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Sunday, June 30, 2019

4 Wine Glass #Review of Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh




42374078. sx318 Title: Wolf Rain
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #3
Author: Nalini Singh
Format: Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published: June 4th 2019 by Berkley
ASINB: 07JFMN6DR
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us on a new adventure in this next novel of the Psy-Changeling Trinity series...

The end of Silence was supposed to create a better world for future generations. But trust is broken, and the alliance between Psy, Changeling, and human is thin. The problems that led to Silence are back in full force. Because Silence fixed nothing, just hid the problems.

This time, the Psy have to find a real answer to their problems--if one exists. Or their race will soon go extinct in a cascade of violence. The answer begins with an empath who is attuned to monsters--and who is going to charm a wolf into loving her despite his own demons.



Crystal's Thoughts:
Nalini Singh is a sensational author that never disappoints. With eighteen books in a series, chances are that they're not all going to be five-star reads, but I can promise you this - you will enjoy every single one regardless.

3 Wine Glass #Review of American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera




42983586. sy475 Title:  American Dreamer
Series:  Dreamers #1
Author: Adriana Herrera
Format: Paperback/eBook, 384 pages
Publication: March 4th 2019 by Carina Press
ASIN:   B07KN6G9CM
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Author
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 3 out of 5 Wine Glasses

No one ever said big dreams come easy

For Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York is a huge gamble. If it works? He’ll be a big fish in a little pond. If it doesn’t? He’ll have to give up the hustle and return to the day job he hates. He’s got six months to make it happen—the last thing he needs is a distraction.

Jude Fuller is proud of the life he’s built on the banks of Cayuga Lake. He has a job he loves and good friends. It’s safe. It’s quiet. And it’s damn lonely. Until he tries Ithaca’s most-talked-about new lunch spot and works up the courage to flirt with the handsome owner. Soon he can’t get enough—of Nesto’s food orof Nesto. For the first time in his life, Jude can finally taste the kind of happiness that’s always been just out of reach.

An opportunity too good to pass up could mean a way to stay together and an incredible future for them both…if Nesto can remember happiness isn’t always measured by business success. And if Jude can overcome his past and trust his man will never let him down.



Kimberly's Thoughts:
Nesto has decided to take a big chance and take his Afro-Carribean food truck from New York City to Ithaca. His mother and sister live up there but he'll be leaving behind a bunch of friends who provide a great support system.
Growing up, books were important to Jude, it's no wonder he became a librarian. He's been dreaming of getting a mobile book van going but funding is tight.
Nesto and Jude both have dreams and when they meet, their chemistry can't be denied. Nesto is outgoing but a workaholic, Jude is shy and reserved, and not everyone in Ithaca wants change.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Saturday Sangria: SPARKLING RED, WHITE AND BLUE SANGRIA (#Wine #Sangria #Recipe)

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!  


Independence Day is coming up quickly! How do you celebrate? With friends and family? Immediate family only? Barbecue and mortars? Go to a local event to see the fireworks and sample food trucks? No matter what you do, most Americans have some sort of meal plan for the holiday! We have a great sangria recipe to pair with whatever you may be serving. Cheers, America! πŸŽ†☀🍷


SPARKLING RED, WHITE AND BLUE SANGRIA 

YIELD: 8-12 SERVINGS | TOTAL TIME: 10 MINS | PREP TIME: 10 MINS 

Friday, June 28, 2019

#Spotlight on Renegade by Anna Schmidt + #Giveaway




46206633. sy475 Renegade 
(Cowboys & Harvey Girls Book 2)
by Anna Schmidt
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ASINB07MZH122G
MEET THE HARVEY GIRLS. These real-life pioneering women were symbols of elegance in the wild frontier: taming rough manners, falling in love, and changing the face of the West forever.

Lily Travis may be a Harvey Girl, but she's a rebel—and a romantic—at heart. Too bad her impulsive nature led her to marry a man who promised a life of ease and prosperity, only to disappear the very next day. She's kept her secret as best she can, and now she's convinced she'll never find true love...not even with the handsome local sheriff she can't get off her mind.

Cody Daniels knows Lily isn't the right woman for a by-the-book lawman with political ambitions. She's brash, headstrong...and entirely too tempting. But when Lily's past catches up with her and the villain she married threatens everything she holds dear, Cody is determined to defend her honor and show her the future they could have together—no matter the consequences.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Read an #Excerpt from Justified by Jay Crownover




42283846Justified 
(Loveless, Texas #1)
by Jay Crownover
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Forever
ISBN 1538746336
The New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series delivers a romance about a rugged Texas sheriff who must protect the woman who was once his sworn enemy...

Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, he's determined to do everything by the book--until he's called to Aspen Barlow's office after a so-called break-in. The last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isn't the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge...

Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, she'll have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear there's a thin line between love and hate... because there's nothing Case wouldn't do to keep her safe.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

#Spotlight on A Rainbow Above Us by Sharon Sala + #Giveaway




42366202A Rainbow Above Us
(Blessings, Georgia #8)
by Sharon Sala
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492673684
What will it take to bring people together?

Hurricane Fanny left no one in Blessings, Georgia unscathed--including Rowan Harper, the only surviving member of her family. Rebuilding her life now seems almost impossible.

Bowie James comes back to help repair his grandmother's house, but he doesn't intend to stay long. He and his mother were forced out of Blessings a decade ago, and he's neither forgiven nor forgotten those responsible.

But Rowan is kindhearted, beautiful, and lost, and Bowie discovers that he can entrust her with his deepest secrets. If only their love could bring hope and healing to everyone around them, maybe they'd be willing to give it a chance...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Happy #BookBirthday to Seven Nights of Sin by Kendall Ryan




40058849Seven Nights of Sin
(Penthouse Affair #2)
by Kendall Ryan
Published June 25th 2019 by Kendall Ryan
He's the powerful CEO. I'm the know-it-all intern.

Things went further than they should have, but I don't have any regrets. Well, maybe just one...

I went and did the one thing he told me not to – fall in love with him.

Now I have seven days to prove my trust and devotion. Turns out money is a powerful drug, but love is even more addictive.

Tuesday's New Book Releases - June 25 2019 + #Giveaway !

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

What an amazing week for new books! Jay Crownover's new Loveless, Texas series debuts today with Justified. You can also pick up the must-read fantasy romance, Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer #1) by Maxym M. Martineau today as well. Scroll down to see what Lexi and I thought about this title! Lynsay Sands also has a historical romance re-release out under a new title. Which one of these books will you be nabbing?! πŸ“šπŸ’ΈπŸŽ‰



42116664Alpha's Promise
(Dark Protectors #10)
by Rebecca Zanetti
Kindle Edition, 345 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Lyrical Press
ASINB07HVVCYXZ
To hell and back . . .
Though he has vampire, demon, and Viking blood rushing through his veins, Ivar Kjeidsen’s soul-crushing trip to hell broke him in ways he can barely fathom.  One vow keeps the deadly immortal standing: To rescue the vampire brother who had sacrificed freedom for him.  To do that, Ivar needs the help of a brilliant physicist with wary brown eyes, fierce brilliance, and skin that's way too soft.

Dr. Promise Williams understands the underpinnings of the universe but has never figured out the human beings inhabiting it.   Her function is to think—and not feel—until she’s touched by a vampire who’s nowhere near human. The primal hunger in his eyes awakens feelings in her that defy calculation. As she shows him the way to step between worlds, he brands her with a pleasure that could last more than a lifetime . . .


42366222Kingdom of Exiles
(The Beast Charmer #1)
by Maxym M. Martinea
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492689386
Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed in this epic, gripping fantasy romance from debut author Maxym M. Martineau.

Exiled beast charmer Leena Edenfrell is in deep trouble. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts on the black market—an offense punishable by death—and now there's a price on her head. With the realm's most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes him an offer he can't refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.

If only it were that simple. Unbeknownst to Leena, the undying ones are bound by magic to complete their contracts, and Noc cannot risk his brotherhood of assassins...not even to save the woman he can no longer live without.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Dual #Review of Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau




Title: KINGDOM OF EXILES
Series: The Beast Charmer #1
Author: Maxym M. Martineau
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Format: ebook/mass market paperback, 400 pages
Published: June 25th, 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: publisher / netgalley
Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed in this epic, gripping fantasy romance from debut author Maxym M. Martineau.

Exiled beast charmer Leena Edenfrell is in deep trouble. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts on the black market—an offense punishable by death—and now there's a price on her head. With the realm's most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes him an offer he can't refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.

If only it were that simple. Unbeknownst to Leena, the undying ones are bound by magic to complete their contracts, and Noc cannot risk his brotherhood of assassins...not even to save the woman he can no longer live without.




Lexi's Thoughts:

Pokemon + a fantasy romance = KINGDOM OF EXILES, and it’s fantastic. Martineau gives us what we’ve been missing for years, a debut Urban Fantasy with a strong magic system, great world building, and a fantastic romance.

#Spotlight on Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau + #Giveaway

Look for our 4 Wine Glass Dual Review of this title on June 24th at 8pm EST! 



42366222Kingdom of Exiles
(The Beast Charmer #1)
by Maxym M. Martineau 
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492689386
Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed in this epic, gripping fantasy romance from debut author Maxym M. Martineau.

Exiled beast charmer Leena Edenfrell is in deep trouble. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts on the black market—an offense punishable by death—and now there's a price on her head. With the realm's most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes him an offer he can't refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.

If only it were that simple. Unbeknownst to Leena, the undying ones are bound by magic to complete their contracts, and Noc cannot risk his brotherhood of assassins...not even to save the woman he can no longer live without.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

2.5 Wine Glass #Review of Magician's Hoard by Celia Lake

 



45480894Title:  Magician's Hoard
Series:  Mysterious Charm #3
Author: Celia Lake
Format: Paperback/eBook, 261 pages
Publication: April 30th 2019 by Celia Lake
ASIN:   B07RBCHRW6
Links: Goodreads | Amazon| B&N
Source: LibraryThing
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Secrets in the stones
Proserpina Gates thought she had a straightforward research question.
A widowed bookseller keeping things running on her own, Pross has taken on a research project to help ends meet. All she wants to do is help her client discover the truth about the stories of a hidden hoard on the family estate in Norfolk. But the Research Society has changed, and the only person who shows any interest in helping her is Ibis Ward.

And he's rather prickly about it.

Ibis knows that his colleagues don't care for him.
He's not their sort at all, especially since he's both half-Egyptian and competent at research. His life has taught him to expect that and nothing more. Instead, he spends his time using his fluency with hieroglyphs, his archaeological skills, and his gifts for magic to translate and describe objects in the Petrie Collection.

Despite himself, he's intrigued when Pross comes to him for help. As it becomes clear that there's more going on, he finds himself trusting her more than he has trusted anyone in years.

Together, they are drawn into a web of magic, mystery, and those who would use magic and power for their own ends.

Magician’s Hoard is a standalone romance of 67,000 words with a happy ending (no cliffhangers) and the world's most adorable hedgehog. The Mysterious Charm series explores the magical community of the British Isles in the 1920s and can be read in any order.



Kimberly's Thoughts:
Pross' is a widowed bookseller and when someone approaches her with a research project, she can't help but take it on. When she realizes she needs help, she goes to the Research Society. There she gets directed to someone named Ibis.
Due to racism and classism, Ibis is stuffed into a corner in the offices of the Research Society but when Pross gets sent up to him, it will set-off a chain of discoveries that will shake the very fabric of their lives, in more ways than one.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Saturday Sangria: Summer Sangria (#Wine #Sangria #Recipe)

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!  


It's officially summer, and we have the perfect sangria recipe to celebrate! Cheers! ☀🍷


Summer Sangria 

PREP TIME: 10 minutes | TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes

Friday, June 21, 2019

2 Wine Glass #Review of Cowboy Rebel by Carolyn Brown




41717488Title:  Cowboy Rebel
Series:  Longhorn Canyon #4
Author: Carolyn Brown
Format: Paperback/eBook, 401 pages
Publication: May 28th 2019 by Forever
ASIN:   B07H29WHP9
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

A WILD COWBOY WITH A BIG HEART
Ever since losing his best friend in a motorcycle accident, Taggart Baker wants to make every moment count. No dare is too dangerous, no adventure too crazy for this cowboy. But after one bad brush with the law, he realizes it's time to ditch his hooligan friends and grow up. Now he's running his own ranch next to the Longhorn Canyon spread in Texas. Still, no one would ever call him tame.

Nikki Grady has worked too hard for her RN license just to throw it away for some reckless cowboy who shows up in her emergency room after a barroom brawl. But she can't help being drawn to Tag's sense of humor and those crystal blue eyes. The more time they spend together, the more she sees his good heart. But just as Tag seems ready to settle down for good, his troubled past comes calling-and this time he won't be able to walk away so easily.

Includes the bonus novella A Wedding on Lavender Hill by Annie Rains: When an event planner is asked to create the perfect wedding in just three days, she must turn to the last person she wants to ask for help -- the infuriating owner of the house on the hilltop.



Kimberly's Thoughts:
He had a bad reputation. Nikki had a crazy mother and an even more demanding work schedule. He could sure look past her issues if she could see past his.

#Spotlight on Wolf Instinct by Paige Tyler + #Giveaway




42366197Wolf Instinct
(SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #9)
by Paige Tyler
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492670561
He's a wolf shifter.
She hunts monsters.
How can she be The One for him?

SWAT werewolf Zane Kendrick will do whatever it takes to take down the man who attacked his pack. His search takes him to Los Angeles, but when he meets Alyssa, the smart, sexy agent who comes to his aid, he's immediately interested in pursuing more than just the next lead. All his wolf instincts tell him that she's The One.

FBI agent Alyssa Carson has investigated some weird stuff lately, and finding missing people drained of their blood definitely falls into that category. When following a clue leads her to Zane, she agrees to work with him and his team. She's attracted to the gorgeous Brit, but she doesn't have time for anything but finding answers.

When Zane and Alyssa discover the sinister truth, it'll take everything they have to make it out of this mission with their lives―and hearts―intact.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

#Spotlight on Puppy Love by Lucy Gilmore + #Giveaway




42589337Puppy Love
(Service Puppies #1)
by Lucy Gilmore
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492671657
A brand new series from debut author Lucy Gilmore, featuring service puppies who might just be matchmakers in the making...
Sophie Vasquez runs Puppy Promise, a service puppy training organization. Sophie's always been treated as the frail baby of the family—a thing she hates but doesn't know how to change. Until, that is, she meets her newest client.

Harrison Parks is a wildfire firefighter who isn't allowed back in the field unless he finds a service dog. Reluctantly, he agrees, never expecting to be assigned a skittish Pomeranian and the equally skittish woman who's supposed to wrangle them both into order. As it turns out, they all have something to prove…and more than enough room in their hearts for a little puppy love.