Thursday, March 23, 2023

Happy #BookBirthday to A Kingdom of Venom and Vows by Holly Renee


From USA Today Bestselling author, Holly Renee, comes A Kingdom of Venom and Vows, the epic conclusion in Evren and Adara’s love story is out now! Dive into the Stars and Shadows Series today!




About the Book


A Kingdom of Venom and Vows
Stars and Shadows #3
by Holly Renee
Kindle Edition
Expected publication March 23, 2023
I entered into a bargain—choosing my mate over my freedom.

But I underestimated the crowned prince who took me. His touch like venom. His vengeance lethal.

He craves a power I no longer hold, and he’ll sacrifice every part of me until he gets it.

But I don’t belong to him. I belong to his brother.

His brother who will come for me, consequences be damned.

My fate is entangled between two princes—one who craves my power, the other who covets me—and I have more to lose than I ever imagined.

War rages in a game between queens, and I have become their pawn. But I will fight for my life, for my mate, and he will raze kingdoms to get me back.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

#Spotlight on Jane & Edward: A Modern Reimagining of Jane Eyre by Melodie Edwards


Eligible meets Meg and Jo in JANE & EDWARD by Melodie Edwards, a subtly hilarious and heartfelt retelling of the beloved Jane Eyre. Set at a modern-day law firm in Toronto’s financial district, this stunning debut is both clever, romantic, and satisfying.




About the Book


Jane & Edward: A Modern Reimagining of Jane Eyre
by Melodie Edwards

352 pages, Paperback
First published March 21, 2023
This powerful reimagining of Jane Eyre, set in a modern-day law firm, is full of romance and hope as it follows the echoing heartbeats of the classic story.

A former foster kid, Jane has led a solitary life as a waitress in the suburbs, working hard to get by. Tired of years of barely scraping together a living, Jane takes classes to become a legal assistant and shortly after graduating accepts a job offer at a distinguished law firm in downtown Toronto. Everyone at the firm thinks she is destined for failure because her boss is the notoriously difficult Edward Rosen, the majority stakeholder of Rosen, Haythe & Thornfield LLP. But Jane has known far worse trials and refuses to back down when economic freedom is so close at hand.

Edward has never been able to keep an assistant--he's too loud, too messy, too ill-tempered. There's something about the quietly competent, delightfully sharp-witted Jane that intrigues him though. As their orbits overlap, their feelings begin to develop--first comes fondness and then something more. But when Edward's secrets put Jane's independence in jeopardy, she must face long-ignored ghosts from her past and decide if opening her heart is a risk worth taking.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review of The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen




Title: The Bridge Kingdom
Series: The Bridge Kingdom #1
Author: by Danielle L. Jensen
Format: 356 pages, Kindle Edition
Published: June 9, 2020 by CLA
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4 out of 5 
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A warrior princess trained in isolation, Lara is driven by two certainties. The first is that King Aren of the Bridge Kingdom is her enemy. And the second is that she’ll be the one to bring him to his knees.

The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom enriches itself and deprives its rivals, including Lara's homeland. So when she’s sent as a bride under the guise of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture its impenetrable defenses. And the defenses of its king.

Yet as she infiltrates her new home and gains a deeper understanding of the war to possess the bridge, Lara begins to question whether she’s the hero or the villain. And as her feelings for Aren transform from frosty hostility to fierce passion, Lara must choose which kingdom she’ll save… and which kingdom she’ll destroy.

Crystal's Thoughts:


“I will be the next Queen of Ithicana. And I will bring the Bridge Kingdom to its knees.”

Thursday, March 16, 2023

🍷🍷 #Review of Queen of Myth and Monsters by Scarlett St. Clair




Title: Queen of Myth and Monsters
Series: Adrian X Isolde #2
Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Format: 432 pages, ebook
Published: December 20, 2022 by Sourcebooks
ISBN: 9781728259666
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 2 out of 3 Wine Glasses
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The next book in the epic fantasy series by USA Today bestselling author Scarlett St. Clair.

Isolde, newly coronated queen, has finally found a king worthy of her in the vampire Adrian. But their love for each other has cost Isolde her father and her homeland. With two opposing goddesses playing mortals and vampires like chess pieces against one another, Isolde is uncertain who her allies are in the vampire stronghold of Revekka.

Now, as politics in the Red Palace grow more underhanded and a deadly blood mist threatens all of Cordova, Isolde must trust in the bond she's formed with Adrian, even as she learns troubling information about his complicated past.



Crystal's Thoughts:


Adrian and Isolde's star-crossed story continues with Queen of Myth and Monsters, and it is a bumpy ride (pun intended) to say the least. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review of A Light in the Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout




Title: A Light in the Flame
Series: Flesh and Fire #2
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Format: 650 pages, Hardcover
Published: November 15, 2022 by Blue Box Press
ISBN: 9781957568201
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Reviewer: Crystal 
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book two in her Flesh and Fire series…

The only one who can save Sera now is the one she spent her life planning to kill.

The truth about Sera’s plan is out, shattering the fragile trust forged between her and Nyktos. Surrounded by those distrustful of her, all Sera has is her duty. She will do anything to end Kolis, the false King of Gods, and his tyrannical rule of Iliseeum, thus stopping the threat he poses to the mortal realm.

Nyktos has a plan, though, and as they work together, the last thing they need is the undeniable, scorching passion that continues to ignite between them. Sera cannot afford to fall for the tortured Primal, not when a life no longer bound to a destiny she never wanted is more attainable than ever. But memories of their shared pleasure and unrivaled desire are a siren’s call impossible to resist.

And as Sera begins to realize that she wants to be more than a Consort in name only, the danger surrounding them intensifies. The attacks on the Shadowlands are increasing, and when Kolis summons them to Court, a whole new risk becomes apparent. The Primal power of Life is growing inside her, pushing her closer to the end of her Culling. And without Nyktos’s love—an emotion he’s incapable of feeling—she won’t survive her Ascension. That is if she even makes it to her Ascension and Kolis doesn’t get to her first. Because time is running out. For both her and the realms.

Crystal's Thoughts:


Brimming with heart wrenching angst, nail biting action, and steamy romance, Jennifer L. Armentrout's A Light in the Flame kept me glued to the pages from start to finish! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Read an #Excerpt from The Last Russian Doll Kristen Loesch


In her sweeping debut, American novelist and Putin resistance scholar Kristen Loesch delivers a timely and topical novel—one that spans three generations of Russian history, from the 1917 revolution to the last days of the Soviet Union. THE LAST RUSSIAN DOLL is a saga about family and love, inspired by Russian literature and folklore, and told through the lens of three generations of women living at pivotal moments in Russian history.




About the Book


The Last Russian Doll
by Kristen Loesch

Format: 384 pages, Hardcover
Published: March 14, 2023 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780593547984
A haunting, epic novel about betrayal, revenge, and redemption that follows three generations of Russian women, from the 1917 revolution to the last days of the Soviet Union, and the enduring love story at the center.

In a faraway kingdom, in a long-ago land...

...a young girl lived happily in Moscow with her family: a sister, a father, and an eccentric mother who liked to tell fairy tales and collect porcelain dolls.

One summer night, everything changed, and all that remained of that family were the girl and her mother.

Now, a decade later and studying at Oxford University, Rosie has an English name, a loving fiancΓ©, and a promising future, but all she wants is to understand--and bury--the past. After her mother dies, Rosie returns to Russia, armed with little more than her mother’s strange folklore--and a single key.
What she uncovers is a devastating family history that spans the 1917 Revolution, the siege of Leningrad, Stalin’s purges, and beyond.

At the heart of this saga stands a young noblewoman, Tonya, as pretty as a porcelain doll, whose actions—and love for an idealistic man—will set off a sweeping story that reverberates across the century....


Monday, March 13, 2023

#Spotlight on The Love Wager by Lynn Painter


This March, from the author of Mr. Wrong Number, comes a clever romantic comedy about the struggles of dating as a millennial. THE LOVE WAGER is romance at its best—vivacious, hilarious, sexy, and genuine. 




About the Book 


The Love Wager 
Mr. Wrong Number #2 
by Lynn Painter 
Format: Kindle Edition
Published: March 14, 2023 by Berkley
Hallie Piper is turning over a new leaf. After belly-crawling out of a hotel room (hello, rock bottom), she decides it’s time to become a full-on adult. 

She gets a new apartment, a new haircut, and a new wardrobe, but when she logs into the dating app that she has determined will find her new love, she sees none other than Jack, the guy whose room she’d snuck out of. 

Through the app, and after the joint agreement that they are absolutely not interested in each other, Jack and Hallie become partners in their respective searches for The One. They text each other about their dates, often scheduling them at the same restaurant so that if things don’t go well, the two of them can get tacos afterward. 

Spoiler: they get a lot of tacos together. 

Discouraged by the lack of prospects, Jack and Hallie make a wager to see who can find true love first, but when they agree to be fake dates for a weekend wedding, all bets are off. 

As they pretend to be a couple, lines become blurred and they each struggle to remember why the other was a bad idea to begin with. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Read an #Excerpt from Barbarian's Prize by Ruby Dixon

International publishing phenomenon and TikTok sensation Ruby Dixon returns this spring with the next special Trade Paperback edition of her wildly popular Ice Planet Barbarians series, BARBARIAN’S PRIZE.




About the Book


Barbarian's Prize
Ice Planet Barbarians #5
by Ruby Dixon
Tiffany doesn’t care about all the attention she’s getting from the alien men, but there is one particular hunter she can see herself with—if only she can find a way to move forward from the past. . . .

It’s hard being the most popular girl on the ice planet. The alien men are falling all over themselves to impress me in the hopes that I’ll take them to my furs. But they don’t know my secrets. And they don’t realize that behind my smile, I just wish they’d take their courting presents and their competitions for my affection and go away. I want to be left alone. But on a planet where women are a scarcity, that won’t be happening.

If I had to choose a mate . . . it’d be someone with a gorgeous blue body, big horns, and the most intense gaze ever. Someone who knows the truth of what happened to me and why I don’t like attention. Patient, handsome Salukh knows my secrets. He knows why I have nightmares and why I don’t trust anyone. He’s willing to let me “experiment” with him. I can use him. Take what I need from him to work through my trauma. He’s been a good friend and the best shoulder to cry on.

There’s one small problem.

When it comes to us, he doesn’t just want to be my friend. He wants to be my forever. And day by day, he’s getting harder to resist. . . .


Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Read an #Excerpt from A Witch's Guide to Fake Dating a Demon by Sarah Hawley

A WITCH'S GUIDE TO FAKE DATING A DEMON is a quirky and witchy rom-com sure to please fans of Hazel Beck, Erin Sterling, and Ali Hazelwood.




About the Book


A Witch's Guide to Fake Dating a Demon
by Sarah Hawley
Format 336 pages, Paperback
Published March 7, 2023 by Berkley
ISBN 9780593547922
Mariel Spark knows not to trust a demon, especially one that wants her soul, but what’s a witch to do when he won’t leave her side—and she kind of doesn’t want him to?

Mariel Spark is prophesied to be the most powerful witch seen in centuries of the famed Spark family, but to the displeasure of her mother, she prefers baking to brewing potions and gardening to casting hexes. When a spell to summon flour goes very wrong, Mariel finds herself staring down a demon—one she inadvertently summoned for a soul bargain.
 
Ozroth the Ruthless is a legend among demons. Powerful and merciless, he drives hard bargains to collect mortal souls. But his reputation has suffered ever since a bargain went awry—if he can strike a bargain with Mariel, he will earn back his deadly reputation. Ozroth can't leave Mariel's side until they complete a bargain, which she refuses to do (turns out some humans are attached to their souls).
 
But the witch is funny. And curvy. And disgustingly yet endearingly cheerful. Becoming awkward roommates quickly escalates when Mariel, terrified to confess the inadvertent summoning to her mother, blurts out that she's dating Ozroth. As Ozroth and Mariel struggle with their opposing goals and maintaining a fake relationship, real attraction blooms between them. But Ozroth has a limited amount of time to strike the deal, and if Mariel gives up her soul, she'll lose all her emotions—including love—which will only spell disaster for them both. 



Monday, March 6, 2023

Read an #Excerpt from Harmony of Lies by Brian Feehan


Brian Feehan, son of legendary #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, returns with the next explosive installment of the Alice and Owen series, a gripping paranormal romance set against the eternal conflict between angelic and demonic beings. 




About the Book


Harmony of Lies
Alice & Owen #2
by Brian Feehan
Format 332 pages, Kindle Edition
Published February 21, 2023 by Berkley Publishing Group
Danger threatens to shatter the hope for a new beginning in a world of angels and demons in this explosive paranormal romance by author Brian Feehan, son of legendary #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

After being forced away for seventeen years, Alice is finally home. But home isn’t what she thought it would be, and every day the secrets she holds from her parents grow with weight. But how do you tell your mother and father that you’re not normal? That the world is a far more dangerous place than they have ever known and you are anything but the small, innocent child who was torn from their arms all those years ago?
 
Owen can’t say goodbye, and Alice can’t hold on to him tightly enough as the pressures of danger and obligation grow stronger and stronger. With a broken heart, Owen is headed to San Francisco with his crew of musicians. But the Golden City is filled with history and secrets, and brutal deaths are just lying in wait for Owen and his people. To survive these trials and this city, Owen will need everything he has—even the broken parts he gave to Alice—to have any hope of doing the impossible one more time.