Nov 23
Book Review: Kate Meader’s Playing with Fire

Book Review: Kate Meader’s Playing with Fire

The Dempsy clan is back and this time it’s Alex’s story! If you haven’t read the first book in the Hot in Chicago series, it’s not necessary to enjoy Kate Meader’s Playing with Fire. I do recommend it because you’ll get introduced to the Dempsy family and everyone around them. Meader does a pretty good job at keeping spoilers out of books in the series and I do believe you’ll be okay delving into book two. We have really good character development. Alexandra Dempsy is a female firefighter trying to prove to the boys she can handle any job thrown her way. She’s tough, can kick ass, but also is vulnerable. Alex really is a woman who can handle her own and isn’t afraid to take matters into her own… Read more »

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Nov 21
McNaught-E November Excerpt: A Kingdom of Dreams

McNaught-E November Excerpt: A Kingdom of Dreams

In case you missed it, I’m participating in McNaught-E November! It’s a month long celebration: fourteen of Judith McNaught’s books have been published for the first time in E-Book format! Each E-Book will contain original, new content (a letter) from Judith McNaught. Today, I’m sharing an excerpt of Chapter 1 of A Kingdom of Dreams. And I haven’t read this one and looking forward to doing so! Synopsis:Abducted from her convent school, headstrong Scottish beauty Jennifer Merrick does not easily surrender to Royce Westmoreland, Duke of Claymore. Known as “The Wolf,” his very name strikes terror in the hearts of his enemies. But proud Jennifer will have nothing to do with the fierce English warrior who holds her captive, no matter what he threatens. Boldly she challenges his will—until the… Read more »

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Nov 16
Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Knot

Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Knot

Woo-hoo, Gretchen Archer’s Davis Way is back! Double Knot is the fifth book in the series and if you haven’t read the series before, it’s not necessary to enjoy Double Knot. I do recommend you read at least the first book, Double Whammy, because you’ll get to meet the characters and better understand who they are and why they act the way they do. We continue to have good character development. I often find myself struggling to read a series when there’s no character growth or there’s nothing new to discover about the main character. Archer does a great job adding more dimensions to her characters. We find out about Davis’ secret, which is heartbreaking on many levels, but also understanding when we find out about it. I won’t say… Read more »

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Nov 14
McNaught-E November Excerpt: Paradise

McNaught-E November Excerpt: Paradise

In case you missed it, I’m participating in McNaught-E November! It’s a month long celebration: fourteen of Judith McNaught’s books have been published for the first time in E-Book format! Each E-Book will contain original, new content (a letter) from Judith McNaught. Today, I’m sharing an excerpt of Chapter 8 and 9 of Paradise. And I haven’t read this one and looking forward to doing so! Synopsis: “Judith McNaught comes close to an Edith Wharton edge” (The Chicago Tribune) in this stylish and fast-paced classic. Ruthless corporate raider Matthew Farrell is poised to move in on the legendary department store empire owned by Chicago’s renowned Bancroft family. In the glare of the media spotlight, it’s a stunning takeover that overshadows the electric chemistry between Matt, once a scruffy kid from… Read more »

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Nov 13
McNaught-E November + Giveaway

McNaught-E November + Giveaway

I’m really excited to be part of McNaught E-November! Judith McNaught was one of the first authors I read when I began to read romance. Whitney My Love was my first book of hers, but it’s Once and Always I consider to be one of my favorites! In all honesty, I never considered her books not being available in ebook format and I admit to being surprised that some of my favorites weren’t available as ebooks. I’m excited to share the opportunity with you to win 7 ebook promo codes (2 winners) and it’s open internationally! Have you read Judith McNaught and if so, what’s your favorite book? And if you haven’t, which book interests you the most? SEQUELS SERIES: Once and Always (ISBN: 9781501145520) $7.99 Victoria Seaton, a blithe… Read more »

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Nov 07
McNaught-E November Excerpt: Whitney My Love

McNaught-E November Excerpt: Whitney My Love

I’m really excited to be part of McNaught-E November! It’s a month long celebration: fourteen of Judith McNaught’s books have been published for the first time in E-Book format! Each E-Book will contain original, new content (a letter) from Judith McNaught. I’m sharing an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Whitney My Love. It’s one of the first McNaught novels I read and one of my favorites! If you’re a fan of historical romance, I recommend reading this one if you haven’t already. Synopsis: “Whitney, My Love” stands as Judith McNaught’s timeless bestseller — a novel so rich with laughter, tears, and the power of dreams that millions of readers have returned to it again and again to savor its beauty and majesty. Under the dark, languorous eyes of Clayton Westmoreland,… Read more »

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Oct 13
Blog Tour: Excerpt-Vivienne Lorret’s When a Marquess Loves a Woman

Blog Tour: Excerpt-Vivienne Lorret’s When a Marquess Loves a Woman

As part of the blog tour, I have an excerpt of Vivienne Lorret’s When a Marquess Loves a Woman. Enjoy! Synopsis: As a young, penniless gentleman, Maxwell Harwick knew he had little to offer Juliet White—the most beautiful debutante of the season—except his love, and one thoroughly scandalous kiss. But when they were discovered in a compromising position, a nearly ruined Juliet fled into the arms of a rich, older lord… taking Max’s heart with her. Now a widow, Lady Juliet Granworth intends to use the fortune she inherited from her odious husband to build a new life in London. Five years have passed, but she’s never forgotten Max… or his soul-searing kiss. Yet it’s clear the newly-minted Marquess of Thayne has not forgiven her—after all, the infuriating man can… Read more »

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Oct 07
Blog Tour: Review-Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire + Giveaway

Woo-hoo! Kate Meader is back with a new Hot in Chicago book! Sparking the Fire is the third and final book in her Hot in Chicago series and if you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary in order to enjoy Sparking the Fire. I’ve read all of them and while Meader will mention an event or two from the previous books, it’s nothing that I consider to be a huge spoiler. We have great character development. Molly Cade is a Hollywood actress struggling to get her career back on track. At first, Molly comes off as bit vulnerable, but she quickly establishes herself as a capable woman. She’s not afraid to fight for what she wants and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself…. Read more »

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Jul 05
Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ A Gentleman Never Tells + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ A Gentleman Never Tells + Giveaway

The Essex Sisters series is one of my favorite books by Eloisa James. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for the newest novella in the series, A Gentleman Never Tells, I couldn’t pass up the chance! If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy A Gentleman. We have good character development. Lizzie Troutt is a young widow who is kind and only wants to live her life on her own terms. She has no desire to remarry and keeps to herself. And we have Oliver Berwick, a country gentleman who deeply regrets his involvement in circulating nicknames given to a few women. Now charged with the care of his teenage niece, Hattie, Oliver is quick to see the… Read more »

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Jul 01
Book Review: Cathy Maxwell’s The Fairest of Them All

Book Review: Cathy Maxwell’s The Fairest of Them All

I’ve always enjoyed Cathy Maxwell’s books and sadly, I haven’t kept up with her. When given the opportunity to read The Fairest of Them All, I couldn’t pass up the chance to get reacquainted with her work! Fairest is the second in her Marrying the Duke series and if you haven’t the read the first, The Match of the Century, it’s not necessary to enjoy Fairest. We have really good character development. Lady Charlene Blanchard had a difficult childhood and I can’t imagine growing up the way she did. She’s feisty and courageous. Charlene is also very loyal to her friends and will do anything to make sure they have everything they need. And then we have Jack Whitridge, the long lost and presumed dead twin brother of the Duke… Read more »

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Jun 21
Blog Tour: Review-Karen Erickson’s Smolder + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Karen Erickson’s Smolder + Giveaway

Karen Erickson is an author I’ve always wanted to read, but haven’t had the chance. When the opportunity came to participate in the Smolder blog tour, I couldn’t say no. Smolder is the second book in the Wildwood series and if you haven’t read the first, Ignite, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Smolder. I will say this, there is a running story involving an arsonist and won’t say anything else because I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone. We have really good character development. Delilah Moore is a dance instructor and owns her own studio. She’s not afraid to go after what she wants and she has her eyes set on Deputy Sheriff Officer, Lane Gallagher. And what I can say about Lane?… Read more »

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Jun 08
Books Ahoy!: Cynthia Eden + Giveaway

Books Ahoy!: Cynthia Eden + Giveaway

Books Ahoy! is a feature inspired by Entertainment Weekly‘s “Books of My Life” column. I wanted to go beyond the interview and ask authors (and even readers) about their favorite books. Reading is a personal, but shared experience and what a great way to know someone by asking them about the books that shaped their life. No author or reader was forced to walk the plank. I’m excited to welcome Cynthia Eden to Lit, etc.! Torn is now available and it’s the fourth book in the LOST series. If you haven’t read the previous books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy Torn. Synopsis: In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s latest novel featuring the Last Option Search Team (LOST), one agent’s investigation entices a killer into making… Read more »

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