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REVIEW BY MERISSA - Copycat by Alex Lake

Copycat - Alex Lake

Copycat is a great insight into just how things can go wrong in this technological world - fake Facebook accounts, fake email addresses - so easy to do. Unfortunately for Sarah, this happens to her and her life changes completely. She has no idea what will happen next, but she knows how much of an impact it is having on her and those she loves. Her marriage is on the rocks, she is worried about her children, her mental and physical health suffers.

 

This book was extremely well written with you hearing from both Sarah and the 'big bad'. You also get snippets from ten years ago, which will eventually tie in with the rest of the story. I was engrossed all the way, right until the last couple of chapters. There were a couple of aspects which didn't seem to add up to me, but perhaps I was reading too much into them. On the whole, this book was a very good read that I would recommend.

 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

 

Merissa
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@Alexlakeauthor, @NetGalley, #Psychological, #Thriller, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/copycatbyalexlake

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Lady of Thorns (Two Thrones #3) by Nicola M. Cameron

Lady of Thorns - Nicola M. Cameron
Lady of Thorns is the third book in the Two Thrones series, and we focus on two characters we met in the previous book. Amelie and Alain are about as opposite as you can get - noble-born and street rat who has worked hard and got himself a career. However, their births play no part as the sparks fly between these two. They are evenly matched in intelligence, wit, and humour. And then, through Amelie's courage, they find out they are matched in other areas too. With the Harvest Ball coming up, her mother to contend with, and a husband to find, Amelie is happy to take her chances whilst she can. And of course, it doesn't hurt to have a Queen as your best friend!
 
It was wonderful returning to this world. It is easy to read, and the characters are all superb. It is smoothly written, with no editing or grammatical errors that I found. I would have loved to have heard more about Matthias and Danae, but then I am greedy where they are concerned. All in all, this book was thoroughly enjoyable, and completely un-put-downable. Palace of Scoundrels is still my favourite so far, but Lady of Thorns is absolutely recommended in every way.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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@YesItsNicolaC, #Coming_of_Age, #Historical, #Fantasy, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/ladyofthornstwothrones3bynicolamcameron

Justine Littleton's Conquest is now live.

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#LIVE! Conquest, book 2 to the highly anticipated The Horsemen series by Justine Littleton, is now available.
Here’s the problem with myths and legends; they're fiction. At one time, they may have been stories of real people, but over the ages, the story was passed from person to person, so what was once fact, becomes the written fables of those long ago.

This is the true story of Conquest and the five horsemen.

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2kg7we6
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2C4yE3X
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2BYPUXx
Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2BVFNTt 
Other vendors: www.books2read.com/Conquest-The-Horsemen-Series
 
Nicolette “Lettie” Osmond made her dying mother a vow: She would find a way to escape with her brother from the oppressive control of her father and The Order of Decay. Eight years later Lettie finally finds the resources and opportunity, but it means putting her faith in the one group of individuals she has been told since birth to never trust.

Connor “Conquest” Apocalos will do anything to protect his new sister and the happiness Dean has found—even kill his own brother if it comes to it. Hunting for Kayne and running Horsemen Hedge Funds, Connor hires an assistant, never expecting to find the one person fated for him.

Conquest must learn to woo a young woman without his power and is failing spectacularly, but will he still want her when he discovers the truth about Lettie and her connections?
#newrelease #Conquest_Release #PNR 

Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop: The Complete Set

Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop: The Complete Set - Shelley Adina, Lee Mckenzie, Sharon Ashwood, Rachel Goldsworthy
Corsair's Cove Chocolate Shop is a collection of four novellas by four different authors - all sharing the same theme, one family and the town of Corsair's Cove. There are four cousins, Pru (Prudence), Livy, Brynn, and Eloise. These four are all very different from each other, but they prove that when things come to the crunch, they are there for each other. I will admit to Eloise's story being my favourite, but that is mainly down to Daniel Blackthorne! That 'dastardly pirate' wiggled into my affections, and I was on tenterhooks to find out what happened next.
 
These are all lighthearted, fun, stories that are guaranteed to satisfy. A good length so you can either read them all together, or sneak one in during your coffee break or lunchtime. All four stories are written very well, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. The town and the characters are all well described, leaving you with a longing to go there. In fact, there are a bunch of brilliant characters in here, but I'll leave it to you to read them and find out who I'm talking about.
 
I wasn't sure what I'd be reading, but I thoroughly enjoyed each and every word. Definitely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/corsairscovechocolateshopthecompleteset

Cosmic Cabaret: Science Fiction Romance Anthology

Cosmic Cabaret: Science Fiction Romance Anthology - Alicia Kat Vancil, Athena Grayson, Dena Garson, Kerry Adrienne, Selene Grace Silver, Cailin Briste, Blaire Edens, Rosalie Redd, Jayne Fury, Diana Rivis, SFR Shooting Stars, Cathryn Cade (CJ Cade), Tessa McFionn, Jenna Lincoln
Cosmic Cabaret is an anthology of science fiction romance stories that all take place upon the LS Quantum. Each story is individual, with separate characters and situations.
 
This is an AMAZING anthology. You could even say it was out of this world! (Sorry, it had to be done!) Some of the stories involve insta-love, some of them have loved from afar for years. Some are people on the run, some are princes and princesses, some are both prince/princess AND on the run. What I'm trying to say is that there is something here for everyone.
 
Each story is very well written, with characters and situations that are completely relate-able, so long as you keep the sci-fi theme fresh in your mind. From doctors to spies to male dancers to Burlesque dancers, this anthology has it all. I didn't feel like a single story let it down, although I do obviously have my favourites. I have found some new (to me) authors that I will be reading more of, which is always a good thing. Absolutely recommended by me, and I'm hoping for more to come!
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/cosmiccabaretsciencefictionromanceanthology

REVIEW BY HELEN - Single (Love in Seattle #1) by Lindsay Marie Miller

Single - Lindsay Marie Miller

I swear off men for good.
And my knight in shining armor arrives.
Welcome to my life.



Jessica Jacobs is a twenty-two-year-old finance major at the University of Washington, whose brief encounters with blind dating have left her a single, cynical woman. When her best friend, Sara, gets dumped by the love of her life on Valentine's Day, Jessie proposes a pact boycotting all men for the rest of the semester.

But then Jessie meets Graham, a gorgeous, yet respectable gentleman with the body of a Greek god and a heart of gold. Torn between her commitment to the pact and an undeniable attraction towards Graham, Jessie remains guarded and distant, which only makes Graham want her more. As fate intervenes time and time again, Jessie must embrace the inner fear surrounding her heart or risk losing the only man who would never break it.

S.I.N.G.L.E. = Still In Need of a Good Loving Equivalent

 

@Lindsay_MMiller, @XpressoReads, @helen291283, #New_Adult, #Contemporary, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/helen/singleloveinseattle1bylindsaymariemiller

Dress Blues (Recalled to Love #2) by Lisa Carlisle

Dress Blues - Lisa Carlisle
Dress Blues is the second novella in the Recalled to Love series, and is a complete standalone from the first. In this one, we meet Vivi who left the military after a devastating injury, and Jack, who has now left the military too but is unsure of what to do now. The sparks flew between these two when they first met, but nothing was allowed to come of it as Vivi was enlisted and Jack was an officer. Now though, they don't have those rules to get in the way, so it's all dependent upon whether they can work it as a couple.
 
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but I have to say that Stella stole the show! There is uncertainty in both of them for different reasons, and they will  have to overcome those before they can move forwards together. I loved that Jack was pushy for all the right reasons, but could also completely understand where Vivi was coming from. I admired the fact that she admitted the fault, and worked on it to conquer it, rather than letting it beat her. 
 
The story flowed at an even pace, and there were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. This story has the feel-good factor, and is definitely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/recalledtolove12bylisacarlisle

Temptation Returns (Recalled to Love #1) by Lisa Carlisle

Temptation Returns - Lisa Carlisle
Temptation Returns is the first novella in the Recalled to Love series, and we meet Antonio and Lina. This couple were together, but when Antonio joined the military he pushed Lina away as he didn't think it was right to keep her waiting for him. Lina eventually got over him, and found someone new. Unfortunately, Brad was 'safe' and there were no real sparks or passion between them. A couple of weeks before the wedding, and Antonio is back in town and sees Lina in a nightclub. The passion between them is still there, but Lina is now engaged, so things have changed between them.
 
I have to say that, for me, it was Antonio who made this book. I can understand Lina being conflicted when Antonio returned, but I can't agree with her actions following that first kiss. Yes, Brad turned out to be a first class jerk, but still... As for the story as a whole, it was fast-paced, angsty, and thoroughly enjoyable in many ways. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and the scenes flowed from one to the next. A quick coffee break book, recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/recalledtolove12bylisacarlisle

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Sheik Defense (Desert Justice #4) by Ryshia Kennie

Sheik Defense - Ryshia Kennie
Sheik Defense is the fourth book in the Desert Justice series, although I haven't read any of the other books prior to reading this one. I don't think you have to read the others, but it might help with the pairings as they are mentioned in this story.
 
