Category: Cozy Mystery
Tour Date: August, 2013
Available in: Print & eBook, 286 Pages
Publisher: Penguin USA (June 4, 2013)
Category: Cozy Mystery
Tour Date: August, 2013
Available in: Print & eBook, 286 Pages
Monk Helps Himself is an all-new mystery, written by Hy Conrad, the
Edgar Award-nominated screenwriter and co-executive producer of Monkand
starring the characters from the wildly successful television series.
that Monk and Natalie are both in San Francisco again, life is almost
back to normal, with one exception: Natalie is studying for her PI
license, the last step to becoming Monk's full partner.
taking the plunge, Natalie sneaks off to Half Moon Bay for a retreat
run by Miranda Bigley, charismatic leader of the "Best Possible Me"
self-help program, whose philosophy has helped Natalie deal with her
recent life changes. Her plans for a relaxing weekend are disrupted
when Monk tracks her down, determined to rescue her from the "cult."
Their argument is cut short when Miranda, in full view of everyone,
calmly walks to the edge of a cliff and jumps off.
though Miranda's death looks like suicide-especially when it's
discovered that she was on the brink of financial disaster-Natalie is
sure it is murder. But Monk brushes her off to help the SFPD solve the
murder of a clown, despite his fear of clowns-number ninety-nine on his
list of one hundred phobias.
and Monk begin their separate investigations and are quickly caught up
in situations neither one of them can handle. If they want to solve
both crimes - and survive - they first need to learn how to be full
partners. Can Monk handle the change?
I try very hard to remain objective when reviewing, but Mr. Monk Helps Himself, left this unreformed Monk addict over the moon.
Monk is back, as full of quirks and obsessions as ever.
Working with his assistant turned partner, Natalie Teeger, and coping none too well with the business choice of his lady love Ellen; Monk finds himself face to face with more than a few changes. Lets just hope that he can cope long enough to nab the bad guys.
This is a truly delightful mystery, filled to the brim with the trademark wit, quirk, genius, and dysfunction that Monk is known for.
One of the best parts of this read is the fact that Natalie is given a chance to shine this time around.
A great deal of the story is centered around her, and she even gets to lead her own case.
Add to that the story of Ellen and Monk (love in a time of OCD) and what you have is a well rounded and extremely readable story, sporting not one but two mysteries, and a sweet cozy ending.
About Hy Conrd
Conrad was one of the original writers on the USA Network television
series Monk and stayed with the series for all eight seasons, acting as
co-executive producer for the last two seasons and garnering three Edgar® Award
nominations. In addition, Hy was head writer of the webisode
series Little Monk and served as consulting producer and writer on the
USA series White Collar.
is the author of hundreds of short stories, dozens of interactive
mysteries, and ten books of solvable whodunits, sold around the world in
fourteen languages. His first mystery novel series, Abel Adventures,
premiered in 2012, with the publication of Rally 'Round the Corpse. On a
more humorous note, Hy is also the author of Things Your Dog Doesn't
Want You to Know.
fans of The Paris Wife, a sparkling glimpse into the life of Edith
Wharton and the scandalous love affair that threatened her closest
They say that behind every great man is a great
woman. Behind Edith Wharton, there was Anna Bahlmann—her governess
turned literary secretary and confidante. At the age of forty-five,
despite her growing fame, Edith remains unfulfilled in a lonely, sexless
marriage. Against all the rules of Gilded Age society, she falls in
love with Morton Fullerton, a dashing young journalist. But their
scandalous affair threatens everything in Edith’s life—especially her
abiding ties to Anna.
At a moment of regained popularity for
Wharton, Jennie Fields brilliantly interweaves Wharton’s real letters
and diary entries with her fascinating, untold love story. Told through
the points of view of both Edith and Anna, The Age of Desire transports
readers to the golden days of Wharton’s turn-of-the century world
and—like the recent bestseller The Chaperone—effortlessly re-creates the
life of an unforgettable woman.
