Book Review: Bride by Mistake by Nicole Helm

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Title: Bride by Mistake (Montana Born Brides #3)

Author: Nicole Helm

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Series: Montana Born Brides

Genre: Romance

Release date: 5/18/2015

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Synopsis: Wedding fever has hit the little town of Marietta…

 

And Kaitlin Shuller’s groom of her dreams is marrying someone else… her sister.

 

Worst day ever. Her heart is broken, and all her carefully laid plans destroyed. Enter Beckett Larson, her older brother’s best friend and a very good bad decision.

 

Beckett has spent his life trying to outrun his bad reputation, but everyone already thinks the worst of him, so when Kaitlin offers herself to him — virginity and all— he just can’t say no.

 

But one night together has permanent consequences, and this time Beckett knows he can’t outrun his bad boy reputation. He’s determined to make Kaitlin his bride… even if he has to seduce her down the aisle.

 

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Can you imagine what it would be like for the groom of your dreams to be marrying your younger sister?

It happened to Kaitlin Shuller and it was the worst day ever.

Wow I think it would be horrible and of course I wouldn’t be thinking right, well neither was Kaitlin, she decided she needed a one night stand and her brother’s best friend would do. What a story, I felt the story started out kind of slow, but then it exploded!!  Kaitlin was a virgin and there are consequences that happen even when you try to prevent them. Loved this story, felt so real. Great writing and a fun read.

I received this book for an honest review

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Montana Born Brides Series
Book 1: The Fairy Tale Bride by Scarlet Wilson
Book 2: His Blushing Bride by Dani Collins
Book 3: Bride by Mistake by Nicole Helm
Book 4: Finally His Bride by Maisey Yates
Book 5: Kiss the Bride by Rachael Johns
Book 6: Two Nights with His Bride by Kat Latham

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

Blog Tour: Iron Butterfly by Lisa Wainland #Giveaway

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Author: Lisa Wainland
Genre: Contemporary Woman’s Fiction
Release Date: May 12, 2015
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In an instant, Cassie must put aside all her day-to-day worries: her looks, a job she likes (well deals with), what to wear. At twenty-nine, she receives sudden, life-changing news. She realizes that her everyday life with her fiancé, Jake, was pretty amazing. Who cares about a sarcastic boss or a promotion when losing everything has become a terrifying reality?

Cassie’s shocking news infiltrates the lives of everyone she loves, particularly Jake and her estranged sister, Sandy. Jake wants to be strong for Cassie, but this unexpected turn brings back painful memories—and a terrible secret he’s shared with no one. Sandy, who ran away to pursue stardom, is called home to face those she left behind. The golden child of the family, Sandy fell from her pedestal long ago. Will she be able to face her own failures?

As Cassie struggles against an uncertain future, Jake and Sandy battle with the demons of the past. All three will learn valuable lessons about love, forgiveness and appreciating the days we’re given.

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Sandy took a big sip of her drink and wove with him through a sea of people to an intimate corner booth. She was young again, with her future all in front of her. Another sip. At least for this night.

“This place is packed!” she exclaimed as she slid next to him.

“Always is.” He inched closer to her. “So, what kind of work do you do?” He looked directly at her. She loved his attention.

“I work in fashion.” The lie slipped easily off her tongue.

“Fashion, very cool. I work in finance on Wall Street,” he said firmly, obviously very impressed with himself.

Sandy took the bait. She was impressed with him, too. Nervously toying with a strand of hair, she searched her brain for something intelligent to say about his career, but she could think of nothing except the movie with Michael Douglas. She took the safe route and simply nodded.

“Do you live near here?” he asked, unconcerned by her lack of response.

“Not far. And you?” Sandy drained her glass, enjoying the warmth of the alcohol as it ran down her throat. She could feel the familiar high of a good buzz. She relaxed into it and escaped the stress of today—and her life.

“Near, too. Near is a nice place to be,” he said, grazing the top of her leg with his hand.

Sandy shivered at his touch.

“You’re beautiful, you know,” he continued. Sandy averted her eyes. She hadn’t flirted in years and his attention was flattering, but also off-putting. She was out of practice.

He traced the side of her face gently with his fingertips. It was jarring to feel another man’s touch. “You are,” he whispered. He was mere inches in front of her. The spicy scent of his cologne mixed with the smell of gin and tonic in an intoxicating way. She felt the warmth of his breath on her neck. Lust filled the small space between them.

Sandy placed her hand on his chest, feeling the sinew of his muscles. The noise of the room muted and she was aware of only the presence of him. Every sense of hers was heightened. She felt his other hand run slowly down her back, his fingertips softly touching her skin. Sandy’s heart raced and her breath quickened. Her mind had long abandoned logic and was working solely only on emotion. She moved closer to him with longing, her body aching for more. He finally leaned in to her, gently kissing her on the lips, ending the slow, delicious torture of desire.

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“Iron Butterfly by Lisa Wainland is a story that feels so realistic you can imagine these characters could be anyone you know. Wainland’s perceptive descriptions lend a richness to the lives of each character…She breathes life into them in such a way that I felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book.” —Brenda Casto, Readers’ Favorite

“…compelling…Wainland provides an inspirational story…”—Kirkus Reviews

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Lisa Wainland has been a radio professional for more than two decades. She’s a successful voiceover artist who works with some of the biggest names in radio and television. Her debut chick-lit novel, Rock Radio, is an Amazon Bestseller and a Readers’ Favorite Award Winner.

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Book Title: Light Beyond the Darkness (Lightbearer Series Book 3)
Author: Tami Lund
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: April 27, 2015
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Wanting to forget the magical world from whence she came, lightbearer Carley Santiago seeks sanctuary in the human world. But when she meets shifter Reid Hennigan, she finds her heart is not so easily controlled. As passion turns to love, Carley finds that keeping secrets and hiding from her past could be dangerous for them both – fatally dangerous. Welcome back to Tami Lund’s magical world in Light Beyond the Darkness, Book 3 of her paranormal romance series, Lightbearer.

Carley was once the premier chef for the King of the Lightbearers. But when her mate pushes her over a cliff and she miraculously survives, she flees the coterie, knowing he will want to finish the job. She figures hiding in the human world is the best way to ensure her safety.

While working as a chef at one of Chicago’s top restaurants, she meets Reid Hennigan, a lone shifter running from his own past. Carley tries to push him away—she wants nothing to do with anyone from the magical community, even a persistent shifter who insists he only wants to show her pleasure.

Reid Hennigan is another reject from Quentin Lyons’ defunct pack. When he received word his pack master was dead, Reid ran away, having no interest in being forced to be subservient to another abusive pack master. Unfortunately for Reid, shifters are hardwired to be part of a pack, and soon he is wandering aimlessly through life, with no clear idea of what to do next. When he stumbles upon the shy lightbearer working at a restaurant in Chicago, he discovers a new lease on life.

Passion turns to love, and Reid figures his life is pretty damn perfect, despite no longer belonging to a pack. But Carley has secrets of her own, and her secrets could be fatal—to both of them.

Content Notes: Spicy, Paranormal, Shifters, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fairies, Magic

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The shifter narrowed his eyes. The good thing about the overly bright kitchen was that the humans probably hadn’t noticed his glowing eyes. She watched as he clenched his jaw, trying, she assumed, to tamp whatever magic caused them to glow. What had Cecilia told her about a shifter’s glowing eyes? She couldn’t remember. So much of her life within the coterie was a blur these days. Most of the time, she was grateful for it.

“You’re welcome,” he said shortly, biting off the words as if he was literally chewing them. Then he abruptly turned and allowed Vivian to herd him out of the kitchen. She knew he allowed it because she was absolutely confident that this man would not be herded by anyone, even spunky, uncompromising Vivian, unless he determined to do it all on his own.

“You okay?”

Carley turned sharply at the sound of her friend’s voice. Vivian, with her blue-black hair, heavy, dark makeup, and ungodly number of piercings, actually gave her a sympathetic look. Sympathetic was not a normal emotion for the hardcore human.

“Yes, I’m fine,” Carley said stiffly as she rubbed her special blend of herbs onto a thick filet, before wrapping it in bacon.

“No, you’re not,” Vivian stated. “I’ve never seen you so out of sorts, other than that first day we met, when I could have sworn the hounds of hell were on your trail.”

Carley nearly stabbed herself with the toothpick as she tried to secure the bacon around the piece of meat. At the time, she’d believed the hounds of hell really were after her.

“He just…surprised me, that’s all. You know how I don’t like surprises.”

That much was true. She hated surprises, mostly because she was still half-afraid someone was going to show up at dawn and drag her from her bed and her new life. She didn’t ever think about what would happen next. She’d never be able to sleep if she did.

“Do you know him?”

Carley shook her head. “I know of him,” she hedged. She knew of his kind, of course.

Since the dawn of time, his kind and hers had been mortal enemies, spurred by the belief that to kill a lightbearer was to inherit their magic. It was only little less than a year ago that lightbearers and shifters had come together in an entirely different light. Today, the princess of the lightbearers, the only offspring of the king of the lightbearers, was mated to a shifter. Olivia was due to birth her first child any time now. The first interspecies babe ever to be born, according to the history books. That anomaly of a child would grow up and eventually become the king of the lightbearers.

She had no proof whatsoever that the shifter who just left her kitchen was a friend of the lightbearers, like Tanner or Finn. According to Cecilia, there were still plenty of evil shifters out in the world, the ones who believed they could kill a lightbearer and inherit her magic. Carley never dreamed that one of them would stumble into her restaurant. She’d thought hiding in the middle of a large, crowded city full of humans was the perfect guise. But then again, she wasn’t exactly an expert at running away and hiding. She’d only done it once, after all.

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Tami Lund likes to live, love, and laugh, and does her best to ensure the characters in her books do the same. After they’ve overcome a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles first, of course.

Tami is multi-published, both self and with a few publishers, including Crimson Romance, Liquid Silver Books, and Soul Mates Publishing. Chances are, there is a new book coming out soon. Be sure to stalk her on social media, so you know when.

And most important, if you enjoyed one of Tami’s books, please let other readers know by leaving a review on the site from which you bought it, or on Goodreads. Otherwise, how will they know which book to read next?

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Genre: Military Romance/Contemporary (Novella)
Release Date: May 22nd, 2015
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Book BlurbYou know those fights you have in high school with your sweetheart? The earth shattering variety that changes everything? I instigated one, and it started me on a course that would change the rest of my life.

After seeing Brody with so many girls, I turned to Sebastian –the new kid in town– to help me forget. When he enlisted after graduation, I married him. Then one day a knock on the door changed my world.

I stayed in that little Army town in Alaska for five more years, sleeping in our bed, washing our dishes in the same house that he last walked out of, until my gran called me home.

Imagine my surprise when the first thing I see after stepping out of my minivan, is Brody Denton.

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I am a full time mom of four, and stationed overseas with my sexy soldier. My current obsessions are Maroon 5, rum and coke, and reading in no particular order. Despite being terribly awkward with social media, I’m everywhere. Frequently subjecting the public to pictures of my minion’s messes, and everything that is Momdom in my house.

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M9B Friday Reveal: Cover Reveal for Serpentine by Cindy Pon with Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

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SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

Vivid worldbuilding, incendiary romance, heart-pounding action, and characters that will win you over–I highly recommend Serpentine.Cinda Williams Chima, best-selling author of the Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles fantasy novels

Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright’s transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it.” ~Kristin Cashore, NYT Bestseller of the Graceling Realm Series

Serpentine’s world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you’ll want to lose yourself in.” ~ Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites

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Publication date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Cindy Pon

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Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website at www.cindypon.com.

 

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Blog Tour: The Violet Trilogy by Vivian Winslow #Giveaway

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Appearing in The Lily and Dahlia Trilogies of Vivian Winslow’s incredibly steamy Gilded Flower Series, Violet Rai, or Vi, is Lily and Dahlia Baron’s sharp-witted BFF, who is always up for a party and a hot guy. But, in The Dahlia Trilogy, there are hints that Vi’s world is quickly coming apart.

Wild Violet (Book 1): In this flashback story, Vi, the strikingly beautiful daughter of an Indian business magnate and English supermodel, is enjoying a privileged lifestyle in New York City while a college student at NYU. Yet, in her senior year, Vi learns that her strict and traditional father intends to force upon her an arranged marriage and a career working for his conglomerate in Dubai. When Vi is paired with sexy Spaniard, Andrés Costas, in her ballet class, not only does she find herself falling for him, but he introduces her to a shockingly different world—one that offers her the prospect of escaping her father’s plans, but at a price.

Hidden Violet (Book 2): With her hidden past about to be exposed, Vi turns to her longtime friend and confidant, Thomas Squires, for help. Yet, they may just risk exposing their feelings for each other in the process. When Lily’s engagement to Alejandro is threatened by ex-lover Gustavo, Vi is forced to come clean with her best friend and possibly destroy the lives of those she loves. Now that her secrets are no longer hidden, Vi faces the most difficult challenge yet—how to build a new life for herself outside of the shadows.

True Violet (Book 3): Things are heating up for Vi in Dubai, and it’s not just the desert climate. Vi is starting to come into her own—having the hottest sex of her life and poised to take over her father’s multinational conglomerate. Yet, her suspicions are confirmed when she uncovers a plot to destroy not just her but her best friends’ lives. With an unlikely ally, Vi seeks to ruin those behind the plot. Will Vi be able to have it all and find her lasting happiness in the arms of the man she loves?

* Each trilogy of The Gilded Flower Series may be read independently, though the background from the earlier trilogies may be helpful to the reader. The Lily Trilogy is the first in the series, followed by The Dahlia Trilogy and then The Violet Trilogy. The entire Gilded Flower Series is now available.

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Sweat drips down Vi’s chest as they finish the barre work. Despite every window being open, there’s no respite from the heat for the dancers who pack in the two adjoining studios. Even in the summer, the class is full of people trying to keep up their skills for possible auditions, with the exception of Vi who does it because it’s one of the only times she’s able to feel happy and free. She takes in the mix of people as she gulps down her water—men and women, mostly in their twenties, although some teenagers who look like they could be ten years-old, the majority of them beautiful, and all of them with absolutely gorgeous dancer bodies. She tosses her water back into her bag and takes her place in front of the mirror.

“Today, half of you go there,” the instructor says in a thick French accent, making a slicing motion with his arm to divide the class and pointing to the other space. The dancers move obediently. Monsieur Renard appears to be about sixty-five and has perfectly coiffed silver hair that goes well with his perfect posture. Despite being dressed in pants and a collared shirt, he doesn’t have a drop of sweat on him. “The rest of you will be paired off. Pas de deux.”

Vi searches the room for a partner. This isn’t what she signed up for today. She likes M. Renard’s class because he demands perfection and complete control from his dancers. Every position, hip movement and alignment always has to be just right. It forces her to focus, to allow her thoughts and self-doubt to melt away and for those ninety minutes to just be. But it’s too late to leave. She doesn’t back down from a challenge.

Mademoiselle Rai,” M. Renard points to her. “Why are you not with someone? Or is your partner invisible?” He chuckles and turns to talk to the pianist.

She smiles back and with her hands on her hips says, “Seems no one finds me worthy to be his partner. Perhaps you would like to be my partner, Monsieur Renard.”

He smiles and laughs, revealing yellow teeth stained from cigarettes and coffee. “Mademoiselle Rai, if I were younger, I would have you for a partner and you would not forget that experience.” He approaches her and says, eyeing her up and down, “Malheureusement, my youth is gone and the women along with it.” Not taking his eyes off Vi, he reaches out toward the right with his arm and snaps his fingers. “Monsieur Costas. Dance with Mademoiselle Rai. You are both beautiful. You will fit well together.”

Pointing to the girl who was originally paired with him, M. Renard instructs her, “You go dance with the others.”

Vi glances over at her new partner gliding toward her, ignoring the dirty look from the female dancer.

As soon as he reaches her, he places his hands on her waist and says, “You’re the lucky one who gets to dance with me today.”

She chuckles as she moves her feet and arms into fifth position. “The same can be said of you, Monsieur Costas.”

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Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job and her incurable wanderlust. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years.

New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of fashion, the arts and especially food. If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her eating at the newest restaurant in her beloved Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.

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