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#Review of Betting on Cinderella (a Cinderella romance) by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @petiemccarty @authorpetie

Betting on Cinderella

by Petie McCarty


GENRE:   Contemporary Romance



Garrett Tucker inherits his grandfather’s casino empire and steps into the reclusive billionaire’s shoes as the “Prince of Vegas.” His first act is to buy and renovate a bankrupt casino in Biloxi. When he discovers embezzling in his new operation, Garrett goes in undercover. His number one suspect is the new finance supervisor.

Andi Ryan moves to Biloxi to care for her godmother and takes a job as finance supervisor for the renovated Bayou Princess casino. She discovers someone is skimming from the till and starts her own investigation, worried she will be blamed for the theft when the new owner discovers her godmother has a costly gambling addiction.

Garrett’s rival Vegas competitor has sent a spy in to ruin the Bayou Princess, and Garrett and Andi are forced to work together to prove her innocence and discover the identity of their casino spy.


Excerpt Two:

“I want to make love to you.”

Andi stilled.

Garrett mentally kicked himself. He had gone and scared her.

Too much. Too soon.

But he couldn’t make himself move. He could lie here forever with Andi in his arms.

She wriggled from his grasp to sit up. “Um . . .”


She looked too uncertain.

Not good.

He was okay with, “Not now, but maybe later.”

“I can’t,” she whispered.

Good thing he was sitting down. The jangle of fear that hit him could have knocked his knees out from under him.

“Can’t or won’t?” he forced out. No maybes on this one.


What the hell? Can’t and won’t?

All his uncertainties flooded back. Flora had said Andi and Peters were just friends. Was that friends with benefits? And what about that damn Drakos pawing her last week? No, he wouldn’t let those doubts crowd them here on the couch.

“Too soon?” he tried.

“Partly.” She looked away, and his heart sank amongst the growing heap of doubts.

“There’s someone else,” he said flatly, working to keep his expression blank and the hurt at bay.

She met his gaze square on then, no doubt trying to muscle her courage. “There’s something I should tell you.”


“I’m—” She exhaled hard. “—no good at it.”

What? Is that all?

He fought back a grin of pure joy. “I’ll give you lessons.” He pulled her back for another kiss.

She shoved at his chest. “No. I don’t think I should.”

She flinched at his expression, and he worked to smooth his scowl.

“Go ahead. Spit it out.” Even he didn’t like his tone. “You’re sleeping with someone else, right?”

He should have done his homework before he went off half-cocked with all the flowers and balloons, trying to woo her.

“No, and I should slap you for that, suggesting I’m loose enough to go out with you while sleeping with someone else.”

“Then what the hell is it?” he shouted, forgetting all about Flora at the back of the house.

“I’ve never done it before!” she shouted back.

“What? Slapped someone?”

“No, you jerk. Slept with someone.”

Did you know that Cinderella is my favorite Disney Princess?  I know, I’m old and I still believe in Prince Charming, too?  I waited 38 years for my Prince Charming.  I’d marry him all over again, too.  I think I’ve seen every retelling or something similar to Cinderella in books, movies, television shows and in my own mind.  What could have been a typical contemporary re-telling of Cinderella, Ms. McCarty puts a spin on the classic tale.

First, it is set in Mississippi within a casino and BOTH the hero and heroine are Cinderella.  I know you read that right.  Both of them.  For me, it made for a better story.  Why?  Because what could have been the same story told by so many other authors, once again, Ms. McCarty decides to add suspense, espionage, attempted murder, arson, a huge dose of romance with characters that you love from the very first page.  Oh yes, the cute meet is at a wedding but the fireworks don’t really start until they see each other again at the casino.  I will admit that I don’t “get” casinos.  I’m not a gambler but my husband is so that aspect of the story was just there for me.  I was more interested in Garrett and Andi as individuals and eventually a couple.  I found their romance, sweet, at times sexy and humorous.

Andi was a bit weak in the beginning for me but watching her bloom and get her backbone was refreshing.  The above scene brought many a smile to my face because I just felt like it wasn’t like she didn’t want to but to admit that to Garrett took a lot of gumption for her.  Plus, Garrett’s reaction is priceless.  These two in my book were born soulmates but it took a while for them to get together.  Between his grandfather’s will, her stepmother and stepsister (of yes, they are here) at times I worried.  And I never worry in a book.

I will say that I didn’t read the first book in the series but I never felt like I was missing anything.  The pacing is steady and quick.  The characters are well drawn out and the romance is sweet.  The casino part got really interesting in the end but again, I wasn’t reading the book for that.  😉  Overall, I really enjoyed the book and I look forward to reading more of Ms. McCarty’s work.  In fact, I have a historical romance of hers to read in the coming weeks.  Can.not.wait!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” — where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-elements-of-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue

Visit Petie’s web site online at http://www.petiemccarty.com or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty.

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#Review of Dark Longing (a novel of The Dark Ones) by Aja James w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @megami771

Dark Longing

by Aja James


GENRE: Paranormal, fantasy romance



“Every story has more than one side, like a crystal that captures and reflects different colors of light. Do not take for granted what you think you know… for until you hold the entire jewel in your palm, the temptation is to fall prey to illusion and deception.”

This is a story of the Dark Ones…

Inanna: the vampire warrior

Known as the Angel of Death among her Kind, she has lived millennia alone, one of the remaining True Bloods in existence, unconsciously longing for the one male she could never have…

Gabriel: the forbidden human

His soul recognizes hers from the first encounter. With the first touch, he is awakened… Though he does not know it, he has been searching for her across the ages…

But even as they are finally reunited, their love faces seemingly impossible odds. Would history repeat itself or will they break all the rules and chart a new course together?


Excerpt Three:

“Thou shalt not covet thy human subjects, nor the Pure Ones who are thy slaves.  Subjects must be held at an objective distance, ruled by a fair hand. Slaves must be leashed with tight control, mastered by a strong will.”

—Excerpt from the Dark Laws, verse twenty-one of the Ecliptic Scrolls

The trembling in her body began again as she flashed hot and cold.  The venom was starting to wear off.

“You’ll make sure he doesn’t suspect the arrangement?” Olivia asked for what was probably the hundredth time, her voice starting to fade.

“He will not suspect.”

“He hates to be manipulated.  He has so much pride.”

Inanna didn’t answer.  

Yes, she knew.  Gabriel’s code of honor reminded Inanna of the most ancient Dark Ones.  

Steadfast.  Fiercely protective.  Self-sacrificing. Nurturing.  

Intensely loving.  

“Will you be good to him?” Olivia asked.

Inanna cocked her head a bit.  Didn’t she already ask this? Nevertheless she answered, “He will lack for nothing.”

“That’s not what I meant.”  Olivia sighed and closed her eyes.  

Her shaking had intensified.  She was idly scratching herself again.  

“I want you to be kind to him.  I don’t want him to be lonely. I want you to lo—”

She broke off as her panting got stronger, as she struggled to draw enough oxygen into her failing lungs, arching off the bed in a twist of pain.

“It is time,” Inanna said quietly, knowing that the patient no longer heard her.  

With a gust of wind, the windows slammed shut, the lights in the hospice room blacked out.  In the heavy darkness there was a flash of white fangs.

And then—silence.



Second paranormal of the week.  What can I say?  Let me start by saying that I didn’t read the first book in the series, I didn’t have a clue what I was getting into and oh my word…this book!  I normally don’t really like the whole vampire paranormal but this one is a bit different from all the cookie cutter ones that have saturated the market.  Let me explain:

  1.  World building – Ms. James has built a world that while I don’t completely understand the Pure Ones, the Dark Ones and how the humans fit into it but it was fascinating to read.  This book is told by the POV of a Dark One, Nana.
  2.  Nana (heroine) – my, my how I loved her.  She had a job to do but deep down she was lonely.  And to fall in love with a human?  In most PNR novels, this would really be a problem and it’s glossed over but Ms. James takes her time letting the reader get to know Nana and what has shaped over her 4,000 years.  This knowledge propels her in her love for Gabriel and Ben.  In some way, with Olivia, too.
  3. Gabriel – he is what he seems?  I will admit that I couldn’t like him in the beginning.  Why does he stay with Olivia when she treats him so badly from day one?  Does he really believe in soulmates?  But in the end, he really is a good guy.  Loyal, swoon-worthy, steadfast, a great father to Ben and in love with Olivia.
  4. Ben – he is NOT a plot device.  He is the glue between Gabriel and Nana.  Plus, my goodness is he smart.  But then again, I like children in books.  When they aren’t a plot device.

