The Peach Keeper

The Peach Keeper  by  Sarah Addison Allen  description:

It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.

But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood—of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it.

For the bones—those of charismatic traveling salesman Tucker Devlin, who worked his dark charms on Walls of Water seventy-five years ago—are not all that lay hidden out of sight and mind. Long-kept secrets surrounding the troubling remains have also come to light, seemingly heralded by a spate of sudden strange occurrences throughout the town.

Now, thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover truths of the long-dead that have transcended time and defied the grave to touch the hearts and souls of the living.

The Peach Keeper  5 STARS

This is a wonderfully whimsical story, with a hint of magic that makes anything possible, and a mystery to keep you turning pages late into the night. I loved the balance between Willa and Paxton. Willa is haunted by all the things she’s done in the past, while Paxton lives with the regrets of all the things she hasn’t done. And while this does deal with the two falling in love, this book is more about the power of friendship, about why it’s so important to be their for your friends, and how that relationship never has to fade away. It’s definitely not your average sort of novel. The thing I love most about Allen’s writing is that she doesn’t just give you this one story, she gives you a whole world in this town, but it never gets bogged down. She lets you see all these people and all the things that have led them here, and created them, and it really gets you involved in all of their lives. They become people you feel like you knew, and being from a small town I can definitely relate to this sort of world, though I wish we had the strange occurrences that happen there, would’ve been interesting. And while you don’t need to read Garden Spells before this, because it’s not tied into that series, some of the characters do show up. Which is another thing I love authors to do, to have their books all within this same world, which makes each story you read by them just suck you in even further.

Remembrance: A Heart Lines Novel GIVEAWAY!!!

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Remembrance is now available and I’m so excited to bring you this story!

This is a spin-off of my Dirty Blood series and while it’s more fun to come in already knowing a bit about these characters, you do NOT have to read Dirty Blood first. You can just jump in here!

About Remembrance:

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She’s the cure that could save him. If only she could remember how.

Two years ago, 20 year-old Samantha Knight experienced a life-altering trauma. Unfortunately, she can’t remember what it was. Previously outgoing, fun, and carefree—it’s as if someone flipped a switch on Sam’s insides. Now, she’s afraid of everything, socially awkward, and convinced she’s going crazy. As Beyoncé would say, she woke up like this. Sam tries her best to juggle college classes, work, and the nosiest roommate ever, but behind the curtain, Sam’s life is all about keeping a firm grip on her own mind. And life is kicking her ass.

Alex Channing has only one enemy in this world: werewolves. Born and raised to fight in the supernatural military, he has become an expert at hunting and killing rabid werewolves. But when Alex is bitten and infected, he finds himself racing against a ticking clock for his own survival.

Alex’s search for a cure leads him finally to an oracle in a seaside town in California. And she gives him the reading of a lifetime. The key to his cure is a girl who forgets things, cries spontaneously, and might just be insane. And the only way she can save him is to do the one thing Alex knows is impossible: she has to remember.

Book 1 in the highly anticipated Heart Lines series, a spin-off of the bestselling and award-winning Dirty Blood series. Note: you do NOT have to read Dirty Blood first. You can start here!

“If you enjoyed the Dirty Blood series, Remembrance is a must-read!”

Available NOW! FREE for Kindle Unlimited!

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Remembrance: A Heart Lines Novel COVER REVEAL!!!

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Remembrance  by  Heather Hildenbrand

February 27, 2017

She’s the cure that could save him. If only she could remember how.

Two years ago, 20 year-old Samantha Knight experienced a life-altering trauma. Unfortunately, she can’t remember what it was. Previously outgoing, fun, and carefree—it’s as if someone flipped a switch on Sam’s insides. Now, she’s afraid of everything, socially awkward, and convinced she’s going crazy. As Beyoncé would say, she woke up like this. Sam tries her best to juggle college classes, work, and the nosiest roommate ever, but behind the curtain, Sam’s life is all about keeping a firm grip on her own mind. And life is kicking her ass.

Alex Channing has only one enemy in this world: werewolves. Born and raised to fight in the supernatural military, he has become an expert at hunting and killing rabid werewolves. But when Alex is bitten and infected, he finds himself racing against a ticking clock for his own survival.

Alex’s search for a cure leads him finally to an oracle in a seaside town in California. And she gives him the reading of a lifetime. The key to his cure is a girl who forgets things, cries spontaneously, and might just be insane. And the only way she can save him is to do the one thing Alex knows is impossible: she has to remember.

Book 1 in the highly anticipated Heart Lines series, a spin-off of the bestselling and award-winning Dirty Blood series. Note: you do NOT have to read Dirty Blood first. You can start here!

