Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Review: An Innocent Abroad @romy_s

TITLE: An Innocent Abroad
AUTHOR: Romy Sommer
RELEASE DATE: 2015 (first published November 14th 2012)
SOURCE: complimentary copy

IngĂ©nue Isobel Harrington, fresh from finishing school in the summer of 1922, experiences a sexual awakening during a visit to Italy's Amalfi Coast. 
Sent to visit distant relatives in the hope she will ensnare a wealthy and aristocratic English husband, Isobel falls instead under the spell of enigmatic local, Stefano. 
Is their forbidden romance destined to be nothing more than a holiday affair, or will Isobel be brave enough to defy convention and her parents' expectations to follow her dreams?
By day I dress in cargo pants and boots for my not-so-glamorous job of making movies. But at night I come home to my two little Princesses, and we dress up in tiaras and pink tulle...and I get to write Happy Ever Afters. What could be more perfect?

I believe every girl is a princess, and every princess deserves a happy ending. 

"An Innocent Abroad" is a story about a young woman discovering her womanhood, her sexuality, and passion. Isobel is in Italy visiting some relatives with the hopes of getting a request for her hand in marriage from a wealthy aristocrat. Her mother has her life planned and the plans don't include a handsome and mysterious Italian man.

Isobel and Stefano have a quick but intense encounter. Little by little he will introduce her to Italy. He will also introduce her into a world of desire, lust and love. Their relationship is intense and full of tension.

I really liked Isobel, she starts as this sweet and naive girl who is seeing the real world for the first time. We see her change and open her eyes, evolving to the point to become a strong woman who is decided to fight for what she wants. Stefano is perfect, sexy, chivalrous and everything a woman could hope for.

This one has a strong sexual component, the passion and fire are really hot. The author creates scenarios with a scorching atmosphere and the chemistry is palpable.

The writing is perfect, the story moves fast and it's quite short so you will read it in less than a day. The historical and geographical elements help to create a solid background.

A Must read to all romance lovers.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Review: Dear Julia @romy_s

TITLE: Dear Julia
AUTHOR: Romy Sommer
RELEASE DATE: 2015 (first published June 6th 2012)
SOURCE: complimentary copy

Rosalie Stanton is a city girl who loves parties and ‘fixing’ people. When she finds a long-lost love letter in a house she’s redecorating she sets off on a quest to find its rightful owner. 
Commander William Cavendish has lived as a recluse since his return from the Great War. His peaceful existence is shattered by the return of the letter that once held all his hopes — and by its bearer, the irrepressible Rosalie, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his lost love. 
Rosalie is just as determined to fix William and re-introduce him into society as he is determined to resist her. They both might have met their match.
By day I dress in cargo pants and boots for my not-so-glamorous job of making movies. But at night I come home to my two little Princesses, and we dress up in tiaras and pink tulle...and I get to write Happy Ever Afters. What could be more perfect?

I believe every girl is a princess, and every princess deserves a happy ending.


'Dear Julia' is everything we love in a historical romance. There is romance, a reclusive man and the girl who shakes his world and parties where.

We have Julia, a smart, outgoing, brave and sweet woman who doesn't follow the rules of her time. And then we have William Cavendish. The perfect, quiet, mystery, handsome and secretive man. He has a secret personality hidden under a hard shell.

After finding a lost letter while redecorating her new home, Julia sets her mind on finding the owner of said letter. Her questioning leads her to Commander Cavendish, a man who has lived away from the world after the war. Their relationship will begin as soon as she appears in his front door with the intention of bringing him back to the world.

Julia is really adorable and lovable, she is the perfect heroine who will crush William's walls. He will try to resist her despite she looks like his lost love. Their relationship is entertaining, with some tension but fast and sweet.

Set in the 1920s, the story takes place in a small town. The author adds historical elements to create a solid background. The writing style is great and the passing is fast, it only took me a couple hours to read it because I couldn't stop.

The story is quite short but it still gives us a solid and enjoyable story. And I can assure you that YOU WILL LOVE THE ENDING.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Being Lovers @rcarrington2004

TITLE: Being Lovers
SERIES: Discovering Emily #2
AUTHOR: Rachel Carrington
RELEASE DATE: December 18th 2015
PUBLISHER: Rachel Carrington
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

Escaping my past has become a full-time job for me. Ever since my boyfriend died, I’ve been running from something—his father, a hired hitman, the truth. If I didn’t have Adam, I don’t think I would have survived. He’s become my lifeline.
It only took us weeks to fall in love. Yes, it was quick, but love doesn’t tell time. At first, it might have been two desperate people coming together, but now, I know it’s real. I wish I could say we’ve lived happily ever after since. But there’s a price on my head.
Protecting me from a sniper has become Adam’s sole purpose in life, and I hate that our relationship is surrounded by guns, blood, death, and lies. Add betrayal to the mix, and I begin to wonder if what we’ve found, this unique bond we share, will last.One thing is certain. Someone is trying to kill me, and losing Adam will do just that.
I spent seventeen years working as a paralegal before I left work to focus on my writing career. Working in the legal field gave me plenty of fodder for writing suspense which I didn't really do until 2006.

For the first part of my writing career, I focused on fantasy and paranormal romances, mostly wizards. I still love my wizards, and every now and then I get a desire to bring one to life again, but in 2006, romantic suspense caught my attention. And that's where I'm happy right now, although I have branched out into a couple of other genres.

If you've read my book Burning Reflections, you'll know I go for the seriously creepy villains, much like one you might see on Criminal Minds if you watch that show. (I'm addicted!) 

My love for writing suspense is fueled by my love for crime dramas on television, and I'm so thankful I stepped into the 21st century and finally got a DVR. Otherwise, my writing might suffer! :-)

Emily has been running from her past and now is being threatened by a mysterious sniper. Adam will do everything he can to protect her and find out who is trying to kill her.

The book jumps right into the action and from then on is a non-stop ride. There are shootings, dead and lots of blood. There is also some romance as we see how Adam and Emily are still getting to know each other.

Emily is a nice character. For what we can tell, she was in an abusive relationship and got to escape and now her ex is dead. There is a lot of mystery because his ex and his father were shady people. There are secrets to be revealed and suspense is always there. I loved the final chapters because the adrenaline got to a point where is was like watching a movie and the energy made the book even better.

I have to say that despite being book two I had no issue following the story. So if you haven't read the first book (like me) you can read this story and enjoying it. There will be minor issues where you will feel at lost. But once some events are explained vaguely you can understand why everything is happening.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: Graveyards of the Banks @NylaNox

TITLE: Graveyards of the Banks
SERIES: Graveyards of the Banks #1: I did it for the Money
AUTHOR: Nyla Nox
RELEASE DATE: March 6th 2015
PUBLISHER: Athens Publishers
SOURCE: complimentary copy

How does it feel when you spend night after night in an iron chair with no toilet breaks and fear of being fired at the end of your shift? Hundreds of bankers roam the notorious Seventh Floor of the Bank with its filthy kitchen and flea infested carpets, forced to fight each other for survival, deliberately kept in a state of anger and frustration by their superiors who are grooming them for ruthless leadership (and the big money). Their shouting resembles constant gunfire. Predators to a man, and Nyla is their prey. But almost all of them will fail. How do you live, how do you love? Can confident Peter, who kisses Nyla in Cobblemaker’s Lane, fulfill his dreams of leaving for a Better World? How far will shift leaders Claire and Ethan, who rule the graveyard with absolute power (no breaks, no backtalk - in fact, no talking at all - and only one ear phone in!) go to prove their supremacy? And what about the inscrutable bank-wide institution of S&I whose representative survey the Center on their elevated platform, forcing Nyla nightly to recite her mistakes in public before she is sent home without pay?
After a life time frittered away in the unprofitable humanities, Nyla needs the money. And as hope and dignity are stripped away, night after gruelling night, a mental fog descends on her. Is there even a world left outside the Most Successful Bank in the Universe?
And how can you find sleep in the day time while the Monsters are Arising? 

Nyla Nox leads an exciting double life.
She writes novels and articles about the secret lives inside the Big Banks in the City of London, the dark heart of capitalism.
Her trilogy 'Graveyards of the Banks' is based on Nyla's personal experience of seven years of working on the night shift inside the Most Successful Banks in the Universe, a hell of broken dreams where jobless humanities graduates work zero hours contracts next to the best paid bankers on earth. But Nyla knows all their secrets...

"Graveyards of the banks' is an intelligent story with a loud message against the foundations of the system we live in. However, somewhere along the story I got lost and couldn't enjoy the book as much as I would have liked.

Let me summary the story. Nina is an anthropologist who is forced to work the night shift in a cold and strange place. She will suffer the consequences of working at night when the rest of the world is sleeping, in a place where human interactions are ruled by the positions each one has in the power rank. While working with heartless people in the Most Succesful Bank in the world she will learn the power a few have over the real world. There are rules to follow, little time to rest or think and a graveyard is part of the setting.

Let's start with the good. The book talks about some important topics, such as the capitalist system and how it forces young people to work at jobs they don't enjoy only to pay bills or have any money. I enjoyed its criticism and believe it's important to hear what Nyla has to say.

Now, the writing was the main reason I couldn't enjoy the book. It sounded like reading a newspaper or a magazine, what I mean is that chapters didn't sound the way I like it. It felt as cold as the offices of the Bank.

I did like the main character. Nyla has a rich interior world, and her inner conversations are quite entertaining.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blog Tour: The Howling Heart @hottreepromotions

Author: April Bostic
Title: The Howling Heart
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Eternal Press
Designer: Elena Dudina
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Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.

Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv---wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

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My eyes darted around the unfamiliar room. On the wall, I noticed a shadow of something next to me. What the hell is that? I turned my head and saw a candle in the window, but what cast the shadow scared me to death. A large, white wolf lay on the floor beside me. There was no mistaking it for a dog. The bed was low to the floor, and its head was close to mine. I opened my mouth wide, prepared to scream, but wheezes and weak gasps escaped, instead. I thrashed my head against the pillow, as if the motions would turn up the volume in my voice. Finally, a shriek pushed through my sandpaper throat. It was a high-pitched squeal at first, but then, it burst forth and filled the room. I sat up quickly. Aching pain tore through my body, and I heard my bones crack.

The wolf awoke with a start. It jerked its head up, and glowing, yellow eyes blinked until they settled on me. I shrank away from it, nearly falling off the bed, screaming until I went hoarse and gasped for breath. The wolf stood on all fours, its size definitely that of a Great Dane. Our gazes locked for a brief moment before the animal ran out the room. I sat against the headboard, clutching the blankets against my chest. I was alone and terrified. Within seconds, tears trickled down my cheeks.

April Bostic
April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled "A Rose to the Fallen".

Her first short story, "Right Here, Right Now", released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled "Eros, My Love", and a sexy romantic comedy entitled "Love Addiction".

After five years, she released her second novel, "The Howling Heart" in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April also released her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled "A Dark Scandal".

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