Review – Damned

Damned

by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

DamnedSeries: Magnus Blackwell, Book 1
Genres: Adult, Supernatural
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Pages: 426
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | KoboiBooks
My Rating: ★★★★☆

Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.

Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.

A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.

As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.

Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.

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Review – The Friend Request

The Friend Request

by Charles Soto

Genres: Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2015
Pages: 314
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Chase has it all. Owner of a successful business, social standing and respect, killer looks and not the fiancé of any man’s fantasy. His life is in control, just the way he planned; but everything is not as it appears. His brother, also his business partner and closest friend, is angrily rejected when he attempts to tell Chase the Truth. As Chase blindly races toward an empty future based on lies and deceit, his brother makes the dangerous decision to protect him.

Carly, a single and struggling mom, has always sacrificed personal happiness in an effort to protect her son. Lonely and stuck in a dead-end job, her life revolves around her special needs child; until the abusive father threatens to take him. Carly decides to take a chance on life and accept a friend request from her high school sweetheart. Can she let down her defenses and open her heart, or will the past cloud her future? Will a simple Facebook friend request bring Chase and Carly the happiness they so desperately desire, or will secrets from their past threaten to keep them apart … forever.

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Review – The Succubus, The Demon, & the Witch

I’m back in the Underlayes, this time reviewing book 2, The Succubus, The Demon, & the Witch. Feel free to skip past the book information to get to the review. Or maybe you want to get to T.A. Moorman’s guest post about how much her own life has made it into her books. There’s also a giveaway in there, so don’t skip around too much. And make sure you check out the release day party on Facebook today starting at noon.

The Succubus, The Demon, & The Witch

by T.A. Moorman

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Series: Underlayes, Book 2
Genres: Romance, Occult, Coming of Age, Adult
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Pages: 256
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Review – Witch Wars

As I’ve gotten further into the world of Book Blogging, I’ve found lots of different books that sound interesting with an opportunity to review. Avid little reader that I am, I’ve jumped on several. In this case, I was only expecting to receive an ARC of book 2, The Succubus, the Demon, and the Witch as part of a release day book blitz, but was pleasantly surprised to receive book 1, Witch Wars as well. Keep an eye out for my review of book 2 on March 27th. Feel free to skip past the book information to get to the review.

Witch Wars

by T.A. Moorman

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Series: Underlayes, Book 1
Genres: Romance, Occult, Coming of Age, Adult
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Pages: 268
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review – Knights Who Stole My Heart

Continuing with my book blogger posts, I was offered the opportunity to receive an ARC of Knights Who Stole My Heart (Book 2 in the Knights Series) by Sonya Jesus. Having enjoyed Knights After My Heart (Book 1), I happily accepted the offer. Feel free to skip past the book information to get to the review.

Knights Who Stole My Heart

by Sonya Jesus

Cover of Knights Who Stole My HeartGenres: Romance, Suspense, Mystery
Release Date: February 28, 2018
Pages: 291
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★★

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Corsets & Codpieces

Wow, it’s February! Welcome to another Friday Reads. I originally intended to post this a few days ago, but I’ve been so busy preparing for my release party, that I’ve been neglecting my blog. So this month, my Friday Reads is also a review.

Cover of Corsets & Codpieces by Karen BowmanA short time ago, I finished reading Corsets and Codpieces: A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era by Karen Bowman. When I picked it up, I expected it to be dry and more than a little dull, but the subject matter interested me, so I figured I’d plod my way through it.

When I started reading it however, I was pleasantly surprised by a conversational tone and fantastically interesting nuggets of information woven into the engaging narrative.

For example, did you know that the phrase “street walker” derives from medieval prostitutes who wore sandals that spelled out ‘follow me’ in the sand? Or that sewing needles were “extremely valuable, varying in worth from a yearling calf for a common needle to an ounce of silver for an embroidery needle”.

I found it immensely interesting that blue was once considered feminine because it “was associated with the Virgin Mary and conveyed gentleness” while “pink came from red and red was the embodiment of power, passion, wealth and blood” and was therefore a masculine color.

And how much do you know about crinolines? I had no idea that “accidents as a direct result of wearing a crinoline were more frequent than with any other garment in history”. In fact, “in 1864 a Dr Lancaster reported there had been 2,500 deaths in London alone from fire on account of the monstrous skirt.” Crinolines also, apparently, increased crime. A woman was caught smuggling “5 pounds of cigars, 9 pounds of tobacco, a quantity of tea and a bottle of gin, all concealed beneath her crinoline”.

Then later, during the second world war when strict clothes rationing was introduced in England in 1941, people were issued 66 coupons to last a year, which “would have been spent in the first quarter of any year” by pre-war standards.

My only real ‘complaint’ for lack of a better word to call it, is that I wish more of the “Modern Era” was covered. You only get a couple pages to get you from the 50s to the 70s, and nothing at all further forward. There are certainly some outrageous fashions in modern clothing as well.

Ms. Bowman does offer an extra little bit of information right at the end of the book, explaining why most bras have “a small bow stitched to the front between the cups”. But I won’t spoil the surprise in case you pick it up yourself.

Perhaps now you understand why I found this book so interesting. Or perhaps you think I’m an absolute nutter. *shrug* Ultimately, if you have any interest whatsoever in the history of some of humanity’s weirder garments, I heartily suggest you get Corsets & Codpieces.

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