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review 2018-10-16 00:28
My review of How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan & Joanna Shupe
How the Dukes Stole Christmas: A Holiday Romance Anthology - Sophie Jordan,Sarah MacLean,Tessa Dare,Joanna Shupe

How the Dukes Stole Christmas: A Holiday Romance Anthology - Sarah MacLean,Tessa Dare,Joanna Shupe,sophie jordan 

 

For starters, DUKES! I don’t care how many make-believe dukes have been created, I’ll read them for as long as they keep writing them. Secondly, Christmas! I’ll admit that I prefer to read dark, scary, paranormal stories during the month of October, but c’mon, who can say no to Christmas stories, specially when they are written by some of your favorite authors and they all come together in one pretty package!
And that actually brings me to say that thirdly, it’s freaking Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, and Joanna Shupe, what?! If you haven’t read books by them then let me tell you, you are missing out on some serious awesomeness. And in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a super fan of all of these ladies so forgive me if I gush too much.

 

Tessa Dare’s Meet Me in Mayfair was clever, funny, and oh, so romantic. It probably is one of the most charming and memorable “date” nights I have ever read.

Sarah MacLean’s The Duke of Christmas Present is a second-chance love story. There were some serious tug-at-your-heart scenes, specially when the heroine returns “home.” It was kind of hard for me to understand the reasoning behind both the hero and heroine’s actions but once I got to the end, everything made complete sense.

 

Sophie Jordan’s Heiress Alone was another great example of how chemistry between hero and heroine affects a story, even if it’s a short one and even if the romance happens rather quickly.

 

Joanna Shupe’s Christmas in Central Park had me worrying and suffering along with the poor heroine, and had me wanting to slap the hero upside the head for acting like a spoiled brat that just had to have his way. Their love story may had been full of funny and cringe-worthy moments but the way their forgive and reach their HEA made it all worth it.

 

In short, four different settings, four different kinds of delicious dukes, four great Christmas stories, and one happy reader that recommends this set to all historical romance lovers. Even if Christmas is not your cup of tea, the romance alone make this a perfect read. 4.5 stars.

 

*I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher**

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review 2018-09-23 19:59
Review: “One-Eyed Royals” (Seven of Spades, #4) by Cordelia Kingsbridge
One-Eyed Royals - Cordelia Kingsbridge

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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review 2018-09-08 05:39
Today's Forecast: A Storm of Pancakes!
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barrett,Ron Barrett

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs takes the reader on a journey to the unpredictable town of Chewandswallow, where breakfast, lunch, and dinner fall from the sky! The story begins when Grandpa sits down with his grandchildren to tell the best tall tale ever. He tells of all of the delicious food that the townspeople eat and how they go outside with their plates and utensils for each meal. As the story unfolds, we learn that the town begins to encounter some bad weather when portions increase and things like overcooked broccoli and a pea soup fog begin to blow in. The townspeople are frustrated and the sanitation department can no longer keep up. Things get out of of control and the citizens of Chewandswallow realize that they must abandon their once delightful town.

 

Children have enjoyed Judi Barrett's classic book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for over 30 years, and honestly, it never gets old. The book is silly and fun and allows children to activate their imagination. 

 

There are many possible lessons and activities that could incorporate a read-aloud of the story which include:

 

  • Compare/Contrast Venn Diagram (Students compare the town of Chewandswallow to the town that they live in)
  • Science lesson on weather 
  • Compound words
  • Sentence prompts

 

Lexile Level: AD730L

 

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review 2018-09-07 14:26
a great first time author!
Perfect Mistake (Perfect, #1) - Sophia Karlson
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. 4 years ago,Simone and Carlo had 6 glorious weeks together. Then Carlo disappeared, leaving Simone pregnant. Now Carlo is back, as her boss and he's trying to find out who is using his flights for the poaching of ivory. When Simone is implicated, she has to reveal his daughter to him. Can they survive just what is happening around them, between them? I did not know, going into this book, that Karlson is a first time author. I did not,at all, get that impression while I was reading it either! Karlson spins a great tale! It's not overly explicit, not is it particularly violent. It does get a little . . . . . .yukkie. . ..when Simone's friend is describing her "gifts" though. Also, it's quite painful reading about Simone and Carlo's trip to the poaching sites. Only because it truly is awful, the poaching. I did not get who was part of the poaching ring, and I was surprised how that all went down. I sort of expected something else to happen, I was waiting for that something else, to see how Simone would deal with it,before she revealed his daughter to Carlo, but that doesn't happen, so I was a little . . . . .not disappointed, cos I really enjoyed what did happen here, but I can't find the right word word, and you know how that pains me so! It's told from both Simone and Carlo 's point of view, in the third person. It's WELL told, well defined and well delivered. I read it in one single sitting. So why not 5 stars? No idea,but I have 4stars attend of my fingertips while typing this up, so. . . . 4 solid first time stars. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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text 2018-09-07 14:01
Cover Reveal #3 - Fireworks

 

 

Fireworks

by Sarina Bowen

 

Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a wiener on the traffic map.

 

Let that sink in. Like it’s her fault the traffic pattern created a perfect schlong? 

 

Skye isn’t laughing. She needs this job. And that’s the only reason she’s willing to chase down a story in her least favorite place—that hell on earth known as Vermont.

 

A quick trip. In and out. Much like - never mind. She can sneak into the town that once tried to break her, get the story and slide back into the good graces of her producer. Easy peasy.

 

But things go sideways the moment she steps over the county line. Her stepsister is running from a violent drug dealer. And the cop on the case is none other than Benito Rossi, the man who broke Skye’s teenage heart.

 

His dark brown eyes still tear her apart. And even as she steels herself to finally tell him off after twelve years, the old fireworks are still there.

 

Things are about to go boom.

 

 

FIREWORKS is up for pre-order at:

 

⭐ Amazon: http://geni.us/AmazonFireworks 

⭐ iBooks: http://geni.us/AppleFireworks 

⭐ Kobo: http://geni.us/KoboFireworks 

⭐ B&N: http://geni.us/BNFireworks 

 

 

 

Can we also mention that: 

 

 

 

Don’t forget the first book in the series is free! While you're waiting, pick up Bittersweet at:

 

Amazon: http://geni.us/BsAmazon 

iBooks: http://geni.us/BsIbooks 

B&N: http://geni.us/bsbreach 

Kobo: http://geni.us/bskreach 

Google: http://geni.us/bsgreach 

 

 

Sarina Links:

 

https://www.sarinabowen.com/

https://www.facebook.com/authorsarinabowen

https://twitter.com/SarinaBowen

https://www.instagram.com/sarina.bowen/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7737308.Sarina_Bowen

 

 

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