Medieval Saga Pt 5

Hi all! Thanks for joining me on this fun escapade, especially since I actually kept up with it! (Kinda proud of myself right now. lol). Anyways, here’s the last post for this week, and starting next week I should be back to my regular weekly reviews. 🙂 But here it is, book 5 in the Age of Faith series, Tamara Leigh’s The Longing.

51k5zdpqdhlTHE ONE HE CAN NEVER FORGIVE
For years, Lady Susanna de Balliol has borne the blame for betrayal—well-earned, though not as believed by the man she can never forget. Now her nephew must prove his legitimacy or lose his claim to his father’s lands. When Susanna is forced to flee with the boy following an attempt on his life, will the one man who knows the truth of her nephew’s birth grant them sanctuary within his walls? More, will he aid the woman whom he believes cost him the love of his life?

THE ONE SHE CAN NEVER FORGET
Eleven years—a long time to have loved and lost. Certain he will not love again, Everard Wulfrith has committed his life to the command of Wulfen Castle. But when the girl whose betrayal he can never forgive appears to him as a grown woman and demands he atone for his sins, can he lay bare his past to aid her nephew? And what of his unexpected feelings for the scandalous Susanna de Balliol whose indiscretions may very well put his own to shame? 

And, of course, my thoughts:

This is a wonderful book, and a wonderful tale for the final Wulfrith sibling. It is filled with intrigue and deception, and no small amount of danger. The language is lovely to read, both in dialogue and description, and the story line had me hooked from the first page to the last. And the romance! Oh, these two had probably the most beautiful romance of all the Wulfrith siblings. Susanna is considered a spinster, living her life raising the son of her sister-in-law, attempting to shield him from danger, and knowing she’ll be unable to have a family of her own. Fiercely loyal and protective, she’ll do almost anything to keep him safe. Then there’s Everard. Like his brothers, he’s a warrior, and trainer of warriors, and has no place in his life for a woman who he blames for his bachelor’s life. But while all he sees is the woman who once wronged him, she can’t help but see the man she once loved, and might still love. To say sparks fly between these two is an understatement; the romance and tension between them is lovely to read. All together, this was a wonderful conclusion to the Wulfrith family’s tales, and one I recommend, along with the rest of the series.

You can find this delightful tale for Kindle or NOOK (and paperback). And check out Tamara Leigh’s website and cover evolution blog, not to mention follow her on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news.

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Medieval Saga Pt 4

Hello! And now for part 4 of my reviewing marathon, Tamara Leigh’s The Kindling.

51wpj8ppeil“’TIS SAID FAMILY CREATES A MULTITUDE OF SINS.”

Helene of Tippet is not her father or her brother’s keeper. Yet when she is enlisted to use her healing skills to aid a fallen knight, the secret she holds close threatens to visit her family’s sins upon her. Now she is in danger of loving where she should not—a man of the nobility, and one who has cause to despise her if ever he learns of the blood that courses through her veins. Dare she reveal herself? Dare she trust a warrior so bitter and intent on revenge? Dare she love?

Sir Abel Wulfrith, a man bred to battle, has the scar to prove one should never trust a woman. But when he is wounded by his family’s enemy, he finds himself at the mercy of one who could prove his undoing. Now he faces a battle against which no strategy can prevail, no blade can defend, no heart can escape unscathed. Can he forgive Helene the sins of the father—more, the sins of the brother? Can he reclaim his faith? Can he love?

My thoughts?

Yet another wonderful book in the series. While more introspective than the others, the internal struggles were a nice reprieve for me, though there are quite enough battles in this one as well. Like the others, the language is well used, and the settings well written. And it was fun watching the characters fight falling in love. First there’s Helene, a very gifted healer, but one who has to hide her past, not for anything she had done, but due to her family’s choices. She can’t help but care for the man who saved her from death, and who was kind to her son, but as her family’s the cause of his suffering, she knows that he could never care for her in return. Abel is a warrior who lost his ability to fight, and who believes there is nothing for him if he cannot protect others, especially not the woman whom he can’t seem to let go of. Can the two learn to forget the sins of others, escape the past, and embrace the future? Or will those same ghost forever haunt them and take away their chance at happiness? A well written tale about inner struggles and self worth, this one also has a bit of adventure and a wonderful romance.

