Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ten Reasons to Stay by Sabrina Jeffries + Featured Freebie

Ten Reasons to Stay

In "Ten Reasons to Stay," previously published in the anthology The School for Heiresses, lessons go far beyond etiquette and needlepoint. Eliza Crenshawe’s lesson is to look before she leaps. But when she discovers that her new guardian plans to marry her off without so much as a Season, she forgets all that. She flees—on a horse she unwittingly steals (oops!)—from Colin Hunt, a newly minted earl who wants nothing more than for her to go home…or stay forever.

My Rating: 5/5

A sweet novella! Ten Reasons to Stay was a lovely story, a perfect historical romance.

Loving an Ugly Beast by Danielle Monsch + Featured Freebie

Loving an Ugly Beast (Fairy Tales & Ever Afters)He may be a Beast…

Known as Beast in his village for both his hulking size and multitude of scars, Benton long ago resigned himself to a life without love and was content with his solitary existence. That is until Nissa entered his life.

...but she is no Beauty.

Plain and plain-spoken, Nissa came to the village three years ago looking for a fresh start and a quiet life. She had both until the day her friend Benton disappears and a new man arrives at the village – handsome, charming, and intent on courting her.

A fairy godmother gives Benton his greatest wish. Now that he is a beauty and not a beast, Benton intends to make Nissa fall in love with him. However, scars don’t have to be visible to exist. Will Nissa’s past destroy any chance of their Happily Ever After?

My Rating: 2.5/5

A little conflicted on this one. I liked this book. It was okay, a nice read. But, I didn't love it.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Eyes of Ember Blog Tour: Review + $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Eyes of Ember blog tour! I have a review of this brilliant book coming up, as well as a giveaway for a $50 gift card. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Beastly Scandal by Shereen Vedam + Featured Freebie

A Beastly ScandalA BELLE OF THE BALL…
Lady Annabelle Marchant was a belle of the ball in London until she used her psychical senses to save a man’s life. She failed miserably, leaving him dead and her disgraced. All she wants now is a chance to comfort his widow by cleansing the woman’s home of her husband’s restless spirit. But the widow’s son, the beastly Lord of the Manor, accuses her of coming to the wilds of Cheshire to snag him as a husband. Thoroughly disgusted, she is bent on proving him wrong.

Lord Rufus Marlesbury, the Earl of Terrance, is suspected of murdering his father. He has come home to clear his name by finding the real killer before the new year or the king has promised that Rufus will be called in front of the House of Lords to answer for the crime. He does not have time to waste fending off a marriage-minded miss who has inveigled an invitation to his home by playing on his grief-stricken mother’s worst fears.

With an unruly manor ghost terrorizing the occupants and corpses piling up in the village, Belle must find a way to see the man beneath the beast and Rufus must learn to believe in the love of a woman who has no reason to trust him. Only by working together can they stop a vengeful ghost before it torments the guests or before the killer strikes again.

My Rating: 4/5

A sweet Regency fairy tale retelling. A Beastly Scandal was a very cute, clean romance.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Blood Debt Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Blood Debt blog tour! I have a review of this lovely book coming up, along with a giveaway for 5 copies of the book. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Friday, April 26, 2013

Claimed by Him Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway Info

Welcome to my post for the Claimed by Him blog tour. I have a guest post from the author for you. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Claimed by HimGraves Buchanan has had to climb farther and higher than any of his friends, singlehandedly becoming a billionaire in less than two decades, even with a rotten poor childhood in the streets. He likes sex the way he learned it; animal, raw and without any strings attached. But even as messed-up as he is, he cares deeply for his best friend’s baby sister, Chloe Lexington. But Chloe is an heiress, a ‘princess’, and no matter how much he wants her, Graves doesn’t think he has it in him to handle a girl like her.

But Chloe has other plans for him, and she’s not taking no for an answer. She’s been warned against Graves by her brother, Daniel, and against all of his eccentric billionaire friends, but Chloe has merely been biding her time. Now that she’s almost twenty-five, she’s determined to have the man she’s always wanted, and she’ll use anything as incentive to be claimed by him, at last.

Naturals (The Lost Souls #2) by Tiffany Truitt + Featured Freebie

Naturals (The Lost Souls, #2)

Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings. Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her.

My Rating: 5/5

Even better than the first! I had high hopes for Naturals and it met every one. Full of thrills, surprises, and topped off with a game-changer ending, this book was brilliant!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Feature and Follow #16

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
Feature and Follow-a great way to *meet* new blogging buddies and gain new followers! F&F hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

Q: Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book?

Hmmm...I don't notice songs that remind me of books, but there is one exception. The song "Fall for You" by Second Serenade reminds me so much of If I Die by Rachel Vincent, particularly the scene of Tod and Kaylee's first night together as a couple. Specifically, the lyrics "Tonight will be the night that I will fall for you, over again. Don't make me change my mind, cause I won't live to see another day, I swear it's true."
If you've read the book, you'll see the connection.

So, what about you?

All My Life Cover Reveal + Gift Card Giveaway!

Welcome to the All My Life cover reveal! I have a reveal of the very steamy cover for your and a couple of excerpts, as well as a giveaway for an ARC of the book and a $35 Paypal Cash gift card. First, allow me to introduce the book:

Seventeen-year-old Kari meets Neil Mars. “Neil as in Armstrong and Mars…as in Bruno.” A boy who beats every vampire, werewolf, highlander fantasy Kari has ever had. But she knows she can’t get close to him. Not ever. Because that would mean telling him everything. Coming clean. And Kari can’t bear the idea of changing the way Neil looks at her. Like she’s the only girl in the world. His reverence is something too precious to lose. Perhaps even at the cost of losing him.

But Kari doesn't know why Neil calls her his ‘Angel’ and when she finds out, she realizes what love is all about. Boundless joy, unending longing and a load of heartache.

And, now for the cover (beware, this is an adult cover): 

Behind the Courtesan by Bronwyn Stuart + Featured Freebie

Behind the CourtesanWhen courtesan Sophia Martin returns to the village she fled as a young woman, she knows it won't be a happy reunion--but she can't refuse her brother's request to attend his expectant wife. Trapped until the baby arrives, she must navigate the social rift she caused when she left to pursue a disreputable life--and keep the true reason for her departure from the man she once loved, the bastard son of the Duke who ruined her.

Blake Vale has never forgotten Sophia, but he can't accept the decisions she made, the courtesan's life she leads, or the fact she's cast aside her true self. Plain old Sophia has to be inside this hardened woman somewhere, and he's determined to make her see she doesn't need rich men to be happy, and that their future has nothing to do with the past.

When the dukedom suddenly falls within his reach, Blake must come to terms with his own past and his birthright, and what that means for his future...and Sophia.

My Rating: 2.5/5

And okay book, but I didn't really get into it. I liked it, but it wasn't all the way there for me.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Collector (Dante Walker #1) by Victoria Scott + Featured Freebie

The Collector (Dante Walker, #1)He makes good girls...bad. 

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn't want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.

Dante doesn't know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.

My Rating: 5/5

Totally freaking amazing! I was expecting a lot from this book and it so delivered. Loved it, loved it, loved it!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Showers of Books Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my giveaway for this wonderful hop. Quick thanks to I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Books a la Mode for organizing the hop!

Up for grabs is the winner's choice of any Kindle e-book under $5. Open internationally.
Good luck!

Residue Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Residue blog tour! I have a giveaway for signed paperback copies and e-copies of the book coming up. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Loving the Marquess by Suzanna Medeiros + Featured Freebie

Loving the Marquess (Landing a Lord, #1)She is on the verge of losing everything…

To save her home and keep her two younger siblings safe, Louisa Evans must turn to the head of the family that ruined hers.

He needs an heir…
The Marquess of Overlea is starting to show signs of having inherited the same illness that killed his father and older brother. To prevent the marquisate from falling into the hands of an unscrupulous cousin, Overlea must secure an heir before that illness also claims him.

But he is determined not to be the father of that heir…
Overlea’s plan is simple—marry the practical, yet desperate, Miss Evans and hold Louisa to her promise to provide him with an heir. But he waits until after they are married to tell his wife that he intends to have another man father that heir. His careful plan becomes complicated by an almost desperate need to claim Louisa for himself and an outside threat that proves even more dangerous than his illness.

My Rating: 5/5

A lovely historical romance! Loving the Marquess was a fantastic romance that kept me guessing.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Kindle Fire or $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer has launched a new site aimed at bringing you the best Kindle Ebook Deals and Steals...

