Saturday, February 27, 2016

Too good to Be True by Kristan Higgins (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Xe Sands

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Callahan O’Shea….. sigh…..  what a great leading man. Loved his honest, straightforward approach, his flirty side and pretty much everything else about him.  Grace is one lucky lady.  I liked her character as well. Yes, she took a lot of guff from her family, and put herself out more than some might. She has spunk though, and goes for what she wants in life, instead of just trying to please her family, which I think is important.

I LOVED how the leads met. It was great! You could feel the instant attraction and I couldn't wait to have them in the scenes together again. The fact that this is pretty much a clean/no sex book (it's implied,not described) does not detract from the story at all. With Higgins wonderful skills at writing, I still feel the characters chemistry and passion for each other.

As always, with this author, I chuckled often throughout this story, felt sadness, and was also shocked a few times. The narrator Xe Sands did a fantastic job.  

Very glad I picked up this story!

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Here's the Blurb:

When Grace Emerson's ex-fiancé starts dating her younger sister, extreme measures are called for. To keep everyone from obsessing about her love life, Grace announces that she's seeing someone. Someone wonderful. Someone handsome. Someone completely made up. Who is this Mr. Right? Someone...exactly unlike her renegade neighbor, Callahan O'Shea. Well, someone with his looks, maybe. His hot body. His knife-sharp sense of humor. His smarts and big heart.

Whoa. No. Callahan O'Shea is not her perfect man! Not with his unsavory past. So why does Mr. Wrong feel so...right?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Xe Sands

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This book is great! The first line had me laughing, and I didn't stop till the book was over. I have had this book on my TBR shelf for a while now, and from the blurb I was thinking it was a second chance book (it's not really), it was actually one of my favourite plot types. I don't know why I am always worried I am not going to like her books! Every one I have read... I have Loved! 

 I read a review of this book, that said you don't get to see much of the hero.. which let's face it, is a clincher for me. I love reading the hero's point of view. However, even though Higgins writes in first person (as Chastity), she writes so well, that you get the feelings of the hero anyway! Trevor shows up all throughout this book, and I couldn't wait to listen to their conversations. 

 Higgins evokes so many feelings, I love her sense of humour, her characters and secondary characters are fantastic.. and listening to Xe Sands read this book was superb. She has the perfect amount of sarcasm and her male voices were wonderful.

I must agree with a statement I read, not too long ago:  “You can't go wrong with a Kristan Higgins book!”  

It was a sigh worthy romance!   

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The Blurb:

Being one of the guys isn't all it's cracked up to be...So when journalist Chastity O'Neill returns to her hometown, she decides it's time to start working on some of those feminine wiles. Two tiny problems: #1--she's five feet eleven inches of rock-solid girl power, and #2--she's cursed with four alpha male older brothers.

While doing a story on local heroes, she meets a hunky doctor and things start to look up. Now there's only one problem: Trevor Meade, her first love and the one man she's never quite gotten over--although he seems to have gotten over her just fine.

Yet the more time she spends with Dr. Perfect, the better Trevor looks. But even with the in-your-face competition, the irresistible Trevor just can't seem to see Chastity as anything more than just one of the guys....

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Breaking Up with Barrett By Katy Regnery (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Lauren Sweet
The English Brothers #1 
The Blueberry Lane Series

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I found this to be a sweet and simple kind of story. I love the plot of always being in love or attracted to the person, and deciding finally to do something about it, only to realise the other feels the same way! I also liked that there was potential for the “grand misunderstanding” which, I thought for sure was going to happen and didn't, thankfully, as just the thought that it might, had me rolling my eyes.

Barrett was a caring, sweet guy, a bit on the over doing it side.. but I still enjoyed his character. Emily was nice and somewhat level headed I thought.  Even though my review of these characters sounds kinda super sweet and mushy.. it wasn't so sweet that it will give you a cavity!

The narrator was clear and decent. I plan on reading the others in this series as well.

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The Blurb:

Breaking Up with Barrett is the first of six books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

(Except Alex. He's a womanizing manwhore. And maybe Stratton, because he's wicked hot, but super awkward around girls.)

Barrett English, aka "the Shark," is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way.

Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett's childhood estate. The daughter of his family's gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.

