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A Stardance Summer (Eternity Springs)
Emily March
Progress: 50%

Kyraryker’s quotes


"She thought it over, but couldn’t see any immediate loopholes other than the threat of her inner slut emerging, and she could darned well control that little bitch."— Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Reading Update: 20%

A Debt Paid in Marriage - Georgie Lee

In the confines of the stairwell, out of her sight, Philip paused. Opening and closing his fist, he tried to shake off the heat of her fingers.

Gawd, this right here is why I've read so much Regency/Victorian. The attraction and sexual heat hidden repression, y'all.

Random Number Generator Month!

Round 3

 

RNG didn't have the best Round 2. Redeem thyself, RNG!

 

 

Early-ish selection...

 

 

A Debt Paid in Marriage by Georgie Lee

 

A Mills & Boon, no way I can turn down this selection! 

 

Neeeeeext.......

 

 

Oooh, this could be a newer book

 

 

Dark Need at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole

 

Well, not quite a new book, lol. However, it is a holdover from Halloween Bingo that I never got to, so I also couldn't possibly turn this one down :)

 

Hope May has been treating everyone well!

New Release: Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti Reading Playlist! #Giveaway

 

 

Revenge. It's the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars—even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can't do this alone.

 

Private investigator Heath Jones's job is to bring bastards to justice. This time it's personal. He knew the Copper Killer's latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he's all in. But when Anya uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath's identity, putting them both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath's every move, waiting to exact their own revenge. And they'll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Title: LETHAL LIES      

Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Series: Blood Brothers, #2

On Sale: May 16, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Trade Paperback: $14.99 USD

eBook: $5.99 USD

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“4 1/2 stars! Top pick! This is a true thriller that will keep readers frantically flipping the pages as death and danger come at the protagonists from several directions.  Zanetti's brilliance at storytelling is on full display...When it comes to high-octane thrillers, they don't get better than Zanetti!” —RT Book Reviews on LETHAL LIES

 

“Zanetti’s stories are always woven with vivid detail and a breakneck pace. As a reader, there’s really no time to draw a peaceful breath until the story ends. Lethal Lies is another winner.” –Heroes & Heartbreakers on LETHAL LIES

 

“Zanetti balances the adventure and menace of Zara and Ryker's lives with a relatable romance. The result is a story that's sexy and emotional, and filled with a rich look at love in all its forms.” —The Washington Post on DEADLY SILENCE

 

“Budget your time, readers, because this is one that's hard to put down.” — Heroes & Heartbreakers on DEADLY SILENCE

 

BUY THE BOOK HERE

 

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Indiebound

 

Kobo

 

Target

 

**Pick up the print edition for exclusive bonus content!**

 

 

LETHAL LIES PLAYLIST

 

https://play.spotify.com/user/foreverromance/playlist/1R3URGjWQSHvtNL48uvO2l

 

All Beauty Fades

One Less Reason

Fire Breather

Laurel

Kiss Me

Ed Sheeran

Come Over (Acoustic Mixtape)

Sam Hunt

When I Was Your Man

Thomas Rhett

Crazy In Love (2014 Remix)

Beyoncé

I Lived

OneRepublic

I'm Comin' Over

Chris Young

Gonna Wanna Tonight

Chase Rice

Dangerous

Shinedown

In Ruins

Theory of a Deadman

If You're Gone

Sam Thacker

Full of Grace

Sarah McLachlan

For Those Who Wait

Fireflight

Figured You Out

Nickelback

Devotion (Demo)

Hurts

Collide

Howie Day

Carolina

Parmalee

Brothers In Arms

Celtic Thunder & Ryan Kelly

Broken Girl

Matthew West

Anything Goes

Florida Georgia Line

Here Without You (Acoustic Version)

3 Doors Down


THE BLOOD BROTHERS SERIES

DEADLY SILENCE, #1  My Review

LETHAL LIES, #2  My Review

TWISTED TRUTHS, #3

Series Page on Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher's Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels.  She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat...and a huge extended family.  She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off...and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.

