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.

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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.

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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?

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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

 

Book Review: What a Lord Wants

What a Lord Wants
Capturing the Carlisles Book 5
by Anna Harrington
Genre: Historical Romance
THE ART OF SEDUCTION
Dominick Mercer, Marquess of Ellsworth, leads a double life. In public, he’s
one of the most respected peers in England. But in private, he’s
notorious Italian painter Domenico Vincenzo, a man known as well for
his scandalous lifestyle as his visionary paintings. He’s
determined to paint a masterpiece and put his real name on it, thus
freeing him from this dual existence that’s becoming difficult to
maintain. The problem? His model is the most unusual woman he’s
ever met and the only one fit for his masterpiece. And she’s
keeping secrets of her own…
Eve Winslow is determined to live life to its fullest by bouncing from
one madcap escapade to another. So when a misunderstanding brings her
to Vincenzo’s studio, she simply cannot refuse the adventure of
being his model, or his rakish charms. Soon Eve’s adventure turns
into scandal, and the only person who can save her is the same man
who causes her downfall—a man who refuses to put anything before
his art, including love.
Top pick! Sensual and arousing. Harrington spins her tale with care as
she gives her memorable characters a lively plot and depth of emotion
that captivates her fans, who can’t wait for the next chapter.”
RT Book Reviews on When the Scoundrel Sins
“The characters are fabulously crafted and gloriously complicated…the
author balances the dark with a light, witty humor and a sexual
tension that adds sizzle to every scene…How I Married a Marquess is
intense, satisfying, and cleverly unpredictable. Consider me a
freshly minted fan of Harrington’s style of happy ever after.”
USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog on How I Married a Marquess
“Harrington creates fast-paced, lively romances with unconventional characters
and plot. For her second novel, she adds heated sensuality and a
gothic twist. There is little doubt that she is fast becoming a fan
favorite.”—
RT Book Reviews on Along Came a Rogue
**easily read as a standalone!!**
My Review

Oh, this is another book I could not put down. I loved the story so much and I still have a lot to discover in the series.

We have two amazing main characters, with a story that will leave you wanting more and more. Dominick has a passion. He finds his own peace of mind in painting and it’s all he ever wants to do. Still, in a time when society sees an improper action in very small things, he has to keep his passion a secret. But is his painting proper? Hmm…  I’ll let you tell me once you read the story.

Anyhow, Eve lives her life to the fullest, as the blurb says. When she ends up being his model, she is determined to go ahead with the deal, since she is not one to back away from a challenge. She is his spark, the perfect model for what he wants to transmit with his work. They go together so well.

Now, there is a link with the previous books in the series, however this did not affect my enjoyment, but only wanted me to find out more about the other characters.  Both Eve and Dominick leave close to a scandal, both have their true selves to hide. I loved how easy they come together and see their relationship evolve.

All in all, this is a great book, with amazing characters. I cannot wait to get my hands on the other books in the series! Anna Harrington is an awesome writer and her style grips the reader’s attention. Loved it, 5 stars!

I love good stories that end in happily ever afters, and if they’ve
made me cry along the way, even better. That’s why I love to write
romances and to share those special moments. Dashing heroes,
indepedent heroines, and romantic settings in a some English country
estate or elegant townhouse, perhaps a masquerade…all the things I
love about historical romances, all the things I hope you’ll enjoy
when you read mine.
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Book Review: Kiss from a Rose

Kiss From a Rose
by Bella Fontaine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 
Secrets that were meant to be hidden jump out of the closet in this hot,
sexy, enemies to lovers romance. From USA Today Bestselling Author
Khardine Gray writing as Bella Fontaine…
There are two things in this world that I’m certain of:
1.Money doesn’t grow on trees.
2.Caine Donoghue is the devil. He’s the kind of guy who’s sexy, knows it,
and uses his charm to fool you. It doesn’t help that he’s an
Ex-Navy man with all that hard muscle and a body built like a god.
He’s the devil.
It sounds harsh, but it’s true. I should know because I practically
grew up with him. I had to endure many summers of his evil. So
I
should know.
However, the day came when the man decided to go and shock me.
It only took a fifteen-year absence in each other’s lives, but…one
major act of kindness that saved the person I loved most dissolved
the barrier I placed up to keep him out.
I never saw it coming.
Me, trapped in the charm he oozed. Me, trapped in the temptation that
lured me to him just from his sinful sexy smile. Me, getting lost in
a man I thought was my worse nightmare.
Caine Donoghue sucked me into a sizzling hot, whirlwind romance that was so
scorching it would make hell feel like the artic.
He unlocked something inside me.
But…us being together unlocked something else.
We unlocked secrets from the past that should have stayed hidden.
Secrets that tangle the past with the present, and will affect the
future.
Secrets that could destroy us.
It’s only a matter of time.
Then it won’t matter what I think …
If you like hot, steamy, romance with gorgeous, drool-worthy ex-military
men that will make you melt, you will like this book. Scroll up and
one-click your copy today!
 
