The Beautiful One

Title:  The Beautiful One
Series:  The Scandalous Sisters #1
Author:  Emily Greenwood
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  June 2, 2015
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Tomboy Anna Black has no idea how a book containing nude drawings of her is traveling around town. Everyone’s calling the woman in the drawings the “Beautiful One,” but Anna knows that if her true identity is revealed, she’ll be ruined. To escape scandal, she becomes a temporary companion to the outrageous teenage ward of Will Halifax, Viscount Grandville.

Will wants nothing but to be left alone. When cheeky Anna unexpectedly arrives with his scandalous ward, suddenly he has two intolerable women filling up his once-quiet manor. But as Anna’s charms begin to soften Will’s hard exterior and uncover his shrouded heart, she hopes that love can fully blossom before her scandal erupts.

Read on for my thoughts on The Beautiful One.  No true spoilers, promise.

Hello-JuneThe wee hours of June 1, 2015.  The year is half over, or half is yet to come – depends on how you look at things, isn’t it?

I have a lot to accomplish this month.  And I’m certain that more will be added to that pile as the days move on.

Looking at my shelf over at NetGalley shows me I’ve some reading and reviewing to get done, but not overwhelming – at this point, anyway.  And thinking of the physical novels I bought yesterday plus the ones I downloaded from Amazon — *rolls eyes*  What was I thinking!  But, it’s okay, it will all get done, eventually.

The May ARC Sweep is ended, and I got a lot cleared out, reviewed and up-to-date, until June.  I’ll take that accomplishment and run with it.  Thanks to the Blog Ahead event, I’m doing well on scheduled posts ready to drop.  So for the two specific challenges for May – it went well and I’m satisfied with my personal results.

Speaking of Challenges – I really need to update the ones I joined back in January.  I know I’ve read the books *hangs head* – I also know I’ve been horrid about going and listing them either on the Challenge hosts blogs or on my own pages.  Something else to add to the June to-do-list.

I have definitely upped my time on Twitter this month – but still more needs to be done.  Not truly comfortable there yet, but that will come.  On my list for this month is working on Pinterest – gosh, I’ve been so bad about that.  Actually, as a shy person who usually isn’t very talkative – I haven’t done badly this past month – so I should cut myself some slack.  *grin*

I really, really need to spend more time on the genre specific blogs, and silly me, I added another one a couple days ago.  Logic says I “should” keep it all here at Keeper Bookshelf – but, I dunno.  It’s a brand that I’m working and I really should not water it down too much.  Yet I enjoy the idea of the diversity of the genre specific blogs… once I get a better handle on scheduled posts, I should not have to worry about them too much.  Time, there rarely seems to be enough time.  Aw well, again, it will get done eventually.

Anyway, enough of my mind wandering out loud here.  *sheepish grin*  Summer is upon us and I’m looking forward to complaining about humidity and high temps, you too?  Lots of novel releases to look forward to, new friends to make and brand new worlds to explore.  I’m looking forward to the chaos – I think.  *wink*

Happy June to you all – and I hope all you wish for this month comes true.

Marsha

 

The LightTitle:  The Light
Series:  Equilibrium #2
Author:  Kate Thomas
Genre:  Paranormal
Published:  May 20, 2015
Publisher:  Patchwork Press
My Rating:  5 star
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

With the truth of Ellie’s place among the Balance Keepers finally coming to light, training now begins. She must learn to harness the powers that are growing within her, some spiraling out of control. Confusion and frustration become her constant companions, as her search for answers does nothing but push her further from the man she’s come to love.

David is The Light, the speaker of truth, the whisperer of good in the world. His desire for more than he can have with his new apprentice tears at the fabric of his own stability, bit by bit. He knows what the future holds — and just how damning it will be for Ellie if she’s not prepared to handle it — but he’s forbidden to help.

As tragedy becomes reality, will she reach for The Light, or run into the soothing arms of The Darkness?

Read on for my thoughts on The Light.  No true spoilers, promise.

The CoreTitle:  The Core
Series:  Equilibrium #1
Author:  Kate Thomas
Genre:  Paranormal
Published:  February 12, 2015
Publisher:
My Rating:  5 star
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

There’s something strange about David, something that goes beyond the way he makes Ellie feel. He’s wealthy, poised, and a complete enigma. With nothing to lose but her heart, Ellie goes in search of the truth—a search that leads her down an eye-opening path that reveals secrets about the world she thought she knew.

The world’s order is held in careful balance, the essence of good and evil tilting the scale. When the fabric of reality is stripped away, Ellie is forced to make a decision to follow the path David’s constructed before her or simply walk away. The Core is missing and someone must step up and stand between the light and darkness, holding each back and maintaining equilibrium.

Read on for my thoughts on The Core.  No true spoilers, promise.

Beautiful SurrenderTitle:  Beautiful Surrender
Series:  Forever #3, Surrender series #3
Author:  Priscilla West
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 4, 2013
Publisher:
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

No one is who they seem to be.

Kristen let Vincent into her heart because he seemed so different from everyone in her conservative world of wealth management. She thought they shared something special, but when she realizes that Vincent has been playing her the entire time, her heart is crushed.

As Kristen’s relationship with Vincent reaches a crisis point, a man from Kristen’s past returns looking for a second chance. Is her ex-boyfriend really looking for redemption or is his goal something more sinister?

Kristen struggles to hold herself together, until she discovers a revelation that will change everything.

Read on for my thoughts on Beautiful Surrender.  No true spoilers, promise.

Secret SurrenderTitle:  Secret Surrender
Series:  Forever #2, Surrender series #2
Author:  Priscilla West
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  September 24, 2013
Publisher:  Blackbird Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

I knew that giving in to Vincent Sorenson was a risk, but it was one I was willing to take. I had hidden my heart for so long and for the first time in a long time, Vincent was close to breaking down the walls.

When a trip to Vincent’s exclusive private island reveals the real Vincent underneath the layers of suave nonchalance, I thought we were close to the start of something special.

Just when things were looking up for us, I would discover the one secret that Vincent never intended for me to find.

Read on for my thoughts on Secret Surrender.  No true spoilers, promise.

I recently reviewed  Give Up The Ghost  by Kelly Moran (that’s the link to my review here on Keeper Bookshelf.)

Now it’s time to get visual with this trailer for Give Up The Ghost.

 

 

Forbidden SurrenderTitle:  Forbidden Surrender
Series:  Forever #1  Surrender series #1
Author:  Priscilla West
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 7, 2013
Publisher:
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

“What gives you a thrill Kristen?”

The minute I saw Vincent Sorenson, I knew he was trouble. Billionaire. Bad boy. And dangerously sexy. He was everything I craved, and nothing I needed.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t just avoid him. The higher ups at my company decided they needed his business, and I was on the team to bring him in. Vincent Sorenson didn’t seem as interested in business as he was in me, but I knew that was a door better left unopened. If I got involved with him, it would only unearth the pain I spent years trying to bury.

I thought I had it under control, but I seriously underestimated Vincent’s seductive charm and silver-tongue. I would soon find out how delicious it would feel to let myself fall into this forbidden surrender.

Read on for my thoughts on Forbidden Surrender.  No true spoilers, promise.

I couldn’t resist.  And note to Anna of Herding Cats & Burning Soup?…. there are herding cats in this.  *wink*  Have Fun – Just Enjoy

Top Cat Commercials – you know you wanna take a moment and just laugh.  😉

 

 

Deal With The DevilTitle:  A Deal with the Devil
Series:  International Bad Boys #6
Author:  Louisa George
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 29, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing, Holiday Books
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

When the only thing worth fighting for is love …

There are two things ex-boxer and casino tycoon Rey Doyle is an expert in: fighting and gambling. He trusts no-one, but he needs a fiancé to help seal a business deal and part-time casino waitress Kate Wilkinson agrees to the pretense.

Kate is on a mission to expose Rey Doyle for the pitiless criminal he is, but the more she learns about Rey and his past, the more she begins to admire the man. When the chance to bring him down arrives will she take it? Or will this bad boy claim her heart instead?

Read on for my thoughts on A Deal with the Devil.  No true spoilers, promise.

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