Friday, November 24, 2017

Love and Loss at Whitmore Manor by Anita Stansfield, Blog Tour & Giveaway

Book Summary:

For nearly three years, British Officer Tristan Whitmore fought bravely for King and Crown in America. But his loyalty came at a price, and after slowly recovering from battlefield injuries, it is finally time to return to his beloved England and his wife, Muriel. But there is to be no tender reunion at Whitmore Manor—instead, Tristan is stunned to learn of his wife’s deceit in his absence and her unexpected death. And to add to the shocking blow, this devastating news is delivered by the last woman Tristan ever hoped to see again.

Olivia Halstead lost everything after the death of her father but found refuge with her cousin Muriel while Muriel’s husband was at war. Now, with the loss of her cousin, Olivia feels she has trespassed too long on the hospitality of the family. But before she can depart, Muriel’s husband returns, and Olivia’s own thorny history with the man comes rushing in: years ago, theirs was a tender courtship—followed too soon by a bitter parting of ways.

Now two people divided by past betrayal find an unforeseen chance for reconciliation. But when Tristan and Olivia find themselves on opposite sides of a revolution, will their clashing allegiances tear them apart forever?

My Review:

I have been a longtime fan of Stansfield and her writing, I have been a reader of her for years. I was very excited to read this new regency release from her and dove in head first. I wanted so badly to love this book like I have loved her others. I have to be straight forward though, this book was hard for me to get through.  It just didn't grab me and keep me inside the story. Maybe I just had a bad story reading day, who knows? I remain a fan of Stansfield and her work, this was just not my favorite from her.

Happy Reading!!!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Darkest Summer by Rebecca J. Greenwood, Blog Tour

Book Summary:

Lady Cora Winfield's life has always gone according to plan--her mother's plan. That's why Cora is so fascinated when she meets the dark Duke of Blackdale. Knowing his dangerous reputation, Cora's mother flatly forbids the match, and the duke decides to take matters into his own hands. Kidnapped and facing a scandal, Lady Cora must now decide whether love will be her downfall or the beginning of a new plan, one she never dreamed possible.

Set in the stormy summer of 1816, this Regency romance is a retelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone.

My Review:

Well this is no ordinary regency novel! Don't be put off by the title, I first thought that maybe this would be a dark story, but the title really alludes to the unusual weather in England during the book. Lady Cora is a completely unique character who loves all things plants and gardens. She doesn't really care for balls and parties but her mother makes her attend. She would rather be out tending to her flowers than entertaining an entourage of suitors! And the dark Duke is a quiet and brooding man. He has seen the horrors of war and he usually avoids the social scene...until he sees Lady Cora! And he knows he must meet her! From there the story simply flies on wings...I could not read quickly enough! I was rooting for the Duke and Cora to fall madly in love and marry! But love is never quite that simple! The journey that Greenwood takes you on is like no other I have read before. I kept thinking that no one could encounter so many obstacles and that the carriage ride would never end. Really, would it ever end? This is a great clean regency romance novel with twists and turns that any reader will enjoy!

Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

For Castle and Crown by Sian Ann Bessey, Blog Tour & Giveaway

Book Summary:

After years spent fighting alongside King Richard in the crusades, Lord Edmund of Hawksford is finally returning to his ancestral home. But far from a joyful reunion, what awaits him is devastation. His elder brother is dead, killed in a tragic fire at Hawksford Castle—and the title of duke now falls to Edmund.

When he strives to rebuild the fire-scarred castle, Edmund learns that his was not the only life the fire shattered: his childhood friend Lady Phillipa survived the flames that took Edmund’s brother, but badly burned, she has hidden herself away from those she loves. Yet as the pair renews their acquaintance, they find that their affection runs deep—perhaps even deeper than they’d ever realized.

As Edmund and Pippa begin to question whether the fire was truly an accident, they must discover the truth of the past before they can plan for their future. While coming perilously close to the answers they seek, Edmund and Pippa find themselves at the mercy of a dangerous foe who will stop at nothing to lay claim on Hawksford—and he will destroy any who stand in his way.

My Review:

This is going down in history as one of my all time favorite medieval romances!  There was something magnetic about this story, it slowly but steadily pulled me in until I could not find my way out again. I was wrapped up inside of Lord Edmund and Lady Phillipa (Pippa's) world. I loved the history that was a part of the story as well as the rich culture and countryside that I got to experience alongside Edmund and Pippa. There was mystery, romance, an evil villain that needed to be found out and stopped. Whispered rumors and threats, uprisings and a romance that may not be possible...just all of the things that made for a fantastic story! I loved this book and I hope to read many more from Bessey!

Happy Reading!!!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright, Blog Tour

Book Summary:

Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she's been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she's good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake's younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.

What she can't understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake's arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. It isn't until Lucas reveals to Emma that he was adopted into the Hampton family that she begins to understand his loyalty to Blake as well as his devotion to the child April-she is Lucas's biological niece.

Emma opens up to Lucas about the feelings of abandonment she has harbored ever since she was a child and her mother left the family. As she helps Lucas deal with his past demons, she is able to exorcise some of her own.

Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it's time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it's time for him to love her back.

My Review:

 I LOVE all things Austen, so I was beyond excited to get my hands on a copy of this book! I had no idea what to expect, I mean, the title alone could send an Austen fan into a fit of vapors! However, Wright was definitely up to tackling Austen, because this contemporary novel was amazing! Emma was a complete Austenesque character from her name right on down to her love life. And the Hampton brothers!  Both were successful and handsome but come on folks, no one could hold a candle to Lucas in my mind! This twisted love story is delightful and I found myself wishing for more time so I could just sit and read it to the very end! From Emma's best friend Silvia, to dreamy hot Lucas and even his mom Caroline, and cute little April...each and every character played an important part in this wonderful book! I believe any fan of Austen's will be a sure fan of Lies Jane Austen Told Me!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Source:  Publisher for review

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch, Book Blitz and Giveaway!!!

Book Release Celebration for Christmas Secrets By Donna Hatch
Donna Hatch is bringing readers some sweet romance this holiday season...

Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch
Paperback & ebook, 260 Pages November 9th 2017 by Mirror Lake Press LL

A stolen Christmas kiss leaves them bewildered and breathless. A charming rogue-turned-vicar, Will wants to prove that he left his rakish days behind him, but an accidental kiss changes all his plans. His secret could bring them together...or divide them forever.
Holly has two Christmas wishes this year; finally earn her mother's approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl, and learn the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss...even if that stranger is the resident Christmas ghost.

Exclusive Excerpt

This scene takes place when everyone on Christmas Day takes a turn kissing their spouse or sweetheart underneath the mistletoe ball. Now the group turn to Will and Holly, who have only known each other a few days, and start goading them into sharing a mistletoe kiss... “Come now, don’t be shy,” her sister called. “It’s tradition.” The others called out encouragements. Apology edged into Will’s uncertain expression. “Do you mind?” Holly’s palms grew sweaty inside her gloves, and her smile probably came out wobbly. “Who are we to go against tradition?” Did she sound desperate in her desire to kiss him? Will held out a hand. She placed hers in it and walked at his side to the kissing ball. They stood, hand in hand, facing each other. His neck cloth shifted as he swallowed. He leaned in. Her heart stumbled and her knees shook. She closed her eyes. Aching, she lifted her face. His cinnamon-spiced breath warmed her mouth. He kissed her cheek. Stunned, she opened her eyes. The watching guests groaned and some chuckled. “No, no, that won’t do at all,” Joseph’s voice rang out. “Give her a proper kiss.” Will froze. That intensity she occasionally saw in him returned. “Holly.” He swallowed again but instead of nervousness, a hunger that sent a flurry of shivers through her overtook his expression. “May I?” She nodded. It didn’t matter if he saw how much she wanted this, wanted him. Let him know. Let the whole world know. He touched her chin, lifted it, and leaned in. Again, she closed her eyes. This time his lips touched hers, pliant and unbelievably gentle. Heat exploded at the contact and shot through her all the way down to her tingling toes. Different from her mystery kiss, this one sang of affection and respect and a deep longing to be accepted. Sweeter, more chaste, more filled with caring, Will’s kiss brought her a level of joy she’d never known. All the world faded away leaving Will and the power of his affection, his touch, his kiss. Every moment of her life seemed to have been designed to bring her to this single, perfect moment of bliss and wholeness. “Ahem.” Father cleared his throat conspicuously. Will pulled away all too quickly. A tiny sound of distress caught in Holly’s throat. It was over too soon. But oh, what a glorious kiss!

  About the Author

  Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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- 1 winner will receive a Mistletoe "Kissing Ball" Ornament, an ebook of A Christmas Reunion or Mistletoe Magic (winner's choice) and some of Donna's favorite Christmas recipes - Open to US/CAN only - Ends November 13th

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