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REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Heart (Ice Dragons Hockey #2) by R.J. Scott

The Heart - R.J. Scott, Rozenn Scott

The Heart is the second book in the Ice Dragons Hockey series, and we reunite with Alex, aka Simba. Some time has passed since the end of The Code and the Dragons are on a losing streak. Alex calls for a meeting which goes on until early hours of the morning. On his way home, he and Ryan spot a car accident, and Alex is able to save both the baby and her father, although he is injured in the process. Jo is a firefighter on probation and the one who saves Alex.

This is a great story, with a humorous start in the kitchen between Jo and Alex. Jo has her own reasons for not wanting a relationship, the same as Alex does, but that doesn't stop them from being attracted to each other, and wanting more. There is an air of suspense with this book too as Jo has to deal with different situations all connected by a bomb. With additional stories involving Gooley, and the twins, there is definitely something here for everyone.

Very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this is a wonderful addition to the series. Definitely recommended by me, and I'm looking forward to Gooley's story which is coming next.

* 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/03/review-tour-giveaway-heart-ice-dragons.html

REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Code (Ice Dragons Hockey #1) by R.J. Scott

The Code - Rozenn Scott, RJ Scott

The Code is the first book in the Ice Dragons Hockey series, and we start with Ryan, a defense player and best friend to Loki. Kat is Loki's sister, and he made Ryan promise many years ago that he would look after Kat, and not let her be with any 'players'. That's okay until it is Ryan who is the one who longs to be with her.

This is very well written, with plenty of action on the ice, plus slow and sensual tension between Ryan and Kat. The honest confusion was brilliant to read about, and something I'm sure we can all relate to.

With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this is a wonderful start to a new series that I look forward to reading more about. Definitely recommended.

* 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/03/review-tour-giveaway-heart-ice-dragons.html

29th March 2017

I’ve named everything that I’ve ever owned. Real or inanimate, I have to give it a first and last name. Everything in my apartment comes alive at night.

 

Amy Sedaris

 

Happy 56th birthday, Amy Sedaris! She has put on plays with her brother, essayist David Sedaris, written books on hospitality that walk a fine line between satirical and sincere, and created a cult TV series, Strangers with Candy.

NBTM TOUR, EXCERPT, REVIEW, & #GIVEAWAY - Bottoms Up by Kate Deveaux

Bottoms Up - Kate Deveaux

A bartender with a penchant for naughty drink recipes is well known for crafting the perfect concoction for his clientele. Justin meets his match when down on her luck Lexi walks into his bar and he whips up a cocktail especially for her. 

It’s not just the booze talking when Justin and Lexi explore his list of naughty drink recipes in more detail — after hours. Night after night, Lexi is drawn back to Justin’s bar for another deliciously dirty creation and another night of extreme fantasy when he shows her how to let go of her inhibitions — One tantalizing drink recipe at a time— Seems it’s definitely Bottoms Up for these two!

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/03/nbtm-tour-excerpt-review-giveaway.html

REVIEW BY MERISSA - No Matter What by Sydney Presley

No Matter What - Sydney Presley
No Matter What is the first book I have read by this author, and I would definitely like to read more. It tells the story of Quinn, who moved to the country away from London, because he never felt like he fitted in. The fact that he is a wolf shifter may have some bearing on it, but not all. He is slowing doing up the property he lives in, and is content by himself. Goddard is the other main male, ex-army with a dangerous secret in his past, on the run and stops by chance at Quinn's place.
 
This is well written, with the British-ness oozing out on every page! There is a clear outline to the story, and the pace is smooth and consistent. There were no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow. Although this story was very entertaining, it lacked a certain oomph between the main two. Now, don't get me wrong, I thought they were great together, but there was just 'something' missing. Perhaps it was Quinn not knowing for sure if Goddard was his mate. Perhaps it was Goddard thinking of leaving his mate. I don't know, I can't put my finger on it. I did LOVE the climatic ending and epilogue though, they were simply superb, which is just one of reasons that I would love to read more by this author. 
 
For a quick coffee break read, with British banter and hot scenes, then I can recommend this.
 
* 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

@sydneypresley1, @PridePublishing, #M_M, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Suspense, #Novella, 3 out of 5 (good)

 

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

28th March 2017

Almost seventy years later I remember clearly how the magic of translating the words in books into images enriched my life, breaking the barriers of time and space...

 

Mario Vargas Llosa

 

Happy 81st birthday, Mario Vargas Llosa! In 1990 the Peruvian writer ran for president of his country, but was defeated by Alberto Fujimori. In 2010 Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize.

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Forbidden Dance (Lover's Dance #1) by Deanna Roy

Forbidden Dance - Deanna Roy
She was hidden from the world. Then he arrived.
For four years, I’ve lived in almost total seclusion. Homeschooled, forbidden from social media, seeing no one other than the dancers at Dreamcatcher Academy, where I teach ballet to little girls in wheelchairs.
 
Then Blitz arrives.
 
He’s the disgraced host of Dance Blitz, a bawdy reality show where Blitz sleeps with as many dancers as possible while looking for his perfect partner.
 
At least he was. A few weeks ago, he got kicked off his own show.
 
He’s at my academy for a publicity stunt, and my wheelchair ballerinas are his ticket back into the public’s good graces.
 
I intend to hate him and stay as far away as possible. But when he looks at me, I can’t resist. Before I realize what’s happened, we’re sneaking into back rooms, dancing, kissing, planning dates away from the cameras and the wrath of my family.
 
But I’m afraid. I have a secret at the academy, a small, wonderful, terrible secret, and if I stay with Blitz, the world will find out.

 

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/03/blog-tour-review-giveaway-forbidden.html

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Red Blood (Series of Blood #2) by Emma Hamm

Red Blood - Emma Hamm, Sarah Collingwood
Red Blood is the second book in the Series of Blood set by Emma Hamm. In this story, we meet again with Lyra, a siren that we originally met in book one. We learn more about her past, her life, and the secrets she is keeping from everyone. When she is given the mission to find The Graverobber, she accepts it with equanimity. After all, she has already met him and finds herself fascinated by him, a fascination in return that he shares. With Malachi still plotting in the background, we reunite with Pitch (love that dude!) and meet The Trinity (who I also loved!).
 
This book does NOT suffer from the 'second slump' that some second books do. In fact, I enjoyed this book more than the first! Perhaps it is because I am now acquainted with their world; perhaps it is because I am reunited with characters that I already know and like; who knows? All I do know is that this was exceptionally well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, and a whole gamut of emotions of keep me glued to every single word, scene, and page!
 
Red Blood is quite simply an amazing book, and an excellent continuation into their world. I can absolutely recommend this book, and this series, without any hesitation.
 
* 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

@EmmaHammAuthor, #Urban, #Fantasy, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/redbloodseriesofblood2byemmahamm

27th March 2017

The first duty of wine is to be red. Don't talk to me of your white wines.

 

Henri Murger

 

Henry Murger (born March 27, 1822) was definitely adhering to the dictum of "write what you know" when he penned Scènes de la Vie de Bohème, a novel about being a poor writer in a Parisian attic. It is the basis for the opera La Bohème and the contemporary musical Rent.

COVER REVEAL - Dalysian Struggle (Dalysia #2) by Jamie Summer

Dalysian Struggle - Jamie Summer
The Test was just the beginning.
 
Having reined victorious in the Dalysian Test, Sophie is shocked to discover it is not the end of her journey on Jenace. Finding herself responsible for the fate of an entire race is a burden impossible to bear, but one she knows she cannot walk away from.
 
With the help of a small group of trusted people Sophie begins to prepare for the infamous Trials, but quickly realizes that the competition isn’t the only threat to her survival. Worst of all, her biggest opponent turns out to be her greatest weakness.
 
What do you do when you don’t know who you can trust anymore? How do you keep going when faith threatens to desert you and the burden you carry is almost impossible to bear?
 
With the Trials looming, Sophie has to find a way to beat the odds. Failure is not an option.

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/03/cover-reveal-dalysian-struggle-dalysia.html

26th March 2017

Everyone has talent. What's rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.

 

Erica Jong

 

Happy 75th birthday, Erica Jong! She wrote the 1973 novel Fear of Flying, which is credited as an influence in the development of the second-wave feminist movement.

REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Shadow (The Original's Trilogy #2) by Cara Crescent

The Shadow - Cara Crescent
The Shadow is the second book in The Original's Trilogy, and although I haven't read book 1, this in no way impaired my enjoyment of this book. Trina is a witch that has always had trouble with her powers, and now she is literally disappearing. There is a quick synopsis given as part of the story as to what happened in book 1, and the consequences to Trina because of that. Duncan is sent to her by the Vampire Council to kill or kidnap her, depending on what happens to Lilith. Instead, Duncan decides to go with his instincts, and tries to help Trina in every way he can, even before he realises she is his mate. These two both have things in their past that make them act the way they do, so it's all part of the story as to how they work past that, and save the world from Armageddon.
 
This is an intricate paranormal read, with witches, daemons, Watchers, and even minions! And, no, they're not yellow wearing denim dungarees! Instead, you get an intriguing story where not everything is as black and white as you would assume. The story concludes nicely in this book, whilst providing a satisfactory preview into the next. It is very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow.
 
Although I haven't read book one, I would actually recommend it before reading this one, simply because I feel that you would get a greater appreciation for the characters and their world. Still, saying that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and definitely recommend it.  
 
* 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/theshadowtheoriginalstrilogy2bycaracrescent

25th March 2017

Open your heart. Someone will come. Someone will come for you. But first you must open your heart.

 

Kate DiCamillo

 

Happy 53rd birthday, Kate DiCamillo! The author of Because of Winn-Dixie is currently the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, a biannual honor from the Library of Congress that was established in 2008.

RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Embrace the Fire (Through Hell and Back #3) by Felice Stevens

Embrace the Fire - Felice Stevens
Embrace the Fire is the third book in the Through Hell and Back series, and we finally find out what has happened to Brandon. Through fate, friends, and maybe a dash of serendipity, Brandon finds himself at the shelter that was set up after Keith was murdered. Brandon is so close to meeting Ash and Luke, and yet Felice Stevens keeps us on tenterhooks until the perfect time. There is lots of closure needed for Brandon, Ash, and Luke, especially when Brandon's fears come to light. Luke also has to learn that Brandon is now an adult, and is perfectly capable of making his own decisions, whilst Brandon has to learn to accept the love in which advice is given to him. Tash has his own battles to fight, with his fears and vulnerabilities excellently described. His sister also has her say, which causes its own problems. I think that Tash and Brandon's relationship is sometimes overshadowed by Brandon and his brothers, but this is only temporary, and is necessary to the story.
 
This is fantastically written, and certainly pulls at your heartstrings in Felice's inimitable style. With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this book is a perfect end to the foster brothers' stories. Love all of these stories, and Felice Stevens goes from strength to strength. 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/03/release-blitz-review-giveaway-embrace.html

RELEASE DAY BLITZ - Darkstorm (The Rhenwars Saga #1) by M.L. Spencer

Darkstorm - M. L. Spencer

Faced with an imminent cataclysm that will destroy the magical heritage of their people, a conspiracy of darkmages resolves to open the gateway to Hell. The only mages who stand a chance of opposing them are Sephana Clemley and her acolyte, Merris Bryar, along with their protectors, Braden and Quin Reis: two brothers with a turbulent past and a caustic relationship.

Will Braden and Quin be able to protect Sephana and Merris long enough to prevent the unsealing of the Well of Tears? Or will they fall victim to manipulation and become darkmages themselves?

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/03/release-day-blitz-darkstorm-rhenwars.html

24th March 2017

I've got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?

 

Tennessee Williams

 

When he was 21, Tennessee Williams (born March 26, 1911) was a struggling writer with a job he hated at the International Shoe Company. Determined to succeed, he wrote a story every single weekend for three years.