At A Glance: The Quickie Month of Love

What a month of love it has been right y’all??!! I swear that February is always the one month that goes by the fastest and I swear it just flew right by. I actually had a pretty solid month actually, except for being behind on reviews which only happens when I read too much. I have been loving Audible’s romance package, and with my job I can pretty much listen to audiobooks all day, and its wonderful. So if I happen to overload my site with reviews, I am sorry but you all with just have to deal hehe Because I keep reading so many goodies and I can’t stop myself from reading. Now as for the blog, I am SO Busy y’all but I am loving it. Every spare moment I am working on the Happy Ever After Database so I can be done by summertime *crossing fingers*. So if I am not commenting as much I am really really sorry because I am missing coming by to all of your sites, but I really only have time to visit 5-10 a day since all my spare time is doing reviews, posts and my database. But I do make an effort that if you stop by my place I will make sure I WILL visit you as well. Hopefully I can be done pretty soon and things will get back to normal. It would be nice if I didn’t have to sleep or work or exercise. I am still going strong with eating healthy though and working out. I will be switching from Weight Watchers, to the BBG meal plan and a bit of Skinny Taste meals. I am trying to be better at cutting out my sugar intake. I did watch some great movies this month. I did see Jumanji and Fifty Shades which were both enjoyable but I had some issues with both. Still planning on seeing Black Panther soon though, I love how diverse the characters are.

The only challenge is my Goodreads reading challenge, which I set at 1 book so that I could just relax and read and I kinda just want to see if it makes a different and boy it sure has. I just read when I am in the mood and there isn’t stress for. So for the month of February I read 27 books, not as much as January but still quite a few. My current county is 60 books so far in theyear 2018.

 

How Was Your Month Of February? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Tea and Biscuits: The Must Read Romances For The Month of Love

It is the beginning of February, so in Celebration of Valentines Day coming up, I wanted to share why romance fiction is my greatest love and in fact why I decided to devote my whole site just to my love of romance and also share those must read books you need to include in your Valentines time reading.

I will admit that I am not a huge fan of Valentines Day as a holiday. I don’t like that there is this one holiday that gives the impression that this is the one day who you can only do something special for your loved one. Or how it also pushes pressure on those that are single, that something is wrong if you aren’t having a special date with someone. For example, I currently don’t have a boyfriend, I am back to dating but I have no plans for Valentines Day except for some yummy chocolate and binge watching on some chick flicks. But I do love celebration LOVE because I LOVE it so much. But there are certain books that I alsways love to read around this time of year because they are my favorites and beyond swoony worthy. So whether you are relaxing at home with a good book or going out on the town with  your special someone or your gals….what do you love most about reading romance?

As I have thought about why I love a good romance, it takes me back to what made me fall in love with it in the first place. I think the beginning impression, was that it made me feel so happy inside and out. I love seeing someone normal and average finding a great love and connection with someone that “gets” them and seeing them find a Happily Ever After and I totally belive that a HEA is realistic. It can happen for anyone, it is all about your outlook. And growing up LDS which we believe we will be with our mates and families forever, so I guess I have always believed in a happy ever after. And I guess I have such a romantic heart ( I blame it on my dad who is such a romantic. I definitely believe that romance novels give back in so many different ways and reading a wonderful romance just lifts my spirits and makes my day a bit lighter and I love being able to immerse myself into a story that takes me to a different setting or world and sweeps me away from reality to a place so completely different and unique.

So let me show you the books that are the BEST of the best romances and the books I always do a solid re reading this month that are must reads for any romance lover and books that I can’t recommend enough.

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Outlaw Hearts by Rosanne Bittner

I have so much love for this book and really the WHOLE series. Its one of the most unique series that I have ever read. We see this couple fall in love in their twenties and see them  live and love throughout their lives until book four where they are in their 50’s and 60’s. We see the strugglies and the triumps, how much they grow together and see them raise a family together and even how they are with grandkids. These two always make me smile, because their love is so epic and deep.

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The Pirate Lord by Sabrina Jeffries

There is something I adore about this book that I have loved for so many years. I have a paperback copy that is one of my most prized possessions. I just adore these two together and not just the main couple, there is a side couple that I root for just as much. This book reminds me of what a chick flick might be with a pirate in the 1800’s. Its sexy and flirty and plain fun!! I honestly can’t recommend this wonderful love story enough.

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Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Ever since this book came out, I have adored it and its always a must read for me especially when I am in the more “romantic” like mood. The bantering between these two is just awesome from where our lovely heroine throws a stapler at her boss (our hero) to cooking in the kitchen together and the smexy times that are sizzling and this book just makes me laugh so HARD!! I just love it so much, and is a must read for everyone!!

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Radiance by Grace Draven

This is one of the most Unique romance novels that I have ever read in my lifetime. I just love and adore this pair so much. An arranged marriage of two people that find each other distasteful when it comes to looks. But we see them start out as friends which turns into something more. We see how being attracted to each other is a growth, they find each other ugly and then once love blossoms so does them finding each other physically appealing. And the writing is superb.

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Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

I have always had such love for this author but I will say that this book is one of my favorites. An alpha hero and a strong but emotionally damaged heroine who goes out to save the life of Dimitri who is being tortured and only Skyler and her friends are brave enough to save his life. These two are simply wonderful together and one of my most anticipated couples that this author has written. Those that have followed this series know how long we had to wait for Dmitri and Skyler’s story and was truly wonderful.

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Texas Glory by Lorraine Heath

I have adored reading this book over the years and out of all the books that this author has written, this is the most romantic and emotional for me. This author truly did a tremendous job in writing this one and I still have this in paperback after ten years. And I still love reading this one no matter the time of year or my mood.

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Devil In Winter by Lisa Kleypas

I cannot say enough about this book here and how amazing it is. So swoony and heartwarming and sexy and such endearing characters that come alive in this book. Simply fantastic and I will be reading this next week for SURE!!!

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Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan

Ever since I picked up this book I have LOVED it so much and their relationship is so sweet despite how the beginning gets set up.  A barbarian warlord and a princess have a marriage of convenience to end a war and its definitely not what it appears and I loved seeing this story unravel and I just adore re reading it and is always a delight to read.

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The Secret by Julie Garwood

This is one of the best romances EVER written!! I can’t stress enough how much love that I have for this book here. Its witty and endearing, swoony and romantic and full of history that is so well written.

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Blog Tour: Fallen For Shame by Anna Edwards

Today I am thrilled to share with you the fun stuff about this stunning shifter romance Fallen For Shame by Anna Edwards

I was thrilled when I was asked to read this book and give an honest review. I always get a kick out of shifter love and this book was unique and fun. Although I do wish I had had the opportunity to read the first two books first, just due to certain circumstances surrounding this pack and the villain that is trying to destroy their alpha and his own brother.

Our key players in this delicious tale are:

  • Teagan Holland, is our lovely heroine, who is clumsy and quirky, she is an Asiatic wild dog and has been looking for her “place” and a pack she can call home and that will accept her for who she is.
  • Tyler Quinn, is haunted by dreams of the past, a drug addiction, a bit nerdy with his love of computers but is kind and protective.

I truly enjoyed seeing this pair come together. As much as I love shifter romance, sometimes the whole alpha pairings can get a bit old at times. So I was so thrilled when this book was SO Not the case. This is more of a beta pair, two people that have quite unique personalities. They really fit so well together. Both of them are struggling emotionally on different levels. I truly adored the hero though, seeing him work through his past, an enemy that is using his weakness in the past for drugs, and his quiet yet strong character that continues to shine through. I love how much of a fighter he is. Now our heroine was so FUN!! I just loved her so much. I felt like I could relate to her so much. She is always falling on her feet, being clumsy but has a fun character. She definitely made the book so light and carefree at times.

We become introduced to the other members of this diverse pack with lions, witches and bears…oh my!!! Yep they were fun and so quirky. You can definitely tell how different they all are but quite endearing in many ways. I just wanted to grab up the previous books to get the low down on these characters that made me smile.

Now the cons to the story….there aren’t many, but enough that kept me from rating this book higher. Now don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoyed this book, it’s a story you can relax into. First off, I wish the ARC I had been sent, was one where I could have changed the text. It wasn’t your normal font you normally see and it really kept me from really enjoying the book fully because it was so distracting. And the romance between Teagan and Tyler fell a bit flat for me. I love a strong focus on the romance of the story, and I just didn’t connect with them as much as I wanted to or was expecting to.

Now that being said, I want to say that this book is a quick and fast read, its shorter than most novels, so that could be a factor to is that at times it did have a feeling of being a bit “too rushed” however there are so many positive qualities to the story that pulls at the readers attention. I really became sucked into this world of diverse shifters, unique politics and a villain that was downright demented and I want to see him get his “end”

Overall I found Fallen For Shame a stunning and heart-stopping tale…..a story that takes you through the woods of Montana, a unique take on shape shifters and one you don’t want to miss out on!!

About Anna Edwards

Anna hails from the rural countryside near London. She previously worked as an accountant, and while she still does a bit of accountancy on occasion, the majority of her time is now spent writing and looking after her family.
An avid reader herself, Anna turned to writing to combat depression and anxiety after her diagnosis in 2015. She loves travel, hunky heroes with dirty mouths, demure but spunky heroines, and dramatic suspense. You will find all four woven into each of her magical stories.

Happy New Year and Winners of Choice Awards

First off I want to wish you a Happy New Year and lets welcome in 2018 with a bang by sharing the winners of the Romance Choice Awards. I first want to thank you all for participating and for your sweet comments over the years and constant support!!!

2017 was such a great reading year and I am so glad that so many of you agreed with many of the choices oon our Romance Choice Awards!! These winners below are all your choices!!!

So DRUMROLL!!!! Take deep breaths and check the results below!! FYI, there were some ties on both the winners and runner ups!! I also included the link to the poll results so that you can see what you guys voted for and that I shared these honestly.

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My Votes On The Awards:

Historical Romance:

The Last Outlaw by Rosanne Bittner

Contemporary Romance

Real by Katy Evans

New Adult

The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane

Fantasy Romance

The Sea King by C.L. Wilson

Paranromal Romance

Bound Together by Christine Feehan

Urban Fantasy

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Erotic Romance

Reap by Tillie Cole

Want To Check Out The Results On Your Own??!! Here are the links below.

CR https://goo.gl/Yjaows

HR https://goo.gl/j1QYdK

NA https://goo.gl/frpGUo

PR https://goo.gl/BbE9zz

FR https://goo.gl/myAThb

SF https://goo.gl/4B8Qgz

UF https://goo.gl/Qhvmw2

ER https://goo.gl/9WVkN4

 

Elite Smexy Times 2017

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This was bad.
The blaze in her eyes.
The feel of her skin.
The smell of her scent all around me.
I. Was. Fucked

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When was the last time you were fucked by a real man? Someone who knows what you need. Someone who’ll take control from you and give you what you’ve been dying for.

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Every shudder he made and every pulse of him, I was the cause. I’d let this gridiron warrior conquer me, but I’d done it right back to him.

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“You’re so screwed,” I rasp in her ear. I’m going to ruin you for everyone else your whole life.”

“I’m counting on it,” she breathes.

 

“Can you love someone so hard that every part of your being feels it?”

You crashed it more. I can’t believe you were making such a fuss about me crashing into you when it was just a little kiss–”

He leans in to peck my lips, fast but firmly. “That’s a kiss.”

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Condoms aren’t a hundred percent foolproof, you know,” he reminds me calmly. My mind flashes to a certain episode of Friends, and I suddenly feel like yelling out that they should put that on the outside of the box.

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His eyes make me lose track of time. Everything about him drives me crazy…his smell, his touch, his voice.
 

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Where Damien and I are concerned, there is never just silence. There is heat and electricity and lust and need, all harnessing the power of the universe to pull us together. And how can I be expected to fight physics.

 

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“Oh, Mrs. Crumb, such a look,” he murmured, his voice a deep purr, his bare chest brushing against her snowy white apron. “Why, I don’t know whether to guard my bollocks . . .”—his gaze dropped to her mouth—“or to kiss you.”

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This was the stuff of legend. The kind of passion few women ever found but every one of them craved.
And it was hers.
His.
Theirs.

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Mysterious pussy could also just be a mystery.
And Nick was now drowning in the mystery of Olivia Shade.
Which meant he had no choice but to solve it so he could surface.
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I want a smart, independent woman who just happens to enjoy submitting to me sexually. Is that too much to ask?

 

“You have a safeword, Grace. Are you going to say it?”
“Fuck you.”
He practically growled. “Not your safeword, baby.”
He was on her in a second.

