Thursday, November 29, 2018

REVIEW: Consumed by J.R. Ward


OUR REVIEW:

Shel: This is the first J.R. Ward novel I've read, which I know is probably scandalous or crazy in this day and age but truth be told the sheer number of books in her most popular series was intimidating and when Consumed came along and I could start at the beginning of something new, I decided to jump at the opportunity. I'm glad I did because now I know what I've been missing. Court: That's where I've been...except I bought the whole Black Dagger Brotherhood series once when it was on sale. I had heard how amazing her writing was, but I was nervous that it would be all of the hype and then I would no longer be blissfully ignorant with like 12 books that I bought...

Anyways, I am blown away by how amazing J.R. Ward is...she can write a book, y'all. 

Shel: Consumed is a mix of drama and thriller and romance--there's a lot going on, in a good way. Ward spends a good part of the novel really laying the groundwork for what I think is going to be a several book series. A few of the main characters are really fully developed (Anne and Danny) and many characters are built up enough that it's evident that they'll be in line for a book or have a large part to play in coming books. Court: I thought so too. We get multiple point of views, and it really is fleshed out in a way that this is a family that I feel we now know. I cannot wait for what comes next, because along with the characters we had a lot of action with the details of the work of  a firefighter and it was exhilarating action from the very beginning. 

Shel: I enjoyed the suspense of it and was genuinely surprised at who the "deadly killer" was, though I must admit I feel like there has to be more information coming, right? That part felt a bit rushed and like there are several bits of information that HAVE TO BE coming in the upcoming books--I just hope we aren't strung along for a long time only to be told something wildly mundane...or outlandish, I like these characters and want the answers to fit the narrative. Court: That dangling thread was there for you too, huh? Yes. There is some need to know information that of course I wanted right now! Alas, we didn't get it. Since we now know Ann Ashburn intimately though, we know she isn't one to let things go...so we know she'll always be working to figure it all out in her new job as a arson investigator. (I really liked this aspect of the story as well). 

Shel: Even with my slight dissatisfaction at having to wait until the next one comes out, I was wholly satisfied with the way Anne and Danny's part of the story got resolved and am looking forward to where this series goes next. Court: Me too. I could not put this book down, honestly, and I highly recommend it! 


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Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Ann Ashburn, who is consumed by her troubled past, her family’s scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a deadly killer.

Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed...

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again--until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.

From the creator of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of brothers. And a firestorm.

Monday, November 26, 2018

REVIEW: Sacred Sins by C.D. Reiss

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“Deliciously shocking.” ―Laurelin Paige, New York Times Bestselling Author

Sacred Sins, the stunning conclusion to the Sins Duet by New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss, is LIVE!

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OUR REVIEW:
I will never underestimate CD Reiss; I know going into any of her novels to expect the unexpected. Yet even knowing that, she gets me every time. I always end up with a racing heart, a need to take a breather for self preservation, and an even more driving need to power through the angsty bits to see what the hell is going to happen with the characters. And while I knew, in this particular case, what was happening or had happened to quite a few of the characters, I had no idea what was going to happen with Margie. All I knew was that I felt an intense amount of foreboding and melancholy as the plot continued to quicken its pace—emotions that couldn’t quite be soothed even when things seemed to be looking up (with good reason, since Reiss always saves a few gut punches for that last 15-20%). 

For those who haven’t read any of the Drazen books, you’ll find this duet to be interesting and entertaining (and you’ll probably want to go back and read them all—trust me, you will. Even with some plot points revealed here there are so many things you don’t know yet). For those of you who have read them, you’ll bring an added depth of understanding to what’s happening—and even though you know some things, there are many things you will discover along the way. 

Coming back to the crazy Drazen clan has been ...interesting and intense and reminds me of those early days of Reiss reading, when I didn’t know how maniacal she can be to her characters. And now, of course, I cannot wait to see what she does with the remaining Drazens.

