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review 2018-09-25 14:11
Summerhouse Series Continues to Disappoint
As You Wish (A Summerhouse Novel) - Jude Deveraux

I have been playing catch-up with books that I read during my house renovation that I just didn't have the energy to post reviews about. When one has plaster and dust all over them you tend to just want to go to bed and put blankets over your head (at least I did). Getting my floors, walls, and ceilings back helped return me back to a semi-normal state. When the kitchen gets started I won't know what to do with myself.


Back to my review though. I should have known better than to buy this in hardcover. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, even though I found problems with it. Did not really like the second one, and this one was a wash too. Deveraux tries to hard to connect all of the books/characters into this one and making it that one woman needs to choose a different destiny/future in order for the Summerhouse phenomenon (as I call it) to continue. 

 

The characters in this one did not grab me at all. We had one characters story just pretty much equal, she needed an aggressive man to help her find her sexuality (yes seriously) and another one just needed to embrace love. I don't know. The whole book just jumped around too much for me to like it much. I really have to stop reading time travel books, they end up irking me mostly.

 

The three characters we first meet are Olivia, Elise, and Kathy's husband, Ray. Olivia is asked to help Elise and Ray get settled after their therapist is held up. Elise wants Olivia to stay since she is not in the mood to be alone with Ray and Ray doesn't want Elise hitting on him. Yeah that mess happened.


Not too much to say about Ray except I disliked him. He is also referred to as a thug a few times by Olivia and Elise and that he is aping to be white collar though he's really blue collar through and through. No, Ray isn't black so I don't know what the heck was going on there. Also how about we not call people thugs that don't come from privileged backgrounds cause it says more about you than it does them. 

 

Eventually we get Olivia, Elise, and Ray's wife Kathy all together. We find out fairly early on that Ray is having an affair and wants to leave Kathy and he doesn't feel any chemistry with Kathy. However, we also realize that Kathy does everything for Ray so that makes him sexist? I don't know. This book had too many plot lines.


Olivia is newly married to someone she loved when she was younger. It's a second marriage for them both and Olivia is hiding a horrible secret (guess what it is) and resentful of her first husband and his having a whole second family.

 

Elise's husband locked her up cause you know he's in love with someone else and they tried to poison her.

All of the stories deal with women who got with the wrong men and the men cheated on them in some way. Not very appealing for a romance book. 

 

It takes way too long for the time travel aspect to even get going and Deveraux per usual just shows us two women's story-line in the past, and has the third one come back to the present and tell the other two. I booed the whole thing cause it really came down to the women just choosing different men. At least in book one it really dealt with two out of the three women just deciding things for themselves. We had Leslie keeping her same past and choosing a different present and Madison forcing herself to go forward with being a model instead of returning home to her high school love. 


And also these three women just forgive the trash men in their lives who did crap to them in the past, but it doesn't matter since nothing came to past and I don't know I just threw my hands up in the air and let it go. 

 

The long time readers will get a kick out of seeing the Montgomery family again though.

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review 2018-09-25 11:00
Release Day Review! Uncontrollable (Beyond Human #3) Nina Croft!

 

 

Quinn Sutherland, second in command of the Tribe, a group of powerful telepaths, has always been certain of who and what he is — one of the good guys. All he wants is to keep his friends safe — no easy feat when everyone in the world is after them. While on a rescue mission, he meets a mysterious FBI agent, who appears to know a lot about them, and seems to want the same thing he does. But her assignment could literally mean the death of him…

 

When Melody Lyons is inducted into the Federation’s elite Time Control Unit, it’s the pinnacle of her ambitions. Only when she’s sent back to the twenty-first century to eliminate a group of rogue time travelers, she never guesses she’ll fall for a man who died two thousand years ago… Quinn awakens emotions she hadn’t known existed, and for the first time, her loyalties are tested.

 

 

The third book in the Beyond Human series is quite interesting with thrills, romance and some very intriguing elements. Quinn and Melody are solid convincing characters that readers can relate to which makes it easy to become caught up in their story. The romance has an unusual obstacle to be overcome which keeps this relationship on pins and needles throughout the story no matter how strong this couple’s sizzling attraction is and since the stronger the attraction gets the harder Quinn and Melody try to keep emotions tucked in tight and keep their objectives in sight at all times. This keeps the sparks flying as well as keeping emotional turmoil flowing from the pages and ensures that readers want to know every last detail of this couples’ romantic journey to their happily ever after.

 

Thrills and interesting elements keep readers turning the pages of this steady to fast paced and smooth flowing plot. First, Melody is from the future so that gives readers a word of possibilities for readers to imagine and adds to the adrenaline pumping atmosphere of the story and then there is the all the exciting events that keeps readers on the hanging on the edge of their seat, prison breaks, shoot outs, astonishing secrets revealed and a trip through time and space with some surprises along the way as well. Unfortunately, this series should be read in sequential order in order to get maximum understanding of the events taking place as readers may feel as if they have dropped into the middle (this would be me as I missed the first two), also while this couple gets their happy for now, the story ends on a cliffhanger so readers have to wait impatiently to find out what happens next.

