Once Upon A PlaidA wife may be courted, too…

Many would count Katherine Douglas fortunate indeed. Laird William Douglas is broad-shouldered, gentle-handed, everything a lass could dream. But after four years of marriage, Katherine still knows little of what goes on in his heart. And she has yet to bear him an heir. The distance between them is too great—and so she flees over the snowy highlands to Glengarry Castle, home of her childhood, to set her husband free.

But William won’t let his wife slip away without a fight. Before long, he’s at her father’s threshold himself, witness to the rumbles of discontent in Glengarry, the bright joy of Yuletide at a family hearth, and the hidden needs of his own beloved…

Once Upon A Plaid is the third installment of The Spirit of the Highlands series by Mia Marlowe. (Plaid to the Bone, Plaid Tidings are the first two)

This historical romance deals with a subject not often covered in romance novels of any genre.  Infertility.   It is a heartbreaking subject for any couple who want to have children with all their heart.  Imagine how emotional the inability of a wife to bear children for her husband was in olden times – when the need for an heir often cause women to lose their husbands if not their heads.

Be prepared for an emotional story.

Read on for my thoughts on Once Upon A Plaid.  No true spoilers, promise.

book pileThis post is an apology to all those that get updates from Keeper Bookshelf through Bloglovin’

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I have a weekend planned of major updating posts and adding new reviews from a website I no longer keep active.  It’s moving day around here.  And things might get ugly.  Between putting up new reviews here, on Goodreads – adding reviews from an older website – well, you might get more updates than you’d like from me.

I promise it’s only going to happen this weekend (in about 4 hours when I’ll start)  Then it will be finished.

Please don’t unfollow me because I broke your feed.  I’m sure the nice folks at Bloglovin’ can fix it.  😉  Thanks, you’re the best.

FeatureFollowParaAlisonThe 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 blog is:  A Writer’s Dark Corner

Today’s Question up for discussion is:

Hard print (real thing) or Kindle/Nook, which is your favorite? 

I love the feel of a physical book.  The weight of it, the smell, and the anticipation of opening it up to the first page.  I will always buy some favorite author’s novels in “real” books to keep on my bookcase(s) and know that “old friends” live there to visit at any time. Yet. I love my Kindle for the convenience of having a new book in moments (no dragging myself out on release day to the store through storm, snow and such) is such a pull to use my Kindle more.  And the E-reader is so easy to take with me.  I can read in line, during lunch, when stuck in traffic.  I enjoy the portability of a really huge novel on a lightweight Kindle.  So, I can’t give a real answer to this one because I love them both.

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unConventionalBookViews_Meme-ThirstyThursdayHungryHeartsThere is a fun new meme going on over at (un)Conventional  Book Views.  Lexxie is hosting the Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts weekly list of food and drink.  😉  More specifically what food or drink from a recent read of yours would you like to try or never in a million years touch.  You can find details, sorta rules and the sign up linky by clicking on the graphic or on the bold link above.

I really wanted to join in on this because it sounds fun – and get to be in the very first part of a new meme.

But for the life of me I could not remember a mention of food or drink in anything I read recently.  🙁

Then it hit me:  donuts

A dozen donuts.  Pure bliss.  Not the last meal of legends, but it worked.

Box balanced on her knees, she fished out a white powdered donut and crammed half in her mouth.  Strawberry filling coated her tongue.  Hand under her chin, she caught a little red glob on her palm before it escaped and licked it off.  After the trouble she’d gone through, she wasn’t wasting a drop. ~ from Eternal Neverland: Steps Before the Fall by Natasha Rogue.

*wipes brow*  Yay, found one in the memory banks.  Now I’ll have to keep an eye out for food as I read.  😉

A favorite fantasy of mine is to eat however many donuts I want – and it would never add an inch to my hips or a pound on the scales.  Yeah, right.  A girl can dream.

How about you?  Read any good food or drink lately?

Dark Prince cfThis is where it all began.  My addiction to Ms. Feehan’s amazing vampire saga.

Enter the enchanting world of the Carpathians, where dark adventure, mystery, and love await, and the desires of two daring hearts unite in one irresistible passion.

A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks on a vacation far from home.
Mikhail Dubrinksy is the Prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. Engulfed by despair, fearful of never finding the mate who can save him from the encroaching darkness, his soul cries out in loneliness. Until the day a beautiful voice full of light and love responds, softly soothing his pain and yearning.

From the moment they meet, Raven and Dubrinksy are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them and their fragile love. Yet even if they survive, how can these two lovers – Carpathian and human – build a future together? And how can Dubrinksy bring Raven into his dark world without extinguishing her beautiful goodness and light?

Read on for my thoughts on The Dark Prince

You’re welcome.  😉

The Here and Now A BrasharesI received a copy of The Here and Now from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title:  The Here and Now

Author:  Ann Brashares

Source:  NetGalley

Publication Date:  January 1, 2015

 

Book Blurb:

Thrilling, exhilarating, haunting and heartbreaking, The Here and Now is a twenty-first-century take of an impossible romance.
There are rules.
Never reveal where you’re from. Never be intimate with anyone outside the community. And never interfere with history.
Seventeen-year-old Prenna James emigrated to New York when she was twelve. But Prenna didn’t come from a different country, she came from a different time – a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth and take the lives of her younger brothers. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan.
She might be able to save the world … if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

My Review:

Our planet’s future is not secure, in fact it is in great danger.  Because of climate changes that raise the water levels around the world mosquitoes have become a menace to mankind.  They carry blood plague and humanity will eventually die off from this pesky insect overpopulation.  People hide in dark homes, sleep under netting and spray toxic fumes around them in an effort to avoid being bit by these miniscule carriers of death.

