Thursday, January 4, 2018

3 Star Review Earl Interrupted by Amanda Forrester

Earl Interrupted (The Daring Marriages #2)
by Amanda Forester
My rating: 3 stars 

Captain Robert Ashton, Earl of Darington, knows finding a bride in London will not be easy—not since he has been notoriously dubbed as the "Pirate Earl". What he didn't expect was to get abducted—and to have his escape go horribly awry when an innocent lady gets caught in the crossfire.

Amateur physician Emma St. James is on her way to meet her betrothed when she is rescued by an injured gentleman. Despite her shock after discovering he is the Pirate Earl, Emma feels drawn to the man who saved her life. Duty forces them apart, but when they meet again on the high seas, Darington will risk all—his fortune, his name, and even his life to keep her safe.       

There was lots of intrigue and adventure in this Pirate story. It was full of action but had a few slow places that dragged a little. If you are looking for steaminess this might not be the book for you. It does have a few bits of sexytimes but it had religious overtones , they quote scripture and pray. It fit the heroine's personality, it brought a bit more to the story.  There were some pretty hilarious scenes between Robert and Emma. They had good chemistry. Over all it was an enjoyable read.

You should check out Kathyn's story, Roberts Twin. The storylines run the same timeline but can be read in either order.

I picked it up last year purely because of the gorgeous cover! And it's currently FREE on Amazon!


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tuesday Releases! With a couple reviews!

It's a day late but Tuesday was the first big New Release day of the year!!! Here are some of my reviews and some I'm adding to my TBR!

Reviews coming soon: 

New Releases

Cowboy SEAL Homecoming (Navy SEAL Cowboys #1)
by Nicole Helm
My rating: 3 stars 

Three former Navy SEALs. Injured in the line of duty. Desperate for a new beginning... Searching for a place to call their own.

Alex Maguire never thought he'd go home again. The perfect soldier, the perfect leader, he's spent his whole life running away from Blue Valley, Montana―but when a tragic accident bounces him and two of his men out of the SEALs, there's nowhere left to turn but the ranch he used to call his own...and the confusing, innocently beguiling woman who now lives there.
Becca Denton's like nothing he could have imagined. She's far too tempting for her own good, but when she offers to help turn the ranch into a haven for injured veterans, he can't exactly say no. He'll just need to keep his distance. But something in her big green eyes makes Alex want to set aside the mantle of the perfect soldier and discover the man he could have and whole within the shelter of her arms.     

This was hard for me to read. The premise, a rehab ranch for veteran was intriguing. The way Helm delved into Alex's issues with PTSD was real. His mental thoughts, the refrain of, I can fix me, was hard to read but very well done.
I liked how, in the beginning, Alex was strong and in control, and Becca needed his support. In the end it was Becca giving Alex support. The romance just wasn't satisfying enough for me, I guess.
I'll be reading the next one though because Gabe and Jack need there HEA's as well.

The Ones Who Got Away (The Ones Who Got Away #1)
by Roni Loren
My rating: 3 stars 

It's been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night—a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away.

Liv Arias thought she'd never return to Long Acre—until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs.  

I spent a lovely Christmas Eve morning/afternoon immersing myself in this world Ms. Loren has created.  The setting is the Texas Hill Country and a small town with a tragic history. The characters, the survivors of that tragedy. This story hooked me and didn't let go. Finn and Liv had so much history and chemistry it just sparked off the page. Their interactions were genuine. If you have misgivings about the backstory being a school shooting, push past it. There is so much meaning in this story! The bottom line is, don't let the past hold you back, make it push you to thrive. I want to share this quote because this is what Ms. Loren has done with this book.

"She'd done what every artist sets out to do every time they lift a camera or put a brush to canvas or pen to page. Her work was making people feel something."

This made me feell so many emotions and left me with a full heart. Happy tears. I'm looking forward to the other ladies stories; Bec, Kincaid and Taryn's!

How did you spend your New Years?! 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 Blogger/Reading Challenge

Hey everyone! I'm back! 

I missed blogging so I switched platforms and will slowly be reformatting my posts from 2016 and part of 2017 so they will show correctly here. It's so nice to be back and I'm setting up so many lovely Blogging/Reading/Reviewing challenges this year!
Let me know which ones you are participating in this year!

Blog All About It Challenge
Hosted by: Herding Cats & Burning Soup

This seems like a fun challenge! One post a month should be easy to complete right? 

The Prompts:

January-- Winter
February-- Red
March-- Favorite Scent
April-- Art
May-- Organize
June-- Growl
July-- Spirit
August-- Beginning
September-- Escape
October-- Trees
November-- Truth
December-- Shine/Sparkle

Blogger Shame Challenge
Goal: 24 books, two per month

This will be very helpful! I'm about 50 reviews behind on Netgalley. Whew!

All About the Trope Challenge
Hosted by: Herding cats & Burning Soup

This one will be fun, I think. I'm going for Forced Proximity and Enemies to Lovers with a level of 6-10.

The Series That Never... Ends Challenge
Hosted by: Delighted Reader

Not sure yet what Series I need to complete. I'll determine later, I know there are a few.
Goal: Level One – 5-9 books – Surviving the Book Tsunami

2018 Review Writing Challenge
Hosted by: Delighted Reader
Goal: 250 Reviews.

Book Blog Discussion Challenge
Hosted by: Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!
My Goal: 1-10 – Discussion Dabbler 

Romance Roundabout Challenge
They are hosting it on Goodreads though.
I'm aiming for:

We'll see if I can do more, some of these sub-genres I'm just not that's looking at you SciFi, Steampunk and Fantasy.


» Paranormal Romance: the newest J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood and Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark Hunters books. 
» Urban Fantasy: Nalini Singh's Guild Hunters, as I haven't read those yet ;)
» Young Adult (fantasy or contemporary both qualify): Chronicles of Nick
» New Adult: Sarina Bowen's NA Hockey Series
» Erotic Romance: Roni Loren's Loving on the Edge, since I got to meet her and have signed copies!
» Sci Fi (can be romance or straight sci fi): Lauren Dane’s Phantom Corps Or does S.K.'s League Series count?
» Historical Romance: Umm... I'm an avid HR reader this will be easy 
» Steampunk: Meljean Brooks' Iron Seas, not sure of any others, we'll see.
» Contemporary Romance: Same as HR, avid reader. 
» Romantic Suspense: I need to find some I haven't yet read...:)
» LGBT Romance: Rock N Soul by Lauren Sattersby, My January Book Club read.
» Fantasy (not to be confused with paranormal romance!): Belador by S.K. and Dianna Love
» Mystery (not romance focused, can be cozy mystery or thrillers) Brenda Novak's thrillers.

Audiobook Challenge 2018
Hosted by: Melanie, Hot Listens and Kimberly, Caffeinated Reviewer.

I need to take advantage of the Audible Romance Package! I have a GR Shelf with 80 books so I'm going for Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50 +

I'll be updating my goals here and tagging them when I review! Please tell me what reading/blogging goals you have in the coming year! If you have any recommendations for SciFi, Steampunk and Fantasy, for the Romance Roundabout, I'd be grateful if you share them with me!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tour: Guest Post/Review: Put up Your Duke by Megan Frampton

Hey Ya'll, Nelle here! We have the pleasure today to have Megan Frampton on the blog! Isn't that exciting?! She's talking about her new book, Put Up Your Duke!

One of the best things about being a writer is being able to don another person’s character, to figure out what makes them tick, what makes them happy, or fearful, or what makes them fall in love with another person.

In Put Up Your Duke, I have two points of view—Nicholas and Isabella, the hero and heroine. Now it’s probably understood I have never been a man, so getting inside of Nicholas’s head was a change for me. But just as improbable, and I’m not being disingenuous on this, is that I have never been a spectacularly beautiful woman. So writing about a heroine who is so beautiful people gasp when they see her was very fun, and different.

What must it be like to be looked at all the time? To be seen but not known? That is what I dealt with when I wrote from Isabella’s viewpoint. She thought that all anyone thought she had to offer was what was on the outside, and she was sad that no-one except for her sister knew what she was like on the inside. She thinks Nicholas will be the same, and he does admire her looks—he’d be a blind idiot not to—but he comes to realize that what is on the inside is just as beautiful, but much less perfect. Isabella ends up reveling in her imperfection because she gets to be that way with Nicholas, whom she is coming to love.

