Win Bestselling Author Maggie Shayne’s Once Upon a Time Boxed Set Today

Once Upon a TimeTwo weeks ago, my dad stormed into the living room to find me sitting on the couch, reading Once Upon a Time by Maggie Shayne. “Why weren’t you at breakfast?” He asked.

I pointed to the book (well, my phone with the downloaded ebook). “This is more important than food.”

Anyone who knows me knows this. Nothing is more important to me than food. All of my impulse buys are food. The only way to get me to show up to most events is to give me food. If I’m hungry at three in the morning, then I walk to the grocery store to get food.

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Discover a Picturesque Island With Magic and Romance Today

22522045When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she’s finally found refuge from her abusive husband—and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago… But even in this quiet, peaceful place, Nell never feels entirely at ease. Careful to conceal her true identity, she takes a job as a cook at the local bookstore café—and begins to explore her feelings for the island sheriff, Zack Todd. But there is a part of herself she can never reveal to him—for she must continue to guard her secrets if she wants to keep the past at bay. One careless word, one misplaced confidence, and the new life she’s created so carefully could shatter completely. Just as Nell starts to wonder if she’ll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers under a terrible curse—one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692. And now, with the help of two other strong, gifted women—and with the nightmares of the past haunting her every step—she must find the power to save her home, her love…and herself…

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Historical Romance Novel Book Review: The Robber Knight

When you are fighting for the freedom of your people, falling in love with your enemy is not a great idea. Or is it? Ayla has to defend her castle and her people all on her own, with nobody to help her but a dark warrior she hates with all her heart.

Sir Reuben, the dreaded robber knight, has long been Ayla’s deadliest enemy. He has prayed on her and her people ever since her father fell ill, and she swore he would hang for his crimes. Now they are both trapped in her castle as the army of a far greater enemy approaches, and they have only one chance: stand together, or fall.

This book wasn’t bad, honestly. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, and it had been awhile since I’ve read a medieval love story, so that was a nice change of pace.

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Shadowing Ivy by Janelle Taylor

For police officer Ivy Sedgwick, nothing could be more perfect. She’s about to marry the love of her life, Declan, and say goodbye to her father once and for all when she finally receives her inheritance from him on her wedding day. Whether she decides to accept it or not, however, remained to be seen.

But her plans for domestic bliss go awry when her fiancee bolts out the door of the church on her wedding day at the sight of of a strange man… a detective named Griffin Fargo who is investigating the murder of a woman in New York. Not only is Declan his half-brother, but he is also his prime suspect. Now, he must protect Ivy from Declan while fighting his conflicted feelings for her and wondering if he can trust her enough to open his heart to her.

This was a very good romance. Ivy is a strong female character but she doesn’t come off as bitchy and Griffin is very lovable and attractive. The chemistry between them is very strong and even though it was obvious that they were going to get together, this story was full of many twists and turns. The mystery surrounding the murder and Declan himself is full of genuine suspense that made me keep reading even though I knew I should stop, and it’s full of surprises. My one real complaint is with a bit of far-fetched action, like when one of the characters is repeatedly smashed in the head with a brick and then gets consciousness back a few hours later with enough ability to function to continue on his merry way. Perhaps I’m wrong, but from what I know of being knocked unconscious, that probably wouldn’t ever happen. But I believe this story will appeal to most romantic suspense lovers all the same.