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Review: THE WIDOW’S AUCTION by Sabrina Jeffries

Disclaimer: I received a digital arc of this novella in exchange for an honest review. 

28803825Sabrina Jeffries’ The Widow’s Auction was re-released today, but you may have previously read the story in the Fantasy anthology.

Though Isobel Lamberton, the widowed Lady Kingsley, is confounded by her dealings with the obstinate Justin Antony, Lord Warbrooke, his commanding presence sparks something deep within her. But such romantic thoughts are for naught. For Justin’s political aspirations always come first. And Isobel’s own secret past could damage both of them permanently.

So when Isobel’s friend talks her into participating in a scandalous auction of masked widows at a gentleman’s club, she reluctantly agrees…and soon begins to relish being an object of desire. But none desire her more than Justin, who recognizes the outspoken Isobel in disguise and sets out to teach her a lesson worth far more than money…

I remember reading this novella in the anthology but, even now, years later it has not lost it’s charm. Short and sweet, the novella features two complex, compatible characters – Isobel and Justin – whose interactions are riddled with humour and romance. Though the novella is told in first person, there is a greater focus on Isobel’s character and we see Justin mainly through her eyes. I would have liked to know more about his thoughts, but for the short length of the story, his character was developed quite well. As is the case with most well-written novella’s, the story does leave you wanting more. However, if you’re looking for s quick escape this summer, then The Widow’s Auction is a neat little trip back to the Regency era.

RATING - 3

 


Cover Reveal: ROCK COURTSHIP by Nalini Singh

Welcome to the exclusive cover reveal for Nalini Singh‘s Rock Courtship! That’s right David – famously known as the “Gentleman of Rock” – and publicist Thea have their own story and we finally get to see what was written in those mysterious memos. I have a feeling that it’s going to be HOT! 😉

And speaking of hot…check out this cover:

rock courtship cover

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s new contemporary romance novella is pure hard rock and scorching heat…

What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients–or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man…and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

nalini bioRefreshingly enough, the “Gentleman of Rock” is actually fully dressed on the cover, which only makes him more fun to mentally undress! 😉

The good news is that it’s not too long a wait for the novella – it releases on September 30th, only a few more weeks to go. 😀

But if you’re like me and completely impatient, you can stop by Ms. Singh’s blog to find out how to sign up for ARCs of Rock Courtship. (I’ve already gotten my copy – yes, they work fast – and I’ll be posting a review soon.) And if you haven’t already read it, book one of the Rock Kiss series, Rock Addiction, was released earlier this week.

So what are we thinking of this cover? Love it, hate it, or couldn’t care less?

Rika Ashton

(aka Cover Lover)


Blurb Reveal: ROCK COURTSHIP by Nalini Singh

So I’ll be posting the promised review of Rock Addiction tomorrow over at Romance Reader at Heart, but till then I thought I’d share the blurb for Thea and David’s novella, Rock Courtship (the second installment of the Rock Kiss series by Nalini Singh releasing September 30, 2014):

What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man…and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

No official cover for Rock Courtship yet, but stay tuned for the reveal!

Rika Ashton

(aka “Sorry, I blurbed it out!”)

(akaaka “That was really bad. I’m sorry. I should not be allowed to make jokes in public.”)


A SHIELD OF WINTER Rant, with Some (Maybe) Spoilers

I was procrastinating – er, writing – when I learning some interesting facts about the upcoming Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh. If you don’t know what Shield of Winter is, I have one question for you, “In exactly which unmapped mountain range is your cave located?” 😛

Just kidding.

But it really is hard for me to imagine that someone, somewhere in the world is not as excited about this book as I am.

In all seriousness, here is the Shield of Winter cover and blurb from Amazon:

Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to suffocate her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

How unbelievably awesome is this cover?! And, yes, my cover lust is partially attributed to the maximum hotness of the male model as suggested by his jawline. (I’m a connoisseur – what can I say?)

Although, the Heart of Obsidian cover is still the most badass in the whole series.

And now for the interesting facts (might be spoilers) about the book:

1. Both the Snow Dancer and the Dark River packs will feature heavily in  the book, as will Vasic’s fellow Arrow, Aden. (Okay, so not really a spoiler, but still good to know that Snow Dancer and Dark River will make appearances in the book.)

2. Judd gets some MAJOR scene time in this novel.

3. We won’t really learn about Walker’s and Aden’s true Psy abilities in this book, but they will be revealed in Aden’s book which is next! (And Alice is not the heroine – in fact, Alice is not going to be a main character any time soon.)

4. We  find out what caused the tension between Ben and Marlee. 

5. This story is set mainly in the United States.

6. We catch up with the Venetian Arrows and the Human Alliance in SoW, and we learn that the Venetian Arrows took covert action against the Pure Psy.

