Monday, February 19, 2018

Review 'One Night Charmer' by Maisey Yates


Copper Ridge, Oregon's favorite bachelor is about to meet his match 

If the devil wore flannel, he'd look like Ace Thompson. He's gruff. Opinionated. Infernally hot. The last person that Sierra West wants to ask for a bartending job—not that she has a choice. Ever since discovering that her "perfect" family is built on a lie, Sierra has been determined to make it on her own. Resisting her new boss should be easy when they're always bickering. Until one night, the squabbling stops…and something far more dangerous takes over.

Ace has a personal policy against messing around with staff—or with spoiled rich girls. But there's a steel backbone beneath Sierra's silver-spoon upbringing. She's tougher than he thought, and so much more tempting. Enough to make him want to break all his rules, even if it means risking his heart…



The Facts:


Publication Date:
April 19th, 2016
Series:
Copper Ridge #4
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
352
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


A view days ago I was in desperate need of some fun, not to complicated love story. And I came across Maisey Yates. I’ve read the first three book in the Copper Ridge series and loved those books. So the decision to read this fourth book in the series was easily made. And a story about cowboys can never do wrong.  

In ‘One Night Charmer’ we follow Sierra West, the youngest daughter of one of the richest man in Copper Ridge. And she is everything Ace Thompson doesn’t like in a woman, except the fact that she is very beautiful. But Ace doesn’t need to get involved with a rich girl who didn’t have to work for anything in her life. 
Sierra is used to people thinking stuff about her before even talking with her. But when she finds out her family is anything but perfect, she has to swallow her pride and beg for a job at Ace’s bar. And soon Ace finds out he is all wrong about Sierra.  

Like I said before I loved reading the previous Copper Ridge books and this book is definitely not an exception. I loved ‘One Night Charmer’ and I loved Sierra and Ace. There were a lot of wrong assumptions in this book and I really enjoyed reading about Sierra and Ace slowly learned the truth about one another. There was some definite chemistry between these two and I just couldn’t stop reading. Which is probably why I read this book in only one sitting. 

I also enjoyed the part about Ace being a bar owner. I’ve never read a book with a bar owner as the main character and I definitely enjoyed reading about his life and the way he did his work.  

There wasn’t really anything I didn’t like about ‘One Night Charmer’. It was definitely a fun, easy going, romantic, cowboy story. And I can’t wait to read more books by Maisey Yates.

My Rating:

About the Author:


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.

Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard.

She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.


For more information about Maisey Yates please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Sunday Post #81: The Big News



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This week was definitely special to me. If you guys follow me on Instagram and Facebook you might have already seen our big reveal. The thing that kept me busy for the last view weeks, and made me not able to blog as much as I used to. And I’m so excited and happy to be able to finally share this news here today. I am pregnant! Almost 13 weeks now. My husband and I have known for a long time and I’ve been dying to share my news with you guys. Especially since it changed things for me a lot.

You’ve probably already seen that I haven’t been blogging much these last view weeks. Well, since Christmas I’ve been feeling nauseated, but the hardest part was how tired I was. Working full-time in a hospital is always challenging but these last view weeks I just didn’t have the energy to do much more than eat, work and sleep. Every night I fell asleep on the couch, and blogging and even reading has been a real challenge. And after trying so hard to keep up I just decided I needed to take care of myself and our baby and sleep when I needed too. So I did. And that means my evening at home were short since I went to bed around 9 p.m. And slowly on I’ve been feeling better and better. We had our first two echo’s and it was so exciting and beautiful to see our baby. The nausea is almost completely gone, and this last week I’ve been feeling less tired. So hopefully I will be able to get back in the blogging and reading world. But.. since there will have to change a lot in our home before the baby comes, it will be busy. And I want to enjoy every single moment. Blogging more than three times a week will probably not be possible.. but we’ll see. 

Next to sharing our news on social media, life has been pretty busy. I have been working, and I’ve been browsing through stuff for the baby room etc. It’s such an exciting time and I can’t wait to meet our little one and start reading all those pretty baby books together. 

And how have you guys been? Tell me what’s going on in your life? And what are you guys reading?

Last Week On The Blog:


This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘One Night Charmer’ by Maisey Yates
  • My Favorite.. Movie of 2017
  • Blog Tour ‘A Darker State’ by David Young

New Arrivals:


Bought myself

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My Favorite.. Valentine's Day Experience



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page

Happy Valentine’s Day!! ;)

My husband and I never have been these big valentine’s day celebrators. Most years, we don’t do anything at all accept that I buy him a nice card and write something sweet on it. And every year I tease him with the fact that he almost never does something for me on valentine’s day. It doesn’t bother me at all, since I think it’s much more important that he shows me he loves me throughout the year, but teasing him sure is fun. But in the almost eleven years we’ve been together, he did give me a view valentine gifts. But one definitely stands out.

