ARC Reviews

25/04/2018

The Blood Reaver (Pirates of the Coast #6) by Barbara Devlin. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.


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Pirate adventure and passion await in THE BLOOD REAVER! 

After her father and her older brother die of an infectious fever, and an unscrupulous sea captain abandons Rose Armistead in Port Royal, Jamaica, she must find safe passage home. When she meets a handsome mariner with his own ship, in an establishment of ill repute, she pays him to carry her, her mother, and her younger brother to Charles Town. But the man she considers her savior hides a dark secret, and it may destroy her. Can Rose accept her man’s true identity and find love? 

When a beautiful woman walks into the most notorious brothel in Port Royal, Turner Reyson, a cunning pirate known as the Blood Reaver, offers his assistance, because he wants her in his bunk, but he conceals the nature of his business, as he casts off. At sea, Rose displays a peculiar ability to spot prize and booty, and his suspicious crew declares her the Lady of Fortune, which places her in a perilous position, when they insist on keeping her aboard ship. Playing two sides of the same coin, Turner must win his woman or risk mutiny, which would endanger her and her family. Can the Blood Reaver save Rose? 

A guaranteed great adventure in this Pirates of Britannia novel! 

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Captain Turner Reyson is highly entertained when he sees the spirited young woman trying to reclaim her property from place she should never set foot in. 
Better known on the high seas as the Blood Reaver he has no scruples in claiming payment for his help. 
Miss Rose Armistead has found herself in a difficult situation,  and trying to find a way home for herself and her family. 
This is a fun adventure on the high seas.  Our Lady Fortuna will surprise this band of pirates.  Our hero has more honour than his crew like. 
All great fun,  I loved it. 


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Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller. A Texan, through and through, Barbara hasn’t been without a book in her possession since she was in kindergarten. She wrote her first short story, a really cheesy murder-mystery, in high school, but it was a Christmas gift, a lovely little diary with a bronze lock, given to her in the fifth grade that truly inspired her love for writing.

After completing part of her undergraduate studies at the University of London, Barbara returned home and began a career in banking. But the late 80’s weren’t too promising for the financial industry, and every bank that hired Barbara soon folded. So she searched for a stable occupation, and the local police department offered the answer to her prayers.

Initially, Barbara wasn’t too sure about her new chosen career in law enforcement, but she soon came to love being a police officer. However, on an uncharacteristically cold and icy day in December 1998, Barbara was struck by a car and pinned against a guardrail while working an accident on a major highway. Permanently disabled, she retired from the police department and devoted her time and energy to physical therapy.

Once Barbara got back on her feet, she focused on a new career in academia. She earned an MA in English, continued on a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric, started writing historical fiction in her spare time, and completed five full-length novels featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast. 


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Undercover With the Nanny by Cathy Skendrovich. Romantic Suspense. Release & ARC Review.


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DEA agent Sawyer Hayes came to California in search of a drug cartel leader who slipped through his fingers in El Paso. The link to finding him is Kate Munroe, a nanny for one of his henchmen. The problem? He didn’t expect to be so drawn to a possible suspect. How is he supposed to do his job when his growing feelings for her are clouding his judgement?

Interior designer Kate Munroe’s life is a train wreck. Her parents’ deaths left her with their mounds of debt, she can’t get a job designing even a cubicle, and she’s bunking in her best friend’s spare bedroom. To make ends meet, she’s a nanny to a lonely little boy whose rich father works all the time. Romance is not on her radar. But her hot new neighbor could change her mind, with his broad shoulders and Southern charm. Too bad his secrets could destroy her.

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DEA agent Sawyer Hayes is working undercover and will do anything to get the men who are killing anyone who gets in the way of their terrible business. 
Kate Monroe is working as a nanny to a little boy whose father is too wound up in his business to pay attention to the boy.  She is also trying to get over the death of both of her parents,  and get her own business up and running. 
This is an exciting and sometimes emotional story with characters you will want to follow even further than this book.  The story is much more about them than the drug lord involved.  Lies have a habit of coming back to bite you. 
Very enjoyable. 


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Cathy Skendrovich has always loved a good story, and spent her formative years scribbling what is now called Fan Fiction. The current heartthrob of the time featured heavily in all her stories. Unfortunately, once she went to college, her writing took the form of term papers, written on typewriters instead of computer keyboards.

Upon graduation, Cathy took a job as an English teacher in a middle school. Along the way, she married her husband of now thirty-two years, had two sons, and moved to southern Orange County, California. She chose to work part-time in the school system there.

Now she has returned to writing. Prisoner of Love is her first published novel, followed closely by The Pirate's Bride. A sequel to The Pirate's Bride, as well as another contemporary romantic suspense are in the works.

She likes writing romance because she feels it's lacking in today's technological world. While she enjoys writing contemporary stories, creating romance in bygone times fascinates her. She hopes her ability to write in both genres will be the beginning of a long and satisfying writing career.

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Forever Girl (Read & Burn Memoirs #1) by Ella Williams. Mature Young Adult Release. & $20 G.C.Giveaway.

Title: Forever Girl
Series: Read & Burn Memoirs #1
Author: Ella Williams
Genre: Mature Young Adult
Release Date: April 25, 2018
Nothing is more annoying that a hot guy who knows it.
He was off limits, forbidden. My life was too afflicted, his life was too tied up in complications. But then my world fell apart. Alone and adrift I never guessed that one of my misadventures would turn into a night of discovery.
The instant pull left us breathless.
I wasn't sure that I could handle the scrutiny, or the judgment in his eyes if he knew how messed up my life was. Or whether he could unravel his own messes.
But I was hooked on the promise of forever.
ELLA WILLIAMS debut novel is inspired from a slice of her own budding romance as a young adult. She’s married to her forever man, and the mother of three young adults, one tween and a small person. When Ella isn't writing, designing graphics or chasing her cats she'll be donning her work boots on a building site. She does her best writing at one AM or after four hour forest hikes in her sunny Cape Town. Ella loves angsty yet happy ever after tales with strong flawed hero's and quirky heroines.
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Twist (Beekman Hills #1.5) by KC Enders. Rom Com Release & Giveaway.

Title: Twist
Series: Beekman Hills #1.5 (can be standalone)
Author: KC Enders
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rom Com
Release Date: April 25, 2018
Fun. Flirty. And no follow through. 
FINN O'MEARA has a slick one-liner for every occasion and loves to talk a big game. Tending bar at McBride’s Public House gives him plenty of opportunities to meet the ladies—to take them home and show them a good time. He’s so talented with his tongue, they don't seem to mind that he never takes it past third base. 
ADELAIDE HUNTINGTON is infinitely more comfortable with her PC than her peers. She prefers to work from the comfort of her overstuffed chair doing what she loves: graphic and web design. Only occasionally hanging out with her surrogate grandmas until an infuriating, silver tongued man charms his way in.
While he’s trying hard to prove there’s more to him than cheesy pick-up lines, Adelaide uncovers another layer to Finn. 
A twist that no one would ever imagine.




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Writer and reader of all the books.
Her words are fueled by craft beer, good bourbon and of course, coffee.
She’s married to her best friend and the love of her life, proud mom to two amazing men—who know how to cook, clean, and always open doors for ladies. You’re welcome. And then there’s the three dogs she lovingly rescued and introduced into a cushy life of leisure. 
Karin is a New York girl living in a Midwest world.

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