Review: Swan Song by Charlotte Wilson

Swan Song
by Charlotte Wilson

LOVE AND LONGING IN THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF LONDON

When iconic ballerina Beatrice Duvall died, a nation mourned – and a legacy was born. Sixteen years later, her daughter Ava comes to London to take part in a high-profile tribute to Beatrice, and to learn about the mother she never knew.

There’s just one snag: the tribute is a ballet, Swan Lake. Which is infinitely painful for Ava, because she can’t dance. Won’t dance. Not since she quit the Royal Ballet School last year and walked away from everything that defined her.

But this is London, colourful and crazy, and with actor Seb at her side, there’s so much to discover. Like Theatreland razzmatazz and rooftop picnics and flamingo parties. And a whole load of truths Ava never knew about her mother – and herself.

When the time comes to take the stage, will Ava step out of the shadow cast by her mother’s pedestal? And who will be waiting for her there, in the bright lights?

A coming-of-age novel about family and first love, in the city of hopes and dreams.

 

Ava had come back to London, to get reacquainted not only with the city, but with the memories of her past, her mother’s past. Beatrice Duvall was a renowned ballerina admired by a whole nation, until the day she died. Now Ava Hadley was to honor her mom’s legacy  through a tribute, the Swan Lake. But Ava couldn’t take part in the ballet, not now, not anymore… because Ava could no longer dance.. she couldn’t.. she wouldn’t.

Swan Song is a coming of age story of love, denial, acceptance, longing, family and self-forgiveness. It’s a beautiful story that will tug at your heartstrings. I love how Ava was portrayed – young, yearning, eager and at the same time, anxious and intuitive. She’d been living in her mother’s shadow, a mother she never met nor grew up with. She craved for that beatific affiliation for her mother, but as her journey unfolded, more questions remain unanswered while her feelings for a boy slowly unraveled.

Sebastian Wright, aka Seb, was a delightful character and a great friend. I love how he came into Ava’s life and took her world in quite a spin. His family was a little too eccentric for my taste (Thisbe is confusing but certainly a dear) but he did make the story more meaningful and engaging.

The ending was beautiful and heartwarming. I sighed like a teen who had seen her crush pass by. Seb and Ava made me smile and sigh like that. And I loved it. Charlotte Wilson had me sighing and grinning like a lovestruck teen!

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Release Blitz: Chaos and Control by Season Vining

Chaos and Control, an all-new standalone from Season Vining is LIVE!

Title: Chaos and Control

Author: Season Vining

Release Date: December 11th

When Wren Hart returns to her sleepy little Midwest town after years on the road, she finds the last thing she’d ever expect—a reason to stay. And that reason has a hard body, a knowledge of vinyl, and a crooked smile that sends her reeling.

Preston is a gorgeous, mysterious man, whose life is ruled by routine and order. Yet somehow, he finds Wren and her wild ways captivating. While their relationship grows in a delicate dance of chaos and control, the danger Wren thought she’d left behind during her travels is inching ever closer…and just may destroy them both.

 

 

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ABOUT SEASON VINING

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Hi. My name is Season Vining. I have written poetry as long as I can remember. There are hand-written odes to flowers, mermaids and New Kids on the Block tucked away somewhere in my mother’s house. Later, things grew darker. Lines of teenage angst, the cruelties of high school and woes of unrequited love fill random pages of school notebooks. With maturity came a longer attention span and a desire to pen short stories. Eventually, I was inspired to write my first manuscript by reading other stories. I found myself wishing for this storyline or that character and one day asked myself, “Why don’t you write it?”

I love a bit of adventure and danger mixed in with my romance and you’ll find that in each story I tell. I love to hear from fans, so feel free to reach out to me on social media or through my website. Thanks for being awesome!

In the simplest terms, I am a designer, an author, a philanthropist, a bookworm, a cook, inked, a night owl, and always a student.

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Review: Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson

Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori #1)
by Ben Alderson

Romance. Magic. Lies.

For fans of elves, shapeshifters and elemental control.

Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.

Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn’t know what he is.

