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Review: The Virgin (The Original Sinners: White Years #3) by Tiffany Reisz

Friday, March 27, 2015


Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (March 31, 2015)

From Goodreads.com: The controversial story before the story continues in the critically acclaimed and award-winning series The Original Sinners.

For years, Kingsley Edge warned Eleanor the day would come when she, the mistress of a well-respected Catholic priest, would have to run and hide. She always imagined if that day came she'd be running away with Søren. But instead, she's running from him.

Knowing Søren and Kingsley will their use their influence to bring her back, Eleanor alone, penniless and scared takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow: the abbey where her mother has taken orders. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure

She cannot, however, hide from her true nature. When Eleanor befriends a young virginal nun, she faces a startling sexual awakening. But Eleanor can't stay forever, and the lure of her real life beckons beyond the locked gates. But to follow her fate means to leave Kyrie behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make

The lure of the forbidden. The temptation to sin. The price of passion has never been higher, and Eleanor will have to pay it if she ever wants to go home again.
 


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WARNING: This book is recommended for mature audiences ONLY due to language and explicit sexual content.


My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

My Review: 
 Once again, Tiffany Reisz manages to combine steamy hot sex scenes with a deeper core of uncertainty, character growth, and drama (of the best kind). 

This story was probably one of the more in depth of the series (and that is saying a lot considering how well developed all of her stories are). This time we get to focus primarily on Nora and Kingsley - or more specifically what happened to the pair of them during the time the spent away that shaped them into the people they are now. We all knew the basic details of what had happened from previous novels, so to see it "as it happened" so to speak, spoke volumes about the characters and how they ended up at the position in their lives they are in now. 

We get to see Nora not only embrace her "top" personality and her realization that she is in fact a switch like Kingsley, but we also get to see her embrace that side of her that is a writer, and see how the details of her first story came about. On the flip-side of that, we get to see Kingsley experience a mourning period that we didn't know existed before. Then we get to meet Juliette - and see just how hard he had to fight to make her his. 

In all of this, there are moments that make you laugh, and moments that are so heart-breaking that you shed a tear. These characters are more than just words on a page - they are real people trying to survive. They are friends who have been through hell and back. They may even be people you may even know in real life, but would never know their true selves just by looking at them. 

As always, I would highly recommend this novel (as I would her other novels) to anyone who not only enjoys a good erotica novel, but someone who enjoys a well written and well developed novel period. The hell with Fifty Shades of Gray, and the Hardwired series. You want good BDSM - you WANT Tiffany Reisz. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

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The Virgin is available from Amazon.com 

Review: My Lady Rogue (A Nelson's Tea Novella Book 2) by Katherine Bone

Monday, March 23, 2015


Print Length: 121 pages
Publisher: EsKape Press (March 17, 2015)

From Goodreads.com: Baroness Gillian Chauncey thought she’d seen everything during her years of devotion to England. But as war escalates and political bonds are severed, a devastating betrayal forces Gillian to make a life or death decision to save the man she loves.

Lord Simon Danbury’s loyalty to the crown has never been questioned — until now. As death’s darkening veil cascades over London, a hostile mole inside Nelson’s Tea tries to assassinate him. Surrounded by the greatest spies in England, only one thing stands to defeat him — losing the one woman who has made life worth living.

Everything Simon and Gillian have done has led to this moment… Will it be too late?

                              


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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

My Review: 
 This novella ladies and gentlemen is another page turning hit from Katherine Bone! This is one of those stories that once you sit down to s tart reading it, you had better clear your calendar, because you won't want to put it down! Seriously - I finished this in one sitting. It contains everything one needs for a good spy story - romance, tragedy, betrayal and most importantly - well developed characters and an engaging plot! As typical with the stories I've read from this author (and most especially her Nelson's Tea series), its more than just reading a story. She writes in such a way that you can actually picture the scenes as they play out before you. You laugh with the characters, you swoon with the characters, and you scream out "YOU SNEAKY B*ST*RD!" when something happens that you didn't see coming. 

Going along with what I said above, I have to add that while reading it, and knowing that Admiral Nelson did in fact exist in history - I loved all of the added tidbits that the author added to the story. She included actual stanzas from the poems that were written at the time of the events taking place. Not only did they add so much more depth to the overall story as you went, but it also made it seem less like a novel and more like a journal in that I could imagine someone one day writing about these characters and the things they actually went through. While all the historical focus was on Admiral Nelson, this is how other people reacted to the events of their lives. These were some people who lived and loved, but were not mentioned. It gave the overall story a more realistic feel in that I had to remind myself that this was just a story and not an actual historical account of true people and facts (aside from Admiral Nelson obviously). 

