Monday, July 24, 2017

REVIEW:The Spanish Exile & The Last Princess (Island Of The Crown 2 book series) By Jewel Allen

The Spanish Exile by Jewel Allen

In the flames of war, men are made and broken . . .
The fires of vengeance burn hot for Raul Calderon. Cast aside, forgotten, and abused by those above him, Raul is forced to make his own way in life. But he has the heart of a fighter who will do whatever it takes to prove himself - including joining the Spanish army. Yet when his sworn enemy becomes his commanding officer, Raul's life quickly goes from bad to worse. Forced to witness the human misery of war and take part in creating that suffering, Raul walks a fine line between doing what's right and obeying orders.

But when Conchita, the love of his childhood and now the woman of his dreams, is placed in danger, can he cross the line to save her? Or will he be forced to choose between king and country and the woman he would do anything to have as his own?

This is a great starter book for this series because it gives you such a good background on Raul. I just adore him. He goes through so much and continues to follow his dreams of being in the Spanish army even though he is labeled a cripple by his family and the people in his town.

As someone that has a disability I love how this is a big part of Rail's story, and how the author writes him overcoming it and becoming this amazing captain in the Spanish army.

Conchita Oh my I was rooting for her to see her real feeling for Raul through this entire book. The ending before he gets on the boat made me so sad how she acted and treated him like he wasn't worth her time. If I could smack a character through a book it would have been her.

I love that I found this amazing author that I will definitely be looking for more books by her. She is  a must read author for sure.

5 stars

The Last Princess by Jewel Allen

To the beat of war, crowns are kept and stolen. . .

Spanish Captain Raul Calderon has accepted a daring mission in the Philippine colonies - to negotiate docking rights in hostile waters for the Manila Galleon. If successful, he can return from exile. But when he is captured by slave raiders and delivered to the Last Princess, a woman known for killing those who cross her, he is thrust into the center of royal intrigue. The Last Princess is not what she seems, however, and Raul must stay alive long enough to warn her of the danger in trusting those close to her.

Juliza Alimuddin, The Last Princess, hides behind a cutthroat reputation to protect her beloved islands. But when a mysterious Spaniard, Raul Calderon, falls into her hands, she decides to go against her allies' wishes and nurse him back to health. Her heart has been bruised in the past, yet Raul brings out feelings she never thought she'd have again. Just when Juliza starts to believe in the possibility of love, however, she is betrayed and her family and sultanate put in a deadly situation. Will The Last Princess live up to her reputation when forced to choose between her people and the man she loves?

From the award-winning journalist and author Jewel Allen. Fans of swashbuckling tales will enjoy this action-packed novel, filled with romance, danger and intrigue of 1760s Philippines. Based on true historical events, this is Book Two of the Islands of the Crown series.

I loved The Spanish Exile by this author but the Last Princess omg its absolutely amazing and keeps you on your toes at all times.

I just couldn't put this down. I fell absolutely in love with the Princess, she is such an amazing character and a great match for Raul instead of the obnoxious Conchita who is all about herself.

Both Raul and Juliza have gone through a massive heartbreak, but they are still trying to do their job and what is right while healing their heart.

Juliza is this beautiful exotic Princess that saves his life and nurses him back to health which causes a crazy war between her clans because of the Spanish being so hates on the islands. But no matter she still saves Raul from a horrible fate from her lover killing him or worse.

They form an amazing friendship and he saves her and her family from the other clans attack on their palace. They deal with pirates trying to sell them as slaves, shipwrecks, and a full on war against her family.

Just love it. This author definitely outdid herself.

5 stars

Jewel Allen is an award-winning journalist, author and ghostwriter who grew up in the tropics (Manila, Philippines) and now lives in the desert (Utah, USA). She is the author of a YA paranormal mystery (GHOST MOON NIGHT), a political memoir (SOAPBOX), and the first in a swashbuckling series set in the 18th century (THE SPANISH EXILE).

RELEASE BLITZ: Controlling Heritage (A Control Series Novel) By International Romance Author Anna Edwards

Sophie North is James North’s little sister. She has suffered through the brutal attack on her brother all because of his sexual beliefs. That is why she now hides behind the prim and proper personal assistant who wants to find her way in the world. All she really wants though is someone to own her.
Grayson Moore, it a world famous Native American movie star. His action packed Renegade series has made him a household name and with the fame and fortune comes the reputation. He likes his alcohol strong, his cars fast and his bed full of women. But even that is getting boring now.
Controlling Heritage tells the story of how other's views on what you should be can leave you with no control. Unsolicited opinions will twist you until you no longer recognise or trust the person you can be.
The story features; orgies, suspense, a death, BDSM, and lots of love. You have been warned.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

REVIEW: A Life No Less Than Perfect By Angela Parker

The lone survivor of a tragic car accident, Elona has since been a recluse, with the exception of her parents. Though her memory is fogged, she is finally in a place where she can begin to piece together her life again. She felt that moving miles away from home would help her do that. She thought she was prepared for anything...until she met him.
Michael is a young man with a rough past, a past that’s left him pained and broken. He shoulders the guilt of his former circumstances. He’s accepted that he will never find someone deserving. Then he lays eyes on her and his whole life suddenly changes.
Will Elona be able to love, after she’s lost so much?
Can Michael move past the pain enshrouding him?
To get through tragedy they must feel the pain, but getting through the pain will be tragic.
This amazing author asked me to review her new book for her and I am so glad I did. This is a wonderfully brillant young adult novel.It really catches you and pulls you into each of the main characters story, their personal heartbreakes and sadness and their story together as it unfolds.This author really is truly amazing and I cannot wait to see what else she writes in the future.
These characters are just amazing. El or Elona is a struggling girl after a car accident took her memories. She decides to finish her last year of college off in person and meets these three amazing people. Jess, Ren and of course the amazing Michael. Michael is emediately taken by El as her calls her and brings her out of her shell and opens her up to so many things and experiences.
Their lovestory is one truly amazing ride. They both have secrets from their past that they struggle with that unfold uniquely throughout this novel.
I just adore Michael. To him El is his everything and he isnt ashamed to tell her this constantly.
This is a young adult novel but this author has a nonchalant way of showing how much the hormones can take over when you are young without being raunchy or gross with oversharing I really like that.
Definitely a must read and a 5 star book for sure.
5 stars...

Angela K. Parker is a country girl with a big heart. She grew up in Greeleyville, SC where she graduated from C.E. Murray High School. She received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Finance from Limestone College in Gaffney, SC. Her passions include reading, writing, music and she loves spending time with her family. When she’s not engaged in any of the above, she’s knitting or catching up on the latest movies. She’s always had a very active imagination. Now she’s putting it to good use.
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

REVIEW: The Smallest Thing By Lisa Manterfield

The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back.
But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit?
Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become an adult—and fall in love—in the midst of tragedy.

Oh lordy this is one powerful book for sure. This book had me in tears at least 6 different times throughout it. This a very strong story, it pulls you into the main character and grows making you love so many different characters.
Emmott is such an amazing strong rebellious and loving character. These are all qualities she doesnt see herself as having. All she wants to do is run away from this little village everyone stays in forever.
But then the whole town is quarantined and everyone starts dying, the man she loves betrays her,and her dad becomes ill. She meets aidan one of the guys in the hazmat suits and he befriends her being there for her, trying to help her, breaking the rules.
Aidan oh Aidan what a wonderful caring character, he also sounds absolutely delicious for a guy hiding in a hazmat suit. haha. He quickly becomed emmott's rock. I just love him. He is a perfect match for Emmott and exactly what she needs in her life.
Ro is definitely the character you love to hate. Because I seriously want to kill him multiples times. When he betrays emmott I just want to strangle him and torture him for eternity.He is the worst sort of character. But every book needs a bad guy and he is definitely that. I didnt like him at the beginning of the book either when the author first introduced him.
This is one amazing author and after looking at some of her other titles i am very curious to read some of them they look great.

5 stars if i could give it more I definitely would.

I’m Lisa Manterfield and I love telling stories.
I’m a curious cat and I’m fascinated by human behavior and what makes people tick.
I love fish-out-of-water stories of ordinary people in extraordinary situations, especially if those situations delve into the unexplained.
I love digging up nuggets of history—not the vast sweeping stories of events that changed the world, but the personal stories of people making their way through life while history happened around them.
Like many of my characters, I grew up in the north of England. Although my hometown of Sheffield is a big city, I fell head-over-heels in love with the surrounding countryside and spent most of my early years outdoors.
In school, I became my county’s orienteering champion, which means I was a whizz at navigating with a map and compass, and thrashing my way through mud and brambles.
These days, you’re more likely to find me riding my bike at the beach or running (slowly) the trails near my home in California.
I’ve always loved adventure. My first expedition happened when I was two years old and I escaped through a gap in the fence around my family’s house. Ever since, I’ve loved exploring, whether that means heading into the woods for a hike, traveling to new countries, learning a new skill, or escaping into a great book.
Some of my favorite adventures include hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, climbing a via ferrata in Italy, feeding a rhinoceros at the zoo, seeing elephants in the wild, performing in a play, teaching myself to play the bagpipes, learning to cook Indian food, canoeing down a river, and bicycling around Ireland.
Despite my love of adventure, most days you’ll find me in slippers, writing.
In my house, I am the fixer of all things broken and guardian of the bathtub spiders. I’m lucky enough to share my home with my lovely husband, and Felicity, my seriously over-indulged (and very curious) cat. (less)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

REVIEW: A Holiday In Bath (Timeless Regency Collection) By Julie Daines, Caroline Warfield and Jaima Fixsen

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean & Wholesome Romance, comes A HOLIDAY IN BATH.
Three brand new Regency Romance novellas by Julie Daines, Caroline Warfield, and Jaima Fixsen
TRIAL OF THE HEART by Julie Daines
Marianne Wood has been summoned to Bath to testify against the man who killed her family. She dreads coming face to face with the monster of her nightmares, but finds surprising comfort under the care of a charming barrister, Harby Northam. Despite his kindly attentions, Mr. Northam is a shrewd and discerning man of law with an awful secret. Marianne is put to the test as she deals with the evil of her past and her growing affection for the mysterious Mr. Northam.
LORD EDMUND’S DILEMMA by Caroline Warfield
Lucy Ashcroft doesn’t share her stepmother’s belief that she might find a husband during her sojourn in Bath, but she does enjoy a respite from a household full of half-siblings and a younger sister preparing for her London Season, something Lucy can’t even dream about. In Bath, she enjoys the company of the elderly ladies in her aunt’s circle, and happy to be out from under her stepmother’s watchful and speculating eye. But when Lucy meets Lord Edmund Parker, all of her expectations for a quiet, unassuming holiday suddenly change.
Caroline Trenholme is not pleased with Bath, the fussy, antiquated resort of the shabby-genteel. She ought to be in London, finding a man—not here, coddling her irrational grandmother. In the park, she crosses paths (literally—this is Bath, after all) with a nameless, mannerless rogue, intent on stealing a kiss. As if his proposition weren’t insult enough, even her dog seems to like the man better. It's impossible! Especially once she suspects she might like him too…
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This is a really fascinating novel. It is full of short stories by varying different authors. All about the mysterious amazing city of Bath that everyone use to go to for the healing waters.
I have to say at first as I was reading the first story I expected it to just be one long novel but was pleasantly suprized there was more than just the one story.
The first short story is by far my favorite. Its full of twists and turns that are completely unexpected. I never imagined it would end the way it did and then I just wanted to read more.
The other stories do not leave you wanting either. Full of love and mystery and intrique. I just loved this compilation of stories all about the history of Bath.
Definitely a must read
5 stars
Julie Daines is an award-winning and best-selling author. She was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.
She loves reading, writing, and watching movies—anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her vervain.

Jaima Fixsen is the author of the popular Fairchild regency romance series. She would rather read than sleep and though all her novels take place in the past, she couldn't live without indoor plumbing or smart phones.
When she isn't writing or child wrangling, she's a snow enthusiast. She lives with her family in Alberta, Canada, and most all just tries to keep up.

Caroline Warfield
Traveler, poet, librarian, technology manager—award winning and Amazon best-selling author Caroline Warfield has been many things (even a nun), but above all she is a romantic. Having retired to the urban wilds of eastern Pennsylvania, she reckons she is on at least her third act, happily working in an office surrounded by windows where she lets her characters lead her to adventures while she nudges them to explore the riskiest territory of all, the human heart. She is also a regular contributor to History Imagined, a blog at the intersection of history and fiction, and (on a much lighter note) The Teatime Tattler, a blog in the shape of a fictional nineteenth century gossip rag.
Her current series, Children of Empire, focuses on three cousins, driven apart by lies and deceit, who must find their way back from the distant reaches of the empire.