Part of You by Lindsay Powell COVER REVEAL

He made her question, he made her doubt, and now she has to live with the consequences…

Charlie lost the love of her life, Luke, nearly two and a half years ago.

For a long time she refused to believe he was dead.

She hoped that he would come back to her.

But when she meets Trace Johnson, she starts to realise that she needs to let go of that hope, let go of the pain, and let go of Luke.

Charlie needs to move on and put the past behind her.

As she embarks on a new chapter in her life, she sees that she’s been given a second chance.

But is a ghost from her past about to ruin the second chance that she has been given?

Part Of You is book two of the Part Of Me book series written by Lindsey Powell.

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ARCs for Autumn!

I’ve been a bit MIA over here on my blog for a few weeks, I apologise for that. I’ve been much more active on my bookstagram if you want to keep regularity on updates then you can find me HERE. Life has been busy, it’s the summer holidays so I have my darling daughter to amuse and have fun with, I’m working on my book, I have lots of preparation to do for uni starting back in October and I’ve been working. Basically, I’ve had very little time for reviewing or blogging and the very little I’ve read had been purely laid back and noncommittal reads. So, that leads me to the purpose of this post…. ARCs for Autumn!

I’ve gotten so so so behind on ARCs whilst I’ve been so busy and I need to get down some. So I’m focusing on ARCs this Autumn, and crashing through the battlefield that is my ARC TBR pile. I mean, if I don’t get on top of it, it’s only going to get worse, isn’t it!? There’s so many, recently released and coming soon titles that I need to battle through and share my thoughts with you all. So let’s take a look at the titles you can expect to see on my blog over autumn…

  • Birth of the Bacchae by Stephanie Mirro. A SFF new adult romance that is OUT NOW.

  • Longing for a Cowboy Christmas by Leigh Greenwood, et al. This Christmas anthology is released 24th November 2019 and promises some historical western romance to keep you cosy during the holidays.

  • The Scotsman who Swept me Away by Hannah Howell. Part of a series of historical highland romance following seven brothers. This one is OUT NOW.

  • A Roman Death by Joan O’Hagan. This one is not actually romance, but a mystery fiction due to release October 2nd 2019. Obviously grabbed it because Roman. Hah!

  • Seduction on a Snowy Night by Sabrina Jefferies Et al. Another historical Christmas anthology, this time some regency romance. Published 24th November 2019.

  • Once a Spy by Mary Jo Putney is part of the Rogues Redeemed series. Regency romance released 24th November 2019.

  • The Navigator is book two of the Wendy series which is a feminist Peter Pan retelling. There’s romance in the story but it’s not romance genre. This comes out October 8th but The Wendy Book one is OUT NOW.

  • Secrets of the Mist by Kate Ryder. A timeslip romance that is more women’s fiction than true romance fiction. Published 19th September 2019.

  • The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural by Agatha Christie. Another non-romance book here but Dame Agatha has always held my bleeding heart in her hands and I can’t resist her writing, especially new tales I’ve never read before! Published 24th September 2019.

  • The Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret. This is part of the Misadventures in Matchmaking series and is already out now in the US. For us romance lovers in the U.K. though, it’s published 9th September 2019.

  • How to cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford. This historical romance is published soon, 27th August 2019.

  • Lord of Sin by Heather Boyd. Part of the Distinguished Rogues series. This regency romance is OUT NOW.

  • Texas Forever by Janet Dailey is part of the Tylers of Texas series and is an historical western romance. This one is published 27th August 2019.

  • My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh is part of the Union of the Rakes series. This regency romance comes to cause your swoons 26th September 2019.

This is a list of A LOT of the ARCs I’m excited to get to this autumn, but not a complete list of alllll the ARCs I have to get through, so you see my dilemma. I got through a bundle during the Netgalley Reviewathon but it wasn’t enough, hence my ARCs for Autumn challenge. If anyone wants to join me please hit me up in a comment below or DM me over on IG and I’ll prepare some templates for the event!

