Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #220

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer 
Releases: January 29th 2019

In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she's instead somehow sucked into Rhen's cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn't know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what's at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.


Thoughts:
Sing it with me guys.....Brigid. Has. A. New. Book. Brigid. Has. A. New. Book. Brigid. Has. A. New. Book.....YAY! Oh, and did you see that it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling? Double YAY! Oh, and that cover.....*dies* A Curse So Dark and Lonely just officially become one of my most anticipated releases....if only we didn't have to wait until JANUARY. *sigh*


Do you like the sound of A Curse So Dark and Lonely?
And what are you waiting on this week?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Release Blitz: Leading the Witness by Chantal Fernando

Welcome to the release blitz for Leading the Witness by Chantal Fernando! I love those this series and this novel and highly recommend it!


New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando “turns up the heat” (RT Book Reviews) in this steamy standalone novel when a divorce lawyer finds himself stuck between his client and the woman he desires—and soon he’ll be forced to choose sides.

Hunter Brayze doesn’t always like his clients but as the divorce attorney for Bentley & Channing Law, he doesn’t have to. So when he meets his latest client, even though he can’t stand the guy, let alone understand how any woman would ever marry him, he is still determined to win his case. But he never expects taking this client would turn his entire world upside down.

When he comes face to face with his client’s soon-to-be ex, he’s shocked to see Riley McMahon, owner of his local pub and the woman he’s wanted ever since he first laid eyes on her. He didn’t even know she was getting a divorce, and now he’s stuck defending the man who wants to screw Riley out of everything. Feeling like he’s betraying her, Hunter vows to settle this case as quickly as he can by any means possible. Because after months of flirting with Riley at the pub, and now knowing that she’ll soon be free, Hunter is determined to make her his.

But as the proceedings get messier and secrets are revealed, Hunter’s running out of tricks to keep both parties happy. And when someone sets Riley’s pub on fire, he can’t help but suspect his own client. Torn between his professional code of ethics and his intense connection with Riley, Hunter finds himself at a crossroads wondering whose interests he’ll ultimately protect.


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The whole series!

New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is twenty seven years old and lives in Western Australia.

Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon's Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Book Shelf: Leading the Witness (Conflict of Interest #4) by Chantal Fernando

New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando “turns up the heat” (RT Book Reviews) in this steamy standalone novel when a divorce lawyer finds himself stuck between his client and the woman he desires—and soon he’ll be forced to choose sides.

Hunter Brayze doesn’t always like his clients but as the divorce attorney for Bentley & Channing Law, he doesn’t have to. So when he meets his latest client, even though he can’t stand the guy, let alone understand how any woman would ever marry him, he is still determined to win his case. But he never expects taking this client would turn his entire world upside down.

When he comes face to face with his client’s soon-to-be ex, he’s shocked to see Riley McMahon, owner of his local pub and the woman he’s wanted ever since he first laid eyes on her. He didn’t even know she was getting a divorce, and now he’s stuck defending the man who wants to screw Riley out of everything. Feeling like he’s betraying her, Hunter vows to settle this case as quickly as he can by any means possible. Because after months of flirting with Riley at the pub, and now knowing that she’ll soon be free, Hunter is determined to make her his.

But as the proceedings get messier and secrets are revealed, Hunter’s running out of tricks to keep both parties happy. And when someone sets Riley’s pub on fire, he can’t help but suspect his own client. Torn between his professional code of ethics and his intense connection with Riley, Hunter finds himself at a crossroads wondering whose interests he’ll ultimately protect.


More info on Goodreads........


Review: 

Leading the Witness is the fourth instalment in Chantal Fernando’s delectable Conflict of Interest series and is another deeply sexy and enjoyable romance full of chemistry, attraction and budding love.

Hunter Brayze is a family divorce lawyer, used to wanting the best for his clients. So when a friend calls in a favour and asks him to represent someone that’s Hunter’s plan, until he comes face to face with his client’s soon-to-be-ex and discovers it’s the owner of his local pub and the woman Hunter has desired for more than a year. Riley McMahon has finally realised her dream of opening her own pub and knows if she can just get her divorce finalised with her greedy ex, everything will be perfect, especially with the sinfully sexy and bearded Hunter providing her eye candy every day at work. With Hunter forced to put his feelings for Riley aside for the sake of a fair case, Hunter is determined to do his job to the best of his abilities, while not screwing Riley over in the process. Torn between his professional code of ethics and the woman he wants more than anything, will Hunter be able to convince Riley to give him a chance now that she’s single or will her ex continue to ruin her life?

As with every other Chantal Fernando novel I’ve read, I really enjoyed Leading the Witness. We first met Riley when Hunter and Jaxon stopped at her newly opened pub for lunch during a previous novel and of course we’ve known Hunter throughout the series. Sparks flew between the sexy bearded lawyer and the bar owner straight away and Leading the Witness finally allows readers to see this spark blossom into a fully realised romance as Hunter and Riley take centre stage in this novel.

Chantal Fernando details Hunter and Riley’s romance through their varying POV’s, allowing for a well told and detailed story. Leading the Witness is sexy without an overload of sex scenes, instead developing the relationship over time and building on the tension and attraction that simmers between them.

Hunter and Riley were great characters to follow and I genuinely liked them. Hunter truly cared about Riley, enough to wait for her for a year when he believed she was unavailable and then as he slowly began to court her, not wanting her to rush into anything she wasn’t ready for. Riley on the other hand was a sweetie; an honest, hardworking woman who had been in a loveless marriage and was finally finding happiness for herself.

Chantal Fernando includes a lot of great interactions with the employees at Riley’s pub who were true friends to Riley; Callie, Preston, Isaac and even Cheffy. They were real characters, especially Callie and Preston who I thought were so much fun to follow. 

Sexy but fun, Leading the Witness is another great read from Chantal Fernando who never fails to satisfy! I highly recommend this series as the romance and characters are brilliant and you won’t be sorry if you give it a go!

Rating: 
Source: Sent for review by Give Me Books and the publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: Kinde ebook via Netgalley
Release Date: April 17th 2018
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: Another great Chantal Fernando novel--I can't wait to read whatever she releases next!


Saturday, April 14, 2018

I'm Moving...House


Hello lovelies!

As you're reading this I'm in the middle of every book lovers worst nightmare; moving house. That means boxes and boxes of precious books going from one location to another. And as someone who is a self proclaimed book hoarder that means a LOT of books.

Plus considering that means no Wifi, you will most likely not be hearing from me for the next week or so while I great myself reorganised!

Hope you all have a wonder week :)


Friday, April 13, 2018

Blog Tour: Bound to You by Alyssa Brandon- Excerpt & Giveaway

The Blog Tour for Bound to You by Alyssa Brandon stops by the blog today thanks to Xpresso Book Tours. Yesterday my review of Bound to You went live and today I have an excerpt from the novel as well as the tour wide giveaway to share.
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A teen werewolf finally meets her destined soulmate only to discover that he's not quite what she expected in this steamy debut romance.

She's met her mate . . . and he's met his match.

Megan Ross has been waiting her whole life for her mate to come and sweep her off her feet. But the wolf she meets on the beach is NOT the sweet gentle boy she's been dreaming of. Instead, he's a warrior, one whose suffering has led him to lock his heart away in a prison as cold and hard as a diamond, who fights to resist the bond and their deep sexual attraction.

Far from home, with a soulmate who is still a stranger, Megan learns that the path to true love isn't quite as straight and easy as she thought . . .


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From Bound to You.....

“Oh God,” I whispered as I sank to my knees next to him.
James’s head lolled to the side when I touched his scruffy neck. I could see that his fur was coated in something blackish red and I could smell the metallic tang of blood in the air. His front whole side was covered in it. I wanted to reach over to find the wound and attempt to press it close but instead I pulled out my cell phone instead. I had ten missed calls from Tommy. Yikes, I should probably have answered.
I pressed the ‘call back’ icon and it rang for what felt like forever but was probably just a few seconds.
“Megan?” said Tommy’s familiar voice.
“Oh God Tommy,” I said by way of greeting. “You have to come. He’s all bloody and bleeding and—”
“Megan are you okay?” Tommy said through the phone, sounding shocked. “What’s going on?”
“I’m fine,” I sobbed. It was so good to hear a friendly voice, someone I figured could help me. “But James is, oh God, James is—”
“Where are you?” he asked, clearly recovering his cool.
“I’m not sure,” I said, looking around but that wasn’t much help. “I parked a few blocks off the highway by a coffee shop and then I don’t know—”
“Robin should be close. Try to call him,” Tommy said.
“I don’t have his number,” I said in a panic. Why hadn’t I gotten Robin’s number when I had the chance? I was so stupid.
“No I mean with the pack bonds. You’re Alpha. He will have already sensed something is wrong but use your—”
I took a quick breath, dropping the phone, as James moved, his ears flicking. I’d thought he was too-unconscious or too-almost-dead to do anything more than lie there.
“James? James? Can you hear me?” I wasn’t sure if him waking up was bad or good. On TV being awake usually meant good, but I thought that might be wrong since being conscious also meant some of his energy was being used for well, staying conscious.

Then I realized he wasn’t waking up, he was transforming back to his human form.

Alyssa Brandon is a recent college graduate from Sweden who enjoys reading, doing yoga, puzzles, and, of course, writing. Bound to You is her debut novel.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Book Shelf: Bound to You by Alyssa Brandon

A teen werewolf finally meets her destined soulmate only to discover that he's not quite what she expected in this steamy debut romance.

She's met her mate . . . and he's met his match.

Megan Ross has been waiting her whole life for her mate to come and sweep her off her feet. But the wolf she meets on the beach is NOT the sweet gentle boy she's been dreaming of. Instead, he's a warrior, one whose suffering has led him to lock his heart away in a prison as cold and hard as a diamond, who fights to resist the bond and their deep sexual attraction.

Far from home, with a soulmate who is still a stranger, Megan learns that the path to true love isn't quite as straight and easy as she thought . . .


More info on Goodreads..... 


Review:

Bound to You by Alyssa Brandon is a NA paranormal romance and introduces readers to an urban fantasy world of supernatural creatures, undeniable attraction and swoon worthy romance.

Eighteen year old Megan Ross has waited her whole life to find her mate. The daughter of an alpha, Megan knows exactly what she wants and the werewolf she meets on the beach at a party is definitely not what she always envisioned. Brooding and cold, James is the leader of a legendary tier of warrior werewolves tasked with protecting the werewolves from their natural enemies; creatures known as wraiths. Moving from her family’s home to her new pack’s compound in Canada, Megan wants nothing more than to connect with James, yet he continually tries to push her away. Haunted by his past and determined to keep Megan at arm’s length, James’s actions may be the thing that keeps Megan and him finding true happiness. The attraction and bond between them is undeniable, but will Megan be able to convince James to give their relationship a shot? Or was there never a chance to begin with?

I’m going to be honest; in a lot of ways Bound to You reads like fanfiction. Well written, deeply enjoyable fanfiction, but fanfiction none-the-less. And yet, gosh, there was something about Bound to You I really found myself enjoying. Unfolding primarily through Megan’s POV as well as the occasional chapter from James, Bound to You introduces readers to a world of werewolf packs and a century’s old war between them and their enemies, wraiths as well as a romance with a reluctant male lead and a determined heroine.

Bound to You centres around Megan who has finally found her mate in the form of surly and reluctant James, who, even though he can’t help but desire her, isn’t too happy about finding his other half. I must admit, I find myself intrigued by the world introduced by Alyssa Brandon; more than I thought I would when the story first began. The concept surrounding James and his fellow pack members is interesting and I genuinely liked them all. Living in a barren and empty manor, I enjoyed seeing these warrior wolves loosen up and connect as Megan made attempts to bring them together.

The relationship between Megan and James plays a large part in the story and I thought they had a decent connection. The attraction and chemistry was there and considering the idea of mates and what finding a mate entails, I appreciated seeing Megan and James get to know each other throughout the story. I think this made it all that more satisfying when they eventually began to find a rhythm together.

As I previously mentioned, I was intrigued by many of James’s pack and am keen to see if Brandon will writes novels featuring the other characters. Lucy especially has been set up to feature some kind of painful history that I’m sure could transfer over into further storyline arcs. Either way I’ll be keeping an eye out to see what Alyssa Brandon does with this series next.

Rating:  
Source: Sent for review by Xpresso Book Tours and the author (Thank you ladies!)
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: April 10th 2018
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
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Final Thoughts: I do feel that this series has potential and the author has set the stage for future books. I'm keen to see what happens.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Blog Tour: Dreamer by L.E. DeLano- Guest Post & Giveaway

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Dreamer by L.E. DeLano thanks to Xpresso Book Tours! Hopefully you had a chance to check out my review yesterday and will join me in welcoming L.E. DeLano to the blog as she guest posts today. 
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This thrilling sequel to Traveler doles out adventure and heartbreak in equal measure as it takes readers through a kaleidoscope of intricately crafted worlds of wonder, discovery, and danger.

You’re still you no matter where you go.

Jessa has learned the hard way that traveling to alternate dimensions isn’t all delicious, glittering desserts and fancy parties: it also means accidentally running into people she thought she’d never see again. Still mourning a devastating loss, Jessa isn’t really prepared for the arrival of a reckless version of someone she once loved who is now bent on revenge. Add an increasingly complicated relationship with her best friend Ben, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the threat of the multiverse collapsing, and Jessa’s got a lot on her plate. She may be destined to help save an infinite multitude of worlds… but in the end, all Jessa really wants to do is save her friends.

In Dreamer, the young adult fantasy follow up to Traveler, author L. E. DeLano delivers a gripping, emotional story that will leave readers on the edge of their seat.

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“What did you like or dislike the most about writing this book?"

DREAMER was such a labor of love. You would think that a second book would be a piece of cake, right? A simple matter of continuing the saga. The thing is, TRAVELER ended up a far different book after the editing process, we completely axed a subplot that was integral to the original arc of the story, and that completely altered the ending of the series as I had planned it.

All of this left me in the position of taking my beloved characters and writing a completely new adventure from scratch. It was daunting. It was also maddening. All my carefully laid plans! I knew it was for the best, but that didn’t make it any easier. I got frustrated a lot. I wrote and cut and reworked so many scenes, I swear to you I wrote seven different stories. I was so intent on tying up all the loose ends to a thrilling conclusion that I forgot one very important thing: I forgot to have fun.

My editor (the amazing Holly West at MacMillan) reminded me in very gentle terms that one of the best parts of TRAVELER was the excitement and adventure of each new reality, and each new life that Jessa leads there. We needed to find that for DREAMER.

So once again, I revisited my manuscript and started asking myself “What if this happened?” and “How fantastical would that be?” I put in a flourish here, dabbed a bit of amazement there, and also ended up writing one of the best chapters I’ve ever written – a solid piece of magic on a page (you’ll know it when you read it) and the satisfaction that came from that whole, torturous process is beyond measure.

I think that’s the nature of a book – you lose your way a bit and end up sliding down a mountainside and having to claw your way up an alternate route that ends up giving you a view you would have never found otherwise. A little glimpse of wonder that stays with you, and even more importantly, with your readers. That was DREAMER for me.

L.E. DeLano is a YA novelist rep’d by Barry Goldblatt Literary agency, author of the upcoming “Traveler” (Swoon Reads/MacMillan 2017) and lifelong writer. Her work has been featured on various online outlets and she lives in Pennsylvania with two very adventurous kids and two very ridiculous cats. In her spare time, she writes (of course) and binge-watches way too much Netflix.

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