Book Review: An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham

About the book:An Everyday Hero

Title: An Everyday Hero (Heart of a Hero #2)

Author: Laura Trentham

Published: February 4th 2020 by St. Martin’s Griffin

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

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

At thirty, Greer Hadley never expected to be forced home to Madison, Tennessee with her life and dreams of being a songwriter up in flames. To make matters worse, a series of bad decisions and even crappier luck lands her community service hours at a nonprofit organization that aids veterans and their families. Greer cannot fathom how she’s supposed to use music to help anyone deal with their trauma and loss when the one thing that brought her joy has failed her.

When Greer meets fifteen-year-old Ally Martinez, her plans to stay detached and do as little as possible get thrown away. New to town and dealing with the death of her father in action, she hides her emotions behind a mask of bitterness and sarcasm, but Greer is able to see past it and recognizes pieces of who she once was in Ally. The raw and obvious talent she possesses could take her to the top and Greer vows to make sure life’s negativities don’t derail Ally’s potential.

After Greer is assigned a veteran to help, she’s not surprised Emmett Lawson, the town’s golden boy, followed his family’s legacy. What leaves her shocked is the shell of a man who believes he doesn’t deserve anyone’s help. A breakthrough with Ally reminds Greer that no one is worth giving up on. So she shows up one day with his old guitar, and meets Emmett’s rage head on with her stubbornness. When a situation with Ally becomes dire, the two of them must become a team to save her—and along the way they might just save themselves too.

Check it on: Amazon & Goodreads

My Review

I have been so spoiled lately by St. Martin’s. They have amazing authors, incredible romance stories and I would read anything that is published by them. I may not have been the best reviewer when it comes to timings, but for sure I am improving a lot (part of my resolutions for this year).

For today I bring you my review for the latest Laura Trentham book – “An Everyday Hero”. This is the second book in “Heart of a Hero” series, from which I have also read book one, “The Military Wife”. Book one was so emotional that I had a hard time focusing on a coherent review. I have a limited experience with family members part of the army, as my grandfather used to be a lieutenant, but I was too little to understand the consequences or too little to ask questions about his time there. I still cried my heart out reading it.

With this being said, I was scared (good “scared”) going into “An Everyday Hero” and now, weeks after finishing it, I feel the same. I was again overwhelmed with the heavy dose of emotion that is put into this novel. The author has this ability of mixing pain and optimism (for lack of better words) in the same chapter and this is creating a beautiful, beautiful mix. A bit about the plot: our female main character is Greer Hadley. She is sentenced to community work after an altercation with a juke box (yup, funny story, won’t tell you more). This means she has to work with those affected by the war in any way – veterans or people who have lost relatives on the battlefield. She is assigned to Emmett Lawson and   fifteen-year-old Ally Martinez, none of which is willing to open up.

But Greer’s unconventional methods, as well as stubbornness are two things that make her good at this job. Slowly, she has to break down Emmett’s walls and self-isolation and also convince Ally that sometimes one needs a friend. If with Emmett things are at least clear, if not easy, Ally has a life she is not willing to share with Greer.

We have two stories, two lives affected differently by war and one bridge between them. Greer will also have to deal with her own monsters and with her fear of professional failure. Learning from Ally and Emmett is her task. Learning to put aside her fears and have faith in her abilities is something Greer has to approach.

I loved this book so much and I love Laura Trentham to the Moon and back, times Infinity! The stories she gives life to are fantastic and full of emotions. I do recommend reading this book, as well as “The Military Wife”, but have some tissues close. Enjoy!

Cover review: I don’t get the cover, in relation with the story, unfortunately. I like it and I like that the color combination makes me thing of the American flag but… the 3 chairs with the girl dancing in the water, that I don’t get. Maybe there’s a scene that I’m missing from the book but… I don’t make the connection. It’s a great cover, just don’t see it tight to the story.

Favorite quote: “Fate controls all of our lives with a few seconds. A few seconds faster or slower ad you could have avoided a car wreck. A few seconds is all it takes to miss your train or buss and get you fired for being late to work. A few seconds can save a life or take one. You did everything you were capable of doing in those few seconds.”

5 stars

About the AuthorLaura Trentham

Author of smart, sexy Southern contemporary romance, Regency historicals, & heartfelt Women’s Fiction

Series include:
Sweet Home Alabama
Cottonbloom
Spies and Lovers
Heart of a Hero
Highland, Georgia

 

Book Review: The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis

About the book:The Raven and the Dove

Title: The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove #1)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Published: March 9th 2020 by Amazon Digital Services LLC

Source: Received from the Author as part of her ARC team, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

A princess longing to be free...

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.

Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey. If you like fierce heroines, brooding heroes, forbidden romance, and action-packed magical adventures with twists you’ll never see coming, don’t miss The Raven and the Dove!

Check it on: Amazon & Goodreads

My Review
Dear Kaitlyn Davis,
I am at a loss of words, so I stick with the basics: you are amazing!
Thank you!

Your faithful reader,

Lilly

“The Raven and the Dove” is a book that surpasses my expectations. It’s hard to believe, since any Kaitlyn Davis book is by default amazing in my world. But her last story is so… magical. I loved every word, I loved the characters and I cannot wait for the next book.

Actually, I still have a broken heart about the ending, but I’ll get to that soon.
Ok, the plot has a certain degree of political intrigue, as initially each representative of each kingdom needs to compete for a mate. But once the competitions are over, a new political intrigue, much more interesting arises. We have dragons, ravens, doves, wings and magic! We have a love that goes against all principles, even if our protagonists really try to stay away.

Kaitlyn Davis does wonders creating the sizzling scenes, the ones charged with emotions. So these were by far my favorite scenes of the entire book. When Lyana and Rafe meet, the connection is so strong and they feel the pull of the magic within. Later in the story, the forbidden romance is so well described. Rafe’s torment is by far an amazing creation.

The world that hosts this romance is beautifully created as well. It left me with a desire to learn more and I hope the next books in the series will show many other unexplored aspects of it. The ending killed me. Reading the last chapters was like having my heart ripped away, piece by piece. It was something I did not see coming and it blew my mind.

A point that must be mentioned here is the diversity we have. Lyana has dark skin and is easily accepted by those of white skin and black wings. Acceptance and understanding is highlighted through several chapters. The beauty of being different is well presented. I like that.

Well, what can I say? I loved this book, I adore Kaitlyn Davis and all her stories – especially this one. “The Raven and the Dove” has so much more to tell and it’s just the beginning. It will be an amazing journey and I cannot wait to continue the story.
Please read it, please read all her other books. They are very good!

Cover review: It is such a beautiful cover! If you read the book, there is so much to understand from it: we see the contrast between Rafe and Lyana, we see the magic that burns between them, we see the golden wings around the “1” in the lower part of the cover. We have so many beautiful details that are linked to the story.

Favorite quote: “Love is when you find a piece of yourself in someone else, a piece you never knew was missing, but without which you’d be broken. You feel whole and complete, and accepted for exactly who you are. You can be your true self, because around this person, for the first time you have no desire to pretend to be anyone else.”

5 stars

About the AuthorKaitlyn Davis

Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publishers Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

To learn more about her contemporary romance novels, visit her Goodreads author page for Kay Marie here: https://www.goodreads.com/Kay_Marie

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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Cover Reveal: Love Under Protection by Aubree Valentine

 
Cover Reveal for Love Under Protection by Aubree Valentine


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We are thrilled to share the cover for LOVE UNDER PROTECTION by Abree Valentine, an upcoming book in the second season of 425 Madison Avenue. Check out this awesome cover for a must-read fling romance!


Harley
My best friend asked me to be his best man at his destination wedding.
 
With a demanding and stressful job with NYPD life for me was all work and no play, but a week-long trip to Hawaii to celebrate Jameson’s nuptials sounds like the perfect excuse to get away.
 
Leaving work behind wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, though.
 
That was until she walked up to me at the bar.
 
After a night of unbridled passion, I discover…she’s the maid of honor in Jameson’s wedding.
 
Raylynn
My best friend asked me to be her maid of honor at her destination wedding.
 
After finding my now ex-fiance in a compromising position, escaping to Hawaii is the perfect excuse to find myself again.
 
With nothing to lose, I approach the hottest guy in that bar and take a chance on getting my own groove back.
 
There’s just one hiccup…he’s actually the best man in Liv’s wedding.

It was only supposed to be a fling, but when returning home leads to chaos and one relocation to New York, can these two love birds go from fling to forever? Time will tell.
 
Afterall…425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love.

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Don’t Miss Love Under Construction by Aubree Valentine from the first season of 425 Madison Ave.

 

“From beginning to end the pages of Love Under Construction had me captivated, it’s dramatic and emotional story line tugged on my heartstrings, and stirred up a serious case feels.”  —RedsRomanceReviews on Love Under Construction
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About Aubree

 

Aubree Valentine is a wife, mom and avid reader. Her love of books goes far behind weaving her own stories to tell. She realized her dream of becoming a published author by the time she was in high school and knew she’d stop at nothing to make that happen. 
When she’s not writing, she can be found chasing after her twins or her dogs, curled up with a good book or still working with some of her favorite authors.

 

About the 425 Madison Series

 

 

Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.

