Monday, July 31, 2017

Princesses of the Night (#1 Royal Blood) Teresa Fuentez & Tich Brewster





Princesses of the Night
Teresa Fuentez & Tich Brewster
(Royal Blood, #1)
Publication date: September 22nd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

Tanya is a hardworking college student but her whole world is turned upside down when she meets a mysterious man on Halloween. All that she thought was fiction is now her reality. A night life filled with fangs and blood—and an evil vampire that wants her dead.

She and her friends are the chosen ones, destined long ago, to save this world from destruction. That’s not easy when your enemy is your sire’s son.


Author Bio


Tich

Tich is an Oklahoma resident and the mother of five. Her passion for reading started at an early age when her Aunt Vicky gave her the novel Heidi for Christmas. She didn’t start writing until middle school, after being inspired by her best friend’s short stories. “Genny’s stories weren’t just great but they inspired me to put my pen and paper to good use.”


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Teresa


Born and raised in Oklahoma. I have a passion for writing, reading, basically anything book related.


I completed my first novel in 2010, Princesses of the Night, which happens to be the first in a series titled Royal Blood.


My novels fall under the genre Paranormal/Fantasy/NA




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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Lord of Night (#3 Rogues to Riches) Erica Ridley - Blog Tour



Author                         Erica Ridley 
Publication Date        22 July 2017 
Genre                           Historical Romance 



In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure.

Unlike proper debutantes, Miss Dahlia Grenville is secretly Robin Hood in a bonnet. Her home for wayward girls has too many dependents and not enough donations. But just as she's about to pull off the heist of the Season, she tumbles straight into the arms of the handsome detective who has sworn to deliver Mayfair's mysterious thief straight to the gallows.

Highly principled Bow Street runner Simon Spaulding's world is black and white. There's no mastermind too clever, no criminal alive who can escape the hangman. Until he realizes the delightful young lady he's been courting is a liar and a thief. Suddenly, his career—and his heart—are in peril. How can he bring her to justice when it means losing her forever?







Lord of Night takes a slightly different direction from the previous books in the series. I enjoyed reading the previous ones, but this is now my favourite. 

Simon Spalding doesn't have a title as he was born on what's considered to be the wrong side of the blanket. He doesn't have time for the ton and their superior attitudes. His personal circumstances has taught him not to rely on anyone but himself. He is one of the best detectives in London and dedicates his life to his job. He works long hours and even then, he is at his best at night. 

Dahlia Grenville is from an affluent family and doesn't quite comform to what's expected of her. She has turned an old Abbey into a school for girls who would be otherwise on the streets or in workhouses. She is the headmistress and is passionate about what she does. Her twenty girls are as important to her as her own family. Her biggest problem is raising funds to keep the school going. 

Simon's first encounter with Dahlia is when she rescues a young girl from an unpleasant ordeal one evening. He is impressed with the way she deals with the situation and admires her cause. His follow up visit turns into regular ones and he finds himself helping out. He doesn't have any fun but, his interactions with Dahlia and the girls give him a different perspective on life. Their relationship turns into something more but Dahlia has secrets. Secrets that goes against everything he believes in! How will he react when these come to light? 

Dahlia's dedication and unconditional love for the children are heartwarming. Simon sticks to the rules and is full of compassion. The banters between them are good fun. The story development and the twists are well constructed. The romance between two people from different worlds is absolutely beautiful. 

I was kindly issued with an eARC via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.



Erica Ridley is a USA Today and New York Times best-selling author of historical romance novels.

In her new Rogues to Riches historical romance series, sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure.

Fan-favorite Dukes of War features charming peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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Remember me Always by Angela Snyder


Author                          Angela Snyder 
Publication Date         28 July 2017 
Genre                             Contemporary Romance 



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PENNY 

Five years ago, I left for college in New York, leaving behind my hometown and my high school sweetheart. I had a plan after I graduated; but somewhere along the way, my train, which was on a one-way trip to happily ever after, somehow got derailed. And so I'm back in Willowbrook, Alabama for one reason and one reason only --- to confront Colton Crawford, the guy who broke my heart and a lot of promises. But instead of getting the answers I'm looking for, I only end up with even more questions. 

Colton doesn't remember me, and I suddenly lost the most important person in my life in the blink of an eye. I don't know if I can win back his heart, but I'm going to try with every fiber of my being to bring Colton back to me. 

COLTON 

Everything changed five years ago, and my memory was basically wiped clean. A clean slate was exactly what I needed since I wasn't able to save my brother in the accident that almost claimed my own life. Bringin' up the past just makes me realize how much I've lost, and so forgettin' is what gets me through the day. Not wantin' to remember wasn't really a problem until a pretty blonde by the name of Penny Preston shows up in my bar demandin' answers…answers that I can't give her. 

I try to ignore the longin' in my heart, but it's almost impossible. Somethin' keeps drawin' me back to her…no matter how hard I try to push her away. Even though my brain can't remember her, my heart just can't seem to forget. 

**Remember Me Always is a 95,000-word stand-alone contemporary romance novel. It contains adult language and situations and is not intended for anyone under the age of 18.**










I have read all of this author's books to date and to me they are all brilliant. "Remember Me Always"  is a real scorcher! It's the most poignant novel that I have read so far this year. 

Penny returns to her hometown after spending five years in New York, where she has a bright future. A future mapped out for her! She is hoping to get some answers from her first and only love who broke her heart. She needs closure if nothing else. 

Colton owns a bar in partnership with Buddy,  his best friend. After being involved in a serious car accident, he doesn't remember anything beyond the previous five years. Everything else is a blank. Some of his memory loss is by choice. It's his way of coping. Remembering hurts too much! He also lives with guilt and nightmares. 

When Penny walks into the bar for the first time, she is shocked and devastated. Colton doesn't have any recollections of their past. His behaviour is completely out of character and hurtful. She then discovers that they have both been lied to by someone who is supposed to care! These facts bring about her determination to win Colton back at any costs. She sacrifices everything to hopefully realise her dream. A life with Colton. 

Colton is now set in his new ways and as far as he is concerned, remembering the past is not an option. He "feels"  the connection between them but keeps pushing Penny away. Penny is not easily deterred but everytime that she feels they are making progress, they take ten steps backward. She is happy the one minute and an emotional wreck the next. Colton is "lost" and "hotheaded" at the same time. His mood swings make matters worse. How long can Penny cope with this emotional turmoil? Will Colton see her the way he used to? 

This is a beautiful romance about true soul mates. The characters feel real and I couldn't help but feel what they felt. There is love and passion. The tears and sorrow proved to be too much to endure at times. It's also very frustrating to watch two people who are meant for each other going through these struggles. I was totally captured by this story and it's one that I will definitely read again. 

If you like your romance with palpable emotions,  strong and lovable characters, then this is definitely worth picking up. Highly recommended. 

I was kindly gifted with a complimentary ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 






Angela is an author from a small town in Pennsylvania. She has always had a passion for writing and recently decided to pursue her lifelong dream. She currently lives in an even smaller town in Pennsylvania with her husband and her very spoiled Golden Retriever.










Friday, July 28, 2017

Second Snowfall (Elton Hall Chronicles) Sarah Fischer - Review Tour




Second Snowfall
Sarah Fischer
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: July 4th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Last semester, Annabelle fell in love. There are just two problems. Jason is her best friend…and he’s already taken.

Refusing to break up a relationship, Annabelle resigns to love him from afar—until a certain hot firefighter walks into her life.

Kingsley is the perfect catch. Rich, attractive, with muscles to boot, and he only has eyes for Annabelle. But things get complicated when he clashes with Jason.
With tensions running high and emotions spiraling out of control, Annabelle finds herself torn between her love for Jason, and her new desire for Kingsley.

The longer Annabelle tries to hold on to both men, the more she gets tangled up in a web of lies, secrets, and chilling revelations.

Now, things have gotten worse and Annabelle must do something—before things get ugly…


Review 
4 Stars 
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I haven't read the first book in the series but, there is enough background information to make this a standalone as far as the main characters are concerned.

Jason has a long standing girlfriend but they don't see so much of each other. He seems content to spend time with his two best friends, Annabelle and Violet. He has feelings for Annabelle and hides them well.

Annabelle has been secretly in love with Jason but pretends that he is just a friend. She is afraid that he doesn't feel the same. Besides, she is not a homewrecker.

Kingsley joins Annabelle and her friends for lunch and she is instantly drawn to his good looks and his physique. He shows an interest in her and knowing that she might not have a chance with Jason, she decides to move on. Her friends are apprehensive about how fast things are developing between them but, she is adamant that she likes him enough to take a chance. His behaviour sends warning bells from the outset. She is flattered by the way he treats her most of the time and makes excuses when he behaves badly.

There are some disruptions between her and her friends about the relationship but their friendship comes first. Kingsley starts to impose restrictions. Totally unreasonable! Annabelle doesn't see them for what they are as she is so desperate to be loved and to make the relationship work. Jason decides to come clean but her response is not what he expects. The situation becomes awkward and he gives her breathing space.

Annabelle is a nice enough girl but she can be stubborn and irritating. Jason is a perfect gentleman whereas Kingsley acts like a spoilt brat. He takes matters to the extreme before Annabelle realises that she has made a mistake. To me it looks more like desperation! Violet is very supportive even though she is having her own problem due to the trauma she herself has been through. Christie is a newcomer to the group and fits in very well.

The storyline held my interest even though I found it hard to connect to Annabelle at times. The lies, deceits, threats and misunderstandings are compelling enough to make this a page turner. Friendship and true love prevail. In some ways it's an indication of the difficulties that some adolescents go through before they find their true selves. It would appeal to fans of new adults novels.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

Author Bio


Sarah Fischer works hard fighting the good fight one background check at a time. But before she got into the business of being nosey, she graduated with a degree in criminal justice and married the calm to her crazy. Then she had a scary health scare and needed heart surgery. While recovering, she finally had the time to write stories filled with passionate romance. Her first book, Elton Hall Chronicles: First Semester was published in April and book two, Second Snowfall, will be out shortly. In her spare time, she manages a review blog called, A Kiss At Midnight Reviews.




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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Importance of Being Scandalous - Kimberly Bell


Author                       Kimberly Bell 
Publication Date      27 July 2017 
Genre                          Historical Romance 


A horse race in trousers on Rotten Row. Visiting a gaming hall in a dress that would make her mother faint. Sneaking an invitation to a masquerade ball attended by only the wickedest, most debauched members of society…
None of these things are scaring off bookish but strong-willed Amelia Bishop’s stuffy, egotistical fiancé.
The only thing left is to entice childhood friend Nicholas Wakefield into a truly engagement-ending scandal. The Wakefields are the height of propriety, and Nicholas’s parents have made it clear a wife from the neighboring Bishop family would be unacceptable…
But Nicholas would give up his family and his fortune if Amelia would ever see him as more than just a childhood friend. He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining them both, because he’s got a plan that will change her mind about him being merely the boy next door.







I am quite partial to a good historical romance, and this one more than met my expectations. Part of the main topic being about the Heirs and the Spares is a real bonus. "The way it used to be"!

Nicholas is the second son in the Wakefield family. His parents are the epitome of the snob tons and everything has to be done to perfection. For the family name. Nicholas has spent some time in Paris, where he met Jasper, a noble, who is now his best friend. He is "summoned" to return home and although he is not too thrilled to be back in the family fold, he has something to look forward to. Rekindling with his neighbour!

Amelia Bishop is from a prominent family who has been shunned by society, including the Wakefields. Her sister, Julia has a disability which is very much frowned upon. When Amelia receives a proposal from Embry, Lord Montrose, her family, mainly her mother sees this as an opportunity to get back into the good grace of society.

Upon his return, Nicholas is informed of Amelia's engagement and he is disheartened as he has been in love with her forever. He has never been brave enough to tell her and even if he intended to reveal his feelings, he is a little too late. They have been best friends since childhood and he has to respect the situation.

Embry starts showing signs that he is not who he appears to be and Amelia wants to rethink her decision. He doesn't take the news very well and refuses to listen to anything she says. Instead he resorts to blackmail! The Bishop sisters protect each other and together they go through various plots with the help of Nicholas to deter Embry but, it's like water off a duck's back. The mother doesn't help as she doesn't want to lose the opportunity of staying in the limelight . She does her own plotting with Embry!

I love the camaderie between Julia and Amelia. Some of their mischiefs are hilarious and had me in stitches. As for Amelia's mother, I felt like screaming at her for the way she discards her daughters' happiness. Disgusting! I love the interactions between Amelia and Nicholas. The ideal couple. Friends turn into perfect lovers. It's a heartfelt story with tons of fun, despite all the unpleasant situations. Jasper makes a wonderful contribution to the whole story and I hope that we get to read his story. With Julia maybe? That would be quite something.

I was kindly issued with an eARC from the publisher and the views expressed are my personal opinion. 




I write funny, women-centric romance novels in historical settings from my cabin in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada or the beaches of Southern California (it’s a super tough life, I know).
After a successful career in internet sales and marketing, I decided to pursue a pants-optional lifestyle which led to my first book: A Convenient Engagement. From there, it’s been a whirlwind of excitement and deadlines.
I am a pretty hardcore introvert that loves dogs, cheeseburgers, spreadsheets, and occasional day drinking. I also spend way too much time on twitter.
I am represented by Rachel Brooks of the L. Perkins Agency, and currently published by Penguin Intermix and Entangled Select.





Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Hellion My Heart (#3 Lords of Essex) Amelie Howard - Angie Morgan


Author (s)                 Amelie Howard
                                   Angie Morgan 
Publication Date     24 July 2017 
Genre                         Historical Romance 



He fought battles for crown and country. She waged war for his heart.

Lord Henry Radcliffe, the scarred but sinfully sexy Earl of Langlevit, is a beast. The only way Henry can exorcise the demons of his war-ravaged past is through intense physicality. In and out of bed. An endeavor that has no shortage of willing participants. 

Intent on scandalizing London, Princess Irina Volkonsky is a hellion and every gentleman’s deepest desire...except for one. Irina knows better than to provoke the wickedly forbidding earl, but she will stop at nothing short of ruination to win the heart of the only man she’s ever loved.

But when one scandalous kiss makes dangerous passions ignite, neither of them can fight their sizzling attraction. When a sinister plot emerges to threaten them both, they will have to fight one last battle, this time for the ultimate prize...love.




This story is set in the 19th century. It starts off in Paris and continues in London and Essex. It's the season when all the eligible batchelors and young maidens attend functions, in the hope of finding a suitable match. 

Henry, the Earl of Langlevit is reluctant to settle down. Whilst working for the crown he was captured, imprisoned and tortured. His physical and psychological scars are not obvious whereas his good looks and physique stand out. He is plagued by nightmares and his escapism is sex. It has come to a point where he has to get married and produce heirs or lose his title. It's part of an ongoing agreement. 

Irina is a Princess, well known for going against etiquettes. She has refused many proposals since she lost her heart to the one man that she can't have. Max is her best friend and partner in crime. They decide to leave Paris and spend part of the season in London and create havoc! 

Irina's crush for Henry has developed into something deeper. Everytime she sees him, she goes weak at the knees. He doesn't think that he is good enough for her because of his past but, whenever the opportunity arises, he can't keep his hands off her. He gives her hope, then he pushes her away. The situation appears to be hopeless and they both make alternative arrangements! 

