Monday, June 24, 2019

Review- Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz

Summary-

More than three centuries ago, Nicholas Winters irrevocably altered his genetic makeup in an obsession-fueled competition with alchemist and Arcane Society founder Sylvester Jones. Driven to control their psychic abilities, each man's decision has reverberated throughout the family line, rewarding some with powers beyond their wildest dreams, and cursing others to a life filled with madness and hallucinations.

Jack Winters, descendant of Nicholas, has been experiencing nightmares and blackouts - just the beginning, he believes - of the manifestation of the Winters family curse. The legend says that he must find the Burning Lamp or risk turning into a monster. But he can't do it alone; he needs the help of a woman with the gift to read the lamp's dreamlight.

Jack is convinced that private investigator Chloe Harper is that woman. It doesn't take long for Chloe to pick up the trail of the missing lamp. And as they draw closer to the lamp, the raw power that dwells within it threatens to sweep them into a hurricane of psychic force.


Release date: December 29th 2009
Published by: Putnam Adult
Page numbers: 353

Review-

Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz is the first book in her Dream light trilogy and the seventh book in her Arcane Society series. I have read a few books in the Arcane society series before but not in order. The whole concept upon which these books are based is quite interesting but sadly, Fired Up failed to meet my expectations. It was an okay read.

Jack Winters is the descendant of Nicholas Winters. The males in the Winters line are cursed that they will turn into a monster if they don't find the Burning Lamp. Plus he needs a woman to find the lamp, specifically one who can read dream light. I liked Jack. He was okay but nothing special. I liked his determination where Chole was concerned though.

Private Investigator Chloe Harper can read dream light. She solves many of he cases using her ability and when Jack asks for her help she agrees. I liked Chloe but again there was nothing super special that I adored about her. She was tenacious and strong.

There was definitely chemistry between Jack and Chloe but I didn't find it as appealing as it was in some of Jayne Ann Krentz's previous books. There is also the whole mystery plot line which forms the base of the story. It was interesting to see the various abilities and the whole Nightshade thing.

I also really liked meeting Fallon Jones again. I am quite intrigued by him and I really hope to read his book some day. All in all Fired Up was a good change of pace for me. I liked the mystery where romance took a back seat. It was not as interesting as some of her other books but still Fired Up was an okay read.



Friday, June 21, 2019

Preorder Blitz- Cowboy Up by Michelle Beattie





Title: Cowboy Up 
Author: Michelle Beattie 
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance 
Release Date: August 20, 2019 
Cover Designer: The Killion Group 



When Dallas Granger left his family's Last Stand, Texas, ranch, he hadn't planned on returning. But when a medical emergency calls him home and a legal matter affects his business, suddenly his family isn't the only thing in need of a re-build. Unfortunately his new project involves building a house for a woman who not only awakens his desires, but also his fears. But if he wants to claim her as his own, he'll have to tear down the walls he's built around his heart. Single mom Ashley Anderson knows all about juggling. Between an assortment of part-time jobs and raising her sixteen-year old daughter, she doesn't need a hunky construction worker with an attitude as a distraction. Even one who steps in to help her when she needs it most. Life has taught Ashley that when the going gets tough, she's on her own. It's going to take a man with a Texas-sized heart to show her that this cowboy isn't going anywhere.



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International Bestselling Author Michelle Beattie first found her love of romance in romantic comedies such as Romancing the Stone and Valley Girl (yes, she realizes that dates her).  It wasn't until after high school when she worked for a car rental company and had too much time on her hands that she started reading romances.  Historicals were her go-to and she raided many bookstores looking for historical western romances. Eventually she started thinking "what if" and "I'd have done that differently" and quietly started writing her own.  More than a dozen books later, Michelle has published in both digital and print platforms and her works have been translated in more than 4 languages. Michelle is a mother of two very strong, independent daughters.  She is a certified member of the Master Bowler's of Alberta and loves coaching and passing on her love for 5 pin bowling.  Besides bowling herself in a weekly league, she also likes to golf in the summer, play games, and read. Michelle lives in a solar-powered house in Central Alberta with her husband of almost 25 years, youngest daughter, and the cutest dog ever.  






Thursday, June 20, 2019

Review- Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts

Summary-

#1 "New York Times" bestselling author Nora Roberts cordially invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac--the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut's premier wedding planning companies. 


