Book Review: The Aura of the Crescent Moon

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Title: The Aura of the Crescent Moon

Author: Patricia Catacalos

Published: December 14th 2013 (first published January 23rd 2013)

Source: received from the author in exchange for a review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

England 1854 – Charity appears as a mysterious, veiled woman insisting upon an interview with Hugh Morgan for the position of governess. Hugh was cuckolded by his deceased wife and no longer trusts women, doubting that ‘his’ child is truly his own and achingly withholds love from the little girl. But once the kind-hearted Charity lifts her disguise, she will teach Hugh to trust and love again.

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My Review:

 

This book is a lovely combination between romance and 19th century England, whit its customs and language, all possible throughout a fantastic writing. It also covers some important themes, such as family, reputation, unconditional love.

We have two main characters, each looking to start a new life: Charity, who’s running from her family, and Hugh Morgan, who’s trying to find room in his life and heart for a child that may or may not be his. Both characters meet when they need each other the most. The opening scene, when Charity requests an interview for the governess position is a good indication of their personalities and intelligence. There are two main themes on which I will insist upon in the following lines: family and pure love.

Hugh’s uncertainty if the child is actually his daughter has affected not only his relationship with her, but as well the innocent girl, who has been abused by her aunt. I appreciated how well the author has treated this subject, offering it the attention it deserves. The fear, the panic and sadness were very well expressed. Charity has to help the little child regain her confidence and Hugh to accept her and offer his parental affection and guidance.

We also have here the pure love element, the love that is beyond physical beauty, that grows in time and melts fears, that is based on respect and trust. I am an avid reader of romance books, so I really do appreciate seeing trust and respect coming forward.

The author has adapted the writing and the language to the 19th century English and has managed to draw attention to the customs from this period. The importance of reputation and as well the need for young women to marry a rich, titled man are just two of them.

All in all, I do believe this was an excellent read. I had so much fun and not a moment of boredom. The characters are complex and well developed and the plot has substance and meaning. Five stars and my big THANK YOU to Patricia Catacalos for gifting me a copy of this lovely book J

 

About the Authorpatricia

 

Patricia Catacalos holds a BA in Theatre from Seton Hill University and a MA in Theatre from the University of Denver. Years ago, when still single, she acted in and directed plays in the Philadelphia area but suffered the fate of many artists, struggling financially. So, she entered a career in sales but her creative spirit needed to express itself. So approximately eight years ago, she started writing historical romances. Many of the historical romances have a subgenre of mystery and/or the paranormal. She discovered that writing historical romances and ultimately, mystery/intrigue is her passion. Currently, she has written twenty novels and novellas.

She has been happily married for twenty-eight years to a loving and supportive man with a Greek heritage (which influenced a couple of her novels) and they live in southern New Jersey.

Book Review: Freeze (Midnight Ice #2)

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Locked up doesn’t mean locked in.

 

        Pandora Scott is in jail…again. Everyone she once loved betrayed her…again. And somfreeze_coverof the most powerful people in the world want her dead…yes, again. Sound familiar? But if there’s one thing Pandora is good at, it’s wriggling her way out of life or death situations, and this time is no different. Armed with her ability to disappear and aided by the mysterious Sam, Pandora’s got a plan. Escape the most secure prison in the world. Evade the most powerful trackers on the planet. Forget every word that Jax has ever told her. And figure out how to change one teeny tiny thing–fate. Easy, right? Well…doable, at least.

Freeze is the second book in the thrilling Midnight Ice series–the brand new spinoff to Midnight Fire, a bestselling paranormal romance with over 200,000 copies sold and over 5000 5-star reviews on Goodreads!

 

Available from:

 Amazonhttp://hyperurl.co/AmazonFreeze

Applehttp://hyperurl.co/AppleFreeze

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Google Playhttp://bit.ly/GPFreeze

Kobohttp://bit.ly/KoboFreeze

Smashwordshttp://bit.ly/SWFreeze

 

My Review:

Ok, this was amazing! And I wish I could just leave my review at that, because there so many things to talk about when it comes to Book #2 of the “Midnight Ice” series. Let me start by mentioning that I gave “Frost” 4 stars, but “Freeze” cannot be less that a 5 stars book, at least in my opinion.

