A to Z Bookish Survey Tag

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It’s Random Friday and since I’m in the middle of reading Kissed at Christmas I decided to do another book tag. This time it is the A to Z Bookish Survey Tag. I discovered this tag on Brin’s Book Blog.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Darcy Burke. I had to check Goodreads to be sure and it was a close call between her and two other authors.

Best Sequel Ever:

This is a hard one. Let’s go with The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna (The Undaunted Debutantes, #2) by Christina McKnight

Currently Reading:

Kissed at Christmas by Christina McKnight, Ava Stone, and Michelle Willingham

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Either 7UP or Mixed Berry Water. Depends on the time of day.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical books! Due to space and price, I have more ebooks and I do love my Kindle.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Bran from The Untouchables series by Darcy Burke (I loved his quirks, his rule-breaking and how dedicated he was). He pulled me away from the charming bad boy Ethan in the Sins and Scandals series by Darcy Burke.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Forever Rose by Carmen Monica Oprea. It was not my typical read because it is a time travel book, but I loved it!!!!

Hidden Gem Book:

Gray Places by Julia Byrd It gave me chills and I loved it even with the romance not being front and center.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Discovering the many book groups on Facebook and starting my own blog. There are people like me and we totally understand each other. I was first encouraged to start my blog by readers and authors I know then to start writing my own book by them too.

Just Finished:

I just finished an ARC of A Talent for Temptation by Sabrina Jeffries. A quick amazing read.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’m not a fan of erotica or time travel. I will read the odd one here or there, but I don’t like to books that the story almost never leaves the bedroom or books that spend a lot of time in the present day.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

So far

Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon it is 880 pages according to Goodreads.

Major book hangover because of:

There are a few of them that have left me needing a break from them. Pretty much any of Darcy Burke’s books, Ava Stone’s books, Christina McKnight’s and Erica Monroe’s books. I can’t put them down until they are finished and they usually leave me needing to process something.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Actual bookcases are zero. I have a set cubbies that are full of books and have books piled on top of them.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

A Dangerous Invitation (The Rookery Rogues #1) by Erica Monroe. It’s a favorite.

Preferred Place To Read:

In my bed or outside in the fall weather.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“I fell in love with her by word alone. It wouldn’t matter if she were blind, deaf, bald, or broken, I would love her with all that I am.”

Lynn Winchester – The Gentleman’s Heart

Reading Regret:

Not reading the Outlander series earlier. I had stayed away from it because of the size, that it’s time travel, and not really a romance. I didn’t start reading them until after the show aired and I realized they were different from what I thought.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

There are a few, but my top one is The Grooms series by Rose Gordon. I have only Her Sudden Groom and loved Alex like crazy.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  1. Scoundrel Ever After (Secrets & Scandals #6) by Darcy Burke

2. The Outlaw (Willow Creek #2) by Lily Graison

3.West of Forgotten by Lynda J. Cox 

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Ava Stone she writes most of the books that give me chills and spook me.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

The next book in Darcy Burke’s League of Rogues series! I have been waiting for it like crazy.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Ruining the spines of my print books. I try so hard not to bend them back, but when you have small hands it happens. It shows my books are loved though.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Never Surrender to a Scoundrel by Lily Dalton

Your latest book purchase:

The Major’s Faux Fiancée (The Dukes of War #4) by Erica Ridley

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

West of Forgotten by Lynda J. Cox

That was so much fun! Let me know your thoughts below.

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Release Blast: The Undaunted Debutantes box set by Christina McKnight

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Undaunted-boxset-ebook.jpgTitle: The Undaunted Debutantes Series (Books 1-3)

Series: The Undaunted Debutantes

Author: Christina McKnight

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England

Release Date: September 19th

Length: 588 Pages

Three innocent debutantes must work to solve the mysterious death of their childhood friend. With undaunted determination they pledge to not only expose the man responsible for their friend’s tragic death on her wedding night, but to also uncover other unscrupulous men of the ton who would jeopardize the future of other young women. 

The Disappearance of Lady Edith, The Undaunted Debutantes (Book One)
One tragic night changed sensible, proper Lady Edith Pelton’s life: when her best friend fell to her death, pushed down a flight of stairs by a nefarious lord. Now, Edith dedicates her time watching the man she thinks is responsible, while gathering other information to expose other scoundrels posing as gentlemen of honor about London. But when her spying is noticed by a perfect stranger, Edith finds herself with two mysteries—what happened to her friend, and how to win the heart of a brilliantly handsome lord. 

