Saturday, June 27, 2020

Review: Classified

Classified Classified by Brooke Blaine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Review: A Marriage Made in Scandal

A Marriage Made in Scandal A Marriage Made in Scandal by Elisa Braden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Review: Anything but a Gentleman

Anything but a Gentleman Anything but a Gentleman by Elisa Braden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Review: Twelve Nights as His Mistress

Twelve Nights as His Mistress Twelve Nights as His Mistress by Elisa Braden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Review: The Truth About Cads and Dukes

The Truth About Cads and Dukes The Truth About Cads and Dukes by Elisa Braden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Review: The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne

The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne by Elisa Braden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Victoria is set to marry boring. Lucien is out for revenge. What better than to 'soil' the sister of the man who has hurt his family deeply. HA! Watching Lucien fall ass over applecart for the unsuspecting strong lead of Victoria as a delight to read. This is one of my favorite couples in the series. There is a young child who steals the scenes. And of course we get great lines from Lady Wallingham.

What I loved:
- Duke of Blackmore
- The ravishing
- Duke of Blackmore
Things to consider:
- You'll want your own Duke of Blackmore.

Recommendation: Buy it - you'll re-read this one.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Final Chapter of Vested Interest Series: Happy Release Day Sandy!

Title: Sandy
Series: Vested Interest
Author: Melanie Moreland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 11, 2020
Cover Design: Melissa Ringuette of Monark Design Services
Melanie’s words are truly magical and I will always be thankful to her for introducing me to the men and to the women, to the family, of BAM.” ~Carol’s Reviews
“From the beginning of Bentley’s story to the last word in Sandy’s the journey of the Bam boys has been filled with so many emotions and showed us what family is even if it’s not the family your born into but the family you make!” ~Goodreads Review (Sandy)

Behind every successful man there is a woman.
What happens when you’re the woman behind an entire team?
Sandy Preston has been den mother, friend, confidante, and the guiding force behind the men of BAM for years. 
Now they have new lives, and hers has drastically changed. 
Can she move on and find love a second time around?
Will the men she considers family accept the changes?


I don't want to write this review. 

If I do, it is admitting this series is over and I refuse. 

From the perspective of an alpha/beta reader, this has been an incredible series to watch grow.  It was only ever meant to be one book - Bentley.  But I got my way when I asked (read this as begged, pleaded and bartered) that Aiden the studly but silent smartass VP of security needs a story.  That turned into well it can't just be two books but three. But then we (I am dragging her fans with me because I wasn't the only one begging, pleading and bartering for more), Reid the IT wonder with a story of overcoming hurdles touched hearts. To Van and that kid who stole the book. Then one quote - an awesome fucking quote by the way - and we all SCREAMED for Halton. 

But through it all was Sandy. The silent glue. The one who had those meaningful brief scenes that set our heroines and heroes on the right path.  Sandy had her share of joys and sorrow as the series progressed. However, one thing we wouldn't let Melanie rest on was Sandy deserved a chance at love again. All of us readers could see this huge heart needed to still beat, flutter and give out more love. 

This book. This story. There wasn't anything better I could have imagined for Sandy. She found it all in the arms of a man not only willing to give her more but knew her journey and where there is room for two great loves of their lives. From the opening page until the last one that is available (I'm still not convinced this is the end), you get to experience this journey with Sandy that doesn't feel forced or trite. Ms Moreland gave us a journey with humor, reflection, and yes - sexy times for those of us in the over 30 crowd - in a perfect second chance at love. Jordan is the strong, silent with that touch of alpha possessiveness all our BAM boys possess. 

The icing on this lush story is the epilogue.  Melanie Moreland can write the hell out of an epilogue. She brought her A++ game to this book. None of the characters we got to know on this journey are left out. It was lovely to read and re-read that epilogue because it was perfect ending for this book.
I know I would love this story - I just didn't realize how much I would and definitely goes on my personal favorite shelf. 

Now, I'm still not ready to admit defeat. This CANNOT be over. I'm working on recruits. I've got her editor on my side. Send me a message if you want to join the #TeamBAMAintOver or join us in the Sandy! spoiler room on Facebook.

Hell broke loose about three o'clock. Reid rushed past my desk, casting a worried glance my way as he hurried by, disappearing into Aiden's office. With a frown, I asked the person I was speaking with on the phone to repeat themselves, only to be startled by the loud curse coming from Aiden's office. Seconds later, they both disappeared into Maddox's office. I shook my head, wondering what crisis was occurring now. Something big in IT land or a glitch in the security system Reid was diligently working on, adding upgrades or tweaking. 
I had my answer soon enough when the three of them appeared in front of my desk. Their countenances were serious, and they looked upset. 
A flicker of fear went through my chest. 
"What is it?" I asked. "Bentley? Is he all right?" I had spoken with him not long ago, and he said he was on his way back to the office. Had there been an accident?
Aiden shook his head. "Bent's fine. He'll be here in a moment. We need to talk to you."
I furrowed my brow. "Fine. About?" My gaze fell to Reid's hand. He was holding his phone, which was nothing new, but what was on the screen explained the intensity of their expressions and the tense set of their shoulders. 
My profile on Mature Matchups was on his phone. And the protective, worried faces were exactly what I knew would happen if they discovered it.
Check out the rest of this excerpt on Book+Main Bites: Dating Sites  
Also read an excerpt from Sandy and Jordan’s Boston date on Book+Main Bites: Is this for me?

NYT/WSJ/USAT international bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them. 
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip. 
Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She's learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.
Melanie is represented by Flavia Viotti at Bookcase Literary Agency. For any questions regarding subsidiary or translation rights please contact her at