Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review: The Winning Season by Alison Packard - 4 Wine Glasses

17236875Title: The Winning Season
Author: Alison Packard
Format: ebook, 241 pages
Published: July 15th 2013 by Carina Press
ISBN: 139781426895821
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Source: Netgalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4/5

Kelly Maxwell has finally landed her dream job as publicist for the San Francisco Blaze. But the team's newest member, handsome bad boy catcher Matt Scanlon, is refusing every interview. She's got to get him to open up before the season ends, or she may not be back next year. And after everything she overcame to achieve her dream, Kelly's not about to let that happen.
Matt Scanlon just wants to be left alone to rebuild his life and his career. After a year of masking the pain of a recent loss with hard partying and fast women, he finally hit rock bottom and was traded to a team he's loathed his entire life—a team with little to no chance at the post-season.
Butting heads is getting Kelly and Matt nowhere but annoyed, and with the team's schedule on the road, they can't avoid close quarters—or their surprising attraction to one another. As the season winds down, Matt finds his growing feelings for Kelly have brought his numbed emotions back to life. But when betrayal shatters their fragile trust, winning it all seems more impossible than ever.


Review: Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen - 4 Wine Glasses

18210224Title: Breaking Nova 
Series: Nova #1
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Format: ebook, 384 pages
Published: September 3rd 2013 by Forever
ISBN: 1455582727
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4/5

Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever? 


Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard by Vanessa Kelly (Spotlight/Giveaway)

We have a wonderful excerpt from Vanessa Kelly's upcoming historical romance, SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD, for you today. Be sure to check it out below and then pre-order your copy today! 

Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard
by Vanessa Kelly
Genre: Regency-set historical romance
Tone: witty, sexy, emotional
Heat Level: hot
Elements/Tags: historical romance, royalty, Georgian era
Publisher: Kensington Zebra
Publishing Date: January 7, 2013
Series: The Renegade Royals, #1
Format: digital
Words: 432 pages
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Accomplished spy Aden St. George prefers to stay away from the frivolous ton, especially after the way his mother was used by the Prince Regent. But his latest mission compels him to guard unconventional, vibrant Lady Vivien Shaw. Rescuing her from kidnappers was easy. Resisting her beauty is not. Duty demands he keep an eye on her—and naturally, his lips soon follow. For someone who views entanglements as a weakness, this is pure, delicious folly…

Though grateful for Aden’s help, Vivien has secrets she must keep hidden. Yet with her abductors still at large, she needs Aden’s protection almost as much as she craves his touch…

Release Day Blitz: Monica Murphy's THREE BROKEN PROMISES (#Giveaway)

Today we are celebrating the release of THREE BROKEN PROMISES, the third book in Monica Murphy's Drew + Fable series. Enjoy the excerpt below!

Breakout New Adult sensation Monica Murphy returns with a hot new contemporary romance—a heartfelt story of second chances, forgiveness, and redemption.

Commitment. That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore. I know he feels guilty about Danny’s death, about not going to Iraq, but I can’t keep living this double life.

I love him desperately, but he’s got so many demons, and if he can’t open up to me now, then he’ll never be the real partner I need him to be. I gave him a month, and now I’m out of here. If he truly loves me like he says, he knows where to find me.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Guest Review: Melting the Millionaire's Heart by Linda Morris - 5 Wine Glasses

17284243Title: Melting the Millionaire's Heart
Author: Linda Morris 
Format: ebook, 92 pages
Published: December 17th 2012 by Entangled: Ever After
ISBN: 1622667999
Source: Publisher
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Reviewer: Shannon
Rating: 5/5

Special-needs teacher Kayla Johnston writes off any shot at New Year's Eve romance when she's summoned to a fundraising event for her school at the remote estate of a wealthy would-be-donor. But when a massive snowstorm hits and Kayla careens off the road, the sexy stranger who rescues her brings to mind cozy fireplaces and steamy midnight kisses…among other things.
Reclusive entrepreneur Ryan Langford may be missing his own fundraiser, but being marooned in a cabin with Kayla beats ducking a room full of people after his money any day. Too bad she's so irritated with the gazillionaire who ruined her New Year's Eve that he feels like he has to lie about his identity. But when the sparks fly and they fall into each other's arms, Ryan knows he's made a big mistake. Will she be able to trust him once the snow melts and the truth comes out?


