A beautifully illustrated story about elderly cats, young cats, and helping children overcome the death of a pet, from the author ofJust Because, Sometimes, and Zoo Girl

Toby’s cat, Jack, is the best cat ever. But Jack is getting old, and Toby will miss his furry best friend terribly when he’s gone. Then Toby meets a crazy cat called Humphrey. In this charming and beautifully illustrated picture book Rebecca Elliott addresses the difficult subject of a child’s first experience of the death of a pet with warmth, sensitivity, and well placed humor.

My Review:


4 Bittersweet Stars
I really liked this story. It was sad but it had a positive outcome. My boys liked it a lot too. In fact, I had to read it several times before bed. Definitely a keeper!

This is one book that we will be buying when it comes out.

**ARC graciously provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**


Review: Once Upon A Kiss





She came to wed his brother and stole the Dragon’s heart…

To settle a feud, Dominique Beauchamp was resigned to wed in order to heal their injured lands. Offered in marriage by her brother to the lord of Drakewich, she came to take the d’Lucy name … but never counted on losing her heart to the brother of her betrothed–the Black Dragon.

Blaec d’Lucy mistrusted her from the beginning, believing her to be part of her brother’s endless perfidy, but he was powerless to resist the fiery-haired vixen that rode so proudly into their midst. Their love was sealed … once upon a kiss.

My rating for this book: 3 stars

To be honest, I wanted to read the book just because of the cover.  I mean, c’mon.  Look at this cover.  *swoon*

I wasn’t really wild about this book but it still was a nice read.  Dominique Beauchamp was a decent heroine.  She has the stubbornness that some heroines possess.


I liked the banter between her and the hero in this story.  For much of the story, they absolutely loathe each other and I found myself smiling at some of the stuff they would say to each other.

He was the cause of her discontent.

He was the bane of her existence.

Blaec d’Lucy is a good character.  He’s the typical tall, dark, and handsome hero we all seem to love and appreciate.


Once they finally give in to temptation is where I start to enjoy the story more.

Slowly, his eyes closing, he bent to kiss her mouth, his lips quivering, his fingers digging into her shoulders.  The look she saw upon his face made her heart fly into her throat, made her want to cry out in sheer pleasure, for it seemed as through he relished the very thought of kissing her, hungered for it, even.  As did she.

His tongue slid seductively along the curve of her lips, his breath trembling as he lapped her, embraced her.  Feeling the pounding of his heart against her breast, she opened to him readily, sighing with the joy it brought her.  Dear God, she loved this man.  She wanted to tell him so.


There’s humor, action, betrayal, and love in this book by Ms. Crosby.  I wish I could’ve enjoyed it more than I did.  I just felt like something was missing throughout the whole story.  Not sure what…. just something.

The secondary characters are very enjoyable.  I enjoyed reading about Alyss and Graeham’s budding romance toward the end.

Would I recommend this to anyone? Of course! While I found it somewhat lacking in some parts, I still think it’s a nice read.

Review: Flying





I give this one 4 stars!!


Whew! I don’t even know where to begin…


This is another great book written by Ms. Hart.  She takes you on another emotional roller coaster and makes the characters come alive with all their joy and sorrows.


Stella was a hard character for me to follow.  One minute I would think I had her all figured out and then the next she did something completely opposite. 


She’s also a whore.  Plan and simple.  She goes off on the weekends to wherever  she wants (taking flights for free thanks to her super rich CEO ex-husband) and screws complete strangers. 


I’m really not sure how she doesn’t have a ton STDs but that’s besides the point.


This book is erotica but it’s also much more than that. Ms. Hart brings the characters to life and gets you on a personal level with them.

On one of the many trips, Stella meets Matthew at the airport bar.  And (surprise!) yep, she goes home with him.


She thought if he kissed her she’d turn her head so his mouth hit her cheek and not her mouth.  If he touched her, she would pull away.  One late night she’d fucked a man in a bathroom stall.  Once she’d let a different man get her off under a table in a sushi place.  She wasn’t shy, she wasn’t a prude… but those times she also hadn’t been Stella.

Matthew didn’t kiss her.  Didn’t touch her.  He didn’t even take a single step closer to her.  “Sure.  You can stay at my place.  It’s not far from here at all.  And I don’t have bedbugs. Do you want to come home with me, Stella?”  

She ought to ask him what made him think she was the sort of woman to go home with a man she’d just met, except somehow he’d know she was.  Maybe he could smell it on her, like a perfume.

…She opened her mouth to say no, but instead said yes.


Ms. Hart writes so well.  The sex scenes in this book are off the charts.  The chemistry between these two is scorching.   Really. Keep the fan on the whole time.


His hands found her hips.  His lips, her lips.  The kiss deepened, tongues searching.  He put a hand on the small of her back to press her to him, and in minutes they were both grinding against each other. Stella broke the kiss with a gasp.


“Yes.” He didn’t let her say another word, capturing all her sighs with his mouth and breathing them back into her.  He rocked his hardness against her, and it felt so good Stella forgot what she meant to say, if anything.  Maybe she just like the taste of his name.

Somehow she got a hand between them and undid his belt, his zipper and button, to free him. The head of his cock pushed free of the denim and his briefs, and she pressed her palm to its heat.  His hands had moved beneath her dress, his thumb finding her clot through the soft fabric of her leggings.  He stroked her once, twice, until she shuddered.

“Feels good,” she whispered.

He looked into her eyes.  “I want to make you feel good.  I want to watch you come.”

“I,” Stella said, sitting upright, “would love for you to watch me come.”


They are two lonely people that found each other at the right place and the right time in both their lives.  They have a strange relationship but it seems to work for them.  This isn’t a fairy tale romance.  This is more like real life.  Another reason that I love Megan Hart!  She doesn’t sugarcoat anything she writes and I love it.

That was how it began, this thing between them.  With a promise she’d been unable to make a couple months ago.  Technically, Stella thought as she once more boarded a plane home from Chicago after another whirlwind weekend with Matthew, it had started in a hotel bar, where she’d once more picked up a stranger… only it had been different with him from that first meeting.  Different ever since.

The couple even break up in the story.  And I felt it.  The pain that Stella goes through with not only Matthew but also letting go of her son that passed away years ago.  I teared up. Several, several times.


The emotion that you get caught up in in this book is addictive.  You become a fly on the wall.  You love the characters and all their flaws.

She left him.

Because loving Matthew was like trying to fill a cracked glass–she could pour and pour, and the glass would always be empty.  There would never be anything for her to drink.

She would always be thirsty.

This book does have a happy ending.  The only complaint that I have is that I wanted more! I wanted it to be a little longer to see how it all played out.  This is definitely going on my “to keep” shelf.

So, would I recommend this book? Abso-freakin-lutely! If you’re looking for a book that’s all smiles and rainbows, this isn’t the book for you.  If you’re looking for a book that will knock your socks off, read this book. This is what real life could be like for some women out there. The everyday struggle, the built up emotion, this journey called life.


**ARC graciously provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**






Book Blurb:

The holiday novella, Book 1.5, following the award-winning debut of Forged in Dreams and Magick in the Highland Legends Series:

Desperate to honor a life-long promise, Susanna MacEalan escapes her abusive clan with the fierce determination of never falling under the power of a man. Ever.

Aggravated by shallow-hearted pursuing lasses, Robert Brodie, commander of his clan’s elite guard, has foresworn scheming women. Forever.

When magick transforms Brodie Castle into a Christmas wonderland, the two despondent souls find solace in a most unexpected place . . . each other’s arms.

Amid a whirlwind of escalating events, Susanna’s traumatic past threatens Robert’s ability to protect the one woman meant for him. In a harrowing moment, as her fears and demons coalesce, will hope, faith, and love be enough to save them?


Scorching (explicit) sex scenes.

Fire extinguisher highly recommended.



4.5 stars!

He opened his eyes, pinning her with a hard look.  “I’ll offer you the world. If you want the sun and moon snatched down from the sky, I’ll hunt them down and bring them to you. The countless stars that glitter in the night shall become jewels adornin’ your hair. All the oceans wide will be yours to traverse, and each creature shall treat you as friend and master.

“As for me–” he dropped his lips to her forehead, grazing them across her soft skin  “–my heart belongs to you, my soul is yours, and yearns to give you pleasure like you’ve never imagined.”


Move over, Julia Quinn and Sabrina Jeffries! Kat Bastion is an absolutely gifted author and deserves to be recognized for her talent.

I simply love a good historical romance.  This is one of them. A splendid novella that’s perfect for the  holiday season (I read it after Christmas and still enjoyed it). It’s a quick story that you can read in no time and leave you with a satisfied smile.  This book picks up where the first one leaves off.

Susanna is a strong heroine. She grows up being terrified of her father but when he betroths her to a man she absolutely despises, she runs away.  She runs until she finds herself captured by Iain’s trusted commander, Robert.



Robert is tall, dark and handsome. Everything Susanna shouldn’t be attracted to. He and his men are out getting a Christmas tree for Isobel when Susanna stumbles upon them.  He doesn’t trust her at first and bounds her wrists and holds her prisoner for a short time.


He finds himself unable to stay away from her.  He’s drawn to her in a way he’s never been before by a woman… and he makes her his wife.

“If God granted me a last piece of time to treasure forever, this would be it,” she whispered.He sighed, tears springing into his eyes as he was overcome by new emotions assaulting his heart. “Aye, love. This would be it.”… For the first time in his life, he felt protected. Cherished. Loved.


… “I’ll be wherever you are. I’ll protect you. I’ll offer all that I am to you. Wherever you are–”

Susanna raised a finger and placed it over his lips, silencing him.  Her smile grew wider.

“Wherever you are… I am found.  You’re the one I wished for.  I prayed for you long before I met you.”  She cupped her hand over his cheek, fresh tears brimming in her eyes.

“Susanna, I wished for us under that mistletoe.”

She leaned up against him, entwining her hands around his neck as he dipped his head down.  She placed the softest kiss on his lips.  As he closed his eyes, losing himself in their tender connection, drifting as close to Heaven as God allowed a man to get, he felt her lips curved into a smile.

Sweet words drifted from her lips, branding his heart.

“Then us we shall forever be.”

Please keep in mind that this is a novella.  It’s sweet, short and to the point.  I adore the love scenes.


I highly recommend you read this novella if you love historical romance.  The storyline was superbly thrilling and exciting. It’s one heck of an enjoyable read.

I look forward to Ms. Bastion’s next book BORN OF MIST AND LEGEND. I cannot wait to read Brigid’s story.

**ARC graciously provided by Kat Bastion via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Review: KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh


Title: KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh
Author: Katie Hamstead
Pages: 258
Publisher:Curiosity Quills Press (April 30, 2013)

4.5 stars!

I simply adored this book! Ms. Hamstead did an amazing job writing about ancient Egypt and keeping the plot and characters interesting until the very end. It’s written in first person narration.


Kiya, also known as Naomi, is an interesting heroine. Her character shines throughout the story and she strong willed. She’s also a Hebrew. Pharoah’s commander Horemheb tries to take her sisters to become concubines, Naomi offers to go in their place. She soon is renamed Kiya.

I couldn’t help but to fall in love with Horemheb. Horemheb is the Pharaoh’s commander. Akhenaten trusts him and Horemheb is known for being ruthless. He befriends Kiya soon after taking her away from her home to marry Akhenaten. I found myself wanting her to be with him in the end.


The other man that Kiya takes notice of is Malachi. He’s one of the guards and he is also a Hebrew. He takes interest in Kiya and falls in love with her. His character wasn’t as interesting as Horemheb’s but he still made for an interesting part of the story.


Queen Nefertiti’s character didn’t disappoint. Nefertiti had jealousy issues and plotted against Kiya until the very end of the book.

I’m disappointed in myself that I didn’t read this book earlier. It was enjoyable and it didn’t take me long to read. If you like ancient Egyptian romance, this one is for you! I haven’t read many of them but I give this one two thumbs up.

***ARC graciously provided by Curiosity Quills Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

Review: Why Dukes Say I Do

GovernessInRed’s Book Review for: Why Dukes Say I Do

dukes say I do

Author: Manda Collins

Pages 341

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date: 2013

3 1/2 sweet stars

This is my first book by this author. I enjoyed how well written it was and how much the characters come alive. Ms. Collins did a superb job at keeping a mystery throughout the story and I found myself guessing who the “bad guy” could be.

Trevor Carey makes a good hero. I liked his character but he wasn’t as yummy as I was hoping he would be. Please don’t get me wrong because he was enjoyable to read about. 😉

trevor carey

“You make me lose all semblance of civilized behavior, ” he muttered. “I want to carry you off to the bed and keep you there until neither of us is able to walk.”
“Trevor,” she whispered, kissing him with flattering abandon. “I stayed awake for hours last night thinking of you. Of this.”

Lady Isabella Wharton was an ok heroine. Some parts of her past made me question why the author added them into the story and some parts I felt were unnecessary (her miscarriage). I hate reading about things like that.

lady Isabella

passionate kiss

“With this ring,” he said against her palm, “I thee wed…
“With my body,” he whispered, “I thee worship.”

All in all, I thought it was a nice and sweet little read. I adored reading about Trevor’s sisters (Belinda & Eleanor). I also enjoyed reading about Sir Lucien Blakemore. I really, REALLY hope that Ms. Collins will write his story in the near future.

I eagerly await for Manda Collins next historical romance to come out: “Why Earls Fall In Love”.

Review: “It Happened One Midnight”

GovernessInRed’s Book review for “It Happened One Midnight”

it happened

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Avon

Pages: 371

Pub: 2013

My rating: A +++++

5 stars! A truly epic delight!

I just finished this book last night and loved every bit of it.

Although this book is number 8 in the Pennyroyal Green series, it can easily stand alone. A splendid read, well written and full of delicious chemistry. It also has the perfect amount of steam between Tommy (heroine) and Jonathan (hero).

The plot is simply fabulous! I love how Ms. Long writes. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Laughing with him was strangely a bit like drinking champagne. She wanted more of it, and the more she had of it, the giddier she felt.


Thomasina de Ballesteros is one of the best female characters I’ve read in a long time. She’s strong and independent but she also is very human and her personality will make you fall in love with her.


Jonathan is an exceptional hero. He’s full of humor & wit. He’s also brave but vulnerable to an extent. I loved his character. He’s also very easy to love right from the beginning.

“Say it again.”
“I love you.” These magical powerful words that she never dreamed she’d be able to say to anyone.
And the look, look at what it did to Jonathan Redmond’s face when she said them. What a humbling power she held.
He recovered, and smiled a slow satisfied smile. “Of course you love me. How could you help it?”
He gathered her abruptly into his arms then, and he bent to kiss her senseless.

The banter between Tommy and Jonathan had me cracking up almost immediately. Ms. Long did an exceptional job making the characters come alive and be believable.

If you’ve never read historical romance before, take an irrevocable step and start with Julie Anne Long. You won’t regret it. 🙂

Review: Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes

3.5 stars


I think this was such a cute love story! I loved it because it was a time travel romance (which is what I love to read) and I think that Gina Lamm does a great job of letting the story come alive.

The characters were engaging and I loved the hero. He was one of those characters that you simply fall for within a few chapters. The heroine was a bit immature in parts and she cursed more than I thought she should have but it didn’t take away from the plot.

If you love time travel romances you simply must give this book a go! It’s fun, witty and has a happily ever after.

**ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

GovernessInRed’s Book review for “The Lady and the Laird”


Author: Nicola Cornick

Publisher: Harlequin

Pages: 384

Pub: 2013

My rating: C

3 Stars

I read this book several weeks ago and forgot to write a review.

The plot was okay. Not anything real exciting but not boring either. I think the beginning of the story was good. I really liked how the hero and heroine met. I feel like around the middle of the story is where it started to slack somewhat. Then, near the end, I found it pleasant again. All in all it was a nice love story. I love anything Highlander so it was right up my alley.

Lucy, the heroine, is a strong-willed female ( like most all heroines) and she’s likable. I did not like the club that she was a member of and I was also disappointed when I learned her twin had passed away.
Robert is the hero in this book. He’s a good character. He has his own demons that he has to face. I enjoyed the banter between him and Lucy & found I liked his character more than I did hers.

I look forward to the next book. I loved reading about Jack in this book so I cannot wait to hear his story in “One Night With a Laird” (November 2013).

***ARC graciously provided by Harlequin via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

Review for Megan Hart’s: Tear You Apart

tear you apart

GovernessInRed’s Book review for “Tear You Apart”

Author: Megan Hart

Publisher: Harlequin Mira

Pages: 304

Pub: 2013

My rating: A++++

5 Bittersweet Stars!!!

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Megan Hart. It freakin’ took my breath away. The characters in this book feel so real.

What I planned when I started this book one evening was just reading a few chapters and falling asleep. Nope, didn’t happen. I faintly recall starting it at 9 o’clock and not stopping until 2 the next morning. It was definitely one of those kind of books.

It’s listed as an erotic romance. What I found it to be was much more. It’s deep. It’s twisted. It’s everything that’s not supposed to be in a story but is. It’s an emotional roller coaster that will have you thinking: “What the hell?” and the next moment have you tear up.

*Note: If you dislike reading about two people having an affair you will not like this story. *

The story is the heroines POV. Elisabeth is one of those kind of characters that simply pull you in from the beginning and having you want to know everything about her before the second chapter. She’s human. She makes mistakes. I love the fact that Ms. Hart lets you see how much the character battles out her decisions and how raw and believable the story is.

Elisabeth is married with two grown daughters and works for her best friend. Her life always looks perfect from the outside.

Then she meets him. Will Roberts is handsome and off limits. He’s everything that a woman could want… if she happened to be single. Then eventually she looks at him or he looks at her and all reason flies out the window. The moment comes when they finally gave into temptation & passion and all the consequences that come with it and it was all my heart could do not to beat out of my chest.

I was completely engaged from the first word until the last. Ms. Hart’s talents sparkle. This book is incredibly well written. I am so glad I had the chance to review it. The story absolutely consumed me… heart, mind and soul.

***ARC graciously provided by Harlequin Mira via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***