The Age of Desire serves as a meticulously rendered tableau of Edith Wharton's life. Set during the time just after the publication of her critically acclaimed novel The House of Mirth; this novel allows readers a glimpse at what prove to be defining moments in Mrs. Wharton's existance. Being a woman in the early 1900's is by no means an easy thing. Even if you do live a life as opulent as that of our Mrs. Wharton. She is a product of the "woman are but feathers in the cap of their men" generation. Her most important role being that of "someone's someone". The problem with train of thought. Edith's loveless marriage. The solution... One Morton Fullerton. It seems that the spark of sexual passion that Mr. Fullerton is able to ignite in Edith acts as a golden sun to the tender blossom that is her womanhood. Readers get a front and center seat and are allowed intimate access to some of the most tender and most heart-rending moments of her relationship with "the man of her heart". While her relationship with Mr Fullerton is a new one, the one that she has with her governess, turned secretary, and always loyal lifetime friend, Anna Bahlmann, is one that has lasted her life. As the second voice in the story, Anna serves as the narrator of both her and Edith's pasts and losses. I dare say that Anna appears to have a bit of a martyr complex at times. It seems as though Anna wants the freedom that Edith finds, but is too afraid to step out of Edith's shadow to find it. This book is so well written and seems to express it's subject so completely, that it is very easy to lose sight of the sight of the fact that it is fiction. This is a read that enthralls, repels, intrigues, and titillates with every turn of the page.
in the heart of the heart of the country – Chicago -- Jennie Fields
decided to become a writer at the age of six and produced her first (365
page!) novel when she was eleven. She received her MFA at the Iowa
Writers Workshop and published her first short stories while spending a
postgraduate year at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. But
needing to feed her family in the era just post-Mad Men, she became an
early female copywriter at an advertising agency, soon rising to
creative director and moving to New York. In her 32-year advertising
career, she wrote and produced many well-known and award-winning
commercials. People even now can embarrass her by telling her they grew
up dancing to one of her McDonalds’ jingles.
was her great love. Writing during her lunch hour and after her
daughter’s bedtime she penned her first novel, Lily Beach, which was
published by Atheneum in 1993 to much acclaim. Since then, she’s
written three more novels including Crossing Brooklyn Ferry and The
Middle Ages. Her latest, The Age of Desire, is a biographical novel
based on the life of the author dearest to her heart, Edith Wharton. An
Editor’s Choice of the New York Times Book Review, it describes
Wharton’s mid-life love affair with a younger, manipulative man. Why
the affinity to Wharton? Because she wrote about people attempting to
break society’s expectations for them – which is something Fields has
been yearning to do all her life.
For more information, please visit Jennie's website.
Title: Rock And A Hard Place
(The Jamison Collection)
Author: Angie Stanton
Length: 228 pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 5 Stars
One day while watching
the Interstate exit for her dad’s long awaited return, Libby’s life is
rocked when Peter Jamieson steps off his tour bus and into her life.
After a couple chance meetings with Peter, Libby breaks away from her
rule abiding behavior and her life changes course.
for normalcy away from the screaming fans who know nothing about the
real him. He is amazed to discover Libby has never heard of him or his
band. Soon their friendship turns to love. While Peter battles his
family's growing interference so he can spend time with Libby, she
struggles with her eccentric aunt who turns more bizarre each day.
lives are torn apart when Peter's family intrudes and Libby disappears.
Peter’s desperate search for her comes up empty. Can they find their
way back to each other while the world plots against them? -Goodreads
Rock And A Hard Place is the ultimate contemporary Cinderella story...with a boy band twist!
Readers want the best for Libby, who has had a less than stellar life since surviving the car crash that took the lives of her mother and younger sister. Now, living on the farm of her verbally abusive eccentric aunt; she finds herself wishing for something or someone...real. Enter the dream...
