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review 2017-11-14 20:15
I Am Watching You - Teresa O'Driscoll

There were certainly a lot of plot twists and left turns going on in this book. That certainly kept my heart beat going.

I think anytime someone is watching you is definitely chilling. And, I got a lot of chills while reading this one.

An enjoyable, entertaining read that may have had a little too many plot twists, but still a good read.

Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-10-27 19:02
So Romantic Vampires May Not Be My Thing Anymore
Princesses of the Night: Royal Blood - Teresa Fuentez,Tich Brewster

I feel like I'm really in the minority here but overall, I didn't enjoy "Princesses of the Night." Tanya is a college student who lives with 3 other roommates and they all happen to be best friends. These four individuals own and operate a book store (I'd like to know how that came to be because yea, all college students can own their own business at such a young age). On the way back from a Halloween party, Tanya and her friends are walking home when they are beckoned into a dark alley but a mysterious stranger. For a brief second (and I mean brief), they think something is off but then they enter the alley and soon follow this stranger home. Once there, they are all bitten and turned into 4 vampires, who are destined to save the vampire world as we know it.

First of all I felt this book was super choppy. It was under 250 pages yet had something close to 50 chapters. The format just wasn't working for me. Secondly, the characters made stupid decision after stupid decision. But that's not to say there weren't a few things I enjoyed because I did. I liked how the author portrayed the whole "vampire family" thing. Tanya and her friends were able to meet up with another vampire couple sired by the same "father" and once they did, I enjoyed the book a tad bit more. Also, I liked the "bad" vampires who are trying to kill Tanya and her crew and truth be told, I'd have probably enjoyed a book from their point of view more.

Overall I'm kind of done with the romantic vampire thing which isn't really the author's fault. I like my vampires dark, gritty and vicious and not love struck and silly. I'm sure plenty of people will enjoy this book and if you love vampire romance, it might be a book for you. Me though, I won't be finishing with the series even though this one ended on a huge cliffhanger. In my head, they all die, end of series.

I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

 

I'm using this for the Vampire square of my 2017 Halloween Bingo

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text 2017-10-20 08:05
Cover Reveal - Holidays Ever After

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Title: Holidays Ever After

Author(s): Various

Publisher: Carter & Bradley Publishing

Release Date: December 5, 2017

Romance Genre(s): Contemporary Pages: 1581

 

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About the Box Set:

 

 Which holiday hottie will you unwrap first? No matter the time of the year, it’s always the season for seduction! From Spicy to Sweet and everything in between, this sizzling boxed set of TWENTY contemporary romances from today’s New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling authors will give you tons of holiday hunks to fall in love with. Inside these pages you’ll find everything from sexy strangers and brooding billionaires to marines, firefighters, and the guy next door. Whether you’re in the mood for a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, or a New Year’s celebration, this limited edition Holiday Ever After anthology is packed with exclusive, full-length titles to lift your spirits. From Halloween to Kwanzaa, Valentines Day, Norooz, and the Fourth of July, these stories will give your holiday season extra spark and will be the best romantic holiday bundle to hit your ereader this year! Get ready to heat up your holidays when you treat yourself to Holidays Ever After!

 

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About the Authors:

 

Colleen Charles

colleen-charles-author-image After 26 years in Corporate leadership at a Fortune 500, I discovered people within the organization lacked integrity. I’d always known deep in my soul that I was trying to fit a square peg in to a round hole since I’m the typical creative type. I miss my staff but I don’t miss the corporate world. It’s been said that the Universe will let you know if something isn’t right for you. The first time, it will hit you with a pebble. Then a brick. Then a boulder. Let’s just say that I got flattened. Visit Colleen’s website

 

 

Monica Corwin

monica-corwin-author-image Monica Corwin is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She is an outspoken writer attempting to make romance accessible to everyone, no matter their preferences. As a Northern Ohioian, Monica enjoys snow drifts, three seasons of weather, and a dislike of Michigan football. Monica owns more books about King Arthur than should be strictly necessary. Also typewriters...lots and lots of typewriters. Visit Monica’s website

