Reading Habits and Readabits Tag!

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This week for Random Friday I have two book tags thanks to a post from Jessie at Nerdy Book Life! You can read her answers by clicking the link.

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Reading Habits Tag!

#1 Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I read in my in bed. I turn on the tv for background noise and snuggle in with Abigail who gets belly rubs and paw rubs the whole time.

#2 Bookmark or a random piece of paper? 

Bookmark! I have tons of them all over the house from swag packs and one nice fabric one that I love to use. I’ve never used random bits of paper because they slide out and get lost.

#3 Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, etc.? 

If I have to stop and can’t finish in one sitting I try to stop half way through the book. I can’t stop during exciting parts and will keep reading until I’m past the parts that I can’t wait to finish.

#4 Do you eat or drink while reading? 

I never eat while reading. I will sometimes drink while reading, but I put my book aside to be safe. I don’t want anything on my books or phone if I’m reading on my phone.

#5 Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

Yes! I can’t have silence when reading because every little noise catches my attention then. Can’t have people in the room though.

#6 One book at a time, or several at once?

One at a time. They would get mixed up in my head when writing reviews. I may start one and take a break from it to read another like I did with book five of the Outlander series (haven’t finished yet), but can’t go back and forth.

#7 Reading at home or everywhere? 

I can read everywhere if there are no distractions. My reading apps are on my phone and with me everywhere.

#8 Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head. I just react out loud to what I read at times.

#9 Do you read ahead or skip pages?

Never! I don’t want to miss anything.

#10  Breaking the spine or keeping it new? 

I try to keep it pretty, but the spine always gets broken. I have small hands and hold the book can be hard at times.

#11 Do you write in books? 

Never! I’m pretty good at remembering stuff. If it’s an ebook I just highlight it.

Readabits Tag!

#1 When do you find yourself reading? Morning, Afternoon, Evening, whenever you can, or all the time. 

Evening! 99% of the time I read at night. I rarely read during the day because I have stuff to do.

#2 What is your best setting to read in?

In a nice cool bed with a snoring dog by me.

#3 What do you do first watch or read? 

So far I’ve watched first because I didn’t know about the book until after seeing the movie or show.

#4 What form do you prefer? Audiobook, e-book, or physical book.

It’s a toss up between ebooks and physical books. I love the smell and feel of physical books, but ebooks take up less space. I never have time for audiobooks because family is usually around and I don’t want to put headphones on.

#5 Do you have a unique reading habit? 

I don’t think so. Maybe that I can read with the mindset of the time period the book is set sometimes to understand things.

#6 Do book series have to match? 

Nope. It doesn’t really matter to me.

Are you my habit twin or do you have interesting ones? Comment below.

 

ARC Review: Three Weeks with a Princess (The Improper Princesses #2) by Vanessa Kelly

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Three Weeks with a Princess by Vanessa Kelly

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

Pre-Order Links

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Blurb

In Vanessa Kelly’s captivating series, three young women are descended from royalty–in the most improper way. But that doesn’t stop them from pursuing lives rich in adventure. . .

Lia Kincaid, illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York, comes from a long line of notorious women. Raised by her grandmother, formerly mistress to the late Marquess of Lendale, she has little hope of a respectable marriage. But the new marquess, her childhood friend, Jack Easton, would make a very desirable protector . . . if he weren’t too honorable to take her to bed.

It’s bad enough being saddled with a title he never desired. Now Jack must resist the beautiful woman he desires far too much. Duty calls, and he is duty-bound to choose a wealthy bride. But then Lia makes another outrageous suggestion: asking Jack to devise some tests to find her the perfect paramour. Tests that involve flirting, kissing, and other pleasurable pursuits. Tests that, in a matter of weeks, could transform friendship into the ton’s greatest scandal, igniting a passion even duty can’t deny. . .

My Review

*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

Two stubborn people make for great passion. From the start, I knew this was going to be a great story. There were both so stubborn that they would set their minds to something and misunderstand each other at times. I loved the back and forth and how it would erupt into passion. I did not see the twist coming with her friend near the end and how it would turn out. I loved how much family was involved and seeing characters for the first book again.

Lia was so determined to take care of herself and her grandmother that she was willing to follow the same path. Trouble followed her everywhere and sometimes it was very dangerous. I loved how she kept trying to do things and take care of everyone else first.

Jack has never had a problem with Lia or her family because they were like family to him. I loved that when he tried to explain something it always came out wrong and backfired on him. He realized that accepting help is okay and that love is important.

This is an amazing series and has so many amazing characters that I hope to see again.

 

A Day in My Life as a Book Blogger

A Day in My Life as a Book Blogger

Since I’m still reading the second book I mentioned on Monday I thought it would be fun to give some insight to my life as a book blogger. Every day is a bit different so I will talk about what happens the most and a bit about how busy I’ve been.

Mornings: Now all my mornings start pretty much the same way. I wake up (late morning) with Abigail (my little dog) and no one talk to me until I’ve had something to drink (7Up) and have had a few minutes to get fully awake. I am a night owl (got to read those books) and not a morning person so it takes me a bit to get started. I spend the morning checking Facebook and any notifications from Twitter or Instagram then it’s on to emails. I have to check my personal email which is usually full of junk but I need to check for anything from the review crews I’m a part of and I hate a full inbox. My blog email always needs to be checked for review submissions and blog tour invites or anything else blog related because I don’t like to leave people waiting for a reply.

Afternoons: After I eat lunch is when I usually start anything I have to do that day. I don’t schedule many blog posts in advance so I usually write them the day of posting unless it’s a blog tour post, I’m ahead on my reading, or I know I will be out that day. That doesn’t mean I only work on it three days a week. I work on blog stuff (not just mine) pretty much every day from answering emails to working on behind the scenes stuff and trying to keep on schedule with my blog and my life. The beginning of this was a bit crazy because I had a doctor’s appointment (I hate going) and because I have anxiety about going I didn’t read the night before so I didn’t have to rush home and work on a post (one was scheduled to post for me). When I’m not writing a review, post or email I am looking at book stuff and planning out the next week’s posts and putting them in my blog schedule which has been three or more reviews the last few weeks because of review crews and submissions that I don’t want to leave the authors waiting on them (I hate to wait so why make others wait).

Evenings: Are partially rest time. I put the computer away before eating super and then spend the evening with my family watching favorite shows and talking. I still answer emails that I get as long as it’s before I go to bed and I’m not busy. Like I said I’m a night owl so I don’t really have a set time I go to bed, but I read almost every night unless I’m tired or it’s really late because I can’t alway be up until 3am reading (I’m guilty of doing it many times). Depending on the book I can read a whole book in one night, but some night I like to take the time to watch YouTube videos instead of reading (shocking right) so that I don’t get burnt out on books. Book burn out is real and I try to avoid it by having small breaks from reading.

Well, there is a day in my life as a book blogger. I hope you enjoyed the peek into it.

Review: Courting Chaos (Dunaway’s Daughters Book 2) by Lynne Barron

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Courting Chaos by Lynne Barron

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Buy Link

Amazon

Blurb

What happens when London’s longest reigning rake decides to make mischief?
Born of scandal and raised in squalor, Miss Harry O’Connell turned her back on her feckless, frivolous father and carved out a life for herself in the working-class neighborhood of Wellclose Square. She’s a creature of habit, a stickler for schedules, a keeper of secrets, and a woman adamantly opposed to wasting so much a single minute – let alone a spare shilling – on useless endeavors, sentimental nonsense or impossible expectations.
Opposites attract…
With three men standing between Phineas Griffith and the nearest title, he was perfectly content to float through life on a wave of mistakes, mishaps, coincidences and luck. Two unfortunate accidents and an apoplectic fit later, the new Viscount Knighton finds himself saddled with a decimated estate, a mountain of debt and two sisters in need of launching into Society in tandem. There’s really nothing for it but to woo and wed an heiress post haste.
Orbits align…
An unwelcome visit from the Earl of Dunaway sets in motion a convoluted chain of events that put Harry on a collision course with the handsome fortune-hunter. And wreak havoc with her meticulously managed, precisely timed and exactingly organized life.
Worlds collide…
Phineas cannot afford the luxury of falling in love with a prickly, pragmatic and penniless woman. Harry hasn’t the time or inclination to dally with a charming rake when all her considerable talents are aimed at laying waste to all the Earl of Dunaway holds dear.
And chaos ensues.
Some forces are greater than gravity and some chances worth taking. Can these two star crossed-lovers find the wherewithal to risk it all for a happily-ever-after that defies all odds?

My Review

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

Opposites really do attract in this case. This one is a bit slow at first, but to fully understand them you need everything that happens in this book. I loved how there was so much bringing them together and they didn’t know it. There are many players involved and they all play an important part in everything. So much happened near the end and I loved what happened with her and her father.

Harry is a different woman and I loved her. She is determined to make her way on her own and is doing it in her own unique way.  I loved her right away because of how she was with her schedule and her sisters. She would do anything to make sure they were happy.

