Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade, #3)
Book Description:
"The characters are as fantastic as Estep fans have come to expect." – RT Book Reviews
Bad Things Always Come In Threes…
As a thief, I'm good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls. 
Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families--and kill every last Sinclair. What they don't know is that I'm on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I've got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side… 
"An adventurous ride you will never want to get off." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout on Cold Burn of Magic

My Thoughts:
So, super excited about this book.  Lila, Felix and Devon are sneaking and finishing a job for the Sinclair family.  It seems the Draconi's timeline may be sooner than any of them expected, but no one was prepared for what happened.  Always the thief, Lila is good at staying out of sight,  but maybe this time she isn't supposed to.  To save herself and those she loves, she will have to stand up to the man who brutally murdered her mother and win.
I completely adore Lila.  She is such a strong and capable character.  She can scale buildings, fight with swords, kick some serious butt, BUT she can't take those she loves being hurt.  Her and Devon's relationship makes me smile.  I also love how her mother's friends are there for her and we learn a lot of backstory that completes the picture.  I am sad that the series is over but the story is so great.  Love the characters, plenty of action, and you just cannot go wrong reading this series!
Absolutely a 5/5.  Estep did a wonderful job tying up this trilogy in a neat bow (but did leave it open for maybe future books??? Fingers Crossed!)

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

The Goodbye Bride (Summer Harbor, #2)Book  Description:
She only remembers loving him. But he can’t forget the way she left.

Following a concussion, Lucy Lovett can’t remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn’t remember leaving her fiancĂ© Zac Callahan weeks before their wedding or moving to Portland, Maine. And she sure doesn’t remember getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself.

It’s taken Zac months to move on after Lucy left him with no explanation. He’s thrown himself into his family’s farm and his restaurant business in Summer Harbor. Now Lucy’s back, vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. She needs his help putting the pieces together, but letting her back into his life is a risk—and the stakes are high. If he follows his heart he’ll win back the love of his life. But if her memory returns he’ll lose her all over again.
 

My Thoughts:
Great book.  Just before they are to be married, Lucy leaves Zac.  Zac doesn't know why she did or what happened to her, then seven months later, he gets a call.  Lucy has amnesia and has no memory of the last months or leaving Zac.  She is still in love with him and needs his help.  Zac is hesitant because he doesn't want to have his heart broken again when/if Lucy regains her memory.
I didn't feel lost because this is a second book in the series, instead it read great as a stand alone book.I absolutely am in love with Zac.  He is an amazing man and just wow!  Lucy was a great character as well, very easy to relate to and her amnesia adds a level of mystery.  Once I picked up this book, I did not want to put it down.  I had to know what happened to make Lucy leave Zac.  It just seemed completely wrong and confusing!  The attraction between the two of them is just swoon-worthy and I am excited to read what happens next in this series.Loved it!  5/5, it is the second in the Summer Harbor series but is a great stand alone.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via The Fiction Guild).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, June 20, 2016

His Lass Wears Tartan by Kathleen Shaputis Book Blast!






TitleHIS LASS WEARS TARTAN
Author: Kathleen Shaputis
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Pages:  270
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Independent and dedicatedly single, Rogue Bruce enjoys running Castle Baillie with her Aunt Baillie from America. They specialize in romantic Elizabethan-themed weddings, complete with resident ghost, Lord Kai (nothing like a haunted castle to set the mood for love). But love is something Rogue is not the least bit interested in. Content with her work and stable of horses, no man is necessary for her happiness.
 
Matchmaking is in the air, though, focusing on Bruce MacKenzie, a Thor in plaid and jeans from town, and Jonathan Olson, a snobbish Rhett Butler type. With two men after her heart (she’d thought safely locked away), Rogue is torn with confusion. Murder and a psychic yank the soundtrack of Rogue’s life from romantic to scary, while she has choices to make in this sizzling triangle.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Royal Enchantment By Lia Davis Book Blitz!

