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Monday, April 28, 2014

Idolizing In: Unmasking Juliet by Teri Wilson

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 368; Kindle Edition - File Size: 483 KB | Expected Release Date: May 27, 2014 | Publisher: Harlequin : HQN Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"Unmasking Juliet" by Teri Wilson

Author's Book Description : Ever since she was a little girl learning to make decadent truffles in her family's chocolate shop, Juliet Arabella has been aware of the bitter feud between the Arabellas and the Mezzanottes. With their rival chocolate boutiques on the same street in Napa Valley, these families never mix. Until one night, when Juliet anonymously attends the annual masquerade ball. In a moonlit vineyard, she finds herself falling for a gorgeous stranger, a man who reminds her what passion is like outside of the kitchen. But her bliss is short-lived when she discovers her masked prince is actually Leo Mezzanotte, newly returned from Paris and the heir to her archenemy's confection dynasty.

With her mind in a whirl, Juliet leaves for Italy to represent the Arabellas in a prestigious chocolate competition. The prize money will help her family's struggling business, and Juliet figures it's a perfect opportunity to forget Leo…only to find him already there and gunning for victory. As they compete head-to-head, Leo and Juliet's fervent attraction boils over. But Juliet's not sure whether to trust her adversary, or give up on the sweetest love she's ever tasted...

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars! Based off of a classic play this novel has turned into a classic for me! However, instead of being a tragedy like its predecessor it's an entertaining romantic contemporary comedy that allows you to root for Leo & Juliet while throwing you into the middle of a generational chocolate war. Together they overcome their own fears along with the rulings of their families to embrace the future they are yearning for.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who's fans of Ms. Wilson, who are fans of Romeo & Juliet, and/or who like contemporary romances!!


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Leo narrowed his gaze at Cocoa. "Is it my imagination, or does your dog bark every time she hears my last name?"
Juliet's cheeks flushed a stirring shade of pink. "Maybe."
Leo refused to believe it. There were already more than enough opinions about this heated flirtation he and Juliet had going on without adding her dog's into the mix.
He looked at Cocoa again. She'd slumped to her belly, and was resting calmly with her head on her shaggy, outstretched legs at Juliet's feet.
The only way to know for certain was to put his theory to the test. "Mezzanotte."
Cocoa's head popped up. Woof.
Leo slid his gaze to Juliet. Her flush intensified.
"Arabella," he said, doing his best to ignore the musical way the word rolled off his tongue.
Cocoa simply yawned.
"Butter."
Nothing. No reaction at all.
"Cream."
Still more silence.
"Mezzanotte."
Woof.
Leo shook his head. "Well, I'll be damned." ~ within Chapter 6
Quicker than she would have imagined, he was level with her balcony. His lips curved into a cocky smirk. "Hello there, Juliet."
God, he wasn't even out of breath. If she'd attempted such a feat, she no doubt would have ended up with a nice collection of broken bones. Of course, he wasn't actually on the balcony yet. He was still hanging on to the trellis.
"What now, Spider-Man?" she asked dryly. ~ within Chapter 20
For more information on this book and/or any other books/articles by Teri, then please check out her website.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Disappointmentville: Fool's Gold Series, Book 15.5

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition - File Size: 563 KB; Audible – Unabridged; Audio CD - Audiobook | Expected Release Date: October 28, 2014 | Publisher: Harlequin : HQN Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"Yours for Christmas" [Fool's Gold Series, Book 15.5] by Susan Mallery

Author's Book Description : Step out of the winter chill and into the warmth of Fool's Gold, California, the charming small-town setting for a new holiday novella from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery

Famous former NFL stars don't date single working moms like Bailey Voss. She'll allow herself to daydream about Kenny Scott's muscles and killer smile, but wanting more would lead to post-holiday regret. Then Kenny volunteers to run a toy drive with Bailey, and she learns that he's not just hot...he's also generous, funny, nice. The whole package—tantalizingly out of reach.

The ache of past loss reminds Kenny why he needs to avoid getting too close to anyone. Especially to a gorgeous redhead and her adorable little girl. Mess it up, and he'd lose them both. Yet Kenny can only resist Bailey for so long. And as festive spirit spreads throughout the town, he's all wrapped up in Bailey's sweet, sexy kisses and determined to make this the first of many Christmases together...

