Romancing the Weekend: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Romancing the Weekend: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

SILENCE FALLEN

by Patricia Briggs

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March, 2017

Title: Silence Fallen 
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #10
Pages: 352 pages
Publisher:
Release Date: March 7, 2017
ISBN-10: 0425281272

Blurb:  In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone…

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…

PJV Quickie:

Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series has been a favorite of mine for several years, and by book 10 (10!!!) these characters are like old friends.  I love paranormal stories, and Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thomson series is one of the best.  She had my attention at the first line:

“I died first, so I made cookies.”

 

Review:

As always, when I really enjoy a book, my thoughts are all over the place, so please forgive me if I jump around 🙂 I’m not going to recap the story as the blurb is easily readable on the left sidebar.

Let me start by saying that Silence Fallen was just what the doctor ordered.  I’m still stuck in a months-long reading slump, but, luckily, to come back into Mercy’s world is always a pleasure.  Mercy is, in a way, a “self-rescuing princess”, and she is a fabulous character. I know, I know, “princess” isn’t usually a word you’d associate with Mercy Thompson, but, her relationship to Bran kind of allows the title to fit, however loosely.  And in Silence Fallen, “self-rescuing” is spot on:  from the moment she is taken, Mercy uses her smarts and strengths to escape, over and over again.

One of the great things about having a long-running series is that, if the author is good (and Patricia Briggs definitely is), you’ll get characters who are really fleshed out and dynamic, even if they’re not the hero/heroine.  It was an unexpected treat to get to know more about the witch Elizavetta, and I also enjoyed getting to meet the European vampires and werewolves and to learn more about the way they operate.

There are a lot of politics playing out in Silence Fallen, and while he’s stuck dealing with his European “hosts”, Adam’s annoyance is tangible, and his devotion to Mercy is evident in every line of his anger and frustration. Something unusual this time around is that Ms. Briggs gives us both Mercy and Adam’s point of view.  Also, the story is not told in a linear style, there is some time overlap between tellings that make the reader go “Oh – so that’s why that happened!” It’s important to read the notes at the beginning of each chapter, as they help the reader to be aware of what’s going on in the chapter and what to watch for.

In Silence Fallen an unlikely source helps Mercy realize who she is as a coyote and I think that in the future we may learn more about her resistance to vampire suggestion – a lot more.  I’m wondering how Stephan is going to feel about that?

So, a lot going on in a short period of time…We briefly step away from the Adam/Mercy relationship dynamic and gain some interesting knowledge about the supes in Mercy’s world, and I loved it.

I promised, he told me. I promised not to tug on the leash.  I promised.  Don’t hurt yourself so. I keep my promises, Mercy.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercy Thompson #10
on March 7, 2017
ISBN: 0425281272
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Also in this series: Fire Touched
Also by this author: Dead Heat, Fire Touched
4 Stars



This adult paranormal novel with romantic elements might be a good choice if you’ve read and loved the following books:

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NOLA StoryCon Recap

NOLA StoryCon Recap

If any of you follow my twitter, or Rachel’s, or Sabrina’s, you know how we spent last weekend: Here in New Orleans at NOLA StoryCon, with about 30 authors and 300+ fellow book lovers!

You guys, it was fabulous!!! I mean, look at this author lineup:

NOLA Storycon was hosted by Ilona Andrews, Jennifer Armentrout, Kelley Armstrong, Jeaniene Frost, and Melissa Marr, and they brought along a few friends: Lara Adrian, Jeanette Battista, Jenna Black, Kresley Cole, Zoraida Cordova, Cora Carmack, Jay Crownover, Kimberly Derting, Sonali Dev, Kami Garcia, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Wendy Higgins, Beverly Jenkins, Sophie Jordan, Katie McGarry, Chloe Neill, Jana Oliver, Pamela Palmer, Aprilynne Pike, Kristen Proby, Gena Showalter, Rachel Vincent, Sarah Wendell, and Samantha Young. Charlaine Harris was a special guest author, as well as two agents: Nancy Yost and Merrilee Heifetz.