On valentine’s day in 2014 my husband woke me up with this beautiful gift in his hands. It’s a beautiful piece of art I saw in a shop months before and I just loved it. The collection is called ‘More Than Words..’ and this piece is called: ‘Love Always..’. Isn’t that romantic? It’s one of my most precious possessions. And it still stands proudly in our living room. Every day I see it and I still think it’s so beautiful.

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day Experience?

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review 'Gabriel's Rapture' by Sylvain Reynard (ReRead)


Sometimes, we just have to revisit old friends. And since I was having a little trouble reading new things, I decided to re-read a view of my favorites.

About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13639050-gabriel-s-raptureProfessor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student, Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante's fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever?

In Gabriel's Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel's Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the reader's mind, body, and soul, forever.





The Facts:


Publication Date:
May 22nd, 2012
Series:
Gabriel’s Inferno #2
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
386
Formats:
Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


When I decided I wanted to t re-read some of my favorite books, I knew I needed to re-read the Gabriel’s Inferno series by Sylvain Reynard. I completely fall in love with this series years ago and I was super excited to start reading these books again. It still surprises me that I can forget certain details over the years.  

‘Gabriel’s Rapture’ is the second book in the Gabriel’s Inferno series and it start right where the first book ended. This book is much more dramatic then the first one, I think. The romance between Julianne and Gabriel is more intense and their relationship gets more and more heated. But they both have a past that keeps haunting them. 

I loved ‘Gabriel’s Rapture’ the first time I read it, and I still love it. Time goes by fast in this book, sometimes to fast for me, but other times I wished time would go by faster. But this isn’t a bad thing. No not at all. The moments Julianne and Gabriel are together are just so good to read about, I just never want to stop reading about them. 

What I loved most about ‘Gabriel’s Rapture’, next to the romance parts is the way Julianne seemed to get a little bit more fierce. In the first book she just seemed to take a lot of bad stuff, and in this book she stands up for herself a little more. And I just really loved that.

If you want to read a beautiful romantic story this series is definitely for you. I also kind of feel like I’m a little smarter since I also learned some art stuff in this read. LOL!

My Rating:

About the Author:


NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY AND #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR

I'm interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition - particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I'm also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex's Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House.  
 

For more information about Sylvain Reynard please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Discussion: Getting Out of a Book Slump


As a fanatic reader and book blogger I loved reading book discussions. And since I also love having my own book blog I decided to post a book discussion myself. So join me on my little book discussion journey and let’s have some fun!

Lately I kind of have been having a book/reading slump. Not because I don’t have lots of great books to read but just because I’ve been feeling really tired. Honestly, this is the longest book slump I’ve had in years. As a fanatic reader I’ve been used to reading at least two or three books a week for years. Now, I still read but definitely not as much as used too. And at first I was just feeling really weird about it, and even a little guilty. But now I just feel like I’m having a little break, and it will get better soon. Hopefully..

But how do you get out of a book slump? At first I thought the best way would be to start re-reading one of my favorites. So I did.. But still.. After finishing one book, I just got trouble starting over in a new one again. And not because I don’t want to read.. What also doesn’t help is the fact that it’s so cold I feel like curling up in bed at night.

So what do you do if you’re having a book slump? Do you just accept it? And what do you do with the books you’ve planned to read? I just feel like I’m so behind which makes me feel a little stressed, and that will definitely not help my book slump. I could definitely use some of your thoughts. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

My Favorite.. Website To Shop For Books



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page

To be honest, I am more of the book-shopping-in-an-actual-store kind of girl. I love browsing through the shelves in some of my favorite book stores. I love holding the books and smelling that lovely book smell. But.. Obviously I also buy some books online. When I don’t have a lot of time to go shopping, or when I just can’t wait to read a particular book.

I have two favorite websites to shop for books. One is a Dutch website where I can also buy English books: Bol.com. They have a lot of books, and when I order now I have the book tomorrow. The website is easy to browse through, and most times they have great customer services.  

When I can’t find the book I want on Bol.com I go to Amazon. Although Amazon is definitely not perfect, they seem to have everything. And most times you don’t have to pay that much to get the book to the Netherlands. But my second favorite website to shop for books is definitely the Book Depository. I honestly am a ‘new’ Book Depository shopper but I think it’s a great website. And I love the fact that you don’t have to pay to get your books home. But it can take a while. 

But still.. book shopping in a real bookstore is always the best.

What is your favorite website to shop for books?

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Book Birthday Blitz 'Ashael Rising' by Shona Kinsella


Today I’m excited to participate in the Book Birthday Blitz of ‘Ashael Rising’ by Shona Kinsella. ‘Ashael Rising’ is a High Fantasy novel and the first book in The Vessel of Kaladene series. Check out the awesome Q&A and participate in the Giveaway.


About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34097124-ashael-rising?from_search=true
Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.

The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.

Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.

When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realise that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.



The Facts:


Publication Date:
February 6th, 2017
Series:
The Vessel of Kaladene #1
Genre:
High Fantasy
Pages:
301
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:


Q&A with Shona Kinsella:


Tell us a little more about ‘Ashael Rising’? 

Ashael is a stone-age apprentice medicine woman. She is content to learn how to be a healer and to serve her community. All that changes when the Zanthar return; invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life force from everything around them. Ashael must discover who she really is and find a way to defend her people and her world.  

Where did you get your inspiration for ‘Ashael Rising’? 

The story was inspired by a dream I had about ten years ago. In the dream, I was a warrior fairy, fighting in a magical war and just before I woke up, I was flying over a desolate land, destroyed by the war. That image was the beginning of Ashael Rising. Not much of the dream found its way into the book – there are no fairies for a start – but that image became very important to the story. 

‘Ashael Rising’ is a High Fantasy novel. Did you plan on writing a High Fantasy novel or did it just end up like a High Fantasy without you really realizing it? 

I planned to write some sort of fantasy novel, but the subgenre became apparent as I wrote, and the story seemed to just keep getting bigger and bigger.  

Who is your favorite character in ‘Ashael Rising’? 

I always feel like I should answer this question with Ashael, but the truth is, Bhearra is my favourite character. She’s who I’d like to be when I grow up! 

What is your favorite part of the world you created for ‘Ashael Rising’? 

The cams – the communities that Ashael’s people live in. I love the way that the members of the community support each other, even in disagreement. I love the vote and that every voice is given equal weight. I love how welcoming and accepting of difference these people are. I love the way that everyone works for the good of the group. I honestly wish I could live there. 

Did you always know ‘Ashael Rising’ would be the start of a series? 

No, I fondly thought it would be one book! Ashael Rising is the first book I’ve ever tried to write so I had no way to gauge the size of the story and the number of words I would need to tell it. When I was writing it, I realised just how big it was and that there was no way a debut author would get to publish it as one massive book, so I broke it into three. 

Why should readers read your book? 

This is always the hardest question to answer! It has an unusual setting, a varied and diverse cast with multiple female point of view characters, there’s magic, danger, love, friendship, regret, fantastical creatures, and did I mention magic? 

Asahel is a woman who knows her own worth, who values her friendships and who doesn’t need a man to complete her. And she has magic.

About the Author:


Shona Kinsella is the author of Ashael Rising, (Unbound, 2017) the first in her series, The Vessel of KalaDene. She is also one of the editors of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction publication, Horizons. When she is not writing or wrangling her three children, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.  

For more information about Shona Kinsella please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaway:

This event was organized by Rachel's Random Resources.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Sunday Post #80: Missing Sunshine



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Another week has flown by and the one thing I need to start by saying.. Are you guys as ready for the summer as I am? I mean I’ve just had it with the cold weather, the rain and the storms. I’m in desperate need for some sun. Sigh.. No more complaining from this point. LOL!!

This week was busy but still good. I worked four days. On Wednesday I went to visit my mother in law and we had lunch together. We talked a lot and we just had a good time. I only planned on going two hours at most, but in the end I stayed four hours. I guess we had to do some catching up.

On Friday after work my husband and I went out to dinner. Just the two of us, in a new restaurant in town. It was really nice to just be out together. The food wasn’t spectacular and the waiters were just all over the place but we laughed a lot and just enjoyed each other’s company.  It was a good evening.

And today, Saturday,  my husband and I slept in and had a nice and slow morning. Tonight we are going to my mom’s place for dinner, and my grandma is also coming. We have a big surprise for her. I can’t wait.

Books & Blogging:

I’ve been doing some re-reading of favorites because I just haven’t been able to read as much as I used too. There’s just to much going on. But reading my favorite books again is working out great. I also finished the Sign Up for a Book Promo I’m organizing in April. It was first scheduled in January, but unfortunately we had to reschedule. It’s now up in April and if you want you can sign up too. ;)



Last Week On The Blog:



This Week On The Blog:

  • Book Birthday Blitz ‘Ashael Rising’ by Shona Kinsella
  • My Favorite.. Website To Shop For Books
  • Discussion Post: Getting Out of a Book Slump

New Arrivals:


Received from Bonnier Zaffre

Received from the Little, Brown Book Group

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Maureen's Little Corner of the World: Living With Perfectionism


Do you ever have these thoughts in your head that you just really want to write away? As a wife, reader, book blogger, nurse and woman I have many thoughts going through my head that I just want to put out there sometimes. Some fit a genre, some don’t.. and sometimes they are just crazy ramblings in my head that need to come out. In Maureen’s Little Corner of the World I’ll be sharing some of these ramblings, ideas, opinions, views and adventures.

Living With Perfectionism

Those who know me, definitely know that I’m a perfectionist. I don’t do things half, I do things the best way possible. Even if that means that I set my goals to high and sometimes lose myself a little in the process. Working hard is something that I like to do and that I’m used to. Although being a perfectionist can be nice, it also definitely can be hard. 

And lately I’ve been trying to do things  a little less perfect because I was making myself crazy. Being a perfectionist made me want to do everything in my life perfect. I accepted mistakes from everyone, but not from myself. I was not allowed to make mistakes. On the outside I probably wouldn’t admit it, but when I did something wrong I kind of punished myself. I told myself I was not good enough. I just hadn’t worked hard enough. I didn’t do everything I could. And a view months back I just realized I was kind of crazy thinking like that. I didn’t like my job as much, I thought my blog wasn’t good enough and I felt like I wasn’t a good wife because I wasn’t able to do everything in the house. And things just had to change. 

And slowly on, I’m changing things. I work as a nurse 36 hours a week, and when I’m at home.. I am at home. I don’t check work mail and I don’t read student assignments. I am a book blogger and try to make a view posts every week, but if I’m too tired, just one or two posts in a week is good enough. I am a wife, but I don’t have to do everything at home before my husband comes home, because he knows and understands that I work a lot too and maybe we can do some house stuff together.  

I’m trying to change but it’s not always so easy. For example last week, I was just so tired I couldn’t make myself making posts for my blog. So I didn’t do it. But I still felt kind of bad, and like I wasn’t working hard enough. But the big change is that now, I’m telling myself that I’m allowed to not be perfect all the time. I’m just one person and nobody is perfect. And most importantly.. I don’t have to be perfect.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Review 'Gabriel's Inferno' by Sylvain Reynard (ReRead)


Sometimes, we just have to revisit old friends. And since I was having a little trouble reading new things, I decided to re-read a view of my favorites.

About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10140661-gabriel-s-infernoEnigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, "Gabriel's Inferno" is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man's escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible...forgiveness and love.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
April 4th, 2011
Series:
Gabriel’s Inferno #1
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
506
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audiobook
Available at:

My Review:


I first read ‘Gabriel’s Inferno’ in 2012 and completely fell in love with this series. But this series has three books, and although I own all three I’ve only read the first two books. Why? I have no idea! And since I was having a little book slump I decided I needed to re-read one of my favorite books and finish the last book in this series, finally. And let me tell you.. Even for the third time this book is amazing. 

In ‘Gabriel’s Inferno’ we meet Julia Mitchell and Gabriel Emerson. Julia is a determined, but shy graduate student who didn’t have an easy life. Gabriel is a professor who is sure his life is not meant to be good. Gabriel works hard as a Dante specialist, and tries to live his life as alone as possible. But when Gabriel meets Julia everything changes. The grumpy professor finds himself intrigued with the young and innocent Julia.  

‘Gabriel’s Inferno’ is definitely one of my favorite books. This book is one of the most romantic stories I have ever read. And every time I read this book, I still feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I love the way Gabriel and Julia meet, and slowly get closer and closer. Gabriel is this grumpy professor and Julia is still kind of na├»ve. But the combination of these characters is just amazing. I love them. 

Gabriel is grumpy and has this reputation of being a jerk and bad guy. But Julia makes him want to change, and we really get to see another side of him. The fact that Gabriel is a college professor and Julia is his student definitely is a problem for their growing relationship. But it also made for some fun scenes. 

What I also love about ‘Gabriel’s Inferno’ is all the Dante and Beatrice parts. It definitely makes me want to find out more about Dante Alighieri. Dante is an Italian Medieval poet, moral philosopher, political thinker, and author of the poetic trilogy, The Divine Comedy and reading about them just makes me fascinated.  

And another important fact: this book isn’t filled with sex scenes, which you might expect when you see the cover. Not at all! There’s just one sex scene and it’s near the end of the book and it’s just perfect. Nothing strange or funky. Trust me, if you love romance stories this book is amazing. And even after reading this book for the third time now I still couldn’t stop reading.  

I’m definitely going to read the second book now too. And if you haven’t read this book yet, you should definitely start now! ;)

My Rating:



About the Author:


NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY AND #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR

I'm interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition - particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I'm also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex's Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. 
 

For more information about Sylvain Reynard please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest
 
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