Book Blitz: Shadowed by Michelle Areaux

Shadowed
Michelle Areaux
Published by: Kingston Publishing Company
Publication date: January 2nd 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Henley Abbott is just trying to make it through high school in the small town of Edison, Washington where she has lived her entire life. Constantly feeling alone, she’s surprised when she finds herself intrigued by the new boy in town, Cohen Davenport.

With the entire town talking about the new and secretive family, Henley refuses to join in on the rumors swirling about them and attempts to keep her distance.

However, as Cohen becomes intrigued by Henley, the pair seems to find a spark in a kindling friendship.

As the intensity of their relationship builds, Henley discovers a dark secret plaguing Cohen and his elusive family. He reveals a twisted past that has kept his family on the run…for decades.

Cohen should keep his distance. It is too dangerous to bring Henley into his life, but he can’t stay away from her.

And, Henley doesn’t want him to.

As Henley overcomes her own fears and trepidations, she finds herself engrossed in a battle that could destroy them both. Only their connection could help them all survive.

Intensely romantic and extremely thrilling, this novel will pull readers in from the very first page.

Fans of Twilight, The Guardian Series, and the Marked Saga will instantly fall in love with this new paranormal series.

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Author Bio:

Michelle Areaux is a wife, mother, and seventh grade Language Arts teacher.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree in Literacy from Asbury University.

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Goodreads Choice Awards 2019

Ever since I discovered Goodreads I have enjoyed reading about the Choice Awards. It gives me a list of titles to add to my TBR for the next year. I must admit that is difficult to cast a proper vote, with so many books out there. Well, anyway here are the results to the categories I am mostly interested in.

  1. FICTION: The Testament by Margaret AtwoodThe Testament by Margaret Atwood

The winner is no surprise, taking into account that The Handmaid’s Tale has stirred a lot of discussions. I listened to half of it on Scribd, since actually reading it was a bit difficult to follow. The writing feels heavy somehow. Once I’ll have completed it, I’ll move to The Testament for sure.

  1. FANTASY: Ninth House by Leigh BardugoNinth House by Leigh Bardugo

It won with almost 20,000 votes more. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgensten had 35,351 votes while Ninth House had 53,430. Great Result! Sadly, my book of choice for this section, The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty, received 5,588 votes. I confess, I have not read it yet, but I own a physical copy and it’s on my list. I love the series so much!

  1. ROMANCE: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuistonRed, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This was not such a complete surprise. 2018 and 2019have been the years of diversity. Most of the popular books have either an LGBT relationship or a different type of diverse character. But this book had 40,000 votes more than Verity by Colleen Hoover, which occupies second place. Wow! It also won the best Debut Novel.

  1. YOUNG ADULT FICTION: Five Feet Apart by Rachael LippincottFive Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Also my choice, it was expected. What surprises me here is the number of votes. I was expecting to see 50,000 or 70,000. The winner gathered 36,232. Looks life there are more romance readers out there 🙂

 

 

  1. YOUNG ADULT FANTASY: The Wicked King by Holly BlackThe Wicked King by Holly Black

I’ve heard mixed opinions about this one, but I am happy it won. My vote went to it as well, even if I did not read it yet.

 

 

  1. MIDDLE GRADE & CHILDREN’S: The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick RiordanThe Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

As expected. Lately, when one wants to buy a book for a kid, Rick Riordan is the best choice (I’m speaking from experience here).

 

 

What do you think? Do you agree with the choices? Which one of these books have you read? Did you cast a vote? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading!

