Monday, April 27, 2020

Review-Lord Holt Takes a Bride (The Mating Habits of Scoundrels #1) by Vivienne Lorret

Publisher: Avon
Published: March 31, 2020
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Finished copy
Rating: 3 Stars

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USA Today Bestselling Author Vivienne Lorret launches a charming new trilogy about three debutantes who get more than they bargained for when it comes to the mating habits of scoundrels...

Heiress Winnifred Humphries refuses to marry the odious man her parents have chosen. She’ll marry for love or not at all. But how does a woman know a man truly loves her? Needing answers, she sets out to discover the marriage habits of London’s aristocrats. Yet when her friends kidnap a lord for research, Winn knows they’ve gone too far. Now she’s facing a wickedly handsome scoundrel who wants revenge.

Lord Asher Holt has the perfect plan to free himself of his father’s debts. But when a trio of foolish debutantes abducts him, their scheme ruins everything! Fuming and tied to a chair, Holt overhears that one of them is an heiress. Perhaps he isn’t above a little kidnapping either.

Yet, when the heiress runs away from her own wedding and straight into his waiting carriage, Holt finds himself on an adventure he’ll never forget, falling in love with a woman worth more than any treasure. But will Winn ever believe his heart only desires her... and not her fortune?

This was fun. Winn is trapped in life. She’s betrothed to a man who doesn’t care a lick about her. All she wants is to be free and to have an adventure in the world. There’s also the fact that she’s never been truly kissed

Lord Asher Holt also wants freedom—from his own father. He knows just the way to do it too. But then a certain heiress gets in his way and the rest they say, is history.

We’re taken on a wild adventure that’s action packed with high speed chases and romance to make you swoon. Holt and Winn are sure to set your hearts on fire. This is a first in a series and I for one am so excited to see Jane have her much needed book.

Overall, this is one to add to your to be read books—which you should definitely be getting though since the world is under quarantine!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own.

About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author VIVIENNE LORRET transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of works including the Wallflower Wedding series, the Rakes of Fallow Hall series, the Season’s Original series, and the Misadventures in Matchmaking series. For more information on her books, please sign up for her newsletter @

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Review-Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher

Publisher: Berkley 
Published: April 14, 2020
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: E-ARC
Rating: 5 stars

An office attraction becomes something more when they're off the clock in this delightful romantic comedy by the USA Today bestselling author of Not the Girl You Marry.

State attorney Bridget Nolan is successful in all aspects of her life—except romance. After breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, she's been slow to reenter the dating scene. To be honest, she has more important things to do like putting bad guys behind bars. But with her brother's wedding right around the corner, she suddenly needs a date and fast. Lucky for Bridget, the legal intern is almost done with his program.

Matt Kido is dumbstruck by Bridget—total love at first sight—but there's one problem. She's totally off-limits while she's his boss. But the moment he no longer reports to her, Matt decides to take a chance. An impulsive decision takes them to Las Vegas where, as the saying goes, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Unless you put a ring on it.

Someone pinch me! This was sooo good and the only thing I didn't like about it was that it ended. Bridget is my spirit animal even though we have nothing in common. She's the type of woman I wished I could be but always came up short. If we're being honest, I still come up short, but whatever! She's an amazing badass.

"Bridget Nolan had lush auburn hair, piercing gray-blue eyes, cut-glass cheekbones, and a voice that was better than a hand job."

Matt Kido. So, where could I find one like him? He's just been through a bad breakup with a she-devil when he goes and changes up all his plans. The first day of his internship, he sees the fierce and beautiful, Bridget. The same woman whose sworn off all relationships. For good are shiiit, hah!

Love at first's a thing people! Especially when it comes to Matt; for he's never seen anything as beautiful than Bridget. Then as fate would have it, the two become work colleagues in the closest way possible-as boss and employee. Dun dun dun. 

The two obviously can't have a relationship because of ethics, blah blah blah. What happens when Matt's internship ends and he's no longer under her (at least not in the way he wants to be, yet.) though?

