Monday, December 22, 2014

Reading Challenge: New to You in 2015!

New to You Reading Challenge

This is a challenge hosted by Anna over at HC&BS. One I'm very excited to start this year!


This one is super flexible. something "new" to you in 2015 and review it.

This can be a debut author.
A brand new to you author.
And old favorites "debut" book.
A new series.
A first time reading a new genre (ex if you read your first New Adult book)
or any other new that crosses your path

Everyone is welcome to join--blogger, author, reader
Any genre/heat level is fine.

The Levels

Level 1--   6 "new to you"s
Level 2-- 12 "new to you"s
Level 3-- 24 "new to you"s
Level 4-- 36 "new to you"s
Level 5-- 48 "new to you"s
Level 6-- 72 "new to you"s
   Level 7--100+ "new to you"s

My Challenge:

I'm choosing to go for Level 1 at this time and might level up as I go along! Links to my posts will be added here! :)


2015 Curvy Heroine Reading Challenge

2015 Curvy Heroine Reading Challenge

Reading Challenge Details:

     Challenge runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015You can join anytime. We all know that most heroines have the 'perfect' figure. Well I for one do not. I want to find all of the books that feature a curvy heroine. Let's see how many we can find!
    The goal is to read as many novels that feature curvy heroines as you’d like. Checkout the different levels below and choose the one that works for you. 
  • Book format can be anything. 
  • Genre: Preferably Romance, historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal or erotic, etc: 
  • Novella's (books around 100 pages, and full length novels, count. Anything under 100 pages doesn't count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

To join the challenge, grab the 2015 Curvy Heroine Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. Anyone can join in! Be you blogger, author or reader; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2015 Curvy Heroine Reading Challenge.

The Levels

Level 1: 1 – 5
Level 2: 5 – 10
Level 3: 10 – 15
Level 4: 15+

If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.

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Sign Up HERE! Just include your name and link to your challenge post/shelf.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday Jams- All About That Bass - The Guy Version!

Just found this cool meme over at Brazen Babe Reviews called Tuesday Jams. You share a song, band or cover that's caught your eye or been on your LOVE list! Go check out their blog while your at it ;)

Who hasn't heard the Fabulous Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass?!! Curvy Girls Unite!!
Well here is a different take on that!

And for your listening enjoyment! 

The QUESTION OF THE DAY is: What books with CURVY Heroines do YOU like?

One of my favorites is Penelope Featherington from Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series!!!


Monday, December 15, 2014

4 Shape-Shifter Romance Cover Reveals by Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is revealing not one, not two, and not even three but FOUR cover reveals!!!

She’s revealing the covers for the next FOUR books in her Eternal Mates paranormal romance series at once. These novels will all be coming out between January 6th and March 10th next year, and every single of one of them are shape-shifter romances.

Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 1) - Paranormal Romance BookIf you haven’t had a chance to step into this passionate and action-packed world of dark elves, fae, demons, vampires, shifters and hunters, then you can take the leap with the first book in the series, Kissed by a Dark Prince, which is only 99cents until January 15th as part of her fantastic Winter Warmers special deals. She has several others on sale now here.

Back to the reveal… here are the covers for the next four books in the series and more about them.

Hunted by a Jaguar by Felicity Heaton

(Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 4)

Hunted by a Jaguar
A jaguar shifter with a dark secret, Kyter has spent his entire life running from his demons. When a tragedy takes him back to his pride’s village, he is set on a path of vengeance that will see him collide with the terrible ghosts of his past and a beautiful vision of his future.
Iolanthe deals in finding artefacts for discerning clients, but this time her client is one of the deadliest men in Hell and her mission has the highest stakes imaginable. Failure is not an option when your life is on the line, but things take a dangerous turn when she crosses paths with a handsome and mysterious male on the hunt for the same artefact—a male who declares she is his eternal mate.
Can Iolanthe resist Kyter’s wicked allure and find the artefact before he does? Can Kyter face his demons and win the heart of his fated female? Or will this deadly game of cat and mouse claim both of their lives?
Hunted by a Jaguar is due for release in ebook and paperback on January 6th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.First Chapter Preview

Craved by an Alpha by Felicity Heaton

(Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 5)

Craved by an Alpha
Having turned his back on his snow leopard pride, Cavanaugh has been counting the days until he’s free of a role he never wanted—one that separated him from his fated female and stands between him and the future he craves with her.
Just days from the night he will finally be free to be with the low-ranking beauty who stole his heart, she walks back into his life and threatens to destroy everything he’s worked towards in the five long years they’ve been apart.
Eloise has travelled across continents searching for the male who was once her best friend and so much more to her, but was now her pride’s true alpha. Desperate to fulfil a promise to her kin to save them from the tyrant he left in charge, she convinces Cavanaugh to return to his pride, but as they journey to Bhutan, doubts bloom and old feelings resurface, tearing her between duty and her deepest desires and impossible dreams.
Will Eloise be able to resist the burning need that Cavanaugh reignites in her and remember her place in the pride? And can Cavanaugh find a way to save his kin and claim the future he craves with the woman he loves?
Craved by an Alpha is due for release in ebook and paperback on January 27th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.

Bitten by a Hellcat by Felicity Heaton

(Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 6)

Bitten by a Hellcat
The sole remaining member of the most famous shifter hunter family in history, Owen Nightingale is a mercenary and a man with a secret held in his closely guarded heart, but when a beautiful a rare shifter catches his eye and offers him a job, he has the feeling he’ll be the one paying for helping her—with his heart.
Cait is in a spot of trouble with a capital T. A male hellcat has set his sights on claiming her and she’s one kitty who doesn’t want a collar, and who has spent her life avoiding relationship and is intent on remaining free. When she meets a dark, alluring and mysterious hunter, she sees a chance to rid herself of the male, but the price Owen sets and the fierce passion that burns white-hot between them lures her dangerously under his seductive spell.
Can Owen discover the true intent of the male hellcat and stop Cait from falling into his hands? And can Cait retain control as the heat of desire burns between her and Owen, or will a reckless moment seal both of their fates forever?
Bitten by a Hellcat is due for release in ebook and paperback on February 17th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.

Taken by a Dragon by Felicity Heaton

(Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 7)

Taken by a Dragon
Possessed by a need to save a beautiful Amazon warrior from the vision he witnessed, Loke snatched her from the midst of the battle between the Third and Fifth realm of the demons, and carried her to his home deep in the black mountains of Hell to protect her. But as the fierce little female awakens, he finds she’s anything but grateful, and his dragon instincts roar to life to warn she might be more to him than an enemy—she might be his fated female.
Anais remembers meeting a handsome warrior in the heat of battle, a man who was her enemy but who looked at her with eyes that held dark heat and wicked promises. When she wakes to find that same dragon shifter has taken her captive, desire is the last thing on her mind, but escaping him to return to Archangel, the hunter organisation she works for, sounds less than appealing when he reveals the reason he took her—to stop her from dying.
Can Loke protect Anais from the dangers of his realm and how far will he go to save her from the future he keeps witnessing? Can Anais resist the fierce attraction that burns between them as hot as fire and stay true to Archangel or will her heart be taken by the dragon?
Taken by a Dragon is due for release in ebook and paperback on March 10th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.

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Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:
Book 4: Hunted by a Jaguar – coming in 2015
Book 5: Craved by an Alpha – coming in 2015 
Book 6: Bitten by a Hellcat – coming in 2015 
Book 7: Taken by a Dragon – coming in 2015

Felicity Heaton Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.
If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Kennedy Ryan's My True Love Gave to Me Holiday Blitz and Giveaway

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         Enjoy a bonus Christmas scene from Cam's POV from When You Were Mine

Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: The Truth about Leo by Katie MacAlister

Title:The Truth about Leo
by Katie MacAlister
Series: Noble #4
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication date: August 1 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 1 Star

Can Dagmar flee Denmark

Dagmar Marie Sophie is a poverty-stricken Danish princess whose annoying royal cousin is about to have her stuffed away in a convent. When she finds a wounded man unconscious in her garden, she sees a way out of her desperate situation.

By Lying to Leo?

Leopold Ernst George Mortimer, seventh earl of March, and spy in the service of the king, finds himself on the wrong end of a saber and left for dead. He wakes up not remembering what the care of a beautiful woman who says she is his wife.

Back in London, Leo-with the help of his old friends the eccentric Britton family-sets out to unravel what he's forgotten... Is Dagmar truly the wonderful, irrepressible woman who makes his heart sing, or is she a dangerous enigma bent on his destruction?


My Take:

This was not one of my favorites. It had humor, romance and mystery. It just felt like there was almost TOO much going on and I couldn't keep track. The Jail scene was off the chain in a bad way. I understand the author was trying to be funny but it bordered on the ridiculous. Nick's and Phem's secondary romance felt like it was just thrown in there.  I guess maybe I needed to read the first 3 books in the series but because I hadn't a lot of the scenes were over the top confusing. I'd suggest reading the these books in order.

Have you read a Katie MacAlister book? This is the first I've read of hers. Do you think I should try her again?
For as long as she can remember, Katie MacAlister has loved reading. Growing up in a family where a weekly visit to the library was a given, Katie spent much of her time with her nose buried in a book. Despite her love for novels, she didn't think of writing them until she was contracted to write a non-fiction book about software. Since her editor refused to allow her to include either witty dialogue or love scenes in the software book, Katie swiftly resolved to switch to fiction, where she could indulge in world building, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes.

Two years after she started writing novels, Katie sold her first romance, Noble Intentions. More than thirty books followed during the years after Noble's publication. Her novels have been translated into numerous languages, been recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and placed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell, and for the mystery world as Kate Marsh.

Katie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and dogs, and can often be found lurking around online.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: The Temptation of Lady Serena by Ella Quinn

Title:The Temptation of Lady Serena
by Ella Quinn
Series: Marriage Game #3
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: January 14th 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Netgalley

Custom-made gowns. . .nights at the theater. . .and a host of eligible bachelors. Accustomed to living a quiet life in the Scottish Borderlands, Lady Serena Weir has never had any of these luxuries. But when Serena's brother demands she finally have a Season in London, she's thrust into a glamorous world she's only dreamed of. . .

Robert, Viscount Beaumont, remembers all too well what it feels like to be in love. That is why he must keep his distance from Serena. He's only felt his pulse stir the way it does now when he made the mistake of loving the wrong woman once before. Yet the more he strives to resist his feelings, the nearer he is to falling under Serena's seductive spell. . .

My Take:

I stumbled upon this Ella Quinn novel in Netgalley. It is book 3 of her Marriage Game series. I don't like to read books out of sequence but this story intrigued me. Ella Quinn is a "new to me" author and I'm so glad I read this!

Lady Serena Wier has been living in the wilds of Scotland at her family estate, Castle Vere. Since the age of 14, when her mother passed, she has taken the reigns of her ailing fathers estate. Left to her own devices until the age of 26, when her selfish brother finally comes home with a new wife, Serena has made caring for the estate her life. Sent to London for her first Season, Serena is nervous and expecting failure because of her "old" age. She thrives! Because she has a pretty substantial dowry and is over her majority, she can decide to marry for love.

Robert, Viscount Beaumont, plans to marry for convenience and not for love. Anything but love, due to a disastrous first love years ago. He is, nevertheless, fascinated by Serena's charming personality. Desperate to have her as a wife, knowing she'll only marry for love, he foolishly traps her into marriage. Or so he thinks.

After the engagement is where the drama persists and the story really comes to life. Willing to risk scandal and, with the protection and help of their mutual friends and family, Serena teaches Robert that to love is a risk that has monumental results. The stubborn man takes a long time to open his heart and realize that he's already in love with Serena.

Ms. Quinn does a delightful job of providing humor, passion and intrigue. The secondary characters, Roberts' Aunt Freddy and grandmother are a hoot! There is a secondary love story in here as well that turns out well. I am now on a mission to read the first two books in this series, The Seduction of Lady Phoebe and The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh.

Bestselling Regency author Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with her wonderful husband, three bossy cats and a loveable great dane.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

ARC Review: The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding by Victoria Alexander

Title: Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding
by Victoria Alexander
Series: Millworth Manor #4
Publisher: Kensington (Zebra)
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 3 Stars
Received by: NetGalley

The bride and groom cordially request your presence for a wedding at Millworth Manor. . .
Guests will include Jackson Quincy Graham Channing, New York City banker, and Lady Theodosia "Teddy" Winslow, wedding planner to the finest families in England.

Introductions shall be followed by light conversation, dancing, flirtation, arguing, reconciliation, and an impulsive kiss that both parties are quite certain they will never repeat.

Until they do.

A mutually beneficial fake engagement will be accompanied by all manner of very real complications, scandalous revelations, nefarious schemes, and one inescapable conclusion:

That true love--unlike the perfect wedding--is impossible to plan. . .

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tour & Giveway: The Dukes Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton

Join us in celebrating the November 25th release of The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior! Marcus was thrust into the Dukedom and is definitely NOT behaving like a stellar member of the Aristocracy should! Can a lowly governess tame him? 

All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?
When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.
As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.
But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .

Thursday, December 4, 2014

ARC Review: What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara

Title: What a Lady Demands
Author: Ashlyn MacNamara
Series: Drakes Rakes #5
Publisher: LoveSwept
Publication date: 4 November 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Review: 4 Stars
Source: Netgalley

Viscount Lindenhurst cannot seem to find a governess who meets his impossible standards—until Cecelia Sanford becomes the first woman to interrupt the widower’s brooding in years. Lind had returned home from the Napoleonic wars, broken in body and soul and longing for his wife’s embrace, only to find her changed. Before they could reconcile, an accident struck their son and claimed her life. Now enter Cecelia, with her soft curves and sharp tongue—a tempting distraction, it is true, but not a welcome one.

Past the usual marrying age and haunted by a scandal of her own, Cecelia soon finds herself caring for both the child and the man. The viscount is brittle and even abrupt at times, yet she cannot deny the attraction that stirs her body in his presence. Moved by the deep sense of abandonment that tortures his soul, Cecelia aches to fully awaken Lind’s heart from its rancorous slumber—if she can just keep their pasts from destroying a second chance at love.


What a Lady Demands is the second book in the Eton Boys trilogy. Old friends Sandford, Lindenhurst and Battencliff have had a severe rift in their friendships. This story centers on Lindenhurst and Sandford’s younger sister, Cecilia.

In What a Lady Demands we find two considerably damaged characters. The way they have dealt with their disastrous pasts are on two completely different ends of the spectrum. Ashyln Macnamara has presented quite a few uncommon twists that I haven’t seen in a Historical Romance.

At first Cecilia Sandford seems like a spoiled ‘on the shelf’ debutante when she applies to Viscount Lindenhurst for the governess positon for his son, Jeremy. We gradually learn that she has had a dreadful past. One in which I’d never have thought she’d have survived as well as did. She is a very resilient, independent, courageous woman. She has tried to overcome her past and not dwell on the bad.

Richard Blakewell, Viscount Lindenhurst, is an angry, revengeful, uncompassionate, and strict military man. He requires his servants to have very high morals. I can honestly say I couldn’t stand him and he was very hard to warm up to. Even after we learn how and why his wife betrayed him, I did not see him as a victim. I felt more sorrowful for poor Battencliff than I did for Lind.

Jeremy, is a tragically sad little boy. He’s lost his mother and then lost multiple governesses’ because his father has sent them packing due to a lack of progress on teaching him to read and write. (he’s only FIVE!) Cecilia becomes his best advocate and stands toe to toe with Richard several times to Jeremy’s benefit.

The fireworks between Lind and Cecilia start almost from the first. They both try to resist as they’ve both been burned in past relationships. Sensual and steamy, when they connect their passion leaps off the page. When Lin finally gives in to the attraction for Cecelia, we see an emotional thawing alter his character. “You haven’t had a champion for years. Your father died when you were still in the schoolroom and your brother was gone. Who is going to protect you from … if I do not?” My heart melted for Lind right then!

I loved how Cecilia stood up to Richard and didn’t back down on anything she felt so strongly about. The title, What a Lady Demands, certainly fits this novel. When Lind suggests marriage she replies with “When I’m not even suitable to act as your governess, because I’m so scandalous and impure, but you’re still willing to marry me?” I cheered her on! It really shows how much he really cares for her despite his attempt otherwise.

Ashlyn Macnamara has given us a message through this story of revenge, redemption and recovery. Love only flourishes when you can compromise. Revenge is never the answer. It will only come back on you. I truly enjoyed this novel.

Ashlyn lives in the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband and two teenaged daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading and wasting time on the internet in the guise of doing research.

Her debut novel, A Most Scandalous Proposal, releases February 26, 2013 from Ballantine books, with a second Regency romance, A Most Devilish Rogue, to follow.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review: Twice Tempted by Eileen Dreyer

Title: Twice Tempted
Author: Eileen Dreyer
Series: Drakes Rakes #5
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication date: 25 November 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Review: 5 Stars
Source: Netgalley

Fiona Ferguson's troubles began with a kiss . . .
It feels like a lifetime ago that Alex Knight saved Fiona from certain doom . . . and stole a soul-shattering kiss for good measure. Wanting nothing more than to keep her safe, he left her in the care of her grandfather, the Marquess of Dourne. But Fiona was hardly safe. As soon as he could, the marquess cast her and her sister out on the streets with only her wits to keep them alive. Alex has never forgotten that long-ago kiss. Now the dashing spy is desperate to make up for failing his duty once before. This time he will protect Fiona once and for all, from a deadly foe bent on taking revenge on the Ferguson line-and anyone who stands in the way . . .

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    This was an adventure, a romance, a mystery, and a suspense all rolled into one superbly brilliant package. 
     Let me just say, I adore Chuffy! Yes, he may be the leading secondary character but oh be still my heart! He is an adorably nerdy and sweetly brilliant man! Alex was a White Knight extraordinaire, such a protective alpha male! Fiona! I love her! She’s a great heroine! Strong, a survivor, and very mysterious in her way. I didn’t hit it off with Mae at first, it felt like she was a very selfish woman, wrapped up in her own world and bedamned to everyone else. She ended up growing on me as we see her character in a new light.
     I enjoyed how the romance between Alex and Fiona started so slow. I’m a little shocked that they met when he was still married to the traitorous skank of a wife. You can virtually feel the tension between them in the first few scenes.
     I have yet to read Once a Rake, Ian’s story. I hope he has a damn good explanation for why he didn’t physically check on his sisters for 4 years or at least have someone else check on them! Those poor girls and what they went through!!

New York Times best-selling author Eileen Dreyer has won five RITA Awards from the Romance Writers of America, which secures her fourth place in the Romance Writers of America prestigious Hall of Fame. Eileen is an addicted traveler, having sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world. Eileen also writes as Kathleen Korbel and has over three million books in print worldwide. Born and raised in Missouri, she lives in St. Louis County with her husband Rick and her two children.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Giveaway & Excerpt from Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill Shalvis

For those of us who follow Jill's Lucky Harbor series, we get more SAWYER and CHLOE!!
Jill's taking us back to the end of the first Lucky Harbor trilogy set with the smexy Sheriff Sawyer and the clutzy cutie, Chloe! And Chloe's pregnant! Yay!! It sure will be nice to dip our toes back into Lucky Harbor one more time!

Wild child Chloe Thompson can't believe how much things have changed. She still can't get enough of her sexy husband Sawyer, but he seems to prefer working to impending fatherhood. So tonight, a very pregnant Chloe is escaping her troubles at the town Christmas party.
Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes surprising Chloe at the  party will give him a chance to set things right. But as the snow begins to fall and the wind rages, he wonders whether he can make it back in time. While mother nature conspires to keep Sawyer and Chloe apart,  an unexpected arrival will require them to kiss and make up . . . and ring in the happiest holiday Lucky Harbor has ever seen.

Title: Merry Christmas, Baby
by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor 12.5
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: December 2, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance