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Dare to Enter (The Crazy Rich Davenports #1) by Shannyn Leah & Kelly Moore

Synopsis
Warning: If you are looking for a sweet, sensitive book with a happily ever after, this isn’t it. It is a totally inappropriate book about a completely dysfunctional family. The F word flies free along with many other curse words. Feel free to get drunk (because the Davenports sure are!) while you’re reading it, and prepare to wet yourself laughing. If sex scenes are not your thing, this book might not be your thing. But, if you have a crazy sense of humor and like raunchy comedies - you’re in the right place. Join in on the craziness of The Crazy Rich Davenport Family.

Lucy’s husband Mark, died a year ago. Her life and her families has been steadily going downhill and things have gotten a little out of control, to say the least. When her daughter plans a birthday party for her half-sister. Lucy decides it’s time they all get their act together, but not everyone is on the same page.

There will be dildos and strawberries flying in the air, along with firecrackers, curse words, and little blue pills being slipped into drinks - hard-ons for everyone! Lucy’s hope for normal in her dysfunctional family will never happen and things only get worse when Mark’s snooty parents drop a bombshell that will only spark more insanity from The Crazy Rich Davenport family.

Hold on for the ride and laughter that ensues.
Review



This book is hilarious! I loved it, it's just so good. There are way too many laugh-out-loud moments to even count. All the characters are weird in their own unique way and the entire family is simply CRAZY. I assure you there is not a single boring moment in this book, but enter only if you dare. It might not be your cup of tea, after all, it was mine though. ;) 

The story is told from five different points of views. Ford, Gemma, Lucy, Daisy, and Yaya. It might be a little confusing if you don't pay attention to which character is telling the story but otherwise, it flows perfectly. Davenports are a strange family. Lucy is still mourning her husband's death even after a year. Yaya (Lucy's mother) is trying to pick up the pieces in the best way she can. Unfortunately, the old woman is crazy and just ends up making everything worse. Ford is probably the sane one, Lucy's eldest son, but he is in love with a woman with multiple personalities. She is also the younger kids' nanny, Daisy. Gemma is Ford's sister, the sweet and kind one, unfortunately for her, she is a little naive and might need a rude awakening before this story ends.

Daisy has issues. Most days it's hard to tell which one of her various personalities will come out to play. There is Tommy, the zombie hunter and then there is Slutty Pepper, but they are not the only ones. There are more people she is hiding in her head and fears that one of them might make an appearance at the most inappropriate time. For now, these tow and Daisy herself are the only ones we have to deal with.

I think this is a great start to a series. I can only imagine how amazing this series will be with all the crazy characters that it has. I absolutely adored this book and would recommend it to all readers.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.
Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/11/review-dare-to-enter-crazy-rich.html

Captivating the Earl by Callie Hutton

Captivating the Earl

Synopsis

Lady Elizabeth is hiding in the country as a governess, Miss Lizzie Moore. When handsome Lord Hawkins arrives at her employer’s house, she wants nothing to do with the roguish earl, even though her heart says otherwise.

Lord Hawkins is a rake of the highest order but when he is drawn to his cousin’s beautiful governess he must rein in his impulses. She can’t be his, though Hawk can’t stop thinking about her.

After an attempt on Lizzie’s life, Hawk learns who she really is. In defiance of orders from the Home Office to bring her in, he vows to protect her. Even though he’s not entirely sure she’s innocent, she is his responsibility. Lizzie doesn’t trust him but has grown to love him. When Hawk offers her the ultimate safeguard against nefarious scoundrels—his name—she refuses. She loves him, but fears she’s merely another one of his ’duties.’

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Review

It is an absolutely amazing historical fiction novel. I loved everything about it, the story, the characters, the starting, and the ending. I think it's perfect in every way.


Lizzie has been hiding since her father disappeared. She fears that the ton would not accept daughter of a traitor and it seemed like the right thing to do. She has found a perfectly acceptable position as a governess and has been living comfortably... until Lord Hawkins arrives at his cousin's estate. She hopes that he doesn't recognize her but more importantly than that it seems that they both have a mutual attraction which cannot be ignored. She is a member of the staff and it is unseemly for Lord Hawkins to pay her so much attention. However, the real trouble starts when he receives a letter from the Home Office and suddenly it appears that Miss Lizzie's life is in grave danger.


Hawk cannot believe that Miss Lizzie is actually Lady Elizabeth, but something about her had intrigued him right from the moment he met her. Now it is up to him to keep her safe and he cannot trust anyone. Because there seems to be another traitor in their midst, one who wants her dead. They both flee and must uncover the truth before something really bad happens.