There were others characters that help propel Nana and Gabriel’s story and I felt like I knew them from the get-go.  Yes, I didn’t read the first book but I never felt lost when it came to the characters in this book.  I’m also going to say that this book is hawt.  Like, singe the reader hot.  I know, I have laid off the hot stuff but for this couple, it worked.  Ms. James writing is just fluid and steady.  I will say that I almost gave up during the first 30% but by 50%, I just couldn’t put it down.  There is plenty of suspense and mystery, too.

Again, I haven’t read a true paranormal/fantasy book this good in a very long time.  It seemed real to me and not eye-rolling at all.  In fact, I will be reviewing the third book in the series next month, so watch for it.  Even if you don’t like or gave up on the genre, The Dark Ones series is definitely worth a look-see.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she’d be the first to admit that those early efforts weren’t particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper!

The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it’s completely organic, the way the stories develop. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed because oftentimes, they take her by surprise! It is her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.

Her other loves include art, cooking, old movies (anything with Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, and all the song and dance numbers because she can’t watch them and not be happy!)

She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antarctica) and has a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.

Aja has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Comparative Literature and Economics and two Master’s degrees, one of which is in East Asian Studies.

Contact Information

Website: https://aja-james.blog/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/megami771

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Ice_Baby


Purchase Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Longing-Pure-Ones-Book-ebook/dp/B077993M4N



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ARC #Review of The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #LibrariansVampireAssistant #VampireMystery #CozyMystery #NewRelease #mimisoffice @MimiJeanRomance

The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff


From New York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

comes a Horribly Sunny Mystery, The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant.



Who killed Michael Vanderhorst’s maker? It’s a darn good question. But when the trail brings Michael to hellishly sunny Phoenix, Arizona, his biggest problem soon becomes a cute little librarian he can’t seem to stay away from. He’s never met a bigger danger magnet! Even her book cart has it out for her. And is that the drug cartel following her around, too? “Dear God, woman! What have you gotten yourself into?”

Things go from bad to worse when local vampires won’t play nice.

Can this four-hundred-year-old vampire keep his librarian safe and himself out of hot water? Can he bring his maker’s killer to justice? Yesterday, he would’ve said yes. But yesterday, he didn’t have a strange connection with a librarian. Yesterday, people weren’t trying to kill her.




Yall this book.  I’ve read a lot of Mimi’s books and loved every one of them but this one might be my favorite.  I know, I LOVED the OHHellNO series and I’m still waiting for the next book and the Happy Pants series makes me smile.  Not to mention that God of Wine is still one of my all-time favorite books.  But yall, again, you MUST read this book.  But be warned, this is not a romance.  It’s a cozy mystery with a dash of paranormal that has humor, heart, and characters that you will fall in love with from the beginning.  Plus, go ahead, lick your screen because of the cover.  I’ll wait.

This is actually how I pictured Michael.  Sexy, smoldering and those eyes.  Hypnotic.  Plus, he is intelligent.  I also liked that he really did care for Lulu.  But I will be honest, I’m sure if I buy the whole, she was made for him.  While they had that one behind closed door episode, I still feel like Miriam is the woman for him.  Of course, since there is no romance in the book, I can’t wait to see how Ms. Pamfiloff continues this little triangle in future books.  Oh yes, I will pre-order this series and I don’t like vampire books.  What makes this one so special is that the vamps are real people with real emotions.  Michael, Lulu and even Mr. Nice (OMG!!!  I about lost my *h*t with him.  I was laughing until I had tears!) had them.  It was refreshing to see that even though the vamps had their rules, procedures, and council, they could still not be douches about what the other vampires were going through.

Miriam at times, I really wanted to slap.  And being a danger magnet would be putting it mildly.  The twist at the end with her so-called boyfriend was inspired but I really felt like she didn’t want to listen to Michael or even Lulu about what was going on.  Needless to say that Michael and Lulu really had to play it cool when it came to what they really were and why stuff was happening to her in the end.  Again, Ms. Pamfiloff does an awesome job with all the twists in the story.  Some are truly OMG moments and the others are more subtle.  I normally don’t gravitate to the cozy mystery books but with this series, I’m a believer.  It was a blast to follow Michael and try to figure out what the heck was going on.  Did I mention the books?  *sigh*

Again, yall.  Read this book.  It’s Ms. Pamfiloff at her finest.  Humor, heart, and plot that makes sense, has all the feels with just a hint of what is to come.  Bravo!


About the Author

MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men

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