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Review: Kill Switch by Jonathan Maberry

April 26th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Kill Switch by Jonathan Maberry

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: April 26, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Series: Joe Ledger #8

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

What do you do when the power goes off?

Terrorists have acquired a terrible new weapon that can crash the power grid and plunge America into a new dark age. A coordinated attack is planned to shut out all lights and emergency services to ten major cities. Planes will fall, hospitals will go dark, no help will come.

And in that terrible darkness a dreadful plague will be released. If the lights go off, nothing can stop the bioweapon from killing millions.

At the same time the intelligence services are being torn apart from within by a plague of betrayal, murder and suicide. Even the Department of Military Sciences is stumbling in its response to the growing threat.

Time is running out. And Joe is being hunted by a terrifying new kind of assassin. A team of remote viewers have the ability to take over any person and turn ordinary citizens into killers. Where can you turn when there’s nobody left to trust?

Joe Ledger faces his deadliest challenge as friends and allies become enemies and all of the lights begin to go out…

My review:

Jonathan Maberry is one of those authors you really can’t go wrong with and he knocks it out of the park again in Kill Switch. Even if he writes the most outlandish ideas you just go with it and quickly become enthralled because his writing is just that good.

Whenever I see a new Joe Ledger book I wonder where he’s going to take it because each one is just so crazy and over the top I think he can’t take it up another notch. Yet somehow he always manages to. I am glad that this one wasn’t quite as disturbingly gory as Predator One but you will still find a lot of the expected stuff blowing up and bad guys getting torn up. I didn’t want to stop reading this book but the main reason it didn’t get the full five stars was the buy guy was pretty obvious from the get-go for me. So I found it a little frustrating that Joe and his team didn’t figure it out sooner. Granted we’re seeing the overall picture but Joe’s team is only seeing bits and pieces but I still thought they should have picked up on it sooner than they did. Other than that the story was great. I am curious to see where the Echo Team goes in the next book. The team goes through a lot of soul breaking stuff and we already see there are going to be changes coming. I can’t wait to see how it shakes out.

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Review: Best of My Love by Susan Mallery

April 25th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Best of My Love by Susan Mallery

Source: Received for review

Publication date: April 26, 2016

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Series: Fool’s Gold #20

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book:

To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend—a male friend—to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool’s Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her?

Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the “adventure” in Mitchell Adventure Tours…and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he’s inadvertently become that guy—the one-night Casanova—and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby’s boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect.

As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool’s Gold rumor mill. If no one will believe they’re just friends, maybe they should give the gossips something to really talk about!

My Review:

Wow, I can’t believe there are now 20 books in the Fool’s Gold series. I am so in love with this series and it’s really flown by. I remember requesting Three Little Words for review because it sounded so cute and I was hooked. I got my hands on whatever books I could in the series and devoured them. Though there have been a few that were misses, overall this is an amazing series and Best of My Love ranks up there with one of my favorites in the series.

I loved both Aidan and Shelby’s characters. At first like the rest of Fool’s Gold I didn’t believe they were going to be just friends for very long but they surprisingly lasted much longer than I expected. I love seeing them alternate “male activities” and “female activities” and it cracked me up seeing Aidan attending baby showers and getting pedicures. He takes everything remarkably in stride and the more into the story you get, the more you start thinking this is how all relationships should start out. It was actually a little refreshing that the conflict wasn’t because one thought the other was cheating, was too controlling, etc. They communicated well and Aidan never went all cave man on Shelby. In fact, I loved the twist on the margarita pity party that takes place.

There are some deeper moments where Aidan has to deal with his dad’s artistic temper tantrums and come to terms with his relationship with both his mom and dad. Susan Mallery also seems to be setting us up for a spin off series that takes place in Happily Inc or at least I’m hoping we will be taken there to see the other Mitchell brothers’ stories. I sighed a very happy sigh upon closing this book and can’t wait for the next one.

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Book Blitz: Bachelor for Hire & Falling For Her Bachelor + Giveaway

April 13th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

I am a huge Robin Bielman fan so I was so excited for this tour. Check out my review below and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom!

