A MONSTER LIKE ME by Pamela Sparkman

Heart of Darkness series #2

HELLO STRANGER by Lisa Kleypas

The Ravenels series #4

THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT by Emma Scott

Companion to the Full Tilt series

PLAYING FOR KEEPS by Jill Shalvis

Heartbreaker Bay series #7

UNWRITTEN by Jen Frederick

Woodlands series #5

Cross My Heart by L.H. Cosway

Hearts series #5.75

MOONSHADOW by Thea Harrison

Moonshadow series #1

Monday, March 18, 2019

Book Spotlight: Risky Play by Rachel Van Dyken


Even one-night stands deserve a second chance in New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken’s novel of sporting desire.


Title: Risky Play
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Publisher: Skyscape
Series: Red Card #1



Summary

What else can a virgin do when she’s ditched at the altar? Seattle heiress Mackenzie Dupont is treating herself to a single-girl honeymoon in Mexico and a desire to relinquish her innocence to a gorgeous one-night stand. Fake names. True pleasure. But when she wakes up alone, Mackenzie realizes just how much anger is left in her broken heart.

Suffering a tragic personal loss, pro soccer player Slade Rodriguez has his reasons for vanishing without a goodbye. Right or wrong, he’s blaming the beautiful and infuriating stranger he never wants to see again. They’re both in for a shock when Mackenzie shows up as his new personal assistant. And they both have a lot to learn about each other. Because they share more than they could possibly know, including a common enemy who’s playing his own games. And he’s not afraid to get dirty.

Now there’s only one way Mackenzie and Slade can win: to trust in each other and to stop hiding from the lies they’ve told, the secrets they’ve kept, the mistakes they’ve made, and the attraction that still burns between them.




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Guest post: Why Sports Heroes Make the Best Book Boyfriends by Rachel Van Dyken

Hey everyone! I’m Rachel Van Dyken, author of over eighty (holy crap) books in multiple genres, one of my favorites being, sports romance! My latest book, Risky Play, is about two broken main characters who find themselves on a last minute holiday to Puerto Vallarta.

Pro Soccer player Slade Rodriguez is trying to lay low after finding out his girlfriend and his ex teammate hooked up behind his back, for over a year. Licking his wounds he changes teams and moves to Seattle, but isn’t ready to settle down yet. Needing time to himself, he gets on the first jet out. He sits next to Mackenzie Dupont on a plane and is immediately intrigued, especially since a few hours into the plane ride, they have single engine failure. She asks him what one thing he would do different. And they kiss. Once the plane safely lands, to protect his own identity, he gives her a fake name, Hugo. What he doesn’t realize is she’s famous in her own right, so she does the same thing. After all, she’s running away from a broken engagement. What follows is a whole lot of steaminess and taking chances with a complete stranger assuming that it’s just that, a one night stand, a two night stand. Whatever it is, Mackenzie's obsessed with "Hugo's" intense golden gaze, the eight pack helps, and the fact that he seems genuinely interested in everything she says. He promises the universe he’s going to keep her, but sometimes the universe is against us. Tragedy strikes and they go their separate ways only to meet again in Seattle, this time, sparks fly and not the good kind The "I want to kiss you, then strangle you, then kiss you again" kind.

I love writing sports romances because I think it adds this extra layer of pressure from the press to act a certain way. Not only does Slade have to deal with paparazzi but he has pressure to perform, to lead his team to the championships after training with another team. I think it brings in so many details from behind the scenes that we never think about when watching sports on TV. I’m fully dedicated to interviewing real athletes (and my last sports romance I interviewed NFL players). This time I wanted to focus on a sport that isn’t as huge here as it is internationally and really do it justice. These athletes eat, sleep, and breathe their sport, there isn’t a lot of time for a personal life and if you do have one, the balance is always going to be a struggle (not to mention the fact that Slade is still mourning). In this book, I wanted to introduce a really strong female character that wouldn’t let Slade project all those feelings and basically Mackenzie is the type of girl that doesn’t put up with his crap. I think it's important to have strong female characters that women can look up to. I love that during the entire journey my heroine doesn’t give up. She knows her worth and demands that Slade recognize it too.

All in all it was such a fun book to write, I can’t wait for everyone to read it!


Excerpt

I was kissing her again.

Maybe it was because it had been months since I’d had a decent kiss, since I’d jumped into the arms of anyone who didn’t know me by name.

I could be Hugo for a few days.

Hugo seemed spontaneous.

Hugo seemed relaxed.

Hugo seemed fun.

I sure as hell needed some fun.

I broke away from her kiss and trailed my fingertips down her chin. “So, now that we’ve established the plane didn’t crash and we’re here side by side, what did you have in mind?”

Ashley grinned up at me, her eyes a bit hesitant as she looked from me to the ocean. “Well, I’ve never gone cliff diving, I heard there’s a great place close by.”

My eyebrows shot up. “No offense, but you don’t seem like a thrill seeker.”

She laughed. I decided I liked the way her laugh relaxed me, made me respond with a smile and a need to kiss her again. “I’m not, trust me.” She sobered a bit. Her lips turned down.

I wanted nothing more than to press a soft kiss to the corner of her mouth just to see if it would it make it decide to smile in my direction again.

“But it would be fun, I need fun.”

I sighed heavily and looked at my feet. When the hell had I ever looked away like that? “That makes both of us.”

“Great!” She walked ahead of me into her penthouse suite, which matched mine even in color. I suddenly wondered what she did for a living. I mean I could afford it because I had been the highest paid soccer star in Europe for the last ten years.

The place was around three grand a day.

I eyed the large master suite as she ran around and then held up her hand. “One sec, I’m going to change into a suit, alright?”

“Great.” I smiled reassuringly. It would give me time to look around, not that I was stalking her, but I could never be too careful. I was still surprised she didn’t recognize me. And I knew when she did, this little facade, this freedom I felt in my chest, the easy way she let me breathe around her? It would go to hell, and I’d need another escape.

I thumbed through a few of the magazines on the table, and dropped the last one down just in time to hear the sliding bathroom door open and see a goddess emerge.

A one-piece swimsuit covered her body. It had a plunging neckline that showed off two generously sized breasts, and I immediately regretted not telling her who I was.

Because clothing tended to get pulled off, not put on, when I was in the room.

I eyed the scrap of material she called a swimsuit, my eyes raking over her muscular legs, her curvy body.

“Unless you’re jumping naked, you should change too,” she pointed out, then cleared her throat and looked away like she was insecure. Damn, the woman could make a man cut his own heart out for a taste of her special brand of sin.

I peeled my shirt off over my body and shrugged. “Ready.”

Her eyes went so wide I had to fight not to laugh.

I knew what she saw.

I had Instagram pages dedicated to my eyes alone, don’t even get me started on my abs.

Eight.

Tight, packed abs, all tanned and golden like I was the sun god himself.

“Uh, right.” Her cheeks brightened as she clasped her hands together. “Let’s go!”

I checked her out the entire time she walked ahead of me, and when she caught me staring I just shrugged and said, “Next time wear more clothes if you don’t want me to look.”

“You should talk,” she fired back.

“Misunderstanding.” I grinned. “I wanted you to look.”

She slapped a hand against my bare chest.

I laughed, and then grabbed her hand and kissed her fingertips. “You ready to jump off a cliff with a stranger you’ve kissed twice?”

“Once,” she corrected with a whisper. “I kissed you, you kissed me, we’re even.”

The doors to the elevator opened as I whispered under my breath. “Not for long.”


GIVEAWAY




About the Author



Rachel Van Dyken is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and #1 New York Times bestselling author known for regency romances, contemporary romances, and her love of coffee and Swedish fish. Rachel’s also recently inked a deal for her Wingmen Inc. series—The Matchmaker’s Playbook and The Matchmaker’s Replacement—to be made into movies.

A fan of The Bachelor and the Seattle Seahawks (not necessarily in that order), Rachel lives in Idaho with her husband, a super cute toddler son who keeps her on her toes, and two boxers. Make sure you check out her site, www.RachelVanDykenauthor.com, and follow her on Twitter (@RachVD).


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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Cover Reveal: Promise You by Fabriola Francisco



Title: Promise You
Author: Fabiola Francisco
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance (Spin-off of Rebel Desire & Memories of Us)
Release Date: May 1st




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Synopsis

I’ve had my eyes set on her for months. The gorgeous brunette captured my attention when I first saw her and stole my heart when I met her. 
Making it in the music industry has taken its toll on me, chipping away at my confidence and patience. The one thing that keeps me going is having Reese by my side. I’m determined to show her how good we can be together, even if she continues to pretend there’s nothing between us. 
One night changes everything, giving me the only thing I’d want more than a career in country music—her. 


Excerpt
“You look beautiful.”

“Thanks. You don’t look too bad yourself,” she winks and orders a martini. “Do you want a beer?” She turns to look my way while the bartender waits. 

“I’m going with whiskey tonight.” Reese raises her eyebrows, and I chuckle. “Need something stronger than beer if I’m going to be standing next to you in that dress all night, darlin’.” The bartender bites down her smile, watching our exchange before making our drinks. 

“Dex,” she warns. 

“Yeah, I know.” I raise my arms, palms facing her. “Just friends.” 

“Yeah,” she sighs and grabs her martini. Once I have my drink, Reese links her arm with mine, and we make rounds. “Isn’t this amazing? One day you’ll have an event like this, I just know it.” Her encouragement is welcomed at a time like this when I feel like I may never get to this point in my career. 

“Yeah, maybe.” I don’t miss the defeat in my voice. 

“Hey,” she stops walking, pulling me to her by the arm she’s holding. “You’re really good. One of the best I’ve heard in a long time, and I don’t just say that because you’re one of my best friends. I mean it. I’ve been surrounded in this industry since my brother was playing in Riot, just like you. I know how hard it is, I’ve met musicians in the past. Your voice is unique.” 

“Thanks, Reese.” I lift a shoulder, wanting to drop the subject in a public place. 

“I mean it, Dex.” I nod in silence and look away, pretending to take in the atmosphere.

The live music starts, singers congratulating Rebel Desire as they perform a couple of songs. The fans go wild for all the talent spending their evening with us. 

“Dance with me,” I grab Reese’s empty glass and place it on the bar. Everyone else around us is dancing to the music, so there’s no excuse that people will talk or get the wrong idea.

