Thursday, November 14, 2019

Gratitude Giveaway Hop



I'm participating in the Gratitude Giveaway Book Hop hosted by BookHounds will be giving away a $10 Gift Card to either US Amazon or US Barnes & Noble or up to $10 at The Book Depository to one reader as a way of saying thank you to all my followers/readers who visit the blog and make chatting about books meaningful and fun!  Click HERE for a list of participating blogs or see list below. 


A $10 Giftcard to either US Amazon or US Barnes & Noble or up to $10 at The Book Depository.  The giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository ships to your country.  Click HERE for their list of countries.


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Review & Giveaway: The Family Journal by Carolyn Brown

I'm a big fan of Carolyn Brown's romances which always make me laugh, sometimes cry, but always leave me with a smile on my face. I'm thrilled to be part of the blog tour for The Family Journal, because it's her 100th book! That's quite an accomplishment! I have a Q & A with Ms. Brown below about writing 100 Books.  Also, I have my review, and a giveaway: A copy of The Family Journal with $25 Amazon Gift Card! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to enter for a chance to win!


Publication Date: November 12th 2019 by Montlake Romance
Pages: 296
Source: Publisher
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible

About the book:

At the end of her rope, single mom Lily Anderson is determined to move her rebellious children in the right direction. That means taking away their cell phones, tablets, and computers—at least temporarily—and moving to the house where Lily grew up in the rural town of Comfort, Texas. But Lily has a bigger challenge than two sulking kids.

The house comes with Mack Cooper, high school teacher and handsome longtime renter. The arrangement: just housemates. But Mack’s devoted attention to the kids starts to warm Lily’s resistant heart. Then Lily finds an old leather-bound book in which five generations of her female ancestors shared their struggles and dreams. To Lily, it’s a bracing reminder about the importance of family . . . and love.

Now it’s time for Lily to add an adventurous new chapter to the cherished family journal—by embracing a fresh start and taking a chance on a man who could make her house a home.

My Thoughts:
Single mom, Lily Anderson decides to move her kids back to her little hometown of Comfort, Texas after catching them on the wrong path.  Tough love in the form of taking all electronic devices away from them along with moving from the city to a small town is drastic and doesn’t win her any popularity contests with her twelve and fourteen-year old. But getting back to her roots proves to be a smart move for their family.  Mack Cooper, the renter at her family home is a stabilizing force for both Lily and her kids.  His support and company are an unexpected gift, but it’s the spark of attraction that’s surprising to both Lily and Mack, since both had resigned to facing the future alone.

Five years since her husband left her Lily was sort of on autopilot with work taking up much of her time, but her kids getting into trouble was a wakeup call. Lily struggles with that knowledge as well as guilt over not taking more time with her mom before she passed away. Coming back to Comfort helped her stand back and take stock of what’s important in life. The discovery of an old family journal chronicling the struggles and challenges of her ancestors provides a view into the lives of women spanning decades into the past. The journal touches Lily’s heart and bolsters her in her efforts to put her family back on the right path.

I just loved Carolyn Brown’s 100th novel! The Family Journal touches on situations and feelings a lot of women can relate to.  Lily’s struggles, and self-doubt are the kind most mother’s have felt at one time or another.  I loved the idea of simplifying and focusing on what’s important in life, and I appreciated that Lily stuck to her guns and made her kids learn the lesson of consequence for actions. She did it in a loving way, though, and I think that helped win her kids over quicker than anything.

4 Suns


   

Carolyn Brown Answers Questions About Writing a Hundred Books

1. Tell us about the first time you remember ever putting pen to paper. Was it a slow evolution to becoming an author, or did you have an epiphany that this is what you were supposed to be doing?

I really can’t remember when I didn’t write stories, but I got serious about writing a book when my third child was born. She had her days and nights turned around. Since I had to be up until the wee hours of the morning, I got out a notebook, sharpened some pencils and started my first novel. I was twenty-four that year. For the next twenty-five years I collected rejection slips. I do believe I have enough to wallpaper the White House. I don’t mean that little two holer down at the end of the path in Grammie’s back yard, but the one in Washington, D.C. When I was forty-nine, I got “the call”. That was twenty-two years and one hundred books ago, and I know in my heart and soul that this is what I’m supposed to be doing.

2. Is there anyone in your family that writes? Did you have a mentor that helped you push forward to become a full-time author?

My husband, Charles C. Brown, has written nine mysteries and is working on his tenth. He's been my biggest supporter through my whole career. He’s a retired high school English teacher and he does the first edit on my books. Commas are not my friend, but they are his buddies—thank goodness.

3. How have you evolved as an author? What are some things that have changed since when you started writing up until now?

In the physical part of the business, lots has changed. I wrote most of my very first book by hand. When Mr. B bought a used typewrite at a garage sale and brought it in to me, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. In those sent in proposals with SASE (that’s self-addressed stamped envelopes) and if the editor wanted to see more, we sent in the full manuscript by mail. Now everything is sent over cyberspace. I will be donating the typewriter Mr. B bought me to the Johnston County Chickasaw Bank Museum on November 16th. My display shares a room there with Te Ata, Gene Autry and Blake Shelton. I’m signing copies of The Family Journal there on that day from 2 to 4 p.m. 

In the evolution as a write, I hope that each book is better than the last and that all my books resonate with readers, touch their emotions and make them anxious to get the next one.

4. Do you have a set schedule for writing? Do you have any writing rituals or things that get you in the mood to write?

I’m very disciplined. I write somewhere between three and five thousand words a day. Sometimes it’s pure trash, but you can fix trash. You can’t fix nothing. From the time I start a book, my characters are in my head. They eat with me, sleep with me, talk to me…. shhhh…don’t tell anyone I hear voices!

5. Tell us about some turning points as a writer - some big things that happened that really changed your career.

One of the biggest things that changed my career was when Amazon bought the literary company, Avalon, and turned more than forty of my titles into paperbacks and digital. That made them financially available for more people, and my readership grew by leaps and bounds. Another was when I finally made the New York Times and the USA Today bestseller lists. But I have to say that hitting the number one spot on Amazon was a really the icing on the cupcake.

6. What does your writing future look like?

My future will simply be to keep on doing what I’m doing, and hope my readers continue to love my stories. There are five books on the docket for 2020, and four or five novellas. And we’ve already got a few scheduled for 2021.

7. What made you want your book, The Family Journal, your hundredth book? What makes this story and these characters special to you?

Family! Plain and simple. What better way to celebrate reaching one of my goals—to publish one hundred books—than to write about family? This story is about several generations of strong women in the past, a mother who’s at her wit’s end in the present, and a young daughter who represents the future. It’s family from the emotional first scene to the last. 



About the author:
Carolyn Brown is a RITA finalist and the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of one hundred books. Her genres include contemporary and historical romances, cowboy and country music romances, and women’s fiction. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows everyone else, knows what they are doing and when . . . and reads the local newspaper every Wednesday to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. Visit Carolyn at www.carolynbrownbooks.com.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review: Someone to Remember by Mary Balogh


Publication Date: November 5th 2019 by Berkley
Pages: 272 (about 149 for the novella, the rest excerpts from the previous Westcott series)
Source: Publisher
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible

About the book:

It's never too late to fall in love in this enchanting new story, a novella in the Westcott series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.

Matilda Westcott has spent her life tending to the needs of her mother, the Dowager Countess of Riverdale, never questioning the web of solitude she has spun herself. To Matilda, who considers herself an aging spinster daughter, marriage is laughable--love is a game for the young, after all. But her quiet, ordered life unravels when a dashing gentleman from her past reappears, threatening to charm his way into her heart yet again.

Charles Sawyer, Viscount Dirkson, does not expect to face Matilda Westcott thirty-six years after their failed romance. Moreover, he does not expect decades-old feelings to emerge at the very sight of her. When encountering Matilda at a dinner hosted by the Earl of Riverdale, he finds himself as fascinated by her as he was the first day they met, and wonders whether, after all these years, they have a chance at happiness together. Charles is determined to crack the hard exterior Matilda has built up for more than three decades, or he will risk losing her once again....

*Includes bonus excerpts from the Westcott novels*

My Thoughts:
Someone to Remember was such a lovely romance! Mary Balogh never fails to bring out emotions, and I actually shed a happy tear (or two) while reading.

Matilda as a secondary character in the past, kind of blended in, she was labeled a mild-aged, fussy spinster, and sort of shuffled off to the side.  But in the last book Matilda took some initiative and made a bold move that would’ve been considered shocking at the time for the sake of a family member. There were hints at that point of a love lost between Charles and Matilda, and so I was hoping we’d get a romance between them. I was sooo thrilled that she got her second chance at with her first love!

As this is a novella, things do progress quickly between Charles and Matilda, and why shouldn’t they? They knew each other well thirty years prior, and now at a mature age it made sense that they knew exactly what they wanted once reunited.  I didn’t feel cheated out of the process because at first Matilda and Charles are tentative, and unsure of each other’s feelings; they feel vulnerable admitting just how much their parting affected them at the time and over the years. But I’m happy to say that they both chose to leave regrets behind, and not dwell on the lost years, because what does that accomplish other than sorrow?  And it would’ve made this a depressing read.  Instead, their meeting again is a joyful reawakening of the intense passion and love they felt for each other. Matilda and Charles “twinkled” with happiness and it was such a delight!

Matilda might be considered to be in the “shady” part of her middle age, at fifty-five, but before you go thinking that fifty-five is old, think about some of these women and tell me if you see them as elderly: Gillian Anderson is fifty-one, Sigourney Weaver is seventy, Famke Janssen is fifty-four. As a woman turning fifty soon, I can tell you I don’t feel old, well most days I don’t, lol. I didn’t get into running until my mid-forties and I ran my second half-marathon earlier this year. So of course, I’m over the moon that Matilda got her chance to shine and reclaim her one true love!

4 Suns



Spotlight & Giveaway: Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

I absolutely loved the movie How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, so when I heard Not the Girl You Marry compared to the movie I wanted to read it. I haven't got around to it yet, but I still wanted to share the book info, an excerpt and giveaway hosted by Berkley!


Publication Date: November 12th 2019 by Berkley
Pages: 320
Purchase Links:

About the book:

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days gets a millennial makeover in this romantic comedy by USA Today bestselling author Andie J. Christopher.

Jack Nolan is a gentleman, a journalist, and unlucky in love. His viral success has pigeon-holed him as the how-to guy for a buzzy, internet media company instead of covering hard-hitting politics. Fed up with his fluffy articles and the app-based dating scene as well, he strikes a deal with his boss to write a final piece de resistance: How to Lose a Girl. Easier said than done when the girl he meets is Hannah Mayfield, and he's not sure he wants her to dump him.

Hannah is an extremely successful event planner who's focused on climbing the career ladder. Her firm is one of the most prestigious in the city, and she's determined to secure her next promotion. But Hannah has a bit of an image problem. She needs to show her boss that she has range, including planning dreaded, romantic weddings. Enter Jack. He’s the perfect man to date for a couple weeks to prove to her boss that she’s not scared of feelings.

Before Jack and Hannah know it, their fake relationship starts to feel all too real—and neither of them can stand to lose each other.


Excerpt:




Berkley has generously provided a copy of Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher to one reader. The giveaway is open to US Residents only. Good luck!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Sunday Post #52


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer book blog, and is a post to recap my bookish and non-bookish things from the last week. 

So this week hasn't been great for me since I got sick last Saturday at my daughter's house I've been sick all week and ended up being out a day and a half from work.  Being on cold meds has made me fuzzy and my brain hasn't been running at full capacity, lol! I've caught a few posting mistakes I had to go back and fix after the post was already live. Oh well. What can you do? 

I was soooo excited to see this news that the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr will be releasing on Netflix December 6th!! It's one of my all-time favorite romance series' and they've just released a few images.  I can't wait! What about you? Have you read any of the books?

Read:
(click on cover for Goodreads link:)


Loved The Bromance Book Club! I think I read it in one day (like I said, fuzzy details). Spun Out was really good, too and there's a giveaway for each books (links on the right sidebar). I'm continuing the Widows Island novellas by Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot by audiobook and enjoying the series. They're available on Kindle Unlimited both in e-book and audio version.  Rancher's Wild Secret was just okay for me. It was a little over 200 pages, so a quick read, but revenge plots are tricky for me. Still, an entertaining spicy romance.


Received/Purchased/Library Lend:
(Click on cover for Goodreads link)


You all know I LOVE the Rockton series by Kelley Armstrong so I was thrilled to get an approval! I got a library audio of An Alaskan Christmas.  Hope it's good. The Verity Kent series sounded like my kind of mystery series, especially after reading Sophia Rose's review of the latest installment. 

Watched: 


I don't think any of the sequels will ever live up to the original Halloween, but this was entertaining despite the usual "too stupid to live" character moves. Hey, what would a horror movie be without shouting "don't do it!" at the movie screen?

Make sure to check out the giveaways on the sidebar to the right especially because one features a $100 Amazon Gift Card!!

How was your week?


Friday, November 8, 2019

Giveaway & Spotlight: Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

I'm thrilled to feature Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, because I'm currently reading this and having fun!  Childhood pen pals that reconnect and fall in love? Sign me up! Griffin is a dirty talker, but also a sweetheart!  As part of this feature I'm sharing an excerpt as well as a giveaway: A copy of Dirty Letters & a $100 Amazon Gift Card!!! Wow, right?!  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom and enter for a chance to win. 


Publication Date: November 5th 2019 by Montlake
Pages: 294
Purchase Links: Amazon | Audible

About the book:

She had yet to meet him but had never forgotten the British boy who’d warmed her heart.

As childhood pen pals, Griffin Quinn and Luca Vinetti couldn’t have been more different. Over the years, through hundreds of letters, they became best friends, sharing their deepest, darkest secrets.

Until one day it ended.

Griffin never understood why Luca disappeared. She was special. She knew the real him like no one else. He writes her a drunken letter, an angry one, never expecting her to write back.

Before they know it, they’re right where they left off. This time with heat.

But as playing catch-up goes from fun to flirty to downright dirty, Luca wants more. She wants Griffin in the flesh. That’s where it gets risky. Because when they meet, the mystery will be over. And once they really get to know each other, there’ll be no going back.

But what I found could change everything.

EXCERPT: Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward:

The small dining room table had a pile of mail. I’d had Dad’s mail forwarded to my house, so mostly it was just catalogs and junk. Once a month, Mrs. Cascio sent me everything that arrived, even though I’d told her it wasn’t necessary. I mindlessly fingered through the pile, not expecting to see anything worth keeping. But I stopped at an envelope addressed to me—well, not me, but Luca Ryan. That was a name I hadn’t heard in a long time. In second grade, my teacher, Mrs. Ryan, started a pen pal writing program with a small town in England. We weren’t allowed to use our real last names for safety reasons, so the entire class used her last name—hence I was Luca Ryan. I checked out the return address for the sender’s name.
G. Quinn
Wow, really? It couldn’t be.
I squinted at the postmark. It was from a PO box in California, not England, but I didn’t know any other Quinn other than Griffin. And the handwriting did look pretty familiar. But it had been close to eight years since we’d exchanged letters. Why would he write now? Curious, I ripped it open and scanned right to the bottom of the letter for the name. Sure enough, it was from Griffin. I started at the beginning.

Dear Luca,

Do you like scotch? I remember you said you didn’t like the taste of beer. But we never did get around to comparing our taste in hard liquor. Why is that, you might ask? Let me remind you—because you stopped answering my letters eight damn years ago. I wanted to let you know, I’m still pissed off about that. My mum used to say I hold grudges. But I prefer to think of it as I remember the facts. And the fact of the matter is, you suck. There, I’ve said it. I’ve been holding that shit in for a long time. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not obsessive or anything. I don’t sit in my house thinking about you all day long. In fact, there have been months that go by when thoughts of you don’t even enter my brain. But then some random thing will pop into my head out of the blue. Like I’ll see some kid in a pram eating black licorice, and I’ll think of you. Side note—I’ve tried it again as an adult, and I still think it tastes like the bottom of my shoe, so perhaps it’s that you just have no taste. You probably don’t even like scotch. Anyway, I’m sure this letter won’t find its way to you. Or if by some miracle it does, you won’t answer. But if you’re reading this, you should know two things.
1. The Macallan 1926 is worth the extra cash. Goes down smooth.
2. You SUCK.

Later, traitor, Griffin

What in the hell?






Author Biographies 
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared on more than one hundred bestseller lists and are currently translated into twenty-six languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children, where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than twenty novels. A former television news anchor, Penelope has sold more than two million books and has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list twenty-one times. She resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

Together, Vi and Penelope are the authors of Dirty Letters, Hate Notes, and the Rush Series. For more information about them, visit www.vikeeland.com and www.penelopewardauthor.com.

Connect with Vi Keeland: Website | Facebook | Twitter
Connect with Penelope Ward: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review & Giveaway: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams


Publication Date: November 5th 2019 by Berkley
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher
Purchase Links: Amazon | Kindle | Barnes and Noble | Nook | Target | BAM | IndieBound 

About the book:

The first rule of book club:
You don't talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

My Thoughts:
The Bromance Book Club was such a delight! Marriage and committed relationships aren’t always a walk in the park. There’re times when you fight, maybe grow apart or wonder if you’ll make it together long term.  I think this story realistically captured the feelings a couple go through when struggling.  Yet, despite the serious, angsty nature of the subject, the author made Thea and Gavin’s story fun, filled with parts that’ll make you laugh! I thought the idea of having men use romantic fiction to help them understand and solve some of their marital problems was brilliant! I wish men would do this in real life! I’ve certainly gained some perspective and learned a few things about relationships from reading romances, and I think it would do men a world of good to hear how we think, even if it’s from fiction. The scenes with these big-time baseball athletes dissecting and analyzing scenes from a historical romance to gain wisdom were hilarious!

Anyone who’s ever been married or in a long-term relationship I think will really appreciate the reality of the circumstances Thea and Gavin find themselves in. My heart truly went out to them both, each having valid reasons to be hurt and upset, but especially for Gavin, because the realization that Thea wanted a divorce was devastating to him.  But as the Book Club pointed out, “it’s all about the backstory” and Thea’s history definitely factored into her decision heavily. Didn’t help that her sister, Liv, wanted Thea to kick Gavin to the curb without giving him any second chances; I didn’t care for her attitude at all.  You don’t just throw a marriage away when things can be fixed, especially when there are kids involved! I’m happy that Thea didn’t let Liv’s opinions in influence her decisions.

I loved watching Gavin and Thea find their way back to each other, rediscover what brought them together in the first place: that zing of irresistible attraction that made it hard for Gavin and Thea to keep their hands off each other and also the deeper qualities that truly bound their hearts. It was two steps forward, one step back at times, but I loved every minute! I finished the book with a smile on my face and a happy sigh!

Even though Liz was a PIA, after getting a bit of her side in the end I understood where she was coming from.  I’m eager to read her story with Mack next!

4.5 Suns



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Berkley has kindly offered up a copy of The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams to one reader. Yay!  The giveaway is open to US Residents only.  Fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Review & Giveaway: Spun Out by Lorelei James


Publication Date: November 5th 2019 by Berkley
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the book:

Years in the Army equipped Bailey Masterson for many things: target shooting, rappelling off cliffs, dodging grenades. She's lived through horrors that still give her nightmares. But nothing in Bailey's life-or-death training prepared her for caring for the tiny terror that is five-year-old Olivia Hale. Or how to control her raging attraction to Olivia's father, Streeter, the rugged, green-eyed cattle rancher who undermines her every move even when he stars in her dreams.

Streeter Hale has room for only two things in his life: his daughter and his job. He doesn't date. He doesn't get attached. Not anymore. So not only is Streeter stunned by Olivia's improved behavior after just a few days with Bailey, he's downright floored by his immediate attraction to the woman. But with secrets in her eyes and a body that doesn't quit, Streeter begins to worry that Bailey Masterson might just be the one woman to heal his fractured family and broken heart.

One thing's for sure--these two wrecked souls are spinning out of control as they desperately try not to fall in love...

My Thoughts:
Bailey’s supposedly on leave from the army, spending the summer with her sister, Harper and her kids after the birth of Harper’s newest, but Bailey hasn’t been completely honest with her sister.  Bailey’s not only off for the summer, she’s out for good.  The reasons are tough, and a year ago Bailey didn’t deal well with it, but she’s on the mend mentally, even if she’s keeping all of it to herself. Bailey ends up putting her skills as an army Sergeant to use when the parents of Split Rock see her potential for whipping their kids into shape, and she ends up commanding a kiddy bootcamp for the summer.

Streeter is a rancher at the Split Rock and doesn’t have much time for dating being a single dad since his daughter, Olivia, was six months old.  His wife’s death left him angered, heartbroken and confused, and he still can’t figure the whole thing out. As a parent, my heart went out to Streeter! Olivia isn’t your average five-year-old; the past events have left her with issues, and she’s a handful.  But Bailey’s style of no-nonsense handling breaks through to Olivia, putting Bailey on Streeter’s radar. Even more so when she moves next door.

Streeter and Bailey had some rough times, and I was happy that Streeter had Bailey to confide in. Baring intimate details that he never shared before and gaining some peace in the process.  He gained peace and a lot of sexy times, lol! Man, this one was spicy!

I wish Bailey had been a little more forthcoming, but I do understand why she withheld. I was glad when it all came out.  Depression and how it affects us was a major factor in this story, and I was happy to see the progress Bailey made being more open and honest with her family, and others and how healing that was. I really enjoyed Bailey and Streeter’s realistic and heartwarming journey to happiness!

As a side note, this can be read as a stand alone even though it’s book ten in the series.


4 Suns




Berkley has generously offered up a copy of Spun Out by Lorelei James to one reader. The giveaway is open to US Residents only. Good luck!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Sunday Post #51


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer book blog, and is a post to recap my bookish and non-bookish things from the last week. 

I'm back up north at my daughter's house and unfortunately I'm sick. I feel like death warmed over. My daughter and her kids were sick and passed it on to me. Like I said, I feel totally horrible. We stayed in today and watched three movies from the Marvel Comics Universe since we didn't have any energy to do anything else. Hopefully, I'll kick this thing quickly, but if my daughter is any indication I won't be feeling good anytime soon. :(

Read:


Been super busy so all I've finished were two audio books. Enjoyed both and both are Kindle Unlimited.

Received/Purchased/Library Lend:


I love Loreth Anne White's dark atmospheric mystery/romances, and so of course I added In the Dark. I also downloaded the next two books from Kindle Unlimited of the Widow's Island novellas (see above) by Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh, but I'm too tired to add those covers above. They're quick, entertaining mysteries. 

Watched:


Yes, I watched four movies in two days because that's what you do when you're sick, lol. Well, that and feed and care for kids.  Sick moms never get a complete break. We put on a movies for them in the bedroom while we were watching these, or it was nap/bedtime. Wouldn't want to give the kids nightmares.

How was your week?


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Review & Giveaway: This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman


Publication Date: October 29th 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Purchase Link click HERE

About the book:
Introducing the Bow Street Bachelors—men who work undercover for London’s first official police force—and the women they serve to protect. . .and wed?

Shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed is done with men who covet her purse more than her person. Even worse than the ton’s lecherous fortune hunters, however, is the cruel cousin determined to force Georgie into marriage. If only she could find a way to be . . . widowed? Georgie hatches a madcap scheme to wed a condemned criminal before he’s set to be executed. All she has to do is find an eligible bachelor in prison to marry her, and she’ll be free. What could possibly go wrong?


Benedict William Henry Wylde, scapegrace second son of the late Earl of Morcott and well-known rake, is in Newgate prison undercover, working for Bow Street. Georgie doesn’t realize who he is when she marries him—and she most certainly never expects to bump into her very-much-alive, and very handsome, husband of convenience at a society gathering weeks later. Soon Wylde finds himself courting his own wife, hoping to win her heart since he already has her hand. But how can this seductive rogue convince brazen, beautiful Georgie that he wants to be together…until actual death do they part?
My Thoughts:
Georgiana is desperate to keep control of her life and fortune which propels her into a brash decision. She arranges to marry a convict, one scheduled for the gallows so that she’ll be a widow in control of her life and fortune instead at the mercy of her malicious cousin, Josiah, intent on marrying her for those purposes. Georgiana’s worried he’ll corner her, make a move that’s will lead to a ruined reputation if she doesn’t marry him. He’s already tried, and she doesn’t want to take any more chances. This guy was a sniveling creep, and I’m glad Georgiana stood up to him on more than one occasion, but he wasn’t one for taking a hint, let me tell you!

Benedict isn’t a man to be manipulated, but the undercover nature of his assignment means he must hold his tongue. Yet, when the vows are spoken Benedict can’t help but show Georgiana the real man underneath with a smoldering kiss that neither will forget.

Georgiana is about to get the shock of her life when her plans widowhood doesn’t go exactly as she expected! Neither Benedict or Georgiana want to be married, but it’s so much fun to see these two come to grips with the reality of their situation and the unexpected intense draw of desire between them. There’s an irresistible pull physically, but mentally they challenge and excite each other as well. Can this random chance marriage bond be an unexpected love match or are they on an inevitable road to heartbreak?  

I’m not an expert on this time period in history, and I’m not sure if it’s accurate that Georgiana had that level of independence as business savvy female, but I just loved it! Georgiana was a strong, smart woman, not willing to let being a woman limit her choices in life.

Loved the chemistry between Georgiana and Benedict from their first meeting on! Which just happened to be when they marry.  The romance between them was wickedly delicious, but I loved their friendship, too, as they paired together thwart the bad guys from Benedict’s original assignment.

This Earl of Mine was a fun and steamy historical romance, one that I devoured and enjoyed! I can’t wait for the next Bow Street Bachelors installment!

4 Suns



About the author:
Kate Bateman, (also writing as K. C. Bateman), is the #1 bestselling author of historical romances, including her RITA® nominated Renaissance romp, The Devil To Pay, and the novels in the Secrets & Spies series To Steal a HeartA Raven’s Heart, and A Counterfeit Heart. When not writing novels that feature feisty, intelligent heroines and sexy, snarky heroes you want to both strangle and kiss, Kate works as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several popular TV shows in the UK. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England. Follow her on Twitter to learn more.

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sunday Post #50


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer book blog, and is a post to recap my bookish and non-bookish things from the last week. 

I'm getting this up late, because I've been super busy this weekend!

This has been a week of traffic jams and fires, thankfully although the fires were within miles of my house they put it out quickly, but it did still take out three homes. More inland (about twenty miles from us) they're not so fortunate and the entire freeway route out that way was closed all day Friday. I think it's burned twenty-five homes, and it's still not out.

On a happier note, I went to the Los Angeles Flower Mart super early on Friday because a friend asked me to make two arrangements for her wedding ceremony:



Read:
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Enjoyed all three!

Received/Purchased/Library Lend:
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I got a lot this week, and I have a lot to read in November! I just couldn't resist, though!
I don't read much YA anymore, but Day Zero sounded really good. Carolyn Brown stories always make me smile so I'm looking forward to The Family Journal. Detective D.D. Warren is teaming up with Kimberly Quincy and Flora Dane again in Lisa Gardner's When You See Me, and I love the character combination! I hope we get some romance for Flora!  First Cut is a new to me author, hope it's good. Love Allison Brennan so of course I want to read her newest series. 

Watched:


Continuing on my super hero movie journey and watched Thor: The Dark World. Better than the last Thor movie. To be honest, the Thor movies aren't my favorite in the super hero collection, but it was still entertaining.  I need to figure out which movie I'm supposed to watch next. 

How was your week?