Saturday, March 10, 2018

Indulge Yourself Event with Nina Croft

Growing up in the cold, wet, north of England, Nina Croft spent a lot of time dreaming of faraway sunnier places and ponies. When she discovered both, along with a whole load of other things, could be found between the covers of a book, her life changed forever.

Later, she headed south, picked up the perfect husband along the way, and together they volunteered to work in Africa. There they discovered a love of exotic places and a dislike of 9-5 work. Afterward they spent a number of years travelling (whenever possible) intermingled with working (whenever necessary.) Eventually they stumbled upon a remote area in the mountains of southern Spain and the small almond farm they now call home.

Nina spends her days reading, writing and riding her mare, Gencianna, under the blue Spanish skies—sunshine and ponies. She reckons this is proof that dreams really can come true if you want them enough.

ARC Review: No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen

I haven't read all of Shana Galen's books, but I have read many of them. I have always liked her writing style and enjoyed most of her story lines. But this book soared above the rest for me! I loved it, and it is the first 5 star rating I've ever given to a book by Shana Galen.

No Earls Allowed is the second book in the Survivor series. I am in love with this series because it centers around this group of men who were in an elite military force doing missions that they weren't expected to survive. Some of them did survive however, and now they are figuring out their lives back in regular society. But the brotherhood their experiences created is spectacular!

The Survivor this book showcases is Major Neil Wraxall. He is an illegitimate son of a marquess, but regardless of the slightly strained relationship, he agrees to help his father by helping his father's friend bring his daughter back into polite society. She has been spending more and more time doing charity work with a local orphanage, and her father wants her married off. Lady Julianna is doing the best she can for this orphanage for boys, but it just isn't cutting it. When Neil shows up, he starts out with a simple bit of help getting the boys some breakfast. But between the various boys inspiring his leadership skills to get them in order, and Julianna pulling at his heart, he begins to turn the place upside down for the better.

I really liked how much Julianna and Neil learned from each other and became better individuals for having known each other. The romance felt so genuine and progressed perfectly to make me fall in love with them falling in love. There was some excitement and danger within the story which also spiced things up and had me biting my nails with worry. It's funny how with these types of books, we all know how it's going to end with a "Happily Ever After". And yet, they still get me with the high anxiety moments, and take me to the point where I can't put the book down.

Shana Galen has a way (especially with this book) of letting the reader really get to know the characters to where you feel like you're close friends. I think that's the real hook for me enjoying this book so much. As a last note on the story line as well, Galen hit the ending and epilogue with a slam dunk of perfection. When the story was finishing, I kept saying to myself that one loose end had to be figured out in some way! Shana Galen did not disappoint! Can't wait for the sequel!

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Friday, March 9, 2018

ARC Review: Stumbling Into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Stumbling Into Love is the second book in the Fluke My Life series by Aurora Rose Reynolds. Not only do I love ARR, but I absolutely love this series and world she has created! I couldn't wait to read this one after I read Running Into Love, and Stumbling Into Love definitely didn't disappoint. I highly recommend this series and I think readers will love these books just as much as I do. Each book is connected, but you can read them as standalones. 

This is Mackenzie and Wesley's story. Mackenzie has been after her friend who just sees her as one of the guys, until she gets dressed up and meets a handsome man at a bar one night and decides to spend a night being anything but herself. Wesley wants to know more about Mackenzie after one night together, but she runs at every turn and he finds himself unable to forget her even though he should move on. So when they soon realize that they have a connection neither one expected, Wesley becomes more determined than ever to win her over and unravel the mystery that she is.

I loved these two! From the very first moment they met, I knew they were perfect for one another and I couldn't get enough of them. I found them easy to relate to and root for, and I was invested in their story from the very start. Mackenzie was a heroine that I adored and felt close to, she felt so real and genuine. Wesley was sweet and persistent and I loved him for never giving up on Mackenzie when he definitely had reason to at times. They were sweet and sexy, and meant for each other. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book so much and I definitely recommend this series to readers, especially if you love contemporary romance. Aurora Rose Reynolds has a way of writing interesting characters that you can relate to and can't get enough of, and that is definitely true for this series. I can't wait for more from her and I am already anxious for whatever she writes next.

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Feature and Giveaway: Hooked on a Phoenix by Ashlyn Chase



Misty Carlisle works as a bank teller in Boston’s financial district. She’s had more rotten luck in her life than most, except when her childhood crush shows up to cash his paycheck. Then her heart races and her mouth goes dry.

Gabe Fierro is a firefighter—and a phoenix. Like his brothers, his biggest challenge is finding a woman open-minded enough to accept a shapeshifter into her life. When his boyhood friend asks him to watch over his little sister Misty, he reluctantly agrees. But when the bank where she works gets held up, Gabe does everything he can to protect her. The two of them end up locked in the bank’s vault…where things get steamier than either of them ever imagined.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Feature: Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of an unconventional beauty who finds passion with the spy who can’t resist her

A woman who defies her time

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

A man who breaks every rule

As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett’s skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he’s ever known.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Feature and Giveaway: Seeking Mr. Wrong by Tamara Morgan

A fool-proof way to spice up any relationship:

1. Infiltrate a deadly ring of thieves, cons, and crooks.

2. Try to escape with your lives.

Penelope Blue used to be one of the best jewel thieves in New York City—but that was before falling in love with FBI poster boy Grant Emerson. Now she works at his side, helping her former enemy catch her past-life colleagues, and she couldn't be happier.

If only Grant would remember to play by the rules.

Now he's gone undercover on a cruise ship full of hardened criminals. To keep him safe, Penelope must pretend they're nothing but strangers…while searching for an information broker desperately wanted by the FBI. While doing her darndest not to backslide and steal 20 million dollars' worth of diamonds from beneath the noses of the criminal elite. It's all Penelope can do to keep this mission afloat…

Good thing this cat burglar has plenty of lives to spare.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

ARC Review: Reckless by Lex Martin

I really enjoyed Reckless by Lex Martin. From the very start I was hooked and couldn't put it down. I think readers are going to love this one just like I did and I cannot wait to read more from Lex Martin. 

Reckless is Tori and Ethan's story. Tori is used to being known for her mistakes and her screw ups, but when she moves to be closer to her pregnant sister, she is determined to do better. That means she absolutely cannot fall for her new boss, but the more time she spends with him and his kids, the more she finds herself unable to fight what is growing between them. Ethan definitely isn't looking to start anything, especially in the middle of his terrible divorce. But as he gets to know the real Tori and sees how perfectly she fits into his life, he begins to forget all the reasons he shouldn't be with her.

I absolutely loved Tori and Ethan. Things between them didn't get off to the best start, but I loved how quickly things turned around. They both realized that they had made some judgments about the other, and I was glad to see that they didn't waste a bunch of time getting over it. They were really great together and I loved how well the worked despite how different they might seem at first glance. Tori was so sweet and great with not only Ethan, but also his kids. I loved the connection they were building and how they were such a great family. Ethan was sexy and perfect for Tori as well, showing her that she was so much more than her mistakes and past. 

Overall, this was just a great story and I absolutely enjoyed it from start to finish. The characters were great and I didn't want to put it down, because I had to see how things would go for all of them. Lex Martin is an author that is pretty new to me, but I honestly can't wait to read more from her and I highly recommend Reckless.

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Feature and Giveaway: Last Chance Cowboys: The Rancher by Anna Schmidt

"You can't be sure we're doing the right thing," she said.

He drew closer to the barbed wire separating them. "It's impossible to know what's right. But it doesn't stop me from wanting you."

The world is changing, and the West isn't as wild as it used to be. Trey Porterfield welcomes a new era of law and order—and the influx of settlers coming to the Arizona territory. But not everyone is willing to see the old ways change, and as the cattlemen and the herders take sides, a full-blown range war may be inevitable. There's only one way Trey can see to bring peace to his feuding neighbors.

Marry the enemy.

Nell Stokes is a young widow fighting just to stay alive. In Trey, she sees a chance to heal old wounds and start over. Love was never in the cards, yet as Trey and Nell fight to unite the feuding land, they'll discover a passion neither could have expected…and a danger far greater than either has ever known.

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