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Review: The Highlander’s Promise by Lynsay Sands

June 26th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

The Highlander's Promise by Lynsay Sands

Source: Received for review

Publication date: June 26, 2018

Publisher: Avon

Series: Highlanders #6

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book

Aulay Buchanan has retreated to his clan’s hunting lodge for a few days of relaxation. But the raven-haired beauty he pulls from the ocean puts an end to any chance of rest. Though he christens her Jetta, she knows nothing of her real identity, save that someone is trying to kill her. As she recovers, it will not be easy for Aulay to protect her and keep her honor intact when she mistakenly believes they are man and wife.

Jetta sees beyond Aulay’s scars to the brave, loyal warrior she’s proud to call her own. But as the attempts on her life grow more brazen, Jetta realizes that not all is as she believes. And if Aulay is not her husband, can she trust the desire flaring in his eyes, or his promise to defend her with his life?

My Thoughts

I’ve been loving this series and have been looking forward to Aulay’s story and I loved it just as much if not more than the previous titles in this series.

I loved both Aulay and Jetta’s characters and the chemistry between the two was sizzling. Both characters were refreshing to read and caught my heart. Aulay while a strong laird, he’s not overbearing and shows some vulnerability over his disfigurement. Jetta meanwhile is sweet but isn’t simpering and I just love seeing the two of them fall for each other. I really enjoyed how the conflict in this book came more from outside forces than the two clashing with each other. Yes, there’s some misunderstandings but both characters behave pretty rationally and overcome the misunderstandings like adults rather than throwing fits.

The villain in the story did surprise me which I loved. In a lot of stories you can see guess the villain early on but this one had me guessing until the very end.

For fans of the series we get to see favorite characters from the earlier books and there are plenty of scenes that made me laugh out loud.

Lynsay Sands’ Highlanders series is a must read and you will definitely want to add The Highlander’s Promise to your reading list.

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About Lynsay Sands

LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author who is known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty and charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Visit her official website at www.lynsaysands.net.

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Review + Giveaway: Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis

June 21st, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

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Following the USA Today bestselling author of Lost and Found Sisters comes Jill Shalvis’ moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship.

Source: Received for review

Publication date: June 19, 2018

Publisher: William Morrow

About the book

Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife.

Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person?  Can she even trust herself?

Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.

Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Brown changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.

My Thoughts

This is another winner from Jill Shalvis! The Capriotti family is so much fun and I fell in love with them all. The story totally drew me in and the chemistry between Lanie and Mark is off the charts and I loved watching them together. What I loved most about Lanie is that her character is so real and relatable. She has had a rough ride and gone through a lot and I really felt with her and then towards the later she really gets a curve ball thrown at her. Where as in many books the heroine would be all noble and forgiving of the situation which I think is unbelievable for the typical person, Lanie freaks out. I felt in that moment I totally felt her anguish and sided with her feelings. I almost felt like I bonded with her there and wanted to rail against the other characters for being so insensitive. I loved how the story concluded and it was really a feel good read.

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Review: How to Forget a Duke by Vivienne Lorret

June 15th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: May 29, 2018

Publisher: Avon

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

About the book

 

My Thoughts

I really wanted to like this one. The story sounded great and I did really like Rydstrom’s character, his household staff, and his sister but it was the heroine, Jacinda, who ruined the book for me. I found her totally unlikeable. She wasn’t just headstrong or independent, rather she came across as nosy and meddling simply to satisfy her own whims more so than out of a desire to really help others. She would make the appearance of saying she was poking her nose where it doesn’t belong because she wanted what was best for her clients but really it was for her own personal satisfaction of knowing everyone’s secrets. Even when she develops amnesia you would think she would become more likable but no, her selfishness and tendency to dig into anything that catches her eye without thought for the consequences continue. Yes, there are occasional times where her stubbornness ends up helping others but it still feels like she takes those actions to spite Rydstrom or just because she wants something her way and she still doesn’t fully think her actions through. It isn’t until the very end where she finally starts becoming a bit likable but it was too little too late. It was a struggle to make it through this book.

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Excerpt Spotlight + Giveaway: Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend by Kerri Carpenter

June 12th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

To get over being dumped, Lola McBride crashes a high school reunion looking for a rebound fling. Instead, she finds Luke Erickson who convinces her to pretend to be his girlfriend at his family reunion. Who said reunions had to be zero fun in this sweet romantic comedy releasing June 2018 from Kerri Carpenter and Entangled Publishing!

Release Date: June 11, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Publishing – Lovestruck

Synopsis:

It wasn’t shy librarian Lola McBride’s idea to crash someone else’s high school reunion. Her best friend made her do it, insisting that having a little fun with a super-hot rebound would make her forget about her recent breakup. That’s when she meets the hottest guy she’s ever seen.

Architect Luke Erickson had no idea attending his ten-year reunion would turn out to be so fun. He catches the sexy brunette in a lie, and he counters with a proposal—He’ll keep her secret if she helps get his family off his back by pretending to be his girlfriend at an upcoming family reunion.

From one reunion to another, Lola and Luke are suddenly spending a lot of time together. Good thing they’re only pretending, or this super-secret relationship could get really complicated.

 

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Excerpt:

Copyright© 2018 Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend Kerri Carpenter

Maybe he knew her. Maybe they’d gone out in high school? Surely not. He’d remember someone who looked like this.

“Can you believe we’re already having our ten-year reunion?” he asked.

“What? Oh, right. Yeah. I mean, no.” She laughed. “I mean, no, I can’t believe it’s been ten whole years.” She quickly averted her eyes.

She was adorable.

He stuck out a hand. “I’m Luke Erickson.”

She shook his hand. “I’m Lo…” She glanced down at her nametag as if she needed a reminder. “I’m Kelli Martingale. Nice to meet you.”

Her words were cut off when she stepped forward, hit the side of the table, shaking all the contents on it. Luke jumped to save a particularly wobbly red Jell-O dessert, causing most of the Jell-O mold to mold right onto his favorite white shirt.

Kelli gasped. “Ohmigod. I’m so sorry.”

While he wanted to offer a huge fuckkkkk, he could tell that she felt horrible. So, he shrugged as she quickly tried to help him clean up. Together, they got as much of the Jell-O off his shirt as they could. Then she grabbed a mound of napkins and began running them over his chest.

He shivered. Actually fucking shivered. What the hell? This Jell-O must be extra cold. Kelli must have feel it too, because she paused, hands plastered against his chest, as she met his gaze. Her mouth fell open and formed an O.

Suddenly, it wasn’t his shirt he was worried about; his pants began to feel a tad too snug. He wrapped his hands around her wrists and tried to offer a smile. Although, with the new, um, pain he was experiencing in his lower half, it probably came out as more of a grimace.

“I think I have it from here.”

A red blush tinted her cheeks. “Of course. But I really am so sorry.” Then she dug in her purse and pulled out a pair of thick black glasses. “I’m not usually a klutzy person,” she explained as she put the glasses on. “My roommate thought I looked sexier without my glasses, so she forced me to take them off. But I’m blind as a bat without them.”

He took her in, and if he thought his pants were feeling tight before, he was pretty sure that all oxygen was leaving his body now. All he could say about the glasses was…holy fuck.

Her roommate thought she was sexier without them? Hells to the no. Definitely wrong on that one. The bombshell dress plus the thick sex kitten hair plus the gorgeous face plus the most seductive glasses in the history of eyewear equaled a speechless, hard Luke.

See, if Kennedy High taught him one thing, it was how to do math. Another equation was already becoming clear. Kelli plus Luke was going to equal one hell of a reunion.

 

About Kerri Carpenter:

Award-winning romance author Kerri Carpenter writes contemporary romances that are sweet, sexy, and sparkly. When she’s not writing, Kerri enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) rescued poodle mix, Harry. Visit Kerri at her website, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to her newsletter.

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Review: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

June 12th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Borrowed from a friend

Publication date: June 12, 2018

Publisher: Berkeley

Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #2

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book

Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there’s a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment–taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he’s at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling…

Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won’t hide the facts of Bo’s condition from him or herself. She’s suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine…

But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back–even if it means striking a devil’s bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy…

My Thoughts

The Psy-Changeling series is one of my all time favorite series so I just HAD to read this book as soon as I could get my hands on it. I have to admit I was a little leery about Bowen as the hero because he never really had grabbed me from his appearances in previous books but he did win me over. He actually turned out to be a great hero and I loved watching he and Kaia dance around each other and eventually overcome their natural distrust of each others people. They’re also both trying to heal from past hurts inflicted upon them by each other’s race and it’s not easy to overcome. The supporting characters who help them throughout the book are great AND we even get to see some more of Kaleb in this book which just about made my day. I LOVE Kaleb!

The story line itself held a few surprises I didn’t see coming and made the story line that much more enjoyable for avoiding predictability. We are introduced to some new characters and get a deeper look into the Black Sea changelings. I definitely hope we get to see more of Kaia’s brothers in future books. There were times where I felt the story did drag a bit and keeps this from being a 5 star but still a great read.

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New Release: Scotland or Bust by Kira Archer

June 11th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books
 

About the Book:

 

After dumping her boyfriend, Nicole Franklin impulsively jumps on a plane and heads to Europe. Sure, money and a job would have been nice to line up first. Even a visa, for that matter. So now she has to play tour guide at an Outlander experience for the most obnoxious man on the planet. Until she stumbles into the wrong bed in the middle of the night and wakes up in Harrison’s arms. Now his family thinks they’re engaged, and the entire village is betting on how long before she’ll be running for the hills.
Harrison Troy has a reputation in the town for burning through assistants. And the bubbly new one he’s just hired is likely no different. But his family quickly has them “engaged.” He should be upset, but she’s the perfect buffer for his interfering family. She says she doesn’t need another man in her life–even if he comes with a castle–and that’s fine with him. So why can’t he stop thinking about the woman who is charming everyone in the town, and maybe even him?
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Meet the Author:

Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren’t looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else. She has odd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and often lets her imagination run away with her. She loves her romances a little playful, a lot sexy, and always with a happily ever after.

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New Release: Where the Sea Takes Me by Heidi R. Kling + Giveaway

June 5th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Don’t miss Heidi R. Kling’s latest release, Where the Sea Takes Me! On sale now.

About the book:

Sienna’s in college, working hard to achieve her dreams, and trying to love another boy—and halfway succeeding. She’d be totally happy with her life if she could just stop dreaming about him. Deni. The boy she left behind on the shores of Banda Aceh.

When she gets word Deni’s coming to America, Sea’s world shifts. And when he arrives on her doorstep, she’s shaken to the core.

Sparks don’t just fly, they soar—and threaten to burn down the new life she’s so patiently, persistently, built.

When they’re both invited to join a relief mission in Cambodia, they jump at the chance to help…and be together. As the time and distance between them melts away in the sticky Cambodian heat, Sienna knows her heart can’t take losing him again.

And that’s exactly what might happen.

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About the Author

Heidi R. Kling writes books about normal girls in fantastic situations.

Her debut novel SEA (Penguin/Putnam) was a finalist for Northern California Book of the Year,” an IndieNext Summer Pick, Goodreads “Mover and Shaker,” Scholastic Reading Pick, and Gateway Reader’s Award Finalist among other generous accolades. SEA, which launched June, 2010, is a bittersweet love story set in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 Indonesian tsunami, and is set to relaunch with Entangled Teen December 4 as WHERE I FOUND YOU (Sea series #1) with its sequel WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME out April, 2018!

After earning her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School in New York, Heidi returned to the Bay Area where she lives with her family in a tiny seaside village like the towns in her books.

She’s also the author of the acclaimed PAINT MY BODY RED (for fans of Speak and 13 Reasons Why), bestselling romantic comedy NOT OKAY, CUPID and the Spellspinners of Melas County series about feuding witches and warlocks.

Please visit her on twitter (Heidi R. Kling) where she loves to live-tweet TV shows, overuse gifs and chat with her readers about books, love and travel. She’s very fortunate to write stories for a living and is grateful to you for reading them!

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New release + Giveaway: Burning Bright by Chris Cannon

June 5th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Burning Bright by Chris Cannon is the final book in her Going Down in Flames series and you don’t want to miss it! Be sure to checkout the excerpt below, grab your copy and enter the giveaway.

About the book:

Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.

Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them–unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…

EXCERPT

He stood. “Let’s go for a walk.”

“Okay.” She set her mug on the bench and let him pull her to her feet. Should she tell her grandparents where they were going? That would kind of ruin the moment she and Jaxon might be having, so she shelved the idea.

Hand in hand, they walked down one of the slate paths back into the trees with the fairy lights. “This place is amazing.”

“This has always been my favorite part of the house. I used to spend a lot of time out here.”

“Doing what?”

They walked down a path and into a stand of trees. Several single swings and a double swing where two people could sit, like a porch swing, were suspended from the trees. There was also a staircase that spiraled around a tree and led up to a walkway suspended between the trees, high up in the branches.

“Can we go up?” Bryn asked.
“Sure.”
The spiral steps were easy to climb, but the walkway was higher up in the trees than it appeared from below. “What do you think?” Jaxon asked.
“I think it’s the perfect place to hide from the world.”

Wait a minute. “You made fun of me last year when I said I wanted a treehouse.”

“This isn’t a treehouse, it’s a far superior tree bridge.”

“Right,” Bryn mocked. “That makes sense.”

Jaxon tugged her back toward the platform of the first tree. “There’s more.” Around the back side of the tree there was a bench. “If you don’t feel like walking, you can sit.”

“As one does when one is tired from adventures on their tree bridge.” She sat and relaxed back against the trunk of the tree, very aware of Jaxon’s proximity and the heat coming off his body.

“Exactly,” he said.

She laughed. From inside the tree the fairy lights seemed even more magical. “You know this is basically a tree house without walls.”

“No. That doesn’t work for me,” he said.
Bryn rolled her eyes but didn’t comment.
“I saw that,” Jaxon said.
“You were meant to.” Joking around with him felt comfortable. “This is nice.”
“The tree?” he asked.
“No.” She pointed back and forth between them. “This. Us. No pretenses or small talk…just us.”
“Speaking of us.” He leaned in, slowly, like he was giving her a chance to move away. She met him halfway and pressed her mouth against his. Time seemed to slow down as his hand touched her cheek and then cradled the back of her head. Heat thrummed between them, burning bright as the kiss grew, which was strange yet somehow right.

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