Cover Reveal: Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels

We are not ashamed to admit we are cover snobs… We live for pretty covers, covers you love so much you will have to have it on your shelf no matter the cost!

Well the cover for Say You’ll Stay needs to be on everyone’s shelf! I mean look at it, is it June 20th yet because this cover needs to be held and stroked… (totally normal, LOL)

I mean I have no problem picturing this gorgeous specimen while reading!


Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00074]

Release Date: June 20, 2016

One word.


It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

That was seventeen years ago.

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my

husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He

wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of

stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist,

but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .

** This book is a STANDALONE **


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RERUN Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

RERUN Review: Soulless by Gail CarrigerSoulless by Gail Carriger
Series: Parasol Protectorate #1
Published by Orbit October 1, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Steampunk
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Amazon US

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.

First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire--and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

RERUN Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.

Soulless is an enjoyable mix of urban fantasy, romance, humor, mystery and a good helping of steampunk. The novel was a welcomed breath of fresh air from my normal reading habits. Ok, so it’s not that much off my regular urban fantasy/romance novels, but with the addition of steampunk Victorian age, it almost felt like I was reading an almost different genre. I have to be honest and confess that it did take me a few moments to get adjusted to the proper English. It’s easy to tell that Carriger was heavily influenced by the works of Jane Austen and writers from that era, but I also found the heroine to posses characteristics similar to Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones. Once I was acclimated to the proper speech, I was more than ready for all the tea parties, balls and tomfoolery this novel had to offer.

I found this book to be cute, clever, and funny. Carriger has created a cast of main and side characters that really gets the story moving and keeps you highly entertained while Alexia Tarabotti makes her mark in becoming some kind of super sleuth. Alexia is like the female Sherlock Holmes and I just couldn’t help but love her curious and sarcastic personality. She’s surrounded by entertaining secondary characters such as her over-the-top, fashion forward vampire friend Lord Akeldama (who I envisioned to look and act like Austen Scarlett from Project Runway); and her naive and vapid human best friend, Miss Ivy Hisselpenny, who has terrible taste is hats. The on-going bit of Alexia complaining about her friends terrible taste in headwear was hilarious.

Next we’ve got Alexia’s family. I have a love/hate relationship with the group family which includes her nosy, disparaging and overly social conscious mother, step-father and step-sisters. Although the interactions with her family was comical, I did grow tired of their constant diminishing remarks. I mean really, the continual berating about her olive complexion, roman nose and lack of a husband kinda got old. But I guess that’s what families are for right? Can’t live with them but you can’t live without them.

Last but not least we have Alexia’s love interest, the delicious Lord Conall Maccon, the Earl of Woolsey and Alpha leader of the local wolf pack. He’s also the lead investigator for all the supernatural activities in London. In the beginning of the novel, he’s actually quite perturbed by Miss Tarabotti and views her as a busybody. They squabble incessantly and one would initially think they hated each other but as we all know it’s just a mask to cover up their hunger for each other. I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamics between Alexia and Lord Maccon and those two just get way too cute when they start to warm up to each other.

The world that Gail Carriger has created in this series is very interesting and well done. I loved how she was able to ingrate the paranormal, steampunk and Victorian age. I loved the idea of supernatural creatures living so openly with the normal humans, especially in the era that the story takes place. With the setting, magic and unforgettable cast of characters, Soulless is a fantastic beginning to the Parasol Protectorate series. If you’re looking for something different, this highly entertaining historical fantasy is definitely a great book to read.


About Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger writes steampunk comedies of manners mixed with urban fantasy. Her books include the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in 18 different languages and has 13 NYT bestsellers via 7 different lists (including #1 in Manga). She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.

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Review: Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

Review: Unbreak My Heart by Nicole JacquelynUnbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn
June 7, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Craving Trix
Amazon US

What do you do when your soul mate marries your best friend?

If you're Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane's in the military and away for long periods helps-but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.

After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel's death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret.

Shane's been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too - for sleeping with his wife's best friend and liking it . . . liking her. Kate's ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer.

Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate's only choice is to fight for the future she deserves - with or without Shane. . .

Back in April, at the Emerald City Author Event, Nicole handed me an ARC of Unbreak My Heart and asked if I wanted it. I’m a fan of her MC series, I’m a fan of her in general. But I was completely unaware of this book. I snagged it none the less, being a fan of hers and the cover alone sold me on wanting to read this one. First chance I got, I opened it up and pretty quickly fell in love.

Kate is a single woman who has the flexibility to help out her best friend, Rachel, with all aspects of her life. Rachel is married to a man who spends as much time deployed as he does not. And Kate picks up the slack in helping to care for Rachel and Shane’s children.  Nevermind the fact that Kate has been in love with Shane since they were teens. She’s not petty or bitter about it.  She’s just happy that they are happy and that she still gets to be part of their lives.

Her role escalates when Rachel suffers a tragic accident, leaving Shane widowed and the father of four. A year later, one drunken night turns Kate and Shane’s life upside down once again. Shane’s angry and confused. Kate’s scared and emotionally drained, as well as physically. They have to rely on each other but they also have to wade through a world of guilt and hurt to survive.

You’ll go through much of the book thinking Shane is an ass. He is. Though, it comes from such a gut wrenching place that I never found it in my heart to really hate him. Even at the one point in the book that totally fucking broke me. He did something so horrible and I cried and I cried and I cried, but I still couldn’t hate him.

Unbreak My Heart is a complete departure from Jacquelyn’s Ace’s MC books.  It’s lighter in some ways, darker in others – though it still had her straight forward way of writing.  What I mean by that is you don’t get a bunch of prose-y bullshit or lines that are so contrived you know the author only came up with them because they hoped some Bookstagrammer would make a pretty picture with them.  Jacquelyn writes like normal people talk and think yet she still makes you feel ALL THE FEELS.

I can’t count how many times I felt like crying while reading this book. There are so many little moments, little thoughts, that tugged at my heart.

I won’t say it’s the perfect book, I wish the last quarter was stronger. There are some things I felt could have been dealt with in more depth. But it’s still a very strong book and I’m so excited to see Jacquelyn pursue stories like this. Unbreak My Heart is my favorite of all the books I’ve read of her and I couldn’t be more excited for her next book, Change of Heart due in September.

Pick this book up people, you won’t regret it!



About Nicole Jacquelyn

Nicole Jacquelyn is the mom of two little girls and a full time college student. She hasn’t watched television in well over a year, she still does things that drive her mother crazy, and she loves to read. At eight years old, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told people she wanted to be a mom. When she was twelve her answer changed- to author. By the time she was eighteen, when people asked her what she wanted to do with her life, she told them she really wanted to be a writer- but the odds of that happening were so slim that she’d get her business degree “just to be safe”. Her dreams stayed constant. First she became a mom, then she went to college, and during her senior year- with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool, she sat down and wrote a story.

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