Sunday, March 29, 2015

Manwhore by Katy Evans

                                              Manwhore
Title: Manwhore
 
Author: Katy Evans

Publisher: Gallery Books

Published Date: March 24, 2015

Buy on Amazon: Paperback & Kindle 

Author Website: http://www.katyevans.net/





Synopsis:

Is it possible to expose Chicago's hottest player--without getting played?

This is the story I've been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don't be fooled by that last name though. There's nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he's a man's man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he's been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that's where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I'm determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I'm the one discovering him...or if he's uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?   


My Thoughts:


Katy Evans' newest book, Manwhore, is sure to be a huge hit with romance enthusiasts. With summer approaching, Manwhore is the perfect tantalizing beach and pool read. Fans of Sylvia Day and Maya Banks will find that Evans' new Manwhore series ranks right up there with their other favorite steamy reads.



Manwhore centers around the life of Rachel, a journalist/reporter who works for a struggling magazine that is on its last leg. Her dream is to write pieces that matter, such as spotlighting Chicago's city violence. However, Rachel knows she must write fluff pieces before she can make a difference with her words and truly leave her mark.



Rachel is thrilled to be given her biggest assignment that should put her magazine on the map and breathe life into its faltering pages. With the weight of saving not only her job, but her magazine, Rachel dives fully into her assignment. Write an expose on Chicago's playboy billionaire bachelor, Malcolm Saint. Rachel can easily research him and his bachelor ways as he is fodder for every gossip magazine and social media site out there. However, she needs more. She needs to find a way to get in close with Saint and tear down his walls.



Saint's public life is out there for everyone to see. There is a different girl on his arm every night. However, much about Saint is private. He surrounds himself with a tight circle of friends. What makes him tick? What made him the man he is today? What happens in Saint's inner circle? These are all questions Rachel sets out to answer. However, she soon realizes that with Saint nothing is easy. As she begins to fall for him she struggles to keep the line between 'assignment' and 'love interest' clear. Saint is nothing she thought him to be and she finds herself drawn to him like a magnet. The more she digs, the harder Rachel falls. Will she be able to write her story without tearing herself apart?



Katy Evans' newest series is sure to leave you begging for more. It ends with a huge cliffhanger that found me groaning and flying to the Internet to find out when the next book will be released. Fear not Saint lover's, Manwhore +1 is set to be released on July 7th. My countdown is on, it yours?
Katy Evans
Katy Evans


The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book, Manwhore, for the purpose of review.



Friday, March 6, 2015

The Price of Blood by Patricia Bracewell


Title: The Price of Blood
 
Author: Patricia Bracewell

Publisher: Viking Adult

Published Date: February 5, 2015

Buy on Amazon: Paperback & Kindle 

Author Website: http://www.patriciabracewell.com/





Synopsis:

Readers first met Emma of Normandy in Patricia Bracewell’s gripping debut novel, Shadow on the Crown. Unwillingly thrust into marriage to England’s King Æthelred, Emma has given the king a son and heir, but theirs has never been a happy marriage. In The Price of Blood, Bracewell returns to 1006 when a beleaguered Æthelred, still haunted by his brother’s ghost, governs with an iron fist and a royal policy that embraces murder.

As tensions escalate and enmities solidify, Emma forges alliances to protect her young son from ambitious men—even from the man she loves. In the north there is treachery brewing, and when Viking armies ravage England, loyalties are shattered and no one is safe from the sword.
Rich with intrigue, compelling personalities, and fascinating detail about a little-known period in history, The Price of Blood will captivate fans of both historical fiction and fantasy novels such as George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.


My Thoughts:


The Price of Blood, by Patricia Bracewell, is the second book in The Emma of Normandy Trilogy. The first book, Shadow on the Crown, followed fifteen year old Emma as she left her homeland of Normandy and everything she knew to marry Aethelred, the haunted King of war torn and pillaged England. Viking invasions were blooding the land and causing much internal strife. (My review of Shadow on the Crown can be found at http://endlessdaysofbooks.blogspot.com/2013/07/shadow-on-crown-by-patricia-bracewell.html) The second book picks up in 1006 where Shadow on the Crown leaves off and then ends in 1012. While these books are fiction they are based on real people, actual battles, and true events that have been recorded in history.  Bracewell used many works by Anglo-Saxon scholars to conduct her research.  What resulted is an extraordinary piece of historical fiction that uses rich language, detailed plot lines, and extensive character development. Bracewell is a wonderfully talented writer which is seen in Shadow on the Crown and The Price of Blood.

Queen Emma is an unforgettable heroine that easily captures reader's hearts, as well as the hearts and support of the English Court and commoners. This does not endear her to the King or her stepchildren. They view her and her young son Edward, who was named the rightful heir to the thrown, as threats. She is strong, intelligent, and dialed into the political landscape. Emma also keeps tabs on what is going on inside her family, the Court, and with other nobles.

In Shadow on the Crown, Emma falls in love with her eldest stepson, Athelstan. He returns her feelings but they know nothing can ever come of their dangerous love except heartache. When The Price of Blood begins the King already distrusts and dislikes Emma and he thinks Athelstan is out to steal his crown. If Emma or Athelstan gave the King any reason to think that they had feelings for each other it would lead to their destruction.  This leads to the two battling their desire for each other throughout The Price of Blood.

The Price of Blood does a wonderful job of illustrating just how hard it was to be female during this time. Women practically had no say in their lives and belonged fully to whichever man they were betrothed to. It saddened me to see Emma have no control of her son Edward's life. The King wanted them separated so that Emma would not influence Edward as he grew older, thus he had him sent away. Bracewell also demonstrated how disease heavily plagued the people of that age. Sickness spread like wildfire and there was nothing they could do but pray.

Patricia Bracewell has created an exceptional historical trilogy in Emma of Normandy. The Price of Blood is well written, well researched, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am eagerly awaiting the final novel in her trilogy to see what becomes of England, Emma, Athelstan, Aethelred, and her children. If you are looking for a pivoting series to read then you definitely need to get The Emma of Normandy trilogy.

 
Patricia Bracewell
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book, The Price of Blood, for the purpose of review.



Friday, February 6, 2015

In His Keeping by Maya Banks


 

Title: In His Keeping
 
Author: Maya Banks
 

Publisher: Avon

Published Date: January 27, 2015

Buy on Amazon: Kindle & Paperback

   


Author Website: http://mayabanks.com/




Synopsis: 

Abandoned as a baby to a young wealthy couple and raised in a world of privilege, Arial has no hint of her past or who she belonged to. Her only link lies in the one thing that sets her apart from everyone else—telekinetic powers. Protected by her adoptive parents and hidden from the public to keep her gift secret, Ari is raised in the lap of luxury, and isolation. That is, until someone begins threatening her life.

Beau Devereaux is no stranger to the strange. As the head of Deveraux Security, he’s more than familiar with the realities of physic powers. So when a family friend approaches him about protecting his daughter, he’s more than ready to jump on board. What Beau isn’t prepared for is the extent of his attraction to his beautiful and powerful client. What began as a simple assignment, just another job, quickly turns personal as Beau discovers he’ll do anything at all to protect Ari. Even if it costs him his life.

My Thoughts:


In His Keeping, by Maya Banks, is the second novel in her Slow Burn series. This novel captivated me from the moment I started reading it. The Slow Burn books are in a different category from the kind of novel I am used to reading from Banks. Don't get me wrong, there is still plenty of steamy romance, but there are also a few added characteristics such as the books are suspenseful thrillers with psychic elements.

The series centers on the adult Devereaux children. The first book in this series is Keep Me Safe. Here we are introduced to the Devereaux family when the youngest sister, Tori, is kidnapped. Her brother Caleb seeks out psychic Ramie to help locate her. What follows is a suspenseful love story that has a happy ending after many tragic twists and turns. My review of this book can be found at: http://endlessdaysofbooks.blogspot.com/2014/11/keep-me-safe-by-maya-banks.html.

