Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Club Thursday: Free Day

Hi Readers! We are always glad when you join us for Book Club Thursday. And Happy First Day of Fall! Fall is one of the most fun times of the year. The weather is changing and so are the leaves. Holiday season is coming up with so much to do from Halloween to News Years day, crafting, fall menus to plan, and gifts to buy or make.
     And don't forget all the great holiday books that will be arriving soon!
     Unfortunately, Mother Nature has been on a tear lately. Hurricanes, forest fires, flooding. It's been a rough time and my heart goes out those affected. I hope our readers are doing well this trying time.
     Today is our BCT Free Day. Each member can pick any theme as long as it is book related. I am a Pinterest fanatic as are many of you, so this week I am sharing a few booklover memes and jokes with you. I hope that they will bring a smile!

See what my friends picked this week for BCT Free Day!

September 28th-Reading Challenge

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Book Club Thursday:Clearing Off The Bookshelves SEPT

Hi Readers! Thanks for stopping by and joining us here this week here at Book Club Thursday. If you are like our BCT members, you probably have and endless TBR pile. That is why we have our Clearing Off The Bookshelves each month. It gives us a chance to make a small dent in that pile and we pick a book that is six months old or older.

A while back, our at home bookclub picked a book by author Kerrigan Byrne, THE HIGHWAYMAN. It was the first book in her Victorian Rebels series and I really enjoyed it. There was a character introduced there that caught my eye and I wanted to know his story. So I chose THE HUNTER as my selection this month.

Kerrigan Byrne
Published February 2, 2016
St. Martin's

They're rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards—dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the proper Victorian-era ladies who love them, a hint of danger only makes their hearts beat faster...

A scandalous proposal.

As one of London't most elite hunters, Christopher Argent never misses his mark and always gets his man. But when his latest target turns out to be a woman—the popular, and stunningly beautiful, actress Millie LeCour—it turns his whole world upside-down. Overwhelmed by the heat that simmers between them, Christopher can't complete his mission. On the contrary, he'll do anything to save Millie's life—even if it means risking his own...

A dangerous passion...

When she learns what Christopher was hired to do, Millie is torn between the fear in her heart and the fire in her soul. Putting herself in this dangerous man's arms may be her only path to safety—but giving in to her desire may be the deadliest mistake she's ever made. With both of their lives in jeopardy, Millie and Christopher must learn to trust the real feelings they're hiding—to find the true love they're looking for...

One of the things that I like about the Victorian Rebel series is how different and darker it is from many historical series. The heroes are really anti-heroes and run on the opposite side of the law. The men is this series have known the real ugly side of life since the day they were born, so it is no wonder they are never going to be considered gentlemen.
     Christopher Argent caught my eye in the previous book for some strange reason. He is a large man, well dressed and carries a garotte with him. Oh, did I mention that he is a hired assassin? He is light on his feet and can disappear at the blink of an eye, is cold as ice, yet has his own moral code in his line of work including he will not kill children. Born to a woman while she was incarcerated in prison, she tried to protect him and provided the only bit of love he ever knew during his early childhood.
     When he is hired to kill his next victim, he finds himself gobsmacked. This victim is an actress and he is mesmerized by her. I enjoyed how this cold man was awakened by Millie and his heart thawed somewhat, especially when he finds that she has a son. His thoughts are dark, yeah, he is supposed to kill her, but he doesn't understand his attraction to her. Lucky for her, because he could have killed her a few times.
     There is a mystery through the storyline connecting Millie with other cases of women being murdered and their young sons disappearing. This also attracts the attention of Scotland Yard. Christopher decides to find out who put the contract on Millie in order to save her and her son.
     I must say that I really enjoy Ms Byrne's writing style. She manages to make you care about men who should be considered monsters. Then one day a special woman comes along and brings some light into their lives. Would I want to be involved with these dangerous men? Hell no! Too dangerous for me, but I did love to see the life changing events which brought a chance to live a more normal life to these alpha males like Christian and Dorian Blackwood from the first story. They will never be angels, but they get a shot at a HEA after overcoming their pasts. I will definitely continue on with the Victorian Rebel series by Kerrigan Byrne.

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September 21- Free Day

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Book Club Thursday: Remember When

Hi Readers! I am so glad that you joined us for this weeks Book Club Thursday. This week, we are Remembering When, where  our BCT members each share memories of something booky.

Remember when I read the first book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood-DARK LOVER

