Monday, June 24, 2019

Review: To Resist a Scandalous Rogue (Once Upon A Scandal #2) by Liana De la Rosa

To Resist a Scandalous Rogue

Synopsis

For Finlay Swinton, Viscount Firthwell and only son of a powerful earl, life has been a lark…until he discovers a terrible family secret that could ruin him. Determined to make a name for himself free of scandal’s shadow, he runs for Parliament. However, he encounters Charlotte, the mysterious woman who disappeared after their one night together, and he finds it impossible to stay away, despite her working class status and Jewish faith that threaten to destroy his chance for success.

Widowed, penniless, and desperate, Charlotte Taylor secures a teaching position at a foundling home and relaxes into a predictable existence. That is, until Finlay, the man she shared one romantic night with, reappears, a specter from her past. He ignites her passion, even while he threatens the precarious foundation on which she’s rebuilt her life. But when those from her past return to endanger her hard-earned security, she’ll have to reveal his secret or go to prison.

Review

I really enjoyed reading this historical fiction. When two people from opposite sides of the society meet and sparks fly. They will face many hurdles before they can even imagine being together. But the hearts want what the hearts want and they don't much care for society's rules. It's a very well-written book and I think that all the characters are great. Oddly, I liked Lady Flora more than two main characters. I wonder if we will get to read her story or not. In any case, I loved this book and I think it's a must read for historical fiction fans.
Finlay wants to focus on his political aspirations but he can't get one woman out of his head. He met her one year ago by chance and it seems that she had stolen his heart. Not that he is aware of this fact. Now, he meets her after a year and it's like no time has passed. He is still attracted to her and needs to get her out of his system or he might end up killing his carrier before it has even started.
Charlotte has made her bed, so to speak, and she is happy with her situation. At least, she isn't living on the streets trying to avoid starvation. What she can't afford is an affair with Finlay. As much as she loves him, she must think of the consequences. Thus, she plans to keep her distance but will it even be a possibility for her? The chemistry between them is explosive and they both know that society's rules and norms are unjust. Then how are they supposed to follow them?
Things get out of hand when Charlotte's past collides with her present. Scandal might become inevitable and what will happen to them then?
It's a really good story and I'd definitely recommend it to all fans of historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Review: Drakon's Knight by N.J. Walters

Drakon's Knight

Synopsis

Drakon Jericho Drake, the child of a pure-blood dragon and human, has a simple plan: Kill the leader of the Knights of the Dragon and start a war. Except, when he meets his target, Karina Azarov, she can’t remember who she is. Worst of all––he can’t kill her. His dragon side has just claimed the dangerous woman as his mate.

Karina has no idea why these Drakon’s have taken her to their home. And she most certainly does not understand why she’s so drawn to her captor. Maybe because he’s strong, intelligent, and caring, in his enigmatic sort of way. One thing she knows, he’s not going to hurt her. If only she could remember something from her past that would explain why these Drakon’s hate her so much.

But if her memory returns, mated or not, he may get his war.. And one of them will die.

Review

It's a very thrilling and romantic story. I quite enjoyed reading it. There wasn't a dull moment in this book. A story about Drakons and Knights, a tale that is both gripping and highly entertaining. This was an interesting take on shifters paranormal fiction. I think after a long time I've come across something this original. I really enjoyed the background stories that revolve around the main characters. I loved how well it ended. All in all, it's a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good romance and isn't afraid of little action.
Karina is feeling very uncomfortable lately. She feels as if someone else is controlling her actions but for now she can't do anything about it. She plans to make some kind of move soon, however, she doesn't get that chance when Drakons kidnap her. Now she doesn't have a choice but to do as they say or else they might kill her.
Jericho's plan was simple and straightforward. They were supposed to kill the leader of the Knights of the Dragons thus giving a fatal blow to the organization. But he is attracted to Karina and finds himself incapable of killing her. So, instead they kidnap her. He still plans to destroy the Knights but maybe they can use Karina for information. There is only one problem though, she doesn't seem to have any memory of her wrongdoings or the organization she is the head of.
Soon, they will all realize that things are not quite as simple as they thought. One thing is for sure though, Jericho and Karina has an undeniable connection and there isn't much wither of them can do about it.
I think it's a very well-written story. I found it to be an entertaining read and would definitely recommend it to my friends.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Review: How to Best a Marquess (Raven Club Book 2) by Tina Gabrielle

How to Best a Marquess (Raven Club Book 2)

Synopsis

Lady Ellie Swift learned at an early age that men were more trouble than they’re worth. Now she’s all grown up and is the toast of society. Only she has secret ambitions to run her brother’s infamous gambling establishment—the Raven Club. Everything is progressing as planned until the man who broke her heart, Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril, wants to take over the club. Dark, dominant, and strikingly handsome, Hugh’s reputation for sin precedes him, and suddenly, her dreams—and her heart—are in jeopardy.
As rakish as Hugh appears, he has a sharp mind for business. No one stands in the way of what he wants, not even the fiery-haired beauty from his past. From the moment he sees her again sparks fly, but he knows better than to fall for the lady. According to Ellie, the battle lines have been drawn and Hugh doesn’t stand a chance. But the nearly combustible chemistry between them is hard to ignore, and soon the club is not the only prize he wants…
Each book in the Raven Club series is STANDALONE:
* How to Tempt an Earl
* How to Best a Marquess

Review

Another amazing historical romance, it's somewhat predictable but in no way boring. The story is great and I loved the characters. I think anyone who loves historical romance would also love this book.
Ellie wants to run her brother's gambling establishment now that he has decided to give it up. He is too focused on his new family and doesn't want added excitement that the establishment brings. What Ellie doesn't know is that her brother plans to sell it. Not only that but he plans to sell it to the Marquess of Deveril. A man who broke her heart many years ago. She claims she is over him but still she has hard time forgetting or forgiving him. Now he is back and wants to buy her establishment.
After some convincing her brother decides that Ellie and Hugh should compete with each other. Whoever brings new more profitable ideas to the table wins the club. They both have one month, a month they will be spending in each other's company. As both plan their strategies and work in the club. They are both good and they are both passionate about it. It won't be easy to win against each other.
The trouble is that Ellie is also involved in something else. Something more dangerous that might cause problems for her down the road. But that is the least of her worries because the more time she spends in close proximity to the Marquess the more they both realize that they aren't over each other. Not yet, maybe they never will be. But is there any way for them to have a future together?
It's a well-written story that I enjoyed reading. The little mystery and a lot of romance, I'd definitely recommend it to historical fiction fans.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review: Bunker Boy by Jordan Elizabeth

Bunker Boy

Synopsis

All Zara wanted to do was pass her Spanish final and graduate high school, but suddenly she’s waking up in an unknown hospital. The east coast is destroyed and she’s one of the few survivors. The government has assigned her to Outpost Eight, an abandoned Catskills resort converted into a fortress. Not only does Zara have to come to terms with the loss of everything she’s ever known, but the leader of Outpost Eight marries her to his son.

Cliff Andrews is too quiet and afraid of everything, especially his father. There’s much more to the situation than he’s telling Zara. Nothing feels right about Outpost Eight and Zara questions what really happened to Cliff’s first wife.

Everyone else might be willing to blindly follow the leader’s laws, but not Zara. She won’t stop until she knows the truth about Outpost Eight.

Review

Wow, it's such an emotional read and so well-written. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. The story gave me the chills and also made me happy that it ended well. I really enjoyed reading it and once again I'm in awe of the characters and the their tale, so beautifully woven that it makes you feel their fears, annoyance and relief. I loved every single minute of it and would recommend it to all book lovers.

Zara is a teenager whose only concern is to graduate from high school and go to a good college. Until one day she wakes up and finds out that the world as she knows it is gone. It seems that humanity has digressed to middle ages, where women have no voice and no rights. She is grieving the loss of her family and fears for her survival. Amidst all the sadness she meet her 'Bunker Boy.' At least, he is kind to her. His name is Cliff and he is going to be her husband in this chaotic new world.