We start off with Ava and her father on holiday on a yacht when they have an unexpected visitor. Things get tense and plans go awry. Ava ends up in a lifeboat, drifting not only on the sea, but also in and out of consciousness. Her phone miraculously manages to make contact with Faisal, and through the GPS, they have her coordinates. The rest of the story is about the hows and whys of the situation, and what Ava and Faisal do to put things right.
 
This was a well-written story, although I did find parts of it to be quite repetitive. However, there were no spelling or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. We hear from both Ava and Faisal, and also get snippets from Ben (the big bad). It is an enjoyable fade-to-black romance suspense that you can relax with.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/12/review-tour-giveaway-sheik-defense.html

REVIEW BY AMY - Captured Memories (Cupid's Café #3) by Katherine McIntyre

Captured Memories - Katherine McIntyre

An invitation to Cupid’s Café will change your life.

After the incident that caused Liv Morozov to drop out of college, years later she’s still trying to pick up the pieces of her life. She’s managed to carve out a career for herself as a photographer, but when it comes to guys? Her issues send them running for the hills, every damn time. 

Zane Parata has declared himself off-limits for relationships. Between trying to maintain sobriety and the long hours he works as a chef, no one wants to deal with his brand of damage, and he wouldn’t want to burden them in the first place. 

When Liv shows up at Cupid’s Café, she never expected to find Zane, her brother’s former best friend who had vanished one day and never returned. The sparks that surged when they were both teens rekindle stronger than ever, and all too fast, Liv and Zane entangle in each other’s lives, breaking their own rules. Except with both struggling with the demons from their past, the love that’s begun to grow is one lapse away from shattering the two of them beyond repair.

 

@PixieRants, @Mommy_Amers, #Adult, #Contemporary, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/amy/capturedmemoriescupidscafe3bykatherinemcintyre

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Heart of the Fae (The Otherworld #1) by Emma Hamm

Heart of the Fae - Emma Hamm
Heart of the Fae is the first book in The Otherworld series, and we find a world full of Irish Celtic mythology, plus fantasy, which equals a novel of superb quality in my opinion. Sorcha's mother was burnt at the stake for being a witch. Sorcha herself is a midwife, although she longs to be a full-blown healer. She was brought up to respect the Old Ways and the Fae, and follows those teachings to the best of her ability. She lives with her sisters and her father, in the brothel they own. Unfortunately, a plague has swept the land, and has afflicted her father. The good doctor's won't listen to her because she is a woman, even though she has had success in treating the plague and stopping it from spreading. She makes a desperate plea, and is heard, which in turn leads her to cross the sea in search of an island only visible every seven years.
 
This is an excellent story that grips you from the start. The descriptions of the blood beetle are enough to curl your toes, and therefore it becomes just as important to the reader that Sorcha finds a cure. The author has certainly done her research with regards to Irish mythology, and it certainly shows in this story. Yes, it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but to be honest, that was second to the mythology that I was reading. Descriptive and smoothly paced, this story is full of Fae (both Seelie and UnSeelie), old legends and new stories. There is never a dull moment in this story, and the scenes flowed from one to the next. The characters are all fully developed, and I can't wait to read more about them. I love how they are 'complicated', there isn't a single one that is just "good" or "bad". If I had to say one bad thing about this book, it's that I was NOT ready for it to end. However, it did *sigh* and now I must wait impatiently for book 2!
 
A fantastic Fantasy that I highly recommend.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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@EmmaHammAuthor, #Fantasy, #Romance, #Mythology, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/heartofthefaetheotherworld1byemmahamm

BLURB BLITZ, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - The White Lady (Ladies in Time #2) by Beth Trissel

The White Lady - Beth Trissel

Avery Dunham has always been ready to follow her friend, time-traveling wizard, Ignus Burke, on incredible adventures. This time, though, she has serious misgivings. It's just one week before Christmas, but she cannot get him to change his mind. The usually cool and collected magic-wielding leader is wholly obsessed by the portrait of the White Lady whom he is bent on rescuing.

Almost as soon as they begin their journey, it becomes clear their mission is a trap.

Avery was right: this adventure is not going to be like any other.

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/12/blurb-blitz-excerpt-giveaway-white-lady.html

NBtM, GUEST POST, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - A is for Author by Shayla McBride

A is for Author: 333 Must-Know Tips for New Writers - Shayla McBride
A is for Author is a comprehensive guide that I think would be useful for all writers, whether they have published one book or ten. There are commonly used terms and jargon in here, together with no-nonsense explanations and examples. It is all alphabetical, so everything is easy to find. The author herself suggests you sip, rather than gulp, this book. 
 