 

 

Amy L. Gale

amy-l-gale-author-image Romance author by night, pharmacist by day, Amy Gale loves rock music and the feel of sand between her toes. She attended Wilkes University where she graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In addition to writing, she enjoys baking, scary movies, rock concerts, and reading books at the beach. She lives in the lush forest of Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, six cats, and golden retriever. Visit Amy’s website

 

 

Becca Fanning

becca-fanning-author-image USA Today Bestselling Author Becca is interested in one thing: big alpha male Shifters who know when to be tough and when to be sensitive. She didn't think there were enough of those, so she's been writing about them for the past three years! Her books are steamy with deep characters, suspense and authentic relationships. Visit Becca on Goodreads

 

 

Victoria Pinder

victoria-pinder-author-image USA Today best selling author, Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion. Visit Victoria’s website

 

 

Alexa Padgett

alexa-padgett-author-image With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction. Visit Alexa’s website

 

 

Tuesday Embers

tuesday-embers-author-image Tuesday lives in Michigan, where unicorns are too snobby to make an appearance. She enjoys dandelions, cupcakes and the occasional trip overseas. She also writes fantasy fiction under the name Mary E. Twomey. Visit Tuesday’s website

 

 

Khardine Gray

khardine-gray-author-image Khardine Gray is a contemporary romance author who lives in England with her husband and two kids. She is well traveled, cultured, and a woman with a passion for dancing and ice skating. When not writing you can catch her shopping, indulging on pizza and hot chocolate, or hanging out with her family and friends. Visit Khardine’s website

 

 

Holly Dodd

holly-dodd-author-image Holly Dodd is an award-winning author. Her novel won the 2016 RWA Beacon award for unpublished romantic suspense. Her fans classify her stories as steamy and intense with a little bit of funny and a lot of emotion. Visit Holly’s website

 

 

Liz Gavin

liz-gavin-author-image International bestselling author Liz Gavin’s books have made to #1 in countries as diverse as Japan, the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and her home country Brazil, collecting 5 and 4-star reviews. Nominated for a Summer Indie Book Award in 2016, and again in 2017, this RWA member constantly seeks new opportunities to improve her craft. Visit Liz’s website

 

 

Jillian Quinn

jillian-quinn-author-image Jillian Quinn is an international bestselling romance author who likes her females just as alpha as their swoon-worthy male counterparts. Known for her hockey, football, and baseball romance novels, Jillian is a writer and sports fanatic, combining her passion for both hobbies into her books. Visit Jillian’s website

 

 

Courtney Hunt

courtney-hunt-author-image Courtney Hunt is a USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. She writes the kind of books she loves to read--sweet and sexy contemporary romances with witty humor and heartwarming emotion. Courtney is a die-hard Disney, Harry Potter, and Star Trek fangirl. She lives near Washington DC with her own Prince Charming and their son. Visit Courtney’s website

 

 

Vivi Holt

vivi-holt-author-image Vivi Holt writes inspirational, historical romances with a western flavour. Vivi lives in beautiful Brisbane, Australia with her husband and three young children. Growing up on a farm she learned to love the country life and now she writes about it in her books. History has always fascinated her as well, so writing historical romance seemed a natural progression. She loves horse-riding, hiking, and reading. Visit Vivi’s website

 

 

Kristen Luciani

kristen-luciani-author-image Kristen Luciani is a USA Today bestselling author and momtrepreneur with a penchant for stilettos, Silicon Valley, plunging necklines and grapefruit martinis. As a deep-rooted romantic who prefers juicy drama to fill the lives of anyone other than her, she tried her hand at creating a world of enchantment, sensuality, and intrigue, finally uncovering her true passion. No pun intended… Visit Kristen’s website

 

 