Zacriah joins forces with new friends and they soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between the three Elven continents. With war looming on the horizon, Zacriah must learn to use his latent power to fight and protect those he loves before they are destroyed.

This was astonishingly beautiful!!

Zacriah Trovirn has got a lot in his hands: a kingdom reigned by an elfin King who’s got skeletons hiding in his closet. a prince in love with a Niraen shifter, only he isn’t really a shifter at all. A friend turns into a foe and a best-friend in the shape of a moth. Zac doesn’t know anymore who to trust; even his magick plays tricks on him. When bloodshed rules the land, he must find a way to protect the ones he love and unleash his powers before he gets killed.

It’s been almost two months since I last read a fantasy/paranormal story, so you can imagine my craving for a new fantasy read this time. When I finally got my hands on Cloaked in Shadow, I screamed alongside Ben of Tomes and knew that it would be a blast. And I was not disappointed!

Now, where do I begin? Hmm.. The cover… OMG, that book cover! It’s so freakin’ beautiful! Fell in love with elfin Zacriah right away. With his purple bow and arrow and his enigmatic pose, the cover definitely captivated me.

Now on with the story. I love love love Zacriah and his pure heart. It’s my first time to read a gay love story in a Fantasty genre and it’s s big win for me. I love how the elven commmunity readily accepted Zac and Petrer and Hardian’s sexuality. Like it’s the most natural thing in the world and there was no prejudice and judgment at all. I love that! At first I liked Petrer the raven shifter, but when I finally got to meet the enigmatic Prince Hadrian, I am floored. Hadrian is indeed swoonworthy and dashing! The romance was palpable but mild, tender and sweet!

“They say that fire is nothing without the air that fuels it. You are my air, without you I would just stop. I need you, I want you and I will get better and be there for you.”

Learning about the shifters, (my first time to read about a moth and a spider shifter – so cool!!), elven kingdoms, the Elementals, the magick, the Dragori – it was all enthralling and captivating. I am in love with how their worlds collide. I love how there was never a dull moment in the book. I’d love to say a lot more, but I don’t want to spoil all the fun. But if you’re in for something high fantasy and magical and adventurous, then this book comes highly recommended for you!! Thumbs up and kisses for you, Ben!

Can’t wait for Book 2!!!

 

 

Behind the Bars by Brittainy Cherry is LIVE!!!

It’s finally here! BEHIND THE BARS is LIVE! FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED!

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Behind the Bars | Author Brittainy C. Cherry
Genre | Contemporary Romance
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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.
Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.
Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.
Caged.
Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.
When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, I became her darkest storm.

 

 

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New Release!! Over Us, Over You by Whitney G.

Over Us, Over You

by Whitney G.
Publication Date: December 7, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

Subject: Delete this message after you read it…

Dear Hayley,

I’m assuming you’re still hungover, so I’ll make this brief.

Last night, you slipped under my sheets (without my permission), and we almost had sex. I got the hell out of the bed once I realized it was you, and I took you home.

That’s the story.

The end.

Period.

Just in case you’ve forgotten, you’re my best friend’s little sister. We will never be anything more. (We can’t be anything more.) Our previous friendship is still unresolved–or “over” in your terms, so I’d prefer if we worked on becoming ‘just friends’ again since you’re in town.

Nonetheless, I’m not a man who leaves questions unanswered–even the drunken ones, so to properly close our inappropriate conversation:

1) Yes, I liked the way your lips felt against mine when you were on top of me.
2) Yes, I do “prefer” rough sex, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t rough with you.
3) No, I had no idea you were still a virgin…

This message never happened,
Corey

About Whitney G.

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.

When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)

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Review: Christmas in Kilts (A Highland Fairy Tale)

Christmas in Kilts (A Highland Fairy Tale)
by Bronwen Evans, Terri Brisbin, Lecia Cornwall, Lavinia Kent, May McGoldrick

Tis the season to fall in love! These five bestselling authors bring you great tiding of highlanders and romances this holiday season!

A HIGHLANDER’S HOPE by Terri Brisbin
A village harlot who would never dream she could have a different life meets a Highlander visitor for the holidays who brings with him an offer and hope!

LEFTOVER MISTLETOE by Lavinia Kent
What happens when a highlander finds himself stranded, maybe kidnapped, with an English lady around Christmas… maybe the mistletoe will help answer that question.

A SCOT FOR CHRISTMAS by Bronwen Evans
She’s ready to embrace her life and future as a spinster, he’s trying to have one last hurrah before he gives into his family’s wishes and proposes marriage to his neighbor, but fate has other ideas when the lady and the Scot meet at a holiday house party in the wilds of Scotland.

SWEET HOME HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS by May McGoldrick
A chance encounter between a ship’s captain and a desperate aunt trying to keep custody of her young niece leads to a little magic during the holidays.

A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS WAGER by Lecia Cornwall
When a snowstorm forces a charming lass hiding a broken heart to take shelter in a castle with three fine Highland lairds just days before Christmas, there’s a game afoot—who will be the first to win a kiss and maybe her heart.

Five hot and steamy stories, five highly intoxicatingly sexy reads, all the romantic feels in one festive anthology. Yes, that’s how I would describe this exciting set of romances from five equally talented authors.

I enjoyed each story in the book, and was surprised to learn more about highlanders and Scots and their traditions in the past centuries. I admit I don’t read much highlander stories nor watched a series, but this anthology helped me a lot in learning about thy ways and whatnots.

In a Highlander’s Hope, I liked Iain McKillop and his determination to win the woman he loved even though she wasn’t the entitled lady that his family seeketh of. Robena was quite headstrong about her “personal services” and had even rejected Iain’s claim on her, but in the end, I loved how fate worked in their favor.

The second story, A Highlander Christmas Wager was fun to read. Getting stranded in the snowstorm with the one she hated the most, Maggie MacLeod resisted Magnus MacVane’s charms and irresistible looks. A kissing wager might just be what Magnus needed to get the breathtakingly beautiful woman he had always wanted. Maggie and MacVane’s story resonated with me and had me grinning all through the journey.

A Scot for Christmas was also a favorite of mine with mournful Dougray digging his way to Lady Emma’s heart even if he didn’t want to. Theirs was a charming and endearing love story that transcended time.

I also loved the love and hate relationship between James and Emma in Leftover Mistletoe and I think the best story was Sweet Home Highland Christmas as Gregory was the most swoon-worthy Highlander I’ve ever met.

If you’re in for a highly erotic stories with full of romance and hope and silliness, then this book is for you! Don’t expect lovey-dovey sweet escapades, though. Because Christmas in Kilts is too hot to handle, to fiery to subside and too scorching to extinguish. You have been warned.

Pre-order Blitz: Feeling Hot by Elle Kennedy!

A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy!

Special pre-order and release week SALE price $0.99!

 

In tight quarters, anything can happen…

Fresh off a six-month deployment, Navy SEAL Cash McCoy is determined to end his celibacy streak with a night of down and dirty sex. Instead, he gets an interrupted hook-up with a hot blonde who vanishes without a way for him to contact her. When he’s asked to keep an eye on—and hands off—his CO’s sister for a few weeks to guard her from a psycho-stalker ex, Cash accepts the assignment as a distraction…and gets the surprise of his life.

Jen Scott knows she needs protection, but she’s not looking forward to being babysat by some straight-laced yes-man

her overprotective brother can boss around. Finding out her new roomie is none other than the sexy stranger who was seconds away from shaking her world apart changes everything. Orders be damned, Cash is the one man capable of helping her explore her sexuality, and she’s even willing to break her own rule—never date military men—to get the gorgeous SEAL into her bed.

Only, Cash makes it clear he wants much more than she bargained for. Not just her body, but the one thing Jen promised herself she’d never give to a man in uniform. Her heart.

Warning: Sexy SEAL? Check. Sassy heroine determined to seduce him? Check. Scorching hot sex bound to make you blush? Double check. A threesome and some man-on-man action? Triple check. You’ve been warned.

 Check out the other books in this hot Out of the Uniform series!