Saturday, February 10, 2018

{Blog Tour} Shadowsong - S. Jae-Jones (Review & Giveaway)

Shadowsong (Wintersong #2)
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her. 

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?



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Liesl is back again in the second book of the series.  This book picks up from where the first book left off with Liesel returning from the underground after being released.   Liesl is dealing with heartbreak and also trying to put her family back together when we meet her back in this book.  She is trying to get her life back together, but also worried about her brother Josef since he is still off traveling for his new job.

Liesl has a lot of emotions going on in her head at this time and she is trying to figure out her next steps in life.  She thinks the opportunity of a lifetime has come in the form of a music lover and also she will be reunited with her brother Josef, but things aren't always as they seem.

The author does an amazing job bringing not only the characters to life, but the scenery as well.  The author is very talented with describing what is going on and it really brings the book to life when you are reading.   I could imagine myself being transported to the different locations in the book while just reading the authors descriptions. 

I enjoyed my Kathe scenes in this book a lot.  I felt that the comments that she was making in the book helped me understand what everyone might be seeing from Liesl.   The book is told mostly through Liesl thoughts and we get to see that she has a lot going on in her mind.  Kathe helps to show the reader what Liesl's actions where doing to others or how others might view her.   Also, Kathe has some other pivotal points in the book that help bring her to life. 

My biggest issue with the book was some of the pacing.  It felt like some parts of the book sort of began dragging for me and I wanted to figure out what was going to happen so I felt like almost skimming until the action picked back up.  Once the action picked up again though I couldn't put the book down.

I would suggest this as a nighttime read. I found sections of the book that I felt I was able to put down and pick it back up.   The book does have a nice transition from Wintersong so I would also suggest reading the first book in the series first.  I would not consider this a stand alone novel. 

I received a copy of this book from The Fantastic Flying Book Club to provide an honest review.  This does no affect my opinion of this book.

My Rating: 4/5


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the NYT bestselling author of Wintersong.

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.




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Thursday, February 8, 2018

{Blog Tour} The Bastard’s Bargain - Katee Robert (Review)

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert delivers the final installment in her sizzling O'Malleys family series, hailed as "The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet." In THE BASTARD’S BARGAIN Dmitri Romanov must use his legendary focus and control to stay one step ahead of everyone else in the ever-shifting power plays of New York City.

What readers are saying:

“The Bastard's Bargain presents a seductive escape and a fulfilling fantasy for that bad boy craving a girl can never outgrow.”—Isha at Book Likes

“Keira and Dmitri are everything. What develops between them is raw and carnal and wanton. The way they need each other and the way they connect is beyond sexy. It’s something deep and dark and heartbreakingly beautiful.”—Eva, Goodreads Reviewer

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Title: The Bastard’s Bargain
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Series: The O’Malleys
Format: Digitial and Print
ASIN: B071ZYWPL5

Synopsis:

Married to the enemy

When Keira O'Malley was a child, she used to picture her perfect wedding. The flowers. The dress. Her husband. But nothing could have prepared her for saying "I do" to Dmitri Romanov-cold, domineering, and always one step ahead of everyone else in the ever-shifting power plays of New York City. She agreed to his bargain to secure peace for her family, and she may want the bastard more than she'd ever admit, but she'll be damned if she'll make this marriage easy for him.

Dmitri knows better than to underestimate Keira for one second. Molten desire smolders between them, a dangerous addiction neither can resist. But his enemies are already on the move, and he needs every ounce of his legendary focus and control to keep them alive. Keira could just be his secret weapon-if she doesn't bring him to his knees first.

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Review:

This book contains adult themes.

I love the O’Malley series by Katee Robert.  This was the 6th book in the series and my guess the final book since all the characters have had a book.   This was one of my top books I wanted to read in 2018 and I was not disappointed.

This book follows Keira the youngest O’Malley sibling and Dmitri who is the head of the Romanov family.  The story picks up right where the last book left off with Dmitri taking Keira.  Keira and Dmitri end up getting married quickly in the book and now need to figure out a life together.  Keira is used as pawn so she is always trying to keep herself one step ahead of the game and brings her own set of knowledge and experience to the situation. 

I loved that the book was told in dual POV’s.  We get to see the relationship between Keira and Dmitri unfold.  Keira has her guard completely up and doesn’t even realize that Dmitri is turned on by her being so strong.

Keira turned out to be my favorite female lead of the series.  She is so strong, but doesn’t see it due to her dependency on drugs and alcohol.  I love when she is forced to get sober that you can see she is fit for this world that she lives in and can take control of all situations.  Keira comes into her own throughout this book.

Dmitri was an interesting character in all the books in the series so I was very intrigued that the last book was going to be specifically about him.  We did get a little more backstory on how he became to be, but the story was more focused on developing a relationship with Keira.  Dmitri is a complicated man, but he does keep himself somewhat honest in the book and we do get a refreshing look at him.

The story line is great for this book.  We get a great look at the relationship between Dmitri and Keira from the beginning.  My second favorite part is seeing Keira begin to recover and her realizing what is wrong with her.  I loved the way the author handled addiction because it is not over when you are simply recovered.

My one complaint would be the lack of action in this book.  Other books in the series have hard more action in them and this one felt a good portion of the buildup was happening during the story and there was only a mild amount of actual action that happened towards the end of the book.  I felt that the focus of this book was more on the relationship between Keira and Dmitri versus the overall O’Malley story.   My other complaint is I wish they brought all the siblings back together one last time I missed Sloan.

I would suggest this as a weekend read.  I got totally sucked in as I knew I would and couldn’t put the book down.  The story line does have some parts where you can stop reading, but I found it very challenging to take a break because I just wanted to know what was going to happen.

I received a copy of this book from Barclay Publicity to provide an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book. 

My Rating: 4/5


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The Bastard’s Bargain Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Katee Robert
It wasn’t until the front door closed behind Ivan that the reality of her situation sank in. Dmitri was furious. He might have faked it for his friend, but he stood next to her, a pillar of stone with anger coming off him in waves. His grip on her elbow didn’t hurt, but if she’d tried to leave, he would have restrained her.
She should be afraid. She should be terrified.
Keira’s heartbeat picked up, adrenaline kicking in. She swung to face him with a fierce smile on her face. “You didn’t compliment me on my dress.” It was a work of fucking art. She smoothed her free hand over her hip and up her side. “Actually, you called me a high-class sex worker. Is that any way to speak to your beloved wife?”
His gray eyes followed the movement, a muscle ticking in his jaw when she cupped her breast. “I meant it when I said you’re playing with fire.”
That wasn’t just anger on his face now. No, it was rapidly being overtaken by sheer lust. An answering feeling sent a bolt straight to her core. She stepped back, and he released her instantly. A strange feeling coursed through her, straightening her spine and making her want to laugh out loud. Power. This is what power feels like.
He wanted her. He wanted her so badly, he had his hands clenched at his sides to keep from touching her again. But he wouldn’t until she gave the green light. Keira took another step back. “I have a hypothetical question.”
“Ask.” His voice was rough. The way he watched her made her feel like prey, and she liked it far more than she should—because she wasn’t prey. Keira had her own teeth and claws, and Dmitri would learn that as time went on.
“Hypothetical, if I said yes tonight…how do you imagine that would go?”
He stared at her a long moment. “Nyet. I’m not playing this game with you.” She blinked and he was on her, one hand snaking around to press against the exposed small of her back, the other tangling in her hair. “We are not children, moya koroleva. These games don’t become us.”
He kissed her. There was no cautious exploration or easing into it. Dmitri kissed her like a conquering warlord who was sure of his welcome because he owned everything in the room—including her. There was no fighting this. She didn’t even want to try. Keira slid her arms around his neck and pressed herself more firmly against him. His cock was a hard length with too many layers between them. She rolled her hips, an invitation she wasn’t sure she was ready to follow through on.
Dmitri slid his hand down to cup her ass, guiding her movements. Long slides up the length of his cock and back down again. The stupid goddamn dress kept her from spreading her legs wider, from getting him exactly where she needed him. Her nipples rubbed against his shirt, the silk incredibly decadent across her sensitized skin.
“Keira. Moya koroleva.” He kissed down her jawline, tilting her head back until she had to arch her spine to accommodate the position. “Did you enjoy their eyes on you? Ivan’s. The men who owe allegiance to me. Anyone who cared to look.”
It took her desire-drugged brain a beat to catch up, but by then he was already growling out more words against her skin. “Did it make you feel powerful to know they were imagining stroking the nipples you flash with such impunity?” He moved his hand from her ass to do exactly that, dragging a finger over her puckered nipple. “They wanted the body you so proudly put on display.” His voice roughened. “They wanted what’s mine.”
ve in tonight and then it will all be over.
He moved his hand to her back and bent her until she relied solely on his strength to keep her off the ground. And then Dmitri’s wicked, wicked mouth closed around her nipple. The weight of the beaded design seemed heavier with his tongue flicking the engorged bud, making his touch that much hotter. She couldn’t hold back a moan as he moved to her other breast.
Dmitri dragged his mouth up the center of her chest, the only part of her not caged in the dress, stopping at the thick collar. He flicked the hollow of her throat with his tongue. “This is my favorite part of the dress.” He ran his thumb over it. “This, more than anything else, marks you as mine.”
A collar for a kept pet.

It was as if he’d doused her in icy water. Keira went rigid and shoved Dmitri away. She almost fell when he released her, but she regained her balance at the last second. They stood mere feet apart, breathing hard and staring at each other. I am no one’s pet. She slashed her hand through the air. “I might be your wife, Russian, but I’m not yours. I’ll never be yours.”

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About Katee Robert
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension."  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Goodbye January - Hello February

Goodbye January 
Hello February

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My goal for this year is going to be staying on top of my blogging with reading and writing my reviews right away.   I eventually want to update my blog a little bit, but I need to get out of the backlog of reviews first.   I have been struggling to write my reviews recently so I am making that a goal for this year to write them after I finish a book.  I also will be taking less reviews and book tours so that I can get some of my backlog books read and reviewed.  I have finally made it through all of my emails so now I am prioritizing review requests and getting them done as fast as possible. 

In my life it has been a busy January.  In January we celebrated my husband's birthday with several dinner trips with family and friends.  I went to the Devil's game with my friend and we had amazing seats.  The weather has gotten a little better, it started with a very cold January.  Work has been quiet so I am able to get slightly caught up with my blogging. February I am going to be traveling again for work so hopefully I will get some reading done on my flights.
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My top clicked on post for January was: Girl in Pieces - Kathleen Glasgow (Review)

My favorite book I read in January was:  The Bastard's Bargain - Katee Robert (Completed 1/22/18) - My review is part of a Blog Tour that I will post on 2/8/18


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 How was your January?  What do you have planned for February?

An Indecent Proposal - Katee Robert (Review)

27416064Title: An Indecent Proposal
Series: The O'Malley's Book # 3
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 30th 2016
Publisher: Forever
Format: Digitial and Print

Synopsis:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert continues her smoking-hot series about the O'Malleys-wealthy, powerful, and full of scandalous family secrets.

Greed. Ambition. Violence. Those are the "values" Olivia Rashidi learned from her Russian mob family-and the values she must leave behind for the sake of her daughter. When she meets Cillian O'Malley, she recognizes the red flag of his family name . . . yet she still can't stop herself from seeing the smoldering, tortured man. To save her family, Olivia sets out to discover Cillian's own secrets, but the real revelation is how fast-and how hard-she's falling for him.

Plagued by a violent past, Cillian is more vulnerable than anyone realizes. Anyone except Olivia, whose beauty, compassion, and pride have him at "hello," even if she's more inclined to say good-bye to an O'Malley. While his proposal of sex with no strings seems simple, what he feels for her isn't, especially after he learns that she belongs to a rival crime family. Cillian knows that there is no escape from the life, but Olivia may be worth trying-and dying-for . . .


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Review:

This book contains adult themes.

This is the third book in the O’Malley series by Katee Robert and follows Cillian the third oldest brother of the O’Malley family as he is trying to get his life together.

Cillian has the bad boy reputation of the family since his younger wild days.  Cillian is working on getting his life together, but struggling with the death of his youngest brother Devlin that is a major focus of the series.  Cillian ends up meeting a woman he becomes infatuated with named Olivia who is a bartender at a bar in the O’Malley territory.   Cillian has always been the screw up so now he needs to convenience everyone he has grown up because he is infatuated with Olivia.   Cillian’s POV of his family and the feelings that go along with that help to keep the story moving along and the reader wanting more.

Olivia has a darker past then she lets on.  She is trying to stay out of trouble and away from everyone while raising her child, but her past is still lurking around the corner.  Olivia is a member of the Romanov family from NY and her brother wants more out of her.  Olivia is a very complex character that the author does a great job creating.  I love that we get to see Olivia’s POV during the story because helps to give us a backstory as well get her current feelings.  Olivia’s main goal is keeping her child safe and in turn she is always keeping her guard up.

The romance that develops between Cillian and Olivia is a slow burning one.  Olivia is so guarded she doesn’t want to let Cillian in, but realizes that maybe he isn’t the bad guy.   They take their time to get to know one another and learn about each other.  Cillian grows into a new character during this book and realizes exactly what he wants in life and how he needs to achieve that.

The drama that we get in this story isn’t fully focused on the O’Malley versus everyone idea, but more on the danger specifically Olivia is in.  I enjoyed learning more about the Romanov group in this book and seeing what the Romanov’s want.  The drama comes quick towards the middle of the book and carries throughout the rest of the book.  I love the slower build up to a relationship prior to the drama hitting so that as a reader I could fall in love with the characters.  


I would suggest this as a weekend read.  I enjoy reading the O’Malley series and find it challenging to put this book down.  The story is fast paced in nature and an interesting read.  Towards the middle half the action picks up and it became challenging to put down as I wanted to know what was going to happen. 

My Rating: 4/5

Other Books in The O’Malleys Series

THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT
THE WEDDING PACT
AN INDECENT PROPOSAL
FORBIDDEN PROMISES
UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION 

About Katee Robert
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension."  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 


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Hardcore Twenty-Four - Janet Evanovich (Review)

32942027Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich
SerieStephanie Plum #24
Genres: Fiction, Mystery
Publication date: 
November 14th 2017

Publisher: Bantam
Format: hardcover, 320 pages
How I got it: Library

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My rating: 3/5 
 

Janet Evanovich’s #1 New York Times bestselling sensation Stephanie Plum returns in her twenty-forth thriller as mutilated corpses litter the streets of New Jersey...
Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum. First, professional grave robber and semi-professional loon, Simon Diggery, won’t let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Stephanie’s main qualification for babysitting an extremely large snake is that she owns a stun gun—whether that’s for use on the wandering serpent or the petrified neighbors remains to be seen.

Events take a dark turn when headless bodies start appearing across town. At first, it’s just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. But when a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church Stephanie knows that she’s the only one with a prayer of catching this killer.

If all that’s not enough, Diesel’s back in town. The 6-foot-tall, blonde-haired hunk is a man who accepts no limits—that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli isn’t pleased at this unexpected arrival nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant who has his own plans for Stephanie.

As usual Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What’s the deal with Grandma Mazur’s latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?

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My thoughts:


I have been a big fan of the Stephen Plum series for years now as they are perfect fast paced humor reads.   I have read every book in this series and couldn’t wait to read the next.  I have struggled through the past few with the repetitive nature of the story line, but this one gave me some hope.

This book follows Stephanie as she is trying to hunt down some escapees while feeding a boa and potentially zombies.   We have Lulu along for the ride as always during the book.  We only get bits and pieces of the relationship with Morelli in this book as well as bits and pieces with Ranger.   Diesel is in this book, but doesn’t add too much to the story line.  He seems as mysterious as ever.

The plot is a typical Stephanie Plum series where it can go in any direction at any time.  The story moves quickly along to keep me wanting to read.  The zombie story line creates a lot of humor for me as it just seems ridiculous in nature. 

I think my saving grace for this book was by far the humor has come back to the series.  I was struggling with the last few books there were some funny parts, but other than that they were standard and not to exciting.  Finally, in book 24 we are back to the comedy relief that this series provides.   The author does a great job bringing in the humor to make this a fast paced read.

My biggest complaint is we still don’t have a defined male for Stephanie and it just seems silly now.  She goes back and forth between Morelli, Ranger and now add in Diesel.  I would love for her to settle down with one, but I guess that wouldn’t keep the series going.  It is always the same I think she is heading towards Morelli and then back to Ranger.


I would suggest this as a nighttime read.  It was very fast paced and an easy read to be able to take your mind off a long day.   It was easy enough to read a long portion in a short amount of time, but there were some stopping points as well in the book. 
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About the Author


Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Marriage Contract - Katee Robert (Review)

25253481Title: The Marriage Contract
Series: The O'Malley's Book # 1 
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 2nd 2015 
Publisher: Forever
Format: Digitial and Print

Synopsis:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert begins a smoking hot new series about the O'Malley family-wealthy, powerful, dangerous and seething with scandal.

Teague O'Malley hates pretty much everything associated with his family's name. And when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a "business" alliance, Teague's ready to tell his dad exactly where he can stuff his millions. But then Teague actually meets his new fiancée, sees the bruises on her neck and the fight still left in her big blue eyes, and vows he will do everything in his power to protect her.

Everyone knows the O'Malleys have a dangerous reputation. But Callie wasn't aware just what that meant until she saw Teague, the embodiment of lethal grace and coiled power. His slightest touch sizzles through her. But the closer they get, the more trouble they're in. Because Callie's keeping a dark secret-and what Teague doesn't know could get him killed.


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Review:
This book contains adult themes.

I got hooked on the O’Malley series after reading books 4 & 5 so I figured I would go back and start from the beginning.

This book is the first in the O’Malley series and follows Teague O’Malley the second oldest brother as he finds out he is being forced into an arranged marriage.   Teague is set to marry Calista Sheridan who is from another powerful family in Boston.  The marriage comes out of left field for Teague since Calista’s original groom was murdered.   

Teague doesn’t want to be an O’Malley and wants to move away from this life style.  Teague was hoping that his life wouldn’t catch up with him as quickly as it did.  Teague does have strong ties to his family and will follow through with family commitments.  Teague loves his sisters and wants what is best for them even if that means getting them away from his family.  Teague is a standup guy once you get to know more of his personality he will become a perfect book boyfriend.

Calista recently lost her brother and is now in line to take over the Sheridan family after her father steps down.  Calista has a large amount of pressure on her shoulders to step up into the role of head of a family.  Calista doesn’t trust anyone from the outside and struggles with accepting Teague as a partner.

enjoyed reading the romance that develops between Calista and Teague.  It seems they have an insta-attraction, but it takes some time for the romance to develop.  Calista doesn’t want to jump feet first into anything so she is always trying to evaluate the entire situation.  Teague on the other hand goes after things that he wants.  It is a cute combination that the author created and their two personalities work well with one another.

Since this is the first book in the series the author is giving us the lay of the Boston land.  We get to learn about the different territories and what is going on with each family member.  I love that we get to see a little bit of how the O’Malley children were raised and were their values stand.  The story is fast paced and an easy read.  The author sets up the rest of the series within this first book and gives a big glance into the next book in the series.

I would suggest this as a weekend read.  I love the O’Malley clan so I enjoyed jumping back into the world and getting lost with the characters.  I enjoy reading the story that Katee has crafted out of these characters.   I found it challenging for me to put this book down. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series and the last one in the series! 

My Rating: 5/5


Other Books in The O’Malleys Series

THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT
THE WEDDING PACT
AN INDECENT PROPOSAL
FORBIDDEN PROMISES
UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION 
THE BASTARD'S BARGAIN

About Katee Robert
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension."  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 


Connect with Katee at: Website | Facebook | TwitterGoodReads | Instagram

{Blog Tour} Shadowsong - S. Jae-Jones (Review & Giveaway)

Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones Publisher: Wednesday Books Release Date: February 6, 2018 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy ...