Thursday, April 28, 2016

4/28/16 Book Club Thursday:April Reading Challenge

Hi Readers! It's time for Book Club Thursday and it's time for the April Reading Challenge. 
Read A Book Recommended By A Friend.

In the first novel of Maya Rodale's stunning new series, an American heiress must learn to navigate London society and an infuriatingly irresistible rake . . .

Lord Darcy is the quintessential Englishman: wealthy, titled, impossibly proper, and horrified that a pack of Americans has inherited one of England's most respected dukedoms. But his manners, his infamous self-restraint, and his better judgment fly out the window when he finds himself with the maddening American girl next door.

Lady Bridget Cavendish has grand—but thwarted—plans to become a Perfect Lady and take the haute ton by storm. In her diary, Bridget records her disastrous attempts to assimilate into London high society, her adoration of the handsome rogue next door, her disdain for the Dreadful Lord Darcy, and some truly scandalous secrets that could ruin them all.

It was loathing at first sight for Lady Bridget and Lord Darcy. But their paths keep crossing . . . and somehow involve kissing. When Lady Bridget's diary goes missing, both Darcy and Bridget must decide what matters most of all—a sterling reputation or a perfectly imperfect love.

Lady Bridget's Diary is adorable! This historical romance is full of charm with a sassy heroine who had me thinking "you go girl!" It borrows situations from one of my favorite classics, Pride & Prejudice and mixes it up with "Americans." Never mind that their father was the spare brother to a Duke. Bridget and her sister's enter the mine field of the haute ton when their brother inherits their late uncle's title and estate.
     The humor flows with banter between the feisty Bridget and the uptight Mr. Darcy. Not the same Fitzwilliam Darcy, but with same uptight uber responsible ways because he is an important titled man too who realizes that it is time marry. He thinks he will probably wed his best friend's sister, but once he meets Bridget in a most unconventional (and Humourous) way, he can't get the unsuitable American out of his mind.
     I don't want to give anything away, I just want readers to pick this book up and read it. It has wonderful characters, charm, and lots of laughs. It also makes my blood bubble with the hypocrisy of the social elite and makes you root for the uneffected Bridget and her two sisters. Yes, there are some Mean Girl moments, too. The best are the heart-warming moments as you get more into the layers of the main characters, Bridget and Darcy. This books took me by surprise, from its lovely cover to my friend's review a few weeks back. Do yourself a favor, and read this book!

Review for Born to Read Books will be delayed until tomorrow!

Thank you for joining us this last week of April. We have a lot of great themes coming up for May. I hope that you stop by and share your favorites with your views and opinions. We love hearing from our readers. Don't forget to see what my friends picked for their Reading Challenge. See you next week!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pre-Release Blitz: Excerpt & Giveaway for HIS SCANDALOUS KISS By Sophie Barnes

COMING 7.26.16

Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #3
Sophie Barnes
Releasing July 26th, 2016
Avon Books

Thorncliff Manor is the perfect setting for a masquerade ball . . . where the heart’s secret desires are about to be uncovered in this scintillating Regency romance from Sophie Barnes

Richard Heartly has exiled himself from society since the war, plotting his revenge for a terrible betrayal. A masked ball at Thorncliff Manor is intended to be a brief diversion. Instead, he encounters a fascinating young woman as entranced by the music as he is. He can’t reveal his identity to Lady Mary. But her siren song keeps drawing him back, and their clandestine meetings could be hazardous to his plan—and to her virtue . . .

Avoiding an unwanted marriage was easy when Lady Mary was ignored by the ton. Thanks to her dazzling appearance at the masquerade, she’s a wallflower no longer. Eligible suitors abound, yet the only man she wants is the brooding, seductive companion who keeps his face hidden. A man who tempts her to disclose her own shocking secret, one that could divide them forever . . .

Richard grunted disagreement. “I have lived a solitary life these past five years,” he said slowly. “My brother and secretary have been my only contacts to the outside world since my return.”

