Review: Beauty in the Beast by Christine Danse

Journeying by steam-powered sled to London's Frost Fair to perform, Tara and three friends are trapped in a blizzard in the woods. A gruff, handsome stranger offers them shelter-and wants one thing in return. Stories.

The travelers are glad to oblige. Their host, Rolph, is especially captivated by Tara's story of an orphaned girl raised by the Fae in the world of the spirits. Equally intrigued by Rolph, and aware of an electric pull between them, Tara encourages him to share a story of his own. When Rolph weaves a tale of a man who is doomed by his own folly to turn into a wolf at the full moon, Tara suspects there is more than a grain of truth in his words.

When the veil between the mortal and spiritual worlds is parted, and danger threatens, will Tara make the ultimate sacrifice to save Rolph?

Four travelers are trying to get to the Frost Fair in London when a blizzard hits. They finally come upon a cottage and the owner is nice enough to agree to take them in until the storm passes. As the storm rages the four travelers, who are actually a storytelling troop, decide to tell stories to thank the owner, Rolph, for taking them in.

Beth tells a story of a knight who beats a dragon that is quite entertaining. But while Beth is telling her story, her friend, Tara, is checking out the owner. She is thoroughly intrigued by the man and drawn to him a way she can’t explain. It seems that he is to her as well but is avoiding her gaze in embarrassment. Then Tara tells her tale of an orphan who is raised by the Fae and by wolves. Rolph then tells his own story about a man so taken with alchemy that he creates a potion that eventually turns the man into a werewolf of sorts.

Tara and her friends end up being stuck when their stomper (a steam powered conveyance) doesn’t weather the storm all that well and they have to go for parts. Rolph takes Tara and her friend Fred into town and while there Rolph and Tara talk and become friendlier. Tara definitely feels something for Rolph but she can’t quite figure the man out – he just doesn’t give any of his feelings away. And why is he telling her to stay inside when he’s outside and seems to be running through the wood? Something is definitely hinky going on and she wants to know more.

I don’t think I’m describing the book very well because there’s so much going on below the surface of the story that it’s hard for me to express the thoughts and feelings that this book brought to me. There were feelings of sadness as the stories were told – as well as smiles. There were thoughts about the attraction that you could feel growing between Rolph and Tara. The feelings between the couple were so submerged yet the way the author wrote them you still knew that they were there.

This is definitely not your typical romance as we just don’t get that much background on the characters other than through stories, and there’s really no “romantic” interaction between Rolph and Tara. Despite that, however, I had no problem seeing the attraction and affection growing between them.

If you like something a little different – a left turn from your regular romances then you should definitely consider reading Beauty in the Beast…it’s worth reading.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Carina Press 
Releases March 5

What I Read Last Week

Ah another week passes and I'm behind the 8 ball. One of these weeks I'll get my shit together and get this posted earlier. Don't hold your breath though. :)

I have to tell you this cute little youngest and I were sitting on the couch on Saturday just enjoying sitting next to each other.  I was reading and she was watching a movie.  Whenever I have a book with a cover of a shirtless guy I show her and she usually say, "Mom!" in a shocked voice.  I, of course, just show her to hear her indignant "Mom!" Well, she must be getting used to it because I showed her the cover of Changing the Game.  She looked for a few seconds, paused and then calmly said, "It's like Thor with an epic tan."  OMG lol  She cracks me up.

I'll get right to the books this week:

I started off the week with A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean. This was the story of a man who is seeking revenge. He ends up using his childhood friend to get back land that he once lost while gambling. It was a really good book but I definitely didn't like the hero for most of the book. You can read my thoughts here. 4.25 out of 5

Next was Spellbound Falls by Janet Chapman. I've only read one Chapman book before and it just wasn't my cuppa. I read the premise for this book and was intrigued. It was good but it wasn't what I thought. It labeled as contemporary but the hero is from Atlantis and is hundreds of years old. That screams paranormal to me. Lol Anyway, a great romance but the rest...sad to say, not as good. I read this one for The Book Binge so when my review posts I'll let you know and you can read more if you're interested. 3 out of 5

Beauty in the Beast by Christine Danse was my next read and this was kind of a fantasy/steambpunk novella that was really good. I'll post my review this week and tell you more.

Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss by Maya Banks was my next read and it was good! I wasn't sure what to expect but I liked it. Our “hero” is courting a girl just so he can make a merger with the girls' father. In Devon's defense he DID want to tell Ashley all along what was going on but the dad wouldn't allow it. Ashley is of course crushed when she finds out the truth (and you knew she would!) but she tries to make a go of it, losing herself in the meantime. I'll post my review next week. 4 out of 5

Alpha Instinct is the first book in the Moon Shifter Series by Katie Reus. I've liked Katie's book in the past and this was no different. The story is about a wolf shifter pack whose had a terrible tragedy. All of the men and pregnant females of their pack have died. The story centers around the pack but ventures off into different romances and definitely some suspense. I'll be posting my review of this next week. 4 out of 5

Changing the Game by Jaci Burton was next. This is the story of Gavin who is a MLB player and his agent, Liz. Liz pulled some nasty shit in the last book so I wasn't loving her as I went into the book but she had paid a price for her mistakes and was trying to move on. Liz has been in love with Gavin for the past 5 years but she doesn't want him to know. Liz and Gavin start a sexual relationship but that's all it is to both until things get a little more serious – and then Gavin got nasty. I really liked Gavin and understood his thoughts but hated the way he treated Liz just bothered me. Besides that I really liked the story. 3.75 out of 5

The Letter Z by Marie Sexton was the story of Angelo and Zach as well as Matt and Jared when they all head off to Vegas for a few days. Matt & Jared and their conception of how Angelo & Zach's relationship when their out and about. Then Zach's ex boyfriend, Jonathan, shows up and there's a wee bit of tension...ok, maybe a lot. Lol I really enjoyed seeing all guys from the Coda books and this was a really great little story. 4 out of 5

Last for the week was Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton was the story of Jonathan (yes, Zach's ex) and Cole (who is Jared's friend and used to be his fuck buddy). The story was about 2 men who at first glance are complete opposites. One who's bright and flamboyant and the other who's stiff and a bit dull around the edges. Can the two be together and make it work around their many, many issues? Read and find out...believe me, it's worth it. 4.5 out of 5

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Review: A Waltz at Midnight by Crista McHugh

New York, 1866

When her mistress receives an utterly unromantic letter from a potential suitor, servant Susanna Parkwell is asked to craft an appropriate response. Though hesitant to take part in the deception, Susanna agrees, never dreaming the scorned suitor will write back.

Theodore Blakely abhors being pressured by his family to marry, but he's intrigued by the witty refusal he receives from "Charlotte". After exchanging more letters, Ted believes he's found a soul mate in his thoughtful and understanding correspondent, and asks permission to formally court her.

Though racked with guilt over her lies, Susanna can't resist the opportunity to meet Ted in person. So she poses as Charlotte at a holiday ball, where she vows to tell him the truth. But when the clock strikes midnight, will Susanna have the courage to reveal her identity and risk losing the man she loves?

Susanna is living with her aunt and brother and helping her aunt run her boarding house in Poughkeepsie, New York after her family is shattered and her home burned during the Civil War. She’s gone from wearing ball gowns to wearing house maid clothes and the women who live at the boarding house don’t make things any easier for her. There is one soul that is kind to her and that is Charlotte Hulmstead. When Charlotte receives a letter from a man she doesn’t know stating that their parents expect them to court Charlotte is horrified. She is in love with the local physician and will NOT be marrying anyone but him. The letter itself is gruff and unappealing and Susanna is a bit incensed that anyone can be so matter of fact about a matter such as marriage. Writing like she’s Charlotte Susanna writes a reply to the man, Theodore Blakely, and puts him in his place. Both women assume that he won’t be writing back. But Susanna’s letter intrigued Ted and he keeps writing back. Charlotte ends up getting Susanna to continue the correspondence with the understanding that Susanna will make Blakely go away – even pays her to do it! – but Susanna and Ted end up sharing much more than letters. They end up sharing pieces of their souls and falling in love.

When Susanna and Charlotte receive a letter stating that not only does Ted mean to court Charlotte “properly” but pull her out of Vassar completely both women are beside themselves. Charlotte creates a plan where Susanna can meet Ted at a masked ball and get rid of him once and for all but when Susanna and Ted meet there’s no denying their feelings. Things go downhill from there, however, and when the truth finally comes out none of the parties involved are too happy.

This was a great little novella that I just loved reading. A major part of the story is told in letters back and forth from Ted to Susanna and I loved getting to know the main characters by reading those letters. I have to say that I’m a sucker for epistolary novels and this was a good one.

I felt so bad for Susanna’s circumstances but admired her strength in getting through it. Life had thrown her lemons and while she couldn’t exactly make lemonade she did manage to squeeze a bit of juice out of them.

Ted was an interesting guy. He wasn’t a typical hero in some of the things he’d done in the past and had a hard time being honest with Susanna. I think the fact that he DID come clean to her about some events in his past really sealed their relationship even tighter and I liked him all the more for his honesty.

I have to say I would have loved to have read more about some of the things that were happening in the book:
*Charlotte and her man, James…what happened when her father found out about him?
*Ted’s father expected him to marry Charlotte so that he could inherit some much needed machinery for his steam engines. How did his father end up reacting when he found out that his son was going to marry a southern woman instead AND not inherit the much needed “stuff”?

*sigh* I guess we’ll never know but it was a great little book despite the fact that I wanted more. lol

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: The Husband Hunt by Lynsay Sands

Let the hunt begin…

Lisa Madison wants a husband, and she has just the candidate in mind: Robert Langley. Trouble is, the infuriating man insists on seeing her as the impish girl she once was—even as every other gentleman in London has taken notice of her womanly…charms. When her beauty lands her in danger, it’s Robert who comes to the rescue…only to announce his affections are not of the romantic variety!

Robert saw enough sorrow in his parents’ union to know he wants nothing to do with marriage, which is exactly what he’ll be trapped into if he acts on his desire for the irksome siren. And then Lisa does what Robert least expects: gives up on him! As feigned indifference gives way, blistering passion burns at last. But just before the pair can give in to hard-won bliss, an enemy with unfinished business lurks threatening to destroy them both.

Lisa Madison is 21 and is in London for her first Season. She is enjoying the balls and teas but frankly she’s not sure why she’s there since she is in love with her neighbor, Robert Langley. But Robert looks on her as a little sister as they grew up together along with her two older sisters. ‘

Lisa heads out one day to meet a woman who she met once in the country. Little does she know that the woman runs a brothel but heads off to Mrs. Morgan’s house anyway. When she arrives with her maid she is drugged and prepared for her “suitor” to come and have his way with her. It appears that some gentleman, and I use the term loosely, has seen her, wants her, and has paid Mrs. Morgan a large sum to get her right where he wants her. Lisa and her maid, Bet, manage to get Bet out a window and to safety but Lisa is taken off to prepare for her future husband.

Bet finds Robert and he takes off to save Lisa – thinking about the girl in pigtails and wondering how she’s gotten herself into this mess. When he climbs a trellis to save her he sees a vision. A woman is in a “gown” that is sheer and reveals everything. He is entranced and finds that he plans to come back to take a taste of her after he saves Lisa. He’s shocked when the woman turns and he realizes it is Lisa. He now thinks that maybe he doesn’t think of her as a little sister after all.

Robert saves Lisa but has to move into her brother-in-law’s house to protect her, which puts Lisa and Robert into close proximity. But Lisa has discovered from Robert himself that he has no intention of marrying – ever – and that he truly only thinks of her a sister. Lies, lies, lies. lol But Robert has what he thinks is a family curse on the Langley line of men and he basically trusts that no woman could ever stay faithful to him. Lisa then decides if she can’t have Robert then she’ll go out on the hunt and find anther man that can make her happy.

This is the third book in the Madison sister series but only the second I read. I read book 1 and really liked it. It was crazy but fun as most of Sands’ historical romances are. This was fun and crazy as well while being funny and frustrating in almost equal parts.

Lisa has a horrible tendency to not think. She’s not an unintelligent woman but she tends to just do things kind of willy nilly and ends up in bad situations. She knows that she has someone after her but yet she insists on going on walks by herself – and I found that strange and well a bit ridiculous. She hates having Robert as her bodyguard but she can’t keep thinking about him. She would go from wanting him to not wanting him and back and forth and it got to be a little much. I understood her reasoning, but wanted her to pick a course and stick with it.

Robert was a pretty stand up guy. He was frustrated with the whole situation but wanted to be there to protect Lisa – even though he said he didn’t. He wanted Lisa – and eventually had her sexually – but he didn’t want to admit his feelings or really delve deeper into his thoughts about his past and his family. It really took Lisa’s brother-in-law Richard to get Robert to sit and think about “the curse” that he believed existed. I really liked his character in this story.

As I said the story was just fun. It was silly at times but I had to laugh over and over at some of the antics of the Madison family, their spouses and their thinking. A little on the outrageous side it was still a good read and I enjoyed it.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Review: A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets . . .

A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.

A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.

Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them . . . even her heart.

The Marquess of Bourne wants 2 things. He wants to get his family land back from the man who basically scammed him out of it and he wants revenge on that man. You see when he was just 21 Bourne’s guardian and Bourne gambled together. Bourne lost everything to his guardian – which was exactly what said guardian wanted.

Bourne pulled himself up by his bootstraps and eventually became one of four owners in a gambling hell called The Fallen Angel. He has wealth but he isn’t a happy man. He wants his land back! When he finds that his childhood friend, Penelope, has had the land attached to her dowry he’ll stop at nothing to marry her. He doesn’t want Penelope, although he’s had feelings for her in the past (which he won’t admit to), but he’ll do anything to get what he wants. He basically kidnaps Penelope and convinces her to marry him if he can find good matches for her sisters as well. He agrees but he doesn’t want any kind of marriage with Penelope…he just doesn’t truly explain that to her.

Penelope has one night of passion with her new husband and then is left to her own devices. She is ignored and when Bourne does come around he is disdainful and wants Penelope to stay far away from him. Now he does have his reasons…he thinks he’s not good enough for his wife and doesn’t want to take her down to the level he feels he’s at and is going down further once he gets his revenge. Now I know that Bourne is tormented by his past but I really thought he was pretty brutal with Penelope at times. It truly didn’t endear the man to me at all.

Penelope is left to think on matters and knows that if Bourne follows through with his revenge he will not be the happy man that he believes he will be. Penelope tries to get Bourne to see things from her point of view but it takes quite a lot to get through Bourne’s thick skull.

I gotta tell you I did not like Bourne throughout most of the book. It was pretty hard for me to even think about or hope for an HEA for Penelope with man who was so nasty to her. I obviously read his thoughts and he was as torn as she was for most of it but he was still an ass to her feeling that it was for her own good. Now, he started to grow on me about ¾ of the way through the story and eventually had his brain kick in. When that happened I wanted nothing more than for him to profess his love to Penelope and have them become the couple they should be.

Penelope was sweet and innocent at the beginning of the book. She’s had a tough time of it with a broken engagement by a man who was in love with someone else (Leighton from Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart) and then the scandal that followed. Her sisters’ marital matches were her parents’ priority and it made my heart hurt that they just weren’t thinking of her and her feelings at all. Her sisters were – but her parents? Not so much. During the course of the book Penelope grew into an incredibly strong woman who could stand up for herself and give as well as she got. I really admired her by the end of the book and loved reading about her.

Throughout the book we get to see correspondence that Penelope and Bourne (Michael) wrote back and forth but after Bourne’s gamble it was only Penelope who wrote to Bourne with no replies. I thought this was heartwrenching as she was trying to share he life with a man who couldn’t be bothered to reply. I loved the letters though and thought they added much to the story.

I love MacLean’s writing and this book was no different. She has a great way with words and makes the pages come alive with characters. She definitely had me pulling for the couple near the end. Now I can’t wait to read the next book as MacLean tempted us beyond all else with the what might happen in the next book.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

What I Read Last Week

Hi there!

I’m a day late with this but I’m finally putting it together.

Unfortunately my lovely 3 day weekend was spent taking care of a sick child (my youngest again) and heading to the urgent care. Luckily she’s better now and on the road to recovery but I think I might need 3 days off to recover from my 3 days off! lol

Since she wasn’t moving much we played a lot of games and watched a lot of movies while cuddled on the couch together.  (Unfortunately mommy couldn't be too far away from her baby before baby started whining. :).) This weekend I saw (again): Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan (the live action one), The Prince of Egypt, Willow, Jumanji, Thor and A Series of Unfortunate Events. I think I’m movied out for a while. :)

My reading was a bit schizo this week as I had lots of little bits of time to read rather than long periods. Hopefully this week will be back to normal.

I started off with Sea Change by Darlene Marshall which is the book that I read for my TBR Challenge. It was a great historical – ship – with a cross-dressing heroine book. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

After that it was I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. The story with this one starts with our heroine, Poppy, looking for her engagement ring after a tea with friends. She then gets her cell phone stolen and because she gave out the number to everyone to contact her about the ring – which is a family heirloom from her fiancé – she’s beside herself. She then finds a cell phone in the trash that still works and since it’s finders keepers she keeps the phone. She’s not really willing to give up the phone even once she discovers that the phone belonged to a personal assistant and the man she was assisting needs it back. A fun and funny story. You can read more in my review here. 4 out of 5

My next read was for The Book Binge and it was a novella called Love Revealed by Sorcha Mowbray. This was the story of a woman who is on the outs with the ton because of the fact that her now dead husband had syphilis. Of course it is thought that she must have it too – which is untrue. She takes care of her baser needs at a place called The Market where she can play out her sexual fantasies – and those she hadn’t ever thought about before. There she meets a man who goes by the name of Sir who wants her as a long term partner. Little do they know that they know each other. The story was definite an erotic historical romance that was light on the romance. It was a good book but just too short. There were lots of things to work out between the couple and I just didn’t think they were fleshed out enough by the end of the story. 3.25 out of 5

After that I picked up Few Are Chosen by Storm Grant. I liked this story so much but I wish there had been more of it! lol The story is about two boys who are fighting demons with one going the traditional demon hunter route with the speech and all and the other going more street gang. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

The Husband Hunt by Lynsay Sands was my next read. This is book 3 in the Madison Sisters series and the story was about Lisa. Lisa is in love with Robert who she practically grew up with. Robert only sees her as a little sister and Lisa goes back and forth with giving up on him and hunting for a husband then trying to make him jealous. I really wanted her to choose one or the other and stick with the plan. You’ll be able to read more in my review when I post it this week.

Another book that I read for The Book Binge was Not Wicked Enough by Carolyn Jewel. This was the story of a woman who was visiting a friend and falls for her brother. Only she doesn’t exactly fall…more like makes a slow slide into it. lol The book was really great and I’ll definitely let you know when my review posts. 4.5 out of 5

Happy World by Kiernan Kelly and Tory Temple was about a man who works at Happy World (kind of like Disneyland) as a groundskeeper. Kyle loves working at Happy World but would really like to get into the theatrical part of it and become a “character”. For now Kyle is stuck training Rory as a groundskeeper and Rory isn’t one to follow rules to the T. The more time the men spend together the more they attracted they come and eventually start a relationship. But there are people who are out to get one or the other and secrets that are kept and this all might bring the relationship skidding to a halt. The story was very sweet and fun. I really liked both men and the story was great. Thanks for the rec., Tam! 4 out of 5

Another of Tam’s recommendations was Grand Jeté by Diana Copland. This story is about an ER nurse, Jordan, who starts falling for one of his patients, Davis. Davis is a ballet dancer who has been hurt and then deserted by his boyfriend and his dance company. He has nowhere to go so Jordan offers to let him stay at his place since he’ll only really be around for about a day. That day…and some…is enough for the two men to get together and form a bond. But Davis has to go back to the west coast and when Jordan tries to contact him his cell is turned off. Jordan has no way to contact him and eventually resigns himself to the fact that he was a bit used. But was he? This was a great story. I loved Jordan and Davis and though the book is pretty simple it was very sweet and pretty darned hot all at the same time. 4 out of 5

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Review: Lust in the Library by Amelia Fayer

Some like it hot, and some like it in the reference section Sara is having a love affair with books. But, since books can't make love to you, it means she's in the middle of a very long dry spell. Until a sexy Brit shows up. Suddenly she's learning just how stimulating a library can be - up against a bookcase, behind the card catalog, on the circulation desk…

Meanwhile: Veronica is incredibly frustrated. While Sara and her new man are using the library as their personal adult playground, she's stuck with only her thesis and her sexual fantasies. But Andrew, her crush, isn't above using his assets to get Veronica right where he wants her: alone, in a darkened corner of the stacks. Who knew reading could be this pleasurable?

This novella include 2 different short stories that are somewhat interwoven.

Part One: Necking in Nonfiction

Sara and Veronica work at the University library. Sara has been crushing on an older man who comes in regularly but she’s just too shy to approach him. He seems to be doing research but yet he’s constantly asking for books that aren’t related to each other at all. Sara just orders the books and wonders why he orders them. Sara finally gets talked into approaching him by her coworker and that starts things off. Sara and the man, William, end up kissing and having fun but Sara then believes that William only wants her for sex and she’s not willing to just be a plaything. William soon proves her wrong.

Part Two: Fornicating in Fiction

Veronica is frustrated because she found the boy that…I think…she’d been dating kissing her roommate. She wants nothing to do with someone who would work both sides of the apartment. Andrew did kiss the girl but Veronica got the situation all wrong and wouldn’t let Andrew explain. He’s determined to get her to finally listen to him and get the truth about what happened that night.

Of the two stories I definitely liked Necking in Nonfiction better. I liked the shyness that both characters felt around the other and having once been shy around boys myself at one point in my life I could feel their awkwardness through the pages. Once the intimacy began it was fun to see the pair coming out of their shells. The sexual encounters were steamy and a bit illicit since they took place in the library.

Fornicating in Fiction was just as steamy as the first short story but the characters were a bit too childish for my liking. Yes, they were young adults of 22 or so but they acted younger. Veronica especially bothered me at times as she just wouldn’t give Andrew a chance to explain anything. The set up for why he kissed the other girl was pretty weak and felt a bit contrived but he wasn’t cheating on Veronica.

In the end the overall Lust in the Library was cute. A little bit of story and a lot of the erotic and they created a sexy read.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Review: Few Are Chosen by Storm Grant

Apprentice warrior Blake St. Blake is the Chosen One, raised by an ancient order to defend the world against evil. Well, maybe not the whole world, but at least his neighborhood in downtown Detroit. When a dreaded reflux demon is sighted in a local cemetery, Blake is sent off to his very first battle, armed with his sword, his super-senses, his black leather duster, and a few well-rehearsed one-liners.

But another Chosen One gets in Blake’s way—an apprentice wizard named Shadow. While the boys argue about who’s the more chosen of the two, the demon escapes.

Blake wants to be angry, but it turns out he and Shadow have a lot in common. Besides, Shadow’s pretty cute, and Blake can’t help but think that the wizard’s skills (and hands and lips and other bits) might make the perfect complement to his. Blake and Shadow are brave enough to challenge the reflux demon in a second battle, but will they have the courage to tell each other how they feel?

Blake is on a information mission in a cemetery when he meets up with Shadow. Blake is supposedly the only Chosen One but then this street talking beautiful man/boy tells him that indeed there are Chosen One’s for each Order. Blake is more than a bit stunned that he isn’t THE Chosen one but tries to deal with it as best he can.

Blake and Shadow talk and though they kind feel a kindred bond between the two they play it off and act tough and go their separate ways. Later when they are seeking the demon once again they meet up and end up partnering to send the demon back to hell.

Ok this book is hilarious. It’s only 46 pdf pages but it made me laugh multiple times throughout.

Blake is so stunned that he’s not the one and only and that is pretty funny but he’s so determined to speak the proper demon slaying way – is there a certain way? IDK, but he seems to think so.  Then there’s Shadow who is a tough smack-talkin almost demon hunter that is just truly as young and naïve as Blake is. This gives you a bit of a taste of the differences in the two:
I rose from my half-crouch, a war cry gathering in my throat. My balls once again surged upward. Ignoring my scaredy-cat testicles, I took a deep breath, raised my sword, and rushed at it.

