Early Review & Release: Carpool by Noelle Adams

Carpool by Noelle Adams is available NOW!

Book Info

Title: Carpool

Series: Milford College #1

Author: Noelle Adams

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing date: July 17th, 2019

Summary

The last thing I want is to share a forty-five minute commute with the most obnoxious (and attractive) man I know. But I can’t afford a new transmission right now, so I’m stuck with Marcus for at least a month.

He promises to be good, but Marcus Greene is never good. And I’m not sure how long I can resist him.

Carpool is the first book in the Milford College series, novellas about the faculty and staff of a small liberal arts college.

Read now on:

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My Review

 

If you are in the mood for something fun, quick, relaxing and with all the sparks and flames of a romance, this is the book for you! In my case, it could not have been a better time to read it and that is why I enjoyed it so much!

Jennifer has lived the life of a small towner. She has known Marcus all her life and has done all in her power to avoid him. He was the bad boy of her childhood, the bully, the perfect example of the man she did not want to have next to her. Adulthood has other plans unfortunately. When Jennifer is forced to ask Marcus for a ride to their workplace, she is surprised by his agreement and realizes she will have to spend a good number of weeks in the same car with the (now) man she must stay away from.

While both characters are amazing, I am inclined to like Marcus more. It is visible he is consumed by Jennifer’s attitude toward him and he gives her the possibility to know his true personality. She is a bit quicker to judge others and is very adamant not to believe in Marcus’ good traits. We have funny moments, we have moments of peace and quiet between them, we have that feeling of something amazing growing up. And I love it!

Noelle Adams did an amazing job developing the characters in such a short number of pages. The action is paced just at the right speed and the relationship glows in such way that we don’t have everything thrown at us in the end. Even if we only get the female perspective, Jennifer is observant enough to see the change in demeanor Marcus has toward her. Still, she is not brilliant enough to piece those changes together. So we do have several conflicts born out of the miscommunication and cluelessness of our female main character. This made me push back a star from my total rating.

All in all, I am going with 4 stars for “Carpool” by Noelle Adams, with additional hearts and love. This story was a great experience and I hope you’ll give it a try as well. Come back with your thoughts in the comments below 😊 Happy reading !

 

About Noelle Adams

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

 

Book Review: Jackson by Emily March

About the book:

Title: Jackson (Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas #1)

Author: Emily March

Published: June 25th 2019 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Source: St. Martin’s Press

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Sometimes it takes a new beginning
Caroline Carruthers thinks she buried her dreams along with the love of her life…until a stranger named Celeste dares her to chase a dream all on her own. Moving to Redemption, Texas, is chapter one in Caroline’s new life story. Opening a bookstore is the next. Finding love is the last thing on her mind as she settles into this new place called home. But when she meets a handsome, soulful man who’s also starting over, all bets are off.

to reach a happily-ever-after
Jackson McBride came to Redemption looking only to find himself, not someone to love. Ever since his marriage ended, he’s been bitter. Sure, he used to believe in love—he even has the old song lyrics to prove it—but the Jackson of today is all business. That is, until a beautiful young widow who’s moved to town inspires a change of heart. Could it be that the myth of Redemption’s healing magic is true…and Jackson and Caroline can find a second chance at a happy ending after all?

This is quite conflicting. I had several expectations from this book when I started reading it and, while these expectations were not met, I cannot say that I disliked it.

Let me start with the title. Jackson’s story is definitely more elaborated than Caroline’s. Both characters have a backstory and they came to Redemption to start over. But if for Caroline the past life concludes quite quick, for Jackson we need to wait until the end. So it is somehow fitting.

This is a clean Romance book, focused on starting over, building a good life and making friends. We have a hint of a blessing here and there, which just makes the atmosphere even more warm. If you are expecting lots of skin and clothes scattered around, this is not it. Which is fine by me, as long as we feel what our characters feel.

The backstories are quite strong. Both characters have struggled a lot in life. She has had to deal with a husband who was forgetting her a little more every day and he has to deal with the absence of her daughter. Hearts mend in Redemption and the intervention of two awesome innkeepers has something to do with it.

So we have quite a good start here. However I had issues with the slow pace of the story. In some chapters, I got lost in the details and I received little if the chemistry I was expecting. For how much they were saying they wanted to stay away from love, both started an exclusive relationship quite quick, but I did not feel that emotion. I didn’t feel the Sparks and their connection. I would have expected more butterflies and more passion when these two meet.