Book Review: Real Temptation (Special Delivery) by Susan Saxx

Come on a journey.
The town of Jack’s Bay, in northern Ontario, Canada, straddles cottage country and city living, and does it well.
But more importantly, it’s a strong community. Home to a group of men that have served together in the army reserve. Brothers, with an unbreakable bond, as well as determined women.
Friends and army reserve brothers to these men of Jack’s Bay are the men of Golden, British Columbia. A fictional town, with quirky characters set in the Rocky Mountain trench, life is different in the mountains. Yet family, brotherhood and love…are the same.
Come meet the cowboy, the ex-hockey player, the dark-net computer genius, and the band of Canadian military reservists who served together, and the strong women they fall in love with.
Real Temptation/ Special Delivery
Real Men Book 7
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: May 11, 2018
She’s high society. He’s blue collar.
And he’s only got one night to prove to her… blue collar is better.
WARNING: Graphic language, swearing, and frank sexual descriptions.
Oh. And chocolate truffles, velcro’d bondage straps, Manolos, and a bit of grime.
She wears a delivery uniform, but it won’t be for long. Alex Jordan is determined. She’ll work hard – do anything – to get her family back to its former wealth and standing in Toronto society. Once a solid member of the tennis club set, everything fell apart when her father was convicted of white collar crime. Life is harsh now, but Intimate Deliveries, her small company and brainchild of a delivery service is the vehicle to restore their lives. She’ll build her brand, work her fingers to the bone, and she knows she’ll achieve her goal. Eventually. She has to.
But she’s also got her eye on rich and handsome Montreal playboy Luc Etalier. If she scores the heartthrob as a husband, her dreams will be realized all the faster. She’ll get them all back to their former glory and ease of life – including her father, once he’s released – one way or another.
He’s blue collar, has sworn off alcohol, and she’s lit his dreams of something more. Rand Peters has watched – and salivated – every time the brash young woman has come in to their machine shop to work the account. She’s fueled his sexual fantasies for over a year, but she’s also inspired him to go back to university part-time and work on that business degree. If she can go for what she wants, a former rich girl now in the trenches with the rest of them, so can he. And he’s also seen something in her – working so hard in a life that’s foreign to her – that touches his heart.
But a relationship? She’d never go for him – though something eggs him on to try. First real chance he gets, he will. He has to.
Now it’s New Year’s Eve, and he’s there alone. Alex comes in with a delivery, ready to do her job and then run to her glamorous NYE party with old friends. But miracle of miracles – it’s the wrong part. They’ll have to wait for the new one. Together…
A New Year’s Eve Erotic Romance

My Review

This was another great book in the series, that kept me all day wrapped up in its pages. I love how simple it is and how all the pieces come together in the right way when you are with the right person, Kind of like in real life, huh?

Susan Saxx offers us yet again something different. This time we have a dominant guy (in more ways that your standard) finally having the opportunity to spend time with the girl of his fantasies. As the blurb also mentions, Alex wants obtain her previous position in society, with good money to spend, luxury and rich friends. A mistake cost her family the fortune and now she started her own small business, her little gold mine. All her efforts are to grow Intimate Deliveries, to restore her good life. A delivery puts her in the arms of Rand Paters. He was admiring her from afar and now that he has her close, he is not willing to pass on the opportunity. The passion between them is intense, but remains to be seen if they can see (or feel) beyond the differences.

There are many elements that made me love the story, but also some that did not feel natural. While I do appreciate the ambition that both characters have shown in their careers or studies, Alex seems more focused on the money. Rand is determined to turn his life around for his father but also for himself. She is more focused on regaining her social status. I would have wanted an epilogue to see how far they’ve come, but I assume we will get to read about it in the next books, at least a glimpse of it. The “Master” comment in one of the steamy scenes felt a little bit off. I don’t know, the story has a lot of potential, but it was condensed into fewer pages than it should have deserved.

All in all, I am offering 3.5 stars to Real Temptation, but I do advise you check the other books in the series. They are amazing!

In fact, I have two reviews posted as well, for “Real Miracle” (book #5) and “It Started With a Candy Cane” (book #6). Feel free to check them out here. Until next time, Happy Reading!

Hi there! I’m SO glad we’ve connected!
I write books set in the small towns and big cities of Canada. Right now I’m writing the Real Men series – first installment set in Jack’s Bay, northern Ontario – a place I ❤ so much!
My heroes and heroines haven’t had an easy time of it. But they take what life dishes out, and somehow, with grit, determination and heart – especially heart – they transform it into gold. Their gold.
Their stories – like life! – range from sweet to sexy, contemporary to suspenseful.
Want to know when there’s a new Susan Saxx book released? Click the yellow “FOLLOW” button above.
Want more news and special, subscriber ONLY ‘insider’ stories? Join my newsletter at http://eepurl.com/bFwHOb.
Interaction your thing? Come hang with me at Saxxy Reads, on FB. I promise – the water’s always fine!
And welcome…to Jack’s Bay, northern Ontario, to the upcoming sister series in B.C., and to the rancher (#1), the tormented dark-net genius (#5), the ‘hit rock-bottom’ ex-Seal (#4), and the ex-star hockey player (Coming Dec. 2018) – all military reservists, and the passionate, heroic women they fall for.
REAL MEN is the series – get to know them all at http://www.susansaxx.com.
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Book Reviews: Real Men #5 & #6

Come on a journey.
The town of Jack’s Bay, in northern Ontario, Canada, straddles cottage country and city living, and does it well.
But more importantly, it’s a strong community. Home to a group of men that have served together in the army reserve. Brothers, with an unbreakable bond, as well as determined women.
Friends and army reserve brothers to these men of Jack’s Bay are the men of Golden, British Columbia. A fictional town, with quirky characters set in the Rocky Mountain trench, life is different in the mountains. Yet family, brotherhood and love…are the same.
Come meet the cowboy, the ex-hockey player, the dark-net computer genius, and the band of Canadian military reservists who served together, and the strong women they fall in love with.
Real Miracle
Real Men Book 5
by Susan Saxx
Genre: Small Town Military Dark Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: February 7, 2018
Too many secrets. Too many dangers. And he’s got a mission to accomplish.
Eli Austin is going off the grid. Too long in the underground employ of men he’d sooner spit on than obey, his master plan for breaking free is intact. But before he goes, he has to appease his heart and soul one last time. He’s got to see the house he and his high school sweetheart, Tish, almost bought. Relive the Christmas they never had, before he walked out on her, into the dark night without a word, so many years ago.
Tish Taylor’s been through it all. After that horrendous Christmas, she moved on, married. But the rebound is over, and she’s newly divorced. She’s going back to where she had it all – once – to spend a solitary evening in the abandoned house where three years ago, they were going to start their new life. The sweet old house that called to them, the life that was theirs. She’s got to reclaim the woman she was then – full of dreams, and promises. So she can move on, once and for all.
So they both set out to that old house, now in the worst part of town.
But neither of them counted on what they’d find…
My Review

What an intense trip! I loved it so much! Eli has risked a lot for the ones he loves. He has sacrificed his feelings and hardened his heart. But Christmas has a way of bringing people together. Put face to face with the love of his life, he cannot stay away.

I had my issues going into the story. The first pages took a while to read, with the main character focused on his demons that keep following him. This is the first book I’ve read from the series, so it took some time to adjust to the style. However, once the plot actually begins, it’s a rollercoaster of emotions.

I love the strength Eli depicts and as well Tish’s attitude toward him. She may appear stubborn, but I like the girl – well on her feet, trying to be independent. They both feel that something is missing, they both came back to what they believe it’s lost.

Such an intense story! 5 stars and moving immediately to the next…

It Started With a Candy Cane
Real Men Book 6
Genre: Sweet Romance
Publication Date: December 15, 2017
She’s city. The more designer and fluffier, the better.
He’s a closed-off butcher in a small northern Canadian town.
Emily Gates is hip. If a bag’s got more than three zeros in its price tag – she’s in. Cream is her favorite color. And her new role as junior city planner in the city of Toronto has her excited beyond all reason. For the gal with the troubled past – something she carefully keeps a secret – it’s all about building community now. Even though she loves working and living in the upscale, trendy area just east of Bloor and Yonge.
Rufus Richardson isn’t fancy and his job is dirty. And he’s always trying to slay the damn dragons, even when no one wants him to. He should settle for a local gal, one who’s used to country and mosquitos and wild animals poking around the family homestead. Instead, the moment he sees the vivacious city beauty, his heart tumbles, and his warrior’s sword appears. But she doesn’t need him to slay any dragons, and lets him know in no uncertain terms.
But when the life she’s carefully curated falls apart suddenly and she goes off into the dark northern night alone searching for the meaning that’s always eluded her, they find themselves thrown together, the night before Christmas Eve. On Ruf’s annual infamous northern Candy Cane Run, and…
Everything changes.
And this Christmas, it all started with a candy cane.
My Review

Oh, I love candy canes. Though I try to stay away during the year, I do indulge during Christmas.  Well, when it comes to “It Started With a Candy Cane”, you should devour it any time you crave something sweet and romantic. I was quickly swooning over Rufus. You know the old: “My hero” saying? Yup, that was me with this book.

Rufus and Emily cannot be more different. She is a city girl while he enjoys the quiet life of a small town. But they need each other. Emily is the type of woman that can hold her head high, with all the ugly issues life may throw at her. Rufus is the one willing to catch all these nasty things. Their relationship is beautiful and they form an amazing couple.

I got into this book faster than in case of “Real Miracle”. It was not that moody. I loved every page and I hope you will give it a shot as well 🙂

 

Real Temptation/ Special Delivery
Real Men Book 7
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: May 11, 2018
She’s high society. He’s blue collar.
And he’s only got one night to prove to her… blue collar is better.
WARNING: Graphic language, swearing, and frank sexual descriptions.
Oh. And chocolate truffles, velcro’d bondage straps, Manolos, and a bit of grime.
She wears a delivery uniform, but it won’t be for long. Alex Jordan is determined. She’ll work hard – do anything – to get her family back to its former wealth and standing in Toronto society. Once a solid member of the tennis club set, everything fell apart when her father was convicted of white collar crime. Life is harsh now, but Intimate Deliveries, her small company and brainchild of a delivery service is the vehicle to restore their lives. She’ll build her brand, work her fingers to the bone, and she knows she’ll achieve her goal. Eventually. She has to.
But she’s also got her eye on rich and handsome Montreal playboy Luc Etalier. If she scores the heartthrob as a husband, her dreams will be realized all the faster. She’ll get them all back to their former glory and ease of life – including her father, once he’s released – one way or another.
He’s blue collar, has sworn off alcohol, and she’s lit his dreams of something more. Rand Peters has watched – and salivated – every time the brash young woman has come in to their machine shop to work the account. She’s fueled his sexual fantasies for over a year, but she’s also inspired him to go back to university part-time and work on that business degree. If she can go for what she wants, a former rich girl now in the trenches with the rest of them, so can he. And he’s also seen something in her – working so hard in a life that’s foreign to her – that touches his heart.
But a relationship? She’d never go for him – though something eggs him on to try. First real chance he gets, he will. He has to.
Now it’s New Year’s Eve, and he’s there alone. Alex comes in with a delivery, ready to do her job and then run to her glamorous NYE party with old friends. But miracle of miracles – it’s the wrong part. They’ll have to wait for the new one. Together…
A New Year’s Eve Erotic Romance
Skipping Christmas
Real Men Book 9
Genre: Hot Contemporary Sports Romance
Publication Date: December 20, 2019
He’s adored by women–and men–all over the world. The raw, gritty NHL player, Dante Knight.
But life changed abruptly, a year ago. Now Dante’s no longer interested in the limelight, or in the panties strewn on the ice. With the same focus he applied to his stunning NHL career, he’s interested in only one woman….
Kelley Dunham. The girl who loved him, way back when.
It’ll be easy, though. She’s crazy for him, right?
***
Puppy love for the moody Dante consumed Kelly Dunham’s formative years. But she unravelled when the NHL hopeful abruptly left their tiny Canadian mountain town, after their first—and only—night together. She moved on, soul flaming from the shock. Worse, everyone knew.
Time for a change.
Now she’s ready for the playgirl life. Stupid Dante had the right idea, and she’s going to adopt his credo. Sex for nothin’ and her guys for free.
But when Dante reappears in a blizzard and they’re snowed in, and he’s finally ready to be the man she always knew he could be…
She stands firm. Nothing’s changing her new-found mission.
Let the games begin.
A Real Man
Real Men Book 1
Real Deep
Real Men Book 2
It Started on a Back Road
Real Men Book 3
Real Hero
Real Men Book 4
The Escape
Real Men Book 8
Hi there! I’m SO glad we’ve connected!
I write books set in the small towns and big cities of Canada. Right now I’m writing the Real Men series – first installment set in Jack’s Bay, northern Ontario – a place I ❤ so much!
My heroes and heroines haven’t had an easy time of it. But they take what life dishes out, and somehow, with grit, determination and heart – especially heart – they transform it into gold. Their gold.
Their stories – like life! – range from sweet to sexy, contemporary to suspenseful.
Want to know when there’s a new Susan Saxx book released? Click the yellow “FOLLOW” button above.
Want more news and special, subscriber ONLY ‘insider’ stories? Join my newsletter at http://eepurl.com/bFwHOb.
Interaction your thing? Come hang with me at Saxxy Reads, on FB. I promise – the water’s always fine!
And welcome…to Jack’s Bay, northern Ontario, to the upcoming sister series in B.C., and to the rancher (#1), the tormented dark-net genius (#5), the ‘hit rock-bottom’ ex-Seal (#4), and the ex-star hockey player (Coming Dec. 2018) – all military reservists, and the passionate, heroic women they fall for.
REAL MEN is the series – get to know them all at http://www.susansaxx.com.
$10 Amazon
Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

 

Mid-Week Reading Update

Hey guys, how is your first week of 2020? In my case, all goes amazing so far. I spend time with my family, I went on small trips and I am having fun reading, writing articles, planning and building a solid schedule.

One way of making sure I am on time with my reading and to follow the TBRs is posting a mid-week reading check in. I am not always updating my “currently reading” shelf on Goodreads (I’m trying to change that…), so this is my way to compensate that.

Ok, I am now reading “It Started with A Candy Cane” by Susan Saxx and it’s going great! I think I may add another author on my list of favorites. I have finished this morning (It’s 7 PM when I’m writing this article and it will probably be 10 PM when it will go live) “Real Miracle” by same Susan Saxx and it was very good. Tomorrow you will see my thoughts on them – I’m still on my days off from work so I am reading all day long!!!!

That’s it for now 😊 Come back tomorrow for reviews and more. Until then, happy reading!

2019 Goodreads Challenge – Stats

While I honestly did my best to complete my Goodreads challenge for 2019, I did not manage to do that. Well, what can I say? It happens… But I am quite happy with the 65 books I did read, according Goodreads. There are some more (maximum 7) that I have finished but did not review which I will not include in the following statistics. I will probably need to reread them this year anyhow, so that I am able to write a proper review.

Ok, Let’s see: 65 books read, with a total of 14,216 pages. My average rating is 4.4 stars. Hmmm, I’m one if the kind reviewers looks like. Longest book: Song of Sacrifice by Janell Rhiannon and shortest: Home for the Holidays by Eden Summers – both amazing books, I might add!

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The most and least popular books I have reviewed are: A Lie For A Lie by Helena Hunting and Corporate Christmas by Bernadette Marie. In case of this last one, I am sure it is because it was recently launched. It will quickly gain popularity for sure.

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For 2020 I intend to keep my goal of 100 books and I am sure I will be able to do complete it this time. I have 3 or 4 challenges I want to complete, one of which has over 50 books. More about them will follow soon.

How did you do in 2019? How many books have you finished or, if you are a writer, how many books or stories have you written? Goodluck to all participating in the Goodreads 2020 challenge! Until next time, Happy Reading!

Happy New Year !

Happy New Year Guys!

2020 has arrived! How did you spend your first hours? I did a little bit of everything, but mostly tried to be in a good mood, with positive thoughts. Lucky, I was also reading an amazing book (I will tell you about it in the following days).

Nothing much for today. I just wanted to wish you all an amazing year! I hope 2020 will be amazing for you all. I hope you will find happiness at every turn and that you will fill every moment with good thoughts and people! Love and be loved, spend time with family and best friends and remember: READ!

Reading is food for the mind and soul, it relaxes muscles. So spend some time with your favorite books, find your favorite one in case you have not done that and live every emotion at maximum. It’s what makes us alive. We laugh, we feel angry or we cry. Then we lift our chins high and laugh again, with the next amazing chapter of our book, or life.

Happy New Year and Happy (New) Reading!