romance

Review: The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin (Spoiler Free)

the canary club.jpg

Title: The Canary Club

Author: Sherry D. Ficklin

Genre: YA Historical Romance

Publication Date: October 16, 2017

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

“Bad Luck” Benny is a fella from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he has vowed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But he also needs to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family, and he’ll do anything to make that happen—even if it means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. He soon finds himself in over his head—and worse still—falling for the one dame on earth he should be staying away from.

Masie is the daughter of a wealthy gangster with the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free from the politics and manipulation of her father. A pawn in her family’s fight for control of the city, and with a killer hot on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to burn them both.

(more…)

Advertisements

Review: Never Apart by Romily Bernard (Spoiler Free)

never apart.jpg

Title: Never Apart

Author: Romily Bernard

Genre: YA Mystery

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through the publisher and NetGalley.

How many times would you die for love?

What if you had to relive the same five days over and over?

And what if at the end of it, your boyfriend is killed…

And you have to watch. Every time.

You don’t know why you’re stuck in this nightmare.

But you do know that these are the rules you now live by:

Wake Up.

Run.

Die.

Repeat.

Now, the only way to escape this loop is to attempt something crazy. Something dangerous. Something completely unexpected. This time…you’re not going to run.

(more…)

Review: Bell of Eternity by Martina Boone (Spoiler Free)

bell of eternity

Title: Bell of Eternity (Celtic Legends #2)

Author: Martina Boone

Genre: Adult Romance

Publication Date: August 29, 2017

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Emma Larsen’s mother may have been a best-selling romance novelist, but her own track record with relationships was a darker story. Emma has never believed in happily-ever-afters. But when her best-friend Treave proposes suddenly after her mother’s funeral, she agrees to accompany him to a wedding at his family’s island castle in Cornwall to try to see him as more than just a friend.

She falls in love with the wild, granite Cornish coast, a world rich with history, hauntings, and ancient superstitions. The failed romance of Tristan and Isolde hangs over the island and the lost abbey bell is said to ring when wishes will come true. As tragedy rocks the small community, though, it is family and courage that keep everyone together, and a handsome Scottish chef with a turbulent past and secrets he holds close is increasingly the one to whom Emma is drawn as danger swirls around them.

Caught between the two men and her own conscience, Emma begins to discover that the roots of childhood fears run deep. And sometimes, the people we think we know the best are the ones we can’t see for who they are.

(more…)

Review: Lake of Destiny by Martina Boone (Spoiler Free)

lake of destiny

Title: Lake of Destiny (Celtic Legends #1)

Author: Martina Boone

Genre: Romance

Publication Date: April 25, 2017

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Helping her aunt organize a Beltane Festival in a picturesque Highland village seems like the perfect escape from Anna’s second broken engagement and the meltdown that wrecked her legal career. But to succeed, she’ll need to wrangle kilt-wearing villagers, dangerous sheep, a disaster of a dog, and the reclusive laird who refuses to open his property to the public for the ancient tradition of “Sighting.”

For centuries, Loch Fàil in Balwhither has been known to locals as a “thin” place, one where the veil between worlds peels back on Beltane morning to show the face of a person’s one true love. The tradition could draw tourists by the busload, but that’s exactly what Connal MacGregor fears will reveal the two secrets he’s been desperately keeping hidden.

While Anna struggles to mediate between the needs of the village and Connal’s need to protect his identity and his child, Anna finds herself falling in love with all of them: Connal and his daughter, the magical glen, the villagers. But day by day, opening herself to love exposes deep scars from Anna’s childhood, and confronting those wounds could finally set her free–or endanger her every chance of happiness.

(more…)

Blog Tour: The Ruins by T.H. Hernandez (Spoiler Free Review)

the ruins

Title: The Ruins

Author: T.H. Hernandez

Genre: YA Dystopian Romance

Number of Pages: 315

My Rating: 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Heartbroken, grief-stricken, and wracked with guilt, seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor returned to the Union, leaving behind the boy she loved.

Now, she and her friends must find a way to do the impossible – warn the citizens of the Union about an impending rebel attack without alerting the government and risking retaliation against her friends in the Ruins.

When every move Evan makes is thwarted, it soon becomes clear she’s being watched. Faced with a daily fight to stay one step ahead of her pursuers, she returns to the Ruins. But life in the Ruins has its own dangers, and soon she’s fighting a different battle – to stay alive long enough to discover the truth.

(more…)

The Ruins by TH Hernandez Release Day Launch!

It’s release day for T.H. Hernandez’s The Ruins! I am so excited for the release of this fantastic dystopian young adult! I’m a bit emotionally attached to this book, as I got the awesome opportunity to work with the author and beta read it, and got to see it “grow up”. Trust me, you want to check this book out! Keep an eye out for my review coming tomorrow. T.H. is sharing an excerpt and fantastic giveaway with us so be sure to check it all out!!

P.S.: If you haven’t, feel free to check out my review of the first book in the series, The Union, here.

Ruins RDL Banner (more…)

Review: Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton (Mostly Spoiler Free)

rock and a hard place

Title:  Rock and a Hard Place

Author: Angie Stanton

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Number of Pages: 304

My Rating: 3* out of 5 stars

In an instant, Libby’s life went from picture-perfect to a nightmare. After surviving a terrible car accident, Libby is abandoned by her father and left with her controlling aunt. A new town, a new school, no friends–Libby is utterly alone. But then she meets Peter.

The lead singer in a rock band with his brothers, Peter hates that his parents overly manage his life. Constantly surrounded by family, Peter just wants to get away. And when he meets Libby, he’s finally found the one person who just wants to be with him, not the rock star.

But while Peter battles his family’s growing interference in both his music and personal life, Libby struggles with her aunt, who turns nastier each day. And even though Libby and Peter desperately want to be together, their drastically different lives threaten to keep them apart forever.

(more…)

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (Spoiler Free)

the wrath and the dawn

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy (Retelling)

Number of Pages: 395

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

(more…)

Blog Tour: The Rearranged Life by Annika Sharma (Review)

cover2500

Title: The Rearranged Life

Author: Annika Sharma

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Number of Pages: 268

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Nithya, a vivacious, intelligent and driven college senior has always known what she has wanted: a successful career in medicine and the love of her family. She’s even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition her conservative Indian family has held up for thousands of years.

When a night of partying puts her on a collision course with danger, Nithya’s entire life changes.

Enter James St. Clair, the smart, challenging and heartbreakingly handsome American.

As Nithya and James fall in love, she questions the future she and her parents have always planned. Now, Nithya has a choice to make: become a doctor and a good Indian bride, or step away from her family and centuries of culture to forge her own path.

The decision she comes to takes her on a journey that transforms how she sees her future, her relationships with loved ones, and how she learns to put herself back together when even her best-laid plans fall apart.

(more…)

Review: Days Like This by Danielle Ellison (Spoiler Free)

days like this

Title: Days Like This

Author: Danielle Ellison

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 2, 2015

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sometimes the only thing standing between fear and hope is you.

Almost a year ago, nineteen-year-old Cassie Harlen had a lot to deal with. A stack of college acceptance letters waiting for answers, a proposal from the boy next door, and a mother whose most recent bipolar episode left Cassie hurt and confused. Tired of cleaning up the messes caused by her mother’s disorder, of resenting her mother for not being there, and scared of being trapped by an inevitable future—which included marrying Graham Tucker—Cassie did the only thing she could think of to keep from ending up like her mother: she left.

Graham never knew why Cassie walked away. He woke up one morning and she was gone—along with the life that he’d created around her. After eleven months, Graham has a new plan for his future. One that doesn’t involve Cassie Harlen.

When Cassie’s mom nearly burns down her house, Cassie’s forced to return home. Back to a mother she’s tried to ignore and the guy she’s been unable to forget. Graham doesn’t know how he’s going to spend the whole summer living next door to the person who broke his heart without letting those old feelings push through to the surface.

Neither does Cassie.

(more…)