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Review of A Family Woman by TB Markinson

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Genre: LBGT, romance

*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

A Family Woman by TB Markinson is the third book in the A Woman Lost series. If you haven’t read the other two books, I recommend doing so before reading this one. You can find her books here. A Family Woman is the latest installment in the journey of love between Lizzie and Sarah. Lizzie and Sarah have just found out they are about to be parents – to twins! As Sarah’s pregnancy progresses, both women realize that family has more value to them than ever before. With this understanding of the importance of family, Lizzie and Sarah work to bring what remains of Lizzie’s family closer together. But Lizzie’s family takes an unexpected turn when her father announces his engagement to his long-term mistress. Can Lizzie and Sarah face the challenges of becoming new parents to twins while undertaking the obstacles of bringing together Lizzie’s family?

 

A Family Woman is a fantastic read, and so far, it’s my favorite in the series (although I have enjoyed all three). Lizzie’s family has always been complicated and difficult, but her family changes in many ways in this book and I loved how the changes have made Lizzie (and even her brother, Peter) grow so much. I love the characters in this series because they are so real. Their flaws are abundant, and I love that although the characters do grow, they don’t lose all of their flaws and they don’t change overnight. The family dynamics are extreme, which makes for a fantastic read, but even though they are more extreme than most, they are still dynamics with which the average person can identify. I love how Markinson captured the essence of being a new parent so well, the sleepless nights, the joy of these strange little creatures, and the way that little ones bring people together, even when those people aren’t so sure they like each other. A Family Woman is a love story that shows us the struggles and joys beyond “happily ever after.” I highly recommend reading it.

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Review of Dark Goddess Craft by Stephanie Woodfield

Genre: Pagan, self-help, spirituality, non-fiction

*I received a review copy from NetGalley

Dark Goddess Craft by Stephanie Woodfield is a non-fiction book about working with the dark goddesses of the Craft. Woodfield delves into the nature of the dark goddesses and how we can get to know them. There are several goddesses the book specifically explores, including Eris, Persephone, Bloudewedd and more. Dark Goddess Craft explores the dark goddesses as essential aspects of transformation, connecting with the shadow, and defensive magick. The book includes spells for charging protective amulets, meditations for getting to know the dark goddesses, and spells for working with each goddess.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Goddess Craft. I think the dark goddesses are crucial for growth and transformation, and I was thrilled to see a book dedicated to working with them. Woodfield explores numerous goddesses, so finding a few I resonated with was easy. One aspect of the book that I particularly enjoyed was the story of meeting the goddess at the beginning of each section. The story is written like a meditation, but it is the myth of each goddess. I particularly loved Woodfield’s interpretation of Bloudewedd’s story. I am a huge fan of Welsh myth, but Bloudewedd’s story always struck me as sad and unfair. However, Woodfield has interpreted Bloudewedd’s story as one of choice and freedom, which has given me a whole new outlook on one of my favorite goddesses. I think Dark Goddess Craft is a wonderful read for every pagan, but it’s a must-read for anyone going through a rough patch or needing to grow through transformation. I found insights in this book that have already helped me better understand transformation and how to work with the dark goddesses to grow. I highly recommend reading it.

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Review of Walking Through Shadows by Sheri Lewis Wohl

 

*I received a review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Genre: Romance, LGBT, fantasy

 

 

Walking Through Shadows by Sheri Lewis Wohl is a love story that defies time. Molly is a hereditary witch who has put all of her time and energy into her baking business, only to have her shop go up in smoke. When her friends, Angus and Winnie, invite her to go on a hike to take her mind off her loss, Molly reluctantly agrees. Aquene is a Native American woman who leaves her people to journey where the Great Spirit takes her. To save her people, Aqueene must help a strange woman from the future defeat a deadly witch hunter. But the boundaries of time may prove to be insurmountable to Aqueene and Molly’s blossoming love.

 

 

Walking Through Shadows had an intriguing storyline that caught my attention and kept me hooked through the story. I love a good time travel story, and the magic and romance enhanced the plot, which made this a fantastic read. The historical Native American setting was lovely, and one I don’t see enough in romance novels. I did wish there had been a bit more emphasis on the romance. However, the love between Aqueene and Molly was still sweet and enjoyable, and the rest of the plot made this story a great read. All of the characters were good, but I found myself loving to hate the witch hunter. He was so well written that I wanted to jump into the book and go after him! Walking Through Shadows is a fantastic read, and I definitely recommend reading it.

 

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Hot Winter Nights: A Racy Regency Christmas Collection

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*I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review*

 

Today is Release Day for Hot Winter Nights: A Racy Regency Christmas Collection, which features eight steamy new holiday novellas by beloved authors Tammy Andresen, Amy Rose Bennett, Heather Boyd, Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Nina Mason, Christina McKnight, and Lauren Smith. Here’s a summary of what you’ll find inside:

 

Taming a Christmas Wallflower by Tammy Andresen

It started as a bet. Will Maddox simply needed to kiss the Duke’s daughter, a bluestocking and a wallflower. But the more time he spends with Lady Amelia Chase, the more he realizes he wants so much more.
An Improper Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett

When Miss Lily Godwin has a chance encounter with the mischievous Lord Nash at a Yuletide house party, she is sorely tempted to throw all dictates of decorum out the window. After all, it’s Christmas.

 

The Duke and I by Heather Boyd

The Duke of Stapleton abhors Christmas nonsense, but could a kiss exchanged under mistletoe with his daughter’s shy companion alter his opinion of the season?
Secluded with My Hellion by Dawn Brower

In the midst of the blizzard, Gavin Barrington, the Earl of Havenwood, and Lady Odessa Lynwood must overcome the earl’s worst fears and figure out if their love can conquer the challenges they must face.
Her Perfect Rogue by Amanda Mariel

When Julia Honeyfield is sent away to a brothel, she runs away…only to find herself in the Duke of Selkirk’s arms. Dare she trust him to protect her?
The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Nina Mason

Rollo Gillingham has only twelve nights to win back Penelope Pembroke, the woman he left with his promise to return ten years before. Come Christmas Day, which will she choose–the man she loves or the man her parents want her to marry?
Bedded Under a Christmastide Moon by Christina McKnight

Brigham Clarke, Viscount Whitmore, has endlessly championed those less fortunate than himself by introducing social reform bills in London…all while his wife, Melloria, remains alone in Hertfordshire. When Brigham arrives for the Christmastide holiday, Melloria has only one thing on her mind–the seduction of her husband!

 

The Rogue’s Seduction by Lauren Smith

London’s favorite lady seeks the help and protection of London’s most wicked devil to escape one marriage, only to fall into another.

 

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My Review:

Hot Winter Nights: A Racy Regency Christmas Collection is just the book to warm your cool nights. With eight novellas, this book is packed with sexy historical romance that kept me up into the wee hours of the morning reading. None of these novellas disappointed me. The men were compassionate rogues that got my heart pounding. They loved deeply and took pleasure in women who were strong. Although this is a time period where women didn’t have a lot of rights, the women in Hot Winter Nights fiercely followed their hearts and their own minds. All of the stories are set at Christmas time, making them even more romantic. The novellas are a perfect mix of sweet and steamy. I definitely recommend getting your hands on a copy to heat up the cold night.

 

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Hot Winter Nights is available only in e-book format at Amazon.com:

 

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