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review 2017-11-04 13:48
A Christmas Princess - Ofelia Gränd

In just 5 pages this story made me cry and smile at that beautiful ending.

It was beautiful and very deep and it was filled with powerful emotions and have so much going on between the lines that I really wish the author will expand to full length novel because I loved Danny and my heart goes out to him and wish to see more of him.

Overall this was an amazing short read with wonderful writing and lovely characters.

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review 2017-11-03 21:35
17 Novellas
Protected by the Billionaire: A Suspense... Protected by the Billionaire: A Suspense Romance - Veronica Cross

Protected By The Billionaire by Veronica Cross is a fairly quick read, however the book does include 16 more bonus stories.  Tess and Alex’s story is a fast-paced read.  There is plenty of drama, suspense and sex.  This book could have used a bit more editing in my opinion.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2017-11-02 01:37
The White Lily
The White Lily - Juliette Cross

In the northern Varis Empire, Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill is the one in charge. His uncles are Dominik (the most ruthless of the Queen's sons) and Marius (he married the leader of the rebellion and "betrayed" his family). Friedrich is on the side of the rebellion. Someone in his land is spreading a pamphlet of support for the rebellion and is called "The White Lily." Dominik is on a quest to find and bring down this person. 
Brennalyn has lived in Terrington for the last 3 years. She works as a school teacher, taking in orphans who have no where else to go. She also is an agitator and is actively working for social change. 
I've enjoyed each book in this series. Each is a fairy tale retelling. This one is Snow White. Brenna has 7 orphans (Helena, Emment, Caden, Beatrice, Jack, Denny, and Izzy) that she is mom to. They think of her as mom and I loved Friedrich's reaction to them too. I liked, although it's brief, reading about Arabelle, Marius, Sienna, and Nikolai again after their stories. The underlying story is progressing and I like where this is going. 
No description is out for book 4 (assuming there will be a book 4), but I'm guessing it will be Dragomir Vilhelmina of Arkadia's book, aka Mina. I hope. I suspect maybe Mikhail (Blood Guard) or Dane as the love interest. I'm interested to see if I'm right.

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review 2017-10-31 00:00
Crossing the Line (The Cross Creek Series) - Kimberly Kincaid

Crossing the Line is the second book in the Cross Creek series from Kimberly Kincaid. Crossing the Line is youngest brother Eli's story and I was so excited we got his story next.

 

Eli feels like he is the odd man out when it comes to the Cross men. His dad and both brothers Owen and Hunter love farming the land and have never wanted to do anything else. Eli does just enough to get his job done while his real love is writing. However when he opens his mouth and puts his family's business on the line, he steps up and plays host to the New York City photographer Scarlett Edwards-Stewart.

 

I loved Scarlett from the moment she appeared on the page. OMG she is a woman who knows who she is and what she wants and makes no excuses for the choices or what she says. She had a rough start in life, but doesn't seem to let that stand in her way of making the most of her life.

 

Eli and Scarlett had pretty strong chemistry from the moment they met. I liked while they appeared to be so different, they really were more alike than it first seemed. I loved that Scarlett seemed to pick up on the real Eli. Maybe because she was an artist with a camera, she picked up on Eli being a bit of an artist with words. I love watching Eli and Scarlett grow closer the more time they spent together and loved that Scarlett was up front enough to go after what she wanted with Eli. 

 

I hated that Eli didn't feel like he could share his love of writing with his family and was so glad that Scarlett made him open his eyes about it. I loved how proud the entire Cross family was of Eli and honestly it made me fall a little be more in love with this family. I have to say the shocker that was dropped on the family soon after Eli gives his news honestly had me asking what the hell?!?! It also made me want the next book in this series even more.

 

I loved watching the progression of the romance between Eli and Scarlett. It was also so much fun to see the Cross family grow closer as this story progressed. I honestly have already started stalking Kimberly Kincaid's website looking for updates on this series.

 

 

Rating: 5 Stars (B+)

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review 2017-10-25 15:02
ARC Review: The White Lily (Vampire Blood #3) by Juliette Cross
The White Lily - Juliette Cross
The White Lily

Vampire Blood #3
Juliette Cross
Paranormal Romance
Entangled Publishing, Amara
October 23rd 2017
eBook
326
NetGalley

 

To the north of the Varis empire, a mysterious faction spreads propaganda against the vampire monarchy. Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill, seeks to discover who they are before his uncle finds them first. King Dominik will punish the traitors with brutal force.

 

Local schoolteacher, the raven-haired Brennalyn, is on her own mission—to spy on the duke and discover what she can for the Black Lily. She longs to help the commonwealth and bring justice to the many orphans left behind from the ravages of the blood madness, like the children she lovingly keeps in her care. What she doesn’t plan for is the heart-pounding attraction she feels for the duke, enemy to the Black Lily.

 

But when Brennalyn’s secret puts her life and the life of her children in danger, Friedrich steps in as her protector, she finds out there’s more to the duke than she thought.

 

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The White Lily was another compelling read in the Vampire Blood series.

 

I have to say I absolutely love the prologues and epilogues in this series. Ms. Cross writes such gripping and enticing, beginnings and ends, that I’m blown-away and hooked immediately.

 

This one is a loose retailing of the fairy tale, Snow White. Brennalyn Snow is a school teacher. She’s got a big heart, is a mother to seven orphaned children, and wants to aid the rebellion against the aristocracy vampires that rule over all humans. Friedrich Volya, Duke of Winter Hill is secretly helping the rebellion and has been keeping an eye on the raven haired school teacher for sometime now.

 

It took me a little while to get into this story. I felt the romance and plot where a little slow going, but once I got into the story, things moved quickly. A few things where easy to spot, but the danger was strong and enticing. Near the end we get a little surprise. Which made me giddy and shows that things will soon be coming to a head in the war against the crown.

 

“It was no longer a war of humans against vampires. It was a war between justice and tyranny.” 

 

For the romance I wasn’t fully falling into it and I didn’t fully love it like I have the previous two couples in this series. Their romance was still good. The passion and attraction where their and very strong, but something was lacking with Friedrich and Brennalyn’s romance. I can’t put my finger on it, but I just felt something was missing.

 

As a last note, even though each of the books in the series are about different couples, the series is best read in order. There is a plot that continues thorough out the series and recurring characters.

 

The White Lily was a riveting read. I’m fond of Ms. Cross’s writing. She just has a way of pulling you into the story and characters and keeping you hooked. I can’t wait for the next installment in the Vampire Blood series. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

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Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (PNR) | New Release (2017)

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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