Friday, 24 February 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - A Millionaire at Midnight by Naima Simone


Welcome to my blog! I am hosting a review in the blog tour of A Millionaire at Midnight by Naima Simone.



A Millionaire at Midnight
by Naima Simone
Bachelor Auction, #4
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Indulgence, Contemporary Romance



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Blurb: 

Boston socialite Morgan Lett is having a run of bad luck. Her fiancĂ© just dumped her for her stepsister, the charity foundation she’s given her life to is in danger of folding, and now, the gorgeous man she bid on and won at a masquerade bachelor auction turns out to be a cold-hearted jerk…and her new employer.

Millionaire Alexander Bishop needs the best wife money can buy. In order to inherit his family business, he must get engaged—fast. And Morgan, with her beauty and pedigree, is the perfect candidate. Her sharp tongue may drive him crazy, but she needs money to save the foundation she loves, and he needs a fiancĂ©e. It’s a flawless arrangement—no strings, no love. But soon she has him craving more, and cursing the platonic terms of their agreement.

Still, he won’t allow need—no matter how hot it burns—to threaten everything he’s built.


My Musings :

I don't remember what made me pick up this book. The trope of fake fiance isn't one of my favourite themes. Yeah I do read them but not often. There was something which made me read this book and am I glad!! By the time I had finished chapter 2, I was hooked.

From the beginning, the author had me emotionally reeled in. There were such a variety of feelings and emotions going through my head while reading. The first few pages saw me upset and angry and hurt on behalf of Morgan and then the helter skelter ride of lust and like between Morgan and Alex. It was a whirlwind and I survived it unscathed with a very good read under my belt.

The beginning started off with a bang with Alex's dislike of Morgan and Morgan's playful wrong acting of a gold digger. It had me cackling with glee early on. I loved Alex's reaction on understanding Morgan and her character. And I also was moved by the person behind Alex's bland wall.

Morgan and Alex are both cut from the same cloth but use different ways to stay sane. Morgan is a very sweet person who had me mad at her step father's treatment. I am still not sure if I like her step sister or not. On one hand, I am so mad at her but on the other hand I am glad because without her Morgan would have missed Alex. Alex feels so much that he shutters himself in tight not to show them out. Again, his father made me so mad with his partiality. This book has so many characters and if I don't love them, I am mad at them. Inspite of it, I loved reading the interactions among them and the way they impacted each other.

This was another fast read. The romance was neither too edgy nor soft. The story's flow was at perfect pace and I loved getting to know the protagonists. I can foresee myself reading more of the author's works.

I received an e-book through Netgalley for reviewing purpose. This doesn't affect my thoughts in any way. This is an unbiased and honest review.

My one line review : A romance which evokes strong emotions.

My rating : 5/5

My reread factor : 4.5/5

Meet the Author :


Naima’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Linda Howard many years ago. Though her first attempt at writing a romance novel at 11 never saw the light of day, her love of romance and writing has endured. Now, she spends her time creating stories of unique men and women who experience the dizzying heights of passion and the tender heat of love.

She is the wife to Superman – or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent – and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Book Blitz - Only A Duke Will Do by Tamara Gill


Welcome to the blitz of Only A Duke Will Do by Tamara Gill. I am your host today.


Only a Duke Will Do 
by Tamara Gill 
(To Marry a Rogue #2) 
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: February 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance

Blurb :
Without a Season, Lady Isolde Worthingham captured the Duke of Moore’s heart at a country dance. But on the eve of her wedding, a scandal that rocked the ton and sent her fleeing to Scotland alone and unwed, leaves her perfectly planned future in a tangle of disgrace and heartbreak.

Merrick Mountshaw, the Duke of Moore loathes the pitiful existence he hides from the ton. With a scandalous wife he never wanted, who flaunts her many indiscretions, life is a never-ending parade of hell. When the one woman he loved and lost returns to London, he knows he can no longer live without her.

But vows and past hurts are not easily forgotten. Love may not win against the ton when a too proper Lord and Lady play by the rules.


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Excerpt :

“I’m sorry you feel that way, but you cannot stop Isolde from marrying. She will marry one day. It may not be me, but it will be someone. And if the reports around London are correct, she is looking for a husband.”

“Damn you to hell.” Merrick left Wardoor, grabbed a half-filled bottle of whisky from the pavilion, and started toward the Italian Walk. He found a secluded grassy spot within the trees. The sweet-smelling scent floating on the breeze did little to lesson his ire.

Merrick clung to the tree branch above his head and fought not to snap it off, imagining it as Wardoor’s neck. He flung back a good portion of the whisky and welcomed the burn to his throat. How could his closest friend do this to him?

The thought of Isolde welcoming his attentions was like a physical blow.

Damn them. Damn him.

“Moore!”

It had always boded trouble when Isolde called him by his title. He turned, wanting and yet not wanting her here right at this moment. “My lady.”

She came up to him, standing but a few feet from his person, close enough to reach out and touch, to pull close and take what he desperately sought. And wished for.

“What do you think you’re doing, running off Wardoor from courting me?”

“He told you?” Merrick made a note to choke the bastard to death the next time he was in range to do so.

“Yes, he told me. After seeing you two trying to kill each other, in front of everyone, I might add, I asked him what you were about. Demanded to know, in fact.” She placed her hands on her hips, her perfect brow marred with a slight frown. Hell, she was beautiful. More beautiful than when he had met her at Cranleigh. “Now answer the question.”

“He’s my friend.”

She stood staring at him a while, before she slouched, as if gauging his meaning. “Merrick, you keep forgetting you married someone else. You have to let me go, if this is your struggle.”

It was his struggle. A constant gnawing on his soul that would never leave. “What if I do not want to?”



Meet the Author :



Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another.

A mother of three, her two little gentleman in the making, a future lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment's peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal.

Tamara loves hearing from readers and writers alike. You can contact her through her website, and sign up to follow her blog or newsletter.

Author links:
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle



Welcome to the blog tour of Any Boy but You by Julie Hammerle. I am hosting a review today on my blog.




Any Boy but You (North Pole, Minnesota #1) by Julie Hammerle
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Blurb

Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, an augmented reality game, to help her win the grand-prize plane tickets. Money’s so tight Elena’s going to miss senior year spring break with her friends if she can’t win this game.


The girl Oliver's fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She's his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.

When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.


Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.


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My Musings :

I have been reading lots of other genres like adult romance and fantasy so I was due a break from them. When I came across this blurb, I was interested because of the mysterious messaging theme. And adding in the concept of arch enemies being involved with each other, the author had me sold on reading the book. It was time for a sweet romance and this one hit the spot!

It has all the characteristics of a teen romance - little bit of angst, a touch of betrayal and cute romance between an imperfect pair. I call the pairing of Elena and Oliver as imperfect because neither of them are oh-so-perfect in their characteristics. Oliver while being brilliant enough to create an app which has the entire town immersed in a game, can't pass all subjects at school. Though he is cute, he is anti-social. Elena is a goody person who can't go against her parents but that doesn't stop her from being curious enough to take part in the game. It's small things like these which add to the charm of the protagonists.

When I started the book, I was like "Uhuh" because I felt Harper might be interested in Oliver. But I loved the way the author played out Harper's romance though the ending kind of made me sad. The beginning chapters had me feeling sad for Elena and her family because of the town people flocking to the Princes but as the story progressed that feeling diminished and I started feeling dislike for the feud.

The premise of the story is interesting for a teen romance lover but it's actually Elena and Oliver's shy and snarky (do they go together?) relationship which is the real hook in the story. The romance is light but cute with a sweet undertone to it. The slow buildup and the ultimate reveal of their identities had me swooning at times. The ending had  a couple of surprises and I wish more of their together-as-couple scenes could have been included.

All in all, it is an adorable teen romance which had me giddy and smiling softly in turns. 

I received a review copy and this in no impacts my thoughts on this book. It is my honest and unbiased review.

My one line review : A cute fun romance between an imperfect pair.

My rating : 5/5

My reread factor : 3.5/5

Meet the Author :



Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write "for real," she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.



One (1) winner will receive a signed copy of The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle (US ONLY) 



Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Release Day Blitz - A Way Back Into Love by Veronica Thatcher

~ Release Day Blitz ~
A Way Back Into Love by Veronica Thatcher
21st February, 2017



About the Book:



Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love… Well, that makes complicates everything complicated. When you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.
Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life is turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home... to the man she left behind?




Book Links:

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Read an Excerpt:

Emily stepped back from him and shook her head. “Oh, you know damn well what I mean. You know what, Derek? I’m done having this conversation with you. I’m so done with this conversation and I’m so done with you,” Emily spat out angrily before brushing past him.

“Emily, wait,” Derek said, catching her by her arm. “Where are you going?”

Emily spun around and gave him a bitter look before looking down at his hand gripping her arm. “Leave my arm,” she said in a low yet threatening voice, “And why do you care where I’m going? It’s none of your business.”

Derek didn’t leave her arm in spite of her warning and said, “Em, you’ve had too many drinks. You can’t drive in this condition. I’ll drop you home.”

Emily jerked her arm free from his grasp and replied in a bitter voice, “Thank you, but no. I’m perfectly capable of getting myself home on my own. I don’t need you to drop me home. Do you get it, Derek Thorpe? I DON’T NEED YOU!” Emily yelled the last words, causing a few people to look their way.


About the Author:


Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them.  She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!
Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.

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