Hello reader friends! This week's pairing is brought to you by Author Eve L. Mitchell's contemporary romance, Dark Heart, and Geyser Peak Winery's Sauvignon Blanc. If you love romance reads with edge, be sure to grab up a copy of Dark Heart today. Don't forget to pour yourself a glass of Geyser Peak to go along with, then settle in for the ride that Mitchell delivers in this steamy, bad boy romance. Happy Books & WIne Wednesday, everyone and happy reading!
My name is Aaron Jonson. I don’t have the time or the patience for most things. I’m not a nice guy.
There are few things in life I care about, my family, well…not all of them…and making money. I’m a simple man with simple pleasures. I work hard and I play harder, cliché? Probably.
I like routine. I like things to be controlled. More importantly, I like to be the one in control.
Lela Morgan is going to be a huge problem for me. I am not a babysitter. The minute I saw her in the airport, I knew she was going to be trouble.
Now she’s in my house. She’s at my work. She’s in my head.
She’s testing my limits. She’s pushing my control. She’s not going to beat me.
I play hard and I will win…because as I said, I’m really not a nice guy.
From my review:
Okay, I’m not gonna lie, when I saw the cover on this book, I had to have it because… oh, my! Totally swoon worthy. The brusque, alpha male hero, Aaron Johnson, is as well so it was easy to see why Lela couldn’t keep her eyes off him. I didn’t read the first book in this series, but had no trouble following the story and am now all the more intrigued about the underground world the author has created. The characters were well developed—even the supporting characters and the villains. I also liked that it was told from Aaron’s perspective. I’m not always a fan of first person pov, but it was done beautifully in Dark Heart and stayed consistent and believable throughout. As for the romance between Aaron and Lela, I’ll go ahead and call it a slow burn even though there were times when I worried that these two might never give in to their attraction and come together. That being said, it was a smoldering affair that in the end just ‘worked’. A very satisfying read with edge.
What readers are saying...
Here is another fabulous reader review of Odile, Legend of the Black Swan from Indie book blogger, Melanie A. Smith put together with a lovely bookstagram photo done by @carpelibrum.in of Instagram! If you love dark fairy tales, be sure to grab up your own copy of Odile and... Enter the world of the Black Swan.
Pale, cold mistress of the serpent’s lair, blood red lips and coal black hair…
Enter the world of the Black Swan, a dark and seductive tale where things are not always as they seem. Odile is the reviled villainess of Aarroughac, a castle inhabited by the evil wizard, Count Rothebart. After a sinister magic sweeps through the land and results in death, Odile is accused of the crime. Von Rothebart vanishes, leaving her to face the wrath of an entire kingdom alone until a mysterious stranger with powers of his own comes along.
With vengeance as his guide, Lord Azarus di Caspari hunts an ancient curse. When he crosses paths with the Black Swan of legend, he immediately makes up his mind to use the temptress’s magic for his own devices. But when Azarus learns that the story of the sorceress might not be true, disappointment gives way to desire. Spells are cast and secrets are revealed, but can love exist in the shadow of two dark hearts such as theirs?
Are the tales of the Black Swan true? Is she a murderess and an evil sorceress to be feared or is she the only thing standing between true evil and the fall of a kingdom? Only time will tell as the magical story of the Black Swan unfolds.
Odile, Legend of the Black Swan is a stand alone fantasy, fairy tale romance inspired by the legendary ballet, Swan Lake.
An Enchanted Lands Romance.
Happy Wine and Book Wednesday everyone! This week's pairing is brought to you by Author Tori Alvarez's Naive in Love and Benziger Family Winery's Chardonnay. Naive in love is a New Adult, college romance perfect for all the back to school feels going on this time of year. I don't have any going off to college yet, but I know that I am definitely having some of those yearnings. As in, how soon do the kids start back to school again? Mama needs a quiet moment here. Lol. Here's hoping you all find a quiet moment to read Naive in Love with a glass of Benziger. Happy reading, book and wine lovers!
How do you know what love is if you have never experienced it? Love or infatuation? How's one to tell?
