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February 1, 2016

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Will’s True Wish by Grace Burrowes!


It’s  a dog’s life… 


Will Dorning, as an earl’s spare, has accepted the thankless duty of managing his rambunctious younger siblings, though Will’s only true companions are the dogs he’s treasured since boyhood. When aristocratic London is plagued with a series of dognappings, Will’s brothers are convinced that he’s the only person who can save the stolen canines from an awful fate.


But the lady’s choice… 

Shy, bookish Lady Susannah Haddonfield has no patience with loud, smelly beasts of any species, but must appear to like dogs so as not to offend her sister’s only marital prospect. Susannah turns to Will, an acquaintance from her most awkward adolescent years, to teach her how to impersonate a dog fancier. Will has long admired Susannah, though he lacks the means to offer for her, and yet as they work together to rescue the purloined pets, it’s loyal, dashing Will who steals Susannah’s heart.


Positives:


This is another great offering from Grace Burrowes!


A beautiful story about a love that survived childhood pain.


Will Dorning is the second son, he has taken over the business, and management of his younger brothers and his older brother’s Earldom.


He seeks to marry them all off to worthy ladies while he becomes his brother’s unpaid but content servant. His true love has always been his dogs, their training and breeding. Providing working dogs for shepherds and family pets for nobles and tradesmen alike.


Susannah Haddonfield has no time for beasts. Her only goal is to marry her younger sister well, and then retire to her life as a respectable maiden aunt. The written word is her only true passion.


But when they come together to plot their younger sibling’s lives they reignite the love they both left behind.


This is a touching love story about two people who have devoted their lives to helping their families, while ignoring their own needs and desires.


Negatives:


For the first time in perhaps forever, I have a pet peeve (pun intended) with this novel by Ms. Burrowes. I get that Will is a dog trainer and it makes sense that in his thoughts and words many references would be made to dogs and dog training.


However, it is not limited to Will and begins to take away from the book a bit.


A few less references to dogs and this one might have been 5 stars.


Overall:


Will’s True Wish is another great book from Grace Burrowes well worth reading again!


Keep Reading!


J.A. Kenney


Genre: Historical Romance 


Publication date: February 2nd, 2016


Length: 384 Pages


Blush Quotient: Red – This story contains more love scenes and sexy situations and they are described in detail using frank, explicit language.


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September 23, 2015


Declan Reede: The Untold Story


Hold on tight, stick to the racing line, and watch for the corners.


Four years after making the decision to leave his home town behind, all of Declan Reede’s dreams have come true. Unapologetically foul-mouthed and well known for his off-track antics, his success seems unstoppable. At least until Queensland Raceway and a chance sighting of the girl who once held his heart. Now, getting around the track seems an impossible battle as he struggles to return to his previous form. With his career racing downhill faster than his V8 on Mount Panorama, there’s more than just his reputation on the line.


What will it take to put the brakes on his decline?


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Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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  EXCERPT



Eden had been right about the track. By the ninth lap

of my second stint, the bitumen was bone dry and the teams that had gambled on

the rain staying were scrambling to the pits to change back onto slicks. I used

the time to push even further ahead. Eden’s voice squawked over the radio,

telling me that I had just achieved the fastest lap time of the day. If I

didn’t have to keep both hands on the wheel, I would have given a fist pump in

celebration. Things were finally going my way.


I was celebrating the small victories when I came

across the top of the mountain again, across Skyline. The glare from the sun

reflected in the top corner of my windscreen and I was blinded. Not by the

light, but by the vision which the sun called to mind.


Alyssa.


My heart stopped and my eyes slammed closed.


Smiles and laughs; the sun glinting off her watch as we kept an eye on the time.


I could almost hear her voice bouncing around the car,

laughing over some ridiculous shit we’d done during the day. We’d been so

happy. So innocent. So fucking naive and stupid.


The memory was from one of the days we’d ditched

school to hide out in our park. With a gasp, I swallowed oxygen down into

protesting lungs. My hands shook and tremors raced through my fingers and into

the wheel.


My stomach clenched as I remembered just how beautiful

she’d been. She didn’t have supermodel looks, she had something better. An

honest to goodness girl-next-door quality that shone through from within and

made her ten times sexier than any over glossed supermodel could ever be. The

truth was, as bad as the visions of Alyssa’s red-rimmed eyes were, the happy

ones were worse. They became tangible reminders of how much she’d once meant to me, and I almost didn’t want to suppress them.


With two more gulping breaths, I forced my eyes open

and pushed the thought away. My grip tightened on the steering wheel, but it

was already too late.


Though it’d been mere seconds, I’d been in my own

world—my past—for too long and hadn’t prepared to take the turn before falling into the Esses. I had no time to do anything but adjust the angle of my car as it

smashed into the concrete barrier with a teeth-rattling bang. I prepared myself

in the only way I could for a second crash as the car ricocheted off the wall,

spun across the track, and then smashed into the side of a passing car. The

sound of crunching metal and squealing rubber filled the space around me, but I

could do nothing but hold on and hope for the best. My car lurched sickeningly

toward the wall again, shunting hard into the concrete and rocking me into the

hard surface of the door.


By the time I came to a rest, I was angled nose into

the wall in a stationary car.


Unable to move, I panted as I struggled to comprehend

just what had happened, aside from the fact that I’d crashed—that part I got

loud and fucking clear. Closing my eyes, I mentally ran through my body to

ensure I wasn’t too badly injured. I wiggled my fingers and my toes and was

relieved when everything did what it was supposed to. Except for my heart racing

at a million miles a minute, and the fact that I couldn’t breathe down nearly

enough air to stay in control, I was okay.


My eyes snapped to the rear-view mirror when I heard

the sound of protesting tyres.



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AUTHOR BIO


Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.



Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.



 


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August 26, 2015


Declan Reede: The Untold Story


Strap in, get ready to start your engines and see where it all began.



From an early age, Declan Reede’s only goal was to race in the ProV8 Championship Series. One thing he couldn’t anticipate was that a blistering kiss shared with his best friend, Alyssa Dawson, might derail his plans.


While he knows things between them will never be the same, it’s impossible to predict just where the road will take them, or how rocky it might get.


Will he decide to fight for love or follow his dreams?




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EXCERPT


Once we were alone on our way to school, she glanced down at our joined hands and then back up at me. Her wide smile and bright eyes told me she was feeling the same warm feelings I was.


“Hey, boyfriend,” she said as she gave my hand a squeeze.


The shit-eating grin lifted my cheeks again. “Hi yourself, girlfriend.”


“We probably shouldn’t play hooky today, should we?” Without releasing my hand, she sped up a little before turning to walk backwards so that she could meet my eyes.


I thought about the day we could have if we did and ached to say yes. “We probably shouldn’t. It’s probably a better idea to prove we’re going to be responsible even if we’re a couple.”


“Hmm, couple. I like the sound of it.” She turned around again, resting her head against my arm as we walked.


I dropped her hand and wrapped my arm around her shoulders.  


“Maybe we can still be responsible if we’re a little late though?” she asked.


“Maybe. Why? What do you have in mind?”


She dragged me in the direction of the park where we’d played cards the day before—the park which had been “ours” for as long as I could remember and where everything had changed.


“Well, our first date was cut a little short, don’t you think?”


The ghost of her lips tracing over mine filled my mind, together with the memory of her tongue tangling with my own.


“Definitely,” I said, unable to keep the lust and desire from my voice.


We walked in silence until we arrived at our park. Without any verbal agreement, we made our way toward the table we’d claimed as our spot years earlier. Alyssa sat on the bench and I took my usual place perched behind her on the table. I placed my legs on either side of her body and leaned my chin on the top of her head. It was a position we’d sat in hundreds of times before as we chatted about anything and everything. Only, this time it was different. Neither of us spoke, which had never really happened before. The silence around us was almost maddening; the only sound, our matching breaths.


“So—”we both said at the same time, before stopping at the same time.


“You go—” Again our voices were almost perfectly in sync.


I chuckled as she turned around and knelt on the bench to look at me. I helped her up onto the table beside me and just looked at her for a moment. Her lips called to me, and I wanted to kiss her, longed to with every part of me, but I didn’t know if I should. I didn’t want kissing to be the only thing we had. There was so much more that I liked about her and none of those things had changed. Yet it was still different. Everything was different.


“Don’t hate me for asking, but is this weird as hell for you too?” she asked.


My relief that I wasn’t the only one who was feeling the new, odd atmosphere surrounding us escaped in a quiet laugh. “So weird.”


“It shouldn’t be though, should it?”


“No. I mean, we’re still us, right?”


She practically leapt in place. “Right!”


“We’re still friends,” I added. “We always will be.”


“Exactly. We’re just friends that kiss now.”


As she said the words, my gaze was drawn to her bright pink lip gloss. I licked my lips. “Friends that kiss a lot?”


“If you’re lucky.”


I trailed my hands into her hair, drawing her face slowly closer to mine. “Am I?”


“I don’t know,” she whispered. Her lips were so close to mine that I could feel her breath on my skin. “I’m starting to think that maybe I’m the lucky one.” 


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Author Bio:


Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.



Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.



 


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August 20, 2015

Rise from Ash 600x900Review: 4.00 Stars


Summary:


Rise from Ash is book 2 in Michelle Irwin’s Daughter of Fire Series. The first book Through the Fire was by far my best read of 2014.


Love has cost Evie Meyers everything. Wounded and alone, she has no choice but to learn how to survive without becoming the monster she is thought to be by the man she loves.


When she discovers a cryptic message from that very man, Clay Jacobs, her mind is thrown into turmoil. It’s second nature for Evie to run, but there is no escaping the memories of their time together. While she is certain it’s a trap, she longs to discover the true meaning of his words. With heart battling mind, her choices send her on a collision course with what was once lost, leaving her life hanging in the balance.


Can Evie rise from the ashes of her charred dreams, or will she burn in the attempt?


Positives: 


This is a continuation of perhaps the most dramatic and tear provoking book ever Through the Fire. It stands up with continuing drama, pain and, the message of love overcoming everything even long-standing family hate and violence.


The paranormal world that Michelle Irwin created continues to be an excellent example of the genre, both engaging and different from so much that is out there.


Negatives: 


Don’t read this first. Through the Fire is a must, you can also read the first book in the companion series Besieged by Rain.


This was a great book. Ms. Irwin had a big mountain to overcome and I will admit this was not quite as good as the first one.  But with that said it is still 100 times better than most of the paranormal NA out there.


Overall:


Rise from Ash by Michelle Irwin is a great paranormal read that will leave you wanting more!


Keep Reading!


J.A. Kenney


Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance


Publication date: June 28th, 2015


Length: 265 Pages


Blush Quotient: Pink (This story contains love scenes and may contain strong language.)


Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair review.

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August 19, 2015

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Love has cost Evie Meyers everything. Wounded and alone, she has no choice but to learn how to survive without becoming the monster she is thought to be by the man she loves.


When she discovers a cryptic message from that very man, Clay Jacobs, her mind is thrown into turmoil. It’s second nature for Evie to run, but there is no escaping the memories of their time together. While she is certain it’s a trap, she longs to discover the true meaning of his words. With heart battling mind, her choices send her on a collision course with what was once lost, leaving her life hanging in the balance.


Can Evie rise from the ashes of her charred dreams, or will she burn in the attempt?


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 a45e6e_c999cda47226453ca3770557d98ad567.jpg_srz_223_223_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzMichelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.


Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.


Find Michelle at:


http://blog.michelle-irwin.com/

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August 2, 2015

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Tremaine’s True Love by Grace Burrowes!


He’s had everything he could ever want…until now

Wealthy wool magnate Tremaine St. Michael is half French, half Scottish, and all business. He prowls the world in search of more profits, rarely settling in one place for long. When he meets practical, reserved Lady Nita Haddonfield, he sees an opportunity to mix business with pleasure by making the lady his own.


Nita Haddonfield has a meaningful life tending to others, though nobody is dedicated to caring for Nita. She insists the limitations of marriage aren’t for her, then Tremaine St. Michael arrives-protective, passionate, and very, very determined to win Nita’s heart.


Positives:


This is another great offering from Grace Burrowes!


Tremaine is a business man by nature, and a French Comte by birth. Raised by his Scottish grandfather after the revolution claimed his parents lives, he has spent his life in trade.


Nita might be an earl’s daughter, but she left dreams of family and children behind her. Unconcerned about appearances or social niceties, she has focused her efforts on health and well being of the local people.


Each has an unconventional passion, and no expectation of marriage.


Together they discover true love can be a true partnership.


Negatives:


As always I struggle to complain about anything in Ms. Burrowes books.  This new series seems to embrace difference histories and struggles more than her previous books did.


SO perhaps the only complaint I can make is that it is not truly unique, but very few historical romances are.


Overall:


Tremaine’s True Love is a pleasant and enduring historical romance that will just leave you wanting more of the same!


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J.A. Kenney


Genre: Historical Romance 


Publication date: August 5th, 2015


Length: 384 Pages


Blush Quotient: Red – This story contains more love scenes and sexy situations and they are described in detail using frank, explicit language.


Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair review.

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July 30, 2015

Decide


Start your engines! And get ready for DECIDE!


Strap in, get ready to start your engines and see where it all began.


From an early age, Declan Reede’s only goal was to race in the ProV8 Championship Series.


One thing he couldn’t anticipate was that a blistering kiss shared with his best friend, Alyssa Dawson, might derail his plans.


While he knows things between them will never be the same, it’s impossible to predict just where the road will take them, or how rocky it might get.


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Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not quite alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.


Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.


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