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Chasing Lady Amelia

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Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #2

By: Maya Rodale

Releasing June 28, 2016
Avon

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Blurb
In the second novel of Maya Rodale’s enchanting Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series, an American heiress finds her reputation—and heart—in danger when she travels to London and meets a wickedly tempting rake

Terribly Improper

Lady Amelia is fed up with being a proper lady and wishes to explore London, so one night she escapes . . . and finds herself in the company of one Alistair Finlay-Jones. He’s been ordered by his uncle to wed one of the American girls. How lucky, then, that one of them stumbles right into his arms!

Totally Scandalous

Alistair and Amelia have one perfect day to explore London, from Astley’s Amphitheater to Vauxhall Gardens. Inevitably they end up falling in love and making love. If anyone finds out, she will be ruined, but he will win everything he’s ever wanted.

Very Romantic

When Amelia finds out Alistair has been ordered to marry her, he must woo her and win back the angry American girl. But with the threat of scandals, plural, looming . . . will he ever catch up to the woman he loves?

 

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Author Info


Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence and it wasn’t long before she was writing her own. Maya is now the author of multiple Regency historical romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

 

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“Ah, Lady Nansen. Lord Nansen!” The duchess and her charges paused before a couple that looked just like all the others Amelia had been introduced to: they were of an indeterminate middle age, decked in an array of brightly colored silks and satins, and honestly, a bit jowly and gray.

“I haven’t yet introduced you to my nephew and nieces.”

“And we have been dying to make their acquaintance,” Lady Nansen said, fanning herself furiously. “The ton has spoken of nothing else.”

The duchess performed the introductions. Upon meeting James, the new duke, fawning ensued.

Everyone fawned over James these days—but then when his back was turned they whispered about how his father was a horse thief and that James had been raised in the stables and how tragic it was that Durham was now in his hands.

“And Lady Claire.”

Amelia watched as they took in Claire’s spectacles and her distracted, impatient demeanor. She had not mastered the slightly vacant look of a simpering miss and with a brain as sharp as hers, never would. Amelia watched as Lady Nansen decided that Claire would never be an “incomparable,” or whatever they called the popular girls of the ton, and flitted her attention to the next sister.

“Lady Bridget.”

Amelia watched as her middle sister glided into an elegant curtsy. The duchess beamed. Lady Nansen judged.

“Your practicing is paying off,” Amelia murmured. She’d caught Bridget curtsying in front of the mirror in the ballroom for an hour last Thursday.

“Do shut up, Amelia,” Bridget said through gritted teeth. Unlike the other Cavendish siblings,

Bridget actually cared about fitting in here. She was obsessed with learning and following the rules.

“And Lady Amelia.” She gave a smile somewhere between gargoyle and simpering miss, but perhaps more on the gargoyle side of the spectrum.

“You must have your hands full, Duchess, trying to make so many matches.”

“It does give one something to do all day,” the duchess replied, with a tight-lipped smile that

Amelia dubbed the One Where I Am Smiling Even Though I Hate What You Just Said. “But I do have every confidence that they will make splendid matches. In fact, I have someone special in mind for Lady Amelia this evening.”

The duchess beamed at her charges, as if they hadn’t been foiling her every effort to marry them off. Amelia began to dread meeting “someone special.”

“I say, Duke,” Lord Nonesuch or whatever began, “do you have an opinion on any of the horses running Ascot?”

The lords always asked James for his opinion on which horse would win a race, so they might win a wager. And then they turned around and made snide remarks about his experience raising and training horses—as if he were beneath them because of this knowledge. Even though he now outranked them.

“I do,” James said, smiling easily.

“Don’t suppose you’d tell a friend who you think will be the winner?” Lord Nansen or Nancy said jovially, with a wink and a nudge.

“I might,” James replied.

This was a conversation he’d had before and Amelia had begged him to do something nefarious, like deliberately suggest a losing horse. But James refused and just smiled like he knew the winner and never said a word.

“I suppose you’re going to build up Durham’s stables,” his lordship said.

“Nansen, he doesn’t have time for horses,” his wife said in that exasperated way of wives. “He must find a bride first.”