Meet Charlene:

Charlene Sands is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. She has been honored with the National Readers Choice Award, the Booksellers Best Award, The Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award and Romantic Times Magazine’s Best Harlequin Desire Award of 2014.   She is an active member of Romance Writers of America.  When not writing, she spends time with her four “princesses”, enjoys sunny Pacific beaches and yummy chocolate mocha cappucinos!  Sign up for her newsletter for fun and exclusive prizes at www.charlenesands.com and on FB and Twitter!
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USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and one crazy-cute dog who loves to chew on everyone’s socks. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, eat cupcakes, and dip her toes in the ocean. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.
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Blog Tour: Review – The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

April 7th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

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I’m really excited to be participating in the blog tour for The Matchmaker’s Playbook. Be sure to check out the excerpt and enter the giveaway below!

The Matchmaker's Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

About the book:

Wingman rule number one: don’t fall for a client.

After a career-ending accident, former NFL recruit Ian Hunter is back on campus—and he’s ready to get his new game on. As one of the masterminds behind Wingmen, Inc., a successful and secretive word-of-mouth dating service, he’s putting his extensive skills with women to work for the lovelorn. But when Blake Olson requests the services of Wingmen, Inc., Ian may have landed his most hopeless client yet.

From her frumpy athletic gear to her unfortunate choice of footwear, Blake is going to need a miracle if she wants to land her crush. At least with a professional matchmaker by her side she has a fighting chance. Ian knows that his advice and a makeover can turn Blake into another successful match. But as Blake begins the transformation from hot mess to smokin’ hot, Ian realizes he’s in danger of breaking his cardinal rule…

My Review:

I have never read Rachel Van Dyken before but the title caught my eye and after reading the blurb I was intrigued. I have to say I’ve fallen in love with Rachel’s writing style! Even being such a total player I still fell in love with Ian. Yes he falls into bed with any female who welcomes him but he never really comes across as a jerk. He appreciates women and tries to help them be their best. In fact, I love how one of his tips for women is not to change who they are for a guy, it’s just about enhancing on what they have.

I also loved Blake’s character. Talk about a spitfire! She is the perfect combination between naive, country girl and no BS, straight talking woman. She holds her own with Ian and his best friend, she’s funny and is one of those girls I wish I could be.

The story line is great and I liked the entire concept. It was executed perfectly and probably my only beef is the Lex/Gabi sub-plot. I know they will get their own book but for being such an expert on relationships it did grate on me every time Ian comments on how much Lex and Gabi hate each other. It was a classic case of two people being totally into each other but acting like cats and dogs as they are in denial. I would expect Ian, being both their best friends and relationships guru, to realize this by now. When Blake finally comments on it I felt like saying hallelujah! Someone finally pointed out the obvious. Still I am dying to read their story next!

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Ian and Lex’s Rules of Play

  1. Jealousy is key when trying to get noticed by a dude. No girl ever got her guy by hanging out by the potted plants or doing the dishes in the kitchen.
  2. Smile. Often. Smiling makes dickheads automatically assume you’ve got a secret–and damn, do guys love discovering secrets.
  3. Never call. Always text.
  4. If he calls you, answer on the third ring, but only after he’s called you three times.
  5. The rule of three pertains to every situation, answering in person, the length of time you touch a body part (unless it’s down below, but you shouldn’t be doing that at this point unless you’re a psycho), the length of time you take to answer the door, the point is this, you have to pause, breathe, stare, and then answer. If you’re doing it any other way. You’re doing it wrong.
  6. I don’t care if he’s serenading you with Taylor Swift and it’s just like absolutely OMGEE your most favorite song, holy shit he brought coke zero? I LOVE COKE ZERO. No. Hell no. You don’t cave. It’s been one day. You do not cave on day one. On day one. You plan.
  7. You are NEVER to be so interested in them right off the bat that you’re willing to cancel plans, according to them, you’re always busy damn it, why can’t they just catch a break?
  8. Walk away, never toward. I don’t give a flying shit that he’s wearing your favorite shirt and holding a monkey on his head, smile, wave, walk the other way. The only time you walk toward is if the douche needs medical attention and even then…if he’s gonna live, so will you.
  9. It’s not about you. I know, I know, you’re just so pissed about Shelly and how she gave you a bitchy look during chem, but control yourself. It’s about him, ask him questions, in return, he will ask you. This. Is. Called. A. Conversation.
  10. Put your damn phone away. When you’re in his space, you aren’t on Facebook or tweeting about it, this is how you lose his attention and gain another cat. Toss the cell phone away or Wingmen Inc will very politely shove it up your ass.

If the first ten rules are too difficult for you to comprehend, you probably aren’t the client for us…because quite honestly…there are forty more, no chance in hell you’ll get through them if you’re already scowling. Buh-Bye.

EXCERPT

Blake let out another pitiful groan. “I don’t think it fits.”

“They measured you. It fits. Just, tell me if it looks okay so we can go.” I checked my watch. “Gabi said dinner was at six, and it’s already a quarter till.”

“This is too much pressure.” Her voice was frantic. “I can’t do this. I mean, how do I know if it looks good? They’re boobs.”

I groaned. “Boobs always look good. Believe me.”

“Boobs are gross!”

Said no man ever. Even the gay ones.

One of the salesladies eyed me up and down. “Are you two okay?”

“Great,” I chirped. “Just having a very heated discussion about the beauty of breasts.” I dipped my chin to Blake’s chest. “What are you? A double D?”

Scowling, she marched off.

Thank God.

“Blake,” I hissed.

No answer.

I’d never had such a difficult client. If anything, they jumped when I told them to, asked how high, and then kept jumping until I was satisfied. Blake fought me at every turn.

“Open the door before I crawl underneath it. I’ll pick the bras, you can close your eyes if you want so you don’t have to watch me look at you, alright? My stomach literally just ate my liver. I need protein. Open. The. Door.”

The door slowly creaked open. Taking advantage of the small crack of air, I pushed it farther, then clicked it shut behind me and turned around.

Blake was facing me, hands on hips, face beet-red, body . . . freaking perfect. My tongue almost lolled out, like a dog.

Most girls starve themselves to have abs like that, which was disgusting. But her abs? They had muscle, actual muscle, but still appeared feminine.

She also had a nice tan, just enough to show that she spent time outside or maybe just had naturally darker skin.

My throat went completely dry as I continued to stare.

“Well?” Her voice was weak. “How awful do I look? On a scale of one to ten?”

I’d convinced her to buy some new workout clothes to replace her old ones. I knew I’d never get her to actually completely change her style. She liked workout clothes? Fine, at least buy the kind that fit and actually point to the correct gender. I tried to steer her away from the boyfriend sweats and sweatshirts, but she eventually wore me down, so I told her if she bought at least five new Pink outfits that had spandex in them, I’d let her get one pair of ugly slouchy sweats. You’d think I’d just given her a million dollars, from her reaction.

Currently, she was sporting a short pair of bright-blue yoga shorts.

And a black push-up sports bra that did wonders for her boobs.

And the world just in general.

Holy shit.

I gulped as I became more and more irritated with the fact that my body was reacting as if it had never seen a girl without her shirt on before. “Blake, it’s great.”

“You sound bored!”

I had to, damn it! What did she want me to do? Sound interested? Turned-on? Intrigued? Curious? I was all those things. I just tried to ignorethe insanity bouncing around in my head and blurted, “Your boobs look really good. Perky, happy, just . . . awesome.”

Did I just call her boobs “happy”?

“You think?” She stared down at her breasts, then grabbed them.

Holy shit, was she seriously feeling herself up? I braced my hand against the door and sucked in a breath.

“They still feel comfortable,” she said.

“Do they?” I managed to choke out while she continued bouncing them a bit in her hands. Dear Lord, did she know what she was doing? Waving a flag in front of a bull. My jeans suddenly tight in all the wrong areas, I tried to envision Lex naked, anything to get my dick to clue in to the word “client,” meaning I was in a no-play zone.

Another first.

It was because I was hungry.

And Marissa? Melissa? Hadn’t satisfied me. I’d gotten off, and made sure she did too, but the entire experience left me feeling empty, bored, and—if I was being completely honest? A bit depressed. Besides, her tits paled in comparison. I had to wonder what the hell I’d been doing all my life if this was the first time I was having such a strong reaction to boobs.

Something about Blake had me wondering if I’d been satisfied at all up until this point. And I had no idea what the hell was so confusing about her, and about the situation. I was unable to put my finger on it, and the more I thought about it the more my head hurt.

Hunger does weird things to guys.

“Yeah.” More bouncing, then turning and staring in the mirror. I wasn’t sure what was worse. Her staring at her own boobs or touching them. “I’m just no good at this stuff. I didn’t grow up with a mom, and I hit puberty really early. The girls made fun of me, and the boys pointed.” Her shoulders slumped inward again.

Could we please go back to the bouncing? I was a fan of that Blake. The one that rolled up like an awkward armadillo? Not so much.

ABOUT RACHEL VAN DYKEN:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris Release Day + Giveaway!

April 5th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

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Rachel Harris’s THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US is already getting swoons from readers everywhere! We can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. Known for her sweet romances, Rachel’s THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US, is no different! Check out everything we have for you on this amazing title and then go grab your copy today. Justin and Peyton’s story is sure to put a smile on your face and keep you turning pages long into the night!

 

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About THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US:

One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who’s forever owned his heart.

Justin Carter has a secret. He’s not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy…and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she’d ever forgive him.

Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she’s done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she’ll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.

For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate’s given him a shot at redemption, he’s determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton…well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.

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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

 

 

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Excerpt

“What do you think are the components of a satisfying, successful marriage?” I ask instead, setting the paper down so he won’t see how badly my hands are shaking.

I avoided the blatantly obvious question, but this one is every bit as pointless. Based on our prior history, it’s almost a given he’ll say there’s no such thing as a successful marriage. Which makes it surprising when he replies:

“Honesty. Commit—”

“Really?” I interrupt with a laugh. “You’re gonna start with honesty? You?”

Justin leans forward, the paper tablecloth crinkling as he rests his elbows on the surface. With the way he stares into my eyes, it’s like he can see straight through to my soul. Maybe Gabi had the right idea hiding behind the menu.

“Yeah,” he answers. “I am. Look, Peyton, I know you don’t believe it, but people change a lot in three years. I’m not the complete asshole you think I am.” I scoff under my breath, and he holds my gaze for another long moment before the thick knot in his throat bobs and he glances away. “At least not anymore.”

A twinge of guilt hits my stomach. Which, when you think about it, is so stupid. He cheated on me! But, luckily, before I can do something even more foolish, like apologize for my well-founded doubts, he turns back and continues.

“Honesty,” he says it again, this time emphasizing the word. He holds up a hand and starts listing components on his long fingers. “Commitment. Telling your wife she’s the most beautiful girl in the room.” He pauses there, three fingers extended, and my hand clenches beneath the table. With a grin, he adds, “Remembering what a lucky bastard you are that she ever chose you in the first place.”

That’s four, according to the tally, and my pulse picks up speed with each uptick.

“Never going to sleep angry.” Five. “Getting all your shit out there before it can build.” Six. “And kissing her every damn chance you get.” Seven.

He leans back, leaving his hands extended in the air, and I just keep staring at his fingers. I chastise myself—stupid heart, he’s not saying these things about YOU!—but the longer the fingers remain up, the longer the moment stretches, the more the air around us shifts. The cool tickle of awareness races up my spine, and as I shiver, chill bumps prick my skin.

Justin’s eyes dip to my arms. The corner of his mouth twitches and as he curls his hands closed, he shrugs. “That’s my opinion, anyway. What about you?”

My opinion? I’m discombobulated.

Before dinner = fully combobulated.

Now = completely and totally without combobs.

“Uh.” My head is void of all thought but I clear my throat, grasping to pull something out of the air. Another trait to list or quality to check that he didn’t already cover.

Since when did the player of Fairfield Academy become a frigging marriage expert?

“Those are good,” I say, stalling as I think about my parents who have, hands down, the most incredible marriage ever. They support each other, they listen, and they make room for daily bouts of silliness. Remembering a few of their more gooberific moments I add, “Laughter.” Justin looks at me. “I think it’s important to laugh with the person you’re in love with.”

He nods as a small smile plays on his lips. “I like that one. You should write it down.”

Oh, right.

We’re not just sitting here, dredging up our pain-filled past for kicks. We’re actually supposed to turn these answers in and use them to begin our joint paper. Grateful for the excuse to break eye contact, I grab my oversized purse and dig for something to write on other than the tiny margin of the question sheet or the butcher-paper tablecloth. Usually I’m much more prepared.

And much more combobulated.

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Review: Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

April 4th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: March 29, 2016

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Series: Cedar Ridge #3

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

SOMETIMES YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN…

After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.

My review:

I’m always hearing people rave about Jill Shalvis and have had her on my to be read list for ages. I finally decided to take the plunge and I really ended up enjoying Nobody But You. I didn’t realize it was part of a series but I had no problem following the story line.

Jacob really stole the show for me. I loved his character and seeing all the different facets that made him who he was. I felt so bad for him while Hudson was giving him a hard time and really wanted to smack Hudson now and then. I mean come on! He did tell Jacob not to come back. Granted it was said in anger but give Jacob some slack. I also fell in love with how sweet he was to Sophie even when she’s the one jumping to the wrong conclusions and then blaming him for it.

Sophie’s character took awhile to grow on me. Initially she turned me off because she kept blaming Jacob for her misconceptions. I really wanted to see her take more ownership for her blow up vs still trying to be angry at Jacob for not realizing that she misunderstood a situation and then for not clearing up said situation. As we learn more about her background I had a little more pity for her and understood her better. I still wouldn’t say she’s one of my favorite heroines but she wasn’t as bad as I first thought.

The story line itself was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the writing style. Small town romances always get me and I definitely want to go back and read the rest of the series.

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Need You For Mine by Marina Adair

March 29th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Need You For Mine by Marina Adair

Source: Received for review

Publication date: March 29, 2016

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Series: Heroes of St. Helena #3

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book:

Every red-blooded male in St. Helena wants Harper Owens…as a friend. Despite her efforts at seduction, Harper seems to be destined to end up alone. The only guy with a knack for unleashing her inner vixen is firefighter and resident rule-breaker Adam Baudouin. Agreeing to a faux-mance could help him secure a promotion—and save her family’s lingerie shop, the Boulder Holder. But playing with fire has consequences. Especially when the flame comes courtesy of St. Helena’s own Five-Alarm Casanova…

None of Adam’s quick-and-easy hookups have prepared him for a connection this extraordinary. There’s more to the milk-and-cookies art teacher that he’d love to explore. But first he has to convince her to trust the town’s most notorious playboy. Even tougher—he’ll have to trust himself to be the real-life hero this warm and sexy woman deserves.

My review:

I’ve been a huge Marina Adair fan since I read Kissing Under the Mistletoe and each hero of every book since has carved their own spot in my heart. I have to say though that I think Adam has become my new favorite. First of all, how can you not lot an uber-sexy fire fighter and then toss in that he has a heart of gold that he hides from most of the world and you get the irresistible Adam Baudouin.

Harper was a quirky character who I came to adore with her combination of spunk, a bit of self doubt and determination to do what she can to help others. It cracked me up how she used all of those magazine articles on how to be sexier.

Adam is where it was really at thought for me in this story. We knew he was a playboy based on the previous books in the series but we start to see a whole hidden side to him throughout the book. Each layer he revealed will have you falling deeper and deeper in love with him. It’s not even so much that he is a total sweetheart but the fact that he actively thinks about how the other person is feeling or would be affected by events and then reacts in a way that helps them and protects them even if his own reputation suffers.

There are plenty of laugh out loud moments throughout the book and once you pick it up you won’t be able to put it down. You really need to pick up Need You For Mine and trust me, you won’t regret it.

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Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

March 28th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Source: Received for review

Publication date: March 29, 2016

Publisher: Avon Books

Series: Rokesbys #1

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places…

This is not one of those times.

Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband… someday.

Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should…

Or not.

There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he’s arrogant, annoying, and she’s absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can’t stand the sight of him, either.

But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor…

Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can’t abide is the one person they can’t live without…

My Review:

I was so sad when I thought the Bridgerton series was over so there was a lot of squeeing when I heard there was a new book. I thought it was going to be the story of the Bridgerton siblings children but it’s actually a prequel that tells the story of Edmund’s older sister, Billie.

Though I did miss all my favorites from the original books I came to adore both Billie and George. Billie is one of those characters that you can relate to because she’s not perfect. She’s got spunk, has her own flaws and she embraces it all because she acts out of love for those closest to her. George took a little longer to grow on me as he initially came across as stuffy but as he loosens up I came to appreciate his dry wit. I loved seeing the sparks fly between he and Billie and seeing their relationship progress.

My one beef with the story was the ending seemed to happen so quickly and almost felt anti-climatic. Still it was great to be back in the Bridgerton world. I cannot wait for the other Rokesby brothers’ stories as well!

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Review: Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty

March 16th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Nobody's Goddess by Amy McNulty

Source: Received for review

Publisher: Month9Books

Publication date: April 21, 2015

Rating: ★★½☆☆

About the book:

In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll isn’t in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.

My review:

The premise of this book was fascinating and I was so intrigued to find out how it would be implemented. The world building was interesting but the main character was such a turn off I had a hard time finishing the book. I kept reading thinking it was going to be one of those books where the heroine grow and not be so irritating by the end of the book. Sadly that didn’t happen. From beginning to end Noll was so self centered and concerned about her love she could never have. All of her actions stem from this infatuation and it’s hard to believe someone could be so focused on herself that even when she ends up hurting others she still circles back to how unfair things are for herself. I even felt bad for the supposed villain in the book because I actually feel her actions were so much worse than his. I kept telling myself she was young but I find it hard to imagine even someone so young being that self involved knowing the consequences of many of her actions especially since in this world they seemed to be raised from a young age to be more responsible.

The series has potential in that like I mentioned, I thought the world building was well done but Noll definitely needs to stop being so self-centered.

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New March Bliss Releases for Sweet Romance Lovers

March 15th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Two new sweet romances you won’t want to miss!

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About the book:

When bad weather closes the airport, free-spirited Jules Bloom finds herself stuck with the admittedly hot but total suit Dexter Elliott. One night and one large pitcher of “Vegas Sunrise” later, Jules wakes up in a hotel bed with a vicious hangover…wearing nothing but a wedding ring.

Determined not to ruin his brother’s wedding, Dexter strikes a deal with the frustratingly gorgeous Jules to continue their quickie marriage through the weekend. Only she keeps getting under his skin in unexpected ways.

Jules has her own reasons for staying married to Dex but they seem less important with each exaggerated touch and staged kiss. But one marriage, one major secret, and two complete opposites don’t add up to a happily ever after…

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About the book:

Derek Carmichael has harbored a secret crush on his best friend’s older sister for years, but she’s always been out of his reach. Now that Hannah is back in their hometown and newly single, suddenly the five-year age gap doesn’t seem so huge. But convincing her to see him as more than just the kid she used to know is another story.

Hannah Willmett can’t believe how grown-up Derek Carmichael has become. The troubled kid from her youth has turned into a sexy, successful TV celebrity, but Hannah’s wary of his player past and the rampant rumors connecting him to beautiful socialites. Still, she can’t help but give in when their attraction reaches a boiling point.

Trying to keep their fling a secret from her overprotective brother is one thing, but when Hannah finds herself unexpectedly expecting, her life is thrown upside down. She and Derek may be becoming parents together, but that’s no basis for a happily-ever-after.

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