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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ARC Review: The Lady’s Disgrace by Callie Hutton

The Lady’s Disgrace is book three of the Marriage Mart Mayhem series. I did not like this book. It was predictable and kind of generic; nothing really stuck out very memorable and I didn’t really enjoy the characters. It wasn’t horrible or else I wouldn’t have finished it just didn’t do anything for me.

Lady Abigail Lacey is a disgrace all because she fell in love with the wrong man, and ended up jilted, and the laughingstock of London. The only solution is to quickly marry. The man to step up to the plate is a childhood friend and her very first crush. Rector Joseph Fox was in the right place at the right time, when he stopped by his childhood friends house the Duke of Manchester to solicit contributions help to start a free school. He went to London looking for money and left with a new wife, whose dowry is enough to cover everything he needs for the school. Joseph has always admired, respected and even loved Abigail from afar and never expected he would get the change to marry her. Abigail agreed to the marriage because she was tired of London and wanted something worthwhile to do with her life and the wife of a rector was the perfect thing.

Abigail originally wanted just a marriage of convenience after the conception of the heir but after experiencing the pleasures of the marriage bed and with the understanding and companionship of Joseph she soon realizes what she felt before was nothing compared to her feelings now. The only dark cloud on their happy ending is a series of accidents that keep happening to Abigail. Joseph knows it something more than just bad luck and confronts her brother about it and hires someone to look in on it. Someone is not happy with the marriage between Joseph and Abigail. Hopefully Joseph can find out who is behind it all before anything really dangerous happens to Abigail.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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Monday, September 22, 2014

ARC Review: Pulled Within by Marni Mann

I really loved the first book in Marni Mann's Bar Harbor series, and was excited to get the next book from her. I will admit that when I found out it was about Rae though that I was a bit worried about how I would like it. She wasn't my favorite character in Pulled Beneath, and I was prepared to have to really work to like her in this one. But that didn't end up being the case at all. She really won me over, and it was good to see a different side to her. There was so much more beneath the surface with her that I never could have guessed, and I was glad that I gave this book a shot.

Rae hasn't had an easy life. She has lost pretty much everyone and everything that she has ever cared about. With her best friend Brady off to rehab, she is evicted from the apartment they shared when she can no longer cover the rent by herself. Looking for any way to make money, she looks for a new job at a casino since she got fired from her last job working for her ex. While working at the casino, she runs into the boy who broke her heart years before. At first Rae wants nothing to do with him after he left her without saying goodbye years ago, but Hart is determined to win her over. When Rae needs help more than ever before, Hart will do whatever it takes to show her that he will be there for her. But can Rae move forward and get over her past? Will she allow Hart in again after he hurt her so long ago?

I really liked Hart. He was sweet and patient, and he was a really caring guy. He looked out for Rae and would do anything he could for her. He was a good guy that seemed really genuine, and he didn't seem to get caught up in what others though. All of that being said, I really didn't understand why he never just called and told Rae what had happened and why he left all those years ago. It just didn't make sense to me that this guy could be the same one that would do something like that. He was supposed to really love Rae then and now, but it just didn't make sense that he would leave her without a single word. Rae had been through so much. She was tough on the outside, but it was really just a facade. I liked getting to see what had forced her to become the person she was, even if it was ugly and horrible for her to have gone through everything that she did. It really explained so much of her behavior and why she did the things she did in the first book as well as this one. I loved how fiercely loyal she was though. Her friendship with Brady really made me change my opinion about Rae. She was such a great friend and would have done absolutely anything for Brady and his dad Shane. I loved her with Hart and I thought that they had amazing chemistry and a great romantic relationship, but her friendship with Brady was what really won me over.

Overall, I really thought that this was a great second installment. I knew once I started this one that I was going to enjoy it and that I was going to see Rae in a completely different light. I think that Marni Mann did an excellent job taking this character that the reader really didn't like in the first book, and then showed us all the reasons that Rae was able to redeem herself and become this heroine that you could root for. She deserved a happy ending after everything that she had been through, and I was glad that her journey played out the way it did. I will say that I love Brady, and I can't wait to get more of him. He is flawed and has made a ton of mistakes and bad choices, but I honestly can't wait to really get to know him better. I look forward to reading more from Marni Mann in the future and will be anxiously waiting for more in this series.

