Lord Sebastian’s Secret by Jane Ashford

I remember at one time loving historic romances, though I don’t read them often Lord Sebastian’s Secret did catch my eye.  Lord Sebastian hiding his difficulty in reading so that he is not thought to be dumb.  I really did enjoy Lord Sebastian’s Secret, which was gotten through Netgalley or an honest review.

My Review

It has been a while since I have really gotten into reading historical romances, but it is one of my challenges to myself this year.  So seeing this book available on Netgalley seemed like a sign to me.  Though this was the third book in The Duke’s Sons series.  (I found out after reading it.)  You really do not need to read the others before hand.

Though the center of this story is Sebastian and Georgina, the things other characters cause is even better.  My favorite is the younger sister who is after something of her own.  The house guest Mr. Mitra are just as interesting and causing of trouble.

Overall this was an OK of a book.  Not perfect but good none the less.  At times hard to read and very slow going but when something interesting happened it got good.

Question for Readers

Have you read the previous books in this series?  What are your favorite Historical Romances?

About the Author

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was entranced by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has lived in New York, Boston and LA. Today, she is somewhat nomadic.

Jane has written historical and contemporary romances. Her books have been published in England, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden, Slovakia, Denmark, Russia, and Latvia, Croatia and Slovenia as well as the U.S. She has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews.


Lord Sebastian's Secret Book Cover Lord Sebastian's Secret
The Duke's Sons
Jane Ashford
Romance, Historical Romance
Sourcebooks Casablanca
January 3, 2017

Feature and Follow Friday #1

Feature and Follow Friday – #1

With a new blog (as a returning blogger, I took a few years off and focused on my school work).  It is time to get back into this correctly (or maybe slowly).  I would like to welcome new followers and any that have found me because I just changed all of my social media links as well, Welcome Back!  So it has been a long time since I did a Feature and Follow Friday but it looks like I came back a just the right time as Parajunkee and Alison recently changed the rules a little bit.

What Movie from Book coming out in 2017 are you most excited about?

I had to really think about this, there a quite a few books being made into movies this year and I have to admit I have only read a few of them (Sorry if it was not part of the required reading in my studies I did not have time to really read it).  But the story line of a few of them look amazing and I am really looking forward to those.

  1.  Wonder – number 1 it has Julia Roberts, I just love her and like I said these were picked because the story line looks good.
  2. The Circle – I love a good thriller as a movie as long as I will not be sleeping with one eye open (Sorry to the Stephen King on book to movie list) so this one really caught my interest.

I do plan to see other book to movies being released but these two have gotten my attention the most on movies that are high on my must see list.

How to Follow Me…

You can pick one or you can pick them all, but I would like to welcome each and every new follower so leave me a comment down below.

Twitter – @amethystprincss
Facebook – Romance Lover Anonymous

The Billionaire’s Christmas by JS Scott

I will admit The Billionaire’s Christmas by J.S. Scott has come up on my “Books you may like” list on Amazon many time over the last few years.  But it really made its way onto my TBR list when my mom bought Amazon Unlimited.

*Side note the Amazon Unlimited is on a family amazon account that everyone uses not just me*

My Review

Emily has made the biggest mistake of her career, dating the wrong guy.  Now said wrong guy has robbed The Youth Center she is the director of just in time for Christmas.  To fix her mistake Emily goes to The Beast, Grady Sinclair, to save the Youth Center’s Christmas Celebration.

This was my first Sinclair story, aswell as my first book by J.S. Scott but I have completely fallen in love.  The cuteness of the story is great and it ever has a little mystery mixed in with the search for the stolen money.  No the stolen money is not a main focus but it does give a good twist.  No the main story line is Grady wanting Emily to show him what is so good about Christmas.

Question for Readers

What is your favorite Christmas themed Romance?  Have you read or plan to read The Billionaire’s Christmas?  Leave me a comment down below.

About the Author

J.S. Scott is a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic romance. She’s an avid reader of all types of books and literature. Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary erotic romance stories and paranormal romance erotics. They almost always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she just can’t seem to write them any other way! She lives with her husband in the picturesque Colorado Rockies.


The Billionaire's Christmas Book Cover The Billionaire's Christmas
The Sinclairs
J.S. Scott
Romance, Contemporary Romance
Montlake Romance
October 14, 2014
Kindle Unlimited

Her Ruthless Russian by Leslie North

To Start off the new year and this blog, I started with the quick read Her Ruthless Russian by Leslie North. Her Ruthless Russian is the first book in Karev Brothers Series which I got as an ARC on Netgalley for an honest review.

My Review

Over all I really did like this book.  It had a good story line and a little mystery to keep you interested.  Though that is where I found my dislike “a little mystery”.  The background story-line of who killed Vlad’s father is interesting, who killed the mob boss and why.  Though I would love to know more, I also know it can be found in book two of the Karev Brothers.

The romance is good too.  Both are just using the other to get what they want and this leads to a great love.  They start with this love hat thing that is really good for the two of them.  Can true love be found when you are trying to get the other to give you the information you need?