All in all, I do have some plus and minuses her, but I cannot deny the warmth of Redemption. I do believe the other couples will be even more interesting and I expect a little more intensity. For now, I am keeping my 3 stars rating and I am looking forward for book 2 of this spinoff. Happy Read.ing guys !

Book Review: Torian

 

 

Title: Torian
Author: Eden Summers
Genre: Standalone Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 25, 2019
Blurb
He’s my nemesis.

My tormentor.

A notorious criminal with a smoldering smile to mask the devil hidden beneath.

Conniving. Threatening. Brutal.

He stalks me from the shadows.

Makes me itch to place him behind bars.

But he has an offer I can’t refuse.

A major risk with the perfect reward.

I can’t let down my guard.

Can’t be tempted to trust him.

Not even when I begin to understand his corrupt ways.
Because the only face the devil shows is the one he wants you to see.

And all I’m seeing is hunger.

Purchase Links
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU 

 

My Review

Another long overdue review! I know, but this book …. I enjoyed reading it so so much! Now, after several weeks, I still relive the feelings I had, the emotions I felt in all those hours spent with these characters. If you say Eden Summers is a good writer, well my friend, I think you’re wrong. She is not just good, she is brilliant! And I will explain why with.

The plot revolves around an FBI agent – Annisa Fox – following a big mafia family, currently led by Cole Torian. Acting head of his family, Cole has the responsibility to defend and protect his siblings and extended family against all kinds of threats. But when the threat is inside the family and when the case has such an attractive FBI agent in charge, things get more complicated. The good guys and the bad must work together to defeat the greatest evil out there. That’s all I’m going to say.

The action is fantastic! In no moment we forget why everything happens and why our main characters are not able to have a normal relationship. In fact, normality is way out of reach! There is constant action and constant edge of the seat position! There are some absolutely scorching scenes between the two that will feel like the book is burning up in your hands (or tablet, or phone or…whatever device you have).

I’d stared the devil in the eye, and without any subtlety, I kinda told him to go fuck himsel, adding a provoking wink for good measure.

But setting aside the action, what blew my mind was the way the author manages to bring forward our characters’ personalities, their most hidden feelings. The torment Cole feels when faced with his enemy, the conflicted feelings Annisa has, all these are so amazingly crafted! I was living every feeling with them – their pain, their passion, the moments when they were afraid, because even strong minds are afraid. Oh, my God!

Yes, the reviewer in me may point out that some plot scenes were kind of too much. For an FBI agent (and a good one), Annisa is kind of reckless and some of the actions are not that believable. But I will not dwell on them because for me, this book is a masterpiece of introspection.

His movements become hostile. The mask of calm disappears, making way for an expression of pure fury. The lack of emotion I’ve withnessed for long minutes changes with the force of a tsunami.

I cannot finish my review without discussing the ending. It frustrated me on so many levels and believe me when I say that I was speechless! Even my other half was staring at me. It was like: “Are.You. Kidding meeeee?!” and then the shock happened. Suffice to say it was unexpected and so befitting!

In case I was not clear enough, I loved this book! Simple as that! A piece of advice for you guys: do not devour this book, unless you intend to read it again after. This book needs to be savored! The entire “Hunting Her” series is fantastic. I was conflicted when I  wrote my review for the other two books and I was mentioning: “The problem I really have now is who do I like? Hunter or Decker? Hmm… I have a feeling I should save myself for Cole Torian” Well, I was right! Find my reviews of “Hunter” and “Decker” here.

Author Bio
Eden Summers is a bestselling author of contemporary romance with a side of sizzle and sarcasm. She lives in Australia with a young family who are well aware she’s circling the drain of insanity.

Eden can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.

Author Links

 

 

Spotlight: Courting the Stationmaster’s Daughter (Camden Girls, book 1)

Hey Guys,

Today I want to show you a new book by Juli D. Revezzo, that just came out in April. Now, before I get into the details of this, let me tell you a little bit of my experience with this author and her stories, especially for those of you who still have not had the chance to read one of her books.

I had the amazing opportunity to read and review three of her books and I am convinced she is one of the best out there! She has strong heroines, stories that have a dose of mystery and romance. I never imagined I would ever like a steampunk novel. But she made me enjoy and devour them.

Juli is as well an amazing person, always having a good word in her e-mails (even to book bloggers who don’t post reviews in time!) and her genuine spirit is inspiring! I do hope you’ll add her stories to your TBRs and come back to tell me your thoughts!

Now back to our book of the day!

 

Title: Courting the Stationmaster’s Daughter (Camden Girls, book 1)45135373

Author: Juli D. Revezzo

Pub. Date: April 12 2019

Publisher: Raven Queen Publications

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 314

Blurb:

After Honorine Camden is jilted, leaving her stunned and sparking a scandal in her tiny London borough of Wallflower, she’s devastated. But when she overhears her father, the stationmaster, talking about arranging a party for their newly-minted underground railway station, she volunteers to help. Although she’s intrigued with the handsome assistant stationmaster, Shane MacIntyre, she never expects to fall head-over-heels in love with him. Unfortunately, one tragic accident might derail everything.

 

Find it:  Amazon: Kindle ebook   ||   Paperback    ||   Goodreads

What do you think of this beautiful cover? I feel elegance and sweet romance! I cannot wait to share my thoughts with you 🙂

 

About the Author:Juli

Juli D. Revezzo loves fantasy and Celtic mythology and writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. She is the author of the historical romances, Courting the Stationmaster’s  Daughter, Vesta’s Clockwork Companions, House of Dark Envy, Watchmaker’s Heart, and Lady of the Tarot, the Antique Magic paranormal series and Celtic Stewards Chronicles series and more. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour. To learn more about this and future releases, visit her at:

Website   ||   Facebook   ||   Bookbub   ||   Goodreads   ||   Instagram   ||   Pinterest   ||   Twitter

 

Other books by the author

(included, are links to my reviews, where available)

Historical romances

Courting the Stationmaster’s Daughter–Available at Amazon.

Vesta’s Clockwork Companions–Available at Amazon.

Watchmaker’s Heart–available at Amazon and in audiobook from Audible and Itunes.

Druid Warrior Prince (Celtic Steward Chronicles, book 3) –now available at Amazon.

House of Dark Envy–available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Itunes, Kobo.

Lady of the Tarot–available at Amazon, and in audiobook from Itunes and  Audible.

Fantasy/PNR

Fifty Measly Bucks (new time travel novella)–available at Amazon.

No Such Thing As Dasher (Christmas paranormal romance)–available free at Amazon.

Frigga’s Lost Army–available at Amazon

Celtic Stewards Chronicles–available at Amazon

The Antique Magic series–available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords

…and more

Book Review: Watchmaker’s Heart

 

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Title: Watchmaker’s Heart

Author: Juli D. Revezzo

Published: March 1st 2016 by Raven Queen Publications

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Format: audiobook

Blurb:

For Miss Phoebe Lockswell, fashionable London tea parties and balls aren’t her style. Instead, she prefers to tinker tirelessly with a clockwork diffuser she’s built from scratch. If only she can get the invention to work on command, she might earn her way out of an arranged marriage to a repugnant member of the House of Commons.

London watchmaker Mortimer Kidd was brought up hard in the arms of an infamous London gang. Despite the respectability he strives for now, the gang leader is blackmailing him. When Mortimer sees Phoebe’s diffuser, he thinks he’s found a way to buy himself out of trouble. The brash Phoebe manages to steal his heart, however, before he can purloin her invention.

Will Mortimer’s unsavory past catch up to him before he convinces Phoebe of his devotion? Worse, once Phoebe learns the truth, will she ever trust him again?

Check it on: Amazon & Goodreads

My Review

This is one of those books that I listened to a while back and never saw the lights of a review. Shame on me, but it’s never too late to remind you guys of this great title by Juli D. Revezzo.

Phoebe Lockswell’s imagination and ingenuity led her to create one of the most interesting devices of the time. She has spent numerous hours trying to get the silly clockwork diffuser to work and is almost out of patience. Still, when she meets Mortimer Kidd, her ambition becomes stronger. Little does she know that he has his own plans with her invention.

The author manages to create two amazing characters that mix so well with a plot that will captivate you from the start. A woman too strong-minded and independent for her time, Phoebe is very close to a role model. I admire her perseverance and her desire to be on her own two feet. Faced with the possibility to marry a man she has no other feelings for except fear and distaste, Phoebe forms a friendship with Mortimer. His past is more than shady and he has no place in her world. But somehow, the interest they share for creations, the curiosity and creativity unite them. However, the past always catches up to us and our characters will have a lot to face. If their feelings are strong enough or if there is room for one in the other’s world, you will have to discover on your won.

