Narcissistic Tendencies

narToday I have a fun treat for you. The 3rd book in the Dating by Design series by Jennifer Peel–Narcissistic Tendencies–was so good that I want to give the 1st book away to a lucky commenter. So read all about it, then leave a comment at the end if you’d like a chance to win Book 1–His Personal Relationship Manager.

Each of the books have been so awesome…and witty. This one pairs up Kate, Binary’s Dating Service’s resident psychologist, with Nick Wells, an over-the-top handsome, egotistical movie star. When Nick signs up for Binary’s matchmaking services, Kate questions whether that is wise. The man seems like a total narcissist to her. And she should know since she’s dealt with one up close and personal before. Her boss asks her to be his Relationship Manager, which she is loathe to do. But her job is on the line. So Kate tries to do her best. But when her heart betrays her by always liking the man, the lines between professional and friendly get very muddy. She doesn’t know quite what to think of the man.

On the one hand, he’s obviously a narcissist.

But then he’ll do something kind that confuses her.

Who’s the real man?

My Review

5 Yummy 3I really loved this one. Definitely 5 stars all the way! The characters are awesome. It was a fun to see Nick grow into someone I could like. I was with Kate in the beginning and thought he was an A-class jerk. But he grew on me, and by the end I really liked him. That’s good writing!

The side characters are hilarious as well. You have the Nanettes from the other 2 books and then Nick’s teenage daughter. Seeing Zander and Meg in this one (from book 2) was gratifying also. And the ending was phenomenal. But I refuse to spoil it for you. It’s so good!!! You’ll have to savor it for yourself.

Favorite Quotes:

People always tell you who they are, even if they are trying to hide it.” – Zander

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You should never enter a relationship with the intention to “fix” someone. You would only end up broken.

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…sometimes we give away what could have been the most beautiful bouquet because we were afraid that we might get pricked by a few thorns. Here’s a newsflash, my dear daughter, all roses have thorns, even you. Though yours are few.” She gave me a sardonic grin. “Honey, you’ve got to be willing to bleed a little.”

Giveaway

Leave a comment with your email to be in the drawing to win a digital copy of His Relationship Manager – book 1 in this series. You won’t regret it. Now go and have a happy day!

Char

House of Oak Series

setThis is the BEST series I’ve read in forever! Seriously. I devoured these books on Kindle Unlimited and could see myself checking them out again in the future. They are THAT fun!

The House of Oak series by Nichole Van has 5 books. Each was incredible. Read them in order. This is not a read-out-of-order series. You’ll miss out on delicious literary delights if you do. This author makes my reader heart and eyes happy. The cadence, rhythm, and layout are ingredients that combine to make a happy dance in my heart. Continue reading

Beastly Second Chances & Slaves

NOTE: That title is NOT a name of a book. Unless you decide to name your next book that. But Beastly Second Chances & Slaves is a hodgepodge of three books I’ve recently read that went in my FAV bucket. So put on your flip flops, because I’m taking you wading through books today. (Pretend you’re at the ocean since it’s summer).

Second Chances in Paradise by Jennifer Peel

seconPeel is one of my favorite go-to authors. Thankfully, she writes quickly and keeps my sweet romance tooth satisfied. This is a first love-second chance trope set in a gorgeous beach setting in Paradise, Alabama.

Holland is a brilliant scientist working on her doctorate degree. She comes from a rough background where she never felt any love from family or those who should have cared for her. She’s always focused on her studies to fill the emptiness within her. Except for a summer she spent working at the Claibourne hotel in Paradise when she was in high school and met Porter, the owner’s son. He taught her how it felt to be loved…before he broke her heart and she fled Paradise forever.

Circumstances (aka, a friend’s wedding) bring her back eight years later…and she meets Porter again for a second shot at love. If she dares take it. The risk to her heart might be more than her scientific brain can allow.

This story made me smile. The characters are fun and lovable, The romantic tension clean, yet steamy. The side characters added great dimension and reality to the plot. The setting is stunning and fun to immerse yourself in. The character growth made this poignant and touching. It’s an all-around solid, good romance that’s perfect for the beach or wherever you might be when you need a heart-lift. I highly recommend it.

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited

Favorite Quotes

He wove his fingers between mine and held on like a covalent bond, tight and strong.

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I’m always up for a good science experiment.”

“Mmm.” He made some guttural sound while closing the gap between us. “Well baby, get ready, because I’m going to light your Bunsen burner.”

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Porter’s smile said I amused him. “To know even a tiny part of your brain is a beautiful thing.”

“Now that is a line I could fall for.” –Holland

Slave Queen by H.B. Moore

slaveThis was a super good historical/modern suspense book. The slave queen is Aleksandra, a village girl in the kingdom of Poland in the 1500’s. When the Turks come through and slaughter her people, she is taken by the sultan Suleiman himself and made a slave to his caravan. So begins her new life as she works her way up to favor in his eyes through bravery, loyalty, and sheer will.

This story also has a contemporary plot that ties in with the historical one. Omar Zagouri is an Israeli agent who is trying to find the person who beat up and hospitalized his mother. Mia, his almost fiancée, helps him on his mission. They run into others, including the son of his bitter enemy who runs Bata Enterprises. Bata has discovered ancient letters from the Slave Queen to the Sultan that could make a difference in modern day Turkish government if a sinister organization has anything to do with it.

The plot was interesting, with tons of twists and lots of great suspense and tension. It’s an action-filled story, with great characters put in scary scenarios. I loved the switch between modern day Turkey and ancient Ottoman Empire. Learning about how a Turkish harem ran, with all the subtleties and intrigues and deceits and power plays was fascinating. Aleksandra, the Slave Queen, was incredible. I loved whenever the story switched back to her and the sultan. Their love story was beautiful.

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Allen Campbell

bequThis one’s my first or second steampunk I’ve read. There’s a book–Third Daughter–that I read a while back and I’m wondering now if it was steampunk. But I’m not sure. This books is historical, set in England kind of in the Regency era, but with steam powered technology that didn’t exist then. It felt sort of science-fiction-y but had a paranormal element as well, with vampires and werewolves as part of normal life.

Lucy Pickett is our heroine. She goes to Lord Blackwell’s manor to take care of her cousin, who has married the earl’s brother. She’s intent on learning the cause of her vibrant cousin’s illness. Lord Blackwell would like her to leave, because he’s attracted to her but cannot act on his desires since he is secretly a werewolf. What?!?

As weird as it sounds, it’s a riveting story with great characters (main and side ones). The story has a good mystery element to it and lots of twists that made it very appealing and easy to read. Overall, I liked it very much and now know more about the steampunk genre. Yea me!

Favorite Quote

You are not, at your core, as you would have people believe. You’ve been sorely misjudged, and your foster the harsh exterior as a means of self-preservation. You are an enigma, a contradiction.” – Lucy

Blackwell’s expression was flat. “My, but you are a dramatic one.”

Available on Amazon

That’s all for now. You can go swim or something. Or drink lemonade in the shade…with a book. Happy reading.

Char

 

Heart of Thornewell

The Heart of Thornewell BannerLove, love, love when a romance knocks me off my feet and keeps me intrigued and guessing the whole way through. Today’s spotlight book did just that. The Heart of Thornewell turned out to be one of my favorites by Anita Stansfield. It was gripping, passionate, touching, mysterious, suspenseful, emotional, and all other good things. Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end to be in the drawing to win your own copy of this amazing historical romance. Continue reading

Loving Lieutenant Lancaster

Loving Lieutenant Lancaster BannerThis week’s giveaway is brought to you by Covenant Books. The release of a new Sarah Eden book is always something to celebrate. She’s one of my favorite romance authors. Her books are always clean, have heart-tugging problems in them that take me on an emotional roller coaster, and feature awesome characters. Here’s the blurb: Continue reading

Welcome summer – book ideas

To end the month and welcome summer, I thought I’d review a bunch of my favorites I’ve been reading from March to beginning of May.  These books range from Regency to contemporary to paranormal even. Enjoy!

The Husband Mission by Regina Scott

husbandThis Regency romance features a spunky, organized, and very strong heroine. Katherine is determined to see her step-sister wed before her 21st birthday so she doesn’t lose her inheritance to her evil cousin. She sets out on a mission to entrap the perfect husband for Constance in the form of Alex Wescott, Viscount Borin. But Alex is on his own mission to prove to the Foreign office that he is capable of being a spy. When he discovers a tail as he walks through London, he follows the kid back home to solve the mystery of who is having him followed and why. Continue reading