Review: Colorado Abduction (Christmas at the Carlisles #1) by Cassie Miles

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Format: E-book – Read on Kindle
Publish date: 1st October 2009 by Harlequin Intrigue (first published 1st January 2009)
Price: Free
Date Re-Read: 29th September 2014


This is not the first time I have read the book ‘Colorado Abduction’. I first read it in April 2014 – only a few months ago – but I have been wanting to read it again ever since. In looking for something easy and appealing to read for my slowly un-fogging brain I hit upon this book.

Colorado Abduction is the first book in the Christmas at the Carlisles series and part of the Harlequin Intrigue set. For me it is a wonderful mix of the types of books I simply love; Western Romance and Romantic Suspense. Heaven!

Carolyn Carlisle, CEO of Carlisle Certified Organic Beef is brought back home to the family ranch run by her brother when news of sabotage reaches her. On her return though, Carolyn finds that security has been hired, but even with that, her sister-in-law Nicole is kidnapped and the bodyguard with her shot. Calling in the FBI, Carolyn hopes that the situation will be sorted soon. Enter tall, dark and handsome FBI agent in charge and hostage negotiator JD Burke. The attraction between Carolyn and JD is hot but the middle of an investigation isn’t the right time for either of them, or so they tell themselves. The investigation into the sabotage and kidnapping is continued by the FBI but when ransom demands are received and it looks like there may be a mole in the ranch, Carolyn and JD must learn to work together to get Nicole back to her husband.

Second time around and I still I absolutely loved this book. The characters and the storyline were well rounded and interesting. The story was intriguing and I certainly felt involved with the book; I cared about the characters. I loved the characters of Carolyn and JD – I just wish the ending had been continued on a bit as it was left rather open. There are two other books in the series however which continue the stories of other minor characters from this book. Maybe they will have a few hints of JD and Carolyn.

I would certainly recommend this book to others; it was an easy read and one which I couldn’t put down.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ – I loved it.


Book Spotlight: All’s Fair in Love and Weddings by Christine Feldman

Welcome to my first Book Spotlight! Today sees the release of the very talented Christine S. Feldman’s latest book; All’s Fair in Love and Weddings. It sounds like an absolute stonker of a novel and I can’t wait to read it!


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Author: Christine S. Feldman
Publish/Release Date: 30th September 2014 – TODAY!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Amazon UK / Amazon US


Goodreads summary:

Prudence Collier spent the better part of her reckless youth proving that she was not aptly named, and unfortunately she burned a few bridges in the process, including where her family is concerned. So when her long-estranged sister invites her to her destination wedding in the Virgin Islands, Prue leaps at the chance to mend at least one broken family relationship and prove that she’s a changed person.

Tucker Davies, on the other hand, has come to the islands for a very different reason: to stop the wedding. As a childhood friend of the groom, he has reason to believe that his friend is about to make a huge mistake and is intent on not letting that happen. One thing he didn’t count on, though, was going up against Prue.

Determined to make up for the past, Prue resolves to keep Tucker from interfering with her sister’s happiness in the present and is willing to go to any lengths necessary to do so. Any. And if that requires a few tiny deceptions here and there, the occasional brush with the local authorities, and perhaps even instigating a barroom brawl, so be it. A sister has to do what a sister has to do.

But so does a friend, and Tucker has no intention of backing down, no matter how aggravating or even—to his surprise—appealing Prudence Collier can be.

The war is on, and neither side believes they can afford to surrender.

Which is a shame, because they’re both beginning to suspect surrendering would be a lot of fun…



She froze in front of him like a deer caught in the headlights, and despite the fact that she had some serious explaining to do, the first thought that went through Tucker’s mind when her eyes widened was that they certainly were a remarkable shade of green, weren’t they?

“Good morning,” she returned warily, and then those green eyes of hers narrowed.

Well, that seemed like an odd reaction. If either of them ought to be upset, he was fairly certain it should be him, not her. And had he not been so intensely curious as to why she had sent him on a wild goose chase yesterday, he might have been more upset than he already was.

“Coffee smells good,” Tucker said conversationally with a nod toward her cup. “Is there more where that came from?”

“Depends,” Prue returned, eyeing him as if she expected him to make a sudden move at any time. “Are you a guest of the resort?”

“Are you kidding? At their prices? No.”

“Then I think you’re out of luck.” And she drained the rest of her drink in front of him.

He watched her, unfazed. “Yeah, my luck has been pretty poor the past twenty-four hours.”

