Jan 13
Ten Most Anticipated Romances for the First Half of 2016

Ten Most Anticipated Romances for the First Half of 2016

The Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge is co-hosted by Jess @ Gone with the Words and Danielle @ Love at First Page. Part of the reading challenge are monthly topics and this month’s topic is: 10 Most Anticipated Romances for the First Half of 2016. Here are mine and in no particular order. I’m really excited about these. What romances are on your list? Love in the Light | Summer Days and Summer Nights | A Billionaire After Dark | Beyond the Stars | The Heir and the Spare The Billionaire Bachelor | One With You | Ignite | I Wish You Were Mine | You’re Still the One

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Jan 12
Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie: The Prisoner of Azkaban

Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie: The Prisoner of Azkaban

As several of you know, I’ve never read Harry Potter! I read The Sorcerer’s Stone in February 2014. I really enjoyed The Prisoner of Azkaban and so far it’s my favorite of the four that I’ve read. I had all sort of thoughts regarding Sirius Black and I won’t ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read the books, but I’m really satisfied with his character. I was worried about Harry for a bit especially in the beginning, but he can hold his own. Overall thoughts as I read: • Harry studying witch burning in the 14th century and this little gem had me grinning, “Wendelin the Wired enjoyed being burnt so much that she allowed herself to be caught no fewer than forty-seven times in various disguises.” • Errol, the… Read more »

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Jan 11
Cover Reveal: Karen Erickson’s Ignite

Cover Reveal: Karen Erickson’s Ignite

I’m really excited about Karen Erickson’s upcoming release, Ignite! I love second chance romances and of course I want to really know why Weston is back in town and why the girl of his dreams hates him. The book won’t be released until March, but in the meantime we have a cover reveal! * * * Title:Ignite Author: Karen Erickson Publication date: March 15, 2016 Genre: Contemporary Romance Synopsis: Weston Gallagher is falling hard-for the wrong woman. One night of passion has haunted him for years. Now he’s got a second chance to get the girl of his dreams…but there’s just one problem: She hates him. Eight years after he stormed out of Wildwood, California, West has returned to his hometown as a firefighter. His friends and family are thrilled… Read more »

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Jan 07
Blog Tour: Review-Sarah MacLean’s Rogue Not Taken + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Sarah MacLean’s Rogue Not Taken + Giveaway

After reading my first Sarah MacLean novel, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, in November 2013, I vowed I’d read more of her novels and I’m sad to report I haven’t. I participated in the cover reveal for The Rogue Not Taken and when I read the synopsis, I knew this was a book I had to read! I’m so glad I got the opportunity to participate in the blog tour because I really enjoyed the book. It’s the first in a brand new series so you have plenty of time to read it before the next book comes out. We have great character development. Lady Sophie Talbot is the youngest of four sisters and they’ve been dubbed the “Soiled S’s.” Sophie didn’t grow up as an aristocratic-that came later in… Read more »

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Jan 07
Excerpt: Sarah MacLean’s The Rogue Not Taken

Excerpt: Sarah MacLean’s The Rogue Not Taken

As part of the blog tour for Sarah MacLean’s The Rouge Not Taken, I have an excerpt. Enjoy! Synopsis: Lady Sophie’s Society Splash When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it. Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment! Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman,… Read more »

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Jan 04
Blog Tour: Review-Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes + Giveaway

I’ve always liked Loretta Chase’s books and I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read a book of hers since the publication of Mr. Impossible (that was in 2005!). When the opportunity came to review her newest, Dukes Prefer Blondes, I couldn’t pass up the chance! Dukes Prefer Blondes is the fourth and final book in The Dressmakers series. If you haven’t read the previous books, it’s not necessary to enjoy Dukes. I haven’t read the books and if there were any spoilers, I didn’t find any nor did Chase focus on past incidents involving the other books. We have really good character development. Lady Clara Fairfax is one of London’s most sought after beauties and judging from the number of marriage proposals she receives every few weeks, she’s not… Read more »

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Jan 04
Excerpt: Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes

Excerpt: Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes

As part of the blog tour, I have an excerpt of Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes. Enjoy! Synopsis: Biweekly marriage proposals from men who can’t see beyond her (admittedly breathtaking) looks are starting to get on Lady Clara Fairfax’s nerves. Desperate to be something more than ornamental, she escapes to her favorite charity. When a child is in trouble, she turns to tall, dark, and annoying barrister Oliver Radford. Though he’s unexpectedly found himself in line to inherit a dukedom, Radford’s never been part of fashionable society, and the blonde beauty, though not entirely bereft of brains, isn’t part of his plans. But Clara overwhelms even his infallible logic, and when wedlock looms, all he can do is try not to lose his head over her. It’s an inconvenient marriage… Read more »

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Jan 03
Non-Fiction Reading Challenge

Non-Fiction Reading Challenge

The Non-Fiction Reading Challenge is hosted by Angie @ Lady Knight Reads. If you have any questions about the way the challenge works, please visit Angie’s blog. I love history and I’ve made no secret of my love for it. I don’t read much non-fiction because I want to highlight and check facts as well as spend my time arguing with the author! I do want to read more and outside Medieval History so when Angie posted this challenge, I knew it would be a great one for me! Here are the basics if you want to join in the fun (for full details and to join click the link above or below): 1. The challenge starts January 1, 2016 and ends December 31, 2016. 2. Any non-fiction book counts!… Read more »

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Jan 03
Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

The Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge is co-hosted by Jess @ Gone with the Words and Danielle @ Love at First Page. While I read a lot of romance, it tends to me mostly historical. I want to read a bit more contemporary and this is the prefect challenge for me! Here are the basics if you want to join in the fun (for full details and to join click the link above or below): 1. The challenge starts January 1, 2016 and ends December 31, 2016. 2. You can read any novel, short story or author just so that the genre is contemporary romance (sadly, romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller). 3. There will be a… Read more »

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Dec 15
Blog Tour: Review-Lori Wilde’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lori Wilde’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas + Giveaway

Lori Wilde is an author I’ve wanted to read, but never had the chance. When given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for I’ll Be Home for Christmas, I couldn’t say no. I’ll Be Home for Christmas is the seventh book in the Twilight, Texas series and if you haven’t read the previous novels, it’s not necessary to do so. If you’re wondering about possible spoilers, I didn’t see any that might be considered as spoilers. We have good character development. Gabi Preston needs time to think of her next move. She’s just dropped out of law school and isn’t sure if she wants to follow in the footsteps of her parents. Gabi is likable and you’ll easily feel for her especially when it comes to her brother!… Read more »

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Dec 12
One Liners: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

One Liners: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is Jane Austen’s Pride and… Read more »

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Dec 11
Blog Tour: Review- Toni Blake’s Take Me All the Way

Blog Tour: Review- Toni Blake’s Take Me All the Way

Toni Blake is an author I’ve always wanted to read, but just haven’t had the chance to do so. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for Take Me All the Way, I couldn’t say no. Take Me All the Way is the third book in her Coral Cave series. If you haven’t read the previous two books, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Take Me All the Way. Although I will warn you, there are some spoilers for the previous books, but not any that I consider huge spoilers. We have good character development. Our heroine, Tamra Day is an artist / landscaper and she had a difficult childhood. She’s also very shy and takes the time to get to know a… Read more »

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