Tuesday, June 30, 2020

New Review! Wild Child: CroXroads by LaVerne Thompson 3 Cranky Stars

Wild Child: CroXroadsWild Child: CroXroads by LaVerne Thompson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 Cranky Stars

I will start by saying I have mixed feelings about this book. There are some really great moments mixed with poor writing choices and strange tonal shifts.

I feel like Kasha could have been a great heroine, but her reactions and internal dialogue are strange. For example, when her loved one dies, someone she was intimate with, she is laughing and thinking of another man sexually with in the same day! Her reactions and thoughts are often wooden, robotic, and not rational.

The hero, Leonidas, is much better written. His reactions and internal dialogue makes a lot more sense and therefore he is the more relatable of the two. I think calling the 2 different worlds Primary Earth and Earth Prime was a bad choice. It got a bit confusing at times and the differences in the people from the 2 worlds were convoluted. There needed to be bigger differences.

It was sort of forgettable. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. It was meh.

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New Review! Good Times (The French Quarter Collection #4) by Jiffy Kate 4.5 Cranky Stars

Good Times (French Quarter Collection #4)Good Times by Jiffy Kate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Cranky Stars

I have adored this series since book one. I’m a sucker for a book set in my hometown of New Orleans. You can tell Jiffy Kate has a love for this vibrant city because it shows in their writing. The way they describe the city and its food and citizens makes you want to take a lazy walk around the French Quarter while eating delicious food. Good Times is the story of Georgette and Finley. Lovers from different upbringings who find each other again after many years.

Georgette feels stagnant in New York City with her art dealer job and mediocre boyfriend. Her life isn’t about living its about surviving. When she impulsively applies and accepts a job in Nola her life becomes fun again. She is working for Camille Benoit-Landry and she finally feels at home in this city with these people. In the back of her mind she’s always thought about Finley and their time together. What she doesn’t realize is that at a party her past would show up and she doesn’t know how to process this. Finley has been in Nola recognizing his dream of being a saxophone player. He knows the gigs aren’t the big time, but his love of the music is all he needs. He also busks on the corner of Royal. Fin has always thought of Jette even going as far to find her when she first left but ultimately, he wanted her to be happy and knowing she’s out in the world is all he needs. He didn’t expect the curly blonde beauty to appear at a party and he’s taken back. Jette is in his town and he will stop at nothing to have her again.

I really like Jette and Finley. Their love was so pure and innocent in a lot of ways. I guess because when they started they were just teenagers who experienced a lot of first together. I also love the crew of the French Quarter from CeCe and Shep to Shaw and Avery and Carys and the Blue Bayou crew. I didn’t like her parents or Trevor. Just saying his name is like blah. Jette and Finley are proof that two people from different sides of the track can be perfect for each other.

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New Review! Dear Sexy Ex-Boyfriend by Lauren Blakely 5 Cranky Stars

Dear Sexy Ex-BoyfriendDear Sexy Ex-Boyfriend by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

Summer and Oliver are absolutely cute together. They have been friends for 17 years, always helping each other out while denying they have feelings for each other. Summer is trying to earn money to start her own business and enters into a contest to win some much needed money, all she has to do is write a letter to an Ex-Boyfriend about what she learned from the relationship. She decided to write about how it would be if Oliver was her ex boyfriend, the contest posted it on Twitter and it went viral. People figured out that it was about Oliver and to save face they decided to say they were engaged. During the fake engagement, they discovered what all those feelings where that they were hiding from themselves.

Great Book, the banter between Oliver and Summer is sarcastically hilarious! Well written modern love story.

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New Review! Secrets of Bennett Hall (Return to Amston #2) by Jordan Elizabeth 5 Cranky Stars

Secrets of Bennett Hall (Return to Amston 2)Secrets of Bennett Hall by Jordan Elizabeth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

Adelaide always felt that she was someone before who she is now, she remembered her life before she was Adelaide. People thought she was crazy, thought she was unstable. Her parents put her in an asylum. Adelaide learned how to hide her former self, her former memories, in order to get out of the asylum. She grew up, became a teacher, and tried to forget about the past.

She was guided into working as a governess at Bennett Hall, caring for the little girl there. Bennett Hall is full of secrets, lies, and deception. She must figure out what is going on before she really goes crazy.

Love this book! I was on the edge reading this, kept me guessing till the end.

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New Review! Kristin:Blue Blood Returns by Stacy Eaton 5 Cranky Stars

Kristin: Blue Blood Returns (The Blue Blood Returns Book 1)Kristin: Blue Blood Returns by Stacy Eaton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I was thoroughly surprised by this book. It is about Vampires (blue bloods). In the forward, I learned that this is a new series that continues a series that takes place forty years prior. I will personally have to check this out.

This story’s main characters are Kristin, the Mistress; Josh, her bodyguard; Angelina, her sister and last, but not least, Hugh, an associate from Homeland Security. Humans have become aware of the Vampires and Hugh’s department is investigating them. He sets up a meeting with the Mistress to find out who they are and what their special talents may be. Naturally, Kristin is not going to divulge this information, but something happens between Kristin and Hugh that neither of them understands. Before you know it, they are meeting several nights a week and they are not just drinking at the bar. Kristin has never allowed anyone into her apartment and now Hugh keeps coming back. There is much dissention among the other Vampires over this and the fact that a war may be coming.

The action is nonstop and again, I could not put it down. If you like Vampires, this is a little different so check it out.

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New Reviews! Arms of the Ocean by Jamie Webster 5 Cranky Stars

Arms of the OceanArms of the Ocean by Jamie Webster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was an easy read with just enough mystery to keep it interesting. The main characters are a mixture of good and bad. As in all good stories, the misunderstandings rack up and cause havoc.

Tristaine is a young nineteen-year-old girl living with her father on the edge of the ocean overlooking the sea. Her father used to be a fisherman but when her mother disappeared years ago, he turned to drink to bring him solace. He became abusive and hated the sea now, always yelling at it. Her brother, Sloane got married and moved miles away into the city. Tris could not imagine leaving the sea. It called to her and she loved the smells and salty air. Sloane constantly tries to convince her to move to his home, but she cannot imagine ever leaving the coast. When an old classmate turns up on Midsummer’s Eve and ruins her life. This is where the story takes a dramatic turn.

I cannot tell you what happens, you will have to read it for yourself. I, frankly, could not put this book down until I had finished it. Thus, my 5-star rating. Fantasy at it’s best.

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New Review! Fallen Snow (Wild Scots #4) by Jolie Vines 5 Cranky Stars

Fallen Snow (Wild Scots, #4)Fallen Snow by Jolie Vines
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


In this fourth installment about the McRae grandkids, we meet Viola and Leo. You do not need to read the other books, but it makes this one more fun if you are aware of the background on the McRae family. The family is exceptionally large and close so there are always people around. The author is particularly good at describing the area they live in, so that you feel as if you are there. I also find myself wishing I were part of this family.

Viola is a 17-year-old snowboarding champion. She competes all over the world. At the start of the story, she is in Italy competing when she meets Leo Banks, aka Banks. He is an up and coming rock star and is performing in concert at the meet. She has no idea who he is and is only vaguely aware of the songs he writes and sings. They meet in the lounge, over hot chocolate and spend a carefree evening together away from the hustle and bustle of their careers. Neither one of them has much free time. As they watch a movie together, that inevitable first kiss occurs. It is something neither can forget. Fast forward four years and Leo is coming to the estate to try to straighten out his career. He has a writer’s block and Viola’s mother is a world class violinist and music teacher. When he finally sees Viola, she is in a wheelchair. What has happened? He has suffered a tragic loss himself and there are all kinds of misunderstandings. Their reconnection is filled with misunderstandings and people trying to ruin Leo’s career. It is a roller coaster ride from there to the end of the book. Keep tissues at the ready, they will be needed. Great storyline, great characters and an overall, cannot put down story. A pleasure to read.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Blog Tour! Dear Sexy Ex-Boyfriend by Lauren Blakely

