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-- Rhi


12.30.2016

Weekend Reading [12/30-01/01] :: Let's talk about 2017...


I am so done with 2016 I have no words for it that accurately sum up this worst of the worst year. 


Part of me is so eager for the new year to start, while another part of me worries that it could be even worse. Please tell me I'm not alone there.

This terrible year did grace me with some wonderful reads though and for that I can't completely hate it. I am quite excited to see a lot of my auto-buy authors have multiple 2017 releases though. Here's hoping 2017 is going to be a year where picking a favorite read will be difficult because there are too many awesome ones.

In the wee hours this morning I finished up an ARC of Merrie Destefano's LOST GIRLS. Talk about a book that will make you lose track of time! After 7 months not working for the publisher I'm back to not knowing what's on the schedule for upcoming releases and if the hints I catch here and there are any indication, Entangled Teen is going to have a banner year. Just you watch. If you read YA make sure you get their newsletter so you don't miss any.

This week wound up being a bit weird and I didn't get as much reading in as I would have liked. I did get all the holiday stuff down and all but a few bits are put away though so I'm feeling quite pleased with myself. Tomorrow we're finally all free so we can at last get to the theater and see Rogue One. I have been dying to see it and so miserable trying to avoid spoilers. I've been silent on social media about it but I feel safe confessing here how saddened I was by Carrie Fisher's passing. Somehow I never managed to read any of her books! I plan to remedy that by picking them up on audio in the new year, that way I can hear her as I enjoy her work.

Tonight and probably all weekend, I'll be reading MARESI by Maria Turtschaninoff. I read an excerpt from it earlier this year and just had to get my paws on an ARC. There just aren't a lot of fantasy novels (YA or otherwise) that are this thick with female characters. So far I'm barely started so I can't say if it's any good yet, but expect a review this week. I'll also be reading the re-issue of FROM THE ASHES by Xen Sanders which I read—and LOVED—when it was a novella ages ago. It's now a novel that I hope will find lots of fans as it was the first gay romance I ever read and have a mighty soft spot for it.

12.23.2016

Weekend Reading [12/23-12/25] :: My wish for you...


Want to know what the best part about working at a school? (Okay, it's not the best part but a nice perk). Getting to have a Christmas break again just like a kid! Ours is a little short this year but even though my job is amazing and it makes me happy in a way no job ever has, even I need a bit of a recharge after the chaos that is December.

So far my break has only consisted of trying to get rid of a 3 day migraine and finishing up some holiday shopping, but from Monday on I have declared it read-a-thon time. Tomorrow is baking and cleaning day and a couple of final errands before the holiday. Sunday will likely be too crazy to find down time for relaxing and reading, though I might find time to binge a few episodes of a show. Then I am tackling my TBR with a vengeance!

I'm currently trying to finish An Ember in the Ashes on audio. But it's sooooo good! The narration is phenomenal and the story so enjoyable I hate for it to end even though I already have the sequel ready to go. The two narrators, Fiona Hardingham and Steve West are definitely going into my top 10 to listen to.

As is often the case this time of year, I'm so behind on ARC and review reading right now as well. Strangely, I was going through NetGalley and most of what I'm due to review is non-fiction I'll review over on The Rhialist but also a few graphic novels and children's books. Now that I'm a paraeducator I've been extra motivated to check out children's books above my daughter's reading level.

Is it lame that I'm grinning thinking that working with young minds hoping to help them become life-long book lovers is kind of awesome? I confess, it excites me so much when the kids I work with enthusiastically read to me or tell me about what book they are reading. Growing up I never read Goosebumps and I had a student telling me all about one he was working through. Listening to him make guesses about what would happen and then getting to hear his thoughts after he finished was so fun. Future reviewer perhaps? lol

Well, I suppose I should go make my to-do list for tomorrow and get some rest. If I am fortunate tomorrow the migraine will be long gone. Cross your fingers for me, I am so sick of the pain, nausea, and photosensitivity. (Even my expensive prescription medication for them didn't work this time!!!) If you will be celebrating a holiday this weekend and upcoming week, please know that I'm wishing you companionship, peace, laughter, and safety as you do so. It doesn't matter to me what you do or do not celebrate, you deserve respect, happiness, safety and good health, love, and all good things. I wish more of the world would think the same not just during this season, but every day.

All the best wishes from my heart and home to yours! --Rhi

12.18.2016

Review: Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields

Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields

Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

Young Adult, Fantasy, Folklore
Digital/Print (304 pages, RANDOM HOUSE)
A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive—like a poison kiss—and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.
Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It’s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya—a poison maiden—is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.
Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she’s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.
This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Author Site: website

Page-turner! (4 stars)


Confession time... I may have picked this book with a heavy influence coming from that strikingly beautiful snake on the cover. The story sounded like something I had read before but sometimes that's fine. After a lot of reads in recent months that left me disappointed POISON'S KISS was an unexpected gem.

What made this story really work for me was that it was engrossing. I'd burn away an hour and not realize I'd been reading so long because it was never slow and the characters were interesting. Shields masterfully unveils the secrets of her world in a way that makes it hard to put it down.

It's an odd complaint but the main reason I didn't love it was that it felt like it would be a stand alone, only to set up for a second book at the very end. There aren't enough great YA fantasy books that are stand alones so I found that felt rushed and didn't compel me to read the next entry.

If you enjoyed Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake or The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi I think you'll love this one.

12.17.2016

Review: White Christmas by Rebecca York

White Christmas by Rebecca York

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.
Paranormal, Romance, Holiday, Novella
Digital/Print (84 pages, LIGHT STREET PRESS)
The snow is coming down so fast, Amelia Parsons doesn't see the speeding car until it's too late. One moment she’s crossing an ice-rutted street in St. Stephens, Maryland. In the next, she's flying into the air, and the world goes black. She wakes, confused, in what appears to be Santa’s workshop during the holiday rush. If that’s not strange enough, a hunky FBI agent named Daniel is there, demanding to know why she’s involved in a plot to ruin Christmas. Can she convince him she's not the villain and then work with him to find the real saboteur?Author Site: website

If you dig FBI heroes... (3 stars)

A few of my earliest forays into the paranormal romance shelves had me reading and really enjoying a few of Rebecca York's Moon series novellas from anthologies. I'm not always a big fan of novellas or anthologies but she always stood out as one to pick up. So I, in the mood for a short holiday story, snapped this up.

A quick and interestingly plotted seasonal story this is one for those who like their investigator heroes a bit broody. The romance did feel a tiny but rushed but if you just need something creative around the holidays that'll bring out your Christmas spirit you might like this one.

12.16.2016

Weekend Reading [12/16-12/18] :: Cold. So very cold.



Greetings from central Montana where the current temp is somewhere in the balmy region of -6° F. We haven't seen much warmer in two weeks now. I am so sick of being frozen. Fortunately, the holidays are almost here which will be a nice break from the chaos of trying to keep a bunch of younglings from going bananas because they haven't been able to play outside for weeks.

I've had no break times at work where reading was an option so I haven't gotten much reading in this week. I'm working on Poison's Kiss though, and it's the kind of book you can forget yourself in so the small chunks has been good instead of bad. What have you been reading lately? I picked up a holiday shifter romance book yesterday that I might take a break for just to do something mindlessly fun to enjoy with wine and a hot bath. If you have any PNR with Christmas theme recommendations I would love them! 

This coming week will probably be really quiet here on the blog but I love your comments and appreciate your shares and tweets so much. If I don't manage to find time for a weekend reading post next Friday, please have a happy and safe holiday of your choosing. All the best! ♥ -- Rhi


12.12.2016

Wrap Up: 2016 Audiobook Challenge

2016 Audiobook Challenge

Please visit HOT LISTENS and THE BOOK NYMPHO for more information about the challenge but some of the important details are:
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2016 than you did in 2015.
  • Runs January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016. You can join at any time.
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

My goal for 2016 was Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30 level.



