Wednesday, November 25, 2020

#Spotlight on Once Upon a Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday + #Giveaway

 


About the Book:

Once Upon a Mail Order Bride
(Outlaw Mail Order Brides #4)
by Linda Broday

Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN1492693723 
When the West was wild and man's law favored the few, these extraordinary women could be found...in the heart of an outlaw.

Accused of crimes he didn't commit, ex-preacher Ridge Steele is forced to give up everything he knew and make his home with outlaws. Desperate for someone to confide in, he strikes up correspondence with mail-order bride Adeline Jancy, finding in her the open heart he's been searching for. Upon her arrival, Ridge discovers Addie only communicates through the written word, but he knows a little of what trauma can do to a person and vows to stand by her side.

Addie is eager to start a new life with the kind ex-preacher and the little boy she's stolen away from her father--a zealot priest of a terrorized flock. As her small family settles into life at Hope's Crossing, she even begins to find the voice, and confidence, she'd lost so long ago.

But danger is not far behind, and her father will not be denied. While Addie desperately fights the man who destroyed her childhood, a determined Ridge races to the rescue. The star-crossed lovers will need more than prayers to survive this final challenge...and find their way back to each other again.


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

#Spotlight on Wolf Untamed by Paige Tyler + #Giveaway




About the Book:


Wolf Untamed
(SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #11)
by Paige Tyler
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN1728205557
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Paige Tyler brings you the latest in her sexy, pulse-pounding SWAT series

SWAT werewolf Diego Martinez has always had a protective side, so when he meets a newly turned teenage werewolf, and the kid's intriguing mother, he readily offers to help Brandon learn what it means to be a werewolf. He also readily falls for for Brandon's mother, Bree, and the attraction is mutual.

But as SWAT's biggest case starts to converge with Bree's family, Diego and Bree find themselves in danger they could never have imagined. It'll take everything they've got to discover the truth and keep each other safe. 


Monday, November 23, 2020

#Spotlight on Ride the Tide by Julie Ann Walker + #Giveaway




About the Book:


Ride the Tide
(Deep Six #3)
by Julie Ann Walker 
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN1492608963
Once a fighter, always a fighter...

Former Navy SEAL Mason McCarthy is done being a fighting man. Now he and the Deep Six Salvage crew are working feverishly to find the wreck of the Santa Cristina and its legendary sunken treasure. Unfortunately for Mason's peace of mind, chatty, brilliant historian Alexandra Merriweather has joined the hunt and there's no avoiding her. Alex is exactly the kind of distraction Mason can't afford right now...or maybe ever.

When a murderous enemy from Mason's past threatens the Deep Six, he must rely on old instincts and the skills he honed from years of running black ops to make sure nothing touches Alexandra. But with their lives on the line and the adrenaline running high, it's inevitable that sparks will fly.


Friday, November 20, 2020

🍷🍷🍷.5 #Review of The Blood King by Abigail Owen




Title: The Blood King
Series: Inferno Rising #2
Author: Abigail Owen
Format: Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published: August 25th 2020 by Entangled: Amara
ASIN: B084V1ZBPC
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Ruthless dragon king Ladon Ormarr must keep his throne at all costs. And now, with war on the horizon, he’ll need a miracle. Luckily, the fates have dropped Skylar Amon right into his lap.

Except he may have met his match.

The feisty Amon sister has no fear — of him or any other dragon shifter — is brash, doesn’t stick to protocols, and regularly offends his warriors and advisers.

Skylar also has no intention of sticking around. She doesn't believe in the whole destined mates thing and believes all dragon kings to be dangerous. But if it means taking out the High King who murdered her parents, she'll put up with Ladon... temporarily.

But the fates have other plans. And when Skylar disappears in the middle of a battle, Ladon will burn down the world to find her. 



Crystal's Thoughts:

"Kasia was the courageous one. Meira the brains. And Angelika the heart. But Skylar was the protector…With their mother gone, if she didn’t protect her sisters, who else would?"

Thursday, November 19, 2020

🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review of In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren




Title: In a Holidaze
Author: Christina Lauren
Format: Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 334 pages
Published: October 6th 2020 by Gallery Books
ASIN: B084GB2M9R
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷 out of 5 Wine Glasses
One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners..

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.



Crystal's Thoughts:

“I ask the universe, simply: Can you show me what will make me happy?”

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Read an #Excerpt from So Wrong, It's Wright by Amelia Kingston + #Giveaway

 


About the Book


So Wrong, It's Wright 
(So Far, So Good, #3)
by Amelia Kingston

ebook, 119 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Totally Bound Publishing
ISBN139781839434525
An infuriatingly irresistible love story.

Michelle Anders is done with love. Done with the involuntary heart palpitations and suffocating in breathless moments. Done crying over a man who doesn’t deserve her. She’s determined to become a strong, independent woman, starting with focusing on what really matters. Herself.