In my opinion, this is a book to have as a paperback or hardback, so that you can refer back to it for years to come. Definitely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/12/nbtm-guest-post-review-giveaway-is-for.html

Fire (The Knights of Av'lor #3) by Sam Rook

Fire - Sam Rook
Fire is the outstanding final instalment in The Knights of Av'lor series. Kate has just returned to Av'lor and has been betrayed by Garrent. He has ensnared her daughter with a necklace that controls her, and taken her to Earth. There, he tells the rest of the Knights that Av'lor has fallen, and because he has destroyed the gate, they have no way of knowing the truth or returning home. The rest of the story is how Kate, Lan, and the rest try to find a way back to Earth, to find Rachel, to stop Garrent, and hopefully return peace to their lives.
 
My word, I could gush about this book/series for hours!!! There is so much I could write, but I've stopped myself because I don't want to ruin it for anyone else. This #Fantasy series has a bit of everything for me - love, wit, danger, sorrow, heartbreak - it's all here. The author pulls you into their world and makes you feel. You feel their sorrow, their desperation, their determination. And when it seems like everything is about to fall down around their ears, you feel their pain. It's simply amazing.
 
Books one and two both ended with a cliffhanger that had me gasping. This one doesn't, but I sort of wish it had. Don't get me wrong, I hate series when they end abruptly and you are left hanging. You don't get that with this book, but it also feels completely wrapped up, and I don't know if I'm ready to let go of this world and its characters yet.
 
I would just like to add that I re-read Hope before I read Gate. And this time I re-read both of them before I started Fire. I wasn't bored with the re-reads, I didn't skip parts. I was as enthralled and intrigued as I was the first time I read them. I really can't recommend these books highly enough. They are excellently written, with no editing or grammatical errors that spoilt my reading flow. If you want a fantasy that will take you to worlds beyond your own, then I can definitely recommend this series.
 
* Verified Purchase ~ November 2017 *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/firetheknightsofavlor3bysamrook

Of Land and Sky releases 21st December. Preorder now.

Of Land and Sky - Morgan Sheppard

 Cover Reveal & #Preorder 

 

 

The balance of the Elements is once more in doubt, and new Chosen are called. They need to find the will to succeed, or the unseen enemy from years gone by may have the advantage.

 

The Wheel of the Year has had many cycles - and the folk of Wraidd Elfennol have lived in peace since the age of Marella, Kai, Daren, and Lani. All the Elements have been in perfect harmony with each other.

 

All that is about to change, with new Chosen called to represent their Element and to find nine sacred branches.

 

Bran and Rhosyn need to work together to restore the balance between Earth and Air… and maybe find out just who they are meant to be.

 

Full of myth and magic, with a strong Welsh theme, Of Land and Sky continues the Fantasy series set in the imaginary world of Wraidd Elfennol.

 

#Wraidd_Elfennol #Cover_Reveal #Epic #Fantasy #Myth_and_Magic#MorganSheppard

 

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077WJGR78 
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B077WJGR78

Add to TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30317495-of-land-and-sky

 

 

RELEASE DAY BLITZ & REVIEW - Last Call by Christina Lee & Felice Stevens

Last Call - Felice Stevens, Christina Lee
Last Call is the seamless partnership of Felice Stevens and Christina Lee. Now, as you may be aware, I'm a long-term fan of Felice Stevens, but Christina Lee is a new one to me. After reading this, you can guarantee that I will definitely be reading more of her work.
 
We start off the story with Gray and Quinn, two best friends that have very different outlooks on life, due to their own personal demons and history. However, they have been friends for years, and their relationship is strong. Both of them want for more, but neither of them are prepared to make the first move in case they lose what they have. And then enters Emery. He is a hard-worker, jack of all trades, cast adrift when the circus where he had lived for a big part of his life, closed down.
 
The going is tough with these three to begin with. They are all prickly, with only Quinn wanting everyone to get along, but even he has his moments of doubt. Through circumstances, they give each other a chance, and things heat up exponentially!!!
 
This story is sheer perfection. It is smoothly written with me having no idea who had written what bit! The characters are outstanding and fully believable. These three guys complete each other, making for a single unit, rather than three separate people. If you like M/M, or Ménage, then I can highly and definitely recommend this. Simply superb.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/12/release-day-blitz-review-last-call-by.html