ARC Reviews

15/02/2020

A Spy at the Highland Court ( De Wolfe Pack Connected World) by Celeste Barclay. Historical Romance . My Review.

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An English knight with a Scottish heart...

Dedric Hage wants to make a new life in Scotland after years of service to King Edward I, but the English king insists on one last mission. When Dedric is sent to spy on his mother’s clan, the MacLellans, the knight is forced to choose between the oath he swore to the man who stole him from his clan and the country that calls him home but where he knows no one.

A Scottish lass in love with an English knight...

Isabella Dunbar has served Robert the Bruce’s court for eight years as a lady-in-waiting and a peace offering from her father to a king he once challenged. When Isabella has two chance meetings with Dedric, they recognize an undeniable attraction that could place them both in danger. Questionable allegiances threaten to drive a wedge between the young couple as their lives take them back to the Scottish-English border and into the heart of a war for Scottish independence.

Will either side accept their union, or will a battle between two kings tear them apart?

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Sir Dedric Hage was stolen from his Scottish home as a child and raised to serve in King Edward's court.  With his time of service coming to an end he is given one last task to perform before he is free.  He must return to his clan and spy on the Scottish King.
Isabella Dunbar has been serving in King Robert the Bruce's court for eight years and has a fascination for history.  The new addition to court is causing quite a stir.  
This is an exciting story filled with intrigue, danger and misunderstanding. We have a hero who doesn't know what to expect and is being stalked by someone with mischievous or is it evil intent.  
We also have a brave and intelligent heroine who will not be treated as property.  
If you have read any other books by this author you might recognize some of the secondary characters.  This book is easily read as a stand alone.  
A very entertaining read.


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Celeste Barclay, a nom de plume, lives near the Southern California coast with her husband and sons. Growing up in the Midwest, Celeste enjoyed spending as much time in and on the water as she could. Now she lives near the beach. She's an avid swimmer, a hopeful future surfer, and a former rower. When she's not writing, she's working or being a mom.

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The Warrior (Highland Heroes #2) by Maeve Greyson. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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The seer predicted a union of necessity. A marriage foreseen to save a man’s life and heal a woman’s soul.


Death by boredom is the only fate Duncan MacCoinnich fears. Years as a mercenary fed him the adventure he needed, but now the dull routines of his brother’s keep are starving him for excitement. So, he offers his services to the ruthless smuggling lord, the MacDonald of Skye and all is set—until the woman screams.

Independence and adventure are all Tilda Mackenzie wants, a tall order for the only child of the chieftain of Clan Mackenzie. Her duty is to marry and secure an alliance. But she’d rather work at her father’s side, helping him build their smuggling empire and outmaneuver the bloody MacDonalds. She’s fearless and canny and takes pride in bending her will to no man—until the day the soldiers decide she needs humbling.

Tilda’s rescue has Duncan headed for the gallows even though she claims him to be her husband to refute the accusations. Both of them wished for adventure. But adventures can weary a soul especially when deadly enemies appear in unexpected places. That’s when wishes change to prayers for nothing more than the safety and love found in each other’s arms.

Take care with what ye wish. And word such wishes wisely. For when ye receive what ye want, ye might discover it a curse instead.

Adventure, treachery, and romance abound in this second book of the Highland Heroes Series from bestselling author Maeve Greyson.

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Duncan MacCoininch can't settle into the quiet life of his brother's new keep,  so he decides to search for adventure.  He's off to learn smuggling.  That's until he hears a woman scream.
Tilda MacKenzie is the only child of a powerful chieftain but that's not helping her now.  
This is a very emotional story where our characters go from one danger to another.  Death is following in their wake.  
We go from the highlands to the islands,  with fierce Highlanders and even fiercer pirates.  
Very exciting action packed story.


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"No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them." That's Maeve Greyson's mantra. She and Hubby of almost forty years traveled around the world while in the U.S. Air Force before returning home to rural Kentucky.

Now that her day job at the steel mill is a thing of the past, Maeve spends her time spinning tales about her beloved Highlanders and the fearless women who tame them. When she’s not plotting the perfect snare, she can be found herding cats, grandchildren, and Hubby—not necessarily in that order.

Her sweet friend and editor, Jasper the Mighty, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge a while ago but she knows in her heart he’s still watching over her as her four-legged guardian angel.

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Wicked Saint (Sinners and Saints #1) by Veronica Eden. Dark Romance Release, Excerpt & Giveaway.

