Wednesday, February 1, 2023

#Excerpt: LOVE ALL by Liza Malloy



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College students Nate and Olivia are a perfect match on the courts—and in the sheets. Everywhere else, they’re polar opposites and sworn enemies. But as the chemistry builds, a figure from Olivia’s past unexpectedly pops back into her life and the couple realizes they have more in common than they thought. Are these star-crossed lovers doomed to repeat their parents’ mistakes, or can they build a life together once the final set is played?

This book is a standalone, steamy, new adult/college, sports romance, 77k words. Tropes include enemies to lovers, he falls first, and billionaire.

Excerpt:

Olivia stopped abruptly and I nearly slammed into her chest as she swiveled to face me.

“I don’t get it,” she said. “Last night, you couldn’t have been less interested. And now you’re threatening to stalk me?”

I hadn’t expected that. “Not interested? I am the picture of interested when it comes to you. You just caught me off guard last night. I’m used to this—to you hating me. So when you suddenly seemed to be coming on to me, I just wanted to make sure it was for real and that you weren’t being forced to seduce me by some brilliant terrorist. Despite what you think about all of us guys, consent still matters to most of us.”

Her eyebrows furrowed together as she tried to piece together everything I’d just said. “I don’t hate you.”

“You’ve literally told me you hate me at least a dozen times.”

She rolled her eyes. “Well, I don’t. You’re annoying and arrogant and entitled and demanding and self-absorbed and—”

“Olivia,” I interrupted. “You started to tell me that you don’t hate me, but all of these words suggest otherwise.”

That earned me a half smile.

“You frustrate me. But I think I could see us being friends. Except…”

“Except you want to jump my bones every time you see me?”

She scowled.

About the Author:
Liza Malloy writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She’s a sucker for alpha males, bad boys, dimples, and muscles, and she can’t resist a man in uniform. Liza loves creating worlds where her heroine discovers her own strength and finds her Happily Ever After. When Liza isn’t reading or writing torrid love stories, she’s a practicing attorney. Her other passions include gummy bears, jelly beans, and the occasional marathon. She lives in the Midwest with her four daughters and her own Prince Charming.

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Monday, January 30, 2023

#Excerpt: TITANIAN WARRIOR by Victoria Saccenti



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One woman holds the key to his destiny—and his people’s salvation. Hagen drags himself to the gates of Hell, body and soul shredded by the bloodlust that consumes all the unmated of his kind. Awaiting the painful atonement that will buy him ten more years to find his eternal mate—or face oblivion. But Hades himself kicks him out with the bloodlust still prowling, unsatisfied, in his veins.

Bargained away by her parents to Master O, a mysterious, cruel wizard, Faiza serves in his household, keeping her small magic a secret, plagued by wild, confusing visions of a strange, suffering man. Then the master brings home a wounded Titanian warrior whose touch sends ice, fire, and desire racing through her body.

When she learns Master O plans to use Hagen as a weapon to conquer all races, she devises a desperate plan to free him—a plan that opens a portal to a world she’s never known. And a destiny entwined with danger that could destroy them all.


Excerpt:

Faiza hopped to her feet. She joined the trio outside, pretending she didn’t notice Hagen’s hawkish stare. That was foolish, impossible to do, and insensitive to him. He’d done nothing except protect her. His thorough gaze burned wherever it fell on her, and his scent enfolded her like a mantle. She stopped resisting, glanced into his sad face, and her heart broke in pieces.

“What’s wrong?” she whispered.

Grasping her hand, he pressed her fingertips to his lips as if this would be their last time together. She’d seen this gesture before and had been moved to the core. Now she was the recipient and had no words. Hagen dropped her hand and turned away. Separation anxiety was instantaneous. The distance was short, yet his absence was unbearable. Faiza felt more alone than she ever had in her life. She couldn’t handle the emptiness and sense of loss.

Following her heart’s desire, she bolted after him. “Hagen, wait.”

He paused at the end of the hallway. “Sweetheart?”

His murmur was gentle, his expression was hopeful, and she crashed into the comforting strength of his chest. Lacing her arms around his waist, she held on as tightly as she could. His essence surrounded her, and the world was perfect again. She was complete.

“I don’t understand what I’m feeling or what’s happening. Please, don’t go.”

“We’re at the inevitable crossroads,” Hagen said. “The universe has ordained you choose. Freely. With no pressure. Our future depends on it. Know this, no matter which way you go, I’ll always be close by. I’m yours to keep, little Faiza. That’s my vow. Till the end of my days.” When he pushed her back, his sparkling gaze mesmerized her. “Before you decide, you need information. Maya and Talaith will answer all your questions. If at the end you still have doubts, come to me and I’ll answer from my perspective. All right?”

“Okay.”

He kissed her forehead, then gently turned her around. “Go. They’re waiting for you.”

About the Author:
Award-winning, multi-genre author Victoria Saccenti writes romantic women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and paranormal romance. Not one for heart and flower stories, she explores the edgy twists and turns of human interaction, the many facets of love, and all possible happy endings. After thirty years of traveling the world, she’s settled in Central Florida. She splits her busy schedule between family and her active muse at Essence Publishing. However, if she could convince her husband to sell their home, she would pack up her computer and move to Scotland, a land she adores. On a side note, in one form or another, Scotland appears in most of her stories.

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

#SALE .99 Epic Fantasy STONE'S CURSE by Debra L Martin & David W Small

 


Blurb:

The long-awaited final book in the Witch Stone Prophecy series!

Jeda DeLongo has a bad feeling as he watches his twin daughters Kala and Kara, the infamous children of prophecy, crowned as the Duchess and Countess of Berkshire. His sixth sense has never failed him in the past, and when the king is assassinated during the celebration, the dawning horror that the Kingdom of Tavia is under attack by desert warriors cannot be denied. The new king has declared war, and Jeda, Keisha, and Kara race to Eastford to rescue their gypsy family, but will they arrive in time, or has everyone already perished under the desert onslaught?

Arin, the self-proclaimed Prince of the Desert, has never forgiven the kingdom witch who murdered his father and sister and has vowed revenge. Now he’s done the impossible—united all the desert tribes under his banner. He launches his attack against Tavia with his secret weapon—a Black Coven witch who has learned how to harness the magic of the desert warriors. The only way to stop the witch is for Jeda, Kara, and Kala to unleash the power of the legendary Witch Stone, but will it be enough?

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Stone’s Curse is an epic fantasy I couldn’t put down. From the very first page until I reached the end, I was caught up in the story. I connected with the characters, especially Jeda and his twin daughters. I also connected with the desert warriors. The world-building is second to none and truly makes Stone’s Curse an exceptional read. The authors work very hard to create this world and yet, it comes across effortlessly while reading. Even though this is pure fantasy, it felt totally believable. The descriptive narration also makes Stone’s Curse an unputdownable read. Every nuance, every detail, every magical element is poignantly described. These authors are a brother-sister writing duo who are experts in writing unforgettable fantasy books. If you consider yourself a fantasy reader, you need to read this book. Highly recommend!



Much less frenetic pace than previous, good solid writing, entertaining and enjoyable. 




Wednesday, January 25, 2023

#Review: THE DUKE GETS EVEN by Joanna Shop

 


4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I've read in the series, and I might have gotten more out of it if I had read the previous books. Even so, the story was delightful on its own. I loved the opening scene in the ocean. That was different from anything else I've read in the genre. It was well done and set up the story perfectly. I adored Nellie, the headstrong, rebellious young socialite who advocates for women's empowerment even if it puts her life in danger with the law. She never backs down from a challenge, not even when she finds the handsome man from her ocean swim is none other than the boring and predictable Andrew, the Duke of Lockwood. 

Lockwood was groomed from birth to be a duke and to act ducal at all times. He's tired of always being polite and just wants to break free of all his responsibilities trying to rescue his bankrupt duchy. He thinks he wants a malleable heiress whose dowry will save the duchy, that is, until he meets Nellie. Throwing caution to the wind, Lockwood sets out on a course to make the gorgeous heiress his own except Nellie has other ideas. Can these two reconcile their different paths in love and live happily ever after, or are their difference too much to overcome?

I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.



Tuesday, January 24, 2023

#Review: HER LESSONS IN PERSUASION by Megan Frampton

 


4 of 5 stars

Barrister Bram Townsend likes order in his life. He has his friends, their book club and his work. He doesn't need or want anything else. All of that neatness is turned upside down when he tries to save a lady from jumping off a bridge. Except, she wasn't planning on jumping; she was just star gazing.  Lady Wilheminia Bettesford is an amateur astronomer and merely wanted to get closer to the sky when she's rudely pulled off the bridge railing. She's furious and lets Bram know she doesn't need or want his help, but she can't resist stealing a kiss from the tall, imposing man. Can two people who are adamantly opposed to marriage resist their mutual attraction, or will they go their separate ways forever wondering if they missed out on true love?

