Cover Reveal: Thunderlight by Adrienne Woods

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untitled (6)Thunderlight is the exciting new follow up to Firebolt
“For the love of blueberries, Elena Watkins was destined for greatness, even though she didn’t know it. Before entering Paegeia Elena was not special, she wasn’t even average until the night her father was killed by a creature she thought only existed in fairy tales – a dragon. With her father’s death leaving her orphaned, Elena is whisked away to her true birthplace, Paegeia. Arriving at Dragonia Academy, the premier school for young Dragonians; a school she was never meant to attend because her father was a dragon. Unbeknownst to Elena danger is lurking behind the enchanted vines concealing the once thriving capital of Paegeia – Etan. Goran, the darkest sorcerer in the realm, has lain dormant for over a century behind the crumbling city. There, in the shadowy ruins he plots his revenge to destroy the only weapon that can kill him – the King of Lion Sword. When the sword is stolen without a trace Elena doesn’t think twice about seeking it; knowing deep down that it is her destiny to save her new home.”

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The bookshop on the corner by Rebecca Raisin

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Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?

Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop…

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!”

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The Bookshop on the corner is beautifully written and filled with loveable three-dimensional characters who are unforgettable. If you are looking to treat yourself then, then I suggest you indulge yourself in this novella. I highly recommend this book and recommend you read the previous Gingerbread café novellas too- you won’t be disappointed.

 

Duke of Darkness by Anabelle Bryant

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London, 1817
The Duke of Wharncliffe, Devlin Ravensdale, is devastated when he receives a missive announcing the death of his only relative, Aunt Min. Consumed with guilt, he regrets not having visited her in years, despite he’s chosen a reclusive lifestyle to hide his secretive past. Saddened by the loss, he dutifully honors his aunt’s last wish, to take responsibility of a young ward, Alex, and arrange a suitable marriage.
Reluctant, yet determined, Devlin sets off to collect his young charge, only to discover the he is a she, and Alexandra is stunningly beautiful…posing an unexpected temptation.

Tasked with finding an eligible bachelor, Devlin is forced back into society, a world where he has something of a dark reputation. Worse yet, it seems the beguiling beauty has a secret of her own to hide. Still, finding a husband for Alexandra shouldn’t prove difficult as long as he’s able to let her go.”

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Anabelle Bryant’s books just keep getting better! I adored Duke of Darkness and I just adore Devlin. Duke of Darkness is the epitome of what a romance novel should be – sexy, steamy and heart wrenching.

Anabelle Bryant is such a fantastic writer that you feel immersed in her world and all the sumptuous surrounding leap from the page.

I can highly recommend Duke of Darkness as a romance that is a must read and will not disappoint

 

 

Long Lost (The Centuries of Love Trilogy Book 1) by Michelle Read

untitled (3)Long Lost (The Centuries of Love Trilogy Book 1) by Michelle Read

“Sometimes the past can be your future.

Emily Case is a lonely woman. No family, few friends, job she hates and is single. Life is one long struggle for her.

Then one morning she wakes up two hundred years in the past and her whole world is turned upside down, as she is faced with a new era she knows nothing about. However, she soon becomes attached to her new lifestyle and the people in it.

On meeting William Chester, owner of the Westfield Estate, Emily quickly falls for him, and believes he feels the same, until she is threatened by a rival for his affections.

But when she realises this life is all she’s ever wanted she is torn away from it and back to her life two hundred years into the future.

Not willing to accept that the twenty-first-century is where her destiny lies she endeavours to seek out the truth of the life she led in the nineteenth-century.

What will she discover on her journey? Was it reality or all just a dream? ”

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Long lost is one of those rare gem finds that you come across by accident and quickly becomes your new favourite series. I found once I started this book I couldn’t put it down.

Michelle Read stands out in this valiant début as an author to watch out for and I can not wait to see where she goes in the next books.

If you are a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, then this is the book for you. I can highly recommend this fast paced time travel series.

 

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“Ambitious Australian Anna Harding seems to have it all: a glamorous job as a gossip columnist, and a beautiful home in London that she shares with her gorgeous boyfriend, Finn Cassidy. Her only problem is her regular run-ins with their neighbor Luke, who is furious about Anna’s internet shopping constantly being delivered to his place by mistake.

When her flighty best friend Helena winds up pregnant, Anna agrees to be godmother – despite her aversion to children. But then Finn announces he’s moving to Belfast for a great job in television and Helena takes off to Scotland – leaving baby Ivy behind. Suddenly Anna’s perfect life is in pieces as she tries to juggle the baby, her job and a long-distance relationship.

Will Finn wake up to himself and return home or will he be swayed by the charms of his seductive producer? Will the irresponsible Helena finally sort herself out with the help of her eccentric great aunt? And will Anna’s life ever be the same, especially after Luke’s unexpected response to the chaos unleashed next door?

