Sunday, November 29, 2015

BLOG TOUR + BAKING WITH DAEMON: Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes, this is my stop on the OBLIVION blog tour. 
In preparation for OBLIVION'S release, I invited Daemon over to bake chocolate chip cupcakes for Katy. So far, the only one doing any actual baking is me. Daemon is sitting here with my laptop reading through Katy's latest blog posts, and looking pretty. 
Jen: Say hello to the readers, Daemon. And stop eating the chocolate chips, those are for the cupcakes. 
Daemon: *looks up* I thought we were making cookies.  

Jen: Nope. *mixes flour and sugar* But speaking of cookies, what is your favorite type of cookie?

Daemon: Any cookie Kat wants.

Jen: Smart guy. Hand me the bowl with the eggs, please. *adds eggs, milk, butter, oil* Out of all the girls on Earth, what drew you to Katy and why did you pick her?  
Daemon: She didn’t put up with any of my crap. I liked that. Really liked that. A lot. There wasn’t any one reason behind why I wanted her once I got to know her. It was because she’s Kat. 
Jen: I liked that she didn't put up with your crap too. Here, measure out 1 Tablespoon and pour it in the bowl. 
Daemon: What is it?
Jen: My secret ingredient. I could tell you what it is, but---
Daemon: But then you'd have to kill me, right?
Jen: Well, I was going to go with, call the D.O.D. *grins*
Daemon: *starts to flicker* 
Jen: I'm kidding! No need to go all glow worm on me. 
Jen: *stirs what's left in the bag of chocolate chips into the batter, pours into cupcake liners* Do you have any regrets? About Kat, I mean. Not about eating an entire bag of chocolate chips by yourself.
Daemon: *ignores my snarky comment* I regret not pulling my head out of my ass and making a move on Kat sooner.


Jen: I'm sure these cupcakes will help make up for that. Unless you eat them all on the way home. *hands Daemon two boxes, one for Katy, one for Dee* What are you going to say to Kat when you see her?
Daemon: I'm going to look her in the eye and say, "Hey Kitten, want a cupcake?'

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About the OBLIVION:

OBLIVION is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance being published by Entangled Teen, and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling LUX Series. It is being released on December 1st, 2015. The eBook includes two bonus books from Daemon's POV, as well as original music inspired by OBLIVION embedded in the eBook. 

Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it. 
And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen...

Oblivion (Trade paperback) – will be Obsidian in Daemon’s POV

Oblivion (digital copy across all retailers) – will be Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal in Daemon’s POV


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OBLIVION Pre-Order Campaign:

Get Invaded with Oblivion - Daemon's POV, which releases on December 1st! If you order OBLIVION before 12/4/15, you can receive a deleted scene. You must fill out the following form at the link below. This is open to any type of order, from anywhere: 

And don’t miss the first books in the LUX Series!

LUX: Beginnings
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LUX: Consequences
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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. 

~ Blog Tour Schedule ~

November 23-USA Today/Vilma's Book Blog-Chapter One released

November 24-Mundie Moms-Excerpt

November 25-Paranormal Book Club-Daemon Q&A

November 26-Thanksgiving

November 27-No BS Book Reviews-Daemon Q&A

November 28-Stuck in Books-Daemon Q&A

November 29-Jenuine Cupcakes-Baking w/Daemon

November 30-Love Between the Sheets-Daemon Q&A

December 1-Reading Teen-Excerpt

December 2-A Bookish Escape-Daemon Q&A

December 3-Owl Always Be Reading-Daemon Q&A

December 4-Nose Stuck in a Book-Excerpt

December 5-Bookhounds YA-Excerpt 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Blog Tour: Anna & The Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Anna and the Swallow ManAuthor: Gavriel Savit
Publication: January 26, 2015
By: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Anna and the Swallow Man is a stunning, literary, and wholly original debut novel that tells a new WW2 story.

Krak√≥w, 1939, is no place to grow up. There are a million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. And Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father and suddenly, she’s alone.

Then she meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall. And like Anna's missing father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced.

Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgement, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous . . .

*I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I don't read a lot of historical fiction but this one piqued my curiosity enough for me to give it a try. And I'm glad I did, if for no other reason than the beautiful prose. The characters are interesting and the story is intense. I have not read The Book Thief--I know, for shame--so I don't know how it compares to this one. 

