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BLOG TOUR & REVIEW - This Ain't Love (Harry Dukes #1) by AJ Love

This Ain't Love (Harry Dukes #1) - AJ Love

This Ain't Love is the first book in the Harry Dukes series, and we start off with Blake being told SHE is living with five different fellas! She's none too happy about this, but manages to make her niche. She wants to avoid Cameron because he is everything she falls for, and she just hasn't got the time for that! Of course, things don't go according to plan, which is what made this book such a delight to read. 

 

One part deserves a mention all of its own - and that is when the five men are afraid to go into the living room due to female 'personal' reasons

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/15/BLOG-TOUR---This-Aint-Love-Harry-Dukes-1-by-AJ-Love

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Missing Pieces (The White Creek #1) by Tori Fox

Missing Pieces (The White Creek #1) - Tori Fox

I WAS READY TO START OVER.

At least that's what I keep telling myself.

Divorced at 26 and driving to Florida to move back in with my parents.

Until my car breaks down in Smalltown USA.

Not the place meant for a city girl.

Until I meet the cocky asshole that is fixing my car.

I should probably stay away but the pull is too strong.

He was just meant to fix my car but I think he might fix my heart.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/15/Missing-Pieces-The-White-Creek-1-by-Tori-Fox

REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Vessel (Semiramis, #3) by Maya Daniels

The Vessel (Semiramis #3) - Maya Daniels

The Vessel is the third book in the Semiramis series, and once again, we continue where we left off. Alexia and her sisters (plus others) are reunited; they still have the tablets to find; and now Alexia is dealing with Lucifer too. 

 

This series has completely enthralled me. I dropped what I was reading, to read this. Trust me, that NEVER happens. I am a monogamist reader!!! Except... I NEEDED to know what happened. Now, I'm not saying this book was perfect (although it came damn near close). Did I have questions at the end? Yes, I did. Did it matter or impact my enjoyment of this book? Absolutely not.

 

The wit, banter, and love is full throttle in this book, and one of the bits I loved most was when everyone thought Alexia was angry, and instead she was grief stricken. Her explanation was perfect! There are surprises aplenty in this book, and I will admit to crying throughout what felt like three-quarters of the book!!! The characters have drawn me in over the three books - becoming real in my mind. I laughed with them, and so therefore I cried with them too.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/12/The-Vessel-Semiramis-3-by-Maya-Daniels

REVIEW BY MERISSA - A Late Summer Night's Dream by Eleanor Harkstead & Catherine Curzon

A Late Summer Night's Dream - Eleanor Harkstead, Catherine Curzon

A Late Summer Night's Dream is the delightful story of a young man working on his P.H.D., who has a mix up with his seat at the theatre. What could have been an embarrassing evening turns into a night full of laughter and flirtation.

This is a genteel book, with an old-fashioned style of writing that perfectly fits this story. There is an age gap physically, but mentally and emotionally, these two are the perfect fit for each other. This is only a short book, but the pacing is spot on for it, not feeling rushed at all. The descriptions for Oxford will make many a person want to visit there.

With characters that are instantly recognisable, this is a heartwarming story I have no hesitation in recommending.

* 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/14/A-Late-Summer-Nights-Dream-by-Eleanor-Harkstead-Catherine-Curzon

TOUR, EXCERPT, REVIEWS & #GIVEAWAY - Into The Light (Joe Cavelli, Paranormal PI #1) by Darcia Helle

Into The Light (Joe Cavelli, Paranormal PI #1) - Darcia Helle

Max Paddington refuses to go into the light until he finds his killer. This presents a dilemma, since Max is even less competent as a spirit than he was as a live person. No one sees or hears him and he can't manage to get anywhere or do anything on his own. 

Joe Cavelli is a private investigator, living an ordinary life. Then one day he walks across a parking lot, gets yelled at by a ghost, and his life only gets stranger from there. 

Max and Joe team up to find Max's killer. In the process, they form an unlikely friendship and change each other's lives in ways they never expected.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/13/TOUR-EXCERPT-GIVEAWAY---Into-The-Light-Joe-Cavelli-Paranormal-PI-1-by-Darcia-Helle

REVIEW BY PAULA - Snowed In: Ross and Ashton by J.V. Speyer

Snowed In: Ross and Ashton - J.V. Speyer

Massachusetts State Trooper Ross Huber is giving one last sweep of the roads before heading in for the night. The nor’easter hitting the Boston area is worse than expected by an order of magnitude, and the governor has just issued a travel ban. Ross finds a wrecked car half-buried in a snowbank and rescues its human and canine occupants from carbon monoxide poisoning, but is forced to take shelter with them in a vacant or abandoned house when the roads are blocked. 

When he gets the victims indoors, he thinks the human looks uncomfortably familiar ... 

Ash Machado has been through a lot in his career as a war correspondent. Sidelined by an injury, he’s returned to Boston to take up a job as a news anchor. After he loses control of his car on an icy road, he wakes up in an unfamiliar home, looking into the face of the guy who broke his heart in college. 

Neither Ross nor Ash are the same men they used to be, but now they’re trapped in the abandoned house with no place to go. Can they get past old hurts long enough to get through the storm, or will the same misunderstandings that drove them apart years ago make this confinement unbearable?

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/13/Snowed-In-Ross-and-Ashton-by-JV-Speyer

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Sign of the Serpent (The Adventures of Marisol Holmes #2) by Majanka Verstraete

The Sign of the Serpent (The Adventures of Marisol Holmes #2) - Majanka Verstraete

Meet Marisol Holmes: High School Student, jaguar shifter, and great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes. She’s solved countless supernatural cases, but her next one’s the hardest yet. Why?

 

Marisol is about to lose her heart.

Two days ago, terrible events shattered the very foundation of the Conclave. Now, Marisol Holmes swears she’ll stop at nothing to destroy the man she once loved: her arch nemesis, Mannix.

But when a cryptic clue left by Mannix leads Marisol to a secret room that once belonged to her father, she realizes that hunting down Mannix won’t be that easy. If she wants to catch him, she’ll have to retrace the steps of her own past and discovers secrets that might have been best left buried.

When the hunt for Mannix brings Marisol to London, she teams up again with Roan and Wyatt on a quest for the truth that leads her through the dark alleys of London, to shady shifter pubs, to libraries cloaked in magic, and eventually to an abandoned castle in Scotland that once belonged to her family.

But Mannix is as sadistic as he’s smart. At every turn, Marisol and her friends face harsh truths and deadly puzzles, and risk their lives to uncover a past that should stay buried. With the stakes getting higher and Marisol’s attraction to Roan growing, can Marisol deny what she truly wants, even if it puts her new love on a collision course with her villainous ex?

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/12/BLOG-TOUR-REVIEW-GIVEAWAY---The-Sign-of-the-Serpent-The-Adventures-of-Marisol-Holmes-2-by-Majanka-Verstraete

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Rotten Peaches by Lisa de Nikolits

Rotten Peaches by Lisa de Nikolits - Lisa de Nikolits

EXCERPT

 

I am not a killer. I just fell in love with the wrong man. I went too far this time, and there’s no going back. There’s no going anywhere, period. I nearly stayed afloat, but my luck ran out. Luck, that mystical mythical glue that holds the shards of despair together and makes life navigable. But fragmented despair, that’s what sinks you.

 

It’s the middle of the day and the ghost of a cat walks across my bed. I am hidden in the downy softness of bleach-laundered sheets, sheets ironed with starch and cleansed of their filthy sins by scalding Catholic water.

 

The bed is high and wide and the pillows are like clouds ripped from a summer’s sky. I bury my head in cotton balls, puffy meringues and whipped cream, and try to ignore the ghost of the cat that is walking the length of my back.

 

The cat settles at my feet but it gets up again and pads along my legs. When it first started its prowl, I sat up and reached for it but, like all ghosts, it immediately vanished and waited for me to turn away before settling in a warm, heavy lump against my side. Its weight is comforting in a way, like being massaged by the hand of God, but it isn’t God. It can’t be,because God, like luck, has left the building of my life.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/12/BLOG-TOUR-REVIEW-GIVEAWAY---Rotten-Peaches-by-Lisa-de-Nikolits

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Professional Courtesy by J.V. Speyer

Professional Courtesy - J.V. Speyer

Eric is an uptight, conservative college professor whose family is falling apart. When his radical leftist office partner, Mike, has a solution to a family issue, Eric brings him home and lets him get close. Can they bridge the gap between them, or are their differences too much to bear?

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/12/Professional-Courtesy-by-JV-Speyer

REVIEW BY SHEILA - Lost in Indigo (Colors of Love #1) by V.L. Locey

Lost in Indigo (Colors of Love #1) - V.L. Locey

Mathieu Beresford was so close to seeing his dream come true. 

The thirty-eight-year-old captain of the Buffalo Surge had led his team to the final round of the playoffs with his aggressive defensive play and leadership. During the first game of the championship series, he was taken down, and his leg snapped upon impact with the boards. From his hospital bed, Mathieu watched his team go on to win it all. 

Adrift in anger, resentment, and the new direction of his life, he returns to his mansion along the St. Lawrence River. Alone and sulking, Mathieu is not prepared for Indigo Neu to enter his life. The genderflux twenty-year-old botany major signs on to play nursemaid, confidant, and groundskeeper over the summer and slowly leads Mathieu out of his confusion––one tender smile and touch at a time. 

The deeper Mathieu falls, the more he wonders if being lost might not be so bad after all.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/11/Lost-in-Indigo-Colors-of-Love-1-by-VL-Locey

RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - All He Needs (My Truth #1) by Ann Grech

All He Needs (My Truth #1) - Ann Grech

I didn’t think it’d turn out this way: my life story in a nutshell. Life, Karma, whatever—it was testing me. Pushing me to the limit of what I could endure and beyond.

 

But in the steaming pile my life had become, I felt it. The spark. Like my soul met its counterparts, or whatever the corny saying was. I didn’t think it was possible. For a closeted guy, falling for not one but two men was never going to be easy, but I couldn’t deny its truth. Mace and Rick were….

 

Then I had to leave. My sister needed me. Having a baby alone was out of the question and I couldn’t wait to be an uncle. But going to stay with her in Florida meant leaving them. New Zealand and the USA couldn’t be further apart.

 

I’m not a saint. I’ve screwed up more times than I can count. But I was trying to redeem myself. Gracie, my niece, needed me to be a better man. If only there was a way I could have both—men to love and a family close by.

 

This is my truth, and this is all I need.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/11/RELEASE-BLITZ-REVIEW-GIVEAWAY---All-He-Needs-My-Truth-1-by-Ann-Grech

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Reborn (Semiramis, #2) by Maya Daniels

Reborn (Semiramis #2) - Maya Daniels

Reborn is the second book in the Semiramis series, and we continue where we left off. Alexia is training hard, determined to find her sisters, Philip, and Derik. Lucifer is training her for his own reasons, and I'm happy to say Daisy makes a reappearance. Alexia is changing, not very surprising considering what happened at the end of the first book, but she is struggling with it. She is full of anger and guilt about what happened to her sisters.

This book is full of ideas on how to be 'reborn', and I think Alexia does most of them. It all runs true with the story though, and in each case it is more interesting, giving the reader more of an idea of what is going on, whilst still leaving me wanting more. I loved seeing the interplay between Alexia and Lucifer, but I will admit to loving when Remi and the others come back into play. There is something about how they spark off each other that makes it perfect. Although I understood Alexia's internal monologues, I loved how she was once they were all reunited.

There is no middle book slump with this book. It is a fantastic addition to the series. The world-building continues to excel, and the characters are interesting and fully-dimensional. There is layer upon layer of intrigue, and I really can't wait to continue with The Vessel. This is one story that I am thoroughly enjoying, and I need to finish it. I need to see where it is going, what will be the outcome, and of course, just how Lucifer and Alexia finish their... training.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/07/Reborn-Semiramis-2-by-Maya-Daniels

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Lost in Indigo (Colors of Love #1) by V.L. Locey

Lost in Indigo (Colors of Love #1) - V.L. Locey

Mathieu Beresford was so close to seeing his dream come true. 

The thirty-eight-year-old captain of the Buffalo Surge had led his team to the final round of the playoffs with his aggressive defensive play and leadership. During the first game of the championship series, he was taken down, and his leg snapped upon impact with the boards. From his hospital bed, Mathieu watched his team go on to win it all. 

Adrift in anger, resentment, and the new direction of his life, he returns to his mansion along the St. Lawrence River. Alone and sulking, Mathieu is not prepared for Indigo Neu to enter his life. The genderflux twenty-year-old botany major signs on to play nursemaid, confidant, and groundskeeper over the summer and slowly leads Mathieu out of his confusion––one tender smile and touch at a time. 

The deeper Mathieu falls, the more he wonders if being lost might not be so bad after all.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/08/Lost-in-Indigo-Colors-of-Love-1-by-VL-Locey

TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Into The Light (Joe Cavelli, Paranormal PI #1) by Darcia Helle

Into The Light (Joe Cavelli, Paranormal PI #1) - Darcia Helle

Max Paddington refuses to go into the light until he finds his killer. This presents a dilemma, since Max is even less competent as a spirit than he was as a live person. No one sees or hears him and he can't manage to get anywhere or do anything on his own. 

Joe Cavelli is a private investigator, living an ordinary life. Then one day he walks across a parking lot, gets yelled at by a ghost, and his life only gets stranger from there. 

Max and Joe team up to find Max's killer. In the process, they form an unlikely friendship and change each other's lives in ways they never expected.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/08/Into-The-Light-Joe-Cavelli-Paranormal-PI-1-by-Darcia-Helle

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - For Fox Sake (Fetish Alley #1) by Susan Mac Nicol

For Fox Sake (Fetish Alley #1) - Susan Mac Nicol

The Places You'll Go And The Things That You'll See

Former SAS soldier, Clay Mortimer, the M in M&W Investigations, had thought he'd seen it all. But when his ex calls and asks for a favour Clay is intrigued, and then a bit surprised. He and his partner, Tate Williams, have a robust and imaginative sex life, but the things they see and learn in Fetish Alley take their understanding of human behaviour to the next level. Tate's take is part kid in a candy store fascination, part shocked. At the end of the day, all good detective work requires an open mind and the skill to ferret out the truth. Still, the layers of deceit and avarice they encounter are more than par for the course, particularly from people who are not keen about outsiders to the world of Fetish Alley.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/08/For-Fox-Sake-Fetish-Alley-1-by-Susan-Mac-Nicol

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - My Anti-Valentine Collection (My Anti-Series #1-3) by D.J. Jamison

My Anti-Valentine Collection (My Anti-Series #1-3) - D.J.  Jamison

My Anti-Valentine: Jaded by relationships gone wrong, Bret throws an anti-Valentine's Day party to celebrate being single and burn his ex-boyfriends' belongings. Bret's low interest in sex has destroyed every relationship he's had and tarnished his view of romance, but a cute blond guy at the party who says all the wrong things inspires him to hope for more. 

 

My Anti-Boyfriend: Brad has everyone fooled. He's the casual, sexy friend. The fun-time guy who sleeps around. Except not really. There's one man who holds his heart: his best friend -- with benefits -- Riley. Too bad Riley has no interest in a relationship, and as far as Brad can tell, never will. But once Brad acknowledges his feelings for Riley, he can't continue to ignore them. Riley's days of having his cake and eating it too are over. Then again, maybe Brad is tasty enough to keep a man satisfied.

 

My Anti-Marriage: Love has never been a good bet for Chris, so going on a Vegas wedding trip for his friends is bittersweet. Especially when Ant, the last man to break his trust, is suddenly along for the ride. Which explains why Chris wakes up in his hotel room with the mother of all hangovers. Not so much why Ant is in his bed ... or worse, wearing a matching wedding band.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/07/BLOG-TOUR-REVIEW-GIVEAWAY---My-Anti-Valentine-Collection-My-Anti-Series-1-3-by-DJ-Jamison