Thursday, March 22, 2018

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Playing With Bonbon Fire

Playing With Bonbon Fire: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series Crooked Lane Books (March 13, 2018) 
Hardcover: 352 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1683314684 
Digital ASIN: B074MBXLWX

Chocoholic Charity Penn must smoke out the killer to stop her newly inherited beachside chocolate shop from going up in flames in Dorothy St. James’ decadent follow-up to Asking for Truffle.
Chocolate shop owner Charity Penn is finally settling into life in the quirky South Carolina seaside town of Camellia Beach cooking up chocolate treats. She’s even helped organize the town’s lively beach music festival which has brought rollicking crowds eager to dance the Carolina shag. That is, until one of the band’s lead singers is found dead beside a beach bonfire.
While also trying to balance the amorous attention of music star Bixby Lewis, in town for the festival, and her quest to perfect a new hot flavored bonbon, Charity dives into the investigation. Though it’s more spice than sugar when she discovers a threatening note, comes across decades of age-old secrets, and Bixby comes into the line of fire when a gas grill explodes on the deck of a beachfront house.
Now Charity must turn up the heat and catch the killer before her chance melts away in Playing With Bonbon Fire, the delightful second Southern Chocolate Shop mystery served up just right for fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke.

Review: Playing with Bonbon Fire is book two is the second book in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series.

I missed the first book in the series, but I hope to soon rectify that situation. I really liked the premise of this series and Charity and her friends are truly fabulous. In this book she is setting up a music festival, but when a singer is found dead Charity starts investigating.

Charity is still trying to find her footing in Camellia Beach and as the book starts, she's still trying to learn her grandmother's chocolate business and not doing well at that part.

I love that the current mystery brings about clues to an older mystery.

The cast of characters are fun and I really love Charity.

I look forward to seeing how this series progresses.

Rating 5 flowers

About the Author

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, a neurotic dog, and fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.
Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn't as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.
Known for the White House Gardener Mystery series, Dorothy is going back to her roots and setting a mystery series in a Southern beach town much like the one she’s called home for the past 20 years. The Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries combine her love of fine chocolates, quirky Southern charm, with a dash of danger.
* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of the award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader's Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: "amazing", "perfect", "filled with emotion", and "lined with danger."
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Savage Bonds

About Savage Bonds

• Paperback: 242 pages
• Publisher: Diversion Books (December 12, 2017)

In the second searing thriller in the trilogy that has “everything you could possibly want and more” (San Francisco Book Review on The Raven Room), aspiring journalist Meredith Dalton is caught between murder, love, and the big city’s most adventurous sex club.

Journalism student Meredith Dalton is driven to launch her career with an exposé on The Raven Room?an illicit and exclusive sex club hidden in the shadows of Chicago’s Chinatown.

But Meredith’s also driven by desire for her lover, Julian Reeve, a card-carrying member of the club who has expanded her sexual horizons. When Meredith uncovers evidence that the recent murders of two women are connected to The Raven Room?and possibly to Julian?only tracking down the true killer can prevent her from an impossible choice between her two passions.

Unsure who to trust, Meredith zeros in on the killer and a web of organized crime. But what are the consequences of diving deeper and deeper into a dangerous world unwilling to relinquish its secrets?

The Raven Room is really about the evolution of relationships, boundaries, and choices. . . . [A] satisfying story of emotional turbulence.” ?Midwest Book Review on The Raven Room

Purchase Links

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Review:  Its been about 3 years since The Raven Room came out. Savage Bonds is the second book in the trilogy.

I have to admit, it took me awhile to get back into the groove of the story, because its been 3 years, and these books are not to be read as stand alone novels or out of order. If you do, you'll be more than a little confused.

Meredith is still planning on writing an article about The Raven Room. She wavers between doing it an not, she wants to protect Julian, but when she learns about the deaths of several women that may be connected to the club she knows she has to do something. However, her digging is putting her in danger.

What is interesting about this book is how its really difficult to like or connect with any of the characters. All of them are seriously flawed, in fact, it is hard to figure out which one is the most flawed. Julian is just beyond screwed up, and in this book, we learn even more about his younger years and how he got that way.

