The Duke Who Ravished Me (Rebellious Brides: Book 4) by Diana Quincy

The Duke Who Ravished Me (Rebellious Brides, #4)

4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, Loveswept

Date of publication: April 17th, 2018

Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Rebellious Brides

Spy Fall – Book 1

A License to Wed – Book 2 (review here)

From London with Love – Book 3 (review here)

The Duke Who Ravished Me – Book 4

Where you can find The Duke Who Ravished Me: Amazon | Barnes, and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

An impulsive kiss between a libertine duke and a mysterious governess sparks a blaze of desire—and intrigue—in this breathtaking Regency romance from the award-winning author of Spy Fall.

Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderford, happily enjoys a different woman (or two) every night—or he did, until his wards landed on his doorstep. Ever since Sunny took in the seven-year-old twin girls and their prim and proper governess, Isabel Finch, his love life has been a shambles. But, as time goes by, Sunny catches himself getting lost in Isabel’s haughty blue eyes, or following the curves beneath her unbecoming dress. An unexpected kiss ignites a passion that shocks him into realizing how thin the line between love and hate can be.

If Isabel’s hidden past were revealed, she could lose everything. Oddly enough, only when “Sinful Sunny” is near does she feel safe—or safe enough to speak up in defense of the girls. The duke’s decadent lifestyle is a disgrace, and clearly he considers Isabel a nuisance. Still, she can’t help admiring his sculpted cheekbones, strong-cut jaw, and tousled chestnut hair. When their lips meet, it’s almost as if he could kiss the secrets right out of her. Worse, she’s tempted to let him. . . .

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Throwback Thursday: May 24th, 2018

I decided to do Throwback Thursday but blog style. I am going to select a book I have read before and see if I would still read it.

This week’s Throwback Thursday is a historical vampire romance:

After Midnight (Cabot, #1)

Author: Teresa Medeiros

Date of publication: August 30th, 2005

Genre: Paranormal, historical romance

Where you can find After MidnightAmazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

“Our sister is marrying a vampire.”

When the ever practical Caroline Cabot first hears those words from the lips of her fanciful youngest sister, she accuses Portia of having a wild imagination.

But when she discovers their sister Vivienne is actually being courted by Adrian Kane, the mysterious viscount rumored to be a vampire, she decides to accept his invitation to a midnight supper and do some sleuthing of her own. To both her delight and her dismay, she soon finds herself falling under Kane’s bewitching spell.

After all, what’s a proper young lady to do when her sister’s suitor arouses more than just her suspicions?


Have I reviewed anything by Teresa Medeiros? No. I didn’t have a WordPress or Goodreads back then

Have I read any other books by Teresa Medeiros? Oh yes. I was in my late teens/early 20’s I picked up Heather and Velvet and got hooked. I read every single one of her books up until After Midnight.

Did I like After Midnight when I first read it? Oh yes. It was a historical romance/vampire novel. What wasn’t there to love about it?

Age I first read After Midnight? late 20’s. I was pregnant with my now 12-year-old. This was actually the last book that I bought before I gave birth.

Would I read After Midnight now? Yes.

How many stars would I give it:

Late 20’s me: 4 stars

Early 40’s me: 4 stars. Even though I remember it being kind of like a historical romance Twilight.

Have you read this book? Thoughts on it?

WWW Wednesday: May 23rd, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading. Also, I will let y’all know what has gone on in my life this past week.

What has been going on in my life:

Thursday and Friday, really nothing much. But the weekend was a different story.

First off, how many of y’all watched the Royal Wedding? I did. BK, my SO, woke me up at 7 so I wouldn’t miss it. I was entranced by Meghan Markle’s dress, her tiara, her obvious love for Harry (and him for her). Basically everything. I was glued to the TV. I wish the rest of my weekend was as magical…lol. It ended up being a comedy of errors. Let’s see, what went wrong:

A) Bank made a huge mistake and BK’s direct deposit was not there. So, we were left with a negative amount and no money for groceries. Luckily, the bank fixed what was wrong and his direct deposit was put back but still…

B) Somehow, our 1-year-old lawnmower broke Saturday night. BK was mowing the lawn and it started sputtering. He went to finish mowing on Sunday and it wouldn’t stay running. Really long story short, there was a spring missing on the carburetor, He needs to go to Home Depot or Lowes to get one and it should run fine. Meanwhile, the lawn is out of control…lol.

Monday, Tuesday and today were pretty standard and boring. Just T-Ball for Ms. R.

Now, onto the real reason I started this post (LOL):


What I am Currently Reading:

The Memory of Fire (The Waking Land, #2)

The Memory of Fire

Date of publication: June 21st, 2018

Genre: Fantasy

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Magic. Romance. Revolution. The sequel to the bold and gorgeous The Waking Land.

Jahan Korakides is the hero who saved the life of the crown prince in battle, helped win the revolution in Eren and earned the heart of Elanna, the legendary Wildegarde reborn.

But Jahan Korakides is also broken; haunted by memories of the woman who experimented on him and his brothers as children. So when the empire threatens war in retribution for Elanna’s illegal sorcery, Jahan leaves Eren to negotiate with the emperor on Queen Sophy’s behalf. But the world he left has changed – riots rock the city of Ida, his brother is missing and the crown prince refuses to speak to him.

Jahan’s only hope of success seems to lie with the rebels in Ida. Yet, if he joins them, he will merely spur on the war he’s desperate to avoid, and risk revealing himself as a sorcerer.

And then the witch hunters arrive at court, bringing Elanna in chains.

I am really liking this book. I have reviewed The Waking Land and was curious about Jahan. All of my questions have been answered and then some. The Memory of Fire will not be published until June 21st, so be on the lookout for my review then.


What did I recently finish:

All Night with the Cowboy (River Ranch, #2)

All Night with the Cowboy

Date of publication: May 29th, 2018

Genre: Romance

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

BACK IN THE SADDLE. STRAIGHT TO THE HEART. . .

At the Ford family ranch, getting thrown from a horse is a part of growing up. But one cowboy is still learning the ropes when it comes to falling in love.

Tanner Ford has been riding bulls and busting broncos his entire life. So when he takes a hard spill—and sustains serious injuries—he refuses to believe his rodeo days are behind him. He’s determined to restore his body and revive his career. There’s just one problem: the finest physical therapist in town just happens to be the only woman he’s ever loved.

Lauren Lewis knows she made a huge mistake when she walked away from Tanner. But she was young, ambitious, and focused on her medical career. Now, after all these years, Tanner’s back—and, in spite of his injuries, looking better than she allows herself to admit. She agrees to work on Tanner’s big bruised muscles until he’s back in bull-riding shape again. But how can Lauren resist the smoldering attraction between her and her old flame. . .and find a way to live without him?

I was “meh” when reading this book. Not going to get into why I felt like that now. Be on the lookout for my review on May 29th. Then you will find out why!!!


What I am reading next:

Head Over HeelsKnocked Up  (Crazy Love, #2)Before and Again

Head Over Heels: I can’t remember why I wanted to read this book. I do know that I got it from a Read Now email. I hope I like it!!

Knocked Up: So, there are a couple of reasons why I decided to get this book. One being the cover. Look at the guy’s abs!! Another is that I love reviewing for Loveswept. I am hoping that this book is as good as the cover promises…lol.

Before and Again: St. Martin’s Press approached me to review this book. I had been seeing it floating around NetGalley and was interested. I am hoping that it is as good as the blurb makes it out to be.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books? Why or why not?

Marek (Cold Fury Hockey: Book 11) by Sawyer Bennett

Marek (Cold Fury Hockey, #11)

3 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept

Date of publication: May 22nd, 2018

Genre: Romance, Sports

Series: Cold Fury Hockey

Alex – Book 1

Garrett – Book 2

Zack – Book 3

Ryker – Book 4

Hawke – Book 5

Max – Book 6

Roman – Book 7

Lucas – Book 8 (review here)

Van – Book 9 (review here)

Reed – Book 10

Marek – Book 11

Where you can find Marek: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

When the Carolina Cold Fury’s hottest young star gets blindsided by an ex with a scandalous secret, it’s game on.

“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Marek Fabritis is used to delivering blows, not receiving them. But when he gets tipped off by an anonymous email about his ex-girlfriend, the news leaves him ice cold—and it’s not because Gracen Moore is getting married to a total jerk. It’s the fact that Marek has a three-year-old daughter he never knew about. Now he’s going back home, not to play knight in shining armor but to make damn sure that no man takes what’s his. For the first time, there might be something more important than hockey.

Gracen Moore has always loved Marek. That’s why she let him go, so he could pursue a career in the NHL. And that’s why she never told him about Lilly. Only now does Gracen realize that she made an unforgivable mistake. But is that any reason for Marek to crash her wedding and make an epic scene? If the spark that still smolders between them is to be trusted, maybe. Still, Gracen’s not getting her hopes up. Because she knows better than anyone that appearances aren’t always what they seem. . . .

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Week in review 5-14-18 to 5-20-18

Book’s I’ve read:

The Duke Who Ravished Me:

The Duke Who Ravished Me (Rebellious Brides, #4)

It’s All About the Duke

It's All About the Duke (The Rakes of St. James, #3)

Breathless:

Breathless

The Way You Make Me Feel:

The Way You Make Me Feel

Books I’ve reviewed:

The Schoharie (review here)

The Hookup (review here)

The Luck of the Bride (review here)

Sleep, Merel, Sleep (review will be published June 7th, 2018)

Marek (review will be published May 22nd, 2018)

How to Walk Away (review here)

Rumor Has It (review here)

The Big Alpha in Town (review here)

NetGalley haul:

Down with Love (expected publication date: August 7th, 2018)

Email requests:

The Third Step:

The Third Step

Missing: The Morris Mysteries:

Missing: The Morris Mysteries #1

Diana Christmas:

Diana Christmas

Other posts:

Weekly review

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

 

 

The Hookup (The Jordan Brothers: Book 1) by Erin McCarthy

The Hookup (The Jordan Brothers, #1)

3.5 Stars (rounded down to 3 stars for all outlets that need a star rating)

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept

Date of Publication: May 8th, 2018

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Series: The Jordan Brothers

The Hookup – Book 1

The Breakup – Book 2 (expected publication date: August 14th, 2018)

Where you can find The Hookup: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Is there an equation for the perfect hookup? Turns out it’s a lot more complicated than one plus one. . . .

Sophie: Numbers are my comfort zone, which explains why my sex life is a big fat zero. Then again, if I’m smart enough to earn a PhD, why can’t I calculate a way to get a guy into bed, just to see what all the fuss is about? With my prima donna sister, Bella, getting married in Maine, I figure her wedding is the perfect opportunity for my little experiment. And Cain Jordan seems hot enough—he’s certainly drunk enough—to show me what I’ve been missing. Judging by the body of evidence, it’s a lot. . . .

Cain: Being stuck in the same town as my lying SOB twin brother, Christian—who may or may not be the father of the son I’m not allowed to see—is a hell of a reason to drink myself silly after the lobster boat docks each day. Any port in a storm. . . . But Sophie’s different. She doesn’t play around. And she’s becoming a habit I don’t want to break. Because the smartest woman I’ve ever met is also the sexiest—and the only one who makes me want to change.

Don’t miss Bella and Christian’s story in The Breakup!

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Throwback Thursday: May 17th, 2018

I decided to do Throwback Thursday but blog style. I am going to select a book I have read before and see if I would still read it. So, here goes nothing!!

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I am featuring a book about a vampire:

The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)

Author: Anne Rice

Date of publication: 1985

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal

Where you can find The Vampire Lestat: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice’s best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.


Have I reviewed anything else by Anne Rice? No. I read The Vampire Lestat when I was in high school, so no review because Goodreads/Amazon/Wordpress wasn’t around back then.

Have I read other books by this author? Yes. I have read almost all of her books.

Did I like this book when I first read it? Yes. It appealed to a teenaged me.

If I reread this book, would I like it? Yes. I have reread it a few times (before I lost all of my paperbacks in a moving mishap). The last time was in 2013 when I logged it on Goodreads.

Age I first read The Vampire Lestat? 16-17 years old. My mother had heard of it (don’t know how she knew about it) and told me that it was porn and that she didn’t want me reading it. Which had the exact opposite effect. As soon as I could, I went to the bookstore and bought it. Read it and loved it. Of course, my mother found out and was pretty steamed but she didn’t take it away. It mysteriously went missing for a couple of months and turned up back in my bedroom. I think she took it and read it…lol.

Would I read The Vampire Lestat now? Yes. Absolutely.

How many stars would I give it:

Teenage me: 5 stars. Absolutely loved the book. Couldn’t get enough of Lestat.

Middle Age Me: 4 stars. Remembering that I got bored of all the sex in the book but loved the rich, complex world that Anne Rice created. Can’t believe that I got bored with the sex. Jeesh, what is wrong with me.