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Tiger Striped (Shifters Unbound #11.5) by Jennifer Ashley

Tiger Striped - Jennifer Ashley

Tiger Striped - Jennifer Ashley 

 

I love coming back to this world! Tiger and Carly had their own full-length novel in Tiger Magic and this is just a snippet of what life has been like for Tiger. When Tiger receives a distress call from heaven-knows-where, he and Carly (and the always fun Connor Morrisey) rush to help. 
In just a few pages we get to enjoy Carly and Tiger’s strong love bond at work, a high-speed chase, human-shifter interaction, and of course the promise of more to come. And that twist at the end was just perfect! I totally recommend it whether you’re new to the series or a long-time fan.

Innocent Target (Redemption Harbor #4) by Katie Reus

Innocent Target - Katie Reus

Innocent Target - Katie Reus 

 

Hadley has just moved to Redemption Harbor. She’s just getting to know her wealthy father and brother and although she loves them to death, they can be a little overprotective at times. Good thing too because now that someone is threatening her, her brother Brooks and the rest of the Redemption Harbor Consulting team will do anything to protect her.

 

Just like the rest of the series, this book packs a fast-paced, full of action, edge-of-your-seat plot that was hard to put down. The first chapter was both shocking and amazing and it was everything I want in a romantic suspense. It pulled me right in and from that moment I knew this was going to be a terrific story.

Hadley and Axel relationship is sweet yet it doesn’t lack passion. Their attraction is palpable from the instance they meet and doesn’t falter, even when she discovers his true identity.

 

Romance and suspense aside, the best part of the story was the people protecting Hadly, specially Skye, whom we got to meet in the first book in the series. She is a bad-a$$ woman through and through and one of my favorite characters ever. If the book was great, Sky and his loving husband Colt making a big appearance made it even better.

 

Redemption Harbor series as a whole will leave you wanting more and this book in particular will show you what you’re missing out on if you haven’t started it yet. 

 

** I received this book 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. **

Stealing the Duke's Heart by Shana Galen

Stealing the Duke's Heart - Shana Galen

Stealing the Duke's Heart - Shana Galen 

 

**These novellas were previously published in the anthologies The Dukes of Vauxhall and How to Find a Duke in Ten Days.**

 

How to Steal a Duke 
Dominik and Rosalyn make one of my favorite couples ever. She was graceful, playful, and brave. He was haughty, proper, and much to his chagrin, caring. Together they are the perfect pair. With a hint at gothic, and although it’s only a novella, this story packs plenty: romance, nail-biting situations, and an unexpected twist. It was a nice story that I wish would have been longer! 

Taken by the Duke 
When Henry is attacked by a band of ruffians, the last thing he expected was to come reacquainted with a long lost love. Kate has changed so much since he last saw her however he knows that deep inside she’s still the same girl he knew all those years ago. There were sparks flying for these two from the start. I loved that it’s not your typical “duke” and there was “no damsel in distress.” I thought the ending was kind of abrupt but it was still an enjoyable read. 

Both stories were fun, enjoyable, and quick reads. If you’re looking for a read to pass your morning, this is the one to get. 

~ I received this book 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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New release: Author interview with Nick Sullivan & 3 "Deep Shadow" Giveaways

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Nick Sullivan has spent most of his adult life as an actor in New York City, working in theater, television, film, and audiobooks. After narrating hundreds of books over the last twenty years, he decided to write his own. His newest title Deep Shadow, a first installment in Caribbean Dive Adventures series, has been release in April 2018.

 

Read our interview to get to know the author, and enter the giveaway contests to win a signed paperback or an audiobook copy of Deep Shadow (narrated by the author himself!). 

 

Deep Shadow by Nick Sullivan -THREE GIVEAWAYS

MAY 14 - MAY 30, 2018

Deep Shadow - Nick Sullivan

In the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, something lethal is on the move.

Scuba divers travel from all over the world to visit the little island of Bonaire, with its crystal-clear waters and a host of beautiful marine life. After three years in the “Divers Paradise”, divemaster Boone Fischer thought he’d seen it all; but on a routine afternoon dive, he spots something that will turn his tranquil life upside down.

