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We are thrilled to be able to host Karen Ranney today and wish to offer our thanks to Tasty Book Tours for making this post possible. For those wondering, Sara will be reviewing this title after the tour has ended. If you would like to see all of the blogs participating in this event, please click on the banner above. =^.^=
About the Author:
Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved she wasn’t that shy after all.
Now a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, she prefers to keep her adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas.
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I would like to sincerely offer my thanks to Signet of Berkley Publishing for not only letting me participate in the blog tour for Keri Arthur’s newest novel, but for also providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review! =^.^=
This series just keeps getting better with each book! And having said that, if you haven’t ready the first book in this series, be sure you do so before you read this novel, because the events in this book take place directly after the events in City of Light. While Keri does do a good job of providing readers with a recap of what happened previously, this book really should not be read as a stand-alone.
So that being said, I truly have come to enjoy many of the characters in this series, though it took this book for me to really appreciate them. Tiger is still just as wonderful and strong-willed, and my love for her is just as great as it was after I first meet her. It was a pleasure to watch her continue to kick ass and fight to protect those in need, even if it meant continuing to assist Nuri and her crew. Jonas has managed to grow on me, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t find him rather appealing. I wasn’t entirely sure if I liked him or not after the first book, but by the end of this novel he’s managed to win a place in my heart and I can’t wait to find out what happens between him and Tiger in the next novel! Nuri also manged to surprise me this time around. I honestly didn’t care for her after the events in City of Light. In fact I distrusted her completely. But after this book I’ve started to develop a grudging admiration for her and have begun to see her in a different light. Some of the questions I had regarding her and Jonas were answered in this story, and those answers helped change my views on them both immensely. As for Branna, I still hate him, and I wouldn’t mind it if he disappeared entirely come the next book in the series. I rather enjoyed the scene where Cat, one of Tiger’s ghost comrades, took pleasure in smacking Branna over the head with a chair leg. Heehee.
Keri continues the suspense and fast paced, on the edge of your seat action that abounded in City of Light. Just when you think Tiger is going to have a moment to relax and just settle, she’s caught up in either a fight for her life, investigating the newest lead in the case of the missing children, or attempting to infiltrate some high security building. Each chapter has you turning the pages in anticipation of what is going to happen next. There were a couple of times where I felt just as physically as exhausted as Tiger, but I suspect that was because I kept holding my breath during the fight scenes, and a few times I was left wincing in sympathy as she attempted to heal the damage done to her body. Honestly, I’m in awe over just how powerful a character Tiger is, she truly doesn’t know the meaning of the word “quit,” though I suppose some folks would view her as stubborn. And it’s true, she is stubborn, but no one can argue that she doesn’t get things done.
I think the thing that has drawn me the most to this series is the mystery behind what is going on and who is involved. With each book we’re getting more insight into what has happened to Penny and the other children, we’re learning more about who is officially in charge, and we’re seeing what the results are from the experimentation that is being done, but we’re not given the entire picture in full. In fact, if after reading City of Light you were left wondering what happens next, believe me when I say you’ll be screaming in frustration at the end of this book, because Keri still hasn’t given us all of the answers, and she leaves us with even more questions. When I got to the last page I actually said out loud “That’s it?! Seriously! You’re seriously going to end it there?!” There can be no question that I want more, the sooner the better. This feline is anxious to get her paws on the third book, but sadly I, like all of Keri’s fans, will have to wait until next year to find out what happens next in the series. But you can bet that I will definitely be reading the next book once it does come out! =^.^=
About the Author:
Keri Arthur is the New York Times bestselling author of the Outcast series, including City of Light, as well as the Souls of Fire, Dark Angels, and Riley Jenson Guardian series. She has written more than thirty books and has been nominated in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards and has won a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy.
If you would like to enter for your chance to win either a copy of City of Light, book #1 in the Outcast series, or a copy of Winter Halo, book #2 in the Outcast series, please fill out the Google Doc form below. This giveaway run from Midnight, December 6th – Midnight, December 12th 2016 and is open to US & Canada residents only!
Jane Peden returns with an all new Miami Lawyers novel releasing November 29, 2016. Maria is raising her 13-year old brother Joey alone, and it’s clear he’s headed for trouble. But what happens when the only man who can save Joey is the same man Maria holds responsible for destroying her family? Find out in this steamy must read Fall title which fans of Jackie Braun’s Revenge Best Served Hot will love.
About the Author:
Jane Peden is a Florida trial attorney who writes sexy contemporary category romances set in the exciting South Florida city of Miami, where millionaire lawyers live extravagant lifestyles and find love when they least expect it. When Jane isn’t in court, you can find her at the beach with her laptop, dreaming up stories about successful, confident men who know what they want and how to get it, and smart, sexy women who demand love on their own terms. Jane’s books promise sizzling chemistry in the face of insurmountable obstacles. And just when things couldn’t get any worse, an emotional payoff that makes it all worthwhile.
