Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nightingale Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Aug 18th - Sept 5th
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Welcome to my post for the Nightingale book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for copies of Nightingale. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

The Hook Up (Game On, #1)
Release date: September 8, 2014
Publisher: Self
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Game On #1

The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she's shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on

My Rating: 5 Roses

An emotionally realistic, wonderfully romantic New Adult read, The Hook Up was absolutely amazing. I loved this book! From start to finish, it was engaging, with sweet and steamy romance, deep emotions, and realistically flawed characters. I thought it was just brilliant.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Woman of Honour Book Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the A Woman of Honour book tour! I have an excerpt coming up, as well as a giveaway for a $25 gift card. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

Of Monsters and Madness
Release date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Egmont USA
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.

Summoned to her father's home in 1820's Philadelphia, a girl finds herself in the midst of a rash of gruesome murders in which he might be implicated. She is torn romantically between her father's assistants-one kind and proper, one mysterious and brooding-who share a dark secret and may have more to do with the violent events than they're letting on.

My Rating: 5 Roses

Dark, creepy, romantic, and absolutely amazing! Of Monsters and Madness was a brilliant YA romance. It was delightfully creepy, sweetly romantic, and just fantastic. LOVED THIS BOOK!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts

My Highland Spy (Highland Spies, #1)
Release date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical (Highlander) Romance
Series: Highland Spies #1

Lady Ravenna Walsingham is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the king. Playing the part of an English governess, she infiltrates the home of Laird Ruairi Sutherland, who seems to be a potential threat to the crown.

However, after helping Sutherland search for his kidnapped son, Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. Once she reveals her true identity to Sutherland, will he accept her? Or will he send her back to England with a broken heart?

My Rating: 4 Roses

An enjoyable, sweet romance, My Highland Spy was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. From the likable character, to the sweet romance, this book was lovely.

The Saxon Bride by Ashley York

The Saxon Bride (The Norman Conquest Series)
Release date: July 20, 2014
Genre: Historical (Medieval) Romance

In war torn England the battle lines between Saxon and Norman are clearly drawn. The Saxons must fight for everything they have in the hopes of winning their country back from the Normans who are determined to break their resistance.

Rowena Godwinson, the sole remaining member of the defeated royal family, stands proudly against the Normans that would trample them underfoot but her nobility and grace make her an ideal pawn in the Norman King William’s play for power with the Saxon people. When he decrees she marry a powerful Norman knight, her subjugation appears to be complete. The handsome soldier with the kind brown eyes and gentle touch is a threat to her determination to defy the interlopers. Can she hold firm to her Saxon heritage and refuse to give in to his advances?

John of Normandy wants only to prove himself worthy of the king's trust. He is rewarded for his service and loyalty with land, titles and a Saxon beauty for a bride. John balks at the marriage, driven by the secret guilt of knowing Rowena's father would still be alive if not for him. However, John's reluctance is soon replaced by a burning desire to please this woman and win her over as well as her people.

As their people look to them for guidance and peace, can John and Rowena find a love that unites all of England?

My Rating: 2 Roses

Not my favorite historical romance, but an overall okay read. The Saxon Bride fell a little flat for me. I didn't dislike it, but I can only say that it was a nice read.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rogue in Red Velvet by Lynne Connolly

Rogue in Red Velvet (The Emperors of London, #1)
Release date: September 1, 2014
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Historical (Georgian) Romance
Series: The Emperors of London #1

When respectable country widow Connstance Rattigan finds herself in a notorious London brothel instead of at the altar, only one person can save her from the auction block.

Alex Vernon, Lord Ripley, walked away from Connie once before, when he discovered she was engaged. Now that her fiancĂ© has betrayed her, he doesn’t intend to leave her again.

Once he has made love to her, Alex feels the situation is resolved. He’ll marry her. But Connie has other ideas.

Only three problems to solve—Connie signed a marriage contract as binding as the marriage ceremony with someone else, she’s disgraced in the eyes of society, and she won’t marry him until her name is cleared.

My Rating: 4.5 Roses

A thoroughly sweet historical romance, Rogue in Red Velvet was a lovely read. I really liked this book. It was a lighter read that I enjoyed from start to finish.

A Duke's Wicked Kiss by Kathleen Bittner Roth

A Duke's Wicked Kiss
Release date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Select
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance

Miss Suri Thurston knows the pain of abandonment. Intent on confronting the grandmother who tossed her to the lions, she travels from England to her birthplace in India. Her plans run afoul when she encounters the man who, ten years prior, left a mark on her soul with one stolen kiss. But he is a duke, and far beyond the reach of even her dreams.

The Duke of Ravenswood, secret head of the British Foreign Service, has no time for relationships. His one goal is to locate and eliminate key insurgents involved in an uprising against the British East India Company before it's too late. But when Suri appears in Delhi, his resolve is tested as he finds his heart forever bound to her by the one haunting kiss they shared once upon a time.

With Suri's vengeful Indian family looking for her death, and insurgents intent on mutiny tearing their world apart, can their love rise above the scandal of the marriage they both desperately want?

My Rating: 3 Roses

An overall lovely historical romance, complete with a lush setting and plenty of secrets, A Duke's Wicked Kiss was an enjoyed read that I quite liked.