Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Happy Accident by Evan Tyler


A Happy Accident
by Evan Tyler 
A Story Inspired by Steven Tyler: The first book in a three-part series

It happened by accident, a lottery of events…

In 1988, a blind seven-year-old lay in a hospital room longing for her mother, unaware that eight years earlier a chance encounter occurred that would shape her life.

American musician Bobby Carter moved to Manchester, England with one objective—to become a major player in the postpunk scene of the late Seventies. His quest for stardom steers him in the direction of Kindle Hyrum, whose feistiness is only exceeded by her raw beauty. Though Bobby’s steady pursuit trumps Kindle’s cheeky resistance—sweeping them into present bliss—past secrets, new temptations, and a series of hapless and happy accidents will determine their future...and the future of a blind child.

Set to the lyrical soundtrack of the 60s and 70s, A Happy Accident is a story of love and choice that transcends the ages.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for a fair and honest review.  I actually rate it higher than 4 stars but less than 5.  

I was a little hesitant to agree to this at first simply because no one has ever asked this of me before.  I mean, I give my opinion all the time, but no one has ever requested it.  LOL.

I dove into this story feet first and knew right away that I was going to love it.  The words are rich and mature.  The characters are full and vibrant.  For a few days I was transported to Manchester England, watching this story unfold in front of my face.

Bobby Carter is the lead singer for the punk band, The Dare,  playing in England to try to jump start their music career.  Bobby sees Kindle, a waitress at the bar where the band is playing and begins following and almost awkwardly stalking her around.  Kindle said to Bobby, 
“You are amazing in a very ridiculous kind of way. Do you realize that?”  
I totally support her observation 100%.  His first efforts were so innocent and sweet that Bobby won me over immediately.  Conquering Kindle took a bit longer.

I don't wish to spoil the story, but the choices these two make in the first few days of their relationship would normally turn me away from a book. The circumstances of these arrangements, the characters themselves,and statements like this one had me reading on.
 “Well, let's agree now that I'm going to kiss you when I tell you.” He held out his hand for her to shake. “I'll be a gentleman about it. Or a sailor, if you want. Whatever you want, I'll be. Just as long as you give me your mouth for ten whole seconds.”
Kindle is a strong young woman who is working her ass off to make ends meet on her own.  She has been alone for a few years with no family and very few friends.  Having Bobby in her life both knocks her completely off kilter and provides a foundation that her life has been missing.  Her character is amazing and even though she breaks my heart, I understand and support the choices she makes in her life.

Bobby is a sheep in wolves clothing.  An innocent romantic dressed as a punk rock bad ass.  Kindle asks, 

“You’ve got such a deceitful shell, don’t you? You’re a romantic in gothic apparel. Why don’t you write soul music?” 
Bobby answers,“Punk gets the job done faster.”

Sometimes you read something that resonates so loudly that you have to share it with the world. This paragraph is perfection. 
“Bobby came to the realization that it had not been love at first sight, but his fondness for her was real and growing. He was coming to appreciate the gradual nature of love, how it came like the rising of the sun."

I want to marry this book and have cute little clever babies with it.  The HEA flew the coop on this one, but it was absolutely ok.  It takes a lot for a story to make me say that.

I loved it.  I whole-heartedly recommend it.  Go read it.  NOW!!

FOUR and a HALF BOOKMARKS!



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With This Ring Cover Reveal by Savannah Leigh

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And Giveaway


Book: With This Ring (Wedding Dreams #1)
Author: Savannah Leigh
Genre: Romance/Erotica/Contemporary
Release date: August 13, 2013
Hosted by: Babu’s Bookshelf

Synopsis
Lily is a thirty-two year old single woman who owns Wedding Dreams. She spends her days planning weddings for other people. She is a realist, and knows that marriage is not in the cards for her.
Drew Hamilton is a thirty-six year old lawyer who has no desire to have a wife or family. But, he is plagued by his desire to grant his mother’s only wish.
When Drew meets Lily at a wedding, he thinks he has a solution to both of their problems. If only Lily sees it the same way.
Excerpt
“I accepted long ago that I’m never getting married. Why would I? My parents fought all the time, every boyfriend I’ve ever had cheated on me at least once, and most of our couples end up divorced before the ink is dry on the wedding license. I’ve seen what happened tonight probably a dozen times, but that doesn’t make it any easier to watch, and I certainly don’t make jokes about it. Not to mention, I really needed this event to lead to other events, and while tonight’s epic failure wasn’t my company’s fault, having our name attached won’t be good for business. I have no idea what we’re going to do.”
I’m rambling now, but his body is suddenly brushing against mine, and the heat of his skin is driving me insane.

“Your business is in trouble?”
His voice is close, too close, and I feel his warm breath against my ear. For some inexplicable reason, I tilt my head, and I shudder when I feel his nose glide across my neck. His hand finds my knee before sliding beneath the fabric of my pencil skirt.
“We may have to close,” I whisper, trying not squirm as he lifts my skirt a little higher. “Nobody wants a wedding planner.”
“I want a wedding planner.”




Author Bio
Savannah Leigh is a small-town girl with big city dreams. She has always had a love of romance novels and never thought she would actually be able to publish one of her own. Savannah is inspired by photos of shirtless men on the internet, hot actors in steamy scenes, and her own fantasies.  A lover of wine and Bailey’s Irish Cream, Savannah enjoys spending time with friends and reading steamy novels.


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Marriage List by Dorothy McFalls



The Marriage List

by Dorothy McFalls

Compelled by his family to marry, Viscount Radford Evers makes a list of his requirements for a wife. Humble tenant May Sheffers meets none of these, so why does his heart beat madly at the sight of her?









This one was fun. May is feisty! Her aunt is ill, which is why they are in Bath taking the waters. May needs to keep the roof over their heads after her uncle has cut off their funds and the rent is past due. He wants to get his sister back under his own roof. He seems to think that if he tightens the purse strings and gets May married, then he can have his sister back. That was odd as he hadn't cared in the past. So, you know things are happening that May isn't aware of.

May and her good friend, Lady Iona, beard the owner of the house in his own parlor. Little do they know that Viscount Radford Evers has just finished making a list of what to look for in a wife. His mother is pushing him to marry. He takes one look at May and decides that SHE is the polar opposite of what he needs, or wants. Lady Iona's sister, Miss Lillian, on the other hand...

Ugh, Lillian. I wanted to smack her a time or three. And May's uncle. And the man he wants to betroth to May. Lots of smacking was needed. Which was fun.

Also fun was Princess. A filly. Loved the scenes with her. And Lord Wynter! Radford's best friend. He and Lady Iona worked really hard in this one to help our MCs find their HEA. They are the focus for book two in the series, Lady Iona's Rebellion. Lord Wynter, Radford's friend (who helped him compile the Marriage List) is our hero in this one. I loved Iona and hope that she finds her HEA, too!

Radford had a bum leg. He kept thinking that he wasn't whole. I liked that May didn't really seem to care about that. She did want him to feel better, and went so far as to massage his foot at one point, to the surprise of both of them.

And she still didn't fit the list that he had made out. Stupid man.

There were a couple of scenes that had me clicking through my kindle at a rapid pace. I was worried about that HEA and just HOW it was going to work out.

I'll be looking for more from this author.

All in all, this was a FIVE BOOKMARK for me.
Princess really pushed that rating that last little bit.

*I bought this one at Amazon.



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Monday, July 29, 2013

She Tempts the Duke by Lorraine Heath

 

She Tempts the Duke

(The Lost Lords of Pembrook #1)

by Lorraine Heath

Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright.

Sebastian Easton always vowed he would avenge his stolen youth and title. Now back in London, the rightful Duke of Keswick—returning from battle a wounded, hardened, changed man—cannot forget the brave girl who once rescued him and his brothers from certain death.

Lady Mary Wynne-Jones paid dearly for helping the imprisoned young Lords of Pembrook, and she remembers well the promise she made to Sebastian all those years ago: to meet him once more in the abbey ruins where they shared a bold, forbidden kiss. While Mary is now betrothed to another, a friendship forged with dark secrets cannot be ignored. Unexpected passion soon burns dangerously between them, tempting Sebastian to abandon his quest for retribution and fight for a love that could once again set him free.



I loved this! Lorraine Heath has done it again. And it tickles me that this one was published on my birthday, last year! Happy Birthday to me!

This is the first in "The Lost Lords of Pembook" series. And what a start it is.

We begin with three boys, boys who have just lost their father. They've been locked in the tower and the eldest, Sebastian, the new Duke of Pembrook, comes to the conclusion that he, his twin Tristan and their younger brother Rafe are going to be killed. He suspects that his father didn't really die from a fall from a horse. Even though his uncle said so.

They are saved that night by a girl, Lady Mary, who has run wild with him for most of their lives.

Jump forward in time to a ball given by the stand-in for the young Duke, his evil uncle. Lady Mary has attended because she wants to see if he has horns and a tail. The event is disturbed when the three brothers are announced. Where have they been for ten years? And what happened to Sebastian to give him a beastly countenance?

This was so much fun. And sweet, and mysterious, and just...WOW! I read long into the night, it was that good.

I loved all three men and wanted to comfort them. The banter and love between the brothers, who have not seen each other in all this time, was a delight to read. The reader will find out more about Tristan's life in Book 2 and Rafe's in book 3. There's also a bonus novella that is Book 2.5. It's great to have so many completed books to read in this series!


Yes, Lorraine Heath is now on my to read NOW list!

This is FIVE BOOKMARKS for sure!
 
 
(The Lost Lords of Pembrook #2)
 
(The Lost Lords of Pembrook #2.5)
 
(The Lost Lords of Pembrook #3)

 

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Force of Nature by Sydney Logan


Force of Nature
 
by Sydney Logan
 
Hot New Release Top #10 Short Story!

Living in Tornado Alley has caused twenty-two year old Laura Pratt to grow cynical when it comes to storm warnings. When a tornado rips its way through her college campus, Laura becomes trapped in the library basement with fellow music major and longtime crush Aiden Barnes. After the storm clears, and the two are faced with the harsh reality of Mother Nature's vengeance, will Laura and Aiden emerge from the rubble with their hearts intact?


Force of Nature


 Force of Nature is a short story that's packed with emotions. I live in Tornado Alley and Laura was correct, we do tend to wonder if we should get all het up when the alerts blare over the weather radio. Recently our area was hit by several killer storms, and it reminds us that the storms are to be watched, each and every time.

Ms. Logan makes us feel the same emotions that her characters feel. It's a gift, and this book lays that out clearly. I was afraid, too! And I wanted Laura to get closer to Aiden.

While short, this one had a great beginning, middle and a wonderful payoff at the end. Do you need something to fill a couple of hours? This one can take you into the middle of a tornado, and safely out the other side.

Five Bookmarks!
And I'd like to see more of Aiden and Laura
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

A Rogue's Rescue by Donna Lea Simpson


A Rogue's Rescue
 
By Donna Lea Simpson
 
A Classic Regency Romance novella celebrating the world first introduced by Jane Austen.


Despite her vast wealth, Miss Ariadne Lambert, at the ripe old age of thirty-three, is a plain and aging spinster with little but a fading hope that a knight in shining armor will come to sweep her off her feet. Which makes her the perfect prey for the unscrupulous “Dapper” Dorsey, who would stop at nothing to seduce a needy and wealthy woman and then coldly fritter away her funds in the gaming halls of London. As Ariadne succumbs first to his wily charms and then to his kisses, will her need for affection rob her of her dignity—and her fortune?

Viscount Ingram, whose soiled reputation from one especially salacious incident has left him exiled to the sidelines of society, marks his time as a dark and brooding man, tolerated more for his title than his merit. But even he has his standards, and when he learns of a rival’s plot to seduce and then steal from a helpless spinster, he vows to stop him.

Ingram’s noble sentiments and uncharacteristic sincerity are in for a shock, however, as he discovers that the hopelessly gullible Ariadne is in fact a clever and shrewd woman who’s got more than a silly giggle up her sleeve. As the two team up in a devilish scheme to bring about the final undoing of Dorsey, cooperation turns to admiration and then attraction, and they discover that their last chance to repair their reputations may also be their first chance at finding true love.



This was a very short story. Only took me about two hours to read. But what a fun two hours! Neither one of these main characters are gorgeous. He is not above taking his fists to someone who owes him money. He smacks some guy on the chin and calls it even for the debt. She is rather plain and very intelligent. Not even a garnet, much less a diamond, on the marriage mart.

But there's something about them both, something that draws them together.

Ariadne notices that pull, but she needs him to GO AWAY. She's trying to take down a dandy who tends to take advantage of women. And Ingram just keeps rescuing her just as the net is drawn close! Dang it!

I loved her.

This is certainly a case where the heart decides who is attractive to whom. As they get to know each other, they each find the other to be rather alluring.

For a short story, this has a wonderful beginning, an interesting middle, and an enjoyable end.


Yes, this book made me want to search out more by this author. Well done, Ms. Simpson!
I rated this one FOUR bookmarks and I know I'll be picking it up again for another read.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti


Forgotten Sins
Sins Brothers #1
by
 
 
 
 

I kept thinking: Just one more chapter...and then it was 2:30 in the morning! This was action packed, thriller, mystery, suspense, and romance...Yep, all of that. And it was a very well done one, too!

Josie's husband has been gone for two years. He just left her with no word, no note...nothing. He was just gone. He left her broken after she thought she had finally found the home that she wanted. That home had nothing to do with four walls and everything to do with being at home in Shane's arms.

She's shocked when she gets a call from the hospital informing her that Shane has been mugged...and he's lost his memory. He had a card in his wallet with her info on it. Old feelings, that never faded, are quickly ignited when they lay eyes on each other. But Josie is pissed and there is no way she's taking him back. Especially since he can't remember why he left, and therefore can't tell her and apologize for it.

On his part, Shane really doesn't remember, but there is something about this woman that makes him want to wrap her up and keep her safe. He's pretty shocked when he realizes that she's a lot tougher than her small stature would suggest.

That's a good thing for Josie because it appears that bad guys are coming out of the woodwork to get their hands on her.

There are plots within plots here and the story kept me guessing about who Josie should trust. She did wonder at one point how many times she could be kidnapped! I had lost count by then. Yes, non-stop action in this one.

Shane keeps questioning himself. His speed, his hearing, the way he knows stuff. Deadly stuff. He is kept wondering if he's a good guy...or a bad one. Josie wonders, too.

There are some people here who were really really BAD GUYS, no doubts at all. Characters that one could hate whole-heartedly and with relish. The back story is brought naturally into the story and I love it when that happens. No info dumping here! Just a well thought out book that leads us into this fabulous new series.

Malloy as a supporting character was a joy. I sincerely hope we see more of him at some point.  And the men with gray eyes...yes, I need more of them! The second book is coming in December...and I can hardly wait. I NEED it! I will be begging for an ARC, you can count on that!

FIVE BOOKMARKS for keeping me
up until 2:30 in the morning!

 

Force of Nature by Sydney Logan

Today is release day for Sydney Logan’s latest short story, "Force of Nature." The romantic short is available exclusively on Amazon Kindle and priced at .99¢. 


Living in Tornado Alley has caused twenty-two year old Laura Pratt to grow cynical when it comes to storm warnings. When a tornado rips its way through her college campus, Laura becomes trapped in the library basement with fellow music major and longtime crush Aiden Barnes. After the storm clears, and the two are faced with the harsh reality of Mother Nature’s vengeance, will Laura and Aiden emerge from the rubble with their hearts intact?


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bite Me by PJ Schnyder




Bite Me

by PJ Schnyder

Book one of the London Undead Trilogy

Few people walk the streets of London since the zombie outbreak, but that's not an issue for Seth. As a werewolf, he can handle himself and save humans reckless enough to take a nighttime stroll. While on patrol he comes across a group of people under attack. The one woman brave enough to take a stand against the zombies catches his eye—and not just because of her way with a gun. Learning the beautiful woman is homeless and fends for herself only intensifies his urge to protect and care for her.

Maisie can't help but admit that she's attracted to her werewolf rescuer. She's drawn to Seth's strength and ferocity, and finds herself opening up to him in ways she never imagined, even though she's determined to not rely on Seth or anyone else. She doesn't want another person to get hurt—or die—for her sake. She has enough scars, physical and emotional, from the last time…

But when Seth realizes something is drawing the zombies to Maisie, there may be nothing he can do to save her…


This is the first book in a trilogy. Therefore it needs to bring us all up-to-date on just how this world came to be. The thing that brought this down a rating for me is the huge info dump that started the book. There is a way to get that much needed information to the reader in a much more natural way than just filling the narrative up with information. I found myself skimming, quite a bit, over the first several pages.

Once the back story was out of the way, this was a fascinating new world that caught my attention and I most definitely ceased my skimming.

Maisie can shoot like a military sniper: cleanly, calmly, and with deadly accuracy. Seth comes upon her and a family just as zombies attack. He sincerely hopes that she realizes that HE is helping them, while he's wearing fur, and she really shouldn't shoot him. But then she does. But that was to save him. Trust me, it makes sense when you read it.

Instead of being enraged, Seth is intrigued by this sprite of a girl who can take care of herself. When she takes him to the clinic where she works to get patched up, I did laugh, while HE was offended. Once they are past that, there is something about her that he wants to protect and cherish. Of course, convincing her of that might be harder than fighting off a hoard of zombies.

I enjoyed the supporting cast and will most definitely be watching for the rest of the books in this trilogy.


3.5 Bookmarks!
A wonderful start to an exciting world




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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala


Don't Breathe a Word

by Holly Cupala

 

Joy delamere is suffocating.

From asthma, from her parents, and from her boyfriend, Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out. She can take his cruel words, his tender words . . . until the night they go too far.

To escape, Joy sacrifices her suburban life to find the one who offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. He introduces her to a world of fierce loyalty, to its rules of survival, and to love--a world she won't easily let go.
Set against the backdrop of the streets of Seattle, Holly Cupala's powerful new novel explores the subtleties of abuse, the secrets we keep, and the ways to redemption. But above all, it is an unflinching story about the extraordinary lengths one girl will go to discover her own strength.

From the outside, Joy's suburban life looks perfect.  Perfect parents working to provide the perfect house and the perfect lifestyle.  Seemingly perfect boyfriend to make sure Joy makes the perfect choices for her perfect life.  Until one day Joy makes a choice to change her life.

Joy leaves her old life behind and runs to the streets of Seattle looking for Creed, a homeless boy who said he knew her problems and that he would help her.  Joy takes only a few necessities with her when she runs.  

On the streets, Joy meets a few unsavory characters right away.  First their is "Stench", who chases her, leering, and she loses him in a store.  Next there is "Mohawk", who has offered his protection and to let her become one of his empty eyed girls.

Joy's meager possessions are lost when Stench catches up to her.  After a struggle, Creed rescues her from Stench and takes her into his "family" of Ave Rats, other homeless teens.  Together they try to use their strengths to survive.

Through a desperate act to save a friend, Joy's life once again spirals out of her control.

Besides the fact that is cover is gorgeous, this book is absolutely amazing.  But WARNING: you better put your big girl panties on before reading.
  
Joy struggles with severe Asthma, but more importantly, with feelings of invisibility.  These struggles effect her life, causing her to make decisions that I do not understand, but, because of the excellent writing, I am able to sympathize with.

Joy fights against the invisible chains that bind her to her past.  As she learns to survive on the street, she learns to sever each bond individually.  She learns to trust again.  She learns to love.


 Joy's story is not all happy but it is honest and it has many moments that are worthy of her name.
5 out of 5 bookmarks
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers


The Story Guy (Novella)
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Lady Hathaway's Indecent Proposal by Suzanna Medeiros



Lady Hathaway's Indecent Proposal

(Hathaway Heirs #1)

by
This is a short story that stands on its own, while it leads us into a series, The Hathaway Heirs by Suzanna Medeiros. 

There is a lot of STEAM in this one. Miranda married well twelve years ago. Well, but not all that happily. Her family wished her to have a title and wealth, so they insisted that she marry Viscount Hathaway. But she's never forgotten the man who also courted her and touched her heart, Andrew, the Earl of Sanderson. After the death of her husband, for the first time Miranda decides that she wants to grab hold of happiness with both hands, even though she only gives herself three weeks to enjoy it. That is, if Drew will have her for that time period.

Andrew has never forgotten the woman who walked away from his heart. When she makes a very scandalous proposal, he jumps at the chance, thinking that spending some intimate time with her will finally bring closure to their relationship.

Such silly people! All the time they spend together just brings their hearts closer. But, of course, neither one can let the other know. Miranda lies to him about why she wants to be intimate and he never tells her how she had touched his heart all those years ago and that the feelings are returning by leaps and bounds.

For a short story, there was enough story here for me. There's lots of hot times, but I could feel their emotions, too. Well done, Ms. Medeiros! I'm taking half a bookmark away for a bit of repetitive narrative.

At the end of this one, we meet the heir to the Hathaway fortune and title. He and his new bride do not seem to be very happy. Their story is number two in the series, and I hope it comes available soon!

Four and a Half Bookmarks!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Loving a Prince Charming by Danielle Monsch



Loving a Prince Charming

By Danielle Monsch
A Romantic Geek Girl Writing in a Fantasy World

Honor and Integrity were more than words to Seth - they were the values he lived his life by. As Prince of a large kingdom, putting duty before desire was vital for the prosperity and wellness of his people. If sometimes he looked at Kira – best friend since childhood and his personal guard – and regretted his betrothal to the Princess of a neighboring kingdom, well, that was the price he had to pay for his people’s happiness. 

Even if that Princess was cursed and given the nickname Sleeping Beauty.

Seth discovers the way to end the curse and, against his father’s wishes, sets off on a perilous journey to free her with Kira by his side. But Kira represents a different type of danger… Only love can break the curse, but how can Seth keep his promise to protect Sleeping Beauty when every moment with Kira makes his heart damn duty and demand its desire?




This is book three in the Fairy Tales & Ever Afters series by Danielle Monsch. Book two was the first book this blog reviewed. Ms. Monsch gifted me with a copy of Loving a Prince. And I can't thank her enough.

This is a short story, which is the only complaint I have! Although the story had a beautiful beginning, middle and end, I just wanted more! Good thing that it looks like the FGs (Fairy Godmothers) will be back with another story at some point! Yes, I realize that there are lots of exclamation points in this paragraph, but I'm still smiling after finishing LaP.

Once again, Ms. Monsch has taken a fairy tale and given it her own spin. Seth, our wonderful prince, is a man of integrity. He makes promises...and keeps them. For him, it's duty before heart. Even if it means that his heart will hurt for years to come.

I really enjoy how this author creates good people. People who have to face their fears, own up to their strengths, and make a choice. They weigh the outcome and then choose. I like that very much.

The FGs don't make everything "easy" with the wave of their wands. The characters have to work to find their HEA. Again, I like that a lot.

There is a bit of snark, some laughs, drama, and a hot, sweet love scene. They laughed during that, too, which made it all the sweeter.

Go check out Loving a Prince by Danielle Monsch!

This is a FIVE BOOKMARK rating from me.
I would definitely read this one again, and I hope you will, too!


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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Double Enchantment (Relics of Merlin #2) by Kathryne Kennedy


Double Enchantment

By Kathryne Kennedy
 

Too Much of a Very Good Thing...

High society enjoys their power based on their rank, but Lady Jasmina Karlyle's magic causes nothing but trouble. Her simple spell has gone horribly wrong, and now she has a twin running around the London social scene wreaking havoc on her reputation. When both she and her twin get intimately involved with gorgeous shape-shifting stallion Sir Sterling Thorn, Jasmina finds herself in the impossible position of being jealous of herself...

Still Isn't Enough...

Sterling is irresistibly drawn to Jasmina. She seems to have two completely different sides to her personality though, and the confusion is driving him mad. Is love just the other side of lust...or is what he has with Jasmina much, much more than that?



This was so much FUN! This is a historical with a twist. Magic is the norm in Jolly Old England. It resides in different ways and amounts from the Royals right on down the line. The Baronets are shape shifters.

At one point, our leads are at a ball, dancing on moonbeams! I could just see it.

Lady Jasmina accidentally creates a double of herself, not just an image, but an almost living, breathing double. She leaves her in bed, pretending to sleep, but the double, going by her nickname of Jaz, goes to the ball instead. There she falls into lust with Sir Sterling Thorn, a were-stallion. They hie off to bed...!

Okay, the cover drew me in. I don't recall reading about were-stallions before...and this cover sucked me in. And I was not disappointed. Sir Sterling is HOT..and sweet...and ALPHA.

The reason that Lady Jasmina needed a double was so that she could return a piece of jewelry that her very light fingered mother had "borrowed" from one of her friends. She apparently does this often.

Unfortunately the brooch was created by Merlin and it is a highly sought piece of silver.

So, who does Sir Sterling really love? Jaz, the sexy impostor, or Lady Jasmina with her prissy ways, but watch out when her walls fall!

Throw in a couple of mischievous garden gnomes and this was a ride (and a read) worth taking.

This is a solid FIVE BOOKMARKS.
I'm enthralled with the world that Ms. Kennedy has created.
I want more!




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Friday, July 19, 2013

The WINNER is...


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Courting Greta by Ramsey Hootman



Courting Greta


By Ramsey Hootman



Samuel Cooke knows most women wouldn't give him a second glance even if he were the last man on earth. He's the cripple with the crutches, the nerdy computer genius every female past puberty feels compelled to mother. So when he leaves his lucrative career to teach programming to high schoolers, romance definitely isn't on his radar.

Perhaps that's why Greta Cassamajor catches him off guard. The sarcastic gym coach with zero sense of humor is no beauty - not even on the inside. But an inexplicably kind act toward Samuel makes him realize she is interesting.

Samuel is certain she won't accept his invitation to dinner - so when she does, he's out of his depth. All he knows is that he'll do whatever it takes to keep her as long as he can. Pretending he's got his class under control? Easy. Being vulnerable enough to admit why he ditched his programming career for teaching? Um, no. That would require honesty. And if there's one thing Samuel can't live without, it's the lies he tells himself.


In this poignant, witty debut, Ramsey Hootman upends traditional romance tropes to weave a charming tale of perseverance, trust, and slightly conditional love.




Several months ago this book was all over my Goodreads feed. After reading the summary, I knew I needed it. It sounded fascinating! And different.

And it was.

Samuel has spina bifida. He's had a hard life working around his condition, which wasn't discovered until later in his life. While he wore the mask of success via his job, home, car and bank balance, a small accident made him wonder if that was all there was.

He makes a change. A huge one. He takes on the job as a a fill in computer teacher at a high school.

Samuel is only 34, but he comes off as a cranky, snarky, old geezer guy. He apparently didn't realise that working as a teacher meant he would have to interact with PEOPLE...students and fellow teachers. To say it was a shock to his system would be an understatement. But he makes the conscious decision to try. That's why he changed jobs, right? To see what ELSE was out there.

One of his fellow teachers is the gym teacher, Greta Cassamajor. She's 46 and tough as nails. The rumor is that she can, and has, made grown men cry and can bring high school students to their knees.

When Samuel meets her, he's knocked asunder. There's something about her that he wants, that he needs, and he makes this huge decision to get close to her.

Both of them have secrets. Both of them have issues. Both of them are surrounded by friends, family and students that make their efforts harder than it should be. But they are both strong people and I laughed more than once when "things" happened to them.

Samuel has to grow and step outside the shell that he's built over time. There were a couple times that I really wanted to smack him. He is just so mean! But then Greta is enigmatic and Moore (a fellow teacher) is just OUT THERE.

We find people to despise in this book, we come to understand some of the others, and there's a point where Samuel is the HERO. Yes, in capitol letters.

I loved this.


Five Bookmarks
The laughs surprised me and I
rooted for that HEA


*Thank you, NetGalley and Gallery Books, for the opportunity to read Courting Greta.

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