The duchess beamed, an I-told-you-so smile.

Then Lady Nansen turned and fixed her attentions on Amelia. Her fan was beating at a furious pace.

“And Lady Amelia, have you found any suitors you care for?”

“After having met nearly all of England’s finest young gentlemen, I can honestly say that no, I have not found any suitors that I could care for,” Amelia said. “But I do have a new appreciation for spinsterhood. In fact, I think it sounds like just the thing.”

Just the thing was a bit of slang she had picked up. Sticking forks in her eye was just the thing (but only with the good silver!). Flustering old matrons with an honest and direct statement was just the thing.

Lady Nansen stared at her a moment, blinking rapidly as she tried to process what Amelia had just said.

“Well your sister seems to have snared the attentions of Darcy’s younger brother,” she said, evidently disregarding Amelia and focusing on Bridget, the one who cared about fitting in and finding suitors.

“Are Lord Darcy and Mr. Wright here tonight?” Bridge asked eagerly. Too eagerly. “I haven’t seen them.”

“It’s not a party without Darcy,” Amelia quipped.

Darcy spent the majority of every social engagement standing against the wall, glowering at the company, refusing to dance, and begging the question of why he even bothered to attend.

But that was neither here nor there and no one deigned to reply to Amelia, so she sighed and lamented her choice in footwear quietly to herself. When Lord and Lady Nansen took their leave and sauntered off, the duchess turned and fixed her cool, blue eyes on Amelia.

“You might endeavor to be a touch more gracious, Lady Amelia.”

The Duchess always said everything in perfectly worded, excruciatingly polite phrases. Translation: Lord above, Amelia, stop acting like a brat.

“I’m just . . . bored.”

And homesick. And unhappy. And dreading the future you have planned for me. And a dozen other feelings one does not mention when one is at a ball.

“Bored?” The duchess arched her brows. “How on earth can you be bored by all this?” She waved her hand elegantly, to indicate everything surrounding them. “Is all the splendor, music, and the company of the best families in the best country not enough for you? I cannot imagine that you had such elegance and luxuries in the provinces.”

Everyone here still referred to her home country as the provinces, or the colonies, or as the remote American backwater plagued by heathens, when Amelia knew that it was a beautiful country full of forthright, spirited people. It was her true home.

They operated under the impression that there was no greater fun to be had than getting overdressed and gossiping with the same old people each night, in crowded ballrooms in a crowded city.

She missed summer nights back home on their farm in Maryland, when she would slip outside at night with a blanket, to look up at the vast, endless expanse of stars.

This, no matter what the duchess said, just did not compare.

Amelia shrugged.

“We already met half these people at the six other balls we have attended this week,” she said. “The other half are crashing bores.”

Crashing bores was a phrase Amelia had read in the gossip columns. The violence of it appealed to her.

“I suppose it would be too much to ask you to pretend to act like an interested and engaging young lady.” Then, turning to Lady Bridget, the duchess said, “I daresay she couldn’t.”

With that, the duchess turned away.

She turned away, leaving the words hanging in the air, floating to the ground, just waiting for

Amelia to pounce on them.

“Well that was a challenge,” Claire said.

“I’m not certain she could manage it.” Bridget sniffed.

Really? Really?

“Is that a dare?” Amelia asked, straightening up. Oh, she would pretend all right. She would pretend so well they’d all be shocked. It would give her something to do at least. “Because I will take that dare.”

“I’d like to see you try,” Bridget replied. Then, muttering under her breath she added, “For once.”

Amelia reddened. Admittedly she hadn’t been taking this whole sister-of-the-duke business seriously. But she would show them. So instead of sticking her tongue out and scowling at Bridget, Amelia stuck her nose right up in the air and turned away.