My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. Over the holiday season, Kenny (an ex-pro football player) and Bailey (a widowed mother) are thrown together because Mayor Marsha needs them to help the children’s FWM Sprouts with their holiday service project. In doing so, while it opens them up to a unique romance, it also brings up old trust issues from Kenny’s past. Will they be able to overcome their pasts and have a great future or will friends be the closest they’ll be able to get?

While I am a huge fan of Ms. Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Series, this one didn’t capture my interest as greatly as I hoped. However, it kept up with the series’ usual hype with updates from the other characters. In addition, I enjoyed getting to know Bailey, Kenny, and Chloe. They became a sweet family that was intriguing to read about.

Though it wasn’t my favorite novella in this series I did like it and would recommend it to those who are fans of Ms. Mallery looking for a sweet holiday romance.

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

My Previous Guest Post(s) by this Author : The Appeal of Romance - June 2012

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Book 4 | Book 5 | Book 6 | E-novella 2 / Book 6.1 | Book 7 | Book 8 | Book 9 | Book 12

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Tempting | Accidentally Yours | Falling For Gracie | Having Her Boss's Baby | Barefoot Season

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : The Monday Update [September 13, 2010] | End of the year 2010 Update | Teaser Tuesdays: Only Yours | When & Where Are You? Thursdays: Only Us: A Fool’s Gold Holiday | When & Where Are You? Thursdays: Only Us: A Fool’s Gold Holiday | Winter Themed Books To Warm You Up During the 2011 Holiday Season | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2012 | "Waiting On" Wednesday: Summer Days | Teaser Tuesdays: Barefoot Season | "Waiting On" Wednesday: All Summer Long | BBAW 2012 :: What does book blogging mean to you? | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013 | Second Sentence Saturday: Three Little Words


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Author's Series Extras : Fool's Gold Magazines | About Fool's Gold | Fool's Gold News | Meet the main characters from the Fool's Gold Series


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"I hate all this stupid happiness," Taryn muttered.
Bailey grinned. "You need to get over that. Happiness is part of the tradition. It's good for you."
"No, it's not. Worse, I'm fighting hormones. I cried over a commercial last night. It was horrifying."
"There's so much more to come."
Bailey knew that Taryn was holding off on telling people about her pregnancy and couldn't wait for the news to come out.
"The toy thing was good," Taryn admitted. "Needy kids and all that." ~ within Chapter 11

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Made the Grade: Fool's Gold Series, Book 12

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Hardcover - Pages: 447; Paperback - Pages: 336; Kindle Edition - File Size: 790 KB; Audible - Unabridged; Audio CD - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: August 1, 2013 | Publisher: Harlequin : HQN Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"Three Little Words" [Fool's Gold Series, Book 12] by Susan Mallery

Author's Book Description : Can first love turn into the real deal?

Isabel Beebe thinks she’s cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another…man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she’ll pursue her real dreams. At least, that’s the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again….

Seeing Isabel all grown up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can’t take his eyes—or his lips—off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool’s Gold forever—if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same….

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! The Hendrix family is back in action in this riveting contemporary romance! Ms. Mallery does it again! From getting updates from past characters in Fool's Gold to learning about new characters moving into town, this quirky romance brings love into the lives of the last two brothers in Fool's Gold's Hendrix family, Ford & Kent. Both brothers are complete opposites and so are their love interests.

The main couple is Ford, an ex-Navy Seal who is now part owner in a new security firm in Fool's Gold, and Isabel, a woman who use to have a major crush on Ford when she was a teenager. After Ford's engagement to Isabel's older sister ended years ago and he joined the Navy Isabel wrote to him from when she's between the ages of 14 to 24, at first in hopes it was that he'll return her feelings and then over the years the letters turn into diary entries of sorts because Ford never once responds to them. What Isabel doesn't realize is that Ford has memorized those letters over the years and while he never responded to any of them, they have helped him heal over the years giving him hope. So when they both move back to town, about 14 years after Ford left Fool's Gold, Isabel is roped into a "fake" relationship because Ford doesn't want to deal with his mother's relationship schemes. But as their relationship continues and turns into something more, they have to find out if what they share is really true love or just a really good friendship (with benefits) to pass the time.

