5/5, Historical Romance, review copy

44411010From the back of the book:


From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof, Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind its doors, amid the flickering shadows and secret passageways, danger lies in wait…


Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate of reclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have murdered his parents. Initially, Gavin’s towering presence and brusque manner instill fear in Evangeline…until his rakish features and seductive attentions profoundly arouse her. But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also be a ruthless killer.

This is a debut book by a fantastic new author. I absolutely loved the feel of this book. I don’t normal seek out Gothic romance, but I will after reading this book. The reader is introduced to a variety of characters, not many who are likable. Evangeline isn’t your usual Gothic heroine. She is tough and knows what she wants out of life. She runs away from home to escape her stepfather and doesn’t look back. I absolutely loved her drive. Gavin is your typical brooding hero and I loved him from the first moment. There is so much more to him than it seems at first. His past has left him very lonely and he believes himself to be unlovable. These two match each other so well. Besides the main characters I really liked Susan, Evangeline’s friend, who is out to catch the eye of Gavin even though she doesn’t really care for him. I can’t wait to read her story. This book is a terrific read from an author who will be an auto-buy from now on.

the book girl gives TOO WICKED TO KISS a 5/5!

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5/5, Contemporary Romance, review copy

48825322From the back of the book:

T.J. Wilder is the perfect package of breathtaking adventure and raw sex appeal. Even better, he’s about to reconnect with the one woman he’s never been able to forget…


To Harley, the landscape around Wishful, California, is exhilarating, untamed, and more than a little dangerous. The same could be said for T.J. Wilder, who’s invited himself along on her trek to study a rare coyote. Harley’s career is riding on this trip, and she doesn’t need a stubborn, incredibly sexy distraction. But T.J. is a professional guide who knows when to stay back and when to provide invaluable expertise – just like he’s done since the were in high school. And Harley, as usual, is torn between throttling him and giving in to the raw attraction that’s been smoldering all these years.

T.J. knows how proud and capable Harley is, but he’s damned sure not letting her put herself at risk when there are illegal hunters in the area. She needs him, with the same soul-stirring urgency that he’s always craved her. And here, in this beautiful place days from civilization, he’ll finally have a chance to prove it – over and over again…

I am a huge Jill Shalvis fan and her books never disappoint. Instant Temptation is the final book in the Wilder brothers trilogy. I was so excited to finally find out why T.J. and Harley acted the way they had in previous books. These two characters have so much chemistry with each other, even if one of them wishes it wasn’t so. I loved how protective of Harley T.J. was, while understanding her need to take care of herself. This was a perfect ending to the trilogy. Each of the characters from the previous books has a role in this one and the reader gets to revisit the relationships that were started in those books. I was so happy to read the conclusion with everyone getting their happy ending.

the book girl gives INSTANT TEMPTATION by Jill Shalvis a 5/5

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4/5, Contemporary Romance, Contest, review copy

40492902 From the back of the book:


Fashion curator Athena Smith will do anything to get her perfectly manicured hands on the Clayworth family’s celebrated couture collection for her exhibit. So when she’s called in to make sure the gowns are the read deal, she’s ecstatic…until a dress she’s examining turns out to be loaded with toxins (talk about killer threads!) and Athena faints, only to wake up face-to-face with the One That Got Away, notorious Chicago bachelor Drew Clayworth.

Drew still believes Athena betrayed him all those years ago, and he’s sure he can’t trust her. But when the priceless gowns go missing, she offers to help track them down. Reluctantly allied in the quest, Drew and Athena are soon stunned by the barely restrained passion still sizzling between them…and memories both bitter and sweet. Is their new partnership just a business arrangement? Or is this something more than…

A Black Tie Affair

This is a fun contemporary romance and it is obviously the first in a trilogy about the three Smith sisters. (At least I’m hoping so) I loved Athena’s can-do attitude. There wasn’t anything that was going to stop her from getting what she wants. Drew is too good to be true. He is the ultimate prince charming – sexy, rich, and kind (he helps underprivileged kids). They used to be best friends and now they hardly speak to each other. These two shoot sparks off each other from the beginning. The only complaint I have about the book is the story line involving Athena’s father. It isn’t resolved by the end of the book (which is why I’m hoping for more books) and I feel that it should have been since it was part of the issues between Drew and Athena. All in all, A BLACK TIE AFFAIR is a fun, light, romantic read!

the book girl gives A BLACK TIE AFFAIR a 4/5!

CONTEST – Thanks to the fantastic people at HGBUSA I have 3 copies of  A BLACK TIE AFFAIR to give away. To enter leave a comment on this post. Contest will run through the 28th at midnight. US addresses only, please.

4/5, Paranormal Romance, review copy

453991861From the back of the book:

A Mysterious Stranger in Danger…

The last thing Drusilla expected to find on vacation was a gorgeous man hiding in the jungle. But what is he running from? And why does she feel so mesmerized that she’ll stop at nothing to be near him?

Hypnotically Attracted, He Will Risk His Life To Have Her…

Zetithian warrior Manx, a member of a race hunted to near extinction because of their sexual powers, has done all he can to avoid extermination. But when an uncommon woman enters his jungle lair, the animal inside of him demands he risk it all to have her.

Until he saw her, his loneliness threatened to consume him. Would she risk life to join him…or would their intense pleasure in each other destroy them both?

This is the 5th Cat Star Chronicles book and I can’t wait for #6. Manx might be my favorite “cat”. Manx managed to escape from the Nedwuts and is the only character who wasn’t sold into slavery. He has been hiding out on different planets for several years, but is more than ready to find his mate and be with someone else permanently. Enter Drusilla. Drusilla is enjoying a working vacation, but also wishing for something more. These two are fantastic together, but what I liked even more than the romance was the way the hunt for who had destroyed Manx’s home planet move forward some. Also, I loved Jack, Cat, Leo, and Tisana making an appearance! I did think it moved a little slow in the beginning. I wanted Manx and Drusilla to meet each other way before it happened. I would say that this book could be read alone, but would probably be best if read with the other books.

the book girl gives FUGITIVE a 4/5

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