“If you enjoyed the Dirty Blood series, Remembrance is a must-read!”

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The Girl On Legare Street

BOOK 1: The House on Tradd Street  by  Karen White

The Girl On Legare Street  description:

Melanie has grown accustomed to renovating old houses, but she never imagined she’d have to renovate her own life to include her estranged mother. Ginnette Prioleau Middleton left Charleston thirty-five years ago. She’s returned wanting to protect the daughter she’s never really known after receiving an ominous premonition.

Melanie never wanted to see her mother again, but with some prodding from her partner, Jack Trenholm, she agrees-and begins to rebuild their relationship. Together Melanie and Ginnette buy back their old home. With their combined psychic abilities they expect to unearth some ghosts. But what they find is a vengeful dark spirit whose strength has been growing for decades. It will take unearthing long buried secrets to beat this demon and save what’s left of Melanie’s family…

legareBOOK 2: The Girl On Legare Street  3 STARS

While the first book was such a surprising delight, this felt like she basically just repeated everything that happened in the first book to the point of being obnoxious. The plot itself was a good idea for a sequel. Going back to the house Melanie grew up in, and should’ve inherited, helped to learn more about her past, and a good reason to bring in her mom. But while this ghost is supposed to be the scariest ghost her mom ever came in contact with, and supposedly why she might have left, it didn’t manage to inflict much of anything in comparison with the previous evil ghost on Tradd Street. The big reveal was so glaringly obvious through the majority of the book that it was rather sad the characters didn’t figure it out, though White made their search into the truth so convoluted that I wasn’t even sure what it was they were trying to figure out half the time. For instance there was 7 words they had to put in the right order to figure out a sentence, and for anyone who reads it would take 2 seconds to know what it was meant to say, and yet they had to write out every variation of the order they could go in. Why? And Melanie’s childish behavior towards her mom, even after her dad told her the truth, was frustrating enough. But her still acting like Jack is a bad guy just playing her made me want to punch her in the face. It was such a rehashing of the same issues in the last book, it’s like it might as well not even have happen. Altogether, while it wasn’t the worst, it was a let down.

The House on Tradd Street

The House on Tradd Street  by  Karen White  description:

A brilliant, chilling début featuring a Charleston real estate agent who loves the histories inside old manors.

Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. A man she recently met died, leaving his historic Tradd Street home; complete with a dog and family of ghosts anxious to tell their secrets.

Jack Trenholm, a gorgeous writer obsessed with unsolved mysteries, has reason to believe diamonds from the Confederate Treasury are hidden. He turns the charm on with Melanie, to discover he’s the smitten one.

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After finishing this book all I could think was, Why haven’t I read this sooner? It was wonderful from beginning to end. I’m not much for history, and most of this is made up anyway, but dealing with old mysteries, antique furniture, and ghosts makes this book so much fun to read. Figuring out the truth of what happened in the house Melanie had just inherited from a complete stranger was the main point of the story, and while the ghosts do drive her discoveries, the clues are very real world ones that have to be pieced together. Nothing given easily like a ghost saying hey this is what happened, it’s more they drive both the investigation or do their best to stand in it’s way, and that makes it definitely different from your average mystery or even paranormal story. But even the pages devoted just to describing their restoring of the old house are still entertaining to read as we see the characters interacting and changing. Especially Melanie, who wasn’t the only one who could see ghosts, which is another aspect of the book I liked so much. There’s just so much depth and development to the tale that I can’t wait to pick up the next in the series.

You Gotta Be Shifting Me

BOOK 1: Shift Out of Luck  by  Ruby Dixon

BOOK 2: Get Your Shift Together

BOOK 3: Shift Just Got Real

BOOK 4: Does a Bear Shift in the Woods

You Gotta Be Shifting Me   description:

There are few things that are off limits to the were-bears of Pine Falls, but humans are one of them. Not that it’s stopping these alphas from finding their mates! Included in this anthology are five steamy, ultra-hot novellas of big, burly shifters brought to their knees by the women they love.

Includes a never-before-seen bonus story, entitled YOU GOTTA BE SHIFTING ME, in which a naughty librarian shows a gruff were-bear that he can’t steal her honey and get away with it.

shifting meBOOK 5: You Gotta Be Shifting Me  4 STARS

So the cover and description is really for the whole set, which was a good deal, but I’m only reviewing book 5. This was another really humorous story. The way Alexa took the opinion of one bitter old lady as the gospel against all shifters was a little ridiculous. I mean, couldn’t she have looked around town and realized that shifters like to mate for life? Especially since Griffin makes it really clear he doesn’t just want a roll in the hay. But it makes for a cute and silly story that had me giggling even as I was blushing at all the naughtiness that ensues. Altogether, this series was a fun read.

Does a Bear Shift in the Woods

BOOK 1: Shift Out of Luck  by  Ruby Dixon

BOOK 2: Get Your Shift Together

BOOK 3: Shift Just Got Real

Does a Bear Shift in the Woods   description:

I’m a loner for a reason. I don’t have much in the way of social skills. I’d rather sit on my deck and watch the sunset than hit a tavern with coworkers. My idea of grooming is to trim my beard with a straight blade when it hits my collarbone. I can’t put two words together in the company of a pretty woman…and they don’t come much prettier than wolf-shifter Madison Thorne.

She’s everything I’m not—outgoing, easy on the eyes, and sweet. There’s no way I’m convincing her to come home with me. Fortunately I don’t have to. Maddie seems to like my gruff, unpolished self. At least, she likes me enough for one night.

The problem is getting her to stay forever.

bear shiftBOOK 4: Does a Bear Shift in the Woods  5 STARS

So I’m not sure if it was meant to be that funny, but I was dying laughing the whole time. And while I do love me some good romance, I love to laugh even more, and so that’s really why it got 5 stars. I mean, Chance was so awkwardly adorable. The way he tried to do stuff for Madison in his big gruff manner was just too perfect. Madison was an interesting character too, mainly in seeing how wolf-shifters differ from the bears, but it was really Chance who stole the show in this one. This book alone made reading the series all worth it.

Shift Just Got Real

BOOK 1: Shift Out of Luck  by  Ruby Dixon

BOOK 2: Get Your Shift Together

Shift Just Got Real  description:

Life’s given me the short end of the stick on looks – I’m big, ugly and brutish. Normally I wouldn’t care about the packaging except for the fact that the woman of my dreams is Ryann Brown, a human half my age and so lovely she makes my body ache. What’s a were-bear to do in this situation?

Whatever he can to forget her, of course.

Except Ryann’s not taking no for an answer. And when she catches me watching her one night, she gives me a show I’ll never forget. Did I think I’d be able to walk away and not touch her? Not claim what’s mine?

shift got realBOOK 3: Shift Just Got Real  4 STARS

The best book so far. I really loved how it all unfolded, and we got a better look at the situations between the humans and the different weres in town. It was rather sweet and sad how things ended up for Mal, knowing who his intended mate is, but feeling like she would never want him. You really get a better understanding of how this mate bonding thing works, and I loved how Ryann went about trying to get Mal to give in. While I can understand why the age thing might be an issue, I’m also a big proponent in love conquering all.

Get Your Shift Together

BOOK 1: Shift Out of Luck  by  Ruby Dixon

Get Your Shift Together   description:

I’ve been looking for a mate in all the wrong places. When the right one shows up in Pine Falls with a man in tow, I almost miss her. Caroline Abbott is a sweetheart of a city girl who is making one last stab at keeping her (dead) relationship together. When her fool of an ex takes off and leaves her alone in the forest, I’m more than happy to step into his abandoned shoes.

While I can make her shout with pleasure, I worry those screams will turn to fear when she realizes that my hidden half is a bear.

I can’t keep the secret much longer, but telling her might scare her off for good.

shift togetherBOOK 2: Get Your Shift Together   3 STARS

Definitely better than the first book. Even though it’s as short as the other book, the story felt better developed and more realistic, even if their relationship moved crazy fast. But when you’re dealing with magical beings such as were bears and their mate bonds, you can easily buy into it. Plus you can’t really blame Caroline for falling hard for someone like Leo when she’s been dating the complete jerk that was her ex. Though she really did act a little crazy right there at the end. Still preferring her Barbarian’s series, but I feel like this one is worth continuing.

Ice Kissed

BOOK 1: Frostfire  by  Amanda Hocking

Ice Kissed    description:

In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…

Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.

As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.

ice kissedBOOK 2: Ice Kissed   4 STARS

It had been so long since I read the first book it took me a little bit to remember everything and get into it, and I eventually went back to the first book and looked over it to remember, so yeah never a good idea to go that long between books. I like how Bryn is evolving, and beginning to see her world in a new way. Realizing that being the person who is completely loyal to the kingdom can mean going against what you feel is morally right. She begins to see how even the best of people may do the wrong things just because they’re ordered too. It’s great to see so much of the Skojare and Kanin, and how the rules and standards so often make the people there feel trapped, and pushed to lie and sneak around. Plus the romantic angle is truly sweet. Not just Bryn and Ridley, who are getting to be great, but even Tilda and Kasper’s relationship gives a good reflection against Bryn’s views to see and change how she approaches love.