Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book Club Thursday-July 30th, 2015 Read Our Historical Reviews!


Hi Readers. Welcome back to this weeks BCT. To finish out this month, my fellow bloggers and I decided we each would review a new historical romance read. I picked WHAT A WALLFLOWER WANTS by Maya Rodale.



In the third novel in Maya Rodale's charming Wallflower series, London's Least Likely to Be Caught in a Compromising Position finds temptation in a devilishly handsome stranger . . .
Miss Prudence Merryweather Payton has a secret.

     Everyone knows that she's the only graduate from her finishing school to remain unwed on her fourth season—but no one knows why. With her romantic illusions shattered after being compromised against her will, Prudence accepts a proposal even though her betrothed is not exactly a knight in shining armor. When he cowardly pushes her out of their stagecoach to divert a highwayman, she vows never to trust another man again.
John Roark, Viscount Castleton, is nobody's hero.
     He's a blue-eyed charmer with a mysterious past and ambitious plans for his future—that do not include a wife. When he finds himself stranded at a country inn with a captivating young woman, a delicate dance of seduction ensues. He knows he should keep his distance. And he definitely shouldn't start falling in love with her.
    When Prudence's dark past comes back to haunt her, John must protect her—even though he risks revealing his own secrets that could destroy his future. 



This is my first time reading a novel by Maya Rodale and it won't be my last.  It is also the finale to the Bad Boys and Wallflowers Trilogy. It's a heart-felt story filled with emotion and you can't help but admire heroine Prudence's strength after a a couple of horrible things happen to her after coming out into society.A society filled with plenty of double standars, especially regarding the female gender. Prue feels she can no longer trust men nor God and instead relies on only herself.
      That is until she meets John Roark. He is handsome and charming and someone she should ignore. He comes to her rescue and gently shows her that not all men are bad. Unfortunately even he has secrets so things aren't always smooth between them. 
     This is a good novel and I liked the chemistry between John and Prue and the playful banter between them. John came to her at the right time in her life and proved that she didn't have to face the rest of her life alone, especially since she hadn't done anything wrong. 
     I won this book on Goodreads. Now that I know how good this story is, I think I may have to venture to the bookstore to see about the first two books.


     Thanks for stopping by this week. I hope you enjoyed the review and want to share some of your favorite historical romance authors. Check out my friends' blogs, too. I can't wait to see what they picked.
     Next week, August 6th, we will be keeping our blogs, KID FRIENDLY! Stop back for a visit.


THE COTTAGE NEXT DOOR by Georgia Bockoven: TastyVirtual Tour & Giveaway July 13th - 31st. Stop On By!



The Cottage Next Door
The Beach House # 3.5
By: Georgia Bockoven
Releasing July 14, 2015
William Morrow

Inside The Covers:
What should have been the best day in Diana Wagnor’s twenty-nine years easily turns into the worst when her job is downsized, she discovers her fiancĂ© in bed with her best friend, and watches her cherished grandmother’s house burn to the ground.

Clearly it’s time to start over and get out of Topeka, Kansas, where she’s spent her whole life. But what should she do? And how does she ever trust herself in another relationship when her one indisputable skill seems to be picking the wrong man?

Diana finds her answers at the cottage next door to the beach house with the help of a tall, sculptured, soft-spoken Californian, and a heart-shaped piece of sea glass.


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My Review:
You can always count on Georgia Bockoven to deliver a feel good story that will warm your heart in the way that only she can. I felt the chemistry between Diane and Michael from the start in this fresh novella. Both of them have been unlucky in the romance department, so neither was looking for love. But under the spell of a piece of sea glass at a cottage by the sea, they have a promise of a forever love. Ms. Bockoven's writing style is lyrically romantic and I am glad that this little gem of a story came to my attention. It's a good addition to the Beach House series.





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 Excerpt #2
            The heart that she had planned to make into a necklace would have been a constant subtle reminder of the past. Letting go meant she believed, however tentatively, in her future. There might not be a new love to spend her years with, but there were friends and family and sharing and laughter.
            She leaned her head against the seat cushion and stared at the mountains that rimmed the eastern edge of the long fertile San Joaquin Valley. Her thoughts drifted to the shiny new faces that would greet her in two weeks. From now on all of her energy would be focused on her fifth graders. She would encourage them to dream, and help them to fulfill their dreams.
            The bus made a quick stop at a roadside restaurant. Three people got off, and one, a young soldier missing a leg, struggled to get on. Passengers greeted him as he made his way down the aisle, some thanked him for his service and sacrifice, others merely dipped their heads in acknowledgement. One white-haired man stood and saluted.
            The young soldier nodded and smiled, his eyes betraying a deep weariness. Finally he reached the young woman’s seat and stopped to catch his breath from his journey down the aisle. A girl, barely five, sitting two rows behind them, asked her mother about the flash of blue light—lasting less time than it takes to blink—that she saw pass between the soldier and the woman. Her mother told her it was her imagination, and went back to reading her magazine.
            In Santa Cruz, the wisp of magic tucked into the sea glass settled into its new home, giving comfort to a series of owners and their infrequent renters. What happened to them wasn’t so dramatic that anyone sought explanations or passed on stories that would make the cottage itself a destination. Instead, the questions that found answers, and the broken hearts that were healed, were credited to time and circumstance and luck.


Author Info    
Georgia Bockoven is an award-winning author who began writing fiction after a successful career as a freelance journalist and photographer. Her books have sold more than three million copies worldwide. The mother of two, she resides in northern California with her husband, John.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

PERFECT TOUCH by Elizabeth Lowell. Virtual Tour & Giveaway starts July 20th -31st



Perfect Touch: A Novel
By: Elizabeth Lowell
Releasing July 28, 2015
William Morrow

About The Book:

Sara Medina is a designer and art dealer from San Francisco. She matches her clients desires with fine and folk art from the world over--living up to her thriving business named Perfect Touch. She still remembers her rural childhood of hard work and poverty on the family dairy farm, but she keeps it firmly in the past as she searches out new artwork and artists that are on the breaking edge of acclaim. After she experienced the cultural riches San Francisco had to offer, she decided her life would be that of an urban career woman rather than a working mom commuting from the suburbs. With the intensive hours and travel required to grow her business to the next level, she has no time or energy left for romantic or family entanglements.

Jay Vermillion recently inherited Vermillion Sky, a ranch that nestles up to Wyoming’s Grand Teton Mountains--and the estates of the rich and restless. As a returned veteran of numerous deployments over the course of two wars, he finds himself wrestling with the demands of a ranch that has been run down during his father’s long illness. Between the urgent need to modernize and revitalize the Vermillion Sky, as well as an unexpected and vicious fight with his former stepmother over the custody of now-valuable paintings that were part of his father’s estate, Jay has no time for finding a wife and creating a sixth generation of Vermillions to ensure the family legacy continues.

When Jay hires Sara to appraise and market his father’s cache of paintings by Harris “Custer” Armstrong, neither one expects the explosive results of their eventual meeting in Jackson, Wyoming. In addition to a mutually inconvenient attraction, they a discover double murder at the edge of the ranch lands and a potential betrayal even closer to home. All trails lead to Custer’s artworks as valuable enough to kill for, especially an unknown painted rumored to be called The Muse.

As Sara and Jay unravel the motive for the killings, they both discover that love, like murder, doesn’t wait for a convenient time. On the heels of that soul-shattering realization, Sara is targeted for murder. Suddenly, the war-weary soldier finds something he is once again willing to die for…


 My Review:
PERFECT TOUCH is an exciting suspense story with an engaging leading couple and set in the world of Western Art. I felt the connection between Sara and Jay from the start.  Sara is smart and savvy and is the perfect partner to the sexy, responsible Jay who has had to fight his greedy former step-mother for years. Though they weren't looking for a relationship, fate seemed to have paired them together. This connection and trust is what keeps them alive as they soon find their lives on the line while dealing with an extensive art collection left to Jay by his late father. This collection can keep his ranch and legacy alive for himself and his younger half-brother, but someone is willing to kill in order to retrieve something among the scattered artworks.
     Though I thought the story was a bit slow at first, the action jump-started soon after and never stopped. Besides the budding romance between Jay and Sara, there are a series of crimes which started when Sara came to town. Shortly after, a terrible murder happens on Jay's land and the couple find themselves in danger. Greed and betrayal add to the suspense mix and you end up with another top-notch story by long-time favorite author, Elizabeth Lowell. This one is a winner!



Excerpt #4 
Sara’s phone chimed and vibrated in her hand. She looked down, saw her partner’s phone number, and connected. For a few minutes Piper Embry would take Sara’s mind off the cold and the man whose deep voice wove through her dreams.
“Bought any great rugs lately?” Sara asked.
“I’ve got my eye on some that have me checking Perfect Touch’s bank balance.”
“What happened to consignment?”
“I’m working on it,” Piper said. “What’s this message you left about Wyoming?”
“I wrapped up the Chens early and came to Jackson.”
“I thought you were getting tired of flying all over the place.”
“I am.”
“But you’re still lusting after those Custers? Or is it Jay Vermilion of the incredible voice?”
“Wait until—if—I get my hands on those paintings,” Sara said, ignoring Piper’s teasing. “They will wring the hearts and pocketbooks of at least five of my clients, and go a long way toward reducing my world travel.” Chilly air swirled hard against her, blowing her hair into a nearly-black cloud around her face.
“What’s that sound?” Piper asked.
“Wind. Spring here is long on bluster and short on cherry petals.”
Sara glanced around quickly, looking for shelter. All she saw was another odd arch leading into another part of the park. Or maybe out of it. Whichever, she opted to stay in the sun.
“You okay?” Piper asked. “Your voice is different. Kind of strained.”
“You know me too well. My room was robbed. Computer and coat are gone. But I’m fine. Don’t have time right now for some junkie’s drama. In five minutes the judge is supposed to finally deliver herself of a verdict on the Vermilion case.”






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Elizabeth Lowell’s exciting novels of romantic suspense include New York Times Bestsellers: Dangerous Refuge, Beautiful Sacrifice, Death Echo, The Wrong Hostage, Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou. She has also written NYT best-selling historical series set in the American West and Medieval Britain. She has more than 80 titles published to date, with over 24 million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the Western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.




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Friday, July 24, 2015

THE PERFECT BARGAIN by Julia London Stop By & Read an Excerpt Of A Fun Story!


The Perfect Bargain
How to Marry a Highlander # 1
By: Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams
Releasing June 30, 2015
Entangled: Lovestruck

Inside The Book:
American lass seeks brawny Scot...
     As if being newly single isn’t brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield's friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she's waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She’d rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Highland hunk to “break her heart” before her friends arrive…
     In a remote Highland village, Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the family pub afloat. Everything is falling apart, he’s running out of money, and now there's an opinionated American lass parked at his best table, driving him mad. But then Sloane asks Galen to be her pretend Highland boyfriend...and offers him enough money to save the pub. It’s only for a few days, he figures. What's the worst that could happen?

My Review:

If you love romance set in the highlands of Scotland and could use a good laugh, then this story is for you. Sloane is a wealthy American in Scotland, her best friends back home keep trying to set her up so she tells them she has found someone on her own. Her friends decide to visit so she needs a boyfriend ASAP. So she decides to hire the surly barkeep at the pub that she's been using the free wi-fi at and the fun begins.
     Galen is hard working man trying to save his family's pub. He and Sloane have been sniping at each other for weeks and he can't believe it when she comes up with the crazy scheme to hire him to be her pretend boyfriend. Unfortunately, he does need some money to update the pub and has to take that into consideration.
     I loved how the two frenemies changed over the life of the story. Galen is bull headed and a bit old-fashioned especially when Sloane gives him advice about updating the pub. Sloane soon becomes important to him and she's tougher than he thought. Sloane did some growing and changing, too. At first she's a bit uptight while she reflects on her life after being dumped by her boyfriend and dealing with a father that doesn't really see her. During their fake courtship, she flourishes and charms the locals including Galen's mum. The more time they spend together, the more they realize they just might have something going, if they care to take the chance.
     I've never read a book by Julia London, but I now have a new favorite author. I loved the tension and the banter between Sloane and Galen, a couple who have nothing in common and this story had me laughing a lot. Do yourself a favor and try this book out!

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EXCERPT

“I happen to be quite good at sizing people up, and you, lass, are spoiled. Donna take it personally—it’s an American thing,” he said casually, as if that were a foregone conclusion.
Now Sloane was indignant.“Watch yourself, Braveheart,” she said, poking him in the arm. “And anyway, how is that even remotely an American thing?”
“It’s the way Americans view the rest of the world,” he said. “Americans think the Loch Ness monster exists, and that we all live in the Highlands in a Braveheart movie. Or, you all read Trainspotting in school and think we’re all on drugs. You think Scots believe in unicorns and our national pastime is the caber toss, and our calendars are manly men in kilts holding kittens.”
“Is there really a calendar like that?” she asked, perking up. If there was, she’d be picking one up before she headed back to the States.
All she got in response to that was an I-told-you-so look.
Author Info:
Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and the The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several acclaimed contemporary romances, including The Cedar Springs series, and the recent Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming. Julia has added a short contemporary series to her titles as well, including The Perfect Bargain, writing under the name Jessa McAdams.
Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. To keep up with all the Julia London news, please visit http://www.julialondon.com. Follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/julialondon

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