Nothing is certain in this entertaining and moving tale about the relationships that matter most. ”

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What struck me about this book was the honesty of the characters. Nothing was sugar coated or dressed up for appearances sake. The motives and the choices of all three main characters make are probably closer to reading someone’s mind who was in that situation, than fiction.

The fact it was written in the first person really allowed you to peer into the characters psyche and understand their thought processes. Anna and Helena are flawed and rather selfish people, who make decisions based on what is best for them. It might not make them truly likeable but it makes them real.

I myself am guilty of saying in my head “Oh no Anna, you should have done this” but it is easy to judge from the outside. That is the hallmark of a very well written book, you don’t have to agree with everything that is being done but you understand why it is happening.

Be my baby isn’t a traditional chick-lit/romance novel, it is more of a social commentary and insight into how the 20-30 year old mind thinks today.

I enjoyed Be my baby immensely. It was funny, well written, and honest. If I knew these characters in real life chances are I’d have to stop myself from knocking their heads together at times, but that is life.

Laura Greaves succeeded in making her characters human and charming in their flaws. Be my baby is thoroughly engrossing and often thought provoking. I highly recommend adding this book to your summer reading list. It is the perfect pool side book.

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untitled (2)The love deception by Jennifer St.George

“When Felicity Carter wakes up naked in a strange bed, she has no idea how she got there. And no recollection of meeting the gorgeous man calmly offering her breakfast. Shocked and embarrassed, Felicity flees – hoping that their paths never cross again.

The last thing she expects is to discover that her mystery man is Damon Fullbright, partner at the law firm where Felicity has just started work – and her new boss! Damon is appalled to find the young woman he rescued has been hired to work on his team. Apart from anything else, he doesn’t need the distraction.

Despite their early misconceptions, their appreciation for each other – both personally and professionally – begins to grow. But when Damon discovers what Felicity’s been hiding, how will he ever trust her again?

A gripping romance that combines courtroom intrigue with a dash of Barbados, The Love Deception is the latest book from Jennifer St George. ”

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The love deception is a fast paced charming romance. I found the back story of the legal case quite fascinating and very well researched. It gave the book a good grounding and set the stage for the intrigue between Felicity and Damon nicely. The balance between sexual tension and steam was perfect.

Damon is great character, he is handsome, smart and very sexy. He definitely was able to keep Felicity on her feet.

The love deception is a finely crafted romance novel that is hard to put down once started. I can highly recommend this book to anyone who likes romance books with some added zing.

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Down Under Resources:

What’s hot on Steamy puddings this week: Book Review: Interview: Kate Belle, author of The Yearning and Being Jade

The Naughty Ninjas:  Instructions for observing World Sauntering Day

Hearts ‘N Wined: It’s not really a blog, it’s a Facebook page but I absolutely love this page devoted to Western Australian writers. It’s a showcase of the best romance, erotica and chick lit writers in WA and there’s a whole lot of wonderful photographs and competitions.

Review: Sidekick by Auralee Wallace

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Heroes meets Bridget Jones in this brilliant, hilarious debut novel about a girl who just wants to save the world…

Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.

Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.

Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.

Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.

Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy…”

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Sidekick is the surprise book of the year. It totally took me by surprise and exceeded expectations. Bremy is funny, sassy, kick ass and never takes herself too seriously. I found side kicked to be as charming as it was hilarious.

This book is a must read for anyone who ever put on a cape as a child and pretended to be a superhero.

Sidekick is pure escapist bliss that will not disappoint.

Review: Goddess Born by Kari Edgren

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Pennsylvania, 1730

Selah Kilbrid keeps a dangerous secret: she has the power to heal.

A direct descendent of the Celtic goddess Brigid, it’s Selah’s sacred duty to help those in need. But as the last of the Goddess Born living in the New World, she learned from an early age to keep her supernatural abilities hidden. The Quaker community of Hopewell has always been welcoming, but there’s no doubt they would see her hanged if her gift was revealed.

When a prominent minister threatens to try her with witchcraft unless she becomes his wife, Selah has only one hope—that her betrothed, a distant cousin from Ireland, arrives as planned. Marrying Samuel would keep her secret safe, preserve her sacred bloodline, and protect her from being charged as a witch.

But when news of Samuel’s death reaches the Colonies, Selah is truly on her own. Terrified, she faces an impossible choice—forfeit her powers and marry the loathsome Nathan? Or find an imposter to pose as her husband and preserve her birthright?”

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The Goddess born is a magical historical romance. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book and I absolutely adored it. It combined the mass hysteria of the witch trials of the 1700’s with Celtic mythology to make one of the most engaging books I have read this year.

Selah is such a wonderful character with ethereal qualities. She is almost guileless and innocent of heart and never deserved being so persecuted.

The goddess born is a stunning début that is unforgettable. I really hope there are more books to come because Kari Edgren created a beautiful story set in a enchanting world. My only complaint about this book- is that it ended when I wanted more.