Lord Of Night by Erica Ridley #BookReview @EricaRidley #BookBlast #RoguesToRiches

Lord of Night

by Erica Ridley

Unlike proper debutantes, Miss Dahlia Grenville is secretly Robin Hood in a bonnet. Her home for wayward girls has too many dependents and not enough donations. But just as she’s about to pull off the heist of the Season, she tumbles straight into the arms of the handsome detective who has sworn to deliver Mayfair’s mysterious thief straight to the gallows.

Highly principled Bow Street runner Simon Spaulding’s world is black and white. There’s no mastermind too clever, no criminal alive who can escape the hangman. Until he realizes the delightful young lady he’s been courting is a liar and a thief. Suddenly, his career—and his heart—are in peril. How can he bring her to justice when it means losing her forever?

Lord of Night  is the third book of a new series. In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind rags-to-riches romance with rollicking adventure.

 

Release Date:                                                July 2017

Series Order:                                                  Rogues to Riches #3

Publisher:                                                       WebMotion

Length:                                                            300 pages (65,000 words)

Genre:                                                             Historical Romance (Regency)

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My Review

I love reading Historical Romance and this book Lord of Night (Rogues to Riches #3) by Erica Ridley has me wanting to read the whole series.

What does Dahlia Grenville, who is supposed to be a proper debutante but prefers to help homeless girls with her girl’s school do to feed and house 24 girls? She steals from the rich.
How does Simon Spaulding, a highly principled Bow Street Runner, handle when he finds out the woman he loves is a thief? And she has a good reason to be one.

When their two worlds collide, Simon thinks Dahlia is just a Headmistress of a school for girls and he wants to help. But Dahlia also has won his heart.

There is so much to this story. I really enjoyed everything about this book. The characters and the events are very interesting. This book has so much more than just the blurb. If you love reading Historical Romances you will need to read this book. This is such an awesome book I gave it ***** stars

 

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Simon did not pay calls upon ladies. Or anyone at all. He had no time for idle fraternization. Yet here he was on the threshold of the St. Giles School for Girls, adjusting his cravat.

The door swung open.

Just as the night before, no butler or housekeeper attended callers, but rather the headmistress herself.

He bowed. “Good afternoon, Miss Grenville. I trust the rest of your evening passed much more peacefully?”

“I’ll send for the others at once,” she said without curtseying. Her eyes twinkled. “I thank you for both your service and your punctuality. She has been looking forward to your visit all day.”

Before he could so much as blink, Miss Grenville motioned to a young girl in a frayed pinafore, who immediately raced up a somewhat lopsided staircase and disappeared into the next floor.

Miss Grenville turned back to him with a brisk nod. “There. She will be down any moment. We won’t keep you long.”

“She needn’t rush,” he found himself saying. “I’ve nothing but casework awaiting me.”

Miss Grenville gave him a long, considering look.

Simon straightened. He had the distinct impression this young lady was taking his measure in the same careful, detailed way he had taught the other men on the force.

Something like: Hat, medium quality. Not rich, not poor. Hair, a bit too long—too much time between visits to the barber. Jaw, clean-shaven. Suit, waistcoat, cravat, well-tailored and pristine. He was an inspector, not a beadle or a street watchman. And he had returned, just as he’d promised.

“Forgive me.” Miss Grenville dropped a curtsey elegant enough to rival a duchess. “We have just finished lessons, and I’m afraid my mind was with administrative responsibilities, and not on my manners.”

Simon could scarcely fault her for a trait his colleagues would claim he himself had perfected, so he merely tipped his hat. “There is nothing to forgive. A strong focus on one’s duty is a worthy quality indeed.”

“Is it? ’Twould be better if I could do less focusing, more achieving, but, well… Someday, things will turn around. I would invite you to tea, but we don’t often take it.” She pushed the door open wider. “But you can still come in. As long as you aren’t expecting crumpets.”

“I despise crumpets,” he assured her. “Ghastly things. Make me sneeze worse than cats.”

“Well, if you ever find yourself with a surplus, I am certain my girls will be happy to dispose of them for you.”

“Duly noted,” he promised, and stepped across the threshold…

The Rogues to Riches romance books in Series Order:

#1         Lord of Chance                                                        April 2017

#2         Lord of Pleasure                                                      May 2017

#3         Lord of Night                                                             July 2017

#4         Lord of Temptation                                                   Sept 2017

#5         Lord of Secrets                                                         Early 2018

#6         Lord of Vice                                                               Mid 2018

 

 

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Author Bio

Erica Ridley is a USA Today and New York Times best-selling author of historical romance novels.

In the new Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind rags-to-riches romance with rollicking adventure.

The popular Dukes of War series features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

 

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Jemma, Entertainment with Jem, Book 1 by Clarissa Carlyle #BookReview @ClarissaCarlyle

Jemma, Entertainment with Jem, Book 1

by Clarissa Carlyle

Blurb

Jemma Larson knows tough times. She’s been raising her baby brother ever since her parents perished in a car crash. As the owner of the popular blog, Entertainment with Jem, she has been using the income from her blog to keep them both fed and a roof over their heads. Now her blog’s income is declining amidst vicious competition. Jemma needs to do something desperate to be able to feed and take care of herself and her little brother before Social Services comes calling again. Her greatest fear- having her beloved little brother taken from her. Jemma will do anything to prevent that. Even if it means going out on a limb with her blog.

Reading about new reality TV show heartthrob, Daniel Starke, an opportunity presents itself to get an exclusive interview with him. She knows this will boost her blog’s readership and income. But everything she’s read in the press about Daniel has him painted as a womanizing, self-centered jerk. Pushed to pay her bills, she agrees to the interview.

At their meeting, she realizes that Daniel is nothing like she expected- and sparks fly! Normally shy Jemma is now thrust into the spotlight. But nothing in the entertainment world as it seems, as Jemma is about to find out.

* This book contains some adult situations. 18+, mature audiences recommended.

 

My Review

When I saw the name of the book: Jemma 1: Entertainment with Jem, Book 1 by Clarissa Carlyle I was intrigued.

 

Then I read the blurb about Jemma being a blogger an entertainment blogger, something that has always intrigued but I have never done an entertainment blog. I have a book review blog, but I don’t do entertainment.

I really like how the author built the characters, Jemma, the blogger, her little brother Robbie who she is responsible for, her friend Maya and the heartthrob Daniel Starke. Of course, there are more characters but these four were pretty much the main ones for me.

I thought the story started out fast, didn’t take long to understand the story and to be hooked. There is lots of drama, Jemma is trying to make a living blogging and has done good enough but of course wants better. She gets a chance to interview the star of a Reality TV show.  She is excited to do the interview, but, Jemma is pretty shy and quiet, doesn’t like to cause a scene or even be in the middle of any drama, she just wants to do her blog.  Of course, that can’t happen, come on, we have a reality tv star Daniel Starke who is hot and everyone wants a piece of him. Nothing can go smoothly.

I will say that I really enjoyed reading this first book. I loved the authors style and she didn’t leave anything out. The story went smoothly. Easy to read and understand the characters. After I read the first book I had to read the second and am working on the whole series. This book was a fun book to read.

 

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I advise to purchase the whole set if you like reading the first book.

 

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Pop-Out Girl by Irene WoodBury #bookReview @IreneWoodbury

Blurb

When Zane Hollister returns home to Las Vegas after two years in prison and discovers his showgirl-lover is with another guy, he goes ballistic. After stalking and taunting the couple for months, his toxic jealousy takes a darker turn.

To wipe out new boyfriend Colton, Zane masterminds a devilish zip line accident and a terrifying car crash. When those fail, he resorts to kidnapping Jen and forcing her to marry him. And it gets even worse when Zane shoots Colton’s boss, Matt, by mistake as he aims for Colton in a horrific drive-by shooting.

With Matt lingering in a coma, Jen’s cocktail-waitress mother, Brandi, absorbs a seismic shock of her own. After hearing Matt’s name on the local news, she realizes he’s her first love of decades past—and Jen’s real father.

Will Matt emerge from his coma to reunite with Brandi and Jen? Do the cops nab Zane, who’s hiding out in Hawaii? And can Jen and Colton’s love survive Zane’s lethal jealousy?

There’s a happy ending for some, but not for all, in Pop-Out Girl.

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My Review

Pop-out Girl by Irene Woodbury was not quite what I was expecting. The plot of this story was so much more. I love how the author wrote the book in parts.

 

Jen who is a Pop-Out Girl who pops out of cakes wants to have a normal life, a normal boyfriend. She popped out of a cake and met her new boyfriend at a party she did. She was totally in love with Colton. They were so right for each other is many ways.  Everything was great until her ex-crazy boyfriend came back into her life.

 

This book talks about all the main characters and goes back in time to when the story really started. Which I really love because I love the whole story. As you can read in the blurb this is a fast-paced book.

 

The one thing I was disappointed in was the ending. I felt it was abrupt. If this book becomes a series I can understand it. But as far as I know, it isn’t part of a series. This fantastic story left me wanting more and to see what happens.

 

I still recommend this book to read, it is a Chic-Lit and fun to read and was entertained by the story.

I felt this book was also a clean romance type of book.

 

I want to thank Read For Review, NetGalley and the Author Irene Woodbury for a chance to read this book.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***

I am giving this book a 4-star review.

 

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Saving Madeline by Cricket Rohman #BookReview @CricketRohman

Saving Madeline by Cricket Rohman

 

Blurb

SAVING MADELINE is both heart wrenching and humorous. In the beginning, Roxy, a naïve young actor arrives in Hollywood to follow her dream and escape from her mean-spirited family. When she finds herself coexisting in a cramped Los Angeles apartment with a wounded warrior and her German shepherd, tensions run high . . . And then her mother moves in—so much for escaping.

Along comes the well-connected actor, James Jonathan Jarvis, and Roxy’s big break in showbiz: a part in a reality TV show with a wilderness survival theme. But a week before rehearsals begin, her confused mother disappears. Roxy’s search leads her close to Wyoming where she and Madeline become trapped in a real life-and-death situation.

