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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Made the Grade: Highland Secrets Trilogy, Book 3

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 248; Kindle Edition - File Size: 877 KB | Expected Release Date: August 12, 2014 | Publisher: Paper Dragon Publishing | Obtained: NetGalley

"The Parchment Scroll" [Highland Secrets Trilogy, Book 3] by C. A. Szarek

Author's Book Description : Book Three in the time travel, fantasy romance trilogy, Highland Secrets!

Her sister is the past.

Three weeks after her sister goes missing, Juliette McGowan encounters her on a beach in Scotland. Her sister gives her a scroll full of claims about time travel and disappears—literally.

As a sister, Jules is determined to find her. As a cop, she can’t go to the authorities. The piece of parchment declares magic exists; they’d think she’s nuts.

When a mysterious woman vows she can help her get to the seventeenth century, Jules goes along with it out of desperation.

He’s an infamous barbarian...

Hugh MacDonald is intrigued when he finds a disoriented naked lass on the beach. She holds a scroll that was written by his rival’s wife. Clan MacLeod will pay ransom for her safe return, so he takes her captive.

She challenges his authority—and his desires. What started off as a plan to anger the MacLeods ends with Hugh wanting to keep her for himself.

Can Jules break free of the barbarian, find her sister and return to the future or will she give in to her attraction and desire to remain in the past?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, a woman who is searching for her missing sister finds a lead of a lifetime if only she can get around the fact that she has to travel into the past to find her. Than once she sees her sister again, she learns that the woman who helped her is trying to tear apart everything she's now opened up her heart too. Will she stay to love and protect her new loved ones or will she reconcile that going back to her reality would be the best choice for her after all?

I really liked how this novel is stand-alone while still updating the reader as to what the MacLeod clan is up too! However, what pulled me into this novel was the constant banter that Juliette (Jules) & Hugh share, as it's hilarious at times and sweet while you get to see how their feelings grow for one another. I like how everything wrapped up between them and the other characters, yet I wish this novel had a longer epilogue to really see how things turned out for them later on. Also, I'm curious to see if there will be another novel included in this series to see where everyone will end up next.

I do recommend this novel and series to those who like paranormal historical romances!!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : SMASHWORDS : The Tartan MP3 Player | SMASHWORDS : The Fae Ring | SMASHWORDS : The Parchment Scroll

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 2

Author's Novel Extras : The Parchment Scroll - Overview & Excerpt | COVER REVEAL! The Parchment Scroll (Highland Secrets Trilogy Book Three)! And 2500 likes giveaway! | The Parchment Scroll is OUT!!!! Excerpt!!!!!!

Author's Series Extras : Highland Secrets Trilogy | The Tartan MP3 Player - Overview | The Fae Ring - Overview | COVER REVEAL: The Tartan MP3 Player! | My Writing Process Blog Hop. Process? WHAT the HECK is that? #AMWriting | COVER REVEAL!! The Fae Ring and GIVEAWAY!!

Book Teaser(s) :
"I made a choice. I chose Duncan and the past. My life is here. Duncan and Lachlan are my life."
She bit down until her teeth ached and her jaw creaked. "I can't lose you, little sister."
"I don't want to lose you, either. But I'm happy here, Jules. I promise."
"Without...everything you know?"
Claire laughed. "I do miss tampons."
Jules swallowed a giggle. "But not antibiotics?"
Her sister scrunched up her nose, reminding Jules of when they were little. "An epidural woulda been nice."
"I bet." She snorted. ~ within Chapter 9

For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by C. A., then please check out her website.

Second Sentence Saturday: Love Me To Death

SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want

MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"Love Me To Death" [The Underveil Series, Book 1] by Marissa Clarke -- MY REVIEW

The skinny guy in the black baseball cap leveled the gun at the clerk behind the counter and without a word, pulled the trigger.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT to share either the link to your own SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY post or share the sentence in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thank You!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Idolizing In: The Underveil Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 350; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1394 KB | Expected Release Date: October 28, 2014 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Select | Obtained: Entangled Publishing

"Love Me To Death" [The Underveil Series, Book 1] by Marissa Clarke (aka Mary Lindsey)

Author's Book Description : What you want the most just might kill you...

Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar. When she is shot in a convenience store robbery, Elena finds herself rocketed into supernatural insanity courtesy of a sexy immortal law enforcer. He's convinced she's some kind of freaky half-vampire thin and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster. Yeah, right.

Nikolai Itzov never anticipated battling the urge to kiss the offspring of his father's murderer. As a slayer, and elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his orders from teh Underveil General are clear: Kill her or die.

Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans. With her analytical mind and his centuries of training, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! A fated couple, who started out as enemies, comes together to save the world and learn that there is more out there then what they more ways then one.

Oh My Goodness!! I am already ADDICTED to this series, as I LOVED this novel!! All of the characters are very compelling and entertaining! It was fun reading about their many background stories, which were continuously coming out of the woodwork. Overall, this novel takes the reader on a thrilling ride where they'll not expect everything that is thrown their way.

To top it off ... I could not get enough of Nikolai (Nik) & Elena (E) being together!! With Nik's abrasive/protective manner and Elena's caring ways it was exciting to watch their relationship grow, especially since with their dispositions they had to work out how to understand each other while not being offended which was kind of sweet! Additionally, I really appreciated that this novel has a beginning and end, so other then some secondary plots that weren't completed everything involving Nik & Elena's romance comes together in this novel!!

I cannot wait to see where this series will go next and whom we'll get to read about!! I recommend this novel and series to those who like paranormal thriller romances!!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here :

Author's Novel Extras : Love Me To Death Has a Cover! | ALA 2014 Las Vegas

Author's Book Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
“You have to promise me something: Don’t let me become one of those creatures. I can’t live like that. You have to promise to use that sword and end me before it happens.” A tear ran down her cheek, and he brushed it away with his thumb. “Promise me,” she insisted.
He shook his head. “Humans don’t just change over into vampires. They replicate by killing humans, draining their blood, and replacing it with some of their own. You were born of one, not bitten and turned by one. It’s unprecedented.”
“Promise, Nikolai, or I’ll kill myself before it happens.”
Seeing her fear made him ache. If a promise would make her feel better, he would give it, even if there was no way he could carry it out. He reached under the water and grabbed her ankle, then gently tugged her closer from her side of the tub. “I promise you, Elena Arcos, I will kill you.”
“Aww. Isn’t that romantic?” Stefan said from the bathroom door. “Sweeter words have never been uttered. I bet you are a real winner on Valentine’s Day, Slayer.” ~ within Chapter 6

Cats stared at her from everywhere: from the bushes, the lawn, the roof, under the porch, and even from inside the house. Gold, blue, and green eyes glowed and followed her from the windows. So many. Too many. The back of her neck tingled. There was a threat or some kind of danger here.
One of the closer cats growled low in its throat. Elena slipped the latch from the gate, and the beast crouched lower and twitched its tail. The growl got louder. It was going to pounce.
Nik stilled her hand on the latch. “They fight like their shifter animal even in human form. They will bite and scratch. They can leap great distances in either physical manifestation. Don’t let their looks deceive you. Even unshifted, you’re not dealing with house cats here. They’re dangerous. You must be careful.”
Well, crap. That’s not what she needed to hear. She used to cuddle and pet these guys.
He leaned closer. “They won’t be expecting you to channel. Zap a few and they’ll back off. Cats don’t like water or electric shock. Go get ’em.”
The cat closest to them hissed, and Elena flinched. “Wait. Where are you going to be?”
“I’ll be watching from here. You wanted training. Well, here it is. Hands- and claws-on training.” He slid the latch all the way open and swung wide the gate. “You’re on!”
Holy. Freaking. Shit. ~ within Chapter 22
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Marissa, then please check out her website.


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