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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.

— feeling booklikes
I've thought about it but then it seems like a lot of work! LOL

How to start a book blog

Reblogged from BookLikes:

 

 

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.***

OTHERWORLDLY SCI Fi ROMANCE DEALS

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This collection includes one of my favorite UF/PNR/SciFi authors Erin Kellison. Also if you have access to Kindle Unlimited you can now read her REVELER SERIES there. 

 

 

 

Happy Reading! 

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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. 

Challenge Accepted: 2017 Book Challenges

— feeling star

For 2017 I signed up for 4 book challenges. Right now I'm regretting 3 of them and the other one I'm still debating if I want to continue. Truth be told they all sounded interesting and I thought they would push me to read outside my comfort zone but in reality I don't want to leave my bubble, I just want to read what I want to read! 

 

So, I've decided that if I'm doing this I'm going to do on my own terms. I'm going to complete the challenges but by reading what's already on my TBR and/or Kindle or even Netgalley account... and if not there, well, I'm sure I will be there before the end of the year, ha! 

 

 

 

I have a Bingo Card, and A-Z that may include name of book and author's first/last name, and a Read Harder Challenge by BookRiot. Who knows, I may end up having fun. What am I saying, of course I will, I'll be reading!! 

 

 

 

 

Review: 5/5 for When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare

When a Scot Ties the Knot - Tessa Dare

I know I’m late to the party and that there is nothing I could possible say that hasn’t already been said about this book but it was oh so good! I had the pleasure of listening the audio format and the narrator did a superb job! She nailed all the accents and gave each character its unique and distinctive voice.

 

Maddie is captivating from the beginning. Her imagination and innocence grabbed me from page one. As the story progressed and she matured with time, she only became more endearing. She is one of those girls that even though naïve she was not silly or acted as a simpleton. I suppose her “disability” –she suffered from panic attacks- only made her more endearing in my eyes. I know from experience how disabling some episodes can be and that made her a more relatable character as well.
And Logan, can we say W-O-W! Although he started as an infuriating man that pushed his way into Maddie’s life by way of blackmail he turned out to be all “mushy” inside. He was just pretending to be a hard man because of the life he’d lived and because he was afraid to love for fear of rejection. But the more he tried to be unlovable, the more Maddie (and I) fell in love with him. Because really, who wouldn’t fall in love with a man that likes reading?
Secondary characters were all a riot but also engaging. They all had their own stories to tell and contrary to other stories where too much of others overpower the plot of the main characters, in this case it just added luster to the main story.

 

I could go on and on and on about all the things I loved about this book but suffice to say that it was funny, romantic, and tug-at-your-heartstrings kind of book; the kind of book you can’t stop thinking about long after the last page was turned, or in my case the last second was played.

Review 4/5 stars: Lethal Game (Red Stone Security #15) by Katie Reus

Lethal Game (Red Stone Security Series Book 15) - Katie Reus

Although it’s always exciting to come back to this world, this time my homecoming was bittersweet since it’s the last book in the series. Regardless, I was happy to see how it all wrapped up nicely in this story. I’ve like all books in the series for the most part but I feel this story in particular encompasses the best what every romantic suspense lover has to have in a story: heart-pounding action, suspense, a thrilling plot, relentless heroines, assertive heroes, and of course, romance.

Isa and Grayson became estranged after she discovered he’d lied to her about who he was and the real reason he approached her. She now wants nothing to do with him, even if her heart is screaming that she’s still in love with him. Unfortunately for her, Grayson is back in her life and will do everything in his power to convince her they belong together but he only has one week to do it. As the week progressed, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives and for the love they share. Meanwhile, Isa’s friend Emerson and her long-time pal Carlito, decide that it’s well past time to move from just friends to something more. All while trying to escape from some serious hostage situation.

Being that it's a romantic suspense I knew there was going to be a HEA but that didn't take away from the suspense and nail-biting moments. What’s more, the fact that there is more than one romantic sub-plot didn’t detract from the main characters either, if anything it just added to the drama. As an added bonus we get a glimpse of what’s been going on with other characters from the series making me feel as if it was a farewell to the security team in the form of an epilogue. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense then the complete series is the right read for you.

*** 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.***

Goodreads Challenge: I made it!

I'm getting better at this! I know it's not nearly as many as my other friends but believe you me, this is a quite an accomplishment for me. Yay me! 

 

 

Blog Tour: Tempest in the Highlands (Scotish Relic Trilogy: Book 3) by May McGoldrick & Excerpt

 

E-Original published by Swerve
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
ISBN: 9781250106582
Price: $3.99

 

 

Book Description

Miranda MacDonnell is on the run. When she inherited a mysterious relic from her mother, she had no idea the dangers it would bring. Now hunted by a relentless foe who will stop at nothing to find her, she has one choice: stow away on the ship of the notorious privateer, Black Hawk.

 

Rob Hawkins, the half-English privateer known as Black Hawk, has a mission from the Tudor king to find and kill the rogue commander, Sir Ralph Evers. To complete his quest, Hawk must find Miranda, a young woman Evers is pursuing. Caught in a tempest, he is shipwrecked with a “boy” who demonstrates an uncanny ability for saving him. Cast away on the mysterious Isle of the Dead, Hawk realizes that the “boy” traveling with him is actually Miranda MacDonnell and having her means that Evers will come to him. What begins as a ploy —using her as bait—soon changes, however, as he falls in love with her.

 

Ancient forces are at work, drawing the four possessors of the relic’s power to the Isle of the Dead in the Outer Hebrides for a final battle where good must overcome the forces of evil in this spectacular finale to the Scottish Relic Trilogy.

 

 

Excerpt:

One moment, Miranda was gasping for more air. The next, her very existence depended on how close she could get to him. The touch of his lips freed her mind and made her body soar. The tension gripping her limbs and her lungs melted away in an instant. She shivered involuntarily and her arms tightened around his neck.

 

Hawk’s mouth moved back and forth over her burning lips, urging them to open. Surrendering to his silent demand, she parted her lips. She heard the groan deep in his throat as he took a fistful of her hair and his tongue plunged deep into the soft recesses of her mouth.

 

A silent thrill of desire raced through her. She’d never been kissed by a man before. But right now, all fears were forgotten. The trap in which they found themselves became trivial. Miranda allowed the rising hunger she had for him to erupt within her.

 

Lost in the seductive play of his tongue, the heat of his embrace, and his roaming hand, she responded with passion.

 

He lifted her higher in his arms and pulled her legs around his hips.

Her body ached for his touch, her heart pounded, and her mind whirled in the closeness of his embrace. Miranda gave another low moan of surrender as he deepened the kiss.

 

She didn’t know for how long they were lost in the kiss, but when he tore his mouth away, he was as breathless as she had been.

 

“This is a dangerous game we’ve started,” he said.

 

She understood what he was saying. It was impossible to not feel his erection pressing against her. Unwrapping her legs from his waist, she tried to float away, but his arm around her waist kept her close.

 

“I don’t mean to scare you off,” he said. “But you’re too beautiful, too tempting, and I’m a man.” Hawk released his hold on the wall, and they floated together. His gaze never left her face. “But I want you to know you can trust me.”

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/tempestkindle
B&N: http://smarturl.it/tempestnook
iBooks: http://smarturl.it/tempestibooks
Kobo: http://smarturl.it/tempestkobo

 

 

Author Bio

 

Authors Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick (writing as May McGoldrick) weave emotionally satisfying tales of love and danger. Publishing under the names of May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey, these authors have written thirty-five novels and works of nonfiction for Penguin Putnam, Mira, HarperCollins, Entangled, and Heinemann. Nikoo, an engineer, also conducts frequent workshops on writing and publishing and serves as a Resident Author. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Medieval and Renaissance literature and teaches English in northwestern Connecticut.

 

Find the Author: 

 

Website: www.maymcgoldrick.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MayMcGoldrick
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MayMcGoldrick

 

 

Duke Goes Rogue (Must Love Rogues Book 3) by Eva Devon

Duke Goes Rogue (Must Love Rogues Book 3) - Eva Devon

Although I have loved pretty much everything I’ve read by this author, I’m going to have to say I liked this book but I didn’t love it.


So the Duke is supposedly a stiff man, always doing the right thing, however he and his brother did something terrible that’s been hunting them for some years. So, has he always been so strict, or did he become so after that incident? And what exactly was that they did? I waited until the end but I never got an answer to that. And when it came to the Duke being rogue, he didn’t show many signs of it. Although if you want to get technical, I suppose breaking his own rules would make him a rogue in his own mind.
Olivia was supposedly a smart and worldly woman, but it sounded like she never knew what do after she was sent packing from the Duke’s employ and was always relying on others to re-direct her life. Or perhaps it was the fact that I felt the story had too many arcs when it came to her and I felt I was being pulled in many directions.

I liked the premise of the story; I liked how it started and definitely how they reached their HEA. Overall an ok story, I just feel it didn’t have the fluidity that her other stories have had.

*** I received 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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