When Henry decides to fight for what he wants and Irina decides to come clean, an unexpected situation comes into play. Henry's life is at risk and Irina is shocked when she discovers that they have been betrayed. The traitor and his reasons are even more shocking! Can they find a way out of this traitorous predicament? 

This story portrays two main characters who have been in situations which have left them with post traumatic stress disorders. One far worse than the other. Love is a powerful healer! It's a moving story with convincing characters. It's well balanced with equal portions of sorrow, deceit, greed, betrayal as well as love, passion, fun and laughter. The suspense, especially towards the end kept me glued to the book. As soon as one problem is solved, another one rears its ugly head. A nail biting, captivating and romantic story well worth reading.

I was kindly issued with an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.









Amelie Howard 


Amalie Howard grew up in Trinidad & Tobago where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees, and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks, and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie’s poem “The Candle,” written at age twelve, was published by the University of Warwick press. At fifteen, she was a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Award (a global youth writing competition). 

A Colby College graduate, she completed dual Honors Theses in both French and International Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Colby, she was cited for her research contribution to Raffael Scheck’s article, “German Conservatism and Female Political Activism in the Early Weimar Republic,” and his subsequent book, Mothers of the Nation. She also received a distinction in English Literature from the University of Cambridge (A-levels) as well as a postgraduate certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. 

Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, account executive, and global channel sales director for a Fortune 500 company. She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, SLJ, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist and a silver Moonbeam award winner. 

She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.




Angie Morgan 


Angie is the author of several young adult and middle grade books, including The Beautiful and the Cursed, The Lovely and the Lost, and The Wondrous and the Wicked (written under the name Page Morgan) and Everlasting and The Eternal Sea, and two Suzanna Snow Mystery novels (written under her real name, Angie Frazier). Critically acclaimed by Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, VOYA, and The Bulletin, Angie’s novels have been an IndieNext selection, a Seventeen Magazine Summer Book Club Read, and a #1 Amazon bestseller. A lover of history and romance, and with a number of bookshelves stuffed with paperback romance novels by her favorite historical romance authors — Sarah MacLean, Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Hoyt, Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, Lisa Kleypas, Sabrina Jeffries, and so many more — Angie has finally taken the leap into adult romance. My Rogue, My Ruin is the first of three books in her new Lords of Essex series, co-written with her good friend and fellow author, Amalie Howard. 

Angie lives in New Hampshire with her husband, their three daughters, and a menagerie of pets. When she isn’t writing, she’s either reading, training for a half marathon, cooking, shuttling her children to school, dance, and gymnastics, or — if she’s lucky — sleeping.




Hard Rock Deceit by Athena Wright - Book Blitz




Hard Rock Deceit
Athena Wright
Publication date: July 25th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

He’s a brilliant artist. A rock star god.

He challenges me. Excites me.

He makes me quiver. Makes me swoon.

He makes me feel things I’ve never dreamed of.

But we’re both dedicated to our art. We’ll do whatever it takes to succeed.

When I find out just how far he’ll go, it threatens to tear our world apart.



EXCERPT

August placed a hand on my shoulder, squeezing gently. The heat of his palm burned into my bare skin. I shivered.

That reassuring touch turned into a caress, trailing along my collarbone. I swallowed hard. His gaze was fixated, as if mesmerized, as callused fingertips ran a trail up my throat, along my jaw. He cupped the back of my head, sifting through the dark strands.

August leaned forward. My heart jumped in my chest. Soft lips brushed my ear.

“What are you feeling right now?”

His voice was low and husky, inflaming every inch of me.

“I don’t know,” I stammered.

The hitch of my breath, the trembling of my fingers, the flush of my cheeks, told a different story.

I felt his lips curve into a teasing smile.

“Liar.”



Author Bio


Athena Wright is a USA Today Bestselling author of New Adult Romance. She has a fondness for rock stars and the girls who tame their wild hearts. Athena loves to write characters who are not always what they seem.


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