Thursday, 24 April 2014

Blog Tour: The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart; Review + Giveaway




The Temptations of Anna Jacobs (Dangerous Liaisons #2)
Author: Robyn DeHart
Publisher: InterMix
Release Date: 15 April 2014

Love and justice…

When Drew Foster is released from prison, he doesn't much care about salvaging his soiled reputation. Though he's working undercover, everyone in Victorian London believes him guilty of the Jack the Ripper murders and that his brother paid for his "innocence."

Despite her genteel upbringing, Anna Jacobs is intent on finishing medical school and becoming a physician. Society's ridicule has never bothered her, but when her brother, the Yard's best detective, is scorned for letting Drew go, she confronts the one man who can set the record straight at a ball. She certainly doesn't count on the rogue being dashing and handsome, nor on him stealing a passionate kiss.

Anna's brazen contempt for his dangerous reputation captivates Drew, but he is harboring secrets that make him unfit to court any proper woman. As he finds himself an outsider among his colleagues at Scotland Yard, the feisty beauty offers up her medical knowledge to assist him on the case. But when the real killer returns to London to continue his reign of terror, can Anna find safety in Drew's arms?
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Excerpt


She was quiet for several moments. He watched her face as she considered all the possibilities. Even now, the taste of her lips stayed with him, and he wanted more. More of her kisses, more of her smiles. Simply more of Anna.
     Perhaps she had other thoughts that could explain the differences in the injuries, or the use of an alternate weapon.
     “Why did you kiss me? The other day?” she asked.
     Drew felt his brows rise in surprise. “Is that what you were thinking about? I suspected your thoughts were more academic in nature.”
     She shrugged. “Academic or not, I am still a woman.”
     “It seemed the thing to do,” Drew said with a shrug of his own.
    “‘It seemed the thing to do,’” she said, mocking his tone. She frowned. “That’s not a very good answer.”
    He resisted the urge to smile. Hell, he didn’t know why he’d kissed her. Because the desire to do so had been so overwhelming he hadn’t been able to resist her lips. In fact, he longed to embrace her again, right now. “What would be a good answer?”
     “How the devil should I know?” Her hand fluttered to her chest. “I don’t go around kissing unsuspecting people.”
     “Fair enough. Well then, I kissed you because I wanted to.” Perhaps honesty would appease her curiosity. “Because your mouth is tempting, even though you talk far too much.”
     “That doesn’t even make any sense. Well, the bit about my talking too much, I admit I can be verbose—”
     “You’re doing it again,” he interrupted her. He leaned forward, toward her chair. “Only makes me want to kiss you again.”
     She waved her hand. “That’s ridiculous.”
     “The mere notion of kissing you? Hasn’t any man ever expressed a similar interest?”
     A blush stained her exposed throat, marring her lovely creamy skin. Her hand followed the telltale sign of her embarrassment and she fiddled with the necklace around her throat. She swallowed visibly. “I don’t see how that is any of your business. I’m not even certain how we got on this discussion,” she said.
     “You asked me why I kissed you.”
     “Yes, and your answer is unsatisfactory. I shall merely have to conclude that you men are a peculiar lot.” She pointed at him.
     “I’m going to kiss you again, Annabelle,” he said softly.
     Her mouth opened, then slowly closed. “Right now?”
     “Would you like me to kiss you right now?”
     “I cannot answer that.” She shook her head fervently. “It would be utterly improper.”
     “You, a lady going to medical school and assisting me with an undercover investigation of a murder? Last night we broke into a government building. Your behavior hasn’t exactly been the pinnacle of propriety.”
     Her brow furrowed. “That is quite different.” Her tongue darted out and wet her lips.
     He felt a stab of desire, hot and poignant in his gut. Oh yes. He wanted her. Whatever the reason, logical or not, he wanted her quite badly. Too badly, in fact, for him to kiss her now when his passions were so close to the surface. It was entirely too likely they would not be interrupted, that no one would come along and stop him from ruining her here in his parlor.
     “You already answered my question,” he said.
     She frowned. “I don’t believe I did.”
     “Oh yes, Anna, you want me to kiss you very badly. Now that I know that, I’m going to make you wait. For a little longer.”
     “You are an insufferable man!” she said as she came to her feet.

Review

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition #16


Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition is a meme hosted by the fabulous Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

Historical romance is my favourite genre, so I'm excited to participate!

What Is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or image from their past--usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book related Throwback Thursday.