Shy and creative Peter Jamison knows what it's like to be adored. As a member of the chart-topping band, Jamison, how could he not? It seems that the one thing that "teen dream" Peter is missing is the true love that he writes and sings about. Until they meet...
O.K., So there is a bit of instalove, but he's a pop sensation and she's a sheltered farm girl looking for an escape. I think there is room for that given the time constraints of their situations. Besides the perfection of the setting and the overall cavity producing sweetness of these two together, makes the instalove a non issue.
Angie Stanton's straight forward and honest tone, gives this story a fresh feeling that makes you want to read more about Peter and Libby.
Even better than the love story however, are the plot twists that take place mid-book. These heartbreaking and riveting upheavals in the already tumultuous life of Libby are enough to make readers want to howl with fury. As much as it breaks one's heart to read. The author does a wonderful job at allowing Libby's tragedy to play out completely and allowing Libby to show her courage and strength. Libby's struggle makes Peter's grand gesture all the more unforgettable!
If you like Cinderella...ever had a boy band crush....or just love a great "happily ever after"...Rock And A Hard Place is the story for you.
POWERFUL. PAINFUL. REAL. The scorching international bestseller that
strips away everything you’ve ever believed about passion . . . .
Tate has a bad-boy rep in and out of the ring, a granite-hard body, and
a raw, animal power that sends his female fans into a frenzy. But from
the moment their eyes lock, the only woman he wants is Brooke Dumas. His
desire is pure, all-consuming, and REAL.
Hired to keep his
perfect body working like a machine, Brooke finally has the lucrative
sports therapy job she’s been dreaming of. But as she tours the
dangerous underground fighting circuit with Remy and his team, Brooke’s
own body becomes alive with the most primal of hungers. If what happens between Brooke and Remy is ever as light as a flirtation, it quickly
becomes an erotic obsession for them both, and promises so much more.
their white-hot lust has a dark side—and when Remy’s deepest secret
comes to light and Brooke’s familial duties demand action, will the pair
be able to hang on, or will everything that once seemed so real
suddenly fade away like an illusion? -Goodreads My Thoughts Real, is a love story for those who like their romance a little rough. Remington Tate and Brooke Dumas are two people that are made for each other. Physical, attractive, wanton, and scarred these two understand each other from the inside out. Katy Evans achieves the perfect blend of brain, brawn, and heart in Remington. His body may be made of steel, it becomes more than clear to readers and one special woman, that his heart is made of gold. Bad boy/good heart/great body is a combination that makes for a great story. There are however, much darker secrets hidden in Remy's closet that only the light of Brooke's love and a few hundred pages can bring to light. Not to be outdone...Brooke Dumas proves herself to be quite the Aphrodite, to Remy's Apollo. An ex-Olymp hopeful; Brooke understands Remy's competitive fire. She also understands his need to recover from past disgrace. What she doesn't understand is love. With Remy fighting for her heart and her body...she will. The one sucker punch in this tale of powerhouse passion is the story of Nora, Brooke's sister. While all others areas are slow to unfold and very well thought out; the last part of Nora's ordeal seems rushed. This may be because it is so near the "happily ever after bow". This is a wonderful first book that reads like a stand alone. This reviewer can not wait to see what is to come.
YA Fantasy fans take note: Strange Chemistry has signed a whole trilogy by Danielle Jensen, the first book of which, Stolen Songbird, will be published in the Spring of 2014,
Press-Release-style data-drop follows...
Angry Robot Press Release - Strange Chemistry Signs Danielle Jensen in Three Book YA Fantasy Deal
Strange Chemistry, the YA imprint of Angry Robot Books, is delighted to announce the signing of Danielle Jensen,
in a three-book World English Rights deal concluded by Strange
Chemistry’s editor Amanda Rutter and Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail
The first of the three books is called Stolen Songbird and will be published by Strange Chemistry in early 2014.
About Danielle Jensen
Danielle was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of
the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of
Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance.
But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it
sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English
literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication.
Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing
Trolls are said to love gold. They are said to live underground and
hate humans, perhaps even eat them. They are said to be evil. When
Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and sold to the trolls, she finds out that
there is truth in the rumours, but there is also so much more to trolls
than she could have imagined.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus,
the city she hadn’t even known existed under Forsaken Mountain: escape.
But the trolls are inhumanly strong. And fast. She will have to bide her
time, wait for the perfect opportunity.
But something strange happens while she’s waiting - she begins to fall
in love with the handsome, thoughtful troll prince that she has been
bonded and married to. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see
that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods - part troll/part
human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a
rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its
As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus,
she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter from Goshawk’s Hollow. She
becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch.
Danielle Jensen said: “I am beyond excited to begin
work on the trilogy with Amanda and everyone else at Strange Chemistry.
It is a dream come true to see my novels on their way to publication.”
Strange Chemistry Editor Amanda Rutter said: “Stolen Songbird simply
stole my breath and my heart as I was reading it. I’ve always loved
fantasy novels, and this book feels like an absolute classic in the
making. For Strange Chemistry to be the home of this trilogy is a great
Miss Bonnie Hodges,
governess to the Darrow family, is desperately trying to hold it
together. Tragedy has struck, and she is the sole person left to be
strong for the two little boys in her care. When the new guardian
arrives, she hopes that things will get better. She wasn't expecting her
new employer to be the most frustrating, overbearing, and…handsome man
she's ever seen.
Sir Stephen Montgomery is utterly distracted. He
should be trying to figure out how his two best friends were killed in a
suspicious accident and why the new young viscount seems destined to be
the next victim. But he can't concentrate on anything but his growing
infatuation with the beautiful, mysterious, and utterly captivating
Together they're doing their best to save the two
boys, but will Stephen's feelings for Bonnie get in the way of their
search for a killer? -Goodreads
Tile: How To Discipline Your Vampire
Author: Mina Vaughn
Length: 280 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star
Rating: 3.5 Stars
In this exciting paranormal erotic romance, a dominant schoolteacher with a serious role-play fetish finds the perfect submissive in an infamous vampire lover.
Cerise Norrell, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit being a domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the time she’s home from school.
Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to vanilla relationships, or be alone forever—she meets William, who wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scene—complete with canned goods.
But there’s something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange things. He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise’s over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn’t redden when he’s spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise discovers she’s become dome to the infamous “Chilly Willy,” as he’s known throughout the BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there’s a whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a hard body.
And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and learn to be vulnerable. -Goodreads
Who said that BDSM play couldn't be fun, lighthearted, and flirty?
In Mina Vaughn's How To Discipline Your Vampire, BDSM manages to be all of those things and more.
Cerise Norrell/Mistress Cherry is the wet dream come true for anyone with a "naughty teacher" complex. She may be the cool, young, substitute teacher that makes all the boys' hormones rage by day, but at night, Mistress Cherry, the demanding dominatrix, is doing more than a little raging of her own.
This story is one that would be classified as BDSM lite. The reason for this being that the scenes that interaction that Mistress Cherry has with her clients is mostly about role play and scene staging, rather than the more stringent aspects of S&M play.
It is in fact her obsession with role play and her need to find the perfect partner that are the driving forces behind this story.
William is the complete package rich, submissive, handsome, mysterious, and...
Where to start with William. William is a vampire with some very juicy issues, a long and troubled past, and an innocence that just makes you wan to cuddle him.
William is also where the story starts to get complicated from a reviewer standpoint, because poor Cerise falls so hard for William that she fails to do her homework about him.
This would not be such a problem if she had not been made out to be such a stickler for detail in her domme life.
Issue two comes in after the two of them inter into their agreement. Mistress Cherry and her sub seem to have a lot more sex than sadism. What happens when these two come together is great, but is at it's heart a lot more mainstream than the title would lead one to believe.
This is a light read, full of quirk, kink, and tongue-in cheek humor. The perfect end to a hard day; this book will provide the perfect escape from the cares and stressors of the outside world.
Monroe Grisham, Duke of Chanceworth, is determined to keep his beautiful
young ward, Caroline Jellico, out of his life for her own good. Caroline
is all grown up now, making it impossible for him to focus on anything
but her presence. Hoping to put her out of sight, he leaves it up to
his mother to find her a proper husband before he ruins Caroline himself.
A woman in search of a gamble
Mathematics prodigy, Caroline Jellico, is tired of waiting for the
illusive Roe to notice she
A complicated game of seduction
When Roe and Caroline meet across the table, all bets are off. But
this game takes more than skill, and the winner may take all but still
Robyn DeHart, never ceases to amaze and delight her readers with tales of brazen woman and dashing men willing to risk everything to follow the call of passion.
In A Little Scandalous, the third offering from the Forbidden Love series; we are introduced to Roe and Caroline, two players in a high-stakes, winner-take-take all game of hearts.
Ohh finally! A story where the girl gets to be the roguish gambler, and the guy gets to try to reform her!!!!
It seems that one Miss Caroline Jellico, is quite the card shark. Or at least her alter ego, Grey, is.
Dressed as a boy, she frequents Rodale's, fleecing the good men folk of their hard earned coin in a backroom game of 21.
She's too good, and soon that causes the "front parlor" uppercrusts to wonder about "the boy" in back.
When Grey is forced to play against the Duke of Chanceworth, it is not long before he learns her secret and all bets are off.
This is a fascinating story that just gets better as it evolves. There are so many layers of self-deception, loathing, and self imposed isolation on the part of Monroe, that Caroline's gambling doesn't seem that big of a deal.
But just you wait...
Caroline is a strong and determined young woman, unafraid to lay her cards on the table, whether it be in the case of love or money.
With the skiddish Duke, she just may have to play her romantic hand a bit closer to the vest.
Just when you thought the terms of this wager couldn't get any more interesting. We add a few baddies to the mix, who are up to no good and looking to use Caroline's talents to cash in on their biggest payday...no matter who they have to hurt to do so.
This is definitely a "one sitting" read. While Caroline's story is very much up front. Monroe provides a great back story. As is par for the course with Robyn's stories; the rescuing is never exclusive to the male or female lead, but a mutual thing of beauty.
This is a book that can be read as a standalone, but please, do read the other two books in the series!
You will be glad you did!
About the Author:
A life-long lover of stories and adventure, it was either become a
stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety
of her PJ's and computer. Award-winning author, Robyn DeHart chose the
latter and couldn't be happier for doing so. Known for her unique plotlines
and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers.
Publishers' Weekly claims her books as "sizzling romance"
while the Chicago Tribune dubs her "wonderfully entertaining."
Robyn is an award-winning author as well as being a four-time RT Bookclub
Reviewers' Choice award nominee, and a three-time RomCon Reader's Crown
Look for Robyn's new trilogy on forbidden love coming from Entangled:
A Little Bit Wicked (fall 2012), A Little Bit Sinful (spring 2013) and
A Little Bit Scandalous (summer 2013).
Also in 2013, she'll launch a new historical romantic suspense series
with NAL, the first in the series is The Secrets of Mia Danvers (2013).
Robyn lives in Texas with her brainy husband, two precocious little
girls and two spoiled cats.
A turbulent, emotionally charged YA novel that breaks down barriers and challenges the status quo...
Angry, seventeen-year-old Iraqi war refugee Mirriam Yohanna hates her new life in Killeen, Texas, where the main attraction is a military base, populated with spoiled army brats like Caleb Miller.
Caleb has much to be angry about too, including Mirriam who turns him down flat in front of everyone. Eager for retribution, Caleb agrees to a dare that will see him take Mirriam to the prom and regain his pride.
