Thursday, May 30, 2019

No Man Can Tame

No Man Can Tame

No Man Can Tame (Dark-Elves of Nightbloom Book 1) by [Honfleur, Miranda]

About the Book:

Title: No Man Can Tame | Author: Miranda Honfleur | Pages: 382 | Genre: Fairy Tale Fantasy | Recommended Ages: New Adult and Up

Book Description:

A human princess. A dark-elf prince. A kiss of fire and powder.

After a failed courtship in an ally kingdom, twenty-one-year-old Princess Alessandra returns home to a land torn apart by mutual hatred between the humans and the dark-elves. The "Beast Princess," as Aless is known by courtiers, confidently sets her mind to ways of making peace, but her father has already decided for her: she is to marry one of the mysterious and monstrous dark-elves to forge a treaty, and go on a Royal Progress across the kingdom to flaunt their harmonious union. While she intends to preserve the peace, the Beast Princess has plans of her own.

Prince Veron has been raised knowing his life is not his own, but to be bargained away by his mother, the queen of Nozva Rozkveta, to strengthen the dark-elf queendom. When his mother tells him he is to marry a self-absorbed, vile human, he is determined to do his duty regardless of his personal feelings. After arriving at the human capital, he finds the "Beast Princess" rebellious and untamed—and not to be trusted.

Aless and Veron face opposition at every turn, with humans and dark-elves alike opposing the union violently, as well as their own feelings of dissonance toward each other. Can two people from cultures that despise one another fall in love? Can a marriage between them bond two opposing worlds together, or will it tear them apart for good?

Buy No Man Can Tame today, and journey into a medieval world of magic and Immortals, masquerades and games, love and blood, and a tale as old as time...

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Only $0.99 on Amazon Kindle!

My Review:

I pre-ordered No Man Can Tame and read it when it first released. It's one of my favorite adult fantasy romances of this year! Miranda Honfleur creates a world and characters that suck you in and whisk you away. There's heart-felt romance, sinister danger, plenty of action, and personal growth. The story has several Beauty and the Beast characteristics that are woven in, but never feel rehashed or overused. It can be read as a standalone, although it's also connected. I can't wait for Book 2!

About the Author:
Miranda Honfleur

Miranda Honfleur

Miranda Honfleur is a born-and-raised Chicagoan living in Indianapolis and partaking in all things geek. She grew up on fantasy and science fiction novels, spending nearly as much time in Valdemar, Pern, Tortall, Narnia, and Middle Earth as in reality.

She writes speculative fiction starring fierce heroines and daring heroes who make difficult choices along their great adventures and dark intrigues, all with a generous (over)dose of romance.

When she's not snarking, writing, or reading her Kindle, she hangs out and watches Netflix with her English-teacher husband and plays board games with her friends.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Birthday Lunch and a Linky


It was Hubby's birthday on Monday! My mother-in-law met us for lunch on Sunday. My father-in-law is still in hospital, but he is getting better. We've been pet-sitting their miniature Schnauzer and you can see a pic of him in our living room on Instagram.





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Friday, May 24, 2019

Heart of the Curiosity Cover Reveal!

Heart of the Curiosity


About the Book:

Title: Heart of the Curiosity | Author: H.L. Burke | Publisher: Uncommon Universes Press | Pages: 240 | Genre: Steampunk Fantasy

Book Description:

The secret lies with the Heart.

Born with a magical knack for manipulating emotions, Leodora's only dream is to ensure her talented little sister dances on the biggest, brightest stage in the Republic: The Curiosity, a grand old theater of tradition and innovation. After escaping a cruel carnival, Leo secures her sister a place in the Curiosity’s chorus line, and herself a job as a professional audience member, swaying the crowd's mood with her magic. The girls have a home for the first time in their lives.

Then a tragic accident darkens the theater. A greedy businessman begins blackmailing Leo, and financial woes threaten to close the show forever. The Curiosity's sole hope lies in a mythical power source hidden beneath the maze-like passages and trapdoors of the theater—the Heart. And Leo’s only friend Paxton, nephew of the theater's stagemistress, is the key to finding it.

While Leo and Paxton hunt for the Heart, the blackmailer’s threats loom larger. Mysterious figures, cryptic clues, and deadly traps hinder the search at every turn. If the friends cannot recover the Heart in time, Leo and her sister will be cast out of the only home they’ve ever known, and the final curtain will fall on The Curiosity.

