Review: Must Love Breeches (Must Love, Book 1) by Angela Quarles

22664678Heroine: Isabelle Rochon thought this reenactment ball would be spectacular. She did the research, came dressed in a period-correct gown, and finds the evening less than enchanting. The women are dressed slutty, the dancing is a boor, the lights too bright, and her coworker crush turns out to be an ass. Where’s the magic? Clearly her expectation for the evening were to high, but wouldn’t this ball have been just the thing in the past? Sigh.

Hero: Lord Montagu, the Vicious Viscount, espies the lovely Isabelle Rochon in her exquisitely French and modish attire and is intrigued. He’s in luck that she’s talking to his cousin so he can finagle an introduction. She’s a delightful distraction and he rues his growing reputation because he feels it precludes him from pursuing her… but then he strikes on just the thing… she can be part of his scheme for revenge on the men involved in his sister’s ruination.

Review: Lord Montagu is the kind of perfectly charming and sincere man Isabelle has been looking for – but when she finally realizes what happened and that she’s back in time she’s heartbroken because she can’t have him. She takes his cousin in her confidence and shows off her phone (and calculator app) to prove her story… but alas the battery dies before she can show him (when she’s ready to trust him… after all Bedlam is not a nice place she hears).

Pro: A focus on the progress of the times – it wasn’t all balls and parades in the park, there was also science and differential engines, and flying mechanical horses (that didn’t work).

Con: The heroine was too hesitant to snap the hero up… Lord Montagu would have been whisked off his feet before he had a chance to rise up from his bow. ;)

One of the best time travel romances I’ve read. Definitely recommend.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Must Love Breeches: A Time Travel Romance (Must Love Series Book 1)

Review: The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend by Annabelle Costa

time-travelers-boyfriend-by-annabelle-costaSummary: Claudia loves her boyfriend Adam and would love to marry him. Unfortunately, he’s not ready for the next step. He’s leery of commitment because he had been deeply hurt by a girl he met just after the accident that left him paralyzed. When Adam invents a time machine and asks Claudia to use it to save him from the accident, she’s not sure what to think. But then Claudia sees this as the perfect way to separate Adam from the emotional wounds of his past. If he never meets that girl then he’ll be emotionally ready for marriage in the present when she gets back… of course it’s not that simple and things go awry.

Review: This is a cute, fluffy romance that is quick to get into and quick to read. I loved Claudia’s and Adam’s interaction after her first foray into the past. Oh my! Not quite what either one were expecting. I liked how Claudia accidentally-but-eventually-purposefully influenced her younger self toward the career path she finds so rewarding. I like how young-Claudia and time-travel-Claudia butted heads about things. I love young-Adam and Adam-at-the-end-of-the-book. It’s hard to say what made this work for me without giving too much away. I hope though, if you’re in the mood for something lighthearted you’ll consider reading this book!

Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Inspiration Behind A Portal in Time

A Portal in TimeGuest Blog by Claire Fullerton, author of A Portal in Time

Inspiration for a novel can come from the most unusual of circumstances, and the idea for A Portal in Time is no exception. In the year 2000, my husband and I took a trip up the California coast to Carmel-by-the-Sea on the hauntingly beautiful Monterey Peninsula. As it was our one year wedding anniversary, we had reservations for the weekend at Carmel’s historic, La Playa Hotel– a hotel we’d never stayed in before.

Everything about the lobby of the antiquated hotel piqued my interest, and as my husband checked us in, I let my imagination roam free, taking in every inch of the opulent lobby with its travertine floors, sand-stone fireplace, and sweeping Mediterranean tiled staircase. I explored a particular hallway looking at architectural maps of various stages of the hotel’s growth that hung beside sepia tinted photographs of people in period clothing. By the time my husband came to find me, I had already envisioned myself living in a house of this exact constitution, wearing a dress exactly like the one I saw in one of the photographs.

Next, I started thinking of what it was like to be alive at the turn of the 19th century, living in a house by the sea along with how it would feel to have it as the setting of my life. I decided I would love it– that there would be a fabulous, interesting, fully-realized life at play with myself at the center of a thriving artistic community and oh the thrill of the environment.

But it occurred to me that life is life, and things happen to people unwittingly, and the story of people’s lives tend to happen in increments of cause and effect no matter where one lives.

My eyes kept returning to the lobby’s staircase, and I wanted to climb them to their top. When I did, I was drawn to a wooden cathedral door at the end of a long hallway. I stood looking down the hall thinking, “If this were my house, the master bedroom would be at the end of this hall with a bay window overlooking a garden.” I could feel myself standing before the window as if I were looking at my garden, then I started asking, “Now why would I be here looking out the window?”

A Portal in Time my paranormal/historical novel, is the explanation of an entire imagined life that brought me to that window at the top of the stairs in Carmel’s La Playa Hotel. I decided the story would be best told in oscillating time periods in order to lend an eerie, mystical feel. I like to give my readers an experience by taking them on a journey. I want them to see and hear and feel everything for themselves by giving them a specific reality, and in this case, the reality is “A Portal in Time.”

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Review: Revealed (The Entwined Series, Volume II) by Joy Daniels

revealedReview by Lynn Reynolds

This is a new type of book that will have you going back for more – it’s interactive. There are four stories to choose from. But I warn you, unless you have no feelings these stories are going to get your blood flowing – and possibly other things as well. And even your partner may benefit. You may want to read in bed, or other comfortable spots, but you definitely won’t need a fire – this will get you plenty warm enough.

This book’s main character is Rachel Carter and she works at the museum of Erotic Esoterica in New York City. This book is about her adventures by four great authors. This is where you can become adventurous – which story will you choose first? Are you one that’s going to read each story in order or you tempted and you’ll read them out of order. I was adventurous and I mixed up the reading order.

Unmasked by Joy Daniels

This is told in the first person.

In this particular story, Rachel is taking the reader on a journey. The museum is throwing a masquerade. Joy also gives you a mini lesson on masks – I found it interesting. This story makes me realize that we get the spoils of all the hard work an author goes through to get a book as accurate as they can.

This particular masquerade has some interesting items from the museum – what an adult Halloween party this would be. If you want to feel as if you’re a part of the party, I would put on some pop and swing music and maybe change your lighting a little (if you’re reading at night time).

Our thrills begin when Rachel ends up with a dance partner. If you follow “Dancing With The Stars”, that may also help you get into the mood. And you’ll love that Joy feeds the fantasy of doing “it” with a stranger. She also reminds her readers that we sometimes don’t see what’s right in front of us and you have to be willing to take chances. When you read this, expect it to end on a sexy note.

Desire of the Flesh by A. Devlin

Rachel is talking with the museum’s curator Jackson. They make me glad that I don’t work there – I would never get any work done and I’d have to keep extra panties in my desk. Knowing that be careful when you’re in public – people will wonder why you’re flushed.

This tale is paranormal and it has some interesting toys. This is not a story to read if you are one that is “faint of heart”. It’s a wet dream come to life. This story is masturbation or role-playing worthy. It will push the boundaries of what you’ve ever dreamed about or are comfortable with.

Amongst all the sex, we also get a little mystery and suspense – you’re not shortchanged in any way. Plus, you won’t realize how quickly the pages go by. If you start your adventure with this story, you will not be disappointed but realize that there will be multiple partners. If you’re going through menopause, you can blame the flushes on hot flashes instead of what you’re reading.

Provenance by Debra Hyde

Boots seem to be the star in this tale. When you read, you may just want to go out and get your own pair. “In my day”, the boots that were considered sexy went up over the knee. BDSM is also a theme so don’t be shy.

Besides the boots, Rachel finds some photographs – would have loved some illustrations for this one. She has an agenda for part of an exhibit and it just happens to coincide with a personal agenda. One subject that this author covers has to do with Hitler and his treatment of some of the people of Germany. This story makes me wonder as to the amount of research that must have been involved in order to get some of the scenes correct.

Timelash by Lissa Trevor

This is a paranormal tale also told in the first person.