As is most always my complaint with novellas, I wish there was MORE! I certainly hope to go on more adventures with Nelson's Tea! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

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My Lady Rogue (A Nelson's Tea Novella Book 2) is available from Amazon.com 

Review: The Earl's Inconvenient Wife (Marriage By Scandal (Regencies) #1) by Ruth Ann Nordin

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Print Length: 234 pages
Publisher: Wedded Bliss Romances (May 19, 2012)

From Goodreads.com: 
Nathaniel Buford, Earl of Roderick, doesn't want a wife, but his brother died, passing on the title of earl to him. Now he is bound by duty to get an heir. Unfortunately, to get the heir, he must find a wife. As luck would have it, he gets caught in a scandalous situation not of his doing, and the next thing he knows, he's married...and to a lady whose family is reported to desire money above all else.

Miss Claire Lowell wanted to get married. But she never intended to marry a gentleman who felt trapped into it, and she certainly never thought her family would have a hand in the scandal that forced Lord Roderick's hand in marriage. Can love find a way to thrive under such conditions or will her father's eagerness to see her married off to an earl condemn her to a loveless marriage?
 
                              
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My Rating: 2 stars out of 5


This was one of those novels that by the synopsis seemed to have the potential to be really good. It even started off with a lot of promise - unfortunately, the rest of the story was lacking in such a way that while it had its moments of cuteness, it just couldn't hold up. 

The plot was one of the more common ones I have seen (an innocent accident leads to a purported scandal and immediate marriage), however the childish attitudes of both main characters quickly became annoying. Yes, I understand that Nathaniel was upset, even angry at what he presumed was a set-up on behalf of Claire and her family to trap him into marriage, but he never even took the time to consider that she might actually be innocent. Instead, he's not only cold and uncaring towards her, he even goes so far as to take her away to his country estate, completely removing her from her family and everyone she knows. Eager to jump to the worst possible conclusions about her Nathaniel only succeeds in pushing her farther away. 

While I did have some sympathy for Claire, some of her deliberate actions just screamed of someone who either looked for trouble, or hinted towards an author who really didn't know much about the time period in which this novel took place. I am more inclined to believe the latter of this considering a lot of the phrases and such used were more in-line with a modern romance instead of a regency. 

I thought that the story would redeem itself near the end - when Nathaniel and Claire finally have a heart-to-heart talk, and begin to find some common ground on which to build a relationship, but then the story is over. There was really nothing left for them once the "conflict" of their relationship had been resolved. What (for me) was even more disappointing was that the epilogue, while painting a picture of a happy family, also included a visit from Claire's sister and her husband - a man that was so out of character that I was left confused, and wishing there had been more to her sister's story as well so that as a reader, I could better understand what had taken place. 

Overall, while this wasn't a particular favorite story of mine, there are some people who may enjoy it.
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The Earl's Inconvenient Wife is available (for free at the time of posting) from Amazon.com 

Review: Ember (Eagle Elite #5) by Rachel Van Dyken

Sunday, March 1, 2015



Print Length: 278 pages
Publisher: Rachel Van Dyken (February 18, 2015)

From Goodreads.com: 
I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.
I know only pain and survival. 
That is until the Cappo's sister walked into my life. 
And changed everything.

She's a light who makes my darkness darker, her smile makes my heart turn to ice, and I can't escape the fear her seductive looks instill--knowing it's only a matter of time before I fail--again, and take her for myself.
This is the story of my redemption. 
But it's not pretty...I died, and now I'm alive, but not living, breathing but not surviving. I am Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra.
And I will have my vengeance.
Or die trying.
I am Phoenix De Lange. 
Death is all I know. 
Until she offers me a piece of life--I can't resist taking.
                              
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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Phoenix's story had everything I have come to expect from an Eagle Elite Rachel Van Dyken novel. It had romance, mystery, comedy, those moments when you scream OH MY GOD in a totally inappropriate place, and most of all - hot mafia men.

It was clear to me at the start of this novel (having read all of the prior Eagle Elite books) that Phoenix De Lange had NO redeeming qualities. He was the worst sort of villain - and yet, his story had me softening towards him and realizing that even a monster can be saved. 

That being said, for a "darker" novel (I'm only classifying it as such due to the Mafia content), Phoenix's story had me laughing out loud several times (one such time that comes to mind immediately is Phoenix wanting to buy chickens just to feed other people's body parts to them - I know it doesn't sound funny to read it as I've put it, but trust me - in the story - it will make you laugh). 

Bee also had a large part in contributing to the comedy portion of this story - some of what she said (and did), you couldn't help but laugh at. At the same time, she was not only a vital part of the story, but you were able to gain a deeper understanding of things by seeing them through her eyes. She quickly became one of my favorite characters because of her unwillingness to give up on who she believed in - and what she wanted. 

Then there was that MOMENT (the one I unfortunately can't go into without spoilers) that I happened to be reading while waiting to get blood drawn, where I was so invested in this story that I YELLED "son of a b*tch!" in front of a bunch of people who were looking at me like I was crazy... yeah this was Eagle Elite at its best (and its only going to get better). 

As always, I would highly recommend this novel to not only fans of Ms.Van Dyken, but also to those who enjoy a good, complex novel. And the hot Mafia men don't hurt things either (although if you are new to Eagle Elite - you really need to start at the beginning). 


