Monday, March 6, 2017

TAKE MY MONEY: March 2017

Where I feature new releases that grabbed my attention for the upcoming month.  As always, release dates are subject to change.  All titles link back to Goodreads.

The Unyielding (Call of Crows, #3)
The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston (paranormal romance) -- March 28th

The Truth About Love and Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove, #1)
The Truth About Love and Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke (historical romance) -- March 28th

Etched in Bone (The Others, #5)
Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop (historical romance) -- March 7th

The Highland Duke (Lords of the Highlands #1)
The Highland Duke (Lords of the Highland #1) by Amy Jarecki (historical romance) -- March 28th

When the Marquess Falls (Hellions of Havisham, #3.5)
When the Marquess Falls (Hellions of Havisham Hall #3.5) by Lorraine Heath (historical romance) -- March 14th

You May Kiss the Bride (The Penhallow Dynasty, #1)
You May Kiss the Bride (The Penhallow Dynasty #1) by Lisa Berne (historical romance) -- March 28th

An Extraordinary Union
An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League #1) by Alyssa Cole (historical romance) -- March 27th

Last Night with the Duke (The Rakes of St. James, #1)
Last Night with the Duke (The Rakes of St. James #1) by Amelia Grey (historical romance) -- March 7th

The Mad Countess (Darkest Regency #1)
The Mad Countess (Darkest Regency #1) by Erica Monroe (historical romance) -- March 21st

The Black Lily (Tales of the Black Lily, #1)
The Black Lily (Tales of the Black Lily #1) by Juliette Cross (historical fantasy romance) -- March 27th

Insight (The Community, #1)
Insight (The Community #1) by Santino Hassell (paranormal romance M/M) -- March 13th

Saturday, March 4, 2017

MINI-REVIEWS: Kerrigan Byrne, Marissa Meyer, Beverly Jenkins

The Duke (Victorian Rebels, #4)The Duke (Victorian Rebels #4) by Kerrigan Byrne
Historical Romance
St. Martin's Press -- February 7, 2017


Strong as a Viking. Handsome as Adonis. Rich as Midas. Collin "Cole" Talmage, Duke of Trewyth, is the stuff that legends are made of. He's the English Empire's golden son--until fate has its way with him. Cole's family is killed and his closest comrade betrays him on the battlefield, leaving him gravely injured. But Cole is not one to dwell on misfortune. He is a man of duty, honor--and desire. And now he's ready for the fight of his lifetime...

Imogen Pritchard is a beautiful lass who works in a hospital by day and as a serving maid at night. Years ago, when she was young and penniless, she ended up spending a scandalous night with Cole, whose tormented soul was matched only by his earth-shattering passion. Imogen entered a marriage of convenience―one that left her a wealthy widow―but she never forgot Cole. Now that her long-lost lover has turned up in her hospital, injured and with no memory of her, Imogen is torn: Is it a blessing or a curse that their past remains a secret to Cole, even as his new passion for her leaves him wanting to protect and possess all costs.

I have enjoyed Byrne's Victorian Rebels series and, while The Duke is not my favorite, I really liked it.  The heroine is wonderful!  She has to overcome a lot through the course of her life and I was really rooting for her to be happy.  I especially liked the scenes of her working as a nurse.  The hero was pretty tortured and I felt bad for him.  But, I thought he had a few major jerk moments even towards the end.  He did do a decent amount of groveling and the development of his character was interesting, but he was not a favorite aspect.  The plot is complex, over-the-top, and completely engrossing.  There is something about this author's writing style that grabs me from the beginning and doesn't let me go until the very end.

I received an eARC of this book from St. Martin's Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1)Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate
Young Adult Science Fiction
Feiwel and Friends -- January 30, 2017


In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series. 

The Lunar Chronicles series is one of my all-time favorites and I am super excited that Marissa Meyer is continuing to explore the world through graphic novels.  Iko is such a fantastic character and I liked the way the plot allowed her to take center stage.  She is kickass and determined to complete her mission while also still being boy crazy and fashion-obsessed which is fun.  Of course, I loved seeing the rest of the main characters from the Lunar Chronicles and how they are dealing with the many changes that occurred at the end of that series.  The artwork was really intriguing and I was easily able to follow the story.  I am excited to see what Meyer has in store for Iko, Kinney, and everybody else.


BreathlessBreathless (Old West #2) by Beverly Jenkins
Historical Romance 
Avon -- January 31, 2017


As manager of one of the finest hotels in Arizona Territory, Portia Carmichael has respect and stability—qualities sorely missing from her harsh childhood. She refuses to jeopardize that by hitching herself to the wrong man. Suitors are plentiful, but none of them has ever looked quite as tempting as the family friend who just rode into town…and none has looked at her with such intensity and heat.

Duchess. That’s the nickname Kent Randolph gave Portia when she was a young girl. Now she’s a stunning, intelligent woman—and Kent has learned his share of hard lessons. After drifting through the West, he’s learned the value of a place to settle down, and in Portia’s arms he’s found that and more. But convincing her to trust him with her heart, not just her passion, will be the greatest challenge he’s known—and one he intends to win…

Beverly Jenkins has such a beautiful writing style that I was immediately sucked into Breathless and fell head over heels in love with Kent and Portia's story.  I had fond memories of them from the previous book in this series, Forbidden, and was very happy to see them figure out how much they meant to one another.  Portia is such a strong-willed heroine that I really admired.  I loved watching her manage her uncle's hotel and work towards her dream of opening her own business.  Kent was a sexy, determined hero who understood how precious Portia was and did everything in his power to make her happy.  Their relationship felt very real and I enjoyed the slow pace which allowed me to really understand both protagonists.  The mystery subplot was intriguing and provided enough external conflict to keep things from getting boring.  I am excited for Regan's story next!

I received an eARC of this book from Avon via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.