Pimpernel: Starbreaker

img-1300Here’s my last January read that thrilled me!!! Pimpernel: Starbreaker by Sheralyn Pratt. This is the 3rd book in the Pimpernel series. If you haven’t read the others, I will put my plug in for them. They’re super, super good!!! I’ve reread them all (except this last one), and my love just keeps growing for the characters in these stories. This author is amazing!

SYNOPSIS

Vic Davalos is one of the most successful models of her generation. She’s also scheduled to be taken out by a hitman by the next new moon. 

Jack Cavanaugh, also known as the Pimpernel, has less than a week to change the woman’s fate. The Cupid who brings Jack this news insists he must save Vic so true love can succeed in bringing two soulmates together who will change the world for the better. 

While Jack is always happy to stop a murder, his personal motive is to catch the Starbreaker that’s been hired to make sure Vic Davalos doesn’t survive past the new moon. Statistically speaking, saving Vic and catching the Starbreaker is an impossible feat. If historic lore is to be believed, no one has caught a Starbreaker since the 1700s. They are notorious for never leaving fingerprints on their handiwork and, therefore, leave no trail to follow.

A Starbreaker has to be caught in the act, or not at all.

The chances of Jack succeeding with an extemporaneous plan and only the assistance of his new Shade, Kali, are so close to zero they aren’t even worth calculating.

But he has to try.

My Review

5 Yummy 2Three thumbs up! (I don’t have three, but I’ll borrow someone elses for this book) The world of the pimpernel is quite simply—awestriking. In this book, we have the Pimpernel, of course, and Kali (she’s super awesome). Yet, they aren’t the main stars in this thrilling, spine-tingling adventure. Our hero and heroine are two new players in the game. Seba, or Sebastian, is a high stakes forger, and ultimately, conman. When he gets a letter that Vic, Victoria, a world-renown model, will be killed in a week’s time unless he does something, he doesn’t know what to think. Two years ago, he kissed her…and was promptly fired from that job by her father and hasn’t seen her again. But he’s never been able to stop thinking about her. Vic’s life is run by her controlling step-dad, who seriously is a psycho. Evan Bauers gave me the shivers. But with the pimpernel and his sidekicks on the job, and enlisting Seba’s help, they may be able to not only save Vic’s life, but capture a starbreaker as well, something that hasn’t been done for over 300 years. Get ready for the ride of your life with this one. It’s pretty dang awesome.

Fav Quotes

Let go of your secrets, baby girl,” she said, her hand gesturing like she was letting go of a balloon. “Secrets are highly charged fears and, the more charged something is, the brighter it burns. And heat knows heat, which means the very first thing any true Heart knows of you is the love you hold and fears you hide. They glow for us—calling like a lighthouse to your harbor. And once we tangle with your heart, we’re in. So you must be very careful about how you choose to hide a thing.” – Wanda

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Almost dying was at least good for something: perspective. Vic had a lot of it now and the only question in all of it was whether she wanted to go through the effort of removing Seba from her updating fantasies or letting them play out.

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I find it helpful not to think of the past as who I am, but as experiences I can access and use however I want,” Margot replied. “Experience can be wisdom, if we let it be. Or it can be an eternal wound for the same reason.”

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If you’re in between books and are yearning for a thrilling romance, you can’t go wrong with this one. You can follow Sheralyn Pratt on AmazonTwitter or Facebook. Happy reading!

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My Not So Wicked Stepbrother

newbookHere’s another great book I read last month. My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel. I’ve read all of Jennifer Peel’s romances. She will probably always be one of my top favs!!! The start of her new Not So Wicked series was so much fun! I’m looking forward to reading more of these! Here is the summary:

TEASER

Loveless is more than a name, it’s a curse.

I, Emma Loveless, have a destiny. It’s not the greatest of destinies, but when you have a name like Loveless, what can you do? I’m cursed to always be the friend, never the girlfriend. Unless you count my love affair with Duncan Hines, Dr. Pepper, and the ever-lovable Pillsbury Doughboy. Continue reading

#Awestruck

newjan4January was filled with a bunch of GREAT new releases that have kept my kindle full, and my heart happy. Today, I’ll start off by reviewing #Awestruck by Sariah Wilson. If you haven’t read one of her books yet, you’re missing out. Here’s the skinny on her newest hit:

TEASER

Ambitious intern Ashton Bailey is about to get closer to her dream of being a sports announcer. All she has to do is prove that too-perfect-to-be-true NFL quarterback Evan Dawson isn’t quite as wholesome as his contract requires. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get delicious payback on the boy who broke her teenage heart. At least that’s her plan. But she forgot just how easy it is to crush on the irresistible charmer. #OhNoNotAgain. Continue reading

2018 – My Favorite Reads

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Another year is in the books…literally! Last year I read a total of 109 books. 91 of these were new books; 2 were books I beta-read (they’ll be out this year); 16 were rereads (including my own books for editing/formatting purposes).

As always, the overall winner is the Romance genre (no surprise there). But I added 10 books that weren’t in my normal genre. I’ve picked my TOP 10 for 2018, as well as 20 Honorable Mentions. Continue reading

A Me and You Thing

dec14f***Winner for this giveaway is Rebecca Jensen. Congrats. Message me your email and I’ll get this book off to you. This giveaway is now closed***

Had to highlight this amazing book before 2018 closes. Taylor Dean’s newest release, A Me and You Thing, was utterly spectacular. To celebrate it, I’m giving away an ebook to one lucky commenter. It’s THAT good.

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THE DEEPEST HEARTACHE IS THE ONE YOU DON’T SEE COMING.

Golden couple, Sawyer and Quinn Denali, have an amazing love story. A match in every way, their happiness is evident to all who spend time with them. The arrival of twin baby girls completes their picture-perfect family. Continue reading

My Brother’s Bride

 

I am so excited to reveal this newest book by Rachael Anderson today. For the last month, I’ve had some scrumptious reading to keep me super satisfied. This book was amazing… and there’s a rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post. So read on & enter for a chance to win. Here’s the blurb:

Synopsis

Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father’s business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby’s life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams. Continue reading

Great Reads

If you need ideas of books to read for the holidays, here are six I’ve enjoyed in the past couple months. Also, you can look back at previous posts to see highlights of other books I’ve already featured. There has been a lot of good reading this fall. I hope you have good books to read as well!

The Secretive Wife by Jennifer Peel

z5This might be my new favorite by this author. Seriously, this book had so much emotion and mystery pulling me deeper into Delanie’s life. Delanie is married to Peter, an ex-priest who is the sweetest, purest man on earth. Peter’s mom despises her new daughter-in-law, and makes Delanie’s life most miserable when she unearths her secret (a famous secret). When the news hits the tabloids and national media, Delanie’s and Peter’s blissful marriage is shattered by paparazzi, rabid fans, and nasty haters wanting their 5 minutes of fame in exchange for spreading lies. Delanie’s worst fear—that of losing her husband—is one more secret away from happening.

I inhaled this story. It’s a literary feast. The characters are phenomenal—so deeply layered and complex…and Delanie and Peter are one of my favorite couples ever!!! I can’t recommend this one highly enough. It’s SUPERB! Continue reading