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-- Rhi


8.31.2015

Sale: Indulgence Titles ONLY 99¢!!! [+ giveaway!]


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Take home a sensual prince, a rugged rancher, or perhaps, a thrill-seeking tycoon… at this price you can afford to have all of your fantasies fulfilled.

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8.30.2015

Review: The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Ebook/Print (368 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl's body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body-leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches...
For one, Morgan won't remember what happens in her "Loaner" body. Once she's done, she won't recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she's been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it's all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start...
Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan's mind. She's feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti-Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she'll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul...

Author Site: website

Timely, thought-provoking scifi for any reader. (5 stars)

I've read a lot of wonderful teen fiction from Entangled Teen over the years and even some that just didn't work for me. THE BODY INSTITUTE, however, is one of the most phenomenal reads I've had with the imprint to date. Not only does it touch on themes that could easily skew dystopian such as the government's control over a person's body, it also address issues of what makes a person a person. It felt much longer than it was because it packed so much into one novel.

While a romance is a part of the overall story and I found it to be very unique and enjoyable, I was considerably more swept up in the pseudo science used in the world building. If you're looking for a great book club read for teens I think this would make for excellent conversations about the factors that play a role in a person's physical, emotional, and mental well being. I feel like young women in particular would greatly benefit from reading this and discussing it's themes. It could be deemed a little controversial due to the focus on how weight and health revolve around one another but ultimately it is this that makes it interesting.

I was quite certain going into TBI that I would like it but I'd not expected to love it and want to tell everyone I know about it. While I can't imagine it every being into one, I think it would be marvelous as a film. It's everything I love in entertainment—romance, action, family, and social issues all wrapped up into one package. If you have a tween or teenage daughter I can't recommend this one enough. A RhiReading must read recommendation!



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8.27.2015

Spotlight: DIVINE DOMINATION by Lili Valente [Excerpt + Giveaway!]

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The Bought by the Billionaire Series by Lili Valente is Complete!!
Lili Valente
Divine Domination
Bought by the Billionaire, book 4
Erotic Romance
Releases August 25, 2015

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WARNING: It's Book Four. You know what you're in for by now--more heat, more suspense, more head games, and more Jackson f*cking Hawke.

When Jackson gets his hands on the men who kidnapped Hannah, he's going to rip their hearts, still beating, from their chests. Or worse. No amount of pain or desecration seems sufficient punishment for the sin of taking Hannah away from him. He won't stop until he has the woman he loves back in his arms and in his bed. But as the ugly truth behind his and Hannah's intertwined pasts is revealed, their love will face its greatest challenge yet.

  * * Divine Domination is the 4th and final installment in the Bought by the Billionaire romance series. For maximum enjoyment it should be read after books 1, 2, and 3.* *

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Divine Domination Excerpt

WARNING: Contains spoilers for books one through three in the series.

Hannah had no idea how long she lay on top of Jackson, catching her breath, 

only that when she finally opened her eyes the blue sky was stained with sunset 

light and the sea air had grown cooler. 

“I wonder if that’s what heroin is like,” she rasped, her voice rough.

“If so, no wonder it’s so hard to quit.” Jackson’s fingers played gently up and 

down her stomach. “How do you do it?” 

“Do what?” She turned her head, meeting his eyes over her shoulder, her 

heart flipping when she saw the vulnerable, open expression on his face.

“Make me want you more every day?”

She lifted her hand, cupping his scruffy cheek in her hand. “Dark magic.”

He smiled, and her flipping heart turned a cartwheel. “I believe it. There’s no 

But there was another explanation. 

It was love. Once-in-a-lifetime, only-gets-better, love-you-more-every-day-

until-they-put-me-in-the-ground love. She’d known that for a while now and 

someday soon, Jackson would know it, too. 

She didn’t doubt it, not even on those mornings when he stayed in his room 

until well after breakfast, hiding from her after a night when close had become 

too close for his comfort. There would come a day when he would realize that 

there was no need to hide and nothing to be afraid of. 

He was safe with her. He could let his guard down and be the man he truly 

was, the man who was as sweet as he was Dominant, as gentle as he was 

controlling. She would never take his love for granted or betray his trust. 

Never. No matter what.

8.25.2015

Review: Divine Domination by Lili Valente

Divine Domination (Bought by the Billionaire Book 4)
Notes: ARC received via author.
Erotic Romance, BDSM, Romantic Suspense
Ebook (282 pages, SELFPUBLISHED)
WARNING: It's Book Four. You know what you're in for by now--more heat, more suspense, more head games, and more Jackson f*cking Hawke.
When Jackson gets his hands on the men who kidnapped Hannah, he's going to rip their hearts, still beating, from their chests.
Or worse.
No amount of pain or desecration seems sufficient punishment for the sin of taking Hannah away from him.
He won't stop until he has the woman he loves back in his arms and in his bed. But as the ugly truth behind his and Hannah's intertwined pasts is revealed, their love will face its greatest challenge yet.
* * Divine Domination is the 4th and final installment in the Bought by the Billionaire romance series. For maximum enjoyment it should be read after books 1, 2, and 3.* *

Author Site: website

Dark and filthy romance that's sure to have your heart racing. (4 stars)

While I'll be the first to admit that not all of the sex scenes in this final installment were my cup of tea, I still enjoyed this one so much! The first half focuses pretty heavily on the suspense and reveals some very interesting secrets that you're sure to find exciting if you've been reading the serial. I felt like these revelations and how they had brought Hannah and Hawke together were the best part of the story.

Once the two got nice and comfortable with one another something felt a little less in their relationship and it may have just been that without the constant threat of danger I didn't feel as invested in it. Romances this dark always feel like they shouldn't end with a HEA to me though so it could just be that without that violence, chaos, and cliffhangers it felt tame. I am likely in the tiny minority that will think this way. It ends in such a way, however, that I'm really excited to see who Valente writes about next.

As a whole though, this is a great way to close out the serial and if you're looking for a dark romance where the sex is filthy good fun and the characters are unforgettable I simply must recommend it!









Cover Reveal: HARVEST MOON by Lisa Kessler



Some wolves were never meant for a mate...

Dr. Jason Ayers unleashes all of his rage and his frustration through fists and brute force in an underground boxing ring. The werewolf may be the pack's doctor, but he can't even heal his coma-stricken father after the Nero Organization's attack stopped his heart. And as his Pack brothers settle down around him, he still refuses to believe in the fairy tale notion that every wolf has a true mate...

In hiding and on the run, nurse Kilani Akamu is a loose end that Nero is desperate to tie up. She can't afford to be attracted to a doctor-especially one as unexpectedly hot and complex as Jason. Yet the sexual sparks arcing between them are undeniable...and Kilani's precognitive senses warn her that temptation is inevitable.

All it takes is one touch to send Jason's wolf howling. But even if he could protect her from Nero, he can't protect her from himself...

Harvest Moon - Moon Series Book 4
RELEASE DAY - Sept. 28, 2015

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Release Day: His Wicked Desire by Dawn Chartier [Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway]

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It's release day for Dawn Chartier's His Wicked Desire! I am so excited to share this fantastic paranormal romance with you!! Check out the exclusive excerpt Dawn is sharing with us and be sure to enter her giveaway!!  

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About His Wicked Desire:
He's found himself a wicked witch... Brye Morgeaux is a half-witch, half-warlock who always relied on her beauty-especially when it came to men. After a run-in with a particularly vicious warlock, Brye's face is left scarred, forcing her to look to who she is on the inside. And what Brye finds is darker than anything she'd imagined... Then she's handed a terrible ultimatum-join the warlock clan, or watch her family die. Josh Copeland has known the Morgeaux family for years, and has been waiting for the time when Brye would see him as something-anything-more than a friend. As she battles darkness from within and without, he realizes the woman he loves might just be her own worst, wicked enemy. Now Josh must find a way to show Brye who she really is...before she kills him.

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Even Josh had told her that in a heated argument a few years ago. The only reason your sisters offered you a partnership was because of your beauty. They know men can’t say no to you.
Damn Josh for planting that stupid thought. Sure, it was her job to wine and dine clients, but she’d liked to think it was because they liked what her company had to offer, and she was a great negotiator—not because of her looks.

8.21.2015

Weekend Reading [08/21-08/23] :: Smokey with a Chance of Chores


Woooooh! Doing the Friday dance here guys. Another week of learning tons of new stuff for the job and feeling like I forgot half of it already. lol I am so happy though. I can't help but grin with delight every time I get an email from an author I'm working with or meeting for the first time. I think I'm pretty damned lucky to be surrounded by so many smart, funny, kind, and creative people in my new career. That said, I am overdue for a bit of digital disconnection so I'm hoping to avoid the internet all day Saturday.

Instead, I have loads of reading to conquer and bathrooms that need scrubbing.  My current reads are The Body Institute by Carol Riggs, Beauty and the Werewolf by Kristin Miller, and I just got an ARC of Divine Domination by Lili Valente. What are you planning to read this weekend? What genres do y'all read anyway? I'm always curious about that. Let me know in the comments.

Any other special plans? With school starting this coming week I'm finishing up school shopping so wish me luck. All of the Northwest is burning with wildfires right now so we've been smokey for days now. I'm dreading going out into it again after it set off my asthma today. Anyone else in this corner of the US dealing with this haze? Well, anyhow, I'm off to attempt relaxation. Have a good one! -- Rhi



8.19.2015

Blog Tour: THE INVISIBLES by Cecelia Galante [+ giveaway!]


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THE INVISIBLES: A Novel
Cecilia Galante
Releasing August 4th, 2015
William Morrow


In the vein of Meg Donohue and Jennifer Close, comes Cecilia Galante's adult debut about the complicated and powerful bonds of female friendship--a compelling, moving novel that is told in both the present and the past.

Thrown together by chance as teenagers at Turning Winds Home for Girls, Nora, Ozzie, Monica, and Grace quickly bond over their troubled pasts and form their own family which they dub The Invisibles. But when tragedy strikes after graduation, Nora is left to deal with the horrifying aftermath alone as the other three girls leave home and don't look back.

Fourteen years later, Nora is living a quiet, single life working in the local library. She is content to focus on her collection of "first lines" (her favorite opening lines from novels) and her dog, Alice Walker, when out-of-the-blue Ozzie calls her on her thirty-second birthday. But after all these years, Ozzie hasn't called her to wish a happy birthday. Instead, she tells Nora that Grace attempted suicide and is pleading for The Invisibles to convene again. Nora is torn: she is thrilled at the thought of being in touch with her friends, and yet she is hesitant at seeing these women after such a long and silent period of time. Bolstered by her friends at the library, Nora joins The Invisibles in Chicago for a reunion that sets off an extraordinary chain of events that will change each of their lives forever.

The Invisibles is an unforgettable novel that asks the questions: How much of our pasts define our present selves? And what does it take to let go of some of our most painful wounds and move on?

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Excerpt:
She could hear the phone ringing in her bedroom as she unlocked her front door. Alice Walker bolted toward it, barking after each ring, as if the phone might respond. Nora hung back, struggling to get her key out of the lock, which still continued to stick, despite numerous complaints to the landlord. She tugged again. Nothing. Well, she’d have to let the machine get it. It was probably just Trudy or Marion from the library anyway, calling to ask her to pick up some more coffee beans on her way in. Between the three of them, the office coffeepot went through at least four refills a day.
“Hey, this is Nora.” The recorded sound of her voice echoed through the empty apartment. “I’m not here, but I will be eventually, so please leave a message.” Nora winced, listening. She’d gone through at least a dozen messages when she’d set up the machine, trying her voice out each time—a little happier here, more serious there—until she’d just said to hell with it and settled on this one.
There was a pause and then:
“Norster?”
Nora’s fingers froze around the rubber grip of the keys. No one had called her Norster since she was seventeen years old. And even then, there had been only one person who had ever used that name.
A throat cleared. Then: “Nora Walker? Is this you? God, I hope I have the right number. This is . . .” There was a muffled noise, as if the receiver had just been covered, and then the faint, nearly obscured sound of a reprimand. “I need a minute, Jack, okay? Mommy just needs one minute. Now, please.”
No. It couldn’t be. Nora gave the key a final furious tug and then let go of it altogether, racing toward her bedroom. It just couldn’t be.
“Sorry about that.” The voice was back, unmuffled now and slightly raised. “Um, this is Ozzie Randol. I’m just calling to—”
“Ozzie!” Nora snatched the phone up so quickly that she almost dropped it. “Ozzie, I’m here!”
“Nora! Oh my God!”
“Ozzie.” Nora said the name a third time, as if the word itself would settle her breathing somehow, stop her legs from trembling. Her windbreaker, unzipped and loose, hung open in front of her like a mouth agape. How long had she been waiting for this moment? She couldn’t remember anymore. “Oh, Ozzie. Oh my God. Is that really you?”
Ozzie laughed. “Of course it’s really me. You know any other girls out there named Ozzie?”
“No.” A giggle emanated from Nora’s mouth like a bubble. “No, I’ve never met another Ozzie.” She sat down carefully on the end of her bed, smoothing the edge of the white comforter with the palm of her hand. Ozzie had the same laugh, a bright burst of sound that came out of a mouth so wide and lips so full that Nora used to wonder how everything fit in there together—and still looked so pretty.





Cecilia Galante is the author of several middle grade, young adult and adult novels. She also teaches 8th grade English at Wyoming Seminary Prep School, and teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Wilkes University.




8.17.2015

Sale Blast: ACCIDENTALLY STILL MARRIED by Carmen Falcone [+ Giveaway!]



What If You Found Out You Were…Accidentally Still Married? 


From August 17th till August 28th Carmen Falcone has the Naked Truth novella, Accidentally Still Married on sale for FREE! Take advantage of this great sale before the next novel in the series, Accidentally Seduced comes out on August 25th! Accidentally Still Married is the novella that takes place between Accidentally Hooked and Accidentally Seduced!

To learn more about Carmen Falcone and her books check out her website


About ACCIDENTALLY SEDUCED

Grace King needs to save her catering business by all means necessary. Even if it means striking a deal with the hot estranged husband she walked out on, but can’t forget despite her best efforts.

Sebastian Zwane is baffled to discover he’s still legally bound to the woman who broke his heart. With a booming career and new offices to open, the last thing he needs is a scandal and for her to demand half of the empire he built after their separation.

The bargain that will get them both what they want is put to the test by their sizzling attraction–stronger than ever, in spite of their rocky past. When the deal is over, will they be able to walk away from each other?


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Author Bio:

Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters beats doing math homework any day. Brazilian by birth and traveler by nature, she moved to Central Texas after college and met her broody Swiss husband—living proof that opposites attract. She found in writing her deepest passion and the best excuse to avoid the healthy lifestyle everyone keeps bragging about. When she’s not lost in the world of romance, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, being walked by her three crazy pugs, reading, catching up with friends, and chatting with random people in the checkout line.

She loves to procrastinate, so please indulge her and drop her a line @ carmenauthor@yahoo.com. For more info, visit her website: carmenfalcone.com


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Grand Prize: $25 Amazon or B&N gift card 
2 Runner-up Prizes: Digital copies of any one (1) book by Carmen Falcone from her backlist

8.15.2015

Weekend Reading [08/14-08/16] :: Because I'm always weird on the internet...


Leeeeetle bit late getting a weekend reading post up this weekend. Between work, power and internet outtages, and the glory that is having to do the cleaning and cooking when I'm not working I'm kinda dropping at the end of the day. I finally got a workout in after 10 days of not having time. That says a lot about my schedule right now.

One of the coolest parts of the new job is that I have to read and well technically that means I'm getting paid to read. lol Another cool factor is that sometimes they haven't been announces or put up for preorder yet so I can't even tell you guys what they are yet. Which makes me feel both super cool like I'm some kind of VIP but also kinda sucks because I can't gush about them yet! Soon though my darlings, the one I finished last night should hit safe-to-share status very soon. I'm ready to fangirl over it with you.

I finished a really cute YA this week that was a fun and sweet romance that'll hit shelves a month from now. I think you'll like it—Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts—a lot if you liked Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes. One of my other reads that I haven't finished though is Avery Flynn's Dodging Temptation. Somehow I've managed to be the only romance reader who has managed to not read one of her books yet and daaang I'm glad this is my first because Dodge is so freaking HAWT. Lord have mercy. I'm not usually such a quick sell on a hero but he had me from the first page. Do I have any Flynn fans aboard? Which of her heroes is your current fave?

So I don't stagnate myself out reading only romance (which would be easy thanks to the awesome job lol) I'm also working on The Conquering Dark by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith the 3rd Crown & Key book. I can't decide if I like or am meh on the series as a whole though. I like things about it a lot and yet the pacing and dialog can be so dusty and dry. And, my plan tonight is to dive into Felicia Day's memoir, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). I even did my nails to celebrate the arrival of my preorder. I needed an infusion of geek girl positivity y'know?

And what have you been reading this weekend? I'm seeing a lot of the same books popping up in my Instagram feed, is everyone reading The Bourbon Kings expect me I wonder. :P If you are I hope you're enjoying it and if you're reading something else leave me a comment and tell me what it is. Hope you're having a great one. -- Rhi


8.14.2015

Cover Reveal: AMERICA'S FIRST DAUGHTER by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie [+ giveaway!]


Tasty Book Tours is Pleased to Present...


AMERICA'S FIRST DAUGHTER
Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
Releasing March 1st, 2016
William Morrow
Historical Fiction 


In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

From her earliest days, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France. And it is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that she learns of her father’s liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age.

Patsy too has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé, William Short, a staunch abolitionist intent on a career in Europe. Heartbroken at having to decide between being William’s wife or a devoted daughter, she returns to Virginia with her father and marries a man of his choosing, raising eleven children of her own.

Yet as family secrets come to light during her father’s presidency, Patsy must again decide how much she will sacrifice to protect his reputation, in the process defining not just Jefferson’s political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

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Laura Kamoie has always been fascinated by the people, stories, and physical presence of the past, which led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction as the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books, Laura Kaye. Her debut historical novel, America's First Daughter, co-authored with Stephanie Dray, allowed her the exciting opportunity to combine her love of history with her passion for storytelling. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two daughters.

Find Laura Here




STEPHANIE DRAY is a bestselling and award-nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into six different languages, was nominated for a RITA Award and won the Golden Leaf. As STEPHANIE DRAVEN, she is a national bestselling author of paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and American-set historical women’s fiction. She is a frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions and lives near the nation’s capital. Before she became a novelist, she was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the stories of women in history to inspire the young women of today.

Find Stephanie Here


Blog Tour: Brothers of Baird's Cove: Renegade by Caroline Lee [Guest Post + Giveaway]


Brothers of Baird’s Cove: Renegade by Caroline Lee is a Reconstruction Era Southern romance with equal helpings of sweet tea and tart lemon cakes. This first book in the Brothers of Baird’s Cove series follows a charismatic smuggler with authority issues who accidentally falls for a plantation owner’s daughter—and oh, the spicy romance, charming dialogue, and thrilling, heart stopping danger! This book has it all. If you’re a fan of Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster Series, you’ll swoon for the Brothers of Baird’s Cove.


I do all my best plotting on the bow of a boat.

There’s just something so freeing and thought-stimulating about watching the water fall away in front of you, and I’ve found that the rhythm of it really helps my brain skip around and make connections about the direction I want my current plot to go. Sometimes I’m just plotting scenes (dialogue comes naturally, for some reason, where you’re zipping along over the water), or sometimes I’m plotting an entire series. But no matter what I’m working on, I do it best when I’m staring at the waves and the distant shoreline or salt marsh on the other side of my gaily-painted toesies (I favor whites and bright pinks for summertime).

