Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Blog Tour

“The Book Lovers” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Friday. Today I bring you the first review of a series. So, stay tune, for more reviews to come.

The Book Lovers“, written by Victoria Connelly, is a Women’s Fiction novel, the first book in the Book Lovers Series, published on August 27th 2015 by Notting Hill Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Victoria Connelly for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Book Lovers Series


Synopsis

25941409. sy475 Author Callie Logan never expected to swap her life in London for one in rural Suffolk but, after the breakdown of her marriage, she decides that a fresh start is just what she needs. Finding Owl Cottage in the tiny village of Newton St Clare, Callie determines to give up on love and throw herself into her work. But fate seems to have other ideas and she soon has two very different men vying for her attention.

First there’s Leo who likes to live on the wild side which usually means taking his dates foraging in the local woods for their supper. Then there’s Sam Nightingale, owner of Nightingale’s bookshop. Sam, recovering from a divorce, has also vowed to embrace the single life. That is, until he meets Callie.

But is Callie willing to risk her heart again and, if she is, will she make the right choice?

Purchase Link: Amazon UK


About the Author

Victoria Connelly PhotoVictoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

Social Media Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


 My Review

This was the first novel I have read of Victoria Connelly and the fact that it was a series surrounded with books made me so excited.

In this novel we follow author Callie Logan as she gets a new fresh start in Owl Cottage, in the tiny village of Newton St Clare. And of course we get to met Sam Nightingale, the charming owner of Nightingale’s bookshop, as well as the amazing Nightingale family.

And if one handsome guy wasn’t enough, we also get to met Leo Wildman. Although I’m usually not a love triangle kind of person, I was so curious to see what Callie would do and say. I truly enjoyed every moment of her interactions with Leo and Sam.

P1070887As we follow Callie and get to me the village and the people that lived there, I found myself transported to the story and to that moment in time. I had fun, it was the kind of book I will reread in the future, on a rainy Sunday, with a cut of tea and a cozy blanket, because it made me feel warm, happy and excited about each page and each scene.

Someone once asked me what kind of scenery I most enjoy to see in the book. The answer is this book. I love book series that happened in a small town because I can relate to it, the know everyone and everything kind of feel, the close relationships. Another thing I love it the fact that we follow a family through out the four books, and from someone that comes from a very big family, I love stories that have relatively big families, many cousins, many siblings, I don’t care.

Speaking of families, the Nightingale family was such an amazing family to read about. I felt connected to them, as if I was part of their close circle. And I couldn’t wait to read the next book to learn more about them.

Overall, it’s an easy read of a romance novel. A very good book to open up a new series, and to get to know the author too.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews

“Daylight’s Deadly Kiss” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this past few days. It’s been raining here in my hometown, so Nala (cat) and I have been saying in bed and not even venturing going to other rooms in the house. Plus I have been writing a lot.

Today, though, I had to go get some gorceries and now that I’m back, I wanted to share a review with you all.

Daylight’s Deadly Kiss, written by Jay Raven, this is the second book in the Blood Riders series, a paranormal novel, a dark fantasy vampire book with a gothic horror feel, published on 3rd April 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jay Raven for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Daylights Deadly Kiss


Synopsis

50544617. sy475 In 19th century Europe the most deadly vampire-killing weapon ever devised is up for grabs – and both the Undead and the living will stop at nothing to possess it…   

It’s a legend, a fairy story parents tell frightened children to make them sleep. Basium Lucis – Daylight’s Kiss – the fabled compound that recreates sunlight in a bottle, and incinerates bloodsucking monsters on contact.

Vampire hunter Anton Yoska doesn’t believe in its existence or the whispered rumours of its creation by Leonardo Da Vinci 250 years before.

But when a mysterious Hungarian arts dealer claims to have uncovered the long-lost formula, Anton’s cynicism is shaken to the core as he is tasked to procure the pyrotechnic marvel for the Vatican’s centuries-old battle with the vampire sect known as the Brethren.