Though the daily obstacles that challenge these three women are paramount, they manage to find humor in their frequent calamities, and Roxy’s Hollywood misadventures buffer the troubling glimpses into the world of a woman whose memory is fading.

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My Review

 

Saving Madeline by Cricket Rohman.

This book was just what I needed to read. I love the cozy mystery of this story. Roxy moves to Hollywood to be an actress. While practicing her acting schools, her neighbor had thought someone was wrong and broke into her apartment with her dog to help. I thought this beginning was great. This story had me from the start.
Roxy had left Chicago to get away from her family, I find that funny because sometimes it is hard to get away from family. There are some awesome twist and turns in this story. I really loved how the characters were developed and I didn’t have to keep figuring out who is who.
You will need to read this book to find out how the upstairs neighbor and Roxy’s mom happens to move in with Roxy. Of course, with daily drama and some good mystery to the story makes this an awesome read. I would say this is a great summer read.
Every book I have read by Cricket Rohman I have enjoyed. I love her stories.

 

Other books by Cricket Rohman:

Wanted: An Honest Man (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 1) 

Letters, Lovers, & Lies (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 2)

Hit The Road, Jake! (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 3) 

I have read all three of the books above and thought each one was really good.

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

The Valentine Quest by Melissa Mcclone #BookReview @melissamcclone @TulePublishing

The Valentine Quest (Love at the Chocolate Shop #5)The Valentine Quest by Melissa McClone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars  

 

Blurb:

Keep your competition close…and your heart even closer.

When Nevada Parker travels to Marietta, Montana, she anticipates enough peace and quiet to finish her PhD dissertation. Cupidville turns out to be anything but quiet. In fact, it looks like Valentine’s Day—her least favorite holiday—exploded all over the small town.

Among the sea of red hearts, “Be Mine” signs, and pink, pink, pink, Nevada spots a flyer for a multi-day race called The Valentine Quest. The grand prize—a luxury tropical vacation—would be the perfect welcome-home gift for her brother who’s leaving the military.

Dustin Decker sure could use a break from giving city slickers sleigh rides—and from the now ex-girlfriend who issued an ultimatum. Even with a bum knee from his bull riding days, the race’s grand prize is as good as his—until he realizes he needs a partner for some of the more complicated tasks.

He makes a strategic pact with the prim, bookish Nevada. But with a kiss, their unlikely alliance turns into something more…and soon racing isn’t the only thing on their minds. As the finish line nears, they must decide if the grand prize is worth more than what they’ve found together…or if one of them will walk away empty handed—and broken hearted.

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My Review:

The Valentine Quest (Love at the Chocolate Shop #5) by Melissa McClone.
I really enjoyed reading this book, Melissa McClone does an awesome job of writing the story of Nevada Parker and Dustin Decker.

I could feel the emotions and how hard it was for Dustin and how he is use to doing things and winning.
Nevada is the bookish type and wants to finish her PhD but really wants to win the Multi-day race called The Valentine Quest for her brother. He is always doing things for her and her sister Dakota.

When they both find out they need a partner, Nevada and Dustin who seem to have some chemistry decide to work together. They are both very competitive and both want to win. There is only one winner.

Like I said I did enjoy reading this book, I love how all the characters from this series intermingle and makes it even better.
I want to thank NetGalley, Tule Publishing and Melissa McClone for letter me read this book.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.

 

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review: Helping Helper by Tara C. Allred #BookReview @TaraCAllred

Helping Helper

By Tara C. Allred

Blurb

“He’s not a friend, he’s my husband, And he’s gone.”

En route to Salt Lake City, intending to start over, their car breaks down near the struggling mining town of Helper, Utah—and then Tony leaves Kora behind.

Alone, broken and angry, especially that her family was right in their judgment against Tony, Kora decides to stay in Helper and aid in it’s art-centered transformation.

But in working to save her new home, Kora learns first love only happens once.

For a second chance at love, a much greater risk is required.

“…a good solid story. I was fooled a couple of times with the plot twists!” —E. Campbell

“…a beautiful piece of artwork. This novel is going to stick with me.” —B. Boman

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My Review

Helping Helper by Tara C. Allred. This book was better than I thought it would be. The story felt real and that it could happen to anyone.  Tony and Kora leave Colorado for a better chance of life. They have been married for 6 years and Tony doesn’t have it together at all. Kora is hoping this new job in Utah will help them start fresh. Then their car breaks down about 5 miles from Helper. They walk to get help and the first place they find is a fast food place, Tony leaves Kora there and says he is going to see about getting help. He did come back and left her with $45. That was the last time she saw him.  So, she is stuck in a small town, no money and no clue what to do.

I found this story very refreshing to read. I loved that the people felt real and cared about each other. I felt the author did a great job with the characters and seemed to pack so much into the story that made it awesome. The description, the history and the people make this story so wonderful. I also thought the issues with Tony were spot on and I felt exploring Kora’s feelings was another plus. There is a lot in this story and it worked. I hope there is a 2nd book.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.

This book for me is definitely a FIVE STAR Book. I really thought the author did a great job with the emotions and the characters in this story.

 

I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl