Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Review: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Title: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
Series: Standalone
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: James Cameron Stewart
Release Date: September 18th, 2018
Length: Novel (448 pages/17.1 hours)
Genre: Mystery
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Monday, October 22, 2018

New Releases 10/23/2018

Duchess by Design - Maya Rodale
In Gilded Age Manhattan, anything can happen...

Seeking a wealthy American bride who can save his family’s estate, Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, is a rogue determined to do the right thing. But his search for an heiress goes deliciously awry when an enchanting seamstress tumbles into his arms instead.

...and true love is always in fashion

Miss Adeline Black aspires to be a fashionable dressmaker—not a duchess—and not even an impossibly seductive duke will distract her. But Kingston makes an offer she can’t refuse: join him at society events to display her gowns and advise him on which heiresses are duchess material. It’s the perfect plan—as long as they resist temptation, avoid a scandal, and above all do not lose their hearts.



Shadow and Ice - Gena Showalter
Knox of Iviland, the most ruthless warrior in All War history, has spent his life fighting others to the death, winning new realms for his king. Now the stakes are higher than ever. If he prevails in the battle for Earth, his slave bands will be removed. Victory is his sole focus…until he meets her.

On an arctic getaway with her foster sister, street tough but vulnerable Vale London is shocked to stumble upon a cave filled with ancient gods waging epic combat. When she is inadvertently drawn into their war, she is forced to team up with an unlikely ally—the sexy god who makes her burn with desire.

Though Vale is his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can triumph, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Review: Venom in the Veins by Jennifer Estep

Title: Venom in the Veins
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #17
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Release Date: June 12th, 2018
Length: Novel (356 pages/9.6 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thrifty Thursday [290]

Happy Thursday everyone!! It's going to be a busy weekend for me, but a super fun one. There is a book-ish event happening locally and a friend is coming into town so we can go together. So expect a few pictures of that next week :) I think the only other thing I have to report this week is that I finally hit my weight goal!! I started my weight loss journey in 2016 and have lost 123 lbs.


Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap and/or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WoW [335] - Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter

Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Gods of War #1
Release Date: October 23rd, 2018

Knox of Iviland has spent his life competing in the All Wars, where vicious warriors with supernatural powers fight to the death to claim new realms. One winner takes everything—and all losers die. Enslaved as a child for his ability to control shadows, the most ruthless champion in history will stop at nothing to kill his king. But first he must win the battle for Earth. When a fearsome weapon imprisons every combatant in ice, centuries pass without progress…until she walks in.

Vale London craves a fun arctic getaway with her foster sister before settling down to open a bakery. Street-tough but vulnerable, she is unprepared to find ancient gods escaping a frozen cave—merciless beings who target her when she inadvertently enters their war.

Though Vale is now his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can prove victorious, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.
Why I am waiting:
Hellooooooo handsome, I mean *cough* this blurb sounds amazing. I NEED IT NOW. We're just gonna leave it there so I can stare at the cover some more :)

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

Title: Magic Triumphs
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #10
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Release Date: August 28th, 2018
Length: Novel (336 pages/12.1 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 5.0-stars

Monday, October 15, 2018

New Releases 10/16/2018

Wind Rider - P. C. Cast
Mari, Nik, and their newly formed Pack are being hunted. Thaddeus and the God of Death will stop at nothing until they are obliterated from the earth. But Mari and Nik have one goal: to reach the plains of the Wind Riders, in order to band together to stop Thaddeus from destroying all that Mari and Nik hold dear.

But will the mysterious Wind Riders accept the Pack, or will Mari and Nik and their people be rejected by the mighty Riders and be forced to flee for their lives? And what happens when a rogue Lead Stallion gets too close to the Pack, rejecting all Wind Riders and turning to a stranger for companionship instead?

In the next installment of the Tales of a New World series love and goodness are put to the ultimate test. Will the Wind Riders and the Pack be strong enough to withstand the God of Death? Will the Great Goddess of Life awaken to join the battle, and if so, will it be as Death's consort, or will the Goddess stand with Mari and her people against the great love of her eternal life?



Lionheart - Thea Harrison
King Oberon reigned over his Dark Court in Lyonesse for centuries, until an assassination attempt laid him low. Now he lies unconscious in his snow-bound palace, while his Power battles the enchantment that threatens to end his life.

A skilled trauma surgeon and magic-user, Dr. Kathryn Shaw reigns at the top of her profession in New York. Then comes a challenge she can’t resist—she is asked to cure the uncureable. Just getting close enough to try healing Oberon is a dangerous proposition. When she does reach him, he awakens too soon.

Roused from darkness by Kathryn’s presence, Oberon confronts the beautiful stranger who claims she wants to save his life. But the enchantment has frozen his emotions. How can he learn to trust her when he can’t feel anything?

Oberon’s desire is icy, devoid of all tenderness. Not only must Kathryn match wits with him, she must also fight her reaction to his touch, because there is so much more at stake than her own endangered heart.

For the Dark Court faces its most deadly peril yet. Its ancient enemy Isabeau, Queen of the Light Court, is obsessed with its annihilation, and Oberon must be brought to remember his loyalty and affection for his people.

Because if he won’t fight for them, Lyonesse itself may very well be destroyed…



How the Dukes Stole Christmas
Christmas magic is in the air... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance...with a little help from some enchanted shortbread.

"Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare
Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless--and unexpectedly handsome--Thorndale himself. Now the duke's holding her future in his hands...and he's not letting go.

"The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean
Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm--the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can't resist the woman he never stopped loving...or the future that had once been in reach. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay...but if ever there were a time for miracles, it's Christmas...

"Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan
When Annis Bannister's family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss ... until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms.

"Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe
Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker's weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column's author, can't even boil water. When the paper's owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing--especially when Duke's attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love?

Friday, October 12, 2018

Review: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland

Title: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues
Author: Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #2
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Allison McLemore
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Length: Novel (320 pages/9.1 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thrifty Thursday [289]

Happy Thursday everyone! I'm loving the cooler weather in Texas right now, but sick and tired of all this rain. I've been working on another knitting project lately and should wrap it up soon. Hubby asked for a bow tie, so I let him pick out yarn in exchange for dragging him to several yarn stores a few months back and I'm finally working on it haha It kind of reminds me of fish/mermaid tails right now. We saw Venom last weekend and thought it was good, a bit light on plot but still entertaining. I think the only thing I have scheduled for this coming weekend is one of those Painting with a Twist type classes. I'm ready for the weekend *happy dance*


Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap and/or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!


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$1.99

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

WoW [334] - Lionheart by Thea Harrison

Title: Lionheart
Author: Thea Harrison
Series: Moonshadow #3
Release Date: October 15th, 2018

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the final story in her spellbinding Moonshadow trilogy…

King Oberon reigned over his Dark Court in Lyonesse for centuries, until an assassination attempt laid him low. Now he lies unconscious in his snow-bound palace, while his Power battles the enchantment that threatens to end his life.

A skilled trauma surgeon and magic-user, Dr. Kathryn Shaw reigns at the top of her profession in New York. Then comes a challenge she can’t resist—she is asked to cure the uncureable. Just getting close enough to try healing Oberon is a dangerous proposition. When she does reach him, he awakens too soon.

Roused from darkness by Kathryn’s presence, Oberon confronts the beautiful stranger who claims she wants to save his life. But the enchantment has frozen his emotions. How can he learn to trust her when he can’t feel anything?

Oberon’s desire is icy, devoid of all tenderness. Not only must Kathryn match wits with him, she must also fight her reaction to his touch, because there is so much more at stake than her own endangered heart.

For the Dark Court faces its most deadly peril yet. Its ancient enemy Isabeau, Queen of the Light Court, is obsessed with its annihilation, and Oberon must be brought to remember his loyalty and affection for his people.

