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TBR Addition: Thunder with a Chance of Lovestruck by Mandy M. Roth

Posted November 12, 2022 by Marsha in Fantasy, Paranormal Women's Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

I love the Grimm Cove series by Mandy M. Roth.  It’s quirky, funny, a touch dangerous, and always a reading experience that I return to as often as possible.  The most recent addition to the series is Thunder with a Chance of Lovestruck, and I’m excited to say it’s in my pile of books to be read this coming week.

When Detective Drest Bright meets his newest charge, sparks literally fly. There is no denying the instant attraction he feels for Rachael Frankenstein. But she’s off-limits, and he knows as much. Her family has been a thorn in the side of the Nightshade Fae Hunters for over a hundred years, and they aren’t about to let him run off into the sunset with her without a fight. But if it’s a fight they want, it’s a fight they’ll get because this lovestruck Fae will do anything he can to be with his mate again.

 

But in the meantime, if you haven’t already gotten started on the Grimm Cove series now is a great time to start – and if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription then it’s even easier to get started. 🙂

Titles in the Grimm Cove series include — Cloudy with a Chance of Witchcraft —♦— Hexing with a Chance of Tornadoes —♦— Spellcasting with a Chance of Spirits —♦— Starry with a Chance of Nightshade —♦— Thunder with a Chance of Lovestruck —♦— Wind with a Chance of Wolfsbane —♦—

Find Thunder with a Chance of Lovestruck on Amazon for the Kindle with this link.

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Year One by Nora Roberts

Posted November 12, 2022 by Marsha in Fantasy, Owned, Paranormal Romance, Series, Sexual Content, St. Martin's Press, Thriller, Trilogy / 0 Comments

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

Titles in the Chronicles of The One trilogy/series include — Year One —◊— Of Blood and Bone —◊— The Rise of Magicks —◊—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Christmas at Belhaven Hall by Karla Kratovil

Posted November 1, 2022 by Marsha in Author ARC, Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

She wants nothing to do with him or the holiday frivolities…

Lady Olivia Rivenhall has always lived at Belhaven Hall. A year has passed since her husband’s unexpected death, and she’s been living in limbo wondering when she will have to vacate her home and finally decide what to do with the rest of her life. Just as she is beginning to believe that the new earl will never come to take possession of the manor, Maxwell Drake walks back into her life.

After almost dying in a gutter in Venice, Maxwell Drake vows to turn his life around. Learning that he’s inherited his estranged cousin’s title is exactly the fresh start he needs. Max is looking forward to enjoying Christmas in the English countryside at the estate he’s missed, but he’s dreading facing his cousin’s widow, the only woman he’s ever loved.

The attraction is stronger than ever, but so are the wounds. As Christmas magic steals through the ancient halls and secrets beckon to be shared, can these two lonely hearts find a second chance at love?

Titles in The Maidens of Marbury series include — A Perfect Engagement —♥— Saving a Scoundrel —♥— Christmas at Belhaven Hall —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Saving a Scoundrel by Karla Kratovil

Posted November 1, 2022 by Marsha in Author ARC, Historical Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

The death of a friend leads the cautious Eleanor Spencer to reevaluate her life. On a rare impulse, she kisses the man of her dreams—her best friend’s older brother. The moment of madness gives her the courage to take more chances. This spring, she will finally travel to London for the social season. All she needs is to compile a list of adventures to complete. At the top of her list? Kiss Lucius Grisham again…

Barely surviving since his father severed his funds, Lucius Grisham works two respectable jobs, and one decidedly disreputable job, just to keep up critical appearances. When Ellie becomes the target of a sordid bet made by his rakehell friends, Lucius must step in to protect his sister’s friend. As he finds himself pulled into helping Ellie with her list of adventures, he is surprised to find his jaded heart tempted by the innocent beauty. But Ellie Spencer is far too good for a scoundrel like him.

Ellie will endanger both her heart and her virtue to make Lucius hers. Can Lucius become the man Ellie believes him to be?

Titles in The Maidens of Marbury series include — A Perfect Engagement —♥— Saving a Scoundrel —♥— Christmas at Belhaven Hall —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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A Perfect Engagement by Karla Kratovil

Posted November 1, 2022 by Marsha in Historical Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

When Charlotte Grisham is saved from an out-of-control carriage by a handsome gentleman, she knows fate has sent her the perfect man. The Marquis of Hawksridge is titled, handsome, and heroic—precisely the kind of gentleman her parents want for her husband. Before Charlotte knows it, she is engaged to be married.

Daniel Weston can’t believe his identical twin brother is marrying a lady he barely knows. Moreover, he’s begging off his own engagement party. Daniel allows his twin to talk him into going to the week-long house party in his stead…just for a few days. They used to pretend to be each other all the time in their youth. What could possibly go wrong?

Charlotte immediately realizes her fiancé has sent in a doppelgänger but continues the ruse so no one will realize her fiancé has all but abandoned her. Everyone sees her as perfectly behaved. But perfect girls do not share searing kisses with men who are not their betrothed. Charlotte knows her duty, but what about her heart?

Titles in The Maidens of Marbury series include — A Perfect Engagement -♥- Saving a Scoundrel -♥- Christmas at Belhaven Hall -♥-

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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That’s The Spirit by Beth Prentice

Posted November 1, 2022 by Marsha in Booksprout ARC, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Series / 0 Comments

 

It’s New Year’s Eve in Dandelion Ponds and Daisy still hasn’t woken up. Yet that hasn’t stopped her from solving two murders, with the help of her newfound friends, her fiancé, and Charlie, the man who’s stolen her heart.

But when her fiancé Logan turns up dead and Charlie is the number one suspect, Daisy must rally her friends to prove his innocence. It doesn’t take long for them to realize a more sinister force is behind it all, and Daisy holds all the information they need to solve the case.

If only she could wake up and remember it.

Titles in the Dandelion Ponds Mystery series include — In High Spirits —♥— The Hollyday Spirits —♥— That’s The Spirit —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that might contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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The Hollyday Spirit by Beth Prentice

Posted November 1, 2022 by Marsha in Booksprout ARC, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Series / 0 Comments

How many Santas does it take to commit a murder?

Daisy Montgomery remains stuck somewhere between life and death, leaving her spirit roaming Dandelion Ponds. But when Mrs. Baker, Daisy’s neighbor, and faux grandmother, turns up in the morgue screaming she was murdered by Santa, Daisy is determined to find the killer.

Convincing super-sexy Charlie O’Sullivan to help her find out whodunit isn’t difficult. But finding the murderer amongst the town’s several resident Saint Nicks is!

With the annual Santa contest about to bring even more wannabe Kris Kringles into Dandelion Ponds, time is running out to find the killer. And when the murderer catches onto the investigation, it’s Charlie’s life on the line. If they can’t catch this bad Santa in time, then Charlie could be the next victim of ho-ho-homicide.

Titles in the Dandelion Ponds Mystery series include — In High Spirits —♥— The Hollyday Spirits —♥— That’s The Spirit —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that might contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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In High Spirits by Beth Prentice

Posted November 1, 2022 by Marsha in Booksprout ARC, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Series / 0 Comments

What do you do when you wake up dead?

Daisy Montgomery was living her best life until she was attacked by a force so powerful that it separated her body from her soul. Now neither living nor dead, her spirit form lacks ghostly abilities like walking through walls, and she can’t communicate with anyone. Except one.

Luckily her connection to her little dog, Alfie, led her to super sexy Charlie O’Sullivan, a man who can not only see her spirit and open doors for her but someone who makes her question everything she thought she knew about her life, love, and almost death.

The more she, Charlie, and his merry band of spirit helpers uncover, the longer her suspect list grows. But when someone else she knows dies, Daisy must use her newfound knowledge to discover who the killer is before they strike again. If she can’t, not only are her loved ones at risk but the killer could come back to finish the job they started the night of her attack. And Daisy’s not ready to rest in peace.

Titles in the Dandelion Ponds Mystery series include — In High Spirits —♥— The Hollyday Spirits —♥— That’s The Spirit —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that might contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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A Few Changes Around Here

Posted October 28, 2022 by Marsha in Discussion Post / 1 Comment

Changes are inevitable in life whether in the physical world… or in the world we create within our computers.  Change happens and we go with a new flow.

Keeper Bookshelf has been around for more than a decade now (how did that time get away from me) and it’s always been a combination of my enjoyment of several far different genres of Romance novels.  That isn’t going to change any time soon.  It’s the base from which I built this website.

I’ve chosen to close a website of mine (Paranormal-y Romantic) that focused on Paranormal Romance in various genres.  I’ve made the choice to combine that site with Keeper Bookshelf, you won’t see much difference really.  I’ll still be posting reviews of books I’ve read in a wide swath of genres… but you may see a few more Paranormal Romance posts as I move some of those posts (where there are ongoing series) over here.

No big deal, just something you might notice is all.  🙂

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Desperation in Death by J. D. Robb

Posted September 19, 2022 by Marsha in Crime, Mystery, Owned, Police Procedural, Series, Sexual Content, St. Martin's Press / 0 Comments

New York, 2061: The place called the Pleasure Academy is a living nightmare where abducted girls are trapped, and trained for a life of abject service while their souls are slowly but surely destroyed. Dorian, a thirteen-year-old runaway who’d been imprisoned there, might never have made it out if not for her fellow inmate Mina, who’d hatched the escape plan. Mina was the more daring of the two—but they’d been equally desperate.

Unfortunately, they didn’t get away fast enough. Now Dorian is injured, terrified, and wandering the streets of New York, and Mina lies dead near the waterfront while Lt. Eve Dallas looks over the scene.

Mina’s expensive, elegant clothes and beauty products convince Dallas that she was being groomed, literally and figuratively, for sex trafficking—and that whoever is investing in this high-overhead operation expects windfall profits. Her billionaire husband, Roarke, may be able to help, considering his ties to the city’s ultra-rich.

But Roarke is also worried about the effect this case is having on Dallas, as it brings a rage to the surface that she can barely control. No matter what, she must keep her head clear–because above all, she is desperate for justice and to take down those who prey on and torment the innocent.

Desperation in Death is the 55th title in the “in Death” series.  A complete list of all the titles in this futuristic police procedural mystery series can be found on our J. D. Robb page.

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

 

 

 

 

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Overkill by Sandra Brown

Posted August 16, 2022 by Marsha in Crime, Forever (Grand Central Publishing), NetGalley, Romantic Suspense, Sexual Content / 1 Comment

Former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Zach Bridger hasn’t seen his ex-wife, Rebecca Pratt, for some time—not since their volatile marriage imploded—so he’s shocked to receive a life-altering call about her. Rebecca has been placed on life support after a violent assault, and he—despite their divorce—has medical power of attorney. Zach is asked to make an impossible choice: keep her on life support or take her off of it. Buckling under the weight of the responsibility and the glare of public scrutiny, Zach ultimately walks away, letting Rebecca’s parents have the final say.
 
Four years later, Rebecca’s attacker, Eban—the scion of a wealthy family in Atlanta—gets an early release from prison. The ludicrous miscarriage of justice reeks of favoritism, and Kate Lennon, a brilliant state prosecutor, is determined to put him back behind bars. Rebecca’s parents have kept her alive all these years, but if her condition were to change—if she were to die—Eban could be retried on a new charge: murder.
 
It isn’t lost on Zach that in order for Eban to be charged with Rebecca’s murder, Zach must actually be the one to kill her. He rejects Kate’s legal standpoint but can’t resist their ill-timed attraction to each other. Eban, having realized the jeopardy he’s in plots to make certain that neither Zach nor Kate lives to see the death of Rebecca—and the end of his freedom. 

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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