Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner Book Tour

06 May, 2022 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

Title: Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel

Author: Natalie Jenner

Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Publisher: ‎St. Martin’s Press (May 17, 2022)

Length: (368) pages

Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook 

ISBN: 978-1250276698

Tour Dates: May 2-29, 2022

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Natalie Jenner, the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls.

Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare bookstore that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager’s unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:

Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiancé was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances–most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.

Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she’s been working to support the family following her husband’s breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.

Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she’s working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.

As they interact with various literary figures of the time–Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others–these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.

BOOK TRAILER

AUDIOBOOK

Narrated by esteemed stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, enjoy the full unabridged edition of Bloomsbury Girls. “Stevenson delivers the satisfying triumph at the end with perfect polish.” —AudioFile Magazine

AUDIOBOOK EXCERPT 

ADVANCE PRAISE

“Jenner follows The Jane Austen Society (2020) with another top-notch reading experience, using the same deft hand at creating complex, emotionally engaging characters [against] a backdrop chock-full of factual historical information… Fans of Christina Baker Kline, Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff [will] appreciate this gem.” —Booklist (starred review)

“An illuminating yarn… Fans of emotional historical fiction will be charmed.” —Publishers Weekly

“Bloomsbury Girls is an immersive tale of three women determined to forge their own paths in 1950s London. Jenner has proven to be a master at spinning charming, earnest characters and paints a vivid picture of postwar England. I wanted to stay lost in her world forever!” —Stephanie Wrobel, internationally bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold

“Bloomsbury Girls is a book lover’s dream, one of those rare reads that elicits a sense of book-ish wistfulness and nostalgia. Jenner has created a colorful cast of characters in a story about friendship, perseverance, and the ways that determined women can band together in a man’s world. You’re in for a treat.” —Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary

“In a London still reeling from the ravages of World War II and the changes war has brought to English society, three young women take their futures into their own hands. With Bloomsbury Girls, Natalie Jenner has penned a timely and beautiful ode to ambition, friendship, bookshops, and the written word.” —Janet Skeslien Charles, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Library

“In post-war London, Bloomsbury Books survived The Blitz until Vivien Lowry, Grace Perkins, and Evie Stone set off their own bomb on the stuffy all-male management. What ensues is the most delightful, witty, and endearing story you will read this year. Natalie Jenner, bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, proves that she was not a one hit wonder. Like Austen, her second book is even better than the first.” —Laurel Ann Nattress, editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It  

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A MESSAGE FROM AUTHOR NATALIE JENNER

Dear readers, I am immensely grateful for the outpouring of affection that so many of you have expressed for my debut novel The Jane Austen Society and its eight main characters. When I wrote its epilogue (in one go and without ever changing a word), I wanted to give each of Adam, Mimi, Dr. Gray, Adeline, Yardley, Frances, Evie and Andrew the happy Austenesque ending they each deserved. But I could not let go of servant girl Evie Stone, the youngest and only character inspired by real life (my mother, who had to leave school at age fourteen, and my daughter, who does eighteenth-century research for a university professor and his team). Bloomsbury Girls continues Evie’s adventures into a 1950s London bookshop where there is a battle of the sexes raging between the male managers and the female staff, who decide to pull together their smarts, connections, and limited resources to take over the shop and make it their own. There are dozens of new characters in Bloomsbury Girls from several different countries, and audiobook narration was going to require a female voice of the highest training and caliber. When I learned that British stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, CBE, had agreed to narrate, I knew that my story could not be in better hands, and I so hope you enjoy reading or listening to it. Warmest regards, Natalie

AUTHOR BIO

Natalie Jenner is the author of the instant international bestseller The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls. A Goodreads Choice Award runner-up for historical fiction and finalist for best debut novel, The Jane Austen Society was a USA Today and #1 national bestseller and has been sold for translation in twenty countries. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs. Visit her website to learn more.

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Review

Bloomsbury Girls is an intimate look inside a London bookstore. The daily comings and goings of famous authors, American customers, and elite society. Three women are set to make their mark in the workplace of the 50’s, typically dominate by men. They must overcome prejudice, rude interactions and insinuations of crime. One has lost her fiance to war,another is unable to gain a prestigious position in the academic world, and another is a wife and mother. When their general manager Mr. Dutton suffers an epileptic seizure, the bookstore employees are shuffled into new positions.

