REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Finnegan's Promise by Carol Lynne

Finnegan's Promise - Carol Lynne

How much will it cost Fin to keep his promise?


During the off-season, professional football player Calder Finnegan returns to Boston to help run his estranged father’s pub. Little did he know he’d find the love of his life in the pub's bartender, Mick Sullivan. Fin soon discovers his father has only weeks to live. All his hopes of getting to know the man who always seemed too busy to be a father are dashed. With Mick’s help, Fin begins the healing process between father and son and through this some of Mick’s wounds are healed as well. When Fin makes a deathbed promise to his father, he’ll do anything to keep that promise. Even if it costs him his lover and his career.



@debbiereadsbook, @PridePublishing, #M_M, #Contemporary, #Sports, #Romance, 3 out of 5 (good)



20th July 2017

The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels - Patrick O'Brian

Wit is the unexpected copulation of ideas. 


Patrick O'Brian


July 20, 1945: On this day, Richard Patrick Russ, at the age of 31, legally changed his name to Patrick O'Brian. Under the new name, he published his beloved Aubrey–Maturin books.


REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - A Cunning Heist (Sloane Harper #2) by Astrid Arditi

A Cunning Heist - Astrid Arditi

Sloane Harper has sworn off men—for her sanity, and her safety. But with or without men, trouble always seems to find Sloane.


When her ex’s ex-mistress comes knocking for help, Sloane does what she does best : she helps way more than she should. As she investigates London’s art scene, Sloane runs into a very handsome but very shady artist, a quirky bunch of thieves, and a cunning old flame. 
Perhaps Sloane should have sworn off playing private detective instead of men.



REVIEW BY MERISSA - Spider Wars (Lords of Shifters #2) by Angela Carlie

Spider Wars - Angela Carlie
If you've read Loramendi's Story then you have already met some of the characters. Although this is supposed to be book 1 and Loramendi's story is book 2, I have read them the wrong way round. However, it still works. Nothing is told out of synch so I guess it really doesn't matter which way round you get them.

This is a shorter book than Loramendi's and mainly focuses on Jess and Johnnie. Once I got over my aversion to the actual arachnid part of the story (yeah right!) then it continued to be a good series. I still want to get the rest in this series as I really want to see what happens to all now.

Really enjoyed this book and the first/second book depending on how you read them, even though I very nearly didn't bother reading this one at all!!!
* Verified Purchase ~ January 2013 *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


#Fantasy, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Young_Adult, #Archive_Review, 4 out of 5 (very good)



NBTM, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Second Chance in Laguna by Claire Marti

Second Chance in Laguna - Claire Marti

When Sophie Barnes’s fiancé jilts her at the altar, her carefully planned life implodes. Considering her ex’s betrayal to be a rude wake-up call, she leaves everything she knows in San Diego and flees to Laguna Beach. She vows to transform her life by avoiding men for a year and by fulfilling her dream of writing a wildly successful novel. 


Sophie’s new landlord, Nicholas Morgan, is a gorgeous, successful architect with a player reputation. He makes it tough for Sophie to remember that she’s sworn to be single. Nick’s avoided the intimacy of a long-term relationship--until Sophie’s independence, courage, and beauty touch his guarded heart. Both Sophie and Nick are terrified of being hurt again, but can they resist the pull of true love?



19th July 2017

Lark & Termite - Jayne Anne Phillips

Talk between women friends is always therapy... 


Jayne Anne Phillips


Happy birthday, Jayne Anne Phillips! After earning her B.A at West Virginia University, the American writer embarked on a cross-country road trip to California. Instead of driving a direct route, she stopped to take on odd jobs and meet new people. Phillips would later use many of those experiences in her writing.

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Hale and Gemini (The Alder Tales #3) by R.S. McCoy

Hale and Gemini - RS McCoy

Hale and Gemini is the fairytale retelling of Hansel and Gretel, written in R.S. McCoy's inimitable style. It is the third book in The Alder Tales series, and although I would say you don't 'have' to have read those to understand the story, you will benefit immensely from reading books one and two, plus you get the added bonus of reading fantastic stories.

What to say about this one? My first thought was "poor Hale". He got put through the wringer in the previous book, and you can't even be annoyed with Raene for doing so. He makes the decision to leave Clan land and travel to Pyrona, in the hope of reuniting with his sister, Blossom, not realising that her story has moved her on from there. Gemini follows him for her own reasons, and through arguments and disagreements, these two become friends with the possibility of more.

I LOVE THIS SERIES! Every story is different, and yes it's a retelling, but no it's not 'usual'. This world is unique (as far as I am aware), with characters that are simply amazing. Each section has people that you will loathe and love, sometimes both! The world-building is second to none, and the political scheming constantly has me amazed.

It was with a smile on my face that I read about Kaide and Blossom! Seriously, I NEED these two to be happy! Parson and Raene continue to delight, and then we have Hale and Gemini.

Fair Warning - this book ends on one helluva cliffhanger. It should be against the law! ;) A fantastic read that updates you on past pairings, gives full attention to the new story, whilst leaving you wanting more. I definitely can't wait for book 4! Highly 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. *

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!