The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna, The Undaunted Debutantes (Book Two)
Lady Lucianna Constantine, a quick-witted hellion, has no doubt who is responsible for the murder of her dear friend—and she will stop at nothing from exposing his transgressions, and those of every despicable man in London. Though her two dearest friends were unwilling to point a finger at the dastardly man, Lucianna has witnessed the cruelty of London’s Beau Monde her entire life…starting with her own father. She is more than willing to singlehandedly take down every vile man that crosses her path. However, what happens when a most honorable man discovers Luci is the abhorrent woman who ruined both his life and stripped him of his rightful future? 

The Misadventures of Lady Ophelia, The Undaunted Debutantes (Book Three)
If only Lady Ophelia Fletcher—quiet, reserved, with her nose always stuck in a book—had witnessed the death of her friend that fateful night. Now she writes a column, Mayfair Confidential, that she uses to expose men with unsavory pasts to make amends for holding her tongue the night her dear friend was murdered. She is more than willing to never call attention to herself. But when a handsome stranger arrives to meet with her father, Ophelia can’t help but do a little investigating for her own benefit. At last, Ophelia has stumbled upon an adventure of her own—but does she possess the skills necessary to solve the mystery without the assistance of her friends? 

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Christina Photo SmallAuthor Bio:
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

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It’s Random Friday and it’s time for another tag! And since it’s my birthday I thought this tag sounded like a lot of fun. I found the tag on Spines & Covers. I wasn’t tagged and won’t tag anyone so if you like this tag consider yourself tagged.

How long have you been a blogger?

Almost two years. I started in December 2015 and originally it was going to be a personal blog, but it quickly turned into a book blog after a few posts. Time really flies when you are doing something you love. My blog has grown and changed in that short time too.

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

I don’t think I ever will. I will probably take breaks, but never fully stop. This blog has opened so many doors for me and I’ve met some great people through blogging. It will always be my baby (my others are too) since it is the first blog that I really put the time into it.

What is the best thing about blogging?

In two word THE PEOPLE! I have met so many people and gotten to know them through this blog. We talk, help each other, and love seeing each other’s opinions on all things books and book related. Even if we don’t always agree we still have fun.

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it ok?

The drama that comes from one bad apple in the bunch. All it takes is one book blogger to do something to upset someone and it can set off a domino effect for the rest of us. I usually stay away from it, but there are times that I need to defend us bloggers.

How long does it take to make/find pictures to use?

Depending on the post it doesn’t usually take long. If it’s something I have on hand I ask my brother (the photographer) to take pictures for me and then just do quick edits ( sometimes me and sometimes him). When it comes to my graphics it can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour depending on the look I’m going for.

What do you wear when you write blog posts?

95% of the time it’s my PJs. I like comfy clothes when typing, but sometimes I have other things to do so I put on normal clothes.

How long does it take to prepare?

I have a schedule for this blog that I don’t always stick to. Mondays are either writing updates or what I’m reading that week, Wednesdays are always book reviews, and Fridays are random days. I sometimes plan out Friday posts if I don’t have another book review for that day or there is something on my mind I want to share. Other times I find random tags that catch my attention like today. Sometimes I have reviews on all three days or reviews on other days of the week due to tours.

How do you feel about the book blogger community?

Every book blogger I have met is amazing! We can refer people to each other and we all understand each other and the book blogger life. There can be a bit of drama and some cliches, but usually, we all get along great.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Don’t let it become a chore. If you find yourself dreading the work change it up and keep it fun. If you are in a reading slump take a break from accepting requests and read what you want out of your personal collection and slow down.

ARC Review: Third Son’s a Charm (The Survivors #1) by Shana Galen

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Third Son’s a Charm by Shana Galen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Releasing November 7, 2017

Pre-Order Links

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Blurb

Ewan Mostyn thinks a job as a duke’s daughter’s bodyguard will be easy―but Lady Lorraine has a few tricks up her sleeve that spark an undeniable passion…

Fiercely loyal to his friends and comrades, Ewan Mostyn is the toughest in a group of younger sons of nobility who met as soldiers and are now trying desperately to settle back into peaceful Society. Ewan trusts his brawn more than his brains, but when he’s offered a job watching the Duke of Ridlington’s stubbornly independent daughter, he finds both are challenged.

Lady Lorraine wants none of her father’s high-handed ways, and she’ll do everything in her power to avoid her distressingly attractive bodyguard―until she lands herself in real trouble. Lorraine begins to see Ewan’s protectiveness in a new light, and she can only hope that her stoic guardian will do for her what he’s always done―fight for what he wants.

My Review

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

An amazing start to a new series! I was hooked from the moment Ewan threw the man out and then once they met I knew it was going to exciting and different with them. I loved how they were together from the start with trying to outsmart each other. I did not expect the trouble she found herself in or how desperate the person was to do that. I actually held my breath when her father told him no because I had no clue what was going to happen. The ending was perfect, especially with his friends. I also loved the story with her parents wondering what happened to them before.

Lorraine is extremely independent and when she sets her mind to something look out. Her way of thinking and doing what she wanted was going to cause some big trouble and scandal. I loved that she was free speaking and determined in helping him. I loved that she wasn’t so stubborn as to completely ignore what she was being told.

Ewan is one of those hero’s that has your heart right away. His past will break your heart and his sense of honor will make you love him. I loved that he took his job so seriously and how he could figure out what she was up to at every turn. When he went back to get her dog it said everything about their love.

I can’t wait for the next book!

Release Day Blast: Lauren Smith’s A Gentleman Never Surrenders

Cover Designer: Elizabeth Turner

Release Date: September 12, 2017

Synopsis

Love is worth a little scandal.

Owen Hadley needs a wife. Preferably a wealthy one. Alas, there aren’t a great number of heiresses willing to marry a rogue of no particular fortune—luckily, if there is ever a gentleman capable of melting a lady’s chilly heart, it’s Owen.

Milly has had enough of the marriage mart. If matrimony means giving up her freedom for a foppish husband, then society can take their idea of marital bliss and toss it. But when the ton’s most notorious rogue mistakenly makes his way into her bedchambers, Milly finds herself unexpectedly and unwillingly at the altar . . .

Yet the more time she spends with her new husband, the more Milly starts to wonder if the marriage she never wanted may be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Now it’s up to Owen to convince Milly that what started as a mistake is anything but—and that every night with him will be more wonderfully scandalous than the last.

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Giveaway

$20 Amazon Gift Card

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About the Author

Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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What I’m Reading This Week: Shana Galen and Laura A. Barnes

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This week I have another ARC to read Third Son’s a Charm by Shana Galen. I will be starting it tonight so look out for the review on Wednesday! Then I am Reading Rescued By the Captain by Laura A. Barnes. She is a new to me author and this is her first book so I can’t wait. I have many favorite author books coming in the coming weeks!

In non-book related news, my birthday is Friday!

Happy Release Day Lynn Winchester!

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The Gentleman’s Heart by Lynn Winchester
Isadora Mosier never fit in, and she didn’t mind. She still laughed and loved and experienced life at its fullest. But when an accident steals the use of her legs, she’s left with a half-life…until she’s given a new one, as someone else.

 

 
Captain Allon Banks is a broken Civil War veteran and literature professor who never thought he could find a mind and wit to match his. As he begins to correspond with Philomena Parks, he discovers a spirit that captures his heart. Overcome with his need to see her face to face, he travels to Dry Bayou to meet his Philomena and make her his own.
 
Dora is shocked with Allon arrives in town, searching for the woman he’d fallen in love with on paper. What happens when he finds out the woman he’s been writing to is a cripple? What happens when Dora falls for a man who is already in love with someone else? Someone who isn’t real?
 
Allon is torn between his love for the spirited Philomena of his letters and his attraction to the lovely, warm Dora who seems to know more than she’s saying. When he discovers Dora is keeping secrets, Allon must decide if the woman in the letters is the same one he can’t stop thinking about.
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Cover Reveals: The Honorable Scoundrels by Sophie Barnes

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The Governess Who Captured His Heart

 Releasing November 7, 2017

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Temptations or Priorities…?
Determined to help her oldest sister make ends meet, Louise Potter accepts a governess position in the northern part of England. If this means accompanying an older gentleman on his travels, then she will. There’s only one problem: Louise is about to discover that her travelling companion is not the elderly man she expected, but rather seduction itself…Alistair Langley has no desire to share his carriage with his niece’s newly hired employee. But the matron he expected to find at his door is instead a beautiful young woman, one he knows he can’t travel alone with. After all, he’s going to visit his brother who is pressuring him to marry and produce a Langley heir–or be cut off from inheritance. When he confides in Louise, together they form a plan. But the closer they become, the more temptation beckons…
Until finally a choice must be made: Love or money? Or is it possible to have both?

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The Earl Who Loved Her

Releasing November 14, 2017

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A chance meeting…

Eve Potter can hardly wait to arrive at Amberly Hall for the Christmas season! The hope is that she will make a match with an eligible gentleman. But as fate would have it, she misses the coach that is sent to collect her from her point of arrival, and starts out on foot…only to go in the wrong direction. Nearly frozen, she arrives at BlackHall, where she is invited inside and introduced to the master of the house, the Earl of Ravenworth. Eve is smitten, for he is beyond handsome, which makes him a temptation she must avoid. But can she…?

Bryce Harlowe lives as a recluse, shuned by Society and even his own family after being accused of a scandalous transgression. The young woman at his door cannot stay at Blackhall less her reputation be ruined. And yet, when the pesky winter climate leaves them snowed in together at Blackhall, Bryce and Eve grow closer, each discovering a mutual respect and longing for the other. Until Bryce’s past is revealed, threatening to rip apart their newfound love…

 

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The Duke Who Came To Town

Releasing November 21, 2017

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She doesn’t want to be a kept woman…

Josephine Potter knows she must retain her employment to provide for her younger sisters and to maintain the house.  While a young woman working as an accountant – at a hotel no less – could be frowned upon by some, it’s still a respectable way to earn a living. No matter what a certain duke might think. Besides, Josephine has a few rules she lives by: Don’t rely on others, don’t accept money from someone you don’t know, and never allow a man to control your life. But when she is fired from her job, Josephine may have to bend a few rules…

Devon, the Duke of Snowdon, has never met a more bull-headed woman than Josephine Potter! The Potter sisters are granddaughters of a Viscount and should not have to work for a living. So despite Josephine’s arguments, Devon insists she end her employee status immediately and accept a stipend for her and her sisters. When she is then fired, she accuses him of meddling in her life…and things are about to heat up despite the cold winter weather. As they work together to figure out why Devon’s hotel is losing money, a mutual attraction that won’t be denied, grows between them.

But when rumors of impropriety abound, can Josephine’s reputation be saved…or will her life be destroyed by scandal?

 

 

Review: The Rake’s Bride (Dry Bayou Brides #5) by Lynn Winchester

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The Rake’s Bride by Lynn Winchester

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

Buy Link

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Blurb

Jean-Luc La Fontaine is tired of sowing his wild oats. So, after a disastrous summer in France, he’s back in Dry Bayou, ordering himself a mail-order bride. A new wife will help him forget about the siren with sapphire eyes…

Intelligence, wealth, prestige… It means nothing when you fall in love with the wrong man. So, when scandal chases Isabeau Montefret from France, she runs to America, determined to forget the man with the wicked smile.

Isabeau hoped becoming a mail-order bride was the answer to her problems. She’d change her name, start a new life, and lose herself in a small town. When she discovers that the man who disappeared with her heart is the man she agreed to marry, Isabeau settles in for the fight of her life.

When the one woman he’d left France to forget arrives in town, claiming she’s his new bride, Jean-Luc doesn’t know what to feel. But when pain gives way to the truth, he must risk keeping a dark secret, one that would steal every chance at happiness. Isabeau once made him believe in happily ever after, now he must learn how to keep his new bride at a distance, lest he lose everything.

Can Jean-Luc be a true husband to the woman he’s been deceiving? Can Isabeau convince Jean-Luc she’s his one true love? Will these two rediscover what they had once upon a summertime?

My Review

The perfect amount of sweetness. Many sweet westerns loose their ruggedness or the sense of being a western, but this one doesn’t and I loved that! There is a lot of emotions in this one too that will pull at your heart and you will connect with them throughout the story. I loved that they weren’t your typical western couple and that they were brought back together. There was a twist with her family that I didn’t see coming. I didn’t want it to end but loved the ending because everything came out.

Isabeau was ruined by a scandal but wasn’t going to fall into a black hole and disappear. I loved that she actually could take care of herself with the upbringing she had and that she wouldn’t back down. She spoke her mind at all times and I loved that about her.

Jean-Luc was heartbroken without realizing it. My heart ached for him in the garden and how he changed after that. He was a hardened man after that and I loved how he slowly softened again. He will pull at your heart like crazy.

Don’t mess with a group of women that have a plan!

Cover Reveal: A Gentleman Never Surrender by Lauren Smith

Cover Design:

Release Date: September 12, 2017

 

Synopsis

Love is worth a little scandal.

Owen Hadley needs a wife. Preferably a wealthy one. Alas, there aren’t a great number of heiresses willing to marry a rogue of no particular fortune—luckily, if there is ever a gentleman capable of melting a lady’s chilly heart, it’s Owen. 

Milly has had enough of the marriage mart. If matrimony means giving up her freedom for a foppish husband, then society can take their idea of marital bliss and toss it. But when the ton’s most notorious rogue mistakenly makes his way into her bedchambers, Milly finds herself unexpectedly and unwillingly at the altar . . . 

Yet the more time she spends with her new husband, the more Milly starts to wonder if the marriage she never wanted may be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Now it’s up to Owen to convince Milly that what started as a mistake is anything but—and that every night with him will be more wonderfully scandalous than the last.

 

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About the Author

 

Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. 

 

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