Edie Kramer has a score
to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty
drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't
imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a
Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the
bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is
done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's
impossible to forget.
In one short summer, her
entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take
the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look
there, and suddenly... bad things are happening. It's a heady rush,
seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too
good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from
delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and
fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains,
she isn't sure who—or what--she can trust. Not even her own mind... -Goodreads
Title: City Of Glass
(The Immortal Instruments #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Length: 541 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. Elderberry Books
To save her mother's
life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the
Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is
against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things
worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been
thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a
vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more
about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter
Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to
destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to
fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and
Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace
realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she
harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the
Love is a mortal sin and
the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down
Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments. -Goodreads
All Of Me
(Inside Out #6)
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Length: 138 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
In the sizzling
conclusion to Lisa Renee Jones’s bestselling Inside Out series, Chris
and Sara finally embark on the road to marriage—but will the threats
from their pasts steal their joy?
Sara and Chris have
fled to Paris to escape the aggressive reporters covering an explosive
scandal. But a long-time heartache from Chris’s past awaits him there,
and he finally allows Sara in fully as he shares his darkest secrets
with her. Seeking peace, they spend some time at his chateau in the
countryside, planning their Valentine’s Day wedding, then return to
Paris for a magical Christmas. And when they finally head home to San
Francisco, other broken connections from their lives are made whole
again. Healing finally seems within reach…until a surprise visitor right
before the wedding throws Sara into turmoil. Will they ever be totally
free of their pasts? - Goodreads
Find out how one chance encounter changed everything for Scarlett & Kyle
in Nicole's debut novel,
TITLE: Hidden Secrets (The Pub Series, #1)
AUTHOR: Nicole De La Cruz
GENRE: New Adult
RELEASE DATE: February 27, 2015
After a night of fun and drinking, Scarlett Collins' past comes rushing back into her life. Instead of facing it, she runs away like she always does, this time straight into a broom closet. Not sure how she is going to get out of this one, the gorgeous British bartender rescues her from the locked room. Little does she know her life might have changed in ways she would have never dreamed.
Kyle Harrington has had one hell of a night, it isn’t until he lets out a beautiful green eyed woman from his broom closet that his night might be looking up. That is until he lets her go without a number or a way of ever finding her again. When a second chance is put in front of Kyle, he knows he won’t let her get away that easy again.
Both have a past they wish they could change, but now they can have a possible future together. As long as hidden secrets don’t keep them apart...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole is a new author that has recently decided to pursue her passion of writing. Something she has been wanting to do since she was a little girl, and thanks to the push of her husband she is now living her dream.
Almost every single day you can either find her reading or listening to music. She got into reading when she picked up her first Sarah Dessen book and hasn’t stopped since.
She is an easy going person that likes to spend time with her husband and their three cats, drink wine, listen to Breaking Benjamin, and try out new recipes.
Title: Love, Lattes, and Mutants
Author: Sandra Cox
Length: 188 pages
Date of Publication: February 17th, 2015
Rating: 3 Stars
Finding love is hard, even when you aren't a mutant.
seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having
a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother
with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant
ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly
glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring
every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper,
Then Piper is captured
on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends
up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she
discovers she isn't the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she
doesn't have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy
who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping
from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another
This sweet,touching, and very light YA, scifi romance is one
that is best read with pleasure in mind. The reason for this being that
if you go into this read looking for flaws; you are sure to find them.
Cases In Point:
1. The rather vague treatment of Piper's back story. When dealing with a
character who's main claim to fame is her status as something other, it
is very important to answer the who's why's and wherefore's of that
person's history. This is often done for no other reason than to help
the reader to understand the being about which they are reading.
2. The unnecessary need to dress Piper in baggy clothes,and sunglasses.
She looks completely human. Not only that, but she is pretty.
Dressing her in such an outlandish way, only makes her seem more the
3. The seemingly endless homage to Tyler's hotness!
After about the third reference to his heart-stopping good looks, one
can assume that readers understand the extreme level of teenaged male
attractiveness that this young god among men just happens to be working
4. New and uber popular girl Holly, and the insta-friending!
Their interactions are written as though Holly is the school veteran, amd Piper is new. Backwards much?
Please understand that the list of positives is just as long as the negatives was.
Everything concerning Piper's life in the water. This is the part of
the story where Piper really gets to shine. She is confident and sure
of what she is doing. The action scenes here are first rate.
