The Friday 56 – Lacing Shadows

Welcome to my first post of The Friday 56!

Friday 56

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Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add the url to your post in the linky found at Freda’s Voice. It’s that simple.

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“Any of the other Courts hear about this, and we could go to war to protect your family’s place from usurpers. Remember what happened to the Autumn court? Your twin brother, Prince Liat has a right to clam the seat for now, Princess.”

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Don’t Let Go by Nona Raines – Book Review

don't let go by nona rainesTitle: Don’t Let Go
Author: Nona Raines
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 62
Expected Publication: November 5, 2014
Formats: Ebook
Source: Author
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Annalee wants a no-strings fling. Eric’s all about the strings.
Twelve years ago, when Eric Sorenson’s date dumped him right before the Senior Prom, his older sister’s best friend stepped in to save him from total humiliation. He never forgot Annalee or what she did for him that night…or the kiss they shared. He wants Annalee, and if he has his way, they’ll take up where they left off. And this time, he won’t let go.After a messy divorce, Annalee’s not looking forward to her high school reunion. She’s shocked when Eric appears at her door ready to return the favor and play escort. Gone is the inexperienced boy with a severe stutter—he’s a striking, confident man. The memory of the kiss they shared rekindles an attraction that never died, and she’s been on her own for a year. Isn’t she entitled to kick loose and have a let’s-go-crazy night?

review

I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read from Nona Raines.  It had humour, drama, lust, love, a sleazy ex-husband, loveable best friend and an “all grown up” very sexy old flame.

Nona’s writing style is great and her characters are fabulous. I enjoyed that they made fools of themselves and were involved in very real situations that were easy to relate to. These people weren’t perfect and I like that in a book.

I read this in one sitting as it’s only 62 pages but I would gladly read this again and again I loved it that much. I found it hard to start my next books after this one as it stuck with me and I suggest you give it a try.

Fabulous 5 stars!

5 stars

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Waiting on Wednesday – Thoughtful

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event. Hosted by Breaking the Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. Thoughtful.

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This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

thoughtfulThoughtful by S.C. Stephens (Thoughtless #1.5)

Publication Date: February 24, 2015

Synopsis - Kellan’s point of view of ‘Thoughtless’

The only place Kellan Kyle has ever felt at home is onstage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around three things: music, his bandmates, and hot hookups. Until one woman changes everything…

Kiera is the kind of girl Kellan has no business wanting-smart, sweet, and dating his best friend. Certain he could never be worthy of her love, he hides his growing attraction…until Kiera’s own tormented heart hints that his feelings might not be one-sided. Now, no matter the consequences, Kellan is sure of one thing-he won’t let Kiera go without a fight.

What are you “waiting on” this week?

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Pandora Wild Child by Sunniva Dee – Book Blitz and #Giveaway

Hello there! I’m so glad you could stop by. :-)
Today I’m hosting the book blitz blog tour for Pandora Wild Child by Sunniva Dee. Included in this post is an excerpt from the book and a fantastic giveaway. Hope you enjoy this little taste of what appears to be a ‘wild’ read. Enjoy!
~Sharon~
pandora wild childTitle: Pandora Wild Child
Author: Sunniva Dee
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult
Published: October 28, 2014
Purchase: Amazon

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book synopsis

I’m free. F*cking free!

I’m in college with my best friends and far, far from home!
With my Scheuermann’s disease as the excuse, my father kept me locked up at home all through high school. Here in Deepsilver, I can finally be me, Pandora, so—

Why the hell should I hold back?

They accept our fake IDs at Smother, our local haunt. I’m the life of the party, everyone loves me—hell, I could get away with murder in this place! Drunk off my ass, I dance on the bar, and—

I’m on top of the world!

I need to get my shit together, though. If I don’t pull off good grades, my father won’t pay my tuition. There’s no way I’m moving back into his “fortress.”