But their relationship soon moves beyond high school antics. Mirriam and Caleb are bound together by more than location, and as they are forced to work closely together on a school assignment, they start to uncover an explosive story that has the potential to ruin lives — and both of their futures. One single truth changes everything and strengthens their bond.
When Mirriam's family discovers their relationship, they decide it's time to arrange her marriage to a proper Iraqi man. Caleb must convince Mirriam that he is in it for forever — or risk losing her for good.
About the Author I'm a full time ELF keeper and part time writer/blogger/writing instructor. I'm represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. I like my tea hot, my romance sweet, and my guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma'am, make promises they keep, and aren't afraid to profess their undying love. It's not breakfast if there aren't carbs(at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just few of my favorite things. Bet you can't guess where I'm from ;)
Title: Indelible Author: Dawn Metcalf Format: ERC Length: 384 pages Publisher: Harlequin TEEN Rating: 5 Stars Some things are permanent.
And they cannot be changed back.
Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes
across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her
eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible
Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible
world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep,
and a life that will never be the same.
Now, Joy must pretend to
be Ink’s chosen magicone—his helper, his love, his something for the
foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death
for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor
and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.
Somewhere between reality and myth lives…
Indelible is a read for all of us girls with a soft spot for mysterious boys bearing sharp objects.
Joy Malone meets Ink when he stabs her in the eye. Why? She could see him.
Thus begins a love story that one must read to believe. The world of Indelible, is one filled with magic, monsters, promises, betrayals, and love.
Joy Joy is a girl trying to find a way to be normal. Whatever that means. Her mother is gone, so now it's just her and her father. She would like a boyfriend, but she's shy. Boys just don't see her. Until.... Ink Timeless. Beautiful. Not human. Dangerous? Indelible. The Writing on The Wall This is a book that draws readers in with one WTF moment and doesn't stop supplying them until it's end. Readers can't be sure of anything about Ink or his motives toward Joy as the story begins. In fact, one's first instinct is to protect her.
Then the monsters start coming out the woodwork and you're not quite sure who or what it is that you want to protect her from.
By the time that Ink comes in to explain himself, let's just say he's not anyone's favorite person.
But oh...how quickly things change.
The more that readers and Joy come to know about Ink, his wild child sister, Inq, and their role as Scribes to the Folk; the further she and the audience are drawn into their dangerously enchanting world.
And what a world it is.
Filled to the brim with all sorts of fanciful creatures (most of which one would not want to meet in a dark alley) Joy quickly finds that sticking as close to the two Inks may be the only way that she will make it through this adventure alive. Love Letters
Though Ink and Joy's relationship starts out as a mistake, it becomes quite clear that they are made for each other. Both are frightened of their feelings and not quite sure of themselves. The love that they share is very fresh, innocent, tentative, and sweet. With everything else that is going on, (you know...the trying to stay alive and all) there doesn't seem to be room for much else.
There are a lot of secrets and lies going on in the land of TWIST and Joy, Ink, and Inq seem to be caught right in middle.
For all their control time and space, it seems that two Inks and Joy are pawns in a deadly game of WAR.
Title: The Marriage Mistake (Marriage to a Billionaire #2) Author: Jennifer Probst Format: Print Length: 328 pages Publisher: Pocket Books Rating: 5 Stars
Italian billionaire seeks faux fiancée. Willing to agree to anything in return...
order for his sister to marry, Italian billionaire Michael Conte has to
find himself a bride – and fast! When he learns that photographer
Maggie Ryan is going to be in Milan, Michael hatches a plan to introduce
her to his family as his “fiancée.” Never mind that Maggie is
confident, independent, and a control freak. Never mind that she’s
everything he doesn’t want in a wife… and everything he wants in his
Convinced that Michael is in love with her married gal pal,
Maggie agrees to keep up the ruse if he’ll keep away from her friend.