7. Nikita Duncan has no E-Psy abilities, but we will learn a lot more about this designation. (But still, I’m thinking Nikita’s not entirely Silent.)

8.  Lastly, NO MAJOR CHARACTERS WILL DIE! (Yeah, I’m super relieved and I’m totally hoping this includes Nikita, who is awesome.)

I am crazy excited for this new book! Ever since we were introduced to Vasic and learned how he planned to kill himself, I knew he would need someone with Sasha’s E-Psy abilities and, in hindsight, all the references to the other E-Psy in the Net seemed like a pretty big hint – can’t believe I didn’t see it sooner.

Also, here are some facts about Vasic that Nalini Singh posted in her article, “Oh Those Arrows,” on Dear Author. (For those of you who need to catch up with who he is.)

Vasic first appears in Hostage to Pleasure when he teleports to Ashaya Aliene, a scientist working on the Implant Protocol.  He tells her he is “not a team player.”  (Hostage to Pleasure) Later Vasic appears to be in cahoots with Zie Zen, a dissident.  Vasic is known as the “single true teleporter” or a “Traveler”.   A Traveler. Designation Tk. Subdesignation V.  (Hostage to Pleasure) He has piercing silver eyes and enjoys looking out over the desert wasteland that is rich rust red under sunlight and silver in the glow of the moonlight.

His leg was broken several times when he was six years old to train him in Silence.  He was begging to go home. (Tangle of Need)

It is because of his abilities that Ming LeBon, the first leader of the current Arrow Squad, was able to survive so man attempts to end his life. In “Branded by Fire” Vasic blinks everyone out of a vehicle before it could be hit by the high-explosive antitank rounds directed at it. He also rescues Ming from a crumpled car and another assassination attempt in “Blaze of Memory.”

Vasic’s touch is so delicate he can right an unbalanced insect (Kiss of Snow) or lift the blood from the walls of a room. (Hostage to Pleasure, Tangle of Need) Along with Aden, he could lead the Arrows but refuses.  He is tormented by what Judd deems to be a guilty conscience.  (Tangle of Need).  Vasic and Aden share a telephathic connection.

At one point, Ming LeBon wants Vasic to open for a scan but Vasic refuses on the grounds that it would leave him defenseless and no Arrow is ever defenseless.  Aden fears that Vasic will be totally lost after the Arrow schools are liberated, as if that single focus is the only thing keeping Vasic sane at this moment.

And that concludes my rant on Shield of Winter. I’m hoping June comes soon or I might just die from hyperventilation whenever I hear something about this novel. 😉

So what are some of your predictions? Or do you have some spoilers to dish out? Care to share? I’d love to know.

Rika Ashton

(aka The Procrastinating Reporter)

P.S: The next Psy/Changeling novella (late 2014) is going to feature Mercy’s brother, Bastien!!!!!! And the Smith family.


The Untamed Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley: Cover and Blurb Reveal!

If you’re like me and eagerly awaiting the next “Mackenzie” series installment by Jennifer Ashley, then be ready to rejoice! The blurb and Kindle cover has been revealed for “The Untamed Mackenzie” – a novella featuring Inspector Fellows and Louisa Scranton, Isabella’s sister.

Delicious, no?

A WOMAN OF BREEDING MEETS A MAN OF NO STANDING…

To redeem her family’s disgraced name, Lady Louisa Scranton has decided to acquire a proper husband. He needs to be a man of fortune and highly respectable in order to restore both her family’s lost wealth and reputation. She enters the Marriage Mart with all flags flying, determined to find the right bachelor.

But Louisa’s hopes are dashed when the Bishop of Hargate drops dead at her feet – and she is shockingly accused of murder! Soon, Louisa’s so-called friends begin shunning her, because the company of a suspected killer is never desirable in polite society.

The problem comes to the ears of Detective Inspector Lloyd Fellows, by-blow of the decadent Scottish Mackenzie family and an inspector for Scotland Yard. He has shared two passionate kisses with Lady Louisa – and vows to clear her name. For not only does he know she’s innocent, he recognizes he’s falling for the lovely lady.

Fellows is Louisa’s only hope of restoring her family’s honor – and it is he alone who intrigues Louisa in a way that may be even more scandalous than murder…

I’m now officially dying to read this one – have been ever since that kiss between Louisa and Fellows. Plus, any chance to catch up with the Mackenzie’s is worthwhile. 😀

If you have a favourite series with a new installment releasing, please do share! I’m always looking for new reading material. The wait between novels by favourite authors can be lonely without company. 🙂

Rika Ashton

(aka “OMG! September cannot come sooner!”)