Which is why I am so honored to have the pleasure of your company. Truly, it is greatly appreciated.”
Even if I am not as polished as I once was?”
Her mouth tilted a little. “You are just a little rusty.” She patted his arm with her gloved hand. “It will come back to you soon enough.”
He wasn’t so certain. “I feel as though I no longer belong.”
Nonsense. But if we can find your brother then perhaps you will feel more yourself. Hmm?” She looked around.
I must confess that he is unaware of my attendance this evening.” When she turned to him, eyes wide in question, he said, “I should like to keep it that way.”
May I ask why?”
Breaths came and went in slow succession before he settled on the right words. “The last thing I want is for him to get the wrong idea—to presume that I have come for the purpose of socializing or, God forbid, dancing.”
Her eyebrows rose in two sharp points. “Dancing is not so bad and neither is socializing.”
I am only here because of your insistence. As Grandmamma’s dearest friend, it would be difficult for me to deny you. Which is not to say that I am unhappy that I came.”
She would be proud of you, if she were still alive.”
I hope so,” he muttered. “You have offered me a refreshing change, but I am afraid that dancing and socializing would serve no purpose.”
I suppose that explains why you have not asked me to dance,” Lady Duncaster said as they moved toward a shadowy corner where a stone bench stood vacant.
You see! My manners have completely deserted me.” He waited for Lady Duncaster to sit before lowering himself onto the empty spot beside her. “Perhaps a minuet would not be too appalling, if I can still recall the steps, mind you.”
Forgive me, but was that an invitation?” In spite of her advanced years, it was impossible to deny that she had spirit.
Richard grimaced. “Lady Duncaster, would you please do me the honor of dancing the minuet with me?” As much as he dreaded it, he owed her the courtesy of asking.
I would be delighted to,” she said, looking pleased. “See, that was not so difficult, was it? But if you step on my toes I shall slap you.”
Although Richard feared that she might have to follow through on that threat, her words eased his tension. “In public? Surely not!”
I find that the older I get, the less I care about protocol, or the opinion of others, for that matter.”
Then we are of like minds, my lady.”
Lady Duncaster snorted. “My dear boy, you are entirely mistaken! If you were really as indifferent as I, then you would not feel inclined to hide away as you do. That said, however, I must compliment you on your choice of costume. The complete concealment of your face beneath your Bauta mask and tricorn does add a distinct air of mystery to you.”
I am not the only one here who has chosen to dress in traditional style,” he said as he watched a couple strolling in their direction. Both wore full masks with silver lips and eye-slits outlined in blue. Just like Richard, their hair and necks had been covered by tightly fitted silk hoods, revealing not an inch of skin and making it impossible to discern their identities.
True,” Lady Duncaster agreed, “but unlike everyone else here this evening, there is a certain darkness about you that I am sure the ladies will find compelling.”
I have no interest in attracting any woman’s attention.” The evening black had been a given. He could not imagine himself in anything else. And the mask . . . well, he had his reasons for that as well. “I am not a coward,” he told her gruffly. “I am just not ready for all the attention my return to Society will likely incur.” She nodded in understanding, but said nothing further. He was grateful for that.

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Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor's degree from Parsons. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion: writing. When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

April-Book Club Thursday: Catching Up With Sandra Hill

Hi Readers! Welcome to this weeks Book Club Thursday and to one of our monthly features. My fellow bloggers and I love a lot of the sane authors, but we aren't always able to read their books at the same time. So we selected some of our favorites to each read this year, wherever we left off in the monthly authors booklist. This week, we are CATCHING UP WITH: Author Sandra Hill.
     For myself, I am trying to keep up with her Deadly Angels (aka vangels)series. Yep, vampire angels! And their manager is the archangel Michael himself. Oh, and did I mention that the vangels are also brothers from the olde viking era? So they were some really bad boys and have been doing their penance for about 1,000 years. This month, I read Harek's book, EVEN VAMPIRES GET THE BLUES.

New York Times bestselling author Sandra Hill delivers a sizzling new entry in her Deadly Angels series, as a Viking vangel's otherworldly mission teams him with a Navy SEAL who's more than his match— she's his predestined mate . . .

The fact that vampire angel Harek Sigurdsson was a Norseman in his mortal life doesn't make thawing out after exile in Siberia any easier. But things heat up when his search for evil Lucipires connects him with Camille Dumaine, a human who thrums with sensual energy that can mean only one thing: she's the mate Harek's been seeking for centuries . . .
The SEALs call her "Camo" for her ability to blend into a crowd—yet Harek's intense blue gaze singles Camille out like a white-hot spotlight. The security wiz was hired to help bring down a ruthless band of international kidnappers, but Camille senses an unspoken agenda—besides Harek's bold declaration that she's his "destiny." Just Camille's luck that the sexiest man she's ever met may also be . . . a vampire!

     In each book, the vangels are each punished for one of the seven deadly sins, which in Harek's case was "Greed". He loved to plunder and on one of his last voyages, he and his viking crew captured European slaves to sell at market. Some of the people captured were from family's and they became divided forever when sold at auction. For that, Michael aka Mike decided that that was enough and gave Harek the choice of becoming a vangel and repenting or die and lose his chance at heaven.
     Sandra Hill knows how to blend romance with fun as well as some serious subject matter. Harek is joining forces with the Navy Seals and they are going to Africa to rescue girls kidnapped for eventual slavery. He meets Camille aka Camo who is a WEAL who is also going because she has a way with disguising herself to fit in tough situations. At first, he isn't impressed and thinks that she is rather plain. Foolish immortal. They start off like oil and water, but before the mission, he accompanies her back to her home to New Orleans for her brother's wedding. Boy was he gobsmacked at how well she cleaned up, an no, he is not politically correct. They begin to connect after Harek has a chance to save her parents right after the wedding from the "lucies". Yeah, if there are good vamps, then there are bad vamps, too. Balance in the world,lol.
     Camille is a sexy, tough and smart woman. She does pretty well with learning about Harek's kind. Harek is tough and funny, but when he falls for her, he doesn't know how she will react to his long ago past. That doesn't matter though when he has to help her escape the bad guys with some school girls Camo was proteting on their overseas mission.
     This story is fun, it has moments of laughter, Sandra Hill's southern sass, as well as some action and some jaw dropping moments. I love this series, but I recommend you start from the first book if you get confused by large casts of characters. 

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Pre-Releast Blast:SECRET BABY SCANDAL By Joanne Rock. Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Bayou Billionaires #4
Joanne Rock
Releasing May 1st (Digital)
Releasing May 10th (Print)
Harlequin Desire

His proposition: pretend they’re a couple to end a scandal. But she has secrets of her own…

Tatiana Doucet has dealt with sexy, arrogant athletes most of her life. But Jean-Pierre Reynaud is a whole different animal—in bed and on the field. Unbeknownst to him, their one amazing night produced a son. Now her family’s biggest football rival is back, offering a seductive wager she can’t refuse.

Jean-Pierre despises the media. When rumors fly, he knows a fake relationship is the perfect diversion for the tabloids—and Tatiana’s unbridled passion is the perfect diversion for Jean-Pierre. But when she drops a baby bombshell, the scandal will rock them both!

Jean-Pierre had taken hits from the toughest, strongest, meanest players in the NFL. Afterward, as he lay in the grass with his ears ringing and his vision blurred, he would struggle to snap out of the slow-motion fog that felt kind of like being underwater.
That was exactly how he felt walking into Tatiana’s apartment, her words slowly permeating his consciousness along with the cry of an infant. Dazed, confused and trying to stand up straight despite the floor shifting under his feet, Jean-Pierre stood in her foyer and waited for her to return from wherever she’d disappeared.
Mr. Reynaud?” An older woman in a simple gray dress stepped into the living area to his right. “Miss Doucet asked if you wouldn’t mind joining her in the family room. It’s just past the staircase on the left.” She pointed the way and then went about her business, picking up a few things in the living room.
A bright blue blanket. A baby bottle.
Seeing that bottle was like the second hit when you were already down.
At the same time, it was enough to make the mental fog evaporate and get his feet moving.
He needed answers now. Hell, he needed answers months ago. Tatiana had done a whole lot more than throw his career into a tailspin tonight with her unguarded remark to a member of the press. She’d been hiding the biggest possible secret that was going to bind their lives together forever.
Tatiana?” Her name was a sharp bark on his lips as he entered the spacious suite overlooking Central Park.
Framed playbills lined the walls along with photos of Tatiana and her family. Tatiana with her father at her graduation from Columbia. The Doucets outside of a downtown skyscraper with the brass name plaque of her prestigious law firm. Every picture was a reminder of the life he might have had with her if her family hadn’t turned her against him.
A blaze crackled in a fireplace on the far side of the living area. And beside it, in that warm glow of flickering light, he spotted her on the dark leather love seat, cradling a tiny bundle of blankets to her breast. Tatiana’s dark brown curls shielded her body as much as the blanket, the firelight making the skin of one shoulder glow where she’d unfastened her dress to feed the baby.
Her baby.
Something shifted inside Jean-Pierre, his whole world tipping on its axis as everything changed irreversibly.

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Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn't like. The author of over seventy novels enjoys writing contemporary romance and medieval historicals alike, recently exploring Young Adult romance under a pseudonym. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance–in all its forms-- fits her life outlook perfectly. When she's not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.

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