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Talitha wanted one thing: to meet X-O’s Chansol, and this was her chance. As a culinary student, she was too poor to see the Kpop group in concert, but at least she could watch them walking by at the airport. As X-O is about to arrive, another fan claws through, knocking Talitha over.
Heartbroken, she heads to work, expecting another routine catering service, until she walks in to find herself face to face with Chansol. Instead of reacting like a normal person she breaks down in tears. Fight or flight kicks in and Talitha runs outside only to bump into the Korean paparazzi.
Worse yet, Chansol has followed her, and the paparazzi chase them off the premise. She thinks their escape together is an accident, but his motives for choosing Talitha are deeper than she expects.

My friend Jennie Bennett has a new book coming out. This is a charming little story about a Kpop fan and her bias, and their unlikely romance.

For sensitive readers, this book has some mild use of dang and dangit.  There’s also some kissing. This is a clean YA first romance, and reads as such.

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New Release: Shallows

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The sea isn’t safe. Only the bravest and strongest become sailors. Luminescent mermaids roam the depths and the shallows, mouthing words no one can hear, never surfacing.

Raised all his life in an island fishing village, bookish Emerson Kadwell has always been warned away from the shore. But an infant memory of a song and the lapping of waves continually draw him.

When Emerson finds a mermaid stranded in an isolated part of the shoreline, the truth about his past and hers will change his world forever.

A luminescent mermaid. A bookish inventor. A terrible truth.
Shallows is a clean YA fantasy novel with elements of paranormal and romance. It is the first in a series.


A Call for Books

Do you know of any novels set in Korea?  We’re gearing up for a big summer festival of Korean stories. If you know of a book, please comment to tell me about it!



Thank you.

Review: A Stolen Crown

a stolen crownA stolen crown. An unbreakable friendship. One big mess in the making.

When Princess Cecily Degalt travels south to wed a prince she’s never met, she’s ushered into a strange new world alongside her best friend and bodyguard, Rory Castille. With an MIA fiancé, his handsome twin brother, and a kidnapping gone wrong, life in Myrzel isn’t quite what Cecily expected.

Rory will do anything to keep Cecily from harm–but when Rory’s darkest secret comes between her and Cecily, the greatest danger to the princess might be Rory herself.

Torn apart for the first time, each girl will have to think like the other as she faces not only the darkness of Fangralee Forest, but a dangerous enemy closer to home. 




My Review

I had an ARC of this book for quite a long time.  I’m sorry to say it took me over a year to read it. I should not have let the next new book distract me. This is one  I would say is a must read.

This book has it all. These are characters you can identify with.

Roxbury Rating:  13+  There’s some violence and gore, and an attempted (nongraphic) rape.

Review: The Sacrifice (The Soul Summoner Book 5)

The Sacrifice“Hello, Praea.”

There’s only one being on Earth who calls Sloan Jordan by that name—her biological mother, a demon named Kasyade. So why did she answer Sloan’s best friend’s phone? When Sloan reaches Adrianne Marx’s apartment to investigate, all she finds is a half-written list of things to do before Sloan’s wedding:

1. Order booze for the reception.
2. Send the final guest count to the caterer.
3. Register for gifts.
4. Don’t forget to—

That’s where the to-do list ended. Mid-sentence with a scrawled line like Adrianne had been dragged away from the task. If Kasyade was involved in the abduction, Adrianne probably had been.

The reason? Ransom.

The price? Sloan’s unborn daughter, the most powerful angel in all of history.

But hell can’t rival the fury of an angry mother protecting her child, and until the baby is born, her incredible power is Sloan’s to wield. Now the prey becomes the predator as Sloan seeks to put an end to Kasyade forever.



My Review:

The fifth installment of The Soul Summoner by Elicia Hyder picks up where the last book left off.  And it starts with a phone call and the gut punch that Adrianne is missing.   The blurb makes you think that Sloan will be actively hunting Kasyade. The action is there, but for Sloan, she is forced to sit some of it out.   There’s plenty of page turning action, and heart rending romance packed in.  Let’s take a look at that.

(Spoiler alert.)

The love triangle: Sloan – Warren – Nathan.    Two men who both love Sloan, and are willing to die to protect her.  Warren is faced with the ultimate decision to protect his fiancee and unborn daughter.  With out getting more specific, I feel he did the right choice. Do I think his story with Sloan is over? No, I don’t.

Azrael and Adrianne:  These two have been dating.  With Kasyade being in possession of  Adrianne’s body Azrael will make the ultimate sacrifice to aide Sloan and protect her and his granddaughter. Azrael’s last words for Adrianne was really romantic.   Do I think he’s gone forever?  I don’t know. I’d like to think no, and that he’ll find Adrianne again.

Fury. What a complicated character! Her story line would make for another great read.

I would give this book four stars out of  five.   I did enjoy the story. I could connect with the characters on a very personal level.  Most of the series does have some foul language and  mild sex scenes. (Never graphic, about a PG 13 movie.) For me, this one pushed the boundaries. It was an uh oh, how do I unsee that? As a reader I don’t need to see the body’s physical reactions. We know that Warren and Sloan are intimate–she’s pregnant. They are getting married.  It was a simple line that I would have liked if my reader had it blocked out.

Roxbury Rating:  Mature 18+ for sexual situations and adult language


*I received an ARC from the author.

Review: Miss Wilton’s Waltz

miss walton's waltzSynopsis (as provided by publisher)

A follow-up to Josi S. Kilpack’s bestselling Proper Romance title The Vicar’s Daughter.

Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls’ boarding school. She is different in Bath—more comfortable with herself—and enjoys the freedom and independence of her new life there.

When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated when she learns that Catherine—Lenora’s newest and most troublesome student in the school—is Mr. Asher’s niece. Catherine is a difficult student, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl.

When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever—until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.

Lenora closes her heart to him, and Aiden, caught between his obligation and his heart, must do what he can to make amends. And Lenora, after years of hiding from everyone and everything, faces a decision only she can make.

My Review:

I  noticed this title pop up on social media, so I wanted to get my hands on a copy. I had read and enjoyed The Vicar’s Daughter. 

This story continues with Lenora’s story. She’s not residing in Bath with her Aunt Gwen and teaching music as a school for girl.  Lenora is also naive and  is now sneaking out dressed as a man to sit by the river at night, which has become her place of solitude.  Her false sense of security is shattered when a stranger catches her at the river. Their paths cross again at the school, and Lenora’s quiet life becomes quite a challenge.  Will she rise to it, or run away again when things become too hard?

I loved this book. You really got a sense of Lenora’s personality, and  found her admirable. I also liked Aiden and his niece Catherine, and I rooted for them to find their happy ever after.

I received an ARC.



*This title hits the shelves on May 1, 2018 and is available for preorder.

The Dragon of Hidden Treasures by Juliann Troi (50% off Sale)

The Dragon of Hidden TreasuresChina 1923: In an ancient land battling for its very existence, violence and chaos reign supreme. Amidst the devastating aftermath of a revolution that toppled the divine Imperial system and left the once-glorious Empire torn and bleeding, ruthless warlords have claimed dominion. Political intrigue and betrayal are the only rulers now.

In the wrong place at the wrong time, Kathryn Kidwell is captured during an invasion of Canton by the warlord, Cheng Jiong. Recognizing the folly of allowing the only daughter of a powerful American trade lord to be cold-bloodedly murdered, Ty Wang must make an impossible choice: to save Kathryn will cost him his life, but to let her die could mean the death of his beloved homeland.

The Dragon of Hidden Treasures, Book 1 is the first chapter in the electrifying saga of Ty and Kathryn’s desperate struggle to stop a war that would blow China to pieces. Bound together by a love as strong as it is forbidden, their efforts could ultimately change the fate of a nation…and destroy them both.


Author Provided Rating: 13+

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(Offer good through March 10, 2018 )

Review: The Cadence

cadenceEmma King’s life is fairly ordinary, with the exception of one extraordinary aspect. She is plagued with the rare ability to feel a person’s emotions with a simple touch. Any sensation she feels becomes amplified to almost unbearable levels. Emma has learned to keep her hands to herself and her emotions under wraps.​

But when quiet, good-looking Gage Parmer moves to town, everything changes, and for the first time in her life, Emma loosens the chains that hold her emotions in check and prepares herself for the whirlwind that is to come. Mysteriously lacking in emotions, Gage tells Emma an incredible story that pulls her into his world of impossibilities. At first, she refuses to believe. But when she puts his words to the test, she discovers that his world is also hers. ​

Soon she will be forced to use her ability in an attempt to destroy an ancient evil that has defied death and ruled the centuries in a reign of terror.

They are called… The Cadence.​​

In the end, she has only one weapon and one chance to defeat the Cadence, break their circle of power, and restore hope.


My  Review:

This is a book I read some time ago. I thought I’d go through my books and share some of  books that still stand out. This is one of them.

I LOVED this book.

It is hard to know where to start with a book that moves you in ways this one moved me.  If you are looking for an epic story, this is one you can’t pass up.

I knew I was in for a treat with the Acknowledgements. This amazing author, Casey Hays, thanks not only her family, but she thanks her Savior, Jesus Christ. “He deserves credit for every blessing, every encounter, every talent I possess.” I don’t know about you, but that set the stage for my reception of this book. It doesn’t matter what religion Ms. Hayes is — she has it right. And I was willing to bet my time reading, this is a book she’d not be ashamed of sharing with Jesus.

As the story unfolds, a new boy at school named Gage enters the picture. He tells Emma a remarkable tale about The Gathering, and what it means to her, her loved one’s, as well as countless others. Not only does Emma learn that she has some say in controlling her emotions — they don’t control her, she learns that even in the darkest hour there is hope.

This is a story well worth reading.