Never Too Late by Amara Royce + Featured Freebie

Never Too LateExpect the unexpected, especially in a room filled with books…
Honoria Duchamp is well aware that men often consider widows easy prey for the role of mistress. What else could explain the attentions of handsome Lord Devin, and his visits to her bookshop? Nearly half Nora’s age, the Viscount has even shown interest in the printing press with which she creates pamphlets on London’s basest injustices. Yet his chief interest appears to be in her…

Coerced to investigate Nora’s controversial pamphlets, Devin expected to find a bookish matron. Instead, he is taken with Nora’s womanly beauty, sharp intellect, and quick wit. Soon, what begins as an unwelcome task becomes a pleasure, and Devin’s job becomes more dangerous—for them both. For Nora has no idea of the vicious element she’s crossed. Now Devin will risk his reputation to protect her—and much more to win her love…

My Rating: 3.5/5

A nice historical romance. Not my favorite, but definitely enjoyable.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Quick Announcement

If you've seen my review of Astarte's Wrath, you know that I adored it. And, as I mentioned in that post, the author is going to release the bath scene of the book from Xarion's POV *cue fangirling*. BUT...
she will only release it once we get 50 reviews of Astarte's Wrath up on Amazon. And, since the book is currently on sale for $.99, this is the perfect time to get that done :)
So, let's get on it-we need to get that scene out! Click on the banner to get to the Amazon page.

What a Lady Needs by Kasey Michaels + Featured Freebie

What a Lady Needs (The Redgraves, #2)
Lady Katherine Redgrave has one mission—to find her deceased father's journals, which may hold the key to a traitorous conspiracy that puts Kate's family in danger. Kate vows to let no obstacle stand in her way . . . but when she meets Simon Ravenbill, Marquis of Singleton, her attention is diverted as the sinfully handsome nobleman tempts her beyond reason.

Simon has a mission of his own: to uncover the truth about the secret society he believes murdered his brother. All he needs is to get to the Redgrave journals before Kate does. The solution is simple—he'll romance the fiery beauty in hopes of distracting her from her quest, all while covertly searching for the diaries himself. Yet what begins as a charade soon becomes an all-consuming desire . . . one that could lead them down the most dangerous path of all.

My Rating: 4/5

Not completely perfect, but still a wonderful read! What a Lady Needs was a book that mixed sweet romance with the intrigue of a secret devil's club.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Accidental Prince by Michelle Willingham + Featured Freebie

The Accidental Prince (Accidental #4)
His runaway princess...

Princess Serena of Badenstein intends to flee—from her violent father and from the man to whom she's been pledged in a political marriage of convenience.

Karl von Lohenberg is without a country, a title—and a bride if he lets Serena get away. A ruthless man, he takes her to a secluded island, hell-bent on seduction. Only, he discovers a broken woman behind the prim princess facade. The time they spend together mends her spirit and touches his soul, but how will she react when she finds out how he's deceived her?

My Rating: 4/5

A cute historical romance. The Accidental Prince was a sweet romance, with a Cinderella twist.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Tuff Girl Legion Presents Astarte's Wrath: Review + Bonus Material + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Tuff Girl Legion Astarte's Wrath blog tour! I'm so excited to host for this book LOVE it. I have a review, some information about awesome bonus material, and a giveaway for a $10 gift card and signed book marks. But first, allow me to introduce the book:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Feature & Follow #15

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
Feature and Follow-a great way to *meet* new blogging buddies and gain new followers! F&F hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

Q: If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do?

Ooh, great question! Let's see...I'd love to hang out with Rachel Vincent. After fangirling for a while, I would want to ask her how she comes up with such brilliant characters, get some advice about writing, and see if I could find out about her upcoming books.
I'd also love to hang out with Wendy Higgins. She seems so nice and I would love to just have a conversation with her.

So, what about you?