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I’ve been hesitating in reading the first book in this series. I was afraid that I would end up comparing it too much to Pride and Prejudice. So I decided to skip the first book and read the second. Now that I’ve finished Chasing Lady Amelia, I want to go back and reread the first book! Inspired by Roman Holiday, this book was a delightful romp through Regency London. Lady Amelia, an American whose family newly inherited a dukedom, feels stifled by the constraints of society. An accidental dose of laudanum led Lady Amelia into the arms of Alistair Finlay-Jones. Finding Amelia wandering the streets of London and unable to tell him where she lives, he returns her to his apartments. A meeting with his uncle the morning informs him that the woman in his bed is the one his uncle wants him to marry. In order to court Amelia, he joins her the next day on an adventure through London. As the couple falls in love during their adventure, reality and society threaten to destroy their fragile bond.

This book was a light-hearted, fast read. While Alistair has demons from his past and a horrible relationship with his uncle, that did not cast shadows over the humor and adventure in this book. Both Amelia and Alistair are struggling to find their place in a society with constricting rules. They are both outsiders, but discover within one another, that they have met their other-half. The appearances by Lady Amelia’s family and Lord Darcy have made me intrigued enough to read the first book and to continue to follow the series!

 

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Archangel’s Heart: Cover Reveal

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Archangel’s Heart is the 9th book in the Guild Hunter series

 

Archangel’s Heart releases November 1st!

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Blurb

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

 

Author Information

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Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing.

If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts and free short stories on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.

 

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Drive You Wild

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Drive You Wild


Love Between the Bases #3

By: Jennifer Bernard

Releasing June 28, 2016
Avon

 

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It’s game on for love in the third novel of USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Bernard’s sexy, baseball-themed series.

Kilby Catfish left-fielder Trevor Stark is a ballpark legend. With his good looks, hitting records, and played-for-the-fans arrogance, Trevor makes women lose their minds and men lose their cool. But every time the major league team comes calling, Trevor purposely keeps himself in the tiny Texas town. Why is heart-tuggingly top secret. Until the team owner’s daughter comes to Kilby . . . trying everything up her sexy sleeve to make Trevor talk.
Divorced and disillusioned at twenty-four, Paige Mattingly Austin Taylor is suddenly starting fresh as an intern at Catfish Stadium. She should want nothing to do with the sinfully hot ballplayer her dad warned her to stay away from. But when she discovers what Trevor is hiding from everyone, she realizes there’s much more to him than his face and multi-million-dollar arm. There’s a heart she seriously hopes to win.

 

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Author Info

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Jennifer Bernard is a graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to … well, any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings.

 

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“Are you afraid of the mighty Crush Taylor?” She took another step closer. “He’s not as bad as he seems, you know.”

“I’m not afraid of him.” He placed his hands on her shoulders to keep her from coming any closer. Her warmth carried into his skin, into his being, as if it was igniting him from within.

“And I’m not afraid of you.” She ducked underneath his hands in a quick move right out of the NBA. He took a step back and his calves hit the bench situated next to the lockers. She reached out in apology and suddenly they were right smack against each other, chest-to-chest.

Fire flashed down his spine, hot and urgent. He hauled her against him—oh, sweet Lord, she felt good. Soft and firm and shapely and alive and fresh and . . . then her mouth was under his, her lips parting, her breath warm, her flesh lush and sweet. It wasn’t a kiss so much as a head rush.

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Paige posted the first series of “Baseball’s Hottest Outfield” photos on the team’s Facebook page the next day. A few hours later a thousand people had clicked Like. Not only that, but the viewership of the page soared. It was shared all over the Internet, on Pinterest, on Twitter, on Instagram. It wasn’t just that the three men were criminally gorgeous. A big part of the appeal came from their racial mix and the blend of personalities. Trevor the stone-cold badass, Dwight the dynamic charmer, and Shizuko, the soulful rock star.

Paige knew it was all a crock, of course. Trevor wasn’t stone cold, Dwight wasn’t playful all the time, and Shizuko could outcrude most of the clubhouse, and that was saying something. But once those identities became set, people loved them. They were like cartoon characters instead of real people.

At the next game, the crowd roared when the outfielders took their positions on the field. Fans held up even more signs than they normally did. From the owner’s box, Paige scanned the crowd with her binoculars and read the signs out loud to Crush.

“ ‘Kilby Hearts Baseball’s Hottest Outfield.’ Thank you very much, we heart you too! ‘We make ’em hot in Kilby, Texas.’ That might be taking a little too much credit. None of them are from here.”

