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Monday, December 11, 2017

Unruly - A Legacy Novel (#3 Cross +Catherine) Bethany-Kris - Blog Tour

UNRULY, A Legacy Novel

by Bethany-Kris
Cross + Catherine, #3
Publication Date: December 4, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Organized Crime, Mafia, Romance


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SYNOPSIS


The crime boss.

The hustling queen.

Cross and Catherine Donati have been married five years, but the life they've chosen still has things to teach them yet. One can never become too comfortable in their business. Trouble soon follows.

The principe and principessa are all grown up

It's tough being at the top. When all Cross wants is to slow down the world, reality has a way of speeding it back up. Just when Catherine thinks she's learned everything her mother has to teach, more lessons come her way.

A king and queen must protect their thrones 

This is their life.


This is their love.

Always.

Revered.

And unruly.


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Review 
5 Stars
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Embarking on this journey with Cross and Catherine has been sheer delight. Watching them grow from children, to adolescents and then into adulthood is quite an experience. A phenomenal couple!

Cross is the the Donati boss and he hasn't changed much. He is still loyal, responsible, loving and beautifully arrogant.

Catherine is making good progress in her business, but still has a lot to learn.

Five years later and their love goes from strength to strength despite everything that's thrown at them. Juggling their time between their personal life and their business life is not easy. Whenever they think that they might have a reprieve something else crops up.

Cross is suddenly faced with a situation which puts the whole family in danger. He does the honourable thing and stands by his men. Respect! Things get out of hands, but he is no quitter. He will find a solution.

Catherine is going over her own stumbling blocks. She finds herself having to address some difficult issues with no real back up. She is no quitter either! As hard as it might be, she will resolve these problems.

With their additional personal responsibilities, they crave a work life balance. Things get harder before they get better, but they make the most of the time they have together. Will they be able to relax eventually and enjoy what they have?

It's refreshing to see that Cross and Dante have come such a long way, after everything that's gone before. There are a lot of changes. Danger is aplenty. One thing doesn't change though. The depth of Cross and Catherine's love. Remarkable! Cece is a handful, but fun with it. I have enjoyed every single part of this trilogy, and sad in a way that it has come to an end. The epilogue is magnificent. This is a love story to remember. Fa-bu-lous darlings!

I was kindly issued with an eARC from the author and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
 

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REVERE, A Legacy Novel

by Bethany-Kris
Cross + Catherine, #2
Publication Date: November 6, 2017
Genres: Adult, Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mafia



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SYNOPSIS


A Legacy Novel


She was once his liar.
He was once her savior.

Cross Donati fills his days with the mafia, family, and responsibility. The wild boy is a distant memory. A waiting prince now sits in his place. An old debt puts the gunrunner right back into the path of his past, but he only sees his future.


Every king needs a queen.


Catherine Marcello learned how to stand on her own, and she no longer needs saving. The sly girl is far more dangerous now. A broken promise taught her how to live again. One conversation puts the hustler face to face with her first love, but she only sees heartache.


Every God needs a prayer.


The scars of their history runs deep. Every lie told, and each secret spilled hurts a little bit more.


Love does not care.
Love will not wait.
So, why does life keep standing in the way?


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Revere is A Legacy Novel. While it can be read as a follow up to Always, it can also be read as a standalone novel.

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ALWAYS, A Legacy Novel

by Bethany-Kris
Cross + Catherine, #1
Publication Date: October 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age, Mafia



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SYNOPSIS

A Legacy Novel


A wild boy.
A sly girl.

Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because hes never known anything different. Hes unapologetic, and he owns it.


Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl  on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She's curious, and she's exploring it.


She chases bad things.
He never learned to be good.
They're late nights, stolen cars, first times, fist fights, leather jackets, beaches, bloody smiles, and life.

They're vicious and precious, dangerous and harmless, innocence and sin. They are love.

Love is killing for someone.
Love is living for someone.

Sometimes, you cant keep saving your heart when it means sacrificing it, too.

Sometimes, you have to learn to save yourself.

Sometimes, love has to fall, crash, and burn.


This is what love is like when you're a principe and principessa della mafia.

This is what love is like when you're Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello.


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Always is a Legacy Novel, and while it is standalone, it can also act as a prequel for Revere. Each Legacy Novel stands alone from any other book, series, or collection.

