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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: Once Upon a Highland Christmas by Lecia Cornwall

Once Upon a Highland Christmas (Once Upon a Highland Season, #3)Publisher: Avon Impulse
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Lady Alanna McNabb is bound by duty to her family, who insist she must marry a gentleman of wealth and title. When she meets the man of her dreams, she knows it's much too late, but her heart is no longer hers.

Laird Iain MacGillivray is on his way to propose to another woman when he discovers Alanna half-frozen in the snow and barely alive. She isn't his to love, yet she's everything he's ever wanted.

As Christmas comes closer, the snow thickens, and the magic grows stronger. Alanna and Iain must choose between desire and duty, love and obligation.

But it's Christmas in the Highlands, and there are bound to be a few surprises.

My Review:

Intro: Lecia Cornwall made her way into my favorite authors list with How to Deceive a Duke and she has continued to write books that I love since then. I very rarely give out cupcake ratings to authors twice in a row and I did with How to Deceive a Duke and What a Lady Most Desires. And I loved this one just as much.


Heroine: Alanna-Alanna was such a great heroine. She was strong and kind. I loved that she was willing to do her duty to her family even though she did not want to. She was definitely more of the quieter kind of heroine which I really loved.

Hero: Iain-I was surprised by how much I loved him. He was also the quiet sort of hero. Strong and protective with a strong allegiance to duty. I did spend much of the book wanting to curb-stomp Penelope, the woman he had to propose to.

Chemistry: I am a big huge fan of Alanna and Iain. They are not the most boisterous or dramatic characters but they exhibited some of the most amazing chemistry I have come across in a long time. I also loved the whole third part Penelope problem. And she was a problem. An obnoxious one.

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Conclusion: I loved this book in the way that I love most of my favorite romances. I could easily finish reading the book and quite happily turn right back to the beginning again. It was that good. Lecia Cornwall is most definitely one of my favorites and this book is pretty high on the list of my favorites of hers. 
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Author Info
Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, amid the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with four cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She is hard at work on her next book.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: Corrupting Cinderella by Autumn Jones Lake

Corrupting Cinderella (Lost Kings MC, #2)Publisher: self
Pages: 266 pages
Genre:  Romance/Contemporary/MC
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Can a lawyer and a criminal maintain an enduring romantic relationship?

Although Hope and Rock care deeply for one another, the truth is they come from completely different worlds. Add to that the fact that they are also both headstrong people, and they have a very rough road ahead of them.

For Rock that means introducing Hope to what it really means to be part of his brutal and shady world, where the Lost Kings Motorcycle Club is his main focus. For Hope it means accepting the things she can’t change, and understanding that Rock is a man who will do anything to keep her safe.

As Rock continues to draw Hope deeper into his world, painful misunderstandings and opposition from the members of his club will threaten to drive them apart.

My Review:

Intro: I’ve been sick for the past week. I managed to acquire an illness that not only includes sickly coldish feelings but also a stomach sick component that is truly special. I am now just beginning to feel a bit better. Also my Rottweiler may or may not have destroyed my e-reader. It was an unintentional thing. He’s apologized and all is well. I ended up buying a Kindle Voyage to replace my beloved Kobo Aura.

I did end up loving this book so much. It was one of the things that made me feel better while I was sick. I am a huge fan of motorcycle club romances and this one was great. I did make the mistake of reading it after I watched the Sons of Anarchy finale though.


Heroine: Hope-She was the perfect heroine for this type of book. She was smart, strong and scrappy. I love how she made an effort to understand the quite challenging lifestyle that Rock leads. And I was also happy that she didn’t lose herself to it.

Hero: Rock-Oh dear. He was…perfect. He was a sweetie pie but still kept the alpha traits that I love in a MC hero. I love how sweet he is with Hope and how protective he is of her.

Chemistry: Hope and Rock were amazing together. They didn’t seem on first glance as if they would work well together but oh dear did they. They were sweet with a bit of an edge.

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Conclusion: So this here is another series and author that I need to follow. I loved this book. Hope and Rock were excellent but so were the secondary characters—I can’t wait to read the other boys’ books. I am off to read Slow Burn now and I will be following this series.  