All character interactions; with the exception of the afore mentioned
Holly and Piper role reversal. Watching the way these characters relate
is like watching a well choreographed dance.
Transitions are smooth and flow as naturally as water downhill. The conversations and banter are never staged or forced.
In short. This tale of teens, romance, friendship, lattes, and mutation
is the perfect Summer read. That perfect escape into the fun and fluffy
fantasy of friends and fins.
About Sandra Multi-published author Sandra
Cox writes YA fantasy, historic and paranormal romance and metaphysical
nonfiction. Sandra lives with her husband, a menagerie of pets, and an
occasional foster cat in sunny North Carolina. To see the brood go to
her website www.sandracox1.com and click on the cat tab. Her fourteenth book, SUNDIAL, a time-travel romance has recently been released through classactbooks.com.
For fans of
Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries: the seductively
charming second historical romance in Isabella Bradford's Breconridge
Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy leads a charmed
existence. As the second son of the Duke of Breconridge, he has none of
the responsibilities of his older brother and all of the advantages,
leaving handsome Geoffrey free to enjoy his rakish pursuits. And pursue
them he does, leaving hearts fluttering all over London. But one night,
at a ball teeming with high society's most sought-after beauties, only
one truly intrigues him: the regal, aloof, and mysterious Miss Serena
Magnificently dressed and wearing jewels befitting a
queen, the lady is considered the prize of the season, a noble-born
heiress raised in India. But even as Geoffrey's fascination grows,
Serena deftly deflects his curiosity—and with good reason: Serena's
exotic past contains a perilous secret that could destroy her. Yet her
plan to live in safe solitude is thwarted by her hungry heart, and soon
Geoffrey's passionate seduction finds her blissfully bed—and wed. Will
her deception destroy her chance at happiness as Geoffrey's wife? Or
will the devotion of her new husband reveal the only truth worth
embracing: her undying love?
My Thoughts A Sinful Deception, the second offering in the (Breconridge Brothers series) proves just as captivating as it's predecessor.
time it is the secrets and hidden passions of the exotic Indian born
blossom Serena Carew, that serve to stoke passion's flame and enthrall
the minds of one Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy, and readers alike.
The granddaughter of the Marquis of Allwyn, and the only surviving heir to her father's sizable fortune.
is no wonder that the raven haired beauty with the somewhat guarded
demeanor has tongues wagging and fortune hunters dogging her every
for Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy, golden second son of the Duchy of
Breconridge, the allure of young Miss Carew lies neither in the depth of
her purse, nor the charms of her visage. He it seems hears the call of
a far more insistent master...the inescapable hand of kismet.
their first furtively shared glances, to their mutual understanding and
love for her native Hindi tongue, it is clear from the start that she
is made for him, and he for her and no other.
That is of course if the fires of their passion and the ferocity of their love can withstand a secret from her past.
secret of such import, that if discovered it could strip her of both
her love and her fortune, and change the course of her life forever.
This is a brilliant tale of love, lies, and survival all wrapped up in the finery of English society.
fact, it is that reliance on societal niceties that throws things off
course for the first few chapters as readers sit through the superfluous
back and forth of "I really like you but..." that romances of this ilk
seem to demand.
one can manage to make it through Serena and Geoffery's game of
peek-a-boo with the truth of their feelings; they will find the wait and
frustration well worth the reward.
feelings deepen, desires are realized, secrets are unearthed, and
schemes and disasters are averted, readers are treated to a book
brimming with plot twists, great love scenes, and tied together with a
very dramatic "happily ever after bow".
Guest blog for
A SINFUL DECEPTION
By Isabella Bradford
Bring on the Bling
I’m so excited for the release this week of my newest
historical romance, A SINFUL DECEPTION. This is a story that’s been in my head
for a long time, and I’ve always wanted to write a book that includes not just
Georgian England, but the farthest corners of the British Empire. My heroine,
Serena Carew, was born in India, the daughter of a English nobleman stationed
there. While Serena has spent most of her life as an English lady, her Indian
heritage is impossible for her to forget – and it’s also one of the things that
Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy comes to love most about her.
There are many memories and experiences that make Serena who
she is, but there are also some very tangible assets: the fabulous collection
of jewels that she inherits from her father. I loved being able to describe
Serena’s jewelry. In the 18th c., the best gemstones – emeralds,
rubies, sapphires – were mined in India, and only gradually made their way back
to London. Her necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings would have been
jaw-droppers even among the aristocracy, and might well have outshone the
One piece that Serena wears to her wedding to Lord Geoffrey
is a gold turban ornament set with diamonds and emeralds, much like the one
shown here. Because she remembers it in connection with her father, it’s a
sentimental (if valuable) piece to her, linking her past with her new life and
I hope you’ll enjoy A SINFUL DECEPTION! For more about what
inspires me, check out my website www.isabellabradford.com
and on my Isabella Bradford Facebook page, plus my blog (written with writer
BFF Loretta Chase) www.TwoNerdyHistoryGirls.com,
Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls, and Pinterest: TwoNerdyHistoryGirls.
Isabella Bradford is a pseudonym for Susan Holloway Scott,
the award-winning author of more than forty historical novels and
historical romances. Her bestselling books have been published in
nineteen countries and translated into fourteen languages with more than
three million copies in print. Bradford also writes as half of the Two
Nerdy History Girls (twonerdyhistorygirls.com), an entertaining history
blog and Twitter account (@2nerdyhistgirls) with an international
following. She is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with her
family outside of Philadelphia.
Would you recognize true love if it sat down next to you? In this unforgettable new spinoff of the Billionaire books from New York Times bestselling indie author Melody Anne, two strangers must look past their painful memories to make way for everlasting love.
Alyssa's modeling career came to an abrupt end when her manager boyfriend emptied her bank account and ruined her professional reputation. Now she's heading to a new town in Montana to rebuild her life—if she can even get there (stupid delayed planes!). But things are looking up when she's upgraded to first class and a mysterious stranger sits down next to her…
Jackson Whitman doesn't believe in love, or commitment, or forever—not since he lost his wife and daughter. But the beautiful woman sitting next to him at the gate has him rethinking that position. Can he convince her to be his for the night? Or will she convince him to be hers for a lifetime? -Goodreads
Her Unexpected Hero draws the reader in using the lure of the unexpected.
Jackson never expected to meet the beautiful and vivacious Alyssa.
Brilliantly snarky, witty, vivacious, beautiful, and under his skin.
Suddenly, there she is.
For her part, Alyssa is quite the worse for wear, both financially and romantically speaking. As such, she knows that a relationship of any kind is not in the cards for her. Even as the enigmatic stranger, Jackson Whitman, proves an attraction that she can't resist.
This is a book that lulls the reader into believing that it is all about the sweeter side of serendipity. As things progress however, readers come to find that interactions between these two are fated to be anything but uncomplicated.
There is a bit of planned predictably when it comes to him coming to her hometown in Montana, and owning the bar at which she works. The direction in which things go from there are...surprising!
The circumstances under which the author brings these two together
make for great dramatic reading and serve to up the emotional ante for both readers and characters alike.
The unexpected negative of said circumstances comes in the form of Alyssa's need to fight her feelings for Jackson to the point past stupidity.
Luckily, things finally do even out before book throwing frustration ensues
The romance gets off to fiery start, but is sidetracked by drama for a great portion of the read. The pacing of said romance is a decent mid-level heat, with nothing out of the norm sexually speaking.
This is a wonderful escape for readers who like drama with their romance.
NYT and USA Today Best Selling
Author Melody Anne has written the popular series, Billionaire
Bachelors, Surrender, and Baby for the Billionaire. She also has a Young
Adult Series; Midnight Fire, Midnight Moon and Midnight Storm - Rise of
the Dark Angel.
As an aspiring author, she wrote for years, then
published in 2011. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in business, she loves to
write about strong, powerful, businessmen and the corporate world. When
Melody isn’t writing, she cultivates strong bonds with her family and
relatives and enjoys time spent with them as well as her friends, and
beloved pets. A country girl at heart, she loves the small town and
strong community she lives in and is involved in many community
See Melody's Website at: www.melodyanne.com. She makes it a point to respond to all her fans. You can also join her on facebook at: www.facebook.com/melodyanneauthor, or at twitter: @authmelodyanne. She looks forward to hearing from you and thanks you for your continued interest in her stories.
Title: The Lady Vanishes (The Billionaire Tricksters of Boston #1) Author: Nicole Camden Format: ERC Length: 245 pages Date of Publication: February 9th 2015 Publisher: Pocket Star Rating: 5 Stars
Buy The Book: B&NAmazonKobo The first in a brand-new series by erotic romance sensation Nicole Camden, featuring sexy magicians and ladies whose desires tempt them ever deeper into a world they don’t quite understand...
tech genius and inventor Milton Shaw never had life easy. Losing his
brother at an early age, his only escape was into the world of magic,
studying Houdini and perfecting the art of sleight of hand. Too smart to
fit in, and isolated from his peers, he vowed that one day he would be
so powerful that no one could touch him.
Stern doctor Regina
Burke hates nothing more than attention and trickery. In fact, she went
into science to feel in control of her world. Yet when her work brings
her into contact with the sexy tech superstar Milton Shaw, she finds her
body warring with her idealism…and her desires shifting from unlocking
the magician’s secrets to unlocking his heart. -Goodreads My Thoughts Both Milton Shaw and the lovely Regina Burke are no strangers to life shattering pain. His suffered at the death of his brother, William, after a courageous battle with childhood cancer. Hers brought about by the shame, public scorn, and financial ruin of her family when her father, Carter Burke, was convicted of embezzling millions of dollars from unsuspecting investors in an elaborate Ponzi scheme.
While time may not have succeeded in completely healing the wounds of their respective pasts, it has given them the drive, fire and ingenuity needed to craft brilliant futures. His as a magician, philanthropist, and owner of a billion dollar software conglomerate. Hers as a respected children's oncologist.
When Milton, or in this case, The Amazing Shaw, finds himself face to face with the snark and fire of the beautiful doctor; while performing for the young patients of Boston Children's Hospital. It is quite clear from the start, that if given half the chance...these two can and will make spectacular magic of the sensual sort.
That is if he can manage to heal the good doctor's heart of the hurts she has suffered in her ever present past.
Authoress, Nicole Camden, takes readers on an emotionally sensual journey in this her first offering of the Billionaire Tricksters of Boston series. With both Milton and his leading lady, Regina, struggling to make something good from their unfortunate pasts. They succeed in grabbing reader hearts right away. When you add their easy banter and mind-blowing chemistry into the mix...the result is nothing less than utterly readable. Topping the list of the many things that this story does right, is the fact that these two otherwise cautious people are allowed to act on impulse when it comes to their baser desires. There is no initial denial of attraction to have to work through, before the erotic fun is allowed to begin. Further sweetening this already delectably tantalizing pot of story craft, is the allure and wonder of magic and the comic relief provided by a colorful supporting cast. The care taken to make Regina and Milton whole characters, with lives, interests, and meaningful interactions outside of each other and the bedroom, is apparent from page one. In fact, half the fun of the read is finding out how the two manage to fit their new 'relationship' into their already full lives. Not to worry though, it seems that scheduling time for 'relating' is not a problem for these two. The erotic scenes found in this tale are relayed with such vivid description, that readers experience each smoldering glance, searing caress, and earth-shattering orgasm on a visceral level.
In short, if you are a reader who like a little cute with your kink, a lot of story with your seduction, and some gorgeous geek with your freak; The Lady Vanishes, is the book that will make any doubts that you have about erotic and/or literary satisfaction DISAPPEAR! About Nicole
Nicole Camden, whose real name is Deirdre Moss, is the author of THE
FETISH BOX, THE FETISH QUEEN and THE LADY VANISHES (Billionaire
Tricksters of Boston series). She lives in Houston with her husband, a
ridiculous dachshund, and an insane Cavalier. When she’s not writing,
she works as an instructional designer for a software company. She also
writes romantic suspense as Deirdre Dore. Visit her website at www.nicolecamden.com or www.deirdredore.com for updates.
Title: At His Service (At His Service #2) Author: Suzanne Rock Format: ERC Length: 100 pages Date of Publication February 10th, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin's Press Rating: 4 Stars The next installment in an exclusive and red hot mini-series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Rock.
Perconti's life is spinning out of control. As head of his family’s
hotel conglomerate, it’s his job to save his family from bankruptcy. At
the center of his turmoil is Karin Norell, a quiet, alluring
housekeeping manager who compliments his dominating personality and lets
him feel in control once more.
As Karin explores her passion her
feelings for Leo deepen. Unfortunately, Karin and Leo come from
different worlds, and when the two worlds collide, the cost can be
devastating. As the service staff at The Palazzo rise up against the
Perconti family, both Leo and Karin are faced with losing what each of
them holds most dear. Together they must learn that true power comes
from vulnerability and trust that can only happen when you let your
Read all four parts of this sensational e-series—and look for the full volume of At His Service in June 2015 from St. Martin’s Paperbacks. -Goodreads My Thoughts This is the part of the book where a love hate relationship with Karin is bound to develop. The blinders are off now, and Leo is fully aware of who and what Karin is. He is also aware of how much he wants her.
for her part, wants Leo and all of the desire that he awakens in her
just as much. She also has this annoyingly persistent 'I can't do this,
because we are from two different worlds' complex that chooses to bare
its ugly head at very inopportune moments.
If it weren't for the
times that she throws the stupidity that masquerades as a thought
process out the window and succumbs to his charms; there would be some
serious throwing of electronic reading devices going on. Speaking of
charms. This is the part of the book where the sex goes from a creamy
vanilla, to decidedly tuti-fruti. Scenes including anal play and
exhibitionism are sure to please.
The world outside of their
little bubble is more chaotic than ever. With the press hot on the
trail of the 'mystery maid' and the hotel's employees planning a strike.
There are for more reasons than just being from two different worlds
that serve as reasons for these two lovebirds to sing a farewell song. But... If viewed in the right light, those same reasons could be just the glue the two need to bind them for ever.
lifetime New Englander, Suzanne married her college sweetheart and has
been with him for over twenty years. Every summer she drags her husband
and two daughters to Maine on a quest for the perfect lobster dinner. Every fall she can be found down in Foxboro, Massachusetts cheering on
her favorite football team. In between those trips, she’s a chauffeur, a
maid, a chef, an event planner, a hairdresser, a wardrobe stylist, a
tutor and a sometimes masseuse. To keep her sanity, she often drinks
copious amounts of coffee and stares at the blank screen of her laptop,
dreaming of great adventures. Sometimes she even writes them down for
others to enjoy.Suzanne is represented by Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency and writes mainstream romances under the pen name ” target=”_blank”>Ava Conway.
Title: Red Queen Author: Victoria Aveyard Format: ERC Length: 320 pages Genre: YA/Fantasy/Dystopian Date of Publication: February 10th, 2015 Publisher: HarperTEEN Rating: 5 Stars The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the center of those
she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood,
she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win? -Goodreads
My Thoughts There are so many things that are right about this book that it is hard to know where to begin.
With that statement in mind...let's start at the beginning.
This book drops readers into the thick of things with lead protagonist Mare Barrow. A Red, living in the impoverished Stilts, and awaiting conscription into a bloody war that has taken several members of her family into its service.
With her prospects for gainful employment severely limited by both her status as a Red and her lack of a marketable skill. Mare has had to resort to professional pickpocketing in order to make ends meet. A profession which, as one might imagine, has nor exactly made her the family darling.
When a chance to leave the Stilts for not only Mare, but her best friend Kilorn presents itself, she is determined to make it happen.
At any cost.
What Mare has no way of knowing however is just how high that cost will be.
Or that it is she who will ultimately pay.
This book is paced at lightening speed. Readers go from meeting Mare on the streets of The Stilts to the discovery of her gifts, and her rise to the rank of Lady Mareena Titanos, in the span of about 4 chapters.
If this were any other read, there would be concerns about this. In this case however, there is no need to fear lack in any area. In fact, going right into the heart of the plot so early in the story allows room for expansion and detail to occur naturally throughout the story's course.
And expand it does.
This story quickly morphs from Oliver Twist to A Game of Thrones, as a very weary Mare tries to hold her own while dealing with life at court, the discovery that a fellow street urchin and friend is none other than heir to the throne, Prince Cal, the never-ending scrutiny and scheming of Queen Elana, learning to control her powers, and her betrothal to prince #2, Maven.
Oh and there is also all the hate coming at her from all the other princesses that she beat out for royal 'easy street'.
Believe it or not dear readers, those are just a few of the issues facing poor Mare as she journeys further into the madness of secrets and lies that is the Silver Court.
This is a book that is built on the plot twist. Nothing and no one in this book is ever who or what he, she, or it seems. It is for this reason that readers of this book spend most of their time on the edge of their proverbial seats. Waiting for the WTF!
With everything else that is going on in Mare's life. It is very hard to believe that she has time for a love triangle. But wonders never cease...It prince 1 versus prince 2...sorta!
You want me to explain right?
Sorry, you're just gonna have to read that one.
O.K. Enough of that!
This is a book that has a plot that is so entangled with the thoughts and actions of its characters, that it is not easy for me to review it without spoilers.
This is a definite favorite, and a read to own in this book buying season.
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book RED QUEEN will be published Winter 2015 from HarperTeen at
HarperCollins. I'm repped by the incomparable Suzie Townsend at New Leaf
Literary & Media, Inc.
The genres I'm into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic - if people are dying, I'm buying.