Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Love at First Bark by Debbie Burns (Rescue Me #4)

Love at First Bark

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Written by: Debbie Burns
Series: Rescue Me (Book 4)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
ISBN-10: 149267284X
ISBN-13: 978-1492672845
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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"This heartstring-tugger is certain to win fans." —Publishers Weekly STARRED Review for A New Leash on Love

Animal portrait painter Mia Chambers and architect Ben Thomas have volunteered at the High Grove Animal Shelter for years, and they share a complicated history. Ben has secretly loved Mia all this time, but she was married to his best friend. Now she's newly widowed, with a young son, and Ben doesn't know how to tell her what's in his heart. All he can do is stay close, help her as much as she'll let him, and watch for the right moment to bare his soul.

When a dozen adorable border collies get dumped in St. Louis' biggest park, everyone at the shelter mobilizes for a large-scale rescue. Rushing to the park to round up the frisky collies, Ben and Mia unexpectedly plunge into a new phase of their entangled lives. Who knew that opening their hearts and homes—to animals in need and to each other—would lead to so many upheavals...and new beginnings...?

Rescue Me Series:
A New Leash on Love (Book 1)
Sit, Stay, Love (Book 2)
My Forever Home (Book 3)
Love at First Bark (Book 4)

Love at First Bark (Rescue Me, #4)Love at First Bark by Debbie Burns

Lots and lots of puppies, need I say more?

Mia is recently widowed, with a young son. She is in a transition position in life and not quite sure what to make of the unexpected changes. Focusing on her son and working at the local shelter have given her the stability she needs to keep her footing in life.

Ben was her husband’s best friend but has secretly held a torch for Mia. He is there for Mia and her son but feels extremely conflicted about his roles in both their lives.

The best way to describe both Ben and Mia is conflicted, but in the end they find their way to happiness despite their conflicted feelings.

In the end, it’s a story about love, friendship and family with lots of puppies. Although it has its times of melancholy it was well balanced with quite a bit of angst.

I received this ARC copy of Love at First Bark from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca. This is my honest and voluntary review. Love at First Bark is set for publication July 30, 2019.

Whom Shall I Marry... An Earl or A Duke? by Laura A. Barnes (Tricking the Scoundrels, #2)

Whom Shall I Marry...
An Earl or A Duke?
by Laura A. Barnes

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: July 23, 2019
Publisher: Laura A. Barnes
Genre: Historical Romance
Print Length: 163 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

An afternoon spent in disguise leads to a passion that …

She wanted to explore the promise of his kiss. He wanted to persuade her to become his mistress. Will a case of mistaken identity lead to a marriage of love?

While trying to prevent her friend from a scandal Sophia Turlington becomes entangled in her own. As she waits for her friend in a brothel, a duke mistakes her for a harlot. When he requests an arrangement, Sophia decides to explore the passion he awakens in her soul. Her only stipulations for the affair are a mask, one week, and he must never discover her true identity. Can Sophia give him her heart and walk away as if their time never affected her?

Alexander Langley’s life as a prominent duke will soon come to an end unless he can acquire a duchess whose family can support him through a scandal. When he meets a violet-eyed temptress that awakens his every desire his search comes to a halt. As they explore their passion, he loses his heart to a woman he can never marry. Will Alex put aside his status in the ton for a love to last a lifetime? 

Throughout the season Lady Sophia Turlington and Alexander Langley, the Duke of Sheffield’s dislike for one another is known to all. A chance encounter throws them together as Alex and ‘Violet’. After their time ends, Sophia wants Alex to see her for herself. If not, then she might as well accept her friend’s marriage proposal. Can Alex overcome Sophia’s deceit? Or will his need for revenge destroy the love she holds for him?

Whom Shall I Marry… An Earl or A Duke? is the second novel in Laura A. Barnes’s steamy historical romance series. If you enjoy a story filled with passion and secrets set in Regency England, then you must read Sophia and Alex’s journey toward love.
Whom Shall I Marry... An Earl or A Duke?
by Laura A. Barnes
(Tricking the Scoundrels, #2)

Whom Shall I Marry... An Earl or A Duke?The ever-proper Lady Sophia Turlington and the ever-haughty rogue, the Duke of Sheffield, Alexander Langley may run in the same social circles, but their hackles rise with every meeting. When Sophia found herself hiding behind a mask at a house of ill repute in an effort to aid her best friend, a case of mistaken identity (thank goodness) finds her in the arms of the wicked duke as she enchants him with her charms and her with his experience.