Kisses,

Melastrum 💗🌷

Coming soon… The Navigator, Book Two Of The Wendy series – a feminist retelling of Peter Pan 💫

Title: The Navigator

Authors: Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown

Series: Tales of the Wendy, Book 2

Pub date: October 8, 2019

Publisher: Trash Dogs Media, LLC

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1946137036

Paperback ISBN: 978-1946137043

Ebook ISBN: 978-1946137098

Kindle ASIN: B07VNBPN1T

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NOT EVERY ADVENTURE GOES AS PLANNED …

In this eagerly awaited second volume of the acclaimed Tales of the Wendy series, Wendy’s troubles are far from over. Hook wants her in irons, the crew wants to throw her overboard, and Pan’s magical compass is the only thing standing in their way. But Pan himself is nowhere to be found.

When a new everlost captain appears on the horizon, it will take everything Wendy has to survive. 

And a tiny red dragon will set events in motion that could save or doom them all.

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Fans of Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Gena Showalter’s The Evil Queen, and Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone will love the rip-rollicking adventure, fantasy, and historical elements of the Tales of the Wendy series by Steven Brown and Erin Michelle Sky, Dragon Authors.

What other authors have said about The Wendy:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “All the markings of a classic … captivating and delightful.” ~ Lydia Sherrer, USA TODAY Bestselling author of Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “What a fantastic take on a classic tale!” ~ Tyrolin Puxty, author of the Broken Dolls trilogy

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I’m so grateful I found this book. It completely captivated me.” ~ T.A. Hernandez, author of the Secrets of PEACE series

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Delightful and surprisingly hilarious … Sky and Brown bring fresh magic and wonder to a well-known story.” ~ C.L. Ogilvie, author of Some Assistance Required

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Like Hook good. Except better.” ~ S. Shane Thomas, author of Rob Rogers Fights a Unicorn

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The Wendy is a delight—beautifully written and funny.” ~ Steven Ramirez, author of Tell Me When I’m Dead

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “WOW! Just WOW!” ~ Emma Hill, author of Ashes of Glass

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Last year I had the marvellous opportunity to read and review Book One of the wendy series, The Wendy and it was one of my favourite reads of 2018! Find my review HERE if you want to see why I love this series so much.

Preorder your copy now on Nook Kobo Kindle or iBooks now!!

A Gladiators Oath by Tanya Bird Book Review

Author: Tanya Bird

Genre: Historical fiction/Romance

Publisher: Tanya Bird

Release Date: Out now.

Rating: 3/5 stars ✨

**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes out to the author for the copy and this in no way affects my opinion of the book.**

A Gladiators Oath is Book One Of the Roman Hearts series by Tanya Bird. It follows the story of a slave girl named Mila who moonlights as a female Gladiator in back alley arenas to raise coin for her freedom. Until she meets Remus, an ex-slave, who earned his freedom by becoming the most famous Gladiator in Rome, who now trains young Gladiators in Rome’s Gladiator school. He notices Mila’s unusual skill and talent for fighting despite her lack of training and the two discover a case of instant chemistry, with sly jokes and thinly veiled flirting with each time they meet. It’s a wonderful, interesting, insightful and enjoyable read that is of course, very niche, but right up my alley entirely.

I was quite blown away by how much research has gone into this book. Female Gladiators in Rome were a very rare occurrence and seldom talked about in history textbooks and contemporary literature, so to find out enough about this elusive group of warrior women to write a book on one is amazing to me. As a classicist-in-training, that is to say, a classics student at university – I found this an inspiring and interesting story. It was wonderful to see into the lives of Rome’s female Gladiators, even if it is only fiction, because there is so little information about them.

I am certainly a fan. There needs to be so much more ancient Roman romance novels written because it’s a niche I need in my classics obsessed life. I will definitely be getting the rest of the Roman Hearts series!

Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean Book Review

Author: Sarah MacLean

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Avon Books

Release Date: Out Now!