Instead of a recap, I’m going to do a “High Five, Low Five”:

HIGH FIVE

So many things were awesome, it was hard to pick just five!

So many authors all in one place! Between Melissa Marr’s heartfelt discussion about people who wrote to her to thank her for writing about her personal life, to Sonali Dev’s hysterically funny discussion about editing, to Charlaine Harris talking about embarrassing fan moments, the questions were good and the authors appeared to be having as much fun as the fans.

The Brunch – All three of us attended the Sunday Brunch, which was surprisingly laid back and casual. Each author had a table and after brunch guests were encouraged to go from table to table talking to the authors, getting autographs and taking photos.

You guys!! It's Charlaine Harris!! #nolastorycon #shesamazing

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I love #sophiejordan books! It was wonderful to meet her at #nolastorycon #fangirling

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Meeting up with other bloggers – it’s always fun to see people you chat with online!

Tours – we didn’t go on any tours but everyone we talked to said they had a great time.  At one point, the conference hosts announced that they had heard people were too intimidated to speak with the authors on the tour, and were very encouraging that the fans should chat with the authors on the tours 🙂

The Volunteers – they deserve a round of applause. Our own Sabrina, The Geeky Junkee, was a volunteer and I can tell you she worked very hard. There was a lot to coordinate and with this being the first NOLA Storycon, there were a *few* growing pains but the volunteers worked to keep things running smoothly.

LOW FIVE

aka Growing Pains or First Year Glitches...

The hotel. The Wyndham Garden Baronne was clean and nice, but it didn’t have a restaurant or bar, which means you had to leave for any meals or refreshments. We got around that by bringing in wine and making our own party in the lobby, but one complaint we heard often was the lack of restaurant/bar. Also, it was hot downstairs in the con rooms. I know they were full of warm bodies but it just felt unusually warm.  Next year it’s at the JW Marriot and I can tell you for the brunch it was very comfortable temperature-wise.  Also, they have a restaurant/bar so it sounds like they’re already on top of this complaint!

The games at The Big Easy dinner – they played Truth or Dare, Marry/Date/Kill, and Romance Cards Against Humanity – all of which are fun but the room was just too big and some people wanted to chat while others wanted to play and it didn’t mix well.  I hope next year they do it at individual tables instead of the whole room.

The Big Signing. The room wasn’t big enough for all attendees to go in and they ended up letting a huge group in and then making the rest of the entrants wait 45 minutes before letting in 10 more people. Attendees were frustrated because the tickets promised to let StoryCon attendees in an hour before the general public. I think it worked out in the end but at the time the people in line didn’t know what was going on and were worried they’d run out of books or time. Also, they needed signage at the author’s tables because it was hard to find the authors – they were sitting down and all had lines of people standing in front of them.  They were not in alphabetical order, so it was a little confusing.

Hahaha, I don’t have a #4 or 5! We had too much fun!

(Here, have more pictures!)

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#curran #latergram at Ilona Andrews #magicbinds release party.

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The weekend went by quickly and before I knew it, it was all over. I am super excited they’ve announced they will do another NOLA StoryCon next year on September 15-17, 2017 at the J.W. Marriott and it’s going to be bigger and better! Tickets will be going on sale soon, and I can tell you the tickets for 2016 went FAST (as in, less than 24 hours fast). Will we see you there next year?

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews #Review

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews #Review

PJV QUICKIE:

There is a reason Ilona Andrews has a loyal following – this husband-and-wife team consistently writes action-packed books that hold the reader’s attention until the very end. Twisting plot lines and detailed action scenes keep us on the edge of our seat right up to the last line. This is the ninth book in the series and it hasn’t gotten old; the story is still lively and exciting enough to re-read.

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It’s finally happening! The event fans have been waiting for – Kate and Curran are getting married! Of course, it wouldn’t be a Kate Daniels book if there were no problems along the way…

Saiman has been kidnapped by Kate’s father, but she can’t go save him without starting a war. A Witch Oracle has predicted Curran will die in battle with her father if she marries him, but if she doesn’t go to war, their future child will die a horrible death at her father’s hands. Kate is going to need help with this one, but getting that help might kill her first.

As the wedding date draws closer and her quest seems to grow more hopeless, Kate must draw on her inner strength, her friends, and luck to triumph over her fate (and herself) in order to protect those she cares about and save her city.

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So.

This book.

We knew it was coming – the wedding, the showdown with her father, and Kate getting comfortable in her own skin. It’s almost ironic that a book about Kate binding herself to Curran in matrimony is also a book about Kate discovering herself – both where she comes from and what she wants to be. But, it’s also her love for Curran that helps her stay true to herself. Magic Binds is not only about Kate binding herself to Curran, but also about Kate binding the things she cares about to herself: Curran, her friends (and…other things), and her city.

The highlights:

  • We get answers so many questions about Kate’s family history and how Roland came to be what/where he is today. Kate may have all other fictional characters beat when it comes to Daddy Issues – Roland’s bent on bringing Kate into the family business…or destroying her. But at the same time his behavior as the father of a bride is surprisingly funny.
  • We learn Christopher’s past and it’s a doozy!
  • Julie is coming into her own and is becoming so much more than just “Kate’s kid”. Her character is becoming more complex and I think there’s going to be a lot of action coming her way.
  • Ghastek and The People are making some big changes. ‘Nuff said.
  • The Pack suffers losses and friendships are damaged. This one hurt.

Magic Binds was the perfect title for this book – from being bound to your past, to being bound to those you love, to being bound by your word, the theme of binding ran through the entire story. There were a lot of dark threads in Magic Binds, but there was a lot of humor too – Roman’s comic relief and Kate’s snark kept things from getting too heavy and provided quite a few laughs.

I will end with this – if you’re one of those people who like to skip to the last line of the book before you’re finished, don’t. Just…don’t.

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Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews #Review

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Series: Kate Daniels #9
Published by ACE on September 20, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Provided by Publicist
Also by this author: Steel's Edge, Burn for Me, Magic Breaks
5 Stars



Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

Guest Post and Giveaway with Roni Loren

Guest Post and Giveaway with Roni Loren

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Hey all! Please join me in welcoming Roni Loren to Parajunkee’s View!  Roni has a new book coming out in her Loving on the Edge series on September 13, so I asked her to join us for a Guest Post – most of you know Rachel and I are from New Orleans, but did you know Roni Loren is from New Orleans too?

 

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Where Home Is by Roni Loren

One of the themes of Loving You Easy is finding home. Not just a physical place, though for one of the heroes, Hayes, it’s a literal coming home because he’s been in prison for years, but also in the figurative sense of finding the place where you feel most comfortable. That place where you can be one-hundred percent in your own skin with people who get you.

So that got me to thinking about what that is for me. I live in Texas with my husband and son. That’s my literal and figurative home. But I also have my hometown where my parents and extended family are, and I’ve found that when I want to recharge that’s where I crave to be. My hometown: New Orleans. And since Parajunkee is NOLA-based, I thought it’d be fun to list my favorite things about going home to Louisiana.

  1. The food – I mean, obviously this has to be number one, right? Texas has its own food culture, but man, do I miss good seafood. So when I go home, I have my list of foods I must eat. A great shrimp poboy (the best is from a gas station, yes, a gas station – Danny and Clyde’s), beignets (Café Du Monde preferably), seafood pizza (Sicily’s pizza buffet), a good seafood gumbo, a muffaletta (not seafood but to die for), and boiled crabs if I can get ‘em. And if it’s summer I need a snowball—not a snowcone.  Snowcones wish they could be as awesome and juicy as a New Orleans snowball. There’s more, but those are my must haves.
  2. Hearing the accent – In movies, New Orleans is often portrayed with a southern accent. Not true. New Orleans sounds like the south and New York or Boston had a love child. “Dawlin” instead of “darling.” You “axe” a question not “ask.” I’ve mostly lost the accent since I’ve lived away for over a decade now, but it still sounds like home to me. (And I love hearing my kidlet try to coach my mom on how to say things. “Lola (what he calls her), it’s Bur-GER not Bur-Guh.”
  3. The people – I know I’m biased but South Louisiana has the nicest people. Strangers call you baby. You go in a restaurant and they talk to you like you’re family. When things go bad like with the recent flooding, people don’t hesitate to mobilize and jump in to help. Within hours of the flooding, people were taking their boats out to help the rescue efforts or inviting people to stay at their homes or bringing people food and clothes. It’s what they do. And I’m proud to be from there.

I could go on, but those are the ones that come to mind. I guess next on my list is setting a book there. I wrote one story I based there, but I haven’t jumped full in yet with a series set in Louisiana. I think I’m worried if I set something there, I’ll always be hungry when I’m writing, lol. But we’ll see.

So what does home mean for you? What are your hometown must haves or favorite foods?

*Patti here – she’s so right about the gas station po-boys! Danny & Clydes makes the best shrimp po-boys.  And my favorite chicken tenders come from a different gas station (Brother’s).  Is that weird?

How about an excerpt?

She shifted backward, bumping into her car. “Please don’t do that.”
He brows dipped. “Don’t what?”
“Try to make me feel better. Give me a boost or whatever. Because, seriously, I don’t need your pity.”
He laughed. This sharp bark of a thing that echoed through the empty parking lot. “Pity? Are you kidding?”
Her teeth clamped together, anger rising. “You—”
But he moved so fast it made the rest snag in her throat. Both of his hands landed on the car behind her, caging her in and bringing his face close to hers.
“Ready for completely and wholeheartedly inappropriate?”
He wasn’t touching her anywhere but he may as well have pressed his entire body against her for the way her blood went hot. She couldn’t speak. Couldn’t move. All she could see were those dark eyes and inhale the scent of him, spicy food and man.
“I reeled myself in tonight. I asked you to dinner for selfish reasons. But once we were there and got to talking, I had a crisis of conscience. You’re working with me. You’ve been through hell this week. You didn’t need me complicating that. I forced myself to play by the rules. I made myself be good.” He leaned close to her ear, his breath coasting along her neck. “But don’t think for one second that I didn’t want to talk you into my bed tonight, that I didn’t want to show you that side of myself you saw in the hallway, and that I haven’t been thinking exactly how good it would feel to have you beneath me.”
All ability to breathe ceased inside her, her body going still as stone and melty as lava.
“So you can accuse me of a lot of things, Cora. Crossing lines. Being selfish. Acting inappropriately. Because I’m doing all of those things right now. But one thing you can’t accuse me of is pity.” He pushed off the car, freeing her from the invisible hold, and took a step back. “I’ll see you on Monday. And if you
decide not to show up anymore because of this, I’ll make sure you’re paid through the next two weeks.”
He turned and strode toward his car, leaving her standing there trembling and breathing hard and… way too turned on.
She wet her lips, a surge of bravery welling in her. “You never told me your breaking-the-law story.”
The words rang through the distance between them, and she thought he might keep walking, but he stopped and turned around. “We’ll need to schedule a seven-course meal to get through all of that.”
“That long of a list, huh?”
His mouth kicked up at the corner. All bad boy and charm. “Yep, you game?”
She swallowed past the dryness in her throat, knowing what he was asking was about way more than a dinner. She was so damn far off the reservation. “I might be…”
His gaze heated, slid over her with open appreciation. “It’s a date, then. Goodnight, hallway girl.”

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Loving You Easy by Roni Loren

Published by Berkley on September 6, 2016



Three lovers really click in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Call on Me—

Cora has an amazing sex life. She’s beautiful, daring, and the most popular submissive in Hayven. Too bad none of it’s real…

IT specialist Cora Benning has figured out the key to her formerly disastrous love life—make it virtual. In the online world of Hayven, she’s free of her geek girl image and can indulge her most private fantasies with a sexy, mysterious master without anyone in her life discovering her secrets. Until her information is hacked and she finds herself working to fix the breach under two very powerful men—one who seems all too familiar…

Best friends and business partners Ren Muroya and Hayes Fox were once revered dominants. Then Hayes was wrongfully sent to prison and everything changed. Ren wants to get back to who they were. Hayes can’t risk it. But when they discover the new IT specialist is their online fascination, and that she’s never felt a dominant’s touch, the temptation to turn virtual into reality becomes all too great…

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Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.
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The One Real Thing Release Day Excerpt and Giveaway!

The One Real Thing Release Day Excerpt and Giveaway!

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You guys, I know it’s not the weekend but I’m excited about The One Real Thing by Samantha Young!  I love her On Dublin Street series and this is a brand new series – Hart’s Boardwalk.  Read on for a glimpse at what’s in store for you when you pick up your own copy of THE ONE REAL THING today!

 

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THE ONE REAL THING by Samantha Young
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“You’re not walking back to the inn alone at night, Doc. We’ve been over that.” He grinned as she flushed at the reminder of their make-out session on the beach.
She huffed. “I’m perfectly capable of doing so.”
“Not arguing about it.”
“What happened to the enlightened gentleman who let me pay for dinner the other day?”
“Splitting the cost of a date is different from seeing to your safety.”
“Date?” Bailey’s ears perked up.
“Fine, you can walk me home,” Jessica said abruptly, cutting off Bailey’s curiosity. “’Bye, all!” She hurried out of the house.
Cooper was met by four amused stares. He smiled back at them and Bailey looked ready to burst with delight. She thought they were a tag team.
They weren’t.
Cooper still wanted the doc to make up her own mind.
Didn’t mean teasing her wasn’t fun as hell.
He hurried to catch up with her outside. “Hold your horses, Doc.”
She turned to wait for him. The sadness he caught on her face kicked the amusement right out of him.
They walked together toward the inn in silence until Cooper couldn’t take it anymore. It needed to be talked about. “You happy back in Wilmington, Doc?”
He felt her tense beside him. She suddenly threw her hands up in seeming frustration. “I don’t know, okay? I don’t know. But I do know that my life is back in Wilmington, Cooper. My job is there. And I’m good at my job. Those women need someone like me. I made a commitment to my job that I can’t just break.”
“And what about you?” he argued. “What about what you need?”
Her only answer was this pained expression he didn’t quite understand.
It was full of so much hurt he decided to drop it.
Silence fell between them, but the usual camaraderie he enjoyed so much between them was gone. As the moments passed, he was aware of everything about her. The heat of her body close to his, the quick rise and fall of her chest that told him she was just as affected by his closeness, the little tremble in her full bottom lip he didn’t think she was even aware of.
The previous night, he’d dreamed about her.
She was in his bar like the day they’d met. No one else around but them.
He’d fucked her on top of one of the tables.
Fast. Furious.
So hot.
Cooper had woken up only to jump into the shower. He’d closed his eyes and remembered the dream as he took care of himself.
It was empty, so fucking empty, in comparison to what reality could be.
His dick tightened in his jeans thinking about it, his gaze shooting to Jessica’s mouth. It was time to remind her what was possible between them.
Cooper grabbed her wrist and pushed her up against the side of Dahlia’s gift shop. The alley between it and George’s place was dark and silent except for their heavy breathing. He pinned her in, his hands braced on the wall at either side of her head.
Jessica stared up at him with those big, dark eyes. “Coop—”
He cut off her coming question with his mouth just like last time.
She tasted of the mint ice cream they’d had for dessert and something else. Something all Jess.
She whimpered against his kiss a second before he felt her tongue touch his and that was it.
He was lost.
His kiss turned hungry as a feeling of desperation came over him and he pressed his body down the length of hers. The lush feel of her mouth mingled with the weight of her breasts pressed to him was enough on its own to fire him up, but when she wrapped her arms around his neck and tightened her fingers in his hair to draw him closer, he was done for.
He gripped her ass in his hand, urging her closer, his dick straining against her belly. His hand slid down to the back of her thigh and he hiked one of her legs up against his hip so he could be where he needed to be, fitting snugly between her thighs.
Fuck, he wished she were wearing a skirt.
“Cooper.” She breathed out his name, breaking the kiss. Her head fell back and her eyes fluttered with the sensation of him rubbing against her, mimicking sex. Her cheeks were flushed as she moaned and dug her hands into his shoulders to hold on. She flexed her hips against his and he felt his nerve endings catch fire.
He needed to be inside her.
The soft skin of her throat called to him and, as she gyrated against him, he tasted her, pressing kisses down her neck and across her collarbones. He moved his other hand down her back as his mouth reached the rise of her breasts. He brushed his thumb over the thin shirt and bra that hid them from him and groaned as her nipple visibly pebbled through the material.
If they didn’t stop soon he was going to take her right there.
“Fuck.” He pulled away from her abruptly and she stumbled back against the wall, looking as dazed as he felt.
All he’d wanted was a taste of her.
`Now he knew for certain that just a taste would never be enough with this woman. “Tell me,” he said, a little breathless, “tell me you’ve got this back in Wilmington, Doc.”
He watched the muscle in her jaw twitch as she clenched her teeth.
She couldn’t tell him.
He knew that. Because what they had between them didn’t come around very often.
“Doc?” he persisted, and he learned in that moment that Jessica Huntington was not only smart and sassy but stubborn as hell.
“I can’t do this”—she gestured between them—“not with you.”
And she walked away.
Gutting him.
He was just asking her to think about making room in her life for him. The fact that she wouldn’t even contemplate it for a second, when his blood was on fire with need for her and his mind was on her most hours of the day, was like a gaping wound.
Strangely, the pain fired his determination. Jessica Huntington was lying to herself. Cooper didn’t know why, but he was going to find out.
By then the doc would be in his bed.
Right where they both knew she belonged.

 

 

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The One Real Thing by Samantha Young

Published by Berkley on September 6, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance
Also by this author: Fall From India Place, Echoes of Scotland Street



Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts… 

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her.

Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for…

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Samantha Young is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series, including Moonlight on Nightingale Way, Echoes of Scotland Street, and Fall from India Place, as well as the standalone novel Hero. She resides in Scotland.

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Review and Giveaway Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

Review and Giveaway Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

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Roman Crazy is going on my Top 10 list of favorite books this year. Relatable characters, funny dialogue, and descriptive writing made this a five-star read. As soon as I finished the last page I wanted to start reading it again.

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Avery Bardot was going through the motions in her staid, predictable life, when she caught her husband cheating on her. Deciding things were not going to change unless she makes the changes herself, a spur-of-the-moment decision to join her friend Daisy in Rome should be just what she needs to pick herself up and get on with her life.  What she doesn’t expect is to run into Marcello Bianchi, the “semester abroad” fling that she never forgot.

Now, as she takes time to discover the beautiful city of Rome, she rediscovers herself and her love of art. And maybe, she re-discovers how wonderful love can be.

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This is a wonderful second-chance romance but it’s so much more than that. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Roman Crazy – I really, really enjoyed being “in” this book.  And that’s part of what made it so wonderful, I really felt like I was there, with Avery, walking the cobbled streets of Rome, I could almost taste the food and smell the delicious scents.  I’ve never been to Italy, so I can’t say if they got everything right, but the descriptions were full and rich and it took no effort on my part to imagine the scenes.  Roman Crazy gave me an acute case of wanderlust.

A lot of times I like a book because of the hunky hero or love interest.  Marcello was a good character, but he wasn’t my focus – it was Avery I was cheering for.  I love Avery – she’s real, not perfect. She took the easy way out when she was younger and if she hadn’t caught her husband cheating may have just kept on being alive, but not living. She jumped on this second chance and I was genuinely cheering on this fictional character.  She made a few missteps along the way but grew into a strong character  who knows what she wants and goes for it.  (Also, I seriously want to hug the authors for the choice she makes near the end).

Throughout, Roman Crazy has humor, introspection, passion (both physical and food-related), and holds a steady pace from start to finish.  I had a “book high” for days after reading Roman Crazy and I’m looking forward to reading more books by this author duo.

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Review and Giveaway Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton, Nina Bocci

Published by Gallery Books Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: Wallbanger, Rusty Nailed, Nuts
5 Stars



Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

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ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop). She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her. Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

 

 

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NINA BOCCI is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.

 

 

 

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