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Let It Burn by Ruth Cardello Release Blitz

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Release Blitz, Let it Burn by Author Ruth Cardello

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Let It Burn

The Barrington Billionaires, Book 4

By Ruth Cardello

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His questions will put her in danger.

Her love will set him free.

Billionaire Andrew Barrington walked away from the lavish lifestyle he was raised in to serve as a Marine. Until recently, he would have said he’d made the right choice. A tragic set of events, however, has him not reenlisting and emotionally hitting rock bottom.

Helene Franklin is visiting her uncle as part of an extended vacation in Aruba. She trades her bikini for an office job when he says there is trouble brewing at his clinic and asks her to keep an eye out for anything unusual.

Every Marine needs a mission. To appease his family, Andrew heads to Aruba to track down what he believes is a wild goose chase. Expecting to discover nothing, he meets a quirky, irresistible virgin who is just about to turn his whole world upside down.

What will they gain and what will they lose when they both decide to. . .let it burn?

MY THOUGHTS

I’ve always love books written by Ruth Cardello. This one is a really great addition to the series.

At first, I’m not really sure how I felt about Helene. I kinda dislike her but she proved me wrong along the way. I like when characters prove me wrong about what I think of their character. So yeah, Helene is now among my favorite heroines from a Ruth Cardello novel.

Like always, how the novel talks about family touches me. I love how Helene helped Andrew to find his way back to his family. I also love seeing how the Barrington family, most especially Sophie develop into a better family than they were before the start of the series.

While Helene helped Andrew find his way back, I also enjoyed reading how the two of them helped each other realized their dreams and the things that would make them truly happy.

And though this is a romance novel, for me it’s more about family, facing your fears, growing up as a person and fighting for your dreams. Of course, the romance aspect of it was also really really great and romantic and that’s why that felt like the icing on the cake.

I can’t wait to read more of the Barrington brothers and the other families surrounding this series.

four star

 

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BOOK LINKS

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OTHER PUBLISHED BOOKS BY RUTH CARDELLO

The Legacy Collection

Also available in audio

Where my billionaires began.

Book 1: Maid for the Billionaire (Free Download)

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Nook | iBooks | Kobo| Google

Book 2: For Love or Legacy

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Book 3: Bedding The Billionaire

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Book 4: Saving the Sheikh

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Book 5: Rise of the Billionaire

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Book 6: Breaching the Billionaire: Alethea’s Redemption

Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book 7: A Corisi Christmas Novella

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The Andrades

Also available in audio

A spin off series of the Legacy Collection with cameos from characters you love from that series.

Book 1: Come Away With Me

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Book 2: Home to Me

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Book 3: Maximum Risk

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Book 4: Somewhere Along the Way

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Book 5: Loving Gigi

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Recipe For Love: A Hot Andrade Christmas Novella

Amazon US | Amazon UK

The Barrington Billionaires

A new, seven book series about the Andrade’s Boston cousins.*

Book 1: Always Mine (Free Download)

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Book 2: Stolen Kisses

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Book 3: Trade it All

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Book 4: Let It Burn

iBooks | Amazon

A Billionaire for Lexi

Amazon | iBooks | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Google Play | AmazonUK

Other Books

Taken by a Trillionaire

J.S. Scott, Melody Anne, and Ruth Cardello

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

The Temptation Series

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Gabe ( 7 brides For 7 Brothers)

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*Look for a linked Barrington Billionaire series set in the same world, written by Jeannette Winters (my sister) and Danielle Stewart (my niece).

You won’t have to read the other series to enjoy mine, but it sure will make it more fun. Characters will appear in all three series.

Author Jeannette Winters

Book 1: One White Lie

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Book 2: Table for Two

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Book 3: You & Me, Make Three

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Book 4: Virgin for the Fourth Time

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Danielle Stewart

Book 1: Fierce Love

iBooks | Amazon | AmazonUK | Barnes & Noble

Book 2: Wild Eyes

iBooks | Amazon | AmazonUK| Barnes & Noble

Book 3: Crazy Nights

iBooks | Amazon |AmazonUK | Barnes & Noble

Book 4: Loyal Hearts

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ABOUT AUTHOR

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Ruth Cardello is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York–then came full circle and moved back to Rhode Island. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene.
She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she’s not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm, riding her horses, or connecting with her readers online.

Connect with Ruth

Website: www.RuthCardello.com

FaceBook: www.facebook.com/RuthCardello

Twitter: @RuthieCardello

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HAPPY READING!

