Saturday, February 6, 2016

Favorites Giveaway Hop (February 6, 2016 to February 19, 2016)


Wow.  It’s hard to believe we’re already in the month of February.  As I’m preparing this post I’ve already read 13 books this year.  Okay, so some of them were short stories, but they still count.

This is a “Favorites” Giveaway Hop I’m giving to tell you about some of my favorite books so far this year.  I have four books that have received 5 star reviews from me.




The greatest pleasure comes from losing control…

Noah Caldwell has spent ten years biding his time for the chance to tell his best friend Raven Crowne the truth. He wants her. With the threat that brought him to her in the first place finally behind him, they begin a hot affair he's only dreamed about. And reality is far better than fantasy. Yet, beautiful Raven has her own dark history, one he's trying desperately to release from her. But as their passion deepens and turns into more, his past rises up from the shadows to claim one last victim…and Noah could lose the only person he can't live without.



They say the course of true love never runs smooth.
That’s nothing a magical cupcake can’t solve.

Julie
Buttercream. Vanilla. Fondant. Dark chocolate. Brown sugar. Molasses. Baking has always been my true love, but it wasn’t until my mother’s death, and the unexpected inheritance of Serendipity Gardens, that my bliss called me. Bittersweet. But Serendipity Gardens has more to offer than just a potential shopfront. An unusual recipe box left to me by a distant relative might be the key to unlocking my dreams.

Too bad the most powerful family in Chancellor has plans that could turn those dreams to ruins—literally.

Too bad the son of that powerful family is just the kind of guy I’ve been looking for.

Horatio
I suppose being heir to the Hunter family’s Blushing Grape Winery should make me happy, but nothing could be further from the truth. With my mother gone, my father has taken me under his wing, and I despise everything about the way he does business. Sour grapes, indeed. Instead of raising money for charitable causes, my true passion, I’m chasing my father’s manifest destiny.

Too bad his dream includes paving paradise.

Too bad the property owner is the sweetest woman I’ve ever met.



He needs the kind of rescue only she can provide…

Glass artist Savannah Smith expected a marriage proposal for Thanksgiving—just not from her strong, silent, super-hot neighbor. But when misplaced mail and a wayward can of paint lands them in a compromising position right as her family arrives for dinner, they assume he’s “The One” she’s been talking about.

Then his family shows up.

Fate dealt a crippling blow to paramedic Beau Montgomery’s heart, and he isn’t about to put it at risk again. Except, with his mother crying tears of joy over his surprise engagement to the sexy little blonde next door, he can’t bring himself to ruin her “Christmas miracle.”

Somewhere between the paint can to the head and the chaotic family trip to the ER, Beau manages to talk Savannah into being his fake fiancée long enough to survive the holidays.

If, of course, they don’t fall in love first…



Unlucky-in-love artist Annabelle Britton decides that a visit to the seaside town of  Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the perfect way to get over her problems. But when she stumbles upon a smoky gray cat named Alastair, and follows him into a charming cottage, Annabelle finds herself in a whole spellbook full of trouble.
Suddenly saddled with a witch's wand and a furry familiar, Annabelle soon meets a friendly group of women who use their spells, charms, and potions to keep the people of Portsmouth safe. But despite their gifts, the witches can’t prevent every wicked deed in town....
Soon, the mystery surrounding Alistair’s former owner, who died under unusual circumstances, grows when another local turns up dead. Armed with magic, friends, and the charmed cat who adopted her more than the other way around, Annabelle sets out to paw through the evidence and uncover a killer.




I loved these four books for different reasons.  

Exposure is a friends to lovers erotic romance with suspense elements.  The hero is sweet and caring.  He has this amazing strength with a mixture of courage and determination.  The heroine is multilayered and a little complexed.  

Emergency Engagement is from one of my favorite authors, Samanthe Beck.  This book reminded me why I’m a fan of hers.  The story is about a fake engagement, but there’s a little surprise added to the story.  The characters are amazing.  In fact, I actually cried.  The book was everything I look for in a Brazen book.

The Cupcake Witch is completely different from Exposure and Emergency Engagement.  It’s a sweet romance with a little magic added in.  It’s also classified as a Young Adult book.  I can’t say I’ve read one of those before.  I can say that the story had me smiling from the very beginning and left me with a happy and  content feeling.

A Familiar Tail is different from all the previously mentioned books.  It’s a cozy mystery.  The protagonist finds herself in a magical town that has a family history to it.  It’s of those cozy mystery books that  truly made me want to get cozy in my blanket and lose myself to the story.  I loved learning about the characters and ultimately figuring out the murder mystery.

I generally have a hard time figuring out what I want to do for a giveaway so I’ve decided to put all the pressure on you.  I’m offering up a $5.oo US Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to anyone who can receive the gift card from my US Amazon account. **Note: If you are a Twitter follower and only post about giveaways, your Twitter entries will be disqualified.**



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52 comments:

  1. Burn Down The Night by M. O'Keefe, A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis and The Wedding Pact by Katee Robert are just a few from my reading wishlist!

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    1. Burn Down the Night is in the Everything I Left Unsaid series, right? I loved those books. I haven't read Mindy McGinnis before and I haven't read this series from Katee.

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    2. Yes, it is! I loved the first book, the second book not so much. I haven't read Mindy McGinnis either but I love the sound of that book and I really enjoyed The Marriage Contract so I'm definitely looking forward to reading The Wedding Pact!

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    3. Really? You didn't like the 2nd book? I really loved it. You should checkout Rebecca Rogers Maher. She writes characters dealing with dark things. Her current stuff, not so much. But Tanya was good. You have to look her up, because Tanya contains some surprise spoilers about characters from other books. And that was a spoiler alert.

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  2. I am looking forward to a new cozy series Paige Shelton is debuting later this year.

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    1. Are you talking about the A Dangerous Type Mystery series or a totally different one?

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  3. Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry is on my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  4. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry :)

    Thanks for the giveaway! ♥

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  5. I want to read Red Rising by Pierce Brown.

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  6. NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  7. Those Who Walk In Darkness by joyce and Jim Lavene. I love every series they have.

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  8. I can't wait for A Nun Walks in a Bar by Tracey Jane Jackson.

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  9. The Doldrums and Six Of Crows are two books that I need to read this year.

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  10. A Familiar Tail by Delia James! Cozy mysteries are my favorite!!

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    1. I LOVED that book!!!! Delia is actually going to be a guest on the blog later this month. Well, actually, Anna is.

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  11. I really want to read The Lunar Chronicles!

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  12. Pucked Up by Helena Hunting. She can do funny like no other!
    msdebms(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Helena is on my reading list. I have to be sure to remember to add it higher to my list. Thank you.

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  13. The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

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  14. Emergency Engagement by Samanthe Beck sounds great ♡ I would love to read it. Thank you

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    1. Good luck in this giveaway. If you don't win, because to come back and check out my New Release February giveaway. Emergency Engagement is one of the books being offered up. I loved it by the way!!!

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  15. On my list In the After by Elisa Dane.

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  16. I'm way behind on reading, I want to read Divergent series finally!

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  17. Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  18. I think the book A Familiar Tail sounds like a fun read!

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    1. It definitely is!!! I'm excited have Anna from the book stopping by later this month for an interview.

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  19. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab.

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  20. I'd love to finish The Lunar Chronicles and the Throne of Glass series.

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  21. Wow. How did I not know that a new Samanthe Beck book comes out in a few days! Thank you so much for the heads up!!! She is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, and Emergency Engagement definitely moved to the top of my tbr list.

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    1. I really really loved the book, Veronika. I'm a HUGE fan of the McCade Brothers series and this book ranks up there with the book and the brothers for me.

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  22. One of the books I"m waiting for is End of Watch by Stephen King :)

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    1. Hi Jan.

      I have to admit, I'm not a Stephen King fan. I'm sure he's probably not as scary as he use to be. I just don't want to risk having nightmares.

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  23. Raging Sea by Michael W Buckley

    Megan @ reading away the days

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  24. I need to get Their Fractured Light!

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  25. Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond is on my WL.

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  26. Days Of Future Past by Sally Smith O'Rourke :-)

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  27. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    -Amber Terry-

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  28. I have a long TBR list but The Cupcake Witch is on it.

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  29. Right now I'm waiting for The Winner's Kiss. Also I have both Feverborn and Dirt on the Ninth Grave waiting to be read!

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  30. I've got my eyes on Starflight by Melissa Landers. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ann S

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    1. You're welcome. I hear the series was good.

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  31. The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky is on my list

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  32. Just to name a few from my huge wish list: Fighting Dirty from Lori Foster, Hot In Hellcat Canyon from Julie Anne Long (although this one's not out until end of May) and Getting Wound Up from Erin Nicholas and Jennifer Bernard. Thanks for the chance to win Kim! :D

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