🎃A Nordic King by Karina Halle

41957608When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.
Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.

Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.

Their father is the widowed King of Denmark.
And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.
Adjusting to my new life isn’t easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.

It’s their father.

Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible.

Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.

But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.

You think it’s bad enough being in love with your boss?

Try falling in love with a king.


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
If I’m not mistaken, I think Smut was by this same author.

Genre?
Adult Romance

Star Rating?
5 Stars

Rereadable?
Probably not.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
I had started reading the first book in this standalone series but couldn’t get into it.

Conclusion:

So most people are scaring the crap out of themselves watching horror movies and reading horror novels and I’m over here reading about falling in love with a King, two adorable little kids and a pig named Snarf Snarf.

I have no regrets.

I’ve been in such the mood lately for romances. Even more than usual. A Nordic King is definitely what I was looking for. I remember the last novel I read by Karina fell a little flat, but this one was absolutely fantastic. Okay, so it was uber cheesy at some points, but it was perfect for the story told.

The thing I love about novels like this is they’re not overly dramatic and full of angst. Of course the characters still go through their trials but it’s more… realistic. It’s ‘let sit down and talk about this’ instead of ‘I’m going to ignore you for a month because you said this one thing that I’ve blown out of proportion.’ Ie: Every YA romance novel in existence ever.

I loved the forbidden romance aspect of this as well. It was a nice touch to spice up a cutesy romance. And Aksel’s daughters… Ugh, loved them. What a cute couple of kids, even though they were kind of spoiled. “Well, they ARE princesses.” is not an excuse to act like little terrors. But what do I know, I’m not around royal kids!

Anyways, definitely in the mood for more romances, so I’ll see what else she has published. Totally loving her writing. It’s kind of laid back like JLA’s.

If you’re interested:
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Amazon

Until next time,

Bree

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🎃As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

31847656What if Belle’s mother cursed the Beast? As Old as Time is the third book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. When Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, memories flood through Belle’s mind—memories of a mother she thought she would never see again. And, stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful enchantress who cursed the castle and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast will have to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is 21 years in the making.

 


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
I read Part Of Your World

Genre?
YA Retelling

Star Rating?
4 Stars

Rereadable?
Not really.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
I’m curious to check out some of the other retellings by this author.

Who would you recommend this for?
Anyone who loves Beauty and the Beast.

Conclusion:

This author seems to do a really good job at sticking to the story, but also giving something new to keep it interesting. The story is written in typical fairytale fashion, but it just gives you more. Although, I definitely wanted more.

The ending just seemed to cut off without giving you the ending you wanted. There was still a couple things to figure out, and they just didn’t. It was a happily ever after. Or happily enough. I don’t know.. I really enjoyed this but I found it a little lacking.

Belle was definitely OoC in this one. The author took her artistic liberties with Belle’s character. It wasn’t bad… just different. She was definitely a stronger character than in the original movie.

Well, all the characters were a little different.

I love Beauty and the Beast retellings and this really did give me mostly what I wanted.

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
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Amazon

Until next time,

Bree

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🎃Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

30375937Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
I read both Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula

Genre?
Historical Fiction

Star Rating?
3 Stars

Rereadable?
No.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
I think this is the last book in the series, but I would be open to read more if any are written.

Who would you recommend this for?
Whoever enjoyed the other two.

Conclusion:

To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement.

I was completely looking forward to this novel. I was expecting it to be just as captivating and fascinating as the first two novels, spoiler: it wasn’t.

This book took me way longer to read because I was just so utterly bored. Maybe it was just the mood I was in, because I was mildly in a reading slump, but I did not like this as much.

The main reason was Audrey. She hella got on my nerves throughout this entire novel. Not to mention basically cheating on Thomas. Don’t hurt sweet Thomas. Heartless. Ugh. Between the cheating and refusing to be honest with her boyfriend, I was done with her shit at 40% of the novel. Falling back into the ‘total misunderstanding, the drama happens because we’re not honest with each other’ is annoying. I absolutely hate that plot point.

The story itself was okay. Boring, but at least I didn’t guess who the murderer was super early in the book. So at least the plot was on point that way.

Ugh, just yeah… I am sorely disappointed in this book.

I’m going to go sulk.

If you’re interested:
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Amazon

Until next time,

Bree

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🎃If I Were Granted Three Bookish Wishes…

I’m pretty sure every book blogger everywhere has asked themselves this question. If not, here is the time to ask it and let me know!

What would be my three bookish wishes?

1. Unlimited Books

Imagine having access to every at all times. Sure, you can get close with the library, Kindle Unlimited, Scribd, but to had access to any book you want for free for the rest of your life. Oh man… that would be the freaking dream.

2. Unlimited Time

I’m always saying that there’s not enough time in the day. With working full time, blogging, writing my own book and keeping up a household, reading unfortunately tends to fall to the side a bit.

But imagine having all the time in the world to read. You don’t have to do anything but read for the rest of your life. *sigh* I’d probably still never get through all the books I’m dying to read.

3. Unlimited Space

I have pretty much switched from physical to e-books because there was just not enough damn space in a two bedroom apartment for all the books I wanted. My bookshelves were bowing, about to break, because of the stacks and stacks of books on every shelf. And I sooo do not have the money to replace my bookshelves. So ebooks it is. But imagine if you didn’t have to worry about that. Just wall to wall to wall to wall bookshelves with ladders and reading nooks and comfy loveseats and couches with warm fuzzy blankets and a fire place and… okay… I got to stop

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What’s you bookish wishes?

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Until next time,

Bree

🎃Follow Friday #2

I really love these blog posts about follow friday. So, why not do another one?

Here’s a little recap of my last #FF:

For this week, I’m going to tag some absolutely wonderful people that I’ve been loving on Twitter lately, so definitely give them a follow:

I’m going to keep adding to this often and eventually I’ll just have a huge list of people that all book bloggers should follow. Cause they’re all amazing and make Twitter a really awesome place ❤

Until next time,

Bree

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🎃Fostering Cats Update #10|George and Ruby

Hey all,

It has been a hot minute since I have updated you all on George and Ruby.

And really, that’s because there’s not too much to talk about.

Progress is still going slowly but surely with Ruby. She is doing so so amazing. But the fact that she’s still making progress is amazing itself. I and the ladies at the rescue were pretty sure that she was done progressing. It’s typical for a semi-feral to only go so far in a foster home and then make the rest of their progress in a permanent home. However, with Ruby, she is getting better every day.

A new thing she has started doing is laying with me on the couch or on my bed. She typically stays at my feet, but just the fact that she wants to be close to me makes me so happy.

We’re still having issues with her attacking Precious and Finn. We’re working on some behavior modification to change that. Things like giving her treats when she’s around Finn and Precious and doesn’t react negatively, putting her on a little time out to cool off when she does attack them.

I have a feeling it’s going to be a lot of repeating the same things over and over and over again, but getting her into a little routine would be a really good idea.

I’ve also finally lowered the amount of wet food that they’re eating. They’re pretty steady with their meal times and certainly would never let me forget that it’s time to feed them. There’s a good chance when they get adopted, they won’t get wet food. Although, I will tell the potential owner that wet food is 100% the way to their little hearts.

There’s still nothing to report on George. My lord, he is the sweetest, easiest foster ever. He loves pets and snuggles and treats and toys. He’s so happy with even just a ping pong ball to play with. He loves cat treats and his Ruby.

Thinking on it now, I totally wish I had gotten to name them. They definitely would of been Jamie and Clare. It suits them so well. George being the big burly ginger and Ruby being the tiny, fiercely protective and motherly torbie. Yeah, it would have been perfect.

Anyways, if you have any questions, leave them below as always ❤

Bree

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🎃Southern Charmer by Jessica Peterson

42170446He’s sexy. He’s southern. And he won’t stop showing up at my door half naked. Meet Elijah Jackson, my hot new neighbor…

From the outside looking in? I’ve got it all. Prestigious job. Pretty house. And a perfect boyfriend who just proposed with the perfect ring.

I should feel ecstatic—but instead, I feel suffocated. So I break up with my boyfriend, hop in my car, and head south.

Charleston, South Carolina: home to stunning architecture, sultry accents, and—oh yeah—my perpetually shirtless neighbor, Elijah Jackson.

As if his abs for days and inked up deliciousness aren’t enticing enough, he also encourages me to chase down my dreams. And the chemistry between us? Hotter than the kitchen at Eli’s restaurant.

But I still have a life a thousand miles away. One I’ve worked really hard to build. And I don’t know if I can just leave it all behind.

I have to choose. A choice Eli doesn’t make any easier by inviting me out to his cabin for a long weekend. Just the two of us. And one bed. I swear to God this southerner is out to charm the panties right off me. Just this once, I might let him…


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
Nope.

Genre?
Adult Romance

Star Rating?
4 Stars

Rereadable?
I think I would actually reread this. It was adorable.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
This is a standalone series. I may take a look at the other books.

Who would you recommend this for?
Whoever loves quick steamy romances. And also main characters who are authors. Loveeeee.

Conclusion:

So this isn’t exactly a spooky read or anything. But it does take place in October and it definitely gives off the fall vibes.

I really loved the main character in this one. Olivia is a woman who is feeling a little trapped in what everyone else would see as a perfect life. She wants to branch off and write a historical romance novel which she adores, but hides as her dirty little secret.

I could relate to her so much. Especially with her issues with writing. At one point she’s talking about how she wrote three hundred words, went back and deleted it all. She says something along the lines of: “This sucks, I suck, why am I writing this?” Girl, I freaking feel you! Loved the brutal honesty about writers block, and also about how romance readers are almost looked down upon by the general population. Drives me insane.

The romance in this was fantastic too. Eli was an absolutely wonderful love interest. And with how supportive he was of Olivia writing and how he wanted to help her in any way possible. Ugh. Talk about swoon.

It’s a slow burn romance, which is also amazing to read.

This was definitely a really nice book to curl up with. ❤

If you’re interested:
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Amazon

Until next time,

Bree

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🎃Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake Guest Post Review by Skye!

October seems to be the month of Guest Post!

Here is Skye from Booksintheskye with a review for you all!


Hello fellow book nerds! I was super excited to find at least one book this holiday season to give me “the creeps”. Anna Dressed in Blood was just a great book with an overall amazing concept. I hope you enjoy this ghost story!

What’s your favorite ghost adventure?

Happy Reading!

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Anna Dressed in Blood

by

Kendare Blake

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5 out of 5 stars

Summary

Taken from Goodreads

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Feedback

This story was amazing. I’ve been looking for a creepy read for October because I love all things horror. While this book didn’t hit the “scary” factor for me, there were definitely parts of the story which were creepy. The story immediately pulls me in with Cass dealing with a ghost. Then we continue right into how him and his mom are moving again to deal with the ghost Anna Dressed in Blood. Oh, I just love the name! This story is never dull or boring and brings the audience in on this ghost chase along with Cass. It truly reminds me of a classic haunting story. The problems and situations Cass has to face really enhances the story, because who can really expect a ghost adventure to go smoothly? From Cass actually relying on other and making friends to the decision of whether or not he should really kill Anna. Then, the ending! Everything was just so well written and stayed true to being a ghost story.

I loved these characters so much. I absolutely adored Cass. His personality and the way he is so passionate just really makes it easy to follow him. From the beginning of the book, the readers really get a sense that he is the loner type and doesn’t really rely on anyone. The case of Anna Dressed in Blood is different where he has to get help from the civilians. Each character brought in the scenario plays a different role to determine Anna’s fate. There was a great development in the characters leaving me desperate to continue their story.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake has everything you need for your October reads. A flawless story with a great pacing really creates a great ghost adventure. Cass is truly perfect for his role and being able to see him rely on others than himself was a great way to progress the story. Everything combined so well that the creepy scenes will make you smile in anticipation! I highly recommend this book for those who are looking for that perfect ghost story for the season.


You can find Skye on Twitter, Insta, her blog and also, her Etsy shop ! She creates the most amazing bookmarks!

Until next time,

Bree

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