Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!

Thank you for joining me on my stop of The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti! Make sure to check out the review below then enter the Giveaway. Happy Reading!



Publication: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Publisher
Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.

The Vanishing Year combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll. Told from the point-of-view of a heroine who is as relatable as she is enigmatic, The Vanishing Year is an unforgettable new novel by a rising star of the genre.


Zoe Whittaker seems to have it all. Like the premise states, she currently lives a very charmed life. One others might envy. But it wasn’t always like that. And Zoe wasn’t always the put together, fashion forward woman she is today.

Without giving away too much, she struggled growing up. Things weren’t always easy for her.  And some of the events from her past has shaped her into the woman she is today. But sometimes the past simply refuses to completely let you go. In this case, Zoe can’t stop contemplating her past even though her husband thinks she should move on from it once and for all. She may wish that she followed his advice.

The author made it really easy to get swept up in Zoe’s life. I enjoyed getting to know her character. She is determined, resilient, clever, and likeable. Zoe wants more for her life. She is not very content with just letting things continue the way they have been. On one particular night, things begin to change for Zoe, though probably not in the way she had imagined. What is the truth? What is a lie? Who is Zoe really? Things start to unravel for Zoe and she soon discovers that her very life may be in danger.

This was my first book that I’ve read by Kate Moretti and I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last. The Vanishing Year was a unique story that sucked me in from the first few chapters. The more I read the more questions I had. The suspense kept building and building throughout the book.  I love reading a good suspense/thriller story and this one definitely kept me entertained.


Rating: 4 out of 5.



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Kate Moretti is the New York Times bestselling author of Thought I Knew You,Binds That Tie, and While You Were Gone. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids. Find out more at katemoretti.com, or follow her on Twitter (@KateMoretti1) or Facebook (KateMorettiWriter).


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

What the Duke Doesn’t Know by Jane Ashford Spotlight Tour & Giveaway!!


Thanks for joining me on the Spotlight Tour for What the Duke Doesn’t Know by Jane Ashford. Historical fiction romances are always a fun read for me and if you feel the same way, then you will want to check out this series! Make sure you enter the giveaway below for a chance to win the first book, Heir to the Duke!!


Title: What the Duke Doesn’t Know
Series: Duke’s Sons, #2
Author: Jane Ashford
Pubdate: September 6th 2016
ISBN: 9781492621591




A proper English wife, or the freedom of the sea?
Lord James Gresham is the fifth son of the Duke of Langford, a captain in the Royal Navy, and at a loss for what to do next. He’s made his fortune; perhaps now he should find a proper wife and set up his nursery. But the sea calls to him, while his search for a wife leaves him uninspired. And then, a dark beauty with a heart for revenge is swept into his life.

He can’t have both, but he won’t give up either
Half-English, half-Polynesian Kawena Benson is out to avenge her father and reclaim a cache of stolen jewels. There’s nothing for James to do but protest his innocence and help Kawena search for the jewels, even though it turns his world upside down.


About the Author

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Her historical and contemporary romances have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, Slovenia, and Spain, as well as the U.S. Twenty-six of her new and backlist Regency romances are being published by Sourcebooks. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. She is currently rather nomadic.

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With five adventure seeking sons, there’s a lot that the Duke of Langford doesn’t know. Luckily for us, Jane Ashford has agreed to pull back the curtain and reveal one of the Langford family’s secrets – just remember, don’t tell the Duke!


One thing the Duke doesn’t know: That his son James is very unlikely to settle for a 'proper English bride' now that he’s met a dazzling South Seas beauty.