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Review:

I enjoyed reading this book. To be honest, it took me a little while to get into it but once I did, it was a quick and fun read. Paige was an intriguing heroine, a young woman fresh out of a divorce. It could have been easy for Trevor to be a rebound but their relationship developed past that. It took me longer to warm up to Trevor. He was too adapt at letting past scars control his life. However, it was extremely satisfying to see both characters overcome their past and form a loving relationship.

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Cover Reveal for Devil in Spring

Devil in Spring

 

I’m interrupting my posting schedule to present the cover reveal for Lisa Kleypas’s Devil in Spring! I recently read the first two books of her Ravenel series and enjoyed them. However, I’m more excited for the next book because it will feature the son of two of my favorite characters: Evie and St. Vincent from Devil in Winter! While you count down the days until February 2017, here’s the article in Bustle and the new cover!

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The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake

The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake

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A hot one night stand between friends might spark true love in The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake by Jessica Clare!

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A hot one night stand between friends might spark true love in the latest Billionaires and Bridesmaids novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Billionaire Takes a Bride.

Greer has always been there for Asher, but she wishes she could break through her shyness and show how much she truly loves him. But after a steamy, mindless fling at Hunter and Gretchen’s engagement party, Greer finds herself tossed aside and forced to admit that you can’t love someone who doesn’t acknowledge you exist.

It’s a shame he got her pregnant.

After his fiancée betrayed him and tanked his business in one fell swoop, Asher has spent his time trying to rebuild his wealth and forget the past. But he doesn’t understand why Greer blew him off after their night together—until he catches a glimpse of her belly.

Now Asher is willing to do whatever it takes to convince Greer she belongs with him. And he’s very skilled at the art of persuasion.

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When the group started to disperse into partying again, he got out of his chair and moved toward Greer’s table, stalking her. He saw her heading off with one of the waitstaff and jogged to catch up. “Greer!”

She turned and her face paled at the sight of him. Her mouth firmed into an angry line of distaste, and then she picked up her skirts and continued to walk away.

Yeah, he was definitely on the shit list.

That didn’t deter him, though. Asher headed after her, following her into the house and catching up despite her efforts to hurry. “Hey, wait up. I think we need to talk.”

“I have nothing to say to you, Asher.” She didn’t turn to look at him.

He reached out and clasped her arm, noting how warm her skin was, and how soft. And damn it all if he didn’t start to get another inappropriate boner. His body really needed to learn to calm the fuck down. “Just give me five minutes of your time, all right? Then I’ll leave you alone.”

She exchanged a look with the waitress, and then nodded at her. “I’ll be inside in a minute. Go ahead.” When the woman left, Greer sighed and turned back to him, smoothing a stray lock of hair back behind her ear. “What is it, Asher? I’m very busy tonight with the party.”

“I can imagine. This is a terrific party. I should have known you were behind it.” He knew she’d done weddings for some top-notch clients in New York and always took her job extremely seriously. Of course she’d put on a spectacular party for her father. “Listen. I feel like the last time we saw each other, we . . . well, we fucked up.”

Her eyebrows went up.

Shit. That was apparently the wrong thing to say. “I mean, it was a fuckup, but not that fucking you was a mistake.” God, where was his suaveness when he needed it? Why was he all diarrhea of the mouth when it came to Greer? He could sweet talk anyone, but the moment he came close to her, he babbled like a schoolboy. “Not that I think we should have fucked, of course. We’re friends, and friends don’t sleep with each other. Not if they want to stay friends. And you’ve been avoiding me. We haven’t had our Mondays in the last few months.”

“No, we haven’t.”

“It doesn’t have to be Mondays, you know. It can be any other day. Or it doesn’t have to be lunch. It can be anytime you need it to be if your schedule is all screwed.” He frowned to himself. “I should probably stop saying the word screwed, shouldn’t I?”

Her arms crossed over her chest, pressing her dress tighter against her body. “Is this conversation going somewhere, Asher? Like I said, I’m very busy tonight.”

Greer’s tits looked magnificent in that dress, he realized. They’d been small, perfect handfuls the night they’d slept together and now they seemed . . . doubly abundant. “Did you get a boob job?”

Her eyes narrowed imperceptibly. “I need to go.”

Fuck, why did he say that? “Sorry. It’s none of my business. Listen.” He reached out and grabbed her elbow when she turned to leave, stopping her. “The reason why I wanted to talk to you tonight is because I was behaving like an ass that night. I was drunk and I wasn’t myself. I was just lost in misery and in booze, and if I’d been thinking straight, I would have never dragged you off to the gardens and slept with you.” And damn if that didn’t sound all wrong, too. “Not because you’re not attractive, Greer. You are.”

“You’re not winning me over, Asher.” Her voice sounded hard. “Did you truly come to this party just to tell me that you find me repulsive and you wouldn’t have slept with me if you were sober?”

“What? No, that’s not what I meant at all. You’re hot. I mean, hell, you look smoking hot in that dress tonight.” She was all lush curves, which was surprising given that his memories of her were of her daintiness. But her body had changed in the last couple of months. And something about that was bothering him. “I just . . . don’t think we should have done that. As friends.”

“On that, I agree completely. May I go now?”

Why wasn’t she thawing toward him? He remembered Greer as all soft, shy smiles for him. They’d been friends, good friends. The cool, remote stranger in front of him . . . well, it reminded him of Stijn and the politely disinterested-because-you-are-dirt-to-me expression he wore at all times. “I just . . . you’re a good friend and I don’t want to lose you.”

“We can’t change what happened, Asher.” She hadn’t thawed an inch. One of the waitstaff moved nearby with an enormous cake, and she delicately sidestepped on the path to allow them more room. As she did, the long hem of her skirt got caught in a nearby bush and pulled taut against her body, outlining a slightly rounded stomach.

Asher’s eyes widened as realization struck him. “Greer . . . are you pregnant?”

She bit her lip and averted her gaze.

Oh fuck. She was pregnant.
“Is it . . . Is it mine?”

She looked back up again. Her eyes narrowed. She crooked her finger at him, indicating he should lean down. He did—

—And she delivered a ringing slap to his face.

 

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jessica clare bioAbout the Author

Jessica Clare

This is a pen name for Jill Myles.

Jill Myles has been an incurable romantic since childhood. She reads all the ‘naughty parts’ of books first, looks for a dirty joke in just about everything, and thinks to this day that the Little House on the Prairie books should have been steamier.

After devouring hundreds of paperback romances, mythology books, and archaeological tomes, she decided to write a few books of her own – stories with a wild adventure, sharp banter, and lots of super-sexy situations. She prefers her heroes alpha and half-dressed, her heroines witty, and she loves nothing more than watching them overcome adversity to fall into bed together.

Website: http://jillmyles.com/

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Review: 

Jessica Clare’s Billionaires and Bridesmaids series has been hit or miss with me. I’ve enjoyed The Billionaire Takes a Bride but really disliked The Billionaire and the Virgin. However, I was excited for this new book. It has my favorite plot point: unexpected pregnancy! Greer has been in love with Asher since they were roommates in college. However, he’s never seen her as anything but a friend. At their mutual friend’s engagement party, Greer is determined to let Asher know how she feels. Of course, her plan involves getting all dolled up and losing her glasses, leaving her practically blind. Her discussion with a very drunk Asher leads to outdoors sex and an unplanned pregnancy. The author addresses the realism of drunken sex, which left Greer angry of Asher (and herself for letting it go that far) and convinced that he has no idea what to do in bed. Essentially, she blows him off and heads out to her father’s house in Las Vegas. When Asher discovers Greer is pregnant and furious with him  , he hatches a scheme to try to get her back.

This book, like the others in the series, addresses the over-the-top life of billionaires. Asher is a billionaire while Greer’s father is a well. In the midst of hysterical and cringe-worthy hi-jinks, such as a “Playboy” wedding, Greer and Asher begin to rebuild their friendship and that merges into a relationship. Greer, from her shy nature, to her confidence in her wedding planning abilities and her complicated family past, is a well-developed and rounded character. By contrast, I felt lacking when reading about Asher. His betrayal in the hands of an ex and his childhood in foster care were mentioned but there wasn’t any depth to his character or back-story. While it was nice to read about he and Greer falling for one another, it would have been more poignant if Asher had more of a background story.

 

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Allegiance of Honor

Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

26089799Description: The “unparalleled romantic adventure”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world…

The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling.

To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

Review: 

I came really close to taking off work on the release day of Allegiance of Honor so I can stay home and read the book. However, I decided to be a responsible adult and go to work, though I did leave early to stop at my local Barnes and Noble and pick up the copy that I had on hold. Then I went home and devoured the book. My sister, who also reads the Psy-Changeling series, periodically poked her head in my room and told me to read faster. She usually reads the books after I finish them and she wanted to know how many pup-cubs! To prepare for this release, I’ve been listening to some Psy-Changeling audio-books on my commute to work and rereading some old favorites. That being said, after finishing this book, I’m determined to go back and reread the two books I usually skip over, Blaze of Memory and Bonds of Justice. Sophie and Max and Katya and Dev play a role in this book.

When I write my reviews, I think if I’d recommend this book to my friends who read romance novels. In this case, I would specify that I would tell any friend who has read the series to read this book. While any of the other Psy-Changeling books can be read as stand-alone, the full impact of this book would be dulled if you weren’t already familiar with the characters.If I had to pick a main couple for this book, and the couple I enjoyed the most, it would have to be Lucas and Sascha. I loved catching up with them and seeing how their life has changed three years after their book. Their daughter, Naya, is now a year old and we got to witness her first shift! Sascha and Lucas are both faced with trying to keep their daughter safe without putting limitations on her. For Sascha, it is accepting that her daughter is a cat and with that comes a feline curiosity and agility, which can be terrifying for a protective mother. Lucas, on the other hand, is less concerned about Naya’s agility but rather her overall safety as outside forces threaten Naya. The subplot running through the book centers on external threats to Naya as the first Psy-Changeling child born since Silence. This subplot connects to the new mysterious villain and arc of the series: the Architect and the Consortium. My sister and I have a myriad of theories about who the Architect is. After being oblivious to the identity of the Ghost in the previous books, we are determined to figure out who the Architect is in this new story arc.

What is amazing about this book is Nalini Singh’s ability to revisit old characters without stagnating the plot. I was a little concerned that this book was going to be a “where are they now?” book but the underlying plot was gripping and made the story flow. It was great to see how seamlessly the individual couples are linked in the stunning world Nalini Singh created. With a series as long as this one, it is easy for the books to become tiring and the story arcs dragged out; Nalini Singh did an excellent job of flowing from one story arc to a new one in a way that seems organic to the Psy-Changeling universe.  This book was everything I wanted and more. My only complaint is that I have to wait til August for the next anthology and then until next year for the next full-length Psy-Changeling book!

Rating: 5 out of 5!

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Waking Up With a Billionaire

Waking Up With a Billionaire by Katie Lane

27416519Description: He can have anything he wants…except her

Famed artist Grayson Beaumont is the most elusive of the billionaire Beaumont brothers. He has a reputation for seducing any woman with only a look, word, or sensual stroke of his brush. But now Grayson has lost all his desire to paint . . . unless he can find a muse to unlock his creative-and erotic-imagination.

Chloe knew she might have to shed her clothes when she agreed to pose for the celebrated artist, but she wasn’t expecting to shed all her inhibitions as well. Under his intense scrutiny, there’s nothing she can hide…including a secret from her past that, once exposed, will change how he looks at her forever.

 

Review: 

I read the final book in the Overnight Billionaire series right after reading the second book. In the second book, it was clear that Grayson and Chloe were going to be the main couple for the last book. There is a bit of a gap between the two books. Over the course of those few months, Grayson, the youngest Beaumont brother, is dealing with a block on his painting abilities. He previously met Chloe around the time the block first started. Chloe was an escort with an abusive boyfriend who Eden, with the help of Grayson, was able to rescue her from. Chloe clearly has a hidden past that she is running away from and at the beginning of the book, she is determined to leave again. In a less than ethical move, Grayson detains her until Eden returns from her honeymoon. Grayson is attempting to manage French Kiss while both his brothers are engrossed in their personal lives.

