Monday, December 18, 2017

Audiobook Review: Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

I actually listened to Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs before jumping into book two, but I have somehow missed the writing the review. Okay, Jane Jameson just living her life until, she got fired, and then it got turned upside down and inside out. I mean she was plain old Jane, until she got turned into a vampire. Once she was turned she ends up getting framed for murder, and she doesn't understand why Gabriel wants her. Her life hadn't been all that interesting until she turned to a vampire.

Molly brings us into Jane's new world and we get join her on the wild ride. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs is hilarious journey of Jane Jameson as she learns to navigate the world as a vampire. At the same time try to figure out why someone is trying to get her framed for murder, and keep her secret hidden from everyone she knew prior to her rise. This story is light and fun, and a great escape from the real world. I absolutely loved this book. I only had one issue about the story, and that was the ending was a bit awkward. I thought I actually had an abridged audiobook, but I didn't. Truly an awkward ending, then again it kind of fits Jane's awkward situation. However, the other books in the series didn't have that feeling. It could have been this was the first book in the series. That was my only issue to the story. Amanda Ronconi did a fabulous job and this book. I'm telling you I laugh so hard with her style of narration for this book. If you have a chance to checkout the Jane Jameson books, I highly recommend reading/listen. Plus, you want to start from the beginning. Granted Jane does a lot of recapping in the next books, but it's a lot more fun to start with Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs.

5 Stars

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A Scottish Lord for Christmas by Lauren Smith (Review)

A Scottish Lord for Christmas was probably the gut wrenching of all the Sins and Scandals series. So, we have Lady Rowena Pepperwirth, she's the younger sister Milly. She's sweet, biddable, and about to enter her first season. Everything is new and exciting, but she catches the eye of Lord Forres. Quinn MacCauley needs to find a wife to raise his daughter, and fill some other needs. He's taken by Rowena and how much she cares for his daughter. His goal is to make her his wife and keep her at arms length. However, there is one problem, Rowena is the kind of person to love everyone with her whole heart. Plus, she's willing to take on the challenge of healing Quinn with her love.

Oh man, see where this can break your heart. We have one who is willing take a chance on love, and the other too scare to love again. A Scottish Lord for Christmas is a fairly fast read, and with little conflict other Quinn battling his feelings for Rowena. After all he never wants to forget his first love. Can he learn to love Rowena the way she's meant to be love or is he going to suck the life out of her. It doesn't help that his servants want to continue to honor the memory of his first wife. They are a bit nasty to Rowena. Fortunately, she has his daughter and his sister on her side. Overall, a pretty good read. Mainly a sweet one too.

Copy provided by Forever Romance.

4 Stars

Audiobook Review: Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men by Molly Harper

The Jane Jameson books are the reason I have decided to keep my audible books membership active. Seriously, Molly Harper knows how to make a girl laugh out loud. Well, we continue with the perils of being a vampire with Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men. Good lord, the antics in this story. Jane's still a vampire, but she finds herself getting in danger. Before her undead life she had a completely staid life. However, undead life is an adventure. A lot happens in this story, that continues to turn her life upside down. Her sister is  still pretty pissed at her. Her grandma Ruthie has met her male counterpart. However, that's not all. Oh no; we have Zeb and Jolene's wedding. What kind of wedding didn't have a problem or two. Anyway, as we read/listen we see Zeb start to get cold feet in a way, and starts manifesting in weird ways.

A lot is going on in Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men. We have Jane who is adjusting to being a vampire, and getting a hang of her life. She doesn't know where she stands with Gabriel, but he still loves her. There a wedding planning from hell. I mean when your best friend starts hitting on you it gets a little awkward. You finally get a chance with the boy you have had a crush on since grade school and find out he's a douche. Seriously, there's a lot going on in this story. Overall, this was a great escape from the real world. Plus, Amanda Ronconi does a fabulous job on narrating. Molly Harper does write a fun story, but Amanda seems to bring these character personality to life with her narration. Need a break from life, I would recommend to visit Jane's life, and she would make you feel about your life. Plus, I would recommend reading the first book in the series.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Social Butterfly PR Spotlight + Review: Love So Wild by Marquita Valentine

Love So Wild, an all-new contemporary romance from Marquita Valentine is available now!

Love So Wild
Lawson Brothers, 8
Marquita Valentine
December 13, 2017

Pilot Elijah Lawson always knew he’d return to Jessamine, marry a hometown girl and settle into very predictable life. After all, he made promises to his parents that once he’d gotten his fill of adventure that he would do exactly that… and Eli was a man of his word. Only he's never been able to get the bewitching redhead he’d fallen hard for two years earlier out of his head and he’s afraid that no woman in Jessamine will ever measure up.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop his family from trying to set him up with every single woman in town… until Skye Holland shows up on his doorstep.

The only reason Skye Holland moved back to North Carolina was so she could do the right thing for her one year old son. A boy, after all, needed his father, while she… she simply needed a fresh start. But first, she has to let Eli know that their red-hot affair had consequences. Consequences she has no intentions of repeating, no matter how many old feelings come rushing to the surface when they’re together.

