Book Review: The Trouble with Love

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About the book:the trouble with love

 

Title: The Trouble with Love

Author: Cheri Champagne

Published: January 31st 2017 by Pandamoon Publishing

Source: received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Lady Bridget Mason is hopelessly in love with her best friend, Major Charles Bradley. Since his return from war, however, something has changed him. He has stopped returning her letters, he gives her the cut direct, and when forced to interact with her, he is rude and downright unconscionable. Her hopes for a marriage with Charles have been heartbreakingly dashed.

The troubled hero…

Major Charles Bradley is in a fix. The very same men that kidnapped his sister and her new husband a few months past have given him a warning. They are coming after Bridget. He’d done his best to keep his two identities separate, but they are determined to clash. Despite doing his utmost to push Bridget away for her protection, his love for her has been discovered by his unnervingly indomitable enemy.

Their perilous love…

Charles must face his greatest challenge; he must protect Bridget at any cost. But, will his love’s big secret and Charles’ horrid treatment of her prove the task impossible?

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My Review:

I have started the “Mason Siblings Series” with book number two and by the time this review goes live, I would have finished book no. 3. Let me say this because otherwise I’ll forget. The way Cheri Champagne waves in the current story bits and pieces from the next book is fabulous. I like it, I like her! Ok, back to the book at hand.

Here we are, with the story of another Mason. Lady Bridget Mason has had her heart broken by her best friend and love, Major Charles Bradley, not only when he chose war over her, but also when his promises of marriage prove to be just words. Major Bradley is struggling to keep the love of his life away from his alter ego. But when this becomes impossible, me must find a way to protect her. A great love story, with a heavy dose of mystery and action, “The Trouble with Love” is just amazing.

Lady Bridget is unusually strong and determined for a lady of that era. It seems her only weakness are the feelings she has for Charles. The only times we see tears from her are when she is remined of her love or when she is worried for his safety. She knows how to behave in society, how to make use of her charms and even how to do some other… man-related activities.

Major Bradley tries his best to push back his love and lust for Lady Bridget, while keeping his secret activities…. Secret. But at some point, this becomes difficult to do. Then he will try to convince her he still cares. They are an explosion of emotions together. They are like fuel and flame. And I love it.

The war against Napoleon, the conspiracies from that period, are gently intertwined with the love story. Our author has done her fair share of documentation and for that she deserves my appreciation.

All in all, this was an amazing book, written by an amazing author. A bit of a spoiler from my next review, book no. 3 is even better. I loved it and if you like historical romance, this book should be a must for you.

 

About the Authorcheri champagne

I started writing as a child, and began reading historical romance novels at the age of fifteen. Finally, I combined my two passions and began writing steamy and suspenseful romances. I live in BC, Canada, with my husband, four young children, and our dog.

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Book Blitz: Finding Rose Rocks

Will she get a second chance at a once in a lifetime love?
Finding Rose Rocks
FINDING ROSE ROCKS
Karen Ginther Graham
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: May 20, 2016
In the late summer of a woman’s life she meets a handsome rancher who ignites her dormant passion, a passion that isn’t fully realized until she follows a yearning to the city of her youth where enlightenment becomes a costly foray. FINDING ROSE ROCKS is an 86,000-word contemporary women’s fiction with romance and spicy love scenes.
JENNIFER’s business fails and she decides that as soon as possible she will leave Oklahoma in a cloud of red dust and return to her San Diego roots. TROY comes along with a solution to her company’s woes. He has a velvety voice and appealing confidence. They begin a relationship; it deepens and then stalls after she’s called to the west coast on a family matter and decides to stay for the summer. She meets BEN with his irresistible charm. Her newfound self-awareness mingles with salty ocean breezes and eucalyptus-scented air to place her in Ben’s arms. Their liaison is heartfelt but brief, mid-life’s last hurrah. Jennifer realizes her heart is back on the southern prairie and returns to Troy’s ranch, but she may be one adventure too late.

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Praise for Finding Rose Rocks

The name of the book comes from a type of mineral formation found almost exclusively in Oklahoma….and has a beautiful backstory to it. The literature standard is written with depths of emotional dilemmas, and I believe that what’s makes this book stand out.
– S. J. Main, Amazon Reviewer
The flow of the story is flawless as far as I am concerned. Love and life is precious, but it will never be flawless. I highly recommend this read. It is a great one!
– deb B, Amazon Reviewer
This is the kind of book you’ll want to curl up with on a nice comfy chair beside a fire on a cold winter’s day. A lovely romance about getting a second chance at love later in life.
– Page M., Amazon Reviewer

Book Excerpt

Take an inside look at Finding Rose Rocks with this thrilling excerpt.
Jennifer refused to let Ben’s ordeal revive her old jellyfish phobia. She changed into her swimsuit and grabbed a towel. She’d be most visible in front of the lifeguard tower, so it’s where she entered the surf and forded the mild current until she reached the choppy calm beyond the breakers. Alone save for a curious seagull, she let the sea rock her in their guarded reunion. Fellow creatures shared the water with her, but she ignored them and let them do the same. Children’s squeals and deeper adult voices carried over the waves and reached her submerged ears in wavering echoes. She was a peace there. From time to time she drifted off course, and a dozen lazy back strokes realigned her with the lifeguard tower. Jennifer’s astrological element was water, emotional and intuitive. She’d grown up with her mother’s belief in such notions, and she would never quite shake them. Troy was earth, strong and steady, grounded, of the land. Water and earth were compatible. Jennifer should have nurtured Troy, supplied him with life-giving sustenance rather than running off to let him face the summer’s drought without her. Ben’s element was air. She’d never asked him his sign, but she knew. He was a rare winged creature too elusive for her with his almost indiscernible touch and the hint of scintillating breath on her bare breasts. Jennifer held herself partially to blame for Ben’s accident. Before she’d come along he didn’t go into the ocean, instead content to stroll along its shoreline. He’d wanted to be with her and followed her into her watery realm. She’d led him to danger like a siren. He’d mentioned his allergy to bee stings in an offhanded way, making little of it. She should’ve honed in on the subject, asked what he carried in his faded blue backpack. The signs were there and she’d paid no attention.
Jennifer checked her position in the water, found all to be well, and returned to her thoughts. If she went back to the Lazy J Ranch, would she and Troy reunite or would she end up back in Oklahoma City where she’d started? Trading California for a cowboy? She’d have to be crazy, or crazy in love with a man whose only connection to the ocean were waves of flaxen wheat and a prairie’s endless sea of tall grass.
Something brushed Jennifer’s leg, and she bolted upright. A piece of kelp bobbed beside her and she flung it away. She’d become chilly anyway and made her way to shore.
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About Karen Ginther Graham

Karen Ginther Graham

Karen Ginther Graham is a long-time Okie but hails from Southern California. Her writing often reflects these two places. Along with her husband, she loves immersing herself in the fevered pulse of big cities and then happily return to the quietude of her country home in Edmond, Oklahoma.
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Book Blitz: Finding Rose Rocks

Will she get a second chance at a once in a lifetime love?
Finding Rose Rocks
FINDING ROSE ROCKS
Karen Ginther Graham
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: May 20, 2016
In the late summer of a woman’s life she meets a handsome rancher who ignites her dormant passion, a passion that isn’t fully realized until she follows a yearning to the city of her youth where enlightenment becomes a costly foray. FINDING ROSE ROCKS is an 86,000-word contemporary women’s fiction with romance and spicy love scenes.
JENNIFER’s business fails and she decides that as soon as possible she will leave Oklahoma in a cloud of red dust and return to her San Diego roots. TROY comes along with a solution to her company’s woes. He has a velvety voice and appealing confidence. They begin a relationship; it deepens and then stalls after she’s called to the west coast on a family matter and decides to stay for the summer. She meets BEN with his irresistible charm. Her newfound self-awareness mingles with salty ocean breezes and eucalyptus-scented air to place her in Ben’s arms. Their liaison is heartfelt but brief, mid-life’s last hurrah. Jennifer realizes her heart is back on the southern prairie and returns to Troy’s ranch, but she may be one adventure too late.

Purchase Links

Available now for $2.99 only. Grab your copy today.

