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Blog Tour Stop Contemporary Romance Review + Giveaway: Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid

Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid (Knitting in The City #5)

Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.

But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away.

However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true.

Except… not.

When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows?

This is a full length, 100k word novel, and is the 5th book in the Knitting in the City Series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone except book #1.5

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You know I love Penny Reid's book, right, guys? But this one, this one took the cake! |It was an amalgamation of my favorite parts - a kick butt heroine, a complex, truthful relationship and some top notch banter.

Steampunk Novel Review: The Custodian of Marvels by Rod Duncan

The Custodian of Marvels by Rod Duncan (Fall of The Gas-Lit Empire #3)

Egalley thanks to Angry Robot

Synopsis from Goodreads
You’d have to be mad to steal from the feared International Patent Office. But that’s what Elizabeth Barnabus is about to try. A one-time enemy from the circus has persuaded her to attempt a heist that will be the ultimate conjuring trick.
Hidden in the vaults of the Patent Court in London lie secrets that could shake the very pillars of the Gas-Lit Empire. All that stands in Elizabeth’s way are the agents of the Patent Office, a Duke’s private army and the mysterious Custodian of Marvels.
Rod Duncan returns with the climactic volume of the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, the breathtaking alternate history series that began with the Philip K Dick Award-nominated The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter.

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 Every time! Every bloody time it happened to me with this bloody series, ladies and gents. First I'm not sure but keep reading, then it gets more and more interesting, and bam! There is this huge, exciting race to the end. Which finishes really quickly. Which is why I don't rate the books very high. The consistency is too choppy, but overall this is a solid 4 star material.

 Every book is very different. This time Elizabeth realizes that she is tired of running from the Duke and decides to confront her fears, but something or someone interferes along the way and forces her to adjust her goals.

Without meaning it or realizing how the hell did she get there, our heroine ends up taking part in the heist of the century. While her companions want to rob the Patent Office for its marvels, Miss Barnabus is on the hunt for the files from her father's case to find out who the corrupt officials of the Patent Office was. 

There is a lot of preparation in which Elizabeth either runs away from the agents or plays the role of a mediator between the hot headed companions, but overall when the heist starts halfway through the book the reader really pays attention and the tension level spikes really high.

I extremely enjoyed this book and especially its ending. It's happy-for-now type, but nothing else will suit Elizabeth Barnabus quite so well.

There is a plethora of secondary characters, among which the blacksmith definitely stands out, but generally the rest of them are already familiar to the reader.

Well thought, well researched book, a fascinating concept of alternative history and a steady, likable heroine. Recommended. Might suit the fans of Karen Kincy.

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 Каждый раз! Поверить не могу, что попадаюсь я с этой книгой каждый раз! Сначала читаю я её нехотя, затем она набирает темп, и вот уже невозможно от неё оторваться, и концовка совершенно взрывная. Наверное, оценку я занижаю из-за вот такого рваного ритма, однако в общем серия заслуживает твёрдой четвёрки.

 Сюжет каждой книги очень разный. В этот раз Элизабет осознаёт, что от герцога она бегать устала и решает наконец-то пойти с ним на конфронтацию, но сама не понимая как вместо этого становится участницей афёры века.

Между попытками избежать людей герцога и агентов Патентного Офиса, Мисс Барнабус вместе с остальными аферистами планирует как взломать сейфы Патентного Офиса, однако есои её компаньоны мечтают о чудесах, которые унесут со своей кражи, её целью являются документы по делу её отца, в которых скрыто имя продажного агента Патентного Офиса.

В этой книге полно знакомых нам персонажей, однако из новых очень интересен кузнец. А в общем, хорошо построенный сожет с элегантным решением всех проблем. Мне понравилось.

February New Book Releases I'm Dying to Read!

I know, I know... I'm really not enthused by this month's releases! But. I am dying to read new C.S. Pacat. She is an amazing, amazing writer. The other two books I am reviewing. The Custodian of Marvels was pretty good. but it's solid 4 stars series all the way.
What about you? What are you waiting for?

Friday Mini Reviews #61: J.D. Robb, Elizabeth Hunter & Danielle Bourdon

Betrayal in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #12)


Synopsis from Goodreads
The maid at the Roarke Palace Hotel has been murdered by Sly Yost, a virtuoso of music and assassination, a hit-man for the elite. Detective Eve Dallas is aware that knowing Sly did it is no help because someone with a personal motive was behind the murder, and her husband Roarke is probably the next target.

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This one felt pretty low key, but was still enjoyable to read. It's been awhile since I listened to it, but I remember that the villain was an intricate and interesting fellow while the whole investigation turned out to be really straightforward with hardly any surprises.
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Это была довольно спокойная, лишённая сюрпризов книга, однако я всё-равно читала её с удовольствием. Я слушала её довольно давно, на помню что сам злодей был интересен, хотя расследование оказалось прямолинейным.

 On A Clear Winter Night by Elizabeth Hunter (Irin Chronicles #3.5)

Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads

A very special holiday short story for readers of the Irin Chronicles

Join Ava, Malachi, and their friends for Midwinter holidays in Prague. The Irin might not celebrate Christmas, but that doesn’t mean Ava has to give up on the holidays. With her children on the way, nothing will stop the newest Irina from celebrating with her growing family. But will lingering doubts and worries about fatherhood let Malachi celebrate the way he wants?

On a Clear Winter Night is a short story set after the first three books of the Irin Chronicles.

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I am so glad Elizabeth wrote this happy ending for her heroes. It was fluffy and Christmas-y and gave real feel good feeling to me as a reader. It's a short story which feels like an icing on the cake, and for winter season it's perfect.
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 Я  рада, что Элизабет подарила нам эту счастливую концовку Хроников Ирина. Эта короткая история была очень милой, по-настоящему рождественской и прекрасно подошла под моё зимнее настроение.

Heir Untamed by Danielle Bourdon (Latvala Royals #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Desperate for work to avoid eviction from her Seattle apartment, photographer Chey Sinclair accepts a rare opportunity to travel abroad and photograph Latvala Royalty. Encountering the Royals for the first time, Chey experiences an instant attraction to Mattias, second in line to the throne. He's charming, confident—and taken.

During a horseback ride to clear her head, Chey finds herself in a scuffle with Sander Fisk, head of security. Rugged, determined and sharp tongued, Sander is infuriating as well as intriguing.

Faced with conflicting emotions and a mystery unfolding in the castle, Chey must decide between men: a Prince of Latvala, or an arrogant rogue.

She discovers the hard way that this particular fairy tale was more than she ever bargained for.
 Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK

What can I say? Pure. Guilty. Pleasure! Peeps, it's also free on kindle so grab it. I enjoyed it and I do love a good royal fairytale story, which Miss Bourdon delivers. Of course it's not realistic, but it's fun and hot and full of drama-llama.
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Что я могу сказать? Дамы и господа, это какое-то сплошное виноватое удовольствие да еще и бесплатное, если вы загрузите её с Амазона. Я люблю хорошую историю королевской любви, и Даниель Бурдон в этом плане не разочаровывает. Далекая от реализма, она мила, полна драмы и красивых сказочных пейзажей.

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