Sunday, 7 December 2014

How to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield

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The spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling to sell the estate back to Catherine. Unless, of course, she accepts a small wager...

Nick will sell Walsley Manor if--and only if--Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton before the end of the London season.

Of course, Nick is certain he'll win. After all, no proper gentleman would ever marry a woman who conceals a cutlass in her skirts. Yet something about Catherine's unconventional disposition seems to ignite a need deep inside him. A need that won't just cost him the wager, but the very heart he swore to never give away...

Enjoy an excerpt:

She crossed her arms. “Your Grace. I have never been so insulted. I am not accustomed to having my word questioned.”

“Well you must become accustomed to it if you are going to continue to break into other people’s homes at your whim.”

“You should as well if you are going to lie to your guests about your whereabouts.”

He took a step forward and looked down his nose at her. Every part of her body awakened to his proximity. A whiff of cedar tickled her nose.

“Miss Malboeuf, you would do well to learn the customs of English society. It is my prerogative to turn away callers I do not wish to see. When my butler told you I was not at home, you should have understood it meant I did not wish to give you audience.”

She took a step back, hoping her mind would reengage. “It is still an untruth, which is the same thing as a lie. Why not tell the truth? Then I would have known your intentions from the start.”

The duke clenched his jaw. “Perhaps you should seek out someone who can provide you lessons in deportment.”

“That won’t be necessary, Your Grace. I attended a class on deportment in New Orleans.”

His gaze dropped to her unshod feet. “It’s a pity you weren’t able to complete the course.”

About the Author: Ally lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, four dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and several reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian and spends most of her spare time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She writes historical romance set in Regency England and Imperial Russia.

She loves to hear from readers and you can find Ally on her website, Facebook, and Twitter, though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.

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Book Review -- How to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield

How to Beguile a DukeHow to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

This is a lovely historical romance read with an intriguing plot. The tale revolves around Catherine Malboeuf, who is a descendant of mixed parentage - her father being French and monther, English, returns to England to find her great-grandmother's tiara, about which she has heard a lot as she grew up, and also to reclaim her mother's ancestral property. She is taken aback when the owner of the property, Nicholas Adair, whom she finds annoying, sets up an inconvenient and tough wager for her to win, in order to secure the property. Things take a turn when Nicholas ends up being the one to not only lose the wager, but something much more dear and precious to him - his own heart - to Catherine. Does Catherine treasure his heart, or does she focus on just securing the property, is what the tale takes us through.

This book was a fabulous read. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery angle to the plot and the twists in the tale. The characterisation of Nicholas came as a complete surprise, when he proves to be not as ruthless as he initially seemed to be. The pace of the book is perfect - grips the reader's interest throughout. Broadfield's narration is brilliant - brings the historical era to the reader's mind pretty well.

I would highly recommend this book to lovers of historical mysteries and romance.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Write To Rescue Anthology

Write to Rescue Anthology
Published By- SideStreet Cookie Publishing
Publication Date- November 1st, 2014

Rescue animals need love too. That’s why these nine authors got together to write stories that will warm your heart and entertain. All proceeds will go to animal shelters to help take care of and save the lives of the animals that may become your next family member. There’s a little something for everyone.

The Authors-
Taisheena Rayne - Win, Place, or Show
Shauna Wilhelm - Fostering Hope
Allana Kephart and Melissa Simmons - The Disturbance
Karli Rush - Nine Lives
Carolyn Wolfe - Miracle Paws
Emily Walker - Cats
Miranda Stork and Trish Marie Dawson - A Tale of Two Kitties
Laura DeLuca - Nine Lives 
Michael Williams - The Pride


Book Review -- Write To Rescue Anthology

Write To RescueWrite To Rescue by Tyffani Clark Kemp
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The book is a collection of stories, with animals as the centre points. :) I loved the theme of the book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading through all the stories. Moreover, the proceeds from the book are going to special and good causes, making the book a must read. Each story is bite sized, and one can just pick up the book any time, devouring a story in a short while. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be A Tale of Two Kitties, which talks about life from the perspective of a domestic cat. Nine Lives would come a close second!

I highly recommend this book to lovers of animal tales.

My rating for this book: 5 stars

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This Beautiful World by Elizabeth Jackson

This Beautiful World
by Elisabeth Jackson
Publication Date: July 23, 2014
Genres: RomanceSuspenseWomen's Fiction

After tragedy struck, she came home to be confronted again by the chilling mystery that had haunted her since childhood and rediscovered the one romance she always regretted not having…
As children, RaeAnne and her sidekick King were held captive after they discovered the body of a boy their age in a crate of apples in their small town’s peculiar orchard. Now RaeAnne is grown and the mother of a troubled young daughter. After her mother is killed in an accident, she travels home to her father with her daughter. But RaeAnne finds that she is not welcomed by everyone, and frightening incidents start to happen involving her and her family. As RaeAnne unravels the mysteries of her childhood, including what happened to her older brother, who vanished on the same night RaeAnne and King found terror in the orchard, she reunites with King. The boy she knew has grown up to be very handsome and guarded. But can the two ever be more than old friends who share a terrifying secret?

