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This Chick Read: Fever (A Ballroom Romance books 1-3) by Tonya Plank

Reading a Ballroom Dance romance is definitely not the norm for me, however, I received an ebook copy for free and decided to give it a try.  I will confess, part of my curiosity was because it was about Ballroom Dance.  I’m a fan of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, and have even tried Ballroom Dance lessons with my husband and had a ton of fun, so I thought, what the hell!  The story is about Rory, a young lawyer by trade, an ex ballerina, who while at a work function with her boyfriend watches the entertainment, a couple of professional dancers.  She is enraptured by their grace, and the male dancers good looks (of course!).  Continue reading “This Chick Read: Fever (A Ballroom Romance books 1-3) by Tonya Plank”

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This Chick Read: MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

I started reading this book expecting a normal young adult, teen romance novel.  I was in for a surprise when a third of the way through, I found myself reading a science fiction novel.  Yes, it is directed towards teens, as Mila is a teenager in high school, but as I found out she is NOT a normal teenager.  This teenager doesn’t bleed red, she bleeds a milky white fluid and finds that her insides are bionic. Bionic is my term, but  I am of the generation that watched Jamie Summers the bionic woman save lives on her tv show, so when I read the description of her injury, what was found under her skin, and how her mother “fixed” her injury, that was the visual I jumped to in my head- bionic.  Those of you under forty aren’t going to understand what I’m talking about unless you love retro TV,  so to be a little more clear, Mila discovers that she is not a real girl. Continue reading “This Chick Read: MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza”

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This Chick Read: Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue #1) by Katie Ruggle

Don’t let the cover fool you, this book is so much more than a hot guy with a gun. Actually, the hot guy doesn’t even hold a gun until the end of the novel, so that is somewhat misleading.  This series starts with the novella On His Watch, which I haven’t read yet, but after finishing this fast paced action thriller, I did add it to my kindle, as it’s free right now on Amazon, and I enjoyed this book too much to not check it out.  Callum is the Team Leader of a Dive and Rescue team, and we are introduced to his character in this book, leading a training session.  He seems gruff, inflexible and stern, but when female team member Lou cracks a joke, he can’t help but crack a smile. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue #1) by Katie Ruggle”

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This Chick Read: The Secret Language of Stones (The Daughters of La Lune #2) by M.J. Rose

The Secret Language of Stones is the story of Opaline, a daughter of La Lune, a famous artist and mystic. It is World War I and Opaline thinks she is escaping her fate of following in her mother’s mystical footsteps, she runs away to her Grandmothers in Paris to help with the war cause.  She apprentices to a jeweler in the store of a family friend making memorial necklaces for loved ones of soldiers who have lost her lives in the war.  She finds that she has a magical affinity with stones and, if given a memento of the soldiers’ she can weave it into the charm and hear their voices calling out a message. Continue reading “This Chick Read: The Secret Language of Stones (The Daughters of La Lune #2) by M.J. Rose”

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This Chick Read: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight is the first novel in the Dark Artifices series, which follows Emma Carstairs and her parabatai Julian Blackthorn of the LA Institute.  We were introduced to the Blackthorns, and Emma in the City of Heavenly Fire.  As children, they watched their parents fall to Sebastian’s evil machinations, leaving Julian, at twelve years old, to raise his four younger siblings.  Even though Julian and Emma are only 17 in this book, it feels much more adult because they were forced to be parents to his brothers and sisters. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare”

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This Chick Read: Sweet as Sin (Bad Habit book 1) by J.T. Geissinger 

I read the premise to this novel and knew I had to read it and see if it was as good as it sounded.  Kat ( I love this name!) is a Hollywood makeup artist who has been hired to do the make-up for a music video for the band Bad Habit.  She meets the lead singer, Nico Nyx (yep, another cool name!) and their attraction to each other is immediate.  Unfortunately, according to all of the gossip rags, he has a girlfriend.  That girlfriend shows up at the video, where she is supposed to play the bride to Nico’s groom, and she is wasted on drugs.  Nico takes advantage of the opportunity and asks Kat to fill in… For $30k. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Sweet as Sin (Bad Habit book 1) by J.T. Geissinger “

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This Chick Read: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane tells a fictional tale of Lady Jane Grey, in history crowned Queen of England for little more than a week, before being beheaded.  These three authors tell a rather different story, using some historical facts such as being crowned Queen, but then veering into fantasy to rewrite Janes’s future, or rather her past, into a happy ending.  This young adult novel was a refreshing change from other fantasy-adventure tales in the genre.  The dialog is filled with satire and humor, some of which is very modern, and told with a sly wink. Continue reading “This Chick Read: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows”

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This Chick Read: The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard

Emmy books a vacation for she and her boyfriend to a B&B called La Cour des Roses in the French countryside, hoping to regain a little passion and excitement in what has become a rather stale relationship.  Unfortunately for her, he gets caught en flagrante with the B&B owners wife, Gloria, while her husband, Rupert,  is having a heart attack downstairs. Nathan ends up leaving Emmy for Gloria, and Emmy, having the majority of her vacation left and also feeling guilty about Gloria leaving her older, ailing husband behind, stays to help him run La Cour des Roses. Continue reading “This Chick Read: The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard”

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This Chick Read: Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick

Calista Langley, a single young Victorian woman, supports she and her brother by holding small parties where other single people can mix and mingle to find companionship, love and marriage.  Yes, basically she is a gentile matchmaker, of sorts.  Trent Hastings a writer of serial mysteries, meets with Calista under the guise of checking out her salon for his own prospects, but really he is making sure his younger sister is in good hands.  While interviewing with Calista, he stumbles on threats that are being made to her by way of some rather morbid gifts. She enlists his investigative skills and they pair up to solve the mystery. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick”

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This Chick Read: Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers

The story of Cara and Aelyx continues, but they are living on different planets.  Cara is living on L’heir, as a foreign exchange student, and Aelyx is on Earth on a PR campaign, helping the L’Heir and human relations improve after the exchange student debacle that he helped implode in the first book.  Each of them are challenged by living with a race that continues to hate them.  This novel is not as much of a romance, as they are each living a world apart, so the reader follows both of their stories individually, rooting for them to overcome the hate, and loving it when they are able to convert others to enjoy diversity, at the risk of their own lives. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers”