Friday, February 2, 2018

Book Obsessed Chicks Release Day Bliss *The Lady Who Loved Him (The Brethren Book 2) by Christi Caldwell

When an author can take a much hated character and turn him into a beloved hero, that author has done her job and much more. Such is the case with Christi Caldwell in her latest magnificent read, THE LADY WHO LOVED HIM. In addition to that revelation, Ms. Caldwell has united a hero and heroine who normally would have been mismatched to most, but fit together like puzzle pieces in the grand scheme of things.

Leo Dunlop, the Marquess of Tennyson, has a past that makes most gasp. The self proclaimed rake and philanderer has much to account for. His secrets keep him at arms length from many and he prefers it this way. 

Lady Chloe Edgerton has only ever wanted to be self sufficient. Her sad past has given her an understanding that not everything has a happily ever after, especially where men are concerned. Her dreams of becoming a headmistress of a school for girls keeps her hopes up, but when Leo bounds into her life, all bets are off.

THE LADY WHO LOVED HIM by Christi Caldwell is a finely spun web of romance, understanding and adventure. Chloe and Leo's story is one to be savored and remembered. It's a tale of redemption and renewal that I highly recommend to anyone and everyone who understand that a true happily ever after is a journey of ups and downs. Bravo to Christ Caldwell for making my heart happy, even if there were tears along the way.


Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Obsessed Chicks Favorite Series Spotlight on JESS MICHAELS: THE 1797 CLUB


The fifth thrilling romance in the 1797 club series by USA Today bestseller Jess Michaels

Baldwin Undercross, Duke of Sheffield, has a secret he’s keeping from almost everyone he knows and loves. He is destitute, thanks to gambling by his late father and his own bad decisions. There is only one option now, marry for money and do it soon. An opportunity presents itself when a rich American woman arrives in Society hunting for a title in trade for a huge dowry.

Helena Monroe is the companion to her entitled cousin and she is miserable. But once she encounters Baldwin on a terrace, her time in England starts to look up. She quickly realizes he believes she is her cousin and everything starts to fall apart.

Baldwin is now torn between a future that will save his family legacy and one with a woman he is growing increasingly attached to. Will he choose safety or passion, obligation or love?

Length: Full Length Novel (70,000 words)
Heat Level: Wear gloves while reading - eye protection optional. 

The Duke of Nothing can be read as a stand-alone book, but is part of a series (The 1797 Club).


One of my favorite series to date is the "1797 Series" by the very talented, Jess Michaels. This series is a culmination of all that is sensual, historical romance. Be prepared to be totally absorbed in every nuance that this series has to offer.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Book Obsessed Chicks Presents: Kat Martin * BEYOND DANGER*

OUT JANUARY 30, 2018

New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin brings page-turning suspense to a tale of secrets and passions turned deadly . . .
Texas mogul Beau Reese is furious. All six feet three obscenely wealthy, good-looking inches of him. His sixty-year-old father, Stewart, a former state senator no less, has impregnated a teenager. Barely able to contain his anger, Beau is in for another surprise. It appears that Stewart has moved an entirely different woman into the house . . .
Beau assumes that stunning Cassidy Jones is his father’s mistress. At least she’s of age. But those concerns take a sudden backseat when he finds Stewart in a pool of blood on the floor of his study—and Cassidy walks in to find Beau with his hand on the murder weapon.
The shocks just keep coming. Someone was following Stewart, and Cassidy is the detective hired to find out who and why. Now she’ll have to find his killer instead. Her gut tells her it wasn’t Beau. And Beau’s instincts tell him it wasn’t Cassidy. Determined to track down the truth, they form an uneasy alliance—one that will bring them closer to each other—closer to danger and beyond . . .




To CELEBRATE the release of BEYOND DANGER, enter my new contest for a chance to win a KINDLE FIRE 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB and a Kindle copy of INTO THE FURYINTO THE WHIRLWIND and AINTO THE FIRESTORMContest runs from December 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018.
For January, Kat Martin is giving away to THREE winners a copy of both INTO THE FURY and an audio book.


A Party to Remember

Since my hero in BEYOND DANGER, Beau Reese, is a mega rich playboy, a once-famous race car driver, I thought it might be fun to write about a mega-wealthy party I got invited to a few years back.  Well, more than a few, considering it was a millennium party celebrating the thousand year change in our calendar. 
My husband and I wanted to do something really special for that night so I had been looking at different trips, hotels, and cruises.  We wanted to do something we would never forget. 
Fortunately, about that time, I ran into an author friend I hadn’t seen in a while.  When I told her I was on a quest to find something memorable to do for the millennium, she invited me to a weekend party at her parents’ home in Aspen, one of several they owned.
I knew they were worth billions of dollars, had actually been to their incredible New York apartment, so I excitedly accepted.
It was a magical weekend, with everything paid for by the party givers except our room--which cost a small fortune but was worth it!  The party was poolside, held around an indoor swimming pool since there was snow on the ground outside. 
My author friend was a wonderful hostess, the band was fabulous, the decorations spectacular, and the food amazing.  Guests flew in on their private jets and came to the event in gorgeous designer clothes. 
For an author, it was more than just fun--it was a glimpse into a world I had never seen. 
It’s the world Beau Reese lives in, or at least he has access.  He’s a little more down to earth than the guests at the party, but he’s classy and gorgeous and he drives a Lamborghini.  Hey, how much better does it get?
The bad news is, Beau is wanted for murder.
The good news is, Lady detective, Cassidy Jones, is determined to prove his innocence. 
I hope you enjoy BEYOND DANGER and that you’ll watch for BEYOND CONTROL, Josh Cain’s story, out in June.  

Till next time, all best wishes and happy reading, Kat


Pulishers Weekly
BEYOND DANGER by Kat Martin (Zebra MM/February 2018/978-1-4201-4317-1)
“Martin takes readers on a well-plotted roller-coaster ride with her sexy suspenseful second Texas Trilogy romantic thriller…Martin excels at creating multidimensional, appealing rogues and the strong sexy women who fall for them, and this novel is no exception…This nail-biter of a romantic thriller will delight.” - Publishers Weekly
 BEYOND DANGER by Kat Martin (Zebra MM/February 2018/978-1-4201-4317-1)
"Martin takes readers on a well-plotted roller-coaster ride with her sexy and suspenseful second Texas Trilogy contemporary romantic thriller (after Beyond Reason). Former race car driver Beau Reese is estranged from his father, Stewart, a former state senator, and is furious to learn that Stewart has seduced and impregnated a 19-year-old. When Beau confronts his unrepentant father, he encounters gorgeous Cassidy Jones and thinks she’s another of his father’s mistresses. But later, when Cassidy finds Beau standing over his father’s body, murder weapon in hand, he learns that she’s a PI and his father hired her because he felt threatened. It soon becomes apparent that someone won’t hesitate to kill them both before they find Stewart’s real murderer. Surprises and red herrings lie around every corner, keeping readers off-balance until the author brings the story to a shocking finish. Martin excels in creating multidimensional, appealing rogues and the strong, sexy women who fall for them, and this novel is no exception. An excellent cast of supporting characters provides a well-drawn backdrop as Martin skillfully sets up the last book in the trilogy. This nail-biter of a romantic thriller will delight new readers and returning fans." - Publishers Weekly
“Kat Martin’s Texas Trilogy returns with a gripping new romantic suspense novel featuring Beau Reese and Cassidy Jones. This dynamic duo embarks on a fascinating journey to solve a high-profile crime in Texas. Cutting edge and incredibly thrilling, Martin once again proves she’s a romantic suspense mastermind! Book two, BEYOND DANGER, is compelling with unexpected twists. Long-time fans of Kat Martin will not be disappointed!”- RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars



Thursday, January 4, 2018

Book Obsessed Chicks Series Spotlight on JULIE JOHNSTONE Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts


The past haunts them. Treachery awaits them. Love will save them. 

A shattered lass…

Scarred by the cruel whims of her late husband, Lena MacLeod lives in fear of men and marriage. So when the king’s edict obliges her to wed Scottish warrior Alex MacLean, she never expects to feel safe, let alone happy. But behind Alex’s fierce exterior lies a gentle, gallant highlander who renews her soul, emboldens her, and offers her the one thing she never thought she would possess—true love. Now that Alex has her whole heart, she’ll settle for nothing less than all of his.

A tortured highlander… 

Haunted by violent nightmares of his dark past, Alex MacLean has put off getting married for as long as possible. But now he finds himself the husband of the fragile, beautiful Lena, and he’s drawn to her as he has never been to another. He vows to protect and heal her, and as she grows stronger, so does his love for her. Yet, his horrible memories and a treacherous task are preventing him from giving himself to her entirely, and the secrets he harbors threaten to destroy their life together.

A union… 

When Lena uncovers a dangerous scheme involving Alex, she embarks on a desperate journey to save the man she loves. But Alex still hasn’t let her in, and he runs the risk of losing her—and his life—unless he can accept that his once delicate wife is now an ally strong enough to light his way. 

Kimberly's Thoughts

This second chance romance by Julie Johnstone is a wonderful read and my favorite of this series so far. Two broken people coming together to try to repair all the hurt that has been reaped upon them in their short lives.

Alex MacLean has been through indescribable atrocities which haunt him every time he lays his head down to rest and Lena MacLeod was only saved from an evil husband and his cruelty by his demise. Once again, of use to a King who has an agenda, Lena is thrown into the marriage pool, where Alex vows to be the gentle husband Lena deserves after all the pain.

Secrets will keep these kindred souls apart if they don't open up their hearts and minds to each other, as the intrigue going on around them threatens their union. Will they overcome the barriers? Can Lena break down that wall that Alex has placed between them? Read this compelling story to find out all these answers and much more.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Return to the House of Sin (Bastards of London #4) by Anabelle Bryant

Waiting for this book, in particular, has been a lesson in patience. Return to the House of Sin, the fourth and final book in the Bastards of London series, is a prime example of Anabelle Bryant's expertise in bringing a lost cause back from the brink and making him into a hero. Crispin Daventry, Lord Hastings, made a hasty exit of London after the "love of his life" marries one of the Bastards, and loses a mound of money at the Underworld. He runs from everyone who loves him, even the sister who was his best friend.

Wasting his life away in over-excess and debauchery has taken its toll on Crispin, who has resolved, though not wholeheartedly, to return to London to exact revenge on the gaming hell, The Underworld and the proprietor who stole his love. Crsipin has gained a fortune in his time away from London and will use all at his disposal  to regain his reputation. Traveling back to London from Italy on a ship along with his mischievous friend the Count of Este.

Lady Amanda Beasley, daughter of the earl of Huntindon was supposed to travel to France from Italy with her widowed father and her sister, but circumstances separate the family members, and Amanda ends up on the wrong ship headed to England while her family board their ship to France. Frantic and without help, Amanda stows away in the first open chamber she finds, which happens to be Crispin's. What a dilemma! 

Crispin is trying so hard to turn over a new leaf, but Amanda is a tempting morsel. Between attempting to keep her presence a secret from everyone on the ship to keeping himself , Crispin becomes a steadfast friend to Amanda whilst keeping her hidden from the crew. He makes sure she has food and drink and even comforts her when she falls ill. Amanda has never had any type of relationship with a man, but she falls into complacency with Crispin's friendship. Dare she  he ever hope for anything else? Crispin continually pushes back his emerging feeling for Amanda knowing she would make someone a perfect wife, just not him. He was far too heartbroken to accept any new possibilities of love. 

Once the ship docks in English waters and Amanda and Crsipin go their separate ways, but the inevitable happens when Crispin and Amanda begin to see one another at ton events. Denying the undeniable is a task neither will win when feelings eventually tear down the walls that both Amanda and Crispin have erected around their hearts, and the journey to the point of no return is sublime.

Author, Anabelle Bryant has written a superb send off  to the Bastards of London and everything is as it should be in the land surrounding the Underworld. Miss Bryant takes a character that readers had come to dislike through his actions in the past and wondrously redeem his to the point of his becoming a favorite hero in this tale. Amanda Beasley and he sensual innocence becomes the catalyst in this redemption, making RETURN TO THE HOUSE OF SIN one of my favorite books this year. I highly recommend this, and any expertly written book written by the ever talented, Anabelle Bryant.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Place at Our Table (An Amish Homestead Novel) by Amy Clipston

Young Amish woman, Kayla Dienner  has already lost one family member to tragedy, she doesn't want anything to happen to her younger brother,Nathan , who is all about becoming a firefighter after he meets part time firefighter, Jamie Riehl. 

Kayla meets Amish firefighter, Jamie Riehl when he responds to a fire on the Dienner's property. Jamie was acquainted with the elder Dienner brother who perished in a fire the year before and when the younger Dienner, Nathan, shows an interest, he is glad to help in any way he can. Meeting Kayla also sparks an interest which Jamie has never had before, but knowing that Kayla is so against having Nathan go into firefighting, makes Jamie pause.

Jamie and Kayla begin a friendship and a courtship of sorts but both have reservations which can make or break their relationship.  It seems to Kayla, that she cares more for whatever the two have together since Jamie misses dates with her. When a heartbreaking tragedy strikes Jamie's family, he feels the weight of the world on his shoulders doubt that he can ever be what Kayla needs.

Can two people who obviously care so much for each other overcome the obstacles blocking their paths? Can both Kayla and Jamie set aside their sadness and look to a future with one another? All these questions and more are answered in Amy Clipston's A PLACE AT OUR TABLE.

Having only started reading Amish romance novels the past year or so, I have quickly fallen in love with Amy Clipston's stories subject matters and the people she so eloquently describes. This story in particular hits home for me because I have a son who is a volunteer firefighter who wants to make a career of it in the FDNY. Kayla's feelings for her brother Nathan mimic this reader's and add to the appeal. I enjoyed learning about the Dienner family and the Riehl family and I hope to reading more about them in the future. 


Monday, October 30, 2017

BOOK OBSESSED CHICKS EARLY REVIEW ** The Heart of an Agent (The Adirondack Pinkertons #2) by Tracey J. Lyons

Lily Handland had no one for so long . The former Pinkerton agent who wants more than being undercover and without roots, hands in her resignation and seeks out a purpose.  In the New York Adirondack Mountain region, a town called Heartston draws Lily into laying down some roots and using the monies earned from her hard-living as a Pinkerton agent, for some business purpose. When the local banker suggests she partner with the widowed owner of  Great Camp, a resort of sorts which has fallen into disrepair, Lily sees promise when she see the hidden beauty herself. Having the owner, Owen Murphy agree to the partnership is going to take a bit of convincing.

Owen Murphy lost his zest for living when his beloved wife passed away two years ago. Still in deep mourning, the Great Camp is falling apart and he's neither noticing nor caring. Even his loyal caretakers, Mr. and Mrs. Cuddieback are at their wits end watching their employer/friend, remain in self-imposed limbo. When the feisty Lily Handland appears to save the day, Owen resists at first, but slowly returns to the land of the living with each task and idea Miss Hamdland sets before him.

Never having been in love before, Lily quickly falls for the brooding Owen Murphy, but knowing Owen's late wife was nearly perfect, and the fact that Lily was a Pinkerton agent who held may secrets, gives the young lady pause in finding true happiness. Keeping her past a secret may be the downfall of the life she is yearning to grasp onto, but what can she do? Read, The Heart Of An Agent by the wonderful author Tracey Lyons to find out!

The Heart Of An Agent is the follow up to A Changed Agent, and what a follow up it is. Tracey J.  Lyons brings the reader full force into the beauty of the Adirondack Mountain region and shares its breathtaking views, as well as a tender story to tug at the heart-strings. Ms. Lyons brings the reader to a region little read about in historical romance and what a fresh insight it is. The emotions brought forth by the widower and the former agent gave this reader a roller coaster of a ride. The Heart Of An Agent is a recommended read for those who love second chances. Bravo Tracey J. Lyons, you have a new forever fan.

~ Kimberly ~