lunedì 24 ottobre 2016

Review & Giveaway: Dare to Love a Spy by Debra Elizabeth

Dare to Love a Spy
by Debra Elizabeth


GENRE:  Regency Romance



Miss Hannah Richardson is enjoying a Season in London. She's not looking for a husband, at least not this Season. She wants to enjoy herself before settling down to married life. All that changes, however, when she sees the Duke of Wetherby. He's tall, dark and impossibly handsome and someone Hannah wants to get to know better.

Camden Darkin, the Duke of Wetherby, is not fond of attending soirees, dinners or balls, but his latest mission for the Crown demands he mingle with the ton. He has vowed never to marry because of his dangerous work and the constant bevy of beauties anxious mothers throw into his path is not tempting him in the least. That is, until he meets Hannah Richardson, a young woman unlike any other he's ever met. Can he learn to love or will his hardened heart rob him of the very thing he needs the most.


My Review:

It 's a very romantic and passionate story with two great protagonists.
Hannah and Camden are not in search of their soul mate, have no desire to get married and start a family. He is a spy for the government and his life is in constant danger, can not afford to take care also of a wife. Hannah is in her season in London and just wants to have fun. But when they meet their desires change, the passion between them is so strong to change their priorities.
Hannah and Camden are a lovely couple. She is an independent and rebellious woman, very combative and never intimidated. He is brave, very protective of his family and of Hannah but is also very stubborn. Will she be able to convince him that their love story can work?
Although it is the third book in the series can be read as a stand alone, I had no difficulty but I am very curious to read the first two.
A well-written story, short but very intriguing, with excellent pace, witty dialogue and a bit of suspense
To read for lovers of  Regency romance



Camden Darkin stared at the pile of papers spread out on his large oak desk—Parliamentary papers, receipts, invoices, invitations—the list went on and on. He ran his hand through his dark hair, frustration etched on his handsome face. This was not the life he had envisioned for himself. He was a soldier and a spy, not a duke. The untimely death of his older brother, Alexander, had cast him into a position that he was not comfortable with and woefully unprepared for. He had not been the one sitting at Father’s knee, learning all the intricacies of running a successful dukedom. Alexander had excelled at it, and Camden had made a practice of skipping lessons, although his father had tried to engage him in the details. His brother had been the heir and the next Duke of Wetherby. Camden was used to blending into the background, using his perceptiveness to root out conspiracies against the Crown. That was what he was good at and that was the only thing he wanted to do. Unfortunately, life had had other plans for him, and try as he might, he could not think of any way to change that.

With Alexander’s sudden death eighteen months ago, Camden was now responsible for his sixteen-year-old sister, his thirteen-year-old brother who was currently away at Eton, and his mother, Katherine, the Duchess of Wetherby, at least until he married. That was another point of contention. Marriage was for other people, not him. It was the problem that plagued him most these days. He didn’t want to marry, especially after enduring the aftermath of Henry’s horrific death. His friend had died on his watch. He was responsible for the lives of the spies under his command. What kind of spymaster was he if he could let this happen? Henry’s wife was devastated, and Camden did not want to subject any woman to that late-night knock on the door. Witnessing Lady Sunderland’s distress at losing her husband was enough to strengthen his resolve never to marry.

He had made up his mind to hold steadfast to his decision. The dukedom would pass to his brother, William, and Camden would make sure he was well schooled in the running of it.

He was drowning under the burdens and responsibilities of so many lives—his mother, his sister, his brother, his tenants—it was enough to keep him awake long into the night. Adding to this stress was his work for the Crown, and Camden had no time to dwell on anything or anyone.



Miss Hannah Richardson.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Debra Elizabeth is the romance pen name for fantasy author Debra L. Martin. She has been writing stories since her teens and decided to finally publish her romance stories under a pen name so as not to confuse her fantasy fans. She publishes epic and urban fantasy under her true name with her co-author and brother, David W. Small. A full list of all of her books can be found at her blog, Two Ends of the Pen.