Most of Renegade was thought-out on the bow of a boat, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the theme of nautical freedom is woven throughout it. I love the water as much as I love the land of my native Lowcountry, and I wanted my characters to love it too.

My heroine, Becks, is deeply connected to her Sea Island home, and that includes the rivers and creeks. The book starts with her knee-deep in the spring river, her toes curled in the mud, crabbing by hand.  Their first kiss takes place on that same river, during a deliciously sensual rainstorm, on a fishing trip. Being on the water is just part of Becks’ everyday life, and how she exerts her independence.

But it’s the hero of Renegade, McKee, who got my love of boating. Mac has trouble with authority, and values his freedom more than anything else. He left home at seventeen to sign onto a steamship, and has been all around the world. Once he gained enough money, he bought his own schooner, and now shuttles rum (and a few other more illicit goods) from the Caribbean. He lives his life on his own schedule, and owning his own ship allows that.

Mac’s need for independence is what feeds his love of sailing, and he’s built his life—and his identity—around that need. But Becks is deeply rooted in Edisto Island, and Mac is going to have to choose between the freedom of his past and the opportunities of a future there on the island. It’ll take a woman like Becks—a woman who values her independence as much as he values his—to prove to him that he can give up smuggling without giving up his freedom. But can she prove that there’s a special kind of freedom that comes from loving a place enough to tie yourself to it?

Renegade takes place twelve years after the end of the Civil War, and one of the central themes is the value of freedom, and the different kinds of freedoms we find in our lives. So it shouldn’t be any surprise that most of it came to me while I was hurtling along the rivers and creeks of Edisto Island, on the bow of a boat. Because there’s no other freedom in the world quite like that one. 


Synopsis:

Smuggling gave him the revenge he needed... 

To no one's surprise, McKee Baird never fought in the War Between the States. His fiercely independent nature made it impossible for him to take orders, and his close friendship with a black man stopped him from fighting for his father's South. But he's found his own way to rebel against the new government the United States has imposed on him... and right now, the only thing standing in the way of his smuggling business is the intriguingly uninhibited Becks Middleton.

Their chance meeting gave her the excitement she'd been craving... 

Becks has a life of freedom away from Charleston society's rules. So of course she can't help but be drawn to the stimulating renegade her mother invites to visit Beckett Plantation, even if she doesn't approve of his profession. When the opportunity to seduce Mac arises, Becks takes that chance, planning on one night of passion before the dangerous smuggler leaves. But when she accidentally becomes part of his schemes, she can't reveal the truth without risking his freedom. Joining him on his ship, Becks will face not just her growing love for Mac but a confrontation with authorities that will threaten their very lives.

Can the two of them reconcile their differences before their future is stolen away?

Find out more at: Amazon


Caroline Lee is what George R.R. Martin once described as a "gardener author"; she delights in creating interesting and lovable characters, and allowing them to lead their own stories. Often they draw the story along to completely unexpected--and wonderful!--places. She considers a story a success if she can re-read it and sigh dreamily... and she wishes the same for you.

A love of historical romance prompted Caroline to pursue her degrees in social history; her Master's Degree is in Comparative World History, which is the study of themes across history (for instance, 'domestication of animals throughout the world,' or 'childhood through history'). Her theme? You guessed it: Marriage throughout world history. Her favorite focus was periods of history that brought two disparate peoples together to marry, like marriage in the Levant during the Kingdom of Jerusalem, or marriage between convicts in colonial New South Wales. She hopes that she's able to bring this love of history-- and this history of love--to her novels.

Caroline is living her own little Happily Ever After with her husband and sons in North Carolina.

Connect with Caroline at her Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon


8.12.2015

Review: Stray by Elissa Sussman

Stray (Four Sisters #1) by Elissa Sussman
Young Adult, Fairytale, Fantasy
Ebook/Print/Audio (384 pages, GREENWILLOW)
A cross between The Handmaid's Tale and Wicked, with a dash of Grimm and Disney thrown in, Strayis part coming-of-age story, part fairy tale, part adventure, part sweet romance.
Stray tells the story of Aislynn, a princess who misbehaves and must give up her royal trappings and enter a life of service as a fairy godmother. Will Aislynn remain true to her vows and her royal family, and turn away from everything she longs for? Or will she stray from The Path and discover her own way? Epic, rewarding, and provocative, Stray will appeal to readers of Entwined, by Heather Dixon; to those who grew up watching the Disney princess movies; and to fans of the acclaimed musicals Into the Woods and Wicked.

Author Site: website

A must read for the young feminist (5 stars)

As a passionate reader of fairytale retellings and remixes my interest was quite piqued by STRAY but when I saw the comparison to The Handmaid's Tale I knew it was a must-read for me. To give some background I attempted to read THT when I was 15 but my very religious and strict parents caught me and took it away. I eventually read it as an adult and the irony was not lost on me. STRAY has many similarities in how its society is built. Girls and women need their father and later their husband to contain them, to keep them pure and from using their magic.

It was so compelling that even though I started reading it as a borrowed audiobook from the library I went and ordered a hardcover copy for myself before I was even done. It's just so compelling and the feminist in me was sated by every tiny rebellion. If you want a book for a young woman who needs to see that she has more value than her physical beauty, that she shouldn't feel beholden to society's ideas of what being beautiful or female are I cannot recommend this book enough. And if you're a young woman who desires these things for yourself I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Sure, it's a bit romantic and it has a mystery and it's a bit of a fairytale but by nature fairytales were intended to teach lessons.

There are a lot of books I consider must reads but this is definitely one of the first I wished I could send back through time into my own teenage hands. Teen me would have very much appreciated this book as much as adult me did.


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8.11.2015

Review: October Faction Vol. 1

October Faction Volume 1
Graphic Novel, Paranormal
Print (152 pages, IDW)
The October Faction details the adventures of retired monster-hunter Frederick Allan and his family... which include a thrill-killer, a witch, and a warlock. Because sometimes crazy is the glue that binds a family together. Collects the first six issues.
Dark family fun! (4 stars)

I love a good monster story and I especially love when there is an element of monster hunting. The October Faction is richly dark and quite moody but it's also fun and has a playful quality that really makes it work. If you're fond of stories where a family comes together for a cause it's sure to be an enjoyable read.

This is one comic you'll want to read if you enjoy werewolves, Frankenstein's monster, and similar paranormal storytelling elements.



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Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

8.10.2015

Review: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

Dark Disciple: Star Wars by Christie Golden
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Science Fiction, Pop Culture
Ebook/Print/Audio (337 pages, LUCASBOOKS)
The only way to bring down the Sith’s most dangerous warrior may be to join forces with the dark side.
In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.
But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.
Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.
Author Site: website

Another New Canon Dud (2 stars)

If I had read this when I was 17 and first got into the expanded universe of Star Wars I might have been able to love it. Two of my favorite characters from the SW universe making up an unlikely team and then having a romance? I can dig it. But not only was the writing very plodding and dull, it had the crappiest ending I've read in a Star Wars book.

This is the third book in the new canon that I've read and found lacking. It's one redeeming quality is that it did feel very accurate to the tone of the films. The Jedi Council dialogs were written very well, I could hear the voices of the actors who played each speaking the lines. I know not every Star Wars fiction reader is also a reader of romance novels so that plot might have surprised and disappointed but if you're familiar with the tenets of the romance genre and were hoping for a Star Wars romance don't waste your time. This does not follow the formula and you will loathe the ending.

Ultimately, I think those who will enjoy it are fans of the Clone Wars cartoon. If you love Asajj Ventress you may want to skip this one, I won't spoil anything but I have a feeling you'll hate the ending of this book as much as I did. I feel sorry for anyone who shelled out cash for a hardcover.

