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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Second Sentence Saturday: Bump in the Night


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"Bump in the Night" by Dakota Rebel - [Amazon Book Link]

I had to stand to see the little girl smiling up at me, her white-blonde hair pulled into pigtails and shiny, patent-leather shoes adorning her itty-bitty feet.



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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Feasted On: The Daughters of Amhurst Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 216; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1332 KB; Audible – Unabridged; Audio CD - Audiobook | Expected Release Date: September 7, 2015 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Scandalous | Obtained: NetGalley

"The Earl's New Bride" [The Daughters of Amhurst Series, Book 1] by Frances Fowlkes

Author's Book Description : No woman dared to love him...

England, 1819. The Earl of Amhurst has returned to his estate in search of a wife and, more importantly, an heir. Simon Devere isn't interested in some comely, simpering creature. A beautiful woman only brings heartbreak and ruin, and Simon's disfigured visage is proof enough of that. No, he wants a wife who is unattractive and undesirable-and the homelier, the better.

But nothing about Lady Henrietta Beauchamp is homely. She is lovely and sweet... and struggles to mix with polite society when she would so much rather have plants for company. And yet Simon is her only hope for keeping Plumburn Castle in her family's possession. Even if it means marrying a man she doesn't love.

It's an impossible and unlikely match... unless this awkward beauty can bring hope back into a solitary beast's life.

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars! Simon has been known as the Black Earl ever since he inherited his title and because of the peculiar situation that he was found in during his mistress’s death about 5 years ago. Yet, now that he has “been cleared” of any wrongdoing, his next goal is to obtain a wife in good standing to save his reputation and so he can get an heir. However, life has thrown Simon a lot of bad curveballs, will he consider Henrietta one of those bad ones or the best thing that has ever happened to him?

This historical romance was unlike any I had read before … it was intense … it was sweet … it had a mystery that kept you guessing … yet in the end it was the biggest twist of all that sets it apart and makes it unique all on its own. So, if you want a historical romance read that will keep you guessing, than this is the novel for you!

However, even with all that boastfulness about this novel it was truly Simon and Henrietta that captivated me. I liked that they both have their own “issues” or personal “deformities” to overcome, since it showed how they surmounted everything to get together. In truth, though, they fit each other perfectly in the way they looked at the world and tried to unintentionally protect one another.

In addition, the ending was very special. So, overall, I highly recommend this novel!

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Book Teaser(s) :
Were it possible to marry a house, she would have already done so. A more devoted, committed, and loving wife would never be found. Alas, young women were not granted the consent to marry houses. ~ within Chapter 1
His senses were overwhelmed by the tremors of pleasure her wandering hands unleashed. Her tiny fingers running through his hair nearly undid him. His mind was muddled, enveloped in a cloud of desire-wrought ecstasy.
And this was just a kiss. ~ within Chapter 8

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Feasted On: Hearts of Metal Series, Book 2

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 194; Kindle Edition - File Size: 2983 KB | Expected Release Date: May 18, 2016 | Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group | Obtained: Brooklyn Ann

"With Vengeance" [Hearts of Metal Series, Book 2] by Brooklyn Ann

Author's Book Description : SHE MEANS BUSINESS

Twenty-three year old Katana James can shred on the guitar. Not that anyone would know, as she’s spent most of her time working on a popular news and gossip website for Heavy Metal fans since her own band broke up. But her dreams are in reach when she gets an audition to play with her favorite band, Bleeding Vengeance. Kat won’t let her gender, her anxiety disorder, or even the pranks of a malicious stalker stand in her way. The only thing to threaten her focus? A growing fascination with the group’s brilliant, mysterious bass player.

HE OFFERS PLEASURE

Klement Burke has always been the heart, soul and brain of Bleeding Vengeance. He’s the kind of rock star who stays in the shadows, a perfectionist more interested in satisfying his brain than other parts of his body. Until he auditions Katana James. At first it seemed a perfect idea, as he’s been aware of her talent for some time. But meeting her in the flesh ignites thoughts far from professional. Despite the conflict of work, the odds against her falling for a geek like him, and the secret he’s been hiding, his heart, body and soul now belong to Kat.