 

 

Author's Book Page - http://www.ninacroft.com/book/uncontrollable-beyond-human-3/

 

 

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Uncontrollable is the 3rd book in the Beyond Human series -

 

Author - http://www.ninacroft.com/book-series/beyond-human/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/187426-beyond-human

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H7QPM8X?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

which includes -

 

.5 No More Lies (The Telephath Chronicles anthology)
1 Unthinkable
2 Unspeakable
3 Uncontrollable

 

 


AVAILABLE in print or ebook -

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A-UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H28K56V?tag=entangpublis-20&name=Uncontrollable

 

A-AU - https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07H28K56V?tag=entangpublis-20&name=Uncontrollable

 

A-CA - https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07H28K56V?tag=entangpublis-20&name=Uncontrollable

 

B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/9781640636774?name=Uncontrollable

 

iBooks - http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781640636774?name=Uncontrollable&uo=8&at=1010lsQz

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/uncontrollable-9

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Nina_Croft_Uncontrollable?id=iShrDwAAQBAJ

 

Growing up in the cold, wet, north of England, Nina Croft spent a lot of time dreaming of faraway sunnier places and ponies. When she discovered both, along with a whole load of other things, could be found between the covers of a book, her life changed forever.

 

Later, she headed south, picked up the perfect husband along the way, and together they volunteered to work in Africa. There they discovered a love of exotic places and a dislike of 9-5 work. Afterward they spent a number of years travelling (whenever possible) intermingled with working (whenever necessary.) Eventually they stumbled upon a remote area in the mountains of southern Spain and the small almond farm they now call home.

 

Nina spends her days reading, writing and riding her mare, Gencianna, under the blue Spanish skies—sunshine and ponies. She reckons this is proof that dreams really can come true if you want them enough.

 

Nina's writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction

 

 

 

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

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3378320.Nina_Croft

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/nina-croft

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/Nina_Croft

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/NinaCroft.Writer/?ref=br_rs

 

 

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review 2018-09-25 11:00
Release Day Review! Touch the Sky (Mated By Fate #2) Kari Cole!

 

 

Keep to yourself. Focus on the job.

 

Sheriff Vaughn Ellis’s very existence as a rare double-shifter defies the natural order. It also makes it extremely difficult for him to get close to anyone. To trust anyone. It’s nothing Vaughn can’t handle, until a seductively sweet woman arrives in Black Robe, and suddenly he can’t think about anything but her.

 

The product of a witch/werewolf pairing, Hannah Cochran gets the odd-wolf-out thing. But when she uncovers a major threat to the lycanthrope world, she finds herself playing nice with the sexy sheriff. Abiding by the law isn’t usually Hannah’s style, but nothing catches her breath quite like the commanding attraction she feels toward Vaughn.

 

Working closely together only intensifies their fated connection, making it impossible to deny—or resist. Hannah fears that getting involved puts Vaughn in danger. But when she becomes the target, it’s Vaughn who’ll have to decide which rules he’s willing to break to save the woman he can’t live without.

 

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise : all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

 

This book is approximately 89,000 words

 

Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Mackenzie Walton

 


The second story in the Marked By Fate series is an exciting and touching romance that grabs readers attention and refuses to let go. Sheriff Vaughn Ellis as an eagle – wolf hybrid intrigued readers in Hunt the Moon and now he’s enthralling them along with the witch – wolf hybrid Hannah Cochran who’s in major trouble and sinking fast. These strong, bold characters are easily connected to and reader can’t help but feel for them as they struggle with their emotional and trust issues, the intense situation, prejudices and their sizzling attraction. Fate won’t stand back and let them ignore the chemistry so it builds to red hot proportions that causes their connection to intensify as they work end up having to work closely together if want to survive.

 

Thrills and adrenaline pumping suspense keeps readers on the edge as Hannah tries to stay ahead of the bad guys while trying to discover their secrets so that she can stop their evil deeds. Vaughn and Hannah’s relationship adds to the tension filled, fast paced and smooth flowing plot that has few surprising twists along the way that keeps everyone on their tender hooks. The social interactions between the pack members also adds drama and emotional turmoil as well as strife to the story and the author does a fantastic job of building the atmosphere of the story that readers can practically feel all the strain and turbulence that spills from the pages of this story which also means that they feel the good emotions as well. So, far Kari Cole is promising to be another favorite for me as I have become quite captivated by the world and the members of this pack.

 

 

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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40576579-touch-the-sky

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/books/touch-the-sky-by-kari-cole

 

 

Touch the Sky is the 2nd book in the Mated by Fate series -

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/231920-mated-by-fate

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Kari-Cole/e/B07CPGQMYS/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

 

which includes -

 

1 Hunt the Moon
2 Touch the Sky
& 3 Stalk the Shadows (May 2019)

 

 

AVAILABLE in ebook at:

 

Carina Press - https://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781488099540_touch-the-sky.html


Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LNA084


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Google Play: http://bit.ly/2LP1lqL


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Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2HYs3tR


Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2I0MS7F


Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2MC3kiv

 

 

Kari Cole is an award-winning author of paranormal romances. Her action-packed stories have earned several awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart®, Kiss of Death’s Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and Toronto Romance Writers’ Catherine. She lives in upstate New York with her college sweetheart, two way-too-smart-for-their-own-good sons, and a ridiculous labradoodle named for the bravest of Star Wars heroes, Artoo.

 

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as the Capital Region Romance Writers, the Golden Network, Kiss of Death, and Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal (FF&P) chapters.

 

 

Website - https://www.karicoleauthor.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17982981.Kari_Cole

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/karicoleauthor/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/KariColeAuthor

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/4908676/record_interest

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/karicoleauthor/

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/kari-cole/author,5060268

 

 

 

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review 2018-09-25 09:24
The Wicked Rebel by Mary Lancaster
The Wicked Rebel - Mary Lancaster

Lady Arabella Niven, the youngest daughter of the Duke of Kilburn, is exiled into Blackhaven for not accepting the man her father had chosen for her. One day she's taking a boat ride alongside the shore, when she goes to the rescue of a supposedly drowning man.

Yet Captain Alban is far from drowning and the two strike a strange friendship that quickly blossoms into romance as both discover they can finally be themselves when the other is around.

But their love is star-crossed, since she's the daughter of a duke, while he's only a lowly sea captain...Or is he?


This was the best story in this series so far. The romance was solid on both parts, the supporting cast was a hoot (especially Bella's two aunts), it was lovely seeing Kate and Tris again), the suspense, though rather faint, struck the right notes.

I loved the two protagonists; Captain Alban with all his mysteries, idiosyncrasies and impeccable sense of honor and the sickly (it was all stress, mind you), quirky Arabella. I admit she started to get a little annoying in her incapability (or was it unwillingness) to stand up for herself, especially with that ass she had the misfortune to call a father and her smothering aunts, but as her true self slowly emerged, I (almost) forgot that particular character flaw.
Alban's don't-care-what-anyone-thinks-about-me attitude brought out the fighter in Bella, while her gentle nature smoothed out his harsher edges and showed him what he could have if he stopped being stubborn about it.
These two, utterly opposite characters, came together rather perfectly and created a sweet romance that brought a genuine smile on my lips. They were super cute together.

The rest of the story more-or-less paled in comparison to the two and their quest for a future together, but the tempo was spot-on with barely a lagging moment here and there, the supporting cast provided a good backdrop, the action scenes were intriguing, the humor was added at the right moments...

A very good read.

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text 2018-09-25 08:05
New Release Blitz - Ignition

 

Title: Ignition

Series: Commitment #4

Author: Karen Botha

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: 24th Sept

Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: +-240

Genre: MM Romance

 

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Synopsis:

 

Is this the beginning of the end? With the biggest court case the racing world has ever seen coming to an end Elliott and Kyle can start rebuilding their lives. Kyle stood by his new husband in sickness and in health, for better, for worse and did not expect to get left behind as Elliott buys a struggling racing team and devotes all his time and attention to turning it into a success. Their marriage is put to the test as the two men both live and work away from each other, causing tensions to rise and tempers to flare. Will absence make the heart grow fonder or is this a case of out of sight, out of mind? Join Kyle and Elliott for their newest adventures in racing, trust, and passion.

 

 

Excerpt:

 

But then the window frame rattles and my heart explodes, piercing the expanding bubble that has contained my tears. The noise of Kyle’s engine doesn’t disappear into the distance straight away; instead, it reverberates through the room for longer than it should. I still have time to dash to the door and call him back. I implore myself, but I’m rooted to the spot, too fragile to risk further shattering my heart. It’s only when the roar of the engine begins to fade that I crumple in a ball. I draw my knees up to my chin, struggling to dull the searing agony in my chest as the unhappiness, which has been building over the last few months, finally spills free. I give way as the barriers I protected myself with before Kyle and I met won’t rebuild fast enough. My flimsy protection comes crashing down, and I howl in a voice that is not mine because he took me at my word and left when all I wanted was for him to tell me I was wrong and hold me.

 

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Meet the Author:

 

Karen Botha was born in Lincolnshire England where her father was in the royal air force. As a young girl she always had a passion for reading and writing. Working most of her adult life in digital marketing didn't leave her much time to pursue her passion for stories. at the age of 36 She retrained for a reflexologist and started working for herself. This helped her free up more than enough time to enjoy a re-found passion for writing. Her first novel was inspired by true life experiences and tales from clients. But don't believe everything you read. She enjoys traveling rugby and motor sport, this gives her inspiration and ideas for her books. The first in the new lgbt series is a mm romance novel about a racecar driver and his mechanic. She currently lives in London with her Husband and rescue dog called Shadow.

 

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