E-Arc Review of A Letter to Three Witches

I received a free e-arc copy from Netgalley and the publisher: Kensington for an honest review!

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington
  • Date: January 25, 2022
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • Author: Elizabeth Bass
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Summary:

In the sleepy college town of Zenobia, New York, the only supernatural trace on display is the name of Gwen Engel’s business—Abracadabra Odd Job Service. But Gwen’s family has some unusual abilities they’ve been keeping under wraps—until one little letter spells big trouble…
 
Nearly a century ago, Gwen Engel’s great-great-grandfather cast a spell with catastrophic side-effects. As a result, the Grand Council of Witches forbade his descendants from practicing witchcraft. The Council even planted anonymous snitches called Watchers in the community to report any errant spellcasting…
 
Yet magic may still be alive and not so well in Zenobia. Gwen and her cousins, Trudy and Milo, receive a letter from Gwen’s adopted sister, Tannith, informing them that she’s bewitched one of their partners and will run away with him at the end of the week. While Gwen frets about whether to trust her scientist boyfriend, currently out of town on a beetle-studying trip, she’s worried that local grad student Jeremy is secretly a Watcher doing his own research.
 
Cousin Trudy is so stressed that she accidentally enchants her cupcakes, creating havoc among her bakery customers—and in her marriage. Perhaps it’s time the family took back control and figured out how to harness their powers. How else can Gwen decide whether her growing feelings for Jeremy are real—or the result of too many of Trudy’s cupcakes?

My Review:

This book was cute, funny, had cupcake magic and transformation of animals! Since there was so much going on the story, the story did lose a few sparks for me. I did read the whole thing because I wanted to see what was going to happen to : Tannith, Gwen, Trudy and even Gwen’s aunt who can be snarky at times. Gwen the main character was great because she took control of how to solve the problem that was happening. I can only imagine how her stress level was.

It was different to me. I don’t know if it was because so much was going on or because my mood has been on and off lately. I am glad that I read it because it did have parts making me smile and some parts giggling a bit. The romance aspect of the book did not seem that intense but it was there. I will say that the last few line in the story had my heart feeling warm. Here is the line “Moonlight broke through the clouds and Jeremey pulled away slowly, looking into my eyes. “It wasn’t the cupcakes,” he said. “

If you are looking for witches in a comedy chaos, then this book is for you!

The cover is so cute!!

Review: Of Sand and Stone by Lauren Smith

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lauren Smith
  • Date ‏ : ‎ June 27, 2020
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 194 pages
  • Author: Lauren Smith

She was destined to save his heart of stone…Bookish museum curator Rebecca Clark has given up on dating. Real life men aren’t nearly as perfect as the men in the paintings and statues she sees every day at her job. But one night she whispers a prayer to the universe to send her the perfect man. She had no idea a goddess is listening…Devon Blake was Regency London’s most wicked lover but when he sleeps with the wrong woman and leaves her unsatisfied, he finds himself cursed by none other than the Goddess of love herself. After living two centuries trapped as a marble statue, Aphrodite gives Devon one chance to redeem himself or he’ll face an eternity of made of stone. He must prove he can satisfy a woman’s every desire without satisfying his own.When Rebecca discovers a naked man in her art gallery instead of a priceless statue at midnight she has no idea he’s the answer to her prayers. Aphrodite has sent Devon to be Rebecca’s perfect man. Can Devon earn Rebecca’s love and trust by proving his selflessness or will it be too late?

Review:
I ended up reading Of Sand and Stone by Lauren Smith in a day. It was such a cute, fast paced story to read. I wanted something different to read. I have read other time travel books but this one was so cute and sweet. I really enjoyed it. The summary says it all about this book. I love the connection between the two characters. I love how Devon changes a bit and learns of the new world. Rebecca also learns a few things. I did yell at Aphrodite in the book for a moment of what she did. I just had to share that. This is such a nice little gem to read. I’m glad I did! Does Rebecca and Devon get their happy ever after? You’ll have to read to find out.

