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Sunday, September 30, 2012

eARC: Ours is Just a Little Sorrow by Gwen Hayes

I have to say that I'm lucky to get a chance to review this novella, Ours is Just a Little Sorrow by Gwen Hayes. Let me just state that I love it. Before I tell you why I love this novella, here's what the story is about:

First off the story is set in the way future and the earth has been basically destroyed. A certain group of people were able to find another planet and start a new life on it calling it New Geneva.

Violet Merriweather was a child when she left Earth as an orphan and deposit at Witherspoon Academy of Fine Ladies of Suitable (I know a mouthful). Finally, the day had come for her to leave and she became a governess for Colonel Malcolm Winston.

Violet arrives at the estate of Thornfield and meets all the Colonel's sons. First there is John Winston, who is extremely smart (scary smart) and is a tad bit older than her. Next is Gideon Winston, who would be consider a rake. Finally, her charge Phillip, who is a lovable child.

However, there is something weird that is going on and no one really no whats happening. For one thing women that work as maids, companions, or other professions are disappearing. Very scary times. Will Violet become a victim or will she survive? Will she find love while working for the Colonel? Hmmm, all these questions to be answer.

My thoughts: LOVED IT! For one thing its different from what I have read lately. Set in the future, yet they have a Victorian Era touch. I love how Violet is willing to change her views cause of the influences of Gideon. She likes both of the guys for different reasons. The more you read the story you find out Violet has more in common with Gideon when you get down to the nitty-gritty. Overall, I was really surprise with the ending. OH MY GOSH, I didn't expect the ending and I'm pretty good at figuring things out. Total curve ball. So, I really hope you will check out Ours is Just a Little Sorrow when it comes out in a couple days. I loved it and you might too. Plus, you have to agree with me that the cover is fantastic.

So, happy reading.

eARC provided by the Author

Saturday, September 29, 2012

eARC: Two Wrongs Make a Marriage by Christine Merrill

Hello again, I'm back with another book. Todays selection is Two Wrongs Make a Marriage by Christine Merrill. I'm going to start off with what the story is about:

Cynthia Banester needs to marry a wealth member of the ton to help her family get out of their financial crisis, so why not trap the ever so handsome Lord Kenton into marriage. A simple comprise would not do, so why not have make sure you get compromise by gun point. Make sure the job is done and right. Sounds simple, right.

However, there is only one problem with this situation that she doesn't know he's not the actual Lord Kenton, but an actor by the name of Jack Briggs. Jack task is simple, marry a wealthy young lady and bring her back to meet the Earl of Spayne once they are married. What can go wrong? Well, a lot.

Here's what I thought of the book: It was alright; I mean the beginning showed such great promise. Come on, she forces him to marry her by gun point. If that doesn't scream must read, I don't know what does. Although the book had potential to be great, the storyline just dragged for me. I truly struggle with both characters. I really wanted to love the book, because it was different. Yet, the story wasn't for me. So, you can check this story out and see if it works for you. If you get a chance to read it and love it you can tell me I'm wrong. I'm ok with that, because everyone is entitle to their opinion.

So, I will talk to you later and happy reading.


eARC provided by NetGalley

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rules of Negotiation by Inara Scott

I feel so accomplish lately, I have been able to get to read some great books lately. So, todays selection is Rules of Negotiation by Inara Scott. Let me tell you this book was fun. Here is what the story is about:

We have a workaholic lawyer by the name of Tori Anderson, who has six rules she follows when she negotiates which are:

1. Beware of sexy CEOs bearing favorable contracts (I have to agree with that one)
2. Assume nothing (good advice)
3. When in doubt attack
4. A good attorney is always prepare (kinda like the Boy Scouts motto)
5. Never let them see you sweat
6. When you're offered the deal of a lifetime, smile

All those are very good rules to follow, somehow they get thrown out the window when she comes across Brit Bencher. Now he's a guy who is oozing of charm and sex appeal, who wouldn't swoon over that. Plus, they don't call him The Slayer for nothing.

Brit did some research on Tori and found out that she represents a very important person, Garth Solen. Which would be fabulous if he could get his sister Melissa a job working at Solen Labs. All he needs is Tori's help. However, he goes about it the wrong way.

Now the question are: will Brit be able to fix the blunder or will he not get a chance? Can his charm save the day or is he just out of luck there?

My thoughts: Loved it! I mean first off you gotta love when the hero has a nickname, especially when it's "The Slayer." That's just fabulous! Second of you have to appreciate a strong will women who isn't so easily charm by a handsome devil of a man and is willing to stand her ground. However, that could be a disadvantage at the same time. However, you come to understand why Tori has built up these walls. Life can be pretty jacked up, but its how you handle them that will make or break you. So, I hope you get a chance to check out this book, because it's a lot of fun. You know you want to read about a guy with the nickname of "The Slayer."

So, see ya next time and happy reading.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hidden Paradise by Janet Mullany

All right, I just finished Hidden Paradise by Janet Mullany. I was lucky to get a copy by commenting on a blog about a month ago. Actually it was kinda fun. It wasn't the usually thing: leave a comment and you will be enter into a drawing for this book. No, it was write about the objects in the picture. I have to say I thought mine was pretty creative. Anyways here is what's the book is about:

Louisa Connelly (Lou) is a grieving widow, who really can't seem to get over the lost of her husband. However, her friends Peter and Chris invite her out to England to check out their project. Basically, it's like a retreat to live like they did in the Regency Era. Sounds like fun, right.

