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Blog Tour with Review – Masked by J.D. Wright

Blog Tour with Review – Masked by J.D. WrightMasked by J.D. Wright
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Published by Limitless Publishing on August 15th 2017
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 217
Source: YA Bound Book Tours

I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Vada’s To-Do List:


- Turn 18 (check!)- Register super name- Order supersuit- Attend superhero indoctrination- Graduate high school- Start kicking criminal tail

Vada Lawson can’t wait to be a superhero. Born into a family with special powers, she’s been training to fight criminals and villains her whole life. But her indoctrination into the underground super community is derailed when normals start breaking out in superpowers themselves.

Not trained to control their new abilities, the normals are frightened and vulnerable. Then their mutilated corpses begin turning up all over town. What the heck?

Somehow, with the help—and hindrance—of an annoying newly-minted super named Orion, Vada has to stop the chaos before it destroys her and everything she holds dear…and ruins her superhero debut.


No one ever said that being a superhero was easy…

Vada Lawson is counting down the days to her birthday when she gets to register as a superhero. She can’t wait to start fighting crime like her parents. What she doesn’t expect is for normals to start getting super hero powers. They didn’t grow up being trained as a superhero as Vada did. Vada works hard with her agent to find out who is behind the drug that is causing the problems.

In an Oyster Shell – An exciting story about super heroes that is creative and has me waiting for the next installment.

The Pearls – This book has me excited for the new sprouting of superhero stories. It’s creative with a lot of action. Everything you would expect involving super heroes. I like how they normalized the superhero in the book. It made the story believable.

I liked Vada as a character. I liked that she was a senior in High school counting down the days to fighting crime. She was a vivid character. I liked her agent who was a tech guy with special powers for creating gadgets. I loved the contrast of Vada with the superhero who started out as a normal. It was fun to see one superhero who has trained all her life, and the other who stumbled upon his powers.

The contrast of heroes and villains was distinct and therefore made the story distinguished. It was refreshingly different from anything I have read. I am exposed to superheroes in comics but not so much in stories. It was fun to read, and I can’t wait for the next book. There are lots of questions that need to be answered.

The Sand –  It was a good book.

4 pearls!

Blog Tour Schedule –

August 28th

The Avid Reader      http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com      Promo Post

YA & NA Bookshelf       https://www.yanabookshelf.com      Review

Million Book Mill      http://www.millionbookmill.blogspot.com   Review

Never Too Many To Read      www.never2many2read.blogspot.com       Review

Adventures thru Wonderland    http://adventuresthruwonderland.blogspot.com/     Promo Post

August 29th

Jill Jemmett     http://JillJemmett.com    Review

I Read Indie        http://twimom101bookblog.blogspot.com/    Promo Post

The Page Unbound     www.thepageunbound.com      Review

Wishful Endings     http://www.wishfulendings.com     Promo Post

Bibliobibuli YA    http://bibliobibuliya.com/   Promo Post

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August 30th

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Haddie’s Haven https://haddieshaven.blogspot.com      Review

Mikayla’s Bookshelf    www.mikaylasbookshelf.blogspot.com     Review

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the bookworm chronicles            http://muretbookworm.wordpress.com              Promo Post

Words I Write Crazy        https://writingcrazyme.blogspot.com/ Review

August 31st

Woke    https://www.jessicalucci.org/blog      Promo Post

To Be Read      www.tobereadsite.com.au      Review

A New Look On Books   http://anewlookonbooks.wordpress.com   Promo Post

CBY Book Club   http://cbybookclub.blogspot.com/     Promo Post

Smada’s Book Smack    http://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/    Review

Zili in the Sky    http://www.ziliinthesky.com     Review

September 1st

The Phantom Paragrapher   www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com    Review

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Lifestyle & Lit     www.lifestyleandliterature.wordpress.com     Promo Post

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Writing Pearls    http://www.writingpearls.com      Review

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4 Stars

About J.D. Wright

J.D. Wright is a military wife, mother of four, and author of paranormal and fantasy romance books filled with strong-willed heroines, swoon-worthy heroes, and sprinkled with humor and adventure. J.D. creates artistry in many ways, as a baker and cake artist by day and author by night. You can usually find her typing away at the computer or covered in frosting. Since discovering she has a knack for writing, J.D. has so far written and self-published eight books of the Everealm and Songs of Everealm Series and is now venturing into the world of paranormal with her new superhero-themed series. She is an avid reader and lover of all things romance so she always includes a good love story in her paranormal and fantasy novels.

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Blog Tour with Review – Adeline by Christina McKnightAdeline by Christina McKnight, Amanda Mariel
Published by La Loma Elite Publishing on August 29, 2017
Genres: Regency, Romance
Pages: 239
Source: Barclay Publicity

I received this book for free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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A love of archery brings four young girls together to form The Lady Archer’s Creed. Through their mutual love of the sport, they solidify an unbreakable bond, and each woman has a unique quality that adds to their dynamic friendship:

Theodora, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book One) Lady Theodora with her sharp mind and love of academics becomes the perfect archery coach. Despite being the last to join their group, and the obvious outcast, she will risk her future for her friends.

Georgina, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Two) Lady Georgina makes the perfect financier. The forgotten daughter of a wealthy duke, she seeks to belong to something—or someone—by any means necessary.

Adeline, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Three) Miss Adeline is a natural leader. Having grown up in a large and often spirited family, she now allows no one to place her in the shadows.

Josephine, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Four) Lady Josephine, having a sweet and impressionable nature, strives to please everyone—and keep their bond intact, even after they return to London for the Season.

Adeline, Georgie, Theo, and Josie live each day by the Lady Archer’s Creed, which they developed during their school days at Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality. “Friendship, loyalty, and honor above all” is their mantra. Now, as they face the challenges that come with adulthood, the creed is more important than ever.

Adeline is dropping her sisters off at Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality. This is the same school that she went to where she met the ladies of the Archer’s Creed. On her way back from the school her carriage breaks down in a storm.  Jasper Benedict finds her and graciously invites her into his home. He is not used to being around people given that he has scars from a fire that killed his family. Adeline gets a taste of Jasper’s world and can see the man he is beyond the scars. Jasper wants to be an ordinary man so he can be the one that courts Adeline. He does not think he is what the beautiful lady needs, so he keeps his distance. Adeline tries to overcome his reservations.

In an Oyster Shell – This is the book that has me signing up for everything Christina Mcknight.

The Pearls – The series is original. It’s about a group of lady archers in the regency period. Their skill level is unheard of in the Ton. They defy society’s expectations, and I like that. I have read a couple of books in the series, and each one is a member of the Archer’s creed. Following each story is fun. I especially liked this story with Adeline.

Adeline was a character of great strength. She had all the decorum of a lady of the Ton but had a streak of rebelliousness that made her refreshing. Jasper was a bit of an elusive character at first but grows into someone that you want to cheer for. I liked seeing characters that I got to know in the other books. It is fun to see their story continue through the lens of the main character.

The setting starting in Jasper’s estate was nice. That is what I like most about this author’s stories. She takes care of details of settings and such that make you feel like you are right there in the story. When the story moves to London, you get the feel of how it is in Regency times. It transports the reader.

The Sand – It was a good book

4 Pearls!

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Aug 28th

I Love Romance – Review

Life at 17 – Review

The Sassy Book Lover – Review

The Reading Café – Review

My Book Addiction and More – Review

cuz I’m a nerd – Review

KeyReadThat – Spotlight

Lovinghotbooks – Spotlight

Once Upon a Book Blog – Spotlight

Romance Reviews Today Blog – Spotlight

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Spotlight

Yearwood La Novela – Spotlight

 

Aug 29th

Splashes Into Books – Review

Silvatrend8553’s Book Blog – Review

Paulette’s Papers – Spotlight

RoloPoloBookBlog – Spotlight

Cathy’s World – Spotlight

Ebook Indulgence – Spotlight

LadyTechie’s Book Musings – Spotlight

Naughty Mom Story Time – Spotlight

Port Jericho – Spotlight

TBR Book Blog – Spotlight

The Voluptuous Book Diva – Spotlight

OMGreads – Spotlight

 

Aug 30th

Writing Pearls – Review

Book Loving Pixies – Spotlight

A small girl, her man and her books – Spotlight

Cat’s Guilty Pleasure – Spotlight

Fiona Reads and FoodSpots – Spotlight

Lisa Book Blog @ LEL – Spotlight

nikkis book nook – Spotlight

Quite The Novel Idea – Spotlight

The Avid Reader – Spotlight

The World As I See It – Spotlight

 