Definitely worth the read though.

About the Author:
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Gavriel Savit holds a BFA in musical theater from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he grew up. As an actor and singer, Gavriel has performed on three continents, from New York to Brussels to Tokyo. He lives in Brooklyn. This is his first novel.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Fast & Furious Friday Reviews

 It's been awhile since I've done a Fast & Furious Friday post, but here are a couple rapid-fire reviews of books that are worth checking out. 

Up to This Pointe Title: Up To This Pointe 
Author: Jennifer Longo
Publication: January 19th 2016 
By: Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult 
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3 Stars
A refreshingly original contemporary YA, unlike anything readers have seen before. Perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson, John Corey Whaley, and Libba Bray.

She had a plan. It went south.

Harper is a dancer. She and her best friend, Kate, have one goal: becoming professional ballerinas. And Harper won’t let anything—or anyone—get in the way of The Plan, not even the boy she and Kate are both drawn to.

Harper is a Scott. She’s related to Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who died racing to the South Pole. So when Harper’s life takes an unexpected turn, she finagles (read: lies) her way to the icy dark of McMurdo Station . . . in Antarctica. Extreme, but somehow fitting—apparently she has always been in the dark, dancing on ice this whole time. And no one warned her. Not her family, not her best friend, not even the boy who has somehow found a way into her heart.

What I Liked: The cover, premise, ballet, adventure, relationships, penguins, and Owen. I enjoyed the before and after approach to the storytelling too; it was done in the same tense and woven together seamlessly.  

What Left Me Wanting More: I would have enjoyed this book so much more if not for the excessive use of exclamation points. (My digital ARC had an average of 4 per Kindle page.) The idea that all of the characters where either yelling or overly excited about everything all the time was annoying, and distracting. I considered DNFing (multiple times) as a result.  

Final Verdict: Entertaining tale of love, loss, adventure, and finding your way back home again.

*Thank you to Random House and Bloomsbury for providing ARCs in exchange for honest reviews*


Author: Emery Lord
Publication: April 5th 2016 
By: Bloomsbury USA Childrens  
Genre: Young Adult 
3 Stars 

Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn't be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi's zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there's something important Vivi hasn't told him.

Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Jandy Nelson, When We Collided is a powerful story of two teens whose love is put to the test by forces beyond their control.

What I Liked: There is so much to like about this book. The writing, the storytelling, the premise, the dual POV, and Jonah. I also appreciate that Emery Lord tackles not one, but two forms of mental illness, and does it with compassion.

What Left Me Wanting More: I'm not an expert, but neither am I stranger to mental illness. I have a background in Psychology and I have spent time working with (and loving) people who struggle with varying types, including the two featured in this book.
One of the characters suffers from bi-polar disorder. It's easy to rationalize behavior in the midst of a manic episode, claiming the person (who has willingly taken themselves off their meds and then lied about it) "can't help it" which is partly true. However, they are in complete control of whether or not they make amends to those they've harmed once their mood has been stabilized. This character does neither. Choosing instead to take the non-apology route, making it very difficult to sympathize with or respect them.
A good therapist will tell you, taking responsibility--taking agency--for your own mental health also includes taking responsibility for your actions.

Final Verdict: This started out strong but fell short for me.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BLOG BLITZ: The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrel #1) by Sarah MacLean

Announcing a sublime – and scandalously wonderful – new series from New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Sarah MacLean! 
The author aroused immediate interest when she announced this high-concept affair: “I'm thrilled to announce my next project -- the Scandal & Scoundrel series, which I pitched to my editor as ‘Old School TMZ,’" says MacLean. “It’s modern celebrity gossip with a pre-Victorian twist. Basically, this is my way of convincing my husband that all those glossy magazines in our house are ‘work necessities.’

Publication: December 29, 2015
By: Avon Books
ISBN 9780062379412; eISBN 9780062379399

Lady Sophie’s Society Splash
When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.

Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!
Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?
He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .

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Anyone who orders a signed, print copy of the book from WORD Bookstores will get a gorgeous printed copy of this map!

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on's Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "gracefully furious." Sarah lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.


