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TOUR, EXCERPT, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - An Eye for a Lie (Inspector Richter #1) by Cy Wyss

An Eye for a Lie (Inspector Richter #1) - Cy Wyss

@partnersincr1me​, @hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @CyWyss, #Mystery, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Lukas Richter is a San Francisco police detective with a cybernetic eye and heightened senses. He can detect the same autonomous responses as a polygraph machine, so he has a leg up in determining guilt.

 

In An Eye for a Lie, his first full-length novel, Richter is accused of murder and the evidence seems incontrovertible, including a bullet that was somehow fired from his gun when he claims he was nowhere near the crime scene. In the background, San Francisco is aflame over Richter's shooting of an unarmed Asian man, an incident some are calling "the Asian Ferguson."

 

Can Inspector Richter convince a plucky and suspicious FBI agent of his innocence in the face of overwhelming accusations and public persecution?

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/18/An-Eye-for-a-Lie-Inspector-Richter-1-by-Cy-WyssLukas Richter is a San Francisco police detective with a cybernetic eye and heightened senses. He can detect the same autonomous responses as

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Riptide (Boys of Summer) by Jordan Ford

Riptide (Boys of Summer) - Jordan Ford

@mpearlauthor, #Contemporary, #Romance, #YoungAdult, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Jace - or Bass as he is known throughout most of this book - is a thrill-seeker. He is the ultimate paradox - a bad boy who doesn't actually try to be bad, and has a heart. He makes stupid decisions based on hurt feelings. His story is completely understandable and heartbreaking with how he feels. Ms. Ford has done a magnificent job of bringing him to life, to make his quandary completely relate-able.

And that's the thing with this book. As a reader, I got it. I could see where Bass was coming from, and why he behaved the way he did. Would I make the same decisions? No, but then I'm not a sixteen-year-old boy with the same experiences as him.

With no editing or grammatical errors that jolted me, I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, and can't wait to see what happens when he goes to Ryder Bay and meets up with SnapDragon.

As a standalone, this is a great read. As a prequel to the next Ryder Bay story, it's fantastic! 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. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/18/Riptide-Boys-of-Summer-by-Jordan-Ford

TOUR, EXCERPT, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Mystic Maples (Deerbourne Inn Series) by Tena Stetler

Mystic Maples (Deerbourne Inn Series) - Tena Stetler

@GoddessFish, @TenaStetler, #Paranormal, #Romance, 3 out of 5 (good) 

 

Mystic Maples is the first book by Tena Stetler I have read, although it is part of a larger series, Deerbourne Inn, which involves other authors.

In this, Mercy takes a leave of absence from the shop she co-owns with her sister, after a dramatic few months. She ends up at Deerbourne Inn, but due to a mix-up, she is only there for two weeks, rather than the six months she had intended. Along comes Silvanus to save the day.

This was an easy read that didn't really delve too deeply into any of the 'paranormal' elements. We know Mercy is a Earth/Fire witch, but mainly she grows plants. We know Silvanus is a gypsy/fae, but his gypsy side is stronger. There is a magical, time-travelling vardo that takes them back to right a wrong, but once again, this is skimmed over and done with before you can blink.

For myself, this was a lunch-break book - definitely good enough to whisk me away for an hour, but nothing that stays with me after. If you are looking for a light read, I can definitely recommend this one.

* 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/2019/06/18/Mystic-Maples-Deerbourne-Inn-Series-by-Tena-Stetler

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Scarecrow & George C by Mia Kerick

The Scarecrow & George C - Mia Kerick

@XpressoTours, @MiaKerick, #Contemporary, #LGBTQ+, #NewAdult, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

The Scarecrow & George C is the third book of Mia Kerick's I have read, and whilst I didn't enjoy it as much as The Princess of Baker Street, I still thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these characters.

Van (Donovan) is the Scarecrow in this scenario. Through childhood trauma, he is too scared of people to behave 'normally'. So he pushes everyone away, makes them afraid of him, and then feels the loss inside when they believe his facade. George C doesn't believe it though. He sees past that false veneer to the young man inside, scared, hurt, and oh so alone. Both Van and George C have a past though, which could affect their future.

With an interesting and sometimes sorrowful story, this book gripped me from the start. I wanted to see Van change, become all he could be. With George C by his side, it seemed a possibility. And with Van by his side, the world was an oyster for George C. One of the best things about this book was seeing their relationship slowly change, as their feelings did.

There were no editing or grammatical errors in this book, and the characters were excellent. With quirkiness and romance, tragic pasts and hopeful futures, this was a great read 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/2019/06/17/The-Scarecrow-George-C-by-Mia-Kerick

TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Keeping a Warrior (Loving a Warrior #2) by Melanie Hansen

Keeping a Warrior (Loving a Warrior #2) - Melanie Hansen

@GoddessFish, @debbiereadsbook, @MelJoyAZ, #Contemporary #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Devon Lowe is a survivor.


A survivor of war. Of combat. And of a betrayal by men she considered her brothers-in-arms. But her trailblazing work as a Cultural Support Team member working alongside the Navy SEALs is too important for her to back down now.


Fresh off a painful break-up, Air Force pararescueman Rhys Halloran recognizes Devon’s trauma for what it is—something that’s left her isolated, but far from irreparably damaged.

 

With Devon’s trust still lying shattered back in Afghanistan, putting her faith in a man who’s nursing a broken heart isn’t easy. But she’s tired of people making her feel weak, and Rhys makes her feel anything but, sparking a heated attraction that was never part of the plan.

 

With all eyes on Devon to prove herself in a brutal man’s world, having it all will mean putting her heart on the line like never before. But when it comes to Rhys, it’s an uphill battle she’s ready to fight.

 

Publisher’s Note: Keeping a Warrior deals with topics some readers may find difficult, including past sexual assault.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/17/Keeping-a-Warrior-Loving-a-Warrior-2-by-Melanie-Hansen

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Nine Small Sips (Tales Of Bryant #2) by V.L. Locey

Nine Small Sips (Tales Of Bryant #2) - V.L. Locey

@SignalBoostPR, @debbiereadsbook, @vllocey, #Contemporary, #MM, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Life for Isamu Taylor is now a Cinderella story that includes a Manhattan loft, a new position in the hottest LGBT film production company in New York City, and an upcoming wedding in Bryant Park to his very own handsome prince.

                                 
He’s come a long way from that struggling film student with ratty sneakers and shaggy hair. Isamu is now living an urbanite’s fairy tale with that happily ever after just around a bustling city street corner.


But as all wedding planners know, even the best laid plans seem to go awry, and Isamu and Brian’s wedding is no exception. But love – both old and new – is in the air, so nothing can go too badly, right?

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/14/Nine-Small-Sips-Tales-Of-Bryant-2-by-VL-Locey

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Copping an Attitude (Sin City Uniforms #2) by Morticia Knight

Copping an Attitude (Sin City Uniforms #2) - Morticia Knight

@debbiereadsbook, @PridePublishing, @MorticiaKnight, #Crime, #Mystery, #Contemporary, #M_M, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Book two in the Sin City Uniforms series - a newly expanded and edited version!

 

Survival is all Slade understands until Parker saves him from the terrors of the streets. Too bad the streets don’t want to let Slade go…

 

Hustler Slade has had little choice over his fate. Barely twenty years old, he’s had to survive any way he can after being thrown out for being gay when he was still in his teens. As soon as he hit Vegas, Slade was lured into the hopeless world of prostitution where he’s become a virtual prisoner to his pimp, the ruthless Julio Estevez.

 

It’s another typical night on the Strip when officer Parker comes across Slade. His heart breaks every time he sees someone so young being exploited. Yet something in Slade’s eyes tells Parker the young man might be in real trouble—especially after the recent wave of sex worker killings by a rival prostitution ring.

 

The two men’s lives become intertwined when Slade is almost beaten to death. The danger grows, but so does the relationship between Parker and Slade. Parker helps Slade to heal from the horrific attack and their bond deepens. But the human traffickers are still on the prowl—and they’ll stop at nothing to steal Slade back.

 

Publisher's Note: This book was previously released under the same title. It has been expanded and reedited for re-release.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/14/Copping-an-Attitude-Sin-City-Uniforms-2-by-Morticia-Knight

TOUR, EXCERPT, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Sassing Saul (Coletti Warlords #10) by Gail Koger

Sassing Saul (Coletti Warlords #10) - Gail Koger

@GoddessFish, @askole, #ScienceFiction, #Romance, 3 out of 5 (good)

 

Sassing Saul is the tenth book in the Coletti Warlords series, and whilst I don't think it completely necessary to have read all of the previous books, it would probably help.

This book is a quick and easy read with plenty of action. Not all aliens are good guys, and Annie is involved in fighting the bad guys as much as she can. With her psychic powers, she is very good at what she does, and gets herself a reputation as the Grim Reaper. Unfortunately, this allows her husband to track her down and try to sell her. She makes her escape and finds her way to a different town, where she gets a new job. This has the knock-on effect of bring her to General Saul Jones' attention.

Now, this is where it lost me. Saul and Annie spend most of the book apart, and he does insist on treating her like a defenseless female, when he knows first-hand just how capable she is. There was no attraction between them either before or after the mind-wipe (which I didn't like at all.) A lot of new (to me) characters are introduced to Annie in quick succession and she immediately has an amazing bond with all of them. This was okay, but it all happened so quickly I was unable to fully 'get to know' these new females before the action kicked off again. This is where reading the previous books would help!

All in all, it was a good read that kept my attention throughout. I have no hesitation in recommending it, but I would also go to the next step and say to start from the very beginning of the series, as I think this will only help with your enjoyment.

* 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/2019/06/13/Sassing-Saul-Coletti-Warlords-10-by-Gail-Koger

TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Rules We’re Meant to Break by Natalie Williamson

Rules We're Meant to Break - Natalie Williamson

@XpressoTours, @hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @nataliewwrites, #Contemporary, #Romance, #YoungAdult, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Honest and full of heart, this clever contemporary romance debut deftly combines utterly relatable family drama with all the sweetness and uncertainty that comes with falling in love.

 

Rule #1: Don’t get attached.

 

Amber lives by strict rules to survive her mother’s love life: Always keep your eyes on the horizon and never get close to anyone connected to Mom’s boyfriends.

 

But after they move in with Kevin, the latest of her mom’s “soul mates,” the rules become increasingly difficult to follow. Kevin’s daughter, Cammie, keeps acting like Amber’s friend, even though she’s definitely not. And Jordan—star basketball player, hottest boy in school, and Cammie’s best friend—keeps showing up at the most inconvenient moments.

 

Amber has reasons for every one of her rules, and following them is the only way to protect her heart when her mom inevitably moves on. But as she spends more time with Kevin, his daughter, and especially Jordan, she starts to wonder if the rules might be worth breaking this time.

 

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Rules We’re Meant to Break is a charming, heartachingly real story of family and young love by debut author Natalie Williamson.

 

Praise for Rules We’re Meant to Break:

“The last time I devoured a book like this—I can’t even remember. … It was so openhearted and raw.” —Clarissa, reader on SwoonReads.com

 

“It is such a true true story about a girl finding herself within her first love. I loved it!” —Forever Bookish, reader on SwoonReads.com

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/12/Rules-We-re-Meant-to-Break-by-Natalie-Williamson

TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Kiss Me Again by Garrett Leigh

Kiss Me Again - Garrett Leigh

@SignalBoostPR, @debbiereadsbook, @Garrett_Leigh, #Contemporary, #MM, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Tree surgeon Aidan Drummond is content with his own company. He works alone, and lives alone, and it doesn’t occur to him to want anything else until a life-changing accident lands him in hospital. Then a glimpse of the beautiful boy in the opposite bed changes everything. 

Ludo Giordano is trapped on the ward with a bunch of old men. His mind plays tricks on him, keeping him awake. Then late one night, a new face brings a welcome distraction. Their unlikely friendship is addictive. And, like most things in Ludo’s life, temporary. 

Back in the real world, Aidan’s monochrome existence is no longer enough. He craves the colour Ludo brought him, and when a chance meeting brings them back together, before long, they’re inseparable again. 

But bliss comes with complications. Aidan is on the road to recovery, but Ludo has been unwell his entire life, and that’s not going to change. Aidan can kiss him as much as he likes, but if he can’t help Ludo when he needs him most, they don’t stand a chance. 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/12/Kiss-Me-Again-by-Garrett-Leigh

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - The Summer Nanny by Audrey J. Cole

The Summer Nanny - Audrey J. Cole

@GoddessFish, @hotchoc84 (Charlotte), #Thriller, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

It was the perfect summer job—until it turned into her worst nightmare.

Bridgett is enjoying an idyllic summer as the nanny for Leo, the son of a famous Seattle couple. Not only is she generously compensated to care for Leo at the couple’s Seattle waterfront estate, but she also develops a close bond with the boy. 
When a masked intruder breaks into the home and takes Leo hostage, Bridgett will do anything to save the boy’s life. She soon discovers that her and Leo’s lives aren’t the only ones at stake when she learns the masked madman is not just a burglar—but a killer.

Will Bridgett be able to meet his demands and save the boy’s life?

It’s the Fourth of July. Detectives Blake Stephenson and Tess Richards are celebrating at a private charity event at the Space Needle where Tess is being honored for her volunteer work. Their evening is cut short when Tess’s younger brother, Chris, fails to show up for the event. His mysterious absence leads to more questions than answers. They leave the party early, hoping to learn the reason behind Chris’s puzzling disappearance…

Get ready for chills and thrills in this Emerald City Thriller Novella!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/11/The-Summer-Nanny-by-Audrey-J-Cole

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Shifter Protection Specialists, Inc Box Set by SA Welsh

Shifter Protection Specialists, Inc Box Set - SA Welsh

@debbiereadsbook, @PridePublishing, @SA_Welsh, #Paranormal, #MM, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Spine tingling excitement builds as danger lurks around every corner. The scenes and details are well written and capture the imagination while the well orchestrated events keep the adrenaline pumping and draw the reader into the story. ~ The Jeep Diva

 

The Shifter Protection Specialists, Inc. series – a box set

 

Purrfect Protector

Never play cat and mouse with a saber-tooth tiger.

 

When Kale Andrews gets disturbing mail from an obsessed fan, his brother drags him to Shifter Protection Specialists, Inc. Kale reluctantly agrees to have a bodyguard, but when a tall, muscular blond walks into the office emanating power and a sexy dose of danger, Kale’s doubts about needing the man with him twenty-four hours a day quickly disappear.

 

The easy babysitting job Aleksi was promised quickly changes from strange mail to threatening deliveries, so Aleksi has to become creative to keep his protectee out of danger. Everyone knows models are self-centered and shallow, so why does being with Kale make him feel like he finally has a home? Since he’s a saber-tooth tiger and naturally dominant, most people aren’t strong enough to be with him in a relationship or even as a friend. Yet Kale seems to calm his beast, simultaneously exciting the man in Aleksi.

 

Neither man expects nor wants a relationship with strings, but as they grow closer, Aleksi realizes that Kale might be his mate. With an obsessed fan escalating toward murder, Aleksi isn’t sure that even his tiger can keep his mate safe.

 

Protecting his Asset

Float like a butterfly. Kill like a swallowtail.

 

Scott knows his boring day is over the second a bloody and scared George Kelvin crashes into his office, claiming people are trying to kill him. He knows he should pass the case over to one of his brothers, but he can’t seem to do it. The strength and resilience of the man mixed with a quirky sense of humor fascinate him. He may be a human in the company of powerful shifters, but he’s just as deadly and well trained as the rest of his brothers.

 

Guarding his Mark

Beware the bite of a king.

 

Khan is a king cobra shifter with a serious mistrust of anyone outside his brothers at SPSI—and he has good reason for it. As a teenager, he was subjected to the whims and experiments of a mad scientist. Since becoming part of a real family, he’s thrived in his job as a close protection specialist.

 

One night, he meets a pretty human who interests him on a level he hasn’t experienced before, but old fears and revelations force him to put distance between them. Unable to stay away, however, Khan creates the persona of a courier to deliver the venom Casey needs and find out exactly what the human will do.

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/11/Shifter-Protection-Specialists-Inc-Box-Set-by-SA-Welsh

TOUR, REVIEW - Puzzle Pieces (La Trattoria Di Amore #1) by J.P. Sayle

Puzzle Pieces (La Trattoria Di Amore #1) - JP Sayle

@JPSayle69, #M_M, #Contemporary, #Romance, #DaddyKink, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Puzzle Pieces is the first book in the La Trattoria Di Amore series, and also the first book by this author I have read. Needless to say, it won't be the last!

Although Seb has some serious stalker issues that he realises and knows he needs to fix, I somehow felt more sorry for him, than wary. Maybe it was how he looked after Richie, even as he fought his own feelings. I don't know. All I do know is he wormed his way under my skin and, although I still wanted to kick him at times, I could understand what he was doing, or where he was coming from.

Richie was an incredibly naive young man who went with the flow rather than fighting for what he wanted. The only thing/person he fought for was his mum. And wasn't I in tears at 36%?! Oh yeah, great big hiccuping sobs, f'ugly crying at its best! Thanks for that, Ms. Sayle!! My poor kids wondered what was wrong until I explained it was the book I was reading. Saying that, Richie is still a strong individual who won't allow himself to be walked over (most of the time). I loved the clashing between Seb and Richie, and liked how they worked things out.

All in all, this is an amazing book, with subtle hints at a crossover with the Manx Cat series by this author, which is now on my TBR pile. If I had to say anything negative, it would be the points of view that keep changing in the middle of paragraphs are a bit off-putting. Still, it wasn't a huge thing in the bigger picture. The plot was smooth with no holes, and the characters grew as the story progressed.

An excellent start to the series, and 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. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/10/Puzzle-Pieces-La-Trattoria-Di-Amore-1-by-JP-Sayle

REVIEW BY SHEILA - Wild as the West Texas Wind (Love Across Time #3) by Jackie North

Wild as the West Texas Wind (Love Across Time #3) - Jackie North

@Sheila_Kell, @JackieNorthMM, #Historical, #Contemporary, #MM, #Romance, #TimeTravel, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Soulmates across time. Two hearts that were meant to be together.

In present day, Zach takes a road trip to Trinidad to find information on a missing friend. 

In 1892, Layton Blue, outlaw, longs for hearth and home even as he treasures his life of freedom.

A freak rainstorm washes Zach's car into a ditch, sending him back to the year 1892. Searching for help, alone and on foot in the middle of the nowhere, he crosses paths with the famous Ketchum Gang. Now the gang’s prisoner, Zach’s fate is to be sold at a seedy auction for whores.

Layton is put in charge of making sure Zach does not escape, but as the chemistry between them grows, Layton finds himself wanting to help Zach. 

Can Layton overcome years of being on the run? Can Zach accept help from an outlaw?

A male/male time travel romance complete with fast rides across the desert, campfires beneath the stars, cool water in the desert, wild rescues, and true love across time.

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/07/Wild-as-the-West-Texas-Wind-Love-Across-Time-3-by-Jackie-North

REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Twists of Time (46. Ascending #3) by Sherrie R. Cronin

Twists of Time (46. Ascending #3) - Sherrie Cronin, S.R. Cronin

@GoddessFish, @hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @cinnabar01, #Science_Fiction, #Fantasy, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Alex once walked away from a rare ability to warp time, thinking it was only a young man’s trick to play basketball better. Now, as a father and teacher, he needs to relearn the skill before the past begins to destroy his own future. To protect his daughter and his most promising student, he must stop the school at which he teaches from turning the clock back to an era of intolerance. He wants desperately to use his unique gifts to help an old high school friend solve an ancient Maya mystery offering a rare chance to bridge the past and the future. Both are possible, but only if Alex can learn to control his temporal talents before he runs out of time.

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/06/Twists-of-Time-46-Ascending-3-by-Sherrie-R-Cronin

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Animal Attraction (San Francisco Dragons #2) by Kate Willoughby

Animal Attraction (San Francisco Dragons #2) - Kate Willoughby

@XpressoReads, @debbiereadsbook, @Kate_Willoughby, #Contemporary, #Sports, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

What do you do when an NHL player steals your dog and won’t give it back? 

Maggie Hudson made a heartbreaking decision nine years ago that has haunted her ever since. To fill the hole in her life, she showers her rescue dog with love and affection. But one day, Kirby goes missing. 

Six months later, NHL player Spencer Corbett is astonished when Maggie shows up on his doorstep demanding her dog back. He’d found the pug on the side of the road, collarless and in bad shape. But even when confronted with hard evidence she’s the dog’s owner, he begs her to reconsider. His own elderly dog is on her last legs and Kirby has given her a new lease on life. 

After Maggie relents, Spencer can’t help but fall for her. Not only is she the most compassionate and selfless person he’s ever met, she’s witty, intelligent and sexier than sin and doesn’t even realize. What starts out as a friendship quickly turns into more, but when a woman from Spencer’s past throws everything into chaos, their fragile relationship is put to the ultimate test. 

Animal Attraction may be read and enjoyed as a standalone sports romance! 

Source: http://archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/05/Animal-Attraction-San-Francisco-Dragons-2-by-Kate-Willoughby