In His Keeping picks up soon after Keep Me Safe ends.  This novel centers around Beau, another Devereaux brother, and Arial, a young woman with abnormal telekinetic powers. When her parents are kidnapped Arial has nowhere to turn and asks Beau for help.  What happens next is anything but a smooth ride. The clock is ticking as Beau's security team works to locate Arial's parents along with trying to keep her safe. This is no small deed!  However, what neither Arial nor Beau anticipated was falling in love.

In His Keeping is the most vivid and unforgettable novel I have read in a while. To say I loved it would be putting it mildly. Maya Banks was able to craftily weave a story full of romance, suspense, excitement, and a kick ass female heroine. It is not often that I get to read about a woman saving the day; however Arial is not one to be crossed. If you mess with those she loves you are done for. I loved watching Arial discover the scope and magnitude of her powers. Arial reminded me of a superhero with her powers and heart of gold. She could have easily fit in to the world of X-Men. Banks was able to write with such clarity and description that I could see every event unfolding in my mind. She painted wonderful pictures.

Maya Banks' In His Keeping is an exciting new novel that I wholeheartedly recommend. Get ready for your heart to pound, both from the steamy love scenes and the nonstop action. I am already counting down until June, when the third novel, Safe At Last, is released. If you haven't started Banks' Slow Burn series then you need to run, not walk, to your nearest bookstore or quickly grab your Kindle! You don't want to miss a second of this series!

Maya Banks
                                  
*I have been provided a complimentary copy of the book, In His Keeping, for the purpose of review.*



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Love by the Book by Melissa Pimentel


Title: Love by the Book
Author: Melissa Pimentel
Publisher: Penguin
Published Date: February 3, 2015 
Buy on Amazon: Kindle Paperback 



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Synopsis: 


Love by the Book charts a year in the life of Lauren Cunningham, a beautiful, intelligent, and unlucky-in-love twenty-eight-year-old American. Feeling old before her time, Lauren moves to London in search of the fab single life replete with sexy Englishmen. But why can’t she convince the men she’s seeing that she really isn’t after anything more serious than seriously good sex? Determined to break the curse, Lauren turns her love life into an experiment: each month she will follow a different dating guide until she discovers the science behind being a siren. Lauren will follow The Rules, she’ll play The Game, and along the way she’ll journal her (mis)adventures and maybe even find someone worth holding on to. Witty, gritty, and very true to life, Love by the Book will have you in stitches.


My Thoughts:


 
Love by the Book, by Melissa Pimentel, is a story centering around unlucky in love Lauren. 
Lauren left her home, family, and significant other in America to move to London for a
job and new life adventures. She was excited about meeting new and different
men, but after some time on the dating scene she realizes that men are men, no
matter their nationality.  They either run full steam away from commitment, 
are 'scrubs,' or want to settle down way too quickly. Since Lauren just exited a 
serious relationship she isn't looking to fall in love.  She just wants a normal 
man to laugh and spend time with. However, Lauren comes to the conclusion that 
she must be doing something wrong because she is striking out at every turn.


