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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Lusting for Covers (69): The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior by Jennifer McQuiston


Lusting for Covers is a weekly meme, held on Sunday, that allows bloggers to share their current cover obsession with fellow book lovers.

This meme is hosted by TBQ @ TBQ's Book Palace.



This Weeks Selection:


The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior by Jennifer McQuiston
Publisher: Avon (Nov 2015)
Series: Seduction Diaries, 2
Genre: Historical

Blurb:

When her reclusive aunt dies, free-spirited Lucy Westmore is surprised to find out she has inherited a falling-down cottage in Cornwall. She scarcely knows her aunt, and her memories of Heathmore Cottage are murky, at best. But even more surprising is the other part of Lucy’s inheritance she never expected: an old leather journal that provides the details of her mysterious aunt’s life and—for better or worse—gives Lucy all the instruction she needs to live the life of a scandalous spinster.

Lord Thomas Branston has spent the last three years in Cornwall, hiding from his painful past. Nothing has been tempting enough to lure him back to London…until now. He alone knows the real value of the property, and he’s determined to buy Heathmore before Miss Westmore ruins everything and sells it off to the highest bidder.

Emboldened by the guidance in her aunt’s diary, Lucy refuses to sell the property, not even when Lord Branston’s offers escalate, and not even when the house turns out to be truly uninhabitable. When the negotiations turn heated, Lucy suspects something more sinister is afoot. Branston is offering her far more than the property seems worth. Worse, he seems willing to stoop to less than gentlemanly means to scare her off the land.

But Lucy has no intention of giving up her one chance for independence.

And Thomas has no intention of abandoning his suit. But is it the property or the spinster that he truly wants?

And what is he willing to offer for both?






Why?

I love the dress and setting. It's just so bright and cheery. Plus, I love her express. It looks like she's plotting. Then you read the blurb and see that face works for the cover. What has caught your lustful eyes this week?



InkSlinger PR Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: Taking What's His by Diane Alberts


Taking What's His 
Shillings Agency #4
Diane Alberts
April 28, 2015
Brazen Entangled 

TakingWhatsHis
 BOOK BLURB: 

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint... 

Some lines are meant to be crossed... 

One explosive device was all it took to turn Holt Cunningham from ass-kicking Marine to IT technician. Hell, he's still not over it. So when the cute little strawberry blonde at the bar asks him to kiss her, Holt can't resist the temptation of a sexy distraction. Before he knows it, she's blown his mind...and then skipped out the next morning. 

Lydia Thomas never expected things with Holt to go quite that far, but oh, it was worth it. After being far too good for way too long, she was ready to be bad. Except that there's that tiny detail that Lydia kept to herself-Holt just spent the night doing naughty things...with his best friend's little sister. 

One night isn't nearly enough. But with his friendship on the line, how far will Holt go in order to claim what's his?  

My Thoughts:

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Opposite of Wild by Kylie Gilmore (Review)

Okay, I liked The Opposite of Wild by Kylie Gilmore, but I have a few reservations about a character. That's a problem in itself, because she's the heroine. Yeah, that can't be good. Lets dive into my thoughts on this story.

So, we have Liz Garner who is Type A scary. Seriously, she has to be in control of everything and I don't know where it all stems from, because it's not like she had a horrible childhood. What I gather she had a normal childhood other than the one embarrassing incident at the pool when she was a teen. Honestly, it wasn't that bad, but she carried that memory and used to fuel her life choices. Someone needs some help in that department. Anyway, she tries to micromanage her sister, she kind of gets upset when her sister decides to try to do things on her own. Not a healthy relationship there. Plus, she feels like she has to do everything for her sister, because has been doing it forever. Some psychologist would have a field day with that situation. Time to move on.

Next we have Ryan O'Hare who needs a caregiver for his grandma (Maggie), because she's just not the same person after the accident. Of course he feels Liz would be a good person for the job cause she's just so button up. However, Maggie teaches Liz to live a little more and venture out of the comfort zone. I have no problem with that. I did have issues with her turning down Ryan for a date, but was willing to sleep with him. Ryan was wondering what was wrong him. That could totally give a guy a complex. Even though she was finding a new lease on life, she was still holding back. I have issue with a girl saying she wants husband, kids, and the white picket fence, but afraid to take a chance on love or even attempting to date. Yes, Ryan has been known to play the field, but give a guy a chance he could change.

Liz was my major hang up in The Opposite of Wild, but I still liked the story. It has to do with Ryan and his family. It's a hard lesson for Liz to learn to let go on somethings, but it takes practically the whole book. I actually like the next couple book in the series, but I just had a hard time with Liz. Good thing Ryan and Maggie kind of balance Liz out.

The Husband Games by Jamie Farrell (Review)

Let me just say that I adore chick-lit, because they are just fun, quirky, and entertaining. I did find this story quirky, but the fun and entertaining kind had me itching for more. There might be spoilers, because I don't know how to go around what bothered me in the story without the explanations. Here we go with my thoughts:

All right, the story takes place in a town called Bliss, and everyone is blissfully happy and wedding is there game. Okay, I'm fine with that, every town has to have a niche. However, Natalie is like the black sheep of the town, because he got a divorce. Oh dear god, she's a divorcee living in a town where everyone is like happily married. If that wasn't the biggest sin, being a bridal shop owner is like the devil incarnated. We need to pray for this child. Anyway, I actually have no problem with her sin, but one of town members does. Throughout the town she's know as Queen General (Marilyn Elias), but I thought of her more like the Queen Bitch. Honestly, I saw her more like a bully. She treated Natalie abdominally, and basically picked on her because Natalie was living in a town where everyone is blissfully happily married. I think I would have had more respect for Natalie if she had a backbone at the beginning, and slowly was chipped away. However, she just let QG pick on her. There were a couple of moments where she did decide to get a backbone, but it never lasted long. Another problem I had was her father. Her father was kind of seeing the enemy. I don't know, but my family that is big no-no. Granted my family doesn't get together all that often, but we know we have their backs. Then he had the audacity to say to try to work it out with Marilyn. Are you kidding me, that woman wouldn't listen to Natalie if her life depended on it. Plus, Marilyn even warned Natalie to stay away from CJ (the golden boy of husbands).

I guess I should mention this CJ and Natalie had a past. They were never together, but she kind of blamed CJ for the end of her marriage. First off, no one can ruined your marriage unless you let them. What happen to CJ and Natalie was an accident that happen at the Husband Games a few years back, but Natalie's marriage was already rocky she just used CJ as a scapegoat. Poor guy didn't know he was the blame of her faulty marriage. However, CJ and Natalie have an instant chemistry, because of the past and Marilyn basically calling her damage goods they weren't meant to be. Please.

Through most of the story, I was angry. A lot has to do with QG being a bully to Natalie. Seriously, Marilyn undermined what Natalie was trying to do for the Husband Games. Had Marilyn not been a complete bitch I would have enjoyed the story. It wasn't until we got to actual games that it started to get better and seeing CJ and Natalie working together. I know others who absolutely loved this story, but it made me angry. I don't take kindly to bullying, I have my reasoning. It just didn't work me. However, it could just this story and I might like something else written by this author. This is just my thoughts on The Husband Games.

Rating:
2 Stars



Friday, May 1, 2015

Forever Romance Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Sugar on Top by Marina Adair


SUGAR ON TOP 
Sugar, Georgia Book #2
by Marina Adair 
April 28, 2015
Forever 


She's sassy and sweet

The last thing Glory Mann wants is to become chairman of the Miss Peach Pageant in Sugar, Georgia. Spending months hearing nothing but the clinking of pearls and judgment? No thank you! But when Glory is forced to take the rap for a scandal she didn't commit, the judge sentences her to head the committee. Even worse, her co-chairman is rugged, ripped . . . and barely knows she's alive.

He's ready and willing

Single dad Cal McGraw can't take any more drama in his life. After a difficult divorce, his little girl became a boy-crazy teenager and his hands are full. The last thing he needs is to spend his down time with the town bad girl. Glory is pure trouble-tempting and tantalizing trouble. But he can't deny the strong chemistry between them-or how her touch turns him inside out. Now as squabbles threaten to blow up the contest and the town of Sugar itself, Cal must risk everything on the sexy wild card to get a second chance at love . . .

