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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blog Tour+Review+Giveaway: "Making Faces" by Amy Harmon

                                    





Title: Making Faces
Author: Amy Harmon
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

  Synopsis: The Spencer Hill Press release will have Bonus Content never before available. Ambrose Young was beautiful. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have . . . until he wasn’t beautiful anymore. Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.





REVIEW

I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Amy Harmon knows how to create a story with emotion, beauty and the overwhelming sense of absolution. Fern, Ambrose and Bailey, all are unique characters who know how to steal the show, even with all the historical events (9/11) taking place and changing their lives.

I loved the romance, the touch of "Beauty and the Beast" but the main lesson you do get from this book is that love can heal and forgive. Very touching read which I do recommend.





About the Author:

Amy Harmon is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels. Her books are now being published in 13 languages around the globe. She knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.




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 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5829056.Amy_Harmon



  Giveaway: 

 One copy of Making Faces; open to US only



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

YALit Giveaway Blitz Post

YALit Giveaway Event!
A bunch of authors who got together to bring you a YOUNG ADULT Big Box of Paperbacks Giveaway! One lucky winner is going to win FIFTY (50) Young Adult Paperback Books! How’s that for an epic Book-Lover’s Prize?!
THIS BOX OF BOOKS IS VALUED AT OVER $500! And this giveaway is open worldwide! Our first giveaway went to a winner in ROMANIA–and yes, we’re willing to pay the insane shipping on this oversized, overweight package to get the prize to WHOEVER wins!


Here's a sneak peek from a couple of the sponsors:
Adrenaline Rush by Cindy M. Hogan
As I hurtled toward my destination at 500 miles an hour, I pulled out a notebook, placed it on the shiny mahogany table in front of me, and scribbled a quick to-do list. Pick out an outfit. Get folders and notebooks. Switch into fourth period drama. I chewed on the end of my pen. Oh yeah—just one more thing. Get kidnapped.
According to my pre-mission briefing, kidnappings were up in the States by five percent over the last five years. The significance of which didn’t hit me until I found that the statistics for kidnappings had remained static for a good thirty years. The spike caught the attention of the FBI, and they put their best men on it. The problem? Right when they thought they’d discovered the pattern of the kidnappers, it seemed to change.
We hit some turbulence, and the force of it pulled me out of my reverie. I sucked in a deep breath, my hands resting on the soft leather side arms of my big comfortable seat as the Gulfstream jet jumped. I let the rollercoaster feeling wash over me like a wave, forcing myself to enjoy every last tingle. I only had this flight and a few hours tonight to assume my new thrill-seeking alias—the one that would lure the kidnappers and save the day before the pattern changed again. I might as well make the most of it.


 
Chosen Wolf (Curse of the Moon #2) Excerpt
The full moon inched higher in the night sky, growing bigger and brighter by the moment. One by one, the members of the pack ran behind the Moonhaven mansion to remove their clothes before they tore to shreds as their bodies turned from men to wolves. Howls sounded in the distance.
Toby squeezed my hand, holding my gaze. “Maybe this will be the month you can finally shift again, Victoria.”
Sharp pains ran through my body. My right hip cracked. I bit my tongue, trying not to cry out in pain. My skin felt on fire as fur tried to poke through, but couldn’t.
His face tensed, a pained look in his eyes. “Are you shifting?”
I shook my head. There was nothing normal about this, and it was proving to be more difficult and painful than my other months of un-shifts. Each one grew worse than the last.
Toby scooped me up, carried me inside, and helped me onto my bed. “I can’t keep my wolf inside any longer. I’m sorry.”
“It’s okay.” I fought to keep my voice steady. Tears threatened.
He brushed hair from my face and kissed my forehead. “Ziamara’s upstairs sleeping. She said to wake her if you need anything.”
“I’ll be fine.” I grimaced, the pain nearly choking me.
Toby cried out and the sound of ripping fabric tore through the room. He spun around and dashed out the door. The back of his shirt had ripped, and fur poked through the split material.
I gripped a pillow, squeezing it as hard as I could to distract myself from the pain. It didn’t work, and the pillow exploded, filling the air with white feathers.
A loud pop sounded and then a horrific pain shot through my shoulders. I slumped down and screamed, unable to take the pain.


 




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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought I Would

                                        



This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #100: five books I liked more than I thought I would and five books I liked less than I though I would. Thus my Top ten!


First five books which I liked less than I thought I would


10: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: You'll excuse me but I understood from the first pages that this book would be a dystopian-Twilight kind of story. I tried hard to like the characters to even overcome the love triangle but everything were off in this book. I still haven't read the others.





9: Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood: The cover is gorgeous but I couldn't immerse myself into the story. I couldn't even understand what was happening half the time.






8: Soundless by Richelle Mead. I read this book right after my bookish marathon on her Vampire Academy series. I couldn't finish the book.




7: Allegiant by Veronica Roth: Yeahhh, I am not going to comment on this one!




6: A whole new world by Liz Braswell: This book was one of my greatest expectations but I was crushed in it. Jafar is a psycho, Aladdin is too immature and the Genie too serious. BUT I do recommend reading her third book "As old as Time"






Five books which I liked more than I thought I would.



5: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet: Brace your Pegasus people, because THIS is one hell of an amazing book! Greek mythology, magic and romance all in one!




4: As old As Time by Liz Braswell: Third time was the charm with this book. Hint; it's for those who always prefered Beast in his...beastly form. ;)





3: Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh: I never understood why this book got low rating at first. It's a good action prehistoric romance told in second POV. Rare and wonderful. And...hello? You can't have a YA romance with the terms of the 21st century when you have prehistoric animals hunting you for snack!



2: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones: "The Labyrinth" meets Hades and Persephone in this stunning debut. I'm still gathering my feelings in order to write this review.




1: The Love that Split the world by Emily Henry: I was told that this book had a slow start and a mystery, but I never expected to find myself sobbing over the final pages, because this little gem deserves more!












Monday, February 20, 2017

For Music & Magic! Double Review: "Roseblood" by A.G. Howard & "Caraval" (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber


RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. 

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.




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REVIEW


This book has been one of the most anticipated in my TBR list for winter 2017. Not only it's written by one of my favorite authors, but also it's a retelling/"sequel" for one of the top legends (and pop culture) figure, The Phantom of the Opera!

*cue in the Overture*



*Or not*

Our story is told by a double POV: our main protagonist Rune from the first person POV and the enigmatic Thorn from the third person POV. It doesn't confuse and it's easy to read. Not to mention that getting into knowing both characters, truly resolved some issues I had with the plot at the beginning of the book.

Rune has a marvellous gift. She has the voice of an angel and when she is taken into a private music school at the coutryside of Paris, she is thrust into the mystery and the story of the Phantom. She makes friends and enemies, she explores and learns not only about her gift but also her heritage.

I admit; some parts of the book made me think that the story would evolve differently but I was amazed by the plot twists and the final outcome. There were also moments in the book, where Rune was a little annoying, since she could have asked for help in many cases. But knowing how the Phantom works I could relate with her fear.



What won me was the descriptions and the delicate micro-world building A.G. Howard created for her story. We do see some of Paris, but the details, the colors and the beauty are focused on describing the academy Roseblood and the secrets which lie hidden behind it.

The revealing about the mystery and the backstory was heart-breaking and while the swoon scenes weren't much, the plot can win you with its delicate beauty and unforgettable characters.




About the author:

A.G. Howard is the International and NYT bestselling author of the Splintered Series, with a slew of other classical spinoffs and original stories in the works that she hopes will one day find a place on the shelves. 

She was inspired to write her tribute to Carroll's Wonderland while working at a school library. Her pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

SPLINTERED, UNHINGED, ENSNARED, and UNTAMED, the first four books in her urbanized /gothic Alice in Wonderland series, are now available from Amulet Books. Also soon to be available from Amulet is her Phantom of the Opera spinoff, ROSEBLOOD -- slated to launch January 2017.

THE ARCHITECT OF SONG, the first book in her New Adult historical literary romance saga, will be available in August 2016.







Caraval by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.


Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.




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REVIEW


If you loved the "Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern, then you'll also enjoy "Caraval". With a deadly twist of course.

Scarlett and her sister Etta grew up listening to the stories of Caraval, the magic circus where all your dreams can come true and also about its Master, Legend. And despite her dreams Scarlett has to fulfill her duties as the eldest marrying her father's choice of groom.

When the magical invitations to the Caraval arrive, both Scarlett and Etta with the help of Julian, a sailor, will embark into an adventure which may seem like a game but there is also a deadly secret attatched to it.



Caraval was a great read. I enjoyed the descriptions, the secrets, even the romance, which was the kind of "enemies-to-lovers". Both Scarlett and Etta live in an abusive family with a father who is not only the governor but also a kind of mafia boss and a man who also uses his duaghters' love to make them both afraid.

The story is full of mystery with an enigmatic ending, which will also make you carve for more and I will be highly anticipating the next book!




About the author:

Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by this page. I’m only on this site occasionally, so if you’d like to send me a message, please use the contact form on my website: http://stephaniegarberauthor.com

I can also be found on Twitter, and I love connecting with readers. If you're looking for more information about my books, I try to update my website on a regular basis.







Friday, February 17, 2017

Feature & Follow #42




THE FUTURE & FOLLOW IS HOSTED BY TWO HOSTS, PARAJUNKEE OF PARAJUNKEE'S VIEW AND ALISON OF ALISON CAN READ. EACH HOST WILL HAVE THEIR OWN FEATURE BLOG AND THIS WAY IT’LL ALLOW US TO SHOW OFF MORE NEW BLOGS.

HOW DOES THE #FF WORK?


The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followersYou create your own post using the post prompt. You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt. Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment. If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation. The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features) It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard. As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.

Specific RULES
Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.

Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.

If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followedFollow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”

Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”


THE POST PROMPT:

What was the first book that moved you? Scared you, made you cry, disturbed your view of the world?

MY ANSWER:


The very first book I read that both scared me and made me cry was the Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. I was 15 years old and I learnt about the war, life in Stalin's Russia, even if it was from fiction. Later when I entered university I found the records in book there too.









FOLLOW ME IN ANY WAY TO YOUR LEFT



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blog Tour+ARC Review: "Wicked Charming" by Nazarea Andrews

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It’s the dirtiest fairy tale of all…. Charm. Beast. Wolf. Everyone in the Kingdom–an exclusive, decadent BDSM club–knows the three friends and business partners. But no one has ever gotten close enough to touch them. Sex is easy, even when it hurts. It’s all any of them wanted. Love is off the table. Love is the thing none of them ever saw coming. In the Kingdom, control is everything. Who wields it and who surrenders. But some things even they can’t control. Welcome to the Kingdom, where every happily ever after hurts in the most wicked of ways.

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WICKED CHARMING (Wicked Ever After, #1)

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Blurb:

He’s at the top of the world. He’s rich, sought after, and in control. And he’s bored. A string of one-night stands have left Samul Charming increasingly dissatisfied. When his mother pushes him to settle down, his best friends come up with a brilliant plan: Audition the submissives at The Kingdom. The problem is, Charm knows who he wants: the only girl to challenge him, while submitting as naturally as breathing. But he can’t have her. With the entire club watching and his parents expecting him to marry soon, Charm decides to settle. But love in the Kingdom is never simple and it is never painless. And Charm is about to be reminded of that.



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REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

A new series by Nazarea Andrews! Though I am not a fun of the BDSM subgenre this book was better than I expected. You think this is a fairytale retteling but it's not that much. Part of the story is told into the club but the main characters also get to know each other outside of it. They fall in lust and then they fall in love.
We are also get to know the other two of Charm's friends and each one will have his tory to tell!




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WICKED BEAST (Coming February 20)

PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON

Blurb: James “Beast” Lutz isn’t like his friends. He doesn’t crave control the way Charm and Mal do, and he doesn’t play the games Wolf thrives on. He lives on his knees, all of his strength bent to the will of his Domme. He’s never regretted that, until now. Now, when he’s trapped in an arrangement serving a Domme who can’t keep a sub. Now, when he’s not sure how to trust a woman wrapped in mystery and less sure he wants to. But the more he gets to know the Domme everyone knows as Beauty, the more Beast realizes everything he thought he knew was wrong.

   

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WICKED WOLF (Coming February 27)

PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON

Blurb: Charles Wolf Blackwood likes the game. He likes chasing a new girl every week, loves seducing them and earning their trust. He doesn’t like to keep them. Until he meets Scarlet. The chase has never been quite as intoxicating as it is with her, the feisty sub with an innocent streak a mile wide. And for the first time, he wants to keep her, but Scarlet already has a Dom, and Hunter has no intentions of giving her up. Both Wolf and Hunter are in for a surprise when they realize Scarlet doesn’t want one of them. She’s playing to keep them both.

 
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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

nazareaandrewsNazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blog Tour+ARC Review: "UNREST" (Unknown #2) by Wendy Higgins

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Today we have the blog tour stop for UNREST by Wendy Higgins! Check it out and grab your copy today!!

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Title: Unrest

Author: Wendy Higgins

Release Day: February 14th

                                           About Unrest:

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.   Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.   In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

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REVIEW

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

I was very anxious about thise sequel. It had left me with a broken heart and a romance which seemed too doomed for my reading preferences. But in this one, survival is the main theme. And it should be; since the world has ended noone has time for romance. Amber and Rylen are not the only ones who must deal with their feelings.

But the dystopian factor is stronger and the book explodes with action. I really want to know what can happen in the end and gladly I'll not have to wait for another year in order to read the final book!

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About Wendy Higgins:

WendyHiggins4 Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue. Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.  


Reach Wendy Online:

Email: wendyhigginswrites@gmail.com

Website: www.wendyhigginswrites.com

Twitter: @Wendy_Higgins https://twitter.com/Wendy_Higgins

Facebook: WendyHigginsWrites https://www.facebook.com/WendyHigginsWrites/

Instagram: @wendyhigginswrites https://www.instagram.com/wendyhigginswrites/

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Romance Books! (Oh And Happy Valentine's Day!)

                                     


This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #99: Top Ten romantic books in honor of Valentine's Day! For this list I've included both YA and NA and I also I tried to avoid adding other too known books which also deserve to be on this list, like the works of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Brdugo. ;)


10: Uprooted by Naomi Novik: This book with elements of Fae folk and Howl's Moving Castle is a favorite! There's slow burn romance which maybe overshadowed by the magic but it's there and it's very cute!





9: Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh: One of the best books with both vampires and Angels in them, this book has an amazing strong heroine who also has her flaws and a romance strong enough to risk everything for!








8: Air Awakens by Elise Kova: Elise Kova has grown into me. I love her style, her characters and her world-building. Some might even compare her to Sarah J. Maas or Susan Dennard. Vhalla and Aldrik is one of the most tortured couples I know, but with a great plot.







7: Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa: The cover was made by a friend of mine, author Emily Taylor and Laura Thalassa knows how to creat characters both perfect and imperfect at the same time. The romance here is veiled with secrets but it deserves so much more!






6: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I never understood why I was so late at reading this beauty. Maybe a book of its own genre, this story can overcross time and space for a romance which begins as a rivarly but evolves into a love beyond magic. It's beautiful and heartbreaking and worthy to be on your shelves.






5: When the moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore: Also one of the best surpises of 2016. I loved The Weight of Feathers by the same author, but this book with its diversity and romance and magic was one of the most colorfully written!






4: The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski: Of course I was going to mention this book! The angst of the series escalates in this one. Those first chapters will be scorched in my memory. And the ending is amazing!






3: Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward: I am addicted to this series. Seriously, I even hope that Mrs. War along with Karen Marie Moning will co-write one day! But I'm mentioning Blood Vow for this week because this book made me remember of romance overcoming obstacles (YES, I'm looking at you Rhage and Z) as also having a happy ending (yes, the opposite of Shadows!)






2: Newsoul series by Jodi Meadows: Ever since I've discovered Jodi Meadows's books I've dutifully followed her. But her first series will always be my precious gem. There's music, reincarnations and a love that transpires time. Not to mention THIS cover!





1: The Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons: Hands down THE best romance I've ever read. The love story in the beginning of the war, Stalin's Russia and an epic romance, everything in this book will always make me re-read it.






What about you? What's your favorite romantic book? Any plans for Valentine's Day?