At the bar, I set my eyes on a gorgeous stranger. My plans don’t involve him long term; one night should be enough. But Dominic is more than I bargained for. God, I’m so drawn to this man. My skin hums at his touch because—

He expels the shadows of my past and replaces my pain with desire.

Perfect Dominic. Beautiful, graduating, soon-to-move-on-with-his-life Dominic.

I’m a wild child. A hot mess. Not grownup and focused like him. He’s addictive, and I am weak, but—screw this; I can wean myself off him! With the right antidote—

Addictions can be broken.

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PANDORA

On his bench, I melt.
My shield shatters, and I am open to him.
He always gives me more than the hour I come for, and warm, strong hands slide over my bare skin in exactly the way he’s paid to do.
Still, there’s an electricity in the room when he’s near. My heart accelerates instead of slowing down. And sometimes, when I can’t help the way my insides clench for him, my breath stutters.
My response never goes unnoticed; for an instant, his hands freeze. Then, they resume their beautiful dance over me.
When I am starved for him, I flip on the bench. I shut my eyes because sometimes, sometimes, I am shy. He doesn’t speak, then. Through thin slits under my lashes, I watch him watch me.
Some days, his breath coasts light over my face before he kisses me. “Pandora,” he whispers, “I can’t do this here.”
I don’t answer. He stops massaging me, and his hands caress me instead. Glide over the ridges of my ribs until they brush the sides of my breasts. I’ve got to get my shit together. My life’s a mess, and I love it, fear it, hate it. I’m driving him crazy. Driving myself crazy. But it is what I allow myself. For these few hours a week are my respite, when his hands quiet my mind.

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author info

I write New Adult fiction with a paranormal twist and don’t shy away from romance and heart-wrenching passion when necessary.

I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book,” aka Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which spurred my husband and me to move cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

I’m currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend my time with our “petting zoo” as in an opinionated parrot, a herd of cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that…uh, bark.

I hold a Master’s degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. I taught at college level for a decade before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Writing is my passion, my joy, and my addiction. When I’m not writing, I read.
Shattering Halos is my debut novel, and its standalone sequel, Stargazer, is due out later this year.

Author links:
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No Regrets by Jani Kay – Book Review

no regretsTitle: No Regrets
Series:  Firebird Trilogy #2
Author: Jani Kay
Genre:  Erotica, Romance
Published: 27 October 2014
Formats: Ebook
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon

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book synopsis

Book 2 in the Firebird Trilogy follows from Book 1 ‘Lost In France’.

Rebecca’s journey continues as she leaves Paris and goes to Munich, Germany. Giving up on love, she just wants to work on her career and enjoy her time in Europe with her sister Lily who comes to visit from Australia. Things go horribly wrong . . .
Could Rebecca have prevented what happens to Lily? Is she to blame?

Maxwell Grant has had enough of cat and mouse games. He wants Rebecca more than ever and goes all out to capture the woman who keeps running from him. Cocky, arrogant and sexy as hell, the CEO of Grant Industries has secrets . . . if he wants Rebecca he will have to tell the world what he’s been hiding.

Possessive and sexy as sin Frenchman, Alain, quickly discovers what a fool he’s been to let Rebecca go. He’s willing to give his heritage up for Rebecca. Will she take him back?

Two men want her. Rebecca must make choices that will change the course of not only her life, but everyone else’s too. What will she do? Will she follow her heart to find the man who is just right for her?

Above everything, Rebecca wants . . . No Regrets.

Recommended: 18+

Warning: Adult sexual situations and explicit language.

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No Regrets in the follow-up to Lost In France and book 2 in the Firebird Trilogy. Here are my thoughts on this book:-

  • This book sees plenty of drama and has a twist or two that kept me enthralled.
  • It’s well written, flows at a good pace and I found this book very hard to put down.
  • The sex scenes, wow, all I can say is that they keep you satisfied. ;-) LOL
  • The characters are relatable with regards to their feelings and morals, and are also very likeable.
  • We are told this story from several points of view, those being Rebecca, Max and Alain.
  • I like how characters from Jani’s other series – Scorpio Stinger MC cross over into this series. It adds a bigger dimension to the tale.
  • My only gripe is that Rebecca became a little irritating when it came to Max and his “marriage”. She runs away from him when he clearly needs her to stay and fight.
  • It’s an enjoyable follow-up to Lost In France and I look forward to see how this story ends.

Overall, a great read once again from Jani and I highly recommend you check out this series as you won’t be disappointed.

4 stars!

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Weekly Wrap Up – 26 October 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Blog Wrap Up of Sharon’s Book Nook!

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I am taking part in the following memes which are sharing books that you’ve received and a blog roundup for the week gone by:
The Sunday Post, hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Bought Borrowed and Bagged, hosted by TalkSupe.

SHARON’S NEWS

Another busy week has come and gone of me burning the candle at both ends and I feel like I need to hold my eyes open with match sticks. LOL Although I did manage a sleep in yesterday which was nice.

The weather as been heating up here and flowers are everywhere in my garden. I have so many roses in bloom I don’t have enough vases to hold them in. Good thing that I love to leave them on the plant until they’re spent. I enjoy having a cuppa and looking out into my yard when it’s in full bloom. :-D

Reading has been slow again this week, which has been a little frustrating as I’d like to get on top of my review requests. I may have to bring back the Little Yellow Trains mantra again “I think I can, I think I can” so I can get them done before too much longer.

That’s all from me for now, I hope you’ve had a great week and I thank you for stopping by. Here’s what happened on my blog last week.

WHAT YOU MISSED OVER THE PAST WEEK

INCOMING BOOKS LAST WEEK (Images link to Amazon or Goodreads)

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COMING UP THIS WEEK…SO FAR!

  • 10 day blogging challenge continues…
  • No Regrets by Jani Kay – Review
  • Pandora’s Wild Child by Sunniva Dee – Blog Tour
  • Don’t Let Go by Nona Raines – Review
  • 5 Star Reads for 2014
  • Haunting Halloween Hop
  • Saturday Sweet Treat

I’m so pleased that you could stop by, how was your week?blog roundup

I love receiving comments and I respond to everyone. Have a great day!

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FREE BOOK – Searching For Hope by Michael Joseph #freebie

searching for hope by michael josephTITLE: Searching for Hope
AUTHOR: Michael Joseph
GENRE: Mystery
PAGES: 201
PUBLISHED: July 11, 2014
FORMATS: Ebook
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Searching for Hope by Michael Joseph

Free on Amazon from 25 October to 26 October 2014.

book synopsisOn a bitter January night, private detective Sam Carlisle steps out of a nightclub and stumbles across a severely wounded man prostrate on the freezing ground. Despite Sam’s efforts to save him, the stranger dies in his arms, uttering three small words before taking his final breath.

Help. Me. Find.

In the days that follow, the tragic encounter plays increasingly on Sam’s mind. Who was the victim? What was he trying to find? With the police investigation drawing a total blank, Sam searches for the truth himself, determined to carry out the dead man’s cryptic final request. However, following in the footsteps of a murdered man brings plenty of danger of its own.

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The Ashes Series by Diana Gardin – Cover Re-launch and Giveaway

I’m pleased to be hosting the re-launch of The Ashes Series by Diana Gardin on the blog today. These two fabulous books have now been revamped with gorgeous new covers to suit and as I’ve reviewed both these titles before my thoughts are also included. Diana is also hosting a giveaway and prizes include a $5 Amazon gift card and e-book copies of her books.
~Sharon~

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OUT OF THE ASHES – REVIEW

SYNOPSIS:

Out of the frying pan and into the fire…
Paige Hill is discovering who she is again after losing everything she loves in a tragic fire. She’s endured a long road to recovery with the help of her best friend Gillian and is finally beginning her life again: college, a job, and a blossoming love she never even saw coming.
Clay Forbes is the notorious campus playboy. He’s a star athlete, a senior architecture major, and the only son in a family with power and money back in his hometown. When he crashes into Paige, his whole perspective on life shifts, and his world as he knew it becomes nonexistent. He’s wrapped up in her.
They’re both learning how to love, but Clay’s ex-girlfriend Hannah won’t make it easy for them. She puts a target on Paige’s back, and won’t stop until she’s derailed their budding romance once and for all. Who will be left standing after the ashes settle for the second time?

REVIEW:

Copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review

This book is a wonderful story of survival and finding the strength to get on with life. Paige has lost everything; her family included in a tragic house fire and after spending a year recovering from extensive burns in hospital she is now well enough to leave and is keen to start living her life.
This book is well written, very clear and concise, flows along at a good pace, so much so that I had trouble putting this book down. The emotions from the very likeable characters are well projected that you feel as though you’re in their shoes. It is written in dual point of view between Paige and Clay which is great a drawing the reader into their relationship.
Paige and Clay make a wonderful pair. Paige is moving on with her life after her family tragedy. She’s enrolled in college and is determined to make a go of the life that has been dished out to her. This is where she meets Clay, who is drawn to her instantly. He’s a playboy who is happy to love em’ and leave em’ until he meets Paige, he can’t get off his mind. Their relationship is sweet and caring, and even the love scenes between them are tastefully written.
Our villain in this piece is Hannah, Clay’s ex-girlfriend. She is convinced that Clay will marry her and tries her best at tearing him and Paige apart. Hannah is a nasty character but her antics keep the story interesting as she is quite unpredictable. Her situation at the end of this book came as a complete surprise to me.
The book does end with a cliffhanger, and I felt it coming the closer I got to the end, so it was not much of a shock. However it does create a great opening for the next book in this series, and I look forward to reading that also.
This story has a bit of everything a nice romance, drama, mystery and suspense. I recommend it if you’re looking for more than just romance in a read. Great story!
I rate this book 4 stars.

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SETTLING ASHES – REVIEW

SYNOPSIS:

He broke her heart, she’s missing the largest piece of the puzzle…
Paige Hill is no stranger to physical pain, but the ache that plagues her heart is an entirely new kind of hurt. She left Rutherford to escape it, but did she make a huge mistake? Her ex-boyfriend Beau, who scooped up the broken pieces of Paige like he never got the chance in their past, doesn’t think so. He wants her to stay…
Clay Forbes can’t eat, can’t sleep, and can’t fight the murder charge that hangs like a guillotine over his head. None of it matters if Paige won’t forgive him. He’ll do anything to find her and bring her home.
But how safe will that home be when the two are finally reunited? It seems the death of Hannah Davis is definitely unfinished business in their small college town, and someone is still on a mission to keep Clay and Paige apart…this time forever.

REVIEW:

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I enjoyed this follow on from book one in this series – Out of The Ashes. Once again it is well written expresses the broad range of emotions such as love, jealousy, grief, fear and helplessness very well. It has a little bit of everything, love, drama, murder, mystery and suspense without becoming too predictable. The person responsible for the murder in book one was not whom I expected at all, and I loved that!
It’s written in a dual point of view between Clay and Paige and once again these characters and all the secondary characters are very likeable. We hear a little more from some of these secondary characters in this installment, and found their story very sweet and was drawn to them.
My only dislike with this book was that I felt there was not enough closure on the charges that Clay was facing, and they just seemed to be forgotten about. Having said that you knew what the outcome of those charges would be.
The romance in the book is very sweet, and the tastefully written sex scenes leave most of it up to your imagination. ;-)
It has a lovely happily ever after which ends this book perfectly.
Overall, a great read and a series that I recommend to anyone who is not looking for just a romance read, and need some drama and mystery involved.
4 Stars!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Diana is the author of the YA novel COLORBLIND, and the NA Contemporary Romance novels OUT OF THE ASHES, SETTLING ASHES, AND WANTING FOREVER. All are available for purchase now. Diana is a Virginia girl living In South Carolina, and her beloved home in the South is the backdrop for all of her novels. She adores writing about Southern girls and boys finding their way in and out of love. She’s married to the love of her life, and they have two fabulous/crazy children under the age of five.