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Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis

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High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head.
Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai.
Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s secret too big to accept, even for him?

my thoughts

I’ve been hearing good things about this book for quite some time now and so I was really looking forward to reading it. I guess it could be classified as NA Romance with a touch of paranormal which isn’t really my thing. I usually tend to shy away from NA books but I could honestly say I’m glad to have read this one. It’s not like the other NAs that I used to read.

I can say I like all of the characters, the annoying ones included. I like Lily’s strength which is why I was sort of disturbed and  a tad disappointed in the way she handled the story’s conflict with regards to Malakai. I like Sandra for being such a good friend to Lily. I like how Malakai stood his ground on things. I like Wes, even if he’s annoying because he makes me curious. I think underneath all that annoying things he did that there’s a bigger thing he’s trying to hide and maybe trying to escape from. But among all of them, it’s actually David I like the most. Partly because somehow I can relate to his situation the most and also because he’s such a great brother and friend.

The story was very interesting. It has caught my interest that I was able to finish reading it through text-to-speech which is the only way for me to be able to read at that time. I have tried reading text-to-speech before but I never quite finish a book through listening through and this is the first time.

I have a few questions regarding Lily’s condition which I’m hopeful to get answered through the next book when based on how this one ended.

This more like a story of love, friendships, and family which for me is always a plus on a story. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to reading the next book which I think comes out a couple of days before my birthday. Which means, I won’t likely to forget about it.

Four-half-stars

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Guest Review: Escape by Inna Hardison

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Title: Escape (Alliance #1)
Author: Inna Hardison
Genre: Young Adult
Reviewed by: Twisted Book Curmudgeon

Rating: four star

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Book One of the Alliance Series.

What if everything you knew about the world around you was a lie, and the very people you were taught to fear were your salvation, your escape?

Meet Amelia, raised in the safety of a Replenisher compound, a protectorate for the few Alliance females who can bear children. In two months, she will have to choose a mate and begin her duties, except it doesn’t happen like that.

When she witnesses a Zoriner boy fall over the wall of the compound, the very wall designed to keep those like her safe from those like him, the injured boy becomes her burden and maybe, if she lets him, her escape from the life she is meant to have, and the key to unraveling of the many secrets and lies on both sides of this conflict and each other. This is the very beginning of her journey.

Reviewer’s Thoughts

This is the first book I’ve read by Inna Hardison, but it won’t be the last. She is a beautiful writer and her melancholy tone drew me in.

The premise of Escape reminded me a little of Children of Men and The Handmaid’s Tale. Set in the aftermath of a world ravaged by illness and controlled by a totalitarian government, it is told in multiple points of view.

Hardison also takes the reader through differing time periods where explanations of how the current situation came to be.

Divided into groups where one is seemingly privileged over the other, what is slowly unveiled to the reader are layers of horror. In a world dedicated to safeguarding the survival of the human race, what is lost is people’s humanity.

When the two groups collide, a chain of events is set in motion that upsets the finally balanced structure those in power seek to maintain.

Hardison weaves an engrossing tale with likable characters and something rare in dystopian-apocalyptic works: the gift of kindness. The leads and secondary characters retain their humanity when it would be so easy to fall into cruelty.

Some of my criticisms of this work are that with the multiple points of view and time periods, the story turned in on itself. Differing characters and time periods are some of my favourite literary devices, but at times it took me out of the moment and threw me into another one when I didn’t want to be.

Two characters, sisters, had similar names, and I had to read twice for clarification in order to determine who was narrating that section.

The pacing slowed at thirty percent and then recovered its groove, drawing me in again. Although I won’t spoil, I did find the ending a little unconvincing and convenient.

In saying that, I look forward to continuing on with this series and learning the fate of the characters.

Highly recommended.

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Back of Beyond by Neeny Boucher Reviewed

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Author: Neeny Boucher
Publication Date: March 20, 2016

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Dina Martin and Nicholas Riley are total opposites. She’s the good girl with the perfect grades and he’s the bad boy with a reputation. Growing up together with close family ties, they have been at war as long as they can remember. When the unthinkable happens, neither of them wants it. Set in a small town at the turn of the millennium, this story is about family and friendship, the love of music and how sometimes who you don’t want, is exactly who you need.

Please note: this is what I would describe as realistic YA. There are some scenes and themes that may not be to everyone’s taste.

my thoughts

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve read Lost in Flight already but I found that I enjoyed Back of Beyond much more than I did Lost in Flight. There’s a beauty in reading about Riley and Dina when they were way younger, seeing them grow and know their selves as well as the people around them.

