Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Stealing the Heiress (The Kidnap Club #2) by Samantha Holt


Stealing the Heiress
Samantha Holt
(The Kidnap Club, #2)
Publication date: May 28th 2020
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance

She was looking for adventure…
Lady Rosamunde Stanley just never expected in the form of a kidnapping.
Well, an almost-kidnapping. The dastardly man only went and took the wrong woman!
But she soon discovers the dark, handsome man is not quite the terrible rogue she thinks him to be
and she decides to put his experience to use. Her uncle has gone missing and no one believes her
when she says he’s in trouble. Can she persuade Russell to help?
Russell might have kidnapped her, but he has no intention of keeping her. Even if the heat between
them is driving him out of his wits and her crazy family makes him long for things a battle-hardened
orphan like him should never want.
Their societal divide isn’t the only reason to keep his distance. Rosamunde is a bloody knife-carrying,
picklock-wielding madwoman.
A far too appealing madwoman…
He’s not the only one struggling. Rosamunde is finding it just as difficult to fight the attraction,
despite knowing it is most likely her over-active imagination leading her down this path. Somehow,
she must keep her head around the most exciting man she’s ever met.



EXCERPT:
“Stay where you are or I shall shoot,” he ordered firmly.
The driver nodded, his hands trembling around his loose grip on the reins. Russell moved around the
carriage and glanced through the window to find two women clutched together. He eyed the younger
one. Dark haired and attractive, just as Guy had described.
Very attractive. Russell clenched his jaw. Miss Heston looked a little older than the
one-and-twenty-year-old he had expected but Guy had certainly downplayed her looks. She peered
at him with wide eyes then murmured something to her older companion.
Before he pulled open the door, the woman shoved it and pushed her head out, meeting his gaze
head on. Without the hazy glass between them, he had a full view of generous lips, a slightly stubborn
chin, and wire framed spectacles that emphasized a warm, nutty gaze. However, there was nothing
warm about the way she looked at him.
He let a brow rise. The woman was an excellent actress.
“Come with me.” He kept his voice low, just in case her companion did not know of their arrangement.
“Like hell!”
He blinked at the blasphemy. As far as he knew, the woman they were kidnapping was gently bred
and trying to escape the persistent overtures of a gentleman. Still, perhaps she was trying to play the
role of helpless victim for her companion’s benefit.     
Very well. She wasn’t the only one who could act. He had not read every one of Shakespeare’s plays
for no reason. “Come with me or I shall shoot,” he warned her, keeping his tones low and aggressive.
Miss Heston scanned the length of him and lifted her chin. “If it is money you want, I am quite wealthy.”
She put her hand to a broach at the neckline of her crimson gown.
Russell’s gaze tracked the movement, unintentionally. He only realized her cleavage had caught his
attention when she began to undo the gold and ruby broach. He swiftly looked away and blinked,
feeling as though the image of soft skin, dark shadows, and generous curves might well be burned into
his mind. Every time he blinked from now on, he suspected he would see the image there again.
Fool. He’d seen many a cleavage in his lifetime. A little glimpse of what appeared to be a most excellent
cleavage wouldn’t be the undoing of him. If he could survive on the streets and forge a life for himself
from nothing, he could most certainly rid himself of the image of the faintest glimpse of not even a third
of a breast.
Or two.
Damn it. He blinked a few more times then scowled when she handed over the broach.
“Here, this is worth far more than you could get for me from ransom.”
He ignored it, letting his frown deepen. Why the devil was she dragging this out? Much longer and the
driver might get the courage to fight him or someone would happen along, and Russell could end up
getting shot.
“If that isn’t enough…” She hitched up her skirt, revealing a shapely, stocking-clad leg.
Well, the cleavage image no longer bothered him so that was something. He swallowed hard and
frowned as she revealed the lacy edge of her stocking and the garter holding them up. Her hand moved
slowly to the band and she tugged out a bank note.
Why the hell did this woman keep banknotes in her undergarments?
She reached for the note then curled her fingers around something else—a jeweled handle.
A damned penknife.
She grabbed it swiftly and thrust it outward. Russell dodged back, the blade skimming past his stomach
and catching briefly on the fabric.
“Bloody hell, woman.” He grabbed her wrist. This play-acting was becoming far too dangerous. This
needed to end now.


Author Bio:
USA Today Bestselling author Samantha Holt lives in a small village in England with her twin girls and a
dachshund called Duke. If you’re not sure where to start why not try…

Amelia and the Viscount (Bluestocking Brides #1) for a fun, slightly hot shorter length read. Meet the
Chadwick sisters and follow their adventures in each of their standalone stories.

You’re the Rogue That I Want (Rogues of Redmere #1) is a longer read with heat, witty dialogue, a
feisty heroine and adventure. All books in the series are standalone.

Sinful Confessions is the first in the Cynfell Brothers Series. These are all novella length and
standalone–ideal for a quick dip into the world of the sexy Cynfell brothers.

Wake Me With a Kiss is a sweet, fairytale romance. Twists on Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella
are also available if you love a clean, fun read.

To Steal a Highlander’s Heart is a full length dive into the world of sexy highlanders. For those who love
braw Scots, some steamy scenes, and medieval romance, this series is a perfect escape.



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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Book Review: Messenger (The Shifter War #1) by K.K. Ness

Messenger (The Shifter War #1)Messenger by K.K. Ness
My rating: 4.5 Stars

Messenger is a quick read, and by quick I don't mean because of it's page count. The story is fast paced and has zero downtime. I wasn't expecting to jump in and be hooked from the start, because  when I got this book it was a freebie on amazon at the time.

If you are a fan of shifters, magic, lgbtq+ rep and fast paced stories. You should give K.K Ness's Messenger a chance.

Also the characters are so likable, I adore Hafryn and Danil.

Book two is added to my wish-list, I hope to pick it up sooner rather then later.

You can pick up a copy at Amazon, maybe you will luck into scooping this up for free yourself.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Hello, here's a little something about me.

Reading is my life, I eat, sleep, breathe books. But so is music, and my tastes range. (I try to avoid the radio because with some exception of songs/stations the radio sucks).

I'm a mommy

I play World of Warcraft, but haven't logged in in ages.
Buffy the Vampires Slayer will always be my favorite show.
I love the sound of a cello, it is so hauntingly beautiful.
I love Crows, Ravens and Owls
Cats (I have 4)
I have this odd fascination with spoons (sporks are great too), I love to collect ones that I think are neat or quirky.
October is my favorite month, the smells and the color, the magic that shimmer's in the air. My favorite walks are Autumn walks.
If you walk with me in the woods, I'm sure to lure you off the path and deeper in, I walk where I'm called to.
Nature soothes me in any season.
I love walking in graveyards there is a romantic element to them. I visit the those who have gone centuries before me, because maybe no else does. There are so many stories buzzing in the air. They are also filled with an energy that calls to me. And when it calls I answer.

When I'm excited about something I can babble on, but only to those I'm comfortable with. I dance around when happy.

And so much more.

I might be a little mad.

Monday, May 11, 2020

#WrydandWonder Readathon!!!


Hello and welcome to my first post about Wyrd and Wonder and month long Fantasy reading event that I discovered on twitter (@wyrdandwonder) This is my first year even hearing about this let alone attempting it. The event it's self is now in it's third year.

So I'm a little late in joining as it goes from the May 1st to  the 31st.

So I have to come up with a tbr that will work for this and for other things I am doing this month.

I was going to post a list, then I wasn't because  I have so many I have in mind and with how everything is currently in the world my mood changes.

Here is just a sampling of what I may or may not read.

The Native Star by M.K Hobson
---Fantasy/Steampunk/Wild Wild West

House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin G Craig
--Young Adult fantasy/Retelling

The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz
--Middle Grade fantasy

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
--Young Adult fantasy/romance

The Rowan by Anne McCaffery
-- Classic Scifi/fantasy

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
--Young Adult fantasy

Plus so many other possibilities.

I may read one of these...I may read them all...I may toss the list out the window and see what sings to me.

Happy Reading!






For more information you can visit Welcome to Wyrd and Wonder, if you are interested learn more about this month long fantasy reading event or to sign up for yourself.

Monday, April 27, 2020

The Grave Digger by Rebecca Bischoff

The Grave DiggerThe Grave Digger by Rebecca Bischoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cap, just a boy and his father have been hired to be grave diggers, needing the money to help with medical expenses for his mother who is with child. One night Cap, upon touching a body brings them back to life. So in his mission to figure out if he has powers bring the dead back to life he discovers the secrets as to what is really on going on with the bodies and why there are so many dead. Is this really the result of a mysterious illness? Is there more to what's happening? Who and how many people are involved in the ? And does he, Cap have this power to bring the dead back to life?

The Grave Digger is a middle grade historical fiction, which takes place in 1875 Ohio. The bodies that get stolen are those that "people won't miss" ie those with out families or people of color. Like I said this is 1875. It's a quick read, enjoyable in the sense that it keeps you coming back to find out the truth. There are many players in this story and they all seem to have there own role in the events that take place. We have some very likable characters such as Delphia and her mother Jardine, Jessamyn, Cap's friend. Then we also have so many despicable people that you will just have to read to find out who.

Thoughts? It's dark and fast paced. Could there have been more? Yes, and by more I mean it felt some areas are glossed over or missing. I can see it's intend audience on one hand getting engrossed and on the other hand I can see them creep'd out. It is written in such a way that it is easy for those at the Middle grade level can read, and those on the younger side who are past chapter books. Subject matter it's dark and scary at times for younger children but parents know their own children and what they deem they can handle.

Would I read another by Rebecca Bischoff, oh yes.

I would like to thank Amberjack Publishing and Netgalley for my copy for review.


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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

MooncakesMooncakes by Suzanne  Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Adorable

Absolutely freaking adorable.

Witches, werewolves, Lgbt+, disability rep & an evil cult. What more could you ask for?? And is all neatly wrapped up with cutest artwork ever.


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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern

Bloodlust & BonnetsBloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bloodlust & Bonnet's is a delightful graphic novel about a girl named Lucy but if you asked Lord Byron he would tell you it was about him. Lucy is a bored debutante who has gotten the attention of Lady Violet Travesty a vampire and is on a mission to find her, not to slay as she has misinformed Lord Byron but in the hopes of becoming her side kick.

Through out their journeying we encounter many characters, and all have their own agendas despite what has been told to each other.

I loved this. From the diverse group of characters, the story and the graphics themselves.

So if you like adventure, never knowing what's going on, narcissistic poets, rebellious debutantes, bounty hunters, talking magic castles and well vampires, also humor can't forget humor then check this out.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for giving me an opportunity to read and review this fantastic graphic novel. I am looking forward to checking out Emily McGovern's future works.



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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Book Tour: The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


How does one review a piece of literature that grabs on to you can connects with you with out spoiling the experience for others?

Neil Gaiman is nothing but a pure brilliance each time I read something he has written or hear of some thing he has said I am nothing but drawn and in awe. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is just another example of how amazing this mans mind is.

The story takes places mainly as a string of memory, the point of view of a man who needing sometime for himself after a funeral. He finds himself back to his childhood neighborhood to where is old house used to be then finds himself at old farmhouse down the lane which transports him back in his mind to the seven year old version of himself and the flood of memories and events come crashing back like waves has these times roll in as if they had never been lost or forgotten. The girl, the cat, the strange and magical events, the deaths, the fear, Letties pond, her friendship and courage, they all trickle back and he is once again that seven year old boy who had no friends just his books and batman figure...and the little girl who held his hand.

In the end after the memories have played there visit, was it worth it? Was he worth it? This little boy now a middle aged man was his life worth the sacrifices? Who knows...

*I was sent a copy for review*




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Inside the Book:

The Ocean At the End of the Lane
Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane 
Author: Neil Gaiman 
Release Date: June 28, 2016 
Publisher: William Morrow 
Genre: Coming of Age 
Format: Ebook/Paperback/Hardcover/Audio

 UK National Book Awards 2013 "Book of the Year"

 “Fantasy of the very best.” Wall Street Journal

 A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.

“[Gaiman’s] mind is a dark fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.” New York Times Book Review    photo B6096376-6C81-4465-8935-CE890C777EB9-1855-000001A1E900B890_zps5affbed6.jpgB&NWilliam Morrow

Meet the Author:

Neil Gaiman

 Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and MirrorsFragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

 Visit his website at http://www.neilgaiman.com  
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Tour Schedule

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 Tuesday, June 21 - Book reviewed at Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin'
Book reviewed at Mina's Bookshelf
Book reviewed at Leigh Anderson Romance
Wednesday, June 22 - Book reviewed at The Mystery Tavern
Thursday, June 23 - Book reviewed at Books for Books
Friday, June 24 - Book reviewed at AMD on Software
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Monday, June 27 - Book reviewed at The Reading Queen
Tuesday, June 28 - Book reviewed at Doing Some Reading
Thursday, June 30 - Book reviewed at Comfy Reading
Friday, July 1 - Book reviewed at Shannon's Book Blog
Book reviewed at Her Book Thoughts
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Monday, July 4 - Book reviewed at I'm Shelf-ish
Tuesday, July 5 - Book reviewed at Chapter by Chapter
Wednesday, July 6 - Book reviewed at Reading Reality
Thursday, July 7 - Book reviewed at Latte Night Reviews
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Monday, July 11 - Book reviewed at Torre de Babel
Tuesday, July 12 - Book reviewed at I Can Has Books
Book reviewed at The Book Bag
Book reviewed at Whispering Stories
Wednesday, July 13 - Book reviewed at Queen of All She Reads
Thursday, July 14 - Book reviewed at Rhi Reading
Friday, July 15 - Book reviewed at Blooming With Books
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Monday, July 18 - Book reviewed at Southeast by Midwest
Tuesday, July 19 - Book reviewed at Svetlana Reads
Wednesday, July 20 - Book reviewed at Bound 4 Escape
Thursday, July 21 - Book reviewed at 100 Pages a Day
Friday, July 22 - Book reviewed at Natural Bri
Book reviewed at Bound 4 Escape
Saturday, July 23 - Book reviewed at Becky on Books
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Monday, July 25 - Book reviewed at Book Bite Reviews
Thursday, July 28 - Book reviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt
Friday, July 29 - Book reviewed at I'd Rather Be at the Beach
Book reviewed at WTF Are You Reading
Saturday, July 30 - Book reviewed at Worth Getting in Bed For
Book reviewed at Chicks with Books
Book reviewed at Live Love Books Blog
Sunday, July 31 - Book reviewed at Cover 2 Cover
Book reviewed at Reads and Reviews
Book reviewed at Toot's Book Reviews
Book reviewed at Books Are Love
Book reviewed at Chosen By You Book Club
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