Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round Up. I’ve read so many great books lately and honestly, haven’t had time to put my reviews up on the blog/retailers. What, with preparing to publish a book of love poetry (MR N’s poems), running a business, work, catching up on personal stuff (read housework) and watching NFL, I just haven’t had time. So for this week’s round-up, I’m sharing what I’ve been reading and my reviews with you. I recommend them all!
Only trust can save her….
Sailing to London, Sophia Braighton only hopes to escape certain ruin. But when she arrives, her Great Aunt Daphne has other plans for the American-born beauty. Determined to marry off her niece to a man of means, she propels Sophia into London society, not knowing that the young woman’s trust in men is shattered. In fact, Sophia never expects to ever feel anything for a man. Then again, she never expects to find herself in the company of the dashing earl of Marlton….
From the moment he sees Sophia, Daniel Fallon feels alive in a way he has not since his broken engagement. Though the vulnerable beauty shies from the passion burning bright between them, Daniel is determined to court her and make her his bride. And when he learns of the painful secret she harbors, he is equally determined to take revenge on the man responsible. But will the quest destroy him—and his future with his beloved?
I’m a huge historical romance fan, especially stories about Colonial Americans who travel to Britain. The premise of this story grabbed me right away. What I wasn’t prepared for was the honest, non-romanticized, portrayal of rape and female slavery in Tainted Bride. Well done, Fenichel!
Sophia is a beautifully strong yet feminine main character and I found myself wanting to hug her. She’s gone through so much pain and abuse, no thanks to that villain scumbag. She flees to England to her aunt’s care. Once there, she discovers that life is indeed worth living and there are men in the world willing to avenge what’s happened to her.
Filled with interesting characters and circumstances, Tainted Bride is a historical gem. Daniel and Sophia sizzle between the pages and when the scumbag returns to England to claim Sophia as his own, Daniel risks everything he owns and holds dear to avenge Sophia.
This is my first time reading Fenichel and it won’t be the last. I can’t wait to read the next installment in this series!
Thank you to Netgalley and Lyrical Press for giving me a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
My Rating: 5 stars
The Rails to Love Romance Collection: 9 Historical Love Stories Set Along the Transcontinental Railroad by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Amanda Cabot, Lisa Carter, Ramona K. Cecil, Lynn A. Coleman, Susanne Dietze, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Connie Stevens, Liz Tolsma
Journey the Transcontinental Railroad along with nine unlikely couples who encounter all the dangers and disappointments of traveling the rails in the late 1800s. From sight-seeing excursions to transports toward new lives, from orphan trains to circus trains, can romances develop into blazing love in a world of cold, hard steel?
I love romance and trains so when I heard about The Rails to Love Romance Collection, I knew I had to read it. Nine of today’s Christian authors collaborate in this collection and the stories are:
Outlaw on the Pueblo Excusion by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
The Depot Bride by Amanda Cabot
Last Stop, Cordelia by Lisa Carter
Train to Eden by Ramona Cecil
Love on the Rails by Lynn Coleman
The Honeymoon Express by Susanne Dietze
Just for Lucy by Kim Vogel Sawyer
My Soul Waits by Connie Stevens
World’s Greatest Love by Liz Tolsma
I enjoyed most of them and I loved how love and life are woven throughout each story. My two favorites are The Depot Bride by Amanda Cabot and Just for Lucy by Kim Vogel Sawyer. The characters were relatable and the romance was sweet.
If you’re looking for a collection of sweet romances set along the railroad, read this collection!
Many thanks to Netgalley and Barbour Books for giving me a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
My Review: 4.5 stars
My name is Zoe McKinley. I have a boring life, an awful job, and a boss that throws staplers at my head. What could be worse?
How about being abducted by Aliens?
Being dragged through a mirror, naked and screaming, onto an extraterrestrial ship was bad. Finding out I had been sold to a huge alien male who looks like the Devil was worse. But learning he wanted to trade me to an intergalactic petting zoo was the worst of all!
Now I’m whizzing through the galaxy with a robot butler, a trio of nib-nibs (they’re like tiny green monkeys) and one huge, muscular, and very grumpy alien. The clothing they gave me shows all my lady-bits, the food-sim makes banana cream pie that tastes like sauerkraut, and Sarden, my captor, is too hot to stay mad at, even if he is a jerk.
In fact, I think I might be falling for him.
What’s a girl to do? It’s all in a day’s work when you’ve been…Abducted.
***Abducted is Book 1 in my Alien Mate Index series.
It is a plus-sized novel–140,000 words long***
The Alien Mate Index–Learn more
From the pen of Evangeline Anderson, the writer who brought you Brides of the Kindred, comes a new race of Alien warriors…twelve races, to be exact.
Everyone thinks that life just evolved on Earth—
Our planet, and twelve others, all capable of supporting Terran life, was seeded by the Ancient Ones.
Then Earth was locked away, kept safe in the cocoon of our ozone layer. But now there’s a gaping hole in our security blanket and guess who’s coming to dinner?
That’s right—the Alien warriors of the Twelve Peoples—also descended from the Ancient Ones, are looking for mates and Earth girls are their first choice.
The Vorn are feared throughout the galaxy. Savage, horned warriors, these males can be surprisingly gentle to the females they choose to bond with.
Denarins come in pairs—two muscular males who share a psychic bond… and feel the need to share one woman as well.
The Majorans worship their females as goddesses, the very color of their skin changing with their bonded mate’s mood.
Braxians are savage with black-on-white eyes that can see every spectrum of light. They will defend their females to the last drop of blood in their huge, blue bodies.
And there are more…so many more Alien warriors to pick from.
Which type of male would you choose?
Too bad you won’t have a choice, because thanks to the Alien Mate Index, an agency that abducts Earth brides for alien males, you could be snatched at any time and turned into a massive warrior’s mate or concubine.
So the real question is—who will choose you?
WARNING: Whatever you do, never eat or drink while reading this book as it is overflowing with hilarious (read snarky) dialogue, out of this world romance and the sexiest alien I’ve had the pleasure to read.
In a nutshell, I LOVED this book! From the premise of unsuspecting females from Earth being abducted by alpha male alien species according to some twisted intergalactic matchmaker, I was hooked. I loved Zoe and I swear I was reading myself throughout the book. Does Anderson know me personally? Who knows?
Sarden is one hot male alein and yes, he looks like a devil, right down to his horns protruding from his forehead and red skin. Together, Zoe and Sarden singed my fingers and I almost cried a few times (no spoilers, I promise).
If you’re looking for a rollicking good time with some hot romantic scenes, hilarious dialogue to rival Sex and the City, intriguing characters and a baddie who’s REAL bad, pick up this book today! I’m onto the next book in the series and I can’t wait.
My Rating: 5+ stars
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MRS N, Book Addict