Mistress of Rome

Here’s an old one that I like to reread every so often when I come upon it in my book shelf. Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn is a historical fiction based in Rome that is a great, dramatic, read for fall. And did I mention that Outlander author Diana Gabaldon loves it? Because that’s a good enough reason to give it a shot.

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Heat Level: ♥♥

Genre: Ancient Historical Romance

Overall Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers

Lepida is young, beautiful, bratty, and on the marriage market as one of Rome’s eligible brides. She’s looking for a man with power and money, but will also have some fun on the side if someone catches her eye. She owns a slave named Thea, a Jewish girl with a beautiful singing voice. Lepida treats Thea terribly, something that gets even worse when Thea catches the eye of famed gladiator Arius, whom Lepida wants for herself. When Thea and Arius begin a torrid love affair, Lepida sells her, ripping them apart forever.

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As time goes on, so do their lives. Thea becomes a famous singer, Lepida finally marries, and Arius continues his rise in the spotlight. But just as they all had once been sent on different paths. Rome isn’t all that small and soon they all come into contact again. And when the Emperor of Rome gets involved, more than just their reputations in society might be at stake.

If not for the sometimes confusing multiple POV issues, I would have given this book a five. The setting of this novel and the problems faced by the cast were great and the descriptions are really well done. The author really knows how to make you hate, love, and root for the characters, getting you to really feel for the story lines. It’s also a great romance without being overly erotic, so if you’re not looking for detailed descriptions of the acts, this book is one for you.

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Author’s Day

Today is National Author’s Day, a day in which we celebrate authors, books, and all things literary. And as many of you know, Sarah and I are both published authors. So this is a nice excuse for both of us to talk a little about the books we’ve released and the books we’re we’re working on!

Sarah Fischer

img_2823-1Always the avid reader, Sarah Fischer found it frustrating that there were so few books following the struggles and joys that a typical college student faces. While recovering from surgery, she decided to write one. Elton Hall Chronicles, a new adult series, is based on true events that happened to Sarah and her group of friends. When she isn’t unveiling long held secrets or working as a government drone, Sarah likes to go to the movies with her husband and spend time with her two furbabies.

First Semester: Elton Hall Chronicles (1)

Book one in the Elton Hall Chronicles follows freshman student Violet as she begins her education, falls in love, and battles those who wish to destroy everything she’s worked for. Although it’s against the rules, she’s drawn to the British, visiting Professor Berneli who teaches her literature class. They know it’s wrong, and when a simple fling begins to build into something more, they’re left to decide what truly matters in regards to their dirty, little secret. But someone is already in on the secret and threatens to do more than just ruin both their reputations.

As a side note, Sarah’s been using this book as a tool to teach college students about the importance of reporting harassment, how to detect and recognize assault, and the ways to help yourself or a friend in regards to being a victim.

First Semester is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free on kindle unlimited.

Second Snowfall: Elton Hall Chronicles (2)

In the second installment, Violet’s best friend Annabelle is the star here, and comes into her own as an adult woman when she meets a handsome firefighter named King who knows how to turn up the heat. But even though her new man is rich, strong, and seems to really know how to treat a lady, there’s something off about the trust fund kid turned college hero. Annabelle knows it, even if she can’t quite piece it together. And when one of her friends comes a little too close, both might end up getting burned.

Second Snowfall is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Third Wheel: Elton Hall Chronicles (3)

In the heart pounding finale, college student Christie is tired of living her picture perfect life and longs to be her own person and make her own decisions. One of the first decisions she makes is to have a passionate fling with Shane, a Korean street racer, who is just as charming as he is dangerous. He’s a far cry from the military man her family and friends want her to be with, but Christie wouldn’t have it any other way. Her new guy helps her walk on the wild side and is always there to catch her if she falls.

Third Wheel is available HERE in ebook, paperback, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Kelsey McKnight

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From Scottish lairds to billionaire businessmen, Kelsey McKnight will ignite your soul, no matter what century it lives in. Kelsey is a university-educated historian from southern New Jersey. She has married her great loves of romance, history, and literature to create her newly finished works, The Scottish Stone Series. This collection takes readers on a journey through the bustling streets of Victorian London and into the lush hills of the Scottish Highlands. Her second book, a contemporary romance titled The Non-Disclosure Agreement, is also available now and features a bad boy politician and the small town girl that could change his ways. When she’s not writing, Kelsey can be found reading, drinking too much coffee, spending time with her family, and working for two separate nonprofit organizations.

Queen of Emeralds: The Scottish Stone Series (1)

British lady Charlotte was born into a proper Victorian society that expects her to marry well, bear children, and be grateful for the chance to do it. But she is far from the ideal woman of her age and when her father tries to force her to marry a bitter man old enough to be her grandfather, she rebells. A Scottish laird named Conner offers her sanctuary in his Highland castle, an more than just the heather blooms upon the hills. But when a shadowed figure comes to call, Charlotte may have to fight for more than just her right to love.

Queen of Emeralds is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

The Amethyst Bride: The Scottish Stone Series (2)

Charlotte’s best friend Penelope is her opposite, completely enamored with the prospect of staying in her perfect, high society position with the held of a carefully selected husband. But when she begins a musical project with a Scottish warrior named Drummond, the gentle giant’s voice isn’t the first thing on her mind. He can’t offer her money, a title, or a grand home in the heart of town, only his love. She’s left to decide between a rich man who can give her the world and a poor man who puts her in the center of his.

The Amethyst Bride is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

His Tarnished Ruby: The Scottish Stone Series (3) 

Conner’s little sister Flora has her eye on a certain man she’s been flirting with for years. Jasper’s older, a fierce man with a reputation to match, and everyone in her life tells her to give up her dream of marrying him. But Flora thinks she knows best and makes one decision that ruins everything. She flees Scotland to heal her wounded heart in London where she meets a man named Andrew from her past. He’s the calm to her storm and vows to love her just the way she is. But Flora can’t believe anyone would else care for her again, a feeling that it only heightened when her past comes calling.

His Tarnished Ruby is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

The Non-Disclosure Agreement

Holly comes to the big city with even bigger dreams, and works as a personal assistant while waiting for her big break. But that big break comes in an unexpected way when her boss, Jackson, tells her he needs a fiancée in order to woo the voters of New York City. On paper it sounds fantastic, she gets all the perks the rich and famous of NYC enjoy while Jackson gets to look like a family man. But mixing business with pleasure is a dangerous game.

The Non-Disclosure Agreement is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Craving Bad: An Anthology

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In The Thief’s Partner by Sarah Fischer, Lucy is accidentally drawn into a fast-paced chase after her twin brother’s dangerous friend goes on the run with some stolen diamonds. And while her brain screams out for justice for her dead brother, her heart longs for something more. Will she choose to live life on the edge, or will she go back to her normal, safe existence?

In Ironside Sinners by Kelsey McKnight, Vera stayed behind in her small, mining town to while her high school sweetheart left to escape the cycle of their parents. But years later when he rolls through with his motorcycle club, they find they’ve grown into different people, but the feelings they once shared are the same. Vera is forced to choose between her small town world and the dangerous life where nothing will ever go according to plan.

Craving Bad is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

In the Future

We’re both working on separate books, Kelsey focusing on romantic comedies and Sarah diving into the world of young adult novels. But together they’re writing a traditional romance that they hope will be perfect for the cold winter months to come.

 

The Survivalist Series

It’s almost Halloween and I’m super pumped, since it’s my favorite holiday. But you know what’s scarier than ghosts, zombies, and witches? EMPs and a hostile takeover that leaves the US crippled. So Spooky. Anyways, I recently found The Survivalist Series by A. American and I have a lot to say.

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Genre: Thriller/Suspense/War Fiction

Overall Rating: 6 Glass Slippers

Morgan Carter is just a regular, American guy who loves his family, his freedoms, and a good glass of sweet tea. He’s on his way home from a short work trip when everything stops. Cars, electronics, planes, laptops, phones…everything with any form of computer in it just dies, all at once. Morgan is that left to go on a long hike through Florida to get home. Luckily for him, and his family, Morgan likes to be prepared. He has guns, solar systems, food, and enough skills to possibly get his family through this crisis. But the fight doesn’t end after book one in this series. Getting home was only a small part of surviving the the destruction of modern society.

Imagine an America where clean water and soap are luxuries and bullets and beans are the new currency. What if gangs roamed free and things like police forces and prisons were no longer in use? Could you survive? Would you have the guns, the food, the power to keep you and yours safe? When Morgan gets home, he needs to both try and keep his family alive as well as fight off all those who weren’t so prepared. There’s a new, rising power who aims to take it all from him, but luckily, he’s got a few good friends in high places to have his back. But when the real enemy might be your own government, is there really any safe place?

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I’m still reading this eight part series, but I think it’s so good, I wanted to bring some more attention to it. A. American writes simply, but powerfully about what might happen if the power grid in the US is destroyed. So much so, that I’ve given thought to my own ability to keep things together if something like that were to happen in the future. While I may be more prepared than some, it might never be enough. In truth, books like this, that are grounded in facts and military experience, are far scarier than anything else you could read.

I think this book is great for anyone who likes heart pounding danger and learning a few things along the way. It’s available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook if you’re looking for something to keep you wildly entertained during your long commute.

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Vice

This morning I told you where to get Vice by Rosanna Leo, but now I’m going to tell you what I thought about it. It’s ten pounds of sexy in a five pound bag.

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Heat Level:♥♥♥♥♥♥

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Contemporary Romance

On the surface, Liam has it all. He’s handsome, rich, smart, and oozes all the personality that make other men jealous. But when it comes to real connections, he’s a total failure. One night stands and flings only get you so far and he’s been married to his work far longer than is really healthy. His obsession with having it all may leave him with nothing, or turn him to an early grave. Then Kate walks into the picture and may have the power to change everything.

Kate is wounded, feeling a bit damaged by how a gambling addiction ruined her father. She makes it her life’s mission to help those who can’t say no toy a deck of cards of the thrilling ping of a slot machine. But taking down the newest casino is going to be harder than she thought when the undeniable attraction to it’s owner, Liam, makes it difficult to stay true to her convictions, and her heart.

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First off, this cover is amazing. The color combinations are eye-catching and I can feel the heat radiating off the page, and that feeling continues as you begin to read. While the story is dark and gritty, a true-to-life representation of addiction in several forms. But the desire felt between Kate and Liam has you begging them to fight through the tough times to be able to really enjoy the passion felt between them. If you like stories that could really happen, check out Vice now!

Vice

This morning I’m turning up the heat by introducing the first book of the

Vegas Sin Series, Vice, by Rosanna Leo.

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Casinos, gambling, money, and women, these are all the things Las Vegas has to offer. For a handsome business entrepreneur it’s paradise.

Wearing success like a well-tailored suit, Liam Doyle knows exactly how to lure customers into his grand casino hotels. Every night it’s business as usual while he runs his multi-million dollar empire…until a pesky protester catches his attention.

Staging a one-woman protest, Kate Callender has the potential to be a huge pain in his ass. If he doesn’t take care of her soon, there will be bad publicity slapped all over Vice, the newest addition to his chain of casinos.

But there’s just one tiny little problem Liam didn’t count on—the feisty red-head isn’t about to go down easily. She’s fighting him every step of the way…and he’s starting to like it.

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Buy Links (Kindle Unlimited)

You can also add this gem to Goodreads HERE!

Author Bio

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Rosanna Leo is a multi-published romance author. Winner of the Reader’s Choice 2015 in Paranormal Romance at The Romance Reviews, Rosanna draws on her love of mythology for her books on Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters.

From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her long-suffering husband, their two hungry sons and a tabby cat named Sweetie. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.

A library employee by day, she is honored to be a member of the league of naughty librarians who also happen to write romance.

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Giveaway: 1 print copy of Vice (North American giveaway only)

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Want to win a paperback copy of this spicy read? Click HERE and enter now!

Teaching the Dom

Wow. I’ve just finished the spiciest little piece of fiction by Grace Risata called Teaching the Dom and I have a lot to say…but I’ll begin by saying that this book is firmly for the 18+ crowd, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

  • Heat Level: ♥♥♥♥♥
  • Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers
  • Genre: Romantic Erotica

When Melody’s younger sister Harmony signs her up for the latest charity activity, Melody is less than thrilled. She’s not great at collecting money from strangers and is looking forward to heading home after a long, hot day. But a silver fox opening the door and giving her an offer she should refuse, brightens her mood. 

Konrad is a has-been, long removed from the fame and fortune he once had as an author, although the ego stuck around. He’s drawn to Melody, and thinks she might just make the perfect muse to his latest book…one that focuses on BDSM. 

But this isn’t some “call me daddy”, filthy, smut novel. It’s a little bit more with some surprising elements I normally don’t see in reads that involve BDSM. I was very pleased to see that it wasn’t some gross representation of the BDSM community, but one that’s accessible and not over the top. This book is great for fans on steamy, Midnight reads that might just make you blush. 

Outlander Season 3- “Voyager” Hopes

This post had been up before, almost a year ago, but it seems like there are a lot of people here for a visit today! Let’s bring this oldie but goodie back for a final chat before season 3 begins!

Spoilers to the Max!

Caution: This contains Outlander season 3/Voyager Spoilers! Read no further if you haven’t read the the third Outlander series book!

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Now that you’ve been warned, are you ready to talk about Voyager and what might come in season three of Outlander on Starz?

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We give the show a lot of love, but thought it might be time to talk about the books this week on Outlander Saturday! Since Sarah hasn’t read past book two, I’m here to chat it up with you about my favorite parts in Voyager and what I’m looking forward to seeing in season three on television.

A final reminder, if you hate spoilers, don’t read any further.

♥Jamie’s return to Lallybroch

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It’s going to be sad, seeing Jamie wounded and hiding in Dun Bonnet’s Cave for so many years with only a few books to keep him company. As you probably read on our Legends of Outlander post, there was a real-live man named James Fraser who hid in a care and was nicknamed Dun Bonnet by the cap he wore. Nice connection, Diana!I love seeing history come to life and see how things connect. Something I’m not too thrilled about seeing it when little Fergus get’s caught up in the traitor madness and looses his crafty little hand. I assume more than one tear shall be shed for our tiny adopted Fraser.

♥Friends Foreverrrrr

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Y’all know that this relationship is one for the ages. I’m not saying it’s romantic, you know Jamie only has eternal eyes for Claire, but his friendship with Lord John Grey is going to be one of the cornerstones for the series, moving forward. Without Lord John Grey, Jamie’s time in prison, and his later reunion with his biological son, might never be possible. Although, it looks like they’re setting it up to be more romantic in the show than it was in the books, something I’m not really into, as I think their complicated friendship in the series was compelling and deep. I almost feel like making it sound like a torrid love affair, like in some other blog posts and news stories, cheapens their dynamic relationship. If only the show series could do a chapter an episode!

♥Meeting Geneva

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This is going to be tough for all those who love Claire and Jamie. I’m going to be honest, I think Geneva is a grade A asshole. Blackmailing Jamie into sex was a low blow and the man’s life has been tough enough. I know I’ll have a rage stroke when she throws out the “bang me or I’ll scream rape” card. At least Jamie can see some joy in the terrible union by his son William grow for a few years. But seeing as how happy he was knowing Claire was pregnant when she left, It’ll be tough seeing him watch his child from afar.

♥Baby Jamie

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Jamie and his interactions with his secret son is going to be interesting. Their sweet doings takes up a good chunk of book, and for good reason. We all read, and saw, how into being a father Jamie was when Claire was pregnant with Faith and how important it was for Claire to go back to Frank for the safety of their unborn child. It’s going to be bittersweet to see how young Willie sees a father figure in Jamie and Jamie longs to be close to a child he never thought he’d have, after Claire’s leaving. Their bond in the books might be hard to portray on screen, but Starz has done an awesome job, so far.

♥The Highlight of the Year

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I know for a damn fact that I’m not the only person who ugly cried when Claire went through the stones and later learned that Jamie was alive all along. While I understand that she needed to go for her own safety, it’s like she’s still twenty years too late to their reunion. I’m already preparing myself for the Kim Kardashian-like sobs when she finally sees him in the print shop. I’m also dying to see how well Jamie aged. I’m guessing it’s like a fine, beautifully kilted, wine… although he’ll be unkilted for a lot of the season, and not always in the fun way. The fact that we’ll probably have to wait a few episodes for this glorious meeting adds a certain level of delicious suspense. At least it’ll be a smoother journey for Claire, as Roger and Bree help her get the cash and clothes necessary for a successful jaunt through time. Speaking of Roger and Bree, watching them say goodbye to Claire will be another depressing sight. But, hey, Claire did right by her kid and her promise to Jamie, so she deserves to have some Highlander goodness up in her petticoats.

♥The Scorned Second Wife

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Dis Bitch is right. Ya’ll probably know that I feel Laoghaire is a dirty home wrecking hussy and no one deserves to get lumpy and gross in their old age more than her…well, except for Black Jack Randall… not that he lives long enough for that. Well, anyways, her coming out of the woodwork again to claim Jamie as her rightful husband is something I’m looking forward too. Like, I get how she saw Jamie as the one that got away but, damn girl, have some self respect! I wouldn’t tie myself for a man who was constantly wishing I was someone else, no matter how hot he was. BTW I’m all sour grapes on how Jenny lashes out at Claire and rats to Loaghaire, even thought Claire told her the potato-planting key to Lallybroch’s survival. I hope Loaghaire’s gun-toting dramatics are just as wild on the screen as they are on the page.

♥High Seas Misadventure

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Poor Jamie can’t catch a break. He, along with Claire and Marsali, go to rescue Ian and he’s stuck vomiting with seasickness while Claire is basically kidnapped by the Porpoise, because the ocean has never been kind to Jamie. Like, universe, give the man a break! All he wants is to live the quiet life and plant some crops and make sweet love to his new found wife, not be held captive and taken towards prison. At least he’s conveniently shipwrecked near Claire. Small victories. I’m curious to see how this will play out since, in the book, their oceanic struggles is a large chunk of action.

♥The Return of Geillis

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Gonna be real, I’m pumped for the return of Geillis. I know she’s a murderer, adulteress, and all around baddie, but I’m really excited to see her return in all her crazy glory. You have to admire her vicious tenacity and the way she unraveled thousands of years of legends and myths to learn about time travel. Sure, she could have gone around without human sacrifices, but I admire a bitch with flair. I mean, if she had really been killed before having her son, a certain green-eyed man wouldn’t be able to grace us with his presence! So, sacrifice away, you gloriously creepy time traveler, you!

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Yeah, I know this isn’t every tasty morsel of Voyager goodness, only some of my personal favs. Tell me in the comments, what are you most excited for in season three? And for more Outlander fun, visit our Outlander Page HERE!

And if you love my Outlander articles, you’ll love my historical romance series that’s set in Victorian Scotland and England. It delves into the complicated world of the Scottish highlands as they reestablish themselves and the clan systems along with a heavy dose of romance. Book one, Queen of Emeralds, is available HERE while book two, The Amethyst Bride is available HERE!

And if you love fandom jewelry, head over to this new Etsy shop HERE for some great Outlander goodies! Use the special code MIDNIGHT15 for 15% off your order!

Third Wheel

Today Sarah Fischer released Third Wheel, the final installment of her Elton Hall Chronicles, which follows the lives and choices of three college friends. In each book there’s love, desire, heartbreak, passion, and danger. But what Christie faces in Third Wheel is a new kind of danger that’s as thrilling as it is deadly.

Christie lives the solid traditional life at home with a working father, a house-keeping mother, and a set of strict southern rules that make up her world. She’s sheltered with her whole life set up before her…but it isn’t what she wants anymore. What Christie craves is freedom and the chance to live her own life before she settles down into her role of wife and mother.

Illegal street racer Shane is more than up to the task. Born into a Korean household where education and family values are held close, he understands Christie’s need to break free. A no-strings-attached relationship suits them both fine…until it doesn’t. And once Christie takes a walk on the wild side, she might find it hard to go back to her old self.
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Third Wheel is available now for purchase in ebook form or paperback now HERE and is free to read for all kindle users. 

But that’s not all! The first two books in the series, First Semester and Second Snowfall are both on sale for a limited time. Get First Semester HERE and Second Snowfall HERE. Go back to school for a real education at Elton Hall University.

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Trying Sophie

Trying Sophie is the first in A Dublin Rugby Romance series by Rececca Norinne. Set in Ireland and featuring a cast of people with beautiful, traditional names, I was pretty hooked from the first page, which has a handily pronunciation guide. So let’s chat a bit about this newest read…

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Heat Level:♥♥♥♥♥

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Sports Romance

Declan O’Shaughnessy was known as a looker, a charismatic, athletic, Irish man since birth. And he knows it. So when he first meets American Sophie Fitzgerald, he’s not exactly keen on the “half-Irish”, bespectacled girl with frizzy hair. In fact, he’s downright nasty, as most children are when faced with something new. So when shy, bookworm Sophie leaves Ireland to go back to the US, she knows she’ll never forget cruel Declan O’Shaughnessy.

20 years later and Sophie is no longer the ugly duckling that was teased for her looks and her parent’s marital troubles. But when she has to to return to Ireland to take care of her elderly grandparents, she forced back into a place she gladly left behind, and the boy who made her short time there terrible. But Declan’s all grown up now and ready to make ammends.

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Declan always held a candle for Sophie, and now that she’s turned into a beauty that’s a match only for her brains, his heart goes into overdrive. But when he was such a jerk to her in their youth, can he convince her that behind the tough, rugby playing, mask there’s a guy who only wants to treat her right? Not likely, but Declan’s no quitter.

This book was great, you guys. I sat by the pool and devoured it. Sophie is funny and saucy while Declan has that bad boy with a heart of gold thing that makes people melt. Our main girl can be a little trying at times, a little too on edge, but that’s what makes her more human and her interactions with him a little more meaningful. There needs to be a little messiness in a dirty romance. And this book is dirty. Not filthy in the erotica way, but let’s just say that Norinne can bring the heat. Overall, this was an enjoyable read that I could see many people diving into. 

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Droughtlander Reading List

Outlander is almost back and soon we’ll be able to watch, take in, dissect, and discuss each episode as they come. But there’s still a month before that and what if your kindle is a little light and your bookshelves are growing bare? I know that feeling and I’m here to help with some more of my favorite novels that Outlander fans might enjoy. To pick up any of these books, just click on the title to take you to their Amazon pages.

London by Edward Rutherfurd

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This is for fans who miss stories that span the decades. This book follows London’s history from the ice age to the present day in the steps of several families. It’s great for history buffs who want some sex, action, and mystery in their reading. It’s a bit of a hefty undertaking, but my trusty paperback copy has been re-read so many times, I think it deserves top slot.

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

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This is an author you’ve probably already heard about and one that Gabaldon actually likes as well. The Winter Sea is a novel about an author named Carrie who goes to Scotland to write a book about the Jacobites and finds out that she’s writing a true story, one that her ancestors lived, without even knowing it at first, in the form of waking dreams. There’s time travel of sorts, a touch of romance, a lot of history, and even more fun.

Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati

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In 1792 a woman named Elizabeth finds herself unmarried at the age of 20 (gasp!) and moves from her comfortable estate to join her father in the mountains of New York. There she meets a man who lives among the Mohawk people and although her father tries to marry her off to a local doctor, Elizabeth is too headstrong to just sold off like a cow. Soon, she ends up at odds with the local slave owners, her family, and finds herself torn between the live she has the life she wants. Sounds a bit like Claire, doesn’t it?

A Rip in the Veil by Anna Belfrage

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Somehow, a woman named Alex is thrown from 2002 to 1658 and into the path of a Scottish outlaw named Matthew. Both are confused by the occurrence, but when both of you are basically on the run, it’s easy to take up together. While Alex grieves the lost of coffee, showers, and cars, Matthew begins to grow on her, especially when they begin to try and find out how she ended up back in time. This one is a hit or miss for Outlander fans, who may not enjoy the “younger” voice of the heroine and compare it a bit too much to Gabaldon’s rousing series. But it’s a good read that I think deserves a shot.

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

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In the midst of the Civil War, midwife Mary isn’t okay with staying home in safety as the menfolk fight. She joins the wounded, using her skills to help where she can and learning the realities of war as she goes. She is refused traditional medical schooling, but that doesn’t stop her from getting the guidance of two trained surgeons. This is a story of heartbreak, the horrors of war, and the will to live and succeed when others want you to fail.

Wishing for a Highlander by Jessi Gage

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Melanie is single, pregnant by a guy who ran away, and working in a museum when she daydreams about a hunky, kilted hero to save the day (don’t we all?). Then she’s pulled back in time and thrown into 16th century Scotland where people obviously thinks she a witch. Enter Darcy Keith, who finds himself drawn to the woman his people were about to try. Will Melanie long to return back to her own time, or be happy her wish literally came true?

The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick

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Emma of Normandy is trapped in a loveless marriage to the King of England in 1002 and finds out that her husband is a terrible ruler. When the Vikings threaten their shores, Emma ends up having to take charge and defend her new home from invasion. But when her husband dies and the Viking king claims everything, Emma had a whole new world to battle with. This author marries the true accounts of Emma of Normandy with the touches of fiction that makes it a great read.

Waterfall by Lisa T Bergren

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Along with her sister, Gabi spends every supper being shlepped around archeological sites with her parents. They’re at a dig in Tuscany when she places her hand on a hand print in an ancient tomb. Then, you guessed it, Gabi is thrown back in time and into the arms of handsome Italian knight Marcello. But Gabi’s sister Lia was also pushed back to Marcello’s time and it then lost. Now Gabi must try to survive in the past, fight through her feelings to a man she can never be with, find her sister, and a way home. Now, this is technically a teen book, but it makes for a nice, light read.

A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland

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Modern day Elizabeth is a failed romance author who has been suffering from writers block. But then dreams come to her of a kilted hero who can save her from herself. She takes a walk in the park, falls asleep by accident, and wakes up in the 1300s. She finds herself in the presence of a feared Scottish lord who has never shown any interest in  women…until her. This is a traditional romance with a bit of action.

Transcendence by Shay Savage

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Here’s one you didn’t expect…caveman romance! That’s right. A caveman is checking his traps one day and comes upon a woman wearing odd clothing and making noises he couldn’t understand. Yes, that woman was sent to the past and instead of a Scottie hottie, she got a caveman. But there’s still a love story and an ending readers all love.

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That’s all for this list, but there’s more to see over on our Outlander page HERE!

And if you like all my Outlander posts, you’ll probably love my historical romance series. Set in Victorian England and Scotland and featuring two kilted men and the British woman who try to stay away, you can get Queen of Emeralds HERE and The Amethyst Bride HERE!

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