Mini-Review: The Little Bookshop on the Seine (Book #1: The Little Paris Collection) by Rebecca Raisin

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Bookshop owner Sarah Smith has been offered the opportunity to exchange bookshops with her new Parisian friend for 6 months! And saying yes is a no-brainer – after all, what kind of a romantic would turn down a trip to Paris? Even if it does mean leaving the irresistible Ridge Warner behind, Sarah’s sure she’s in for the holiday of a lifetime – complete with all the books she can read! 

Picturing days wandering around Shakespeare & Co, munching on croissants, sipping café au laits and people-watching on the Champs-Elysees Sarah boards the plane. But will her dream of a Parisian Happily-Ever-After come true? Or will Sarah realise that the dream isn’t quite as rosy in reality…

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Source: NetGalley and Carina Press          Rating: 2½/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  I read this book cover to cover but I can’t deny the struggle I had in getting from one cover to the next.  The idea of this book, two bookshops owners swapping shops for a change of pace, scenery, and lifestyle, is quite lovely, and the Parisian bookshop is a wonderful setting, but I struggled to find a likeable character in this book and that is always going to be a deal breaker for me.  The Parisian bookshop, Once Upon a Time is so wonderfully described, I could actually see all the rooms in my head.  I just wanted all that wonderful to be populated by different characters.  For example, Sarah is so painfully naïve, she borders on stupid, not a single one of the “casual” employees are respectful, considerate, or even nice, and the full-time employees (with the exception of TJ) are just awful human beings with generally bad attitudes.  I finished this book because I kept (naively) hoping there would be a miraculous evolution in at least some of the characters.  Unfortunately, from start to finish I was disappointed.  For myself, the only redeeming quality I found in this book was the bookshop itself and that just simply isn’t enough to like and enjoy a book.

Coming in January 2020: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Audible

Cover Reveal: Play Me (Jaded Ivory Series) by Rebecca Brooke

All women are liars. 
 
Well, maybe not all women. Over the years, I’ve only met a few who cared about anyone other than themselves. 
 
Seven years had passed since the last time I saw her. The one who lied to me. 
 
I might pretend it doesn’t bother me now, but the scars are as fresh as the day she disappeared. Hopefully, someday I can forget the pain she caused. 
 
Or, until I literally run into her–and if only that were the last time. It seems destiny wants to torture me. 
 
How am I supposed to move on when I can’t escape her?
 

   

 

Rebecca Brooke grew up in the shore towns of South Jersey. She loves to hit the beach, but always with her kindle on hand. She is married to the most wonderful man, who puts up with all of her craziness. Together they have two beautiful children who keep her on her toes. When she isn’t writing or reading (which is very rarely) she loves to bake and binge watch Netflix.
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Cover Reveal: A Fallen Son (The Concilium Series) by A.P. Watson

The deaths of her sworn protectors, the blood on her hands, and the evil around her haunt Evey at every turn. She thought she could outrun Aden, but escape now seems impossible. And the longer she’s around her former husband, the more she is forced to recognize the fine line between love and hate. As the reincarnations of the original man and woman from the Garden of Eden, Aden and Evey have been bound to one another from the beginning of time. If she can restore Aden’s humanity, his reign of terror will end once and for all. If she can’t, he’ll lead her down his path of death and devastation. Will Evey ever be able to rid herself of Aden, or are some bonds too deep to truly sever?
Meanwhile in New York, Conrad rises from the dead only to discover Evey has been taken by the very man who stole his life. In the aftermath of Aden’s murderous rampage, Conrad teams up with Evey’s best friend and a rebellious consiliarius to save the woman he loves.
Although Conrad’s already paid for their forbidden romance with his life—twice—Aden still hungers for more vengeance. With his soul in constant turmoil, Aden plans to unleash the darkness he consumed in the Garden of Eden on the rest of the world. To stop him, Conrad must travel the world in a race against time to hunt down the only weapon capable of ending Aden’s immortal life. Sacrifices will be made, sins will be committed, and rules will be broken, but will it be enough? Will true love conquer all? And if he fails, will Evey and the rest of humanity fall prey to a madman?

 

A.P. Watson grew up in the small town of Estill Springs, Tennessee. Living in a rural area allowed her imagination to run wild, and she began making up stories in her head at a young age. Being an avid reader furthered her love for storytelling. Her favorite books to read have almost always been heavily doused in romance, but she continues to enjoy a variety of authors—from Jane Austen and Charlaine Harris to Ayn Rand and Edgar Allan Poe. Finding herself immersed in unfamiliar worlds only inspired her to put pen to paper, and eventually, her love for reading transformed her into a writer.
While her reading preferences have no limits, she tends to write stories in the realms of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her stories are the culmination of her passions, combining her love for art, history, dance, and medicine. As she grows as a writer, A.P. would like to branch out into other genres while maintaining a central romantic theme.
When she isn’t reading or writing, A.P. spends the majority of her time dancing. She has been an avid pole dancer for several years and has performed in major cities all over the South. She is constantly enraptured by the athleticism, grace, and beauty of the sport and always looks forward to choreographing her next routine. A.P. has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University, and in 2019, she obtained a Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration from the same university. She has worked as a critical care nurse for over eight years and loves to incorporate her medical knowledge and experience into her writing. Her goal as an FNP is to combine her love for aesthetics and skincare by becoming certified to administer Botox and dermal fillers. She currently resides in Johnson City, Tennessee, with her adorable rescue pup, Elle.

 

 

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Spotlight: Deviant King (Book #1: Royal Elite Series) by Rina Kent

The villain isn’t supposed to be the king.
I have a simple plan.
Finish Royal Elite School and get into my dream university.
One glance from the school’s king blows my plan up in smoke.
One glance and he suffocates my air.
One glance and he issues his death sentence.
His first words spiral my life into irreparable chaos.
“I will destroy you.”
Everything about Aiden King is black.
Black mind.
Black heart.
Black soul.
I should’ve remained quiet and endured the time I have left.
I didn’t.
I made the irrevocable mistake of provoking the king on his throne.
The devil in his hell.
And now, I’ll pay the price.
Being hated by Aiden King is dangerous. 
But being wanted by him is lethal.
 
Deviant King is book one of Royal Elite Series. This is a dark high school bully romance, mature new adult, and contains dubious situations that some readers might find offensive. Aiden isn’t the normal romance hero. In fact, he’s not a hero at ALL. So please don’t read this if any of that bothers you.
 
This book is NOT standalone.
Royal Elite Series:
#1 Deviant King
#2 Steel Princess
#3 Twisted Kingdom
 
 
 
 
Rina Kent in an English author who’s constantly parading between France and North Africa due to her studies and her husband’s demanding job.

 

When she’s not packing suitcases or hopping from one plane to the other, she’s busy whipping her characters to shape. 

 

Since a young age, Rina has been obsessed with storytelling and flawed, edgy characters. Her heroes are often killers and anti-heroes and her books are always sprinkled with darkness, angst, violence, and lots of heat.
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Spotlight and Sweepstakes: Storm (Reed Security Series) by Giulia Lagomarsino

Storm: I had one job, get Jessica “Rabbit” Finley to sell her property to Reed Security. I could do that. I was Army Strong. Hell, I took down bad guys for a living. I could handle this sexy vixen. No problem. Except, she’s a little crazy. She thinks that there are ghosts on her property, and she has the men at Reed Security believing her too. But then I found out her history and it had me wondering….Was she really crazy?

Jessica: I’ve never known who I really am. My family history has been contorted into something that I can only hope to unravel in my lifetime. But then I got a clue that led me to buy this creepy insane asylum. I was told there were answers here and I’m finding them, along with ghosts that still haunt this estate. There’s an upside, though. There’s a sexy man here to keep me company. But the closer I get to finding my answers, the closer I get to being locked up in the asylum myself.


Sinner (Reed Security Series #1)
Cap (Reed Security Series #2)
Cazzo (Reed Security Series #3)
Knight (Reed Security Series #4)
Irish (Reed Security Series #5)
Hunter (Reed Security Series #6)
Whiskey (Reed Security Series #7)
Lola (Reed Security Series #8)
Ice (Reed Security Series #9)
Burg (Reed Security Series #10)
Gabe (Reed Security Series #11)
Jules (Reed Security Series #12)
Sniper (Reed Security Series – Book 1 of a 3 Book ARC)
Jackson (Reed Security Series – Book 2 of a 3 Book ARC)
Chance (Reed Security Series – Book 3 of a 3 Book ARC)
Phoenix Rising (Reed Security Series #16)
Alec (Reed Security Series #17)
I’m a stay at home mom that loves to read. Some of my favorite titles are Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Horatio Hornblower. I started writing when I was trying to come up with suggestions on ways I could help bring in some extra money. I came up with the idea that I could donate plasma because you could earn an extra $500/month. My husband responded with, “No. Find something else. Write a blog. Write a book.” I didn’t think I had anything to share on blog that a thousand other mothers hadn’t already thought of. I decided to take his challenge seriously and sat down to write my first book, Jack. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing. From there, the stories continued to flow and I haven’t been able to stop. I hope my readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Between reading, writing, and taking care of three small kids, my days are quite full.
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Spotlight: Defending Roxanne Series: (Book #2: G.H.O.S.T Series) by PJ Fiala

Secrets and lies have become deadly.
While investigating the murder of her parents, Roxanne Bowman encounters more than she ever thought she would. The secrets that both of her parents kept knock her off kilter. Finding an intruder in their home afterwards changes her life forever.
 
GHOST operative, Hawk Delany is back in the swing of things after being shot while working a case. Sent to Washington D.C. to investigate the murder of a foreign dignitary, and an American couple with ties to deadly secrets, places him in a precarious position, between the fight to help solve the murders and to keep his heart from theft by the lovely Roxanne.

 

Writing has been a desire my whole life. Once I found the courage to write, life changed for me in the most profound way. Bringing stories to readers that I’d enjoy reading and creating characters that are flawed, but lovable is such a joy.
 
When not writing, I’m with my family doing something fun. My husband, Gene, and I are bikers and enjoy riding to new locations, meeting new people and generally enjoying this fabulous country we live in.
 
I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

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Review: Ten Things My Cat Hates About You by Lottie Lucas

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When Clara’s ginger cat Casper chases yet another romantic prospect out the door she’s ready to give up on love altogether. But then the fussy feline causes two meet cutes in the space of a day and suddenly Clara has two gorgeous men driving her to distraction.  But who is in control of happy ever after? Clara, fate…or the cat who started it all?

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Source: NetGalley and One More Chapter          Rating: 4/5 stars

“In retrospect, putting my fate in the paws of a raging sociopath wasn’t perhaps the wisest move I’ve ever made.”

 Clara’s track record with men isn’t something to write home about.  In fact, each time she thinks she may be getting in deep with a man she quite likes, her furry little terrorist, Casper, steps in and makes his feelings known.  From biting to clawing to a general angry disposition, Casper has yet to like any man who has crossed Clara’s threshold.

With yet another man sent scurrying out the door thanks to the furry mafia boss, Clara is at her whit’s end.  After years of failed romances and in yet another fit of despair, Clara whines to her best friend about Casper and the loss of yet another seemingly perfect man.  Also, at her whit’s end with the repetitiveness of Clara’s whining, Clara’s best friend jokingly suggests Clara start paying more attention to Casper and his attitude as, like small children, animals just know things about humans.  Though the idea seems ludicrous, Clara has tried everything else to make her fairytale dreams come true and they simply have not.

Clara’s first experiment in listening to Casper comes far more quickly and scarily than Clara would have liked.  Following yet another fight, Clara rushes Casper to the vet and though she is told by the surly receptionist there isn’t a doctor on staff who will continue to treat her terrorist, the new guy steps up to the challenge.  As it happens, Casper not only behaves for the new guy but actually seems to like him.  Will wonders never cease??  Determined to heed her cat’s signals, Clara dives headlong into a relationship with the hot vet.  Casper is content, healthy, and even happy when the vet is around which makes Clara exceedingly happy.  Lost in the throes of new love and lust, Clara feels her personal dreams are finally on the road to the longed for HEA. 

Meanwhile, in her professional life, Clara is struggling with her micromanaging boss and a surly yet strikingly handsome professor who spends many days per week in Clara’s museum doing research for a new book.  Though the professor is handsome and clearly brilliant, he is somewhat off-putting and always seems to say precisely the wrong thing to Clara.  What’s more, through no fault of his own, the professor has accidentally met Casper and the meeting went anything but well.  Even if Clara were to like the professor, she’s got the hot vet and she’s listening to her cat when it comes to men these days.  With nothing but sheer determination, Clara decides no matter how handsome and brilliant the professor may be, she’s only going to be his friend as that is all her cat will allow. 

And then it all comes to a colossally humiliating and very public end . . . . . .

The Bottom Line: Ten Things My Cat Hates About You is one of those books I simply adored.  It is utterly ridiculous at every level – Clara bases her love life choices on a terrorist cat! – and I loved every minute of the ridiculous.  Clara is at once intelligent and completely naïve; she wants the fairy tale romance and has spent her life trying to turn every relationship into that fairy tale which has resulted in nothing but heartbreak and frustration.  When the right one finally presents himself, Clara is so wrapped up in her cat-related experiment that refuses to see or acknowledge what’s right in front of her.  Clara is one serious hot mess and I just couldn’t help but like her and root for her.  Though she makes some truly stupid decisions along the way, I still found myself wanting nothing but the best for she and Casper.  I liked the competing romance aspects of this book, the wonderful settings (the town, college, and museum!), and the dialogue that is wildly varied and very much the strength of the book.  Banter and barbs, wit and snark, and truly heartfelt conversations populate this book and keep it moving at a fair pace.  Plus, there’s a terrorist cat!

Coming November 20, 2019: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Paperback