Friday, May 26, 2017

Passion and Plunder - Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series by Collette Cameron

Passion and Plunder

Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series


Bestselling Author Collette Cameron

Collette Cameron has done it again! This series just keeps getting better! All of Cameron's leading ladies are strong women, but our h in this tale exudes strength and courage! The plot is very thick in this tale and takes the reader on many twists and turns. Excellent historical accuracy and deep characterization. As always, Cameron adds a bit of humor to her tales. If you like a strong female role and a deeply romantic and passionate couple, then I highly recommend Passion and Plunder!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Wedding for Christmas: A Twilight, Texas Novel by Lori Wilde

A Wedding for Christmas: A Twilight, Texas Novel


Lori Wilde

Reviewed on October 25, 2016

Sweet, sensual and a funny read that must be on everyone’s Christmas list this year! A Dynamite 5 Stars for Lori Wild’s, A Wedding for Christmas: A Twilight, Texas Novel!

We first meet Katie Cheek in L. A. at a celebrity party, she’s switched places for Christmas with one of her best friends. She’s come to L. A. and her friend is staying in Twilight, Texas. Katie is feeling beautiful and for the first time in her life; sexy and sensual. She was the geeky kid back in school who wore glasses, had braces, frizzy hair and yes, an obsession for being neat. However, now gone are the glasses, braces and frizzy hair, the neat-freak still remains, but she’s feeling drop-dead gorgeous as she walks into the party, heads turn.

She knows men want her, but she isn’t pining after them. No, she’s still in love with her older brother’s best friend, Ryder Southerland. Ryder lived with them for a year when she was in eighth grade and Katie was smitten. However, the day after Katie kissed Ryder, he heads off to the Army and leaves her heart bleeding and thinking she’d scared him off.

Years later, at this fancy L. A. party, Ryder is a celebrity security guard and whilst chasing a stalker (or so he thinks) he knocks over this blonde lady in red and to his surprise, is his best friend’s little sister, Katie Cheek. Learning that Katie is not the stalker and was running to the women’s restroom because she got wasabi spilled on her and was now developing a severe rash, he offers her a ride home to his place.

Whilst there, he and Katie have a fling and the next day Katie runs back to Twilight Texas, thinking she’ll never see Ryder again. That is until a year later, when her brother and her best friend are getting married and who’s the best man, none other than Ryder himself. Also, in the mix, Katie is a professional organizer, having put her neat-freak habit to good use, she’s asked to take on a very severe case of hoarding. She usually turns down hoarders, but this one tears at her heart. It’s Ryder’s father, the Circle S, his home is filled with dirt and grime and buried to the hilt in trash and he comes home from the hospital in a matter of a couple of days. So Katie must work fast.

Whilst working her fingers to the bones, who comes knocking at the door, none other than Ryder himself. After learning of his step-mother’s death and hearing his father is in the hospital, he heads home early and goes to the Circle S, to find Katie standing in the doorway. In a whirlwind of twists and turns, Katie and Ryder are working feverishly to prepare his father’s home for his return and preparing for the upcoming wedding. All the while, they are growing more in love with one another. Can this bad boy from the past open his hardened heart and admit his feelings for Katie? Can this once geeky-girl-turned-gorgeous-woman open up and confess to her long-lived crush?

This is one of the best Christmas stories out there, reads like a Hallmark movie but with some passionate, and sultry scenes. You will fall in love with Katie and Ryder and root for their love all along. This story is filled with some deep family values and struggles that we can all relate to, to some degree. Also, the town of Twilight, Texas just draws you into their charm and Christmas festivities, the scenery in this book is so vivid you will feel as if you’re walking right down the streets. This was my first book of Lori Wilde’s and I must say I’m now, not only addicted to her writing, but addicted to this series and must get all of these book. I highly recommend this book, it will add some sparkle to your Christmas Season this year!

**Thanks to Avon/HarperCollins Publisher for gifting me a copy of this book for an Honest Review**

Friday, October 7, 2016

Review ~ The Perks of Loving A Scoundrel - The Seduction Diaries by Jennifer McQuiston

The Perks of Loving A Scoundrel

The Seduction Diaries


Jennifer McQuiston

Reviewed on October 7, 2016

Oh this is such a wonderful, on the edge of your seat book that you will not be able to put down! I absolutely loved The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel by Jennifer McQuiston.

We first meet timid and shy Mary Channing, who has lived her life in the country and lived her life through books. Miss Channing is a book worm to a T and she does not have time for nor desire romance. She’s avoided London and having a Season, that is until she’s summoned to her sister’s home in London to act as chaperone during her last days of pregnancy. Bored already and striving to avoid the noisiness of the London high life, Mary seeks refuge in the garden with a good book. However, she’s soon greatly and ghastly interrupted by a gentleman, a very drunken one, who’s urinating all over the roses.  Shocked and appalled, Mary quite literally squeaks out her disgust to the man who happens to be one of London’s most notorious scoundrel’s; Geoffrey Westmore, who is quite taken by this shy creature reading in her nightgown.

Later these two meet again when at a literary reading, where Mary has the opportunity to meet some of her favorite authors, such as Dickens. However, she’s so terribly nervous and uncomfortable that she seeks solace in the library down the hall. Seeing this lady in blue, Geoffrey heads off in her direction in hopes of a naughty library tryst. However, he’s met by a very shy yet beautiful, Miss Channing who peaks his interest and stirs his insides. He soon realizes she’s the lady from the garden and she has really no desire to be in his presence. Soon they hear tapping at the door and Geoffrey hides them behind the curtain and clamps a hand over Mary’s mouth. He thinks it’s a couple also interested in a tryst. However, to their surprise it’s a foursome who are plotting to assassinate someone and with what little they gained, they know a duke is involved. In order to keep Mary quiet, Geoffrey kisses her and his hands begin to wander only to be surprised out of their little game of seduction when the door opens and standing there with his sister are guests and the authors.

The next day, Geoffrey goes to Mary to do the honorable thing by offering his hand in marriage, however, Mary refuses. She’s more interested in discovering and solving the assignation attempt. She thrusts at him a list of possible scenarios and whose life could be in jeopardy. Reluctantly at first, he does agree to attempt to solve this mystery. Soon the two are on a feverish quest to solve the mystery and save the day. Can the two stop the assignation from happening? In the midst of solving an impending crime, will the two solve their own dilemma and give into their passions?

This is my first book of Jennifer McQuiston and I’m am now a huge fan! This book is filled with passion, mystery, intrigue and yes splashes of humor throughout. If you love a good history romance and are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you’ll love this book!

**Thanks to Avon/HarperCollins for gifting me a copy of this book for an honest review**

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

The Bookshop on the Corner
A Novel


Jenny Colgan

Reviewed on September 30, 2016

Oh my goodness this is definitely a book every book lover wants to add to their library! An absolute masterpiece and well deserving of High 5 Stars! The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan is a truly inspiring, funny and witty read! As soon as I started reading this book, I was hooked and stayed up all night to finish!

We first meet Nina Redmond at her job as a librarian where she’s learned that a new innovative and top of the line media center with all the glitz and high tech glam will be replacing their quaint, adorable library and there are only a few positions open.  Nina has been a bookworm from birth and there are tons of books just being thrown away, so she snatches these treasures up and heads home for the day. Her roommate and good friend, Surinder had had enough of Nina and her books and was very insistent that there just wasn’t any more room for books.

The next day at work, where they were having a team conference for the new media center, a very bubbly team representative was asking all of the employees what their dreams where and when it was Nina’s turn, she shyly admitted that she’d always wanted to open a bookshop. She was encouraged to go for it from the team rep and her good friend and colleague. However, she knew the cost of buildings and all that went into it, it was glancing through ads on the internet that she came across a van for sale in Scotland. Sparks began to fly and she immediately thought of a mobile bookstore. She couldn’t let the thought go and planned a trip to Scotland to see about purchasing the van.

Through a series of events and some amazing twists and turns, Nina purchased the van and moved to Scotland to build her mobile bookstore. A long the way, Nina has rented a barn-turned-house from a very dashingly handsome yet arrogant farmer, Lennox, whom she soon takes a liking too. She also has some amazing adventures along the way and one in particular involving a train conductor from Russia. Will Nina get her mobile bookstore in this vast and glorious unknown land? Will it thrive as she has dreamed? Will she find love along the way?

This story is truly captivating and one can’t help but be drawn into Nina’s world and her love of books! I most especially could relate to Nina, being a bookworm myself, she’s a delightful character who has so much inside her and such a unique talent for matching books with their long lost owners. This story is charming, funny, inspiring and so very addicting! I highly recommend this book to any book lover, you will not be displeased!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Teatime and Books Review ~ A Scot in the Dark - Scandal & Scoundrel: Book II by Sarah MacLean

Teatime and Books Review

A Scot in the Dark
Scandal & Scoundrel: Book II


Sarah MacLean

HarperCollins Publisher

Reviewed on August 30, 2016

A deeply passionate, sensual and a scorcher of a read! A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean will knock you off your feet with every page turn.

We are first met by Lillian Hargrove who is completely and utterly humiliated and ruined in the eyes of the ton, thanks to a very sneaky and conniving artist. Lillian had sat for a nude that she thought was for the eyes of the artist, and the love of her life, only. However, he betrayed her trust and is now threatening to show the painting to all of London in a matter of a few days.

Having been informed by his solicitor, Alec, The Duke of Warnick made a mad dash from Scotland to England. Arriving at one of his many residences, he finally finds Lady Hargrove. She’s shocked to see a large Scottish man at her doorstep, quite literally knocking down her door, and even more surprised to learn that he is her guardian. He’s there to help her in regards her scandalous situation. At first he’s set on her marrying the artist. However, after meeting up with the arrogant artist in a local pub and learning more about the situation and seeing how arrogant and careless this man is. He changes his mind and wants nothing but to protect Lillian.

He comes to a solution, that in order to save Lillian’s reputation, she should marry a titled man and put the scandal to rest. However, Lillian wants nothing to do with marriage, she wants to run away and escape the scandal and start her life anew. An inheritance is due on her next birthday and that is exactly what she intends to do. However, Alec still insists she get married and tries his best to pair her with a decent English Lord.

In the end, nether of their plans works as they soon find themselves falling in love. However, they are both battling internal demons from their pasts that threaten them falling in love with anyone or each other. Will they ever be able to love? More importantly, will they open up and admit their true feelings for each other before it’s too late?

This is my first book of Sarah MacLean’s and I must say I’ve become a huge fan. Wow, what an amazing writer, she can weave a tale so deep and toss in so many twists and turns that the readers’ find surprises on just about every page.  The passion and sensuality between the H and h just ignites. I really fell in love with Alec and Lillian, and both had some pretty intense struggles in their lives to overcome and one couldn’t help but have a soft spot in their heart for them. MacLean writes some wonderful minor characters, too, that help move the story along. This is definitely one book you’ll want to add to your library. A well deserving High 5 Stars!

**Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers for gifting me a copy of this book for an honest review**

Friday, August 12, 2016

This Earl is on Fire - This Season's Original Series: Book 2 by Vivienne Lorret

Teatime and Books Review

This Earl is on Fire
This Season’s Original Series: Book 2


USA Today Bestselling Author
Vivienne Lorret

Reviewed on August 12, 2016

Vivienne Lorret’s This Season’s Original Series just gets better and better. I’m totally addicted to this series and can’t wait for the next book! This Earl is on Fire is a captivatingly, deeply passionate, roller coaster of a read. This story is well deserving of 5 stars.

We are first met by the Pimm’s family who open their door to find a man slumped on their stoop. He’s been horribly beaten up and unconscious. The Pimm’s, with the help of their butler, drag him inside. Their daughter Adeline is taken by him and feels a deep sorrow for this poor soul at her door step. After bandaging him up and settling him into their guest room, Adeline visits with him and tries to help settle his pillow and after he awakens tries to give him a drink of water. It’s the sound of Adeline’s voice that gives him any relief from pain. Adeline soon learns that the gentleman in her families care is Liam Cavanaugh, the Earl of Wolford.

Once Liam learns that Adeline is a debutante he instantly pushes away from her, for he fears getting suckered into marrying her and he wants nothing to do with marriage. He’s avoided it successfully for many years now. Adeline, however, also does not have marriage on her mind. She and her family have come from the countryside and her parents would love for her to find her mate, however, Adeline just wants adventure. Her whole life she’s spent trapped in her bed due to her deformed shortened leg and she wants to experience what life has to offer.

However, she had no idea that she’d find adventure in the form of a dashingly handsome and scandalous Earl, nor did he bargain on finding this quiet country lady so captivating and begin to feel his heart drawn to her. Will Liam open up his heart to the beautiful Adeline? Will Adeline find not only adventure but love too?

Lorret’s writing is impeccable, she keeps the reader attached from the first page. The characters are well developed and well-rounded, I felt that I could relate to these characters and soon just fell in love with Adeline and Liam. The plot is filled with twists and turns and the scenery makes one feel as if they are really there. A truly remarkable read that is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. I highly recommend this book and this whole series! This whole series is on fire!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Why Dukes Fall In Love - A Dukes Behaving Badly Novel by Megan Frampton

Why Dukes Fall In Love?

A Dukes Behaving Badly Novel


Megan Frampton

Reviewed on August 4, 2016

This is absolutely one of the most witty and sensual romantic tales of the year! A definite high 5 stars for Megan Frampton’s Why Dukes Fall In Love?! From the first page I could not put this book down, it is so addicting!

We first meet Edwina Cheltam at her friend Caroline’s employment agency. Edwina is recently widowed and her husband let her penniless and she’s been struggling ever since to make ends meet. Her friend finds her employment as a secretary to Lord Michael, the Duke of Hadlow. He is expecting, yet another inexperienced and unintelligent man when to his surprise he’s met with a beautiful and very intelligent woman. He not only takes Edwina under his employ, he also welcomes her little six-year-old daughter into his home as well. He shocks himself for his brash decisions, it is entirely not like him! It isn’t long before Edwina and her little girl charm the likes out of this arrogant and absolutely gorgeous duke.

Michael has always prided himself on his composure and absolute control over every situation that life has handed him. He’s also kept himself away from marriage for his thirty-four years of life and plans to keep it that way. That is until Edwina comes into his life and quite literally knocks him off his arrogant aristocratic feet. Will Michael give in to his growing love for this common yet beautiful and witty woman and her little girl? Or will he end up alone for the rest of his days?

This is my first book of Megan Frampton’s and I must admit, I’m an absolute diehard fan now! I can’t wait to read more from this very talented and creative author. This story is just filled with imagination and wit, and oh so steamy! I highly recommend this book!

**Thank You Avon Books (A HarperCollins Imprint) for giving me a copy of this book for an honest review**