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quote 2018-01-18 00:36
Jethro has brown hair and true hazel eyes—though sometimes they look almost gray. He’s the oldest and the most likely to give you a sweet smile while he steals your car and/or wallet.

Billy is the second oldest. His hair is a darker brown and his eyes are a bright, startling blue. He’s the most serious and responsible (and incidentally the worst tempered) of the bunch

Next comes Cletus, number three; shortest, brown beard, olive green eyes. You can tell him apart from Jethro because he doesn’t smile often and his beard is longer. Instead of stealing your car, he’s more likely to take apart your toaster and tell you how it works. And he’s always been a little…odd.


Then the identical twins—Beau and Duane—with their red beards and blue eyes. Good luck telling them apart if they don’t talk; but if they do, Beau’s the friendly one. Last but not least is Roscoe. He’s a mixture of Jethro and Billy—big smiles that hide a more serious nature
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review 2018-01-17 22:12
Cake At Midnight by Jessie L. Star
Cake at Midnight - Jessie L. Star

It's been a while since I sat down and read a romance novel. I open with that thought because you need to understand why it took me a while to settle in to Cake At Midnight. Expecting a fun and food filled romance, I was instantly smitten with Gio and her glowing personality. However as soon as Declan entered the picture, well, let's just kindly say that I didn't get their connection. This book has a lot more drama than I expected and, while that's not necessarily a bad thing, I felt like it took me a while to really get on board with it.

Before anything else though, let me praise Jessie L. Star for creating such a wonderful character in Gio. Her passion for baking, her deep love for her friends (even when they might not quite deserve it), and her endlessly glowing personality all had me smitten. Gio is the type of main character that we'd all love to be friends with. She's the character who you cry for, cheer for, and yell at all in the same ten minute span. In other words, Gio is a human. I loved her for that.

In the same respect, despite my disdain for Declan, all the other characters feel distinctly human as well. They love, they loathe, they make mistakes, and they forgive. It's no surprise that Theo steals center stage once he's introduced. Starting as the stoic "Nod Next Door", and slowly moving towards someone that Gio genuinely feels for, he was definitely someone that I adored. It's always nice to see a relationship on the page that isn't perfect, and takes real time and work to create. While I didn't agree with all of the choices the characters made in this book, I can say that at least I understood them.

My biggest issue with this story was that it felt slightly too long. The drama that unfolded between Theo and his family, and then between Declan and Theo, started to feel a little forced. That and I'm not sure I was entirely satisfied with Gio's growth by the end of the book. She started as a character who was too willing to let her friend walk all over her, and she ended not too far from where she started. I understand happily ever after endings, I just wish Gio had gained a bit more backbone. I know, it's romance. I'm being nitpicky. Still, I admit that would have made me extremely happy.

Overall, this was a sweet and well-written read. If you're looking for a foodie romance, with realistic characters, add Cake At Midnight to your reading list.

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text 2018-01-17 20:46
14 New Romance Books in January 2018

 

Feel the love in the ... books! February is the official love month but we're feeling the spirit already in January. Here come 14 new romance books already released or to be released in January 2018. Make sure to add them to your TBR shelf - you can also use the Reading list feature! Let us know what are you favorite romance picks and we'll add your suggestions to our New Romance Books in January 2018 list.

 

 

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Out: Jan. 30, 2018

 

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory book review:

Not sure where to begin with this book. This is the first romance novel I have ever finished. As a horror and nonfiction reader, I really ventured out of my comfort zone with The Wedding Date. And I am SO GLAD I DID!! I loved it!... read a full review by Just Another Bookworm

 

 

The Ones who Got Away by Roni Loren

Out: Jan. 02, 2018

 

The Ones who Got Away by Roni Loren book review

In the past, I had only watched a few documentaries regarding school shootings and I even remember vaguely, as an 8year-old the Columbine massacre making headlines all over the world. But, The Ones Who Got Away doesn't deal with a shooting, no, it dives right into the aftermath of such a tragedy. This book is a romance at heart, it delts with a vicious crime right away but it's still funny, flirty, sexy and playful. I enjoyed it immensely and couldn't put it down ... read a full review by Marilina The Reviewer

 

 

Down By Contact by Santino Hassell

Out: Jan. 16, 2018

 

Down By Contact by Santino Hassell book review: 

Down by Contact is insanely addictive! Like the first Barons book, Illegal Contact, Simeon and Adrián’s story is so compelling that you’ll want to be sure you have plenty of time to devour it in one sitting. Santino Hassell’s writing has power and passion and his characters are so vibrant that there’s no way this story won’t stick with you. I dare readers not to fall in love with Simeon from the start. He’s so charming that he lights up the page and it’s easy to see why almost every one he meets is instantly at ease with him... read a full review by Wit and Sin

 

 

Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins

Out: Jan.16, 2018

 

Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins book review:

Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins is a fantastic read.  Ms. Collins has given us a book that is well-written.  She has loaded the book with amazing, lovable characters.  Sophia is an artist and overhears a threatening conversation.   The voices startle her and she falls over a small cliff.  Benedick is the local vicar and comes to her aid.  Their story is loaded with drama, sizzle, intrigue, action and humor... read a full review by debjonesdiem

 

 

Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath

Out: Jan. 30, 2018

 

Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath book review: With a mysterious painful beginning, I was sucked into the story right away. I took pleasure in the slow buildup and burn Heath provided, we get to know Mick and Aslyn (does start to feel a smidgen too slow as the anticipation for reveals starts to settle in). There are some scenes with Mick interacting with his family that helped fill out his character (and introduce future series heroes/heroines) and I wished there had been more for Aslyn... read a full review by WhiskeyintheJar Romance

 

 

The English Wife by Lauren Willig

Out: Jan. 09, 2018

 

 

The English Wife by Lauren Willig book review

Just a heads up, do not start this book unless you plan to stay up all night and read. This is one that you cannot start and put down to come back to later. You are going to be stuck until you know the absolute truth. Ms. Willig's writing reminds me of Daphne du Maurier... read a full review by A Tale of Two Pages

 

 

Out: Jan. 8, 2018

The Sheikh’s Tamed Bride by Leslie North book review: 

When fighting for something important, rules don't apply. Mila and Rashid are in for the fight of their lives. After a lifetime of struggle Mila needs a chance to get ahead. Rashid wants a chance at earning his family's respect. Born to be wild, it's that rebellious spirit that can make or break any chance they have to be happy... read a full review

 

 

Out: Jan. 4, 2018

Chrysalis is the debut novel from Jeremy Welch exploring a range of themes in a universal and ultimately hopeful story. The book follows Sebastian, a self-absorbed financier who spends his time wallowing in a social ambiance he despises. Sebastian is dissatisfied with his life and his inability to take any positive decisions since making a catastrophic error when he was a young officer serving in Iraq... read more and +Shelf

 

 

Out: Jan. 8, 2018

 

For Clara Deverill, standing in for the real Lady Truelove means dispensing advice on problems she herself has never managed to overcome. There’s nothing for it but to retreat to a tearoom and hope inspiration strikes between scones. It doesn’t—until Clara overhears a rake waxing eloquent on the art of “honorable” jilting. The cad may look like an Adonis, but he’s about to find himself on the wrong side of Lady Truelove... read more and +Shelf

 

 

Jan. 25, 2018

In Hannah Fielding’s latest novel a young archaeologist who travels to the remote island of Helios to investigate an ancient shipwreck, becomes caught in a web of dark obsession, mystery and seduction. In ancient Greece, one of the twelve labours of Hercules was to bring back a golden apple from the Garden of Hesperides. To archaeologist Oriel Anderson, joining a team of Greek divers on the island of Helios seems like the golden apple of her dreams... read more and +Shelf

 

 

Out: Jan. 16, 2018

The Marquess of Rawcliffe has always found his feisty childhood friend Clare Cottam enthralling. Forbidden by her strict father to pursue a relationship, he’s kept his distance. But the couple is embroiled in a heated argument that puts Clare’s reputation in danger, and Rawcliffe is forced to declare her his fiancée! ... read more and +Shelf

 

 

Out: Jan. 30, 2018

Maybe Dolan has lived independent, free-spirited and unattached since leaving home at sixteen. Whiskey Sharp, Seattle’s sexy vintage-styled barbershop and whiskey bar, gave her a job—and a reason to put down roots. Cutting hair by day, losing herself drumming in a punk rock band by night, she’s got it good. But a longtime crush that turns into a hot, edgy night with brooding and bearded Alexsei Petrov makes it a hell of a lot better... read more and +Shelf

 

Out: Jan. 23, 2018

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world... read more and +Shelf

 

 

Out: Jan. 22, 2018

Miss Alexandra Farris lost her heart to her older brother's friend, Lord Maxon Collins, long, long ago. Despite her girlhood attempts to win him, he never noticed her. Now that her first season is underway, she understands why. He prefers willowy blondes, not curvaceous maidens with darker coloring like herself. Rather than wallow in self-pity, she forgets love and focuses on something more attainable—an advantageous match... read more and +Shelf

 

 

Add all new romance books to your shelf with just one click, check out our  reading list. Add your January 2018 romance picks and we'll update our New Romance Books in January 2018 reading list with your books. 

 

 

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review 2018-01-17 14:46
BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Unchained by a Forbidden Love (Eternal Mates #15) by Felicity Heaton
Unchained by a Forbidden Love - Felicity E. Heaton

Unchained by a Forbidden Love is the fifteenth book in the Eternal Mates series. Each story has characters from previous stories in it, but most of them can be read as standalones.

In this one, we meet Fuery once again. He has shown up in previous books as an elf on the edge. He is so close to becoming lost, and is tainted so much his friend, Hartt, is very concerned about him and does all he can to help Fuery. One of the things that constantly haunts Fuery is that he thinks he killed his mate. We travel across the realm to find Shaia, who still mourns her dead mate. After over four thousand years, she gives into her family's wishes and agrees to marry who they want her to. However, when Bleu turns up and gives her the news that Fuery is still alive, Shaia is determined to find her lost love, and save him, no matter what it takes.

Shaia is a strong character, although she has had to hide it from the very backwards (in some ways) elves. I was concerned at the beginning that I may have an issue with Hartt, as he seemed over protective of Fuery, so much so he wouldn't allow Shaia to see him. However, it soon became clear that he wasn't jealous of Shaia, but was desperately trying to keep Fuery from becoming lost to the darkness.

The interaction in this book between the main characters and those they associate with was simply outstanding. Prince Loren, Blue, Prince Vail, Rosalind, they all make an appearance in Fuery and Shaia's story, and I can't imagine it any other way.

The story gripped me and I couldn't wait to finish it - not because I wanted it to end, but because I wanted Fuery and Shaia to get their HEA. Told in both the present time, and the past, you get the full story of Shaia and Fuery. With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt me, this book simply flowed from one page to the next. A fantastic addition to the series, and definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/01/blog-tour-excerpt-review-giveaway.html
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review 2018-01-17 11:12
Again
Do Over - Serena Bell

Jack has been in love with Maddie for so long.  He has no idea how to tell her he wants to try again.  He is trying so hard to be a good dad to their son.  He makes room for them in his life.   To the consternation of his friends, he makes her a priority.

 

Maddie has a hot past with Jack.  They are making it also a hot present.  Can she trust a man who has admitted to cheating on her?  Is there a way to meet in the middle?  When her current man breaks her heart  - it is easier to give up then to trust again.

 

This was a sweet but completely hot book.  I found the sexy times more than sparks that were jumping off the page.  You can feel the heat between these two.  Their sincere love for their son.  It just humbles you to read this and with a surprise ending, is worth every page.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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