The secondary couple is Kent, a single dad and a high school math teacher, and Consuelo, an ex-special forces military personnel who is now part owner in the new security firm with Ford. They meet because Kent's son Reese is taking a martial arts class where Consuelo is his teacher. They both have an instant attraction but because of their past backgrounds, they are unsure as to how to start a relationship between them. It makes for a lot of false starts before they agree to begin something with one another, and even that is hard for them both to get into at first but once they stop letting their pasts dictate their futures everything comes together for them.

It’s hard to choose which couple I liked best as they both had their good points and annoyances at times, yet they were all wonderful characters and I really enjoyed whom they all ended up with! From the very beginning, it is easy for the readers to tell where Ford and Isabel’s storyline was going. Yet, because of how charismatic and quirky the couple is together, I was very intrigued by their HEA. While Kent and Consuelo appear to be opposites in every way, I was endeared from the beginning by their vulnerabilities that they have when it comes to building a relationship with one another. In addition, I appreciated how Kent didn’t give up easily when it came to keeping his relationship going with her and how determined he was to be the man for Consuelo no matter the cost. Everyone hooked me from the start and I’m so happy I read this novel!

The only flaw that I found in this novel was how the ending completed both their HEAs but left me feeling like there should be more, like an epilogue or something. Nevertheless, I DO recommend this novel to those who are fans of this series (like me) and/or to those looking for a charming contemporary romance (as you don’t need to have read the series to get into this novel)!

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

My Previous Guest Post(s) by this Author : The Appeal of Romance - June 2012

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Book 4 | Book 5 | Book 6 | E-novella 2 | Book 7 | Book 8 | Book 9

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Tempting | Accidentally Yours | Falling For Gracie | Having Her Boss's Baby | Barefoot Season

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : The Monday Update [September 13, 2010] | End of the year 2010 Update | Teaser Tuesdays: Only Yours | When & Where Are You? Thursdays: Only Us: A Fool’s Gold Holiday | When & Where Are You? Thursdays: Only Us: A Fool’s Gold Holiday | Winter Themed Books To Warm You Up During the 2011 Holiday Season | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2012 | "Waiting On" Wednesday: Summer Days | Teaser Tuesdays: Barefoot Season | "Waiting On" Wednesday: All Summer Long | BBAW 2012 :: What does book blogging mean to you? | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013


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THREE LITTLE WORDS by Susan Mallery -- Read my #bookreview here:...

Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Monday, March 21, 2016
She held out her hand. Kent didn't want to take it in his. Oh, he wanted to, but he was terrified about what would happen. He thought he could either grab her and try to kiss her or actually ejaculate in his pants. Neither scenario had a positive outcome. ~ within Chapter 3

THREE LITTLE WORDS by Susan Mallery -- Read my #bookreview here:...

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"Friends don't let friends get mauled by their families." ~ within Chapter 5

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Feasted On: The Original Heartbreakers Series, Book 0.5

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 528 KB | Release Date: March 1, 2015 | Publisher: Harlequin : HQN Books | Obtained: Amazon.com

"The One You Want" [The Original Heartbreakers Series, Book 0.5] by Gena Showalter

Author's Book Description : Kenna Starr will do anything to overcome her bad-girl past in Gena Showalter's "The One You Want." Dane Michaelson is rich, sexy and plays hard, exactly the kind of guy she needs to avoid, but he's used to getting what he wants, and he wants her.

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Childhood acquaintances, because of their parents’ longtime affair, Dane & Kenna (Freckles) find that they have a stronger connection to one another then they would have expected once they meet again years later. However, will their budding relationship be able to withstand small town gossip, their parents’ remarks, and the distance that is already between them?

As I was already, a fan of Ms. Showalter before I read this novella it was hard not to enjoy it. So, I wasn't surprised that Dane, Kenna, and their story quickly enraptured me. It was erotically sweet and had a great buildup for its upcoming series. In addition, Kenna's fun/silly bucket list that Dane tried to assist with made this novella even more enjoyable to read!

Even though it wasn't a "main plot point," the only part where I feel this novella is left a bit hanging about Dane’s mother as I think there should be another interaction with her because of everything she did to knock Kenna down a peg. As she went out of her way to hurt Kenna's financial stability and other then having it being noted there wasn't much else done about it in the novella, which felt a bit wrong.

Nevertheless, I recommend this novella and series to those who like contemporary romances! I cannot wait to see where this series will take us next!

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My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Pleasure Slave | Catch A Mate | Playing With Fire | The Nymph King | Heart of Darkness : The Darkest Angel | The Stone Prince | Twice as Hot | Unraveled | Lord of the Vampires | Temptation in Shadows

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Spreading the Word: The Bodyguard | July 2010 - Contest Winner! | Contest Craze: Mini Challenge - Zombie Survival | Blog Tour - Tall, Dark, and Divine by Jenna Bennett | Interview & Giveaway | Teaser Tuesdays: Twice as Hot | The Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2014 | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2015

Author's Novel Extras : The One You Want - Overview


Author's Series Extras : The Closer You Come - Overview | The Hotter You Burn - Overview | The Harder You Fall - Overview

Book Teaser(s) :
"I'd like a moment of your time," he said.
She opened her mouth, closed it, then took a step away from him. He got the distinct impression she meant to refuse him, which amazed him. Women more often than not did whatever he asked. Of course, they either worked for him, so he was paying them, or they were dating him, so he was screwing them.
"Please," he added, and the word felt foreign on his tongue.
Her shoulders slumped just a little. "Oh, all right."
He almost grinned. Almost. "Your enthusiasm is heartwarming." ~ within Chapter 2
Jessie Kay rolled her eyes. "Go bang the hottie. We'll be fine."
"What does bang mean?" Norrie asked.
"It means to punch him," Kenna said, and told herself it wasn't actually a lie. "But that would be rude, so I'm not going to do it."
"You're so nice, Momma." ~ within Chapter 3
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Gena, then please check out her website.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Idolizing In: The Blue Heron Series, Book 4

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 473; Kindle Edition - File Size: 635 KB; Audiobook - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: September 30, 2014 | Publisher: Harlequin : HQN Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"In Your Dreams" [The Blue Heron Series, Book 4] by Kristan Higgins

Author's Book Description : EVERYONE LOVES JACK HOLLAND, BUT EMMALINE NEAL NEEDS HIM.

Her ex-fiancĂ© is getting married in Malibu and, obviously, she can’t go to the wedding alone. In Manningsport, New York, tall, blond and gorgeous Jack Holland is practically a cottage industry when it comes to rescuing desperate women. He knows the drill, Em figures, so he won’t get the wrong idea.

What Jack needs is an excuse to leave town. Ever since rescuing four teenagers from a car wreck, he’s been hailed as a hero and the attention is making him itchy, especially since his too-pretty ex-wife is back, angling for a reunion. He’s always liked Emmaline. She needs a weekend date? No problem.

So when they wind up in bed together, Em chalks it up to red wine and chocolate cake, just one impulsive night not to be repeated. But Jack’s pushing for more, and if she lets down her guard, either she’ll get her heart crushed again, or discover that Jack’s worth more than just dreaming about.

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! Two people trying to move on from bad exes become friends and a whole lot more, if only they can get over their heartaches.

Witty, fun, and dramatic! This had everything you'd want from a Ms. Higgins' novel and more!! I couldn't get enough of Jack & Emmaline's (Em) developing relationship with them being so sweet together! Plus, reading all of the township's antics and the nonstop banter between everyone was entertaining too!

This novel definitely makes me more intrigued about this series and I can't wait to see where everyone will go next!

I recommend this novel for those who like contemporary dramedy romances!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Alibris : The Best Man | KOBO : The Best Man | Alibris : The Perfect Match | KOBO : The Perfect Match | Alibris : Waiting On You | KOBO : Waiting On You | Alibris : In Your Dreams | KOBO : In Your Dreams


My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Just One of the Guys | The Next Best Thing | All I Ever Wanted | Until There Was You | Somebody to Love

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : "Waiting On" Wednesday: All I Ever Wanted | "Waiting On" Wednesday: Until There Was You | Teaser Tuesdays: Until There Was You | Top 5 Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2011 | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2012 | "Waiting On" Wednesday: Somebody to Love | Disappointmentville: Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos | "Waiting On" Wednesday: The Best Man

Author's Novel Extras : In Your Dreams - Overview & Excerpt | The delights of Nordstrom’s | Sisters & All Their Glory | Everyday Heroes | Family

Author's Series Extras : The Best Man - Overview & Excerpt | The Perfect Match - Overview & Excerpt | Waiting On You - Overview & Excerpt

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"Are you guys playing?"
Emmaline, who hadn't said boo, cleared her throat. "We thought it was volleyball. By the way, Jack and I are pretend engaged."
Connor gave him a look, and Jack shrugged. Colleen clapped her hands. "I told you--you should've just committed to that plan to start with. Come on, Connor. Naomi's summoning me. God, I wish Lucas was here!"
"You're not the only one," Connor said.
"Well, believe me, I didn't want to be here with my grumpy-ass brother---oh, and by the way, Connor, you should've said yes to coming to this with Emmaline, because then you wouldn't be here with your sister as your date." ~ within Chapter 8
"You need a ride, Abs?" he asked.
"No, no, I've got Mom's car. You know what I found in it last week?"
"Do I want to?"
"No, but I feel like someone should share my pain, and you could use a distraction. You ready?" She paused for effect. "A riding crop."
"Please tell me she's taken up horseback riding."
"She has not."
"You're a cruel child, Abby."
She grinned. ~ within Chapter 14
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Kristan, then please check out her website.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Idolizing In: Since You've Been Gone by Anouska Knight

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"Since You've Been Gone" by Anouska Knight

Authors' Book Description : How do you learn to love again?

In one tragic moment, Holly Jefferson's life as she knew it changed forever. Now—to the external world, at least—she's finally getting back on her feet, running her bakery, Cake. But inside, she's still going through the motions befitting a twenty-seven-year-old widow.

Then she meets Ciaran Argyll. His privileged and charmed life feels a million miles from her own. However, there's more to Ciaran than the superficial world that surrounds him, and he, too, is wrestling with his own ghosts. Will Holly find the missing ingredient that allows her to live again—and embrace an unknown and unexpected tomorrow?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!!! WOW ... just, wow. Throughout reading this novel I expected to see it take many different turns, but I never expected to be so enraptured that I'd read through it so quickly and fall in love with it at the same time.

What can I say ....

I was riveted by this moving first person contemporary romance.

I swooned at how Ciaran got to know Holly while proving to her that her love for her husband may not be the only love she has to give. To outsiders they might seem like opposites, but together they force each other to relax and brake out of their comfort zones while enjoying the good things in life.

I could not get enough on this engaging cast of characters! I HIGHLY recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys contemporary romances. Especially ones with a comedic flare while dealing with multiple intense settings and themes.

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Author's Novel Extras : Pre-publication jitters... | Parents’ Evening Curveball | ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ is going Stateside!

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"Holly, what are you wearing, darlin'?" A very sweaty, but dapper-looking Frank had appeared at my side as I'd been thinking of something to say to Mr. Argyll.
"You look beautiful, Hol, ignore him. Frank---shut up, man." Jesse had stopped dancing now, too. Ciaran Argyll hadn't moved. He was just standing there watching me, his approving eyes almost as brown as Jesse's. I looked down at my dress and felt the smile fall from my lips. With a sickening lurch, I realised that I was still wearing my bath towel.
Right on cue, of course, the ice maiden took her place at Ciaran's right arm, just as I started to hyperventilate. "Would you like me to take you to get those waxed?" She smiled sweetly.
A vicious intake of breath and I jolted back to life on my bed. ~ within Chapter 8
The happiness in the room was tangible, as if you could swing a butterfly net around and take some home with you.
Ciaran and I walked through the door and into the corridor together. Today had been a good day. I felt...happy. Full up. I was trying to think of something to say to him when Martha yelled from the other side of the closed door.
"Holly Jefferson! You've got food colouring on my baby!" ~ within Chapter 28
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Anouska, then please check out her website.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Feasted On: The Execution Underground Series, Book 1

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"Twilight Hunter" [The Execution Underground Series, Book 1] by Kait Ballenger

Author's Book Description : Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face-to-face with a stunningly seductive packmaster...and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind-or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both...

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Not what I expected, but well worth the read. This novel brings you into the middle of a crime scene and throws you into an unwanted love affair between two people who seem destined for each other if they can only get over the little fact that they are enemies. Action packed, in more ways then one, "Twilight Hunter" reels you in and doesn't let you go. In addition, with it's intriguing mix of characters it'll be interesting to see where the author will take this series next!

I recommend this novel and series to anyone who enjoys paranormal/fantasy romances!

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Author's Novel Extras : Twilight Hunter - Overview | "THE CALL" Blog Hop: Part 1 | "THE CALL" Blog Hop: Part 2 | ARCs of Twilight Hunter Arrived! | RT Review of Twilight Hunter! | They’re here! They’re here!

Author's Series Extras : The Execution Underground Series - Overview | Shadow Hunter - Overview | Explore the E.U. World | Meet the Rochester Division | Shadow Hunter Blog Tour | Twilight Hunter Blog Tour | "THE CALL" Blog Hop: Part 3 | COVER REVEAL: After Dark ft. Shadow Hunter | After Dark Release Day! | Cover Reveal: Immortal Hunter

Book Teaser(s) :
Think, Frankie. Think.
Trying every handle and unlock button---no easy feat while handcuffed---hadn't yielded any luck, either. The hunter hadn't lied---there was no way in hell she could get out of this gas-guzzler unless he allowed it.
She kicked the window out of sheer annoyance. Though it had proved impossible to break earlier, she had to keep trying. Her foot slammed into the glass. The release of tension calmed her, and she side-kicked harder, finally leaving a solid crack, but the window refused to shatter. It had to be bulletproof.
Tomorrow. She would escape tomorrow. When the mating call had passed and she was back to her full power, she would take the bastard down. She would be in top shape. Already the knife wound and her scrapes had healed, despite the weakness associated with her mating cycle. But until then, she was stuck. Damn.
"Stupid. Handsome. Kidnapping. Psycho," she grumbled, timing a word with each blow. Cracks splintered across the glass, but it still refused to break.
"What the hell are you doing to my car?" ~ within Chapter 3
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Idolizing In: Fool’s Gold Series, Book 9

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Hardcover - Pages: 376; Paperback - Pages: 376; Kindle Edition - File Size: 517 KB; Audiobook - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: July 24, 2012 | Publisher: HQN Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"All Summer Long" [Fool’s Gold Series, Book 9] by Susan Mallery

My Book Summary : Chantal (Charlie) moved to Fool's Gold, a couple years ago, after visiting on vacation and fell in love with it. Now she is happy with her life, being a firefighter, her friends, and the community. The only thing she would like to change is her fear of men that she's had ever since the rape experience she went through years ago. She'd like to get over her fear because ever since her rape she hasn't been able to move on from the incident, meaning she hasn't had a relationship with any men at all, and she would love to be able to be emotional whole enough for her to have children sometime soon. However, she doesn't want to go through with years of possible therapy that it would involve to move on. Therefore, she comes up with the idea that she needs to find a man who could personally help her out to heal her scars and after looking around she thinks her best friends' brother-in-law, Clay, would be the perfect man for her.

A few years ago, Clay's wife, Diane, died in a car accident. Therefore, because she was the love of his life he doesn't expect to fall in love with anyone else, yet he likes and respects Charlie so he agrees to help seduce her in hopes to teach her the wonders that life has to offer while healing her.

However, will both their hearts be able to withstand each other's charms? Or will they stick to their friend’s only status no matter what their hearts tell them?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! Ever since this year's three-part series from Fool's Gold came out, I have wanted to read more about Charlie's romance! Therefore, I'm so happy that it turned out even better than I expected!!! This is a novel about what the heart is able to overcome when faced with the opportunity to heal. I LOVED CHARLIE & CLAY!!! Together or apart Charlie and Clay were a great duo that I couldn't get enough of!! I loved the way this novel dealt with Charlie's fears, helping Clay with his ambitions, and bringing Charlie and her mother back together again. It was a charming book, which I could not put down!!

While this novel also gave me a little idea of what to expect within one of the next books in this series and I can't wait to see where it'll take us....Justice & Patience! *hahaa* Their names even sound great together!

I recommend this series and DEFINITELY this novel to anyone who loves contemporary romances that have just the right amount of drama! =0)

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

My Previous Guest Post(s) by this Author : The Appeal of Romance - June 2012

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Book 4 | Book 5 | Book 6 | E-novella 2 | Book 7 | Book 8

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Tempting | Accidentally Yours | Falling For Gracie | Having Her Boss's Baby | Barefoot Season

Author's Series Extras : Fool's Gold Magazines | About Fool's Gold | Fool's Gold News | Meet the main characters from the Fool's Gold Series


Author Book/Series Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
"What do you want?" she demanded, before she remembered that perhaps she might want to be nicer to the man she'd asked to sleep with her.
One corner of his mouth twitched. "Not a morning person?" he asked.
"It's two in the afternoon."
"I was giving you the benefit of the doubt."
She sighed. "I don't like yard work. I'm not good at it. Not the physical stuff---that's easy. But knowing what to do. I think my plants make fun of me behind my back."
"Because they respect you enough not to do it to your face?"
"Something like that." ~ within Chapter 5
"Have you noticed how damn happy everyone is here?" he asked. "It's not natural."
"It's small-town America," Clay reminded him. "What's not to like?"
"Everything. I miss the city."
"You don't want anyone to know your name?"
"Exactly. The woman who cleans my room at the hotel was telling me about her kid playing football. She invited me to the game."
Dante sounded outraged, as if the woman had suggested he violate laws of nature. ~ within Chapter 11
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Susan, then please check out her website. To find out more about the town of Fools Gold then click here.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Made the Grade: Fool’s Gold Series, Book 8

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Hardcover - Pages: 378; Paperback - Pages: 378; Kindle Edition - File Size: 527 KB; Audiobook - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: June 19, 2012 | Publisher: HQN Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"Summer Nights" [Fool’s Gold Series, Book 8] by Susan Mallery

My Book Summary : Shane has recently moved to Fool's Gold in hopes of settling his horses in his mother's barn and building his home and his own stables on the neighboring property. What he gets instead is a whole menagerie of his mother's rescued animals to take care of, a well-meaning town that change up his life in ways he never expected or originally wanted, and a small redheaded librarian who has the making of a bad girl that Shane could get lost in. Everything but Annabelle, the librarian, Shane believes he can deal with, but if it was his choice, he wouldn't get close to Annabelle at all, as she seems too much like his ex-wife.

Annabelle will do whatever she can to prove him wrong and become his friend. However, will she loose her heart to the gruff cowboy in the process?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, this novel is humorous while keeping up with all of the typical antics that run around Fool's Gold! Annabelle and Shane are both dealing with their pasts throughout this novel but along the way, they end up losing their hearts to each other too. I really liked reading about the build up to "All Summer Long" while getting to read more about the Stryker brothers!!

I wish I could give this novel a higher ranking because of all of the humorous things that go on and because I enjoyed the characters. However, the plot was too drawn-out for me to thoroughly enjoy. Also, I wasn't happy with how redundant Shane was, when it came to his belief that Annabelle was just like his ex-wife, even though she wasn't anything like her.

With that being said, I still recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys the Fool's Gold series!! It's always fun to catch up on the town! =0)

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

My Previous Guest Post(s) by this Author : The Appeal of Romance - June 2012

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Book 4 | Book 5 | Book 6 | E-novella 2 | Book 7

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Tempting | Accidentally Yours | Falling For Gracie | Having Her Boss's Baby | Barefoot Season

Author's Series Extras : Fool's Gold Magazines | About Fool's Gold | Fool's Gold News | Meet the main characters from the Fool's Gold Series


Author Book/Series Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
"That was a one-time thing," she said primly. "We won't be having sex again. We've come to an understanding. We're friends."
"Keep saying it," Charlie told her. "One day it might be true."
Annabelle glanced around to make sure no one was sitting too close, then leaned toward her friends and lowered her voice. "I have to admit, I do like him a lot. Maybe more than a lot. We want different things though and he doesn't trust me."
"Why doesn't he trust you?" Charlie asked. "You didn't do anything wrong."
"It's his ex," Heidi explained. "I never met her, but I heard stories from Rafe. Apparently she's a real byotch."
Charlie snorted. "You did not just say that. Seriously?"
"I'm hip," Heidi said with a sniff. "Is that the right word?"
Annabelle grinned. ~ within Chapter 10
"You're perfectly safe. You're not going to fall."
"Easy for you to say," she told Shane. "You're standing on the ground. I know. We'll trade. You sit up here while Khatar stands on his back feet and I'll watch. Then I for sure won't fall."
Shane turned away, but not before she saw him smile.
"You think this is funny?" she demanded. "It's not. Nothing about you trying to kill me is funny." ~ within Chapter 12
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Susan, then please check out her website. To find out more about the town of Fools Gold then click here.

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