Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Reviews!

Fresh new reviews are coming tomorrow, 4/19/2017! Thanks for your patience! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want


You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want
Alexandra Hawkins
St Martin's Paperbacks
$7.99 eBook/PB

Chance is charming, rogueish, and oh-so-handsome. Tempest is beautiful, convention-defying, and completely out of Chance's reach. A long-ago family feud stands in the way of these two would-be lovers. Will they be stubborn and creative enough to work around the desires of their families and carve out a life together? 

This book, while part of a series, is definitely enjoyable as a stand-alone and is touching, sweet, and darkly funny.

The Blacksmith's Wife


The Blacksmith's Wife
Elisabeth Hobbes
Harlequin Historical
$5.20 PB, $4.99 eBook

Joanna has life planned out perfectly... she will marry the dashing young knight, Sir Roger Danby. His skill on horseback.. the talk of Yorkshire! As the mere niece of a merchant blacksmith, she can barely believe her good luck at catching the eye of a nobleman, and such a dashing one! 

Hal (Henry) Danby is the brother of Roger, a blacksmith with a lifelong dream of entering the Smith's Guild. After both Hal and Joanna experience bitter rejection from the Guild and from Roger, and suddenly Joanna's Uncle Simon proposes, no, insists that the two wed. He all but offered membership in the Guild to Hal as a bribe, and threatens Joanna with marriage to a much older man. The two are thrown together... can they make this forced marriage into something wonderful? Can Joanna ever forget her love for Roger? This is a great beach read for the summer!

The Forbidden Duke



The Forbidden Duke
Darcy Burke
$2.99 eBook/ $6.99 PB

It's rare for me to find a Regency romance that I enjoyed as much as this one. Don't let the cover fool you... it's not all froth and steam. I loved this tale of a fallen spinster and the rogue who was friends with the rake who stole a kiss 10 years ago from her! Yes, a kiss was enough to ruin a young lady for life, and now she must find a way to pull herself up from her past. Please enjoy an excerpt from the title HERE. All in all, this is a sweet tale of redemption and love, without a great deal of drama or angst.


Wedding Night with the Earl



Wedding Night with the Earl
Amelia Grey
St Martin's Press
$7.99 eBook/PB


This book is, in a word, scrumptious! Part of the series 'The Heirs Club of Scoundrels' (but perfect as a standalone!) , this enchanting story introduces us to Adam Greyhawke, a carousing, gambling cad and Katherine Wright, a sweet, willful, very wealthy young lady. I beg the forgiveness of you, my readers, but to use a very overused expression, mayhem ensues! 

Adam has lost his wife and child in childbirth, he has an orphan unceremoniously dumped in his lap as his new heir, his two best friends have lovely wives who happen to be increasing, and society dictates, of course, that a single man in possession of any sort of money must be in want of a wife! He visits London to attend to the matter of this scrawny scamp of an heir he suddenly possesses, and in the course of attending a dinner party meets Katherine, the heroine of our story. He pesters her to dance, being enchanted by her words and her face, but is turned down flat. Joke's on him, as she walks away, she reveals the cane she had carefully concealed in the folds of her gown.

This story is both very touching (the orphaned Dixon and the handicapped Katherine provide a 1-2 punch to the gut), sexy (great wordplay between Adam and Katherine), and even has a bit of a Beauty and the Beast thrill to it. Nothing too unexpected occurs, it's simply a delightful love story. 

The Reluctant Bridegroom


The Reluctant Bridegroom
Shannon Farrington
Love Inspired Historical
$4.79 PB/ $4.99 eBook

Another fine Love Inspired installment set in 1860s America, 'The Reluctant Bridegroom' delves into an unconventional arranged marriage and the upheaval around the assassination of President Lincoln. Rebekah Van der Geld's father, a powerful politician in Maryland, has arranged for a most lucrative match with Henry Nash, councilman and son of another powerful politician. When we say "arranged", it's really almost blackmail, as if Henry wants his career to advance, he must marry Rebekah. Of course, nothing is ever simple... add Henry's two orphaned nieces, John Wilkes Booth, scarlet fever, and Rebekah's overbearing father into the mix, and the tale leaves you wondering if the two can ever truly form a loving marriage. Of course, as it is a Love Inspired book, you know the two will end up happily ever after, but the antics and intrigue swirling around Rebekah and Henry do provide a great quick read, perfect for a rainy day on the couch or a sunny beach adventure. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Livi




Livi




Ok, how adorable and fun is this product?? I don't claim to have a green thumb, exactly, but I usually can keep plants alive for a while anyways! However, one of my biggest complaints with my current home is the only natural light in my kitchen comes from my patio doors, and there's no way to keep plants alive in my kitchen. Well, not anymore! I'm so excited to share this new product with you! 

Livi is an extremely versatile planter that will adhere to virtually any surface! Also great, it's 100% recyclable, re-bonds repeatedly, and leaves no residue. You can place a plant in a small pot or plant directly in it. Definitely check it out on Kickstarter, and consider funding this awesome product. I know for sure it will be well-loved in my kitchen!

From the creators:
Livi is a portable planter that can transform windows to vertical gardens. This planter can stick on virtually any vertical surface thanks to its specialized “palms”. They are made of an innovative nanotechnology material that can bond with smooth surfaces repeatedly, including windows, with just a gentle push. It's a simple idea, but provides an attractive way to grow plants inside, on windows, stick to the side of your fridge, or pretty much anywhere there's a flat surface.