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review 2018-11-13 01:56
Review: Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman
Kiss Me at Christmas - Valerie Bowman

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

 

Lady Regina Haversham has long been holding out for a love match. But as she nears thirty, her uncle is determined to see her wed. Regina knows she cannot put off her uncle’s chosen suitor forever, but she’s determined to at least have control over who she loses her virginity to. And there’s only one man she wants: famous Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf. Though he’s tempted, Daffin turns Regina down. That would be the end of it, except it seems that someone is targeting Regina. With her cousin out of town, Daffin is the one tasked with protecting her. Close quarters have a way of bringing down barriers, but given the difference in their stations, Regina and Daffin will need a Christmas miracle to get their happily ever after.

Kiss Me at Christmas is a warmhearted, sparkling holiday romance. Regina and Daffin absolutely charmed me; they’re both incredibly likeable and they have wonderful chemistry. Regina is open, curious, and kind while Daffin is protective and devilishly handsome. Physically, intellectually, and emotionally Regina and Daffin are a match and their romance builds from flirty and sweet to spicy. Yet while it’s clear they’re meant for each other, class differences aren’t always easy to overcome, even if Daffin is close friends with Regina’s cousin.

The romance in Kiss Me at Christmas makes the pages of the story fly by. But the romance is intertwined with the mystery of who is trying to kill Regina. At first, I enjoyed this subplot and had my theories about who was behind everything. Unfortunately, a mystery needs to have a satisfying – or at least logical – conclusion and this one was both unsatisfying and seemed to come out of left field. It felt manufactured for plot reasons, which was a pity because Daffin and Regina are such entertaining characters that you can’t help but feel they deserved better. This isn’t an insignificant quibble, but I still honestly enjoyed this book anyway. There’s a buoyancy to Valerie Bowman’s writing that just lifts me up whenever I read her books and Kiss Me at Christmas is no exception.


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.

 

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2018/11/review-kiss-me-at-christmas-by-valerie.html
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review 2018-11-12 11:00
Blog Tour with Excerpt, Q&A, Early Review & Bonus Review! Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson #13) Darynda Jones!

 

 

 

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series! 

 

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity—which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer. 

 

She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. Now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

 

 

 


OMG! What an explosive and stunning conclusion to the Charley Davidson world! While readers may be disappointed that the series is ending, there is no way for readers to be disappointed in this climatic ending that is such an unexpected outcome! Readers also can’t help but agree that ending the series with the thirteenth book is quite appropriate as the number thirteen has such notoriety to it. The strong, bold characters of this series have continuously wowed readers with fun, sass, and thrills throughout this excellent series and they fulfill their reputation in the final book as they all come together to save the world.

 

The relationship between Reyes and Charley has always been unique and passionate and the conclusion of this book keeps that tradition going which invokes numerous emotions from readers but they have to admit that it is quite fitting. As always, the story is full of adrenaline pumping suspense, excitement and sass that readers have come to love although this book may actually surpass the overall explosive and thrilling feel of the previous stories. Maybe that’s because the series is ending or maybe it’s because of the whole world ending danger that flows throughout this fast paced story. While readers may be sorry to see Charley go, they can’t wait to find out what the author has in store for readers next.

 

 

 

 

 

Author’s Book Page https://www.daryndajones.com/summoned-to-thirteenth-grave/

 

 


Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35391370-summoned-to-thirteenth-grave

 

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/books/summoned-to-the-thirteenth-grave-by-darynda-jones

 

 

 

Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave is the 13th and final book in the Charley Davidson series

 

Charlotte “Charley” Davidson, a part-time private investigator helping the police with her ability to contact the dead in her full-time role as the Grim Reaper, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in a paranormal romantic suspense series

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/52637-charley-davidson

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071WQ7NPK?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

 

1 First Grave on the Right
1.5 For I Have Sinned
2 Second Grave on the Left
3 Third Grave Dead Ahead
4 Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
5 Fifth Grave Past the Light
5.5 Shimmer
5.6 Glow
6 Sixth Grave on the Edge
7 Seventh Grave and No Body
8 Eigth Grave After Dark
8.5 Brighter Than the Sun
9 The Dirt on Ninth Grave
10 The Curse of Tenth Grave
10.5 A Very Charley Christmas
11 Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
12 The Trouble with Twelfth Grave
13 Summoned to Thirteenth Grave

 

 

 

Preorder -

 

 