Too bad for Skye that Elijah has other ideas and he’s not going to let this second chance at love get away again.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tempting Danger by Katie Reus (Review)

When I started Tempting Danger, I was trying to figure out if I had read the first book, which have. I had to read my review on the first book, then I started to remember. I felt so bad for Alena Brennan. Oh man she was left in a heartbreaking situation. By the time we start this story, she's about four months pregnant, and the father doesn't know. Yes, we have a secret baby situation. It's not like she plan to keep the baby secret, but things are extremely rocky with her and Andre Makarov. I mean she's cut out of his life. Yet, he can't seem to let go of her in a way.

He finds out, and he's willing to trying to fix things with her. Again rocky relationship. Plus, it doesn't help that situations have popped up to cause them problems.

Okay, I liked Tempting Danger. Basically, a second chance romance with secret baby, and a dash of danger. Plus, it was a fairly quick read, and I like that Alena and Andre get a second chance at love, and real start. So, if you are in a mood for second chance and secret baby with a dash of danger, this is your kind of read.

Copy provided by author

4 Stars

Friday, December 8, 2017

TLC Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger by Victoria Alexander

The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger
The Lady Travelers Society, 2
Victoria Alexander 
November 28, 2017

Join the Lady Travelers Society in their latest romantic misadventure, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander

She must secure her future

A lady should never be obliged to think of matters financial! But when Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe’s carefree, extravagant lifestyle vanishes with the demise of her husband, her only hope lies in retrieving a family treasure—a Renaissance masterpiece currently in the hands of a cunning art collector in Venice. Thankfully, the Lady Travelers Society has orchestrated a clever plan to get Willie to Europe, leading a tour of mothers and daughters…and one curiously attentive man.

He must reclaim his heritage
Dante Augustus Montague’s one passion has long been his family’s art collection. He’s finally tracked a long-lost painting to the enchanting Lady Bascombe. Convinced that the canvas had been stolen, he will use any means to reclaim his birthright—including deception. But how long before pretend infatuation gives way to genuine desire?

Now they’re rivals for a prize that will change everything

Willie and Dante know they’re playing with fire in the magical moonlit city. Their common quest could compromise them both…or lead them to happily-ever-after.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Library Find Audiobook Review: Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham

I have decided to try the audiobook selection at my local library, and I happen to find Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham. I figured what the heck, I haven't read/listen to a suspense book in a while. The one Krewe of Hunters I did enjoy, so why not try another, which brings us to the Haunted Destiny. The narrator for this particular story was Luke Daniels. I have to say he did alright. It took me a little time to get use to his reading style, but once I did he did an all right job.

Haunted Destiny is 18 in the Krewe of Hunters series. Don't worry if you haven't read any of the previous books, you will be fine. Yes, you will see Jackson Crow on this case, but he's not the hero of the story. Nope that honor goes to the local area agent Jude McCoy. They basically are trying to find the Archangel Killer, they believe he's on the Destiny. They're not sure what to think of Alexi Cromwell, after all she has a special gift. Yep, she can talk with ghost. Both Jude and Alexi have suffer some kind of lost in their lives which kind of draws them together. They both have a special kind of gifts, but one doesn't realize he has a gift.

Haunted Destiny wasn't a bad read. It took a little time to get into the story. It wasn't until it got to middle that Haunted Destiny started to get interesting. Yes, once people started going missing and deaths happen it definitely picked up. I liked how the ghost of the ship were willing to help Jude and Alexi catch the Archangel Killer. Like I said not a bad read.

Local Library Find (Plus, I have it on Kindle)

3 1/2 Stars

Teaser: Love So Wild by Marquita Valentine

Love So Wild, an all-new contemporary romance from Marquita Valentine is coming December 13th!

Love So Wild 
Lawson Brothers, 8
Marquita Valentine
December 13, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Driving Mr. Dead by Molly Harper (Review)

Like I said I have been on a Molly Harper kick, and I figure might as well start reading Driving Mr. Dead: 1) it's part of the Half-Moon Hollow series 2) I got to hear a sample of the story. 3) Miranda Puckett was mention in A Witch's Handbook to Kisses and Curses. However, I found Driving Mr. Dead is kind of in a weird space. It might be because it was published before the last Jane Jameson book, and before the first Half-Moon Hollow, so there are timeline issues here. Other than that it was a fun read.

We have Miranda Puckett who is a walking disaster, who needs time to think, because her fiancee is a douchebag. Yes, a walking douchebag, but he gets what he deserves. I wish it was a little more violent, oh well. Then we have Colin Sutherland. Oh Colin. Talk about a stick in a butt. The start of the road trip was probably not the most easiest. In some ways it made me think of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles as they were trying to make their way back to Half-Moon Hollow. Talk a Murphy's Law kind of trip.

Overall, Molly Harper brings another fun vampire story. A super quick read that will have you laughing from start to finish. Granted I did choke up towards the end, because of Colin's poor choice of words. Anyway, if you are need of an escape, you might want to take a road trip to Half-Moon Hollow in Driving Mr. Dead.

4 1/2 Stars

Friday, December 1, 2017

Audiobook Review: A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper

Okay, after listening to A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses, I decided I needed to go and listen/read the Jane Jameson books. Granted you don't need to, but there are reoccurring characters from that series might help you with the Half-Moon Hollow books. One of them is Dick Cheney. Goodness, listening to the Jane Jameson series makes you understand Dick soooo much more. Plus, it makes the story even more funny.

Anyway, I did have fun with A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses, but it wasn't my favorite book. The first run through on the listening I was like it's okay. Since I'm on a Molly Harper kick and only have a couple of her audible books, I re-listen to the story again. Boy did this put some perspective on the story. The little things I missed. Still not my favorite in the series, but still a fun read/listen.

We have Nola Leery who needs to help her family keep her magic, but all she wants to be is normal. Kind of hard when your a witch. So, she's on a scavenger hunt to find the elements. She has a boyfriend at the beginning of the book, Stephen (not sure on the spelling because of audio). She loves him, but the farther she gets away from him, she's not sure why. By the way, it's pretty jacked up when you find out why. Sucks for Nola, because for a little while she feels like she's a bad girlfriend, especially when she develops the hots for Jed Trudeau. This gets a little complicated, but fortunately its not in a sense. Yep, being extremely vague here. There's a lot at stake here. Nola trying to save her families magic, trying to keep the evil sect of the family from getting their magic and it has to be done by the summer solstice; an easy feat.

I had conflicting feelings towards Nola, and part of that came from I thought she was cheating on her boyfriend Stephen. She's not. She's not a cheater. No cheating happen here, but a misunderstanding and is explained at the end. Jed, I absolutely love. Oh my gosh, he's such a sweet good ol' boy. He does some dumb things in the story, but it comes from a place of love for his family. I totally fell for Jed. We get hang out with Jane, Andrea, and a few other characters in Half-Moon Hollow.

Overall, A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses is a hoot. Again Amanda Ronconi does an amazing job on this series. You can see the characters come to life, and it's an enjoyable listen. So, if you are in the mood for something fun you might give A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses a try.

4 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Release Blast + Review + Giveaway: On of Line by Jen McLauglin

There is a NEW Out of Line book by Jen McLaughlin out today--that's right!

These characters are characters we met in I'll be Home for Christmas, the Carrie and Finn novella that came out last week--but don't worry!

Even if you have never read an OUT OF LINE book, you can pick up On the Line and read it without feeling lost. So what are you waiting for? Snatch up a copy TODAY!

on the line

Coming home… I’ve hated Ben Rollins ever since he broke my heart in high school. I’ve never fully recovered from it…even though I ran away as far as I could. Now I’ve returned home, fleeing something worse than I could have ever imagined. When our Captain partners us up together, I’m forced to realize that what I feel for him isn’t hate at all. It’s far worse.

Second chances… Sarah’s the one who got away. She never really explained her abrupt departure from my life, but to be honest, I no longer give a damn. What we’d once had was dead, and now I’m stuck with her at my side permanently, no matter how I feel about it. But when the truth comes out, and old secrets are unburied, being thrown together becomes so much more than a second chance…it becomes life or death.

And we have no intention of losing.

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Avon Romance Spotlight + Review + Excerpt: Cajun Crazy by Sandra Hill

Cajun Crazy
Cajun, 11
Sandra Hill
November 28, 2017

Welcome back to New York Times bestseller Sandra Hill’s Cajun country, where love heats up the Louisiana bayou . . .

Former Chicago cop Simone LeDeux is back home in the bayou, sharing a double wide in the Pearly Gates trailer park to help her mama recover from surgery. Her one rule: no Cajun men. Loved and left by too many double-crossing Cajuns, Simone puts bad experience to good use by opening Legal Belles: an agency that uncovers cheating spouses.

Suddenly she’s confronting a two-timer about to swindle his wife out of millions and antagonizing New Orleans bigwigs over an illegal sex club. Adam Lanier learns of the dangerous game Simone is playing . . . and the sexy single dad comes to her aid. Known as a rogue in the courtroom and a player in the bedroom, the ragin’ Cajun has Simone triply on guard.

With their crazy chemistry, danger on their trail, and infamous LeDeux relative Tante Lulu working her magical matchmaking, the bayou has never been this steamy.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Forever Romance Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Bachelor Contract by Rachel Van Dyken

The Bachelor Contract
Bachelors of Arizona 
Rachel Van Dyken
Forever Romance
November 28, 2017

A second-chance romance from the #1 New York Times bestseller of The Bet, Matchmaker and Elite series!

She's everywhere.


Love of his life.

The last person in the world he wanted to see...ever.

And now that he's working beside her every day, he can't escape her. Her scent, glimpses of her smile, even the tension in the air that makes his body hum with the kind of need he'd only experienced with one person-all of it is driving him over the edge.

Brant Wellington was certain of three things:

Alcohol wasn't going to solve this.

He really was losing his F-ing mind.

And his gorgeous ex-wife was going to be the death of him.

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