Friday, September 15, 2017

Breaching the Contract by Chantel Fernando

Katerina Dawson knows exactly what she wants from life. And as the new associate at the top law firm in the city, she’s ready to live out her dreams of becoming a criminal lawyer. But going on coffee runs and babysitting kids during the day was definitely not what she had in mind. She knows that anyone else would kill to be in her shoes, but she has to draw the line somewhere. That’s easier said than done, though, when Kat has to confront her handsome boss…

Tristan Channing and Jaxon Bentley run a successful law firm together and the two partners couldn’t be busier right now. When Jaxon suddenly takes a leave of absence, Tristan begrudgingly assumes responsibility of the new associate, the hot new associate, who has curves for days. Needing to keep his distance from her, Tristan sends Kat on needless errands and has her doing work even an intern wouldn’t touch, like picking up his kids. But his plan backfires when he sees his children grow attached to Kat and sees her getting comfortable in his home. It triggers something deep within him, and it feels right to have her there. Will Tristan be able to keep his work and personal lives separate, or will he find that his heart holds the final verdict?

Series: Conflict of Interest #1 | Publisher: Pocket Books | Release Date: September 18, 2017 | Genre:  Contemporary Romance| Source: Publisher | Rating: 3.5 Cups

I’m such a massive fan of Chantel Fernando’s Wind Dragons series that I was both excited and hesitant to try this new lawyer-based Conflict of Interest series. Breaching the Contract wasn’t really what I was expecting—it’s cute and sweet where Wind Dragons is a bit gritty and in your face—but I was hooked and could not put it down.
Here’s what’s going on. When Kat’s hired at one of the top law firms, she’s excited to be working with Jaxon Bentley—one of the top criminal lawyers—but when Jaxon takes a leave of absence Kat now finds herself working with his someone surly associate Tristan Channing. Instead of working on cases and getting to know their clients, Kat’s babysitting Tristan’s kids and grabbing him coffee. Tristan knows he needs to keep his distant from Kat, he’s not ready to get into a new relationship but when he sees the way she is with his kids and how they are with her, he can’t help want to let her in.
So, this one was a quick read—I read it in under an hour—and it was such a cute little romance. The first few pages were a bit slow as Kat and the law firm was introduced, once the setting and characters were established the book picked up.
I really liked Kat and Jaxon—she’s determined and not afraid to speak her mind, he’s a bit surly but loveable and he’s also a single father determined to see that his kids are taken care of.
The relationship between Kat and Jaxon was sweet—if not a bit fast, but this was short one so it was to be expected. They had some issues to work out, his was personal where she was worried about how it would look professionally, but they were dealt with swiftly and drama free.
So, there was little to no conflict in this one and it worked. The novel wasn’t heavy or intense, it was just one those I had a bad day and want something light type of book.
One thing I was a bit disappointed in was the how abrupt the ending was. There was an issue that was brought up and I was really expecting it to come into play more in the plot but rather than going through the motions, the book fast forwarded three months and just gave a recap of what happened.  
If you’re a fan of Fernando, you’ll be glad to hear that while the characters are clean cut compared to her Wind Dragons series, her heroes are still sweet, sexy, and alpha and her heroines are still independent, fun, and feisty.  
Overall, this one was light, fluffy, and perfect to unwind with. It was a great start to the new series that introduced the new characters and made me want to know more about them. I’m slightly disappointed that this was a novella because the characters were so intriguing that they could have easily filled a full-length book.

