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#Review of Mischief and Mayhem (a Whiskey Sisters novel #2) by L.E. Rico w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @RadioRico @entangledpub

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Welcome to Mayhem, Minnesota, home of the Knitty Kitty, The Little Slice of Heaven Pie Shop, and O’Halloran’s Pub—owned by the four young women known as The Whiskey Sisters.

In the wake of her divorce, Jameson O’Halloran has gone man-vegan. And this is one diet she’s determined to stick with. Even when her long-lost ex-brother-in-law shows up looking like two scoops of double dutch dipped in chocolate… She’s not giving in. Been there and still wearing the messy T-shirt.

It’s been a decade since Scott Clarke left his family and his hometown, never to return. But when tragedy strikes, he finds himself dragged back to the land of gossip, judgment, and the one woman he absolutely, positively, without a doubt can never have. His brother’s ex is off-limits. He just needs to keep repeating that to himself until it sinks in.

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The shelf is a little too high for my short self, and I’m only able to brush the dishes with my fingertips.

“Oh, here, let me help you with that…”

Before I can object, he’s standing behind me, reaching over me to get the dishes. For a brief second, his front is pressed against my back. His broad, muscled, perfectly sculpted front. I feel a wave of unwelcome warmth beginning under my collar and creeping up my neck.

“Thanks…” I murmur awkwardly, keeping my back to him for a moment longer in an attempt to quash my blush.

“Okay. I’m just going to grab a shower before my brother gets here, if you don’t mind.”

“Nope. Not at all,” I say quickly. “You go right ahead.”

Once he disappears around the corner, I silently smack my palm to my forehead.
What was that, Jameson? Why the blush? He’s just your ex-husband’s brother, that’s all. This is insane. I’ve got to stop this childish behavior. No. More. Men. Remember? No thinking about men. No looking at men. No fantasizing about men.

Especially not that man!

I’m still shaking my head and silently berating myself when I hear him behind me.

“Hey, Jameson, do you happen to know if my dad keeps an extra toothbrush around? I dropped mine in the toilet and…”

I don’t hear the end of his sentence because, when I turn to face him, I suddenly can’t hear anything. I’m too entranced by the sight of him wearing nothing but a towel around his waist.

Oh, crap, oh crap, oh crap… I am in so much trouble here. No men. No men. No men… I repeat the mantra over and over again in my head, but clearly the rest of my body isn’t getting the memo.

Where do I start?  I mean really.  It’s like I waited FOREVER for this book in the series.  If you want a recap of my review of Henny’s story here you go: Hennessey’s Review.  So I won’t go into the sisters again in my review but let’s just say that they all play a very big part of this book and it is wonderful how Ms. Rico is able to use them in nonintrusive ways.  Bailey and Jameson’s side plot is brilliantly played out, even if my heart broke a bit.  Very realistically written and heartfelt.  Remember that Jameson is the oldest and Bailey the youngest.

Anyways, I’m here to tell you how much I just ADORED this book.  In some ways, it supersedes the first one and I’ll tell you why:

  1.  Jameson is the oldest sibling and feels like a failure.  In her marriage, in helping her sisters and at times her son, Jackson.  Jackson is hilarious in this book.  Unca Scott and beddy-bye are just two of his sayings.  Jameson carries some guilt when it comes to her mother’s death and still misses her. But what was great about that is she was finally able to “see” her mother when it came to the butterfly exhibit at the fair.  Trust me, I had a tear.  She fights for what she wants and doesn’t let her douche bag of an ex-husband take it from her.  Also, she cares deeply for her father in law and the feeling is mutual.
  2.  Scott.  I swooned.  Yes, swooned and pictured Josh Lucas as my Scott.  Just think Sweet Home Alabama and you’ll understand.  Anyway, I loved him from the start and when we finally understand why he left and then the fallout later in the book, my heart literally broke.  How could someone be that cruel to another human being?  I know, there are plenty of people out there but in the end, they don’t get their way.  Just the last scene in the bar spoke volumes to me in the sense that a certain douchebag will never get his way.
  3. The Pie Lady is back and spookier than ever.  She scares me.  Seriously.  Ms. Rico has written a secondary character that is funny, fun but reminds me somewhat of a fairy godmother.  In a spooky way.
  4. The celebrity cat scenes.  Laugh out loud funny.
  5. The mystery in regards to Win and Scott.  I really liked that plot point.  It showed me that the Clarkes were made of a certain character and didn’t back down.  Too bad Win didn’t get the same message.  Ungrateful little snot.
  6.  With this story, we didn’t have an outsider trying to take over something.  I love Brynn but this one was more about two childhood friends that made a pact that they both forgot about.  It’s about finding that true love when you think that you will never get it.  For finding that someone that makes you feel alive when you don’t think you deserve it.  For finding the peace in the reasons why you leave and but then find reasons for never leaving again.

Ms. Rico has written that rare second book in a series that really makes you think.  I’m not sure if I could have coped with what Scott went through all those years ago.  Jameson had to finally get her backbone when it came to Win and his ways.  Douchebag.  Yes, I will continue to say it.  It’s still a story about sisters but in the end, it’s about being true to yourself and fighting for what you truly want in life.

About the Author:

L.E. Rico didn’t set out to be an author. In fact she’s made a name for herself as a classical music radio host—doing her best to make the music and the composers relevant by putting them into a modern context. It was just a few years ago that she discovered a passion for writing that blossomed into an entire novel. And then another. And another. And, while she still spends plenty of time on the radio, telling the stories of the great composers, she spends even more time composing her own great stories.

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Name the Nanny Contest

In addition to the tour wide Rafflecopter, the author is offering an additional special contest: “Name the Nanny!”

Create a quirky character and they could be featured in Lauren’s next book!
Contest page link: http://www.LaurenRico.com/Name-The-Nanny-Contest

A Note From the Author:

Name Mayhem, Minnesota’s newest resident!
Welcome to Mayhem, MN where the cats wear sweaters, the priest gives love advice, and you can find your fortune under a slice of pie.

Mayhem is filled with all kinds of quirky characters and I’m looking for one more!

In honor of the release of Mischief and Mayhem, book two of the Whiskey Sisters series, I’m in the market for a brand new character—a nanny who will fit in with the wacky bunch who live there.

Can you help?

Fill out this form and tell me about the nanny YOU think should become Mayhem’s latest resident! Name, physical features, and, most importantly, what makes them so quirky? Bonus points for snippets in the character’s voice and dialogue with existing characters from book one, Blame it on the Bet.

If your character is selected, he/she will be featured in an upcoming Whiskey Sisters storyline and you’ll get a shout-out in the acknowledgements!

All entries will be evaluated by myself in consultation with Entangled Publishing, LLC.

In the event that there are an insufficient number of viable entries, as determined by me, then I’ll create an assortment of characters—one to be chosen by popular vote with all voters entered in a random drawing. In this event, the winner will help select the character’s name & physical description and will receive a mention in the acknowledgments.

Haven’t read Blame it on the Bet yet? What are you waiting for?  Start getting acquainted with the Mayhem of Mayhem, Minnesota!

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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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Excerpt & #Review of Bachelor Remedy (Seasons of Alaska #5) by Carol Ross w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @HarlequinBooks @_CarolRoss @ross_carol


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Bachelor Remedy
(Seasons of Alaska #5)
by Carol Ross
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
April 1st 2018 by Harlequin Superromance

She’s the most unconventional woman he’ll ever meet…

and the cure for a perennial bachelor?

Raised by her healer grandfather, former army medic Ally Mowak knows her alternative approach to traditional medicine puts her at odds with most of her Alaskan town. That includes Tag James, the rugged transport pilot with the sprawling family and political ambitions. Ally couldn’t be more wrong for the aspiring senator. Then why does everything feel so right when they’re together?

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EXCERPT:

 

Patiently Ally waited for him to continue.

“If we’re going to work together I think we need to establish some ground rules.”

“I agree.”

He got right to it. “I don’t have issues with alternative medicine per se—herbal, Ayurvedic, naturopathic, homeopathic, acupuncture, Reiki or any other type of traditional remedy, for that matter, is fine with me. I don’t care or interfere with what people believe or how they choose to treat their medical conditions. What I do have a problem with is when it directly affects my job, and more specifically, my ability to save a life.”

“And you feel like my use of medicinal clay falls into the latter category?”

“I do.”

“Please keep in mind that yesterday I was treating a family member in an emergency situation. I wasn’t on the job.”