Just when I think she’s going to refuse, she puts her arm around me and begins to sway to the soft music. For a minute, all is right in the world. The worries of making it in this industry, the envy of not having the success others do, it all fades away the second Reese wraps her arms around me and moves to the beat. 

I may have fucked around a lot in my life, but after meeting Reese and spending time with her, I’m sure I’d never want anyone else but her. If only I can make her see how good we’d be together. 

I remember the first time I saw her, weeks before I actually met her. She was at Riot, laughing and drinking with friends. Her laugh reached me through the crowd, drawing my attention to her. Her confidence danced to the rhythm of the song I was performing. After that, she’d come in on her own some nights, and I’d watch her while I sang songs she could’ve inspired. 

Women like Reese, hell, there are no other women like Reese. She’s in a league of her own—gorgeous, funny, and independent.


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Author Bio

Fabiola Francisco is a contemporary romance author from South Florida. Writing as been a part of her life since she was a teenager. Even at that age, she dreamed of happy endings with emotional twists. Her novels include Perfectly Imperfect, The Restoring Series, Sweet on You Duet, and Red Lights, Black Hearts.

Her passion for books and writing has inspired her to write her own stories. She writes novels readers could relate to and grow with. She’s currently working on writing more stories that connect with readers on a deeper.

Fabiola also loves expressing herself through art and spending time in nature. In her spare time, she loves to cuddle with a good book and a glass of wine.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review: Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith


Perfect for fans of RED QUEEN and UPROOTED, Crystal Smith’s debut novel, BLOODLEAF, is an imaginative retelling of the Grimm Fairy tale “The Goose Girl” that takes a ghostly mystery and sets it inside an epic fantasy world.



BLOODLEAF by CRYSTAL SMITH
Series: Bloodleaf #1
Release date: March 12, 2019
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA fantasy

SYNOPSIS

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?



PRAISE FOR Bloodleaf:

“Enchanting, visceral, and twisty, Bloodleaf is a phantasmagorical wonder that will keep you guessing until the very last page.”–NYT bestselling author of Ash Princess, Laura Sebastian

“Eerie, immersive, and fascinating, Bloodleaf feels like a classic in the making. Readers will be pulled deep into Aurelia's world, and lose sleep alongside her as the deadly mysteries close in.”–Sarah Holland, NYT bestselling author of Everless

“Smith weaves together mystery, adventure and a reimagined fairy tale in this bewitching debut. An irresistible, spellbinding story.”–Rebecca Ross, author of The Queen’s Rising

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Crystal Smith is a writer, photographer, and artist who developed an early love of storytelling in a family of voracious readers. She resides in Utah with her high school sweetheart husband and two lively sons. When she isn’t writing or creating, she can be found re-watching Jane Eyre and Howl's Moving Castle or reading ghost stories with all the lights on.

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REVIEW


Bloodleaf (Bloodleaf #1)Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


I was very excited to read Bloodleaf, and I think the concept of the magic system has merit, but it didn't come together as well as I hoped it would. In parts, there are some fresh ideas, notably the poison/healing power infused in the bloodleaf plant and Princess Aurelia's ability to see spirits of the departed. However, the clichés outnumbered the unique aspects for me personally by the end, and the heroine was a bit more frustrating than I would have liked.

    Most in our land knew of bloodleaf —the vile poison that only grows on old battlefields or other soil upon which blood has been spilt —but no one ever spoke of the bloom.

Aurelia lives in a Kingdom divided up into two lands: Achleva and Renalt. As the Princess of Renalt, it has been arranged for her to marry the Prince of Achleva to tie the two sides together after many years of division. A wall has been erected, and only the very few who are able to gain permission are able to cross to the other side. Her pending marriage will bring much needed reconciliation and peace for everyone. Aurelia isn't fired up to get married seeing as her fiancé is reportedly a sickly recluse she's never met. On the other hand, there is civil unrest stirred up by the Tribunal and her safety becomes more tenuous by the day. This is a group that basically seek out people who have any form of magic and execute them as witches. As one who secretly holds one of the three forms of magic, Aurelia can only be shielded for so long before she is taken in.

After an assassination attempt and a hasty escape, Aurelia is forced to somehow make it to Achleva on her own with little more than a horse and the clothes on her back. She's lost all of her allies, her papers to get over the border, and has no money. She's faced desperate moments, difficult decisions, and tragedy. The more the book wears on, the more I started to disconnect from the heroine. While some things were beyond her control (the betrayal and plotting by someone close to her) it seemed as if the majority of bad things happening were a direct result of her poor/rash decision making. It made her seem pretty childish, and I get that her age and experience aren't advanced, but many times her actions weren't the most believable.

When it came to the romance aspect, she started out supposedly secretly in love with someone she'd known her whole life, and then because of one disappointing bad choice on his part she transfers her affection to someone new fairly quickly. The faded blood mark on the magic cloth should have given her a clue as to this person's true fate, and for some odd reason it never occurred to her that she may have been mistaken about what happened to him. That made no sense to me at all. I knew who the new love interest was from the start, and I also knew the twist very early on. It was pretty easy to predict so I'm not sure it could even be called a twist.

The author also modeled the corrupt king of Achleva after a real life person and it doesn't take a genius to figure out who it is. While I get that inspiration can be found in everyday life, the symbolism became so repeated and obvious that it took me out of the actual story. There were some plot points that didn't seem to go anywhere, such as Aurelia's bracelet that had been given significant page time. The gift from her father was mentioned over and over again, and I kept expecting to find out the importance of it, but it never happened. Maybe it will come out in the future, but it felt unresolved and completely unaddressed.

While Bloodleaf wasn't a total miss, unfortunately I didn't see enough to capture my imagination and interest like I had hoped. I've read quite a few YA fantasies with similar themes: outlawed magic, persecuted people who are gifted with it, princess on the run, betrayal to steal the throne, forbidden romance. The end was left in a happy for now place, so the lack of suspenseful cliffhanger was definitely a big plus. If you're looking for a new fantasy series that won't leave you hanging too painfully this could be the one for you.


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Monday, March 11, 2019

Release Blitz: Space by Penny Reid

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Space, the second book in the all-new Laws of Physics Trilogy from Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!

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One week.
Private cabin.
Famous physicist.
Still an unrepentant slacker.
What’s the worst that could happen?

Mona’s meticulously planned allotment of relaxation is thrown into chaos by the unscheduled appearance of her older brother’s band of friends, including the one person she'd hoped to never face again. Abram still makes her feel entirely too much, which is one of the reasons she disappeared after their one week together. But now, trapped on a mountain of snow and things unspoken, Mona will have to find a way to coexist with Abram, chaos and all.

Laws of Physics is the second trilogy in the Hypothesis series; Laws of Physics parts 1 (MOTION) & 2 (SPACE) end with a cliffhanger.

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Motion

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Time

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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Review: Space by Penny Reid


All she wants is forgiveness, and all he wants is revenge . . . 


SPACE by PENNY REID
Series: Laws of Physics #2
Release date: February 25th (iBooks) 
March 11th, additional sites 
Cliffhanger: yes
Genre: Contemporary romance, new adult


SYNOPSIS

One week.
Private cabin.
Famous physicist.
Still an unrepentant slacker.
What’s the worst that could happen?

Mona’s meticulously planned allotment of relaxation is thrown into chaos by the unscheduled appearance of her older brother’s band of friends, including the one person she'd hoped to never face again. Abram still makes her feel entirely too much, which is one of the reasons she disappeared after their one week together. But now, trapped on a mountain of snow and things unspoken, Mona will have to find a way to coexist with Abram, chaos and all.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja. 

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Twitter: @ReidRomance


REVIEW

Space (Laws of Physics, #2; Hypothesis, #2.2)Space by Penny Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Ahhh the feels! The delicious feels! This is one of those rare books that I started in the evening, and was so utterly addicted that I could not stop until I finished. Cover to cover in one sitting. No, it's not long in page length, but I flew through this thing late into the night with a death grip on my kindle. After the cliffhanger of Motion, I was so eager to find out how and when Mona's big lie would be outed. But most especially, how would Abram handle the deception? HOW BAD WAS THIS GOING TO BE?? I was dreading his ultimate disillusionment, but seeing his soft heart get hardened with cynicism was a tough pill to swallow.

This is the crux of the matter. When your trust has been completely shattered like his has, when everything you thought you knew about someone is now under suspicion, how do you get past that? Abram is stuck wondering if the things he loved about Mona were just part of her scheme. As much as I love Mona, can you really blame him for feeling that way? On the other side, you have Mona who went into the deception never intending for anyone to get hurt. It was supposed to be a harmless little white lie to help her sister. If there's one thing that can be said about Mona, she is loyal to her family, and in my opinion, to a fault. She's never fit in with them and they take her horribly for granted. As much as she gives and sacrifices for them hoping to earn their love and attention, she can't seem to bridge the gap. It doesn't help that a traumatic event from her past has added an unwanted barrier that she can't seem to overcome.

Space jumps forward 2.5 years after the ending in Motion. Mona continues to be widely successful in her field, but all of her professional accomplishments cannot quiet the crippling remorse that controls her personal life. She's become stuck in limbo, unable to forgive herself or move on from her part in what transpired. They say confession is good for the soul, but what about the heart? If she delivered the letter she wrote to Abram, the one that she carries in her pocket, would it do more harm than good? She hasn't been able to gather the courage to find out.


    I stared at her and I was afraid, because I knew. My whole life, from this point forward, I would be a fool for Mona DaVinci.


As the synopsis states, Mona and Abram finally come face to face at her family's cabin in Aspen. Both are shocked and filled with a mess of emotion that they aren't prepared for. Anger, hurt, confusion, and regret surface as they finally start to communicate over their past. The turbulence that's stirred up just being in each other's orbits again was real and raw. They may have known each other for a short period of time before things fell apart, but there's no denying how deeply the events from Motion have affected the two of them. Mona is ready to be more honest and vulnerable than she's ever been in her life, but is he ready to listen?

    Faking it or not, even sorrowful, even pale and tear streaked, this woman was unbelievably beautiful to me. Ethereal beauty, not of this world, inhuman in its hold over me. There was something else about her, devastating gentleness and strength, ruinous sweetness and vulnerability despite the severity of her intelligence. Or maybe because of it?

Even when he had ever right to be furious over the havoc she's wreaked over his life, for the downward spiral he's managed to climb out of, his thoughts of her were at times so sweet. Yes, he had his moments where he lashed out at her, but the sensitive, protective side was there just as strong as ever. I don't want to say much more for fear of spoiling anything major, but let's just say that I left this book feeling blissed out in the best way. My late night binge read was worth every second of bleary eyes the next day! And I have to mention the fact that Martin and Kaitlyn from Elements of Chemistry were BOTH in this part!! It reminded me all over again why I loved them and I think I'm going to have to schedule a re-read soon.

Space was everything I could have asked for. After the ending in Motion, I don't really think I need to convince anyone to read this installment, but let me reassure you, it's more than worth the wait! I laughed (who's surprised?), I swooned BIG TIME, and fell in love with these characters even more as they tried to mend their broken hearts.

    I wanted to conquer and be conquered, to be broken and reassembled using her pieces.


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Friday, March 8, 2019

Blog Tour with Review: Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas


New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of a beautiful, young widow who finds passion with the one man she shouldn't...


DEVIL'S DAUGHTER by LISA KLEYPAS
Publication date: February 26, 2019
Published by: Avon Impulse
Series: The Ravenels #4
Genre: historical romance

Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he's a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband's life a misery, and she'll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself...as none other than West Ravenel.

West is a man with a tarnished past. No apologies, no excuses. However, from the moment he meets Phoebe, West is consumed by irresistible desire...not to mention the bitter awareness that a woman like her is far out of his reach. What West doesn't bargain on is that Phoebe is no straitlaced aristocratic lady. She's the daughter of a strong-willed wallflower who long ago eloped with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent—the most devilishly wicked rake in England.

Before long, Phoebe sets out to seduce the man who has awakened her fiery nature and shown her unimaginable pleasure. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past?

Only the devil's daughter knows...

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EXCERPT


“If you have any misguided thoughts about taking me into your bed, you would find it a vastly mediocre experience. I’d be on you like a crazed rabbit, and half a minute later the whole thing would be over. I used to be a proficient lover, but now I’m a burnt-out libertine whose only remaining pleasure is breakfast food. Speaking of which—”

Phoebe reached for him, brought herself up hard against him, and interrupted him with her mouth. West flinched as if scalded and held very still in the manner of a man trying to withstand torture. Undeterred, she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him as passionately as she could, touching her tongue to his stiff lips. The feel and taste of him was exhilarating. Suddenly he responded with a primitive grunt and his mouth clamped on hers, wringing sensation from her with demanding pressure. Forcing her lips apart, he searched her with his tongue the way she remembered, and it felt so good, she thought she might faint. A whimper rose from her throat, and he licked and bit gently at the sound and sealed their mouths together in a deep, insatiable kiss that involved his lips, breath, hands, body, soul.

Whatever it might be like to go to bed with this man . . . it would be anything but mediocre.


Praise for Lisa Kleypas:

“Long-time fans of RITA Award-winning Kleypas will relish the cameo appearances of so many of her beloved characters, while readers new and returning alike will revel in her stylish prose, sharp wit, and swoon-worthy sensuality...”- Booklist starred review

“The rare author who can make you laugh and cry--on the same page.”- Julia Quinn
“...Kleypas (Hello Stranger, 2018, etc.) is at the top of her game.”- Kirkus Reviews

“Devil’s Daughter is a must read.”- BookPage

“A love story to savor. Another winner in Kleypas’ Ravenels series, with elegant prose, a fascinating heroine, and a Victorian London constructed with compelling historical detail.”- Kirkus Reviews starred review

“Kleypas will continue to win readers’ hearts in book four of the Ravenels [...] Kleypas makes you feel every intense moment; each heated kiss and all the thrilling action as you race to the perfect ending. There is nothing quite like a Kleypas romance.”- RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 stars

“Kleypas’s fans will appreciate the high action and scintillating twists and trysts.”- Publishers Weekly

About Lisa Kleypas

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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REVIEW


Devil's Daughter (The Ravenels, #5)Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you would have told me I'd be excited about West's book when I started the series, I'd have thought you were full of it. But here I am, saying that this was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I loved every minute of it. West has gone through such a transformation, proving over and over again that he's a changed man who wants to do the right thing by his family. Instead of being an albatross around their necks, he works hard to finally give them the security they've lacked for so long. After years of debauchery, embarrassment, and a lack of purpose, he's finally on the right track in his life. That doesn't mean that he believes his many sins are now erased.

    “You don’t understand how thin the veil is that separates me from what I used to be.”

Phoebe is the daughter of Sebastian and Evie, (Devil in Winter) and the brother of Gabriel (Devil in Spring.) The fact that the St. Vincent family is once again getting page time as well as a Wallflower reunion and an introduction to Marcus and Lillian's son??? I had heart eyes the entire time while reading this.

Phoebe is everything I hoped she would be and more, and the perfect match for West. She's a young widow with two little boys who is just starting to heal and move on, two years after her husband passed away. The last thing she's interested in is falling in love, most especially with the childhood bully who tormented her husband at boarding school. She knows that it's old history, but she can't help but feel an immediate dislike towards him. I liked the fact that she was never mean or harsh when speaking to him at first, she simply tried to keep her distance. She was no match for his droll sense of humor and sensitivity towards her sons, and it didn't take her long to realize the man he had become was someone worthy of her respect.

West struggles with self-esteem and seeing himself as an equal partner for the beautiful, titled, and wealthy Phoebe. As far as he's concerned, dalliances are the most he can give a woman. If his past were to resurface, he could hurt his family with the embarrassment of it all and that's not something he's willing to risk. doesn't realize how naturally he steps into a father figure role, and how very much he has to offer.

Phoebe is yet another strong heroine from Kleypas that I fell in love with. She married her childhood sweetheart even knowing that his early death was inevitable. She wanted to cherish him during the time they were given, and she faced all of the hardship that came along with that without complaint. She's intelligent, willing to self-reflect on her flaws, and doesn't allow people to push her around or manage her. With Henry she had a tender love, but with West she's found something altogether different and unfamiliar. Passion. Consuming, breathtaking, and unstoppable.

    “I want you with my entire body." West dragged his mouth over hers, shaping her lips before settling in for a rough and ardent kiss. “You’re all I think about. You’re all I see. You’re the center of a star, and the force of gravity keeps pulling me closer, and I don’t give a damn that I’m about to be incinerated.”

Phoebe and West come to an impasse, and it takes a little bit of maneuvering on a certain beloved character's part in order to see the lovebirds find their HEA. Honestly, I think he was the perfect person to open West's eyes and show him that redeemed rakes make the best husbands. I loved his role in this story, and I will never tire of seeing him cherish and care for his family. If I could bring up a complaint, it would be that West's realization of love felt a bit rushed. I debated taking a bit off my rating for it, but in the end it didn't alter my enjoyment in the book at all. The dialogue was hilarious, the interactions between Phoebe and West were heartfelt and heated. I didn't want it to end. If you're new to this series, it can be read as a standalone, but you're really missing out if you haven't introduced yourself to the Ravenels yet. Cassandra is the only sister left to marry off, but the good news is that there may be a series for the Wallflower children coming next!!! Sign me up, please!

    She felt as if they were still beyond the reach of the world, entangled even though their bodies were separate. He was part of her now, his name emblazoned on her skin with invisible but permanent ink.


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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Blog Tour with Review: It's Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch


The first in a wickedly seductive new Scottish historical romance series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch!


IT'S GETTING SCOT IN HERE by SUZANNE ENOCH
Publication date: February 26, 2019
Series: Wild Wicked Highlanders #1
Genre: historical romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER

London socialite Amelia-Rose Baxter is nobody’s fool. Her parents may want her to catch a title, but she will never change who she is for the promise of marriage. Her husband will be a man who can appreciate her sharp mind as well as her body. A sophisticated man who loves life in London. A man who considers her his equal—and won’t try to tame her wild heart...

IN THE HIGHLANDS

Rough, rugged Highlander Niall MacTaggert and his brothers know the rules: the eldest must marry or lose the ancestral estate, period. But Niall’s eldest brother just isn’t interested in the lady his mother selected. Is it because Amelia-Rose is just too. . . Free-spirited? Yes. Brazen? Aye. Surely Niall can find a way to soften up the whip-smart lass and make her the perfect match for his brother for the sake of the family.

JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT HOTTER.

Instead it’s Niall who tempts Amelia-Rose, despite her reservations about barbarian Highlanders. Niall finds the lass nigh irresistible as well, but he won’t make the mistake his father did in marrying an Englishwoman who doesn’t like the Highlands. Does he have what it takes to win her heart? There is only one way to find out...

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Praise for Suzanne Enoch:

"Enoch weaves a tale of love and passion with a little humor thrown in." - Fresh Fiction on It's Getting Scot in Here

"An entertaining tale of two people overcoming incredible odds to be together." - Romance Junkies on It's Getting Scot in Here

"A scalding tale of pent-up desires finally unleashed...sure to keep romance fans enthralled." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, on A Devil in Scotland

“Readers will savor this mature, multi-layered story filled with vengeance, scandal, regret, loss and second chances.” - RT Review Top Pick on A Devil in Scotland

"Outstanding...five flying stars." - Night Owl Reviews Top Pick on A Devil in Scotland

"[A] rich, sexy and nuanced tale." BookPage on A Devil in Scotland

"Enoch's historical romances are always a delight." - Book Riot

"Wonderfully romantic...one marvelous read." - RT Book Reviews on My One True Highlander

"An indisputable highland hit...you will not be disappointed." - Night Owl Reviews Top Pick on My One True Highlander

"Enoch at her finest!...No one does it better." - Reader to Reader on My One True Highlander

"My One True Highlander is a delightful mix of sexy bantering, hints of sensuality, a picturesque Scottish setting and likable character that will keep you thirsting for more. A WINNER." - Addicted to Romance
"The latest from the ever-popular Enoch is steamy and bubbling with humor, a scrumptious tale to begin her No Ordinary Hero series." - Booklist Starred Review on Hero in the Highlands

"Enoch produces another bold Highland fling in this stirring historical romance...with colorful secondary characters, judicious lashings of Scots dialect, and lush summertime Highland landscapes, Enoch creates a heady romantic atmosphere that’s sure to captivate the genre’s eager audience." - Publishers Weekly Starred Review on Hero in the Highlands

"A thrilling and sexy story." - Kirkus Starred Review on Hero in the Highlands

"A romance not to be missed." - BookPage on Hero in the Highlands

"One of my very favorite authors." —Julia Quinn



EXCERPT


Prologue

Once upon a time—in May 1785, to be exact—Angus MacTaggert, Earl Aldriss, traveled from the middle of the Scottish Highlands to London in search of a wealthy bride to save his well-loved but crumbling estate. Aldriss Park had been in the MacTaggert family since the time of Henry VIII, when Domhnall MacTaggert, despite being Catholic and married, declared publicly that Henry should be able to wed as many lasses as he wanted until one of them got him a son. Aldriss Park was the newly minted earl’s reward for his support and understanding. 

For the next two hundred years Aldriss thrived, until the weight of poor harvests, the ever-intruding, rule- making Sassenach, and the MacTaggerts’ own fondness for drinking, gambling, and wild investments (including an early bicycle design wherein the driver sat between two wheels; sadly, it had no braking mechanism and after a series of accidents nearly began a war within the MacTaggerts’ clan Ross) began to sink it into disrepair. 

When Angus inherited the title in 1783, he realized the old castle needed far more than a fresh coat of paint to keep it from both physical collapse and bankruptcy. And 

so he determined to go down among the enemy Sassenach and win himself a wealthy bride. The English had made enough trouble for him and his over the centuries, so they could bloody well help him set things right. 

On his second day in London, he met the stunning Francesca Oswell, the only offspring of James and Mary Oswell, Viscount and Viscountess of Hornford—who had more money than Midas and a bevy of very fine solicitors—at a masked ball where he dressed as a bull, and she as a swan. Despite the misgivings of nearly every- one in Mayfair, Angus and Francesca immediately fell madly in love, and married with a special license ten days later. 

A week after that, Angus took Francesca back to Aldriss Park and the Highlands, where she found very little civilization, a great many sheep, and a husband who preferred brawling to dancing, and he discovered that her father’s solicitors had arranged to keep the Oswell family money in Francesca’s hands. This made for some very spectacular arguments, because there is nothing more combustible in the world than an impoverished High- lands laird in disagreement with an independently wealthy English lady about his own ancestral lands. 

Over the next thirteen turbulent years the estate prospered, and Francesca gave Angus three sons—Coll, Aden, and Niall—and with each one became more concerned that this was not a life for any civilized person. She wanted to bring the boys back to London for proper educations and to live proper lives, but Angus refused, stating that what had been good enough for him would be good enough for his lads. 

When a fourth child, a daughter, arrived in 1798, Francesca reached her breaking point. No daughter of hers was going to be raised with an uncivilized accent in a rough country where she would be ridiculed by proper Society and unfit to marry anyone but a shepherd or a peat cutter. Angus refused to let his lads go, but he allowed Francesca to take young Eloise and return to London—on the condition that she continue providing for the maintenance of the estate. 

Francesca reluctantly agreed, but given that she con- trolled the purse strings, she had her own conditions to try to keep some influence with her wild sons: All three boys must marry before their sister, they must wed proper Englishwomen, and at least one of them must marry some- one of her choosing. 

She knew Angus would raise them as he pleased, but they were her children, too, by God, and she meant to see to it that they had some semblance of propriety in their lives—she was a viscount’s daughter, after all, and certain things would be expected of her offspring. She refused to allow them to be viewed as unsophisticated wild men by her London neighbors, and she remained determined to have a presence in their lives. 

To enforce her will, she convinced (or rather, coerced) Angus to put his signature to the agreement, which contained this provision: If young Eloise MacTaggert did marry before any of the boys, Francesca would cut off all funds to the estate. If they were to insist on defiance, they would have a heavy price to pay for it—one they and their tenants could not afford. 

Angus had no choice but to agree, and considering that Coll, the oldest, was only twelve at the time of Francesca’s departure and Eloise was but a wee bairn, he was willing to wager that he would have time to renegotiate. Angus and Francesca remained married, but neither would bend enough to visit the other ever again. As far as the lads were concerned, their mother had abandoned them. 

In the spring of 1816 Angus received a letter from Francesca announcing their daughter’s engagement, and he promptly collapsed. He’d hoped his sons would have found themselves Scottish lasses by now and shown their mother she couldn’t control their lives after all, but the lads were defiant and wouldn’t be rushed. Now it appeared to be too late. 

He summoned his sons to his apparent deathbed and confessed all—Francesca funding the estate, the pernicious agreement, and their mother’s grasping claws, which he explained was a symptom of all Englishwomen and their weak, clinging, cloying ways. For the sake of the property and their tenants the young men must go to London. At once. No sense even taking time to put him in the ground, much less mourn him, because Francesca wouldn’t excuse the loss of time, and they needed to marry before their sister. 

The lads—grown men, now—were not at all happy suddenly to learn about the responsibilities and rules foisted upon them by a woman they barely remembered. Being wily, freehearted, and exceptionally handsome men accustomed to doing things their way and certainly not bowing to the demands of a demented Englishwoman, they deter- mined to go down to London not to comply, but to outwit their mother and upend any plans she had for them. And thus, dear reader, begins our story.



About Suzanne Enoch:

SUZANNE ENCOCH grew up in Southern California, where she still balances her love for the Regency romances of Georgette Heyer and classic romantic comedies with her obsession for anything Star Wars. Given her love of food and comfy chairs, she may in fact be a Hobbit. She has written more than 35 romance novels, including traditional Regencies, Historical Romance, and contemporary Romantic Suspense. When she isn’t working on her next book she is trying to learn to cook, and wishes she had an English accent. She is the bestselling author of Scandalous Brides series, The Scandalous Highlanders series, and One Hot Scot.

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REVIEW

It's Getting Scot in Here (Wild Wicked Highlanders, #1)It's Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This series is about three Scottish brothers who were raised in the Highlands by their father after their English mother left them at an early age. Their parents' marriage was a hasty love match that resulted in a rocky marriage with two very hardheaded people. After years of being unable to compromise, they decided to live apart and split up their children. He would raise their sons, and she would raise their daughter in England. In an unusual twist for that time period, the wife was the one holding the purse strings, so she used that power to force his agreement in making their sons marry English brides. Which leads us to now, because the time has come for the oldest, Coll to meet the woman she has chosen for him. Set to inherit the McTaggert earldom, this arranged marriage is satisfactory to Amelia-Rose's parents despite their snobbish opinion of his "barbaric country."

I've got to say, I despised the heroine's parents immediately, and loathed the brothers' mother as well. Amelia-Rose's parents were looking for an advantageous marriage, and their daughter's happiness never once factored into their thoughts. Her mother especially was a hateful harpy who tried to suppress her daughter's personality in order to make her more compliant and biddable to potential titled suitors. She didn't show an ounce of worry for her daughter when she was distraught over what Coll was proposing-marring her, abandoning her to her parents' household, and keeping children she would bear him in Scotland. Her mother didn't bat an eye, and chastised her for standing up for herself to such an unacceptable life. As for the hero's mother, I had no sympathy for her. There's no excuse for leaving your sons and having pretty much no contact with them their whole lives. Even at the end, I feel as if they forgave her too easily.

After two seasons, Amelia-Rose has had several marriage proposals, but struggled to keep herself free of scandal. Her mother has drilled etiquette and propriety into her head because she has an inconvenient tendency to be too "impertinent." To give inappropriate set downs and let her emotions run away with her. God forbid, women speak their minds! In other words, she's not the mild and meek bride that Coll is hoping for that he would be able to control. So after a disastrous first meeting, it falls on the youngest brother Niall to smooth things over.

    For the first time it occurred to Niall that perhaps the MacTaggert brothers had spent too long out in the wilds. They saw every meeting as a battle, every negotiation as a surrender, and every new thing as a threat to the old ones.

Our hero, Niall, is definitely the sweetest of the three brothers. Don't get me wrong, they're all wild and very much rough around the edges without having a woman's influence in their childhood. They brawl, speak bluntly, and aren't concerned with so-called proper manners. However, Niall is a little different, in that he is the peacekeeper of the group. He's a people pleaser who uses his charm to make others around him happy. He's also extremely self-confident, and unaffected by the opinion of the English who look down their noses at him. From the very beginning, Niall saw through Amelia-Rose's veneer of agreeableness and respected her quick wit and snark. For the first time, someone was appreciating her for who she truly was instead of trying to mold her into the image of what was convenient for others. An Englishman has always been her ideal match for the future, so she could remain in the lifestyle she had become accustomed to. Suddenly Niall is making her feel and wish for things she shouldn't be.

    The meek side of her, the one Coll wanted, didn’t much interest him at all. The other side, the one she’d been trying so hard to stifle, near drove him mad.

Niall and Amelia-Rose had a sweet, forbidden romance. There was no cheating involved, which I was a little concerned about going in because of her arranged marriage to a different brother. Due to the fact that he was an intolerable, hateful jerk for the entire time who could barely be forced to spend time in her presence, my sympathies did not lie with him. But besides that fact, neither Niall or Amelia-Rose crossed any lines before the engagement was broken. After that, all bets were off, and she was pursued by the very hot blooded, enamored Scot.

I enjoyed these two together a lot. He accepted her just as she was, and valued her opinions and needs like no one ever had before. He was very sweet, funny, and most of all, willing to make compromises for her happiness. I liked the heroine's spirit when she lost control and spoke her mind to those who mistreated her. As much as she tried to fit in and make her parents happy, she wasn't willing to sacrifice herself to the highest titled bidder to achieve it. At nineteen, I would imagine that a young woman in her place would find it nearly impossible to rebel against what was chosen for her life. She may have taken a while to put her foot down with them, but once she did, there was no going back.

There were a lot of frustrating characters in the book, and I found it really hard to get into in the beginning of the story. I felt like there needed to be more character development earlier on, because it took a while for the brothers' distinct personalities to surface. After about 1/3 of the way through I finally got hooked, but it took me two days of struggling to get past it. This was an issue for me personally, and may not be the case for others. I am curious about who the other brothers will end up with, but Coll didn't win any favor from me with his brutish behavior. He was unspeakably rude and insulting, which I understood to a point, but he potentially ruined the heroine at one point because of it without a second thought. I'm not sure I could be convinced to read his book. The third brother however, is a possibility!

If you like historical romance with Scottish Highlanders, arranged marriages, and a heavy dose of humor, this series could be the right fit for you.


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