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ABOUT 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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Saturday, December 09, 2017

No Place Like You (#3 A Cloud Bay Novel) Emma Douglas


Author 
Emma Douglas 

Publication Date 
5 December 2017 

Genre 
Contemporary Romance 



Home—in the island village of Cloud Bay—is where the heart is. . .
Leah Santelli always knew that Zach Harper, son of a rock legend and her best friend’s brother, was painfully out of reach. Then, on the night of her eighteenth birthday, Leah shocked herself by asking for—and receiving—the gift she wanted: one night of passion with Zach before he left town to pursue his rock star dreams. Now, years later, Zach is back in Cloud Bay to record his first solo album. His return could also be Leah’s big chance to step up her own music career. But getting the producing credit she needs means spending long hours with Zach in the recording studio…and falling back into the habit of longing for him, for better or worse.
Zach used to believe that a man must put his past behind him. But coming back home for Cloud Bay’s famed music festival has allowed him to finally make amends with his family and, much to his surprise, reunite with Leah. He might have left her once but now it seems he can’t stay away. Trouble is, even though the heat between them burns hotter than ever, Leah has old wounds in need of healing before she can give Zach a real chance. Can he find a way to convince her that they can make more than just great music together—and that she’s the one that he wants for all time?









When I read the previous book in the series, I fell in love with the beautiful setting of Cloud Bay and the captivating storyline. No Place Like You is just as captivating.

Zach, a native of Cloud Bay left to persue his musical career, leaving his friends and family with pain, heartache and resentment. Ten years later and he has returned to explore a different aspect of his career. 

Leah is Zach's sister's best friend and works in their family music studio. She hasn't had much luck in her love life and is now looking to advance in her career as a music producer.

Zach's return stirs old memories and a longing that Leah didn't expect. With him going solo and her new career aspiration, it's the perfect opportunity for them to work together. After some gentle persuasion, Zach agrees to give it a go. Leah keeps telling herself that she can keep this arrangement on a strictly business basis. Somehow, she can’t forget about what happened between them all those years ago and decides to take matters into her own hands. Zach is game. They agree that it's a temporary arrangement as Zach would be leaving again sooner or later. Easier said than done! They spend quality time making sweet music in the studio as well as in the bedroom. 

When the plans for the music festival take an unexpected turn, Zach reverts to his old self. He leaves an emotional turmoil behind, only this time, he gets a dose of his own medicine. Can he make amends or is it too late to salvage what could have been the best thing for them?

Although Zach can be stubborn and oblivious to his true feelings, he is a lovable character. Leah shows her strength of character when she takes a chance and hopes for the best. She is a loyal friend and adorable with it. This second chance story has its up and downs. There is love and passion. Mistakes are made. Lessons are learnt. It's a beautiful storyline in an idealistic setting. A rewarding read, indeed.

I was kindly issued with an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.




Emma Douglas has read like a wild thing since she was small. She discovered romance novels at an age that way probably way too young but she survived unscathed. When she realized you could make up stories as well as read them, she started taking notes about what the characters wandering through her head were telling her and then, eventually, books happened. 

Before the books happened she did the usual things (was a band geek (and a geek generally), had crushes on rock stars and fictional characters, spent chunks of her summers on an island beach, got a degree in something sensible that doesn’t involve writing about kissing, became a black belt in internet procrastination, fell down the rabbit-hole of craft, traveled a bit, indulged her love of baked goods, got bossed around by cats, began a quest for the perfect margarita, and napped to recover from all of the above. 

She still does most of that plus the writing thing from a tiny house which her feline overlords have kindly agreed to share with her.






To the Duke, with Love (#2 The Rakes of St James) Amelia Grey



Author 
Amelia Grey 

Publication Date 
5 December 2017 

Genre 
Historical Romance


There may be times when a gentleman is desperate to gain a lady’s attention, but a gentleman would never resort to desperate measures to obtain it.
―A Proper Gentleman’s Guide to Wooing the Perfect Lady


Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn is guardian for his sweet, younger sister. Due to his misguided past as one of the infamous Rakes of St James, Hawk is hoping to avoid the Season by securing a match for her before it begins. He has the perfect gentleman in mind, but for one infuriating―and unexpectedly intoxicating―obstacle: the intended groom’s own sister, Miss Loretta Quick.