“Fear me, oh spawn of Satan. For I am Blake St. Blake and I have come to return you to Hell!”
I had to slow my run a bit to get that all out before I arrived.

A flicker of movement caught my eye, but it was too late for me to stop my charge.

Another creature sprang from the darkness, weapon at the ready, crying, “Yo, asswipe. I’m gonna rip off your head and spit down your throat!”

I ground to a halt in front of the confused demon. And honestly, I was as confused as it was. I didn’t know which one to smite: the ax-wielding, acid-spitting, fire-belching demon, or this other thing, cloaked in dark cloth and brandishing a glowing stick.

“Who be-est thou?” I demanded of the newcomer. I had to shout to be heard over my pounding heart. At least I’d remembered to use formal demon-hunter language like the heroes in books and movies did.

“What the fuck?” the cloaked being said, raising his glowing stick.
The story is about two man-boys trying to figure out their place in their “professions” and how to deal with that. as well getting a handle on their attraction to each other. The story is short and sweet with a mall sex scene and not too much depth at all but I SO liked it. A definite must if you want to put a smile on your face.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: The Last Night by Nico Rosso

After a chain of earthquakes ravaged the globe, long-dormant viruses were released into the air, turning many humans into creatures with an appetite for human ashes. Erica and a group of survivors are barricaded in a half-destroyed hotel, and every day brings them closer to being devoured by the seemingly unstoppable ashers. Even though Erica is a fighter, she's tired of just surviving...

When a mysterious stranger rides into town, everything changes. Jake knows how to kill the ashers, and he's the only man brave enough to leave the safety of the hotel in search of a better life. Erica and Jake make a deadly fighting team, with even hotter sparks flying between them. But Jake has survived this long because he rides alone. He doesn't trust easily, especially in this harsh new reality. Can Erica convince Jake that living is more than just surviving to the next day?

The world has turned itself inside out and with that comes a virus that turns humans to creatures that eat ash. They’ll burn just about anything and eat the ashes but they seem to like human ashes the best. The land has turned into a barren wasteland – a place where there’s very little water and no hope of getting more – especially since it never rains.

In Phoenix Erica is with a group of humans that are holed up in a hotel. Erica longs to head to a place that she sees on the horizon – a place that looks like it actually rains…it looks like clouds hover over it and Erica wants to check it out. But the other survivors don’t want to leave their safe place - even though they have to fight to keep the “Ashers” (as they call them) away on a daily basis as they can’t seem to kill them.

An unexpected visitor shows up at the hotel and actually starts killing the Ashers! How does he do it? He’ll tell them but only for a price. Erica is disgusted that this person, Jake, will only reveal his secret unless he’s paid in goods. He’s looking out for himself but Erica doesn’t see it that way. She wants nothing to do with him but Jake is taken with the spitfire woman. He ends up telling her the secret to killing the Ashers and the pair get closer. When Erica tells Jake of the place in the distance Jake is up for the challenge of getting to it and seeing what it has to offer.

Nico Rosso has built a world here that is desolate and unforgiving. He’s turned the modern world upside down and he did a great job doing it. I was completely sold on what he was selling and got totally immersed in the stark city that was Phoenix. I did wonder after I was done why some humans turned with the virus and others didn’t but I really didn’t wonder when I was reading – it just was.

Erica and Jake’s relationship happens really quickly but it worked. In a place that is violent and demanding and entirely unpredictable how do you find love and draw it out to make sure it’s right? I don’t think you do. You take the bull by the horns and go for it because honestly, you have no idea if you’re going to be a live the next day. Both Erica and Jake knew that they were moving quickly and at first didn’t know if they could trust each other but soon they were of the same mind and working together to make things better – not only for themselves but for others as well.

I have to say that I really love reading battle scenes that Rosso writes. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them in his last book The Limit of Desire and I loved reading them in this one. They’re easy to follow as they just make sense (and frankly not all battle/fighting scenes do to me) and they’re very real to me. I can feel the tension in the characters while their fighting and fell like I’m right there.

This was a quick but very interesting novella that I definitely recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I've lost it. The only thing in the world I wasn't supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It's been in Magnus's family for three generations. And now, the very same day his parents are coming, I've lost it. The very same day. Do not hyperventilate Poppy. Stay positive!!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry the ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her 'happy ever after' begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring but in the panic that followed, she has now lost her phone. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton doesn't agree. He wants his phone back and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other's lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents... she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

When Poppy Wyatt loses her engagement ring she has no idea that it will change her life forever. Because she is so frantic to find the ring in the hotel ballroom she is pacing the lobby trying to get her cell phone to work. When she heads outside to get a signal she gets her cell swiped! Now she’s beside herself because all the people who could contact her about the missing ring have that cell number. Again pacing in the lobby she happens by a trash bin and what does she find…a cell phone. Hey – finders keepers, right? She needs a phone and there’s one just laying there…why not use it.

The phone is actually the property of a company and belonged to Sam Roxton’s personal assistant who ended up quitting her job on the spot and throwing the phone away. Poppy and Sam begin a strange and insightful relationship into each other that is at times antagonistic and others quite sweet. Poppy helps Sam with many things – including a scandal that breaks out at his company – and Sam helps Poppy stop and think about her own life.

But then there’s Magnus, Poppy’s fiancé. He is brilliant and wonderful and loves Poppy to pieces – or so she thought. Maybe that’s not really what’s going through Magnus’s mind and if he doesn’t love her to pieces, why is he marrying her? And why are his parents against the wedding? And why is she thinking constantly about Sam and looking forward to his texts in the midst of her wedding semi-breakdown?

I’ve Got Your Number takes us into the lives of Sam and Poppy and the proof that two people who are nothing alike can find a common ground and possibly love.

The story was quite interesting as it took Poppy and her phone a lot of different places. It did make me stop and think about how much we use our phones for our lives these days. Sometimes it’s hard to turn the darned thing off and just not care about the outside world for a while. Poppy definitely had this problem as well but it ended up being a good thing.

Poppy was an intelligent woman. She was a Physiotherapist (which I believe in America is a Physical Therapist) so she was very helpful to other people and she really cared about the outcomes of her patients – even going so far as to give a few of them her cell number and having them contact her in emergency – or in some cases to give her good news. She loved her family and cared about her friends but at times during the story she came off as a bit flighty. I think part of the problem was that she was trying to be a friend to everyone and that made her push aside some of her own feelings. I think the brushing off of her own feelings made her seem a ditzy and she really wasn’t. That was one of the things that Sam helped her with and I loved that he saw this part of her.

Sam came off as a workaholic but really we only got to see the work side of him. He was networking or working in his office most of the time and that made him incredibly focused. Poppy even managed to realize at one point that she really knew nothing about his social life or family because all she knew was his work. This did bother me a bit as I would have liked for him to talk to her about himself some more. Sam and Poppy shared a lot of texts and Sam was abrupt to start with but eventually began to loosen up which was nice.

The romance in this book is most definitely not typical. It is done mostly by text and phone call and while that was entertaining it lacked a certain depth for me. I’m glad the book ended up the way it did (I’m not giving anything away) and I can only hope that Poppy and Sam get to know each other better…off page. :)

Overall a fun book that I really enjoyed reading.

Rating: 4 out of 5

TBR Challenge Review: Sea Change by Darlene Marshall

The TBR Challenge theme this month was to choose a book that a friend had recommended but had you hadn’t gotten around to reading yet. I chose this one because Ames had loved it and after reading her review and having her recommend it to me personally I thought it would be a good read…and it was.

American privateer Captain David Fletcher needs a surgeon for his wounded brother. But when he captures a British merchantman in the Caribbean, what he gets is Charley Alcott, an apprentice physician barely old enough to shave. Needs take priority over skill, and Captain Fletcher whisks the prisoner aboard his ship with orders to do his best or he'll be walking the plank.

Charley Alcott's medical skills are being put to the test in a life-or-death situation--Charley's life as well as the patient's. Even if Charley can save the captain's brother, there will still be hell to pay, and maybe a plank to walk, when Captain Fletcher learns Charley is really Charlotte Alcott.

A war is raging on the world's oceans, and two enemies will fight their own battles and their attraction to each other as they undergo a sea change neither of them is expecting, but cannot deny...

Charley Alcott aka Charlotte was practically raised as boy. Her mother had died and since her physician father didn’t know what to do with her he dressed her as a boy and took her with him on his patient rounds. Charley wanted nothing more than to be a doctor and continue the good work her father started before he died. But Charley is a woman and heaven forbid a woman become a doctor – they’re just not intelligent enough! At least that’s was the thinking way back when. After her father dies Charley has no family that she can contact and no where to go. She decides that she should go to Jamaica where her godfather (who is also a physician) lives and hope that he can take her in. She acts like a young man and contacts a ship captain telling him that she’ll act as his physician on the ship while they sail in exchange for passage. Since the captain’s wife is pregnant the man agrees and they set sail.

While at sea their ship is stopped and a band of pirates confiscates their medical supplies…and Charley. But Charley soon learns that they are not pirates but American Privateers and that’s not good as their countries are at war! Charley thinks of herself as a physician though and she helps the captains brother and ends up healing a great many of the crew as well – with them all thinking that she is a he.

The captain, David Fletcher, begins a friendship with Charley and he loves playing chess with the boy and talking over books and politics. He soon finds though that he’s attracted to Charley and that’s just not right according to his thinking! He is about to give in to his attraction when he finds out that Charley’s a woman! He’s pissed yet overjoyed as many men would be and they soon become lovers. But they both know that their relationship can go no further. They are from warring worlds and nowhere Charley goes can she practice her medicine. When tragedy strikes the ship though their hopes are forever taken from them.

This book looked interesting but after Ames reviewed it I have to say that I was even more convinced I should read the story. I’m so glad I did. I really enjoyed Marshall’s writing and look forward to reading more of her work.

The friendship and romance between David and Charley was fantastic. I loved seeing their friendship flourish throughout the book and not end once David discovered her secret. It happens so often in a book that once a couple gets to know each other and then moves on to the more intimate portion of their relationship that the story is then all about the bed play. While there was certainly plenty of that the connection between the couple’s minds didn’t diminish and I loved that.

Both David and Charley were incredibly strong personalities and characters and the author let them have their heads so to speak. They weren’t afraid to argue with each other or tell the other exactly what was on their mind. the fact that they could do that and not have a ton of angst really made my day. I love when an author can show a couple arguing and not have one stomp off! lol Sounds so simple but it happens so infrequently!

My only niggle with the book was the last chapter or so. I thought that while we got to see Charley in a more womanly role – that she really didn’t care for btw – it seemed a little too drawn out to me. While I was happy with the HEA, the ending portion really didn’t do all that much for me and I was more than a bit disappointed. I hate to say that because the rest of the book was so very good but…there it is.

Despite the ending I really loved the book and highly recommend it. (I LOVE the cover of the book. That model is, in a word, yummy.)

Rating: 4 out of 5

What I Read Last Week

Welcome to another week! Are you ready? I think I ask myself that every week and frankly the answer isn’t always a resounding YES. lol. I’ve been waking up at 5am for the past week with absolutely no idea why. It’s not like I plan it and I certainly try to go back to sleep but alas my brain starts up and won’t let me rest. Hopefully my bodies alarm clock will reset itself to normal soon and I can get a good nights sleep.

Life was pretty low-key this past week which was a welcome change from the previous week. Nothing much happened which in my book falls under the chapter entitled “WooFreakingHoo”. lol

How was your week? Anything exciting happen?

I got a lot of reading done which was nice. I got some books read that I’ve been meaning to get to and I love it when that happens. I think I get so caught up in what’s coming out that I don’t sit back and look at all the wonderful books I have sitting on my shelves or in my ereader. I need to make more of an effort to read those books I’ve had for a while.

