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Review: Desert Eden (Devereaux Family #3) by Patricia Grasso

Desert Eden - Patricia Grasso

When I first started reading this story I thought it reminded a lot of the stories I remember reading back in the 90’s … and then I realized it was first published in 1993 so it’s actually a re-release. To be honest had this story been first released recently I would have rated it one star however back in the day things were different so I can see why the story was written the way it was.

So, our heroine Heather is a spoiled brat that is accustomed to getting away with pretty much anything and everything, except with choosing the man she gets to marry. When she meets dashing but “savage” Khalid and is threatened with becoming a slave she behaves as expected and never bends to his will. The interaction between the two was interesting to say the least. It was pretty funny at times but it also tended to be annoying.
I had too keep reminding myself of her age most of the time so I didn’t hate her for being such a shrew and him for acting so superior.

The story and plot were interesting enough to keep me up until late at night but I felt the pace and dialogue were somewhat stilted, but again that could have been my fault because I haven’t read anything like this in a looooong while. Overall it was an ok read and I’ll probably be reading more from this author.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

6 ways to blog about books

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Book blogging is awesome and it's even more fun if you can blog about books in different ways. The book reviews are great, they give you a full insight into the read and present the core information. But you can give a book shout out in several different ways. Here are 5 more that are worth checking and trying out on your book blog

 

On BookLikes you can use 5 different post styles from the wooden bar on the top of your Dashboard. To write a given post, click a desirable section and you'll be moved to an editor -- each post type has got a different template and will stand out on your Dashboard and on your BookLikes blog page.

 

 

Have a look at the specific blog types in more details and choose the one that best fits you and your writings.

 

#1 Book review

 

This is the main book blogging format used by the majority of book bloggers. On BookLikes you can write a book review from number of places, just click the book cover and then +Post.

 

 

You can also write directly from your Dashboard, click Tex from the wooden bar and you'll be moved to a general text editor. 

 

 

To mark a text as a review make sure to check the Review box on the right and add the rating stars. Here's how the final outcome will look like on your blog (the look will vary according to the blog design):

 

via nicky2910's book reviews

 

If you've missed our recent posts about all the book review places and BookLikes tips, please have a look here:

 

#2 Several books review

 

Reviewing several books at once is not a standard procedure but it's handy when reviewing a book series or doing a monthly reading summary. On BookLikes you can add up to 10 books to your single post. Just use the search box and add all the titles you wish to cover in your review.

 

 

The final version of this kind of post can look like this:

 

via Midu Reads

 

 

#3 Quote

 

Sharing book quotes from your favorite titles is spreading word and what's a better praise for a book? The special post format makes the quote stand out both on your Dashboard and in the blog view.

 

 

 

via Bookloving author and publisher Bookloving author and publisher

 

 

#4 Photo

 

Book blogging is not always about reviewing, it's also about sharing fun pics enhancing the book love and promoting new books.

 

via Angels With Attitude Book Reviews

 

via Buchelli's Booklikes Blog

 

You can upload up to 10 images in one photo post. The photo post can be connected with a book or books.

 

 

 

#5 Video

 

If you're a book tuber, feel free to add your video reviews and if you prefer to share book related mini movies, please do. We love them! Adding the video is super easy on BookLikes, all you need to do it  add the URL or the embed code and voila! You can connect the vide with a book if you wish.

 

 

Here are couple of videos that made our day:

via Libromancer's Apprentice

 

via Yodamom Finds her Force

 

 

#6 URL

You can use your BookLikes page as a companion to your other webpages and another way of sharing your reviews and news. The URL post type can link to your other webpage or an article you found interesting and worth sharing.

 

 

Here's an example:

via markk

 

Which blog post type is your favorite?

 

ARC review: Lady of Silver (Blood and Silver, #1) by Shona Husk (4 out of 5 stars)

Lady of Silver (Blood & Silver) - Shona Husk

I've read pretty much everything this author has published in the US so I jumped at the chance to read this new series. It was a short but engaging read that I’m sure I’d have finished reading in one sitting if it hadn’t been because life got in the way.

As a detective investigating a savage murder, Dale has no other choice at the moment but to seek assistance of “psychic” Saba Venn. The only problem was he thought her to be a huge charlatan that took advantage of people that did believe in that sort of things. As an Albah, Saba knew more than she let on but she couldn’t tell Dale much because for one she had secrets to protect, and two because there wasn’t much he was willing to believe.
I liked the world setting and creatures depicted in the story. For such a short reading all characters were well developed and so was the plot. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out who the villain was and that the hero was not the typical Alpha, overbearing type of guy. I thought it was a nice change from other, longer stories.

I also thought the author made a great job creating a believable story between detective and civilian, even as the relationship changed gears to more romantic. Their attraction was there from the beginning but it was not insta-lust and even though it was a short read I never got the feeling that the romance was rushed. Even though Dale’s hesitancy and inflexible attitude put a restraint on the romance it actually gave it a sort of angst-y feeling. But don’t worry, there is a definitely a HEA and there will be more to come since this is just the introduction to the series.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

ARC review: SAVED BY DARKNESS by Katie Reus (4 out of 5 stars)

Saved by Darkness (Darkness Series) (Volume 6) - Katie Reus

I don’t know what it is about this author’s shifters and demons but I just cannot get enough of them. They are your typical possessive, growling, super sexy sort of supernaturals however the way they are depicted and the voice the author gives them makes all the difference.
Ian and Fiona are both dragon shifters who had to part ways a while ago because her family didn’t approve of their relationship. Cut 50 years later and they get to reunite only to have their time together shortened by evil forces beyond their control.

Like I said, Ian and Fiona are pretty much typical in the sense of that they are alpha by nature but when it came down to do what was right for everyone they were both wiling to relent power for the greater good. That’s another thing I liked about the story; the author was able to tell a believable story where there already was one true leader in the series however she managed to include other alpha characters without stripping power away from the Alpha of the whole pack.
Another favorite part of mine was that we spent more time with old characters and we finally got to meet the “sperm donor” of the half-demon siblings, which by the way are kind of my favorite characters of the whole pack.
All in all I thought it was a great story and I cannot wait to see who the next couple in the series will be. 4 stars.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

Review: Enemy Mine (Vampire & Werewolf Romance) by Katie Reus

Enemy Mine (Vampire & Werewolf Romance) - Katie Reus

3.5 STARS

Reviewing the audible version. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job with the story. He kept the pace of the book fast and interesting. He made our hero’s voice sound sexy yet dangerous. I also liked that he didn't increase his voice one octave higher to sound like a silly girl when giving voice to Melina.

The story in itself focused more on the relationship among all characters than world building. I wish it would have gone deeper into explaining what Melina’s family business was and why it made her doubt Kiernan’s initial interest in her. Although I suppose given the length of the story it provided a practical reason for the hesitancy. Melina and Kiernan had great chemistry and the animosity between their families made a lot of sense once it was explained. I only wish the story would have been longer because the story felt incomplete somehow, like they reached a HFN instead of a HEA.

All in all the plot was well written so I'd definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys PNR.

*** This is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

Review: Rake to Riches (The London Lords #2) by Nicola Davidson

Rake to Riches (The London Lords Book 2) - Nicola Davidson
Rake to riches is the second in the series but can be totally be read as a standalone.
Set in regency England, Louisa’s heart is more into the perils of science and experimentation (all kinds of it) than in fulfilling her parents’ wish of marrying a man of title if not money. Unfortunately the only man that could have at one time changed her mind about marriage holds no title and little can be said about his financial situation. Apparently something happened in the past that drew an edge between the two and made them become some sort of enemies after they had been good friends since childhood. Now Louisa wants nothing to do with the man but fate puts him again in her life and neither one of them have a choice but to learn to trust one another as they once did.

I adored the voice of this author, it just held my interest from page one. The dialogue was funny and engaging. The way she gave life to the characters was different from what I have read in the past. Each character was unique in their own way and not one of them tried to hide that uniqueness. For instance, George could have very well been the typical rake that sought pleasure because other things were denied from him but instead he simply rolled with the punches. Yes, he resented many things but he looked for solutions and not culprits. Another favorite of mine here was that Louisa was more concerned with being catalogued as a renowned scientist than a refined lady of the ton. She had her silly moments but she was at least trying to better herself. The romance was sweet yet passionate. The way George managed to keep Louisa to task with science was both endearing and entertaining. To me that said how much he knew her and that he truly care about her.
The rake to riches arc was interesting as well. If anything I would have loved to see what would have happened if George’s social circumstances had not changed at all or perhaps not so drastically. Either way the story ended in a satisfactory way and of course I will continue reading the series and anything else written by this author.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

Review: Deep Secrets (Return to Ravesville #4) by Beverly Long

Deep Secrets (Return to Ravesville) - Beverly Long

It was a well written story with enough plot twists to keep me turning the pages however I think I would have enjoyed it more if so many details of the characters would not have been told even before the story started. By the time I got to read about a certain character I already knew who it was and the part he or she was playing in the plot.
The romance of the story was well depicted though. Rafe and Trish were a sweet couple and I liked that Trish never relented her trust to anyone, not even Rafe, at least not at the beginning, which showed that although confused she was still smart enough to make practical decisions.
I liked the story enough to go back to this world and read the rest of the series. 3 stars.
- Some graphic violence but no graphic sexual scenes.