“Has it?”

She seemed to be avoiding his gaze. Under the circumstances, he was not surprised. “But it’s taking a turn for the better now, because I was hoping to run into you again.”

“I’ll bet,” she muttered, so much under her breath that he almost missed it.

“Mainly because I was hoping you could explain something to me. Like why you sent me racing after the wrong ferry?”

After a moment’s pause, she turned to look directly at him and widened her eyes again with what—in any other situation—he might have interpreted as innocence. It was almost, but not quite, convincing. “I don’t know what you mean.”

“I think you do know what I mean. You sent me to the Water Island ferry.”

One of her eyes twitched before both of them grew even wider. Too wide. “That’s the one you wanted, wasn’t it?”

He looked at her evenly, wondering what kind of game she was playing at here. “No. It wasn’t.”

“Well, that’s what I heard you say. You specifically said Water Island, I’m sure of it.”

“I said St. John.”

She shook her head. “I think you must be confused.”

Understatement of the year, he thought. “Very, yes, but not about the islands. And neither are you, are you?”

“I think you must be remembering wrong.”

“I fell for that line once already, remember? What else have you got?”

Instead of answering, she played with the empty coffee cup in her hands.

“Look, sweetheart, I don’t know if you just like to do this kind of thing to other people for kicks, but I’m really not in the mood for it today. I had a very long night, and it would be hard to say if the crowning moment was when one of the tires on my car blew up or when the tow truck guy discovered he was lactose intolerant while I was still riding beside him in his truck, but—” He caught another twitch around her eyes then, one that almost looked like guilt taking its toll. And then another thought occurred to him for the first time, and he stared at her, incredulous. “Wait—did you have something to do with that?”

“A lactose-intolerant truck driver? Not likely.”

“I meant my tire.”

She played with her cup some more without looking up, and he realized he had his answer.

“Are you kidding me?” He was almost too bewildered to be angry. Almost. “Do you usually screw over the people who do you favors, lady, or am I just special?”

Her head shot up then, and she had the nerve to look indignant. “Screw people over? You’re one to talk!”

“Huh?” Tourists all over these islands, and he had to cross paths with the one who appeared to be an escaped mental patient. A very attractive mental patient, he thought as a distracting curl escaped from the band she’d used to pull her hair back into a loose ponytail, but a mental patient nevertheless. “What are you talking about?”

“I’m talking about that wedding you’re so anxious to stomp all over, that’s what.”

His irritation grew. “I don’t want to ‘stomp’ on anything. I just want to—”

“Ruin the bride’s special day. I know.”

“The bride—”

“Is my sister.”

He blinked and then stared at her, and she nodded back, her displeasure with him written all over her face. “No…” he breathed in disbelief.

“Guess again.”


About the Author: 


Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays, and, to her great delight, she has placed in screenwriting competitions on both coasts—and has even won a couple of them.  In 2012 one of her screenplays was featured as a staged reading in New York City at the Gotham Screen International Film Festival, and later that same year she signed her first publishing contract.  When she is not writing, she is teaching kindergarten, puttering around in her garden, ballroom dancing with her husband, or doing research for her next project.

Please visit Christine at her website, on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

Weekly Round-Up – 28.09.14

Another month of 2014 very nearly over and it’s starting to feel like autumn here in the UK. It’s the perfect time to curl up in your favourite chair with a fluffy pair of socks over cold toes, covered in a soft blanket and hands wrapped firmly around a large mug of hot tea with a good book on the go. I’ve received and bought a few exciting ones this week – let me know which you would want to read first!



Burn (Pure Trilogy #3) by Julianna Baggott




The Little Shop of Hopes and Dreams by Fiona Harper (Ebook)
Hive & Heist (The Hive Queen Saga #2) by Janine A. Southard (Ebook – Read Now)


Street Teams:

Brit Babes:


Claw Mark by Lily Harlem (Follows Bite Mark)


Books Bought:


Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Showalter (£5.67 – Amazon UK)
Divine by Mistake (Divine #1) by P.C. Cast (£1.00 – CS)
Never Go Back (Jack Reacher #18) by Lee Child (30p – JS)
The Shakespeare Curse (Kate Stanley #2) by J.L. Carrell (40p – JS)


Blogs Posted:

Cover Reveal: Redemption (The Revelation Series #3) by Randi Cooley Wilson – 21st September 2014

Guest Post on The YA’s Nightstand: Changes In Teen Fiction – 25th September 2014


I certainly can’t decide where to start… such a difficult choice this week!

Farewell and enjoy whatever you get to read too x

Guest Post on The YA’s Nightstand: Changes In Teen Fiction

Howdy folks!

If you’re still around… Thank you! My head is unfortunately still firmly entrenched in the world of non-reading and brain fog but! there is news!

A while ago I wrote a guest piece for The YA’s Nightstand blog and it is now up! The topic is ‘Changes in Teen Fiction’ and it is rather good – if I do say so myself…

header1_zps4bd1083bSimply click on the picture above to visit the wonderful YA’s Nightstand and let Mily and I know what you think.

Me x


Edit – 28th September 2014

Here is the piece I wrote for Mily on the YA’s Nightstand. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

Let’s start with a confession: I am a woman in my late-ish twenties with a relatively new but rather major addiction to Young Adult fiction.

That was scary.

I expect you’re all wondering now why YA fiction is relatively new to me when there isn’t so much of the young with my adult anymore. Well sit back, relax, grab yourself a cuppa and a choccy biccy or two and I’ll tell you all about it…

When I was growing up, I was a massive bookworm. A 100+ books in 6 weeks MASSIVE bookworm (a summer holiday personal best). My favourite place was the library and I spent as much time as I could with my nose firmly entrenched in a book. As I grew older however, I ran out of things to read. At that point in time I was choosing from the Children’s section but, being older, I went searching for more. What that more was, I didn’t have a clue. I just knew that I had grown up and didn’t want to read about childish adventures where the only mystery was a slight misunderstanding and a half-heard conversation. Therefore I set my sights around the corner of the children’s’ section and came across the mysterious and scary ‘Teen Reads’.

Unfortunately the ‘Teen Reads’ section – as it was named at that time – wasn’t nearly the home of thrills, excitement, fantasy and adventure that the now-named Young Adult sections are. As such, once I was through with Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, Forever by Judy Blume and as much of the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz as had been written, I quickly moved on. For some reason I was never a fan of authors like Nicholas Sparks or books like I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. I didn’t want the feels and tears – very off-putting at that age. I ended up split between Harry Potter of the children’s section and Terry Pratchett of the adults section (for that last one I can thank my Pratchett-fan father).

It wasn’t until 2005 and the publishing of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer that, to me, young adult fiction really got its kick into my and the public’s eye. I have no doubt there were similar books beforehand but to me, much like E L James for erotic fiction, Stephenie Meyer brought vampires and werewolves to the fore of YA fiction. I will admit to holding out as long as I could to read Twilight; I really hate conforming to popular trends and this was a big’un. In the end though I gave in and I read it. And I loved it. I still refused for years afterwards to watch the films – I couldn’t stand some of the casting (apart from Charlie – he was fab). As book lovers well know, you can’t put into a film every word, action and nuance or find the absolute perfect actor to portray every character. More’s the pity. Make an 18 hour film detailing all x number of pages with the right actors and I’ll be happy.

After Twilight came out, I started to notice more and more YA Fantasy books and I, along with the majority of the population lapped them up! Many will know well The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith, The Immortals series by Alyson Noel, the Fallen series by Lauren Kate and thousands of others too numerous to name. Along with this popularity for YA Fantasy (and Paranormal Romance) came a boost for other YA genres. Dystopian for example saw a rise with The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and then the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. General YA fiction came up again with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

All of these however are admittedly fantastic introductions to Adult literature. Adult Lite perhaps? The YA genre face hard topics head on. Topics like the end of the world, terminal illness, love, loss, racism, sexuality and more, all in a way that is totally accessible. Something everyone can relate to in some way. I wish now I had tried a few more teen books – really looked at the ones that weren’t Point Horror or Point Romance and gone for something a little harder.

What it all boils down to though is that YA fiction has grown so much – over the last 10 years especially. These books with their difficult topics are no longer restricted to such an age-specific title of ‘Teen’. There is much more of a link too between ‘Child’ and ‘Adult’ and these books are there to teach and guide. But that is the joy of literature. 26 letters, jumbled up with a hint of punctuation and a spot of grammar can bring joy, sorrow, laughter, tears and every emotion under the sun to whomever reads it. No doubt in 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 years’ time there will be new books and new genre fields but for now, teen literature is no more and the title Young Adult (because by golly I’m growing up and I have something to say) is making itself known and extremely well loved.