The story begins where Book 1 ended, with Pandora imprisoned by the very people that raised her and that she was trying to hide from. Most of the plot focuses on her attempts to escape and to find out the reason why she is a danger to everybody.

I love Pandora! The author has preserved her main attributes from “Frost” and added much more. I mean, if in other series we can feel a change in the main character’s personality, here we can really see Pandora evolve. She is the same confident woman, with her need to “asses” her surroundings before taking a definite action. But she has learned from her mistakes. She is not that willing to trust someone again, but at the same time understands the need to rely on others. While trying to escape, she will discover new abilities that come in handy – and that’s awesome!

 

From the romance perspective, we have a turn that I must admit I was expecting. “Frost” ended with a “What?! How? Why does it have to end like that?” from me! I could not wait to see what’s behind Sam and that is his connection to Pandora. It was worth the wait (though it was not that long for me)! Their relationship is explosive, Sam is patient and gives her time to accommodate with the world and the truths he will unravel. We do see as well the regret and the pain Jax goes through. Half way through the book I thought I knew who the good guys were, but there it goes, spinning me around again!

Some other things to mention: the addition of a new character – Naya (necromancer and goddess!!!) was a breath of fresh air. It adds a lot to the story! Oh, and the writing…. It was amazing as well. The feeling is there, the reader can feel the passion Kaitlyn has put in writing it!

Fabulous! This was a fabulous read, with amazing characters and an amazing turn in the story. Now I’m not sure I want to read the next book because I do not want it to end (but I will read it, because… I love it and I cannot NOT read it!). There are books you really like and books you miss when the story is over. This one falls on the latter category. Enjoy J

To the amazing author: THANK YOU! For giving me the opportunity to be part of this blog tour and for this great series J

 

 

If you haven’t started the series, FROST (Midnight Ice Book One) is currently on sale for $0.99 for a limited time!

 

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 “A snarky, action-packed, and entertaining read!” – Betwixt the Pages

 “I am in love with Pandora, she is badass!” – E.A. Walsh

 “A story of teenage love, betrayal, double crossing and danger…” – Splashes Into Books

 Even the hottest love can turn a girl cold-blooded…

 Life’s tough for a vampire thief on the run–just ask Pandora Scott, she knows. Four years ago she ran away from home after everyone she loved betrayed her. But now her annoyingly grown up (and handsome) ex boyfriend is stalking her, begging her to return. A mysterious vamp with a particularly dangerous (and sexy) stare keeps popping unexpectedly into her life. The extremely powerful head vampire of New York is hunting her down because she may (or may not) have broken into his highly-secure, highly-secretive personal vault. And the fate she’s been trying to outrun? Well, it’s about to catch up. Because even a super-speedy vamp with the ability to disappear can’t escape her own destiny.

Fell free to check my review for Frost here

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 Available from:

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Google Playhttp://bit.ly/FrostGP

Kobohttp://bit.ly/KoboFrost

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And the third book, Fracture, just became available for pre-order!

 

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**Special pre-order discount! Price will increase to $3.99 at on sale!** When you fall for the devil, you’re bound to get burned.

Pandora Scott’s world has blown up once again, but this time she’s learned her lesson–saving the world isn’t a job she can do solo. She needs friends. But when her strongest ally also happens to be the boy who shattered her heart, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Especially since the person she has to destroy might just be the love of her life. With her fate hanging in the balance, Pandora’s got to make a choice. Forgive? Forget? Fight? Or falter? But everything changes when she realizes that the people she thought were heroes might be villains, and the good guys aren’t always as trustworthy as they seem…

Fracture is the third book in the thrilling Midnight Ice series–the brand new spinoff to Midnight Fire, a bestselling paranormal romance with over 200,000 copies sold and over 5000 5-star reviews on Goodreads!

 

Available from:

 Amazonhttp://hyperurl.co/AmazonFracture

Applehttp://hyperurl.co/AppleFracture

B&N – Preorder is still processing, link should be available by Monday

Google Playhttp://bit.ly/GPFracture

Kobohttp://bit.ly/KoboFracture

Smashwordshttp://bit.ly/SWFracture

 

Author Bio: freeze_author

 

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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Book Review: The Sugar Baby Club

About the book:The Sugar Baby Club

Title: The Sugar Baby Club

Author: Teresa Lo

Published: 2017

Source: Received in exchange for a review

Format: ebook

Blurb:

Sick of “hanging out” and hookup culture, college freshman Jasmine Lewis decides to try out a new kind of dating—sugar dating. After watching a documentary about sugar daddies, she and her roommate Kita Okoye sign up for Searching Sweet Sugar, a sugar dating site that promises to change young girls’ lives for the better.

