Burning Cold by Lisa Lieberman #BlogTour #Review

 

Burning Cold
Lisa Lieberman
(Cara Walden Mystery, #2)
Publication date: September 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Mystery

Budapest: 1956. Newlywed Cara Walden’s brother Zoltán has disappeared in the middle of the Hungarian revolution, harboring a deadly wartime secret. Will Cara or the Soviets find him first?

Cutting short her honeymoon in Paris to rescue a sibling she’s never met was not Cara’s idea, but her husband Jakub has a reckless streak, and she is too much in love to question his judgment. Together with her older brother Gray, they venture behind the Iron Curtain, seeking clues to Zoltán’s whereabouts among his circle of fellow dissidents, all victims of the recently overthrown Communist regime. One of them betrayed him, and Cara realizes that the investigation has put every person they’ve met at risk. Inadvertently, they’ve also unmasked a Russian spy, who is now tailing them in the hope that they will lead him to Zoltán.

The noir film of Graham Greene’s The Third Man inspires Lisa Lieberman’s historical thriller. Burning Cold features a compelling female protagonist who comes to know her own strength in the course of her adventures.

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Review

Burning Cold is the sequel to All The Wrong Places but it can be read as a standalone.

This is a very well written historical mystery. You can tell that Lisa Lieberman did her research when writing this series and it’s always nice to read a well-written, well- researched historical novel. In Burning Cold, we are transported to 1956 Budapest. Cara and her brother Gray are on a mission to find their older brother, Zoltan, who they just learned about. All of this takes place while in the middle of the two waves of Soviet soldiers intent on stopping the Hungarian revolution.

I really enjoyed this book and the way the author is able to make you feel as if you are in Budapest with the characters experiencing every situation as they do. I look forward to reading more from this author and hope there are several more books in this series to come.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Author Bio:

Lisa Lieberman is the author of the Cara Walden series of historical mysteries featuring blacklisted Hollywood people in exotic European locales. All the Wrong Places and Burning Cold are available from Passport Press in print and e-book.

Trained as a modern European cultural and intellectual historian, Lieberman abandoned a perfectly respectable academic career for the life of a vicarious adventurer through dangerous times and places. She has written extensively on postwar Europe and is the founder of the classic movie blog Deathless Prose. She now directs a nonprofit foundation dedicated to redressing racial and economic inequity in public elementary and secondary schools. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

After dragging their three children all over Europe while they were growing up, Lisa and her husband are happily settled in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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#Coyer Summer Reading List Results

Books Read: 24

  1. Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills
  2. Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills
  3. My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn  read August 4th
  4. The Billionaire Wins the Game by Melody Anne  read June 21
  5. The Billionaire’s Dance by Melody Anne  read June 25
  6. The Billionaire Falls by Melody Anne  read June 27
  7. The Billionaire’s Marriage Proposal by Melody Anne  read June 30
  8. Blackmailing the Billionaire by Melody Anne  read July 2
  9. Runaway Heiress by Melody Anne  read July 6
  10. The Billionaire’s Final Stand by Melody Anne  read July 7
  11. Bottled by Carol Riggs
  12. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury  read August 23rd
  13. Burning Offer by Aubrey Parker
  14. Burning Choice by Aubrey Parker
  15. Burning Rivalry by Aubrey Parker
  16. Burning Ultimatum by Aubrey Parker
  17. Blind Landing by Carrie Aarons
  18. Grasping Air by Carrie Aarons
  19. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  20. To Love a Libertine by Liana LeFey
  21. Once a Courtesan by Liana LeFey
  22. Sin by Violetta Rand
  23. More Than Music by Elizabeth Briggs
  24. More Than Comics by Elizabeth Briggs
  25. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  26. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  27. Manga Classics: Jane Eyre
  28. Manga Classics: Les Miserables
  29. Manga Classics: Great Expectations
  30. Crushed by Lauren Layne

For every 5 you read, you can add 5 to the list:

  1. The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
  2. Sexy Beast by Piper Rayne  read July 9
  3. Where the Night Ends by Melissa Toppen  read July 11
  4. The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell read July 23
  5. Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon  read July 28th
  6. Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
  7. The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas  read August 4th
  8. Ethan’s Daughter by Rachel Brimble  read August 1st
  9. Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker  read August 8th
  10. A Dance with Seduction by Alyssa Alexander  read July 27th
  11. How to Marry a Marquess by Stacy Reid  read August 18th
  12. The Truth About Porn Star Boyfriends by Sunniva Dee  read August 14th
  13. Ready to Run by Lauren Layne  read August 22nd
  14. Rebel by Rebecca Yarros  read August 30th
  15. Disciplined by the Duke by Alyson Chase  read August 16th
  16. Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
  17. Disavowed by Tee O’Fallon
  18. I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark  read August 28th
  19. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi  read August 31st
  20. The Future She Left Behind by Marin Thomas  read September 1st
  21. The Real Thing by Melissa Foster  read September 3rd
  22. Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs
  23. Burning Cold by Lisa Lieberman
  24. The Keeping of Secrets by Alice Graysharp
  25. A Gentleman Never Surrenders by Lauren Smith

Rebel by Rebecca Yarros #Review

Rebel by Rebecca Yarros #ReviewRebel by Rebecca Yarros
Published by Entangled Publishing on August 28th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, New Adult, General, Contemporary Women, Sports
Pages: 478
Format: eBook
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four-stars

She’s Penna Carstairs. The Renegade they call Rebel. FMX-treme Magazine’s sexiest female athlete of the year.There’s no rule in extreme sports she hasn’t broken,No gender barrier she hasn’t demolished.
She’s the woman I met in a bar in Vegas.The woman I illegally BASE jumped for.The woman I spent one insane, incredible night with.But now I’m screwed.Or rather...not screwed.
Because the woman I can’t get out of my head is the one woman I can never touch again.I’m Dr. Cruz Delgado—the youngest professor on this campus,And Penelope Carstairs just walked into my class.
Each book in The Renegades series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order. Series Order:Book #1 WilderBook #2 NovaBook #3 Rebel

Review

Rebel is book 3 in The Renegades series by Rebecca Yarros. I am a huge fan of her writing because she hits you right in the feels every time.

Rebel is the only girl in a group of daredevils and she is a bad ass. She has defied all gender barriers and doesn’t let anything hold her back. Cruz is a man she met a bar and had a fling with. He is irresistibly hot with lickable abs and he doesn’t let her dangerous job get in the way of his feelings for her. He doesn’t tell her she has to quit. The only thing that really stands in their way is the fact that he’s her professor making their romance forbidden.

I seriously didn’t want this story to end and I am sad that it is the last book in this series. I have loved this series so much!

four-stars

Monthly Wrap-up: August 2017

August was a busy month and I have no idea how I managed to read as much as I did. Towards the end of the month I started participating in a couple of planner swap groups on Facebook and I’ve been having fun getting items together to send out as well as making some of the items. I’ve been slacking on some of the posts that I was wanting to do as far as planning and crafts go but that should change in September. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on.

Books Read
Ethan’s Daughter by Rachel Brimble
My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn
The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
Hanging in the Stars by Sienna Blake
Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audio)
Irresistible You by Kate Meader
The Truth About Porn Star Boyfriends by Sunniva Dee
Disciplined by the Duke by Alyson Chase
How to Marry a Marquess by Stacy Reid
Ready to Run by Lauren Layne
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (audio)
I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark (Audio)
A Love to Remember by Bronwen Evans
Rebel by Rebecca Yarros
Drift by Amy Murray
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The Real Thing by Melissa Foster #BlogTour #Review

This sassy, spirited baker is fine with heat—
but is her fake fiancé too hot to handle?
 THE REAL THING
Sugar Lake #1
Melissa Foster
Releasing Sept 5, 2017
Montlake
Bakery owner Willow Dalton’s friendship with Zane Walker has always been a bit complicated. Now a scrumptiously hot A-list actor, Zane’s always had a reputation as player. He’s arrogant, and he’s definitely not boyfriend material. Sure, he did Willow a favor by agreeing to take her virginity before college, but is that reason enough to go along with a fake engagement a decade later—even if it comes with a real diamond ring?
 
Zane should have known better. Nothing involving Willow has ever been easy. Still, he knows her better than anyone, and becoming America’s hottest new leading man means cleaning up his reputation. An “engagement” to curvy, sass-mouthed Willow is the perfect PR move . . . provided no one gets hurt.
 
Now Zane and Willow’s little white lie has turned into an irresistible recipe for sweet temptation. And soon no one will be able to tell the difference between their fake engagement or the real thing—including them.
**THE REAL THING is being published by Montlake (an Amazon imprint) and won’t be available on other ebook retailers, but you can download a FREE ereader app to read it HERE, order the paperback.
 
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 Review
The Real Thing kicks off a brand new series for Melissa Foster called the Sugar Lake series. As with all of her books, Melissa gives you a romance that is sugary sweet yet hot with some humor mixed in as well. She has easily become one of my top go-to authors for romance that is low on angst but can still give you all the feels.
Willow has known Zane since childhood since he was her brother’s best friend. Before she left for college, she asked Zane to take her virginity and they both buried that night afterwards. It’s been ten years and a lot has changed; Willow owns a bakery and Zane is an actor. He asks Willow to pretend to be his fiance to help him land a role and she can’t tell him no. Both of them are afraid the other will break their heart. Will they finally tell each other their true feelings?
I loved these characters and this story. I can’t wait to read the next book!
Rating: 4.5 stars

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.
 

 

Melt by Carrie Aarons #CoverReveal

 

Title: Melt
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
Release Date: September 17, 2017
Blurb
You scream. I scream. We all scream during … well, you get the point.
 
After a failed eight-year relationship and a cross-country move, the last thing I’m looking for as a single mom is a new flame. In fact, diapers, walls marked in crayon, and daycare pickup are the only things on my to-do list.
 
Enter Jake Brady, your friendly neighborhood food truck owner whose dimples and delicacies won’t seem to leave well enough alone. With more popularity than the president, his wine-infused sweet treats have our nation’s capital hooked. He’s spontaneous, smug and all-American gorgeous; a dangerous combination considering he has no interest in taking on the responsibilities that rule my life.
 
But when we can’t seem to sample enough of each other’s … desserts, things start to get complicated. Jake is biting off more than he can chew, and when I watch him with my daughter, I can’t seem to freeze my melting heart.
 
Maybe it’s his waffle cone. Maybe it’s his … banana split. Either way, I think I’m in trouble with a cherry on top.

 

Author Bio

 

Author of romance
novels such as Red Card and All the Frogs in Manhattan, Carrie Aarons writes
sexy, swoon-worthy, sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until
she puts them down on a page.
Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and
can’t imagine a better or more maddening profession.

A lover of good manicures, Riesling and the beach, she enjoys chasing her puppy
through the dog parks of New Jersey, or trying to make her husband binge watch
the latest Netflix craze.


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Untold by Shannon Richard #ReleaseBlitz

Untold by Shannon Richard #ReleaseBlitzUntold by Shannon Richard
Published by Grand Central Publishing on September 5th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Coming of Age, Contemporary Women
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
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SOMETIMES LOVE HAS A PLAN OF ITS OWN . . .
Brie Davis came to Mirabelle, Florida, for one thing: the funeral of her birth mother-a woman she never had a chance to know. Now Brie must sort through her mother's life to get the answers she was denied. She plans to leave as soon as she can . . . except the sexy veterinarian makes Brie's pulse beat faster than she's willing to admit.
Finn Shepherd knows Brie's only in town for a short while, but he can't stay away. Instead he finds himself looking for more reasons to keep her close. Finn's already had his fair share of heartbreak, yet Brie makes him want to take that risk again. Now all Finn has to do is convince her to take a chance on him . . . before she disappears from his life forever.
Look for more books in the Country Roads series!UndoneUndeniableUnstoppableUnforgettableUndressedUnsungUncontrollable

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Excerpt

“Are you leaving soon?”

“In a bit. I want to see the end of the game.”

“Really now?” He leaned in close to her again. And for what was probably the fiftieth time that night she could smell the clean masculine scent that clung to him. Soap and maybe a little aftershave combined with him. He smelled incredible.

So. Damn. Good.

“Yeah, I’m a Stampede fan now. I’m in it to win it.” She couldn’t stop herself from leaning in a bit closer herself.

“Commitment, I like it.”

“Yeah?”

“Yeah.” His smile grew and his eyes got more intense, the blue getting deeper. “It’s not the only thing I like either.”

“What else do you like?” Her voice dropped low as she spoke. Oh God, the more time she spent with him, the more he affected her. The closer he got to her, the more he affected her. The more he looked at her, the more he affected her.

He just affected her.

“About you? The list keeps growing, and growing. Give me twenty minutes and I’d be happy to tell you about it. In great detail.”

Her stomach flipped and the air in her lungs caught. This time her inability to breath had nothing to do with suffocating pressure. “What happens in twenty minutes?” She somehow managed to ask.

“The game is over.” He turned just a little bit so he could incline his head toward the TV, not taking his eyes off of her while he did it.

“You don’t need to stay here? Until closing?”

“Nope, just came in to help with the rush during the game. I’m free after that.”

“Right,” she nodded slowly, her stomach doing a summersault. “And if I said yes? What happens then?”

He moved back so that he was standing directly in front of her again, leaning in close. The nearness of him combined with the way he was looking at her and the topic of conversation—that she was 99.9% sure was one about them having sex—was making her pulse race. And that wasn’t the only thing he was doing to her. It was taking everything in her not to squirm in her seat. She somehow managed to subtly press her thighs together. It was all she could do to combat the swelling ache.

 

About Shannon Richard

Shannon Richard grew up in the Florida Panhandle as the baby sister of two overly protective but loving brothers. She was raised by a more than somewhat eccentric mother, a self-proclaimed vocabularist who showed her how to get lost in a book and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a BA in English Literature and still lives in Tallahassee where she battles everyday life with writing, reading, and a rant every once in a while. Okay, so the rants might happen on a regular basis. She's still waiting for her Southern, scruffy, Mr. Darcy, and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination. Oh, and she's a pretty big fan of the whimsy.

The Future of Us by Aubrey Parker #BookBlitz

 

The Future of Us
Aubrey Parker
(The Future of Sex, #12)
Publication date: September 3rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

Love doesn’t matter. Romance doesn’t exist.

(The final installment in The Future of Sex series)

In the year 2060, sex is a game of extremes. No desire is unexplored and even the unimaginable is possible.

Alexa Mathis, head of the monolithic O Corporation, has found a prodigy she believes will drive her sex empire to rapturous new limits: Chloe Shaw, a common girl with uncanny gifts that make her a powerful escort.

Chloe doesn’t believe in love. She believes in ecstasy, and her employer’s newest tool to usher “the future of sex”: an intelligent network known as The Beam.

And so it is until she meets Andrew … and the whole world changes.

The Future of Sex is a 12-part serial that is being published in installments. As such, episodes are short and sometimes end on cliffhangers.

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EXCERPT:

She looked at Andrew for a long second, then let the moment hang.

There were no words. Only the strange miasma between them: pain, and anger, and betrayal, and untruth, and love.

Mostly love.

But love didn’t erase the negatives. Her heart wanted to forgive him. He even had good excuses — interestingly, provided for her by Alexa rather than Andrew himself. Through her version of events, Chloe had come to see how tightly Andrew had been bound and how hard he’d fought to extricate them both.

But no matter what she understood and no matter how great the love behind it all, Chloe still felt the hurt. She still felt the betrayal.

“You were the person I went to when I felt like everyone was against me, Andrew. You were my port in the storm.”

It wasn’t a loving thing to say, and Andrew knew it. She wasn’t wrapping verbal arms around him. She was telling him how completely she’d bared her soul before he’d plunged his twisting knife inside her.

“I know.”

“My only friend in the city is Slava, and we only got closer after Voyos. She covered for me, you know. When I was on Voyos, I was supposed to be working. I was supposed to be with clients, but I didn’t want to be. So, I never worked alone. I was always with Slava, and I let her do all the work so that I could stay true to you. But what kind of backward notion is staying true to you in this day and age?”

Andrew looked touched, but he hid his smile. He hadn’t earned the right and knew it.

“My mom was no help; she was half my problem. The way things were changing at work was another one, and the weird shit they had me doing at work — stuff I’m only understanding now — was yet another. Everything was uncertain. So much still is. Everything but you, Andrew. You were the one person I could talk to. You were the only thing I thought I could count on.”

Andrew exhaled, clearly crushed. He looked like he wanted to apologize again, but it was still Chloe’s turn to speak.

“That’s the worst part of this. It’s not that I thought I loved you. It was that I’d been so careful not to truly love anyone other than my family, then decided to break my own rule and ended up regretting it. The mental wall I told you about? I took it down. I figured that there wasn’t any point. Let sex and love mix, I told myself. I couldn’t bring myself to have sex with other guys, so I tore that division all the way down. Just you and me. I’d find ways to adapt to my job, even if it meant less money and fame. What could it possibly hurt?”

She looked at Andrew, then back down.

“I told you about how much O was confusing me. How uneasy they were making me. They were experimenting on me like a lab rat, Andrew! And who did I go to for comfort? You — a part of the problem. You weren’t my safe place. You were part of the experiment.”

“I didn’t want to be. Not after I saw where it was headed. Not once I got to know you.”

“But you were,” Chloe said.

And Andrew nodded. “Yes.”

 

Author Bio:

I love to write stories with characters that feel real enough to friend on Facebook, or slap across the face. I write to make you feel, think, and burn with the thrill that can only come from getting lost in the pages. I love to write unforgettable characters who wrestle with life’s largest problems. My books may always end with a Happily Ever After, but there will always be drama on the way there.

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Drift by Amy Murray #BlogTour #Review

 

Title: Drift
Author: Amy Murray
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 28, 2017

 

I’m not crazy. My mother may have died with everyone believing she was insane, but I refuse to accept that as my fate. Even if I am recalling memories about a life I never lived. A life that includes the mysterious James—a guy I’ve only just met, but feel as if I’ve known all my life. The memories are coming hard and fast, and I’m  falling down a rabbit hole with consequences that far exceed anything I could have ever imagined. And now, someone is trying to kill me.

 

 

Someone from my past who knows about my visions and is looking for something he believes I took from him. All I have to do is figure out how these memories relate to the present and maybe I’ll survive to live another day.

Maybe…

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Review

I don’t normally read paranormal romance. It just typically isn’t my style but I decided to give Drift a try. I liked that the paranormal elements tended to take a background in this story. They weren’t over the top and I really enjoyed the premise of being able to time travel to past versions of oneself to right a wrong.

Abby always thought her mom was crazy until the day she realized that she could look into her past at a memory that was definitely hers but not at the same time. She understands that her mom must have been able to do this as well. James comes into her life right before she discovers these things and she feels as if she’s known him for years. He starts appearing in her visions and they soon discover maybe they are soulmates.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I didn’t care for the transition between present and past all that much but it didn’t take anything away from the book.

Rating: 4 stars

 

About The Author

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Amy Murray graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Psychology. She is a CrossFit addict, proud Harry Potter enthusiast (Gryffindor all day, everyday), and obsessed with modern quilting. She and her family live in Cypress, Texas.