Then there are the twins, Sofia/Alana who is dead and Tatiana. These two were abused by their parents in various ways and in a twisted way, Julian was involved.

Like the first book, there's a lot of steamy sex. Meredith seems to be sleeping with EVERYONE.

I enjoyed the first book, but this one had so much going on and it was hard to figure out where the author wants to take the story. In the first book I liked many of the characters. In this book, I wasn't sure how I felt about them, well except for Peter. He is still a disgusting piece of work.

Also like the first book, this one ends with a cliffhanger. 


I hope I don't have to wait 3 years to finish this trilogy.

Rating: 3 flowers

About Ana Madeiros

Ana Medeiros currently lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and two cats. Savage Bonds, book two of The Raven Room trilogy, is published by Diversion Books.

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Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Uneasy Prey

Uneasy Prey (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Pennsylvania
Henery Press (March 27, 2018)
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635113204
Digital ASIN: B078RWM8S1
On the way to the emergency room, an elderly woman regains consciousness long enough to inform paramedic Zoe Chambers that her fall down the basement steps was no accident. Before she can say more, she succumbs to her injuries, launching Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams into the investigation of a burglary ring targeting the area’s vulnerable senior citizens.
Zoe—in spite of Pete’s objections—takes it upon herself to act as protection detail after the con men, disguised as water company employees, set their sights on Zoe’s beloved former landlady. It’s a decision that eventually puts Zoe in harm’s way.
With Zoe already recovering from one close call, Pete must race against time to stop the crime ring—and a dangerous killer—before they strike again.
Review: When I saw this was the 6th book in this series, I went WTF. I read books 2-4. How in the heck did I miss book 5? Grrr

I love this series because its set in Pennsylvania in a made up county which should be somewhere near where I live. That was a huge draw for this series for me.

This story involves some elderly people being conned. This adds to the feeling of authenticity. I love Zoe and Pete.

I love Annette's writing. She's created characters where the mystery always feels personal to Zoe and company.

I think this series just keeps getting better.

Rating: 5 flowers

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Goddess Fish Promotions Book Spotlight: For This Moment

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Holly Bush will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

1871 - Born to privilege and duty in Virginia, Olivia Gentry comes of age as women begin to find their social and political independence. She has been raised and educated to carry on the Gentry family’s successful horse breeding stables with her brothers at Paradise, their family home. Having been deceived in love as a young woman and unsure of her instincts, she is wary to commit to a marriage, but she cannot deny her long-buried feelings for a family friend.

Jim Somerset has been in love with Olivia Gentry from the moment she gazed up at him as a young girl. A farrier by trade like his father before him, he and his business’s future are inexorably entwined with the Gentry family. He has watched her be courted by statesmen, and considers her and her goals out of the reach of a common workman, like himself. But he is fearful that he will never rid Olivia from his mind and from his heart. Has the moment come for him to reveal his passions for her? Find out in the third installment of the Gentrys of Paradise.

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Olivia understood herself enough to know that she had lost her confidence, and even though others might see her as wealthy and educated and fortunate, which she was, she was still fragile and unsure of how her future would unfold. Any man she married or fixed on would be a central part of that future. Would define in society’s eyes whether her hopes and dreams were fulfilled, whether her personal happiness and the draw of competency and ambition she had for herself would cross paths.

She supposed that she should end her self-imposed exile. What good did it do her to hide in her room? She’d answered some of her own questions in the last four months. She did wish to marry. She wanted children of her own. She wanted a companion, a man, all for herself, not meant to be shared with others. She wanted to experience intimacy, and although she could do that outside the bounds of marriage, she couldn’t imagine it. How could one achieve the intimacy necessary to complete the act with a person that one had no relationship with, either from personal choice or law?

The final question, of course, was whether she would achieve any of those goals if love wasn’t evident. Her mother and father hadn’t been in love when they married. Yet they had grown to love each other and built a successful life together. Olivia believed that she could do as many other women had done before. Marry with purpose. Marry to achieve goals. Marry, not for love, but for compatibility and future hopes.

About the Author:
Holly Bush writes historical romance set in the the late 1800’s, in Victorian England, and and occasional Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at and on Twitter @hollybushbooks and on Facebook at Holly Bush.