I listened to the audio book via Netgalley’s shelf app. The narration was a bit slow for my taste, so I upped it to 1.5 speed. I’m so glad for this feature! It was a pleasant way to pass the day. English accents, rich characters with quirks and the building of a publishing empire. Historical fiction set in postwar England for lovers of all things bookish. Thanks to Netgalley and Austenprose PR for the complimentary audio book for review!

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The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray Book Tour

05 May, 2022 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

Title: The Murder of Mr. Wickham

Author: Claudia Gray

Genre: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Austenesque

Publisher: ‎Vintage (May 3, 2022)

Length: (400) pages

Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook 

ISBN: 978-0593313817

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Jane Austen’s Mr. Wickham—one of literature’s most notorious villains—meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Austen’s leading literary characters.

The happily married Mr. Knightley and Emma are throwing a party at their country estate, bringing together distant relatives and new acquaintances—characters beloved by Jane Austen fans. Definitely not invited is Mr. Wickham, whose latest financial scheme has netted him an even broader array of enemies. As tempers flare and secrets are revealed, it’s clear that everyone would be happier if Mr. Wickham got his comeuppance. Yet they’re all shocked when Wickham turns up murdered—except, of course, for the killer hidden in their midst.

Nearly everyone at the house party is a suspect, so it falls to the party’s two youngest guests to solve the mystery: Juliet Tilney, the smart and resourceful daughter of Catherine and Henry, eager for adventure beyond Northanger Abbey; and Jonathan Darcy, the Darcys’ eldest son, whose adherence to propriety makes his father seem almost relaxed. In this tantalizing fusion of Austen and Christie, from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray, the unlikely pair must put aside their own poor first impressions and uncover the guilty party—before an innocent person is sentenced to hang. 

ADVANCE PRAISE

“Had Jane Austen sat down to write a country house murder mystery, this is exactly the book she would have written. Devotees of Austen’s timeless novels will get the greatest possible pleasure from this wonderful book. Immense fun and beautifully observed. Delicious!” —Alexander McCall Smith

“What a splendid conceit! . . . Gray provides plenty of backstory and enough depth to her characters that even those who mix up their Pride and Prejudice with their Sense and Sensibility will delight in the Agatha Christie–style mystery. . . . There’s so much fun to be had in this reimagined Austen world—and the mystery is so strong—that one can only hope, dear reader, that more books will follow.” —Ilene Cooper, Booklist (starred review) 

“[An] enchanting mystery. . . . Gray perfectly captures the personalities of Austen’s beloved characters. This is a real treat for Austenites.” —Publishers Weekly

“Who would NOT want to read a book in which one of literature’s most notorious rakes meets his final demise? . . . A delightful Agatha Christie meets Jane Austen romp.” —Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

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AUTHOR BIO

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of Amy Vincent. She is the writer of multiple young adult novels, including the Evernight series, the Firebird trilogy, and the Constellation trilogy. In addition, she’s written several Star Wars novels, such as Lost Stars and Bloodline. She makes her home in New Orleans with her husband Paul and assorted small dogs. 

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Review

Fans of Jane Austen will enjoy following the lives of the characters as they grow into marriage and family. Mr. Darcy, Mr, Wickham, the Knightleys are all included in the lineup. The Knightleys are hosting a house party with bachelors and debutantes as well as married guests. Claudia Gray fleshes out each character and their interactions, inner thoughts in varying perspectives. Each carries their own story line. Pride and Prejudice meets Clue in a whodunnit mystery. Readers will have to tease out motive, inner conflict and marital strife.

I enjoyed hearing from all of our beloved literary heroes and villains. In the beginning it took me a bit to sort out who is who and what is what, but things smooth out as the story develops. It is interesting to trace their lives forward to see how relationships evolve over time. Atmospheric tension and conflict with an air of mystery spur on the slow moving plot. Readers of Emma and Austen will love this! Thank you to the author, publisher and AustenPR for the complimentary copy of The Murder of Mr. Wickham for the tour.

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Star Wars Queen’s Hope by E.K. Johnston Tour and Giveaway

28 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the STAR WARS: QUEEN’S HOPE by E.K. Johnston Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: STAR WARS: QUEEN’S HOPE (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

Author: E.K. Johnston

Pub. Date: April 5, 2022

Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 352

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

A peace-loving senator faces a time of war in another thrilling Padmé Amidala adventure from the author of the New York Times best-sellers Queen’s Peril and Queen’s Shadow!