Conflict of Interest Series
Breaching the Contract
Seducing the Defendant


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Must Love Chainmail by Angela Quarles

Trapped in the wrong time, she needs a knight in shining armor, but this damsel in distress might be the real savior.
With a day planner attached to her hip, the last thing Katy Tolson wants is a romance that threatens her well-ordered life. She's set to marry the safe - but bland - guy, but something's not quite...right. A careless wish thrusts her through time into medieval Wales and into the arms of a knight in somewhat shining armor.
Sir Robert Beucol, half-Norman and half-Welsh, lives with the shame of his father's treason and vows to reclaim his family's holdings and thereby his honor. To prove himself to his king, he must be more Norman than a full-blooded Norman. What better way to show loyalty than to fight his mother's people? He has no desire to be sidetracked by the mysterious wench with pink toenails, peculiar habits, and passion smoldering behind her cool, collected exterior.
The Welsh uprising fits perfectly into Robert's plans. Katy's on the other hand? That's a no. As they embark on a perilous journey through the heart of Wales, each passionate encounter pulls them closer together, but farther from their goals. When everything they value is at stake, can they save each other and their love?
Series: Must Love #2 | Publisher: Angela Quarles | Narrator: Mary Jane Wells  | Length: 10 hrs and 1 min | Genre: | Source: Author | Ratings: 4 Cups

A time travel romance with a tarnished medieval knight and a modern day woman who just so happens to be a control freak? Yes, please! I’m just loving this series. It’s been a blast to listen to.
Here’s what’s going on. Katy Tolson has spent her life playing it safe and living by her day planner. She’s even picked the perfect ‘safe’ guy to marry. Although all of her planning goes out the window when an accidental wish transports her back to medieval Wales and into the arms of a handsome but tarnished knight. Sir Robert is determined to break free of the stigma of his father’s treason and to do that he must turn his back on the Welsh, who happen to be his mother’s people. Yet things don’t go as planned when he finds Katy. Now they must rely on each other as they venture across Wales in the middle of an uprising.
First, let me say, I did a little happy dance when I discovered this was set in Medieval Wales. It’s a setting and era rarely picked for time travel romances and I have to give kudos to Angela Quarles for making this one unique. It definitely stands out.
I really liked both Katy and Robert. They’re both a little damaged and have issues they need to work out. There’s some soul searching they need to do and they both have unanswered questions. I really liked watching them grow both as a couple and as individuals. And I enjoyed watching them reevaluate their ways of thinking.
While there was definitely a spark to the relationship and chemistry between them, it took a bit of time before they figured things out. Robert has reasons why he feels he can’t wed and Katy was focused on getting back to her time.
One of the things that I’ve come to love about this series is that the author brings the setting to life and I love how she made Wales seem as though it was another character. It just brought so much to the story.
So, there was one little problem I had—and it wasn’t really an actual problem—I just wanted to see more of the ending. I’m kinda hoping she’ll release a novella so I can see what’s going on with Robert and Katy.
This is the second in the Must Love series and while the books are connected, it’s a loose connection and this one works brilliantly as a standalone.
Overall, this one had me on the edge of my seat. I was so wrapped up in the story, it just flew by. Not only did it offer time travel and romance, it offered history and a bit of danger. This series should be on everyone’s tbr list.

Must Love Series
2-Mucst Love Chainmail
3-Must Love Kilts


Monday, September 11, 2017

It’s Monday, Monday…Outlander and Free Reads

Hello, Lovelies!

It’s Monday, Monday! And I hope the start of the week is treating you well!

For me, this week started with a bang because droughtlander is finally over! Huzzah! Starz released the first episode of season 3, The Battle Joined, early On Demand so, needless to say, I was pleased.

The episode was brilliant. It dealt with Claire and Frank (I cringe a little when I say/type/read/think about his name/him) settling into their new life in Boston and with each other as well as Jamie and the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden.

While I was ecstatic about Outlander coming back on, I was a bit hesitant about watching the Culloden scenes—not because the scenes were bloody but because the Battle of Culloden was an event that changed the fabric of Scotland. In less than an hour, the Battle of Culloden left nearly 3,000 Jacobites dead on the battlefield and ended the Highlander way of life so I was pleased to see that Outlander brought forth the weight and the grittiness of the battle rather than romanticize it. And Sam Heughan did such an amazing job of bringing forth the emotion of the battle.

In other news, I finally found a home for the hermit crabs. They were cute but creeped me out so I can’t say I was sad to bid them adieu. The fish is now residing on my desk and seems to happy now that he’s recovered from his journey in the post.

On the bookfront, I managed to get through a few audiobooks last week while I finished up some home projects. I’ve also stacked my TBR next pile with a few Christmas/Winter books. I purchased an e-book, 99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter, after reading the fantastic review by Kim @ The Caffeinate Book Reviewer.

Free on Amazon
How to Marry a Cowboy: All Lily and Gabby want for their eighth birthday is a mom. Mason Harper had always side stepped the issue, but what was he supposed to say the day he found a woman wearing a tattered bridal gown and just waking up on his front porch swing? He offers Annie Rose the job of watching his wild girls for a month while he finds a new nanny, and she takes it with intentions of laying low for a month to hide from her abusive ex-boyfriend. But in such close quarters, their growing attraction is impossible to deny...
Reckless in Texas: Outside the rodeo ring, Violet Jacobs a single mom and the lone voice pushing for her family’s rodeo production company to modernize and gun for the big time circuits. When she takes a business matter into her own hands by hiring on hotshot rodeo bullfighter Joe Cassidy, she expected to start a ruckus inside the family...but never expected her heart to end up on the line.

Free on Amazon
An exciting prequel novella to New York Timesand USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker's thrilling new Deep Six series
Harper Searcy didn't want to fall for a soldier, but she couldn't forget her hot Navy SEAL friend or their one night stand. When the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan where she works comes under attack by terrorists, there is only one man she knows who would move heaven and earth to rescue her: Michael "Mad Dog" Wainwright.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Rapid Fire Book Tag

I’ve been wanting to add something a bit different to the blog lately and there’s been so many of these fun little book tags floating around, I decided to give them a go.

The Rapid Fire book tag has been popping up on a few blogs recently and it looked intriguing. The original tag can be found here @ The Bibliophile Girl.
E-Book Or Physical Book?
Physical Book because there’s nothing like that new book smell or the feel of turning actual pages.

Paperback Or Hardback?
Nothing beats a lovely new Hardback, plus I don’t have to worry about the spines cracking. Seriously, there’s nothing worse than a cracked spine. And they look so lush sitting on my bookshelf.

Online Or In-Store Book Shopping?
In-Store. That book smell is soothing to the soul and there always a fellow bookworm to chat up. 
Trilogies Or Series?
Series because three books is never enough.
Heroes Or Villains?
A redeemable villain because everyone loves a bad boy.

A Book You Want Everyone To Read?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte #TheoriginalTeamEdward

Recommend An Underrated Author?

Loretta Ross, cozy mystery writer who entwines heavier/more meaningful plots into her cozies.

The Last Book You Finished?

The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne (out October 3, 2017)
Weirdest Thing You’ve Used As A Bookmark?
A smooth slab of serpentine (gemstone) that I intended to make a necklace out of until I accidentally broke it.
Used Books: Yes Or No?
If in good condition, yes. Some of my rare King Henry VIII and Tudor nonfiction books have been used.

Top Three Favourite Genres?
Romance, Mysteries, and Nonfiction. Although those can change given my mood.

Borrow Or Buy?
Buy. I can’t even recall the last time I borrowed a book.

Character Or Plot?
Character because they make or break the book. The plot can be amazing but if I don’t mesh with the characters, or they’re out there in left field, or they’re as annoying as sin, or just TSTL the grand plot is for naught.

Long Or Short Books?
Depends on my mood. If a long book grabs my attention, I can have it read no time and if a short book bores the pants off me, it can take me weeks (Summer on Firefly Lake, I’m looking at you. The longest 331 pages I’ve ever read.)

Name The First Three Books You Think Of
Maybe I Do by Nicole McLaughlin (because I just finished writing my review)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (because Jamie Fraser is always on my mind)
Breaching the Contract by Chantal Fernando (because it’s next on my TBR pile)

Books That Make You Laugh Or Cry?
Anything by Emma Chase, Molly Harper, Alison Clayton will have me laughing out loud in public places.
I’m not really a crier but Nearest Thing to Heaven by Lynnette Austin brought up all the feels.

Audiobooks: Yes Or No?
If the narrator is good, then yes. A bad narrator can ruin a good book.

Do You Ever Judge A Book By Its Cover?
I do! The cover’s the first thing that catches my eye.

Book To Movie Or Book To TV?
Neither does the books much justice but if I had to choose, then Book to TV that way I get to watch my favorite characters every week.

A Movie Or TV Show That You Preferred To The Book?
Austenland. It was spunkier and more mature than the book.

Series Or Standalones?
Series because one is never enough.

So, that was that, Lovelies, and it was a blast to do. Rather than tagging anyone, I’m just going to say jump in if you want.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #63: Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown

Release Date: September 26, 2017

Why it’s my WoW: I really enjoyed the Dawson family in the first book in this series and I’m eager to read more about Kasey and her adorable little kids.


Nash Lamont is a man about as solitary as they come. That's exactly why ranch life in middle-of-nowhere Happy, Texas suits him. So what the heck is he doing letting a beautiful widow and her three rambunctious children temporarily move in? Before he knows it, they're stringing Christmas lights and decorating the tree... and he's having the time of his life. But after everything he's been through, Nash knows this kind of happiness doesn't last.


Kasey Dawson thought she'd never get over the death of her husband. Nash, with his strong hands and infinite patience, is stirring something she hasn't felt in a long time. Kasey knows the sexy cowboy isn't telling her everything about this past, though. And she refuses to risk heartbreak all over again. But her kids have a plan of their own: Nothing will keep them from having a real family again-even if it takes a little help from Santa himself.

What are you waiting on?


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving

I’ve been wanting to jump into some memes and Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is always so much fun!

This week’s prompt was: Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I've Most Recently Put Down. I decided to go with Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving.

1—Outlander by Diana GabaldonOutlander first came to my attention about 6 or 7 years ago when my cousins started reading it and because they promised kilted highlander yumminess, I jumped in and purchased a copy. Sadly, I couldn’t make it past chapter two. I just wasn’t feeling Frank or Claire so I set the book aside. When I found out it was being made into a series that looked tempting, I knew I had to read the books. Thankfully, I finally clicked with the book and now I’m an ob-sassenach.  

2—Sommersgate House by Kristen Ashley—this one was a victim of boring narration and now that I’ve finally picked up the actual book, I can’t put it down.

3—Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan—this one started so slow and the heroine was going back and forth trying to figure out if she wanted to let the hero back into her life and I was so sure this one was going to be a DNF. I’m so glad I stuck with this because I loved it and, after chapter three, I couldn’t put it down.

4—The Legal Briefs Series by Emma ChaseOverruled, the first book in the series, nearly ruined the entire series for me because Stanton, the hero, was a total tosser, he still makes me growly. Then I gave the second book, Sustained, a try and Jake saved the series for me.
5— Starry Night by Debbie Macomber—the heroine’s a journalist sent to do a story on the hero and I nearly DNFd this one because I’m not a fan of the trope but the novel surprised me and it became one of my favorite Christmas romances.

6— Perdita by Hilary Scharper—I’m always up for a good gothic but this one started out rough with journal entry after journal entry but once the ‘info dump’ was over, I really enjoyed this one.

7— Hot & Bothered by Kate Meader—this one started out a little off kilter with all the push and pull between the main characters but once they figured out what they wanted I couldn’t get enough and it’s on my keeper shelf.

8— Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany—the first book in cozy mysteries are always a little hard to get into but this one lagged although once the characters and town was established, I really enjoyed this one.

9— True Deceptions Veronica Forand—I didn’t realize this was the second book in a series so I lacked the who’s who when I started it but once I figured out what was going on I devoured this book.

10— Under His Skin by Stacey O’Neale—this was a whole new subgenre for me so it took a bit of time for me to click with this alien world. In the end, I loved it.