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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Book Review! Changing the Earl's Mind by Kristen McLean

Changing the Earl's Mind (The Lords of Whitehall, #3) by Kristen McLean
Genre: Adult (Historical Romance)
Date Published: March 26, 2017
Publisher: Young Ink Press

A man who knows everything…

For nearly a decade, Drake Ramsey, the disciplined and logical Earl of Saint Brides, has been the driving force behind the Home Office; meeting with foreign leaders to negotiate treaties, spurring a lethargic Parliament into action, and directing a secret army of spies. The last thing he wants to find while taking a well-deserved vacation is a dangerous fugitive. Nevertheless, when he catches a beautiful murderess hiding in his hunting cabin, he has little choice but to bring her to justice, landing himself in a battle for control he could never hope to win.

…meets a woman determined to prove him wrong.

Marrying a stranger simply to gain access to her dowry and travel the world, admittedly, was the biggest mistake of Sarah Tindall’s life. In fact, she would readily admit to making several big mistakes. Killing her husband, however, is not one of them. When a starchy lord takes it upon himself to bring her to a London prison, she is determined to escape him and prove her innocence, yet every attempt ends with her back in her handsome captor’s arms. Even if her innocence is proven, his forbidden and passionate kisses leave her uncertain if escape was ever an option. 

Changing the Earl's Mind is the third book in The Lord's of Whitehall series by Kristen McLean. Drake prefers to keep to himself. He's reserved, works hard, and grumpy. Sarah is loud, brave, and wants to travel the world. When they meet, they clash immediately. These two opposites, were so funny as they argued and fought. Sarah kept trying to escape him, only to get caught by him. These moments were fun. I loved watching Mr Gumpy Pants be put in situations with her where he felt all awkward and out of his element. I liked him quite a bit actually. He's some nice book boyfriend material. I think he may be my favorite of the Lords of Whitehall so far too. Some mystery, murder, and twists added to the romance gave me a story that was very hard to put down.

The ARC of Changing the Earl's Mind by Kristen McLean was kindly provided to me by  for review. The opinions are my own.

Have you read the other books in this series yet?

Kristen has always had a love of novels, with a special place in her heart for historical romance. After reading enough of them to fill a rather impressive library, she decided to write her own. Now she has the pleasure of writing at home, tucked away in a forest with her husband, two children and her cat. Her husband is loving and impressively patient, her two beautiful children strive to embarrass and exhaust her, and her cat hates everyone, but tolerates—well, she tolerates whoever will feed her. Check out my interview with the author!

To learn more about Kristen McLean and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Release Day Review! Bossed by Sloane Howell

Bossed by Sloane Howell
Genre: Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Loveswept

He’s the boss. But she’s ready to take charge.

In this provocative and sexy* office romance, a cheeky new hire tempts a hotshot sports agent to mix business with pleasure.

Jenny: Job interviews are a bitch under the best of circumstances, but when your potential boss is the world’s biggest prick, that’s when you should simply walk away. It’s just that I need this job so badly—and I’m mesmerized by Ethan Mason’s piercing gaze. Men like him aren’t supposed to exist in real life. But under the tailored suits and GQ looks, Ethan simmers with barely restrained ambition. And no matter how hard I work to fight the attraction, I’m going to get burned.

Ethan: You don’t become a top agent without learning how to close a deal. I always get what—or who—I want, by staying cool and in command. Then Jenny Jackson walks into my office with her lush curves and “screw you” attitude and blows away my intentions of keeping things professional. All I can think about is exploring the perfect body hidden beneath those conservative clothes or shutting her saucy mouth with one hot kiss. Jenny’s worth breaking the rules over—if I can convince her to break the rules for me.

*By sexy, we mean sexy. Like, 18+ sexy.

Bossed by Sloane Howell was an entertaining and quick read. I enjoyed Jenny's character quite a bit. She's quick and witty. She loves her family. She's funny. She knows how to put Ethan in his place and isn't afraid to. I loved those parts. Ethan, on the other hand, had a personality that contradicted itself. He comes off all Alpha jerk. He yells at people. They fear him. His business is the most important thing in his life, yada yada yada. Yet he stays home and hides/pouts when Jenny's mad at him or hurts his feelings. What? That doesn't make sense. He was so worried about making the same mistakes as his father, but it seemed like we would easily allow those very same things to happen if Jenny was anything like his mother. So, his character disappointed me a little. With all that being said, the story was pretty good. I'm not a sports girl, but it even made baseball seem cute. I really liked Matt, and I hope he gets his own story.. maybe with Kelsey? That would be a fun story too.