I loved the pace, I loved the mystery and I loved the characters. The narration was a bonus as well. I liked how Rachael Beresford interpreted the female voices and I appreciated her trying with the male ones. But her tone created a wonderful atmosphere and contributed to my enjoyment. In all honesty, I saw comments here and there that the quality of the audio was not the best but, after some time, I only remember the good parts. Probably the other ones were not so important 😉

All in all, I loved this book, as expected. Juli D. Revezzo has yet to disappoint me! Stay around for a spotlight with the author’s latest book – come by later today if you want to find out more J Until next time, Happy Reading!

 

About the AuthorJuli

Juli D. Revezzo writes fantasy and romantic stories filled in with elements garnered from a lifetime love affair with magic, myth, witches, wizards, and fated lovers and legend. She is the author of The Antique Magic series and the Paranormal Romance Celtic Stewards Chronicles series, steampunk historical romance WATCHMAKER’S HEART, and short stories published in ETERNAL HAUNTED SUMMER, LUNA STATION QUARTERLY, among others. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour. To learn more about this and future releases, visit her at: www.julidrevezzo.com

 

Smutathon Wrap Up

I finally managed to post an update of my Smutathon experience and I can tell you it was great! I was in a hurry (as usual) to compile my TBR and I did my best to stick with at least four books read in a week. However, I managed to read only 3. I am not unhappy, on the contrary, I am quite proud. The three books I read were absolutely amazing and I read them in a short period of time. Moreover, I discovered an amazing author! Ok, let’s take them one by one:

  • Series read: The Legal Briefs Series by Emma Chase There are so many great things to say about Emma Chase’s writing. I devoured each one of the three books like it was candy! I cannot wait to share with you my thoughts of the books and my favorite quotes. I added on my immediate TBR (by “immediate” I mean the list of MANY books I need to read this year – which I still need to compile) another series by the same author so yey! My TBR gets bigger by the… readathon.

 

  • Challenges completed: 6, no columns or lines fully ticked off. I could have forced myself a little to finish the forth book and thus completing one line. But I wanted to savor book 3 in the Legal Briefs Series and I really took my time. Here is how my board looks like:

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  • Favorite quote: It’s from Overruled – Book 1 in The Legal Briefs Series. I almost marked this entire book. Unbelievable! The quote goes like this :

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  • Author discovered: Emma Chase. I cannot begin to tell you how great her words made me feel. It was 2 in the morning, on a weekday, and I just could not stop reading. She is one of the authors that touched my soul with her words on paper. I must catch up on her other series as soon as possible!

All in all, I loved this experience and I loved participating in a new readathon. Now I have three more reviews to prepare for you guys. Until next time, let me know what other readathons are you participating at, if you have read any books by Emma Chase or just in general, how have you been ? Happy Reading!

Bookfest 2019 Book Haul

This year’s Bookfest edition was a very intense one for me, as a reader and book blogger. I went there with a list of 6 books to buy and ended up buying 9, 4 of which signed! I am so happy and proud to be part of the bookish community and I cannot wait for next year’s edition.

Ok, let me tell you what I was planning on buying first:

  1. One Brandon Sanderson book: I already own “Elantris”, so a second book would look great next to it J

  2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: because I need to read this series!

  3.  Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan: I heard so much about this book, I need to have it

  4. Descententa by Cristina Zegheru: I’ve been seeing this book a lot on social media. It’s a book by a Romanian author, with some great reviews out there

  5. Vicious by V. E. Schwab

  6. Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty

… And here are the titles I ended up with, after 5 hours of walking around shelves:

  1. Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

  2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  3. Descendenta by Cristina Zegheru (Romanian author)

  4. Demonii Trecutului by Cristina Zegheru (Romanian author)

  1. Intoarcerea by Theo Anghel (Romanian author)

  2. Pacatele Fiului by Theo Anghel

  3. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

  4. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

  5. How to Tame your Duke by Juliana Gray

Being this a Romanian event, all these books are in Romanian. It’s great to support our Romanian publishers and authors! Books 3, 4, 5 and 6 are signed by the author. Both are amazing ladies and I cannot wait to discover their stories.

I feel that this event helped me a lot with my slump. There is a readathon starting tomorrow (I’m working on the TBR at the moment) and I am quite confident this is a good sign.

Until next time, let me know if you have read any of these books and what are your thoughts about them. Happy reading 🙂