Hello, everyone, happy Wine and Book Wednesday! This week's dynamic duo is brought to you by Author Shelly Ferguson's Sweet Shifter Romance, Scarlett, and Callie Wine Collection's Chardonnay. Don't they look great together? I thought so. Both are sweet, refreshing and, I gotta say, crush worthy if we're talking appearances. Once you get started with these two, you're in for a treat so sit back, relax, grab up a copy of Scarlett and pour some Callie Chard into your favorite glass. I promise, all your cares will float away.
Happy Wine Wednesday and happy reading!
*Links and my review down below.
One crazy week will change Scarlett’s life forever.
For the last ten years, Scarlett thought her Fated Mate was dead … until he hit her with a buggy in the shampoo aisle of the grocery store three days after she moved to a small town in the Georgia mountains.
That little bump leads to a girlfriend road trip, a hot centaur, a creepy co-worker, and a gremlin sidekick who stabs first and asks questions … never.
When the local romance book club – The Crazy Cats – adopted her all bets were off. They planned her wedding and helped her settle into their small town before she knew what was happening.
Will, she chose the charming Derek Heiss (the King of Centaurs) or Ian Beckett (a small town deputy she was born to love)?
From my review:
A sweet shifter romance! Scarlett is a very enjoyable read. It’s packed with humor, witty internal monologue from the heroine, and lots of super hot alphas from all spectrum of the mythical world. The gremlins were adorable and I now am wondering where I can find one of my own. All in all, a fun book that kept me reading from beginning to end!
Happy Wednesday to all you wine and book lovers out there! This week's wine / book pairing is brought to you by Author Cassie Faber's Forever Memories from her Angelbay Harbor Series and Carmel Road's Unoaked Chardonnay. Both book and wine are fabulous and I had a lovely time introducing the two of them to one another. ;) If you love steamy small town romances and rich chards without the oaky bite, don't miss out on these two. Happy Wine Wednesday, everyone, and happy reading!
*Read on for book description, links and my review.
When Claire discovers the man she loves holds the key to unlocking her memories of the tragic accident that took her mom, the last thing she expects is to stumble upon a heartbreaking secret that threatens to tear her already fragmented family apart.Realizing that being a part of her life will only hurt her again, Boh decides that the only way to keep Claire safe is to take Olivia back to Brooklyn where he tries to make amends by helping her build a life at the cost of his own.Nine months later he returns to Angelbay Harbor to bury a friend, and he’s confronted by the need to protect the only woman he’s ever cared for—the only woman he’s ever broken all his rules for.Pulled under by the weight of their demons, Boh and Claire must come face to face with their darkest fears if they ever want the chance to break the surface, and have a second chance at love. to edit.
From my review:
A sweet girl, a sexy bad boy and an unforgettable cast of characters. I’m in love with this sexy, suspenseful, small town romance. All the characters are great. I want my own Miles. He’s so supportive and protective of Claire and I loved his sense of humor. When you discover an author that can make you fall in love with their supporting characters, you know you’ve found a gem!
But on to Claire and Boh, their romance is both sweet and intense. This second Angelbay book takes the reader on even more of an emotional roller coaster ride with lots of twists and turns and many more secrets revealed. Claire rocks Boh’s tough guy world and I enjoyed watching her come into her own. Boh’s side of things is equally intense as he deals with his troubled past. It’s a rocky road for both of them but that makes the HEA all the sweeter.
Faber’s written a page turner for sure that left me wanting more, especially with the teaser at the end for McKenzie and War’s story in the next book of the series which promises to be smoking hot. Can’t wait!
Happy Wine Wednesday! I'm running a little late with this post today, but I didn't want to miss the mid-week holiday aka. Wine Night ;) This week's wine / book pairing is brought to you by Author Lacey Dailey's NA romance, Specter and the rich, creamy Butternut Chardonnay. These two go perfectly together for a romance reading escape you're sure to enjoy! Find the book description, links and my thoughts on the book down below.
Two years ago, I joined an organization that was so top secret not even the FBI could locate us.
As a hacker, I teetered on the edge of right and wrong every single day, breaking the law to make the world around me a better place.
