2.25.2015

Cover Reveal: Belong to Me by Laura Howard



Belong to Me by Laura Howard 
(A Moore Crossing Novel) 
Publication date: March 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Synopsis:
Kate and Noah thought they had the kind of love that could last through anything. Until their world crumbles out from beneath them.

After months of separation, the tragic death of Jack, Kate’s twin and Noah’s best friend, throws them back together. As they try to heal from the horrific loss, will they be able to overcome old wounds or are they destined to live separately forever?







Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.


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2.17.2015

Review: Collide by Melissa West

Collide by Melissa West

  • Pub. Date:February 9. 2015
  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Pages:320
  • Rating:3/5 
  • Series:The Taking #3
  • Goodreads/Amazon

Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she's ever let herself care about—to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender. 

To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever.

Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.
First Line:"Wake up!"

Review: Collide is the third and final book in West's The Taking series and with the insane cliffhanger Hover ended with I was really happy to finally get my hand on Collide to see how everything works out for Ari and Jackson.

Ari is back on earth and things have changed drastically, there is new leadership, Earth is in a very bad state and things are just very intense with the anticipation of war coming. What I loved the most was Ari and Jackson's relationship. They have this bond and respect for each other that I really admired. Jackson lets Ari do her thing and supports her through all her decisions. They both trusted each others skills in doing what needed to be done without holding the other one back out of their fear for the other ones safety.

Zeus was still twisted as ever he was constantly messing with Ari and I'm pretty sure getting some sick pleasure out of it. As far as the plot goes it moved very fast, lots of betrayals and moments of "you think you know what is going on but you really have no idea." I do wish the final face off with Zeus didn't happen so quickly, there was such a big build up and then it was over just like that. I also didn't understand what was the purpose of introducing a new alien species at the end I don't feel they served a real purpose.

The whole time I was reading Collide I just felt like it was lacking something it's hard to put my finger on what exactly but overall I still liked it and really enjoyed the series as a whole.

Memorable Quotes 

~"I don't know what I would do without you."-Ari
   ....."You never have to find out."-Jackson

2.11.2015

Review:Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers


Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart? 
First Line:"I bear a deep red stain that runs from my left shoulder down to my right hip, a trail left by the herbwitch's poison that my mother used to try to expel me from her womb."

Review: I have been wanting to read Grave Mercy since it came out almost three years ago and I have just now gotten to it and it was pretty awesome. This first book is about Ismae who has led an already hard life and now come to find out she is one of Death's daughters and eventually due to some horrible crap she goes through she is rescued and sent off to the Convent of St. Mortain where she finds her sanctuary and is trained to become an assassin.

Ismae was very likable and I loved seeing her grow throughout the book. When we first meet her she is a victim to a life of abuse but soon over the three years that she is at the convent she grows a great deal and really comes into her own and finds a strength in herself she never knew she had. I seriously really did love her character and what was more fun was seeing her interactions with Duval, who by the way was definitely a worthy love interest for her. He kept her on her toes as she did the same to him.

There was a great deal of court life and court politics in Grave Mercy I personally loved it since I love to read the Historical Romance/Fiction genre and the fact that this book is Fantasy which is my favorite genre of them all I found all of it very entertaining and I was flying through the pages, but I can see someone who doesn't care much for politics getting quite bored around midway into the book.

Overall I had a lot of fun reading Grave Mercy and I'll be reading Sybella's story Dark Triumph very soon.

Memorable Quotes 

~"When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice...." - Duval

2.06.2015

Excerpt - When Good Earls Go Bad by Megan Frampton


When Good Earls Go Bad
A Victorian Valentine’s Day Novella

By Megan Frampton

On sale from Avon Impulse; February 3, 2015; ISBN 9780062380319; $1.99

Excerpt

“While it’s not precisely true that nobody is here, because I am, in fact, here, the truth is that there is no one here who can accommodate the request.”

The man standing in the main area of the Quality Employment Agency didn't leave. She’d have to keep on, then.

“If I weren't here, then it would be even more in question, since you wouldn't know the answer to the question one way or the other, would you? So I am here, but I am not the proper person for what you need.”

The man fidgeted with the hat he held in his hand. But still did not take her hint. She would have to persevere.

“I suggest you leave the information, and we will endeavor to fill the position when there is someone here who is not me.” Annabelle gave a short nod of her head as she finished speaking, knowing she had been absolutely clear in what she’d said. If repetitive. So it was a surprise that the man to whom she was speaking was staring back at her, his mouth slightly opened, his eyes blinking behind his owlish spectacles. His hat now held very tightly in his hand.

Perhaps she should speak more slowly.

“We do not have a housekeeper for hire,” she said, pausing between each word. “I am the owner, not one of the employees for hire.”

Now the man’s mouth had closed, but it still seemed as though he did not understand.

“I do not understand,” he said, confirming her very suspicion. “This is an employment agency, and I have an employer who wishes to find an employee. And if I do not find a suitable person within . . .” and at this he withdrew a pocket watch from his waistcoat and frowned at it, as though it was its fault it was already past tea time, and goodness, wasn’t she hungry and had Caroline left any milk in the jug? Because if not, well, “twenty-four hours, my employer, the Earl of Selkirk, will be most displeased, and we will ensure your agency will no longer receive our patronage.”

That last part drew her attention away from the issue of the milk and whether or not there was any.

“The Earl of . . .?” she said, feeling that flutter in her stomach that signaled there was nobility present or being mentioned—or she wished there were, at least. Rather like the milk, actually.

“Selkirk,” the man replied in a firm tone. He had no comment on the milk. And why would he? He didn’t even know it was a possibility that they didn’t have any, and if she did have to serve him tea, what would she say? Besides which, she had no clue to the man’s name; he had just come in and been all brusque and demanded a housekeeper when there was none.