Padmé is adjusting to being a wartime senator during the Clone Wars. Her secret husband, Anakin Skywalker, is off fighting the war, and excels at being a wartime Jedi. In contrast, when Padmé gets the opportunity to see the casualties on the war-torn front lines, she is horrified. The stakes have never been higher for the galaxy, or for the newly-married couple.

Meanwhile, with Padmé on a secret mission, her handmaiden Sabé steps into the role of Senator Amidala, something no handmaiden has done for an extended period of time. While in the Senate, Sabé is equally horrified by the machinations that happen there. She comes face to face with a gut-wrenching decision as she realizes that she cannot fight a war this way, not even for Padmé.

And Chancellor Palpatine hovers over it all, manipulating the players to his own ends…

 

REVIEW: Having watched all of the Star Wars films multiple times, reading YA literature that supports the main storyline was a new experience. I enjoyed hearing the backstory behind Padme and her handmaidens as well as the political machinations of Palpatine’s puppets. In this installment, Padme and Anakin are on the verge of marriage, which must be done secretly. Her handmaiden must take over for her in the Senate and their world is on the verge of the Clone Wars. There are all of the characters Star Wars fans will recognize as well as rich world building and slowly developing side plots which add to the original storyline. While this book was outside of my typical reading selections, I found the world immersive and it added to my experience with a well known movie series. It was well written and the political intrigue as well as believable characters make this a rich supplement for fans of Princess Leia. Thanks to Rockstar Book Tours and the publisher foe the copy as a part of the official book tour. Put this canon on your to be read list!

 

About E.K. Johnston:


E.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes.You can follow her on Twitter (@ek_johnston) to learn more about Alderaanian political theory than you really need to know, on Tumblr (ekjohnston) if you’re just here for the pretty pictures, or online at ekjohnston.ca.

 

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of STAR WARS: QUEEN’S HOPE, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/1/2022

Writer of Wrongs

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4/2/2022

Kait Plus Books

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Week Two:

4/3/2022

BookHounds YA

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4/4/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

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4/5/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

4/6/2022

The Girl Who Reads

Review/IG Post

4/7/2022

Emmiepooh2

Review

4/8/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

4/9/2022

YABooksCentral

Excerpt

Week Three:

4/10/2022

Dorky Girl and Skeletor

Excerpt

4/11/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

4/12/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

4/13/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

Review/IG Post

4/14/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

4/15/2022

onemoreexclamation

Review/IG Post

4/16/2022

BETTER_0FF_READ

IG Spotlight

Week Four:

4/17/2022

SJ_Bookshelf

Review

4/18/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

4/19/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

4/20/2022

Living in a Bookworld

Excerpt

4/21/2022

Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

Review

4/22/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

Review

4/23/2022

@the.page.sage

TikTok Review/IG Post

Week Five:

4/25/2022

@drewsim12

Review

4/26/2022

A Bookish Dream

Review/IG Post

4/27/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

4/28/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

4/29/2022

@meetcuteromancebooks

IG Spotlight

4/30/2022

onemused

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The Rancher’s Wyoming Twins by Virginia McCullough Tour and Giveaway

25 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Rancher’s Wyoming Twins
(Back to Adelaide Creek #1)
By Virginia McCullough
Clean Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
March 29, 2022 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Her worst enemy…
Could bring her heart home

Heather Stanhope wants to despise the man who now owns the ranch her family lost. But Matt Burton is raising his late sister’s adorable twins, loves horses, and is known for his loyalty and honesty. Sneaking into Adelaide Creek for her friend’s wedding, Heather hopes to avoid Matt, but fate and family have them crossing paths. Heather knows falling for Matt means risking her heart, but it’s a risk she can’t resist.

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About the Author


Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia McCullough has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.


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Kiara Fights Back by Marilyn Kaye Tour and Giveaway

15 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is hosting a spot on the KIARA FIGHTS BACK by Marilyn Kaye Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

About The Book:

Title: KIARA FIGHTS BACK (Spyglass Sisterhood #3)

Author: Marilyn Kaye

Pub. Date: April 5, 2022

Publisher: Holiday House

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 208

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

A secret bully and a chance to bring him to justice. Can Kiara and the Spyglass Sisterhood deliver?

Kiara, traditionally a loner, doesn’t hesitate to say exactly what’s on her mind. But she’s found good friends among the Spyglass Sisterhood members who appreciate her keen observations and incredible smarts.

When a fellow classmate starts to get bullied online, Kiara is determined not only to find the perpetrator(s), but also to bring them to justice. To do that, she’ll need help from her friends and from the Sisterhood’s magical spyglass to gather evidence and put the pieces together.

The best-selling author behind the Gifted series and the Replica books, Marilyn Kaye delivers a story filled with light magic and heart in this third book in the Spyglass Sisterhood series. Centered on four best friends–Ellie, Kiara, Rachel, and Alyssa–and a magic spyglass that reveals people’s feelings, the Spyglass Sisterhood series mixes classic friendship themes with fresh conversations on community and responsibility. Each girl takes a turn at the spyglass, confronting fears and sticking up for her peers. 


Grab the first 2 books in the SPYGLASS SISTERHOOD series now!

 

 

About Marilyn Kaye:

Marilyn Kaye is the author of over 100 books for young readers, including the Gifted and Replica series. Born in New Britain, Connecticut, she grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a master’s degree in library science at Emory University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Chicago. Kaye also taught children’s literature at St. John’s University for over twenty years. She lives in Paris, France.

 

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of KIARA FIGHTS BACK, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:

4/4/2022

Kait Plus Books

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4/4/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt/IG Post

4/5/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

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4/5/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

4/6/2022

For the Love of KidLit

Excerpt

4/6/2022

YABooksCentral

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4/7/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

4/7/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

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4/8/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

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4/8/2022

Wottaread

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Week Two:

4/11/2022

More Books Please blog

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4/11/2022

One More Exclamation

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4/12/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

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4/12/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

4/13/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

Review

4/13/2022

Pages & Paws

Review/IG Post

4/14/2022

Ravenz Reviewz

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4/14/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

4/15/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

4/15/2022

Fire and Ice

Review


Review

Kiara and the Spyglass Sisterhood are at it again. This time their spyglass is seeing others’ feelings and insecurities, which come to fruition in the case of one of their classmates. Their group doesn’t typically participate in any of the school clubs or groups. They don’t use social media. Leader Kiara isn’t afraid to speak her mind and say it like it is. But, someone at their school is being bullied online via a new app. The Spyglass Sisterhood is determined to stop it.

A fun middle grade read about taking a stand and pulling together as friends and allies. Installment three in the series teaches about the harm that can come from improperly using social media and the power of words. It highlights the difference one person can make in defending another.

Thanks to Rockstar Book Tours and Holiday House for the complimentary copy for the book tour.

Content and trigger warning: bullying, same sex parents.

Blade of Ash by C.F.E. Black Tour

14 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Blade of Ash by C.F.E. Black Tour

Blade of Ash

on January 25th 2022
Format: Hardcover
four-stars
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The only way to beat death is to chase it.

Newly crowned, Red blames one person for his father’s murder: the secret sorceress sworn to protect the king.

Alyana Barron, Royal Sorcerer to the throne of Tandera, fears her magic is weakening.

When Red is cursed, his life entwines with Aly’s in ways neither of them expected. Together, they chase after a cure that will heal the king and restore her magic, but the closer they get to a cure, the nearer they step toward death, for the path to the cure is as dangerous as the curse itself.

Blade of Ash is the first in a new, epic YA fantasy series perfect for fans of enemies-to-lovers romance packed full of royal intrigue, legends, and plenty of ballgowns. If you like female bodyguards and forced proximity with life-and-death stakes... this story is for you!

Review

Red has inherited the kingdom after his father is killed by a curse. His royal protector Aly has remained invisible in his life until now, and Red feels she is to blame. There are new responsibilities to take on, the king and sorceress are grieving, and both of their magic seems to be weakening. The source of the magic is a truthwell. Lies and distorted truth weakens the power while truth feeds it. I loved this unique system. There were several moments through the storyline where both Red and Aly have to learn to put aside what their brain is telling them to instead rely on hope, and on the magic they can strengthen by working together.

Blade of Ash is a clean YA fantasy adventure with an underlying theme of putting aside fear and relying on another. There were moments in the world building that reminded me of the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I’m a fan and now that I know there’s a prequel, as well as a series, there’s more to add to my pile of future reads. This is a series I will be watching as it has a positive message and a wonderful set of strong characters.

Thanks to Prism Book Tours and the author for the complimentary copy for the tour.

Content: clean, mild violence, grief

About the Author

C. F. E. Black loves to get swept away in books, both reading and writing them. When she’s not writing or chasing her son, she’s teaching high schoolers and trying her best to be a light in their lives. She lives in beautiful north Alabama with her superhero husband, sons, and fur-family. Connect with her and find free stories at http://www.cfeblack.com.

A MOST UNUSUAL DUKE by Susanna Allen Tour and Giveaway

12 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is hosting a spot on the A MOST UNUSUAL DUKE by Susanna Allen Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

About The Book:

Title: A MOST UNUSUAL DUKE (Shapeshifters of the Beau Monde #2)

Author: Susanna Allen

Pub. Date: December 28, 2021

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Formats: Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 288

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

Bridgerton meets Werewolves Within in this sparkling shapeshifter Regency romance mixed with humor, steamy chemistry, and fantasy.

The Duke said he’d never get married…

The Prince Regent insists his cousin and fellow bear shifter, Arthur Humphries, the Duke of Osborn, take a mate to ensure the continuation of their species. After all, Arthur is an Alpha, so he must set a good example. The duke would very much prefer to continue his comfortable bachelor lifestyle, but the Prince Regent is not a bear to be poked.

Beatrice, the widowed Marchioness of Castleton, is in possession of a powerful secret. She knows all about Shifters, her horrible late husband being one of them. At any moment, Beatrice could reveal the secrets of the Prince and those like him—unless the Prince can make sure she marries another Shifter.

A marriage between the Duke of Osborn and Beatrice is far from ideal for either one, but at least they won’t fall in love…right?

Witty, fantastical, and entirely unique, A Most Unusual Duke is perfect for readers looking for:

• A delicious Regency romp with a paranormal twist
• A devilishly handsome Alpha hero
• A marriage of convenience
• A magical world to sink your teeth into

Reviews:

“Allen continues to make this unusual genre mash-up sing.” ― Publishers Weekly

“Susanna Allen Writer’s writing is SO GOOD. It sucked me right in. I think you’ll love it, too.”- Julia Quinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Bridgerton series.

 


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REVIEW: A Most Unusual Duke is book two in the Shapeshifters of the Beau Monde Series. Arthur Humphries, the Duke of Osborn is a cantankerous shifter who gets called in to court by the Regent, his cousin Georgie. Also present is a widow, the Marchioness of Castleton. She has been under the protection of the Regent for knowing too much about the customs and brand of species which rules the Beau Mode. The Duke of Osborn and Beatrice are forced into a union to strengthen and continue the line. Neither ever planned to marry, both are adverse to the arrangement, but the Duke needs financial and emotional backing and Beatrice needs protection. A mash up of Regency era romance and paranormal shapeshifters, this book is unique. The pacing is a bit slow and the language formal, so it takes some getting used to. There’s also a complicated secret structure to the animal society and flowery prose, so pacing doesn’t pick up until about three quarters fo the way though the book. When it finally does, I enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters. I wish Beatrice were a little bit less frosty and more playful. She comes across as competent and independent, which is fantastic, but it makes her seem older and cold as her character later arcs toward a carefree woman in love. I liked the the book addresses familial loyalty, especially the scenes where the surrounding Dukes and the Regent come together to fight a threat to their lineage. I also enjoyed the little bits and pieces we see of the Duke of Osborn’s true personality. When he shifts into his bear, hesitancy fades away. I’m glad the roaming extended family moves in and adds snippets of humor. Unlike anything I’ve recently read! Thanks Sourcebooks Casablanca for the complimentary advanced reading copy for review.

 

About Susanna Allen:

Susanna Allen…

… moved to Ireland for twelve months — in 1998. Having gained a Master of Philosophy in Irish Theatre Studies from the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, she embarked on a career in theatre criticism, eventually moving into feature writing on all things cultural, as well as lifestyle-oriented subjects for major Irish titles across newsprint and magazines. 

Writing as Susan Conley, she is the author of Drama Queen and The Fidelity Project, both published by Headline UK, and the soon-to-be republished That

Magic Mischief. Her memoir, Many Brave Fools: A Story of Addiction, Dysfunction, Codependency… and Horses is published by Trafalgar Square Books and recounts the growth and insights she acquired after having taken up horse riding as an adult, post-divorce.

Susan is living her life by the three Rs: reading, writing and horseback riding, and can generally be found on her sofa with her e-reader; gazing out a window and thinking about made-up people; or cantering around in circles. She loves every minute of it!

 

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a finished copy of A MOST UNUSUAL DUKE, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/4/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

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4/4/2022

Fyrekatz Blog

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4/5/2022

The Reading Devil

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4/5/2022

More Books Please blog

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4/6/2022

@theheavycrownreads

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4/6/2022

BookHounds

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4/7/2022

A Court of Coffee and Books

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4/7/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

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4/8/2022

Owl Abridged

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4/8/2022

Angel’s Guilty Pleasures

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Week Two:

4/11/2022

Quill Tree Fox

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4/11/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

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4/12/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

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4/12/2022

Fire and Ice

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4/13/2022

Eli to the nth

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4/13/2022

Two Points of Interest

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4/14/2022

The Momma Spot

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4/14/2022

@jypsylynn

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4/15/2022

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4/15/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

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SHOWMANCES AND STAGE KISSES Tour and Giveaway

11 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the SHOWMANCES AND STAGE KISSES by Suzanne de Planque Writing As Bowden Walker Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: SHOWMANCES AND STAGE KISSES (Heights High #1)

Author: Suzanne de Planque Writing As Bowden Walker

Pub. Date: March 22, 2022

Publisher: Bond Street Publishers

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 400

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Bright lights. Big city. The drama is just beginning.

NYC, 1984. With an off-the-scale IQ, Sebastian Weiss can do anything except talk to girls. And with his future meticulously planned by his multi-millionaire parents, all the seventeen year old nerd can see in front of him is Harvard and bone-crushing boredom. So hanging around the set of his best friend’s smash-hit soap is everything he wants… especially after a gorgeous bad girl is cast as his buddy’s kissing co-star.

Sam Macaulay can’t believe her luck. After drug use, a rotten boyfriend, and self-sabotage all but killed her career, the desperate young woman is elated to land a coveted gig making out with the guy every teenager dreams of. But despite their instant chemistry and off-camera carousing, she finds herself mysteriously drawn to his geeky rich-kid pal.

Deliberately blowing his college applications, Sebastian resists leaving the carefree life behind even as he watches the beautiful actress fall hard for his friend. But Sam feels torn in two when a personal tragedy brings her closer to both guys and she can’t decide between the teen idol and the last virgin standing.

Will a complex emotional triangle ruin everyone’s chance at happily ever after?

Showmances and Stage Kisses is the page-turning first book in the YA Heights High coming of age series. If you like MTV-era antics, confused teenage romance, and the struggle of youth to find themselves, then you’ll love Bowden Walker’s nostalgia-filled tale.

Buy Showmances and Stage Kisses to cue lights, camera, and action today!

Reviews:

“Welcome to the world of teenage acting, where it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. Showmances and Stage Kisses showcases behind the scenes drug and alcohol use (ouzo, anyone?), oh-so-complicated teen relationships with accompanying hormones, and show business antics. Join teen heartthrob and star of Heights High, Nicholas, and his Harvard-bound best friend Sebastian, as they navigate life among dysfunctional adults and girls galore, amidst a world of chaos in the 1980s.  This story is both frantic and heartwarming with an exceptional cast of characters.” —San Francisco Book Review
 
“A highly entertaining and nostalgia-rich work of young adult fiction, Showmances and Stage Kisses is refreshingly honest about the adult nature of teenage years. Never condescending to teen readers, Bowden Walker has a knack for portraying the messes that teens get into, as well as the resilient ways they pick themselves back up again, in this captivating young adult novel set against a uniquely evocative backdrop.” —SPR

 

REVIEW: Showmances and Stage Kisses has a lot to process. Set in 1984, it follows the career and personal life of a teenage heart throb actor along with his small circle of friends. Exposed to cocaine, absent parents, mental illness and loss the three friends navigate the last year of high school. There is heaviness as they cope with how to reconcile the Hollywood lifestyle with real life choices like college and running away from home. I found some of the glossy fake persona image of the MC similar to Beverly Hills 90210 or Saved by the Bell. It is tough to see how self- absorbed some of the characters actions are and how they have to self sabotage or survive. Younger readers may miss a few of the 80’s references (Benetton). Overall, I stayed interested until the very last page, but it is a heavy read. Thanks to the author for the advanced reading copy for tour. Content and trigger warnings: cocaine usage, domestic violence, abusive parents, swearing, sex, neglect.

 

About Suzanne de Planque Writing As Bowden Walker:

Suzanne de Planque is a writer, actor, and stay-at-home mom. Theatrical credits include off-Broadway and other New York, regional, and tours; everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim.
She has sung on Broadway. The New Amsterdam, not the street. Though she has probably sung on the street, too.

A few highlights from her years in the theater include enacting what must be every Grimm fairytale in her years as the self-proclaimed Queen of Children’s Theater, playing cut-rate Disney princesses at birthday parties, inspiring a generation of high school students as the DON’T example in a series of job-seeking educational videos, and breaking her neck falling out of a giant teapot dressed as the Dormouse.

