Manga Review: Wife by Contract, Mistress by Demand by Marito Ai & Carole Mortimer @emangadotcom

May Contain Spoilers

I’m glad that I didn’t read the synopsis prior to reading Wife by Contract, Mistress by Demand (and wow, that is a mouthful, like too many Harlequin titles!), because it doesn’t make any sense. What’s a money-grubbing mare??  Anyway, like most Presents, the hero is an alphahole, but the story, thanks in part to the art, wasn’t bad.  I prefer my heroes to not be such enormous jerks, but, hey, I guess the conflict has to come from someplace.

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Review: Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn

May Contain Spoilers

I have a few reservations about this book. The first being the publisher’s decision to break the story into 4 overpriced chunks. This is a short novel, about 275 pages, and it’s far from a complete story. The ending is abrupt and jarring; not really an ending at all. The last page is more like a commercial break, so you can scrape together to 1o bucks to purchase the next installment. Hopefully my local library will acquire a copy of all future books in the series.

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Release Day Blitz: Too Hot To Handle by Tessa Bailey

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Title: Too Hot To Handle

Author: Tessa Bailey

Series: Romancing the Clarksons, #1

On Sale: May 17, 2016

Format: eBook

Price: $2.99 USD


When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble…

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn’t seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita’s pretty certain she’s gone from the frying pan right into the fire…

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Review: Elijah and the Widow by Rebecca Kertz @LoveInspiredBks


May Contain Spoilers

I decided to borrow Elijah and the Widow from my local library because the cover is cute. I was also curious to see how the romance would play out in an Amish community.  I was a bit afraid that there would be too much religion worked into the narrative, but that wasn’t the case at all.  What there was was seamlessly woven into Martha and Elijah’s daily lives, without being the slightest bit preachy.  Some of the Love Inspired titles haven’t worked for me because they were too preachy for me, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this story.

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E Deal! Power Play by @SophiaHenry313 @Tastybooktours

Pilots Hockey #2
Sophia Henry
Released February 16th, 2016
In Sophia Henry’s blistering follow-up to Delayed Penalty, hailed as “sexy, fun, and full of angst” by L. P. Dover, a good girl and a hockey hunk face off against expectations—and this match is guaranteed to see plenty of action.

Beneath her innocent facade, Gabriella Bertucci has her reasons to be standoffish with guys. Especially guys like Landon Taylor, a star defenseman on the minor-league Detroit Pilots and the object of a serious crush since he first walked into her family’s market. But when Landon comes through for her in a moment of crisis, Gaby starts to wonder if there might be more to Landon than hard muscles and fast skates.
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Spotlight and Giveaway: Secret Baby Scandal by @JoanneRock6 @TastyBookTours

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Bayou Billionaires #4
Joanne Rock
Releasing May 1st (Digital)
Releasing May 10th (Print)
Harlequin Desire

His proposition: pretend they’re a couple to end a scandal. But she has secrets of her own…
Tatiana Doucet has dealt with sexy, arrogant athletes most of her life. But Jean-Pierre Reynaud is a whole different animal—in bed and on the field. Unbeknownst to him, their one amazing night produced a son. Now her family’s biggest football rival is back, offering a seductive wager she can’t refuse.
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Spotlight and Giveaway: The Misbehaved by Jessica Jayne @TastyBookTours @JessicaJayne13

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Jessica Jayne
Released May 10th, 2016
Totally Bound

Natalea Jones has had a rough life. An absentee father. A gambling addicted mother, who seems to show up only when she needs something—preferably money. Natalea survives her childhood and teenage years because of her best friend, Drake Harte, and his family. Even though she’s been in love with Drake for years, she refuses to let her lust come in the way of their friendship. Life without Drake is not possible and sex would certainly complicate things.
Drake Harte is not only known as the most eligible bachelor and firefighter in Gamble Park, Florida, but he’s also known for sexing the ladies and leaving them. Only he knows the reason he can’t make a commitment to the women throwing themselves at him—he’s in love with his best friend. It’s time he either goes for it or moves on.
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Review: Falling for the Rancher by Tanya Michaels @HarlequinBooks


May Contain Spoilers

I don’t know what the problem is, but I have been having one heck of a hard time becoming engaged in any book I pick up.  At times like this, I always reach for a Harlequin.  They are like palette cleansers for me, and help to recharge my reading mojo.  I did enjoy Falling for the Rancher, but at times I was bored and felt that the plot didn’t move swiftly enough to hold my attention.  Jarrett also burned too hot and then cold for my tastes, due to his guilt about his sister’s accident. 

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