Category: Historical Romance

COVER REVEAL: Tell Me Everything by Amy Hatvany

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“A sizzling, squirming, thought-provoking story of female growth.”

– Caroline Kepnes, New York Times bestselling author

Tell Me Everything, a provocative do-not-miss novel from author Amy Hatvany, is coming November 5th and we have the gorgeous cover!

A happily married couple. A dance with a stranger at a bar.

One night—one seemingly insignificant choice—can change everything.

Jessica and Jake Snyder love each other, and their life together. Successful in their chosen careers, they reside in the picturesque, though at times stifling, Seattle suburb of Queens Ridge as they parent teenagers Ella and Tucker.

As so often happens in marriage, their romantic life falls casualty to busy schedules and repetitive routine, until one night, a stranger asks Jessica to dance. On a whim, Jake urges her to say yes, saying that he wants to watch this other man touch her, something that surprises Jessica by arousing her like never before. A door opens for them then, into a realm of exploration neither of them knew existed.

They create rules to protect their marriage, and are thrilled when their relationship is strengthened and enriched by deeper levels of communication and trust brought about by this exciting, but taboo behavior. That is, until Jessica keeps a secret from Jake and embarks on a tryst with an intriguing man from her past, who, when she tries to end things between them, decides to seek revenge.

What happens after that will threaten to destroy their world—and them.

A juicy and insightful look into the shifting definition of modern marriage and the limits placed upon female sexuality, TELL ME EVERYTHING will make you question everything you thought you knew about what constitutes marital bliss, and keep you turning pages into the night.

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About Amy Hatvany

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Amy Hatvany graduated with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs – some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist.

In 1998, Amy finally decided to sell her car, quit her job, and take a chance on her passion: writing books.

Her background in sociology inspires and informs much of her work as she tackles timely and controversial issues in her novels including mental illness, domestic abuse, and alcoholism. She is published by Washington Square Press/Atria Books, and has been both a Target Book Club and Costco Pennie’s Pick.

Amy spends most of her time today with her kids and her second and final husband, Stephan. (Seriously, if this one doesn’t work out, she’s done, kaput, no more husbands!) When Amy’s not with friends or family, she is most likely reading, cooking, or zoning out on certain reality television shows. She eagerly awaits Bravo auditions for the cast of “Top Author.” (“Quick Edit” instead of “Quick Fire” Challenge? C’mon, producers! That’s gripping television!)

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The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

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Book: The Night Mark

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Release date: 28 March 2017

Main character: Faye Barlow, heroine still grieving the loss of her husband four years ago.

My name is Victoria Faye Barlow. I’ve always gone by Faye because Vicky is my mom. I was born June 5, 1985 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire…

Plot: Faye Barlow made the mistake of marrying a man she didn’t love soon after the death of her husband, Will. Drowning in grief and an unhappy marriage, she decides to break away and start again.

Her new life takes her to South Carolina wherein she reprises her career as photographer and intends to capture the beauty of Bride Island and its abandoned lighthouse. However, an accident along the beach propels her back in time to 1921, where she meets Carrick Morgan, lighthouse keeper and her late husband’s doppelgänger. Will Faye make the choice between past and present, or will time have its own agenda for her?

Why you should read it: This book is truly beautifully written. The detail of the location and depth of the narrative immersed me fully into the story. Faye is so disenchanted with life it’s palpable. Seeing her return to the land of the living was uplifting and the story kept me gripped. The writing was smart – there were no stereotypical characters in the narrative, each had their own facets and complexities. I loved all of the main characters – Carrick, Faye and Dolly. The practicalities of living in a different time were explored too – it wasn’t glossed over or idealised.

What you may not like: If you’re not a fan of time travel or slightly fantastical elements then you may struggle with this. I thought it was wonderfully done and wasn’t heavy-handed on the magical aspects, as some reads can be.

Rating: 5/5 for an engrossing, romantic and very smart read. I would expect no less from Tiffany Reisz and she didn’t disappoint.

Our Top Three Picks for Holiday Reading!

Yes, that season is upon us yet again and I can hardly believe it. It’s cold outside, fairy lights are just about everywhere and love is all around. Whether you love or hate the Holidays, we thought we’d check out some of the best seasonal reads on offer.

First up is Naughty and Nice – 3 Holiday Treats:

The holy trinity of awesome authors – Ruthie Knox, Molly O’Keefe and Stefanie Sloane all naughtyandniceappearing in the same collection? These three stories could not be more different – they’re all equally heartwarming, panty-melting and full of seasonal cheer. My favourite would have to be Ruthie Knox’s Room at The Inn – the tale of Carson and Julie, college sweethearts who, despite breaking up years before, can’t seem to move on from each other. Then there’s Molly O’Keefe’s All I Want For Christmas is You, a tale of a very young couple going for what they want despite the odds and plunging into marriage. Or if you fancy love in 19th Century England, try One Perfect Christmas, a story about two childhood friends who can’t seem to get their acts together and tell each other how they feel.

Second is a collection of holiday reads with a difference. Loveheating up the holidays romance, minus the schmaltz and toothache? Me too! Heating Up the Holidays is a collection of three very different tales set around Thanksgiving and Christmastime. Lisa Renee Jones, Serena Bell and Mary Ann Rivers are all exceptional writers. Where else would you find an alpha CEO, a night-blind biologist and a couple reconnecting after a quick meeting on New Year’s Eve together in one place?

Lastly, but by no means least, is my favourite as it’s a sequel to New Life by Bonnie Dee – New Yeara book that I reviewed way back in January. New Year picks up a few months down the line for Jason and Anna. Their relationship is going from strength to strength and things could not be going better. It’s the holidays and the pair decide to spend the run up to Christmas with Anna’s family. Tensions are high, as Anna’s family are a clan of over-achievers who clearly value ambition and direction in life. Anna worries that Jason will struggle in the stuffy environment and is not looking forward to the scruting he’ll be subjected to. Jason is happy to go with the flow – as long as he and Anna are together he can put up with the jabs and fake smiles for a few days. Thinking he should make a grand gesture, Jason wonders whether Christmas would be the best time to propose to Anna. Only one way to find out…

Why you should read this: I love Anna and Jason as a couple – they’ve overcome so much over the course of their relationship. Jason had a very bad car accident that left him with memory issues and he’s unable to deal with certain situations well, but together they find ways to deal with it. This was a lovely novella, bringing another slice of the pair and gives the reader a chance to see whether they’ll survive as a couple.

Rating: Easy decision – 4/5 for a short, snappy and very sexy revisiting of a great couple. If you haven’t read New Life, then you must – just to see where and how it all began.

New Year is out now.

Bone Deep by Bonnie Dee

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Author: Bonnie Dee

Reviewed by: Judith

Basic Plot: A year after she loses her farmer husband in WWII, Sarah is still grieving for him and the life they might have had. She ekes out a meager existence alone on their farm, oftentimes letting her sadness overwhelm her. When friends convince her to attend a travelling circus, she is immediately drawn to the sad eyes and exotic nature of Tom, the tattooed man she sees in the tent of oddities. The circus moves on the next day and she cannot get him out of her mind. When he turns up unexpectedly on her farm, on the run from sinister forces and in need of someone to finally show him some kindness, Sarah shelters him, looking past his tattooed skin to the man underneath. Tom takes over some of the more difficult jobs on the farm and soon they have an easy companionship which over time, blossoms into something more. Disaster strikes though when a little girl in town goes missing and all fingers point to him. Tom proves he has mysterious access to information about her disappearance which puts his relationship with Sarah in jeopardy.

Why you should read it: Bonnie Dee is a master at writing about the relationships between flawed characters. Sarah and Tom are so different from usual romance heroes/heroines and the evolution of their relationship so beautiful, so believable, and so natural that you will find yourself completely immersed in their story by the end of page 2. Tom’s tattoos are a big draw for a lot of readers but when you learn that he is covered in them from head to toe, you might (like me), find them off-putting. But that’s the point here!  He’s a flawed character disliked by all who is just waiting for someone to see past the outside and love who he is on the inside.  And it is so easy to love him when you see his gentle nature and later when the steamy scenes start. Add to the fact that Bone Deep is very well written and extremely sexy for all of its commentary on the closed mindedness of people, you won’t be able to put this down.

What you might hate: Tom has tattoos everywhere and I do mean, EVERYWHERE.  But it’s part of his character and if you can look past it, it becomes a non-issue.  The problems inherent in Sarah and Tom’s relationship are a little too easily solved (but who cares! The hero is so sweet and sexy that you’re happy for it to be this easy.)

Rating: 5/5! I loved this: well written, sexy, interesting characters, tension filled scenes…GET IT NOW!

The Countess Takes a Lover by Bonnie Dee

Book: The Countess Takes a Lover 

Author: Bonnie Dee

Reviewed by: Judith

Basic Plot: Christopher Whitby is 25 years old and obsessed with becoming a Professor of Botany. His father is understandably concerned about Chris’ lack of interest in anything beyond plants and propositions Meredith, the Countess de Chevalier: if she teaches him the ways of women and courtship, he will back any bill she wants in Parliament. Meredith agrees and approaches Chris under the guise of needing a botanist to revive the flagging gardens of her country estate.  When he accepts and moves to her home in the country, Meredith begins an erotic game of cat and mouse to win over and teach the naive, virginal Chris.  As weeks pass and their relationship deepens, Meredith must make the ultimate decision: keep her lover and lose his father’s support or lose him and also lose her heart in the process.

Why you should read this: Bonnie Dee is an amazing storyteller! The sexy scenes happen a bit more quickly than I would have liked without a lot of tension to make them hotter but her words are like magic. The story flows effortlessly and you truly feel as if Meredith and Chris are real people with personalities, dreams, desires…their dialogue is amazing! And omg, the sex scenes are killer! Bonnie is the queen of drawing out the smut in a way that does not seem tawdry or crass.  Even when characters have dirty mouths it only enhances a scene instead of detracting from it as happens in most books.  Chris as a virgin hero is another big selling point.  He’s naive and eager to please leaving Meredith with all the power.  The role reversal is hot!