An Excerpt:
James had just started his letter to Nathaniel when there was a knock at the door. “Come in,” he called without looking up.
He heard the door open, and a lilting voice say, “Hello.”
James turned in his chair. Kawena stepped through his bedchamber door, shut it, walked over, and sat down in the armchair by the empty fireplace. “I wanted to thank you,” she began.
“You can’t sit here,” James said.
She looked down at the comfortable chair, back up at him. “Why not?”
“This is my bedroom.” The moment he said it, he became acutely conscious of the bed just a few feet away.
“I know. I came up to thank—”
“It isn’t proper,” he blurted out.
“But you are taking some trouble to help me. When you don’t really wish to. I can see that, you know. It is only right that I thank—”
“Not that. You shouldn’t be in a man’s bedchamber. Alone. With him. Me.” He heard himself stammering like a callow youth, and was revolted. She was just so very beautiful. Utterly alluring, really. The effect seemed multiplied here in his private quarters. And she appeared so at ease—as if they knew each other far better than they actually did. James could almost imagine her coming over to him, offering a hand to pull him to his feet, and closer… No, this line of thought was unacceptable. He stood and moved toward the door instead. “It isn’t done,” he added. “Young ladies do not visit gentlemen in their bedchambers.” Well, some did, if what he’d heard about country house parties was true, but that was…irrelevant to this discussion.
“We must speak only downstairs?” wondered Kawena. “Is that an English rule?”
Her honest bewilderment was rather charming. “If a man and a woman are alone in a bedchamber, people assume they’re…up to something improper,” James explained.
“Getting into bed together, you mean?” Kawena replied without a trace of embarrassment. She gazed at the wide four-poster as if it was on exhibit.
James felt his cheeks redden. Years at sea might have left him unused to polite female company, but even his brother, Robert, the town beau, would have been confounded by this quite unusual young woman. “Er, yes.”
“But we are not.”
“No… Not in this case. However—”
“And no people know that I’m here,” she pointed out. “I told no one I was coming up.”
“You can never tell when there’s a servant about,” James replied. The staff at Langford always seemed well aware of everyone’s movements.
“Do they hide and watch?” said Kawena, looking surprised.
James choked back a laugh, and then wondered if maybe they did. How else would that housemaid have seen Sebastian with the frogs…? But that was beside the point. He needed to remove a lovely young woman from his bedchamber—didn’t he? Yes, yes. And wasn’t that a problem he’d never imagined having? When had it become his job to preach the proprieties? He felt like a fool even trying. But if she didn’t go soon, he might not be able to resist… James decided to shift the onus off onto someone else. “This is my brother’s house. I wouldn’t wish to upset him, or his wife.”
Kawena cocked her head. “Your brother and Ariel would not approve of my being here?”
James assumed so. No, of course they wouldn’t. And that was beside the point. He nodded.
To his relief, Kawena rose at once. “I would not wish to offend them. They have been very kind to me.” She shrugged as she moved toward the door. “My father always says…” She paused, swallowed. “Said that it is rude to disregard others’ customs when it does you no harm to observe them.”
“Pr…precisely.” She passed quite close to him on her way out. Her long fall of black hair swayed seductively with each step. Was he really throwing her out of his room? Her initial words came floating back. She’d come up to thank him. Perhaps with something warmer than words? Some marvelous island custom? No. She hadn’t meant that. Clearly, obviously. No sign whatsoever of any such thing, despite her unembarrassed mention of bedding. Besides, it would be an awkward complication, as they were living together in his brother’s house. Not together. As fellow guests. Strangers, in fact.
“Good night,” said Kawena.
“Good night,” James replied, shutting the door firmly behind her.
He leaned against it, listening to her soft footsteps retreat along the corridor. Perhaps helping her wasn’t quite such a burden. It would give him a chance to become better acquainted with one of the loveliest, and most unusual, girls he’d ever encountered. Her courage and fire drew him—now that she’d stopped calling him names. How many women, how many people, would have done as she had, sailing halfway around the world to find justice? Very few, hardly any, really, he thought. She’d looked positively intrepid, stepping out of the shrubbery with her gun. And under his hands, on the turf, she’d felt… James fell into a pleasant reverie. It was some time before he returned to his letter.


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Monday, August 15, 2016

City of the Lost (Casey Duncan Novels #1) by Kelley Armstrong



Publication: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Source: Publisher

New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Kelley Armstrong delivers us to Rockton, a secret little town in the far north where the hunted go to hide. And where a hunter has now come to play.

Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. Since then she’s become a talented police detective, tethered only to her job, her best friend, Diana, and the occasional evening with her sexy, no-strings-attached ex-con lover, Kurt. But then Diana's abusive ex finds her again, despite all Casey has done to help her disappear. And Casey’s own dark past begins to catch up with her. The two women need to run—and Diana’s heard of a place where they won’t be found, a town especially for people like them…

Casey Duncan was one of my favorite characters in this book. She is smart and strong, but she feels constant guilt regarding an event in her past. Her friend Diana, who has an abusive ex, convinces Casey to consider moving to Rockton.
But you can’t just decide to move to Rockton. There is an application process and a thorough screening involved. The town is very very isolated, and once the “counsel” approves your application and you arrive, there is no leaving unless they allow it or if the residents break one of the rules. Living under different aliases, the people living in Rockton are all hiding from something, so no one is who or what they seem. Rockton gave off a small town/wild west vibe to me. Food and water are rationed. Everyone has to work to earn their keep. Entertainment is limited, unless you count the town brothel. And the sheriff keeps a tight lid on everything. Or at least he tries to.
Even though Casey’s past is a little shaky, she is a very good detective. Although Dalton (the sheriff) has made it clear that he does not want her in his town. Wanted or not, she is needed. Casey soon finds out about a rash of grisly murders occurring and takes it upon herself to help investigate. Since the town is surrounded by miles and miles of wilderness, could it be dangerous wild predators? Or could something or someone far more sinister be at work here?

I first fell in love with Kelley Armstrong’s writing when I started reading Omens (The Cainsville Series #1). The world building and the characters are usually strong, interesting, and multi-layered.  And that’s especially true with this book.
The City of the Lost is an entertaining story that captured me from the first chapter. It’s filled with complex and gruesome murders and unique quirky characters. I’m always leery of romances thrown into mysteries, but this one was well done IMO. And it didn’t really have a strong presence in the story. Even though there was always something going on, things never felt overwhelming. There were a number of surprises sprinkled throughout the story. The mystery was cleverly done and the culprit was not easy to guess. I am excited to see what direction Kelley Armstrong takes this new series. And even more excited to read book two, A Darkness Absolute, slated for release on February 7, 2017.



RATING: 4 out of 5.



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Thursday, August 11, 2016

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover Blog Tour & Giveaway!!




Thank you for joining me on my stop of this blog tour!




Publication: August 2,2016
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Publisher

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.


I went into this book fairly blind, which I think is the best way to start it. So I don't want to give away too much info and spoil the story for you.

I will tell you this though, I thought I could read It Ends With Us and not react too much...not get emotional. Turns out I was wrong. There were certain parts in the story where I. Just. Couldn't. I had to take a breather and walk away for awhile.

This book does take you on an emotional journey with characters that are almost too real. I fell in love with them. I wanted to get to know them all. The story grabs you and refuses to let you go until the very end. There were times when I didn't want to stop reading it.

It Ends With Us has the power to change the way you view things and leave you an emotional wreck at the end of it all.


RATING: 4 ½  out of 5


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.
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IT ENDS WITH US
BY COLLEEN HOOVER
Atria Books Paperback | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501110368 | August 2, 2016 | $16.00
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