 

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Again, Eh

Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn

Found the heroine hard to connect with, she was a bit oblivious/ignorant of how rude she would come off. The hero was a beta treat and their enemies-to-lovers trope I'm a sucker for but their interactions and chemistry seemed a bit off and uneven. This could have been a novella as a lot of the story dragged and felt like not much happened, very character driven but problems with unevenness I mentioned hurt it. Quinn's writing is always good so I liked it but this felt uninspired compared to her original Bridgerton series.

Reading Update: 70%

Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn

He looked at her in wonderment. She was so much more than he’d ever allowed himself to see.

Random Number Generator Month!

Round 2

 

 

Oooh another early selection

 

 

Only by HelenKay Dimon

 

The reviews do not look too promising but what the hey, I'm game.

 

Show me what ya' got RNG!

 

 

Waaaay down the list I go...

 

 

Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain

 

I wish, RNG! This doesn't come out until July 4th. 

 

Baaaack up the list I go...

 

 

Closer by Sarah Greyson

 

Another one I have no clue about but giving it a whirl :)

 

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Eh

Hell Breaks Loose: A Devil's Rock Novel - Sophie Jordan

This was all a bit eye-rolling. Whatever I was going to say Melody's review and Disir's review already has.

Was not led astray by purple dress

To Win a Lady's Heart - Ingrid Hahn

Distinct writing style that I think will capture some and may turn others off. A bit abrupt  with how some scenes ended, cutting off the climax (the distinct writing style I mentioned) but I adored the leads. The hero and heroine are beautifully awkward and I loved how different they are from the usual regency masses. Heroine gets a bit annoying with her back and forth and martyr syndrome but her relationship with the hero had me being more forgiving. 

Have a feeling the writing style will make this a love it or hate it, I quite enjoyed it  and will definitely be looking out for more from author.

The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor

The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses) - Janna MacGregor

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Claire is on her fourth fiancé when her "curse" strikes again but Lord Alexander Pembrooke miraculously shows up and wants to be her fifth.
Years of planning have finally put Alex in position to destroy his old friend Lord Paul, gaining the beautiful Claire is simply a bonus.
Old hurts and lies by omission will work to keep Alex and Claire apart if they can't figure out how to open their hearts to one another.
 
"Our marriage is based upon hate and revenge."
 
First in the Cavensham Heiresses series, The Bad Luck Bride is Janna MacGregor's debut book. The prologue was intense, dark, and intriguing as we get introduced to our hero Alexander and his two friends, Lord Somerton and Lord Paul. There's betrayal, pain, anger, and hurt, all set in a swirling snow storm; I was instantly hooked. As the story went on though, the author had a tendency to overwrite (a bit too descriptive at times for my tastes), the cast of characters became a bit overwhelming, the story started to drag with repetitiveness, and the focus on the lead's chemistry faded away.
 
Alex misinterpreted a suicide note left by his sister and blamed his friend Lord Paul for her death. This is the catalyst for the story as he works to destroy Paul and leads Alex to marrying Claire. If we would have just had this one misunderstanding, I would have went with it but Alex is a rush to judgment guy and the repeating of him getting angry and then saying oops (not the best apology man) was a bit frustrating.
 
I liked Claire in the beginning as she seemed unfairly saddled with the "curse" talk but we lose her as the story goes on. The curse was brought up so much, I almost thought I was reading a medieval and it was a big deal because people wanted to burn the witch at the stake. I wish it would have been handled more as a bullying tactic the ton was using instead of the awkward heavier weight it was given, especially since it isn't fully explained until the very end.
 
When our leads first meet, I loved the chemistry they had, their discourse had some great by-play but as the story went on, due to the overload of the curse talk, overly handful of secondary characters, and forced angst, Alex and Claire seemed to be kept apart more than they were together. Their fights and flushing out of feelings was less interactions and more in their own heads, I prefer the characters to interact more.
 
I wish the editor had been heavier handed as trimming up side tangents that become repetitive or simply didn't add much to the story, could have made this stronger as more scenes and the focus would have been more on what worked, the chemistry between the leads. There's also some series baiting characters, I'll be interested to see if the author plans on trying to redeem Lord Paul as he seems to have gotten a raw deal but also had a tendency to tell some lies that make him pretty hard to like.
 
As a debut though, I can see the hints of promise this author has and will be interested in trying her again.
 

50%

The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses) - Janna MacGregor

He placed both arms on the bookcase to frame her within his embrace. He kissed her neck and followed with a nip of his teeth. "Would you read with me sometime?"

 

Kisses and books, peanut butter and jelly ;)

Sunday, we salad! And dessert!

It's still been a bit chilly here but I promised you people salad and salad you shall have!

 

 

 

This recipe recommends you make the dressing the night before to let it sit. I made it in the morning and planned on eating in the afternoon but then decided to go the extra mile and let it sit overnight. I could taste a difference, for the better. I'd let it sit overnight if you can.

 

 

Doesn't photograph well, but the personality of this dressing is top notch!

 

 

 

I didn't have walnut halves but the chopped ones I did, worked great. I was worried it would be too much sugar but I don't like things too sweet and this seemed perfect. 

 

 

Oh spinach, you don't even know the guests that are about to come party and mix it up in your home!

 

 

Fruits to the top and veggies to the bottom, so pretty :) Blackberries, apples (recipe calls for green apples but they don't agree with my stomach), mango, red pepper, cucumbers, and green onions.

 

 

Topping the salad off right!

 

 

Look at the pretty bowl! I really liked this. I would, however, leave out the red pepper and green onion next time, they just didn't seem to go, taste wise, with everything else. Definitely make the dressing, added so much flavor :)

 

Now, since I did a bait and switch with you all regarding moving from soup to salad, I've decided to give you a dessert also. 

 

Peanut Butter Cup Chia Seed Pudding

 

 

Ingredients for the chocolate.

This might go without saying, but make sure you have plenty of Chia seed on hand for this, I almost ran out, lol. This is another one that has to sit overnight but you'll be rewarded with a great breakfast for your hard work.

 

 

Ingredients for peanut butter cup.

 

 

Mine set-up perfectly after overnight but I did get lazy and just scooped it without running it through a blender first. If you like a smoother, less tapioca pudding feel, you definitely want to use a blender on this. 

I've never had Chia pudding before and while I liked it, it does have a bit of a sugar-less taste to it. The toppings helped immensely with the taste and made it from a 5 star to an 8 star dessert. I added banana slices, white chocolate chips, baking chocolate bits, and shredded coconut. It was super good after that, lol.

 

Any Sunday salads and desserts to share?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Update: 5%

The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses) - Janna MacGregor

The Prologue:

If Kylo Ren was in regency garb

 

 

Great beginning :)

Kindle Freebies

I have not read these selections but they're free (at the time of my post).
So enjoy and partake at your own risk :)
 
*Click on the book cover to go to Amazon and Get Yourself Some!
 
 
Waiting: A PAVAD: FBI Prequel  (PAVAD: FBI Romantic Suspense Book 2) by [Brookes, Calle J.]  The Hostage Bargain (Taken Hostage by Kinky Bank Robbers Book 1) by [Martin, Annika]  Sign, SEAL, Deliver (SEAL It With A Kiss Book 2) by [Brewer, Rogenna]
 
Fortune's Flower (Passport to Romance Book 1) by [Lawson, Anthea]  Hate F*@k (Forbidden Bodyguards Book 1) by [Booth, Ainsley]  Better Than Perfect (More Than A Game series Book 1) by [Mathews, Kristina]
 
Baker Street #1 Blue Roses: Baker Street Romance by [Strong, Mimi]  Snatched by [Pamela Burford]  Sacrificed to the Dragon (Stonefire British Dragons Book 1) by [Donovan, Jessie]
 
Dare to Love by [Phillips, Carly]  Play Me: A Romantic Comedy Standalone by [McCoy, Katie]  Wilde for Him (A Wilde Series Novel) by [Denison, Janelle, Wilde, Erika]
 
The Beauty of Grace (She's Beautiful Series Book 1) by [Richard, Nicole]  Her Uniform Cowboy (Harland County Series Book 3) by [Michaels, Donna]  His Fair Lady by [Kirkwood, Kathleen]
 
The Pact by [Halle, Karina]  The Cocky Thief (Stolen Hearts Book 1) by [Crowe, Mallory]
 
Hope you all can find some good summer reads :)

 

Copy a Romance Cover

We were not having it today. This may be due to I tried doing this before feeding him breakfast or that I had a pretty white lace tube top that I tried pulling and tugging on him. I had the bright idea of putting it on from the back, he, naturally, got goofed about that. After several pauses and promising him I wasn't doing something horrible, I still couldn't get the top up far enough past his ribs to look good. After pulling and tugging it off, we went with the lay down and I'll throw a white shirt on you. 

We're not morning people :/

 

Random Number Generator Month!

 

Here we go!

 

 

Ooooh, an earlier tbr addition....

 

 

Promise by Tabi Wollstonecraft. 

Synopsis sounds good, let's go see how much it cost....

 

 

Err, ok. Let's try B&N....

 

 

Ummm...author's page....

 

This was the last entry. 

 

Not a good start RNG. Let's try again.

 

 

If I had to walk to the books, I'd appreciate the closeness

 

 

The Damsel and the Daggerman by Delilah S. Dawson. 

 

I already own this, so no worries there :) I've only read the first in the series, so it bugs me a bit that I'll be reading out of order. However, it's the weekend, time to get wild!

 

Next pick,

 

Closer to the middle of the pack...

 

 

Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan.

 

Woo-hoo! I've been wanting to get a chance to read this one :)

Wed to a Spy by Sharon Cullen

Wed to a Spy: An All the Queen's Spies Novel - Sharon Cullen

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Simon has served Queen Elizabeth faithfully for many years but now he is ready to retire back to his manor. However, Elizabeth wants one more assignment out of him, to find out if Mary of Scotland and Philip of Spain are conspiring.
Aimee wants to marry the love of her life, Pierre, but her aunt Catherine wants her to spy on Mary before she will consent to the marriage. Aimee is no spy and instead finds herself married to an Englishman.
Simon and Aimee have found themselves pawns in a larger game but their hearts won't be controlled.

He'd been sent to Spain and ended up in Scotland, married to a French woman.

With a stunningly gorgeous cover, Wed to a Spy is book one in All the Queen's Spies series. We are introduced to Simon, Will, and Tristan as Elizabeth of England sends them off to gather information about Mary of Scotland. This first book focuses on Simon and even though he is sent to Spain, through what seemed an unnecessarily tangled way, he winds up in Scotland and Mary's court. Simon seems nice with his desire to get to know his younger sister and retire to home. He's twenty-five and claims to be world weary from working for Elizabeth but we don't get any solid information or stories of his background for us, as the reader, to really sympathize for him.

Our heroine, who for most of the book I assumed was sixteen or seventeen, is twenty-one and a very immature one at that. The vast majority of the story she languishes for her lost love Pierre, which we see through very southern belle hand on forehead and clutched to chest letters written by her. I just could not connect with this heroine, she wasn't given much substance. She mopes about a lot about her circumstances and lacks the backbone I personally like seeing in my heroines. I felt the longing for Pierre went on for far too long, especially when we never get to meet the guy and then she decides being turned on by Simon disrobing means she is in love with him; sex with Simon seemed to cure her longing for Pierre.

As I mentioned, Elizabeth and Mary make appearances in this story, along with other real historical figures and the murder of Mary's private secretary Rizzio, plays a main part. Even though this was set during a tense political time, I felt like the story was slow moving. The suspense of the time is touched on but more of a little sprinkling than intricate weaving and our couple lacked the chemistry and emotional relationship that keeps me locked into stories. Having Aimee pining for Pierre didn't so much as create angst but acted more as a wall between the romance and Simon and Aimee. The latter second half felt like sex scenes suddenly thrown in for stimulation but I found them lacking because of the dearth of emotion. This story kind of boiled down to people in fancy clothes banging for me, which for the less historically inclined, may just hit the spot.