Exciting January 2019 Book Mail!

Good afternoon,

Happy Friday! It’s another cold day here in Minnesota. It’s given me a great excuse to curl up and get some reading done. So far I’ve managed to read a good chunk for January and hopefully the read trend will continue.

Speaking of good news, I received an exciting package from Estelle at Forever Pub which I won in a giveaway recently. I’m going to call it a belated Christmas gift because it really is such a wonderful gift and it’s books which I always love receiving! Thank you so much for the sweet note, Estelle! I love how some of the books are bigger paperback ARCs mixed in with the regular sizes. So on to the books!

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The Fearless King (The Kings Book 2) by Katee Robert (2/5/19)

Blurb:

Journey King is an expert at managing the family business. But when her father returns to Houston hell-bent on making a play for the company, Journey will do anything to stop him, even if that means going to Frank Evans for help. Frank deals in information, the dirtier the better. Rugged and rock solid, he’s by far her best ally — and also the most dangerous.
Frank knows better than to get tangled up with the Kings. But something about Journey’s rare vulnerability drags him deep into enemy territory… and into her darkest past. Pretending to be her boyfriend may be necessary for their plan to work, but Frank soon finds helping Journey is much more than just another job – and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

 

Pre-order Links:

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Gentleman Sinner by Jodi Ellen Malpas (2/5/19)

Blurb:

Izzy White knows of the darkness in this world. After all, she escaped it long ago. Determined not to let her past beat her, Izzy has a secure, stable life with a job she loves in nursing. But one act of kindness will completely upend everything she’s so carefully built-putting her right back in the crosshairs of danger she’s been so desperate to avoid.

When Theo Kane shows up like a knight in shining armor, Izzy can’t help thinking she’s been saved from one threat and exposed to another. His imposing physique, the harsh lines of his face, and the wariness of everyone who comes close are just a few clues to Theo Kane’s notorious reputation. The man is positively terrifying. But with Izzy, he’s tender and a complete gentleman, and her fascination with the mysterious beast of a man becomes too powerful for her to walk away.

As Theo’s demons come to light, running becomes even more impossible. And yet staying together could doom them both.

Pre-order Links:

Amazon

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The Cowboy Next Door (Montana Strong Book 2) by R.C. Ryan (2/26/19)

Blurb:

After weeks on the trail, Sam Monroe is looking forward to a hot bath, a home-cooked meal, and a real bed. In that order. But he’s greeted by something even better when he opens the door to his family’s ranch house. Seems the new housekeeper is a gorgeous young woman who cooks like an angel and wrangles his family like a pro. If only she didn’t dislike him so much…
Penny Cash is down on her luck, and the last thing she needs is a flirtation with a wild, carefree cowboy. Sure, he’s funny and sexy, but they’re as different as whiskey and tea. And she’ll be leaving town as soon as she finds a full-time teaching position. But when trouble comes calling, Penny will find out how serious Sam can be when it comes to protecting the woman he loves…
Also includes the bonus novella Saved by the Cowboy by A.J. Pine!
Olivia Belle has always believed in fairy tales…until the moment her boyfriend dropped to one knee. When Olivia speeds into Cash Hawkins’ town like a modern-day Cinderella in a ball gown and glass slippers, Cash’s careful existence is thrown for a loop. Olivia could be his happily ever after . . . if this runaway bridesmaid doesn’t run off with his heart. Please note that my copy does not include Saved by the Cowboy.

 

Pre-order Links:

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Day of the Dragon (Dragon Hunter Book 2) by Katie MacAlister (3/5/19)

Blurb:

Real scholars know that supernatural beings don’t exist. But the moment I meet Archer Andras of the Storm Dragons, all my academic training goes out the window. Thanks to Mr. Tall, Dark, And Infuriating, I’m learning that I really should worry about those things that go bump in the night. . . and that dragons like Archer are 100 percent pure trouble.

Now I’m caught in the middle of a war. On one side is Archer. On the other is his twin brother. And I am the key to translating an ancient text that could bring balance-or deadly ruin-to our world. But none of that is as dangerous as the seriously sexy sparks between Archer and me. He’s too tempting to be real. Too gorgeous to trust. And when it comes to dragons, there’s no smoke without deadly fire.

