Monday, October 22, 2018

The Secretive Wife by Jennifer Peel


Synopsis:

I have a famous secret, but it’s not the biggest one I keep.

From an outside view, my life would be the definition of boring. I’m married to a landscaper, albeit a very attractive one, I drive an old cheap car, and I write articles for an online magazine. So, maybe I’ve been a constant fixture on the New York Times Best Sellers list for the last few years, but no one needs to know that.

Here’s a word of advice. If you want to keep a secret, don’t tease your mother-in-law, whose life goal is to save her son from you, about what’s in your attic. Now that my famous secret is out, past acquaintances willing to do anything to get their own fifteen minutes of fame are lying to the media about me. But my biggest problem isn’t the lies in the press, it’s the truth I’m forced to face. The secret I’ve kept from everyone, even my husband, the man I love, the first person who ever made me feel like I belonged somewhere.

Now I have no other choice but to tell the truth and face my biggest fear, that Peter and I were never meant to be together and my secrets could take him away too.

My Review: 5+ Stars!

Delanie had the most unusual childhood. All she ever wanted was to fit in... to feel loved... to live a normal life. But with Cat and Ron as parents, that would never happen. It wasn't until she met Peter that she ever felt love. But with him being a Priest, they would never be able to act on their love for each other.

Peter had never met anyone like Delanie before. There was just something about her that drew him in and had him questioning what he wanted out of life. They tried to stay apart but the heart wants what the heart wants. Peter made the decision to leave the Priesthood and build a life with Delanie. He didn't make that decision lightly. He knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that she was his life.

For the last four years they have lived in bliss. Their love for each other growing stronger every day. The only thing that could make it better would be if Peter's mom, Sarah, liked Delanie. But she has made it painfully clear every chance she gets that she strongly disagrees with their marriage. It seems she'll stop at nothing to tear them apart.

But their blissful life is about to be turned upside down. Who would have ever thought that a last minute party at Delanie and Peter's house thrown together by his mother would reveal a secret that they had been keeping from their family. The more they try to keep everything under control, the more secrets arise. Delanie and Peter are filled with hurt, frustration, doubt, anger and defeat. They don't know who to trust, who to turn to, or where they go from here. It seems like the entire world is against them.

When Delanie is hit with the ultimate betrayal, she'll have to decide what she really wants. She knows that Peter would be better off without her but just thinking about letting him go breaks her heart and leaves her feeling like a shell of a person. But when she receives the news that her and Peter have been longing for, she doesn't know if she could ever give him up.

Delanie may not know this, but she should never under estimate a man in love. Peter may be a putz at times and might now always know the right things to say but he will fight tooth and nail to keep her in his life. He's determined to show her exactly where she belongs... show her how much he truly loves her... and show her that, when it comes to the two of them, even though the road is wrought with trials, tribulations and setbacks, love will always, always conquer all.

*dreamy sigh*

WOW! All I can say is the feels! Oh my gosh you guys! The feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeels! I just can't even right now! Delanie and Peter... *sigh* Their story is SO real... SO raw... SO heart-achingly beautiful! To love each other so fiercely, so strongly, I can't even begin to describe it to you! You just HAVE to read this book! But fair warning... make sure you have a lot of tissues close by! You will most definitely need them!

I am LOVING this series! It is SO good! Both books have stayed with me long after I finish them... and I LOVE it when that happens! I can't WAIT for James and Avery's book!

Ms. Peel has definitely done it again! She's an AMAZING author! Just when I think I have found my favorite of hers, she releases a new book. I don't think I'll ever be able to pick a favorite of hers. They just keep getting better and better!

And can we please take a moment to appreciate this casting?! I saw these two from the very first chapter! I LOVE it when that happens! They're perfect in my opinion! What do you think?!


Content: Mild swearing. Mild innuendo. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Cupid Misses the Mark by Heather Horrocks


Synopsis:

WHEN CUPID TAKES AIM — YOU’D BETTER RUN! 

