Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review Tour: Thursday Afternoon by Beth Rinyu































Title: Thursday Afternoon
Author: Beth Rinyu
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Indie
Published: 22 June 2017 
Pages: 384
Format: eARC 
Source: Author
Reading Challenges: 2017 New ReleaseCOYER
Buy:  Amazon 


I'm just your typical working girl who never mixes business with pleasure. Although some may say my business is all about pleasure. 

For the past four years, I’ve allowed my profession to define me, distancing myself from family, friends and most of all love. Hating the reflection I see staring back at me in the mirror, I muddle through each day with my heart sealed off like a tomb, until two strangers enter my life.

One teaching me the true meaning of friendship.
The other teaching me the true meaning of love. She’s everything I’m not. Humble, loving, and devoting her life to others. We’re an unlikely duo who are polar opposites, but at the same time so alike.

Never in a million years could I be friends with someone like her...until I was....until I was....until I was....until I was.

Then there’s him. He’s my Thursday afternoon client. Just like all the others: handsome, rich and charmingyet so very different.yet so very different. Trying to overcome a painful past, he seeks out my services as a refuge, only to find that we’re opening our hearts to each other in ways that neither of us could've imagined.

I could never fall in love with someone like him...until I did. ...until I did.  And now I'm finding myself longing for it to be Thursday afternoon all week long.

Cover Design by Marisa at Cover Me Darling

EXCERPT

“You’re my new-fallen snow, Simon.”
He stared down at me in confusion.

My thumbs skimmed the sides of his face, with the glow of the moon providing just enough light to make out his perfect features. “Each new-fallen snow is a second chance to get it right. Thank you for giving me the chance to prove not only to you, but to myself that I’m more than who I once was.”

“You’re so much more.” His voice was low and hoarse. “God, I didn’t think it was possible to want you any more than I already did, but you never cease to amaze me.”


Thursday Afternoon by Beth Rinyu is on my list of favourite reads for 2017. I went into this book not knowing what to expect as the synopsis gave little away. The author is new to me, but I felt confident about my decision to read this title

What the story is about.
Thursday Afternoon tells the story of Aubree Davis, Simon Grace and Hannah. Simon and Aubrey are from different worlds; the odds of their paths crossing seem highly unlikely. However, Simon’s need to move on from the pain of his past led him to seek Aubree’s services. From that moment, Thursday afternoon took on a new meaning for them both.
Hannah’s dream is to write an erotic romance novel, which is unconventional given her choice of career. She needed ideas to incorporate into her novel, which resulted in her meeting Aubree.  Despite their differences, they established a friendship, which would change both their lives in ways they least expected.

My Perspective

The story.

I am not sure I can adequately explain the beauty of this story. Stories like these remind me why I enjoy reading. When I read the prologue, I knew at that moment that this would not be an ordinary story. It provided the perfect balance of romance, humour and intense emotions. Thursday Afternoon is a well-written story, with likeable characters that will keep you engaged to the end.  This was more than a romance story.  It is a beautiful story of acceptance, forgiveness, unconditional love, friendship and second chances.  It showed that sometimes life deals out hard blows, which can either make you or break you, which depends on your inner strength.




Main Characters
Aubree aka Bree
I admired her for strength and determination. She suffered loss, heartache and pain in the past and as a result closed off her heart to the possibility of love.  She had no real friends and because of her career choice, her family had little to with her.  I felt her turmoil throughout the story. I could not help but feel empathy for her situation.   She knows that her choices were not favourable and therefore was willing to live with the consequences. There are persons who judged her for her choices, especially her family, so it was understandable that she would have a hard time accepting that two strangers appreciated her and saw beyond her profession.   A profession which she chose because she thought it best after her dreams were shattered.  I enjoyed getting to know the real Aubree.  She acted tough, but beneath that fa├žade lay vulnerable soul.  She is protective of those she cares about, which was demonstrated in this story.  It was a pleasure seeing her gaining a friend she never knew she needed and finding love, which she thought possible.


Hannah
Hannah is an amazing character.  Never once did she judge Aubree for her choices. Instead, she helped her to realise that she was destined for better things. She encouraged her to be her best self.   She is the perfect example of a true friend.  I admired her for her courage, which she demonstrated by through her determination to go against convention to pursue her dreams of becoming a romance novelist.