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Blogging Challenge Day 5 – Six ways to win your heart

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Today is day five of the blogging challenge and the topic is “Six ways to win your heart”.

I suppose you would expect me to answer this with flowers, dinner, chocolate, diamonds or material things. Nope, not me! I’m not much of a romantic and I think there are other things that are more important to be able to win my heart. In no particular order they are:-

  1. Laughter – If you can make me laugh then you’re off to a good start.
  2. Kindness - People who think of other people and no only themselves and treat others how you would like to be treated yourself.
  3. Honesty - I hate phony people. Honesty is the best policy, as they say.
  4. Manners - These are sorely lacking from a lot of people these days and it’s refreshing to see someone with them.
  5. Good conversation - if you can hold a conversation, show genuine interest and be relaxed while together, that’s a good thing.
  6. Lastly, of course compliments go a long way too. That person needs to make you feel good about yourself and that can make someone addictive to be around. We all need that at some stage don’t we? ;-)

What are six ways to win your heart? Can you add any more to this list?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

∗Day 6 of this challenge will continue next Monday.∗

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Remember Me by Kathy-Jo Reinhart – Review

remember me by kathy-jo reinhartTitle: Remember Me
Series: Oakville Series #2
Author: Kathy-Jo Reinhart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 180
Published: September 9, 2014
Formats: Ebook, Paperback
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon

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book synopsis

After six years of being apart, Amber and Kyle finally found each other again, only to be ripped apart once more by a force they couldn’t control. After a tragic accident that almost takes Amber’s life, she’s left in a hospital without any memory. She doesn’t know who she is, let alone the man that she married and has loved since childhood.

When Amber finally wakes from her coma, Kyle feels like he can breathe again. The hope that he has held onto every day he has sat in the hospital with her has pulled through. They can now push Beau behind them and finally get the happily ever after they deserve. Only, Amber has no idea who he is.

Feeling his hope wither away once more, Kyle sets out and makes it his personal duty to help her remember, or make her fall in love with him again. After all, they have a connection that can pull through anything, and will.

Is their love really enough to conquer even the most difficult and life-altering situations?

Trust is lost, promises are broken, and hearts are shattered.

Will Kyle and Amber be able to withstand the changes ahead of them, or will it tear them apart for good?

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Remember Me is the second book in the Oakville series, and it takes up where First Love left off. Here are my thoughts on this fabulous second installment:

  • This book has a storyline that can be easily related to by women in particular. It feels like a very personal journey.
  • As a result it’s a very emotional read and the turmoil the characters are going through is expressed beautifully.
  • I like to describe the main characters in this book as ‘very human’. They feel like people you would know and not just characters from a book who are completely ‘perfect’, these people have their flaws just like the rest of us.
  • The secondary characters were also fantastic and I liked that they brought a little humour to the story as well as loving support for Kyle and Amber.
  • It’s narrated from the point of views of Kyle and Amber in the first person.
  • The writing is great and moves at a good pace. I found it impossible to lose interest, especially when the situation was quite intense.
  • The only confusing aspect of this book was knowing whether or not Amber had fully regained her memory from the amnesia. I felt this aspect was lost in the new challenges that the couple were faced with.
  • An ending that was fitting for this couple and yes it’s a happy one. We love that!

Overall, a book that has happiness, bliss, heartbreak, grief, loss, drama and even a little humour. A nice book all round on the emotions, a little teary at times but no ugly crying involved, and a great follow-up to First Love by Kathy-Jo Reinhart.

A fabulous 4 stars!

4 stars

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