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My passion is reading. I dislike writing book reviews, so what you will see here are product descriptions and then why I did or did not like a book. Also, There are read a like lists as well. Thanks for visiting my page!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Meet me in Fool's Gold once again for an all new novel out July 2015

***********Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of this title**********

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool's Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports. 

Now ten years later, Maya's been hired to promote her hometown's new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward! 

Although Del's not the type to hold a grudge, he's determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He's a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya's kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…

Maya walked out on Del and broke his heart. Now, back in Fool's Gold to help with the TV campaign, she has to work with him. It is the hardest thing she has ever had to do. She left because she was scared . And she hurt Del badly in the process. Can they really learn to work together?

Maya is keeping a secret from Del, which she doesn't want to do, but she made a promise. She knows that if Del ever finds out, it will destroy anything that has happened between them. They learn that they work really well together. They are making video commercials touting the town of Fools Gold, and they are turning out pretty fantastic. What Maya wants, is to travel the world, preferably with Del. She wants to go out and do good and make a difference.

Del has no clue about Maya's dreams. He knows he isnt a stay in one spot kind of guy, but is Maya willing to head out to the great beyond with him?

I have to say, LibraryReads chose part of my review to advertise "Kiss Me", Phoebe and Zane's book. I was so honored, and thrilled, and I totally fangirled when I ended up on Susan Mallery's facebook page and her website! There is  Fools Gold Getaway in Chicago coming up July 31st and August 1 2015. I am so going and I cannot wait! Its going to be awesome to meet Ms Mallery finally, after reading her for so long! 

Anyways, "Thrill Me" is just as awesome as all the others, so as soon as its released... Read! lol!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

JR Ward brings us something new!

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

Lizzie made a mistake in having a relationship with  Lane Bradford, she's must smarter and positive it won't happen again. Lane comes home because his "mother" isn't well. His real mother hasn't been well in years and stays in her room. The woman who isn't well is a cook in the family's kitchen. A woman who pretty much raised him and his siblings. He has avoided home but now returns to check on her. 
There are so many different story lines going on in this book.  Lane finds missing money from the family company, Lane divorcing his wife. Edward, the eldest Bradford child, learning to deal with his disabilities after being kidnapped and tortured in South America. The only girl Gin being married off by their father to a horrible man. After Lane gets in trouble for supposedly beating up his wife, will Lizzie take the time to believe in him or run?
This book, while when you read it you can see JR Ward, is different than her usual paranormal stuff, but I really enjoyed it. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Kilts and Quils return with an all new book... A matchmaker and a fisherman? Interesting....


Kit Woodhouse’s matchmaking business is such a success, she’s expanding to the Highlands of Scotland where the hot, prosperous, and kilted are anxious to connect. Now, looking to fill her stable with eligible bachelors, Kit’s arrived in Gandiegow to recruit potential Real Men of Scotland. It’s not until she meets her tour guide that she discovers just how real they can be.

With his sexy grin, jeans, and black wellies, Ramsay Armstrong is an unpolished hulk of a Scottish fisherman—and a skeptic when it comes to romance. Not exactly a man of “pairing attributes” when talking marriageable matches, but he does make Kit’s heart beat a little faster. Maybe it’s the scent of the sea in his hair. Maybe it’s the challenge. Maybe it’s the thrill of the unexpected. Then again, maybe it’s love.

Kit is determined to keep her matchmaking business going so she can take care of her mother and sisters. She needs this job to put her sisters through school and help her mother, who works part time at an art gallery. Growing up, Kit's family had been rich with multiple homes, but the real estate crash decimated their family. She's in search of wealthy Scottish men to pair up with her wealthy American female clients.

Ramsay is determined to break up this matchmaking scheme and will stoop to low levels to get Kit to leave Gandiegow. His brother hires him out as Kit's driver, making him drive her all over the place searching out male clients. He secretly convinces the men they don't really need a woman. Kit is growing frustrated that the men are backing out on her, and Deydie forcing her to quilt is cutting into the time she has to do her job. The American women are coming to Scotland to meet the men, and Kit has no men. 

When Ramsey finds out that Kit needs this job to support her family, he realizes he screwed up. But is there any way to make it right, so late in the game? Not to mention he is so attracted to Kit, and Kit to him, and they both just can't figure out how right they are for each other! 

Patience Griffin has brought us another fantastic tale set on the coast of Scotland. Her characters are so great! Previous characters are around as well as some new ones. I pick these books up and can't put them down. And Ms Griffin herself is awesome! After meeting her last year, I promise to read and review everything she has, to get the word out. Because awesome authors need awesome fans, like us :) 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Robyn Carr and Thunder Point are back!

*******Thank you NetGalley for an Advanced copy of this title********

After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she's excited to be assisting with the Lacoumette wedding. 

In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger is swept up in the pleasure of the occasion. But the beauty of the Lacoumette farm and the joy of the gregarious family are ruined by an unfortunate encounter with the bride's brother, Matt. Struggling with painful memories of his own, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself when he tries to make a pass at Ginger, forcing her to flee the scene in embarrassment. 

But when Matt shows up at the flower shop determined to make amends, what started out as a humiliating first meeting blossoms into something much deeper than either of them expected. Everyone around them worries that Ginger will end up with a broken heart yet again. But if Ginger has the courage to embrace the future, and if Matt can finally learn to let go of the past, there may still be hope for a happy ending.

We met Ginger during the last book, where she came to live with Ray Ann after the death of her child. Her parents felt like she was spiraling downwards and thought some time away would help. Grace hired Ginger to help in the flower shop, which turned out to be exactly what Ginger needed.

