Friday, October 20, 2017

"The Baron Next Door" by Erin Knightley



THE BARON NEXT DOOR BY ERIN KNIGHTLEY

SERIES: Prelude to a Kiss #1
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Publisher

SUMMARY
After a season spent at the mercy of the whispering Ton, Bath's first music festival offers Charity the perfect escape: freedom to play the pianoforte to her heart's content. That is, until their insufferably rude, though undeniably handsome, neighbour tells her to keep the 'infernal racket' to a minimum. Hugh Danby, Baron Cadgwith, is in Bath to heal hidden wounds, both mental and physical. He may think he's finally put an end to the noise next door, but he has no idea what he's begun. The more he discovers about Charity, the more he finds her bothersome, vexing and... inexplicably enchanting. Before long, Hugh suspects that even if his body heals, it's his heart that might end up broke.

MY REVIEW

While many readers are losing themselves into horrors and such this spooky month, I found myself wanting to visit another time, meet an unusual couple, and read a different kind of Regency Romance. And wasn’t Erin Knightley just the right author to pick for this?

The romance in here has a different pace than the one we are used to in historical romance reads—at least it is so from the ones I've immersed myself into so far—and that’s not bad at all. The hero went through a lot and he’s in need of healing in more ways than people can imagine. Of course, how can they when he keeps everyone at a distance? Or so he tries, sometimes duty calls and a Baron is 'forced' to make an appearance for the sake of his title. But what when he’s home and he must have others to keep it quiet? His neighbour won’t stop practising her pianoforte skills, she needs music as much as he needs silence, and here’s the challenge: how to make her stop? And how to make him understand how important this is to her? So, from a polite—and yet rude—first encounter to banters, interesting balcony meetings, and truths gradually revealed, Hugh Danby and Charity Effington definitely keep you entertained.

With an original story and all strong characters with quite the attitude, “The Baron Next Door” offers a very nice escape (to Bath!). Even though I missed that little something that makes me completely love a book, I truly enjoyed the read, and when I put it back on my shelf, I still had a smile on my face.

RATING: 3.5/5

Monday, October 16, 2017

And the Best Book Blog Award of 2017 goes to . . .


You, guys, I have no words . . . Over the weekend I discovered I got rewarded with quite the amazing achievement and I didn't even know I had been nominated, so imagine my surprise when I saw Darkest Sins on the list of the winners. Being selected among THOUSANDS of fantastic book blogs out there is flattering, placing #29 is remarkable. THANK YOU, The Writer Awards! And thank you all, authors, publishers, fellow bloggers and readers, your support makes me beyond happy and keeps me going. <3

Below you can see/read the short review the professional team at The Writer Awards left for my blog, they didn't just make this the Best Book Blog of 2017, but they possibly made my year!

 

And of course, my congratulations to the other 32 bloggers who got this beautiful recognition!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#56)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts
Expected publication: December 5th, 2017 by Piatkus

In her newest work, the stunning beginning to an epic hardcover trilogy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts weaves an enthralling saga of suspense, survival, and the journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Friday, October 06, 2017

"Chasing Embers" by James Bennett



CHASING EMBERS BY JAMES BENNETT

SERIES: Ben Garston #1
PUBLISHER: Orbit
GENRE: Fantasy
SOURCE: Publisher

SUMMARY
There's nothing special about Ben Garston. Or so he'd have you believe. He won't tell you, for instance, that he's also known as RED BEN. Or that the world of myth and legend is more real than you think. Because it's his job to keep all that a secret. But now a centuries-old rivalry has resurfaced, and the delicate balance between his world and ours is about to be shattered. Something is hiding in the heart of the city—and it's about to be unleashed.

MY REVIEW

If you expect a fantasy story like the ones you are used to, you are mistaken. If you think this is a regular urban fantasy book, you are wrong again. But if you are thoroughly looking to be dragged into an urban world where myths and legends are real but unknown—or foolishly dismissed—then bingo!

The world described by the author is the sad truth we live in with the exception of dragons and other mythical creatures surrounding us, although they are extremely careful not to let humans know of their presence. It's important their identities stay hidden, and that is why Ben can't share his real-self with the woman he loves, Rose, who is quite a surprising heroine. But if romance is not easy for Ben—is it in the cards for him at all?—the danger he has to face now is even worse... I'm usually more for dialogues than descriptions, but this book wouldn't work well without the latter and I personally think the author did a fantastic job. The whole mythology is fascinating, the background given to the readers is enrapturing, and I find myself lucky because I've been in all the main locations where the story takes place, so it was like visiting them all over again and I loved it.

An action-packed legendary story that sucked me in the moment I started the read. To all lovers of fantasy—and DRAGONS!—I'd suggest you to go Chasing Embers. *winks*

RATING: 4/5

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#55)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: THE NOVEMBER GIRL by Lydia Kang
Expected publication: November 17th, 2017 by Entangled Teen

I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.

Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there’s no one here but me. And now him.

Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I’m half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can’t protect him from the storms coming for us.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Friday, September 22, 2017

"Mr. Sinful" by Serenity Woods



MR. SINFUL BY SERENITY WOODS

SERIES: Heartfelt #1
PUBLISHER: Serenity Woods
GENRE: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
SOURCE: Freebie
LINKS: Goodreads

SUMMARY
Faith Hillman is in trouble. She’s writing an article on ways to spice up your love life for her popular blog, but she’s hit a major snag—she hasn’t experienced any of the Seven Sexy Sins on her list. Luckily, her brother’s best friend, Rusty Thorne, offers to help with her research. Having had a crush on him since the age of twelve, Faith agrees, on the proviso that he signs a contract keeping their short-term relationship a secret. Her brother once decked him for kissing her on her eighteenth birthday, so Rusty’s happy to concur. While they work their way through the wicked list, Rusty enjoys showing Faith all the sexual delights he can think of. But it’s only as the sins draws to a close that he understands that, where love is concerned, he’s the student and Faith’s the teacher. He’s determined to keep to the terms of the contract, but when it comes to the crunch, will he be able to let her go? 
WARNING: Includes rebellious hero who enjoys inserting Tab A into Slots B, C, and even occasionally D. Also includes highly inappropriate use of a Mars Bar.

MY REVIEW

I spotted this book a while ago on a friend's blog, and I remember clicking on it because of the title. After reading the blurb, I knew it was definitely a story to try because, seriously, sins? Seven dark(est) sins? *winks*

I had a great time with this book for more reasons than you may think, one being the fact that Faith has a blog and her 'experiment' is mainly—is it?—for her readers. The posts, the snippets of comments, the—sometimes embarrassing—questions that pop up, and the whole interaction just work splendidly for a reader who happens to be a blogger as well. I smiled, I sighed, I covered my mouth trying to suppress a laugh at inappropriate moments—oh my, that warning wasn't kidding—and I constantly rooted for these two. Faith and Rusty are a perfect match indeed, and not only in the sheets... If I liked them as lovers, I loved them as friends, and I appreciated every spicy encounter moment spent in their company, even that sad cloud surrounding one of them. HA, told you there was more than one reason, and wouldn't you like to know more now?

Go on, grab this book, let Mr. Sinful show you how pleasurable is inserting Tab A into Slot B, C, and occasionally D, and enjoy hanging out with an interesting group of friends.

RATING: 4/5
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