“The way I see it, we’re both consenting adults. I no longer work for you. And I think you’re attracted to me, too.”

Matty boy wastes no time, y'all! I like that. Herein starts the good stuff. I enjoyed watching Bridget fight hard (but not THAT hard) over her feelings for Matt. It was only a matter of time anyways. The two had the explosive chemistry we all love to read about so much. There was only one thing left to do in the end...

Overall, I was a giddy mess throughout the whole book. This is the type of romance that makes you swoon into Fabio like it's the 1980s. Yum!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Andie J. Christopher writes edgy, funny, sexy contemporary romance featuring heat, humor, and dirty talking heroes that make readers sweat. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Stanford Law School, she grew up in a family of voracious readers, and picked up her first romance novel at age twelve when she'd finished reading everything else in her grandmother's house. It was love at first read. It wasn't too long before she started writing her own stories -- her first heroine drank Campari and drove an Alfa Romeo up a winding road to a minor royal's estate in Spain. Andie lives in the Nation's Capital with her French Bulldog, Gus, a stockpile of Campari, and way too many books.


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Review-You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Published: April 7, 2020
Genre: Contemporary romance 
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 4 stars

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When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut.

Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They're preparing for their lavish wedding that's three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.

Naomi wants out, but there's a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they're finally being themselves--and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.

“The fact that he can look into my eyes and believe I am totally in love with him is proof that I’m a fantastic actress and he does not know everything about me, or even most things.“

Whoa! When I first started this I just had a giddy feeling that I’d fall in love and never be the same. The beginning had me thinking like Nicholas and Naomi had no chemistry whatsoever. So watching them rediscover themselves in silly shenanigans that would make even a non-romantic swoon, was such a pleasure!

That being said, I didn’t know how the author would make me fall in love with these two nimrods. What I didn’t tell you before was that the giddy feeling I had wore off fast. I could see no end to how awkward and stilted the relationship between Naomi and Nicholas was. They both had faults and were unwilling to address them properly. Instead, blaming the other for all the misgivings of their inevitable doom.

I loved how much I laughed throughout the book. It was funny. It was romantic. At times, it was infuriating! Best of all, it showed a beautiful story of two people finding each other again. Rom-com readers, brace yourselves for an epic romance for the ages!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About the author:
Sarah Hogle is a stay-at-home mom who spends her free time planning weird pranks. Her dream is to live in a falling-apart castle in a forest that is probably cursed. You Deserve Each Other is her debut novel.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Review-What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Publisher: Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers
Published: April 7, 2020
Genre: YA Romance
Source: E-ARC

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Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can... but in the real world, it's more complicated. In this debut novel Marisa Kanter explores what happens when internet friends turn into IRL crushes.

There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.

He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…

Except who she really is.

Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.

That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.

Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.

If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.


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Marisa Kanter has worked in publicity for major publishers and covered YA books for MTV. Currently, she works in sales, on the distribution side of the publishing industry. She can often be found searching for the best iced chai in NYC, or reading on the 3 train. What I Like About You is her first novel. Follow her at and on Twitter @marisakanter

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Review-To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters

Publisher: Atria Books
Published: April 7, 2020
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Print ARC

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In this fresh and hilarious historical rom-com, an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feign accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attention—and maybe just win each other back in the process.

Five years ago, Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley met, fell in love, and got married. Four years ago, they had a fight to end all fights, and have barely spoken since.

Their once-passionate love match has been reduced to one of cold, detached politeness. But when Violet receives a letter that James has been thrown from his horse and rendered unconscious at their country estate, she races to be by his side—only to discover him alive and well at a tavern, and completely unaware of her concern. She’s outraged. He’s confused. And the distance between them has never been more apparent.

Wanting to teach her estranged husband a lesson, Violet decides to feign an illness of her own. James quickly sees through it, but he decides to play along in an ever-escalating game of manipulation, featuring actors masquerading as doctors, threats of Swiss sanitariums, faux mistresses—and a lot of flirtation between a husband and wife who might not hate each other as much as they thought. Will the two be able to overcome four years of hurt or will they continue to deny the spark between them?

With charm, wit, and heart in spades, To Have and to Hoax is a fresh and eminently entertaining romantic comedy—perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory and Julia Quinn.

To Have and to Hoax is a fun romantic come in a historical fiction settting.This type a book is right up my alley—marriage in trouble, couple with a fiery connection, and marriage games galore. I loved it and yet at the same time I couldn’t help but think about how immature the two main characters were. 

Four years they went about no real conversation and ignore each other for three years! How can anyone, let alone a husband and wife, stay mad that dang long? It could all have been solved if they would have just communicated with each other. That's way too easy though-especially when you have two bullheaded main characters. Way too pride, in my honest opinion.

It annoyed me to no end that we had two grown adults, acting childlike. I could see teenagers acting this way because of emotional immaturity but adults? I expected a little more from them. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this so much and got a good chuckle in, but sometimes I can't jump on board with people who acted the way these two did. 

I had so much fun reading this despite some of my annoyances and I think a lot readers would enjoy it as much as me. Romance novels make my heart sing and this one was no different. I look forward to more from the author and I hope she explores more from this world!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest an unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Martha Waters was born and raised in sunny South Florida and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She works as a children’s librarian in North Carolina and spends much of her free time traveling. To Have and to Hoax is her first novel. Sign up for her newsletter for periodic book news and reading & travel recs:


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Blog Tour Excerpt-Night of the Dragon (Series: Shadow of the Fox) by Julie Kagawa

Night of the Dragon (Series: Shadow of the Fox)
by Julie Kagawa
On Sale: Mar 31, 2020
Inkyard Press
Young Adult Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural, Young
Adult Fantasy
9781335146786; 1335146784
$19.99 USD
 368 pages

About the Book:
All is lost.
To save everyone she loves from imminent death, kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko gave up the
final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. Now she and her ragtag band of companions
must make one desperate final effort to stop the Master of Demons from using the scroll to call
the Great Kami Dragon and make the wish that will plunge the empire into chaos.

Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal
with the devil—the demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with
Yumeko to stop a madman, and to separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword
that trapped the demon for nearly a millennium.

But even with their combined skills and powers, this unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of
evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll, a
player who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even
realized existed…until now.

Excerpted from Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa. © 2020 by Julie Kagawa, used with permission
by Inkyard Press.

One thousand years ago

In the long years of his existence, the number of times he had been summoned from Jigoku could be
counted on one claw.

Other demon lords had been summoned before. Yaburama. Akumu. The oni lords were too powerful
not to have some en-terprising blood mage attempt a contract with them, though such rituals often
ended badly for the arrogant human who thought they could enslave an oni lord. The four of them
were, admit-tedly, a proud bunch, and did not take kindly to an insignificant mortal attempting to bend them to their will.

They humored the blood mage long enough to hear what the human was offering, and if it did not interest them, or if the mage foolishly tried to assert dominance, they would rip him apart and do what they pleased in the mortal realm until they were sent back to Jigoku.

It had always amused Hakaimono when a mortal tried to summon him. Especially that moment when
they gazed upon him for the first time and fully realized what they had done.

Narrowing his eyes, he gazed around, peering through smoke and ignoring the brief feeling of vertigo
that always accompanied being dragged from Jigoku into the mortal realm. A growl of murderous
annoyance rumbled in his throat. Already, he was not in the best of moods.

Akumu had been scheming again, trying to weaken Hakaimono’s forces behind his back, and he had been on his way to deal with the devious Third General when black fire had erupted over his skin, words of blood magic echoing in his head as he abruptly found himself in the mortal realm.

Now he stood in the center of a ruin, broken walls and shattered pillars surrounding him, the scent of death thick on the air, and contemplated squeezing the head of the mage responsible until it popped like an egg in his claws.

The stones under his feet were sticky and had a sweet, coppery smell he recognized instantly. Lines of blood had been painted over the ground in a familiar circle, with words and sigils of power woven in a complex pattern. A summoning circle, and a powerful one at that. Whomever the blood mage was, they had done their research. Though it wouldn’t save them in the end.


The First Oni looked down. A woman stood at the edge of the blood circle, black robes and long hair
seeming to blend into the shadows. She clutched a knife in slender fingers, her pale arm covered in red
to the elbow.

A chuckle escaped him. “Well, don’t I feel important,” he said, crouching down to better see the woman.

She gazed coolly back. “Summoned by the immortal shadow herself. I am curious, however.” He raised a talon, watching the human over curved black claws the length of her arm. “If you rip off an immortal’s head, do you think it will die?”

“You will not kill me, First Oni.” The woman’s voice was neither amused nor afraid, though the certainty
in it made him smirk. “I am not so foolish as to attempt a binding, nor will I ask much of you. I have but a
single request, and after that, you are free to do what you like.”

“Oh?” Hakaimono chuckled, but admittedly, he was curi-ous. Only the very desperate, foolish or
powerful called on one of the four oni generals, and only for the most ambitious of re-quests. Like
destroying a castle, or wiping out an entire gen-eration. The risk was too great for anything less. “Let’s
hear it then, human,” he prompted. “What is this one task you would have me undertake?”

“I need you to bring me the Dragon scroll.”

Hakaimono sighed. Of course. He had forgotten it was that time again in the mortal world. When the
great scaly one him-self would rise to grant a wish to an insignificant, short-lived human. “You
disappoint me, mortal,” he growled.

 “I am not a hound that fetches upon command. You could have
gotten the amanjaku to retrieve the scroll for you, or one of your own human warrior pets. I have been called on to slaughter armies and tear strongholds to dust. Fetching the Dragon’s Prayer is not worth my time.”

“This is different.” The woman’s voice was as unruffled as ever. If she knew she was in danger of being ripped apart and devoured by an annoyed First Oni, she did not show it.

“I have already sent my strongest champion to retrieve the scroll, but I fear he has betrayed me. He wants the power of the

Dragon scroll for himself, and I cannot let the Wish slip away now. You must find him and take back thescroll.”

“One human?” Hakaimono curled a lip. “Not much of a challenge.”

“You do not know Kage Hirotaka,” the woman said quietly. “He is the greatest warrior the Empire of
Iwagoto has seen in a thousand years. He is kami-touched, but also trained in the way of the samurai.
His talents with both blade and magic are so great, the emperor himself praised his achievements. He
has killed men, yokai and demons in waves, and will be perhaps the single greatest opponent you have ever faced, Hakaimono.”

“I very seriously doubt that.” The First Oni felt a smirk cross his face as he breathed in the blood-scented air. “But now, I’m intrigued. Let’s see if this champion of shadow is as good as you say. Where can I find this demonslaying human?”

“Hirotaka’s estate lies outside a village called Koyama, ten miles from the eastern border of Kage territory,” the woman re-plied. “It’s not hard to find, but it is rather isolated. Aside from Hirotaka’s men and servants, you won’t be opposed. Find Hi-rotaka, kill him and bring the scroll to me. Oh, and one more thing.” She raised the knife, observing the bloody, glittering edge.

 “I cannot have anyone suspecting me of blood magic. Not now, when the night of the Wish is so close.” Her black eyes rose to his, narrowing sharply. “There can be no witnesses, Hakaimono. No survivors. Kill everyone there.”

“I can do that.” A slow grin spread across the oni’s face, and his eyes gleamed red with bloodlust.

“This will be fun.”

He would come to regret those words more than any other in his existence.

About the author:
Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey, Blood of Eden, Talon, and
Shadow of the Fox series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really
happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she
soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and
frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased
out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her
schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love
of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored
illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for
writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the
managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned
to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several
years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and
she stopped training to write full time.

Julie now lives in North Carolina with her husband, two obnoxious cats, and a pair of Australian
Shepherds that have more Instagram followers than she does.

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