Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Arrivals To The TBR Pile In November

Title: Karma Inc. by Melanie James
Description: Witches, Werebears, and Imps. Oh my!

Waiting for Karma is fine—for the patient. But for the rest of us, it sure would be nice to give Karma a little nudge every once in a while.

Too many dates that turned out to be losers or liars? Have a problem with two-faced backstabbers? And don’t even start with the so-called customer service centers. There comes a day when enough is really, truthfully, enough already. For Kelly and Esmeralda, two snarky single witches, that day was yesterday. After applying their witchcraft to dish out a little magical payback, they realize they have a penchant for the dark art of revenge. And who’s to say a witch can’t make a few bucks with a talent like that?

Doing the odd job was fun and gratifying. Then along came an unusual client with a pitch for an idea, “Karma Inc.-Reality TV.” The witches set up shop in the sleepy little town of Caldron Falls, Wisconsin. By enabling the good citizens to settle old scores, they hoped to transform the town into a virtual coliseum of televised revenge. It didn’t take long before a few inconvenient and unexpected dead bodies began to pile up. To complicate matters, Caldron Falls just happens to have more than its fair share of paranormal creatures, not to mention a Chicago mobster seemingly bent on taking over the town.

Can Esmeralda and Kelly solve the rash of unexplained deaths before they get the blame and end up behind bars? What will Marie Laveau and the Witches Union have to say about this? And as any fool knows, Karma carries a roundtrip ticket.

Title: Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow
Description: A gorgeous country house hotel, a liberal dusting of snow, a cozy weekend away…what more could Lizzie ask for at Christmas?

Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the New Year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbor Marcus and she knows she shouldn’t be …

So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction?

A funny feel good festive read about rediscovering the magic of Christmas - just the thing to curl up with on a cold winter’s night.

Title: The Beauty Bride by Claire Delacroix
Description: More cherished than gold are the Jewels of Kinfairlie, and only the worthiest may fight for their love…The Laird of Kinfairlie has unmarried sisters, each a gem in her own right. And he has no choice but to see them all wed in haste.

Lady Madeline’s heart is not for sale…especially not to a notorious outlaw like Rhys FitzHenry. Yet Madeline’s hand has been sold, to none other than this battle-weary warrior with a price on his head. A more dutiful maiden might cede to the Laird’s command and meekly accept her fate, but Madeline has never been obedient. She decides to run away, though she never dreams that Rhys will pursue her.

She does not expect this taciturn man to woo her with fanciful stories, much less that each of his enthralling tales will reveal a scar upon his shielded soul. She never imagines that a man like Rhys could imperil her own heart while revealing so little of his own feelings. When Rhys’ past threatens his future, Madeline takes a leap of faith. She dares to believe him innocent—and risks her own life to pursue a passion more priceless than the rarest gem.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

REVIEW: One Night In New Delhi by Kemberlee Shortland

Title: One Night In New Delhi (City Nights #27)
Author: Kemberlee Shortland
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Publication Date: October, 2016
Genre: Erotica
Buy The Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Description: Hannah Maguire and Sudesh Kumar had been lovers in Dublin City, both studying for their degrees in similar areas of Archaeology. What she had treated as a college romance, Hannah realized, as he was leaving Dublin for the job of a lifetime back home in India, was she had lost her heart to him.

Now, five years later, Hannah is working as an archivist in the National Museum in Dublin when she's invited to the National Museum of India in New Delhi to inspect a new and rare artifact found on an archaeological dig.

The last person she expects to see when she enters the museum is Sudesh. She didn’t know where he was, or even if he was still in India, but soon learns he's the one who made the discovery, and had been the one encouraging the museum to invite her onto the project.

On meeting, everything they'd shared washes over Hannah—all of the love and passion, and a heart so broken, she still hadn't recovered. To make things more difficult, it's Deepavali/Diwali and Sudesh has promises to make it a memorable experience.

Will this one night really be one to remember, or will it send Hannah into a tailspin she might not recover from this time?

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this culturally rich story about a young Irish woman who finds herself in India to work on an archaeological project with the national museum in India. Hannah has been nursing a broken heart for the last five years when her lover, Sudesh Kumar, left her in Dublin to take a job in India, so it comes as a huge surprise to her when she crosses paths with Sudesh again and learns he is responsible for her invitation to the project.

I really liked Hannah and Sudesh. The emotions they still feel for one another remain strong and, though, it frustrates me to have a big misunderstanding plot, I thought the author handled it perfectly. The characters are both nursing emotional scars and being together again for the first time in five years brings intense reactions. The passion and love they feel for one another have not diminished over the years and neither one is hesitant in expressing themselves, in public or not.

My Final Verdict: The author does an amazing job of creating a setting so rich and vibrant in color, sight and smell, it gives the reader a real sense of being there in the marketplace with Hannah and Sudesh, touching the fabrics, eating the food and hearing the hustle and bustle of the people all around. A big plate of chicken tikka masala and garlic naan would have complemented this story perfectly. I highly recommend One Night In New Delhi if you enjoy traveling to exotic locales in the books you read, want romance between the main characters to be white hot in sensuality and passion and are looking for a good story that features vibrant characters who are easy to connect with and relate to.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of One Night In New Delhi from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, November 11, 2016

REVIEW: The Black Door by Charlotte Howard

Title: The Black Door
Author: Charlotte Howard
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Publication Date: July, 2014
Genre: Erotica
Buy The Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Description: Imogen Pearce is a single mum of four children and fast approaching 40, she works at Ryedale Incorporated where she has to battle a younger and smarter generation to get to where she wants to go. If that means taking on the account of Cherry and Sean Rubin’s adult shop, then she will. But what happens when Imogen discovers the private club that they run at the back? And what happens when she realizes she knows quite a few members?

My Thoughts: Definitely need an ice bath after reading this one! Hoooo Wheee! This is not standard erotica smut, people. This one has a very good story about a woman on her own again trying to do what’s best for herself and her children in spite of catching her fucktard of a husband banging some bimbo. I enjoy stories featuring women who demonstrate inner strength, courage and spirit in spite of the shite the world throws at them. These women pick themselves up, grab life by the balls and get on with it. Maybe an office romance with the boss is not the best way to achieve personal independence, but Imogen could do a whole lot worse! I personally don’t think jumping into a rebound relationship is ever a good idea, but Cal Ryedale, could definitely be the exception to the rule!

He comes across as a jerk douchebag the first time we encounter him, but keep an open mind, folks, because it’s a fa├žade. He gets under Imogen’s skin in a way that I doubt her husband ever did. Their mutual attraction sizzles right off the page which takes them from the conference room to an adult shop whose marketing Imogen is working on to the bedroom. Along the way, Imogen learns a lot about herself when deep and painful secrets are revealed. Every step of the way, Cal is right there for Imogen, offering his strength of body and soul.

My Final Verdict: I normally don’t go for the erotica genre because so many of them lack substance when it comes to a story and focus only on the sex. The Black Door provided both a great story starring characters with white-hot chemistry that just added to the buildup of the sexual tension they both feel for one another. I felt a lot of empathy and compassion for these characters and found them easy to relate to. I highly recommend The Black Door to readers who want a little more spice in the romance department without losing an entertaining story.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Black Door from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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