Thanks to the publisher, here is an excerpt from Monica McCarty’s October release The Recruit. You can preorder a copy here: The Recruit: A Highland Guard Novel
Title: Blaze of Winter
Author: Elisabeth Barrett
Publisher: Random House
May Contain Spoilers
I have mixed feelings about Blaze of Fire, and most of them are because I have a love-hate relationship with Theo. Of all the Grayson brothers, he somehow ended up my least favorite. I don’t know why, exactly. Maybe I don’t find bespectacled authors of historical yarns intriguing. Maybe I’m jealous that he was able to live in a bed and breakfast indefinitely, never having to worry about making his bed or cleaning the bathroom. Or maybe it’s because I found him a bit too inconsistent. For most of the book, he is sweet and mild-mannered, with infinite amounts of patience to support Avery during her moments of insecurity. But like Clark Kent, once those glasses come off, he changes, but not always for the better. He could be a smug jerk, and I didn’t feel quite so fond of him then.
I did enjoy the tempo and tone of this story. Avery is emotionally bruised after finding one of her therapy patients dead from an overdose. Upset with herself for not realizing that she was being lied to and not able to forgive herself for not being able to keep Mia from harming herself, Avery is hiding out in Star Harbor. Helping run her aunt’s business while the older woman recovers from her battle with breast cancer, Avery is moving from one day to the next, trying to stay on the fringes of Star Harbor society. It drives her nuts that everyone in the small community knows everyone else’s business, and she doesn’t like feeling like she’s under a microscope. She just needs to be left alone so she can come to terms with her feelings of inadequacy, and figure out what to do with the rest of her life.
Theo is struggling, too, but his internal strife is based on his inability to write. He’s under pressure to complete the next volume in his privateer adventure series, but he’s stuck. He can’t write a word. He has no inspiration, and he feels empty. Leaving his meaningless life in San Francisco behind, he heads back to his childhood home to rediscover his writing roots. Instead, he discovers Avery, and one glimpse of her vibrantly hued hair has him captivated. He has discovered his muse, and he’s not going to let her out of his sight.
I liked Theo when he was gently wooing Avery, giving her the emotional support she needed so desperately, but backing away when she needed space. He taught her how to have fun and take risks, while teaching himself how to open his heart at the same time. His courtship methods were occasionally questionable, and I didn’t know whether to be amused or appalled as he basically stalked her to her favorite hangout in Boston. That was a little creepy. He also showed an epic lapse in judgment that almost destroys his relationship with Avery, and for such a smart guy, I was disappointed with his behavior. Of course it’s all set up so the good folk of Star Harbor could meddle in his business, but for him to completely disregard everything he knew about Avery and to push back like he did didn’t make sense to me.
The drug runner plot thread had a bigger role in Blaze of Winter than in the previous book in the series, and I am assuming it will be played up even more in Val and Cole’s books. They are my favorite characters, but they didn’t get much page time here, only serving as backup for Theo. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t get to play a bigger part in the story, but that just gives me something to look forward to in the future when they get their own 200 pages. Bring those on!
Blaze of Winter is a quick read with a (mostly) sweet hero who occasionally displays a lack of common sense. Avery is an emotionally wounded heroine who needs a lot of handholding to get through the train wreck in her past that has her questioning every decision she makes. It was gratifying to see her finally set her fear aside and embrace the love Theo, and her own family, were desperate to give her.
Review copy provided by publisher
Thanks to Random House, I have an excerpt from The Dark Garden by Eden Bradley to share with you! Readers who enjoyed 50 Shades of Gray may want to take a look at this book. If you enjoy the excerpt, you can order a copy from your favorite bookseller or by clicking here: The Dark Garden: A Novel. There’s a plot description:
Random House is celebrating the release of Elisabeth Barrett’s Blaze of Winter by holding the Labor Day Giveaway hop! They are giving away:
Here’s what Random House has to say:
Celebrating our next Loveswept release – BLAZE OF WINTER by Elisabeth Barrett – on sale 9/10 – Winter heats up in this hot new Star Harbor romance, as another sexy Grayson brother, a wickedly handsome writer, plots his happily ever after with a sweet stranger.
Thanks to the publisher, here’s an excerpt from Emily March’s Nightingale Way. The book released this week, and you can order a copy by clicking here: Nightingale Way: An Eternity Springs Novel (Print) or here: Nightingale Way: An Eternity Springs Novel (Digital)
Random House is sharing an excerpt of When You Wish Upon a Duke, the first book in Isabella Bradford’s Wylder Sister’s series. Check it out, and if you want to read more, click the widget below to order.
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In a sparkling new series filled with irresistible charm and sizzling romance, award-winning author Isabella Bradford introduces us to the eldest of three Wylder sisters—unruly country girls whose passion for life leaves their London suitors breathless.
Raised in the Dorset countryside, Lady Charlotte Wylder doesn’t care one bit about well-bred decorum. The dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty would rather ride a horse than attend a stuffy ball. So when Charlotte learns that she is to leave immediately for London to wed the Duke of Marchbourne, a perfect model of aristocratic propriety, she is less than enchanted with her arranged marriage.
But to her delight, their first encounters are brazenly flirtatious, and their wedding night burns with passion. March’s broad shoulders and dark countenance make Charlotte want to rip every button off his waistcoast. She may even be falling in love with her new husband. Yet whenever their desire boils over, March reluctantly pushes Charlotte away. Will past secrets and present misunderstandings mire their marriage in scandal, or serve to strengthen a bond that is destined to last a lifetime?
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Thanks to the super-duper peeps at Random House, I have 10 ARCs of Debbie Macomber’s The Inn at Rose Harbor to giveaway. I’m geeked about this! Matchmakers first introduced me to Debbie’s writing, and I have read so many of her books since then! Check out the excerpt below, and then enter for a chance to win an ARC of your own!
Here’s a description:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber comes a heartwarming new series based in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, where a charming cast of characters finds love, forgiveness, and renewal behind the doors of the cozy Rose Harbor Inn.
Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. Coping with the death of her husband, she purchases a local bed-and-breakfast—the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn—ready to begin her life anew. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine.
Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile their differences. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua’s high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it’s least expected.
The other guest is Abby Kincaid, who has returned to Cedar Cove to attend her brother’s wedding. Back for the first time in twenty years, she almost wishes she hadn’t come, the picturesque town harboring painful memories from her past. And while Abby reconnects with family and old friends, she realizes she can only move on if she truly allows herself to let go.
A touching novel of life’s grand possibilities and the heart’s ability to heal, The Inn at Rose Harbor is a welcome introduction to an unforgettable set of friends.
Read the excerpt, and then enter the giveaway to win an ARC!The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber (Preview)
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Didn’t win? You can preorder a copy by clicking the widget below. Available in print and digital.