Before the Fortress Falls

Do you want to learn about a unique piece of history you’ve probably never heart of before? If so, you should pick up one of AL Soward’s book. She excels at teaching me about those type of historical events.

Her newest one is a historical fiction set in the 1600’s and tells the story of the siege of Vienna by the Ottoman Turks. Greatly outnumbered, the small band of Vienna’s soldiers hold the bastions against 100,000 to 300,000 Turks who are determined to annihilate the infidel Christians. This is fascinating history I’ve never heard about before (one reason I always love this author’s books). The type of warfare described intrigued me. There was the above ground battle with cannons and muskets and an underground war with miners and counterminers, digging tunnels to try to get under their defensive buildings and blast the foundations out from under them, giving the Turks ways to infiltrate closer to the city.

Katya and Toby and Xavier and Wilhelm are some of the characters we meet in this story, which had everything I love in a book—thrilling battle scenes, serious emotional appeal, a unique setting and people, and even a little romance. This book really tugged at my heart, making me feel the fear, the anxiety, the hopelessness and triumph through each battle scene and conflict. I was right there with the characters, worrying each day that today would be the last day of freedom, praying that their allies would show up to deliver them from annihilation and slavery. Loved this book. The ending really packed an emotional punch that made the harrowing conflict worth it. If you want to learn about a new piece of history you’ve probably never read about before, this book should be put on your must-read list.

You can grab this one HERE.

Happy reading!

Modern twist on The Hunchback

I try not to self-promote my own books very often here, but I haven’t given a shout-out to my own book that came out a few months ago. And it deserves a little love. So bear with me while I talk about it for a moment.

Teaser

There’s been a mistake.

She expected a raise—
Not a termination notice.

Gemma might be a bit unorthodox, but she never imagined her work ethic would be questioned. Her blunt nature, maybe. Her false identity, sure. But her excellence? How far will she go to save what’s rightly hers?

Lincoln never makes mistakes. . . until Gemma enters his life. Now, he can’t decide whether she will help him solve all his problems…or complicate them.

A promising meeting leads to a fake engagement, which sparks reluctant attraction.

Will ruse turn to romance?

It might not matter. . .
Because Gemma’s past is about to catch up to her.

Can their fragile love survive?

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It’s been a hot while!

Wow. I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted here for so long. Forgive me. May through September whizzed by faster than a jet plane and I’m still spinning in their dust. But…I haven’t stopped reading. And I have SO MANY awesome books to shout out about (how’s that for a nice rhyme?).

First, let me shout–or maybe scream and twirl around–about Jennifer Peel’s latest (which came out several months ago). This one is the finale of her Pine Falls series…which I have loved with all my heart. The character in these are to die for…in the best of ways.

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Rules Are Made to Be Ignored

I have another fun romance from Mylissa Demeyere. She’s my writing buddy who lives in Belgium, and her new book is quite delightful. Here’s a summary and review.

Shelley has had enough of flaky, traitorous men in her life and has sworn off them forever. But when her nephew Ben and his dad move to her same town, she suddenly craves to be part of Ben’s life. He’s practically the only family she has left around anymore, and she’s determined to do right by him. Her older sister, Zoe, left him and her boyfriend, Adrien, when Ben was a toddler, to live her life as she saw best (selfishly). Adrien has raised him alone for the past decade. As Shelley becomes a part-time caregiver to Ben to help Adrien out, she starts feeling things for her sister’s ex that she has no business feeling. But how to resist when he starts feeling the same way about her?

This was a fun, easy read that has a slightly forbidden romance, friends-to-lovers tropes written into it. The characters were adorable and the angst and family drama was very heart-grabbing. This is definitely worth a read. Here’s the Amazon link for you to check it out.

Happy Reading.

Loving a Lady

This latest romance by Nichole Van was divine! It’s the third book in the Brotherhood of the Tartan series.

Loving a Lady features Ewan, a giant of a man who grew up fighting to earn money to work his way out of poverty. He meets Lady Violet and is forever changed. Years later, when they meet again, he’s an accomplished artist on the cusp of national renown, who is working with her artist uncle. She’s inherited her Scottish estate from her mother and is bound by duty to cover all those expenses, debts and responsibilities inherent in the estate. But her heart longs for Ewan. He longs for her, but knows he will never be her equal, even if the king himself commissioned him to paint for him.

