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-- Rhi


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.





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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?
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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!
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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!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

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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)

Blog Tour: Flying Through Fire by Nina Croft || Dark Desires Series Spotlight


Love scifi romance? Love paranormal romance? Just plain love fantastic romance writing? I've been a fan of Nina since the first Dark Desires book released. This past spring I also had the pleasure of meeting her in person and she was so fantastic! If you haven't read a Nina Croft book yet don't waste another minute. You can thank me later. ;) -- Rhi


Flying Through Fire by Nina CroftDark Desires #6



For ten thousand years he’s done his duty. Now he wants something for himself…

Winged monsters have been seen in the skies, and a pestilence follows in their wake, threatening the very survival of mankind. Only the crew of the Blood Hunter knows where they come from, and only one man has the power to send them back—Thorne, a human/dragon hybrid in possession of mental powers beyond comprehension.

Candace Decker doesn’t need anyone to look after her—she’s a badass werewolf more than capable of protecting herself and those she loves. All the same, she’s always been drawn to Thorne’s strength. In an uncertain world, he’s the one man who makes her feel safe. And what Candy wants, she usually gets.

But while Candy is tenacious, Thorne’s willpower has been honed over ten thousand years. He might want her, but the last thing he needs is an infatuation with a young, impetuous werewolf. Candy makes him lose control, and that could have disastrous consequences.

As the threat escalates and they become separated by time and space, Candy must find a way back to him, because while Thorne alone has the power to defeat the dragons, only together can they finally bring peace to the universe.

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Please enjoy a deleted scene from Flying Through Fire:

In Flying Through Fire, book 6 in my Dark Desires series, we have the whole cast of the series appearing at some point or other. I thought it would be nice to get inside a few of their heads, see how they were doing, what they were thinking…
However, my editor believed that these scenes detracted from the two main characters and were a little jarring, and so the scenes were removed. This one was from Saffira’s (the heroine of book 4, Temporal Shift) point of view.

The door slid shut behind her. Saffira leaned against the wall of the corridor and tried to slow her breathing. Sweat pricked her forehead, heat from the vision.
Thorne had burned because of her. She’d been powerless to help him, to save him.
It’s not real.
Not all her visions came true. Maybe this was a warning of what might be.
And she’d already lost Thorne. He’d closed himself off. He’d given ten thousand years to his people. Now they were dead. Perhaps he was right, and that meant he was free. They were both free.
She pushed herself up, hating the weakness that made her stumble. The visions drained her strength, but she had to sort herself out before she saw Devlin or he would want to know what was up, and what could she say?

11.01.2016

Release Day: Hearts & Ink Coloring Book [Contest!]

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Laura Kaye’s HEARTS & INK, the adult coloring book inspired by her award-winning and bestselling novels releases today! Thirty exciting and original designs will inspire, relax, and entertain fans old and new! Grab your pencils and crayons and get ready to read - and color - hard!

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