“Selkirk,” Annabelle repeated, her mind rifling through all the nobles she’d ever heard mentioned.

“A Scottish earl,” the man said.

Annabelle beamed and clapped her hands. “Oh, Scottish! Small wonder I did not recognize the title, I’ve only ever been in London and once to the seaside when I was five years old, but I wouldn’t have known if that was Scotland, but I am fairly certain it was not because it would have been cold and it was quite warm in the water. Unless the weather was unseasonable, I can safely say I have never been to Scotland, nor do I know of any Scottish earls.”

“Glad to have that settled,” the man said in the kind of strangled hush that most people seemed to speak after some time conversing with her. “The thing is, the purpose of my visit here is to hire a person to take care of the earl while he is in London on business.”

Annabelle opened her mouth to speak, but he held his hand up, indicating she should wait.

That, too, was something many people did to her. Was there a class that everyone took in How to Speak to Annabelle of which she was unaware? Because they were remarkably consistent in their discourse, and it couldn't be coincidental.

But he was still speaking, so she couldn't think about the possibility of the class, and whether she herself would be allowed to enroll. And why they hadn't asked her to lead the class.

“And the earl was most specific, as he is about most things,” the man said, almost as though he were annoyed about that, “that there be someone at the house he’s rented to prepare it for his arrival. I do not have time to waste on this matter. Do you have a housekeeper who can take care of the earl for the time, perhaps as much as a month, that he is in residence in London?”

He drew himself up to his full height and stared down at her, as though daring her to reply in a way he did not want.

“To be clear,” he continued, as though he hadn't been clear already. Only she still wasn't quite certain, so perhaps he hadn't. “To be clear, the earl is most insistent that he only have a housekeeper while he is in residence.” His expression revealed just what he thought of that edict. “So can you assist, or should I apply to another agency?”

Annabelle liked to accommodate, and the earl was an earl, after all. Even if she could already tell he was odd, not only because he was Scottish but because he wasn't demanding that every servant in London bow to his every whim.

She bit her lip and thought about it for perhaps half a second, almost the same amount of time she spent on what she was going to say next in general. Her agency partner had been just as reckless a few months ago, and look where that had gotten her: a duke for a husband and a new child without the bother of childbirth.

This would not net her a duke, obviously, since this was an earl, and she hoped that there were not any children going to be in residence, but still, besides all that, it was a remarkably similar situation.

“I do not normally take on positions myself, you understand, but since the earl is in such desperate need, and there is no one here”—as I’ve mentioned several times, you’d think he could have realized that by now—“who can fill the situation, I will come along and take care of it. For a month, no longer.” That would bring her up to right around Valentine’s Day, and if she were busy, perhaps she wouldn’t remember she did not have a Valentine. “Is that suitable?”

Now the man—she might have to ask his name soon, only then she might also have to offer him tea, since they had become known to one another, and she still hadn't figured out the milk issue—had what she might call a smirk on his face, only she didn't know him well enough to know if he was amused or he was perhaps hungry. In which case she’d have to offer him tea, damn the milk, and she really did not want to do that. Mostly because she now had to find out where the Scottish earl lived and get over there to discover what needed doing.

It likely included buying milk.

“You,” he said, and now she knew he wasn't hungry, he was amused, because there was a strong hint of a laugh in his tone, only she didn't see what there was that was so funny. “You would be perfect. Thank you.”




“Exquisitely written, fast-paced, and -- I would not dare call them sex scenes -- the lovemaking is sublimely erotic, sensual, and deliciously wicked. Megan Frampton was a new author to me, and with WHEN EARLS GO BAD, she has gained a new devoted fan. A must- read for historical fiction lovers!”
   — Fresh Fiction

 As the site manager of one of the most popular romance blogs on the Internet, Heroes and Heartbreakers, Megan Frampton makes a business of knowing what romance readers love most. And with WHEN GOOD EARLS GO BAD, she has used that knowledge to write a delightfully fun and sexy novella! Frampton’s Dukes Behaving Badly series is back, though this time it’s an earl who’s meeting his match.
What’s a lovely young woman doing asleep in his bed? Matthew, Earl of Selkirk, is shocked to discover it’s his new housekeeper! She’s a far cry from the gray-haired woman he expected. Matthew is no fan of surprises, and Annabelle Tyne is pure temptation. Perhaps he shouldn’t have had her hired sight unseen.

Annabelle, co-owner of the Quality Employment Agency, is no housekeeper, but she wasn’t about to lose a potential client simply because there was no one to fit the bill. Imagine her shock when the Earl arrives at his London townhome and she’s awoken in the night by the most attractive man she’s ever seen.

Matthew is a man who lives life by the rules, but sometimes rules are made to be broken…and being bad can be very, very good.

Praise for Megan Frampton

“Frampton superbly balances passion with humor, avoiding cliché through rich characterization. The result is warm, kindhearted, and utterly delightful.”
— Publishers Weekly *Starred Review*

“Frampton’s enchanting tale of a lively governess and desolate duke is just what historical readers cherish—a humorous, touching, fast-paced and sensual love story. Frampton has what it takes to become a fan favorite.”
— RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

 “Frampton’s romance has charm to spare, and readers will find it impossible to resist her flawless characterization, fanciful plotting, and deliciously fizzy wit.”
— Booklist

“This witty and sexy romp is wildly swoon-worthy. Megan Frampton’s delightful characters and delicious sense of humor always entertain!”
   — Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author

“Megan Frampton’s talent just sizzles off the page.”
   — Award-winning author Andrea Pickens (aka Cara Elliott)



About Megan Frampton

Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son. You can visit her website at www.meganframpton.com . She tweets as @meganf, and is at Facebook at facebook.com/meganframptonbooks.

2.04.2015

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