The two are in an impossible situation, a forbidden romance, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to reconcile their demons and duties, without hurting many others in the process and being cast out of high society.

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Reforming Lord Neil

reforming Lord neill

I’ve loved this series by Sally Britton. This latest book features Lord Neil, who has been a real scoundrel side character in the past books. He is cut off and cast out by his father, the Marquess, to be taught a lesson. As he wanders about, coming to the conclusion that he has not a friend in the world to turn to for relief or housing, he runs into widower Teresa and her mom and daughter, who put him up for the night in their barn.

When he realizes they are in dire need of manly help to do tasks they know nothing about, he offers to do those chores in exchange for lodging in the barn for the foreseeable future, when hopefully his father will relent and let him back into his inheritance.

In the process, the two come to know each other and the “magic” happens. It’s a romance, right?

This was a fun one. I absolutely love-love redemption stories, and this was a super good one, since the character comes sooooo far. I was intrigued to read Neil’s story, since I kind of hated him in earlier books. But his story is touching. A well done conclusion to this series. I highly recommend you grab a copy to read today (it’s free if you have Kindle Unlimited).

Happy reading.

Love Redesigned

bookDon’t miss this new release by Jenny Proctor. I think it might be her best work so far. The story has a super fun setting in New York and the South, fantastic characters who do a lot of growing, and clean sizzle.

My Review

This is a cute contemporary romance. Dani works as an assistant to Sasha, a designer at LeFranc, a name-brand clothing brand in NYC. When she runs into her ex, Alex, at a coffee shop, her heart dies a little. She’d loved Alex, up until the day he walked out of her life a year ago and ghosted her. But now he is back, and she learns he’s working for her twin brother, Isaac, in their hometown of Charlotte.

Alex is dumbfounded when he sees Dani again. He’d thought he was over her, but one look is all it takes to realize he isn’t. But since she works for and is loyal to the evil woman who is marrying his step-father soon, he doesn’t dare act on his feelings. Leaving her was for the best, or so he thinks. Continue reading

A Note of Change

noteSorry, April and half of May have seemed to disappear from my life and I haven’t been able to find them. I have lots of catching up to do now, because although those months have been lost to me, I still managed to read a bunch of awesome books since my last post in March. Reading always happens…even if time stops.

Today I wanted to talk about a new anthology of three stories by three different authors–A Note of Change. Isn’t is a beautiful cover? And the stories were excellent. I loved-loved every story and author in this one, which rarely happens. I highly recommend it. Here’s a quick summary of what I thought about each book. Continue reading

Simply Starstruck

simplyI’ve just recently found this author – Aspen Hadley – and I have really enjoyed her books so far. I already reviewed another book by her–Blind Dates, Bridesmaids, and Other Disasters. Today’s review is on a second one by her. Simply Starstruck.

This super cute celebrity romance was thoroughly enjoyable. The heroine is determined NOT to fall for Mr. Gorgeous Heartthrob, who has moved in next door to her. She has an eight-year-old son and is content with her life. Men can only complicate it and cause her more grief and loss. Her heart can’t deal with that again.

But Kate keeps running into Jess Sullivan, and not ever at her best moments. He’s seen her in stained sweats and with messy hair. He’s seen her with mud on her face, for goodness sake. He’s seen her temper at high flare and he’s seen her break down and lose it. No way would he ever want a nutcase like her, who’s slightly overweight when he has thin, stunning models always by his side. Continue reading

Relatively Normal

IMG-1457Another author suggested this book on her Facebook page. I was intrigued enough to give it a chance, and I’m glad I did. Relatively Normal by Whitney Dineen was a hilarious piece of chick lit that made me–a more quiet, reserved type of reader–laugh aloud many times. Here’s the blurb.

SUMMARY

Catriona Masterton’s fiancé, Ethan, is Normal.

He plans trips six months in advance and arrives at the airport a minimum of three hours early. He purchases life insurance, luggage insurance, and always opts for the extended warranty. He’s responsible, reliable, and would make any woman a wonderful life partner.

In other words, he’s the exact opposite of the Masterton clan. Continue reading