**ARC Provided by The Novel Tease**

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ARC Review: Night Storm by Tracey Devlyn

I had no idea what to expect when I began reading this novel. All I knew was that it involved a potential murder-mystery scenario, a thief-taker named Cameron Adair, and a female Apothecary-surgeon known as Dr. Charlotte Fielding. I was intrigued from the beginning simply because a woman apothecary was unheard of during the time in which the book was set, and I loved the author’s ability to bring this character to life. Charlotte is strong, intelligent, and stubborn. She is a true lover and fighter; any reader will adore this heroine. Our hero, however, is complicated, tough, quick-witted, and sexy. Both characters had me from the beginning.

The story centers upon Charlotte and Cameron who have come into each other’s lives many years after a personalfallout between them. Cameron has become a thief-taker, a man whom uses wit and strength to find stolen artifacts with ancient, but pertinent history. Charlotte, however, has become a renowned apothecary-surgeon, running her father’s business as her own after her mother’s death and her father’s absence. Cameron and Charlotte spent many years loving and hating one another because of their inabilities to speak truths and not let fear rule them as young adults. Now, unforeseen circumstances have brought them back together.

Cameron appears bloody and beaten, and in need of medical help while Charlotte is currently dealing with her own issues. She has Felix and Piper to worry about; Piper her protégé, and Felix, Piper’s brother to whom Charlotte relies on for extra help around the shop (deliveries, for instance). These two had a great rapport with the main character and the author made their fondness for one another clear. I thought Piper was delightful, sharp, and sweet; while Felix, despite his more aloof nature, was fun and honest. The familial sense of the three made me smile, and I loved Charlotte more for taking on a motherly role with them out of compassion for a family going through a tough time.

What I did not expect, however, was how well the story webbed together each character so flawlessly and uniquely. Felix, Piper, and of course Charlotte become involved unwillingly in a criminal setting after discovering a horrific murder. Then, Cameron becomes the detective of sorts, because the man whom owns the theatre where the murder occurred wants the culprit found (and Cameron as a thief-taker can find anything). This, of course, puts him and Charlotte in each other’s lives further and soon they are hiding secrets, feelings, and ideas while also searching for a murderer. I was enthralled in this story from the beginning, and the chemistry between these two was simply amazing. Both were walking a fine line of desire and need, while also experiencing danger at every turn. I loved it!

I also have to mention Jules and Vaughn because they both were equally appealing. Jules as Cameron’s closest friend, confidante, and partner in crime was just so much fun. He made me laugh at his wry sense of humor and he was also cocky in a way that was just the right amount. Vaughn, on the other hand, as Cameron’s associate was a mysterious character which only added to my interest in him (add in the good looks and I am chomping at the bit for more). There was also Trigger, a boy on the streets living as a pickpocket, who was saved by Cameron and soon became almost like a son who is trustworthy as well as loyal. Of course, Lachlan (the nephew of Dr. Buchanan, Charlotte’s mentor) certainly cannot be forgotten either. In fact, Lachlan was easily my favorite secondary character. The Scot had sex appeal, appeared sly in his humor, and was also considerate. Honestly, I am hoping to see him find his lass in another story down the road!

Ultimately, there is absolutely no shortage of wonderful characters in this book. Even better, I could not have imagined a better way to connect the characters together based upon their chosen professions. There is nothing but perfect comradery, rapport, and utilization of each character’s trades to bring the story and each individual together. I have been thoroughly impressed with Tracey’s work because she created a wonderful world that I became immersed in. Furthermore, because Cameron and Charlotte work so well together, there is no way I could not be more excited for another adventure full of mystery and danger! Thank you for the ride, Mrs. Devlyn!

**ARC provided by Author**

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Interview with Author Jennifer Bernard and Giveaway

Jennifer Bernard is a graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to … well, any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings.

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Feature and Giveaway: Night Storm by Tracey Devlyn

A promising young apothecary picks up the pieces of her life, only to collide with the ruthless thief-taker who once shattered her dreams and her heart.

When the love of his life chose an apprenticeship in Scotland over his marriage proposal, thief-taker Cameron Adair buried himself in his work--building an unmatched network of underworld spies. Forged by his reputation as a ruthless, greed-driven businessman, he has amassed a fortune. But he has one vulnerable spot in his armor--a brilliant, green-eyed apothecary, who continues to haunt his heart. When a murder investigation brings him back into contact with Charlotte Fielding, Cameron sets aside the past to find a killer and to distract a headstrong apothecary, clue by clue, kiss by kiss.

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