Psst, isn’t the cover so pretty?

Every Day in December Review

I have finally gotten around to review this gem!!

I received an e-Arc from the publisher and Netgalley for an honest review!

Author: Kitty Wilson
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SUMMARY
Belle Wilde loves December. Yes, she’s just lost her job and Christmas is not a good time to find yourself ‘financially challenged’. And yes, her parents are still going on about the fact that she really should have it all together by now. But Belle believes that in December, magic can happen.

Rory Walters hates December. Whilst it looks like his life is together, he’s still reeling from a winter’s night five years ago when his life changed forever. Now back at home, he’s certain that this will be yet another Christmas to endure rather than enjoy.

But as midnight on December 31st draws closer, Belle and Rory’s time together is coming to an end. With a little help from a Christmas miracle could Belle find the one thing she really wants underneath the mistletoe?

MY REVIEW:

This book was soooo cute and I was smiling ear to ear at the interaction of Rory and Belle. (I love their names!). The two had such playful banter! They even had me giggling a bit here and there! While reading this story, it gave me a positive and warm feeling. I even had a cup of hot coco while reading.

Rory and Belle reconnect again as they do, they learn and teach each other many things. You can see their relationship grow but they do struggle with their feelings at times. They are good for each other. Rory brings out a sturdy side to Belle and Belle gives Rory a side of having fun and being in the moment! They are friends but it grows to them falling in love. It was a slow burn too. I always looked forward to seeing their text messages to each other.

I have to point out that I loved this line mentioned in the story: “I’m your Christmas elf” – Belle says.

It’s a slow, warm hearted holiday story! I am glad I took the time to read this wonderful gem. If you are looking for a holiday, cute, fast, slow burn, friends reconnecting to lovers, then this book is for you!

Psst…even Shakespeare is mentioned in this book. Belle hearts Shakespeare!

Book Review: Night’s Illusion by Amanda Ashley

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Zebra Books
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 24, 2021
  • Pages: 261
  • Author: Amanda Ashley

Giovanni Lanzoni may just be the world’s oldest male virgin. Or at least, the oldest male virgin vampire. Giovanni has clung to the vows he made a thousand years ago as a mortal priest—yet he is no longer either of those things. Others of his kind have settled down since claiming immortality, finding love, even raising children. Sensing his loneliness, Mara, Queen of the Vampires, eagerly sets out to find Giovanni the perfect mate. But only one woman, met by chance on a dark night, truly tempts him . . .

Cassie Douglas has never met a man she trusts as much as Giovanni. Yet the shocking truth he reveals makes her question their deep connection. There are other urgent obstacles too. Giovanni’s sire, an ancient, dangerously powerful vampire, is awakening after centuries of slumber, with vengeance on his mind. And in the battle unfolding around them, everything is at risk—their lives, their loved ones, and a passionate eternity together . . .



MY REVIEW:
I picked this book up because I felt like it. I have read many of Amanda Ashley’s books back in the day. I finished this book in one day because there was so much going on. It was an interesting read to see Mara try to play match maker for Giovanni.

Giovanni didn’t need help at all as he found Cassie one night. The sparks between them were sweet. It was a little slow but a good slow. I like how the two of the communicated really well. Even when Giovanni talked about being a virgin to her as she was kind to make him feel not so embarrassed about it. As the story went on, Cassie was thrown into the world of meeting all the other vampires as it was awkward because Giovanni was old school. He wanted to get married before he actually did the deed.

Of course there is a villian – Alric! I don’t like him. He’s mean and an awful vampire. He wants revenge on Mara who’s the oldest vampire ever because she killed someone he loved. He also is related to Giovanni. So will he get his revenge, will he take down Mara or Giovanni? What will he do? Is he that cunning?

Will Mara or Giovanni stop Alric? Will Cassie survive? Will she be turned to a vampire? Will Cassie and Giovanni have a happy ending?

Isn’t the cover cute?

Go pick up the book to find out!

Lauren Smith Vampire Books Review

I came upon Lauren’s books from reading her “Midnight with the Devil” by Emma Castle (Her other name).
I asked her if she wrote any paranormal and she said yes under the name of Lauren Smith.
I ended up purchasing the vampire ones.
So let us begin the reviews.

Sorry that it has been a while, dealing with life and my mental status.

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SUMMARY:
She is theirs to claim. They are hers to save.

Zoey Blake is about as far down on her luck as she can get. A car crash took her parents, leaving her destitute and on the street. When she’s attacked by another homeless person, her lifeblood drains away as her fading vision is filled with the face of a handsome stranger.

Ian Kennedy, a century old Irish vampire, never could resist rescuing a stray. As a few drops of his blood heals Zoey’s wounds, he realizes she’s a sweet, tempting, flesh-and-blood woman. But there’s one problem. Connor, who made Ian promise decades ago: no more mortal lovers.

After another vampire murdered his soulmate, Connor O’Shea swore never to let a mortal woman pay the price for loving him. Until he feels Zoey’s skin and tastes her lips. She makes him want to break that vow.

Zoey finds herself caught in their web of seduction. But as Christmas draws near and her grief deepens, happiness seems far out of reach. And Ian and Connor join forces to prove their love is sacred, special…and forever.

Warning: This book contains two scorching-hot Irish vampires, one lady with plenty of pluck but zero luck, naughty lingerie, and enough Christmas cheer to redeem even the darkest creatures.

MY REVIEW:
This one caught me off guard. I would have never thought of a story like this. The beginning was cute as Ian was adorable. Sensitive vampire guy! While Connor is a bit different. He shows off his tough and macho side. Two opposite ends of the spectrum. When Zoey enters the picture, things change for the two vampires. It was a sweet and simple story. I did have to chuckle at a few parts of how Zoey’s reaction to a few things. It was a really sweet book and the ending was great. Something different. I’m glad I read it!! Can I have another adventure of the trio?

SUMMARY:
Sadie Harris doesn’t like immortals. After vampires leave her an orphan, she’s raised by her grandmother at the edge of a werewolf pack’s territory. As a fox shifter she knows the rules about werewolves: Stay clear of the boundaries, never go out after dark during the full moon and take a vacation far, far away when she goes into her shifter mating heat or else she’ll attract literal “big bad wolves.” But when her flight gets cancelled and her mating heat is coming – so are the wolves. The last thing she expects is to get rescued by a tall, dark and gorgeous man…er…vampire. What’s a vixen to do? Seamus Gallagher might be immortal but his life is full of mortal problems: he’s been framed for the murder of the woman his two best friends loved; he’s on a mission to find and kill his sire; and, he has no idea what to do with the feisty red-headed vixen he just rescued from a vicious werewolf pack. He doesn’t have time to babysit a skittish shifter who hates vampires, but when he looks at her, Seamus sees trouble. Sexy, sweet, and irresistible trouble. The last thing this vamp needs is to fall in love.

MY REVIEW:
I love this one!! I ordered the book from amazon as the cover is a bit different than the kindle edition. Both covers are gorgeous! Oh by gosh, the sass between Sadie and Seamus after they literally meet! It was perfect. I did like Seamus motorcycle move. As Seamus gets involved with Sadie, the adventure builds up. Dealing with Sadie’s grandma, wolves, friends from the past, and enemy from the past, Seamus is doing the best he can. Even Sadie tries to cope with everything going around especially vampires. I literally could not put this book down due to the action, story, steamy cute moments, and everything! I just had to know what was going to happen between the two with their adventure. I like how the story builds up which is the best! Even the connection and conversation between Sadie and Seamus is just perfect. A real connection is so fun to see. You’ll have to read it how it goes down. There are a few steamy parts in the book but those steamy parts actually tie in with what was going on in the story since Sadie is in heat. She’s a fox after all!

Review: Midnight with the Devil by Emma Castle

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review!



