Fresh Face Friday: An Unexpected Gift by Katherine Grey

Happy Black Friday!  I hope those of you out to get the good buys are out hunting them down and those of you like me hiding away from all the crowds with a good book .  The good book I am featuring today is An Unexpected Gift by Katherine Grey.  This is a wonderful romance with some action thrown in the mix.   It also has a wonderful heroine that is revolutionary in her time.  For my full review be sure to check it out after the book blurb.  Happy shopping everyone and have a great weekend!

16269840Book Blurb:

Known only as Lazarus to the band of cutthroats and thieves he leads, William Prescott will do anything to find his missing sister, even blackmail a fragile young woman into helping him. But he never plans to fall in love with this mysterious woman with a troubled past.

Haunted by the memories of war, Olivia St. Germaine wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But when her brother, a doctor, suddenly leaves town without a word, she is forced to use her medical knowledge to help an injured man who puts her life in danger. Can she keep herself safe as she tends Lazarus, or is her heart more vulnerable than she realizes?


Olivia St. Germaine is a proper lady with the additional knowledge of medicine.  When two strangers show up at her home demanding for her brother she is both shocked and angry.  After convincing the strangers her brother is not present she successfully gets them to leave, but as one of the gentlemen is leaving she notices he is injured and insists on helping him.  With this one-act Olivia ends up connecting herself with the dangerous Lazarus.  Will Prescott, aka Lazarus, is desperately looking for his sister.  Nothing will stand in his way.  That is until Olivia steps into his life.  For a reason he doesn’t understand Olivia gets a foothold on his heart and no matter what he tries she is there.  Love between these two opposites was never planned or even acceptable but can these two vulnerable hearts open up and let each other in?

I really enjoyed this historical.  Olivia and Will are very memorable characters.  They are both strong and morally centered characters.  The love story between them was very well-developed and seemed natural.  I also think that the topic of PTSD was very well illustrated.  Also how the reactions of the Ton during the time in which this novel takes place is spot on.  Overall, I think the depiction of the society and environment that Will and Olivia live was fantastic.  That alone would be enough to read this book but you also fall in love right along with Olivia and Will.  If you’re looking for a good historical romance this is a must read.

Author Bio:

At the age of four, Katherine pestered her mother to teach her to read. From that point on, she spent the most of her childhood lost in the pages of one book after another. Soon she began writing stories of her own, populated with characters doing all of the things she was too shy to even contemplate doing herself.

A chance meeting with another writer led Katherine to seriously pursue a writing career. Her debut novel, Impetuous, was released by The Wild Rose Press in August 2011.

Katherine lives in upstate NY with her family though she threatens to move south at the beginning of each Winter season.

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Review: Council Courtship by Constance Phillips

Today I have quick review for you guys to celebrate Thanksgiving eve.  Council Courtship is a novella in Constance Phillips’ Fairyproof series.  This was a great follow-up that is opening the door for her next book in this series.  Be sure to check my full review of the novella after the book blurb.  Happy Thanksgiving Eve!  I hope you all enjoy tomorrow with friends, family and loved ones.

18626136Book Blurb:

Tristan Ipsly knows firsthand how Eero’s ideals have ripped houses apart. More than half of his family was prosecuted for supporting the revolution, the remaining fled to the otherworld, leaving him the lone member of his house, and one of two candidates for the recently vacated Council seat. As a healer who is seated on the repopulation project, he has real solutions to the problems that face them all, but fears he’s been branded a traitor, not worthy of the seat nor to court Quinn.

Quinn Vettore knows that Fairykind is dying. Eero and his revolution have left them a people divided, but she believes tradition and the Canon’s writing are equally to blame. She wants to see the Council fill the vacancy with someone who will be the voice of change. The prime candidate in her mind is the same choice of her heart: Tristan.

Too bad her Grandfather is the one man who stands in the way of both


In Council Courtship, Constance Phillips follows up Daniel and Monique love story with Tristan and Quinn.  Tristan is one of two eligible parties for a Council seat.  He is an outspoken proponent for change to benefit Fairykind.  Quinn is the granddaughter of the other party eligible for the seat.  Tristan and Quinn have both had feelings for each other but due to the ways of society Tristan must be given permission to court Quinn by her grandfather.  The biggest problem hindering this is that Tristan’s house has fallen due to being part of Eero’s rebellion.  Finally, Tristan and Quinn express their feelings about one another only to be held apart by tradition and the powers outlined in the Canon.  Will change come to Fairy or will their traditions propel a dying society and in turn keep Tristan and Quinn from their love?

This was a wonderful novella.  A very quick read that stuck true to the Fairyproof series.  I really liked Tristan and Quinn’s story.  This story was very clever in many ways.  It broached the subject of socialism and feminism in a way I have never seen done in paranormal romance.  Though it isn’t an out-and-out exact idea of the political institutions it does one heck of a job illustrating what it looks like to live in a society such as that.  The feminist part was very prominent.  This is especially shown when the eldest of a house has total control over a woman’s rights in their home.  I thought the political issues in this book along with the paranormal romance was fantastic and definitely unique.  I would definitely recommend this wonderful novella, but you should definitely read Fairyproof first.  You can find my review of Fairyproof here.

Coffee and a Review with A Second Chance at Forever by J.M Stewart

untitledHappy Monday Everyone!  I know everyone is looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, but we all have a few days till then.  So, I am bringing to you a great quick romance by J.M Stewart, A Second Chance at Forever.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great start to your week and are resting up for the upcoming holiday.

18682587Book Blurb:

Recently divorced and working two jobs, Angela Lewis has no room in her life for love. Yet when her childhood crush finds her at the nightclub where she works as the sexy stripper, Candy Cane, and expresses his interest, Angela can’t resist. She only wants one night to live the fantasy her alter ego provides.

Alex McKinley is still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life, and one night with Candy is exactly what he needs. He gets more than he bargained for, however, when he discovers she’s the little sister of his best friend.  Suddenly little Angie’s all grown up and driving him crazy.

When Angela discovers she’s pregnant, Alex doesn’t hesitate to do the right thing. The more time he spends with Angela, the more Alex finds himself falling for the woman she’s become. She makes him want to live again. But can he convince her to take a chance on him


By day Angela is an average person with a normal job but weekends she is known as Candy Cane.  She is a stripper.  She took the job after her divorce to help her express herself and earn money to help pay for her mothers medical bills.  Up until now, Angela hasn’t run across anyone she knows until her brother’s best friend and childhood crush is seated in the audience.  Alex has come back to his hometown of Las Vegas to celebrate his friends impending marriage.  The last thing he expects is to want to spend time will a sexy stripper that has a familiar feel.  When in the heat of passion Angela calls out Alex’s childhood name her cover is blown and he finally knows why she feels familiar.  Though Alex initially feels like he should stop everything with his best friend’s sister he can’t get past how she feels.  Plus, he’s only planning to be in town for the weekend.  That is until Angela finds herself pregnant.  Alex insists on doing the right thing, but after suffering the loss he has only a year ago he’s not sure he will every be able to give Angela what she needs or deserves.  Can two wounded people fall in love with the gully of grief that lies between them or will they just be co-parents?

This was a great little read.  I enjoyed the story and the characters.  I thought that the idea of Angela being a stripper was definitely something I hadn’t read lately.  Angela and Alex’s budding relationship was really well written even if it was a bit fast.  I personally would have enjoyed a bit more back story of their childhood around each other.  I think that would have given everything a bit more depth.  For a quick read and a sexy love story it was a good one.  It is definitely worth a read if you are in the mood for strippers, sex, pregnancy and love.

Fresh Face Friday: To Tame a Montana Heart by Dawn Luedecke

Happy Friday!  This time next week we will be waking up with turkey hangovers and shopping til we drop.  But, today is just like any other Friday and I have for you a wonderful author and her western romance, Dawn Luedecke and To Tame a Montana Heart.  I loved these characters.  They are definitely memorable and though this book isn’t for younger audiences the example that Dusty sets is wonderful.  For my full review be sure to check it out after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderfully relaxing Friday because next week we will all be singing a different tune.  🙂

15824548Book Blurb:

Running from a past of privilege, deceit, and danger, Travis Simms is ready to settle down. What better place to forget all he left behind than the quiet little Montana town of Lolo Hot Springs? His goal is clear — build a hotel and his own destiny without complications — until one of the town’s most troublesome women captures his attention.

Dusty Larson is hell bent on independence, helping her sister run the Triple D Ranch. She can do anything a man can, and do it better, so she certainly doesn’t need one in her life. The only problem is she seems to attract bad luck and danger…and Travis. Can he tame her wild ways and keep his bachelor status intact — or does he risk losing his heart?


Travis Sims first comes upon Dusty Larson as her and her sister DeEtte are being held up by a scoundrel.  Unfortunately, they are being held up while they leaving a swimming hole.  Travis not wanting to leave damsel in distress he steps in and takes hold of the situation.  Unbeknownst to him he is saving two very capable women.  He finds this out when Dusty hits the scoundrel and gives him a bloody nose.

Though Dusty kinda appreciates Travis stepping in she knows that she and her sister were very capable of taking the robber down.  Dusty gets it in her head that she has to teach this city-slicker a thing or two.  This starts off a game between Travis and Dusty  that soon turns into less of a game and more toward love.  Travis’ need to protect Dusty from both herself and others draws him closer to her and her wild family.  Dusty drags Travis into situations from hunting down outlaws to searching for a missing herd of Mustangs to dealing with Salish Indians.  Though the two go through trial after trial their love grows, but are they ready for love when it comes or will they let it pass them by.

This was a great Western Romance.  I loved the scenery and the characters, especially the characters.  Dusty and DeEtte are wonderful.  I loved their spunk and their sass.  They were who they were and to hell with what other people thought even their parents.  I thought these are great examples for young women.  They are being themselves and doing what they want in spite of what others may think of them.  Though this is set in a dramatically different time I think the lesson can be translated over to current times.  This story drew me in and wouldn’t let go til the last page.  It was fun, natural and all around entertaining.  If you are looking for a good cowboy/cowgirl book with some love thrown in there you will want to pick this book up.

4509191Author Bio:

A country girl born and bred, Dawn Luedecke has spent most of her life surrounded by horses, country folk, and the wild terrain of Nevada, Idaho and Montana. As a child she would spend many afternoons reading books, watching western classics, and Rogers and Hammerstein movies. When she grew up she decided to leave the quiet country life for a chance to find adventure by serving in the United States Coast Guard. During that time she found her soul mate (and alpha male) and started a family and writing career. These days you can find her on the coastline as she follows her husband’s Coast Guard career along the beach.

Review: Knockout! by Emma Calin

Today I’m reviewing for your pleasure and mine Knockout by Emma Calin.  This is a good romantic read.  The story is quick-moving and very steamy.  Be sure to checkout the rest of my review after the book blurb.  I think this is the perfect book for hump day!  Yes, pun intended.  🙂

13609766Book Blurb:

Interpol cop, Anna Leyton, spirals down into a hopeless vortex of sexual and emotional passion
as she fights to keep her professional cool. Who is deceiving who in this fast moving ride across continents?

What motivates her art loving prize-bull of a lover Freddie La Salle?  The power of love and trust stands against greed and crime as conflicting forces grapple for that knockout punch.
Knockout! A romance novel with a twist of suspense that will take you on a roller coaster ride of passion, deception and love.


Anna Leyton is an Interpol cop that has a jaded past.  When she is leaving Scotland Yard, one day she is attempting to hail a cab. As she finally gets a cab an obnoxious Frenchman tried to take it from her.  When she takes a closer look she realizes he is an extremely hot guy who is clearly not only French but also American.  Before Anna knows it she is developing a report with this stranger who is very much becoming less of a stranger.  After having a drink with her handsome stranger she goes home with hopes that Freddie LaSalle will use the number she gave him.

Anna is soon assigned to a special assignment that she doesn’t realize at first is connected to Freddie, a very famous boxer.  Once the dots are connected she readily volunteers to go undercover to find the information her task force needs from Freddie and his connections.  Soon the lines get blurred for Anna.  She begins to fall for the boxer with more depth than anyone knows.  With Freddie’s upcoming fight, the mob circling, Interpol and a number of other dangers Anna’s true danger is that to her heart.  Can Anna build a relationship on the lies she’s told or will she lose both her life and her heart to an enigmatic boxer named Freddie LaSalle?

This was a very enjoyable story.  I liked the relationship between Freddie and Anna.  Though the love story is very quick it is also very steamy.  I would say that even though I loved this story the love story part moved incredibly fast.  So fast that I felt overwhelmed and it made the story a tad bit unbelievable at that moment.  Though the love story is whimsical in its quickness the suspense portion with the dangers of the mob was very well done.  Emma Calin also does a fantastic job with her descriptions of London, France and California.  The scenery almost becomes a character unto itself.  Overall, this is a very enjoyable romance story.   I would definitely trade a day in Anna’s shoes with the very hot Freddie!

Coffee and a Review with Loving Byrne by Donna Dalton

Coffee-Foam-Art-46Welcome to yet another manic Monday.  Today I’m starting your week off with a short story by Donna Dalton called Loving Byrne.  It’s a nice little story that will start your week off a little warmer than the weather is outside.  Since today’s story is so short I’m gonna keep my opening to a minimum.  Be sure to read my review after the book blurb.

17905012Book Blurb:

Lieutenant Stephen Byrne stands guard over a British envoy asleep after an all-day drinking binge. So when his fiancee arrives, Stephen feels safe leaving his post for a quick meal. Yet his worst nightmare comes true when the Englishman slips from the room and leaves the hotel.

Victoria Manning will soon have everything she’s ever wanted–a loving husband and a new life at Fort Leavenworth as an Army officer’s wife. When loneliness and a special picnic lunch for her fiance bring her to the Willard Hotel, their meal soon falls by the wayside as their passion ignites and their agreement of abstinence is put to the test.

Stephen and Victoria must put their special night on hold as they search for the fugitive envoy. Can they find him and save Stephen’s commission in the Army, or will their future together be in jeopardy?


Victoria decides to bring a picnic dinner for her fiancée.  Her fiancée is responsible for guarding the room of the English envoy that is due to marry in the morning.  Since the envoy has been drinking, Stephen feels it will be ok to steal away some time with Victoria.  Soon the picnic is left unattended as things get heated between the couple.  When they are disturbed by a loud thump Stephen steals way to investigate what made the noise.  When he returns, he informs Victoria that the envoy has escaped and he must go to track him down.  This begins a frantic search through the streets of Boston.  They must hurry to find him before Stephen is found out that he left his post.  If found out he will be court marshaled and possibly given death.  Will Victoria and Stephen find the envoy or will their future flutter through their fingers?

I thought this was a great little novella.  It was a fully formed story with well-developed characters and story line.  The connection between Stephen and Victoria is wonderful.  I enjoyed Victoria’s character the most.  I thought for the era that was depicted in the story she was a strong woman.  You can definitely see why Stephen falls for her.  In such a short story Donna Dalton manages to put some really steamy scenes in their.  Overall, though this is a very quick read it is highly enjoyable and very steamy at times.

Fresh Face Friday: Prophecy by Heather McCollum

Happy Friday!  Today I will be starting your weekend off with great paranormal romance.  Heather McCollum’s, Prophecy meshes together wonderfully sexy Scottish Highlanders and witches together to a wonderful start to her Dragonfly series.  This really is the perfect mixture of history, romance and paranormal.  This is the perfect book to warm up the now chilly nights.  Be sure to check out my whole review after the book blurb.

8831955Book Blurb:


Four powerful sisters, hidden through time, fighting for love and a chance to save the world.


Serena Faw must shut out the barrage of thoughts from everyone around her. Her telepathic powers reveal the darkness and true intentions behind every false smile.

When her adopted brother is accused of murder, the only man who can help her is the one person she cannot read. Can she trust him with the life of her brother? Can she trust him with her heart?

Keenan Maclean is the younger brother to the new chief of the MacLeans. A dark prophecy shadows him. One brother will live wed to a witch and one will die. Keenan is raised to defend his clan and die.

Serena and Keenan hunt a loyalist murderer before the Battle of Culloden and fall in love despite the prophecy’s warning that she heralds his death.


We first meet Serena as her mother is casting a spell to throw her and her sisters to different times to protect them.  She is given one of her mother’s powers to hold and develop.  Her power is the power to read minds and intentions.  Serena literally drops in and is raised by the Romany (Gypsy) people.  Thirteen years later she is performing when she meets Keenan.  Automatically things are different with him.  She cannot read him or feel his emotions.  Keenan recognizes her as the woman who should be his.  When a series of tragic events happen,  Serena and Keenan are tied together to clear her brother’s name.  While they try to clear his name it becomes clear that Serena is part of a prophecy that has been integral to Keenan’s life.  Though his role is different in the prophecy he can’t help himself from the beautiful witch who is turning his world on its side.  Can Keenan and Serena fight both the English and an ages old prophecy to be together or will their decisions be made for them by separating them forever?

This was a quick entertaining read.  I loved the story and the characters.  Serena is a wonderful heroine that really is able to hold her own when dealing with the overbearing Highlanders. Keenan is everything you want in a sexy Highland warrior.  The two together really ignite the pages and allow for a wonderful story.  There were a few items that are left hanging with this story but I believe it has more to do with people whose stories will be coming up.  I don’t want to say too much to spoil the story.  I really think this was a great first book in the series.  It sets us up to see what will happen next with the sisters.  I suspect they will be equally awesome and their men equally sexy.  Though I personally have a thing for the highland warrior, I do look forward to reading more of this series.  Overall, this is a wonderful read that will throw you into a world that you can only dream about.  You will no doubt love the story and the characters while getting warm, squishy feelings for those Highland warriors.

4185696Author Bio:

Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Maine, much to her English professor’s dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and the Ruby Slipper Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart Finalists.

The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entranced Ms. McCollum’s heart and imagination when she visited there years ago. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since. She currently resides with her very own Highland hero and three spirited children in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.

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