To Zara, something feels off about this world. She is not satisfied by the explanation she has received. She must find her own answers. As she begin to investigate things start to unravel and the truth is far more cruel than the fabrications she had been told. Will she be able to save herself and the others or are they all doomed in this existence?

It's a must read novel. The story and the characters are all amazing and the best thing is that it's a quick read. I love it when I can read a book in one sitting. ;)

Monday, June 10, 2019

Review: Covering All The Bases by Jody Holford

Covering All the Bases (For the Love of the Game, #1)

Synopsis

Talk about a wild day... As if being summoned to the deathbed of a grandfather she didn’t know existed wasn’t enough––Isla Bennett meets the man of her dreams. Spends an amazing day playing tourist around Nashville with him. And then finds out she’s inherited the Nashville Slammers major league baseball team. Oh, and her new dream man? He’s the Slammers’ star power hitter. Isla just went from amazing first date to holy heck I’m your boss in the span of a day.

Liam Cruz can’t believe how refreshing it was to spend a day with someone who didn’t know his batting average, the size of his last contract, or heck, even that he’s a baseball player. Now Isla’s thrust into the spotlight, and though she’s more than capable of handling herself professionally, he takes it upon himself to teach her everything he can about the game that is his whole life. But they’ll have to keep it on the DL.

Because doing what’s best for the team means they can never be together––and that might be the toughest play of all.

Review

I loved it! It's a very well-written, sweet, and romantic story. I loved all the characters and I think it has enough angst to make things interesting. I enjoyed every minute of it and I believe it to be a must read for contemporary romance lovers. If you like baseball and sports in general then that's an added bonus. I'm not so just skimmed through the sports aspect of it. Other than that it was an enjoyable read for me.
Liam is a star baseball player who is back in his hometown. He is looking forward to playing for the Slammers, his team. Meanwhile, he is running a bar with his sister. That's where he meets Isla for the first time. She is going through an emotional time and when Liam shows her kindness she begins to fall in love with him. Liam is also attracted to her. Unfortunately, for the two of them, things get complicated when Isla's grandfather's will is read.
It turns out that Isla now owns Slammers and a relationship with Liam is out of the question. But that is least of her worries as her own father tries to sabotage her. she must prove to herself that she is a strong independent woman and her grandfather's trust in her wasn't misplaced.
I loved Isla and I think her character was very relatable. As a woman working in a field that is male-dominated, she faces many problems and overcomes them. She is resilient, strong, but fair in her job. She will play her father's game but she won't play dirty like him. I really enjoyed her character and I think she made this book all the more enjoyable for me. It's a great story and the romance was also off-the-charts hot. Liam and Isla have great chemistry. I'd definitely recommend this book to my fellow readers.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Review: My Best Friend's Ex by Shannyn Schroeder

My Best Friend’s Ex (Daring Divorcees, #2)

Synopsis

Trevor Booth's life was just thrown a curveball. When his ex dies, he suddenly goes from an every-other-weekend, fun-time dad to a full-time dad. The dad part he's cool with, but life with two teens is like a roller coaster in hell. Thank God his ex-wife's best friend, Callie, seems to have secret powers that allow her to deal with the chaos.

Callie is devastated when Lisa dies, and she's determined to help the kids get through it. She's concerned about how Trevor will adjust to being a full-time parent, but she's having a tough time keeping her eyes off his ripped physique. Callie loves being a part of this makeshift family, but no way she's falling for her best friend's ex.

Each book in the Daring Divorcees series is STANDALONE:
* One Night with a Millionaire
* My Best Friend’s Ex

Review

I loved it! It's a very emotional romance novel. Trevor's ex-wife dies and suddenly he must learn how to take care of his teenage children. To make matters worse it seems that Callie is closer to his children that he had ever been. He remembers how close they all used to be when he wasn't a complete jerk. And Callie is bringing back good memories along with the bad ones. One thing is clear though, he is attracted to his ex-wife's best friend and wants to explore where that leads.

Callie feels obligated to be in Lisa's children's life. Their mother is gone and they need someone they can rely on. She knows that Trevor is a good man and he loves his children but he is also a struggling ex-alcoholic. But the more time she spends with him the more she realizes that old feelings are still there. She is attracted to him and no matter how guilty she feels there is no way she can resist this attraction.

They are bot
h thrown together by a tragedy and realize that things can be something more than just friendship between them. But will the kids accept their new relationship so soon after their mother's death? Things are definitely not going to be easy for them as they learn how to be in a relationship while doing what's best for the kids.

I think it's a very well-written story and I quite enjoyed reading it.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Review: Marked by the Devil by C.D. Gorri

Marked By The Devil: Paranormal Romance That Rocks

Synopsis

Stephanie Decatur is a good girl. She goes to Church, volunteers to help the elderly, and works as a preservation activist. So, what is she to do when a Devil marks her for his own?

Tall, dark, and handsome, Avail Leeds is just your average little Jersey Devil! The millionaire playboy is determined to keep his true nature secret from the prying eyes of the public. Insta-famous for his scandalous lifestyle, one nefarious accusation has him hiding in his tower! Hardly the image for a devil like him, but what's a guy to do when the family lawyers order him to stay put?

Stephanie Decatur has no idea what she's setting herself up for when she comes knocking on the door of the infamous Avail Leeds. The sassy female knows the Leeds family as well established supporters of the preservation of the Pine Barrens and that's all she cares about! Her committee is trying to stop a new development company from tearing down acres of the land for a new strip mall and she's short the funds needed to keep it a sanctuary for local wildlife. Surely, the millionaire can spare some cash for a good cause? What does she have to lose by asking?

It's the last quarter moon, Avail's Devil is bursting to be let out when a curvy young woman comes knocking on his door! It's too late for her to run away once he sets eyes on her. Beast and man agree, this female has been marked by the devil!

Review


This story is ingenious and very satisfying. I enjoyed reading it a lot and would recommend to all paranormal fans. This is a must read for you. Avail and Stephanie are both great characters and their chemistry is amazing. I loved how everything plays out and a little mystery at the end made it all the more fun to read.
Even though I no longer read paranormal fiction and it isn't my preferred genre these days but C.D. Gorri is among the very few authors whose books I enjoy quite a lot and would never stop reading no matter what. Her paranormal world is absolutely amazing and since I've been reading her books from the beginning I can say that each book gets better than the previous (I don't even know how that's possible). This story is truly amazing, a fun and quick read for anyone who loves hot and steamy paranormal romance, you got to check this out.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Review: Breakout by A.M. Rose

Breakout

Synopsis

Six days.

That’s the amount of time until Lezah’s execution.

She’ll die never knowing what got her locked up in this godforsaken prison in the first place. Her only chance of survival is to escape. Except the monitoring bracelet that digs into her wrist, the roaming AI, and the implant in her neck make freedom close to impossible.

Her best chance is to team up with the four other inmates who are determined to break out, even if one of them is beyond (gorgeous) annoying—oh, and in for murder. But he has a secret of his own. One that could break Lezah if she finds out, but could also set him free.

Figuring out how to work with him and the rest of this mismatched group of criminals is the only way Lezah will survive to see the outside world again.

But nothing in this prison is as it seems. And no one.

Review

This tale is woven around a mysterious place where people go to die, not willingly of course. These people are criminals and that's their penalty. But two girls decide they don't want to die so soon. Firstly, because who does? But also because they feel wronged. Their crimes were not so great. There is no reason for them to face certain death. As they plan their escape and try to break out from this facility they will face many challenges and meet more people along the way. Some will be friends and others will be woes. There is no way for them to know who is who. Trusting each other is the only option they seem to have, after all they are together in this ordeal. In the end mystery in unravelled and the truth comes out. However, for this group of teens things will never be the same.
It's a very well-written book that will keep you on the egde of your seat through out. I really enjoyed reading this thrilling story, there isn't a single dull moment in this novel. I recommend to anyone who enjoys a good fiction. I hope you like it as much as I did.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.