Thursday, December 18, 2014

Xpresso Blog Tour: The Truth About Air & Water by Katherine Owen (Truth in Lies #2)

The Truth About Air & Water by Katherine Owen
(Truth in Lies #2) 

Publication date: August 25th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Summary from Goodreads

The Truth In Lies Series. READ This Much Is True, book 1 first, although it’s been written as a standalone. Readers say, don’t do that.
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” -Ernest Hemingway ~ A Farewell To Arms
They share an epic love but one moment changes everything. A life together that seemed certain is shattered. One learns you never love the same way twice; the other learns what it means to come home. You only think you know how this love story goes, but do you really know how an epic love can end?
“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

She is living color, and I’ve been in a black-and-white world for far too long without her.
Powerful stuff. It surrounds me. I’ve felt it since I first arrived. The forcefield of her. The magnetism of her. The power she wields over me. I’m alive again because of her, like a dying plant that finally gets some water. I’ve got it bad for this girl.
Reality dawns.
The light comes through the darkness and shines on me.
She’s my water.
-Lincoln Presley

The truth is I breathe with him. He is my air. Raison d’etre.
-Tally Landon

Author’s note: This novel is part of the Truth In Lies series. It can be read as standalone, however, fans of my fiction already are highly recommending that those new to my work, READ This Much Is True book 1 FIRST.
As Lincoln Presley would say, “do as you must, Princess.”

Katherine Owen writes contemporary edgy fiction, which translates to: she writes love stories that are contemporary in setting and both edgy and dark. Some readers term her books emotional roller coasters. With her writing, Owen admits she has a fondness for angst, likes to play with a little drama, and essentially toys around with the unintentional complications of love. She contends this began early on when she won a poetry contest at the age of fourteen and appears to be without end. Owen has an avid love of coffee, books, and writing, but not necessarily in that order. She writes both Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction which includes her bestselling TRUTH IN LIES Series (a series despite despising 'series') beginning with This Much Is True and her latest release, The Truth About Air & Water. The TRUTH IN LIES series is fan-driven. So. There will be a third book about Linc and Tally released in 2015 titled Tell Me Something True.

About Owen's fiction...This is NOT the light trope stuff. She travels a unique, writerly path and enjoys writing dark and angsty (a "non-word" she is fond of) emotional love stories. She often warns readers to be prepared with: time, tissues, wine, Advil or your drug of choice. And, as her most favored character, Lincoln Presley, would say, "do what you must, Princess."

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL) 4 winners:

  • Signed copies of This Much Is True and The Truth About Air & Water 
  • Signed copy of This Much Is True
  • Signed copy of The Truth About Air & Water
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Blog Tour: Meow If It's Murder (Nick and Nora Mysteries #1) by T.C. Lotempio Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

Meow If It's Murder (Nick and Nora Mysteries #1) by T.C. Lotempio

Published  December 2nd 2014 by Berkley
Paperback, 304 pages
Series: Nick and Nora Mysteries
Genre: Cozy Mystery


Summary from Goodreads

First in a new series!

Nora Charles doesn’t believe in fate, even if she is a crime reporter who shares a name with a character from The Thin Man. In fact, she’s moving back to Cruz, California, to have a quieter life. But after finding an online magazine eager for material, and a stray cat named Nick with a talent for detection, Nora’s not just reporting crimes again. She’s uncovering them…

Back in her hometown, Nora reconnects with old friends and makes some new ones, like Nick, the charming feline who seems determined to be her cat. But not everything about Cruz is friendly. Writing for a local online magazine, Nora investigates the curious death of socialite Lola Grainger. Though it was deemed an accident, Nora suspects foul play. And it seems that her cat does too.

Apparently, Nick used to belong to a P.I. who disappeared while investigating Lola Grainger’s death. The coincidence is spooky, but not as spooky as the clues Nick spells out for her with Scrabble letters—clues that lead her down an increasingly dangerous path. Whether fate put her on this case or not, solving it will take all of Nora’s wits, and maybe a few of Nick’s nine lives. 
After living her life as a crime reporter in Chicago, Nora makes a big move to Cruz, California following her mother's death in order to continue running her mom's sandwich shop. But for Nora, old habit's die hard. After finding an article about Lola Grainger's death, Nora has a hard time dealing with how the case seemed to have been handled. Lola, a friend of her mothers had left plenty of unanswered questions about her death and the crime reporter in Nora can't help been feel that her mother's friend deserves  a more proper investigation.

Interesting story. I liked how it was told from a crime reporter's point of view. It started out with Nora snooping around for questions to report in her article and stumbling into something much more bigger and dangerous then she thought. The cat as the addition to the story was cute, given a little farfetched. I do enjoy animal detectives, but for some reason I felt like Nora was talking way too much to the cat, it was starting to make me feel a little crazy heh. It didn't completely bother me, I still very much enjoyed the story and the mystery behind Nora's death and up until the very end I was completely lost as to who has killed Nora, just when I thought I had it all figured out...

Lotempio's writing is fun and enjoyable. The story was cute and I love that there is a hint of romance for the future of this series.

MEOW IF IT’S MURDER by Toni LoTempio - Excerpt
I put the phone down and leaned back, laced my hands behind my head. The key to all this, I felt certain, was finding someone willing to come clean about what really happened on the yacht that night. From my experience, there was no way all those people were telling the truth. One – or maybe more – was lying.
What I needed to do was figure out who and more importantly, why.
I stood up, stretched, and put down the top on the computer. Nick watched me with his unblinking golden eyes.
My next move should be to question the other three, see what they have to say about that night. That’s going to require some thought. After all, it’s not like we hang out in the same circles, or that they even frequent Hot Bread for lunch. I can’t just run into them you know.”
Nick jumped up on the counter. His plume of a tail swished, knocking over the plastic case containing my catering menus. They scattered to the floor like autumn leaves. I sighed, bent to retrieve them, then suddenly straightened. I hurried over to the old rolltop desk in the corner, jerked open the bottom drawer where my mother’s impeccable catering records were kept. I thumbed through the folders, and a little cry of triumph escaped my lips as I pulled out one marked KMG. Sure enough, inside were two neatly drawn contracts, bearing both my mother’s signature and that of Lola Grainger, for Hot Bread to cater two of their upcoming company events. I glanced over at Nick, sitting calmly on the counter, licking one paw.
I get it,” I murmured. “Good point. Now that Lola’s dead, what happens with these contracts?”
I shoved the file folder under one arm and patted Nick on the head. I figured now was as good a time as any to find out.

 Now for the giveaway. Rules are simple. Must live in the US, sorry publisher rules. Must be 13+ year old in order to enter. Has 24 hours to claim their prize.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Xpresso Book Tours: Play of Light by Debra Doxer + Giveaway

Play of Light by Debra Doxer 
Publication date: December 8th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


This book is for 18 and over, due to some sexual content.

I lived in paradise, and I loved Spencer Pierce.

At fourteen, my life was perfect. The beach was my playground, and the boy who stole my heart lived just around the corner. But perfect never lasts. In one horrifying moment, I lost it all. My family was destroyed, and the boy I believed in turned his back on me. Paradise became a nightmare.

That was five years ago. Everything changed when we moved from our home by the sea. I’ve changed, and I don’t like who I’ve become. I miss the smiling, carefree beach girl who disappeared that terrible night. I want to find her again. I want to face the people we ran from so long ago. Most of all, I have to face Spencer. So I can prove that when he broke my heart, he didn’t break me.

But when I see him again, Spencer Pierce is no longer the boy from my memories. He’s now a man who could devastate me if I let him. He watches me when he thinks I’m not looking. There’s regret written on his face when he’s near. Each time I see him, my heart aches for what might have been, and I think his does too. How can I convince myself I’m over him when I suspect he never got over me?

~ This is a standalone story. ~

Ever since the day he saved her at the beach, Sarah has been in love with Spencer Pierce. In a nutshell, her life was pretty perfect. She had a wonderful family, great childhood, and the boy she loved lived just around the corner. Until the horrifying day that changed her life forever, causing her family to fall apart and the home she knew was gone forever.

Years later, Sarah doesn't feel like the same person anymore. She had moved away from her home by the sea to live with her aunt, but continued to pursue her love for art. Now with a scholarship to a school close to her old home town, Sarah feels it is time she faced the music once again. Venturing back to town wasn't easy, not with the memories of her father's death still feeling so fresh on her mind. She see's him again, of course, Spencer Piece and he is no longer the boy she remembers...

Wow! Did I enjoy this story, it totally grabbed me by surprise and held onto me through the entire book. I had a difficult time putting this down. I really wanted to know what was going on, and what had happened. Sarah was a great character, given a little obsessed with Spencer at the beginning, but I enjoyed her tone of voice as she told the story from her POV. I watched her break apart and lose a lot, only to rebuild and be happy again. The storyline was great and I enjoyed most of it. I liked Spencer, I thought he was a very wounded soul that made me want to wrap him up in a blanket and keep him safe. I understood why he did what he did to Sarah before she left, his fear was genuine and came from years of abuse. A boy that was broken, broke just a little bit more everyday.

The story had some really sad tear jerking, mouth hanging moments. Especially when Sarah recollected her childhood and what was happening between Spencer and his uncle. Sarah's life falling apart and the way it happened was also really heart-breaking. I cannot even begin to imagine what she went through.

What I did have a hard tim
e understanding in the end thought is okay...why did no one go to the FBI with this? With people unable to trust their local cops and Spencer's uncle being such a big issue in this book. I would think FBI would have had a large play in helping out in this situation...

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

Connect with Debra. She loves hearing from readers.

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Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Signed copy of Play Of Light


Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Tour: Spell Booked (Retired Witches Mystery #1) by Joyce Lavene Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

Spell Booked (Retired Witches Mystery #1) by Joyce Lavene

Published  December 2nd 2014 by Berkley
Paperback, 304 pages
Series: Retired Witches Mystery
Genre: Cozy-Mystery


Summary from Goodreads

The national bestselling authors of the Missing Pieces Mysteries summon up the first Retired Witches Mystery in a brand new supernatural series...

Once upon a time in Wilmington, North Carolina, three witches ran a curio shop named Smuggler’s Arcane. But as the years passed, their magical powers started to fade—leaving them no choice but to conjure up a retirement package…  

Before they could blink their eyes or twitch their noses, Molly, Elsie, and Olivia somehow became eligible for AARP. But they can’t fly off to Boca Raton just yet. First they must give up their magic, recruit and train three new witches, and pass on their cherished spellbook.

They’ve barely begun to consider potential practitioners when Olivia winds up dead and their spellbook is stolen. To honor their friend and reclaim their spells, Molly and Elsie are about to go wand-to-wand with a dangerous young witch more powerful than the trio was in their prime. And this time they’re going to need more than magic up their sleeves…
Witches, magic and mischief! Oh how excited. All tied up into one cozy mystery that was simply enchanting. Olivia, Elsie and Molly have been best friends for a really long time. A trio of elemental type witches that own their own store as a cover up in order to practice their magic and keep the big secret from their families - who are not allowed to know by witches laws. When Olivia ends up dead, Elsie and Molly fear that the cops are not going to be able to find and apprehend the witch responsible for this, especially since they are mortal. Joe, Molly's husband is a detective working on this case and they have never butted heads so badly before, but the last thing Molly want's is to put her husband in danger. Not to mention the time for the witches to retire and lose their magic is near, they must find three other witches to replace them and there is a very powerful rogue witch on the loose.