Elisabeth Jackson loves the outdoors and dogs, rescued dogs in particular. This Beautiful World is her debut novel and blends

haunting childhood secrets, romantic themes, second chances, and a mystery in a small town setting. When she is not writing small town Romances and Mysteries, she works as a freelance business writer. Her characters are inspired by the rural towns she has visited and lived in.


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Book Review -- This Beautiful World by Elizabeth Jackson

This Beautiful WorldThis Beautiful World by Elisabeth Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves around ReaAnne, having had a frightening past. Having got out of her hometown amidst horrid circumstances, she returns to face her demons when life forces her to. As ReaAnne struggles to bridge her life from her dad to her daughter, she runs into her confidant and partner in crime from childhood, King. ReaAnne encounters strange incidents and she also comes close to solving the mystery of what happened to her older brother. Could the vanishing of her brother have anything to do with the cruel scene that ReaAnne and King were subjected to witness?

I definitely loved the setting in this book - the book had so many threads, involving ReaAnne's daughter and her woes, the father, King, ReaAnne herself. The author managed to keep the reader's interest alive with all of these, throughout the book. The characterisation was pretty good - especially those of ReaAnne and King. King was an intriguing character from the outset, and he does prove himself to be a worthy friend to have in times of crisis. The romance element came as a pleasant surprise, and it was well plugged into the plot - it didn't feel annoying in the least. The emotional drama involving ReaAnne, her dad and her daughter was also dealt with pretty well. All in all, I found this book to be a great read.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of mystery, sprinkled with some emotional and romantic angles.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Book Review -- A Grave Inheritance by Kari Edgren

A Grave Inheritance (Goddess Born, #2)A Grave Inheritance by Kari Edgren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

The tale revolves around Selah Kilbrid, who is a descendant of Goddess Brigid. She is as emotional and fragile as any human. Her man, Lord Henry Fitzalan is fiercely devoted to her. Things take a turn when Selah get to learn of some sinister truths which could damage a lot of things she holds dear. Her strength drains and fails her at a very inopportune moment, and she needs to cross over to the other world to get it back. Does she decide to do that, and embrace the other world, or does she decide to leave this one, is what the tale takes us through.

This was a superb fantasy tale from the Goddess Born series. Having not read the first book in the series, I was apprehensive about how I would relate to this book. The tale was so engrossing that it had me hooked - although I was new to the characters and the series. I finished the book in one setting and I was completely captivated by the characters that I couldn't stop thinking about them even after finishing the book. The narration is superb - clearly bringing out the internal turmoil in the characters and the pain that they try to deal with. I loved the way Selah's emotional conflicts are portrayed - making her appear even more vulnerable and human, endearing her to the reader. The pace of the book was excellent - just what it takes to make the book gripping. I am eagerly looking forward to reading the next one in the series now.

Highly recommended to lovers of all fantasy genres.

My rating for this book: 5 stars

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A Grave Inheritance by Kari Edgren

 But when a captivating young gentleman draws Selah into a world shadowed by secrets, she is forced to confront her darkest fears. What if some differences are too great to overcome and a future with Henry is doomed from the start?

With these doubts threatening her impending marriage and the very last of Brigid's fire draining from her soul, a violent attack on an innocent child pushes Selah to the very edge of her power. She must find a way to cross into the Otherworld and regain her strength—or forfeit the streets of London to death and disease.  Selah Kilbrid may descend from the goddess Brigid, but her heart beats—and breaks—the same as any human. Yet enduring the scorn of London's most noble lords and ladies is a small price to pay for a chance at true happiness. Selah would endure much more for love, and her betrothed, Lord Henry Fitzalan, is prepared to challenge anyone foolish enough to stand in their way—even another goddess born.

Kari Edgren did not dream of becoming a writer. Instead, she dreamed of everything else and was often made to stay inside during kindergarten recess to practice her letters. Despite doting parents and a decent school system, Ms. Edgren managed to make it through elementary school having completed only one book cover to cover – The Box Car Children, which she read approximately forty-seven times. Things improved during high school, but not until she read Gabrielle Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude in college, did she truly understand the power of a book.
Ms. Edgren aspires to be a Vulcan, a world-acclaimed opera singer, and two inches taller. She resides in the Pacific NW where she spends a great deal of time torturing her husband and children with strange food and random historical facts. Ms. Edgren hasn’t stopped dreaming, but has finally mastered her letters enough to put the stories on paper.

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