Since moving to Thunder Point, Ginger has finally learned to cope with her grief and start to live again. She loves working in the flower shop and learns new things every day. Her encounter with Peyton's brother aside, she has a great time at the Lacoumette wedding. Afterwards, Matt comes to apologize and they start seeing each other; as friends. But they both know that they feel much more for each other.

Neither really feel like they can let go of the past to make a future together. Matt has deeply guarded secrets about his marriage that he doesn't want anyone to know. All of his built up anger could eventually push Ginger away. At the same time, Ginger's ex husband, who abandoned her when she was pregnant, comes back and wants to see Grace again, which makes Matt seriously angry.

Of course, since we are reading Robyn Carr, we know that these two will work through their issues. Its what I love about reading contemporary romance like Carr and Mallery. There is always a happy ending. Its always interesting to see how that happy ending will come about and how the main characters deal with the obstacles in their paths.

By now y'all should know that I wasn't particularly thrilled with the first few books in this series. I am happy to say that they certainly got much, much better.  Anyways, go forth and read, my friends :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Nalini Singh and the Psy-Changelings ... Why did I wait?!

For years my friend Errick has yelled at me for not reading this series. A year ago, I read the first, I liked it, but it didn't hook me. What was I thinking!

A week ago I sat down with book two, and here I am now almost done with book four. And now I must tell EVERYONE to read this awesome series.

The first book is Slave to Sensation. Here's the book description, because y'all know I really suck at descriptions:
In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”—the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion—and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities—or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…

So in less than two weeks, I have zipped through from number 2, to number 11. I can't put these books down.  So first we have the Psy, an enhanced human race. They have psychic abilities that range from teleportation, telekinesis,  medical professionals, tech geniuses, etc. A hundred years ago, the Psy instituted Silence. Violence among the Psy is a thousand times worse because of their abilities, and they believed the root of violence was emotion. Silence is a process that removes emotion from the Psy, so they are pretty cold hearted and technical about everything. Two people will have a child, but there's no intimacy, its all laboratory done. And the child is given up pretty early to whatever training he or she will be doing the rest of their lives. 

Second, we have changelings. Shapeshifters if you will. They are tight knit family groups who will do anything for each other. I want to be a changeling!
Third, there are humans, who just keep on living and doing what they are doing, among the world of the Psy and the Changelings. 

This has truly been a fascinating series. The Psy are all linked by what is called the PsyNet. Every piece of information is on the PsyNet and the Net itself is a sentient being, acting sometimes like an adolescent. Its part sci-fi, and mostly romance. I only have about 3 1/2 books before I am caught up, a new one was just released a few weeks ago. Not sure what I will do after that!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Erika Johansen's Tearling series continues with "The Invasion of the Tearling"

********Thank You Edelweiss for an Advanced copy of this title************


With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine. 

I absolutely loved Queen of the Tearling, so when Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read the sequel, I absolutely jumped on it. I think I knew that this series was dystopian, but with the first book I thought it was fantasy. The sequel really jumps into the dystopian aspects of the story. 

Kelsea keeps having visions, flashbacks of a woman named Lily Mayhew; a woman who lived before the Crossing. She knows that Lily has something to do with how she is supposed to keep the Mort from taking over the Tearling. 

There are so many aspects to this story. Kelsea is changing, in appearance and in her personality. We learn more about the Red Queen and why she wants the Tearling and the sapphires. We learn a bit about Andalie and her children. And the ending, cliffhanger! Ugh!! I hate cliffhangers! I'm a terrible reviewer. Im no good about going into the details of a book. I'm just going to say.. WOW. Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Another Fool's Gold novel to tickle our fancy out June 30th :)

*******Thank you NetGalley for an Advanced copy of this title*******

After Phoebe Kitzke's kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favors—until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool's Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn't exactly thrilled by the city girl's arrival. 

Thanks to his brother's latest scheme, Zane has been roped into taking tourists on a cattle drive. What Phoebe knows about ranching wouldn't fill his hat, but her laughter is so captivating that even his animals fall for her. One slip of his legendary control leads to a passionate kiss that convinces him she's exactly the kind of woman a single-minded loner needs to avoid. 

In his arms, Phoebe discovers she's a country girl at heart. Yet no matter how much the small town feels like home, she can't stay unless Zane loves her, too…but is this cowboy interested in forever?

Some may say that Susan Mallery's books are all the same.  Same town, many of the same people, similar love stories. But these are people who really just can't enjoy a good romance novel. I love seeing all the previous characters, the friendships and families that have become since Chasing Perfect came out five years ago. Now, 16 books into the series with a couple of novellas and three scheduled to release yet this year, we are drawn back to Fools Gold. I want to live there, honestly!

Phoebe took the fall for her boss and has the bad end of the stick. She agrees to accompany her friend Maya to Fools Gold to help Maya's stepbrother with a cattle drive. One that a teenage boy set up, by accident, because he had published a fake vacation package on a real website. Unfortunately, Chase and his friends spent the money people sent in and were unable to refund it. Zane is furious with Chase and decides that the best thing would be to do the cattle drive and make his brother work to amend the situation. 

Phoebe  certainly isn't a ranch girl, but she loves the ranch. And seeing handsome Zane certainly isn't a bad thing. They are drawn to each other, but neither feel its a good situation. Phoebe is from LA and has a life to return to. Zane has done his best not to let anyone close to him. His parents marriage and his previous marriage showed that love is not all its cracked up to be.

But hey, its Fools Gold, so no worries, there is a happy ending!

As always, Ms Mallery has given us a fantastic read. As soon as  I pick up her titles, I can't put them down until I have finished them. They are feel-good, heartwarming... I need more synonyms. Thanks, Ms Mallery, for another amazing read :)