Let the games begin! The Ton may never be the same if they were to find out one of their own has a hidden inner siren who ravages the heart of a known rake! WHOM SHALL I MARRY…AN EARL OR A DUKE by Laura A. Barnes is a deliciously devious romance that could bring two social enemies together, mind, body and soul! They say love and hate are equal emotions and while ignorance may be bliss, for the duke it is complete frustration for his heart!

Fun, sassy and filled with surprises, Laura A. Barnes has captured the spirit of romance and unleashed the hidden free spirit in a lady of otherwise high moral standing! I must say, I did enjoy watching the double standards practiced by the duke going up in flames of passionate glory that he never saw coming!

Great characters, quirky times, the heat of real passions! Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Laura A. Barnes! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

Keeping Lucy
by T. Greenwood

My rating: 3 stars

Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 6, 2019)
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
Genre: Women's Fiction | Dysfunctional Families
Print Length: 306 pages
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Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson's heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded." Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on. 

But two years later, when Ginny's best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth--its squalid hallways filled with neglected children--she knows she can't leave her daughter there. With Ginny's six-year-old son in tow, Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves. What they find sets their course on a heart-racing journey across state lines—turning Ginny into a fugitive.

For the first time, Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head-on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy. Racing from Massachusetts to the beaches of Atlantic City, through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to a roadside mermaid show in Florida, Keeping Lucy is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take her.
Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

Keeping LucyA mother shattered and overwhelmed by the power of his husband’s family, an innocent baby whose only crime was being born less than perfect and a world who has turned its back on the atrocities of a facility designed to “protect and care for those like Lucy.” It will take a stark and horrifying newspaper expose to finally give Ginny the backbone to take back her two-year-old daughter with Down’s syndrome, but her methods will endanger them both.

KEEPING LUCY by T. Greenwood has everything to wrench one’s heart out, to want to reach out to help, to rage at the complacency of public ignorance and how far a mother will go to protect her child, even at the risk of endangering herself and her other child. Where was her husband? Was he cowering at his father’s feet like a whipped dog, all for the almighty dollar and a possible political future?

I wanted to love this one, but most of this tale, which, believe it or not begins in the mid twentieth century, 1969, but it just missed for me as two women take to the highway, no destination or plan in mind to stay one step ahead of the law and the family bulldozer of power. There was too much that seemed implausible, too many avenues they could have taken and yet, it became a tragic comedy of risk, broken laws and bad choices, as well as further broken laws to cover their flight.

A drama that missed my heart, but sent my nerves into a frenzy of frustration with the characters.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Press! This is my honest and voluntary review.

The Dawnvel Druids by William Collins

The Dawnvel Druids
by William Collins

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Dawnvel Druids - Episode 1
Publication Date: June 15, 2019
Publisher: William Collins
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 191 pages
Available from: Amazon
As a druid, seventeen-year-old Simone Singh lives by three rules: gargoyles must be destroyed, her identity remains secret, and she can never attempt dark sorcery. Only now the number of gargoyles are growing, her identity has been uncovered and her best friend has been murdered by dark magic. 

Simone and the damaged oddballs she calls friends pretend to be normal students at Dawnvel Academy, but are secretly gargoyle slaying, wand-wielding druids, who occasionally time travel. 

On the same day her clan leader is killed, the new boy at Dawnvel, Bobby, sees her slay a gargoyle. Simone soon learns the hapless Bobby is a druid too, he just doesn’t know it. She decides to train Bobby whilst she leads the clan, which includes the tormented ex-boyfriend she might still be in love with and the pansexual party girl who has always loathed her. Worse, the dark druid is trying to knock them off one by one. 

As she hunts down the killer hiding amongst them, Simone and Bobby’s friendship begins turning into something more, before Bobby displays signs of dark magic himself. She can’t believe anyone she cares for could be the dark druid, but the killer can only be someone she knows and trusts. Her own life and everyone she cares about is at risk. 

Told from the dual viewpoints of Simone and Bobby. 
The Dawnvel Druids by William Collins

The Dawnvel DruidsThe magic of young adult fantasy! Enter William Collins’s world of THE DAWNVEL DRUIDS – Episode 1 and meet a group of teens who, on the outside are the “elite” of their academy but in truth are the protectors of the gates into a realm of dark monsters and evil that would like nothing better than to snack on humanity.

When the leader of the young druids is killed, it is stated that a new druid will be found, but the clueless Bobby has no idea that is the reason he has been sent to the exclusive academy, nor does he actually believe what he thinks he has seen, gargoyles, ghosts and more. As the minions of darkness become a greater threat, this group of teens must convince Bobby they are real, unleash his hidden powers and hope for the best that good will triumph over evil.

William Collins has fired off a an exciting beginning to this new series with a kaleidoscope of characters, an unusually heavy amount of evil infiltration and the awakening of a young teen’s powers to a world he never suspected even existed. Then, right when readers are rushing into the next twist…BAM…it ends and my craving for the next episode has begun as I hang there at the edge of the cliff! Um, a little help here, please…I need the next book!

I received a complimentary copy from William Collins! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Witches Protection Program by Michael Okon Tour & #Giveaway

Witches Protection Program
by Michael Okon
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy 

Wes Rockville, a disgraced law-enforcement agent, gets one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he’s reassigned to a 232-year-old secret government organization.

The Witches Protection Program.

His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar cosmetics company’s diabolical plan to use witchcraft for global domination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds. Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes must learn to believe in witches…and believe in himself.

Filled with adventure and suspense, Michael Okon creates a rousing, tongue-in-cheek alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern-day New York City.

Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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Fractured by Elle Charles Blitz and #Giveaway

Elle Charles
(Fractured, #1)
Publication date: May 7th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
How do you learn to remember when you have forced yourself to forget?
How do you learn to trust when those who were meant to protect you failed?
Catering assistant, Kara Petersen, leads a quiet, monotonous life until a simple twist of fate changes everything.
The sparks fly when Kara meets handsome, enigmatic, Sloan Foster. Dominant in the boardroom and successful in the bedroom, he always gets what he wants – and he wants her.
Captivated by his charm and aloof confidence, Kara is drawn to him in a way she has never been to anyone before. Aware something isn’t quite right, and against her better judgement, she concedes his intense allure is too strong to resist and their innocent fling swiftly develops into something she could never have imagined.
But in this outwardly perfect world of wealth and glamour, all that glitters isn’t gold. And as the mystery behind the man begins to slowly unravel, so does her life.
Now, with her heart and trust on the line, Kara is learning more about herself than she ever thought possible, from a man who seemingly knows more than he should. And the memories she forced herself to forget, are the ones she now desperately needs to remember…
Fractured is the first gripping instalment of Elle Charles’ dark, contemporary, romantic suspense series. Featuring unpredictable plot twists and endearing characters, this sensual, compelling saga of enduring love, ceaseless passion and sacrifice will keep you turning pages until the very end!
Perfect for fans of Sylvia Day, E L James, Aleatha Romig and Helen Hardt.
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Please be advised this book is not a standalone novel. It is the first in the Fractured series, and the story develops and unravels over the course of the first three books. Each book is full length (between 326 and 450 pages each) and must be read in order.
This is a dark contemporary romance novel. It contains sexual scenes and controversial subject matter (including triggers) that some may find upsetting. Intended for readers aged 18+
This novel is a new edition that has been re-edited and revised – 27 July 2018.
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Dick Tour & #Giveaway

The Private Dick Series Book 1
by Gracen Miller & Julie Morgan
Genre: Paranormal Romance 

Bourbon, beads, and blood.

Phuck is the king of New Orleans. A demon who offers immortality for loyalty and respect. As president of the Voodoo Dawgs MC, he's become as iconic to Nawlins' citizens as the French Quarter. With Voodoo Mama and his brothers at his side, he's untouchable, his power limitless. But when one of his demon brothers is discovered murdered, his life is about to be shaken up in ways he could've never anticipated.


Enzo is a sheriff, a shifter with a badge, who's lost his power and the respect of the citizens of New Orleans. Betrayed by those he trusted, he's fallen into disgrace, unable to remain sober long enough to pull himself together. When one of Phuck's men is found dead, Enzo calls in the big guns to help solve the murder.

Panther shifter Detective Natalia Cortes arrives to investigate a demonic killing in NOLA. It's not just any homicide, but the murder of a demon who happens to be part of the Voodoo Dawgs MC. The self-appointed King of New Orleans doesn't want her there, but she feels his heated gaze. The sheriff needs her help to solve the case, but the more time he spends with her, the more he wants to claim her as his mate.

Welcome to the Dark Days and Voodoo Nights of New Orleans!

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Gracen Miller is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a "normal" person in southern society. When not writing, she's a full-time mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband. She has an unusual relationship with her muse, Dom, but credits all her creative success to his brilliant mind. She's addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels and movies, Alabama football and coffee...addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She's convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and when blending coffee and writing together it generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs and Dom's aggressive demands.

Originally from Burleson, Texas Julie Morgan always had a love of books, especially paranormal stories. Julie finally took the leap to begin writing with encouragement from her family. 

Having worked in IT her entire career, Julie now spends her free time writing. Living in Central Florida with her husband and daughter, her favorite pastime is reading children's stories to her daughter, especially those around animals.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Drop of Magic by L.R. Braden

A Drop of Magic

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Written by: L.R. Braden
Series:  The Magicsmith #1
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Publication Date: July 31, 2019
ISBN-10: 1611949416
ISBN-13: 978-1611949414
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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The war isn’t over . . .

With the world clinging to a fragile peace forced on the Fae by humanity after the Faerie Wars, metalsmith Alex Blackwood is plunged into the world of the half-fae who traffick in illegal magical artifacts. Her best friend’s murder and his cryptic last message place her in the crosshairs of a scheme to reignite the decade-old war between humans and fae.

Worse, violent attacks against her and the arrival of a fae knight on a mission force Alex to face a devastating revelation of who and what she is. To catch a killer, retrieve a dangerous artifact, and stop a war, Alex will have to accept that she’s an unregistered fae “halfer” with a unique magical talent—a talent that would change everything she believes about her past, her art, and her future.

Her world is crumbling around her, and Alex will have to decide who to trust if she and the world are going to survive.
A Drop of Magic (The Magicsmith, #1)A Drop of Magic by L.R. Braden

A Drop of Magic is a new urban fantasy series by L.R. Braden. And, I will be delighted to add it to my must-read series list.

Alex discovers that one of her friends is murdered and their last act was calling Alex, leaving her racked with guilt for not answering his call. The mystery behind the murder sends Alex into detective mode, uncovering secrets about herself and her friends.

A Drop of Magic has lots of unexpected twist turns, a bunch of side of really fascinating secondary characters and side plots and great, original world building. Thumbs up for another debut suspense-filled fantasy. This is my first read from L.R. Braden but it won't be my last.

I received this ARC copy of A Drop of Magic BelleBooks, Inc. - Bell Bridge Books. This is my honest and voluntary review. A Drop of Magic is set for publication July 31, 2019.

My Rating: 4 stars
Written by: L.R. Braden
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Publication Date: July 31, 2019
ISBN-10: 1611949416
ISBN-13: 978-1611949414
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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The Empty Nesters by Carolyn Brown

The Empty Nesters

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Written By: Carolyn Brown
Paperback: 315 pages
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
ISBN-10: 154204300X
ISBN-13: 978-1542043007
Genre: Woman's Lit
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The worst of times calls for the best of friends in this sassy novel about starting over, from New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown.

Dear friends and army wives Diana, Carmen, and Joanie have been through war, rumors of war, marital problems, motherhood, fears, joy, and heartache. But none of the women are prepared when their daughters decide to enlist in the army together. Facing an empty nest won’t be easy. Especially for Carmen. With emotions already high, she suffers an even greater blow: divorce papers. Diana understands the fury and tears. She’s been there.

With nothing to lose and no one at home, the girlfriends impulsively accept an unexpected offer from their elderly neighbor. The recently widowed Tootsie has an RV, a handsome nephew at the wheel, and an aim for tiny Scrap, Texas, to embrace memories of her late husband. Still grieving, she can use the company as a balm for her broken heart. So can the empty nesters.

Embarking on a journey of hope, romance, and healing, Diana, Carmen, and Joanie are at a turning point in their lives. And with the open road ahead of them, it’s just the beginning.
The Empty NestersThe Empty Nesters by Carolyn Brown

The Empty Nesters chronicle the happiness and heart breaks of three friends and their friend and “adopted” mother figure as they transition into empty nesters. Brown pens genuine, heartfelt emotions of the trials, tribulations and triumphs as these friends process grief, loss and life altering circumstances while embarking on a RV road trip.

Unwavering friendship is the tie that binds these characters to the reader! The characters find their solace each other’s unwavering loyalty to one another. Difficult topics, heart aching trials, knowing when to let go and never loosing hope is written in such a way that the circumstances just come to life.

I received this ARC copy of The Empty Nesters from Montlake Romance. This is my honest and voluntary review. The Empty Nesters is set for publication Aug. 20, 2019.