Parker Brown turned the quartet's childhood game of Wedding Day into their dream jobs. And now she's the face of Vows--the one who meets every bride's demands; keeps every event on schedule; and brings Emma's romantic flowers, Laurel's delicious treats, and Mac's stunning photography together in one glorious package. She knows how to make dreams come true... 

Mechanic Malcolm Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker's business risks have always paid off, but now she'll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart.



Release date: November 2nd, 2010
Published by: Berkley
Page numbers: 333


Review-

Finally, I got to Happy Ever After which is the fourth and final book in Nora Roberts' Bride Quartet series. I'm just going to come out and say this, Happy Ever After was the best book in the series. It was amazing and a pretty perfect romance actually. If you don't have the time, patience or inclination to read the entire series I would totally suggest skipping everything and getting right to this one. It was a total pleasure to read about Parker and Mal.


Parker is the one who manages every little thing at The Vows. She is there when anything needs to be fixed or if anyone needs an extra set of hands. Basically, Parker runs the show to make it perfect for every single bride out there. I loved Parker. She was deeply affected by her parents' death and has tried her best to be the best at what she does. Vows are her life and unlike her other friends, she isn't looking for love. But then comes in Mal.

I loved Mal. He just came barging into Parker's life and disrupted her perfectly timed schedule. I loved how unpredictable he was and he always kept Parker on her toes. More than that, he had this confidence and cockiness about him which made him the perfect match for Parker. I am glad we got to see Mal's side of the story because that just gave more depth to him.


Parker and Mal had sizzling chemistry. They were unbelievably good together. Like the chemistry was coming off the pages. I enjoyed every single conversation the both of them shared because it was filled with wit and humor. I thought Emma and Jack were my favorites but these two definitely surpassed all my expectations.


We get to see everyone in Happy Ever After. Mac, Carter, Emma, Jack, Laurel, and Del all seem to be doing really well and Parker and Mal seem to fit in easily with the remaining couples. It worked like a well-oiled machine. It was a little bit bittersweet to be done with the series but frankly, the entire series has been a pleasure to read. I loved Happy Ever After.



Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #280


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spines, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Project Duchess by Sabrina Jeffries
Publication Date: June 25th, 2019


Summary-

From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries comes a sparkling new series about an oft-widowed mother's grown children, who blaze through society in their quest for the truth about their fathers . . . and in the process find that love just might conquer all . . .

A series of stepfathers and a difficult childhood have left Fletcher "Grey" Pryde, 5th Duke of Greycourt, with a guarded heart, enviable wealth, and the undeserved reputation of a rogue. Grey's focus on expanding his dukedom allows him little time to find a wife. But when his mother is widowed yet again and he meets the charmingly unconventional woman managing his stepfather's funeral, he's shocked to discover how much they have in common. Still, Grey isn't interested in love, no matter how pretty, or delightfully outspoken, the lady . . .

Beatrice Wolfe gave up on romance long ago, and the arrogant Duke of Greycourt with his rakish reputation isn't exactly changing her mind. Then Grey agrees to assist his grief-stricken mother with her latest "project" schooling spirited, unfashionable Beatrice for her debut. Now that Beatrice is seeing through Grey's charms to his wounded heart, she's having trouble keeping him at arm's length. But once Grey starts digging into her family's secrets, she must decide whether her loyalties lie with her family . . . or with the man whose lessons capture her heart . . .

What are you waiting on? :)


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Teaser Tuesday #111


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

"Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel!"

-Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostovyesky 


Goodreads Summary: 

Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the tsars, is determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will. When he commits an act of murder and theft, he sets into motion a story that, for its excruciating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its depth of characterization and vision is almost unequaled in the literatures of the world. The best known of Dostoevsky’s masterpieces, Crime and Punishment can bear any amount of rereading without losing a drop of its power over our imaginations.

Dostoevsky’s drama of sin, guilt, and redemption transforms the sordid story of an old woman’s murder into the nineteenth century’s profoundest and most compelling philosophical novel.

Award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky render this elusive and wildly innovative novel with an energy, suppleness, and range of voice that do full justice to the genius of its creator.

I had no idea I would love this so much... it's going to take me a long, long time to finish so you will be seeing more teasers from it. What teaser have you shared today? Happy reading! 


Monday, June 17, 2019

Blog Tour- Smoke by Gemma Weir


Book: Smoke by Gemma Weir (#5 in the Archer's Creek Series)
Genre: Series-interconnected stand-alone contemporary MC Romance
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Synopsis:

Smoke
I know women. I love them and they love me.
I don’t chase them; they line up and I pick out whichever takes my fancy.
Only now there’s her.
She’s unimpressed, disinterested. She’s different and I can’t look away.
I don’t understand her, but I need to make her look. I need to make her see me and then never look away again.
Sometimes the things that don’t come easily are the things that we should fight the hardest for, and with Riley I’m in for the fight of my life
 
Riley
I’ve been hurt and my heart’s still bruised.
I know who Smoke is. I’ve seen it all before, the arrogant ‘king of the world’ attitude.
So I’m mean, cold, and harsh because offense is the best defense when it comes to protecting myself.
Only what if he’s not who I think he is?
I don’t want to want him, but I just can’t help myself, and sometimes what we shouldn’t want is exactly what we need.

Meet the Author

Gemma Weir is a half crazed stay at home mom to three kids, one man child and a hell hound. She has lived in the midlands, in the UK her whole life and has wanted to write a book since she was a child. Gemma has a ridiculously dirty mind and loves her book boyfriends to be big, tattooed alpha males. She's a reader first and foremost and she loves her romance to come with a happy ending and lots of sexy sex.
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Book Tour: Claiming the Drakos Heir by Jennifer Faye


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Claiming the Drakos Heir
By Jennifer Faye

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

Hi. :-) Thank you for joining me with the launch for the second book in the Greek Island Brides trilogy ~ CLAIMING THE DRAKOS HEIR.

When a freak accident kills Popi’s adopted sister and brother-in-law, she is left carrying her sister’s baby. Agreeing to be a surrogate had been a big decision for Popi and one she hadn’t taken lightly. And now that her sister is gone, it is up to Popi to step up and raise the child of her heart. . .


Her life was about to change in so many ways, as the baby was due in a couple of weeks. Not long at all—

Knock-knock. Knock-knock.

So much for ignoring them.

“Anyone home?” A male voice called out through the open window.

Who could that be?

Popi wasn’t expecting anyone. Everyone she knew was getting ready for the wedding. And then the thought of something going wrong with the wedding had her rushing out of the bathroom in her fluffy, short pink robe that barely fit over her baby bump and with a large portion of her hair pulled up in a big orange clip.


"I give Claiming the Drakos Heir a well deserved five plus stars and I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy sweet and romantic books with beautiful settings. I can not wait to find out what happens next in the third addition to the Greek Island Brides series."


What just happened?

Apollo Drakos stood slack-jawed as the woman sashayed down the hallway, but to be honest her sashay was more like a waddle. A cute waddle, but still a waddle all the same.

How could she still be pregnant?

His attorney had assured him the baby was born, though no one had been able to tell him if it was a boy or girl. Not that it mattered to him. Either way, he was still claiming his niece or nephew.


". . . the novel does have a few emotional rollercoasters, especially when dealing with a custody battle of a young child. I enjoyed reading and finding out the backstory of each character especially the mysterious Apollo. A definite must-read for anyone who loves romance novels."

E-Romance News - Excerpt

Popi was the maid of honor, or koumbara, and it was her responsibility to see that the bride was ready on time. The rest of the bridal party soon showed up, including Lea’s assistant and her soon to be sister-in-law, Stasia. Because an odd number of attendants was good luck. And three attendants were the best.

Together they worked until Lea was all done up with her long hair pulled up with just a few strategically placed curly wisps of hair softening her face. A wreath of fresh flowers was clipped into place.

Popi stepped back and took in Lea’s dress. It was truly breathtaking. White tiers of Chantilly lace, tulle and ribbons adorned her. There was a V-shaped neckline with delicate straps over her shoulders and satin ribbon wrapped around her waist. She truly looked like a Greek goddess.


"I absolutely adored this novel! This is my first book by Jennifer Faye, and it most definitely will not be my last! I was hooked from page one, and taken on a whirl wind ride following these amazingly chiseled characters to the end."


He didn’t want to be here.

But on this small island, places to wait for Popi were limited. And the wedding appeared to be taking place in a common area of the village.

Apollo found himself standing off to the side. No one seemed to make a big deal of him being there. They acted as though he was just another wedding guest. Some even shook his hand and greeted him.

Up until now, Apollo had done nothing but make one mistake after the next since the day he was born. He thought he’d have time to fix things—to change his ways. After all, he was young. There was plenty of time to make up for the past, but then suddenly out of nowhere he’d been blindsided when time had run out for Nile and his wife, Andrina. And now he owed it to his brother not to mess things up where the baby was concerned.


It was then that Popi approached him. And by her stiff posture, he was certain she was not happy about him crashing this wedding. Maybe this hadn’t been such a great idea after all, but he was there now so he might as well stay and get this over with.

He was propped against a tall white column. He didn’t move, as Popi was headed straight for him. “What are you doing here?” Her gaze narrowed. “You aren’t part of the moving crew, are you?”

“Never said I was.”

“But you let me believe you were.”

“As I recall, you were in too much of a hurry to get the details.”


"Claiming the Drakos Heir by Jennifer Faye is so much more than what I thought it was going to be and I’m so honored to be a part of this book blog tour. Ms. Faye has taken us on a journey in this book. I have always wanted to go to Greece, and now I feel like I have just by visiting Infinity Island and a little bit of Athens that we have seen in the book. Apollo, Popi, and their bundle of joy seem like they will be good together, and I hope that they do. I love a happy ending.

I am giving it a five-star rating and recommending it to all romance readers out there."

Harlie's Books - Excerpt & Review

“Can I cut in?” The stranger wore a serious expression.

Roberto, looking caught off guard, stopped dancing. “Um…” His gaze moved to her and she nodded. “Thank you for the dance.” Roberto turned back to the other man. “She’s all yours.”

The man took Popi in his quite capable arms, but there was no escaping their closeness with her protruding abdomen. No one had long enough arms to allow for much room between them—not even this man.

“What are you doing?” Her voice came out in a heated whisper.

“Dancing. With you.” He led her around the dance floor.

"What sets this book apart from the pack is the emotional connection that I felt for both Popi and Apollo from the start. . . . While this is on the sweet side, the romantic build up is well done. The chemistry is palpable and emotional. . . . this is a great addition to the Greek Island Brides trilogy."


"I loved the setting of the Greek Island and the excitement of the upcoming wedding that was about to take place. . . . I absolutely loved this sweet story and look forward to reading the next book in the series to find out who will be the next bride on the Greek Island."


It’d been a long time since he’d danced.

And he was surprised to find he enjoyed holding Popi close.

Realizing he was enjoying it too much, Apollo guided them off to a quiet corner of the dance floor. His intent was to have a serious conversation with her, but this close contact was detrimental to his thought process.

He drew in a deep breath, but it did nothing to cool his heated blood. There was something about this woman that got past his practiced defenses. And right now, talking was the last thing on his mind.


"Despite those choices where the story continues to play out between two people who are in the height of a fierce custody battle there is also a slow burning romance playing out in the background. . . . Theirs was an interesting romance and I had a feeling Faye was going to continue the legacy of how this Greek island brings unsuspecting people together at a point in their lives where they aren't entirely ready to commit to a relationship much less consider a marriage! Sometimes life is like that though - you find yourself caught up in the tides of fate and despite your best intentions, things really do work out the way they were always meant to even if the timing of it all is not your own choosing."

Hallie Reads - Review

"A story of grief, trust, letting go, and some good, fun romance, Claiming the Drakos Heir is definitely an enjoyable read. I loved seeing the drama between Popi and Apollo in these unique circumstances, proving perfect for any reader in need of a quick contemporary romance."


Kissing her had been a mistake. Apollo didn’t know if he was going to be able to talk to her—to look at her—without recalling that earth-moving kiss. And he couldn’t afford to be distracted. There was too much at stake.

He stepped away. “That shouldn’t have happened.”

Popi’s gaze darkened. “The song has ended. Now I want answers. Who are you?”

“Do you really not recognize me?”

“No.” She studied his face. “Why should I know you? Are you famous?”


"I did enjoy the story of Popi and Apollo. Both were determined to care for the baby. I loved how Apollo took to Fatherhood."

Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post, if you haven't already...


Claiming the Drakos Heir
(Greek Island Brides #2)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
June 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance

The rebel bachelor is back…

To claim her baby!

In this Greek Island Brides story, pregnant surrogate Popi Costas is faced with raising her late sister’s child alone, until the baby’s wealthy uncle arrives to take charge! Apollo Drakos is distractingly handsome, but Popi won’t let that stop her from fighting to keep the baby. Yet as she gets to know the man behind the wild card reputation, Popi’s reconsidering welcoming Apollo into her new little family…

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The Greek Island Brides Series

Finding love that lasts to infinity!

All marriages that take place on renowned wedding destination Infinity Island are guaranteed to last forever!

And the picturesque Greek island is about to weave its magic for friends Lea, Popi and Stasia. They dream of finding their own happy-ever-afters... And they’re about to meet three billionaires who will sweep them off their feet—and down the aisle!

Follow Lea’s journey from surprise pregnancy to dream proposal in...

Book #1 - Carrying the Greek Tycoon’s Baby

From one night…

To nine months!

In this Greek Island Brides story, for jaded tycoon Xander Marinakos, renowned wedding destination Infinity Island is just another opportunity to expand his empire. Until he’s captivated by its beautiful owner, Lea Romes… When their one night together has unexpected consequences, Xander must negotiate the deal of a lifetime, and put his guarded heart on the table to convince independent Lea they can be a family…for infinity!

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And coming September 2019…

Book #3 - Wearing the Greek Millionaire's Ring

A convenient engagement…

An inconvenient attraction!

In this Greek Island Brides story, widow Stasia Marinakos is learning to enjoy life again aboard a Mediterranean cruise. Her chemistry with gorgeous Greek tycoon Roberto Carrass is a pleasant surprise—until she’s mistaken for his fiancée! Nevertheless, the guarded bachelor asks Stasia to continue the charade to stop his family from matchmaking. As their attraction grows, their fake romance feels ever more real…but what will happen when the vacation ends?

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About the Author


Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.


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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Review- Need Me by Tessa Bailey

Summary-

When Honey Perribow traded in her cowboy boots for stilettos and left her small Kentucky town to attend Columbia University, she never expected to find a dirt-cheap apartment or two new best friends. No stranger to hard work, Honey is completely focused on her medical degree … until she sees newly minted professor Ben Dawson, and her concentration is hijacked. Honey is fascinated by her gorgeous young English professor and vows to find a crack in his tweed-wearing, glasses-clad exterior.


At an off-campus party, an accident lands Ben in a dark, locked closet with a sexy-sounding Southern belle … and their chemistry is explosive. But when he discovers that the girl in his arms is the same beautiful student he can't stop thinking about, he is stunned. Student-teacher relationships are strictly forbidden … yet no matter how hard he tries, Ben can't stay away from Honey.

And when his attempt to fight their attraction nearly ruins the best thing that ever happened to him, Ben will do anything to prove how much he needs her.



Release date: April 21st, 2015
Published by: Avon Impulse
Page numbers: 288


Review-

I love reading Tessa Bailey's books because they are fun and sexy. While I had liked the first book in the Broke and Beautiful series I was really looking forward to Need Me. This is the second book and kinda has the forbidden student-teacher storyline. I have to say I really enjoyed myself while reading Need Me. It had everything I love in a good romance.

Honey is a student at Columbia University. She shares an apartment with Roxy and Abby and everything is going well according to plan in her life. Till she meets Ben who just so happens to be her English professor. I loved Honey. She was a sweet girl and I loved her determination to go for what she wanted. A five year age difference may not be much but it certainly matters where a student and teacher are concerned. And that is exactly what happens here.


Then we have Ben. Ben has just started off his career and he does not want to mess it up. Ben can see the off the charts chemistry he shares with Honey but he isn't going to do anything about it. Ben could be a real ass at times. But he could grovel and he admits when he's made a mistake. Ben also had issues due to his family which prevents him from believing in relationships.


Like all Tessa Bailey books, this one was hot. Ben and Honey were amazing together and I loved their banter. Even though Honey and Ben were opposites in many ways they were well matched and it showed as they got to know each other.


I also really liked seeing Roxy and Louis again. I loved the bromance Ben and Louis and Russell shared. I have to say I am SUPER excited for Make Me which is Abby's story. With minimum angst and loads of romance Need Me was a very enjoyable and light read.




Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #279


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spines, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Call it What you Want by Brigid Kemmerer
Publication Date: June 25th, 2019


Summary-

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship...

This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

What are you waiting on? :)