 
Bella Fontaine is the multicultural and interracial romance pen name of USA
Today Bestselling bestselling author Khardine Gray.
The name is to honor the strong, super talented, and courageous women in
her family who inspired her to write and do what she loves most.
As with her other books expect hot, steamy, contemporary romance and
romantic suspense. Expect drool-worthy heroes and sassy heroines.
People falling in love and the wild, sexy fun they have on their journey.
 
My Review

Oh, this is such an intense story! There are many elements to enjoy and enough hot scenes to make you blush. There is also the thriller element that makes it even more interesting.

Anya has always had a secret crush on the boy who made her childhood a nightmare. So when need comes and the said boy, now a full grown man, is her knight in shining armor, things are bound to intensify to maximum levels. Especially if our hero has always fancied her as well. When Anya’s aunt, the woman who raised Caine, falls ill, she is more than willing to care for her and her small business. Cane offers to cover their money issues and also help around, while Halle is in the hospital, recovering. Little did they expect to face loan sharks and schemes to obtain by any means necessary, Halle’s business.

 For me, the story was a bit predictable and it left me with unanswered questions. The reason why Cane was so awful to Anya in their childhood is still beyond me and as well how a mature woman was deceived in such a way by a loan shark is a little too much. I do have some small issues with the writing – some expressions were repetitive and childish for a man in the army, in his early thirties, for example. Also, I am not a big fan of the cover.

But setting this aside, I did enjoy the romance and how both characters were afraid to commit. Their relationship starts with the knowledge that it could end at any moment, but soon both will realize they have difficulties staying away. I loved how Cane took things into his own hands and did everything to protect the two women in his life. He is by far my favorite of the two.

All in all, I did enjoy my time with the story, regardless of my negative comments. I’s a story worth uncovering, with a good thriller element.  3.5 stars. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below J Happy reading!

 

 
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Book Review: My Favorite Cowboy

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Title: My Favorite Cowboy (Heart of Texas #3)

Author: Donna Grant

Published: February 26th 2019 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

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

Format: ecopy (via NetGalley)

Blurb:

Audrey Martinez is a veterinarian who has devoted her whole life to the care and protection of horses―even if doing so leaves her little time for meeting a man. Who would have thought that a strange case of criminal horseplay would lead her to falling deeply, wildly in love? If only the man who makes her heart race faster than a wild mustang would let his guard down, that is. . .

Caleb Harper is no ordinary cowboy. Sure, he wears his hat, boots, and jeans like a second skin, and displays an easygoing charm that comes from years of working on the ranch. But with his military background, and Army buddies at his side, he is tried-and-true Texas tough. Audrey knows she can trust a man like Caleb to help her save horses. But can Caleb trust himself to resist his attraction to Audrey―or will the sparks of their desire end up getting them burned?

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My Review

 

Happy Release Day!!!

Another nice cowboy story from Donna Grant, one that makes me want to read more of the next books in the series. I liked it but I do have some comments here and there.

After reading “Cowboy, Cross My Heart”, I couldn’t wait to read Caleb’s story. Even from Book 2 he shows some issues which are better explained in “My Favorite Cowboy”. He and Audrey Martinez have to find out why the horses on a friend’s ranch. She is a well-known veterinarian, with a reputation built on hard work and dedication. She loves horses and is willing to do all in her power and more to find out what or who is harming them. Caleb’s interest is piqued by her physique at first, but he cannot stop admiring her passion and commitment.

All is good and well. The mystery is well built and integrated. But here is where my issues come. I loved the romance, but the willingness to commit comes too quick and while I was expecting this after reading book 2, I have to mention it did bother me a little. All the family and friends get involved in this, which is great. There is a great support system in Caleb’s family and everyone is welcoming anyone with open arms. However, there were moments when it seemed too much.

Overall, I cannot say I did not like the book. There are just some items that were not necessarily to my taste. The action kept e reading and reading, just to find out what was going on and it was an interesting reveal in the end. I’ll go with 3.5 stars and looking forward to the next books in the series. Enjoy!

I do invite you to check out the previous books in the series. Even if book 3 can be read as a standalone, the previous two give you an idea about the atmosphere and how the family and friends come together for one another.

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Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

In addition to her novels, Donna has written over forty short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst of fresh air” by the San Francisco Book Review. Her work has been hailed as having “deft plotting and expert characterization” by Publisher’s Weekly and “sizzling” by RT Book Reviews.

She has been recognized with awards from both bookseller and reader contests including the National Reader’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, as well as the coveted K.I.S.S. Award from RT Book Reviews.

Donna travels often for various speaking engagements, conferences, and book signings. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at national conferences such as RT Book Lovers Convention and Thrillerfest, as well as local chapters.

Born and raised in Texas, she also has ties across the border in Louisiana. Growing up with two such vibrant cultures, her Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. She is never far from her faithful 80 pound dog, Sisko, or her three cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore with her children. Or buying makeup. And shoes.

You an find her at http://www.DonnaGrant.com

as well as her website devoted entirely to the Dragon Kings and all series that encompass the Dark World at http://www.MotherOfDragonsBooks.com.

Book Review: Song of Sacrifice

Song of Sacrifice
Janell Rhiannon
(Homeric Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: December 26th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical

The heart of the Trojan War belongs to the women.

Mothers and daughters; wives and war prizes, whisper to us across time…

…remember our songs alongside the mighty men of myth.

As the Age of Heroes wanes, the gods gamble more fiercely with mortals’ lives than they ever have before. Women must rely on their inner strength and cunning to survive the wars men wage for gold and glory.

Clytemnestra of Mycenae struggles for control of her life after Agamemnon ruthlessly rips it apart. Leda of Sparta survives a brutal assault by Zeus, shouldering a terrible secret in silence. Penelope raises Ithaka’s sole heir alone, praying for Odysseus’ swift return. Thetis, the sea nymph, despairs of her son’s destiny and resorts to forbidden magic to save him. Hecuba of Troy mourns the loss of her second son to a dark prophesy. And Shavash of Pedasus prepares her daughter to marry the greatest warrior who ever lived.

In a world where love leads to war and duty leads to destruction, the iron hearts of heroines will conquer all.

Sing, Muse, sing their song of sacrifice…

Replaces Song of Princes as the first book in the Homeric Chronicles.

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My Review

I am going to spoil the end of this review by mentioning, from the first line, that this is a 5 stars book. Also, I do what to mention that I am very much in love with Greek mythology and especially with this particular story, with Troy and all it represented.

My first real book was one describing Troy and its destiny. I was too little to understand even the meaning of some of the words. Only after finishing the story, I started reading more about the Greek mythology and I loved it so so much. I fell in love with reading with these stories.

Now, back to “Song of Sacrifice”. This book was absolutely amazing. It’s a tribute to this land of gods. It does so much justice to the legends and it brings out the most beautiful elements in it. I have devoured it and could not stop reading. Actually, I don’t understand why it had to end. I know the legend, I would never have imagined it put in a book in this way. And it twists the myth in all angles so that we have an even better picture of how it all went out.

It’s like being there. Honestly, it’s like finding out more things about the characters I’ve grown up with. But my connection with the story is not only due to my childhood experience. Janell Rhiannon has such a captivating way of using words. It’s like a spell, she put a spell on me. And the cover fits so well.

Everything fits here. The poem in the beginning (yes, it has a poem, I’m sorry I’m spoiling a little) it’s like a gateway to this amazing world. Then all the strong women, mothers, queens, goddesses… oh, how many interesting elements. I liked it, ok.

Guys, please read it, please read the legend first and then read “Song of Sacrifice”. This book is beautiful, interesting, has politics and political games, love affairs and many turns. To some, it may come to no surprise what happens, but how we get there is one interesting journey. I am so happy to have read the book and even happier to know that book 2 will be out in March!!!! Excuse me while I try to preorder it! (how do I get a hardback for this series…. ?)

 

Author Bio:

In graduate school, Janell focused on the ancient history of Greece and Rome. Hooked by the “sword and sandal” world, she studied everything she could about mythology and Alexander the Great.

The Homeric Chronicles series is dedicated to merging dozens of Greek myths, including Homer’s epics, with plays, history, and archaeology. Her intent is to raise the heroines’ voices equally alongside the heroes, opening up a traditionally male focused genre to a female audience.

She lives in CA and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. She has a pack of two big dogs and two cats.

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