When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett's image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the "job" of fiancee. And while love wasn't necessarily on Barrett's radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Never Let You Go by Katy Regnery (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Becca Ballenger

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Wow! I didn’t want to stop listening to this book! The feelings evoked from this story were awesome. Desperation, anger, fear, love, hurt, hope and happiness.. were all there. I am exhausted… partly from the crazy roller coaster of emotions in this book and partly because it kept me up WAY TOO LATE!!!  Holden and Griselda had good growth throughout the book and I loved them together.

IMYLCILYF - awwwww!!! LOVE IT!!!!

At a few points I didn’t know how the story was going to proceed to my longed for happily ever after.. but it did. I have never read this author before, just saw its blurb in my Facebook news feed and it sounded really good… I am glad it did not disappoint! I will be sure to check out more of her books.

On the audio aspect of this book: Becca Ballenger narrated well, I would listen to her again. However, there was often muffled background noises(thumping, voices from another room and even sirens at one point.) Through the majority of the story, her voice was clear and easy to understand, though it did move away from the mic a few times and one chapter was very “tin-can” like, which, thankfully only lasted that one chapter.

I truly recommend this book, though, like the blurb says - there is child abuse (not sexual), violence and sex. So be warned if any of that is not your cup of tea. 

To Purchase:
Amazon CA, Kobo, Amazon US, Nook, Audible

Here's the blurb:

In this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, 13-year-old foster children, Holden and Griselda, escape from their abductor after three years of brutal captivity and try to cross the Shenandoah River on foot. Tragically, one of them makes it to safety but the other is left behind.

Ten years later, Griselda’s boyfriend drags her to a fight club grudge match where her world is turned upside down when she watches Holden step into the ring.

Though the connection between them is fierce, bitter regret, simmering rage and a cache of physical and emotional scars lie between them, just as dangerous as the whitewater of the Shenandoah.

Never Let You Go is a story of fear and hope, defeat and survival, and two people - once profoundly broken – who discover that love is the only thing that can make them whole again. 

This is a standalone novel inspired by Hansel & Gretel. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to profanity, scenes of physical abuse and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. (Note: children are notsexually abused in this book.)

In June and July 2015, 25% of all gross royalties were donated to Operation Underground Railroad (a partner of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation).
(The next standalone a m o d e r n f a i r y t a l e novel, Ginger’s Heart, inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, will be released in March 2016.) 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Eternal Guardians Coming Soon!

I am totally excited that there will be two new Eternal Guarndian books. Naughton is a favourite author of mine and I can't  wait to read them! 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The Princess Wore Plaid by Karen Hawkins

(The Princes of Oxenburg #3.5)

Release Date: March 21, 2016

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This was a perfect short story. A play on the Beauty and the Beast fairytale, which happens to be be one of my favourites! Who doesn't want that huge library!  Darrac and Tatiana were sweet together. He was a good "beast" with just the right amount of surliness and she had the perfect attitude to tame it. This was a super quick read that left me smiling and happy.  

The Oxenburg Princes series is one of my favourites by Karen Hawkins. I cannot wait to read Nik’s story. If you haven't read about these Princes yet the first book is: How to Pursue a Princess (which technically is book 2 in the Duchess Diaries series though the Diary books are only linked by a meddling aunt I believe, so you could just read book 2 out of order if you wanted…)

** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review **

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Here's the blurb: 

Sizzling Scottish romance abounds in this e-novella in the Princes of Oxenburg series, a spinoff to New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins’s delightful Duchess Diaries series.

A princess once bejeweled but now tattered…

Royal princess Tatiana Romanovin is the beautiful, wealthy, and spoiled favorite of the King of Oxenburg. On her way to her cousin’s wedding in the Scottish highlands, she and her entourage are held up by a gang of ruffians. Frightened, her servants flee, and Tatiana soon finds herself alone in an inn with no servants, no funds, and no proof of her identity. Destitute, she accepts the offer from a sympathetic (but unbelieving) innkeeper to work for her room and board while she waits for an answer to the missive she’s sent to her cousin Prince Nikolai. With no other recourse, Tatiana scrubs floors and dirty linens, waiting for her prince to come…

A proud lord once lost and now found…

After a brutal, bloody battle with the French Navy left Lord Buchan limping and surly, abandoned by his betrothed because of his twisted leg, his lordship hides away at his manor house in the countryside. He leaves only once a week to eat at the local inn, drawn by the expert cooking of the innkeeper’s wife. One day, Buchan arrives to find that the innkeeper has a new servant, a beautiful scullery maid with a queenly air, and flashing green eyes that leave him breathless and increasingly aware of his lonely existence…

Love may find them yet…

The challenge of winning his way into Tatiana’s heavily protected heart stirs Buchan back to life…but can he and his twisted leg—and broken heart—win a proud princess whose only goal is to leave Scotland and return to the court where she’s the crowning jewel?

Saturday, February 06, 2016

The Art of Taming A Rake by Nicole Jordan

(Legendary Lovers #4)

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  I believe this is the first time I have read this author. I found her to have a very easy to read writing style that pulled me into the story.  

Quinn was an honest, loveable hero with a great sense of humour. I found it refreshing that he was the one that secretly wants to stay married to Venetia. Usually, I find this to be the role that the heroine adopts. I love that he has always wanted her, has trouble resisting her and in fact steals kisses and caresses when he can. Venetia, is a strong heroine. She is very forthcoming and assertive, which sometimes gets her into sticky situations. The two together have good chemistry and I found Quinn's professed words to his wife very sweet.  

As this was the only book I have read of Nicole Jordan's, I am interested in reading the others of the series. Those characters make appearances in this book and they make me think their stories would be equally as good. 

** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review **

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Here's the Blurb: 

Sparks abound in this sizzling new Legendary Lovers tale fromNew York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan, in which a seductive rakehell must woo his spirited but love-shy bride while unmasking a mysterious assailant.

Despite his notorious reputation, Quinn Wilde, Earl of Traherne, has mostly honorable intentions. So when beautiful Venetia Stratham boldly enters a gentlemen’s club, demanding that Quinn stop courting her sister, he does what any bachelor would do: He kisses her. With her sharp wit, intoxicating passion, and surprising vulnerability, Venetia is irresistible—except for all this nonsense about threatening to shoot Quinn. But when clandestine enemies make an actual attempt on the earl’s life, Venetia is implicated. To save her good name, Quinn does what any true gentleman must do: He proposes.

Thus Venetia finds herself wed to arrogant, wickedly sensual Quinn, whose devilish ways are as legendary as his rumored skills as a lover. Yet vexingly, her body rebels against her vow to remain immune to his many charms. If only she could reform the infuriating nobleman—without diminishing his undeniable allure. As Venetia discovers that a true rake is hard to tame, Quinn faces an even greater challenge: winning his wife’s fragile trust . . . while defending both their lives.

Four Nights with the Duke by Eloisa James (Audio Edition)

Performed by Susan Duerden
(Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers #2; Desperate Duchesses #8)

♥ ♥ ♥  Let me start by saying that Eloisa James is a hit and miss author for me. I haven't read enough of her books to be fully decided if I truly like her or not. There were parts of this book I really loved, and parts that I really disliked. 

Vander is so arrogant that I want to dislike him for it, but on the flip side it makes the dousing of his arrogance sometimes funny and a bit rewarding. I liked that Vander wants Mia, but doesn't want to want her, and it frustrated him. However, I disliked that he disrespects her often in this book, with hastily spoken insults, and cruel words. Then assumes that his lust for her or his quick, almost forced apologies would make up for this. It's a nasty little cycle. 

Even though, Vander did have some redeeming qualities, for example his way with Mia's nephew. The way he treats her poorly, too often, and the fact that even though she stands up for herself at times - she still takes him back, thinking all the while she loves him but he doesn't love her.. it still left a bitter taste in my mouth. 

This quote took me back.. Vander's thoughts: "He suspected that when Mia spoke about respect, she really meant love..” ... Ah no.. I think she meant respect and the fact that he doesn't see this.. just proves in my mind that he isn't going stop disrespecting her... but I digress..  

As I said there were also a few things I LOVED about this book. I loved the beginning bits before the chapter started, the way the heroine is plotting her newest story. Loved that it felt like I was getting the inside scoop on how authors may do this.. and made me wonder if this is how Ms. James plots hers. Next- without giving anything away, I enjoyed the ending. It was very sweet. However, had I not disliked Vander as much as I did... it would have been SOO much sweeter for me!

I found the story was written well enough that I wanted to keep listening. The narrator also had a hand in this, as her reading is wonderful. I am sure I will try another of this authors stories in the future. 

Here's the blurb:

As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.

Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia's audacious proposal, but there's one thing he won't give his inconvenient wife: himself.

Instead, he offers Mia a devil's bargain... he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.

Which Mia will never do.

Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can't afford to lose.