Monday, December 31, 2012

Hooked by Liz Fichera + Featured Freebie

When Native American Fredericka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...

My Rating: 4/5

A lovely romance with some depth. Hooked was a wonderful book that featured a sweet romance and tackled some bigger issues...

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Notorious Lady Anne by Sharon Cullen + Featured Freebie

The Notorious Lady Anne: A Loveswept Historical Romance
Nicholas Addison, celebrated captain of the Blackwell Shipping Fleet, has agreed to take Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland aboard the Pride and ferry the raven-haired beauty across the Atlantic on what he imagines will be a routine trip. But when the ship is attacked by pirates, the seemingly innocent passenger is revealed to be none other than the infamous marauder Lady Anne, whose name strikes fear in the hearts of sailors everywhere—and whose seductive wiles commandeers Nicholas’s affections.

Lady Anne, a legend of the high seas, has spent the last eleven years plotting revenge against her father, the owner of Blackwell Shipping. She’s targeted the Pride in hopes of plundering its captain’s company secrets. But beneath her fierce courage and bitter determination, Anne has the delicate heart of a woman—a heart that cannot help falling for Nicholas. Now Anne must make a difficult choice: bring down Blackwell or surrender to love.

My Rating: 4/5

A delightful pirate romance with a twist! The Notorious Lady Anne is a spectacular read...

Saturday, December 29, 2012

7 Reasons to Spoil Yourself with the Sullivans: Awesome Reads and Crazy Awesome Prizes

Did you get a new eReader for Christmas, and are now looking for something awesome to read? Or, maybe you didn’t get anything good and want to spoil yourself a little with the chance to win that coveted eReader, some major gift cards, or other awesome prizes. Maybe you just need to relax after hurry-scurrying around all season. Well…

Wouldn’t it be nice to take a long hot bath or snuggle under your favorite blanket with a great read? Sounds like the perfect day, right? Hey, we can offer you something even better than that.

In fact, we can offer you something seven times better!

For starters, we can offer you up to seven review copies of Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today best-selling contemporary romance series The Sullivans.

We’ll introduce you to—not just one, but—each and every member of the Sullivan family on their quests to find happiness. Even though most of them aren’t even really looking for love, it has a way of finding them anyway. These sexy, emotional and funny novels will nurse all your literary and metaphorical desires. You’ll laugh and cry right along with the characters, and get hooked into these great stories right from the very first page. They even take place in lovely California, giving you the opportunity to travel by proxy and escape the windy winter doldrums.

What’s that you say? The books sound awesome, but you’re not sure why you have to join the tour to enjoy their awesomeness? There are so many reasons to sign-up. Since there are seven books (so far) inThe Sullivans series and seven that will be taking part in this extraordinarily large tour, let’s stay right on theme and discuss seven reasons why you need to join the fun, pronto.

The perks:

Not only will you get to read a great novel—or two, or three, or seven—but you’ll also get…

1. The opportunity to network with other bloggers and avid readers.

2. The option to host a guest post, excerpt or interview with best-selling author Bella Andre. This will bring new readers to your blog AND give you content for your blog—what’s better, a post you didn’t even have to write yourself. If your New Year looks as hectic as mine, having a guest post is almost as good as reading an awesome book… because it means I’ll have TIME to READ that great book.

3. The chance to interact directly with the author through a number of social media activities, discussions, and awesome giveaways 

But wait, there's more!

4. Literally, there are more books. If you love The Sullivans, you can find half a dozen more books just waiting for your eager hands and mind. AND REVIEW COPIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL SEVEN! WOWZA!

5. Kick start your New Year’s resolution to read more! Plus you get hours of entertainment absolutely free—you may even win something (which makes the deal even sweeter).

6. The Sullivans will make you fall in love. You’ll love the writing, the humor, the characters, and the stories. You might even find hope for true love within these pages.

7. If you’ve ever wished for your own happy ending—heck, even if you’ve already found it—there’s something in each of these novels you’ll be able to identify with. We all know life isn’t perfect, and the Sullivans know that too. They’re so real, reading the book is almost like watching a movie or watching somebody’s real life unfold right in front of your eyes.

Did I forget to mention the prizes?

The prizes are ridonkulous. We’ve got romantic swag baskets, hundreds of dollars gift cards, an iPad Mini, Kindle Fire, Nook Color, AND a Sony eReader to name a few.

Well I guess there’s just one more reason to join us on the biggest tour Novel Publicity has ever put together. More books, more bloggers, more buzz and, of course, more prizes!

Oh, did you want the specific details?

Learn what all the buzz is about when you receive review copies of the first 7 books in this on-going series. Read one, or read them all. Or, you could host an excerpt, interview, or guest post instead–and we’ll even put that together for you.

Sullivan Tour Badge

Learn what all the buzz is about when you receive review copies of the first 7 books in this on-going series. Read one, or read them all. Or, you could host an excerpt, interview, or guest post instead–and we’ll even put that together for you.

Tour Dates: January 7 to 20, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: approx 300 pages each

CAUTION: Explicit language, very steamy love scenes…and lots of emotion!

The Prizes:

* iPad Mini
* Kindle Fire
* Nook Color
* Kobo eReader
* $100 Amazon gift cards (7 prizes)
* $50 Amazon gift cards (2 prizes)
* $25 Amazon gift cards (8 prizes)
* $20 iTunes gift cards (10 prizes)
* Custom prize baskets for EACH of the 7 books–including items such as wine gift set, silver bracelets, romantic photo books and photo frames, eReader and smart phone skins, and MUCH, MUCH more!

…and we’ve got special prizes just for participating bloggers

Read summaries and excerpts on the sign-up page.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Winners + Featured Freebie

Thank you to everyone who enter my giveaway! Now, it's time to announce the winner.
Since I passed my goal of 100 followers during this giveaway, I decided to add another winner as a thank you to everyone who followed Imagine a World.

So, the winners are:
Ashley Anne Applebee
Renee Grandinetti

Congratulations to both of you! The emails have been sent and you have 48 hours to respond.
Thanks you to everyone else. Don't worry, there will be more giveaways later :)
Featured freebie...

Purgatory Reign by LM Preston Book Tour

Welcome to my post of the Purgatory Reign Review Tour! 

If you don't know about this book, here's the info...

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams + Featured Freebie

Taking Chances
Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her career Marine of a father's thumb. Ready to live life her own way and experience things she's only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father's unit; she's on her way to college at San Diego State University.

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family and emotions. Some she wasn't expecting yet, and others she never knew she was missing.

She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with her boyfriend Brandon, and her roommate's brother Chase. Covered in tattoos, known for fighting in the Underground and ridiculously muscled...they're exactly what she was always warned to stay away from, but just what she needs. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both adore and would do anything for Harper, including stepping back if it means she's happy.

Her first year away is turning out to be near perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.

My Rating: 4/5

Wow. There is so much to say about this book that I don't even know where to begin. But, to keep it simple, Taking Chances was an excellent coming of age story...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks + Featured Freebie

Highlander Most Wanted (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #2)
In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love.

Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.

Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.

My Rating: 5/5

I LOVED this book so much! Highlander Most Wanted is a fantastic, amazing, spectacular highland historical romance!...

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Capture the Wind by Virginia Brown + Featured Freebie

Capture the Wind
They call him devil of the high seas. Dark, dangerous, and sinfully seductive, he conceals his true identity and the past betrayal that has made him despise all women ... even the beautiful captive he vows to entice into his bed -- but never into his heart.

She has fled London high society -- and the humiliation of an arranged marriage. But when her ship is attacked by pirates, she cannot resist the sensual buccaneer who transports her into a stormtide of intrigue and adventure ... and whose kisses awaken a passion beyond anything she has ever known.…

My Rating: 4/5

A wonderful pirate romance! I loved everything...except the heroine. I had a few issues with her.

Monday, December 24, 2012

All I Want For Christmas Is A Duke by Delilah Marvelle, Maire Claremont + Featured Freebie

All I Want For Christmas Is A Duke
Two ladies. Two dukes. One Christmas. And scandal galore. A Christmas anthology by two hot names in historical romance fiction...

Merry Christmas, Mrs. Robinson by Delilah Marvelle

Lady Jane left her father, the Earl of Chadwick, and the ton behind to experience life on the stage. After a disastrous marriage, the widow is living on the edge of poverty, determined to guard her heart, when a secret admirer from her past demands a second chance.

Shy and retiring Martin Nicholas Pierce, the Sixth Duke of Somerset, has carried a torch for Lady Jane since her youth, but he is five years her junior. When she married another man, he left for Europe, determined to put her out of his mind. After returning to find Lady Jane free, he vows to replace the memories of her cursed Twelfth Night with a new beginning.
The Twelve Days of Seduction By Màire Claremont

Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford, is aware his ward's governess isn’t quite what she seems. Although Miss Flint is beautiful and intelligent, she misrepresented herself to gain employment, and he threatens to give her the sack mere days before Christmas.

Desperate to convince the sexy duke not to tear her from the little girl she's grown to adore, Adriana challenges him to seduce her before the Twelve Days of Christmas have come to an end, although she fears it may cost her heart. Alexander accepts the challenge, unconcerned that he has as much to lose, if not more, than the delectable Miss Flint.

My Rating: 5/5

A cute Christmas historical romance. Both novellas in All I Want for Christmas is a Duke were adorable!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Taming Her Forbidden Earl by Catherine Hemmerling + Featured Freebie

Taming Her Forbidden Earl
Everyone knows William Bredon, the earl of Pembroke, has a reputation as a captivating rogue, determined to never marry until his duty to produce an heir requires it. So when he invites Lady Hannah Rochester to dance, Hannah vows to keep her distance. But the undeniably gorgeous William, with his dark humor and seductive gaze, draws her in nonetheless.

Of course, Lady Hannah is not completely what she seems, either. A member of the dowager Lady Lancaster’s Garden Society, she secretly spends her days solving mysteries and uncovering intrigues, and when she brings William into the fold, a sinister plot develops that brings the two closer together. William’s protective nature ensures he remains by Hannah’s side, but he will not surrender his anti-marriage stance.

Can intrigue, passion, and maybe even a little bit of scandal reform the most notorious of rakes?

My Rating: 5/5

Ooh, this book was SO adorable-I loved it! Taming Her Forbidden Earl was a sweet, delightful historical romance...

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Thorn & the Thistle by Julie Moffett + Featured Freebie

The Thorn & the Thistle
Scotland, 1751
The MacLeods are a strong clan, united with their fellow Scots to resist English rule. But when their leader, the Black Wolf, is struck down in battle, it is up to his daughter to keep the rebellion alive. Megan knows she must act quickly or risk losing the fight for their ancestral lands. Desperate, she secretly assumes the Black Wolf's mantle, fooling their enemies into thinking he's still alive. If she can keep going for a bit longer, the clan's future will be secure…
Rolf St. James has been sent by the king to settle the Scottish lands once and for all. He's not about to let a woman get in his way, no matter how desirable he finds her. He must put aside his attraction and fulfill his duty to permanently quell the rebellion, regardless of the cost.
Rolf represents everything her father hated, everything she's been fighting against. But as the days pass and Rolf's code of honor reveals itself, Megan finds it's not so easy to hate him anymore. Can she risk her people's future for a chance at personal happiness?

My Rating: 5/5

An absolutely lovely highland romance! The Thorn & the Thistle is an excellent book...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Gifting Books Christmas Giveaway Hop

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Gifting Books Christmas hop was organized by Reading Romances!

Welcome to my giveaway for the Gifting Books Christmas Hop! Without further ado, here's the giveaway info...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Nymph's Labyrinth Book Tour + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for The Nymph's Labyrinth by Danica Winters! Before I get to my review and giveaway, here's the info for those who don't know about the book...

Mia's Heart Review Tour + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Mia's Heart Review Tour! This book is spectacular. But before I start raving about the book and get to the giveaway, here's the book info...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Never Trust a Rake by Annie Burrows + 4 Featured Freebies

Never Trust a Rake
"Rumor has it that the Earl of Deben, the most notorious rake in Londoon and in need of an heir, has set aside his penchant for married mistresses and turned his skilled hand to seducing innocents!"But if Lord Deben expects Henrietta Gibson to respond to the click of his fingers he can think again. For she knows perfectly well why she should avoid gentlemen of "his" bad repute:

1. One touch of his lips and he'll ruin her for every other man.

2. One glide of his skillful fingers to the neckline of her dress will leave her molten in his arms.

3. And if even one in a thousand rumors is true, it's enough for her to know she can never, "ever" trust a rake....

My Rating: 4/5

A very sweet historical romance. Never Trust a Rake, though not amazing, was an excellent read...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Keeper's Curse Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for The Keeper's Curse Blog Tour! This book is an excellent YA. To those who don't know about it yet, here's the info:

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Forever a Lord by Delilah Marvelle + Winner!

Before I get started, it's time to announce the winner of a copy of The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright.

And the winner is...

Melissa Kay Cervone!

Congratulations Melissa! An email has been sent to you. Please reply within 48 hours.

To the rest, thank you for entering my giveaway. Don't worry, there will be more giveaways to come :)

Now to my review:
Forever a Lord (The Rumor, #3)

He's a fighter, not a lover.
But that's about to change...

Lady Imogene Norwood lives a sheltered life of quiet respectability and routine...until she debuts at her first Season. There among London's elite she meets the wild and broken Lord Atwood. And the very shy English rose suddenly realizes that a little chaos might just be what her heart desires.

Lord Nathaniel James Atwood doesn't believe true love exists. Since scandal tore him away from his family at an early age, he has spent his life fighting for what he wants. That attitude has made him a rising star in bare-knuckle boxing, and now leads him back to London to reclaim the life that was stolen from him. But upon meeting the innocent Imogene, his beliefs are guarding his heart against her proves to be the fight of his life.

My Rating: 5/5

Absolutely excellent historical romance! This book is SO sweet. I adored Forever a Lord.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

The Scourge by A.G. Henley Book Tour + Giveaway

Welcome to my post of The Scourge Review Tour! This book was EXCELLENT; for those who don't know about it, here's the info:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Dead And Buried by Kim Harrington + Featured Freebie

The Dead And Buried

A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.

Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school — until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

My rating: 5/5
I adored Kim Harrington's Clarity, so I was really hoping that The Dead and Buried would be just as good. And, let me tell you, it was even better! I adored this book. It was haunting, thrilling, mysterious, and with just a touch of sweet romance. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Second Rate Chances Cover Reveal + Giveaway!

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the cover reveal for Second Rate Chances! So, without further ado, here's the beauty:

Isn't it a lovely cover? Just beautiful! And it fits the plot of the book nicely. If you haven't seen it yet, here's the summary:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

Waking Up Married

Her first thought: "Who are you?"

It's the morning after her cousin's bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she's in a stranger's penthouse having woken up with something else as well—a funny, arrogant, sexy...husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible—been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with, Connor Reed and she's gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor's shocking bombshell?

"I don't want a divorce."

My Rating: 4/5

Waking Up Married is such a sweet, cute romance! This book was absolutely adorable.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Wicked Kiss (Nightwatchers #2) by Michelle Rowen + Featured Freebie

Wicked Kiss (Nightwatchers, #2)


I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that's changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone's soul...or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don't...I hurt myself.

Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I'll kill him. Then there's another boy, one I can't hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They're both part of a team of angels and demons that's joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I'll be able to help Bishop-or if I'm just another part of the darkness he's sworn to destroy....


When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...

My rating: 5/5

Brilliant sequel! I LOVED the first book, Dark Kiss, and Wicked Kiss was just as good! So much happens and so much is found just left me speechless.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Featured Freebie

I'm super busy today, so I only have time to post a featured freebie. I'll be back to posting reviews tomorrow :)
Today, I have a cute holiday anthology: Karen Hall's Historical Romance Christmas Anthology. Go forth and get it for free!
Karen Hall's Christmas Historical Romance Anthology

Christmas Stockings: Holly Chamberlain can write love letters for others, but no decent young lady would dare write one for herself. So when her secret beloved, Grayson Clark, vicar at St. Martin in the Pines, arrives at her office with a request to write love letters for a shy friend, she suspects he is actually the friend and the letters are to the granddaughter of a baronet known to admire him. His request for her to replace an injured cast member of St. Martin's production of A Christmas Carol delights her, but the baronet's granddaughter is also in the cast, dashing any hopes Holly has for her own Christmas love story.

Grayson Clark can speak eloquently from the pulpit, but not to Holly Chamberlain, the woman he secretly loves. After all, he's just a vicar while she is the daughter of one of London's wealthiest merchants and known to be admired by an up and coming barrister. Dictating his own love letters to her may be folly but what else can he do? Having her join the cast of A Christmas Carol seemed like a miracle, but now his predecessor is insisting Grayson be attentive to a baronet's granddaughter in order to pay for St. Martin's new roof. Can't vicars have their own happily-ever afters?
After all, it's Christmas.

Set against a backdrop of late Victorian London, and a production of Charles' Dickens beloved, A Christmas Carol, Christmas Stockings brings together two people who are only shy when they are together, and whose fondest wish is about to be granted-and they don't even have to use mistletoe!

The Christmas Proposal: 'Tis the season for matrimony, or so it seems for Aunt Tilda who is intent upon finding a suitor for her young niece Cassandra Barnwell, heiress to Barnwell's Confectionary. Cassandra, a young woman with ideas of her own hatches a clever plan to resist her aunt's efforts but that plan goes awry when young Lord Brandon becomes more than an accessory to her efforts.
An Edwardian era love story that offers the reader a very merry Christmas.

The Comet that Came for Christmas: Christmas is a magical time. For former sweethearts Victoria Hawthorne and Jake Dillon, their unexpected reunion is anything but that. Their paths cross again when Jake and his millionaire employer visit Victoria's hometown of Tyler, Tennessee before opening a Haley's Emporium there and stay in Victoria's home. Their old attraction flares again but both know Jake isn't staying for long. But when his boss tumbles down some icy stairs injuring his back, and an approaching snowstorm threatens to bury the town, Jake and Victoria are stuck together, forcing them to look at their pasts and into their hearts to see if they have a second chance. And with a legendary comet possibly headed their way, one that has always brought Jake's boss good luck, how can they not have a happily-ever-after?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Lady Most Willing: A Novel in Three Parts by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockaway + Featured Freebie

The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts

During their annual Christmas pilgrimage to Scotland to visit their aged uncle in his decrepit castle, the Comte de Rocheforte and his cousin, Earl of Oakley, are presented with unique gifts: their uncle has raided an English lord's Christmas party and kidnapped four lovely would-be brides for his heirs to choose from well as one very angry duke, Lord Bretton. As snow isolates the castle, and as hours grow into days, the most honourable intentions give away to temptations as surprising as they are irresistible.

My Rating: 5/5

Three of the greatest authors in historical romance team up to write this absolutely fantastic book. The Lady Most Willing was adorable, a brilliant novel of three stories. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Waking Up with a Rake (The Royal Rakes #1) by Mia Marlowe + Featured Freebie

Waking Up with a Rake (The Royal Rakes, #1)
The race is on in this sexy new Regency series. To prevent three dukes from shoving their way into the royal line, the monarchy will dangle the ton's most notorious rakes before the dukes' intended brides. They'll cause a scandal, then call off any plans of matrimony. But just who will have the last laugh?

Rhys plans the seduction of Olivia like the cavalry officer he was, but when a series of mishaps convinces him that someone wants to get rid of her--permanently--he becomes her fiercest protector...even at the cost of his own heart.

My rating: 5/5

Waking Up with a Rake is definitely a HOT book. It's full of sweet romance, explosive passion, and a few shocking twists. Romance lovers, you've found a book that you'll adore.

The very idea of this book-and the continuing series-is a delightful one. Tempting ladies to create a scandal with London's most wicked men; it already sounds like a winner, doesn't it? And it met every one of my expectations. 

I really sympathized with Olivia. Despite the fact that she was going with her mother's plan to avoid disappointing her parents, she never seemed weak-willed. She dealt with the forced situation with dignity and a firm eye on how to get out of it. And later, when the suspicious accidents began, she handled them bravely, proving herself as a heroine. She toughed out all the craziness going on, from Rhys' presence to the possible murderer. Really a lovely heroine.

Rhys was a little more complicated. Though he is trying to do something that seems wrong, ruing a woman's reputation, he's doing it for the right reasons: to protect his family. So, it never really bothered me that he was trying to ruin Olivia because we found out why he does it in the first chapter. When the accidents started, Rhys was determined to protect Olivia immediately and it eventually overtook his original mission to ruin her. He proved to be the perfect man. Clever, sweet, and determined to protect those he loved. The romance between Olivia and Rhys was HOT. There were always sparks flying out whenever they were together. So to the lovers of that kind of romance, you'll have your fill. And those who prefer a sweet romance, their relationship was sweet as sugar as well.

There were a few surprises along the way, not the least of which is why someone would be seeking to hurt a random lady. I kind of expected who it turned out to be. Not in a way that the plot was overly predictable, but more that the author plants those seeds of suspicion early on. The ending was lovely. I'm excited to see what comes next with the other two rakes :)

I would recommend Waking Up with a Rake to any romance lover. It was a marvelous read.

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!
Featured Freebie:
I have two delightful medieval romances for you today:
1) A book by one of the best, consistently brilliant medieval romance authors: The  Warrior's Game by Denise Domning.
The Warrior's Game

Trapped in the court of King John, Lady Amicia de la Beres has foughtfor years, alone and unprotected, against a king and a court that will use her any way they can. But when King John puts her precious home into the hands of one of his greedy foreign mercenaries, Ami finally joins
ranks with the nobility. She will do everything and anything she can to protect what is hers from the upstart commoner, Michel de Martigny

All Michel wants is the gift John promised him: the wife and the estates that will make gentlemen of his sons. He expects nothing more from the woman who will be his wife except her scorn. But when he meets Amicia he discovers he is the one man she needs more than she can imagine, for only he can protect her from their king's game.

2) The first book in my favorite medieval highland novella series: Unspoken by Kerrigan Byrne
Unspoken (Highland Historical #1)

He's cursed with eternal silence...
Roderick MacLauchlan is death for hire. Blessed by an ancient Deity with Berserker rage, he has the strength of ten men. Cursed by a malicious enemy, he's incapable of speech. A desperate clan war rages around him and a malevolent adversary lurks in the darkness, calling for blood.

Evelyn Woodhouse is an English refugee with a dangerous secret. She has the ability to see the outcome of tomorrow's battle and knows they're on the wrong side of it. When a doomed and silent mercenary rescues her from a fate worse than death, it seems he has his own plans for her. This is his last night alive and she's never been able to defy destiny.

Go forth and get them for free!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda by Sophie Barnes + GIVEAWAY

The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda (Summersby, #3)
William finally meets his match in the latest Summersby Tale from Sophie Barnes, author of How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back.

Lucy Blackwell is desperate, reckless, and maybe a little bit crazy. That's the only possible explanation for tricking a man she doesn't know into a dance, a kiss, and an engagement—all in the middle of the biggest ball of the year! But Lord William Summersby is the final piece of her grand plan, and she'll do what it takes to make this marriage of convenience work—as long as it's convenient for her. She just never counted on falling in love . . .

The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda was a wonderful romance. Secrets, betrayals, and romance combine in this book to create a great read.

Lucinda was a very likable heroine. She has been through a lot and still manages to stay strong. Not only that, but she remains determined to fight back. During the time when William was angry with her for forcing him into marriage, she was understandably remorseful but still held her ground and refused to be a doormat. She wasn't the most memorable heroine, but she was lovely.

William was a sweetheart. He is SUCH a gentleman. Even when he's understandably angry with Lucinda, he still acts like a gentleman with her. He was intelligent, clever, resourceful, kind, protective; everything you could want in a hero. 

The relationship between Lucinda and William obviously didn't start out well, with the forced marriage. But it slowly grew until they fell in love with one another and it was so sweet. They were an adorable couple. This book doesn't have a ton of spicy, just enough to add some zest. Their relationship was more sweet than spicy.

The story was fast paced. It wasn't particularly special, but it was a fun read. Never a dull moment and with a sweet ending. 

The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda was a lovely historical romance. To any lovers of the genre, you should definitely read this.

Thanks to edelweiss for a copy!


Since I liked The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright so much (click here to see my review), I 've decided to give away one e-copy to a  lucky winner. 

This giveaway is open through midnight on December 14. The entries are simple: you get one entry for following my blog and an extra entry per person that you get to follow my blog for up to 10 people. Just fill out the rafflecopter and good luck :)

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright by Tessa Dare + Featured Freebie

The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright
Miss Eliza Cade is a lady in waiting. And waiting.