Praise for Finding Rose Rocks

The name of the book comes from a type of mineral formation found almost exclusively in Oklahoma….and has a beautiful backstory to it. The literature standard is written with depths of emotional dilemmas, and I believe that what’s makes this book stand out.
– S. J. Main, Amazon Reviewer
The flow of the story is flawless as far as I am concerned. Love and life is precious, but it will never be flawless. I highly recommend this read. It is a great one!
– deb B, Amazon Reviewer
This is the kind of book you’ll want to curl up with on a nice comfy chair beside a fire on a cold winter’s day. A lovely romance about getting a second chance at love later in life.
– Page M., Amazon Reviewer

Book Excerpt

Take an inside look at Finding Rose Rocks with this thrilling excerpt.
Jennifer refused to let Ben’s ordeal revive her old jellyfish phobia. She changed into her swimsuit and grabbed a towel. She’d be most visible in front of the lifeguard tower, so it’s where she entered the surf and forded the mild current until she reached the choppy calm beyond the breakers. Alone save for a curious seagull, she let the sea rock her in their guarded reunion. Fellow creatures shared the water with her, but she ignored them and let them do the same. Children’s squeals and deeper adult voices carried over the waves and reached her submerged ears in wavering echoes. She was a peace there. From time to time she drifted off course, and a dozen lazy back strokes realigned her with the lifeguard tower. Jennifer’s astrological element was water, emotional and intuitive. She’d grown up with her mother’s belief in such notions, and she would never quite shake them. Troy was earth, strong and steady, grounded, of the land. Water and earth were compatible. Jennifer should have nurtured Troy, supplied him with life-giving sustenance rather than running off to let him face the summer’s drought without her. Ben’s element was air. She’d never asked him his sign, but she knew. He was a rare winged creature too elusive for her with his almost indiscernible touch and the hint of scintillating breath on her bare breasts. Jennifer held herself partially to blame for Ben’s accident. Before she’d come along he didn’t go into the ocean, instead content to stroll along its shoreline. He’d wanted to be with her and followed her into her watery realm. She’d led him to danger like a siren. He’d mentioned his allergy to bee stings in an offhanded way, making little of it. She should’ve honed in on the subject, asked what he carried in his faded blue backpack. The signs were there and she’d paid no attention.
Jennifer checked her position in the water, found all to be well, and returned to her thoughts. If she went back to the Lazy J Ranch, would she and Troy reunite or would she end up back in Oklahoma City where she’d started? Trading California for a cowboy? She’d have to be crazy, or crazy in love with a man whose only connection to the ocean were waves of flaxen wheat and a prairie’s endless sea of tall grass.
Something brushed Jennifer’s leg, and she bolted upright. A piece of kelp bobbed beside her and she flung it away. She’d become chilly anyway and made her way to shore.
Finding Rose Rocks Teaser

Giveaway

WIN $10 GIFT CARD
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About Karen Ginther Graham

Karen Ginther Graham

Karen Ginther Graham is a long-time Okie but hails from Southern California. Her writing often reflects these two places. Along with her husband, she loves immersing herself in the fevered pulse of big cities and then happily return to the quietude of her country home in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Connect with Karen Ginther Graham on social media:
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Book Review: The Sweetheart Mystery

The Sweetheart Mystery
Brash & Brazen #4
by Cheryl Ann Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Harper Jane Evans is so over pro
cheerleading but she’s not quite ready for prison. Good thing she’s
got a badass ex-boyfriend ready to go to bat for her . . .
Sure, Harper made a few unsavory threats against her team’s manager—she’d
had a few drinks and she despised the skimpy uniform he expected her
to wear. That didn’t mean she wanted him dead. But when the sleazy
dude is found murdered in his tighty whiteys, Harper is the number
one suspect—and former FBI agent Noah Slade is the one man who can
help. Too bad she once told Noah she never wanted to see him again .
. .
Noah may have done a number on Harper’s heart all those years ago, but
he’s determined to do right by her now. Yet the fiery beauty isn’t
the only demon from his past, which makes hunting down a murderer by
her side . . . complicated—never mind the powerful attraction still
pulsing between them. Good thing he’s willing to do just about
anything to keep from losing Harper again. And an old love just might
bring her a new career—assuming she can stay out of jail . . .

My Review

What can you say about a book that makes you laugh at every page turn and, in addition, it adds a dose of mystery to it all? I had a lot of fun reading it and it is a book that I would recommend any time you want to just sit back, have a cup of smiles and put that tension away.

Cheryl Ann Smith’s book opens up with quite a murder scene and a suspect by circumstances. Harper is found next to her boss’s body and her big mouth is of no help. These two elements land her in jail and asking help from her high school sweetheart. Noah Slade is reluctant to help, especially if he takes into account how last argument (more than 10 years ago) ended. But, with a guilty conscience and Harper’s good looks, he gives into it.

The story is so funny, with so many come backs from the characters. The mystery surrounding the murder is also well created and it had me reading to the end to find out who did it, since we know for sure that our main character is innocent.  The author has created great characters that are a match to one another.

Harper Jane Evans has had her heart broken and unfortunately, the guilty guy is apparently the only one that could take her cries for help. However, she stands tall in front of all the accusations and fights for justice. And fights the attraction for Noah. He, on the other hand, wants more from her. But there are other important tasks at hand, like keeping her out of prison. The attraction is obvious from the first pages and goes on throughout the book, increasing.

Now, while there were elements that did make me laugh and did push me to the end of the book, I feel that the combination between, laughter, murder, love and other elements was a little too much at times. The author wanted to create a book that was of liking to a wider audience and the efforts are visible. Also, sometimes the irony of the events and dialogue it’s too much.

All in all, it was an enjoyable read and I had fun spending a few hours in the company of Harper and Noah, seeing as I’ve read it in one sitting. My final rating is 3.5 stars (4, rounded) and I am ready to pick up the next book by this author. Have fun J

National bestselling author Cheryl Ann Smith became hooked on
romance at age fourteen when she stayed up all night to read The
Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Her own writing journey
happened much later, when one afternoon she ran out of books and
decided to write her own. Previously, she has published five sexy
Regency novels and one novella with Berkley in her School for Brides
series.
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Book Review: Intimacy on the Plate

About the book:

 

Title: Intimacy On The Plate (Extra Trim Edition)intimacy

Author: Olga Petrenko

Published: August 18th 2017 by Identity Publications

Source: received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Format: paperback

Blurb:

Intimacy On The Plate: Extra Trim Edition contains the same 200+ elegant, erotic recipes as the original, but has been reformatted for a smaller size and lower price. Snack on the convenience of the new smaller trim size, or indulge in the colorful, picturesque body of the original coffee table book.

Every couple knows that the key to a harmonious home is a healthy love life, but keeping your time in bed spicy isn’t enough – you need to turn to the kitchen and amp up the flavor.

Olga Petrenko is a housewife who dedicated years of her life to crafting original dishes that combine tradition with innovation, creating new tastes that everyone can enjoy. In the process, she discovered something new: by applying scientific research to her recipes and by using the correct ingredients, all meals had the potential to be the perfect aphrodisiac. After a decade of hard work and experimentation, she finally had an extensive collection of recipes designed to make every bite erotic – Intimacy On The Plate: 200+ Aphrodisiac Recipes to Spice Up Your Love Life at Home Tonight

Every dish in this erotic cookbook pays as much attention to presentation as to flavor and science. If you want to create the right mood for your loved one, you need to feed the eyes before you feed the stomach. Olga has worked hard to make every sensual meal beautiful and visually appetizing so that you and your partner will feel the food love before you even sit down to eat.

Within these pages, you’ll find 200+ healthy, easy-to-cook recipes known around the world to contribute to sexual desire. Using a wide range of ingredients, including dozens of types of vegetables, mushrooms, fish, seafood, fruits, nuts, herbs, and spices, you and your partner will experience the full range of erotic properties the world of food has to offer. You’ll never run out of new and exciting places to take your meals. From appetizers to main courses, to side dishes, beverages, and desserts, you’ll always have something scintillating to offer up on date night.

Check it on: Amazon & Goodreads

Note that currently the book is on discount for Kindle: 90% off (from $11.49 to $1.18)

My Review:

I love cooking! I love cooking books of all sorts, I love having a lot of kitchen supplies (that I may never use) and I love this book! And I’ll give you two more reasons: all recipes here are using as main ingredients some of my favorite elements (like fish and fruits) and it covers a range of recipes I was not focused on before – aphrodisiacs.

The book is very well structured and each chapter introduces the reader with the qualities of each element. The combinations are easy to follow and they are very detailed. It has everything you need for your taste buds.

Do you like salads? Well, here you have over 30 salad recipes destined to boost your love side. You’ve got fish, seafood, chocolate, fruits and even drinks. You can prepare a healthy diner for your partner just by following these easy instructions. I found them friendly and well detailed and definitely you don’t have to be an expert to prepare them.

I like the index at the back of the book, as it helped me identify some of my other favorite ingredients and where or how I can combine them with the main elements of this book.

As for my actual cooking experience, I have tried recipe no. 26 “Podium Salad”. It turned out really fun to make and tasty. I would have added a picture here but, well… I made only a little and I was anxious to see how it was and I forgot….

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got dinner to prepare and I need this book! To conclude, I find it very useful and a title worth having, regardless if you cook for yourself or others. The recipes are not only aphrodisiacs but also tasty and fun to make. Enjoy and Bon Appetite!

 

 

 

Infinity Book Tours – New Marketing Company

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Let me talk to you a little about Infinity Book Tours

They are a new book promotion company, offering a lot of cool services for authors and also creating an amazing opportunity or bloggers to connect and discuss the books they promote, kind of like  a Book Club. They’ve just came on the market this month, so let’s wish them Good Luck !!!

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From what I’ve seen, they have affordable prices and services that can be easily combined. And the best news of all is that they have a special debut offer for 50% off on all tours until the end of the year. There is a high probability of the offer to extend until end of the season, but let’s see.

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Unboxing + Book Review: Identity Publications

Before continuing with this review, let me mention that this is my first non-fiction book that I write about on my blog. I am not an expert on this type of books, it is just something I love to read about, especially if the subject is of interest to me.

I have received this book, together with some other interesting ones from the publisher, in exchange for my thoughts and I would like to thank them for taking the time and effort to send me these great titles. So here are my unboxing pictures and sorry for not including the complete sealed package, just that my address is on both sides and I have no chance to take a clean picture J

All these books will have a review on my blog, but let’s take them one at a time, shall we? 🙂

Book Review: Loving Ordinary Life

About the book:LovingOrdinaryLife

 

Title: Loving Ordinary Life

Author: Anastasia Petrenko

Published: October 12th 2017 by Identity Publications

Source: ARC received from the publisher

Format: paperback

Blurb:

Loving Ordinary Life is written for us: living, emotional people.

We all want to live a happy life, but we can easily fall into a state of despondency. We prefer to smile, but more often we frown.

We like being inspired, but most likely, we can’t recall the last time when we were.

There are many books and courses about self-motivation and inspiration. You might have heard hundreds of platitudes and affirmations. Each of them sounds valid but their utility is limited when you actually find yourself stuck in a pit of pain and despair.

Loving Ordinary Life is meant to make a functional difference. It’s not a treatment for depression. It is about living a life where depression has no place.

Loving Ordinary Life is your guide. It is designed so that you can open any page and find the inspiration to act and improve your life when you’re feeling down.

Each chapter in Loving Ordinary Life is a tool for moving from a negative idle state to a positive proactive state. It displays to you the art of being present, free, and genuine every day.

If you want to be more fulfilled and enjoy life more, if you’re open to quality changes, Loving Ordinary Life will become your loyal companion.

Everything is within your power. You are the master of your life. How you experience it depends only on you. Take the lead.

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

Marcus Aurelius

Check it on: Amazon & Goodreads

My Review:

In the meantime, I’ve managed to finish one of the titles in this box, and that is “Loving Ordinary Life” by Anastasia Petrenko, a book intended to lift to lift your spirits and even hare some tips on how to know one’s feelings or reactions better.

What I mostly love about it is how it encourages us to open up to what makes us feel good and happy and not to be afraid of being sad or down. Life is made of high and lows, happiness and sadness, but what is important is how we manage to bring ourselves from that down point to a floating line. And we can achieve that by getting to know ourselves better.

The introduction defines so well the purpose of this book it is not intended to guide us towards complete happiness or be a manual on how to handle mental health issues. It just gives some hints on how to make our life more comfortable and learn to enjoy the beauty in all that surrounds us.

Going through each chapter, I’ve learned some things that I can easily apply for myself and as well advices on how to support my friends when they are at their lowest. These were some easy steps that can even be fun to implement.

I must admit though that I was not very comfortable with the illustrations. While they bring color to the text, they are a bit childish and sometimes even distracting. That’s my only reason not to give all my stars.

To sum up, reading Anastasia Petrenko’s book has inspired and encouraged me to pay more attention to what makes me happy and it really boosted my optimism. I’ve learned as much as the author intended to disclose, so I believe it has reached its purpose.