Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Switch by Lynsay Sands (Audio Edition)

Performed by:
Fiona Hardingham

♥ ♥ ♥  This is the first audio book I have listened to, that I have not read previously.  I had read a few reviews on it and was expecting some silliness - which I got and didn't mind. There were some chuckles as well.  Charlie (Charlotte) and Beth were good characters. I liked how they switched often and the resulting confusion for poor Radcliff was amusing.  

I do agree with one reviewer that when the switch was revealed to Radcliff, he should have caught on a bit sooner in that conversation. He's a bit of a stuffed shirt in my opinion and even though he supposedly loosens up.. by the end he seems to get worse.  

The downside for me was when I thought the story was fairly all tied up and at that point I thought it would be a 4 heart review. It kept going.. and everything after that point seemed to be added to just draw out the story, and it just went downhill for me. I was losing interest fast. Personally, I felt the book could have been done without this part. 

The reading by Fiona Hardingham was good. Though at times she sounded as though she had a bored tone to her voice. Her accents were good and I felt pulled into the story. 


The Blurb:

When they first met Lord Jeremy William Radcliffe, Charlie and her twin sister, Elizabeth were escaping from their uncle-taking turns acting the young gentleman to avoid detection. But Charlie couldn’t help falling head over heels-and out of a window-for the handsome lord. Of course, that was only the beginning; Lord Radcliffe insisted on showing “him” and her lovely sister to London.

But how could he do that? With every touch, Radcliffe seemed unknowingly to incite indecent desires in Charlie, and his fraternal intent was certain to land her in a fine mess. Though it was a great game to play a boy, there was more fun in being female. And after one brush of his fiery lips when her guise was gone, Charlie swore to be nothing but his fiery woman forevermore.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Annie Greene
(Lucky Harbor #9)

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2  This was a great read when I read it. It is still a great read while listening, however as I am still new to audiobooks, I can see how the narrator makes a difference. Annie Greene read very well and had some good sarcasm and wit. Which is a must with Shalvis, but I would have liked more “voices”.   

Ben was a great lead with the perfect balance of Alpha and Sweet. Poor Aubrey didn't stand a chance! Feel free to click here to read my earlier review on the book as it still stands true. This is one of my favourites in the Lucky Harbor series!


The Blurb:

SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT

After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben - even though he has absolutely no idea what she's done . . .

Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ransom by Julie Garwood (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Susan Duerden

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I love this book. It's such a good romance. If ever someone is asking me what book to read or if they are new to romance I always offer up this book.
Brodick is a great leading man, and presents many sigh worthy moments. Gillian is a wonderful, strong woman who is a perfect match for Brodick.  I even love the secondary characters Ramsey and Bridgid. They add to many of the laugh out loud moments.


The narrator Susan Duerden did a wonderful job. I enjoyed her voices and enthusiasm during the story. She gets right into the roles and makes it a very enjoyable experience.

This is a definite keeper and reread/relisten for me. It still stands as a book I measure others against.


The Blurb:

For fans of Scottish medieval romances comes this beloved and classic page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.

In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jewelled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers—only to be lost for more than a decade.

Now a beautiful young woman, Gillian finds the key to resolving her past in handsome Scottish chieftains Ramsey Sinclair and Brodick Buchanan. With the cunning and courage of the daring Scotsmen, and with the friendship of a new ally, Bridgid KirkConnell, Gillian at last fights the unscrupulous Baron Alford, laying claim to her home, her family, and her father's reputation. But in the presence of the mighty warriors, Gillian and Bridgid discover that desire can be a weapon of conquest, betrayal can slay trust in a heartbeat, and the greatest risk of all is to surrender to unexpected love.



Monday, December 21, 2015

The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
(Smythe-Smith Quartet #3)
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This was a good story and as always with Julia Quinn I found myself chuckling out loud every so often. This is the tortured/wounded hero plot (not a total favourite of mine) but Quinn writes it well. Hugh was a good guy and even though the two leads start off disliking one another (which is a favourite plot point for me) they find commonalities and start to enjoy one another's company.   


