Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Always Been You” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Wednesday! Today I have a review of a book that is part of a series whose author you may recognize.

Always Been You“, written by Lasairiona E. McMaster, is the third book in the AJ Williams Series, published on May 9th 2020 by Drama Llama Publishing.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lasairiona E. McMaster for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Always Been You


Synopsis

Always Been You CoverFive thousand miles from his ex, AJ is living with Lisa’s decision to call it quits and leave both him, and Alabama behind. Upon hearing that Lisa is moving forward from their engagement with a new (and handsome!) doctor-boyfriend, AJ is confused and broken at the idea of facing life without his soul mate. AJ finds himself at a cross roads, does he give up all hope of ever reconciling with Lisa and take a chance on love again with someone new? Or is his heart destined to be forever entwined with the beautiful Irish woman he met on the internet… who is now with another man?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Potential Trigger Warning: Sexual assault, medical injury/brain trauma/grief/loss


Author Bio

Lasairiona McMaster PhotoLasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did – with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself ‘home’, with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation. With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.

Social Media Links – Facebook | TwitterWebsite | Instagram


My Review

This is the final book in the AJ series, and where everything comes together.

We keep following Aj’s side of the story, we see how life for him is, while he deals with all the obstacles that may appear, with his mental health problems, and every other situation he ends up encountering as he tries to figure things out.

P1070705We get keep connecting with AJ and all the other characters that have a big role in his life, in a positive aspect, even thought we know them. It was quite interesting to see the the other side of the coin, and see the interactions between the characters in a new light. It gave the story and world an even more powerful understanding, since we get to see both MC’s POVs and all that they had to deal with during this time line.

I did say, in the previous reviews of this series, that I loved that we were given a chance to read AJ’s daily life. I truly felt that Lisa’s series needed that. AJ was and still is one of my favorite characters and I knew there was a lot about him that we needed to know. With this novel we get the final pieces to understand all that has lead to the big finale.

Overall, I definitely recommend you read the entire series in order, I would start with Lisa’s POV and then get to AJ’s POV. Then you will get a bigger understanding of all the various elements that shaped their story. It’s a rollercoaster in terms of emotions and I personally loved to connect with the characters in that deep level.

Also, I do caution the readers, because there may be some potential trigger in both series. Just keep that in mind.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Josie James and the Velvet Knife” Review

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Today I bring you a review of a Children/Middle Grade book, the second novel in the Josie James Series by Lily Mae Walters. You may remember the name from my “Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer” review post.

“Josie James and the Velvet Knife”, written by Lily Mae Walters, published 2nd April 2019

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lily Mae Walters 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.

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Synopsis

JJ Velvet Knife Front Cover“For you to find the Velvet Knife, you must solve the riddles thrice.” A mysterious hooded figure, known only as the Velvet Knife has appeared in the cursed village of Suncroft. No one knows who he is or what he wants but when he starts leaving riddles around the village, it is time for Josie to return to Suncroft for a second time.

With Asher, her faithful husky Protector by her side, Filan, a half elf, and her great grandad, will they be able to solve the clues in time and discover his identity? The Velvet Knife is not the only one causing problems for Josie. Her rival for the position of the ‘Chosen One’ continues to grow stronger, and now he has a Protector of his own.

What does all this mean for Josie? Is she destined to lift the wintery curse of Suncroft or will another take her place as the ‘Chosen One’?

Purchase Link: Amazon


Author Bio

Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.

Social Media Links – Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


My Review

This is the second book in the novel and since it is a series that has a continuity to it, I recommend you start with book one, just so you have the full experience of the story and characters.

That been said, we follow Josie, as she goes on yet another quest. Side by side, we go with her on a new adventure that brings questions, riddles, mystery and interesting moments that I could see my younger cousins loving if they read this books with me.

With fun characters, magic and exciting action moments, this is the kind of book that can get the reader involved. Since it’s a children’s book, aimed to 8 to 12 year old, the fact that it was magical, fun and visual, was perfect.

Honestly, anyone can read the book and just have a good time in this fictional world, going back in time and being a kid and going on an adventure.

Overall, I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one. It was a good sequel to the story, and it was as intriguing and fun. And I’m to going to give any spoilers, but I may have enjoyed the plot a little bit more in this book, especially since the story keeps moving through uncovering mysteries and I get to reconnect more with the characters.

If the synopsis spark your attention or if you think your children are going to like it, start with book one “Josie James and The Teardrops of Summer”, get to know the main character, this 13 year old girl, and join her in all the various journeys and quests she ended up in, through a magical world.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, Reviews

“A Shop Girl At Sea” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this lovely Thurday. Today I bring you a review of a historical romance novel that is part of a series.

A Shop Girl At Sea, written by Rachel Brimble, is a Historical Romance, the fourth book in the Pennington’s Series published on April 9th 2020 by Aria Fiction.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel Brimble 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.

A Shop Girl At Sea


Synopsis

51805947. sy475 Bath, 1912.

Amelia Wakefield loves working at Pennington’s, Bath’s finest department store. An escape from her traumatic past, it saved her life. So when Miss Pennington sets her a task to set sail on the Titanic and study the department stores of New York, she couldn’t be more excited – or determined!

Frustrated with his life at home, Samuel Murphy longs for a few weeks of freedom and adventure. Meeting Amelia on board the Titanic, Samuel can’t help wonder what painful history has made the beauty so reserved. But he already has too many responsibilities for love.

Ruby Taylor has always kept her Pennington co-workers at a distance. Making sure her little brother is safe has always been her priority. But when that means accepting Victoria Lark’s offer of sanctuary, more than one of Ruby’s secrets is under threat of being revealed…

A riveting and uplifting saga, perfect for fans of Elaine Everest and Fiona Ford.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Rachel BrimbleRachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 20 published novels including the Pennington’s department store series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).

In July 2019, she signed a three-book deal with Aria Fiction for a Victorian trilogy set in a Bath brothel which will feature three heroines determined to change their lives and those of other women. The first book is due for release in Autumn 2020.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Blog | Instagram | Amazon | Goodreads


My Review

This isn’t the first novel of Rachel Brimble that I have read, since I read the previous books in this series, so I was excited when I saw hat there as another Pennington’s book.

It was as amazing as the previous stories, maintaining the same fantastic flow in the storytelling and the brilliant descriptions that transported us to that time and moment, we characters that felt human and real.

The amazing thing about Rachel Brimble’s stories, this one included, is that she talks about certain topics that are still very relevant in our present. She does it in a way that we get to connect with the characters and understand them, their past, future, dreams and nightmares, and their actions through out the book.

In this book we get to follow Amelia, Samuel and Ruby. Each one with their own demons their own struggles and their own moments of strength and connection with the reader. At least that’s what I felt, since it as like going on an emotional rollercoaster. The interactions helped with that, by giving us opportunities to really know all the characters as well as their circumstances, as well as the setting of the story.

Overall, I loved it. It was such a good story, thought provoking and engaging. It had a good balance despite all the emotions I could feel by being transported to the story. Plus, it had a good rhythm and I ended up reading page after page without even caring about the late hour.


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Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Dreaming of Italy” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this start of a brand new week. Today I bring you a review of a romance novel, and we all need some love in our lives, even if it’s only in books, so we can be cozy and happy.

Dreaming of Italy“, written by T.A. Williams, is a Romantic Comedy and Chicklit, published May 4th 2020 by Canelo.

Happy Release day!!

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and T.A. Williams and Canelo 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.

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Synopsis

Dreaming of Italy CoverUp for a dream promotion, Emma won’t let anything get in her way – not even love.

Working for a major Hollywood film company isn’t all glitz and glam. But when Emma gets sent to tour around Italy to scout the perfect location for a new blockbuster movie, she’s not going to complain. Especially when it could make or break her career…

Historical adviser for the project Mark is a distraction that Emma does not need. As they explore the beauty of Italy, Emma starts to fall for the mysterious Mark, and soon finds herself torn between her job and her heart.

From the wild, northern mountains of Piedmont, down the vibrant coast of Cinque Terre and through the rolling hills of Tuscany, Emma’s journey becomes one of self-discovery as she questions her priorities in life.

Purchases Link: Amazon US


About the Author

TA Williams Author PhotoI’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations and, as a writer, I obviously have to go there in person and check them out first. I love my job…

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


My Review

This was the first novel by this author that I have read and since I happened in Italy, I was really curious about it.

In this story we follow Emma and Mark, exploring Italy and falling in love with the characters and the scenery. And of course there are other characters that appear, giving us some much need interaction and creating a good realism to the story.

P1070877Plus since there is a Hollywood film involved, it kind of gives an interesting extra element for the plot and allowing more characters and interaction. I loved that part of the story, not only did it allow more the relationships between the various characters, but it also gave some context to the plot.

The fact that this book happen in another country, one that I have always wanted to visit Italy, is kind of a dream like story. With the current situation, it allow us to visit all the landscapes and historical places without leaving the comfort of our home. It opened our mind and transport us with brilliant descriptions. It almost felt like being there. Seeing, smelling and listening everything. And of course it leaves even more curious, adding names to my list of places to visit.

Overall, it was a warm book with a great storytelling that makes us feel as though we are there. A fantastic novel and I’m quite curious about other works by this author.


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Blog Tour, Reviews

“Holding Out For A Hero” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you guys are doing well this lovely Saturday. I will be reading all day but I had to come here this morning to share a new review.

Holding out for a Hero“, written by T. E. Kessler, is a Science-fiction romance, the first novel in the Jelvia: Not Human series.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and T. E. Kessler 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.

Holding Out For a Hero


Synopsis

Holding out for a Hero CoverWhen she was a child, her mother was murdered and subconsciously ever since, journalist Macy Shaw has been searching for a hero.

She found one, but the hero she found was a Jelvia.

Undeterred, she used her connections to go after the biggest story of her life.

Narcifer saved a woman by merely being a Jelvia—his presence causing terror and making the assailants flee.

And it amused him when his “heroism” created a national stir, so when a pretty little red-head asked to interview him for a story, Narcifer felt compelled to grant it to her, especially when she gave all the signals that she wanted more than a story.

However, on the night Narcifer inadvertently became a hero, he had been tracking a scientist with orders to kill, and strangely no matter where Narcifer’s line of investigation took him, his search always brought back to the red-headed journalist, Macy Shaw.

Purchase Link: Amazon

Author Content Warning: Themes of the sexual and violent nature. Over 18 only.


About the Author

Tina Kessler writes steamy romance for the 18+ market and is the pen name of Louise Wise.

Louise Wise is a British author from the Midlands in England. Her debut novel is the acclaimed sci-fi romance titled EDEN, which was followed by its sequel HUNTED in 2013.

Forthcoming, JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series is themed on the above Eden and Hunted books.

  • HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO book 1
  • SURVIVING HER DOMINANT book 2
  • SPIDER book 3 will be released late spring, 2020.

Wise took the decision to write under the name of T. E Kessler for her JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series to separate them from her regular novels to the mature material. Her other works include:

  • Eden (sci-fi romance) – slight sex references
  • Hunted (sci-fi romance) slight sex references
  • A Proper Charlie (romantic comedy)
  • Oh No, I’ve Fallen in Love! (dark, comedy romance)
  • Wide Awake Asleep (time travel, romance)

Wise enjoys writing comedy and finds a place for it in ALL her books. She has written numerous short stories for women’s magazines such as Take a Break and Woman’s Own.

Social Media Links: Blog | Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon


My Review

This was the first book I have ever read of this author, and when I saw that it was a sci-fi romance I knew I had to give it a shot and I quite enjoyed it. It wasn’t a Sci-fi novel as one would expect, since most people think of the genre as containing alien invasions or battleships in a intergalactic war, but it had certain sci-fi elements.

I was very intrigued about the differences of  T.E. Kessler’s Earth and our own reality. Especially with the fact that birth rates for humans are falling and those of Jelvias keep rising. That creates lots of possibilities in the future, and makes us wonder about the future.

In this book we follow Macy, a journalist fascinated by the Jelvias (a humanoid species that are stronger, faster and venomous). As we are taken on a journey, we discover more about the other species of non-humans. And of course, since it’s a romance, quite a steamy one, we get to meet Narcifer, a Jelvia man, and be as curious about our hero as Macy is.

P1070878There was a lot that I love about the book. It had a good balance in terms of pace and a good dose of mystery. Hell, I’m still wondering about the Jelvian society since it wasn’t fully explored in this book. It is the first novel and we are just getting and introduction and seeing some points about that part of world, so it’s perfectly acceptable to leave some things unanswered for now, because that makes me want to read more of this series.

I loved all the characters, especially Courtney to be honest. Also, I was very fascinated about the Jelvias, especially at the ending, that definitely left me wondering about the all society and the truth behind their actions.

Another element I loved about the story were the unexpected moments. Without giving spoilers, there were some moments that I could see where they were going to end up, and others that I did not see coming. That was something that made so focus on the book that I couldn’t put it down and didn’t even realized it was four am when I finished the book. One of those nights reading that I don’t regret at all!

Overall, it was a enjoyable read and I’m curious to read the next one so I can find out were that story is going to go, and what else is going to change in the entire world. If you want to read a sci-fi novel that has some erotic moments and some kinky scenes (as Narce would say), then this may be a good book for you.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Fantasy, New Releases, Reviews

“Magical Intelligence” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well. Like I said in a previous post, I have two reviews for you today. The first one was a contemporary romance and now I bring you a fantasy novel.

Magical Intelligence“, written by M.K. Wiseman, is a fantasy novel, the first in a series, that will be published on 5th May 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and M.K. Wiseman 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.

Magical Intelligence


Synopsis

Magical Intelligence CoverWhen you are a member of Britain’s first team of wizard spies, every mission might be your last. But as the dawning of the 20th century draws ever nearer, magic grows weak. Violectric Dampening, the clash of man-made electricity with the Gifts of magekind, threatens M.I.’s existence. And if that isn’t enough, they’ve now been discharged from their own government. Obsolete. Distrusted.

And now hunted by one of their own.

Myra Wetherby has always feared her so-called fits, strange visions of people and places that she cannot explain. It is the emotional manipulation, however, a strange empathic connection to those around her, which threatens her very sanity. A danger to her family, Myra runs away, falling straight into the hands of the newly ousted Magical Intelligence team. Who just so happen to need an ability like hers.

Which makes Myra one of them . . . whether she likes it or not.

Purchase Link: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Potential Trigger Warnings – violence; thematically addresses a character’s personal anxiety and fears as pertaining to their mental health; includes an enemy’s mental manipulation which leads to a death by suicide.


About the Author

M K Wiseman Author PhotoM. K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.

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


My Review

This is the first book I have ever read by this author, and since I love fantasy, and this is the first novel in a brand new series, I had to jump in and give it a go. Plus, the synopsis was very intriguing to me.

As we follow Myra’s journey in this novel and get to uncover all the interesting aspect about the world, we are taken to a world that isn’t exactly ours, but still has some elements of connection, and I do enjoy a book that in a fantasy world that is kind of our own reality but has some magical elements to it, that we don’t quite have.

P1070790I loved the concept of this story and how the magic worked because I always find the intricacy of a fantasy world so fascinating. Plus… it’s not just magic… it has spies! To be honest, when I read the synopsis and saw that word, I wasn’t entirely sure what to think, but the more I tried to come up with possibilities, the more intrigued I was.

It’s just the beginning of a series and there was a lot that I’m still uncertain and curious about. One of the things I’m interested in seeing more is the characters development, especially Myra’s. There are questions to be answers, mysteries to be revealed, and more to learn about the characters and the world.

Overall, I found that it was a different story and I liked it. I will keep my eyes open for the next books in the series so I can keep going because I am curious about what will happen next.


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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.

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Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Art and Soul” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well, today I bring you two reviews. They are my last reviews of the month of April, so I hope you are excited.

Art and Soul“, written by Claire Huston, is a standalone contemporary romance, published on April 23rd 2020 by Goldcrest Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Claire Huston 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.

Art and Soul


Synopsis

Art and Soul CoverThere’s no problem Becky Watson can’t fix. Except her own love life…

Struggling single mother Becky Watson longs to revive her career as a life-fixer, working miracles to solve her clients’ problems, no matter how big or small. Since the birth of her two-year-old son she has been stuck preventing wedding fiascos for the richest and rudest residents of the Comptons, a charming, leafy area of southern England known for its artistic heritage.

So when semi-reclusive local artist Charlie Handren reluctantly hires Becky to fix his six-year creative slump, she’s delighted to set him up with a come-back exhibition and Rachel Stone, the woman of his dreams.

Though they get off to a rocky start, Becky aFacebooknd Charlie soon become close. But as the beautiful Rachel becomes Charlie’s muse, Becky is forced to wonder: will giving Charlie everything he wants mean giving up her own happily ever after?

A heart-warming, uplifting romance served with a generous slice of cake.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Claire Huston author photo Claire Huston lives in Warwickshire with her husband and two children. Art and Soul is her first novel.

A keen amateur baker, she enjoys making cakes, biscuits and brownies almost as much as eating them. You can find recipes for all the cakes mentioned in Art and Soul at www.clairehuston.co.uk along with over 100 other recipes. This is also where she talks about and reviews books.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | TwitterInstagram | Goodreads | Pinterest


My Review

There is something sweet and enjoyable about contemporary romances. It’s one of those genres that I like to read in bed, with Nala as my company, a cup of tea and some cookies, and just relax and forget the real world and just focus on the author’s version of our reality. Plus, I’m a romantic, no matter if it’s Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Historical or Contemporary… But, of course, when it happens in our time and space, it’s a different experience.

Why am I talking about all of this? Claire Huston wrote a brilliant contemporary romance that talks about certain aspect in life. It was one of the sweetest and lovely stories I have read recently, and I absolutely enjoyed the novel for various reasons.

P1070879As we follow Beckie, a single mom who works as a life-fixer for the rich, and her new job helping Charlie, an artist… we get to experience life through her life and her struggles, as well as understanding the story more with ever page. Seeing the development with the characters and their interactions was one of the things I loved seeing in the book. Also, for some reason I always have a soft spot for single parents in books, and I could empathize with her.

This novel was about the people, the characters, and their problems, the solutions, the dreams and the interactions. It was about what they should do next, what they should decide… and I love that it was about them in such an emotional and profound way.

Also, with romance comes drama. I loved that extra element, because it created doubt and tension. I was cheering for Beckie all the way, going on the journey side by side with her, needing to learn more about her, and hoping she would have her happy ever after, since she totally deserved happiness.

Overall, it was my cup of tea, actually. I enjoyed it and it was the kind of story I would reread in the future. If you like contemporary romance and the synopsis seems to intrigue you, then I will recommend you give it a try.


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Jess

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Promo Post: “The Seduction of the Glen” by Michelle Deerwester-Dalrymple

Hello Friends!

I have been trying to do more promoting of books this past few weeks. You may have seen some this month, and I will keep doing it, because the authors deserve some shout-outs.

Today’s book is a Historical Romance, and you guys know me and my love for that genre.

The Seduction of the Glen“, written by Michelle Deerwester-Dalrymple, is a Scottish Historical Romance, the fifth book in The Glen Highland Romance series, published on April 30, 2020.

Happy Release day!!


Synopsis

FINAL cover with pubA fierce Highland warrior, loyal to his king. His beautiful English captive. He has promised her protection, but will he have to risk his own life to do so?

John Sinclair, faithful warrior for Robert the Bruce, makes a fateful wager with his brother: whoever wins Aislynn’s affections will wed her. Only Aislynn de Valence, niece to the English King, is a captive of the Bruce, sent to the Highlands as a prisoner and for her own protection. The last thing she wants it to wed her enemy.

To win the wager and the woman, John woos Aislynn with his whole heart.
But the Highlands are unstable, clan fighting against clan. And no one in the Highlands is ready to welcome an Englishwoman into their midst.

When Aislynn learns that she was nothing more than a prize in a wager, she decides she’s had enough of Scotland and its Highlanders.

Can John convince Aislynn of his true intentions and protect her when she needs him the most?

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AU


About the Author

Michelle Deerwester-Dalrymple is an award-winning author and a college writing professor. Graduating from University of California, Riverside with a Master’s Degree in English and Literature, she has worked with students of all age levels – from elementary to graduate school – through her college teaching, tutoring, and charter school courses.

She started reading when she was 3 years old, writing when she was 4, and published her first poem at age 16. Her interest in logic and rhetoric began when she was 4 years old, and her mother bought her first logic puzzle book. She then read those puzzle books, Encyclopedia Brown books, and Two-Minute Mysteries regularly.

Michelle has always been an avid reader on all subjects, but has a special love for both horror and romance literature. Her two favorite authors are Stephen King and Diana Gabaldon.

Her favorite historical romance genres include: Scottish (love those Highlanders!) medieval, renaissance, ancient, and Viking, but she will read just about anything!

She is currently working on other writing curricula texts and several novels of different genres, including historical paranormal romance and literary fiction.

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


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

Paranormal, Reviews

“Angels’ Blood” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a review of a book I have read plenty of times before, and because of my friend Sam (literarycritique) finally jumping into this world, I have decided to reread it and review it.

Angels’ Blood“, written by Nalini Singh, is the first novel in the Guild Hunter Series, a Paranormal Romance published on March 2009.


Synopsis

7307504USA Today bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires… 

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she’s the best—but she doesn’t know if she’s good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, only one thing is clear—failure is not an option…even if the task is impossible.

Because this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other…and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break…

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Penguin Random House | Kobo | Bertrand


About the Author

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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


My Review

20191128_155216This novel was my introduction to Nalini Singh’s works, and it came at a time I truly needed a good story that not only made me dream but also regain my strength back. I fell in love so much with this story that I have reread it plenty of times.

As we follow Elena in this exciting and dangerous hunt, along side with Raphael, we get to learn more about Angels (and Archangels), vampires and the Guild. A brilliant start of a series that grabbed our attentions and make us wish for more.

With so many amazing characters we know this could only be the beginning for some of them, because it is true that the ending made us wonder, but the amount of unanswered questions about the vampires and angels that Elena meets, the fantastic and loyal Seven… That was something that always got me excited.

Elena has the most badass job possible. It wasn’t a choice, it was meant to be, since her natural abilities gave her no other option but to be a hunter. That fact creates a tense dynamic with her father as well.

P1070835All the characters were well constructed and felt real, as if they could truly exist in our reality. The interactions developed the story, giving us an understanding about the characters and the world building and society’s rules. The story was focus on the people that are living those even, as much as the danger and problems that are happening.

Overall, this is an amazing start of a series, ending with such an amazing opening that make us curious about the next book and how the characters are going to deal with all the aftermath of the events that lead to that point.

If you don’t know Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series, I definitely recommend it. It’s a whole new take on the vampire origin story and… it has Angels!


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

Bookish Life, Recommendations

Livraria Good Books – Blind Date With a Book, Junho

Olá meus queridos amigos!

Hoje trago uma novidade. Por esta altura o nome Livraria Good Books não vos deve ser estranho, e hoje a novidade refere-se ao Blind Date with a Book the junho.

Todos os meses há um livro mistério, e podem adquiri-lo até ao dia 17 do mês anterior. Neste caso, até dia 17 de maio. O livro já se encontrar disponível para encomenda: Blind Date with a Book de junho.

O livro de junho tem como tema “Robin Hood veste Prada“. Eis as pistas:

Blind Date with a Book de junho - Robin Hood veste Prada


Se ficaste com alguma dúvida, sempre podem contactar a livraria através do email: livraria.goodbooks@gmail.com

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Jess