Oct 03
If We Were Having Lunch: Third Edition

If We Were Having Lunch: Third Edition

Jaime at The Perpetual Page-Turner was inspired by a post written by Ashley (Your Super Awesome Life). Her post, If We were Having Coffee, is a great way to interact with others and share what’s going on in one’s life. If we were having lunch, I’d tell you– I’m sorry for the long hiatus. I tried to renew the domain in early March, but couldn’t. I also couldn’t get a hold of my host despite paying to renew hosting. It was a mess! He wouldn’t respond to my emails or support tickets and then one day I logged into the client area and was able to renew the domain. I don’t know what’s going to happen in April 2018. I’ll probably switch hosts. If we were having lunch, I’d tell… Read more »

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Oct 02
Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ Chasing Christmas Eve

Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ Chasing Christmas Eve

Chasing Christmas Eve is the fourth novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series and when given the opportunity to review it, 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 Chasing Christmas Eve. While Jill Shalvis includes past characters, there’s nothing I consider to be spoilers and you can enjoy previous books in the series. We have good character development. Colbie Albright is an author suffering the dreaded writer’s block. She’s a bit of a free spirit, but very responsible. You’ll like her and I personally loved the creative ways she cursed. I might be borrowing “son of a seacock.” And then there’s Spencer Baldwin, our geeky, intelligent, workaholic hero. I fell for Spence from the moment I… Read more »

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Mar 29
Book Review: Ashley Poston’s Geekerella

Book Review: Ashley Poston’s Geekerella

When I first read the synopsis for Ashley Poston’s Geekerella, I knew I had to read it and quickly added it to my to-be-read list! And when I was given the opportunity to review it, I couldn’t say no. I’m so glad I was able to read Geekerella and I can’t wait to reread it! Geekerella is a beautiful love letter to fandoms everywhere. We have great character development. Danielle “Elle” Wittimer is a blogger and a devoted fan of the sci-fi show, Starfield. She’s lonely and doesn’t think she’s worthy of having friends. I could associate with Elle and longed to give her a hug. And then of course we have Darien Freeman, teen heartthrob and now carrying the weight of world all because of a role. I liked… Read more »

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Mar 22
Blog Tour: Review-Kate Meader’s In Skates Trouble

Blog Tour: Review-Kate Meader’s In Skates Trouble

I’m a hockey fan and when I heard about the Hot on Ice anthology, I was curious. When given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour about the anthology, I signed up. As some of you are aware, I adore Kate Meader’s writing and I couldn’t pass up the chance to read In Skates Trouble. Not only is it part of a great anthology, but proceeds of Hot on Ice‘s sales go to a great cause, Homes for our Troops. Also, In Skates Trouble sets the scene for Meader’s Chicago Rebels series, an all about hockey book series! We have good characterization. Addison Williams is a former plus size (a term she hates as well as I do) model who is done with being a trophy wife. She’s strong,… Read more »

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Mar 20
Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Up

Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Up

Double Up is the sixth book in the Davis Way series and if you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy Double Up. I do recommend you start with the first, Double Whammy or at least read, the fifth book, Double Knot so you’ll get an idea of who’s who and what’s going on. That being said, Gretchen Archer does a great job explaining certain events from previous books and of course, nothing I consider to be spoilers. I thought I knew everything there was to know about Davis Way, but Archer proved me wrong! There’s a bit of a time jump from when Double Knot ended and Double Up begins. Davis has been suffering from postpartum depression, even though she insists she’s… Read more »

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Mar 06
Book Review: Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning

Book Review: Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning

I always enjoy Deanna Raybourn’s books. I’m a huge fan of her Lady Julia Grey series and when I found out she had a new Victorian series that was about a female investigator, I knew I had to read it. We have good character development in A Curious Beginning. Veronica Speedwell is a butterfly hunter and she’s interested in science. She’s also independent despite the fact she grew up sheltered. She’s also not afraid to speak her mind. I liked Veronica, but admit to loving Stoker better! He’s a natural scientist who is a reclusive and despite not having much money of his own, likes to help others out. I loved his grouchiness! He’s a bit mysterious, but unlike past Raybourn heroes, he’s definitely easier to read. We have a… Read more »

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Mar 01
Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Pot Luck

Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Pot Luck

Kendel Lynn’s Pot Luck is the fourth book in the Elliott Lisbon series. Lynn doesn’t make it habit of revealing past Elliott cases and if you haven’t read the first three books in the series, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Pot Luck. We continue to have good character development. Often times, an author will forget that there are new readers to a series, but Lynn doesn’t forget. We still get information about Elliot’s love of hand sanitizer and why, but we also find out what Elliot was like when she was younger. I loved finding out about how she took a young woman under her wings and how that young lady followed in her footsteps. I liked the character growth as well as that of… Read more »

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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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