Well... if you've been following the blog at all you know why I didn't quite hit my goal. Eff 2016, I am so over this horrifyingly bad year. But to my surprise, this year I listened to more books total than I have in the few years I've been participating in the challenge. I was thinking I'd skip 2017 but now I might just have to give it another go to try and hit my 20. lol

15 out of 20 isn't too bad for a year where I lost so much and struggled with my mental health so badly. My favorites were Simple Jess, the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, and The Crown. I have a lot of audio titles on Audible to tackle in 2017 and my library card has come in handy a lot. I'm looking for some phenomenal YA narration so if you have some faves please leave a comment!


12.07.2016

Cover Reveal: THE DARKEST PROMISE by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is proud to share the cover for the 13th novel in her bestselling Lords of the Underworld series, THE DARKEST PROMISE! #LOTU

Blog Tour: DRAKON'S PROMISE by N.J. Walters [Excerpt + Giveaway]

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Drakon’s Promise

by N.J. Walters Blood of the Drakon #1

Genres: Adult, Entangled: Otherworld, Paranormal Romance

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Darius Varkas is a drakon. 

He's neither human nor dragon. 

He's both. 

He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it. 

When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she's quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.

Excerpt:


“What are you doing?” She winced at the husky sound of her voice.

“Showing you I’m not crazy,” he reminded her.

“Ah, yeah.” She momentarily lost her train of thought when he tossed his shirt aside and then bent to remove his shoes. “Not sure that’s working.” The man was stripping in front of her and she couldn’t take her eyes off him.

12.02.2016

SALE: Shatterproof by Cole McCade writing as Xen Sanders [+ Giveaway!]




Title: Shatterproof
Author: Xen Sanders (Cole McCade writing as)
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 5, 2016



Blurb

Saint’s afraid to die. Grey can’t stand to live.

Grey Jean-Marcelin wants to die. He thought painting his passion—vivid portrayals of Haitian life and vodou faith—would be enough to anchor him to this world. But it isn’t. And when the mysterious man known only as Saint saves Grey from a suicide attempt, it’s more curse than blessing—until Grey discovers that Saint isn’t just an EMT. He’s a banished fae, and can only survive by draining the lives of those he loves.

All Saint needed was a simple bargain: one life willingly given for another. But as Saint’s feelings for Grey grow deeper, centuries of guilt leave him desperate to save a man who doesn’t want salvation, even if Grey’s life means Saint’s death.

When Grey’s depression consumes him, only he can decide if living is worth the struggle. Yet his choice may come too late to save his life . . . or Saint’s soul. And whatever choice he makes, it may shatter them both.




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11.29.2016

Release Day: The Crossroads by Pamela Cook




Title: The Crossroads
Author: Pamela Cook
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 29, 2016



Blurb

One family. Three women. Will the lies they tell and the secrets they hide lead to more heartache, or will fate bring them together before it's too late?

Rosier O'Shea dreams of seeing the world. But right now, the Outback hotel she inherited from her husband is falling down around her ears, her bank account is empty and family duty means she's staying put.

The only thing keeping Stephanie Bailey sane are the rides she takes on their sprawling property, even if the earth is red and barren as far as her eye can see. Drought has forced the sale of almost all their cattle and her husband is getting more and more distant. The last thing she needs is the complications her brother-in-law brings.

Sydney girl Faith Montgomery is single, out of work and at the age of 31 has just discovered she is adopted. Furious at being lied to for her entire life, she lands a job at the Crossroads Hotel so she can track down her biological mother without revealing who she is. When Cameron Bailey walks into the bar his curious blend of country charm and city savvy has her falling hard.

One family. Three Women. Will the lies they tell and the secrets they hide lead to more heartache of will fate bring them together before it's too late?

A story of deceit, betrayal and love that proves that in the end you can choose your family.





Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / AU




Author Bio


Pamela writes Rural Women's Fiction. Her debut novel, Blackwattle Lake, was published by Hachette in December 2012 and her second, Essie's Way, in December 2013. Her third novel, Close To Home was released in July 2015. The Crossroads is due for release in December 2016

As the mother of three daughters Pamela takes a keen interest in women's issues and lives. She divides her time between the southern suburbs of Sydney and the beautiful south coast of NSW.

Pamela teaches creative writing workshops and online courses through her business Justwrite Publishing (http://www.justwrite.net.au/ ) and is especially passionate about encouraging beginning writers. She is a writer ambassador for Room to Read, an organisation that promotes literacy and gender equality in developing countries. Pamela loves to read, ride her horse Morocco, spend time with her family and, of course, write.



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11.27.2016

Review: Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish by G.G. Andrew

Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish by G.G. Andrew

Note: Review copy received via NetGalley.
Romance, New Adult, Holiday
Digital/Print (110 pages, INDIE)
A zombie. A vampire. A witch. Nora Travers is none of these things.
But the former mean girl has to hide behind costumes if she wants to scare the pants off Brendan, the horror geek with the power to make or break her haunted house. Because Brendan is the nerd Nora used to torment in middle school. But now he's all grown up and so scary hot, even her zombie heart starts beating.
And he's looking a bit too long at her bloody fishnet stockings.
Nora has to be everything she's not this Halloween so she can hide her true self and terrify Brendan. Not to mention protect her heart.
Because what happens when he realizes she’s a monster behind the mask?
Author Site: website

Get in the Halloween spirit with this quick read! (4 stars)

Looking for a contemporary romance quick read? This New Adult Halloween novella is just the ticket!

I'll never find the idea of a bully growing up and then having a romance with the person they bullied truly believable, it's still a trope I kinda like. Nora is pretty ashamed of her middle school behavior but can't resist the hottie the kid she used to pick on has become. It's an oddly built story in that it takes place at a haunted house she works at but it's pretty fun if you want to get in the Halloween spirit.

While certainly not a life changing novella I really enjoyed Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish. I will definitely think about picking up more Halloween novellas from this author.

11.26.2016

Review: Take Me Home by Lorelie Brown

Take Me Home (Belladonna Ink #2) by Lorelie Brown

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Lesbian Romance, LGBT, Contemporary Romance
Digital (110 pages, RIPTIDE)
Thanksgiving arrives in one week and one day. Feeling hemmed in by parental expectations? Are they disappointed by your sapphic proclivities? I can help! The only pay I want is the holiday meal!
I didn’t know what I was looking for until I saw her Craigslist ad.
I love my family. I’m lucky to have them — well, most of them. But my aunt? I’m so tired of her giving my mom crap because I happen to be a lesbian. So one pink-haired tattoo artist pretending to be my girlfriend will annoy my Christian fundamentalist aunt right back and make my Thanksgiving perfect.
Only . . . Brooke turns out to be cuter and more complicated than I expected. And before you can say “yorkiepoo,” we kiss . . . and abduct a dog together. I want to keep them both — but Brooke isn’t the kind to be kept. Lucky for me, I’m the kind to chase what I want.
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The Belladonna Ink stories can be read in any order — jump in wherever you'd like!
Author Site: website

A triple-treat of sexy, sweet, and funny! (4 stars)


Who doesn't love the fake relationship trope? I've seen it done many ways but had yet to read one that was centered around a fake date for a holiday dinner with family. It's fun in movies so I figured it'd be even better as a book. I definitely got what I was looking for and then some.

Keighley and Brooke are such an enjoyable couple. They're very different from one another but in ways that make them a good match. I'm still fairly new to reading lesbian romances that have open-door love scenes but I feel confident saying that this physical side of the relationship was scorching. Outside of the sexual chemistry the pair have some awkward moments where I felt like the dialog was disjointed but I think a lot of it stems from the first-person, present-tense narrative style which I am notably not a fan of.

Overall, this was a wonderful mix of funny, sweet, and sexy that is perfect for reading around the holidays. I sat down and read it in one sitting and enjoyed it so much I immediately went and added the first Belldonna Ink book to my wishlist.


11.25.2016

Weekend Reading [11/25-11/27] :: Shhhh! We're Reading.


I'd love to be enjoying my 5-day weekend but my family has been home these past 3 days. They never shut up and a family emergency of sorts had us last minute switching our Thanksgiving dinner plans. So all the cooking and dishes fell to me. *facepalm* I survived but it wasn't quite how I had seen this weekend going.

If you're American, I hope you had a pleasant holiday. Good food, good company, and a quick exit strategy. lol

My weekend has gotten off to a productive start. The sick kid passed her crud onto my hubs and then this morning I woke up with it. Argh! I have somehow managed to finish three books in the past day though so I'm feeling a bit bad-ass. Of course, that much productive reading can burn me out so my coming down with yuck is timely. When I'm ill like this—with the whole fever, coughing, sore throat type of ugh—I usually have a harder time reading because I can't relax or focus. Might be time to binge-watch something. Do you find yourself ever struggling with the same restlessness while you're in bed sick?

Should I manage not to get too foggy brained I'll likely find myself finishing Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin since it's a library book due in a few days. I thought it was going to be a bit more steampunkish so I'm not quite as into it as I had expected I'd be. Having just been deep in several fantasy/dystopian/YA reads I think I'm going to start White Christmas by Rebecca York shortly after I get this post up. I really do need something to get me in the holiday mood so I can get my decorating on ASAP. FBI agent heroes aren't usually my thing but the plot sounded cute enough I figured why not. Have you read any good Christmas themed novels or novellas yet?

Now that was about all I have the energy to share darlings. My chills are coming back and I need another cuppa for this sore throat. Sending warmth and good vibes your way! -- Rhi


11.22.2016

Release Day: The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter [Excerpt]

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Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST TORMENT is now available in paperback! The Queen of Paranormal Romance, USA TODAY bestselling author Gena Showalter, returns with THE DARKEST TORMENT, the eagerly anticipated twelfth novel in her Lords of the Underworld series! Grab your copy today!

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Order THE DARKEST TORMENT here!

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THE DARKEST TORMENT Synopsis:

Can Beauty tame her Beast?

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

Includes Q&A featuring J. R. Ward, Jeaniene Frost, Nalini Singh and more!


11.21.2016

Review: Dark Horses by Cecily von Ziegesar

Dark Horses by Cecily von Ziegesar

Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.
Young Adult, Contemporary, Social Issues, Romance
Print/Ebook/Audio (336 pages, SOHO TEEN)
Merritt Wenner has been selfdestructing ever since the tragic deaths of her grandmother and her horse. After an epic all-night bender, she walks out of the SAT and disappears. Her parents, looking for a quick fix, ship her off to a residential equine-assisted therapy program.
At Good Fences, Merritt meets Red: a failed racehorse and a terror in the barn. Red has never bonded with anyone, but Merritt is not afraid of him, which makes all the difference. Soon they’re sneaking rides after curfew. Red’s owner, recognizing their potential, funds their launch into the hunter/jumper circuit.
Against the cutthroat backdrop of competitive riding, Merritt finds herself unexpectedly attracted to Red’s groom, Beatrice, and at the same time drawn to Carvin, a rival rider. But in Red’s mind, Merritt belongs to him alone. Anyone else poses a threat. And Merritt can’t imagine the lengths Red will go to keep her to himself.

The only thing dark about this horse is his sense of humor. (1 star)

From time to time a blurb for a book intrigues me enough that in spite of it not being centered on something that interests me I am compelled to give it a shot. Teens with big problems, a competitive sport, and a potentially bisexual protagonist? It sounded good to me. Unfortunately, it was plagued by a hideous narrative gimmick. Every other chapter is told by Red. Yes, the horse gets to tell his side of things... and it's really, really bad. Jumbled song lyrics, strange analogies, and a horse talking about things it could not know make them cheesy and  awkward.

While I think Dark Horses had immense potential to be an emotional, gripping read I just cannot recommend it. The cartoon-ish horse chapters just killed it for me. I couldn't take it seriously and the ending was so ridiculous I wanted to throw the book in the trash.

11.17.2016

Blog Tour: Christmas with the Sheriff & Snowbound with Mr. Wrong [Review + Giveaway]

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Christmas with the Sheriff

by Victoria James A Shadow Creek, Montana Novel Publication Date: November 7, 2016 Genres: Adult, Entangled: Bliss, Holiday, Romance
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Synopsis: After fleeing her beloved small town five years ago, Julia Bailey is back to spend Christmas with her family. Returning is hard, but keeping the devastating secret about her late husband is even harder. Her place isn’t in Big Sky Country any longer…but the more time she spends with the irresistible Sheriff who saved her once before, and his adorable little daughter, the more Julia starts wishing she could let go of the past and start a new life.
Single dad and county Sheriff Chase Donovan had been secretly in love with his best friend’s wife for years. But after her traumatic loss he knew Julia needed to get away from Shadow Creek, even though helping her leave was the last thing he wanted to do. Now she’s home and he doesn’t intend to lose her a second time. Chase is going to prove to Julia just how good they can be together this Christmas…and forever.


My Review: 

On the first read of Christmas... (4 stars)

Right around mid-November, once the Halloween stuff is put away and we've had at least one good snow, an overpowering urge to read Christmas romances hits me. But I've discovered that not just any will do. While I have read and loved steampunk, scifi, and paranormal holiday romances I must confess it's the sweet romances and ones with Scrooge-type heroes (hello, billionaire romances) that hit the spot.

If you find yourself craving the same type of Christmas romances I cannot recommend those written by Victoria James enough. Her writing is never dull, her characters fit classic tropes without feeling too cookie-cutter, and there's always something special that brings the couple together. Christmas with the Sheriff was no exception!

I am a huge sucker for single dads and Chase was totally smoldering. Julia was easy to like and unexpectedly relatable as well. I imagine most readers with a loving partner and children will find her struggle with loss quite realistic. The chemistry between these two is palpable! Add in a little girl with a devoted dad that could still do with a loving maternal figure and this holiday story is a perfect package for getting into the spirit of the season.

My only strong quibble was feeling like I was dropped into the middle of a series rather than reading a first-in-series book. That said, there is a fabulous set-up for the next one, which I may have to read even though it won't be a Christmas one.

Note: ARC received via NetGalley.


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ABOUT VICTORIA JAMES

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  Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Victoria always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples and a cardboard cover) and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again. In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill her dream of writing romantic fiction. Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat. Sign up for Victoria’s Newsletter to stay up to date on upcoming releases and exclusive giveaways, follow her blog for daily antics and insight into her daily life, and get to know her on twitter and Facebook. She loves hearing from readers!




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Snowbound with Mr. Wrong

by Barbara White Dailee A Snowflake Valley Novel Publication Date: November 7, 2016 Genres: Adult, Entangled: Bliss, Holiday, Romance

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Synopsis: Worst. Day. Ever. After Lyssa Barnett’s sister tricks her into reprising her role at Snowflake Valley’s annual children’s party, she doesn’t think anything can be worse than squeezing into her too-small elf costume. Then tall, dark, and way too handsome Nick Tavlock shows up to play Santa…and an unexpected storm leaves them snowbound in the isolated lodge. The last thing Nick wants is to spend a cozy Christmas Eve with a trio of kids and the woman who dumped him. But as much as Lyssa frustrates him, he can’t stop thinking about her. And soon, he’s fighting very un-Santa-like thoughts of kissing a certain sexy Miss Elf under the mistletoe. As Nick starts to fall for Lyssa all over again, he knows it will take nothing short of a miracle to have Lyssa in his arms on Christmas Day.



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ABOUT BARBARA WHITE DAILLE

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From the time she was a toddler, Barbara found herself fascinated by those things her mom called “books.” Once she learned the words between the covers held the magic of storytelling, she wanted to see her words in print so she could weave that magic spell for others. After much hard work at her craft, she achieved her longtime dream when she began selling romance and mystery fiction to national and regional publications. Not long after, she received “The Call” from Harlequin Books and sold her first two novels. Since then, her books have garnered many positive reviews, appeared on numerous bestseller lists, and won a number of awards. Originally from the East Coast, award-winning author Barbara White Daille now lives with her husband in the warm, sunny Southwest, where they don’t mind the lizards in their front yard but could do without the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara hopes you will enjoy reading her stories and will find your own storytelling magic in them!

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11.11.2016

Weekend Reading [11/11-11/13] :: I can't even...


What a lousy week. My birthday fell on election day this year. The only good part of it was that the teacher and students I work with made me feel super special. I try not to talk about politics here but let's just say I am horrified at what has happened. Just terrified for our nation in a way that I haven't experienced in my lifetime.

Tonight I'm sitting down, eating a mountain of pizza, and guzzling some beer. What else ya gonna do when you're this out of sorts? Okay, there'll probably be some reading in there too. lol Because I'm me and that's a default setting. ;)

How have you survived the week? If you're as unhappy with the election as I am I hope you're staying safe and only protesting in positive ways. (As if my amazeballs readers would do anything else).

And what are we reading? I was hoping to be reading Heartless this weekend but when I realized that I'm 99% sure it's the book that'll be in this month's Owl Crate I canceled my preorder. Instead I'll be reading Christmas with the Sheriff by Victoria James and Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields. Total polar opposites I know but that's just the kind of reader I am. I was in the mood for something Christmasy and I snagged an ARC of Poison's Kiss to review.

Be sure and let me know what your reading plans are this weekend by leaving me a comment! -- Rhi








11.07.2016

Spotlight: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid [Giveaway]


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Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for. 

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.

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11.04.2016

Weekend Reading [11/04-11/06] :: Lovecraftians & NetGalley


Holy freaking headache Batman! I'm ending my week kinda wishing I could pop my head off and take a break from it for a few days. Some awful bug is going around that comes complete with an agonizing headache. Thank goodness for audiobooks!

This weekend I'm listening to The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge. I've been trying to fit in random library listens when something I've wanted to read is available. Lovecraft was never something I was introduced to but this just might have me picking some up after I finish. What are some of your fave Lovecraftian reads?

My goal for the rest of the month is doing some serious NetGalley catch-up. I've gotten pretty behind again. Lots of books read and not enough of them reviewed. Speaking of which, I better get going if I'm going to finish one of them I wanted to work on today. Have a fab weekend y'all! -- Rhi

11.02.2016

Blog Tour: FLIP THE BIRD [Review & Giveaway]



My dearest RhiReaders, you may or may not remember my occasional mentions of my husband's adventures in falconry here on the blog in the past. Having his bird Mara in our life is the main reason I decided to give Flip a read and I am so glad I did. Please check out my review and pick up your copy today! -- Rhi


Mercer Buddie wants two things in this world: a girlfriend and the chance to prove to his master falconer father that he’s not a flake. With hunting season fast approaching, fourteen-year-old Mercer has only a short time to work with Flip, a red-tailed hawk he irreverently named to show his dad that falconers don’t have to be so serious all the time.

When Mercer meets Lucy, he falls hard for her gorgeous looks and bubbly personality. He thinks his love life is about to take flight, until he discovers that Lucy and her family belong to a fanatical animal-rights organization called HALT—a group that believes imposing any sort of restrictions on animals is a form of cruelty. Mercer soon realizes that if he wants to keep seeing Lucy, he’ll need to keep his love of falconry and his family’s raptor rehabilitation center a secret from her, and Lucy’s involvement with HALT from his family.

With humor and honesty, Mercer’s story shows how growing up means making difficult choices…and sometimes, being rewarded in unexpected ways.


My Review:

You'll flip for this blend of humor and heart! (5 stars)

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