Aug 31st

Njkinny’s World of Books & Stuff (NWoBS) – Review

Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog – Spotlight

What Is That Book About – Spotlight

Evermore Books – Spotlight

Celticlady’s Reviews – Spotlight

For Love of Books4 – Spotlight

Lisa Loves Books – Spotlight

Not Enough Tomes – Spotlight

Reese’s Review – Spotlight

The Lovely Teacher Addictions – Spotlight

Those Crazy Book Chicks – Spotlight

 

Sept 1st

The Librarian’s Corner – Review

Twinsie Talk – Review

Kimmie Sue’s book review and more – Review

Books,Dreams,Life – Spotlight

CristiinaReads – Spotlight

I libri: il mio passato, il mio presente e il mio future – Spotlight

Lover of Big Books Cannot Lie – Spotlight

Romance Book Review For You – Spotlight

The Power of Three Readers – Spotlight

We All Make Mistakes in Books – Spotlight

4 Stars

About Christina McKnight

Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. Currently, she focuses on Historical Romance.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

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ARC Review – Asking For Truffle by Dorothy St. JamesAsking for Truffle by Dorothy St. James
Published by Crooked Lane Books on September 12th 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley

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When Charity Penn receives a letter saying she won a trip to Camellia Beach, South Carolina complete with free cooking lessons at the town's seaside chocolate shop, The Chocolate Box, she's immediately skeptical. She never entered any contest. Her former prep school friend offers to look into the phony prize--only to end up drowned in a vat of chocolate. Struck with guilt, Penn heads to the southern beach town to investigate why he was killed. But as wary as she is of the locals, she finds herself lured into their eccentric vibe, letting her defenses melt away and even learning the art of crafting delicious chocolates. That is, until delight turns bittersweet as she steps straight into the midst of a deadly plot to destroy the seaside town. Now, only Penn's quick thinking and a mysterious cask of rare chocolate can save the town she's learning to love. Rich and decadent, Asking for Truffle, the first in a new cozy series by Dorothy St. James, is sure to be a delectable read for fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke.

Charity Penn wins a trip for free cooking lessons in Camellia Beach, South Carolina. The problem is she never signed up for anything. Her friend goes and checks it out for her and ends up dead. Penn goes to figure out what happened to her friend. She is met with some resistance as it seems someone is out to kill her too. She takes her free cooking lessons and falls in love with the Chocolate Box. Surprisingly she inherits the Chocolate Box. She wants to know why and what it has to do with her friend’s death.

In an Oyster Shell – A near perfect book that made for an amazing cozy. I can’t wait for the rest of the series!

The Pearls – I love that it was set in a small town. It was quirky and made you feel like you were there. The town was full of eccentric characters that did not take too kindly to outsiders. After Penn inherits the Chocolate box when she keeps it open they take her in as one of their own. It’s really sweet and my favorite type of setting.

I liked the characters there were a lot of them but not too much. I liked the owner of the Chocolate Box she was interested in Penn and very passionate about chocolate. I like that the author made her an empathetic character. She even gave back to the village she got her chocolate beans from. Penn was a great character. She had a dog given to her by her ex who needed training but added a nice element to the narrative.

The mystery was intriguing. There were lots of layers to the mystery. I couldn’t figure out who did it. I like when the author keeps me guessing.

The Sand – I don’t know when the next book is coming out! I need it like now!

5 Pearls!

5 Stars

About Dorothy St. James

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, tiny little dog and fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.

Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn’t as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.

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Hi, Everyone! It’s been a long time. I’ve just been focusing on getting reviews out and neglecting our little chats. I will work on getting better out it. Blogging is all about balance, and I am a little out of whack. Will get on that.

Today I am drinking a fresh roasted Mexican coffee. What are you drinking?

I’ve been hit up for a few reviews lately that have the unusual subject matter of superheroes. I am super excited for that. It might become a trend to do superhero novels, and I have to say I’m onboard. I have a couple of books coming up on the blog I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

I am not a comic book fan. Graphic novels and such are not my thing. I don’t want the visual; I want to imagine it up myself. This is why I think having superhero novels is so great. You get all the fun action that you expect from a comic in a story, but you are free to imagine your images.

