Waiting on Wednesday“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

There are so many books that I want to read – I know realistically I cannot get to all of them.  But is one that I do want to read.  It’s so easy to slip into a “group” of novels that we read all the time so that it’s almost a no-brainer as to what we’ll pick up next.  I want to shake up my reading just a bit and i think this is a good start toward that goal.

 

TakenAbducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She has enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.

When Shannon contacts private investigator and former cop Matthew Dane to help her navigate her reentry into society, she quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn’t mean her troubles are over. For one thing, her brother is the leading candidate in the race for Illinois governor, and news of her escape will create a media frenzy. For another, the ransom her family reportedly paid years earlier appears to have been a scam; no one knows what happened to the money. And then there’s the fact that Shannon’s escape involved faking her own death. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they’ll stop at nothing to silence her.  

If justice is to be done, and if Shannon’s life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to discover exactly what happened to her–even if it means stirring up a hornet’s nest of secrets.

I don’t know why the concept of this novel grabs me so.  But the moment I read the synopsis I knew that I had to read this one.  So, who knows – I’ve requested it at NetGalley but if I don’t get approved I’ll end up waiting ’til launch which is April 28, 2015.  Either way, I’ll let you know through a review if it was all i thought it would be.  🙂

A Touch of Passion lgTitle:  A Touch of Passion
Series:  Disgraced Lords
Author:  Bronwen Evans
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  March 24, 2015
Publisher:  Random House – Loveswept
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Cover blurb:

In the latest Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, a vivacious thrill seeker clashes with her dutiful defender—causing irresistible sparks to fly.

Independent and high-spirited, Lady Portia Flagstaff has never been afraid to take a risk, especially if it involves excitement and danger. But this time, being kidnapped and sold into an Arab harem is the outcome of one risk too many. Now, in order to regain her freedom, she has to rely on the deliciously packaged Grayson Devlin, Viscount Blackwood, a man who despises her reckless ways—and stirs in her a thirst for passion.

After losing his mother and two siblings in a carriage accident years ago, Grayson Devlin promised Portia’s dying brother that he’d always watch over his wayward sister. But having to travel to Egypt to rescue the foolhardy girl has made his blood boil. Grayson already has his hands full trying to clear his best friend and fellow Libertine Scholar of a crime he didn’t commit. Worse still, his dashing rescue has unleashed an unforeseen and undesired consequence: marriage. Now it’s more than Portia he has to protect . . . it’s his battered heart.

Read on for my thoughts on A Touch of Passion.  No true spoilers, promise.

In Bed with the BachelorTitle:  In Bed with the Bachelor
Series:  Montana Born Bachelor Auction (bood 5)
Author:   Megan Crane
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 20, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Our latest bachelor has enough family in Marietta to qualify as an honorary native, but hails instead from Seattle, WA, which is where he’ll fly you for a glamorous weekend on the shores of the sparkling Puget Sound. Jesse Grey will treat you the way a local boy turned construction tycoon should: five star accommodations, gourmet dinners, and celebrated Washington wines. We just can’t promise he’ll smile much. Or at all.

Sold to the highest bidder!

Jesse Grey, notorious bachelor and one of Seattle’s foremost construction tycoons, has been roped into participating in the Marietta Bachelor Auction thanks to an expertly executed guilt trip laid out by his family.

Michaela Townsend already has a fiancé and certainly doesn’t need another man in her life. So when her family buys her surly, sexy Jesse at the auction and wrangles him into driving her from Montana to Seattle, she’s appalled yet disturbingly attracted.

As far as Jesse is concerned, Michaela is forbidden fruit. Even though he knows her fiancé isn’t all he seems, Jesse would never take what didn’t belong to him. But how long can he resist the one woman he shouldn’t touch?

Read on for my thoughts on In Bed With The Bachelor.  Not true spoilers, promise.

teaser tuesdayOne of the fun parts of taking part in blog hops (aside from getting to visit new to me blogs) is finding great ways to interact with other book lovers.  This is one:

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

He wanted to call out–to stop them–but he could not.

Somewhere in the deep recesses of his mind he knew how to speak.  He even had a vague recollection of the sound of his voice.  He knew what it was to scream, even the joyful release when he did it.  But the word to describe this?  Even though he could sometimes think it, his mouth refused to curve around the word.  For years, his survival had depended on muteness.  Now, he could not seem to make his mouth remember how to form syllables, words, coherent sounds.

The Making of a GentlemanTwelve years in prison has stripped him of his humanity…Saving him is her only chance to escape a terrible fate

Armand, Comte de Valère has lost the ability to interact with polite society, until his family hires him a beautiful tutor, and he starts to come alive again.

Felicity Bennett vows she’ll do whatever it takes to help Armand fight back the demons that have held him captive for so long.

With Felicity’s help, Armand begins to heal, until a buried secret threatens to destroy their growing passion. ~ The Making of a Gentleman by Shana Galen.

What are you reading?

scattered papersMy Goodness – where has the time gone to?

I am so behind on getting the Challenges updated.  How about you?  Are you keeping caught up?  If so I am so jealous.  🙂

Not that I haven’t read the novels that go with them – I just haven’t found the system that will let me keep up-to-date on posting the titles.  Ugh!

So there are two reviews to get up tomorrow, Tuesday Teaser and then I need to spend some time getting caught up on posting the Challenge novels to their various posts and sites.  Yeah, that’s the plan.

Help!  *grin*

This one sounds like a purely fun meme to jump into.  The ladies at  Sugar and Snark  are hosting a Cover Characteristic meme.  Weekly a subject will be chosen and we search for book covers related to that week’s pick.  Why not?  I certainly have tons of book covers in my files (and I know how to find more *wink*) so this will be my first week joining in.

This week’s choice is Gardens.  Show off your favorite book covers with Gardens.  Follow the links above to join in too.

So here goes:

It’s no secret that Nora Roberts is one of my most favorite authors.  I knew what I wanted to use, but wasn’t sure if there were gardens on those covers — sure enough, there were.

Black Rose, Blue Dahlia and Red Lily all from the In The Garden trilogy.

cc Black Rose NRcc Blue Dahlia NRcc Red Kukt NR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cc Wild Rain CFThen would come Christine Feehan’s Wild Rain – maybe more jungle but it reminds me of a garden gone wild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

cc PrincessCharmingcoverAnd finally the completely gorgeous full cover of Nicole Jordan’s  Princess Charming.

A Gentleman Never TellsFree Monday Pick” is a feature here at Keeper Bookshelf that showcases a novel I picked up for free.  This week’s pick was found at Amazon’s Free Kindle Books offerings.

Look for a “Free” novel to be picked each Monday and the review to appear on the following Monday.   There are some really good “free” novels available (and some not so great too).  Let’s weed them out.  If this sounds like something you’d like to take part in — awesome, just leave a link with your Free Monday Pick in the comment section and let us go check it out.

This week’s pick is:  A Gentleman Never Tells.  Isn’t that cover just gorgeous?  This is a Historical Romance, and is the beginning of a series – so I might have another series to get into after I check out this one.

Cover Blurb:  Benjamin Wetherby, Earl of Glastonbury and heir to the Marquisate of Eastleigh, has just received an urgent letter from home. His father is dying and he must return to England at once. Benjamin is a man bound by honor and duty, to both his country and his family. So, despite his reservations, he leaves his life in New York City behind so he may find a wife and assume his role as the Marquess of Eastleigh.

Miss Phoebe Blake is finally out of mourning for her father, and just in time. She and her mother could be days away from being carted off to debtors prison, so Phoebe returns to society with the intent and determination to secure a rich husband.

Sparks fly when Benjamin and Phoebe meet, and it appears they have both found just what they are looking for. But will a dark secret keep them from finding their happily ever after?

My review will be up next Monday and I’ll let you know how this one turned out.  🙂

ID-10031514I’m afraid I’m about to rant here.  And I’m not going to apologize for it either.

I just came from a blog that had an excellent, thought provoking post on it.  I read it with interest and learned a lot in the process.

As I began reading over the comments, I realized something rather strange – to me at least.  Not one of the over 40 comments posted had a reply from the author of the post.  Not. One.

I don’t get it.  I would be over the moon, jumping up and down in excitement if I had 10 responses to a non meme post… but 40?  And not one answered.  Really?

Yes, I’m certain I’ve missed comments.  I might have clicked on the notification and didn’t get to the post right away so it slipped through the open weave net that is often my mind.  And if I’ve done that to you, I sincerely, honestly apologize for it.  It wasn’t personal, I just messed up.

Yet, I cannot imagine missing 40 comments on a post.  That’s a popular post in my mind and I’d be jumping into the discussion in order to encourage even more talk.  So I don’t understand why.

I can certainly cut this blog owner a break and assume that something happened that prevented them from commenting – power outage – emergency – work or school schedules – any number of possibilities.  And I will check back to see if those comments were ever replied to…just to satisfy my own curiosity.   I’m honestly not trying to be a bitch here.  I really don’t understand how those comments could be ignored unless something major prevented the author from replying.

Maybe it’s me.  Perhaps this isn’t as, well, rude as I see it to be.  I would be kissing the keyboards of so many commenters – so I just don’t get it.

Okay, this is the point where you can tell me to shut up and stop obsessing about this.  And any opinion you’d like to share is fine with me.  Maybe I am crazy that this bothered me.  I have made the decision to simply not comment there – ‘cos why bother if no one is going to talk back to my one-sided conversation.

End Rant.

Thoughts?  Opinions?  Feel free to tell me what you think.

swoon-worthy gifSwoon Worthy Quotes.

Those moments in a book where you just go “Awwwww” or think “I wish I could hold onto that thought forever.”

I love holding on to the best parts of favorite novels by jotting down quotes that “spoke” to me.  Maybe you do, too.

This is a new Feature here at Keeper Bookshelf.  I plan to make it a Sunday Feature or – occasionally just when the “quote hits me” kind of thing.  While not an official meme (yet) I would love to hear your Swoon-Worthy Quotes of the week too.  It might just lead to some awesome books I haven’t had the chance to read yet.

If you have some Swoon-Worthy Quotes you’d like to share, please drop a link into the Comments and let us check them out!

My quote this week is:

”Life’s a roller coaster. Best damn ride in the park. You don’t close your eyes, hold on and wait for it to be over, babe. You keep your eyes open, lift your hands straight up in the air and enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.” ~ “Tack” from Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley.

Motorcycle Man

Tyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she’s back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn’t the tequila and hot sex talking. He’s the kind of man she’s always wanted. Unfortunately, he’s also her new boss . . .

Kane “Tack” Allen has a rule. He doesn’t employ someone he’s slept with. So when he learns he spent last night in bed with his new office manager, he quickly fires Tyra. Yet when Tyra stands up to him and fights for her job, Tack is intrigued. He tells her she can keep her job on one condition: no more sex. Ever. But as things heat up between them, Tack finds that he’ll be the one breaking all the rules…

If you have not read this book yet – Oh.  My.  Goodness.  Highly recommend it (even if there is some coarse language in it).

So that’s my start to Swoon-Worthy Quotes — what has stuck in your mind from a recent read?  Comment leave a link, please, let us enjoy it too.  🙂

The Almost Wives ClubTitle:  The Almost Wives Club – Kate book 1
Series:  The Almost Wives Club
Author:  Nancy Warren
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 15, 2015
Publisher:  Ambleside Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Kate Winton-Jones is marrying one of America’s most eligible bachelors. Edward Carnarvon III is rich, handsome and hers. But at the final fitting of her wedding gown, one of the seamstresses pricks her and a tiny blood spot appears on the outrageously expensive gown. Its famous designer fires the clumsy seamstress on the spot, whereupon the girl puts a curse on the dress and storms out. Kate doesn’t believe in curses. She’s modern, American and in love with the perfect guy. What could go wrong?

But that very evening she meets a man who makes her question her future. And then she discovers that Edward has been hiding a secret or two… and before you can say, “This dress is so cursed,” she’s on the run from Edward, his family, her mother, the paparazzi and the person she thought she was.

When the man who discovers her hiding place turns out to be the last man she should trust, it’s time to throw her cautious good sense out with the satin shoes she won’t be wearing. Playing it safe hasn’t done her much good. Maybe it’s time to play by a new set of rules. Her rules.

Sometimes Prince Charming is the one who turns out to be the frog, and true love appears in the most unexpected places.

Follow the cursed dress through five sets of bridal hands as four more women join The Almost Wives Club.

Read on for my thoughts on The Almost Wives Club.  No true spoilers, promise.

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