Rating: 10/5 stars ✨

**I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes out to the author and publicity team for the copy and this in no way affects my opinion of the book.**

Brazen and the Beast is book two in Sarah MacLean ‘s sexy and wonderful historical romance series, The Bareknuckle Bastards. It tells the story of Whit “Beast” King of underworld London and the beautiful Lady Henrietta “Hattie” Sedley. Beast is the brother of the infamous Devil, the striking hero of Wicked and the Wallflower Book One Of the series. Each story is connected and the characters dance and leap into each book, but each one can also be read and understood as standalone too. Though honestly, these books are so amazing so why wouldn’t you want to read them all?

This book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and I wasn’t in the least bit disappointed. Hattie and Beast are such vivid and beautiful souls and I adored their relationship and their character development. I thought it would be hard to top Devil and Felicity, but it seems though, that Sarah MacLean just makes the most amazing and beautiful characters.

Another thing that made this book all the more for me was Hattie being a curvy, plump heroine. Whilst I adore romance novels, particularly of the historical variety, I do notice a stark lack of varied shapes and sizes in the heroines of such books. It was empowering and inspiring to see Hattie in all her curvaceous beauty win the handsome rogue and just BE! It’s something we need to see more of in romance fiction and Sarah MacLean has set the bar so high for it. 🙌

A dark and sexy romp through Covent Garden, I highly recommend.

A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian Book Review

Author: Cat Sebastian

Genre: Historical Romance/LGBTQ+

Publisher: Avon Books

Release Date: August 6th 2019

Rating: 5/5 stars ✨

**I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes out to the author and publicity team for the copy and this in no way affects my opinion of the book.**

A Little Light Mischief is a novella from the Turner series by Cat Sebastian. It’s a wonderful F/F historical romance set in the regency era with stark Sarah Waters’s Affinity vibes that I am all here for! It’s truly a marvellous little story!

It follows the tale of Alice, a young gentlewoman and exiled daughter of a clergyman as she navigates living as a noble lady with her benefactor Mrs Wraxham, a lonely older woman who sees the injustice in Alice’s exile. Mrs Wraxham has a Lady’s maid, as noble women are often to have, but Molly is not your ordinary lady’s maid and she quickly becomes a confidant to Alice, amongst other things.

It’s a great book. I saw drawn in immediately to Alice’s character and found her instantly lovable and relatable. Molly is even more wonderful and her no nonsense, hang-your-bells-and-whistles attitude made me adore her even more. She’s the perfect embodiment of a rakish Rogue and completely swoon worthy! Cat Sebastian is a hidden gem and more people need to discover her skill and talent for creating truly beautiful and inspiring characters and fascinating stories.

If you Give a Pirate a Treasure by Chloe Flowers Book Review

Author: Chloe Flowers

Genre: Historical Romance/ Pirate

Publisher: Flowers & Fullerton LLC

Release Date: 1st August 2019

Rating: 3/5 stars ✨

**I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes out to the author and publicity team for the copy and this in no way affects my opinion of the book.**

If You Give a Pirate a Treasure is Book Four Of the Pirates and Petticoats series by Chloe Flowers. A swashbuckling and erotic historical romance following the story of Stevie Sauvage, a young woman helping her family to rescue her stolen twin siblings from a shady pirvateer by turning herself and her family into Pirates and stealing a ship and crew. Enter our hero, Captain Conal, the handsome and cocky but unfortunate pirate Captain to have his ship and crew stolen by Stevie and her family. It’s a mess, no one trust anyone and Stevie and her family are blatantly new to sailing – Conal thinks he just has to bide his time and he can easily other-throw these useless landlubbers, but he doesn’t account for falling in love.

The book is a laugh a minute and both the MCs and side characters are lovable and hilarious. Stevie is so courageous and strong, but it’s a long way coming as we laugh and cringe alongside her as she grows and develops throughout the book. Whilst Conal is a self assured and handsome as sin Captain whom thinks he can achieve anything with cocky mannerisms and pistol, but he’s got a heart of gold underneath. I adored both of them very much.

Prior to this I haven’t read Chloe Flowers before but I hope to read the first three books of this amazing series and I’m a sucker for a pirate romance. The writing style, plot and character development for this book are great so I expect great things from books 1-3. It’s always fun to find amazing new authors! And there’s not even nearly enough pirate romance out there!