I even appreciate Dina’s friends more after seeing what the three of them has gone through. Gabby is super adorable. She made me laugh out loud countless of times throughout the book. Her innocence and honesty are quite refreshing. And Riley, he’s a bit annoying at first but he kinds of grows on you along the way. Even Mason was funny.

Reading Back of Beyond was exhilarating and fun which I guess describe not only the experience of reading it but the book as well. It kind of made me look back to my high school years and think if I made bad decisions or was pressured by the same stuff. I really enjoyed reading this book. Neeny did an awesome job writing this one.

four star

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Dragon’s Heart by Michelle Rabe Reviewed

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Author: Michelle Rabe
Publication Date: March 22, 2016

 

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Serena Harlowe always knew her place.

A foundling placed with the tutor of Illedrian royalty, she grew to be a talented fighter. After rising to the rank of lieutenant in the royal army, she proves her worth and thwarts the attempted assassination of the man she loves.

The selfless act will change her life forever and start a chain of events that will unlock her hidden past.

 

my thoughts

Wow! This book really has dragons in it. And well I love dragons. And I like how they are portrayed in this book. Reading this book kind of reminded me of my favorite anime Saiunkoku Monogatari (The Tale of The Color Cloud Palace). They’re not the same story but the political structure and Serena being a woman reminded me of the female MC from that anime. The dragon and battle/aspect reminded me of BBC’s Merlin. Again they’re not the same but the show kind of gave me a visual representation of this book, which made reading it more fun.

I enjoyed reading about each character. They were well developed and complex. I like how they played into the story. Although this book left  a lot of questions and gave a few answers, I think it was a great introduction to the series. I had a hard time putting it down because I was so eager to find out more and learn more as to what really happened. I’m definitely reading the next one.

four star

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Level Up by Cathy Yardley Reviewed

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Title:  Level Up (Fandom Hearts #1)
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Publication Date: December 30th 2015

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Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer– including create a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is, she can’t do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…

Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world.

Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?

my thoughts

I enjoyed this book so much. I like how the author portrayed her geeky characters. It’s even cool that I recognized the movies and character references mentioned by the novel’s characters. And even though I’m not a computer whiz, I can totally relate to how awkward Tessa is when it comes to socializing with people.

I also like all the characters and how they interact with each other. They are funny and quirky I can’t help myself laughing. I’m not sure if I remember the names correctly but my favorite among the ‘supporting’ characters is Abraham, the programming team’s leader. And it’s nice seeing the characters grow throughout the story.

I was a tad bothered by how the book was formatted. I’m not sure if that’s what you call it. But yeah, I was bothered by that. Normally, when there’s a change of scene, there’s like a double space between paragraphs right? So you’re aware that it changed. This one though have uniform spaces between paragraphs I sometimes felt like I’m lost as to what was happening then realized some seconds later that it’s a different scene already.

Other than that, it’s been a nice experience reading a work by Cathy Yardley and I can say I seriously enjoyed it I won’t say no to reading more of her book. If your’re looking for geeky funny read, I recommend you read this one.

four star

 

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Lost in Flight by Neeny Boucher Reviewed

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my thoughts

If you like your characters quirky, socially awkward, and badly behaved, this is the book for you. What if you got another chance with the love of your life, even when you didn’t want one? Would you grab the opportunity, or run as fast as you could in the opposite direction?
Christina Martin, lawyer, ex high school grunge queen, teenage bride, divorcee, and once a suspected killer, is confronted by a past that she has spent the last eight years carefully avoiding. Drawn back to her hated hometown, with her family under the worst of circumstances, matters are complicated when she finds the love of her life, ex-husband and nemesis, Nicholas Riley, also in residence.

Riley, a man with secrets, who has a penchant for psychological games, made wary by life and with one weakness, his ex-wife. Christina is the woman that brings out all his protective instincts and others less noble. All it takes is one fateful night, where these two collide, opening a door both thought slammed shut and locked forever.

From the past to the present, Christina and Riley show that true love doesn’t always run smoothly, it might not conquer all, and most importantly, love is complicated.
“Lost in Flight” is book one in the “Complicated Love Series.”

my thoughts

This book even though it’s romance is not your usual romance either. It’s realistic and something you can relate to. It tells of a journey of love that one way or another some us has gone through not exactly as it is but in a manner.

