Monday, August 29, 2016

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The Fall of Lord Drayson 
  The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant? When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience? Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact. And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out? amazon Excerpt He stared at her incredulously, as though she had escaped Bedlam. “Are you in your right mind, woman?” Lucy leaned forward and planted her palms on his bed so that her eyes were level with his. “My name is Lucy Beresford. I have lived in Askern all my life. I’m the sole daughter of a vicar and a seamstress who lived most happily despite their differences in station. When my father passed away, I came here, to this dower house. So yes, I am in my right mind. It is you who are not.” The earl’s jaw clenched, and Lucy took some pleasure at the sight. Perhaps he would come down off his high horse and show at least a small amount of kindness or respect. “I may not know who I am or where I came from,” he finally said, “but at least I do not feel the need to tell tales.” “Tell tales?” Lucy gaped at him. Was he accusing her of telling untruths? Her, of all people? What untruths? How dare he! Lord Drayson glanced down at his fingers, frowning when he spotted grime under his nails. He began to scrape it out as he spoke. “Claiming to be the daughter of a vicar and seamstress is all very romantic, but it cannot possibly be the truth.” “And why not?” she asked. His gaze returned to hers. “In my experience, the daughter of a vicar would behave with more decorum, would know how to make a palatable broth, and would never allow herself to be alone in a room with a man who is not her relative. If there is one thing I know with absolute certainty, it is that you are no relation of mine.” Lucy’s jaw clenched as she fought to control the rage building inside her. Ever so slowly, she pushed herself up to standing and glared down at the earl. “You are correct in thinking I am no ordinary vicar’s daughter. I do not love unconditionally. I show decorum only when I wish to. And I despise those who care for no one but themselves. But I do not tell tales.” He actually chuckled, but it was more of a scoff than a show of humor. “Did you learn those traits from your father?” “Do not speak of my father.” “I would prefer to speak of myself, but you do not seem to share that preference, so perhaps we should speak of your father instead. Where is he, by the by? I would very much like to meet him.” Lucy’s fingers became fists while her conscience became a battleground between all that was good and evil inside her. It was a short battle, with evil making a quick triumph. Ever so slowly, her body still trembling with anger, she lifted her chin. If he was going to accuse her of telling tales, then tell them she would. “Very well, Collins. If you must know, I am your employer. And though you may not remember me, or this house, or your position in it, or the fact that you are perfectly susceptible to coming off a horse, just like any other human, I still expect some kindness and respect from you.” “What on earth are you talking about? What position?” There was not a hint of hesitation in her voice when she answered. “You are a servant in this house.” add to goodreads new   RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Chasing Fireflies (Power of the Match Maker) by Taylor Dean

My sisters think I’m crazy. 

But, I’ve never forgotten the mysterious woman from my childhood who told me Paul is the name of my one true love. 
She told me to search far and wide for him. 
I haven’t stopped looking ever since. 

When I stumble across an article about a successful American entrepreneur named Paul who lives and works in China, I’m intrigued. When the opportunity to teach English in China presents itself on the same day, I know it’s not a coincidence. 

It’s destiny. 

My sisters say I’m chasing a dream. 

Just like the fireflies we tried to catch on the warm summer evenings of our youth, the dream seems beyond my grasp. Will my quest for the elusive Paul always be just short of fulfillment?

My sisters tell me it’s a fool’s errand. 

Until I remind them of the day we saw the Red Bird. 
The memory silences them. 
The Red Bird Incident remains inarguable—and proves my search for Paul is not a silly fantasy. 

I will find Paul . . . I will. 


My Thoughts:
Another great story in the Power of the Match Maker series.  Savannah has completely stepped out of her comfort as she heads to China to teach English.  After meeting the mysterious Ms. Pearl Savannah's life is changed forever.  In following Ms. Pearl's advise she ventures off to look for her true love Paul.  This book was a perfect example of how things can always be interpreted in more than one way.  I thought Julian was an amazing character.  I liked that he could find beauty in Savannah's quiet personality.  The ending had a good twist to it and wrapped things up nicely.  I loved reading about the activities & food the gang enjoyed in China.  It enriched the story.  I also loved that Savannah had gone to UT in Austin, TX.  Woo hoo shout out to Texas!!  If you haven't read any of the books in this series you need look into it.  They're all written by different authors so each one is completely unique.  

Recommended for ages 15 & up.  

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. 
… 
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancĂ©e—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.


My Thoughts:
This is the second book I've read by Kelly Oram.  Her book If We Were a Movie was fantastic.  I wasn't surprised in the least that I LOVED this book.  This story brought on all the feelings!  From the pain & sorrow felt by Ella after her accident to the moments I laughed out loud at her & Cinder's banter.   It broke my heart as Ella worked through her issues with her dad.  I was glad the story was realistic when it came to that journey.  Ella & Cinder were amazing characters.  Both were witty and pragmatic.  They were each fighting a battle to control their own life and the support they gave each other was so sweet.  The way Cinder handled the debacle at the end was awesome!!   To sum up...this book was outstanding.  I finished in less than two days.  I will be reading more of Kelly's books you can count on that.

Recommended for 15 & up.  Mild to moderate adult situations & sexual content.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: O'er The River Liffey (Power of the Match Maker) by Heidi Ashworth


Irish heiress Caroline Fulton knows this house party, ostensibly celebrating the victory of Waterloo, is really an audition: will she make a suitable wife? Her host, an English lord, has already won over her father, who’s determined to buy a title with Caroline’s dowry. She is far from taken with the baron, however, especially once she meets Niall Doherty, the impoverished, perceptive tutor to her host’s younger brothers. He shares her love of Irish fairy tales and seems to guard a troubled past…but neither quality will earn Caroline’s father’s approval.

My Thoughts:
I don't usually prefer to read historical fiction.  This story was intriguing since it's part of the Power of The Match Maker series.  I had a little bit of a hard time with some of the language.  Once I got into the story I really enjoyed it.  I wasn't particularly attached to any of the characters but I did really like Niall.  Caroline's father was at times a little pig-headed.  It brought to my attention how women were treated like property by the men in their lives.  I was glad when both Niall & Caroline decided to change their own destiny's.  I would have liked to see a little more of Pearl in this story.  I love the idea of her.  Overall this was a fun, quick read.  

Recommended for 15 & up.  

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: Summoned by Rainy Kaye


Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told - literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker. Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. 

When he meets Syd - assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd - he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can't tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn't the type to tolerate secrets. 

Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl's ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming - the wish that will destroy him. 

A dark twist on genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him.


My Thoughts:
To be honest it took me a while to get into this one.  I think it's because Dimitri really isn't that likable at first.  For me it was how he kind of wallowed in self-pity.  His life as a genie sucks but I never understood why he didn't do anything to change it.  I wasn't sure what role Syd would have through the story until towards the end.  I think her showing up in Dim's life was a weird coincidence.  Things got better as the story progressed.  There were some unexpected twists at the end.  However, there was so much crammed into the final 2 chapters that there was a little confusion.  I hope some of that will be straightened out in the next book.  At this point I'm on the fence about the series.  I didn't really feel connected to any of the characters.  I felt sorry for them, but I never really got attached.  I will read the next book to see how things progress.  There's definitely potential.

Recommended for 17 & up.  Sexual content & moderate violence.  

I received this book from NetGalley in return for my honest review.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review: Gods (Eirik #3) by Ednah Walters


Eirik has finally accomplished his mission, but he paid a steep price. Now he must start all over to prove his love to the woman he can't live without. But can he protect her from her kind without crossing the line? As new threats emerge, Celestia and Eirik will learn how far they must go to protect each other and their love.


My Thoughts:
Just when I thought Ednah could not possibly top Heros (Eirik #2) she did!  She did that amazing thing again where she combined 3 different books & made the story AMAZING!  We finally get the answers we've been waiting for that started with Demons (Eirik #1) and continued in Heros.  While Eirik & Celestia's love blossoms & Celestia discovers more about her abilities, Goddess Hel does some changing too.  It was wonderful to see the changes in her as she finally opened her heart.  There is some major shock & awe in this book folks!  SHOCK & AWE!!!  You will love the twists.  This was a wonderful conclusion to Eirik & Celestia's story and I know we'll still see them in the conclusion to Torin & Raine's journey.  I can not sing Ednah's praises enough.  She has done amazing things with this series.  If you haven't started any of the Runes series I urge you to do so ASAP!

Recommended for ages 16 & up.  Mild to moderate sexual situations & adult content.  

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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