Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Marquis and I by Ella Quinn - Book Blast and Giveaway

The Marquis and I
by Ella Quinn


GENRE: Historical Romance



Trouble is no match for a lady of the extended Worthington family—except when it comes in the form of a most irresistible gentleman . . .

Lady Charlotte Carpenter’s brother-in-law has put an infamous brothel owner out of business—yet it is Charlotte who suffers the consequences. Abducted by thugs and held at an inn, she is plotting her escape when she’s suddenly rescued by a dashing gentleman. Only afterward does she realize she’s seen him before—with two courtesans! Unwilling to tarry with such a man, Charlotte makes her second escape. But it is too late to repair her reputation . . .

A known gossip has spied Charlotte’s movements, and his report is speeding through the rumor mill. Soon, everyone knows that Charlotte spent the night with Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth. And everyone agrees the only answer is marriage—including Constantine himself, his overjoyed mother—and his mistress! But Charlotte’s abductors aren’t finished with her yet. Now Constantine will do anything to protect the spirited woman he loves and win her heart . . .



“I have come to see Lady Charlotte.”

“Follow me, my lord. The family is in the garden for the wedding.”


To the best of his knowledge, Charlotte was the only young lady of marriageable age not already wed. Had Harrington returned with a special license? He could go to the devil it he had. He could not have her. Charlotte was Con’s, and it was about time she knew it. “I can find my way.”

“As you wish, my lord. Go straight down the corridor.”

“Thank you.”

He must put an end to this wedding before it was too late. Rushing down the corridor, he looked to his right, and spied open French windows in a parlor. A large group of people were gathered just beyond the terrace.

Con prayed he was in time to stop her. Halt the wedding. Hell, what sort of man asks permission of his father to marry someone like Charlotte? Not one she needs.

The Fates had given her to him and no one was going to take her away. Even if the time to object had passed, he would make himself known. She was his.

Dashing through the room, he arrived in the garden in time to hear Worthington say, “If there is anyone who objects to this wedding, speak now or forever hold your peace.”

Worthington? Con almost skidded to a stop.


I have followed The Worthington from book #1, Three Weeks to Wed. With The Marquis and I the last eligible sister finds her HEA. That search ends in an unexpected way. Lady Charlotte Carpenter is kidnapped and then saved by Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth. She is not saved from having to marry Constantine when she is seen with him after the rescue, something she just does not want to do. While this is a romance it also looks at human trafficking and the plight of women in a society that does not give them many options. I liked Constatine, he has some ideas that are wrong and admitted them. Charlotte is also an interesting character as she is very outspoken and independent. The two have to work to get to their HEA but that is what makes this such a very nice story.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.

After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America. Europe is next!

She loves having readers connect with her.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 199 - The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly, Good Guys by Steven Brust

The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #17)The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved Adam Grupper's voice performing The Lincoln Lawyer. It added to the story and kept me listening and not wanting to quit. I also liked the story. Mickey Haller is such a complex character. He defends the guilty and does not ever want an innocent client. Seem he has both innocent and guilty in his current case. This is riveting from the first and only continues to ramp up the tension as the story continues.

Good GuysGood Guys by Steven Brust
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Magic is real but don't let anyone with no magic know. Good Guys has a complicated plot that is told from multiple points of view. That allows Brust to tell the story in very small bites and often like the players I was left in the dark about what was really going on. Turns out it is not at all what I though. It stated looking like a job to keep magic a secret and changes as the story progresses. I did enjoy the world building and back story that was revealed as the story progressed. I also liked the characters. This is a good one for anyone who likes to try to follow and solve a mystery before it is revealed.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 198 - Accelerating Universe by Nicola Claire, A Brush with Shadows by Anna Lee Huber

Accelerating Universe (The Sector Fleet, #1)Accelerating Universe by Nicola Claire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ana Kereama and Captain John Jameson have a story to tell. They are leaving Earth behind and the voyage starts out almost being destroyed. Turns out that is the least of their problems. While Ana and John take turns as the point of view there is another character who is vitally important to the plot. Seems that Pavo the AI is another important character in the plot. It also seems that there are people on board who want to change how the journey ends and who is in control. This is a very well written and plotted story line that manages to mix a romance in with the danger and tension. The main characters are very well drawn and the side characters add interest and action to the story.   A very interesting story that should appeal to all Science Fiction Romance fans as well as just plain Science Fiction fans.

A Brush with Shadows (Lady Darby Mystery #6)A Brush with Shadows by Anna Lee Huber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sebastian Gage and Lady Kiera Darby are the main characters in this historical mystery series. They are married and are returning to Sebastian's home after he has been away for 15 years. Someone is missing and Sebastian and Kiere are asked to help. The house is not a happy place and it never was one for Sebastian. As we meet all the characters the past keeps coming up and the waters just seem to get muddier. I enjoyed meeting Sebastian and Kiera. They are two very strong characters who often clash but are still a very powerful team. This is book six in a six book series but I had no trouble keeping up with the story line. Having read A Brush with Shadow I do want to go back and pick up the first five books. The history between Sebastian and Kiera sounds very interesting and well worth a look.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 197 - Zero Limit by Jeremy K. Brown, Mission To Methone by Les Johnson

Zero LimitZero Limit by Jeremy K. Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If it can go wrong it will seems to be at the heart of this story. Politics transferred into the future and space was another underlying theme. This is fast paced but fairly predictable. The characters are fairly well drawn and fit the action. I could not help but draw a parallel to some of the things and people in the news today. I enjoyed the concept but really hated what happened to some of the characters.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Mission To MethonēMission To Methonē by Les Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mission to Methone is the first book in a new series by Johnson. The theme is first contact. An alien ship is discovered and the plot moves from there. Earth is divided and each division has its own goals and they do not match. The characters fit the story and the story moves with some interesting twists and turns. What it does not do is come to any conclusions. We are left wondering if all will be well or all will be lost. The story leading up to that point is well written, the plot is action filled and the science is very believable.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #196- Mary in Scandal by Anne Gracie, A Rogue of Her Own by Grace Burrowes

Marry in Scandal (Marriage of Convenience, #2)Marry in Scandal by Anne Gracie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

War does strange things to people and in Marry in Scandal Edward Galbraith is living proof. I really like Anne Gracie's books and the characters here are very busy keeping the story moving. Edward is frozen in time and keeps any feeling he has locked down. Lady Lily Rutherford finds herself on the brink of ruin through no fault of her own. Of course Edward moves in to save her. This is a interesting story line as Lily moves to save Edward just as he saved her. There are some side characters who are critical to the story and there is a glimpse of characters from Gracie's previous series. All in all a very good story.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Look for an April release for Marry in Scandal.

A Rogue of Her Own (Windham Brides, #4)A Rogue of Her Own by Grace Burrowes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Miss Charlotte Windham is the last Windham sister left unmarried and the pressure is on. Lucas Sherbourne is not at all who anyone expected but because her uncle found them kissing they wed. I loved how Lucas just kept feeling below Charlotte while Charlotte is the last persons to judge someone by their class. There is a underlying story from Charlotte's pass that adds some tension to the plot. Of course characters from past books help develop the story and add interest. The romance between Sherbourne and Charlotte is not the norm. Lucas was quick to realize what Charlotte really needed and it was not the norm. A nice end to the Windham's and their stories.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

The book will be released in March.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Crave by Deborah Wilde - Book Blast and Giveaway

by Deborah Wilde

GENRE: Urban Fantasy



What doesn’t kill you...

seriously messes with your love life.

Nava is happily settling into her new relationship and life is all giddy joy and stolen kisses.

Except when it’s assassins. Talk about a mood killer.

She and Rohan are tracking the unlikely partnership between the Brotherhood and a witch who can bind demons, but every new piece of the puzzle is leaving them with more questions than answers.

And someone doesn’t appreciate them getting close to the truth.

Go figure.

On top of that, a demon known only as Candyman has unleashed a drug that’s harming users in extremely disturbing ways.

After a friend of Nava’s is hurt, she vows to take this demon down. But will life as she knows it survive this mission, or will this be the one time she should have looked before she leapt?

Happily-ever-after: barring death, she’s got a real shot at it.



Rohan parked, cut the engine, and turned to me, his eyes hot. “Know what else I don’t like?”

I licked my lips, remembered that wasn’t an answer and shook my head.

“Making me sit through dinner, watching you in that dress. Cruel.”

“You’ve been copping feels all the way home.

“It’s not enough.”

I snickered, but when he slammed his precious car’s door in his haste to get me inside, I may have set a new record for speed-walking in heels.

We barely made it into his bedroom before, mouth on mine, he pressed me back against the wall. His teeth dragged over my lower lip before his tongue slipped inside. He trailed his magic finger blades over my shoulder and bare back, just enough to leave faint marks that I’d shiver staring at in the bathroom mirror later.

Sliding my hand under his shirt, I skimmed my fingers along the ridges of his sculpted abs. He retracted his blades and I broke the kiss to draw his fingers into my mouth, my tongue swirling around each one in turn. Pinching his nipples with my other hand, I rubbed my bare thigh up his leg. His sigh rumbled over me.

A furious ache built to a throbbing pulse inside me.

Rohan sucked on my neck and I tilted my head to give him better access to the sensitive skin. He caressed my cheek with the back of his hand, pinning me with this filthy eye-fuck that made my stomach flutter. “Wrap your legs around me.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A global wanderer, hopeless romantic, and total cynic with a broken edit button, Deborah writes urban fantasy to satisfy her love of smexy romances and tales of chicks who kick ass. This award-winning author is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. “It takes a bad girl to fight evil. Go Wilde.”

Twitter: @wildeauthor

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 195 - The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr, The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

The Life She WantsThe Life She Wants by Robyn Carr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Therese Plummer's voice in the books she narrates. It is really suited to stories like The Life She Wants. This is women's fiction featuring two friends who had a major falling out 15 years ago. Now events have brought them back where their orbits once again intersect. A story line with fairly stock characters and a familiar plot but still one most readers will enjoy. There were some very powerful scenes that struck a cord with me even as I knew what would happen.

The Burning Page (The Invisible Library, #3)The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Irene is on probation for her actions in The Masked City. That does not keep her out of danger. Alberich is on the move again and it is up to Irene to stop him. This third book does a good job of mixing action to the appropriate character. Vale and Kai are part of the action. Other characters reappear and play an important part in the plot. Irene learns something that surprises her and will require further investigation on her part. The Burning Page is a interesting and exciting continuation of the story of the Invisible Library.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 194 - The Hyperspace Trap by Christopher G. Nuttall, Daughter of Dragons by Jack Campbell

The Hyperspace TrapThe Hyperspace Trap by Christopher G. Nuttall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The luxury liner Supreme is off on its maiden voyage when the unthinkable happens. They are trapped in hyperspace and are not the first ones. With a passenger list that includes the very rich and the not so wealthy some lines are drawn with who can socialize with whom. Crew is there to serve, not socialize with passengers. Everything changes when the ship is trapped in a graveyard of ships many not even human. There are a lot of firsts here. First voyage, first time to see aliens ships, and first time a child born in hyperspace returns. There are voices, people going mad and crew working around the clock to get them out and safe. An tension filled story with an interesting ending. This is a stand alone but is in the same universe as several of Nuttall's previous books.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Daughter of Dragons (The Legacy of Dragons, #1)Daughter of Dragons by Jack Campbell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a interesting coming of age story with two teenage main characters. There is a girl whose mother is very famous (She is the main character in a previous series). A mother she thinks she cannot live up to. The other is a boy whose parents have told him he is worthless and he has not self confidence. When they have to go on the run both have life changing experiences. A very nicely put together story with danger, tension and the beginning of romance.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 191 - Battle Hymn by William C. Dietz, The Last Wolf by Maria Vale

Battle Hymn (America Rising, #3)Battle Hymn by William C. Dietz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

America is still trying to recover from the meteor strikes and the war between the North and South is ongoing. The final battles are looming and we get to see each in detail. Robin "Mac" Macintyre and Union president Samuel T. Sloan are working together and still facing their attraction to each other. This is full of battles and behind the scenes action. I read the first book but not the second and had no trouble knowing what was going on. Dietz does a really good job of working backstory into the story line and that kept me up to date on what was happening. A nice ending to a three book series.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

The Last Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves, #1)The Last Wolf by Maria Vale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Silver Nilsdottir is the last wolf in her pack (that is where the title comes from). She was the runt of her litter, no one though she would live and when she shifts she has a bad leg. In spite of all of that she is one of the strongest in her pack. Tiberius Leveraux is a shifter and a lone wolf who asked to join the pack. He needs someone to agree to help him and Silver agrees. The backstory starts with the prolog and there you learn the difference between Shifters and Werewolfs. Then the story moves to modern times. I enjoyed meeting Silver. Turns out Tiberius is not what he seems but he does recognize how strong and brave Silver is. As they interact Tiberius slowly changes and the two become a mated pair. A interesting take on the different types of werewolf and a good story line with some interesting changes as the story progresses. Seems that there is danger for the pack and our two main characters are important in keeping the pack together.  This is the first book in a new series.

I received a free copy of the book from the publisher.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 192 - An Accidental Death by Peter Grainger, Death of an Honest Man by M.C. Beaton

An Accidental Death (D.C. Smith #1)An Accidental Death by Peter Grainger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gildart Jackson does a great job on the voices in An Accidental Death. The characters have some expected characteristics. Smith is the older detective who has always done things his way. He is just coming back on duty (this is book one so I never really knew what he had done but he was demoted). He is saddled with a new young addition to the force and he is given a case where it looks on the surface like the death was an accident. Of course it was not and the plot unfolds. I loved the progression of the case and how Smith uses the different events to further the case while giving the young detective a good foundation to use in the future. A good start to a new British detective series.

Death of an Honest Man (Hamish Macbeth #33)Death of an Honest Man by M.C. Beaton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hamish is back with another mystery to solve. This time he has other things to worry about. He misses his cat, is losing police assigned to help him right and left and Blair is really out to get him. This is another fun story that is light and easy to read. I do wonder if Hamish will ever find true love. Maybe M.C. Beaton is planning that. The book ends with Hamish getting a female police office as his new help. Just have to wait and see what happens next.  Oh and it turns out you can be too honest.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway

by Janet Beard


GENRE:  Historical Fiction



In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes this riveting novel of the everyday people who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II.

“What you see here, what you hear here, what you do here, let it stay here.”

In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders.

The girls spend their evenings socializing and flirting with soldiers, scientists, and workmen at dances and movies, bowling alleys and canteens. June longs to know more about their top-secret assignment and begins an affair with Sam Cantor, the young Jewish physicist from New York who oversees the lab where she works and understands the end goal only too well, while her beautiful roommate Cici is on her own mission: to find a wealthy husband and escape her sharecropper roots. Across town, African-American construction worker Joe Brewer knows nothing of the government’s plans, only that his new job pays enough to make it worth leaving his family behind, at least for now. But a breach in security will intertwine his fate with June’s search for answers.

When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born and raised in East Tennessee, Janet Beard moved to New York to study screenwriting at NYU and went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her first novel, Beneath the Pines, was published in 2008. Janet has lived and worked in Australia, England, Boston, and currently, Columbus, Ohio, where she is teaching writing, raising a daughter, and working on a new novel.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Havana Blues by David Pereda - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway

Havana Blues
by David Pereda


GENRE:   Historical Coming-of-Age novel



The year is 1952 and Ramon Rodriguez’s life as a teenager in fun-loving Havana is filled with typical activities and concerns: girls, education, religion, baseball, parties, and hanging out with friends. The country is enjoying a period of prosperity and happiness--until General Batista stages a coup that topples the government and Ramon’s life is flung into chaos.

In a few short years, the carefree fifties morph into a vicious and repressive dictatorship highlighted by corruption, organized gambling, school closures, student demonstrations, police brutality, and assassinations.

As Ramon experiences the thrills of his first romantic relationship, graduates from school, and struggles to plan for an uncertain future, he is forced to make important decisions that may be dangerous to him, his family, his friends, and his girlfriend – the beautiful Sonia -- and could turn deadly.



My room was on fire. Orange tongues licked the crumbling walls
and snaked across the burning floor toward my bed. Thick gray
smoke choked me. My ears throbbed with an insistent and
reverberating sound.

I couldn’t breathe.

I gasped for air. My palms felt sweaty, and my heart thrashed
against my rib cage, as if trying to escape my chest. I opened my eyes.
For a moment, I was in a bright and silent void – then I heard my
parents arguing in the kitchen.

It was a hot and sunny morning. I had been dreaming of hell
again, and the alarm clock was ringing.

I shut it off.

Ever since Brother Santiago had given in Religion class a week
ago a vivid and realistic description of hell as punishment for
masturbation and having sex with prostitutes, I’d had the same dream
over and over. Amid much commotion and speculation, Pacheco, the
frail student with a perennially runny nose who sat behind me in
class, fainted and had to be carted off to the school infirmary, pale
and limp like a noodle in won ton soup. Everyone in class knew
Pacheco was an assiduous masturbator – he bragged about it to other
students often enough – but his blackout generated great speculation
in the school about his frequent visits to brothels. I wondered what
kind of nightmares Pacheco was having.

On second thought, I really didn’t want to know. I had enough
with my own nightmares of hell.

I stretched lazily in bed. Today was a special day. It was my
birthday. I was fifteen years old.

A door slammed somewhere, and once more I was aware of my
parents’ angry voices in the kitchen. I likened their arguments to a
sort of word symphony, the sound of their voices harmonized so
well. My mother’s shrill, piercing sting was a nearly perfect
complement to my father’s placating hum.

Though I couldn’t hear them clearly, I guessed what they were
arguing about – money. Ever since Papa’s broom-making business
started going bad, it seemed money was all they ever talked about.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

David Pereda was born in Havana, Cuba. The award-winning author of seven previous novels, he enjoys crafting political thrillers and edgy mainstream novels with unique characters placed in exotic settings. He has traveled to more than thirty countries and speaks four languages. Before devoting his time solely to writing and teaching, David had a successful international consulting career with global giant Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and Qatar, among others.

A member of MENSA, David earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in California. He earned bachelor degrees in English literature and mathematics at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

He lives in artistic Asheville, North Carolina, with his youngest daughter Sophia, where he teaches mathematics and English at the Asheville-Buncombe Community College. He loves sports and is an accomplished competitor in track and show-jumping equestrian events.

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