Excerpt from ARCHANGEL’S HEART by Nalini Singh

from ARCHANGEL’S HEART by Nalini Singh – AVAILABLE NOW!

Raphael’s response was silent, his wing brushing hers as he . . .

“Raphael!” The damn archangel had dusted her.

Glittering, sparkly stuff stuck to her, delicious beyond compare when she parted her mouth and it licked onto her tongue. Her thighs clenched. “This is not funny!” She glared at him even as arousal flooded her system, but he was laughing too hard to care.

Her heart, it just stopped.

Even now, the Archangel of New York rarely laughed and never like this. Until she could see the youth he must’ve once been, with eyes of a wild, astonishing blue that asked a woman to laugh with him. She’d never before seen him as truly young. How could she? He had so much power that it pulsed in his every touch, burned in his skin.

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Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

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THE DEAL is a fabulous, page-turning, super enjoyable New Adult romance. I couldn’t stop reading, and this is one long book! Needless to say, I was bleary-eyed by the time I lift my head from my kindle, but I don’t regret every minute I spent with Garrett and Hannah.

Garrett Graham needed to pass his Ethics midterms or else he would be benched and there goes his shot at bringing his team to another championship. So, when he learns that Hannah Wells had aced the exam, he asked her to tutor him for the make-up exam in exchange for helping her to bag Justin Kohl, the guy she’s been crushing on. However, after an explosive kiss leads to the most satisfying sex of their lives, Garrett has to figure out how to make her see that the guy she wanted all along is right in front of her… Continue reading

Review: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

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A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN is a breath of fresh air in the market of historical romances, where one story tends to blend into another. A phenomenal read, and by the time I reached the end, I wanted more! I can’t wait for the next book, which comes out in 2017!

Anyway, my review: I became interested in all things Sherlock due to the BBC show Sherlock. That’s why I was intrigued when I read the blurb. I wanted to know if Sherry Thomas, whose historical romances I loved, could pull it off. And she did!

I don’t read a lot of mysteries, but I thought the mystery here was well done and logical. There are enough red herrings to keep you guessing, and there are also lots of surprising twists and turns in the story–both in Charlotte’s life and in the mystery–that would keep you involved until the very end.

For me, one of the factors of this novel’s success is the heroine–Charlotte Holmes. She’s a very unusual heroine, strong, very smart, her mind runs on a different plane than ours, and I guess it’s reasonable to assume that she’s modeled after Sherlock Holmes. However, the way the author presented her, Charlotte is not a sociopath. She’s just…different, and her powers of observation are top-notch. She’s also empathetic, enough that I was rooting for her until the end. Continue reading

Quote from My Favorite Book: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

“Who are you talking to?”
“Myself.”
“You do that a lot.”
“I know. I’m the only one who understands me.”

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“You’re my favorite way to pass the time. But time stands still when you’re on my mind.”

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“Silence is kind of awkward, don’t you think?” he said.
Oh. Or not. “No. I’m okay with silence. We’re in a library after all. This is the birthplace of silence.”
“The library is the birthplace of silence?” David asked.
“All the words are being used by the books. When I was little, that’s what I used to think. That people were told to be quiet so that all their words didn’t get stolen by the books. I thought books needed words to exist. Well, obviously they do, but I thought they needed spoken words. Yeah … I was always weird.”
“And here I thought libraries were quiet because people were trying to study,” David whispered.
“That might be another explanation.”

Review: Smut by Karina Halle

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SMUT is a super enjoyable new adult read, with unforgettable characters and hilarious laugh out loud moments.

Amanda was horrified when she was teamed up with Blake in their writing class for a final project. She didn’t like Blake because he was and has been derisive of her since the start of class, and anyway, she didn’t think he really knew how to write. What was a business major doing taking up a writing class? She was sure their final project was toast, but she thought she should make an effort, if only to show their teacher that she’d done her best. To her surprise, Blake’s writing was good, and his portrayal of the main character had depth. Before she knew it, her opinion about Blake was changing and her attraction to him was weakening her resolve to keep things only about the project… Continue reading

Review: Do You Want to Start A Scandal by Tessa Dare

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And she’s back! DO YOU WANT TO START A SCANDAL is vintage Tessa Dare–with heartwarming romance and cheeky laugh-out-loud banter.

I haven’t read the 3rd book in the Castles Ever After series, but for the first two books, I thought the theme of having the heroines inherit a castle and for the story to revolve there sounded a bit forced. And well, rather limiting. And well, some rather ridiculous stuff happened in the books. I’m glad to see the author had abandoned it in this book and decided to have the heroine get the castle in the usual way–by marrying the man who already owned it.

Though this book is the 4th book in the Castles Ever After series, the heroine is Charlotte Highwood, sister of Diana and Minerva Highwood from the Spindle Cove series. Continue reading

Random Thoughts: My First Romance

I’m an avid reader. Words and the images they evoked fascinated me. Mom thought I was so industrious, reading my books before the term even started. Little did she know I only read the books which contain stories!
My romance with books started when I was a kid with fairy tales and The Enchanted Wood and The Magic Faraway Tree (both by Enid Blyton). When I got my library card, I devoured Nancy Drew and the Bobbsey Twins and the Dana Girls and Judy Bolton books. I remember I was 11 years of age, when my friend lent me my first adult (meaning, not YA) romance–a Mills & Boon she snitched from her mother’s stash.
To say I was shocked and confused was an understatement. To move from Nancy Drew to Mills & Boon was a big leap. I read it like any other story and I believe the romance was okay with me, even the kissing stuff, but I do recall being uneasy at the intimate scenes. Nothing explicit was described, but well, the thing was, I wasn’t all that knowledgeable about anatomy and some of the stuff that happened confused me. In short, I didn’t understand what was happening.
Thankfully, I wasn’t put off with reading romances, but I switched to teen novels—Sweet Dreams and Sweet Valley High. I think I was about 14 when I had my second adult romance, and it was such a sweet, romantic story I was hooked forever.
What about you? What was your first encounter with reading adult romances like?