Monthly Archives:: February 2017

Feb 27
Book Review: Meredith Duran’s Sweetest Regret

Book Review: Meredith Duran’s Sweetest Regret

Meredith Duran is a new author to me and I’m glad I gave her a try! I’m a big fan of second chance romances and Sweetest Regret really sounded interesting. It’s a novella and was originally published in the anthology, What Happens Under the Mistletoe, in 2015. Characterization is good. Georgina Trent is the daughter of a diplomat and runs her father’s household. She’s not beautiful by society’s standards and she’s also a bit shy. I’d also say Georgina is loyal once you’ve earned it, but her insecurity can get in the way. Then we have Lucas Goodwin, a society darling! Of course he’s good looking and attracts the ladies, but there’s only one he has eyes for. We have a few secondary characters that play a role, but this… Read more »

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Feb 23
Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ The Trouble with Mistletoe

Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ The Trouble with Mistletoe

I’ve been wanting to read a Jill Shalvis book for a long time, but never had the chance and with an extensive backlist, I wasn’t sure which book to start with. When a copy of The Trouble with Mistletoe was included in an Avon Addicts package, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and I’m so glad I took the chance. This is the second book in the Heartbreaker Bay series, but very much reads as a standalone. We have good character development. Willa Davis owns her own pet grooming / boarding shop called the South Bark Mutt Shop. She’s always looking out for others and making sure her friends are taken care of. She’s also not afraid to step out of her boundaries and it really shows in… Read more »

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Feb 22
Cover Reveal: Jill Shalvis’ Chasing Christmas Eve + Excerpt

Cover Reveal: Jill Shalvis’ Chasing Christmas Eve + Excerpt

I’m so excited to share the cover for the upcoming Jill Shalvis novel, Chasing Christmas Eve. This is Spence’s story and I’m dying to read this one! I also have an excerpt, a small little teaser. Is it September already? * * * Title:Chasing Christmas Eve Author: Jill Shalvis Publication date: September 26, 2017 Series: Heartbreaker Bay 4 Genre: Contemporary Romance Synopsis: Meet cute… Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes… Read more »

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Feb 21
Blog Tour: Free Agent by Robin Covington

Blog Tour: Free Agent by Robin Covington

Today, I have a guest post by Robin Covington about her novella “Free Agent” in the Hot on Ice anthology. 20% of the royalties will be donated to Home for our Troops. I also like that in the anthology, each team member has their own story! Free Agent Can I tell you a secret? I don’t know anything about hockey. Now, I did research to write the story for this anthology but it was the first time I’d ever watched a hockey game. But, I LOVE sports romance – baseball, football, rugby, and even hockey heroes are my catnip. Maybe it’s the alpha maleness of the whole thing or the appeal of a man who works and hones his body to be at a top competitive level. So sexy!!! In… Read more »

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Feb 20
Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s The Guns of Ridgewood: A Western of Modern America

Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s The Guns of Ridgewood: A Western of Modern America

Aaron Cooley’s The Guns of Ridgewood is a thought provoking new thriller and if you’ve never read any of his previous novels, you don’t know what you’re missing! Cooley is a favorite of mine and you’ll see why. We have really good characterization. Sour Manco is a broken man and I wasn’t sure what to make of him. I really enjoyed getting to know him and finding out about his past. You’ll easily root for him and while I hope we’ll see more of Sour in future books, I think he’s done telling his own story. We have a wide array of secondary characters that play a role including Jill, a former Army Ranger and a Congressman, Homer Blunt. Then we have our Congressional Killers, a trio of men who… Read more »

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Feb 19
2017 Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge: X Meets Y Challenge

2017 Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge: X Meets Y Challenge

Love-a-Thon is a two day event hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy. This challenge is all about combining books and movies and tv shows. I’m a big believer that people who claim they don’t like to read, it’s because they haven’t found a genre or author to enjoy. I thought about a few of my favorite books and who they’d appeal to. If you end of reading one of these recommendations, I’d love to know what you think even if you end up disliking it. For the cult movie fan / occult fanatic: Misha Pessel’s Night Film Synopsis: Everybody has a Cordova story. Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn’t been seen in public… Read more »

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Feb 18
2017 Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge: Book Spine Poetry

2017 Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge: Book Spine Poetry

Love-a-Thon is a two day event hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy. I love book spine poetry, but never really do it on my own time. I really need to get into the habit of doing it often. I’m currently an Avon Addict and I’ve been a terrible participant. I wanted to highlight a few titles I’ve received and what better way than to showcase them to you during Love-a-thon. Here we go… Into the Fire Sweet Little Lies Dangerous Games Till Death The Trouble with Mistletoe You May Kiss the Bride A Date at the Altar How the Duke was Won

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Feb 18
2017 Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge: Mix & Match

2017 Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge: Mix & Match

Love-a-Thon is a two day event hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy. This challenge is all about passions aside from books. I’ve decided to take the plunge and showcase a few paintings I’ve done and am working on. Painting is something I’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t know how to approach it. I’m not a drawer (as you can tell from what I’ve done) and the only art class I had was when I was in 6th grade and trust me-those drawings were hideous. How did I get started in painting? I saw a Facebook post a friend made about a paint and wine she attended and everyone’s was amazing. Last year,… Read more »

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Feb 18
2017 Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition

2017 Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition

Love-a-Thon is a two day event hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy. I first participated in Love-a-thon back in 2014 and had a lot of fun, but since then, things have gotten in the way and I haven’t been able to participate. Last year, I totally missed the sign-up date. The first mini Love-a-thon challenge is all about Mad Libs! Mad Libs are always fun and I can’t wait to read what others have come up with! Once upon a time, in a faraway desert, there lived a smart hermit. It lived alone in a hardware shop, where it had grown up with the deceased owner. It had beautiful toes, and it was… Read more »

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Feb 18
2017 Love-a-Thon Questionnaire

2017 Love-a-Thon Questionnaire

Love-a-Thon is a two day event hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy. 1. What’s your name? Where in the world are you blogging from? Hi, I’m Jessica and I live in the Land of Entrapment (ahem, New Mexico). 2. Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader? I enjoyed reading as a kid and was *that* preteen trying to show off by reading books far beyond my reading level. I thought people would see me as sophisticated. During high school I didn’t read much other than assigned reading. It was while I was working… Read more »

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