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“Who said anything about sleeping? I’m talking about sex. Good sex. Lots of it.”
That puts a flush on her pretty cheeks and she laughs. “I don’t want to have sex with you.”
I pat her hand. “Now you’re just being silly. The cat-and-mouse game can be tantalizing, but it’s not necessary.” My voice drops to a whisper. “I’m a sure thing.”

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Elite Romance Book Covers 2017

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Elite New Series of 2017

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The Mount Trilogy

I had such a fun time with this trilogy, it features the same couple and their journey over three books. You do need to read these in order but boy were they good!! I loved everything about it, edgy….dark….sexy and emotionally provacative. I will say that the cliffhangers on book one and two really worked me so hard. This is not an easy group of books to read, but if you love a dark romance, than this trilogy is a must read for you. We see such growth in their relationship and seeing the change in these characters is simply amazing and will work your emotions.

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Seven Brides For Seven Scotsman series

This new series has been so fun to read!! It offers such unique qualities. Seven Scottish Brothers who have moved to America, and settled out west with a sheep ranch. Love this brotherly bond they share with each other and the unique women that capture their hearts. If you liked the play “seven brides for seven brothers” you just might get a kick out of this series.

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Boudreaux Family

I always fall for the sexy New Orleans setting and this series I just picked up a few months ago is pretty wonderful. I LOVE this family so much, they are so hilarious. Each sibling deals with some unique emotional vulnerability and I love seeing these siblings find love even though ironically they are all a bit cynical about serious relationships. Love the southern charm that is displayed and some fun moments that makes you smile.

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Coming Home Trilogy

This trilogy was all released this year and boy what a group of books. I feel so hard for this series and this wonderful endearing family. This story satisfied every romantic need I have in my romance novels and this author wrote these great in depth stories with no nonsense drama that I fell hard for.

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Haven Brotherhood

I have to say that this author really shocked me in delight in how much I truly enjoyed this series. And what a fast writer she is, because she is popping these books out so quickly and we don’t have to wait a year for a release which is awesome. But I love these group of men who look out for each other and protect one another and the brotherhood they form is awesome. So unique from most MC series you read.

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Forbidden Hearts

Alisha Rai is a new author and I just started this series a couple of months ago and FELL in love with these books here. I love forbidden romances, but these diverse sexy romances are so unique and different and Rai is so talented in her books.

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Scarred Souls

Tillie Cole is quite fantastic and another winning author when it comes to dark romance. What impressed me most about this series was the way that these books are written that are a bit different from what you normally see in a dark romance. I really adored these books and so much fun they were. There is quite a bit of suspense and intrigue and it saddened me to see what these heroes go through but it also makes you think about reality in a different way than you expect.

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Stark Trilogy

What a joy this series was to read, and I kept hearing so many wonderful things about this  author and just wanting more great erotic romance like these books. For a while now, I have struggled with this sub genre in romance, and fell hard for these books here. J.Kenner writes the style of erotic romance that works for me because it has such balance with emotional intimacy. Its not all about the sex, it has a strong focus on the “love story” too.

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Fairy Tale Quartet

This is a new series by Linda Kage and I am in LOVE!!! This is the first book but I can’t wait for the author to write more books. Because one I adore fairy tale retellings especially with unique elements. I just admired the way this book was written and so different from what you would expect and I can’t wait to see which fairy tale she will touch on next!! 🙂

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Elite of Newly Published in 2017

Rough and Tumble by Rhenna Morgan

I had, of course, read previous books by this author however this new series of hers is AMAZING!!! I can’t stress enough how good these books are. I love this brotherhood and not your average MC type romance at all. Every character is simply endearing. In Rough and Tumble we have our leader’s story. And boy wish he was real.

Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas

I was pretty nervous about this especially with the son of Evie and Sebastian being the hero. But man, he was probably my favorite hero of the year. He was written so amazingly well. Even though the heroine is not my favorite of the heroines written by Kleypas, this author managed to make me like a character I really didn’t care too much for in the beginning. So bravo!!!

Into The Fire by Jeaniene Frost

Oh WHAT A BOOK!!! Even though its not my favorite one of the series, it was definitely one of my favorite books to read this year. I loved everything about this book. And I just can’t get enough of Vlad and Leila. For some reason, I like them more than Cat and Bones. And man this book just had me on edge the WHOLE TIME READING IT!!!