This book was a satisfying conclusion to the series. I would recommend reading it if you have read the first two books. There were nice glimpse of Grayson’s brothers and their wives. Also, since there were hints of chemistry between Chloe and Grayson in the previous book, it was fulfilling to see them enter a relationship. They both had past issues to overcome and which threaten their relationship. I will say, I was a tad disappointed by the reveal of what drove Chloe to run away. In my opinion, it didn’t seem like a legitimate reason to leave home as a teenager. That being said, she did learn to work through her past mistakes and that made her an intriguing heroine. Honestly, both characters made mistakes and jumped to conclusions but that just made them more relatable. Katie Lane can definitely write a book that draws me in from beginning to end. While this wasn’t my favorite book in the series, I’m glad I read it and I did enjoy it.

Rating: 4 out of 5!

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A Billionaire After Dark

A Billionaire After Dark by Katie Lane

25861993Description: With endless wealth comes irresistible temptation . . .

It’s an undisputed fact that Nash Beaumont is the hottest of the Beaumont brothers. His slow, sensual smile charms every French Kiss employee-and tempts every woman to buy the company’s lingerie. But beneath Nash’s raw charisma is a dark, kinky side that he struggles to control . . . a side that may be exposed by one lovely-and unexpectedly adventurous woman.

Reporter Eden Huckabee needs a story. And when she discovers Nash’s dirty little secret, she thinks she’s found it. But Eden doesn’t count on Nash turning the tables on her-or that she will fall so deeply for this unbelievably sexy, one-in-a-billion Beaumont.

Review: 

I ended up binge-reading the last two books in Katie Lane’s Overnight Billionaires trilogy over Memorial Day Weekend. Once I got into this book, I knew I was going to read the last one right after it. The plot of A Billionaire After Dark was intriguing. Nash, one of the sexy ‘panty billionaires’ has a dark secret: he likes to hire escorts. Eden is determined to make it as a reporter and write a breaking story about the world of escorts. She ends up pretending to be an escort and meeting Nash in a hotel room. However, their relationship quickly moves passed that escort moment as Nash and Eden discover each other identities and that Eden’s grandparents live next door to Nash and his brother. Side note, I adore Eden’s hysterical, nudist, free-love, ‘special’ brownie making, grandparents. They’re a breath of fresh air to the story by adding a humorous element. Most of the story deals with the serious issues facing Nash, which culminate in his control and his hiring escorts. I did really enjoy watching the relationship between Eden and Nash grow as well as her friendships with Madison and Chloe. However, I had a problem with parts of Nash’s back-story. To avoid spoilers, I’ll just say that I wasn’t a fan of the catalyst from his past which led to his desire for control. That being said, I liked how Eden helped Nash address his issues and move on from past trauma. Eden’s strength of character came from her sheer determination to succeed, whether at her job, at running a marathon, or at having a relationship with Nash. That determination is admirable in a romance novel heroine and added to my enjoyment of the book.

Rating: 3 out of 5!

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Happily Bedded Bliss

Happily Bedded Bliss by Tracy Anne Warren

25684964DescriptionFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Bedding Proposal comes a seductive new novel about the most devilishly dangerous men in London…

When Lady Esme Byron happens upon a gorgeous naked man sleeping beside a secluded country lake, she can’t resist the impulse to sketch him. But when her highly improper drawing is mistakenly revealed at a party, she finds her once-pristine reputation in tatters.

Gabriel, Lord Northcote, may be a notorious rakehell, but he is still stunned to find himself accused of despoiling a duke’s sister—especially since he’s never set eyes on her. When Esme’s six irate brothers demand a hurried trip down the aisle, he has no choice but to comply. He thinks he can forget about his inconvenient bride but Esme Byron is no ordinary woman and Gabriel is about to learn just how unforgettable she can be.

Review: 

It has been a while since I read a Tracy Anne Warren book and, to be honest, I wasn’t really impressed with the last few books in this series. However, for some reason, the youngest Bryon sister, Esme, has always stood out in my mind. So when her book was released, I put aside my disinterest in the series and decided to read it. I’m glad I did!

Esme is an artist and a bit of a rebel. That combination leads her into trouble when she decides to draw a naked man she spies on her neighbor’s property. This, of course, leads to a scandal when that picture is accidentally revealed at a house party. Thus, Esme and her model, Gabriel, while they have never meet, are forced to get married. I have a fondness for books where the couple have to get married and then are forced to figure out their relationship as they slowly start to fall in love. This book follows those plot points. Two strangers are forced to marry and figure out their lives together. I did like that Gabriel didn’t hold a grudge against Esme for causing their situation. It was clearly her fault and he could have easily blamed her. Instead, the conflicts in their relationship steam from his childhood scars. Esme starts the book as a young girl whose impulsive nature gets her forced into a marriage. However, as the book goes on, she starts to mature and temper her impulsiveness. She begins to settle into her life as a wife and mistress of the manor but does so while remaining true to herself. Gabriel, in turn, learns to work through the emotional trauma of his past and to rely on his wife. Overall, a very pleasant read.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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For The Win

For The Win by Sara Rider

27778685Description: What happens when you fall for your biggest competition? Sara Rider scores with this charming romance about soccer stars battling their tough opponents and playing the field of love.

Lainey Lukas has sacrificed everything—sleep, family, carbs, a life—to earn her spot as the top player and captain of the Seattle Falcons women’s soccer team. She’s determined to lead her team to a national championship and finally earn the sport the respect it deserves—and nothing will throw her off her game. When Lainey’s hero Gabe Havelak, star of the Seattle Surge, crashes her team’s first press conference—making the Falcons look like a joke to the local media and humiliating Lainey in the process—she’s hell-bent on revenge.

Charming, confident Gabe is practically a god to Seattle soccer fans, but he doesn’t mind a little friendly competition from tough-as-nails Lainey, with her top-notch athletic skills, her mile-long legs, and her girl-next-door freckles. But when he learns the Falcons are booting the Surge from their coveted practice space to the notoriously cursed Cricket Field, those warm feelings give way to crippling superstition. With his contract up for renewal and his thirty-fourth birthday just weeks away, Gabe will risk anything to protect his position with the Surge.

The rivals agree to settle their differences in a Battle of the Sexes competition—a test of skills, fitness, and willpower. At first the situation seems win-win: Gabe gets the chance to earn back the Surge’s practice space, and Lainey’s team will finally get some much-deserved media attention. But as the friction between them becomes hot enough to spark and smolder, Lainey and Gabe are entering new territory—and with both of their careers on the line, love might just be the toughest opponent of all.

Review: 

Last summer, I spent almost every day glued to my TV, watching the Women’s World Cup. It helps that I’m from New Jersey, where basically everyone played soccer growing up. Some of the best American players, both female and male, come from the Garden State, i.e. Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath, and Tim Howard.  So when I saw a book about female soccer players, I immediately jumped to read it. This book was an extremely lively read. Both Gabe and Lainey were interesting, well-written characters. Lainey is the captain of her Seattle female soccer team. She scored the winning goal at the Women’s World Cup but in doing so, received a head injury and took a while to recuperate. She is a determined, devoted player whose whole life revolves around soccer. She is desperately trying to drum up support for the new female soccer league and her team. There are clear echoes of real life and as a fan of women’s soccer, the challenges they face are real and difficult. Currently some of the top USA women’s players are suing against wage discriminationThe difference between men’s and women’s soccer are seen clearly throughout the book. Lainey and her teammates are forced to take second jobs to supplement their salary while Gabe is able to drive an expensive sports car. 

Gabe, the hero, is a famed male soccer player at the end of his career. He’s in his 30s and it is clear that his time playing professional soccer is running out. He is immediately attracted to Lainey, whose press conference he interrupts. Soon the main characters and their teammates are pulled into a Battle of the Sexes competition over playing field. In the midst of enjoyable banter and competitions, the relationship between Lainey and Gabe begins to bloom. There’s also great scenes with pranks and a soccer camp for kids which help round out the book. Can’t wait for the next book!  

Rating: 4 out of 5!

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