Sarah is a stubborn, woman who is trying to be less selfish. I enjoy their banter, wit and of course a few of my favourite characters make an appearances - Francis and Lady Danbury.  I wasn't keen on “the contract” and thought it kinda put a damper on the story.. which, I know was the point in the first place.. but still..

The narrator did a wonderfu─║ job. She did a Fantastic Lady Danbury!  I would gladly listen to her again.


The Blurb:

He thinks she's an annoying know-it-all...

Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window. Besides, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.

She thinks he's just plain mad...

Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought that nearly destroyed her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn't matter. She doesn't care that his leg is less than perfect, it's his personality she can't abide. But forced to spend a week in close company they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless ...

New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn's enchanting third novel in the Smythe-Smith quartet is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud and tug at your heartstrings in equal measures.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Secret by Julie Garwood (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Susan Duerden



♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This is a favourite story of mine. It was my very first Garwood way back when and I have probably reread it a more than a handful times over the years. This was the first time I have listened to the audio version however and I was not disappointed. The reader had a wonderful variety of voices for the characters. So much so, that I could tell who was who, which really enhanced the story for me.  


Iain Maitland is one of my favourite Hero’s  He's a strong yet quiet spoken man who takes what he wants but will listen to reason as well. Judith was a good pairing for him. She was honest and straightforward, and just stubborn enough to put her foot down when needed. There are a few good laughs, some great feel good parts.

If you have never read this book. I highly suggest it.



Here's the blurb:

Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud, as purposeful as she was loyal. The dear Scottish friend of her childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another, private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith revelled in the melting bliss of Iain's searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan...not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves.
 

Friday, December 18, 2015

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½  I loved the idea that the fictional hero of Maddie’s letters comes to greet her in real life.  The letters to MacKenzie were awesome.. I laughed out loud a lot! I love it when there are letters involved in stories. The way she keeps changing his name. “MacFantasy, MacSleepy etc” too good! Both leads were wonderfully developed characters, and I didn’t want to stop reading. 

I did deduct half a heart for something small -that I don’t want to say as it’s a spoiler - but whenever this happens in books.. it just bugs me, and that sometimes Logan seemed a bit too set out on revenge, which I did find out why near the end, but gave me mixed feelings during the rest of the book. So, I wasn’t sure if I liked him or not, I know I wanted to like him….  However, even taking those into consideration, this was a truly enjoyable book! This is the third book in the "Castles Ever After" series and what a wonderful series it was! I highly recommend it.

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Here's the blurb:

On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.

A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.

Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning (Audiobook)

Narrated by Phil Gigante


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2 This is my first ever audio book.. I was worried that I may not get as involved with a story while, as I would if I was reading it. So I decided to test the theory out on one of my ALL time FAVOURITE books.  I love this book and have reread it many times...  It makes me laugh, tear up (well the first few times I read it) and just long to keep reading. The time travel part is done well, and both leads are great characters.  This book while technically book 4 in the series does go with the next (The dark Highlander) as it's about Drustan's Brother. However the rest in the series don't really need to be read in order. I have my favourites of the series (4,5 and 7) 

So how does the audio stand up against the written version? Awesomely! Gigante is a fantastic reader for all the male roles. His different accents are great, and it brought a new feeling to the story for me. On the flip side, I found his female lead voice hard to get used to. When her roles were up, I didn't picture Gwen the same, while I read her, I find her more sarcastic and quippy and an under-the-breath kind of mutterer.. which I found didn't get portrayed as well when Gigante read her. To me she came across more flighty or air-headish due to the voice. But honestly though, I got used to his female voice and it isn't something I would count as a reason to not listen to this book again.  I am sure I will use this audio copy many more times.  I have read everything Karen Marie Moning has written, I am very tempted to repurchase the fever series in audio as well..  I see Gigante and a Ross will read together on some of those books. That would probably be awesome!  


Here's the blurb: 

A laird trapped between centuries...
Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he’d ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his own century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side....

A woman changed forever in his arms...
Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern — to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she’d ever seen? Or that once he’d kissed her, he wouldn’t let her go? 

Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth-century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them ... and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves....

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I fell in love with Rafe the minute he said that he found Clio to be his personal distraction. I just loved the fact that he’s wanted her since forever. Clio was an interesting heroine, spunky, fun and full of life. I also loved her sister Phoebe. I would enjoy a story about her, as she would make a unique heroine. Also, I can’t forget Bruiser. He cracked me up! This story had a great cast of characters.   Rafe was a bit too hard on himself and at times I wanted to smack him for not giving himself more credit.. however, that part played well into his character so I could forgive it. 

This is the second book in the “Castles Ever After” series, but you do not need to read them in order as they are only connected by the fact that both heroines were given a castle from the Earl of Lynforth. However, I do recommend the first book as well.

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Here's the blurb:

Your presence is requested at romantic Twill Castle for the wedding of Miss Clio Whitmore and . . . and . . . ?

After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She's inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement.

Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined that Clio will marry his brother—even if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself.

So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride's cold feet?
● He starts with flowers. A wedding can't have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes.

● He lets her know she'll make a beautiful, desirable bride—and tries not to picture her as his.

● He doesn't kiss her.

● If he kisses her, he definitely doesn't kiss her again.

● When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown. And vows not to be nearby when the gown comes off.

● And no matter what—he doesn't fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Wow! I didn't want to put this book down. Tessa Dare writes wonderfully, full of feeling, humour and emotion. Loved this story.  I don't want to give away any spoilers so I will just say, Ransom was a uniquely fantastic lead and Izzy was a perfect match!  I even let out a few gasps here and there.. well done Ms. Dare!!  I am just loading up my kindles with the second book in the Castles Ever After series: Say Yes to the Marquess. Looking forward to it a lot! 

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Here's the blurb:

In the first in Tessa Dare's captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . .

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.

And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan?

Abducted by handsome highwayman?
Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?


No, no, and… Heh.

Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Vexed by a Viscount by Erin Knightley

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  This was exactly what I was looking for. Light, fun, and humorous, with great chemistry and banter between the characters. This novella is the fourth in the All's Fair In Love series. I have read and enjoyed them all. Definitely worth reading. 

I truly enjoy this author's writing. I am looking forward to a full length novel of hers. 

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Here's the blurb:

Prudence Landon has always done exactly as she should. She’s obeyed her parents’ every word, lived by society’s every dictate, and even agreed to marry a man more than twice her age simply because it was expected of her. In the fortnight before her wedding, she decides it’s high time to bend a few rules before life as she knows it is over. 

Viscount Ashby leads a charmed life. Betrothed since the age of seven, he is perfectly content to allow his off-the-market status to keep the marriage-minded mamas at bay. When he returns home to his parent’s estate and finds their prim, straight-laced young neighbor swimming naked in broad daylight, he’s both amused and intrigued. 

When Ash discovers Prudence’s upcoming nuptials to the aging squire, he decides to help her live a little before the parson’s mousetrap springs closed. But what started as good fun soon leads to something much more. With her wedding fast approaching, they must choose between breaking all the rules and losing their one chance for happiness.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Good Earl Hunting by Suzanne Enoch

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2  This was a fun, light romance. I loved how the characters interacted, and thought Geoffrey was a good lead. I wished the story was longer as I can't get enough of Enoch's writing, however the story didn't feel rushed to squeeze it all into a novella, which was nice. 

Theodora was sweet and likable, if a little too skeptical that someone could be courting her... but Vashton made sure she knew what was what, which only endeared him to me more . 

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Here's the blurb:

An original short story from New York Times bestselling author of historical romance, Suzanne Enoch…

Geoffrey Kerick, the Earl of Vashton, has had marriage-minded ladies flung at him for the past two years—since he inherited his brother’s title and wealth—which is much less amusing than when they were simply flinging themselves into his bed for fun.

However, this particular invitation for a country house party in Devonshire he accepts with alacrity; because this time someone has caught his eye.

Theodora Meacham is resigned to being second; a second daughter, second in beauty, and a distant second in charm. Knowing that the irritating Lord Vashton is coming to Beldath Hall to woo her sister, Theo is, for once, quite happy to remain detached from the silliness. But Lord Vashton isn't precisely the boor she expects. Even more surprising, he seems determined to ignore her sister…in favor of her!

Can two people who are perfectly ill-suited find that two wrongs do make a right?
 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2  This is the first book in the Cedar Ridge Series.  I was a bit disappointed as I had high hopes for these books. I LOVED Shalvis' Lucky Harbour Series and found myself comparing this book to those.  

What I enjoyed: 
 • The brothers and their antics. I look forward to reading the siblings stories. 
 • The Kincaid's mother Char. She cracked me up.
 • The plot was decent, and the location the book was set in sounds beautiful. 

What I liked less: 
• The repetitiveness of back story. 
• The Heroine's feelings of lacking in some way, and/or her guilt. (They were just mentioned too much) 
• Some lines were too cheesy. While I usually find Shalvis quite funny, often through this book, I felt some of these lines were set up or forced. Perhaps I was just not in the right mood for them at the time. 

To sum up.. I will read the next book in the series. I think the characters all have great potential and I know I normally fully enjoy Shalvis' writing. 

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Here's the blurb:

Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it's the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there's an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance . . .

Thursday, November 19, 2015

All He Wants for Christmas by Elisabeth Naughton, Alexandra Ivy, Cynthia Eden, Katie Reus, Laura Wright, Skye Jordan


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2 Overall box set rating


I enjoyed this set of holiday novellas. I have definitely added a few authors to my to read list as previously I had only read Elisabeth Naughton's work. 

These stories all take place in Holly, North Carolina during the week of Christmas in a small town that embraces the Holiday season 365 days a year.

So, without further ado..

"Here’s to finding spies, cops, rockers, SEALs, professional hockey players and billionaires under the Christmas tree this year!" (What a great tag line they have!)


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Melt for Me by Elisabeth Naughton

This was a fantastic second chance story! The title says it all! Often for me novellas are hit or miss as some times I find them rushed or I don't seem to have time to get into the story. Not so with this one. I was gripped right from the slam of the cellar door! Ella was a strong lead, I like that she listened to her heart and her head. Also it was fun to see Tate get a story as I know he was in an Aegis book a while back. He was such a sweet guy. I am very glad they got their HEA!

On a side note: I was hesitant to read Naughton's "Against All Odd" series as the whole "second chance" plot isn't one of my favourites.. however seeing how she wrote this one, makes me rethink that! 

♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2 Sweet Rapture by Alexandra Ivy

This was a good second chance story, I thought the characters were developed, and the story didn't feel rushed - though at points it felt a bit too contrived for me. I loved the banter between Meg and Dylan and the gift she gave him was pretty sweet. 

I know Dylan is FBI and all, but for me he seemed too high-handed at times, for someone trying to win back his girl, and there was this one part that would have been SUPER sweet had the author chosen to use a different word than she did (totally my opinion there).  This was the first time I have read this author and I would try her again.


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The Spy Who Came for Christmas by Cynthia Eden

This story had me hooked right from the beginning. I loved the instant attraction and chemistry between Jemma and Grayson. I was also happy to see that there wasn't too much sex - considering how the book starts, I thought that's how it was going to go. 

Eden's writing was great, even though the relationship between Jemma and Gray happens so fast, I didn't feel that the story was rushed or lacking in anyway. I would love to read more from this author.

♥ ♥ 1/2 Merry Christmas, Baby by Katie Reus

I had a hard time picturing and getting to know these characters. They feel young, and for me Jackson didn't seem the Navy SEAL type. Some of his actions and thoughts just didn't seem to fit with the regular SEAL behaviour, just my opinion of course.  

I thought the writing and "getting out of the friend zone" plot line were ok. I did like the gift Jackson gave Nora, thought it was very sweet and I would love one of those myself! I liked the sister/parent role for Nora, I think it added a good depth to her character.  This was the first time I have read this author, I may give her another try if I find a good recommendation. 


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2  Sinful in Snow by Laura Wright

The prologue had me hooked! Carol is a confident woman who can stand up for what she believes in. Gabriel is focused on what he wants and will do anything to get it. The two have wonderful chemistry and I enjoyed their flirty back and forth.

I really enjoyed this book..however after Gabriel’s motives are revealed, I had a hard time trusting/believing his sincerity, even after all was explained. I have a suspicion that if it was a full length book, this feeling I was left with, would have had time to change. Still, the writing was great. Wright has a humour that made me laugh out loud and I would love to try more of her books. I also liked that she had a character or two from other stories in this set make appearances for a few lines. 



♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Home Advantage by Skye Jordan

Loved this story! It was the perfect combination of flirty, funny, and all those feel good emotions. Faith was awesome. I loved how she didn't just give in to Meier for his celebrity status. She has a great sense of humour and honesty. Meier, he is a good guy. I really enjoyed watching him get all turned inside out by Faith. I looked forward to seeing them on the page together.. their conversations were fun to read. 

I have never read anything from this author before, but I will be changing that very soon!


The Epilogue was a great way to bring all the characters in a room together. I truly enjoy a small town story series, where you keep getting glimpses of the previous or future characters. Makes it feel more real and someplace I would like to go visit. One thing I am still thinking about though... the sheriff, Brad Fulton. Part of me hopes he had a good Christmas, and that one day he will find love too. 

** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review **

Release Date: December 1st, 2015

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Here's the blurb: 

From six of your favorite New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors… 

MELT FOR ME by Elisabeth Naughton

Yuletide Spirits pub owner Ella McKinley doesn’t do holidays. Not after everything she lost on a cold, snowy night long ago. In fact, she’d be perfectly happy if the calendar jumped from November to January, bypassing December all together. Then rock’s latest “it” guy, Tate Kendrick, rolls into town, and though Ella tries to resist his wicked charm, the heat they once shared flares hotter than ever. When trouble linked to the rock star strikes at her pub, Ella suddenly starts to wonder if the return of her first love is a holiday miracle or nothing more than her nightmare before Christmas. 

SWEET RAPTURE by Alexandra Ivy

Meg Anderson has returned to her home in Holly, North Carolina after she discovered her relationship with Dylan Cain was nothing more than a lie. The last thing she expects is for Dylan to be her new tenant. Or the realization that he might be the only thing standing between her and a killer…

THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS by Cynthia Eden

Everyone in town thinks that Jemma White is as sweet as the delicious treats she makes at her chocolate shop—but they’re wrong. Jemma is ready to let her wild side out, and she’s just found the perfect man to make all of her fantasies come true. Grayson Cole is a too-sexy-to-be-true stranger who has escaped to Holly for the holidays. He is her perfect temptation, and Jemma can’t wait to steam up the cold winter nights with him. But when danger from Grayson’s past follows him to town, she realizes that the man she is falling for has been keeping some very dark secrets…secrets that may just get them both killed. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY by Katie Reus

After unexpectedly inheriting a bookstore, Nora and her younger sister settled in Holly, NC, a place where it’s Christmas year-round. As the legal guardian for her sister the past few years, romance has been the last thing on Nora’s mind. But she broke her rules for the town’s golden boy—former SEAL Jackson O’Connor. When Jackson does something stupid and almost loses Nora for good, he realizes just how far he’s willing to go for the woman who’s stolen his heart. But it might take a Christmas miracle to get Nora to give him a second chance. 

SINFUL IN SNOW by Laura Wright

Billionaire Back In Town: Gabriel Fox is a ruthless, heartless, soulless grinch. His only goal in coming to Holly, North Carolina is to ruin Carol Cardini's Christmas. Like she ruined his—and his life—ten years ago. Now that her business is in trouble, he's finally found the way. But the beautiful owner of Christmas Carol's Shop and Crafts won't allow her dream to be destroyed. Not by revenge, and certainly not by the sexiest man she's ever known. She can, however offer an apology, and a chair at her holiday table. But can a grinch’s cold heart be warmed and healed by the love of a good woman—and the magic of Christmas spirit?

HOME ADVANTAGE by Skye Jordan

NHL super star, Meier Grant, finds himself sidelined for a bum shoulder and sentenced to three weeks recovery—in his hometown of Holly, North Carolina. But an extended family stay isn’t on his holiday wish list, especially when his parents are more interested in capitalizing on his fame than much needed family bonding. So when he learns the high school beauty and so out-of-his-league Faith Nicholas is suddenly single, and even sexier ten years later, home doesn’t seem so bad. Not when it includes spending some quality bonding time with Faith. Meier may have some of the best moves in the league, but will they be enough to win a woman deserving of forever?



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Prince and I by Karen Hawkins

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This is an awesome addition to a fun series! The Prince and I is technically the third book in the Princes of Oxenburg series, however you will see it often listed as the second, due to the first book being part of another series. So, just in case you like to read in order as much as I do.. Here's how they connect. 

The Oxenburg Princes Series: 
1)How to Pursue a Princess- The Duchess Diaries #2
2)The Prince Who Loved Me 
3)The Prince and I

What I loved:

• The "Robin Hood" theme..  I don't  believe I have read that troupe before. 
• The words written in a Scottish accent. That always brings me more in touch with the characters.
• The chemistry and banter between Murian and Max was wonderful.
• Murian is a strong woman and I liked how she knew herself well.
• The end. It was one I didn't expect, which doesn't happen too often, and as such was a nice surprise!
• Tata Natahsa is as ever the cantankerous old grandmother and makes me laugh.
• Loved Max and the way he dealt with his Grandmother.

There is really nothing I didn't like about this book.. apart from the fact that I now have to wait for the next one to read about Niki. I would highly recommend this series!

** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review **

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Here's the blurb:

Meet the Princes of Oxenburg... Fairytales with a sizzling, Scottish, and delightfully sparkling twist. 

Gregori Romanovin, Oxenburg's warrior prince, is escorting his grandmother to a ball deep in the Scottish Highlands when he and his entourage are robbed at sword point by a group of ruffians. Led by a man dubbed the Scottish Robin Hood, battle-savvy Gregori senses that something's amiss - that 'he' is really a 'she'.

Lady Murian is a young, beautiful widow seeking revenge against the powerful earl who murdered her husband and stole his birthright. Living in the woods, she and her banished band of men rob wealthy nobles visiting the evil earl.

But when Murian ambushes the Prince's golden coach, she gets far more than she bargained for. And she's left fearing that he is the real thief...of her heart.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Rising Storm - Episode 8: Thunder Rolls by Dee Davis

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  This book is mostly about Hannah, Tate and Tucker, with appearances from some of the others in the town of course, though sadly for me I didn't get to see the sheriff..  

What I loved:
• This book was action packed. Lots of things happened, and it kept me reading. 
• Davis' writing is great. Drew me right in and left me wanting to read more. 
• Hannah and a certain someone had fantastic Chemistry!

What I liked less: 
• The fact that there is unfinished business. I wasn't sure how they would fit it all into this last book...  and well they didn't.. there is going to be a season two! Coming in 2016. That should prove to be interesting, however I hope they release the books close together like this again as I am not a huge fan of cliffhangers. 

I would recommend this series to anyone who likes to read about a scandalous small town full of secrets! 

* I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review *

Release date: November 12, 2015

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Here's the blurb:

Secrets, Sex and Scandals … 

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming. 

As Hannah Grossman grapples with the very real possibility that she is dating one Johnson brother while secretly in love with another, the entire town prepares for Founders Day. The building tempest threatens not just Hannah’s relationship with Tucker and Tate, but everyone in Storm as dire revelations threaten to tear the town apart.