Hello everyone! Happy Books and Wine Wednesday. I hope you are all enjoying the month of September so far and are getting a lot of enjoyable reading in. This week's wine / book pairing is brought to you by Author Jillian James's Song of Smoke and Ironstone's Obsession Symphony. If you love fantasy romance with dragon shifters and court intrigue as well as whimsical white wine blends, then this is the pair for you! Don't forget to have your glass of Obsession at the ready when you sit down to read this lovely book for the perfect fantasy romance experience. Be sure to look for links to both down below. Have a wonderful rest of your week and, as always, happy reading!
In a world where humans have been forced to live below-ground for centuries as a war with Dragons rages on, 20 year-old Seda is forced to make a choice that will uncover old lies and open up new worlds.
Captured and taken into her enemy's home, she finds herself falling deeper and deeper under the spell of an enigmatic and charming Dragon warrior. Dederic challenges her, tempts her and leaves her longing for what is possible.
As her feelings shift from icy contempt to blazing desire, Seda must find a way to heal the broken divide between their two worlds and save what matters most before it's too late.
Author's Note: This is a medium-burn romance intended for readers 18+. This story contains strong language, sex, and violence.
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From my review:
I loved the whole world that the author built. Her colorful descriptions and the characters that she created really pulled me into to the futuristic setting where humans and dragon kind are at war with each other and treachery lurks around every corner.
Song of Smoke begins with Seda, the human daughter of the high king of Illburn, being sold into marriage to a cruel warlord. Seda’s compassion and empathy are constantly landing her on the wrong side of her cold, heartless father and the rest of the male dominated court. Woman have no higher ranking than cattle and are treated abominably in the underground kingdom where humans have been forced to dwell since the beginning of the war with the dragons. When Seda’s soft heart leads her to aid in a dragon’s escape from the dungeon at Illburn, she becomes entangled in the world of dragons and quickly learns that all the horrid tales she had heard about the shifters were lies.
In the home of a dragon pride she sees a better way of life and her magical gift flourishes under the tutelage of the very handsome shifter, Dederic. If I ever run across a dragon shifter man, I hope he looks just like Dederic because *swoon* - he’s so sexy!
There were a few typos and grammar errors but nothing that detracted from the story. All in all, this was a great read that kept me engaged from start to finish.
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.
Happy Wine Wednesday! We're into the 'dog days' of summer here, in my neck of the woods. If you're rolling along, looking for a little something exciting to spice up these last couple weeks of August, this week's wine / book pairing should do the trick. Author Lawrence Hall's superhero romance, Vigillante, and the ever intriguing, Kung Fu Girl Reisling are the perfect temptation for the adventurous soul. So pull up your favorite reading spot and pour yourself a glass. Happy reading everybody!
Ashlyn Rivers is a detective in the Orias Police Department. Every day she goes about doing her part to protect and serve the people. Recently, a new criminal organization has moved into the city. If they continue to disturb the current crime boss and his empire, they will start a turf war that will hurt a lot of innocent people.
The mayor, meanwhile, has declared that the Vigilante is to be arrested on sight for fear others may try to copy him. Ashlyn cannot explain it, but she feels a connection with him and believes that he actually helps the OPD. If he truly has the abilities they say, she can sleep better at night knowing he has watch. Many in the department however, will go out of their way to make a name for themselves by being the cop that brings him in. Even if it costs lives.
There's a war coming and a lot of blood will be shed, unless Ashlyn can stop it with help from the Vigilante. That's if the Orias Police stay out of the way.
She works for the law, he works above it. Will they find a way to save the city and come together, or will their worlds forever keep their love apart? This debut novel puts a fresh spin on the female heroine, the man that loves her and those she's sworn to protect.
From my review:
I loved the whole superhero theme. I’ve read a ton of paranormal romances because it’s my favorite genre, but I hadn’t read one like this before. Good job, Author Hall, for putting something new on the scene. Vigilante was action packed, full of underworld, criminal intrigues and I could totally see it as a graphic novel. That would be really cool. I liked how the Vigilante’s superhero back story started to take shape in this first book and look forward to more secrets being revealed as the series continues.
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.
Wine Wednesday is back! Yayy -- my Romance, Reads & Wine posts have been MIA for a couple of weeks due to May being a whirlwind of activity kind of month. Now that summer has decided that it's definitely on its way (fingers crossed here in Colorado --my kids' end of year school picnic saw us sledding and snowball fighting, no joke), I'm hoping for some lazy days. The kind that involve wine and a favorite romantic read.
This week's wine / book pair is brought to you by Melanie A. Smith's All of Me and Katy Michaud's Cab Sav. All of Me is book 2 in Smith's Safeguarded Heart series and is a page turning read. So prepare yourself by pouring a glass of Michaud Cab Sav and then settle in.
Happy start to the summer months everyone and happy reading!
Fresh off a series of life-changing events, real estate mogul Serafina Evans has decided to pursue the man she loves – the stubborn, intelligent, charming, and devastatingly handsome Alessandro Giordano. And while Alessandro is finally free of the ties that bound him, that revelation was followed by his insistence that he must return to his home country of Italy. So, Sera must track him down and find out why he left … and if there’s any hope left for their love.
But as much as her life has changed lately, nothing can prepare Sera for the challenges and lessons in love, loss, and tragedy that are yet to come. This will include her biggest lesson yet: how to persevere through it all and mend a repeatedly shattered heart to do the impossible – give all of herself to someone. But is it something she’s ready for?
Note: This is a full length novel and the second book in a steamy contemporary romantic suspense series that is intended to be read in order. This book includes mature content, and as such is not recommended for readers under 18 years of age, or those who might be offended by such material.
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Happy May 1st and, more importantly, happy Wine Wednesday everyone!
This week's pairing is brought to you by my current read - New york Time's Bestselling Author, Gena Showalter's book, Wicked Nights, and Raeburn Chardonnay. Wicked Nights is the first book in Showalter's Angels of the Dark series. Showalter is one of my go-to paranormal romance authors and I just picked this little gem up about a day ago, but oh my... so good! The rest of the books in the series look amazing too and the covers... *sigh*. Let's just say, I think I'm going to be crushing on angels for a while. Go grab yourself a copy of this sexy angels romance and read along with me. Pour yourself a glass of Raeburn chardonnay and we'll be all set.
Wishing you a fabulous wine / book night tonight and, as always, happy reading!
Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless—and if he isn't careful, he'll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost…until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he's never known before.
Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation—or her ultimate damnation?
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…
Happy Wine Wednesday everybody! Okay, I know that I usually post romance novels for wine / book pairings on Wednesday buuutt... check out that amazing bottle!! When I saw Game of Thrones Chardonnay I knew it was going up on the blog. Timely too, considering the final season airs this weekend. Wine maker Bob Cabral has crafted a whole line of GoT wines so be sure to check out the website (link below). If you're at all a Fantasy lover / reader, I'm sure you already have the whole book collection in a hallowed display somewhere in your home, but to keep with tradition here on the RR&W section of the blog, I'm including the book link for the series and the description of famed Fantasy Author George R.R. Martin's masterpiece.
Have a wonderful rest of your week as the countdown to Season 8 continues. Be sure to grab your copies of the books and a bottle of Game of Thrones Chard. Happy reading everyone!
For the first time, all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO’s Game of Thrones are together in one eBook bundle. An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R. R. Martin—dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine—international acclaim and millions of loyal readers. Now this bundle collects the entire monumental cycle in the most convenient format available:
A GAME OF THRONES
A CLASH OF KINGS
A STORM OF SWORDS
A FEAST FOR CROWS
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
“One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”--Los Angeles Times
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
“Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times
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.