Julia Murphy is yearning to find her vampire lifemate. When she meets an attractive cowboy and his adorable daughter, she tries to take a step back from what she's feeling, but ends up drawn to the pair anyway. Fate wouldn't be so unkind as to have her lifemate be a human, would it? 

Texan Luke Bridges is starting to realize his daughter is ... different. He arrives in Moonchuckle Bay determined to visit his deceased wife's family and get a diagnosis for his daughter. It's not exactly the right time to meet the most beautiful woman in the world, but, as always, fate seems to have a sense of humor. 

Love's path is never easy, but a biting vampire puppy and a cupid run amok? And when a villain intent on ruining Halloween targets Luke's daughter, can they join forces? Or will their expectations keep them from seeing the happily ever after right in front of their noses?

My Review: 4.5 Stars

Julia Murphy is about to do the unthinkable. She's going to go looking for her lifemate. She's come to the conclusion that he's just not in Moonchuckle Bay. But before she can go off looking for him, she must first break the news to her father. And just like she suspected.. he's none to pleased. He goes as far as telling her to check out Beaus and Arrows.. the new matchmaking company in town. She refuses to have cupid hit her with his arrow. She's determined to find her lifemate on her own.

Luke Bridges can no longer ignore that there's something wrong with his daughter, Ella. After all, how many six year olds do you know that can shoot confetti star glitter from out of nowhere? He knows that he'll need to head to Moonchuckle Bay, where his deceased wife is from, to get the answers he needs. But the more research he does on the little town in the middle of nowhere, the more he starts to wonder if it's such a great idea. 

When Julia and Luke meet each other for the first time in the middle of Town Square, they are both drawn to each other. Julia feels the lifemate buzz she's been longing to feel. She can't believe that she's finally met her lifemate... until she realizes that he's human. Luke thinks that Julia is the most beautiful woman he's ever laid eyes on. But after his disastrous marriage to Ella's mother, he has no plans of ever getting involved with anyone again. Both try their best to stay away from each other but fate has something else in store for them. 

Throw in a cupid who can't hit the broadside of a barn, a biting vampire a dog, and a rogue vampire determined to ruin Halloween and life is about to get beyond crazy! Julia and Luke will need to work together if they're going to avoid a disastrous outcome. And if they happen to fall in love and get their HEA along the way, then maybe fate really does know what she's doing. 

Cupid Misses the Mark is a super cute book! Once I started it, I didn't want to put it down and ended up finishing it in a couple of hours. I adored Julia, Luke and of course little Ella! I really enjoyed watching these three get their HEA. And of course the setting was fun! I am really enjoying the Moonchuckle Bay series! If you like sweet, light paranormal books with a chuckle or two and a bit of romance, then I highly recommend this series!

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every single book of Ms. Horrocks that I have read. Her books are always a fun escape. I can't wait to read more of her books! 

And of course we can't forget my casting! These two are perfect in my opinion! What do you think? 


Saturday, October 20, 2018

All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle


Synopsis:

While on vacation at McLeod Castle in Scotland, Gwen Mackenzie has nightly dreams of an ancient warrior bound by a curse. During the day, she sees Niall, nicknamed #ScottishBoyfriend. She clicks a few selfies with him in the background. Oh, and can that man rock a kilt! As she gets to know him, she realizes that Niall is the warrior from her dreams, cursed to live as a ghost for the past five hundred years, to see life around him but never see, taste, or feel any of it—except Gwen.

My Review: 4.5 Stars

From a young age, Gwen has been plagued with nightmares about a warrior who has been cursed to live as a ghost. She could never make out faces in her dreams but she knew that she had to be the one to save him. Her parents realized that the nightmares would get worse whenever they would vacation in Scotland. They ended up cutting their vacation short one year and never returned. 

When Gwen inherits her ancestral home in Scotland, she decides to take a vacation there to see if she has what it takes to move across the ocean to open up a Bed and Breakfast. The first night she is there, the nightmares come back. But she still can't see the faces. It isn't until she sees and meets Niall that everything starts falling into place. 

Niall has been cursed to live in stasis, only awakening every 10 years for 10 days. It has been 500 years since he's tasted, smelled or touched anything. No one can see him. But the moment he sees Gwen, he starts to feel different. He can't explain it but he's drawn to her and wants to protect her. When he realizes that she can actually see him, he has hope that this might be the year he's released from the curse. 

While getting to know each other, Gwen and Niall try to figure out a way to break the curse. Niall is all for it, until he realizes what Gwen might have to sacrifice in order to free him. He's come to care for her too much and refuses to let her do it. But Gwen knows, in her heart, what needs to be done. All they can hope for is they will both be alive in the end. 

*dreamy sigh* 

I know I am late to the party but you guys! I adored this book! It was so good! I was sucked in from the beginning and would get mad whenever I would have to put the book down and attend to real life stuff. Gwen and Niall were amazing! I loved these two together! :) 

For those of you who know me, know that I have a hard time when it comes to novellas. But I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised! This book did not feel like a novella at all! And bonus! It had an epilogue! I love it when that happens! Haha. 

This is my first book by Jo Noelle and I'm definitely looking forward to checking out more of their books! 

And can we just take a minute to look at my casting... *dreamy sigh* I love these two! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Lancaster House by Taylor Dean


Synopsis:

Zoe Grayson needs a change. So, she moves to another state, purchases an old, dilapidated 1920s Victorian Mansion, and sets out to restore it to its former glory. As she begins the restoration, she finds herself falling in love with the old house . . . not to mention its illustrious builder, Mr. Lancaster. Zoe becomes obsessed with the house as she discovers its secrets; hidden rooms, secret passageways . . . and a mysterious man who seems to think the house is his. Who is he? More importantly, how does he live in her home unseen and unheard?

The unexpected answers leave her reeling—and questioning everything she’s ever known. To her dismay, Zoe’s actions land her in the local psychiatric hospital, scheming for ways to return to Lancaster House . . . and the love of her life.

My Review: 5 Stars

October 2018:

Oh my gosh! You guys! I still totally LOVE this book! It's SO good! And now is the perfect time to read it! Who doesn't love a spooky ghost story in the month of October?!

October 2017:

From the moment that Zoe Grayson laid eyes on Lancaster House she fell in love and just had to have it! While most people saw an old, run down house that is quite possibly haunted, Zoe saw a gorgeous Victorian that is in need of some major TLC. Lancaster House isn't some ordinary old Victorian home. No... it holds secret rooms, doors that lead to know where, secret passages and lots and lots of secrets.

Strange things start to happen at Lancaster House. Work that Zoe has started during the day is completed at night while she's sleeping. At first she thinks that she is beyond delirious and just forgot that she had completed it. She sets out to figure out what is going on. She purposely leaves work incomplete, only to discover the next day that it has been finished. What in the world is going on? Is there someone hiding out in her house without her knowledge?! Who is it and where are they hiding?! They just can't take up residents in her house! She refuses to allow it!

One night she hears someone climbing her stairs. She rushes out with baseball bat in hand ready to do damage. But she is quickly over taken by a burglar. She knows that she's in real trouble and that there is no way she can get out of the situation unscathed.

Enter in Andre... a mysterious man who appears out of nowhere. He rather forcefully tears the burglar away from Zoe and throws him out the window... to his death. Zoe can't believe her eyes! Did that just happen?! And where did this guy come from?! He just appeared out of thin air!

To Andre's utter shock, he realizes Zoe can see him. How is that possible?! No. No! He can't dwell on that right now. He must get Zoe to call the police, tell them the guy attacked her, that it was self defense, and do not tell them about him. Ummmm. How is she going to explain THAT to the police?! Will they even believe her?! But with no time to waste, she does as she's told.