Mything You Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Mything You blog tour! I have a review and a giveaway for a paperback copy of the book. But, first allow me to introduce the book:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Highlander Taken by Juliette Miller + Featured Freebie

Highlander Taken (Clan Mackenzie, #2)In the midst of a clan divided, two unlikely allies must confront the passion that binds them...and the treachery that may part them forever.
To secure her family's alliance with the powerful Clan Mackenzie, Stella Morrison has no choice but to wed the notorious Kade Mackenzie. Unable to ignore the whispers that surround him, she resigns herself to a marriage in name only. Yet, as the fierce warrior strips away Stella's doubt one seductive touch at a time, burgeoning desire forces her to question all she holds as truth.

Leading a rebellious army should have been Kade's greatest challenge...until conquering the heart of his reluctant bride becomes an all-consuming need. Now more than ever, he's determined to find victory both on the battlefield and in the bedchamber. But the quest for triumph unleashes a dark threat, and this time, only love may prove stronger than danger.

My Rating: 5/5

Loved this romance! Highlander Taken was a great read, an absolutely brilliant highlander romance.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Winner of the Blooming Love Giveaway Hop!!!

The Blooming Love Giveaway Hop is over and it is time to pick a winner!
And the winner is....
Christina Kim Ahn Hickey!

Congratulations Christina! An email has been sent and you have 48 hours to reply.
To everyone else, thanks for entering my giveaway. Worry not, there will be plenty more to come :)

Nefertiti's Heart by A.W. Exley + Featured Freebie

Nefertiti's HeartCara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently.
London, 1861. Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father - sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight inch long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumored to hold the key to immortality.

Her Majesty’s Enforcers are in pursuit of the murderer and they see a connection between the gruesome deaths and Cara. So does she, somewhere in London her father hid Nefertiti’s Heart, a fist sized diamond with strange mechanical workings. Adding further complication to her life, notorious crime lord, Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is relentless in his desire to lay his hands on Cara and the priceless artifact. If only she could figure out his motive.

Self-preservation fuels Cara's search for the gem. In a society where everyone wears a mask to hide their true intent, she needs to figure out who to trust, before she makes a fatal mistake.

My Rating: 5/5

Absolutely brilliant! I loved this book! Honestly, this is one of the best steampunk romances I've ever read. It was literally that good.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Morning Star Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my post for The Morning Star blog tour! I have a guest post and a giveaway for copies of The Morning Star as well as several other book and swag prizes. But, first allow me to introduce the book and turn it over to the author:

The Baron by Juliana Garnett + Featured Freebie

The Baron: A Loveswept Historical RomanceIn Juliana Garnett’s enchanting romance of medieval England, a dashing nobleman and a seductive aristocrat on opposite sides of the law discover that the heart knows no boundaries.
Tré Devaux, Third Baron of Brayeton, has just been appointed Sheriff of Nottingham. His first task: to rid the land of the Saxon outlaws who undermine the Norman rule . . . or face the wrath of his vengeful king. Tré is determined to let no one stand in his way, not even the captivating Lady Jane Neville, a known sympathizer to the Saxon cause whose unbridled spirit evokes feelings in Tré he thought were long buried.

Although she seems to be the very definition of the perfect English lady, Jane Neville is much more than an elegant noblewoman. She is the niece of the infamous outlaw Robin Hood, and has inherited her uncle’s fierce courage. But even with her warrior’s blood, Jane cannot resist the broad-shouldered, strong-willed Tré, a man whose love comes with harsh consequences. By surrendering to passion, Jane and Tré put themselves in the middle of a civil war that may cost both their hearts—and their lives.

My Rating: 4/5

Started off slow, but ended up great! The Baron was a sweet romance that blended in the beloved tale of Robin Hood.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols + Featured Freebie

Dirty Little SecretFrom the author of the “real page-turner” (Seventeen) Such a Rush comes an unforgettable new drama that follows friends-turned-lovers as they navigate the passions, heartbreaks, and intrigue of country music fame.

Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…

My Rating: 2/5

I had really hoped to like this book. I loved a couple of this author's books, so I hoped that I would like this book just as much. But, I had one major issue that ruined the book for me.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski + Featured Freebie

How My Summer Went Up in FlamesFirst she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!
Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.

To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…

My Rating: 3/5

A nice, light read. How My Summer Went Up in Flames was a cute book about growing up and moving on. Though I didn't adore it, I definitely liked it.

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark #2) by Shana Abe + Featured Freebie

The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark, #2)
It’s 1915, and sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at Iverson, a prestigious, gothic boarding school on England’s southern coast. While she’s always felt different from everyone around her, now she finally knows why: She is a drákon, a rare, enchanted being with astonishing magical abilities.

As war hits Britain’s shores, and Lora reels from an unimaginable loss, she finds that her powers come with grave and dangerous responsibilities. At the request of Armand Louis, the darkly mysterious boy whose father owns Iverson, Lora will spend her summer at his lavish estate. To help the war effort—and to keep Lora by his side—Armand turns his home into a military hospital, where Lora will serve as a nurse. For Armand is inescapably drawn to her—bound to her by heart-deep secrets and a supernatural connection that runs thicker than blood.

Yet while Lora tries to sort out her own feelings toward Armand, fate offers an unexpected surprise. Lora discovers there is another drákon, a prisoner of war being held in Germany. And that only she, with her newly honed Gifts, will be able to rescue him.

With Armand, Lora will cross enemy lines on an incredible mission—one that could bond her to Armand forever, or irrevocably tear them apart.

Beautifully written, deeply romantic, and filled with daring adventure and magic, The Deepest Night is a mesmerizing novel of the enduring pull of destiny, and the eternal strength of love

My Rating: 4.5/5

A brilliant sequel! If you adored The Sweetest Dark, you will love The Deepest Night just as much. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Featured and Follow #14

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
Feature and Follow-a great way to *meet* new blogging buddies and gain new followers! F&F hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

Q: We are about to see a lot of posts & tweets about reader conventions, RT, BEA, ALA and many more are starting soon. Which one would you love to attend? Where and why?

Honestly, I would love to go to any of them. I haven't had the chance to attend any readers conventions yet (though I hope to remedy that in the near future). So, going to any of them would be exciting for me. Let's hope that I get the chance to attend one soon!

So, what about you?

At First Touch Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway!

Thanks to AToMR Tours for organizing this wonderful tour!
Welcome to my stop for the At First Touch blog tour! I have an excerpt of the book, as well as a giveaway of 5 e-copies. But, let me first introduce the book:

Love's Forbidden Flower Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop for the Love's Forbidden Flower book tour! I have an excerpt and giveaway of a few copies of the book. But, first allow me to introduce the book:

Lady Vivian Defies a Duke by Samantha Grace + Featured Freebie

Lady Vivian Defies a Duke (Beau Monde #4)

Lady Vivian Worth knows perfectly well how to behave like a lady. But observing proper manners when no one is around to impress is just plain silly. When Luke Forest, the newly named Duke of Foxhaven, arrives early to visit his bride-to-be, he catches Vivian acting most unladylike—in her chemise. Though amused by her unconventional ways, Luke hadn't planned on marrying such a sprightly and opinionated lady. He'll just have to find her another husband. But can he stand to see the vivacious woman in the arms of someone else?

My Rating: 4/5

So sweet! Lady Vivian Defies a Duke was a great romance, though it had one issue...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Surface Blog Tour: Review + Huge Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Surface book tour! I have a review and a huge giveaway that includes an e-reader and a couple of great gift cards coming up. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Storm Book Tour: Review + Favorite Quote+ Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop for The Storm blog tour! I have a review of this lovely book, my favorite quote, as well as a bookmark and 4 e-copies of the book. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

The Storm
Millicent Parker, and her two brothers, have been alive for over two centuries and counting. Ever since a storm changed their lives, a storm that gave them powers to create storm elements, Millicent and her brothers have been through every war, trend and crisis throughout history since then.

When it's time to come out of hiding yet again, Milli sets out to what she thinks will be yet another long three years of high school, another long school year without friends, another long life without Felix.

But when Felix somehow appears at her new school after 282 years, Millicent is excited, confused, and heartbroken. Felix doesn't want her anymore, his attention is focused on his new girlfriend.

Then, something strange happens...Millicent finds out that her and her brothers aren't the only ones with storm powers.

Felix Walter can control thunder.

But when disaster strikes, taking everything, and everyone she's ever loved and cared about. Will Millicent fight back? Or will she give into the people who took everything from her?

My Rating: 3.5/5

A sweet YA paranormal romance. The Storm was a nice read. Not perfect, but definitely enjoyable.

