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Guest Review: Second Thought by Kristan Higgins

Posted May 23, 2017 by Tina R in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Second Thought by Kristan HigginsReviewer: Tina
On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins
Published by HQN Books
Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Pages: 480
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three-half-stars

Ainsley O’Leary is so ready to get married—she’s even found the engagement ring her boyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn’t anticipate is being blindsided by a breakup he chronicles in a blog…which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsley turns to her older half sister, Kate, who’s struggling with a sudden loss of her own.

Kate’s always been the poised, self-assured sister, but becoming a newlywed—and a widow—in the space of four months overwhelms her. Though the sisters were never close, she starts to confide in Ainsley, especially when she learns her late husband was keeping a secret from her.

Despite the murky blended-family dynamic that’s always separated them, Ainsley's and Kate’s heartaches bind their summer together when they come to terms with the inevitable imperfection of relationships and family—and the possibility of one day finding love again.

First of all, Kristan’s books always seem to have the best covers!! I admit that I am a total cover snob, and that is one of the first things that make me want to pick up a book – even before I see if it is one of my favorite authors or not! And, I also can count on a well-written story filled with endearing characters whenever I pick up one of her books, and On Second Thought is no exception.

This book not only tugged at my heart, it also made me smile once in awhile too. I don’t really see why this book is listed as a romance though, because to me it is more centered around the character’s lives and about their struggle to get past the things that life has dealt to them. I felt like the romance part was actually more secondary in this book.

Overall, I thought this was another good book from Kristan HIggins. Like I said, I have been a fan for a long time and will continue as such. For anyone who is not familiar with her books, you really need to go check her out, as her books are definitely worth it!

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me an advanced copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

three-half-stars


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Pre-Release Blitz: The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

Posted November 16, 2016 by Holly in Promotions | 2 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

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The Queen of Paranormal Romance, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter, returns with THE DARKEST TORMENT, the eagerly anticipated twelfth novel in her Lords of the Underworld series, now available in paperback on November 22, 2016! Order your copy today!

 

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THE DARKEST TORMENT Synopsis:

Can Beauty tame her Beast?

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at genashowalter.com.

 

 

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Blog Tour: Tough Luck Hero by Maisey Yates

Posted June 29, 2016 by Rowena in Promotions | 1 Comment

Has anyone read this series before? I’m mighty curious about it. I read some Goodreads reviews and the reviews seem pretty good so I’m mighty curious about this one. Tough Luck Hero is the second book in the Copper Ridge: The Wests series, #6 in the Copper Ridge Series and it looks pretty good. Check it out!

Tough Luck Hero by Maisey Yates
Copper Ridge Series #6, Copper Ridge: The Wests #2
Releases on June 28, 2016 by HQN Books

Can the golden boy of Copper Ridge, Oregon, get a second chance at happy-ever-after?

Ranching heir Colton West knew his wedding would be the talk of the town. But he didn’t expect to get left at the altar—or to escape on the next flight to Vegas with Lydia Carpenter, the woman who gets under his skin like no one else. The only thing crazier than honeymooning with Lydia is waking up married to her. So why does he find himself entertaining his new wife’s desire to stay married—and fantasizing about a real wedding night?

As Copper Ridge’s prospective mayor, Lydia can’t risk a divorce scandal so close to election time. But pretending to be blissfully in love with her new husband is more confusing than she’d thought. For a man who’s always rubbed her the wrong way, Colton suddenly seems to know exactly what to do with his hands. And his lips. Now Lydia’s wildest mistake could turn out to be her luckiest move, if they’re both willing to take the ultimate gamble…

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Excerpt

COLTON WEST COULDN’T remember the last time he had gotten blackout drunk. Maybe college? Maybe. It was hard to say if in those scenarios he had passed out because of the alcohol or because they were still awake at five in the morning after some ridiculous party.

Though at none of those ridiculous parties had he married anyone.

And, judging by the messages overflowing his phone, he had gotten married last night.

Which wouldn’t be that weird since yesterday was supposed to be his wedding day. The weird part about it was that he had married a bridesmaid. Not the bride.

And not just any bridesmaid.

Lydia Carpenter.

There were three other bridesmaids. All of whom he was more likely to get drunk and marry in Vegas than Lydia. Or at least, he would have thought so if asked prior to his hasty Vegas marriage.

Actually, had he been asked prior to his hasty Vegas marriage he would have said there was no way on earth he would ever get drunk and marry anyone spur of the moment. He was not a spur-of-the-moment kind of guy. Colton was a planner. Colton had never set one foot out of line.

After his older brother had taken off and completely abandoned the family, it had been up to Colton to establish himself as the likely heir to his father’s business. It had been up to him to be the son his father needed. And he had taken that duty very seriously.

