Summer Reading

summer-reading-590x442It is that fabulous time of year again, SUMMER, where it feels like we have permission to stop…take a breathe….and read without feeling guilty. Not that I ever feel that guilty for reading (although I probably should given the amount of time I spend reading) but it seems like it is more permissible to read without guilt during the summer time. I don’t know if it is the fact that most of us take a vacation, that everything seems to slow down or that it is just too hot to care about what we should be doing and instead do what we want. This has been on my mind for two reasons, 1) I just got back from spending a couple of days on a houseboat on Lake Powell (where I did get some reading in) and 2) it is SOOOOO hot here in Phoenix that I am refusing to go outside until it cools down a little.  I didn’t get a picture of it (but I wish I would have) but at one point on the houseboat I looked up to realize that I and five of my extended family members were all reading books on ereaders.

For summer reading I have found that I like to mix it up, read some old goodies and some new possible favorites. I thought I would share with you some of the books on my summer reading list:


Frederica by Georgette Heyer

When Frederica brings her younger siblings to London determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister, she seeks out their distant cousin the Marquis of Alverstoke. Lovely, competent, and refreshingly straightforward, Frederica makes such a strong impression that to his own amazement, the Marquis agrees to help launch them all into society.

Lord Alverstoke cant resist wanting to help her

Normally wary of his family, which includes two overbearing sisters and innumerable favor-seekers, Lord Alverstoke does his best to keep his distance. But with his enterprising – and altogether entertaining – country cousins getting into one scrape after another right on his doorstep, before he knows it the Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled…


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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.



Firelight by Sophie Jordan

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness forces her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is the gorgeous, elusive Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.


Roses in Moonlight by Lynn Kurland

ESroses in moonlightCAPING INTO THE PAST…

Derrick Cameron, antiquities dealer and adventurer, is furious when the priceless piece of Elizabethan lace he’s been pursuing slips right by him, in the improbable custody of a mousy textile historian! But he will retrieve it, even if it means dragging a very skeptical, albeit adorable, Samantha back in time with him. After all, he is used to living dangerously—in whatever century he finds himself.

Conscientious Samantha Drummond never dreamed the package her British employer gave her would lead her into places an ordinary gal should never go—like Elizabethan England!—or throw her into the company of one extremely attractive, but highly suspect Highlander who not only thinks she’s a thief, but insists on involving her in his mad schemes to retrieve his stolen treasure.


Trapped first in Elizabethan England, then caught in a web of modern-day intrigues, Samantha and Derrick are forced into an unlikely alliance by peril, never imagining that what they’re forging is a timeless love….
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Can’t Stop Believing by Jodi Thomas
In New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas’s small town of Harmony, Texas, “there’s always something brewing” (Fallen Angel Reviews). Now, a generations-old feud is about to come to a head—and the stakes couldn’t be higher with two hearts on the line…Cord McDowell gave up his freedom at eighteen when he went to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, ten years later, he’s about to give it up again for a piece of land. Nevada Britain, his neighbor, has just made him an offer he can’t refuse: If he’ll marry her, she’ll sign over a section of property that their families have been fighting over for a hundred years. Nevada refuses to explain why, but Cord knows the bargain is in his favor. He just has one condition—she has to sleep in his bed every night for as long as their doomed marriage lasts. Nevada only wants to maintain her family’s legacy—and redeem herself for a wrong she did Cord years ago. But as she spends more time with her husband of necessity, she discovers something unexpected—a love so deep it takes her breath away.

Hopefully you get to spend some fabulous time either waterside, lakeside or couchside reading. What’s on your summer reading list?

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Congrats to Jillian

Bridal 23Novel Reaction wants to wish our long-time reviewer Jillian a Congratulations on her wedding! For the romantics out there (which most of us are or we wouldn’t read romance novels like we do), Jill wore the same dress that her mother and grandmother were married in. Yes, that is an original 1940’s dress that amazingly fit her like a glove. Jill is the only one of her sisters to wear the dress (although we all wanted to but it didn’t fit the rest of us and the fabric was too old to safely alter) and it meant even more to her because our mother passed away almost six years ago. Jill has promised that once the wedding chaos has died down she will once again be providing regular reviews for Novel Reaction so we will get to read/hear her entertaining voice again soon. Congrats Jill!

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Pooka in My Pantry by R.L. Naquin Review

sunset cruiseZoey Donovan has accepted that the world is full of magical creatures and that sometimes those creatures need her help but she is struggling to juggle helping the magical creatures and not appearing crazy at work. In Pooka In My Pantry by R.L. Naquin, when things start to go wrong, they really start to go wrong. The leprechaun mafia has showed up demanding “protection” money, her closet monster has left to try to salvage his marriage and Zoey can’t seem to make it an hour without tripping over something, knocking something over or spilling coffee down her front.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Riley, the super-hot grim reaper hasn’t been returning her text messages or phone calls. When he finally does show up, it is with a whole new set of problems that Zoey is going to have to deal with.

Those of you familiar with Novel Reaction know that I don’t usually review urban fantasy novels, the main reason being I always want my happily-ever-after and you don’t always get those with UFs. That being said, the Monster Haven series by R.L. Naquin has become one of my favorite. while there are some danger and mystery elements to the series, it is the humor that keeps me reading and giggling. Zoey’s character is endearing in her desire to help creatures, her inability to do it without destroying an outfit and her refusal to accept less than she thinks she deserves. I recommend reading the series in order but you can read Pooka in My Pantry by itself. I flew through the book and giggled almost the entire time, I mean really, any novel that starts off with a sea creature giving birth in a swimming pool you know is going to be humorous.

You can read an excerpt here.

Monster Haven Reading Order:

Monster In My Closet (you can read my review here)

Pooka In My Pantry 

Fairies in My Fireplace (Fall 2013)

Golem in My Glovebox (2014)

Demon in My Driveway (2014)

Phoenix in My Fortune (2015)

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Title: Pooka in My Pantry

Author: R.L. Naquin

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 236


Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date:

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica


**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way. Matt Dumba Authentic Jersey