Here Are The Rules: 
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008



ArabellaAuthor: Georgette Heyer
Release Date: Originally published in 1949
To Arabella Tallant, the eldest daughter of a penniless country clergyman, the invitation to stay with her London godmother was like the key to heaven, for in addition to living in the glamorous city, Arabella might even find a suitable husband there. Armed with beauty, virtue and a benevolent godmother, the impetuous but impoverished Arabella embarked on her first London season with her mother's wish in mind: snare a rich husband.

Impetuosity is Arabella's only fault. When fate cast her in the path of arrogant, socially prominent Robert Beaumaris, who accused her of being another petty female after his wealth, the proud, headstrong ingenue made a most startling claim -- she was an heiress! Suddenly Arabella found herself the talk of the town and pursued by every amorous fortune hunter in London and some of the most eligible young men of the day.
But only one caught Arabella's fancy: Mr Beaumaris, the handsome and dedicated bachelor. She should know better than to allow herself to be provoked by nonpareil Beau. That gentleman, however, although a most artful matrimonial dodger, badly underestimated his seemingly naive adversary... But would her deceitful charade destroy her one chance for true love...?

I have been meaning to read something by Georgette Heyer for aaaaages. And I still haven't so I bought this in paperback a few months ago, hoping it would encourage me to read it soon. I still haven't read it, but I will! One day....
Has anyone else read one of Georgette Heyer's books?

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

WWW Wednesday #48

Hosted by Should Be Reading

To take part, just answer:
1) What are you currently reading?
2) What did you recently finish reading?
3) What do you think you'll read next?

Currently Reading
I am currently reading Phenomenal X by Michelle A. Valentine. I've just started but it looks promising and I've been looking forward to it's release for months!!

Recently Finished
I just finished The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart, which I thoroughly enjoyed! And my review will be up as part of the blog tour tomorrow

Reading Next
Next will be The Devil of Clan Sinclair by Karen Ranney

I've not been able to read much during the past couple of weeks. I had lots of coursework due for uni and I've been feeling the stress! Now things have calmed down a bit and whilst I have exam revision, I now have more time to chill and read too- yay!


What are you reading this week?

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Release Day Launch: East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye; Excerpt + Giveaway




East of Ecstasy (Hearts of the Anemoi #4)
Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Entangled
Release Date: 22 April 2014

The final chapter in the award-winning and bestselling Hearts of the Anemoi series…

She’s the only one who can give him the strength to save them all…

Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she's been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don't speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father's plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he's been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin's love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever...or lost.
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Catch up on the whole series with the Hearts of the Anemoi box set featuring the first three books: North of Need, West of Want, South of Surrender!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Stacking the Shelves #57


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
It's a fab way for bloggers to share what they've added to their bookshelves (virtual or real) this week!

For Review
  
  

Bought
  
   


I've been a bit absent on the blog recently because my uni year is wrapping up and I have exams soon. That means I'm attempting to bury myself in books and notes of an academic kind- not nearly as much fun as reading the goodies above lol
I've also been obsessing about the North & South miniseries with Richard Armitage, so I figured it was high time I actually read the book!

What have you added to your shelves this week?

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Wild About her Wingman by Robin Bielman; Book Blast + Giveaway





Wild About her Wingman (Secret Wishes #3)
Author: Robin Bielman
Publisher: Entangled
Release Date: 14 April 2014

Playing it safe never felt so risky.

Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role…

As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin’s wingman. But the more time he spends with the sexy, charismatic woman, the more he discovers a side of her she doesn’t let many see. Soon what started as an innocent game of matchmaking has them both thinking about the person right under their nose. But Troy’s a play-it-safe guy, and he won’t let a woman who lives for risk ever steal his heart.
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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition #15


Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition is a meme hosted by the fabulous Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.


Historical romance is my favourite genre, so I'm excited to participate!

What Is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or image from their past--usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book related Throwback Thursday.

Here Are The Rules: 
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008



It's In His Kiss (Bridgertons #7)
Author: Julia Quinn
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: 28 June 2005

IF IT'S IN HIS HEART ... IT'S IN HIS KISS

MEET OUR HERO...

Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past... and the key to his future. The problem is—it's written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.

MEET OUR HEROINE ...

All the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She's fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there's something about her—something charming and vexing—that grabs him and won't quite let go...

MEET POOR MR. MOZART...

Or don't. But rest assured, he's spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual—and annually discordant—Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth's every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other ... and that there is nothing as simple—or as complicated—as a single, perfect kiss.

I definitely went for an easy pick this week. Whenever I get stuck I'm just going to pick something by Julia Quinn or Lisa Kleypas because I love them all :)
So I chose It's In His Kiss because I love Hyacinth, she's a brilliant heroine and always makes me laugh.
Plus, I love the step back picture for this book, enjoy!


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