Thursday, May 26, 2022

Cover Reveal ~ Shield & Blade by Heather Frost #YAFantasy

 

His to protect

When Vera broke Venn’s heart, he was shattered. When she was abducted by mercenaries, he vowed to tear

Mortise apart to find her. Now, reunited, he is determined to keep her safe–and win back her heart.

Of course, things are never that simple.


Hers to defend

Vera has regretted hurting Venn ever since that fateful night in Wexon, but finding the right time to tell him

is proving difficult. Traveling with him to Duvan should give her the perfect opportunity, but things take

an unexpected turn when they find young children abandoned near a roadside.


Theirs to save

Helping the children isn’t in question, but the detour leads Venn and Vera into the heart of a sinister mystery.

The truth they fight to uncover could change everything in Eyrinthia–and may cost them their lives.




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About the Author: Heather Frost is a #1 Amazon Bestselling YA author who loves epic stories with breath-stealing romance. She is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinthia series. Her books have been Whitney Award Finalists and Swoony Award Finalists. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and re-watch Lord of the Rings. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in northern Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: www.HeatherFrost.com






Are you new to the series?  Start with the first book, Royal Decoy.

Clare made a mistake when she saved the princess’s life . . .


In one horrible night, Clare is forced to give up her life as a kitchen maid to become the princess’s decoy. Thrust into a dangerous new world of royals and deadly politics, she must learn how to be the princess’s perfect double to ensure her betrothal to an enemy prince. Desperate to survive, Clare throws herself into self-defense training, taught by her distractingly attractive bodyguard, Bennick. The spark between them is undeniable, though a relationship is forbidden. When a ruthless assassin begins stalking her, it becomes frighteningly clear that some will stop at nothing to end the tenuous peace—and Clare’s life.


Across the northern mountains, Prince Grayson is his father’s ultimate weapon. His name inspires fear in all who hear it, but no one knows his heavily guarded secret. He carries out every brutal order only because his father holds power over the one person he cares about. Grayson’s silent obedience is tested, however, when his father reveals plans to exploit the marriage alliance between two of their greatest enemies. If Grayson submits, the blood of thousands will spill. If he resists, the girl who means everything to him will die.


The fate of Eyrinthia hangs in the balance. Some want peace. Some want war. All will be thrown into chaos.


Royal Decoy is the first in the Fate of Eyrinthia YA fantasy romance series told from multiple POVs. If you like swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and non-stop action with epic twists, then you’ll love the captivating world of Eyrinthia.






Wednesday, May 25, 2022

An Unfamiliar Duke by Sian Ann Bessey #HistoricalRomance # Giveaway #BookTour


 


An Unfamiliar Duke (Georgian Gentleman, #4) (Georgian Gentlemen)An Unfamiliar Duke (Georgian Gentleman, #4) by Sian Ann Bessey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source:  I received a review copy and I purchased a copy. :)
Genre: Historical Romance

Book Description: At eleven years of age, Rosalind Ainsworth was convinced that Sebastian Lumley, the future Duke of Kelbrook, was the most odious young man she’d ever met. And ten years later, after having had no contact with the nobleman in the intervening time, her opinion of him has not changed. Unfortunately, neither has the marriage contract their fathers signed soon after her birth.

As Rosalind’s twenty-first birthday and the appointed wedding day approaches, Sebastian makes a rare appearance in London. His first meeting with Rosalind since childhood goes less than perfectly, but Sebastian has a compelling reason for honoring their marriage contract—a reason outlined in a document kept behind his workshop’s locked door.

After a quick wedding, the new couple relocates to Finley Park, where their acquaintanceship slowly blossoms into affection. But when Sebastian’s secretive work threatens their fledgling relationship and Rosalind’s life is placed in jeopardy, Sebastian finds himself forced to choose between the man he has pledged to help and the woman he has come to love.



My thoughts: It's a good thing that first impressions do not need to be the last impressions. Sebastian did not do himself any favors when he refused to let Rosalind enter his treehouse because she was a girl. This thoughtless, childhood act is one reason that Rosalind hopes that he will not come and honor the marriage contract their fathers put in place.

The first part of the book could be considered a series of blunders. The mistakes that they made had me enjoying their interactions. One characteristic that they share is the love of math. Rosalind is a numbers girl. She has a very sharp mind. Sebastian also uses math and science to create. Their love of the invention of the hot air balloon becomes a bonding thing for them.

I love the gentle pace of their romance. Little things draw them together. One of my favorites is that Sebastian is not above eating in the kitchen. He treats the cooks and his other servants with respect. He then shared the love with Rosalind. There are so many little things that highlight their character. I couldn't help but love to read about them.

There is a bit of suspense at the end of the book that will keep you reading frantically. This book is all that I love in a story. I couldn't give it a higher recommendation.

I received a complimentary copy. I also pre-ordered a copy for my kindle. I knew that I loved Sian Ann Bessey's books and that I would want my own copy.






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About the Author:  Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend university in the U.S., where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English.
She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children's books. She is a USA Today best selling author and a Whitney Award finalist.
Although Sian doesn't have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often anymore, she can still wrap her tongue around, "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch." She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she's home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.


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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Red Cicada by Gregg Luke #blogtour #suspense # giveaway

 


Red CicadaRed Cicada by Gregg Luke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Suspense

Book Description:  Twenty-eight-year-old Lana Baker knows the signs: the intense flashes of light and building pressure in her head herald yet another migraine. But this time, the unavoidable pain lands her in the hospital, where her unusual past raises more questions than answers. Her medical history is a complete mystery. Stranger still, her battery of tests reveals a shocking secret: Lana has a metal disk embedded in her skull—but she has no idea how it got there. Even more disturbing is the fact that the disk is etched with words—in Russian.

Lieutenant Lance Kipling has been tracking down information on a former marine he believes may have had ties to Cold War biological weapons. So when that man’s daughter turns up in a hospital with a metal disk in her skull, it does not go unnoticed. But Lance has competition for the information stored in Lana’s head—dangerous individuals with Soviet ties.

Together, Lance and Lana follow a trail of clues her father left, bits of information that reveal Lana’s past and paint a deadly picture of a weapon that has the potential to wreak havoc on the planet’s entire population.
 


My thoughts:  A note of caution, once you start this book you will not want to put it down. Be prepared to become irritable with interruptions and decide that sleep is overrated.

Gregg Luke amazes me with every one of his novels. They are books that you do not want to put down and are full of facts that make the story believable. (I really hope that none of the scenarios come true, ever.) Red Cicada fits in with all of his other books. Intense suspense, a few people are trying to save the world from evil, bad guys trying to kill the good guys, and a plot that holds your attention until you read the last word.

Lana suffers from migraines. A trip to the ER reveals that her life has hidden secrets. A metal disk is found inserted into her skull with Russian letters that translate into "Red Cicada". The google search quickly brings Lieutenant Kipling to the scene. He has been researching a cold case from the end of the USSR era. Lana may have the clues needed to crack the case. Unfortunately, the bad guys are also alerted and not far behind.

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I love the partnership of Lana and Lieutenant Kipling. They make a great team with the chemistry between them. Just when you think you know what is going on there's a plot twist that keeps you guessing until the end.

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.





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Monday, May 2, 2022

Danger Unknown by Kathi Oram Peterson #BookReview #Suspense

 


Danger UnknownDanger Unknown by Kathi Oram Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Suspense

Book Description:  The small desert town seemed like the perfect place to disappear—until Brooke Steward’s worst nightmare walks into the diner where she works. The man who murdered her husband has found her—again. Desperate to protect her young daughter, Brooke has no choice but to run for their lives.
Awakened by a haunting nightmare that has plagued him for years, Michael Calder is startled by a knock at the door of his remote Montana ranch. He is even more shocked when he finds a disheveled child on his steps, who silently leads him to her injured mother. In making the split-second decision to bring Brooke and her daughter into his home, Michael is unwittingly drawn with them into the path of danger. Someone is determined to silence Brooke, no matter the cost. In their quest for the truth, Brooke and Michael come to trust each other completely, their relationship deepening into something more. But even as the lines between friendship and love blur, the explosive secrets of the past are finally revealed. Now they must fight to survive or risk becoming the latest casualties in a deadly conspiracy. 



My thoughts:  Bring on the suspense! This book has many plot twists and moments that leave you on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next?

Brook is a young mother who has taken her daughter and is on the run. Her husband was murdered and her daughter, Izzy, was a witness. There is a target on their backs.

Michael trains horses to help others with horse therapy. I loved learning about it, I know that there is a bond between a horse and its person, but I hadn't considered how they can help a wounded soul. His patience, mainly due to his PTSD, with Izzy as he helps her to compartmentalize her trauma was fantastic. Izzy and Brook couldn't have had an accident anywhere else other than this hero's property.

There are some other characters who play an important role in this story, some for the good and others for the bad. Each of them complements the main characters as they struggle to bring justice to the murderer and the man behind him.

I struggled to get through the middle part of the story, but it was well worth finishing. The conclusion is one that I wouldn't want to miss.

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Kathi's heart-pounding suspense novels make readers double check door locks and sleep with a flashlight. Her YA Time Travels bring readers to historical events as if they are there. Her novels have richly-drawn characters and plots that hook readers and make setting the book down nearly impossible.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Ebony books by Heather Fisher

 Every once in a while you get a chance to read books from a new author.  I had the privilege of reading the two books of The Ebony.  The first book is the Charm of Saint Helena and the second is Out of the Fog.