From the arid shores of the ABC Islands to the tropical jungles of Venezuela—from the ocean depths of the Southern Caribbean, to the lush islands of the Northern Leewards, Deep Shadow takes Boone and the reader on an action-packed adventure filled with danger and suspense.

 

  

 

You are an actor, author and narrator - which of the three do you enjoy doing the most, or identify with? Can you make that choice? 

 
The answer to that really does change day by day... if I'm on stage or doing a shoot on a TV show, I'm in full actor mode... well, that's not true lol. When I shot an episode of "Bull" I had just run a promo for my first book, Zombie Bigfoot. I kept checking my phone for sales every time they turned off the camera lol. Narration is something I love dearly and when I'm in the booth I'm not thinking of anything else. Unless I start getting hungry.
 

After narrating over 400 audiobooks (!!) you made the choice to write your own book! How did that happen? Was there one event that inspired your decision to become a writer as well? 
 
I think the choice to try my hand at writing came in several stages: A. I've narrated so many books and was inspired by great writers (and was also inspired by some bad writing... figuring, well if THAT can get published...)
B. I had dabbled with writing screenplays (Zombie Bigfoot is a novelization of one of mine) and knew I enjoyed that form of writing.
C. I've narrated for some new authors and watched their careers flourish, and learned a few tricks from them as far as writing, marketing, and publishing went.
And D. I've made some great contacts in the book world from my narration work, and it finally struck me that I'd be crazy not to dive in and give it a try. You only live once!

 

What is it like to write your own book when you have read and acted out so many others, most of them probably quite famous - is it intimidating? 
 
Not really. I've read some early works by big names and have learned "everybody has to start somewhere". Every author evolves and I'm no different. Right now, I'm fairly new... but I'm loving every minute of it.
 

Tell us about your books - the first one seems quite different from the second, you've started two different series, isn't that right? 
 
Zombie Bigfoot (Creature Quest Series Book 1) - Nick SullivanYes... the two books are verrrrrrry different. And yet, I think a similar style is present in both. I realize if you want to make money you should establish a brand and stick with it... but I love to read all sorts of books and right now I just want to write whatever speaks to me. I had a blast with "Zombie Bigfoot"... a creature feature with a hefty amount of comedy baked into the pie—"horror", but a lot of action adventure too (like a Crichton novel, or "Jaws"). One reviewer said it reminded them of the action adventure writing of Preston and Child.
 
At the time I was narrating a lot of action adventure for a coupleDeep Shadow - Nick Sullivan  writers and I've been an avid scuba diver for almost as long as I've been narrating audibooks— so when another idea I'd had for a screenplay pushed itself into my brain, I decided to set ZBF's sequel aside and dive in to "Deep Shadow". (But worry not, "Zombie Billionaire" is about a third done). "Deep Shadow" has all sorts of elements I enjoy as a reader and narrator: action, adventure, and suspense in a tropical setting... some colorful characters, multi-dimensional villains, and some pretty good twists!

What are your writing plans? Do you actually have any at this point, right before the release of your second novel, or will you start making plans once it's out? 
 
At the moment I'm focused on making the launch week a success but I'll be back to writing next week. I have a complete storyboard for the ZBF sequel, and a fairly good idea what I'm going to do with the followup to "Deep Shadow". Actually, I'm taking a scuba trip to the island "Deep Shadow" ends on, which is where the sequel will begin. And in August, I'll be taking a writing retreat to Bonaire, where "Deep Shadow" starts! And I'll be narrating and auditioning for TV and film too... one day at a time!
 
 
Do you have any long-term goals as a writer? Maybe a certain number of books you would like to write within a specific amount of time?
 
I wish I could write more quickly, but with so many irons in the fire, it's difficult to say what sort of writing schedule I can expect from myself. I would like to get to where I can write one book in each of these series each year (one every six months) On the other hand... there's that fantasy book that I storyboarded... no!! Gonna stick with these for now!

Who are your favorite authors and genres? Have they influenced you and in what way? 
 
I love fantasy, sci-fi, horror, historical fiction, technothrillers, mystery, suspense, and thrillers. Favorite authors: Carl Hiassen: I narrated one of his books and loved his supremely broad characters.
Stephen King: probably the first "adult" novels I read were his. King's primary inspiration to me is the craft of writing itself—"On Writing" was excellent.  
Patrick Rothfuss: Absolutely loved The Name of the Wind. And I was taken with how he played with time in his narrative. And I'd have to admit that many great television shows and movies have inspired my writing.
 
More than one reviewer has commented that my books read like cinema. One person said of the "Zombie Bigfoot" audiobook: "It's like Netflix for the ear!" I think it was meant as a compliment...

 

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The Soldier's Scoundrel (The Turner Series #1) by Cat Sebastian

The Soldier's Scoundrel - Cat Sebastian

This was my first by the author and it for sure won't be my last. Oliver and Jack were from opposite sides on the social scale and yet they found a way to make it work in a totally believable way. Even though Jack was kind of a jerk at times he was still lovable and charming and oh, so sexy. Definitely an enjoyable, satisfying story. 

Kept by the Viking (Forgotten Sons #1) by Gina Conkle

Kept by the Viking (Forgotten Sons) - Gina Conkle

Kept by the Viking (Forgotten Sons) - Gina Conkle 

 

Release Date: May 14th, 2018

 

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The story takes place in a time when Vikings were settling in and around the Frankish kingdom. The setting felt authentic and real, with lots of interesting facts and vivid descriptions of how people lived at the time. That was a real treat for me since I love historical bits in my romances. 
After being separated from her family, Safira asks the leader of the Forgotten Sons to help her return home, and while Rurik can tell she’s hiding something, he agrees to help her in exchange for the one thing Safira cannot give. 

I love the way Safira was depicted. From the moment they met, she proved to be resourceful and clever in a way Rurik had never before seen in a woman. Her powers of persuasion and perception came in handy at some crucial times, winning the respect of every one.

There was also the political intrigue, that although I can never get into because it’s all too confusing, it was still interesting enough to keep me turning the pages. The romance though was a slow-burn, not because it wasn’t good but because there were too many things against them as a couple. They did find a way to stay together but it sure took them a sweet long time to get there.

**I received this book 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.**
 

Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal #2) by Manda Collins

Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal) - Manda Collins

Second book in the series, this story is centers on Lady Daphne Forsyth, a unique woman trying to find her place in a world that doesn’t seem to understand her, and Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland, the man that falls for her. 
The suspense aspect of the story was ok, I mean, it kept me entertained but not to the point that I was unable to put the book down. There were some twists but for the most part they were kind of predictable. 

It’s always interesting to read about characters with unique traits, unfortunately in this case Daphne didn’t hold my interest for long. She was described as someone on the autism spectrum and perhaps for that reason I was hoping to find a more endearing character but instead I got a character with whom I could not connect at all. I was also unable to understand the love between Daphne and Dalton. I think I would have liked it better if they took more time falling in love because to me it just felt forced and even trite at times.

I still plan to read more from this author but in all honesty I don’t think I’ll continue this series. 

** I received this book 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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The Luck of the Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #3) by Janna MacGregor

The Luck of the Bride - Janna MacGregor

The Luck of the Bride - Janna MacGregor 

 

his was a fun yet heart-melting story. I felt sad for March from the start. She’d been down on her luck for the longest and even though it shouldn’t have been like this, her family was about to hit rock bottom. The fact that her family stayed afloat for so long was a statement of how smart she was. 
I liked all characters portrayals as they were all defined and complex. I especially liked March’s younger brother, Bennett. His innocence added that dash of humor at the most interesting of times. March and Michael were great as a couple (at least through most of the book and I’ll get to that later.) She was sweet-natured and compassionate, always worrying about her siblings and how she was going to provide for them. Michael was charming and unassuming. It was easy to see why March fell for him. 

I dislike storylines that use unpremeditated secrets as another challenge to overcome. In this case, March and Michael had already made promises to each other but the moment such secret came to light, all promises were forgotten and even more drama was added. In addition, Michael’s attitude got me confused as I didn’t understand what exactly he was waiting for to correct his wrongdoings. 

In short, it was a good story that will have you tearing up as much as inducing a laugh, and if you don’t mind an excessive amount of purple prose then you will definitely enjoy this book.

** I received this book 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. **
 

Marriage with a Proper Stranger (Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #1) by Karyn Gerrard

Marriage With a Proper Stranger - Karyn Gerrard

This book is plain and simple one of the best examples why I read and LOVE historical romance. Not only there is always a HEA but more often than not they offer a history lesson that would be hard to learn in a basic elementary classroom. This story deserves praising for that alone. 


Riordan and the rest of the Wollstonecraft men are actively working in bettering the lives of those around them. They believe justice and equality should be for all and not only members of the upper class. It was the same firm beliefs and principles that persuaded him to help Sabrina. At first he was hesitant to agree to her outrageous plan because of what it would entail but after hearing her heartbreaking story of abuse he decides to help her in spite of knowing what he’d have to face down the road. 
My favorite part of the story were the Wollstonecraft men. They weren’t perfect in any way but the way they all behaved put them pretty close to perfection. I truly cannot wait to read each of their stories. 
I felt sorry for Sabrina from the get go. She had a despicable father that only cared for his own welfare and didn’t give two figs about her. It was easy to see why she thought her only escape was to marry a total stranger. Still, it took me a while to warm up to her and I had trouble understanding some of her actions, especially when she discovered the things Riordan kept from her. 


One thing that I disliked though was that the curse was almost non-existent. Perhaps it was a mistake on my part and I shouldn’t have assumed but the way the book started made me think that it was going to be what moved the story forward but it felt more like an afterthought. I’m hoping we get more of it in the next books because it was a good premise and I’ll like to read more about it.

**I received this book 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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The Lord of Lost Causes (Millcastle Book 1) by Kate Pearce

The Lord of Lost Causes - Kate Pearce

The Lord of Lost Causes - Kate Pearce 

 

Francis is a man that fell from grace while still a soldier. He’s now a rich man that can be best described as callous, cynical, and mercenary. His relationship with Caroline started as a business transaction and nothing more. While I appreciate the historical accuracy of Caroline’s circumstances I was not happy with the way she was coerced into doing things she most definitely didn’t want to do in order to pay her debts. That part of the story reminded me of the old bodice rippers, when the woman fell head over heels by the “hero” despite him being a jerk. 
And yet, I couldn’t bring myself to hate Francis. He might have been a reprobate however, and as much as he tried to deny it, he was also compassionate and just in his own way. In the end, his redeeming qualities outdid his ruthlessness and he became the man Caroline always knew he could be. And what is best is that it was done in a totally believable way. 

That being said, I’m not a fan of stories where the heroine must suffer quietly while the man has his way with her and everyone around him. I know, that’s the way things used to be but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. 

**I received this book 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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It's time once again for BoB. First, the blurb:

 

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

 

So I am going to read a bunch of the small books (less than 150 pages) on my NOOK during BoB, plus try to get somewhere with my non-fiction reading. All updates and challenges will be posted here and on my IG account. I don't know if I will have time or the energy to also do reviews, so those may wait until May 21st. I am aiming again to make one of the weekend Twitter parties. 

 

 

A Scandalous Deal (The Four Hundred #2) by Joanna Shupe

A Scandalous Deal - Joanna Shupe

When Eva and Phillip first meet he comes off as the brooding type. A next encounter lets Eva discover he’s got a fun-loving side that she’d have loved to know more of but her dreams of becoming a well-renowned architect stops her from pursuing more with him.

I liked the chemistry these two developed from the start. It was fun to see how the relationship goes from ardent strangers, to a cold employer-employee status, to passionate lovers.
As Eva tries to prove she’s the capable professional she professes to be, she has to overcome many obstacles, some created by the people that want to see her fail, and some by her own doing. All in all she faces everything with temper and grace. I liked that about her character. I think she could have come across as a fearful woman but instead her decisiveness let us see she’s no wilting flower.

 

Overall it was an enjoyable and fun read. The thing is I think so many things could have been prevented if they had only told the truth from the start or at least not keep so many secrets. However that might actually be on me because the “concealed truth” trope is one of my least favorites. Either way I still recommend this book to anyone that likes strong heroines, charming billionaires, and a scorchingly sexy, engaging story.

Review: The Duke Who Ravished Me (Rebellious Brides #4) by Diana Quincy

The Duke Who Ravished Me - Diana Quincy

This was an wonderful, well-written, heart-melting story from start to finish. With one of the best introductory scenes I might have ever read, this is one book I definitely recommend to anyone that loves fresh stories, unique twists, the right amount of drama, and characters full of emotions and wit. 

So, that scene; we are introduced to the Duke of Sunderford, or Sinful Sunny, in the most decadent and naughty way, giving us glimpse of what was yet to come * yum *
I love dukes. I don’t care how many fictitious dukes there are, I’ve read lots of them and I’ll probably continue reading them for the rest of my life. However, Sunny is by far the most deliciously wicked, cynical, charming duke I have ever read. He was the epitome of the perfect all-rounded scoundrel there could possibly exist, and yet in spite of all the flaws the haughty man might have had, he never lied! 

The plot itself was so much fun to read. One of the reasons my favorite trope is enemies to lovers is because of the verbal sparring, and this story satisfied my needs for it Every.Single.Time. The chemistry between Sunny and Isabel, the governess, simmered slowly until it burned a raging blaze at a perfect pace. Their love was believable and honest, just as the emotional attachment Sunny developed for his wards. Throughout the book we learn of Sunny and Isabel’s painful past, yet the story doesn’t dwell on it and instead it moves forward because of it. In truth, I think my only cavil is that as we neared the end I felt the scenes were being rushed. I’m not talking about the ending itself but the scenes that preluded the climax. Even so, the story delivered in every other way so I'm willing to overlook whatever faults I thought there were. 

** I received this book 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.**

I swear I need to know the secret...

How can people write reviews so fast? HOW DO THEY DO IT?

 

 

 

No joke, I just spent 2 hours writing one review. ONE. O-N-E! The thing is every time I sit down to write any review, good or bad, whether I liked the book or not, my brain starts working so fast that I can never catch up with it and it takes me hours to rearrange my thoughts into one cohesive sentence. It's exhausting! 

The Secret of Flirting (Sinful Suitors #5) by Sabrina Jeffries

The Secret of Flirting - Sabrina Jeffries

This is the fifth installment in the series but it can definitely be read as a standalone. I’ve only read a couple of the previous books and truthfully I never felt lost or felt like something needed explained. I think that’s always a big plus when it comes to series. 

I think my favorite character here was Monique. From the moment we meet her she’s witty, composed, compassionate, and loyal. She stays true to her character even when she’s posing as her cousin, Princess Aurore of Chanay, candidate for the throne of recently independent country of Belgium. Another thing I liked about the story was the witty banter. If you’ve heard rumors this author delivers when it comes to that I assure you the rumors are completely true. 
The plot in itself was engrossing from the get go. We have assassination attempts, political intrigues, family secrets, and even a love story that was considered taboo at the time. Other reviews say the plot was confusing but I didn’t find it so. However, what I did find difficult to understand was Gregory’s personality.

Gregory, or Lord Fulkham, undersecretary of state (and unofficially “spymaster”) having met Monique a few years prior, and being the one responsible for deciding who would be Belgium’s new ruler, took it upon himself to unmask Monique. At any rate, it didn’t feel he was doing it because it was the right thing to do but because it would further his own political ambitions. Also, the way he treated Monique throughout most of the story felt wrong. In truth, the more I read the more I disliked the man and made it hard for me to get why she fell in love with the guy. It wasn’t until almost the end of the book that I warmed a little to him and the romance took another light. 

All that being said, I won’t deny that at times it was hard to put the book down. Even with all my nitpickin, the chemistry between the main characters felt real and the suspense was enough to keep me turning the pages. 

**I received this book 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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