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Christmas at Thorncliff Manor – Book Review

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Christmas at Thorncliff Manor by Sophie Barnes

 

More than love is in the air …

Join the Heartly family as they return to Thorncliff Manor for the holiday season where four sisters and four very handsome, very eligible bachelors, are about to enjoy a lively Christmastime filled with laughter and love.

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Bodyguard – Book Review

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This is a standalone story in a series of interconnected characters.

Protecting a celebrity in Hollywood isn’t easy, but protecting Emily could break his heart.

As a world-class dancer at the height of her career, Emily enjoys all the perks of fame—the parties, the glamour, the tours—but they’ve also attracted the attention of a dangerous ex-boyfriend hell-bent on getting her back.

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Holiday Wishes – Book Review

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Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4.5
Publisher:  Avon
Published: November 7,  2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 133
Format: eARC
Source:  Publisher via Edelweiss

 

What the Story is about.
What would you do if you got the chance to right a wrong from your past?

In this installment we are introduced to Lotti Hartford a blast from Sean’s past. Lotti is in charge of the Bed and Breakfast where Pru and Finn’s bachelor/bachelorette is being hosted.

Sean, Finn’s brother, is in charge of the planning and to everyone’s amazement; he has done an excellent job. However, the one thing he had not planned for was his reunion with the girl whose heart he broke when he was sixteen years old.

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The Gift of Christmas Past – Book Review

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Arson wasn’t the only fire that ignited between them.

Promises shattered.
Lies spoken.
She was arrested.
He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.

Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire.

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Throwback Thursday: Lover Awakened – Book Review

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
Published by Signet on September 5, 2006
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Vampires
Pages: 468
Format: Print
Source: Purchased
Five Stars

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

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How to Woo a Wallflower – Book Review

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Blurb:

An Unconventional Wallflower…

Clarissa Ruthven was born to be a proper lady, but she’s never wanted to live up to the expectations her late father set. Determined to use her inheritance to help the less fortunate women of London, she’s devastated to learn that she won’t be inheriting anything until she marries, a fate she has no interest in. Unwilling to let go of her plans, Clary works at Ruthven Publishing for Gabriel Adamson, a man who’s always hated her. She’s always returned the feeling, but as she begins to turn her family’s publishing company upside down, she finds herself unable to forget her handsome boss.

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Returning Home – Book Review

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Jo Ellen Baker is shocked to find out that the boy who teased her mercilessly throughout high school, has returned to their hometown of Freedom Lake, and he’s missing a leg. When his mother asks her to renovate their carriage house to give him a place to gain his independence back, she wants to say no. But one look at him brings a rush of forgotten feelings.

Evan Carter can’t believe he has to return home and live with his parents. Every hope and dream he ever had dissipated in a car crash that cost him his leg. Stuck in a wheelchair, he’s forced to reexamine his relationship with God and the local carpenter, Jo Ellen Baker.

Will renovating his home open the door for a mended relationship, or are some wounds too deep to heal from?

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All the Wind in the World – Book Review

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Book Title: All the Wind in the World
Book Author: Samantha Mabry
Page Count: 288
Publishing Date: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Date Read: September 27th, 2017
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review – Thank you!

Synopsis
Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt work in the vast maguey fields that span the bone-dry Southwest, a thirsty, infinite land that is both seductive and fearsome. In this rough, transient landscape, Sarah Jac and James have fallen in love. They’re tough and brave, and they have big dreams. Soon they will save up enough money to go east. But until then, they keep their heads down, their muscles tensed, and above all, their love secret.

When a horrible accident forces Sarah Jac and James to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch called the Real Marvelous, the delicate balance they’ve found begins to give way. And James and Sarah Jac will have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.
My Review
Last year, I had the chance to read Samantha Mabry’s magical debut, A Fierce and Subtle Poison.  That book combined magical realism with relatable characters and an easy to get into plot, making it a real gem in the young adult book world.  When I heard that another book was coming out  by this talented author, I was ecstatic.  I couldn’t wait to dive into another magical and beautiful world, especially when I read that her new book, All the Wind in the World, was going to have a bit of Western feel.

Aside from getting another colorful, stunning cover that I could look at for ages (and maybe I did), even the title is kind of beautiful – and the colors and the birds – don’t even get me started.  I fell in love with this book before I even began reading it.

The writing in All the Wind in the World is just as gorgeous and lyrical as the writing in the author’s debut novel, so if you’re worried about it not being that easy to fall into and love, don’t be.  It has all the beauty of A Fierce and Subtle Poison, but with a fresh story with a Western touch (did I ever mention how much I love Western YA novels?)

All the Wind in the World features two main characters – Sarah Jac and James.  The two of them have been working fields for years now, trying to save up some money.  They run from the last farm they were at, only to come to another one, and while there, Sarah Jac makes a mistake that could cause them to be killed, so they jump on a train and run – to another farm.

Sarah Jac and James are in love with each other, but they dare not let anyone know.  Not after what they’ve seen happen to other couples who work the fields.  So they tell everyone they are cousins, and do what they can to keep their love a secret while working to earn money to get away from all that, someone beautiful and happy, somewhere that will allow them to live together, wrapped in their love for one another, without ever having to stand out in a hot sun and work in a field ever again.

As they go about their days, trying to make things livable for themselves for the time, new obstacles arise – Sarah Jac is told that instead of doing the harvesting, she will be giving riding lessons to the daughter of the owner of the farm.  Her older sister can’t give her riding lessons because she is very sick, so it’s up to Sarah Jac.  At first, she doesn’t want to, but when she realizes that if she takes the job, it will mean less farming time and maybe even spending more time with James (who is looking into trying to get a job inside the house as well), she decides it might not be so bad.

However, when James starts spending more time with the sickly daughter of the owner, Sarah Jac is left to fend for herself…and it makes her wish they had decided not to keep their love a secret.

The plot of this book works out perfectly with the western setting – it’s sort of like a dystopian setting where the world is growing hotter and hotter, and water is scarce, so they harvest crops that they can use to make alcohol, which is the preferred drink.  The idea of this actually happening is incredibly scary.

When I first started reading this, I found it kind of hard to connect to Sarah Jac, but as the book went on I found myself loving her character.  At first, it seems as though she is completely dependent on James, but towards the end of the book her character takes a serious turn, and I loved it.  I can’t say that I really ever cared as much for James’s character as I would have liked to, but they were still written quite well and made the book come to life.

Speaking of coming to life, that setting…Samantha Mabry has a beautiful talent for world building, and she doesn’t leave anything out in All the Wind in the World.  There was the perfect amount of detail that made the book stand out.  Let’s just say that when I put this one down, it took me a few minutes to remember that I was just reading a book, and I wasn’t actually there.

If you’ve read A Fierce and Subtle Poison and enjoyed it, trust me when I say that you aren’t going to be disappointed by this book at all.  It has all the charm and mystery that made readers fall in love with that book, and then some.  It’s definitely worth checking out!

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Guest review contributed by Here’s to Happy Endings. Kelly focuses on young adult book reviews, with author interviews, giveaways, and memes such as Waiting on Wednesdays, as well as participating in blog tours.  She enjoys working with authors to promote books!

Ride or Die – Book Review

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Ride or Die #2 by Cee Cee Riley

‘Love can either destroy you, or bring you back to life.’
Dom, Casa & Harlow, 1992

Casa only cares for two things in this life: his club—the Devil’s Highwaymen—and sex. That is until he meets Harlow. She’s feisty, passionate, and doesn’t fall for his usual charms. She’s perfect for him…but she belongs to someone else.

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Bargain Book of the Week – Into the Fire

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This series highlights cheap, free, or discounted books to give you, dear reader, the most options on what to read.

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At fifteen, an accident turned my world upside down. Scarred in every way possible, I shut down, finding comfort by self-inflicting pain.

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