This was a delightful story. Not only did I love the banter between Bram and Wilheminia, but Bram's friends were so entertaining. Bram was so honorable, and he just wanted to make Wilheminia happy. He wanted her to be able to make her own choices about her life without any undue pressure from him or her family. The plot moves along nicely with a few slow parts. There were quite a few twists and turns in the story before these two were able to admit their love for each other. I can't wait to read the next book in the series and am looking forward to knowing more about Bram's orphan brothers.

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#Review: ONE DUKE DOWN by Anna Bennett


 
4 of 5 stars

Andrew Keane, the Duke of Hawking, doesn't remember how he ended up tangled in a fishing net in the bay, but even though he's fuzzy because of a head wound, he knows beauty and kindness when he sees it.  Miss Poppy Summers works hard for her family's fishing business, and when she finds an unconscious man in her fishing net, she's stunned not only by his masculine beauty but why he ended up in the bay in the first place. Poppy agrees to help Hawking regain his memory, although she thinks he's delusional when he tells her he's the Duke of Hawking. She thinks the blow to his head has rattled his brain. Can these two work together to unravel the mystery of who attacked him, or will they succumb to the growing attraction between them?

This was a cute story about two people in love overcoming a number of obstacles standing in their way to true happiness. The plot moves along well as they try to unravel the mystery of Hawking's attack. Along the way, secrets are revealed, and friendships are broken. There are a number of twists and turns in the story that keeps the story moving forward. I loved Poppy's feistiness and Hawking's drive to convince Poppy that they could make a life together. There are enough clues to guess who the villain is, but the full extent of his reasoning is slowly revealed. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and look forward to Kitty's story next.

I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.



Thursday, January 19, 2023

Interview with Zoe Rosi, PRETTY EVIL


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?

My latest book is Pretty Evil. It’s a novel about a ‘MeToo serial killer’ called Camilla Black. Camilla is a vigilante murderer of bad men – rapists, abusers, paedophiles and creeps. She’s a fashion magazine editor by day and killer by night. I describe the book as ‘The Devil Wears Prada meets American Psycho.’

 

Do you have a favorite character?

Yes, I adore Camilla. She is a very out-there character. She’s bold and has quite an edgy personality. I’m really proud of her as I think she’s a unique creation. It was important to me that her story and her motivations as a serial killer were believable. This involved doing a lot of research into psychopathy and forensics, which was dark and disturbing at times, but worth it to create Camilla.

 

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?

Yes. I have self-published and been traditionally published. Prior to writing thrillers, I wrote romantic comedies. I had four romantic comedies published with a top 5 publisher and self-published two. I then got an agent who helped me land a two-book deal with a traditional publisher for my thrillers.

 

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?

About two weeks! We went on submission with my novel, Pretty Evil, which had been published a year earlier by an indie press as Predator. I’d managed to get my rights back, which was fortunate, and as a result of the book having been published before, it was very polished. I think this helped me gain a deal quickly. My agent sent the manuscript to Thomas & Mercer, who were our first choice of publisher and they offered us a deal.

 

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?

When I was querying, I had a lot of agents compliment my writing style and hook, but they often then went on to say that my Pretty Evil was ‘too violent’, ‘too dark’ and ‘too graphic’. This frustrated me as I didn’t see that as a bad thing. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis is incredibly violent, graphic and dark, and yet it’s an iconic book that has sold millions of copies. Like American Psycho, my novel is told in first person from the perspective of an extremely twisted serial killer. Of course, it is going to be dark, graphic and violent. If it was anything else, it would be inauthentic. I realized I had to find an agent who understood this and didn’t want me to soften my novel. I was not willing to turn my character, Camilla, into something she was not in order to pander to risk-averse people. I was going to stick to my guns.

 

I could tell when I first spoke to my agent, Rukhsana, that she loved Pretty Evil exactly as it was and truly appreciated its dark nature. Rukhsana had no interest in changing or softening my book and believed in it as it was. This is how I knew she was the right agent.

 

Thomas & Mercer also had a similar approach to Pretty Evil, appreciating it as it was, rather than wanting to tone it down. This is a key reason why I signed with them.

 

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?

I was keen for my cover to feature a woman’s lips as I liked the idea that readers could pose with the cover over their own face. I thought this would be fun and good for marketing. The final cover of my book is sultrier and darker than I’d imagined it would be, but I really like it.

 

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?

I outline. I really enjoy outlining and I like to know where my story is heading. I can’t imagine writing a novel without some kind of roadmap. Naturally, new threads and ideas arise as I write so the final story is usually somewhat different to the original outline.

 

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?

No, I don’t personally hire editors for my books. Even when I self-published romantic comedies, I edited them myself. I know this isn’t recommended, but I’ve been working in copywriting, proofreading, journalism and publishing for a long time now so I felt I could self-edit. 

 

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?

For me, this only applies to my self-published rom coms, but I learnt that a good cover and blurb is essential as no matter how good your book is, if these aren’t on point, readers won’t buy it. I also think it’s important to not only be able to write books but to have the time and energy to learn about advertising. If you’re not interested in learning about this, it’s probably better to go down the traditional publishing route.

 

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?

Yes, this can be quite challenging. I think it’s important to pace yourself and find balance. If you’re not careful, writing and marketing can take over your life. I’ve certainly overdone it at times and this is something I’m now mindful of.

 

What’s next for you?

My novel, Pretty Evil, has been optioned for TV and is being adapted by a screenwriter. This is incredibly exciting. Seeing my character, Camilla, on screen would be a dream come true! I’m also working on several new thrillers, which I hope will be published soon.


 

Blurb:

You’ve done a bad thing. She has you in her sights. Now you’re going to pay.

Meet Camilla Black: an affluent, respected, influential fashion magazine editor, who lives it up in her beautiful Mayfair apartment. But Camilla’s glamorous life is a lie. Behind her poised exterior beats the cold dark heart of a vigilante killer, a murderer hell-bent on wreaking vengeance upon bad men.


Camilla expects to get away with murder. She’s careful. And anyway, it’s worth the risk. She’s making the world a better place with each predator she kills. But when one of her victims’ bodies is unexpectedly found, his gruesome death is splashed all over the papers.


To make matters worse, she’s now being pursued by Detective Wheelan, a new addition to the Met with laser-sharp focus and a worrying habit of solving impossible crimes…


She knows she should stop, but she can’t. Some men just deserve to die. Will Camilla’s insatiable appetite for justice be her downfall, or can she outsmart the police?


Revised edition: Previously published as Predator, this edition of Pretty Evil includes editorial revisions.

 

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Author bio:


Zoe Rosi has a background in journalism and copywriting. She worked as a reporter for local and national newspapers before moving into the fashion industry as a copywriter. 


Zoe had four romantic comedies published before writing her debut thriller. It was while working as a fashion copywriter that Zoe had the idea for Pretty Evil, which she describes as The Devil Wears Prada meets American Psycho.

 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

#Review: LOVE ON THE LINE by Anabelle Bryant



3.5  of 5 stars

I was intrigued when I read the blurb and was looking forward to reading the book. The story follows Lola, a tightrope walker, and Theodore, an earl which sets them at odds to begin with. Feelings, however soon develop between these two as they try to unravel the murder of Theodore's friend. What started out as a collaboration soon turned romantic, but I would have loved it if these two had more honest dialogue between them. As the story continues, the author reveals Lola's sordid past when she crosses a duke for his cruelty to a prized stallion. It was a noble thing to do to rescue the horse, even though it meant she had to run away after confessing to releasing the horse because of the duke's cruelty. 

I had figured out who the villain was early on and pretty much knew what would happen to the duke in order for Lola and Theodore to have their HEA. It seemed all too predictable, and I wished the author had put more thought into dealing with the duke. This is why I only gave the book 3.5 stars.

I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.



Wednesday, January 4, 2023

#Excerpt: FAMILY PRIDE BLOOD FEVER by Deborah A. Bailey


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Book two of the Family Pride Paranormal Romance Series

After claiming Zora Mason as his mate, and fighting off a threat to the MacKinnon pride, Mac is more than ready to get back to managing his coffee bar and settling into mated bliss. But just when it looks like things are quieting down, Mac and Zora find more challenges ahead.

Plans for Zora and Mac’s official introduction to the pride, and the opening of the new coffee bar may be derailed when, gripped by a mysterious blood fever lingering after the leadership challenge, Mac is driven to the edge of his endurance as he fights to keep his inner lion under control.

Juggling her responsibilities in the business and her position as the mate of the pride leader becomes even more challenging when Zora is forced to confront her fear that Mac is changing into someone she doesn’t recognize.

As the fever pushes Mac to the edge, the revelation of an old, painful family secret proves to be the key to saving Mac’s life. Zora and Mac come up with a plan to end the threat of the fever forever, but that same plan may destroy them both.

Is their love strong enough to defeat the blood fever, so they can live happily ever after as mates?

