Thursday, August 22, 2019

1 Review and Giveaway: The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3)
by Tessa Dare
ebook, 368 pages
Expected publication: August 13th 2019 by Avon


They call him the Duke of Ruin.

To an undaunted wallflower, he's just the beast next door. 

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?

And a two-legged dog.

And a foul-mouthed parrot.

And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first. 

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes only. It has in no way influenced my opinion of the book.

My Thoughts

Tessa Dare deals with some tough issues in her latest novel, The Wallflower Wager. But she handles these issues with the care they deserve. The storyline was intriguing. The characters are delightful. Even the supporting characters are great. There's also a scandalous parrot, which I didn't know I needed until now.

Lady Penelope Campion is an animal enthusiast. She rescues the downtrodden beasties to restore them to health. But they're not just animals to her, they're family. How can you not love a character who loves animals so much? But when it's demanded that she get rid of them, she agrees, but only if she can find them loving homes. She enlists the help of her notorious neighbor known as the Duke of Ruin.

Gabriel Duke has bought a house next to the lovely Penelope. After all, living next to the lady has some advantages. The horde of animals not being one of them. He's got a reputation for being a ruthless bastard. However, he's soon under the spell of Penelope and offers to help find good homes for her furry charges. But can she trust him?

The Wallflower Wager is a bit steamer than the other romances I've read this year. So you might want to read this directly under some cool ventilation. The humor in this book was outstanding, especially the delivery scene. Many LOL moments. As I mentioned before, this book deals with some tough issues, but Dare balanced both the romance and the heavier issues well. 

The Wallflower Wager is a great addition to the Girl Meets Duke series. Penelope and Gabriel do not disappoint. 

Thanks to the publisher, I have a copy of this book to give away to a lucky reader. To enter, please fill out the form below. Please read our giveaway rules before entering. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. Giveaway is open to US addresses only.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

4 Review and Giveaway: Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean

Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards #2)
by Sarah MacLean
ebook, 400 pages
Expected publication: July 30th 2019 by Avon


The Lady’s Plan

When Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year her own, she has plans to inherit her father’s business, to make her own fortune, and to live her own life. But first, she intends to experience a taste of the pleasure she’ll forgo as a confirmed spinster. Everything is going perfectly…until she discovers the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage and threatening to ruin the Year of Hattie before it’s even begun.

The Bastard’s Proposal

When he wakes in a carriage at Hattie’s feet, Whit, a king of Covent Garden known to all the world as Beast, can’t help but wonder about the strange woman who frees him—especially when he discovers she’s headed for a night of pleasure . . . on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price.

An Unexpected Passion

Soon, Hattie and Whit find themselves rivals in business and pleasure. She won’t give up her plans; he won’t give up his power . . . and neither of them sees that if they’re not careful, they’ll have no choice but to give up everything . . . including their hearts.

My Thoughts

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes only. It has in no way influenced my opinions.

Sarah MacClean's latest book, Brazen and the Beast, is a historical romance that will leave fans swooning. Once again, her characters are independent and strong and full of life. Once you pick up this novel, you'll have a hard time putting it down.

Lady Henrietta (Hattie) Sedley is what is called a spinster. However, she declares that this will be The Year of Hattie and sets forth to make her dreams come true. Her main dream is to run her father's shipping business, which is frowned upon because she's a woman. But she has a plan. And that plan doesn't include Whit, king of Covent Garden, also known as the Beast.

Beast had to work his way up from the gutter. He runs a successful business venture that has been compromised, and he thinks Hattie may be the key to finding out who is behind it. Hattie and Beast strike a deal to benefit both of them. However, as their attraction to each other grows, so does the danger of losing everything each holds dear.

The plot, the characters, the romance--basically everything--was on point. Hattie and the Beast's sparring was so much fun to read. Hattie is everything we want in a heroine. I think everybody that reads this book will be behind The Year of Hattie! Also, I loved Nora. I hope she gets her own book.

Thanks to the publisher, I have a copy of this book to give away to a lucky reader. To enter, please fill out the form below. Please read our giveaway rules before entering. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. Giveaway is open to US addresses only.

Monday, August 5, 2019

0 Audiobook Review Sorcery of Thorns

Sorcery of Thorns
by Margaret Rogerson
Narrated by Emily Ellet
Published June 4th 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins


All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined. 

My Thoughts

*I received this audiobook from the publisher for review purposes. This is no way influenced my opinion.

I couldn't resist a book about a girl who grows up in a library guarding grimoires. Not to mention these grimoires have personalities of sorts. And of course the mystery and magic that surround the library.

Elisabeth was taken in at one of Austermeer's Great Libraries as a baby. She's grown up among the tools of sorcery, even though sorcerer's are considered dangerous. Especially their grimoires, which can turn into leathery monsters filled with ink. Elisabeth's goal is to one day be a warden that will protect the kingdom from their power.

Her dream is shattered when she awakes to find a grimoire has escaped. Elisabeth soon finds herself under investigation for the crime. She is shipped off to the capital to await trial. Her escort and guard, Nathaniel Thorn, is also a sorcerer. Whom she's loathed to trust. However, she starts to question everything she knows about the libraries and sorcerers.

I highly enjoyed this novel as an audiobook. Time seemed to fly while I was listening. The storyline was really good and not something I've come across before. I loved the mystery that at times seemed almost Gothic in nature. Rogerson has a great descriptive element to her writing that really makes the story come alive. This is the first book I read by the author, but I'm hoping there might be a sequel to this one. I'll be keeping an eye out for it.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

0 Audiobook Review: Temper

by Layne Fargo
Narrated by  Jayme Mattler and Hillary Huber
Audiobook, Unabridged
Published July 2nd 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins


After years of struggling in the Chicago theater scene, ambitious actress Kira Rascher finally lands the role of a lifetime. The catch? Starring in Temper means working with Malcolm Mercer, a mercurial director who’s known for pushing his performers past their limits—on stage and off.

Kira’s convinced she can handle Malcolm, but the theater’s co-founder, Joanna Cuyler, is another story. Joanna sees Kira as a threat—to her own thwarted artistic ambitions, her twisted relationship with Malcolm, and the shocking secret she’s keeping about the upcoming production. But as opening night draws near, Kira and Joanna both start to realize that Malcolm’s dangerous extremes are nothing compared to what they're capable of themselves.

*I received a digital file of Temper from the publisher for review purposes. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by this.

My Thoughts

To be perfectly honest, I almost stopped listening to Temper about an hour in because I had a hard time getting interested in the story. I decided to listen a bit more before making a decision whether to continue or not. But then it was sort of like watching a train wreck. I just couldn't look away. Even after I finished, I had to sit back and think about the story. And I'm not quite sure how I feel about it yet.

Temper is told from duel points of view. The first is Kira, an actress, who lands a dream role in the Chicago theater scene with the illustrious Malcolm Mercer. Malcolm has a reputation for being a dark horse. The second point of view is Joanna Cuyler, the theater's co-founder, and she's not Kira's biggest fan. Jayme Mattler and Hillary Huber narrate these two complex characters and bring this interesting(?) story to life. 

Temper left me with mixed emotions. I can't really identify what those emotions are. Curiosity? Intrigue? Revolting? Fascination? It kind of makes you wonder what's lying beneath the surface of the people you meet everyday. Or what's underneath your own skin. What are you capable of?


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