All about HIS voice…(Laura Kinsale’s Narrator)

While attending The Romantic Times Book Lover’s convention in Kansas City, I was lucky enough to meet Laura Kinsale (OMG! I met Laura Kinsale!!!) and listen to her pink headphones. She was showing off the voice that reads an excerpt from The Dream Hunter and let me tell you his voice could melt chocolate. The fabulous Renee Bernard recorded while I and the gorgeous Rachel Daven Skinner listened to Nicholas Boulton. They say first impressions are lasting.. I would say the video below shows that. Enjoy!

*Yes, I am wear a pink sparkly dress as it was the night of the ball!*

18269434You can purchase The Dream Hunter by Laura Kinsale narrated by Nicholas Boulton on audible.com. He also narrates Flowers from the Storm.

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Review: Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell

What rock have I been living under!? Why is this the first story I’ve read by Anna Campbell!? I loved it! A big thank you to my fellow blogger (Carol you are fabulous!!) for sending me this wonderful story!

Take a man that has been heavily scarred physically and emotionally and enter a fierce young women willing to protect her sister and young nephews and you have an emotional, passionate, enthralling romance story.

13512914Jonas Merrick is a dark wealthy man living in a gothic manor as a loner. He has been scarred in many ways and betrayed by his family. His purpose is to get revenge on those who have done him wrong. As sweet as revenge taste it is a lonely life.

Sidonie Forsythe is a young woman who cannot stand by and watch her sister, Roberta and nephews be tortured by her brother-in-law anymore. When Roberta cannot pay the gambling debts owed to Mr. Merrick, Sidonie offers herself as payment; knowing that if her brother-in-law were to find that Roberta had lost the sum of money she would probably pay with her life. Sidonie is off to the gothic manor to sacrifice herself to Mr. Jonas Merrick.

When Jonas meets the fierce Sidonie he is intrigued by her forthcoming attitude and innocence. She makes it very clear why she is there and what she intends to do for the night. Oh, but Jonas has other ideas when he realizes that one night with this spitfire will not be enough. What happens in seven days will change both of their lives….

Ms. Campbell is a new author for me and I LOVED this story. She creates a dark world that can only be altered by light of love. There is a lot of scars for both Jonas and Sidonie. When we learn what Jonas has gone through your heart breaks for the boy he was and understand why he is the man he is. Sidnoie is strong and does what she must do to protect her sister and nephews. This story was dark, passionate and emotional. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. You will be laughing, crying, cursing and feeling hot when you read this story- it really is that good!

Anna Campbell is now an auto-buy author and I look forward to going back and reading all her other stories.

Purchase Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed and other books by Anna Campbell on Amazon or B&N.

Learn more about Anna Campbell by visiting her website.

Romance Reader Girl

Review: The Heiress Effect (Brothers Sinister #2) by Courtney Milan

Counting all the ways I enjoyed The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan the second book in the Brothers Sinister series.

134899221. Miss Jane Fairfield is not the typical young heiress; she likes pushing the boundaries in everything she does. Dressing in bright colors and lots of lace she says whatever comes mind, not caring if it is proper or not. She will push those boundaries as long as it prevents her from marrying and keeping her sister safe for another 400+ days.

2. Oliver Marshall is a man that refuses society to push him down because he was born on the wrong side of the blanket. He is fighting for the rights of the people. He wants to be Prime Minister one day and is on his way to doing so. He needs to find all the right pieces to the puzzle to make his dream come true; including a political wife.

3. When Oliver sees Jane he is appalled by her dress and shocking manners. He notices that underneath all that lace there is a smart clever woman hiding. Jane is attracted to Oliver, but knows that marriage is not in her cards and says appalling things to keep him at bay. However, these two outcasts are drawn together and are on fire. Though, Oliver knows that Jane will not help his chances in becoming Prime Minster as she is as bright as star he cannot stop thinking about her. Will Oliver and Jane realize that they are the matching pieces to their puzzle?

4. Ms. Milan does it again. This story was fantastic. It’s nice to read about two people that don’t have titles and are not “perfect” according to societies rules. I enjoyed how bright and brilliant Jane was. She was a breath of fresh air to read about and Oliver is a sweet smart man that wants to do right by the everyday person. Of course, the secondary characters in this book are wonderful. Sebastian and Violet are very mysterious and Ms. Milan gives the reader a sneak peek at the third book (which is going to be awesome!!). OH and their is a bonus in this story as Emily, Jane’s younger sister has a secret of her own she is hiding.

Ms. Milan is an auto-buy author as she continues to writes wonderful historical romances. You you can purchase The Heiress Effect and other books by Courtney Milan on Amazon or B&N.

Reach out to Courtney Milan via her website.

-Romance Reader Girl

Review: The Letter by Sandra Owens

A very powerful read.

From the first paragraph of The Letter you are drawn and cannot put it down. I spent a lovely summer Sunday reading this compelling historical romance.

perf5.000x8.000.inddThe story opens with a powerful letter to Michael Jeffres, Earl of Daventry from his deceased cousin Leo. This is not a letter from the grave expressing how much Leo will miss his cousin but a letter expressing triumph; as he took the one woman who Michael ever loved and destroyed her beyond measure, for the last eleven years.

After receiving the letter Michael is prompted to find Diana, Lady Brantley to see what has happened to her. When he finds her the emotions that hit him cannot explain the sorrow and sadness he feels for not believing her all those years ago. Diana is emotionally and physically scared from her late husband. She cannot stand to be touched. The only wonderful thing in her life is her son, Jamie. Can Michael show Diana that all men are not evil and help her gain her sparkle zest for life? Will Michael be able to walk away and leave Diana if she wishes it to be?

Sandra Owens is a wordsmith; with a talent to create a beautiful  story with tragedy, triumph and love. I could not put it down. It was a page turner to the end. Among all the heartbreak and sadness there is hope and laughter. True love does conquer all no matter how many years and events have passed.

And if you aren’t intrigued already… How can you not love a three legged kitten and bunny trying to play peacemaker?

This book is a favorite for 2013 and for years to come. Sandra Owens will become one of my auto buy authors. She is an incredible writer.

Purchase The Letter on Amazon.

Reach out to Sandra Owens via her website.

-Romance Reader Girl

Review: Edible (Exquisite #3) by Ella Frank

Holy buckets of hotness is what you will feel when reading Edible by Ella Frank. You’ll want to read this book by the pool or beach as you will need to cool yourself off….often.

16249388Rachel Langley is a shell of her former self. She has the appearance of a self-confident, talented pastry chef and she is, but she is living with a secret from her past that consumes her. She can’t seem to get passed this dark secret that seems to control part of her. Rachel withdrawals from her family and friends and finds a way to gain control by frequenting a nightclub called Whipped.

Cole Madison exudes power and control. This Viking look alike owns the room when he graces it. He is a man that knows what he wants and always get its. Behind the strong confident man there is a loneliness that he desperately wants to avoid and not pay attention to.

From the moment that Rachel and Cole meet there are sparks. Cole knows that he will have her, while Rachel is determined to be anywhere but near Cole. Though the Gods have something completely different in mind for these two.

Holy smokes- this book was intense! Not only is there tones of sexual chemistry but there is an emotional story behind it. This story isn’t just about intense hot sex scenes but about a story of family, love, loss and truly accepting oneself. Sometimes you can be in crowd full of love, but feel completely alone. Both Cole and Rachel are in need of understanding and acceptance of who they are and why they are who they are. This story has it all; laughter, love, hot sex, sarcasm and a powerful cast. This is the third book in Exquisite series. It can be read as a standalone, but to understand the dynamic on all the characters it is a good idea to start with the first book in the series, Exquisite. OH and you’ll learn a little bit about carmel sauce!

Purchase Edible and other books by Ella Frank on Amazon.

Reach out to Ella Frank via her website.

-Romance Reader Girl

Book Quote Tuesday

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“A friend. A companion. A beautiful, passionate lover to spend the days and nights with. A woman to carry my children, a partner to share the triumphs and failures. A woman I can share my dreams with, and who will share hers with me. A woman who I can comfort and hold in times of need, and who will hold me when I am weak , and sorrowful, and in need of the sort of succor only a wife can give her husband. A woman who I so desperately want to make love to. You, Lucy, you are that woman.”

Charlotte FeatherstonePride & Passion

 

Review: Desire Wears Diamonds (Jaded Gentleman #6), by Renee Bernard

Happy Monday Readers,

I can say that I have been waiting for what seems like FOREVER to read Desire Wears Diamonds. Renee Bernard’s final book in the Jaded Series comes to riveting conclusion.

**Readers, you can read this story as a standalone, but I ENCOURAGE you to start at the very beginning with Revenge Wears Rubies. You will be so happy you did!** 

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Michael Rutherford has been known as the gentle giant of the Jaded. From the beginning he has appointed himself as the protector of the his fellow Jaded brothers. He has vowed to protect them from the evils that could befall them, when leaving India and returning to England. As the twist and turns have led the Jaded on a bumpy exciting ride, Michael has been at the forefront helping his fellow brothers through what evil is waiting. Finally, after three years of the Jaded being taunted Michael is ready to face the Jackal and put an end to the games he has put the gentleman through. However, nothing is ever that simple when facing the Jackal. Michael will be tested beyond all measures to save his fellow brothers, the woman he has fallen in love with and himself. Can he protect everyone as he has vowed to protect without losing himself?

Grace Porter lives a double life. By day she is the quiet spinster taking care of her elder brother’s home, just living an ordinary existence. By night she is a writer, feverishly writing stories about pirates in a mythical underworld. Her one dream is to leave her brother’s cold house, live on her own and write to her hearts content; leaving the harsh words of her brother behind and living in her mythical writing world. However, plans are going to change for Grace when Michael Rutherford appears in her drawing room one afternoon asking questions about her brother. She is consumed by him and is intrigued by his mysterious presence. Can Grace resists the force that is Michael Rutherford to live her dream of living on her own and writing?

