Weekly Quote #16

Hey there my lovely readers and booklovers! 

A lot has bren going on in the last month or so since I have not posted. Suffice to say that work kept me away from the things I really enjoy doing and it threw me off balance for a big while. I’ve been doing my best to combine my three main activities (work, book blogging and sewing) and it takes a lot of effort. Still I am not willing to give up, so here I am, with new reviews and new articles.  

Even if my reviews and my articles have not neen posted, I can tell you that I did read A LOT. It keeps my thoughts away from work issues and since those thoughs seem to be more frequent, I also need my “medicine” more often.  

For this week the quote that I am proposing is from “Shook” by Sonya Jesus. This is book 1 from the Internet Famous Collection and it is an interesting retelling of Cinderellla.  

“Mom always says life isn’t meant to be counted by the tears we cry, just the smiles.” 

The reason why I have sellected this particular line is because regardless of how hard sometimes life may get, we should always keep our eyes focused on our target. Happiness is in each small thing around us, we just have to look closer to see it. Stay positive, keep a smile on your face and make time for the people and things you love.  

 

Until next time, Happy Reading! 

Book Review: Brutal Price by Sophie Lark

Title: Brutal Prince (Brutal Birthright #1)54278218. sy475

Author: Sophie Lark

Published: July 15th 2020

Source: Received from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review

Type: ARC, e-copy

Tags: #mafiaromance

Blurb:

He’s No Prince Charming…Callum Griffin is the heir to the Irish Mafia. He’s ruthless, arrogant, and he wants to kill me. We got off on the wrong foot when I set a (very small) fire in his house. Our families believe a marriage pact is the only thing that will prevent all-out warfare. I think I might need to murder him while he sleeps.

This would all be a lot easier if Callum wasn’t so damned good-looking. But I’ve got a lockbox around my heart. Because even if I’m forced to marry him…

I could never love a brutal prince.

“Brutal Prince” is the explosive first act in the epic “Brutal Birthright” series. It’s a stand-alone Dark Mafia Romance, complete with HEA and no cliffhangers. It contains blazing hot bedroom scenes for mature readers only!!!

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My Review

After a long, long time of reading mostly Romance, it’s strange to admit I have not read as many mafia romances as I would have expected. That’s too bad because a mafia romance, if properly written, can be wonderful! Such was the case for “Brutal Prince”!

Let me start my review by saying I want more from this series and from this author! This book is addictive, regardless of its few flaws. Aida and Callum come from the same mafia scene, but their sides have different tactics. Forced to marry after Aida accidently started a war between their families, the two need to work together, or at least learn to tolerate each other. However, neither is willing to give up.

Aida comes from a family that represents the Italian Mafia. She enjoys the comfort of her world, her home and her brothers. Being forced to live now with Callum and his family takes her out of her safe zone. So she attacks. She pushes his limits and comes back with an even stronger replica. I loved their banter and I loved seeing Aida step up and impress the living soul out of everybody.

Callum, on the other hand, is surrounded by people he does not particularly like, but needs.  He is not at all interested in small talk but understands the importance of connections. He believes having money and a position of influence in society are the most powerful weapons. Still, his rigid attitude and his inability to connect beyond politics are his weakest points. Aida complements him and that is something painful to admit.

 Their attraction was well described in the book, but at some point sex became like a drug they both needed and I am not sure I liked how it was all illustrated. One of the scenes I really really felt uncomfortable reading was after a house incident involving guns – I completely felt a bit grossed. Also the admission of love came too sudden. I wanted to see Callum as a true mafia prince and based on the tile, I thought he would be more dangerous, but most of the other characters contributed to his success more than he did. He felt more like the front guy of an operation, not its leader.

To summarize, I really loved the book (despite my previous negative comments). It kept my interest from chapter to chapter  and it was hard to put down. I am anxious to read the other books in the series as well as any other book by Sophie Lark, If you are a mafia fan, this book may seem mild and too focused on politics, but it’s a great read nonetheless. 4 out of 5 stars.

4 stars

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Cover Review: I love the cover and I love this guy’s look. Also, the fonts combination in the title is suggesting the opposites. Yup, I like it! But by comparing the cover to the content, I still believe the cover gives up too dangerous vibes.

Favorite Quote: “Trust is rarer than love. It’s putting your fate, your happiness, your life in someone’s hands. Hoping they keep it safe.”

About The AuthorSophie Lark

Sophie Lark is an Amazon Bestselling author who writes intense, intelligent romance, with heroines who are strong and capable, and men who will do anything to capture their hearts. She lives with her husband, two boys, and baby girl in the Rocky Mountain West.

She has a slight obsession with hiking, bodybuilding, and live comedy shows. Her perfect day would be taking the kids to Harry Potter World, going dancing with Mr. Lark, then relaxing with a good book and a monster bag of salt and vinegar chips.

Website: https://www.sophielark.com

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Book Review: Distant Thunder by Lilli Carlisle

covDistant Thunder

Gods and Thunder

Book One

Lilli Carlisle

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Date of Publication: July 6, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-951055-86-8

ASIN: B08CJC8B3V

Word Count: 41030

Tagline: The gods who protect the world know evil is coming, and it can’t wait to show itself – vainglorious in its efforts, it will make itself known soon

Book Description:

THE APPROACHING STORM

Punished and shamed, the divine mother of nature, the goddess Net, was stripped of her powers and made mortal. Were it not for the shifter god, Fenrir, she wouldn’t have a home or protection, and with evil rising in all the realms, she is more than vulnerable, she’s a target.

For Fenrir, protecting Net is more than a favor, it’s a way to ensure she will not lose her life on his watch. As threats become a real and present danger, he is forced to admit his long-hidden feelings and intends to make Net his forever, if she will have him.

The Gods and Thunder series is a spin-off of the Black Ridge Wolf Pack Series

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My Review

This was a story I enjoyed quite a lot, even if my rating is below my initial expectations. Lilli Carlisle delivers a love story in the realm of gods, with hatred, devised loyalties and politics. Not only the romance, but as well the plot provide entertainment and keeps you on the edge.

The goddess Net, stripped of her powers, is placed under the protection of a shifter god – Fenrir. They form a friendship based on trust, even if he does not show her his human form. Time spent together, as well as enemies bring them together and make them reveal their true feelings.

I liked the story, I liked their search for the judge and I liked seeing the division of the gods. What was not so close to my heart was the instalove we have between our main characters. It does not take too much for them to say they love each other and I would have liked to see them spend more time together. Some of the relationships between the main characters and the secondary characters did not seem very convincing.

All in all, I am curious to see how the series will evolve and understand some of the other characters’ stories. I hope you’ll give this book a try and let me know your thoughts 🙂

Until next time, Happy Reading!

 

About the Authoraut

Lilli Carlisle lives in the country near Toronto, Canada. She is the mother of two wonderful girls, wife to an amazing man, and servant to the pets in her life, and she’s a member of Toronto Romance Writers. Lilli writes paranormal/fantasy romance, and believes love should be celebrated and shared. After all, everybody needs a little romance, excitement, intrigue, and passion in their lives

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Weekly Quote #15

Hey Guys,

A new week with new challenges is ahead and I wish you all only accomplishments! My priority is to plan my time as much as possible, oh and take a small holiday. I’ll take 3 days to go to the sea and spend some time listening to the waves, hopefully under an umbrella. Looks like I am not allowed to sunbathe too much. But all is well!

Sadly, for the past week I’ve read 4 books, but none with quotes worth mentioning. But I do have some stacked up just in case 🙂 This time I have Kandi Steiner and her book “The Wrong Game”, for which I have posted the review yesterday.

That’s how love works. You learn more about each other, you trust, you give and you take in equal measure and yes, you take a fucking risk.

What I love about this quite is how determined Zach is when he is saying it. Because yes, trusting your heart and your future into someone else is a big step. Life is all about risks – big or small, noticeable or unnoticeable. Love and the trust that comes with it are the biggest, but can bring the biggest joys.

Take some risks 😉 who knows? Maybe is for the best 🙂

Happy reading and happy week!

Book Review: The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner

Title: The Wrong Game

Author: Kandi Steiner

Published: October 16th 2018

Source: owned

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Two season tickets.

One genius idea.

Zero interest in a relationship.

The plan is simple: a brand new, hot, preferably funny, definitely single male will fill one of those seats for every Bears game at Soldier Field. And I’ll fill the other.

