Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How the Scoundrel Seduces (The Duke’s Men #3) by Sabrina Jeffries

Historical Romance

From Goodreads:

The third deliciously sexy novel in the New York Times bestselling Duke’s Men historical romance series, featuring an investigator who sets out to find gypsies—and unexpectedly finds love.

Investigator Tristan Bonnaud has one aim in life—to make sure that his half-brother George can’t ever ruin his life again. So when the pesky Lady Zoe Keane, the daughter of the Earl of Olivier, shows up demanding that the Duke’s Men find a mysterious gypsy woman, he seizes the opportunity to also hunt for a gypsy friend who knows secrets about George. Tristan doesn’t expect to uncover Lady Zoe’s family secrets, as well…or end up falling for the woman who will risk all to discover the truth.

Once again one of the Duke’s Men falls in love but not without facing more trouble than two people ever deserve. This time it is Tristan Bonnaud and the Lady Zoe Keane.  I met both in book one so neither is a new character. 

Lady Zoe kept a secret about The Duke’s Men in book one and is now owed a favor.  She finds information that threatens her place in society and suddenly she has a very big problem.  She needs to find the truth so she calls that favor in.  Tristan is the investigator who can find out the information she needs to know.  While he searches for the truth for Zoe he looks for information that could help shield him from George, his half-brother.   Sparks fly between Tristan and Zoe with both thinking they dislike the other.  It turns out they have more in common that both think.  Danger just adds to the tension and tension leads to romance.  I wondered how Lady Zoe’s problem could ever be solved but Jeffries proves her mastery of story telling when she comes up with a very elegant solution for both Zoe and Tristan.

Look for more hooks to Dom and Jane’s story.  Maybe the next book will let me know what really happened between the two.

Pocket Books published How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries in 2014.

I received an ARC of How the Scoundrel Seduces from Netgally.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teaser Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:"
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book. 

The Teaser:

"As a soldier, PFC Adorno should know how these thing worked.  And yet, there she was, sitting in Laura's office, asking about a phone call to her husband because of kittens." page 31

From Back to You by Jessica Scott.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Musing Monday's August 18, 2014

TC is in the sun musing about the chipmunk she sees out the window.
Hopefully that is all she does.  So far this month she has presented me
 with two chipmunks - one alive and one dead but both in my bedroom.
Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week.Musing Mondays is sponsored by Should Be Reading.
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

Our Science Fiction Book Club met last Wednesday.  Our book this month was The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  This is the second Gaiman book we have read and once again there were mixed feeling about the book.  Most of us liked it but two did not even finish it.  

What we liked:  the story and the way the characters reacted to things in the story.  Most of us felt it was a story about childhood and memories.  How we forget certain things and only remember when something triggers the event.  Like many Gaiman books I expected it to be a little strange and it was.  I liked how the boy kept coming back as a man and how every time he did he remembered and then forgot as soon as he left.

The things we all liked were the things the others did not like.  They just did not like the characters or the story.   This was a book that triggered a lot of discussion making it a very good book to use in a book club.  We all did agree this was fantasy not science fiction.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Maverick Sheriff (Sweetwater Ranch #1) by Delores Fossen

Contemporary Western Romance

What Goodreads says:

Delores Fossen kicks off her new series, Sweetwater Ranch, with a Texas lawman, a beautiful district attorney and the child they'll risk everything to protect

Saving a little boy's life reopens painful wounds for Texas sheriff Cooper McKinnon. This could be his son, whose loss has haunted him for two years. But Cooper has a formidable adversary in Jessa Wells. She's the adoptive mother and she'll do anything to hold on to Liam

It's cruel justice that the man who shares Liam's rare blood type has an unsolved murder in his own family. And the danger's far from over. Fighting her desire for Cooper, Jessa has no choice but to join forces with the maverick cowboy. Jessa knows working together is their best shot at keeping the child safe. But it's the possibility of a future alone that breaks Jessa's heart.

I have to admit that when I picked up Maverick Sheriff  it was a case of mistaken identity.  The Maverick in the title fooled me.  I though it was part of the Montana Mavericks series.  Imagine my surprise when I found out it was book one in a new series set on Sweetwater Ranch in Texas.  Any disappoint disappeared by the time I was on page 2.  Maverick Sheriff is a tightly written book that caught me from the beginning.

Maverick Sheriff is full of tension and danger and is a very good fit for the Intrigue line from Harlequin.  There are several mysteries introduced in the book but the main one involves two-year-old Liam.  His rare blood type starts a series of events that cause Cooper McKinnon and Jessa Wells to work with one another.  As the danger to both Liam and Jessa intensifies the attraction they feel for one another as grows. 

This was a great mystery as well as a good romance.  Maverick Sheriff is filled with unique characters who add to the danger.  While one mystery is solved another is just touched on.  It will be interesting to see who is featured in the next book and what will be revealed about the murder from years ago.  

Harlequin published Maverick Sheriff by Delores Fossen in 2014.

I received an ARC of Maverick Sheriff from Netgalley in return for an honest review. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Review Tour and Giveaway of A Gentleman and a Rogue by Stephanie Burkhart

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Lady Keira Russell is destined to bring compressed natural gas to Britain. Her inner courage and mental toughness rarely falter – except when Prince Edmund Windsor is involved.

Edmund of Wales is from the future. His last jaunt through history muffed up the time line. Now, he's here to set it straight and win Keira's heart.

For Keira, if it isn't one obstacle, it's another. Queen Victoria has sponsored a competition to find a cleaner fuel source than coal. Keira's father is trying to build a windmill and the Ridgecrofts are working with gasoline. Then there's Edmund, whose sensual kisses and heated stares distract her down to her bones.

Keira has a choice: trust Edmund's notorious mischief-making or put her faith in Queen Victoria to make the right decision, but if Keira makes the wrong choice, the future of Great Britain will be changed forever.

My Thoughts on A Gentleman and a Rogue:

One is the past and the other is the future.  That is the dilemma facing Edmund Windsor and Keira Russell.  Edmund is the future but he knows that Keira who is the past will never leave her work or her family to follow him to the present.  Edmund is not sure he wants to stay in the past.  That makes them star-crossed lovers and it seems they are at an impasse.  While romance is at the heart of the story there is more to it than that.  When the Windsor’s traveled to the past before two things happened.   They changed history and now they are back to set everything right.  There is a contest to choose the right fuel for the future and Keira’s compressed natural gas should win.  Keira wants a fair contest.  The Windsor’s want to insure a win and are prepared to sabotage the other contestants.

What was the other thing that happened on that first trip?  Edmund and Keira fell in love but Edmund left. Kiera does not want to risk her heart again.

A Gentleman and a Rogue is a fun story with interesting characters and several problems that the characters must solve.  It is fun to follow and fun to see what else might have been if different choices had been made in how to fuel our lives.
Excerpt from A Gentleman and a Rogue:

Rex appeared in the doorway, stoic as ever, with a tray of food. He placed the tray on a nearby table. "The Windsors are here to see you."

Keira jumped to her feet. Her heart accelerated in her chest. Alice and Edmund! Heaven help her. She needed to shore up her willpower when it came to Edmund. Setting her shoulders, she followed Rex down the hall to the vestibule located just off the main entrance.

Alice stood in a simple blue muslin dress and fussed with her reticule. She always did her best to dress for comfort. Edmund wore a brown vest over a white shirt and pressed trousers. His frock coat hung over his arm.

"Keira!" Alice rushed forward and wrapped her into a warm embrace. Keira returned Alice's strong hug with one of her own, realizing she'd missed Alice more than she thought she would.

Edmund cleared his throat.

Keira glanced up. "Hello, Ed."

His eyes smoldered with desire. "Keira."

Oh, his red, pouty lips were like chocolate -- tempting her to take another bite. She looked at Rex. "Can you bring appetizers and coffee to my study?"

He arched an eyebrow. "Coffee, My Lady?"

"Yes, coffee."

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  She served 11 years in the US Army and currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate and is addicted to coffee.  She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.







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Book Beginnings and The Friday 56, August 15, 2014

I'm linking up with Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings and Freda's Voice for Page 56.
 Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Pick the closest book on your book stack and join the fun.

The Beginning:

People say love changes a person. They have no idea."

Page 56:

"That shouldn't even be possible." I knew it was a stupid complaint as soon as the words left my mouth."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Maverick for Hire (Montana Mavericks: 20 Years in the Saddle #3) by Leanne Banks

Contemporary Western Romance

What Goodreads says:



Nick Pritchett, that hunky blond carpenter from Thunder Canyon, has been doing his share to put the town back together after the Great Flood. He's great with a hammer and popular with the ladies. Maybe a bit too popular, if you ask his best bud, Cecelia Clifton!

Cecelia's come to town looking for L.O.V.E., but according to Nick, she's been going about it all wrong. He's convinced he can help Cecelia meet her match if she follows his instructions to a T. Trouble is, the only man he finds good enough for his childhood pal is himself! Dear reader, I always knew romance was brewing underneath their outward bickering. The question is, can Nick convince sexy Cecelia 2.0 that he's the best man for her?

Maverick for Hire is another good addition to the Rush Creek collection.  This time we have life long friends who have come to Rush Creek to work and in the case of Cecelia Clifton to find love.  Her friend Nick Pritchett wants nothing to do with commitment but decided to help Cecelia find what she is looking for.  Of course we all can see that they are made for each other. This has been used many times but it is still a great set up for a love story. 

Leanne Banks takes the concept and runs with it. She adds another couple as secondary characters and uses them to help Nick realize what he is about to lose.  I loved seeing how Nick reacted when Cecelia followed his advice.  There is romance and a touch of humor in the interaction between Nick and Cecelia.  All in all a nice but predictable love story.

Harlequin published Maverick for Hire by Leanne Banks in 2014.

I received an ARC of Maverick for Hire from Negalley in return for an honest review.