Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Compromising Kessen
Today is a day for me to celebrate.  This is a book I've had the delight to read before it released and it's one of my all time favorites.  I'm a huge fan of the "Regency" era romances, but what I love about this book is that it's contemporary romance with all the regency flair and glam.  Kessen is a heroine with a confident attitude that has hilarious sense of humor an self awareness.  Christian is the typical British, stuffy with dry sarcasm, until he meets Kessen and she turns his world upside down.  Here's the blurb...

The last thing career-driven Kessen Newberry wants is to leave her home in Colorado to spend a Season in London, far away from her job, her friends and the memories of her mother. However, her father, the Earl of Newberry, threatens to disinherit her unless she gets in touch with her British roots. She complies, but has no intention of enjoying the experience.

That is until she meets Christian Vandenbrook, the arrogant and irritatingly handsome future Duke of Albany and her father’s business partner. Unfortunately, Christian hates Americans. And coffee. And apparently, Kessen.
A hatred this passionate can only lead to one thing… marriage.

Caught in the middle of a Regency-inspired nightmare, Kessen and Christian are forced to marry in only one week’s time. Resigned to their fate, the two resolve to give the relationship a chance—which would be much easier if everyone would stop interrupting them every time they found a moment alone.

I'll post my review later when it goes live on Amazon.  For now, just check out the book, download a sample if you aren't sure but don't get upset with me when you run out of the sample and can't buy the book quick enough...I'm telling you right the whole thing. It's that good. Really.


Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sacred Ring
Leah Sanders is one of the new authors I'm keeping my eye on.   Her debut novel co-written by Rachel Van Dyken entitled, "The Parting Gift" hit amazon during Christmas and she hooked me with her attention to detail.  In her first solo novel, "Sacred Ring" I was again impressed with the attention to detail within the plot, character development and movement within the story.  While this book is considered "YA lit," I really enjoyed it and found myself engaged in the story.  Here's my review on Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome YA litFebruary 10, 2012
This review is from: Sacred Ring (Kindle Edition)
The Sacred Ring starts out with an opening prologue that immediately grips you and leaves your mind swirling. As the book progresses you are introduced to three great characters who have adversities to overcome which are very relatable for young adults today. Add in a lot of adventure, a generous dose of mystery and some cute age appropriate romantic interest and you have a great read for all ages. Ms. Sanders did a fantastic job spinning a tale that is full of life.

I'm also including the blurb!

Nothing in Kynan Murphy's life is going right. His grades are horrible, he's always in trouble, and the girl he likes doesn't know he exists. But things go from bad to worse when his parents tell him they have decided to split up. Angry and confused, he wants nothing more than to lash out against the world. The closest thing he can find, however, is the Saint Valentine shrine during a school field trip. Armed with some fireworks and encouraged by his best friend, Michael Connell, he's all set to vent his frustration with life.

His best laid plans fail when a mysterious priest confronts him, sharing an ancient secret about a hidden ring with special powers. Kynan believes the answer to all his problems and the only way to fix his parents' broken marriage is to find the ring — a task he won't be able to accomplish on his own.

It was easy enough to convince his friend Michael to join him, but the irritating Brianna Collins insists on tagging along. Fortunately, her knack for language and interest in history is a valuable asset in the search. Their quest leads them to the northern coast and into dangerous territory where, in spite of theirgood intentions, they may lose their own lives.

This is a great book, just perfect for a nice escape!  It's not long, but there's no storyline sacrificed  for the shortened length. Here's the link!

Monday, February 6, 2012

So, I read this over the weekend!  The cover art alone had me interested, plus, I'm already a huge fan of Patricia.  Set in Greece, the story  unfolds quickly and you find yourself picking up the clues as you try to solve the mystery.  I won't give too much away, but I'll post my review to give you a little taste of the flavor of this great new release:

5.0 out of 5 stars Great details!February 6, 2012
This review is from: Aegean Intrigue (Kindle Edition)
He's searching for thief. She's the main suspect. On an archeological camp one will look for evidence, the other will look for ancient artifacts, but they both end up finding love.

Francie's first love is finding historical treasures, until she meets Alex. The initial reservations she has towards him melt faster than ice, but she is confused by strange happenings at the work site and she's afraid things are not all the seem to be. Alex is falling for the suspect, going against everything he's learned in the world of a private investigator. What they both find is not at all what either expected.

Ms. Kiyono is masterfully skilled at exposing her reader to a subject like archeology and giving accurate details on the subject while weaving a storyline so intricate that the combination is seamless.
Aegean Intrigue is full of twists, mystery, gripping detail, and a great romance in the mix.

Ms. Kiyono provided me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

So, if you're looking for a great read, not to long but full of great Grecian details, check out "Aegean Intrigue."  Here's the links!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

An Unlikely Alliance by Rachel Van Dyken

So, I have to admit that the cover kinda made me wonder what went on within the delicious pages of the book, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's intense, hilarious and also very tasteful.  This is honestly my new favorite novella.  I posted a review on amazon, here it is!

5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular!February 1, 2012
This review is from: An Unlikely Alliance (Kindle Edition)
Evelyn is one of my favorite heroines of all time! Strong, confident and beautiful she won't give into Royce's many charms. This of course, is irresistible to Royce and their incredible story begins. As I was reading I felt like Royce was channeling Huge Grant and it made me smile the whole way though. I can't remember a novella that had such fireworks between the characters! This is a great story, and you won't want to put it down till you're finished. I read it, then re-read it and I know I'll be reading it again was that good. Go Rachel Van Dyken, you've done it again.

Rachel was kind enough to include the blurb when I asked her for more a surprise...Keep reading!

Spoiled New York rogue Royce Mc Arthur lives a charmed life. He sees no reason to settle down, until his mother issues her decree that he must grow up, find a wife and produce some grandchildren?preferably before she dies of old age. But his choices are quite limited considering the only women of his acquaintance are ones of ill repute.

Meeting the beautiful Evelyn DeJarlias at a ball gives him hope he may have found the one. Her southern blue collar outspokenness and lack of refinement draws him like a moth to a flame. Unfortunately, she does not find him nearly as endearing -- consistently refusing his lavish gifts and his attentions, she poses a challenge he simply cannot ignore.

When his mother and her widowed father begin to keep company together secretly, it provides theperfect excuse for him to spend time with Miss DeJarlias. But figures from Royces past threaten to destroy the blossoming love between the couple. Evelyn must decide if she is willing to trust the man or hold his past indiscretions against him.

So, you ready for the surprise?  If you purchase this book, fwd the Amazon or Barnes and Noble receipt to The prize? Chances at one of ten free copies of Rachel's upcoming release of "The Redemption of Lord Rawlings." The exciting, climactic ending to the House of Renwick Series, her USA bestseller!

Don't you love a great romance?