Enter a world reminiscent of The Greatest Showman, with a puzzle worthy of Sherlock Holmes and National Treasure, in this new Steampunk Fantasy from H. L. Burke.


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About the Author:
H.L. Burke


Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.


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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Flowering Plants and Succulents with a Linky


The flowering plants and succulents are from my
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Her Billionaire Professor and Her Billionaire Lifeguard

Her Billionaire Professor

Her Billionaire Professor (Vacation Billionaires Book 2) by [Summers, Sophia]

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Title: Her Billionaire Professor | Author: Sophia Summers | Pages: 129 | Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:

Shawna tried not to notice the man with the tanned skin and striking green eyes.

But when he assigns the papers and hands out the tests all summer long, ignoring him isn't an option.

Finally finishing her degree she started and fitting in two months in Italy on a University study abroad was more than she thought possible when cancer put everything in her life on hold two years ago. But now that she'd met the professor, she was pretty sure this summer would break her heart or get him fired.

Read Her Billionaire Professor for a sweet, heart felt story of a man who is way more than he seems and a woman who longs to know him but feels like she can't.

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My Review:

This is one of my favorite contemporary romances that I've read this year. I read it with a grin plastered on my face! It was that enjoyable! The chemistry and feels are all there plus some. What took it to the next level was all the detail about the study abroad trip and the sites visited in Italy. I have been to Italy a couple of times and seen some of the places, but that was so long ago that I read this story with tourist eyes and found it very interesting. Sophia Summers also gave just enough information to get a feel for the locations without overly elaborating.

Shawna and Dex are both dynamic characters. The book is very much written in the present and so we don't get much backstory to them. However, I got a better idea of Dex's life before they met than I did of Shawna's. I would like to know how she became the confident young woman that she is besides having survived a life-threatening disease. With Dex's name, I thought that it should be short for something a bit more extravagant. I also thought that the yacht would be in a few more scenes, since it kept getting mentioned.

The end was too quick! I was actually shocked when I turned the page to discover it was finished. Normally, I would minus a star from the rating for something like that, but I didn't feel totally cheated. If you're looking for a clean romance with all the feels, then this book will probably delight you as much as it did me!

Her Billionaire Lifeguard

Her Billionaire Lifeguard (Vacation Billionaires Book 1) by [Summers, Sophia]

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Title: Her Billionaire Lifeguard | Author: Sophia Summers | Pages: 134 | Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:

Mistaken Identity. A woman in hiding. And a man who is determined to win her over.

She won't even glance his way. Uninterested. Until she thinks he's just the lifeguard. Go figure.

Then Trey discovers she's really the daughter of his deceased hero and business mentor. He will stop at nothing to help her even if it means pretending to be the hotel staff and hanging out in a local dive.

But trust is hard won when you've seen betrayal and right when she needs him most, Trey might be on the outs forever.

Join us in this story of charming Mexican vacation spots, humorous romantic moments, and a romance chockfull of heart warming efforts to win over the love of this billionaire's life. Grab your copy.

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My Review:

If you're looking for some wonderful escapism in a clean romance, then look no further! Her Billionaire Lifeguard has it all with fun characters, great chemistry, descriptive settings, interesting plotline, and moves at a good pace. Sophia Summers makes her readers feel like they're on vacation too! I thought the ending wrapped up too quickly and easily, but the entire story had me hooked.

About the Author:
Sophia Summers

Sophia Summers

Billionaires, Royals, Marriages of convenience, Cowboys, and Spies. Sounds exciting, doesn't it?

Sophia Summers is an award winning author who just wants to relax a little and enjoy a great beach read. She lives in a quiet southern town brimming with an extra dose of hospitality and a whole lot of charm.

She writes historical romance under a different name. You can follow her on http://www.sophiasummers.com. Be SURE to join her Newsletter for freebies and fun.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mother's Day Flowers and Gifts with a Linky


On Mother's Day, I was spoiled by my husband and Amanda. They made a yummy breakfast beginning with a pretty fruit salad and then it was on to croissants with scrambled eggs and slices of gammon.  Both had gifts for me too. Amanda bought presents with her own money and also made a card, which you can see in the last photo. Our three big kids weren't with us, but we did visit with my in-laws.








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