Astrid Arditi

astrid-arditi-author-image If Astrid Arditi could have one magical power, it would be to create time—to write, to enjoy her children, to unpack (she’s moved five times in four years), to sleep in, to learn how to cook, and to hit the gym. Or at least, to locate the one nearest her. While waiting for her magic powers to manifest, she reads, eats way too many cakes, daydreams, and thanks her lucky stars for her whirlwind, wonderful life. Visit Astrid’s website

 

 

Rebekah R. Ganiere

rebekah-r-ganiere-author-image A Bestselling Award Winning Author - Rebekah grew up on both the east and west coasts and currently lives in the Los Angeles area. From the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to The Stand by Stephen King, Rebekah has always immersed herself in other people's worlds. She began writing in junior high and then found she liked pretending to be other people's characters in high school. Lettering in drama she went on to study theater in college as well. After college she continued acting till becoming a mom. Ultimately, she ended up going back to writing her characters down instead of acting them out, so she could stay at home with her kids. Visit Rebekah’s website

 

 

Jessica Gray

jessica-gray-author-image Jessica Gray is a true romantic. She writes heartwarming and sexy contemporary romance full of true love. All her stories have a happy end. Because if it isn't happy, it isn't the end yet. Her characters are normal, lovable people with all their flaws and challenges. Her heroes are hunky alpha-males who aren't afraid to show their emotions and love that one woman the way she deserves it. Her heroines are sassy, self-confident women who can take care of themselves, but aren't opposed to a man who wants to take care of them and cherish them. Visit Jessica’s website

 

 

Ja’Nese Dixon

janese-dixon-author-image Ja’Nese Dixon writes tales of romance laced with strong women and stronger men. My happily ever afters are meant to inspire. So, if you’re looking for a page turner that will leave you blushing, with your heart racing, and lying to yourself about reading “just one more chapter” then grab a book. Visit Ja’Nese’s website

 

 

Teresa Roman

teresa-roman-author-image If it was possible to be born with a book in her hands, that's how Teresa Roman would've entered this world. Her passion for reading is what inspired her to become a writer. She loves the way stories can take you to another time and place. Teresa currently lives in beautiful Sacramento, CA with her husband, three adorable children and a dog named Parker that her son convinced them to adopt. When she's not at her day job or running around with her kids, you can find her in front of the computer writing, or with her head buried in another book. Visit Teresa’s website

 

 

Angela Corbett

angela-corbett-author-image Angela Corbett is a graduate of Westminster College where she double majored in communication and sociology. She has worked as a journalist, freelance writer, and director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, and chasing her five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin—who is just as mischievous as his hobbit namesake. She’s the author of Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult fiction—with lots of kissing. Visit Angela’s website

 

 

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October 16: Wicked Babes Blog Reviews
Behind Closed Doors
Written Love Reviews
Abibliophobia Anonymous
Loves Great Reads

October 17: My Fiction Nook
Sassy Book Lovers
Lisa's Book Blog @ LEL
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

October 18: Shh, I Am Reading
Bonkers About Books
Underneath the Covers
Ogitchida Kwe's Book Blog

October 19: Books and Warpaint
Romance Novel Giveaways
I Heart Reading
Liz's Reading Life

October 20: ***Kitty's Book Spot!***
A Naughty Book Fling
Book Lover in Florida
Books, Dreams, Life

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review 2017-10-15 17:14
Chińskie tortury tysiąca cięć
Taka śliczna dziewczyna - Winston Groom,Teresa Lechowska

            Winston Groom wielu osobom (także i mi) znany jest jako autor książki „Forest Gump”. Gdy zagłębiłem się w jego twórczość okazało się, że jest autorem 21 książek, z których około sześciu wyszło w Polsce, a wśród niech „Taka śliczna dziewczyna”.

 

            Ta wydana w 2005 roku powieść określana jest jako powieść obyczajowa, chociaż osobiście zaliczyłbym ją do kryminału, jednak nie takiego w którym występuje typowy detektyw (jak Sherlock czy Poitot). W tej książce rozwiązującym zagadkę jest John Lightfoot, pisarz oraz nagradzany scenarzysta.

