#BookReview For 100 Days by Lara Adrian @lara_adrian

#BookReview For 100 Days by Lara Adrian @lara_adrian Title: For 100 Days

Author: Lara Adrian

Series: 100 Series #1

Published by: Lara Adrian, LLC on May 24, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica

Pages: 375

Format: eBook

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 8/10

Pleasure has a price . . .

Just when everything in my life is falling apart, I find a chance to turn it around–to step into someone else’s glittering world, if only for a little while. I become someone new, no longer the woman defined by an ugly past, but a woman freer and bolder than myself. A woman who isn’t afraid to explore every passion, even at its darkest, with a mysterious and seductive man who believes my mask is real.

Handsome and commanding, enigmatic and irresistible, billionaire Dominic Baine is an obsession I cannot afford and should not risk. He ushers me into consuming new pleasures and addicting new desires, until the line between my real life and the fantasy one I’ve stolen with him begins to blur.

I know I cannot keep my truth from him. I know my past will not stay buried forever. But before I can make it right, everything comes crashing down. I have deceived this powerful, dangerous man . . . and now there is a price to be paid.


Review:

Sinful, sexy, and devilishly naughty!

This is a highly erotic story that combines a gorgeous, scarred, billionaire titan with a beautiful, damaged, struggling artist in a plot filled with dangerous secrets, haunting pasts, explosive chemistry, and steamy passion.

The writing is well done. And the characters are complex, flawed, and intriguing.

This is only the first book in the series though, so unfortunately we will now have to wait for the next two books in the series, For 100 Nights and For 100 Reasons, to discover how the drama between Nick and Avery will ultimately unfold.

 

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About Lara Adrian

LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books have been named among Amazon’s Top Ten Romances of the Year, and have also been nominated by readers multiple times as finalists for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance of the Year. Reviewers have called Lara’s books “addictively readable” (Chicago Tribune), “extraordinary” (Fresh Fiction), “strikingly original” (Booklist), and “one of the best vampire series on the market” (Romantic Times).

Writing as TINA ST. JOHN, her historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best; and many others. She was twice named a Finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, for Best Historical Romance (White Lion’s Lady) and Best Paranormal Romance (Heart of the Hunter). More recently, the German translation of Heart of the Hunter debuted on Der Spiegel bestseller list.

With an ancestry stretching back to the Mayflower and the court of King Henry VIII, the author lives with her husband in New England, where she is working on her next novel.

#BookReview The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz @tiffanyreisz

#BookReview The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz @tiffanyreisz Title: The Bourbon Thief

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Published by: MIRA on Jun. 28, 2016

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Pages: 379

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 9/10

From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of betrayal, revenge and a family scandal that bore a 150-year-old mystery

When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it’s to discover he’s been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it’s property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris. 

In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.


Review:

Dark, gritty, and impressively compelling!

This novel takes you into the lives of, the multi-generational bourbon maker family, the Maddoxes. They are rich. They are southern. And they are ruthless. And like most families with privilege, money, and power, they have a lot of skeletons in their closets, and hidden behind those closed doors you will find an intricate web of abuse, lies, adultery, secrets, and murder.

The characters are complex, avaricious, vindictive, and self-destructive. And the plot is well written, rich in detail, and highly suspenseful. 

This really is a truly engaging and captivating story and I only hope that I will get to enjoy more of the Cooper and Paris saga in the future.

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About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Romance Writers of America RITA®-winning Original Sinners series from Harlequin's Mira Books.

Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Tiffany graduated from Centre College with a B.A. in English. She began her writing career while a student at Wilmore, Kentucky's Asbury Theological Seminary. After leaving seminary to focus on her fiction, she wrote The Siren, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide.

Tiffany also writes mainstream women's suspense fiction, including The Bourbon Thief (winner of the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence Award) and the RITA®-nominated The Night Mark.

Her erotic fantasy The Red—self-published under the banner 8th Circle Press—was named an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Goodreads Best Romance of the Month. It also received a coveted starred review from Library Journal.

Tiffany lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. The cats are not writers.

#BookReview Girls’ Weekend by Cara Sue Achterberg

#BookReview Girls’ Weekend by Cara Sue Achterberg Title: Girls' Weekend

Author: Cara Sue Achterberg

Published by: Story Plant on May 3, 2016

Genres: General Fiction, Women's Fiction

Pages: 352

Format: eBook

Source: Cara Sue Achterberg

Book Rating: 8.5/10

Dani, Meg, and Charlotte have bonded over babies, barbeques, and backyards, but when they escape for a girls weekend away, they can’t bring themselves to return to lives that don t seem to fit anymore.

Harried Dani can’t explain why she feels so discontented until she meets a young gallery owner who inspires her to rediscover the art that once made her happy.

Dependable Meg faces up to a grief that threatens to swallow her whole and confronts a marriage built on expectations.

Flamboyant Charlotte, frustrated with her stagnated life and marriage, pursues a playboy Irish singer and beachside business opportunities.

All three of these women thought they would be different. None of them thought they’d be facing down forty and still wondering when life starts. What they do when they realize where they’re headed is both inspiring and wildly entertaining. 

GIRLS’ WEEKEND is a fun, yet poignant romp through the universal search of who we are, why we love, and what makes us happy by an author who is quickly emerging as one of our most incisive storytellers.


Review:

This is an intriguing story about three women, mothers, who are struggling in independent ways with aging and self-identity.

It is a heartwarming story that touches on the importance of friendship, familial relationships, marriage, child-rearing, happiness, loss, discovering what’s important in life and, ultimately, reinventing one’s self.

It is very well written. And the characters are well-developed, real, interesting and flawed.

This truly is a poised, enlightening novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

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Thank you to Cara Sue Achterberg for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Cara Sue Achterberg

Cara Sue Achterberg is a blogger and novelist who lives on a hillside farm in South Central, Pennsylvania.

Cara’s novels, I’m Not Her (August 2015, The Story Plant) and Girls’ Weekend (May 2016, Story Plant) are both works of women’s fiction. Her upcoming novel, Practicing Normal, will be published June 2017 by The Story Plant.

Cara is also the author of Live Intentionally, a nonfiction book based on ten years of trying to shop, cook, eat, and live intentionally with kids in tow. It’s a guidebook for the organic life.

Cara is a prolific blogger and currently posts regularly two blogs which can be accessed through her website, CaraWrites.com.

Cara teaches creative writing and her essays and articles have been published in numerous anthologies, national magazines, websites, and blogs, in addition to local media.

Cara grew up in Hockessin, Delaware (and still considers Delaware the best state of all).

Cara is passionate about organic food, clean air, productive gardens, uncluttered lives, and real relationships. She is also passionate about adopting rescue dogs and currently fosters dogs and puppies for the all-breed rescue, Operation Paws for Homes.

Cara’s next project is a memoir about fostering her first fifty dogs.

When not writing or weeding (which can sometimes be one and the same), Cara enjoys running, hiking, reading, visiting Virginia wineries, and trying not to fall off her favorite horse, True.

#BookReview Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter

#BookReview Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter Title: Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun

Author: Samantha Tonge

Published by: Carina on Jul. 28, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 313

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Carina UK, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

DREAMING OF THE PERFECT MAN?

Kate Golightly needs to move forward and what better way to do that then with a trip to the Cornish coast with best friend and boss, Izzy.

The sea wind is just what Kate needs to finally relax and begin to let go of her past. Except she’s suddenly got one big reason to panic! She RSVP’d ‘yes’ to the Queen Bee of her high school’s wedding saying she’s bringing her boyfriend (she doesn’t have one) who looks just like Ross Poldark!

With only two weeks to find the Poldark look-alike of her dreams Kate is under a lot of pressure for the Cornish coast to deliver…

A hilarious and moving romantic novel from bestselling author, Samantha Tonge. A must-read this summer! 


Review:

Sweet, charming, and heartwarming!

This story sweeps you away on a seaside holiday, complete with sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, scrumptious food, and handsome men.

The characters are amusing, funny, and intriguing. The writing is well done. And the plot is a wonderful mixture of earnest soul-searching, suspicious mishaps, and of course a little romance! 

This is a lovely, lighthearted, easy read that is a perfect choice for summer!