The Sea King by C.L. Wilson

This Is an AMAZING FANTASY ROMANCE!! I had such a fun time with this book. I liked it just as much as Winter King, and what man this author made mermen sexy as hell. What I fell for madly for this one was the culture of the men. I love how eager they are to fall in love and get married—MEN NOT AFRAID OF COMMITMENT??!! Yep they LOVE it and work their butts off to get the opportunity. I read this 600 page book within one day. That is how good it was for me.

So I Married A Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks

This was the year for fantastic fantasy romance because this book ROCKED the house!!!! There was so much in this book that I adored and loved in every way We start off with a kidnapping by a pirate and this pirate turns out to actually be a good man at the heart and the woman he kidnaps wins his heart and they go on some adventures together to reclaim justice. I love how well matched these two are. And man, this book is probably the best this author has ever written.

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

I was pretty nervous about this book to be honest. This author I have struggled with for a few years now and her writing just hasn’t worked for me. Her stories are just way too modern for historical romances. However even though The Duches Deal had a slight feel of that, it wasn’t as prominent and it was such a witty and endearing read. And I this is the first book I have read from her that I really enjoyed since her Spindle Cove series.

A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe

Who doesn’t love this era? I love seeing this book just come to life here. I love this era and setting of New York’s 1800’s Gilded Age. So fascinating and so rare to see now a days. I loved a non regency romance and this book was simply just fun and lively and the writing was superb.

Ride Wild by Laura Kaye

I will have to say that out of all the MC romances I have read, this series is my favorite because I love these men in the brotherhood and how they go out of their way to reach out to help women in danger. Specifically women and children that are suffering from abusive relationships and being sold into slavery. I love these “knights on bikes” and this book was my favorite.

Undercover Attraction by Katee Robert

This O Malley family has been a blast to read and I loved this book so much and plus a fake engagement trope always works for me. But I loved seeing another side to the eldest brother and the one sibling I haven’t always know what to think about. But I did fell in love with him here.

Elite Leading Ladies of 2017

I have discovered some wonderful heroines this past year that are sweet, strong, courageous and beyond endearing and easy to relate to. These women are an inspiration, I love seeing them face unique challenges and rise above and grow beyond what they are in the beginning.

Kate Daniels

Oh how I love this gal….she is spunky and she knows how to fight and use magic and I wish I could do the moves she can!! She is badass, but she also has her own vulnerabilities. Her weakness is pride. I love her as the heroinne for this series, but in Magic Binds what I loved was seeing such a strong character struggle with challenges and not always being “perfect” She definitely has her own flaws, but I loved seeing her grow and learn when she makes mistakes.

“The black volhv pivoted to me. “I have questions.”
“Can it wait?”
“No. Your wedding is in two weeks. Have you prepared your guest list?”
“Why do I need a list? I kind of figured that whoever wanted to show up would show up.”
“You need a list so you know how many people you are feeding. Do you have a caterer?”
“No.”
“But you did order the cake?”
“Umm…”
“Florist?”
“Florist?”
“The person who delivers expensive flowers and sets them up in pretty arrangements everyone ignores?”
“No.”
Roman blinked. “I’m almost afraid to ask. Do you at least have the dress?”
“Yes.”
“Is it white?”
“Yes.”
He squinted at me. “Is it a wedding dress?”
“It’s a white dress.”
“Have you worn it before?”
“Maybe.”
Ascanio snickered.”
“The ring, Kate?”
Oh crap.
Roman heaved a sigh. “What do you think this is, a party where you get to show up, say ‘I do,’ and go home?”
“Yes?” That’s kind of how it went in my head.


Blythe Daniels

I really adored this heroine here. She has one of those personalities that I was just drawn to. She has this quiet inner strength that is very admirable and can handle her alpha male pretty well considering she has suffered some intense trauma in her past. She is an introvert, and likes to have plenty of alone time.

She was genuine. Sweet. Protective. Nurturing. Everything he’d never had and didn’t know he needed or wanted. It was impossible not to love her. He hadn’t known that kind of love existed. Not that fierce, driving need that was so deep, so intense, it shook him every time he looked at her. Every second in her company was sheer paradise.


Marjorie

This is a heroine I can greatly admire. She is always on top of her game. She is really intelligent and sassy and I love how she tends to stay one step ahead. I love how self sufficient she is and can adapt to new situations and set of circumstances. It was really admirable.

Until I met ye I didnae realize there would be laughter, and arguing, and quiet, and calm, and peace, and heat, and strength, and two people feeling all those things at the same time, together.


Miranda Harkner

I just adore this heroine, I always have admired her strength and courage and devotion to her husband and family. I love how true she is to her husband Jake. She never loses hope on what they have together, and always believes in him especially in those moments when he doubts himself. And she has such courage and we see how tested she really is in this book and manages to rise above the worst of it to live a full and happy life. I love how she has such faith in others especially in her husband.

Big and strong as you are on the outside, you’ve grown so much stronger on the inside


Brigitta

Oh how I adored this heroine, she was so fun. She is one of those heroines I would want to be best friends with in real life. She is couragous, sweet, has a great sense of humor and believes in  doing the right thing. I love how true she is to herself and her own values no matter the danger. She has this innocent aura about her which is very refreshing. I love how loyal she is to those she cares about the most.

This man might believe all his secrets were safe, but he couldn’t hide them from her..


Piper Walsh

I ADORED Piper so much, she was so wonderful. I would love to have her as my friend. She has had a rough upbringing, especially with dealing with the scorn many people consider her to be because of her last name. She is hardworking and dedicated to her family and is willing to do what it takes to make sure her sister is being taken care of. She has such a good heart and protective and has spunk. She is the type of person you want at your back.

 

 

Book Love (111) A Visit From Sir Nicholas

Everyone knows that an Effington always getsher way … but this time it’s not going to be easy!

Lady Elizabeth Effington simply could not suitably feel the joy of the Christmas season. Ten years had passed since she had boldly declared her love for Sir Nicholas Collingsworth. He rebuffed her and set out to seek his fortunes, while Elizabeth was left a woman scorned. Now, she discovers in horror that the inheritance she’s managed beautifully was never hers to control. No, power over her finances lay in the hands of the last man she ever wants to see again: Nicholas!

But running Elizabeth’s life isn’t part of Nick’s plans. He’s intrigued when he discovers that the frivolous and flighty girl he once knew has turned into a beautiful and capable woman. Nick vows to woo — and win — her, and while she seems unmoved by his fervent seduction, he swears he will not rest until she accepts that most precious gift of all — the gift of love.

Why  A Visit From Sir Nicholas?

This is such a festive and Christmas feely book that as it’s a week away from Christmas, I just had to promote here!! If you are a fan of a retelling of The Christmas Carol, than this book is for you. And its probably one of my favorite books this author has written. Its part of her Effington series, which in my opinion are her most well written novels. In this book our “Scrooge” is the heroine. She struggles feeling joyful around the Christmas season, and she learns that her funds have been trusted into the man that once held her heart. But Nick, is wanted to win the lovely lady and make her believe in the spirit of Christmas. A truly heartwarming read that is a must for those Christmas romance lovers out there!!

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About Victoria Alexander

New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. The Perfect Wife—originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008—hit #1 on the New York Times list. Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance's Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003. In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.
Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON’T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.

During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She’s interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, ridden an elephant and flown in a governor’s helicopter. She’s covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter’s school "story telling genius". It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She’s never looked back.

Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn.

Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie (named from characters in one of her books). Sam (on the left), the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years, passed away in September 2010. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn't understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed!

Now he's been joined by Reggie, also a faithful companion.

They all live happily ever after in a house under constant renovation and the accompanying parade of men in tool belts. And never ending chaos. Victoria laughs a great deal—she has to.

Tea and Biscuits Book Discussions: Joy of Christmas

Christmas is coming and so SOON!!! Its a week away and so to help you get in the Christmas spirit of this year, I thought I would do a Christmas Book Tag I found called “Joy of Christmas” where this brings some fun elements that I just love about Christmas. I found this one originally at Zezee Books. I am going to limit my answers to books that I have read this year only, since I have read too many books in my lifetime.

Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

There is so much excitment and thrills surrounding the Christmas season. There are however some book releases coming out in 2018 I can’t wait for!!! There are so many wonderful books coming out this year. Now I would say I have been waiting for Highland Ever After for years since there have been author delays and change of publishers so I am *crossing my fingers* that this book will REALLY come out this year. Then we have Sparks, book and that is all because the first two books were FANTASTIC and I love me some yummy dragon loving. Then we have Bastard’s Book, the conclusion of the O Malley family so bring it on Katee Robert. Judgment Road is just a continuation of two other series by Feehan and I am intrigued in how she will handle some biker romance. And Ocean’s of Light is NALINI SINGH–need I say more??!!!

Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?

These are books that I can’t say enough about and if there was a carol I could sing about these books….I would sing it for the world to hear. 🙂 What have you thought about these books here.  All of these were downright AMAZING and I have so much love for these books that I couldn’t put down. The Sea King especially would be my favorite book of the year if I had to choose one. I loved a sexy merman and some great worldbuilding that we find in So I Married A Sorcerer. Then some intense yet fun Rivalry fun times of football we are given by Nikki Sloane. The conclusion of Jake and Miranda’s epic story that gives them some closure they deserve. I got the intense moments that Remy becomes an epic adventure. And finally the son of Sebastian and Evie get his happy ending and some great teaser in this fun St. Vincent family I can’t wait to see more of.

Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

If I had to choose just one I would say that I Married A Sorcerer was the best of the year for me. We see so much great world building that didn’t overwhelm the story, it only enhanced it and one of the BEST books that Kerrelyn Sparks has ever written.

A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read.

This is a classic I haven’t read in YEARS and I want to rediscover this wonderful world of Avonlea I fell in love with when I was just a child.

Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?

I would love to have a ARC of this for Christmas, it would be the best gift for me. I have been eagerly anticipating this one ever since Bound Together. I love a pnr biker romance and Feehan always works for me. 🙂 I think I would seriously do a happy dance in the middle of the street—that is how happy I would be.

Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?

Out of all the books that I have read in 2017, this book gave me the best warm fuzzies EVER!!! But then Curran and Kate always do this for me. I just love their relationship and seeing them adjust to be outside of the pack and being in more danger from Kate’s father. And seeing their relationship being challenged. But honestly, Curran is one of those heroes that just makes you grin inside and out and you can’t get enough.

Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas and/or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas and most, if not all, revolve around my family. Even though things are perfect in my family, Christmas is the one time of the year I felt truly loved and accepted. And that is something I have always struggled with. I remember growing up driving up to Idaho to visit my grandparents. They had such a beautiful home, but it was the feeling of “love” in the home that made all the difference. The delicious meals we made together, the playing of cards (along with my mother and grandpa cheating under the table) 🙂 to putting puzzles together while watching movies as a family. Some of my best memories are of Christmas Eve. After a lovely dinner of parmesan steak, twice baked cheese potatoes, and peas with cream and pull apart bread and some grasshopper pie. We would gather in our living room, get into our new pajamas, each of us could choose a christmas song to sing and my dad played the guitar and we would do sing along songs and rotate it with sharing Christmas short stories we would read to each other with the final story of the REAL christmas story in the New Testament.

I tag everyone to do this tag.

It’s almost Christmas so why not have fun with a bookish tag.

Happy Holidays!

Lusting For Covers (280)

Lusting for Covers is a weekly meme, held on Sunday, that allows bloggers to share their current cover obsession with fellow book lovers.

This meme is hosted by TBQ @ TBQ’s Book Palace.

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Only Us

Pet groomer Carina Fiore wants nothing more than to confess her feelings to the man she loves. She’s drawn to veterinarian Cameron McKenzie’s good looks, caring nature and especially his devotion to his young daughter. There’s just one problem — he’s her boss. Putting her heart on the line could cost Rina both her job and their friendship forever. But when a kiss under the mistletoe unlocks the simmering passion between them, Rina and Cameron may just find love for the holidays after all….

The Sheik and the Christmas Bride

When Prince As’ad of El Deharia agrees to adopt three orphaned American girls, he does so on one condition — that their beautiful teacher, Kayleen James, become their nanny. His plan is to leave her to deal with the children as he continues his life, undisturbed. But all that changes when Kayleen and the girls invade the palace — and As’ad’s heart — and change it for the better.

Why A Christmas Bride?

There is so much love that I have for this cover and it has such a strong Christmas feel to it as well and I can never get enough of wedding like covers. I love how happy they look together. And plus the blurb sounds awesome!!!

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About Susan Mallery

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived.

Library Loot (80)

So I had a blast exploring the library today, I went to downtown Dallas’ library, normally I have just visited their branches and the suburb…