Thursday, May 25, 2017

#ARCBookReview and #Giveaway: The Disappearance of Lady Edith (The Undaunted Debutantes #1) by Christina McKnight


Three innocent debutantes. One murder. Endless mystery!




Title: The Disappearance of Lady Edith
Series: The Undaunted Debutantes Series (Book One)
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Word Count: 45,000

Synopsis:
One tragic night changed sensible, proper Lady Edith Pelton’s life: when her best friend fell to her death, pushed down a flight of stairs by a nefarious lord.  Now, Edith dedicates her time to watching the man she thinks is responsible, while gathering information to expose other scoundrels posing as gentlemen of honor about London. When her spying is noticed by a perfect stranger, Edith finds herself with two mysteries—what happened to her friend, and how to win the heart of this brilliantly handsome lord. 

Triston Neville, Viscount Torrington, has been tasked with two duties for the upcoming Season: see that his sisters make the most of their debut, and avoid embroiling himself in another scandal. What he does not expect is the captivating, fair-haired beauty that literally falls into his path. When the mysterious Lady Edith suddenly disappears without a trace, Triston fears his past misdeeds may have returned to destroy his life once more.

Can Triston piece together the puzzle in time to save Edith and prove that his love is nothing less than honorable?






ARC Book Review:

The Disappearance of Lady Edith by Christina McKnight attracted me because of the blurb that promised a brain teasing, spine tingling mystery and a heart thumping historical romance and I am so happy I decided to pick this book up to read!

I enjoyed every second spent reading it. There are two mysteries in this book. One is the murder of Edith's best friend which runs in the background and will continue in the next book and the other is the mystery of Edith's disappearance as suggested by the title of the book. Both mysteries had me speculating and I am more than eager to see the mystery of Edith's friend's murder solved.

Triston and Edith are so cute together. I loved them and stayed invested in their clean, wholesome romance throughout.

Edith and her two friends, Luci and Ophelia are loyal to their deceased friend and invested in solving her murder. I felt connected to them and it was like being with friends as I excitedly followed them in their search for the murderer.

Christina McKnight's narration is fluid and vivid and she managed to keep me glued to my seat throughout. I could visualize each scene and the mystery felt like a puzzle which had me playing detective along with the heroine. 

The plot is admirably conceived and executed. The author has developed the story as well as sketched the characters beautifully that will easily engross the readers in this book.

All in all, I adored this book and cant wait to read the subsequent books in this series. A very entertaining historical romance with an engaging mystery, I was left with a happy smile at the end and an eagerness to grab the next book. 4.5 out of 5 to The Disappearance of Lady Edith by Christina McKnight  and recommended to everyone.



I received an ARC from the author and the tour organizers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.



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Author Bio:
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. 

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.


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Friday, May 12, 2017

#ARCBookReview, #Giveaway: Bayside Desires (Love in Bloom: Bayside Summers #1) by Melissa Foster


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Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod.


BAYSIDE SUMMERS is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.

In Bayside Desires...
As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.

Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the badass half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.

Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side.

All Bayside books can be read as standalone novels or as part of the series:
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Bayside Heat
Bayside Escape
Bayside Passions

*** Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Visit Melissa's website for family trees, series checklists, and more.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

ARC Book Review:


Bayside Desires is the first book in Melissa Foster's Bayside Summers series and as like all her books here too there is plenty of humorous banter, crossover characters, heartfelt and flirty romance, an inspiring battle of the past demons and rich emotional upheaval. 

Despite being a part of the bigger Love in Bloom series, this book can be read as a standalone story.

The hero, Rick Savage has seen tragedy in his life that has left him with a bruised and scarred soul. He has everything in his life but still feels empty inside. Desiree Cleary is a preschool teacher and has seen her own share of heartbreaking sadness and disappointments in the form of an indifferent and absentee mother. It is attraction at first glance when these two meet and both are determined to enjoy the Bayside summer to the fullest before each one returns to their former life.

I enjoyed visiting the small coastal town and meeting the many characters introduced here. The romance is flirty, steamy and heartfelt that had me smiling and enjoying the interactions between Rick and Desiree. The connection that they have is something special and it was entertaining watching them fall for as well as enrich each other's lives. Desiree's sister, Violet and her beat friend, Emery are intriguing and fun characters and have me wanting to read their stories soon. Same goes for Rick's siblings and family.

A special start to a promising series, Bayside Desires is a fun summer read that kept me entertained and left me wanting to read more of the characters. 4 stars out of 5 to it and recommended to all romance lovers above eighteen years of age.



I received an ARC for review from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.



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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

#BookReview and #Giveaway: Cursed (Gowns & Crowns #5) by Jennifer Chance

A countess flees home—and the family curse requiring her to marry a prince—to hide out in the South Carolina low country. There, she meets a man who’s not quite a prince…but who steals her heart all the same.  

Find out what happens in the fifth installment in Jennifer Chance’s Crowns and Gowns series, CURSED!






Synopsis: 

When the prince she was supposed to marry falls for someone else, Edeena Saleri is done with Garronia's courts, crowns, and family curses. She grabs her sisters and escapes to the nobility-free coast of South Carolina, USA.

Refuge isn't anything like it's supposed to be, however. The family's island vacation home now borders a singles' retreat, which Edeena's sisters embrace all too eagerly. Worse, the private protection firm Edeena hires is run by the most infuriating man she's ever met--a rough-hewn, dark-eyed, charismatic charmer named, of course, Prince. He's not a royal and he's nowhere near noble, so there's no way he can break the family curse. And yet...

Vincent "Prince" Rallis has spent his whole life justifying his name. The son of hardworking immigrant parents, he's hustled for every dime, finally building a personal security firm with the muscle and grit to live up to its promises. He's used to keeping his cool, but when the high-strung, high-class Edeena shuts him down despite her obvious interest, pride demands he fight for her--even if he has to track her back to her glittering court to prove his point. Only once Prince arrives in the seaside kingdom of Garronia, he finds his troubles are just beginning.

Sometimes love in Garronia can be magic. And sometimes you're just Cursed.



Book Review:



Cursed by Jennifer Chance is the fifth book in her Gowns & Crowns series but the first that I have read. Despite being part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone story. However, after reading this book, I am tempted to go and read the others!

Cursed is a sweet romance about Edeena who, along with her two sisters, has come to the United States to get away from her father who is adamant on marrying her off and she is under pressure to marry a Prince who can lift the curse on her family. But here she meets Vincent "Prince" Rallis and sparks fly.

I enjoyed the romance between Edeena and Vincent and fell in love with Vince with his dynamic and commanding personality and his dedication towards the people he loves. There is much grumbling about the curse which frankly I didn't just get but still sat hooked thumbing the pages to get to the good stuff which was the romance and the by-play among the sisters.

Edeena's self sacrifice is noteworthy but sometimes felt a little overdone but still Vince got her out of her own head every time she was ready to fall in despair and I love him for supporting his woman all through.

I enjoyed visiting Garronia and meeting the other characters that have me intrigued and now I am eager to read their stories. Edeena's father's actions are unjustifiably cruel and nothing about him endeared him to me. No matter that the author tries to give a compassionate side to his story, I just didn't feel empathy for him. 

Jennifer Chance's writing style is vivid and fluid and I enjoyed her narration. The story has drama, romance, humour and a happily-ever-after that left me all smiles and eager to get my hands on the next book in the series which hopefully will be about one of the other two sisters. 

The only thing I didnt like about the book is the cover which gives a whole other impression about this book and had I not read the blurb, I would have skipped this book altogether because of it.

All in all, I loved reading Cursed and was thoroughly entertained. I loved loved loved Vince and could not get enough of him. Hoping to read more from the author in the future, I give Cursed by Jennifer Chance 4 stars out of 5 and recommend it to all romance lovers.



I received the book for review from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.


