Monday, September 30, 2013

Newton Neighbors by Suzy Duffy

Newton Neighbors

by Suzy Duffy

Crystal Lake—in the suburbs of Newton—is one of the most desirable places to live in Boston, and Newton Neighbors is a romantic comedy about its colorful residents just trying to “live the dream.”  Things, however, rarely go as planned. The story starts with two fire trucks and a couple of cop cars getting called to the upmarket road, and that’s when things begin to heat up.
The Ladies of the Lake:
Maria’s best asset has always been her hot Puerto Rican body, but she sees the effect a new sitter has on her husband, so she decides to fight back the hands of time.
Cathi is Maria’s best friend and greatest admirer. Her own life is pretty good, too. Still, she can’t help being consumed with ambitions to live on the water. She spirals from persuasion to coercion to deceit faster than you can say ‘change of address,’ but will she succeed?
Noreen may seem like the nice little granny from next door. However, it’s the quiet ones you need to watch.  While facing forty is a nightmare for Maria, Noreen’s living large at eighty. She believes “the only thing worse than a weak dollar is a weak martini.”
Jessica is in America to study. But when she takes a babysitting job in Newton, she gets more than she bargains for in the shape of fine-looking firefighter.  We learn soon enough that not all heroes are good—but is bad better?
Thankfully we have Ely, Jessica’s crazy roommate, who keeps everyone laughing and partying, too.
There’s Botox, Bollinger, and a randy Bulldog. We have fireworks, fistfights, and family fiestas. It’s a story that stretches from Boston, to London, to beautiful Puerto Rico.
Welcome to the wet n’ wild world of Newton Neighbors.

Author Bio:
Suzy Duffy is an international and #1 best-selling author. She writes laugh-out-loud, life-affirming stories about women from five to ninety-five. (Sometimes she writes about men too, but only for comedic purposes, and pets—if they’re funny.) Her debut US novel, Wellesley Wives became an instant best seller, won numerous awards and critical acclaim, and is due to be published in Norwegian, September 2013. She was a guest speaker at the Sydney Writer’s Festival.

Newton Neighbors, her second US novel, will be published September 2013.

Other than this, Suzy was a national radio DJ and television presenter in Ireland before she started writing. She has also been an interpreter in the United Nations, Geneva, a water ski instructor in Crete, and a corn cutter in the south of France—from which she was fired!

She gives 10% of her royalties to WWW.FOBH.ORG because she believes in serendipity. (A serendipitist?) She plans to write a book a year for the next forty years, and then she’ll have a rethink.

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My review

Once again Suzy Duffy gives us women to root for, women that we want to smack, men who are clueless (but can learn), some men who need to be kicked. Then she adds in some wonderful kids and crazy dogs...and another great book is born.

I think the best part of Ms. Duffy's characters is that we know them already. We are friends with them in real life. I spent many moments thinking, "Oh! That's just like ___________." (Names omitted to protect the weird and wonderful)

This book is a journey for all of these characters. I sniffled, I laughed, and I cheered. It was truly a great read.

I know Ms. Duffy personally, and she is just as marvelous as her written words. Her voice comes through in every word she writes. She's a joy, as is this book. If you need to get away for a bit, you should visit Newton and the Neighbors there. Think of it as a mini-vacation!

Five out of Five Bookmarks
 

The Lady and the Laird by Nicola Cornick



The Lady and the Laird
Scottish Brides #1

by Nicola Cornick

An Indecent Proposal!

Lady Lucy MacMorlan may have forsworn men and marriage, but that doesn't mean she won't agree to profit from writing love letters for her brother's friends - letters that become increasingly racy as her fame grows. That is, until she deliberately ruins the betrothal of a notorious laird, Robert, Marquis of Methven.

Past centuries of bloodshed have left the Methven and MacMorlan families bitter enemies and Robert is furious that Lady Lucy's letters have cost him the bride he needs so urgently to save his ancestral clan lands. Now he makes Lucy a shocking proposal; in return for his silence she must become his wife and provide him with the heir he needs. It is an inconvenient marriage of convenience but can the rugged laird and the bluestocking beauty fight against the power of love?
Scottish Brides - Where Regency elegance meets Highland passion!


I rather enjoy the "forced to marry" trope, and this one was fun. Robert has a deadline to meet. He has to be married to someone of a certain bloodline to save his clan lands. He's standing at the altar ready to marry this simple minded maiden...but she doesn't show up. She's run away with the brother of the woman that he kissed when she was but a girl. One look in her eyes as she sits in the back of the chapel and he knows she knows something about the situation.

Lucy has a secret. She writes letters, erotic letters, for her brother and his friends to give to the women they are pursuing. She does this--gasp--for money! We find that she really has a good reason for needing more money, but Robert doesn't know what that is. She also has a bad case of PTSD from a horrible incident that resulted in the death of her twin sister.

Robert gives Lucy a proposal, she states her reasons why she needs to say no, there is some bargaining...and the deed is done. She does feel a bit guilty over the way she helped him lose his bride, after all.

I enjoyed Robert's pursuit of a real marriage with Lucy. He understands the reasons why she's reticent, but he figures his "skills" will bring her around. She is quite tempted!

There's a subplot of greedy relatives that kept things moving along. I did want to smack Lucy a time or three when she just wouldn't let go of the past. Still, this was a fun read and I look forward to more in this Scottish Brides Series. Lucy's sister, Mairi, and Robert's best-friend, Jack, are featured in the next book, One Night with the Laird. It comes out at the end of October and is available for pre-ordering now.

Four out of Five Bookmarks
*Thank you, NetGalley and Harlequin, for the opportunity to read this book.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Why Dukes Say I Do by Manda Collins


Why Dukes Say I Do
Wicked Widows #1

Manda Collins

Even in London society—where everyone knows what you did last season—you never know who’s next in line to walk down the aisle, in Why Dukes Say I Do

TRUE LOVE IS OFTEN FOUND

With her whirlwind social life in London, Lady Isabella Wharton has little interest in the customs of the country. But when her godmother asks her to pay a visit to her bachelor grandson in Yorkshire, Isabella can’t refuse. It behooves her to please the old dowager, since she harbors one of Isabella’s most scandalous secrets. So off she goes to see the newly-titled—and notoriously rustic—Duke of Ormond…

WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECT IT

Trevor Carey doesn’t care about what goes on behind ballroom doors. He is content with the simple life—and isn’t ashamed to admit it to a society flirt like Lady Isabella. But the country air brings out a different side of Isabella—one full of longing and passion. Can her sophistication be hiding a desire for love? When a blackmailer from the city arrives to threaten Isabella, Trevor will shield her from harm—even travel to London. Can the duke tackle the ton on Isabella’s behalf …and manage to keep her all to himself?



This is the first in a new series by Manda Collins, her Wicked Widows. That cover is lovely!

We start off with a death. The witnesses are now in line to be blackmailed. It's an interesting twist that Lady Isabella's godmother is the first to commit blackmail. She's not a very nice person, and it's always fun to have someone to dislike in this kind of book. And I did dislike her rather a lot.

As did Lady Isabella.

Since we know from the beginning that Isabella has been married, that gives this book a different flavor from those that have a virginal main character. It also makes this one rather steamy as she and Trevor find they are attracted to each other. Not sure that I've read many like this. That was fun. He thought she was rather cold when they first met but that changed quickly.

There is a mystery that runs through the book and that will be carried on through the series. The small bit that is answered in this one, I figured out right off. But the mystery wasn't that big of a deal considering this is a romance. And the romance was sweet and very enjoyable. I like to see a couple work through their issues and find that HEA.

I did find a couple things the pulled this from a five down to a solid four. There was quite a bit of repetition in the narrative. I'm not sure why historical romances tend to do that, but it is a trend that I'm not fond of. I got it the first several times that he isn't ready for romance and she's worried about being overruled by a husband, since hers was really bad. A small thing, but the maid would have remained with the lady while they waited for help after the carriage accident. I just can't see her riding off with the coachmen on the horses. There were also a few timeline issues that pulled me out of the reading.

As this is the first book in the series, Ms. Collins introduces us to characters that will appear in future Wicked Widow books. She certainly has plenty of wonderful people to entertain us with in the next several books!

A lovely start to what sounds like a fun series:
Four out of Five Bookmarks
*Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin's Paperbacks, for the opportunity to read this book.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Unscripted by Jayne Denker


Unscripted
by Jayne Denker

One of Hollywood's hardest working women is about to discover there's a lot more drama behind the camera than in front of it. . . Faith "Freakin'" Sinclair probably shouldn't have called her boss a perv. . .or grabbed his "privates." But as creator of the hit dramedy Modern Women, she'd had enough of his sexist insults. Now she's untouchable in the industry--not in a good way. The only way to redeem herself is to convince Alex, the wildly popular, wildly demanding former star of her show, to come back. But there's one obstacle in her way--one very handsome, broad-shouldered obstacle. . .

Professor Mason Mitchell is head of the theater department where Alex is studying "real" acting. The only way he'll let Faith anywhere near Alex is if she agrees to co-teach a class. It's an offer she can't refuse--and as it turns out, the professor just might end up teaching Faith that there's more to life than work--and that real-life love scenes are way more fun than fake ones.


This book was irreverent, unpredictable, and just what I needed.

The opening sentence of this book really sets the tone. "Usually, grabbing a man's balls can take you far in this business." 

Faith Sinclair has struggled to make her own way in Hollywood. Having a famous director mother, Faith could have skated by on her name alone, but Faith wanted to make it on her own. She wanted to stand on her own two feet. After creating and perfecting a highly successful TV drama, Faith ends up losing her job after attempting to manhandle her boss into seeing things her way. Her only hope is to get the extremely popular Alex to come back to the show. Her best friend assures her that if Alex comes back, Faith's ex-boss will give her her job back.

Faith finds Alex attending a small college outside of L A. As she attempts to approach Alex, she is blocked by the wildly handsome professor Mason Mitchell, head of the theater department where Alex is studying "real" acting. The good professor has promised to protect Alex from fans and people seeking to harm him while he is attending the college. Professor Mitchell places Faith firmly in this category and keeps her away until he gets her to promise to help teach a class.

This story offers a different side of Hollywood than what we usually see. The relationship between Professor Mitchell and Faith Sinclair is a fun, grown-up relationship that I love. I adore the way Mason handles Faith with a strange mix of awe and steel. You can tell that Mason worships Faith and thinks she's spectacular, but he also stands up to her and challenges her in ways she's never even dreamed.


Thank you to Netgalley for providing an ARC for a fair and honest review.



 4 out of 5 Bookmarks




 
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Monday, September 23, 2013

The Sixth Wife by Laura Lond


The Sixth Wife
by Laura Lond

Adelia has no one to blame for her heartache. She’d been cautioned, many times and by many people. Everyone except her mother had told her it was folly to marry an elf, citing a host of reasons. Adelia knew their warnings were not unfounded. She knew he was very different from her and her kind, he was much older, and he’d had five other wives before her. She didn’t care. She had chosen her path.


This is a 21 page novella. While it was a nice, short read, it could have been spectacular. Ms. Lond has created a rather fascinating world with elves, humans, deception, and intrigue. While it moved at a fast pace, I felt that I really wanted to see clarification of some points and the end was quite rushed.

Adelia's husband, an elf, has not changed outwardly since she married him more than fifty years ago. She has aged, since she's human, and is now in her 70's. Ametar is a warrior and at the beginning of their story, he's still in love with his first wife, also a human. In fact, all of his wives were human. He keeps searching to find the kind of love that he and the first one shared.

There's mention of wars and backstory as to who all the players are in this book. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of that as it all sounded quite fascinating.

We've all heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this story carries that theme out. Adelia needed to come to that realization.

Ametar, and his search for love, was the best part of the story. I liked him.

While I enjoyed it, I did wish for more within the story. One thing this short did for me was to ensure that I'll be searching out more works by the author.


*Thank you, NetGalley and Laura Lond, for the opportunity to read The Sixth Wife

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning


Kiss of the Highlander
 
by Karen Marie Moning
 
A laird trapped between centuries...

Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he’d ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his own century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side....

A woman changed forever in his arms...

Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern — to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she’d ever seen? Or that once he’d kissed her, he wouldn’t let her go?

Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth-century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them ... and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves...

I love the HIGHLANDER paranormal series from Karen Marie Moning. I've read seven of them and love them all. But my favorite? This one: Kiss of the Highlander. Yes, it's Number 4 and led me to the others. Well worth it, that's for sure! Twists and turns through time.

Gwen falls through a hole onto Drustan. He's been sleeping in a cave for ages, put there by a Gypsy curse. He's quite surprised to find an armful of warm woman when he awakens. Had to chuckle when he tries to steal the cinnamon from a coffee shop. Cinnamon when he comes from, is a hot commodity!

So much fun, at one point she locks him in the bathroom. Well done, sister!

Time travel makes my head hurt, but this, with the science, was just so much fun. There are also supporting characters that are featured in the rest of series. So, if this one works for you, there is much more for you to read!

If paranormal time travel and HOT HOT HOT Highlanders are your things, this is the series for you! And you can even start here, with number 4, just like I did!


FIVE BOOKMARKS
Oh my gosh, I loved this!!!

 
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Cover and Title reveal for April Fools by Karli Perrin

Welcome to the COVER REVEAL of
 
Karli Perrin's
 
April Fools
This is book 2 of 2 in her April series and is expected to release in December 2013.
 
 
 
Love. Hate. Fear. Fate.
All four letter words.
All consuming.
 
Naked to the eye, they have the power to control the heart and destroy the soul.
April Adams is about to experience them like never before.
When everything in April's life goes up in smoke, she is faced with some life changing decisions.
Join April as she continues her journey of love and loss.










 

 
Author Bio
Karli Perrin is a 25 year old English Language & Linguistics graduate from Manchester, England. She has always been a big lover of books and is the author of the 'April' series. 
She is a big believer of fate and is a sucker for a happy ending. She honestly believes that there is a reason why you are reading this right now (apart from the fact that you are awesome!) 
Her ultimate goal in life is to live in a house made entirely out of books with her best friend, who also happens to be her fiancé.

...Hogwarts is plan B.



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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

GIVEAWAY/REVIEW Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

GIVEAWAY & GUEST REVIEW
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
On Amazon:  Where the Stars Still Shine

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 24th

Goodreads Blurb
Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

First of all, let's give a round of applause to that fabulous cover.  It's beautiful.  Second, even though this story might sound like your typical YA/NA story, it most definitely is not.  There is a maturity to it that seems to be lacking in many books today.


Let me tell you a little about the story.  Callie is used to having nothing.  She can pack her suitcase and vacate her home in three minutes flat and does so often whenever the impulse strikes her mother.  Callie and her mother, Veronica, live and travel alone.  While Veronica works nights, Callie is left alone to face the demons she wishes she could leave in the past.

One night, after skipping out on a months rent, Callie and Veronica are pulled over by a deputy.  The car comes up as "stolen" and the next thing Callie knows, Veronica is being arrested and Callie is facing a stranger calling himself her father.

Callie moves to Florida with her dad, his new wife, and their two little boys.  She quickly discovers that she is part of a large Greek family and is related to most of her community.  Callie's mother kidnapped her when she was five and they have never lived anywhere long enough to even make friends, but suddenly Callie has a network of friends and family willing to help her out wherever she goes.  It's all a little overwhelming.

Callie follows in her mother's footsteps, running to escape when things get uncomfortable.  One night, after escaping the pressure she feels from her father's new family, Callie finds herself down by the docks and she meets Alex Kosta.

 Her new friends are quick to warn her away from Alex, but Callie feels drawn to him.  Even when she discovers that his sister is her father's new wife, Phoebe.  Callie and Alex have exciting chemistry, but do they really have anything else?  And what will Callie do about Conner, the sweet, good-looking boy that her new, self-appointed BFF wants her to date?

I loved so many things about this book.  Callie is a protagonist that I can like.  She is strong and fierce.  She is flawed and fragile.  She is a contradiction that completely works.

 Alex is sweet and sexy.  He is cautious and scarred.  He is absolutely perfect in his imperfections.

 The large Greek family with all of their nosiness is exactly what Callie needs.  It was an excellent addition to an already fantastic story.

 Trish Doller writes with a sophistication that you don't expect from a YA novel.  Her descriptions are full.  Her characters are complete.  The worlds that she paints are places that I want to visit.



Five out of Five Bookmarks!




 *WARNING* This book deals with heavy issues such as mental illness, and may be a trigger for those who have experienced abuse.

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Sydney Logan's 2000 Likes Giveaway!

Sydney Logan's 2,000 Facebook Likes Giveaway goes live September 18 at Midnight EST! Thanks to the readers, bloggers, and authors for helping us reach that milestone and for donating to the giveaway!  The giveaway includes eight prize packs (arranged by genre) and one grand prize from Sydney Logan. The Rafflecopter is below. Good luck!

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Strangers by A.L. Parks




Strangers by A.L. Parks
Genre: Romantic suspense
Release date: September 6th, 2013

Bereaved bride Abby Clark is tortured by visions of the fatal crash that took her fiancĂ©e on their wedding day.  She succumbs to a dark existence where loneliness, sadness and nightmares dwell; until handsome, brooding Bryce Holden walks through the door of her favorite coffee shop, wearing the same cloak of despair and grief.  Abby discovers in Bryce someone who understands love and loss, and soon their close friendship grows into a deep love.  But ghosts make strange bedfellows, and Abby is forced to battle the tormenting images that continue to haunt her, and confront the ethereal presence of a beloved wife to protect her future with Bryce.  





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My Review:
 
I was impressed with this debut novel. Ms. Parks certainly knows how to tug our heartstrings.
 
Bryce and Abby have both lived through horrible losses. He lost his wife to cancer and she lost her groom on their wedding day in a traffic accident. Their hurt is like a rain cloud that follows them through life.
 
When they meet there is an instant connection borne of seeing the loss that they both wear. But the connection goes beyond that. Their hearts are touched as friends. But slowly that becomes more.
 
Just like with the stages of grief, they move forward. Then something comes along and they are knocked back a step or three. This story is about how they come to terms with their losses and how they decided to move forward.
 
It was sweet, it was touching, it made me smile.
 
I also wanted to just smack her mother at least three times. Hard! It was a good thing that her siblings and their friends were such good support. They almost make up for the MOM. She made me want to throw things.
 
Again, I am impressed with this debut novel, and I hope that we hear more from her!
 
*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
 

About A.L. Parks
I am just starting in this crazy world of writing and publishing. Lately, however, there are just too many characters in my head begging me to tell their stories...so here I am. Writing, publishing, sharing and, hopefully, entertaining. I love a great love story, but really want to tell a story with an edge; characters who are imperfect, trying to find the perfect love.

Strangers is my debut novel, and will be released on September 6, 2013. I will have another novel, The Return, with an anticipated release date of November 1, 2013. I have been focusing mainly on short stories, but have felt a need to get to know the characters more in-depth, and in turn, tell more of their stories. I have some fairly interesting people living in my head!

I have my own blog (www.parkingitrighthere.blogspot.com), where I review books, and discuss my new projects. I also contribute to www.SheReadsNewAdult.com, dedicated to the emerging new adult romance genre. We have great fun over there...be sure to check us out!

I currently live outside Washington D.C. with my family. We spend many hours exploring the area and the deep history of this beautiful land, while experiencing as much of life's wonders as possible. I have traveled abroad and lived in almost every corner of the U.S., and hope my writing reflects various cultures, people, and places.



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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Once Upon a Tartan (MacGregor Trilogy #2) by Grace Burrowes


Once Upon a Tartan
MacGregor Trilogy #2
by Grace Burrowes

Hester MacDaniel is recovering from an engagement gone awry by summering at her brother's holding in the Highlands, and looking after her brother's young step-daughter, Fiona.

Tiberius Flynn, heir to the English Marquis of Quinworth, appears on Hester's doorstep claiming he's Fee's paternal uncle, and he's been sent by her English relations to make the girl's acquaintance.

Tye believes his brother's dying wishes compel him to take Fee south with him, but he doesn't plan on Hester capturing his heart, even as she fights him tooth and nail for custody of Fiona.



This is the second book in the MacGregor Trilogy. I haven't read the first one, but felt like I was all caught up as this one began. Ms. Burrowes is very adept at giving us back story without making us feel like we aren't moving forward.

Hester has broken her engagement to a really nasty young man. She is now rusticating in Scotland, taking care of her brother's new step-daughter while he and the child's mother take their marriage tour. She is also hiding from the shame and the pain of her short lived engagement. She is shocked when Tye arrives. She's also just a bit swept off her feet.

Tye believes that he is just there to pick up his niece. His father has led him to believe that it was his dying brother's wish and that Fiona will be much better off in their hands. Right off, Tiberius figures out that not is as he was told. The child is cared for, loved, and living in a wonderful home. He's also a bit swept up by Hester.

There are lots of little tangles going on here. Why is Tye's father so devious? Why haven't his parents spoken in ages? Lots of little messes that slowly get swept clean. That is one of the big draws for me to Ms. Burrowes writing. She sets the scene and then lets us work our way through to that HEA payoff. This one is a winner, for sure.

I've taken just a bit of rating away for the lack of finality about one thing. I would have liked to see Hester's mother get some kind of payback for being so mean to her daughter. Then again, maybe we'll see her get that in the third book!


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Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1) By Julia Quinn

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The Duke and I
Bridgertons #1
By Julia Quinn

Can there be any greater challenge to London's Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?
— Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1813


By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend's sister, the lovely—and almost-on-the-shelf—Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth—it's all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.

But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it's hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it's his devilish smile, certainly it's the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her... but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke... for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love...


A couple weeks ago I posted a review for the series of epilogues that go with the Bridgerton Series. This is the first book in that series. Ms. Quinn could have started with the first Bridgerton sibling and worked through the alphabet, but, instead, she starts the series with Daphne. As OCD as I can be sometimes, this really works for me. She bebops around the family as she continues the series. Yes, I like that!

The siblings are: Anthony (#2), Benedict (#3), Colin (#4), Daphne (#1), Eloise (#5), Francesca (#6) , Gregory (#8), and Hyacinth (#7).

Like always, I found lots of humor in the book. Ms. Quinn is really good at touching our heart, and then making us laugh. I enjoyed this first meeting with the family. Mama Violet wants her daughters to marry well, and her sons, too. Daphne is not quite ready for that. And the brothers aren't sure they are ready for any man to take the girls away.

Simon is being pursued by the matchmaking mamas. He and Daphne decide to have a pretend courtship. That will keep the mamas away from him, and make her look like more than the good friend she has been to many. It's true. When a woman has a beau, men tend to come out of the woodwork. Fortunately for us, the two of them find that they really do like each other.

But Simon has a secret. He does not want to father children. He puts a spin on his words and Daphne is incredibly annoyed to find out the truth of the matter. Mind you, Simon's father was hideous beyond words.

Once again, we are kept on the edge of our seats as these two work their way to that HEA.

Each of the Bridgerton books has quotes from Lady Whistledown. She was quite brilliant. She wrote her little gossip flyer and gave it away for free. Then she started to charge for it. And people paid to read the gossip. She is a staple all the way through the series, until we find out who she is. That's just one of the fun aspects of a Julia Quinn Novel.

If you are looking for a lovely, long series to read, This is the one to get you started!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Teen Read Week is coming up – Oct. 13-19, 2013

Instagram/Vine Video Contest

Teen Read Week is coming up – Oct. 13-19, 2013

TWCS is excited to be part of the fun with a VINE/INSTAGRAM Video Challenge!

VineHow does it work? Simple.

1. Between September 12th and October 17th,
Make a VINE or INSTAGRAM video featuring a TWCS YA Book

2. Post it on the TWCS Young Adult Facebook Wall

3. Use the hashtag #YATWCSVINE
There will be a PUBLIC VOTE to choose the BEST VINE October 17-19, 2013.
In addition, a RANDOM WINNER will be chosen from all participants.

What do you win? THIS cool prize package of eBooks and ARCs!

So what do I VINE? Just show us something cool about a TWCS YA Book!

We are asking our readers to come up with a VINE or Instagram Video of you or someone you know:
•Reading a special part of the book
•Acting out a scene of the book
•Giving a review of the book
•A funny reason why people should buy the book
Be creative! Draw a comic strip! Have your dog read the book! Read the book to your dog!
Use interpretive dance! Whatever!
We want to see what you can do with that 7 seconds!

Please base the VINE on one of following books. All are available in eBook or print on all major outlets.

(Click on a cover for more information)

Don't forget to post your VINE or INSTAGRAM Videos on THE TWCS YOUNG ADULT FACEBOOK WALL with the hashtag #YATWCSVINE

(Click the link if you want to see an example)
Winners for both BEST VINE and the random drawing will be announced on Oct. 19th
Good luck, have fun, and happy Vining!!
All videos must be rated for all audiences. All videos are subject to removal by TWCS Staff. Any video with the following will be removed immediately: swearing or vulgar language, nudity, sexual content, drug use, derogatory language, or racist remarks. The final decision on removal is solely the responsibility of TWCS.