Simon
There is usually a character one can’t help but fall in love with, Simon was such a character. He is handsome, honest and caring.  He is a single father to an adorable four-year-old boy.  He too had suffered his share of loss and pain.  Searching for companionship without strings, he sought out Aubree for her services. Falling in love was not on his agenda.  However, spending with her made him realise that he wanted more from her than just Thursday afternoons. If only he could convince her that she is worthy so much more.

The Supporting Characters
I believe no story is worth its salt without a great supporting cast.  They each played their role in making this story the gem that it is.  My least favourite was Aubree’s boss, Margo.  Not only is she a manipulator, she is greedy, selfish and downright evil.  She acted as if she cared for her employees, but the only person she cared for was herself.

The Romance
I enjoyed the romance. It was sweet, passionate and intense. I loved the pace at which it blossomed. At first, I was wary, as I was not sure how the author would pull it off given the circumstances under which they met. She did an excellent job.  What started out as a business connection, became something so much more.  It was evident that what Aubree and Simon felt for each other was genuine.  They were great together and they brought out the best in each other.

Recommendation
If you love slow burn romance and you enjoy stories that will engage your emotions, then this book is for you.









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He had a right to remain suffocated by his pain.
She had a right to remain silent about hers.

For better or for worse. Those were the vows that I had taken with my wife six years ago. We had lived through the better and were barely getting through the worse. I tried to face our loss together, while she chose to have an affair instead. Time apart was what we both needed. What I didn’t expect in that time was her.

The beauty she possessed on the outside was a far cry from the scars she was harboring on the inside. She wasn’t looking for love and neither was I.  She just needed someone to help her deal with the pain she had been carrying around for the past two years, and I was happy to oblige.

I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with her, but suddenly I was seeing a future that I never dreamed of right in front of my eyes….only to find that the past had other things in mind for us.


***

I always believed that we only got one true love in life, and mine was gone and never coming back. Through the tear-filled nights and never ending days, I was slowly and tortuously coming to terms with the pain that was my reality. And then he entered my life.

Tall, handsome, genuine and caring, he was a friend when I needed one most. Together, we were a temporary fix to our own permanent pain. Just two people helping each other to get through a very dark period in life.

But when the light begins to shine ever so slightly with each passing day, and his face is all I can see at the end of that tunnel…..do I run back into the darkness or move into the light with him?

ABOUT AUTHOR

BETH RINYU
Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen - or in today's world a touch of the keyboard. 

My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I'm a mom of twin teenage boys, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon!

Thanks for taking the time to learn about my books and me! If you decide to read them (and I hope you do!) please be sure to go on and review it for me - yes, even if you don't like it!


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #15



WWW which is hosted by Taking on the World of Words

It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

Scroll down to see what I am currently reading, what I hope to be reading and what I read.

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The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?


What do you think you’ll read next?


My reading has improved since I last did this post.   I read three books, two of which I enjoyed immensely.  I am on my fourth book, hoping that it gives me the same pleasure.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Spotlight and Review: Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle














Title: Run to Ground 
Author: Katie Ruggle 
Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #1 
Genres: Romantic Suspense 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca 
Published: 6 June 2017 
Pages: 416 
Format: eARC 
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Reading Challenges: 2017 New ReleaseNetgalley and Edelweiss, COYER
Buy :  Amazon |BNiBooks


He lost his mentor. He lost his K9 partner. He almost lost his will to live.
But when a ruthless killer targets a woman on the run, Theo and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to survive—and save the woman neither can live without.

Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoid Juliet ‘Jules’ Jackson, he can’t seem to stay away. It doesn’t help that Theo’s new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules’s rambunctious family. Or that when he’s with her, Theo finally knows peace.

When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home…

And this time, there’s no escape.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Review: Dark Stranger by I. T. Lucas















Title: Dark Stranger
Author: I. T. Lucas
Series: The Children of the Gods #1
Publisher: Createspace
Published: June 27, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy /Paranormal
Source: Amazon Prime
Buy: Amazon

Smart and Spicy, The Children of The Gods Paranormal Romance Series will keep you at the edge of your seat!

A fascinating blend of Mythology, Cyber-war, and a tender Shades of Grey Romance, Dark Stranger – The Dream captivates the hearts and minds of readers around the world.