Phineas isn’t your typical fortune hunter. He needed to fix the estate and take care of his two sisters. I loved how when he tried to do or say something it got messed up and ended the wrong way. But once he knew what he wanted he set out to get it and listened when he should.

Random Friday: Behind the Scenes of Easter Photoshoot

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For Random Friday this week, I have a special treat because yesterday we did the Easter photoshoot with Lady Abigail and Lady Claire. Things have been so busy lately that we didn’t know if we would be able to do a shoot or not, but my brother (the photographer) had some down time to do it. As usual, there are plenty of behind the scenes photos for me to share and the final photos will be posted on Colt S Photography on Sunday for Easter.

We didn’t dress them up this time because it was 80 degrees out and even though the photos are done inside it’s hot and hard work for everyone. Lady Abigail did get a new flower for her collar and Lady Claire wore her other collar (that wasn’t as worn looking). These photos show Lady Claire’s silly and hyper personality and Lady Abigail’s love of photos. I only came out with one scratch to my hand from holding treats and it was better than last time in getting both to hold still and look the same direction.

Here are the fun photos:

Review: Sleeping Beau (Fiery Tales #4) by Lila DiPasqua

 

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Sleeping Beau by Lila DiPasqua

(also a part of the Historical Hellions box set)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋💋

Buy Links

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Blurb

Inspired by the tale of Sleeping Beauty–an erotically charged historical romance novella from the acclaimed Fiery Tales series. One sleeping rake, one scorching kiss, one night of unforgettable passion…

Five years ago, the notorious rake, Adrien d’Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain, was awakened by a sensuous kiss–and experienced a night of raw ecstasy that was branded into his memory.

Years later, he spots his mysterious seductress–and this time, he has no intention of letting her go…

**NOTE: Originally published in the AWAKENED BY A KISS anthology.

My Review

*I received a copy of Historical Hellions which includes this book from one of the authors in exchange for my honest review

Normally I don’t like ones at this spice level, but I loved this one. I loved that it was set in France, that there was a small mystery surrounding that night, and a twist at the end I did expect. There is a lot of steam in this one, but enough of a story to balance it out for me.

Catherine had her reasons for what she did five years ago and the memory of that night has stayed with her. Once she told her whole story everything made sense and I loved her.

Adrien is not shy at all about the life he lives, but he is still loveable. There is something about how he wanted answers about that night that makes you love him because it wasn’t for bad reasons.

Random Friday: My Favorite Historical Shows and Why I Love Them

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This week I am talking about my favorite historical shows and why I love them. These shows are all in different time periods and it’s not just the good looking men in the shows (but that does help 😉 ). They are in no particular order because I could never put them in order of how much I like them. You will notice a trend of books inspiring shows and a trend in the settings.

Outlander 

I love Outlander because it has so much history in it. You can learn a ton just by watching the show and it makes you want to research thing on your own. Another thing I love is the costumes and how accurate they are in every way.  Normally I don’t like time travel, but this one is addictive and it all meshes perfectly. There are small differences between the books and show, but they are understandable changes and for tv, they make sense for flow.

The first time I saw it was after season one had aired and we had just gotten Starz. I decided to watch it and see what the hype was about and ended up watching the whole season in a week. I was glued from episode one and then I had to buy the books and read the first four before season two aired.

When Calls the Heart

This is a Hallmark channel show that I was drawn to because it is technically a western but set in Canada in the early 1900’s. I love the storylines and the romances (especially one that finally had something I have been waiting forever happen). The costumes and a few other things aren’t very accurate, but they are gorgeous costumes and the other things aren’t too far off for me. They show has handled some topics recently that I am happy to see.

I have watched it from the start because they are inspired by Janette Oak’s books (loved the Love Comes Softly movies) and because Michal Landon jr (a favorite person in the film and tv industry) is involved with the show. It’s a show you can watch with everyone in your house and not be shocked are embarrassed by scenes.

Poldark

This one has so much drama going on that it pulls you in. I love that it’s set and filmed in Cornwall and the drama with every character. Every season covers a couple of books in the series they are based on, but they are short seasons so things move fast. This one does have some pretty accurate costumes and shows how things were at that time in the mines and some of the crimes. They have said there are small changes from the books, but they say the way things are written in the books leave it up to the reader to decide how they see things.

I couldn’t wait for this one to start after seeing the preview for it. I haven’t read the books yet (the prices for even ebooks is high) but hope to one day to see what isn’t in the show. It’s one of those that if you blink you might miss something, but you become invested in the characters.