There’s romance, and humor and drama. That’s the reason I enjoyed this book so much. I also like how the characters evolved and grow throughout the story. There are frustrating bits to that would make you want to be part of it just to shake some sense into the characters.

As a reader, I don’t really pay attention much to chapters and chapter headings once I get myself into the story. That’s why I there were times I felt lost as to whether I’m at the present or the past. That bit threw me off a tad but even so, I really enjoyed the story. Also this is the first book I’ve read in 3rd POV present and honestly I don’t know what to feel about that. It felt a little off though.

Still, this is overall a good book and I’d definitely read the next one.

four star

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Unlucky in Love by Jill Sanders Reviewed

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Title: Unlucky in Love
Author: Jill Sanders
Publication Date: March 8, 2016

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Kristen Collins is cursed. It’s the only explanation for this recent run of catastrophes. She’s lost her brand-new car and a winning lottery ticket, and her ex-boyfriend just drove off with all her possessions. She’s even lost the empty office that’s been her lunchtime sanctuary. Plus, the new hire who’s taken it over is precisely the kind of impending heartache she knows to avoid, from his intense gaze to that irresistible crooked smile.

Developer Aiden Scott plans to stay at the Denver architecture firm just long enough to prime it for takeover. A job like his can’t get personal. Yet from the moment he collides with Kristen, he’s smitten. He wants to save the stunning interior designer from every crazy scenario she winds up in. But who’s going to save him when his business agenda shatters Kristen’s trust?

Turns out, love’s a lot like luck. You don’t know just how good you have it until you stand to lose it all.

my thoughts

After reading the first three chapters of this book, I thought I won’t like it. I don’t like the main character – Kristen. I felt like she’s too gullible, weak and stupid and I just hate female characters like that. However, I liked the hero’s character instantly even if he was not introduced immediately.

But I was wrong. Soon enough, my perception of this book has changed. At least, I’m glad to see this character growing up and learning from her mistakes. I eve found her adorable at the end.

Although I didn’t expect to like this book with that kind of introduction, I find that I really enjoyed myself reading it. It was short (well, at least it felt short), sweet, romantic, even funny at times. This is very light to read which is exactly what I need after reading all the dark and heavy stuffs before this one.

I even like the other minor characters. They add to the fun of the story. And I felt like it wouldn’t be the same if you take out any of them.

This is my first time to read this author and I’m really glad bumping through it at Netgalley. This will surely not be the last time I’ll read this author.

four star

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The Gentleman’s Surrender by Mariel Grey Reviewed

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Call her a romantic—or a fool, Lady Monique Cathdon is determined to marry for love. After watching her parents tolerate an arranged betrothal, life seems too short to be wasted on keeping up appearances.

After all, what’s the point of having a heart if one refuses to follow it?

With a smile the devil himself might be proud of, James Stanton is not what her mother would call a matrimonial prospect. Still, there’s something about the young man that sends Lady Monique’s heart thumping around her chest, and silences her voice of reason.

Unfortunately for Lady Monique, the stakes are high, and young ladies of the ton make for very poor gamblers. Especially when James Stanton is on the hunt for revenge, and won’t let an innocent woman—or his own passionate desires—get in the way of righting past wrongs.

my thoughts

I haven’t read a historical romance in a while and it felt like a breather

from all the fantasy and contemporary romances I’ve been reading as of late.

Story wise, I can’t say it’s any different from some of the books I’ve read before both historical and contemporary. But being a historical romance that this is, the author definitely succeeded in making it sound and appear like the 1800. I felt like I was transported back in time as I read along. From the dialogue, the setting, the theme, the author did a magnificent job. There’s also consistency with the characters. I was waiting for a slip when the characters went through several phase of emotions but that didn’t happen. Every one spoke and acted like 1800s people. Of course it wasn’t my generation and probably not even yours too, so it was more like the feeling when you get to watch 1800s films. The only difference was that I saw this story in vivid colors instead of black and white. In that aspect, the cover helped a lot in conjuring up the proper image for me.

Aside from the romance, it’s also a story of family and friendships. And I always loved it when those two are included in a good story. That said, my favorite characters were the brother and the best friend. I loved the brother’s character because I didn’t expect him to turn out to be the way he did. And the best friend because she proved her worth as a friend.

It’s my first time to read Mariel Grey and I enjoyed not just the story but also the smooth flow of her writing. If you love historical romances, I recommend this book for you.

 

four star

 

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