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Monday, October 6, 2014

Feasted On: A Little Christmas Jingle by Michele Dunaway

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 1541 | Expected Release Date: October 7, 2014 | Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Paperbacks | Obtained: NetGalley

"A Little Christmas Jingle" by Michele Dunaway

Author's Book Description : Women, men, stray dogs—everyone's looking for love this holiday season. Sometimes all it takes is a LITTLE CHRISTMAS JINGLE to get into the spirit. . .

Kat Saunders needs a Christmas miracle. She’s expanded her vet practice to include a no-kill shelter, and she forgot to get the required permits. Now that a few neighbors have complained and she’s been summoned to court, she could lose everything she has worked for. When a gorgeous detective comes to her with an abused pit-bull, she does everything she can to save the puppy and soon realizes that brooding Jack Donovan might just be the answer to her legal woes.

Jack, or Mr. December to fans of the Sexy Public Servants Charity Calendar, hates Christmas. As head of St. Louis’s first Animal Cruelty Task Force, Jack has seen the worst in people, especially around the holidays. But one sexy vet is getting under his skin with her tireless holiday cheer, intent on proving to him that there is Christmas magic in the air...

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars! Jack meets Katherine (Kat) at a ball they both attend, while there they share a mistletoe kiss and loose each other in the middle of everything going on. A while later they meet up again after Jack bring an terribly abused puppy (Jingle) to Kat's clinic for help, from there a relationship begins that will shake up their lives for the better.

Kat and Jack's romance is one that would put a good Hallmark Christmas movie a run for its money. It was sweet, fun, with just enough drama to keep the reader enraptured! I especially loved how after their "big crisis" Jack won Kat back, as it was very romantic! Plus, I liked all the animals that were in this novel since it gave it more personality! Poor Jingle, though, I wish I could cuddle that little guy. Even though I know Jingle isn't real, his story is a common one (sad to say) and I liked how Ms. Dunaway handles the subject.

I recommend this novel to those who like contemporary holiday romances!!

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Author's Novel Extras : A Little Christmas Jingle - Overview

Book Teaser(s) :
"Oh, please. You mean to tell me you weren't flattered by all those women vying for attention at the ball?"
"You mean my stalkers?"
"Fan club?"
"Stalkers. Or overzealous attention seekers? Calendar groupies? Those better terms?" ~ within Chapter 3

For more information on this book and/or any other books by Michele, then please check out her website.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Made the Grade: The Reckless Brides Series, Book 3.5

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 1147 KB | Expected Release Date: October 8, 2013 | Publisher: St. Martin's Press | Obtained: NetGalley

"The Scandal Before Christmas" [The Reckless Brides Series, Book 3.5] by Elizabeth Essex

Author's Book Description : Lieutenant Ian Worth needs a wife by Christmas, and he can’t afford to be choosy. He has to find her, woo her, and wed her before he goes back to sea—all within a matter of days. Anne Lesley is a shy spinster with no prospects, and nothing and no one to recommend her but her own self. She accepts the lieutenant’s hasty offer only for the comfort and security it will bring. But when a midwinter storm snows her and Ian in, they both find they got much more than they bargained for—laughter, light, and a Christmas filled with honest to goodness true love...

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, this is a sweet historical romance that keeps entertained while allowing you to enjoy catching up with favorite past characters.

Ian and Anne's story is charming in the way that they become friends, to confidants, to lovers. Plus it helped that they have similar interests.

All in all, I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the series and to those who enjoy historical (slightly erotic) romances!

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

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

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Teaser Tuesdays: Almost a Scandal | Feasted On: Eloisa's Fairy Tales Series, Book 4 | The Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2012 | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013

Author's Novel Extras : The Scandal Before Christmas - Overview & Excerpt | Pinterest: The Scandal Before Christmas

Author's Series Extras : Almost A Scandal - Overview & Excerpt | A Breath of Scandal - Overview & Excerpt | Scandal in the Night - Overview & Excerpt | After the Scandal - Overview & Excerpt | Pinterest: Almost a Scandal | Pinterest: A Breath of Scandal | Pinterest: Scandal in the Night | Pinterest: After the Scandal

Book Teaser(s) :
"Well, you have your marching orders, Miss Lesley," he said for her ears alone as he ushered her out the door of the dining room. "You are hereby required to contribute more than two words as you inspect the premises. Or perhaps you might defer them until some later time. Perhaps in the morning, on another walk, when we march resolutely toward the village of St. Helens."
His teasing had goaded her into looking at him then, giving him a glimpse of heat firing in the depths of her eye. "As you wish, lieutenant."
The words were quiet, but hot.
"Four already. But I shan't let you off that lightly. And you did promise not to call me lieutenant."
"I never did."
She was so resolutely battened down, he could feel his own sail shaking loose to run before the wind. "Ian," he insisted, just as determined as she. But he was determined to find out what made the quiet, serious Miss Lesley tick. So far, her pleasure was limited to walking.
"Sir---"
"Ian. Give it a try." He gave her his best, most winning smile---the one that made barmaids forget to charge him for his beer, and offer up other delights instead.
And it was working. She was having trouble keeping her determined look in order---she had to keep pursing her lips. "I---"
"Almost. Almost. But you didn't say 'sir,' so I shan't object any more this evening. This way." ~ within Chapter 5
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Elizabeth, then please check out her website.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Made the Grade: House of Night Series, Book 9 | #BookReview #HouseofNight

Format Jess Read This Novel In: Hardcover
Hardcover Print Length: 323 pages | Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Griffin
ISBN-10: 0312650256 | ISBN-13: 978-0312650254 | Language: English
Main Genre(s): Young Adult Fiction, Vampire Fiction, Paranormal Romance
Jess Obtained This Book Through: Office Max in Sale Bin


"Destined" [House of Night Series, Book 9] by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Author's Book Description : Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together – as long as he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow...

But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia's handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there's the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more – or possibly less – than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there's something strangely familiar about him...

Will Neferet's true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox's humanity in time to protect him – and everyone – from his own fate?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, Zoey and her friends continue on fighting against Neferet and other Dark evils ...

This novel I read in 2018 and before I could post my “official” review, that review got accidentally deleted (find out the whole story on my blog). Therefore, I leave you with the videos I created while I vlogged my reading experience of this novel (below). In addition, I will say that I wish I had read this novel

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Made the Grade: It Must Be Christmas: Three Holiday Stories by Jennifer Crusie, Donna Alward, & Mandy Baxter | #BookReview @JennyCrusie @DonnaAlward @MandyJBaxter

- This was an ARC Read -
Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition & Paperback
File Size: 903 KB | Mass Market Paperback Print Length: 384 Pages
Publication Date: October 4, 2016 | Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Paperbacks
ASIN: B01CXON5TS | ISBN-10: 1250106370 | ISBN-13: 978-1250106377
Main Genre(s): Holiday Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romance Anthologies
Format Jess Read This Novel In: eBook - MOBI File
Jess Obtained This Book Through: NetGalley


"It Must Be Christmas: Three Holiday Stories" by Jennifer Crusie, Donna Alward, & Mandy Baxter

Author's Book Description : Previously published stories from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie, Mandy Baxter, and Donna Alward, these hot romantic stories share the spirit of love this season. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when love is in the cold and frosty air―and desire reaches the boiling point...

Hot Toy
From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie comes a hilarious, sexy story about a determined shopper who grabs the last action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the arms of a sexy secret agent. Mayhem under the mistletoe ensues. Business as usual this Christmas season...right?

Christmas with the Billionaire Rancher
Nate wants to stay away from all the women who want his money in Mandy Baxter’s story set deep in the heart of Texas. But when gorgeous do-gooder Chloe Benson comes knocking at his door―in search of funds for her charity―Nate can’t ignore the passion he feels for her. Maybe love is priceless after all?

Christmas at Seashell Cottage
’Tis the season in Jewell Cove when local doctor Charlie Yang finds her quiet, steady life disrupted by both an abandoned baby in the nativity manger and ex-SEAL Dave Ricker. Are these turn of events too good to be true? Or is Christmas working its magic―for real?

My Book Review : For this full book I give it 3.25 out of 5 stars! Though I couldn't get into all of the novels that were included in this anthology, what I did read I enjoyed! All three are sweet contemporary small town romances that I recommend to those who are interested in that style of book genres.

Made the Grade: Jewell Cove Series, Book 1.5 | #BookReview @DonnaAlward

- This was an ARC Read / Jess read this novella within an anthology novel called "It Must Be Christmas: Three Holiday Stories." -
Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1740 KB | Print Length: 198 Pages
Publication Date: October 7, 2014 | Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Paperbacks | ASIN: B00L73JQNQ
Main Genre(s): Holiday Romance, Contemporary Romance, Quick Read
Format Jess Read This Novel In: eBook - MOBI File
Jess Obtained This Book Through: NetGalley


"Christmas at Seashell Cottage" [Jewell Cove Series, Book 1.5] by Donna Alward

Author's Book Description : It's Christmas in Jewell Cove...

And local doctor Charlie Yang finds her quiet, steady life disrupted by both an abandoned baby in the nativity manger, and a real-life mystery man. Sure, she's always wanted a family of her own, but she didn't imagine it coming from a baby that wasn't hers and a man who was more interested in living day by day than making long-term plans.

Ex-SEAL Dave Ricker hadn't planned on making Jewell Cove his forever home, but the talented and tender-hearted Charlie has him reconsidering his position on settling down. Can a beautiful woman, adorable baby and a small-town full of holiday spirit change his mind for good?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, brought together because of unforeseen circumstances Dave (David) and Charlie (Charlene) have an immediate connection but will it be able to grow into an everlasting relationship or just the "fling" that they agreed too?

This was a charming novel that hooked me from the time Charlie tried to "use baby Jesus" as a weapon. 😂

Friday, December 27, 2019

Made the Grade: Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie | #BookReview @JennyCrusie

- This was an ARC Read / Jess read this novella within an anthology novel called "It Must Be Christmas: Three Holiday Stories." -
Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1130 KB | Print Length: 83 Pages
Publication Date: October 13, 2015 | Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Paperbacks | ASIN: B012N98XPE
Main Genre(s): Holiday Romance, Contemporary Romance, Quick Read/Short Story
Format Jess Read This Novel In: eBook - MOBI File
Jess Obtained This Book Through: NetGalley


"Hot Toy" by Jennifer Crusie

Author's Book Description : Previously published in the anthology "Santa, Baby," "HOT TOY" is now available as a standalone e-story for the first time!

Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game and in the arms of a sexy secret agent...

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! On Christmas Eve, Trudy is out at an older toy store in hopes of finding the “IT” toy for boys that year. But of course because of it BEING Christmas Eve she doesn’t find it. She only finds last year’s model, yet that throws her life into a chaos-filled adventure!

This novella was not what I was expecting, yet I enjoyed its action-packed plot and Trudy’s quick wit.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Feasted On: Cinderella Sister Hood Series, Book 5

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 334; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1265 KB | Expected Release Date: May 31, 2016 | Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Paperbacks | Obtained: NetGalley

"His Wicked Wish" [Cinderella Sister Hood Series, Book 5] by Olivia Drake (aka Barbara Dawson Smith)

Author's Book Description : MARRIAGE TO A NOBLEMAN? NOT IN HER WILDEST DREAMS. . .

The daughter of a disgraced woman and a common actor, Madelyn Swann has been shunned by the nobility. No proper lady would traipse about on a Covent Garden stage, let alone sell herself at auction to the highest bidder. So why in heaven’s name would Nathan Atwood, Viscount Rowley, make a generous offer for her hand?

Turns out Maddy is exactly the type of woman Nathan wants as his wife. Finally, he can embarrass his snobbish and cruel father, the Earl of Gilmore―and scandalize London society―with his beautiful, unsuitable bride. Then he’ll depart England forever and leave his wife behind. Having secret plans of her own, Maddy is happy to play the role … only to find that enjoying her husband’s seduction requires no acting whatsoever. But as she falls madly in love with Nathan, can she persuade him to stay with her for always?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! After ten years of being away Nathan (Nate) comes back home to London believing his father has passed away, only to learn the bitter truth that in actuality his older brother is dead while his father still lives, which makes Nathan the new heir. As a way of punishing his father, Nathan plans to marry the tawdriest woman he can find, and with the help of his godmother, he thinks he finds the perfect woman in Maddy (Madelyn). However, though Maddy grew up as an actress the secrets in her own past could ruin the possible future that they’ve carved out for themselves. Will all their plans come crashing down around them or will fate have other plans in store?

This dynamic novel was entertaining from the very beginning! The ways Nathan and Maddy go about trying to exact their revenge was hilarious and I was fascinated with how Maddy slowly seemed to fit perfectly into Nathan’s life and into his family. While the characters were a bit all over the place in their demeanor it was all of their eccentricities that regaled me the whole way through.

Nathan and Maddy were a unique couple, in that though they were virtual strangers, their revenge made them their most trusted allies and that in itself made their rapid relationship to be very believable. I liked their comrade and respect for one another, especially with how that grew into a loving relationship. Though I am still upset with how Nathan handled Maddy’s big revealing, I appreciated how he made his grand gesture at the end of the novel. They were a sweet charismatic couple that I enjoyed reading about!

I recommend this novel to those looking for a compelling historical romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Amazon (Kindle) USD : If the Slipper Fits (Book 1) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : If the Slipper Fits (Book 1) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Stroke of Midnight (Book 2) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : Stroke of Midnight (Book 2) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Abducted by a Prince (Book 3) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : Abducted by a Prince (Book 3) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Bella and the Beast (Book 4) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : Bella and the Beast (Book 4)


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Author's Novel Extras : His Wicked Wish (Book 5) - Overview

Author's Series Extras : ​If the Slipper Fits (Book 1) - Overview | Stroke of Midnight (Book 2) - Overview | Abducted by a Prince (Book 3) - Overview | Bella and the Beast (Book 4) - Overview

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For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Olivia, then please check out her Amazon Acct.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Made the Grade: The Man of the Month Series, Book 2

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition - File Size: 3787 KB | Expected Release Date: April 7, 2015 | Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Paperbacks | Obtained: NetGalley

"Burning for You" [The Man of the Month Series, Book 2] by Michele Dunaway

Author's Book Description : Mark your calendar: The Man of the Month series is back--with a sexy new hero who will definitely heat things up...

The Man of the Month The last thing Taylor Krebs wants is a man. Her crazy, possessive ex-boyfriend has caused her enough drama to last a lifetime. Putting drama and men behind her she focuses on her fledgling photography business. That is, until gorgeous fireman Joe Marino--otherwise known as Mr. September on the Sexy Public Servants Charity Calendar--walks into her life. Joe wants Taylor to photograph burn victims pro bono for a book he's spearheading for the Burn Recovery Support Group...and he'll do everything in his power to persuade her to take on his cause.

Taylor soon finds out that she isn't immune to Joe's persuasive charms--both professionally and personally--and soon they are burning up the sheets. But will Joe's secrets and Taylor's need for quiet stability tear them apart? Or will this Man of the Month also end up being Taylor's love for all days?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, while at the photoshoot for a hunky heroes calendar that will bring money in for charity, Taylor meets Joe (Mr. September and a confidently viral firefighter who's holding a deep secret from his past). At first, she finds Joe very cocky but as they quickly get to know one another Taylor realizes that he is keeping a deep secret that he may never open up about. Yet after Taylor's own past relationship issues will she be willing to help Joe move past his own or will everything they've worked for fall apart? Thankfully friends and family plan on keeping them together no matter what...

I LOVED the setup of this novel, it was intense and endearing with a little of Joe's "Marino Charm" thrown in to keep you laughing. I truly enjoyed the places and depth that this novel took its readers. So, sweet and heartwarming! I just wanted to keep reading about these too! Together I found both Joe and Taylor to be two stubborn fools, but so alike that I did not want to see them apart from one another either. Plus, it helped that I'm an amateur photography geek so I was very intrigued by all of the photo scenes. =0)

Nevertheless, I was NOT happy with this novel's buildup to the ending. While I understand that all romance novels need some kind of wrench to be thrown into the main couple's relationship, the one that happens between Joe and Taylor wasn't one that I enjoyed. Taylor didn't make a mistake she made an omission because she didn't want to fight about it until afterwards and while I get that Joe did need to move on and I liked the way the argument was handled afterwards seeing the way Taylor justified it all beforehand annoyed the crud out of me. Even though I mean all of that, the last chapter was cute.

Overall, I DO like this novel and recommend it to those who are fans of Ms. Dunaway and/or wanting a meaningfully hot contemporary romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : eBooks.com (eBook) : A Little Christmas Jingle (Book 1) | eBooks.com (eBook) : Fan the Flames (Book 3) | Amazon (Kindle) : A Little Christmas Jingle (Book 1) | Amazon (Kindle) : Fan the Flames (Book 3) | Barnes & Noble (NOOK Book) : A Little Christmas Jingle (Book 1) | Barnes & Noble (NOOK Book) : Fan the Flames (Book 3)

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

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Teaser Tuesday: A Little Christmas Jingle | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2015

Book Teaser(s) :
"So your perfect plan went to hell."
She laughed. "As it so often does. Case in point, I'm here with you." ~ within Chapter 3

BURNING FOR YOU by Michele Dunaway -- Read my #bookreview here:...

Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Monday, March 7, 2016

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For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Michele, then please check out her Amazon Acct.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Feasted On: The Playful Brides Series, Book 3

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 350; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1178 KB; Audio CD - Unabridged; Audible - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: May 5, 2015 | Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Paperbacks | Obtained: NetGalley

"The Unlikely Lady" [The Playful Brides Series, Book 3] by Valerie Bowman

Author's Book Description : Inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

FOR THE BACHELOR AND THE BLUESTOCKING…

Certain that no man wants a bluestocking for a wife, Miss Jane Lowndes is careful to wield her books and her spectacles as weapons against matrimony. Convincing her ambitious mama that she’s content to stay a spinster is easier said than done, however. It’s a good thing Jane is not above a bit of manufactured scandal if it will keep her from the altar, and the argumentative, contrary Lord Garrett Upton…

ROMANCE IS NEVER BY THE BOOK

With the war over, Garrett is determined to enjoy his bachelor’s life while he can, even when it means attending a house party in celebration of a friend’s wedding—and suffering Jane’s notorious disdain. But when a masquerade ball leads to a mistaken kiss, he’s surprised to learn that Jane’s bookish exterior hides a truly passionate soul. When two such headstrong people are determined to remain unattached, can love lead to a happy ending?

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars! Ever since Jane was old enough to understand what she had for assets, she strived to become a bluestocking spinster, much to her mother’s dismay. So, at the age of twenty-six, she schemes up an idea for her to attend one of her best friend’s wedding festivities with a pretend chaperone as a way to get some independence and space from her mother’s social call exploits. However, not long after she arrives for the wedding celebration her friends and she agree that what would top off her independence would be a scandal. Yet, once everything is in place it all begins to unravel and the controlled scandal she hoped for turns into something she never dreamed or even hoped for, will it be what she really needs though in the end?

Even though this novel talks about Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing" (meaning the main plots are probably slightly similar) this novel reminded me more of "Beauty and the Beast" because I can totally see Jane as Belle (especially with her love for libraries), Garrett (Upton) as the Beast, and Isabelle (Mrs. Langford) as the complete set of angry/crazy towns people. *hahaa* With so many twists it kept my eyes glued to the pages, I was pleasantly surprised with this novel. In truth, while I was intrigued by the book’s description, I was nervous as to where the plot would lead (like have drawn out slow points or have the hero make a blunder that not even I could forgive) but this novel did nothing to make me not love it as much as I did! This was the first novel I read from this series and I can already say I want to read more about this quirky crew! To top it off Garrett & Jane were unknowingly soul mates. I mean with so many similarities it’s hard not to believe they were just meant to be and their blunders as they came to realize that was very entertaining.

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for a dynamically written sweet comedic historical romance that has a few sexual moments at the end.

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : The Unexpected Duchess (Book 1) | IndieBound (MP3 CD) : The Unexpected Duchess (Book 1) | IndieBound (Paperback) : The Accidental Countess (Book 2) | IndieBound (MP3 CD) : The Accidental Countess (Book 2) | IndieBound (Paperback) : The Irresistible Rogue (Book 4) | IndieBound (Paperback) : The Untamed Earl (Book 5) | Kobo (e-Book) : The Unexpected Duchess (Book 1) | Kobo (e-Book) : The Accidental Countess (Book 2) | Kobo (e-Book) : The Irresistible Rogue (Book 4) | Kobo (e-Book) : The Unforgettable Hero (Book 4.5) | Kobo (e-Book) : The Untamed Earl (Book 5) | Amazon (Kindle) : The Unexpected Duchess (Book 1) | Amazon (Kindle) : The Accidental Countess (Book 2) | Amazon (Kindle) : The Irresistible Rogue (Book 4) | Amazon (Kindle) : The Unforgettable Hero (Book 4.5) | Amazon (Kindle) : The Untamed Earl (Book 5) | Amazon (Paperback) : The Legendary Lord (Book 6)


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My Previous Review(s) for this Author : It Happened Under the Mistletoe | Christmas Brides

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2014 | Teaser Tuesday: Christmas Brides

Author's Novel Extras : April News: The Unlikely Lady is Getting Terrific Reviews! | May News: Hip, Hip, Hooray! The Unlikely Lady is Here! | June News: The Unlikely Lady and New York City!


Author's Series Extras : July News: The Unexpected Duchess is a NERFA nominee! | December News: Two Christmas novellas and Delilah news! | January News: Coming Soon!

Did you know that the first Playful Brides novella comes out February 2nd?
Posted by Valerie Bowman Author on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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THE UNLIKELY LADY by Valerie Bowman -- Read my #bookreview here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
"Don't walk away from me, Lady Blue." ~ within Chapter 23
"I hope you're proud of yourself, Upton," she finally managed. "You've done the impossible. You've rendered me speechless. What do you think of that?" ~ within Chapter 24
Teacakes and a giant library? She might just stay in here indefinitely and devil take Upton if he tried to forcibly remove her. ~ within Chapter 29

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For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Valerie, then please check out her Amazon Acct.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Idolizing In: Sisters of the Craft Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 352; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1175 KB | Expected Release Date: June 2, 2015 | Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Paperbacks | Obtained: NetGalley

"In The Air Tonight" [Sisters of the Craft Series, Book 1] by Lori Handeland (aka Lori Austin)

Author's Book Description : Four centuries ago, in a small Scottish village, three baby girls escaped the wrath of a witch hunter. Today, one young woman will learn about her secret history, her heart's destiny, and the sisters she never knew she had…

With her blue-black hair and dark eyes, Rachel Larsen has never fit in with the Scandinavian community of New Bergin, Wisconsin. Being adopted is part of the reason she feels like an outsider, but what really sets Rachel apart is her ability to see dead people. Everywhere. She's learned to keep her visions to herself…until she stumbles onto the ghost of a murder victim who needs Rachel's help. Enter Bobby Doucet, a distractingly handsome homicide detective who has been tracking a killer all the way from New Orleans. Could this be the break in his case he's been looking for all along? Meanwhile, the deeper Rachel gets involved with the case—and with Bobby—the closer she comes to unlocking the mystery of her own origins. What she discovers about herself could destroy everything she knows…and everyone she loves. Is finding the truth worth the risk?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars! A little over four hundred years ago, while being burned at the stake two witches (a husband and wife) do one final spell that sends their triplet baby daughters into time in hopes of finding a place when witchcraft won’t be a crime and they’ll be “safe.” The spell works ….

Throughout her life, Raye (Rachel) has been able to see and speak to ghosts. However, when she was five year old, and overheard her adopted father talk about how he didn’t like it and wanted to “send her back,” she learned that talking to ghosts wasn’t normal and did everything in her power to stop. Now at the age of twenty-seven she might still hide her “gift” but knows that it won’t go away.

One-day Raye’s “normal” life suddenly changes when a unique murder happens downtown and homicide detective Bobby (Robert) rushes into her life. In some ways things go from bad to worse while in others things get better but as sparks start to fly between Bobby and Raye other forces try to keep them apart, can they work things out between each other or will their pasts mess up what they want for their futures?

This unexpected paranormal thriller hooked me with Raye’s sarcastic personality, its fun witty plot, its suspenseful ways, and the growing relationship that Bobby & Raye share. Spectacular! This was a wonderful introduction to Ms. Handeland’s series as well as an intriguing novel all on its own! Raye is a captivating heroine while Bobby’s boundless protectiveness and slight insecurities make him one hero I wish I could know. Together these two create a superb pairing that I could not stop but want to read of more! I hope that as this series progresses with getting to know Raye’s other sisters we still get updates on the previous ones, because I just wanted to keep reading about these two. In addition, the plot about the Venatores Mali and how the sisters will go about fighting against them really fascinated me, so it’ll be interesting to see where everything will go next.

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

-- On a side note --
I really liked the interlacing covers!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : In the Air Tonight (Book 1) | IndieBound (Paperback) : Heat of the Moment (Book 2) | IndieBound (Paperback) : Smoke on the Water (Book 3) | Kobo (e-Book) : In the Air Tonight (Book 1) | Kobo (e-Book) : Heat of the Moment (Book 2) | Kobo (e-Book) : Smoke on the Water (Book 3) | Alibris (Paperback) : In the Air Tonight (Book 1)


Author's Series Extras : SISTERS OF THE CRAFT Series - Overview & Excerpts


Book Teaser(s) :
She lifted dark brows toward hair as black as his own. The contrast of that ebony hair and milky skin made him think of Snow White. Too bad he wasn't any kind of prince.
Foolish thoughts. What was wrong with him? ~ within Chapter 2

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Made the Grade: Dark Kings Series, Books 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, & 0.4

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 447; Kindle Edition - File Size: 947 KB; Audiobook - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: December 31, 2013 | Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Paperbacks | Obtained: NetGalley

"Dark Heat" [Dark Kings Series, Books 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, & 0.4] by Donna Grant

Authors' Book Description : The Dark Kings are sworn to defend an ancient legacy of dragon magic. But their fiercest challenge lies in the modern world, where a woman’s love conquers all. These are their stories.

Dark Craving

Fueled by ancient magic—and enflamed by human desire—the Dragon King known as Hal can transform himself at will into one of the legendary winged creatures he is sworn to protect. But one thing he can never do is fall in love…with a mortal woman.

Night’s Awakening

The dark immortal warriors were never meant to experience human desire. But when Guy, a member of an ancient order of shape-shifting warriors, meets Elena—a mere mortal whose beauty and blind ambition shakes him to his core—all bets are off...

Dawn’s Desire

For centuries, the Dragon Kings have hidden their shapeshifting powers from the world. But when a mortal enemy threatens to expose them, the warrior Banan must leave his secret lair in the Highlands to risk his life for the dragons within—and resist the temptations of human love.

Passion’s Claim

Banan has been waiting for centuries for someone like Jane. Guy knew it was love at first sight with Elena. Can two Dragon Kings commit to two immortal women for eternity? Or does fate have something else in store?



"Dark Craving" [Dark Heat Anthology, Novella 1] & [Dark Kings Series, Book 0.1]

Author's Story Description : Fueled by ancient magic—and enflamed by human desire—the Dragon King known as Hal can transform himself at will into one of the legendary winged creatures he is sworn to protect. But one thing he can never do is fall in love...with a mortal woman.

Searching for her brother in Scotland—and succumbing to the freezing cold—Cassie Hunter awakens to find herself in the arms of a magnificent Highland warrior. Across his chest is the tattoo of a fiery dragon. And in his heart is a burning passion that, once unleashed, will consume them both...body and soul.

This is a story of destiny and desire, magic and mystery, warriors and lovers.

These are the forbidden cravings of the Dark Kings.


My Story Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Looking for a new beginning, a woman moves to Scotland to be closer to her brother and ends up getting more than she bargained for with her hot new neighbor!

It’s a great start to this series! I liked how “self-involved” it was, meaning the only danger this novella had was the main characters (along with their friends/comrades assistance) messing up their own love lives. Haldor (Hal) and Cassie are a very sweet couple, who’s story I enjoyed in its simplicity. It was also interesting reading about Constantine (Con) in a “fatherly figure” role, it made for entertaining and dramatic scenes.

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Author's Story Extras : Dark Craving - Overview | Dark Craving - Fun Notes | Dark Craving - Learn More About Hal!

Story Teaser :
"I'm not sure if I'm ready for this," she said to Duke. "I haven't slept in thirty-six hours, I'm freezing, and I'm driving a stick. On the wrong side of the road. This is a really shitty day, Duke."
In answer, he nudged his large head against her shoulder. She smiled and scratched him behind the ear.
Her morale fortified--by a dog--Cassie started the car and headed out on the M90 north toward Perth. ~ within Chapter 1



"Night’s Awakening" [Dark Heat Anthology, Novella 2] & [Dark Kings Series, Book 0.2]

Author's Story Description : Fueled by dragon magic, the dark immortal warriors were never meant to feel human desire, much less fall in love. But when Guy, a member of an ancient order of shape-shifting warriors, meets Elena Griffin—a mere mortal whose beauty and blind ambition shakes him to his core—all bets are off...

Having left America to explore the Scottish Highlands, Elena suddenly finds herself lost in a dark cave—alone, injured, and utterly hopeless...until Guy appears from out of nowhere. Is she dreaming her own rescue when she falls into his arms? A man—and a passion—this strong is too good to be true. It’s only a matter a time before she learns the truth about the flames in his heart. And the dragon in his soul...

My Story Review : 3 out of 5 stars! A woman’s boss cons her into caving on the dragons’ private property and during the excursion she gets herself into serious danger, but once Guy finds her will her world turn out for the better or worse?

This novella was a hard one to completely fall for. I felt that way mostly because even though I liked Guy & Elena’s growing relationship instead of being mostly about them it was more about the storyline of the series and based around that. Nevertheless, in regards to Guy & Elena, I enjoyed how quickly they responded to one another and while Elena showed a few indecisive traits, I was happy with how swiftly she decided that Guy was the one for her.

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Author's Story Extras : Night’s Awakening - Overview | Night’s Awakening - Excerpt | Night’s Awakening - Learn More About Guy!

Story Teaser :
Right before he went over the side, she giggled.
"Something amusing?" he asked.
"I was just thinking of Jurassic Park, where the little girl was in this same position and she choked Dr. Grant." Elena laughed harder. "She was so scared of falling, and of the T. rex, of course, that she didn't know she was choking him."
"Well, let's no' choke me, shall we?" ~ within Chapter 3



"Dawn’s Desire" [Dark Heat Anthology, Novella 3] & [Dark Kings Series, Book 0.3]

Author's Story Description : For centuries, the immortals knows as the Dragon Kings have hidden their shapeshifting powers from the world. But when a mortal enemy threatens to expose them, the warrior Banan must leave his secret lair in the Highlands, risk his life for the dragons within – and resist the temptations of human love...

Jane Holden has never considered herself beautiful. But when the impossibly handsome Banan casts his gaze upon her, smoldering with sensuality, she feels like the sexiest woman on earth. Banan, however, is a man on a mission. He refuses to succumb to this modern woman’s charms – or his own desires. Two of his warrior brethren have already surrendered to forbidden love. But as the danger closes in, Banan realizes that he needs to possess Jane – mind, body, and soul. For she is more than his match. She is his destiny...

My Story Review : THIS NOVELLA WAS A REREAD:: Then (December 2012): 4 out of 5 stars | Now (January 2015): 4 out of 5 stars! Being a klutz and typically being looked over had never felt like positives to Jane until danger seems to slowly surround her, thankfully she unknowingly has one hot Dragon King looking over her. Hopefully, she’ll be able to handle and deal with the fallout once all the secrets are out in the open...

I’m very happy that I reread this novella since it made so much more since while reading it as a part of the series. I still enjoyed reading about Banan and his sweetly growing relationship to Jane, again. [READ MY PREVIOUS FULL REVIEW]

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Author's Story Extras : Dawn’s Desire - Overview | Dawn’s Desire - Excerpt | Dawn’s Desire - Learn More About Banan!

Story Teaser :
There was a soft knock on the door, and then it opened. Banan glanced behind him to see Rhys fill the doorway.
"Whoever that was willna be bothering you again," Rhys said to Jane.
There was a pause as Jane pulled both the knife and the pepper spray from her purse. She released the purse and flipped the knife open so that she held a weapon in each hand.
"Ah ... Banan, what's going on?" Rhys asked as he softly closed the door behind him.
Jane lifted the Mace toward Rhys. "Stop right where you are. I didn't invite you, and I don't want you up here."
"I've made a muck of things," Banan answered Rhys. ~ within Chapter 5
Teaser #2 ~ within Chapter 6



"Passion’s Claim" [Dark Heat Anthology, Novella 4] & [Dark Kings Series, Book 0.4]

Author's Story Description : Banan has been waiting for centuries for someone like Jane. Guy knew it was love at first sight with Elena. Can two Dragon Kings commit to two immortal women for eternity? Or does fate have something else in store?

My Story Review : For the full story I'm giving it 3 out of 5 stars it wraps up both novella's #2 & #3.

Part 1 – 3.5 out of 5 stars, Banan (being such the charmer he is) romantically proposes and binds himself to Jane in this sweet novella.

Part 2 – 2.5 out of 5 stars. Talk about communication issues! Guy is giving up on his feelings for Elena so she can have the happiness he thinks she deserves, if only he told her his reasoning before tensions between them had escalated. Yet, I’m happy I read about their bonding too even if it had dramatic results.

Story Teaser :
"You're thinking of stripping off my clothes."
"Oh, aye. I'm thinking of much more than that."
"I know," she murmured. "It's written all over your face when you look at me like that."
"I thought you liked it."
"I don't like it, Banan. I love it." ~ within Part 1 - Chapter 2



My Book Review : For the full book, I’m giving it 3.4 out of 5 stars!! I had originally only read "Dawn’s Desire," because I liked its book description the best, a few years ago and now that I've read all of the novellas prior to the full series I feel like I get the gist of this series even more. Plus I enjoyed getting to know Cassie, Hal, Elena, & Guy while getting to read more of Banan & Jane! Very cute, I'm interested to see where this series will go next!

I recommend this novel (and its individual novellas) to anyone who is a fan of Ms. Grant and/or to those who like paranormal romances!

Purchase This Book Here : Kobo (e-Book) : Dark Heat | Alibris (Paperback) : Dark Heat


My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 0.3

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Midnight's Surrender

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : "Waiting On" Wednesday: Dawn’s Desire | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013 | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2014

Author's Novel Extras : Dark Heat - Overview | Dark Heat - Excerpt

Book Teaser(s) :


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