I volunteered to read this book; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.

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How to start a book blog

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No matter whether you're a regular BookLikes visitor or a newbie, we hope you'll find these tips useful in your blogging adventure. Here's how to set up your book blog and make your first steps in the blogging community.

 

We're happy to see newcomers to BookLikes, the BookLikes team says warm and loud Welcome, welcome! :)

 

7 tips how to start a book blog

 

1. Choose your blogging platform and register. If you're reading this on your Dashboard, we're more than happy to see that you've chosen BookLikes as one of your blogging companion.

 

2. Think of a catchy blog name. Make the blog title work for you and your content, it should be compatible with the reviews and texts as well as your personality. 

 

3. Meet the bloggers. The blogging community is huge and very diversified. You can follow everyone but you can get in touch with those who are your favorites and to whom you look up. Make them your inspirations.

 

4. Make your place comfy and stylish. Your page should be your showroom. A lot depends on your computer knowledge but if your tech skills aren't your assets, don't worry. Use the free templates and remember that what really matters is the content, show your masterclass in reviewing and content writing.

 

5. Add a personal touch. There is a real person behind each blogging page and a blog project and readers like to know who is backstage. Take a minute to create About me and Contact page where you can add a couple of details about yourself, your reading habits, books you love and your reviewing policy.

 

6. It's all about networking. Make sure to add your social profiles links and other pages you're sharing your pieces on. We would also suggest creating a separate e-mail address to make it easier for the blogging community and writers to reach you.

 

7. Write. Write. Write. And have fun.

 

BookLikes tips on staring a book blog

 

1. BookLikes is a webpage which combines features of a blogging platform and a book cataloging site. Our aim was to create a place where creating a personal webpage with a book blog and a virtual bookshelf will be easy for everyone and won't take longer than several clicks. The intro tutorial guides you around the crucial BookLikes' features and helps to make your first steps in the book blogging community.

 

 

To take advantage of all BookLikes features make sure to open a welcome e-mail from the BookLikes team with a verification code. Once your BL account is verified, BookLikes is all yours :)

 

2. On BookLikes, the blog name and the username are two different things.

Your username is the nick you're choosing when registering, it will be part of your www address, e.g. yourusername.booklikes.com. You can change it anytime but keep in mind that the www address of your BookLikes webpage will be changed along with the username.

 

The blog name (the blog title), on the other hand, is a name you're giving to your blog page. If you won't create a separate title for your blog page, it will automatically present your username as your blog title so it's worth to add it as soon as you register, either during the intro tutorial steps or in Settings/blog.

 

Both the username and the blog name can be changed any time.

You can change the username in the general Settings (main menu->Settings), whereas the blog name can be altered in Settings/blog (main menu->Settings->Blog).

 

 

3. Once you're all set, go and say hi to the BookLikes community. The intro tutorial gives you the opportunity to follow several bloggers but if you missed that point or want to check out other blogs, please use the Explore page where you can search bloggers by their reading preferences and popularity. The moment you start following a given blog you'll see the blogger's reviews and bookshelf updates on your Dashboard.

 

 

Visit the Book catalog page to know what the community is reading, shelving and reviewing. Click the book cover to be moved to a book page where you can view the community reviews which lead to separate blogs that you can follow.

 

 

Once your Dashboard is boosting with your fellow bloggers activities, start a reading challenge -- a great way to show your reading life step by step, book by book.

 

Also, make sure to say hello in the discussion groups where you can count on BookLikes team help and the community tips and tricks.

 

4. Customizing your BookLikes webpage is a painless process also for those not too tech savvy. To customize the webpage go to Settings/blog and click the Customize button. You will be moved to the customization tab, where you can choose a design template for your book blog (choose Themes to view free and paid blog templates).

 

 

Click Done or Customize to add more personal touch. Remember to Save all the changes and see how it looks on your webpage live.

 

 

If you feel good with your coding abilities you can also edit HTML or upload a template of your own design.

 

5. To add additional pages, like About me or Contact, go to Settings/Pages and create a page where you can add more information about yourself and your blog.

 

 

6. Adding your social profiles is another gateway for your readers to find and reach you. Make sure to add your actual social profile links in the customization tab (see point 4), they will be automatically added on your webpage. Tick social network buttons to make it easier to share your content, the Facebook like, Twitter, G+1 and Pin buttons will be added to each of your blog post.

 

 

7. And now the real work starts. Read, write, meet, share, comment, stay active and enthusiastic. Show your energy and spread the book love. Write great book reviews. Make your text stand out, be honest and never stop writing about reading.

 

Your book blog is your place now. A perfect place to be.

 

 

And remember that the blogging community is made of awesome people. If you have any doubts or questions, ask your fellow bloggers. We're sure they will be more than happy to give you a helping hand.

 

As always, you can also mail the BookLikes team with any concerns. We'll do all to help and support :)

Goodreads Challenge

You know you gotta step up your game when Goodreads tells you your behind in your reading... 

 

 

WHY LIFE, WHY?!  I was doing so good... *sniff* 

Review: Cowboy Sanctuary (The Dixon Ranch #1) by Michelle Hughes

Cowboy Sanctuary - Michelle Hughes, Jimmy Thomas, Shoutlines Design

I have to admit that when I started reading the first few pages I thought “where is this going?” but when that ended and I realized what was going on, I laughed so hard picturing the guy’s face I just knew I was in for a treat. The story is narrated by both Dana and Brock’s first person POV and although not my favorite it actually worked pretty well here.

Dana and Brock met in the least possible imaginable way. As the twin sister of Brock’s ex-lover, Dana never imagined she’d be the one to tell Brock the child she’s holding in her arms is his but when her sister’s ex-husband is back in their lives she’s got no where to go but the only place she thought safe place for her nephew.
This was my first read from this author. It was a quick-paced, funny, and enjoyable read. Dana was so innocent and naïve that she tended to sound silly at times but not enough to hate her character. Besides, I think it was part of her being so young and still trying to find her place in the world. If anything, it was Brock that I have some problems with. Every five minutes he would say something as silly as “my woman,” “my girl,” “a man needs to protect his woman.” Mine, mine, mine. One thing is to be protective and caring but this man’s attitude was borderline proprietorial. He was also a bit retrograde when it came to Dana’s mind. Some of their arguments were because he didn’t get that she had a mind of her own and he thought she didn’t need to worry because he was there to save the day.
Not my kind of guy, honestly. Then again when he was not behaving like a complete Neanderthal (like when he got jealous because she was dancing with his brothers) he could be really sweet and loving (like when they made love and he prepared her a bath to relieve sore muscles) and could pass for a gentleman. My issue is that I don’t think men need to act like jerks to be manly men. They can be protective and powerful yet sweet and loving. In the end I think he finally got the idea or at I think he at least kind of made a promise that he’d try to be better so we’ll have to see in future books about any changes.

The rest of the family Dixon, specially mamma Mary, added the perfect balance of drama and fun to the story. Jer-Ber, Brock’s baby was well-depicted and the fact that he cried at the most crucial moments actually made me chuckle, as in “yep, that’s a baby for you.”

All in all, it was a nice story with interesting characters and I will definitely continue reading the series and more from this author.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

Review: 4 out of 5 stars TO TAME A WILD LADY by Ashlyn Macnamara

To Tame a Wild Lady: A Duke-Defying Daughters Novel - Ashlyn Macnamara

TO TAME A WILD LADY (Duke-Defying Daughters #2)

 

To me this was a story of reverse roles where the rogue doing the seducing was the lady and the temptation was the gentleman.
We met Caroline in the first installment of the series as the second daughter of the Duke of Sherrington. Although a lady of good breeding, she had no interest in securing a husband and even the prospect of marriage was the least of her concerns. He main concern had always been her horses and more recently to take part in a very important race where only gentlemen were allowed. When Adrian was hired as the new estate agent some of his ideas did not sit well with Caroline because they would affect her horses and because they would only complicate her very private plans to be included in the men-only race she so desperately wanted to be part of.

Caroline and Adrian could sound the typical enemies-to-lovers trope but that could not be farther from the truth. Adrian is one of the most honest, caring, hard-working, loving heroes I’ve read in a long time, thus he really never behaved as an enemy to her; on the contrary, he was always protective and considerate. Every time Caroline tried to sound petulant or gave voice against one of his plans he very patiently explained why he thought his plans would work or simply put her mind at ease with straightforward logic. In other words, he always treated her with respect. Even when feelings for each other were expressed he clearly explained his position could never let him aspire to more with her and that for both their sakes he could not let her love him.
I liked how they resolved their love issues and how they reached their HEA. Throughout the book Caroline sounded impetuous, sometimes childish, and way too improper for a lady of her times (blamed it on her father that was never near to keep an eye on his unmarried daughters but was always willing to tell them what to do if he so saw fit) however the fact that she was willing to give up her most valued possession in order to see Adrian happy redeemed her in my eyes. I liked the first one better but this one is still another good read IMHO.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

Review: 4 out of 5 stars MOGUL (The Knickerbocker Club #3) by Joanna Shupe

Mogul (The Knickerbocker Club) - Joanna Shupe

It took me a little while to warm up to the characters and the story, but I think that was because I didn’t quite get what was going on between the two main characters. It was just a serious case of miscommunication and mistrust but once the story got rolling and they had to work together it started to get better.
Calvin and Lillian lived a torrid yet brief romance four years earlier. They parted in the worst of terms, Lillian thinking the worst of Calvin and he thinking it was for the best. Fast forward four years later when she is pretty much forced to work alongside Calvin in order to find her missing brother.
Calvin sounded so arrogant and annoying that I really didn’t get how anyone could possibly like the guy. Lillian was strong-minded but acted so impetuously at times (and for the times) that made me wonder how she managed to stay alive that long. However, it turns out it was only a facade each of them created in order to atone for past mistakes and/or to forget about the love they once shared for one another. Their relationship was tempestuous at times, frigid cold at others but blazingly hot through and through.

I liked how the author made the story revolve around The Chinese Exclusion Act for so many people. I thought that was the event that added poignancy to the plot and pretty much helped the story stay on track. It also helped my mind stay in New York and not wander to England as I was reading. There were times I was starting to question an action and then I remembered Oh, this is New York, not England! Ok, back to the story now… Funny how the mind works some times. The book also included the novella Tycoon which was also a plus. I only wish it would have had a more climactic ending but other than that I liked it very much.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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Review: Until Dawn: A Dragons of Bloodfire World Novella by Erin Kellison

Until Dawn: A Dragons of Bloodfire World Novella - Erin Kellison

Vampire Cal is on a mission. Find out who’s trying to harm reality tv star (and witch) Judith and eliminate the threat if necessary. This author kept the illusion that it was going to be a simple tale but the story was so neatly told and full of surprising turns that before it was over it was obvious it was nothing I thought it would be. I liked her different take on vampires and how they ranked among the other beings in this world. For such a short story it had plenty of action, drama, and a sweet ending. I hope there is more from this couple or at least from Judith's “coven” because they sounded like fun.
3.5 stars rounded to 4.

*A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion*

Review: 3.5/5 stars for The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel by Keeland

The Baller - Vi Keeland, Sean Crisden, Mackenzie Cartwright

Reviewing the audio version. This story is definitely not what I expected. I mean, it actually started pretty predictable however since I’d heard so many good things about the author I decided to keep going and in the end I was not disappointed.

Brody is your typical cocky, self-assured MVP of the NFL and he knew how much women like him that way. Delilah is a TV newscaster trying to make her way into the world of sports. When they meet at an interview in the locker room, Brody decides she’s going to be his new conquest. Delilah has decided no matter how attractive he is or how many dirty tricks he plays on her, she’s just not going to be his new conquest as she wants more than one-night stand.

Told from different POVs, this story had plenty of angst, heartbreak, funny moments, and Brody’s dirty mouth, which was one of my favorite parts. I loved his sexual bluntness which was his unusual way for hiding his caring, loving heart. The fact that he pretty much said what was in his mind and said it without an inkling of shame had me cracking up the whole time.
I don’t have anything against Delilah but to me she was a little too soft. I like my heroines with a stronger backbone and to me she sounded that she didn’t want to speak her mind because she wanted to avoid conflict. When someone from Brody’s past returns she kind of just sat there and waited for something to happen. I’m not saying doubt your boyfriend but please, be proactive. I think that was one the things that was a miss with this story, I think it could have gone a different route and instead it just fell flat once their relationship hit a big boulder.
At any rate, the book still hit all the good points in my enjoyment scale and to me it’s still a recommendable book. 

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