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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Review: Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare did it again! This book did not disappoint! And is anyone else trying to sing the title to the tune of Do You Wanna Build a Snowman or is it just me?

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: September 27, 2016

On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library. Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan? Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall? Perhaps the butler did it.

All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn’t her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers’ true identity, she’ll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville—the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she’s ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn’t got a clue.

But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh-so-proper marquess can pick locks, land punches, tease with sly wit . . . and melt a woman’s knees with a single kiss. The only thing he guards more fiercely than Charlotte’s safety is the truth about his dark past.

Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte’s feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who’s sworn to never love?

What is an unmarried miss to do when she is caught in the middle of what promises to be an epic scandal with an equally unmarried marquess? Well Charlotte Highwood stubbornly sets out to find out the identity of the mystery lovers at the Parkhurst Ball. If she doesn't, she's going to have to marry Piers Brandon, the Marquess of Granville aka the coldest, most unfeeling man she's ever met. Only, when Piers and Charlotte are alone, he's not as cold and unfeeling as everyone believes. Working together brings out the best and worst in them and may not lead to solving the building mystery of just who was in the library with Piers and Charlotte that night?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Inkslinger Blog Tour: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis (Review, Excerpt & Giveaway)

Just in time for the holiday season, a REALLY good holiday romance by a new-to-me author! Let's officially kick off the holiday season with this one yeah? I'm definitely going to check out more books by Jill Shalvis!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.

Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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     A guy stood on the other side of the glass, mouth grim, expression dialed to Tall, Dark and Attitude-ridden. He was something too, all gorgeous and broody and –hold up. There was something familiar about him, enough that her feet propelled her forward out of pure curiosity. When it hit her halfway to the door, she froze, her heart just about skidding to a stop.

     “Keane Winters,” she murmured, lip curling like she’d just eaten a black licorice. She hated black licorice. But she was looking at the only man on the planet who could make her feel all puckered up as well as good about her decision to give up men.

     In fact, if she’d only given them up sooner, say back on the day of the Sadie Hawkins dance in her freshman year of high school when he’d stood her up, she’d have saved herself a lot of heartache in the years since.

     On the other side of the door, Keane shoved his mirrored sunglasses to the top of his head, revealing dark chocolate eyes that she knew could melt when he was amused or feeling flirtatious, or turn to ice when he was so inclined.

     They were ice now.

     Catching her gaze, he lifted a cat carrier. A bright pink bedazzled carrier.

     He had a cat.

     Her entire being wanted to soften at this knowledge because that meant on some level at least he had to be a good guy, right?

     Luckily her brain clicked on, remembering everything, every little detail of that long ago night. Like how she’d had to borrow a dress for the dance from a girl in her class who’d gleefully lorded it over her, how she’d had to beg her foster mother to let her go, how she’d stolen a Top Ramen from the locked pantry and eaten it dry in the bathroom so she wouldn’t have to buy both her dinner and his, as was custom for the “backward” dance.

     “We’re closed,” she said through the still locked glass door.

     Not a word escaped his lips. He simply raised the cat carrier another inch, like he was God’s gift.

     And he had been. At least in high school.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Favorite Character Friday: Josie!

Favorite Character Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Adria's Romance Reviews that gives readers a chance to celebrate their favorite characters!

Why a weekly meme? Because really, with millions of books out there and more coming out every week, characters are like potato chips, you can't have just one.

How it works: Every week you pick one of your favorite characters and tell every one who it is, what book they're from and WHY they're one of your favorite characters. Be sure to include the blurb and book cover as well! Share the love and maybe someone will read that same book and see why that character is one of your favorites! Unlike the Book Boyfriend meme (which was a great meme), your Favorite Character Fridays choice can be male or female!

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Favorite Character: Josephine Carlisle

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne

Okay So I can really get behind a wedding themed romance series like this one!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: July 25, 2016

Discovering her fiancĂ© is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet—if slightly spoiled—hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya's fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiancĂ© is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning…is theirs?

Wedding planner Brooke Baldwin left Los Angeles for New York City to try and forget that on her wedding day, her husband-to-be was dragged away in handcuffs because he was an international conman. Her first bridal client in New York is someone Brooke can’t help but like but her client’s brother is another story and she has to deal with him on a regular basis because he’s footing the bill.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: An Affair in Winter by Jess Michaels

And here I thought The Woodleys were the height of my reading enjoyment from Jess Michaels. Nope. This one was full of win!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: The Passionate Pen
Release Date: July 12, 2016

Widow Rosalinde Wilde is on her way to her beloved sister’s wedding when an unexpected storm waylays her at an overcrowded inn. There she meets a tempting stranger who sweeps her into a night of unforgettable passion.

Lord Grayson never expected a night with the irresistible Mrs. Wilde, but she was a welcome distraction from the unpleasant duty of breaking up his brother’s impending nuptials. He’s shocked when he discovers his passionate lover is none other than the sister of his brother’s intended.

Now Rosalinde and Gray will butt heads, even as their simmering desire for each other threatens to boil over. Who will win? And who might lose it all?

On her way to her sister’s wedding, widowed Rosalinde Wilde gets caught in a storm and ends up stranded at an overcrowded inn. Overnight she has a passionate encounter with a mysterious stranger that leaves her feeling unsettled.

Intent on breaking up his brother’s engagement to a woman he deems unworthy, Lord Greyson welcomed the distraction in the form of an irresistible woman. When he arrives at his brother’s home though he’s shocked to find that Mrs. Wilde is none other than the sister of the woman his brother is engaged to.

Now Grey and Rosalinde have a two battles to fight, the one against each other over the impending wedding, and the very real and strong attraction between them.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review: Addicted by Elle Kennedy (+ Music Selection)

So just how does a Friends-to-Lovers story go in a dystopian world created by the superbly talented Elle Kennedy? Well for one thing, it’s dirrrrrty!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Signet
Release Date: June 28, 2016

Lennox used to live in a paradise on earth with his best friend Jamie, in a place where visitors came and went, allowing their desires to run free. But everything changes when a deadly attack forces them to take up with Connor Mackenzie's band of Outlaws. Lennox knows Jamie is hung up on someone else, but he's always believed he's the man for her—and won't let her go without a fight.

Even though Jamie is well aware that Lennox is one hot specimen of a man, she refuses to let sex ruin the most important relationship in her life. But when the object of her interest spurns her, she indulges in a little pleasure-filled revenge with her very magnetic, very willing best friend. One thrilling night with Lennox is enough to awaken Jamie's unexpected desires for him. And now that she's had a taste, she's not sure she can ever give him up...

Lennox and Jamie are a few of the survivors of an attack on their home. They’ve been lifelong friends who have always had each other’s backs and despite the underlying attraction between them, they’ve kept things platonic. When the man Jamie’s grown attached to makes his interest in another woman clear, Jamie decides to do something about her lingering attraction to Lennox. Soon the two are burning up the sheets and risking more than just their friendship.