The Ebony (Charm of Saint Helena, #1)The Ebony by Heather Fisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Kindle Unlimited

Book Description: 1795 -Jane Sawyer enjoyed everything India had to offer. Having lived there since the death of her parents, the beautiful country had become her home. However, when her uncle accepts a position at Oxford University, her life takes an unexpected turn. From a treacherous storm that delays their journey, to recovering at an island where she almost drowns, Jane wonders if this is a foreshadowing of hard things to come.

But her thoughts begin to lighten when she discovers that the island holds more adventure than she could imagine. With fate's twists and turns, and encouragement from a handsome captain, who comes to aid her on a few unfortunate occasions, Jane uncovers inner strength she didn't know she had.

As enemy ships stalk the island's shores, only destiny can decide Jane's future with love and war.



My thoughts: I am impressed that this is the debut book for Heather Fisher. The story was well thought out and had great pacing. I couldn't help but adore Jane and James. Their story begins with a near-drowning when Jane is saved by Captain James McCannon.

The setting is on an island. Jane and her Uncle must stay there while repairs are made to the ship they were sailing on. Their goal is to end up at Oxford University where her Uncle has accepted a position to teach future surgeons.

I really enjoyed this book. I love the dynamic between most of their friends. They had a community that watched out for and helped one another. It seemed like an idyllic community, other than the bad guy and the French pillaging merchant ships.

I am very grateful that I have the second book waiting for me to read because this one ended on a cliffhanger. I look forward to finding out if everything works out well in the end.


Out of the Fog (The Ebony, #2)Out of the Fog by Heather Fisher
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review 
Genre: Historical Romance

Book Description:  With Jane's departure for England quickly approaching, Jane Sawyer and Captain James McCannon find their relationship at a crossroads. Even though part of Jane still longs to continue her journey to London to become a midwife, her heart yearns to stay and see where fate will lead them. Will chasing one desire keep her from attaining the other?

James has also discovered Jane's passion, and the last thing he wants is for his romantic pursuit of her to hamper her ability to reach her goals. But will supporting her cause him to lose her forever?

Torn between following their hearts and following their dreams, the two budding lovers struggle to stay afloat through war, misinformation, and the despair of hopes falling just out of reach. Can they find the courage to navigate the fog and build the lives they both desperately crave?
 



My thoughts: This is the conclusion of the first book "Charm of Saint Helena". This story picks up right where the first left off, in the middle of a battle.

Jane and James are great characters. Jane and her Uncle have continued their journey to Oxford while James remained at Saint Helena. Their story shows that love and romance are not always "smooth sailing". There are circumstances and people that come between them.

I enjoyed this story very much. I would love to see some of the secondary characters have a story of their own!


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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Facing the Enemy by Paige Edwards #bookreview #giveaway #suspense

 



Facing the Enemy by Paige Edwards

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased a Kindle copy



Book DescriptionLady Elise Henderson lives two separate lives. At home in Scotland, she’s the titled daughter of the Marquess of Roxbury, an heiress in her own right. In London, however, she’s Elise Taylor, a top MI6 operative for the “home office.” But when a devastating accident threatens to end her career, Elise is left with far too much time for self-reflection and the regret of a decision made long ago that features one man: fellow MI6 agent Harry Benson.

Harry Benson, the son of servants, has loved Elise for the better part of a decade. But life took them on separate journeys until their worlds converged once more. An immediate assignment to the Scottish Borders leaves Harry little time to make provisions for his small, rambunctious son, Sammy. Harry knows only one person he can rely on for the boy’s care—Elise. When Elise brings Sammy to her ancestral estate, she never imagines that a nemesis from her past looms in the shadows, hungry for revenge. Stalked at every turn, Elise and Harry discover that fighting their feelings for one another is futile, but can they survive long enough to get another shot at true love?


My thoughts: Third time's the charm?  Lady Elise and Harry were college sweethearts.  Years later they become M16 partners and have a second chance at love.  Now, here they are, meeting again, only this time Elise has been in an accident and is taking medical leave and Harry is going to a new assignment in Scotland.  He needs help and she needs a ride.  Fate is throwing them together once again.

The chemistry between Elise and Harry simmers from the moment that he sees her in the M16 offices.  He has always been in love with her but lived a separate life when things didn't work out.  This gave him the blessing of a young son.  His son proves a blessing to Elise while she takes care of him while Harry is on assignment.  Is this a chance for her to experience motherhood and possible for them to reunite?  You'll have to read the book to find out.

Paige Edwards did not disappoint.  I know when I pick up one of her books I will be invested in a wonderful story.  This is a page-turner that ramps up the suspense.  There is the bonus of a precocious little boy to lighten things up.  This is a story with many fantastic plot twists and elements that you are not going to want to miss.



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About the Author Paige Edwards is an award-winning author, a Readers' Favorite Book Award, Forward INDIES, RONE, and Whitney Awards Finalist of inspirational romantic suspense. Due to her deep British roots, Paige’s books are often set in the UK, and she hops the pond whenever she gets the chance. She is styled the Lady Paige Edwards when in Scotland, but her favorite title is Grandma. When she needs a break from writing, she serves as president of her area's Interfaith Community Council, is fond of digging in the dirt (what some might call gardening), biking battlefields, and kayaking the lake. Paige loves to connect with readers through her website authorpaigeedwards.com. Be sure to follow her on BookBub for the latest on sales:). [https://tinyurl.com/5n7euw68]




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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Lily of the Valley by Sarah M. Eden #blogtour #giveaway #historicalromance


 I am reading this book next!  I am very excited about the second book in"The Gents" series.  Sarh M. Eden is one of my favorite authors.  There is a giveaway for this book this week. I wanted to make sure that I had the giveaway posted so that you could enter to win a copy.

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Cumberland, 1786

Amateur inventor Kester Barrington prefers the peace and quiet of his estate to the bustle of Society. But when his tight-knit group of friends, the Gents, descends on Livingsley Hall for their annual gathering, he stoically joins in their activities. It all seems exhausting—until an unexpected addition to the party catches his eye: his new neighbor, the lovely Violet.

Violet Ridley longs to make friends in this new corner of the country, but her family’s fortune was made through investments rather than inheritance, and Society can be fickle. So when tragedy forces her family to shelter at neighboring Livingsley Hall, Violet is delighted to receive a warm welcome from the Gents. In particular, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kester. The pair is a study in contrasts: Violet, with her sunny disposition, and Kester, with his prickly facade. Their connection is impossible to deny, but both Kester and Violet harbor heavy constraints. As their association becomes increasingly tangled and confused, their only hope of pursuing a life together is to trust one another with the very truths that could tear them apart.
 


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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Before the Fortress Falls by A.L. Sowards #BookTour #giveaway #HistoricalFiction

 


Before the Fortress FallsBefore the Fortress Falls by A.L. Sowards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Description: Their fight for survival would change the course of history.

When rumors reach Vienna that an attack by the Ottoman army is imminent, Wilhelm von Schor, one of the emperor’s courtiers, prepares to evacuate his family—including his sister, Katja. But Katja’s reluctance to leave the city and the people she loves so well grows the farther the family carriage gets from her childhood home. When she learns that another brother, Xavier, is returning to Vienna with his musketeers, she decides to remain behind and face the shadow of war.

Katja soon reunites with Xavier and also with Toby, a dear friend from childhood. As Katja and Toby renew their friendship, an element of attraction builds on the comradery of their youth, and they quickly realize they have found something worth fighting for: love. But all too soon, the Ottomans encircle the city, blanketing its inhabitants in fear. Katja, Toby, and Xavier must each fulfill their new roles if they are to survive. In the overcrowded hospitals, below ground in the countermines, and on the ramparts defending the city walls, the three must fight for love, family, faith, and the survival of their city and everyone inside.
 



My thoughts: History is fascinating. A.L. Sowards always writes a well-researched novel taking a small period of time and crafting a compelling novel.

Before the Fortress Falls takes place during a siege of Vienna in 1683. The Ottoman empire waged war to gain control of the city. The manner of warfare is very interesting. Today, bombs are launched from a distance whereas, in the 17th century, it was hand-to-hand combat.

The story focuses on three siblings who all play pivotal and different roles in defending the city. Wilhelm is a diplomat who is working behind the scenes and securing help, Katja is a young woman who helps in various ways, including taking care of the wounded, and Xavier is a warrior working with the musketeers.

The story also has two other characters with a POV, Toby who is a counterminer, and Ahmed who is with the Ottoman empire. The five characters create a complete picture of the war and the events surrounding it. Toby is also a love interest for Katja.

This book is well-written and the pacing is wonderful. It is one story that captures you from the beginning and holds your interest throughout the whole story. It is a story of hope in the midst of war and adversity. It does contain violence that is non-graphic. I highly recommend this book.

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


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About the Author: A. L. Sowards is the author of multiple historical fiction novels, with settings spanning the globe from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries. Her stories have earned a Whitney Award, several Whitney Finalists positions, and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal. She enjoys hiking and swimming, usually manages to keep up with the laundry, and loves it when someone else cooks dinner. She currently lives in the beautiful state of Alaska with her husband, three children, and an ever-growing library.

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