Monday, May 20, 2024

Audiobook Review for A Taste of Whiskey by Melissa Foster


A Taste of Whiskey

The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Redemption Ranch, Book 4

By: Melissa Foster

Narrated by: Aiden SnowSavannah Peachwood

Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins


Publisher's Summary

Sasha Whiskey is done being the good girl. She's ready to wrangle in the one man not looking to be caught and give him a taste of Whiskey. With any luck, one taste wont be nearly enough. Come along for the steamy, emotional ride in this forbidden single-father, friends-to-lovers, workplace romance.

Equine rehabilitation therapist Sasha Whiskey has everything she needs right there on Redemption Ranch—a job she's passionate about, a loving family, and Ezra Moore, the sexy single father who went from trying to nail her as a belligerent teen to keeping his distance as a successful therapist and the person to whom she compares every other man. She's done with comparisons. She wants the real thing. But going after what she wants means risking everything they've both worked so hard to achieve. If only dating co-workers weren't forbidden.

From New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster comes The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Redemption Ranch, a small-town, big-family series of standalone romance novels featuring fiercely loyal, insanely sexy bikers who give horses and people a second chance. Buckle up for a wild ride in Hope Ridge, Colorado, as these big-hearted badasses and their sassy sisters wrangle in their forever loves. No cliffhangers, no cheating, and always a happily ever after.


Audiobook Review:  Holy…this book had me in tears.   Aiden Snow and Savannah Peachwood, the narrators, brought the charaters to life.  Sasha, Ezra, and especially Gus were characters that became real people to me.   I can hear Gus saying “Sugar” and wanting to be involved in everything.  The emotions between Sasha and Ezra are so real!   I could feel their love from the very first word and it only grew as I listened longer.   I have read A Taste of Whiskey before I listened so I knew where the story was heading but it is like I was listening to a new book. 

eBook Review:  Sasha has grown up loving Ezra her entire life and then she falls in love with his son, Gus. The rules of Redemption Ranch state no dating of employees allowed so she has pushed aside her feelings and just enjoyed being friends with him and Gus. Until she can no longer hide those feelings, they are stopping her from finding anyone else to love. No one can stack up to Ezra.

A Taste of Whiskey has everything that I look for in a Melissa Foster book. There are phenomenal friendships, amazing families, tough alpha males, strong females, and so much love. The main characters, of course, fall in love, but there is so much other love in the book. Characters from other books in this series make appearances and it is fun to catch up with them and see where their lives have taken them.


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Friday, May 17, 2024

Now Live!! Delayed by You by Jessica Buss


Title: Delayed By You
Series: Chicago Steel Series
Author: Jessica Buss
Genre: Sports Romance
Tropes: Best Friends to Lovers, Long Distance, Protector, Alpha Male, Childhood Best Friends, Hockey Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2024
Cover Design: Karen Hulseman @ Feed Your Dreams Designs

She’s always been his. He’s always been hers. Best friends since they were kids, everyone always assumed they’d end up together. But Rocco and Jasmine forge their own life paths. Despite remaining close, she discovers she needs a break from the life she’s been living in Chicago. When she moves to New York, things change for him. And he panics, thinking he’s lost her forever.

Since the day she moved in across the street when we were kids, Jasmine has held my attention with her sparkling green eyes and spunky spirit. She’s independent and headstrong, and I’ve always admired that about her. Hiding behind my bachelor status, no one is the wiser about the secret feelings I harbor for her.

Rocco has always been by my side. Whether it’s making me laugh, teaching me something new, or sharing confidences, he’s been steadfast. When he morphs into a man seemingly overnight, I find it tough to temper my attraction to him. But he doesn’t see me as anything more than a friend.

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Book Review for The Dangerous Ones by Lauren Blackwood

 The Dangerous Ones by Lauren Blackwood

Published May 14, 2024 by Wednesday Books

Genre:  YA Fantasy


Taken from Goodreads:  A romantic historical fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blackwood, set in the American Civil War with vampires and people with demigod-like abilities.

1863, Pennsylvania

War doesn’t scare Jerusalem—she’s a Saint. Thanks to powerful demigod-style reflexes, endurance, and strength, she’s fearless. And ever since the Confederates declared civil war, partnering with the vampires who benefitted off slavery, she and her battalion of Saints are essential to the Union army.

Jerusalem herself had been enslaved by a vampire, escaping North only after her family was murdered. She knows the enemy better, hates the enemy more than anyone in her battalion, and has been using it to her advantage since she joined the war a year ago. More than anything she wants revenge, but if she can help Black people gain freedom and equality without having to steal it for themselves like she had to, then all the better.

But she never expects to have to team up with a vampire to do it. Alexei is one of those handsome, arrogant Ancient Vampires. But he’s on the Union’s side, and in the year they've known each other, has never done anything but prove he’s on hers.

Together, they set out to change the course of the war and take down the vampire who destroyed everyone Jerusalem loved. But for her, it’s about more than justice.

It's about killing a god.


My Thoughts:  WOW!   What did I just read?   This book had it all.  The civil war, making it historical.  The vampires made it paranormal.  The relationship of Jerusalem and Alexei makes it a romance.  This book has everything.    

There were a lot of characters, that sometimes got overwhelming, but they all added to the story.   I enjoyed that most of the characters played an active part in the story so they made an impression on me.   There were a  few times that I skimmed over a paragraph because it seemed repetitive or not very important to the story.  

Overall, The Dangerous Ones is a great YA paranormal romance.   The book is not a quick read but it is entertaining.  

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Release Blitz for Not So Truly Yours by Julia Wolf


Not So Truly Yours by Julia Wolf is now live! 

The first time I met Miles Aldrich, he stole my cupcakes.

The second time, I handed him a bill for what he owed me. He’s a billionaire after all. He can afford it.

The third time we met… well, that was the biggest surprise of all. I walked into his office looking for help with a business plan. But I somehow walked out… with a fake boyfriend.

Miles claims the plan is simple: he’ll lend me his powerful family’s reputation by posing as my boyfriend. I’ll gain important contacts, and he’ll have someone by his side so he doesn’t have to make excuses for why he’s not dating anyone.

For one whole summer, Miles Aldrich is not so truly mine. The real man behind the smooth lines and flirty smiles is nothing like I assumed.

He’s sunshine in a tall, gorgeous package.

He kisses me like his life depends on it.

Logically, I know this relationship of ours isn’t real.

But the problem is… the feelings he’s bringing out in me are true as can be.

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Julia Wolf writes sexy rockers, broken bad boys, snarky heroines, and bad ass women. She's a firm believer in happily ever afters, no matter how rocky the road is to get there.

Julia lives in Maryland with her husband and three crazy, beautiful children. When she's not writing romance, she's reading it. Some of her favorite things are, in no particular order: goats, books, coffee, and Target.


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Release Blitz for Make Me Dream of You by Rae Kennedy


Make Me Dream of You by Rae Kennedy is now live!

Thirteen-year-old me--the one who used to practice signing Mrs. Olivia Dixon--would be screaming, crying, throwing up, because Noah Dixon (subject of all my inappropriate adolescent fantasies) is hitting on me in a crowded bar. Twenty-one-year-old me might throw up, too.

I've just graduated college, moved in with my older sister, and am trying to figure out my life. What I have figured out is I need to 1) find a job (and quit my questionable, but lucrative, side gig of naughty texting with men through an anonymous app) and 2) start dating since I've never done it and I've finally gotten over my painful shyness and awkward phase.

But I cannot do it with Noah Dixon, because, unfortunately, he's my sister's ex-boyfriend.

She's changed a lot since I saw her last, but I see the resemblance now. It's probably a good thing the only girl who's caught my eye in years is my ex's little sister. Off limits. Because my life and career are finally right where I want them, and the last thing I need right now is to complicate it with a relationship.

Besides, I'm already kind of enamored with someone I've been chatting with anonymously online, and that's just how I like it--uncomplicated, at a distance, no one gets attached, no one gets hurt.

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Rae writes romances that she hopes will have readers squealing, kicking their little feet one minute and blushing the next. Cheese aficionado and brunch enthusiast. She'd love to travel the world but ultimately prefers being comfy at home with her husband, three kids, and entirely too large dogs.


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Book Review for A Chain of Pearls by Raemi A Ray


Synopsis (from Amazon):

The last thing she wants is to dig up the past…


When the body of a celebrated journalist is fished from the Edgartown Harbor, the official report rules his death accidental. But why was he alone on a senator’s yacht during a nor’easter? That’s only the first question London-based lawyer Kyra Gibson has when she arrives on the idyllic island of Martha’s Vineyard to settle her estranged father’s affairs.

She’s not looking for closure. She’s not seen him in decades since he left her with her aunt following her mother’s death. But as Kyra delves deeper into her father’s life, she learns he had many regrets and wasn’t as retired as she believed. The more Kyra discovers, the more questions she has. With the help of world-weary detective, Tarek Collins, they uncover a web of intrigue and corruption involving a powerful senator, a dubious energy company, and brutal murder.

As they chase down clues, Kyra and Tarek flirt with danger and race against time to solve the murders and uncover the dark secrets lurking beneath Martha’s Vineyard’s picturesque façade of old money wealth and privilege.

This is the first book in the Martha’s Vineyard Murders series. The second novel, The Wraith’s Return, will be available later this summer, followed by Widow’s Walk in the fall.

My Thoughts:  A Chain of Pearls is a phenomenal debut book.   The murder mystery pulled me right in and kept me guessing at what would happen next until the very end.   There are so many twists and turns that I could not even begin to guess at where the story was headingI loved being kept on my toes.  

Martha’s Vineyard came alive to me while reading this book.   I could picture the cold waves hitting the shores and rocking the boatsThe grand houses that were both summer residences and full-time residences were seen in my mind as I read the book.    I love picturing the town as the characters visited the bars, resteraunts, and shops. Add in the amazing story with the incredible characters and this book is a winner all the way around.   

This book is the first of a series and I cannot wait for more.   There is so much more to discover on Martha’s Vineyard.    

Thank you Author Marketing Experts for a copy of the book via the author in exchange for my honest review.


 A Chain of Pearls is a top indie mystery and crime pick from Barnes & Noble!




Author bio:

Raemi A Ray’s travels to Martha’s Vineyard and around the world inspire her stories. She lives outside Boston. When not writing or traveling she earns her keep as the personal assistant to the resident house demons, Otto and DolphLundgren.


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