Review: Into the Spiral by Erin Danzer

Today I am reviewing for your pleasure a wonderful new series to the young adult genre.  Into the Spiral gives everything you want in a new series’ first book.  If your looking for a refreshing young adult book you definitely want to take a look at this one.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

16283279Book Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Lambert wants to get out from under her older brother’s shadow. When Ronnie gets a tattoo and then is struck by lightning, she suddenly finds herself able to see and hear things in shadows that don’t appear to others. Then Ronnie meets Gavin Clearwater, the hot new guy in all of her classes and finds out he can see and hear the same things she can.

Gavin tells her about the Spiral Defenders, a group of warriors that travels through space and time to defend the planets of the Spiral. After meeting the Commander of the Spiral Defenders and realizing his intentions might not be pure, Ronnie struggles between following her destiny to become a Spiral Defender and trying to regain the life she had before being struck by lightning.

Review:

On Ronnie’s birthday she feels embolden to take her life in her own hands by getting a tattoo.  It is this one decision that will eventually effect her future.  It isn’t long after getting the unique tattoo that she is struck by lightning.  Though she doesn’t know it yet not only is high school going to be different but so is her life.  All of a sudden she is getting attention she hasn’t had before especially from the new guy in school, Gavin.  Soon Ronnie starts to see things that were never there before.  When she learns that Gavin can see them too they become closer in detriment to her new relationship.  Gavin explains why they can both see wraiths and what people like them are chosen to do.  Eventually, Ronnie must decide to stay with her normal high school life or move on to her future that may save a world. 

I really liked this story.  Ronnie is a typical high school student and teenager.  But, in the short time of this story and the events that change her world allow for her to grow.  I was very happy to see that because of the things she says to Shawn when they first begin dating really upset me.  I personally didn’t like the idea of a character saying “I’d be and do anything you want.”  Thank goodness Ronnie redeems herself though doesn’t lose the bit of teenager she is.  I truly think this series has a lot of promise and I really look forward to reading more of this series.  Overall, this is a great story with memorable characters and a story that can go anywhere from here. 

 *** I do want to note however that the description of the book on Goodreads portrays Ronnie as 15 and the description I found on the author’s webpage states she is 17.  I find that a more correct description than the one on goodreads.  So, please be aware that Ronnie isn’t as young as that particular descripition leads you to believe.  Once you read the book you will know what I mean.***

 

Review: Give Me Grace by Kate McCarthy

Today, I am privileged to review Kate McCarthy’s Give Me Grace.  This is the third in her Give Me series.  This was a fantastic book.  This can be read within the series or as a standalone.  I had every intention to read the first two books but due to time constraints I wasn’t able to, but I will definitely be going back and reading books 1 and 2.  I loved the story and the writing.  If the other two are similar than Kate McCarthy is going to have a big fan in me.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

18169153Book Blurb:

Casey Daniels has a past forged in Hell. Despite the friends, the endless supply of women, and the muscle car he spent years restoring, it still eats away at him.

Grace Paterson is in Sydney as a temporary bassist for Jamieson, the band Casey handles security for. She’s also infuriating, off-limits, and completely irresistible.

A deal is struck, and despite their intense and powerful connection, both think it will be easy to walk away. But life can be more ruthless than either of them ever imagined. Not only does Grace have a secret she’s desperate to keep, Casey has questions from his past that he’s willing to do anything to get answers for.

It’s not until someone wants one of them dead that Casey realises his love for Grace is the one thing he could never walk away from.

In a story of revenge, betrayal, secrets, and love, Casey will need to reconcile his past with his present, before the future he never knew he wanted is snatched away.

Review:

Casey and women have always had a give take relationship.  They give him sex and he takes what he needs from them, usually information.  This all changes when he meets Grace Paterson.  She has come in to help her brother, the guitarist for the band Jamison, by playing bass.  Grace isn’t just some woman Casey can use.  Grace is feisty, passionate and hiding more secrets than anyone knows.  Since Grace is joining Jamison Casey will be her security.  Unfortunately, even with Grace’s brother’s warning both Grace and Casey are drawn to each other.  Between passionate encounters, exes, motorcycle gangs, family secrets and fighting attempts to be killed Grace and Casey build something they know will be hard to let go.  When things end will it be for good or will their finally be a happily ever after?

I love, love, loved this story.  I am definitely going back and reading the first two books.  I totally fell for all of the characters in this book.  Its not just Grace and Casey who are both fantastic and visibly grow throughout the story.  This isn’t just a love story with quite a few steamy sex scenes it is also emotionally poignant and definitely leaves you feeling drained from the emotions you have ridden with all of these characters. I’m also starting to really love my Aussie authors.  They are all so talented writing great stories of love with great sex scenes that will definitely leave your pages smoldering or your e reader fogged.  Kate McCarthy is definitely a very skilled story writer who knows how to thrust her reader into the lives of her characters and make them feel as if they are a part of the story.  Overall, this was an awesome book and I truly can’t wait to read more by Kate McCarthy and more of the Give Me series.

EXCERPT

I slipped out the front door, letting it softly click shut behind me. Casey was sitting in his car, staring

straight ahead as I walked down the drive. Opening the car door, I slid inside and shut it. He didn’t

acknowledge my presence, or even look at me at all. He simply shifted gears, and with a quick glance

in his rearview mirror, pulled out onto the road.

I clicked my seat belt into place. “Casey?”

With a hard swallow, he shook his head, keeping his eyes on the road as we drove. Despite his

controlled composure, his face was pale and tension surrounded him like an aura.

“Casey, you’re scaring me.”

“I’m sorry.” Our eyes met for a brief moment, the connection intense. Raw pain flickered in his

eyes before it was quickly banked. “That’s the last thing I want to do.”

His palm slid over my bare thigh, riding upwards as he continued to drive. The touch sent

arousal spiking through me, but not enough to override the concern.

“Where are we going?”

He shook his head as if he had no clue. After a moment, he replied, “I want to drive, but I don’t

want to be alone. I want to be with you.”

My eyes fixed on his profile as he drove. The knuckles of his right hand were white on the

steering wheel and his jaw tight. Something wasn’t right. In fact, something was very wrong. I slid my

hand over his, my pulse racing when he flipped his palm over and grabbed hold.

“Casey?”

He glanced over at me.

“I want to be with you too.”

His answer was a squeeze of my hand before letting go.

We sat in silence as he drove. I stared at the dashboard, having no idea what to do or say or

how to fix what was wrong.

“Are you okay?” I asked.

“Sure.” A smile came to his lips. It was forced because it never reached his eyes. “Just a bad day

at work, you know?”

“No, I don’t know. Maybe you should tell me.”

The roads were eerily quiet when he pulled to a stop at a red light. “I don’t want to talk right

now.” His hand fell on my thigh again, the calloused palm scraping my skin as it slipped upwards.

Reaching between my thighs, he dragged my panties to the side and slipped his fingers inside, gently

massaging my clit and dragging a moan from my throat. He leaned over, putting his mouth on my

ear, his breathing coming harder and heavier.

“I want to fuck you, Grace. Not just tonight, but every night,” he professed, his fingers working

me expertly. The red light turned green, but with no cars around, Casey ignored it. “Hard enough for

it to hurt, so that when you leave, me fucking you is the only thing you can think about.”

I closed my eyes, my head falling back against the headrest. I wanted him to fuck me that

hard. I wanted to feel him inside me even when he wasn’t there, but not like this. Not when he was

using sex to mask a hurt so painful and deep I could feel the ache of it surrounding me until I felt

suffocated.

“No,” I gasped.

He froze at the single word, his hand stilling instantly.

“There’s something wrong, Casey. I can feel it.”

His hand slipped out of my panties and I mourned the loss. “I don’t want to talk about it,” he

snapped.

Tension bled into the car as he put it in gear and accelerated swiftly. My eyes burned. When we

were good, it was wild and intense and consuming, but we always spiralled into such a hot mess. I

wasn’t sure if Casey and I would ever find a happy medium.

Drawing a deep breath, I forced calm. “Maybe you should take me home.”

“No.”

My brows flew up. “No?”

“No.” He shook his head, his tone cold and harsh. “This was your deal, and now you want to turn it

into some kind of relationship? That’s not what this is. This is about you and me and sex. So maybe

you should spread your legs so we can both get what we want.”

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Kate McCarthy grew up in a small town outside of Port Macquarie, Australia. Raised in a house just a

short walk to the beach, Kate enjoyed the peaceful, relaxed atmosphere and friendships that come

from being raised in a friendly, small town area.

She now resides in Brisbane, Australia, a city in the state of Queensland where she works as an

accountant, along with a sideline wedding cake business and her writing.

She is married with two children, has two dogs and house in the suburbs, and a pile of friends and

family dotted all over the country that help keep her sane.

When she’s not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, crunching numbers, piping buttercream

and writing books, you can find her curled up in bed in the early hours of the morning reading new

books and re-reading old favourites. Her favourite books are the Black Dagger Brotherhood series

by J.R. Ward in which she longs to eventually join the brotherhood and change her name to Phierce

Mutha.

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Coffee and a Review of Sex in the Title by Zack Love

148-coffee-cup-free-vectorToday’s coffee and a review is a great start to your week.  Sex in the Title is a hilarious look at men, sex and NYC.  This book is definitely a great insight and validation to what every women thinks a man thinks about.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful week to come. 

18710853Book Blurb:

New York City, May 2000. The Internet bubble has burst and Evan, a computer programmer, is fired with an email from his boss. The next day, his girlfriend dumps him, also via email. Afraid to check any more emails, Evan desperately seeks a rebound romance but the catastrophes that ensue go from bad to hilariously worse.

Fortunately, Evan meets Sammy — someone whose legendary disasters with females eclipse even his own. To reverse their fortunes, they recruit their friends — Trevor, Yi, and Carlos — to form a group of five guys who take on Manhattan in pursuit of dates, sex, and adventure.

When Evan, a closet writer, falls desperately in love with a Hollywood starlet, he schemes to meet her by writing a novel that will sweep her off her feet. Sammy knows nothing about publishing but is confident of one thing: Evan’s book should have the word “sex” in the title.

With musings about life, relationships, and human psychology, this quintessential New York story about the search for happiness follows five men on their comical paths to trouble, self-discovery, and love.

Review:

When Evan and Sammy meet it isn’t under the best of circumstances.  They have both ended up in the hospital with injuries to very sensitive parts of their bodies.  But, it is here that the two become friends and learn about each other and their inability to sustain relationships with woman or even just get laid.  Its with this clandestine meeting that the two devise a plan to rope in their friends in a posse which will get them all where they want to be…with hot chicks.  It is through meeting these men and learning their stories that hilarity ensues and success with women is not always the outcome.  In the end some will find happily every after and others will end up in an Ashram in upstate NY.

This was a great book.  It definitely had lots of comedy and had me cringing for the guys in some of their more cringe-worthy moments.  All five of the guys have unique personalities and bring something different to the story.  Their stories are interwoven masterfully and give a woman a great sense of what men are really about.  Sadly its not too shocking what they are really about.  It is in the title.  But, with the bad in their stories come the good and they definitely have redeeming qualities and events that happen to them.  I would definitely recommend this book if you want a good laugh and a little insight into the male psyche.  Overall, a wonderful read with great characters and a great story. 

Review: Encounter by Alana Lorens

Today I am spotlighting Alana Lorens’ book Encounter.  This is a suspenseful book that takes multiple viewpoints as they crash within one freak snowstorm in New Mexico.  The characters are well developed and help with a storyline that loses its way at points.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb. 

Book Blurb:

Teo Haroun and the other lawyers in his firm look forward in varying degrees to the retreat at the Sherman Ranch in northern New Mexico. The boss has laid down some rules-no phones, no computers, no communication with the outside world-that makes them uneasy. But the corporate team-building exercises are necessary for this firm to survive its inner sniping and turmoil-and to protect the secrets they hold. Inez Suela and thirty other Mexicans have paid a coyote hundreds of pesos to take them across the border into the United States, where they hope to make a better life. The crowded truck heads north into New Mexico to meet their local driver, the occupants unaware that a freak March snowstorm is waiting in its path. Jake Patrin, the caretaker of the Ranch, fights demons of his own as he struggles daily with addiction. Working far from the city on the lonely Ranch, hosting those who rent the facility, is his protection and solace. But he’s about to lose the only peace he’s been able to grasp. Davi Pilar needs to make some fast money to appease a couple of St. Louis loan sharks, so he agrees to pick up a truckload of illegals and take them to St. Louis. He drives to New Mexico, not knowing that Inez, the woman who rejected him years before, is one of those on that truck. The intersection of these people, the collision of their cultures, the revelation of their secrets-all these things lead to violence, death, and even redemption in their New Mexico ENCOUNTER.

Review:

Secrets lie within all people.  Inez is travelling illegally to America for a chance at a better life, Teo is on a corporate retreat that may end up forcing him to reveal a very real and possibly deadly truth.  Jake is hosting the corporate retreat but with his secret addiction things could get dangerous.  Finally, Davi is supposed to transport the illegals to America to help pay off his secret.  These people and their secrets will converge on one snow filled night.  Will all come out unscathed or will their dangerous secrets lead to violence and death?

At the beginning this book really had promise.  The story wove nicely and the characters grew as their mysteries became more pronounced.  Unfortunately, the story ended up falling off the tracks around the point when its should have really been speeding up toward the end.  It almost seemed like the author ended up with too many viewpoints to keep up with.  I was a let down when the suspense was less suspenseful and more cluttered.  That being said this story really did have potential.  The characters were good and their backstory was well thought out.  I definitely would like to pick up another book by Alana Lorens but for me this story just ended up falling short. 

Review: Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr

Today I am reviewing a book that if you haven’t picked it up you will want to.  Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr is a fantastic addition to the Young Adult genre.  This is the first book in this series and I cannot wait for the next one.  The story is unique and its characters are memorable.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb. 

20743686Book Blurb:

Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you.

Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted.

Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.

Review:

When we first meet Callie she is running from her home and boyfriend.  She is running for reasons she doesn’t understand but all she knows is that she is not at home in her foster home and she doesn’t love her boyfriend.  Unfortunately, her run is cut short when she is hit by a motorcycle and thrown into the reflection pond.  Callie fully expects to see the white light as she dies in the pond.  Only that isn’t what happens at all.  Callie keeps falling until her back his stone and she looks above her to see the bottom of the reflection pond.  Here is where she first meets Ash and Rowan.

When Ash and Rowan come upon Callie in the antechamber they don’t know what to think.  They only know to understand they must take her to the leader of their city.  Rowan, the cynic, doesn’t believe a word Callie says no matter how beautiful she is.  Soon Callie comes to understand that she is part of this world.  Though Rowan and Callie go together like oil and water something fundamental draws them to one another.  Its only through death threats and constant challenges does Callie see the real Eirensae for what it is and understands that with her entrance into this world changes all those she comes in contact with especially Rowan.  As things get dire, Rowan and Callie must figure a way to survive and deal with the feelings they have for one another.

This was a fantastic story.  I loved every minute.  This story draws you in and won’t let go.  Kacey Vanderkarr does wonders with this first book in her new series.  The world of the fae is well explained and drawn out for the reader.  You are their living with the fae.  The characters of Callie and Rowan are fantastic.  They grown and as they grow add fundamentals to the overall story that weren’t there to start.  But, it isn’t just Callie and Rowan.  The whole cast of characters is uniquely special to this story.  I truly can’t wait for the next in the series.  I will be waiting oh not so patiently waiting til that day comes. 

Review: Murder Most Foul by JoAnne Myers

I know this is pretty late but my Fourth of July weekend kinda got busy.  I hope you all have had a great holiday weekend.  Today, I am reviewing the book Murder Most Foul by JoAnne Myers.  This was an intriguing read that will have you guessing who is the real guilty party.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb. 

18631971Book Blurb:

When two dismembered torsos wash up on the banks of the local river in the small industrial town of Pleasant Valley, residents are horrified. Between contradicting statements, police ineptitude, lust, lies, manipulation, incest, the motorcycle gang The Devil’s Disciples, crooked cops, and a botched crime scene, everyone becomes a suspect.

The young beautiful Jackie Reeves, a registered nurse, believes the killer is a man from her past. She contacts the dangerously handsome FBI Agent Walker Harmon. An arrest is made, but Harmon and Jackie believe an innocent man is being railroaded by local cops. Determined to find the truth, before anymore killings, Agent Harmon and Jackie are forced to run a gauntlet of deep trouble and turmoil, which marks them for death.

Review:

From the moment two teenager’s bodies are found in pieces a town is torn apart by speculation.  Both the families are suspects, but the corrupt police department railroads only one suspect.  It is the lack of police cooperation that brings the FBI into the mix and Agent Harmon is hellbent on finding the right person who committed the crime.  Amidst a lot of the town’s anger finding the real killer becomes daunting.  With each new clue comes a new suspect will the real killer or killers be brought to justice or will there forever be a cold case. 

This book was a bit daunting.  The story skips around alot between chapters.  The “romance” between the FBI agent and the nurse was spotty and I really couldn’t keep up.  It was secondary to the story and really could have been left out.  Honestly, the nurse’s character wasn’t really necessary and it didn’t make sense why she was even targeted.  This story would be very good if the continuity was better.  It was choppy in too many spots for my taste.  I felt like I’d get really sucked into a particular storyline then it would skip ahead a lot and then I was lost until I got sucked in again and it seemed to be the trend with this story.  I would have to say that this idea and story had a lot of potential but unfortunately the outcome just didn’t quite hit the mark. 

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Evie Jamieson, a former wild child, is not only a headstrong, smart-mouthed trouble magnet, she is also a lead singer with a plan. That plan involves relocating her band, including her two best friends guitarist Henry and band manager Mac, to Sydney to kick off their dreams of hitting the big time.Jared Valentine is the older brother of Evie’s best friend Mac and also the man determined to make Evie his. They strike up a long distance friendship which suits Evie because she’s determined to avoid the distraction of love, not only because it doesn’t fit in with her plan but because twice in the past it has left her for dead. Moving to Sydney however, has put her directly in Jared’s path and he has decided it’s the perfect opportunity to make his play.

Unfortunately Jared, co-owner in a business that ‘consults’ in dangerous hostage and kidnapping situations, makes an enemy who’s determined to enact revenge. When this enemy puts Evie in his sights, Jared not only has a fight on his hands to make her his own, but also to keep her alive.

Is accepting the love he’s so desperate to give worth the risk to both her heart…and her life?

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Kate
McCarthy grew up in a small town outside of Port Macquarie, Australia. Raised
in a house just a short walk to the beach, Kate enjoyed the peaceful, relaxed
atmosphere and friendships that come from being raised in a friendly, small
town area.
She now
resides in Brisbane, Australia, a city in the state of Queensland where she
works as an accountant, along with a sideline wedding cake business and her
writing.
She is
married with two children, has two dogs and house in the suburbs, and a pile of
friends and family dotted all over the country that help keep her sane.
When she’s
not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, crunching numbers, piping
buttercream and writing books, you can find her curled up in bed in the early
hours of the morning reading new books and re-reading old favourites. Her
favourite books are the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward in which
she longs to eventually join the brotherhood and change her name to Phierce
Mutha.
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Coffee and a Review: The Captain and the Countess by Rosemary Morris

I know its late for my review today, but here is for those who like to relax at night with a cup of coffee.  So, while you are relaxing tonight here is a book you are going to want to settle down with.  The Captain and the Countess by Rosemary Morris is a wonderful regency romance.  This has a great mystery along with the steaminess of a regency romance.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

21790832Book Blurb:

Why does heart-rending pain lurk in the back of the wealthy Countess of Sinclair’s eyes?

Captain Howard’s life changes forever from the moment he meets Kate, the intriguing Countess, and resolves to banish her pain.

Although the air sizzles when widowed Kate, victim of an abusive marriage, meets Edward Howard, a captain in Queen Anne’s navy, she has no intention of ever marrying again.

However, when Kate becomes better acquainted with the Captain she realises he is the only man who understands her grief and can help her to untangle her past.

Review:

When Captain Howard first lays eyes on Countess Sinclair he is completely taken aback by her.  But as he gets to know her he sees the many facets that the widow hides.  It is through her eyes that Captain Howard sees the truth that the Countess is hiding.  As the Countess Sinclair and Captain Howard get closer their feelings toward each other change and a trust between the two becomes very important.  Important for the Countess needs help to find what she has lost and important for Captain Howard because he sees more for him and the countess then just friendship.  Though the Countess is beginning to trust the Captain she has a long way to go before she trusts a man enough to possibly marry him.  Will Captain Howard be able to help the Countess find her hearts desire?  Will the Countess let the Captain close enough to break the walls that she has built around her heart?

This was a really great read.  I like a good regency romance but when you add in some intrigues and a heroine that doesn’t just fall on her back for the handsome hero I am hooked.  This story will draw you in and take you through the streets of Drury lane and all the way out into the Chelsea country side.  You will see the characters develop and change both their attitudes and thoughts through the actions of the story.  I fell for both Captain Howard and Countess Sinclair.  They were each others match in every way.  Overall, you will be enchanted by both the story and the characters.  This is definitely a book worth picking up and laying on the beach or by the pool.

Fresh Face Friday: Duke by Day, Rogue by Night by Katherine Bone

Happy Friday!  I don’t know about you guys but it seems like this week has taken forever to get to the end.  So to celebrate working for the weekend I am spotlighting a great Regency Romance by Katherine Bone.  This one has it all.  It has pirates, espionage, romance, sex and of course a Duke with a secret identity.  This is definitely a fantastic beach read.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great weekend.

16034309Book Blurb:

Constance Danbury is fleeing an arranged marriage to lecherous Lord Burton, a man who has blackmailed her father and is nearly twice her age. Her escape takes her aboard a merchantman bound for Spain, where she hopes an aunt will help her procure funds to save her father’s dwindling reputation. But fate intervenes. Constance is captured by a pirate with a wit and stubbornness to match her own, and a secret he’ll do anything to keep.

Nobleman Percival Avery is a member of Nelson’s Tea, an elite group whose members are first sons from every tier in society. Undercover, he disguises himself as a pirate to infiltrate the gang of cutthroats responsible for his sister’s death. But when his vessel attacks a merchantman with valuable cargo, Percy is forced to choose between vengeance and saving the life of his commander’s niece, Constance Danbury. Mutiny is sure to obliterate his well-laid plans. It also aligns him with the one woman sure to see through his disguise. Forced to play the fop by day to outwit his enemies, he masquerades as a rogue by night in order to avenge his sister’s death – and to win his true love’s heart.

Review:

Lady Constance Danbury is aboard the Octavia when it is attacked by pirates.  When the room that she and her governess are in is stormed by the band of pirates she immediately panics but won’t let her fear over take her back bone against the one-eyed pirate.  She is soon taken by this pirate who demonstrates that there are more facets to a pirate then what you see.  Captain Frink, who is the pirate captain, soon fights with the one-eyed pirate and mutiny soon follows.  Once Frink is dispatched and the one-eyed pirate is captain Constance is taken to the new captains bunk as his prize.

Percy Avery, aka Thomas Sexton, aka the one-eyed pirate immediately recognizes Lady Constance as his real captain’s niece.  So for her safety she is taken to his quarters where he thinks he can keep her safe.  The problem is that Percy finds Constance too much of a distraction and too appealing for someone such as himself.  While he is protecting Constance who can protect her from him.  Soon neither can resist and Constance gives Percy or Thomas the one gift a woman has to give in Regency England.  Percy knows that even after indulging in his pleasure with Constance they must part and never meet again.  This plan is nice but doesn’t work.  Both Constance and Percy need each other to solve mysteries that tie both of their families together.  When the smoke finally clears can Constance and Percy find what is real or will they be left with only empty half-truths.

This was quite a fun and entertaining read.  I really like indulging in a good Regency romance especially when there are pirates involved.  This one provides for all those readers out there who like a little adventure with your regency romance.  There aren’t as many dances but a lot more witty banter and word play amongst the characters.  I really loved both Constance and Percy.  They were definitely good for each other and evolved in a very believable way.  Besides the romance I also liked the little bit of intrigue that came along with book.  It was very reminiscent of Sally MacKenzie’s The Naked Viscount.  This book really reels you in and won’t let go until you feel like you are the one that was taken captive.  I really recommend this as a great beach read.

Coffee and a Review with Hearts in Barbed Wire by Linda Andrews

tumblr_lg99y6rYfX1qbokf9Sorry that today’s post is a day late.  Yesterday was my birthday and I didn’t have a chance to post with all the celebrating.  Never fear I have an awesome historical romance for you today.  Hearts in Barbed Wire by Linda Andrews is a love story set in the middle of World War I.  This is totally and completely unique to me.  I have read others that have been during WWII and more recently the Revolutionary War but this is definitely unique and shows a side of war-torn Europe during a time that America wasn’t as involved in the war as we will be during WWII.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Oh and if you’re wondering what a girl like me would want for a belated birthday gift…well that would be your vote for the June blogger of the month.  https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/104371-blogger-of-the-month-of-june

22573023Book Blurb:

Lieutenant Lucien Duplan is wounded and trapped behind German lines. To reach the Dutch border and freedom, he needs Madeline Thevenet—a woman who eases his pain but is destined to become a nun.

Aiding the man responsible for her parents’ death is the last thing Madeline wants to do. But to get her young brother safely to Holland, she will do anything to avoid being caught by the Germans and tried for treason, including putting her heart on the line.

Madeline and Luc must stay one step ahead of the enemy. But the war around them is nothing compared with the battle raging inside. For honor and duty demand one action; and love requires another.

Love’s Great War: Belgium, 1914

Review:

Madeline has returned home after being dismissed by the Germans from her nursing job.  She is unsure what she will find or if she will find anything at all.  What she finds is her family helping wounded soldiers.  This is being done with some great peril.  So, when Madeline comes home and is forced by her father to both promise to go into the convent and to help the soldiers she has no other choice.  When she leaves to retrieve another wounded soldier with the very handsome Luc.  As she returns with the soldier she finds her parents dead and her brother in a catatonic state.  Knowing the peril they are in Luc, Madeline and the others begin to try to make their way to Holland.  It is on this journey that both Madeline and Luc find more than war, loss and fear with each other.  But, can love withstand a war that is tearing their country apart or will they go their separate ways as they have intended to do so all along?

I really enjoyed this book.  It was definitely a unique setting with a wonderful love story.  It was completely believable and full of horrible truths that happened during this war.  Madeline is a wonderful character and definitely one you could see walking off the page and right into history texts.  Luc and his fellow soldiers are no slouches though.  They are captured very well with Linda Andrews’ story telling skills.  Overall, this is a shorter story but very fulfilling.  I enjoyed this immensely and would recommend it to anyone looking for a romance in a different setting.  Looking forward to reading more by Linda Andrews.

 

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