In Love by the Book, Lauren decides to conduct a science experiment revolving around her dating life. Every month she will read a dating self-help book and apply the theory to her love life. What results is a laugh out loud account of her dating misadventures. One month 
she is demure and quiet Lauren, then she morphs into flirtatious Lauren, followed by abstinent Lauren, 
and so on. She keeps this up for 8 months and allows each book to take her on new dating adventures 
with different partners. Her mission is not to find a boyfriend and settle down, instead she is hoping to find out if any of the dating books actually work and she wants to 'have frequent sex with people of sound mental and physical health.'
I loved Lauren's relationship with her roommate, Lucy. No matter which harebrained 
scheme Lauren comes up with, Lucy is with her every step of the way, as you would 
expect your best friend to be.  Lucy is fun and free spirited and loyal to a fault. When Lauren moves to London, Lucy quickly takes her under her wings, what develops is a lasting friendship. I also enjoyed reading about Lauren and 'The Angry Bookseller.' He was always the first to disapprove and make a sarcastic remark about Lauren's monthly self-help purchase. Every time she entered his bookstore they would argue and I would like him more.
In the end, Lauren realizes that she couldn't take anymore advice from authors who 
didn't know her or her circumstances. She was exhausted from all of the dating and 
trying to be someone she wasn't. It was then that she decided her mission would be 
to focus solely on herself.  Surprisingly, when her attitude and way of thinking changed is when everything shifted. However, I will leave that twist to you readers!
Melissa Pimentel's Love by the Book is a fun and lighthearted novel that is also honest 
and touching. I definitely recommend Love by the Book to all of the Chick Lit lovers out
there! Pimentel won't disappoint and the novel will be out just in time for Valentine’s Day!
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Melissa Pimentel


*I have been provided a complimentary copy of the book, Love by the Book, for the purpose of review.*



Monday, December 22, 2014

How Do You Know by Meredith Schorr



Title: How Do You Know
 
Author: Meredith Schorr


Publisher: Booktrope Editions

Published Date: November 18, 2014
 
Buy on Amazon: KindlePaperback
 
Author Website: http://meredithschorr.com/blog/








 

Synopsis: 


What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach? On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn't look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding toward her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary "break" from her live-in boyfriend results in a "break-up," Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn't always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number. Meredith Schorr, best-selling author of light women's fiction, digs deep in her newest novel and raises the age old issue of the 'proverbial clock' that haunts many women, in a way that is refreshing and sassy no matter your age or relationship status.


My Thoughts:


In Meredith Schorr's How Do You Know (Seeking Happily Ever After), Maggie is a 39 year old woman in a perfect relationship. To the outside world everything in her life is right on track. She has the perfect guy, perfect job, perfect group of friends, and all around perfect life. However, Maggie doesn't feel perfect. She feels unsettled and is afraid a spark is missing in her life.  Does she want kids?  Is she getting too old to have kids?  What if she decides she wants kids in 5 years and it is too late?  Maggie is also terrified of turning 40. She thinks it will all be downhill from there: weight gain, no more firm body, etc. What is troubling her even more is her uneventful relationship with Doug. They have dated for 3 years and love each other. They never fight or have up's and down's. However, Maggie is afraid that there might be something missing. What if there is someone else out there for her? Are things too smooth between her and Doug?  Why isn't she ready to commit fully to him?  All of these questions are swirling in and out of her head as she turns 39.

What starts as a romantic birthday dinner ends with Maggie asking Doug for a short break and him breaking things off entirely. While sad about her relationship ending, Maggie decides she has one year before she turns 40 to get her life together and discover what it is she has been missing. She quickly falls into an office romance with an older man. However, things do not go as she hopes and she soon finds herself back on the market as the clock to turning 40 quickly ticks. 

Maggie realizes as time goes on that younger men want relationships with women in their 20's; men in their 40's are searching for women in their 20's to mid 30's; and finally men in their 50's will date women in their 40's. Sadly, the men in their 50's are most likely divorced with children and not wanting to start a new family. Maggie feels pressure from herself and her family to have kids and knowing she is almost 40 and not in a relationship starts to frighten her.  Did she take Doug for granted all along? 

How Do You Know (Seeking Happily Ever After) is a laugh out loud funny Chick Lit novel that has readers following Maggie through the last year in her 30's and into the first year of her 40's as she discovers who she is and what she really wants. We see her bond with her girlfriends, grow closer to her mother, and see herself in a new light. Meredith Schorr wrote a fast paced novel that is sure to leave fans of Chick Lit happy! How Do You Know is definitely a book that I recommend!
         
Meredith Schorr

*I have been provided a complimentary copy of the book, How Do You Know, for the purpose of review.*