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Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the new adult Rule Breakers series as well as the contemporary romance modern royals Gowns & Crowns series. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio. In addition to her work in romance, she is also Jenn Stark, urban fantasy author of the Immortal Vegas series, and Jennifer McGowan, YA author of the Elizabethan spy series The Maids of Honor. She is truly NOT trying to become 27 Jennifers, but it's getting a little dicey. 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

#BookReview: A Kiss is Just a Kiss: The Summer Bridesmaids (A Magnolias and Moonshine Novella Book 17) by Melinda Curtis

Title and Author: A Kiss is Just a Kiss by Melinda Curtis
Series: Magnolias and Moonshine #17
Publication Date: Purple Papaya, LLC (April 27, 2017)
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance. Novella
Language: English

Book Review:

A Kiss is Just a Kiss by Melinda Curtis had me intrigued when I read the blurb which promised spicy drama and i-hate-you-but-then-fall-in-love romance but the fact that this is a Melinda Curtis book had me agreeing instantly to read and review.

I enjoy Melinda's comic timing and her vivid narration that takes me places every time I pick up her books. She has the gift of bringing the full entertainment experience to readers even when the story is just some eighty-ninety odd pages.

Same happened with me in this book too where I loved and enjoyed each second of the story. Kitty is fiercely protective of her younger sisters which prompts her to kiss her younger sister's groom on the wedding day when she overhears a damning speech from him. While she manages to stop the wedding, she also throws herself from the one disaster to another. Stranded with her granny, who is totally funny and the star of the story for me, she only has the jilted groom, Beck available for help.

I loved all the characters in this book. Kitty is a strong and loyal character who has always kept the wellbeing of her family above her own. Beck is another alpha character and it was magic when Kitty and he crashed into each other. I loved the romance between them which is clean and wholesome but very very entertaining.

Grandma Dotty is such a lovable and my favourite character. She looks gaga but is always aware of everything and subtly plays matchmaker. I loved her spunk and laugh out loud antics. I definitely want to know and read more of Grandma Dotty!

Despite being part of a series, this is a standalone story and you dont need to read the previous books to enjoy this one.

All in all, A Kiss is Just a Kiss by Melinda Curtis is a must read that I adored reading. 4.5 out of 5 stars to it and recommended to everyone. This one is a quick read that acts as a refreshment and leaves the reader grinning and wanting more. I am eager to read about the other sisters and meet Kitty, Beck and Grandma Dotty again.




I received the book from the author and I am very thankful to her. The above is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

#ARCBookReview: The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #1) by Janna MacGregor

#BookReview: The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor
Title and Author: The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor
No. of Pages: 368
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #1
Publication Date: May 2nd 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Era Romance
Language: English

ARC Book Review:

The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor caught my attention with its absolutely lovely cover. I love reading historical romances, especially Regency Era romances and this book just fell right in that category.

The blurb is interesting and will instantly catch a reader's attention. After picking up this book. I came to know that this is the author's debut story and I must congratulate her on a story well done.


Lady Claire has been termed "unlucky" after so many broken engagements. She also feels that she is cursed. Enter Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke, who convinces her otherwise but is he so sincere and honest? 


I enjoyed reading The Bad Luck Bride which started slow but gained pace as the story progressed. However, despite the ups and downs in the narration pace, I was kept at the edge of my seat throughout the book. Janna McGregor's style is fresh, crisp and very characteristic. I enjoyed how she sketched the characters and events which is very different from the other historical romances that I have read in quite sometime.


Lady Claire is a confusing yet delightful mix of contradictions. She is sometimes shy, sometimes bold but always a strong character who is a match for the manipulating ways of Alexander who knowingly and sometimes unknowingly manipulates people around him. He is determined to avenge his sister's death and unfortunately for Claire, she falls right in his plans for revenge. 


While I empathized with Alexander's grief, I also felt angry with him for using an innocent woman. Sometimes both Claire and he went in circles in their conversations which was exhausting to read and also frustrating but still the author managed to keep my interest alive.


Why Claire feels that she is cursed is an open ended question with no direct explanation given. I kept guessing the reasons and once you start adding the pieces you come to many answers. I just dont know which one is the right one! This was at once fun and also very frustrating.


I enjoyed the spunk of Claire who quickly became my favourite character in this book.


All in all, The Bad Luck Bride by Janna McGregor is a very promising and entertaining historical romance that has a simple plot but a very fresh execution that makes it a recommended read. 4 stars out of 5 to it and I hope to read lots more from the author in the future.





I received an ARC from the author and the publishers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.


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Monday, May 1, 2017

#ProductReview: Vaya Tyffyn Stainless Steel Lunch Box with Bag Set (600 ml, Maple, Set of 2)

When I heard about Vaya Tyffyn Stainless Steel Lunch Box I was intrigued and naturally had to check out the item. After using the Maple variant of this lunch box for quite sometime, here is my review which is based on my experience with this lunch box till date.



Vaya Tyffyn Stainless Steel Lunch Box with Bag Set (600 ml, Maple, Set of 2) Review

Vaya Tyffyn Stainless Steel Lunch Box with Bag Set (Maple)



Product Review: Vaya Tyffyn Stainless Steel Lunch Box with Bag Set (600 ml, Maple, Set of 2)



Pros:

1) Classy and fashionable design and shape.

The attractive design which is unique and looks quite stylish with its beautiful finish. I haven't seen a more elegant and trendy looking lunch box so far. The whole sturdy maple look and the eye catchy oval shape made this lunch box a hit with everyone who saw it and made me quite famous!



 Vaya Tyffyn Stainless Steel Lunch Box with Bag Set Review


2) Available in 3 eye catching designs: 


a) Wool



b) Graphite



c) Maple


3) Stainless steel containers.

I try to avoid plastic utensils and containers, so this lunch box fit right in with me. Both the containers are stainless steel  with a beautiful copper coloured finish outside which are way healthier than the plastic tiffin boxes.


Vaya Tyffyn Stainless Steel Lunch Box with Bag Set Review

Stainless steel containers with BPA-free, FDA approved plastic lid and partition.



4) There are BPA-free, FDA approved plastic lids and partitions on the stainless steel containers which are not harmful like normal plastic and also sturdy enough to handle hot food.


5) VacuTherm technology, helps keep food warm and fresh.

The food stays warm upto minimum four hours as experienced by me. Also if you have hot food in one container and normal temperature food in the other, it in no way affects the temperature of the containers which stay the unaffected by each other.


6) BagMat Included.

A smart shoulder bag, that unzips to be a table mat: The BagMat is a welcome addition which makes a great and trendy carrier bag and also acts like a mat which I loved. It also has a pouch inside in which we can carry extra cutlery. I can easily eat my lunch anywhere without fear of spilling because of this mat which is easily cleaned by a moist cloth.



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 Vaya Tyffyn Stainless Steel Lunch Box with Bag Mat Review

A trendy Bag Mat comes with Vaya Tyffyn Lunch Box which can be used as a carry bag and also easily opened and used as a mat.


7) There are extra partitions provided for the containers that help partition these containers in two and help carry a variety of food.


 Vaya Tyffyn Stainless Steel Lunch Box with Bag Mat Review



8) Once the tiffin is closed, there is no leakage and the food stays intact in the containers because of the easy fit of these containers in the outer lunch box and the sturdy clasps that keep the containers in place. So there is no need to worry about keeping the lunch box upright while travelling on bumpy roads any more.


Vaya Tyffyn Stainless Steel Lunch Box with Bag Set Review



Cons:



1) Containers are 300 ml each but the food that we can store inside is not 300 ml because we have to keep space between the lid and the food so it can close properly. Due to the design of the lid, the vacuTherm doesn't work if the food level is upto the lid and so the lid remains loose. But still when we pack both the containers inside the lunch box, they stay closed and there is no spillage.

In conclusion, the containers are small and there is partly a chance of spilling if we fill the container to the top and try and carry it without the outer lunch box.

2) The partitions provided for the containers work beautifully for solid food items but for liquid food, there is spillage between the partitions not from below which is sealed but from above because there is space between the lid and the partition height.

3) Despite the unique design and idea, I feel the lunch box is a bit over priced at 2500 INR so I suggest you keep a lookout for lightning deals on this product.


Conclusion:

All in all, I loved the design, feel and look of Vaya Tyffyn Stainless Steel Lunch Box with its BagMat, sturdy stainless steel containers with vacuTherm technology but I also feel that this lunch box can be made so much better if only the above few cons that I experienced are handled.

A very promising Lunch Box from Vaya Tyffyn, I recommend it to people looking for a lunch box for one person that is good looking, sturdy and easy to use and carry.




The received the product for review and I am so thankful to Vaya Tyffyn. The above is my honest and unbiased opinion which is in no way influenced.


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