Conflict of InterestTitle:  Conflict of Interest
Series:
Author:  Gillian Reese
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 18, 2015
Publisher:  Riverdale Avenue Books
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Conflict of Interest is a look at lawyers in love in the high stakes world of Manhattan’s prestigious legal firms.

Avery Peters is excited to start her summer associates job at a boutique law firm. On her first day, she finds out her office has been swallowed up by law giant Coldwater, Brock, & Henry.

She is apprehensive at first, but everything seems to be going well. Her high spirits quickly crumble when she bumps into her high school ex — Trent Cannon, who is now a high-powered partner at Coldwater.

Avery doesn’t think she can handle the internship working alongside her former love. Worse, the pain of remembering a buried secret every time she sees Trent is too much to bear.

She knows she must find a way to get a handle on her emotions for the rest of the summer. But despite her determination not to get involved with him, there is an undeniable attraction.

Is it nostalgia or is it something more? Will it matter when Avery discovers the truth about Trent?

Read on for my thoughts on Conflict of Interest.  No true spoilers, promise.

family couple in a winter clothesTitle:  When Things Go Wrong
Series:  Prequel to Cheaters Anonymous
Author:  Lacey Silks
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Published:  March 8, 2015
Publisher:  MyLit Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Lazy eyes, scarred lip and brow, muscled and tattooed, Julia’s high school best friend, the one who made her heart go pitter-patter, had definitely changed in the past five years she hadn’t seen him.

Being stuck with her mom and boyfriend number one hundred at an exclusive ski resort doesn’t seem as daunting when Julia runs into the gorgeous and enticing Scar Wagner. And when fate forces the couple much closer than Julia would ever allow a man to be, she can’t help but wonder whether it’s time to give relationships another try.

After all, when things go wrong, they turn out right.

Read on for  my thoughts on When Things Go Wrong.  No true spoilers, promise.

Up to DateTitle:  Up to Date
Series:  Better Date Than Never (Book 8)
Author:  Susan Hatler
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 31, 2014
Publisher:  Hatco Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Ginger knows that practical choices guarantee a stable life, which is why she chose a career as an office manager. Her job provides a steady paycheck, but it also has her snoozing at her desk. She wishes she’d pursued her passion for interior decorating rather than business.

She’s also trying to forget Greg Shaffer—the gorgeous emergency room doctor she met at a dance club last month. Her dad was an emergency room doctor and the stress of the job turned him into a raging alcoholic, which didn’t exactly create happy childhood memories.

Ginger believes donating her decorating services to her friend’s charity auction is the perfect fix for both her problems. She’ll get a break from the daily grind, get her creative juices flowing, and stay so busy she’ll finally forget about Greg.

But then Greg ends up buying the condo right above her. Even worse, he deliberately wins the bid on her auction item. Greg seems determined to prove to Ginger that practicality has nothing on passion. And as Ginger brings beauty into Greg’s world, how can she possibly resist the beauty he brings to hers?

Read on for my thoughts on Up to Date.  No true spoilers, promise.

Poppy's DilemmaTitle:  Poppy’s Dilemma
Series:
Author:  Nancy Carson
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  March 30, 2015
Publisher:  HarperCollins, Maze
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

From the newest name in saga writing comes a tale of one girl’s brave escape from a world of poverty in her search for true love.

Poppy Silk is the daughter of a railroad worker in the Midlands. The world around her is violent, immoral and poverty stricken. But despite being penniless and unschooled, Poppy is determined to escape the squalor, and a future cleaning up after a husband she doesn’t love.

Robert Crawford, a handsome engineer she encounters one day, is like no one she’s ever met. As he teaches her to read, feelings blossom. But life is not kind to Poppy. Robert is promised to another and Poppy can’t afford the luxury of hope. At a heartbreaking cross-roads, she must decide…is true love worth risking everything for?

Read on for my thoughts on Poppy’s Dilemma.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Vampire JeromeTitle:  The Vampire Jerome
Series:  The Whitcombe Legacy (Book 2)
Author:  Ann B. Morris
Genre:  Paranormal
Published:  Original September, 2010  Reissue:  March 31, 2016
Publisher:  BelleBooks
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

She could save him or destroy him.

The Whitcombe Legacy: Three brothers, all vampires. For more than a century they’ve waited to fulfill a prophecy that could restore their humanity.

Jerome Whitcombe has embraced his life as a vampire and has no desire to become human again. But his destiny is about to catch up with him . . . in the form of a beautiful woman.

During Hurricane Katrina, Dottie Crawford was kidnapped by the evil vampire, Zurik, and contracted a rare form of sleeping sickness. In the hurricane’s aftermath, treatment is impossible. So Julian sends her to his brother and tasks Jerome with Dottie’s medical care and safety. But from the moment he sees her, Jerome knows that recovery from her illness is the least of Dottie’s concerns. He’s drawn to her in the most basic vampiric way—he craves her blood, her energy, her soul.

Before long Jerome is caught in a struggle between the darkness he has come to embrace and his return to humankind. And in the balance hangs the life of the woman he loves . .

Read on for my thoughts on The Vampire Jerome.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Vampire JulianTitle:  The Vampire Julian
Series:  The Whitcombe Legacy (Book 1)
Author:  Ann B. Morris
Genre:  Paranormal
Published:  Original June 2008  Reissue: March 31, 2015
Publisher:  BelleBooks
My Rating: 3 (barely) stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

His legacy demands her sacrifice.

The Whitcombe Legacy: Three brothers, all vampires. For more than a century they’ve waited to fulfill a prophecy that could restore their humanity.

Julian Whitcombe’s mission is to destroy vampires who prey on the citizens of New Orleans. According to prophecy, a woman with the power to restore Julian’s humanity will enter his life when the need for his transformation is greatest. As a mortal, Julian will continue his fight against the evil ones in both daylight and darkness, fulfilling his destiny. So, when Hurricane Katrina hits with a vengeance, Julian’s not surprised to find Simone LeClerc on his doorstep. He immediately knows she’s the woman destined to make him human again. All he has to do is make her fall in love with him—and make her willing to offer her life in exchange for his.

Simone LeClerc is frantically searching for her missing stepsister. Out of money and with no place to live, Simone finds help at Mike’s After Dark, a bar in the French Quarter. There, Simone meets Julian and finds herself falling hopelessly in love with him.

Still, as they search for her sister—and fight off evil vampires from hell—Simone can’t help wondering if it’s really love she’s feeling for Julian or if he’s woven a spell around her that will mean her certain death.

Read on for my thoughts on The Vampire Julian.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Courtesan Duchess

Title:  The Courtesan Duchess
Series:  Wicked Deceptions (Book 1)
Author:  Joanna Shupe
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  March 31, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Publishing Corp.
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

 

Cover Blurb:

How to seduce an estranged husband—and banish debt!—in four wickedly improper, shockingly pleasurable steps…

1. Learn the most intimate secrets of London’s leading courtesan.
2. Pretend to be a courtesan yourself, using the name Juliet Leighton.
3. Travel to Venice and locate said husband.
4. Seduce husband, conceive an heir, and voilà, your future is secure!

For Julia, the Duchess of Colton, such a ruse promises to be foolproof. After all, her husband has not bothered to lay eyes on her in eight years, since their hasty wedding day when she was only sixteen. But what begins as a tempestuous flirtation escalates into full-blown passion—and the feeling is mutual. Could the man the Courtesan Duchess married actually turn out to be the love of her life?

Read on for my thoughts on The Courtesan Duchess.  No true spoilers, promise.

Clean sweep may  2015I’ve been pretty good about keeping my ratio decent at NetGalley.  After a massive “newbie” mistake, I’ve been more realistic in my requesting of e-ARCs.  But it seems I am not one to back away from a Challenge.

Once again, Kimberly from Caffeinated Book Reviewer has the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge for May 2015 going on.  And I will take part in yet another Challenge.  I’m honestly not addicted – really – it’s just such a fun way to get something we need to do done, and to interact with other book lovers and book bloggers.

As always, you can get to the Sign-Up page through the graphic link or the written link above.  So go, check out the rules and join in on something fun.  Come on, you know you want to.  And if I can do one more Challenge, you can too.  🙂

Bloggiesta-mar 23-29This will be my first time joining in on Bloggiesta.  It sounds like so much fun, and the bonus of helpful information about improving my blog(s) is just icing on the cake.

I’ve spent some time going over all the information available at the main Bloggiesta website.  And I think I have a pretty good idea of what is ahead of me this coming week.  I’ve even penciled in some specific time to work on it daily.  Yeah, you could say I’m excited about this.  🙂

My Personal Blog To-Do List

There are many things that I feel need done on my book blogging blogs (yes, I have three).  So this is really a chance to take the time to do these things on all three blogs.  And should it take me longer than the week of Bloggiesta *shrug* oh, well, it takes until it’s done.  But the first blog to be tackled is this one where the posts will be.

  1.   Get social media icons up and linked up
  2.   Clean up the sidebar
  3.   Work on the Pinterest site for KB
  4.   Work on the Facebook page for the combination book blogs
  5.   Put together the TweetDeck and organize/follows
  6.   USE Twitter more – become comfortable with it
  7.   Revise my already written scheduled reviews – have at least 2 weeks done in advance
  8.   Get caught up on librarything, BookLikes, First to Read (GoodReads is up-to-date yay)
  9.   Learn some basic html coding – just enough to do some basics
  10.   Put together a blogging planner

So that’s my list, my commitment for the coming week.  Now to get ready to work.

If anyone else would like to join in as well, just follow the link by clicking on the graphic or go here to the Sign Up Page.

 

The Bride Ship

Title:  The Bride Ship
Series:  Frontier Bachelors (Book 1)
Author:  Regina Scott
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  November 24, 2014
Publisher:  Love Inspired
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  personal collection, owned

Cover Blurb:

What was his brother’s widow–his first love–doing on a ship full of prospective brides headed out West? Clay Howard had been tasked with escorting the Boston belle home, but he didn’t anticipate Allegra being so strong-willed–or that he’d wind up traveling with her just to keep her from leaving without him!

Allegra Banks Howard isn’t going to let Clay interfere with her plans for a new life with her daughter on the frontier. True, Allegra needs his wilderness savvy, but if Clay thinks he can rekindle what they once shared, he had better think again. Because risking her heart for a second chance at being his bride isn’t something she’ll undertake lightly…

Read on for my thoughts on The Bride Ship.  No true spoilers, promise.

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