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Review: Stormy Persuasion by Johanna Lindsey

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

Stormy Persuasion by Johanna Lindsey

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: June 10, 2014

Publisher: Gallery Books

Series: Malory-Anderson series #11

Rating: ★★★★☆

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

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

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

My Review

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

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

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

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Waiting on Wednesday: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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

Waiting on Wednesday

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

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

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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

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

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

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

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No Limits by Lori Foster Blog Tour

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

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

No Limits by Lori Foster

Excerpt

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

Too bad, because none of them would touch her.

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

The only question was how soon.

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

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

As Tipton had said, she was guarded.

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

Or his thighs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You’re pretty amazing.”

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

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

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

A turn-on…

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

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

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

 

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Review: Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan

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

Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: August 19, 2014

Publisher: I believe this was self-published

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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

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

My Review

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

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

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

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Deal Alert: Young Adult Titles

September 8th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

On sale for $1.99!

About the book: Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.

Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.

But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning 21st century faery tale.

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Ten by Gretchen McNeil

On sale for $1.99!

About the book:

From Possess author Gretchen McNeil comes this teen horror novel inspired by Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Perfect for fans of Christopher Pike’s Chain Letter and Lois Duncan’s I Know What You Did Last Summer, Ten will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page!

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.

With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

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Review: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

September 4th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Source: NetGalley

Publication date: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.

My Review

Initially I passed over this book because the cover turned me off but then I saw it was written by Kami Garcia so I had to read it. This book is the perfect example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. I was drawn in from beginning to end!

If you are a fan of the TV series Supernatural then you definitely will want to pick this one up. I loved that show and this book has a similar feel to it including a sexy pair of brothers. I am already in love with Jared and once I found out the reason for the tension between Jared and Lukas I felt so bad for Jared and I just wanted to wrap him in a big, squeezy hug.

Then we have Kennedy. I have mixed feelings about her. When she first joins up with the other Legion members she is considered as a liability by some and she truly is. So much so I found it a bit irritating and yet I feel like it almost makes her more real because I know I wouldn’t do much better in her spot but I wish she weren’t so whiny. My other issue with her was how quickly she fell for Jared. Don’t get me wrong, I think both brothers are sexy and my heart went out to Jared but it was like she fell for him with no basis for the attraction almost upon meeting him. Forget that Lukas was the sweetheart to her. She had to go with the moody, brooding brother. I suppose it must be that attraction to bad boys that a lot of women have.

The story itself was fast moving and like I said I was totally sucked in. I cannot wait for Unmarked to come out!

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Review: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

September 2nd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: September 9, 2014

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book: A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk… 

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction. 

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be… 

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

My Review

Gah! This book is so hard to write a review for. I absolutely adore Nalini Singh and was so excited when she offered me a review copy. I literally squealed and did a little happy dance. I was a little nervous because it is a contemporary New Adult but I’ve enjoyed the New Adult books I’ve read so far so I figured why not.

Now the hard part…I actually found the first half of this book painful to read. Yes, it had the NA elements you would expect and like many of the NA books out there today it had sex, A LOT of sex. In fact, the sex seemed to dominate the story and I was turned off at the insta-love between Molly and Fox. Fox sees one hug between Molly and her sister and all of sudden just knows that she’s the one for him. On the other end Molly who has some serious issues about being in the public eye just has to agree to a one month arrangement with one of the biggest rock stars in the world because of the lust she feels. Seriously?!

BUT I will say the second half of the book was much better. Once they got past the insta-lust/love and committed to more than the 30 day agreement the story definitely took a turn for the better. It was refreshing to meet a couple that actually knew how to communicate. A majority of the time it seems like authors will choose to have the major conflict be some big misunderstanding that explodes because both sides refuse to actually just sit down and talk about the problem. Instead when Molly was having those insidious jealousy issues she behaved like a grown up and actually brought it up with Fox and what do you know, they were able to work through it and come out the stronger couple.

I do have to say the supporting characters were my favorite parts though. I cannot wait to read David’s story and all about the memos he writes to woo Molly’s sister, I have to know what Noah’s dark secret is, what happens with Charlotte and Mr. T-Rex, etc. There were so many tantalizing side stories that even though this wasn’t a favorite I will definitely be checking the rest of the series out.

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Waiting on Wednesday: In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

September 2nd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Waiting on Wednesday

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

My first for this week is In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken which releases on October 28, 2014.

In the Afterlight

About the book: Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds. 

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IANN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

August 26th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Waiting on Wednesday

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

My first for this week is Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini which releases on September 2, 2014.

Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

About the book: This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

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Deal Alert: YA & Romance

August 26th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

YA

Mind Games by Kiersten White

On sale for $1.99!

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. 

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

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Adult Romance

Summer in Napa by Marina Adair

I love, love, love Marina Adair!!

On sale for $1.99

When Alexis “Lexi” Moreau caught her husband, Jeff, sampling the sous-chef’s more intimate wares in their New York restaurant, she ran—all the way back to her hometown of St. Helena, California. Six months later, Lexi has no husband and no restaurant. But she does have a three-step plan: First, convert her grandmother’s bakery into her dream bistro. Second, ignore Grandma’s matchmaking attempts. And third, avoid Marco DeLuca, her ex’s commitment-phobic, distractingly sexy best friend.

In school Lexi was off-limits for Marco. After all, she was his buddy’s girl. But she’s still as smart and as gorgeous—and apparently as immune to his charms—as she used to be. Yet the simple fake romance they agree upon to dodge Lexi’s grandmother’s matchmaking plans soon turns deliciously complicated. And the sultry summer might bring together all the right ingredients for Marco to win the only woman he’s ever wanted.

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Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

On sale for $1.99!

The Grave Ends Here.

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones.  They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights.  Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.  And if they fail, their lives–and those of everyone they hold dear– will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

Final novel in the Night Huntress series.

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