The Passionate Love of a Rake, Jane Lark.

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The Passionate Love of a Rake: HarperImpulse Historical Romance

The Passionate Love of a Rake, Jane Lark.

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So having read the first book in Jane’s historical series and loved it I was keen to read this story about older brother Robert.

In much the same way as Ellen from the first book, Jane was also stuck in a lifestyle she didn’t want and couldn’t escape. Her elderly husband has died and left her his fortune, but his estranged son isn’t happy – he’s got the estates and lots of property but he wants the money too. He’s a terrifying man and threatens Jane, telling her he always gets what he wants, and this time its not just the money but Jane herself. He’s got a wife and eight children, but plans to make Jane his mistress. Her marriage to his father was unhappy, she was forced into it by her parents at just…

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*Review:* Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover

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I Loved It


WOW! This book, it is just freaking amazing. Twenty Four hours later and I’m still trying to wrap my head around this awesome story.

Rule is the typical bad boy, tatted up, does what he wants, and is a complete man whore. Shaw has been in love with Rule since the day she met him, but has basically become his baby sitter to get him home for Sunday brunch each weekend. These two on paper would never work, but let me tell you, paper lies, these two are meant for each other.

Rule’s relationship with his family is messed up, and almost beyond repair, he lost his twin brother Remy and his mother blames him for it. Rome his older brother is home after being injured at war, and the first brunch together, all hell breaks loose before they can even eat!…

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Blog Tour with Giveaway & Review – Death Bed (A Detective Geraldine Steel Mystery) by Leigh Russell

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Title: Death Bed: A Detective Geraldine Steel Mystery (DI Geraldine Steel #4)

Author: Leigh Russell

Genre: Mystery/Detective

Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Publisher: Witness Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollins

Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

Two brutal murders. No witnesses.

The battered bodies of two young girls are discovered in North London, one shortly after the other. Desperate to avoid hysteria in the community, the police struggle to make a quick arrest before the deranged killer can strike again. Not having any luck, Detective Geraldine Steel, recently transferred to London, is called in to make sense of the grisly murders and the killer’s unusual signature: he extracts two teeth from each of his victims. With the death toll mounting, Geraldine is running out of time as she hunts for the elusive killer the papers have dubbed “The Dentist.”

Review by Angela

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Revealing Gabby by Amy Gregory: Cover Reveal

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Title:  Revealing Gabby (Finding Perfect #2)

Author:  Amy Gregory

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Publication Date:  March 25, 2014

Cover Design:  The Killion Group, Inc.

Event Organized By:  Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

Gabby James didn’t have the idyllic childhood many in her little hometown of Renlend, Kansas had. High school was a living hell, but when she graduated she couldn’t bring herself to leave Renlend.  The town was her prison, but her family’s bookstore, The Looking Glass, was her one true love. It was the place she could run to, and escape the prying eyes of the ones who taunted her.

Shane Compton was a literary agent in one of the most prestigious publishing houses in New York City. He found no greater rush than finding the next big talent, someone who could take the written word and turn it into an art form.  In the span of one rude phone call Shane was drawn into the mystery of just who the fiery new author from Kansas was. When everyone else in the office refused to deal with her, Shane willingly accepted the challenge. There was no logic to the madness, but every time he had contact with her, she drove him wild.

Gabby tried every trick in the book to keep Shane at arm’s length, but he had made good on his promise to come to Kansas. He wanted to pull her out of anonymity, he wanted her in the public eye. Now here he stood, on the sidewalk in front her bookstore, and one look told her he was everything she was afraid he’d be. Too bad she was anything but who he thought she was.

Gabby quickly discovers Shane has more on his mind than just books and with a little help from an ornery matchmaker, he shows her a whole new life through her looking glass.

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About the Author

When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs.  The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”.  She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions.  Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.

She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years.  And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well.  At least she’s grateful most of the time!  Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. … The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!

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The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

3392089Title: The Winter Sea

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Genre: Contemporary and Historical Romance

Date of Publication: 2010

Publisher: Allison and Busby

Rating: 5/5

Book Description: In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…

Review:

Gah!! It’s been forever since I wrote a review. So I’m currently trying to catch up. I’ve been reading but that irritating thing called life keeps getting in the damn way! I finished The Winter Sea several weeks ago and couldn’t wait to write my thoughts down. Many of you may have already read it since it’s been several years that this book has been published and released. I loved it. But there were certain parts I wanted to scream at my device. The ending was completely frustrating for me, but I can’t have my own subjective views regarding the ending decrease the overall rating of the book. I didn’t like how Gone with the Wind ended, but do you see me giving that less than the deserved 5+ stars?  Nope. So I won’t go there.

The overall premise of the book of an extremely successful author that can jet set to where ever she likes on a moments notice, in order to satisfy her literary inspiration, is what makes fiction worth reading. She was

“thirty-one, with four bestselling novels to my credit and the freedom to live anywhere and anyhow, I chose.”

I want to be that lady.

I want to be that author that gets to experience love in two different time periods. The one that has scores of men falling over themselves to offer a tour of the town. But I don’t want to be that fictional author that writes about her fictional ancestor, Sophia, who to me was just completely flawed. She was too fragile, too innocent, and just too blah. What she did in the end made me angry.  As Carrie writes and researches her book, she begins to find that her writing resembles real life. She is inspired by a thought or a vision and becomes overly consumed with writing the piece that when she looks up from her laptop, the sun is rising. Coffee is mentioned a lot in this book.

The writing is beautiful as was the scenery. The historical aspects appeared concise, although I would not deem myself an expert on the Jacobite rising and rebellions, however, Gabaldon is a favorite so I do have some background knowledge. One-sided it may be, that side being Jamie ;-) Again this is fiction, but with any well written historical fiction it is still essential to have accuracy with regards to background and historical figures. And that it why I love them so much, because you learn about other places and other times, other languages. The Doric language pulled me in and I found myself wanting to try it. Can you imagine, this little Asian girl speaking the Doric? I could be on a reality show over here!

So to that end, enjoy the beauty of the dialect below, cause it frigging rocks. (There were other great educational how-to-speak Doric videos, but they were just downright boring)

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Cover Reveal: Compromising Positions by Mary Whitney

Cover ~ Compromising PositionsTitle: Compromising Positions

Author: Mary Whitney

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Cover Design: R. Doyle from Literati Author Services, Inc.

Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

We weren’t supposed to be friends. We weren’t even supposed to like each other.

I’m Michael Grath. I’ll admit I was elected to Congress on my Republican family history. I was out to make a name for myself, until I met Jessie Clark, a spitfire Democrat.

She’d be my nemesis, if I could just stop thinking about her. We’ve got nothing and everything in common, and one big issue that divides us. All of this is going to land us in more than one compromising position.

And like I said, we weren’t supposed to be friends, we weren’t even supposed to like each other, and we certainly weren’t supposed to fall in love.

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About the Author

author pictureEven before she graduated from law school, Mary Whitney knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.

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