The Wedding Cake TreeTitle:  The Wedding Cake Tree
Author:  Melanie Hudson
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 7, 2015  (Original December 1, 2012)
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Can a mother’s secret past provide the answers for a daughter’s future?

Celebrity photographer Grace Buchanan has always known that, one day, she’d swap her manic day job for the peace and quiet of her beloved childhood cottage, St Christopher’s – she just didn’t expect it to be so soon.

At the reading of her mother’s will, she’s shocked to learn that she hardly knew Rosamund at all, and that inheriting St Christopher’s hangs on one big – and very inconvenient – condition: Grace must drop everything for two weeks and travel the country with a mysterious stranger – war-weary Royal Marine, Alasdair Finn.
Caught in a brief but perfect moment in time, Grace and Alasdair walk in Rosamund’s footsteps and read her letters at each breathtaking new place. As Grace slowly uncovers the truth about her mother’s incredible life story, Alasdair and Grace can’t help but question their own futures. Will Rosamund’s madcap scheme go to plan or will events take an unexpected turn?

An emotional, fun-filled and adventurous journey of a lifetime.

Read on for my thoughts on The Wedding Cake Tree.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Wedding AuditionTitle:  The Wedding Audition
Series:  Runaway Brides #2
Author:  Catherine Mann, Joanne Rock
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 7, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

The tabloids call her the Hit and Run Bride after reality show star Annamae Jessup walked out on Atlanta’s favorite baseball player on cable television. Eager to escape her notoriety, Annamae takes a road trip to find the grandmother she’s never met and winds up discovering a whole lot more than a band of back woods relatives. There’s no escape from reality TV, even in Beulah, Alabama, population 3000.

The last thing Wynn Rafferty needs in his new life is a spoiled television princess who can’t even know his real name. He’s in temporary witness protection as an apple farmer after his undercover work put his life in danger. He needs to lay low until the heat dies down from his last case— even if he sucks at growing apples as badly as he sucks at relationships. But Annamae turns his new town into a media circus, unwittingly threatening the lives of him, her and most of Beulah. Wynn is an expert at keeping the world at arm’s length, but when it comes to Annamae, the only way he can keep her safe is to keep her very, very close.

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

Bite At First SightTitle:  Bite at First Sight
Series:  Scandals With Bite #3
Author:  Brooklyn Ann
Genre:  Regency Paranormal
Published:  April 7, 2015
Publisher:  SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

When Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of London, stumbles upon a woman in the cemetery, he believes he’s found a vampire hunter—not the beautiful, intelligent stranger she proves to be.

Cassandra Burton is enthralled by the scarred, disfigured vampire who took her prisoner. The aspiring physician was robbing graves to pursue her studies—and he might turn out to be her greatest subject yet. So they form a bargain: one kiss for every experiment. As their passion grows and Rafe begins to heal, only one question remains: can Cassandra see the man beyond the monster?


Read on for my thoughts on Bite at First Sight.  No true spoilers, promise.

tatWhile I don’t normally send you off to other websites (I’d much rather keep you company here 🙂 ) – I came across this amazing article – thank you Uncle George Takei – that shows some truly awesome  tattoos that are inspired by the books these folks loved enough to have them inked.

Please check them out.  The article link is right here.  –  or simply click on the image.

The Holiday PartyTitle:  The Holiday Party
Author:  Brian Perry
Genre:  Adult Literature
Published:  April 3, 2015
Publisher:  First Edition Design Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

“All cops go to Heaven. Cop killers, they go to that other place.” So says the narrator of The Holiday Party, a police officer who has seen his best friend killed in the line of duty.

Six years later…September 11, 2001. Struggling with alcoholism and on the brink of suicide, our hero finds himself buried beneath one hundred stories of concrete and steel. Now, in the midst of unspeakable tragedy, he fights to survive, even as he discovers that his greatest challenge is to escape the wreckage of his past and find hope for a better future.

As his situation grows increasingly desperate, a troubled hero learns those timeless lessons his own father never had the opportunity to teach him: love, forgiveness, and honor. But can he learn the final lesson – that though we cannot change our pasts, we can decide what type of person we want to be today.

A touching reminder of the sacrifices police and their families make, this heartwarming and inspirational book is for anyone that has been through a difficult time, or has regrets, or had faith and lost it. In other words, The Holiday Party is a book for all of us, and one that will stay with you long after you put it down.

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

An Inconvenient MistressTitle:  An Inconvenient Mistress
Series:  The Ashford Brothers #3
Author:  Caroline Kimberly
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  April 6, 2015
Publisher:  Carina Press
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Jamaica, 1820

Isabelle North needs a hero, and if an arrogant mercenary is all she can find… he’ll just have to do. She must get back to England before her past catches up with her, even if that means booking passage on a vessel captained by a man she cannot abide.

Phillip Ashford, notorious smuggler and captain of the privateer Intrepid, knows Miss North is trouble. She’s stubborn, for starters, and it’s painfully clear she’s conning him—she looks more like a schoolmarm than the rich man’s mistress she claims to be. But beneath her prim exterior is a sharp wit and courageous spirit that draws him in despite himself.

They both know they should keep their distance. But passion flares as they defend themselves on the high seas—until Phillip begins asking questions Isabelle would rather not answer. After all, how much can she really share with a man she’ll never trust?

Meet Phillip’s brothers in An Inconvenient Kiss and An Inconvenient Wife!

Read on for my thoughts on An Inconvenient Mistress.  No true spoilers, promise.

License to DateTitle:  License to Date
Series:  Better Date Than Never #6
Author:  Susan Hatler
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 14, 2014
Publisher:  Hatco Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

After discovering her fiancé cheated on her, Kaitlin is focused on two things: remodeling her new home and avoiding men at all costs. But her friends insist she get back in the driver’s seat and date again. They strike a hard bargain and agree to paint her house if she goes on five dates.

Anxious to get the paint job started, Kaitlin schedules five dates in five days, but her plan falls to pieces when a sexy bartender at her venue-of-choice makes her swoon. Even though he observes each of the dates from afar, she can’t help but want him to come a little closer.

The last person she should fall for is a mysterious bartender with a sinful smile, but Paul makes her want to take risks again. Will the charming man with electric blue eyes break her heart or will he prove to her that a license to date is what makes life worth the drive?

Read on for my thoughts on License to Date.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Girl Who Wouldn't DieTitle:  The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die
Author:  Marnie Riches
Genre:  Mystery
Published:  April 2, 2015
Publisher:  HarperCollins, Maze
My Rating:  2 stars
Source:  NetGalley

He’s watching her…she doesn’t know it…yet 
When a bomb explodes at the University of Amsterdam, aspiring criminologist Georgina McKenzie is asked by the police to help flush out the killer.

But the bomb is part of a much bigger, more sinister plot that will have the entire city quaking in fear.

And the killer has a very special part for George to play…

Read on for my thoughts on The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Cinderella PrincessTitle:  The Cinderella Princess
Series:  Royal Holiday Book 1
Author:  Melissa McClone
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 2, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Thanks to a philandering father, ad exec Emily Rodgers knows happily ever after doesn’t exist. Relying on a man only leads to heartache. She takes care of herself, and work defines her life. But Emily soon finds herself in the hands of a real-life prince who defines the words charming and sexy. Not to mention reckless. If Prince Lucas doesn’t find a royal bride, Emily’s dream of being named a partner at the advertising firm will die.

Luc’s fun-loving ways have made him a magnet for scandal. His father gives Luc an ultimatum—find a wife on a reality TV show or be disowned. Rules require him to marry nobility, but after he meets the uptight American sent to find him find a princess bride, his search for Cinderella might be over. Too bad Emily wants nothing to do with him. Perhaps he can show her that fairytale endings can happen in real life…

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

book confessionI love taking part in features and memes.  It brings us book lovers and book bloggers a bit closer together, if only in our shared love of reading great books.  So today I discovered something new.  :)

There is a new feature over at Parajunkee called Confessions of a Bookworm.  Here’s the link to this week’s post.   And the information about all of this is located at that link.

This week’s question is:   How far have you gone for your favorite author?

Well, this week’s question kinda has me stumped.  I’ve definitely not gone as far as Anila has – having her favorite author’s books shipped halfway across the world to her.  Tough act to follow, girl.  😉

Aside from haunting libraries and their vast “on hold” lists to get out of print books that are still on my library’s shelves (I live in a city where all the libraries in our county are linked so I can “order” books and have more than 20 libraries search their stacks for them – kinda cool actually)

I guess the most thing I’ve done (which isn’t all that impressive) is to get autographed novels from my most favorite author at release automatically.  At Turn The Page Bookstore (which is run by Nora Roberts and her husband) there is a subscription service where I automatically purchase the latest Nora books and she autographs them before shipping.  Which is very cool.  There may be other authors that do that, but she is the one that I am aware of.  It means that I don’t have to wait on release date because usually (not always) I get the autographed book in the mail on release day or slightly after… a couple times the day before, not always… depends on the mail  🙂

So mine wasn’t earth shattering this week.  🙂  What’s your story?  How far have you gone?