You can find this delightful tale for Kindle or NOOK (and paperback). And check out Tamara Leigh’s website and cover evolution blog, not to mention follow her on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news.

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Medieval Saga Pt 3

Hello! Welcome to day 3 of my reviewing marathon. 🙂 Today’s book is Tamara Leigh’s The Redeeming, third in the series, and one with probably the sweetest message of them all. But before I get into the details, here’s a little on the story line.

51upz6eelrlIN THE EYES OF THE CHURCH AND MEN, HERS IS NO SMALL SIN

Lady Gaenor Wulfrith is a woman scorned. And King Henry’s pawn. After three broken betrothals, she is ordered to wed her family’s enemy, a man she has never met and has good reason to fear. Faced with the prospect of an abusive marriage that will surely turn worse when her sin is revealed, she flees her family’s home with the aid of a knight—a man who could prove her ruin.

Christian Lavonne, the only remaining heir to the barony of Abingdale, has thrown off his monk’s robes—and God—to minister his lands. Determined to end the devastation wrought by his family’s feud with the Wulfriths, he agrees to marry his enemy’s sister, a woman no man seems to want. When he learns she has fled with a knight who has broken fealty with the Wulfriths, he pursues her, knowing that when they meet his own sin will be revealed and he will be as much in need of redemption as the woman who may carry another man’s child.

My thoughts?

This third book is a wonderful addition to the series, adding yet a little more depth to the family’s struggles. The language is beautiful to read, easy enough to understanding without tripping, but immersed in an old style that makes the setting feel even more real. Even more than the first two, this one is filled with adventure, and danger, not only continuing the wonderfully written individual combat scenes, but also true battles. But in the midst of this small war, there’s a greater tale of redemption that was so heart-warming as the characters struggle to find it. First, there’s Gaenor, the oldest daughter. She’s super tall, towering over most men, and not the beauty of her sister, and has had her heart broken several times. She yearns for a true family of her own, but fears her careless mistakes could ruin everything. Then there’s Christian, whose family has feuded with hers, and who carries his own burdens. They are broken characters, skeptical, and mistrusting, but they are both hopeful for something better. Their relationship is so wonderful to read, the strength in both making some wonderful dialogue. But with death threats hanging over their heads, can they learn to let go of the past, to truly forgive, before their pasts kill them? Like the others, it is a well written story, a tense adventure, a beautiful romance, and a wonderful story of redemption, and a lovely addition to the series. 

You can find this delightful tale for Kindle or NOOK (and paperback). And check out Tamara Leigh’s website and cover evolution blog, not to mention follow her on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news.

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Medieval Saga Pt 2

Hello again! As I said, I’m doing one book per day this week. Today’s is The Yielding by Tamara Leigh, and before I get into my thoughts about the second book in the series, how ’bout a little more info on the story.

51x5mo9c03lSHE HAD KILLED A MAN. OR SO IT WAS SAID…

Convent-bound Lady Beatrix Wulfrith is determined to aid her sister in escaping marriage to their family’s enemy. Unaware of the sacrifice that awaits her, she leads their pursuers astray only to meet with an accident that forever alters her destiny and takes the life of a young knight whose brother vows he will not rest until the lady is brought to justice.

Lord Michael D’Arci is a warrior and a womanizer whose foul mouth and impatience bode ill for all who trespass against him. Falsely accused of ravishment years earlier, he refuses to believe Lady Beatrix’s accusations against his deceased brother. However, when he finds himself at the mercy of that same woman who clings to her convictions and faith even when it threatens to prove her undoing, his quest for justice wavers.

And now for my thoughts:

The second book of the Age of Faith series boldly follows the first, continuing the family saga with yet another delightful adventure. Just as the first, Tamara Leigh is brilliant in her language choices, keeping it easily readable but archaic, helping the reader immerse into the world. The adventure continues, filled with heart-pounding action scenes mixed in a political struggle between two powerful families. Beatrix is a gentle girl with a good heart, more than willing to help her family, but also quite intelligent. I love how smart she is, working hard to figure out the truth of the man whose death she caused, even if she doesn’t know it herself. Then there’s Michael, also fiercely loyal, but wary of women, and an intellect rarely challenged by anyone. I enjoyed reading their interactions, the intelligent banter and attempts to outsmart the other, especially when their animosity slowly recedes. But, even as Michael sets aside his vengeance, there are more powerful forces who’d love nothing more than to destroy the Wulfriths. Can Beatrix learn the truth in time, or will she still be doomed to die? This is a wonderful tale of adventure and danger, an enjoyable romance, and a great continuation of the Wulfrith clan’s tales.

You can find this delightful tale for Kindle or NOOK (and paperback). And check out Tamara Leigh’s website and cover evolution blog, not to mention follow her on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news.

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Medieval Saga Pt 1

Hello everyone! This week is going to be something special, because I’m doing a post every day! *fingers crossed* lol. A while ago, I entered a drawing for paperback copies of the entire Age of Faith series by Tamara Leigh, and lucky me, I won! I’ve read a couple of her stories before, and I thoroughly enjoyed them, so getting an entire series, especially one with five books? Score! lol. So, this week, I am spending the whole week on the series, doing one book per day, starting today with the beginning of this wonderful series, The Unveiling. 

51l2bjuintdl-_sx322_bo1204203200_12th Century England. Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper, and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made. For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind—to avenge her brother’s murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith. But when she holds his fate in her hands, her will wavers and her heart whispers that her enemy may not be an enemy after all. Baron Wulfrith, renowned trainer of knights, allows no women within his walls for the distraction they breed. What he never expects is that the impetuous young man sent to train under him is a woman who seeks his death—nor that her unveiling will test his faith and distract the warrior from his purpose.

And now, for my thoughts:

This is a great first book of a wonderful series. Set in medieval England, Tamara Leigh does a wonderful job at the setting, giving vibrant details without slowing the story, and her language is beautifully archaic, enough to make the reader feel immersed without tripping over the words. There are wonderfully written action sequences, along with court intrigue, both shining in their own way. And I just adore the characters! Annyn is brash, headstrong, and determined to avenge the unjustified death of her brother. She works to become strong, to hold her own in a world where women are only seen as men’s property to be used as needed. But, her courage and strength are tempered with deep kindness and intelligence, both of which help temper her revenge and search the truth of her brother’s death. Then there’s Wulfrith, a true warrior, who eats, sleeps, and breathes training other warriors as well, anything else, especially women, are just distractions. But, when Annyn challenges his beliefs, a part of his heart opens up to the possibility of allowing others in. As expected, these two fight more often than not, and makes for a very enjoyable read. Even as they learn to understand each other, the ghost of the past seem to still hang over them. Can they learn the truth of her brother’s death in time to save Annyn from a similar fate? All together, this is a wonderful story, a fun-to-read romance, and a nice introduction to the Wulfrith clan.

You can find this wonderful tale available for Kindle and NOOK (Though paperback was super fun to read.) And, be sure to follow the Tamara Leigh on Facebook and Twitter, not to mention check out her website, where you can find news of upcoming releases, and follow her fun blog where she shows how her covers come to be. 🙂

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Continued Princess Adventures

Hi everyone! Okay, so this summer’s been crazy! I don’t know about y’all, but it’s been packed full over here. So, I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting lately. Honestly, I haven’t even been able to read a lot either. But, since summer’s slowing down, I’m finally able to take the time to read and get these reviews written. Today’s is going to be short, though, I hope y’all don’t mind. However, I’ve got some excited plans for the next few weeks, so I hope it’ll make up for my slight disappearance. 🙂 Anyways, today’s post is a series continuation, Anita Valle’s Briette. (You can read my review of the first three stories here
.) But first, a little bit about the story itself:

What kind51drvn0tywl of girl doesn’t want to be a princess?

Briette never asked for any of this. She wasn’t meant to be a princess. She refuses to wear a crown, doesn’t care for fancy dresses, and going to balls is a punishment. If she hadn’t been adopted by the king, none of this would have happened.

Then she discovers that the Duke of Merridell is in need of a chambermaid. And though it seems crazy, Briette decides to disguise herself as a servant and take the position. It will give her a chance to try life as a commoner, a life where she can be invisible. She doesn’t tell a single soul, not even her eight sisters.

But as Briette adjusts to heavy chores, rude remarks, and prickly straw beds, she is shocked to learn that someone else is working undercover. And his plans are much more sinister. Furthermore, she is troubled by a haunting dream that seems to come from her childhood. All Briette wanted was a vacation from being a princess. But if she doesn’t act soon, she may never be a princess again.

My thoughts?

What a fun fourth book to this wonderful series! Briette is certainly an interesting character. From the beginning, she doesn’t seem to fit in with her sisters, and yearns for a simpler life. But when she’s given her dream, she realizes it’s not as nice as she expected it to be. And when her family is in trouble, she has to decide to remain in the one place she feels she belongs, or to embrace the person she was brought up to be. This has a fun character arc for the fourth princess, and I love the new additions to the mystery and intrigue surrounding the entire series. I can’t wait for book five!

Interested? This wonderful book is available for Kindle (and paperback), and check out the author’s website and well as follow her on Facebook for upcoming news about her other projects, and the next novel!

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An Elegant Romance

Hi all! So, this week’s post is yet another regency. I can’t help it, I do love the genre. Lol. This week, I’m sharing Kristi Ann Hunter’s newest novel, An Elegant Façade. Just released last week, this story was amazing! But, before I start gushing, here’s a little more about the story.

51bkrxmo9ol-_sx322_bo1204203200_Lady Georgina Hawthorne has always known she must marry well. After years of tirelessly planning every detail of her debut season, she is poised to be a smashing success and have her choice of eligible gentlemen.

With money and powerful business connections but no title, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. He intends to marry someday, but when he does it will not be to a shallow woman like Lady Georgina, whose only concerns appear to be status and appearance.

But beneath her flawless exterior, Georgina’s social aspirations stem from a shameful secret she is desperately trying to keep hidden–and that Colin is too close to discovering. Drawn to each other despite their mutual intent to avoid association, is the realization of their dreams worth the sacrifices they’ll be forced to make?

My thoughts?

This beautiful story is a wonderful addition to Kristi Ann Hunter’s Hawthorne House series. This book focuses on Georgina, the younger sister who’s worked hard to become a perfect debutante. She’s spent her life working hard, perfecting her image, afraid of anyone finding her secrets. But behind that calculated façade is a beautiful heart, longing to be freed. Then there’s Colin, wealthy but without title, and good friend of the family’s. He likes to keep his eyes open, his mind working, and his heart generous. Sparks fly whenever these two are together, and it’s so fun watching them banter. Both break through the other’s defenses, making for some very enjoyable conversations. It was so much fun getting to know these characters, and seeing the story from their point of view. While it covers the same time frame as the previous book, seeing the events from another perspective, this is also enjoyable as a stand-alone. The settings were beautiful, the story-line intriguing, the characters lovable in their own way, and a romance that’s both sweet and fun. I’m certainly looking forward to continuing this family’s story.

(Disclaimer, I did receive a copy of this book for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)

So, interested? You can find a copy of this book for Kindle or NOOK, not to mention my favorite paperback. Also, feel free to check out Kristi Ann Hunter’s website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news on the rest of the Hawthorne House family.

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Adventure and Romance in the Old West

Hey everyone! Sorry for the late post. It’s been a crazy few weeks. However, I did get to enjoy a wonderful new novel, which of course I get to share with you. 😉 So, if you’ve been reading my posts, you’ll learn that I’m not a big Western fan, I usually prefer really early American history or European. However, I absolutely adore Karen Witemeyer’s novels. She manages to write Western novels with that European feeling (or, if you read Head in the Clouds, the hero actually is British.) And her newest novel, No Other Will Do, does not disappoint!

Men are optional. T512b6e5az98l-_sx322_bo1204203200_hat’s the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women’s colony in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight–and she knows just the one.

Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma’s plea arrives, he bolts to Harper’s Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she’s not a girl any longer. She’s a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn’t deserve.

As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.

My thoughts?

This was such a fun read! Emma is a strong woman, owning and running her own back, along with founding Harper Station. She has a kind heart, a willingness to bring in the downtrodden, and an inner flame to fight for those same people. But when her ladies are threatened, even she understands that she needs some help, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s an excuse to see her childhood friend and crush. When Mal receives her telegram, he’s instantly on his way to save her, since she once saved him. Now together, they have to work to figure out who’s behind the threatening notes, while fighting off the newest, and growing even more dangerous, attacks. Their relationship is adorable to read, the companionship that comes from being childhood friends, but also the awkwardness that comes from growing feelings that are much more than friendly. This was such a wonderful read, a great mystery with growing tension, wonderful adventure sequences, and a romance that’s sure to warm to heart. I especially love that it’s a story about women who run their own lives, own their own businesses, are strong and capable in their own right, but it doesn’t diminish the strength of the men in their lives. It’s really refreshing to read a story with both, and I’m very much looking forward to more stories of Harper’s Station’s ladies.

So, interested in this fun read? You can pick up a copy for Kindle or NOOK
, and of course the good old fashioned paperback. And do check out the author’s website, and follow her on Facebook for news of her upcoming fun. 🙂

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Exquisite Love Story

Hi all! So, I’ve got yet another Regency tale for you this week. Yes, it is one of my favorite genres. I can’t help it! There’s something beautiful about a well-written Regency novel, and Jenni James’s newest, Lord Romney’s Exquisite Widow, is a very well-written story. But, before I get into my thoughts on it, here’s a quick premise.

61fsbbdhpfl-_sx355_bo1204203200_Four years ago, in order to save her family, Miss Catherine Poleton wed an earl old enough to be her grandfather. In doing so, she cast aside the advances of Lord Hamson, the only gentleman she had ever loved, and to the delight of her mother, became Lady Romney, the Countess of Huntingdon. However, she soon learned that it was not easy being married to someone so much older than herself—so much so that when Lord Romney died, Catherine vowed she would never wed again.

Lord Hamson believed he had moved on and was courting another when Lady Romney returned to town. Suddenly, his life was at sixes and sevens, and he could not deny that he felt the same for Catherine as he had before. But was it worth breaking his heart once more to renew his attentions, especially when the lady was determined not to have him? Or should he do what society expected and marry the girl he had nearly promised himself to?

What did I think of it?

This is yet another charming Regency by Jenni James. The characters are so much fun to read! Lord Hamson is an adorable character, fun loving, but has a bad habit of saying things before thinking them through. Even while his heart can’t let go of the girl he fell for four years prior, he keeps being reminded of society’s expectations, namely that he must marry a debutante, and not a widow. Catherine may be a widow in the eyes of society, but her marriage was certainly in name only. Humoring a friend, she returns for the London season, and immediately reconnects with the man she still harbored in her heart. But while her heart still longs for Lord Hamson, and she enjoys their easy friendship, she doesn’t believe she could ever be worthy of marriage. Not only is this a fun story to read, and the connection these two have is so enjoyable, their banter witty and fun, while also showing their deep connection, but my favorite is the deep message in this book. Catherine is a woman whose past haunts her, who has slowly become what others told her to be. It’s a great message for anyone who’s had a difficult past, that anyone can be redeemed, and everyone can find love.

