Friday, 19 October 2018

Book Review: GOING DOWN ON ONE KNEE by Christina Hovland


ABOUT THE BOOK




Number-crunching Velma Johnson’s perfectly planned life is right on course.

That’s a lie. Sure, she’s got the lucrative job. She’s got the posh apartment. But her sister nabbed Velma’s Mr. Right. There has to be a man out there for Velma. Hopefully, one who’s hunky, wears pressed suits, and has a diversified financial portfolio. He’ll be exactly like, well… her sister’s new fiancé.

Badass biker Brek Montgomery blazes a trail across the country, managing Dimefront, one of the biggest rock bands of his generation. With the band on hiatus, Brek rolls into Denver to pay a quick visit to his family and friends. But when Brek’s sister suddenly gets put on bed rest, she convinces Brek to take over her wedding planning business for the duration of her pregnancy.

Staying in Denver and dealing with bridezillas was not what Brek had in mind when he passed through town, but there is one particular maid-of-honor who might make his stay worthwhile.

Velma finds herself strangely attracted to the man planning her sister’s wedding. Problem is, he ticks none of the boxes on her well-crafted list. Brek is rough around the edges, he cusses, and doesn’t even have a 401(k). But trying something crazy might get her out of the rut of her dating life—so long as she lays down boundaries up front and sticks to her plan…

  
*****

MY THOUGHTS



GOING DOWN ON ONE KNEE is my first Christina Hovland book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Velma Johnson and Brek Montgomery are such opposites but they click in a manner that provides us readers with a delightful, humorous and heart warming story.

Velma’s ordered life is running off the rails and she’s in no position to turn things around. What she can attempt to control is what happens in the future, so armed with lists and spreadsheets, she decides to tackle to world of dating in an disciplined fashion.

Brek is a great hero. He is kind, supportive, fun. He’s an all round good guy even though it may not look like it on the surface. He loves his family, and his mother Pam provides some great comic relief.

Brek and Velma’s relationship has its ups and downs but it’s not overly angst-ridden. I loved their interactions. There are plenty of sweet and sexy moments in this charming romantic comedy.

I’ll definitely be reading more books by this author.


*****

ABOUT THE AUTHOR





Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale—an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. 

She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dog around.

https://christinahovland.com/

Book Review: LONG LIVE THE BEAUTIFUL HEARTS by Emma Scott

             



   


 Never again would I allow my heart to become the plaything of someone else. 
Never again would I let a man (or men) come between me and my goals. 
Never again would I love without feeling the fullness of that love in return. 
Not until I knew it was real. And if that took me a lifetime to find, so be it. 

 Those were my vows, and after all that had happened with Connor and Weston, I was determined to keep them. To protect my heart. And then he came home, and my vows became his promises. 

He held my heart in his hands with reverence and care. 
He helped me find my soul’s greatest purpose in life. 
He loved me with a love so pure and vibrant, I knew I’d never feel anything like it in a hundred lifetimes. 
It was real. 

 Until it wasn’t. 
Until it all came crashing down when I discovered the deep love I thought I’d found was nestled in a web of lies—so soft and silken I hadn’t noticed it was there. 
Until it was too late. 


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Long Live the Beautiful Hearts is the emotional, heart-wrenching conclusion to the Beautiful Hearts Duet by bestselling author, Emma Scott, and is inspired by the classic tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Roxanne) 
THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL LOVE TRIANGLE #confusedhearts #notamenage 
THIS BOOK IS NOT A STANDALONE. It should not be read without first reading Bring Down the Stars     

*****
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*****
MY THOUGHTS

LONG LIVE THE BEAUTIFUL HEARTS is the second book in Emma Scott’s Beautiful Hearts duet.  I’ll admit that I had no idea where the story would go after the dramatic cliffhanger in the previous book and I was eager to continue this story.

This book is as moving as BRING DOWN THE STARS but Emma Scott decided to push s different set  of my emotional buttons because clearly it wasn’t enough the first time around. I found much of the tension between Autumn, Weston and Connor had dissipated. The now focus turns inward as each of them are trying to come to terms with traumatic events in their lives. For Wes and Connor, it’s learning to live after seeing and experiencing the ravages of war. For Autumn, it’s about building a new foundation and finding purpose in her life.

It was definitely a rollercoaster of a journey and while I sympathised and empathised with the main characters, I still felt anger for some of their actions as well as anger for some of the secondary characters. Frankly, they were more forgiving than I would have been.

The story is well paced and beautifully written. The poetry is simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking. Emma Scott certainly has a way with words. I highly recommend this duet.

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Here’s a link to my review of BRING DOWN THE STARS, book one in the Beautiful Hearts duet.



*****
BRING DOWN THE STARS (Book One)

  



I fell for Connor Drake. I didn’t want to; I fought against it, but I fell in love with him anyway. With his words. With his poetry. With him. The gentleness and beauty of his soul that speaks directly to mine. He writes as if he can feel my heart, hear its cadence and compose the exact right lyrics to accompany every beat and flow.

I’m in love with Connor…so why do I feel an inexplicable pull to his best friend, Weston? Grouchy, sullen, brooding Weston Turner, who could cut you down with a look. Fiercely intelligent with a razor sharp wit and acid tongue, he’s the exact opposite of Connor in every way, and yet there’s electricity in the air between us. The thorny barbs Weston wraps around himself can’t keep me away.

But the more time I spend with these men, the more tangled and confused my emotions become. When they both sign up for the Army Reserves during a time of increasing strife in the Middle East, I fear I’ll never unravel my own heart that sometimes feels as if it will tear straight down the middle…for both of them.

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Bring Down the Stars is an emotional, angst-filled novel of unrequited love by bestselling author, Emma Scott, and is inspired by the classic tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Roxanne) 
It is Book I in the Beautiful Hearts Duet.  #lovetriangle #confusedhearts #notamenage 

*****
 


Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy thoughtful, realistic stories with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy my novels. 

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Book Review: THE WRONG GAME by Kandi Steiner

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He can't win if he's playing The Wrong Game
The Wrong Game, an all-new angsty, emotional and fun sports romance from Kandi Steiner, the bestselling author of A Love Letter to Whiskey, is LIVE!



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Two season tickets.
One genius idea.
Zero interest in a relationship.
The plan is simple: a brand new, hot, preferably funny, definitely single male will fill one of those seats for every Bears game at Soldier Field. And I’ll fill the other.
I can’t think of a better way to use the season passes I’d bought for my ex-husband. I am a woman of plans, and this one’s foolproof.
Until Zach Bowen offers to be my practice round.
He’s infuriating. Presumptuous and overbearing. And absolutely, undeniably gorgeous. Any woman with a heartbeat would be attracted to him, and mine picks up speed every time he speaks.
But as I said, I’m a woman of plans — and I’m not backing down on this one.
One night. One game. And then, his time’s up.
He can try to change the rules, but here’s the truth: he can’t win if he’s playing the wrong game.



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MY THOUGHTS

Kandi Steiner once again delivers a trademark heartfelt and emotional story. I know I’ll get a story that will place a smile on my face, but heavens, Steiner will make me work for it.

THE WRONG GAME was wonderful.  Gemma Mancini and Zach Bowen are great characters. The attraction between them is intense but there’s also this deeper, underlying connection that scares them, particularly Gemma, because it means placing their trust and faith in one another; something that’s hard to do given the loss and betrayal they have each faced in their lives.  

As difficult as it was at times, I enjoyed Gemma and Zach’s journey. I loved the messages that even with a strong attraction, a relationship does take time and commitment, and for someone like Gemma, who plans her life to the nth degree, that it’s OK to not have all the answers at the start. 

Set against a football background, fans of sports romance novels will enjoy this. There is plenty of on field action, as well as many funny moments in the stadium stands as Gemma, a diehard fan, takes her dates to games. Often sports romances involve a player but this one is definitely a tribute to sports fans.

I enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Gemma’s BFF Belle.  She is the poster child for #bffgoals. She’s supportive, she’s outrageous, she knows when to listen and when to push you into doing things for your own good.

THE WRONG GAME is the right balance of sweet, sexy, funny and emotional. 



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*****


About the Author:
Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.



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Excerpt: PLAYER by Staci Hart

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I should have known it was only a game.
I should have known he was too good to be true.
He’s nothing but a player...

Player, an all-new sexy, standalone romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is available NOW!


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He’s a player.
He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.
Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?
I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.
But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.
There’s so much I don’t know.
Like the fact that I’m only a bet.
But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.
And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.


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Excerpt

The night flew by, time speeding up and sliding past with nothing to mark the hours but his laughter and my smiles and our bodies bouncing around the parquet like we had nothing in the world to do but dance. I had no idea how late it was until “New York, New York” came on with the house lights.

Sam hooked me under his arm and guided me out into the chilly fall evening. Like an idiot, I’d come without a jacket, and I tried to play it off like I wasn’t cold. A shiver wracked down my spine, betraying me.

He shrugged off his leather jacket. “Here, wear this.”

“B-but then y-you’ll be cold,” I said, shifting away from him in an effort to stop him. “Look, it’s n-not even cold. It’s f-fake cold. It’s only what—like, sixty out? M-my body is j-just being drunk and d-dumb.”

“Val.” The word was a gentle warning. He held out his jacket like a matador. “Put it on.”

“N-no,” I said with a laugh.

He shook it once like he was taunting me. “Toro.”

I giggled, stumbling a little as I brought my hands to the top of my head, pointer fingers to the stars.

Olé!” I cheered as I charged. But instead of running through his jacket, I found myself in his arms.

I didn’t know how it happened. The jacket was there, and then it was gone. But instead of being laid out on the sidewalk like I should have been, Sam’s arms were hooked around my waist, our bodies winding together and twisting from the force of his catch. And then I looked up, and time stretched out in a long, still moment. His eyes on my mouth. Mine on his. His nose millimeters from mine and his mouth so close, if I turned my head just right, our lips would brush. The warmth of him was everywhere.

I wasn’t cold anymore. I was on fire.

So I said the first thing that entered my empty mind.

“Are you going to kiss me, or am I gonna have to lie to my diary?”

The moment broke with our laughter, filled the air around us, stopped my chugging heart. He pressed his lips to my forehead.

I sighed. “I guess that’ll do.”

He hooked his jacket over my shoulders, taking a moment to look over my face, watching his fingers as he tucked a loose curl behind my ear. “Come on. Let’s get you home. You did good tonight, Val.”

“Thanks to your expert advice.”

But he smiled. “Pretty soon, you’ll figure out you didn’t need me at all.

And I smiled back and pretended like it was possible that statement held an iota of truth.


About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.


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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Release Boost: FIREBALL AND FIASCOS by Heather Rayne




Title: Fireball and Fiascos
Series: Flovers & Lovers #1
Author: Heather Rayne
Genre: Romantic Comedy
 Release Date: October 9, 2018



Blurb

Denae:
I used to have a ten-year plan. After my disastrous marriage ended in mere weeks, I hit the reset button on my life. Now I'm living for the moment with my only responsibility being a top-level assistant at a high-end fashion magazine. I have zero expectations and I like it that way. Until I meet HIM. Zane Lawrence. A sexy private investigator who moonlights as a bartender at the new Martini bar in town. Now if I can just get through one meeting with him without falling flat on my face, I might fall in love instead.

Zane:
When this gorgeous brunette bellied up to my bar asking for shots of Fireball on a Wednesday night, I was intrigued. She was sexy, funny and seemed like the total package until she broke her heel and came crashing down on my bar. I’m afraid a date with her might require a helmet and pads just to survive the night.

What happens when a hapless, accident-prone woman sets out to win the man of her dreams?

This book may cause uncontrollable laughter, pants-wetting and labored breathing. Public reading should be endeavored with caution







Purchase Links

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Author Bio


Heather Rayne is the dirty and flirty writing collaboration between published authors Heather Guimond and Daryn Rayne.  They are two crazy, overly-caffeinated, under-intoxicated flovers who enjoy fine vodka, wine, and are hell-bent on world domination.



Heather Guimond

Heather Guimond is a Los Angeles native, a fact of which she is abnormally proud. When she's not trying to write something that will make people laugh while simultaneously ripping their hearts out, she's either reading or doing her best to crack the whip on her three home-schooled children. She loves all things witty and wise-cracking, as well most varieties of smart-assery (just ask her very own smart-ass, her husband). Other favorites include French roast coffee in copious amounts and the dirtiest Dirty Martinis she can find. More than anything, she hopes that she writes books that stick with the reader long after the pages have been read.


Daryn Rayne

Daryn is a former fashion model-turned writer, but her dreams of fame and fortune on the catwalk were suddenly dashed when she fell flat on her face during a big show.  Ashamed and hobbled, she released all her frustrations into a collection of poetry called “Songs from My Poor, Broken Ass.”  Ever since, there has been no stopping her in the literary world.


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Monday, 15 October 2018

New Release: BETTING ON HIM by Kelly Collins


We are thrilled to be bringing you the release of BETTING ON HIM by Kelly Collins. BETTING ON HIM is the first Wilde Love novel, a series about the Las Vegas mob. If you love mafia romance, this is one you don't want to miss!


 


About BETTING ON HIM


He’s a gangster going straight. She’s a waitress going bankrupt. Will their gamble on a marriage of convenience pay off in true love?
Alex Wilde desperately wants to be free of the family’s mob business. But when his infamous father is murdered, the family attorney makes a suggestion he can’t ignore: find a bride before the funeral or they'll force a wedding with a nice Russian gangster girl. When he meets a feisty cocktail waitress, he thinks he’s found his way out.
Faye Tandy is desperately in debt and hard-pressed to find help. Alex’s offer of a phony marriage for a ton of cash couldn’t come at a better time and she’s happy to help him exit the criminal world. The fact that he’s tall, dark, and handsome is an attractive bonus. But when she discovers the Russians have a contract out on her head, she wonders if divorced and bankrupt would be a better choice than rich and dead...
As Faye’s fake feelings for Alex turn real, she’s terrified her trip to the altar might be her last. Will Alex and Faye’s throw of the dice succeed or will they lose the lawless game of love?


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About KELLY COLLINS

International bestselling author of more than thirty novels, Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive. Always a romantic, she blends real-life events with her vivid imagination to create characters and stories that lovers of contemporary romance, new adult, and romantic suspense will return to again and again. Kelly lives in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her husband of twenty-eight years, their two dogs, and a bird that hates her. She has three amazing children, whom she loves to pieces.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Book Review: ALL MY LIFE by Prescott Lane



All My Life 

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Prescott Lane 


Release Date: October 10, 2018




All My Life, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Prescott Lane.

The beginning of any love story starts with the meet.

I’ve known Garrett Hollis since before I can remember, and I’ve loved him just as long. I loved him while he loved someone else. I loved him when he had a baby with her. I loved him when she left him.

The greatest of love stories is that between a dad and his daughter. I should know. I’ve had a front row seat. First steps, first words, all the big moments.

Garrett was just a teenager when Mia was born. I’ve watched him braid his daughter’s hair, hold her hand crossing the street, seen her asleep on his chest. I’m the best friend, the one they can count on for everything from dance lessons to motherly advice, anything they need. I’m their go-to girl.

The best part of any love story is the happily ever after.

But what if the happily ever after doesn’t include you?

All my life, that’s how long I’ve loved him.

Of course, he’s clueless.





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MY THOUGHTS 


ALL MY LIFE by Prescott Lane is a single father and friends-to-lovers romance. Garett’s got fatherhood down pat for the most part given his daughter, Mia, is a well-adjusted teen about to head off to college. It’s the romance that’s been a long time in coming!

The phrase ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ holds true for Garrett, Mia and the small town they live in. As hard as it would have been, I loved the insight into Mia’s growing up years and the help both she and Garrett received from the town – after the scandal had died down, of course.

Always a help and support to him since Mia came along is his childhood friend Devlyn. Devlyn has been there for all the major milestones, and has been a quasi-mother to Mia from the start. She has also been in love with Garrett all these years but it’s been a case of unrequited love.

I enjoyed Garrett and Devlyn’s relationship. They know a lot about each other, are comfortable with each other and when they make the leap into a romantic relationship, they work incredibly well together as a couple.

And yet, I was never fully comfortable with this relationship. Both these characters are so reasonable. It’s not all smooth sailing and the author has given them a foundation of level-headedness that ensures neither character engages in silly behaviour, however, I was never able to get over the fact that firstly, it took nearly 20 years for them to act and secondly, the jump from friends to lovers was a smooth transition. Devlyn, I could understand; she’s been pining for Garrett. Garrett on the other hand is a tougher sell for me. And it’s annoying because he is not at all a sleaze. He is an upstanding person who would never delude or deceive a woman.

The pacing and flow of the book works well. I enjoyed the dual points of view, and I always understood each character’s reasoning for their actions. An overall solid read. This was my first Prescott Lane book but I see she has a back catalogue of titles that I am keen to take a closer look at. 

*****

About Prescott Lane: 

Prescott Lane is the Amazon best-selling author of Stripped Raw. She's got seven other books under her belt including: First Position, Perfectly Broken, Quiet Angel, Wrapped in Lace, Layers of Her, The Reason for Me, and The Sex Bucket List. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and holds a degree in sociology and a MSW from Tulane University. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren't enough happily ever afters in real life.


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Thursday, 11 October 2018

New Release: PLAYER by Staci Hart

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I should have known it was only a game.
I should have known he was too good to be true.
He’s nothing but a player...

PLAYER

an all-new sexy, standalone romantic comedy from 

Staci Hart 

is LIVE!



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He’s a player.
He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.
Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?
I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.
But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.
There’s so much I don’t know.
Like the fact that I’m only a bet.
But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.
And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.


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About the Author
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.


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Book Review: FRAGMENTS OF ASH by Katy Regnery


Title: Fragments of Ash, a modern fairytale
Author: Katy Regnery 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2018












From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella!


My name is Ashley Ellis…
I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.

When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do.

With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father
…dead or alive.

** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.** 


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Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.






FRAGMENTS OF ASH is the first of Katy Regnery’s Modern Fairytale books I have read. I like the concept and the book blurb sounded really interesting. Overall, there were parts of the book I like a lot and others not so much. 

There are so many exciting and multi-faceted characters; from the utterly repulsive Mosier to Tig, the impetuous addict who is incapable of offering her child a stable life. The vile grandparents to the inspiring and supportive Gus and Father Joseph. I thoroughly enjoyed the parts of the book when they appeared as the story came alive and was mesmerizing.

Frustratingly, our hero and heroine were not as exciting to me. Julian Ducharmes had potential but so much of his history is hidden to us until the latter stages of the book. I wanted the details!

My greatest difficulty with this book is the insipid character of Ashley Ellis. She is naïve, sheltered and I often found her uninteresting. It does not help that once Ashley is in hiding we are cocooned with her and Julian in a bubble, with little outside interaction. As a result we get a story told from the point of view from a character that only seemed to come alive in the company of others. Given her background and experiences to date, I can see her growing to be a most interesting and remarkable woman, but stuck in this story as an 18-year-old, I found her to be quite bland. 

I did appreciate the introduction to yé-yé music and I spent time listening to some great music while reading the book. 







New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract, and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Forty books later, Katy claims authorship of the multititled New York Times and USA Today bestselling Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other stand-alone novels and novellas, including the critically-acclaimed, 2018 RITA© nominated, USA Today bestselling contemporary romance, Unloved, a love story.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, became a New York Times e-book bestseller.

Katy’s books are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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