The ARC of Bossed by Sloane Howell was kindly provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.

Sloane Howell lives in the Midwest United States and writes hot romance stories. A former college baseball player turned author, when not reading or writing he enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports, playing with the dogs, traveling, and engaging his readers on social media. You can almost always catch him goofing off on Facebook or Twitter and trying to convince Mrs. Howell that it is "work"

To learn more about Sloane Howell and her books, visit her website. You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Teaser Tuesday! All You Desire by Kirsten Miller

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share  doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser this week is from All You Desire by Kirsten Miller

"Maybe it was because Haven was older now.  Or maybe Adam had improved his human disguise.  But something had changed since they’d last been together."


Haven Moore fled to Rome a year ago, leaving behind the Ouroboros Society and its diabolical leader, Adam Rosier. Now she's back in New York City with her beloved Iain. But Iain's supposed to be dead. And if they blow his cover, Adam won't give them any second chances.

Meanwhile, Beau Decker is missing. His life rests in Haven's hands. The Horae, a group of mystical sisters, hold the key to Beau's fate. They want to lock Adam away forever, and Haven is his only weakness. To save Beau, Haven must seduce Adam and lure him into the Horae's lair.

But Adam Rosier has always had a funny way of seducing her. And the closer Haven gets to her enemy, the more she succumbs to his spell. Beau's life hangs in the balance - but this time, Haven can't even trust herself. Every decision she makes will shape her destiny.

How far will she go for the people she loves? 

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Playing Catch Up! Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

Playing Catch Up has really been helping me through my ever growing TBR list. I'd like to welcome all other blogs to participate too! If you do, be sure to post your links in the comments section. I'd love to see your Playing Catch Up Reviews, and I'm sure others would too!! *wink*

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Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love by Numbers #1) by Sarah MacLean 
Genre: Adult (Historical Romance)
Date Published: March 30, 2010
Publisher: Avon

A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she's been missing.

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.

If she's not careful, she'll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love.

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake is the first book in the Love By Numbers series by Sarah MacLean. Lady Calpurnia is tired of being perfect, and all this good behavior really hasn't gotten her anywhere. So, she's making a list of all the things she wants to do, regardless of what society thinks of them. It was fun going on these adventures with her, and became even more fun when Gabriel was with her. While Calpurnia has admired Gabriel from afar for years, she wasn't even a blip on Gabriel's radar. I enjoyed their bantering and teasing, and I especially loved watching how she changed in his eyes. Their story had this feel of innocence to it, even if there as quite a bit of naughtiness going on.

Check out my reviews of more books by this author!

Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book.

Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers. Please visit her at

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review: Singing Fire by T.L. Martin

Singing Fire by T.L. Martin 
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: November 28, 2016
Publisher: Self

Constant chills, panic attacks, and now paranoia – there’s a reason seventeen-year-old Charlie keeps to herself.

Life is looking up when she gets a job at a whimsical tea shop and gains a few new friends, but little does Charlie know there are secrets lurking beyond its door.

It only takes one night for her perspective on her small town to change forever. As if witches, vampires, and demons weren’t enough, she soon realizes she’s being hunted for a power she didn’t know she possessed.

Singing Fire takes Charlie through an unexpected journey of self-discovery, betrayal, and forbidden love all while the clock is ticking for her to defeat the dark souls pursuing her – before anyone else dear to her has to die.

This novel is the first of a two part series, and its sequel, Raining Fire, is due for release in 2017. *BONUS: The end of Singing Fire includes a sneak peek of Raining Fire.

Singing Fire is the debut novel in by T.L. Martin. I'm so excited about this series. I'm downright giddy. There are witches, and vampires, and demons, and this new Opal kind of magic. These are all creatures we've read about in other stories, but this time they're brought to us with a few new spins. The supporting characters all have their own voice and purpose. The world is very well built around them. It's easy to envision and lose yourself within their lives. The main character, Charlotte, thinks she's just a normal girl who has panic attacks and a few other inconvenient 'quirks'. Little does she know, her world is about to become so much bigger. She was a fantastic and believable character. She's easy to relate to. I'm really enjoying her love interest as well. Even though you know Singing Fire is entirely fictional, it feels realistic while you read, because it gathers you inside its world and sweeps you right into the lives of the characters. I'm so excited for more books in this series!

Singing Fire by T.L. Martin  was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

It was like clockwork: the rise and fall of her chest, the splash when she’d disappear beneath the water, and that frustrated sigh, which rang clear across the sand, straight into his attentive ears when she’d come up for air. Over and over again.

For months he had watched the human — so much so, he could flawlessly recite her daily routine, exact jogging routes, and favorite foods. He could describe with impeccable detail the three, smallest specks of birthmarks behind her neck, which were only revealed when she’d tie her brown waves back before a run. Yet it wasn’t until recently that he’d finally figured it out.

Centuries of unbacked rumors, of individuals anxiously awaiting even just the prospect of its return. None of the brutal rampages and bloody fatalities he and his kind had witnessed — or caused — in the past could come close to the chaos that would inevitably ensue should she be discovered.

Perhaps the wildest facet of all: she didn’t even know. The girl was entirely oblivious to just how much her life was about to change.


One, two, three, four… Cool, salted water dripped past my eyes as I silently counted down the seconds. Five, six, seven, eight. I inhaled sharply, preparing myself. Nine, ten. Now.

Water enveloped my face as I dipped myself beneath the waves, flipping my body and diving head first toward the bottom. I was already losing it, bubbles escaping through my nostrils, when my fingers flicked over the sand, and I raced desperately back to the top. The wind hit me sharply as I let out a loud gasp, clicking my stopwatch instantaneously. Still over a minute. I rolled my eyes up at the sky for the nineteenth time that morning. Enough. I was beat.

Heavy as a ton of weights, I forced myself to leave the comfort of the current and proceeded toward the shore. My fingers were stiff, making it difficult to wrap the burgundy towel around my body.

I knew I was slipping and not just physically.

Mother of 3 who enjoys making up supernatural and paranormal fantasy worlds—with romance, of course :)

My debut novel, YA urban fantasy Singing Fire, was just released, and its sequel Raining Fire is due for release in 2017. Also in the works is a new adult paranormal romance, Touched by Death.

Though I need to get my butt in gear on regularly updating my website, you're welcome to visit me at I'm most active on Goodreads and can be reached best here.

I love connecting with readers, supporting fellow authors, and encouraging others to reach for the stars.

To learn more about T.L. Martin and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday! The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share  doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser this week is from The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

“All the most powerful emotions come from chaos -fear, anger, love- especially love. Love is chaos itself. Think about it! Love makes no sense. It shakes you up and spins you around. And then, eventually, it falls apart.” 

Haven Moore has always lived in the tiny town of Snope City, Tennessee. But for as long as she can remember, Haven has experienced visions of a past life as a girl named Constance, whose love for a boy called Ethan ended in a fiery tragedy.

One day, the sight of notorious playboy Iain Morrow on television brings Haven to her knees. Haven flees to New York City to find Iain and there, she is swept up in an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Is Iain her beloved Ethan? Or is he her murderer in a past life? Haven asks the members of the powerful and dangerous Ouroboros Society to help her unlock the mysteries of reincarnation and discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again. But what is the Ouroboros Society? And how can Haven know who to trust?

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Release Day Review! Birthright by Jessica Ruddick

Birthright (Legacy #1) by Jessica Ruddick 
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: March 20, 2017
Publisher: Self

How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?

Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda.

While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.

Birthright is the first book in the Legacy series by Jessica Ruddick. I only have one complaint, so I'll get it over with first, since I hate this part about reviewing. I felt like political agendas were getting thrown at me through Ava's character. Regardless of where you stand on things, these digs were unnecessary. I understand authors want to express their views through their writing. That's a big part of why some people write to begin with, but the repetition of these occurrences made them hard to overlook. It probably wasn't even intentional, because I think the last thing any author would want to do was alienate large portions of their audience. I've had enough of politics, and the whole war between conservatives and liberals. I'm done with it. So, I felt put off after it started feeling like a political agenda was being pushed on me, and honestly, that put a big damper on what I thought was a pretty great story otherwise.

With all that being said, I want to give Ava the benefit of the doubt... sooo let's get to the good stuff.

Ava has some tremendous inner strength to her, but she has a lot of maturing to do too, and maybe that's why she feels the way she does about certain issues and groups of people. I mean let's face it, life has made her pretty jaded since she found out the truth of what she is. I think Cole helped her along quite a bit. Not just by keeping her safe, but emotionally too. She needs him. I think he needs her too. The author did a fantastic job of immersing me into their lives. I could feel their chemistry and heat through the pages, even when they were in denial about their feelings.

The plot itself was imaginative. I feel like there's some kind of corruption going on regarding Xavier and possibly the Reapers, but I'm not sure yet. Xavier is brutal. I really disliked the dude, but I love that his character brought out such strong emotion. I seriously wanted to throttle him. I want to know why they would want to end the lives of good people on only the chance they could be turned into Angels though. It seems like they are trying to destroy all the good people. Is that Xavier's evil plan? Or maybe the plan of someone above(or 'below') him? What I also liked, was even the people who didn't have perfect white auras could still be darn good people. Nobody's perfect right? How do they ever find totally white auras anyway? Everyone is flawed, and this book captured that.

I think we've got some crazy and exciting things in store for us within this series.

The ARC of Birthright by Jessica Ruddick was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

As soon as I opened the front door, the hair on the back of my neck stood up and a tingle ran down my spine. The scent of cinnamon filled my nostrils. It was like having those little candy Red Hots shoved up my nose. Dread in the form of a knot settled in the base of my stomach.
Xavier was…I wasn’t sure what he was. Was he the descendant of a fallen angel like me? Was he an angel himself? Or was he something else, something more sinister?
He certainly looked it. He certainly acted it. He exuded evil.
He was lounging on our couch, his arms spread out over the back of it and his right ankle propped on his left knee. His black hair was slicked back, and he’d grown a goatee since the last time I’d seen him. As usual, he was dressed in a black suit with a red tie, what I mentally referred to as his “villain suit.”
I couldn’t believe he was the same man who used to read me bedtime stories and tuck me in when my mom had to work nights.
A smile stretched across his face and his black beady eyes watched me enter the room. The only thing that could possibly make him more snakelike was if a thin red forked tongue flitted out of his mouth.
I’d be less surprised than if a hippo flounced around my living room in a pink tutu in true Fantasia style.
My mom sat stiffly on a chair across from him. It was our home, but Xavier was in control here. Her eyes met mine, and she shrugged her shoulders slightly. She had no idea why he was here either. We hadn’t expected him for at least a couple more months.
“Welcome home, Ava,” Xavier said. “Why don’t you have a seat?”
“No, thanks. I’ll stand.”
He chuckled. “Suit yourself.”
Xavier took a moment to inspect his cuticles, as if he weren’t in the middle of our living room, as if we weren’t waiting for him to say whatever it was he came to say so he would leave again. I’d say he was oblivious to the effect he had on us, but that wouldn’t be true. He knew, and he relished it.
I crossed my arms over my chest. “What do you want?”
He raised his eyebrows. “Is that any way to treat a guest in your home?” He looked at my mother. “You should really teach her better manners.”
I laughed bitterly. “Calling yourself a guest implies that you’re wanted here.”
“Ava,” my mom said, her tone sharp.
Xavier just threw his head back and laughed. “No, Mary, let the little vixen spew her venom. I like it. It’s honest. Honesty is underrated in society today, don’t you agree?”
I glared at him.
“I have your next assignment.”
My glare faltered as I fought to keep the air moving in and out of my lungs. An assignment from Xavier meant the blood of an innocent would be on my hands again.
When I said I worked for the Grim Reaper, that was oversimplifying it a bit. There’s actually more than one. Think about it—with all the people who die every day in the world, how could there possibly be just one?
The particular Grim Reaper I worked for was special, though. He collected souls that were worthy of being angels. It was my job as a seeker to find those souls.
How’s that for an after school job?
“Forgive me, Xavier, but isn’t it a little soon?” my mom said quietly. “She hasn’t even had a chance to get settled in her new school.”
He glanced at her before returning his attention to me. “She can handle it. Besides, it’s time.”
“But her last assignment was just last month!” my mom protested. “Are you sure—”
“I’m very sure.”
I closed my eyes and pinched the bridge of my nose. The knot of dread in my stomach exploded, seeping into the rest of my body. I breathed deeply, desperately trying to keep control. The last thing I wanted was to lose it in front of Xavier.
“How long do I have?”
“Two weeks.”
Two weeks. I had two weeks to put a plan into motion that would change lives irrevocably.
My classmates’ faces popped into my mind. I hadn’t bothered getting to know anyone or even learning names. I told myself it was easier that way, easier being a relative term.
But did any of them have a white aura? When I was at school, I always blocked them out. Otherwise, the barrage of auras became a colorful assault on my senses. School was difficult enough as it was. I didn’t need the added distraction. Moving around so much had left gaps in my education, so even though I was pretty smart, I perpetually struggled to maintain decent grades. Why I even bothered anymore was a mystery, though. I would probably end up a waitress just like my mother. It was hard to develop a career or even think about college with our transient lifestyle.

I squared my shoulders and looked Xavier in the eye, faking the bravado I lacked. “I guess I’ll see you in two weeks.”

Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that have taken up residence in her home.

To learn more about Jessica Ruddick and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, InstagramPinterest, and Twitter.

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