Oh what a fun story, and great story-telling! I really enjoy cozy mysteries that are a bit whimsical and magical, especially filled with witches. I enjoyed the way Molly and Elsie used their magic to try and find who is responsible for their best friends murder, despite the fact that their magic grows weak. I was a little thrown by that, as I always imagined witches magic only growing stronger as they age, but in this book the witches actually lose their magic. Wasn't sure how I feel about it, but their misfires trying to use their weakened magic did add entertainment to the book. I was a little confused by why some witches did retain their magic (I guess if you are on the Grand council?) and most lost it.

I thought the mystery was exciting and kept me guessing till the very end. I liked Molly and I liked Elsie. The new girl Dorothy, I struggled a bit with. She was suppose to be a librarian new comer witch to replace Olivia eventually, but her character felt a little immature for me. I would have never guessed that she is suppose to be well over 20 years in age, because I did not feel she acted like it through most of the book.

Outside of that, Spell Booked is a great start to a new series and I am so looking forward to more of this fun adventure and writing from these authors.

What’s a male witch to do?

By Jim Lavene - Spell Booked

I’m Brian Fuller – part-time student – full-time witch.
That’s right. Not a warlock. We don’t like to be called that. I’m a male witch.
I’ve never ridden a broomstick but I have attended a few Sabbats or witch holidays. I don’t have a black pointy hat or a cape. I do have a wand because I’m an air witch and that’s my tool.
So I’m going through my life, enjoying everything as the grandson of a powerful member of the Grand Council of Witches. My parents give me anything as long as I stay out of their way. It’s been like that for years. I don’t mind.
Then I meet this crazy bunch of old witches. Olivia was nice. Elegant and sexy. We went out on a date and she was found dead the next morning. For some reason, her friends thought I had something to do with it. Me! I’ve never killed anyone in my life. I don’t even like squashing bugs.
This one older chick, Molly, was really obnoxious. So I warned her off. She went into hyper-protective mode, worried about her family. She’s chasing me around Wilmington, trying to prove I murdered Olivia. She even put a summoning spell on me to get me where she wanted me. I fought that off but we came to a truce of sorts. She wouldn’t bother me anymore. I wouldn’t bother her. I even admitted that I owed her one.
What’s the first thing she does? Summon me in a big cauldron full of hot water. It’s sitting over a huge fire in a cave under her shop by the river, and I’m in my underwear. She says she needs me to prove who killed Olivia. As long as she’s not looking at me, I’m okay with that.
Too bad Cassandra, the herald to the council of witches, sees me there. She’s bound to tell my parents and my grandfather. They won’t like it.
But I kind of like the new witch, Dorothy, that is joining their coven. She’s a librarian, of all things. She’s funny and sassy. She’s just learning magic (at her age) but that doesn’t bother me. She still thinks magic is fun and exciting. I like being around her.
Not enough to join the crazy old witch coven with her friends, but I figure I can hang with Dorothy without joining up. The three of them (even Olivia’s ghost) are like a family. I’ve never needed that in my life, but I admire it. And I sure admire Dorothy, you know? She is sweet!

Now for the giveaway. Rules are simple. Must live in the US, sorry publisher rules. Must be 13+ year old in order to enter. Has 24 hours to claim their prize.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Review: Keeper of the Castle (A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #5) by Juliet Blackwell

Keeper of the Castle (A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #5) by Juliet Blackwell

Published December 2nd 2014 by Signet
Paperback, 336 pages
Series: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery


Summary from Goodreads

In the latest Haunted Home Renovation mystery from New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell, San Francisco contractorand reluctant ghostbusterMel Turner gets hired for a job that's to die for.

Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel’s boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland.

With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the ghost of a charming Scottish clansman does seem to be hanging around the site, the real shock comes when they stumble upon a body.

