Release Day Blitz: "A Nordic King" by Karina Halle

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                                                  A Nordic King by Karina Halle 
                                             Publication Date: September 21, 2018 
                                                  Genre: Contemporary Romance


SYNOPSIS: 
When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.
Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.
Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.
Their father is the widowed King of Denmark.
And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.
Adjusting to my new life isn't easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.

It’s their father.

Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible.
Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.
But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.
You think it's bad enough being in love with your boss?
Try falling in love with a king.


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Meet Karina: Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.


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Cover Reveal+Giveaway: The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen



About the Book: The Bridge Kingdom
Series: The Bridge Kingdom #1
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Publisher: Audible Originals
Publishing Date: October 16, 2018
Genres: YA/NA Fantasy
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SYNOPSIS
What if you fell in love with the one person you’d sworn to destroy?

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil - and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.

But as she infiltrates her new home - a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas - and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?


From Danielle L. Jensen:

I’m so excited to share the cover of THE BRIDGE KINGDOM, which was illustrated by the talented Richard Anderson! This novel was pure enjoyment to write because I was able to create a story that blends intrigue, adventure, and LOTS of steamy romance, all of which takes place in a fantastical setting. THE BRIDGE KINGDOM was written specifically for audio, and with the exceptional narration of Lauren Fortgang and James Patrick Cronin, it truly is an incredible listening experience!

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About Danielle L. Jensen




Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Novels: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, Warrior Witch, and The Broken Ones. Her upcoming novels are THE BRIDGE KINGDOM, which will be released by Audible Originals in October, 2018 and DARK SHORES, which will be released by Tor Teen in May, 2019. She lives with her family in Calgary, Canada.

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Cover Reveal: "Royally Yours" by Emma Chase

 

                          

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco. It’s a big deal. When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. 

She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. What she isn’t…is married. It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty. Even Queens. Especially them. 

** Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home. And a sacred promise keeps him there. To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure. 

** Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. Every dynasty has a beginning. 
Every legend starts with a story. 
This is theirs.
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    Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.


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ARC Review: "A Nordic King" by Karina Halle


A Nordic King by Karina Halle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

A STANDALONE ROYAL ROMANCE

When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.
Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.

Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.

Their father is the widowed King of Denmark.
And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.
Adjusting to my new life isn't easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.

It’s their father.
Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible. 

Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.
But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.

You think it's bad enough being in love with your boss?
Try falling in love with a king.

A Standalone Royal Romance Spin-Off






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I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A Nordic King...who is very hard to describe because I am going to combust from the feels and the need to have one like him IRL. Let's say that King Aksel has been a constant reminder since the release of the first book in this tie-in standalones, The Sweedish Prince.

And after finally reading his story I knew that my patience had paid off.

We have Aurora, an Australian woman who gets the job of the royal nanny in the Danish palace. And has Aksel as her boss. With two sweet girls, a wayward pet and the press following whenever she goes, Aurora has also to deal with her growing feelings for the King and the forbidden romance and secrets that come with it.

The tension was amazing, cooled in between with extremely funny scenes and amazing descriptions along with Danish words and food.

There is also the slight chance, and I hope Karina Halle will consider it, of writing the story of Stella and her own daughter.

At this point, Karina is one of my top favorite authors whose stories I enjoy very, very much!





About the author:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also  sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

Review: "The Beast's Heart" by Leife Shallcross


The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

A sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time—read the Beast's side of the story at long last.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.

My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.

My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again.

And now I might lose her forever.

Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling of The Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beast's heart.





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Reading a Beauty and the Beast inspired novel is always a treat. What I truly enjoyed in this one was hos deeply heartfelt the POV of the Beast was. How he began from being completely mindless from the curse and how gradually he tried to regain his humanity.

Also how he and Isabeau slowly became friends and then fell in love. It was very refreshing seeing through the eyes of the Beast. The only slightly creepy part was when the Beat had discovered the mirror and used it to watch over Isabeau's family.
There is a mix of the original book of Beauty and the Beast, along with the slight appearance of a Fae. And the ending was as sweet as I had expected it.




About the author:

Leife Shallcross’s first novel, The Beast’s Heart, a "luxuriously magical retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale", will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2018. She is also the author of several short stories, including Pretty Jennie Greenteeth, which won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story. Leife has a bit of a thing for fairy tales, and is particularly inspired by those characters that tend to fall into the cracks of the usual stories. She can be found online at leifeshallcross.com and on Twitter @leioss.

ARC Review: "The Darkest Star" (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...







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I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've been waiting for this book since the end of "Opposition"! Surely Jennifer wouldn't leave us without writing about Luc and his past. In "The Darkest Star" the spin-off series of the Lux series, Luc and Evie become tangled in a world after the Invasion of the Luxen, where people are trying to revive the world and try to coexist with the aliens.

Evie, as a heroine wasn't as reliable as I expected. Much trouble could be avoided if she just listened. But, her reaction to Luc, her friends, and her mother redeemed her, since there is a huge secret in this book which I didn't expect to read, but from a point on, I somewhat guessed it. We have cameo appearances of Archer and Daemon and I hope to see them in the next books too.

And there was so much prejudice against the aliens. I do believe that as a species we never learn from our mistakes! I mean, come on what kind of President is that in the book? I don't know if the DOD will also make an appearance in the next book, but Jennifer has managed to create the perfect ground for yet another amazing series of unforgettable characters.




About the author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications.  Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.Jennifer would love to hear from you. If you have questions about any of her books, would like to set up an interview, book signing, etc, please use the email address below. Please check out each book/series individual page for more information about each title and the FAQ section.

ARC Review: "Rebel Hard" (Hard Play, #2) by Nalini Singh


Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Hard Play series with a 
sweet, sexy romance featuring big, fat, OTT weddings, a meddling grandma, and a too- 
serious hero who needs to be unbuttoned… 

Nayna Sharma agreed to an arranged marriage in the hope it would heal the fractures in her 
beloved family… only to realize too late that a traditional marriage is her personal nightmare. 
Panicked, she throws caution to the winds, puts on the tiniest dress she can find, and ends up in 
the arms of a tall, rough-edged hunk of a man who has abs of steel—and who she manages to 
mortally insult between one kiss and the next. 

Abandoned as a child, then adopted into a loving family, Raj Sen believes in tradition, in continuity. Some might call him stiff and old-fashioned, but he knows what he wants—and it’s a life defined by rules… yet he can’t stop thinking about the infuriating and sexy woman who kissed him in the moonlight then disappeared. When his parents spring an introduction on him, the last woman he expects is her. Beautiful. Maddening. A rule breaker in the making. 

He’s all wrong for her. She’s all wrong for him. And love is about to make rebels of them both.




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I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Nayna and Raj...what can I say about this couple! They were different than the heroes and heroines I usually read in Nalini Singh's books and it felt very refreshing. For once, I got to read about a different culture and expand my vocabulary, since the only idea I have about Indian culture was through Bollywood (which is wrong).

The need to be perfect in an Indian family is stifling for Nayna who doesn't want to let down her parents. On the other hand, Raj is very traditional to the point of being absolute. But both meet in the middle and their courtship had its moments, which make you swoon all over.

I enjoyed the book, with Isa and Sailor making a cameo appearance too and I can't wait for Kait's story!



About the author:

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.
I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).
So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.

ARC Review: "A Curse so Dark and Lonely" by Brigid Kemmerer. A Unique twist on Beauty and the Beast!


A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.
 




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I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Bloomsbury for the early copy.

I rarely review books which are going to be published NEXT YEAR but in this case, I needed to make an exception. Because...hello? A Beauty and the Beast fantasy with an extra twist? Sign me up for the long haul with this book!

Harper and her brother Jack live a hard life with her mother being sick with the c-disease and Jack having to work as a shark-loan's enforcer. When Harper witnesses a young man abducting a fainted young woman she will rush to the rescue...and find herself in the world of Emberfall.

Where a prince lives in a shining castle, cursed to repeat his 18th birthday.

Rhen has one more chance before turning into a Beast and devouring everyone, losing himself. With Grey his Commander as the only ally and subordinate, he must make a young woman fall in love with him before time's out. When Harper arrives, they will both set new plans in motion which will become bigger than themselves.

What I enjoyed here was the constant action. Some said that the book is big, but for me, this e-ARC was a delight to read. Harper also has cerebral palsy, and she is described by Rhen with a stumbling gait, but that doesn't stop her from learning more about defensive fighting, riding horses and becoming a warrior. I enjoyed the dialogue between everyone and also the side characters which were introduced.

How Harper found out quickly that there is a curse and didn't succumb to the whole plot 'you abducted me to make me fall in love with you'.
The romance is slow-burning and the general plot follows lightly in the steps of Beauty and the Beast. Another fact which was new to me was how the curse worked and the extra addition to the characters which I will not spoil.



The ending was a surprise, making me realize that I will probably read the next book of this tie-in series in 2020... *gasps*



But I am not regretting the early reading. When it comes to Beauty and the Beast retellings, you have found my kryptonite!



Read the book, if you get the chance to have an early copy! You will not regret it!





About the author:

Brigid Kemmerer is the author of dark, contemporary Young Adult romances like MORE THAN WE CAN TELL and LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA novels like THE ELEMENTAL SERIES and THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington). Her next book will be her first foray into YA Fantasy, with A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, available January 2019 wherever books are sold. Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons.

Cover Reveal: "Fireworks" (True North #6) by Sarina Bowen


Fireworks by Sarina Bowen



Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a wiener on the traffic map.

Let that sink in. Like it’s her fault the traffic pattern created a perfect schlong?

Skye isn’t laughing. She needs this job. And that’s the only reason she’s willing to chase down a story in her least favorite place—that hell on earth known as Vermont.

A quick trip. In and out. Much like - never mind. She can sneak into the town that once tried to break her, get the story and slide back into the good graces of her producer. Easy peasy.

But things go sideways the moment she steps over the county line. Her stepsister is running from a violent drug dealer. And the cop on the case is none other than Benito Rossi, the man who broke Skye’s teenage heart.


His dark brown eyes still tear her apart. And even as she steels herself to finally tell him off after twelve years, the old fireworks are still there.

