Review: Whisper of Jasmine

WOJ-300Digital novella prequel to City of Jasmine

Notorious socialite Delilah Drummond won’t be deterred by the war. Instead, she decides to throw the event of the year, and she’s handing out invitations with an eye for wanton fun and wild abandon.

There is the dashing explorer and archaeologist Gabriel Stark, a man at a crossroads in his life. Brilliant and restless, he’s just committed to a secret enterprise that forces him to play a public role very different from the man he truly is.

And then there is the charming if flighty Evangeline Merriweather. Evie has dreamed her whole life of adventure. Little does she know, she’s about to get more than she bargained for. Especially after her vivacious Aunt Dove acts as fairy godmother, if a saucy one, providing a scandalous gown and a whisper of jasmine on her skin….

Evie will shake cool Gabriel to his core, but just how far are they willing to take love at first sight?

One seductive night will change Evie forever. Watch for her next adventure, in the City of Jasmine.

 (cover image and summary from Deanna Raybourn’s website)

Once again, Deanna Raybourn whets readers’ appetites with a delectable prequel novella. Just as Far in the Wilds serves as the appetizer to her delicious novel A Spear of Summer Grass, Whisper of Jasmine is the perfect aperitif for her next novel, City of Jasmine.

Stocked with tasty characters from previous books, Raybourn binds this romantic story with humor, a dash of poignancy, a hint of intrigue, and the slightest splash of magic. It leaves you craving to know what’s next for Gabriel and Evie–and even saucy Aunt Dove! Find out for yourself why Whisper of Jasmine is intoxicating. 😉

Book Hungry Review: About That Night

About That Night

HE’S PLAYING GAMES.

Though Rylann Pierce tried to fight the sparks she felt for billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes the night they met, their sizzling chemistry was undeniable. But after being stood up on their first date, Rylann never expected to see him again. So when she finds herself face-to-face with Kyle in a courthouse nine years later, she’s stunned. More troubling to the beautiful assistant U.S. attorney is that she’s still wildly attracted to him.

BUT SHE’S MAKING THE RULES.
Just released from prison, Kyle Rhodes isn’t thrilled to be the star witness in a high-profile criminal case—but when Rylann comes knocking at his door, he finds she may be the one lawyer he can’t say no to. Still as gorgeous and sharp-tongued as ever, she lays down the law: she doesn’t mix business with pleasure. But Kyle won’t give up on something he wants—and what he wants is the one woman he’s never forgotten. . .

(Cover image and summary from Julie James’s website)

Kelly’s selection for June was ABOUT THAT NIGHT by Julie James. My reading diet occasionally includes contemporary romance, but I hadn’t had a dose in a while. And after GONE GIRL, I was ready for a heaping platter of light and easy. I’d expected a typical girl meets boy–and would’ve been fine with that–but what I got was even better!

Yes, Rylann and Kyle are young, attractive, and wealthy—she’s an attorney and he’s a billionaire’s son—but they’re also intelligent, witty, and grounded. What’s truly refreshing is that they overcome hurdles by using…wait for it…open and honest communication skills! Novel idea, eh? Er, no pun intended.

There are many other things I enjoyed about this story. My Book Hungry gal pals, Patty and Abby, did a wonderful job of covering them in their reviews, so please click their names and get the scoop!

Thanks, Kelly, for introducing me to the world of Julie James. Learning this is actually book three in a series was an extra treat. The others are now firmly placed on my ever-growing TBR list and I’m going to head straight for one of them the next time I need a light, smart, and sexy read.

I’m Baaack

We’re 10 days into 2014, but since this is my first post of the year let me start by saying Happy New Year.

Ah, it feels good to sit down and write. I realize not many folks see my posts, but as Cyril Connolly said, “Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”

No self. I understand that feeling. And after three weeks of having three kids home on winter break (it was extended a week, thanks to the Polar Vortex), I’m finally taking a little time for myself. Thus, the long overdue blogging!

Oh yeah–the cobwebs I dusted off my keyboard weren’t of Miss Havisham proportion, but they were impressive enough. This past spring, I intended to start a new routine with my blog. After I joined the Book Hungry Book Club, I figured I’d at least post a book review once a month. Alas, I fell behind after the first two reads. Terrible, I know.

A fresh start is synonymous with a new year, though, and I’m going to take advantage! The next several—actually seven—posts will be reviews of the books we Book Hungry gals read June through December. So, stay tuned!

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