Cover Reveal: Redemption (The Revelation Series #3) by Randi Cooley Wilson

Title: Redemption (The Revelation Series #3)
Author: Randi Cooley Wilson
Publish/Release Date: 15th December 2014 *updated*
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Pre-Order Links: Amazon UK / Amazon US

Goodreads summary:




For Eve Collins, darkness has descended after her love vanished into the night sky. A new protector has been appointed, one who challenges everything she’s believed to true.

In this third instalment of The Revelation Series, Eve will become aware of dangers and worlds that exist only in her nightmares and bloodline secrets that will trigger a centuries old war.

You can escape anything, except your destiny.

Readers captivated by Revelation and Restraint will become enthralled with Redemption.


You can add Redemption to your Goodreads To Read list here!


Ready to see this gorgeous cover?


And the full cover:

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A bit about the author:

Randi Cooley Wilson

Randi Cooley Wilson

Randi was born and raised in Massachusetts where she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. After graduation she moved to California where she lived happily bathed in sunshine and warm weather for fifteen years. Randi and her husband recently moved back to Massachusetts with their daughter where she was encouraged to begin writing again. Revelation is her first novel and The Revelations Series is her first New Adult Paranormal Romance book series.

I’ve had a love affair with books, writing and storytelling since childhood. It has been a dream of mine to introduce this world and these characters to you. I hope I’ve done them justice.

Randi loves to hear from readers! You can reach out to her via Twitter and Facebook. And go add yourself as a fan on Randi’s Goodreads page!


This blog was brought to you by JennyBee’s Book Blog with the assistance of, and in concert with YA Reads Blog Tours.

YA Reads Blog Tours

Weekly Round-Up – 21.09.14

Hello all and welcome to my first blog post in a week. My most sincere apologies – my mind has been completely foggy with ME/CFS this week and I’ve been utterly unable to read. My only literary outing has been listening to a dash of Terry Pratchett’s ‘Feet of Clay’ before bed – usually the same part over and over again though!

Fingers crossed this week will be a whole lot better and I can start to read again.

I have still (amazingly) been receiving a few bits of book post so, shall we begin?



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The Forbidden Tomb (Hunters #2) by Chris Kuzneski (Paperback)




Loving Him Off the Field by Jeanette Murray (EBook)
The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Harkness (EBook)


Street Teams:

Brit Babes:


Unconditional Surrender by Lucy Felthouse & Various (EBook)
Sharing Nicely by Victoria Blisse (EBook)


Competition Wins:


Signed Swag via Elizabeth (@Fuze87 on Twitter)
Mythical Mayhem by Kiki Howell


Books Bought:


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Dragon (Dirk Pitt #10) by Clive Cussler
Poseidon’s Arrow (Dirk Pitt #22) by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
An Apple A Day by Caroline Taggart

Total: £1.50

Blogs Posted:

None 😦


Really must get my reading and blogging hats on for the week ahead! Will you be joining me again next week? I certainly hope so!

Weekly Round-Up – 14.09.14

Hello! I hope you’re all having an utterly fantastic weekend. This past week has seen a few technical issues (darn computers) but fingers crossed all will be well this week! Fortunately some wonderful book post has been arriving to cheer me up – far more than expected too.

So, shall we adjourn to the bookshelves?



The 100: Day 21 by Kass Morgan (Paperback)




Eternity by Tmonique Stephens (EBook)

SoulFire (Nightwing #1) by Juliette Cross (EBook)

Competition Wins:



A Stranger’s Game (Bitter Creek #7) by Joan Johnston (Hardback) via Romancing the Book

Beginning With Forever (Forever #1) & Finding Our Forever (Forever #2) by Lan LLP via Release Party for Devotion (The Seductors Series #3) by B.L. Wilde


Books Received for Blog Tour:

Finding Her Way Back

Finding Her Way Back by Heather Van Fleet (EBook)


Blogs Posted:

Review: Bite Mark by Lily Harlem – 8th September 2014

Cover Reveal: Just Desserts by Tricia Quinnies – 9th September 2014

Cover Reveal: Identity (Miss Taken #2) by Cleo Scornavacca – 12th September 2014


I hope you’ll join me again next week!

Cover Reveal: Identity (Miss Taken #2) by Cleo Scornavacca (& Giveaway Link)

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Welcome to the cover reveal for the second book in the Miss Taken series!

If you haven’t heard of this fantastic series before, where the heck have you been?!

The first in the series, ‘Miss Taken’ was published on the 23rd September 2013 with the tag line; Love: The Ultimate Loss of Control. I can’t wait to see what Cleo has in store for us this time!


Title: Identity (Miss Taken #2)
Author: Cleo Scornavacca
Publish Date: September / October 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads summary:

People aren’t always who you believe them to be. Dominick Kane and Rain Medici started their relationship with one another in the most unconventional way. He kidnapped her. With the kidnapping now behind them, life returns to normal, right? Not a chance. The push, the pull and their fights for control that we’ve come to love about Dominick and Rain still exist. And so does their passion. People aren’t who you think they are. Familiar faces are not so familiar. The past and the present collide, opening up all of those old wounds and struggles once again. Now, everything you thought you knew gets blown out of the water. Can Dominick and Rain finally heal what’s broken? Or will new discoveries push them even further apart. Will love win out and bring them back together? Or will ghosts of the past ultimately destroy their love once and for all?

You can add Identity to your Goodreads To Read list here!

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

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And the full gorgeous cover:

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A bit about the author:


Cleo Scornavacca

As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved books. I love reading them and finally, I’ve admitted to myself that I love to write them.Since the day I started to write Rain and Dominick’s story, I’ve never looked back, nor do I regret one single moment of it.When I write, much of the time the story plays in my head as a movie and sometimes even includes background music. We can all use a little background music. I try to add elements of things I love. And share them with the readers. I’ll continue to create characters and stories that you can laugh, cry, love, hate and even become slightly crazy about. Let’s face it, we can all use some crazy every now and then.

You can find Cleo on her Website along with her Twitter and Facebook pages. And go add yourself as a fan on Cleo’s Goodreads page!

And finally, Cleo is celebrating this cover reveal by hosting a giveaway!

Take me to the Giveaway! 


This blog was brought to you by JennyBee’s Book Blog with the assistance of, and in concert with Cleo Scornavacca herself.

Cover Reveal: Just Desserts by Tricia Quinnies

Dear One and All,

I welcome you most heartily to the cover reveal for Tricia Quinnies debut novel; Just Desserts. It looks like a fantastic romantic book with a stunning cover and I look forward to reading it in October!


Title: Just Desserts
Author: Tricia Quinnies
Swoon Romance
Publish Date: 7th October 2014
Genre: Adult / Romance

Goodreads summary:

Sadie Maxon’s almost done baking desserts and waitressing at her father’s trendy diner in Lake Geneva. She’s anxious to get back to Chicago and finish grad school. When Quinn Laughton, a contractor renovating the Wrigley mansion on the lake, offers to buy the crumbling diner, she can’t resist his deal or his sexy down-to-earth sweetness. But Sadie discovers Quinn is a member of the prestigious Wrigley family and is unsure if it was her or her family’s legendary diner that attracted Quinn. To convince Sadie of his intentions, Quinn mixes up a batch of passion and romance for her. But will Sadie’s small town sensibilities be swayed by Quinn’s big city charm?

You can add Just Desserts to your Goodreads To Read list here!


And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

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A bit about the author:


Tricia Quinnies knew, when she finished reading ‘Perfect’ by Judith McNaught, she wanted to write a romance. But, her three young sons kept her happily busy. In 2009, she carved out time for herself, usually at four in morning, and set about writing her first romance. It was a love story inspired by her college time in London, England. At last check it’s under the bed waiting for a rewrite. A few stories later she found writing contemporary romances and setting them closer to home on the shores of Lake Michigan much easier. While not writing Tricia tries to keep up with her very social teenagers, two Doxies and one husband. ‘Just Desserts’ is her debut novel.

You can find Tricia on her Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook pages. And go add yourself as a fan on Tricia’s Goodreads page!


This blog was brought to you by JennyBee’s Book Blog with the assistance of, and in concert with Xpresso Book Tours.


Review: Bite Mark by Lily Harlem

6496140_origSource: Lily Harlem via Brit Babes
Format: E-book – Read on Kindle
Publish date: 12th September 2014 by Ellora’s Cave Twilight
Price: N/A
Date Read: 8th September 2014

Note: I received this review copy of Bite Mark for free from the author in return for an honest review. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.

Please also note that this book is an erotic threesome (containing MFM & MF) romance book and is not (in my opinion) suitable for under 18’s. Adults, please use your discretion to make your own decision.





Wondering where this review is? It will be re-posted to tie in with the release of book 2; Claw Mark, which I will also be reading and reviewing.

Watch out for it around Halloween!!