The solitary week of relaxation she planned at a friend’s remote lake house turns unbearable when the man who broke her heart stumbles in on her. While she’s stark naked in the bathtub. With his pants around his ankles!

Drew Wright may be the NFL’s newest darling, but to Michelle the jock is nothing but a loud-mouthed, crass, country-boy brute. He doesn’t deserve a second of her time…but the things he can do to her body are irresistible.

When mother nature conspires to keep them locked up together, Michelle needs to figure out where lust ends and love begins.


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Happy #BookBirthday to The Christmas Plan by Samantha Chase




About the Book

The Christmas Plan
(Silver Bell Falls #6)
by Samantha Chase 

Kindle Edition
Published November 17th 2020 by Chasing Romance, Inc.
ASINB08KHW5T1B
If only life was a cheesy holiday movie…
Unfortunately for Aspen Harris, her life doesn’t even come close.

Finding herself unemployed just before the holidays, she has no choice but to move back home and in her parents’ house. And that means leaving behind her best friend Gabriel and all her dreams of someday owning her own chocolate shop. So when Gabe suggests she come to Silver Bell Falls to spend the holidays with his family, it seems like the perfect distraction.

What’s so great about holiday movies?
Don’t people realize that living in an actual Christmas town is anything but magical?

Every year, Gabriel Andrews goes home to Silver Bell Falls to help his father run the family Christmas tree lot. When Aspen tells him she has to move to the other side of the country after losing her job, he suggests she come home with him for the holidays. It’s the perfect way to spend as much time together as possible before a whole country separates them.

But this is Silver Bell Falls at Christmas time…between a mother with matchmaking tendencies, tight living quarters and far too much chocolate, it doesn’t take very long for life to start imitating art.

Monday, November 16, 2020

🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review (and happy book birthdayπŸŽ‚) of Leads and Lynxes by Rebecca Chastain



Title: Leads & Lynxes
Series: Terra Haven Chronicles #1

Author: Rebecca Chastain

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Format: ebook/paperback

Published: November 17th, 2020 by Mind Your Muse

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Source: author

Reviewer: Lexi

Rating🍷🍷🍷🍷 

Be careful what you ask for...

Kylie got into journalism to write important stories. Ones about gargoyles and dryads, elemental warriors, and thwarted magical attacks on her city. The bigger the story, the better. So when she lands the opportunity to ask an enchanted everlasting tree for the answer to any question she desires, she doesn’t have to think about it. She wants the story of a lifetime.

So does her nemesis, Nathan. If anyone is going to write a high-profile story, the senior journalist believes it should be him—and Nathan’s not above playing dirty to get his way. Kylie must work fast or risk losing control of her story.

But with every new lead forcing Kylie and her gargoyle companion Quinn deeper into a deadly maze of murder, warped magic, and monstrous beasts, rushing could prove fatal. Kylie is determined to write her dream story, but even she is beginning to wonder: Is the story of a lifetime the last story she’ll ever write?

USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Chastain returns to the beloved world of the Terra Haven Chronicles for a brand-new spellbinding adventure of elemental magic and courageous gargoyles. If you love action-packed stories filled with mythical creatures, brave heroines, and adorable sidekicks, you’ll love Leads & Lynxes!




Lexi's Review:


The Terra Haven Chronicles: feeding my love of those stone monsters that all began with the animated television series Gargoyles!!

Friday, November 13, 2020

Read an #Excerpt from Kissing Lessons by Stefanie London




About the Book


Kissing Lessons
by Stefanie London

Kindle Edition
Published November 9th 2020 by Entangled Publishing LLC (Amara)
ASINB08LC64T26
Welcome to Kissing Creek, where everything has a romance-themed pun for a name and love is lurking around every corner...

Audrey Miller doesn’t believe in happily-ever-after, so she is definitely living in the wrong town. But she’s never getting out of Kissing Creek, because playing pseudo-mom for her younger siblings doesn’t leave time for much else. She’ll do anything to make sure they don’t end up stuck like she is, working as a barista in a college town, serving Pink Passion mochas with Chocolate Smooch donuts.

Then Ronan Walsh, a new young professor and walking clichΓ©, right down to the elbow patches on his blazer, steps in for a coffee and into her life. She knows his type—intelligent and charming, yet sweet as a cinnamon roll, the sort of man she’s inevitably attracted to but is always out of her league. So why does someone like him have any interest in a worker bee with no future?

Her bland-as-oatmeal existence has nothing to offer, but Ronan’s temporary teaching position is only a stepping stone on his way to somewhere else. He isn’t here to put down roots, Audrey’s roots are firmly planted—neither of them is looking for love. And maybe that’s just perfect.

But in a small town called Kissing Creek, sometimes love can be impossible to avoid...


Thursday, November 12, 2020

#Spotlight on Secrets Held Within by C.A. Afonso

We're super excited to share with our readers C.A. Afonso's Secrets Held Within! This is a murder, mystery, and suspense short story that is sure to thrill! Secrets Held Within is available to read now on Kindle, Nook, and iTunes - grab your copy today!



About the Book

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Title
: Secrets Held Within
Author: C.A. Afonso
Publication Date: October 29th, 2019 by Newman Springs Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Murder, Mystery, and Suspense
Length: Short Story, One-Hour Read, Novelette

Blurb:
Every small town has its share of secrets. Just where Christopher hides his, it’s deep inside.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

#Spotlight on Fireside Love by S.L. Sterling




About the Book


Fireside Love
by S.L. Sterling 

Kindle Edition, 162 pages
Published November 6th 2020 by S.L. Sterling
ASINB08FBSPW73
Kristy

I hated my job. I had no social life.

Somehow I had become so predictable after my last relationship ended, that the cashier at the local food mart already had my favorite wine bagged and waiting for me behind the counter when I walked in on Friday afternoon.

I needed to get away, from everything.

So when my best friend, Addie, called up and offered me a FREE weekend getaway, how could I say no.
Promises of a quiet weekend with a good book, warm fires, and flannel pajamas? Yes, please!


Austin

It had been eighteen months.

Eighteen months, since I had lost my wife in a car accident and learned that our marriage had been nothing but one big lie.

I’d done nothing but work and mope around my sister’s house, so when she told me to take her cabin for the weekend. Time alone, surrounded by nature and the fresh cold mountain air was exactly what I’d been needing.

However, my plans of being alone in the wilderness quickly vanished when I walked through the doors of the cabin and found my sister’s best friend drunk and half-naked on the floor of the very same cabin.
I’d hidden my crush on her for years. Perhaps, not well enough. After all, Addie must have set this up.

The weekend was about to get a lot more interesting.


From USA Today Bestselling Author S.L. Sterling comes this friends to lovers romance that will warm your heart on a cold winters night. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

🍷🍷🍷🍷.5 #Review of The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant




Title: The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux
Author: Samantha Verant 
Format: Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published: September 8th 2020 by Berkley
ASIN: B082H35HBM
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
A disgraced chef rediscovers her passion for food and her roots in this stunning novel rich in culture and full of delectable recipes.

French-born American chef Sophie Valroux had one dream: to be part of the 1% of female chefs running a Michelin-starred restaurant. From spending summers with her grandmother, who taught her the power of cooking and food, to attending the Culinary Institute of America, Sophie finds herself on the cusp of getting everything she's dreamed of.

Until her career goes up in flames.

Sabotaged by a fellow chef, Sophie is fired, leaving her reputation ruined and confidence shaken. To add fuel to the fire, Sophie learns that her grandmother has suffered a stroke and takes the red-eye to France. There, Sophie discovers the simple home she remembers from her childhood is now a luxurious chΓ’teau, complete with two restaurants and a vineyard. As Sophie tries to reestablish herself in the kitchen, she comes to understand the lengths people will go to for success and love, and how dreams can change. 



Crystal's Thoughts:

"This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all, have fun." - Julia Child

Monday, November 9, 2020

🍷🍷.5 #Review of The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel

 


Title:  The Trouble with Hating You
Author: Sajni Patel
Format: Paperback/eBook, 352 pages
Publication: May 12, 2020 by Forever
ASIN:   B07XDM21SB   
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating🍷🍷.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents' latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she's out the back door in a flash. Imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office a week later -- the new lawyer hired to save her struggling company. What's not surprising: he's not too thrilled to see her either after that humiliating fiasco.

Jay Shah looks good on paper...and off. Especially if you like that whole gorgeous, charming lawyer-in-a-good-suit thing. He's also arrogant and infuriating. As their witty office banter turns into late night chats, Liya starts to think he might be the one man who truly accepts her. But falling for each other means exposing their painful pasts. Will Liya keep running, or will she finally give love a real chance?



Kimberly's Thoughts:

Liya loves her mother, has a contentious relationship with her father, and while enjoys the community aspect of her culture, she doesn't like the judgment. Living by herself, unmarried, and more of a modern bent attitude towards romantic relationships, Liya doesn't want to get married. She has had it with her father surprising her with these matchmaker dinners and literally runs over the latest match to get away.
Jay can't believe how rude Liya was and is angry at her for making his mother feel bad and when it turns out she works for the company that just hired him as a corporate lawyer to try and the save them from impending lawsuits, he comes down harsh on her when she is late to a meeting.

Friday, November 6, 2020

#CoverReveal of The Way the Story Goes by Samantha Chase

 


About the Book


The Way the Story Goes
(Magnolia Sound #7)
by Samantha Chase
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Expected publication: January 12th 2021 by Chasing Romance, Inc.
ASINB08MKL8TS7

Thursday, November 5, 2020

🍷.5 #Review of The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag




Title:  The Sisters Grimm
Author: Menna van Praag
Format: Paperback/eBook, 448 pages
Publication: Mar. 31, 2020 by Harper Voyager
ASIN:    B07TV5S9T9  
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: LibraryThing
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 🍷.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Once upon a time, a demon who desired earthly domination fathered an army of dark daughters to help him corrupt humanity . . .   

As children, Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea dreamed of a strange otherworld: a nightscape of mists and fog, perpetually falling leaves and hungry ivy, lit by an unwavering moon. Here, in this shadowland of Everwhere, the four girls, half-sisters connected by blood and magic, began to nurture their elemental powers together. But at thirteen, the sisters were ripped from Everwhere and separated. Now, five years later, they search for one another and yearn to rediscover their unique and supernatural strengths. Goldie (earth) manipulates plants and gives life. Liyana (water) controls rivers and rain. Scarlet (fire) has electricity at her fingertips. Bea (air) can fly.

To realize their full potential, the blood sisters must return to the land of their childhood dreams. But Everwhere can only be accessed through certain gates at 3:33 A.M. on the night of a new moon. As Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea are beset with the challenges of their earthly lives, they must prepare for a battle that lies ahead. On their eighteenth birthday, they will be subjected to a gladiatorial fight with their father’s soldiers. If they survive, they will face their father who will let them live only if they turn dark. Which would be fair, if only the sisters knew what was coming.

So, they have thirty-three days to discover who they truly are and what they can truly do, before they must fight to save themselves and those they love.



Kimberly's Thoughts:

The Sisters Grimm are daughters of air---at least they begin that way---born of dreams and prayer, imagination and faith, bright-white wishing and black-edged desire.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review of What I'm Looking For by Karen Grey




Title: What I’m Looking For
Series: Boston Classics Book 1
Author: Karen Grey
Format: Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published: June 23rd 2020 by Home Cooked Books
ISBN: ASIN B0876HQBKG
LinksGoodreads AmazonB&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating🍷🍷🍷🍷 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Recipe for a Boston Classic Cocktail: one part finance geek, one part starving actor, two shots of stubborn and a healthy squeeze of passion. Shake well and serve in a vintage glass.
 

When Kate Bishop walks into Boston’s famous Bull and Finch pub, all she’s looking for is one guy from her investment firm that she can trust to have her back—a tall order. With a salesman at her side, maybe stage fright won’t paralyze her completely when she presents her meticulously prepared research to clients. And maybe she can save her job.

 
Romance is the last thing on her to-do list, but a meet-cute with a Shakespeare-quoting bartender has her speculating on the value of diversifying her life portfolio.

 
Will Talbot is not a fan of the slick financiers who cram into his bar after each day’s closing bell. With their calls for Harvey Wallbangers and their HermΓ¨s ties, they’re all the same.
 

Except for a certain beautiful, buttoned-up brunette with fire in her eyes and a storm in her heart. They’re totally wrong for each other. He should be focusing on his upcoming audition, not coaching Kate on how to act like she's a bona fide member of the Gordon Gekko club.

 
Problem is, they can’t seem to stay away from each other.
 

The course of true love never did run smooth, but in this 1980's sweet-and-sexy rom-com, returns on love can’t be measured on the S&P 500.



Linda's Thoughts:

“’This is very midsummer madness,’” he says.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Read an #Excerpt from Blacklisted by Jay Crownover




About the Book:


Blacklisted
(Loveless, Texas #3)
by Jay Crownover 

Mass Market Paperback, 285 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Forever
ISBN1538746387
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and suspenseful romance between a doctor who plays by the rules and the outlaw who breaks them in order to protect her.


Dr. Presley Baskin has always lived a quiet, calm life. Unfortunately, nothing about her life in Loveless, Texas—especially not the wild, rowdy, and impossibly close-knit Lawton family who've claimed her—is quiet or calm. Which is how loner Presley finds herself roped into patching up local bad boy Shot Caldwell against her better judgment. Presley wants nothing to do with the dangerous, brooding leader of the local outlaw motorcycle club. But when someone starts stalking her, Shot is the only person she trusts to help. Plus he owes her one...


Palmer 'Shot' Caldwell has always known his life isn't made for relationships. At least until shy, secretive, Presley reluctantly pulled a bullet out of him. He's oddly protective of the pretty doctor, so when she comes to him for help, hard-hearted Shot suddenly realizes there's nothing he wouldn't do to keep her safe.