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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Made the Grade: The King’s Riders Series, Book 1

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 4114 KB | Release Date: February 21, 2013 | Publisher: Paper Dragon Publishing | Obtained: Amazon.com

"Sword’s Call" [The King’s Riders Series, Book 1] by C. A. Szarek

Author's Book Description : For generations, the Ryhans, ruling family of the Province of Greenwald have been keepers of a sword rumored to possess enough magic to defeat kings. Lord Varthan, a former archduke and betrayer of the king, covets the sword and invades Greenwald.

Lady Ceralda Ryhan, daughter of the murdered duke, gains the sword and flees, trusting only her white wolf, Trikser—magically bonded to her. Cera needs nothing more to aid in her fight.

Jorrin Aldern, half elfin and half human, left his home in the mountains of Aramour to find his human father who disappeared twenty turns before, but finds Cera with Varthan and his shades on her tail instead. His dual heritage and empathic magic will tempt Cera in ways she never thought she’d desire. But can he convince her trust and love can pave the path to redemption or will the epic battle end in tragedy and evil conquer them all?


Cover Art for "Sword’s Call" by Nicole Cadet

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! Ceralda (Cera) is out for revenge. Her whole family has been brutally murdered while she was away and now she is on the run with hope of killing the man who murdered them along the way. While on her way to her Uncle's castle, Cera meets a half-elfin empath named Jorrin, who decides to help her accomplish her quest. They grow very close during their journey. Yet, are they willing to open up to one another for good or will they muddle up the best thing that could happen to them? Also, will Cera be able to exact her revenge or will her courage falter?

I was familiar with Ms. Szarek's writing style prior to purchasing this novel when it was on sale. I found that when it comes to this novel I enjoy its plot, the world everything was set in, and the characters. However, what was annoying was some of the drawn out character descriptions and how the main characters (Cera & Jorrin) always seemed to think that not communicating was the best course of action for them. *shakes head* Nevertheless, I'm glad I stuck with it as it really built up the series well.

As for Cera & Jorrin's relationship, I thought when they did actually talk to or followed through on their lust for one another then they were great. It just they are both SOO stubborn that when they get upset (which happens quite a bit) their communication goes out the window, which made me want to smack them both upside their heads by the end of the novel.

Overall, I DO recommend this novel and series to those looking for an eclectic fantasy romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Smashwords (e-Book) : Sword's Call (Book 1) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Love's Call (Book 2)


My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Fae Ring | The Parchment Scroll

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Teaser Tuesday: The Parchment Scroll | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2015

Author's Novel Extras : Sword’s Call - Overview & Excerpt | The Alphabet Game (Writer Alphabet Soup?) | A is for Ash | B is for Book | C is for Cunning | E is for Effort | F is for Forsaken | G is for Gown | H is for Home | I is for Intuition | L is for Lucan | M is for Mine | O is for Oracle | S is for Second | U is for Union | W is for Wail | Six Sentence Sunday: Sword's Call Teaser | Art Art Art! | Cover Reveal SWORD'S CALL! *squeeeeeeeeeeeee* | Three Sentence Thursday: Sword's Call! | IT'S MY BOOK'S BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Three Sentence Thursday: Sword's Call | Sword's Call Virtual Signing is NOW LIVE! | Tell Me About it Tuesday: Sword's Call Makeover!

Author's Series Extras : The King’s Riders Series - Overview | Love’s Call - Overview & Excerpt | D is for Dragon | J is for Jonah | N is for Night | T is for Touch | V is for Valley | X is for Xander | Six Sentence Sunday: First Meeting | Author Tag: I'm IT! | COVER REVEAL!!!!!!! Love's Call!


Book Teaser(s) :
“Trikser.” Her smile was brilliant when the wolf looked at her, tail wagging. Jorrin’s heart quickened. “Want to go outside?”
Her bondmate rose to all fours and headed for the door before either of them. When they didn’t come immediately, he glanced over his shoulder.
“See? He understands me.” Cera threw him a smug look and crossed her arms over her breasts.
Jorrin chuckled and shrugged.
They slipped out the door, leaving Hadrian and Avery deep in discussion. Neither seemed to notice that they’d left.
“All right, then, elf-boy. Show me what you got.”
He laughed and had to restrain himself from kissing the look off her face. ~ within Chapter 6

SWORD'S CALL by C.A. Szarek -- Read my review here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2015/05/made-grade-kings-riders-series-book-1.html #teaser #meme #fantasyromance #romance #fantasynovel #books
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Saturday, May 30, 2015
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by C. A., then please check out her website.

