Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Author Spotlight & Review ~ The Way to London: A Novel of World War II by Alix Rickloff

The Way to London: A Novel of World War II


Alix Rickloff

About the Book:

 From the author of Secrets of Nanreath Hall comes this gripping, beautifully written historical fiction novel set during World War II—the unforgettable story of a young woman who must leave Singapore and forge a new life in England.

On the eve of Pearl Harbor, impetuous and overindulged, Lucy Stanhope, the granddaughter of an earl, is living a life of pampered luxury in Singapore until one reckless act will change her life forever.

Exiled to England to stay with an aunt she barely remembers, Lucy never dreamed that she would be one of the last people to escape Singapore before war engulfs the entire island, and that her parents would disappear in the devastating aftermath. Now grief stricken and all alone, she must cope with the realities of a grim, battle-weary England.

Then she meets Bill, a young evacuee sent to the country to escape the Blitz, and in a moment of weakness, Lucy agrees to help him find his mother in London. The unlikely runaways take off on a seemingly simple journey across the country, but her world becomes even more complicated when she is reunited with an invalided soldier she knew in Singapore.

Now Lucy will be forced to finally confront the choices she has made if she ever hopes to have the future she yearns for.

Oh, what a way to be swept in the past! I’m a huge lover of World War II and the many tragic tales of the survivors. This story is so well written and very well researched. One will not help but fall in love with the heroine, Lucy and want to see her find the life she so desires. She’s thrown through so many tragic events and through it all her heart sings to help those she meets along the way. I highly recommend this book!

About the Author:

 Critically acclaimed author of historical fiction and paranormal romance, ALIX RICKLOFF’s family tree includes a knight who fought during the Wars of the Roses (his brass rubbing hangs in her dining room), and a soldier who sided with Charles I during the English Civil War (hence the family's hasty emigration to America). Her latest novel, THE WAY TO LONDON (William Morrow), releases in September of 2017.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Release Day Blitz + Teatime and Books Review ~ A Gentleman Never Surrenders - A Sins and Scandals Novel by Lauren Smith

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Release Date: September 12, 2017


Love is worth a little scandal. Owen Hadley needs a wife. Preferably a wealthy one. Alas, there aren't a great number of heiresses willing to marry a rogue of no particular fortune---luckily, if there is ever a gentleman capable of melting a lady's chilly heart, it's Owen. Milly has had enough of the marriage mart. If matrimony means giving up her freedom for a foppish husband, then society can take their idea of marital bliss and toss it. But when the ton's most notorious rogue mistakenly makes his way into her bedchambers, Milly finds herself unexpectedly and unwillingly at the altar . . . Yet the more time she spends with her new husband, the more Milly starts to wonder if the marriage she never wanted may be the best thing that's ever happened to her. Now it's up to Owen to convince Milly that what started as a mistake is anything but---and that every night with him will be more wonderfully scandalous than the last.


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A dynamite 5 Teacups for A Gentleman Never Surrenders by Lauren Smith. Oh, my gosh, this story took my breath away! I was drawn into it right from the first paragraph and kept captive the whole way through! Smith's writing style is so enchanting and eloquent, she brings the characters to life through her prose. Also, such a deeply passionate book, one can't help but fall in love with Owen and be drawn to Milly as she begins to open her heart to Owen and fall in love. Truly an amazing tale and one to be added to every historical romance fanatic's library!

About the Author

Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Daughters of Ireland (Deverill Chronicles) by Santa Montefiore

The Daughters of Ireland (Deverill Chronicles)


Santa Montefiore

ABOUT THE BOOK: In Ireland 1925, the Anglo-Irish war is long over, but life will never be the same. Castle Deverill has been home to the Deverill family in West Cork for hundreds of years, until it fell prey to a devastating attack during the war. Young Celia (Deverill) Mayberry and her husband bought the estate, determined to restore it to its former glory. But not everyone is elated. Although Kitty is grateful to her cousin for ensuring the castle will remain in the family, she cannot help but be wistful for the days when she was the mistress of Castle Deverill. While she is content in her new life, her heart still yearns for Jack O’Leary. As Kitty struggles with her choices, she must make a heartbreaking decision that could hurt those closest to her.
Wealthy and the toast of the town in New York City, Bridie Doyle has come a long way since she was the daughter of one of the cooks at Castle Deverill. But all her money cannot ease the pain over having given away her baby or from seeking revenge upon the woman who wronged her all those years ago.
As Celia wastes no time, or expense, in hiring workers to renovate Castle Deverill, dark shadows are gathering once more, as the financial markets begin to shake. Now everything that felt so certain is cast into doubt as this daughter of Ireland must find the inner strength to build a new future.

This story is so amazing and well deserving of a High 5 Teacups! Be swept back in time to the beautiful, lush, rich lands of Ireland and the castles that stand strong protecting her land. In the Daughters of Ireland, we meet Celia Deverill-Mayberry, who recently bought Castle Deverill, home to generations of her ancestors. She and her husband want to restore it to its former beauty but at every turn, they are met with strife and struggle from financial woes to individuals who hold many years’ worth of grudges. Will Castle Deverill ever return to its former glory? Will Celia finally be able to settle into the home of her dreams and childhood?

The plot in Daughters of Ireland is so thick and takes you on many twists and turns. The setting is just breathtaking and the characters are so well developed. I really enjoyed this book, not only do I love a good historical but the devotion and love Celia has for her family's estate and the land she loves so dearly.  Truly one of the most enjoyable reads of the summer!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Erinland by Kathryn Barryman ~ An Epic Fantasy



Kathryn Barryman

About the Book:

Two troubled young adults find themselves key players in a deadly game that spans the 21st century and the Viking Age. 

Amy, finding it difficult to ‘fit in’, becomes increasingly obsessed with the virtual reality game Erinland. The VR characters and the mist of Erin begin to invade Amy’s dreams and her waking moments. She finds herself drawn into Erinland in 9th century Ireland. Amy becomes part of this mystical world as she joins in the struggle to defeat the Viking raiders. 

Richard has a complicated home life and feels he doesn’t belong anywhere. A series of events finds him desperate and living on the streets, where he finds himself dragged into 9th century Norway by a Viking warrior. Richard finds acceptance with the Vikings and joins them on a colonisation raid to Ireland.

A dynamite 5 Teacups for Kathryn Berryman's Erinland, a totally different fantasy book, nothing like you've ever read before! This book kept me captured and intrigued from cover to cover! If you love time-travel, historical elements, and a fantastical make-believe world, then this is the book for you!

The world-building is very well done in this book, the characters are well-developed and so very unique with their own individual personalities that bring a lot of spark to the page. You will not be displeased with Erinland, I highly recommend this book!

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**