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  Ember (Eagle Elite #5) is available from Amazon.com


COVER REVEAL: THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND by: Alyssa Rose Ivy

Friday, February 27, 2015



Cover Reveal: The Hazards of Sleeping With a Friend
By: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Releasing March 26, 2015
Blurb
Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.</em>

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there's no turning back.

When Kyle's life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.

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About The Author:
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Review: Waylaid by Ruth J. Hartman

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Print Length: 223 pages
Publisher: EsKape Press (February 24, 2015)

From Goodreads.com: How does a girl choose between her dream and true love?

Addy Lafollette has a plan. College. Veterinary school. Then way down the road, 
marriage and kids. Her plan doesn’t include getting involved with someone before 
she even leaves for college. But gorgeous Graham throws a glitch in her well 
thought out life.

Graham Stewart is content to float through life working on his uncle’s farm,
hanging with friends, and pitching for the local softball team. He’s never had a 
reason to get serious about much. Until Addy. Life becomes a quest to convince 
her to stay in town, with him, when all Addy wants is to leave for college to 
implement her plan.

Can Addy find a way to be with Graham without giving up her dreams?
                              
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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

My Review: 
 To be honest, after finishing this novel, I wanted to be a hypocrite and HATE it. I feel like I am in the minority in that I not only became engaged while still in college, but I was married at the age of 19 (and I am still married 11 years later for those that care). My entire life I have heard the story about how I was "too young", or how I "didn't know" what I was "getting into", and I almost wanted to base my review on that. That these two were too young, and potentially making a mistake.

HOWEVER. This was such a sweet romance that you couldn't help but not only fall in love with the characters, but root for them. While there were some characters that seemed completely one dimensional (Kendra being an "airhead" for lack of a better word, Ali for being a stalker, and Amber for not being able to distance who she was from her boyfriend and family for instance), the two main characters were both completely well developed and "fleshed out", and that made me not care so much about the other "non essential" characters. I wasn't focused on them - I didn't care about them. All I found myself caring about was Graham and Addy and what THEY would do. I found myself laughing at some of the exchanges between them, while also having my heart ripped out when Addy did leave for college and left her future with Graham uncertain.

My ONLY complaint is that the epilogue should have taken place AFTER the epilogue in this book. Did they have children? Where they able to balance college life with married life? Did they find jobs in their desired professions? 

Hopefully my "complaints" (such as they were) give the author an idea for a SECOND book in this series as I was definitely NOT ready to say good-bye to these characters just yet.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

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Review: Return to Me by Melissa MacKinnon

Monday, February 9, 2015


Print Length: 333 pages
Publisher: EsKape Press (August 19, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: Archaean bounty hunter Marek Coinnich isn't particularly fond of Engels. In fact, he prefers them dead. But to save his injured brother, he must enter the manor of an Engel enemy. Marek finds himself enthralled by the slave girl nursing his brother back to health. When his enchantment with her lands them in a compromising position, he refuses to let the young beauty pay for the misunderstanding with her life.

Brynn of Galhaven prefers to keep to the shadows. When she is ruined by an outsider, she barely escapes with her life and finds herself left alone in an unforgiving land. Through her struggles to survive, Brynn discovers a world she never imagined and never forgets the enemy Archaean who stole her heart.

Marek can’t deny his desire for Brynn, but these are wartimes, and she is the enemy. And though love knows no prejudice, the world in which he lives isn’t nearly as forgiving.
 

                              
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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

My Review: 
 Let me begin by saying that this book is NOTHING like I was expecting. I was expecting a regular romance with some historical and paranormal twists. What I got was something so much more. To begin with - I was immediately pulled into this story. You couldn't help but feel sorry for Brynn as she is accused of things she did not do, and sentenced to a punishment (by her own father nonetheless) that would surely kill her. Marek establishes himself pretty early on as someone who protects others (especially those weaker than he). The chemistry between the two is apparent immediately - but there is that pesky problem of the fact that he is already married and cannot act on his feelings for Brynn. Instead, Marek does the next best thing - he brings her to a town and pays for her safety.

Then things happen. Things that I wish I could talk about, but that would mean revealing spoilers that would make it pointless for you to read yourself. And despite Marek's best efforts to protect Brynn - things do not go well for her. Nor do they go well for Marek when he finally makes it home. 

The remainder of this story moves fairly quickly. You spend time with both Marek as well as Brynn (and their few friends) as they try to live their lives apart - and eventually as they cross paths time and again. There is wonderful character growth, as well as story development which thankfully includes enough detail that you don't find yourself confused as the story moves on (especially since it includes the points of view of both Marek as well as Brynn so you know what each is experiencing as the story progresses)

I will admit that the ending of this story kept me the most intrigued. Just when I thought one thing had happened, it was revealed to be something else entirely. It was a phenomenal ending to an engaging story and I cannot wait to read more by this author. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

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Return to Me is available from Amazon.com

 

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