As the two spend more time together they begin to realize how much they love each other. If this ended well they might find something truly beautiful to cherish for the rest of their lives.


It's a must read a historical romance novel. I loved the story, it's well-written and has some amazing characters. I especially loved Lizzie and Hawk's characters. Their story was definitely worth reading for me.

 

P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/11/review-captivating-earl-by-callie-hutton.html

The First Rule of Hook-Ups by Nina Crespo

The First Rule of Hook-Ups

Synopsis

Someone once told me that there are worst things than being left at the altar. Well, not many, in my experience. That was six months ago, though, and my life has moved on. Heck, I have a new job lined up and I'm leaving town.

But, I can't deny that my love life kind of sucks.

That’s why I let my friends convince me to join them for Club Escapade’s Breakup Bash. And we might just be disillusioned enough to actually enjoy it. Last time we were here, it was for my bachelorette party. That night, I met one of the dancers – Raphael – and when he flirted with me, I almost forgot I was engaged. And there's a part of me that never forgot him.

Now, it seems my friends have wandered off and I’m thinking about calling it a night. Until the music begins and I see Raphael, my secret fantasy, on stage. And this time, I’m definitely not engaged...

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Review

 

It's a really great read. I enjoyed the story, it's well-written, has well-developed characters and is quite fun to read. Alexa is moving away. After her fiance didn't show up at their wedding she has been having a rough time. So, it's time for a change. But before she leaves, her friends decide to have a girls night out. One thing leads to another and she ends hooking-up with a guy she has just met. Rafe owns the club and his business is all he is focused on right now. After a rough break up he doesn't need complications of a relationship in his life, especially, with some rich socialite who will end up breaking his heart. Good thing Alexa is on the same page but the chemistry between them is undeniable. Will they be able to keep things casual though? That's another question entirely.


Interesting, entertaining, and all in all a great story. It has the right amount of emotions, drama, romance, and fun. I'd definitely recommend it to romance fans.

Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/11/review-first-rule-of-hook-ups-by-nina.html

The Earl and the Reluctant Lady (Lords of Vice #3) by Robyn DeHart

The Earl and the Reluctant Lady

Synopsis

Rakish playboy, Fletcher Banks, Earl of Wakefield has wanted Agnes Watkins since the first time he saw her. But her older brother is his direct supervisor and makes it very clear that Agnes is off limits. Fletcher does his best to forget her and instead focuses on his spying assignments that have him seducing women for needed information.

 

But when Agnes corners him at a ball and proclaims she’s going to reform his scoundrel ways, Fletcher knows he can ignore her no longer. Initially he considers this an opportunity to rid himself of his fascination with her. But the more time he spends with her, the more he realizes that what he feels for her isn’t a passing infatuation, but real love. He uses her goal as an excuse to pursue her full throttle despite warning glances from her brother. But can he convince her that he’s mended his scandalous ways?

Review

 

This is an adorable story. I loved both Fletcher and Agnes. Their interactions with each other are so sweet and interesting. I really enjoyed reading this historical fiction and would recommend it to all romance lovers.

 

Agnes has lived in her mother's shadow all her life. Finally, she gives up on love and romance. She can afford to stay single forever. Her brother supports her decision and thus she is safely off the marriage market. Now she can do what she enjoys to do. That's how she becomes part of a Ladies' group helping people of London. However, things are not as simple as they seem and her life might be in danger. She also finds it very difficult to ignore Lord Fletcher's. She has no idea why but for some reason she enjoys his company and maybe even feel lust towards him.

 

Fletcher likes Agnes but she is off-limits. There is no way he will jeopardize his carrier and her reputation just because he can't keep his hands to himself. That's also why he avoids her. But now that's not an option. He has to protect her and that means staying close to her. Will he be able to protect her without compromising her or maybe he will end up convincing her to marry him? But is that even a possibility for the two of them?

 

It's a well-written story. I find it to be a light-hearted romance which I think everyone can enjoy reading. I definitely did!

 

P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/11/review-earl-and-reluctant-lady-lords-of.html

Unbound: Book one of the Alderash Series by Tanya L. Harris

Unbound: Book one of the Alderash Series

Synopsis

Growing up in Colorado Katie always knew she was different. She has unique abilities to see and understand the aura of colors depicting a person’s emotions and intentions. She knows that whatever gave her the ability to see auras also created the plaguing of visions from otherworldly places.