Release Day Blitz: KISS ME AT MIDNIGHT by Diane Alberts (#Giveaway #KISSMEATMIDNIGHT )

Join us in celebrating the release of Diane Alberts', KISS ME AT MIDNIGHT! 

Kiss Me At Midnight by Diane Alberts
Entangled Publishing - December 2013
Her New Year’s resolution was seduction.
Doctor Ashley Hanes has one mission and one mission only—end her annoyingly long dry streak and ring in the New Year with a bang. Literally. When her long lost and oh-so-sexy ex-best friend, Ethan Pierce, shows up as if he hadn’t broken her heart all those years ago, suddenly she doesn’t want to bring home just any man. She wants Ethan.
What should have been one night of blow-your-mind make-up sex quickly turns into another. And another. Before long, Ashley thinks maybe she and Ethan should reunite for good. If only the elusive bachelor will stop running from his tortured past and trust a future in Ashley’s arms.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

December's Wine Club Review: A Vampire's Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden

Book Selection: 
A Vampire's Christmas Carol 
by Cynthia Eden

Lexi: Christmas is the time to share some wine and surround yourself with loved ones. It can be a particullarly difficult time for those who have lost someone close or those who must spend the holiday alone. That is three things most of us are blessed to have. Unfortunately for our hero in A Vampire’s Christmas Carol, Ben has none of that. Unless he had wine and we just didn’t see it. In your opinion what was the worst thing Ben had to deal with?

Crystal: LOL I missed the wine too if he had it! I wasn't sure what to think of Ben at the beginning, but Cynthia Eden put a wonderful spin on this lonely vampire's tale. I think that the worst thing that Ben had to deal with though was the guilt over loosing Simone. Not only did he loose the one woman he loved, and the only person he cared about in life, but he felt responsible for her death as well and carried that with him throughout the last ten years. 

Crystal L: Ben was a lonely guy. He'd lost the love of his life, his human life, and he had no hope. My heart seriously hurt for him. All of those issues made me want to root for his HEA from the very beginning.

Alexandra Ivy's BORN IN BLOOD (Short Story/Giveaway)

To celebrate the release of Alexandra Ivy's first book in her newest paranormal romance series, BORN IN BLOOD, Alexandra is releasing a short story. You can catch the third part of that story here and at the very bottom of the post is links to the rest of the story. Enjoy!

Alexandra Ivy

Part Three

At the moment, his disconcerting silver gaze was locked on her pale face as he came to a halt directly in front of her.  Instantly Jayne could catch the scent of clean, male body and some delicious cologne that made her think of hot tropical nights and even hotter sex.


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Symphony of Light and Winter by RENEA MASON (Guest Post)

Today I would like to welcome erotic romance author, Renea Mason! 

Since we're so close to the new year, I figured I write about goals and resolutions.  

My personal goals this year. They are two big ones. 

I have two young sons and the other day I looked at the price of college.  WOAH.  The amount I'm saving per month isn't going to buy a semester at this rate by the time they turn 18, so my resolution is to save more money for my boys. I already made a commitment that all of my book earning will go to them so when they grow up and realize that Mommy writes smut, I can fall back on, "Hey, it paid for your college."  

Friday, December 27, 2013

Sweet Nothing by Mia Henry (Guest Post/Giveaway)

We have the pleasure of having Mia Henry stop by today with her new adult romance that I've just added to my to-be-read list, SWEET NOTHING!

Favorite Scene to Write

I love first dates. Good ones, anyway. Is there anything better than the tension between two people on the verge of knowing each other? There’s so much possibility. Something so sexy about the unknown.

Book Blast: Heights of Desire by Mara White (#Giveaway)

We would like to share with you a recent release from Mara White, Heights of Desire. Enjoy!

Title: Heights of Desire (Heightsound Series #1)
Author: Mara White
Genre: Erotic 18+
Publication Date: December 24, 2013
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Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
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A woman who has everything meets a man who can offer her nothing but trouble. They bring each other to a height of desire neither thought possible, but is it enough to overcome the differences that tear them apart? Kate Champion, a forty-two-year-old, married mother of two, leads an enviable upper class life of luxury. Her comfortable path takes an unexpected detour after a chance encounter at a neighborhood playground.Jaylee Inoa is a twenty-two-year-old, second generation New York Dominican with close ties to the Heights and the gangs that run them.Her life of privilege is no match for the code of the streets he navigates with ease. When a crime of the heart leads to a crime in the flesh, how far will she go to redeem him? Can she risk all in her life that is golden for the love of her golden-eyed man?

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna (Guest Post/Giveaway)

We hope that every one of our readers had a wonderful Christmas (or just an awesome hump day if you don't observe this holiday *wink*)! Today we are welcoming author Elizabeth McKenna, who is joining us with some delicious hero inspiration and her book, Venice in the Moonlight!

Lusting After Your Hero

My first novel, Cera’s Place, is set in post-Civil War San Francisco. It features a feisty saloon owner named Cera and a war-weary soldier named Jake. When I created my first hero for what I hoped would be a long fiction writing career, I went with my ideal man – the rugged cowboy type. I pictured Aragorn, Viggo Mortensen’s character in Lord of the Rings, in all his sweaty, tangled hair glory.

(Why not Viggo as Frank Hopkins in Hidalgo, you ask? I don’t know. He was sexier in Lord of the Rings.)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wishing you a Merry Christmas...

From our families to yours...

We hope your Christmas was filled with love aplenty and holiday cheer! 

Book Blast: AFTER DARK by Gena Showalter Pre-Order (#Giveaway)

Merry Christmas friends! You all know what huge fans we are of the talented Gena Showalter here! Well, the AFTER DARK Anthology featuring Gena Showalter's The Darkest Angel and Kait Ballenger's Shadow Hunter is being released in mass market paperback on December 31 and to celebrate the authors are giving away lots of goodies! Check it out and be sure to order your copy today. It would make a great last minute Christmas present! Let me know if you need my email address. *wink*


  • In order to enter, you must email a picture, screen shot or attach a copy of your receipt from your purchase of either the MASS MARKET PAPERBACK or MASS MARKET EBOOK version of After Dark.  PLEASE NOTE:   It MUST be the MASS MARKET format to be eligible for the giveaway.
  • Email your receipts to kaitballengergiveaway@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

EXQUISITE BETRAYAL by A.M. Hargrove (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Happy Holiday's lovelies! We would like to welcome author A.M. Hargrove to RBtWBC. She is joining us today with her recent release of EXQUISITE BETRAYAL, a New Adult Contemporary book. Enjoy!

The Stigma of the Male Romance Author

When I began writing Exquisite Betrayal, I thought that having a male author that hid his identity would be an intriguing idea. As I delved into the writing of the novel, I began to wonder why there weren’t more male romance authors. For my story, I had decided that Ryland Thomas would hide behind his sister, using her as his persona. It was an easy out for him, because they were twins and even shared the same initials.

Out of Turn by Tiffany Snow (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Merry Christmas Eve, my friends! Today we are welcoming author Tiffany Snow and her recent release, Out of Turn. Tiffany has a delicious holiday cocktail recipe to share with us. Enjoy!

Kathleen Turner may be a Runner by day, but she is a bartender by night. Her spirit of choice is vodka and at this time of year she likes a little Christmas cheer in her glass.   Below is a recipe she created for The Drop.   It's sweet and it's ruby red color will leave you feeling very merry indeed!


Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Flash #Giveaway: Jill Shalvis' Christmas in Lucky Harbor

Hi lovelies! I just wanted to let you know that we are holding a flash giveaway on our Facebook Page for Jill Shalvis' Christmas in Lucky Harbor, which contains the first two Lucky Harbor novels! (US only). Stop by and enter through the rafflecopter!

17557523Christmas in Lucky Harbor
(Lucky Harbor #1-2)
by Jill Shalvis
Paperback, 2nd edition (Omnibus), 800 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published November 1st 2011)
ISBN 1455547530
Love awaits you in Lucky Harbor . . .

Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor #1)
After losing her boyfriend and her job, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim her inheritance-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. She sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if she can give the inn the makeover it needs. Enter Jax, a tall, handsome contractor who knows exactly what Maddie needs...

The Sweetest Thing (Lucky Harbor #2)
Helping her sister set up the family inn is just the thing to make Tara forget her ex-husband and focus on her new life. Until she meets a sexy, green-eyed sailor determined to keep her hot, bothered, and in his bed. When her ex reappears, Tara must confront her past and decide what she really wants.

Kissing Santa Claus (Lucky Harbor #2.5)
NASCAR driver Logan Perrish returns to Lucky Harbor, Washington, with love in his heart and a ring in his pocket. But can Sandy Jansen forget the past and give him a second chance? Or will Logan be spending another Christmas alone?

Under the Mistletoe (Lucky Harbor #6.5)
There's no place like home for the holidays. And the Lucky Harbor Bed & Breakfast is bursting with festive lights and good cheer. But for Mia, Christmas is turning out to be anything other than merry and bright. Her recent break-up with her boyfriend Nick has made her return bittersweet. But then a surprise arrives, when Nick follows her to town bearing gifts - and asking for forgiveness.(less)

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Rachel Van Dyken's ELECT (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Now author, Rachel van Dyken, joins us with some things you should know about her sexy bad boy, Nixon, and the second book in her Eagle Elite Series - ELECT. We hope that you enjoy!

Things Trace thinks you should know about Nixon…

1. He’s the most trustworthy person you’ll ever come across. 
2. He’d die for his friends and family without blinking. 
3. He hates feeling out of control. 
4. He always takes really hot showers—because in his mind, the blood on his hands—his body, its never cleansed. 
5. His kisses are extremely possessive—never tame. 
6. Patience isn’t one of his strong suites, he’s more of an action type of guy. 
7. He’s extremely wise for his age. 
8. He has no idea the effect he has on women. 
9. He has an obsession with learning, he’s constantly learning new languages.
10. He thinks cooking is hard. 
11. He doesn’t love halfway. 
12. When he loves—he loves forever.

OUT OF TIME by Jen McLaughlin (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today we would like to welcome author, Jen McLaughlin, to RBtWBC! Jen is joining us with her recent release of OUT OF TIME, the second book in her OUT OF LINE new adult romance series. Enjoy!

Writing men like Finn

One of the biggest challenges for me was a writer is writing heroes that readers will fall in love with. It’s not enough for them to have one or two redeeming qualities. It’s not enough for them to be funny but not smart. When we open up a book, we want the whole package. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Release Week Blitz: Dragon Awakened by Jaime Rush (#GIVEAWAY)

Join us in celebrating the release of Jamie Rush's  first book in a brand new series, Dragon Awakened!

December 17, 2013
Forever Mass Market; $6.00
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Ruby Salazaar wants answers . . . and revenge. Her uncle has just been murdered before her eyes and the name he utters with his final breath -  Cyntag - leads Ruby into a world beyond her wildest imaginings. She soon learns that the dark, sexy Cyntag Valeron knows more about her than she does herself.
Ruby changed Cyn's life before she even knew who he was. Now she charges into his life, a beautiful woman full of fire and questions. Cyn knew this day would come, yet he couldn't foresee the danger -  and desires - Ruby would bring with her. He can teach her how to harness her newly awakened powers. But there is one force neither of them can control . . .

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Release Week Blitz: Reaver by Larissa Ione (#Giveaway)

This week we are celebrating the release of Larissa Ione's newest paranormal romance, REAVER! I can. not. wait. to get my hands on this one!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/netgalley-covers/cover35436-small.pngREAVER by Larissa Ione
December 17, 2013
Grand Central Publishing Mass Market; $8.00
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Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before . . . to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.
Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel's blood. . .

Just Evil by Vickie McKeehan (Guest Post)

A day in the life of an indie romance writer…

After a night spent with hunky Raphael, the alarm goes off at an astonishingly early six a.m. Even though I have no desire to climb out from underneath warm covers and leave Raphael, I must get up to keep my body in shape. Ah, yes, the dreaded workout and exercise. A few laps in my indoor pool should do the trick.

Half asleep, I stumble to the sliding glass door. I force it open with all my strength because my night with Raphael has zapped most of my energy. I step out onto my adjoining deck to dip my toes into the heated water of the shimmering pool only to discover my toes have landed in Beau’s water dish. Beau is my loyal little, bug-eyed pug. But when I finally come to my senses, when I finally come out of my dream-like state enough to realize I don’t have an indoor pool, Beau gives me one of his looks that clearly says, “Crazy woman. I knew I should’ve gone to live with the dog whisperer, Cesar Millan, when I had the chance.”

Friday, December 20, 2013

Power of Seduction by Madison Chase (Guest Post)

First of all, hello Reading Between the Wines readers! Thanks for letting me stop by and talk to you. 

I thought I’d share with you a long time family favorite. Forget sugar cookies. But be careful because they're addictive. Your waist line might have a thing or two to say about it.  It’s a recipe that I found in a Taste of Home magazine at some point.

Sausage and Cheese Bites

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christy Potter's Oh Brother (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today we would like to welcome author, Christy Potter, joining us with her women's fiction book, OH BROTHER!

For someone who has spent nearly all of her life calling herself a writer and 25 years getting paid to put words on paper, it seems a little late in the game to say I am finally beginning to understand the craft of writing.

Yet that’s exactly what’s happened to me in the two years since I shifted my writing career from full-time journalist to author. I don’t mean, of course, that I wasn’t a good writer before. I won awards for my news coverage and weekly column. I loved my job and I got such a rush from seeing people reading something I’d written in the evening paper.

But as a journalist, words weren’t writing as much as they were column inches, a byline, a paycheck. For a reporter, words are also a minefield. My opinion, any hint of bias, even the slightest slant could land me in court. Flowery, overly descriptive writing would earn the scorn of my fellow reporters, if it even made it past my editor. And forget about time to get creative if I wanted to – deadlines were always looming.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kathryne Kennedy's Interview & #Giveaway for Everlasting Enchantment!

Christmas time makes me believe in magic. And not necessarily just Santa. Must be something in the air that makes us believe the impossible. Our guest today has a new release full of the sparkly stuff. 
So let’s welcome Kathryne Kennedy!

Lexi: Congrats Kathryne! You have a new release in your Relics of Merlin series! Everlasting Enchantment is a fun paranormal romance full of magical elements. Especially for the hero, Gareth, who has been trapped in a bracelet for centuries. Did you let your mind wander into maddening territory imagining what it would be like to be trapped somewhere?

Kathryne: Thank you, Lexi! I’m happy to be here with you today. To answer your question, Gareth is let out every evening, where he gets to seduce many a woman. So I didn’t think his situation would be too maddening for him. :}

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Review: Wicked Little Secrets by Susanna Ives - 4 Wines

Title: Wicked Little Secrets 

Author: Susanna Ives
Format: paperback, 384 pages
Published: December 3rd 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 9781402283574
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Goodreads giveaway
Reviewer: Lexi
Rating: 4/5

It's Not Easy Being Good...
Vivacious Vivienne Taylor has finally won her family's approval by getting engaged to the wealthy and upright John Vandergrift. But when threatened by a vicious blackmail scheme, it is to her childhood friend that Vivienne turns; the deliciously wicked Viscount Dashiell.
When Being Wicked is so Much More Exciting...
Lord Dashiell promised himself long ago that his friendship with Vivienne would be the one relationship with a woman that he wouldn't ruin. He agrees to help her just to keep the little hothead safe, but soon finds that Vivienne has grown up to be very, very dangerous to all of Dash's best intentions.

Wicked Little Secrets is a wickedly fun historical romance you will not want to put down. Ives throws in humor and mystery to compliment this sweet romance between childhood neighbors. 

Sophie Barnes’ THE SCANDAL IN KISSING AN HEIR (Serialized Excerpt/Giveaway)

Today we have a special excerpt from Avon and Sophie Barnes upcoming release of THE SCANDAL IN KISSING AND HEIR!

The Scandal in Kissing an Heir
(At the Kingsborough Ball #2)
by Sophie Barnes
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by Avon
Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle
He is the next Marquis of Wolvington…She is a lady with nothing but beauty and wits…Together they share a forbidden kiss.

Lady Rebecca is determined to find a husband on her own terms, rather than marry any of the aging suitors her greedy aunt and uncle foist upon her. Her chance comes at the Kingsborough Ball, where she meets several potential grooms…yet no one compares to the dangerously handsome Daniel Neville.
Daniel Neville, notorious rake and heir to the Marquis of Wolvington, is in need of a bride, but finding a lady who’s willing to accept his past, is an entirely different matter. When he spies a stunning woman across the ballroom, Daniel believes he’s found her…until scandal erupts around them. How can he convince Rebecca to take a chance on him…and on the love that could be theirs forever after?

Pursued by a Werewolf by Selena Blake (Guest Post)

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas! 

I don't know about you, but there are some days leading up to December 25th where I need some comfort food. And comfort drinks. I just need to chill.

And what better way to chill than with a festive, holiday inspired Sangria? The ruby red color even reminds me of the house cocktails on Mystic Isle. But this recipe is tailor made for humans.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Review: The Better to Bite by Cynthia Eden - 4 Wine Glasses

16089058Title: The Better to Bite
Series: Howl Trilogy #1
Author: Cynthia Eden
Format: Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published: November 4th 2012
Links: Goodreads | Amazon (FREE - limited time only!)
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4/5

Don’t go into the woods.
Sixteen-year-old Anna Lambert knows that the woods near her new home aren’t safe. She’s seen the wolves that stalk through that dark forest, but Anna doesn’t scare easily.
Anna is cursed–or gifted, depending on how you look at it–with the ability to find anyone or anything that is lost. So when folks start disappearing in the small town of Haven, Anna’s father, the sheriff, has to use her special skills as they begin to hunt for a killer.
But the killer isn’t exactly human. As Anna is pulled deeper into the secrets of Haven–a town that is truly cursed–she finds herself falling for two, equally mysterious boys. With the danger closing in, one of those boys may just turn out to be her savior. And the other? He could be a very big, very bad…beast.
Beware of beasts…and boys…with bite.


ARC Review: River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland - 4 Wine Glasses

Title: River of Dreams
Series: Nine Kingdoms #8
Author: Lynn Kurland
Format: paperback, 384 pages
Published: January 7th 2014 by Berkley
ISBN: 0425262820
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: publisher
Reviewer: Lexi
Rating: 4/5
Aisling of Bruadair is frantic to find both the truth about her future and a mercenary to save her country. When an offer of aid comes from an unexpected direction, she is relieved her quest is almost complete. But she soon realizes her task is far from over . . . and will include perils she never dreamed she would ever face.
Rùnach of Ceangail has offered to help Aisling with her quest, then he fully intends to take up his life as a simple swordsman far from magic and evil mages. Unfortunately, a chance finding of a book of indecipherable spells tells him that an ordinary life is never going to be his--especially when he realizes that the book he has in his hands belongs to a black mage who will stop at nothing to have it back.
With time running out, Rùnach and Aisling must solve what seem to be unrelated mysteries before others find those answers first and plunge the Nine Kingdoms into a darkness it will never recover from . . .


With a writing voice capable of weaving new worlds around you, Lynn Kurland brings you along on a journey of self discovery and unfurling romance in River of Dreams