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Author Info
As an only child, Autumn kept herself entertained by making up all sorts of stories. For a long time, life and school dimmed her enthusiasm for creative writing. But as soon as she rediscovered her love of storytelling, she put her fingers to the keyboard and hasn’t looked back.
Her favorite books to read are mystery, thrillers, horror, romance, erotica and urban fantasy. Her favorite thing to write is romance. All of her stories have to include a hunky hero and an optimistic ending.
When she’s not writing, Autumn spends time listening to music, going to concerts, and driving her family nuts. She enjoys reading, gardening, acting, and collecting nail polish. (Her husband says she shouldn’t be allowed to include gardening in her list of hobbies, because she makes him do all the work, but that’s not relevant.)
Autumn lives in Upstate New York with her husband and their three rescue dogs. She is actively involved with several dog rescue groups and her local RWA chapter.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review: The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton

The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior (Dukes Behaving Badly, #1)Publisher: Avon
 Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
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All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?

When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.

As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.
But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .

My Review:

Intro: I drafted this review while Rambo was taking his prevening and pre “Can I please go on a walk? No, I won’t chase any squirrels up a tree” beg that I can’t say no to.

Megan Frampton is a new to me author and I am so thankful for that because I haven’t read in new author in a while. And I loved this book so much. So yay another author to fangirl.


Heroine: Lily-She was awesome. She had a bit of a rough go of it but never let it get her down. It gave her a strength to her character. She was smart, independent and quite feisty. I loved her.

Hero: Marcus-Marcus sort of reminded me of a college kid who keeps up his frat boy lifestyle long after it’s appropriate. Not that I didn’t like him. I did. But he was the type of hero who clings to his rakish ways even when he probably shouldn’t. I actually find this characteristic quite refreshing. I am used to rakes who brood. It’s nice to see a more easygoing rake.

Chemistry-I loved just about everything about them together. They had such amazing chemistry. Their banter was one of the highlights of the book. They just seemed so comfortable with each other and that just made me love them even more.

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Conclusion: I loved this book. The banter is really what got me. I love any author who can write great dialogue and Megan Frampton definitely can. I will be following this series in a fangirl way.

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Author Info
Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Review: Game On by Collette West

Game OnPages: 218 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Sports
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Pitching phenom Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has a hard time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he's painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin.

Desperate to revamp his loner image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force Jilly out of his comfort zone.

Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance in Jilly's life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he's about to become her new leading man.

My Review:

Intro: I am not a big baseball but I love sports romance of any kind and I loved Collette West’s previous book so this one was kind of right up my alley. The only problem is that whenever I tried to read the book or write the review I had this staring at me:

His name’s Rambo and we rescued him a couple of months ago. Saying no to that face is near impossible. And the man wants to play fetch so that's what he gets. 


Heroine: Hailey-I really liked her. She was just so refreshingly normal.  I did have moments when I wanted to give her a good scold but I also had those feelings about Jilly so it was not a big deal at all.

Hero: Jilly-I liked him as well. I love that he was a genuinely good dude. Sweet and shy in spite of his intimidating appearance.  Not the typical sports star type of hero. I really loved reading his point of view. I really did make a connection to him and you can tell how much he loves Hailey.

Chemistry: I absolutely loved Jilly and Hailey together. They frustrated me a bit, I have to admit but there was something so completely pure and sweet about them that I couldn’t not love them. I also loved the reunited lovers plotline.

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Conclusion: I loved this book. It took me a bit to get into it though but that was dog distraction—he’s new, he doesn’t know better. Collette West is quickly becoming one of my favorite sports romance authors. 
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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, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Review: Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #4)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0349400601
Pages: 385 pages
Genre:  Romance/Historical/Regency
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By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking-in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered...until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear...including her heart.

My Review:

Intro: Sarah MacLean is one of my absolute favorites and the Rules of Scoundrels series is a favorite of mine. Needless to say, I was looking forward to this book in a completely ridiculous fashion. It did not disappoint me even a little bit.


Heroine: Georgiana-She was just plain old awesome. She was so easy to like. She was one of the few heroines that I think avoid the Mary Sue trope while being genuinely awesome. She was strong and capable and was not afraid to be just a little bit vengeful.

Hero: Duncan-He was the perfect complement to Georgiana in that he was just as strong as she was. I also love that he didn’t mind the strength of his heroine. He did tend did tend to be a bit over-bearing at times towards Georgiana though. Not in a completely bad way.

Chemistry: This was a truly unique romance in that both the hero and heroine were equals. They were equally strong and equally heroic in their own right in this book. And I loved that so much. It’s not exactly a common thing to see in romances and it was so well done.

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Conclusion: This book was excellent. That’s it. I loved the characters, the plot and how well-plotted the story was. It’s very rare that I can read a book and not have any moment of boredom or distraction and I breezed right through this one. I love Sarah MacLean and this series. It will be one of the ones I go back and reread over and over.  

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Author Info
Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book.

Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers. Please visit her at

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone by Vivienne Lorret

Tempting Mr. Weatherstone (Wallflower Weddings, #0.5)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062387251
Pages: 96 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
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Penelope Rutledge longs for passion, but only with the man of her dreams: the brilliant, dashing Ethan Weatherstone. If only her longtime neighbor would open his eyes and realize how much she loves him. If only they weren’t best friends with so much at stake. Penelope knows her future - and their friendship - is in her hands, but is she willing to take the biggest risk of all on the man she loves?

If it were up to Ethan, life and love would be as predictable as the figures in his ledgers - certainly nothing like the adventures Penelope longs for. Yet his childhood friend has grown into a beautiful, feisty woman blissfully unaware of the danger she causes when near. Ethan knows he must save Penelope-and her reputation...but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?

My Review:

Intro: A friends to lovers romance is one kick in the pants I did not need but really loved oh so very much. This one was so amazing even though it was a novella and I usually like my romances long and drawn out.


Heroine: Penelope-I loved her. She’s loved Ethan since they were children and he just sees her as a friend. I love that she wasn’t just willing to sit and pine over him but decides to leave and do her own thing instead of waiting. She didn’t just mope about and she didn’t whine about it. She was awesome.

Hero: Ethan-I have to admit that I kind of wanted to smack him. You could tell he had feelings for Penelope but he was content just to let them stay in their same old situation. I did like him. Quite a bit. He was the perfect hero if you like the more controlled sort.

Chemistry-Oh dear were they just lovely together. Ethan was so reluctant to change his relationship with Penelope and Penelope was so in love with him. It was both painful and adorable at the same time. I just wish he had made it clearer to Penelope how he felt about her.

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Conclusion: I do love a good novella but there are times that I wish that a couple in a novella had been given a full length novel. This is one of those times. But I am not going to down rate this novella because of that. I loved this book so much. Vivienne Lorret is quickly becoming one of my favorites. 
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Author Info
I fell in love with fairy tales and the romance behind happily ever after at a very young age. Like a lot of you, I tweaked the fables bit by bit in my imagination until they suited me perfectly. By the time I was eleven, a teacher encouraged me to start writing.
Throughout the years that followed, my teachers remained my most fervent supporters, giving me the tools I needed to continue my journey as a writer.
My husband and I have two teenage boys, who are heroes in their own right. For now, we live in a small Midwestern town near Lake Michigan…until a time in the future when a new adventure calls us to other shores.
I am currently working on my next novel, but I always enjoy hearing from my readers. Feel free to email me at

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review: Her Winning Formula by Shannyn Schroeder

Her Winning Formula (Hot & Nerdy, #3)Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 98 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Spring break was supposed to be a last blast of fun for three friends before the reality of adulthood set in. But for the trio’s science whiz, it’s an education in instant attraction… 

Chemistry major Felicity Stone can tell you everything about the way chemicals interact, but when it comes to social interaction, she needs schooling. Abandoned by her friends, Felicity is faced with spending spring break alone—unless she accepts a gorgeous stranger’s invitation to pose as his girlfriend at a family wedding. Not one to turn down a research opportunity, Felicity never expected it to produce such breathtaking results…

Teacher and baseball coach Lucas Tanner is fascinated by Felicity’s potent mix of spirit and scientist, not to mention her delicious curves. When Felicity asks him to return the favor by teaching her how to pick up guys, he can’t refuse—but he’s not at all happy with the idea of her using a formula for flirting on anyone but him. Can he convince her that together they have the perfect chemistry?

My Review:

Intro: The holiday weekend was busy. I had three separate Thanksgiving dinners. Different days but still three. So I am all holidayed out. I did, luckily, have the chance to read Her Winning Formula. And it was the perfect distraction in the midst of all the turkey.


Heroine: Felicity-I loved her. She was as socially awkward as I was feeling as I was reading the book. She had no filter and I absolutely loved that. She said what she thought and I found that refreshing.

Hero: Lucas-He was just such a nice guy. I have been inundated with nice guy heroes lately and I am not at all upset about it. Lucas was just such a sweetie. I love how he is with Felicity. He just understands all of her quirks immediately.

Chemistry: These two were so perfect together. And, perhaps, on paper they shouldn’t have worked. But they did. Lucas just understands Felicity and guides her through her quirks.

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Conclusion: I have really loved this series. The characters and storylines are so engaging and I have a huge weakness for nerds. I will definitely be reading more of  Shannyn Schroeder’s books.

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Author Info
Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

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