8.09.2015

You're Never Too Old For Bedtime Stories #NationalBookLoversDay


I generally don't read much during the day. Since I've spent the past almost six years with a little one at home it's just hard. Kids have a sixth sense for that moment when you sit down and crack a spine. This also applies to trying to make phone calls and using the bathroom. Thus, I've become a night reader and while I'd like to read at any time of the day isn't bedtime reading the best anyway?

I've spoken about my childhood hardships here on occasion and even some of the tough stuff I went through in my mid-twenties. But I don't think I've ever written about the year I turned 18. It's a very long story how I started reading to my mother every night but suffice it to say we were both in a very bad place in our lives. We were sharing rent on an apartment at the time and sometimes I would hear my mom crying at night. So I decided to read to my mom every night to help her fall asleep.

Money was extremely tight so I depended on the library and I knew my mom wouldn't enjoy my science fiction reads really. I decided to read books to her that I had seen as films over the previous summer while I had been away visiting my dad—Seven Years in Tibet, James and the Giant Peach, and the lengthy Les Miserables. I didn't read very much to her each night, just a chapter or two, and she'd be off to dream land. Sometimes I wouldn't realize she had already dozed off and keep reading only to have to reread a chapter the next night.

It probably sounds weird but even though it was a really difficult time of our lives I still sometimes wish I could read to my mom at night. After all, she read to me when I was little and I was made a lover of stories thanks to the efforts she and my grandmothers both made to read to me and buy me books.

I enjoy audiobooks because there's something special about someone reading to you. Sure, it's practical for car rides and working out but don't you just love being read to too? I recently found out that Casper, the really innovative mattress company, will read you a bedtime story if you call their hotline. Isn't that cool? I can't even get the place we bought our mattress from to give us the free pillows they promised us back in February and these guys will read me a bedtime story if I call them.

Since it's National Book Lover's Day and I'm exhausted from the new job I'm off to read to myself. I hope that the next time you need someone to read to you you'll consider giving Casper a call and if you're mattress hunting check out their mattress, I wish they'd had a showroom near us this past winter when we needed to try it. Happy NBLD! -- Rhi



Thanks for giving me post inspiration Alyce!

8.08.2015

Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

Soundless by Richelle Mead
Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.
Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Young Adult, Fantasy
Ebook/Print/Audio (272 pages, RAZORBILL)
For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.
When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.
But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.
Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever....
Author Site: website

Quite different but worth a read. (4 stars)

As one of the most anticipated books of the fall I think a lot of readers are going to go into this expecting too much and therefore get let down. This is a stand alone book and if you're already a Mead fan you may find the tone a little lackluster compared to the snark and humor of her other work. Bearing that in mind it's still a very enjoyable story, it's just very differently written from other Mead books.

One of the challenging elements is obviously that there is no spoken dialog in this book. It all comes in the form that's usually reserved for thoughts. It's a little odd to adjust to but I found it a very interesting way of telling a story. I loved the novelty of it but also felt it left all of the dialog flat and devoid of easily described inflection. No one is exclaiming or sobbing their communication really and yet that allows you as a reader to fill in the blanks with your own imagery. You may or may not like that, I'v never experienced it in reading before so I found it tolerable but not lovable.

The actual story itself is steeped in Chinese folklore and as a fan of mythology and fantasy I liked that it wasn't your usual European influenced tale. Because the blurb and cover don't really give you a lot to go on I feel it is worth noting that this is indeed a fantasy story. I don't want to spoil anything but I expected a twist akin to a film I might be the only lover of when Fei gets to the bottom of the mountain. I think if I had been more clear that this was a fantasy I wouldn't have been disappointed it wasn't that.

Lastly, the romance is good if a little bit of a side note. Don't go in expecting it to be particularly important to the plot because Mead could easily have left it out and the story would have worked. Overall, it was a pleasurable read. Though I didn't find it wowing it was certainly worth recommending to anyone looking for something different in the YA shelves. A perfect palette cleanser read between meatier fare.

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