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What Are You Reading? (506)

Posted November 15, 2019 by Casee in Features | 2 Comments

Casee: I’m reading Into in the Dark by Karen Rose. I’m just about finished with it. Every time I read one of her books, I remember how much I love her. She blends the romance and the suspense like a champ. I’ve not read three of her books. Reading this book will sure make me go back and read them. When I’m finished with Into in the Dark, I’m going to pick up Where Winter Finds You by J.R. Ward. I just can’t with this series.

I’m listening to Stand by A.L. Jackson. It’s the fifth (and final?) book in her Bleeding Stars series. I haven’t decided what I’m going to read next. Probably Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas.

Holly: I’m still not reading much in the way of new books. I want to read, I just can’t decide what. I finished An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. James, The Governess Game by Tessa Dare and Smitten by the Brit by Melonie Johnson. I liked The St. James, but the middle was rather slow. I enjoyed The Governess Game, but not as much as the first book in the series. Smitten by the Brit was just okay. I’d actually started this book months ago and set it aside. I really want to love this series, but something about her writing fails to pull me fully into her books. I’m hopeful the next one will be the one.

I continued re-reading The Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs with Hunting Ground and Fair Game. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll finish out the series or stop here for now. I adore these books, but I really want to focus on reading new stuff. I also re-read Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy and Hold On by Kristen Ashley.

I’m not sure what I’m going to read next. I think I might start A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane. That’s right, Meljean Brook, writing as Milla Vane, is releasing a new book! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! The only reason I didn’t immediately start it the day I got it a week ago is because I know I’ll have to wait for the next book in the series.

Rowena: I can’t believe that we’ve been doing this feature for 506 weeks. We’ve been doing this thing for a long ass time. I’ve only read one book in the last two, almost three weeks. I read Open House (Uptown #2) by Ruby Lang and enjoyed it. I thought it was a quick and fun read with two main characters that I enjoyed a lot. Now, I’m trying to read my book club book before Monday but it’s slow going. I’m reading Goddess of Spring (Goddess Summoning #2) by P.C. Cast. Wish me luck! After this, I plan on finally jumping into my buddy read with Holly, Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!

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Sunday Spotlight: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland

Posted November 10, 2019 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 4 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

What to do when everyone you’ve always relied on seem to disappear at the moment you need them the most? Look to yourself for the answers. From Stephanie Butland, the author of The Lost for Words Bookshop, THE CURIOUS HEART OF AILSA RAE (St. Martin’s Griffin, October 29, 2019, $17.99), will warm readers from the inside out. An emotional story about love and loss, Butland’s thoughtful imagination will tug at the heartstrings of all readers.

Sunday Spotlight: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie ButlandThe Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 29, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 397
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Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She's only a few months past the heart transplant that - just in time - saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . .

Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point. She knows she needs to find her father. She's missed so much that her friends have left her behind. She's felt so helpless for so long that she's let polls on her blog make her decisions for her. And now she barely knows where to start on her own.

And then there's Lennox. Her best friend and one time lover. He was sick too. He didn't make it. And now she's supposed to face all of this without him.

But her new heart is a bold heart.

She just needs to learn to listen to it . . .


9 October, 2017

Ailsa is alone when it happens.

‘We think we have your heart.’ Bryony, the transplant coordinator, is smiling from ear to ear, for once. Given that her usual message is No News Yet, that’s hardly surprising.

Ailsa feels her hands fly to her chest, as though to protect what’s in there, hold it before it dies. She makes herself move them to her lap. They are shaking. So is her voice.

‘A new heart?’ And then she feels the patched-up heart she has summon up the life to expand with hope: with permission.

Her head is a scramble of thoughts, the practical and the terrible. She needs to be nil by mouth, so when did she last eat? Where is her mum? If she’s getting a heart, that means someone, somewhere has died.

Ailsa’s mother rushes in behind Bryony, breathless, bringing cold air and cigarette smoke with her. They fight the stuffiness of the room for a second before being absorbed. ‘They told me at the nurses’ station to get along here fast. What’s happened?’ She steps across the room; her hand is in her daughter’s. All Ailsa can do is nod at her, squeeze her fingers, because her throat has tightened and her mouth is drier than usual. She wants to say: I wish you had been here when Bryony came in. You deserved to hear it with me. But that’s silly, and unimportant, and anyway, you don’t get to choose these things. You get to accept them.

‘We need to have you prepped and in theatre in three hours,’ Bryony says. ‘Hold onto your hats.’ She flips open the file in her hand, picks up Ailsa’s notes from the bottom of the bed, and so it begins.

Or ends, depending on which way you look at it.

From The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland. Copyright © 2019 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Publishing Group.

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About Stephanie Butland

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Stephanie Butland is a writer, who is thriving after breast cancer. (She used to say she was a survivor, but that was a bit lacking in joie de vivre.)
Although she’d never have chosen it, her dance with cancer has changed her life in many positive ways. Now she is happier, healthier, and more careful with her precious life and the precious people and things in it.

Her writing career began with her dance with cancer, and now she is a novelist.

Aside from writing, she works as a speaker and trainer, and she works with charities to help raise awareness and money in the hope that cancer will soon be about as scary as a wart.

She lives in Northumberland.

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WTF Cover Saturday (334)

Posted November 9, 2019 by Holly in Features | 2 Comments

The photoshop job on this lipstick? Why??

Also, the font… I keep reading this as “Club Menace”. Which, I’m pretty sure, is a different thing entirely.

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What Are You Reading? (505)

Posted November 8, 2019 by Holly in Features | 4 Comments

Casee: I’ve been doing better this month than last month when it comes to reading. I’m reading Into the Dark by Karen Rose. I adore Karen Rose. Her books are always riveting and have me on the edge of my seat. I’ve only read one chapter, but it proves that this book is going to be amazing. I can’t wait to dive into it.

I’m supposed to be listening to Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James. Holly and I started it when I was visiting over the weekend. Alas, I couldn’t stop listening to A.L. Jackson’s Bleeding Stars series. I’m on the last book of the series, which is called Stand. I’m really looking forward to getting further into it. I love the two narrators.

Holly: I’m sick with a head cold, so I haven’t been able to focus on reading much this week. I re-read Alpha & Omega and Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs, and re-listened to Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James (because I forced Casee to listen to it with me while she was in town). Aside from that, I got nothing. I’ve been binge-watching the early seasons of Supernatural instead of reading.

I’m still currently listening to An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. James and reading Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!

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Blog Tour: The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan

Posted November 6, 2019 by Rowena in Features, Promotions | 0 Comments

Kennedy Ryan has a new series coming out and today we’re featuring the first book of that new series on the blog. The All the Kings Men series kicks off with The Kingmaker and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. It’s been out for about a week now and it promises to be a rocking good reading time.

Check out the excerpt and teaser goodness that we have for you guys today…

Blog Tour: The Kingmaker by Kennedy RyanThe King Maker by Kennedy Ryan
Series: All the Kings Men #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: October 27, 2019
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 344
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I'm a wolf in wolf’s clothing, and I’ll consume her if she lets me.

Ambition. Passion. Betrayal.

Rita Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan delivers the epic first installment of the All the King's Men Duet.

Raised to rule, bred to lead and weaned on a diet of ruthless ambition.

In a world of haves and have nots, my family has it all, and I want nothing to do with it.

My path takes me far from home and paints me as the black sheep. At odds with my father, I'm determined to build my own empire. I have rules, but Lennix Hunter is the exception to every one of them. From the moment we meet, something sparks between us. But my family stole from hers and my father is the man she hates most. I lied to have her, and will do anything to keep her. Though she tries to hate me, too, the inexorable pull between us will not be denied.

And neither will I.


“What do you want?”

The look he pours over me is hot oil, burning me even through serviceable layers of cotton. His heated perusal caresses my face, sluices over my breasts and hips, and then pools at my feet.

“Oh, that you won’t ever get again,” I say, my voice a soft, certain promise. “I don’t screw liars. I’m particular that way.”

“Never say never,” he drawls, tilting up my chin with his finger.


He crushes the word between our mouths. It falls apart in the scorching, sweet tangle of lips and teeth. With one hand, he digs his fingers into my hair. The other splays across my lower back, his grip on me almost convulsive, urging me up and closer. I’m in stasis. I’m completely startled by the kiss, unable to respond. I send a desperate message to my brain.

Move. Pull back. Push him away.

But the urgent glide of his hand down my spine to cup my ass melts my thoughts to liquid and they swim in my head. I can’t pull back, and all hope of resistance dissolves when he presses his thumb to my chin, prying me open. He stalks my tongue, hunts down a response, licking and sucking and groaning and growling. His hands tighten on me until I strain up to seek him, yanking his hair, pulling him even closer.

“Dammit, Nix,” he mutters between kisses. His hand wanders down my neck and across my shoulder, and cups my breast, twisting the nipple through flimsy barriers of cotton and lace. He shoves up my skirt, pulling my legs wider, and pushes my panties aside, his fingers invading me. My body remembers this mad craving that claws out of my bones—that wants out. That wants him. Under his rough touch, my body blooms and my hips rock.

“That’s it,” he says, taking my earlobe between his lips.

My head falls back and I moan. It’s so damn good. His touch awakens me. His hands, his kisses bring me to life. It feels like I’m taking my first deep breath since we were last together, and it fills my lungs, seeps into my pores.

“I missed you,” he says, sucking my lips and kissing the corners, quick, hungry. “I’m sorry. Baby, I—”

“Stop talking.” I reach between us to loosen his belt, catching his zipper and dragging it down, dragging him out. “Shut up.”


About the Author

About Kennedy Ryan

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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