 

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

 

About Samantha Tonge

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

 

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#BookReview Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

#BookReview Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler Title: Vinegar Girl

Author: Anne Tyler

Published by: Hogarth on Jun. 21, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 237

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 8/10

The third book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, a major global initiative the Guardian calls “The great rewriting project of the 21st century” 
Shakespeare’s controversial comedy “The Taming of the Shrew” sees wilful, independent Katherina transformed into a willing, obedient wife to Petruchio. It is one of Shakespeare’s most re-visited plays, with adaptations including “Kiss Me Kate,” and “10 Things I Hate About You.” 
Anne Tyler’s delightful “Vinegar Girl” features Kate, a socially awkward young woman, adored by the preschool children she teaches but misunderstood by her peers. Her father is a scientific genius, but not so great on emotions. About to lose his (equally genius, equally socially inept) research assistant, Pyotr Cherbakov, because of visa problems, and desperate to save the project that is his life’s work, he comes up with a plan: Kate will marry Pyotr who will then be able to stay in the country and finish the project. The plan sounds perfect, except for one small hitch: Kate.”


Review:

This is an interesting, humorous take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

It is a quick, easy read full of dry wit, eccentric characters, and oddball situations.

The main character, Kate, is lovable, direct, and asocial. And the supporting characters are unique, zany, and vivid.

I think, overall, Anne Tyler has done a really good job at taking a true classic, and re-telling it in a fresh, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny way, with beautiful writing and remarkable description.

 

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#BookReview You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane @MhairiMcF

#BookReview You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane @MhairiMcF Title: You Had Me At Hello

Author: Mhairi McFarlane

Published by: Avon on Dec. 6, 2012

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 436

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 7.5/10

What happens when the one that got away comes back?

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart.

It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

From the moment they met they’d been a gang of two; partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on. Ben is married. Rachel is definitely not. In fact, the men in her life make her want to take holy orders…

Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

If you love David Nicholls and Lisa Jewell then this is the book for you. Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ‘hello’.


Review:

This is a heartwarming, charming, funny story about friendship, love, and life.

For me what resonated throughout this novel is that timing is everything.

The main character, Rachel, is determined, conscientious, and likeable. And the supporting characters are imperfect, quirky, and interesting. 

And although the plot seems to drag slightly during the middle, it has enough heartbreak, romance, and entertaining dialogue to keep you intrigued until the last page.

Overall, this is an engaging, easy read that I enjoyed.

 

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For more information on Mhairi McFarlane, visit her website at: http://www.mhairimcfarlane.com

or follow her on Twitter at: @MhairiMcF

 

#BookReview The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin

#BookReview The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin Title: The Kept Woman

Author: Karin Slaughter

Series: Will Trent #8

Published by: William Morrow on Jun. 14, 2016

Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

Pages: 461

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: William Morrow, Edelweiss

Book Rating: 9/10

Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them. 

The author of the acclaimed standalone Pretty Girls returns with this long-awaited new novel in her bestselling Will Trent series—an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges the Georgia detective into the darkest depths of a case that just might destroy him.

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn’t belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found. 

Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.

But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.

Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a searing novel of love, loss, and redemption. A seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller, it marks Karin Slaughter’s triumphant return to her most popular series, sure to please new and diehard fans alike.


Review:

Dark, gritty, and exceptionally suspenseful.

The first half of this story has the usual cast of characters, Will, Faith and Sara, doing what they do best, investigating a gruesome crime and relentlessly searching for clues and answers.

While the second half of the story is told from Will’s wife, Angie’s perspective. And even though we have been given glimpses of this manipulative and selfish character in the past, in this novel, we are finally given an in-depth look into her drives, desires, and motivations.

The writing is fluid, intriguing, and completely captivating. And the plot is jam-packed with murder, mystery, deception, secrets, lies, and manipulation. 

Once again, Karin Slaughter has proven why she is a bestseller in the mystery/suspense genre. And even though this is the eighth book in the Will Trent series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.

This book is due to be published in the UK on July 14, 2016 and in the US/CAN on September 20, 2016.

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Thank you to Edelweiss, especially William Morrow, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programing. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her Will Trent series, Grant County series, and standalone novel Cop Town are all in development for film and television.

#BookReview May the Best Man Win by Mira Lyn Kelly @MiraLynKelly

#BookReview May the Best Man Win by Mira Lyn Kelly @MiraLynKelly Title: May the Best Man Win

Author: Mira Lyn Kelly

Series: The Wedding Date #1

Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca on Aug. 2, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 352

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

Four friends
Each a Best Man at a wedding
One chance to get it right

Jase Foster can’t believe his bad luck. He’s been paired with the she-devil herself for his best friend’s wedding: Emily Klein of the miles-long legs and killer smile. She may be sin in a bridesmaid dress, but there’s no way he’s falling for her again.

