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May 29, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #111 - No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The third book in New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean’s Rule of Scoundrels/Fallen Angels series featuring four dark heroes that will steal the hearts of their heroines and readers alike!

In NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED, the mysterious Temple is at best an inveterate womanizer who ruined his father’s future duchess, and at worst, a cold-blooded killer who murdered his future stepmother.

No one has seen Mara Lowe since she disappeared from her bedchamber on the morning of her wedding twelve years ago—leaving behind a drunken Temple. Despite vehement claims of innocence, Temple was exiled from society, stripped of his funds and left to survive on his own.

He is the brawn behind the Fallen Angel club, and has given up on ever returning to society, until the missing Mara shows up and begs for his help.
November 26th 2013 by Avon

I just love Sarah MacLean, she's on my author's always-read list.

May 28, 2013

Book Review: A Knight's Temptation by Catherine Kean

Series: Knight's #3
Author: Catherine Kean
Published May 4th 2012
Age: Adult
A ruby pendant stands at the center of this tale of disgrace, plotting, redemption, and the reunion of childhood friends.

Aldwin Treynarde is a squire who, in his youth, was banished from home for shooting Lord Geoffrey de Lanceau with a crossbow bolt and nearly killing the man. Later on, Aldwin discovered that he had been set up by the deceitful Baron Sedgewick, who fed him false stories about the lord's wrongdoings. Now, several years later, Lord Geoffrey sends out a call for volunteers to find a stolen, valuable jeweled pendant before it falls into the hands of the Baron and his wife Veronique. Aldwin accepts at once and hopes to make amends to Lord Geoffrey. If he excels in his duty, he hopes he might even be awarded knighthood.

Meanwhile, Lady Leona Ransley and her aging father, who have possession of the pendant, want only to turn it in anonymously and collect the reward money. Under an assumed name, Leona arranges for a secret meeting with Aldwin in a seedy tavern, and, making yet another rash decision, Aldwin decides to kidnap her. She fights furiously against him and finally reveals her true identity: she and he had once been great companions. In fact, Aldwin had nearly caused her death 12 years earlier when they disturbed a bees' nest during a childhood game. By this point, the feckless squire desires his warrior captive more than any woman he has ever met, and he knows he has one last chance to protect her life.

Only by settling the events of their past and fighting side by side will Aldwin and Leona be able to defeat their opponents and surrender to their greatest temptation—love.
I got A Knight's Temptation free a couple of weeks ago and the moment I started reading I was caught in this story.

Aldwin Treynarde is hoping to be awarded knighthood and be forgiven by his family and Lord Geoffrey for almost killing him. It was a mistake, and if he can find the stolen jeweled pendant before Veronique  and the Baron, he's sure he's going to be forgiven.

Finding the pendant was easy, but Lady Leona Ransley didn't make it an easy task. She has her own reasons to have the pendant and not trust Aldwin, after all, it was his fault she almost died a few years ago.

Aldwin was the typical alpha male, but Leona wasn't the typical lady. She's very independent and sometimes even spoiled. Their past was always pursuing them, but still they managed to fall in love between fights. Aldwin was an interesting male, tender and trying to make amends for his mistakes, but I didn't like he always keep Leona tied.

Overall, it was an enjoyable story. I haven't read the previous books of the Knight's series, but I got into the story pretty fast.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.

May 26, 2013

Book Review: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #2
Author: Sarah MacLean
Published January 29th 2013 by Avon
Age: Adult
Lady Philippa Marbury is...odd

The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She's looking forward to marrying her simple fiancĂ© and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest—fourteen days to research the exciting parts of life. It's not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London's darker corners.

She needs...a Scoundrel

She needs Cross, the clever, controlled partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, with a carefully crafted reputation for wickedness. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets, and when the unconventional Pippa boldly propositions him, seeking science without emotion, she threatens all he works to protect. He is tempted to give Pippa precisely what she wants . . . but the scoundrel is more than he seems, and it will take every ounce of his willpower to resist giving the lady more than she ever imagined.
Sarah MacLean is one of my favorites historical romance authors and One Good Earl Deserves a Lover  didn't disappointed me.

Lady Philippa 'Pippa' Marbury is definitely odd for her time. She likes to study, she knows things no proper lady should know. But she doesn't know anything about intimacy, and she's getting married in two weeks. So she asks Cross, the ultimate scoundrel, to answer some of her questions...all in the name of science of course.

Cross is one of the partners in London's most exclusive gaming hell, his reputation of wickedness follow him everywhere. But he never expected proper but odd bespectacled Lady Philippa, to ask him about intimacy. She should be asking her next husband, even if that makes his blood boils. Since she doesn't seem to be listening to his request to stop this nonsense, he will make her gamble with him...but of course, he doesn't believe in luck.

What can I say? This book has one of the most sensual scenes where the protagonists doesn't even touch each other. Believe me, I'll never forget it. I think I was flushed all the time I read it. But if that doesn't convince you, the characters are realistic and very unusual. Pippa is extremely intelligent and daring, and Cross, even with his strong character, is very scarred and needs to be saved.

Overall, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover was everything I wanted and expected for an historical romance written by Sarah MacLean. With realistic but original characters, and some very hot moments, I couldn't stop reading. I really can't wait for the next book of this series, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon, The Book Depository.

May 23, 2013

Book Review: Reluctant Romance by Leighann Dobbs

Author: Leighann Dobbs
Published March 18th 2013
Age: Adult
Risa Kennedy will stop at nothing to save her company. Connor Dunn is a ruthless corporate executive who only cares about the profits. When the two are pitted against each other in a corporate buy out, sparks fly… and not just sparks of anger.

Connor has everything most women find attractive: he’s wealthy, astonishingly handsome, successful, charming and he loves his dog Picasso.

But the last thing Risa wants is to be attracted to Connor, especially since he’s trying to buy her pet-food company and shut down the low-cost vet clinic that she loves so dearly.

As their worlds collide a spark of attraction turns into a burning desire. But both of them are hiding secrets that could jeopardize everything.

Will Risa and Connor satisfy their desire or will the secrets between them extinguish their reluctant romance?
Such a cute romance. I'm a sucker for animal lovers characters, and this one satisfied my animal lover heart. Risa is a veterinary, daughter of the owner of a pet-food company and low-cost vet clinic. She loves her job so that's why she isn't going to help Connor buy the company and destroy it.

Connor needs to make a decision about the company before letting his father buy it, but Risa isn't making it easy. And their attraction is making it worse. Their dogs wants to be friends, but can he trust her?

It's a cute story, kind of short. I loved the dogs and even when I thought Connor needed to trust Risa a lot more, they made a sweet couple. It has everything to keep you interested and it's perfect for a quick read.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.

May 22, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #110: Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.
September 17th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Doesn't it sounds amazing?! It reminds me the movie Seeking a Friend for the End of the World :)

May 19, 2013

Book Review: Stranded with a Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club #1) by Jessica Clare

Series: Billionaire Boys Club #1
Author: Jessica Clare
Published April 16th 2013 by Penguin Group
Age: Adult
The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society of six men who have vowed success – at any cost. Not all of them are old money, but all of them are incredibly wealthy. They’re just not always as successful when it comes to love…

Billionaire Logan Hawkings needs a vacation.
He’s had a rough time after the death of his father and the betrayal of his fiancĂ©e. But with a visit to a recent business acquisition—a private island resort in the Bahamas—he has a chance to mend his broken heart.
When a hurricane blows in, a misplaced passport and a stalled elevator bring Logan together with an unusual woman named Bronte. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met—down to earth, incredibly sensual, and even quotes Plato.
She also has no clue that he’s rich…

Bronte Dawson, a waitress from the Midwest, is stranded with the hotel’s domineering yet sexy manager Logan. What’s the harm in a little fling when it’s just the two of them, alone in paradise? But after several steamy island nights in Logan’s arms, Bronte’s ready to give her heart—and her body—to the man in charge.

But she soon discovers there’s more to Logan than he’s told her…a billion times more. Now, Bronte’s caught in a whirlwind affair with one of the world’s most powerful men. But can their love endure their differences or will it all just blow over?
Logan is a billionaire alpha male. He's checking his new hotel when a hurricane blows in and traps him with Bronte in the elevator. At first it's just about surviving, but then attraction hits and it's difficult to maintain their hands off while being totally alone at the wrecked hotel.

Bronte was fun, I loved her quotes. She's young and kind of a geek, so you wouldn't think she would be a good match for Logan, the sexy billionaire who is used to get everything he wants.

It's a romance full of twists, it's more difficult than you would thought for an independent woman like Bronte to have a billionaire boyfriend, and for Logan to trust a woman. But it was fun to see them together, and I even loved the secondary characters (I'm talking about a certain redhead).

It started good but at the end it was a little weak (too many things going on), but I really enjoyed Bronte and Logan's romance (I couldn't stop reading), and I'll keep an eye for next book of the series, Beauty and the Billionaire.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.

May 16, 2013

Book Review: Wicked in Your Arms (Forgotten Princesses #1) by Sophie Jordan

Series: Forgotten Princesses #1
Author: Sophie Jordan
Published July 26th 2011 by Avon
Age: Adult
One of the most notoriously eligible bachelors in Europe is finally ready to marry . . .

For fiercely independent Grier Hadley, being the illegitimate daughter of one of London's most unsavory characters has only one advantage: an enormous, ill-gotten dowry.

Prince Sevastian Maksimi knows where his duty lies: he must find a well-bred young lady—one with a considerable fortune to her name—wed her promptly, and get to the business of producing an heir.

The last thing Grier needs is some unattainable prince curling her toes with his smoldering glances and wicked suggestions. As far as Sev is concerned, she lacks the breeding to become a princess. And yet one kiss from this arresting female is all it takes for him to realize that anyone else in his arms would be unthinkable . . .
Grier Hadley has a new fortune and is looking for a husband who doesn't care she's illegitimate when he gets her enormous dowry. It's a difficult task, specially since her skin isn't so light, she has freckles and a fierce personality. So it's not a surprise to listen Prince Sevastian Maksimi talking about her like she's garbage, but she isn't going to take it anymore, it doesn't matter he's the hottest man on earth....or a Prince.

Prince Sevastian needs a respectable wife and fast, so Grier is not a choice....maybe only for a couple of nights. But every time he spends with her their attractions grows and he wants to know more and more of her.

Their attraction was instant and hot, and I loved their altercations! Grier isn't like any other young woman, she doesn't mind Sevastian's tittle and isn't ready to throw herself at him. Sevastian is definitely hot but he isn't at cruel as it seems at first. He's actually interested in her and very soon realizes he wants to be with her. 
Everything happens quickly, and after some predictable drama, the finally can be together. 

Overall, I really loved this book, Wicked in Your Arms. Sophie Jordan knows how to keep me interested and fall n love with the characters, and it was exactly what I was looking for, a fun and sexy historical romance with the perfect HEA ending.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon, The Book Depository.

May 15, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #109: United We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.
September 2013 by Hyperion Book CH

I love this series, it's one of my favorites :) I can't wait to read the last book, United We Spy.

May 14, 2013

Book Review: Princess in the Iron Mask by Victoria Parker

Author: Victoria Parker
Published May 21st 2013 by Harlequin
Age: Adult
A princess in hiding...
Dispatched by the king to retrieve his headstrong, errant daughter, Lucas Garcia thought this was just another day at the office. That's before he meets Princess Claudine Verbault, who's adamant that returning to the kingdom that banished her as a child is never going to happen.
A barely concealed attraction!
Hidden from the spotlight, the now-independent Claudia has learned the art of being the anti-perfect princess. But Lucas does not look like the kind of man to accept insubordination! If only she could bargain with this frustratingly immovable man…and give him something to distract him from his duty!
Claudia's life is not exactly a princess life, even when she's one. But she's happy that way, she doesn't want anything to do with the kingdom and the parents that abandoned her when she was a child. So that's why, when alpha male Lucas Garcia appeared to take her back and forget all her life, she refuses at first. But he might give her the money to continue her investigations...

Lucas is an alpha male-hero, very protective and with a rough past. He's very loyal to his kingdom so he can't understand why Claudia doesn't want to take her role as the princess she is. Claudia is very intelligent but too shy, she was sick as a child and abandoned by her parents, and she isn't going to forgive them soon.

Even with their differences, their attraction starts the moment they met and followed all the way to the kingdom. At first, Lucas didn't understand her aversion to her parents, specially since he has such a good relationship with her father, but in the end it worked out for both of them. I liked their romance, difficult because they were both afraid of their past, and I liked both of the protagonists had flaws.

I would have enjoyed it a little bit more if Claudia's drama with her parents would have been fixed. I feel it was left the same way, she just had to accept they didn't took care of her as a child because they were busy. It wasn't fair to her, specially since she suffered so much.

Overall, Princess in the Iron Mask was a enjoyable romance story, filled with an alpha male, shy protagonist and lots of drama!

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon, The Book Depository.

May 11, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #22

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where people like me can showcase our new books of the week and make you jealous!

This week I got:

Free for Kindle a couple of days ago (check the prices before downloading):

Charlie Puppy's Busy Day by Preston Gerber

What did you get this week?

May 6, 2013

Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop! International

Hi guys! The 'Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop' is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, and it's the perfect chance to clear out my overflowing bookshelf and pass some of my books to other booklovers!

I'm giving away all of these books to 2 winners. It's International, and ends May 13. I'm not responsible for any damages or lost mail, and it may take a while for the books to reach you since I'm sending them from Venezuela!

To enter, just fill the forms below. One is for the YA books and one is for the Adult books. Good luck!

YA Prize Pack

Adult Prize Pack
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