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Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

October 14th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Publication date: April 1, 2018

Publisher: DAW

Series: The Kingkiller Chronicles #1

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book

MY NAME IS KVOTHE

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature–the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

My Thoughts

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a fantasy book but it’s been a favorite genre of mine since I first started reading. I still remember devouring David Eddings books, Anne McCaffrey and Piers Anthony many a year ago so it was nice re-visiting this genre. Patrick Rothfuss came highly recommended so when I saw this one go on sale I snatched it up.

I was blown away and had a hard time putting this book down. The world building was amazing and the style of writing draws you in and makes you lose track of the hours as you read. Reading Kvothe’s story about growing up and all the trials and tribulations he’s gone through will make you cry, laugh and blow you away. I had to go look for book 2 even before I finished this one and couldn’t wait to start reading. The only downside I can think of is that I saw that it’s been YEARS since book 2 came out and I’m hoping book 3 will come out soon.

If you’re looking for your next great fantasy read definitely pick up The Name of the Wind!

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Review: Couldn’t Ask for More by Kianna Alexander

October 2nd, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: October 2, 2018

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Series: Brothers of Theta Delta Theta #2

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book

“A lush, beautifully written story about the indelible mark of first love. Intelligent, fresh, and utterly lovely.” —KRISTAN HIGGINS for Back to Your Love

They’ll discover exactly what happens when you mix business with pleasure…

Bryan James’s job is on thin ice. His dad has threatened to boot him from his executive position at the family textile company–unless he can score a major contract with a popular design house. Bryan knows his best friend’s younger sister can help, but her terms and conditions are more than he bargained for.

Alexis Devers’s debut fashion line is a hit. But when Alexis’s publicist tells buyers that it landed her a wealthy and handsome fiance, Alexis needs to come up with a fake fiance–fast. Bryan’s offer to strike a deal is perfectly timed. She’s more than willing…as long as he plays the role. Luckily, Alexis would never do something as silly as falling for her brother’s best friend…

My Thoughts

This book was by no means bad but I found it hard to fall in love with any of the characters. Bryan was fine and Alexis was fine but there wasn’t anything in particular about either that made me fall in love with them. Yes, Bryan is a hottie and is really kind but his issues with his dad and cousin seemed a little one dimensional. Alexis’s character was creative but again lacked that certain sparkle to make her memorable. I think we were supposed to like her more because of the side story involving her sister but that seemed a little random to me and didn’t fit in smoothly with the rest of the book. The conflict at the end seemed rushed as did the resolution. So again while I didn’t dislike it, it definitely was a slower moving book that never completely drew me in.

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Blog Tour: Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis Review + Giveaway

September 25th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

 

In which our sexy hero wakes up with a woman in his bed and
no memory of how that happened. Did he miss the good stuff?

 

Hot Winter Nights
Heartbreaker Bay – Book 6
Jill Shalvis
Avon Books
Rating: ★★★★☆
Who needs mistletoe?
 
Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with
her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

 

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas . . .

My Thoughts

Jill Shalvis never fails to deliver a delightful read that will definitely make your day. Molly’s appearances in past books made me curious to see how her story would unfold and she doesn’t disappoint. Combined with the uber sexy Lucas, this book is definitely a winner.

The chemistry between Molly and Lucas is sizzling but I also loved how they both respected each other and as much as it might rankle they didn’t try to cut each other out of their part in the investigation into the “bad Santa”. So many times it grates me when a hero tries to cut out the heroine because it’s “too dangerous” or when the heroine rushes into an obviously dangerous situation just because they have to prove their independence. Molly and Lucas don’t fall into that trap. They’re both strong characters and they accept that about each other while at the same time not letting the other steam roll them.

The story line itself was cute and extremely satisfying to read. Though Jill Shalvis already has me clamoring for Caleb’s story.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary
romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also
a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold
worldwide.
 

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Review: An Earl Like You by Caroline Linden

September 18th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: August 28, 2018

Publisher: Avon

Series: The Wagers of Sin #2

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book

When you gamble at love…

When Hugh Deveraux discovers his newly inherited earldom is bankrupt, he sets about rebuilding the family fortune—in the gaming hells of London. But the most daring wager he takes isn’t at cards. A wealthy tradesman makes a tantalizing offer: marry the man’s spinster daughter, and Hugh’s debts will be paid and his fortune made. The only catch is that she must never know about their agreement.

You risk losing your heart…

Heiress Eliza Cross has given up hope of marriage until she meets the impossibly handsome Earl of Hastings, her father’s new business partner. The earl is everything a gentleman should be, and is boldly attentive to her. It doesn’t take long for Eliza to lose her heart and marry him.

But when Eliza discovers that there is more to the man she loves—and to her marriage—her trust is shattered. And it will take all of Hugh’s power to prove that now his words of love are real.

My Thoughts

I haven’t read the first book in this series but I didn’t feel lost at all when reading this one. I really liked both the hero and the heroine. I felt like Eliza fell a little too easily for Hugh but being a wallflower myself I can see how his attention could make her feel so special. Watching the two of them get to know each other was wonderful though and it was a pleasure watching them fall in love. Hugh’s sister ticked me off though and I wanted to shake her for being so self-centered for a good deal of the book but she did redeem herself in the end. The entire book was a pleasure to read even though you know the characters are heading into trouble and you wish you could save them the heartache. I’ll definitely be looking for more books from this author!

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Review: Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery

September 18th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: HQN

Publication date: September 18, 2018

Series: Happily Inc. #3

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book

Natalie Kaleta will do anything for the artists at her gallery, including risk life, limb and the effect of humidity on her naturally curly hair. Braving a downpour to check on reclusive Ronan Mitchell, Natalie gets stranded by a mudslide at his mountain home, where the brooding glass artist reveals his playful side, sending her inconvenient crush from under-the-radar to over-the-top.

After a secret tore apart his family and made him question his sense of self, Ronan fled his hometown for Happily Inc, but the sunny small town can’t fix his damaged heart. He won’t give in to his attraction for beautiful, perpetually cheerful Natalie. She’s untouched by darkness—or so he thinks.

Natalie knows that when a heart goes through the flame, it comes out stronger. Life may not be a fairy tale, but sometimes dreams do come true. Why not this one? Why not tonight?

My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series and since we first meet the Mitchell brothers in Fool’s Gold I was eager to dive into this new series off-shoot. I’ll admit when I first tried to read the first book, You Say It First, I didn’t finish the book and always meant to go back one day. This one, on the other hand, grabbed me right off the bat and I fell in love with it.

The opening scene is perfect and I loved Natalie off the bat. I did swoon over Ronan but I have to confess that there were many times I wanted to smack him across the back of his head for the anger he felt towards his mom. I get he was in shock and felt hurt but he totally disregards all the love and support his mom has provided him his entire life. I was so glad when Natalie finally helps him mend fences.

Natalie and Ronan are perfect together. They both helped push each other when needed and they are just the sweetest couple together. I enjoyed this story so much I went back to You Say It First and read the entire thing. I’m glad I did because while I still love Ronan’s story more, Nick’s story was still a lot of fun.

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Boston Fire by Shannon Stacey Blog Tour

September 9th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

 

From New York Times bestselling author SHANNON STACEY…

Meet the tough, dedicated men of BOSTON FIRE—and the women who turn their lives upside down.

When faced with the opportunity to change shifts while staying in the same house, veteran firefighter Derek Gilman jumps at the chance. His new schedule means not working Saturdays, which means more time to spend with his two kids. His divorce may have been amicable, but being a firefighter and a single dad is a lot to juggle. And when fate brings a gorgeous, wealthy woman into his life, he’s pretty sure he can’t handle more than he already is.

Olivia McGovern loves plans. She planned to start her own business and planned its growth. It’s earning her seven figures now, but her personal life simply doesn’t exist. Getting trapped in a broken elevator figures in exactly nowhere, and freaking out in front of a sexy firefighter definitely isn’t on the agenda. Especially not one with two kids and an ex.

What would have been a random incident with an attractive stranger becomes something more when a charity event brings them back together. They’re from different sides of the tracks, literally—with friends, family and careers to consider. But as Derek and Olivia are discovering, chemistry doesn’t allow for plans, and love doesn’t bother with logistics.

Don’t miss the entire Boston Fire series by Shannon Stacey! Heat Exchange, Controlled Burn, Fully Ignited and Hot Response are available now!

Publication Date
August 28, 2018

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To celebrate the release of UNDER CONTROL by Shannon Stacey, we’re giving away a $25 Amazon gift card!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to internationally. One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Carina Press.  Giveaway ends 9/11/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Limit one entry per reader. Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

About Shannon Stacey

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author SHANNON STACEY lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and off-roading with her friends and family. You can contact Shannon through her website, www.shannonstacey.com, as well as sign up for her newsletter.

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Review: Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

September 4th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Publication date: September 4, 2018

Series: 21 Wall Street #2

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book

Twenty-eight and filthy rich, Matt Cannon is the youngest broker on Wall Street. He may be a “boy wonder,” but he’s every inch a man. Ask any woman—any night. But when Matt’s latest fling makes scandalous headlines, his clients get anxious, and his bosses at Wolfe Investments level an ultimatum: keep his assets zipped, get a “real” girlfriend, and clean up his act. Only one woman can help Matt with something this hard.

For PR genius Sabrina Cross, the best fixer in Manhattan, playing Matt’s steady is going to be a challenge, even if it’s just for show. They already have an explosive history, she can’t stand the cocky party boy, and worse—she can’t stop thinking about him. So who’ll dare to break her “no touching” rule first? Because when that happens, Matt and Sabrina’s game of let’s pretend will get so hot it could set both their reputations on fire.

My Thoughts

This is the second book in the 21 Wall Street series and I was so excited to dive in. I loved the first book, Hot Asset, and couldn’t wait to read Matt and Kennedy’s stories. Matt was a fun hero and I loved Sabrina’s character. We had briefly met her in the first book but we finally get the backstory between why she and Matt are constantly bickering despite them both being good friends with Ian.

The chemistry between Sabrina and Matt was HOT! I felt bad for Matt because when we finally find out why she’s been so angry and mean towards him it felt a bit blown out of proportion. So once she finally let’s go and their relationship starts to transition from enemies to more lovers I was so happy for Matt. You could tell he’s a great guy and he truly felt bad for his past comments to Sabrina.

All in all this was a solid romance but I have to admit it’s Kennedy’s story that I’m really on pins and needles waiting for.

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Review: When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath

August 21st, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: August 21, 2018

Publisher: Avon

Series: Sins for All Seasons #2

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book

Gillie Trewlove knows what a stranger’s kindness can mean, having been abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and raised by the woman who found her there. So, when suddenly faced with a soul in need at her door—or the alleyway by her tavern—Gillie doesn’t hesitate. But he’s no infant. He’s a grievously injured, distractingly handsome gentleman who doesn’t belong in Whitechapel, much less recuperating in Gillie’s bed.

Being left at the altar is humiliating; being rescued from thugs by a woman—albeit a brave and beautiful one—is the pièce de résistance to the Duke of Thornley’s extraordinarily bad day. After nursing him back from the brink, Gillie agrees to help him comb London’s darker corners for his wayward bride. But every moment together is edged with desire and has Thorne rethinking his choice of wife. Yet Gillie knows the aristocracy would never accept a duchess born in sin. Thorne, however, is determined to prove to her that no obstacle is insurmountable when a duke loves a woman.

My Thoughts

This is only my second book by Lorraine Heath and I wasn’t sure how I felt about her writing. I definitely enjoyed this book more and I really enjoyed Gillie’s character. She’s not the stereotypical historical romance heroine. I did like that she was strong, independent and self-confident. I’m not as much of a fan of Thorne. He was ok but honestly I can’t remember much about him now that it’s been about a week since I finished this book. The story itself was enjoyable and we do get a little bit of background into what I’m assuming is the next book about Finn and Thorne’s former fiancee.

All in all this was an enjoyable book but the hero was a little too bland for my tastes.

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