You know what they say about family.
Blood is thicker than water.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
A house divided cannot stand.
Margie is the keeper of her family’s secrets.
Six sisters and one brother.
Billions in assets.
Generations of malfeasance.
And one heartbreaking secret kept by three people.
Margie.
Her father, Declan.
And Drew—the man she loves.
You know what they say about secrets.
Three can keep them if two are Drazens.
There's never been a Drazen who went down without a fight. And there's never been one who didn't fight for love.

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About CD Reiss
CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets. Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels. She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood. If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. _21A6258_pp-fb.jpg
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

REVIEW: 4th and Girl by Max Monroe

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Tapping the Billionaire comes a hilarious and sexy standalone about fate, chance, and one heck of an epically awkward meet-cute.

4th & Girl, an all-new standalone romantic comedy in the Mavericks Tackle Love series from Max Monroe, is available now!

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Our Review:

I've really enjoyed this series and I'm sad to see it go. The banter between the players is hysterical and the scenes on the field and when they're "at work" give it that sense that you're peeking behind the curtain and seeing a behind the scenes look at what it's like when they're not on the field--a fictional look, but still lends that extra added oomph to an already fun novel. In 4th and Girl, not only do we have the fun banter between players, but we also get the hilarious Alma, the funny meet cute with Leo and Gemma, the omnipresent Abby, and the sweetest romance in the series. Seriously, Leo is to die for --Max Monroe hit all the hot points: football player, intelligence, and a scene with sweatpants and glasses annnd he knows how to have fun?!?!?! Gahhh. And Gemma matches him with all that and more. I honestly had my doubts about how they were going to write a conflict for these two because they were so dang nice, but never fear, where there is a will, there is a way and there was a conflict that made me want to face palm one of these characters. Fortunately, the ending more than made up for the conflict and an HEA was had by all. 

If you're hoping for a meaty, emotional roller coaster, this is not the book for you. This is a lighthearted, quick and easy read--perfect for a day when you want to escape into something that's not heavy, maybe even for after you've read one of those heavy, heartbreaking reads. 4th and Girl will make you smile and melt at the sweetness of Leo and Gemma.

4th and Girl is the last in series and while we're sad to see these characters go, we hope they'll pop up in some of the most unexpected places. 

Synopsis:
I’m Leo Landry, one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the nation, and the New York Mavericks’ first round draft pick.
If James Bond spent his days running drills and his nights shutting out quarterbacks, he’d dream about being me. But professional football is on a whole other level from college, and as the new guy, I’ve got everything to prove.
No problem.
All I’ve got to do is focus, right?
Too bad life’s got other plans.
Blond hair, long lashes, and criminal blue eyes, there’s a pint-sized bombshell that I can’t stop thinking about.
I don’t even know her name, but she’s completely screwing up my game plan.
It’s too late to turn back now though. I have my eye on the prize, and I won’t settle for anything less.
4th down and only one goal in my sightsthis pretty little mystery girl.
Good thing I’m at my best when the pressure’s on.

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Wildcat
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About Max Monroe:
A secret duo of romance authors team up under the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you sexy, laugh-out-loud reads. Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than ten contemporary romance titles. Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far.

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REVIEW: Do You Feel It Too by Nicola Rendell


 

Do You Feel It Too? By Nicola Rendell Release Date: November 20th


OUR REVIEW:
Do You Feel It Too? is funny, sexy, romantic, and a fantastic way to spend a chilly weekend—it’ll definitely warm you right up. The characters, Gabe and Lily, are so much fun to read. He’s just absolutely hilarious (chapter 29 will have you laughing until you cry) —the things he says and thinks just cracked me up—and the way he feels about Lily made me want to melt. And Lily and the General were also funny and just so sweet, really the perfect mate for Gabe. Also of note was the palpable sexual tension that seemed to throb off about 90% of the pages; the chemistry between these two was *fans self* hot hot hot. 

As with every single Nicola Rendell novel, I know that the minute I pick up her latest novel, I will: 

not want it to put it down, 
laugh until I cry, 
get all starry eyed at the romance, 
not want It to be over when the last page is finished. 

I try and fail to have a list of my top favorites of hers and it’s impossible—they all have her trademark humor, romance, and sexiness and yet they all have something very unique. You always know that when you pick up her novels you’ll be guaranteed a good time. 

Do You Feel It Too? will have you wanting to visit Savannah looking for ghosts, quirky locals, and delicious food and hoping to be swept off your feet just like Gabe and Lily were.


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BLURB A hot summer night is perfect for feeling your way in the dark…
For urban-legend hunter and television host Gabe Powers, it’s business—investigate the most notorious haunted places in Savannah. Then he meets his new sound engineer, a dewy Georgia peach who may just turn this gig into (im)pure pleasure. All it takes is one night for them to conjure floor-rattling, wall-banging moans…but they’re not from the ghosts.
Blame the rippling abs, the cocky swagger, the granite jawline, the whole muscle-bulging package, but Gabe is bringing out good-girl Lily Jameson’s dirty side. Damn her code-of-conduct contract—this isn’t just a molten-hot fling.
There’s just one kink in the relationship they’ve been avoiding: soon they’ll be going their separate ways. Lily’s home is in Savannah, and Gabe is a globe-trotter at heart. For them to be together, they’ll both have to upend their so-very-different worlds and face their fears in the process. And suddenly things don’t feel so Georgia peachy keen at all.

EXCERPT He wrapped his arms around me, sliding one hand up along the back of my neck to keep me close. Running his thumb down my cheek, he held my hair back from my face. The laughter and playfulness were gone. Now he was back where I’d seen him in the bedroom. Greedy and serious. His palm grasped my tush in a delightfully possessive way. “Ouija speaks the truth. I do want you. So bad.”
“Me too,” I whispered back, but then I realized how confusing that sounded. “I mean, I want you. Not I want—”
He kissed me to shut me up. His hands gripped my body, and his tongue swept mine aside. Straddling him on my knees on the sofa, I felt him hard underneath me. I tipped my hips into him, with nothing but my panties and his chinos between us. This kiss was different than the one in the bedroom earlier. This was like a slow drizzle of caramel all through me. Just as the room began to spin, and just as I started to reach for his belt, he broke us apart, pulling my head back slightly with his fingers knotted into my hair. He nudged my cheek with his nose and said, “I’m gonna take you upstairs, Lily. And rock your fucking world.”


About the Author Bestselling author Nicola Rendell loves writing naughty romantic comedies. After receiving a handful of degrees from a handful of places, she now works as a professor in New England. Nicola’s work has been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After and the Huffington Post. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. Her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady, but she’s totally okay with that. She is represented by Emily Sylvan Kim at the Prospect Agency.


REVIEW: Secret Sins by C.D. Reiss

OUR REVIEW:

You know, the Drazens are where it all started for us and our C.D. Reiss love affair and here we are again, with another Drazen story. It's been a while, or so it seems, and being back in their world again makes me want to deep dive all the way to the very beginning--to Beg.

In Margie's book, Secret Sins, I was surprised at how much melancholy I felt running through it. In other Drazen books I've been dazzled by the angst and twists and high drama and sex so I think I thought this novel would fall into a similar path; and sure, it has all of the things the other novels have, it also has this tinge of melancholy.

I liked it. I liked that Margie is so fiesty and messed up and that all the 80s and 90s references are accurate and throw me in the way back machine. I like the way the story bounces between the two time frames while also building to that intense chapter. And I really like that the next book is coming our way soon.

BUY IT HERE: Amazon.

SYNOPSIS:

There were three of us.


Strat. A rock god who walked on air.
Indy. A handsome musician smart enough to live through stardom.
Me, a girl with everything to lose and nothing she wanted to keep.


I loved them both.
They say three's a crowd, but maybe I liked crowds...until the one thing I wanted to keep was stolen out of my arms.


I left that world, straightened up, went to law school.
I was fine until Indy walked back into my life to remind me of what I'd lost.
They say there's no time like the present, but when the past shows up with an invoice there's gonna be hell to pay.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

EXCERPT: Do You Feel It Too? By Nicola Rendell

 

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Do You Feel It Too? By Nicola Rendell Release Date: November 20th

   

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BLURB A hot summer night is perfect for feeling your way in the dark…
For urban-legend hunter and television host Gabe Powers, it’s business—investigate the most notorious haunted places in Savannah. Then he meets his new sound engineer, a dewy Georgia peach who may just turn this gig into (im)pure pleasure. All it takes is one night for them to conjure floor-rattling, wall-banging moans…but they’re not from the ghosts.
Blame the rippling abs, the cocky swagger, the granite jawline, the whole muscle-bulging package, but Gabe is bringing out good-girl Lily Jameson’s dirty side. Damn her code-of-conduct contract—this isn’t just a molten-hot fling.
There’s just one kink in the relationship they’ve been avoiding: soon they’ll be going their separate ways. Lily’s home is in Savannah, and Gabe is a globe-trotter at heart. For them to be together, they’ll both have to upend their so-very-different worlds and face their fears in the process. And suddenly things don’t feel so Georgia peachy keen at all.


EXCERPT Halfway up the steps, I slid my hand around her waist from behind. She stopped and I took one more step up so my hips were even with hers. I was rock hard in my pants, and I let her feel it between her ass cheeks. She groaned and held on to the railing more tightly. White knuckles. Fuck yes.
“You’re going to need to keep doing that,” I told her as I sheltered her with my body, the curve of my abs and chest pressed against her back. I slid my hand up to her tits and pinched her nipple through her dress.
“Keep doing what?” she asked. Her voice was thick with heat and desire. Not so soft and gentle anymore. I placed my hand over hers on the banister. “Keep hanging on tight.”
She let her head drop down, and I swept her hair over one shoulder. I placed my lips at the curve where her neck met her shoulder and looked down into her cleavage. I was torn—part of me wanted to ravage her, part of me wanted to worship her.
There was plenty of time for both.
I undid her delicate zipper tooth by tooth. It sounded every bit as good as I’d imagined it would. She was holding her breath as I did it, tipping her head to the side to get me to keep kissing her. Fuck knew I wanted to. But I needed her to know that this wasn’t going to be all tenderness either, and I needed there to be no doubt that no matter how bad I wanted her, I was the one running this show. Once I had her zipper undone, I hiked her dress up and yanked her hips back into mine, making her gasp. The ripples of the impact made her ass tremble. She bent forward as her dress slid from her shoulders. She supported herself with her palms on the stairs, her fingertips on the edge of the step. Her dress slid off her into a flowery circle at her feet, revealing a black thong. With a tiny red bow that I hadn’t been able to see earlier.
“I’m keeping these.”

About the Author 

Bestselling author Nicola Rendell loves writing naughty romantic comedies. After receiving a handful of degrees from a handful of places, she now works as a professor in New England. Nicola’s work has been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After and the Huffington Post. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. Her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady, but she’s totally okay with that. She is represented by Emily Sylvan Kim at the Prospect Agency.

Monday, November 12, 2018

REVIEW: Misadventures With A Professor by Sierra Simone

 
REVIEW:

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I'll always and forever buy anything Sierra Simone publishes. Every single thing she writes is well written and manages to be the most perfectly delicious distraction from my every day life that I can't one click fast enough when it's time to order. Misadventures with a Professor was so wonderfully naughty and I can tell that she had a blast writing it (which she confirmed in her latest newsletter) and I had a blast reading it. While it's a novella length read, it felt completely developed--the characters were fleshed out and not once did the pacing feel rushed or that something was undone. My only wish is that I had more--and not necessarily of this novel...just more unread Sierra Simone on my kindle because I adore everything she puts out.

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Synopsis:

***MISADVENTURES ARE STANDALONE ROMANCES THAT CAN BE READ IN ANY ORDER***

Zandy Lynch never planned on going to grad school a virgin. So when her professor father finds her a job abroad as a research assistant the summer before she starts her master’s program, she sees her chance. She’s got one night in London to lose her V-card to a Mr. Darcy lookalike before she has to join some ancient professor in the country.

Oliver Graeme is not looking forward to having some American co-ed hovering around while he’s trying to work, but he owes her father the favor, and besides, his office is an untidy mess of uncatalogued research. He needs the help. Still, he decides to take the edge off his frustration while visiting a colleague in London, and winds up having the sexiest, sweetest night of his life with a stranger, who vanishes in the morning without a trace…

To Zandy’s shock when she arrives at Professor Graeme’s house a day later, the door isn’t opened by a fussy old scholar, but by the wild, passionate man she met in London. Cold and reserved by day, Oliver is ferociously greedy with her at night, and it’s not long before Zandy finds herself falling for both versions of him―the aloof professor and the generous, rough lover. The trouble is that summer only lasts so long, and Zandy already has a plane ticket waiting to take her home…

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Misadventures is a romantic series of spicy standalone novels, each written or co-written by some of the best names in romance. The stories are scandalous, refreshing, and, of course, incredibly sexy. They’re the perfect bedside read, a ‘quick blush’ for the reader who loves a page-turning romance.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

October 2018 Favorites



As per usual, this post is super duper late. I'm not sure what the deal with 2018 was, but I COULD NOT GET IT TOGETHER.

*shrugs*

This will most likely be our last Favorites post of the year. The next one will be a recap of the entire year in the hopes that you have some ideas for holiday shopping..or using those holiday gift cards. If you see something that looks great, click on the cover and it'll take you to Amazon. Want more from our review? Click on the linked title and you'll see what we thought!




Long Live the Beautiful Hearts by Emma Scott was a magnificent and emotional conclusion to the Beautiful Hearts duet.

Player by Staci Hart was the perfect blend of music, humor, angst, and swoon. If only I could get her to write me into the pages of her novels...can you imagine the adventure? I think I'd love it!

Cards of Love by Sierra Simone--I die for everything this woman writes. In this case, a short take on Merlin to add to her American Queen saga. Loved it.

Sadie by Courtney Summers--This is a little bit of a cheat because I read it in October but didn't post it until November...but considering this whole list is wayyyyyy late, oh well. Courtney Summers writes the grittiest, truth bomb novels and I live for each one.

REVIEW: Sadie by Courtney Summers

OUR REVIEW:

I knew when I saw that Courtney Summers was working on Sadie that I'd have to have it. I knew I'd read it and that it would meld itself to me, just like All the Rage did. I was right. From the first page I was hooked--the interesting set up of the podcast giving us the background that sometimes Sadie's narrative couldn't (just as her narrative sometimes gave us the narrative the podcast couldn't) + the bone deep melancholy, grief, and madness that seems to live in Sadie = my whole weekend living in the world that Courtney Summers created. I couldn't get enough and I had to know what happened so I stayed up late, woke up early, and read until I finished it. ...or did it finish me? Gahhhh the ending. I can't decide how I want it to play out beyond the last word. Am I realist or am I a hope-filled dreamer? What does Courtney Summers envision? I wish I knew.

Anyway.

I love that the publisher created The Girls as a companion to Sadie. I haven't listened to it yet but I'm intrigued by what I'm missing --or is it just the episodes as they were in the novel? I don't know. It's on my list of things to do.

What I do know is that while I couldn't live in the gritty, sad, angry space that Summers's characters find themselves in, I recognize that I'm lucky that I haven't had to and I hate that anyone ever has or would have to live there. And as much as I hate that those spaces exist, I love that she's written about them, made me feel so much and think really hard about how being a woman in the world isn't a singular experience. That there are things that unite us all and things that many of us don't know about.

Courtney Summers's novels make me feel angry and empowered and I want everyone I know to read them so that they see what I've seen, feel what I've felt, and wants to change the world like her characters inspire me to want to do.

Buy it on AMAZON.

Synopsis:

New York Times bestseller! 

4 Starred Reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, Publishers Weekly!
"Sadie: a novel for readers of any age, and a character as indelible as a scar. Flat-out dazzling." A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
"Sadie is an electrifying, high-stakes road trip. Clear your schedule. You're not going anywhere until you've reached the end." —Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of There's Someone Inside Your House and Anna and the French Kiss 

"A haunting, gut-wrenching, and relentlessly compelling read." —Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carve the Mark and the Divergent series
A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial—like podcast following the clues she's left behind. And an ending you won't be able to stop talking about.
Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.
Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

REVIEW: Heartbreak Warfare by Kate Stewart and Heather Orgeron



We are celebrating the release of HEARTBREAK WARFARE by Heather M. Orgeron & Kate Stewart! Don't forget to one-click this heart-stopping, emotional story today!

OUR REVIEW:

Heartbreak Warfare is the latest novel by Kate Stewart and a new writing partner, Heather Orgeron. It's an angsty read, which if you look at the blurb makes sense, right? As with several of Kate Stewart's recent releases, there's a love triangle, though I think this one goes further than any of the others. So, if you're NOT A FAN of cheating or there being three people in a two people relationship, then this is probably not the book for you. Although, in defense of the characters, there is a situation that makes the cheating thing more palatable than you might suspect...and the way it's handled makes it feel very realistic. It's painful and conflicting and not always fun to read because of the pain and conflict these characters are put through.

If I'm going to be honest, I have very mixed feelings about this novel. I liked the realism, the military and war backdrop, the depiction of the struggles the three of these characters faced, and the resolution. I especially liked how truthful the mental health aspect was written--there were no quick fixes and easy solutions and I think that's something that's hard to accept for all of us. I had a harder time, sometimes, feeling as deeply for them as many other readers seem to feel. Sometimes I felt a little disconnected from the big emotions and there were times when the writing was a little bumpy for me, which is probably to be expected when two writers are blending their styles and voices into one narrative.


Overall, Heartbreak Warfare is getting glowing reviews from seemingly everyone and it's definitely filling a void in the contemporary romance world. Readers are connecting with so many different aspects of this novel which tells me that my disconnect is definitely on me and not on anything else.


Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone
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Blurb:
Briggs,

Remember when we parted ways in Germany? It was the day I broke your heart. What you didn't know was that I was breaking mine too.

I thought they’d be enough–my husband and my son. That I’d get home and everything would go back to the way it was . . .

Before the war.
Before the ambush.
Before you.

But, no matter how hard I try, I can’t erase the trauma we shared. I can’t seem to forget the way my heart beat in time with yours.

The truth is I’m lost without you.

I thought the nightmare was over when they pulled us from that hole in the ground, but nothing could have prepared me for the war I’d face at home.
I know it’s selfish of me to ask, but, please, I have to see you one last time. . .

All my love,
Scottie



About the Author:

Heather M. Orgeron is a Cajun girl with a big heart and a passion for romance. She married her high school sweetheart two months after graduation and her life has been a fairytale ever since. She’s the queen of her castle, reigning over five sons and one bossy little princess who has made it her mission in life to steal her Momma’s throne. When she’s not writing, you will find her hidden beneath mounds of laundry and piles of dirty dishes or locked in her tower(aka the bathroom) soaking in the tub with a good book. She’s always been an avid reader and has recently discovered a love for cultivating romantic stories of her own.
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A Texas native, Kate Stewart lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. Kate is a lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

REVIEW: Royally Yours by Emma Chase

     

OUR REVIEW:

I've really, really loved this series. I love the complete fantasy world of Wessco and the royal family--I mean who wouldn't? You get to plunge into something so very different than the reality of the world today and imagine what it would be like to be the ruler of a kingdom. In addition to that, Emma Chase writes characters who are just interesting to read; I find that I consume her novels in hours because I can't seem to stop reading once I start. 

Royally Yours was no different--I was completely taken with getting to know Lenora as a young princess--so different than the Queen we know in the first three novels in the series. She's so much more than I gave her credit for and her story before she met Edward, and after, was so much more emotional than I expected--I legit had tears in sections and that is definitely not something I expected from a novelist who usually makes me cackle with laughter (yet another reason I enjoy Emma Chase's works--just when I think I know what to expect, she does something unexpected). 

After reading Royally Yours I want to reread the entire series to see if my perspective of Lenora would change. I think I always suspected she was much more than what she seemed to be and now I know she is--and I'm wondering what hints I missed in the other novels. 

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco. It’s a big deal. When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. What she isn’t…is married. It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty. Even Queens. Especially them. ** Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home. And a sacred promise keeps him there. To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure. ** Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. This is theirs.    

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 Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | NEWSLETTER | TWITTER | GOODREADS | READER FAN GROUP