Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Review: Twelve Nights (Blue Moon Lake 1.5) by Sharon Struth

This is our last review for 2018. Please wipe your tears because we’ll be back next year with more for you. In the meantime enjoy your holiday festivities. Hopefully you won’t be too busy to find time to read. Remember to stop on by Constantine and Baryeh’s blogs to see what they thought of the book.

The Blurb
True love waits forever…

For Erik Lindholm, it’s been a long climb to the top of his company. Now, as president he has the power to bring his vision to life and speed his company in bold new directions. If that means a complete staff overhaul, so be it. If that means firing the woman who left his heart in tatters fifteen years earlier, it’s a business decision, not personal…

Beryl Foster is highly competent and respected by everyone at the office. But rumors of a big shake-up are rampant and—surprisingly, scarily—Beryl’s job as CFO is on the line. Fifteen years ago she made a decision to put her career before everything else. It was also the last time she and Erik shared a life together. Every Christmas is a reminder. This one could be a second chance… 

My Review
Second chance romances are a hit or miss with me depending on the reason why the couple initially broke up. Erik and Beryl had a legitimate reason for separating that first time and I wasn’t sure if they’d make it through as a couple the second time they got together. They had quite a bit going against them, their past being a major contributing factor. Their careers still being another.

I’ll be honest. I was angry with Erik on Beryl’s behalf in the beginning of the book. I didn’t understand how he could have just left her. I understand the motivation of getting ahead in his career, but I didn’t like it. Especially not when there were other options he could have taken. For a while I wanted him to suffer and not end up with her (not really, but my pissed off mind wasn’t really being rational).

There was an amazing park scene that made me sigh when I read it from her perspective. Learning about Erik and just how romantic he could be helped me to eventually get over my anger with him and I started wanting to see them together. I kept wishing it hadn’t taken fifteen years for them to get there. On the other hand it may have been the time apart that they needed to make them better individuals and because of that a strong couple. It certainly gave Beryl time to establish herself in both the workplace and her marvelous hobby.

I give this book four out of five Christmas tree shaped chocolate bars.
I purchased my copy from AmazonUK.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Cover Reveal: Blind Date Bet by Nicole Flockton

Title: Blind Date Bet
Series: Man's Best Friend #1
Author: Nicole Flockton
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Military Romance
Coming: January 22, 2019
Page Count: 232 Pages
Published by: Tule Publishing
Never say never...

After loving and losing a soldier once, Isabella Knowles made a vow: No more military men. She’s rebuilt her life and has a classroom full of fifth graders to love, which is more than enough even though her father doesn’t agree. When he sets her up on a blind date, she only goes to humor him -- never dreaming that the man she meets will tempt her to break her one rule.

In theory, Ethan Masters is not opposed to the wife, kids and house with a white picket fence. But he loves his career as a K-9 handler in the air force, and a dream promotion dangles before him like dog tags. While contemplating his future, he accepts a drunken bet for a blind date, never dreaming that the captivating woman fits perfectly into his ideal, all-American dream. Only one problem. She's gun-shy about all things military.

Can Ethan prove to Isabella love is worth the risk?

Blind Date Bet Excerpt © Nicole Flockton 2018

Ethan needed his head examined.
There was no other explanation as to why he was standing in front of a coffee shop, under the simmering Texas summer sun, wearing a bright red fedora. Never, on his grandfather’s grave would he partake in a slam-dunk shotscontest with his buddy, Lincoln Forrest, who was in the army, ever again.
Sober, he never would’ve agreed to a blind date, not after the time Linc had talked him into meeting Kathy Birdland. Talk about disaster from the moment she opened her mouth. He shuddered now remembering the high-pitched twang she emitted and the tobacco-stained teeth that had greeted him when she smiled. He was surprised he hadn’t landed in the Guinness Book of World Records under the shortest date category. Later, he’d found out the real Kathy Birdland had chickened out and paid some random woman fifty bucks to go on the date with him.
And yet, here he waited, on the sidewalk in downtown San Antonio, about to repeat the same mistake.
What he needed to do was swear off tequila shots.
Tequila had led him to wearing a red fedora so school teacher Isabella Knowles would recognize him. He should’ve gone with the more obvious I’m-holding-a-red-rose-because-I’m-a-sucker-on-a-blind-date look. As it was, people were glancing warily at him as they passed, no doubt wondering if he was a pimp or a wannabe drug dealer. Ethan glanced at his watch again. Still another five minutes until his supposed date was due to turn up.
Linc had assured Ethan Isabella was hot. As in H-O-T, hot. She didn’t wear glasses. Wasn’t a spinster with fifty cats. Had all her teeth, which weren’t stained yellow. Didn’t need to dye the gray out of her hair.
He automatically reached down to scratch the back of Sam’s head, but he met fresh air. Of course, his dog wasn’t on this date. He’d left Sam at the base to enjoy her weekend. Although having his K-9 partner standing beside him would distract him from waiting to see if Isabella resembled the bride of Chucky or a Victoria Secret’s runway angel.
“Umm, I know this is going to sound really weird, but are you Ethan Masters?”

USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.

On her first school report her teacher noted "Nicole likes to tell her own stories". It wasn't until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book. Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.
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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Review: A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals 2) by Alyssa Cole

The Blurb
Award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series continues with a woman on a quest to be the heroine of her own story and the duke in shining armor she rescues along the way

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice, and his attraction to her, but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.

Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?

My Review
Oh my goodness this book was the best! I loved A Princess in Theory, but this novel topped it. It had me laughing and tearing up. I now really want to learn European martial arts and take a trip return trip to Scotland.

 I’ll admit that I didn’t like drunk Portia from Book #1, but New Portia was amazing. The interesting part was that she didn’t know it, and that was part of her journey. She discovered a lot about herself during this story which made her tale more intriguing.

Tavish was hilarious, a gruff man for sure, but a sweetheart too. I wouldn’t want to be in his position of finding out his new status of royalty, but with help he handled it well.

The way Portia and Tavish’s attraction was described made me want to experience it for myself because it was incredible and consistent.

The story kept me on my toes. I almost took a peep at the end of the book in order to find out what would happen. This is a rarity for me.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. A Prince on Paper with Johan – sigh!

I give this book five out of five sword shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased my copy from AmazonUK.

Review: My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

The Blurb
Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.

"Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer."

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they're perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it.

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening. 

My review
This is not the type of book I normally read, but I really liked it. The story was well written, jumping from scene to scene, but not in a way that left me frustrated at not being able to read a straight story. Instead the shifts in scenes intrigued me. The book was a page turner and I read it very quickly. 
I appreciated Korede’s resolve to stand by her sister, yet at the same time I didn’t like that she’d done it until another character brought up a striking point that had me looking at the situation from a different perspective. 

I, unlike everyone else in the book, did not like Ayoode (the serial killer). The fact that she had killed didn’t completely contribute to my dislike. When I opened the book I knew that Korede’s sister was psychologically unstable (hence the killings) and this was brought out insidiously throughout the book. Explained to the reader through vividly described scenes. Brilliant. I still didn’t like her. She possessed a selfishness that I detested and didn’t treat the one person she should’ve cared for most well at all.

The fact that the story took place in Nigeria was dispersed throughout the book through use of language clothes, food and gestures. It was great.

I give this book four out of five knife shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased my copy from the Ghana Must Read Book Club.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Ultimate top 5 author wish list

Everyone is different and we all want different things . I thought I’d take a moment to share with you my ultimate author wish list. Remember not to skip the word ultimate, so they may not be the most realistic list I have ever come up with.
  1. I don’t have to promote my books – EVER! As soon as they are released they sell like sweets at a fat camp.
  2. Every book I write makes the NY Times bestseller list.
  3. Writing has made me as rich as the Astacio family from A Perfect Caress, Path to Passion and soon to be released Ambitious Seduction. Since I never revealed exactly just how wealthy they were, the amount of money they possess will increase on a daily basis.
  4. I can write my own personal romance and make it come to fruition. I’m talking how me and the man of my dreams meets, his intelligence, kindness, and handsomeness, how perfect he is for me, our intense attraction (which will include sparks which will straighten my naturally curly hair), how he makes me snort fluid out my nose because he is so damn funny. Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.
  5. For me to rule the world with love and discipline. Okay so this isn’t author related, but it would be a much more peaceful place to live if I were the queen of the world.

 What's on your wish list?

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

The Romance Reviews Year End Splash Party Giveaway

It's time to have some fun and win some prizes with The Romance Reviews. Today I have my own game posted and invite you to stop by to win an e-book copy of Healing His Medic.

The Romance Review will random choose the winner for my offered prize and will notify me after which I will contact you. All you need to do is register and be logged into TRR before you can play the game. Registration is free and easy. The games are entertaining and there are a variety of prizes to be won. 

Have a great time and good luck everyone.

The Blurb

Doctor Comfort Djan is looking for salvation after a tragic accident, which takes her to deprived regions where her skills heal the helpless. Until Fate thrusts her as a medic on board a West African military coastal protection ship. Proving herself to the male-only crew is nothing compared to being near one intense naval officer who has her feeling something other than her survivor's guilt.

Commander Akin Solarin wants nothing more than to do his job, especially when his medic's temporary replacement turns out to be a disconcerting woman who pushes all his buttons. He runs a tight ship, and doesn't need captivating and efficient yet aloof Comfort around to keep his heart-rate in semi-permanent overdrive.

Neither can deny the attraction between them, but navigating uncharted personal waters may be the least of their problems when confronted with bold pirate attacks and other vicious unknown dangers onboard the frigate. And when Comfort's life gets on the line, Akin knows he will do anything to save his medic and heal her battered heart in the process.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Letter to Editors

Dear Editors,

If I could follow you around all day waving palm branches to cool you off and feeding you grapes, I sure would do it. You make this author’s work worth reading. You take my words and make them better. You do miraculous things with my books and I couldn’t have made it this far without you. Every single last one that I have ever worked with has made my work amazing.

Thank you for being so good at your job and loving your work enough to help others love mine.