Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #67: The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen



Release Date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Why it’s my WoW: The cover caught my eye with it’s broody looking castle but the synopsis grabbed my attention. Now I’m itching to discover what secrets Deeprath Castle holds.


The Gallagher family has called Deeprath Castle home for seven hundred years. Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, the estate is now slated to become a public trust, and book lover and scholar Carragh Ryan is hired to take inventory of its historic library. But after meeting Aidan, the current Viscount Gallagher, and his enigmatic family, Carragh knows that her task will be more challenging than she’d thought.

 Two decades before, Aidan’s parents died violently at Deeprath. The case, which was never closed, has recently been taken up by a new detective determined to find the truth. The couple’s unusual deaths harken back a century, when twenty-three-year-old Lady Jenny Gallagher also died at Deeprath under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind an infant son and her husband, a renowned writer who never published again. These incidents only fueled fantastical theories about the Darkling Bride, a local legend of a sultry and dangerous woman from long ago whose wrath continues to haunt the castle.

 The past catches up to the present, and odd clues in the house soon have Carragh wondering if there are unseen forces stalking the Gallagher family. As secrets emerge from the shadows and Carragh gets closer to answers—and to Aidan—could she be the Darkling Bride’s next victim?
What are you lovelies waiting on?
 
 

 
 
 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #66: Seducing the Defendant by Chantal Fernando



Release Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Why it’s my WoW: Not only am I massively addicted to Chantal Fernando’s writing, since devouring Breaching the Contract (my review), I’ve been eager to know more about what Jaxon’s been up to and there’s promise of something Wind Dragon’s MC related! Yay!

 
Jaxon Bentley is a hardnosed criminal lawyer whose entire life revolves around his work. He’s been asked to represent Scarlett Reyes, a woman accused of murdering her police officer husband in cold blood. All the evidence points to Scarlett being guilty and Jaxon is sure it’s an open and shut case.
 

But when he meets his client, he can’t help but feel that she’s innocent and that there’s more to the story than meets the eye. With a bit of digging, he uncovers a connection to the notorious Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and realizes that Scarlett’s case is a complicated and difficult one. It certainly doesn’t help that the two share an immediate and passionate attraction. Will Jaxon be able to prove Scarlett’s innocence or are the two doomed to fail both in court and as a couple?

 
 
What are you lovelies waiting on?
 

 
 
 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Escape to You by Jennifer Ryan



He discovered her during a Montana blizzard, freezing cold, impossibly vulnerable, a little boy by her side. Undercover DEA Agent Beck “Trigger” Cooke is astonished to recognize Ashley Swan—award-winning actress, famous beauty—and missing for over a year. To keep her and the child hidden from a sadistic madman, he secrets the pair away to his isolated home.

No longer a prisoner, and protected at Hope Ranch, Ashley recovers and learns the tall, tempting federal agent may have a dark past, but it hasn’t destroyed his sense of honor.

As they shed past roles and find common ground, Ashley and Trigger can’t help but fall slowly, carefully, in love. But danger still lurks outside the boundaries of Hope Ranch, for until her crazed captor is brought to justice, and Trigger’s undercover past is laid to rest, none of them will ever be truly safe…
 
Series: Montana Heat #1| Publisher: Avon | Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense | Source: Publisher | Rating: 4.5 Cups

This one was dark and intense yet it was filled with so much hope, love, passion, and healing
 
So, Beck’s been an undercover DEA agent for so long—and he’s done some dirty deeds in the process—that he doesn’t know where he starts and Trigger begins. He’s wounded, weary, and his soul is in need of repair. He’s definitely damaged and he’s not sure if he can be saved but when he discovers Ashley clinging to life with a little boy guarding her, he knows that, despite what he’s going through, he has to save her and Adam.
 
Ashley was held captive for a year by a sadistic madman she once thought of as a friend so she’s been through hell and back but she never gave up hope. She’s determined and a fighter. She’s a bit leery of Beck, even though he rescued her, but she also sees the wounded man inside of him that needs healing and she’s able to connect with him on the level.
 
There an amazing chemistry between Ashley and Beck but there’s also this amazing bond. They’ve both been through harrowing ordeals, they needed each other to be able to heal and it was such an amazing process. The romance felt real and not rushed.
 
So, this was an intense read. The things Ashley went through was horrifying and the mindset of the madman was intense—I was never sure what he was going to do next—, plus Beck has his own things going on so, while this was an amazing read, it was one that I had to take a breather from every now and again.
 
Overall, this was an outstanding read. It was so full of intense emotion. This is by far the best book from Jennifer Ryan that I’ve read. I’m eager to see what comes next in the Montana Heat series.


 

Montana Heat Series
Protected by Love #0.5 
Escape to You

 

 
 
 

Monday, October 9, 2017

From Scotland with Love by Kelli Ireland


After her boyfriend runs off to a Buddhist monastery, Molly is stuck with an extra ticket for a bed-and-breakfast trip through the Scottish Highlands. Not wanting to waste the fare, she sells it in an online auction...where it's bought by a man from her past. Now she's stuck rooming with the guy who broke her heart - someone she's never been able to forget.
 
When Alex arrives in Scotland and discovers that he unknowingly purchased a romantic getaway with his ex-girlfriend, he knows he should walk away. Spending two weeks at a bed-and-breakfast in the Scottish Highlands with his beautiful, spirited ex is a terrible idea. He came to Scotland with one goal in mind - to win an elite photojournalism competition - and Molly is a distraction he can't afford.
 
But as the stunning Scottish Highlands weaves its magic, Alex's and Molly's hearts begin to open once again. Can they let go of their past for the second shot of a lifetime?
 
Publisher: Audible Studios | Narrator: Ava Erickson | Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins | Genre: Contemporary Romance | Source: Publisher | Ratings: 3.5 Cups

A funny and heartfelt second chance romance set in Scotland? Yes, please, and thank you!
 
Here’s what’s going on. When Molly’s boyfriend up and sells off the contents of their flat, dons a curtain panel and runs off to become a monk, Molly is desperate to find someone willing to buy the other half of her trip to the Scottish Highlands. So desperate, in fact, she sells the other half of her trip on an online auction. And because the universe has a wicked sense of humor, it’s purchased by Alex, the guy who broke her heart.
 
While Alex isn’t thrilled to learn he’s going to be spending the next two weeks with his ex-girlfriend, he doesn’t really have a choice. He needs to win the photojournalism competition and to do so he’s going to have to convince Molly to partner with him. The problem is, he professionally betrayed her in the past and ended up breaking her heart in the process. If he could convince her that he’s a changed man who regrets what he did maybe he’ll have another shot both professionally and personally.
 
Okay, so the title of this one grabbed me but I nearly passed over it because both characters are journalist/photojournalist and I normally can’t get behind characters with that profession but I’m so glad I gave this one a go.
 
I really liked both Molly and Alex. They are both these amazing people who are better together rather than apart. Alex did do a very wanker-ish thing in the past but he’s truly regretful and has since changed his ways. He’s a good guy who made a bad choice. Molly’s career imploded after the fallout with Alex but she’s doing her best to claw her way back up and still has a fiery passion that hasn’t been extinguished. While she’s leery of letting Alex back in, she doesn’t throw the past up in his face.
 
The romance between Molly and Alex was so believable. The chemistry and attraction was still there but there was also an air of caution. One of the things that sold me on this one was the fact that rather than having them falling back into bed, they took their time getting to know—and trust—each other again.
 
While this one definitely had all the feels, it had amazing humor in it. I found myself cracking up several times as Molly got herself into some funny situations.
 
Another thing that I loved about this one was the secondary characters. They brought the Scottish Highlands to life and added an extra something to this book.
 
I did have a bit of a problem with this one near the end. Something happens with Alex and I was a little put off by Molly’s actions—or lack thereof. I just found the way she handled it odd. I think someone in that situation would do more to find out what happened.
 
This was my first time listening to Ava Erickson and she took a bit of getting used to. She’s a bit robotic at the start. I’m not sure if she evened out as the story progressed or if I just got used to the robotic style. There was also a bit of a problem with her Scottish accent—it came off more Irish, which was a bit of a letdown. She wasn’t one of my favorite narrators but I was able to get through the story, which was good seeing as this one is only available as an audiobook at the moment.
 
Overall, this one was such a fun story. It’s a bit short—and it goes by in the blink of an eye—but it was a worthy listen with the right amount of heat, fluff, heart, and humor that had me smiling.
 
 
 
Do you like audiobooks?
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #65: Bloodstains with Bronte by Katherine Bolger Hyde



Release Date: December 12, 2017
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Why it’s my WoW: A modern cozy mystery that combines Jane Eyre and Wuthering Height? Oh yes, please!

 
Classic novels and crime solving intertwine in Katherine Bolger Hyde's charming series. Bloodstains with Bronte is the second in a series that will puzzle and please fans of mystery and masterpieces alike.


Windy Corner is being remodeled into a writers' retreat. Two of the young workers, Jake and Roman, are showing too much of the wrong kind of interest in Katie, Emily's young single-mother housekeeper.


It's a stormy autumn and Emily is reading Wuthering Heights. Roman, a dark and brooding type, reminds her of Heathcliff. At a Halloween murder mystery fundraiser at Windy Corner, someone is found stabbed to death. Windy Corner's very own detective, Luke, is reluctantly forced to investigate Katie.


Luke digs into the background of the contractor, Jeremiah Edwards, and Emily, now reading Jane Eyre, realizes Jeremiah resembles St. John Rivers in his obsessive, tormented piety. Will Luke figure out who the murderer is before Katie ends up in jail or someone else is killed?
 
What are you waiting on?
 

 
 
 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Outlander Series Reading Challenge Check-In Post #6



Hello Lovelies! So, we’ve made it to out 6th check-in and our 9th month of the Outlander Reading Challenge Check-In! Give yourselves a pat on the back and a dram of whatever strikes your fancy.
 
I want to say ‘thank you’ to those who have joined in! As of today, we’re up to 169 members in the Facebook group. If you haven’t joined the Facebook group, please do so. It’s great place to interact with others joining in.
 
I also want to say congrats to those of you who have finished reading the series. It’s also a bittersweet moment.
 
A few people have had questions about what counts in this challenge, so here’s a quick list.
 
 
Ø Books must be read in 2017
 
Ø Re-reads count
 
Ø All formats (print, digital, or audio) count
 
Ø Any Outlander-related book counts (the big ones, the shorts, the additional material such as the companion books, graphic novel, behind-the-scenes book, and the cookbook)
 
Ø Yes, the Lord John books count.
 




This has been a busy Outlander month and I’ve been over the moon about it. The show’s started back up—yay!—and, while I’ve been drooling over the telly, I mean, enjoying the show, I feel this season is too rushed. There’s so much that I was expecting to see and I feel as though it’s only scratched the surface but, sadly, that’s the way book-to-telly goes.

 

On the reading front…I’m nearly finished with the brick of a book known as Volume One of the Outlander Companion. I just love getting a behind the scenes of a book.

 

I finally finished my second reading of Outlander. I’m always baffled at what catches my eye each time I read a book. And it’s usually something odd like I really want to know what happened to the bloody trout Jamie caught when he was teaching Claire how to tickle trout.

 

A few things of Note: 
And since there’s been some confusion about what Seven Stones to Stand or Fall is, I’ve added a post about it.

 



 
Okay, lovelies, it’s your turn. What are you reading? Have you watched Season three? If so, what are your thoughts?
 
 

 
 
 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris



Robin and Aurora have finally begun their adventure in parenting. With newborn Sophie proving to be quite a handful, Roe’s mother pays for a partially trained nurse, Virginia Mitchell, to come help the new parents for a few weeks. Virginia proves to be especially helpful when Robin has to leave town for work and Roe is struck with a bad case of the flu.

One particularly stormy night, Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying and Virginia nowhere to be found. Roe's brother Philip helps her search the house and they happen upon a body outside… but it isn’t Virginia’s. Now, not only does she have a newborn to care for and a vulnerable new marriage to nurture, Roe also has to contend with a new puzzle -- who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to Virginia? This heart-pounding and exciting next installment of the Aurora Teagarden series will leave fans happy and hungry for more.


Series: Aurora Teagarden # | Publisher: Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press | Release Date: September 26, 2017 | Genre: Cozy Mystery| Source: | Rating: 4 Cups

Another Aurora Teagarden mystery? Yes, please! I cannot get enough of this series. Every time I pick up another addition to this series, it’s like visiting old friends and I am so pleased that she’s decided to write more.
 
In this one, Roe and Robin are not only adjusting to life as newlyweds but also to life with a newborn. And to make matters more complicated, Robin has to leave town for work and poor Roe has the flu. Thankfully Roe has help from Virginia, but that soon ends when dead body is discovered in Roe’s backyard and Virginia is nowhere to be found.
 
There was a lot going on with Roe in this one—a new marriage and a new baby—so she and Robin are definitely feeling the strain, which only gets worse when a dead body is found in the backyard.
 
So I figured out most of the mystery early on but I still found the process enjoyable. And Roe wasn’t as hands-on in the investigation aspect as she has been but it worked because we got to see more of Roe as the wife and mother and, honestly, while I enjoy the cozy mystery aspect of this series I truly read it to see what’s going on with the characters, and not just the main characters.
 
Overall,  I could not put this book down and I had half the book read before I had even realized it. I love being back in Roe’s world and seeing what’s happening with friends and family.
 
Series alert. This one is the tenth novel in the series and it does work as a standalone. Although I highly recommend reading Last Scene Alive and All the Little Liars just to get a sense of who’s who.



 
Aurora Teagarden Series
 1-Real Murders
2-A Bone to Pick
3-Three Bedrooms, One Corpse
5-Dead Over Heels
6-A Fool and His Honey
7-Last Scene Alive
8-Poppy Done to Dead
10-Sleep Like a Baby
 
 

 
 
 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #64: Death & the Viking's Daughter by Loretta Ross


Auctioneer Wren Morgan and her private eye fiancé Death Bogart are ready to meet the parents and settle down together. But their sleuthing days are far from over. While Death and Wren are helping prepare auction items at an old supper club, a Viking reenactor nearly dies at the historical settlement next door. The cause? Seeing the ghost of his daughter, who went missing twenty years ago.
 
As Wren looks into what happened to the Viking's daughter, Death is hired to investigate the theft of historical items that have high sentimental value. When their respective investigations turn out to be connected, the couple gets caught in a deadly conflict.
 
Release Date: February 8th, 2018
Series: Auction Block Mysteries #4
Why it’s my WoW: I know that February is a long way off at the moment but I’m seriously addicted to this series and I can’t wait to see what Death and Wren get into next.
 

 
What are you waiting on?