Excerpt:

Mac rubbed his forehead. "Look, I can't help everybody right now, okay? I'm up to my eyeballs." He went over to the table and checked his phone.

"Mackenzie! I can't believe I'm hearing this from you. You've never been like this before."

Now Lena was the one calling him by his full name, and when she did it, she was one step away from going full lioness on his ass. "Grandma, just a month ago I was in a challenge, and I got mated. Now everybody wants me to do something for them. I've got a coffee bar to run and one to open!"

Instead of replying, she looked him up and down like she was appraising him. In lion form, she was a seasoned hunter and fighter. Though she was in her 70's, age hadn't slowed her down. In fact, her trim, toned body was the product of countless activities she busied herself with in both lion and human form.

"I see." Lena came over to the table, pulled out a chair and sat down. "What did you and Zora have a fight about? The business?"

"Me and Zora? What? I--how did you know? Did she call you?"

Lena chuckled. "She didn't have to. You're wound up. I've seen you under pressure before, and you've never been like this. Mackenzie, you've been a nomad for most of your adult life. I knew it would be…challenging to get mated."

"Please don't say, 'challenging.' Especially not after what I went through with Eldon."

"You did the right thing to take the challenge for your father. But now that you've tasted blood, you'll never be the same again." Lena crossed her legs. "Perhaps that's the problem."

"Grandma, I could've killed Eldon. When we were fighting, I wanted to tear him apart. Especially after he threatened Zora." Mac ran his fingers through his hair. "I've never felt that before."

"It's time to accept the beast inside you. Don't be ashamed of it," Lena said.

About the Author:
Deborah A Bailey's Romantic Fantasy, Paranormal & Science Fiction Romance novels include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat.

Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers' Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun and are included in, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales. She's the author of non-fiction books, and articles for various online publications.

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Saturday, December 31, 2022

#Review: THE RUNAWAY VISCOUNT by Darcy Burke

 


4 of 5 stars

This was another enjoyable read from Ms. Burke. The story is short and stays true to focusing on the two main characters as they chance meet and then reconnect two years later. I loved Juliana and her outlook on life. Although she didn't have a loving marriage, her now-deceased husband provided her with a generous allowance and home to secure her independence, and Juliana was thankful for his foresight. She loves her independence, and when she meets Lucas at an inn in a raging snowstorm, she's not shy about seducing him. When he leaves the next morning without a word, she's hurt and vows not to allow any man to hurt her again. 

Lucas was honorable, although a bit clueless about resolving conflicts he felt uncomfortable with. He realizes his mistake in leaving so abruptly when a house party has him face-to-face with Juliana again two years later; he is determined not to make the same mistake again. The plot moves along nicely without any lag time. The banter between these two was witty and funny at times, and I was happy to see that after a few more twists and turns, they finally got their HEA. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.

I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.



Friday, December 30, 2022

#Review: THE MIRACLE OF LOVE by Meara Platt

 


4 of 5 stars

Deklan Quinton is the Crown's top agent, and when an international theft of a priceless international crown threatens to start a war, Deklan is assigned to protect Grace Montford, the daughter of the thief. Grace doesn't understand why she's in danger from foreign agents and has a hard time reconciling to the fact that Deklan is her protector until the incident is resolved, but the more time she spends with him, the more her heart is engaged. Can the delicate beauty tame the beast, or will Deklan leave her the minute the assignment is complete?

This was another cute story from Ms. Platt. I loved the opening scene when Deklan first becomes acquainted with Grace. That was both funny and touching, especially with the addition of his mother and aunt in the scene. Deklan lives a solitary life as an agent and bristles when Grace refers to him as a leopard--a solitary hunter who answers to no one. As the danger mounts, Deklan and Grace must race out of London and try to uncover the hiding spot of the royal crown. I thought the middle of the book dragged a bit, and of course, there's the "insta-love" of these two--already in love after only two days?? That's not very realistic, but it is the nature of these 'Book of Love' stories. Ms. Platt has delivered another enjoyable read, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

#Review: CINDERELLA AND THE DUKE by Lydia Drake

 


4 of 5 stars

Gregory Carter, Duke of Ashworth, has slept his way through most of the married ladies of the ton. He's a rake first class, and he likes it that way, although he doesn't enjoy being called out in a duel by unhappy husbands all the time. It has happened too many times, and he's grown weary of the whole charade. By chance, he meets spinster Julia Beaumont at a ball, and he's smitten with the outspoken young woman.  Julia is looking for a husband to get away from her stepmother, who treats her as little more than a servant. A happenstance meeting with the ton's most notorious rake sets Julia on a collision course between what she wants and what she can achieve. In her boldest action yet, she does the proposing, but will the duke rise to the challenge?

I've always enjoyed a good fairytale retelling, and this Cinderella tale had a nice spin. I especially enjoyed the banter between Gregory and Julia as they negotiated the terms of their marriage. The plot moved along at a good pace, with a few twists and turns along the way. I loved that Julia got a chance to tell her stepmother exactly what she thought of her. I thought the weakest part of the story, though, was about Julia's first love, or so she thought. It seemed a little far-fetched that the scoundrel would have waited 10 years to reappear in Julia's life, especially since everything we know about him was that he needed money. What had he been surviving on in the intervening years? It looks like the next book could be about Julia's stepsister and Gregory's friend, and I look forward to reading that one.

I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.



Tuesday, December 27, 2022

#Review: A WICKED GAME by Kate Bateman

 


4 of 5 stars


I'm a fan of Ms. Bateman and "A Wicked Game" does not disappoint. I absolutely adored the banter, dares and counter dares between Harriett and Morgan. The author takes us on a wonderful journey showcasing their feelings and self-discovery. Although they have been antagonizing each other since they were children, there was always "something" between them that could not be denied. When Morgan comes home after his captivity in a French prison, all he can think about was making Harriet his, but Harriet doesn't believe he has good intentions toward her. She thinks he's toying with her as he's done their whole lives and even though she has secretly loved him for years, she's not ready to admit any such thing especially not to him.

There is a minor plot involving an evil French officer who is bent on finding a particular map that Harriet drew, and it was not surprising when he shows up in London. There are no major twists and turns in the story, but watching Morgan and Harriet finally confess their love for each other is a roller coaster ride enough. Now I can't wait to read Rhys's story next.

I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.



#Review: THE MARRIAGE LIST by Ella Quinn


 2.5 of 5 stars

I was looking forward to reading this book as Ms. Quinn is one of my favorite authors. Unfortunately, this book was a mess. Instead of focusing on Lady Eleanor and Lord Montagu, there was chapter after chapter about many others of the Worthington clan. It's a huge family and too much of the book kept focusing on a brother or a cousin or a sister. It was so distracting. I just wanted to read about Eleanor and John, but I found myself skipping pages just to get back to their story. I hope the next book which will probably be about Eleanor's twin sister will be more succinct and focus on the love story.

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By popular demand, USA Today bestselling author Ella Quinn returns Regency England’s beloved extended family, The Worthingtons, for the first in a sparkling new spin-off series! Determined to tame the marriage market on their own terms and make advantageous love matches, three confident sisters draw up a list of qualities they expect their new beaus to meet. But as they are about to discover, people are hardly ever perfect and the road to love is far more thrilling and interesting than they could ever have imagined…

 

As part of a large, rambunctious family, Lady Eleanor Carpenter has gained some knowledge of what makes a successful marriage. She’s even compiled a list of essential qualifications in a potential husband. John, the Marquis of Montagu, seems of good character (check), with money enough to support a family (check). But what of the many other requirements on her list?

 

Montagu, meanwhile, believes the key to a comfortable life lies in marrying someone quiet and docile. Yet the one lady who captivates him could hardly be more different to what he envisioned. Lady Eleanor is as opinionated as she is lovely, determined to improve working conditions for coal miners, even at risk to her own safety.

 

From evenings at Almack’s to carriage rides in Hyde Park, this Season will contain many pleasures—and a few surprises that compel both John and Eleanor to rethink their expectations. For one thing is certain: love will not be defined by any list . . .


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 


USA Today bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side (political science professor and lawyer). Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.

 

She is married to her wonderful husband of almost fourty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, a Great Dane named Lilibet, and a cat named Winnie. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true lived on sailboat for three years. After cruising the Caribbean and North America, she completed a transatlantic crossing from St. Martin to Southern Europe. She's currently living in Germany, happily writing while her husband is back at work, recovering from retirement. She expects to be back on the boat in 2022.

 

Ella loves when readers connect with her.

 

Author Contact and Social Media:

 

Website:  https://www.ellaquinnauthor.com/

 

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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ellaquinnauthor

 

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7044274.Ella_Quinn

 

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ella-quinn

 

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Ella-Quinn/e/B00CAE0FSQ

 

Buy Links:

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Marriage-List-Worthington-Brides/dp/142015446X

 

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