Month: November 2016

#BookReview & #BlogTour Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur

#BookReview & #BlogTour Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur Title: Twenty Four Days to Christmas

Author: Fred Arthur

Published by: Clink Street Publishing on Nov. 10, 2015

Genres: Children's Book

Pages: 76

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Authoright

Book Rating: 8/10

Poppy is in agony – it is the First of December and she has twenty-four days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that she will not be able to contain her excitement and impatience: How can she possibly wait so long for Santa to arrive? Poppy’s parents put their heads together and come up with a cunning plan that has Poppy completing a different, Christmas themed activity every day, to keep Her busy until Christmas (and Santa) finally arrives. Twenty-Four Days to Christmas is an Advent Calendar of a book, which can be read one day at a time, or as a complete story, and centres on Christmas, family and the magic of the Christmas season.


Review:

Charming, fun, and incredibly creative!

This is a delightful children’s story that makes everyday in the month of December special and gives you wonderful ideas for things to do, things to see, and things to make.

The characters are charming, eager, and excited. The story is written in a wonderful, easy-to-read, rhyming manner that flows nicely and is highly entertaining, and the illustrations are the perfect combination of bright, bold, colourful, and amusing.

Overall, this is a great festive novel that will keep the little ones enraptured and have you making reindeer out of pine cones and baking lots of Christmas goodies in no time.

 

This book is available now.

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For more information on Fred Arthur follow them on Twitter at: @fredarthurbooks

 

 

Thank you to Authoright for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

Fred Arthur’s Top 2 Christmas Decorations

  1. The Tree – ornaments, lights, tinsel and (of course) brightly wrapped presents underneath! – Well it just has to be!
  2. The Christmas Nativity scene – the stable, the shepherds, the Wise Men, the animals and, of course, the baby!

 

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#BookReview Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan @SarahMorgan_

#BookReview Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan @SarahMorgan_ Title: Miracle on 5th Avenue

Author: Sarah Morgan

Series: From Manhattan with Love #3

Published by: Harlequin Books on Nov. 29, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 384

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Harlequin Books, NetGalley

Book Rating: 9/10

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she’s given an opportunity to housesit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous–and mysterious–owner.

Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife’s death looming, he’s isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn’t appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?


Review:

Captivating, heartwarming, and undeniably romantic!

This story is set in the majestic New York City in wintertime and takes us into the lives of two main characters; Eva, a young woman who is relentlessly optimistic and ready for love; and Lucas, a cynic who prefers to remain isolated and lonely rather than risk his heart once again.

The prose is clear and well turned. The main characters are driven, endearing, and genuinely charming. And the plot sweeps you away into a smart, modern fairytale complete with a beautiful, strong princess, a handsome, stubborn prince, riches, secrets, loss, heartbreak, and of course true love.

What more can I say? Overall this is a fabulous, festive, happy ever after that you won’t want to end.

This paperback is due to be published on November 29, 2016. 

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Thank you to NetGalley, especially Harlequin, for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

 

About Sarah Morgan

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She is a 3 time winner of the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America and has been nominated five times. Sarah lives near London, England, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors.

#BookReview A Christmas in Cornwall by Laura Briggs @PaperDollWrites

#BookReview A Christmas in Cornwall by Laura Briggs @PaperDollWrites Title: A Christmas in Cornwall

Author: Laura Briggs

Series: A Wedding in Cornwall #2

Published by: Laura Briggs on Oct. 18, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 114

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Laura Briggs

Book Rating: 8/10

It’s Julianne Morgen’s first Christmas in the Cornish village of Ceffylgwyn, and life seems perfect. Her job as an event planner couldn’t be better, she’s beginning to feel at home despite being an American in a tiny English village, and her relationship with handsome English horticulturist Matthew Rose continues to slowly blossom from friendship to love.

But when an old flame of Julianne’s appears on the spot, she finds herself tangled up in her own past. A grand charitable ball planned at Cliffs House for Christmas brings its own challenges to Julianne’s world, along with a last-minute wedding in London. And when she learns that Matthew’s former career in America has invited him back, she worries about what it means for their future together if he says ‘yes.’


Review:

Romantic, charming, and deliciously sweet!

In this sequel to “A Wedding in Cornwall” we return back to the beautiful landscape of the Cornish countryside to check back in on the blooming romance developing between Julianne and Matt and to find out what extravagant events “The Cliffs” will be hosting next.