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

I am not going to review DARK LOVER, I will just be sharing some of my thoughts instead. Each month, we share our memories about something that pertains to our love of reading. I just finished THE CHOSEN a few days ago. It is book #15 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and it brought back memories and had me thinking of the first book and when it was published. It's hard to believe that the series has been around for twelve years. 
     Released by Penguin in September of 2005, this series has millions of fans and is still popular today. It even has a spin-off series featuring young vamps training to become part of the Brotherhood, The Black Dagger Legacy.
     J R Ward spun her own unique spin to the vampire world, warrior vamps of huge proportion, trained to save the vampire species, especially the wealthy glymera. The warriors are good enough to protect them, but are looked down upon by the snobby elite who are stuck in the past ways of thinking. There are evil beings called lessors out there lead by Mr. X who endanger the vamp community. The stories are complex and filled with love, pain, sex, pop culture references, and life changes.
     What I liked about the brotherhood is how they have evolved over the years. They fought together and had each other's backs, but they weren't truly friends at first. Each warrior was facing personal demons and/or addictions. The leader, Wrath, was the son of the murdered king and his life was changed forever when he met a human woman named Beth. Once each member finally met the partner they were meant to be with, it also strengthened the relationship between the brotherhood as well and now they are becoming a large extended family. 
     My fond memory of this series is how excited we were when we read the first book. We members of BCT used to work in a bookstore together and had great fun discussing Dark Lover and the following books together and with our customers and friends. We chatted about our favorite brother (mine is Rhage, nicknamed Hollywood. He's movie star handsome and loves tootsie pops), the death of Darius, the mystery of the mute teen now known as John Michael. The series makes you think because their lives are hard, dangerous, and they have all suffered losses and other trials. And even though many of them have met their mate, it doesn't mean that their HEA is a slice of heaven on earth. The guys are all alphas and the women are strong, smart and brave. IMO the series is still going strong,  some members have started families, and there are more characters that need their story told.
      An important note, this is a series that should be read in order. You will get lost if you don't.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Blog Tour: SO IN LOVE by Darcy Burke Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!


After a hot hook-up on New Year’s Eve, Crystal Donovan plans to avoid Jamie Westcott, which could be difficult, given the size of Ribbon Ridge. But she’s only there a few days doing research on the town’s history then it’s back to her glam life in LA. When his family holds the key to unraveling a century-old mystery she has to seek him out—and the sparks are still flying.
Jamie Westcott works his ass off to repay his college loans, which doesn’t leave much time for other commitments. Crystal’s a perfect fling: she’s fun and sexy and, best of all, they have little in common and she lives somewhere else. Only, the more time they spend together the closer they get, despite their intent to keep things casual.
When everyone learns Crystal sold a screenplay exposing the dark secrets of Ribbon Ridge—and Jamie’s family—she becomes the town pariah. Jamie won’t leave and Crystal can’t stay—can love show them another way?

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I loved the Archer family and I love their friends, the Westcott brothers. SO IN LOVE is the final chapter in the Ribbon Ridge trilogy. Besides the sizzling chemistry between Jamie Westcott and Crystal, the mystery of the historical find discovered throughout the previous stories is solved.
     Even though the heat still burned after their New Year's hook up, I loved the dance between Crystal and Jamie as they fought their attraction. She was a few years older, he's cash poor because of college loans. She doesn't live in Ribbon Ridge, he was burned by an old girlfriend. Foolish mortals. The more they denied the possibilities of what could be, the more they ended up in each others orbit.
     Now that the mystery has been solved about Dorinda's house, handling the knowledge became somewhat hard to process for Crystal, especially since it affected Jamie's family. There are some harsh truths revealed about the town's long ago past which jibe with some of today's headlines. It was an eye opening part of history, thoughtfully written and thought provoking. 
     As usual, Ms Burke brings you fun characters and witty banter in this sweet hometown series. It was also nice to see what some of the previous characters were up to while Crystal and Jamie found their own HEA. Now I wonder what she has in store for a future series. I can't wait!

 “Never have I ever been to a party with Prince Harry.” He drank.

She pulled her feet down and sat straight up, leaning forward, in one fluid, whiplash movement. “Shut. Up.”

Well, not with him, but I met him. Nice bloke.”

Okay, that is way better than any famous person I’ve met.” Her gaze softened. “Is he as tall and gorgeous as I think?”

Jamie chuckled. “I have no idea. How tall and gorgeous do you think he is?”

Super gorgeous.” She slid him a glance that clearly said, “duh.” Propping her feet back up, she settled into the couch once more. “And he’s six inches taller than me. And nine months older. In other words, we’d be perfect for each other.” She sent him another look, this one full of self-mockery. “I’ve been planning our wedding since I was ten. Just ask Alaina.”

Well, it seems you ought to meet him then.”

She bolted upright again. “You could make that happen?”

Probably not. Sorry. Anyway, I think he has a girlfriend now.”

She slouched back with a dejected sigh. “I know.”

I’m six-one,” Jamie said, recalling the prince was maybe the same height or just slightly taller. “Not nearly as good looking though.”

Crystal tipped her head to the side and studied him. “You’re no Prince Harry, but you’re cute.”

I’ll take that. Your turn.”

Let’s see... Never have I ever made out with a celebrity.” This time she took a drink.

You going to kiss and tell?” When she shook her head, he prodded for more information. “Just making out?”

She peered at him over the top of her glass. “How naughty do you want to take this game?”

Her sultry look heated his body once more. “If you recall, I was all for the stripping part. In fact, there’s been a disappointing lack of that.”

A smile teased her lips. “I see. Honestly, if it wasn’t so cold out, I’d suggest a dip in the hot tub. I think that’s uncovered at least.”

Can it be too cold if the water is over a hundred degrees?”

Good point. But I don’t have a suit.”

Neither do I. Never have I ever gone skinny dipping.” He sipped his beer. “In a hot tub.” He drank again. “With a hot blonde.” This time he didn’t drink but simply stared at her in open invitation.

She pulled her feet from the table and rose from the couch. “There are towels in the locker room. Give me a head start.” 

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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at, or like her Facebook page,

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