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Review + Giveaway: Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham

August 2nd, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Love, betrayal, and sweet revenge–life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter . . .

 

LEAVE THE NIGHT ON
Cottonbloom #4
Laura Trentham
Releasing Aug 1, 2017
St. Martin’s Press

 

Rating: ★★★½☆

 

Love, betrayal, and sweet revenge–life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot
hotter . . .

Sutton Mize is known for lavishing attention on the customers who flock to her boutique on the wealthy side of her Mississippi town. So when she finds a lace thong in her fiance’s classic cherry-red Camaro, she knows just who she sold it to: her own best friend. In an instant, Sutton’s whole world goes up in flames. . .Wyatt Abbott has harbored a crush on Sutton since he was a young kid from the other side of the tracks. He witnessed Sutton’s shocking discovery in the Camaro at his family-owned garage–and it made him angry. What kind of man could take lovely, gorgeous Sutton for granted? But then Sutton comes up with an idea: Why not give her betrothed a taste of his own medicine and pretend that she’s got a lover of her own? Wyatt is more than happy to play the hot-and-heavy boyfriend. But what begins as a fictional affair soon develops into something more real, and more passionate, than either Sutton or Wyatt could have imagined. Could it be that true love has been waiting under the hood all along? 

My Thoughts:

When I signed up to review Leave the Night On I didn’t realize it was book 4 in the series but there is no problem reading it as a standalone. I didn’t even realize who the couples from the previous three books were until I looked them up on Goodreads.

This was a really cute story. It’s not the most original but I still enjoyed reading it and seeing Sutton blossom after recovering from the shock of finding out her best friend and fiance were having an affair. She’s a sweet character and I felt bad for her though she was a little too sweet and forgiving for my tastes but that’s just me being vindictive on her part. lol. I loved Wyatt’s character and seeing how he was the glue among his brothers. Their relationship was sweet and predictable. Still the writing was sweet enough that I would love to see Wyatt’s twin brother’s story next!

Excerpt

“Can I ask you a question? Something serious?” Sutton asked.

“Alright,” Wyatt said cautiously.

“Do you find me doable?”

His hand jerked on the steering wheel and sent the car skidding on the shoulder before he righted it. “Do I what?”

“Find me doable? Because that no-necked bouncer and those two brothers did.”

He choked on a gulp of air. What was happening? Had he crossed the river into the Twilight Zone instead of into Mississippi?

Her voice was as bland and conversational as if discussing commodity cotton prices. “Because I find you doable. Very, very, very, very doable.”

Her string of “verys” slurred together. She was drunk, which meant her thinking was impaired. Or . . . he glanced at her. Maybe, just maybe, the whiskey had stripped away her social niceties like turpentine to peeling paint, and she was being honest.

The woman had been put through the wringer by her best friend and her fiancé. Despite her wishes otherwise, she was nice. And sweet. And cute. And unbearably sexy in a way she didn’t even understand. Not yet anyway.

No way could he let this opportunity to be with her in whatever way possible slip through his fingers. While the ramifications went on repeat in his head, she slipped out of the car and headed to her door.

He rolled down his window and shimmed half-way out to see her over the top. “Hey, Sutton!”

She turned with only a slight wobble, jutted a hip, and set her hand on it. “What?”

“For the record, I find you extremely doable.”

 

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Review + Giveaway: Bliss by Lynsay Sands

July 24th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

About the book:

No one blends humor and sensuality like New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands in this captivating story of feuding nobles forced to marry…and destined to fall in love 

Love thy neighbor, ’tis said. A fine idea, except when the neighbor in question is Lord Holden. Lady Helen Tiernay has complained frequently about his treatment of his people. Toofrequently perhaps, for the king intends to curb their constant bickering by ordering them to wed. Helen can’t refuse a royal decree, but she’ll do everything possible to drive away her devilishly attractive husband-to-be.

Holden has faced all manner of horrors on the battlefield. But marriage to “the tyrant of Tiernay” is still a worrying prospect—until he glimpses Helen in the flesh. What flesh it is…soft, lush, made for his touch. If she weren’t so intent on thinking up devious ways to prevent consummating their bond, Helen would see how perfect they are together, and that a marriage begun as enemies can turn to absolute pleasure.

My Thoughts:

This book was so much fun to read. It combines laugh out loud scenes, a strong heroine and a hero that will make you swoon. I’ve been leery of Lynsay Sands ever since I read one of her paranormal books and wasn’t impressed but she has really won me over with her historical books. So far I’ve enjoyed every one of her historicals I have read.

The story itself was clever and I enjoyed the determination and strategizing Lady Helen did to try and avoid marriage to Lethe. It was so much fun to watch and then when Lethe started to get in on the scheming well watch out!

Lynsay Sands is now on my must read author for historcal romance!

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Excerpt

“Lady Tiernay,” Templetun greeted, jogging up the last few steps to come abreast of Hethe as he passed before their two hostesses. “May I introduce Lord Hethe of Holden. Lord Holden, this is Lady Helen of Tiernay and her aunt Lady Nell Shambleau.”

Hethe moved up another step so that his face and Helen’s were on a level, and managed a smile as he gazed into his fiance’s sky blue eyes that matched her gown. Actually, his mouth was responding to his nether regions, and it fashioned itself into a beaming grin of pleasure for the woman—until she smile back and said, “How do you do?”

His smile died an abrupt death, becoming a dismayed grimace. It wasn’t the woman’s words that affected him so but her foul breath that blew at him as she spoke. The shock of it made Hethe take a hasty step backward. He would have tumbled down the stairs had William not steadied him with a fist at his back.

“God’s teeth!” he gasped in horror, bringing a perplexed and even slightly offended look to their hostess’s face. It also brought him a rather sharp and confused look from Templetun, reminding him of his manners. Forcing a false smile of apology to his lips, Hethe turned his face slightly to avoid the noxious fumes and excused himself by muttering, “Nearly lost my footing.”

“Oh, well, you must be careful, my lord,” his betrothed breathed at him sweetly. Leaning closer, she snatched his arm through her own, presumably to save him from losing his balance again. She then smiled brightly and sighed gustily into his face. “Such a handsome man. We would not wish you to tumble down the stairs and break your neck! At least, not before the wedding, hmmm?” she teased, her eyes sparkling.

Hethe nearly whimpered. His head was swimming under the onslaught of her poisonous exhalations. Sweet Saint Simon! He had never smelled anything quite so raw or putrid. He hadn’t thought it possible for such a scent to come out of a human’s mouth. And the fact that it was coming from the sweet bow-shaped lips of the lovely woman before him just seemed to make the horror of it that much worse.

“Shall we go inside?” the woman’s aunt suggested cheerfully.

“Aye,” Lady Tiernay agreed. “I am sure you gentlemen are ready for a nice mug of ale after your journey.” She spoke the words to Hethe, her breath wafting over his face like an ill wind carrying the stench of death. Feeling his stomach roil, Hethe nodded faintly, more than eager for any excuse to move and avoid the situation he was in.

Lord love me, I have to marry this wench, he thought as he hurried rudely up the last step and into the keep, dragging her a step behind. She would be breathing this putrescence at him for the next fifty years or so, he thought faintly, too dismayed to even realize how rude he was being by pulling Lady Tiernay about and leaving her aunt and the others to follow.

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Review: Make-Believe Wedding by Sarah Mayberry

July 17th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Publication date: July 28, 2014

Publisher: Tule Publishing Group

Series: The Great Wedding Giveaway #9

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

Everyone in Marietta, Montana, is in love and getting married – at least that’s the way it feels to Andie Bennett the night of the Valentine’s Ball. As she watches the man she’s loved from afar for half her life dance with another woman, Andie allows herself a moment of sheer fantasy as she fills out a stray entry form for the Great Wedding Giveaway. Andie channels years of fantasy and yearning for Heath McGregor onto the page, but she never intends to actually enter the Giveaway. Only a crazy woman would do that. But fate has other ideas….

When Heath learns he and Andie are last minute finalists in the Great Wedding Giveaway, he’s completely baffled. How on earth could anyone make such a ridiculous mistake? When it becomes clear that Andie will be humiliated if the slip-up becomes public, Heath does what any good friend would – he suggests they pretend the engagement is real until the Giveaway is over and then quietly “break up” when no one is paying any attention. It’s the perfect solution, except Heath very quickly realises that pretending Andie is his is no hardship at all. In fact, it may just be the best thing that’s ever happened to him…

My Thoughts:

I found this one while browsing the free books list on Amazon and it sounded like a cute read. It definitely lived up to my expectations and left me with a happy feeling upon finishing.

I really liked Andie’s character and I could sympathize with her for pining over her older brother’s best friend. I can imagine the torture she must have gone through over the years of watching him date other women and not viewing her as anything more than his best friend’s little sister. It was also nice seeing a strong female character who worked in a male dominated industry and who held the respect of her male colleagues.

Despite being so clueless to Andie’s crush on him I adored Heath. I had to give him mad props for not freaking out over the situation Andie got them in and for respecting her feelings about appearances with her co-workers instead of immediately freaking out over the mention of a wedding. I thought it was sweet that he was willing to go through with the charade especially after his ex verbally attacks Andie. Watching his eyes open to the wonderful woman Andie is was heart touching and I loved seeing their relationship flourish.

If you are a looking for a low angst read that will leave you with all the happy feelings definitely check this one out!

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The Great Wedding Giveaway Series

Prequel: Beauty’s Kiss by Jane Porter
Book 1: What a Bride Wants by Kelly Hunter
Book 2: Second Chance Bride by Trish Morey
Book 3: Almost a Bride by Sarah Mayberry
Book 4: The Unexpected Bride by Joanne Walsh
Book 5: The Reluctant Bride by Katherine Garbera
Book 6: Game Of Brides by Megan Crane
Book 7: The Substitute Bride by Kathleen O’Brien
Book 8: Last Year’s Bride by Anne McAllister

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Review: Every Little Kiss by Marina Adair

July 12th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Publication date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Series: Sequoia Lake #2

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book:

There’s nothing that single mom Liv Preston won’t do if it means making her six-year-old son smile again. After a heartbreaking two years, her little family is due for some fun in the sun. She just didn’t expect to find it in the big, rugged, Search and Rescue hero next door—who shows her just how exciting, and sexy, life’s adventures can be.

As head of Reno’s K-9 search division, Ford Jamison knows what it takes to make life-and-death decisions on the fly. He doesn’t hesitate, doesn’t do regrets, and has never doubted his instincts—until he makes a promise that turns his world upside down. Desperate for redemption, he returns to Sequoia Lake, only to find himself face-to-face with his past…and the one woman he can’t have. Not when his secret would destroy her—and everything she holds dear.

For Liv, finding love once was a gift. Finding it twice seems impossible, until the moment Ford’s lips meet hers. Love doesn’t always come easy, but when it’s right, it’s worth fighting for…

My Thoughts:

I know I’m a broken record when it becomes to Marina Adair’s books but really just go buy any of her books and be ready to fall in love. She’s simply an amazing author who knows how to make you laugh, cry and fall in love.

I’m always a sucker for books involving kids and my heart broke for Liv’s son and I loved watching how Ford forged a relationship with Liv’s son. The chemistry between the two was palpable and I loved seeing them come together.

I don’t want to give away any of the story but trust me you want to pick this one up!

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Review: Maybe this Summer by Jennifer Snow

July 11th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Publication date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Series: Colorado Ice #2.5

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

Always a wingman . . .

Owen McConnell is used to being ignored. After all, it’s only when he appears as the Colorado Avalanche’s team mascot that he gets all the attention. When the costume is off, women tend to gravitate toward his famous hockey player friends. But after he meets lovely, damaged Paige Adams, he knows he can be the star player for her. She’s raising funds for the hospital burn unit, and Owen’s determined to help her out—and sweep her off her feet.

The burn unit has been near and dear to Paige’s heart ever since the doctors helped her after a vicious attack. Yet the scars—both emotional and physical—haven’t faded as much as she’d hoped. She’s closed herself off from relationships, and the thought of opening up is terrifying. But Owen’s sexy charm might be just the push Paige needs to start loving again.

My Thoughts:

I loved the previous books in this series so when I received an ARC I was ecstatic! I will admit there was a smidgin of doubt in my mind because, well, the hero dresses up as a giant dog for a living. So I was curious to see how they turned that into something sexy and admirable in a hero and I’ll admit Jennifer Snow pulled it off.

There were several times when I had to laugh out loud at Owen and times he made me cringe but he was such a sweet hero that he definitely won my heart.

Paige’s character was a bit more complicated for me to come to terms with. I felt sorry for what she had gone through and thought it was admirable that she turned a tragedy into such a rewarding career. However, it did bother me with how much she still tied her physical appearance to her worthiness. She deals with burn victims all the time in her job and yet she’s still ashamed of her own scars and keeps them covered all the time. Yes, we are told that she’s still working through her own trauma and how to come to terms with it but it bothered me that it took a guy praising and accepting her scars and all to overcome her insecurities. I would have liked to see her grow some more on her own and come to a realization separately that it’s not her physical appearance that mattered.

The romance is pretty much insta-love which is a pet peeve of mine but which I’ve come to accept is the only way you can really get a romance into such a short story. Despite those couple niggling aspects this is a fun read that you can easily finish in one sitting and makes the perfect pool side read.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and son. She writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance stories set everywhere from small towns to big cities. After stating in her high school yearbook bio that she wanted to be an author, she set off on the winding, twisting road to make her dream a reality. She is a member of RWA, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Film and Visual Arts Association in Edmonton. She has published over ten novels and novellas with many more on the way.

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Excerpt

“Okay, I’ve got one,” Paige said, pointing to Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up.”

If anyone could help him seduce a woman, it was Bob Marley. Sliding the coins into the machine, he kept one eye on the door as she made her selection.

As the soft beat started, she smiled. “I love this song.”

He was in love with her smile. As she headed back toward the booth, he grabbed her hand and pulled her into him.

A slight look of intrigued panic flickered across her features. “What are you doing?” she asked as he drew her into him, wrapping his arms around her waist. Her soft perfume and the feel of her body beneath his hands made it impossible to let her go, even if he wanted to.

“Dancing with you. I knew if I asked, you’d say no,” he said, swaying slowly to the beat. Every other thought left him as he enjoyed the moment, knowing he may not get this opportunity again. Nothing else mattered except the woman in his arms.

She glanced around the bar, which had gotten busier while he’d been caught up completely in her. “No one else is dancing…”

“That’s okay. I don’t want to dance with anyone else.”

She sighed and reluctantly slid her arms around his neck. “This isn’t exactly a dance floor.”

“Any floor can be a dance floor,” he said, drawing her even closer as his hands slid a fraction lower. His thumbs gently massaged as his grip tightened at her hips.

She shot him a warning look as she readjusted his hands higher on her back.

But she didn’t remove them completely. “Sorry. I felt a vibe and went for it.”

She laughed. “Maybe not the right choice in songs,” she said, though finally swaying in sync with him.

His gaze fell to her hips in her tight-fitting jeans and he had to force a breath. “I think it’s the perfect choice in song. Now, it’s our song.”

“Our song?”

“Yeah. Whenever we go to a wedding and they play it, we can say ‘hey, it’s our song,’ or when we’re driving through the mountains in the winter on the way to the cabin with the kids asleep in the back and it comes on the radio, we can crank it higher and sing along to…”

“Our song?” she finished shaking her head. “You really get ahead of yourself, don’t you?”

“You have no idea,” he said, his gaze locked on hers. The drinks, the beat of the music, the dim lighting in that corner of the bar, her soft, sweet smile made it impossible not to want to kiss her…but he held back. Too soon, too fast was not the way with this one, and that was the only speed he really knew. Not this time. This time it was her speed, her timing. He had no other choice—he was completely hooked on her.

But that didn’t stop him from taking her hand and kissing it, savoring the silky soft skin against his lips.

A conflicted look appeared on her face for just a brief second before she was leaning toward him. When her lips brushed his, his eyes widened. His grip tightened at her waist as her arms circled his neck once more.

Her height made her perfect to kiss. He didn’t need to bend at the knees or crank his neck. Her lips were soft, and she tasted like a mixture of gin and watermelon. Her hands crept into his hair, and she pressed her body to his. He could sense her give into the moment, all tension and apprehension disappearing. His hands cupped her face as he responded with an urgency he couldn’t control. Since the first day he’d met her, he’d wanted to kiss her, and now she was continuing to shock the hell out of him with the passion and heat that she’d initiated. Gone was the cool, guarded woman who’d walked into the bar two hours before. Now she was soft and dangerously seductive as her fingers tangled in his hair and her tongue parted his lips, demanding entry.

His fingers dug into her waist and only the beat of the music kept him grounded in their surroundings, preventing him from taking the kiss to an even more intoxicating level. He wanted so much more than a kiss…

Breathless, she pushed away slightly, her eyes snapping open as her hand flew to her lips.

He couldn’t not to take the opportunity to tease her. “That was a little forward, don’t you think?” He fought to calm his thundering pulse and hoped she couldn’t see the effect the kiss had had on him. His pants felt a whole hell of a lot tighter in the front, and resisting the urge to drag her out of there and back to his place was taking all his strength.

“Well, since you’d already planned family vacations, I took a chance that you wouldn’t mind,” she murmured against his lips as she moved in closer again. “And maybe the alcohol and the music went to my head a little.”

He touched her cheek as they continued to sway. Never in a million years had he expected this evening to turn out the way it was. She’d stayed beyond a quick drink. She’d actually taken the time to get to know him, and she’d let him in. The kiss had told him she was every bit as interested in him as he was in her. And he was feeling pretty damn good.

But a second later he knew he was screwed as her gaze wandered past him to the door. “Hey isn’t that your friend, Ben Westmore?”

Excerpted from MAYBE THIS SUMMER by Jennifer Snow. Copyright © 2017 by Jennifer Snow. Reprinted with permission of Forever Yours. All rights reserved.

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Review: The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian

July 9th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Publication date: July 4, 2017

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Rating: ★★★★½

About the book:

Rogue. Libertine. Rake. Lord Courtenay has been called many things and has never much cared. But after the publication of a salacious novel supposedly based on his exploits, he finds himself shunned from society. Unable to see his nephew, he is willing to do anything to improve his reputation, even if that means spending time with the most proper man in London.

Julian Medlock has spent years becoming the epitome of correct behavior. As far as he cares, if Courtenay finds himself in hot water, it’s his own fault for behaving so badly—and being so blasted irresistible. But when Julian’s sister asks him to rehabilitate Courtenay’s image, Julian is forced to spend time with the man he loathes—and lusts after—most.

As Courtenay begins to yearn for a love he fears he doesn’t deserve, Julian starts to understand how desire can drive a man to abandon all sense of propriety. But he has secrets he’s determined to keep, because if the truth came out, it would ruin everyone he loves. Together, they must decide what they’re willing to risk for love.

My Thoughts:

I don’t normally read M/M romances but I was sent this book for review by the publisher so I figured why not give it a chance. The premise sounded intriguing and I am glad I gave it a try. This was a thoroughly enjoyable historical romance and I am eager to check out the author’s other books now.

I loved the contrast in characters between Courtenay and Julian and seeing how there was much more to both than meets the eye. Both men have inner demons to conquer and much more depth than I initially expected. Watching the two dance around each other and eventually give in to the chemistry zinging between them was addictive and I couldn’t put the book down.

We also are introduced to several other characters that I am now eagerly wanting to read their stories. Great read that I highly recommend!

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Review: Wired by Julie Garwood

July 5th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

 

Publication date: July 4, 2017

Publisher: Berkley

Series: Buchanan-Renard #13

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

A beautiful computer hacker and a bad-boy FBI agent must collaborate—in more ways than one—in the sizzling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.

Allison Trent doesn’t look like a hacker. In fact, when she’s not in college working on her degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers and her real love is writing—and hacking—code. Her dream is to write a new security program that could revolutionize the tech industry.

Hotshot FBI agent Liam Scott has a problem: a leak deep within his own department. He needs the skills of a top-notch hacker to work on a highly sensitive project: to secretly break into the FBI servers and find out who the traitor is. But he can’t use one of his own. He finds the perfect candidate in Allison. Only, there’s one problem—she wants nothing to do with his job and turns him down flat.

What Liam doesn’t know is that Allison is hiding secrets that she doesn’t want the FBI to uncover. But Liam will do nearly anything to persuade her to join his team, even break a few rules if that’s what it takes. A temptation that could put his job—and both of their futures—on the line…
and longing for more . . .

My Thoughts:

If people ask me to list my favorite authors Julie Garwood is almost always the first author who comes to mind. I fell in love with her after reading Castles and then quickly devoured every one of her other historical romances. I will admit when she switched to writing contemporary I was sorely disappointed and had a hard time making it through them. However, her more recent contemporaries have really picked up in my opinion and I’ve loved the last few.

I loved both Allison and Liam’s characters though I really wish Allison had grown a spine earlier on in the book. I get she grew up having it hammered into her she should be grateful to her aunt and uncle but really when is enough enough? I literally wanted to cheer when she finally put her foot down. I would have liked to see a little more development of Liam’s character but I still really liked him. I adored Allison’s roommates though and while I know they were most likely throwaway side characters it would be nice to see a short story/novella about them.

The story moved along at a nice pace and I read the book in one sitting. Glad to see Garwood is starting to hit her stride with her contemporary books (though I still wish she would go back to her historicals!).

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Review: On the Plus Side by Alison Bliss

June 28th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

 

Publication date: June 27, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Series: A Perfect Fit #2

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

The second book in a laugh-out-loud new contemporary romance series from Alison Bliss!

Big girls don’t cry. They go after what they want.

Thanks to her bangin’ curves, Valerie Carmichael has always turned heads-with the exception of seriously sexy Logan Mathis. Just Valerie’s luck that the object of her lust-filled affection is also best friends with her overprotective brother. But Valerie’s determined to get Logan’s attention . . . even if it means telling a teeny little lie to get a job at his new bar.

Logan can’t remember a time when Valerie didn’t secretly fuel all his hottest fantasies. Now the curvaceous she-devil is working behind his bar, tempting him every damn night. It’s only when he finds Valerie’s naughty things-to-do list that Logan decides to break every rule in the book-by making each red-hot deed a reality.

No one warned them that they were going to fall this hard. And no one warned them that sometimes the smallest secrets can have the biggest consequences.

My Thoughts:

I read Size Matters and loved it and from what I saw of Valerie in that book I knew I had to read On the Plus Side. I loved it just as much as I did Size Matters. Valerie and Logan were both great characters and the chemistry between the two was sizzling hot! I also enjoyed the humor that was spread throughout the book including a list Valerie writes up that ends up creating some interesting scenes between she and Logan.

There were two things that knocked this down from a 5 to a 4 star read for me. One was Valerie’s brother who really crossed the line from being an admirable though misguided over-protective brother into just being a crazy, seemingly unhinged brother. The other bigger issue for me was that Valerie makes a mistake, a huge mistake that has some pretty dire consequences. I felt like though she said it was her bad and she’s sorry, she didn’t really see what the big deal was. Instead it’s made out more like Logan was the jerk for over-reacting and then easily forgives her without her having to deal with any consequences for her actions. So that kind of soured things a bit for me.

Still Alison Bliss has an amazing writing style that draws you in and makes you fall in love with her stories. I’ll definitely be on the look out for More to Love!

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Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Three Weeks with a Princess by Vanessa Kelly

June 27th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Publication date: June 27, 2017

Publisher: Zebra

Series: The Improper Princesses #2

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

In Vanessa Kelly’s captivating series, three young women are descended from royalty–in the most improper way. But that doesn’t stop them from pursuing lives rich in adventure. . .

Lia Kincaid, illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York, comes from a long line of notorious women. Raised by her grandmother, formerly mistress to the late Marquess of Lendale, she has little hope of a respectable marriage. But the new marquess, her childhood friend, Jack Easton, would make a very desirable protector . . . if he weren’t too honorable to take her to bed.

It’s bad enough being saddled with a title he never desired. Now Jack must resist the beautiful woman he desires far too much. Duty calls, and he is duty-bound to choose a wealthy bride. But then Lia makes another outrageous suggestion: asking Jack to devise some tests to find her the perfect paramour. Tests that involve flirting, kissing, and other pleasurable pursuits. Tests that, in a matter of weeks, could transform friendship into the ton’s greatest scandal, igniting a passion even duty can’t deny. . .

My Thoughts:

This is my first book by Vanessa Kelly and after finishing it I definitely want to go back and read My Fair Princess because I loved Gillian in every scene she was in. But back to Three Weeks with a Princess, it started off as a 4 – 5 star read for me and I was totally engrossed in the story. However, the further I got into the book it lost a little of the allure for me.

The main reason was while I really liked Jack at the beginning he started to get on my nerves with his high handedness and really patronizing behavior towards Lia. While Lia made some questionable choices throughout the story from the background he knows she’s an intelligent, practical sort of woman whose thoughts and opinions he should respect more. So every time he tried to order her about it really irked me and made him a little less desirable in my eyes.

Lia also did occasionally fall into one of my pet peeves and that is doing something that is obviously not the smartest thing either just to prove she doesn’t have to listen to others or because she’s being stubborn. If a heroine has a good reason for doing something that gets her into trouble I can accept that. When they do it just because it rankled them that someone else tried to tell them what to do, that’s a whole other situation.

What rescued the rest of the book for me though was the supporting cast of characters. There were so many I wanted to get to know better and I’m hoping they have or will have their own books! So while not an exact hit for me the author’s style of writing and great cast of characters has me wanting more.

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As Amy hurried out the door, she collided, bosom first, with a tall, broad-shouldered man wearing a deadly scowl on his handsome face.

Hell and damnation.

Jack’s hands shot out and grasped Amy by her bare shoulders. The dancer wobbled dramatically and clutched at his waistcoat, as if she would fall flat on her backside without his support. Because Lia knew Amy could balance on the toes of one foot with no trouble at all, she had to swallow a snort.

“Oh, la, thank you, kind sir,” Amy trilled. “I would have taken quite the tumble if you hadn’t caught me.”

Jack blinked down at her, looking befuddled. Then the scowl returned, and it grew even more severe as he took in Amy’s generously displayed charms.

“I’m happy I prevented so unfortunate an occurrence.” His tone suggested the opposite as he tried to extract himself from Amy’s deathlike grip.

“And who might you be, sir?” the dancer asked with a flirtatious smile. “A new patron for our little company or a member of our illustrious board? I do hope so.” She gave his waistcoat a little stroke, as if checking out the goods. “You would make a fine addition, I’m sure.”

Because Jack was now directing his scowl in Lia’s direction, she was tempted to leave him to his fate. Still, he was Jack, and he’d come to her rescue numerous times over the years. “He’s a friend of mine, Amy. A good friend,” she added pointedly.

The girl cast a shrewd glance at her, then relinquished her grip. “So that’s how it is, eh? Forgive me, love. I didn’t know you had a special beau.”

Jack’s expression had now become an interesting combination of outrage and alarm. Lia started mentally bracing herself for the forthcoming scold. It was sure to be a ripper.

“He’s not a special beau,” she said, trying to minimize the damage.

Amy’s eyebrows went up in an incredulous lift.

“Never mind,” Lia said with a sigh. Trying to explain her relationship with Jack wasn’t worth the bother; Amy wouldn’t believe it anyway. “This is the Marquess of Lendale. Lord Lendale, allow me to introduce Miss Amy Baxter, a member of my stepfather’s company.”

“A pleasure,” Jack replied in a tone so clipped Lia was tempted to smack him.

“Don’t look very pleasurable to me,” Amy said with her usual fatal candor. “But I’m sure our Lia can find a way to sweeten your mood.” She finished up that bon mot by giving Jack an exaggerated wink.

“Oy, Amy, my love,” came a welcome interruption from out in the hall. “Are you in the green room?”

“In here, Bertie,” Amy yelled back.

A moment later one of the musicians stuck his head through the doorway. “A few of us are popping out to the pub for a bite before rehearsal. Fancy joining us?”

“Yes, please,” Amy replied.

Bertie was not the least bit nonplussed by Amy’s half-naked appearance. Most of the members of the company were used to seeing each other in various states of undress and never blinked an eye. It had taken Lia a few days to get used to it, but she now realized that the men in the company were fiercely protective of all the women, even if morals on occasion did tend to get a bit wobbly.

One glance at Jack’s face, however, signaled that she had work to do when it came to explaining how tame her new life was, despite appearances to the contrary.

Amy disappeared with Bertie, leaving Lia with the ignoble urge to slink out after her friend. Unfortunately, Jack was blocking the doorway with his tall, muscular frame.

Might as well bull through it, old girl.

“You’re looking well, Jack,” she said brightly. “It’s lovely to see you.”

“Really? You’ve been assiduously avoiding me for a week now.”

Drat. She had been avoiding him, and not simply because she didn’t want to reprise their argument. Their disastrous kiss in the library at Stonefell had been the most mortifying moment of her life. How could they ever get back on the old footing with something like that hanging between them?

“I’ve been very busy,” she explained. “The theater will open with a new program in only two days. It’s been a madhouse.”

“So I see,” he said, casting a dark look around the room.

Some of the plasterwork was a little worse for wear and the paint was a bit faded, but it was in better shape than some of the shuttered rooms at Stonefell. Her stepfather had plans to renovate the entire backstage area, but that would have to wait until they were making a profit. So far, all his efforts had gone into refreshing the galleries, boxes, and public areas of the theater. The Pan was now almost as elegant as the big theaters in Drury Lane.

“Now that I’ve finally got a moment of your time,” Jack said with gentle sarcasm as his gaze returned to her, “may I comment that your behavior has been nothing short of reckless? First you lied to me by feigning illness, then you ran off to London on the mail coach, of all things. What in God’s name prompted such foolishness, especially after I told you that I would take care of you?”

Lia carefully folded the costume and placed it in her workbasket. Then she crossed her arms over her chest and stared at him. “You can’t think of one thing that would make me bolt?”

He flushed a bit. “You were the one who kissed me, not the other way around. It wasn’t as if I had designs on your virtue, pet—quite the opposite, in fact.”

“Yes, you made that abundantly clear,” she said coolly.

He slapped a hand to the back of his neck, rubbing it as if it pained him. In the process, he knocked off his hat.

“Dammit,” he muttered as he stooped to retrieve it. “All right, let’s leave aside the issue that you apparently resent the fact that I refuse to take advantage of you. And let’s also defer for now any discussion of your precipitous, nay, insane departure from Stonefell.”

“Thank you, my lord,” she said with sugary sweetness. “I’m ever so grateful.”

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Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

June 19th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Publication date: Jun3 13, 2017

Publisher: Berkley

Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #1

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to herextraordinary Psy-Changeling world with a story of wild passion and darkest betrayal…

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence–her mind clear of all emotion–Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…

My Thoughts:

I have to start off by saying if you have not read Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series you need to now because it’s one of the most awesome series I’ve ever read! When I received this ARC at RT17 I actually happy danced and squeed which doesn’t happen with that many books (the other one being Wired by Julie Garwood!).

This is a spin off series which made me both happy and sad. I definitely missed some of my favorite characters from the previous Psy-Changeling books but I was happy to finally see Silver get her own story. She’s always been cool as ice when working with Kaleb so I knew she was going to be an amazing character and she definitely lived up to my expectations. I loved seeing her come into her own while living with the bear changelings especially seeing her around the children. The children/cubs are absolutely adorable and wrapped themselves around my heart.

Valentin was a good solid hero though didn’t quite knock down Lucas, Hawk, Vasic, Kaleb or Aden out of their top spots in my heart. I have to give him mad props for his determination especially towards the end.

I will admit though I loved seeing Silver fall in love I now am anxiously awaiting/hoping Silver’s brother gets his own story. I loved seeing the glimpses of him and his potential mate. Fabulous start to another must read series from Nalini Singh!

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