My thoughts:

Author's Pal Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Nice Girls Don't Ride by Roni Loren


Nice Girls Don't Ride
Roni Loren
April 21, 2015


Book Blurb:

Natalie Bourne thinks she has the perfect night planned for her twenty-first birthday. But when her car breaks down and her boyfriend bails on her, she’s left stranded in an auto shop dealing with a way too cocky, way too hot mechanic, who seems to be intent on pushing every button she has.

Monroe Hawkins knows he shouldn’t be messing with a girl from the uppity private college. Especially when he can tell she sees him as the help. But he’s having trouble resisting the redhead with the smart mouth and the killer legs. So when Natalie’s night goes from bad to worse, there’s no way he’s letting her spend her birthday alone. He makes her a deal—he’ll take her home but not until the sun comes up.


Ten hours, one motorcycle, and the city of Austin at their fingertips…things are about to take a major detour. And soon, there may be no U-turn in sight.

My Thoughts:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

PUYB Cover Reveal: Orphan's Blade by Aubrie Dionne


Orphan's Blade
by Aubrie Dionne
Lyrical Press
November 10, 2015



In the battle for a kingdom, every alliance counts…
 
Princess Valoria only cares about her music and her destiny: to unite the Kingdom of Ebonvale with the House of Song and succeed where her father has failed. As if that weren’t challenge enough, she must contend with her marriage to a battle hungry brute of a prince…until she falls for his adopted brother, the orphaned son of a blacksmith. But with a horde of undead gathering to attack Ebonvale, Valoria will have to choose between her personal happiness and the safety of the kingdom. Now the fate of Ebonvale rests in her heart.

PRE-ORDER INFORMATION

Orphan’s Blade is available for pre-order at Apple,  Amazon, B&NKobo and Google Play

Author Info:

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. Her latest contract is with HarperImpulse for a set of two contemporary romances releasing spring 2014. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.

For More Information
Visit Aubrie’s website.

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LIFT (Week 4): Authors Raising Autism Awareness (Autism Awareness Month) #LIFTOff #LIFT4Autism

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The last week of LIFT is here! What an amazing ride the last month has been, raising awareness, acceptance and action on behalf of families living with Autism.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Happy Book Day to Diane Alberts for Taking What's His by Diane Alberts (Giveaway)

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Taking What's His by Diane Alberts was released today! This is an adult, contemporary romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint. It is book #4 in the Shillings Agency series. Be sure to check out the contest below for a chance to win a gift card!


TakingWhatsHis
  BOOK BLURB: 

PUYB Double Cover Reveal: His New Jam & His Work of Art by Shannon Schroeder



His New Jam:

Sydney Peters can’t wait to finally drop the cymbals in marching band and devote time to her true love: drums. With the semester coming to a close, she’s blocking out the cacophony during practice, especially sax serenades from Hunter Reed. But when Hunter offers her a paid gig as a drummer in his band, Sydney quickly changes her tune. The two favor different styles, but they make beautiful music together…in more ways than one.

Hunter is fascinated by Sydney’s distant allure. He might be a ladies’ man on campus, but the sarcastic cymbalist is impervious to his advances. When Hunter sees how passionate Sydney is behind the drums, he orchestrates a plan to find out if she kisses like she plays. What he doesn’t anticipate, however, is falling so hard. But will the repercussions of his past crash down on his chance at something real?

FOR MORE INFORMATION

His New Jam is available for pre-order at Apple,  Amazon, B&NKobo and Google Play


His Work of Art:

Reese Carter is definitely not your average college girl. She’d prefer to spend Saturday nights playing Hero’s Crusade than attending a wild frat party on campus. When she bands together with Adam, fellow comic enthusiast and illustrator, it appears that Reese has formed a dream team sure to propel her writing into the comic hall of fame. Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. She’s sassy, smart, and loves talking comics, although he can’t see why she’d choose DC over Marvel. He’s thrilled to finally put his artistic chops to use in their upcoming comic project. But. this relationship is strictly professional. Or so he tells himself. When the two combine forces, they churn out magic in more ways than they had planned; they never expected to develop a steamy romantic sub-plot of their own…

FOR MORE INFORMATION
His Work of Art  is available for pre-order at Apple,  AmazonB&NKobo and Google Play

Shannyn Schroeder Bio:
Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.

She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

Shannyn is represented by Frances Black and Jennifer Mishler of Literary Counsel.

For More Information
Visit Shannyn’s website.
Connect with Shannyn on Twitter , Goodreads and Facebook