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The Blood King (Inferno Rising #2) by Abigail Owen

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Abigail Owen has definitely became one of my favorite paranormal writers. I am yet to read a story by
her I do not love. The Blood King was absolutely amazing. What is hard is to decide if I like this one or the first book, The Rogue King, better. On that note, I would not recommend reading this one without having read the first book. It is doable, there is a nice little intro to refresh your memory and such, so you won't be lost. But you will likely feel like you are missing an important part of the story. Blurb:Ruthless dragon king Ladon Ormarr must keep his throne at all costs. And now, with war on the horizon, he’ll need a miracle. Luckily, the fates have dropped Skylar Amon right into his lap.

Except he may have met his match.

The feisty Amon sister has no fear — of him or any other dragon shifter — is brash, doesn’t stick to protocols, and regularly offends his warriors and advisers.

Skylar also has no intention of sticking around. She doesn't believe in the whole destined…

The Best Man Plan (Boots and Bouquets #1) by Jaci Burton

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This was such an easy read! One of those books you can loose yourself in and completely lose track of time. I certainly did and pretty much finished this beauty in one sitting. Three days before Erin Bellini's wedding, her fiancé breaks up with her--in an email! Hurt and embarrassed, she decides to have a fling with veterinarian Jason Callum, who's both the best man and the hottest guy she knows. But Jason wants a lot more than just a one-night stand with the woman he's cared about for years. So he's taking things slow. And hot. And showing Erin what real love can look like.

Suddenly Erin finds herself spending a lot more time with Jason than she intended. Feelings she never planned on having again are wrapping around her heart, refusing to let go. Erin isn't sure she can trust her instincts, though. After all, she made a terrible choice with her ex-fiancé. But Jason intends to convince her that he's the best man for her, and that what they have together is a re…

Fable (Fable #1) by Adrienne Young

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Adrienne Young's book Sky in the Deepwas no doubt one of my all time favorite young adult fantasy stand alone books. Sadly, the book she wrote immediately after that was one of my biggest disappointments. So I really didn't know what to expect of this one. The premise sounded good. The blurb was promising. And in the end, I would say it delivered. It wasn't as amazing as her first book, but it wasn't bad and I am actually looking forward to the next one.  As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father…

"Quickies" August 2020

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Hello Hello Sunnies! :)
This past month I've read a few older publications, and although I don't have the time to write long reviews on all of them, here is a quick recap (specially for those that are not following me on Instagram):- Ride Hard by Laura Kaye5 StarsI absolutely LOVED this one. I enjoy MC romances most of the time so I was really looking forward to this one and it did not disappoint. It might not be what you would usually expect from an MC romance as the riders here are all good guys and the club is about helping others, but don't you think for a second that will mean less grit to the story. President Dare takes his duties seriously, his father did not, he run a corrupt MC and his brother and mum paid the price for that life. Dare dedicates his life to helping those in need. Haven is one of those. Her father is a horrible human being and he is helping her hide and start a new life. They are very different from each other, but that is what makes them so perfect…

Don't Hex and Drive (Stay a Spell #2) by Juliette Cross [arc review]

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Sometimes you only realize you've been missing something when a favorite author of yours comes up with something new. I did not know I liked charming Bollywood actors, now I know I do. Thanks for that Juliette Cross! I think.... hehe (as if I needed another obsession)

Crazy Cupid Love (Let's Get Mythical #1) by Amanda Heger

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A fun, whimsical, and charming story with a touch of Greek mythology. What is not to love?

The Pull of The Stars by Emma Donoghue

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A lone nurse in a maternity ward during the flu pandemic of 1918
I don’t often read general fiction. But when I do, it is often Emma Donoghue. Her books Room and Akin where great stories and I was certain so would The Pull of the Stars be. I was not disappointed. I was enthralled by it from beginning to end and I hope you all love it as much as I did! 

The book takes place during the height of the great flu pandemic and is almost entirely set in a little room, turned maternity ward, at an Irish hospital. Nurse Julia Power, due to many members of staff falling ill themselves ends up solely responsible for the pregnant mothers in that room. All assistance she gets is from a young girl who never helped in a hospital before and Dr. Kathleen Lynn, a rumored rebel on the run from the police. She immediately proves to be a lot more responsible and knowledgeable than the young male doctor in the hospital.  Three days… that is the entirety of the book. And yet, so much happens. It was an emotiona…

Could Be Something Good (Timber Falls #1) by Fiona West

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I am lucky enough to get some pretty good books -arcs and freebies- through work. This beauty was one of them. Thank you so much Fiona West for sending me a copy of your book. I loved it!
The Blurb: It was love at first brush-off...
Dr. Daniel Durand wanted Winnie Baker the minute he laid eyes on her. Never mind that she's his attending physician's daughter, can't stand him, and she's a few years older than him. Giving up would've been the smart thing to do when the hot blonde midwife gave him the cold shoulder at the elevators his first week of residency at Santiam, but he never did give up easy. After bonding over early-morning Mexican food, can he convince her that he's just the arm candy she needs for that wedding...and get her to consider one of their own?
Winnie Baker isn’t taking her cousin to another wedding. Her mentor's big day is far too important to miss. And she's not going by herself, not with her ex-boyfriend promising to be in attendance and…

Encircled in Darkness by H.J. Marshall [arc review]

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A few months ago a friend of mine introduced my first HJ Marshall title and I loved it. So of-course, when she told me about her new title I requested it straight away. And boy I'm glad I did!
The Blurb: What if someone crawled into the dark with you and offered you a way out?
I made a deal to save my sister and became ensnared in a world filled with depravity, finding comfort in the dark recesses of my mind. The wicked feelings deep within can overtake you if you’re left without light for too long, and I reveled in the merciless world that equally thrilled and frightened me.
He accepted the darker parts of me, the shame and regret, and made a deal to save me. He brought me back into the light, learning to twist my delights to his will, destroying the shameful fragments that remained. Redeeming me with his touch, he destroyed the pain that tore through my heart.
He was a dangerous man who became my monster and my hero, recognizing the wicked parts of me and welcoming them. Knowing what…

Alpha Night (Psy-Changeling Trinity #4) by Nalini Singh

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Nalini Singh is a force to be reckoned with in the paranormal world. Her series Psy-Changeling Trinity and its original series Psy-Changeling are fabulous works of art. She is no shadow of doubt a master of her craft.

The Summer Deal (Wildstone #5) by Jill Shalvis [arc review]

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Do you read according to seasons? I almost never do. I like my paranormal romances a little too much for that. But, on occasion I get arcs that go with the seasons. This was one of them and it was a very enjoyable read!

Gifting Me To His Best Friend (A Touch of Taboo #2) by Katee Robert [arc review]

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I really liked the first book in the  A Touch of Taboo series and I was looking forward to this one. It was a well put together, quick to read erotica.

Q&A with Sasha Summers, author of Jace

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Hello Sunnies! The lovely Sasha Summers has agreed to join us for a Q&A after my bookclub read her book last month.  Here it is:
Q&A with Sasha Summers!
-  When did you start writing? Was it a hobby at first or did you always wanted to be a writer? I've been writing since I was young - my first play was for Girl Scouts many, many--many--years ago. I didn't start taking it seriously until about 2012. After that, it was my everything.

- When you are not writing what genre do you enjoy reading? And do you have a ’go-to’ author? I read EVERYTHING, honestly. For romance, I love Julia Quinn and Julia London, Jodi Thomas, and Sophie Kinsella. If I hear chatter or a bunch of great reviews, I'll buy the book. I just finished Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra and really enjoyed it!

- What was the inspiration behind Jace? I'm married to a cowboy who often sings classic country while he's working, so I already had a soft spot for a singing cowboy hero but I'm not sure I would…

The Subway Girl by Lisa Becker [arc review]

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June has been a good reading month, although not all books have been 5 star reads they have all been great reads. And on that note, thank you kindly to author Lisa Becker for sending me a copy of her book to read and review. This beauty comes out July 14th, 2020!


Jace (Kings of Country #1) by Sasha Summers

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I have a soft spot for rock-star romances so needless to say I was very much looking forward to this one. That and Sourcebooks Casablanca has been rocking lately. Do you ever go through phases with romance publishers? I feel like everywhere I look at the moment all I see is rom-com or books that are catering for our current political and/or social climate, thing is rom-com is actually one of my least favorite romance subgenres and I am not a fan politics on my romance books... I've actually been reading a lot from my tbr lately instead of getting new stuff because of that.
Anyways, back to Jace! I confess it took me a few to get into it. The start was a tad slow. But once the story got going it was heartfelt, kept me interested, and had a great romance.
Blurb:
Music is all he has...but is it enough to heal them both?

Jace Black went from an oilfield roughneck to an overnight singing sensation. Now he's working on a duet with country music legend Krystal King, and he's determine…

Beach Read by Emily Henry

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A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Q&A with Marie Harte, author of The Kissing Game

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The favorite part of my job? There are many. That being said, doing Q&A's with authors and hosting authors events are big perks. This past month my Romance Book Club read The Kissing Game by Marie Harte and I loved the book. Even more, loved the opportunity to get to know the author a little more. Here is our Q&A with the fabulous Marie Harte! -  When did you start writing? Was it a hobby at first or did you always wanted to be a writer?I used to write on 3x5 index cards and create stories when I was a kid. I’ve always loved stories and storytelling and dreamed of being a full-fledged novelist. I majored in English in college and started writing while in my early twenties, but on the side. (I was in the Marine Corps at the time.) It wasn’t until 2002 when I quit my job to write full-time. Then I became pregnant and continued to write, publishing in late 2004 with a small press publisher.- When you are not writing what genre do you enjoy reading? And do you have a ’go-to’ a…

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0) by Suzanne Collins

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This prequel of the beloved Hunger Games trilogy is absolutely fantastic. This story has the ability to be read as a stand alone, as you do not need previous knowledge of the original three books. However, it does give insight to situations and reactions in the trilogy. This book makes you sympathize with the loathsome antagonist from the main series, President Snow. 
The plot follows orphaned Coriolanus Snow as an eighteen year old about to graduate from the capitol's academy. Him and twenty-three other classmates are chosen to participate as the first ever mentors to the tributes in the games. As it is announced who was assigned to what district and what gender. Snow is assigned the district twelve girl-- which he perceives as a personal insult due to his family hiding being poor. The dean of the school is one of his father's old friends, who has an issue with Snow. 
The girl's name who was pulled for district twelve was a young lady named Lucy Gray Baird, who in short is …

"Quickies" part 2

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Another week, another "quickies" post. Once more I read some of the books on my tbr that are a little older. It is being nice getting to some of them :)

"Quickies" aka: short reviews :)

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There is a fair amount of reviews that did not make its way here this past few weeks. Some because they were older titles and although I try to review everything I read when I am busy that is a little difficult, so I skip reviews on older publications. Others because I did not love the book and wasn't inspired to write a review. Whatever the reason, here is a line or two on the books I read recently that did not get their own post on the blog:

My Kind of Cowboy (Wranglers of Wyoming #1) by R.C. Ryan [arc review]

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Hello Hello Sunnies! I hope you are all staying safe during these crazy times. My Kind of Cowboy was my first read for May and I thoroughly enjoyed it, RC Ryan writes easy to read stories and easy to love characters.

A Duke by Any Other Name (Rogues to Riches #4) by Grace Burrowes

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It is no surprise to anyone that has been following me for a while that I am obsessed with this series by Grace Burrowes. All the books are, no exception, historical romance heaven!

Q&A with Lauren Layne, Author of The Central Park Pact Series

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One of my favorite things at work is Q&A time. Our Romance Book Club reads 2 books a month, and for one of them, we always have an author joining us with a Q&A. In April we read Marriage on Madison Avenue. I loved the book and I am so glad I get to share our Q&A with Lauren Layne with all of you. If you haven't read her books yet, give it a try :)

Passion and Ink (Sweetest Taboo #2) by Naima Simone

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I loved Sin and Ink- the first book in the  Sweetest Taboo series - and was really looking forward to this one. I am happy to say it was even better than the first book! I am not one to get emotional reading, I got emotional... This story was full of passion and heart. 

Shift Out of Luck (Brimstone Inc. #2) by Abigail Owen

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Abigail Owen was a new author to me last year. I was given a copy of The Rogue Kingand fell in love. So much so I added her book to my local book club list (Q&A with Abigail here). So of-course, when I saw this beauty I just had to read it. It was paranormal romance heaven! What pnr lover does not enjoy a good shifter story?

The Kissing Game by Marie Harte

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The Kissing Game by Marie Harte was the book picked for my romance book for May. I don't often pick books I have not read before but this looked and sounded so cute I could not resist. I just had to give it a chance. I am glad I did. It had me smiling rather often!

Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher [arc review]

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I finished it.

The Last King (The Kings #1) by Katee Robert

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For those who don't know I run a Romance Book Club at Inklings Bookshop in Washington State. Katee Robert will (hopefully, no one wants this COVID madness to last that long), be in our store this August with a bunch of other amazing authors and I wanted to introduce my book club to her. I like a little spice on my books so although I've read her books, it was her Mafia Romance series and not this one. Well, I guess now I found another series to be hooked on, it was fab :)

The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren [arc review]

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I absolute love these ladies. Christina and Lauren are above and beyond talented and I am very happy to sit and read another title by them. The Honey-Don't List was sweet, charming, and it had its funny moments.  Another day under quarantine, another fabulous read ;)

From Alaska With Love by Ally James [arc review]

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Sometimes it is good to go blind into a book. From Alaska with Love was that for me. I knew it was a romance but I could not remember the blurb and didn't re-read it. It was SO GOOD! One of those easy to read, feel good romances that leaves you with a smile on your face and feeling better about the world!

Crave by Tracy Wolff [arc review]

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Crave was everything you would expect from an young adult paranormal romance with vampires. Remember years ago when that was popular? I guess Renee Ahidieh with Beautiful and now Tracy Wolff with Crave are trying to bring it back. I don't know about you, but I am all in for it!

Undone (Start Up in the City #3) by Kelly Rimmer [arc review]

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I wrote this review a few times and stopped. Why? Because I love Kelly Rimmer's books and yet, this just didn't work for me. It is such a horrible feeling having to sit down and write a not so positive review for a writer you love. Oh well... it needs to be done...

How to cure a Book Slump & Review for Into the Dreaming (Highlander #8) by Karen Marie Moning

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How to get over a Book Slump? Those who read a lot get asked that question rather often. I have 2 tricks: the first is to pick up a book by a favorite author that is of a different genre to the one you previously read (or at least a different sub-genre). I find it is best if it is something very different than the book that put you on a book slump to start.  The second is to always have a long series you love going on the background. I am currently reading 3 paranormal series. But here is the thing, I do not read as the new books come out. I read only when I need a trusted book to get me out of a slump. This series is a little old now and the other two are still ongoing (Black Dagger Brotherhood and Bewitched and Bewildered). All that brings us to Into the Dreaming, book 8 and last in this series. I have not read The Highlander series in order though, I still have 2 to go- eventually! 
I believe this book is 14 years old now. Time flies hey? Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series …

Q&A with Abigail Owen, author of The Rogue King (Inferno Rising Series)

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It has been a very busy month here and not much reading was done. But the Romance Book Club I run for the store still going strong and the fabulous Abigail Owen has agreed to let me share our Book Club questions with the world!
Have fun getting to know this fabulous writer, we sure did! :)

A Heart of Blood and Ashes (A Gathering of Dragons #1) by Milla Vane [arc review]

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I've been dying to read this book ever since I heard about it. When the arc arrived I almost fell off my chair though, the book is huge for a massive market paperback. I knew it would take me a while to finish it... it took more than a little while...

The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1) by Lyssa Kay Adams

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I don't buy books all that often unless I go to signing events. I actually still have two piles from the last two events I attended. But, I did go and purchase this one. I liked the premise, it is original. How many books out there with a male only book club? it promised to be funny and entertaining. Did it deliver though? Guess you will have to read the review to find out :)
Blurb: The first rule of book club: You don't talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. W…

Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact #3) by Lauren Layne [arc review]

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From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne, comes the final installment of the Central Park Pact series, a heartfelt and laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that’s perfect for fans of Sally Thorne and Christina Lauren.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle [arc review]

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This book was everything I didn't know I needed. Amazing does not begin to describe it. We are still in January and I can already tell you this will likely be in my favorites list for 2020. It is easily in par with my favorite from last year!

Rich, Rugged Rancher (Texas Cattleman’s Club: Inheritance #2) by Joss Wood

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"Why aren't you pushing me away?"

"Because you kiss like a dream."

Through the Darkest Hour (The Chaos Theory Duet Book 2) by Cassandra Giovanni

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Romantic suspense kills me (when done well anyway). The need to know the end, to know what happens, and what clues I am missing, drives me CRAZY! And so, it is one of the romance sub-genres I read the least. I genuinely feel like I am giving myself anxiety issues when I do 😅 All that is to say this little duet was beautifully written and kept me anxious almost the whole way, which a romantic suspense is suppose to do. So if you like romantic suspense, give this little gem a try. The review for the first book is here.
Blurb:
I was sent to save the city.
It turns out I'm the poison that will destroy it.

Sun City is a city divided, eaten away by the corruption of the Elite upper-class who reside in the Gold District. The drugs siphon down into the middle-class White District, killing the dreams of its residents until they end up in poverty-stricken Blue District.
Ana Jacobs has spent the last year of her life atoning for her father's sins and searching for the truth about the Trinit…