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Gwen has spent her entire life in her cousin’s shadow in Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. She is a normal teenager, well except for the fact that she can see and talk to ghosts. Oh, and her family has a certain gene that allows some members of the family to go back in time. Gwen’s cousin, Charlotte, has been training her whole life to go back in time for the secret society. The gene begins to manifest itself as teenagers and Gwen gets the surprise of her life. She gets thrown into a society that she understands nothing about. Her partner to help her adjust to going back in time is a gorgeous Gideon and Gwen immediately begins to crush on him big time. Not only is Gwen dealing with the troubles of being a teenager, but now she has so much more she has to deal with as well as trying to understand the leaders of the secret society she has unexpectedly found herself involved in. Can Gwen work her way through historic London with the help of Gideon? Will she be able to find who, in this strange new world, that she can trust?

I picked this book up on sale and absolutely loved it! Within two days, I had read the first two books in the series and had to figure out with the third book would be released. Gwen is a character that you love and can relate to so easily! She is an average teenager that loves to watch movies with her friends and is trying to survive the troubles of being a teenager. Gwen isn’t considered beautiful, she isn’t a straight A student, she is slightly overweight, and she is sarcastic. All of these qualities combine to make a heroine that anyone can love.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Ruby Red Reading Order:

Ruby Red

Sapphire Blue

Emerald Green

Rating: Star 5copy

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Title: Ruby Red

Author: Kirsten Gier

Format: Hardbound

Page Nos.: 322

ISBN: 978-0-8050-9252-3

Publisher: Henry Holt

Release Date: 2009

Reviewer: Jillian

Novel Reaction is excited to take part in the Blog Blitz for Laura Kaye’s Hard as You Can.  First let’s learn a little more about Laura,

Laura Kaye cropped (1)New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller Laura Kaye is the author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Laura is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Maryland Romance Writers.

Laura is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Laura was kind enough to answer some questions about Hard as You Can and the Hard Ink series:

HardAsYouCan Cvr Final (1)HARD AS YOU CAN is your second book in the “Hard Ink” series (after USA Today bestseller, HARD AS IT GETS). What can readers look forward to?

 

Readers can look forward to tons of sexy alpha male goodness, awesome bromance between the Hard Ink men, more antics from the Hard Ink puppy, and another great love story between Shane and Crystal. But readers should also be ready for a book that is darker, more intense, and more emotional. This book pushed me to emotional places that were tough as a writer, and might be tough for readers, too. But I think that just makes the payoff at the end so much sweeter!

 

Describe Shane and Crystal. What are their best traits? What are their weaknesses?

 

Shane and Crystal are such an amazing couple to me. They’re each exactly what the other needs. Shane’s best traits are his protectiveness, his fundamental kindness, and his soul-deep loyalty (his southern accent and humor are also right up there!). His biggest weakness for sure is a tragedy from the past for which he blames himself—and it’s something that continues to motivate him in Hard As You Can. Crystal’s best traits are her courage, protectiveness, and selflessness—she’s willing to do anything to keep her younger sister safe. Her biggest weakness is also that selflessness, because the sacrifices she’s required to make are getting bigger and bigger and bigger.

 

If you could describe your book in a 140 character tweet, what would it be?

 

When a woman in trouble assists an ex-soldier’s covert mission to regain his team’s stolen honor, he finds a new mission to save her, too

 

What are you most excited about with this second book release?

 

I’m really excited to take readers deeper into these awesome characters and into the mystery behind the Hard Ink team’s ambush and discharge!

 

hard as it getsWhat books are you reading right now?

 

I’m almost done with Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander (yes, I’m very late to the party but OMG JAMIE FRASER!!!). And I’ve recently devoured and loved Juliana Stone’s Offsides and Shelly Thacker’s time-travel historical romance, Forever His.

 

What can fans of your “Hard Ink” series look forward to next?

 

There will be two more Hard Ink books in 2014!

 

Hard to Hold on To – August 2014

Hard to Come By – November 2014

 

About HARD AS YOU CAN:

Five dishonored soldiers.

Former Special Forces.

One last mission.

These are the men of Hard Ink.

 

Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.

Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn’t want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can–and never let go.

 

Read an Extended Excerpt of Book 1, Hard As It Gets

Buy Hard As You Can at Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo

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Thank you Laura, you can read my review of Hard as It Gets here.