Fans of C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are sure to fall in love with Lia Davis’ latest fantasy romance novella, ROYAL ENCHANTMENT!

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Synopsis:

One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures.

Ava Green has made a name for herself in the real estate world by reconditioning old, historical homes with her partner and friend Jeff. But her newest project, a three-story Victorian in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, promises to be her biggest moneymaker yet. And one she’s undertaking on her own. During her first walk-through of the house, however, she discovers a locked door, and a skeleton key that seems to appear out of nowhere. Unlocking the door, she is transported to a mystical world of fae and mythickal creatures and meets the King of the Morna. The sovereign of the Dark Elves.
King Finn Sylcan has searched for the one who can bring the magick back to his world, Edra, for eons. An old prophecy told of a female of both Dark and Light elven descent, a hybrid both Calim and Morna. It is said she is the only one who can repair the damage the war between the Dark and Light kingdoms caused. But after searching for so long, Finn never dreamed that she’d just show up outside his palace walls. Or that she’d be his mate.

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About Lia Davis
In 2008, Lia Davis ventured into the world of writing and publishing and never looked back. She has published more than twenty books, including the bestselling A Tiger’s Claim, book one in her fan favorite Ashwood Falls series. Her novels feature compassionate yet strong alpha heroes who know how to please their women and her leading ladies are each strong in their own way. No matter what obstacle she throws at them, they come out better in the end.
While writing was initially a way escape from real world drama, Lia now makes her living creating worlds filled with magic, mystery, romance, and adventure so that others can leave real life behind for a few hours at a time.
Lia’s favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties. . She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers, but it’s her home and she loves it! Sign up for her newsletter, become a member of her fan club, and follow her on Twitter  @NovelsByLia.




Thursday, June 16, 2016

An Unbroken Heart by Kathleen Fuller

An Unbroken Heart (Amish of Birch Creek #2)Book Description:
An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.
One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?
After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.
Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it’s love he’s feeling, or pity. As the couple’s wedding date approaches, Joanna isn’t overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to feel; instead, she’s wracked with anxiety and guilt.
Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she’s afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father.
If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she’s ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?


My Thoughts:
This was a really good book.  Joanna is telling her parents about her feelings for Andrew and arguing when they are killed in a buggy accident.  She is hurt mentally, physically and spiritually from this accident and it's repercussions.  She is set to marry Andrew but as they get closer to the wedding, she has more and more doubts.  She has to rely on God to follow His will, but is afraid of what that could mean.
Let me start with saying, this author has a way of making you feel everything the character is feeling.  With Joanna it is so heartbreaking, especially with how she lost her parents.  I loved how God's love shone throughout the whole book.  Going back after her extended rehab isn't easy as everything has changed, but Joanna does it. She isn't certain Andrew wants to marry her for love and all the questions she has, there is only one place to go for answers. Overall, I liked the story and will look for more from this author.
It was a 4/5 for me.  Heartbreaking, but wonderful story about God's love.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via The Fiction Guild).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, June 13, 2016

A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid

A Dream of Miracles (The Amish Wonders #3)Book Description:
Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world. 
Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mtother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.
Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.
When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

My Thoughts:
I have to say this is one of the most original Amish stories I have ever read.  Mattie is a widowed mother of two who is trying to get help for her son.  When CPS is called, she and Bo Lambright cross paths.  Bo understands more of Mattie's world than others.  Bo has disturbing dreams that bother him a great deal.  Still, he is of the world and she is not, and yet they find themselves attracted to each other.  
I was looking for this book to go a certain path and it didn't.  I shudder when I think of Mattie having to answer all the questions about her parenting and having to deal with CPS over this!  The terrible ordeal she has to go through is heartbreaking.  Bo was more than I expected him to be.  He has his issues, and understands what was going on in Mattie's case, but is also attracted to her!  I didn't put this book down once I started it. 
It was a solid 5/5 for me.  I will look for more from this author!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via the FictionGuild).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Blood Lust by Alexandra Ivy

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Wild Within by Christine Hartmann

Wild WithinBook Description:
A year after a family tragedy, Grace Mori embarks on the journey of a lifetime… 
Two thousand, six hundred miles of blistering heat, wilderness, and soul searching—that’s what Grace signed up for when she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s not a voyage for beginners, but with no husband and her family still recovering from her brother’s death, Grace is more alone than ever. 
This trail meant something to her brother, and she’ll hike it in his memory, but she can’t do it alone. So with her brother’s gear and a small group, Grace takes the most important first steps of her life. 
Grace finds something more than peace and magic on the trail… 
When her first day of hiking ends in heat stroke, Grace is rescued by a handsome, red-haired hiker who calls himself Lone Star. Grace has an immediate connection with him, and their brief encounter leaves her fearing her soul mate has slipped through her fingers. Although he vows to keep in touch, Grace doubts she’ll ever see him again. 
When fears become reality, the only people Grace can rely on may be killers... 
Grace is surprised to find notes left at supply posts along the trail. Lone Star’s eloquent letters keep Grace going, clinging to the hope she’ll find him—and happiness—at the end of her journey. But as the trail becomes more perilous, menace grows within the group. And when Lone Star’s letters mysteriously stop coming, Grace fears the worst. 
As tensions flare and a killer emerges, Grace must battle to survive…and reunite with the man she’s sure is her future.

My Thoughts:
Good book!  Grace is on a journey of healing and self-discovery.  Not to mention a dangerous trail that isn't for the faint of heart.  That being said, she does have an issue and meets a man she immediately connects with.  He doesn't stick around but promises to be in touch.  As she hikes, a bigger threat than she ever anticipated appears and she must do what she has to so she can survive.
I wasn't certain about this book.  I loved the cover and the description was good, but I just wasn't sure how the author was going to weave it all together.  I must say I completely enjoyed it!  Grace is a great character.  I loved the reason she did this hike and the scenery was gorgeous (seriously, you can 'see' it as you read!).  I enjoyed the back stories of the characters, but was left wanting more in Lone Star.  I did like the mix of mystery, romance, suspense and outdoors.  Learned a bit about hiking as well!
This was a 4/5 for me.  I am glad it is the first in a new series!
Thank you to PUYB for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Torment by R.S. Broadhead

TormentBook Description:
A mental hospital.
Reese Salt doesn’t know where she is or where she came from. She’s battling a darkness inside that makes her do things … inhumane things. This is how Reese wakes up after being locked away in a hospital for the mentally insane for over a year.
A year of being away from everything.
Reese’s next journey takes her across the world for training she needs to fight her greatest enemy—Dermetheus. The man who destroyed her life and plans to destroy the world. Can she find the strength to battle the beast inside to be who she needs to be?
With Reese being absent, things are chaotic for everyone left behind in Jackson. Shayla is forced to step up as leader and can’t seem to catch a break from the forces moving against them. Are they fighting a losing battle? Will Reese ever return?
Hope seems lost.
All they can do is believe in themselves in a time of despair. No matter what happens.
War is coming.
 

My Thoughts:
Holy cow, I couldn't wait to start this book to find out what was happening to these characters!  Reese is in a mental hospital because of the events in the end of the last book.  She is trapped inside herself and has to figure out who she is before she can become who she needs to be.  Shayla is dealing with everything, and not too well.  She misses her best friend, her boyfriend and life how it used to be.  The whole group has suffered but they need Reese to fight the darkness and return to complete her destiny.I wasn't sure I was going to like who Reese has become in this book, but I did.  She isn't the same, but she isn't too different either.  I felt terrible for Shayla.  She and Fuzz are having to deal with more than the rest and on a completely different level.  The story has plenty of action and a lot of finding yourself.  I was certain the author was going to bring a certain character back but maybe in a future book!  I cannot believe how the author left the story and left me wanting more of it!
A 5/5 for me.  I cannot wait to see where this goes next!  If you haven't read these books, start with book 1 to get to know the characters and back story.
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Fan the Flames by Katie Ruggle

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