Well, its a little more than that, it's like a naughty get away. Granted everyone is dressed in period clothing, but they are having a wild time. A great place to try to get over a dead husband. Anyways, Lou meets the oh so attractive Mac Salazar, a journalist. Lou and Mac have a grand time until Mac couldn't compete with a dead husband. Where there fling comes to a halt, and Mac does something extremely stupid. Will Lou get over her dead husband or will he be ever so present? Can Mac push his way into Lou's life?

Overall it was a good book. Not something I would normally read, but hey it was fun. I mean who wouldn't want to participate in a regency house party, I think it would be a lot of fun. However, I didn't like Lou's dead husband. He's a bastard and you don't find out until the end. He would definitely go to the top of my list of bastard characters, if I had one. Which I might make. Truly rotten fellow. I felt bad for Lou when she found out what a scum bucket he was. Granted the hero has flaws, but what guy doesn't. So, if you are looking for something naughty with a little fun, you might want to check out Hidden Paradise. So, happy reading and I will talk to you all later.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

eARC: Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed by Anna Campbell

For the past couple of days I have been reading through Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed by Anna Campbell. Let me just state it was absolutely amazing. I mean I loved it. Before I tell you why I loved it here is a quick sum up of the story:

Sidonie Forsythe decides to help her sister absolve her debts to Jonas Merrick by giving her body to him. I know that is certainly a high price to pay. However, it was a way to protect her sister, Roberta from her husband, William. After all Roberta, practically raised Sidonie.

Jonas Merrick wanted to rubbed in his cousins face that he had his wife. However, his plan was foiled by the ever so detectable Sidonie. Yet he is intrigued by this spit-fire of a girl that he is ok with the change of plans.

As he gets to know Sidonie, he is unable to carry out his wick plan. Somehow, she manages to get through the layers he has to built up. Will, they have more than a week or will it end with both of them going their separate ways?

Absolutely loved this book. I mean I couldn't put it down. Both the characters are flawed. You gotta love flawed characters. I mean Sidonie is a little to loyal to her sister, especially when the relationship is clearly unhealthy for her. Jonas scarred by something that happen while he was a child, by the way he has serious trust issues. When Sidonie ruins the trust that Jonas had with her you truly wonder if they will make it or let it fall away. I had to hold my breath while I was reading the end. I even started to get a little misty eye.

Extremely well written for a page turner. I can't express how much I loved this book. I look forward to the next book in the series. So, I hope you get a chance to check out this book. I hope that your week is going well and I will see you all later. Keep on reading.

eARC provide by NetGalley

Sunday, September 23, 2012

eARC: Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne

All right, a couple of days ago I read Legacy of the Witch, which gave a very good introduction to The Portal series. So, you got most of the history in the prequel. Well, the stories continues with Mark of the Witch. Here's a sum up of the story:

Indira wakes up from a nightmare, which is a tad bit too real for her taste. Especially, when there are marking on her body from the nightmare. Not sure where to go she contacts Lady Rayne who is a Priestess local coven that she use to belong to. Never seeing anything like that before Rayne decides to help her friend out.

Father Tomas is having issues with believing he was cut out be a priest. However, his leader and mentor Father Dominick believes he is the one to carry out the mission to keep a demon from returning. Basically, sends him out to take out the witch that might help a demon to return and destroy the world.

The old good verses evil story. Who is to say that the demon is really a demon? What will happen if Indira is able to finish out her mission? Or will she be taken out before anything happens?

What I thought: Well, the story was a little slow moving. I think partly, because you have Indira doubting what she was suppose to do and not sure if she really believes in her power or that the past is connected to the future. You have Tomas who has been taught one thing and is trying to understand the whole picture. So, you have a lot of inner battles playing out. However, towards the end of the book I was holding my breath a lot of the time. I guess I was a tad bit nervous of what might happen. A nail bitting thrill. Overall, loved it once the story line started to move. Now I'm excited to see if the "demon" is really a demon or just someone trap and waiting to be freed. I can't wait. So, I hope you get a chance to check the story out and see what has me anxiously waiting for the next to come.

I will talk to you later and I hope you are all having fun this weekend. Keep on reading.



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Friday, September 21, 2012

Let's meet one of my FAVORITE Authors (plus a giveaway)

 ABOUT VICKY:

Triple Rita®-finalist Vick Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble”.  A native Texan, she holds degrees in English literature and marketing.

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HOW TO MARRY A DUKE blurb:

Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. No love is necessary—nor desired. But how to choose amid a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London’s infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she’s not the most captivating woman he’s ever met . . .

Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she’s determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife—she’ll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke’s affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan’s desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker’s number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.


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A SEASON FOR SIN blurb:

Introducing the Sinful Scoundrels...
The Earl of Bellingham is nothing is not a creature of habit: money, meals, and mistresses must be strictly managed if a man is to have a moment's peace. It's a system that works splendidly for him--until now. With his oldest and dearest friends succumbing, one by one, to wedded bliss, Bell is now restless and a trifle lonely. Enter the Sinful Scoundrels--Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, and Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore--who drag him back into society and draw his rakish eye to the ton's new beautiful young widow. Bell isn't after a wife, but a challenge. And Laura Davenport should fit the bill quite nicely...

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Giveaway Details:
      1 set of romance trading cards
      1 signed bookplate
      2 bookmarks

That's not all I'm will also send someone an e-book copy of A Season for Sin, so you might be able to get a sample of Vicky's writing. Her books are a lot of fun to read. All you have to do is leave your name, email, and a comment. I will draw a name next Friday and will post the winner here. So, I hope you get to check out Vicky's writing. Talk to you all later.