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Friday, January 6, 2017

The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

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I finished this book at two in the morning because after reading the first few pages I just could not put it down.

At times touching, at times devastating, A List Of Cages is the type of book that will make you feel every emotion.  It can be difficult to read at times because of the heavy subject matter but the ending is worth it.


I loved the writing style and am amazed that this is a debut.  Robin Roe is definitely an author to keep an eye out for.


*I received a free copy for review via Netgalley*

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall

Waiting for the Flood 

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People come as well as go.

Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.

Two years ago, it ended.

Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to a build a future from the fragments of the past.

Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin’s quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.

As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can’t protect himself from everything—and sometimes he doesn't need to try.
 


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me a free copy for review.

This book, my friends, is a gem. 

I can tell you honestly that there wasn't a damn thing wrong with this book.  Except maybe that I would have loved for it to be twice as long. 

It's a good thing I'm not the author then, because part of the perfection of this book is that it is short and sweet.

The Shadow Revolution by Clay Griffith

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They are the realm’s last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they’re going to need a lot more silver.

As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.

After a lycanthrope targets Kate’s vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane—but quickly discover they’re dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.
 


Thanks to Netgalley for sending me a free copy for review!

If you like fantasy and steampunk, then you are going to want to read this book.  I read it in the midst of a book-slump and it pulled me right out of that funk. 
If you like badass characters and some good old fashioned swashbuckling (with the added interest of romance of course), then you will probably love this. 
It had everything I usually look for in a book: great characters with complex personalities, adventure, fighting, and romance.  Added on top of that was a setting that felt as though you could immerse yourself in.

The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell by Stacy Reid

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   With a longing for adventure, the last thing Phillipa Pippiwell wants is to marry. After a painful betrayal by a man she trusted, she is wary when she unwittingly catches the attention of roguishly handsome - and sinfully tempting - Lord Anthony Thornton. Forbidden desires she secretly yearns for threaten to crumble her icy facade and reveal a past scandal best kept buried.

Dissatisfied with his empty life, Lord Anthony seeks a deep and lasting connection... and finds himself intrigued by the Ice Maiden of the haute monde. Undaunted by Phillipa's aloof nature and her distaste for the idea of matrimony, he sets out to thaw the bewitching beauty by enticing her with adventures of the most sensual type. But he, too, hides a scandalous secret... and if it's discovered it could rip them apart.
 


This was a great book with wonderful characters and so much romantic tension between the Hero and the Heroine.
I loved Phillipa's fierce desire to remain independent and Lord Anthony's understanding and commitment to help her.
If you love historical romances, you'll love this one!


*I received a free copy for review via Netgalley*

The Haunted Pub by Melanie Tushmore

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29484942Suffering from depression, and going through a rough time because of it, Fizz's misery culminates in his parents throwing him out, leaving him with two bags, twenty pounds, and nowhere to go. Desperate, he calls his brother, who takes him to The Queen Anne's Revenge, where Fizz winds up living in a room that hasn't had a human habitant for more years than anyone can actually count—a room that seems to already have an occupant…














The Haunted Pub was a very well-written, intriguing story about a group of friends and co-workers who are living in a haunted pub.
I loved each of the characters and thought that the author made them complex and realistic.
At times scary, at times romantic, The Haunted Pub has everything a reader could possible want in a book.
  


I received a free copy for review via Netgalley.




Friday, July 15, 2016

Every Time with a Highlander by Gwyn Cready

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She can work her magic on any man...

In a quest to bring peace to her beloved Scottish borderlands, fortune-teller and spy Undine Douglas agrees to marry a savage English colonel. Desperate to delay the wedding long enough to undermine the army's plans, Undine casts a spell to summon help and unexpectedly finds herself under the imperious gaze of the handsome and talented Michael Kent, twenty-first century British theater director.

But in this production, he commands the action...


Though he abandoned acting years ago, Michael will play whatever part it takes to guard Undine's safety—he's used to managing London's egocentric actors and high-handed patrons, after all. But not even Shakespeare could have foreseen the sparks that fly when the colonel's plans force Undine and Michael into the roles of their lifetimes.


This was one of those books that you just know you'll love from the first chapter.  I didn't realize that it was the third in a series and I was missing out on some prior knowledge, but I went ahead and read it anyway without feeling like I was lost. 

Both main characters were well-written and relatable.  Michael was especially fun to read about because his skill as an actor led him into several very tricky situations that we're never sure if he's going to get out of.  He was also honorable and so very funny.  I wish the book was twice as long, really.
Undine is the type of fierce woman that we all love to read about but her friendships and love for people kept her from being a rigid ice-queen. 
The author also did a fantastic job of creating a villain that had depth and emotion instead of being a cardboard cutout.  Well done!

I'd absolutely recommend this book for anyone who loves historical romances, time travel, and actors who are just too good at their craft.

I received a free copy for review from the publisher via Netgalley.