Book Review: Unconditional by Lexxie Couper

Unconditional
Always Book 1
by Lexxie Couper
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Life’s great — it’s the terminal degenerative disease that sucks.
Maci is young, smart and about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. It looks like she has the world at her feet, but appearances can be deceiving. Because Maci is not like other college girls. She already knows her future is written and there’s no happy ending in sight.
For Raphael, life is all upside. He’s on the fast track to success and nothing can stop him—except his unexpected love for a girl who’s convinced she’ll hold him back.
When Maci and Raphael are drawn irresistibly together, they’ll both have to redefine everything they thought they knew about life, love and happy ever after.
“One of the BEST New Adult Coming of Age romance books I’ve read…funny, heartwarming and sexy”~ Five Stars, Slick Reads
***The Always series is a 3-book series about love, life, laughter and hope. Originally released under the pen-name Cherie M Hudson, the Always series is Lexxie Couper unlike you’ve read before.***
My Review

I loved this book so much! It was more than I could have expected. Funny and serious when needed, with great characters and an amazing love story, “Unconditional” is absolutely incredible!

Maci is such a strong heroine. She is not a victim, she is not asking for pity and definitely she can stand her ground. She has learnt to live with her condition and, even if she has sealed the door to her heart, dreams are a way of making everything possible. When a stranger kisses her in the men’s bathroom, in the Australian airport, Maci’s walls tremble a little. To her surprise, the mysterious man is extremely famous… and also her colleague at uni.

Maci and Raphael have an incredible chemistry. Both are not willing to open their hearts, but the feeling has a way of slipping through the cracks. There are many things to deal with starting with fame and publicity and also Maci’s condition. Her support system, although unwanted, is great. I hope we will have books for both Heather and Brandon.

The plot keeps you on the edge of your seat. I devoured it until the very last page, interested to learn how they would put order into their chaotic lives. The writing feels natural and flows perfectly. I had fun reading it. The line between fun and mockery is well defined. I love the fact that the author pays so much attention to conditions such as Parkinson’s and treats them with the seriousness they deserve. She raises awareness as well to those around people with this disease and that I love too.

All in all, I love this book and I cannot wait to read the others from the series. Lexxie Couper is a fantastic writer and I cannot wait to read her other books as well!

Favorite Quote: “Desire the impossible to substitute the denied. Makes sense, right?”

Cover Review: I like it. I feel it misses something, but I’m not sure what. I like how the two characters are portrayed like opposites and I like the small “patch” detail on the title. Good 😊

5 stars

 

International bestselling romance author Lexxie Couper started writing when she was six and hasn’t stopped since. She’s not a deviant, but she does have a deviant’s imagination and a desire to entertain readers with her words. Add the two together and you get romances that can make you laugh, cry, shake with fear or tremble with desire…Sometimes all at once.
$40 Amazon gift card plus a little Aussie treat I’ll post to the winner from Down Under
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January TBR

Ok, here we are with the first TBR of the year. I am feeling a little nervous because I do intend to follow my monthly TBRs closely. I have set a 100 books goal on Goodreads, so I’ll need to read 9 books per month. Doesn’t seem so difficult, does it?

Let’s take a look at what I have for January:

  1. Real Miracle by Susan Saxx (already posted)
  2. It Started With a Candy Cane by Susan Saxx (already posted)
  3. Real Temptation/ Special Delivery by Susan Saxx (already posted)
  4. Forever My Duke by Olivia Drake
  5. Something Wicked by Nicole M. Rubino
  6. Beautifully Broken by Bailey B.
  7. Shadowed by Michelle Areaux
  8. The Midnight Before Me by Elizabeth Lo
  1. Sweet Talkin’ Lover by Tracey Livesay
  2. Mister Hollywood by Mika Lane
  3. Mister Fake Date by Mika Lane
  4. Mister Wrong by Mika Lane
  5. Escape You by Diana A. Hicks
  6. Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney
  7. My Pulse by Hanna Dale

I was telling you in some of my other articles that I am also taking part in some challenges. I never got to tell you anything about them yet, but I will probably need to add at least one or two more books, in case the ones I already have don’t meet the criteria. With 4 books already read, the year is off to a good start.

Until next time, happy reading!

Weekly Quote #6

Hello to everyone!  I do hope this article finds you in the best of moods, even if it is Monday. Let’s start the week with our regular quote.

Today I am offering a quote from “Forever My Duke” by Olivia Drake. I cannot begin to describe how much I loved this book and I cannot wait to share my thought with you. This was a hefty read, with 384 pages. I know, not so many, but after a period of only reading smaller books, this one seems big!

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“Forever My Duke” tells the story of an American woman that comes to England toForever My Duke by Olivia Drake return her desisted best friend’s son to his grandfather. On their way, she meets the Duke of Clayton and from here starts a beautiful relationship, in which they both have to win the other’s confidence and respect. For some reason, this book has some 2 or 3 stars reviews and, while I respect the opinions, I am completely in love! I seem to like Historical Romance quite a lot these days… (I will never ever admit I have a romantic one in me!)

I hope you have a wonderful week! To those returning to work: good luck and good energy. Keep your calm and positive attitude (it’s something I need to remember as well…) 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.
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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.
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Book Reviews: The Princeton Allegiant Series (#1 & #2)

Drawing Bloodlines
The Princeton Allegiant Series Book 1
by Deborah Garland
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: April 3, 2019
Award-Winning Author Deborah Garland presents a new paranormal series starting with Drawing Bloodlines about a vampire who takes a chance on love after a lonely century, only to be forcibly mated with a ruthless vamp from his dark past.
The TBR Pile said, it’s “sure to heat your blood,” and The Romance Reviews was “drawn into this new paranormal vampire world.”
Dr. Alexander Manning’s vampire allegiant demands loyalty and secrecy. Keeping their existence hidden from humans is the Prime Directive. So when he accidentally reveals himself to a woman, a beautiful woman he can’t resist, he’s forced to make a choice: report her to his commander or ‘deal’ with her himself.
Both Alex’s loyalty and secrecy are tested.
Elizabeth should be afraid of tall, handsome, god-like Alexander, who she’s figured out is a vampire. Knowing he’ll come for her, she prepares for the worst and even considers sending her daughter away to live with her ex.
Alexander shows up, not to harm her though. To seduce her. Nights of unending pleasure however take a very serious turn, neither was expecting.
Until Alex’s past catches up to him and threatens to destroy his precious secretive world with Elizabeth and loyalty to her and her adorable seven-year-old daughter.
Will Alex obey his allegiant commander and submit to a woman he hates, or fight?
Never force a vampire to mate…
The Princeton Allegiant Series features a recurring cast of hot and sexy vampires, but each book can be read as a stand-alone. No cheating. No cliffhanger.
My Review
Book one starts with a blast. Either I was missing a vampire romance, or this book is actually great. I intend to believe both statements to be correct. I was indeed missing a steamy (oh, so steamy) vampire romance and this book is actually great.
Alexander Manning finds himself extremely attracted to Elizabeth’s blood and more. A visit to the hospital is what determines the encounter between the two and each has a powerful impression on the other. A lustful romance starts, that quickly puts her in danger. We have plot twists, strong vampires and did I mention steamy scenes?
Vampires in romance books should be 100 times more intense than a regular person falling in love. If this is achieved, then the author did a great job. Deborah Garland did it! Alex is fascinated by Elizabeth. He feels and makes her feel an immense passion. When danger knocks on the door (or not, just enters directly, no knocking), his predatory instincts kick in. The way he pays attention to her likes and dislikes is great as well. They help each other unravel long lost sides of their personality. He brings forward in her the desire to be a woman and to feel desired by someone and Elizabeth …she brings back the warmth in his cold heart. Oh, I loved it!
I don’t know what else to say. I will take a risk and repeat myself: I really missed a great vampire romance. Well, I got my whish 😊 If you are a vampire fan or if you just want to read a hot romance story, with strong characters that sometimes drink red liquids stored in human bodies, this is the book for you !!!
5 stars
Guarding Bloodlines
The Princeton Allegiant Series Book 2
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: September 27, 2019
Never steal a vampire’s mate.
What’s the world’s most dangerous vampire to do when the only woman he’s ever loved is about to be abducted? He strikes a devil’s bargain, but Loren Tagaris is done playing nice.
Loren’s gifts for destruction have made him the most feared vampire on the planet. To bargain for his progeny’s freedom, he’s forced to bend the knee to the precious New York Vampire Lords and find their missing commander in thirty days. Or hand Julianna, who’s part witch, over forever.
Julianna’s powers are more dangerous than Loren ever imaged. When their hunt for the missing commander unearths a buried secret that terrifies even Loren, all bets are off, and it’s every vampire for himself. Suddenly the Lords abducting Julianna is the least of their problems.
Will Loren give up his own freedom once and for all to protect the allegiant world even if it means losing Julianna forever?
“Guarding Bloodlines and The Princeton Allegiant series is a refreshing twist on a vampire world which delivers on action-packed, deliciously sexy, fun reading that will have you turning the pages.” – Jennifer Bray-Weber, Award-Winning Author
My Review

I got hooked on “Never steal a vampire’s mate”. Having loved book 1 so much was also a plus. I am addicted to vampire romances and I am not ashamed to admit it.

“Guarding Bloodlines” is Loren’s story, Alex’s sire. We know already from book one (which hopefully you have read before jumping into book two, just because it’s great and fabulous and steamy!) that Loren is powerful and feared by many. We know little of Julianna, the other human that he turned to vampire. Well now we learn! Loren and Julianna have a connection at least one of them is not willing to accept. Together they fight, they learn to cooperate, but they also learn to give themselves truly.

I loved the danger they face, I loved Loren’s determination and Julianna’s strength. The plot was much more intense in this book than in “Drawing Bloodlines” and thus much more enjoyable. I honestly read it in less than one day. I could not (and did not want to) put it down. He has to protect his mate and also the vampire world – kind of a big responsibility. But only the strongest of vampires can achieve these tasks, hopefully.

I loved it, read it, enjoy it, devour it! Because this is what must be done!

Matching Bloodlines
The Princeton Allegiant Series Book 3
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: December 4, 2019
VAMPIRES DON’T DATE. THEY POSSESS.
Award-Winning Author Deborah Garland is back with an all new steamy vampire romance in Matching Bloodlines, an angst-fest about a vampire in search of a new mate and the matchmaker he hires who ignites decades of unmet needs and passion…only she’s off-limits.
Never match a vampire with the wrong mate…
Nothing could have prepared Francisco St. Claire for living as a single male after centuries of being mated. The serious and scary Commander of the Princeton Allegiant is now heartbroken and that makes him one dangerous vampire. Still, he has an allegiant to run and there is trouble on his borders.
When the ruling lords demand he hire a matchmaker to find a new mate for himself as well as the other males who have sworn to him, the loyal commander follows orders but vows he’ll never love again.
Princeton Matchmaker, Charlotte Kincaid is drowning in debt. She’s so desperate for cash, she agrees to work for a mysterious rich businessman requesting a ‘mate’, who just happens to be a vampire. If only this intoxicating Frenchman with the most sensuous lips she’s ever seen wasn’t her client.
Since meeting Charlotte, Francisco’s emotions and senses have awoken, including his primal need for a woman’s body against his. But if he takes Charlotte to mate and turns her, she can’t find matches for the rest of his vampires.
Will the Princeton Allegiant Commander show his strength by mating with the woman he craves or will he continue to follow orders?
The Princeton Allegiant Series features a recurring cast of hot and sexy vampires, but each book can be read as a stand-alone. No cheating. No cliffhanger.

My Thought So Far

After reading the first two books, I am crazy to read the third one. I am a fan of these vampires and this universe. I hope to see them work together more at some point and see the stories intertwine. I like the covers, almost. I love the little blood details on them, even if I don’t get yet the detail on the cover of book 3. Speaking of, I was waiting to read Francisco’s story and I see he will “mingle” with Charlotte. That’s one more book to add on my immediate TBR! Stick around for more 😊 Happy Reading!

Deborah Garland is now an Award Winning Author! Must Be Crazy has won The Carolyn Readers’ Choice Award.
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Deborah’s childhood on Long Island, NY can be described as Cinderella meets Carrie. A latch-key kid, she spent her days after school, cooking, cleaning and looking after her younger brother to help out her very strict working parents. Those hours of nothingness sparked a wild imagination and a few invisible friends.
After years of doing the whole corporate thing, it was finally Deborah’s turn to make the dream come true of being a published author. Her 2017 debut novel, Must Love Fashion, was a Golden Leaf finalist for Best Contemporary Romance. She writes strong and witty heroines and heroes that fall hard for them. Her novels have received words of praise from RT Book Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, InD’tale Magazine, Library Journal, and Uncaged Magazine. In addition to a great book, she loves pugs and chocolate ad eats her bacon cheeseburgers with a Grey Goose Cosmopolitan.
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Book Review: In Mistletoe by Tammy L. Bailey

In Mistletoe
by Tammy L. Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc
Publication Date: December 2, 2016
At twenty-five, Grace Evans is steadily picking up the pieces of everyone else’s life. So, when her younger sister decides to turn into a runaway bride just four weeks before the wedding, Grace, drops everything to chase after her and bring her back home. Only, when the trail leads to Mistletoe, Washington, she finds herself at the mercy of the town’s most handsome and emotionally unavailable bachelor.
Ex-Army officer, Ayden McCabe, has three creeds in life: never make the first move, never fall in love, and never take anyone to Mistletoe’s Christmas Dance. Wanting nothing more than to keep his matchmaking sister from meddling in his personal life, he agrees to help Grace if she agrees to play his girlfriend. Too brunette and meek for his taste, Ayden believes Grace can’t tempt him enough to break any of his creeds. He could not be more wrong.
My Review

I am so happy to have read this book during Christmas! The small-town life, the secondary characters and the plot gave me the festive vibe and the warmth typical for this type of romance.

Grace comes to Mistletoe looking for her sister who apparently decided to take some time away and think, with little time before her wedding. The only accommodation available is with the most sought-after bachelor in town: Ayden McCabe. He promises to help find her sister if she agrees on being his pretend girlfriend for a few days. All goes well, until a mistletoe branch ruins their plans.

There are many things I liked and some I did not agree with. On the plus side, I did enjoy the small-town vibe we get from all the secondary characters. They were the ones creating the atmosphere around Ayden and Grace. I liked Ayden – his attention to Grace’s needs, his dedication to his family make him a great guy. He surrounds himself with women that can be quickly disposed, without forming any emotional attachments, yet when he meets Grace, a woman not interested in his charms and with a look of pure innocence, he feels the need to protect.

On the negative, there are some background stories that are not very well developed. Though I know they are not the front and center, I did wish to understand more about Ayden and Grace’s fears. We see just a little bit of both, just not enough to justify the fears they have or the weaknesses they possess. In my opinion, Grace’s past is not enough to justify why she puts up with her boyfriend (or ex-boyfriend)’s crises. The guy is portrayed as a real piece of … something bad and yet she still cannot find the strength to say it to his face. The last 50 pages are kind of a rush, with all things forming a conclusion and characters opening their eyes. It’s good, but I wanted more.

So while I did enjoy the story very very much and I do consider it a great read for the Christmas season, I would have wanted more swoon, a deeper background story for the characters. 4 stars on my end, just because I am picky.

Cover Review: I fully agree with the cover! The color scheme used is perfect for winter, with the blue and the snow. We see the blanket! Apparently, it has nothing to do, but you will understand if you go through the book. Snowy Mistletoe is in the background… It would have been nice to have also a snowy mistletoe branch but… maybe it would have been too much. All in all, I like the cover, it’s fitting.

Favorite Quote: “Danielle believed her older sister needed to spread her own wings and fly. Grace just wished someone had given her a damn parachute first.”

 

A LEO wife, mother, and military veteran, Tammy began writing when the shows and movies she watched didn’t end the way she wanted them to end. Whether it’s historical or contemporary, for her, there must always be a happy ending.
When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her husband and two boys near Cleveland, Ohio. Without their sacrifice and understanding, she believes she would have never been able to pursue her passion of writing or her accomplishment of becoming a published author.
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