Jane grew up in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, but decided early on that the only thing better than escaping the cold for a two-week vacation at the beach was to live there all year around, so she traded her snow boots for a jet ski and has never looked back. Jane lives on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and a fish.
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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. =^.^=
Sara’s Choice: Lady Claire is All That (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #3) by Maya Rodale
Expected publication: December 27th 2016 by Avon
Dancer’s Choice: Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill
Expected publication: December 27th 2016 by Harcourt Childrens Books
Mimi’s Choice: Moonshadow (Moonshadow #1) by Thea Harrison
Expected publication: December 13th 2016 by Teddy Harrison LL
Sammers’s Choice: Dead Man’s Steel (Grim Company #3) by Luke Scull
Expected publication: December 6th 2016 by Roc
I would like to thank Forever – Grand Central Publishing for not only letting me participated in the launch day event for Elizabeth Hoyt’s Duke of Pleasure but for also providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review, murr! =^.^=
This is only the second full novel (not counting a novella) from Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series that I’ve read, and I must admit that I’m wondering why I never tried this series sooner. Rest assured I am making plans to get caught up on the previous books next year because I truly am enjoying Hoyt’s writing and characters, and I anticipate reading the next book when it comes out too. There is no question that I have become a fan of this author, murr!
I just loved Alf! She’s cheeky, strong-willed, intelligent, and everything I enjoy in a female lead character. She reminded me a lot of Eponine from Les Miserables, especially when she assumed her boy persona, and I enjoyed her Ghost of St. Giles persona as well, though I would have liked to have seen more of that side of her. Hugh, meanwhile, is the kind of character who took me a little bit of time to warm up to, but that was mostly due to the fact that he’s a complex character with a complex background. He’s both a protector, a father, an acknowledged son of the king, an investigator/spy, and man of arms. As such, it is hard for me to say which role of his I enjoy more, though I’m leaning strongly toward that of father. Many of the scenes in the book focused on Hugh’s relationship with his sons and it was a pleasure to watch them reconnect with each other. It helped that Alf was there to act as a bit of a bridge. But I also liked watching him interact with his men and with his wife’s friend Iris. I’m rather looking forward to reading the earlier books and seeing when these two characters initially come in because I know this isn’t the first time we see them. I mean, Alf doesn’t just become the Ghost of St. Giles without some sort of lead up. And that more than anything is what I’ve come to enjoy with these books: they all tie together not just in location, but also in characters, and yet they can pretty much all be read as stand-alone novels, which is great because it means that a reader can pick the series up at any time and not feel pressured to read the earlier books before hand. Though I suspect that like me, they will quickly end up wanting to read those books at some point. Heehee.
The relationship between Hugh and Alf was slow to build in this novel. There was mutual interest, but the romance wasn’t instant lust, which I greatly appreciated. Instead it started as a slow simmer that heated up more with each chapter, and when they finally came together it felt natural rather than rushed. The only thing that irked me regarding their relationship was how Hugh continually fought his feelings in the beginning because he was worried that he’d have the same experience with Alf as he had with his wife, never mind that he clearly could identify the many ways Alf was different from her. Hoyt definitely knows how to write believable relationships and realistic characters. Their internal, personal struggles make them easy to connect with, and thus allows for the reader to slip in and view events clearly not just with their mind’s eye, but with their emotions as well. I cared about the characters in this book, all of the characters, not just the main couple. In most books I often end up overlooking the secondary/minor characters, but in Hoyt’s books I find myself actively looking at everyone and wanting to know more about them and discovering how they all connect within the area that is St. Giles and Maiden Lane.
The pacing of the story was smooth and held just the right amount of suspense to keep me reading chapter after chapter just to see what would happen next. Most of the questions I had as I was reading were answered by the time I finished, and those few questions that remain I suspect will be answered in the next novel, or their answers can be found in previous books. There is one question in particular, more of a hunch if you will, that I have which surrounds a character we meet toward the end of the story. It will be interesting to see how this character ties in with everyone and discover what happened to make him who he is now, if he’s who I suspect he is. My curiosity has certainly been piqued to say the least.
Overall this was a fun book to read. There were several scenes where I couldn’t help but smirk at the interaction between Alf and Hugh, a few scenes with Peter and Kit (Hugh’s sons) that melted my heart, and many others that left me nodding my head in appreciation for a well-written story. I feel confident in saying that fans of Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series and of historical romance will enjoy this book. And to those readers who are debating on whether to give this series a read or not, my suggestion to you is read it, don’t wait any longer. I know there are a lot of series out there to choose from, but this is one that you’ll not want to miss out on. Trust me. =^.^=
WICKED INTENTIONS is now FREE for a limited time!
The ebook edition of WICKED INTENTIONS, the first book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s bestselling Maiden Lane series will be FREE from November 28 through December 12! This is a great opportunity to introduce friends to the series! On December 13 the price returns to $5.99.
About the Author:
Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.