Friday, December 15, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Well here we are, winding down to the last few weeks of 2017. I’ll be on hiatus until January 1, 2018 when I’ll have my best books of 2017 giveaway. Right now though, I’d like to have a nice little giveaway, no, TWO giveaways for you guys to enter, just to show my appreciation because this is a very small blog and I’m still trying to find my footing six years after starting it but I still have a handful of people who visit and I really do appreciate it.


Review: Tempting Danger by Katie Reus

Due to a scheduling snafu (Probably on my part), this review was supposed to go live LAST Friday but didn't. So here it is today!
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: KR Press LLC
Release Date: December 5, 2017

They’re enemies.
Alena Brennan’s relationship with Andre Makarov is… complicated. The casino magnate was a means to an end. Nothing more. At least that was what she tried to tell herself. Then she fell for him. Hard. But he kicked her out of his life when he discovered her lies.

Now she’s pregnant with his baby.
Andre understands why Alena wanted revenge. His father took everything from her, leaving her an orphan at a young age. But Andre still had to cut her out of his life. Now that his father is dead, she’s safe. He should just move on. But when he learns she’s carrying his child, all pretense is gone—he’ll protect Alena whether she likes it or not. She may kick up a fuss, but Andre knows the gorgeous model with a party-girl rep attracts attention…including the dangerous sort.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: Cowboy it's Cold Outside by Lori Wilde

Not a bad holiday romance at all. I enjoyed the characters and it was also my first time reading this author.

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: October 31, 2017

Everyone in town knows that Christmas in Twilight has a way of bringing lovers together . . . but will its magic bring this pair from “I won’t” to “I do”?

Wearing a too-tight “Santa Baby” costume held in by a double pair of Spanx, Paige MacGregor runs headlong into a gorgeous, grey-eyed hunk of a long, tall cowboy. And not just any cowboy, but country-western star Cash Colton, visiting Twilight to perform in a charity concert. Most women would melt at his feet, but Paige knows all too much about self-assured men with cocky attitudes, so she tells him to get lost.

Cash is in town, nursing his own broken heart, but Paige has knocked him off his feet. He’s convinced she’s perfect—someone to inspire his music and share his now-empty bed. True, he’s not marriage material, but he’s determined to convince her that they’re perfect together—at least for a while. But what he doesn’t count on is falling in love with the one woman who isn’t about to give him the time of day!



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

Okay so I liked the plot but the heroine made my left eye twitch like mad.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: November 7, 2017

When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.

Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Interview with Author Errin Stevens!

 Good morning everyone I hope you all are enjoying the countdown to Christmas, I know I am! Today I have a special guest on the blog, author Errin Stevens who writes, wait for it…Mermaid romances!!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: A Scottish Lord for Christmas by Lauren Smith

We’re getting closer and closer to Christmas guys! I’ll be taking a break next week for the holidays but I’m going to be running a giveaway starting on Friday so be sure to check that out!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever Yours
Release Date: December 5, 2017

Beautiful Lady Rowena Pepperwirth can have any man her heart desires. Unfortunately no gentleman has elicited even the slightest flutter---until she meets the brooding Lord Forres at a holiday house party. With just one look at the dashing Scottish lord, Rowena suddenly knows what she wants for Christmas.

Quinn MacCauley, Lord Forres, is in need of a wife. When he meets the lovely Lady Rowena, he knows she'll be a good mother to his daughter and a capable household manager. But Quinn doesn't count on Rowena being the most tempting woman he's ever met. He's determined not to risk his heart, but Rowena's just as determined to give him the greatest holiday gift of all---a chance at true love.



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review: Kavanagh Christmas by Sarah Robinson

There's a possibility that I might be the only one who didn't enjoy this one which makes me all kinds of sad because I have loved this series from the beginning. To me it was more "heartbreaking" than "heartwarming."

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 7, 2017

The heartfelt holiday conclusion to the Kavanagh Legends family saga revisits all the couples that readers have fallen in love with throughout the series. An angsty and loving Christmas novella, it's the perfect goodbye to these Irish MMA fighters and a glimpse into what the future holds for them.

With the Christmas season fast approaching, the entire Kavanagh family is feeling anything but the holiday spirit. Commitments are questioned, relationships are tense, and bickering is nonstop.

However, when a crisis strikes and the family realizes that they might lose one of their own, they'll come together to remember the reason for the season is first, and foremost, love and family.

NOTE: This novella also contains a free short story, Rory & Clare, and two excerpts from other Sarah Robinson novels at the end. The holiday novella itself is 35,000 words.


Berkley Bookmas: Julie James' Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes + Giveaway!


 I am so excited to participate in Berkley Bookmas and I'm hosting Julie James today! Berkley Bookmas is chock full of exclusive content from authors like exclusive excerpts, deleted scenes, author recipes and more! If you're on Instagram make sure you check out Berkley's account and follow #BerkleyBookmas to see all the pretty pictures from readers like you and me during the 12 Days of Shipmas challenge. Make sure you take a look at the calendar below to make sure that you don't miss out on the other blogs participating!

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And now without further ado, Julie James' Holiday Cookie Recipes! These look so good, I may have to attempt them!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review: Enchanted by the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall

This was my first time reading Lecia Cornwall and I liked it despite becoming annoyed from time to time with the heroine.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Swerve
Release Date: November 14, 2017

Gillian MacLeod is shy and quiet, the least likely of all her sisters to seek out excitement and adventure. But on a moonlit night at a masquerade ball, Gillian steals a kiss from a mysterious stranger, knowing she’ll never see him again. John Erly, disowned by his noble English father, started a new life in Scotland.

Most people are suspicious of the foreign mercenary and he does everything is his power to avoid romantic entanglements. But he can’t forget the bewitching beauty who kissed him in the dark, and stole his heart, even though he has no idea who she might be. A year later, John is given the duty of escorting Gillian to her wedding and immediately recognizes her as the temptress he’s dreamed of for months. There’s not much he can do when she's promised to another man, but fate intervenes and this time, passion—and adventure—can’t be denied.

Honor demands he stay away from the MacLeod’s Enchanted bydaughter, but love has a very different ending in mind...



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesday Jams: My Sister Made Me Do It.


Brazen Babe Reviews have this awesome meme called Tuesday Jams where you share a song that you currently love and can't get out of your head (Or in my case, off "repeat" on my iPod). Everyone's welcome to join in, the more the merrier! Be sure to leave your link on their blog post so that others can stop by and see your selection!

So, the one other thing I love just as much as reading? Listening to music! Though the majority of my music is modern country or movie scores, I do listen to a little bit of everything and am always on the look out for more music to add to my collection (You should see my iTunes library, it's HUGE). That's why Tuesday Jams has just become one of my new favorite memes!

Can't get out of my head song(s) this week are: Echame La Culpa by Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato

I blame my sister for this one. She’s been rocking out to this song and suggested it to me. Now I’m rocking out to it too. Lol.

Review: Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt

This is it guys, the last of the Maiden Lane stories! It is officially time to start crying, whimpering and going into withdrawal mode.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever Yours
Release Date: December 5, 2017

Adam Rutledge, Viscount d'Arque, really rather loathes Christmas. The banal cheerfulness. The asinine party games. And, worst of all, the obligatory trip to the countryside. His grandmother, however, loves the holiday and Adam loves his grandmother, so he'll brave the fiercest snowstorm to please her. But when their carriage wheel snaps, they're forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening, infuriating, and utterly beguiling woman he's ever met...

Sara St. John really rather loathes rakes. The self-satisfied smirks. The sly predatory gazes. Oh, and the constant witty banter rife with double meaning. But in the spirit of the season, she'll welcome this admittedly handsome viscount into her home. But as the snowstorm rages, the Yule log crackles, and the tension rises, Sara and Adam find themselves locked in a fiery, passionate kiss. If love is the true meaning of Christmas, it's the one gift this mismatched pair can't wait to unwrap.



Top Ten Tuesday: Book Places!


Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday is a celebration of lists! Each week a theme will be posted and bloggers will post their lists on their respective blogs. Some themes are pretty straightforward and others are open for interpretation.

This week’s Topic: Ten Bookish Settings I'd Love to Visit

OMG I love this topic! Okay so since I was a kid I spent LOADS of time imagining myself in some of my favorite books’ settings and as an adult that hasn’t stopped!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: Once Upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt

Hey Maiden Lane fans! Remember Mary Whitsun? Well we finally get to learn more about her!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever Yours
Release Date: November 14, 2017

Miss Mary Whitsun is far too intelligent to fall for the rakish charms of a handsome aristocrat. But when the gentleman in question approaches her in a bookshop, mistaking her for his fiancée, Lady Johanna Albright, the flirtatious encounter only raises more questions. Could Mary, a servant raised in a St Giles orphanage, actually be Lady Joanna's long-lost twin sister? If so, Mary has been betrothed since birth---to the rakishly handsome artistocrat himself . . .


Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He's drawn to her sharp mind, indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him---ladies simply don't dismiss Lord Blackwell. But as Mary makes her first hesitant steps into society, she can't help but wonder if she truly has a place in Henry's world---or in his heart.



Friday, December 1, 2017

Adria Picks Ten: Songs to Start the Christmas Season!


Okay so I’m a compulsive list maker. I have lists for EVERYTHING all over the place. I have music playlists on my phone, iPod, and Kindle which I have HANDWRITTEN in two journals and typed out on virtual notepads on said devices. I have a LONG list of book boyfriends, a short list of all time favorite reads, a list of TSTL characters, a list of auto buy authors… Heck some of my lists are funny or straight up weird so I thought Why not share them?. Maybe they’ll be good for a laugh or maybe you’ll want to start up your own list of lists. This is just in good fun really, well, for me it’s more like I need a place to put all these lists that drive everyone nuts around here.

Today’s List: Ten Songs to Start the Christmas Season!

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