Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: Back to You by Chris Scully

SUMMARY

33983712Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 12, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

Journalist Alex Buchanan has come home to the remote British Columbia town he grew up in, but only because his estranged father is dying. For Alex, the homecoming holds a mix of memories, mostly bad. The only bright spot is reconnecting with Benji Morning, the childhood friend he never truly forgot. As boys, the strength of their bond had frightened Alex. But now that he’s confident in his bisexuality, he’s drawn back to quiet, soft-spoken Ben.

Ben isn’t the same boy Alex left behind, though. His life has been overshadowed by the disappearance of his sister two decades earlier, and now a new break in the case threatens to undo the peace he’s worked so hard to attain.

As Alex struggles to repair the relationship with his father before it’s too late, he finds himself caught up in a twenty-year-old mystery, a story he never expected, and a shocking truth that could affect his and Ben’s future together.

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REVIEW: The Shock of Survival by Nicole Field

SUMMARY

31923110Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: November 9, 2016
Received From: Review copy from author

In the wake of the final battle against The Oppressor, Benedict, Ophelia and Dylan face their magical community in triumph. But that triumph rapidly loses its shine as they realise the war is not so easily left behind. Returning to, and relearning, the lives they had before proves to be more difficult than even they had anticipated.

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REVIEW: Keeper of the Dawn by Dianna Gunn

SUMMARY

34810880Publisher: The Book Smugglers
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Received From: Review copy from publisher

Sometimes failure is just the beginning

All Lai has ever wanted is to become a priestess, like her mother and grandmother before her, in service to their beloved goddess. That’s before the unthinkable happens, and Lai fails the trials she has trained for her entire life. She makes the only choice she believes she can: she runs away.

From her isolated desert homeland, Lai rides north to the colder, stranger kingdom of Alanum—a land where magic, and female warriors, are not commonplace.

Here, she hears tales about a mountain city of women guardians and steel forgers, worshiping goddesses who sound very similar to Lai’s own. Determined to learn more about these women, these Keepers of the Dawn, Lai travels onward to find their temple. She is determined to make up for her past failure, and will do whatever it takes to join their sacred order.

Falling in love with another initiate was not part of the plan.

Keeper of the Dawn is a tale of new beginnings, second chances, and the endurance of hope.

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Saturday Tea & Romance · Weekly Themes

Saturday Tea & Romance!

SATURDAY TEA & ROMANCE

Tea & Romance is the name of the game! Each Saturday, I will recommend a romance novel/series, as well as a delicious tea to go along with it!

Inspired by my one of my favorites, historical romance–Okay, that’s a lie. I whined to Tristina about not having a theme for Saturdays, and she came up with this as soon as the caffeine kicked in, and here we are.

BUT!

I do really love historical romance, so my first recommendation will be from that subgenre! But first,

THE TEA

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PINEAPPLE BERRY BLUE TEA BLEND from Teavana!

D E S C R I P T I O N
Juicy, vibrant berry flavors blend beautifully with the sweet, tangy citrus to create a flavorful and balanced blend that is perfect for Iced Tea!
Dazzingly delicious blend of Blueberry Bliss + Pineapple Kona Pop that bursts with the tangy-sweet flavor of hibiscus, citrus and bold berry.
T A S T I N G  ~ N O T E S
Juicy, vibrant berry flavors blend beautifully with the sweet, tangy citrus to create a flavorful and balanced blend that is perfect for Iced Tea!
C A F F E I N E ~ L E V E L
Caffeine free! (The only downside to this tea, IMO, but yay for people who like/need that!
I N G R E D I E N T S

Apple pieces, green rooibos, black chokeberries, candied pineapple pieces (pineapple, sugar), raisins, black currants , rose hip peels, beetroot pieces, hibiscus flowers, natural and artificial flavoring, rose blossom leaves, blueberries, rose buds, marigold blossoms, orange blossoms

THE BOOK(S)

THE HATHAWAYS SERIES by Lisa Kleypas! (5 books)

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MINE TILL MIDNIGHT (The Hathaways, #1)

When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter…

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SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE (The Hathaways, #2)

He has tried hard to forget her.

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation… and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

Can she remember the man he once was?

Then, Win returns to England… only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for…

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TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT (The Hathaways, #3)

He was everything she’d sworn to avoid.

Poppy Hathaway loves her unconventional family, though she longs for normalcy. Then fate leads to a meeting with Harry Rutledge, an enigmatic hotel owner and inventor with wealth, power, and a dangerous hidden life. When their flirtation compromises her own reputation, Poppy shocks everyone by accepting his proposal—only to find that her new husband offers his passion, but not his trust.

And she was everything he needed.

Harry was willing to do anything to win Poppy—except to open his heart. All his life, he has held the world at arm’s length…but the sharp, beguiling Poppy demands to be his wife in every way that matters. Still, as desire grows between them, an enemy lurks in the shadows. Now if Harry wants to keep Poppy by his side, he must forge a true union of body and soul, once and for all…

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MARRIED BY MORNING (The Hathaways, #4)

He is everything she wants to avoid…

For two years, Catherine Marks has been a paid companion to the Hathaway sisters—a pleasant position, with one caveat. Her charges’ older brother, Leo Hathaway, is thoroughly exasperating. Cat can hardly believe that their constant arguing could mask a mutual attraction. But when one quarrel ends in a sudden kiss, Cat is shocked at her powerful response—and even more so when Leo proposes a dangerous liaison.

She is not at all what she seems…

Leo must marry and produce an heir within a year to save his family home. Catherine’s respectable demeanor hides a secret that would utterly destroy her. But to Leo, Cat is intriguing and infernally tempting, even to a man resolved never to love again. The danger Cat tried to outrun is about to separate them forever—unless two wary lovers can find a way to banish the shadows and give in to their desires…

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LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (The Hathaways, #5)

She harbors a secret yearning.

As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom. Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the classic beauty and free-spirited Beatrix has never been swept away or seriously courted… and she has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love. Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man—just to avoid spinsterhood?

He is a world-weary cynic.

Captain Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix’s friend, the vivacious flirt Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But, as he explains in his letters to Pru, life on the battlefield has darkened his soul—and it’s becoming clear that Christopher won’t come back as the same man. When Beatrix learns of Pru’s disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru’s letters to Christopher for her. Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep… and when Christopher comes home, he’s determined to claim the woman he loves. What began as Beatrix’s innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love—and a passion that can’t be denied.