuba dived coral mazes, visited a leper colony and climbed waterfalls and windmills, but her favorite place remains Regency England. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada. The Governess Club series is her first published work.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Blast and Giveaway: Misbehavior by Kathryn Kelly

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Matthew “Val” Taylor, the Road Captain in the club, was introduced to sex at an early age. Saved from the streets by the club’s Enforcer and President years ago, Val now lives for women and the open road. Until the night the only woman he’s ever loved is almost killed. Val determines to change his ways and be the man Zoann Donovan should have and the father their son deserves.

Zoann has loved Val for a long time. Violence and bitter betrayal forces her to ignore her feelings and distance herself not only from the sexy RC, but her beloved brother, too. Until she discovers the truth. Can Zoann ever be forgiven for all the pain she’s caused? Will Val overcome his own demons and have a future with her and their son? Who will survive in an MC filled with lust and revenge, love and hate?

Warning: This is a tale of rape, murders, deception, heartache, lies, and infidelity. The road to redemption is a tumultuous struggle where only the strong survive and justice is served…Outlaw-style.



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To live in peace, Kat acknowledges she is a mom, but prefers to keep her
personal life private. In spite of her momma. Kat has always been an avid
reader and still devours books in her spare time. She also enjoys football,
socializing, music, eating, and jokes. In her head, she's the ultimate biker
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney

Not Quite a Wife (Lost Lords, #6)Publisher: Zebra
 Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
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Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent…except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.

Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.

Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love….

My Review:

Intro: Mary Jo Putney is one of those authors that I inherited from my Mother. I love her books. 


Heroine: Laurel-She is one of those rare characters that started out bad and stayed bad. I mean, her husband killed an assassin in their home and instead of being thankful that they are still alive even if a bit rattled, she freaks out a considers him evil. And then proceeds to do it again. She’s just intolerable because she doesn’t change her behavior.

Hero: James-I loved him. He was such a good guy and was far more tolerant of Laurel’s behavior than she deserved. I actually ended up feeling quite bad for him throughout the book because his heroine gave me a headache.

Chemistry: I didn’t necessarily find it difficult to buy into their story because I quite enjoy angst. But I did have trouble in that I did not like Laurel at all and given that I loved James, I wanted him to divorce her and find someone nicer and less prone to tantrums.

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Conclusion: I really wanted to love this one and I came quite close at times but this one fell a bit short of love. Laurel was a source of great frustration for me. We just didn’t mesh well. But James almost completely made up for her shortcomings. And as always, Mary Jo Putney is a fantastic writer. 
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Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 60 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. In 2013 she was awarded the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. She lives in Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four footed.

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Review and Giveaway: Once More, My Darling Rogue by Lorraine Heath

Once More, My Darling Rogue (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #2)Publisher: Avon
 ISBN: 0062276255
 Pages: 384 pages
 Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
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From New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath, comes the second book in a brand new series, The Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, featuring three eligible bachelors...and the scoundrels that reside within each.

Born to the street but raised within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can't escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he's not truly one of them. But after rescuing her from a mysterious drowning, he realizes she doesn't remember who she is. With plans to bring her to heel, he insists she's his housekeeper—never expecting to fall for the charming beauty.

While Ophelia might not recall her life before Drake, she has little doubt she belongs with him. The desire she feels for her dark, brooding employer can't be denied, regardless of consequences. So when Ophelia's memory returns, she is devastated by the depth of his betrayal. Now Drake must risk everything to prove she can trust this rogue with her heart once more.

My Review:

Intro: Lorraine Heath is usually a favorite of mine. She is one of those authors that has to write something particularly terrible for me to hate the book. I did like this one. I don’t think it’s going on the favorites list but it was a good read.


Heroine: Ophelia-She started out so badly for me. She was mean-spirited and spoiled and all bad things that frustrate me. But as soon as she was stricken with amnesia all the bad went away and she became a character I truly liked. So I spent the rest of the book wondering if this nice Ophelia was just a product of the amnesia or if she really could change that much.

Hero: Drake-I loved Drake. He was a completely honorable hero with a mischievous side. I loved how he went about teaching Ophelia a lesson because it was a lesson she really needed.

Chemistry: I liked Drake and Ophelia together. But I was caught in a place where I wondered if Drake was falling in love with the real Ophelia and Drake was also scheming a bit with Ophelia. So, I was a bit concerned as to how it was going to work out.

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Conclusion: So it appears that Lorraine Heath can never really disappoint me. I really enjoyed this one. Maybe not to the level that I loved some of her other books but this will be a reread for me. And I really did love Drake and the amnesia plot.
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LORRAINE HEATH always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals and computer code, but something was always missing. After reading a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s RITA® and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Review and Giveaway: The Austin Series by C.J. Fallowfield

Book .5: Destined
Destined (The Austin Series, #0.5)Gabe Austin is tormented by demons from his past. Blaming himself for his part in a tragic accident and abandoned by his father when he needed him most, he uses his charm, good looks and ripped physique to find temporary solace in an abundance of one night stands. Dominating, distant, unwilling to commit, sex becomes his outlet for his pain. Until he sees her. One glance was all it took to turn his world upside down, to make him want to possess her completely. Gabe just knew that she was the girl to heal his shattered heart, she was his destiny.

Review:  Nice intro to Gabe. I felt better about him and felt as if I knew him better. It’s always nice to get more info on your hero before reading the first book in a series.

