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Review of Duke du Jour by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @petiemccarty @authorpetie #historical #timetravel

Duke du Jour

by Petie McCarty

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GENRE:   Regency Time-Travel Romance

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BLURB:

..a reverse Kate and Leopold…a light-hearted time travel romance where a bewildered modern-day duke ends up in Regency England and meets the girl of his dreams…

Jared Langley, present-day Duke of Reston, tumbles into an abandoned fountain on his ducal estate and travels back in time to the year 1816. There, Reston servants and local villagers think him a dead ringer for his namesake and rakehell ancestor–the seventh Duke of Reston, gone missing at the Battle of Waterloo. Unfortunately, Seven got mixed up with French spies out to assassinate the Duke of Wellington, and an unwary Jared ends up in their crosshairs.

Lady Ariana Hart has loved Jared Langley, the seventh Duke of Reston, since she was twelve years old, until the night the rogue broke her heart. Given up for dead, her rakish neighbor makes a miraculous return from Waterloo–only Jared shows up a changed man and reignites all the feelings Ariana had long ago buried.

Jared is in a race against time. He must waylay the suspicions of his quirky servants and neighbors, get to Wellington before the French spies do, fix his fountain–before Seven shows up–so Jared has a way home, and definitely not fall in love with the irresistible Lady Ariana.

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Excerpt Three:

Jared quietly closed the door and snicked the feeble lock into place.

“That wouldn’t keep a child out,” he muttered.

“Are you worried Dexter can get past the lock?” Ari asked, her cheeks flushing bright pink.

“Now, you are going to accuse me of ungentlemanly behavior, too?”

Even the dim candlelight could not hide the guilt in her eyes. “I am sorry. I shouldn’t have said that.”

“You’re right. I have given you no reason to think—”

She raised skeptical brows.

“Well, except for those few kisses.” He cleared his throat. “You liked them, too. You cannot deny it.”

Her lips twitched as she fought back the smile that angered him for some reason, and he felt like an errant schoolboy and probably looked like one with his brows indignantly bunched.

“No, I cannot deny it.”

Instead of feeling smug at being right, her words sent his blood racing to places off-limits—at least for now.

“But that doesn’t mean—”

He held up a hand. “Please, no more swipes at my character. I’ve had all I can take this evening.”

She snapped her lips together, then grinned.

“Best take your boots off to be comfortable.” She opened her mouth to object again, and he added, “Since you are unlikely to remove anything else with the two of us locked in here.”

The opportunity to tease him in his misery must have overwhelmed her. “Well, actually I could, but I won’t.”

He groaned. “Do not leave me with that particular movie running in my head and my two-hour first watch to face.”

“Movie? What do you mean? What is a—”

“Did I say movie? I meant movement,” he said before she could finish. He scrubbed a palm over his face. His head had begun to ache.

“Are you all right?”

“Fine,” he bit out. “Just leave—”

“Leave you alone? Fine.” She went over and sat on the bed.

“What I was going to say was just leave your boots by the bed. Close by in case we need to leave in a hurry.”

“That is a lie, but it was sweet of you to be concerned about my feelings. The old Jared wouldn’t have given a baker’s tart about them. Or any other kind.” She giggled at her own humor.

“What’s so funny?”

“Oh nothing. Just that we seem to have made a mull of things, I suppose.”

“I do not see anything funny about it,” he grumbled.

“You wouldn’t, but I cannot get these boots off without help. They belong to Aidan, our stable boy, and the fit is a bit too tight.”

“Yes, of course.”

Jared came over and knelt next to the bed, then took her booted foot in his hand. He swore he could feel the warmth of her leg right through the leather, but that was impossible. Tell that to the blood raging through his veins and heading south, like the River Kennet at flood stage.

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What can I say?  Another historical homerun for me.  Plus, its got time travel, too.  I hate to offend Ms. McCarty but I never did like the movie Kate & Leopold but I did love this book.  Especially that it was about the hero going back in time.  Score for me.

Jared is one of those heroes that just grabbed me from the start.  He was caring, a bit of rakehell in the present but knew that he wouldn’t marry any woman because of his title.  Dealing with the mess of becoming unengaged to a cheater, they way that he ended up in 1816 is a delight.  A fountain?  With statues?  Oh, my…later in the book, I was laughing when he made references to all the statues that he kept seeing.  He’s keen eye for history really helped him in 1816 but it didn’t give himself away too much.  In fact, he realized that with his knowledge of the period, he could blend in better.  Losing his memory was genius, too.  It allowed for some madcap moments when it came to Bullen, Ari, and even Dexter.  My heart broke a bit when he made his decision to leave in the end.

Ari is such a strong heroine for the time period.  She is no damsel in distress and to say that she was in love with the old Jared and scared of the “new” Jared would be stretching it a bit.  Needless to say, she fell hard for the “new” Jared and kept wondering when the old Jared was going to show up.  But what really stood out for me with her was her ability to be true to herself and in the end Jared.  She loved him too much to truly let him go.  Of course, her father had a hand in that, too.

Dexter and Bullen are two secondary characters that really stood out for me.  Normally, I don’t pay attention to them in a historical romance but Ms. McCarty wrote them so that I would care about them and like them right from the start.  Everyone should have these two in their corner.  The mystery and intrigue that holds this book together is divine.  Normally in historical romance, its fairly simple but Ms. McCarty delivered it in spades.  My head at one point was spinning with all the twists that she kept throwing at me.  *shakes head*  I love a good intrigue when I CAN’T figure it out.  Well done.

Overall, I just flat out loved this book.  Everything about it.  The romance, humor, intrigue and best of all…it’s NOT a fish out of water tale.  Jared knew what had happened.  He just couldn’t figure out why.  With the help of his newfound friends and the love of his life, he finally figured out his place in his lineage.  I will definitely re-read this book again.  Yes, it’s that good.

 

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

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Happy Release Day and ARC #Review of Cheeky King (Royals Undercover #2) by Nana Malone! @givemebooksblog @NanaMalone

Title: Cheeky King
Series: Royals Undercover #2
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2018

 

Blurb

 

What good is a King without his Queen?
 
Sebastian…
 
I never wanted the crown, but now it’s mine.
Instead of my freedom–instead of her.
But even though she’s not mine to keep, I can’t seem to stay away.
 
Penny…
 
The moment he became king, I knew we were over.
Now I’ve returned home some kind of conquering hero.
If only they all knew that we’d both lost our hearts.
If only I could stay out of the royal bed.
 
What good is being cocky if you can’t get what you want?

 

You slay Ms. Malone.  Slay me.  I honestly didn’t know what to expect with the second part of Seb and Penny’s story but I’m glad that I got through my tears and anger to read it to the end.  Oh yes, there were tears and my anger at certain characters is worthy.  Between Aston and Robert.  UGH!!!  That said, I’m telling you, Ariel and either Oskar or Matthias.  Make it happen and soon.  *wink*  NOAH BLAKE!!!!!  I think I really swooned towards the ending of the book when he showed up with all swagger and attitude.  *sigh*  But enough about the Blake Security men.  That’s a different blog altogether.

What really got me in this one was the angst.  Normally I don’t do angst but with these two, I knew that it was going to happen.  I just never thought I would be wrung out in the end with those two equally stubborn people.  Heck, even the parents knew but no, Ms. Malone never made it easy for them.  But I expect that from Ms. Malone now.  And let’s not forget that while it has its angsty moments, the banter between them is spot on.  Not to mention that Ariel, Roone, and Lucas are always there for them.  Plus, the smexy times in this one are way hotter than before.  These two just can not stay away from each other…hurting or not.

I will caution you that you have to read Checky Royal first.  It’s a must.  You will be lost in this one.  There is a mystery element that is bad*ss in the book.  I never figured it out.  And yes, I can figure most things out but with this one, Ms. Malone kept it simple but also didn’t let you in until the very last moment.  I love it when an author does that in a contemporary book.  It’s not a very heavy part of the plot but it is the overall story arc of the story.  Ms. Malone does this beautifully.  She also keeps the book fast-paced with no lags/gaps.  I know, some people don’t like a fast-paced book, but I do.  I like to read a book in one sitting and with Ms. Malone I can.

Seb and Penny were destined for each other from the time they were children.  I really loved how the queen, Seb’s mom and Ethan, Penny’s dad always knew that, too.  It’s like when the king died, it was only a matter of time before Seb and Penny would realize that, too.  Well, and Seb needed to stop being a douche canoe.  LOL!  The epilogue is sexy, funny and heartfelt.  I just wished that I didn’t have to say goodbye to them.  I miss them already.  A definite re-read is in order.

 

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Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San Diego.

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#Review of Dark Desires (Pure/Dark Ones #3) by Aja James w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @megami771

Dark Desires

by Aja James

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GENRE: Paranormal, fantasy romance

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BLURB:

Ryu Takamura is the Dark Ones’ Assassin. He has never missed his target…until now. Until her.

Ava Monroe is a talented geneticist who holds the key to the vampire race’s future…and perhaps her own as well.

Their attraction is explosive from the first. She would do anything to have him. He would sacrifice all to protect her.

But will their love triumph over seemingly impossible odds as they battle enemies new and old? Especially the demons from Ryu’s past? And deep within his heart?

 

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Excerpt Two:

She was not what he expected.

Not that he knew what Professors or Doctors (or whatever one called someone with both PhD and MD as a suffix to their name) in molecular genetics looked like on average, if there was such a stereotype to begin with.

But he thought they might be…older.

Gray-haired with glasses and a wizened, wrinkled visage reflecting self-sacrifice (for how else would they have had the time to concentrate on their studies?) and solemnity (for what humor was there in such an analytical, methodological subject?).

For Ryu Takamura, who had been raised for the first ten years of his life in a whorehouse and abandoned thereafter at a Shinto shrine, formal education—hell—any education seemed foreign and antithetical to his own upbringing.

Perhaps this was why he always dressed and spoke with meticulous care.

To any observer, he appeared to be the immensely wealthy heir to a Japanese or Korean conglomerate, living a life of privilege and idleness with armies of servants to tend to his every need. His clothes were of the finest quality and tailored to fit his long, lean body to perfection. His wavy black hair was tousled just so, fuller on top and in the back and shaved closely on the sides to emphasize his aristocratic bone structure, all angles and points liked a laser-cut diamond.

He was so blindingly elegant, in fact, he could never have been mistaken for a real Asian heir. He represented what their alter egos might aspire to if they could ever look as resplendent as he. Rather like how K-dramas represented the ridiculously good-looking and wealthy on TV with actors who had undergone countless surgeries to mimic perfection.

If only they knew the truth. Ryu’s lips tipped at one corner in dark amusement.

 

Where to start?  As you know, I don’t normally review paranormal romance.  Then you throw in a bit of fantasy, too and I sure don’t review those, much less read them.  Well, this is the third book in a series that I started with book two.  This one didn’t disappoint in most ways but overall, I found something lacking.  Now, don’t get me wrong, Ava and Ryu were well round characters and I enjoyed getting to know them but I felt like the story was wrapped up too neatly.

The world building is phenomenal again in this book.  Each book stands alone but I was excited to see the other characters come back for this one to help Ryu and Ava.  As with the other book, the book starts off fast and really never stops.  This one could have read like any other vampire meets human, falls in love and then fights off the bad guys to keep the human.  Oh no…Ms. James doesn’t write that way.  She makes her characters interesting and relatable.  Even if their jobs are a bit above my pay grade.  But that’s what I really liked about them.

While we had Rya and Ava’s story, some questions were answered and others not.  I love it when an author does that in a series.  There is a definite overall story arc to the series and I can’t wait to see where it ends.  Ms. James is a master at this and I applaud her for it.  She gives you just enough and then pulls back.  Tease but that’s what makes this series so wonderful to read.  Plus, the characters aren’t like the others.  Each is different and their history is not cookie cutter.  The book kinda dragged for me in the beginning but once again, Ms. James lets go and the story and action take off.

I know that I don’t recommend paranormal or fantasy but this series has it all.  Hot guys, heroines that you want to be friends with and a storyline that will leave you breathless in the end.

 

 

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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.

 

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