On to what I read this week - and sorry - no author links today as I'm rushing! lol

First up was a novella by Amelia Fayer called Lust in the Library. This was 2 related erotic short stories set in one novella. The first is about a girl that has got a thing for a man that comes into the library where she works but she’s too shy to take the bull by the horns and talk to him above and beyond the call of duty. The second story was about a girl who has what she thinks is a cheating boyfriend and the story covers part of their relationship and the patch work it needs to get back together. Both stories were cute. I’ll post my review later this week. 3 out of 5

Next was Wrangled and Tangled by Lorelei James that I read for The Book Binge. This is book 3 in the Blacktop Cowboys series and it was a good one. This was 2 romances in one book. While I liked both stories I thought the story of Abe and Janie wasn’t quite as in depth as it needed to be. The story of Renner and Tierney I liked better. Both were pretty scorchin. :) 4 out of 5

After that I read Love Means…Family by Andrew Grey. This was the story about Arie who goes to visit his best friend Robbie to try to escape the grief over his sisters’ death. There he meets officer hunky aka Duane and the pair fall for each other. You can read more here in my review. 3.25 out of 5

The Last Night by Nico Rosso is a fantasy/post apocalyptic story that was really good. I’ll be posting my review of it later this week so keep your eyes open.

Shane’s Last Stand by Suzanne Brockmann is a prequel to the upcoming Born to Darkness novel that releases March 20th. This is the story of Shane and his last mission as a Navy SEAL but the story is set in the not too distant future. I’m not sure what year but they do mention some document from 2024 so it’s at least that far. Not too much seems different when it comes to military stuff though and Shane is leading a team on a search and destroy mission. But one of Shane’s team realizes that the woman that their technology tells them is the killer is actually someone else who is in hiding. Shane makes a decision that will change his life forever but a decision that keeps his conscience clear. It was a good story but there just wasn’t much to it. I think it will be a good set up for the novel but beyond that no real conclusion. 3.5 out of 5

Next was one of my Tracy’s TBR challenge reads and that was Carnal Intentions by Stephanie Hecht. This was the story of Mitchell and his mate Dean. They had met and fell in love and had been having a long distance affair via Skype for a long while. Now they are working together again to try and find Mitchell’s lost brother Joel and Mitchell doesn’t want to let Dean go again. Things aren’t always easy though and there’s a lot to work through. I really liked this fourth story in the Lost Shifters series. Books 2 and 3 had been so similar to book 1 that I was afraid that they had all fallen into a pattern but this one proved me wrong. It was a great story and good continuation of the story arc. 4 out of 5

Next was A Wicked Caress by Stephani Hecht. Continuing the series…we have Joel who now goes by Noah coming into the family fold and being treated with kid gloves. He is somewhat fragile but Seth who knows that Noah is his mate doesn’t want him to not be able to defend himself if the Ravens come for him. Especially since there’s one in particular that wants Noah for his own. This was a good story as well. I was a bit disappointed that some of the conversations and falling in love portions were off page but I was more than satisfied with the story I was given. 4 out of 5

I kept up with the Lost Shifter series by then reading Ruthless Pursuit. This was about Vapor who is sent to get Mitchell’s last missing brother, Andy, or Andrew as he now goes by. Andrew has been brainwashed by the man who raised him and always believed that his brother Mitchell had sold him to his guardian. While running from Vapor and giving him a good chase the pair fall for each other in their own rough way. It wasn’t romantic but it was hot and I liked how each character stayed true to his personality and didn’t get too sappy when dealing with the other once they realized their feelings. It was a good story and I’m looking forward to reading more in this series. 4 out of 5

Taken by the Cowboy by Julianne MacLean was a free book from ARe not that long ago and since it was a time travel novel I snapped it up. Jessica somehow time travels to the old west and lands in 1881. The first night she’s in Dodge she is accused of killing a man. He was a wanted criminal though so she’s actually offered a reward – even though she didn’t do it. She’s anxious to get home but then starts falling for the local sheriff who in turn is falling for her. She has to decide – does she want to stay in the wild west or try to get home and lose her love forever. This was a darned good story and I really like almost all of it. There were some slow parts in the middle but they didn’t detract from the overall story. The ending had me thinking as I’m just not sure how I feel about it. I can’t tell you details because it would spoil everything completely but it definitely wasn’t your usual HEA. Despite the end I would definitely recommend this one if you’re a time travel romance lover like me. 4 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week
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Saturday Song

Here is Stone Sour with Through the Glass for your Saturday listening pleasure. :)

Review: Love Means...Family by Andrew Grey

Four months ago Robert Edward “Arie” Hawkins lost his sister and the rest of her family in a plane crash. Now his parents have decided it’s time for him to marry and carry on the family name. Arie knows it’s most likely the grief talking—especially from his mother, who’s taken to putting more than ice in her iced tea—so to escape Mississippi, Arie calls his best friend, Robbie, and arranges for a visit.

Life is always changing at the Michigan farm where Robbie lives. Owner Geoff Laughton and his partner, Eli, have started a therapeutic riding program and adopted a little boy, creating a family. It’s while feeding Jakey that Arie meets Officer Hunky.

Officer Hunky’s real name is Deputy Duane Keenan, and he has troubles of his own, but not enough to stop him from pursuing Arie. But Duane’s and Arie’s families are pulling them in opposite directions. Trying to build a connection to support their mutual attraction may prove to be more than difficult… it may be impossible.

Arie Hawkins misses his sister, Charlotte, horribly. Charlotte and her family were in a plane crash months prior to the story beginning and Arie and his family are in a state of grief and sorrow that doesn’t seem to be lifting. Arie’s parents talk to him about producing an heir now that he’s an only child – completely ignoring the fact that he’s gay. Arie has decided that he needs to get away from his mother’s depression and drinking so he calls his friend Robbie (from Love Means…No Boundaries) and asks if he can come visit him at the farm where Robbie works.

Arie arrives at the farm and immediately feels more relaxed. He is surprised by the fact that the farm owners, Geoff and Eli have adopted a son but he loves taking care of little Jakey. He quickly falls into a routine of helping with their horseback riding therapy classes and feels more at home every day. Almost from the start Arie finds himself attracted to sheriff deputy Duane Keenan. The pair become almost inseparable and find themselves becoming closer and closer. But Arie is only there for a visit and if their feelings for each other deepen what will that mean for the men when Arie heads home to Mississippi?

This is book 7 in the Farm series and though I read this one out of order (I haven't read books 5 & 6 yet) I didn’t find that I missed too much. Since I had read the first 4 books I was pretty caught up with the characters that were involved in this book and didn’t feel lost at all.

The story is very sweet and pretty easy going in the fact that Duane and Arie hit it off right away and there’s not a ton of angst. Yes, they have their issues that need to be dealt with later in the book but even those were worked out without too much argument between the men.

There was a portion of the book that I felt was a bit superfluous and that was the small suspense plot. There were shots fired at the farm and though they were investigated and eventually solved the reasoning behind it was only guess at and never fully explained. Yes, I wondered who the person while it was happening but really I just thought it was something that was added but didn’t really forward the story in any way.

One of the big issues in the story was Arie’s parents – especially his mother's– nonacceptance of his sexual preference. She wanted him to give her a grandchild but when it came down to it she didn’t want him to grow up or to leave home at all. Arie’s parents were well off and Arie and his sister had gone to boarding schools while his parents traveled. Arie felt that besides his sister he really hadn’t had any family life and he craved that with everything that he was. I really loved how the differences with Arie and his parents were dealt with and that everyone could find happiness.

While this series seems to me a bit too good to be true I really enjoy reading it. I think that the love and acceptance that is always within arms reach makes for great HEA’s.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

Q & A with Nelle Davy and The Legacy of Eden Giveaway

Please welcome Nelle Davy to the blog whose first book, The Legacy of Eden, released on January 31, 2012.

Describe your latest book in 15 words or fewer.

It’s a reworking of I Claudius set in a farm in Iowa.

What inspired you to write THE LEGACY OF EDEN?

I Claudius – I wanted to take the kernel of the idea from the novel (ambition and its devastating effects on a family headed by an amoral matriarch) and move it into a modern setting.

Which part of THE LEGACY OF EDEN was the most enjoyable to write?

The part where Cal announces their affair and Lavinia threatens to stab him in his sleep if he ever hits her again at the traffic lights once they leave to go to the farm. That cemented everything for me about the kind of person she was.

Which part was the least enjoyable?

The end rape scene and Meredith’s reaction. I had to do it in a way that was unforgivable without making the audience hate her and also understand why she reacted the way she did. Not a pleasant moment.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in the book?

I am sure in time I will think that. But I believe firmly it was the only kind of book I could have written when I did (which was from the ages of 24-25). Maybe when I am in my thirties and look back I will have developed enough as a writer to answer this question but right now I am in my twenties and too inexperienced for that kind of retrospective.

Giveaway: I have 1 copy of The Legacy of Eden to give away (fyi - this is an ARC and is an uncorrected copy) to one lucky commenter.  Leave a comment on this post along with your email address no later than 7:00pm on to enter.  Open to anyone US or Intl.

For generations, Aurelia was the crowning glory of more than three thousand acres of Iowa farmland and golden cornfields. The estate was a monument to matriarch Lavinia Hathaway's dream to elevate the family name - no matter what relative or stranger she had to destroy in the process. It was a desperation that wrought the downfall of the Hathaways - and the once prosperous farm.

Now the last inhabitant of the decaying old home has died - alone. None of the surviving members of the Hathaway family want anything to do with the farm, the land, or the memories.

Especially Meredith Pincetti. Now living in New York City, for seventeen years Lavinia's youngest grandchild has tried to forget everything about her family and her past. But with the receipt of a pleading letter, Meredith is again thrust into conflict with the legacy that destroyed her family's once-great name. Back at Aurelia, Meredith must confront the rise and fall of the Hathaway family... and her own part in their mottled history.

If you're interested in participating in the The Legacy of Eden blog scavenger hunt then you should go here to check it out.

What I Read Last Week

Hello there and Happy Monday.

This past week was...weird.  I can't explain it.  It's like everyone's personalities were switched around and people were just acting strangely.  Was it a full moon all day every day?  That's what it seemed like.  I was very distracted as I'm having some issues with my oldest daughter and was really tired this week so I didn't get much reading done.

We did head to a Taekwondo competition on Saturday and my youngest won a silver medal which we were very happy about.  Here's the form that she did that won that medal.

We got the Echo the kitty something called the Turbo Track and she is loving it.  She can play with that thing for hours on end trying to get that ball! lol  You can put it in 5 different configurations but she seems to like the figure 8 the best.  This is the exciting video I shot of her playing.  You can get a better idea of what she looks like too. :)

So - on to what I read:

I started off with a short novella called Dreams of a Hero by Charlie Cochrane.  The story was about Miles and his partner Roger who take a trip to Greece.  Miles starts having strange dreams about an ancient hero and it almost gives him a new strength (emotionally) that he didn't have before.  Months later Miles and Roger take a trip to Cape Cod and discover some bullies - a father/son pair - who are making life miserable for the LGBTQ community and Miles decides to do something about it.  The story is quite short and more a story of being an everyday hero than anything else. I really liked it but wish I could have learned more about the main characters as they seemed to be quite interesting. 3 out of 5

Next up was Ink by Isabelle Rowan.  This was a vampire story two men from different worlds. You can read my review here. 3.75 out of 5

Next was A Midsummer Night's Sin by Kasey Michaels was next and it was a really great book.  Puck, the hero was so wonderful.  I loved him to pieces.  I loved his humor and his playfulness - just everything about him.  The story was about Regina who goes to a masquerade ball and her cousin disappears.  Regina was having an illicit kiss out in the garden with a man - who turns out to be Puck - and then can't find her cousin.  Puck and Regina then set out to find out what happened to Miranda and find that it may be white slavers that took the girl.  During the course of the investigation Puck and Regina fall in love but how can they be together when Regina's father wants to sell her to a title and Puck was born a bastard.  I liked the story and can't wait to read the next book about the Blackthorn brothers. 4 out of 5

Last for the week was a book I read for The Book Binge called The Duchess Diaries by Jillian Hunter.  I really liked the first two books in this series so I was looking forward to this story.  Unfortunately it didn't blow me away.  The story was about Charlotte who ends up having to get married to the Duke of Wynfield after they are found together in what could have been considered a compromising position (it wasn't all that compromising, really).  The pair court while people look for the diary that was stolen from Charlotte and could ruin the academy that she works at.  The story was cute and very sweet - entertaining even, but it just wasn't as good as I hoped. 3.25 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Blank Slate Kate by Heather Wardell

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