Second Sentence Saturday: Sweet as Sin


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
  • 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 :

"Sweet as Sin" [Bad Habit Series, Book 1] by J. T. Geissinger

After a lengthy absence, Saturn returns to you sign today, bringing strange luck, creating problems, changing your plans, and exposing your faults.



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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Feasted On: Toronto Collection, Book 2

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 235; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1387 KB | Expected Release Date: November 1, 2010 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: NetGalley

"Go Small or Go Home" [Toronto Collection, Book 2] by Heather Wardell

Author's Book Description : Massage therapist Tess Grayson has long dreamed of turning her hobby of building intricate miniature dioramas into an art career. She's finally ready to grab for that tiny brass ring, but her potential new massage client shakes her resolve.

Forrest Williams had finally healed from the car accident that killed his fiancée, but a new injury now threatens his professional hockey career. Even allowing for everything he's suffered, the depth of the emotional and physical pain Tess senses in Forrest at their first meeting shocks her, and she puts aside her artistic aspirations for two months to help him recover.

When Forrest shows Tess's dioramas to his mother, who owns a top Toronto art gallery, she agrees to sell Tess's work but her rules and restrictions stifle Tess's creativity. Giving up the career of her dreams is unthinkable, but losing the freedom and joy she'd always found in her art is unbearable, and Tess can't seem to find a way to have both at once.

    One of Ms. Wardell's favorite reviews for "Go Small or Go Home," on I'd So Rather Be Reading: "Heather Wardell is my favorite new author. She takes the emotion of Anita Shreve, the relationship development of Jodi Picoult, and the romance of Nicholas Sparks, and puts them all together to create books that are impossible to put down." (See more reviews of this book.)

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars! Tess longs to take her hobby of creating miniature scenes and turn it into a fulltime career. However, when she goes for an interview to be Forrest's (a pro-hockey athlete who recently was injured) massage therapist she knows that it's the right decision to take the job. Forrest recently lost his fiancée in a car accident and with this new injury, he is in bad shape both physically and emotionally, and Tess believes she can be the one to help him. During their time together, they become closer and Forrest lets it slip that his mother owns a popular art gallery and he encourages Tess to meet with his mother to start her career. Yet, as things get going Tess comes to realize that doing what she loves professionally comes with more strings attached than she might be willing to deal with. As time goes on Tess' relationship with Forrest becomes extremely close but is he willing commit to a new relationship with her? Is Tess able to deal with her massage position along with putting all her efforts into her dream job? Something has to give but what out of Tess' life is she willing to put the most into, and when she does will it all work out in her favor?

This intensely complex novel reeled me with Tess' candid commentary and then hooked me with her compassion for Forrest which subtly turns into something more. I was pleasantly riveted with this novel and couldn’t be happier about it! Well, in truth, it would have been nice to read it also from Forrest’s POV but that’s the only flaw that I can recall about it. Otherwise, I loved this novel’s plot and flow. It’s steadily paced and the way the plots built themselves on top of one another was sensational.

Together Tess & Forrest are a bit of a heart wrenching pair. They made me want to root for them no matter what, yet because of Forrest past, it doesn’t always seem like it’ll be a happy ending for them. I thoroughly enjoyed their relationship. In addition, with Tess working with Forrest, the reader gets to know more about his teammates and I couldn’t help but enjoy the growing camaraderie they all get into.

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to anyone who likes hockey and/or intense contemporary romances!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : Planning to Live (Book 3) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo (Book 1) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Go Small or Go Home (Book 2) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Planning to Live (Book 3) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Stir Until Thoroughly Confused (Book 4) | Smashwords (e-Book) : A Life That Fits (Book 5) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Live Out Loud (Book 6) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Blank Slate Kate (Book 7) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Finding My Happy Pace (Book 8) | Smashwords (e-Book) : All At Sea (Book 9) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Good to Myself (Book 10) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Pink is a Four-Letter Word (Book 11) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Everybody's Got a Story (Book 12) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Fifty Million Reasons (Book 13) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Plan Overboard (Book 14)


Author's Novel Extras : Go Small or Go Home - Overview & Excerpt | Guide for "Go Small or Go Home" (PDF)

Go, Leafs, Go! (I keep hoping I'll see Forrest Williams but I doubt it. :)
Posted by Heather Wardell on Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Book Teaser(s) :

GO SMALL OR GO HOME by Heather Wardell -- Read my review here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
"Talk to me," I said. "Be the injury and talk to me."
"Excuse me?"
"You heard me. What's your name?"
"You've forgotten my name?"
"Not your name." I laid my hand gently across his right inner thigh. "Its name."
He studied me. "You're serious."
"Totally."
"A million sane massage therapists in the world and I get you."
"I know, aren't you lucky?" I said, and he laughed. Unwillingly, but still a laugh. I smiled at him. ~ within Chapter 3
"How's he doing?" Jen said as I sat down.
"Fine. Gave him a hand rub and he's good to go."
Jen's mouth dropped almost to her knees.
"What?"
"Say that again."
"I gave him a hand rub," I said, bewildered. "Massaged both hands."
She grinned. "I heard 'job' instead of 'rub.'"
I laughed. "And then I came marching up and announced it?"
"I was surprised, I admit."
I shook my head. "You're a pervert."
"Moi?" She flashed me an innocent grin. "Here he is. Gee, Tess, he sure looks relaxed. Are you sure you didn't--"
My elbow in her ribs cut off her words but not her giggles. ~ within Chapter 7
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Heather, then please check out her website.

Blog Tour - Feasted On: The Proposal At Siesta Key by Shelley Shepard Gray | Review & 5-Book Giveaway(s)

Today I'm turning my blog over to Shelley Shepard Gray, with a review of her recent release "The Proposal At Siesta Key," which happens to be the SECOND BOOK in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft Series!!

ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAY(s) (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from May 26 - June 12, 2015 | Giveaway ends on June 12, 2015]



- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 288; Library Binding - Pages: 500; Kindle Edition - File Size: 2320 KB; Audiobook - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: May 12, 2015 | Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers : Avon Books : Inspire | Obtained: Litfuse Publicity Group / edelweiss

"The Proposal At Siesta Key" [Amish Brides of Pinecraft Series, Book 2] by Shelley Shepard Gray (aka Shelley Gray)

Author's Book Description : A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.

But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.

Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.

But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael’s time in Pinecraft will be over and he’ll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! Ever since her sister was murdered about twelve years ago, Penny (Pen) has lived a sheltered life a life that has recently been stifling. She is now ready to “spread her wings” so-to-speak and defy her parents’ wishes enough to make her way in the world. As Penny grows into her new life, she meets Michael, an evangelist who tours with his family to speak about the Lord and to share his story of struggle and triumph. During Michael’s time in Pinecraft Penny and he grow close, as close as “friends” could be, but once Michael’s time comes to an end will they be able to take their budding relationship and turn it into something more? Or is just being friends all they’ll be able to agree too?

I LOVED how this novel embellished on Beverly & Eric’s story from “The Promise of Palm Grove” (Book 1) while still centering on Penny & Michael’s romance. I really enjoyed seeing where the previous characters’ lives were going while getting to read about a new mix of characters too! Penny & Michael are an uplifting because of how their relationship naturally grew from how they meet, to their “working relationship,” to them falling for one another. Especially with how they help each other come to terms with the “cards they were dealt with” and inspire to make new experiences for themselves so they won’t have any regrets in their futures. It was just so sweet I could not get enough. Yet, I hate to say it, it was also so sweet that I kept waiting for another “shoe to drop” because of how nicely everything does wrap up for them. Thankfully, though, it doesn’t and I got to be swept away in their enchanting tale.

The epilogue also has a nice build up for the following novel in this series, which will be interesting to see as to where it’ll lead us next. While keeping the readers happy (me especially) as it gives you a better wrap up on Michael & Penny’s romance then I felt “The Promise of Palm Grove” (Book 1) did with Leona & Zack in that “where are they now” kind of way.

I HIGHLY recommend this series and this novel to those looking for a sweet Christian/Amish romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : The Promise of Palm Grove (Book 1) | IndieBound (Paperback) : The Proposal At Siesta Key (Book 2) | IndieBound (MP3 CD) : The Promise of Palm Grove (Book 1) | IndieBound (MP3 CD) : The Proposal At Siesta Key (Book 2) | IndieBound (Library Binding, Large Print) : The Promise of Palm Grove (Book 1) | IndieBound (Library Binding, Large Print) : The Proposal At Siesta Key (Book 2) | Kobo (e-Book) : The Promise of Palm Grove (Book 1) | Kobo (e-Book) : The Proposal At Siesta Key (Book 2) | Alibris (Paperback) : The Promise of Palm Grove (Book 1)


My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Hidden | Joyful

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2015

Author's Novel Extras : Pinterest: THE PROPOSAL AT SIESTA KEY | The Proposal At Siesta Key - Overview

Author's Series Extras : Pinterest: THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE | The Promise of Palm Grove - Overview | Introducing the Bride Blog | Bride Blog: Perfect Proposals | A Visit to NYC | Bride Blog: Engagements

Book Teaser(s) :

THE PROPOSAL AT SIESTA KEY by Shelley Shepard Gray -- MY REVIEW WILL BE POSTED ON MAY 27TH IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LITFUSE PUBLICITY GROUP'S BLOG TOUR.
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Sunday, May 24, 2015
"Tricia, don't be a worrywart," he said in a breezy way, which was strangely appealing. "I'm feeling much better. And since you're neither my nurse nor my mother, I have no concerns about where you think I am supposed to be."
"You know, it's no wonder you speak on stage," she said sarcastically. "You certainly like to make your point."
He grinned. "Loud and clear." ~ within Chapter 21

THE PROPOSAL AT SIESTA KEY by Shelley Shepard Gray -- MY REVIEW WILL BE POSTED ON MAY 27TH IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LITFUSE PUBLICITY GROUP'S BLOG TOUR.
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Sunday, May 24, 2015
"I liked her description of you the best, Bev," he said as he spooned up a bite of chocolate chip.
"Oh? How did she describe me?"
His lips twitched. "As a 'green-eyed goddess of the kitchen.'" ~ within Chapter 25
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Shelley, then please check out her website.



About the Author :

I grew up in Houston, Texas, went to Colorado for college, and after living in Arizona, Dallas, and Denver, we moved to southern Ohio about ten years ago.

I’ve always thought of myself as a very hard worker, but not ‘great’ at anything. I’ve obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree...but I never was a gifted student. I took years of ballet and dance, but I never was anywhere near the star of any recital. I love to cook, but I’m certainly not close to being gourmet…and finally I love to write books, but I’ve certainly read far better authors.

Maybe you are a little bit like me. I’ve been married for almost twenty years and have raised two kids. I try to exercise but really should put on my tennis shoes a whole lot more. I’m not a great housekeeper, I hate to drive in the snow, and I don’t think I’ve ever won a Monopoly game. However, I am the best wife and mother I know how to be.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that in God’s eyes that is okay? That from His point of view, we are all exceptional? I treasure that knowledge and am always so thankful for my faith. His faith in me makes me stand a little straighter, smile a little bit more, and be so very grateful for every gift He’s given me.

I started writing about the Amish because their way of life appealed to me. I wanted to write stories about regular. likeable people in extraordinary situations-and who just happened to be Amish.

Getting the opportunity to write Inspirational novels is truly gratifying. With every book, I feel my faith grows stronger. And that makes me feel very special indeed.




Giveaway(s)!! :

Don't miss Shelley Shepard Gray's newest series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft, and the second book in the series "The Proposal At Siesta Key!" “Shelley Shepard Gray brings readers into the Amish world with style and grace,” says Romantic Times Bookclub. Penny’s time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?

Enter to win a copy of The Proposal at Siesta Key—five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced June 15 on Shelley's blog!

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ALSO -- Be sure to check out Litfuse's other Blog Tour Reviews for this novel!!



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Monday, May 25, 2015

Made the Grade: The Cinderella Body Club Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 4403 KB | Expected Release Date: March 23, 2015 | Publisher: Books to Go Now | Obtained: NetGalley

"Cinderella Had it Easy" [The Cinderella Body Club Series, Book 1] by Jennifer Conner

Authors' Book Description : Story one from the a new romance series of the timeless Cinderella story re imagined where four girlfriends make a wish on a locket. They all wish they were beautiful, and look like the girls they've always wanted to be. The belle of the ball.

Cami works in the basement of a television station which airs history documentaries. With scars on her face that she acquired in a car accident as a child, Cami finds it easier to be by herself. She gets into a heated debate with the handsome new host of the show she’ll be working on. Is Lance the knight in shining armor who can drag Cami out of her safe zone? With no carriage and no helpful mice, she has to rely on the magic from her grandmother’s locket.

Cami only has 24 hours in her Cinderella body, what will she do with it? Will she keep hiding or can she learn how to live life?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. Camille (Cami) is a fact checker for a history TV station who deals with old scars inside and out. On her usual girls night she tells her friends about her Grandmother's "magical" locket that for 24 hours it'll turn the wisher into the person they most wanted to be. Therefore, all four girls wish on the locket .... and their wishes come true. During Cami's 24 hours she meets the new host of the show she is working on, Lance. They have a magical night together, but once the 24 hours are over will Lance still like Cami for who she is with scars and all?

This was a very sweet slightly erotic quick read. I really liked it. I just wish the characters relationship could have been embellished a bit more so I could have enjoyed it better. Otherwise, I thought that Cami and Lance seemed to be a good matchup. In addition, I was happy with the slight twist about what the "magical" locket really did, as it made the ending even more entertaining!

I recommend this novel to those looking for a flirty quick-read romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here :

Author's Novel Extras : New Release Drawing for Cinderella Had it Easy | Cinderella Had it Easy is # 6 on Amazon! | Magical lockets - magical moments - magical love across the generations. | Join me for the 4th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

Book Teaser(s) :
"Prince Charming...where are you? Come out, come out, wherever you are." ~ within Chapter 1
"You're the guy I've only wished for in private fantasies."
"Really?" He grinned at her. "Be careful, my ego will burst." ~ within Chapter 5
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Jennifer, then please check out her website.

Disappointmentville: The Lone Stars Series, Book 1

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 506 KB | Release Date: October 16, 2013 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon.com

"Perfect Summer" [The Lone Stars Series, Book 1] by Katie Graykowski

Author's Book Description : High school teacher Summer Ames is trapped in the nightmare morning from hell. Her alarm clock didn’t go off, she accidentally backed over the rosebush her grandfather gave her grandmother right before he accepted defeat against prostate cancer, she’s wearing clothes she picked up off the floor, and when she opens the door to her classroom, the lights from the TV cameras nearly blind her. She's won Teacher of the Year. But unlike the past winners, she doesn't get a new car or a Hawaiian vacation or even new school supplies, she wins an over privileged quarterback with a bright smile and questionable intentions.

Clint Grayson is an NFL quarterback in need of a reputation makeover. If he has any hope of landing a hundred million dollar endorsement deal, it will take some pretty impressive PR to clean up his bad boy image. In an attempt to polish his tarnished reputation, Clint agrees to be a high school class mentor.

When these two get together all hell breaks loose and they both learn that all is fair in love and football…and winning is just the beginning.

My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. Summerville (Summer) has finally won Teacher of the Year, but instead of earning a new car or a wonderful trip she gets Clint--The Lone Star's Quarterback--as her new class mentor. YAY! Not. However, soon she'll realize that Clint coming into her life is only for the better if she can only get over her insecurities and embrace her unexpected future...

In truth, though I was surprised by the double plot romances (one with Summer and the other with her mother) I really liked how this novel began. It was steady passed and the playful banter between all the characters was very entertaining. However, around 57% of the way through this novel seemed to start dragging and the characters behavior started becoming a little ridiculous especially with all of their insecurities coming out of the woodwork. While I liked the pairings of Summer with Clint and Summer's mother Lillian (Lilly) with Davis (a man who loves her and is thirteen years younger than her), it was only curiosity in finding out the results of those relationships and because I really liked Summer & Davis's characters that had me pushing through to finish this novel.

Overall, I thought it was cute but I was hoping for more. Therefore, I recommend it to those who are fans of Ms. Graykowski or a light-hearted romance.

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here :

Author's Novel Extras :
I served Perfect Summer's cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast! Who wants the recipe?
Posted by Katie Graykowski on Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Perfect Summer's Cinnamon RollsIngredients:3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)1 cup milk3/4 cup sugar1 teaspoon...
Posted by Katie Graykowski on Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Author's Series Extras :
Here's an UN-edited copy of the first chapter of The Debra Dilemma. It's the next book in The Lone Stars. Tell me what...
Posted by Katie Graykowski on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Book Teaser(s) :
Chopin's Funeral March droned on her iPhone. Her mother's ringtone. Summer didn't reach for the phone. Her latest strategy in mother-daughter relations was to avoid Lillian Summerville Ames like she avoided self-mutilation, handling uranium, and reality TV. It was all about choices. And she was choosing to be an orphan. ~ within Chapter 1

PERFECT SUMMER by Katie Graykowski -- Read my review here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2015/05/disappointmentville-lone-stars-series.html #contemporaryromance #romance #teasers #meme #books
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Monday, May 25, 2015

PERFECT SUMMER by Katie Graykowski -- Read my review here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2015/05/disappointmentville-lone-stars-series.html #contemporaryromance #romance #teasers #meme #books
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Monday, May 25, 2015
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Katie, then please check out her website.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Second Sentence Saturday: Dragon Her Feet


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
  • 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 :

"Dragon Her Feet" [Stratton Series, Book 2] by Celia Kyle (aka Lauren Creed) & Mina Carter

Correction, it'd gone south faster than a hooker giving a blowjob.



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT to share either the link to your own SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY post or share the sentence in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thank You!

Spreading the Word: Seven Brides for Seven Shifters Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 692 KB | Expected Release Date: June 23, 2015 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing | Obtained: NetGalley

"There's Something About Werewolves" [Seven Brides for Seven Shifters Series, Book 1] by Thalia Eames

Authors' Book Description : Their second chance ignites with a bite.

Lennox Averdeen’s top three worst fears:

1. Anything remotely canine.

2. Finding out she has a secret baby.

3. Running into Garrett Anderson. Former best friend. Heartbreaker.

She pulls a trifecta when she realizes the stray canine and the tween kid hanging around her house are not only one and the same, he’s Garrett’s wolf shifter son.

When Garrett tracks down his runaway son and sees Lennox again, the widowed father’s heart begins to struggle against his self-imposed chains. Plus, just coming into town pits him against the local Alpha, and everything he hates about pack life. The death, the heartache.

Despite her fears, Lennox becomes the boy’s mother in all but DNA. But Garrett? He can hula-hoop with the nine rings of hell. Except the heat of attraction has never died, and there’s only one way to slake their sexual thirst. Make a smoking-hot deal, agree to part as friends…and try to ignore the sound of Fate howling with laughter.

Warning: This book will stop your heart with barks of laughter, breathless drama, dueling heroes, and sizzling sex. Hey, if you can’t beat ’em, howl with ’em.

My Book Review : DNF. Maybe my expectations for this novel were too high. I’m not exactly sure where it went wrong but I by 45% of the way through I had to stop reading it, as I couldn’t put up with it anymore.

While I believe that Garrett and Lennox’s connection is undeniable and I feel like they might be mates, I’m not sure if such a thing as “true mates” are a part of this series, as the mate topic was never discussed within the parts that I read. However, how Garrett could fall in love and marry someone other than Lennox (as they were as thick as thieves at that time) if they were mates baffles me. Though Garrett says he loves his wife (who has now passed away) and believes she was his mate, enough to feel he should never marry again. Basically, I think he's a bit of an idiot not to realize who Lennox is to him. At times Lennox and Garrett’s struggle over their feelings seemed never ending, which was what annoyed me the most.

However, her Grandmother’s antics didn’t help either. I mean the thing about the money, COME ON! That just made me upset and forced me to realize the ridiculousness of situation Lennox got herself into.

Overall, I found it humorous and thought it has potential but I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. I did like the idea of Lennox & Garrett together and Garrett’s son Nox. I hope if you try to read it, you’ll enjoy it more then I did.

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here :

Author's Novel Extras : There's Something About Werewolves Release Party

Book Teaser(s) :

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT WEREWOLVES by Thalia Eames -- REVIEW TO COME ON May 23, 2015 -- http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Wednesday, April 15, 2015
"If you wanted to stay here, you should've told me, Grandma."
Gran pursed her lips. "Don't say grandma like it's a curse word. You're the one acting crazy and erratic." She punctuated each word with a stab of her umbrella.
"Losing all your money, getting a concussion, and having to deal with..." Lennox gestured at Garrett and gasped, "...with that would make anyone crazy."
"I'm not a that," Garrett intoned. ~ within Chapter 9
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Thalia, then please check out her website.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Idolizing In: Corrigan Falls Raiders Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 1108 KB | Expected Release Date: May 19, 2015 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Teen : Crush | Obtained: NetGalley

"Center Ice" [Corrigan Falls Raiders Series, Book 1] by Cate Cameron

Authors' Book Description : This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, underage drinking, sexual situations, and crazy squirrels. It may cause you to become a fan of hockey—or at least hot hockey players.

The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler.

Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey—except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! This novel reels you in with crazy squirrels than hooks you with a romance that is intensely sweet. When Tyler and Karen meet, their lives are stacked against them. As their relationship grows, they decide what they really want for themselves and what they are willing to do to help accomplish their goals.

I was riveted by this dramatic YA novel. Karen’s life is in turmoil; she just lost her mother in a car accident and is now living with her father’s “perfect” family. Never meeting her father prior to the accident, she doesn’t know how to cope other than with her daily running. While running she meets Tyler and they quickly go from “friends” into a relationship that seems to help them both. Yet, Tyler’s life isn’t much better than Karen’s is. He’s a hockey player with a good chance to make it into the NHL after this final year, but with a father and agent demanding everything and more from him, the pressure is getting to be too much to handle. Both (with the help of Karen’s “new” family) find that being together makes them stronger and better to equipped to handle whatever/whoever comes their way.

I loved Tyler and Karen’s banter. They were a playful fun couple that were fun to read! I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for an intense YA contemporary romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Kobo (e-Book) : Center Ice (Book 1)


Author's Novel Extras : Another cover! | Oooh! A pretty! | Things Are Heating Up on the Ice…and Off the Ice | #1 Best Seller!

Book Teaser(s) :
"The kids don't have allergies, so it wouldn't be in theirs."
"Of course no allergies," I agreed. That would be a flaw, and imperfections were not allowed in this household. I was tempted to find a way to expose them to angry squirrels just to test the theory, but it seemed like a pretty complicated plan would be required.
I followed Will out to the bottom of the staircase and waited for him there. I'd never been upstairs in this house. I mean, I'd only lived there for about a week, so it wasn't a huge deal. My bedroom and a small bathroom were in the basement, food and the doors to outside were on the main floor...that was all I needed. And absolutely all I wanted. These people were strangers, and there was no need for me to see their bedrooms. Not unless I was putting squirrels between their sheets. ~ within Chapter 1 - titled 'Karen'

CENTER ICE by Cate Cameron -- Read my review here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2015/05/idolizing-in-corrigan-falls-raiders.html #TEASERS #contemporaryromance #romance #YA #NAromance #contemporary
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Thursday, May 21, 2015

CENTER ICE by Cate Cameron -- Read my review here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2015/05/idolizing-in-corrigan-falls-raiders.html #TEASERS #contemporaryromance #romance #YA #NAromance #contemporary
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Thursday, May 21, 2015
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Cate, then please check out her website.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Idolizing In: Mystic Harbor Series, Book 4

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 950 KB | Release Date: April 20, 2015 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon.com

"His Lion Blood" [Mystic Harbor Series, Book 4] by Scarlett Grove

Author's Book Description : When curvy hafling vampire, Isabella Amador, saunters into mountain lion shifter Ashton Harding's tattoo shop, he can't get enough of her sexy scent. Unfortunately, there's a taboo against fraternizing with vampires, making Isabella strictly off limits.

Isabella Amador is the half-human daughter of the High Lord of the Cascade vampire coven, and she's been avoiding her father for twenty years. Preferring to spend her time shopping in Europe to dealing with coven politics, Isabella is surprised her father has taken an interest in her. He's far too interested, in Isabella's opinion, when he decides to force Isabella into an arranged marriage.

Compelled by his inner lion and a growing sense of justice, Ashton is there to help her. Will they find a way to keep Isabella safe while resisting their urge to share blood, and be bonded forever, or will they break the taboo, putting them both in mortal danger?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! In Mystic Harbor Vampires and Shifters are known enemies and it is forbidden for them to mate. However, once half-vampire Isabella and mountain lion shifter Ashton meet they find their connection undeniable and uncontrollable. Will they control the uncontrollable or will they embrace the unknown?

I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced paranormal romance!! As this is the first novel I've read in this series, I found it involved enough to get a good grasp on the town while being completely standalone enough that you can enjoy it all by itself too. Ashton & Isabella's instant romance is enthralling in its intensity! They have such an instant attraction and connection (which is typical for the mate romances) that I couldn't help but like. Fun, thrilling, erotic this has it all!

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for a unique paranormal romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here :

Author's Novel Extras : His Lion Blood - Overview

Author's Series Extras : Mystic Harbor Series - Overview | Unbearably Stranded - Overview | Her Two Alphas - Overview | Cat Scratch Fever - Overview

Book Teaser(s) :
She followed him into the dusty cabin. Everything was still there. Ronan had left the place tidy and livable for the most part. The months of vacancy had left their mark in half an inch of dust over everything.
She looked around and sighed. “I’ve slept in worse places. There was the year I slept buried underground in a coffin,” she said, waving her hand to the side.
“You slept in a coffin, underground, for a year?” he asked her in disbelief.
“I was depressed,” she said, moving into the small space. ~ within Chapter 12
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Scarlett, then please check out her website.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Made the Grade: This Old House Series, Book 4

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 896 KB | Expected Release Date: April 26, 2015 | Publisher: Tule Publishing : Montana Born Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"Cinderella’s Cowboy" [This Old House Series, Book 4] by Roxanne Snopek (aka R. G. Willems & Roxanne Willems Snopek)

Authors' Book Description : Could this fantasy be real?

Chad Anders doesn’t know why mousy Cynthia Henley trips all over her tongue when she’s around him. Nor does he understand his undeniable attraction to this good girl. Wild and sexy is his type, like the dream-girl he caught a glimpse of years earlier he’s never forgotten.

Cynthia’s superpower is invisibility, especially with men. It’s better for everyone that way. Besides, she’s got a cat. She’s okay. But when playboy-rancher Chad hires her, she’s got a chance to shine. Professionally, at least. Until she learns of his fascination with a mysterious dream-girl, who was actually nothing more than a shy teenager on an ill-advised dare all those years ago. Cynthia knows she’s no man’s dream-girl and never will be.

But there’s magic at the ball. Princesses glow in the starlight, princes appear out of nowhere, and, sometimes, they look a lot like cowboys…

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! This was a creative backwards take on the Cinderella story. Because while Cynthia (Cindy/Cinderella) might feel over looked in her family she loves her stepmother, her father (who's still alive), and her gorgeous twin stepsisters. However, she wants to finally make it on her own without the financial help from her stepmother, as her help includes a clause that her sisters need to “work” with her too. To have her own company she needs to have a successful event for Chad’s new organization Building Tomorrow. Yet as Cynthia gets everything just right for the event, she gets closer to Chad and learns that he might be the one to bring light into her life, while Chad learns that his mystery woman might have been under his nose all along…

Very sweet and entertaining. Especially interesting how the characters nicknamed her Cinderella she isn’t much of one, it’s more about girl power and Cynthia accepting the hand that fate dealt her and making the most of it all. With a kitty, instead of a shoe, to bring Cynthia & Chad together I was charmed. I liked how their relationship subtly grew and how Chad’s ten-year mystery was revealed.

I recommend this novel to those looking for a sweet contemporary romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Kobo (e-Book) : Finding Home (Book 1) | Kobo (e-Book) : Cinderella's Cowboy (Book 4)


My Previous Interview(s) with this Author : October 2012

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Three River Ranch

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Giveaway Winner of Three River Ranch by Roxanne Snopek

Author's Novel Extras : Cinderella's Cowboy Launches


Book Teaser(s) :

CINDERELLA'S COWBOY by Roxanne Snopek Author -- Read my review here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Roxanne, then please check out her website.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Made the Grade: Silver Creek Series, Novella 3 / Book 3.5

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 692 KB | Expected Release Date: November 18, 2014 | Publisher: Penguin Books : Berkley : InterMix | Obtained: NetGalley

"Unwrapped" [Silver Creek Series, Novella 3 / Book 3.5] by Maisey Yates

Author's Book Description : (Sarah's Book)

In USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates’s latest Silver Creek Romance, a naughty Christmas wish turns into something so much more...

Kindergarten teacher Sarah Larsen has spent her whole life being the good girl. But now, she’s ready to do something bad. So wearing the shortest, tightest black dress she owns, she marches over to the nearest bar to fulfill her Christmas fantasy: a wild night with a total stranger.

Walker Callahan moved to Silver Creek to start fresh. He doesn’t want to bring his baggage into a relationship, so an evening of fun with the sexiest welcoming committee ever is just what he needs.

They were both in it for one night with no strings attached.. But when Sarah discovers that Walker is the father of her new student, things turn deliciously complicated. Can the cold winter nights thaw two frozen hearts?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. Sarah has been living a shadow of her own life. Now that her domineering Grandmother has passed away, she plans to live life to the fullest. Her first step is to pick up a guy at the bar and have sex for the first time. However, after it's all said and done with one handsome stranger named Walker; she finds that he won't be much of a stranger after all. Will they be able to deal with the close proximity or give into temptation ... in more ways than one?

Even though I knew this was a novella prior to reading it I felt that the plot just doesn't flow right. At times the plot felt too rushed while at other times too slow, which made it difficult for me to really enjoy. But what held me to sticking with this novella and liking, as much as I did was Sarah. She was fearless this whole story through, especially when it came to finding out what life has in store for her and to not let another moment slip by. In addition, I liked how forthright she was about her love for Walker and Kayla. Sarah shows that even if she's being turned down she can own her love for them no matter the cost.

I only recommend this novella to those who are fans of this series and/or Ms. Yates.

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : Unbroken (Book 3) | Kobo (e-Book) : Unbuttoned (Novella 1) | Kobo (e-Book) : Unexpected (Book 1) | Kobo (e-Book) : Untouched (Book 2) | Kobo (e-Book) : Rekindled (Novella 2) | Kobo (e-Book) : Unbroken (Book 3) | Kobo (e-Book) : Unwrapped (Novella 3) | Alibris (Paperback) : Unbroken (Book 3)


My Previous Review(s) for this Author : An Accidental Birthright | Heir to a Desert Legacy | His Ring Is Not Enough | Hajar's Hidden Legacy

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013 | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2014 | Teaser Tuesdays: Hajar's Hidden Legacy

Author's Novel Extras : Unwrapped - Overview & Excerpt

Author's Series Extras : Silver Creek Series - Overview | Unbuttoned - Overview & Excerpt | Unexpected - Overview & Excerpt | Untouched - Overview & Excerpt | Rekindled - Overview & Excerpt | Unbroken - Overview & Excerpt | Silver Creek! | With Apologies…ALL THE BOOKS

Book Teaser(s) :

UNWRAPPED by Maisey Yates, Romance Author -- Read my review here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2015/05/made-grade-silver-creek-series-novella.html #teaser #meme #contemporaryromance #books #romance
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Monday, May 18, 2015
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Maisey, then please check out her website.
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