Need Your Help! Which Contemporary Should I Read?

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If you follow me on Instagram (@sassybooklover) then you know that back in February I won a box full of books. This box was a mystery to me until it arrived and it was full of Contemporary romances. I’ve never read one before and It gave me the idea to once a month read one and post a review here. Now, this is where I need your help. I have no clue as to which one to start with and I know some of you also read contemporary. So you may have read some of these or could just be interested in them.

Here is the picture from my Instagram so you can see the covers. Please vote below and leave a comment. I am not the biggest paranormal fan outside of ghosts, but I will keep an open mind.

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Review: Lord of Temptation (Rogues to Riches #4) by Erica Ridley

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Lord of Temptation by Erica Ridley

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

Buy Links (3)

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Blurb

Be careful what you wish for…

When Lord Hawkridge inherits a penniless marquessate, he must abandon his courtship of the lowborn girl he loves. Years later, she rises from commoner to textiles heiress. Hawk has never banished her from his heart. Here’s their chance to share his home! But how can he convince a woman whose trust he destroyed that he desires her far more than her money?

Faith Digby’s chaotic world is too full to bother with men. She controls half a boarding school, one life-endangering secret, and two recently gentrified parents. There’s no time for the old flame roaring back into her life. Not when admitting she still loves him would imperil everything and everyone she holds dear…

My Review

This one has it all! A secret love, heartbreak, and more secrets. I couldn’t put it down because there was something at every turn to pull me in more. Their past story is heartbreaking and he wanted to make things right so much. I loved how no matter how hard she tried her heart reacted to him and wanted to believe him. I did not see her secret coming at all and held my breath when he found out. What he decided was not what I thought was going to happen, but I loved it.

Faith made it clear she never wanted to see him again, but fate brought him back. I loved her and the work she did at the school. She can break your heart when talking about the past. I loved when she realized he needed to forgive himself.

Hawk’s whole life has been a mess and he’s vowed to never be like his father or guardian. My heart melted at how much he was trying to restore things and how much he hated what he had done. He reacted but thought things through when it came to her secret.

I loved her parents throughout the story and his brother and mother.

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What I’m Reading This Week

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This week I am busy with work so I won’t have three reviews, but I will have at least one. This book will be The Hellion by Christi Caldwell which I have been looking forward to reading. If I’m able to do another review it will be Erica Ridley’s latest book.

Something I’m thinking about starting here on this blog is at the first of every month I will post a list of new releases I’m looking forward to that month. Or If there isn’t any I will post what I will be reviewing for sure that month. That way you can see if there is a book you are wondering about coming up in my reviews.

You can always ask me about a book and I will see if I have reviewed it before or if it is in my TBR list of books I already have and I can review it.

Pre-Order and Support Dueling the Desperado by Mimi Milan

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Continue the journey of the Brides of Blessings with Mimi Milan’s Dueling the Desperado. Another strong woman is trying to find her own way and love is the last thing on her mind. If you’ve read The Blessed Bride, Blessed Beyond Measure, and Hell-Bent on Blessings then you will love this one and want to continue the series.

About the Book:

“This place is too dangerous for a face like yours.”
“I feel as if I’ve heard those words before.”

It’s been several years since Araceli Arroyo left behind the burning ruins of her family’s hacienda in New Mexico for a new start in California. Despite the time that’s passed and all the loss she’s suffered, the painful memory of war is like fresh paint on a blank canvas. Perhaps that’s why the prints she creates always hold a touch of sadness. However, she’s determined to produce something new – a masterpiece that will inspire the folks in the growing town of Blessings. Could the new hire at her father’s sawmill help her do that… or will the secrets he carries destroy them both?

From Texas to New Mexico, problems stick to Miguel Santiago like stink on old fish. Hoping to shed his old life, he’s thankful for a friend’s invitation to start anew in a place where he can be anyone – literally. Operating under the alias of Michael St. James, his fair looks and country twang allow him to pass as any other American cowboy in search of California’s promise of golden opportunities. Could the family he’s always wanted also be part of the prospect… or will the woman of his dreams discard him like her dried jars of paint when his past is revealed?

A story of desire and deception, dismay and deliverance, hearts burn as bright as the summer sun setting on the golden California coastline in this classic western.

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Today at 2PM EST Lynn Winchester will be live on her Facebook page answering questions, giving updates, and having a giveaway! She does these every Monday and they are so much fun because you never know what questions people are going to ask.

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The Bookshelf Tag

The Bookshelf Tag

It’s Random Friday and time for another tag! I found this tag on Dreamland Book Blog. I thought this one looked like a lot of fun to do.

On to the questions!

Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from

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This is my only bookshelf and it doesn’t hold all my books. I’ve had this since I was little so I have no clue where it came from. I have books on my desk by my bed and then books in a chest.

How do you organize your books?

As you can tell in the above picture my books are just stacked with series together. They have to be in order.

What’s the longest book on your shelf?

20180112_142334-01.jpegAt 1,438 A Breath of Snow and Ashes is the longest on my shelf.

What’s the shortest book on your shelf?

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My shortest book is The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna with 177 pages.

 Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?

Surprisingly there isn’t one. I have many from Christmas and contests, but not birthdays.

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Two actually. I’ve read The American Heiress already, but have been too busy to read The Fortune Hunter. A friend read them and thought I would love them and sent them home with me.

The most expensive book on your shelf?

Has to be the Outlander books, but I don’t know which one is the most expensive.

The last book you read on your shelf?

 

Do you have a complete series?

20180112_144847-01.jpegYes. I only have one and that is the Star Trek Destiny series.

What’s the newest addition to your shelf?

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No Earls Allowed which is even published yet.

The oldest book on your shelf?

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The Lawman is how I found romances books. I had the ebook version first.

What’s a book you’d hate to let out of your sight? (A.K.A. No one is touching it. Ever.)

All of my signed books.

Most beat up book?

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My Outlander books are pretty beat up

Most pristine book?

No Earls Allowed because I haven’t read it yet.

A book that doesn’t belong to you?

None.

A book that is your favorite color?

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I have many in my favorite color, but this is my favorite cover in that color.

A book that’s been on your shelf the longest and you still haven’t read it?

Part of the Outlander series

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?

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Never Surrender to a Scoundrel. This was my first giveaway win too!

Any signed books?

 

 

Review: The Lady’s Legacy (Half Moon House #3) by Deb Marlowe

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The Lady’s Legacy by Deb Marlowe

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Buy Links

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Blurb

Light fingers, fast feet, a quick wit and empathy for the downtrodden—none of these qualities will help Miss Francis ‘Flightly’ Headley fit in with Regency Society. They are perfect for a young woman helping the infamous Hestia Wright at Half Moon House, however. And they might be exactly what is needed to find Hestia’s long-lost son.

Lost is Mr. Rhys Caradec’s preferred state. An artist and a hedonist, he lives his life exactly as he wishes—unfettered and free. He has no interest in either of his warring parents, but finds himself unexpectedly fascinated with his mother’s assistant.

Each believes they can bring the other around to their way of thinking. Both recognize the rising passion between them—but they are far too different, their circumstances too convoluted, for them to ever fall in love . . .

My Review

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

This one will keep you on the edge of your seat! I couldn’t put it down waiting to see how they were going to get together and waiting to see what was going to happen to Hestia. They way they met was very different and I loved it especially when he dropped his case. I loved that they kept opening up to each other slowly and it was a journey for both. I held my breath when it came to the parts with Hestia afraid of what would happen. I didn’t want it to end.

Francis had her mind set on finding him and helping him to understand. I loved her right away because there was no stopping her on her mission and she wouldn’t give up. She was amazing in everything she did.

Rhys has lived his life thinking the worst of his mother and running from things. I loved how he threw himself into his work and how he slowly realized his problems. He needed to be told the truth bluntly.

Review: The Duke Who Came To Town (The Honorable Scoundrels #3) by Sophie Barnes

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The Duke Who Came To Town by Sophie Barnes

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

Buy Links

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Blurb

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?

My Review

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

This was my favorite out of this series! From the moment they met and were at each other’s throats, I knew it was going to be great. I did not see the twist of where she worked coming or how the relationship would play out. I loved his sister and what she was up to with them.

Josephine was my favorite of the sisters because she didn’t care that he was a duke when she spoke.  I loved her as soon as called him what she did and made it clear what was going to do. She knew what she was talking about and her sisters were the top priority.

Devon was not the uptight duke he acted like and was actually very different. Once he told the story about what his father had him do I loved him. He was raised to be a duke, but also not too look down on others.

Review: Enchanted at Christmas (Christmas at Castle Keyvnor #2) by Christy Carlyle, Jerrica Knight-Catania, Claudia Dain

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Enchanted at Christmas by Christy Carlyle, Jerrica Knight-Catania, Claudia Dain

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Buy Links

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Blurbs

The Earl and Countess of Banfield cordially request your attendance at the wedding for their daughters: Lady Tamsyn Hambly to Mr. Gryffyn Cardew, & Lady Morgan Hambly to Harold Mort, Viscount Blackwater, on the 24th day of December, 1811, at Castle Keyvnor, Bocka Morrow, Cornwall.

“A Love for Lady Winter” by Christy Carlyle
Lady Winifred Gissing has a secret: she sees ghosts. With this strange skill, and her odd, ethereal appearance, she knows she’ll never find acceptance among society, let alone love. But when she travels to Castle Keyvnor, she meets her aunt’s godson, Septimus Locke, the Earl of Carwarren. Scientific, rational Septimus stirs an unexpected passion in her, and she finds his experiments in galvanism fascinating. Romance sparks between them, but will his past and her unusual ability destroy their chance at happiness?

“His Christmas Angel” by Jerrica Knight-Catania
Ethan Dallimore, Duke of Westbury, would like a little peace in his life. Unfortunately, he has the weight of the world on his shoulders with one demanding sister and one always-underfoot ward. To make matters worse, he arrives at Castle Keyvnor with a debilitating headache that won’t go away. All he wants to do is sleep until it’s gone, but that’s not an option as he’s traveled to the tip of Cornwall to attend a holiday wedding, and even houseguests have their duties. However, Ethan’s desire to sleep is soon replaced with his desire to get to know the mysterious beauty whose mere presence seems to take his pain away.

Miss Angel Quinn doesn’t exactly belong at Castle Keyvnor with all its aristocratic guests, even if she does share a bloodline with some of them. But she knows it’s important to accept the invitation to her long-estranged cousins’ weddings, so she puts on her grown-up bloomers and heads for the castle. But so much more awaits her in the mystical village of Bocka Morrow, and the young witch may soon discover just who she was always meant to be.

“Lady Rose & Lord Snow” by Claudia Dain
The Grimstone has come to Castle Keyvnor. His name is Charles Snowingham and he is the Earl of Grimstone. Upon his right hand he wears the Grimstone ring, an ancient ring imbued with, it is said, ancient power to destroy ghosts and ghouls and otherworldly things. Snow is not the sort of man to believe in fairy tales, until he arrives in Castle Keyvnor, that is, and he meets Lady Rose Hambly.

Lady Rose is determined to escape her ancestral home, Castle Keyvor. She’s not about to admit it publicly, but there is a certain ghost at the castle who is haunting her. Since her sisters Morgan and Tamsyn are being wed on Christmas, and since the castle will be awash with eligible men, she is determined to find a husband as quickly as possible, if only to get away from Castle Keyvnor and her impossible ghost.

What Lady Rose and Lord Snow do not realize is that the ghosts of Keyvnor want them away from the castle immediately, if not sooner. The Grimstone ring spells their doom, and Rose’s ghost doesn’t want to haunt her just as fervently as she wishes not to be haunted. Will Rose take romantic advice from a ghost who does nothing but insult her? Not willingly.

A Love for Lady Winter by Christy Carlyle

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

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

I really loved this one! I was hooked from the start because she could see ghosts and then because they both were unique. The way they first met was very different and really said a lot about love and them. I loved her aunts and that there were secrets surrounding everyone.

Winifred has spent a long time keeping secrets to protect her family and needs to be free. I loved her right away because she wanted to help the ghosts she saw. She needed to let it all out and set herself free.

Septimus needs to let his anger free and forgive before he can be free. I loved him because he was so different and the things he did. He wanted to learn so much and everything.

His Christmas Angel by Jerrica Knight-Catania

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

This may be my favorite in this series! I loved that this one involved witches and a unique way of bringing them together. I had no clue as to why she was being affected in the castle they way she was until it was made clear. They needed each other before they even met and the castle brought them together.

Angel had been for years trying to find out what her gift was and didn’t know it was there all along. I loved that she was on a journey for herself and found love too. She didn’t back down and was very open with people.

Ethan was plagued not only by his sister and ward but also a huge headache that nothing helped. I loved that he was instantly drawn to her and didn’t know why. He was more open than you would think to everything.

Lady Rose & Lord Snow by Claudia Dain

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

The Grimstone ring will definitely make you sit up and pull you into this story. I love that this one was all about destiny and that included some favorite ghosts. So many things were working to bring them together for different reasons. Once they were both in the castle it’s fast from there. I was sad but also happy to see a favorite ghost go.

Rose was completely serious about finding a husband right away even though her plan does go as planned. I loved that she spoke her mind and that people knew she was serious. She was extremely sensitive to the ghost especially one.

Charles wore the ring and thought nothing about the legend about it no matter what his grandmother said. I loved that as soon as he got to the castle he was pulled towards her and didn’t know why. He understood her more than anyone else.

Review: The Earl Who Loved Her (The Honorable Scoundrels #2) by Sophie Barnes

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The Earl Who Loved Her by Sophie Barnes

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋 1/2

Buy Links

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Blurb

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, shunned by Society and even his own family after being accused of taking 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…

My Review

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

Another great short read! I love that it picks up around the same time as the first one and continues with her sister. I was going crazy wanting to know what he had been accused of and was totally shocked by the truth. It was clear from the moment they met that they both would be fighting themselves. I loved the ending and her friend.

Eve is not as shy and quiet as you think she is. Once she started speaking her mind and easily spoke about her family I loved her. She knew the real him and wouldn’t believe stories or give up easily.

Bryce sealed himself off from the world and his family because what happened. I loved him right away because he said what he thought and was very open most of the time. He needed someone and a reason to fight and prove himself innocent.