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Erotic Romance Early Review: The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz

The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz (The Original Sinners: White Years #3)

Egalley thanks to Harlequin MIRA

Synopsis from Goodreads
The controversial story before the story continues in the critically acclaimed and award-winning series The Original Sinners.

For years, Kingsley Edge warned Eleanor the day would come when she, the mistress of a well-respected Catholic priest, would have to run and hide. She always imagined if that day came she'd be running away with Søren. But instead, she's running from him.

Knowing Søren and Kingsley will their use their influence to bring her back, Eleanor alone, penniless and scared takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow: the abbey where her mother has taken orders. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure

She cannot, however, hide from her true nature. When Eleanor befriends a young virginal nun, she faces a startling sexual awakening. But Eleanor can't stay forever, and the lure of her real life beckons beyond the locked gates. But to follow her fate means to leave Kyrie behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make

The lure of the forbidden. The temptation to sin. The price of passion has never been higher, and Eleanor will have to pay it if she ever wants to go home again.

Release date: March  31st 2015.

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While I always adore reading about Nora's escapades, I admit it was Kingsley who reigned supreme in this book.

The Virgin talks about that year when Eleanor left Søren and spent eight months at her mother's abbey.
It was hard to read this one, folks. You know how much I adore Søren, but even I was forced to admit  that Nora was right to leave him.

Paranormal Romance Early Review: Deception by D.B. Reynolds

Deception by D.B. Reynolds (Vampires in America #9)

Egalley thanks to ImaJinn Books, Inc.

Synopsis from Goodreads
Kauai, Hawaii—tropical paradise, vibrant jungle, turquoise sea... and sensuous nights that hide vampires so powerful they can change the world.

Raphael—powerful, extraordinary, arrogant. He’s been eliminating rivals and gathering allies, determined not just to survive, but to demolish the Europeans who think they can steal what he’s worked for centuries to create. In a final bid to avert a war that seems inevitable, Raphael agrees to meet an enemy he knows of old. She is formidable, wily, and not to be trusted. But in his arrogance, Raphael believes he can foil whatever treachery she has brewing.

Cynthia Leighton—Raphael’s human mate, beautiful, smart, and deadly when threatened. She doesn’t trust anyone, much less a powerful vampire claiming to want peace. So while Raphael prepares to negotiate a treaty, Cyn is preparing for the inevitable double-cross that she knows is coming. Raphael worries about saving thousands of vampire lives. She only cares about one, and she will do anything to keep him alive and in her arms.

When Cyn is proven right, when it all falls apart and Raphael’s enemies draw on ancient magic to trap him, taking him away from Cyn and out of the war, it all falls to her—to find Raphael, to save the thousands of vampires who will die if she doesn’t succeed... and to kill every single being, human or vampire, who gets in her way.

Release date:  March 31, 2015.

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I think Donna  has outdone herself this time! I haven't experienced such sense of urgency, such rush of adrenaline in a long while.

Psychological Thriller Early Review: Murder in Hindsight by Anne Cleeland

Murder in Hindsight by Anne Cleeland (Scotland Yard #3)

Egalley thanks to Kensington

Synopsis from Goodreads
The victims are all criminals who eluded justice—until they ran afoul of an avenger whose modus operandi is a bullet to the back of the head. The key to the vigilante's identity lies in connecting the cold cases to an event that may have triggered retribution after all these years.

Meanwhile, Doyle finds herself shadowed by a mysterious figure. After the man steps forward to rescue her from harm, she wonders why he is invested in protecting her. But when she learns he's in contact with Acton's nemesis, she fears she's being used in a plot against her husband.

The stakes are high, and both Doyle and Acton must work independently to outwit the players—before their lives are brought crashing down like a house of cards…

Release date: March 31st 2015.

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I've just finished Murder in Hindsight and absolutely loved it!

Acton and Doyle are such an unusual couple. They have unique dynamics in their relationship and I end up getting glued to the screen of my kindle every time I read a book in this series. Let me explain their appeal.

Acton is a modern "Holmes", titled, rich, highly ranked police detective...He is also highly dysfunctional. He drinks, he obsesses, he is a hermit, and he is a very dark hero, almost an antihero. When he fixates on a green police constable, Kathleen Doyle, in the first book in the series, Murder in Thrall, only her own oddness and isolation due to her ability sense lies creates this space field surrounding them both that no one else can understand. She tames the dragon, figuratively speaking.

Two books later this couple has been through a hell of a lot and is happily married, or would be if only people stop going after the famous detective. This time Acton's secrets catch up to him and he is forced to play a dangerous, complicated game to deceive a powerful enemy, and Doyle has to play along no matter how hurtful the circumstances are.

Add to it Doyle investigating a series of murders by a vigilante, a very stressful weekend at Acton's estate, worried Williams and a mysterious guardian angel who looks after Doyle but just as easily can turn on her... and Kathleen is on a very thin ice.

While some mysteries in this book are easy to solve, others keep their secrets until the end. I also find it very intriguing that Kathleen's gift is getting stronger and morphing into something more complex. Murder in Hindsight might not be as dramatic as Murder in Retribution, but it's no less mesmerising. Read it, highly recommended.

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Я только что дочитала эту книгу и получила огромное удовольствие!

Актон и Дойл - настолько необычная пара, отношения между ними так уникальны, что я каждую книгу серии заканчиваю с сожалением.  Как же мне объяснить почему меня так привлекает эта серия, да так, чтобы ничего не выдать?

Актон - современный "Холмс",  детектив главный инспектор лондонского Метрополитена, титулованный, богатый...Однако в отличие от оригинального Шерлока, персонаж он очень тёмный и дисфункциональный, чуть ли не антигерой. В начале первой книги он фиксирует свой интерес на Кэтлин Дойл - молодом констабле с необычным даром - она знает когда кто-то лжёт и её интуиция необычайно сильна.

Две книги спустя парочка счастлива в браке, однако многочисленные враги Актона не дают им насладиться  спокойной жизнью. Один из них разрабатывает хитроумный план с целью разрушить его репутацию, и Актон вынужден сплести тонкую паутину обмана,  в которую поневоле втянута и Дойл,что причиняет ей сильную эмоциональную боль.

Добавьте к этому расследование Дойл с целью поймать мстителя, совершившего череду убийств в парках Лондона, супер секретное дело на высшем уровне, которым занимается Актон, необычайно стрессовый уикэнд в поместье его матери, тревогу Уильямса и танственного ангела-хранителя Дойл, который в любом момент может обернуться её врагом... и Кэтлин находит себя на тонком льду.

Некоторые секреты видны здесь с самого начала, но о некоторых остаётся догадываться до самого конца. Хоть книга третья не настолько драматична как книга вторая, от неё всё же невоможно оторваться. Очень рекомендую!

Historical YA Fiction Audio book Review: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Susan Biggs Waller


 Synopsis from Goodreads
Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

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A Mad, Wicked Folly is one of those lovely inspiring books that reminds me more of classical literature than anything else.

 Vickie Darling wants to be a painter in an era when it's almost impossible or extremely difficult for a woman to become one who is professionally recognised. She is constantly undermined by her family which thinks that this is just a foolish fad, and that a proper lady needs to strive to catch a husband not do something as vulgar as have a profession. She is badly handled by an arranged fiancé, a never do well young man, who is self-centered and spoiled, and a generally an unpleasant character, and she is very unhappy about drifting through life as a woman whose only purpose is to enhance her family social standing and to become a broodmare.

So, she rebels. It starts in small ways when she subverts her mother's attempt to make her into a lilly white clean and wholesome young lady, and sneaks out to paint for the entrance exams into an art college. Then it escalates when she starts helping a group of suffragettes to fight for their rights.

We are shown Vickie's transformation from this non confrontational girl into someone with guts and fiery passion and inner strength. She is furious with her lot, she falls in love and she finds something worth fighting for.

While the ending is not very definite and open to an interpretation, I love this quiet, lovely story. It's atmospheric and historically correct, listens really quickly and very well. Beautiful, slightly naïve book, really enjoyed it. Recommended.

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Это была одна из таких милых, вдохновляющих книг, которые больше всего напоминают мне классическую литературу.

Викки Дарлинг мечтает стать художником в эпоху когда заполучить профессию женщине из высшего общества практически невозможно. Её семья постоянно принижает её талант, считая что мечта Викки зарабатывать деньги невыносимо смехотворна и вульгарна, и что каждая леди должна стремиться к тому, чтобы заполучить достойного мужа, продвинуть статус своей семьи через благотворительные дела и  нарожать кучу благо воспитанных детишек. Её жених, безалаберный, испорченный нарциссист из влиятельной и богатой семьи, вообще не понимает в чём проблема и не обращает на пожелание будущей жены никакого внимания - пока папочка контролирует его карманы он не посмеет тому противостоять, особенно с целью защитить Викки.

Ну и Виктория тайно мятежует. Сначала, обманывая мать и ускользая на улицы Лондона рисовать в целях пополнить своё портфолио для экзамена в художественный колледж. Затем, влюбляясь в простого констебля Уильяма. И наконец, помогая суффражисткам бороться за права женщин.

Красивая книга, слушается легко и быстро, несмотря на неопределённую концовку и наивный слог, с прекрасной исторической подоплёкой. Рекомендую!

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