Monday, November 29, 2021

BLOG TOUR - Harlequin Series Winter 2021-2022 GLAMOROUS Blog Tour Titles

   


Hiya, Booknerds! I was lucky enough to be selected to be a host for the Harlequin Series Winter 2021 GLAMOROUS Blog TourAs such, I will give you some details about the interesting books as well as their lovely authors. 

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

BACKSTAGE BENEFITS by LaQuette 

Publisher: 
Harlequin Desire
Release Date: November 30, 2021
Genre: Adult Romance
Pages
224

THE STORY:
When show business leads to secret pleasures, how can they resist in this Devereaux Inc. novel by LaQuette.Their daytime partnership sets the night on fire. Who said they can’t have it all? Lyric Smith didn’t become the nation’s most successful lifestyle guru by losing focus. Yet Josiah Manning, daytime television’s hottest—and sexiest—young Black producer makes her do just that. Publicly, Josiah wants Lyric to star in a new talk show. Privately, he’s headlining her sexiest fantasies. But when their explosive chemistry leads to complications instead of contracts, will Lyric find the ultimate partner to help her crush her rivals…or exit stage left alone?
BUY LINKS:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Harlequin.com

EXCERPT:  Amazon 



TALL, DARK AND OFF LIMITS by Shannon McKenna  

Publisher: 
Harlequin Desire
Release Date: December 28, 2021
Genre: Adult Romance
Pages
224

THE STORY:
His job is to protect his best friend’s sister…not seduce her! Don’t miss the conclusion of the Men of Maddox Hill series by New York Times bestselling author Shannon McKenna. When it comes to his best friend’s sister, he’s tempted to be much more than her protector. Assigned to keep an eye on social media darling Ava Maddox, security expert Zack Austin is more than up to the task. After all, she’s like family. But dealing with the dynamic beauty requires every ounce of patience…and sexual control. They’ve been denying their forbidden feelings for way too long and soon professionalism gives way to passion. Zack’s willing to face her overprotective family’s wrath, but is Ava’s talent for finding trouble about to explode in his face?
BUY LINKS:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Harlequin.com

EXCERPT:  Amazon






THE RANCHER'S FORGOTTEN RIVAL by Maisey Yates  

Publisher: 
Harlequin Desire
Release Date: January 25, 2021
Genre: Adult Romance
Pages
224

THE STORY:
When show business leads to secret pleasures, how can they resist in this Devereaux Inc. novel by LaQuette.Their daytime partnership sets the night on fire. Who said they can’t have it all? Lyric Smith didn’t become the nation’s most successful lifestyle guru by losing focus. Yet Josiah Manning, daytime television’s hottest—and sexiest—young Black producer makes her do just that. Publicly, Josiah wants Lyric to star in a new talk show. Privately, he’s headlining her sexiest fantasies. But when their explosive chemistry leads to complications instead of contracts, will Lyric find the ultimate partner to help her crush her rivals…or exit stage left alone?
BUY LINKS:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Harlequin.com

EXCERPT:  Amazon




THE BAD BOY EXPERIMENT by Reese Ryan

Publisher: 
Harlequin Desire
Release Date: December 28, 2021
Genre: Adult Romance
Pages
224

THE STORY:
A steamy fling with an old crush who doesn’t do commitment? What was she thinking! Find out in the conclusion to Reese Ryan’s Bourbon Brothers series. What happens when you say yes to a bad boy? Even if divorcΓ©e Renee Lockwood were willing to give love a second chance, she wouldn’t choose Cole Abbott. The sexy, successful real estate developer doesn’t do commitment. But he’s perfect for a no-strings fling—exactly what Ren needs now that she’s moved back home to raise her son. Mind-blowing pleasure with the man she once crushed on is harder to quit than Ren expected. Impossible, in fact. Is time running out before the bad boy bolts…or will the results of her experiment surprise her? 
BUY LINKS:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Harlequin.com

EXCERPT:  Amazon






THE CHRISTMAS SHE MARRIED THE PLAYBOY by Louise Fuller 

Publisher: 
Harlequin Desire
Release Date: November 30, 2021
Genre: Adult Romance
Pages
224

THE STORY:
Scandal leads to wedding bells in this uplifting, emotional marriage-of-convenience romance by Louise Fuller! The one thing not on her Christmas list? A convenient winter wedding! Louis Albemarle has tried to bury the pain and guilt of his father’s death with his playboy antics. So when a photo of his stolen moment with figure skater Santina Somerville proves one scandal too many for his company’s shareholders, Louis must contemplate the unimaginable: marriage! / Marrying Louis is the only way to save Santa’s pristine image. But after a past betrayal, it’s not the gossip she really fears. It’s the burning attraction between her and Louis that might just make resisting her convenient husband impossible…
BUY LINKS:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Harlequin.com

EXCERPT:  Amazon




STRANDED WITH HER GREEK BILLIONAIRE by Michelle Smart

Publisher: 
Harlequin Desire
Release Date: November 30, 2021
Genre: Adult Romance
Pages
224

THE STORY:
Michelle Smart unravels the mysteries of a Greek marriage in this emotional reunion romance. Keren fled the island of Agon heartbroken, convinced her marriage was over. Now she must return to face her gloriously handsome estranged husband, Yannis, and end things for good. Instead, she finds herself marooned on Agon, and Yannis insists she spends three final days with him first! With nowhere to run from the fierce longing he reawakens, Keren must open her eyes to the whole truth. Not just the tragedy that broke them, but the joy and passion she’s tried—and failed—to forget…
BUY LINKS:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Harlequin.com

EXCERPT:  Amazon

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

BACKSTAGE BENEFITS: An activist for DEIA in the romance industry, LaQuette writes bold stories featuring multicultural characters. Her writing style brings intellect to the drama. She crafts emotionally epic tales that are deeply pigmented by reality's paintbrush. This Brooklyn native's novels are a unique mix of savvy, sarcastic, brazen, & unapologetically sexy characters who are confident in their right to appear on the page. Find her at LaQuette.com & at LaQuette@LaQuette.com.

TALL, DARK AND OFF LIMITS: Shannon McKenna is the NYT bestselling author of seventeen action packed, turbocharged romantic thrillers, among which are the stories of the wildly popular McCloud series and the brand new romantic suspense series, The Obsidian Files. She loves tough and heroic alpha males, heroines with the brains and guts to match them, villains who challenge them to their utmost, adventure, scorching sensuality, and most of all, the redemptive power of true love. Since she was small she has loved abandoning herself to the magic of a good book, and her fond childhood fantasy was that writing would be just like that, but with the added benefit of being able to take credit for the story at the end. Alas, the alchemy of writing turned out to be messier than she'd ever dreamed. But what the hell, she loves it anyway, and hopes that readers enjoy the results of her alchemical experiments. 

THE RANCHER'S FORGOTTEN RIVAL: Maisey Yates is a New York Times bestselling author of over one hundred romance novels. Whether she's writing strong, hard working cowboys, dissolute princes or multigenerational family stories, she loves getting lost in fictional worlds. An avid knitter with a dangerous yarn addiction and an aversion to housework, Maisey lives with her husband and three kids in rural Oregon. Check out her website, maiseyyates.com or find her on Facebook.

THE BAD BOY EXPERIMENT : Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary romance featuring a diverse cast of complex characters. She presents her characters with family and career drama, challenging love interests and life-changing secrets while treating readers to emotional love stories with unexpected twists. Past president of her local RWA chapter and a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Reese is an advocate of the romance genre and diversity in fiction. Visit her online at ReeseRyan.com.

THE CHRISTMAS SHE MARRIED THE PLAYBOY : Louise Fuller was a tomboy who hated pink and always wanted to be the prince. Not the princess! Now she enjoys creating heroines who aren’t pretty pushovers but strong, believable women. Before writing for Mills and Boon, she studied literature and philosophy at university and then worked as a reporter on her local newspaper. She lives in Tunbridge Wells with her impossibly handsome husband, Patrick and their six children.

STRANDED WITH HER GREEK BILLIONAIRE: Michelle Smart is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author with a slight-to-severe coffee addiction. A book worm since birth, Michelle can usually be found hiding behind a paperback, or if it’s an author she really loves, a hardback. Michelle lives in rural Northamptonshire in England with her husband and two young Smarties. When not reading or pretending to do the housework she loves nothing more than creating worlds of her own. Preferably with lots of coffee on tap. www.michelle-smart.com.

Happy Reading!

Monday, November 8, 2021

Review: A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout


*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Publisher:
 Blue Box Press
Release Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 647
Source: Paperback 

THE STORY:

Born shrouded in the veil of the Primals, a Maiden as the Fates promised, Seraphena Mierel’s future has never been hers. Chosen before birth to uphold the desperate deal her ancestor struck to save his people, Sera must leave behind her life and offer herself to the Primal of Death as his Consort.   

However, Sera’s real destiny is the most closely guarded secret in all of Lasania—she’s not the well protected Maiden but an assassin with one mission—one target. Make the Primal of Death fall in love, become his weakness, and then…end him. If she fails, she dooms her kingdom to a slow demise at the hands of the Rot. 

Sera has always known what she is. Chosen. Consort. Assassin. Weapon. A specter never fully formed yet drenched in blood. A monster. Until him. Until the Primal of Death’s unexpected words and deeds chase away the darkness gathering inside her. And his seductive touch ignites a passion she’s never allowed herself to feel and cannot feel for him. But Sera has never had a choice. Either way, her life is forfeit—it always has been, as she has been forever touched by Life and Death.
BUY LINKS: Goodreads


RATING:

ONE-WORD REVIEWADDICTIVE

OPENING LINE:

"You will not disappoint us today, Sera."



REVIEW:

#DaddyNyktos

That's it.

That's my entire review.

“𝐼 π“Œπ’Άπ“ƒπ“‰ π“‰π‘œ π“€π’Ύπ“ˆπ“ˆ π“Žπ‘œπ“Š, 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓃 π“‰π’½π‘œπ“Šπ‘”π’½ 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇𝑒 π’Ύπ“ˆ π“ƒπ‘œ π“‡π‘’π’Άπ“ˆπ‘œπ“ƒ π’»π‘œπ“‡ 𝓂𝑒 π“‰π‘œ π‘œπ“‰π’½π‘’π“‡ 𝓉𝒽𝒢𝓃 𝐼 π“Œπ’Άπ“ƒπ“‰ 𝒾𝓉.” 𝒯𝒽𝑒 𝒽𝑒𝒢𝓉𝑒𝒹 π’Ύπ“ƒπ“‰π‘’π“ƒπ“ˆπ’Ύπ“‰π“Ž π‘œπ’» π’½π’Ύπ“ˆ π“ˆπ“‰π’Άπ“‡π‘’ 𝒽𝑒𝓁𝒹 𝓂𝒾𝓃𝑒. “𝐼 π“Œπ‘œπ“Šπ“π’Ή 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓃 π‘”π‘œ π’Άπ“ˆ 𝒻𝒢𝓇 π’Άπ“ˆ π“‰π‘œ π“ˆπ’Άπ“Ž 𝐼 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 π“‰π‘œ.”

All jokes aside, A SHADOW IN THE EMBER was an utterly delicious experience. Yes, it was an experience. I loved reading about Poppy's grandparents and how their love story set things in motion for her and the kingdoms of FROM BLOOD AND ASH so many years later. I thought it was so cute to read Sera and Nyktos and think "Oh that's who Poppy gets that trait from."

“𝐼 π“Œπ’Άπ“ˆπ“ƒ’𝓉 π“ˆπ“Šπ“‡π‘’ π’½π‘œπ“Œ π‘œπ“ƒπ‘’ π’Έπ‘œπ“Šπ“π’Ή π“ˆπ‘’π’Ήπ“Šπ’Έπ‘’ π’Άπ“ƒπ‘œπ“‰π’½π‘’π“‡ π’Ύπ“ƒπ“‰π‘œ 𝒻𝒢𝓁𝓁𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒾𝓃 π“π‘œπ“‹π‘’ π“Œπ’Ύπ“‰π’½ 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓂 𝒢𝒻𝓉𝑒𝓇 π“ˆπ“‰π’Άπ’·π’·π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘” 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓂 𝒾𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 π’Έπ’½π‘’π“ˆπ“‰.”

We know how Sera and Nyktos’ story ends, so to speak, and yet it was still a wild ride. And don’t get me started on the DRAGONS!

As for the cast of characters: there are many! A SHADOW IN THE EMBER has a wide range of characters. Some you’ll love and a few you will hate. *Hint hint*: Sera’s mother. The treachery. And that’s all I will say about that.

“𝐻𝑒 π“Œπ’Άπ“ˆ 𝓁𝒾𝓀𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒 π’·π“‡π’Ύπ‘”π’½π“‰π‘’π“ˆπ“‰ π“ˆπ“‰π’Άπ“‡ 𝒢𝓃𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝑒 π’Ήπ‘’π‘’π“…π‘’π“ˆπ“‰ 𝓃𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 π“ˆπ“€π“Ž 𝑔𝒾𝓋𝑒𝓃 π“‚π‘œπ“‡π“‰π’Άπ“ π’»π‘œπ“‡π“‚. π’œπ“ƒπ’Ή 𝒽𝑒 π“Œπ’Άπ“ˆ π“Šπ“‰π“‰π‘’π“‡π“π“Ž π’·π‘’π’Άπ“Šπ“‰π’Ύπ’»π“Šπ“ 𝒾𝓃 π“‰π’½π’Ύπ“ˆ π’»π‘œπ“‡π“‚, π“Œπ’½π‘œπ“π“π“Ž π“‰π‘’π“‡π“‡π’Ύπ’»π“Žπ’Ύπ“ƒπ‘”.”

Highly recommend A SHADOW IN THE EMBER! The entire series is chef’s kiss.


CHARACTERS:

SERAPHENA MIEREL: Sera was much like Poppy's character--or rather the other way around. She was a kind, outspoken badass who was, unfortunately, underloved and appreciated.

“𝐼 π“€π“ƒπ‘œπ“Œ π“Œπ’½π’Άπ“‰ 𝐼 𝒢𝓂. 𝐼’𝓋𝑒 π’Άπ“π“Œπ’Άπ“Žπ“ˆ π“€π“ƒπ‘œπ“Œπ“ƒ. 𝐼 𝒢𝓂 π‘œπ“ƒπ‘’ π‘œπ’» 𝓉𝒽𝑒 π“Œπ‘œπ“‡π“ˆπ‘’ π“ˆπ‘œπ“‡π“‰. π’œ π“‚π‘œπ“ƒπ“ˆπ“‰π‘’π“‡ … π΅π“Šπ“‰ π’Ήπ‘œπ“ƒ’𝓉 π“Žπ‘œπ“Š 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇 𝓉𝑒𝓁𝓁 𝓂𝑒 π’½π‘œπ“Œ 𝐼 𝒻𝑒𝑒𝓁.”

NYKTOS: When I tell you I would've crumbled like a dry cookie left out in the sun upon meeting Nyktos, I'm not exaggerating. Self-control? I have none. Second thoughts? What is that?

“π’΄π‘œπ“Š π“ˆπ’½π‘œπ“Šπ“π’Ή’𝓋𝑒 π“‰π’½π‘œπ“Šπ‘”π’½π“‰ π’Άπ’·π‘œπ“Šπ“‰ 𝓉𝒽𝒢𝓉 π’·π‘’π’»π‘œπ“‡π‘’ π“Žπ‘œπ“Š 𝓅𝒾𝒸𝓀𝑒𝒹 π“Šπ“… 𝓉𝒽𝒢𝓉 π“Œπ’½π’Ύπ“…,” 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒫𝓇𝒾𝓂𝒢𝓁 π‘”π“‡π‘œπ“Œπ“π‘’π’Ή. “π’œπ“ƒπ’Ή π“‰π‘œπ“Šπ’Έπ’½π‘’π’Ή π“Œπ’½π’Άπ“‰ π’Ύπ“ˆ 𝓂𝒾𝓃𝑒.” 𝒲𝒽𝒢𝓉 π’Ύπ“ˆ 𝓂𝒾𝓃𝑒? π’œπ“ƒπ‘œπ“‰π’½π‘’π“‡ π“π’Άπ“Šπ‘”π’½ 𝓉𝒾𝒸𝓀𝓁𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒷𝒢𝒸𝓀 π‘œπ’» π“‚π“Ž π“‰π’½π“‡π‘œπ’Άπ“‰. π’©π‘œπ“Œ 𝒽𝑒 𝒸𝓁𝒢𝒾𝓂𝑒𝒹 𝓂𝑒?”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES, # 1 International, and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. She also writes under the name J. Lynn. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Border Jack Apollo, and a slew of farm animals that include alpacas, goats, and sheep.

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