Dec 012014
 

The staff of Romancing the Book is taking a short hiatus during the month of December.  We’ll still post some reviews and we have a contest or two lined up, but we won’t have any guests or regular posts during the month.  We are going to take the time off to do some behind the scenes work, but to also allow us to enjoy our holiday season.

While we’re taking this day off, here are some items for you to ponder:

  • We are currently booking promotions for 2015.  If you’d like to sign up for a promotion, please visit this page.
  • If you’d like to have your book reviewed by our staff, fill out the form on this page and we’ll add it to our database.
  • Want to advertise on RtB?  Check out this page for our advertising rates.  During the month of December, we’re giving a 30% discount if you use the code HAPPY HOLIDAYS when you request an ad.
  • And last, we’re always in need for a couple more reviewers.  We only ask that you are able to read ebook and review at least 2 books a month.  If you’d like to learn more, check out this page to read our terms & conditions and to sign up.

Be sure to follow us in order to keep up with our irregular posts in December.  And we’ll be back in January with our regular line up as well as a couple new features.






Dec 182014
 

ThrowbackThursday

 

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood (# 3)
Release Date: September 5, 2006
Publisher: Signet
Pages: 633
Source: book purchased by reviewer

 

 

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion and terror his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for each other begins to overtake them, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past and find a future with her….

 

 

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Dec 172014
 

The Wishing Tide by Barbara Davis
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: NAL
Pages: 415
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

Five years ago, Lane Kramer moved to Starry Point, North Carolina, certain the quaint island village was the place to start anew. Now the owner of a charming seaside inn, she’s set aside her dreams of being a novelist and of finding love again. When English professor Michael Forrester appears on Lane’s doorstep in the middle of a storm, he claims he’s only seeking a quiet place to write his book. Yet he seems eerily familiar with the island, leaving Lane wondering if he is quite what he appears.

Meanwhile, Mary Quinn has become a common sight, appearing each morning on the dunes behind the inn, to stare wistfully out to sea. Lane is surprised to find a friendship developing with the older woman, who possesses a unique brand of wisdom, despite her tenuous grip on reality.

As Lane slowly unravels Mary’s story and a fragile relationship between Lane and Michael blooms, Lane realizes the three share a common bond. But when a decades-old secret suddenly casts its shadow over them, Lane must choose between protecting her heart and fighting for the life—and the love—she wants.

 

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Dec 162014
 

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KONA French Press (Red)Premium Coffee Tea & Espresso Maker w/ 34oz Heat Resistant Glass & Stainless Steel Plunger
Manufacturer: Idylc Homes
Weight: 1.3 lbs. shipping weight
Source: Product provided by the manufacturer for review

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Dec 152014
 

All the Pieces by Angela Richardson
Series:  Pieces of Lies (# 3)
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Publisher:
self published
Pages:  
236
Source: book provided by the author for review
newadultICON

 

 

In ALL THE PIECES, the third and final installment in the Pieces of Lies series, we find Norah in a dangerous and heart pounding situation in London with the Lappell. It will be the collision of two worlds that have done nothing but tear Norah down the middle, and love that has torn her apart.

In this story, we find out that the biggest mystery of all is not what is said, but what isn’t.
Will the truth set Norah’s heart free? And will it all end in tragedy or happiness?

 

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Dec 142014
 

The List Lover’s Guide to Jane Austen by Joan Strasbaugh
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 211
Source: book was provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Her life, her work, her legacy—step into the world of the incredible Jane Austen.

It’s Jane like you’ve never seen! Through fun and breezy lists, discover everything there is to know about Jane Austen, the sassy literary genius we know and love. Learn her likes and dislikes, her haves and have-nots, where she traveled, how she lived, and who she knew.

With a wealth of little-known and fascinating information, find out:

•Her friends and her beaux
•Every place she lived or visited
•Books in her library
•Her quirks
•The last lines of everything she wrote

And so much more!

 

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Dec 132014
 

50 Shades of Kink by Tristan Taormino
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Cleis Press
Pages: 162
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review
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Tristan Taormino can tell you everything you want to know about the world of kink, and more! Operating on the pleasure principle, 50 Shades of Kink is a truly helpful how-to that is the perfect beginner’s guide to the realm of kinky sex and can also serve as a wonderful refresher course. Whether readers want to get up close and personal with blindfolds, crops, and paddles or are just looking for some inspiration to keep things fresh in the bedroom, 50 Shades of Kink is ideal for everyone and their lover(s). Included are techniques and creative ideas for bondage, spanking, flogging, sensation play, and rough sex; lessons on how to eroticize power, cultivate deeper connections, and incorporate kink into one’s sex life; and role-playing fantasies from the popular to the taboo.

 

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Dec 122014
 

Archer by Rae Rivers
Series: The Keepers (# 1)
Release Date: June 20, 2013
Publisher: HarperImpulse
Pages: 288
Source: book provided by the author for review

‘Don’t ever look for me again, Archer.’
His mouth curled into a smile. ‘Game on.’

Central Park. Sienna Beckham is out jogging in the autumn sun, feeling almost ordinary. Trouble is, she’ll never be. She’s on the run from her life as a powerful witch and the three Keepers blood-bound to protect her.

Evil is hot on Sienna’s tail and Archer Bennett is searching for her, desperate to find her before they do. As one of her Keepers, he will fight to his death to defend her.
Sienna must return and defend her hometown, Rapid Ralls – but she has to face the past and master her powers. And as forbidden feelings blossom between Sienna and Archer, will their love survive the ultimate war?

The Keepers: three strong and handsome warrior brothers, born to protect.

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Dec 112014
 

ThrowbackThursday

To Tempt an Angel by Patricia Grasso
Series: Douglas (# 1)
Re-release Date: December 25, 2013 (originally published June 2002)
Publisher: Lachesis Publishing
Pages: 290
Source: free ebook at Amazon

 

 

Angelica Douglas has no idea that she’s the Countess of Melrose. What she does know is that she needs to support her family as a card shark, while finding a way to seek revenge on the men who ruined her father and sent her family spiralling down into poverty.

Robert Campbell, Marquess of Argyll, heir to the Duke of Inverary, has no idea who Angelica truly is. He just wants to watch over her and make her his mistress.

Angelica thinks Robert is simply a dashing rogue who is far too dangerous for her peace of mind. Robert thinks Angelica is an angel except when she’s being a pain in the behind.

When Robert finds out that his own father may have been one of the men who ruined Angelica’s family, he vows to keep a careful eye on her. When Angelica finds out that Robert’s father may have been one of the men responsible, she vows to stay as far away from Robert as possible. But when danger threatens, both Robert and Angelica must face the truth and let fate take the upper hand.

 

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Dec 102014
 

Surrender by Melody Anne
Series: Surrender (# 1)
Release Date: March 29, 2013
Publisher: Gossamer Publishing Company
Pages: 430
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Rafe Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He’s looking for a no-emotions attached mistress, she’s looking for redemption.

They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fights to keep their relationship nothing more than an enjoyable way to meet his needs, and she battles to not lose herself in him. Spending time with Ari starts cracking the hard shell that Rafe has built around his heart, but he denies the affect she has on him until it’s too late to stop the inevitable conclusion that their relationship is headed for.

Rafe once believed in happily ever after, coming from a large Italian family. He’s got the Midas touch, since every endeavor he tries turns to gold. That all ends when his wife walks out the door and leaves him blindsided. His devastation quickly turns to steel when he decides no woman will fool him again. From that point on he treats relationships as nothing more than business transactions where both party’s come out mutually benefited.

Just when Ari has sunk to the lowest she’s ever been she finds an ad in the paper announcing a job that’s too good to be true. It turns out she’s right. She makes it through the intense rounds of interviews only to find out the job is for a mistress to the powerful Rafe Palazzo, owner of Palazzo Enterprises. Rafe gives her a day to think about whether she wants the position or not, and she’s sent on her way, only to find out her mother’s near-terminal position has taken a turn for the worse. Her mom’s only in the hospital because Ari messed up, and her mother’s the one who paid the price. Is Rafe her savior, or will he take her with him straight to the depths of hell?

 

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Dec 092014
 

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Morea Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Age-Delaying Serum
Manufacturer: Morea Naturals
Weight / Size: 50 ml/1.7 oz.
Source: Product provided by the manufacturer for review

 

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