Posts By: Jessica

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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Dec 10
Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie: The Chamber of Secrets

Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie: The Chamber of Secrets

As several of you know, I’ve never read Harry Potter! I read The Sorcerer’s Stone in February 2014 and it’s been a rather long wait for a library copy. What I really liked about Chamber of Secrets is really seeing how the Hogwarts Houses came about. I also really enjoyed going back to Hogwarts and learning lessons at the same time Harry and his friends do. Truthfully, Snape is becoming a favorite. I can’t wait to see what other adventures Harry and his friends go on. Overall thoughts as I read: • Ah poor Harry! No one remembers his birthday. • Dudley is such a tattle tale! But yay Harry for doing a spell and making Dudley run for his life. • I’m curious to know more about Dobby and… Read more »

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Dec 09

Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto Boxed Set Blitz + Giveaway

Woo-hoo! Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love, & Stiletto series is now in a boxed bundle set! I haven’t read all of them, but adored Mitchell from After the Kiss. If you loved the movie, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, you’ll love this series by Lauren Layne! Hailed by Ruthie Knox as “fun, sexy, and sharp as a spike heel,” the Sex, Love & Stiletto series from USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne introduces the glamorous columnists of Stiletto magazine and the ridiculously hot men who love them. Now all four novels—After the Kiss, Love the One You’re With, Just One Night, and The Trouble with Love—are together in one eBook bundle. Book One: AFTER THE KISS “After the Kiss is a knock-your-stilettos-off, total page-turning treat that had me… Read more »

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Dec 05
One Liners: Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

One Liners: Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

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 Sylvia Plath’s The Bell… Read more »

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Nov 28
One Liners: Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities

One Liners: Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities

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 Charles Dickens’ A Tale… Read more »

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