Rules for a Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley

Monday, October 20, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Rules of a Proper Governess (Highland Pleasures, Book 7) by Jennifer Ashley
Historical Romance published by Berkley 7 Oct 14

This Highland Pleasures series is one of very few lately that hasn’t disappointed me, especially considering how many books there are so far. I had a terrific time with Sinclair McBride and his thief cum governess Bertie. This lively young woman is exactly what Sinclair needs – a good kick in the kilt to begin seeing and living life again. The surprises she gives him keep coming and soon he can’t imagine his life without her.

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REVIEW: Christmas with a Billionaire by Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates & Joss Woods

Sunday, October 19, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Christmas with a Billionaire by Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates & Joss Woods
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Anthologies 30 Sep 14

Is it time for Christmas already? It’s hard to believe that the year is moving rapidly to a close and all these heartwarming stories are here to ring in the holidays. Clearly, it makes it a better holiday if you’re rich? Or does it?

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REVIEW: Stranded With A Millionaire by Jessica Clare

Saturday, October 18, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Stranded With A Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club, Book 1) by Jessica Clare
Contemporary Romance published by Headline Eternal 13 Mar 14

This is a fairly typical billionaire meets poor girl, falls head over heels and tries to figure out how to buy her affection until he’s able to go through the learning curve to discover that money can’t buy love.  Their first meeting, stranded in the middle of a raging hurricane, is definitely novel, though the rest of the book follows a fairly predictable story line.

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REVIEW: Vampire Trouble by Sara Humphreys

Friday, October 17, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Vampire Trouble (Dead In The City, Book 2) by Sara Humphreys
Paranormal Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 01 Jul 14

This is my first by Sara Humphreys in this series. It came during a time when I was seeking to step outside my box to expand my reading horizon.  Interesting as this tale is, with its mix of gypsies and magic, vampires, and werewolves, it just does not make me a fan.  I suppose that’s why I forgot all about raving or ranting about it on the site for so long. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Make Believe Wedding by Sarah Mayberry

Thursday, October 16, 2014 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Make Believe Wedding (Great Wedding Giveaway, Book 9) by Sarah Mayberry
Contemporary Romance published by Tule Publishing Group 28 Jul 14

I apparently couldn’t wait to get back to Marietta, Montana that I skipped over books two through eight. But that’s okay. The characters in Marietta are unforgettable, so I have no problem remembering them each time they show in any book in this series.

Andie has always loved her brother’s best friend, Heath. Suddenly she’s in a mess where her fantasy about him is concerned, and it’s Heath himself who comes to her rescue.

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PRE-RELEASE EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 13:00
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I really enjoy it when a sexy hero pulls off an unhero-like profession. As much as I love SEALs and all military heroes and other “manly” types in my romance, give me a hero in the kitchen and I’m happy any day of the week.

Add to that his protectiveness, sweetness, gentleness, and willingness not to judge, then I’ll be glued to the pages for the long haul. Thus is the hero we get with Cade Maxwell in Brighton Walsh‘s new book, Caged in Winter. He comes to our heroine’s rescue, but what he gets is exactly what he doesn’t expect for his effort.

That’s because Winter Jacobson is her own protection. She learned early to keep to herself, get through the days, and survive the best she can. Good thing for her Cade doesn’t back down. He wheedles his way into her life inch by inch, taking what Winter’s willing to give, filling both their lives with long-awaited happiness and…love?

So take a minute to read a quick excerpt from this emotional new book by Ms. Walsh. Then hop on over to Amazon to pre-order your copy. This is a story you’ll be glad to finally have in hand come November 4.

Summary:

In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope…

Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response…

Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.

But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want…

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REVIEW: The Governess Club: Louisa by Ellie Macdonald

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Governess Club: Louisa (The Governess Club, Book 4) by Ellie Macdonald
Historical Romance published by Avon Impulse 07 Oct 14

This is a series that has improved with each book, at least in so far as it mirrors my taste for independent heroines. We hadn’t seen much of Louisa in the first two books, although she made quite an impression in the third, Sara’s story, with her actions at the end greatly influencing the finale to Sara’s bid for independence. Louisa’s story opens some time later, and it’s not immediately apparent what has happened to her in the meantime, or what led to her sudden departure from the Governess Club’s home. But never fear, all is gradually revealed as Louisa settles into the latest in a long series of new homes for her.

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EXCERPT: What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 15:00
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Book CoverGet ready to celebrate a white Christmas in October, complete with garlands of mistletoe, Christmas pudding, and even its very own holiday miracle in this latest romance from Grace Burrowes. Lady Joan definitely needs rescuing and Mr. Hartwell is in the right place at the right time to play knight errant.

Fate also lends a hand by putting them at the same holiday party in the wilds of Scotland, so that events can continue to proceed in the right direction. A wonderful cast of characters, some of whose stories have already been told in this series to date, with a bunch of really cute and precocious kids and a pair of multiplying rabbits. You won’t want to miss this delightful story, so head down to your nearest bookstore to get yourself your own copy of Christmas cheer.

Summary:

Lady Joan Flynn needs a husband—any husband—if she’s not to find scandal and mischief under her Christmas tree; Scottish wool magnate Dante “Hard-hearted” Hartwell needs an aristocratic wife to gain access to the financing that will keep his wool mills secure. Can holiday magic spin an expedient match into true love, and wary differences into trust?

Time to have some fun with Dante and Lady Joan…

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GUEST BLOG: What Inspired My Characters? by Grace Burrowes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 0:00
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Grace BurrowesWhen I think over the Christmas stories that get to me, two stand out. The first is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the longest running television Christmas special ever there was. The second is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Every time I think about the misfit toys watching Santa’s sleigh pass them by again, every time I hear Linus giving his speech, and see the forlorn little tree transformed by love and good will, I choke up.

Every. Time. And don’t get me started on the Bumble’s toothache.

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REVIEW: What A Lady Needs For Christmas by Grace Burrowes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of What a Lady Needs For Christmas (MacGregors, Book 5) by Grace Burrowes
Historical Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 07 Oct 14

I live in Southern California, so the weather never quite supports the fantasy of a white Christmas with cheerful fires burning in fireplaces, but reading this book in early October in near 100-degree weather is something else.  Nevertheless, the story definitely spreads joy and bonhomie and comes complete with its very own holiday miracle.

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REVIEW: How The Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jefferies

Monday, October 13, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of How the Scoundrel Seduces (Duke’s Men, Book 3) by Sabrina Jeffries
Historical Romance published by Pocket Books 19 Aug 14

This series, prior to this book, had failed to capture my imagination and I was ready to throw in the towel but couldn’t resist reading this last one, because Tristan, with his passionate bad-boy attitude, has appealed to me from the first book. I am glad that I stuck with it because I definitely enjoyed Tristan and Zoe’s unconventional love story. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Nauti Enchantress by Lora Leigh

Sunday, October 12, 2014 0:00
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Veena’s review of Nauti Enchantress (Nauti Girls, Book 3) by Lora Leigh
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 03 Jun 14

While I have been a fan of Ms. Leigh’s Breeds stories, I have not read her contemporary romances; therefore, I freely admit that I was lost in the maze of characters whom I should have known and recognized as the story evolved. Her contemporary romances are just as steamy as her Breeds series. Graham and Lyrica are intense characters and it made me blush to read how much Lyrica desired Graham and how well he resisted her and “hurt” her by his particular brand of resistance. Threaded in between the hot and steamy is the suspense of who’s hunting Lyrica and why.

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REVIEW: The Governess Club: Sara by Ellie Macdonald

Saturday, October 11, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of The Governess Club: Sara (The Governess Club, Book 3) by Ellie Macdonald
Historical Romance published by Avon Impulse 02 Sep 14

I’ve been enamoured of the premise for this series from the very start, although the first two books didn’t quite live up to my expectations for a number of (mostly different) reasons. The idea of a group of governesses banding together in order to support each other and eventually save up the money to open their own school is certainly appealing, but I felt that the romance plots in the first two books, and the actions of the heroes in particular, rather overshadowed the heroines’ journeys towards independence, or at least greater self-reliance. Nonetheless, I was keen to find out whether the third book took more of a path towards the story that I wanted to read.

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REVIEW: Romancing the Rumrunner by Michelle McLean

Friday, October 10, 2014 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Romancing the Rumrunner by Michelle McLean
Historical Romance published by Entangled: Scandalous 09 Jun 14

I do like twentieth century stories set in decades when women were finding ways to explore their newfound freedoms – the 1920s being a prime example. Of course, if we’re talking stories set in the US, then that also means the era of Prohibition, which brings with it a whole host of sources of danger and conflict for our heroines. This story has plenty of both.

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REVIEW: Her Perfect Mate by Paige Tyler

Thursday, October 9, 2014 2:13
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Veena’s review of Perfect Mate (X-OPS, Book 1) by Paige Tyler
Paranormal Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 06 May 14

In many ways this book reminds me of one of the books in Lora Leigh’s popular Breeds series. Ivy, however, is not manufactured in a Lab using genetics. She is a naturally occurring breed, though I’m not sure I understood how that phenomenon came to pass.  Landon, her new partner, is definitely human. He’s a special forces soldier who’s been matched to her through a computer program.  I thoroughly enjoyed the characters of Ivy and Landon and the thrilling action adventures that they get into in and out of the job.
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