Title: Hot Christmas Nights (TUSCAN NIGHTS) Author: Farrah Rochon Genre: Fiction Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Arabesque Release Date: September 30, 2014 Pages: 320 In Tuscan Nights gorgeous pastry chef Nyla Thompson brings Aiden Williams to Italy for Christmas. Three years ago Aiden’s older brother foolishly let her go. Now a mature and sexy Aiden is determined to win her love. I picked this up from NetGalley specifically to read the short by Farrah Rochon, Tuscan Nights. I’ve sought out her writing in the last year, having discovered her through Harlequin. I find her stories to be extremely entertaining with believable character arcs, not to mention the locales! Setting is most certainly a character in Rochon novel, whether it’s the bayou of Louisiana, the gritty streets of New York, quaint Atlanta, Ga or as in Tuscan Nights, romantic Italy. Aiden Williams has been pining for Nyla, the one that got away, for the past three years. She was supposed to have married his brother Cameron– a marriage that would have been a complete sham, but one that Nyla intended to go through with, despite being in love with Aiden. Cameron, however, called off the wedding, leaving Nyla at the altar to face their friends and family. Embarrassed, Nyla escaped to Europe, living first in Paris and then Rome. As Aiden had been stationed in Zurich for some time, finding out that Nyla would be alone on Christmas got the old wheels turning and instead of flying home to Atlanta for the holidays, he rented a car and drove six hours to surprise Nyla, proposing that they drive to Tuscany to see the sights and spend the holiday together. Surprised by her old friend… and the man she was still in love with… Nyla agrees. Aiden hopes this trip will be more than sightseeing and that he’ll view more than the tourist traps Tuscany has to offer. He still loves Nyla… does she still love him? Will she come home? And will she […]
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A few nits aside (like the constant reminders of how important and highly regarded Gia Andrews’ job as an International Aid is), I really enjoyed this book. The first quarter of the book is a little slow but the pacing and the mystery picks up rather quickly. I really like reading a book where I can’t tell whodunit and in The Last Breath, you literally don’t find out until the end.
In Wild Ride, we meet Marissa, who receives an invitation to exclusive, swanky Eden to run from her problems. Only she ends up facing the very problems she was running from. While trying to escape Rip, a motorcycle gang member accused of murder, she hops on the back of a bike owned by a man she later finds out is named “Killer”.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and traveling back to Brooklyn/Poland in the 1940’s. The imagery was vivid, the descriptions rich, most especially of Mira’s designs. A deeply poignant, stirring novel. If you enjoy historical fiction and Jewish history and fiction, I think you will enjoy The Sweetness.
This is quite the grumpy writer update! But you know…….. it’s reality.
Title: Forever Starts Tonight Series: Loving on the Edge, 5.5 Author: Roni Loren Genre: Erotic Romance, Romance, Publisher: Penguin/Intermix Release Date: September 16, 2014 Format: EBook Source: NetGalley/ Intermix The wait is over. They fell in love in Melt Into You, but that was only the beginning. Now New York Times bestselling author Roni Loren dials up the passion as three lovers reinvent the meaning of togetherness and find out if love is truly enough…Two dominant men, one beautiful woman. Jace Austin knows he doesn’t have what you’d call a conventional relationship with Evan and Andre, but it works. Boy, does it work—until Evan starts acting strangely and Andre’s ex-fiancée pops back into his life, unbalancing a perfectly happy threesome. Jace is forced to face the unthinkable: that the two people he cares most about in this world are in danger of slipping away from him.So Jace plans a surprise getaway to a secluded mountain cabin for the three of them. And he knows exactly what he needs to do: give both his lovers a fantasy week they’ll never forget. And the possibilities for pleasure are endless. But when they get snowed in and the heat between them reaches a fever pitch, secrets come out. And Evan has one that could change all their lives forever. I almost never watch a movie sequel. The followups are never as good as the first, because the characters have already told their story and resolved their conflicts. What usually results is a thinly veiled, flimsy excuse for the characters in the film to reunite, solve new conflicts and try to bring closure. Again. Book sequels are a different animal to me. Less a reason for characters to reunite, more of continuation of a story that was started. The next chapter, if you will, especially if there is great chemistry and opportunity for more story at the end of the previous novel. As is the case with Forever Starts Tonight, in which we […]
We’re celebrating the release of Every Time I Think of You by best selling Author Tracey Garvis-Graves! Check out how Tracey came up with the idea for the book and take a peek at the excerpt below. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Title: Every Time I Think of You Author: Tracey Garvis-Graves Age Group: Adult Genre: Romantic Suspense Goodreads Amazon US (e-book and paperback) | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | Amazon Australia | Barnes & Noble | Apple | Kobo SYNOPSIS: Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son, Elliott. But when Daisy’s grandmother is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Daisy must take steps to protect herself and her child. Despite a thriving career in San Francisco, thirty-six-year-old Brooks McClain has returned home to spend what little time his mother has left before she succumbs to the deadly disease that is ravaging her. The seasoned investigative reporter has taken a position with the local newspaper and been on the job less than twenty-four hours when he’s summoned to cover the death of Pauline Thorpe. Brooks is all business, but the more time he spends with Daisy DiStefano, the more invested he becomes; there’s something about a single mother, a defenseless child, and an unsolved crime that has stirred Brooks’s protective instincts like nothing ever has before. And when the unthinkable happens, Brooks will do whatever it takes to clear the name of the woman he’s fallen for and the child he’ll protect at any cost. Romantic and suspenseful, Every Time I Think of You shows how far two people will go to fight for the ones they love, and the life they’ve always imagined. Check out an excerpt of Every Time I Think of You and enter the Giveaway below! Congratulations Tracy!
This novel was well written, a bit slow in pacing and changing POV a few times, which I found refreshing. I was just thinking about the Grapes of Wrath the other day… this book reminds me a lot of that novel– a family venturing west for a better life, meeting joy and tragedy along the way. This was an excellent read.
It’s difficult to review this book without giving much of it away. Suffice it to say that it’s highly emotional and expressive– I felt Maddie’s pain and sorrow and frustration. I sometimes sympathized with Ben and with Emma, who bore the Lion’s Share of care while Maddie was recovering… so much for a 14 year old to handle. The pacing was slow enough to agonize with the family, yet quick enough to keep the pages turning to see just what happened next. This is a novel of a breaking apart but also a putting back together and though the conclusion seemed… abrupt while also vague, it also sparked a bit of hope that this family will heal.