Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Series:  N/A
Author:  C.J. Baty
Publish Date:   04.15.2016
Publisher:  C.J. Baty
Category /Genre:  M/M Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
Received from:  C.J. Baty (as an autographed gifted copy)
Goodreads link: Whispers, Rumors, & Lies
Date completed: 01.01.2018

Description from the publisher:
Lucky Valentino didn't believe in love. It was nothing more than whispers, rumors, and lies. His world was just fine with the men who passed by for a moment. Even when his brother Adam tried to convince him, he still didn't believe it. That is, until he saw an angel's silhouette in a window above the new dance club, Wings.

Angelo Martin moved to Phoenix to start over. He was tired of the whispers, rumors, and lies that had plagued him for years. Wings was a chance at a new beginning and the last thing he ever intended to do was fall in love again. The club was a huge success, even with Angelo's rule about no sex in the club.

One dance between two strangers, made them question everything. One night of passion, changed their worlds forever. Could one broken rule make Lucky and his Angel believe that love was so much more than whispers, rumors, or lies?

WHISPERS, RUMORS, & LIES is not part of a series – instead, we have several couples finding their way to one another within these covers, but the main couple is Lucky and Angelo.

Neither of them were slut-puppies.  Nor were they frost kings.  They had each just come to the conclusion that love was nothing more than a greeting card sentiment.  They had each heard too many whispers, been the victim of too many rumors, and seen the damage from too many lies.

In these pages, I found that it truly is “love that binds us all.”  You know I don’t care who you snuggle up with at night – just don’t tell me about it!  You don’t want to hear me either – I’m old, LOL.  What matters in the end is that we love and we are loved.

I’m really excited that I do have another book from C.J. Baty to begin right away and already disappointed to know that I don’t have more!

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Also from C.J. Baty:
·         A Buggy Ride for Christmas
·         Island Paradise
·         A New Dream
·         Pinkerton Man
·         Whispers, Rumors, & Lies
Warfield Hotel Mysteries:
1.      Drifting Sands
2.      Crashing Waves
3.      Roaring Waters
4.      A Warfield Christmas


Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Series:  N/A
Author:  Leslie C. Halpern
Illustrator:  Oral Nussbaum
Publish Date:   09.22.2017
Publisher:  Cautious Optimist Publishing
Category /Genre:  Children’s Poetry
Recommended for:  children of all ages!
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
Received from:  Leslie C. Halpern (as a gifted copy)
Goodreads link:  Silly Sleepytime Poems
Date completed: 10.14.2017

Description from the publisher:
Entertain, educate, and gently ease your early and transitional readers into bed for the night or down for a nap with fun rhyming poems about sleeping and dreaming.

The topics in Silly Sleepytime Poems include:
* Bedtime stories
* Types of beds
* Pillows
* Pajamas
* Alarm clocks
* Nap time
* Dreams
* Dreamcatchers
* Goodnight kisses.

Resource pages in the back of the book help parents and teachers work with children to expand vocabularies and learn about the science of sleep. Colorful watercolor illustrations.

Simple, silly, poems: these are perfect for bedtime or naptime.  I’m looking forward to reading them to my grandchildren when they come to visit.

I think the best thing about this book is the vocabulary guide at the back to expand growing literacy.

Note:  while I was given this book as a gift, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Also from Leslie Halpern:
  • Silly Sleepytime Poems
  • Rub, Scrub, Clean the Tub
  • Shakes, Cakes, Frosted Flakes


Monday, January 15, 2018

HOW TO MARRY A RAKE IN 10 DAYS by Samantha Holt

Series:  N/A
Author:  Samantha Holt
Publish Date:   11.30.2015
Publisher:  Samantha Holt
Category /Genre:  Victorian Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Date completed: 12.21.2017

Description from the publisher:
Dear Miss Manners,
I have been following your column for some time since I made my debut into society some five years ago. As a young woman, I took your advice to become a well-mannered, polite young lady who would surely find herself a husband during her first season. However, it soon became clear to me that your teachings no longer have a place in this century. England is a modern place now with modern gentlemen. They do not expect us to be coy and polite. In fact, such behaviour only has the effect of turning one into a wallflower. I would wager that the eligible gentlemen of today value a woman who can hold a strong conversation and show intelligence instead of submissiveness. After all, how are we English ladies meant to hold our own against these American heiresses and French beauties?

Now, it is likely too late for me but there are many other young women out there following your advice, many of whom are to be consigned to spinsterhood. As an unmarried woman yourself, how are we to trust your advice?

I challenge, you Miss Manners, to prove the worth of your advice. Show myself and your readers that etiquette can win the heart of a fine prospect. Christmas is approaching and it is a time to reflect is it not? I am sure many a man is considering the worth of a wife. I highly anticipate, and look forward to, the announcement of your own engagement by the start of the New Year.

Your once loyal reader,
Miss Disbelieving


Dear Miss Disbelieving,

I pray you will return as a loyal reader as my engagement to Benedict Britton, the Earl of Calderton has been announced in this paper and the banns have been posted.  I dare say, he has admitted that his heart was stolen during my own first year and it is only after all of this time that we are able to complete our turn around the park.
Do not lose hope.  Be yourself.  Be polite.  Be well-mannered.

Yours devotedly,
Miss Manners
Ashley Ashdown

As always, I consider it a good day when I find a Samantha Holt book that I have not yet read.  I highly recommend this sweet, seasonal read  - to be read at any time of the year.

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Also from Samantha Holt:
·         Alrek
·         The Angel’s Assassin
·         Buckle Down
·         Christmas Seduction
·         The Crimson Castle
·         Eden’s Fire
·         Heart of a Viking
·         Her Dream Cowboy
·         Her Highland Defender
·         How to Marry a Rake in Ten Days
·         Hunting His Highland Lass
·         Kissed at Midnight
·         Knight’s Captive
·         Love or Loyalty
·         Must Love Lords
·         Not Another Soldier
·         Once Upon a Rake
·         The Sexy Bartender’s Virtual Seduction
·         A Summer Siege
·         Tempting His Mistress
·         Too Much to Lose
·         Wake Me with a Kiss
·         Warriors
·         The Warrior’s Reward
Bluestocking Brides series:
1.      Amelia and the Viscount
2.      Julia and the Duke
3.      Emma and the Earl
4.      Catherine and the Marquis
5.      Lilith and the Stable Hand
Borderland Legacy:
1.      Borderland Bride
2.      Borderland Beauty
3.      Borderland Betrayal
The Cynfell Brothers series:
1.      Sinful Confessions
2.      Sinful Deeds
3.      Sinful Liaisons
4.      Sinful Cravings
5.      Sinful Possession
6.      Sinful Temptations
7.      Sinful Secrets
Highland Fae Chronicles:
The One Knight Collection:
1.      One Knight
2.      Black Knight
3.      White Knight
4.      Highland Knight
Regency Fairy Twists:
1.      Wake Me with a Kiss
2.      The Beast Who Loved Me
3.      Dance with Me at Midnight
Rogues of Redmere Series:
2.      When a Rogue Loves a Woman