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Audiobook Spotlight: Level Me Up

Audiobook Review Tour for LEVEL ME UP by Lauren Helms

I’m so excited for you to join us for the review tour for the audiobook of LEVEL ME UP by Lauren Helms. Follow along with the tour for reviews, plus enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card!
Can the gamer win the girl in LEVEL ME UP by Lauren Helms? Dex Roberts falls hard and fast for Morgan Lawson, but the last thing Morgan is looking for while attending Comic-Con, is love. Fans of R.S. Grey and Gaming the System series by Brenna Aubrey will love this nerdy and flirty story about what happens when a sweet and sexy pro gamer meets the girl-next-door.  Now available on audiobook!
Title: Level Me Up
Author: Lauren Helms
Release Date: February 2018
Narrator: Lacey Gilleran
Series: Gamer Boy #1
Genres: New Adult Romance
Length: 5 hours and 42 minutes
Format: Audiobook, paperback, eBook


The last thing Morgan Lawson is looking for when attending Comic-Con is love. But even prior to exchanging first words, Morgan is drawn to Dex, a drop-dead sexy gamer boy who lives and breathes video games. Before she realizes it, Morgan finds herself caught up in all things Dex.

Dex Roberts knows from the moment he first sees Morgan, he wants more. He falls hard and fast but isn’t surprised when his job as a professional video gamer takes a toll on their relationship.

Once Morgan decides what truly makes her happy, there’s no time to waste. But without warning, life threatens to destroy what both Morgan and Dex want most... each other.

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About Lauren Helms:

Author Lauren Helms has been an avid reader from a young age. After starting a book review site, that launched her fully into the book world, she decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. Since she was working for a video game strategy guide publisher at the time, she decided to mix what she knew best, video games and romance. Jumping all in, she joined NaNoWrimo and a month later had a 50K word first draft. Lauren lives in Indianapolis, IN with her video game playing husband, two little girl book nerds, and a little boy who will hopefully be a gamer boy too some day!
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Spotlight: Earl of St Seville

A secret group, marked with a single golden W; it is a place where these deliciously devious earls can indulge in their darkest desires. Though fate may have something else planned for them entirely.
Out March 20th – Regency Romance, Earl of St Seville by Christina McKnight.
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Title: Earl of St Seville
Series: Wicked Earls Club
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Release Date: March 20, 2018

When a bluestocking spinster sets her mind to something…
Lady Patience Lane, daughter of the Earl of Desmond and legendary boxer Ivory Bess, grew up learning to fight, not how to mind her manners. She always expected she’d become a trainer like her mother, until injuries from the ring led to her mother’s untimely death. Now, she’s determined to save other families from the same heartache, by teaching others about the dangers of boxing. Nothing could bring her back to the world she left—until she meets a mysterious stranger who sets her pulse racing.
And a dark, dangerous lord interferes…
Sinclair Chambers, the Earl of St. Seville and known as “Sin” to his cohorts, inherited an insolvent estate. He has to make money, and fast, or his tenants will starve. The prize purses from the bareknuckle mills will go a long way to solving his problems, if he can win them. To be a success in the ring, he needs the best trainer, and Patience Lane is the best there is—all he has to do is convince her that he’ll only fight once.
They just might find their happily ever after in each other’s arms.
The more time Sin and Patience spend together, the closer they become. Soon, Sin’s thoughts are less about winning in the ring, and more about winning Patience’s heart. But can a relationship born out of wicked deception stand the test of time?


Perhaps she should have knocked.
Or, preferably, remained safely abed.
Before her stood a man, not one of her brothers that she still pictured as boys even though they were two and four years her senior, but instead a true man—stripped to the waist, his back to her.
Thank the heavens above for small miracles.
But to deny that her heart skipped a beat—or ten—would be preposterous. In fact, as Patience stood, unnoticed, studying the man now looking out Merit’s open window, she wondered if her heart would ever beat a normal, steady rhythm again or if her skin would ever cool enough to need an overcoat or shawl. It was only when her lungs began to burn that she realized she’d held her breath since opening the door, a call of greeting stuck in her throat.
One utterly forgotten.
So intent on the window, the man failed to notice he was no longer alone.
There was no denying the stranger’s presence—an unfamiliar masculine air filled the room. It was both intriguing and frightening. Certainly, she’d witnessed men in various stages of undress, but this goliath was different. Never had Patience been so utterly aware of her own body, while distracted by the sight of another’s chiseled form. Her hands itched to reach out at the same time they should be raising to cover her exposed flesh, veiled only by her thin nightshift.