Sophia is having trouble navigating these new experiences during her first year in college. Each time someone tells her to follow her heart, she is even more confused and frustrated. Away from home and her friends, she needs to figure out who she is.
From my review:
Naive in Love
by Tori Alvarez
Great debut novel! Many life changes and first experiences were depicted very well in this book and the characters were relatable. It took me a little while to get into, but once the MC settled into her new life as a college freshman the story took off. There were a few times where I wished I could have put a bug in Sophia’s ear about a certain bad news boyfriend. But then, YAY! Ethan stepped in and saved the day! Nice coming of age story. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys NA romances that revolve around college life.
Happy Wine Wednesday everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful week and managing to keep cool in the summer heat. I have a couple of things that can definitely help you out with that in the form of this week's wine / book pairing. Ellie Malouff's Between the Waves and Kono Marlborough Savignon Blanc are a great duo to keep to keep you company in the shade or while lounging poolside. Be sure to give them both a try, you'll be glad you did!
"Compulsively readable, sexy, and fun!"
I moved to a small town on the island of Maui, ready to live out my days on my own and far away from the monster I left back in Chicago.
It was the perfect reset until I needed something more. Someone more.
When I met Jake, the hottest guy in board shorts this side of the island, I started living again. He's teaching me how to surf, making my toes curl from pleasure, and is the one person I want to let into my world, with one condition...
He can never know my real name.
No one can.
Because if I'm found, I'll have to give up the life I'm building with Jake.
Where did this girl come from?
My life was on a straight trajectory—waking up at dawn, getting my brother off to school, heading to the shop, and watching surfers come and go—until a beautiful woman named Audrey Logan moved to town. She's guarded and mysterious, but I'm drawn to her in a way I can't resist.
I'm determined to break down her walls one surfing lesson at a time, in hopes that she'll stay in Maui and let me love her, come what may.
What to expect from this standalone novella: hot surfer dudes, bonfire parties, kissing under the stars, romps on the beach, lovey-dovey stuff, mysterious backstories, "I will protect you!" hero vibes, suspense, kick ass women, and of course a happily ever after.
*** From my review:
Perfect Summer book! I really enjoyed this quick, summer read. Set in beautiful Hawaii, it had all the best beach elements—sun, sand and a hot surfer guy to fall in love with. It’s very well written, has fantastic characters, no slow spots. I finished it in a day because I couldn’t put it down. I loved all the surfer quotes the author put in as well. Well done, Ms. Malouff!
Would recommend to anyone looking for a great little romance to throw in their beach or pool bag.
Hey everybody, happy Friday! Just wanted to put up a short post today to congratulate the winners of my giveaways last week at author Eve L. Mitchell's Release party for her new book Dark Heart (which if you don't have yet, #gogetit ). Congratulations to Carli Ashdown, Valerie Elizabeth Place and Jan Marshall. Thanks so much for playing ladies, and helping make the party a great success!
Stay tuned to the blog. I have lots of new things coming up as we get into summer i.e. King of the Tides teasers, a cover reveal, free book days, giveaways and more!
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... finally, my time has come! Bwahaha!
Um.... actually, I mean I’m doing an author takeover to celebrate the release of Eve L. Mitchell’s new book, Dark Heart ❤️ which is going to be incredible! There will be a ton of amazing authors, giveaways and lots of fun to be had. Don’t miss it!
#releaseparty #authortakeover #newromancenovel
Oh, and hey... do you like this logo? I'm going to use it tomorrow at the party. What do you think of it?
Happy Book Teaser Tuesday! Here is a little bit from one of my favorite scenes in Moontide. Here, Cindy gets the sense that the strange dreams she's been having might be more than just dreams.
She veered left with Iris once they hit the water and picked up speed, splashing through the foamy surf. The mare’s exhilaration was contagious and Cindy reveled in the feel of freedom. She’d never been so at ease riding before, but something had come over her and it was as if she just knew what to do, like she was remembering. Remembering what though? The horse, the ride, the place? She couldn’t piece it all together enough to make sense of what felt like recollections but couldn’t possibly be.
Ronan and his stallion gained on them and she pushed Iris forward, laughing into the wind. Her spirit melded with the horse’s as they pounded across wet sand. Small white flickers sped through her vision like fireflies. She raced through the tiny balls of light as they blurred, fading into the sunlight and the gleam of the water. A sensation of strength came over her, rushing through the blood in her veins as if some fire had been lit within her.
Foreign words like the ones spoken in her dreams filled her head. This time, she had a vague idea of their meaning; moon then goddess. They’d barely flitted into her consciousness when Ronan caught up and headed her off.
Both horses turned their riders in a final circle as they pranced and reared against the rolling water in a climactic end to their game.
Moontide, Tides of Atlantis Book#1
Available on Amazon or read for free on Kindle Unlimited
Tides of Atlantis
Mankind and the gods alike have grown complacent and the restless forces of the underworld that have been simmering beneath the surface are coming out to play. They will not stop until their thirst for vengeance is satisfied and all worlds have returned to yawning pre-time chaos.
Ten lost kings ─ sons of Poseidon─ and rulers of a condemned land are our last hope…if only they can be found. Cursed by the gods after the fall of Atlantis, the kings have passed into anonymity with no memory of who they are. Forces of both good and evil are hunting them. Poseidon needs them to win the war for the universe. Evil is bent on their destruction.
Upon A Moonswept Tide…
Trapped in time…Ronan Garring is a man of action; a ship captain who has sailed the seas from Europe to the Caribbean…in the seventeenth century. When he is tricked by a sea nymph, he is sent to a deserted island in Poseidon’s realm to serve the gods for all time. On a mission to modern day Miami, he finds his earth home crawling with underworld evil and is waylaid by an enchanting human woman who seems to stall his attempts at completing his quest at every turn. He can’t be sure if she is an entirely innocent wrecking ball or the agent of a more sinister force. Against all his good intentions, he finds himself continually, albeit pleasantly, entangled with her both in this world and beyond.
Searching…for a friend whose gone missing, Cindy Pierce left the Rocky Mountains for the beaches of Miami to try to make sense of, what looks to be, a hopeless case. As the trail grows cold, she stumbles into an intriguing dark stranger and is literally knocked flat. Fierce and intense as he is, towering over her and exuding old world masculinity, she can’t help her body’s immediate response to him. When she finds herself being chased across the southern tip of Miami and into the Florida Keys by the handsome foreigner however, she’s convinced he’s not only psychotic but intent on doing her harm. Once she finds herself in his arms again though, her attraction to him can’t be denied and neither can the fact that he may be the only one who can save her from the dark forces at work on the beach.
Join the race to find the kings in Amanda V. Shane’s new Tides of Atlantis series and help them to discover their soul mates, the women who will win their lost hearts and help them fulfill their destiny!
Happy Wine Wednesday everyone!
I know I missed last week. This time of year things get a little crazy. But I'm back with another 'perfect for each other' wine/book pairing. It's a little obvious, I know, I apologize for that, but when you have a story bout a cupcake and flower shop owner and a super hot, redeemed bad-boy then there's no question but to pair it with a Cupcake wine. Author Cassie Faber's Frozen Memories of her new Angelbay Harbor series and Cupcake Chardonnay are our lovely couple for this week's post. With thing's getting hectic as the season change really gets going and probably some spring fever setting in, if you're like me, these two make for a nice little world all your own to slide away into for an escape from all the busyness. So, nestle into your favorite reading spot for a while, grab a copy of Frozen Memories and have a sip of Cupcake Chard! Happy reading!
Redeemed bad boy Boh Mason has been running for all of his life to protect those he loves from the demons of his past. He ends up in the small coastal town of Angelbay Harbour, where young and talented Claire Forester literally falls into his arms.
The unworldly, innocent co-owner of Angel’s Cupcakes & Flowers, who is fighting to regain lost memories after a devastating car accident, finds herself inexplicably attracted to the mysterious stranger.
When his past pulls him into an inescapable web of corruption, he discovers for the first time in his life that running is not an option, and Claire realizes that the key to unearthing her memories is in the hands of the person who will change her world irrevocably…
… in a land of winter’s tales, beyond the forest and the world we mortals know as ordinary, a maiden lived with hair of gold and snowy white, eyes of shining blue and lips to shame the blood, red rose.
A commoner and the outcast of her village...Nika is forced to flee her home to keep the dark secret of her birth. When she is hunted by a rugged Northman, she finds herself lost in a land of spells and curses. His kisses start to melt her cold, lonely heart, her secrets are laid bare and she finds herself in a magic war for the man and the kingdom she loves.
King of a cursed and ravaged kingdom...when Vasilli first lays eyes on Nika stealing bread at a fair, he knows he has to have the fair haired beauty. The legends surrounding his lands tell of a snow maiden who will break the curse of the Northern Kingdom but he wants Nika for his own.
From a land of winter, ice and snow comes a tale of enchantment and romance. Mages and sorceresses, omens and curses - this spellbinding grownup fairy tale is a story of magic in an ancient land and a legendary love that will heat up even the coldest winter night.
Inspired by the Russian fairy tale The Snow Maiden and legendary characters of The Nutcracker Ballet.
This story involves some intimate scenes and adult situations. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
What readers are saying about Snow Maiden:
"...a classical tale of good versus evil with a magical, steamy slant." ~Linda, www.readingbetweenthewines.com
"Miss Shane is an extremely illustrative writer. She paints a story that is so seductive and enchanting." ~Angela G., www.whiskeyangellife.com
"The romance between Nika and Vasilli develops at a delicious pace..." ~Bianca, www.ismellsheep.com
"This book will pull you through its pages! This read is compelling and full of adventurous action and love!" ~Amazon reviewer
Happy Wine Wednesday everyone! Hope you all are enjoying some lovely spring weather as we head into April. This week's wine / book pairing is brought to you by Author Michelle Deerwester-Dalrymple's The Lady of the Glen and Muirwood Winery's Chardonnay. The Lady of the Glen is part of Deerwester-Dalrymple's The Glen Highland Romance series. It's a wonderful historical Highland romance and who doesn't love men in kilts in the springtime... er, or anytime for that matter. For a most pleasurable reading experience, be sure to grab a copy of The Lady of the Glen and poor yourself a glass of Muirwood Chard. Happy mid-week and, as always, happy reading!
Elayne MacNally knew one thing for certain: Her reputation as the willful harpy of the highlands was well earned.
As the spoiled daughter of the successful Laird MacNally, Elayne got whatever she wanted, until the man she thought she would wed rejected her. Dejected and reconsidering her lot in life, her father comes up with an opportunity that could change the course of her life and perhaps her reputation as well.
Declan MacCollough also knew one thing for certain: He did not want to follow in his father’s footsteps as Laird of the reputed “Beast Clan.”
Following his father’s death, Declan had a lot of work ahead of him to reclaim any sense of respect for his people. Families had fled; fathers would not permit their daughters to wed into the clan. Declan wanted, more than anything, to recreate his clan into one deserving of service to the King. The first step Declan must take is to find a wife with enough backbone to help him tame his clan, help it grow, and gain back respect.
Learning of Elayne and her reputation, Declan offers to wed the lass – an arranged marriage of sorts. With no other choices open to her, Elayne decides that the Laird of the Beast Clan is her best, if only, option.
What happens when she arrives is a strange and passionate meeting of the minds between herself and Declan. Playing on each other’s strengths, they maneuver around those who attempt to prevent the marriage as a play for power. However, Declan’s past affiliations with the King are not welcome by all, and the challenges to their marriage become the least of their worries.
Can Declan and Elayne trust each other enough to face the threats to the MacCollough clan and their very lives?
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About the Author
Amanda V Shane is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance and is currently working on her Tides of Atlantis series about the super hot lost kings of Atlantis as well as her Enchanted Lands Romances.