As I wrote her, I imagined Isabella looking like Angelina Jolie—that same ‘are you kidding me?’ quality that I have when I see pictures of a younger Jolie. I would never want to be that beautiful, honestly, because of all the attention I’d get, but I did like visiting inside the head of someone so lovely for a while.


My Rockin' Review

Surprise! Due to a fluke, you're a Duke! Oh, by the way, you inherited a fiancé! Isn't that nice?!

This was definitely a twist on the normal marriage of convenience plots, I've enjoyed in the past! Nicholas, is shocked to discover he is being forced to marry Isabella, who was the former Dukes fiancé. No love lost there! Isabella really doesn't want to marry either "Duke" but she has been groomed to be the "perfect duchess" and is forced to marry by her beastly, stuffy, pompous parents. The "duke that was" was more interested in his dukedom than her, although that plot wasn't as developed as it could have been. I just adore a dastardly villain. Don't you?

Nicolas and Isabella are a well balanced couple. Nicholas is great at sex, being the former profligate rake, but very lacking in knowledge on how to go about as a Duke! Isabella, on the other hand, excels at the pressures of being a duchess and of course, is an innocent virginal lady. The two have a ton of inner dialogue, a slow connection, and very little heat.  This was a sweet romance that carried the whole plot. Nicholas pursued Isabella, courted and wooed her, all after their marriage. He realizes she's frightened and takes it slow, real slow. My favorite aspect of the story is that Nicholas, realizing just how controlled and strict, Isabella's life was before her marriage, encourages her to enjoy a freedom she needed and craved.

There is a plot twist at the end that is rather surprising. Margaret, Isabella's best friend and sister has secrets. And secrets always have a habit of making themselves known. All in all, I enjoyed the book. It was an quick, delightful read with a sweet, adorably cute romance.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans #Giveaway

A Touch of Passion
The Disgraced Lords # 3 
By: Bronwen Evans 
Released March 24th, 2015 

In the latest Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, a vivacious thrill seeker clashes with her dutiful defender—causing irresistible sparks to fly.

Independent and high-spirited, Lady Portia Flagstaff has never been afraid to take a risk, especially if it involves excitement and danger. But this time, being kidnapped and sold into an Arab harem is the outcome of one risk too many. Now, in order to regain her freedom, she has to rely on the deliciously packaged Grayson Devlin, Viscount Blackwood, a man who despises her reckless ways—and stirs in her a thirst for passion.

After losing his mother and two siblings in a carriage accident years ago, Grayson Devlin promised Portia’s dying brother that he’d always watch over his wayward sister. But having to travel to Egypt to rescue the foolhardy girl has made his blood boil. Grayson already has his hands full trying to clear his best friend and fellow Libertine Scholar of a crime he didn’t commit. Worse still, his dashing rescue has unleashed an unforeseen and undesired consequence: marriage. Now it’s more than Portia he has to protect . . . it’s his battered heart.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"Sex tapes, hidden identities, thieving moms, road trip in a winter storm! Hilariousness ensues!"
Four Nights with the Duke
Desperate Duchesses # 8
By: Eloisa James
Releasing March 31st, 2015

Nelle's Birthday Bash! #Giveaway

#Winners Announced!!

R. Ashton has won the $5 Amazon Gift Card
Michelle Fidler has won the $10 Amazon Gift Card
and the GRAND PRIZE goes to

Congrats Ladies!

I'm turning 21 again!! Ha Ha!

Photo by Milah Grace Photography

Of course, I'm not actually 21!  

It will be my birthday Monday, March 23rd! I wanted to celebrate in style. While I'll be going to my birthday dinner tomorrow night, I wanted to share with you a few gifts of my own! You have until next Saturday at 11:00 p.m. to enter! 3 winners will be chosen and you can tweet about #Nellesbirthdaybash for a daily entry!

First Prize:Win an Autographed set of Julianne MacLean's first 6 novels in her Color of Heaven series!
Second Prize: $10 Amazon Gift Card
Third Prize: $5 Amazon Gift Card