Saturday, January 30, 2016

Gifted Thief ( The Highland Magic Series #1) by Helen Harper


Author                        Helen Harper 
Publication Date       29 January 2016 
Genre                           Young Adult Paranormal Fiction 



Orphan. Runaway. Thief.

Since the moment I was ripped from my mother's womb, I've been an outcast amongst my own kind. The Sidhe might possess magical Gifts, unbelievable wealth and unfathomable power but I don't want a thing to do with them. I ran away from their lands in the Highlands of Scotland when I was eleven years old and I've never looked back. I don't need a Clan. I've got my own family of highly skilled thieves who mean more to me than any Sidhe ever could.
Unfortunately for me, the playboy heir to the Moncrieffe Clan has something I desperately need. To get it back, I'm going to have to plunge myself back into that world, no matter what the consequences may be. I suppose it's just as well I have sense of humour. I think I'm going to need it. 


This paranormal story set in modern day Scotland is an interesting and promising introduction to this new series.

Integrity is an orphan who is treated very badly by her ward, the head of a wealthy Sidhe Clan. She is from a Clan surrounded with mysteries and wasn't even named until she runs away. The high class of the Sidhe Clans rule with magic and wealth whereas the Clan-less are despised and treated with no respect. When Integrity runs away at a very young age, she meets Taylor who takes her under his wings. She joins his team of thieves. They become her family and as far as she is concerned she is not Sidhe. 

Byron, the heir to one of the clans,  renowned for his good looks and womanising has something that Integrity needs to help Taylor get out of a dangerous situation. Taylor's life is being threatened and the rest of her 'family" are in danger of losing their freedom. When Integrity discovers that Byron is staying in a hotel, she sets out to find him and hopefully steal what she so desperately needs. She would do anything for her family. Here comes the first twist!

Integrity is informed that she is needed to help the Sidhe Clans and the Clan-less from a disaster. She goes along with Byron and plans to make a swift escape once the mission is accomplished. It turns out that nothing is as it seems when she meets the Clans. From here on there endless twists and the surprises keep coming. Not in a good way. There are numerous attempts on her life but she retains her sense of humour! 

The other thing is that there is an attraction between Integrity and Byron but with all the treachery going on, she is not sure that he can be trusted. She encovers than her father was not what everyone leads her to believe and at the same time, she is surprised when she identifies the one responsible for the latest attempt on her life. This is enough to leave her wondering if there is anyone she can trust besides her family. She has a plan though and the ending left me wanting for more. 

This story builds up gradually and is full of magic, intrigue, suspense, jealousy, blackmail, lies and betrayal. Who knows where the real truth lies? I am hooked on this story and look forward to the next instalment. I would recommend to those who like the paranormal with new and different concepts. 


I received an advanced complimentary ecopy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 


After teaching English literature in the UK, Japan and Malaysia, Helen Harper left behind the world of education following the worldwide success of her Blood Destiny series of books. She is a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and writes full time although she still fits in creative writing workshops with schools along with volunteering to teach reading to a group of young Myanmar refugees. That’s not to mention the procession of stray cats which seem to find their way to her door!
Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland.







Friday, January 29, 2016

Dreaming with a Broken Heart (Hollywood Legends #1) by Mary J Williams


Author                                Mary J Williams 
Publication Date               28 January 2016 
Genre                                  Adult Contemporary Romance 





Hollywood is a cutthroat town.
Nobody knows that better than the Landis brothers.
It's time for them to step out of their parents' shadow.

IT'S TIME FOR THEM TO BECOME LEGENDS.
Garrett Landis is Hollywood's golden boy.
If he wants to make a movie, it gets made.
If he wants a woman, he only has to snap his fingers.
The moment he meets Jade Marlow he knows she's different.
She's the first woman to get under his skin. The first woman he can't have.
Jade Marlow is desperate to leave behind her tragic past.
Her ex-husband wants her dead. Her father is her worst enemy.
Jade wants Garrett, but she refuses to drag him into her mess of a life.
The attraction is undeniable.

What happens when your head tells you to stay away, but your heart won't listen?
Sex is easy.
Falling in love?
It's the hardest thing they will ever do.
But it could turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to them.
 



Life in Hollywood is not always what it seems. 

Garrett is from a family,  involved in the film industry. He is a successful director who works hard and plays hard. He doesn't have time to settle down because of his busy schedule which takes him to distant filming locations. He is very close to his brothers and parents. They are all down to earth despite their fame and fortune. 

Jade is from a wealthy family but unlike Garrett, her life is not her own. On the surface, she appears to have everything,  anyone could wish for but the truth is quite a different story. Her father watches each and every step she takes and as far as he is concerned she can't do anything right. Not very conducive to one's confidence and self esteem! 

Jade and Garrett have a brief encounter where they both feel comfortable with each other but Jade's father has different ideas. She is forced into a relationship where she is subjected to mental and physical abuse. News travel fast and Garrett would do anything to help her at this stage but they can never be more than friends or have an open relationship. The chemistry between them is sizzling but can Garrett convince Jade to leave the past behind? Not an easy feat! 

I admire the Landis family for their love and loyalty for each other. This novel has a nice flow and despite all the pain and heartache, it's full of fun and laughter too. Fully recommend to 18+ readers.  

I received this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 



It Has Always Been My Dream To Write A Book

And I always knew it would be a romance novel.  When I was a teenager I assumed I my book would have a historical setting, those were the kinds of stories I liked best, I even grew my hair long so I could be like the heroines in my favorite stories.   But now I see myself and my books in the present dealing with the joys and sorrows of our modern world. Harper Falls is a place my imagination dreamed up, but it is based in reality.  I grew up in Washington State and went to school in a small town on the Columbia River.  












Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Charmed and Dangerous (Appalachian Magic Series #1) by Debbie Herbert



Author                         Debbie Herbert 
Publication Date        28 January 2016 
Genre                           Young Adult Paranormal Romance 




Apples and oranges, dogs and cats, everybody knows witches and immortals don’t mix.


A young witch, Callie, returns home from exile after a traumatic Ouija board incident six years earlier. She falls for classmate James MacLauren and struggles to keep her magical abilities a secret from him. Then there’s the even trickier problem that her rogue warlock father and his coven will kill anyone who prevents Callie from joining them in dark magic. Someone like James . . . 


But James has a secret of his own. He’s part of a hidden race of immortals living in the Appalachian hollows and the last thing he needs in his life is a witch who could imprison him with a binding spell. 


But it will take all of his superhuman physical strength, and all of Callie’s extraordinary magical skills, to survive when two covens and an army of immortals engage in battle. Should they fail, they face either death or utter domination by the power of dark magic. 


**This is a complete novel at approximately 76,000 words**



This story starts off with young Callie and her best friend having a bad experience from using a Ouija board. She is sent to live with her aunt! 

Six years later, Callie is asked to come back home and she is full of resentment not understanding the reasons why she was sent away in the first place. As a young, talented witch,  it is believed that she has the potential of becoming very powerful on her birthday. She is not totally convinced. 

James is Immortal and lives with his father who has a very intense but understable dislike for witches. When James and Callie meet for the first time, they are mesmerised by each other but having a relationship could prove to be disastrous in view of James' father's bad experience with witches. 

Callie discovers that her father, Lucas is alive and practices the dark arts. He is set on Callie joining his coven once she has been initiated. Her mother and grandmother do their best to protect her from the dark side. Her father gives her a choice and makes it so appealing that it's hard to ignore. Will she choose the light or go over to her father's side? Lucas has other secrets too! 

James and Callie make the ideal couple but in view of their circumstances and meddling from others their relationship doesn't look very promising. As the story unfolds more and more secrets come to light. 

It's a fascinating novel full of magic and danger. Love and loyalty. Betrayal. Greed for money and power. The final battle is brutal. Will light or dark prevail? 

It's very well portrayed and I would fully recommend to those interested in Young Adult Paranormal Romance full of surprises, suspense and drama. 




Debbie Herbert writes paranormal romance novels reflecting her belief that love, like magic, casts its own spell of enchantment. She’s always been fascinated by magic, romance and gothic stories. 

Married and living in Alabama, she roots for the Crimson Tide football team. Unlike the mermaid characters in Siren’s Secret, she loves cats and has two spoiled feline companions. When not working on her upcoming book, Siren’s Treasure, Debbie enjoys recumbent bicycling and motorcycle riding with her husband. 


A past Maggie finalist in both Young Adult & Paranormal Romance, she’s a member of the Georgia Romance Writers of America. Debbie has a degree in English (Berry College, GA) and a master’s in Library Studies (University of Alabama). 











Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Release Day Blitz for Boiling Point by Tessa Bailey

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BOILING POINT
Publication Date: January 25, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


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Falling for a con man is the most dangerous game of all…

Con artist Austin Shaw’s been in disguise so long he’s not sure where his fake identities end and he begins. Now that he’s been strong-armed into working for a specialized undercover unit working with the Chicago police—criminals with unique “skills”—the last thing he needs is to risk his iron control. Especially when it comes to a certain stunningly sexy hacker who tempts him with every look of disdain.

Polly Banks will never, ever trust a con man. On the trail of a ruthless crook who destroyed the only family she’s ever known, Polly is unnerved by the shadow who follows her every move. The one who makes her pulse pound and breath short with lust. Austin. He’s infuriating, enigmatic, and pure sex appeal, and she’s determined to resist him.

But an untrustworthy man of disguise can become anyone he wants…including a man that Polly must trust if she’s to escape their dangerous game alive.


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Publication Date: January 5, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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One more game. And this time, there are no rules…

After a life of pool hustling and living on the wrong side of the law, Ruby Elliott is living on the straight and narrow with sexy-as-all-hell NYPD detective, Troy Bennett. Now the only trouble Ruby has with the law is the naughty kind, pinned against the wall by Troy's strict and spectacularly hard body. Obeying his every command. Both of them losing themselves in a lust that borders on obsession...

But then her father returns with an offer she can’t refuse: one last hustle in exchange for information. Information she’d die to have. As the pieces and the players of the game reveal themselves, Troy feels the fine edges of his control slipping—control he can’t channel without hurting Ruby. The stakes are high, and the risk higher. Because losing this final game could cost more than Ruby’s heart…it might cost her life.



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Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed.

Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars, he has no choice but to step in and keep the operation running. But when the NYPD blackmails him with a piece of damning information in exchange for aiding an undercover cop, he finds himself on the other side of the law for the first time in his life.

Bowen knows the danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe trumps saving his own ass. The problem? She can’t know he’s on her side. And there's the matter of the seriously inconvenient heat sparking between them that's incinerating his resistance. But Sera only sees Bowen's past, and men like him are the reason her brother is dead. If they're to get out alive, he'll have to risk exposing the man beneath, and hope to hell he doesn't blow the whole operation in the process.


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UP IN SMOKE

Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Never start a fire you can’t control…

Connor Bannon is supposed to be dead. Dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEALs, he's spent the last two years working as a street enforcer in Brooklyn for his cousin's crime ring. Through a twist of fate, he's now in Chicago, working undercover to bust criminals. But when a cute little arsonist joins the team—all combat boots, tiny jean shorts, and hot-pink hair—Connor’s notorious iron control slips.

Erin "she's getting away" O'Dea knows two things. She hates authority. And… Nope, that's it. When she's forced to operate on the “right” side of the law, her fear of being confined and controlled blazes to the surface. The last thing she expects is a control freak like Connor to soothe her when she needs it most. Worse, something behind the sexy ex-soldier's eyes ignites a dangerous inferno of desire. One that invites Erin to play with fire. And one that could get them both killed…


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Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.





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Monday, January 25, 2016

Blog Tour for Scarless and Sacred by Bethany-Kris

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SCARLESS & SACRED
Publication Date: January 11, 2016


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Secrets and wars leave the deepest scars.

Evelina Conti has always worn a mask. She is an Outfit principessa, respected and adored. She wasn’t allowed to be anything else. Her father went from a grieving husband to the Outfit boss, and now that Riley heads the family, Eve is more suffocated than ever. No matter how much she hates it, the Conti princess still has a role to play. A little attention from Theo DeLuca seems innocent enough, but nothing is when it comes to him. And certainly not when everyone believes that Theo is out to kill her.

Theo DeLuca has a target on his back. His biggest problem is figuring out who put it there when everyone is aiming at him. He doesn’t need a woman causing him issues, but the Conti princess keeps showing up at the worst times, and he’s the one left saving her. Between the men surrounding him that Theo can’t trust, and the past he can’t outrun, Evelina might be the one thing he doesn’t have to question. But when Riley decides to use Eve as his next move, even Theo might not be able to save her.

The war in Chicago is not even close to being over. This game is deadly. Each hand played cuts another mark into someone else. The Outfit boss is struggling while the men around him are rallying. As the body count continues to rise, the families keep losing.

Sacrifices are a part of war. No one will walk away from this without scars.

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PLEASE NOTE: Scarless & Sacred is not intended to be read as a standalone in this series. It is the third book in the series and should be read after the first two books. Trigger Warning: Scarless features graphic violence and scenes of past abuse.


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In this third instalment of the series, the war amongst the families rages on. This is Theo's and Evalina's story. 

Evalina is the daughter who has been groomed to be the "perfect" daughter. A role which she plays very well. Riley, her father who is the ruthless Outfit boss expects her to do as she is told at all times. He arranges a marriage for her and she has no choice but to comply. Is this so called prospective wedding going to bring peace or does Riley have his own hidden agenda? 

Theo is quiet and pretty much allows everyone to believe whatever rumours are spread about him, including his endless trysts. He has been drawn to Evalina for a few years now but a relationship between them would bring nothing but more trouble. Besides, he is being accused of endless crimes and has a target on his back. Just when he thinks, he is getting somewhere with Evalina, her engagement is announced. He has never chased after a woman before now. Is he going to start now? Even when they are bad for each other, they are good together. 

Theo's and his family's past are revealed and what he and is brother, Dino endured during their childhood is beyond belief and heartbreaking. It also becomes apparent that Theo is no longer prepared to accept whatever is dished out to him. The thing is that, trusting anyone is getting harder and harder as there are "snakes amongst snakes" within the Outfit. 

Like the previous books in this series, there is greed for power, violence, crimes, betrayal, deceit and forbidden love! It has enough suspense to make it another real page turner. I would fully recommend this series to 18+ readers. 

I received a complimentary ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


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Publication Date: September 7, 2015
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Lies and love. This is how a war starts.

A life for a life. That’s the mafia way. Damian Rossi owes his life to a man who is ready to collect. That payment comes in the form of an arranged marriage to the daughter of another leading family in the Chicago Outfit. He’s ready to follow through, even if that means making sure Lily knows she’s his.

Lily DeLuca isn’t being given a choice. Forced home to marry a man she doesn’t know and back into a life she’d rather forget, her world is full of half-truths, buried pain, and uncertainty. But Damian is nothing like she expects. His motives aren’t clear. Her beliefs are being tested.

When it comes to this world, no man can be trusted. Someone is ready to flip the Chicago Outfit on its side all for the promise of something better. But no one runs a clean game and these men play for keeps. When blood begins to paint Chicago red, four families will be divided by loyalty, hatred, and revenge. There is no hiding. There is no safety.

No one is deathless.

No one.


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RECKLESS & RUINED

Publication Date: November 9, 2015
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Play dirty. It’s the only way to win in a war.

Alessa Trentini follows the rules, or so it seems on the outside. A certain Conti has always been able to sway her inner rebel and keep her out of trouble, but even Adriano won’t be able to get her out of her brother’s mess. In a war, no woman is safe if her hand in marriage can advance her family in the world of the mafia. But mistakes of the past have a way of slipping into the present and Alessa will soon learn that even the most shameful of secrets can get her everything she wants.

Adriano Conti’s loyalties are torn as he’s forced to stand at his father’s side while Riley uses his wife’s murder as a way to get higher. Blood comes first and then the Outfit. The one thing he doesn’t question in the war between the families is Alessa Trentini and even that doesn’t seem possible when he’s forced to watch Alessa be used as another man’s pawn. Adriano has his own role to play to get what he wants.

The families in the Outfit have never been more divided than they are now. Blood continues to spill as revenge takes center stage and more lives are lost. But every man in the family is fighting for something different and no one’s intentions can be trusted. Playing a dirty game might be the only way to stay alive.

Even if that means ruining it all.

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Bethany-Kris

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something ... when she can find the time.

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