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B&N - http://bit.ly/2x1jeiq

 

Nook - http://bit.ly/2IFENGX

 

GPlay - http://bit.ly/2x1k3rw

 

iBooks - https://apple.co/2x2i6v9

 

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Powells - http://www.powells.com/book/-9781250149411

 

SMP - https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250149411

 

 

 

 

1


What, pray tell, the fuck?
- T-shirt

 

 

It wasn’t until I felt the sun on my face that I really knew I’d made it back. The bright orb drifted over the horizon like a hot air balloon, blinding me, yet I couldn’t stop looking at it. Or, well, trying to look at it. After giving it my all through squinted lids, I gave up and closed them. Let the warmth wash over me. Let it sink into my skin. Flood every molecule in my body.

 

God knew I needed it. I hadn’t had a drop of vitamin D in over a hundred years. My bones were probably brittle and shriveled and splintery. Much like the current state of my psyche.

 

But that’s what happens when you defy a god.

 

Not just any god, mind you. No siree Bob. To get booted off the big blue marble, one had to defy the GOD. The very One a particular set of children’s books called Jehovahn. The man had some serious control issues. I bring one person back from the dead and bam. Banished for all eternity. Exiled to a hell with no light, no hair products, and no coffee.

 

Mostly no coffee.

 

 


Q&A with Darynda Jones

 

 

How did you come up with Charley?

 

So, I’m lying in bed one morning, waiting for my turn in the shower, when Charley popped into my head in all her glory. I loved her from the get-go. I will add that I was looking for her. I had just typed The End on my second complete manuscript, a YA titled Death and the Girl Next Door which later sold to my amazing editor along with the Charley books. So, I was craving another project. I knew I wanted it to be adult and paranormal. That was all I had. And then Charley walked in.

 

 

 

What has it been like to planning and writing this series, and how does it feel to be wrapping it up?

 

I had no clue! I dreamed, of course. We all do that. But for that dream to become a reality…it’s quite surreal. I have the best job in the world. Planning and writing the last two books have been bittersweet. I love writing these books so much, so the fact that it’s coming to an end is a little heartbreaking, but I want to go out with a bang. Like a HUGE one. I hope everyone loves reading them as much as I’ve loved writing them.

 

 

 

Are there any side characters or plots you wish you would have developed more?

 

Actually, yes. In Fifth Grave Past the Light, I brought in a character named Nicolette Lemay, gave her an insanely cool gift, then never brought her back in again. We see her briefly in Twelfth Grave, but I wish I’d done more with her.

 

 

 

Can you give us a sneak peek into how it all ends? What do you hope readers feel as they reach the last page?

 

I am very hopeful that readers will feel a sense of happiness, closure and (dare I dream?) euphoria. All I can say is that this book is truly darkest before the dawn. Charley and Reyes have accidentally opened a hell dimension within our own, and they have to figure out how to close it before it takes over the world. But it’s expanding exponentially, and soon there will be nothing left of the world as we know it. But with a little help from Charley's departed mother, one clue leads Charley in the right direction and, hopefully, to the secret to stopping the hell dimension and save all of humanity. Sadly, she only has three days to do it.

 

 

 

What's the next project you're working on?

 

Right now I am working on a brand new series, a trilogy set in a small town in New Mexico with a sheriff named Sunshine, a missing girl named Olivia, and a murder suspect named Levi. Too bad she is in way over her head, especially since the missing girl is her daughter's best friend and Sunshine has been in love with Levi since she could breathe.

 

 


BONUS REVIEW
Second Grave on the Left!

 

 

 

If you hang around with dead people, life can get pretty complicated. Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Complicated is her middle name. The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible.


When Charley and Cookie (her best friend/receptionist) have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Cookie's friend Mimi disappeared five days earlier. Mimi then sends Cookie a cryptic message telling Cookie to meet her at an nearby coffee shop. The coffee is brewing, but Mimi's still missing. There is, however, a clue Mimi left on the bathroom wall: a woman's name. Mimi's husband explains to them that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old high school friend had been murdered. The same woman whose name Mimi had scribbled on the bathroom wall.

 

Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He's left his body because he's being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can't let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they'll have a portal to heaven...well, let's just say it wouldn't be pretty.

 

Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Can she keep those she loves out of harm's way? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel her as she does?

Here is your signpost for the most hilarious read of the year: Second Grave on the Left.

