Welcome to the first Book Birthday Tuesday of December!! Seriously this year has flown by and with so many changes on my end. I just started my new job in construction management and that is why this post is being published this afternoon instead of the typical morning. I got lazy (shocker) and only completed half of this post before bed because being in the field is exhausting. But anyways there are some fabulous books being released this week, one of which I get to meet the author of tonight at a book signing and am super excited!
Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen – 5/5 Stars
Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.
But now Vicky must marry—or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season.
Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exact circumstances: whether the roguish Mr. Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr. Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility.
Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day.
This book had it all. Sass, romance, Jane Austen references/inspirations. I absolutely loved this ARC and if you pick up one book on this list let it be this one. I loved it so much I’m actually going to the release party of it tonight at my local B&N! As always the link to my actual review is linked in the title of the book.
Reverie by Ryan La Sala – TBR
All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.
As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.
This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.
This cover is gorgeous and that’s why this book first caught mt attention (sorry but my bookstagram NEEDS it). Then I read the description and I always love a good near death experience story. Toss in some worlds/realms colliding and this book really grabbed my attention. To top it all off it’s LGBT which we definitely need more representation of in literature.
Watch Over Me by Mila Gray – TBR
Ever since Zoey was a kid she’s been caring for her mom and her little sister, defending them from her violent father. She’s been the strong one, the responsible one as she sacrificed her wants and dreams to keep her family together.
Now the life they’ve built for themselves in California is about to be upended. Her father, just released from prison, has discovered where they’re hiding and has come looking for them.
Enter Tristan. A former Marine and now member of the Coast Guard, Tristian promises his best friend, and Zoey’s Marine brother, that he will take care of Zoey and her family. Protect them, watch over them, and be the rock they need in their lives.
And as Tristan starts to help Zoey deal with the emotional fall out of her childhood, their relationship turns from protector to something more. The two grow closer as a romance blooms into a heart-pounding and powerful relationship that Zoey hopes will be strong enough to fight off the damage her father has done to her and her family.
But not everyone can be kept safe forever, and when Zoey’s father does show up, a confrontation ensues that will change Zoey’s world forever.
I’ve been following Mila Grey for years with he Come Back to Me series. I love the military aspect these books have (if I remember right it’s usually Marines). We all have issues, some more than others, and her books always bring to light some of the tougher issues and those returning from war tend to face. They’re beautiful romance stories with some really sexy but believable scenes. So if you’re into those kinds of books add this to your TBR.