I knew how dangerous my work at Circuit was. I knew I could get caught one day and wind up behind bars for the rest of my life.
I didn’t care.
And then the packages started to show up on my doorstep. One after another. Never the same gift twice. Never the same day.
I warned my team, tried to get them to prepare for a takedown. They didn't seem as concerned as I was to learn my identity as Specter had been compromised.
I prepared for everything.
And then Sage Maddison appeared with one of the packages, snow-white hair and eyes filled with fear.
I was not prepared for her.
From my review:
What a book! Dailey’s writing hooked me right from the beginning and it didn’t let go until the very end. With all the intrigue and emotion and character growth that happened, the twist at the end took me completely by surprise. The underworld hacker theme was really interesting, kind of comic book era meets modern day tech, while the drama was heartrending and what kept me turning pages.
Happy Wine Wednesday, everyone! This week's wine / book pairing brings together Author Trisha Harley McCarthy's suspenseful, hockey romance, On Ice, and crisp fresh Avant chardonnay by Kendall Jackson. If you love contemporary romance novels with lots of twists and turns, you'll love On Ice and Avant is the perfect wine to have on hand while reading it. Grab up your copy today then pour yourself a glass of Avant and enjoy. Happy reading!
Zoe Simmons receives a text on her wedding day. Her fiance called off the wedding. No explanation and he is soon traded to another hockey team, the Detroit Steels. She is devastated and has an emotional breakdown. After a few months she returns to her lonely life. Numb and withdrawn, she throws herself into her work as an assistant to general manager of the NHL team The San Jose Otters. Fast forward three years, The Otters are contenders for the Stanley Cup that include a shocking trade, Killian "Ki" Connery. The man who left her at the altar in humiliation and shame. Another blow comes when her father, Jed Simmons, negotiated the trade of her former fiance without telling her. How will she be able to endure being around the man her heart yearns for but her mind rebels against? Not to mention the scandal that is about to break opening up her private life to further scrutiny by the media?
Killian "Ki" Connery
The woman he loves jilted him at the altar and he is banished to Detroit to play for The Steels. The former star and captain of The Otters is crushed by the betrayal of his love he's never gotten over. He survives through sheer will power and playing hockey while fighting the underlying demons plaguing him. Jesse Ward comes into his life and they become America's Sweethearts of the media. Little does Ki know the part Jesse played in his breakup with his true love Zoe.
This story will keep you on your toes with an intense love story, challenges, betrayal and overcoming the odds that love conquers all.
Another great angsty book by Trisha Harley McCarthy, author of the acclaimed Granite Bay Series.
From my review:
I have to admit, I usually shy away from celebrity romances because I always figure I won’t be able to relate to the characters, but the author did a terrific job of humanizing this power couple. On Ice pulls back the veil from what one might consider a very glamorous lifestyle and sheds light on the hardest parts of celebrity ie. dealing with the media, paparazzi and the darker sides of the sports/entertainment business, not to mention she brings several mental health issues to the forefront.
Killian “Ki the Sly” Connery is a star hockey player and team captain for the Otters and Zoe is the daughter of the team’s general manager. Their relationship takes so many twists and turns that I was on the edge of my seat reading the whole time. This book is filled with colorful characters, intrigue and… well, a whole league’s worth of stone cut abs. I can’t wait to read more about Harley McCarthy’s hot hockey guys. Go Team!
Happy Wine Wednesday, everybody! I have a great wine / book pairing for you today. I absolutely loved both this amazing first book in author Phoenix Williams' Queen of Beasts series and the glass of chardonnay I sipped on while reading from The Crusher Wines. If you love action packed shifter romance stories and rich unoaked wines, then this is the perfect pair for you to try. Pull up a cozy spot, pour yourself a glass and buckle up!
Welcome to Hell Fire Valley where if the boredom doesn't kill you, the monsters beneath the surface surely will.
Adara Mashall is in town three months after her grandmother's mysterious passing for one thing and one thing only: answers.
But in a town like Hell Fire Valley, the only thing deeper than the family ties are the secrets. Most people know better than to snoop around and stir up the demons that have been hibernating for decades.
Adara isn't most people.
Daniel Farell and Alonzo Leones wanted Adara from the moment she blew into Hell Fire Valley. She's beautiful. She's smart. She's strong. She's the key to getting their hands on the Mashall land.
When tensions mount, Adara finds herself caught in the middle of a territory war and a love triangle. Secrets are revealed. Monsters are awoken. Death is imminent.
Will Adara find the answers she's looking for? Or will Hell Fire Valley be this Queen's final resting place?
From my review:
This is one amazing book. If you love shifter romances with bada** female mc’s then look no further because you will love this story. Adara is awesome! I loved watching her whip out her katanas and kick butt in the fight scenes, of which there were many. If that’s not enough excitement for you, all the steamy romance and the super hot Alonzo is sure to do the trick. The whole story wove together seamlessly and I really enjoyed seeing how all of the secrets and prophecies with the shifter community in Hell Fire Valley played out. That’s all I’ll say because I don’t want to add in any spoilers, but now I can’t wait for Revy’s story in Queen of Beasts 2!
Hello everyone, happy Wine & Book Wednesday! I know I've been doing some different things here for our wine / book pairing post the last couple of weeks. But today, I have something really special for you. This week's post is brought to you by Prophecy Sauvignon Blanc and the Immortal Hunger Boxed Set. I'm sure you've heard me talking about this fabulous collaboration of 21 authors bringing you the best PNR stories this Halloween season has to offer. Don't miss out - Immortal Hunger is on pre order now at all your favorite book retailers for just 99 cents! (Limited time offer) All proceeds from the set will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation, an organization that is near and dear to my heart as my son was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 2. I know personally what a great support group and source of information the Epilepsy Foundation is for those with epilepsy and their loved ones. I hope you'll join me in supporting this terrific cause and getting one heck of a deal on some steamy paranormal reads, in the process! Go grab up your copy and a beautiful bottle of Prophecy Sav Blanc for the perfect wine / book treat! Happy Wine Wednesday everyone and happy reading!
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Okay, so I did something a little different for our book / wine pairing today. A few weekends ago, I was running in and out of the house, keeping track of the kids. I was also trying to reread a favorite book of mine for, oh I don't know, probably the third or fourth time... at least. Somewhere in all the busyness I set my book and my glass down and when I came back in the house, I thought to myself, "that would make a nice picture for the blog". (Even if it is a little tattered and worn.) Just goes to show how much I love this book! So here it is, my very own love worn copy of Bestselling Author Karen Marie Moning's Beyond the Highland Mist and a glass of Golden Chardonnay. I'm speaking as an absolute authority on the matter when I tell you that they make a gorgeous pair. So pour yourself a glass and slip into your favorite reading spot with these two this week. Happy Wine Wednesday everyone and, as always, happy reading!
P.S. What are some of your favorite books that you've loved to near death?
He would sell his warrior soul to possess her. . . .
An alluring laird...
He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length—but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.
A prisoner in time...
She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side. . . .
Hello everyone! Happy Books and Wine Wednesday. I hope you are all enjoying the month of September so far and are getting a lot of enjoyable reading in. This week's wine / book pairing is brought to you by Author Jillian James's Song of Smoke and Ironstone's Obsession Symphony. If you love fantasy romance with dragon shifters and court intrigue as well as whimsical white wine blends, then this is the pair for you! Don't forget to have your glass of Obsession at the ready when you sit down to read this lovely book for the perfect fantasy romance experience. Be sure to look for links to both down below. Have a wonderful rest of your week and, as always, happy reading!
In a world where humans have been forced to live below-ground for centuries as a war with Dragons rages on, 20 year-old Seda is forced to make a choice that will uncover old lies and open up new worlds.
Captured and taken into her enemy's home, she finds herself falling deeper and deeper under the spell of an enigmatic and charming Dragon warrior. Dederic challenges her, tempts her and leaves her longing for what is possible.
As her feelings shift from icy contempt to blazing desire, Seda must find a way to heal the broken divide between their two worlds and save what matters most before it's too late.
Author's Note: This is a medium-burn romance intended for readers 18+. This story contains strong language, sex, and violence.
Available on Amazon
From my review:
I loved the whole world that the author built. Her colorful descriptions and the characters that she created really pulled me into to the futuristic setting where humans and dragon kind are at war with each other and treachery lurks around every corner.
Song of Smoke begins with Seda, the human daughter of the high king of Illburn, being sold into marriage to a cruel warlord. Seda’s compassion and empathy are constantly landing her on the wrong side of her cold, heartless father and the rest of the male dominated court. Woman have no higher ranking than cattle and are treated abominably in the underground kingdom where humans have been forced to dwell since the beginning of the war with the dragons. When Seda’s soft heart leads her to aid in a dragon’s escape from the dungeon at Illburn, she becomes entangled in the world of dragons and quickly learns that all the horrid tales she had heard about the shifters were lies.
In the home of a dragon pride she sees a better way of life and her magical gift flourishes under the tutelage of the very handsome shifter, Dederic. If I ever run across a dragon shifter man, I hope he looks just like Dederic because *swoon* - he’s so sexy!
There were a few typos and grammar errors but nothing that detracted from the story. All in all, this was a great read that kept me engaged from start to finish.
Happy Wine and Book Wednesday everyone! This week's pairing is brought to you by Author Tori Alvarez's Naive in Love and Benziger Family Winery's Chardonnay. Naive in love is a New Adult, college romance perfect for all the back to school feels going on this time of year. I don't have any going off to college yet, but I know that I am definitely having some of those yearnings. As in, how soon do the kids start back to school again? Mama needs a quiet moment here. Lol. Here's hoping you all find a quiet moment to read Naive in Love with a glass of Benziger. Happy reading, book and wine lovers!
How do you know what love is if you have never experienced it? Love or infatuation? How's one to tell?
Sophia is having trouble navigating these new experiences during her first year in college. Each time someone tells her to follow her heart, she is even more confused and frustrated. Away from home and her friends, she needs to figure out who she is.
From my review:
Naive in Love
by Tori Alvarez
Great debut novel! Many life changes and first experiences were depicted very well in this book and the characters were relatable. It took me a little while to get into, but once the MC settled into her new life as a college freshman the story took off. There were a few times where I wished I could have put a bug in Sophia’s ear about a certain bad news boyfriend. But then, YAY! Ethan stepped in and saved the day! Nice coming of age story. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys NA romances that revolve around college life.
Wine Wednesday is back! Yayy -- my Romance, Reads & Wine posts have been MIA for a couple of weeks due to May being a whirlwind of activity kind of month. Now that summer has decided that it's definitely on its way (fingers crossed here in Colorado --my kids' end of year school picnic saw us sledding and snowball fighting, no joke), I'm hoping for some lazy days. The kind that involve wine and a favorite romantic read.
This week's wine / book pair is brought to you by Melanie A. Smith's All of Me and Katy Michaud's Cab Sav. All of Me is book 2 in Smith's Safeguarded Heart series and is a page turning read. So prepare yourself by pouring a glass of Michaud Cab Sav and then settle in.
Happy start to the summer months everyone and happy reading!
Fresh off a series of life-changing events, real estate mogul Serafina Evans has decided to pursue the man she loves – the stubborn, intelligent, charming, and devastatingly handsome Alessandro Giordano. And while Alessandro is finally free of the ties that bound him, that revelation was followed by his insistence that he must return to his home country of Italy. So, Sera must track him down and find out why he left … and if there’s any hope left for their love.
But as much as her life has changed lately, nothing can prepare Sera for the challenges and lessons in love, loss, and tragedy that are yet to come. This will include her biggest lesson yet: how to persevere through it all and mend a repeatedly shattered heart to do the impossible – give all of herself to someone. But is it something she’s ready for?
Note: This is a full length novel and the second book in a steamy contemporary romantic suspense series that is intended to be read in order. This book includes mature content, and as such is not recommended for readers under 18 years of age, or those who might be offended by such material.
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About the Author
Amanda V Shane is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance and is currently working on her Tides of Atlantis series about the super hot lost kings of Atlantis as well as her Enchanted Lands Romances.