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Review: What a Wallflower Wants by Maya Rodale

November 25th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

What a Wallflower Wants by Maya Rodale


Source: Received for review

Publication date: September 30, 2014

Publisher: Avon

Series: Bad Boys & Wallflowers #3

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

In the third novel in Maya Rodale’s charming Wallflower series, London’s Least Likely to Be Caught in a Compromising Position finds temptation in a devilishly handsome stranger . . .

Miss Prudence Merryweather Payton has a secret.

Everyone knows that she’s the only graduate from her finishing school to remain unwed on her fourth season—but no one knows why. With her romantic illusions shattered after being compromised against her will, Prudence accepts a proposal even though her betrothed is not exactly a knight in shining armor. When he cowardly pushes her out of their stagecoach to divert a highwayman, she vows never to trust another man again.

John Roark, Viscount Castleton, is nobody’s hero.

He’s a blue-eyed charmer with a mysterious past and ambitious plans for his future—that do not include a wife. When he finds himself stranded at a country inn with a captivating young woman, a delicate dance of seduction ensues. He knows he should keep his distance. And he definitely shouldn’t start falling in love with her.

When Prudence’s dark past comes back to haunt her, John must protect her—even though he risks revealing his own secrets that could destroy his future.


This book for some reason was a total surprise even though I did enjoy the first two books in the series. I started this book at 11:30pm thinking I would read just a few chapters to wind down before bed but next thing I knew I was up til the middle of the night reading until I finished the whole book.

Prudence was a fun character. She was smart and it broke my heart to see what she had to live through and put a good face on for years. John was also a fabulous hero and I totally didn’t see the secret he was hiding coming. The story itself was great too. I loved seeing the relationship between Prudence and John build up while they are stuck together at the inn. I do have to say I wish I had seen Prudence’s jerk of a fiancé get his due after the horrible way he forcibly tried to throw her to a highwayman. Ugh.

This was a great ending to the Wallflower series and I am so glad I decided to take a chance and read this new to me author.

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Review: Sugar’s Twice as Sweet by Marina Adair

November 23rd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Sugar's Twice as Sweet by Marina Adair


Source: Netgalley

Publication date: November 25, 2014

Publisher: Forever

Series: Sugar, Georgia #1

Rating: ★★★☆☆


It really pains me to give this book only 3 stars. I’ve been madly in love with every other book I’ve read by Marina Adair but this one just didn’t do it for me. I never really came to love Joie and for a good part of the book I just didn’t get why Brett was so fascinated with her other than the fact she didn’t chase after him. She was totally rude and I really wanted to scold her at times and ask “Didn’t your mama ever teach you any manners?”. Once she got over being a witch to Brett she became more likable and I did start to feel sorry for her with the way the granny mafia was treating her.

The granny mafia was another part that bugged me. Instead of the well meaning but meddling characters you will often find in small town romances this group actually came across as just mean and selfish to me. In other books I found the meddling grannies endearing but these grannies grated on my nerves and nothing made me want to like them.

My last minor issue was I really didn’t need to read how great Joie’s boobs and ass were every other page. Every time Brett would stare at them, drool over them, envy Joie’s dog for nuzzling in them I wanted to scream “ENOUGH!”.

Now for the positives. Brett was much more likable than Joie. Yes, he was a playboy but he really did have a heart of gold and I felt bad the way everyone tried to take advantage of that heart. His brother and Joie’s friends were also bright spots in the story and I cannot wait to read their stories. There was an excerpt from Brett’s female best friend and his brother’s book and I am already hooked and am counting down the days for it.

About the Book:

He’s trouble she doesn’t need . . .

Thanks to a cheating fiancé, Josephina Harrington’s perfect life just crashed and burned. Moving in with her overbearing parents is definitelynot an option. No, she needs to prove she can make it on her own. And she will-by turning her great-aunt’s old plantation house into a destination getaway. She’s just not expecting her contractor to be so hands-on-and so totally irresistible.

. . . but everything she wants

Bad-boy golf champion Brett McGraw figured his hometown of Sugar, Georgia was the perfect place to lay low and get his life back up to par. The leggy blonde with a pint-sized pup is the kind of sweet ‘n sassy trouble he never saw coming. She doesn’t know a nut from a bolt and before long, he’s renovating her house . . . as she steals his heart. Can he convince Josephina that his womanizing ways are in the past and he’s ready for forever?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter

October 28th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Waiting on Wednesday


“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week is The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter.  It’s due to release on November 25, 2014.

I loved this series and when my local bookstore closed I fell behind but I can’t wait to catch up and read this one!


The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter

About the Book: Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

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Review: Charade by Lori Foster

October 28th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Charade by Lori Foster

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: October 28, 2014

Publisher: HQN

Rating: ★★★☆☆

My Review

I absolutely love Lori Foster’s writing so I was really excited when I saw this one up for review request on NetGalley. I initially didn’t realize it was a reprint of two of Lori’s earlier works but after finishing them I could definitely feel the difference. The first story, Impetuous, was just as engrossing as Lori’s other books but I had a hard time liking Carlie. She was so judgmental and while Tyler may have been a playboy I think her rudeness and condescending attitude towards him were so much worse. I get she was a flustered after their one night of passion but still it was hard to like her. I really liked Tyler until the end where his behavior to “win” Carlie back really irked me. I know he was trying to win her back but the way he kept physically touching her despite her protests felt dirty to me. I don’t care if you feel sure a woman must want you that doesn’t give you the right to ignore her protests. Still like I said Lori’s voice did keep me intrigued in this one right until the end.

Outrageous on the other hand just didn’t do it for me. It smacked too much of the insta-love with Judd and Emily falling for each other in just a matter of days. I find that so irritating. My other pet peeve are heroines who make obviously stupid decisions. Emily’s behavior at the end of the book was just so dumb, she almost ruined everything Judd was working for and it made no sense. Then to top it off there were no repercussions for her irresponsible behavior. I know she thought she was “protecting” Judd but anyone with any sense would have realize what a bad idea that was.

In the end though Impetuous had a few issues I enjoyed it but Outrageous just wasn’t to my taste and I am glad Lori’s recent works have been so amazing. Definitely do not judge Lori Foster based on these two books.  Her more recent books are awesome!

About the Book:

Judd Sanders couldn’t believe it when the beautiful, wide-eyed woman he rescued from some drunk hoodlums started poking her gorgeous little nose into his business. She was obviously a menace to herself – not to mention to his libido. Worse, she’d blow his cover. For little did Emily Cooper know that Judd was really a cop – whose cover left him a little too “uncovered” for his liking.

Grade school teacher Carlie McDaniels trades in her frumpiness for the look of an exotic harem girl, at least for one costume party. So long, spinsterhood—and hello tall, dark and handsome Tyler Ramsey….

Even after the best night of their lives, Tyler hasn’t guessed the identity of his harem hottie…and Carlie plans on keeping him in the dark. After all, a gorgeous guy like Tyler would never fall for his smart-talking best friend. And Carlie’s not sure she wants to know what would happen if he ever unveiled the naked truth!

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Review: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

October 27th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: February 12, 2013

Publisher: Razorbill

Series: Bloodlines #3

Rating: ★★★½☆

My Review

The end of The Golden Lily I wanted to scream and shake Sydney because what was wrong with that girl?! So as soon as I finished that I had to rush to my library to pick up The Indigo Spell. This series has really grown on me but despite a lot of people telling me this was one of their favorites in the series I wasn’t as huge a fan of it. Yes, I loved all the Adrian scenes and the fact that despite Sydney behaving like an idiot he still persists. I’m hoping for more Eddie in the next book because though Dmitri and Adrian hold my heart Eddie is really coming on strong as well.

As for why this one wasn’t one of my favorites is that a lot of it was too predictable. There was the issue about Sydney’s witch mentor and her crazy pants sister which has a conclusion I saw coming way early. So that was a let down though I did have some happy flash backs to episodes of Charmed which is one of my favorite TV shows. The other downside was though Adrian is there, there really was no focus on the vampire aspect in this book. Yes, there is a Moroi function but it was more of a side note and I missed really seeing Dmitri and the other dampers in action.

I was very happy with how this one ended though and can’t wait to go read The Fiery Heart.

About the book:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets–and human lives.” 

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her.

But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

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Review: Yours For Christmas by Susan Mallery

October 22nd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Yours For Christmas by Susan Mallery

Source: Received for review via NetGalley

Publication date: October 28, 2014

Publisher: HQN

Series: Fool’s Gold #15.5

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book: Famous former NFL stars don’t date single working moms like Bailey Voss. She’ll allow herself to daydream about Kenny Scott’s muscles and killer smile, but wanting more would lead to post-holiday regret. Then Kenny volunteers to run a toy drive with Bailey, and she learns that he’s not just hot…he’s also generous, funny, nice. The whole package—tantalizingly out of reach.

The ache of past loss reminds Kenny why he needs to avoid getting too close to anyone. Especially to a gorgeous redhead and her adorable little girl. Mess it up, and he’d lose them both. Yet Kenny can only resist Bailey for so long. And as festive spirit spreads throughout the town, he’s all wrapped up in Bailey’s sweet, sexy kisses and determined to make this the first of many Christmases together…

My Review

The Fool’s Gold series is another one of my favorites and every book is a must read (in fact I didn’t realize until I read this that I missed Jack’s story!). When I saw this one available for review it was a no brainer to instantly request it.

We have had hints about the coming romance between Kenny and Bailey so I was eager to find out what Kenny’s story was that drove him to be so uncomfortable around Bailey’s daughter Chloe in previous books. I will admit that there was a moment where I actually was irritated with the story at the beginning. I get that Kenny had a thing for Bailey but that he didn’t do single mothers. I didn’t need that thrown in my face every other paragraph. Once we got past that I fell in love with Kenny. I am a sucker for stories with kids involved in them and I loved seeing how good Kenny was with Chloe. The growing romance between Bailey and Kenny was so sweet and a joy to watch.

This is the perfect read for the start of the holiday season.

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Review: Stormy Persuasion by Johanna Lindsey

October 20th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Stormy Persuasion by Johanna Lindsey

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: June 10, 2014

Publisher: Gallery Books

Series: Malory-Anderson series #11

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:James Malory sets sail for America to honor a promise he made to his in-laws: His and Georgina’s daughter, Jacqueline, will have her come-out in America. Judith and Jacqueline Malory are not simply cousins; they are inseparable best friends. Refusing to miss Jacqueline’s come-out in Connecticut, Judith convinces her parents to let her delay her London debut by a few weeks so she can accompany her cousin. Neither girl intends to fall in love during her first Season. But Judith’s plans are overturned when aboard ship she comes face-to-face with the ghost who has been haunting her dreams.

Unknown to the Malorys, deckhand Nathan Tremayne is a smuggler with a noose around his neck. Determined to carry out a covert mission in America that could gain him a pardon, Nathan senses that beautiful Judith Malory is trouble. Somehow the minx knows his secret—and now she’s blackmailing him into doing her bidding. While passions can soar on the high seas, Nathan knows this aristocratic beauty is merely amusing herself with a scoundrel like him.

When the unthinkable happens in Connecticut and the elder Malorys’ hands are tied, Nathan takes command of a dire situation. Captaining his own ship, he turns the tables on Judith, as he steers them into some intense Caribbean heat where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart.

My Review

The Malory series is one of my all time favorite romance series and I was so excited when I saw there was a new book. I listened to this one on audiobook which was a bit jarring because I didn’t like the way the narrator did the voices for the various characters. Despite that I still loved the story. I can’t resist any story that features Tony and James because they are just so bold and brash that they’re so much fun. Jack is just like her dad and we get hints about her story which I cannot wait for!

Judith and Nathan were a fun couple to watch get to know each other and slowly fall for each other. I felt bad for Nathan because he was a good guy who got dealt a bad hand in life. I was slightly turned off when he gets angry with Judith at one point and rails about her breaking his trust. It’s like he has totally forgotten that he just spent all this time misleading Judith and dancing around the truth. So why shouldn’t she have doubts about him? This was the main reason I didn’t give it a full 5 stars. his anger seemed blown way out of proportion.

Other than that the story line was fun and has a touch of the classic pirate romance stories. We also get brief glimpses of past favorites like George and Boyd (I wish we could have seen Derek!). Another great addition to the Malory series!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

September 16th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My first for this week is In the Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick which releases on October 7, 2014.

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

About the book: Sometimes danger is hard to see… until it’s too late. 

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there… and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

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No Limits by Lori Foster Blog Tour

September 14th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

I am so excited to be a part of the No Limits blog tour because I am so in love with Lori Foster’s Love Undercover series.  If you haven’t read it you need to go get them right now!  If you need some convincing check out this excerpt.

No Limits by Lori Foster


Cannon couldn’t stop looking at her. Damn, he’d remembered her as pretty, but she’d matured into killer good looks—and didn’t seem to know it. An angel’s face paired with that trim but curvy figure, and yeah, he was pretty sure every guy in the place had already started fantasizing.

Too bad, because none of them would touch her.

If he’d had any doubts about wanting her, they were put to rest in a big way. Instead of three years, it felt like a decade he’d been waiting on her. Yes, he wanted her. He would have her, too.

The only question was how soon.

A few weeks ago she’d lost her grandfather, and she probably needed time to acclimate to being home around the unpleasant memories. He’d love to segue right from hello to hell yeah, but he also enjoyed just looking at her and talking with her.

Sipping her Coke, Yvette stole a peek at him. Feathery lashes framed those big green eyes he remembered so well—eyes that used to watch him with innocent infatuation, but now seemed wary. She sat straight, proper. Spoke carefully. Avoided his direct gaze.

As Tipton had said, she was guarded.

She wore makeup, but not a lot. Even in a ponytail, her long dark hair made him think of it spilled loose on his pillows, or gliding over his chest.

Or his thighs.

And her clothes, while casual, covered such a sweet body it left him visually undressing her.

Knowing he had to get a grip, he asked, “Are you hungry?”

She shook her head. “But please go ahead and eat if you want.”

“I’m good.” Arms folded on the top of the booth, he smiled. “I can’t get over how much you’ve changed.”

That pleased her, he could tell. “It’s been almost three and a half years.”

Long enough for her to put the past behind her? To put him behind her? No, he wouldn’t let her. “I’m so damn sorry about Tipton.”

“Thank you.” She set the drink aside, then nervously drew her finger through the damp ring the glass had left on the booth top. “I wanted to talk to you about that. About—”

“Hey, Saint.” Two guys sidled up to the table. “Can we get a pic?”

Cannon forced his gaze away from Yvette. “Sure.” He would never alienate a fan, but damn, the timing could be better. Yvette had been screwing up her courage to say something. Now he had to wonder what.

Stepping out of the booth, he bent a little to put himself more in line with the shorter guys, and with a double thumbs-up, smiled as a plump lady used her cell phone to snap a few photos.

That only seemed to unleash other fans, and before he knew it, he was posing with men and women alike. Some wanted to hug him, some wanted him in a fighter’s stance, a few just wanted him to mug for the camera. Before he could get a handle on things, he’d taken around twenty photos and signed more than a dozen autographs.

Yvette watched it all with a look of fascinated indulgence. When there seemed to be a lull, he reseated himself. “Sorry about that.”

“You’re popular, I understand.” Her long glossy ponytail spilled over her shoulder when she tipped her head to study him. “I watch the fights.”

That pleased him more than it should have. “Yeah? What do you think?”

“You’re pretty amazing.”

He held back his grin. “I do my best.”

That earned a short laugh. “Humble too.” Shaking her head, she teased, “No wonder they call you the Saint.”

He’d rarely heard her laugh before, and hearing it now did funny things to him. It was nice. Rich. Husky.

A turn-on…

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About No Limits: A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he’s never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster… 

Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He’s also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon. 

Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather’s legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette’s scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he’ll break all the rules to do it…


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Review: Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan

September 11th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: August 19, 2014

Publisher: I believe this was self-published

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book: Nobody knows who Miss Rose Sweetly is, and she prefers it that way. She’s a shy, mathematically-minded shopkeeper’s daughter who dreams of the stars. Women like her only ever come to attention through scandal. She’ll take obscurity, thank you very much.

All of England knows who Stephen Shaughnessy is. He’s an infamous advice columnist and a known rake. When he moves into the house next door to Rose, she discovers that he’s also wickedly funny, devilishly flirtatious, and heart-stoppingly handsome. But when he takes an interest in her mathematical work, she realizes that Mr. Shaughnessy isn’t just a scandal waiting to happen. He’s waiting to happen to her…and if she’s not careful, she’ll give in to certain ruination.

My Review

Some how I missed that this was a novella so I was surprised how quickly it ended. It was definitely a sweet read (no pun intended) but I can’t say I was in love with it. The main reason was we didn’t get to see Stephen actually falling for Rose. The way he pursued her and seemed so head over heels for her right from the beginning made me feel like I had missed something. Maybe his devotion built up in the earlier books which I haven’t read yet so take my comment with a grain of salt.

The other big issue I had was with the ending. <spoiler>I honestly had a hard time believing that after her sister had such a difficult labor that Rose would blithely go off with Stephen. I mean it was like “omg, is my sister going to die, will the baby make it, bam babies born now let’s run off and have sex. Really?! </spoiler>

Other than that it was a light hearted, quick read that did touch on some issues like prejudice against minorities and the challenges they face as a couple.

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