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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Some Like it Plaid by Angela Quarles 
Genre: Adult Fiction(Historical/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: November 18, 2019
Publisher: Entangled: Amara

When Ashley Miller sees a Craigslist ad for an all-expense paid vacation to Scotland with a handsome Highland “escort”, she’s all over it. Worn out from working two jobs to pay off the debts her scam artist ex-husband left her with, she just needs a friggin’ break already. Rolling, misty mountains of the Scottish Highlands, here she comes!

But one minute she’s sipping a latte and the next she’s zapped to the 2nd century and promptly informed she’s managed to wed her handsome Highlander without even an “I do.” Oh, hell no.

After a devastating tragedy, Connall’s tribe is left with few marriageable women. When his Druid priest suggests a place filled with bonnie lasses, he of course agrees to go fetch one for himself. But nothing prepared Connall for his sassy new wife, nor his tribe for a woman determined to see equal rights for all women.

Now the men are threatening revolt if he can’t rein his young wife in, but it might be too late. The women are demanding the men get “woke”—which of course makes no sense because they already woke that morn—and give women “the vote,” whatever the bloody hell that is. Despite all that, Connall can’t stop wanting to convince his wife to get naked, and he’s starting to wonder if he’s been bewitched.

Only the more he gets to know her, the more he starts to think she’s just what they needed. If only he survives her next demand...

Some Like it Plaid by Angela Quarles grabbed me from the start. I enjoyed the tine period. I enjoyed the location. I enjoyed the characters. I enjoyed it all. Their romance wasn't an insta thing. It had to grow... along with respect and understanding of how different their expectations really are of one another. It was more believable this way. They're adorable, and they're both so darn stubborn too which added to the funness. Whenever there's a mix of humor, drama, and some steamy romance like this... you can sign me up!  

Some Like it Plaid by Angela Quarles was kindly provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.

She gave a choked laugh, though it was still tinged with the heat of her anger. “This is not the job I signed up for.” 
“It’s not a job. I’m not sure why you keep insisting this. Regardless, I told you what you could expect before you left.” 
“At the coffee shop, just before you agreed to return here with me.” 
Her gaze went unfocused and then pink tinged her cheeks. “I, um…I didn’t quite hear all that.” 
“I said them plainly in your tongue.” 
She flapped her hands. “I was under the spell of your biceps, okay?” 
“Biceps? That sounds like a word in your tongue not mine.” 
She marched back to him. And pointed. At his upper arm muscles. “Those. Happy now?” 
A surprising burst of pleasure filled his chest, but he kept very, very still. 
Then she folded her arms and lifted her chin. “Anyway, I can’t stay here. This is not where I belong.” 
He held his tongue. She was wrong. He was sure of it. She only needed time to adjust. She’d come around. 
But having confirmation of her attraction gave him a new idea. He’d been mulling over the druid’s explanation of the magic. If he teased her, drew this attraction out longer, she’d eventually give in to her desire and join with him. 
The way he saw it, if she initiated, she was telling the magic she belonged here. 
He would simply have to exercise restraint. Somehow. 
“I’m assuming we’re too far back for a shower?” she said. 
“Shower?” This word was also in her tongue, as if the magic didn’t have an equivalent. 
“A bath? Where’s the bathroom?” 
He frowned, which made her eyes get rounder. 
“Oh shit. Don’t tell me.” She flapped her hands around. “Where am I supposed to pee?” 
That he understood. He pointed to a bucket in the corner. 
She turned slowly back to him. “You have got to be kidding.” 
“Why would I jest about such matters?” At the horror dawning across her features, another stab of uncertainty hit him as to whether his land was a better alternative. Of a certainty, they had a more efficient method for such matters. 
“Why, indeed,” she whispered. She turned pleading eyes to him. “I can’t pee in a bucket. Not with you watching. What am I supposed to do with it after?” 
“Throw it over into the south ravine like everyone else.” 
She pointed to herself, then waved a hand around. “Me. Not where I belong.” 
He sighed, stepped into the crisp night air, and closed the door behind him, giving her the privacy she required. Her adjustment might be harder than he figured.

An avid reader herself, Angela Quarles writes books she’d like to read–laugh-out-loud, smart, sexy romances that suck you into her worlds and won’t let you go until you reach The End. She is a RWA RITA® award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, time travel, and steampunk romance. Library Journal named her steampunk, Steam Me Up, Rawley, Best Self-Published Romance of 2015 and Must Love Chainmail won the 2016 RITA® Award in the paranormal category, the first indie to win in that category. Angela loves history, folklore, and family history and combined it with her active imagination to write stories of romance and adventure..

To learn more about Angela Quarles and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Book Review: The Edge of Reason by J. Saman

The Edge of Reason (The Edge Series #3) by J. Saman
Genre: Adult Fiction (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: November 4, 2019
Publisher: Self

I have a certain set of rules I try to live by. Rules that have always served me well. Until now…

Rule one: Don’t have sex with someone you work with.
Rule two: Don’t have sex with your friend’s ex-boyfriend.
Rule three: Don’t have sex with your best friend who also happens to be the same ex-boyfriend of your friend.
Rule four: Don’t ever, under any circumstances, fall in love with your best friend.

I guess it’s safe to say, I officially broke all four of my rules.

Doctor Andrew Albright. Sexy, arrogant, insanely gorgeous, and eternally off-limits.
Not only is he still in love with my friend, his ex, but he’s my rock. My perfect best friend.
The one person I cannot lose under any circumstances.
Especially when my life has a habit of falling apart on a regular basis.

But one mercy kiss later, to save me from an awkward situation, and suddenly everything changes. He flirts relentlessly. Corners me in dark hallways. Throws me panty-melting stares that render me helpless.
I crossed the uncrossable line. Broke every damn rule.
Now our perfect friendship is falling apart.

And he’s doing everything he can to keep it that way…

THE EDGE OF REASON is a funny, sexy, and emotional best friends to lovers, STANDALONE romance.

The Edge of Reason is the third book in J. Saman's The Edge series. This book completely enveloped me the start. I thought it was going to be another light friends to more story, which is one of my favorite kinds of love stories, but it turned into so much more. I mean, it did start off light and fun, and i was already loving it, but as it progressed, it got a little deeper and darker. These characters are both damaged and flawed in their own ways. I love how they fluctuate betweenfun and flirty and this serious, hard intensity. You could really feel the chemistry between them. There are many issues they work through together.. some are quite unexpected. Their story was gritty and raw... and as it turns out, a bit dangerous. It was completely enjoyable and a smidge naughty. I'm will have to get my hands on the previous books in this series now!

The Edge of Reason by J. Saman was kindly provided to me by InkSlinger PR  for review. The opinions are my own.

J. Saman loves all types of novels, but finds herself always going back to writing/reading romances. She's addicted to Diet Coke and sour candy, and swears way too much. She's an admitted lover of picking at old wounds, second chance romances, love triangles and the perfect amount of angst . She writes smart, strong women and sexy alpha (slightly nerdy) men who have a softer side.

To learn more about J. Saman and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, BookBub, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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