Stop #7: “Lyne Castle” 
Author Commentary: The Country seat of the Dukes of Lyne, Lyne Castle is the childhood home of Kingscote, Marquess of Eversley, who left home at eighteen after a terrible tragedy and never returned. Summoned home by his ailing father, King finally returns--with the unexpected addition of Lady Sophie Talbot, irritating and somehow irresistible. The estate boasts one of the most complicated labyrinths in Britain...where King and Sophie find solace, and heartbreak, and each other.

Sophie would want love. She’d want it pure and unfettered, given freely, along with all its trappings. She’d want the marriage and children and happiness and prom- ise that came with it.

King could see it, the life she wanted. The line of little girls, blue-eyed and brown-haired, in love with books and strawberry tarts. For a moment, he imagined them smiling at him the way their mother did, filled with happiness and hope.

For a moment, he let himself believe he might be able to give it to her.

But she would want love, and he would never be able to give it.

He didn’t have it to give anymore. And those children, they would never be his.

He set her down on the edge of the fountain, coming to his knees, as though she was Ariadne and he the Minotaur, worshipping at her feet, adoring her even as he knew she could not survive in the labyrinth, and he could not survive beyond it.

“Tell me about last night,” he said softly, looking up at her, his hands at the hem of her skirts.
“What—” She caught her breath as his fingers explored the skin of her ankles. “What about it?”
“I hated it,” he said. “I hated stopping.”

She pressed her lips into a thin, straight line. “I hated that you stopped.”

His hands were beneath her skirts, pushing them back, farther and farther, up and over her knees. He pressed his lips to the inside of her knee, swirling his tongue there, loving the little gasp of surprised pleasure that came at the touch.

“I hate that I will have to stop today, as well."

Great North Road Map Reveal: Destinations and author annotations 

Stop #1: "Sophie Stows Away" (English Country Estate near London)

Author Commentary:
 There are moments in life when you know that you just can't go on without a change. Lady Sophie Talbot, the youngest of the infamous Talbot Sisters (darlings of the gossip rags and nicknamed the Dangerous Daughters) knows this is the case when she lands her odious, philandering brother in law backside-first in a fish pond at a major event of the London Season. And so, Sophie does what's necessary. “I simply need conveyance home,” she requests of Kingscote, Marquess of Eversley, notorious rake and her only chance of escape. Sophie's desperate, and in possession of the Marquess's boot, so she thinks she has a leg up, so to speak. King has other ideas.

Stop #2: “The Carriage”
Author Commentary: Lady Sophie Talbot, youngest and least interesting of the scandalous Talbot sisters (think 19th Century Kardashians) isn't so uninteresting once she's decided to stow away atop a carriage belonging to the Marquess of Eversley -- notorious rogue and her recent nemesis. Indeed, she cannot wait for the horrible man to discover that she's disguised herself as an outrider and stolen conveyance home to central London. There's just one problem...

Stop #3: “The Fox and the Falcon Posting Inn”
Author Commentary: By the time Lady Sophie Talbot finds herself outside the Fox & Falcon Posting Inn, miles from her home in London, she's realized she's made a huge mistake. She only ever intended to hitch a ride home to Mayfair--and simultaneously stick it to the arrogant, handsome, horrible Marquess of Eversley, who happens to be minus a boot, thanks to Sophie. Suffice to say, things got out of hand. And now, dressed as a male servant in the drive of a roadside inn, things are about to get much much worse.

Stop #4: “Beware Highwaymen!”
Author Commentary: Suffice to say, being on the road with an arrogant aristocrat is no fun at all, so Lady Sophie Talbot does what any self-respecting woman would do, she "borrows" his money, and gets herself on the next mail coach north. All seems fine -- until Highwaymen arrive, and that arrogant aristocrat arrives just in time to see her entire plan go pear-shaped.

Stop #5: “The Warbling Wren”
Author Commentary: Being shot on the Great North Road isn't exactly a thing people expect to happen, and Lady Sophie Talbot finds herself in the rooms above The Warbling Wren pub, under the welcome care of a rather mad doctor and the watchful eye of the rather infuriating (and infuriatingly handsome) Kingscote, Marquess of Eversley. There are worse things, she supposes. Or are there? Not for King.

Stop #6: “Mossband”
Author Commentary: Lady Sophie Talbot, youngest and least interesting of the infamous Talbot sisters, has decided that her best bet to escape London and the aristocratic life for which she'd never been intended is to take herself home -- to the small village on the Scottish border where she spent the first ten years of her life. And perhaps, after a disastrous journey north, something would go right, and her childhood friend Robbie, now the village baker, would make good on their silly youthful promises and marry her. Of course, Sophie isn't alone. She's saddled with the horrible, handsome Marquess of Eversley. Who has done everything to ruin her plans. Until now.

Stop #7: “Lyne Castle”
Author Commentary: The Country seat of the Dukes of Lyne, Lyne Castle is the childhood home of Kingscote, Marquess of Eversley, who left home at eighteen after a terrible tragedy and never returned. Summoned home by his ailing father, King finally returns--with the unexpected addition of Lady Sophie Talbot, irritating and somehow irresistible. The estate boasts one of the most complicated labyrinths in Britain...where King and Sophie find solace, and heartbreak, and each other.



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Monday, November 16, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Inspire and Inflict by Cora Carmack

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the dual cover reveal for Cora Carmack’s Muse Series! INSPIRE and INFLICT are New Adult Paranormal Romance novels and are book 1 and 2 in the Muse Series. INFLICT is due to be released in January 2016! These beautiful covers were designed by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design. Be sure to grab your copy of INSPIRE today!


  Inspire - cover


INSPIRE (Book 1):
Kalliope lives with one purpose. To inspire. As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real. Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal. Her presence may inspire genius. But it breeds madness, too.   

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And check out the gorgeous cover for INFLICT, coming January 2016!
  Inflict -cover  


About INFLICT (Book 2):
Wilder Bell made a dangerous bargain... For a chance at love, he gave up his life. History knew Kalliope as an ancient Greek muse, but to Wilder, she was simply the woman he wanted to fall asleep with every night and wake up next to every morning. He made a deal with Hades, but the only thing the Lord of the Underworld deals in is death. Now Wilder is wasting away in a cold and wretched afterlife, waiting for Kalli to come for him. She will come. He has to believe that. Because the alternative is worse than death. Kalliope lived her entire existence knowing that she was both a blessing and a curse to anyone she encountered. Wilder was no different. She loved him, and she got him killed. Now to get him back, she’ll have to face a scheming god, a perilous task, and death itself. But before it’s done, the Underworld will take more from her than she ever thought possible. To be made whole, all must first be lost.     

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Cora Carmack - author picAbout Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various television shows on Netflix. In her books, you can expect to find humor, heart, and a whole lot of awkward. Because let’s face it . . . awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.  



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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Lies About The Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

Welcome! This is my stop on THE LIES ABOUT THE TRUTH blog tour which is being hosted by The Irish Banana Review

Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past.

~ Author Q&A ~

1) Favorite scene from TLAT?
There is a very important paintball scene before the climax that I love. Because a) paintball is awesome and b) honesty is awesome-er. (I can’t say more because of spoilers, but it was my favorite scene to write and see play out for these characters.)

2) Best piece of writing advice you've been given?
I was at an SCBWI conference and Maggie Stiefvater said, “All artists are thieves. (…) But you can’t steal the actual thing, you have to steal the essence of it.”
At this point in my career, I’ve read many craft books, and I believe deeply in studying to be a better writer. But occasionally you hear a thing that speaks directly to your journey. Maggie’s advice struck me in the gut. For someone who writes contemporary, who has a tendency to rip ideas from the headlines of my own experience, it pushed me in a profoundly unique way. 

3) Brownies, cupcakes, or pie?

~ About the Author~

Courtney C. Stevens grew up in Kentucky and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an adjunct professor and a former youth minister. Her other skills include playing hide-and-seek, climbing trees, and being an Olympic torch bearer. She is also the author of Faking Normal, which Kirkus Reviews called "a story that resonates" and Publishers Weekly called a "rich debut," as well as the e-novellaThe Blue-Haired Boy.


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Monday, November 9, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Falling Into Bed With A Duke (The Hellions of Havisham #1) by Lorraine Heath

 I'm so excited to be part of the FALLING INTO BED WITH A DUKE tour! 

