Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Dark Memento by Katie Reus (Review)

I got a chance to read Dark Memento by Katie Reus. Dark Memento is the beginning to her new series Verona Bay, which was interesting read. I liked that this story kept you guessing on who might be the killer. Which makes me wonder what direction the series will be going. This feels like the stories are going be more like standalone with common ties to an area.

Anyway, I liked Lucas Jordan. He was sweet and a good guy. Then we have Serenity Washington single mom, survivor, and the target. While reading the story Katie had me guessing who it could have been, and I didn't know who it was until we reached in the end.

Overall, a pretty good, and fairly quick read. Yes, Dark Memento will be keeping you guessing until you draw closer to the end.

Copy provided by author.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

InkSlinger PR Spotlight + Review: Take it Off the Menu by Christina Hovland

Take It Off the Menu
Mile High Matched, 3
Christina Hovland
August 23, 2019

Saying "I Do" has never been such a mess.

Marlee Medford just got dumped. Yes, things have become ho-hum in her longtime relationship, but she was two days away from walking down the aisle with the man she thought was her forever when he called it off. Convincing herself that they'd be able to reignite their spark once the wedding craziness settled? That was easy. Suddenly finding herself without a fiancé? Not so much. Marlee needs to regain control of her life, and a weekend away with her friends is a solid first step.

One of Denver's best up-and-coming chefs, perpetual bachelor Eli Howard, isn't into serious relationships--especially the kind that ends in marriage. As if to prove his point that they aren't worth the trouble, the wedding he was supposed to be catering just fell apart. Feeling oddly protective of the jilted bride--his little sister's best friend--his weekend plans now involve a trip to Sin City with her group of friends. But it looks like he had a bit too much fun in Vegas when he wakes up night included.

Marlee's attempts at getting her life back together are failing miserably. Her ex-fiancé is taking the house, her chihuahua is intent on a love affair with Eli's sneakers, and she's now accidentally hitched to the guy who can't even say the word marriage. With their quickie annulment denied, Eli and Marlee just have to hang tight until the divorce goes through. It's just a little divorce amongst friends, what's the worst that could happen?

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell (Review)

What A Difference a Duke Makes was a fabulous read. It was one of those reads that I had to make myself stop reading to sleep. I had a lot of fun reading this title. We have Mari Perkins who would be a cross between Mary Poppins and Maria from the sound of music, with a dash of country bumpkin. She's not cut out to be a governess to a Duke's kids, but then no one is. The Duke of Banksford kids are rambunctious, and they have scared off every governess. However, Mari isn't a governess, but who has to know. SHE NEEDS THIS JOB.

Edgar Rochester is a Duke in trade. Oh the scandal. He doesn't really have time for his kids, and he needs the help. When Mari pops in his life he's not sure on how to feel about it, but something magical starts to happen.

Overall, I had a lot of fun reading What a Difference a Duke Makes. Mari was a fun character with lovability, and wanting to help these children. Edgar was a good father, but a little distracted with work.

5 Stars

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Dare Me Tonight by Carly Phillips (Review)

I guess I just need to dive into my thoughts. We have have Sienna Dare the youngest of the Dare clan. She felt that she was responsible for the destruction of the families, but that was her father's fault. However, she still feels that way. Then we have Ethan Knight. Ethan has his own baggage, after all when we first we meet him he found his wife dead from an overdose, and secrets come out.

Anyway, it was a fairly quick read with these two. They have an instant attraction, but don't want to cause waves with Sienna's family. However, it all comes crumbling down, and Ian becomes the big bad brother. Yet, more things happen in the story. Some of the things that happen make me wonder about somethings.

Overall, this was a pretty good read with Ethan getting a happy ending and a good life. He deserves it, and Sienna gets a pretty happy life too.

Copy provided by author

4 Stars

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Avon Spotlight and More: The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

The Wallflower Wager
Girl Meets Duke, 3
Tessa Dare
August 13, 2019

They call him the Duke of Ruin.

To an undaunted wallflower, he's just the beast next door.

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?

And a two-legged dog.

And a foul-mouthed parrot.

And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Avon Spotlight and More: One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell

One Fine Duke
School for Dukes, 3
Lenora Bell
July 30, 2019

USA Today bestselling author Lenora Bell returns with her third book in the sexy School for Dukes series.

Raised in the countryside by her overprotective uncle, Miss Mina Penny’s dream of a triumphant London season is finally here. She determined her perfect match long ago: Rafe Bentley, the wickedest rake of them all. There’s only one very large, very unyielding obstacle: Rafe’s brother Drew, the reclusive Duke of Thorndon.
This was supposed to be simple. Duke goes to London. Duke selects suitable bride. Love match? Not a chance. But when Drew meets Mina, she complicates everything. How can a lady armed with such beauty and brains fall for his irresponsible degenerate of a brother? Drew vows to save her from heartbreak and ruin, no matter the cost.
But Mina is no damsel in distress. She’s daring, intuitive, passionate…and halfway to melting Drew’s cold heart. And although Mina thought she knew exactly what she wanted, one breathtakingly seductive kiss from Drew changes everything. Now Mina must decide between long-held dreams and dangerous new desires. Could her true destiny lie in the arms of a duke?

Monday, July 29, 2019

AudioReview: This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

This has been a long time coming. I have been procrastinating on writing this review, and I have listen to this story a few times too. This is the final one I had to read for the Chicago Stars. I would recommend reading them in order, and not go the same route as me. However, if you do you would be alright, still not recommended.

We finally get Molly Somerville in This Heart of Mine, and she's all grown up. I guess it has been a bumpy road. She's suffering a bout of writers block for her bunny Daphne. She heads up to the cabin and that's where the trouble lies.

Kevin Tucker the young quarterback that is finally getting his chance to be the star. However, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. Basically, is told to go to the cabin and stay low. Again trouble arrives there.

Molly has always had a crush on Kevin, but she's always been invisible. Molly isn't invisible after her cringe worthy thing. Seriously CRINGE-WORTHY. They go their separate, but force into a marriage. Tragedy happens, and they are force to deal with it. At this time, they get to know one another, and love officially blooms. Yay, Daphne is starting to come out to play again.

I loved This Heart of Mine. It was a fun listen even with the cringe moment. I laughed and cried, and went on a roller coaster ride with Molly and Kevin.

5 Stars

Friday, July 26, 2019

The Me I Used to Be by Jennifer Ryan (Review)

I wasn't sure about The Me I Used to Be, because I heard of lot mix reaction. However, I decided to take a chance on the story. Let me tell you the first part of the story ripped me to shreds. I didn't expected to need a box of tissues for the first 10 chapters of the book. Yes, grab that box, because you are going to need them to make it through the first half part of the story.

Evangeline is one tough cookie. She had to be strong for her family, and the sacrifice she made on their behalf. Her family was cruel, but they assumed the worst of her. With her strong will to survive, she was able to make new life for herself. Before she could do that, she had to conquer the past.

I absolutely loved Evangeline strength of character, and how she grew as a person. She also helped her family to grow and rebuild.

There's a lot going on in The Me I Used to Be. We have a young woman trying to take down the issue that caused her fall, and rebuild from that. We also see the conquering heroine find happiness in the end. She totally deserves it after what she been through. Definitely can be a book club selection. So much to talk about, especially when you have a protagonist like Evangeline. Groups can talk about why they think it was important for her to go to jail. A lot to talk about. The main focus of the story is Evangeline's growth, but there's romance that pop up in this story, and a little suspense. Jennifer Ryan does like to add a little of that to her story. Overall, a pretty good read.

Copy provided by Harper Collins

4 1/2 Stars

Monday, July 22, 2019

Spotlight + Excerpt: Brazen & the Beast by Sarah MacLean

Brazen and the Beast
Bareknuckled Bastards, 2

Sarah MacLean
Avon Romance
July 30, 2019

New York Times Bestselling Author Sarah MacLean returns with the next book in the Bareknuckle Bastards series about three brothers bound by a secret that they cannot escape—and the women who bring them to their knees.

The Lady’s Plan

When Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year her own, she has plans to inherit her father’s business, to make her own fortune, and to live her own life. But first, she intends to experience a taste of the pleasure she’ll forgo as a confirmed spinster. Everything is going perfectly…until she discovers the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage and threatening to ruin the Year of Hattie before it’s even begun.

The Bastard’s Proposal

When he wakes in a carriage at Hattie’s feet, Whit, a king of Covent Garden known to all the world as Beast, can’t help but wonder about the strange woman who frees him—especially when he discovers she’s headed for a night of pleasure . . . on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price.

An Unexpected Passion

Soon, Hattie and Whit find themselves rivals in business and pleasure. She won’t give up her plans; he won’t give up his power . . . and neither of them sees that if they’re not careful, they’ll have no choice but to give up everything . . . including their hearts.