Besides, she’s not attracted to charming, ridiculously hot billionaires
who drive her nuts. Once they’re in Italy, however, everything changes –
and the sexual tension between Maggie and Michael goes from simmer to
naked nuclear meltdown! But have they found the perfect arrangement… or are they trapped in a make-believe marriage? -Goodreads
When the gorgeous, rich, and titled Michael Conte proposes that Maggie be his fake fiancee for a week in Milan; she only agrees so that she can keep him away from the very real torch that she believes he carries for her very married best friend Alexa. What Maggie fails to understand however, is that it is her fire that has Michael enthralled. The Marriage Trap is the second book in the Marriage to a Billionaire series, and just as awesome as the first. The most striking thing about this read is the fact that Maggie is allowed to be the tough, closed and fearful lead. Michael, on the other hand is strong, supportive, and tender. The story this time around is all about family. Michael's family, to be exact. He is a member of an Old World Italian clan, where tradition is law. So when his younger sister calls to say that she has found love and wants to get married; traditions says that he, as the older brother must be married first...or at least appear to be.
The thing that makes this novel work is not the passion that takes place between the sheets with these two. It is instead the emotional bond that is allowed to form between not only Maggie and Michael, but Maggie and his family as a whole. Maggie's coming together with Michael not only completes her as a woman. Her acceptance into Michael's family completes her as a person. Maggie is seen to flower when exposed to their loving warmth. This is not to say that the passion between the two is not first rate. The passion that they share is scorching, but there is also a heart-melting tenderness within this read that is sure to make one smile.
Fans of Maggie Stiefvater and the hit television show True Blood will flock to this first book in the supernatural mystery series set in a town where werewolves live in plain sight.
Dobson's life has been turned upside down since she vowed to hunt her
best friend Amy's killer: a white werewolf. Lupine syndrome—also known
as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country, and bloodlust
is not easy to control. But it soon becomes clear that dangerous secrets
are lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, Mac's hometown—and she is thrown
into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her in grave
Kathleen Peacock's thrilling debut novel provides readers with a mystery that Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder, calls "clever and frightening," while Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight, raves: "Forget every werewolf book you've ever read. This one breaks the mold."
Title: Legacy of the Clockwork Key (The Secret Order #1) Author: Kristin Bailey Format: ERC Length: 403 pages Publisher: Simon PULSE Rating 5 Stars A teen girl
unravels the mysteries of a secret society and their most dangerous
invention in this adventure-swept romance set in Victorian London.When
a fire consumes Meg’s home, killing her parents and destroying both her
fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch
she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary . The clock
turns out to be a mechanical key—a key that only Meg can use—that
unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg is
compelled to follow.
Meg has uncovered evidence of an
elite secret society and a dangerous inventiton that some will stop at
nothing to protect—and that Meg alone can destroy. Together with the
handsome stable hand she barely knows but hopes she can trust, Meg is
swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge. The
clockwork key has unlocked her destiny in this captivating start to a
This book is a fantastic mix of mystery and the inspiring wonders of invention and ingenuity. The book's pacing is slow out of the gate, but picks up steadily in the early chapters as the secret of the "pocket watch" is revealed. The 'nesting box' style of writing, where one discovery or significant occurrence leads directly to the next insures that there is never a lull in the action. This writing style also makes this a far more complex read than it would otherwise be. Clues to the mystery which drives the plot are sprinkled throughout the story, and missing said clues can cause the reader to be thrown of the story's map. The over all tone of the book is very innocent and naive. The reason for this being that the story is being told from the vantage point of a very sheltered girl in Victorian-era England. This coupled with the fanciful nature of the toys tend to give the impression that this book has middle grade leanings. Before accepting this assumption as fact however, one has only to read the last third of the book to witness the story's true complexity. The love story between Meg and her unlikely hero, serves as the icing on the cake for this adventure laden trip down a steampunk driven wonderland. They compliment each other brilliantly and their relationship helps to "grow Meg up" a bit. This is a well done first book that doesn't scream series, choosing instead to transfix readers and transport them into a world that they never want to leave.