In a desperate race to beat nosferatu forces intent on destroying the wonder weapon, and cold-blooded gangsters who desire the Alchemist’s most prized invention for their own aggrandisement and riches, Anton is caught in a maelstrom of double dealing and lies..

Traps loom at every turn, and nothing is what it appears, but acquiring the Basium Lucis is the least of the his problems  – for the ferocious Modjeski vampire family want retribution for his slaughter of their clan chief a year before. And old flame and rival slayer, Nadia, has her own devious plans to thwart Anton’s quest.

As time runs out and predators circle, the beleaguered hunter realises he’s been tricked into a suicide mission. But Anton Yoska won’t go down without a fight – and he doesn’t care who he takes to Hell with him.

Purchase Links: Amazon USAmazon UK


Author Bio

Jay Raven PhotoJay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

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My Review

First of all, I would like to say that I have read the first book and loved it, so when I saw the opportunity to read and review this book, I was very excited. I love vampire stories, I’m currently working on one, if that’s any clue of my love for this topic.

P1070737It always amazes me the amount of versions that exist around the story of vampires, from the POV of the vampires itself, or the one that hunt them, it all brings diversity and a new take on the legend.

With book one, Crimson Siege, I loved how Jay Raven took the them and made it his own, and with this novel, he continues to go deeper into the world he created, taking us with him. And we, once again, follow Anton Yoska, a vampire hunter.

I will try to now say much since I don’t want to give any spoilers, plus I recommend you all to read book one and them book two, so you can fully understand the main character and his background story.

I loved the new element added to this world, with the Daylight’s Kiss, and Leonard Da Vinci’s formula. That just made the story richer in my opinion. And since Anton is the one procuring it, it got me so curious about that would happen next. Because, let’s be honest, it’s a century old battle between vampires and the Vatican, both parts want to have it. One to destroy it, the other to use it. Anything can happen and I loved that.

Overall, I loved that this book was as awesome as the first one. It had it’s fair amount of excitement, action, horror, vampires, and a war that come with lies and uncertainty. Like I said previously, I do recommend you to read the previous novel, that why you can understand the character’s background and why certain things happen.


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Jess

Contemporary Romance, Uncategorized

Promo Post: “Touch Me Now” by Carly Phillips

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely day, despite everything else happening. And that this morning is going well for all of you. Today I bring you a promo post since the author is having a sale today for this book.

Touch Me Now“, written by Carly Phillips is a romance novel, the first one in the Hot Heros Series, published on March 20th 2018.


Synopsis

She’s gorgeous and determined to be left alone.

He’s intrigued and intent on inserting himself into her solitary life.

When Kane Harmon rescues Halley Ward from the side of the road, he discovers the most beautiful, wealthy, and loneliest person woman he’s ever met.

She says she isn’t interested in him—or anything outside of her painting and her bungalow. Kane knows a lie when he hears one. 

Soon, he’s a part of her life and bringing color back into her world but is she strong enough to join him in a future than can be as bright – as long as she’s brave enough to try?

 * This book was formerly called Fearless. No changes from original.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play 


Meet Carly Phillips:

NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. Carly loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter (below) and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com.

Social Media Links: Website | BookBub | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon


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Love,

Jess


Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Summer in Provence” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are ready. I have a review for you, and if you know the name of the author, that’s because I have reviewed another of her books in the past.

Summer in Provence“, written by Lucy Coleman, is a novel published on 7th April 2020 by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lucy Coleman for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Summer in Provence


Synopsis

Summer in Provence CoverIs a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure.

Purchase Link: Amazon


Author Bio

Lucy Coleman Author PicFrom interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

This is the second book of Lucy Coleman that I had the pleasure of reading and just like the previous on, I felt myself transported to a beautiful place and an amazing story.

As we follow Fern through her year in Provence, we are taken to Château de Vernon and the beauty of painting, since Fern volunteers to help out the place in return for painting lessons from the owner, Nico. I loved the take of the story, the characters we got to met and the uncertainty I felt about Fern and Aiden’s relationship. The novel felt like a true and emotional representation of life, because things happen, people grow, relationships develop.

P1070799Lucy Coleman brings gorgeous scenes to live with her vivid and appealing descriptions. The magic in the words and images the author gives us was definitely one of this aspects I loved about the book, since it transported me to that place and moment.

It as an exciting storytelling, with a good pace and that appealing flow that made me very stay glued to the pages, reading scenes after scene. It was just like watching a movie with all it’s colors and I could almost heard music and smell the paint, since the book called my senses.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and I truly recommend it. If you are as curious as I was about the book after reading the synopsis, then I suggest you check it out. A wonderful book and if I wasn’t already curious for more of the author’s books, I certainly am now.


Giveaway

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Provence Prize

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Jess

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Promo Post: “Song of the Nightingale” by Marilyn Pemberton

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Saturday. It is a very special day for so many reasons. Besides de announcement I will be making, and the review, I bring you now a promo post.

Song of the Nightingale“, written by Marilyn Pemberton, is a Historical Fiction novel published on December 14th 2019 by The Conrad Press.


Synopsis

Song of the Nightingale - Front coverPhilippe, the narrator of this tale, is secretary to Count De Lorenzo, and lover to the Count’s young wife. He is tasked with buying young boys from poor villagers, having them castrated and taking them to Florence to be taught to sing as castrati. The parents are told that their sons are especially blessed with their wonderful voices and they do not object to the boys making a physical sacrifice in order to thank and praise the Lord; nor to the bag of gold they are given in exchange.

The boys are innocents, victims of circumstances beyond their control. Surely they can have nothing to do with a barber’s mysterious death, or the suicide of an abusive Jesuit priest?

This is a tale of passion, revenge, guilt, regret, loss and redemption.

Don’t forget to add the book to your Goodreads TBR if you find it interesting: Song of the Nightingale.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Marilyn Pemberton has always worked in IT and until October 2019 she was a full-time project manager. Now that she’s retired she can focus on the thing she loves most – writing.

At the age of 40 she did a part-time BA degree in Literature at Warwick, which progressed to an MA and then a PhD, her thesis being “Glimpses of Utopia & Dystopia in Victorian Fairylands”. As a result of giving a paper on fairy tales she was approached by a publisher who suggested she gather together some lesser known fairy tales and as a result “Enchanted Ideologies: A Collection of Rediscovered Nineteenth-Century English Moral Fairy Tales” was published by The True Bill Press in 2010.

She has just finished her second novel, “Song of the Nightingale”, published by The Conrad Press. And she’s now working on her third novel, whose working title is “Grandmothers’ Footsteps”.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, Reviews

“The Warrior Knight and the Widow” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well. I’ve been writing like crazy for the past two days, because of Camp NaNoWriMo, but here I am, feeling productive and sharing my reviews.

Here I am today, to bring you a review of a Historical Romance novel, and you guys know I love those, so of course I was curious to read this book.

The Warrior Knight and the Widow“, written by Ella Matthews, is a Historical Romance, a medieval romance novel, published on the 19th March 2020 by Mills & Boon.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Ella Matthews for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Warrior Knight and the Widow


Synopsis

The Warrior Knight and the Widow CoverProtected by The Beast

Undone by the man

Racing cross-country pursued by danger, widow Lady Ellena Swein isn’t pleased to be taken back to her father’s castle. But with his knight Sir Braedan Leofric, also known as The Beast, as her captor, she has little choice! Ellena is surprised by his honourable and protective nature, even if she shouldn’t trust him. And when all seems to conspire against them, Braedan’s secret could either extinguish the spark between them or make it burn brighter.

Purchase Links – Amazon


Author Bio

Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).

Social Media Links – Twitter | Facebook


My Review

I have read Historical Romances before, but I have never read that many Medieval ones, so I’m always fascinated about the different subgenres and the way the story is told because of how the past is portrait. This book is in that subgenre, and the first I have read of this author.

As we follow Lady Ellena Swein’s and Sir Braedan Leofric’s story through a brilliantly crafted journey that was as exciting, as it was romantic, I ended up falling in love with the characters. Ellena quite a strong and independent woman, which is amazing because I lover powerful female characters. Braedan is not what we think he is, despite his nick name being The Beast.

P1070888This adventure had a good pace and a good plot, that made it so fun to read. From the descriptions to the dialogues. From all the complex characters that made us connect with the storyline, despite the space and time being very different from our lives.

I loved the book. I loved every moment between Ellena and Braedan, I loved them together because they were meant for each other and I could see it from the very beginning and seeing them grow closer and getting to learn more about each other… those were the best parts of the book. I loved that I was so focus in the story that I could feel the characters emotion and I felt I was transported there.

Overall, I felt very excited about reading another medieval romance novel and expand my knowledge and I was not disappointed. I loved it and I can’t for more books in this subgenre. I learn something, I was transported to a time I don’t know much about to be honest, and still I felt the love, the excitement, the action, the drama and some sort of friendship towards them.


Giveaway

For a chance to Win a Signed copy of “The Warrior Knight and the Widow” by Ella Matthews you can Enter Here.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, New Releases, Reviews

“A Question of Country” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well. Today I bring yet another review of a book I read last month for this blog tour. Hope it makes you even more curious about the book.

A Question of Country“, written by Sue Parritt, is a women’s fiction novel, published on March 30th 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel Walkley for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

A Question of Country


Synopsis

A Question of Country CoverOn Christmas Eve 1969, a letter from Australia House, London, brings welcome news for newly-weds Anna and Joseph Fletcher.

Young and idealistic, Anna falls passionately in love with their adopted land. Seven months later, an unexpected event causes their life to take a stressful turn.

Years pass, and Anna retreats to a fictional world she has created. But when a different challenge presents itself, does she have the courage to take the risk… or will she take refuge in fantasy?

Purchase Links: Amazon


Author Bio

Sue Parritt Author PhotoOriginally from England, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on creative writing. Since then she has written short stories, articles, poetry, a short TV drama script and seven novels:

Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014.  Pia and the Skyman, Odyssey Books, 2016.  Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016. The Sky Lines Alliance, Odyssey Books, 2016.

Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in swinging sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017

Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when forty-year old Julia journeys from the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

Feed Thy Enemy, based on Sue’s father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

A Question of Country explores the migrant experience through the protagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity. Next Chapter (formerly Creativia Publishing), 2020.

Sue’s current project, working title: Twenty-eight Days, first in The Doorkeeper series, is set in Southern Australia in 2100. It deals with overpopulation and extended life expectancy in an increasingly climate-challenged world and the inhumane solutions adopted by a government determined to rid Australia of unproductive citizens.

Passionate about peace and social justice issues, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue writing novels that address topics such as climate change, the effects of war, the treatment of refugees, feminism and racism.  Sue intends to keep on writing for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook


My Review

This is the first book by Sue Parritt that I have read and when I read the blurb I was curious about the story.

I’m immediately fascinated by books that talk about migration, partly because my grandparents were Portuguese immigrants in France, and they used to tell me stories about how the community welcomed them, and how they ended up creating their own little community in the neighborhood. A community that is still present, although by just some other people that never came back to Portugal.

Reading this book had that feeling to me. It reminded me of my grandma walking with me and telling me all about the people that used to live in the houses we walked by, in her old neighborhood in France. The storytelling had that familiar feeling to me, although the context is different and it’s in a different time and place. This happened because of how the author created this story, like it was a memoir.

P1070797We follow Anna and Joseph Fletcher in their new adventure as migrants in Australia. And it was thanks to them, especially Anna, that I got connected. I can imagine that it’s not easy to leave the place you have always called home and move to another country, another continent.

I loved that this books touched some aspects about migration, and since it happened in the past, there is a different flow to it. The struggles, the goals, the people that we get to meet, the things we learn, the things we teach…

Overall, I loved the story, and I think it was quite an interesting and emotional story and it made me want to talk to my grandma and get her own story on paper. Stories like this, and others that are even more complicated and sometimes dark, have to be told, so I’m quite happy to see more books about migration out in the world, either fiction or non-fiction.


