Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review: Curse of Gold by Jen McConnel

Curse of Gold by Jen McConnel

Synopsis

Some curses aren’t meant to be broken…

When Riley moved to London to get her graduate degree, she never thought of herself as dangerous. But when a guy she loves drops dead, Riley starts to believe in the family curse. Her eccentric grandmother insists that it’s up to Riley to break the centuries-old curse that has plagued the family, but all Riley has to go on are Gran’s cryptic remarks and a little bit of mostly awful luck.

Her luck changes for the better when she meets Tom, a scholar with a treasure-hunting hobby who knows more about Riley’s curse than either of them realize. Despite the risks, Riley is drawn to Tom, but her curse prevents her from acting on the growing attraction. Will their combined love of esoteric history be enough to break the curse, or will Riley remain deadly to anyone who falls for her?

Review

I loved Riley's story. It's fascinating & immensely intriguing tale of curses, love, death, and history. Riley is a struggling student but what no one knows is that she is cursed. It's not even a new curse but an ancient one. She has no idea how to deal with it. She can't love anyone because people she loves end up dead. She doesn't even know if she believes in this family curse or not. In any case she just feels depressed...

Then things start to look up. She meets Tom, a scholar who not only believes her story about but also intends to help her breaking the curse. He is someone she can easily fall in love with. She is just too scared to take a chance, may be they will succeed in breaking her curse and then she will let herself love him. Not before that though. She can't risk his life...

The story is beautifully written, set in cities of Bath and London, it's an interesting tale which intricate past, present and future. The author has used Italian mythology, Shakespearean references, and modern age inferences in a way that makes it even more entertaining. I absolutely loved it. I think it's a must read for everyone who enjoys a good story.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: Pretending with the Greek Billionaire Kira Archer

Pretending With the Greek Billionaire

Synopsis

Always the life of the party, Luca Vasilakis needs to prove he’s capable of taking over his father’s billion-dollar corporation. The perfect opportunity falls in his arms in the form of the reserved but sexy social worker Constance McMurty. What
better way to improve his reputation than to get engaged to a do-gooder who is raising six orphans?

Constance wants nothing to do with Luca. But a poorly timed paparazzi photo lands her in the middle of a media nightmare, and Luca is her only way out. He proposes an idea that will help them both—be his fiancée to gain him some respectability and he’ll make a huge donation to her organization…and save her reputation.

But when their lie starts feeling like the truth, and the chemistry just won’t stop, they have a hard time separating what’s real and what’s fantasy… 

5-Stars Review

This book is amazing. I loved the story, and characters. I enjoyed reading it a lot. It's funny, romantic, and very entertaining. The best thing about it is Constance McMurty. I adored her character. She is my favorite kind of heroine. It's definitely a 5 Stars book, totally worth reading. <3
Constance has six girls to take care of. lat thing she wants is some playboy trying to have a bad influence on her. But she is in trouble and needs Luca's help. So she must put up with his antics, at least for now.
Luca likes her but to him everything is just a game. He wants his father's approval and he is going to have it one way or the other. Blackmailing Constance is no big deal. After all he will be helping her too.
But more time they spend together more they realize how much they want each other. The question is will they be able to resist temptation or not...
Beautifully written, this book was hard to put down once I started it. I'm glad I got the chance to read. I'd recommend it to all those who like "billionaires" because Luca is just perfect. :)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Review: Bayou Nights (A Haunting Desire #2) by Julie Mulhern

Bayou Nights

Synopsis

Murder in the streets and passion in the shadows…

New Orleans, 1903. Before he died, Christine Lambert’s father won a piece of eight in a poker game. How was he to know the coin was part of a puzzle that when solved revealed the location of Jean Laffite’s treasure? Now Christine must find the treasure before the killer beats her to it.

Matthias Blake is as out of place in New Orleans as a raven in a flock of hummingbirds. He has serious work to do and Christine is a distraction he doesn’t need. But how can he resist a lady in distress—even if that lady can win a fight armed with a hat pin? Together they must overcome their pasts and defeat dark forces sent by a shadowy evil. In the process, they just might find the greatest treasure of all…
 

Review

This book is so much fun to read. All the chaos and mayhem caused by one coin, and leads to an adventure which will bring Matthias & Christine together. This book is a combination of all my favourite genres, historical, paranormal, adventure, mystery, and romance. No wonder I enjoyed reading it so much.

Christine is in trouble her dear father is missing and all kinds of creatures are attacking her. Now it is up to her to not only find her father but also keep trouble away. Which will be no easy feat considering the fact that she has one thing which is bound to attract trouble no matter how hard she tries. It seems that every ghost in New Orleans is after the coin. They all want one thing and they're not afraid to use the living for their own purposes.

Matthias is here to help Christine. The woman has no sense of self-preservation. In fact it seems that she is quite enjoying the danger. But this is no fun adventure. Their lives are at stake. Not to mention many souls who haven't crossed over and roams the city. Sometimes their gift can be a curse. But in any case it is now their problem to solve the whole mystery revolving around this coin. He isn't sure about many things but Matthias knows one thing for sure... no matter what he will protect Christine. So from now on they are stuck together for as long as it takes to find her father and leave the danger behind...

This is a fun & light read. I enjoyed it a lot. I loved both Matthias and Christine, side characters are good too. Ghosts kept things interesting. It's a must read for everyone. :)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: When a Lady Deceives by Tara Kingston

When a Lady Deceives by Tara Kingston

Synopsis

A woman with a secret and a dangerous man forge an undeniable passion.

In Victorian London, reporter Jennie Quinn employs deception as a weapon. Going undercover to seek justice for a murdered informant, she’s drawn into a powerful criminal’s seductive game of cat and mouse. Enigmatic former lawman Matthew Colton is as dangerous as he is clever, but the passion in his kiss is too tempting to resist. She aches to trust him, but she will not abandon her quest for the truth.

Colton is a man with secrets of his own. Thirsting for vengeance, the disgraced Scotland Yard detective has infiltrated the criminal world he’s vowed to destroy. Jennie intrigues him, even as she breaks down the barriers around his heart. He yearns to uncover her secrets—in and out of his bed. Driven to shield her, he’ll risk everything to protect the woman whose love heals his soul.
 

Review


This novel is full of murder, mayhem, intrigue, and of course romance. I enjoyed reading it because the story is very good. Colton is my favourite character in this book. He is a man with many secrets, some not good. Jennie knows that she should stay away from him but he might lead her to the answers she is seeking. They are world's apart from each other but in this moment they're together. Colton is determined to find all of Jennie's secrets while she is looking for some answers herself. Both are in danger if the wrong people found out the truth about them. But both are stubborn and not ready to give up their respective quests.
It's quite an adventurous tale set in Victorian London. I'm sure historical fiction fans will enjoy it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: Sugary Sweets (A Taste of Love #2) by A. M. Willard

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Synopsis
Zara James never expected to fall in love, leaving the hopeless romantic lifestyle to her friends. She also never imagined she’d be expecting a baby and married to the one guy she fought so hard to keep at arm’s length. Faced with life’s challenges of insecurities, pregnancy hormones, and the pressures of being a new wife in the burbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Zara tries to master them one cupcake at a time. Well, that is until her world is turned upside down by one accident that could change everything.
Hatcher James knew his smart-mouthed wife was the only woman for him years ago. He just had to figure out the correct formula to make her fall in love with him. Putting together the perfect mixture of intimacy, spice, and frosting might just do the trick, and bring joy to both of their lives.

As Hatcher tries to come up with the right ingredients, will all the hard work end in smoke or will they conquer life’s hurdles together, one tasty treat after another?

Sugary Sweets continues the Taste of Love series as we join the gang for some comical scenes, life challenges, friendship, and most of all, love covered in sugar.

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Review


This is sweet book about four friends and their love lives. The story continues from book one. We get a look into the lives of all four friends. But mostly this one is the story of Zara, Hatcher, and their new life. They've both gotten married, moved to suburbs and expecting a baby. All in all life is changing quite a for them. Zara is having difficulty dealing with all these changes and in addition to this it seems that her best friend is keeping secrets. She hate secrets so it's up to her to find out what is going on here... But will she likes what she finds or not is another question.

HAtcher is trying his best to make Zara happy. To help her find her feet and get settled in new life together. They are perfect for each other. On one hand their life is amazing but then there are all these fears which keep them second guessing. Hatcher is amazing to her and no matter what they are going to live happily ever after. Now only if all her friends can marry the loves of their lives then everything will be absolutely fantastic.

Again in the end we see the glimpse of what's coming next and I can't wait to read more about these amazing characters. I loved this book!
About the Author
International Bestselling Author, A.M. Willard is a true believer of soul mates, and happy ever afters. She enjoys reading, sailing, and of course writing contemporary romance, and romantic comedy with some saucy scenes. Releasing her first novella of the One Night Series on April 12, 2014, has sent her on a new journey in life.
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Review:Runners and Riders (Treasure Chronicles #2.5) by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

Runners and Riders (Treasure Chronicles #2.5)

Synopsis

Juliet loved growing up at the seaside, although it meant lonely hours chasing after the other beach rats while her mother worked as a seamstress. Juliet never expected her seaman father to inherit a fortune and move the family to New Addison City. Suddenly her mother is a socialite and Juliet is best friends with a strong-willed girl who actually likes her. When Juliet’s new friend welcomes her to the Runners, a gang that has plagued the East Coast for years, Juliet sees it as the opportunity to fit in, learn tricks, and make eyes at one of the hottest members. What the gang does isn’t really wrong…right? She’s used to being a pawn for the Runners, but she starts to question what she sees as harmless fun when the gang uses her to attack a young officer.

Jonathan Montgomery vowed to end the Runners after they murdered his family. He joined the Riders, an elite police force dedicated to stopping the Runners’ crime spree. They have put him in New Addison City, but rookie mistakes follow Jonathan as he struggles to accomplish his goal, until a young woman feeds him inside information to bring down the Runners.

Between murders and secrets, Juliet will need to find her strength to help Jonathan, before the founder of the Runners crawls up from the sewers amongst her inventions to burn down the ci.

Review


Another amazing book! Jordan E. Mierek never disappoints me. ;) I loved this book just as much as I loved all her other books, and even more than book 1 in Treasure Chronicles. It's the kind of book which will pull you in right from the beginning and you won't be able to put it down. I enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend to fellow readers. <3 Runners and Riders is a very unique story. Juliet and Jonathan are both amazing characters.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Release Blitz: Renegade by Heather Dahlgren





Synopsis:

Brooklyn Adler has the life she’s planned for. Job, house, boyfriend – in that order. It’s a boring, routine life were there are no surprises and nothing is spontaneous. It’s safe, it’s mundane and she’s fine with that.

Crosby Fitzgerald, better known as Fitz from the band Renegade, has a life he never planned for. Popularity, women and success – not always in that order. Everything he does is spontaneous and exciting, because life is worth living to the fullest.

A chance meeting with Brooklyn and Fitz begins to alter both of their worlds – ensuring neither will ever be the same.







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I turn to walk to the gate and I hear, “Wait. Brooklyn, wait.” I turn around and see Fitz, running full speed toward me and I cover my mouth with my hand.
I look at Poopy and she shrugs her shoulders. “I swear I had no idea.”
Fitz reaches me and holds onto the top of my arms, breathing heavily. “Brooklyn, stay. The thought of you leaving is killing me, I can’t bare it. I want you here, with me.”
Tears running down my cheeks, I look into his blue eyes and my heart shatters in my chest. The hope I see in them makes this the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. “I can’t Fitz. I have to go.”
“You don’t get it do you? We may not have crossed any lines physically, but my heart did. I fell for you Brooklyn,” he says and starts to move in for a kiss.
I step back and shake my head as I try to contain a sob. “I can’t. I’m so sorry Fitz.” I can’t wait for him to reply because I am so close to letting him convince me that this is where I belong.
So with my heart broken, my stomach in my throat and the best parts of me left behind with Fitz, I walk through the gate that will take me back to where I came from
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Bio:

Heather Dahlgren writes Contemporary Romance, sprinkling each book with a bit of humor, a lot of naughty and true love. She self-published her first book in 2014 and continues to do so today. Her over active mind promises the stories are in no short supply. Heather grew up and still resides at the Jersey shore. She loves being so close to the Atlantic Ocean and the Pine Barrens. She is surrounded by the best of both worlds.She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three kids. There is nothing more important in the world to her then her family. When Heather isn’t writing you can find her getting lost in a great book, spending time with family and helping her fellow authors.




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Review: The Earl's Return by Callie Hutton

The Earl's Return

Synopsis

London, 1819. Four years ago, Darius, the Earl of Redgrave fled London two weeks before his wedding to Lady Mary’s sister and married another woman. Now a widower, he has returned to seek a new wife. 

One woman catches his eye . . .

At first, Lady Mary doesn’t recognize the handsome lord as the cad who ran out on her sister. After giving him the cut direct in a London ballroom, she finds herself running into him everywhere she goes, and fighting a forbidden attraction. Not only has Mary sworn off men, Redgrave is so very wrong for her. But she cannot stop thinking of his kisses. Redgrave means to stay away from Mary but it is impossible. Passion between two people who can never be together is a dangerous game.

Review


I loved it! The books is really good. I loved both main characters. This series has been pretty amazing. Every book is better than the previous. Mary's story is no less romantic or scandalous as compared to her siblings'. The story flows smoothly from the start until the very end and kept me on my toes. It was full of intrigue, betrayal, hurt, love, and humor too. In my opinion this is a perfect historical romance <3

Mary has yet to find her soul mate. And she isn't ready to settle down for anyone other than her true love. Therefore it is very likely that she will not marry at all. She is sister of a Duke. She can enjoy her life without tied down to a man. So that's what she is doing. Unlike girls of her age she isn't desperate to find an husband. But then she meets Redgrave, the man who broke her sister's heart. Unfortunately she is unable to deny her attraction towards him...

Redgrave is back in London. After the death of his first wife he is now in search of another one. After all it's his duty to provide an heir for his estate. So that is what he will do. As much as he hates the idea of marriage there is no other option. He plans to find someone timid, biddable, someone who will not expect love from him but still live in harmony. But then he sees lady Mary and now not having love is not an option. He wants her, and he must mend the fences between her family and himself so that he might be able to convince her to take a chance on him..

A beautiful historical romance novel which I enjoyed reading a lot. I hope other readers do too. :D

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tour Stop + Giveaway: Runners & Riders by Jordan Elizabeth

Runners & Riders
Companion to the Treasure Chronicles
A young adult novel of gangs and love in a steampunk world.


Juliet loved growing up at the seaside, although it meant lonely hours chasing after the other beach rats while her mother worked as a seamstress. Juliet never expected her seaman father to inherit a fortune and move the family to New Addison City. Suddenly her mother is a socialite and Juliet is best friends with a strong-willed girl who actually likes her. When Juliet’s new friend welcomes her to the Runners, a gang that has plagued the East Coast for years, Juliet sees it as the opportunity to fit in, learn tricks, and make eyes at one of the hottest members. What the gang does isn’t really wrong…right? She’s used to being a pawn for the Runners, but she starts to question what she sees as harmless fun when the gang uses her to attack a young officer.

Jonathan Montgomery vowed to end the Runners after they murdered his family. He joined the Riders, an elite police force dedicated to stopping the Runners’ crime spree. They have put him in New Addison City, but rookie mistakes follow Jonathan as he struggles to accomplish his goal, until a young woman feeds him inside information to bring down the Runners.