 

            Pewnego dnia, zupełnie przypadkiem spotyka swoją dawną miłość Delię Jamison, która prosi go o pomoc w znalezieniu szantażysty, który wysyła jej dziwne listy. Zadanie nieproste, poprzez zachowanie kobiety, robi się jeszcze trudniejsze. Otóż Delia nie chce wyjawić treści listów, a także nie chce by sprawą zajęła się policja. O niczym nie wie także jej mąż.

 

            Mimo wszystko Johny usiłuje jej pomóc, lecz jego zadanie wygląda jak kopanie się z koniem oraz jak określił to Groom: „chińskie tortury tysiąca cięć”. Sytuacja z każdą stroną robi się coraz bardziej zagmatwana, a rozwiązania jak nie było widać tak go nie widać. Właśnie dlatego tak trudno się uwolnić od tego by nie przeczytać jej do końca i dowiedzieć się prawdy o Delii.

 

            Czytając książkę masz ochotę udusić Johnego, który jednocześnie jest narratorem. Jego poczynania i decyzje doprowadzały mnie do nerwicy. Zastanawiałem się dlaczego nie rzuci tego w cholerę, mając kilka możliwości po drodze, nadal zagłębia się w to, co w życiu zrobiła Delia.

 

            Groom po raz kolejny okazał się mistrzem w pokazywaniu realiów, czasów i środowiska o którym pisze. W Gumpie były to lata 50, 60, 70 oraz armia. Natomiast w „Takiej ślicznej dziewczynie” są to lata 80 i 90 oraz obraz środowiska artystów Nowego Jorku i Los Angeles. Jednak historia przedstawiona jest pod wieloma względami inna niż ta pokazana w Foreście Gumpie.

 

            Zakończenie historii jest ciekawe, chociaż takiego rozwiązania spodziewałem się już nieco wcześniej. Niemniej jednak polecam, ponieważ Groom to nie tylko Forrest Gump.

 

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review 2017-10-05 02:56
The Fire By Night
The Fire by Night - Teresa Messineo

Jo McMahon and Kay Elliott are friends and nurses in New York City.  When the call goes out for nurses to serve in the war, Jo and Kay enthusiastically sign up. Jo and Kay are sent to opposite fronts.  Kay begins her service basking on the beaches of Hawaii only to have the reality of war come crashing down on her quickly. Captured by the Japanese and transferred to an internment camp in Malinta, Kit has only begun to scratch the surface of the horrors of War.  Jo eventually ends up in France, her field hospital is set up to transfer, but the Doctor keeps her back with six patients who don't fit on the transport van. However, the transport van never comes back for them.  Eventually running out of supplies and hope, Jo does her best to keep her soldiers alive until help arrives.  Both women try to think of happier times in their friendship to keep themselves going. 


Powerful, captivating, raw and real, I could not tear my eyes away from Jo and Kit's stories.  I of course knew that women did much more in the War than they were ever given credit for, but Jo and Kit's stories are just two small examples of how much the heroic nurses accomplished.  I was astounded by Jo's courage, strength and skill in keeping her six soldiers alive while danger loomed constantly around her as well as Kit's will to survive the dark, festering internment camp where people were constantly dying of starvation.  The alternating story lines between Jo and Kit kept me rapidly turning pages to see where their stories would lead.  I enjoyed that Kit and Jo were very much their own person and chose different paths.  Their experiences also showed the real effects of war.  I was constantly amazed by how much I didn't know about women's roles during World War II, especially the nurses who were captured in the Japanese internment camp and how they were forbidden to talk about their experience.  Deemed the 'Angels of Bataan' these are the women who should be our heroes.  As Kit says "if the world of men ever tears itself apart again, it will take an army of nurses to put it back together."  Written with passion and rich historical detail, this is a story I will never forget. 

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 

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