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Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Bluestocking Christmas By Monica Burns




A Bluestocking Christmas (Novella)

By Monica Burns

Disclaimer: I got the ARC copy from the Author via The Enchantress of Book Blog Tours.

Blurb: 


Sinful words, wicked pleasures and a ghost all add up to A Bluestocking Christmas with a Dickens of a twist.



As a young man, Simon, Viscount Wycombe learned the painful truth that a tradesman’s daughter is suitable only for liaisons and nothing more. But Ivy Beecham is a far cry from his preconceived notions, and he’s determined to have her. But when she rejects him, it only increases his determination to seduce her into a world of sin and pleasure.



Ivy Beecham knows first-hand that handsome aristocrats like Simon can’t be trusted. But the intellectual scoundrel is hellbent on making her his mistress, using every means at his seductive disposal. When she refuses to give away her heart on Christmas Eve, a ghostly specter shows her in one night why her surrender can be the greatest gift of all.





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The Review

To be honest, I am in a bit of a yo-yo position regarding this book. If I take just the story line and follow Miss. Ivy Beecham and her love for Simon, I would be truely impressed. A love story with a moral. Any time works for me. 

Ivy had a difficult childhood with her aunt and uncle, after the death of her parents. She was looked down upon just because her father was not from the nobility but was a tradesman. If she had any moments of love and understanding, it was from her cousin Caroline. So, when it was Caroline who betrayed her and took away her first love, she could not bear it nor forgive Caroline. Now fate had changed their destiny and Caroline was the destitute with three kids and Ivy was the heiress. But Ivy found it hard to forgive and in the process jeopardised her relation with her own true love, Simon. 

Now enters the Christmas spirit of forgiveness in the form of a ghost who takes Ivy through her life making her realise what she has and what she might lose. Beautiful isn't it?

But for all the romance lovers out there, there is nothing angelic about this book. It is HOT. The love scenes studded in this book makes it rather a erotic historical Romance. Simon knows he wants Ivy, though he has reservation about the common class, stemmed from losing his girlfriend to his father. [OUCH!!!!] So when his nephew told him that he had made acquaintance with a certain lady from the common class, Simon was out to protect him, only to fall in love with her. He found that she was not only attractive but very well read and could match him in prose or  poetry from the lines for Wilde or Eliot. [Here I would like to add that the way Monica Burns had used quotations is commendable and shows are aptitude for reading]
Rating....


Reasoning....

I loved the story line and even if it is an erotic fiction, each page turner almost having a love scene is a bit too much. [ again can be a selling factor].

Another problem I had was the abruptness of Caroline's story. I am sure many would argue that she is not a part of this story but there are many questions left hanging with reference to her [unlesss there is a prequel which I am not aware of]. Moreove with regard to her, Ivy came out to be very stubborn and instead of sympathising with her, you tend to get angry at her. But Simon makes up for all her faults.

Would I recommend... Definitely. But for Chirstmas? Depends... what kind of Christmas you are planning to have :) [I really should search for a smiley with a wink]



About the Author


A bestselling author of spicy historical and paranormal romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. Her historical book awards include the 2011 RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice Award and the 2012 Gayle Wilson Heart of Excellence Award for Pleasure Me. She is also the recipient of the prestigious paranormal romance award, the 2011 PRISM Best of the Best award for Assassin’s Heart. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.


You can find Monica here: 

            

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cover Reveal Blitz: "Sworn to Conflict" by Terah Edun



Book Blurb:

Ciardis Weathervane fought for the living dead and won. But worse than taking on a mass murderer, was her discovery that she had been deceived by her friends. Now she needs to not only fight a war in the North and survive, but also decide where she stands in the midst of competing sides.

A threat to all she holds dear lies in the North and her heart is not the only thing she might lose. A massive army awaits in the mountain pass, surging closer to the gates of the southern lands. Nothing the Algardis army has done so far has dissuaded their march forward and Ciardis finds out that her powers to enhance are needed now more than ever.

As she faces her greatest fears on the battlefields and her heart is torn between her love of Sebastian and loyalty to her family, Ciardis must choose her fate carefully. For in her path, lies the destiny of the empire.



This third novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from “Sworn To Transfer”.


Release Date: December 6th 2013


Series Order Links:

Sworn To Raise (Book One)





Buy links:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Itunes



Sworn To Transfer (Book Two)




Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Meet the Author :

Terah Edun's latest YA Fantasy novel, SWORN TO TRANSFER, published on September 17, 2013. Book Three, SWORN TO CONFLICT, will release in December 2013. Her next projects include a new YA Fantasy novel with a girl determined to change the odds on the streets of the city she knows best - Sandrin.

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Giveaway: 
1 Signed “Sworn to Transfer” paperback
1 “Sworn to Conflict” eARC
1 eBook of “Sworn to Raise” or “Sworn to Transfer” 








Monday, October 14, 2013

Love Lessons By Heidi Cullinan









Name of the Book :Love Lessons 

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publication : Samhain Publishing

Disclaimer: I got the ARC of this novel as a part of the blog tour by The Enchantress of Book Blog Tours in exchange of my honest opinion.


Blurb: 
Love doesn't come with a syllabus.

Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn't so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus.


Worst of all, he’s landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.

Walter Lucas doesn't believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible…except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view.


As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class…and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last.

Warning: This story contains lingering glances, milder than usual sexual content for this author, and a steamy dance-floor kiss. Story has no dairy or egg content, but may contain almonds.



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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Westbound Awakening by Hildie McQueen





Westbound Awakening 

By Hildie McQueen


Blurb: 

Captain John McClain finds himself on the wrong end of a shotgun when attempting to find his child. Heading west to find the mother of his son and the outlaw who shot him, John is forced to escort an enticing woman whose lifestyle goes against every one of his moral standards, yet she calls to every part of him.

Heading west to meet the dying father she never knew, and possibly starting a new life, Mae Hawkins didn’t expect the added complication of traveling with the one man she always loved.

When they're joined along the road by a minister and his wife, things get beyond complicated for John and Mae who awaken to the lesson that sometimes differences are more imagined than real in this unforgettable journey.



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The Review

She…

She is Mae Hawkins. Born out of wedlock, her mother is forced to run a brothel in Virginia. Mae grows up in this atmosphere but remains chaste and later takes up the running of the brothel. She is brought up by a loving lady and her daughter. Though she is a very tough businesswoman but when Captain John McLain comes to her brothel, hurt and feverish- she goes out of her way to cure him.


He….

He is Captain John McLain. After he meets Mae, he is very much attracted to her. But then there are two things which stands in his way… her profession and his amputation.


The Story….

Set up in the Texan background, this story brings alive the rough terrain of Texas. Mae travels from Virginia to Texas along with John to meet the man who had fathered her. They fall in love along the way but due to Mae’s profession first and then due to the amputation of his left leg,John holds back. In the meantime , he comes to know that a previous love affair has left him with a son.

Mae takes on his son and falls in love with the small boy as if he was his own. The three of them have everything going great for them except John’s stubbornness.


Ratings….



Reasoning…

The reason why I am taking a star away is due to the fact that I found the conflict of the story a bit mild. The characters are well written and Mae is really  strong and beautiful woman. Even if she is from the brothel , her dignity and mannerisms will captivate the readers. My lukewarm reaction was for John’s pigheadedness. He was a bit too confused and from the position he was in, he should not be he one cribbing about Mae. He got the better deal.

I suppose I am championing Mae in this story. J


About the Author

Hildie McQueen loves storytelling and unusual settings, pair that with humor and you've got an idea of what her writing is like.


She makes sure action, intrigue, and sizzling romance add up to a story, her readers won’t soon forget. Her favorite past-times are traveling, shopping and reading. She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt and two unruly Chihuahuas.


You can meet er at.....

          





Giveaway

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Carrots by Colleen Helme



Blurb: 
Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer. The next thing she knows, she's lying on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. Luckily, the bullet only grazes her scalp, and she doesn't suspect any lasting affects until later, when she suddenly 'hears' what people are thinking. With this uncanny ability, her life takes on a whole new dimension. Her kids think she's bossy and too old to understand them, but that's nothing compared to her husband. He says he loves her, but what is it about the redhead at work that he doesn't want her to know? As if that isn't enough, the gunman knows she can identify him, and he's out to silence her forever. In her fight to stay alive, she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime. This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone's thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.





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Thoughts of the Reviewer.....

It all began because she had to buy Carrots! If Shelby did not stop to buy carrots in the supermarket, she would not have been a victim of a shop robbery and had a head injury but luckily it was not fatal and the bullet had just grazed her scalp. After she regains her consciousness she finds that she can hear people! So what is so great about it? She can hear those things which are not spoken yet. In other words, she can hear the thoughts of people. What I would not give to have this giftJ

But is this gift a boon or a curse? Her husband Chris certainly feel uncomfortable around her, feeling that the privacy of his mind was being invaded. Though he tried to be as understanding as possible ( and he is quite a cute character), the distance between them started increasing specially when Shelby got a job without telling him.

But what would the poor gal do? Chris’s co-worker Kate is after him. When Shelby could hear her thoughts, she decides not to take it meekly. Little did she know that Kate was connected to a man from the underworld whom she called Uncle Joey. Uncle Joey takes matters in his own hand and ‘picks’ up Shelby to warn her. Shelby thinks her life is in danger and makes it known that she can read minds. Uncle Joey takes it as an opportunity to read the minds of his opponents.

On the other hand Detective Harris from the police force, who had investigated the shop robbery, gets to know about Shelby’s gift and he too wants her on their side to solve some crimes. (Not to forget that her hubby, Chris is also standing in the line as her list of potential client.)

Now Shelby is in a dilemma. On one hand she is asked to work for Uncle Joey and on the other hand she feels it is her duty to help the police. Even Chris wants her in his law office to help him around. So Shelby the housewife suddenly makes a niche for herself in her life and basks in the feeling of  importance.

But after a few forced robberies by Uncle Joey and being in  the middle of a bomb blast, she decides she had enough. But then getting out of the clutches of Uncle Joey was very tough. He had eyes everywhere and also enemies. But even Uncle Joey had not counted on one enemy to show their true colors. And when the person does it, even Shelby is shocked.


Would Shelby be able to come out of the situation unscathed or would she lose all, her husband, her kids or even her life? Or would fate intervene and she would get her old life back?

And then there is Ramos... scary yet cute.... :) shshshhs........

Rating…. 








Reasoning….

The story is funny And I really mean this. I had been reading this book while waiting for my daughter to come out of her guitar class. And I saw passerby’s giving me some funny looks. I then realized I was laughing sporadically even without realizing it.

The story is webbed intricately and I liked the fast pace of the story. I wanted to reach the end. In fact when I could not read this book I had put it up in audio mode and heard it while driving. The characters are beautifully etched and what I loved about Shelby’s character is that she is not without faults. Greed plays a role when she wants to buy a car or her admiration for the dimples of the Detective while she hated the way how Kate was flirting with her husband.

Not for a moment, did I want to keep this book aside. A very interesting and fast paced read. 

About the Author

 A long career as a wife and mother while juggling several part-time jobs gave Colleen the ambition to dream of being a published author, where she could put her imagination to good use. Now instead of making up stories to tell her children, she writes books they love to read. Hopefully you will too. She is the author of three romantic fantasy novels, Songbird, Flame of Destiny and The Relic. Her Shelby Nichols Adventures include Carrots, Fast Money, Lie or Die, Secrets That Kill, and Trapped By Revenge coming soon!