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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, Reviews

“Redeeming the Reclusive Earl” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well. April is here! And I’m joining Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’ll still be posting reviews. That’s why I’m here today, to bring you a review of one of my favorite authors in the Historical Romance genre.

Redeeming the Reclusive Earl“, written by Virginia Heath, is a Historical Romance, a Regency romance novel, published on the 1st April 2020 by Mills & Boon.

Happy Publication Day!

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Virginia Heath for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Redeeming the Reclusive Earl


Synopsis

Redeeming the Reclusive Earl CoverHis heart is a fortress… And she’s trespassing!

After losing all he holds dear in a horrific fire, Max Aldersley, Earl of Rivenhall, shuns the world—until he catches Effie Nithercott digging holes on his estate! He banishes the intrepid archaeologist and the unsettled feelings she rouses within him. But she returns even more determined and infuriatingly desirable than before! He wonders just how deep she’s prepared to dig—so far she’ll reach the man beneath his scars?

Purchase Link: Amazon

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The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathAuthor Bio

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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My Review

To those that know me, it won’t be a surprise to see me say that I loved this book. First of all, the author is one of my favorite authors in the genre. Second, I have read other novels of hers. Third, it’s a Historical Romance! What did you expect?!

P1070890Following Max Aldersley and Effie Nithercott (amazing names, by the way) in this love adventure was such a delight. Two brilliantly crafted characters that we got to see grow and fall in love. An Earl and an archaeologist… I would have never imagine this couple together, but it worked so well.

Max has some problems, some demons that he has to overcome. Effie is different from other people, and honestly I loved her because of that. Every single moment they were together was an absolute enjoyment for me to read. The relationship and the characters’ development happened in a good pace, it wasn’t an instant thing, and the flow of the storytelling, it all took me on a journey that allowed me to connect more with Max and Effie.

I won’t enter into particular aspects of the plot, so you guys can go read the book and uncover all the information, drama and exciting moments without any spoilers, but I have to say, it was just what I needed to read. The kind of story that grabbed my attention from page one.

Overall, I believe Virginia Heath just delivered another fantastic novel. She has never disappoint my addicted-to-historical-romances mind, and I’m always amazed at the ideas she comes up with. That been said, of course I recommend this novel! I would be crazy if I didn’t.


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Reviews

“The Ice Star” Review

Hello Friends!

So, I just realized this post I had schedule a while back didn’t post. So first of all, I want to apologize to the author for the late review. And to you guys, I hope this review makes you curious.

The Ice Star“, written by Christoffer Petersen, is book one of the Konstabel Fenna Brongaard Series,  and it’s a mystery/crime novel.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Christoffer Petersen. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

34315210. sy475 Fenna stretched her legs, one eye on the Nepali man with the brutal backhand, the other on a glass of water on the floor. She jerked her head backward as the second man stepped into view, and his large military boot connected with the glass, kicking it against the wooden wall where it smashed, showering her in shards and splinters.
“Konstabel Fenna Brongaard, my name is Burwardsley. We met on the ice.”

She’s the first of her kind – the first woman to join the ranks of the elite Danish Sirius Sledge Patrol, and the first Sirius patroller to be investigated for murder.

In the wake of a hurricane-force piteraq, fog isolates the village of Ittoqqortoormiit and Fenna from the outside world. As the investigation takes a vicious turn, Fenna must trust a Greenlandic policeman and a local hunter if she is to root out the infection at the heart of the Danish military.

Looking for new Danish Noir? It doesn’t get much darker than this.

The Ice Star is a Scandinavian Crime Thriller set in Greenland – coming soon!

The Ice Star – Run with Dogs – Fight like Wolves

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Christoffer has a Master of Arts in Professional Writing. He lived and worked in Greenland for 7 years before moving back to the west coast of Denmark.

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My Review

I had the pleasure of reading this book a while back and I found it absolutely exciting and interesting. I always look forward to read crime/mystery novel, but I don’t think I have read that many that were described as noir novels, and to be honest, I didn’t know much about it.

P1070035It was a rollercoaster and I love when a mystery novel gets me so focus that I almost feel like I’m there. The descriptions and the characters are the main reason that happens, because the plot could be fascinating but if the characters didn’t make the uncovering feel real and exciting, then what’s the point?… In this book, I had those elements I love, I had the emotions and connection, I had a good plot and was quite unusual and I loved that, and of course the characters that just painted the all book with fantastic personalities and grabbed my attention.

Another thing that made me very intrigued was the location. I haven’t traveled much, I have been to Spain, Germany, France and Switzerland, so I’m always intrigued to learn more about other countries and see through the characters eyes, and the author’s words, the world they live in.

I have to say, I do like that the main character is a woman, because I’m always looking forwards a good crime/mystery novel when it’s a woman revealing the secrets and finding out the trust, because I feel connected to her and her work. Then again, I was named after Jessica Fletcher and I used to watch (still do) the TV show with my mom, so maybe that’s why I get very excited when it’s a female main character.

It was a great start of a series, because it gave us an amazing introduction to Fenna and it gives us some initial understanding about the procedures. Since I don’t know a lot about other countries police procedures, it’s always interesting to learn. Plus, we are learning about Fenna and her way of working and what are her core believes.

P1070012Also, since it is the beginning we learn about the world, about the society, politics and cultural aspects, not just about the police and the investigation elements. And that was something I liked because, let’s be honest, if you don’t know about what moves the characters, and what their society is like, you need those information. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fantasy novel or a crime novel that happens in planet Earth. We need to learn about the context of the story, and when a book has that, it gives the all story a lot more complexity and opens up world to the reader.

Overall, I can’t wait to read more about this novel because I know there are still a lot of things I could learn about Fenna. She was such an interesting and well written character, I just loved her.  I’m not going to give you notes and comments about the story itself because could ruin the mystery, but be sure to check out this book and go on a mysterious and ice adventure with Fenna.


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Promo Post: “Texas Style Justice” by Susan P. Baker

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a promo post that talks about a legal thriller, a mystery novel.

Texas Style Justice“, written by Susan P. Baker, a Domestic Thriller was published on June 4th 2018.


Synopsis

perf5.500x8.500.inddDevastated by a divorce and death of a child, Torie Van Fleet rebuilds her life around succeeding in the justice system. Her goal is to work her way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Vowing to do whatever it takes, she risks her relationship with her new husband by refusing to bear him a child. Further, she jeopardizes her friendship with her best friend by competing with her for the first major hurdle toward her goal, appointment to the Texas Supreme Court after the sudden death of one of the justices.

Not until she realizes what her backers demand of her does she understand what an exorbitant price she must pay to reach her dream. Will she risk everything, come to terms with her priorities, or does she even have a choice?

Don’t forget to add the book to your Goodreads TBR: Texas Style Justice

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Texas Style Justice Promo Image


About the Author

Susan P. Baker, a retired Texas judge, is the award-winning author of eight novels and two nonfiction books, all related to the law. As a judge, she dealt with a wide range of cases from murder to divorce regarding adults and children. Prior thereto, she practiced law for nine years and, while in law school, worked as a probation officer. Her experience in the justice system is apparent in her writings. Currently, she has three novels in progress.

Susan is a member of Texas Authors, Inc., Authors Guild, Sisters in Crime, Writers League of Texas, and Galveston Novel and Short Story Writers.

She has two children, eight grandchildren, and a rescue cat named Tudi. She loves dark chocolate, raspberries, and traveling on every mode of transportation. An Anglophile, she likes to visit cousins in England and Australia. On her bucket list are a trip to New Zealand, a long trip back to Australia, living in England for several months, visiting all the presidential libraries and authors’ homes in the U.S., and driving Route 66.

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