                                                Book 1: New Leaves, New Strings

She had a heart of ice and he wanted to thaw it. His mission, to use his sexual prowess to make him impossible to resist, until she was his and his alone.
New Leaves, No Strings (The Austin Series #1)Best friends Mia and Lexi start University and make a pact. Tainted by their pasts, they’re going to try and get over their commitment phobias. Mia’s going to lose her virginity with hot, no strings attached sex. Rebellious Lexi’s going to try ditching her one night stands and attempt to have a relationship. What Mia didn’t count on however, was Gabe Austin, confident and irresistibly gorgeous, who quickly inserts himself into her life. Inextricably drawn to each other, their desire soon leads to a passionate encounter. Gabe’s fears of abandonment and domineering attitude, combined with Mia’s own fears of attachment, threaten to derail his attempts to thaw her frozen heart. Despite her reticence, Gabe Austin’s a guy who is used to getting what he wants and he’s determined to make her his and his alone. Just as he seems to have won Mia around, he goes and does something that could ruin everything.
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Review: Such a good start to the series. Mia and Gabe’s chemistry was scorching and I loved their dynamic right off the bat. And the angsty bits were so perfect. Gah! New series to fangirl.

Book 2: Baggage & Buttons

Their scorching sexual chemistry brought them together, but will their combined emotional baggage tear them apart?
Baggage & Buttons (The Austin Series #2) 
The charismatic and gorgeous Gabe Austin had finally broken down some of Mia Page’s walls. His charms and sexual prowess coaxed her from sex no strings, to a committed relationship, but a misunderstanding threatened everything he had worked for. Gabe’s determined to make Mia forgive him, his ultimate goal, to possess not just her body, but her heart. Despite their incredible sex life, Gabe’s domineering and controlling personality really pushes Mia’s buttons, while she infuriates him with her stubborn and defensive nature. Their two personalities combined create fireworks.

To complicate matters further, Mia has to face up to her deteriorating health, while best friend Lexi also has a tough choice to make. Their decisions will not only affect their lives, but could affect those of the people who care about them.

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Review: This one is chock full of angst and perfection. There was a fair bit of conflict in this one. This may be my favorite in the series but yeah only 2.5 books in.  Fangirl! Lexi was also awesome in this one.  Love her with Doug.

                                                          Book 3: Forever & an Engine
Forever & an EngineMia and Gabe’s ingrained personality traits continue to rub each other up the wrong way, while Mia’s formal diagnosis creates even more tension in their relationship.

It forces them to start facing up to whether their love and raw sexual chemistry is enough to overlook their fundamental differences. Meanwhile Lexi starts having doubts about her plans for her pregnancy and she has to give the ever persistent Doug an answer.

Just when it seems that Mia and Lexi have made their decisions, something happens that will turn one of their worlds upside down.

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Review:This is really where Gabe won me over and I had moments where I wanted to slap Mia upside the head. He really is there for Mia. I just love how he is with her—dominating yet careful and kind. This is the way that type of hero is done. Gabe is perfect. There was also a fair bit of conflict in this one. Also, I don’t like Milo.

Book 4: The Honeymoon Period
The Honeymoon Period (The Austin Series #4)While Mia took her operation and diagnosis in her stride, it has taken its toll on Gabe. He desperately wants to convince Mia to change her mind, to one day agree to marry him and start a family, but Mia is still weighted down by the baggage of her past.

Gabe also struggles with his slow recovery from the accident, while Mia finds his increasing mood swings and possessiveness more and more difficult to handle. The friction only adds to their scorching sexual compatibility.

Robert Austin, aware that Gabe wants more, presents Mia with a difficult choice. Deal with her commitment issues, or walk away from his son for good.

Lexi however seems to be making remarkable progress in her personal life, handling not only her miscarriage, but a new relationship with Doug. Is she strong enough to sustain it all?

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 Review: Gabe’s character develops so well. I was a bit surprised to see him mature while Mia lagged behind…she is 18 though. I loved how into the relationship Gabe is and how much he loves Mia. I have to admit to waiting for him to screw up but he is just so awesome.

Book 5: Love & Loss
Love & Loss (The Austin Series, #5)
Physically scarred and emotionally tormented, Gabe struggles to deal with the way his accident is affecting his future and relationship. Mia is resolved to stand by her man, no matter what, and she reaches out to her father to try and deal with some of her fears in order to move forwards with Gabe. The results of their meeting are both shocking and illuminating, helping her take a major step in her healing process. Lexi struggles with the pressures of her past affecting her relationship as well as her University workload, and is forced to re-evaluate what she actually wants from her life.

The Campus Killer continues to evade the authorities and strikes too close to home.

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Review: Gabe really broke my heart a little in this one and Mia was just obnoxious. Some of the things she does just confuse me and anger me at the same time. But Gabe is still perfect.

                                                           Book 6: Infinite Love
Infinite Love (The Austin Series #6)With the Campus Killer having been revealed and life changing decisions having been made, it should be smooth sailing. As ever, nothing goes to plan. Much personal progress is made, but massive backwards steps are also taken. Will they finally get their happy ever afters?

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Review: This final book in the series was heartbreaking. It caught me by surprise. Both Gabe and Mia still have so much to work through with each other and the journey is not always the easiest.

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I am a very young hearted 44 year old female from the United Kingdom. I enjoyed writing fictional stories as a child but, like many, long working hours in my career meant that I had little time for anything else. Finding myself in the fortunate position of now being able to work from home part time, I have been able to rekindle this long lost passion for storytelling. Writing aids include chocolate, Ben & Jerrys and copious amounts of coffee, wine or cider.

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