Call The Midwife

This one is more modern because it starts in the 1950’s, but it is important historically. It covers so many important topics from medical discoveries to women’s issues during that time. This is one doesn’t seem like a tv show when it comes to certain scenes and they don’t sugar coat things. You see the good and the bad of everything and it’s highly accurate in everything.

I didn’t discover it until last year coming across it on Facebook. I’m a few seasons behind and need to watch the ones I missed, but it pulled me in without knowing anything about it.

The Musketeers 

The name tells you right away that it’s about the three musketeers (even though there were more). It’s not accurate with the timeline of events (actors leaving and other things caused changes), but the action, drama, and costumes (not always accurate) are amazing. This one does cause you to want to learn about the time and historical figures on the show. You will want to pick your favorite musketeer.

It was a BBC show and I watched it from the start because I love the stories surrounding the real musketeers and when it started there weren’t many historicals to pick from. I was heartbroken to see it end last year.

 

Have you watched any of these shows? Do you have any to recommend? Leave a comment and let’s talk about it.

Random Friday: I’m All For Epilogues

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There has been a debate lately on if epilogues are needed or not and who is a fan or not of them in romances. Where am I in this debate? If the title didn’t give it away then I will say it again I’m all for them and love them. There are a few reasons I love them in romances and I will talk about them all.

1. Some books don’t need them

This is true. Every once in a while there is a romance that the ending covers everything and doesn’t leave you wanting to know a tiny bit more. But most of the time the book ends without a wedding and/or without you know the reactions of some characters to something. The epilogue can jump ahead and let you know if they had kids, how someone was punished for a crime, and if they are getting along with someone again. All things that if the book continued so you could get to that point it would be much longer and you probably wouldn’t care about the details.

2. It can lead you into the next book

There is almost always a secondary character in the book that gets your interest and you want to know more about. Many times the epilogue will have what character will be in the next book. The whole epilogue may only hint at it and it depends on how much the books connect, but you will most likely get a hint of the next book.

3. How the books in the series connect

You might be wondering how or if the books in the series connect and the epilogue can help with that. You might be introduced to a new character that knows the characters from the book you just finished. Or it can tell you if the next one picks up from where this one left. Sometimes the stories actually go on at the same time and intertwine and the epilogue will show it.

Just embrace the epilogue!

I know many others love them like me for the closure they provide and I know many think they don’t add anything or they can make you want to buy the next (which is one of the points).

Are there any reasons you love that I missed or anything you have to say about them? Leave a comment below and I will reply.

ARC Review: The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis (Craven House #2) by Christina McKnight

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The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis by Christina McKnight

Releasing February 21. 2017 

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

Buy Link

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Blurb

COURTSHIP WAS NEVER SO SCANDALOUS

The grandson of an unconventional marquis and son of a notorious woman, Elijah Watson, Marquis of Ridgefeld, has spent most of his life outside of London. His atypical upbringing has left him longing for roots and a traditional family life, and he’s determined to live his life above reproach. When he meets Miss Samantha Pengarden, he believes he’s found the woman he wants to marry—except she has other far more sensual ideas for him.

Known throughout the ton as the illegitimate rebellious daughter of London’s disreputable Craven House Madame, Samantha has never had to face the world without her shy twin by her side—until now. Her sister’s marriage and the return of her blackguard father leaves her alone and adrift. When Elijah agrees to escort her to the town’s most infamous establishments, she thinks she’s finally found a man with a taste for scandal and a knowledge of matters of the flesh.

But she never counted on Elijah being so honorable. When Samantha is listed as the mistress of the Marquis of Ridgefeld in White’s betting book, her reputation is in ruins—and only Elijah can save her. Can two total opposites come together for a love certain to last a lifetime?

My Review

*I received a copy via NetGalley

I knew Samantha’s story was going to be an adventure and I was right. The pain of their pasts brings them together to help and understand each other in many ways. I really liked that it picked up with her sister’s wedding and continued a bit of the story. I loved that they were opposites on some things, but not on others because it was like it made them think and understand each other. Their chemistry was amazing and the sparks definitely were flying.  The ending was perfect and I liked how it was working out with her father.

Samantha is not shy and can come close to be scandalous in her behavior, but that’s why I love her. She was in a limbo over her sister getting married and then her father showing up and it was heartbreaking because not everyone saw it. I loved her personality.

Elijah is a bit quieter and more careful, but just as adventurous if not more. He was in his own limbo over his grandfather and mother and no one knew the whole story. I loved how he was a bit out of place in the city after all of his travels, but still fit in at the same time.

I can’t wait to see what else Christina has in store for this series. I hope to see more on Samantha’s father and Elijah’s mother.