Monday, June 17, 2019

To celebrate the upcoming release of Deadlock by Cherrie Lynn on June 25th, Entangled Publishing has arranged a Scavenger Hunt! Follow the links at the end of each stop and collect clues along the way! Click here to start at the beginning of the Scavenger Hunt. At the end, enter your clues to be entered to win the grand prize: a Nespresso Espresso maker and coffee goodies to keep your all-night hacking (or reading) sessions going strong. You might find a few bonus giveaways in hidden links throughout the Scavenger Hunt, too, including print copies of Deadlock!

I'm excited to host a Q&A with Cherrie!


What was the hardest scene for you to write

Definitely the action toward the end! Choreographing things like that is a challenge for me. I feel my strengths are dialogue and emotion, so it’s difficult to not sound stilted or like I’m going down a laundry list of physical actions. Like “he did this and he did this and then he did that.”

Who was your favorite character to write?

I always like writing the hero’s POV better than the heroine’s. So between my main characters, definitely Jace. Among the secondary characters, it would have to be Helix. He was a lot of fun! I like the quirky, kinda smartass characters.




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Friday, May 31, 2019

Getting Hot with the Scot (Sometimes in Love, #1)Getting Hot with the Scot by Melonie Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fun and funny. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. My favorite scene is at the beginning of the book in the castle. Cassie is a reporter for a TV talk show and is hoping to move into mainstream journalism. She is visiting Scotland with her two closest friends and having a great time. Logan has a very popular web series which is known for crazy situations and stunts which he and his producer sister want to take mainstream but need to sell the show to a network. They meet in a hilarious situation in Scotland and of course fall for each other. It is unfortunate that neither knows anything about the other's background which leads to a crazy conflict which sort of puts them at cross purposes. Logan is the Scot and his buddy is the Brit. I loved this book and look forward to the next book that follows his friend Theo.

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Roman Count Down (Rick Montoya Italian Mystery #6)Roman Count Down by David P. Wagner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am always jumping into the books in the Rick Montoya series as soon as I know they are available. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I have been to a few countries and some of the main touristy countries but Italy is a place that I always return to time after time. I used to go every other year and do my best to visit a different part of Italy each time I visit. Of course whenever a family member visits I find myself in Rome over and over which is not a hardship. I have come to be able to find my way through some of the neighborhoods without direction which makes the series one of which I am quite fond.

Roman Countdown is a wonderful glimpse into Rick's life that the reader has not previously been privy and it is great. The mystery is quite intriguing where a Count was murdered while out doing some out of character things that really make me excited to know how things tie together. One of my most favorite parts is how detailed the story is with the streets, food, people, buildings, architecture, and art. I stayed and wandered through the area just off of the Piazza Navona which prominently plays as an area where the story takes place. It also introduces me to areas which I have not yet visited. I love this series and I love the characters, Uncle Piero, and the new characters the reader is introduced to in each book. Luckily the author appears to publish them pretty often and I am excited to see what Rick gets up to next.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Debt (Cal Donovan Thriller, #3)The Debt by Glenn Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Debt is third installment in the Cal Donovan series. I received a copy from NetGalley and Severn House Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Cal Donovan is a colorful, intelligent man who appears to be damaged, but, the reader does not really find out how and why until The Debt. I was interested enough in this series that I backtracked and purchased the first 2 books and I will have to double back and read those. The title sort of speaks for itself. The Vatican finds itself owing a debt which was undertaken many years ago from the Sassoon bank. It was not an ordinary debt because the leaders of the Church committed some horrible crimes to find themselves in the place they are in this book.

Cal has a sort of associate friendship that is developing as the series continues and he has been given exceptional rights to almost all the archives and libraries of the Church. He is a scholar at a university that requires research and publishing and he is working on his next work which leads him to find the papers that start everything in this book. He goes right to the Celestine with his findings and the reader is shown just how far some of the leaders of the Church are willing to go to protect what they think is most important, the treasures of the Church which have been gifted and collected over the years. This pope is reminiscent of the current pope who sees the role of the Church as serving the underprivileged and poor in society. Pope Celestine understands the risk of what he is undertaking but sees his calling as protecting the Church's calling which is rooted in the Bible and not in the hoarding of treasures even if it means bankrupting the Church.

The Debt is a great mystery and thriller which does a great job of reminding the reader of the contentious relationship that has existed between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people. It is always great to see stories that look at the history of that relationship and combine it with fiction. It is a great read and I cannot wait for the next installment. But, in the meantime, I have 2 books to backtrack and read before the next Cal Donovan story.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Prince's Bride (Modern Fairytales, #2)The Prince's Bride by Diane Alberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a huge fan of the modern fairytale. I think most of us are especially every time an American becomes part of one of the European royal families. I received a free copy from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was never a romance reader until a few years ago. I mostly read mysteries/thrillers then I read some urban fantasy and dark fantasy and started branching out. I spent a few years reading nothing but dark fantasy until I burned out and needed something completely different, hence, romance. My friends would be totally surprised, but, they also, know I went from one vampire story to the next. I started reading a few modern romances and chanced upon the modern royal subgenre and thought they were pretty fun. Obviously, we always want to see the poor underprivileged, smart girl, who works hard and helps her family or friends or even someone she sees needs help when she cannot even help herself. It makes a great story. But, when that girl is a U.S. American, it is a much better story. We can identify more with her because we can relate to her more. I am usually colorblind, but, of course, it is an even better story when the girl looks more like me.

The Prince's Bride fits in well with my reading niche. A hard-working U.S. girl who lost so much with one one death. For some, that is all it takes. Its not so much that this story has been told. It is that we can identify with the heroine and we like both of the characters. There s always a bad guy. In this case he was definitely nose-breaking, bad, and everyone showed great restraint in not popping him each time he truly deserved a good smack. I can tell this is a series I will continue to follow even if it is just to have a good break from work and my tendency to ready darker thrillers.

Friday, February 22, 2019

No Other Duke But You (Playful Brides, #11)No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

No Other Duke But You was a fun, sweet book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Lady Delilah has spent most of her life trying to get her mother's approval. Delilah is an exuberant, popular lady who has is a bit of a wild child. Her mother appears to not like her very much and has demanded she marry and has decided who Delilah should marry and it is someone she has absolutely zero interest in marrying. Delilah decides if she has to marry it will be the number one sought after bachelor of the ton who does not even know Delilah exists. Little does Delilah know one of her best friends has his sights on her.

Lord Thomas is a Duke and he has put off marrying because he doesn't want to be matched to anyone other than Delilah. As long as she has shown no interest in marriage he has kept the friend slot. Now that she has announced she has to marry he is ready to take that step until she notifies her friends that she intends to try and match with another Duke. What transpires is a fun, crazy set of hijinks where Delilah puts her plan in motion, Thomas puts his plan in motion to block her and their friends appear to be working on the sidelines to help each get what they want. It is a fun book.

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Unexpected Duchess (Playful Brides, #1)The Unexpected Duchess by Valerie Bowman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book had some great zingers where Lady Lucy speaks her mind and then some, but, she has met her match in Lord Hunt. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Lady Lucy pretty much could have a lot of interest from the males of the ton, but, they pretty much cower from her whip-smart mouth. She is protective of her friends, especially Cassandra who never seems to stand up for herself.

Derek Hunt is trying to honor a promise he made to his friend during the war. Julian is Cassandra's childhood crush, despite his being almost engaged to her cousin. They have been close enough friends over the years that she has fallen in love with him. She wants to wait it out despite the circumstances. Derek wants to do his duty to his friend so he tries to court her. Cassandra does not want to be courted so she enlists her friend Lucy to try and help deter him. What results is a great story where Derek and Lucy do entertain with some great, witty repartee. It leads to a great romance and looks like a great start to a new series.

To celebrate the upcoming release of Deadlock by Cherrie Lynn on June 25th, Entangled Publishing has arranged a Scavenger Hunt! Follow the l...