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Author Bio:
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Christina McKnight writes emotional and intricate Regency Romance with rebellious women and maverick heroes. 

Her books combine romance and mystery, exploring themes of redemption and forgiveness. When not writing she enjoys coffee, wine, traveling the world, and watching television.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon

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TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Baby Plan

About The Baby Plan

• Paperback: 432 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 20, 2018) “Smart and funny, The Baby Plan is irresistible! A winner.” -Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author
 In The Lizzie Bennet Diaries creator Kate Rorick’s first adult fiction novel, we enter the wild, bewildering world of modern pregnancies. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll shake your head as you wonder where everyone’s sanity went...
Meet the mothers…

Nathalie Kneller: Nathalie’s plan: to announce her pregnancy now that she’s finally made it past twelve weeks! But just as she’s about to deliver (so to speak) the big news to her family, her scene-stealing sister barfs all over the Thanksgiving centerpiece. Yup, Lyndi’s pregnant too, swiping the spotlight once more…  

Lyndi Kneller:  Lyndi’s plan: finally get her life together! She’s got a new apartment, new promotion, new boyfriend. What she didn’t count on—a new baby! She can barely afford her rent, much less a state-of-the-art stroller…

Sophia Nunez: Sophia’s plan: Once she gets her daughter Maisey off to college, she’ll finally be able to enjoy life as make-up artist to one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and girlfriend to one of rock’s hottest musicians. But after 18 years she discovers the stork is once again on its way…

Now these women are about to jump headlong into the world of modern day pregnancy. It’s a world of over the top gender reveal parties (with tacky cakes and fireworks); where every morsel you eat is scrutinized and discussed; where baby names are crowd-sourced and sonograms are Facebook-shared. And where nothing goes as planned...

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Review: The Baby Plan is one of those books that makes me happy that I've never had children. I could never handle the gender reveal parties and baby showers. They would make me nuts. In fact, many times in the book, Sophia's daughter mentions that her mom's pregnancy is making her not want to have children

This story involves three women in different parts of their lives. Nathalie and Lindy are sister's and pregnant at the same time. Nathalie is in her thirties and Lindy in her twenties. They aren't quite the closest of sisters and their pregnancy is pushing them apart.

I felt sorry for Nathalie who had to share everything with her sister from her announcement of her pregnancy to all her parties. She had no one that she really connected with to help her with what she was going through, and it didn't help that her husband was slowing turning into a douche nozzle.

Lindy is the young sister that doesn't have it together, but the nice part is that she slowly gets it together, through some missteps. It was good to see her grow up, because she was a touch annoying to start with. I could understand the hows and whys of her sister's anger with her.

Sophia is the single mom, and her story felt the most disjointed, because she wasn't connected to either sister until midway through the story. Where Nathalie and Lindy were more normal women, Sophia is connected to Hollywood, as a makeup artist. Her life isn't glamorous, but its very different. She's a single mother to start with, with a daughter ready to head off to college, which gives her a whole new set of pregnancy problems. Add a rocker boyfriend to the mix and she probably has it worse of all of them.

Each woman deals with their own issues, from some embarrassing bodily functions, to accidents, and finally to worrying about blood pressure.

Slowly all of the women connect with each other and their problems with husbands, boyfriends and work start to evaporate.

This was a fun book, with lots of laughs and a few tears along the way.

Rating: 4 flowers

About Kate Rorick

Kate Rorick is an Emmy Award–winning writer who has worked on a number of television shows, most recently The Librarians on TNT. She was also a writer for the hit web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and authored the two series tie-in novels, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet and The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet. In her other life, she writes bestselling historical romance novels under the name Kate Noble. Kate lives in Los Angeles with her family. Find out more about Kate at her
website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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