“I understand that, which is why I’m here instead of in Dr. Boyd’s office.” He shrugged a shoulder. “Even though I do not understand why you would purposely put your cousin in danger.”

“Obviously, I don’t see it that way.”

“Obviously. You can see it any way you choose. But for the duration of time that we’ll be working together I need you to do it my way. My way is the right way.”

“Noted,” she replied calmly. “My turn.”

“What?”

Ally almost laughed at his look of utter confusion. “You said we were establishing ground rules. You gave me yours. If this works the way I think it does, then it’s my turn to outline my rules?”

Narrowing his gaze, he studied her like he was puzzling out this detail. His eyes burned into hers, and she couldn’t tell if they were green or brown. Inexplicably, the back of her neck began to tingle.

“Do you want to have a seat?” she asked, partially to stop his perusal, partially to bring him closer to her eye level. If Dr. Boyd hadn’t intimidated her, there was no reason this guy should. But it might be easier to manage if he wasn’t hovering over her.

“Fine.” Moving closer, he lowered his tall frame into the seat across from her.

Better, she thought, meeting his gaze head-on. Except now he seemed really…close.

Gathering her thoughts, she said, “When I’m out on a call and acting as the paramedic on behalf of Rankins Hospital my word is final. My way is the right way. I also have some ideas on how you can improve your efficiency. It took you too long to take off after you landed at the lake.”

He scoffed. “Are you kidding me? The only thing holding up my takeoff was you chatting with Jessie while I waited for you by the plane.”

Hands folded neatly on the desk in front of her, she went on. “I disagree. It took three minutes for you to get inside the plane and settled after I’d already boarded, and your dissension took at least another minute. Had you already been on board, we would have landed approximately five minutes sooner. I don’t think I need to remind you how vital five minutes can be in an emergency medical situation.”

Ally waited for him to respond, steeling herself for whatever came next. He didn’t look angry or upset, though. In fact, he was completely still. Too still?

*sigh*  There is so much going on with this book that I don’t know where to start.  I had to remind myself that there are other books in the series but I was never confused.  Ms. Ross lets you know what’s up with everyone so far.  Now, I said there is a lot going on in the book, I mean between Ally and Tag.  The storyline itself is a realistic portrayal of life in Alaska between the native people and the others.  Of course, I’ve never been to Alaska but I can understand the differences and how it affects the people that live there.

I would have to say that the political plot line was intriguing.  Should he really run or not?  What effect would it have on Tag in the end?  I could see the changes in him as did Ally, and I didn’t like it at all.  In the end, I didn’t see the decision that was made.  Hannah really stepped it up and let us not forget Iris.  Loved her, loved her.  She is blunt, to the point but actually what Tag and Ally needed in the end.

While there was a romance that was sweet, it was also a story of two cultures coming together and seeing if they can make it work.  I understood both of their positions when it came to medicine but I think that Tag could have been a bit more openminded about it.  Flynn, Ally’s childhood friend, and doctor understood.  In fact, he was the only one that really defended Ally in the end.  Shay, the difficult sister of Tag’s was beginning to understand it in the end, too.  I didn’t know what to think of Tag’s big family but they truly did mean well.

I would be remiss not to mention the big pink elephant in the room.  The age difference between Tag and Ally.  16 years people.  Now before you shake your fist in the air and say, NO WAY!  Yes, way.  Typically don’t like a romance where the age difference is that big but Ms. Ross writes it with some pretty hilarious moments but also some heartbreaking ones, too.  In the end, Tag and Ally just worked regardless of age or beliefs.  Too bad that Tag figured it out almost too late.

Folks, I can not press upon you to pick up a book in the Harlequin Heartwarming line.  Ms. Ross writes a true winner in the line and of course, I’m one of their biggest cheerleaders.  They are heartwarming, funny, relevant with romance abound.  Ms.  Ross delivers a winner!

 

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Carol Ross grew up in small town America right between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, in a place where you can go deep sea fishing in the morning and then hit the ski slopes the same afternoon. The daughter of what is now known as free range parents, she developed a love of the outdoors at a very early age. As a writer, Carol loves to breathe the life she has lived into the characters she creates, grateful for the “research material” that every questionable decision, adrenaline-charged misstep, and near-death experience has provided.

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I Am A Reader
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