When the original construction crew starts running scared, Mel brings in her team to finish the job. Now all she has to do is nail down the killer, and put the spirits to rest, before anyone else winds up heading for the highlands…
When Mel of Turner Construction has a difficult time finding jobs in order to pay her workers, the offer made by Ellis Elrich to take over the project of managing a reconstruction of an ancient building that was bought in from Scotland, couldn't have come in a better time. Too bad that the building also comes with possible hostile ghosts, and a murder. When the wrong man is accused of killing the building inspector on site, Mel and Graham seem to find themselves in danger. Now not only must Mel manage a construction of an ancient building, she must also put the ghosts to rest and find the killer before someone else ends up their victim.

Great story! I really enjoyed the writing. I thought it was fun, creative and flowed very easily. Mel and Graham were a joy and very easy to like. I enjoyed their characters and all their knowledge about constructions. I liked how Mel can see ghosts and somehow finds herself in situations where she tries to get to the bottom of the mystery of what is bothering them so they can cross over in peace. I love that she has a dog named Dog and a sarcastic type personality.

There story was fun. There was a lot of talk about construction and how things go, but that did not seem to pull away from the story over all. The mystery behind the ghosts was fun to follow and left me wanting to get to the bottom of what was going on. The murder mystery was interesting as well. Overall, Keeper of the Castle was a great read for me and I really enjoyed Mel and Graham.
Guest Post by Juliet Blackwell

In Search of Ghosts:
To me, one of the best things about being an author is research. In the course of writing my two series, the Witchcraft Mysteries and the Haunted Home Renovation series, I get to do things like shop in vintage clothing stores, hang out in Haight Street cafes, and tour historic buildings.

But one of my favorite parts of research is trailing around after paranormal investigators, peppering them with questions:

Can ghosts reach out and “touch” a person?
Can they become violent?
What if you had different ghosts or entities in a building?
From different times, “haunting” the place for different reasons?
How would they interact?
Why are animals sensitive to spirits, and how might they react?

Actually, I try to reserve these questions for either before or after walking through an allegedly haunted house. While on site, I mostly keep my mouth shut, trying not even to breathe loudly for fear of mucking things up…or possibly attracting unwanted attention!

Unfortunately, I have found that there’s a lot of “grey area” in the paranormal realm – which, I suppose, is fitting – so not all experts agree on the rules of the afterworld. Some think we bring our own ghosts with us, for example, while others believe in “residual” energies, and still others think sentient beings sometimes roam the earth.

But here are the “Top Five” things I’ve learned from my recent encounters with “ghost professionals”:

  1. Bring extra batteries (some spirits “borrow” energy by siphoning off battery power)
  2. Don’t wear perfume or scented lotions. Ghosts have a profound sense of smell, and whether they like or dislike what you’re wearing, it might not be a good thing
  3. Animals and children are considered more “sensitive” (and attractive to) spirits. But since they can’t give consent, it’s unethical to take them along on a ghosthunt, darn the luck.
  4. Wear quiet shoes that are easy to run in (self-explanatory)
  5. Don’t make jokes about the size of the ghostbuster’s equipment (also self-explanatory)

So…how about you? Have you ever encountered something that felt otherworldly? Do you believe in ghosts at all?

Juliet Blackwell is the New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft Mystery series, featuring a powerful witch with a vintage clothes store in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. She also writes the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series, about a failed anthropologist who reluctantly takes over her father’s high-end construction company…and finds ghosts behind the walls. As Hailey Lind, Blackwell wrote the Agatha-nominated Art Lover’s Mystery series, in which an ex-art forger attempts to go straight as a faux finisher. She is currently working on a novel about a woman who takes over her uncle’s locksmith shop in Paris, entitled The Paris Key. A former anthropologist and social worker, Juliet has worked in Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Italy, the Philippines, and France.
Visit her at, join her on Facebook (JulietBlackwellAuthor) and on Twitter @JulietBlackwell

Now for the giveaway. Rules are simple. Must be a US resident. Must be 13+ year old in order to enter. Has 24 hours to claim their prize.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blog Tour: The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer (Paws and Claws Mystery #2) by Krista Davis Guest Post, Review and Giveaway

The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer (Paws and Claws Mystery #2) by Krista Davis

Expected publication: December 2nd 2014 by Berkley
Paperback, 320 pages
Series: Paws and Claws Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery


Summary from Goodreads

Wagtail, Virginia, the top pet-friendly getaway in the United States, is gearing up for a howling good Halloween—until a spooky murder shakes the town to its core . . .

Holly Miller doesn’t believe in spirits, but the Sugar Maple Inn is filled with guests who do. The TV series in development, Apparition Apprehenders, has descended on Wagtail’s annual Halloween festivities to investigate supernatural local legends, and Holly has her hands full showing the ghost hunters a scary-fun time.

But the frights turn real when Holly’s Jack Russell, Trixie, and kitten, Twinkletoes, find a young woman drowned in the Wagtail Springs Hotel’s bathhouse—the spot of the town’s most infamous haunting. The crime scene is eerily similar to the creepy legend, convincing Holly that the death wasn’t just accidental. Now she’ll have to race to catch a flesh-and-blood killer—before someone else in town gives up the ghost . . .
Halloween is just around the corner and Wagtail, Virginia is gearing up for it's arrival. A pet friendly getaway in the United State is the perfect place for pet's and their owners, until a murder shake up the town right before the big event....

Holly Miller had just recently arrived in town and has not even had a chance to unpack when suddenly she is dealing with a murder on her hands with her own acquaintances possible suspects. It doesn't help that the Sugar Maple Inn is also housing guests that believe in ghosts when a TV series ghost hunters named Apparition Apprehender's arrive in time for the Halloween festivities and suddenly lots of spirits are coming out to play.

A really fun story. I enjoyed following Holly around as she prepared for the Halloween events in their cozy little town. I loved the idea of the town as being a pet get-away for the owners and their pets and how each business caters to it and the events that are held during the holiday are for both the owner and their pets. I thought it was kind of cute and original.

The addition of the history of the killing in the hotel that was talked about through the book also added to the spookiness and to the overall enjoyment of the book. I liked following Holly as she discovered pieces by pieces some of the hidden facts about the story while trying to figure out who murdered the poor woman Mallory as she turns up dead by "drowning."

The mystery itself was interesting, even if some elements of the story I felt like I read in a book last month. Both stories had similarities, taking place in a Inn, murder close to Halloween, ghost hunting crew staying in the Inn, and the mystery of the ghosts that are suddenly appearing everywhere. Thought I do admit, parts of the book did give my the chills!

Still, fun, exciting. Would have been even better during Halloween!

Five Things That Embarrass Your Dog

You’ve seen that look. The sideways glance. The begging eyes. Please, please, don’t embarrass me in front of the other dogs. Our pups are worse than pre-teens. Have you committed these doting parent mistakes?

  1. Dressing your dog in clothes when all the other dogs will be au natural. Haven’t you noticed that the other dogs have to sniff your baby twice as long to be sure he’s really a dog?
  2. Making your dog wear shoes. There’s no question that there are times when we want to protect their paws. But, seriously, they just can’t play dog games with bags on their feet.
  3. Talking to them in baby talk in front of other dogs. Oh, they love it at home. They wag their little tails and wiggle all over. But try that in front of other dogs, especially a big, serious dog, and your little darling might nip at your clothes to distract you. Translation: MOM!!!
  4. Arriving at the dog park with your healthy pup in a stroller. This is the equivalent of seating your fifteen-year-old human child in a high chair at the dinner table.
  5. Doing tricks in front of other dogs. Have you ever noticed that your well-trained (or not so well-trained) pooch refuses to perform when he has an audience? There’s a reason for that. Sort of like #3, they’re happy to oblige when it’s just family, but it’s showing off when they have to do it with the other dogs watching.

*Full disclosure note: The author of this blog is guilty of some of the above.

New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Paws & Claws Mysteries for animal lovers that debuted in December with MURDER, SHE BARKED. The sequel, THE GHOST AND MRS. MEWER, will be in bookstores on December 2nd. She also writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries. Her 8th Domestic Diva Mystery is THE DIVA WRAPS IT UP, a Christmas mystery in bookstores now. Like her characters, Krista has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and sweets. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with three dogs and two cats.

Now for the giveaway. Rules are simple. Must be a US resident. Must be 13+ year old in order to enter. Has 24 hours to claim their prize.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Blog Tour: A Bride for the Season (Love's Grace #3) by Jennifer Delamere

A Bride for the Season (Love's Grace #3) by Jennifer Delamere 

Published November 25th 2014 by Forever
Paperback384 pages
Series: Love's Grace
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: Kissing



London's most scandalous bachelor has finally gone too far. Caught in a situation that was innocent but too compromising, James Simpson is forced to admit that he must do the honorable thing and marry the lady. Unfortunately, marriage alone will not be enough to appease her father. He won't agree to a dowry unless James can find a suitable husband for the lady's elder sister-the shy and awkward Lucinda Cardington.

Lucinda doesn't care that she is close to being "on the shelf"; she has more serious pursuits in mind. She enjoys the friendship she and James share over their love of photography, but she leaves dreams of romance to silly young ladies like her sister. James does manage to find a match for Lucinda, and his efforts to get them together are about to succeed...until James comes to the distressing realization that he doesn't want Lucinda in anyone's arms but his own.
When James Simpsons is caught in a situation that was supposed to be innocent but looked a bit too compromising, he is suddenly forced to marry the lady in question. Unfortunately her father refuses to release her dowry unless James agrees and is able to find a husband for the father's eldest daughter who was also caught within the scandal as an innocent bystander who was trying to save her sister's reputation from ruin.

Lucinda Cardington is shy and awkward and doesn't really want to get married. It was never on her mind, let alone her heart. She doesn't do well at parties or large gatherings, enjoys photography, and does not have the social skills to attract a husband. I loved Lucinda, I thought she was very endearing and felt very real. In a way, she reminded me a little of me, so it was nice to be able to relate to a character.

I enjoyed the plot a lot. It has been a while since I read something like this and thinking back, I do not remember reading something like this in particular. James and Lucinda get close, while James realizes there is treasure hidden behind the sociably awkward, "plain" girl, he finds himself falling head over heels for Lucinda. Too bad he is already engaged to her bubbly, beautiful, but childish sister Emily. So while James struggles to find the perfect match for Lucinda, he cannot help the growing attraction between them. I liked that the attraction did not happen right away, but sort of built through the book. It made it much more enjoyable and believe. I found myself rooting for the match, even if the ending was a bit predictable.

What I wasn't really fond off...
Emily. I really disliked her until the end. I did not think she was a good sister and everything she did was to help herself and not Lucinda. She was childish and annoying, and it took me to the end of the book to really warm up to her.

The pacing was a bit slow, but I didn't mind it too much, it did let me savor some moments. There had been parts that felt a little dry, but the rest of it made it up for it.

This isn't really something I was bothered with, just caught by surprise really... The book has several religious undertones. I had to go back and look at the genre, and since I never read anything by Delamere before it caught me by surprise. Again, this really didn't bother me, but I just did not think it was Christian Historical Romance, so it caught me by surprise.

Overall, I really liked the plot. It was different from what I read recently, so it was refreshing, romantics, and fun.

About Jennifer Delamere
The youngest child of a Navy pilot and a journalist, Jennifer acquired a love of adventure and an excitement for learning that continues to this day. She's lived in three countries and traveled throughout theU.S. An avid reader of classics and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books. She resides with her husband in North Carolina--where, when not writing or dreaming up romantic adventures for her characters, she can be found fantasizing about her next ski trip or European vacation.