I can’t think of a better way to use the season passes I’d bought for my ex-husband. I am a woman of plans, and this one’s foolproof.

Until Zach Bowen offers to be my practice round.

He’s infuriating. Presumptuous and overbearing. And absolutely, undeniably gorgeous. Any woman with a heartbeat would be attracted to him, and mine picks up speed every time he speaks.

But as I said, I’m a woman of plans — and I’m not backing down on this one.

One night. One game. And then, his time’s up.

He can try to change the rules, but here’s the truth: he can’t win if he’s playing the wrong game.

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My Review

Can you imagine this is my first Kandi Steiner book? With my blog thanking a more romance focused turn, one would think I am no stranger to her books, but unfortunately this was not the case. Thanks to one of my favorite booktubers Jess from Peace Love Books (go ahead and check out her channel, she is fantastic! ) I fell in love with Kandi Steiner and her characters.

The beginning was heartbreaking! What happened there was a total surprise and it made me love Gemma from the start. This event is what determines her next steps and it makes the reader more understanding towards her decision not for start another relationship. Even from their first encounter Zach is amazing. He gives her space (until he is no longer able to), he fight for her attention and he is not willing to give her up.

What starts as an innocent “tryout” be ones a competition, a friendship and later much more. I love how the author created all these stages in the relationship and how our main characters’ actions and reactions feel real and relatable. Family also plays an important role and being able to count on family members to always be there and offer support is amazing. Best friends meddling add a bit of fun to the story also.

The reason I am not going with a full 5 star rating is because between the games u found myself skipping rows here and there, mainly because if was not much to keep me entertained. Some of the scenes help built Zach’s personality and others underline even more Gemma’s need for closure. I wish she would have made peace somehow with her past and for me it feels like a loose end.

But all in all, I loved this book very much and I cannot wait to read more of Kandi’s books.

Until next time, happy reading!

Cover review:: I like how the word “Wrong” stands out in the title and the color combination is relaxing somehow to the eyes. The couple looks too in love for the amount of tension that we have between Zach and Gemma. But overall, I like it.

Favorite quote: Failed love built wall, but it was our choice whether we decided to hide behind them, or sit on top of them, waiting for someone to come along who could knock them down

About the Author

Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

Beta Reading – On Going

Hey guys,

How is your week so far? How is your reading going?  I am into a lot of books at the moment and sometimes it’s difficult to select which one to read in the evening. But what I wanted to share with you is a little about the beta projects I am working on for this week.  

I have 2 amazing books and one very short read (11 pages) that I am going through, and I am so excited to share my comments with the authors. As a beta reader, the responsibility is very high, so I am proud to be able to support the next best sellers.

I cannot tell you much about the books, but obviously all Romance, and all have great heroines 😊 I am enjoying them quite a lot! As a disclosure, I am not charging for this service for now, as I am working on improving my own process. If you have a story written and you want someone to have a look, let me know 😊

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Well, I hope you all have a great weekend and come by for some more reviews in the coming days 🙂

Book Review: Withstanding the Enemy by T.L. Mahrt



Withstanding the Enemy
T.L. Mahrt
Publication date: January 31st 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Emma Andrews was orphaned at a young age with no family to turn to. Tired of the broken foster-care system, and believing it was her only option, she runs to a multi-millionaire with a reputation of hiring young women. It is only then that she learns what real monsters look like…

Emma uses her overactive imagination to help her get through the toughest of days. By daydreaming a life full of love and freewill, she manages her colorless prison, but even in her wildest dreams, she would have never imagined it could become a reality. That is, until she meets Chance, a man willing to lay his life down to save hers.

But what Emma doesn’t expect is to fight her own personal demons—her heart.

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My Review

Ok, I want book 2 and all the next books by T. L. Mahrt. Just to get this out of the way, this book was great! It kept me awake two nights, during working week, but I just could not put it down. The plot captivated me, I fell in love with the characters and out of love with sleep! I am addicted to the series after book 1 and I am looking forward for the next installment.

Emma is a victim, a victim of others but also a victim of her own innocence. She managed to run from her last foster home and ended up with a man more dangerous than any other. To Rick she is nothing but a possession. He is obsessed by her and he is not willing to share. Emma has no way of escaping. This until Chance finally takes a step forward.

Both characters have their own demons and some of these demons will be revealed in the next book. Both characters need to become more mature and much stronger together, but also individually. They need to save each other from their past and construct a safe future. There is danger lurking, there are supportive characters that I loved just as much and there is such an intense action!

To conclude, I think this was an exceptional book and as I was mentioning in the beginning, I cannot wait to read book 2! Be aware going into the story that there are some violent scenes that may be uncomfortable, but other than this, I think you will be as captivated as I was by the first installment in Emma and Chance’s story!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

5 stars

Author Bio:

T. L. Mahrt is a former business owner, where she utilized her education in cosmetology, barbering and massage therapy for several years. She was raised on and is currently living on a farm in Nebraska, where you can find her running barefoot in the country side with her loving husband and inspiring children and massive dogs.

After having her son, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, she made the life altering decision to stay home to care for her two children and pursue her love for writing. She has a love for romance and poetry where, her overactive imagination, along with her adventures and up beat lifestyle drives her inspiration for her writing.

T. L. Mahrt has a thirst for knowledge, and is currently working on her Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication Studies degree.

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Book Blitz + Review: When Love Finds You by Lynn Wolff

When Love Finds You
Lynn Wolff
Publication date: August 10th 2020
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

After pasts riddled with pain, can Hadlee and Bryce let themselves love again?

Hadlee

He was the perfect vacation fling.

I needed to get laid and live a little. One night with him would revive my shattered heart and arouse my senses. I could cast aside all my inhibitions and let my lust guide me.

And the best part, I would never have to see him again…or so I thought.

Bryce

She was my last taste at freedom.

I used her, just like all the others that came before her. The women I chose to be with had only one purpose…to fulfill my needs, and then I was done.

But she was different. She put me off balance and got under my skin.

But what did it matter…it’s not like one night was going to change my future.

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My Review

This is a sweet story in which a one night stands ends up being much more. Both our main characters have a complicated past, both have trust issues and both are not looking for something serious. But when Bryce turns out to be Hadlee’s new boss, they both need to figure out if what they have is worth the risk.

Overall, It was and enjoyable story. Quick to read, funny at times and with heated moments, it will provide the nice relaxing time. But there were things I did not quite like, such as our characters’ backstories, especially Bryce’s.  It was a little too much, in my opinion. The short length did not allow the story to fully develop, which makes the ending sole all the issues too sudden.

But I did enjoy it and I liked reading their love story. The passion, the respect for their career and the efforts they are ready to make to start over together are nice.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

3.5 stars\

Author Bio:

Lynn Wolff is a contemporary romance author and poet. She’s a wife, a mother, an animal lover, and a huge romance junkie. She likes her heroines smart and strong, her heroes with charisma and style, and she has never read a romance hero she didn’t like.

She lives in the northeastern region of the United States with her family but is ready to ditch the cold winters and move to warm, sunny Florida. She would much rather be shoveling sand than snow. When she isn’t plotting or furiously tapping away on her keyboard, she is deep into the art of poetry, creating mini stories through rhythm and rhyme.

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Book Review: The Cowboy’s Secret by Kaci Rose

Title: The Cowboy and His Secret

Series: Rock Springs Texas #5
Author: Kaci Rose

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 23, 2020

Blurb
“I’ll do whatever it takes to make her mine.”
Sarah
I have a secret. I’ve been in love with a cowboy since I was 16. For years I
wouldn’t admit it to myself, because I was focused on becoming a teacher. But
after graduating and being forced to take a job as a waitress, I find myself in
a situation where only Mac can help. A dark threat is closing in and he is my
only hope of escape.
Mac
I still remember the first time I saw Sarah. We were both teenagers, and she
was swimming in the lake wearing a sexy red bikini. Since then, I’ve ached for
her. But she had big dreams, so I settled for friendship. Until she finished
college… Now, I plan to do whatever it takes to make her mine. Step one will
mean helping her ditch her skeevy boss. Step two? Find out who is stalking her
and why.
 
Come meet the small town of Rock Springs Texas with a family that has your
back, a town that knows your business, and men who love with everything they
have.
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My Review

This book has such a summer vibe to it. Maybe it’s due to the cover colors or maybe the idea of a small town romance is what makes me think of relaxing times, but regardless of the vibes, I enjoyed my time with Kaci Rose’s characters.

There is an avalanche of family moments and family supporting each other, which is a great start. We also learnt a little bit about our main character Mac’s past and how he ended up with his current family and how he met Sarah. Fast forward a few years and Mac decides it’s time to show her his true feelings. This happens at the rights moment, as she happens to be in need of a savior. So we see Mac and Sarah getting to know each other as more than friends while dealing with the threats that don’t see m to go away.

The chemistry is there, the beautiful friendship between the main characters and the small town spirit are completing a sweet picture. I love how supportive Mac is when it comes to Sarah’s dream and how determined he is to make it a reality, as close to him as possible. The passion was something I did not expect (in a good way). I mean, I was expecting an innocent romance, sweet and heartwarming but it does have the fiery moments to complete everything.

Still, there are a few things that made me significantly decrease my rating. For starters, we see a lot of the relationships from the previous books and I felt a little lost. Yes, it’s my fault for starting a series NOT with the first book, but it was overwhelming a bit. My main issue was with the plot. It is predictable and fast developing. I didn’t mind it that much, as I enjoyed the easy writing. We know the secret from the beginning and it’s a secret both characters keep from each other.

The story is told from two perspectives. We have Mac’s thoughts and as well Sarah’s. still, Mac’s part did not sound as “many” as I would have liked for the most part. There is also a point in the plot that is my opinion was not very good: Mac leaves Sarah alone in the house, knowing there was an attempted break in.

With all my good and not so good thoughts on “A Cowboy and His Secret” was a very enjoyable read. I love small town romance and I believe this book has many of its elements. 3.5 stars for now.

Cover Review: Yup, I like the colors, and I like how the couple on the cover is positioned. They seem a little shy to me, which is how I see our main characters. The ranch is there also… I like it J Goes with the story!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

3.5 stars

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Author Bio
Kaci Rose runs on coffee, chocolate, and Oreos. She writes
the type of romance books she wants to read.
Kaci loves her book boyfriends with tattoos, muscles,
beards, and a little dirty.
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Book Review: Pumpkins and Party Themes by Roxanne Rhoads

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50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life

By Roxanne Rhoads
Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Skyhorse

Release Date: August 11, 2020

ISBN-10: 1510751165

ISBN-13: 978-1510751163

Book Description:

Bring your Halloween party theme to life with these quick tips and tricks!

Pumpkins and Party Themes features ten unique party themes with five do-it-yourself pumpkin designs for each theme. The pumpkin projects have a variety of decorating ideas that include carving, painting, and mixed media craftiness and easy-to-follow steps on each creation. Author Roxanne Rhoads also includes quick ideas on how to bring the theme to life through décor, costumes, and activities. These fun party themes range from gothic elegance to Edgar Allan Poe, under the sea, let’s get literary, and more!

With beautiful full-color images to illustrate the tools needed, steps to follow, and final products, this book makes for the perfect gift for Halloween enthusiasts and party hosts alike!

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My Review

I love DIY projects and, if you are a constant on my blog, you already know about my sewing projects. Roxanne’s book has all the elements to encourage you to start your own DIY decorations.

Whether you are a party planner, you want to impress someone with your skills or simply you’re a Halloween fan, this book is a must for your shelves. With many colorful projects, many party themes that vary in terms of the color scheme and very good instructions, “Pumpkins and Party Themes” is amazing.

The writing is friendly, funny and clear in the areas where instructions are given. There are many designs to choose from, for every level of skills in carving. My personal favorite is the Cheshire Cat 😊 I love the idea, I love the pictures and I cannot wait to carve my own pumpkin next Halloween!

Until next time, happy carving! Ups, Reading! I meant Reading!

5 stars

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About the Author:auth

Roxanne Rhoads is an author, book publicist, mixed media crafter, and lover of all things spooky.

Her books include the Amazon Bestseller Haunted Flint and Pumpkins and Party Themes : 50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life.

She is the owner of Bewitching Book Tours, a virtual book tour and social media marketing company. She operates a Halloween blog- A Bewitching Guide to Halloween and sells handcrafted jewelry, art, and home decor through her Etsy store The Bewitching Cauldron.

When not reading or writing, Roxanne loves to craft, plan Halloween adventures, and search for unique vintage finds.

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