Review and Cover Reveal: The Bronze Blade (An Elemental World Novella) and The Singer (Book #2: The Irin Chronicles) by Elizabeth Hunter

Title: The Bronze Blade Series: The Elemental World Author: Elizabeth Hunter Format: Kindle Edition, 101 pages Published: February 4, 2014 by E. Hunter  ASIN: B00HUVO5NA

Title: The Bronze Blade
Series: The Elemental World
Author: Elizabeth Hunter
Format: Kindle Edition, 101 pages
Published: February 4, 2014 by E. Hunter
ASIN: B00HUVO5NA

Purple GoodreadsSynopsis:

“You may call me Tenzin, if you like.”

A girl. A mother. A slave. A monster. A survivor. Descended into madness. Forged in fire and darkness, she became one of the fiercest warriors the immortal world had ever known.

But in the beginning, there was a girl.

THE BRONZE BLADE is a novella of approximately 100 pages.

WARNING: The Bronze Blade contains scenes of graphic violence and abuse, and is recommended for adult readers only.

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review: 

Every time I sit down to read a new offering by Elizabeth Hunter I tell myself: “You will not be overwhelmed by the awesome this time!” and “You will NOT be left speechless yet again!”  And every damn time including this one, I am overwhelmed by the awesome and left speechless and with my husband telling me “That’s what you get for thinking.”  The Bronze Blade is proof positive that Elizabeth Hunter doesn’t just bring the awesome, she unleashes it on us all.

Understand this dear reader; my expectations for this book were extremely and bordering on unreasonably high.  This is the story I have been waiting for since the moment I fell in love with Tenzin in the first Elemental Mysteries book, A Hidden Fire.  There is just something about her that grabbed my attention, my affection and, my respect (YES, all of this for a FICTIONAL character!) and wouldn’t let go.  Tenzin is fierce, loyal, daunting, loving (believe it or not), extremely intelligent, mouthy, cunning and flat-out scary.  Her very presence in every Elemental Mysteries read has been a portent for danger, mayhem and, one more than one occasion, a massacre.  She is lethal and dangerous but never, ever without cause and honor.  She is ancient and strong and to understand how this cold and very calculating woman became this way has remained a mystery until now.

The Bronze Blade is not an easy read nor is it a light and fluffy story meant to warm your heart.  The Bronze Blade is Tenzin’s battle to become who she is; that is, her journey to becoming Tenzin.  Her origin is initially very normal and very common and a part of a very, very ancient time.  In many respects, Tenzin was never meant to lead an extraordinary life but then one day, the vampires came.  Believe me when I tell you, Tenzin and her personality as we know it in the Elemental Mysteries world is something that was forged in death, despair, destruction, violence and anger.  Her choices were taken from her, her body violated in so many foul and disgusting ways and her mind was nearly lost right up until the moment she chose to live and become something more.  That moment and those that follow are bloody and horrifying as well as being completely justified and satisfying.  Tenzin’s story explains absolutely everything that we know (and LOVE!) about her.  Do not mistake The Bronze Blade for a simple backstory/origin story simply because it is a novella.  The Bronze Blade is the building of a warrior and every question I have ever had about Tenzin is answered.  Hunter strips this fierce warrior down to her bare bones and then creates a most haunting and terrifying tale that ends with me being overwhelmed by the awesome and left completely effing speechless.

The Bottom Line: Hunter has long said that Tenzin’s story would not be an easy story to read nor to write.  To a degree I understood that and now that I have read Tenzin’s story, I completely understand.  The Bronze Blade is almost pure darkness and in many respects the revealing of pure evil.  Tenzin, a character I adore and will forever love is forged from that darkness and evil yet she comes out gloriously on the other side – truly, a phoenix rising.  As a mere a reader, I now know what it is to have this story in my head and I cannot imagine having had it rattling around in my brain for as long as it has been in Hunter’s head.  To get this out and on to paper must have been a tremendous relief and I am very grateful to finally get to know, understand and read about how Tenzin came to be.  Long live the Bird Girl!!

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Title: The Singer Series: Book #2: The Irin Chronicles Author: Elizabeth Hunter Published: May 2014 by E, Hunter

Title: The Singer
Series: Book #2: The Irin Chronicles
Author: Elizabeth Hunter
Published: May 2014 by E, Hunter

Purple GoodreadsSynopsis:

When you’ve lost everything you love, how do you fight the darkness?

Ava left Istanbul with a new identity, new name, and new magic she could barely control. Laid low by Malachi’s sacrifice, she searches for help from the fabled Irina. But will the secretive women of the Irin race welcome or shun her? Ava’s origins are still a mystery, and her powers are darker than any they’ve encountered before.
The Irin world hangs in the balance. And as the children of angels battle their own demons, ancient rivalries among the Fallen threaten to wreak havoc on earth.
Thousand of miles away, a warrior wakes with no memory of his identity or his people. Stumbling though the dark and twisted schemes of fallen angels, ravenous Grigori, and even his own leaders, he must find a way back to the one thing he remembers. A single voice calls him. Malachi has one mission.
“Come back to me.”
THE SINGER is the second book in the Irin Chronicles, a contemporary fantasy series from Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries.

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Author - Elizabeth HunterELIZABETH HUNTER is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.  She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

Review: Revenge of the Homecoming Queen (Book #1: The Aspen Brooks Trilogy) by Stephanie Hale

Title: Revenge of the Homecoming Queen Series: Book #1: The Aspen Brooks Trilogy Author: Stephanie Hale Format: Kindle Edition, 276 pages Published: May 8, 2012  (first published July 3, 2007)  ASIN: B0081SO29S

Title: Revenge of the Homecoming Queen
Series: Book #1: The Aspen Brooks Trilogy
Author: Stephanie Hale
Format: Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published: May 8, 2012 (first published July 3, 2007)
ASIN: B0081SO29S

Purple GoodreadsSynopsis:

All that matters is what’s inside…as long as there’s a tiara on the outside.

The flawless Aspen Brooks was born to be Homecoming Queen. Naturally she’s dating the most popular guy in school, and she’s blessed with stunning good looks, excellent style, and mega brains. She’s got the crown in the bag.

So why is the tiara being placed on the skanky head of cheerleader Angel Ives? The confusion only grows after ultra-dork Rand Bachrach is crowned king. To Aspen’s shock and horror, Angel actually accuses her of being behind this. Whatevs!

But then something goes terribly, terribly wrong. Strange things start happening–even stranger than Angel beating Aspen. Now someone’s leaving her threatening messages and slashing her tires. She’s sure it’s that beyotch Angel doing these things. And if Angel wants war, by Dooney & Bourke she’ll get one.

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

 My Review:

Is there anything worse than losing the run for Homecoming Queen?  YES!!  Losing the race to the biggest skank in school and then having to endure said skank spreading a rumor that you wear knockoffs.  Holy Hell!!  Can it get any worse?  Absolutely 🙂

For Aspen Brooks, the title and the crown for Homecoming Queen were supposed to be a lock: Aspen is beautiful, quite stylish (Dooney and Jimmy Choo, duh!), totally smart and, she knows how to run a campaign.  And so, in front of the entire student body and looking her very, very best something goes horribly wrong and Aspen watches as her nemesis Angel Ives and her minions take the crown and court!!  The only real consolation is the fact that the biggest nerd in the school, Rand Bachrach took the King crown.  Now how did that happen? 

As if this first epic fail weren’t enough, over the next few weeks, Aspen’s life becomes a series of dramas, one after the next and all designed to turn her world upside down.  First, the nemesis disappears (OK, not so bad!), her ridiculously stupid but totally popular boyfriend dumps her (kind of sucky!), she finds herself strangely attracted to the biggest nerd in school (turns out he cleans up reeeally well), her best friend begins acting quite strangely (more so than normal) and, she lands in the hospital.  Huh?  It sort of seems like someone just might be out to get Aspen Brooks.  In order to figure out why the universe is out to get her and convince the now super-hot Rand that she is more than just a flighty and self-absorbed airhead, Aspen must sharpen her sluething skills and change her behavior. 

To be fair, Aspen’s sleuthing skills are quite good and in no time flat, she begins to unravel the mystery of her misfortune.  With the help of Rand and some flat-out dogged determination, Aspen pulls all the evidence together and in one final and seriously dramatic showdown, she saves and/or improves the day, her nemesis (BLECH!), her mom, two morons and, her relationship with her bestie and Rand.  The final reveal of the big bad and the motivation behind all the drama isn’t all that surprising but it also really doesn’t matter because the ride from start to finish is just flat out entertaining.  Some of the things Aspen chooses to say are just mind boggling and laugh-out-loud funny!!  I don’t think she has ever heard of either an inner monologue or edit button J

The Bottom Line: Yeah, Aspen is a bit self-absorbed and the tiniest bit clueless from time to time but at heart she is a good and well-meaning person.  She is also a phenomenally well-dressed person 🙂  Though there were times when I just hung my head in shame for Aspen I also found myself, on more than a few occasions really rooting for her.  Aspen has some truly fine qualities (the moments with her mom are great!) and once you get beyond the shallow, Aspen is a character worth knowing.  In all, Revenge of the Homecoming Queen has a lot to offer including: light suspense, witty banter and generally good conversation, fairly well-developed characters, naughty bits that are kept to a respectable minimum and, a read that is smooth and entertaining.  I can’t honestly say this book is going to make my top reads of the year list but I can honestly say that I have already purchased the other two books in the trilogy!  Yes, I need more Aspen Brooks in my life!

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Excerpt and Sweepstakes: Adam’s Fall (Book #2: Touch of Tantra Series) by Liv Morris

Title: Adam's Fall Series: Book #2: Touch of Tantra Author: Liv Morris Published: February 25, 2014 Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Suspense Event Organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrtours.com

Title: Adam’s Fall
Series: Book #2: Touch of Tantra
Author: Liv Morris
Published: February 25, 2014
Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Suspense
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Purple GoodreadsSynopsis:

Adam and Kathryn’s tantric love story continues once again told in his point of view…

When roguish playboy Adam Kingsley meets the stunning Tantra instructor Kathryn Delcour, he falls hard, becoming captivated by her strength and beauty. An intense sexual chemistry sizzles between them from their first shared glance to the soul cleansing Tantra session they experience together.

While Adam recovers from injuries after saving Kathryn’s life, she instructs him in the sensual practice of Tantra. He becomes her willing student as their tantric lovemaking brings Adam to sexual highs he never dreamed were possible.

But Adam’s life takes an unexpected turn when newly exposed secrets surrounding his birth father force him to make a seemingly impossible choice. Avenge those he loves and let everything he holds dear crumble around him, or allow the guilty to go free. With Kathryn by his side, Adam faces the fight of his life.

Adam’s Fall is the concluding book in the Touch of Tantra series.

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After Hours 

As I’m pressing send on the final email of the day, someone knocks on my door. I roll my eyes half in frustration, half in laughter.

“Come in, Mrs. Carter.” I glance up from my laptop as the door swings open, and I’m surprised at the sight before me.

I shake my head, wondering if my tired eyes are playing tricks on me, but I’m definitely looking upon one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen. Kathryn greets me, her full lips turned up on one side, and I’ve missed them just as much as the gorgeous woman attached to them. My mind drifts off to the thought of her red lips wrapped around my hardening cock as I sit paralyzed in my chair.

“Sorry, dear, overworked Adam. Mrs. Carter’s already left for the day. It’s just you and me. No more papers to push or calls to be made.” She pulls the door shut behind her and locks it.

I can’t mask my smile when she faces me, her demeanor serious as if I’m in trouble. She stalks toward me, wrapped in a khaki trench coat.

I decide to play it cool and go along with her whatever game she’s playing. “Did we have an appointment today? I don’t remember seeing your name on my calendar.”

“Oh, I’m on your calendar, all right. I just asked Mrs. Carter to keep our little meeting to herself. I wanted the element of surprise.” She stands in front of my desk, way too fucking far away from me.

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Liv Morris resides in Manhattan with her husband of twenty-eight years. Relocating eleven times during her husband’s corporate career, Liv qualifies as a professional mover. Learning to bloom where she’s planted, Liv brings her moving and life experiences to her writing.  A native of the beautiful Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri, Liv feels blessed to have a supportive and close family. Her three grown daughters are scattered across the country, but thankfully call home on a regular basis.  She received a B.S. in Communication from the University of Maryland. Currently, Liv is writing and publishing her short story series, Love in the City. Two short stories ranked in Amazon’s top best sellers list in Contemporary Romance. Her novel, Adam’s Apple, is due for release this summer. 

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Review and Sweepstakes: The Plan by Qwen Salisbury

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on The Plan tour hosted by AToMR Tours.  Today, I have my review and a link to the event-wide sweepstakes for you.  Thanks so very much for stopping by RoloPoloBookBlog and have a fantastic day 🙂

Title: The Plan Author: Qwen Salisbury Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Published: February 2014 Publisher: Omnific Publishing; http://www.omnificpublishing.com/ Tour Organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrtours.com

Title: The Plan
Author: Qwen Salisbury
Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: February 2014
Publisher: Omnific Publishing; http://www.omnificpublishing.com/
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Synopsis:

Day of Employment: 359

11:05 a.m.

Location: Cubicles outside Canon’s office.

Co-workers: Betting on how long Canon’s new PA will last.

Me: No doubts. Ms. Gum-smacker won’t last the day. I need to place my bet.

Manolo Blahnik’s New Fall Shoes: Mine. As soon as Madeline hands over my winnings.

Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful.  He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. Emma’s co-workers run a betting pool for Personal Assistant terminations. There’s a separate pot for the day one leaves without crying. Not likely…Canon made a former Navy SEAL cry.

He has high standards and low tolerance.  Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma.  She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none.  Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more.

It is a goal. Emma has a plan.

Source: ARC from author/publisher

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 My Review:

**ATTENTION: Slightly spoilerish!!**

Oh, dear reader, I am not sure how to approach this particular review.  Qwen Salisbury’s The Plan is one of those titles that I was immediately attracted to based on both the excellent cover and synopsis but by the end of the read, I found myself completely torn over how this book made me feel. 

Here’s what I liked:

*Emma’s attitude at the beginning of the read.  In the early stages of this read, Emma is confident and strong: she has very distinct goals, a strong work ethic, a serious amount of determination and, good wit and humor.

*The lists.  From time to time throughout the read, Emma lists, beginning with the time and/or number of days she has been employed, the things that are on her mind or are occurring in her life.  For example: “2:58 p.m. Location: Break room. Caffeine dependency: Approaching twelve-step program territory.” (Location 43 of 968)  It is in these lists that some of Emma’s funniest and most sarcastic thoughts and comments appear.

Here’s what I didn’t liked:

*Emma’s attitude throughout the rest of the read.  Though Emma maintains her sarcastic bent through most of the read, once she launches her grand plan to attract the attention of her boss, she loses/suppresses all of the other qualities and characteristics that initially attracted me to her.  I find it hard to root for any character, male or female who is willing to change their very basic nature just to attract the attention of another person.  Seeing Emma change her attitude, her wardrobe and her personality was seriously disappointing.

*Alaric Canon who is, quite likely the single most colossal asshole the world has ever known.  From beginning to end, Canon proves over and over what it is to be an asshole.  Sure, he is phenomenal at his job but he is so at the expense of the people around him.  Seriously, most of the office is involved in the near-daily bets on how long it will take Canon to fire or cause his personal assistant to quit.  Even in the moments when he is trying to be nice, he comes off as cold and somewhat cruel.  In this regard, Salisbury has managed to create a character so detestable that there is virtually nothing Canon could do to redeem himself.  For me, this type of character creation is actually a strength of the author – an ability to create such a real character in writing. 

*The naughty bits.  Even I can’t believe I just wrote that L  I am normally all over the naughty bits and love every second and every word but I actually found myself skipping over complete paragraphs of the naughty bits because of how slowly-paced they are.  In the moments of actual action, I enjoyed the read but the naughty bits become mired down in too much extraneous description for my liking.

The Bottom Line:  There are some really brilliant moments in The Plan especially when Emma finds her attitude and totally unleashes it but overall, I found myself disappointed in the read.  With that being said, I truly think once this book makes it into its final form, it will be much improved.  In all, The Plan feels like a debut novel from an author who has a ton of potential.  Though I wasn’t overly impressed with this read, those moments of brilliance give me hope that Salisbury will, in the future really hit her stride and produce some spectacular reads.

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Author portrait 2Qwen Salsbury was born in Kansas and somehow keeps ending up back there.  Raised on her grandparent’s five acre homestead within the city limits, her imagination was honed during long days of quiet play and spartan access to a TV signal.  Now mother to handsome boys, she strives to ensure they appreciate potential adventures found within the pages of a book, an honest day’s work, and what ingenuity may yield from mundane objects like a string and a cup.  The boys prefer a PS3.

After spending time in corporate America, she returned to school and received a BA in English, Creative Writing and Poetry from Pittsburg State University, the alma mater of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, James Tate.  She worked on a Masters there until going on to receive a juris doctorate from Washburn School of Law.

A seven-time Sigma Tau Delta writing award winner, her fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and have been selected by fiction communities as featured story of the month and year.  Predominantly a writer of romance, her romantic fiction varies from contemporary to historical to fantasy, though often with a humorous slant and poetic undertones.

For reasons she can’t even articulate herself, she decided to start writing fiction again while solo parenting and attending law school (during Constitutional Law class, to be exact.).

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Double Review and Sweepstakes: Say You Will and Lost in Love (Books 1 and 2: Summerhill Series) by Kate Perry

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Hello everyone and welcome to my very, very happy stop on the Lost In Love tour hosted by AToMR Tours.  Today, I have a double review of the first two books in the Summerhill Series and a link to the event-wide sweepstakes for you.  Thanks so very much for stopping by RoloPoloBookBlog and have a fantastic day 🙂

Title: Say You Will Series: Book #1: Summerhill Series Author: Kate Perry Format; Kindle Edition, 200 pages Published: December 4, 2013 by Phoenix Rising Enterprises, Inc  ISBN13: 9781939102133

Title: Say You Will
Series: Book #1: Summerhill Series
Author: Kate Perry
Format; Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published: December 4, 2013 by Phoenix Rising Enterprises, Inc.
ISBN13: 9781939102133

Purple GoodreadsSynopsis:

Rosalind Summerhill is on the verge of becoming the next Vera Wang, as far away from her family and their drama as she can get. The last thing she wants is to leave San Francisco for London, especially not to deal with her father’s latest scandal—dying in his mistress’s arms. At least she can find comfort in knowing she can leave after the memorial.

Little did she know.

Not only is her father’s will missing but, according to his lawyer, her mother will lose everything if it’s discovered. Reluctantly joining forces with her sisters to seek and destroy the will is the only way of ensuring her father doesn’t win in the end.  meltingly hot. But Nick’s motives aren’t as pure as they seem, and the secret he’s keeping may tear Rosalind’s family and fortune apart.

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My Rating: 4½/5 stars

My Review:

For ten years Rosalind Summerhill has not returned to her family home in England.  The excuses for not returning are easy enough when there is an ocean, several time zones, an assh*%le of a father and, a successful business in play.  Though she would enjoy having a closer relationship with her sisters and her mother, dear old dad and his abhorrent personality have all but ensured the family will never be close.  And then one miraculous day, the ass*&le dies an Rosalind is called home for the funeral. 

For all but one of the Summerhill women, the death of dear old dad is not a sad day but one to be celebrated and sung about.  The late Earl of Amberlin may have had a title and a nice home but that’s where the culture ended; for decades Reginald Summerhill made anyone and everyone around him miserable and made damn sure each of his six daughters and his wife knew just how little he cared for them.  Saddled with a wife he didn’t love, six daughters and, no son to carry on his title, Reginald took out his anger and frustration on his family and openly cheated on his wife.  Though his passing is certainly a time of celebration for most, that celebration is tempered by the fact that Reginald died with his mistress and his will is missing thus throwing into question who precisely will inherit what is left of the Summerhill fortune. 

On the plane ride over, Rosalind decides she will perform her duties to the best of her ability and then promptly board a plane for the return flight to San Francisco.  Never, in a million years would Rosalind consider that by walking through the front door of her family home her whole world will turn upside down and it will have little to do with her father.  Arriving late to the funeral, Rosalind immediately notices a smokin’ hot man in the back row, a petite and beautiful blonde woman who looks vaguely familiar and, most of her sisters and her mother sitting stoically as the service moves forward.  

Adding to the list of things Rosalind didn’t expect is the presence of the smokin’ hot man in the back row.  Though she initially assumed he was with the petite blonde, Rosalind quickly discovers that not only is Nick not with the blonde (aka Summer) and is absolutely attracted to her (Rosalind).  After a brief encounter and feeling just a bit naughty, Rosalind decides that Nick will make for a perfect fling.  As if fate is aligning, Rosalind also meets Summer, instantly likes her and discovers she will get to put her creative side to use and design the perfect wedding dress for the cute little blonde.  Even more unexpected, with the exception of prissy little Portia, all of Rosalind’s sisters and even her mother are coming together and beginning to forge a new and healthy relationship with one another.  With all the good going on and her assh*&le dad dead, how can anything go wrong?  Oh, but everything does go wrong and in some seriously epic and entertaining ways.  First and foremost there is the missing will and how its’ discovery will impact everyone’s future, there is the matter of the mistress’s kid (what????), there is the small matter of the ginormous lie Nick has told Rosalind (what????) and, there is the moment when all the dirty laundry gets aired and everyone must make some very big decisions. 

The Bottom Line: LOVED this read!!  Kate Perry introduces a variety of personalities among the Summerhill women and Rosalind is definitely the free-spirit in the bunch.  She is creative, bright, successful and just the tiniest bit naughty; she is unafraid of speaking her mind and owning up to the things she wants, needs and desires.  The dynamic between Rosalind and her sisters changes and evolves throughout the read as does her relationship with Nick.  Though the read revolves around Nick and Rosalind and the finding of the will, the other members of the cast factor in prominently making the read all the more enjoyable.  The drama of the will and the airing of the lies amps up the drama significantly and keeps the read flowing smoothly and quickly from start to finish.  There is no slow burn here just a fast-paced and enjoyable read that is filled with interesting characters, snappy dialogue, some fine naughty bits and, just the right amount of twists and turns to keep you from putting this book down.  By far, the strength of Say You Will lies with the characters.  Whether major or minor, each character (except Summer!) is thoroughly entertaining and completely consuming.  It took me little to no time to make my way through this read and highly recommend it to all fans of HEAs, contemporary romance and quite simply, well-written reads!

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Title: Lost in Love Series: Book #2: Summerhill Series Author: Kate Perry Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Published: February 12, 2014 by Phoenix Rising Enterprises, Inc.

Title: Lost in Love
Series: Book #2: Summerhill Series
Author: Kate Perry
Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: February 12, 2014 by Phoenix Rising Enterprises, Inc.

Purple GoodreadsSynopsis:

Portia Summerhill feels like a loser.

Thirty-something, jobless, and living at home… How could she not? Next to her accomplished sisters, Portia’s achievements—or lack thereof—are that much more noticeable.

The one thing Portia can claim is expert knowledge on antiques and her ancestry, and in a moment of serendipity, the perfect job lands in her lap: curator at the Museum of British Peerage. There’s one caveat: the museum won’t hire her unless she brings the family jewels with her. Or, more specifically, the infamous Summerhill tiara.

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My Rating: 4½/5 stars

My Review: 

Portia Summerhill has a serious problem, she is in her thirties, has never had a job and, she still lives at home.  With the exception of her exceptional knowledge of English peerage and antiquities, she has no skills and her recently deceased rat bastard father sold the only piece of property she ever, ever wanted to possess, Suncrest Park.  Adding insult to injury, her sisters (ALL of them!) are extremely talented and successful, her mother has just brought her an advertisement for a job and, Suncrest Park is being turned into hotel/resort.  

Determined to do something, even if it’s the wrong thing and on the advice of her mother, Portia decides to apply for the job.  It’s a museum dedicated to English peerage and antiquities; surely Lady Portia Summerhill, member of the English peerage is qualified, right??  Portia strides into the interview with confidence, a snappy suit and, the stunning pearls of her ancestor, Lady Catherine Summerhill.  Unfortunately for Portia, the director of the gallery is quite concerned about her lack of skills/training/a degree – you get the idea – but is willing to take her on if and only if she can bring with her the famed Summerhill Tiara.  Agreeing instantly and determined to become gainfully employed, Portia strides out knowing good and well that the tiara was at Suncrest Park which is now in the hands of someone decidedly not a Summerhill. 

Jackson Waite is a tried and true Texan with the hat, boots, manners, accent and, tight fitting jeans to prove it.  What Jackson Waite also has is a job he hates!  When his dad was forced to retire due to health concerns, Jackson was forced to take over the family business and he is not pleased; what pleases Jackson even less is the trip to London he is being forced to take.  Checking in on a musty old property that is currently being refurbished is the damn last thing Jackson wants to do but his dad is a hard man to refuse and very, very stubborn.  Thankfully, Jackson will be able to continue on with his side projects while his second in command, Quinn and their personal assistant Meredith will oversee all the real work.  Oh, how little Jackson knows 🙂 

Neither Jackson nor Portia are at all prepared for their worlds to collide but collide they do!  Portia is intent on getting the Summerhill tiara and her job and Jackson is intent on getting far, far better acquainted with the Lady Portia.  Though the two are certainly interested in one another and the attraction is undeniable, there are a lot of obstacles to a relationship.  First and foremost is the arrangement the two have between them for the Summerhill tiara: Portia has agreed to help Meredith sort and catalogue all of the antiquities from Suncrest Park and in turn, Jackson will hand over the tiara and everyone can go back to their happy little lives. HA!! 

As with book one in the series, Kate Perry throws all kinds of obstacles in the path of Portia and Jackson on their way to a wonderful HEA.  There are the sisters (YAY!!) who must approve, there is Jackson’s father who hasn’t quite gotten over his son “losing” his former fiancé (who happens to be Meredith by the way!), there’s the great pond between the two of them and, there’s the small matter of Portia finding her self-worth and realizing she really does have skills, talents and, the ability to love someone so very unlike her miserable father.  Believe it or not, there is a life to be had for a thirty-something peer who still lives at home, has no degree, and no appreciable skills.

The Bottom Line: I am the new (and totally self-appointed!) cheerleader for Kate Perry’s Summerhill series!!  I just love the Summerrhill sister’s and the every-changing and growing dynamic they have between them.  I love that Perry didn’t immediately bring all the girls back together as one big happy family as soon as dear old dad died; the girls are working their way back to one another and real relationships in the midst of living their own lives.  Even though the story revolves around Portia and Jackson, the rest of the family plays a part (major or minor depending on the person) as do some of the other characters such as Quinn and Meredith.  Though there is a large cast of characters, Perry does a fine job of keeping everyone separated and clearly defining their roles.  In truth, Perry’s super power is creating very real, very relatable characters that sort of just suck you in.  Her secondary super power is inserting those characters into fun scenarios and situations that keep the plot moving along quickly and most interestingly.  In all, Lost in Love is a very fine read and very good addition to a delightful series.  RAH!!

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Kate has tangoed at midnight with a man in blue furry chaps, dueled with flaming swords in the desert, and strutted on bar tops across the world and back. She’s been kissed under the Eiffel Tower, had her butt pinched in Florence, and been serenaded in New Orleans. But she found Happy Ever After in San Francisco with her Magic Man.

Kate’s the bestselling author of the Laurel Heights Novels, as well as the Pillow Talk and Guardians of Destiny series. She’s been translated into several languages and is quite proud to say she’s big in Slovenia. All her books are about strong, independent women who just want love.   Most days, you can find Kate in her favorite café, working on her latest novel. Sometimes she’s wearing a tutu. She may or may not have a jeweled dagger strapped to her thigh…

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Cover Reveal: Just Breathe by Tamara Mataya

Title: Just Breathe Author: Tamara Mataya Age/Genre: NA Romance Release Date: May 2014 Publisher: Swoon Romance; http://www.myswoonromance.com/ Cover Reveal Organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrtours.com

Title: Just Breathe
Author: Tamara Mataya
Age/Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: May 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance; http://www.myswoonromance.com/
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Twenty-one-year-old Elle Granger’s boyfriend broke up with her like a coward. He moved to another city without so much as a “goodbye.” Devastated and embarrassed, Elle told friends the break-up was mutual and she endured the heartbreaking split without support from the people she’s closest with. Instead, she embraced her librarian job as therapy and spent her nights medicated by a thick cloud of pot smoke. With her lungs, and heart, screaming for a break, Elle quits smoking cold turkey. Just when she’s about to ask for support from her friends, and let them in on the truth of Jason’s humiliating betrayal, her best friend moves to Spain.

Enter sexy-as-hell library patron Dominic, who literally knocks Elle off her feet during a memorable first encounter. Can he help her forget Jason’s very existence? He can sure try, and Elle is more than ready to let him. Dominic makes Elle feel wanted and special, and puts effort into coming up with dates that don’t set off her Synaesthesia. Just when Elle is starting to feel whole again, Jason returns, determined to reunite. His effusive apology and reasons for leaving are a balm to her battered ego, but she rebuffs his attention.

But nothing good can last forever, and Elle catches Dominic in a devastating lie. How could she have been so wrong about both Jason and Dominic? Is letting Jason back into her heart a safe bet since he has already proven he can’t be trusted? The wrong choice could see Elle’s happy ending go up in smoke. But when your only choices are the devils you know, all you can do is JUST BREATHE.

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Tamara Mataya is currently a librarian; she lurked there for so long recommending books to patrons and shushing people, that she suspects they only hired her so it would be less creepy. Now she’s armed with a name tag, and a thin veneer of credibility. She’s also a musician with synaesthesia – which isn’t an issue until someone plays a wrong note, which makes her want to squirm inside out. It makes for a good live show.

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Naughty Novella Review: The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecilia Stanton by Viveka Portman

Title: The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecilia Stanton  Author: Viveka Portman Format: ebook, 67 pages Published December 1, 2013 by Escape Publishing  ISBN: 0857991094

Title: The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecilia Stanton
Author: Viveka Portman
Format: ebook, 67 pages
Published December 1, 2013 by Escape Publishing
ISBN: 0857991094

goodreads-badge-add-38px[1][1]Synopsis:

When faced with a rakish, lusty husband, what is a proper English wife to do but educate herself in the art of bedplay?

“Marriages are strange things, none stranger perhaps than this betwixt me and my lord husband.”  Lady Cecelia is married to the dashing and philandering Lord William Stanton, a situation that would distress even the most composed and refined gently-born lady. However, Cecelia has a secret balm to her dissatisfaction: her maid, Bess Miller.

Cecelia’s inexperience and William’s insatiable appetites fuel her desire to learn, and Bess is a willing teacher. Then, when Cecelia blossoms into pregnancy and can no longer accommodate William’s needs, he distances himself, and Bess becomes her only solace and comfort — and the channel for her most intimate desires. As Cecelia struggles to understand her own feelings, gossip begins to spread. William starts asking questions, and wicked confessions must be made…

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:  

Round two of Viveka Portman’s Confessions series, The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecilia Stanton is every bit as entertaining as the first book in the series, The Secret Diary of Lady Catherine Bexley.  (click here for my review)  Cecilia Stanton is a regency era young woman who has, much to her great delight, just married Lord William Stanton and she is aware of Lord Stanton’s reputation she is sure his appetites will be curbed now that they have wed.  And then her wedding night happens and Cecilia’s hopes for her future are dashed.

Admittedly, Cecilia knew her first sexual encounter with her new husband would be difficult but wretched and awful was not what she expected at all.  To make matters far, far worse, Lord Stanton made it perfectly clear that he would be visiting his wife nightly for more of the same.  Following her disastrous first attempt at sex, Cecilia is attended by her long-time friend and maid, Bess.  After a humiliating cleaning up, Cecilia confides in her friend about the horrible sex and laments the life she is now tied too.  Thinking all is settled, Cecilia is taken aback when Bess tells her that pleasure does not always have to involve a second person nor is pleasure derived solely between a man and a woman.  Along with Bess’s explanation comes an offer, to teach her mistress about pleasure and how one can best experience pleasure. 

As the months and weeks pass Cecilia gains valuable knowledge and some very intense pleasure from Bess; thankfully, what she learns from Bess carries her through the nights with her husband.  Thinking, once again that all is right with the world, Cecilia is blindsided by both her pregnancy and her husband’s reaction to her condition.  The further Lord Stanton strays from his wife, the closer Bess comes and the two women forge an even stronger relationship and become indispensable to one another.  And so goes the life of Lady Cecilia Stanton until the rumors begin.  Turns out, people have a tendency to notice when two people seem abnormally close to one another and during this time period, it was simply not acceptable at any level for those two people to be two women.  What happens next not only involves the entire cast of characters but is a delightful twist that I must say, I did not see coming.

The Bottom Line: Woo and hoo!!!  Round two of Viveka’s Portman’s Confession series brings a good story, fine characters and, some delicious sex to the table.  Though I still giggle at some of the naughty bits terms and words, I do have to give credit where credit is due.  Portman builds the scene and remains faithful to the time period so the funny words remain.  I also love the idea of women like Lady Cecilia, a woman who is living ahead of her time and taking control of her life, her sexuality, her pleasure and, the people she seeks that pleasure with.  As with book one in the series, I was completely satisfied with this read and would certainly recommend it to lovers or mild erotica, historical fiction and HEAs.

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