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review 2018-10-22 14:18
Review: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
The Proposal - Jasmine Guillory

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

 

Jasmine Guillory is the master of meet-cutes. In The Proposal, a spectacularly awful proposal at a Dodgers game kicks off a sparkling romance between two smart, funny, endearing characters.

Carlos won me over in The Wedding Date and I couldn’t have been more excited for his book. Carlos has a huge and generous heart that made me sigh. And since the death of his father, he is extremely protective of the women in his family. He has a tendency to take over because he wants to take care of people, but to his credit he acknowledges this and works on holding himself in check. Carlos isn’t a perfect man, but he’s as close a knight in shining armor as possible without coming across as cardboard perfect. Nik doesn’t generally need rescuing, but even she has to admit she’s in over her head when her self-absorbed boyfriend surprises her with a proposal on the Dodger Stadium jumbotron. Escaping a stadium full of disappointed fans and a camera crew closing in is made a lot easier with the aid of Carlos and his sister. Nik and Carlos hit it off from the start, but having literally just ended a relationship Nik isn’t ready to jump into another. It was easy for me to fall for Nik. She’s smart, honest, witty, sarcastic, and independent. She’s also incredibly relatable and I had a blast reading about her.

Nik and Carlos’s romance is filled with humor and heart. Their chemistry is excellent and it made the pages of The Proposal fly by. As with The Wedding Date, this book features two people who are successful in their careers and both of them respect and value each other’s work, which I really enjoyed. The two of them fit one another like lock and key, but that doesn’t mean the road to happily ever after is an easy one. Nik has been hurt before so she guards her heart fiercely, not wanting to let herself fall for Carlos. As for Carlos, he has never truly dealt with the death of his father, a loss that has left its mark in unexpected ways. So while Nik and Carlos have no problem falling into lust, opening themselves up to love is another story. I won’t give away spoilers, but this is the one part where the story hit a big snag for me. I found Nik’s actions and reactions to be consistent all the way through the story, but Carlos takes a major left turn in character near the end of the book that felt manufactured for drama. This is a pity because it’s a clunky bit of false drama in an otherwise charming romance.

It’d be a crime to write about The Proposal and not talk about Nik’s two best friends, Dana and Courtney. They are both fantastic, fun, and exactly the kind of best friends you want to have. Though Dana finds love in this book, it’s not told from her point of view and I really, really hope Ms. Guillory gives Dana and her girlfriend (whose identity I won’t spoil) their own book or novella. And oh, do I have my fingers crossed in the hopes that Courtney gets a book. Courtney’s spirit and love of all things glittery (not to mention her cupcakes) made my heart sing and I desperately want her story. So while I thoroughly enjoyed The Proposal, it did leave me hungry for more of Ms. Guillory’s work.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

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review 2018-10-22 13:49
Review: “Dead in the Garden” (Grasmere Cottage Mystery, #1) by Dahlia Donovan
Dead in the Garden - Dahlia Donovan

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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review 2018-10-22 12:09
A great start, very slow middle, and appropriate ending
The Butterfly Bride - Vanessa Riley

All in all, it's a good read, but there were some parts that bored me while I was reading and I had to take a break before continuing with the story. I found it a little bit slower for my taste. Other than that I liked it a lot. The story is good, characters are well-developed and it's quite intriguing. I especially enjoyed the whole mystery/danger aspect of it.

Frederica Burghley is an illegitimate daughter of a Duke. All her life she has tiptoed around society, careful of not causing any scandals, she fears being compared to her mother and just wants a respectable life. That's why she must marry now because the Duke himself has a new bride and her status in his household has become precarious. She is hoping to find a husband among the candidates who responded to her newspaper advertisement. There is only one problem; one of them could be a potential psychopath bend upon hurting her. That isn't going to deter her though, she must marry soon and she will find a husband for herself at any cost. Love can wait until after marriage.

Jasper likes Frederica and hates the thought of her marrying someone else. However, he can't marry her. So, he must let her go. He can only ever be a friend to her. The kind of friend she deserves. When he finds out that she is in danger he appoints himself as her guardian. But will he be able to keep his distance, find her a husband, and keep her safe all at once? Or are they both running towards an imminent disaster?

It's an enjoyable read that I would recommend to all historical fiction fans. Although, it's a standalone novel, it is better to read the series in order if you plan to read all the books in this series because characters from previous books made an appearance in this one. And it will be more fun to know their backgrounds and history as well.

 

P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Source: mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/10/review-butterfly-bride-by-vanessa-riley.html
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review 2018-10-22 11:00
Release Day Review! Protecting the Wolf's Mate (Brotherhood of the Moon 3) Sasha Summers!

 

 

Ellen has one goal: vengeance. With little memory of her life before her imprisonment by a maniacal werewolf, her world has been full of pain, humiliation, and fear. But now that she's been rescued, her need for revenge is challenged by the urge to be part of a pack... and the unshakable connection to, Hollis, the man her wolf claims as their mate.

 

Hollis will do whatever it takes to protect his pack, and that includes looking after Ellen, who doesn’t need or want his help. He’s determined to keep her safe, even though she’s hell-bent on revenge, even if that means sacrificing himself. And it might come to that when the big bad comes back for the one woman he can’t live without.

 


This paranormal werewolf romance is thrilling, exciting and a little bit edgy with a deliciously passionate enemies to lover romance that tantalizes readers from the very first page.

 

Ellen has one goal on her mind…vengeance but her need for revenge is being challenged by the need to be part of a pack and one wolf in particular has caught her interest. Hollis is determined to find a cure and he will do anything to protect his pack even Ellen who doesn’t want or need his help. Ellen and Hollis are strong, charismatic that easily capture the readers’ attention, drawing them into the story and ensuring that they want to know every last detail. The romance is sharp but passionate with lots of electrifying chemistry between the hero and heroine and the fact that the pack isn’t sure that Ellen can be trusted adds suspense and even more emotional turmoil that both of these characters have plenty of. Readers can’t help but connect with these two and follow them along on their journey to their happily ever after.

 

The plot is fast paced and flows smoothly throughout with lots of intrigue and excitement as the pack try to find a way to stop their enemy who is out to not only destroy their pack but has some evil plans in store for some of them. Twists and turns keeps readers on their toes and the wonderful characters and fascinating world ensures that readers want return to visit this pack again and again.

 

 

Add to your shelves -

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42036075-protecting-the-wolf-s-mate

 

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Blood Moon Brotherhood series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/204704-blood-moon-brotherhood

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07J2TWN41?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

Includes -

 

1 Falling for the Billionaire Wolf and His Baby
2 Rescued By the Wolf
3 Protecting the Wolf's Mate

 

 

 

AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Entangled - https://entangledpublishing.com/protecting-the-wolf-s-mate.html

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HX1847J?tag=entangpublis-20&name=Protecting%20the%20Wolf%27s%20Mate

 

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Sasha Summers grew up surrounded by books. Her passions have always been storytelling, romance and travel--passions she's used to write more than 20 romance novels and novellas. Now a best-selling and award winning-author, Sasha continues to fall a little in love with each hero she writes. From easy-on-the-eyes cowboy, sexy alpha-male werewolves, to heroes of truly mythic proportions, she believes that everyone should have their happy ending--in fiction and real life.

Sasha lives in the suburbs of the Texas Hill country with her amazing and supportive family and her beloved grumpy cat, Gerard, The Feline Overlord. She looks forward to hearing from fans and hopes you'll visit her online. Facebook: Sasha Summers Author, Twitter: @sashawrites, or her website:

www.sashasummers.com

 

 

Website - http://www.sashasummers.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759214.Sasha_Summers

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/5096026/record_interest

 

Entangled - https://entangledpublishing.com/author/sasha-summers

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Sasha-Summers-Author-213036208773108/

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/sashawrites

 

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text 2018-10-22 00:21
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Skin - BB Easton

Loved it 

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