But nothing can stop the coming destruction.  Then.

Time travelers are sent back in time to assimilate into today’s world.  To escape the future and presumably to stop what is in our future from becoming reality.  Or not.

There are rules for our time travelers.  Strict rules that when disobeyed… well, people tend to die shortly after breaking them.  In perfectly natural conditions, of course.  Or so it would seem to anyone outside of the closed community.

Prenna and Ethan are teenagers, in the same school and friendly.  Ethan has known Prenna longer than she knows at first – but he is her champion, often explaining things that she should know, teaching her ways to fit in with society and eventually bring her to a homeless man who will play a large part in her life and in everyone else’s as well.

Prenna must make a choice to interfere with the history that is or the history that could be.  Doing so could be the most difficult decision of her life.

My Opinion

I really enjoyed Prenna and Ethan’s story.  Putting time travel along with world destruction makes a very interesting and compelling story.

I have a pretty good imagination and I could, often, put myself in a person’s place who came from a very different future and look at the world with both fear and wonderment.  But mostly fear.  Afraid to do the wrong thing at the wrong time to completely change history.  Change one thing here, another thing changes over there where you can’t see.

But at some point Prenna comes to no longer trust the closed community of time travelers.  I was so glad to see that point come to her.

The teenage romance of Prenna and Ethan was presented very believably.  Overall, I enjoyed this novel very much.

I’m hoping for another book.  Time will tell.

 

Yes, this is an Amazon affiliate link.  The cover is different than the one on NetGalley.

Eternal Neverland Steps Before the FallI received this copy of Eternal Neverland: Steps Before The Fall from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blurb:

“I’ve abandoned all my principles for you… Broken laws I held to so firm for centuries, did things I never thought myself capable of…” He kissed her as he whispered. “Was it worth it?” His tears wet her lips. “I don’t remember.”~David

Helena K. Sharpe was raised by a man who had sympathy for supernatural creatures, for the vampires his bloodline hunted for centuries. She was too young to understand how he tried to help them, but she knew it was important. Her father made her promise never to hunt them and she would do anything to keep that promise.

Until he is murdered by the very things he dedicated so much of his life to.

Orphaned and alone, Helena takes to the street, afraid for whatever’s left of her life. Without her family, she doesn’t know how—or even if—she can go on. Until a vagrant takes her under his wing and gives her a purpose. Revenge.

For six years she learns about the monsters, studies their habits, until, at 15 years old, she feels she’s ready to find the ones responsible for her parent’s death. All she has to do is become one of them. She’s cute, young, innocent…

They’ll never see her coming.

 

My Review is behind the Read More.  No true spoilers, I promise.

NetGalley Challenge 2015I was not going to join one more Challenge this year.  I already have more than enough.  But the 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge hosted by Fictively.com is exactly what I need right now.  So I joined one final challenge.  No More!

I was recently approved for NetGalley (as I have mentioned before) and was simply overjoyed because I had wanted to be part of NG for the longest time.

To say I went overboard in requests would be an understatement (insert blood red blush here).  I didn’t really expect to be approved for many as a new reviewer, so I hedged my bets by requesting a lot.  Yes, I got declined.  But, I got far, far more approvals.  So now I have a pretty hefty shelf.

When I first started I did not truly understand the importance of the 80% ratio.  Sadly, I do now.  Now when I’ve already made the mistake of asking for too many books at once.  🙁

So I need to fix that mistake and joining the 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge is going to help me with that.  How?  Well, I have to do the work, but knowing that there are others out there in the blogging world working on the same thing helps mentally.  And I believe reading comments along the way will help me as well.

NetGalley 2015 hardcore level

That’s what level I’m going for.  The highest, perhaps the most difficult – but I’m going for it.  Once I succeed, then I can ask for more books at a more realistic rate.

If you’ve recently thought about joining NetGalley, please don’t make the same mistake I did.  Ask for your books a few at a time, review them then ask for more.  Your ratio number will be much better that way.  🙂

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break The Spine where we can show off our much anticipated upcoming novel releases.

My pick this week is Viper Game by Christine Feehan.  I think the video speaks for itself as to why I’m looking forward to this one.

This is what I’m waiting for.


Book Blurb:

GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead — or to whom.

The swamps hold many mysteries, but few are as sinuously seductive as Le Poivre de Cayenne. The woman the locals call Pepper is every bit as enigmatic as the three little girls she’s desperately trying to protect. From what, Wyatt is soon to discover. Right now Pepper needs a man like Wyatt. Passionately. But her secrets are about to take them both deeper into the bayou than either imagined — where desire is the deadliest poison of all.

Viper Game by Christine Feehan

Technically, since this released on January 27, 2015 I don’t have to wait any longer. At the time I wrote up this post I believed the release date was tomorrow, so I’d just get this in under the date – yet I found it on Amazon yesterday.  So I broke the rule just a wee bit. But I cannot wait to start reading it.

Excuse me, I have to head off to the swamp now.  *wink*

 

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 Should Be Reading.

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!

 

“The sun hurts, but it can’t hurt her anymore.”  The child paused, tracing small fingers over the curve of the tombstone.  “She said she couldn’t wait to see the sun rise again, but all the stars are suns and she’d be watching us from them always.”  ~from Eternal Neverland: Steps Before The Fall by Natasha Rogue

 

 

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