Includes the novel WOLF’S MATE by Celia Kyle: When Abby Carter is threatened by an anti-shifter organization, werewolf shifter Declan Reed will have to convince her that there’s no safer place in the world than in the arms of a big bad werewolf. Please note that my ARC does not include the Wolf’s Mate.

Pre-order Links:

Amazon

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Meet Cute by Helena Hunting (4/9/19)

Blurb:

Kailyn Flowers was always calm, rational, and controlled-until she ended up sprawled all over Daxton Hughes, the former actor she totally crushed on as a teenager. Then she did the unthinkable: She became a mortifying fangirl in five seconds flat, which may or may not have included professing her undying love. And oddly, he didn’t run away. In fact, their meet cute led to a friendship she never saw coming. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming, either…
Now Dax needs her help. As guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister, he’s in way over his head. And though Kailyn hasn’t forgiven Dax, she isn’t heartless enough to make him fend for himself, either. Soon their friendly meetings turn into flirty dinner dates, and Kailyn can feel their chemistry is as explosive as ever. But how can she possibly let down her guard again to a guy who has heartbreak written all over him?

 

Pre-order Links:

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The Summer House by Jenny Hale (5/7/19)

Blurb:

Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.

Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.

Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets… secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.

Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?

Pre-order Links:

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I’m so excited to have these books in my hands and to dive into the stories! Day of the Dragon is one of my most anticipated releases of this year! Are any of the books mentioned here on your most anticipated lists or do you have lists about other books? I am really curious to know so please feel free to leave a comment and help me add more to my long list of books to read published this year!

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for now. I have a lot to look forward to read and a few books I need to get to this weekend. I’m nearly done with my reread of Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce and about halfway through Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, both of which I am really enjoying. So off to bookland I go! I think I’m going to need a bigger cup of tea and some refreshments!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Seas of Crimson Silk Review

Happy Friday!

I was asked if I would like to receive a digital galley of a book and of course I said yes. I’m so glad I did! Please scroll down to see more of my thoughts. You can get your own copy which is now available on all platforms!

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Buy Link:

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My Thoughts:

I was kindly given an ARC though it doesn’t affect my review and all thoughts are my own.This book was all that I love in a fantasy novel and more!

Imagine a world where creatures can shape shift into humans but their kind have either been hunted nearly to extinction so many have many been forced to either hide or be caged.  These creatures are known as the Beastkin which are a race that are humans who can transform into a variety of beasts including birds, lizards, wolves and many other creatures that have been known as myths but are very much alive.

This is the world of Sigrid of Wildewyn who has spent most of her life with her fellow Beastkin sisters as the Matriarch of her Clan in a beautiful woodland area among humans who have treated them well but more like fancy pets than a race that deserves to be free to roam. Sigrid is a Drakon and has been taught to believe that she’s the last of her kind. Their clan is very much about tradition including wearing a special mask when not among family or a husband and not to be touched with the same stipulations. If these rules are violated, they result in either the death of the Beastkin or the offender(s).

Sigrid and her sisters may be bound to their gilded cages by the humans they protect but they are far from damsels in distress. They are warrior women who have trained hard from children to be able to defend themselves and those they care for. So essentially they remind me of a mix of Amazons, Vikings, Celts and their own unique brand of tough close-knit women.

On the night Sigrid is to be bound to a human to help keep peace, they are attacked by a brand of assassins from the desert region Bymere and her betrothed is killed just before the ceremony is complete. She and her fellow sisters proceed to kill these enemies and allow a single person to escape to run back and spread the word about these fierce women.

Soon she finds herself the unwilling second wife of Sultan Nadir from Bymere who reluctantly agrees to a tentative peace between Wildewyn and his people. Nadir is a young royal who has always felt that he wasn’t fit to rule his kingdom and that his older brother Hamir would have done a much better job. Forced into the role of King after his brother was poisoned by ingredients believed to have come from Wildewyn, he has been at war with them since. Letting his advisors have most of the say and one of the advisors being his first wife Saafiya, he chafes at some of their edicts but also feels that they may know what’s best.

From the moment Nadir and Sigrid are bound to each other, there is a lot of tension and his entourage seems loathe to accept Sigrid even though she is now also a sultana. Finding companionship in her dear sister Camilla who accompanies her to this new strange land and her assigned guard Raheem, Sigrid is determined to not show weakness to these strangers and her new husband. While making the journey back to Bymere, they have stopped to rest and out of boredom, the advisors convince Sigrid to fight mostly to see how long it takes before she is beaten by some of their warriors. Not one to back down from a challenge, Sigrid shows the arrogant advisors just how unwise it would be to mess with her and gains a lot of respect in the eyes of Nadir who finds himself drawn to this fascinating and fierce woman.

After reaching Bymere, Sigrid finds herself trying to navigate the murky waters of being a second wife, being among people who are loathe to accept her including the advisors and first wife, showing Nadir some of the important aspects of being a leader and the struggles of being a Beastkin in an area where many of her kind have been hunted to extinction.

Life is about to get even more complicated for Sigrid when she learns some secrets about her kind that will cause her to have to choose between her heart which is slowly warming to Nadir and doing what’s right for her fellow Beastkin who have spent way too much time hiding.

A war is coming that has been a long time in the making. Sides will be chosen, decisions will have to be made and Beastkin are preparing to fight for their freedom because they are ready to prove that they deserve to be treated equally.

A fascinating blend of clash of cultures, Beastkin, surprises, friendship, loyalty and the choices leaders often have to make, I highly recommend checking out this book because the tale itself is so much more wondrous than I can accurately describe. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings. I’m so happy to have gotten a chance to read this book and there were so many great parts that I highlighted on my Kindle. May you have a wonderful weekend full of all the reading your heart desires!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

Two Readathons In January? Yes Please!

Happy Thursday,

There are so many Readathons I am looking to participate in this year though sadly I probably won’t be able to read them all but that’s okay because otherwise I’d burn myself out.

Speaking of Readathons, there are two coming up that I’m excited for, not to mention my TBR shelves need to start going down and January is the perfect time to start!

Readathon #1- Off the Grid Readathon from January 11th- 13th (12 am- 11:59pm your time zone)

This Readathon is very relaxed as there are no challenges. The premise of this Readathon is to do as much reading as possible for 72 hours and taking some time away from social media. As usual I’ve set myself a TBR that I probably won’t read all of but I love having options. My main focus will be In The Midst of Winter because my book group at my local library meets this Tuesday to discuss it.

For more information on this Readathon which is being hosted by Justine from I Should Read That and Shanah from Bionic Book Worm , you can check out these links:

Justine’s Youtube Announcement

Justine’s Blog

Shanah’s Blog

Off The Grid Readathon Twitter

 

Readathon #2- Winter Biannual Bibliothon from January 12th – 18th

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Challenges:

– Read The Group Book- Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
– Read a 5 Star book- Eliza and Her Monsters
-A Book That Got You Into Reading- Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
-Read an Adult Genre- The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman or Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
-Combine your favorite genre with your least favorite format-The Power of the Dark Crystal in graphic novel (Fantasy is one of my favorite genres but I don’t read a lot of graphic novels though I do enjoy what I’ve read)
-Read a book with a cover you don’t like- The Gift by Cecelia Ahern (I have the U.S. version but I like the U.K. one better)
-Read a book by an author you’ve never read before- I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel
For more information on this exciting Readathon, which includes Instagram as well as Video Challenges you can check out these links:
So since my weekend is officially all booked (pun intended) I had better start preparing myself. Hope you’re having a wonderful bookish year so far and thank you for dropping by to check out my latest bookish ramblings.
Happy Reading!
Slainte
~Meg

Tackling TBR and Backlist Books

Good evening,

I hope your January is going well and you’re getting in some quality reading time.

I’ve been fairly successful so far with trying to read books that I didn’t finish in 2018 and reading books in general. I’m hoping this motivation will stay strong because I have a lot of books I’d love to read this year and a good sized backlist of my owned books to tackle. Speaking of tackling books, here are some on my current radar:

Currently reading:

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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I have less than 60 pages left to go! I was listening to it on audiobook through my Library’s Libby app but alas didn’t finish before it was automatically returned. That’s okay though because now I can fully immerse myself in these last important pages. I highly recommend listening to it on audiobook as the narrator does an amazing job!

My cousin kindly made the bookmarks in the photo (I have two others to go with them) which was so sweet of her and I can never have enough bookmarks!

Up Next:

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I’m looking forward to reading the next three books in the second picture which have all piqued my interest.

The first book: I read a little of the first chapter of The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone last night to see what I thought and I’m excited to continue because I haven’t read much about Cryptology, would like to read more and it’s about real events that happened in the early to mid 1900s.

The second book: In The Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende is the pic for my Night Owl Book Group at my library. I don’t know a lot about it other than three perspectives from different timelines who all have a connection.

The third book: The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers is another book I’ve been slowly reading since last year. I love the book, I just kept getting distracted by others. I’m determined to finish it this year (hopefully this month) so I can dive into the other two books.
Speaking of books, I’d better get back to them! Happy reading fellow bookworms!

Slainte

~Meg

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The Highland Renegade Review

Good morning,

I recently finished a delightful book about Highlanders and I’m so excited to finally get around to talking about my thoughts on here. I would like to mention that received a digital galley of this book though it doesn’t influence my thoughts in any way.

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This latest installment in the Lords of the Highlands series was everything I hoped for in a Scottish Historical romance and so much more.

This is the story of Janet Cameron and Laird Robert Grant whose families have been at war with each other for several generations due to a feud that neither side is completely sure of all the details.

Every time Janet and Robert run into each other, it’s a clash of will and several misunderstandings. Janet has been taught all her life that the Grants are the enemy and a clan made up of a bunch of liars and cattle thieves.

Robert’s clan has had generations of bad blood with the Camerons and recently had cattle stolen which he blames on the Camerons and tries to avoid them at all costs though is drawn to the prickly Janet.

Janet and Robert find themselves at a Samhain gathering near the Highlands, which also happens to have some very rude Dragoons patrolling the area. When an officer attempts to handle Janet too roughly, she’s not afraid to smack his hand away and the Dragoon receives a punch from one of her suitors for his troubles who then proceeds to try to chase after her on horseback.

Robert is eager to get away from the Dragoons with his clan and nearly does until he hears Janet’s scream and rides to her rescue.

What ensues afterwards is a mad dash to the treacherous paths of the Highlands and Janet is injured after a serious fall. Luckily Robert is there to help tend to her and once they eventually make it to his lands, they will be forced to get along until she is healed.

Soon they will realize that sometimes feuds have gone on for too long, that neither has been the culprit for stealing cattle and that sometimes the person you’re meant to be with can be full of surprises.

It was full of dashing kilted Highlanders, a clan feud, feisty heroine, romance, adventure, and the power of working together for a common cause.

I can’t even begin to explain how much this book has meant to me nor just how beloved the characters of become as I get further into this series but if I do highly recommend checking out this series because it’s a wonderful mix of history blended with Amy Jarecki’s fascinating spin on how life might have been for these Highlanders and those they loved.

Do yourself a favor and go pick yourself up a copy!

So that wraps up my bookish ramblings. I hope your curiosity has been piqued and that you’ll enjoy the book as much as I have.

Happy Reading!

~Meg

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The Light Over London Is Released Today!

The Light Over London Is Released Today!

Good morning,

I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to the new year and you’re just as excited about some books as I am. I know it’s very early in the year but there are so many books being released which I can’t wait to get my hands on! Speaking of new releases, I am excited to talk about one that you can get a copy of today.

I was given an ARC by the publisher of Gallery Books but that doesn’t influence my views in any way and all thoughts are my own. So let’s turn to this book I’ve been hinting at!

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Isn’t that cover just stunning? It matches up very well with the overall storyline as well!

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My Thoughts:

This is a story that was told in dual perspectives of women whose lives are seventy-six years apart which seems like quite the stretch in time periods but the further you delve into the story, the more similarities are shown despite the large gap in timelines.

The first main character is a young woman named Cara living in the modern times in Gloucestershire who recently had her divorced to a very selfish man finalized, recently moved back to the area from Chiswick, trying to heal from the death of her parents from two years ago, was able to get her old job back from Wilson’s Antiques and Curiosities, is starting to settle into her cozy two bedroom place, spending time with her Gran and generally just trying to figure out the next stages in her life. While on the job with her boss, she happens to find a diary from the 1940s at a client’s house that she’s drawn to. The client has no interest in the Diary and so Cara decides to take it home and maybe work out the mystery of who it belonged to with the initials of L.K. . As she continues to read the diary, she finds herself caught up in this mysterious woman’s world and is determined to hopefully have the diary returned either to the woman or to her family. Little does she know just how much it will change her life and maybe just be the ticket to taking her on a much needed adventure.

L.K. is the initials for Louise Keene who is an eighteen year old Cornish girl living in the early 1940s in a small town and whose form of entertainment mostly involves her cousin Kate. She’s convinced to go to a dance though is very reluctant as she doesn’t feel so outspoken as her cousin Kate but also would like to spend an evening away from her overbearing Mother. While at the dance, Louise finds herself drawn to Flight Lieutenant Paul Bolton who just happens to be on stationed with his unit nearby and spends most of the night dancing with this charismatic man. Paul convinces her to continue to meet up with him over the course of the next month or so though her Mother is insistent that Louise set her sights on a local well to do neighbor who is currently off fighting for his country.

When Paul breaks that news that his unit has been ordered to another base, Louise is understandably upset and promises to write him letters. Louise’s Mother demands she give up on Paul and instead concentrate on being a proper woman as well as staying loyal to her neighbor so that her Mother’s sacrifices won’t be for naught. This last straw pushes Louise to pack some of her things, sneak over to her cousin Kate’s house and convince her to join up for the cause. This choice will set in motion a variety of different events including helping Louise to gain the confidence she needs to follow her dreams and try to make a difference with the war effort. She becomes one of the Gunner Girls for the ATS stationed in London who were women that helped shoot down Germans that were bombing areas.

Over the next several months Louise becomes more confident in her role, has several close calls with the German bombers, falls in further in love with Paul through levels and becomes very close to her fellow teammates as they try to keep their fellow Londoners and male Pilots safe from further bombing. Then something very tragic happens and the aftermath leaves Louise questioning things including the deception of someone that she loved.

Over the course of this book, Cara and Louise tell her own stories who have each had their fair share of hardships. Both are young women who have chosen to be strong and follow their hearts despite opposition. Though they are several decades apart, Cara finds herself getting caught up in Louise’s diary and in trying to understand what might have happened to her.

She reluctantly accepts to help of her neighbor Liam who happens to be a Professor and knows a few people that could help solve the mystery of Louise and did I mention single? Cara finds herself drawn to this kind, slightly Geeky man who has gone above and beyond with helping solve the mystery of the diary owner and starts to consider that maybe he’s just the kind of guy she needs in her life who also happens to be approved by her feisty Gran.

Her beloved ninety four year old Gran has always been a staple in her life particularly when her parents were killed in a car accident but hasn’t been forthcoming about some parts of her life as a young woman. Cara tries to gently push her Gran to reveal that part of her life but it’s easier said than done and sometimes the truth is far from an easy thing to talk about particularly events following wars.

If has often been said that the truth will set you free and I believe it was very true for this instance because it was really weighing down her Gran and causing quite a bit of tension between Grandmother and Granddaughter.

This dual perspective book was everything I wanted in a Historical fiction and so much more. There was mystery, adventure, a touch of true events, romance, large quantities of tea and the power of friendship. I am still processing my feelings about this book because there was so much to take in but I can already tell that it’s become one of my favorite Historical fiction books of 2019.

I adored Cara, Louise, Liam, Gran, Kate and Louise’s fellow Gunner girls who became such a course of comfort and courage for Louise. Each of these characters are wonderful, courageous, tender-hearted and so very loyal.

There were some characters that surprised me and a twist that I didn’t see coming but that just added even more depth to the storyline particularly from Louise’s viewpoint. It’s amazing how sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activity and I could almost hear the sounds of the Gunner girls calling out orders to each other as their fellow men comrades were shooting at the German soldiers in the hopes of stopping them from detonating a bomb because the author’s descriptions were so very well detailed.

I’m so very glad to have gotten the chance to read this book that was full of so very many colorful characters and given a glimpse into the lives of women really were known as the Gunner girls. It’s amazing to think of the women who were determined to make a difference and made so many sacrifices to do their part in helping during World War 2. This book has inspired me to want to read more about these women and many like them who were determined to do their part to aid in the war efforts.

I highly recommend checking out this book and I hope that you’ll find it just as enjoyable as I have and I’m now rather sad that the story is over with but happy to have read it and looking forward to some day going back to reread!

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings. I hope you’ve enjoyed them and your curiosity has been piqued about this book. Thank you so much for dropping in to read my thoughts feelings on this fascinating dual perspective story.

Happy Reading!

~Meg