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.

Until YouTitle:  Until You
Author:  Jeannie Moon
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 17, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

When newly divorced Kate Adams is approached on the sunny deck of a California hotel by hockey star David Burke, and he invites her to dinner, she almost says no. He’s obviously younger than her. And charming. And drop dead gorgeous. But there’s also something sweet about David, so Kate—who hasn’t done anything spontaneous in a very long time—accepts his invitation.

It is, after all, her fortieth birthday.

However, a real romance with thirty-year-old David, whose picture is in the gossip pages as often as it’s in the sports pages, is out of the question. No matter how much she wants him, it’s just too risky.

But meeting Kate has been David’s lightning strike. She’s the one for him, and he has no intention of giving up on her.

So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice.

And he’ll break every rule in the book if he has to.

Read on for my thoughts on Until You.  No true spoilers, promise.

Drawn to LifeTitle:  Drawn to Life
Author:  Elisabeth Wagner
Genre:  Romance, Women’s Fiction
Published:  April 28, 2015
Publisher:  Amazon Publishing
My Rating:  3 outta 5
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Mia Lang always thought she could brave any storm, until a frightening turn of fate caused her to lose everything she once held dear—her best friend, her boyfriend, her career, and even her desire to live.

Hoping to heal her scars and find the will to face the world again, Mia embarks on an adventure across Europe by train. But when she meets Samuel Winter—on the run from his own troubled past—her whole world is turned upside down again. Perhaps this time, though, the pieces will fall where they’re meant to. Armed with the sort of courage that only comes from having nothing to lose, Mia is about to find out, in this beautiful story of resilience and discovery.

Read on for my thoughts on Drawn to Life.  No true spoilers, promise.

His Outback CowgirlTitle:  His Outback Cowgirl
Series:  The Wildflower Ranch #4
Author:  Alissa Callen
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 18, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Australian cowgirl, Bridie Willis, travels to Montana to meet her half-brother and to escape the pain of losing her father. Headstrong and determined to live life to the full, she plans to spend the summer photographing wild animals in the back country.

Cowboy, Ethan Morgan, has been shaped by a childhood spent on the run. Cautious, steady and conservative, he must ensure the risk-taking cowgirl he is entrusted to babysit doesn’t come to any harm.

But the biggest challenge Ethan must face is to accept how Bridie makes him feel. And the biggest risk Bridie must take is to trust in her heart.

Read on for my thoughts on His Outback Cowgirl.  No true spoilers, promise.

Heart of IceTitle:  Heart of Ice
Author:  Sibelle Stone
Genre:  Historical Romance, Gothic, Steampunk,
Published:  February 9, 2015
Publisher:  Books To Go Now
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Lucinda Stafford is uniquely unqualified to serve as governess for the children of a handsome inventor. But, she’s determined to prove to her family she’s not a fragile, pampered heiress who can’t take care of herself. She didn’t plan to be attracted to the man who makes her furious one moment and whimper with desire the next. When danger threatens, can she save two innocent children from a terrifying nightmare?

Grayson Thorne has only weeks to prove his geothermal plant can generate electricity, or he’ll lose much needed funding. He’s desperate to hire a new governess, but shocked when his housekeeper returns home with a beautiful, educated female who awakens long dormant desires. She’s the perfect choice, if he can manage to keep his hunger for her kisses and fantasies of taking her to his bed under control.

An ancient Icelandic curse hides in the hills, haunting the residents of Thornehús. Grayson and Lucinda may be swept away by passion, but they must face an unspeakable horror that threatens them all.

Read on for my thoughts on Heart of Ice.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Memory of Your KissTitle:  The Memory of Your Kiss
Author:  Wilma Counts
Genre:  Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published:  March 17, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

When her father falls gravely ill, eighteen-year-old Sydney Isabella Waverly dutifully agrees to marry the earl whose estate borders her family’s modest country home. But on a trip to Bath before she weds, Sydney meets the enigmatic, heroic Captain Zachary Quentin, with whom she feels an unmistakable mutual attraction.

Still, they have no choice but to part ways, regretting what might have been. Sydney cannot know that one day they will meet again under vastly changed circumstances, that Zachary will play an unexpected role in her life—and that the man she never forgot still ignites her heart. All that will remain is to find out if he feels the same way…

Read on for my thoughts on The Memory of Your Kiss.  No true spoilers, promise.

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The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and  Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

This week’s Feature Blogs are:  Books Over Bros .  Be sure to check out their blogs and give them a Follow (if you aren’t already).  :)

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This week’s question:  Have you come up with any special memes or features on your blog that you’d like people to visit more?

Not here on Keeper Bookshelf, yet.  But I did start doing a Free Monday Pick on one of my newer blogs Haunted Bookshelf (which is purely Paranormal) and am thinking of doing it here as well as on Romance Is Ageless  (which is another blog devoted to novels with heroines and heroes over the age of 30..and more)

Basically what Free Monday Pick involves is… go to Amazon (or any other site of your choice) and download one free novella on a Monday…the following Monday I review my pick and choose another one and continue the cycle.  Comments and join-in are encouraged and hoped for.  It’s a fun way for me to add good content to a new site, involve readers and find a fun new book.  I plan to start it on all three of my review book blogs in the coming weeks.  Will it take off?   Who knows?  But in the meantime, it’s just fun for me.

Now… let’s get blog hopping people!