The Night Child by Anna Quinn

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Title: The Night Child

Author: Anna Quinn

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Date of publication: January 30th, 2018

Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find The Night Child: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):

All Nora Brown wants is to teach high school English and live a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl’s face appears above the students’ desks—a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been. Terror rushes through Nora’s body—the kind of raw terror you feel when there’s no way out, when every cell in your body, your entire body, is on fire—when you think you might die.

Twenty-four hours later, while on Thanksgiving vacation, the face appears again. This time, it whispers, Remember the Valentine’s dress. Shaken once again, Nora meets with neurologists and eventually, a psychiatrist. As the story progresses, a terrible secret is discovered—a secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown.

The Night Child is a breathtaking debut novel about split consciousness, saving a broken child, and the split between past and present. It’s about the extraordinary capacity within each of us to save ourselves through visionary means.

Trigger Warning: Child abuse, Mental Illness

Do Over by Serena Bell

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3 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept

Date of Publication: January 30th, 2018

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Number of pages: 216

Where you can find Do Over: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Toe-curling? Check. Sheet-twisting? Check. But is that enough for a second chance?

Jack: I’m pretty much as tough as they come. But when a woman comes to me in tears, I’m jelly. Scratch that—when Maddie Adams comes to me in tears, I’m jelly. That’s how we ended up making our incredible son five years ago, and that’s why I practically beg her to move in with me when she’s in a tight spot. Of course, the last time I got the chance to be the hero, I let her down, but I’m not making the same mistake twice. This time, I’m going to be the man she deserves—and then I’m going to lay every ounce of sexy on her until she lets me back into her heart.

Maddie: Jack Parker is hot, and he knows it. What he’s not is a family man, something this single mom had to learn the hard way. Still, moving into his place until I get back on my feet makes all kinds of sense. He’s an old friend. He’s, ahem, the father of my child. And let’s face it, now that I’ve just been colossally dumped, we’ve got nowhere else to go. The truth is, I never could resist Jack. Living under the same roof puts dirty thoughts in my head. And when my brilliant plan backfires, my whole body is begging for a do-over. . . .

Do Over is a standalone novel with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a satisfying happily ever after. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Trigger Warning: Child abuse

Baby, I’m Howling for You (Alphaville: Book 1) by Christine Warren

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4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Date of publication: January 30th, 2018

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Number of pages: 304

Series: Alphaville

Something to Howl About – Book 0.5

Baby, I’m Howling for You – Book 1

Your Lion Eyes – Book 2 (expected publication date: December 4th, 2018)

Where you can find Baby, I’m Howling for You: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play… .for keeps.

Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…

Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?

Trigger Warning: Stalking

Runaway Groom (I Do, I Don’t) by Lauren Layne

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4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept

Date of publication: January 30th, 2018

Genre: Romance, Humor

Number of pages: 240

Series: I Do, I Don’t

Ready to Run – Book 1 (review here)

Runaway Groom – Book 2

Just Run With It – Book 3 (Expected publication date: March 20th, 2018)

Where you can find Runaway Groom: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

For one charming playboy, getting cast on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show is the shock of a lifetime—until he finds love where he least expects it. And now the chase is on!

Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .

Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook endings.

Trigger Warning: None

A Devil in Scotland (No Ordinary Hero: Book 3) by Suzanne Enoch

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2.5 Stars (rounded up to 3 for Goodreads, NetGalley)

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Date of publication: January 30th, 2018

Genre: Romance, Historical Romance

Series: No Ordinary Hero

Hero in the Highlands – Book 1

My One true Highlander – Book 2

A Devil in Scotland – Book 3

Where you can find A Devil in Scotland: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):

The dawning of desire…

1806, Scotland: Wild, reckless Callum MacCreath is in no hurry to become someone’s husband. But when his responsible, steady older brother Ian announces his engagement to their childhood friend Rebecca, Callum makes a startling discovery: he wants the lovely young lass for himself. But it’s too late, and when Ian banishes him for his duplicity, he’s only too happy to leave Scotland forever…

…is delicious and dangerous.

1816: Marrying Ian was the practical, logical thing for Becca to do. But once Callum sailed away to America, she missed his rakish charm and lust for life. Now, ten years later, Becca is a widow when a much-changed Callum returns to his Scottish homeland. Will he remember their spirited, fiery connection, or does he blame her for his brother’s unexpected death? This time neither of them can deny their scorching attraction, but will their hearts be burned in the blazing heat of scandal?

Trigger Warning: None

Heat (Dark Kings: Book 12) by Donna Grant

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4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Paperback

Date of publication: January 30th, 2018

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Series: Dark Kings

Dark Cravings – Book 0.1

Night’s Awakening – Book 0.2

Dawn’s Desire – Book 0.3

Darkest Flame – Book 1

Fire Rising – Book 2

Burning Desire – Book 3

Hot-Blooded – Book 4

Night’s Blaze – Book 5

Soul Scorched – Book 6

Dragon King – Book 6.5

Passion Ignites – Book 7

Smoldering Hunger – Book 8

Smoke and Fire – Book 9

Dragon Fever – Book 9.5 (Also Dark World 26.5 and 1001 Dark Nights #44)

Firestorm – Book 10

Blaze – Book 11

Dragon Burn – Book 11.5

Constantine: A History – Book 11.6

Heat – Book 12

Torched – Book 13 (Expected Publication Date: May 29th, 2018)

Dragon Night: A Dark Kings Novella – Book 13.5 (Expected publication date: October 9th, 2018)

Where you can find Heat: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Nikolai is a dragon shapeshifter who knows well the meaning of loss. Orphaned and raised to be a Dragon King, he never accepts defeat. Now, Nikolai prefers his solitude… .until a beautiful, irresistible woman calls upon him for help—and Nikola’s whole world goes up in flames.

Ever since MI5 agent Esther woke to discover her mind taken over with magic, she feels like a stranger to herself. She looks to a notorious dragon, one who has the power to help her find her memory. But as she and Nikolai come closer to discovering what really happened to her, a dangerous passion ignites between them. Can this lone Dragon King help the woman he’s grown to love to uncover the truth about her past—or will a deep and fiery danger tear them both apart?

Trigger Warning: None

Cowboy Stole My Heart (River Ranch: Book 1) by Soraya Lane

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3.5 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Date of publication: January 2nd, 2018

Genre: Romance, Country Western

Number of pages: 304

Series: River Ranch

Cowboy Stole My Heart – Book 1

All Night with the Cowboy – Book 2 (expected date of publication: May 29th, 2018)

Where you can find Cowboy Stole My Heart: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

It takes true grit to build a billion-dollar dynasty like the Ford family ranch. But when it comes to finding love, all it takes is one handsome cowboy to steal a woman’s heart…

SHE’S RIDING SOLO

As one of the heirs to the River Ranch fortune, Mia Ford is practically Texas royalty. But that doesn’t mean she’s some pampered princess. She can saddle up and ride a horse as well as any man, even a hard-working cowboy like Sam Mendes. For years, she’s harbored a crush on the strong, silent horseman. But how can she make a move when she’s his boss?

HE’S TAKING THE REINS

Sam Mendes is through with love—or so he thought. Still recovering from a breakup, he’s doing everything in his power to resist Mia Ford. It’s bad enough she’s the kind of beauty who drives men wild with desire. It’s even worse she’s got him so worked up, aching to kiss her lips, when he’s supposed to be working her ranch. Is this lovestruck cowboy willing to risk losing his job—and breaking his heart—to win the girl of his dreams?

Trigger Warning:

The Emperor’s War (formerly Captives) by R.A. Denny

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4 Stars

Publisher: 

Date of Publication: April 11th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Mud, Rocks, and Trees

Refugees – Book 1 (review here)

Seekers – Book 2 (review here)

Captives – Book 3

Warriors – Book 4

Where you can find Captives: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Let the battle begin! The vast Tzoladian army clashes with the Karsonian confederation in the valley of Mt. Sarmos. But the stakes are higher than a mere fight for power between countries. As the cruel emperor intensifies his persecution of the “subhumans,” the three chosen youths make tough choices that will decide the fate of the world.

Amanki is a soldier fighting for an empire that wants him dead. After losing her freedom and her seal, Brina faces the ruthless leader of the Sparaggi tribes. Tuka is surrounded by intrigue. Plots of assassination abound.

Thrown into circumstances they never would have chosen or even imagined, the teens must adapt or die. Have they forgotten their true mission?

Trigger Warning: None

The Breathing Sea I: The Burning (The Zemnian Series: Book 3) by E. P. Clark

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4 Stars 

Publisher: 

Date of publication: July 20th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Zemnian Series

The Midnight Land: Part One: The Flight – Book 1

The Midnight Land: Part Two: The Gift – Book 2

The Breathing Sea 1: Burning – Book 3

The Breathing Sea II: Drowning – Book 4

Where you can find The Breathing Sea 1: Burning: Amazon 

Book synopsis (from Goodreads): 

Dasha is a gift from the gods. Only she’s not very gifted. Or at least so it seems to her. 

Eighteen years ago, Dasha’s mother made a bargain with the gods. She would bear a gods-touched child, one who would stand on the threshold between the worlds, human and divine. Dasha is that child, now almost ready to become a woman, and one day take her mother’s place as Empress of all of Zem’. Except that Dasha is shy, lonely, and one of the least magically inclined girls in the Known World. Instead, she has fits and uncontrollable visions. When she sets off with her father on her first journey away from her home kremlin, she hopes she will finally find someone who can help her come into her powers. But those whom she finds only want to use her instead. What will it take for her to unlock the abilities hidden within her, and take up her proper place in the world? 

Trigger Warning: None

The Feral Sentence, part 1 (The Feral Sentence: Book 1)

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4 Stars

Publisher: 

Date of publication: December 12th, 2015

Genre: General Fiction, Action, Adventure, New Adult

Series: The Feral Sentence

The Feral sentence – Book 1

The Feral sentence, part 2 – Book 2

The Feral sentence, part 3 – Book 3

The Feral sentence, part 4 – Book 4

The Feral sentence – Books 1-4

Beasts of Prey -Part 1 – Book 5

Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia

Where you can find The Feral Sentence: Amazon | Barnes, and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

The year is 2087, and the federal government has implemented a new sentence for criminal convictions—banishment to a remote island. 

When Lydia Brone is wrongly convicted of murder, she is sentenced to three years on Kormace Island. She must forget all she’s ever heard about life in prison and develop the necessary skills to survive in the wild and defend herself against savage enemies—other felons who will fight for their rightful place within the island’s hierarchy system by means of violence and sheer brutality.

Trigger Warning:

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