Falling Into Bed with a Duke (The Hellions of Havisham, #1)Falling Into Bed with a Duke (The Hellions of Havisham #1) 
Author: Lorraine Heath 
Publication: October 27, 2015 
By: Avon  
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5 Stars!

In the first in a dazzling new series, New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath introduces the Hellions of Havisham—three charismatic rogues destined to lose their hearts...

After six unsuccessful Seasons, Miss Minerva Dodger chooses spinsterhood over fortune-hungry suitors. But thanks to the Nightingale Club, she can at least enjoy one night of pleasure. At that notorious establishment, ladies don masks before choosing a lover. The sinfully handsome Duke of Ashebury is more than willing to satisfy the secretive lady's desires—and draws Minerva into an exquisite, increasingly intimate affair.

A man of remarkable talents, Ashe soon deduces that his bedmate is the unconventional Miss Dodger. Intrigued by her wit and daring, he sets out to woo her in earnest. Yet Minerva refuses to trust him. How to court a woman he has already thoroughly seduced? And how to prove that the passion unleashed in darkness is only the beginning of a lifetime's pleasure?

 *I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

You know that feeling when you read a book and think, this author gets it? And the story leaves you feeling happy, excited, and most importantly, understood?

That's what Falling Into Bed with a Duke did for me. 

I'll elaborate in a minute, but first.

Minerva is unconventional and straightforward, she's unwilling to let a man dictate how she will spend the rest of her life. If she can't marry for love, she'll just stay single, thank you very much. She's ballsy, to say the least, and I loved her!

And then there is the tall, dark and devilishly swoony Duke of Ashebury. A man who knows exactly what he wants and doesn't let anyone--including a woman like Minerva--keep him from getting it. Even if it means putting it all on the line.

Families come in all shapes and sizes and aren't always defined by blood, something that both Minerva and Ashe can relate to. I really enjoyed the interactions between the characters and there's a scene near the end that brings that full circle and made me cry.  

This is a spin-off of the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series, and we're treated to cameos by those characters.

Historical Fiction is not my first choice of genres. As I explained to Lorraine when I met her at RT2105, my brain likes to switch numbers on me, which makes keeping track of dates a challenge. She smiled and said, "You have Dyscalculia. So does one of my characters in my new book." In that moment, I didn't care if I even ended up LIKING this character, I just knew I HAD to read this book. I was sold on the spot!

Most people I meet have never heard of Dyscalculia--it's like a form of Dyslexia that only affects numbers. They just assume I don't like Math. This is true. But it's because I can't trust my brain to show me what's really there. I can look at the numbers and copy them down but when I try to solve a complicated equation, it's like translating a foreign language. It's exacerbated when I'm feeling stressed which only adds to my frustration and embarrassment.

Lorraine Heath did a GREAT job capturing all of the emotions, insecurities, and little nuances someone with Dyscalculia deals with. For that, I thank you, Lorraine

The quote below sums it up pretty well. *I've taken the liberty of substituting my name so as not to spoil the character. 

"But put a series of numbers in front of [Jen], and it was as though [Jen's] brain considered them to be little more than colorful balls to juggle around. It was the true reason [Jen] avoided card games. It was a complete nightmare when values associated with cards had to be tallied."

I really enjoyed this one and I'm excited to see whose story is next!

~ About the Author ~

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals and computer code, but something was always missing. After reading a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s RITA® and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists.


“Heath’s first Hellions of Havisham Victorian romance is wonderfully entertaining….Heath adeptly juggles numerous new and familiar characters as she sweeps fans of her Regency novels into the Victorian era.”—Publishers Weekly 

“With her usual flair for richly nuanced characters and elegant writing, RITA® Award-winning Heath launches her new Hellions of Havisham historical series with a tale that simply sizzles with sensuality.”—Booklist 

“She dazzles with fascinating characters and a naughty plotline, but most of all she mesmerizes with the depth of emotion in this highly sensual story.”—RT Book Reviews, **4.5 Stars, Top Pick!** 

“Falling into Bed with a Duke is a great start to Lorraine Heath’s new series, and book two can’t appear fast enough.” –All About Romance, Desert Island Keeper Review 

“FALLING INTO BED WITH A DUKE is a passionate Victorian romance that leaves the reader sighing in happiness…” –Fresh Fiction



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