 

 


Sensational and suspenseful, the second book in the Charley Davidson series has readers holding their breath in anticipation of what happens next. Charley as well as all the characters in the series are strong, vivid characters that easily draw readers into their world, but Charley and Reyes still the show. Charley is smart, fun and fully of sass as she kicks butt while solving crimes and Reyes is oh so dominate, a true bad a** that has readers melting on the spot. The fun and snarky dialogue adds a lighthearted atmosphere to the story but at the same time, readers can feel the importance of every scene. Charley and Reyes has lots of electrical chemistry that produces plenty of sparks but this relationship is in no way typical and has some major obstacles.

 

This fast paced and smooth flowing plot is full of non-stop excitement and thrills including surprising twists and turns that keeps readers guessing. Not is Charley for a missing woman which turns out to be more complicated and dangerous than she originally thought, but she’s also searching for Reyes’ body and he’s being quite stubborn, then there are things going with her family and secrets being revealed. There always something going on in Charley’s world and readers can’t help but become completely engrossed in this novel.

 

 

 

 


Author's Book Page
https://www.daryndajones.com/second-grave-on-the-left/

 

 

 


Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9565045-second-grave-on-the-left

 

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/books/second-grave-on-the-left-by-darynda-jones-2018-10-11

 

 

 


AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

 

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Second-Grave-Left-Charley-Davidson/dp/0312360819/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311272123&sr=8-1

 

Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/Second-Grave-Left-ebook/dp/B004TLHNOC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1342532033&sr=8-2&keywords=the+second+grave+on+the+left

 

Audible - http://www.amazon.com/Second-Grave-Left-Charley-Davidson/dp/B005HG7AG4/

 

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BaM - http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Second-Grave-Left/Darynda-Jones/9780312360818?id=5112633791145

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Darynda_Jones_Second_Grave_on_the_Left?id=Or-fNjlOQ8oC

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/second-grave-on-the-left/id425331825?mt=11&uo=4

 

IndieBound - http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780312360818

 

Kobo - https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/second-grave-on-the-left-1

 

Powells - http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9780312360818-0

 

SMP - http://us.macmillan.com/secondgraveontheleft

 

 

 


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. A born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike.

Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.


BUY LINK:
https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250149411

 

 

 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Darynda

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darynda.jones.official

 

Website: http://www.daryndajones.com/

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/darynda

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4175419.Darynda_Jones

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/darynda-jones

 

 

 

 

 

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THANK YOU FOR VISITING & A MAGICAL DAY!

 

 

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review 2018-11-12 10:50
Release Day Review! Eye of the Eagle (Hotel LaBelle #3) Sharon Buchbinder!

 

 

One soars like an eagle. One strikes like a thunderbird. But for both hearts, revenge can be deadly when it's nourished.

 

Anomaly Defense Director and shapeshifter Bert Blackfeather doesn't need a boss with no experience. So what if she's beautiful or gives him a jolt when she shakes his hand? He never plans to get seriously involved with another woman—not in this lifetime.

 

Phoebe Wagner, an empath with psychometric abilities and an advocate for the deaf, gets more than she bargained for with Bert. One touch and she relives his IED injuries. So what if he's handsome and hot? She doesn't need to add his secrets to her own. Phoebe's are bad enough.

 

When his niece goes missing from Hotel LaBelle, Bert goes to Montana to help—and Phoebe insists on going with him. Can these two hard-headed people share their darkest secrets in order to work together? It may be the only way to save an endangered child—and their own hearts when Bert's past rears its ugly head.

 

 

 

This paranormal romance easily holds readers captive with the strong, compelling characters and the thrilling suspense. Bert and Phoebe have sizzling chemistry and their relationship slowly builds up steam and then bombards readers with lots of heated passion. The romance is sweet but full of obstacles that are both personal and professional including lots of emotional turmoil that readers can easily understand which makes it easy for readers to connect. Bert is a veteran hero and an eagle shifter and Phoebe is deaf and has some unique psychic abilities that add flair and intrigue to the story.