Like I said overall I really did like this book but I also wish it was a little longer and go more in depth on who is out to kill them.  Will I be reading book two of the Karev Brothers? Yes.  Will it be soon? Maybe.  Am I looking forward to it?  YES.

Question for Readers

Do you have a favorite Mafia Bad Boy Romance book that you really like?  Let me know in the comments down below.  And let me know if you are going to be reading Her Ruthless Russian or adding it to your wish list?

About the Author

Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.

The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.


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Her Ruthless Russian Book Cover Her Ruthless Russian
Karev Brothers Series
Leslie North
Romance, Bad Boy Romance
December 27, 2016

Born into a Russian Mafia family, Vlad Karev is no stranger to violence…but this time it’s personal. Someone has murdered his father and Vlad can’t rest until he finds the killer. When the trail leads to an art gallery, Vlad wants to dig deeper, but he needs help from the owner’s daughter. The pretty redhead is far too innocent for a man like Vlad, but he’ll do what it takes to get the information he needs. His obligations are to the family, even if that means using the fiery woman.

Madison O’Connor works hard to keep her family’s gallery going, although secretly she has little interest in art. But when she discovers her father’s been laundering money for the Russian Mafia, she’ll do everything she can to keep him out of jail. She hates to lie, but she has a plan…seduce the Russian bad boy to learn the mob’s secrets. Never mind his dangerous exterior or icy blue eyes, Madison’s going to get her family free of the mob, even if she has to use Vlad Karev to do it.

As the killer gets closer, so do Vlad and Madison. But is their connection just the means to an end, or could their romance be real?

Top Ten 2017 Debuts Books I’m Excited For – Top Ten Tuesday


TOP TEN TUESDAY- 10 2017 Debuts Books That I am Excited For

Top Ten Tuesday - 2017 Debuts Books

There is a lot of change coming in 2017 and there is a lot to be Excited for.  I am making some of my own changes that I am ready to get started on in a personal level.  But that is not what this list is for.  This list is for those books that are written by first time Authors that I am super excited to get my hands on throughout the year.

1. The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

This one I found on a Goodreads list and I admit the title told me I just had to read it.  And the book summary did not help me change my mind, I mean who does not want to be able to jump into books and interact with the characters.

Purchase: Amazon

Amy Lennox doesn’t know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother’s childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.

2.   One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The Breakfast Club was probably one of my favorite movies growing up and now it has just become the biggest murder mysteries.

Purchase: Amazon

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


3. Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

This one the description makes me think it will be hard to read but the summary makes me think I need to read it.  Since the book is written in Social Media Form that does scare me but I am kind of interested to see what happens.

Purchase: Amazon

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murder at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts, this thriller for the online generation will keep you guessing right up to the shocking end.

4.  FrostBlood by Elly Blake

This one is one I debate on really reading.  It is going to be series I know it and it is the first in the series and this will just lead to more purchases but I am really interested in reading I will admit.  A girl forced to fight by the man she could love because she is different from his kind.  Looking forward to seeing what happens with these characters.

Purchase: Amazon

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king’s tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.


5. Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

I will admit I think this one is added because it was written by a male and sometimes I like to look into authors that are not all female. So finding new male authors is always interesting and the book sounds good and interesting.

Purchase: Amazon

On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right?

As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a charming, quiet girl named Cecily. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty–in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?

Told with humor and breathtaking poignancy, Love and First Sight is a story about how we related to each other and the world around us.

6. Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields

This one is kind of low on my list of books I want to read but I really do find an interest in reading it.  It does sound good and I really do hope it is as good as it sounds but I will admit I think it barely made my top 10 mostly.

Purchase: Amazon

Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

7. Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

This one would be my luck, fixing to move out of the country would be the time that a find love in my life.

Purchase: Amazon

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

8.  You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Just the fabled no good deed goes unpunished themed story, but you may find something good in your punishment.

Purchase: Amazon

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.

9. The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

I will admit this is something I get, but mine was not Senior English, it was Freshman English.  I love to read, but I hated the research papers and the school required reading.  Seeing how the character makes some changes to the plan is something I really look forward to.

Purchase: Amazon

Danielle’s plans for the future were pretty easy to figure out… until she failed senior English and her single college application was denied. Suddenly she’s in hot water with very few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a semi-famous “college psychic”?!

Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her hometown community college with a plan: pass her English class and get back into Ohio State and her mother’s good graces. Romance isn’t on her radar… until she reconnects with her childhood crush and golden-boy-next-door, Luke.

Between family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed. Thankfully she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.

One thing’s for sure: This time, failure’s not an option, in this spunky contemporary YA from debut author Maggie Ann Martin.

10.  Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman

Every girl knows that guy they should not be wanting to kiss but they just can’t seem to help but want to kiss that guy.  Mine was a guy in my Junior High English class.  Yep I wanted to kiss him more than once lucky for me he spent more time in ISS (in school suspension) than hanging around in class.

Purchase: Amazon

Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea…

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

Are there any 2017 Debuts Books that you are looking forward to? Are any of these on your list?  Let me know in the comments.

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