  DEAR SEXY EX-BOYFRIEND by Lauren Blakely Release Date: June 25th   Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52905489-dear-sexy-ex-boyfriend     Dear Sexy Ex-Boyfriend, an all-new sexy, fake fiancé, friends-to-lovers romantic comedy standalone by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, is AVAILABLE NOW!!! In light of the current situation, Lauren will also be donating 10% of all sales (including pre-orders) to Feeding America! ✦ Kindle ➜https://blkly.pub/KindleDearSexy ✦Apple ➜ http://blkly.pub/AppleDearSexy ✦Kobo ➜ https://blkly.pub/KoboDearSexy ✦BN ➜ https://blkly.pub/NookDearSexy ✦Google ➜ https://blkly.pub/GoogleDearSexy ✦Audible ➜ http://blkly.pub/AudibleDearSexy     NOW LIVE ON AUDIO! Indulge in this duet narration performed deliciously by Shane East and Andi Arndt! ✦Audible ➜ http://blkly.pub/AudibleDearSexy     Blurb: Let me just say -- none of this was supposed to happen. I didn't expect the letter to go viral. I didn't think anyone would figure out who Dear Sexy Ex was. And I especially never thought he would find out about it. Yeah, bit of a miscalculation there. But see, I need the money to fund my brand new venture. And Dear Sexy Ex, well, it turns out he needs me to save his business. By becoming his fake fiancée. Yup, that's the pickle I find myself in -- pretending to be madly in love with the charming, brilliant, and utterly infuriating man known as Dear Sexy Ex. Only, it's not an act. And he can never know.     About the Author: A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, ultra-steamy romance for her Lauren Blakely After Dark line. She'd love to give you a free book today! Check out her web site to grab your free read: https://laurenblakely.com/one-free-book Connect w/Lauren: Website: laurenblakely.com NL Signup: laurenblakely.com/newsletter Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurenBlakelyBooks/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenblakelybooks/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/laurenblakely3  

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Cover Reveal! Marked by Lightning (D'Vaire #18) by Jessamyn Kingley


Book Title: Marked by Lightning (D’Vaire, Book 18)

Author: Jessamyn Kingley

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: LJ Anderson, Mayhem Cover Creations

Release Date: July 9, 2020

Genre/s: M/M Urban Fantasy Romance 

Trope/s: Fated mates

Heat Rating: 3 flames

Length: 99 770 words

For two wizards from opposite worlds, only fate knows if a future awaits them.


When a group of intrepid sorcerers leaves their government, Prism Wizard Vadimas Porfyra is selected to lead them. After centuries of denying his chosen school of magic, Vadimas is embracing the full power of his hue. Busy ruling the Spectra Wizardry, he believes the only thing missing from life is a tidier house. Treasured by the large D’Vaire family, Vadimas is content and not seeking anything beyond knowledge.

Far from the Council of Sorcery and Shifters is Arch Wizard Severin Dewitt, the Fate-chosen leader of the wizards. Little is known about the man whose wrist is marked by lightning. Severin is rarely seen, and unbeknownst to most, inside a house he cannot leave, his every move is being watched. Yearning for freedom, Severin must take matters into his own hands to forge his own destiny.

The Consilium Veneficus considers Vadimas an upstart and a traitor, so when he and Severin find out Fate has chosen them as a couple, there is little consensus on what the future holds. Severin’s knowledge of Fate is minimal, making it difficult for him to accept that a matebond rises above everything, while Vadimas trusts her fully, pushing their relationship to the brink.

Will distance, separate goals, and the ocean separating their populations of wizards stand between Vadimas and Severin forever, or can the two compromise to build a future together?

About the Author 


Jessamyn Kingley lives in Nevada where she begs the men in her head to tell her their amazing stories which she dutifully writes it all down in what has become a small mountain of notebooks. She falls in love with each couple and swears whatever book she wrote last is her absolute favorite.

Jessamyn is married and working toward remembering to start the dishwasher without being distracted by the scent of the magical detergent. For personal enjoyment, she aids in cat rescue while slashing and gashing her way through mobs in various MMORPGs. Caffeine is her very best friend and is only cast aside briefly for the sin better known as BBQ potato chips.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cover Reveal! Stories of September Anthology by Multiple Authors

  STORIES OF SEPTEMBER ANTHOLOGY Release Date: September 22nd   Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54139840-stories-of-september-anthology   Get ready for an ALL-NEW collection of sweet and sexy romance novellas from 10 best selling authors obsessed with falling in love. Coming September 22nd!! This collection will feature brand new stories from: Fiona Cole Willow Winters Meghan Quinn Skye Warren Ella Fields Jade West K. Webster Amelia Wilde Trilina Pucci Meagan Brandy     PREORDER TODAY AT THE SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICE OF $2.99!! Price goes up to $9.99 on release day so grab your copy now!! Amazon: https://amzn.to/3hXlE52 Apple: https://apple.co/2Np5Xpj Nook: https://bit.ly/3hWFMEE Kobo: https://bit.ly/3fX5RSh Google Play: https://bit.ly/2ByGszn     Blurb: Before the school bell rang on September 1st, we were already falling in love. Stories of September is a collection of sweet and sexy romance novellas from 10 best selling authors obsessed with falling in love. Authors included are: Fiona Cole Willow Winters Meghan Quinn Skye Warren Ella Fields Jade West K. Webster Amelia Wilde Trilina Pucci Meagan Brandy  

Cover Reveal! Together We Stand Anthology by Multiple Authors

Together We Stand Anthology
Genre: Multi-Genre Romance for Charity
Release Date: August 1st, 2020
Cover Design: Geri Glenn
Photographer: LJ Photography
As the entire world is impacted by COVID-19, a group of talented Canadian authors and authors with Canadian roots have come together to bring you short stories in multiple genres, each one surrounding essential workers.
All proceeds from this anthology will be donated to a Canadian charity that provides relief during the pandemic.
Join 30 True North authors and allow yourself to be captivated from a social distance.
Participating Authors:
Geri Glenn 🍁  C.A. King 🍁  Cameron Allie 🍁  V.J. Allison 🍁  Cassia Brightmore 🍁  AW Clarke 🍁 M. Jane Colette 🍁  Michelle Corchis 🍁  Allison M. Cosgrove 🍁  Tricia Daniels 🍁  Carey Decevito 🍁 Brianna Galway 🍁  Gillian Jones 🍁  Andrea Joy 🍁  Jean Kelso 🍁  Bethany-Kris 🍁  JA LaFrance 🍁  C.J. Lazar 🍁  Sue Langford  🍁  K Logan 🍁  Leah Negron 🍁  Lorne Oliver 🍁  DD Prince 🍁  Jennifer Rose  🍁  Crystal St. Clair 🍁  P. Stormcrow 🍁  Kadian Tracey 🍁  J.M. Walker 🍁  Scarlett Wells 🍁  Tracy Willoughby 🍁
Geri Glenn - USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy bikers and the strong women that bring them to their knees.
C.A. King - USA Today Bestselling Author. Bringing fantasy worlds to life one word at a time
Cameron Allie - Author of warm and fuzzy romance
V.J. Allison - Small town romance with a twist
Cassia Brightmore - Dark romance author of twisted characters you love to hate
AW Clarke - Speak softly, ride loudly, write with passion
M. Jane Colette - Flirty-funny-filthy love stories for people who think too much
Michelle Corchis
Allison Cosgrove - Author of murder, mayhem and love
Tricia Daniels - Award winning author of love stories beyond the limits of time
Carey Decevito
Brianna Galway - Romance reader turned author
Gillian Jones - Author of romance that sometimes hits you in the feels
Andrea Joy - Makes naughty look so good
Jean Kelso - Living between the pages with lots of love. Live everyday, love hard, and laugh lots
Bethany-Kris - Unapologetic romance
JA LaFrance - Author of sassy, strong women
C.J. Lazar
Sue Langford - Empowerment/realistic romance - empowering real women in the real world
K Logan - Love on the water
Leah Negron - Author of chaos and  havoc, romantic suspense, and edge of your seat thrillers. Where chaos comes with a price and everything you can imagine is real
Lorne Oliver - Author of Faryn Steel thriller, Alcrest mysteries, Sgt. Reid series killing people with no apologies
DD Prince - Author of dark, dangerous and deliciously addictive romance
Jennifer Rose
P. Stormcrow - Sexy romance that twist the tropes and challenge the norm
Kadian Tracey - Interracial stories with a plus size twist
J.M. Walker - Stories worth losing sleep over
Scarlett Wells - Romances to get lost in 
Tracy Willoughby - Reader with a dream