BLOG TOUR & REVIEW - Smitty's Sheriff (Hope Collection, #3) by Cardeno C.

Smitty's Sheriff: A May December Contemporary Romance (Hope Collection) - Cardeno C.

Smitty's Sheriff is the third book in the Hope series, and this series is one where I never know what I'm going to get. McFarland's Farm was a 4-star, Jesse's Diner was a 5. Each story is completely individual, and that is always a good thing.

Now, first off, I need to say that this story is of the same high quality as all of Cardeno C.'s work. The pace is smooth, the characters believable, and certain scenes are steamy enough for anyone.

The reason for my 3-stars is that whilst I enjoyed their story, I couldn't actually get with the relationship between the main two characters. I found myself getting quite annoyed whenever Rich spoke to Todd like he was a child. I know there is an age difference between them, but to me, their relationship was more father/son with sexy bits, rather than boyfriends/lovers/whatever you want to call them.

NOW, that is just my opinion, and I know that some readers will devour this story and love every word. I'm just sorry that I'm not one of them, although I did enjoy it. As it is Cardeno C.'s work, I have no hesitation in recommending this book, even if I didn't like it 100%.

* 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. *

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!




REVIEW BY DEBBIE - We Belong Together by Megan Slayer

We Belong Together - Megan Slayer

When the broken road leads you home, we will find each other.

Dare Evans left the small town of Kenton for the bright lights of Hollywood. The moment he climbed on the plane, he missed his college sweetheart. Coming home was always in the cards and a chance sighting is the catalyst he needs. But he’s not alone.

Liam Turner never thought he’d find love so soon after his divorce, but then came Dare. He’s in love and the happiest of his life—but he’s a secret. Dare, the hottest man in the movies, isn’t supposed to be married and certainly not to Liam. Liam’s learned to live with the charade because he knows Dare’s heart…that is until he finds out about Sarah.

Sarah Morrison wants nothing more than to teach at the college, raise her son and live her life. Celebrity was never in her cards. Then Dare and Liam walked back into Kenton. She never forgot Dare…or as she knew him, Daryl. He’s been the only one for her. When she meets Liam, her thoughts change. What if Liam could be the one? What if both men could be? Is she strong enough to withstand the bright lights of fame intruding on her existence?

Can these three people find a way to be together when the rest of the world says they should be apart? When the past joins the present to make a future, love is possible.


@debbiereadsbook, #Contemporary, #Romance, #Ménage, 4 out of 5 (very good)



REVIEW BY MERISSA - Shadow Love: Stalkers (Shadow Vampires #1) by Claudy Conn

Shadow Love: Stalkers - Claudy Conn
If you thought you had read everything to do with Dracula, then think again. Claudy Conn - Paranormal Romance Author has given the tale a new twist with her Shadow Love series, of which this is the first book. In this, you get a brief background with a few details to be going on with, and then you are in the action. Finding out who is who, wondering about others, disliking or not trusting yet even more.

This is a wonderful story that is well written, well paced and with characters that are fully dimensional and with depth. If you like Alpha Males then you have to choose between Chad and Damon... and even now I'm not sure which one I prefer!

There's not as much 'steam' in this book as in others of Claudy Conn's that I have read but that in no way detracts from the story.

Excellent start to the series.
* Verified Purchase ~ January 2013 *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


#Adult, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)



18th July 2017

Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert

You’re wishin’ too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be. 


Elizabeth Gilbert


Happy birthday, Elizabeth Gilbert! The author of Eat, Pray, Love discovered her love of reading and writing while growing up on a small Christmas tree farm in Litchfield, Connecticut. Her family did not own a television or a record player, so Gilbert and her sister entertained themselves with books and plays.

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

Wesley James Ruined My Life - Jennifer Honeybourn
Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.
So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.
But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.




17th July 2017

Ocean of Story: The Uncollected Stories of Christina Stead - Christina Stead

Give me your honest opinion. I don't want truth with a veil on—I like naked ladies naked. 


Christina Stead


Australian novelist Christina Stead (born July 17, 1902) spent much of her adult life abroad. She reportedly only moved back to her native country, at the age of 66, after being denied the Britannica-Australian prize on the grounds that she had “ceased to be an Australian."

16th July 2017

The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody. 


J.D. Salinger


July 16, 1951: J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye was published 66 years ago today. The novel's title is actually a misquote of sorts—the result of narrator Holden Caulfield mishearing Robert Burns' poem, Comin thro' the Rye.

15th July 2017

Nobody's Fool - Richard Russo

Ultimately, your theme will find you. You don't have to go looking for it. 


Richard Russo


Happy birthday, Richard Russo! The Pulitzer Prize-winning author wrote his first novel, Mohawk, while working full-time as a college teacher. During breaks between classes, he'd go to a local diner and write.

14th July 2017

Wonderstruck - Brian Selznick

I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers. 


Brian Selznick


Happy birthday, Brian Selznick! The award-winning writer and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret showed signs of artistic brilliance at a very young age. After the family dog ripped the arm off his troll doll, Selznick made a prosthetic replacement limb out of clay.