Because of a foolish mistake in her youth, she's not allowed "out" in Society until her three older sisters are wed. But while she's trying to be good, she keeps bumping elbows—and, more distressingly, lips—with notorious rake Harry Wright. Every moment she spends with him, she risks complete ruin.

The sensual passions he stirs in her are so wrong . . . but Eliza just can't resist Mr. Wright.

My rating: 5/5

Tessa Dare is a magnificent author, one of my favorites, and she's done it again. The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright is a FANTASTIC book. I can't even tell you how much I adored it!

Eliza was a heroine with a lot of spirit. But it's been trapped because of a mistake made in her youth. However, when Mr. Wright shows up, it all comes bursting out. And seeing it happen was very entertaining. Eliza was wonderful, a heroine that anyone can love.

Harry was just as much fun. As with Eliza, he has a lot of spirit, though he's never had to hide it. Though he's originally shown as care-free and shallow, we get to see his other side soon after. He's sweet, kind, and just absolutely amazing. He's definitely on my list of favorite heroes. 

The plot of this books spans a few years, from when Eliza and Harry first meet, to when they get their happily-ever after. It was so much fun to see their relationship slowly develop and grow. Despite the short length, the characterization still retains depth, not just for the main characters, but for the others as well.  
And the ending was so sweet. It had me laughing and smiling and a little sad that such a lovely novella was over. 

ANY romance lover should read this book. It is MAGNIFICENT!

Thanks to edelweiss for a copy!
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His For The Taking

Lady Julianna loves Lord Jonathan Denbigh. But is he deserving?

Julianna's grandmother, Lady Chesterfield certainly doesn't think so but wants her granddaughter happy. When Jonathan refuses to marry Julianna, Lady Chesterfield puts a ploy into motion that will see her granddaughter engaged by the end of the season. To one man or another...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter + Featured Freebie

The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)
Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.

My rating: 4/5

So much occurred in The Goddess Inheritance that I'm still digesting everything, 2 days after reading the book. I'm still a little speechless, but I can say that this book was a wonderful end to a lovely series.

I had one issue with this book, so I'm going to get it out of the way first. Kate began the series as a strong character. That was the reason that I liked her so much. But during this book, she was a freaking watering pot. Maybe it was just the post pregnancy hormones, but she just burst into tears about everything. And a couple of characters in the book even mention it. Kate is usually strong; it really irritated me that she was being a baby and sobbing every few pages. By the end, she realizes how ridiculous she is being and toughens up. That helped, but I was still annoyed. 

Now, let's get to the positive.

After pulling herself together, Kate proved how much she had grown throughout the series. At the end, I was able to see how strong and compassionate she had become. So, in the end, I admired her greatly.

Henry was such a sweetheart in this book; I swear, he made my heart melt. He was just SO adorable. And he grew as a character as well. He was able to move past everything that used to hold him back and become a true hero. I loved him anyway, but,because of that, now I love him even more.

Since the major bumps in their relationship were smoothed, Kate and Henry were such a lovely couple. They brought out the strength in each other and weathered through the possible apocalypse together. It was nice to see a relationship that had been put through so much to finally prosper.

Milo, Kate and Henry's son, was SO cute! Oh my goodness, I loved that little baby. I don't want to say too much about him so that I don't spoil anything, but he was so adorable. Even though, obviously, he doesn't directly play a role in the situation, he was a constant presence. His existence is what spurs Kate and Henry to fight with everything they have in them. And Henry was SUCH an adorable father. He so obviously adored his son, it was precious, especially because we know that he hasn't had that ever in his thousands of years long life. Kate was also a devoted parent. Even though she may not have planned on Milo, she was still a wonderful mother to him.

The other character also had their growth. All the other main gods and goddesses changed: Walter/Zeus, Ava/Aphrodite, Diana/Demeter, James/Hermes. So many dimensions were added to their character, that I began to feel like they were almost real people. 

Someone dies in this book, and I won't say who. I'll let that torment you until you find out. But the emotional aspects of it were very well done. If I hadn't been almost asleep because I refused to go to bed until I finished the book, I probably would have cried. 

The action in the book was constant-obviously, since they were in a war. The solution to the problem was very clever. I would never have thought about it. But it managed to bring in a certain aspect that seemed minor before into full play. The emotions in this book were palpable. The Goddess Inheritance brought in so much and that new baggage brought in so much more emotion. 

The ending was perfect for the series. It was bittersweet. Happy because of the outcome of the war and the main relationship. But sad because of all that transpired during the war and all the emotion that was drawn up. And I had to say goodbye to all of the characters that I grew to care for throughout the series. Once again, emotional. 

The Goddess Inheritance was a wonderful ending to the Goddess Test series. To all fans of these series, you will love the final book. 

And, finally, farewell to all the beloved characters. I love you guys!

Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin TEEN for a copy!
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Nathaniel Buford, Earl of Roderick, doesn't want a wife, but his brother died, passing on the title of earl to him. Now he is bound by duty to get an heir. Unfortunately, to get the heir, he must find a wife. As luck would have it, he gets caught in a scandalous situation not of his doing, and the next thing he knows, he's married...and to a lady whose family is reported to desire money above all else.
Miss Claire Lowell wanted to get married. But she never intended to marry a gentleman who felt trapped into it, and she certainly never thought her family would have a hand in the scandal that forced Lord Roderick's hand in marriage. Can love find a way to thrive under such conditions or will her father's eagerness to see her married off to an earl condemn her to a loveless marriage?

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne by Jayne Fresina + Featured Freebie

The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne
By night Ellie Vyne fleeces unsuspecting aristocrats as the dashing Count de Bonneville. By day she avoids her sisters' matchmaking attempts and dreams up inventive insults to hurl at her childhood nemesis, the arrogant, far-too-handsome-for-his-own-good, James Hartley.

James finally has a lead on the villainous, thieving Count, tracking him to a shady inn. He bursts in on none other than "that Vyne woman..".in a shocking state of dishabille. Convinced she is the Count's mistress, James decides it's best to keep your enemies close. Very close. In fact, seducing Ellie will be the perfect bait...

I feel terrible to say this, but The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne was a disappointment. I really liked The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine, so I was hoping I would like this book as well. But it didn't turn out that way.

The good part about this book, before I go into the negatives, was the story itself. The plot was good. Not brilliant, but good. The ending was cute and left a smile on my face.

But, everything else didn't go too smoothly. For one thing, the pace was too slow. The plot tended to drag. And, obviously that makes for a dull book.

The biggest problem, however, was the main characters. Ellie and James. For some reason, I couldn't connect to them. I didn't dislike them, but I didn't like them either. I just couldn't get emotionally invested in them. 

Ellie was the worst of the two. She tended to be mean-spirited. 
For no justifiable reason, she would be mean to James. I know he was unkind to her in the past, but it was, like, ten years ago. Why is she still holding a youthful folly against him, even when he's trying to be nice? I just couldn't make myself feel sympathy for her, even with her messy past and less than perfect current situation. And obviously, not liking the heroine really put a damper on my enjoyment of the book.

James was a little better. He was charming and could be sweet. But, even so, I still couldn't connect with him. That was his issue. Despite all the things to recommend him, it was still difficult to connect with him. And the relationship between James and Ellie was passionate. But that passion tended to release in constant arguments between the two that became rather trying after a while.

The characters. That was the problem. I couldn't connect with them, so I couldn't enjoy the book. And I'm rather disappointed about that. I didn't hate this book. I didn't even dislike it. I just didn't particularly like it.

So, sorry, but: 2/5

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!
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Hired by the CowboyWanted: one contract bride!

Alexis Grayson is good at looking after herself—she's been doing it all her life. So what if she's alone and pregnant? She'll cope! But gorgeous cowboy Connor Madsen seems determined to take care of her. And Alexis can help him—he needs a temporary wife; she needs somewhere to live until the baby's born. A short-term marriage will solve all their difficulties!

As Alexis gets to know the courageous, honorable Connor, she realizes that she might have made the biggest mistake of her life. Because all this wife-for-hire wants is a marriage for real! 

The Italian's Inexperienced MistressWhen Angelo sought revenge Gwenna Hamilton added another delicious dimension. Innocent and pretty, she didn't stand a chance when the Italian tycoon offered her the devil's bargain: pay for her father's freedom with her body.

In her naiveté, Gwenna thought that Angelo would tire of her and her innocence very quickly. But he had more in mind that just one night...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sizzling Scoop Giveaway

To come up with themes our readers would like to see we, at Sizzling PR Book Tours, are doing a giveaway. We need six new themes for 2013 for July – December. One winner with each theme will win a $5 Amazon/B&N gift card. Contest runs until December 15.

So, if you have any ideas about a theme, let us know and you could win!
Here are the themes we have so far, to give  you an idea: 

January – Tips & Tricks on writing, publishing, & marketing
February– Everyday Heroes (cops, firefighters, etc.)
March – Romantic Suspense
April – Sweet Romance
May – Military Romance
June – Beach Reads

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Mia's Heart Release Day + Giveaway

I've reviewed Dante's Girl by Courtney Cole on Imagine a World and it was easy to say that I ADORED it. Now, book 2, Mia's Heart, has just been released! I can't tell you how awesome that book is. If you don't know about this book, here's the info:

My name is Mia Giannis.

I am seventeen years old.

I live in Valese, Caberra. 

This has become my mantra and my lifeline, having recently lost my memory due to a scary natural disaster.
Yeah. I have amnesia. Messed up, right?
You don't know the half of it.
Not remembering anything has turned my world upside down. My parents try their hardest to “remind” me of who I was, but it doesn't feel right. Or, if what they're saying is true and that really was me, I'm not sure I like that person very much.
And then there’s my love life. Apparently, Gavin Ariastasis is my oldest and best friend in the world. Also, apparently, we’ve never dated. But now, noticing him for what feels like the first time, he’s making my heart do somersaults. He knows me inside and out—the real me. Plus, he’s sexy and charming as hell. Sounds perfect, right?
But then... there’s the new guy. Quinn McKeyen – tall, gorgeous and deliciously American. His mischievous grin and slow Midwestern drawl turn my insides to mush in two seconds flat making me question who I really am and what I really want.
Seriously. What am I supposed to do with all that?! I feel torn between them, but I barely even know who I am, let alone what I want.
I just hope my indecisive heart will clue me in. And sooner rather than later…before I lose what little of my mind that I have left.

Sounds great, doesn't it? If that doesn't have you interested, here's an exclusive excerpt:

“Would you like to dance?” I ask Quinn. 
He stares at me hesitantly. 
“What?” I cajole him. “The big brawny cowboy can ride a bull but can’t dance?”
 And now he rolls his eyes. 
“Is that a challenge?”
 “Does it seem like a challenge?” I ask innocently.
 He sighs and grabs my hand. “Come on, tiny tot.” 
I smile victoriously as he leads me onto the polished dance floor. The crystal chandeliers sparkle above us and servers in black-tails and white gloves sail through the crowds with trays of champagne.
 Quinn pulls me to him and we smoothly dance around the ball room floor. I look up at him. 
“You’re a surprise,” I admit. “I figured you couldn’t dance.” 
But then again, I figured he didn’t own a pair of dress shoes, either. He’s sexy as hell tonight in a tux and polished black loafers. What is it about a tuxedo that can make a boy go from handsome to movie star hot in two seconds flat? My heart flutters as Quinn grins at me crookedly. 
And that’s another thing. My heart has been doing a lot of fluttering lately, mostly over this crooked grin of his. 
“I can most certainly dance,” he tells me needlessly. And I say needlessly because he is demonstrating that fact right now. He can most certainly dance. 
His arms feel really good wrapped around me. I almost sigh because this moment feels pretty perfect. The music is soft and soothing, Quinn is handsome and strong, and I am pressed against his strong chest. He smells delicious. I could go and on about why this moment rocks. 
But unfortunately, it doesn’t keep rocking.
 Because as I look up, I see Gavin. He is standing casually with Dante and Dimitri, with a champagne glass dangling loosely from his fingers at his side. He is the picture of casual elegance—as if tuxedos were invented to be worn by him. But I’m not distracted by how handsome he is. Because the look on his face startles me. 
He’s upset.
 With me. 
That is apparent. I stare into his dark eyes and he looks pointedly away. And he stays looking away. He doesn’t glance back at me. My stomach sinks like a rock. 
“Is something wrong?” Quinn asks, as he stares down at me. I shake my head. 
“No. I mean, yes. Maybe.”
 He stares at me again, his blonde eyebrows furrowed as he tries to figure me out. 
“I’ll be back, okay?”
 He nods and releases my hand and I scamper through the crowd to get to Gavin. But when I reach the spot where he was, he isn’t there anymore.
 “Mia!” I hear Reece call to me. I gaze around and find her in the crowd and she is gesturing wildly toward something behind me. I turn and see Gavin disappearing into a hall. I’m after him like a shot. I call out for him, but he doesn’t stop. 
So, I do the only thing I can think of to do.
 I chase him. 
I have no idea how he manages to stay so far ahead of me when I am running and he is walking. It’s like something out of a bad horror movie. I just can’t seem to catch up. I trip along in my heels until I finally get smart enough to take them off. And then I trip along after him barefoot. 
But finally, he takes pity on me.
 As he reaches a door that opens to the outdoors, he turns. He is tall and lithe and handsome and he doesn’t want to be with me. That much is apparent. 
“What do you need, Mia?” And he sounds weary. 
I’m confused.
 “Why are you running from me?”
 He smiles a small, tight smile. 
“I’m not running. I’m walking. You’re short enough that you have to run to keep up.” 
“Details,” I sniff. “Why wouldn’t you stop?” 
“Because I don’t want to talk to you right now,” he answers simply. And that answer hurts. Because out of everyone in my life, Gavin has always been there for me. 
“Why?” I ask softly. 
“Because,” he shrugs. “I don’t want to right now.”
 “But why?” I demand. “You have to have a reason.” 
“Because I just realized something,” he says. And his voice is cool and his eyes are a bit sad. It makes me apprehensive and scared to ask. But of course I ask anyway. 
“What did you realize?” 
Gavin is quiet as he stares at me. And the serious and slightly sad expression on his face scares me because I have never seen it before. 
“What?” I blurt out. “What is wrong with you? What did you realize?”
 Gavin sighs. 
“I realized that you have never looked at me like you were looking at Quinn just now. And you probably never will.”

And, now that I have you properly excited about Mia's Heart, time for the giveaway! The prize is a signed copy of Dante's Girl, the first book in the Paradise Falls Series. Sorry, international fans, but this giveaway is open only to US/CAN

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About the Author:
Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could.
She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds.
Every Last Kiss is her debut novel and she followed it with the rest of The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds).
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.
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