Title: Wicked Saint
Series: Sinners and Saints Book 1
Author: Veronica Eden
Genre: Dark NA High School Bully Romance
Release Date: February 10, 2020

GEMMA
He stole my first kiss… and now he thinks everything else is his.
I said no to the one person no one at this school dares to refuse.
Now I’m targeted by jealous girls, guys that compete to be the first to “break the prude”, and by him. After one kiss, the king of the school hunts me down like I’m a conquest to win. He’ll have to fight harder than that, because I’m no one’s trophy.
They all want a piece of me, but I will not bend or break for them.
LUCAS
No one refuses the king.
One case of mistaken identity and a hasty kiss turned my world upside down.
The new girl refused me. Not only that, she threw down the gauntlet. That won’t stand. No one ever says no to me. This school is mine and she’ll learn her place as a loyal follower or her life is going up in flames.
I’ll make her say yes. She’ll be screaming it before I’m finished breaking her
  
Lucas smiles down at me, but there’s nothing sweet about it. The smile is all hunter, mean and precise. The smile of a hungry predator with its prey in reach.
“Because what I say fucking goes around here. If I want you to come sit in my lap, you’ll do it. Do you need another reminder of who’s in charge around here?”
Who the fuck does this guy think he is?
“Did a football hit you too many times in the head?”
A confused wrinkle appears on his forehead.
“No,” I say slowly, so he understands. “I don’t want to sit with you. I don’t want anything to do with you.”
Lucas tugs sharply on my braid. He literally pulls my hair, like the bullying boys that girls are always warned about.
A scoff of amused disbelief leaves me. “Did you really just…?”
“I’ll give you one more chance, Gemma.”
Lucas’ playful demeanor and big-man-on-campus act has vanished. Now he’s deadly serious as he stares at me.
“Or what?” Sheer astonishment at this whole situation bleeds into my voice.
“You don’t want to know that. You’re either with us or you’re against us, and you don’t want to be against us. Just accept it, like everyone else does, or you’ll face the consequences.”
With us or against us. Consequences. Lucas sounds like some power-hungry mafioso rather than a high school quarterback.
“You’ve gotta be kidding me. I said no, you bastard.” My voice raises. “Back off, or I’m going to dump my lunch tray on you! I don’t think gravy stains will go well with your expensive tailoring.”
He drops my braid, but I don’t get the chance to move back before he grips my hips, his fingers digging at my skin through the material.
I mash my lips together to withhold a grimace.
“What is your problem? You can’t just manhandle me into getting your way,” I grumble. “Do you not understand what no means? That’ll get you in trouble with the law someday when your power trip goes to your head.”
Lucas rears back with a shocked look. Then his eyes narrow to dangerous slits.
“Jesus, I’m not a rapist, you little—”
I hoist my tray threateningly and he cuts off.
“Leave me the hell alone, Lucas! I don’t want jack shit to do with you or your lousy friends!”
Hushed mutters breaks out around the room. A few phones are held up, capturing the drama as it unfolds. They’ve got proof of me denouncing their king.
It’ll be all over Snapchat and Instagram stories within minutes, spreading like a fatal forest fire across the school, no doubt.
“You’re going to regret that,” Lucas promises in a rough, dark voice.
Those proverbial gallows feel like they’re snapping around my neck and wrists.
But I won’t bend the knee in fealty to this asshole.
Who would want someone like Lucas? Not me, that’s for damn sure.
“See if I give a shit. Go ahead and throw a tantrum.” I jerk my head back at my table. “I’ll be over there enjoying my lunch.”
Before the spectacle continues, I spin on my heel to end the conversation.
Lucas hooks his foot around my ankle as soon as I take a step and fucking trips me up. I stumble, but I don’t go down. My water bottle is the only thing to topple from my wobbling tray. I meet the eyes of a few people nearby and can sense the hunger for blood.
No one’s satisfied that I didn’t crash to the floor face first into my lunch.
I bend to retrieve the water bottle and when I rise, Lucas is two steps closer, lurking right behind me like an imposing shadow.


Veronica Eden is the author of dark new adult romances + reverse harem romances with spitfire heroines and irresistible heroes. She loves exploring complicated feelings, magical worlds, epic adventures, and the bond of characters that embrace us against the world. She has always been drawn to gruff antiheroes, clever villains, and the twisty-turns of morally gray decisions. She believes sometimes the villain should get the girl and is a sucker for a deliciously devilish antihero. Veronica Eden is the pen name of romance author Mara Townsend. When not writing, she can be found soaking up sunshine at the beach, snuggling in a pile with her untamed pack of animals (her husband, dog and cat), and surrounding herself with as many plants as she can get her hands on.
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Silver Bracelets (#HermosafortheHolidays #2) by Tari Lynn Jewett. Romance Release.

 


Title: #Silver Bracelets:
(#HermosafortheHolidays Book 2)
Author: Tari Lynn Jewett
Genre: Romance
Release Date: February 14th, 2020
#SBWTMO









Tagline: 


A cop who’s been Framed, a klutzy school teacher. Will one of them end up in handcuffs?? Or will they accidentally fall in love?


Blurb:


So, you’d like to go viral on social media?


Fourth grade teacher, Ashley Swensen finds herself in a hashtag nightmare, when a picture of her crashing a bicycle at School Safety Day, goes viral, with the tag #AshleyAccidents.  And why is it that every time she screws up one hunky cop happens to be around? Before she knows it, she becomes an unwilling poster child for community safety. And even a St. Patrick’s Day birthday isn’t bringing her luck.


 Officer Benny (Benito) Lopez just wants to ask the cute teacher for a date, but she doesn’t want anything to do with him. And his friends keep making things worse. Then he remembers his grandmother’s advice, to make a grand gesture.


Will they accidentally fall in love? Or will social media keep them apart? Only her girlfriends and a little ‘luck o’ the Irish’ can help her now. And chocolate of course…


#AshleyAccidents #StPatricksDay #SilverBracelets #TrueLove












The Beach Break Coffee Bar was crowded and the girls squeezed through the throng of people to get to the table Evan was holding for them.


“It’s nice to be connected.” Ashley said as she slid into the seat next to Lucy.


Lucy smiled and started to respond just as Ashley smacked her on the arm. “Nooo,” she groaned. “That’s him over there.”


All three of her friends turned to look in the direction she’d pointed. Five good looking guys sat at a table laughing and drinking beer.


“Which one is he?” Mindi asked.


“He’s the jerky one.”


“You’ll have to be a little more descriptive.” Randi said. “I mean, they all look pretty friendly to me.”


“The one in the grey T-shirt. Don’t let that boyish smile fool you. He’s not nice.”


“I don’t know,” Mindi said. “I think he looks very nice. Look at the way that shirt hugs his biceps. Wish he’d turn this way so I could get a better look at his face.”


“What’s his name?” Randi had to raise her voice to be heard over the band who had moved back onto the stage and were warming up their instruments.


“Officer Lopez,” Ashley answered, trying to be heard over the music.


“What?” Randi raised her voice again.


“Officer Lopez!” Ashley said loudly just as the band stopped and the coffee bar buzz dropped to a din.


Officer Lopez and his buddies all turned to see who had shouted his name, and the lead singer of Reflective Lenses who was already standing in front of the mic picked it up.


“Officer Benny Lopez, you’re not even in the band, and cute girls are shouting your name. How’d you do that?”


Laughter rippled through the little coffee bar and Ashley considered crawling under the table.
“It’s okay Ashley,” Lucy said, “Evan just had a new refrigerator delivered. I’ll go get the box. We can smuggle you out of here without anyone seeing you!”
At least Randi tried to hide her smile, but Mindi made no effort to contain her amusement.





A sweet, funny, clean, light, too short romance, lol! A fast paced hilarious, never say never, or what could go wrong…” - Madm007

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“Social media in courtship doesn't always work out especially when your so called friend stuffs it up. Fastpace, lots of laughter, family values coming into play, good friends in most cases. Beware you may end up with sore cheeks and tummy from the laughter you experience in this journey. Loved it.” - Tracy

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“Silver Bracelets was the follow up to the Please Say Yes. It was a fast-paced, delightful, romantic story. I love the characters. Tari Lynn Jewette wrote a fun novel with a happily ever after.”  - A.

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“Very cute sweet short story. Loved the humor and interaction between the main characters and supporting characters. Small-town and great friends, humor and heart. Definitely looking forward to reading more.” - Ruiz Kim

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#PleaseSayYes 
(#HermosafortheHolidays Book 1)
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Tari Lynn Jewett lives in Southern California with her husband of thirty years (also known as Hunky Hubby). They have three adult sons, all who live nearby. For more than fifteen years she wrote freelance for magazines and newspapers, wrote television commercials, radio spots, numerous press releases, and many, MANY PTA newsletters. As much as she loved writing those things, she always wanted to write fiction…and now she is.


When she’s not writing, you can find her at the beach, in her sewing room, or curled up with a good book. She’s also been known to play a mean game of pool.


Tari believes in happily ever afters…because she’s living hers.


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