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review 2018-02-21 04:33
PEKOE MOST POISON
Pekoe Most Poison (A Tea Shop Mystery) - Laura Childs

Eighteen books in and the Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs are still strongly brewed and refreshing!

 

What can I say about PEKOE MOST POISON that hasn’t already been said about the other seventeen books in this series? I think all of the positive adjectives have been used, and rightly so. The one thing I can say . . . the very fact that this is book eighteen speaks to the brilliant writing talent of Laura Childs. Her middle name must be diversity, because she always manages to make each book in this series unique.

 

One thing for sure that I can say about this book is, rats! Yes, like the rodent. Author Childs introduces us to the tradition of a Rat Tea. It’s a fascinating piece of history that I knew nothing of. (You’ll learn about it when you read this book!) It also happens to be where the victim in this book is murdered. Very original idea!

 

This excellent installment of the Tea Shop mysteries had a wonderfully complex plot. With more than a few suspects surfacing in the murder investigation, and business at Indigo Tea Shop being as brisk as ever, protagonist Theodosia “Theo” Browning, and her friend and tea sommelier Drayton really had their hands full trying to solve this murder, and keep things at the shop running smoothly. By the end of the book I was breathless from all the perfectly planned twists in the plot.

 

And as always, the fun isn’t over after the story is. The back of the book contains recipes, and Tea Time Tips!

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review 2018-02-21 04:15
DIAL M FOR MOUSSE
Dial M for Mousse (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery) - Laura Bradford

911! I’ve fallen for the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries!

 

Since the first book, ÉCLAIR AND PRESENT DANGER, I have been hooked on this deliciously tasty series. Having enjoyed my previous visits to Silver Lake, Ohio, I couldn’t wait to get back to visit with Winnie Johnson, and the wonderful characters of the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries. It was worth the wait!

 

Author Laura Bradford has one again delivered a mystery treat that I couldn’t put down! DIAL M FOR MOUSSE was a fast moving, full-flavored read that made me hungry for more with every page I read.

 

A first class murder mystery in every way, I was completely enthralled as I tried to figure out the who in the dunit, as well as the what, and why.  I was so lost in the story, I found myself at the surprising, and brilliant conclusion before I knew it! 

 

DIAL M FOR MOUSSE was the last book I read and reviewed for 2017, and I couldn’t have picked a better book to end the year with!

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text 2018-02-20 18:24
Back in the news
Shattered Dreams: The Story of Charlotte Fedders - Charlotte Fedders,Laura Malone Elliott

 

 

Charlotte Fedders is back in the news.

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/19/trump-administrations-domestic-violence-scandal-resonates-abused-ex-reagan-official/326179002/

 

Last night -- Monday, 19 February 2018 -- Rachel Maddow featured a follow-up story on Rob Porter, the White House Staff Secretary who was forced to resign when it was revealed that he had abused his ex-wives.

 

Porter was not the first in the current administration to run afoul of his own shameful (?) past.  Andy Puzder had been nominated for Labor Secretary, but was forced to withdraw when similar allegations against him were made.  Puzder's ex-wife had claimed she was a guest (in disguise) on the Oprah Winfrey show years ago and detailed the abuse she had suffered. 

 

A search for the tape turned up pretty much nothing, until  . . .

 

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/puzder-oprah-tape-235077

 

A link to my review of Shattered Dreams from a couple weeks ago.

 

http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1639764/nightmares-revisited

 

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review 2018-02-16 21:24
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for this first installment of "The Bargainer" Series.
Rhapsodic - Laura Thalassa

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear. 

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want … at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects. 

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first, it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more. 

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken. 

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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If I was still really into paranormal romance, I would have really loved this, but lately, I haven't been feeling this genre.  That being said, this is still a remarkable start to an imaginative series.  Mostly well written (despite the lack of a decent proofreader) with genuinely likable and kick-ass characters.  The romance is not only sweet but hot AF too. 

 

If you're into paranormal/urban fantasy with adult themes and like adeptly penned, witty banter that draws you in; then you should give this little-known author a chance.

 

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~MY RATING~ 4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4.2/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.2/5  Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ Not all that great, I mean, in the story they say the wings are beautiful, but this wing is…well, it looks like a sad Halloween costume.

Setting~  California and the Otherworld

Series~ The Bargainer #1

Source~  I own a Kindle eBook

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review 2018-02-16 07:05
Review Tour - On His Knees

   

Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…

 

Meet the Masters of Blasphemy…

   

 

About ON HIS KNEES (Blasphemy #5):

 

Getting on his knees makes him question everything…and want even more…

 

Another failed relationship has lawyer Jamie Fielding confronting the truth—he’ll never be satisfied with any woman until he admits what he needs…to submit and to be used—hard. When a friend invites him to the exclusive Blasphemy club, Jamie is stunned to find everything he ever wanted—in the fierce, ruthless hands of a man.

 

Psychiatrist Alex McGarry will play with anyone who craves his rough brand of domination, but what he really wants is to settle down. Which makes the submissive male he meets at his club a bad idea—the man might be hot as hell but he’s also new to everything Alex has to offer. Except that doesn’t keep them from coming together again and again, sating every one of their darkest desires.

 

Master Alex sets Jamie’s whole world on fire and makes him question everything—and that’s good. Because Alex won’t tolerate hiding what they have for long and he wants much more than just having Jamie on his knees...

 

 

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Jamie was done holding back. He was done questioning. He was done feeling like he was on the outside looking in.

 

Now that Master Alex had demonstrated exactly what Jamie required to fully connect with another human being, he needed this to go all the way. More than that, he wanted Alex to be the one to take him there.

 

So he held his breath, held the Dom’s gaze, and held on to the hope that the man would agree.

 

“You want your first time to be non-consensual role-playing,” Master Alex finally said, his voice like it’d been scoured with sandpaper.

 

The tone of it gave Jamie hope. Because he was affected. Jamie wasn’t the only one who needed this, he would’ve put money on it.

 

Nodding, Jamie summoned the courage to say what he wanted, while the Dom was still open to hearing it. Even though, Jesus, the words on the tip of his tongue were seriously twisted. He let them fly anyway. “I want you to force me, use me, hurt me. To show me what it really means to be taken by a…a—”

 

“Say it.”

 

“By a sadist.”

 

Master Alex’s dark eyes flared, and his expression went a little mean. Jamie’s cock hardened, a reaction he couldn’t hide when he knelt there naked. The Dom’s gaze swept downward and settled on his growing erection, and Jamie felt the directness of that perusal as a physical caress.

 

Slowly, Alex rose to his full height, and then his expression went absolutely unforgiving.

 

“Beg.”

 

 

 

 

 

On His Knees (Blasphemy #4)On His Knees by Laura Kaye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #4, in the Blasphemy series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to fully understand the series, I recommend reading this series in order.

Alex feels like he is letting down those around him. He used to believe he had his life all planned out - and suddenly it feels lost to him somehow. Then he meets someone who needs him and what he can provide.

Jamie has felt like a failure for some time. He never seems to feel right about relationships. He cannot describe what he needs to someone else, so how could he find it?

This was such a great journey. I like how the MC's went after what they wanted and were unapologetic. Their heat was hot. The slow burn felt almost like a live wire, because when it picked up this book was on fire.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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Don’t miss the previous standalone books in the Blasphemy Series!

 

Hard to Serve #.5

Bound to Submit #1 – FREE EVERYWHERE!

Mastering Her Senses #2

Eyes on You #3

Theirs to Take #4

On His Knees #5

   

 

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Laura Kaye’s ON HIS KNEES – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

February 14th

Always a happy ever after – Review

Behind Closed Doors Book Review – Review

Books According to Abby – Review & Excerpt

Edgy Reviews – Review

NallaReads – Review & Excerpt

OMGReads – Review & Excerpt

Ripe For Reader – Review & Excerpt

Shh Mom's Reading® – Review & Excerpt

Thoughts of a Blonde – Review

February 15th

Booked All Night – Review & Excerpt

East Coast Book Chicks – Review & Excerpt

Jen's Reading Obsession – Review

Kari's Book Reviews and Revelations – Review & Excerpt

Lynn's Romance Enthusiasm – Review & Excerpt

Only One More Page – Review & Excerpt

Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt

Wicked Reads – Review & Excerpt

February 16th

Bookaliciousbabes blog – Review & Excerpt

Feeling Fictional – Review & Excerpt

GraveTells – Review & Excerpt

JordansBookReviews – Excerpt

***Kitty's Book Spot! – Review & Excerpt***

Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt

Romancing the Readers – Review

Sip Read Love – Review

Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews – Excerpt

February 17th

BFD Book Blog – Review

Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review

KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt

Nadine's Obsessed with Books – Review & Excerpt

Smokin' Hot Reads Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Book Boyfriend Addict – Review & Excerpt

Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt

February 18th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Review & Excerpt

Bobo's Book Bank – Review

I Love Books – Excerpt

Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt

Renee Entress's Blog – Review & Excerpt

Sofia Loves Books – Review

We Do What We Want Book Reviews & More – Review & Excerpt

February 19th

Book Boyfriend Reviews – Excerpt

Cara's Book Boudoir – Review

Literary Gossip – Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Review

Obsessive Reading Disorder – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt

The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt

February 20th

Joandisalovebooks – Review

Msquared Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt

Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Romance Readers Retreat – Review

Romance Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt

The Book Maven – Review & Excerpt

Wicked Babes Blog Reviews – Review & Excerpt

February 21st

Amo's Book Corner – Review

Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt

For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review & Excerpt

Lost in Love Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Nerdy Dirty & Flirty – Review & Excerpt

Spoons, Hooks, and Books – Review & Excerpt

The Book Reading Gals – Review & Excerpt

Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess – Review & Excerpt

February 22nd

Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review

Girls With Books – Excerpt

I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt

Love Notes Book Blog – Excerpt

Sultry Sirens Book Blog – Review

The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt

Treat Yourself with Books – Review & Excerpt

Wickedcoolflight – Review & Excerpt

February 23rd

A small girl, her man and her books – Review & Excerpt

Alphas Do It Better Book Blog – Review

Jax's Book Magic – Excerpt

Love Drug Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Lovinghotbooks – Review & Excerpt

RentasticReads – Review

Tanya the book obsessed momma – Review & Excerpt

The Book Avenue – Review

We Stole Your Book Boyfriend – Review

 

 

   

About Laura Kaye:

 

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.    

   

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