Because if he won’t fight for them, Lyonesse itself may very well be destroyed…
Why I am waiting:
I suck at keeping up to date on series now haha I read and enjoyed book 1 in this series so it looks like it's time to pay catch up! At least this is a trilogy, I should have this knocked out in no time :D

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Review: A Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn

Title: A Crafter Knits a Clue
Author: Holly Quinn
Series: A Handcrafted Mystery #1
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 9th, 2018
Length: Novel (218 pages)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Monday, October 8, 2018

New Releases 10/9/2018

Sweet-Loving Cowboy - Stacey Kennedy
Harper McKinney finished culinary school with big dreams. Right now, she’s a bartender at Kinky Spurs. While she’s content with her life, her brother is determined that she make a name for herself, because he wants her far away from what he deems a trashy bar. But Harper refuses to go anywhere. She’s in love with her brother’s best friend, Chase Blackshaw, and that love is keeping her in River Rock.

After the death of Chase’s father, he’s the one responsible for running the construction of the Blackshaw Cattle Company’s guest ranch. Back in the day, he had dreams of opening a construction company, but lack of finances kept him working for the family’s cattle ranch. Now with the responsibility of his family’s guest ranch on his shoulders those dreams seem far away. Though he has bigger problems. His build is failing the inspections.

Now Chase has more trouble on his hands. Harper, the woman he’s forbidden to ever touch has decided to move to Las Vegas. She isn’t so little anymore, and Chase is finding her all too tempting. She’s also not shy about what she wants. Him. Naked. And giving her some sweet lovin’ in all the kinky ways he craves. But neither Chase nor Harper can anticipate the fate that awaits them if they dare give in to their desires, as Chase soon learns there is something far worse than not being able to live out his dreams. It’s being given the chance to live out his dreams but having to watch Harper lose hers.



The Devil's Thief - Lisa Maxwell
Hunt the Stones.
Beware the Thief.
Avenge the Past.

Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.

Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.

To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.

In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Review: Consumed by J.R. Ward

Title: Consumed
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Firefighters #1
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Length: Novel (416 pages)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thrifty Thursday [288]

Hi everyone!! Happy Thursday, hope your week is going great so far. I've been super busy at work and home and think I'm coming down with something. Hopefully it's just allergies and I don't have the crud. I think the only plan I have for the weekend is to see Venom with my hubby. Fingers crossed the movie is amazing.


Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap and/or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!


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Free

$1.99

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

WoW [333] - Wind Rider by P.C. Cast

Title: Wind Rider
Author: P.C. Cast
Series: Tales of a New World #3
Release Date: October 16th, 2018

#1 New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series, P.C. Cast, brings us Wind Rider, an epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty…

Mari, Nik, and their newly formed Pack are being hunted. Thaddeus and the God of Death will stop at nothing until they are obliterated from the earth. But Mari and Nik have one goal: to reach the plains of the Wind Riders, in order to band together to stop Thaddeus from destroying all that Mari and Nik hold dear.

But will the mysterious Wind Riders accept the Pack, or will Mari and Nik and their people be rejected by the mighty Riders and be forced to flee for their lives? And what happens when a rogue Lead Stallion gets too close to the Pack, rejecting all Wind Riders and turning to a stranger for companionship instead?

In the next installment of the Tales of a New World series love and goodness are put to the ultimate test. Will the Wind Riders and the Pack be strong enough to withstand the God of Death? Will the Great Goddess of Life awaken to join the battle, and if so, will it be as Death's consort, or will the Goddess stand with Mari and her people against the great love of her eternal life?
Why I am waiting:
I somehow missed book 2 coming out but that's okay since I still haven't read book 1 haha The covers on these always catch my eye and the blurbs sound good. I'll check if my library has these in stock soon!!

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Review: Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep

Title: Kill the Queen
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Crown of Shards #1
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Length: Novel (480 pages)
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Monday, October 1, 2018

New Releases 10/2/2018

Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep
Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Review: Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Title: Bring Me Their Hearts
Author: Sara Wolf
Series: Bring Me Their Hearts #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Em Eldridge
Release Date: August 21st, 2018
Length: Novel (400 pages/12.9 hours)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars