Blog Tour ~ Excerpt, Review & Giveaway ~ Bringing Home The Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

BringingHomeTheBadBoyBook: Bringing Home The Bad Boy

Author: Jessica Lemmon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 27, 2015

Creativity is his drug, painting is his escape, but she’ll be the addiction that brings him to his knees.

Evan Downey buried a part of his soul when put the love of his life in the ground. He knows he needs to get his shit together for the sake of their son, but escaping into his art is the only way he can begin to cope with Rae’s death. When the chance to move back to Evergreen Cove, one of the few places that has ever felt right to him, he knows it’s a chance he has to take. For his sake, and his sons.

Charlotte Harris would give anything to have her best friend back. But if she can’t have Rae, then she vows she’ll at least be there to support the family Rae left behind. So when she learns that Evan is looking to move home, she does everything she can to help him and Lyon re-build their lives at the Cove. But when sparks start to fly between Charlotte and Evan it’s the first glimpse of something bright and beautiful either of them has seen in far too long. And they start to wonder if fate has offered them a second chance at happiness– if only their brave enough to take the risk and let love back into their lives. 



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Review ~ Huntress Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

Huntress MoonBook: Huntress Moon

Series: The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #1

Author: Alexandra Sokoloff

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Format: e-book

Page Count: 372

Published: Amazon Publishing, January 27, 2015

Source: Publisher

FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can’t believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of “accidents” and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.

Roarke’s hunt for her takes him across three states…while in a small coastal town, a young father and his five-year old son, both wounded from a recent divorce, encounter a lost and compelling young woman on the beach and strike up an unlikely friendship without realizing how deadly she may be.

As Roarke uncovers the shocking truth of her background, he realizes she is on a mission of her own, and must race to capture her before more blood is shed.


It’s been a long time since I was this riveted by a story. And not just any story, but a mystery thriller involving an FBI agent who tries to do the right thing, and a female serial killer who is his to catch. Sounds vague and too general I know, but once you start the story, believe me, you get sucked right in.
What drew me to this book was the author. Although I’ve only read one book by her so far-and that was a ghost story- it affected me. It kept me up at night just like this one did, it scared me and made me think of it long after I’ve finished it. And that’s how I picked this one up.

This was a good, solid, captivating story. It is told in both the FBI agent Matthew Roarke’s and the female killer’s points of view, and different conjugations are used to tell their stories. While Roarke speaks in the commonly used third person past tense, the female killer-I’m referring to her this way for a reason- has a more urgent voice-at least that’s how it felt like to me- where she speaks in present tense.

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Blog Tour ~ Excerpt, Review & Giveaway ~ Grave Vengeance by Lori Sjoberg

GraveVengeanceBook: Grave Vengeance

Author: Lori Sjoberg

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: January 19, 2015

Handsome and haunted, he’s a reaper who prefers to work alone. But Fate has other plans for him and the sassy secret agent who shot him in another life—if their pasts don’t catch up with them first.

Dmitri Stavitsky has never played well with others—a Soviet KGB spy in life turned reaper after death, his work of bringing souls to the other side is best done alone. But orders from the top soon place him alongside fellow reaper Gwen Peterson, the American counter intelligence agent who took his life so many years ago.

Now, as a ghost from Gwen’s past resurfaces with the power to steal reapers’ souls, the two have no choice but to set aside their differences and apprehend the rogue together. But their cross-country mission soon ignites feelings Dmitri thought he was no longer capable of—for the woman who helped destroy him. With an ancient force and a small army against them, he’ll have to let go of old grudges or risk his future with Gwen…as Fate hangs dangerously in the balance.



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Review ~ Murder At Rudhall Manor by Anya Wylde

MurderAtRudhallManorBook: Murder At Rudhall Manor


Author: Anya Wylde

Genre: Historical Mystery, Humor

Format: e-book

Page Count: 224

Published: June 16, 2014

Source: Author

A murder and a theft have been committed at Rudhall Manor. A box of jewels has vanished and Lord Sedley, a lusty old aristocrat, has been stabbed six times in the chest.

It is all very mysterious, and the Sedley family and the servants have decided that Miss Lucy Anne Trotter, a recently employed governess, is to blame for the unfortunate events.

The legendary and wickedly handsome Marquis, Lord William Adair, learns of the matter and decides to uncover the truth.

Lucy, however, has little faith in blue blooded creatures—even if they possess dashing good looks— and, accompanied by two naughty pugs and a moody raven, decides to investigate and unmask the killer herself.

But the hunt for the killer turns out to be far more complicated than she anticipates—what with snooty servants, warts in odd places, mixed up love affairs, agitated chickens and dreadful disguises ruining her plans.

Soon she begins to wonder if, for once, she is in over her head….


Among the historical themed books I’ve read so far, I think no one does quirky characters like Anya Wylde. When I first read her Penelope, I thought she was too aloof for her period, but now that I’ve read Murder At Rudhall Manor I see that as a charming side to her heroines in general.

First of all, let me warn you if you’re getting into this story expecting a historical romance. Though we meet a few side characters with their own tangled relationships, and the undercurrent of a possible romance in the far future between Lucy and Lord Adair-they do seem like they’d make an adorable odd couple- this wasn’t a story revolved around any romance. In fact, for all its strangely charm, this was a murder mystery sprinkled with lots of quaint characters. Lucy, as the heroine, was a daydreaming, very creative young woman who liked to get lost in her own scenarios. Perhaps in another author’s hand she might’ve ended up annoying, but was pleasingly odd in Anya Wylde’s writing. I found her character to be very likable and definitely ahead of her time. She had a sense of humor I could appreciate and her monologues-we read the entire book from her perspective-very entertaining and engaging.

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Happy 2015, A Year Filled With Books

I know I’m a bit late for new year wishes, but hey, better late than never, right? So much delicious food was cooked and surprisingly-or maybe not, since I served drinks as well, heh- people didn’t eat as much as I anticipated so that left me with a whole lot of leftovers. Can you imagine how I’ve been spending my time? I think at some point my fridge was scared of my late night visits. I swear I heard it whisper, “What the fridge do you want now? Take it all, take it and leave me alone for the love of fridge!” Or, something like that. Soo..

I wish you guys a very happy, healthy, wonderful new year, one where you can come a little bit closer to cleaning up your to-read piles-not completely you see, because is that even possible?

Most of my books are e-books. I don’t have bookshelves enough-actually, I don’t think the whole world does either- to store all the books I plan to read. But, I do have one resolution this year. Well, one of many. I still have some paperback books dusting on my shelves and I thought it’d be good to pick them up and give them a good read. Here’s what I found on my shelves:

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