Interested in this beautiful read? It’s currently available for Kindle at a very reasonable price (not to mention free for those with Kindle Unlimited). And feel free to check out Jenni James’s website, and follow her on Facebook and Kindle for news of upcoming releases.

In full disclosure, I did received a copy of this book for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Double Medieval Romances

Hi all! So, I missed a week, again. Sorry about that. So, to make up for it, I’m doing two novels this week! From the wonderful author, Jody Hedlund, this week I’m looking at her YA novel A Daring Sacrifice, and the beginning of her new series, Luther and Katharina. And, without further ado, let’s dig in!

Let’s start with A Daring Sacrifice, the second novel in her YA series (You can check out my review of book51dphzuh6sl-_sx332_bo1204203200_ one here).

In a reverse twist on the Robin Hood story, a young medieval maiden stands up for the rights of the mistreated, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. All the while, she fights against her cruel uncle who has taken over the land that is rightfully hers. Forced to live in the woods and hide with the poor people she’s grown to love, she works to save and protect them, but she never anticipates falling in love with the wealthy knight who represents all she’s come to despise.

My thoughts?

The second book in this wonderful series is just as enjoyable and fun as the first. Jody Hedlund once again visits her medieval knights, this time following the story of Collin Goodrich. As the new lord of his family’s estate, he finds himself lost in trying to understand his new identity and position of power. What he didn’t expect was to find an adventure wrapped up in a fiery red-head from his past. Juliana Wessex must live in hiding, knowing she would have a death sentence on her
head if she was known to be alive. However, that won’t stop her from fighting to take care of her people, even if it means breaking the law a bit. When Collin shows back up in her life, and seems to whisk her off her feet, giving her a chance to remember what it felt like to be a true lady. But with several lives at stake, can she afford to put her trust in a lord who seems to enjoy what she considers frivolities? And can Collin learn to look past the annoyance of his position to truly do some good for those who need it? Add to this a villain who would do anything to gain and keep power, and whose ruthlessness is disguised by his charm. Filled with sweet romance, adventure, and a wonderful message about having faith in God, this is truly a story I highly recommend.

Aside from paperback, this wonderful story is also available for Kindle and NOOK.

And the second book I have today is Luther and Katharina.

She was a nun of noble birth. He, a heretic, a reformer…an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire.  
In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther. 51iwqdkk1zl-_sx336_bo1204203200_
His sweeping Catholic church reformation—condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage—awakened her desire for everything she’d been forbidden. Including Martin Luther himself.  
Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone’s life but his own. And Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer. They couldn’t be more different.  
But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love.  
Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever.

My thoughts?

The story of one of history’s most notable couples is well written by Jody Hedlund. Not only does she capture the danger and turmoil of Reformation Germany, but she also manages to capture the essence of these people, and weave it into a fun to read romance. Luther carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, and has a target on his back. While he supports marriage, he knows anyone he marries would carry that same target, and he can’t bring himself to put any woman in that position. Katharina longs for a family, and a home to call her own, but she’s unwilling to accept anything less than an equal union. But when these two meet, sparks fly, and they can’t seem to stop pushing each other’s buttons, showing just how stubborn each of them were. She brilliantly weaves together historical facts with her own spin on the romance. The research put into this novel is evident in the well-described settings, and the supporting cast of characters are fun to read. All together, this is a great novel and quite an enjoyable read.

You can get a copy for Kindle or NOOK, or paperback.

Both these books were enjoyable to read, and I look forward to the continuation of both series. The links for the books are above, but feel free to check out the author’s website, to learn about her other series, and follow on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news.

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