 

This season will feature some new authors as well as some of season one’s favs. Back for season two is Allie York, Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Aubree Valentine, Lauren Helms, and Katy Ames. Plus a warm welcome to KC Enders, and Marcie Shumway! 

 

Not only do we have a sexy mix of new and returning authors, prepare for pages packed with new romances, characters, and tropes all from the same well-loved high-rise apartment building in NYC. 
Make sure to follow the 425 Madison Avenue Facebook page for more on release dates, cover reveals and author spotlights. For exclusive excerpts, giveaways, and news subscribe to our 425 Madison newsletter!

 

 

 

 
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Book Release: Scot Under The Covers by Suzanne Enoch

About the book:Scot Under The Covers

Title: Scot Under the Covers

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Published: January 28th 2020 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

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

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Miranda Harris is known for her charm, wit, and ability to solve any problem she encounters. But when her brother lands neck-deep in gambling debt to a crafty villain and Miranda is subsequently blackmailed into marrying him, she must enlist the help of the devil himself to save the family honor―and herself.

Devilishly handsome Highlander Aden MacTaggert knows next to nothing about the ways of the ton, but he most certainly knows his way around gaming halls and womens’ hearts. Still, Aden is not sure how he’ll manage to find a Sassenach bride in time to save his family’s inheritance. When his almost sister-in-law Miranda comes to him for assistance, he proposes a partnership: She will help him navigate London society and he’ll teach her everything about wagering…and winning back her freedom. The beautiful, clever lass intrigues Aden―but is she playing her own game, or are the sparks between them real? He is accustomed to risking his pocket. But betting on Miranda’s love is a game he can’t afford to lose. . .

Check it on: Amazon Goodreads

My Review

Happy Release Day!!!! Another great book from ST. Martin’s and I am again grateful to the publisher for allowing me to read and review their amazing stories! Congratulations to Suzanne Enoch for writing such an amazing story 😊

Yey! I am always happy to read a book with Highlanders. Guys with accent have a certain appeal. Although I confess the Scottish dialect causes me some issues, I loved the story! As per usual, I am reviewing book 2 from the series, because I am still due for a read for the first one. But I did enjoy “Scot Under The Covers” very much.

 Miranda and Aden are an amazing pair. Each looking to learn something form the other, they quickly form a bond. She wants to clean her brother’s gabling debt and avoid a forced marriage. He must learn the ways of the ton to find a proper lady to marry, or else he risks losing his fortune. It’s not about the money, but the family legacy and the many other families working on their estate. So they form an alliance.

What I mostly enjoyed is how they fall in love with their personalities. Yes, he is very attractive and finds her attractive as well. But his kindness, his strong personality and even his life experience are just a few other traits that raise Miranda’s interest. He is charmed by her intelligence, her determination and willing to take on a debt that is not hers to pay back.

 There is a lot of family history shared. Even if it’s book 2, it’s not difficult to follow Aden’s background and to get familiar with his family and the reason why he has to marry to save his fortune. The author did an amazing job portraying the relationship as more than an interest from Aden’s side and this I loved a lot.

All in all, this was a very enjoyable read! I did have a difficult time with the Scottish words, but not so as to decrease my rating. I do hope you’ll give it a try 😊

Until next time, Happy Reading!

5 stars

 

About the AuthorSuzanne Enoch

Suzanne was born in Southern California sometime in the latter half of the 20th century. In the way that some people are born knowing they want to be astronauts or cellists, Suzanne always knew she wanted to be a writer. Early dreams of becoming a zoologist and writing true stories about her adventures in Africa were crushed, however, after she viewed a television special about the world’s most poisonous snakes; she did NOT want to write about how she’d been bitten and lost a limb to a cobra. Thankfully at the same time the movie “Star Wars” premiered, and she realized that she could make up adventures and write about them, and not be eaten by deadly predators while doing research.

She dabbled in romantic fantasy writing for a year or two after graduating with a degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, until her affection for traditional Regency romances led her to write one for fun. After several encouraging rejections from publishers, she snared the interest of the world’s best and most patient literary agent, who advised her to revise the manuscript. This ultimately led to the publication of her first book, The Black Duke’s Prize, from Avon Books in the Spring of 1995. A second Regency, Angel’s Devil, followed that Fall.

When Avon folded its traditional Regency line, Suzanne was encouraged to try her hand at historical romance. As she remained keenly interested in England’s Regency period, she decided to attempt another manuscript set in that time. Lady Rogue hit the shelves in March of 1997. She wrote a total of 29 books for Avon, including two anthologies and a five-part contemporary series which received a pair of starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. One of those books, Twice the Temptation, was named one of the five best romances of the year by PW in 2007.

In 2002 her well-known love of all things “Star Wars” led to an invitation to appear on the E! channel in the television special “Star Wars: The Force Is Back”, where she discussed the romance in the movie series and ended up with more air time than George Lucas.

In 2010 Suzanne left Avon Books for St. Martin’s Press, where she continues to pen historical romance novels. Her 31st book, Taming an Impossible Rogue, is set to arrive in March 2012.

Suzanne is known for her humorous characters, sexy bad boys, and whip-sharp, witty dialogue. She currently resides in Placentia, California with several hundred guppies and various other tropical fish, and handful of very loud, spinach-loving finches. And her collection of action figures and statues from “Star Wars”, “Lord of the Rings”, “X-Men”, and “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Everybody needs some inspiration, after all.

Book Review: Forever My Duke by Olivia Drake

About the book:Forever My Duke by Olivia Drake

Title: Forever My Duke

Author: Olivia Drake

Published: December 31st 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

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

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Hadrian Ames, the Duke of Clayton, needs a bride. He even has the perfect one picked out. That is, until he meets the lovely, free-spirited Natalie Fanshawe. She’s the opposite of what a man of his high rank should desire in a wife—an outspoken American who has never even set foot in a London ballroom.

But Natalie doesn’t have time to be swept off her feet by a handsome duke who must be a spoiled scoundrel like every other British lord. And she couldn’t care less about Hadrian’s title. After all, it’s not as if he actually worked to attain his wealth and status. He surely can’t understand what it’s like to be a busy woman, planning to open a school while trying to reunite a six-year-old orphan with his English relatives. Nevertheless, Hadrian launches his campaign to win her heart. Can the utterly delightful American beauty ever find a way to love him…despite his being a duke?

Check it on: Amazon & Goodreads

My Review

One of my resolutions for 2020 is to be better at organizing my activities. This involves being up to date with reading ARCs and posting my reviews during the release period. With this being said, I need to apologize again to St. Martin’s Press for not being able to stick to my review dates. 4 days into the new year and I can say that my plan is working. I know it’s too soon, but my new planning method is already showing good results. Ok, back to our book.

Olivia Drake is never a disappointment. I love her books! I own ARCs and physical copies, so of course “Forever my Duke” has a special place in my heart. It offers us the relationship between the Duke of Clayton and Natalie Fanshaw, an American that came to England to return young Leo, her best friend’s son, to his grandfather. Little did she expect to form a beautiful friendship with a man of such high position. From here we have a lot of action, we have a beautiful romance and a charming little boy.

What I mostly like about Olivia Drake’s books is that she leaves nothing at random. The way she builds the atmosphere and each character’s personality is amazing. They act according to their age or upbringing. There is no unnecessary drama or exaggerated stubbornness. When it comes to the romance, it is slowly built, allowing the relationship to develop in a natural way. In the end, the reader has no doubt. It’s a strong, a solid relationship. I love it!

The plot has two focus points: finding Leo’s family, making sure he is properly recognized in the English society and as well the Duke’s pursue of a wife (or his pursue of the one he intends to propose to).  There are complications on both sides, enough to keep the interest until the very end.

All in all, I absolutely adored the story. Well, I was expecting it to be so. Olivia Drake never disappoints. Her stories have the maturity of an experienced writer and are meant to send us back to those times when proper conduct was a must. “Forever My Duke” achieved its purpose and has its place on my heart’s shelves.

Cover review: I like it! Simple, yet sexy enough to depict the romance. I like as well how Natalie is portrayed, in a green dress with no jewelry to show her simple American life. The duke from the cover is quite handsome as well ☺

Favorite quote: “Good, you’re awake. It goes against my principles to strike an unconscious man.”

5 stars

P.S.: If you want to know my thoughts about book 1, they can be found here. Spoiler: 5 stars!

About the Author

olivia drake

Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism, Olivia Drake sold her first novel two weeks after sending it to a publisher. She now lives in Texas in a cozy cottage with two feisty cats and a photographer husband. Her two daughters have flown the nest, but still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal!

Olivia Drake is the author of 35 romance novels. Her most recent series is called ‘Unlikely Duchesses’ and began with THE DUKE I ONCE KNEW. The second book in the series, FOREVER MY DUKE, will be released in January 2020.

Her other series include ‘Heiress in London’ (SEDUCING THE HEIRESS, NEVER TRUST A ROGUE, SCANDAL OF THE YEAR) and ‘The Cinderella Sisterhood’ series (IF THE SLIPPER FITS, STROKE OF MIDNIGHT, ABDUCTED BY A PRINCE, BELLA AND THE BEAST, HIS WICKED WISH, THE SCANDALOUS FLIRT).

Many of you also knew Olivia as Barbara Dawson Smith. She is a New York Times bestseller and winner of numerous honors, including the Golden Heart Award and the coveted Rita Award for excellence in the historical romance genre.

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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