They can barely stand each other, but given how many of their friends are getting married, they’ll just have to play nice-at least when they’re in company. Once they’re alone, more than just gloves come off as Jase and Emily discover their chemistry is combustible, and there may be something to this enemies to lovers thing after all…


Review:

Sweet, dramatic, and compelling!

This is a lighthearted story about friendship, relationships, family, and love.

The characters are witty, stubborn and sexy. The writing is precise and clear. And the plot is full of tension, emotion, sizzling chemistry, and cheeky dialogue.

This is a lovely, enjoyable read that is perfect for anyone who loves contemporary romance.

 

This novel is due to be published on August 2, 2016.

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For more information on Mira Lyn Kelly, visit her website at: http://www.miralynkelly.com

or follow her on Twitter at: @MiraLynKelly

 

 

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

#BookReview The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe @camillagrebe

#BookReview The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe @camillagrebe Title: The Ice Beneath Her

Author: Camilla Grebe

Published by: Zaffre on Sep. 8, 2016

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 400

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Bonnier Zaffre, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8.5/10

The Ice Beneath Her is a gripping and deeply disturbing story about love, betrayal and obsession that is impossible to put down. Fast-paced and peopled with compelling characters, it surprises at every turn as it hurtles towards an unforgettable ending with a twist you really won’t see coming . . .

A young woman is found beheaded in an infamous business tycoon’s marble-lined hallway.

The businessman, scandal-ridden CEO of the retail chain Clothes & More, is missing without a trace.

But who is the dead woman? And who is the brutal killer who wielded the machete?

Rewind two months earlier to meet Emma Bohman, a sales assistant for Clothes & More, whose life is turned upside down by a chance encounter with Jesper Orre. Insisting that their love affair is kept secret, he shakes Emma’s world a second time when he suddenly leaves her with no explanation.

As frightening things begin to happen to Emma, she suspects Jesper is responsible. But why does he want to hurt her? And how far would he go to silence his secret lover?


Review:

Wickedly complex, macabre, and highly entertaining!

This story reminds us of the complexity and fragility of the human mind and the extent to which our relationships and familial environments affect our physical and mental health. It is, ultimately, a story about love, loss, murder, abuse, and obsession.

The writing is clever and precise. The characters are damaged, lonely, and despondent. And the plot is told from differing perspectives, that shifts back-and-forth effortlessly, to create a wonderfully dark, captivating story that’s full of twists, turns, tension, and suspense.

This is an intriguing, debut psychological thriller that is perfect for fans of Jo Nesbo or Henning Mankell.

 

This book is due to be published on September 8, 2016.

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For more information on Camilla Grebe, follow her on Twitter at: @camillagrebe

 

 

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

#BookReview Always My Girl by Samantha Chase @SamanthaChase3

#BookReview Always My Girl by Samantha Chase @SamanthaChase3 Title: Always My Girl

Author: Samantha Chase

Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers #3

Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca on Jul. 5, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 334

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

Book #3 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase’s dazzling new series.
The Shaughnessy Brother you’ve been waiting for!

Sometimes the love that’s closest to you is the hardest to see.

Quinn Shaughnessy’s two older brothers have found their true loves … but Quinn’s not about to join that parade. Nope, as he tells his best friend Anna, there’s a lot more to life than getting tied down to one person. He’s positive tomboy Anna will be on his side – except she’s inexplicably developing other interests – even dating! Suddenly Quinn is seeing Anna in a very different light.

Quinn has been Anna’s buddy since they were both five years old. She can tell him anything – except the one big secret she’s been hiding for years – that she’s fallen in love with him. Now Anna is determined to make a life for herself that doesn’t include pining for Quinn. Falling in love with your best friend? Easy. Telling them how you really feel? Impossible.


Review:

This is a nice, sweet, engaging contemporary romance novel.

It is a story about family, friendship, self-identity, and true love.

The characters are easygoing, charming, and lovable. The prose is precise and clear. And the story has enough drama, heartache, romance, and the classic best friends-to-more plot to keep it moving nicely.

It is a warm, lighthearted, easy read that is perfect for a sunny afternoon.

 

This novel is available now.

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For more information on Samantha Chase, visit her website at: chasing-romance.com

or follow her on Twitter at: @SamanthaChase3

 

 

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

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