Since the dawn of human civilization, two warring factions of near-immortals – the descendants of the gods of old – have been secretly shaping its destiny. Kian's small clan championing progress, freedom and peace; their powerful enemy propagating ignorance, hate, and war.

Leading the clandestine battle from his luxurious L.A. high-rise, Kian is surrounded by family, yet he feels alone. Descending from a single goddess – the only one to survive the ancient cataclysm that wiped out the gods and most of their immortal offspring – clan members are forbidden to each other. And as the only other known immortals are their hated enemies, Kian and his kin have been long resigned to a lonely existence of fleeting trysts with human partners. That is, until Kian's sister Amanda – a researcher of paranormal abilities – makes a game changing discovery; a mortal seeress who she believes is a dormant carrier of their genes

Ever the realist, Kian is skeptical and refuses his sister's plea to attempt the Dormant's activation. But when his enemies learn of the highly coveted soothsayer's existence and attempt to grab her, he rushes her to the safety of his keep. Inexorably drawn to Syssi's shy beauty, Kian is startled by feelings he had sworn off long ago. Tormented by past mistakes, he wrestles with his conscience as he is tempted to explore her budding interest in the spicy passions he favors.

When Syssi's paranormal foresight lands her a job at Dr. Amanda Dokani's neuroscience lab, it fails to predict, not only that her boss is an immortal who would drag her into a secret, millennia-old battle over humanity's future, but the professor's imposing brother who would alter her own.

Despite his better judgement, will Kian succumb to Syssi's irresistible pull? And will Syssi discover that the man igniting her startlingly dark desires is a nearly two-thousand-year-old immortal?

Warning. This book contains hot scenes and adult themes. Reader discretion is advised.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

CURRENT BOOK DEALS

TOTALLY ADDICTED TO READING


All deals are current at the time of posting

 Prices and availability may differ from one region to another.  These titles were chosen because I read and enjoyed them, or due to their positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

New Books are added each week. Check out the latest deals below.

Friday, June 16, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: HART OF HIS by ANNIE ARCANE















Title: Hart of His (Hart #2)
Author: Annie Arcane

Publisher: Indie
Release Date: November 21, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author via The Romance Review

Reading Challenges: 2017 Blogger Shame
Purchase: Amazon

It's been two months since I moved in with Mickey Hart. Here's what I've learned:

 1. 523 square feet is really f*cking small. 

2. Sharing a bathroom is the worst idea ever.
 Especially when you're a damn paraplegic. 

3. Never lie. No matter what. 

Oh, and one last thing... I love her. More than ever.
 Even if I'm still a workaholic. And stubborn as all hell. 

Warning: Strong language, mature content, drama, and angst included. Shirt sold separately. 
This novella is an adult contemporary romance featuring a disabled hero who (still) happens to be a rich and sexy alpha male with a potty mouth. 

Cale and Mickey: Book 2 of 4

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #14

WWW which is hosted by Taking on the World of Words

It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

Scroll down to see what I am currently reading, what I hope to be reading and what I read.

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The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?


What do you think you’ll read next?


I hit a slight slump in my reading. I managed to read two books in the past week. This was mostly due to me not being in the mood for reading, which was rather strange for me. I chalked it up to the fact that I was emotionally and physically drained. I
hope to regain my momentum in the coming week.

CURRENTLY READING


Dark Stranger The Dream: New & Lengthened 2017 Edition (The Children Of The Gods Paranormal Romance Series) by [Lucas, I.T.]


Smart and Spicy, The Children of The Gods Paranormal Romance Series will keep you at the edge of your seat!

Since the dawn of human civilization, two warring factions of near-immortals – the descendants of the gods of old – have been secretly shaping its destiny. Kian's small clan championing progress, freedom and peace; their powerful enemy propagating ignorance, hate, and war.

Leading the clandestine battle from his luxurious L.A. high-rise, Kian is surrounded by family, yet he feels alone. Descending from a single goddess – the only one to survive the ancient cataclysm that wiped out the gods and most of their immortal offspring – clan members are forbidden to each other. And as the only other known immortals are their hated enemies, Kian and his kin have been long resigned to a lonely existence of fleeting trysts with human partners. That is, until Kian's sister Amanda – a researcher of paranormal abilities – makes a game changing discovery; a mortal seeress who she believes is a dormant carrier of their genes.

Ever the realist, Kian is skeptical and refuses his sister's plea to attempt the Dormant's activation. But when his enemies learn of the highly coveted soothsayer's existence and attempt to grab her, he rushes her to the safety of his keep. Inexorably drawn to Syssi's shy beauty, Kian is startled by feelings he had sworn off long ago. Tormented by past mistakes, he wrestles with his conscience as he is tempted to explore her budding interest in the spicy passions he favors.
When Syssi's paranormal foresight lands her a job at Dr. Amanda Dokani's neuroscience lab, it fails to predict, not only that her boss is an immortal who would drag her into a secret, millennia-old battle over humanity's future, but the professor's imposing brother who would alter her own.

Despite his better judgement, will Kian succumb to Syssi's irresistible pull? And will Syssi discover that the man igniting her startlingly dark desires is a nearly two-thousand-year-old immortal?

Warning. This book contains hot scenes and adult themes. Reader discretion is advised.


I received this Dark Stranger through the Amazon Prime program. I found the premise intriguing. It is definitely different from what I have come to expect from the paranormal/urban fantasy genre. As I am writing this post I am 35% into it, and so far it is ok.


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Trust the enemy?

Desperate to escape her kidnappers, Kody Cameron can turn to only one man…and he's holding a gun. Outnumbered and trapped in the deadly Everglades, she has little recourse, but something in this captor's eyes makes her believe she can trust him. Does she dare to take the risk?

Undercover agent Nick Connolly has met Kody before and knows she might very well blow his cover. Though determined to maintain his facade, he can't let Kody die. He won't. And his decision to change his own rules of law and order are about to make all hell break loose.

I am reading Law and Disorder courtesy of Barnes and Noble serial reads.  I am currently at chapter 6 and I am yet to be wowed.  


RECENTLY FINISHED

White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2)  Hart of His: A Wounded Hero Romance (Cale & Mickey Book 2) by [Arcane, Annie]



Review

 NEXT ON MY LIST


Bittersweet Darkness: A Novel of The Order by [Croft, Nina]  Run to Ground (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit Book 1) by [Ruggle, Katie] 34845082

What have you read, what are you currently reading and what do you plan to read next? 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

INTERVIEW and GUEST POST: BRENDA NOVAK

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Brenda Novak author of 
Finding Our Forever




Title: Finding Our Forever
Author: Brenda Novak
Series: Silver Spring
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: March 21, 2017
Buy: Amazon


New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes readers to the town of Silver Springs, where surprises wait around every corner!

The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch's owner, that she's really her daughter? Cora's not sure she can do that, not unless she's confident the news will be welcomed. And once she gets to know Elijah Turner, Aiyana's adopted son and ranch manager, that decision becomes even more difficult.

Although Elijah can't deny his deep attraction to Cora, he's always struggled with trust. Anyone with his past would, and there's something about the ranch's newest employee that isn't exactly as it seems. But if the feelings she awakes in his guarded heart are any indication, she might be just what he's long been waiting for.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

CURRENT BOOK DEALS: Freebies and Bargains.

TOTALLY ADDICTED TO READING


All deals are current at the time of posting

 Prices and availability may differ from one region to another.  These titles were chosen because I read and enjoyed them, or due to their positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

New Books are added each week. Check out the latest deals below.

Friday, June 09, 2017

REVIEW TOUR: WHITE HOT by ILONA ANDREWS


The Hidden Legacy series continues as Nevada and Rogan
navigate 
a world where magic is the norm . . . and their relationship burns
hot.


Title: White Hot 
Author: Ilona Andrews 
Series: Hidden Legacy #2 
Publisher: HarperCollins 
Published: May 30, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy 
Source: Edelweiss
Reading Challenge: 2017 New ReleaseNetgalley and Edelweiss


The Hidden Legacy series by #1 New
York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan
navigate a world where magic is the norm . . . and their relationship burns
hot.

Nevada
Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's
used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and
close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against
the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before,
bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a
billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever,
despite Nevada's "talent." But there's no hiding the sparks between
them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally,
and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that
nothing burns like ice.