Thursday, December 29, 2022
My Favorites of 2022
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Release Day Review: 5 Stars for One Last Secret by Adele Parks
Would you kill to keep it?
One last client
A week at a beautiful chateau in the south of France – it should be a straightforward final job for Dora. She’s a smart, stunning and discreet escort and Daniel has paid for her services before. This time, all she has to do is to convince the assembled guests that she is his girlfriend. Dora is used to playing roles and being whatever men want her to be. It’s all about putting on a front.
One last chance
It will be a last, luxurious look at how the other half lives, before Dora turns her back on the escort world and all its dangers. She has found someone she loves and trusts. With him, she can escape the life she’s trapped in. But when Dora arrives at the chateau it quickly becomes obvious that nothing is what it seems…
One last secret
Dora finds herself face-to-face with a man she has never forgotten, the one man who really knows her. And as old secrets surface, it becomes terrifyingly apparent that one last secret could cost Dora her life…
From the Sunday Times Number One bestseller Adele Parks comes a blisteringly provocative novel about power, sex, money and revenge.
What I thought about One Last Secret
About the Author
Adele Parks is the #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including Lies Lies Lies and Just My Luck, as well as I Invited Her In. Just My Luck is currently in development to be made into a movie. Her novels have sold 4 million copies in the UK alone, and her work has also been translated into thirty-one languages.
Monday, December 26, 2022
ARC Review: 5 stars for Rancher After Midnight by Karen Booth
Can this tenacious beauty tame Royal, Texas’s savage beast? Find out in the latest Texas Cattleman's Club: Ranchers and Rivals novel from Karen Booth.
One New Year’s Eve kiss is all it takes…
To tame a handsome beast.
Thanks to a bogus inheritance, rancher Heath Thurston has a score to settle. Seducing his sexy land surveyor, Ruby Bennet, is not part of his revenge plan…nor is the snowstorm that leaves them stranded with nothing but a connection they can’t deny. As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, will Heath’s icy heart finally melt, or will he remain a vengeful beast for good?
From Harlequin Desire:
A luxurious world of bold encounters and sizzling chemistry.
You’ll be swept away by this bold, sizzling romance, part of the Texas Cattleman's Club: Ranchers and Rivals series:
Book 1: Staking a Claim by Janice Maynard
Book 2: Boyfriend Lessons by Sophia Singh Sasson
Book 3: On Opposite Sides by Cat Schield
Book 4: Rivalry at Play by Nadine Gonzalez
Book 5: Vacation Crush by Yahrah St. John
Book 6: An Ex to Remember by Jessica Lemmon
Book 7: Cinderella Masquerade by LaQuette
Book 8: One Christmas Night by Jules Bennett
Book 9: Rancher After Midnight by Karen Booth
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Book release date: December 27, 2022
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What I thought about Rancher After Midnight
I haven't read any of the other books in this series and Rancher After Midnight works well as a standalone.
This was a quick, easy and satisfying romance between two adults -- one of which has a big axe to grind and isn't about to forget it. Heath Thurston is looking for revenge against the people he thinks swindled a family member, but when a survey comes back that leads the investigation in a different direction, he also meets the smart and sexy surveyor, Ruby Bennet.
I adored Ruby. She's such a sweet person and she has Heath's best interest at heart, even when he may not think that's true. But she does manage to get him to think about things differently, and see what's really important.
Overall, a very nice holiday themed romance, with a pleasant heat level and two characters that were fairly easy to relate to at some level. The story moved along quickly, which I really like and the characters both do some growing along the way. It was easy to want them to get their HEA. Win-win.
Karen Booth is a Midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on '80s music and repeated readings of Forever by Judy Blume. When she's not writing about dreamy fictional men and the women who test them, she's in the garden, obsessing over college basketball, or spending time with her husband, college-age kids, and bratty cat.
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Release Week Review: 5 Stars for A Wolfe in Winter: A Christmas Novella by Tiffany Reisz
Famous actress and secret submissive Sheridan Stratford can’t wait to collect her Christmas gift from Mistress Nora—a two-hour session with the Big Brad Wolfe, one of New York’s top male dominants. But when she’s snowed in with Mr. Wolfe for the night, Sheridan is forced to reckon with the sacrifices she’s had to make for her career. She expected to get eaten by a wolf, not fall in love with one…
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What I thought about A Wolfe In Winter
It's always terrific to visit with Tiffany Reisz's original sinners characters, and A Wolfe In Winter captures everything I love about this series. These are characters I always want to spend time with.
Actress Sheridan Stratford has a lot on her mind. She's worried about Mistress Nora's move to New Orleans and what that means, and she's also questioning how she is living her life. It's becoming clear that her career comes first over what she really feels and needs for herself. I really felt her anguish over these two things in just a few short pages.
Mistress Nora gifts her a session with Big Brad Wolfe, an accomplished male dominant. He's dealing with a heartache of his own, and in typical Nora fashion, she knows that Sheridan is just the person to help heal Brad's heart. I hadn't realized what a match maker Nora is until this story, and what she accomplishes here is very sweet (for Nora, lol!)
I loved this story. It's steamy, spicy and sweet at the same time, as Brad and Sheridan navigate a potential relationship. And is there any better ending than the main characters getting their HEA and what they truly want in life? Not for this reader. I loved this story. I'll probably read it again, just to visit with the Tiffany's sinners one more time.
Her erotic fantasy The Red—the first entry in the Godwicks series, self-published under the banner 8th Circle Press—was named an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Goodreads Best Romance of the Month.
Tiffany lives in Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. The cats are not writers.
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About 8th Circle Press
8th Circle Press is a Louisville, Kentucky-based publisher of literary friction. For more information, visit our website at www.8thCirclePress.com.
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Release Day Review: A Mother Would Know by Amber Garza
Valerie has been forgetting things. Her daughter worries about her being on her own in her big Victorian house—one rumored to be haunted after a tragedy decades earlier—and truth be told, she is a little lonely. With few options, she asks her adult son to move home, but it’s not quite the reunion she hoped for. Hudson is taciturn, moody and frequently gone.
The neighbors already hold a grudge against Hudson, and they aren’t happy about his return. When a young woman is found murdered a block away, suspicion falls on him immediately, without a shred of evidence. While Valerie fights to defend her son, she begins to wonder who she really invited into her home.
It’s a horrible thing for a mother to even think…but is it possible she’s enabled a monster? A monster she is living with, alone?
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What I thought about A Mother Would Know
So, where do I start with this title? It's going to be very difficult to review this without giving any spoilers, but I'm going to give it my best!
I loved the pace of this book. I was to the ending before I realized it, and that's always a great feeling. The story of this family and their neighbors is well-crafted, leaving tidbits of clues along the way. There are some nice twists and red herrings too.
A Mother Would Know is an entertaining story about a creepy family. It shows just how messed up people can be and how events can shape and trigger behaviors in later life. I felt sorry for Valerie in the end. This book really did evoke some emotions in this reader and I really liked that about it.
About the Author
Amber Garza has had a passion for the written word since she was a child making books out of notebook paper and staples. Her hobbies include reading and singing. Coffee and wine are her drinks of choice (not necessarily in that order). She writes while blaring music, and talks about her characters like they're real people. She lives with her husband and two kids in Folsom, California.
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