Review: Faded Perfection (Beautifully Flawed #2) by Cassandra Giovanni

Welcome to Friday!  Today I get to share with you the awesome new book in the Beautifully Flawed Series, Faded Perfection.  Just like Flawed Perfection you will be taken on an emotional journey that will leave you begging for more and crying into your kindle.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Seconds.

That’s all it takes to have everything ripped away from you.
No one knows this better than Adam Beckerson and River Ahlers.

Each is fighting a losing battle with the death of Bobby and the fallout it causes. Adam loses a brother; River her best friend.

And while Adam finds himself fading into the bottom of a bottle, River finds the only thing she can do is run away from everything– including Adam.

Sometimes when you lose everything, you lose yourself. The important part is finding your way back again.

Review:

River and Adam are both fighting a losing battle with Bobby’s death.  River drowns herself in her work and Adam drowns himself at the bottom of the bottle.  River holds close the knowledge that Adam needs her and she needs him.  But, when River knows she’s losing the battle to stay afloat and keep her and Adam together will her most difficult choice be the right one.  Will what she finds at the end of her road be everything she now needs?

I adore this series.  The characters, their emotions and the choices they make are so realistic it draws you in.  You are there with Rivers’ struggle.  You are there when she makes her difficult choices.  You are there when happiness comes back to her.  Every emotion that is woven into this story you feel.  Cassandra Giovanni continues to amaze with her ability to write a provocative and emotionally touching novel.  I love this series, the stories and the characters.  I can’t wait to find out what will finally happen with River and Adam.  Will their story finally get their happy ending or will happiness find another way?  I know what I am hoping for but you need to pick this book up to decide for yourself.

Review: Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

Happy Tuesday!  I have a wonderfully unique book for you.  This is an imaginative story that incorporates aspects of Homer’s Odyssey and a historical fiction novel.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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ONLY BETSY CAN GET HIM HOME IN TIME; ONLY HE CAN BRING HER BACK BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’ journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do.

Review:

Betsy’s life is flipped upside down when her brother dies in Vietnam.  Her grades fall and her behavior falters.  When she is given one chance to change she reluctantly grabs at it.  Being a candy-striper at the VA changes her perspective completely.  She sees what war does to its soldiers and when she realizes there is a patient that is being hidden away she makes it her duty to get him home.  What Betsy uncovers will change her and her memory of her brother.  She will travel through time and history to uncover the one soldier that needs to find his way home.

This was truly a phenomenal book.  I am a huge Odyssey fan and when I realized this story was a mixture of my love of history and my love of Homer’s Odyssey, I had high expectations.  These expectations were met and exceeded.  The entwining stories of the mystery soldier and Betsy’s drive to get all of her current soldiers home was sweet, endearing and enchanting.  I fell into this book and am left with a tremendous book hangover.  All of the characters were well written and developed into complex realistic characters.  Overall, I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a full reading experience that will leave you with a hangover that your next book will have a hard time topping.

Review: Fated for the Lion by Lyra Valentine

Welcome back for part two of our Fourth of July celebration.  We have a sexy paranormal romance for you.  Fated for the Lion by Lyra Valentine brings a sexy lion shifter and his mate who is a human.  This is definitely a page burner.  For my full review, keep reading after the book blurb.  Enjoy the rest of your day!!!

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Newly fired, Lena Jeffries ducks into the lobby of a nearby development firm to avoid a brewing thunderstorm. Worried about her next paycheck, the last person she expects to see is Ethan Sanford. Grown up and successful, he filled out his suit to perfection. What happened to the skinny and aloof Ethan from high school?

When Ethan Sanford catches a whiff of the curvaceous Lena, he stops in his tracks. Forbidden from touching her all those years ago, he and his big bad lion aren’t going to let her escape again. Unable to deny the burning attraction any longer, he invites her upstairs with more than a drink on his mind. Overcome by his desire and with a flash of canines, Ethan takes Lena as his mate.

Lena never thought she’d be the type of woman to sleep with her soon to be boss, and makes a quick exit in the morning. Pining over Ethan, she heads to a diner with her best friend to talk it over. Soon, her sudden cravings for meat puts her friend in the war path of a first time she-cat shift.

Ethan is not happy to find his mate missing when he wakes. Will Ethan manage to find and calm the new lioness before she puts the entire city on the menu?

Review:

Lena has had a rough day.  She gets fired for standing up for herself and now its raining on all of her belongings.  When she happens to enter the building that Ethan, her long time high school crush, works she can’t help but feel angry at the world.  But, when Ethan sees Lena he is overcome with joy knowing that he finally has a chance to claim his mate.  Soon the two are mating and Lena doesn’t know what to do.  When Lena finally discovers what Ethan is and who she has become will she be able to accept him and his love for her?

This was quite the erotic romance.  This book will make every woman who ever had a high school crush hope that he secretly loves her and is a sexy shifter.  Ethan and Lena were good characters but I would have liked more depth in this story.  It is a short and quick novel, but I think more could have developed.  I thought the sex and relationship may have happened to fast.  More detail and excitement could have been added.  Overall, this was a good read  that will add steam to your e-reader.

Review: Spy Fall by Diana Quincy

Happy 4th of July for those celebrating.  For everyone else, Happy Monday!  Today, we celebrate by having two reviews.  First up is Diana Quincy’s Spy Fall.  It is a bodice ripping, regency romance that will have you loving every moment.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Remember to come back later today for part two of the celebration.

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When a fiery French parachutist lands on a drunken Lord Cosmo Dunsmore, he surmises she’s an angel sent from above. But is she a spy after something far more sinister than his debauched soul?

A fearless parachutist is out of her depth…

Mari Lamarre is gaining fame for her daring aeronautic endeavors, but her riskiest adventure begins when she collides with the darkly charismatic son of the Marquess of Aldridge. If her mission succeeds, Cosmo’s father will be ruined.

A rakehell falls for a dangerous woman…

Surrendering to a fierce passion, the two embark on a torrid affair, even as Cosmo vows to protect his family at all costs. But in doing so, will he risk losing the captivating beauty who’s swept into his life and made off with his heart?

Review:

Mari Lamarre literally falls from the sky and lands on the very handsome Lord Cosmo Dunsmore.  Her aim couldn’t have been more perfect.  She is a parachutist with a hidden background.  Though she has ulterior motives being on the Marquess’ land she can’t help herself when she begins to fall for the heir.  Though she  knows he’s a rake and could really jeopardize her true mission she can’t help falling for him and falling into his bed.  But when all becomes known will she allow herself to risk everything or will the next fall be her last?

This was a truly fun read.  I do like a good regency romance and this one had a lot of sexy times, suspense, mystery and lots of regency propriety.  Spy Fall reminds me of the Naked series by Sally Mackenzie which happens to be one of my favorite in this genre.  Mari and Cosmo are the perfect characters in this book.  Mari is the the strong unique female for her times and Cosmo is the heir that doesn’t take anything but drink and women seriously.  This is truly a fantastically fun summer read.  If you are looking for a good bodice ripping novel for your vacation, look no further than Spy Fall by Diana Quincy.

Review: Deadly Undertaking by J.Q Rose

Hello Everyone!  I apologize for the lateness of this review, but due to vacations I have been away from my computer.  Today, I have a suspense filled mystery by J.Q Rose.  This unique setting and entertaining story makes for a great summer read.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great rest of the week!

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Lauren Staab knew there would be dead bodies around when she returned home. After all, her family is in the funeral business, Staab and Blood Funeral Home. Still, finding an extra body on the floor of the garage between the hearse and the flower car shocked her. Lauren’s plan to return to her hometown to help care for her mother and keep the books for the funeral home suddenly turns upside down in a struggle to prove she and her family are not guilty of murdering the man. But will the real killer return for her, her dad, her brother? Her mother’s secrets, a killer, a handsome policeman, and a shadow man muddle up her intention to have a simple life. Welcome home, Lauren!

Review:

Lauren has dealt with dead bodies for years.  Her family owns a funeral home, but what she doesn’t expect is to find a fresh one in their garage.  Now, Lauren must figure out what is really going on.  With her mother dying in a nursing home, her father dealing with the business and her mother, her brother’s secrets and the shadow man who pops up at the most inopportune times, Lauren must navigate more than just the dead bodies that keep popping up.

This was a thrill a minute read.  It truly kept you guessing what would pop up next.  I enjoyed all of the characters and felt that having the main setting be a funeral home was a unique twist on what could have just been an average story.  I adored the added layer of her mother’s past secrets that ended up truly affecting Lauren.   I also enjoy the little bit of romance that was thrown in.  This is the perfect book for someone looking for mystery and suspense with just a splash of romance.  Overall, this is a great beach read that I can guarantee you won’t put down until the sunscreen has worn off and the last page is turned.

Review: Phantom the Immortal by Mitz Szereto and Ashley Listerz

Happy Friday!  Today I bring to you an erotic retelling of the Phantom of the Opera.  What happens when the Phantom wants more than songs?  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Hope you get to grab a good book weekend!  Feel free to comment any recommendations in the comment section.

29238534Book Blurb:

A contemporary erotic sequel that relocates the original character from Gaston Leroux’s classic novel The Phantom of the Opera to present-day Paris…

While attending an auction of music memorabilia, young soprano Christine Delacroix bids on some letters written by another young soprano, Christine Daaé, who lived during the 19th century. Here she meets the handsome Compte Rezso Esterhazy, who immediately sets out to court her. Despite his attentions, Christine becomes obsessed with the Daaé letters and her namesake’s mysterious “Angel of Music”—a masked man who lived beneath the Paris Opera House.

Seemingly immortal and frozen in time, the Phantom is condemned to life below the opera house and in the shadows…until Christine Delacroix auditions for a minor role in Faust. Convinced the Christine from his past has been returned to him, he sets out for her to have the lead female role. He visits her in her dressing room to give her singing lessons, all the while remaining hidden from view. Insanely jealous over Christine’s budding romance with the Compte, the Phantom abducts her and takes her to his underground lair, where the singing lessons continue. Only this time they are far more depraved and sexual in nature.

A debut writing collaboration from bestselling authors Mitzi Szereto and Ashley Lister!

Review:

Christine is obsessed with the true story of the Opera Ghost and Christine Daae.  When she attempts to buy her personal letters she is thrarted by the Compte Rezso.  Soon, Christine is in possession of the letters and even at the same opera house as the former Christine.  When she attempts to contact the Angel of Music she has luck and soon her sexual journey with the phantom begins.  Her feelings for the phantom and the Compte battle and try to win her heart, but in the end will she choose her obsession or the questionable man in front of her?

This was a very interesting read.  It felt a bit like it was the story of phantom of the opera with just a few erotic scenes thrown in.  I enjoyed reading it but in truth I would have enjoyed more of a story that was similar to the original but more original.  That being said I did quite enjoy the very erotic and steamy sex scenes.  It did bring a different element to the more traditional story of Phantom of the Opera.  This was a quick read with many sensual breaks.  If you’re looking for a unique take on a classic with an erotic twist you will enjoy this.

Review: Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) by John A. Heldt

Happy Monday!  Today I am bringing to you another in the wonderful American Journey series by John Heldt.  We are thrown back to a time of flappers, extravagance, prohibition and speakeasys.  This is another win for John A. Heldt.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a wonderful week ahead!!

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Providence, Rhode Island, 2017. When doctoral student Cameron Coelho, 28, opens a package from Indiana, he finds more than private papers that will help him with his dissertation. He finds a photograph of a beautiful society editor murdered in 1925 and clues to a century-old mystery. Within days, he meets Geoffrey Bell, the “time-travel professor,” and begins an unlikely journey through the Roaring Twenties. Filled with history, romance, and intrigue, INDIANA BELLE follows a lonely soul on the adventure of a lifetime as he searches for love and answers in the age of Prohibition, flappers, and jazz.

Review:

Cameron has made the 1920’s his life.  Once he gets his hands on the writings and belongings of a young journalist that made midwest America stand out he couldn’t help but become obsessed with her.  When he realizes some of the idealized writings regarding time travel are possible he knows he must travel back to meet this woman that has captured his attention like no other.  He will find that meeting her is the least of what he wants to do.  He wants to change the past and save her life, but can he do that without destroying the future?

This was another wonderfully written novel.  I truly enjoy the time travel and historical elements.  Having said that I have read all of these novels and I do lose a little interest with the introduction to time travel in each novel. I understand the necessity since each novel can be read as a standalone but for those of us who are devoted readers it can get cumbersome.  That being said I totally loved this story.  It really had me guessing what was going to happen.  The mix of a person thrown into the past trying to not change it is an incredible premise and all of these books continue to grow and fascinate.  I can’t wait to see where we travel to next.  If you haven’t yet read this series I highly recommend it for those looking for a good love story with some history and paranormal mixed in.

I Promise You This (Love in Provence #3) by Patricia Sands

Happy Friday!  I am bringing to you the third book in Patricia Sands, Love in Provence series.  Patricia Sands’ talent hand has an impeccable ability to tell a story.  Drawing the reader into the resplendent scenery making the reader wanting to visit immediately.  I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend and be sure to pick up something new and exciting to read.

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Suddenly single after twenty-two years of marriage, the calm of Katherine Price’s midlife has turned upside down. Seeking to find her true self, she took a chance on starting over. A year later, she is certain of this: she’s in love with Philippe and adores his idyllic French homeland, where he wants her to live with him.

But all that feels like a fantasy far removed from Toronto, where she’s helping her friend Molly, hospitalized after a life-threatening accident. Staying in her childhood home full of memories, Katherine wonders: Is she really ready to leave everything behind for an unknown life abroad? And if all her happiness lies with Philippe, will it last? Can she trust in love again?

Searching her heart, Katherine finds the pull of the familiar is stronger than she thought. An unexpected meeting with her ex, the first time since his cruel departure, and a stunning declaration of love from an old flame spur her introspection.

With sunlit backdrops and plot twists as breathtaking as the beaches of Antibes, author Patricia Sands brings her trilogy about second chances to a provocative and satisfying close that proves that a new life just might be possible—if you’re willing to let your heart lead you home

4381348Author Bio:

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn’t somewhere else. An admitted travel fanatic, she can pack a bag in a flash and be ready to go anywhere … particularly the south of France, for her annual visit.

As of January, 2015, along with being a proud indie author, Patricia is also delighted to be under contract with Lake Union Publishing for her Love In Provence series. This is the women’s fiction arm of Amazon Publishing.

With a focus on travel, women’s issues and ageing, her stories celebrate the feminine spirit and the power of friendship. Encouraging women of all ages to stare down the fear factor and embrace change, Patricia has heard from readers (men too!) ages 20 to 83.

Her award-winning debut novel The Bridge Club was published in 2010 and the audiobook, read by Patricia, will be available soon.

Her second novel, The Promise of Provence received a 2014 National Indie Excellence Finalist Award in Literary Fiction. An Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013, The Promise of Provence was also a USA Best Book 2013 Finalist ~ Women’s Fiction. On Patricia’s stay in France in September 2013, Heidi’s English Bookshop in Antibes hosted a book signing attended by readers from six countries. Although Heidi’s has closed, the Antibes Book Shop on Rue Georges Clemenceau continues the tradition and Patricia’s novels can be found there.

Thanks to reader requests, The Promise of Provence and Promises To Keep, set in the south of France, are now the first two of the Love In Provence series. Lake Union Publishing will be releasing I Promise You This (Book 3) on May 17, 2016, and it is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Patricia has led two 10-day tours of the French Riviera and the countryside of Provence. These trips were based on The Promise of Provence, with the Women’s Travel Network. Let her know if you would like to go with her and a small group of women. It’s the perfect trip for women traveling on their own or with good friends. She is already counting the days to the next tour which is scheduled for June/July 2017.

Find out more at Patricia’s Facebook Author Page, Amazon Author Page, Goodreads or her blog where you will find links to her books, social media, and monthly newsletter. She loves hearing from readers, so don’t hesitate to email her.

Review: The Warrior Prophet (The Watcher Saga #3) by Lisa Viosin

Today I get to share with you the third book in The Watcher Saga, The Warrior Prophet.  This book was the perfect wrap up for this story line.  It is action packed from beginning to end.  For my full review, keep reading after the book blurb.  Hope all of you are having a wonderful week.

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Mia Crawford is a prophet.

She can see angels. She also sees demons. Everywhere.

The angels are preparing for war to get her fallen angel boyfriend, Michael, back. A war that could take years.

Haunted by visions of Michael’s soul being tortured, Mia can’t rest until she knows he’s safe.

To save him, she must make an impossible journey through Hell with the one person she prayed she’d never see again.

Review:

Mia has been through some tough times.  But, she hasn’t faced anything until she needs to save her boyfriend and the world.  Working with a past enemy to save Michael will push Mia to her limits.  War is on the world’s doorstep and the pressure is on for Mia to protect the innocents, save her fallen angel boyfriend and protect herself from the evil invading the world.

I loved this third installment of the series.  This was mostly about Mia and it really grew her character by leaps and bounds.  We also found that with the drama in the story the strength of the other angels characters.  I loved that Mia had to rely on the one person she never wanted or thought she’d have to interact with again.  It truly gave a creative twist to an inventive story.  Lisa Voisin’s writing has grown leaps and bounds through out this story.  I hope that these characters don’t stop here but she continues on with the fantastic characters and world she has created.

Review: Cloaked in Blood by T.F Walsh

Happy Monday!  Today I am bringing to you the third book in The Wulfkin Legacy series by T.F Walsh.  We meet Marcin, Enre’s brother, and his possible mate, Selena.  This book like the others is a non-stop thrill ride with lots of suspense and romance.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

29742394Book Blurb:

The daughter of a sultan alpha, Selena Kurt agrees to an arranged wulfkin mating to protect her sister from a dangerous alpha from the enemy clan. To her surprise, her match is Marcin Ulf, the next in line for the Hungarian throne…and the wulfkin who broke her heart years ago.

Marcin is just as shocked to learn he’ll be matched to the enemy’s daughter and the woman he’s never forgotten. Before they can be paired, however, they’re drawn into a tournament where Marcin will compete to free his estranged imprisoned brother, while Selena battles for the life of another wulfkin alpha. Both intend to seize this chance to save those they’re fighting for—even if it means facing off with one another just as their romance rekindles.

Will tribe loyalty triumph, or will they realize they’re better off as a team before it’s too late?

Review:

Selena volunteered to the arranged mating so that her sister didn’t have to, but the prospect of seeing, Marcin, her former love was too enticing.  Marcin is waiting until the right moment to finally take his father down.  When his father brings his brother, Enre and female alpha, Daciana back with him in chains he realizes that there is no time like the present.  But, when his father throws the forced mating of him and his former love he must rethink how he does everything.  He must question her motives, his father’s motives and those around him.  Will Marcin and Selena finally find a way to be together or will his father do what he does best and destroy everything Marcin holds dear?

I really enjoyed Marcin and Selena’s book.  This one really drew me in quicker than the others.  The story moved quickly and kept the reader enthralled.  I felt that the drama of Marcin and Selena’s past blended well with the present story and the things at stake.  I also enjoyed the teasers we got with Victor’s side story and Aisha’s love affair.  It added a little something more to the drama surrounding Marcin and Selena.  I can’t wait to see what will happen next in this series.  T.F Walsh continues to hone this world and her stories.  I have no doubt that the next one will be just as entertaining and exciting as those in the past.

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