After the death of her adopted parents, Katie tries to live a normal a life. A life that is shattered when she is attacked by a monster that unleashes an unknown magic within her. Her reality is further altered when the warrior from her visions emerges from another dimension. Now hunted by the monsters, she must flee to a new world far beyond her imagination. There she is thrust into a realm of secrets, magic, and ultimate power.

 


Katie’s arrival in the new world creates chaos among the reigning powers. She must learn the secrets that surround her and harness the magic within her or she will not be ready to fight the rising darkness. If she can’t fight it, all will be lost.

Review

Wow! This story was nothing that I expected and so much better than I hoped. First of all, I must say that Katie's character is amazing, I loved that she is no damsel in distress. Secondly, it's very well-written. As soon as I started the book and simply wanted to keep reading, and I have to tell you that doesn't happen often these days. So, it really had me intrigued and I loved that. Lastly, the story itself is pretty good. It's fantastical and mysterious. I think that it's a must-read for fantasy fans.

 

Katie tries to live a normal life but in her heart, she knows that might not be a possibility for her. Her adoptive parents knew something but they never told her. She has no idea who she really is or where she came from. She only knows that she can see things and feel things that are not completely normal. She did spend some time in a psych ward after her adoptive parents died. Maybe her head is messed up or maybe there is more to this story than she knows.

 

Overall, I believe that it was a great read. It has all the ingredients of a good fantasy romance novel and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The ending was unexpected for me and now I can't wait to read more!


P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book for which I'd like to thank the author.

 

Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/11/review-unbound-book-one-of-alderash.html

It's a bittersweet kind of story.

The Softer Side Of Texas - Sai Marie Johnson, Blushing Books

About the first half of the story is quite sweet and cute. I loved the characters. There was a certain small town charm to them. Ivy lives on a farm with her parents and works in a bar. She had lost her brother to war and now she is all her parents have. The family is struggling with financial problems too. Her workplace is not so fun either. She has to deal with troublesome customers all the time, one, in particular, doesn't see to take the hint when she thwarts his advances. Even with all these problems, life is good. Until it isn't...

I think the story is well written. I can't say that it was a dark one but definitely touched some sensitive issues so probably not everyone's cup of tea.

Reading progress update: I've read 33%.

The Softer Side Of Texas - Sai Marie Johnson, Blushing Books

It's a story of a quaint Texas town. I love all the characters. Let's see where the story takes us, it's intriguing and I'm curious. ;)

Excerpt Release of Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

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A standalone romance novel published by Montlake Romance

By: New York Times Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Release Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Hate Notes coming November 6th 

Grabbing my laptop, I searched my history and called up the last website I’d visited. Eastwood Properties is one of the largest independent brokerage firms in the world. We connect the most prestigious and exclusive properties with qualified buyers, assuring the utmost privacy for both parties. Whether you’re in the market for a luxury New York City penthouse with a view of the park, a waterfront Hampton estate, or an enchanting chateau escape in the mountains, or you’re ready for your own private island, Eastwood is where your dreams begin. There was a link to search properties, so I typed in the name of the place the woman had mentioned in the voice mail: Millennium Tower. Sure enough, the penthouse popped up for sale. For only twelve million dollars, I could own an apartment on Columbus Avenue with sweeping views of Central Park. Let me write you a check. After drooling through a video and two dozen photos, I clicked on the button to make an appointment to view the property. An application popped up, the top of which read: For the privacy and safety of our sellers, all prospective buyers are required to complete an application to view properties. Only buyers that meet our stringent prequalification criteria will be contacted. I snorted. Great prequalification criteria you have there, Eastwood. I wasn’t sure I had enough money to take the train uptown to get to that swanky place, much less buy it. God knows what I’d written that had qualified me. I closed the website and was just about to shut my laptop and go back to bed again when I decided to take one more peek at Mr. Romantic on Facebook. God, he was gorgeous. What if . . . I shouldn’t. No good ever came out of ideas formulated while drunk. I couldn’t. But . . . That face . . . And that note. So romantic. So beautiful. Plus . . . I’d never seen the inside of a twelve-million-dollar penthouse. I really shouldn’t. Then again . . . I’d spent the last two years doing everything I should do. And where had that gotten me? Right here. It’d gotten me right damn here—hungover and unemployed, sitting in this crappy apartment. Maybe it was time I did the things I shouldn’t be doing for a change. I picked up my phone and let my finger hover over the “Call Back” button for a while. Screw it. No one would ever know. It could be fun—getting all dressed up and playing the part of a rich Upper West Sider while satisfying my curiosity about the man. What harm was there? None that I could think of. Still, you know what they say about curiosity . . . I pressed “Call Back.” “Hi. This is Charlotte Darling calling to confirm an appointment with Reed Eastwood..”

 

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SYNOPSIS

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress. Something blue. I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.” Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true. The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed. He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after. But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined. Something new. But I have no idea how this one is going to end.Hate Notes Teaser

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Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in two dozen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal, bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism. With over 1.5 million books sold, she is a twenty-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.

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Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com

Muffin Top (The Hartigans, #2) by Avery Flynn

Muffin Top (The Hartigans, #2)

Synopsis

The only thing about me that’s a size zero is the filter on my mouth. I’ve got a big personality, a big rack, and a big number on the scale. And I’m perfectly fine with that.

 

But when some random guy suggests I might not be eating alone if I’d ordered a salad instead of a hamburger I’m shocked silent, which is a feat, trust me.

 

That brings us to one sexy fireman named Frankie Hartigan. He’s hot. He’s funny… And he’s just apologized for being late for our “date” then glared at the fat-shaming jerk. Next thing I know, he’s sitting down and ordering himself dinner.

 

I have no problem telling him I don’t need a pity date… unless of course it’s to my high school reunion next week. Oops where did that last bit come from? And what do I do now that he’s said yes?!

 

Because this is no make-over story, and I think Frankie is using me for something. I just have to figure out what…

Review

 

It's sweet, funny, and quite a romantic story. Lucy is an insecure woman. Although, she likes to pretend that she is happy in her skin the truth is that there are too many teenage memories that don't let her accept herself. Frankie has his own insecurities. He is the most kind-hearted man in town but he also happens to have a problem... he loves women, all of them. When one of his past conquests tells him that he is most definitely not a forever kind of guy he takes it to heart. He thinks this is the time to change his ways. That's when he decides to take an impromptu trip with Lucy. This way he would be helping her and also figuring out his next move.


Lucy on the other hands assumes that the reason Frankie is not worried about spending so much time with her is that he doesn't find her attractive. Nothing can be further from the truth though. Now on Frankie needs to do is make her understand what an amazingly attractive woman she is. The best way to do so is back in her hometown, her house, and her school reunion. Maybe Lucy will finally forget about all the bad times and move on. She is an independent and beautiful woman after all.

 

The more time they spend together the more they realize how much they like each other. Somehow they are a perfect couple. Their personalities compliment and they enjoy each others company. Now only if they could figure out how to remove past baggage they might be able to have a chance at HEA.

Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/10/review-muffin-top-hartigans-2-by-avery.html

Her Nightmare: One Cold Night (A Short Story)

Her Nightmare (A Halloween Short Story) "Her hands were cold from fear and she was having a hard time not screaming at the top of her lungs."

 

Source: http://www.wattpad.com/647081862-her-nightmare-a-halloween-short-story-one-cold

Online Book Fair!

Free or Discounted Books.

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Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal, and Dark Fantasy ebooks online fair is until October 31st.

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Three May Not Be A Crowd, Four Definitely Is

"People don’t understand this often but this is my personal experience that being the center of someone’s life is not such a good thing. When their entire focus is you, they love you for sure, but you are their whole universe and they’ve nothing else to think about then what do you think happens? Nothing good, I can tell you this, so, you should not want to be someone’s sole reason to live. That will make your life difficult. Trust me on this one, I was someone’s entire universe once and it didn’t end well for either of us. There is so much I regret and wish I could go back in time and change things. Life doesn’t work that way though so now I must contend with the consequences of my choices. Perhaps it’s all an illusion, I certainly like to believe that I had a choice, but that might not be the case. Maybe it all happened exactly how destiny planned it out. Not that I could ever know the answer to that question because what is destiny if not elusive?"

 

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Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2018/10/26/three-may-not-be-a-crowd-four-definitely-is

Pre Order Now: Jasper - Taking Control (Book 4.5 of The Guardian Shifters) by KM Lowe

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Sometimes in life, we need to do things that we wouldn’t necessarily want to do, but under certain circumstances, that decision is taken away from us. Sometimes, we need to think out of the box, look at our loved ones, and just act on impulse. That’s exactly what I did when I decided I was going to stand against our council and fight for my position, fight for my family, and fight for our kind.
     Let me get this straight, I don’t want to take control of the whole paranormal community, but I also don’t want our community to be corrupt any longer than it has been already. We can’t breathe. We can’t sneeze without someone breathing down our necks. Christ, I’m sure they even know when we take a shit. It’s got to that point where we’re constantly looking over our shoulders, and that shouldn’t be the case. We should be able to live a normal, happy life, regardless of us being shifters.
     I’ve worked for the council for eighteen years. I’ve fought for them. I’ve killed for them. I’ve goddamn near lost my family for them. Well, no more. Now’s the time that we move forward.  Now’s the time that we put our community first, we build our pack back up, and we take charge of what we believe in. Of course, there will always be rogue wolves; it’s a part of a wolf that sometimes snaps. It’s just one of those things. My concern is that decent wolf shifters are being confused with these rogues for the council’s own gain. They don’t care who they take out, who they leave behind, just as long as they benefit from it. That was evident when they took me and Kevin into their cells, just to prove a point that they could. It didn’t bother me that they were doing that to me, but it did bother me that a teenage kid was dragged into a mess that wasn’t his fault. None of that sat well with me, and it still doesn’t sit well with me today. That’s why I took that decision to challenge Braxton in a dual. That’s why I put everything on the line. And that’s why I plan on taking over our council and getting our community back on the straight and narrow.
    I’m crazy, I know. It’s probably going to be one of the biggest fights of my life. The council will throw everything at me, plus some, but I’ll be ready to fight for what I believe in.
     Bring it on, I say.

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Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/10/pre-order-now-jasper-taking-control.html

Horror Novels: What Scares You?

"If we’re talking horror then I must talk about R.L. Stine. He is my most favorite author. I absolutely adore his fear street series, especially The Fear Stree Saga. I’ve been reading these books since I was a teenager and I still love them. Fear Street is a fictitious place, there are stories that most of the houses on this street are all haunted or they’ve brutal stories to tell. In Fear Street series there are no real monsters though, people turn out to be the real culprits. Although, in its spin-off series we deal with ghosts and curses. One of the books that I’ve read many times is Haunted (Fear Street #7). Anyhow, these books are thrilling but not really that scary. 99 Fear Street: The House of Evil trilogy was really scary though.

As far as recently published horror novels go, these are on my TBR;

  1. The Cabinet at the End of the World By Paul Tremblay
  2. Frankenstein in Baghdad By Ahmed Saadawi
  3. Into the Drowning Deep By Mira Grant
  4. The Forgotten Child By Melissa Erin Jackson
  5. My Pet Serial Killer By Michael J. Seidlinger

So, what are your favorite October reads? I’d love to hear about them."

 

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Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2018/10/21/horror-novels-what-scares-you

A great start, very slow middle, and appropriate ending

The Butterfly Bride - Vanessa Riley

All in all, it's a good read, but there were some parts that bored me while I was reading and I had to take a break before continuing with the story. I found it a little bit slower for my taste. Other than that I liked it a lot. The story is good, characters are well-developed and it's quite intriguing. I especially enjoyed the whole mystery/danger aspect of it.

Frederica Burghley is an illegitimate daughter of a Duke. All her life she has tiptoed around society, careful of not causing any scandals, she fears being compared to her mother and just wants a respectable life. That's why she must marry now because the Duke himself has a new bride and her status in his household has become precarious. She is hoping to find a husband among the candidates who responded to her newspaper advertisement. There is only one problem; one of them could be a potential psychopath bend upon hurting her. That isn't going to deter her though, she must marry soon and she will find a husband for herself at any cost. Love can wait until after marriage.

Jasper likes Frederica and hates the thought of her marrying someone else. However, he can't marry her. So, he must let her go. He can only ever be a friend to her. The kind of friend she deserves. When he finds out that she is in danger he appoints himself as her guardian. But will he be able to keep his distance, find her a husband, and keep her safe all at once? Or are they both running towards an imminent disaster?

It's an enjoyable read that I would recommend to all historical fiction fans. Although, it's a standalone novel, it is better to read the series in order if you plan to read all the books in this series because characters from previous books made an appearance in this one. And it will be more fun to know their backgrounds and history as well.

 

P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/10/review-butterfly-bride-by-vanessa-riley.html

Book review and interview with the author

Clockwork Dollhouse

The clockwork dolls seem to be moving on their own. What are they trying to show? 
 
When Ainsley moves in with her uncle, the governor, it seems like a beautiful situation. An orphan is finding love in an elite household. However, she carries with her the power to reveal her uncle’s darkest secrets.

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Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/10/review-author-interview-clockwork.html