After meeting a few salt daddies, terrible men who abuse the system, Jasmine and Kita land the sugar daddies of their dreams, men who shower them with money, Louis Vuitton, and vacations. Their newfound, glamorous lifestyle attracts the attention of girls in their residence hall, and soon, Jasmine and Kita find themselves running a makeshift dating agency from their dorm room.

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My Review:

Well well what do we have here this is one book that reflects a reality we may be too quick to judge. It is an interesting perspective that may change your opinion on certain people.

So the Sugar Baby Club came to exist from the desire to satisfy two type of needs, as it is very well described in the book: young girls’ need to have money and enjoy a privileged life and mature men to feel young again and spend some quality time in the company of a beautiful lady. Jasmine and Kita start enjoying sugar dating and soon their lifestyle visibly changes, this attracting the attention and interest of other colleagues. We are offered an understanding of each girl’s motives and objectives, all leading to an outcome that will leave you thinking:  is this really a bad thing? I know, but read the book first.

Each girl has her own issues at home. Where Jasmine’s family seems not to care that much for their daughter, Kita’s father is very strict when it comes to his daughter’s education. Both girls dream of going to Paris and start an independent life. Social dating should be a money only thing, no woman should be involved. So I can say that this book deals with several family issues.

Life is hard. And if you aren’t really invested, you give up when is no longer easy.

From the romance perspective, indeed the focus is more on the money than feelings. It’s quite clear they date for money and only guys that can offer a considerable allowance. But if this issue raises a lot of questions: is it ok to do it even if one starts to care for the sugar dad? Where is the limit between what they are doing and prostitution? I would say it depends on which side you are.

The writing is very easy and funny. The way the author has decided to open the story is quite catchy. I appreciated being offered to see how the other girls handle their dates, so the multiple perspective was good. Though the jump between first and third person is a little confusing. The girls’ lack of experience and naivety were not as believable. One should assume that at 18 or 19 years old, one knows to expect the worst in men. I didn’t appreciate that.

To close up even if I do not agree with dating someone just to satisfy a financial need and some may argue that “The Sugar Baby Club” encourages such activities, I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read that raises questions. So a 3.5 stars for the story and characters. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

About the AuthorTeresa Lo

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http://www.tloclub.com
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Book Review: To Trust a Wolf

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Title: To Trust a Wolf

Author: Danielle Hardgrave

Published by: Caldwell Publishing

Source: received in exchange for review

Format: ebook

Blurb:

A list of things Helen Jurist never expected to see in her museum:

 

  1. Viking relics
  2. A dangerously seductive Dane with a suspicious interest in Viking relics
  3. Werewolves

 

With the discovery of the Cutler Hoard, Helen may be forced to strike the word “never” from her vocabulary.

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Free on Kindle

My Review:

The first book in the “Unnatural Alliances” starts off with just the right amount needed to wish for the next book. I was lucky to be contacted by the publisher and offered to read ad review the first and second (yey!!!!) books. Starting with “To Trust a Wolf”, here we go:

Any PNR fan will appreciate the mix between smart and funny ladies, werewolves, vampires and a sweet dose of mystery. I started building my own scenario ever since Rune Helsen enters. With the way he inspects the new collection on display only for private tours at the museum Helen works, it builds up a certain atmosphere, gives the reader that state of mind where you just cannot stop!

The main characters form an extraordinary couple. Helen is funny and has a normal womanlike attitude, with our usual preoccupations and “so serious problems” (shoes, clothes etc). But she is smart and has a kindness which is somehow felt from the pages. Rune captures her attention with his strong posture, his determination and domination. He does not ask questions, he demands, but not in a rude of aggressive way. Danielle Hardgrave has done a wonderful way of paring these two together.

The plot centers around the Cutler Hoard collection, which is somehow part of the Viking history. For one reason or another, werewolves and vampires are after parts from it. I loved how the action was built, but somehow I would have wanted more details about the pieces, about Vikings and about the negative character as well.

All in all, this was a great short story, that had me enveloped since the very beginning. Now I just cannot wait to share with you my review for book no. 2 “Sleuthing with the Enemy”, but this will be a different article J “Unnatural Alliances” is for sure a series to follow, if you like the unseen world of wolves and vamps. Enjoy!

About the Authorzza

Danielle Hardgrave can find romance anywhere. While obtaining her History degree, she spent more time than she’d care to admit speculating on the love lives of famous historical tyrants.

She was born and raised in Victoria, BC, a small coastal city on a small island in the giant country of Canada. She spends most of her time writing, reading, or getting into trouble with her roommate.

Caldwell Publishing is the result of two sets of talent and one dream. It combines the writing of Danielle Hardgrave with the design expertise of Olivia Conway. The result? Sizzling tales of romance to help you slip away from reality—if only for a little while.

Book Review: Mary Poser

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Author: Angel A.

Published: August 21st 2017 by Angel’s Leap

Source: ARC received from the author, in exchange for a review

Format: ebook

Blurb:

The recipe for a warm and humorous story…

In a modest bowl of Nashville, gently place a girl who is Country music, Bible belt, and a Steakhouse foodie.Then add a surprise portion of exotic and handsome Anglo Indian, who is a passionate Bollywood director, vegetarian and Hindu.

Stir vigorously on a bed of intense attraction.

At first, the ingredients will seem to clash and separate.

Keep stirring…

Include a dollop of jealous boyfriend and a meddling mother.

Splash in a serving of fun and mischievous friends. Keep stirring…

Add a dash of crazy aunt and a minister father to keep the flavors working together.

Sprinkle in even more complicated family members to taste.

Cook on high emotions.

The secret ingredient that cuts through the sweetness is a final layer of shocking revelation that adds a surprising depth of flavor.

Finish with a twist of ‘Oh My God! Is she really going to do that?’.

Serve as tasty bite-size chapters in a novel dish of mayhem and madness with a side of Country music and Bollywood dancing.

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My Review:

 

This story was a very interesting read for me as it opens up a world where religion or difference of faith matter more than having a complete happiness. I don’t want to upset anyone by saying this, but the Divine, however we like to call it, has as purpose our happiness and will lead us to it at some point. With this, let’s get into my review.

Mary has always lived according her family’s expectations, doing her best to maintain their confidence in her. Still, her heart has other plans. Meeting Simha Das had been a key moment for her, the moment she understood what it actually felt like to connect with someone. Simha’s Hindu religion is definitely a disadvantage, where Mary’s Christian upbringing represents the same for him. Except that, they both have to face distance and gossip.

I must admit, this book was a little out of my comfort zone and I was afraid to start it, thinking I may not enjoy it as much. However, I was quickly captured by the characters and the great writing, that I could not put it down. It touches several strong themes, like family, religion, love that can withstand miles and for that I believe it can be considered quite complex. From writing perspective, the way these themes blend into Mary and Simha’s story is amazing. The southern hospitality is very vivid and even the accent can be somehow felt through the pages. I could hear the characters talking while reading and for the that I can only appreciate it more. Also the funny lines made me smile more than once.

Mary and Simha are very well built, each showing respect for the others religion or customs. Simha shows some of the beautiful aspects of his religion, while Mary tries to show him her culture as well. They discover one another step by step and try to overcome two of the biggest obstacles in a relationship: distance and culture.

To summarize, I loved this book very much. I loved how the author combined all these sensitive themes and I definitely loved Mary. We get to experience her development as an individual and as a woman. Personally, this book gave me some courage to expand my horizon on another type of relationships and for that I am more than grateful.

I hope you enjoy it as well, remember, release date is for he end of August J

 

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http://www.maryposer.com

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Book Review: Texas Roze

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Title: Texas Roze

Author: Iris Sweetwater

Published: February 21st 2017 by Iris Sweetwater

Source: Received from the author, in exchange for review

Format: ebook

Blurb:

Roze had everything a 23-year-old girl should want; a great relationship with her zany mother, an amazing career where she got to meet some of the world’s top celebrities, a high-rise apartment in L.A., and a hot boyfriend. But Roze was bored with being the girl everyone was jealous of, and her opportunity to try her hand at being someone else came with the phone call from a lawyer telling her that her father had passed away; the father she had stopped visiting for some reason after she turned 12. He had left her his ranch in Texas to share ownership with her step brother who she hardly knew.

So, Roze did what any other woman would do in her predicament; pack up her life in the city and head to the ranch to find herself. Though, along the way, she may find a man….or two, as well as the father she didn’t get the time to know

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My Review:

Sometimes, even if you have more in hand than the average person, you desire something different, something challenging that will push your limits. This is what this book is all about: having the courage to start over in a completely new scenario. I believe iris Sweetwater has done a great job presenting this theme. This is my first book by this author and I liked her writing style very much.

In “Texas Roze” we met this young woman leading a great life in LA, a life one would consider perfect. But for Roze, something was missing. When she finds out she has inherited farm in Texas, she jumps at the chance to change her lifestyle. She also finds out she will co-own the farm with her stepbrother. With regrets of not spending more time with her father, Roze hopes she will get to know him better by living a life close to what he loved.

And with this decision, Roze stars a new chapter in her existence, trying to prove herself worthy of the inheritance she has received. She finds moral support and much more in Jake, her brother’s best friend. The connection between them evolves gradually and both try to make their attraction the real thing. Even if we see quite enough of this lovely couple, I fell the focus is more on the family aspect than the romantic one.

For Todd is difficult to accept Roze as a partner. He sees her as an intruder, waiting to collect on what their father has built. He wants to chase her away and prove to everyone she is nothing but a shallow city girl. For me, the relationship between the brother and the sister was much better and received a higher attention.

Maybe because of the short length, I sometimes felt that some scenes were rushed or that some others deserved more info, or more insight. The subject touched deserved many pages more. Other than that, I have nothing to complain.

This was a quick and easy read, which combines very well family with romance. I would like to thank the author for the complimentary copy, Iris Sweetwater is a lovely author and I can’t wait to read more of her works.

 

About the Authoriris

I have been writing since I was just 4 years old, starting with poetry and short stories. Writing has always been in my blood, and I began writing as a professional in marketing and ghostwriting almost 7 years ago. After writing thousands of things for others, I decided it was time to share my own things with the world. I hope to start doing this full time and be at least somewhat of a success.

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Book Review: Unchained Melody

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Title: Unchained Melody

Author: Cynthia Roberts

Published: January 28th 2016 by Create Space (first published January 2016)

Source: e-copy received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Format: .mobi

Blurb:

Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years.

Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to happily ever after.

Check it on: Amazon & Goodreads

My Review:

[I have received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review this has in no way out of my opinion]

A quick an easy read, this book will keep you going till the very end, with a plot that gradually increases and characters that are easy to like.

In an attempt to have some days away from work, Pamela meets Gavin and if the instant attraction wasn’t enough, Gavin has a car accident and she is the one saving his life. Here starts a rollercoaster of emotions and life altering events that will put their feelings to test.

From writing perspective, we have only Pamela’s views and we see their turmoil more from her side. We are not offered any more of Gavin’s opinions more than he is comfortable sharing. The plot evolves gradually to a major event that will change their lives. There are some scenes that were not at all believable though, especially one particular sex episode, but other than that all looks just fine.

Now, regarding the characters, I have several complaints but as well several appreciations. On one hand, I like that both characters have the same good financial position – she is a very well-known lawyer with a nice income, he’s co-owner of several businesses. Even if the attraction is obvious, they start to bond when Pamela saves Gavin’s life. Both represent some form of a new beginning. Pamela wishes for a family; Gavin wants to share his heart with someone. The internal battle that Pamela has to face at some point is very well presented. Her will and determination are as well inspiring.

On the other hand, each character has a moment of immaturity. They have several arguments, mainly due to silly misunderstandings. I believe these reactions were exaggerated and did not sit well with their personalities.

I’m struggling a little with the rating. My score would be 3.5 stars, but if I have to around it, I will offer 4 stars, but I hope the other books in the series have more attention to details and to the characters’ personalities. The writing was great; the way the plot evolved was great, but it definitely could have been better. Looking forward for the other books as well!

Let me know your opinion below or if you have read this book or any other book by Cynthia Roberts.

About the Author

I have been writing since a Crayola was placed in my hand. My love of rcythiaeading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family.

“I wish I could have gotten to this point in my career much sooner rather than later but, life simply got in the way far too many times. I know because of those detours I have become a more passionate and expressive writer and draw upon those moments in my past many times.

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