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Katana's (Kat) dreams are about to come true ... she just got the position to be the lead guitarist in her fave metal rock band. However, to prove herself, the band agrees to have her only be with them to record their latest record. Soon she proves herself to them while charming the pants off Klement (Klem), the lead bassist and the "band manager." Yet, with an ex and past fears trying to keep them apart, can Kat and Klement find a way to stick together through it all?

It’s one sweet erotic rockstar romance intrigued me from the beginning. Kat and Klement's attraction and chemistry fly off the pages. In addition, their relationship hooked me from the start and made me more interested in this series too.

I recommend the novel to those who are fans of Ms. Brooklyn Ann and/or to those looking for a ROCKIN'-ly sweet rockstar romance!

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My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Bite at First Sight

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Second Sentence Saturday: Bite at First Sight | Blog Tour - Unleashing Desire by Brooklyn Ann | Spreading the Word | The Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2016


Author's Novel Extras : With Vengeance (Book 2) - Overview & Excerpt | WITH VENGEANCE IS HERE! | 2016 Recap

Author's Series Extras : Kissing Vicious (Book 1) - Overview & Excerpt | Rock God (Book 3) - Overview & Excerpt | Metal and Mistletoe (Book 4) - Overview & Excerpt


Book Teaser(s) :
His gaze swept her from head to toe as he shook her hand, making heat rise to her cheeks. "So you're 'Metal-Kat' from Metalness.com. You're even better-looking than your partner. But you look too cute for this work."
A line from the Rudolph Christmas special rang in her head. He thinks I'm cute! ~ within Chapter 1
"Dude, it's like you have a crush on both Bruce Wayne and Batman!" ~ within Chapter 14

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Made the Grade: The Princes of Xaviera Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 253; Kindle Edition - File Size: 498 KB | Expected Release Date: February 1, 2016 | Publisher: Harlequin : Romance | Obtained: NetGalley

"Pregnant with a Royal Baby!" [The Princes of Xaviera Series, Book 1] by Susan Meier

Author's Book Description : Marrying for the baby's sake

Prince Dominic Sancho has always lived up to his family's royal expectations. Until one irresistibly spontaneous night with teacher Ginny Jones has dramatic repercussions—she's now carrying the next heir to Xaviera's throne! There's only one solution—a royal wedding…

A marriage of convenience is Ginny's worst nightmare, but for their baby's sake, she says "I do." And as the royal couple jet off on their honeymoon, she begins to realize that beneath the royal etiquette, Dominic is a daddy—and loving husband—in the making!

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! Virginia (Ginny), a guidance counselor, meets Dominic (Dom), a prince, while he's making a diplomatic visit to the United States. They have a fling that leaves Ginny pregnant and Dom's father insists that they marry but because both of them have trust issues they come up with a plan to stay together for two years than divorce, all the while getting to know one another but planning on keeping love out of the equation. Soon Ginny finds that it's harder to do then she had hoped and as they get closer, will Ginny be able to prove to Dom that them as a permanent family is a good thing? Or will their plans and hopes come crumbling down around them?

While this is a sweet romance that skips over the sex scenes, it is definitely cute and keeps the readers intrigued from beginning to end. I enjoyed learning about the royal family and how all these characters interacted with one another. Plus the build-up for a story for Dom's younger brother Alex was interesting too.

Nevertheless, this novel is ALL about Ginny & Dom. Their hopes and fears are all laid bare, and though I'm still not happy with how cold Dom held himself to be for most of this novel, I enjoyed the execution of how the plot was laid out and how Ginny showed some backbone. When they weren't hiding behind their fears Ginny and Dom made a great couple!

I recommend this novel to those looking for a Cinderella-esque sweet romance.

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Unlike her ugly blue dress, his tux appeared to have been made for him. Again he was every inch a prince. Handsome. Debonair. Regal.
While she looked like a frumpy old bat.
"You look lovely."
"I look like the Queen of England. Get me a hat and one of those sedate purses she carries all the time and people would probably get us confused."
He laughed. "You are meeting a king."
"Who wants to be reminded of his grandmother?"
"You do not look like a grandmother."
"Well, I sure as hell don't look like a twenty-five-year-old guidance counselor in the coolest school in Texas."
"Trust me. You will want the armor of a grandma dress when you meet my dad." ~ within Chapter 2

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Idolizing In: Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 238; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1307 KB | Expected Release Date: September 19, 2016 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : digiTeen | Obtained: NetGalley

"Shadow of a Girl" by Shannon Greenland (aka S. E. Green)

Author's Book Description : Use cash and keep moving.

After I ran away from home, these were the two rules that dictated my life. Scoring a job as a roadie fit perfectly for what I needed. Traveling, cash, and life out of the spotlight. But when my path collides with West, the lead singer of Bus Stop, I can’t seem to stay out of his spotlight—especially since we’ll be touring together for an entire year.

West is determined to break down my walls. He won’t give up. And little by little they come crumbling. But if he knew what lurked behind them, he wouldn’t be so eager to get rid of them.

The more time we spend together, the more the lines of our friendship become blurred. He makes me dream of things I never thought possible. But while our friendship has been evolving into a romance, my secrets have been closing in. And just when I’ve decided to reveal my past to West, I’m confronted by it. The cost of my freedom could ruin the life of the guy I love…

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!!!! Eve (Nesiah) has spent her life as a shadow of her true self in hopes of staving off the emotional and physical abuse she dealt with daily from her "father." Therefore, after confessing to her longtime friend about the abuse she received they device a plan to get Eve to escape. Once Eve ran away, she hides behind a false identity as a roadie and ends up meeting West (a famous lead singer). Over time, West breaks through Eve's defenses and their friendship turns into something more ... but soon Eve's past and the lies she's kept hidden come to light and might breakup the best things she's ever known. Will it all be too late to save her?

This intense YA rockstar romance had me riveted from the very beginning. I loved the innocent passion Eve shares with West and how empowered Eve becomes throughout this whole novel. Especially since the best part of this novel is the interaction that Eve has with Anne and West! All three characters were awesome and very well written! West's sweet charm and silly flirting skills opened Eve up while Anne became the friend/mother hen figure Eve never had. It's a great teen romance that has Girl Empowerment out the wazoo! It’s simply wonderful.

West and Eve have a unique connection that I'd love to read more about. And while I'm not a big fan of how the ending left things hanging between them it doesn't change my feelings about these two together. They were/are meant for one another!! I LOVE them together as they match up so well. 💗 💖

I HIGHLY recommend this YA rockstar romance!!!

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"Sorry," I say again, this time louder. "The crowd's a bit crazy tonight."
"It's the crappy music," he jokes. "Makes the girls leap into my arms to be rescued." ~ within Chapter 2
"Hey, Green Eyes, ready?"
With a nod, I walk over to grab my stuff.
He huffs a laugh. "Those Miss Piggies?"
I look at the row of dancing pigs on my shirt. "Yes."
"I really do need to show you my underwear some time."
Anne rakes her gaze down him. "Well, drop 'em. No time like the now."
West gives her a playful shove.
"Eve changed outfits two times," Anne rats me out.
"I did not," I deny.
"And I changed three. So I'm winning the primp game," West says, making us all laugh. I do love how he can make everything into a joke. ~ within Chapter 16
Late afternoon rolls in, and West asks, "Know how to play pool?"
Anne's awesome at pool, and she spent a whole day back when we first met teaching me how to play. I caught on quick. I like the game. "Yeah, a little," I answer.
"Are you a betting girl?"
"I can be," I tell him.
"Well, I usually wager kisses."
I laugh. "Kisses?"
"But since we're way past that point, how about this: if I win, you have to go back with me to visit my family."
I would've gone anyway. "And if I win?"
"You name it," he says.
I think about that a second. "I know. I want to stay in a big fancy suite in the next city."
He nods. "Deal. Only if you let me come over and ravish you with my luscious kisses."
"Luscious kisses?" I ask, completely amused. ~ within Chapter 44

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