From then on, Zoe is determined to figure out who and what Andre is. They spend as much time together as possible. Zoe and Andre soon find themselves falling in love. But how can they make it work? He's not human, he's not sure exactly what he is. Half-vampire, half-ghost. This will never work out.

So Andre starts to pull away from Zoe. He refuses to let her ruin her life on something that she will never have with him. Breaking his promise of never leaving her, he disappears and refuses to show himself to her. Zoe can't handle it and takes matters into her own hands. Little did she know that her choice would land her in the local loony bin. How will she ever get back to Andre?! It doesn't matter. It's what she has to do. She just can't live without him. She WILL see him again, or die trying.

Oh. My. Gosh! Someone please tell me why I waited so long to read this book?! I absolutely loved it and devoured it as quickly as I could! I am hurrying through my review so I can start book 2 right away! This one ends in a cliffhanger and I just HAVE to know what happens! Eeeeeeeeeek!

Ms. Dean does an amazing job of sucking me into her books and taking me on a journey with her beloved characters. I can't wait to read more by her!

And for my casting... *dreamy sigh* I absolutely love these two! What do you think?



Content: Mild language. Mild violence. Attempted rape but doesn't go into detail.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Author's Corner #22


Welcome to Author's Corner hosted by KJ's Book NookKatie's Clean Book Collection and Bookworm Nation! Once a month we will feature either a favorite author or new to us author. We will share the author's bio, one of our favorite books of theirs and a review. Each of us will be featuring a different author each month so there will also be links to each of our posts.

For this month's Author's Corner I am going to choose...



A USA Today bestselling author, Elana writes young adult and adult contemporary romance. She is well-known for her young adult dystopian romance series Possession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). Look for her next series, the Hawthorne Harbor Romance series, coming in Summer 2018.

Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available, and Elana also writes inspirational western romances under the pen name Liz Isaacson. Learn more at Liz's website.

She runs a personal blog on publishing and is a founding author of the QueryTracker blog, a co-founder of The League of Extraordinary Writers, and a co-organizer of WriteOnCon. She is a member of SCBWI, RWA, and NINC and a popular speaker for libraries, teens, and writer's conferences across the United States.

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I recently discovered Elana Johnson on the Swoony Award list! I love finding new authors! I have only read one of her books so far but I enjoyed it so much that I went and purchased more of her books! I'm looking forward to reading them! But until I do, I share the super cute one that I loved! 


Paramedic Andrew Herrin delivered Gretchen Samuels's daughter on the side of the road when she and her husband couldn't make it to the hospital in time. When their paths cross again in small-town Hawthorn Harbor, she's a widow and the baby is ten-year-old Dixie. 

Dixie gets along great with Drew, and Gretchen finds herself falling in love with the man who's rescued her twice now. But when Drew's ex-girlfriend comes back to town, Gretchen's trust issues rear their ugly head. Can she and Drew find their way toward finding love in the lavender?

You can check out my review here.

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And don't for get to check out Katie's post here and Kathy's post here! 

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Do you have a blog and want to join us for Author's Corner? Then grab the picture and post with us! We will be posting the 2nd Saturday of each month. Make sure you share your link with us so we can check out your favorite authors as well! 

Happy reading my fellow Book Dragons!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Thankful for Books Reading Challenge - #TFBRC


Guys! Check it out! There's another awesome reading challenge hosted by I Am A Reader and Clean Wholesome Romance! I was bummed that life got crazy and I wasn't able to participate very much in the #FallIntoBooks Reading Challenge. But my goal is to do better for the #TFBRC!

For those of you who want to participate you can go here bit.ly/tfbrc or bit.ly/TFBRC to sign up! 

And guess what?! Yours truly has signed up to give away one of my Mystery Boxes for a prize! I'm super excited! It's going to be AMAZING! 

So what are you waiting for?! Head on over to get all the details and join in on the fun! 


Sunday, October 7, 2018

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