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Happy Book Birthday & #Review of Royal Ruin (Flings with Kings #1) by Jessica Peterson w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @givemebooksblog @jessicapauthor

Title: Royal Ruin
Series: Flings with Kings #1
Author: Jessica Peterson
Genre: Royal Romance/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 18, 2018


Blurb
To: Emily@EPDesigns.com
From: HRHKit@PrimrosePalace.org.uk

SUBJECT: ENGAGEMENT CONTRACT (Marked Confidential)

FROM THE DESK OF
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE CHRISTOPHER
Emily—Thank you for joining me for dinner tonight. And for agreeing to my proposal, as ludicrous as it is. Desperate times call for fake engagements. At least in my family.
I am attaching the contract we discussed. Our lawyers asked that I highlight the following clauses:
  • The engagement shall last ninety days
  • Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
  • Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties
The first half of your payment will be deposited into your account upon the signing of this contract. Be sure to note your ring size. We would like to make prompt delivery
of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.
Cheers,
Kit
P.S.—Sorry to hear about your divorce. Your ex sounds like a proper knob head.
P.P.S.—You looked stunning tonight.

This is another trope that is catnip to me.  Royals!  Yes, I can’t get enough of them.  But what really stands out for me with Royal Ruin is Kit.  Yes, the hero of the book.  He wasn’t an alphahole, domineering and generally an ass.  He was sweet, had inappropriate thoughts about Emily but still maintained his stiff upper lip when he needed to.  Also, he didn’t back down when it came to Emily and her ex, Luke.  The bar scene alone had me cheering.  Let’s not forget that he had family issues to deal with and you had an almost perfect hero.  Yes, almost perfect.  He had his flaws like not really understand Emily when it came to her business.  I know, the Ms. Peterson is trying to mirror the real royals and she really does in so many instances.

Emily is a great heroine.  In the beginning of the book, I really wanted to hate her for what she did to Kit but then if it were different then there would be no book.  But she also stood out for me because of her convictions to her business.  Yes, it was a major source of irritation from both Kit and Luke but it was who she was and she wasn’t about to let that go.  But I will admit that at times I felt like I didn’t quite know her.  Ms. Peterson hasn’t written the book from both Kit and Emily’s POV but we get way more of Kit’s than hers.  Did I like that?  Yes, because we normally don’t get the hero’s POV at all.  That said, I felt a bit cheated when it came to Emily.  I would have liked some more about her.

Kit’s brothers, Rob & Jack and his sister, Jane are an absolute HOOT!  I can’t wait for Rob’s book.  They kept Kit grounded and had him realize that no matter what, they would be there for him and back him up with whatever decision that he made in regards to Emily.

The writing is fast-paced, hilarious, sweet, hawt, but above all honest.  I liked that Kit and Emily could talk to each other and mean it.  There was no pretense with them and in the end…sorry.  Spoiler, almost.  Ms. Peterson’s use of the King’s English is spot on and funny.  Yes, I said King’s English.  I read this book in one sitting and I can’t wait to re-read again.  Plus, waiting for Rob’s book.  Ms. Peterson has a winner of a book and a great start to a series.  Pick this one up.  You won’t be sorry.

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Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own.
She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean. She is the author of the super sexy STUDY ABROAD and FLINGS WITH KINGS series. Check her out at www.jessicapeterson.com
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#Review of Claiming His Secret Heir (The McNeill Magnates #5) by Joanne Rock w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @givemebooksblog @HarlequinBooks @JoanneRock6

 

 

Title: Claiming His Secret Heir
Series: The McNeill Magnates #5
Author: Joanne Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Release Date: January 1, 2018

 

Blurb
Can he win back his wife?
When Caroline McNeill shows up outside her husband’s mansion, she claims to have no memory of the past year…or their passion-filled honeymoon. But faking amnesia is the only way Caroline can find out if Damon was behind her abduction. She needs to trust him—a man she craves but still barely knows—before she can tell him about their infant son.
Did the Silicon Valley mogul merely marry to claim an inheritance then dispose of her?
Or is what they share real and forever?

 

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Excerpt
He shook out the waterproof blanket on the snow—plastic on one side, wool plaid on the other. She watched him line up the sled at one end of the blanket before he knelt in the snow to open the picnic hamper. All the while, Caroline rocked the carriage gently, tilting it back and forth. Thankfully, their bodyguard sat outside the trees, keeping an eye on the hill below to make sure no one intruded on their space. She didn’t feel “watched,” per se, although she felt certain the guy kept an eye on them somehow. The team Damon hired seemed very skilled at maintaining a discreet presence.
“I know that I’m not alone any longer, and I’m glad for that.” She debated lifting Lucas out of the baby carrier, but then changed her mind, putting the brakes on the contraption and facing the carrier toward the blanket so they could keep an eye on him.
“Are you ready for the winter picnic to end all picnics?” Damon asked, waiting to open the picnic basket until he had her attention. He shoved his gloves into the pockets of his vest. His dark hair had a few fresh snowflakes coating the top where he must have brushed against one of the evergreen boughs.
“Do you know what’s in there?” She peeled off her own gloves, ready to eat. “I can’t imagine what a winter picnic entails, so my expectations are fairly low.” 
“I packed this myself. And believe me, my expectations run permanently high.” He tipped open the lid with a flourish. “I present to you, the Post-Sledding Woodland Feast.”
Caroline felt her eyes go wide. Crammed inside the huge basket were two brightly colored thermoses and insulated mugs, a red-and-white-checkered tablecloth, a wooden
cheeseboard with fresh fruits and cloth-covered cheeses, a tray of shrimp on ice, a stack of Sternos and a lighter, a bag of huge, homemade-looking marshmallows, a tin of graham crackers, chocolate-covered strawberries…
“And champagne!” Her gaze finally reached a bottle of a highly recognizable brand of bubbly inside a champagne bucket. “Is that even legal?” She glanced around, half expecting a park ranger to issue a citation.
“Alcohol in the park is regulated, but not prohibited, so no one will bother us unless we start causing trouble.” Grinning, he gestured for her to have a seat on the blanket.
“Get comfortable and I’ll serve us.”
She did as he asked, her eyes still on the stuffed hamper.
“You packed this?” It was a feat of engineering, the way everything was stacked and prepped.
“The technical mind is good for more than designing software, you know.” He pulled out fondue sticks and set them beside the Sterno cans so they could toast their own marshmallows. “And under the champagne is a bottle of whiskey if you’d rather doctor up the hot chocolate.” He produced a smaller basket with airline-sized bottles of Jameson and Baileys, plus a variety of add-in flavors from vanilla and almond to butterscotch.
“You have outdone yourself.” She glanced up into the carriage to check on Lucas.  Surrounded by trees on three sides, their picnic spot felt safe and surprisingly private considering the view of the mayhem near Cedar Hill and the row of emerging snowmen lining the biggest walking trail less than fifty yards away.
“I will admit, it’s been hell keeping a lid on the surprise all day.” He found two small hurricane lanterns and placed candles inside them even though the sun still shone brightly outside. Then, he uncapped one of the containers of cocoa and poured her a mugful. “Here. You can add what you like while I work on the seating.”
He scrambled around to the back of the blanket where he used one arm to scoop a pile of snow under the edge of the wool plaid. It took her a moment to understand why he wanted a big lump of snow under the spot where she was sitting. But then he covered it up again, packing the pile into a U-shaped curve to create a support for her back.
“Genius,” she announced, settling into the snow seat with her mug of hot chocolate, the picnic spread out at her feet. “It really is the picnic to end all picnics.”
“I’ll drink to that.” Damon poured his own hot chocolate and settled on the blanket beside her. “Here’s to our first real day as a family.”
She met his blue gaze, his eyes all the more crystalline in the bright sun. He’d taken considerable time and trouble to make the day perfect for her, and Lucas, too. While she’d been sleeping late to catch up on rest, he’d been ordering a special sled and packing the perfect picnic.
“To family,” she echoed, softly clanking her pewter cup to his. Tipping the drink to her lips, she savored the complex swirl of flavors. She hadn’t added much alcohol, just enough to give a pleasant jolt of warmth on the way down. The almond and vanilla notes were especially good, and the melting homemade marshmallow she’d set on top was a gooey bonus.
She was about to compliment the first beverage course, but when she turned to him again, she felt a flash of heat from the simmering look he gave her. His mug remained untouched, his attention fixed on her mouth.
He was very still.
“What?”

Self-conscious, she set her cup aside in the snow. “I have marshmallow all over my face, don’t I?”  
Her hand went to her nose, but Damon caught it. He’d set his own drink aside, too, freeing his hands.
“Let me.”  He canted closer, his focus shifting to her eyes. The heat ratcheted up so much it was a wonder they weren’t melting snow.  She could feel her heartbeat quicken, the answering spark she’d always experienced with this man. Time and distance hadn’t broken it. Even forgetting him completely for weeks on end hadn’t erased the response she had to him.
 
A few things before I start.  I’ve been reading Ms. Rock since she started writing for Harlequin.  It’s been a while.  Karen Rock is her sister in law.  Yes, that Karen Rock who also writes for Harlequin.  And yes, I read her books, too.  I love both of their writing styles and they are as different as night and day.  While Karen writes the sweeter side, Joanne likes to keep it spicy and I love that.  Her Desire books never disappoint.  Damon McNeill’s book is one of those books that I eagerly waited for and I was sad when it was over.
We are introduced to Damon in the last book and I really felt for him and his quest to find Caroline.  We get a sneak peek into that quest but it wasn’t until the very end of it do we understand the depth that he will go to, to find her.  Man, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that with just a few paragraphs can set up a book with that much grief, love, and determination to find the heroine.  *sigh*  With that in mind, the intro to Caroline in this one is kinda funny actually.  I know, I shouldn’t say that but once you read it, you will understand what I’m saying.
Ms. Joanne has written a true love story that ended so abruptly but quickly picks up with some unanswered questions in regards to Caroline.  While reading the story, my heart just broke for Caroline.  I’ve read some stories with some horrible fathers but her’s takes the cake.  I was surprised at the depths that he went through and the end…oh wait.  I almost spoiled it but let’s just say that Caroline, not Damon got the final say.  Woo Hoo!  These two had a long way to go but once they finally figured everything out, in the beginning, their romance and love for each other shined through.
Let’s not forget about Lucas, their son.  Oh, my.  To say Damon was shocked would be the understatement of the year but again, Ms. Rock shows us how its done in the romance world with her writing and ability to not make the child a plot point but a real character in the book.  Not to mention, that she brings Caroline’s two brothers and sister into the mix and it was perfect.  And Cam.  Yes, that Cam.  I still love him.
Again, I was bereft when this one ended.  I know, you shouldn’t get too attached to couples and their stories but Caroline and Damon’s has stayed with for a while.  NOTE:  I read this one during the Christmas holiday and I’ve read it again.  Yes, it’s that good and again, their love story will forever be in my heart.  Bring on the last McNeill.  Oh wait, there are now more McNeills that have been discovered in…I’m not telling you THAT.  You have to read the book.
 
Author Bio
Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann.

When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.
 
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#Review of Reel Love by Elizabeth Hartey w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romance #fantasy #women’s fiction @drliz5

Reel Love

by Elizabeth Hartey

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GENRE:   romance/women’s fiction/fantasy

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BLURB:

Annie Caslo is a successful, young doctor, but when she begins rethinking the career choices she’s made, she makes a decision to find a way to stay focused and achieve her true ambitions – that is until fate steps in and she is thunderstruck by Colt Ballard. He’s six foot three inches of heart-stopping hotness, an adept, roguish soccer star and also one of her interns. But he’s a player – on and off the field – and Annie has better things to do. Still, the combustible chemistry between them is impossible to resist – Colt brings out feelings she never knew existed and Annie’s swept off her reluctant feet.

When she continues to second-guess her life choices, opportunities and obstacles begin piling up higher than the greasy Mexican food stacks she hates to admit loving. While in a state of emotional turmoil, she gets a celestial visit from a hunky, Hollywood heartthrob, lookalike, who claims to be her guardian angel. He takes her on a magical road trip to self-discovery with the help of several, dearly departed film icons.

Drawn into the excitement of a life she’s always dreamed of, this new life threatens to shatter the LIFE and love she already has—unless her quirky angel can help her find a way to have it all.

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Excerpt Three:

Right, so dinner,” the angel stated, coming out of his trance and moving back a few steps. “Tell you what, how about I surprise you?”

He opened the refrigerator and stared. He’s probably willing the ingredients to march out and place themselves into his hands. Annie smirked. “Surprise me?”

“Yeah, I’ll make something special for our first dinner.”

“Whatever you say,” she relented, “but I don’t think you could possibly surprise me anymore than you already have.”

“Annie, never underestimate the power of an angel.” He turned and gave her what could ironically be called a devilish grin.

Annie moved to one side, out of his way, and his alluring scent. She watched as he moved skillfully around the kitchen. He knew exactly where to find everything he needed, as though he had been there many times before.

“Why don’t you put some music on? I could go for something romantic,” he commented without looking up from his preparation of the food.

“Romantic? Um, you mean like harp music or, um … what would be romantic to you … I mean, to an angel?”

“Harp music is pretty romantic, but most of the music in the world would be considered soothing and romantic to us. We’re not stuck strictly on harps.”

“Really?”

He moved across the room toward Annie. As he came closer, she once again found herself pinned against the countertop by his prevailing presence.

“You know, we angels are some of God’s most romantic creatures,” he whispered, so close his lips brushed her cheek.

“Really?” Annie repeated, this time in a dreamy slur that sounded and felt as if she were dissolving into a puddle in front of him.

“That’s right,” he said in a nonchalant tone, and then moved back to the refrigerator. “We’re overflowing with love and understanding.” He grinned, again somewhat mischievously.

Annie caught herself just before her weakened legs allowed her to slide to the floor.  This is ridiculous. He’s an angel for heaven’s sake … precisely, she thought, giggling. She slipped her coat off and threw it over the back of a chair as she walked across to the cabinet that housed the high-tech stereo equipment Colt had installed.

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What can I say?  Women’s fiction/romance/fantasy book?  Harlie, are you feeling okay?  Flu bug got you?  No to all those questions.  I fell in love with the “guardian angel” angle.  I know, I’m a sap for anything about angels.  Shocked?  You should be because I don’t share that one with anyone.  But let’s get back to the review, shall we?  At first, when I started reading, I was a little creeped out about the whole teacher/student thing until I just couldn’t stop reading about Colt and Annie’s relationship.  I will tell you that their build-up to romance is fast paced but it makes sense.  This book isn’t about the fairytale romance that we read so much about in romance books but the journey to be fulfilled in that relationship and figuring out if the dream is still there with that one person.

Evan, the angel is a hoot.  I missed him every time that he wasn’t on the page.  He brought common sense to Annie and also humor to her situation.  Sounds confusing, it really isn’t.  He’s not there to tell her what to do but to make her see what could happen or the consequences of her actions.  Everyone needs someone to be the voice of reason and that’s what Evan is to Annie.  Again, I missed him when he wasn’t on the page.

Evan, the movie star.  I really wanted to fall in love with him but at times, he was really pushy with Annie.  It was almost like he was the snake charmer or even worse, the con artist in the ways that he could manipulate Annie into the situations that she was in at times.  Don’t get me wrong, Annie was right along with him but it wasn’t until the ending of the book that I really fell in love with him.  I really, really hope that Dr. Hartey writes a sequel to this book.  I would love for Evan, the movie star to find that special person just for him.  There is a hint and that’s all I’m going to say about that.  Yes, I went there with a movie quote.  They play a huge part in the book and of my gosh…Vivian Leigh.  One of my all-time favorite actresses makes the book, too.  *sigh*

Colt is a dream and he’s almost too good to be true once he and Annie are married.  As this is a women’s fiction book, he isn’t in that much but he doesn’t need to be.  While the book is told in alternating POV’s, Colt’s disappears for a while.  It’s not until the end that we finally see him at his wit’s end with Annie and Evan’s so-called relationship that he got my true respect for him.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book.  It’s not my usual fare and I’m glad that picked it up.  Of course, now I must have some conclusion with Evan, the movie star.  But hey, that’s just me.  If you are looking for a true romance book, this isn’t it.  It’s there but just remember, it’s about Annie’s journey of self-discovery that fills the actual story.  And angel named, Evan.

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As a lover of the northeast US, Elizabeth moved with her husband to the Poconos several years ago to open a Chiropractic Clinic. Four children and a menagerie of animals later, she has finally found time to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing novels. A dreamer at heart, romance is the genre she spends most of her time writing and reading into the wee hours of the morning. When not juggling work responsibilities and writing, she enjoys hiking the beautiful hills and woods around her home, swimming, knitting, traveling, and spending time with her family.

 

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