Ben McDaniels has spent the last five years in war-torn countries, helping them to rebuild important infrastructures but putting his life on the line. In Once In A Lifetime by Jill Shalvis, Ben has returned to Lucky Harbor tired of his life being in danger, but unsure what he is going to do for the rest of his life when he runs into the fiery Aubrey Wellington. Ben is asked to help remodel the bookstore for her and he starts to realize there is a whole lot more to Aubrey than he thought but why is she sneaking around to different people’s houses in Lucky Harbor?

Aubrey Wellington has done a lot of wrong things in her life, not the least of which was sleeping with her boss (who was also sleeping with just about everyone else but she didn’t know that) and quitting her job over it. Aubrey has decided to take charge of her life by renovating the used bookstore her aunt used to run and making amends to the people she wronged in Lucky Harbor. But making amends is a lot harder than she thought it would be and the biggest amend she needs to make is to Ben, which could ruin their friendship, and possibly more, that they have recently developed.

I have been loving the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. Having recently started the series (read my review of Christmas in Lucky Harbor here) I am quickly and enjoyably working my way through the entire series. Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor residents have warmth, humor, and that incurable noisiness that a small town endearingly and annoyingly has. Aubrey is a fabulous character, realizing she has done wrong she is trying to make amends, sometimes with good results but usually it takes more than just saying “I’m sorry” to make it right. I love how Ben follows her around, trying to figure out what she is up to as she paces in front of houses and approaches older members of the community.  Ben is a quiet reserved man who doesn’t quite know what to do with the passionate Aubrey (beyond the obvious). You don’t need to have read the previous nine books but I recommend that you do just because they are an entertaining read. Once in a Lifetime is part of the entire series but really is part of a three set in the series with Always on My Mind and It Had to Be You (which I immediately purchased and devoured after reading Once In A Lifetime). I love Lucky Harbor and the entertaining characters who live there.

You can read an excerpt here.

Lucky Harbor Reading Order:

Simply Irresistible

The Sweetest Thing

Head Over Heels

Lucky in Love

At Last

Forever and a Day

Under the Mistletoe Novella

It Had To Be You

Always on My Mind

Once In a Lifetime

It’s In His Kiss (August 2014)

He’s So Fine (September 2014)

One in a Million (October 2014)

Once-in-a-Lifetime-cover_hi-res-250x403Rating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: Once In A Lifetime

Author: Jill Shalvis

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 352

ISBN: 978-1455521135

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Release Date: February 18, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

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

Once-in-a-Lifetime-Blog-Tour

Novel Reaction is excited to participate in the Once In a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis Blog Tour (you can read my review here). First, let’s get to know Jill a little better.

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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Once In a Lifetime is the tenth book in the Lucky Harbor series. You don’t need to have read the previous nine to read Once In a Lifetime but I recommend that you do just for the enjoyment of the series. Novel Reaction is excited to be able to share a little snippet of Once In A Lifetime with you, enjoy!

It was dark outside when she got back to the Book & Bean, and she stopped short just outside the door. She’d locked up when she left and turned off the lights.

But the door was unlocked now, and the lights on. She went still, then pulled out her phone and dialed 9-1-1. She didn’t hit send but kept her thumb hovered over call. Taking a step inside, she paused. “Hello?”

“Hey.”

The low, slightly rough voice wasn’t what had her heart pumping. That honor went to the fact that there was a man on a ladder in the back of her store.

Ben.

Once-in-a-Lifetime-cover_hi-res-250x403He was in jeans with a tool belt slung low on his hips, his t-shirt clinging to him. He seemed a little irritated, a little sweaty, and just looking at him Aubrey got a whole lot hot and bothered in places that had no business being hot and bothered by this man at all. “What are you doing in here?” she asked.

“I work here.”

“What are you talking about? Get out.”

“Sorry, Sunshine.” He wasn’t even looking at her, but using some sort of long, claw-like tool to pull down a ceiling tile above the wall she’d been working on. And his tool worked way better than hers.

His movements were agile and surprisingly graceful for a guy his size. Not that he was bulky in any way. Nope, that tall, built body was all lean, tough muscle, and it screamed power. And with each subtle movement, his body made it clear that it knew exactly what to do with all that power. “The owner of this building hired me,” he said. “Said you were making a mess of things because your pride was bigger than your wallet.”

This caught her completely off guard, both the insult and the information. “My uncle owns this building,” she said.

He smiled thinly. “Yep. Happy Birthday.”

“It’s not my birthday.”

“Then happy you’ve-got-a-great-uncle day.”


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