Having narrowly avoided her own arranged marriage to an unacceptable nobleman, Loretta is determined that her dear brother―a gentle, good-natured soul―should marry for love. Matching wits with Hawk may be her greatest challenge yet. . .until she realizes it may also be her greatest pleasure. For the young duke’s irresistible charm has not only begun to crumble her stubborn resolve, it has claimed her heart in true love as well. . .









To The Duke, with Love is tale of three youngsters who played a prank without thinking of the repercussions. They are now Dukes with responsibities, and that careless action wants payback. 

Hawk, the Duke of Hawksthorn is trying to protect his younger sister's good name. With the new season coming up, this could be the ideal opportunity for revenge as a result of what he did so many years ago. The best way to avoid any scandal is to find her a husband.

Loretta is the ward of an Earl who is very disappointed with her since she turned down an arranged marriage. She now lives in a secluded countrynhouse and no longer allowed to socialise.

On a cold and wet day, Hawk appears on Loretta's doorsteps, looking for her brother. Unfortunately, he is absent and despite Hawk's reluctance, she convinces him to divulge the reason for this long journey. She is a romantic, and having escaped her own arranged marriage, she wants the best for her brother. True love and happiness. Hawk is determined, but then again so is she, and the head butting begins.

Hawk's mission is complicated by his attraction to the strong and witty Loretta. He has met his match! Loretta is quite taken by him, despite the vow she made three years ago. Their interactions are comical at times and there is no denying the strong chemistry between them. Hawk goes in battle mode to win her over. He always wins his battles. Can he win this one? 

This also shows the fate of the most deprived, living in London. Loretta shows love and compassion and despite Hawk's reputation, he is loving and sympathetic. Her brother Paxton is carefree and easygoing, but means business when it matters. Adele, Hawk's sister is an endearing young lady. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between Hawk and Loretta. Even with the awful side of poverty, it's a light and entertaining read. 

I was kindly issued with an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion. 




Amelia Grey (aka Gloria Dale Skinner) grew up in a small town in the Florida Panhandle. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over twenty-five years. She has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire and now lives in Florida. 

Amelia has won the coveted Romantic Times award for Love and Laughter, the prestigious Maggie award for best historical and Affaire de Coeur's best American historical award. She has been a finalist for the Golden Heart and the Holt Medallion awards which are given by Romance Writers of America and numerous other awards. Her books have been sold to many countries in Europe, Russia and China. 

Amelia likes flowers, candlelight, sweet smiles, gentle laughter and sunshine.







Thursday, December 07, 2017

Unkown Trilogy by Wendy Higgins Review Tour


From New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Higgins comes a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America brought to life and entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more. UNDONE, the stunning conclusion in the Unknown Trilogy is now available! Grab your copies of the Unknown Trilogy today!



About UNKNOWN 

(Unknown Trilogy #1)


Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.


When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.


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 (Unknown Trilogy #2)


Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.




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About UNDONE

 (Unknown Trilogy #3)


Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been taken over, but it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the one precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.


Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.

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5 Stars
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The final installment of this trilogy picks up right where it left off, and leads to the a monumental finish. Humanity is in danger of extinction and the battle for survival continues. Humans versus Aliens.

Amber is heartbroken on her way to a new cell, where others like her and her group are in a similar situation. The aminities aren't quite the same, but at least they are safe. For now.

Remy hasn't been so fortunate and has to put on a good act when she lands in enemy territory.

Not all is lost for Amber though. This one surprise gives her a raison d'etre. She plays her part in the plan for regaining control over one of the bases occupied by the enemy. The ultimate aim is to liberate the other bases. Careful planning is required with the resources available to them.

In the meantime, Remy has caught the eye of the enemy's leader and she is torn between loyalty and empathy. She goes about her assigned duties whilst trying to gain information which might help the human cause. The Baelese don't have any mercy and their punishments are brutal. Caution is required.

The story is told in Remy's and Amber's POV. This gives a good insight into what's happening on both sides. The drive and determination within the human teams are outstanding. It's nicely paced and has all the right ingredients for this genre. It has danger, casualties, cruelty, control, greed, romance and true friendship throughout all the traumatic experiences. I have really enjoyed this trilogy and found the conclusion to be satisfying. Great concept.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
 






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About Wendy Higgins

Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

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