Monday, April 8, 2013

What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries + Featured Freebie

What the Duke Desires  (The Duke's Men, #1)Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, accepted long ago that his kidnapped brother was dead. When a cryptic note from investigator Tristan Bonnaud claims otherwise, Max seeks out Tristan’s sister, Lisette—and is infuriated to learn that Tristan has also mysteriously vanished. Have the siblings perpetrated an elaborate hoax? Or is the fiercely protective beauty as innocent as she claims them to be?
Fearful that the powerful Duke will destroy Tristan’s career in his zeal for the truth, the clever Lisette convinces Max to accompany her to Paris in a joint search for their loved ones. But their journey takes a seductive twist when they pose as an ordinary husband and wife—not an English Duke with a tarnished family name and the illegitimate daughter of a viscount—and discover an exhilarating passion free from the damning secrets of the past. With the line between danger and desire enticingly blurred, they discover that some mysteries, like those of the heart, are answered tenfold in the bliss of a true and trusting love.

My Rating: 5/5

Loved it! What the Duke Desires was a top notch historical romance. Definitely a delightful read.

Mything You Book Trailer Tour + Giveaway!

Welcome to the trailer tour for Mything You! I have a peek at the trailer for this book and a giveaway for a Kindle copy coming up. And, I'll be hosting a stop for the review tour of this book on April 18, so watch out for that. Now, allow me to introduce the book:

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bound to Be a Bride by Megan Mulry + Featured Freebie

Bound to Be a Bride

In 1808 tempestuous Isabella, daughter of the Duke of Feria, unites with rebellious Javi, a highborn aristocrat practiced in the art of hojōjutsu, Japanese rope binding. They meet in the forest of western Spain, where both are on the run from an arranged marriage…to each other.

My Rating: 3/5

A unique historical romance novella. Bound to be a Bride was a good read, though it didn't completely work out for me.

A Wedding in Springtime by Amanda Forester + Featured Freebie

A Wedding in Springtime (Marriage Mart, #1)

Five minutes into Miss Eugenia Talbot's presentation at court, notorious rogue Mr. William Grant made her laugh, ruining her debut. To hush up the scandal, Eugenia's aunt hires a matchmaker to quickly find a suitor— anyone except the infamous William Grant—to help restore Eugenia's reputation. But amiable Eugenia shows a disturbing tendency to follow her heart, and is again caught in the company of notorious Grant. When a traitor creeps closer, threatening to ruin more than just Eugenia's reputation, her kindheartedness may be her ultimate undoing...

My Rating: 3/5

A sweet book. Wedding in Springtime was such a cute romance. I didn't love it, but I definitely liked it.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Beauty Within by Marguerite Kaye + Featured Freebie

The Beauty WithinBeauty is in the eye of the beholder
Considered the plain, clever one in her family, Lady Cressida Armstrong knows her father has given up on her ever marrying. But who needs a husband when science is the only thing to set Cressie's pulse racing?

Disillusioned artist Giovanni di Matteo is setting the ton abuzz with his expertly executed portraits. Once his art was inspired; now it's only technique. Until he meets Cressie….

Challenging, intelligent and yet insecure, Cressie is the one whose face and body he dreams of capturing on canvas. In the enclosed, intimate world of his studio, Giovanni rediscovers his passion as he awakens hers.

My Rating: 4.5/5

A lovely romance! The Beauty Within was such a sweet romance-I absolutely adored it!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Otherborn by Anna Silver Book Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Otherborn book tour! I have an excerpt of the book and a giveaway for 5 e-copies coming up. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Bloodspell by Amalie Howard + Featured Freebie

Bloodspell (Bloodspell, #1)
The spell was simple...

Cruentus Protectum (Defend the Blood)

But what do you do if your blood is your enemy?

Victoria Warrick has always known she was different. An outcast at school, she is no stranger to adversity. But when she receives an old journal for her seventeenth birthday, nothing prepares her for the dark secrets it holds -- much less one that reveals she's a witch with unimaginable power.

What's more, when she meets the dazzling but enigmatic Christian Devereux, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Enemies will hunt her. Friends will turn on her. The terrible curse that makes her blood run black will stop at nothing to control her. And Christian has a sinister secret of his own...

Without knowing whom to trust, can Victoria survive her blood's deadly desires? Or will she lose everything, including herself?

My Rating: 4/5

A pleasant surprise. Bloodspell was a wonderful YA that featured a new idea beyond witches and vampires.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Feature and Follow #13

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
Feature and Follow-a great way to *meet* new blogging buddies and gain new followers! F&F hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

Q: Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate -- ? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that?

Before I read Grave Mercy, I thought I would hate it. The whole "assassin nun" thing sounded cool, but I wasn't sure how that was going to be pulled off and I didn't quite get it in general. But, I like to give books a fair try so, when I got the chance to read an ARC of the book, I read it. And absolutely adored it. Forget pulling "assassin nuns" off, Grace Mercy blew my expectations straight out of the water. I'm so glad I decided to give it a try :)
 BTW, so excited for the next book in that series! I finally get the copy I ordered online delivered today, so I'm itching to get my hands on it.

So, what about you?

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2)
Check out my review of book 1 in the Blood of Eden series-The Immortal Rules. Go here.

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

My Rating: 5/5

So amazing-even better than the first! The Eternity Cure was totally epic. Loved it!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Deadly Kiss Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop for the Deadly Kisses book tour! I have a review of this lovely book for you, as well as a giveaway for a signed copy. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The League of Illusions: Prophecy by Vivi Anna Blog Tour: Review

The League of Illusion: ProphecyLondon, 1851
With his brother Sebastian missing, illusionist Rhys Davenport is running out of time and leads. He knows only that Sebastian disappeared into Stonehenge and that an incomplete map is the key to finding him. And that the missing piece is in the possession of the unnervingly attractive psychic Corina Stratton.

Corina has no intention of giving her part of the map to the haughty Rhys Davenport. In fact, she needs to steal his half so she can heal her mother's malevolent spirit. She heads to London, only to be chased by a revengeful sorcerer right into Rhys's arms. Although touched by Rhys's plight, she agrees to go on his crazy quest only to get an opportunity to take what she came for.

With an airship full of fanatic elves after them, Rhys and Corina are forced into close quarters as they search for a portal. But to open it in time to find Sebastian, they must reconcile their differences and their growing feelings, or he'll be lost to them forever...

My Rating: 5/5

A wonderful steampunk romance! League of Illusion: Prophecy was a great read that blended fantastic steampunk and hot romance.

The characters in this novella were well developed. Despite the short length, I felt like I had gotten to know the characters.
Corina was a lovely heroine. She was very strong and admirable. I only had one thing about her that I didn't love. I didn't understand her determination to hold on to her mother's spirit after seeing her becoming a malevolent spirit. But, otherwise, I liked her.

Rhys was a great hero. He had a lot of depth, which is quite a feat in a novella. He was a sympathetic character. It was obvious early on that he had a lot of pain in his past. He was a remarkably powerful sorcerer, though he didn't know it yet. I adored him. He was sweet, strong, gentlemanly-basically perfect.
He and Corina were very sweet together. And they had sparks flying immediately and, when those sparks finally ignited, it was HOT.

The plot moved quickly but didn't feel rushed because of the short length. There were definitely a few thrills to be a had and a couple of surprises in store. The ending had me very curious to find out what happens next.

League of Illusions: Prophecy was lovely. Lovers of steampunk or romance, you should give this a read.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Nicholas (Lonely Lords #2) by Grace Burrowes + Featured Freebie

Nicholas (Lonely Lords, #2)

Heir to the Bellefonte earldom, Nick Haddonfield has made a promise to his dying father that he’ll marry before the Season’s over. When Nick meets Lady Leah Lindsey, he realizes he’s found not only a damsel lady in need of rescuing, but also a perfect countess of convenience. Then he spoils everything by falling in love with his wife…the one woman he can never, ever have.

My Rating: 2/5

After reading Darius and liking it so much, I had hoped that I would like Nicholas as much. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out as I hoped.

Monday, April 1, 2013

A Beautiful Struggle Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the A Beautiful Struggle blog tour! I have a guest post from the author for you, as well as a giveaway for a signed print copy of this lovely book. But, let me first introduce the book:

Blooming Love Giveaway Hop

Thanks to CBL Reviews for organizing this hop!

Welcome to my stop on this lovely blog hop. 

Up for grabs is the winner's choice of any Kindle e-book (up to $5 in price)
Open internationally.
Ends April 15
Good luck!