Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review: Wicked and the Wallflower (The Bareknuckle Bastards #1) by Sarah MacLean

When a man known only as Devil finds his way into her bedchamber and offers her his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees. She might be a spinster, but she’s seen love in action and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that her future husband will love her beyond reason—even if it means she must make a deal with a man more dangerous than she could imagine.
Bastard son of a duke, and king of London’s darkest corners, Devil has made a lifetime of wielding power and seizing opportunity, and Felicity Faircloth is everything he needs to exact a perfect revenge. All he has to do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy. If the girl is ruined in the process, so be it.  
Except there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, and soon it’s Devil who is trapped…along with his heart.

About the Book

Wicked and the Wallflowerby Sarah MacLean
SeriesThe Bareknuckle Bastards Series
Historical Romance
PublisherAvon Books
Publication DateJune 19, 2018
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I will be completely honest here even if pains me a little to say a few things. First of all, I want to say that is not a bad thing to want to read the bad guy's story. Ewan was the person who held most of my interest and that is a bad thing since he stole the spotlight from Devil. You see, Ewan is the bad guy in this book and he did a couple of seriously bad stuff that made me question my sanity and the reason why I needed his book. I cannot hold them against him for some reason and I am willing to give a kidney to have his book in my hands, which, according to the release date of the second book, will be released in two years. We will get Beast's story next and while the blurb makes the book seem promising doesn't hold a candle on Ewan's book. I will not be satisfied if he doesn't end up with Grace. I hope the author will find some way to redeem him in our eyes and make him worthy of a woman like Grace.

Second, are we sure that Arthur and Pru don't have a book on their own? They are very familiar to me for some reason and yet they never had a book. Did I confuse Pru for another Pru by a different author? Probably. One thing I can guarantee you is that you will see mentions of two characters from The Day of the Duchess aka the duke and the duchess. If you have read the book you might remember Felicity. She was one of the ladies who were competing to be the duke's future bride. I liked her when I was reading that book and I loved her while reading this one which brings me to my third point.

Felicity is a strong woman, who stands up for herself, but is also not running wild all the time like a 21rst century woman. She doesn't belong in the 19th century either, but she doesn't stand so much out, Her lockpicking habits are not a skill a woman in her time was supposed to have and it made her unique without making it over the top. Devil is not your usual hero either. He doesn't have a title and his business is shady. For some reason when I think of him the show Peaky Blinders comes into my mind. I never questioned his devotion to Felicity even when he was continuing on deceiving her and planned on using her to get his revenge. These two made a great couple and they had a lot of scenes where they proved that they had chemistry and were meant for each other. They are a great couple and the author did a good job.

I feel like Ewan stole the show. Don't get me wrong, the book had a lot of strong points such as the main characters both as individuals and as a couple, but after a year it will be Ewan the thing that I will remember the most about the book and that's a thorn on this book side. Maybe the problem is that the author showed us that Ewan truly loves Grace as a man loves a woman and I think she hinted that Ewan is not as bad as his brothers make him seem. I guess I will find all the answers in the next two books.

The secondary characters are mostly, Beast, Grace and Felicity's family. I will only comment on Beast and Grace. Both of them drew my interest for different reasons. They made wonder what their story will be and how they became the people they are now. I will look forward to their books in order to dive deep into their minds. They deserve a happy ending.

Overall the book was good, but it tired me a little. I took some breaks when I was reading it, but I was still able to finish it in one afternoon. The connection to the other book was subtle and it can be read as a stand-alone book. The writing wasn't strong in some parts, but they were not enough to leave a bad impression. I feel like 4 stars is the appropriate rating for this book since it came close to perfection, but it wasn't. It also wasn't bad in order to deserve 3. Sarah MacLean is one of my favorite authors and once again she wrote a good that I (mostly) enjoyed. I wasn't disappointed and I can't wait for the next two books!

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To celebrate the release of WICKED AND THE WALLFLOWER by Sarah MacLean, we're giving away two $10 Amazon gift cards!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open internationally. Two winners will each receive a $10 Amazon gift card.  This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance. Giveaway ends 6/29/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Pure Textuality PR is responsible for the prize and will send the prizes out to the winners directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

About the Author

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller SARAH MACLEAN is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.
Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her advocacy for romance and the women who read it earned her a place on’s “Sheroes” list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.”
A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Blog tour: Means (Office Roulette, #1) by Kennedy Layne

About MEANS (Office Roulette #1)

From USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne comes a sexy trilogy that involves greed, power, and the desire to do it all over again…
Smith Gallo has everything a man could ever want at the tip of his fingertips, except of course the woman he loves. To what lengths will he be willing to go to make his ambitions come true?
Laurel Calanthe is one successful stock pick away from making partner when she finds herself in desperate need of an alibi. There’s only one problem. The man who can save her from being arrested is her only competitor and the one who now holds her fate in his hands.
Greed is a powerful motivator in the game of making money, but desire can overcome even the strongest motive.
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I am not the kind of person who remembers names and who is who, so mostly, I had no idea whose book I was reading when I was halfway through the book. Somewhere at that point, I thought “ The Keys to love series is way better” and only when I reached the end of the book and saw the author’s other works I realized that the Office roulette and the Keys to love series are written by the same author. I was not very satisfied with this book and that’s a surprise since I loved the Keys to love series so far and this one left me wanting me more. The romance was better than the suspense. I want to see how the whole murder investigation will play out and since the series has so far only 3 books, we won’t have to wait long. The couple in this story has a good story and the heroine was a little annoying with her constant refusal to take things a step further into their relationship. The book overall wasn’t bad and the jury is still out on whether I would recommend the book or not.    Read part of the first chapter from MEANS here!

About Kennedy Layne

Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace. She loves hearing from readers--find out how to connect with her at

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“In Iraq, I promised you a bed of rose petals.” He grabbed my hand under the table, tightening his grip as if he were falling from a precipice and our connection was the only thing saving him from certain death. “They were beautiful.” “You smell like apples. Roses were wrong.” There was nothing soft about his tone, but his quiet words were for me alone. “I want everything to be right for you.” “Caden, look at me.” I caught his gaze and held it. He was confident. Arrogant. Sure he had a place in the world. And under that was the man who needed me to be that place. “If I could…” He smiled and shook his head at a silly thought he wanted to dismiss but couldn’t—a contradiction in keeping with the whole man I married. “If I could write my love in the sky, it wouldn’t be big enough. I’d run out of room. I’d fall out of the air trying to say it all.” He was saying it all. Every day. And he was falling out of the sky to do it. on-the-edge-teaser-beat-heart_preview.jpg

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Release Blitz: Love Like Crazy (Friendship, Texas #5) by Magan Vernon

Love Like Crazy, an all new standalone Enemies to Lovers Romance by Magan Vernon is AVAILABLE NOW!


Friendship, Texas just got a little bit crazier with gruff Army veteran, Clay Carrington, and Q Ranch heiress Christy Quinn's world's colliding.
Vegas was a trip, and that was an understatement. An understatement I couldn't remember and that included the brunette in my bed. That is until my pounding headache had me getting up for a glass of water and I saw the marriage license on the ground. The words: Clay Carrington and Christy Quinn and holy matrimony staring me in the face. I came to Vegas to get away, and the bratty owner's daughter of the ranch wanted to come with. I didn't even like the boss's daughter, let alone want to marry her. I guess things the happened in Vegas had a way of following you home.
**This book is a standalone in a series of standalones taking place in the fictional town of Friendship, Texas. You don't need to read any of the previous books to understand this one***  


Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

There is one thing that drove me crazy and made me rate the book with 2 stars. Christy's entire half of the book was a flashback to the night they got married. Did we really need so many details about that night, when the two of them could have spend a lot more time trying to live as a married couple? In my opinion, we should have skipped all the details about the wedding night (and I am not talking about the good stuff) and used that space to develop a more realistic relationship between the main characters. Since I have read a few of Magan Vernon's other works and I liked them a lot more, I will say that I was surprised to read a book like this one. It kinda felt like a work of a non-experienced author and I don't want to hurt the author by saying that, but that's how I felt. The book is indeed a stand-alone so you can read it and see for yourself.


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Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch.

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Blog tour: Rainy Day Friends (Wildstone #2) by Jill Shalvis

Starting over was her plan. Getting derailed by secrets wasn’t...

A Wildstone Novel
Jill Shalvis
William Morrow/Harper Collins

Following the USA Today bestselling author of Lost and Found Sisters comes Jill Shalvis' moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship

Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife.

Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person? Can she even trust herself?

Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.

Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Brown changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.



Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Because I am feeling generous I will give 3.5 stars to the novel, but I will round it down to 3 because I don't feel like the book deserves 4 stars from me. I was expecting a good novel where I liked pretty much everything and I would end up giving it 4 solid stars. Then Laney came who managed to make me dislike her from the very first page and is the only reason I would enjoy the novel. I started warming up to her at some point, but after River's secret was revealed things went downhill once again. I found her incredibly selfish and she never gave a single thought as to what the others were feeling/thinking. She ruined everything and I was very happy when some of the characters pointed out that it wasn't just Laney who went through some terrible situations. I honestly think that River had a worst life than her and she was handling everything a lot better. I wish she was the main person who was telling the story. 

I feel like the author wasted a good opportunity to dive into the lives of our characters when she decided to focus on River's secrets instead of the dynamics of the relationships in the winery. I wasn't sold on Mark's romance with Laney, but I was sold on the idea of him as a daddy and his twins were adorable. The family bonds were a little stronger than the romantic ones and I wish it was the opposite. 

The genre is closer to women's fiction than romance and maybe that's the reason the book didn't work for me. I will read the next book in the series and I will hope for the best.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Review: Surrender: A House of Sin Novella (1001 Dark Nights #81) by Elisabeth Naughton


From New York Times Bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton, comes SURRENDER, a new novella in her House of Sin Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton comes a new story in her House of Sin series…

The leaders of my House want her dead.

The men I’ve secretly aligned myself with want her punished for screwing up their coup.

I’ve been sent by both to deal with her, but one look at the feisty redhead and I’ve got plans of my own.

Before I carry out anyone else’s orders, she’s going to give me what I want. And only when I’m satisfied will I decide if she lives or dies.

Depending, of course, on just how easily she surrenders…


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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Surrender is a stand-alone novella in the House of sin series by Elisabeth Naughton. You don't have to have read the first book in the series to understand what is going on, because I have read it and I couldn't find a way that these two are connected. I don't remember of reading a Marco or a Felicity in the main book and I think the only connection is the Houses.

The story was good for most of the time, but in the end, it felt a little rushed and that turned me off. The suspence was good and it was my favorite part and I wish the main story will be like this one. I wasn't sold on the romance though. I enjoyed the epilogue, but overall it felt rushed which is a disappointment. That's the reason the book got 4 stars instead of 5. 


     ABOUT ELISABETH NAUGHTON: Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time. “Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories. “My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier. “I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.”

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Release Blitz: Comfort Zone (Awkward Love #4) by Missy Johnson

Title: Comfort Zone
Series: Awkward Love #4
Author: Missy Johnson
Genre: Romance
Release Date: June 15, 2018


There's nothing quite like watching your professor as he motorboats a stripper.

The expression on his face when he looked up and saw me standing there would've been funny if I wasn't so mortified. I wanted to turn around and run, but I couldn't do that to Jake. It was his bachelor party, after all.

So, instead, we stumbled our way through the world's most awkward conversation, because what do you say after witnessing that?

At least things couldn't get much worse, right?


The real fun began when the guys figured out how we knew each other.

Have you ever heard of the term frottage? Yeah, neither had I. Just like I'd completely underestimated how awkward it would be getting a lap dance from another woman while my professor watches, or how turned on I'd be.

My first mistake was going there in the first place.
My second mistake was not leaving the moment I saw him.
My third mistake, and the one I regret most?

Applying for that TA position with him last week…

** Comfort Zone is a M/F student/professor romance **

**Awkward Love is a series of sexy, fun novels that can be read in ANY order. Each book is COMPLETELY separate from the next, so you can read one, or you can read them all**


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The book was over the top, but it was also funny and it made me laugh out loud, so I have plenty of warm feelings about it. I dived into this book knowing what to expect since it's similar in some ways to the other 3 books, meaning that you won't read about a situation that might happen easily in our everyday lives. Liam's grandma was hilarious when she was lucid and she is my favorite character in this novel. For the first time, I think, we have two books in the series that are actually connected, since we saw Becca in the third book and there is a mention of a certain ER visit you might remember from book #3. 

In my opinion that Jake sub-plot at the end of the book was not needed and we could have lived a happy life without it. That's the reason I am giving 4-stars to the book. Liam and Becca were great together and we didn't need all that Jake drama. It also kinda ruined the image I had on my mind for the two of them as friends. I wish we had seen more of Jake's fiance because she seemed like a nice person. I liked her presence in the epilogue. 

And speaking about the epilogue I would like to add that it was one of the good ones and I am glad it was added to the book. It captured the spirit of the main story and it gave me the feeling that the story ended in the way it began. It was a full circle. 

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Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she's a cat, a cat who thinks he's a get the picture).

When she's not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

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