Things are about to go boom.






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Review: "Catwoman: Soulstealer" (DC Icons series) by Sarah J. Maas


Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

When the Bat's away, the Cat will play. It's time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing's undoing.
 





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A new take on the most iconic character in the DC universe was given to readers by my favorite Sarah J. Maas! Catwoman is a character I'll never stop pinning for and I sincerely believe that she and Batman are the best couple! Yes, even better than Superman and Lois.

In this book, Selina Kyle is trained by the League of Shadows and returns to Gotham for a mission of her own. What kind of mission, that is a great surprise. Enter Luke Fox, son of Lucius Fox (aka Morgan Freeman), who is Batwing, part of the Bat-family who acts on Batman's stead as he has left Gotham for a mission. When a series of thefts reach him, he will try to stop the thief, with everything he has.

There's no actual romance here. Some said that there is sexual tension, and there is, but the focus on the story is the squad Selina gathers as Catwoman. It was a great surprise to see Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn! The only idea I have of Poison Ivy was that failed Batman movie and Harley's madness was described in a stellar way; a fine example of an abusive relationship.

Because the Joker is not a real love interest; he is described as a monster and he even has a cameo appearance which gave me the chills.



The dialogue and the banter between Catwoman and Batwing were funny, I felt like I had stepped into a comic reading and seeing the fights, how Selina moved and that bullwhip? Wow!

I am putting this book over the other two I've read because you get to see the anti-hero/villain's side and not just the hero's.



It was a nice break as I am waiting for "Kingdom of Ash" to tear my heart out and I recommend it if you're a dedicated DC fan. ;)



About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel,is available now.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies

ARC Review: "The Skylark's Song" (The Skylark Saga, #1) by J.M. Frey


The Skylark's Song by J.M. Frey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

A Saskwyan flight mechanic with uncanny luck, seventeen-year-old Robin Arianhod grew up in the shadow of a decade-long war. But the skies are stalked by the Coyote—a ruthless Klonn pilot who picks off crippled airships and retreating soldiers. And as the only person to have survived an aerial dance with Saskwya’s greatest scourge, Robin has earned his attention.

As a pilot, Robin is good. But the Coyote is better. When he shoots her down and takes her prisoner, Robin finds herself locked into a new kind of dance. The possibility of genuine affection from a man who should be her enemy has left her with a choice: accept the Coyote’s offer of freedom and romance in exchange for repairing a strange rocket pack that could spell Saskwya’s defeat, but become a traitor to her country. Or betray her own heart and escape. If she takes the rocket pack and flees, she could end the war from the inside.

All she has to do is fly.

Filled with intrigue, forbidden romance, and a touch of steampunk, The Skylark’s Song soars in this new duology from the award-winning author of The Accidental Turn Series.





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In a world torn by war and cultural differences, Robin Arianhod is a kick-ass flying mechanic. But the skies are plagued by the Coyote, a pilot who never leaves anyone alive behind him. But when an accident will make Robin a proper pilot, she will realize that there are more to the war than she ever imagined.
And that the Coyote has his own leash too.

Following the end of her "Accidental Turn" series, which will always be my top favorite (and if you follow me you know how much I rave about the books in my blog), J.M. Frey enters into the world of steampunk, bordering to slight mecha territory, and creates a complex relationship between the main characters which can be difficulty labeled correctly.

Robin doesn't give up easily and she will do anything to escape captivity. Even when she knows that she will probably die in the process. The Coyote's identity remains still a mystery to me after finishing the ARC. The first book does a great job establishing the world-building, giving a scope to the life and its characters, but it will leave you with a tiny cliffhanger.

"The Skylark's song" is a thrilling new story which will satisfy even the demanding. Frey's voice is vibrant through the plot and very compelling to make you demand more!




About the author:

Frey is an author and professional geek. She is a professional smartypants on AMI Radio's Live From Studio 5 morning show, is an occasional talking head on the SPACE Channel's premier chat show InnerSPACE, has appeared in documentaries, lived in Japan, and lent costumes to the Ontario Science Centre. She also has a number of academic credentials, including a BA in Dramatic Literature and an MA in Communications Culture, and has lectured at the Pop Culture Association of America's Annual Conference (San Francisco), at the University of Cardiff's 'Whoniversal Appeal' Conference, and the Technology and Pedagogy Conference at York University. Frey loves community theatre, and her dream is to one day sing a duet with John Barrowman.

Release Day Blitz: "Summer Seduction" (Summer Heat #2) by Rachel van Dyken

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Summer Seduction by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Cruel Summer #2
Publication Date: August 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis:
I wanted revenge.
And I got it in the best way possible.
Ray has always driven me insane, now that we're older, all I want is to make her feel the pain she put me through for four years.
And then suddenly, everything shifts and I realize I just want her,
It's bad enough that I'm the camp director — her boss.
Our love is equal to our hate for one another and the burning tension between us refuses to relent. If anything it's gotten worse.
I push her.
She pushes back.
Passion, whether it be born of love or hate — is a powerful beast, one I'm refusing to tame.
Marlo and Ray's story continues…
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Meet the Author:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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