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Spotlight Post: Naming His Mate by M. Limoges

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Today What the Cat Read is participating in a blog tour for M. Limoges’s Naming His Mate. I’d late to thank Herding Cats and Burning Soup for inviting me to be a part of this event. =^.^=

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Publisher: Decadent Publishing

Date Published: May 1, 2015

Series: Black Hills Wolves #17

Small-town sheriff, Mike Hadley, would love to experience a headache-free day for once in his life. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen anytime soon. While investigating a rash of disappearances and dealing with his ornery lover, he’s thrown into a whole new world he never imagined existed.

Damien Marks has finally found a place to call home in Los Lobos, South Dakota, with the Black Hills Pack. He also stumbles across something he never thought he would—his mate. Falling hard, he decides he needs to come clean and tell the truth. But will his sexy lover accept what he is?

Embroiled in a potentially dangerous situation, both men have to decide where their loyalties lie—with duty or love?

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Excerpt:

Mike Hadley adjusted his gun holstered on the belt at his waist and tugged his jacket over the weapon, concealing it from clear view. There wasn’t any doubt he’d incite a riot if he walked inside with his piece visible.

Coming here, to this place in the middle of nowhere, shouldn’t have troubled him. He’d stepped into shittier, more unstable situations than this hole-in-the-wall bar, but damn if a thread of apprehension didn’t prickle the length of his spine as he stood outside of the entrance. One small detail kept him from strolling into the establishment like he owned the place, and he sincerely hoped that minor detail stayed home tonight.

He rolled his neck from side to side in a bid to loosen the tension in his shoulders. With an air of confidence he didn’t quite feel, he pulled open the heavy steel door and strode inside the Den.

Thirty seconds was all it took for activity to grind to a screeching halt. The drawl of a country ballad playing on the music box in the far corner thumped through the stifling air. Weighted stare after weighted stare met his gaze head on as he scanned the bar’s occupants. Their open hostility battered at his senses.

He wasn’t welcome. That much was apparent, but he would deal with it. Despite a bar full of unfriendly locals, the absence of one in particular shaved off a degree of his unease.

Of course, his anxiety hardly mattered. As sheriff of the small town of Collins, South Dakota, it was his job to investigate a rash of disappearances over the last several weeks. Unfortunately, the trail had led him to the neighboring, inhospitable town and people of Los Lobos.

About the Author:

Melissa Limoges lives along the Gulf Coast with her OCD cat, Mr. Tibbs. Tax assessor by day, romance writer by night, she enjoys anything coffee related, traveling, and reading happily ever afters.

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***Giveaway***

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Review: Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires by Sophie Barnes

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I would like to thank both Tasty Book Tours for letting me participate in the tour and the publisher, Avon, for providing me a copy of the book for an honest review. If you’d like to follow the tour, please click on the banner above, murr! =^.^=

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Publisher: Avon

Date Released: April 28, 2015

Series: Thorncliff Manor #1

Welcome to Thorncliff Manor, where London’s elite mix, mingle, and may even find their heart’s desire…

There are thousands of things Christopher, Viscount Spencer, would rather do than hunt for a bride, especially since experience has taught him that women are not to be trusted. Then he finds the intriguing Lady Sarah scrambling around in Thorncliff’s conservatory and he is instantly charmed by her passionate nature. But why is she so intent on avoiding him?

Lady Sarah would make the perfect bride for a peer—if not for a tarnished past that she’s hiding from the ton. A stay at Thorncliff Manor was meant to help her plan for her future, not fall in love. Yet Christopher’s kisses are irresistible, his gallantry enticing. When her secret stands to be revealed, will the truth ruin their dreams of happiness?

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Review:

You’ll need to forgive me if I end up sounding like a crazy fan cat at times in this review. I’ll try to avoid purring madly as much as possible, but the truth is I positively adored this book! From the first page to the last, my whiskers were curling in delight over the wonderful characters and fantastic writing. Historical Romance readers are definitely going to want to give this book a read!

Spencer, aka Christopher, is a cautious, endearing, yet stubborn gentleman who intrigued me on many levels. He’s been hurt in love before, and as a result, he refuses to give in to the pressures of his mother and sisters by finding a wife. Sarah is the oldest daughter of three who is willing to do her duty to her family at the cost of her own happiness. Her desire to keep her younger sisters from shame is commendable, though I do feel that she was being more than just a bit too hard on herself for her past transgression. I loved the fact that she was unafraid to speak her mind, both toward Spencer and her parents, and I felt that she was a strong, intelligent woman. Both she and Spencer are perfect for each other and I greatly enjoyed all of the scenes where they were alone together, especially the scene when they first meet in the conservatory.

Spencer’s family is awesome! I loved each and every member and I truly hope that I’ll get to see more of them in future books. In particular I hope that Barnes writes a story which centers around Richard, Spencer’s brother, because I found him to be a mysterious individual and after having briefly met him, I’d like him to find happiness at some point after what he’s gone through. Likewise I hope that all of Spencer’s sisters get a story of their own because they were all a lot of fun, especially when meddling in Spencer’s affairs.

Sarah’s family, on the other paw, I was divided on. I enjoyed her two sisters and wish the best for both of them, but I despised her father and step-mother. I wanted to claw them both across their faces on more than one occasion. Would it have killed them to be just a tad understanding and supportive? I’ve read enough Regency novels to know that what Sarah did was disgraceful as far as the Ton are concerned, but that doesn’t mean that her parents had to continually berate her about it.

And don’t even get me started on Mr. Denison, the slimy bastard. In fact, the least said about him, the better! The man rubbed my fur wrong the minute I got introduced to him in the story. It isn’t often that a character makes me feel like I need a bath after reading about them, but I couldn’t wait for Sarah to be rid of him for good. ~shudders~

My all time favorite character in the story is the one who I know will be in all of the books in this series: Lady Duncaster, the owner of Thorncliff. She’s completely eccentric and I love everything about her. This woman doesn’t give a flying fig what society thinks of her and I can’t wait for book two so that I can see her again. You really have to experience her for yourself to understand why I found her to be such a delightful individual. Oh to be a feline in her home, if even for a day.

Okay, so enough about the characters, let me take a moment to discuss Barnes’s writing. This is the first novel I’ve ever read by this author, and if her other books are anything like this one, you can bet your sweet whiskers I’ll be picking up them up to read in the near future. This story drew me in and wouldn’t let me go, both emotionally and physically. Barnes’s writing is such that I felt like I was in the story, rather than looking on distantly, and I enjoyed how in each scene you could feel the emotions between the characters. The pacing of the book was perfect, the structure sound, and while some might argue that the plot lacked originality, I found the entire concept to be most enjoyable. As a start to a new series, Barnes has started off brilliantly.

As for the romance itself, I liked that it was slow to happen. The fact that it took nearly the entire book before Spencer and Sarah actually had sex was fine. Not every relationship begins with sex, so why should every romance book contain a sex scene within the first 75 to 100 pages? The verbal sparring between Spencer and Sarah can be viewed as their form of foreplay, and no one can deny that they aren’t attracted to each other. I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you are expecting there to be heat right from the start, you’ll probably be disappointed in its lacking. The romance in this is a slow burn, and in my opinion that makes it all the more sweeter when the two finally do get together.

Overall, I can’t say enough good things about this story. I’m glad that I had a chance to be introduced to it and I’m greatly looking forward to reading the next book when it comes out in December. In the meantime, I’m going to see about getting my paws on one of Barnes’s other novels and seeing if it is just as good as this was, murr!

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About the Author:

Sophie Barnes

Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parsons. But, most impressive of all, she’s been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion: writing. When she’s not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.

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Release Day Blast: Stand Off by Jamie Begley

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Publisher: Young Ink press

Date Published: May 2, 2015

Series: Predators MC #2

One mistake can change your life forever.

Casey had spent most of her life watching the Predators control Queen City, never believing they could be brought to justice. She was the one who always passed unnoticed as Max’s stepsister. They underestimated what she was capable of until it was almost too late. When the Predators discovered they were her prey, there was hell to pay, and Casey was going to have to pay her dues with her soul.

One mistake can fuck up your life forever.

Max trusted his stepsister, not believing for a second she would betray the Predators. She used her body to get what she wanted, and now Max would use the same wiles on her to trap Casey in her own web of deceit. The Predators demanded revenge, and Max was going to see they got what they wanted, even if the price was his soul.

This was one standoff neither was going to win.

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Prologue
Casey stared down at the letter in her hand, swallowing hard. Carefully folding the legal document, she placed it back in the envelope and onto the kitchen table, where she stared at it, silently debating how to handle the dilemma.
The person responsible for turning her world upside down thought she was without options. He was mistaken. She had a way of dealing with him so she would never have to fear him again.
However, if she went through with her plan, it would place her life in danger. She could lose the ones closest to her. Casey bit her lip. Was she strong enough to face the fear she had avoided for years?
Searching through her purse, she found the card in her wallet that she had shoved there months before. Taking a shuddering breath, she dialed the number, and a male voice answered.
“This is Casey Harris. Do you remember me?”
“Hi, Casey. Of course I remember you. What can I do for you?”
“Is your offer still open?”
“Yes, have you reconsidered?”
Casey paused. Then, before she could change her mind, she blurted out her answer. “If I help you out, then I’m going to need something in return.”
“We don’t pay informants.” His amicable voice went cold.
“It’s not money I want,” Casey denied hastily.
“What do you want, then?”
“I’ll tell you when we meet.”
“What if I can’t do it?”
“Then neither one of us will be getting what we want.” Casey made her voice firm.
“Meet me in an hour at the coffee shop on Elk Street.”
“I’ll be there.” Casey disconnected the call, laying her cell phone back down on the table with trembling fingers.
She had actually done it. Even though she had been left with no choice, it still bothered her that she would be betraying those who trusted her.
Casey stared at the picture on her wall, dispelling her doubts. The choice had been taken out of her hands.
Standing, she picked up her purse and the letter. To get the help she desperately needed, she was going to have to do something that several law enforcement agencies, rival clubs, and victims had tried to do for years without success. The Predators were finally going to be brought to justice.
Her eyes were caught by the picture again. If she didn’t succeed, she wouldn’t be the only one paying the price with their life.

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About the Author:

“I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.

Taking after my mother, I’ve always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.

For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.

Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.

All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”

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Can’t Wait for Books 2015 – May & April

With so many exciting books coming out this year, the felines thought it would be fun to do a monthly post showcasing titles that they are anxious to get their paws on. Here are their picks for this month, as well as from April. =^.^=

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May Titles

Uprooted by Naomi Novak

Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by Del Rey

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Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8) by Darynda Jones

Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by St. Martin’s Press

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With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

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April Titles

(These books are featured because last month’s Can’t Wait for 2015 post was lost)

Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep

Published April 28th 2015 by K-Teen

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There Be Monsters Here. . .

It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call–get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her. . .

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The Shattered Court (The Four Arts #1) by M.J. Scott

Published April 28th 2015 by Roc

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First in a new fantasy series from the author of the Novels of the Half-Light City.

Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.…

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Review: The Courtesan Duchess by Joanna Shupe

The Courtesan Duchess by Joanna Shupe

I’d like to thank Tasty Book Tours for letting me participate in this tour event and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for an honest review. For all the blogs involved in this event, please click on the banner above, murr! =^.^=

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Rating: paw4

Publisher: Zebra – Kensington

Date Published: March 31, 2015

Series: Wicked Deceptions #1

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Can a bold-faced lie lead to everlasting love? One by one, the impetuous heroines in the Wicked Deceptions series intend to find out, each in her unique way…

How to seduce an estranged husband—and banish debt!—in four wickedly improper, shockingly pleasurable steps…

  1. Learn the most intimate secrets of London’s leading courtesan.
  2. Pretend to be a courtesan yourself, using the name Juliet Leighton.
  3. Travel to Venice and locate said husband.
  4. Seduce husband, conceive an heir, and voila, your future is secure!

For Julia, the Duchess of Colton, such a ruse promises to be foolproof. After all, her husband has not bothered to lay eyes on her in eight years, since their hasty wedding day when she was only sixteen. But what begins as a tempestuous flirtation escalates into full-blown passion—and the feeling is mutual!

Could the man the Courtesan Duchess married actually turn out to be the love of her life?

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Review:

This was a rather difficult book for me to rate. On the one paw, I enjoyed the story, writing, and concept. On the other paw, both main characters really got under my fur! I really wanted to swipe them both multiples times with my claws. So I waffled quite a bit on whether to give it three paws and a tail wave of support or four solid paws. In the end I decided to give it a full four paws because giving it a “half star” as you humans call it seemed a tad petty simply because I disliked the main characters continual behavior in the book.

I tend to enjoy historical romance books, so any time I find a new series to try, I’m always curious to see what happens and who all the players may be. And I will say that as the first of an all new series by a debut author, Shupe has started off rather well. The idea of a woman seducing her estranged husband by posing as a courtesan was intriguing and promised to full of fun moments between the characters. Suffice it to say in this the book lived up to expectations. Toss in a bit of mystery and a few suspenseful  and I found myself turning each page in anticipation of how everything would be resolved. Shupe’s writing is solid, the pacing strong though there were a few moments where I felt it dragged just a bit, and the overall feel of the story was great. And for the most part the majority of the characters were likable and of interest. I particularly liked Winchester, Sophie, Fitz, Aunt Theo, and Quint. In other words, all the secondary characters who very well may end up with their own stories.

Were the book fell short for me was the main characters. This was one of those rare moments where the main characters just did not appeal to me despite my trying to keep an open mind throughout the book. I started off liking Julia quite a bit and questioning my initial feelings for Nick. I wanted to like him but found that he was rubbing my fur wrong at the same time. As the story progressed, I began to dislike Julia a bit with each chapter and strongly leaning toward disgust where Nick was concerned. Julia started off with so much promise toward being a strong, independent, intelligent character who contrived a cunning plan to get control and stability back in her life. Yes, she lies and manipulates Nick to get what she wants, but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures, and overall I quite liked the idea of a woman feeling like she didn’t need a man in her life to raise a child. However, I felt like she steadily became a weaker character as the story progressed because she bounces between not wanting Nick in her life and then wanting to stay with him far too much for my liking. Meanwhile, Nick was just a pompous ass and he has a long way to go to redeem himself, in my opinion, regardless of the childhood he had.

Now as I said before, the overall story is a great one and it really is a promising start to a new series. Just because I didn’t particularly care for Julia and Nick in the end doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t like them. In fact, you may absolutely love them and see qualities in them that I didn’t see in this read through. And I truly hope you do. They just didn’t work for me at the time when I was reading.

So where does this leave things? Well, this is a book that I would recommend to anyone who loves historical romance with just a touch of mystery/suspense and also to those who are looking to try something new. I also definitely intend to read the other two books in the series because I did greatly enjoy the other characters in the book and am anxious to see what happens to them. Given what I know about the pairings for each novel, I expect them both to be fun reads. I only hope that Shupe includes an update on Fitz and Aunt Theo in one or both of the following books.

About the Author:

Joanna ShupeAward-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.

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