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Review & Giveaway: More Tales from Suburbia: Yes, It Gets Even Crazier by Brandi Haas

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More Tales from Suburbia:
Yes, It Gets Even Crazier
by Brandi Haas

More Tales from Suburbia: Yes, It Gets Even Crazier
Parenting & Relationships/Humor
PageSpring Publishing (October 12, 2016)
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1939403360


Life in the suburbs ain’t easy. Squeezing into those tiny chairs on the back-to-school night. Finding the beloved pet fish floating at the top of his bowl.  Planning a romantic evening –only to fall asleep on the couch with your honey.
Lucky for us, we’ve got Brandi Haas to make us laugh.  As the author of the popular blog “Tales from Suburbia,” Brandi tackles the big issues of our day—like whether to pay six bucks to valet park or search for a spot and walk ten blocks to the restaurant. Her stories about the daily absurdities of life will make you laugh out loud.
Heartfelt and seriously funny, More Tales from Suburbia: Yes, It Gets Even Crazier is like sharing a bottle of wine and conversation with your best girlfriend.

My Review

It was a really funny read, to laugh out loud, I loved it from cover to cover. The author tells us some funny and hilarious adventures that she faced in her daily life of a housewife and mother who lives in the suburbs. The narrated scenes are so fun and many people can easily identify with: who has not had broken fridges or children that put you embarrassed?
Her style is so ironic and brilliant that every page is a pleasant surprise
If you are looking for a very funny reading this book it is perfect for you

Brandi Haas author photoAbout The Author 
Brandi Hass is a former high school English teacher. Born and raised in California, she now lives in Missouri with her husband, daughter and their dog. She is consistently inconsistent about her weight and age because, really, it’s no one’s business anyway. She sees humor in everything and began writing stories about her life as a way to share her insanity with the world. You can read Brandi’s Blog and connect with her at or follow Tales From Suburbia on Facebook.
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Review: A Killer Closet by Paula Paul

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A Killer Closet
by Paula Paul

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A Killer Closet: A Mystery

Genre – Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Alibi (October 11, 2016)


In a fashionably cozy short mystery novel, Paula Paul introduces a tenacious heroine who leaves big-city life behind and returns to picturesque Santa Fe, New Mexico—where murder lands on her doorstep.
Irene Seligman loves the warmth and beauty of her Southwest hometown, but only one thing could make her quit her prestigious job as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan to return there: the guilt applied by her demanding mother, Adelle. After Adelle’s most recent husband dies, leaving her with nothing, Irene decides to take a break from prosecuting criminals to move back to Santa Fe and open an upscale consignment store. With Irene’s determination and her mother’s eye for haute couture, they’re sure to make a killing.
But on the day of the grand opening, Irene discovers the body of one of Adelle’s friends in her storeroom. And although the intrigue causes business to boom, when someone else from Adelle’s social circle is murdered, Irene begins to suspect her mother might be in danger too. Ever the protective daughter, Irene investigates her mother’s friends, suspicious that they’re hiding more than designer clothes in their closets. But as she gets closer to uncovering some real skeletons, Irene might not live to regret coming home again.

My Review

It's an intriguing and engaging mystery, catches you from the first page and it's hard to put it down.
Irene comes home in New Mexico to help her mother in distress. She decides to open her own shop, Irene's Kloset, selling couture clothing. But before the inauguration in her shop are found two corpses. They were her mother's friends and were killed. The detective in charge of the investigation requires Irene not to meddle but she is very concerned about her mother and can not help but to intervene.
Irene is a great character, courageous and generous, she gave up a dream career to help her demanding mother. I also really loved the setting, it is difficult to find books set in this lively town of Santa Fe, has some stunning scenery and an interesting mix of different cultures.
It is an entertaining and relaxing read, well written and well plotted, an interesting mystery interlaces with suspense and a little romance.
Highly recommended

paula paulAbout The Author

Award-winning novelist Paula Paul was born on her grandparents’ cotton farm near Shallowater, Texas, and graduated from a country high school near Maple, Texas. She earned a BA in journalism and has worked as a reporter for newspapers in both Texas and New Mexico. She’s been the recipient of state and national awards for her work as a journalist as well as a novelist. She’s the author of many mysteries, including the Alexandra Gladstone series and the Mystery by Design series, which she wrote as Paula Carter. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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giovedì 20 ottobre 2016

Review & Giveaway: Beautiful Secret by Dana Faletti

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Set in the lush hills of the French Ardennes and the scorched mountains of Southern Italy, Beautiful Secret is a tale of family secrets, forbidden love, and unexpected blessings.

Maria’s story unfolds in 1940’s Italy, where family ties and tradition are of utmost importance. When Maria is seduced by her cousin's fiancé, she becomes pregnant, and the scandal destroys her family. Whisked away from her poor rural village of Tronca to a severe Catholic convent several mountain towns away, she gives birth to a son. Maria is under tremendous pressure to give her baby up for adoption. Against the odds, she manages to keep her child and then must find a way to get him back to the home and family that is his birth right.

Years later, after being forced to marry and emigrate to America, Maria is at the end of her life. As she lies on her deathbed in a Pittsburgh hospital, Maria shares her story with her beloved granddaughter, Tatiana.

Awash in her own marital troubles, Tatiana agrees to Maria’s dying wish – to travel to Europe and retrieve a package from an aunt she’s never met. When Tate journeys to the land of her ancestors, she fully expects to meet her long lost family and to lay eyes on the places that cultivated a spirit like her Nana Maria’s. What she doesn’t anticipate is falling into a forbidden love affair with a sexy French man who happens to be her distant cousin by marriage. Throughout her journey, Tate not only discovers a shocking secret that Nana Maria waited a lifetime to disclose, but she also finds that the trick to life doesn’t lie in the best laid plans but in how you react to the things you never expected.

My Review
This novel was the story of a wonderful trip to Europe to discover her past and her roots and to find her own way.
Her grandmother Maria on her deathbed makes promise to Tatiana to go to France to know her aunt Luisa and then travel to Calabria, she will find out a very important part of her Nana's life who has always hidden. Tatiana has just put an end to her marriage and perhaps this trip is a good time to start a new life. By better understanding her grandmother  has the opportunity to know herself better.
The characters were adorable, I really loved the women protagonists of this story. Maria is a strong and courageous woman, willing to do anything for her son.
This novel is written very well, so fluid and flowing and never boring. The descriptions of places are really lovely, it seems to be there along with Tatiana and visit these wonderful places.
Highly recommended

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"Delicious, rich, spicy, delectable and satisfying! I'm not just talking about the cuisine in this book, but the luscious, addictive writing of Faletti who weaves together a multi-generational story that will both break your heart and make it pound loudly!" 
- Author Lori M Jones 

"This story within a story parallels two women’s lives, two generations apart, taking the reader on a tumultuous and heart stopping journey that you won’t soon forget. Faletti’s use of language is just as lush and striking as the romance that awaits Tatiana on the shores of this other world." 
- Author Carolyn Menke 

"A 5-star read for anyone who can't get enough of stories of forbidden love or romances set in foreign destinations. Excellent, sexy, spicy read with a plot twist at the end that will leave you swooning!"  
- Author Cara Reinard

About the author

Dana has been writing for what seems like forever. Her young adult trilogy, The Whisper Series, is a paranormal romance that’s rife with angels, demons and forbidden romance, as well as a message of love and acceptance that has touched readers nationwide. Her newest novel, Beauiful Secret is a women’s fiction romance set in the scorched hills of Southern Italy, where Dana has spent much time traveling and visiting relatives. Dana has a love affair with all things Italian and is proud to be part of the loud, crazy, and wonderful Italian family that inspired her new book.

Dana writes poetry as a survival skill and loves to connect with other writers both online and in person. When she’s not writing, Dana can be found reading on her Kindle, cooking something delicious, or daydreaming about her upcoming travel destinations. She lives in in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her husband, three young daughters, and a snarky Shichon called Dolce.

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martedì 18 ottobre 2016

Review & Giveaway: Putting on the Witch by Joyce and Jim Lavene

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Putting on the Witch
by Joyce and Jim Lavene

The fantasy element and magical world building was wonderfully done. The mystery is well-written, the characters are likable (at least most of them are!), and I loved every word of it.
~The Book’s the Thing
This is not typical paranormal or cozy and definitely not typical paranormal cozy. I found it to be loads of fun with plenty of suspense, hilarious humor, and clever plot twists.
~I Read What You Write!
Joyce and Jim Lavene had imaginations that were truly out of this world and it was in full force in this 3rd installment of the Retired Witch Mysteries.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
This is my favorite Lavene series! I love the paranormal aspect, as well as the close friendships, the humor, and the love.
~Book Babble
Don’t be alarmed, if like me, you are new to this series. Just jump right in and enjoy! The authors gently interweave backstory throughout, so readers fit right in.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies
Putting on the Witch is another great book in the series…The plot is developed nicely with several twists tossed in to keep the reader guessing.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
I love books that grab me right from the beginning. This book is one you will want to read without stopping. There was no way I could put this book down as the characters came to life and captured my attention.
~Texas Book-aholic
This book was incredible as is the whole series.
~Community Bookstop
Plenty of mystery abounds, with some fun twists and witchy shenanigans to keep you engaged. This would be a good one for your Halloween reading list.
Anyone who enjoys mysteries with a little paranormal twist will love this series.
~3 Partners in Shopping; Nana, Mommy, &; Sissy too!
This book not your normal para-cozy it was so much more. In fact I think this goes a little deeper than most cozy mysteries.
~A. Holland Reads
I absolutely adored this book. The three witches, their friends and family are what make this book. In fact, that’s what makes all books by these authors.
~A Chick Who Reads
PUTTING ON THE WITCHPutting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mysteries) 
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Berkley (October 4, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268278
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With their coven’s spell book still missing, Molly and Elsie—along with their ghostly friend Olivia, her daughter Dorothy, and her boyfriend Brian—are all on edge, especially now that Dorothy’s infamously wicked father is back in the picture. So when they receive an invitation to an exclusive Witches Ball, the ladies jump at the chance to dress up and have some fun.
The castle locale is spectacular and the party is hopping, but the festivities come to a swift end when a member of the Grand Council of Witches is murdered. With the whole place on lock down, the coven is determined to find the cunning killer, even with an angry council and a real Spanish Inquisitor breathing down their necks…

My Review

This couple of writers was really special and extraordinary: each of their book is a gem, a fun and relaxing reading. We will miss them so much.
How can a ghost mother to save her daughter from her father who is an evil wizard? Drago is charming and funny and his daughter Dorothy is enchanted by him. Her mother Olivia and her boyfriend Brian are worried about her, especially her mother who understands the fascination that emanates this man. Then being a ghost can do very little. Brian's family invites Dorothy and her friends to a party to celebrate the birthday of Brian, but during the party a member of the Grand Council of Witches is murdered. So get a witch hunter and everything becomes complicated.
This  paranormal cozy mystery captures you and leaves you glued to the pages right from the start, it is impossible to put it down before the end. An enchanting world, charming characters, with many twists and unexpected events. The plot is well developed and then there is paranormal, friendship, humor, romance.
Highly recommended.

I just love this picture of Joyce and Jim
I just love this picture of Joyce and Jim
About The Authors
Joyce and Jim Lavene wrote award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They had written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. Joyce passed away October 20, 2015 and Jim passed on May 5, 2016. They are missed by family, friends and their many fans.
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lunedì 17 ottobre 2016

Review & Giveaway: Unlucky Charms by Linda O. Johnston

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Unlucky Charms
by Linda O. Johnston

Unlucky Charms (A Superstition Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (October 8, 2016)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738745558


Rory Chasen, manager of the Lucky Dog Boutique in Destiny, California, hopes her new line of good-luck doggy toys will be a hit, especially the stuffed rabbits with extra-large feet. The timing of the line’s debut proves ill-fated, though, as several local shops―including Rory’s―are ransacked and vandalized with spilled salt and other unlucky charms.
The most likely culprit is disgruntled real estate agent Flora Curtival, whose issues with the town give her a motive. But when Flora is murdered and one of Rory’s toy rabbits is found with the body, Rory needs all the luck she can get while trying to determine just who killed the superstitious vandal.

My Review

What I like most of the cozy mystery romances is that they typically are set in small towns. Every time I enjoy to discover many small cozy and particular locations. The city of this book is Destiny, a small California town closely linked to superstitions. They are taking classes for tourists to fight bad luck. Even for the shops are chosen names that drive away bad luck, like Rory Chasen's shop, Lucky Dog Boutique, specializing in the sale of lucky items for pets. She has just created a line of lucky items for dogs. But there is someone in town who steals them and replace them with items that bring bad luck. After the culprit has confessed is found dead with a Rory's objects. She is the prime suspect, and with her boyfriend and  detective Justin must investigate to clear her name.
It 's a well-written romance, highly addictive, a mystery well developed that it is difficult to solve before the end. There is also a fair dose of romance and the characters are funny and believable.
Recommended for those who love cozy mystery, animals and superstition

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About The Author –

Linda O. Johnston’s first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year.   Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 38 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne.  She additionally writes the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink.
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