Hell, the wedding yesterday was a prime example of that.

The wedding that had originally been scheduled, not the wedding that had ultimately taken place.

This was a nightmare. Unacceptable in every way.

So take it back.

It was the only thing to do. Unlike his brother, who had run when he didn’t want to deal with his life, and unlike his father, who had buried his mistakes, Colton would meet his head-on.

He looked up from his phone at his scowling—he winced—wife.

“Well, I can honestly say this is the last situation I ever expected to find myself in,” he said.

“No way,” she said. “You do not get to look this annoyed about the situation. This is your fault.”

“How is this my fault?”

“Granted my memory is questionable, but if I remember right, we were drinking in Ace’s. Then you were the one who suggested we go somewhere. You were the one who said you had the time off and wanted an escape. You are the one that facilitated the car to take us to the airport and said we needed to get a nonstop flight to somewhere that would be fun. And lo, we boarded a plane to Vegas.”

“At no point did you say no,” he said, wishing he could remember the events a little bit clearer. Maybe she had been hesitant. Maybe she had said no and he’d talked her into it.

But he was going to bluff his way straight through, dammit.

She folded her arms across her chest, crinkling the ridiculous lavender fabric of the bridesmaid dress she was wearing. One of Natalie’s choices. And honestly, he hadn’t cared. Not about the entire spectacle that she had put together with his mother from top to bottom. It hadn’t concerned him at all. The only thing that mattered to him was that Natalie was an appropriate choice. She’d been raised in a family like his. Highly visible in the community, with a lot of concern given to appearances. There were expectations placed on her as the daughter of the long-term mayor, and they matched the expectations placed on him. Plus, he was attracted to her. He liked her. A lot.

He’d liked her more before the wedding plans had started to get really intense. But, ultimately he had been confident in her as his choice of bride. So, the wedding had seemed like an incidental detail to him. Something that would have to take place to appease his mother, Natalie’s family and the populace of Copper Ridge, before he could get on with his life.

He hadn’t paid attention to things like bridesmaid dresses. And now he wondered if he hadn’t paid enough attention to Natalie, either. Well, obviously, since she had left him standing there at the altar without anything other than a quick apology text.

Actually, it hadn’t even really been an apology.

One line, obliterating a relationship that he had spent two years building. A relationship that was supposed to shore up the foundation of his life. And she’d just knocked it all down.

I can’t do this.

That was all she’d said. And he didn’t even get the message until later, after the ceremony that wasn’t. When he was already at Ace’s ordering the kind of hard liquor he never, ever drank in a public space. And definitely not to excess. Then Lydia had shown up.

Fast-forward a little bit—through scenes he couldn’t even remember—and here they were.

Copper Ridge: The West Series

About the Author

Maisey Yates

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.

Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard.

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Guest Review: Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

Posted June 21, 2016 by Ames in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah MorganReviewer: Ames
Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
Series: From Manhattan with Love #1
Also in this series: Sleepless in Manhattan, Sunset in Central Park (From Manhattan with Love, #2), Miracle on 5th Avenue, Miracle on 5th Avenue
Published by HQN Books
Publication Date: June 1st 2016
Pages: 384
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four-stars

USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan introduces From Manhattan with Love, a sparkling new trilogy about three best friends embracing life—and love—in New York 

Cool, calm and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she's now determined to prove herself—and where better to take the world by storm than Manhattan? But when Paige loses the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all—going it alone.

Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano—her brother's best friend, New York's most in-demand date and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige's fledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleepless nights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance on forever?

I enjoy Sarah Morgan‘s writing and I cannot resist a sibling’s best friend plot. Picking up Sleepless in Manhattan was a win-win on both fronts.

Paige Walker heads into work one morning 100% sure she’s in for a promotion. The last event she organized was a big hit and she knows she’s a hard worker. Except, things don’t quite work out that way. Her dragon-lady of a boss lets her go, citing financial reasons. And things get worse when her two best friends, Eva and Frankie, are also let go. This was Paige’s dream job and she’s despondent. Her older, over-protective brother wants to cheer her up (and check on her) so he ropes his best friend, Jake, into stopping over that evening so they can deal with all 3 ladies. Jake and Paige have an antagonistic relationship. They used to be friends when Paige was a teenager, but when she declared her love for him, he shot her down. He’s been annoying her on purpose ever since. Despite their feelings about each other, Jake is the one who ends up helping Paige get over her loss. He knows Paige’s ultimate dream is to one day be her own boss and he talks her into stepping up the timeline a bit. He offers to help her get her on her feet, financially and with business advice, but Paige is really independent and says no, she wants to do it on her own. But after a few weeks with her new company, Paige still isn’t seeing any big business so she swallows her pride and goes to Jake for help. This has them working close together and brings some of their past issues to the forefront. For example, Jake is such a jerk because he is attracted to Paige, but her brother made him promise to stay away from her. Paige has no clue and even though she denies having feelings for Jake, she still cares about him. Working in close proximity (Jake’s form of help is hiring her new company to throw a party for his company), it isn’t long before they cross that line and get physical. But Jake’s past rears its ugly head when he feels Paige is getting too far under his skin.

I enjoyed Sleepless in Manhattan. I liked the feisty back and forth between Jake and Paige. I liked the circle of friends, Eva, Frankie and Matt. And Paige and Jake. I liked their characters. Paige was so independent and stubborn because of health problems as a child. She was sick of being protected and coddled so her wanting to stick up for herself was understandable and commendable. Jake’s backstory is a bit different. His mother abandoned him when he was young, so he definitely has some issues with love and women. But he was adopted by a great woman named Maria, and I liked her character too. Together? Paige and Jake are awesome. When they first meet, Paige is in the hospital, and Jake was the only one who didn’t treat her like she was fragile. So they had a past as friends. But like I said, things changed when Jake turned Paige down. As adults, Jake has a bit of a player reputation, never dating anyone long term. He’s afraid after he and Paige start hooking up when he’s disregarding his personal rules to make exceptions for her. Of course this leads him to acting like an ass. But I liked how everything was wrapped up and look forward to Sunset in Central Park, book 2 in this series, From Manhattan with Love.

Sleepless in Manhattan was enjoyable with a well rounded cast of characters and a satisfying romance. 4 out of 5

four-stars


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Review: The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

Posted June 17, 2016 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: The Darkest Torment by Gena ShowalterReviewer: Casee
The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld #12
Also in this series: The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld, #13)
Published by HQN Books
Publication Date: June 1st 2016
Pages: 384
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four-half-stars

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him…

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he's back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he's unable to withstand the touch of another…and he's quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she's taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she's plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she'll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

Baden has always been a tricky character for me. I never really understood where his place was in the series. I never understood how he came back to life after being beheaded. Really? Who survives that. Well, I’m here to tell you.

Baden was locked away in a spirit realm with Pandora (of Pandora’s Box) for something like four thousand years. They both got out but had to put these wreaths on their wrists compliments of Hades. Yeah, nothing good could come from that. I mean, it’s Hades. Admittedly, Hades is a different character in all books by all authors. Sometimes he’s a real ass, sometimes he’s just an evil s.o.b, and sometimes he’s an evil but kind of nice s.o.b. In this case, we’ll go with number three. He’s evil, but he has a good side (I won’t be telling that to my daughter, like, ever) so it was entertaining.

Now that Lucifer is at war with Hades for the Underworld, Hades needs all the help he can get. Which means “recruiting” Baden and Pandora. Oh, don’t kid yourselves, they’re forced to serve Hades because of those wreaths on their wrists that keep them in corporeal form. Hades starts his own reality show of “Who Can Bring Hades What He Wants The Fastest Or Die?”. That’s what I would call it anyway. That sets Baden and Pandora against each other yet again.

When Baden goes to get the first “prize” that Hades wants, he meets Katarina Joelle. Katarina does not want anything to do with her future husband and continues to pray for a miracle. She didn’t expect that her miracle would be someone like Baden. Half Jamie Fraser, half beast. Yes, Baden has a hard time keeping his beast in check. He decides to take Katarina to show her husband, Alex, that he means business. It has nothing to do with his attraction to her or how she calms his beast. Not at all.

As the contest between Baden and Pandora continues, the relationship between Katarina and Baden evolves. Baden has known nothing but betrayal from women. Katarina has known nothing but lying and cheating from men. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. Especially since she knows that he’s only keeping her until he gets what he wants from Alek. She soon decides that Baden is the lesser of two evils. As for Baden, Katarina is the only living soul that can calm the beast. When the beast wants to come out and play by being a violent, destructive bastard, Katarina is the only one that can tame him. Except Baden doesn’t want to be tamed. And we have a catch 22.

There are several misunderstandings that are cleared up, Pandora and Baden kind of like each other once they realize what the bands from Hades really do (I’m not telling), and Katarina gets some dogs that aren’t dogs (I’m not telling, but it’s really cool). Also, Ginny is dying and William is going crazy trying to save her. I love seeing William go crazy because he’s usually making everyone else go crazy including those that read the series!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Reading Order

The Darkest Fire (prequel)
The Darkest Night
The Darkest Kiss
The Darkest Pleasure
The Darkest Prison
The Darkest Whisper
The Darkest Angel
Into the Dark
The Darkest Passion
The Darkest Lie
The Darkest Secret
The Darkest Surrender
The Darkest Seduction
The Darkest Craving
The Darkest Touch

four-half-stars


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