We have been waiting from the start of this captivating series for the Jackal to be revealed (Sorry folks, you’re going to have to read the book to figure it out!) and we are not left wondering for long, as Ms. Bernard’s gives it up early in the story. Though true to form the Jaded will not have an easy go at him and we are left nail biting to the very end. There are moments where the brotherhood of the Jaded is tested and you are left breathless thinking it might be end of their friendship. In the midst of trying to take down the Jackal; Michael and Grace being to build a foundation for a wonderful friendship that blooms into a lovely passionate relationship.

Michael is truly funny. I don’t think we ever get to see how funny he is in the other stories, with all the other guys talking over him, but he is hilarious. That was such a treat for me. Funny and gentle as he is there was a moment in this book were I stopped and said, “Michael Rutherford is a badass and it’s hot!”

Oh and Grace, what can I say? She has the best wit and one-liners ever. She stole my heart and truth be known, I want to be Grace when I grow up.

All the boys are in this book, in the same room at the same time and you can’t help but snicker when they are bantering back and forth. It’s the true brotherhood that has kept this reader coming back from the start. It’s contagious and you feel like you are one of the Jaded. Ashe (his story- Seduction Wears Sapphires) plays a big role in this story and I have to admit that he has grown on me and I adored him in this story. We see all the characters that we have loved from the start and it is like coming home.

Ms. Bernard does a wonderful job wrapping up this series and you are left with no questions of what is happening with all the characters of the beloved Jaded. I am not going to lie, as I am a huge fan of this series I was excited and sad to see it come to an end. I have been waiting on the edge of my seat for this book and it was well worth the wait. By far one of my favorites series and books. Well done!

Oh, there is a bonus, Readers! At the end we get to read a penny novel written by A.R. Crimson. I really enjoyed it, as it is the center of Grace’s world.

Purchase Desire Wears Diamonds and other books by Renee Bernard on Amazon.

Reach out to Renee Bernard via her website or Facebook.

Read the Jaded Series from the start:

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Review: Out of Breath (Breathing #3) Rebecca Donovan

Readers, on Monday evening I sat by my Kindle waiting for 9pm to roll around. I was waiting for the last book in the Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan to be auto delivered. I have been waiting more than year to read the ending of this power emotional series. On Monday evening I started it and finished it on Tuesday. I was absolutely paralyzed by all the emotions I felt while reading the ending to a captivating series.

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*Please note this is not a standalone book and the three books in this trilogy must be read in order. With this being said, there could be spoilers (I will try hard not to add them) in this review, but please continue to read and read this series, it will change your life.*

This book is about young adults facing the hard truths that happen in life. We have choices and sometimes those choices affect people we care about. Emma Thomas is running away from those who love her. Running away she feels will save them from the pain she will cause them. However, she does not realize that running away causes more pain and damage than staying and fighting through the pain and emotional scars. She runs from Connecticut to California blocking out the people that care the most and really blocking out her feelings. She is a shell of herself. Emma is getting by with the help of her new friends, but they don’t understand or truly know her. A tragedy throws her into a spiral and back home to Connecticut where she is faced with the one she hurt the most, Evan Mathews.

Evan Mathews is the young man that has loved Emma from the first moment he laid eyes on her in an art class. Two years ago she walked away from him as he laid beaten to a pulp and didn’t look back. He has been trying to understand why and what happened to his Emma over the past two years, and what made her leave and destroy his heart and life. Emma isn’t the only one that has to face dragons, Evan has as well.

Emma and Evan are faced to deal with their demons and try to figure out what they want in life. Both have a story they need to share with one another before they can move on in life, either as a couple or separately.  Evan will do everything within his power and life to help her realize she needs to breath, live, love and be loved. They both will have to truly open up and be honest about what happened the night Emma left Evan lying in a pool of  blood and what has happened to both since that night. Can the raw truth of the past and forgiveness help them build a relationship or with the truth be too painful having them break apart forever?

“Every breath I breathe is because of you. Even when your weren’t there to save me, you were my reason to breathe. And for that I will always love you. Always.”

I knew Rebecca Donovan was going to put me through hell while reading this book. I told myself it was going to be emotional and prepared myself for the emotional roller coaster I would be put through. The reality is, I was not prepared for the emotions that I would experience. This series is powerful and as corny as it sounds you are left breathless. I was put through an emotional roller coast and left in a book coma, I loved it. It was everything and nothing that I thought it would be. This series and book is amazing and will be one I encourage everyone to read. The power of healing and forgiving oneself is the hardest thing to do, but in ordered to be loved and love you must do it.

Rebecca Donovan thank you for writing a series and book that will change the lives of so many people, as it did mine.

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You can purchase the Breathing Series on Amazon or B&N.

Reach out to Rebecca Donovan via her website or Facebook.

-Romance Reader Girl