Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Review: A Scandal by Any Other Name by Kimberly Bell

Synopsis


Jasper De Vere doesn't do sad. Ever since the death of his parents, he’s devoted himself to life’s many pleasures—while making sure to avoid attachments. It’s difficult to avoid your own grandfather though, especially when you’re the heir to his Dukedom. Unable to sit by and watch one of the few people he cares about wither away, Jasper flees to his friend Nicholas’s country estate.



Julia Bishop leads a life of glorious excitement—in her head. The spinal injury she was born with makes her a permanent pariah in society, so despite being the daughter of an earl, she's spent her life in the country with just her family to keep her company. When her brother-in-law’s flirtatious—and devilishly handsome—friend mistakes her for an untroubled debutante, Julia isn’t about to let an opportunity for some real, live adventure slip away.

Delicious distraction and flirtation turn into an all-out affair, and slips dangerously close to something more when family intrudes. Can Jasper and Julia return to their separate lives in isolation, or will they take a risk and choose each other?

Review

Jasper De Vere and Julia Bishop are just perfect for each other. Jasper is used to running away from difficulties and Julia deals with them head on. Together they complete each other. It's an amazing historical romance, which is emotional and humorous both at the same time.

Jasper is running away from his responsibilities because he fears that he won't be able to fulfil them. He has always been like that, running away when things become difficult, or so his sister thinks. But the truth is that he is hurting, he has experienced loss and he wants to forget about it. So, he runs away to stay at a friend's estate for a while. But things get more complicated for him when he meets a woman like no other...


Julia gave up on love, romance, and marriage a ling time ago. After all who will fall in love with her considering the scandals that follow her family. Then she meets someone who has no clue as to who she is, and she decides to lie. After all what harm is there in flirting with a handsome man. It's nor likely to get any serious... or so she thought...


I love bold heroines and unique story lines, this book has both. I loved reading it and would definitely recommend it to all books lovers.


P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Secrets of Benett Hall by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

You’ll never escape Bennett Hall.
You belong to it and to me.
Synopsis 
Darkness once twisted Adelaide Dinsmore’s mind, but she thinks she has grown up. Her job as a teacher in Hedlund proves that – until she discovers one of her students dead and the town turns against her. As her mind starts to crumble, she is offered a new job, this time as a governess for Gentleman Bennett’s granddaughter back east. Bennett Hall is a sprawling manor of winding tunnels and manicured lawns, and the fence is really just for show. The little girl, Theodora, is a delight, albeit quiet, and the Bennetts are kind enough, especially the dashing young Joseph. So what if one of the servants sends chills down her spine every time he looks at her? Surely that, and the noises in the night, are figments of her imagination. She won’t allow the past in Hedlund to tarnish her future at Bennett Hall. Then, Theodora begins to speak of a Villain who haunts secret passages in the manor, and Adelaide stumbles upon a sealed off wing where ghosts whisper from the shadows. Twisted inventions fill the basement and the villagers warn of the Bennett family’s evilness. The longer Adelaide stays at Bennett Hall, the less likely her chance for escape, but she cannot leave Theodora or Joseph. The darkness in her mind might be the only thing to save them.

SECRETS OF BENNETT HALL is the second installment of the Return to Amston series.  This young adult Gothic novel is filled with elements of steampunk and romance, published through Curiosity Quills Press, and is now available for purchase.
Check out SECRETS OF BENNETT HALL on GoodReads for fabulous reviews!

5-Stars Review

What an amazing book, I absolutely loved it! If I weren't so busy I probably would've read it in one sitting. It's both steampunk and gothic novel, with a lot of mystery involved. It's romantic and thrilling as well. I adored every single character in this book, they're not only well developed, but also very interesting in the way they think and act. Especially, I loved Adelaide.

She is an educator who is wrongfully made to leave her post due to an accident. Just when she thinks her carrier is over she is offered another post. Now she is going to be a governess to a little girl. She hopes to succeed at her job and take good care of her ward. Unfortunately, there is a lot she doesn't know about the man who employed her. His family has a dark and twisted path which is entwined with hers....

Secrets of Bennett Hall is a great story. I think it's a must read for everyone who like unique and complicated stories. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.


P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book, for which I'd like to tjank the author. It has been a delight to read it.

About the Author
Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, can often be found garbed in corsets, long skirts, and boots.  Her novels can be found on Amazon and all feature at least a taste of the fantastical.  You can contact Jordan via her website, JordanElizabethBooks.com.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Review: My Scot, My Surrender by Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan

Synopsis
SCOTLAND, 1819.
Brandt Montgomery Pierce is a bastard—and proud of it. Raised by the Duke of Bradburne, Brandt enjoys an uncommon life of privilege. Despite the mystery surrounding his birth, he has wealth and opportunity, and wants nothing more. Especially not a wife. 

Lady Sorcha Maclaren, the fiery and scarred daughter of Laird Maclaren, the Duke of Dunrannoch, is desperate to avoid marriage to a loathsome marquess at any cost...even if it means risking a kiss with a handsome stranger at a Scottish border festival. 

But after an innocent kiss turns into a scandalously public embrace, Sorcha and Brandt get more than they bargained for—a swift trip to the altar. When danger chases them into the Highlands, and deceit threatens to tear them apart, their only hope will be to surrender...to each other.

Review

I liked it, it's exciting story about two damaged people who not only found each other, but also found their respective places in life, with loving families and friends.

All Brandt wants is to buy a horse, not any horse but the best horse he came across a while ago. Now he has a bride and he is on the run. He promised Sorcha that he will see her to safety and that's  exactly what he will do.

Sorcha doesn't want to marry cruel English lord she is betrothed to, so she decides to cause a little scandal, however it back fires and she finds herself married to a complete stranger. She only hopes  that he will keep his promise and she won't stay married for long.

One the run together they find themselves in an unexpected place where another story unravels, which will change both their lives forever... and hopefully, for good.

It's quite an interesting story and I enjoyed reading it a lot. It's a must read for the fans of historical romance.

P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Sale: 'Dare to be Different' Romances


Entangled is celebrating those who step outside of their comfort zones to get what they want whether it be in love, looks, work or elsewhere. If you love heroines and heroes who take a risk and end up finding love then don't miss this sale! 

10 Refreshing Romances on Sale 1/22 - 1/28!
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Promo: Man Flu by Shari J. Ryan


Man Flu - A Stand-Alone Romantic Comedy
Shari J. Ryan
Now Available
 
Synopsis
I was trying to live every woman's dream, except my reality has been nothing but a nightmare job and a divorce at the age of thirty-two. Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, my ex-husband, Rick, moved in next door with his life-size Barbie doll. So, that's been fun. Then, life pitched me a curve-ball in the form of a retired major-league baseball player, Logan Grier. With his panty-dropping smile, he’s like an expertly photoshopped version of David Beckham, and he's single. Could life be perfect after all? Of course not. As always, there had to be a catch. Logan had a secret, and I couldn’t help feeling like the truth was dangling right in front of my face. With Rick’s daily agenda of torturing me, Logan has been an enticing distraction, despite the little fact that he’s my temporary employee. Plus, I didn’t exactly care that his flirty behavior may have been a plan to get in good with the boss. In any case, I was willing to toss a few balls with him, seeing as my playing field hadn’t had any action in over a year. That’s when it happened…my two worlds collided. Hot temp met the ex, and a full-on bromance was born, but that’s only the beginning. The “man flu” has come out of nowhere and hit both Logan and Rick with a virus they’re claiming to be worse than childbirth. In fact, they’re pretty sure their end is near. Will the “man flu” be the kiss of death, or will it be my window for an opportunistic change?  
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About the Author
Shari J. Ryan is an International Bestselling Author of heartbreakers and mind-benders. Shari was once told she tends to exaggerate often and sometimes talks too much, which would make a great foundation for fictional books. Four years later, Shari has written eleven novels that often leave readers either in tears from laughing or crying. With her loud Boston girl attitude, Shari isn't shy about her love for writing or the publishing industry. Along with writing several International bestsellers, Shari has split her time between writing and her longstanding passion for graphic design. In 2014, she started an indie-publishing resource company, MadHat Books, to help fellow authors with their book cover designs, as well as assistance in the self-publishing process. While Shari may not find many hours to sleep, she still manages to make time for her family. She is a devoted wife to a great guy and a mother to two little boys who remind her daily why she was put on this earth.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sale Spotlight: When the Black Roses Grow by Angela Christina Archer

When the Black Roses Grow
Angela Christina Archer
Soul Mate Publishing
 
Bio
Growing up in Nevada, reading was always a pastime that took second place to trail riding and showing horses. When she did find the time in her youth to curl up with a book, she found enjoyment in the Saddle Club Series, the Sweet Valley High series, and the classics of Anne of Green Gables, The Box Car Children, and Little House on the Prairie. Although, writing always piqued her curiosity, it wasn’t until September 2009 that she worked up the courage to put her passion to paper and started her debut novel.

When she’s not writing, Angela spends her days from dawn to dusk as a stay at home, homeschooling mom. She also works in her garden and takes care of her many farm animals, as well as loves to bake and cook from scratch. She doesn't show horses anymore, but she still loves to trail ride her paint horse, Honky, as well as enjoys teaching her daughters how to ride their horses, Sunny and Cowboy.

Links:
https://angelachristinaarcher.com/
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https://twitter.com/AuthorACArcher
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorACArcher/
https://www.amazon.com/Angela-Christina-Archer/e/B00J4IVVZM
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8073551.Angela_Christina_Archer

Book Links:
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Roses-Angela-Christina-Archer-ebook/dp/B017RJWYS2
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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28094400-when-the-black-roses-grow

Blurb
Twenty-five men and women were accused.
Nineteen hung to their death on Gallow Hills.
One suffocated under bone-crushing stones.
All believed to possess the power of witchcraft.


In 1692 the fear of witchcraft is spreading around Salem Village. While those who are accused and sentenced face death, everyone else faces the risk of accusations placed upon them.

As Emmalynn Hawthorne, the daughter of a woman hung for witchcraft, places a bouquet of flowers upon her mother’s grave, a circle of black roses sprouts out of thin air. Dark magic, the roses strike fear through her heart when Mary Pruett and the handsome newcomer, James DeKane, spy upon her as they pass along the traveling road. Emmalynn flees and her panic soon turns into terror as another vine of black roses sprouts and grows throughout the inside of her home. Is she a witch? Will she be the next accused?

James DeKane has secrets of his own—ones that could prove deadly for him and anyone he holds dear. At fault for the untimely death of his parents, he must protect his hidden brother and dying sister, all while fearing that the haunting prophecy bestowed upon him at birth will come to pass. Desperate and fighting the monster deep inside of him, he’s searching for the one love who can alter his destiny.

Excerpt
Out of the corner of my eye, a dark green vine whispered for my attention. It appeared in the corner—the stem grew quickly from my floorboards, growing a few inches every passing second. Smaller vines sprouted from the first, curling in all directions. A few leaves grew from the stems, popping outward and bouncing a little from their sudden burst of movement.
I flung my arms—the sudden jerk of my body sent my rump slamming hard onto the floor. My hand slapped across my mouth to hide my scream. The dark magic fluttered through the air in a teasing and taunting dance, waving its leaves as if to scold me for my sins.
I scrambled to my feet, and grabbed the handle of the pot, not caring that the hot piece of the wire burned the palm of my hand. I shoved the back door open. It collided with the outside wall of the house as I shoved the pot through the doorway and cast the iron flying through the air. It plunged to the grass, landing with a loud bong.
I slammed the door, raced to my chopping block, and grabbed the large knife laying on the cutting board.
If I cut it, it will wither and die. Tis nothing more than a weed, a simple weed, and if I cut it, it will wither and die.
My heels slid across the floor slowly. Hesitation stirred in my blood, and my hands trembled as I hovered over the vine.
The familiar green vine I had seen before...floating over my mother's grave.
In a bold, swift swipe, I slashed the stem. The green color turned into a deep black, and the vine shriveled and vanished.
My rump hit the floor, and curled my legs up into my chest. My heart pounded in panic. My lungs heaved. The thought of moving, even an inch, overwhelmed me.
Please do not return. Please do not return.
I sat upon the floor, trying desperately to control my breathing and slow my rapid heartbeat. The anxiety of needing to calm myself immediately only made me want to crawl out of my own skin even more.
Please, Lord, do not allow it to return. Please.
I finally heaved myself up off the floor onto my knees, and slowly placed one foot on the floor, rose, and placed the other foot down.
Please, Lord, plea—
Another vine sprouted before my eyes.
Clunk.
The knife slipped from my fingers, landing on the floor with a thud and bounced a couple of times. The green vine reappeared, curling through the air once again. Leaves sprung from the stem, waving just as the others had don. The vine's growth as short-lived as it sprouted, although larger than before.
My mind whirled out of control, lost in a sea of unexplainable reasons and sheer terror. Shadows closed in all around me with one single wave of panic I did not know if I could withstand.
A knock gently rapped against by back door. I spun on my heel, and covered my mouth. Surely, twas nightfall, surely, the sun had set, giving way to the darkness for its evening slumber. The only expected visitors were the ones invited, and I certainly did not invite anyone over to my home.
Another knock rapped, this time a little harder than the first, and I tiptoed over to the door.
“Who is there?” My voice cracked on the last word.
“Tis James DeKane.”

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Promo + Trailer: My Young Jamaican Wife by THEBOOS247 and James Canteen Jr.


Synopsis
Jamal, an entrepreneur stuck at home with his foot broken in three places with absolutely anything to do decides to check out an international dating website site. To his surprise, he found many Jamaican women to his liking. Having dated a Jamaican woman before, he wanted the experience again.

After months of online chatting, he sets his sights on Jamrock to meet these beautiful exotic women he met online. During his stay, he learns more about Jamaica, its culture, food, and places to explore. After meeting a few of the ladies face-to-face, with all the whining and dining, Jamal by chance meets Marica.
Completely unexpected, she wasn’t on his list from the dating website to meet. Marcia was stunning. She immediately captured his heart, and blew his mind — as a result, Jamal decides to forgo meeting the other women on his list.
Falling so deeply in love with her, Jamal finds a way to bring Marcia to the United States. Now married and living a beautiful life together, the two were inseparable. But Jamal’s past is about to reshape his future. It’s always good to meet your in-laws before you get married. The things you don’t know can kill you! The feuding, threats, and dishonor will sicken you. Having a beef with your in-laws can suffocate your marriage and lead you into divorce court.
Will this young Jamaican bride turn against her American husband? Will Jamal’s retaliation cause his wife to choose and side with her people? Will the beef between two families start a national war? To find out, you must read it and find out for yourself!