SUMMARY:
What would you do to save a loved one’s life? Make a pact with the Devil?

In Diana Kingston’s defense, it was the middle of the night in the deserted hospital chapel… surely it was just a dream. She hadn’t really sold herself to a brooding stranger to save her father’s life, right? Then she wakes and her father is fully recovered and a mysterious letter arrives from the tall, dark, handsome—um, Devil? Yep, it was right there on the contract, Lucien Star, aka Lucifer Morningstar, that had been his name in the dream… Gulp. What would the Devil himself want with her? Sex. Three months of hot, sweaty, Friday night sex.

Breaking a pact with the Devil doesn’t seem like a smart move. So she’ll do it—but she won’t like it. Not much anyway. But she starts liking it – a lot—and every night they spend together, she likes it and Lucien a little more. Being with him allows her naughty side to come out and play, but Diana starts to see more than just a sexy-as-sin, rock-hard … er…Anyway, he might be Satan, but even he was an angel once. Kind. Noble. And she sees glimpses of that man still inside him… But how in Heaven’s name do you save the Devil from himself?

MY REVIEW:
Well this book was steamy. I honestly say it has been a while since I’ve read something this steamy. I admit I did blush at a few things! If you do not like really really steamy things then this book may not be for you. Remember I write reviews that I like and capture my attention. I ended up reading this book last night in one sitting, I could not put it down. I had to know what was going to happen.

The connection of Diana and Lucien (Lucifer) at first is what you think it would be when the deal being made, pretty straightforward deal right? They’d meet up and do the deed and be on the way right? Well, when they continue to meet each time, ,the connection between the two begin to grow for the better. It was pretty intense connection.

I did like the paranormal aspects to the story when Lucien used his powers.

There were even some funny parts that I did now see coming. Text messages back and forth was so fun to read! When Diana ends up taking Lucien grocery shopping. Just imagine! There are a few bit more scenes that had me smiling.

The ending I did not see coming!! My heart was like on a roller coaster.

When I finished the book and had a few moments to think about it, the story kind of reminded me of the tv show “Lucifer”. They are so similar and yet so different. If you liked the tv show Lucifer, you might like this book since it’s a tad steamier than the show. I really liked the book.

One word that keeps sticking out in my mind is “Pineapple.” If you read the book you know what I’m talking about. (blushes)

Well the author made an impression on me with this story.

E-Arc Book Review: The Promise of Summer

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Avon
  • Date (Uk ) : ‎ July 22, 2021
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • Author: Bella Osbourne
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I received an e-Arc from the publisher and Netgalley for an honest review!

SUMMARY:

Ruby’s life is about to change for ever…

With a terrible track record when it comes to men, Ruby has all but given up on love. She finally decides to take fate into her own hands and boards a train to London to attend the appointment of a lifetime.

When a stranger starts chatting to her, Ruby’s faith in romance is restored as he nervously reveals a sparkling diamond and an extravagant proposal plan. When he leaves the ring behind, Ruby is determined to track him down – but fellow passenger Curtis has other ideas about how best to save the day.

Can this unlikely pair reunite the ring with its rightful owner before it’s too late?

MY REVIEW:

Oh my gosh! I laughed at so many parts in this book. It was so fun to read. Just when I thought the story was going to go in this direction, something else happens! It had the right amount of adventure, friendship and romance.

The main character, Ruby is a woman of many talents! She is great at rearranging flowers, has tons of patience dealing with customers and Curtis. Plus her way with words captured my attention. I love how Ruby’s life changed when Curtis comes into the picture. I really liked the interaction between them. It was like “serious life” meets “vibrant life”. What can I say about Curtis? The character is quite interesting and to me he kind of opens up a bit more but in a turtle pace way. (I keep trying to picture which actor could pull him off.) When Ruby and Curtis are together, they’re opposites. Like that song “Opposites Attract”, anything is possible!

Now Kim is the other a character in the book who is dealing with her life, ex husband and more. Even her story was fun to read. There were twists and turn with her. She also has a great friendship with Ruby. She comes across a man named Adrian who might be a new flame for her but does it happen? Adrian is a nice man who lost his wife a few years ago and has a daughter. I love the interaction between him and Kim. There’s respect and kindness between the two. (For some reason I keep picturing Dermot Mulroney as Adrian. Anyone else think this?) I do have to mention that Kim does take in a dog named Boomerang from the shelter which she ends up nicknaming Boomer. I thought it was perfect for her to take care of a dog.

There are two storylines in this book which worked really well. It was like a movie going on. I loved it! I could keep up with the plot, characters and setting. The pace was perfect for me! I am definitely going to read more from this author!

By the way does Kim and Ruby get their happy ever after or will there be more drama for them in the end?

Read this contemporary romance now to find out!

Book Review: A Magical New York Christmas

I received an e-Arc by NetGalley and the publisher, St. Martin’s Griffin for an honest review!

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin’s Griffin
  • Date: September 28, 2021
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • Author: Anita Hughes

It’s Christmas week when 26-year-old Sabrina Post knocks on the door of the Vanderbilt suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, ready to accept the ghostwriting position for the memoir of Grayson Westcott―a famous art dealer.

A struggling journalist, Sabrina can’t believe her luck: a paycheck and six nights in her own suite at the Plaza. She feels like Eloise, the heroine from her favorite children’s books. To make the job even more exciting, Grayson recounts how he worked as a butler at the Plaza sixty years ago for none other than the author of the Eloise books, Kay Thompson.

What promises to be a perfect week is complicated when Sabrina meets Ian Wentworth, a handsome British visitor, at the hotel bar. When Ian assumes Sabrina is another wealthy guest at the hotel, she doesn’t correct him ―a decision she doesn’t regret after learning that Ian is a member of the British aristocracy. But, things are not what they seem. The truth is: Ian is not a wealthy lord; he’s actually the personal secretary of Lord Spencer Braxton.

As the week unfolds, will Sabrina and Ian learn the truth about one another?

Filled with the magic that can only be found at the Plaza Hotel during the holidays, and revealing facts about the author of the Eloise books, Anita Hughes’s A Magical New York Christmas is both a holiday treat and a heartwarming story that reminds us that falling in love is the greatest miracle of all.


REVIEW:

Oh my goodness this book was so good! I did have some issues downloading the book but when I managed to get it fixed, I was ready to see what this story was all about.

While reading the story, there were two stories playing off of each other. It could be confusing to some but for me I had no problem with the flow. Both stories meshed really well together. One takes place in the past which had the characters Grayson and Veronica while the other takes place in the present with Sabrina and Ian. It was amazing. I loved it. The flow of the story was on point for me.

All the characters were really unique and interesting. It kept my attention of wanting to know what was going to happen with all of them.

I am not giving it all away because you need to read this book.

The fact that the story takes place in NYC is amazing!! I have only been there once and let me tell you it was a fantastic adventure. I did go to the top of the Empire State Building which was magical. I loved the fact that it was mentioned in the book. Something about NYC is magical. It’s different, fun, and busy. So in the story the setting gave off a magical Christmas vibe and that anything positive could happen. I want to visit the Plaza.

I love how Sabrina and Ian connect and how they explore the world of the Plaza and the world of simple things of enjoy like rom cons and ice skating! It was such a nice balance in the story. There was a connection which I think is important.

I could totally see this book be made into a movie with the story, characters and settings! I fell in love with this book.

The story will draw you in making you feel cozy, sweet and enjoying the ride with the character’s chemistry! I recommend you pick this book up.

Simmer Down Review

SUMMARY:

Nikki DiMarco knew life wouldn’t be all sunshine and coconuts when she quit her dream job to help her mom serve up mouthwatering Filipino dishes to hungry beach goers, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so eat-or-be-eaten—or the competition to be so smoking hot.

But Tiva’s Filipina Kusina has faced bigger road bumps than the arrival of Callum James. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable the British food truck owner is—he rudely set up shop next to her coveted beach parking spot. He’s stealing her customers and fanning the flames of a public feud that makes her see sparks.

The solution? Let the upcoming Maui Food Festival decide their fate. Winner keeps the spot. Loser pounds sand. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum…a sweet, protective side. Is she brave enough to call a truce? Or will trusting Callum with her heart mean jumping from the frying pan into the fire?

REVIEW:
This book was sooo fun to read! Quick, cute and just well rounded fun! I had to finish this book before I left for my vacation since it was a library book. So anyways, I thought the moments between Nikki and Callum gave off sparks the moment they had a argument. Nikki couldn’t get him off her mind which she could not figure out if it was a good thing or bad thing. Then one day she went to the beach and saw him there. Oh boy!! That part was not what I was expecting. The relationship between Nikki and Callum began to build up which was really nice to see. I love other moments between them such as being on the airplane, in London and then eventually being back to Hawaii. I also like how Callum tells Nikki it’s okay to take a break, it’s okay to vent. But does their relationship last??

The relationship between Nikki and her mom was nice. It showed how family was important. It showed that they cared for each other and that both of them were strong. Since Nikki’s dad passed away, she stepped in to help her mom with the food truck. That takes guts to do! Such a nice daughter even though she has a moment or two with her mom in a small fight.

Now Callum and his brother also had that nice family relationship. Callum actually cared and looked out for his brother even though his brother isn’t in the same field as the rest of the family — business.

It was a great book to be swept away in. If you are looking for a cute, fun, with some steamy parts in a contemporary romance book, then you gotta try to read this. I hope to read more from this author!

Review: Orphan Witch

  • Publisher : St. Martin’s Griffin
  • Date: September 28, 2021
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • Author: Paige Crutcher
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I received an e-Arc from Netgalley and publisher for an honest review!

Summary:
A deeper magic. A stronger curse. A family lost…and found.

Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. To someone. However, Persephone is as strange as she is lonely. Unexplainable things happen when she’s around―changes in weather, inanimate objects taking flight―and those who seek to bring her into their family quickly cast her out. To cope, she never gets attached, never makes friends. And she certainly never dates. Working odd jobs and always keeping her suitcases half-packed, Persephone is used to moving around, leaving one town for another when curiosity over her eccentric behavior inevitably draws unwanted attention.

After an accidental and very public display of power, Persephone knows it’s time to move on once again. It’s lucky, then, when she receives an email from the one friend she’s managed to keep, inviting her to the elusive Wile Isle. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. However, upon arrival, Persephone quickly discovers that Wile is no ordinary island. In fact, it just might hold the very things she’s been searching for her entire life.

Answers. Family. Home.

And some things she did not want. Like 100-year-old curses and an even older family feud. With the clock running out, love might be the magic that saves them all.

My Review:
Oh my gosh this story was amazing!! I requested an e-Arc on Netgalley and got it from there and the publisher. The book was on my phone since I don’t have a Kindle. Gotta work on that eventually right? So the first couple of chapters of the book is really interesting because the main character Persephone was dealing with survival and finding herself. She never knew who her family was and always wondered about it. She also knew that there was something different about her and never revealed this to anyone. You could feel she needed to know more, she needed not to have others get hurt.

I am not going to give everything away about this book because it is so good. Persephone eventually ends up going to this island. Her journey on the island feels like home. She learns of her family history and the Wile island. She ends up meeting Hyacith, Moira, Ariel and Ellison. Some of these other ladies she meets turn out to be related to her. All four ladies gave off different vibes to me: calming, secretive, fiesty and alert.

I do have to point out there is a love aspect for Persephone which was great. All I will say his name is Dorian. It was so cool to learn more about him and how he fits into the story! So awesome.

While Persephone is on the island, she learns that there is a curse! What will happen next? Just when you think you got it all figured out there is something else that pops up. Persephone has to learn more things.

The story was great! You have to pick this up if you like richness, adventure, magic and a bit of love! Go for it!