Between murders and secrets, Juliet will need to find her strength to help Jonathan, before the founder of the Runners crawls up from the sewers amongst her inventions to burn down the city.
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A figure ducked behind the work shed where the glow of the back porch gas lamp didn’t reach. Jonathan shielded his eyes so he could see more clearly through the bedroom window, but the backyard lay still. The white sheets the maid had hung fluttered in the evening breeze.
His uncle would have a ghost story to tell about those.
Another dark shape bolted across the yard; this one crouched in his mother’s flower garden. It might have been one of the boys from school come to throw pebbles at the pale blue siding until Jonathan sneaked out, but they seemed too tall for eleven-year-olds. The one in the flowers crept closer to the house.
Movement in the woods drew Jonathan’s attention farther across the yard, where two more shapes lurked. They had to be grown men. He gulped as he crawled away from the window to the hallway where the light from the living room glowed up the stairs.
“Found you.” The maid grinned from his parents’ bedroom, a stack of table linens in her arms. “When we play hide-and-seek, you ain’t supposed to come out till I call for you. We gotta practice the rules again? I was gonna come looking soon as I put these cloths away.”
He grabbed the railing. “There’s people out in the yard.”
Her eyes widened before she clicked her tongue. “Ain’t nobody out in this cold. I’m dreading my own walk home. Bless your father if he gives me a ride.”
“I saw them. There had to be ten, at least!” Jonathan took the stairs down two at a time.
His uncle sat in front of the living room hearth, the fire crackling to stave off the autumn chill, with Jonathan’s sister nestled in his lap. “The old king rose up tall as that old oak out by the water pump, and he waved his scepter as if he was a wizard.”
“Uncle Henry,” Jonathan interrupted. “There are people out back.”
“What’s that? You get to bed already?”
“What?” His uncle never made them sleep as early as his mother did; they usually got to stay up until their parents came home from the opera house.
“You must have had a nightmare.” Uncle Henry chuckled, and the little girl giggled from his lap.
“No, I saw them. They were slinking through the yard.” Jonathan pointed toward the rear of the house. His uncle would appreciate “slinking,” as if the word had fallen from one of those mystery novels he read them.
Uncle Henry glanced at the clock on the mantle. “Your parents shouldn’t be much longer. It must’ve been them you saw.”
“There were a bunch of people. Lots of them. Fifteen at least!” Jonathan’s heartbeat increased. Some of the natives – those Bromi warriors – from out west might have crept across the country. Pirates might have invaded from the sea. His parents whispered about those when they read the newspapers.
“Fifteen, huh? Well, you keep an eye on them for me. If they come too close, we’ll build a fort around the house.” Uncle Henry adjusted the pink afghan wrapped around the toddler.
The doors were locked, but the enemy might break through the windows. Jonathan’s father kept the guns sealed in a case, but he did have an emergency pistol in a box under his bed. They’d be proud if he protected his family.
As Jonathan reached the top of the stairs, someone knocked on the front door. He froze, one sock-clad foot on the landing and the other on the top step. Pirates and natives didn’t knock. They invaded; they were evil.
The maid swept past him, lifting her ankle-length brown skirt. “I hope that’s my dear papa come with the pony cart. He won’t let his little girl walk home in the frost.” She winked at Jonathan, but he gulped. She wouldn’t know to be afraid. Even though she played games with him, she was sixteen, old enough to think the world was perfect. Only he knew enough to find danger in shadows.
“If that’s your father, invite him in for some coffee,” Uncle Henry called.
“Will do, sir.”
Jonathan crouched beside the railing and clutched the rungs. If he bent his head enough, he could see the front door. The maid wiped her hands on her apron before she opened it.
“Oh, hello. Can I help you?” Her final word fell away in a scream as a man shoved her inside. His black coat buttoned to his chin and a black knit cap covered his head.
Jonathan’s own scream strangled in his throat.
“This the Montgomery residence?” the man barked. Three more men shoved into the foyer, all of them dressed in full black. The tallest of the bunch seized the maid by the shoulders and slammed her into the wall.
“Y-yes, sir,” she stammered.
“What’s going on here?” Uncle Henry burst in from the living room while two more assailants stepped inside. Jonathan’s sister started to wail.
One of the men drew a handgun from his belt and aimed it at Uncle Henry’s chest. “Where’s the laboratory?”
“Get out of this house,” Uncle Henry said. Jonathan had never heard him speak with such calm finesse, the laughter gone from his voice.
Jonathan’s hands trembled where he gripped the polished wood. His uncle would handle everything. Take that, bad guys.
“Well now,” the attacker drawled, “that wasn’t the answer I was looking for.”
“How about you, girl?,” the man yelled at the maid. “Take us to the lab.”
As soon as the man released her, she sank to the floor, her shoulders shaking with sobs.
The man crouched in front of her to grip her chin. “What’s your name, girl?”
“R-Rose.”
“You the scientist’s daughter?”
Jonathan stiffened. Uncle Henry would protect them, and if Jonathan needed to, he could leap over the railing onto the man’s back.
“N-no, sir. I’m just the maid. It’s a common name here. Rose. We have that rose festival and all. We have the famous rainbow-colored rose.”
He slapped her across the face and jerked her to her feet. “Shut up, bitch. Get us to the lab or you won’t be making no more noise.”
“You’ll release her now.” Uncle Henry lunged forward, and a crack split the air. He staggered, rasping, and dropped to his knees. Blood appeared on his chest, the circle growing, morphing into something that dripped and twisted without pattern.
“Mack, what was that? You shot him.” One of the men chuckled.
“No,” the maid shrieked.
Jonathan squeezed his eyes shut. Perhaps he had fallen asleep waiting for Rose to find him. It had to be a dream. Uncle Henry is fine. Were all fine.
When he opened them, his uncle lay on the hardwood floor in a pool of red paint. Red paint. No, not paint. Blood.
The men stomped through the house toward his father’s laboratory off the kitchen, and the maid’s sobs mingled with his sister’s cries. He had to protect his sister. He’d get the pistol, grab her, and he’d run for the neighbor’s farm.
Jonathan ran for their bedroom, the door still open from when the maid folded away the tablecloths. With only the light from downstairs, he crawled to the bed and lay on his stomach to reach the box. Nothing should have invaded his perfect house, with its two chimneys and dark blue shutters, with the flower garden and those ghost sheets flapping on the line.
He pulled out the box and flipped the hook on the lid to remove the pistol. He’d seen his father polish it, but he’d never known it could be so heavy. How do I hold it?
A door slammed below him. He would have to point the gun and pull the trigger, like what the villain had done to his uncle. The bullet would save him and his sister. It would save the maid. If he found her, she could use it better.
He crept back downstairs, but the commotion came from the laboratory. Glasssmashed and heavier things crashed. Another gunshot seared through the house.
Jonathan ran for the armchair where his uncle had left the toddler. “Rosamund, be quiet.” Her pale hair stood out against the seat’s green velveteen. “Please, Rosamund.”
“Well now, who’re you?”
Jonathan twisted around and did his best to aim the silver weapon at the man lounging in the doorway. He couldn’t be much older than the maid; how could someone so young do such evil? Jonathan couldn’t picture the boys at his school shooting anyone with anything more than a slingshot.
“Get out.” Jonathan’s voice squeaked.
The young man chuckled. “I reckon you’re the man of the house now. Good luck with that.”
“Get out!” Jonathan pulled the trigger.
The pistol clicked, but no bullet ripped through the villain. Jonathan cocked it again, his heartbeat echoing in his ears.
The man laughed harder. “That thing’s out of bullets, kid, but don’t worry, we’re leaving. Runners don’t mess with kids.”
Jonathan pulled the trigger again, but only that click answered him. Tears burned his eyes as he threw it down.
Runners. Next time he met one of them, he’d have a pistol full of bullets.
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Jonathan rested his elbows on his knees and sighed. The sun shouldn’t be so bright and the few leaves that had begun to change to gold shouldn’t glow so much. At least the crimson leaves fit his mood.
He gazed at Rosamund as she sat beside the few marigolds that hadn’t given up on summer, petting her kitten’s gray head. She looked so happy, with her hair in two short braids. They’d let him dress her in white – black made him shudder now.
The Runners wore black.
“What do you suppose will happen to the house?” Mrs. Rogers’s voice danced through the open kitchen window. Airing out the rooms wouldn’t help banish that lingering stench of blood.
“I don’t know,” Miss Lea answered. He’d always loved his teacher, but she hadn’t said much more than a few sentences, as if she didn’t know how to console.
“I don’t suppose anyone will want a house where two murders took place. Shame, since this place is so pretty. Biggest home in all of Rosedale.”
Jonathan scrunched his eyes shut. How could they stand next to the laboratory where the maid had been shot? How could they even bear to be inside?
“All for that invention,” Mrs. Rogers continued. “You really think a motor for a ship is worth all the trouble they went to?”
Trouble. As if murdering his parents in their steamcoach on the way back from the opera house counted as trouble. Trouble meant forgetting to study for a spelling test.
 “Who knows what those Runners think.”
“Blasted Runners. Don’t they care about the suffering families? Couldn’t they have spared all those folks?”
Jonathan clenched his hands into fists. He’d hunt them down. They couldn’t take his family away and laugh about it.
Miss Lea mumbled something he couldn’t hear.
“Are you going to keep the two mites?” Dishes rattled. Jonathan’s mother had never trusted Mrs. Rogers; he had a feeling he would never see those porcelain plates again.
Who cared what happened to the belongings?
“The neighbors will take him now that their daughter’s so far away. The Ashers are good folk.”
Jonathan jerked his head up. The neighbors, that old man and woman who never smiled much? Why would they want the Montgomery orphans, as Mrs. Rogers had dubbed them? He expected they’d live with Miss Lea since they didn’t have anyone else.
Miss Lea is nice enough; she’ll take care of Rosamund.
“It might do that old Rider a favor having some sprites around,” Mrs. Rogers said. “Come help me wrap up these teacups. Wouldn’t they look darling in my china cabinet?”
Jonathan plodded to the water pump to see if he could spot the neighbors’ barn through the trees. Riders hunted down the Runner gangs that plagued the east coast. If he got to live with a Rider, he might learn some tricks.
Jonathan sneered.
Runner beware, for the mark of the Rider will shine.


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About The Author


Jordan Elizabeth became obsessed with steampunk while working at a Victorian Fair.  Since then, she’s read plenty of books and even organized a few steampunk outfits that she wears on a regular basis (unless that’s weird, in which case she only wears them within the sanctuary of her own home – not!). Jordan’s young adult novels include ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, COGLING, TREASURE DARKLY, BORN OF TREASURE, GOAT CHILDREN, and VICTORIAN.  RUNNERS & RIDERS is her fifth novel with Curiosity Quills Press.  Check out her website for bonus scenes and contests. 
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Review: The Rebel's Return by Victoria James

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Red River #4
Publication Date: August 22, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Bliss, Contemporary Romance


The Rebel's Return (Red River, #4)

Synopsis

Natalia Puccini has spent her entire life playing by her overbearing but well-intentioned Italian family's rules...except the one time she took a chance on a bad boy and fell hard. She's worked to get her life back on track so when Aiden McCann comes sauntering back into town with his heart-stopping smile, Natalia vows not to fall for him again. There's no way she'll let him mess with her perfectly planned life...and there's no way she'll let him near her heart again...

Now reformed and a self-made success, Aiden is tormented by regrets and secrets. He left Red River years ago filled with anger and resentment and a promise to never come back. But when his ill father needs help, Aiden knows it's time to face the mess he left behind, and face the one woman he never got over. It doesn't matter how beautiful or intriguing she is, though, because he'll never be able to give her what she needs. As soon as his father is healthy, Aiden is leaving Red River...for good.


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It's an interesting contemporary romance novel. It's well-written and has some amazing characters. I loved both Nat and Aiden. The story flowed perfectly. Although it did seem that there was too much history in characters' past but not enough is revealed to fully comprehend it. In any case it was a fun read and I quite enjoyed it.

Natalia has to endure her bi**ch of a cousin. It's not bad enough that she is marrying her ex-boyfriend but in addition to that she never gives up a chance to humiliate Nat. But as they say family is family so she must try to ignore it all. At least that's what everyone expects of her. So that's in the middle of all the chaos when Aiden returns. He was Nat's one true love until he decided that she wasn't enough for him and then moved out of town. After almost ten years, and he is even hotter and more desirable. Nat never got over him and now she has no idea how to protect her heart...

Aiden never thought that his return to his childhood home will be so difficult. Firstly. his father is being as bad as ever and secondly, there is Nat. He has no idea how to resist her beauty and charm. She is a perfect woman. She is gorgeous, funny, and kind. Now that he is back he can see he still loves her. This time he won;t let her down and earn back her love. Because it's obvious that they belong together...

Cute, funny, charming, and lovable Nat..... hot, irresistible, and persuasive Aiden... together they've perfect chemistry and a romance that all readers will enjoy reading about.

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ABOUT VICTORIA JAMES

Victoria James
Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Victoria always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples and a cardboard cover) and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.
In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill her dream of writing romantic fiction.
Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.
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