 

The story is fast paced and flows smoothly throughout with lots of adrenaline pumping suspense and excitement that keeps reads on the edge of their seat, while the fascinating mythological elements adds to the intrigue of the story. A missing child case becomes something more when the past comes back to bite Bert and magical happenings adds a mysterious quality to the story. Lots of tension and surprising twists has readers holding their breath with anticipation. Phoebe is quite a tough heroine which throws first impressions right out the window and adds to the excitement of this story although she does kind of steal the story in a way. The overall small town full of family also adds ambiance to the story and ensures that readers will want to visit Hotel LaBelle again to experience all the magic it has to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

Author's Book Page https://www.sharonbuchbinder.com/EyeoftheEagle.html


Watch Trailer - https://youtu.be/O9uml6F9tw8

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41825563-eye-of-the-eagle

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/eye-of-the-eagle-by-sharon-buchbinder

 

 

 


Eye of the Eagle is the 3rd book in the Hotel LaBelle series

 

 

1 The Haunting of Hotel LaBelle
2 Legacy of Evil
3 Eye of the Eagle

 

 


Eye of the Eagle is AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

WRP - print - https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/paperback-books/6354-eye-of-the-eagle-paperback.html

 

WRP - ebook - https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/6251-eye-of-the-eagle.html

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HLSGYW6

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eye-of-the-eagle-sharon-buchbinder/1129689525?ean=2940161597996

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/eye-of-the-eagle/id1436346614?mt=11

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Sharon_Buchbinder_Eye_of_the_Eagle?id=-2F2DwAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/eye-of-the-eagle-3

 

 

 


After working in health care delivery for years, Sharon Buchbinder became an association executive, a health care researcher, and an academic in higher education. She had it all--a terrific, supportive husband, an amazing son and a wonderful job. But that itch to write (some call it an obsession) kept beckoning her to "come on back" to writing fiction. Thanks to the kindness of family, friends, critique partners, and beta readers, she is published in contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and romantic suspense--as well as textbooks! When not attempting to make students, colleagues, and babies laugh, she can be found herding cats, walking her dogs, fishing, cooking, dining, and laughing with family and friends, or writing.

 

She is the author of SOME OTHER CHILD, a mystery, DESIRE AND DECEPTION, an erotic thriller, and OBSESSION, a paranormal romantic suspense.

 

 

 

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

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4417344.Sharon_Buchbinder

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sharon.buchbinder.romanceauthor

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/sbuchbinder

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/sbuchbinder/

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/sharon-buchbinder

 


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review 2018-11-12 07:10
Review Tour - 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 available at:

 

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

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Fireworks (True North, #6)Fireworks by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #6, in the True North series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding of the series, and too avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this compelling series in order.

Skye returns to the place she hates the most to help out the sister she always wanted. When she gets there, tables have turned. There is now danger if she pushes too far in finding her sister. Who can she turn to?

Benito AKA "Ben" is a blast from the past, who has always had a thing for Skye. She was the one that got away, and he has no intentions of letting that happen again. He also has to find her sister and solve his case.

While this author is a definite auto purchase, she always brings the goods to the table. In this story, we get a second chance romance with such heart and heat that every page is a sizzling delight! I loved the banter, and was eagerly turning each page to get to the next.


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

View all my reviews

 

 

 

 

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 

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Google: http://geni.us/bsgreach 

 

 

About the author:

 

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of many things, including: the True North series, Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy, The Ivy Years series and the Brooklyn BruisersAnd more!


Are you looking for a friends-to-lovers story or maybe even a secret baby book? You can read a list of Sarina's books broken out by trope and style.


Need to know what's coming next ? Get all the latest news on Sarina's website, and sign up for her newsletter so you don't miss a book or a deal.

 

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text 2018-11-12 06:28
Tempt the Flames by Marnee Blake
Tempt the Flames - Marnee Blake

Ten years ago, the lives of two families imploded. Two men died in a fire, one was blamed for both deaths and friendships crumbled.

Lance Roberts is back in Redmond, Oregon. First, to get his father's old job and second, to uncover the truth about the death of his and his best friend's father, his father was also blamed for. He doesn't really expect a warm welcome, but he also doesn't expect threats and sabotage...Or falling (again) for his ex-best friend's sister who also happens to be his trainer.


I liked the blurb of this book...But that's pretty much all I liked. Let me put it this way. This book was the reading equivalent of puffed rice cakes. Bland, tasteless and odorless.

The characters were bland, the story was bland, the pacing was poor, the suspense lacked any oomph, the villains were one too many, the romance was lackluster at best (I preferred the angst before they got together)...

It failed to capture my attention and I was bored by the time I got to chapter 4. I admit to only skimming the rest of it, because I kept hoping something would click.

It didn't.

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