I have most recently read Masked by J.D. Wright. It had the fun heroine with a superhero name. She even made up her costume! It was entertaining! It had a lot of action and was fast paced. Everything you probably get from a comic. Without being inundated with images.

I am excited for this new to me trend. I hope it continues and there are more superhero stories to revel in.

What’s a superhero novel you can suggest?

 

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Review – CONduct Box Series by Jennifer Lane

Review – CONduct Box Series by Jennifer LaneThe CONduct Series Box Set by Jennifer Lane
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Published by Omnific Publishing on August 18th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Source: Purchased Amazon
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Box Set of the The CONduct Series by Jennifer Lane, including With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior.

With Good Behavior

In a world gripped by organized crime, family dysfunction, and dim hopes of redemption, can true love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a beautiful psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a handsome naval officer who sacrificed everything to protect a loved one, finding that love may carry an unbearable cost.

Starting their lives over in Chicago, both are fighting influences from their family and running as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside the parole officer's door, the attraction is instantaneous. But a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both.

Bad Behavior

Grant Madsen’s got issues. He’s still battling his Mafia family and doing everything possible to keep his loved ones safe. With the cruising season coming to an end, he has to find another job soon or he’ll rejoin his father in prison. And he’s trying to convince his rebellious teenage nephew to stay away from their criminal relatives (you can imagine how that’s going). But worst of all, Grant’s parole officer has mandated that he attend therapy.

The only saving grace is that they’re couples sessions with his girlfriend, Sophie Taylor, a fellow parolee who’s struggling with a few issues of her own. Sophie desperately hopes her past with Grant’s brother won’t destroy her future with him. There’s a sleazy professor at work who revels in sexually harassing women in the psychology department. And her father still hates Grant.

Their psychologist has his work cut out for him.

When Grant’s ruthless father hints at a plot to get out of prison, Grant must use everything he’s learned in therapy and beyond to try to stop him. It’s a race against time -- and a race to rescue Sophie from the Mafia’s clutches once again. But this time McSailor and Bonnie refuse to play victims. This time the cuffs are coming off.

On Best Behavior

Planning a wedding is never easy—especially when the Russian Mafia wants you dead.

On Best Behavior—the third and final book in The Conduct Series—finds our favorite couple moving forward, despite the odds. Following a pardon by the Governor of Illinois, ex-cons Sophie Taylor and Grant Madsen are finally free to pursue their love and the life that lies ahead for them. Grant now fights the forces that have hurt his loved ones by working undercover for the FBI, and he has infiltrated the Russian Mafia in Chicago. Sophie dives into swimming with Grant’s nephew, Ben, and into her career as a psychology professor. Thankfully, now it’s Ben’s turn to heal through therapy sessions with Dr. Hunter Hayes.

With so many things going right for Grant and Sophie, it's too bad the Russians aren’t their only threat. When Grant’s father, Enzo Barberi, discovers his own son thwarted his plan to break out of prison, his overdeveloped sense of vengeance flares to life. As Sophie scrambles to save her fiancé, it's impossible to say who will kill Grant first—the Russians or his Italian family. Can love triumph over evil? Are hard work and a pledge to be on best behavior ever enough?

Once again, author Jennifer Lane brings a harrowing tale of romantic suspense with a psychological twist, and it's sure to leave readers breathless.

Sophie Taylor and Grant Madsen are fighting to get their lives together after prison. They find love in the most unexpected of places outside their parole officer’s office. In this series, they navigate life together after losing everything. They have to fight their past, and the mafia family that Grant is related to and Sophie is intertwined in. It’s a dangerous fight, but if they find freedom at the end of it, it makes it all worth it.

In an Oyster Shell – This is an impressive series. The author can keep the narrative interesting to the point I read all three books.

The Pearls – I liked that the author kept me interested for three books. I am glad she carried Sophie and Grant’s story over all the books. It did not feel over done each book was interesting and had a different focus.

I thought the idea of Con’s as the main characters were interesting. It could be a little frustrating sometimes the thought that basically, innocent people had to suffer. They kept running into trouble as they were both connected to the Barberi, crime family. It kept things interesting, but as the reader I just wanted Grant and Sophie to be free. It took three books to get there.

The characters were well done. I loved Uncle Joe he was a positive influence over Grant. Joe was an active character that added a nice depth to the story. The ship captain who gave the con’s chance was funny and grew through out the series. The main characters were flawed, but that made them believable. They work through their problems and as a reader you get to witness their tremendous growth.

The romance was simple. Grant and Sophie loved each other right from the beginning. The circumstances surrounding their romance made things complicated and therefore kept my interest.

The Sand – There were POV changes that messed with the flow a bit.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Jennifer Lane

Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer. She can’t decide which is more fun.

Jen loves to create sporty heroines and hot heroes in her college sport romances. Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez finds her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in the Blocked series, it’s her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. Spiked (Blocked #3) features Lucia’s younger brother, Mateo, and completes the series.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen writes swimming-based romances as well: Streamline, a military mystery, and the New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic-suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Her current project is a psychological thriller, Twin Sacrifice.

Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and visiting her sisters in Chicago and Hilton Head.

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Review – The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

Review – The Big F by Maggie Ann MartinThe Big F by Maggie Ann Martin
Published by Swoon Reads on August 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley

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Danielle effed up. Big time.

Danielle's plans for the future were pretty easy to figure out... until she failed senior English and her single college application was denied. Suddenly she's in hot water with very few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a semi-famous "college psychic"?!

Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her hometown community college with a plan: pass her English class and get back into Ohio State and her mother's good graces. Romance isn't on her radar... until she reconnects with her childhood crush and golden-boy-next-door, Luke.

Between family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can't help but feel a little overwhelmed. Thankfully she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.

One thing's for sure: This time, failure's not an option.

Danielle had big plans to go to Ohio state, she even had the toilet cover seat! When she fails her senior English class Ohio State revokes her acceptance. Danielle doesn’t have a plan b until she decides to make up the class at community college. She gets a job at a bookstore where she meets the smirking Porter. She gets back in touch with childhood crush Luke who happens to be Porter’s roommate. Perhaps going to community college won’t be so bad after all.

In an Oyster Shell – The narrative is a bit dry and hard to get into at first, it ends really well.

The Pearls – I just love the title. The Big F it is so ominous. It reminded me of the Scarlett Letter. The cover with the big F on it helped to add to that reminder. The cover, title, and description is what drew me into this book. I am glad that I read it.

The romance was not typical. Danielle ends up with her childhood crush Luke. His roommate and her co-worker seem to be a better boyfriend to her even though they are not dating. It’s not really a love triangle which is nice. It is just a juxtaposition of two guys that Danielle happens to be interacting with.

Danielle was an okay heroine. She didn’t jump off the pages for me. Her best friend Zoe, however, was really fun and stole the show. She was vibrant and the greatest best friend a girl could ask for.  Zoe really jazzed up the narrative.

The Sand –  The narrative was a little dull. It wasn’t exciting so it took me a while to get through it. I do like how it ended.

3.5 Pearls

3.5 Stars

About Maggie Ann Martin

Maggie Ann Martin hails from Iowa City, Iowa but moonlights as a New Yorker. She has a shiny new BA in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa, the most welcoming literary community in the world. When she is not writing, you can find her binge watching TV shows or passionately fangirling over fictional characters on the Internet. The Big F is her debut novel.

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Review – With Good Behavior by Jennifer Lane

Review – With Good Behavior by Jennifer LaneWith Good Behavior by Jennifer Lane
Published by Omnific Publishing on August 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 223

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Re-Release in 2017! We have re-edited With Good Behavior (Conduct #1), book one of a complete romantic suspense trilogy.

In the midst of organized crime and dim hopes of redemption, can love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a naval officer who sacrificed himself to protect his uncle, finding that love seems unlikely.

As they start their lives over in Chicago, both fight family influences and run as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside their parole officer’s door, attraction sparks. Too bad a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both.

Sophie Taylor is out on parole after an ethical violation that got her involved with a member of the mafia. Grant Madsen is also out on parole a former naval officer who is involved with the same family. Grant is actually related to the crime family being the son of Enzo Barberi. When Grant and Sophie meet at their parole officer’s office they are none the wiser to their connection. They fall in love and it couldn’t get more complicated when they find out Grant’s brother is the reason they both went to prison.

In an Oyster Shell –  It was slow going at first but it got compelling by the end.

The Pearls – Having two convicts who come together in a relationship is interesting. It just so happens that they are both law abiding citizens they just got involved in the wrong crime family. That they meet by chance but their lives are interwoven with their connection to the same crime family is riveting.

The characters are diverse and well-developed. I like the main characters they are distinctive in the things that define them. Grant is a previous naval officer and Sophie is a therapist. Though they lost their professions because they are convicts it still very much defines who they are. The supporting characters like the boat captain that gives them a job and the parole officer, they give sophistication to the story.

The romance is sweet. It’s a little quick but heartwarming all the same. Sophie and Grant hit it off immediately. It’s like them against the world. They relate to each other really well-being convicts seeking to do better. It’s a really sweet romance with a side of steam.

The Sand –  The pacing was slow making it hard to engage with the book for a good portion of it. It gets better towards the end and made me want to continue with the whole series.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars

About Jennifer Lane

Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer. She can’t decide which is more fun.

Jen loves to create sporty heroines and hot heroes in her college sport romances. Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez finds her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in the Blocked series, it’s her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. Spiked (Blocked #3) features Lucia’s younger brother, Mateo, and completes the series.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen writes swimming-based romances as well: Streamline, a military mystery, and the New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic-suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Her current project is a psychological thriller, Twin Sacrifice.

Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and visiting her sisters in Chicago and Hilton Head.

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Blog Tour with Review – Rowan Wood Legends by Olivia WildensteinRowan Wood Legends by Olivia Wildenstein
Series: The Lost Clan #2
Published by CreateSpace on August 14th 2017
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 294
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SOME LEGENDS ARE BETTER LEFT UNTOLD.

I wasn’t the sort of girl who believed in fairytales, let alone tales about faeries. But that changed the day Faeries came to my small town and Hunters rose from their graves.

On that fateful day, I received a book, a peculiar collection of myths and legends. Turns out it was so much more than stories. And just as I was on the verge of unlocking its secrets, it was stolen from me by someone I called a friend.

Now, I don’t know whom I can turn to, whom I can trust. All I know is that there are two sides, and I am straddling the great divide because I am both Faerie and Hunter. And although I swore I would never choose, I am slowly falling for one of those sides…


Fans of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series will adore Wildenstein's Lost Clan series.

In an Oyster Shell – Another thrilling installment of The Lost Clan series.

The Pearls – I like the epic conflict between fairies and hunters. The main character is caught in the middle. This makes for all sorts of exciting circumstances. Its almost like the conflict you find in the Twilight series except you’re dealing with fairies and hunters rather than the vampires and werewolves.

The idea of fairies is a concept that draws me in. I like the story that is told about these fairies. It’s interesting the hunters are there to keep them in line. The history between hunters and fairies is interesting.

There is a little bit of a love triangle which adds to the before mentioned conflict. The end result is unexpected and thrilling. I like the two love interests. Though one is more interested in the main character than she is in him.

The characters are distinctive and add a lot of depth to the narrative. The main character is strong enough to stand up to the trails the author throws at her. The supporting characters add an interesting perspective to the story. It’s intriguing that the main character has to balance her life between normal and the paranormal. It makes the book worth reading.

The Sand –  It was a good book.

4 Pearls!

 

Blog Tour Schedule –

August 14th

A Weebish Book Blog     http://aweebishbookblog.wordpress.com   Review

Am Kinda Busy Reading http://www.amkindabusy.com   Review

Angelic Book Reviews    http://angelic-reviews.blogspot.ca    Review

The Avid Reader    http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com      Promo Post

Twisted Book Junkie    http://twistedbookjunkie.weebly.com     Review

August 15th

Omg Books and More Books   http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot.com    Review

The Thought Spot     https://hugsandkissesforbooks.com/    Review

August 16th

Book Huntress’ World    https://bookhuntressworld.wordpress.com/     Review

Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog  http://uptildawnbookblog.blogspot.com    Review

Haddie’s Haven https://haddieshaven.blogspot.com      Review

Le Petit Photograph    https://lepetitphotograph.com     Review

August 17th

the Blacksheep Reader http://theblacksheepreader.blogspot.com/     Review

Lukten av Trykksverte   https://luktenavtrykksverte.blogspot.no/      Review

Reading To Unwind    https://readingtounwind.blogspot.com/       Review

Desert Rose Reviews     http://desertrosereviews.blogspot.com     Promo Post

A New Look On Books   http://anewlookonbooks.wordpress.com     Review

Book Butterfly in Dreamland    www.purpleshadowhunter.blohspot.com     Review

The Rest Is Still Unwritten    http://rachybee-the-rest-is-still-unwritten.blogspot.com.au/    Review

August 18th

Reading List   http://www.marissawrites.com    Review

Reading for the Stars and Moon  http://readingforthestarsmoon.blogspot.com/     Review

CBY Book Club   http://cbybookclub.blogspot.com/    Promo Post

Smada’s Book Smack    Http://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com     Review

The Phantom Paragrapher    www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com    Review

Writing Pearls    http://www.writingpearls.com    Review

4 Stars

About Olivia Wildenstein

Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.

When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children’s school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).

Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she’s an active member of the writing community.

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Blog Tour with Review – Dream Frequency by S.J. LomasDream Frequency by S.J. Lomas
Published by 8N Publishing on June 30th 2017
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 413

I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Christine would never have considered herself new recruit material for a secret U.S. agency. Until recently, she's just been an ordinary girl graduating from high school and wondering if a friendship with Gabriel, a mysterious coworker, would grow into something romantic. When Christine's fascination with Gabriel leads to her discovery of dreamworlds, she learns that she's anything but ordinary. In this thrilling conclusion to Dream Girl, Christine and Gabriel must choose their allegiances and face corruption, conspiracy, and the complexities of love in order to save themselves and everyone who matters to them - or die trying.

In an Oyster Shell –  It was an ingenious story with great writing craft to tell a fanciful story.

The Pearls – 

I liked the first book, so I was eager to read the second book. The second book does not disappoint! The idea of a dream world that the characters can influence is a good one. The concept was well conceived and well executed.

The characters developed nicely. They pressed forward despite the constant conflict they encountered. Gabriel was an underdog character that rises to the occasion.

The romance was a surprising subplot through the story. It was surprising because it concluded in an unexpected way. I liked that the author put a twist in the amor side of things. It was very refreshing.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4.5 Pearls!

Blog Tour Schedule –

August 14th

The Cover Contessa    http://www.thecovercontessa.com    Promo Post

Mythical Books http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/    Promo Post

A New Look On Books   http://anewlookonbooks.wordpress.com     Promo Post

CBY Book Club   http://cbybookclub.blogspot.com/    Promo Post

August 15th

Nitty Gritty Romance     https://cathrinegoldstein.wordpress.com/   Promo Post

Slick Writing Corner    www.tabislick.com     Promo Post

Writing Pearls    http://www.writingpearls.com     Review

The Avid Reader      http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com    Promo Post

August 16th

Shh, I am Reading    https://shhiamreading.wordpress.com/    Promo Post

YA & NA Bookshelf     www.yanabookshelf.com     Review

the bookworm chronicles     http://muretbookworm.wordpress.com    Promo Post

Just Us Book Blog    http://justusbookblog.blogspot.com/    Promo Post

August 17th

Never Too Many To Read   www.never2many2read.blogspot.com     Review

What Is That Book About     www.whatisthatbookabout.com   Promo Post

Jena Baxter’s Bookworms     https://jbbookworms.blogspot.com/     Promo Post

Bibliobibuli YA    http://bibliobibuliya.com/    Promo Post

August 18th

Abooktropolis   www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za    Review

Lori’s Little House of Reviews    http://lorimurray.booklikes.com/    Review
Desert Rose Reviews    http://desertrosereviews.blogspot.com    Promo Post

About S.J. Lomas

S.J. is a cheerful Michigan girl who writes strange and somewhat dark stories for young adults and those who love to read YA literature.

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Giveaway- Clear Your Shelf!

Thanks to Mary over at Bookhounds for hosting.

I am clearing my shelf and giving you a box of books!

Here is a list of the books and a link to their reviews –

Loreena’s Gift by Colleen M. Story

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Over Easy by Pamela Ford

Fresh Brewed by Pamela Ford

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A Christmas To Remember by Jenny Hale

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