Rachel finds an interesting tablet. Doctor Hollander has a mission for her. What I loved about Lissa’s story is that it made me think of the movie “Flash Gordon” but with sex toys – I smell remake! Loved it (and I even put on some Queen music to read to).

This book is a voyeuristic tour into Rachel’s life told in four totally different ways. It will push your boundaries if you are willing to take the plunge. If you like to read erotica than you can’t go wrong with having this book in your collection. Whenever you pick this book up, you can read these stories in whatever order you wish – not something you can do with most books.

This book also makes you question on how adventurous you are. Would you ever go into an adult bookstore? Or even a sex shop? Would you purchase anything once you entered? Dance with a stranger? Would you get to know the stranger better or would you say “thank you” and then walk away? And where do you leave your “smut”? Out where others can see or hidden away?

I hope you will choose to get this interactive book and when you are finished, or even right now, stop over to http://www.entwinederotica.com/ and join this series web site. This is a book that you get your money’s worth. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: Revealed, The Entwined Series: #2

Time Travel: Impossible, Not to Love!

blue luteGuest Blog by Eryn LaPlant Rask, author of The Blue Lute

Time travel – yep, it’s impossible but who doesn’t love a good era-jumping story? Throw in some smoochin’ and lovin’ and you have a more than fantastic romance. We all know we can’t fall in love with knights of old, be ravished by eleventh century Vikings* or in The Blue Lute’s case, romanced by a debonair speakeasy musician from the Jazz Age.

The first time travel romance I read was Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor and from that moment I’ve loved the idea of crossed souls moving through time. Men were different back then, weren’t they? They were mannerly, polite and eloquent when they spoke. In fact, I was just talking about this in my Romance Writer’s of America chapter meeting this month. We were saying that in this day and age locker room talk might be something like, “Hey, dude, are you gonna hit that?” (or something far worse). But back in the other eras the bawdy talk might have gone something like this, “Her heaving bosoms call to me. I must make her mine tonight.”

Any way you say it, it’s still guys being guys, but somehow it sounds a little better coming from the gents of the past. In my personal opinion, I think this is why women like reading romances, especially ones that venture back to the past. We want our book boyfriends to be something we don’t have in this day in age. And with what very early reviews I’ve received from The Blue Lute, my theory has been proven with my dear Brandon Crowley.

Brandon is a suave, stand-up bass player who was whisked away from 1928 to the next century. He’s devilishly handsome and definitely has that proper air about him. You know…one of those bow-at-the-waist, kiss-your-hand kind of guys and when he meets Lilly Charles, a lowly doctoral history student, she is melted by his charm. No one Lilly has met in her generation is like Brandon. Their pants hang below the belt line, they let doors fly back in her face and hardly even use proper grammar. Her eyes are opened to Brandon and his polished demeanor. Just like the women who read a good time travel romance are. We want to be romanced and treated like princess, too.

Heck, I know I’ve had my share of unrefined guys who have treated me with less than the respect that I deserve. One even went so far as to slobber me after a date where I ended up with food poisoning. Here I was ill and he still went in to make a move. Thank God, I had enough sense about me to kick him out of my car before he could get any further than a slimy tongued kiss. I went home that night and settled into bed with a book boyfriend with way more manners than that date ever had. Sigh… if men would read these kinds of books, maybe they’d see where they go all wrong.

How about you? In the comments below, share some of your date nightmares or what mannerly qualities you’d like to see in your man?

*Thanks to author Renee Vincent for her knowledge of all things Vikings.

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THE BLUE LUTE

A doctoral candidate in history, Lilly Charles lives in a modern-day treasure trove of 1920s architecture—Manhattan’s St. Jean Apartments. The former hotel was once in the center of New York City’s jazz scene, and holds secrets Lilly is only beginning to discover.

A musical star in his own time, Brandon Crowley lived in an age of prohibition and gangsters, surrounded by the glamour of old Hollywood and the comfort of true friendships. As co-owner of the notorious speakeasy, The Blue Lute, he poured his life and love into his business—as a storm fueled by passion, liquor, murder and money was unleashed. And in the midst of it all, Brandon simply … disappeared.

When Lilly sees Brandon in a nearly 80-year-old photograph from the basement of the St. Jean, her reality comes undone. Could he be the same man she just saw arrested for breaking into the building? As Lilly is drawn deeper into the mysteries of Brandon’s life, a new storm of desire and danger begins to brew. Beneath the silvery moon and glitter of Times Square, an epic love story across the decades is about to unfold.

Buy: The Blue Lute

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Eryn LaPlant RaskBIO:

Eryn grew up wishing she could have lived in another time, so now she writes her own romances and lives through her characters. When not writing, she spends time with her loving husband, and their handsome son in the land of Lincoln. If she can’t live in the past, she figures she can at least live amongst it!

Hello to the world! I am a former slave for the working world and presently a woman of many trades. I am a wife, a mother, an antiques collector, a painter, a baker, a gardener, a photographer, a historian and my favorite by far a novelist (well except the first two in my list)! Thanks for checking me out!

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Review: Kiss Across Chains (Kiss Across Time, Book 3) by Tracy Cooper-Posey

kiss across chainsSexy Synopsis: Four years doesn’t sound like a long time, but for Taylor and Brody their time living around humans has been fraught with trouble, and they have had to mingle with the ones who could hurt them the most, despite them being vampires and time jumpers. During the First Crusade, they nearly lost Veris, and had to control their time jumping in order to have what they can see as a normal life among the humans bringing up their daughter, Marit.

Queen Tira was her usual self in paying Brody back for defying her; it is almost as though she had in fact taken her wrath out on all three of them in turn. The result of her meddling makes them have to jump back to a time where they could get evidence that she had set Brody up previously, but even that comes with a price as this awakens Brody’s inner turmoil as they have jumped back to Fifth Century Constantinople. As this is all done to save their daughter, Marit, they endure the bitterness and torment that comes with living in a cruel and dangerous age. Brody ends up being a wretched slave, while Taylor plays the wife of a wealthy aristocrat, and searches to save him.

Sizzling bits:

  • The sensual scenes between the three of them is a real heart stopper!
  • Queen Tira’s demanding and dangerous nature.
  • The sensual build up with the three characters.
  • The relationship between Taylor, Brody and Veris.
  • Good character development and good storyline make this a great read.

Bad bits:

  • None at all – it’s an impressive third instalment of the series.

Review: While the first two novels seemed to set the scene for the third one, everything that has followed since has built up to these precious moments between Taylor, Brody and Veris. Book one focussed on Brody and Veris being together, while book two concentrated on Veris and his awful past.

One of the interesting parts of this novel is that Brody has once died in the Hippodrome, and thinks he might die again as he has become human, so as far as the plot is concerned, anything can happen to Veris. Starting to read this one book isn’t the best idea as there is a lot of past story that surrounds the three of them that you have to take in and bear in mind before you even get to this one, and plus which, you’ll miss out on all that burning sensuality between two bisexual men, and their female lover and you wouldn’t want to do that, would you.

This novel can be seen as being more about how Brody feels, and what happened to him in a previous Constantinople. Brody is a genuinely nice man who only wants the best for the four of them – and, as the book shows, he will go to any lengths to show his love for their daughter, and how far he and his partners would go to protect her. I liked the characters and thought they were well developed, especially Brody, as he seems to be the most emotional of the three, and you can’t blame him as he had suffered so much from his abusers in the past, and could do again. This isn’t the sort of novel series you would read to enjoy a normal menage romance novel, there is a lot of pain, and suffering in it that would make it not for the feint hearted. Then again, if you are familiar with Tracy Cooper Posey’s earlier novels, then you will relish this as one of the trio of novels and relish it just as much as I did.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: Kiss Across Chains (Kiss Across Time Series)

Review: City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte

city of dark magicReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Sarah Weston is a music grad student who has been offered the job of a lifetime. Nicolas Pertusato is the man that is taking her to her dream job. He’s also something of a tour guide. There are several other characters that lead us on a tour through Prague and Lobkowicz Palace.

While at the Palace, Sarah meets Prince Max. He is a man of mystery even though he is her boss. We have a story here that has suspense, mystery, and the paranormal. Then I’m sorry to say that this book just drew me in and I couldn’t stop reading it. Everywhere I went, this book came with me. I just could not put it down.

I work at an Academic library and could relate to the fact that Sarah’s love is music. I work with a woman who is our liaison with the music department. One thing I missed was having music to listen to while reading this. Had I had some, it was have enhanced my reading enjoyment even more.

So, for you, I could do no less than go to the librarian and ask her what music you should be listening to as you read this book. Below is a list of her suggestions:

  • Haydn, Symphony no. 104
  • Haydn, Cello Concerto no. 1 in C Major
  • Mozart, Symphony no. 40 in g minor
  • Mozart, Requiem
  • Beethoven, Moonlight Sonata
  • Beethoven, Fur Elise
  • Carl Maria von Weber, Der Freischutz, the Huntsmen’s Chorus
  • Paganini, Violin Concerto no. 1

If you are not into classical music, she also suggests that you might like to listen to some Czech or Slovak folk songs. I was very disappointed that I wasn’t listening to any of these suggestions as I was reading this book but I’m hoping that you will try some of her suggestions.

If you love to travel and you ever plan on going to Prague, I’m hoping you will take this book with you. I thought it would make a pretty good travel guide as you enjoy your vacation. I’m sure that it wasn’t Magnus’ original intention but it has me wanting to take the time and go explore Prague with my book with me when I go.

Personally, I feel that this is a book that would be best in paper form instead of e-book. I just loved turning the pages and seeing what Sarah, and all the other characters, had in store for me. I’m hoping you will feel the same way. I just loved Magnus’ words drawing me in and enjoying the feel of the paper as I turned the page. I went to M. Flyte’s web site but could not find that there are any other books in the works but I’m hoping to see more adventures with Prince Max and Sarah.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, Book 2) by Deborah Harkness

Shadow of Night by Deborah HarknessReviewed by Sharon S.

I had heard wonderful things about A Discovery of Witches so when I got an opportunity to review the sequel Shadow of Night I thought, perfect! Unfortunately this is a series that needs to be read in order. Harkness did a great job of catching the reader up on her world building, except for what Daemon are. I still don’t know anything about them and considering one of the main characters in this book, Kit Marlow, is one I would think Harkness would have mentioned more about them. What you don’t get by skipping the first book is the emotional connection to the main couple Diana and Matthew. I can tell it was a passionate and emotionally volatile romance, but without it I wasn’t able to fully appreciate Shadow of Night. I love first person POV, but I found Diana a bit sterile and boring in her account of events. The subject matter is fabulous and I recognize and respect what Harness has accomplished with this book and the series as a whole, but I just didn’t like Diana.

Now, Matthew is whole other story. I love a complex and emotionally damaged paranormal Alpha male. Matthew is a 1500 year old vampire and in this book he must face the past he has never really been able to let go of. He is the perfect blend of powerful, sexy and scary. It is because we only see him through Diana’s eyes that make him so mysterious and absolutely delicious! I plan on reading the first book just to experience more Matthew. Another character I connected too was Matthew’s father Philippe, and watching these two interact was heartbreaking and touching.

I don’t know about A Discovery of Witches, but Shadow of Night is more like a historical, which isn’t my favorite genre. I got tired of Diana’s constant commentary on her surroundings and the ways of Elizabethan period. I do appreciate the effort it took Harkness to weave factual history and her made up world into one story.

I honestly don’t think I can rate this book in a fair manner. If you have read the first one and loved it, then you are going to go nuts over this one. There are tons of surprises that I am sure you won’t see coming (isn’t that mean <G>, but I can’t spoil). If you haven’t read the first book yet, then do so before picking this one up. And lift some weights, because this book is almost 600 pages long! I am going to give the book 3.5 stars when read as a stand-alone.

Rating: ★★★½☆ (as a stand alone novel)

Buy: Shadow of Night: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)