Thursday, May 31, 2018

4 Wine Glass #Review of The Plagued Spy by K.A. Krantz

Title: The Plagued Spy
Series: The Immortal Spy #2
Author: K.A. Krantz
Published: April 24th, 2018
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: copy courtesy of author
Reviewer: Lexi
Rating: 4 out of  5 Wine Glasses
It’s all fun and games until someone breaks out the needles.
It was supposed to be a simple retrieval mission. Go in, grab the bespelled package of evidence against some very corrupt superpowers, and get out. The mission turns sideways when a vengeful spy Bix blackballed during her time in Dark Ops crashes the job and injects Bix’s teammates with an unknown toxin. Succumbing to a horrific mutation, the dying spook whispers the Mayday protocol for a compromised covert operation involving a biological weapon.
With her friends infected and sequestered in quarantine, a mole inside the spy guild exposing its undercover agents, and the brightest minds in the Mid Worlds unable to identify the biologic, Bix picks up the mission to find the creators and the cure. She’ll square off against Fates, dragons, angels, and even the god of plagues to save her friends; yet the greatest threat might well be the darkness growing within Bix and the evil on which it feeds.
Beware the plagued spy, for wrath and ruin are sure to follow…

Lexi’s Thoughts:
Bix is back! And even though she still doesn’t have her memories back she’s still fighting for those she considers friends and tracking down the source of a dangerous toxin. The Plagued Spy is as filled with action, mythology, and romance as book one. No book two slump here!

Read an #Excerpt from Riven by Roan Parrish

(Riven #1)
by Roan Parrish
Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Loveswept
Theo Decker might be the lead singer of Riven, but he hates being a rock star. The paparazzi, the endless tours, being recognized everywhere he goes—it all makes him squirm. The only thing he doesn’t hate is the music. Feeling an audience’s energy as they lose themselves in Riven’s music is a rush unlike anything else . . . until he meets Caleb Blake Whitman. Caleb is rough and damaged, yet his fingers on his guitar are pure poetry. And his hands on Theo? They’re all he can think about. But Caleb’s no groupie—and one night with him won’t be enough.

Just when Caleb is accepting his new life as a loner, Theo Decker slinks into it and turns his world upside-down. Theo’s sexy and brilliant and addictively vulnerable, and all Caleb wants is another hit. And another. That’s how he knows Theo’s trouble. Caleb can’t even handle performing these days. How the hell is he going to survive an affair with a tabloid superstar? But after Caleb sees the man behind the rock star, he begins to wonder if Theo might be his chance at a future he thought he’d lost forever.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

4 Wine Glass #Review of Beautiful Darkness: Masie by Victoria Zak

32867399Title: Beautiful Darkness
Series: Daughters of Highland Darkness Trilogy #1
Author: Victoria Zak
Format: Kindle, 186 pages
Published: November 29th 2016 by Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Contest win
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Step into the sexy world of the Fae Vampire sisters from the Scottish Highlands....

The Highlands are full of magic and fae trickery. Adaira, Leana, and Masie Keith know this all too well. Destined to change their fate, but unprepared for the truth, their journey begins as the sisters grow accustomed to their dark sides—forever beautiful—forever blood drinkers—forever Baobhan sith.

Accused of murdering their laird’s son, Masie and her sisters flee their home.

Masie is immediately conflicted, especially after she's captured by Clan Gunn and falls in love with the laird's brother. Her true identity must remain a secret. For if she tells her Highlander who and what she really is, she could be burned as a witch. And Masie would never endanger her beloved sisters.

The last thing Commander Kerr Gunn saw in his future was falling in love with a lass from Clan Keith, his greatest enemy. The moment he laid eyes on her, he was under her spell. With the woman he loves wanted for murder, will he surrender Masie to her clan to stand trial or protect her with his sword and fierce heart?

Linda's Thoughts:
The three sisters sat together, Masie in the middle, gazing at the twinkling stars. Wee Masie squeezed her eyes closed; praying hard to the gods a shooting star would magically appear. Please, if ye grant me this one wish, I promise to eat all my cabbage. She wrinkled her nose but her promise was good.

#CoverReveal of The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland

The Naked Truth
by Vi Keeland
Paperback, 300 pages
Expected publication: July 23rd 2018

Read an #Excerpt from I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

36048542I Flipping Love You 
(Shacking Up #3)
by Helena Hunting 
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN 1250183979
A new kind of love story about flipping houses, taking risks, and landing that special someone who’s move-in ready…


Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…


Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

4 Wine Glass #Review of Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Title: Onyx and Ivory
Series: Rime Chronicles #1
AuthorMindee Arnett
Format:Hardcover, 512 pages
Published: May 15th, 2018 by Balzer + Bray
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: copy courtesy of Edelweiss
Reviewer: Lexi
Rating: 4 out of  5 Wine Glasses

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

Lexi’s Thoughts:
Onyx and Ivory is a dual-POV fantasy that has enough mystery, magic, and action to keep the pages turning. A solid YA fantasy and start to the Rime Chronicles series.

Happy #BookBirthday to Torched by Donna Grant

(Dark Kings #13)
by Donna Grant
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN 1250109590
The King of Silvers. Cunning, perceptive, resourceful. Determined. 

Banished from Dreagan eons ago because of a betrayal that shattered his entire existence, his sole focus in life is to exact revenge against the Dragon Kings. A formidable fighter with centuries of rage on his side, Ulrik will stop at nothing to take down those who exiled him.

He has been alone, trusting no one for thousands of years. Until she walks into his life. He should not yearn for her, but there is no stopping the fiercely burning attraction. When he’s with her, he isn’t thinking of war or revenge. He only thinks about her, craves her. Burns for her. But soon he will be forced to choose: Will he continue on his course of destruction or will he be able to set aside his vengeance to save the woman who risked everything for him.

Happy #BookBirthday to The Wright One by K.A. Linde

37825322The Wright One 
(Wright Love Duet #2)
by K.A. Linde
Published May 29th 2018 by K.A. Linde Inc.
A new sexy contemporary romance duet from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

Secrets swarm all around.
My world is crumbling under the strain.
I don’t know if we can survive this.
My heart is in the Wright place.
But is his?

The Wright One is the last book in the Wright Love Duet that began in The Wright Love. Find out if Sutton and David survive their world of secrets in the conclusion to the Wright Love duet!

#Spotlight on Fool for Love by Marie Force + #Giveaway

Marie Force's Fool for Love is now available in paperback!

38426217Fool for Love 
(Gansett Island #2)
by Marie Force
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Zebra (first published May 26th 2011)
Original TitleFool for Love
ISBN 1420146882
Sometimes you have to rock the boat . . . 

Joe Cantrell, owner of the Gansett Island Ferry Company, has been in love with Janey McCarthy for as long as he can remember. And for just as long, Janey has had a boyfriend--now fiance--
doctor-in-training, David Lawrence. But when things go terribly wrong and the engagement is broken, Janey decides that a few days on the mainland with Joe--who she calls her "fifth brother"--is just what she needs before she goes home to the island to face her family with the bad news . . .

Loving Janey from afar was tough enough on Joe, but having her in his house is pure torture. Will he keep himself in the friend zone? Or will he take advantage of this opportunity to show Janey what they could have together? And what will his best friend--Janey's protective older brother, Mac--have to say about it? Now Joe will finally have to decide if it's time to leave safe waters and set his own course . . .

Monday, May 28, 2018

4.5 Wine Glass #Review of A Sky Full of Stars by Samantha Chase


32470587Title: A Sky Full of Stars
Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers #5
Author: Samantha Chase
Format: Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 384 pages
Published: June 6th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

The stars are about to align in the newest Shaughnessy brothers romance!

Brilliant astrophysicist Dr. Owen Shaughnessy feels more connected to the cosmos than to people. He's great with calculations, but when he leads a team of scientists to study a famous meteor shower, he doesn't factor in his free-spirited artist assistant Brooke Matthews.

Polar opposites in personality, the friction between them threatens to derail the project. But the beauty and mystery of the night sky draw Owen and Brooke together―and she's going to surprise him in ways the stars never could. 

Linda's Thoughts:

“You have the ability to see into the sky and talk to the stars,” she said softly. “They twinkle just for you, you know.”

#Giveaway of Cowboy Bold by Carolyn Brown (#CowboyoftheMonth #COTMCrew)

We are celebrating a huge milestone for author, Carolyn Brown today! Cowboy Bold is the 90th book she has published- woohoo! Learn more about Cade  and Cowboy Bold below.


Name: Cade Maguire
Age: 30
From: Sunset, Texas
Height: 6’4’’

If your best friends had to pick four words to describe you, what would they pick? 
Friendly, hard-working, fun-loving, wary of relationships.

What are you passionate about? 
Ranching and family.

Describe a typical Friday night. 
You’ll find me at The Rusty Spur, a bar where I hang out with my brother, Justin, and our foreman and best friend, Levi, on Friday and/or Saturday nights. We like to drink a few beers, listen to country music on the juke box and do some two steppin’, and if we get lucky, maybe take a pretty lady home with us.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

#Giveaway of The Dante Chamber by Matthew Pearl

36764399The Dante Chamber 
(The Dante Club #2)
by Matthew Pearl
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Penguin Press
ISBN 1594204934
From Mathew Pearl, the bestselling author of The Dante Club, a masterful tale of literature, obsession, and murder

The year is 1870. Five years after a series of Dante-inspired killings disrupted Boston, a man is found murdered in the public gardens of London with an enormous stone around his neck etched with a verse from the Divine Comedy. When more mysterious murders erupt across the city, all in the style of the punishments Dante memorialized in Purgatory, poet Christina Rossetti fears her brother, the Dante-obsessed artist and writer Gabriel Rossetti, will be the next victim.

Christina enlists poets Robert Browning and Alfred Tennyson, and famous scholar Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, to assist in deciphering the literary clues. Together these unlikely investigators rush to unravel the secrets of Dante's verses in order to find Gabriel and stop the killings. Racing between the shimmering mansions of the elite and the dark corners of London's underworld, they descend further and further into the mystery. But when the true inspiration behind the gruesome murders is finally revealed, Christina realizes that the perpetrator has even bigger and more horrific plans than she had initially thought.

A dazzling tale of intrigue from the writer Library Journal calls "the reigning king of popular literary historical thrillers," The Dante Chamber is a riveting adventure across London and through Dante. Expertly blending fact and fiction, Pearl gives us a historical mystery like no other, captivating and enthralling until the last page. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday Sangria: RED APPLE SANGRIA (#Wine #Recipe #Sangria)

Welcome to Saturday Sangria, where ever Saturday you will find a delicious sangria recipe to go with your weekend reading! Have a recipe of your own? Join the fun and leave us a comment or a link to your own post!  

When you see an apple sangria, you might think fall. But why? Apples are just as good in the spring! So grab a few of your favorite types, along with a few other delicious fruits, and enjoy. Cheers! 😊🍷

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Servings: 2

#Interview with Katie Reus of Innocent Target + #Giveaway

We are extremely excited to have today’s guest back to the blog. Her romantic suspense books always earn high wine glasses from us and we gobble up her shifter series. Please join is in welcoming back, Katie Reus!

Katie: Thanks so much for having me here!

Lexi: Whoop whoop! The Redemption Harbor series is back with book four! (we’re already white knuckling our nooks and kindles) And in Innocent Target you bring yet another stellar heroine. Book one’s heroine was in the CIA, book two’s was a thief, book three had a wedding planner, and now in book four our heroine is a veterinarian. Which heroine’s career did you have the most fun writing into the story?

Friday, May 25, 2018

Read an #Excerpt from Unlocking Lies by Kennedy Layne

35290588Unlocking Lies 
(Keys to Love #3)
by Kennedy Layne
Kindle Edition, 205 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Kennedy Layne Publishing
Secrets and lies have a way of weaving a deadly web. Returning home from his last deployment shouldn’t have been complicated, but Jace Kendall was immediately drawn into a murder investigation that hits a little too close to home. The last thing he should be doing was reigniting old passions that should have been kept buried, but he’s never been a guy who plays by the rules.

Shae has suffered for twelve years without knowing why her sister disappeared. The long-awaited answers are now within reach, and she’ll have no choice but to trust the one man who knows more than he’s telling.

It isn’t long before Jace and Shae are lost in the mystery of solving a case that’s long gone cold. When they find the answers they’ve been looking for, a darkness is unveiled that will leave one of them in the crosshairs of a psychopath.

Their homecoming wasn’t so welcoming. Four brothers and one sister each gave twelve years of their lives to serve their country and fulfill their family’s legacy of service. As each of them return to their home of record, they weren’t prepared for what awaited them—an unforgiveable sin that has been hidden for twelve long years. Secrets and lies are concealed in the dark shadows of the very town they were raised in, and the Kendall family will have no choice but to rely on one another to unravel the sinister evil that they all hold the keys to unlock.