The writing is well done. The delightful, intriguing characters we loved from the first novella are back, along with a few new ones. And the plot is a lovely mix of budding romance, scheming exes, monumental decisions, festive preparations, ritzy galas, and scrumptious food.

Overall this is a lighthearted, delightful, holiday read that is perfect for a wintry afternoon.

 

This book is available now.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

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Thank you to Laura Briggs, the author, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Laura Briggs

Laura Briggs is the bestselling author of multiple lighthearted romance books, including the Amazon UK Top 100's LATE TO THE WEDDING and the popular A WEDDING IN CORNWALL series. Since her debut with Pelican Book Group's inspirational novella ONLY IN NOVELS, she has worked both with publishers and as an independent author, as well as partnering with others writers, including working under a pen name in other genres. She loves vintage fashion, classic movies, British melodrama, and spending time with her pets.

#BookReview To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin @beatricecolin

#BookReview To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin @beatricecolin Title: To Capture What We Cannot Keep

Author: Beatrice Colin

Published by: Flatiron Books on Nov. 29, 2016

Genres: Historical Fiction

Pages: 291

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Flatiron Books, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young Scottish widow and a French engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love.

In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris, France–a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a widow who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Émile is expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family’s business and choose a suitable wife. As the Eiffel Tower rises, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, Cait and Émile must decide what their love is worth.

Seamlessly weaving historical detail and vivid invention, Beatrice Colin evokes the revolutionary time in which Cait and Émile live–one of corsets and secret trysts, duels and Bohemian independence, strict tradition and Impressionist experimentation. To Capture What We Cannot Keep, stylish, provocative, and shimmering, raises probing questions about a woman’s place in that world, the overarching reach of class distinctions, and the sacrifices love requires of us all.


Review:

Incredibly atmospheric, extremely alluring, and remarkably insightful.

This story is predominantly set in Paris in the late 1880s when the city was bursting with industrialization, immigration, artistic freedom, and high fashion; and is, ultimately, a story about familial obligations, social acceptance, independence, morality, impropriety, secrets and passion.

The prose is clear, precise, descriptive and fluid. The characters are genuine, engaging, and complex. And the story has two distinct plots; one involving the ingenuity, foresight, hardships and struggles involved in the creation and completion of the iconic Eiffel Tower; and the other the budding romance developing between Émile Nouguier, a wealthy, upper-class engineer, and Caitriona Wallace, the lowly, Scottish widower.

I will say that although I enjoyed reading this novel I did find the ending a little lacklustre and wish that it had just a little bit more.

However, overall this book is well written, well researched, with a varied cast of characters that is well worth the read.

 

This book is due to be published on November 29, 2016. 

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

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Thank you to NetGalley, especially Flatiron Books, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Beatrice Colin

Beatrice Colin was born in London and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. A former arts and features journalist, she also writes novels for adults, children, short stories, radio plays for the BBC. She has spoken at numerous book festivals, taught at Arvon and was a judge and mentor for the Scottish Boom Trust's New Writers Award.
Beatrice was also once a singer in the band, April Showers, whose single, Abandon Ship, reached the number 144 in the charts.

#BookReview Nest by Terry Goodkind @terrygoodkind

#BookReview Nest by Terry Goodkind @terrygoodkind Title: Nest

Author: Terry Goodkind

Published by: Skyhorse Publishing on Nov. 15, 2016

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 432

Format: Hardcover

Source: Skyhorse Publishing

Book Rating: 10/10

#1 New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind reinvents the thriller with a provocative, page-turning walk among evil.

Kate Bishop thought she was an ordinary woman living and working in Chicago. But when she unexpectedly finds herself in the middle of a police investigation into a brutal murder, Kate makes a shocking discovery: she has the ability to identify killers just by looking into their eyes.

Trying to grasp the implications of this revelation, Kate is drawn deep into a world of terror. She is tracked down by Jack Raines, a mysterious author with shadowy connections to those who share her ability. He tells Kate that her unique vision also makes her a target, and only he can help her.

Now, hot on Jack and Kate’s heels are a force of super-predators, vicious and bloodthirsty killers who will stop at nothing until Kate is dead. But even as she fights for her life, Kate still isn’t sure if Jack is really her salvation, or another killer coming to slaughter her.

An explosive mix of action and suspense, Nest is a landmark new novel from worldwide bestselling author Terry Goodkind, and a complete reinvention of the contemporary thriller. Travel with Goodkind on a dangerous journey to the back alleys of the darknet, to the darkest corners of our minds, and to the very origins of what it is to be human.


Review:

Spine-chilling, gritty, and hands down one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year!

As most of you know fantasy and science fiction novels are not my favourite and anyone who’s anyone knows that Terry Goodkind is very successful in those genres, so I have to admit in the beginning I was a little hesitant about reading and reviewing this novel, but boy am I glad I did.

This is a gripping, often gruesome, intelligent thriller that takes us on a journey into the dark and disturbing criminal underworld and immerses us in violence, manipulation, murder, depravity, immorality, wickedness, and pure evil.

The characters are complex, unique, and well developed.  And the story starts off with a bang and continues from there with an incredibly clever rollercoaster ride full of twists and turns, mystery, intensity and suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

This truly is an extremely captivating novel that will not only shock, fascinate and scare you, but cause you to reflect on what “evil” really means and where it actually may come from.

What more can I say. This isn’t a good book, it’s a great book. Terry Goodkind you definitely have a new fan in me. 

This book was published on November 15, 2016 and is available now. 

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Thank you to Skyhorse Publishing and Terry Goodkind for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It was a pleasure and honour to read.

 

About Terry Goodkind

Terry Goodkind is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and the creator of the most controversial new thriller of our lifetime. His work is often called “provocative”, “courageously original”, “terrifying”, and even “dangerous”.

More than anything; Terry Goodkind’s books are character driven stories that take a brutally honest inward look at ourselves. With a focus on the complexity of the human psyche, Terry Goodkind has an uncanny grasp for crafting compelling stories of people like you and me, trapped in terrifying situations.

With his latest novel, Nest, readers will be drawn into an original story of the driving forces behind those who take lives and those trying to save them, a struggle that will take readers into a dark world as we search for the origins of evil.

As a resident of Nevada, Terry Goodkind deeply appreciates the rights and freedoms of the United States, although worries about how quickly those rights are eroding. His passion for writing is a parallel to his passion for life.

Terry Goodkind is a part-time race car driver, a devoted husband to Jeri, the love of his life, and is a friend to animal-kind.

“My privilege in life is the joy of writing books and telling stories about people who fascinate me, the good and the bad. I am grateful to all of my readers for the critical role they play in making these books possible. Your passion is my passion, and I thank you.” – Terry Goodkind

#BookReview Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton @jaciburton

#BookReview Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton @jaciburton Title: Rules of Contact

Author: Jaci Burton

Series: Play by Play #12

Published by: Berkley Publishing on Dec. 6, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 347

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Berkley Publishing, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Unexpected Rush, a football player with all the right moves on the field needs a better game plan for his love life.  
 
A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new restaurant succeed, he’s willing. Now if he could just meet a woman who loved him and not his fame…
 
After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two. It’s just the opportunity she needs to heat up her career—if only she wasn’t wildly attracted to her sexy new boss. Their chemistry might be sizzling hot, but Amelia has no intention of being burned again. 
 
Amelia is genuine and fun and Flynn can’t get enough of her—and Amelia loves every second she spends with the tough but tender Flynn. But trust is a hard-fought battle for both of them. Breaking the rules of contact and surrendering to their passion was easy, but are they willing to risk their hearts to win at the game of love?


Review:

Incredibly hot, wickedly sexy, and downright steamy!

This is a great mix of intense attraction, friendship, family, food, sports, and romance.

It is an entertaining story that combines a hunky, muscular, tattooed football player, (need I say more, just look at that cover) with an independent, strong, attractive chef, in a plot filled with smoking chemistry, sporty tidbits, delicious food, and sizzling passion.

If you like sporty contemporary romance with a little spice I can’t think anyone else who writes a consistently fun, engaging novel like Jaci Burton. Indulge this holiday season. You won’t be disappointed!

 

This novel is due to be published on December 6, 2016.

Pick up a copy of this book from your favourite retailer or from the following links.

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Thank you to NetGalley, especially Berkley Publishing, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 70 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.

#BookReview Victoria by Daisy Goodwin @daisygoodwinuk

#BookReview Victoria by Daisy Goodwin @daisygoodwinuk Title: Victoria

Author: Daisy Goodwin

Published by: St. Martin's Press on Nov. 22, 2016

Genres: Historical Fiction

Pages: 404

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: St. Martin's Press, NetGalley

Book Rating: 7.5/10

“They think I am still a little girl who is not capable of being a Queen.”

Lord Melbourne turned to look at Victoria. “They are mistaken. I have not known you long, but I observe in you a natural dignity that cannot be learnt. To me, ma’am, you are every inch a Queen.”

In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone.

One of those ministers, Lord Melbourne, became Victoria’s private secretary. Perhaps he might have become more than that, except everyone argued she was destined to marry her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. But Victoria had met Albert as a child and found him stiff and critical: surely the last man she would want for a husband….

Drawing on Victoria’s diaries as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin, author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter as well as creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, brings the young queen even more richly to life in this magnificent novel.


Review:

This is a fascinating interpretation about the life of Alexandrina Victoria, a young, sheltered girl who became the Queen of England at the age of eighteen, and her dependence and close relationship with the then mature Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne.

It is a story about familial responsibilities, monarchical duties, coming-of-age, friendship, and love.

Queen Victoria’s early reign was during a time when government was in turmoil, the parties in power were changing and the populace was highly critical of the choices and decisions made by the monarchy, and although she was small in stature and seemingly immature she possessed a confidence and strength beyond her years.

The prose is clear and fluid. And the story line takes us into a short time in Queen Victoria’s life when she may have had a strong reliance, attraction, and reverence for the British statesman, Melbourne.

Overall, even though this book is only centred on Victoria’s life from her early teens to her marriage proposal to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in her early twenties, it is quite intriguing and captivating and definitely a good choice for anyone interested in the British Monarchy.

 

This novel is due to be published on November 22, 2016.

Pick up a copy of this book from your favourite retailer or from the following links.

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Thank you to NetGalley, especially St. Martin’s Press, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Daisy Goodwin

DAISY GOODWIN, a Harkness scholar who attended Columbia University’s film school after earning a degree in history at Cambridge University, is a leading television producer in the U.K. Her poetry anthologies, including 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life, have introduced many new readers to the pleasures of poetry, and she was Chair of the judging panel of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. That was the year she published her first novel the American Heiress ( My Last Duchess in UK) , followed by The Fortune Hunter and now Victoria. She has also created VICTORIA the PBS/ITV series which starts in January. She has three dogs, two dogs, and one husband.

#BookReview The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley @lucindariley

#BookReview The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley @lucindariley Title: The Seven Sisters

Author: Lucinda Riley

Series: The Seven Sisters #1

Published by: Atria Books on May 5, 2015

Genres: Contemporary Romance, General Fiction, Women's Fiction

Pages: 463

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 10/10

 

Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, “Atlantis”—a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva—having been told that their beloved father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of her story and its beginnings.

Eighty years earlier in Rio’s Belle Epoque of the 1920s, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into the aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is devising plans for an enormous statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela—passionate and longing to see the world—convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski’s studio and in the heady, vibrant cafes of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.

In this sweeping, epic tale of love and loss—the first in a unique, spellbinding series of seven novels—Lucinda Riley showcases her storytelling talent like never before.


Review:

Intriguing, heartwarming, and incredibly captivating!

This is the first book in “The Seven Sisters” series and boy is it a good one.

This is the story of Maia, a young woman who embarks on a journey to discover her parentage and ancestry after recently suffering the loss of her beloved, adoptive father. 

It is predominantly set in Rio, Brazil during both the late 1920s, as well as present day, and is told from two perspectives, Maia and Maia’s maternal great-grandmother, Izabela.

The story, itself, is a sweeping saga filled with self discovery, family, loss, determination, strength, grief, heartbreak, happiness, and everlasting love; as well as an in-depth look into the culture, history and landmarks of Rio, complete with the construction of the iconic Christ the Redeemer and the boom and subsequent demise of the coffee industry.

The prose is precise, poetic, and exquisitely descriptive. And the characters are multi-faceted, genuine, empathetic, and engaging. 

I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first about the size of this novel, but don’t be daunted. This is truly a powerful, fascinating story that will make you cry, make you smile and will have you mesmerized from start to finish.

I can honestly say that after reading this novel, The Storm Sister (Book #2) available now, and The Shadow Sister (Book #3) releasing soon, will be jumping to the top of your “to read” pile.

 

This novel is available now.

Pick up a copy of this story from your favourite retailer or from the following links. You won’t be disappointed.

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About Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and sold over ten million copies worldwide. She is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.

Lucinda’s novels include The Seven Sisters, a seven-book series telling the story of adopted sisters and based allegorically on the mythology of the famous star constellation. The first three books, The Seven Sisters, The Storm Sister, and The Shadow Sister have all been No.1 bestsellers across Europe, and the rights to a multi-season TV series have already been optioned by a Hollywood production company.

To read about the inspiration behind The Seven Sisters series, please visit thesevensistersseries.com

When not writing, travelling or running around after her children, she loves reading books that she hasn’t written with a glass or two of Provençal rosé!

#BookReview Holiday with a Twist by Shannon Stacey @shannonstacey

#BookReview Holiday with a Twist by Shannon Stacey @shannonstacey Title: Holiday with a Twist

Author: Shannon Stacey

Published by: Carina Press on Nov. 21, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 92

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Carina Press, NetGalley

Book Rating: 7.5/10

After a messy breakup, Leigh Holloway is ready to start her life over. Until her parents put the family home on the market and call her back for one final, memory-making Christmas. The last thing she wants to do is deprive her mom of the perfect holiday, so she’ll lie her way through the visit and worry about her future in the New Year. Too bad the only bar in town is owned by a guy she seriously wronged in high school. 

Leigh’s best friend broke Croy Dawson’s heart, and Croy knows it was Leigh’s fault. They’ve never liked each other, but Croy isn’t cruel: he’d never turn away a pretty woman in need of some family-Christmas fortification. He doesn’t expect her to drink just enough candy-cane martinis to tell him her secrets—and he definitely doesn’t expect to get caught up in her holiday madness. 

Despite the surprising love and laughter, Croy and Leigh can’t escape the truth: he can’t walk away from his family obligations and she has a life and career to reboot. But anything is possible if your holiday comes with a twist…


Review:

Sweet, charming, and delightfully romantic! 

This is a lighthearted, contemporary romance filled with holiday revelry, familial dynamics, friendship, heartbreak and new love.

The writing is fluid. The main characters are fun, easygoing, appealing, and endearing. And the plot has just the right amount of drama, sexual chemistry, and happy ever after we look for in a holiday read.

Overall, this is a quick, engaging novella that reminds us that Christmas is all about family and home really is where the heart is.

 

This novella is due to be published on November 21, 2016.

Pick up a copy of this book from your favourite retailer or from the following links.

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Thank you to NetGalley, especially Carina Press, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Shannon Stacey

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and driving her RZR. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends off-road, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.

#BookReview The Dollmaker by Mary Burton @MaryBurtonBooks @JoanSchulhafer

#BookReview The Dollmaker by Mary Burton @MaryBurtonBooks @JoanSchulhafer Title: The Dollmaker

Author: Mary Burton

Series: The Forgotten Files #2

Published by: Montlake Romance on Nov. 15, 2016

Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Romantic Suspense

Pages: 352

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Mary Burton, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8.5/10

Dr. Tessa McGowan had never seen anything quite like it. But the mutilated bodies on her exam table tell a stunningly macabre tale: someone with a twisted mind is kidnapping women and altering their faces to resemble real, life-size dolls. As a forensic pathologist, it’s her job to aid the agent leading the case—even if that agent is her estranged husband.

Twelve years ago an unspeakable tragedy destroyed Dakota Sharp’s world. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, he’s devoted himself to capturing killers. His only regret is that it cost him Tessa. Now, as the Dollmaker case brings them together—and raises his suspicions that he’s crossed paths with this deranged psychopath before—they may just have their second chance. But it seems Dakota’s not the only one who wants to make Tessa his own…

She may be the Dollmaker’s next target, but Tessa has no intention of winding up as another toy on his shelf. Can she and Dakota stop this ghastly killer before his next deadly playdate?


Review:

Creepy, menacing, and highly suspenseful!

This is the second book in “The Forgotten Files” series, and this time we join the ruggedly handsome, troubled, Agent Sharp as he hunts for a deranged serial killer intent on finding and creating his own perfect doll, and are introduced to the lovely, intelligent pathologist, Dr. Tessa McGowan, who may surprisingly play the biggest role of all.

The characters are multi-layered, convincing, and determined. And the plot is well crafted, fast-paced, engaging, mysterious, captivating, full of good twists, deviousness, and a little romance.

Overall, this is a well written whodunit that is enjoyable, entertaining, and definitely worth a read.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out my review of “The Shark” (The Forgotten Files #1) you can find it HERE.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars, the third book in the series “The Hangman” is due out in Spring 2017.

 

This book is due to be published on November 15, 2016.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following links.

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Thank you to NetGalley, especially Joan Schulhafer Publishing, for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Mary Burton

New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the highly praised author of twenty-six romance and suspense novels and five novellas. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three miniature dachshunds.

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