What you might hate: uhhh, nothing? Seriously, good read. Perhaps one of the best romances I’ve read in ages. The only negative I took away was that it was too short and the difficulty in their relationship too easily solved. Otherwise, perfection!

Rating: 5/5. Well crafted, wonderfully written, hot sex, and endearing characters. What are you waiting for?!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Book: Outlander

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Series: Outlander

Reviewed by: Judith

Basic Plot: Due to the outbreak of WWII, Claire and her husband, Frank, have endured a prolonged separation  Claire is an army nurse and Frank, a historian.  They come together in Scotland at the end of the war to have a honeymoon of sorts and after years spent apart, they spend their days learning to love one another again. While exploring the countryside, Claire chances upon a set of ancient celtic standing stones and is teleported back in time two hundred years.  Once there she must use her medical skills and smarts to help her survive.  But there seem to be pitfalls at every turn: British invaders, Scottish highwaymen, and warring Scottish clans. The only constant in all the upheaval around her is Jamie Fraser, a Scotsman with nothing to lose who ultimately protects Claire by offering himself as her husband.  With two men in different centuries both tearing at her heart, Claire must decide which one she truly loves and whether she is ready to make the ultimate sacrifice to keep that love.

Why you should read this: Two words: Jamie Fraser. This Scotsman will grab you from the moment you read him and he won’t let go.  He is steadfast, loving, sensual, sweet, honest, intelligent, a great fighter, ready to believe in Claire, and the best part of all, he’s a virgin! The exotic setting of 18th century Scotland as viewed by a modern woman is a big draw as well. The setting is realistic and learning about the history of the Scottish clans is fascinating. Even the time travel reads as believable.

What you might hate: the 600+ page length; all the raping, pillaging, and random violence really turn the stomach and the end will simply crush you with its emotional and physical extremes; Claire’s lack of emotion was difficult to stomach at times as well. She obviously cares for Jamie but spends a lot of her time mooning over her husband, Frank.

Rating: 4/5. 

If you love a good time travel romance and don’t mind suspending your belief system and spending a lot of time on the 600 pages that are only the start of a 7 book series, get it! Well researched and the love story is to die for! Jamie makes me swoon just thinking about him!

Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran

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Author: Meredith Duran

Basic story: Emmaline travels to British occupied India to be reunited with her army captain fiance, man she cares little about. When rebellion hits close to home and she is forced to flee, she finds help in British lord and half Indian military man, Julian Sinclair. The two are separated during the insurrection and never find one another again. Years pass and when Julian discovers a budding artist who paints very personal scenes of the horror of Indian rebellion, he knows he has found Emmaline again and begins his own battle to win her heart.

Why You Should Read It: Meredith Duran is a superlative storyteller–her writing is lyrical, well paced, and glorious; the setting of British occupied India and scenes of rebellion during that time are little used in romance novels and make for some extremely exciting action and interesting scenes;  Julian is HOT–no, really. I can tell you don’t believe me. He is so honest to goodness hot that I can’t stand it. A British lord who’s exotic due to his Indian heritage and hates the occupation of India but also understands the mores of British society? Umm, yes please! I’ll have one of those; really really steamy sex scenes.

What You Might Hate: There’s nothing light about this book so anyone wanting a quick, unabsorbing read won’t find it here; graphic violence; historical fiction interspersed with the love story.

Our rating: 5/5 stars. If I could give it more, I would. It’s very rare for a romance novel to resonate so well with me. Duran is a fabulous writer who writes convincing and compelling characters and hot hot sex scenes at the same time.

Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

Book: Knight in Shining Armor

Author: Jude Deveraux

Basic story: Dougless Montgomery has been unceremoniously left behind by her loser boyfriend without any money during a sight seeing tour through an English church. When she starts crying, an honest to goodness Knight named Nicholas Stafford appears before her and while he’s helpless in modern day England, he still manages to aid her in getting her life back on track. After a brief but heavenly time together, he disappears returning to his own life in the 17th century. Desperate to have him back, Dougless does everything in her power to reach him through time.

Why You Should Read It: Nicholas is sex on a stick! He’s arrogant, dreamy, thoughtful, sweet, has an English accent, is rich, and so overall swoonworthy I dare you to say no to him even when he’s sporting a suit of armor in 20th century England and looking like some loony escaped from the local Renaissance faire; the writing is superb and the story is effortlessly lyrical; there’s plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing at the running mystery of who wanted Nicholas killed in his own time.

What You Might Hate: Time travel–some people like it, you might hate it (but it’s done very convincingly IMO); Nicholas is an ass through half of the book and that brand of macho male hero doesn’t appeal to everyone; at the risk of not spoiling anything: the outcome between Nicholas and Dougless isn’t what you will hope it will be and it’s a bit unsatisfactory.

Our rating: 5/5 stars. I read this when I was 17 and it resonated with me throughout 10 years. When I read it again two years ago, I kept thinking, “This can’t be as good as I remember!” But it was, dear reader, it was.