The latter resulted in a career change to playwriting and a healthy respect for teacups. Her plays have been commissioned and performed in New York and regionally.

She lives in a little White House in Brooklyn with her husband and son, an impressive array of costumes, swords, and Original Broadway Cast albums, and a world-class collection of children’s books. She is an avid collector of antique and vintage children’s literature, a devotee of War of the Roses and Tudor history, and a fan of literary tourism, in person and on Pinterest.

She has never passed a wardrobe without checking, just in case.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

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Week One:

3/21/2022

Writer of Wrongs

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3/22/2022

BookHounds YA

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3/23/2022

YABooksCentral

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3/24/2022

Lady Hawkeye

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3/25/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

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Week Two:

3/28/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

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3/29/2022

Excuse Me, I’m Reading

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3/30/2022

TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

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3/31/2022

BETTER_0FF_READ

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4/1/2022

Ravenz Reviewz

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Week Three:

4/4/2022

Angel’s Guilty Pleasures

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4/5/2022

SJ_Bookshelf

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4/6/2022

Lifestyle of Me

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4/7/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

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4/8/2022

Strange Brew Reviews

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Week Four:

4/11/2022

Fire and Ice

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4/12/2022

Two Points of Interest

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4/13/2022

The book review crew

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4/14/2022

The Momma Spot

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4/15/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

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NOVA’S BLADE by Will Scifi Tour and Giveaway

08 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the NOVA’S BLADE by Will Scifi Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

About The Book:

Title: NOVA’S BLADE: A Young Adult Dystopian Cyberpunk

Author: Will Scifi

Pub. Date: January 29, 2022

Publisher: Will Scifi

Formats: Paperback

Pages: 356

Find it: Goodreads, B&N, TBD, Bookshop.org

THIRTY-TWO WOMEN. ONE ARENA. A BATTLE TO THE DEATH.

After a long war, corporations have replaced countries. Sports are fought to the death. The most popular game is Last Valkyrie, a live tournament where women kill each other for marriage into a powerful family.

For Nova, living in poverty with her mother and sister is a harsh reality that she cannot escape. But when she is kidnapped and forced to fight on the show, her world changes. If she refuses to fight, the bomb in her head goes off. Now winning means her freedom.

With death lurking at every moment, Nova has no idea if her next fight will be her last. But one thing she knows for certain: only one is making it out alive.

Perfect for fans of Hunger Games, The Selection, and The Princess Trials. You won’t want to put down this exciting page-turner!

 

Excerpt:

Bellona’s up. She marches to the ring to a dead crowd. She has  no entrance music or theatrics. She focuses on the ring, holding  only a shield. 

“Bellona is an interesting Valkyrie,” the commentator Fox states. “The sheer power she has makes up for her lack of personality and words. We saw that during the 1st round.” 

“Power worked for her before, but it ain’t gonna cut  it in the ring,” the other commentator Brom says. “You need  patrons, proper training, and great equipment, if you want to  survive this. That lone wolf act can only get her so far. Today  we’re going to see it end.” 

Pyro shoots up from the top of the ramp. From the fire steps  out Hybris in a fire proof suit. She takes off her suit and helmet,  revealing her armor. In her hand is a long metal chain hooked to  a curved blade. Dancing to the ring, she swings the blade in the  air, hurling words to the crowd. 

“I’m on fire tonight! I’m the baddest on this show!  Nobody can touch me!” she boasts. 

The crowd throws roses at Hybris. She earned a handful of  patrons for her brashness, claiming the Valkyries are nothing  to her. The internet lit up with fans and critics when she  mocked Bellona’s late mother who had committed suicide. 

Her armor is bright and thick, providing protection for her body.  The suit, weapon, and even the pyro is paid for by her patrons. I  can only imagine how plain my entrance will be. 

“Compared to what Hybris has, Bellona might as well have brought a slingshot!” Brom laughs. 

Hybris shoves her blade to the camera. 

“I’ma cut her up,” Hybris teases. 

They meet in the center of the ring, face to face before the  bell. Bellona keeps her head down as Hybris dances up and  down, amusing the crowd. 

“Tell mommy I said hi,” Hybris laughs. 

They go back to their corners, and the bell rings. Hybris swings  the blade. Bellona puts the shield up, taking the hit. Before  Hybris can pull it back, Bellona grabs the chain and yanks it  forward, propelling Hybris towards her. Hybris screams in fright.  Bellona decks Hybris in the face with the shield, knocking her to  the ground covered in blood. Hybris’ teeth fly out. The crowd  awes as Bellona mounts Hybris and bashes her face in with the  shield. 

“Oh god!” Fox shrieks. 

“Bellona is turning Hybris’ face into a mud hole!” Brom yells. 

Bellona brings the shield down on Hybris’ throat, slicing her  head completely off. Hybris’ head rolls as blood spurts out her  body, painting the canvas. Bellona lifts Hybris’ head in the air, roaring with her bloody shield. The crowd erupts with cheers.  Fox comes up to Bellona with a microphone. 

“Bellona, how-.” 

Bellona storms past him with her trainer. The camera rolls back  to Fox. 

“Well like they say, actions speak louder than  words,” he states. 

Blaze enters the ring. He picks up Hybris’ head by the hair and swings it in the air. “Who wants her head?!” he yells. 

The crowd goes ballistic as he tosses it to them. The camera shows the crowd fighting over the head.  I’m in disbelief at the entire fiasco. As a kid it was a spectacle, but knowing I’ll be in it soon, is  unbelievable. I finally see the nature of this show for what it is. It’s barbaric and so are the people  cheering it on. Maximus turns off the tv. 

“Come on, continue with your training,” he states.

 

 

About Will Scifi:

Will Scifi is a pen name for an author from California. He loves reading and writing mainly science fiction that touches on themes surrounding American culture. He draws inspiration from the over 500 movies he has watched in the last 5 years, books, tv shows, and real life. When he is not writing, he can be found in the gym or watching movies at home or in the theaters. He thanks all of his fans for their support and highly encourages anyone who has read his work to always leave a review.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of NOVA’S BLADE, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/28/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

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3/29/2022

The Book View

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3/30/2022

Lady Hawkeye

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3/31/2022

Ravenz Reviewz

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4/1/2022

boozybook blog

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Week Two:

4/4/2022

The Litt Librarian

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4/5/2022

BookHounds YA

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4/6/2022

Lifestyle of Me

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4/7/2022

Karen Dee’s Book Reviews

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4/8/2022

Fire and Ice

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Week Three:

4/11/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

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4/12/2022

More Books Please blog

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4/13/2022

The Reading Wordsmith

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4/14/2022

Two Chicks on Books

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4/15/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

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4/18/2022

Two Points of Interest

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4/19/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

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4/20/2022

fictionologyst

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4/21/2022

The Momma Spot

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4/22/2022

@lexijava

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Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

07 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

Accidentally Engaged

on March 2, 2021
Pages: 357
Format: Paperback
four-stars
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Reena Manji doesn’t love her career, her single status, and most of all, her family inserting themselves into every detail of her life. But when caring for her precious sourdough starters, Reena can drown it all out. At least until her father moves his newest employee across the hall--with hopes that Reena will marry him.

But Nadim’s not like the other Muslim bachelors-du-jour that her parents have dug up. If the Captain America body and the British accent weren’t enough, the man appears to love eating her bread creations as much as she loves making them. She sure as hell would never marry a man who works for her father, but friendship with a neighbor is okay, right? And when Reena’s career takes a nosedive, Nadim happily agrees to fake an engagement so they can enter a couples video cooking contest to win the artisan bread course of her dreams.

As cooking at home together brings them closer, things turn physical, but Reena isn’t worried. She knows Nadim is keeping secrets, but it’s fine— secrets are always on the menu where her family is concerned. And her heart is protected… she’s not marrying the man. But even secrets kept for self preservation have a way of getting out, especially when meddling parents and gossiping families are involved.

Review

I picked this one up based on the cover and was not disappointed! Bread baker Reena cooks up magic in her apartment. Her new neighbor? English accent, flirty, asks her out. Only problem is he is the “facilitated match” arranged by their parents. Reena is trying her hardest to get out from under the overbearing influence of her parents, and Nadim works for her father. When they share a drink at the local pub and bake together, it seems sparks fly naturally. Their families hold secrets aplenty and pasts that prove to interfere.

Read this in one day. I loved the way the two banter and push and pull together even though they have vowed to not get married. Nadim is good for Reena, they calm one another and help each other through their employment stressors. The sourdough starters are a fun side element. The book also addresses the dangers of trying to live up to an image and realistically navigated depression and mental health issues. Supe fun read!

Content and trigger warnings: discussion of eating disorders, mental illness, open marriage, “F” word, drinking. Adult.