RETURN GIVEAWAY :)

So, I realize I’ve been quite AWOL for a while now. I blame college and their long ass applications. And civics. SIGH.

ANYWAYS, in apology (SORRY!) I wanted to give away a couple of books that have just been in my room, and dying to be given to a loving owner! SO, I will be giving away paperback copies of:

– Trust in Me by Jennifer Armentrout 

-Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare. 

I really loved both these books, and they’re two of my favorite genres, historical romance and young adult romance! 🙂

TO ENTER, you can:

1. Follow my blog

2. Comment on this blog post with the most recent 5 STAR book you have read

3. Like my Facebook Page

4. Follow me on Twitter (@bookedblog)

GOOD LUCK GUYS, and watch out, because I have some great books and reviews coming up!!! 🙂

BOOK BLAST + EXCERPT: The Scandalous Love of a Duke by Jane Lark

unnamed (1)
Title: The Scandalous Love of a Duke
Author: Jane Lark
Genre: Regency(Historical) Romance
Release Date: April 3rd, 2014
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services Inc.
BUY LINKS:

add-to-goodreads-button31

Synopsis 

Book three in Jane Lark’s Kindle best-selling Regency romance series!Isolated by life and choice, John Harding, the Duke of Pembroke, sees an angel in a pale mauve dress across a room and is drawn closer as lust grips firm and hard in his stomach. The wheat-blonde hair escaping her dull dove-grey bonnet and caressing her neck lures his eyes to a spot he’d like to kiss. She speaks with animation her hands moving. Then as if she senses his gaze the stranger turns and looks at him.

A rush of pain and longing spilled from Katherine’s heart into her limbs. It was so long since she’d seen John but her reaction was the same as it had been more than half-a-dozen years before. She loved him,secretly, without hope, but a chasm of years and status stood between them.

Excerpt

A glass of red wine balanced in one hand, the stem dangling between his fingers, he joined anothergroup of guests, fulfilling his duty. He trusted no one here.

God, this was his life now, duty and falsehood. He missed Egypt, he missed adventure and peace and simplicity. He was already bored with people’s endless supplication. Everyone seemed to want something from him. They sought to attach themselves to either his wealth or his power.

His grandfather had warned of this.

John had had enough. He was seeking his family to escape it for a little while, and looking for Mary particularly. He knew his vibrant sister would bring him back from the cold darkness crowding in on him.

He’d passed his mother and Edward in the hall, they’d been speaking with Richard and Penny, they’d directed him in here.

His gaze swept about the room then stopped.

There was a young woman standing amidst his family, like a blonde beacon of light amongst his dark- haired black-clad cousins. She was an angel in a pale mauve dress.

Lust gripped had and firm in his stomach, an intense physical attraction. He’d never experienced anything so instant before. But it was a long time since he’d bedded a woman – far too long.

Her figure was a sublime balance of curves and narrow waist. Her spine had a beautiful arch as it curved into the point where her dress opened onto a full skirt.

Wheat-blonde hair escaped a dull dove-grey bonnet, caressing her neck and drawing his eyes to a place he’d like to kiss.

She was speaking with animation her hands moving.

He moved closer and as if she sensed his gaze the stranger turned and looked at him. In answer a lightning need struck his groin, a sharp sudden pain. She was an English Rose among orchids, the sort of woman he had seen nothing of abroad. Her skin was pale, with roses blooming in her cheeks, and her eyes were a vivid beautiful blue, like the bluebells which bloomed in spring, in the woods at Pembroke Place.

She was what he had longed for abroad and not even known he’d been lacking.

His attention wholly captured, desire slipped into his blood as his groin grew heavy with hunger.

This was what came from abstinence he supposed. He’d never had a fancy for fair, fay women before. He did now.

She did not look the sort for a fling though, certainly not the she-wolf type who stalked the foreign

fields. His mind began rattling through his guest list, but no name fit her, and her dull grey bonnet and shawl did not speak of affluence. Who was she?

He smiled as he grew nearer, then realised he was staring and shifted his gaze to the others in the group. It was then he noticed Phillip as they turned to towards him. “My God.”

“Your Grace.”

“Phillip.” Lord, John hoped Phillip had not come here with a motive. John did not wish to hear oily grovelling from an old friend. His heart thumped in cold anger, not gladness. Then he looked at the blonde and his breath caught as recognition whispered in his head. Kate.

About the Author

Author Photo

Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult Romance, and a Kindle top 25 bestselling author. She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis. When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write.

Now Jane is writing a Regency series and contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last. You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality. Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses them to create more realistic plots.

‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’

Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.

Connect with Jane!

Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads

REVIEW: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Title: The Bronze Horseman (find it on GOODREADS 🙂 & BUY it @ Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble)

Author: Paullina Simons

Release Date: April 2001

Series: The Bronze Horseman Series

Book 2: Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2)

Book 3: The Summer Garden (The Bronze Horseman #3)

Genre: Historical Romance ❤

Synopsis:

The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad..

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana–and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects–a secret as devastating as the war itself–as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

MY FEELINGS!! 🙂

The Bronze Horseman was seriously one of more epic and REAL stories I’ve read. First off, it’s historical fiction. In RUSSIA. During the WAR. I mean, how much more dire can that get? That being said, this book gave me hope. Tania and Alexander’s story gave me hope of survival and hope for success. The way they never gave up on each other was priceless, and I only wish that I will someday experience that kind of relationship with someone 😉

What I LOVED about this book? That Tania and Alexander made it whole, TOGETHER. They made the story into the epic romance that it is. BUT..YEP…there’s totally a love triangle, which basically made me go:

This entire story was around that epic love triangle. Dasha (aka Tania’s sister)…Tania….Alexander. *sigh* drama overload. BUT, it was the best kind of drama. I was basically grinning like a 5 year old every time Alexander and Tania were together, and then Dasha would enter and I would frown like my candy was being taking away from me (and I am a total sugar freak).

The thing was, though, I had faith that everything would work out for those two, although it was a little more gruesome than I wanted it to be :/ BUT let’s talk about TANIA shall we? I absolutely LOVED watching her constantly grow in this book. Her growth throughout the book and her determination kept me reading, with hope, tears, laughs, and a whole lot of slapping my bed in despair (:  At the beginning of the book, she really was a child. She yearned for ice cream, and was controlled by her family. But as the book goes on, she really begins to grow into her womanly self. She gains the confidence and courage that makes her a ridiculously strong character, but at the same time, she retains her selfless and slightly naive character, which just made me even more (most of the time 😉 ) Tania was seriously one of the purest heroines I’ve read about. Her love for Alexander was so unrelenting and their love story was one to last through the war. FOR SURE. *soaring heart*

AND ALEXANDER. oh my…that is what I call a BADASS MAN. What I loved most about him was his willingness to give Tania his strength, and his ever-present support and the constant affection. yup. i totally wanted me some alexander.. he made go like this:

EVERY. SINGLE. TIME 🙂

Honestly, though, I think the fact that made this book such a emotional roller coaster, and an AMAZING one at that, was that the main characters really lived off of each other. I mean, the way Alexander stood up for Tania while her family was basically taking all her food, and how he never gave up on looking for her… And Tania: her innate kindness really made her love her. Yeah, of course I got frustrated sometimes because she was just so darn selfless. I mean, I was completely like TAKE HIM FOR YOURSELF at some points of the books. At times, though, *SIGH*. There were seriously hard times, but the fact that both of them stayed alive gave me hope, for them and for their life together 🙂 How sappy..but I mean, this book made me that way 😉 Reunions, losses, hope-filled weeks, torturous waiting..everything you could ever imagine feeling, I felt in this book!

For six weeks Tatiana had been going to get her family’s rations, and it had never entered her head to eat the bread five people were waiting for.

And through it all Tatiana was STAR-ving

And through it all she missed Alexander.

Again, a love story to last the ages. BUT BEWARE THE ENDING. 😉 sorry…can’t say anything else (no spoilers here..but it was brutal..oh well…there’s always the second book 😀 ) SERIOUSLY, guys, this is one of the best historical romances I’ve read. It was real, believable, yet the emotional ride that every fantasy should be…READ IT. and fall in love with their characters like I did.

5 beautiful butterflies to this wonderfully epic read!

Image

CHECK OUT THE NEXT IN THE SERIES TOO!!!

Book 2: Tatiana and Alexander 

8467722

Synopsis:

Tatiana is eighteen years old, pregnant, and widowed when she escapes war-torn Leningrad to find a new life in America. But the ghosts of her past do not rest easily. She becomes consumed by the belief that her husband, Red Army officer Alexander Belov, is still alive and needs her desperately.

Meanwhile, oceans and continents away in the Soviet Union, Alexander barely escapes execution, and is forced to lead a battalion of soldiers considered expendable by the Soviet high command. Yet Alexander is determined to take his men through the ruins of Europe in one last desperate bid to escape Stalin’s death machine and somehow find his way to Tatiana once again

Add it on Goodreads!!! 🙂

BUY: Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble

Book 3: The Summer Garden

11196760

Synopsis:

TThe epic and monumental love story Paullina Simons began with her adored international bestseller The Bronze Horseman comes to a breathtaking conclusion. The Summer Garden is the third volume in Simons’s magnificent trilogy—a Russian Thorn Birds—which follows a love that survived the terrible siege of Leningrad during World War Two, a heartbreaking separation and a glorious reunion in America, only to be supremely tested by the hatred, fear, and uncertainty of the Cold War. You will never forget the lovers Tatiana and Alexander and their story of enduring love and commitment, and you will cherish every moment spent in The Summer Garden.

Add it on Goodreads! 🙂

BUY: Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble