JUNE WRAP-UP

June was a slack month here in the Palace... I was behind on reading, so I didn't have enough books to Blog about. I neglected the blog a little, but hopefully I'm back on track! 

In life news, we went camping on our block over the long weekend and had a great time with a good group of friends. The kids were able to ride their motorbikes and we kicked back around the fire and enjoyed the serenity! It was great to unwind for a few days!
Netball and football are all going strong! My retired husband has come out of retirement (surprise, surprise) and is playing footy once again.

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Good GirlAce of Hearts (The Cursed Ravens MC, #1)

These are the books I've picked up over the past month!
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Everless by Sara Holland


Wingman (Rascals Book 2)
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The Way We Burn by M. Leighton ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@mleightonbooks)

M. Leighton is an author that I must read every time she releases a book! She has faced a few tough times in the last few years and you can really feel it while reading her most recent work. The Way We Burn was devastatingly beautiful... and I couldn't put it down!
The Way We Burn
Title: The Way We Burn
Author: M. Leighton
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published: June 24th 2018

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Irresistible attraction. Unimaginable danger.

I knew from the moment Noah Williamson walked into the diner that he was haunted—deeply haunted—but I couldn’t resist the lure of him. He was gorgeous and fascinating and mysterious, and like a delicate moth to a brilliant blue flame, I was drawn to him. Drawn to his fire.

But if I’d known about his job, about what happened to his wife, I’d have run the other way. Before I got caught up in the red-hot blaze of his life. Before everything in my world got burned to the ground.

It’s too late to run now. I hesitated and that was it. I fell. I fell for him before I knew there was danger in loving him.

Noah once told me that this is the way we burn—together or not at all. At the time, I didn’t know what that meant.

Now I do.

I've read a lot of Michelle Leighton's books, but her recent work has been more emotional and more touching than ever. She has taken it to a whole other level with The Way We Burn. It seemed to be a sweet romance, but once I understood how much Noah had lost, I was devastated!

The storyline unravelled slowly as I was introduced to both Noah and Poppy. Noah was the quiet, broody guy who came to the diner every day. He sat in Poppy's area because they he liked her, and she seemed to be drawn to him as well. Poppy was very shy, but was grateful that she saw Noah everyday, and was shocked when he asked her on a date. I enjoyed seeing their connection grow, and how they slowly opened up to one another and took the next step.

There were a few twists thrown in that had me on edge and add in a touch of suspense, which kept me eagerly flicking the pages! There was also a moment that had me wondering... and later in the book I realised I was on the right track!

Overall, this story was put together perfectly! The love was amazing, but the loss... gut wrenching! How the whole book wrapped up was still a little sad, but it was perfect, just what these two needed – a way to be happy in the future! Well done Michelle! You know how to blow my mind!


Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***


This was a sweet first kiss for Noah and Poppy!

Wordlessly, he watches me. Seconds pass. Or days. I can’t be sure which. Time ceases to exist, to even matter when he looks at me.
A few achingly slow heartbeats thump by before he tilts his head and leans in, softly brushing his lips over mine.
Finally. I exhale the breath I’d been holding. I was so nervous, I don’t think I’ve breathed since I opened my door.

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M. LeightonNew York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a rarely ever comfortable speaking about herself in the third person, but here goes. Michelle is a former nurse who has always harbored a passion for the written word, a weakness for alpha males, and a profound love of all things romantic. Never in her wildest dreams did this Yankee-turned-Southerner imagine her life as it is today. She has the best job in the world, a husband who treats her like a princess, and a dog that's so smart she may one day write a novel, too. You can often find Michelle hidden away in her cave, crafting a new story, or out in the sunshine enjoying some quiet time with her man. Movies, wine, and good food are frequently thrown into the mix, and exercise on days that start with Q. She loves laughter, chocolate, the color red, and you can find out more about her at www.mleightonbooks.com. Sign up for her newsletter here: http://smarturl.it/MLeightonNews
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Other Reviews from M. Leighton
The Dandelion
Dashing through the Snow
Levi's Blue
The Empty Jar 
The Beautiful Now
Tall, Dark, and Dangerous
Strong Enough #1
Tough Enough #2
Brave Enough #3
Pocketful of Sand
Pretty Series
Wild Ones Series 
Wild Child #1.5
Bad Boys Series
Madly Series
Madly #1
Madly and Wolfhardt #2 





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Everless by Sara Holland ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@Sara__Holland)

I thought that Everless was Amazing! I was quickly swept away in this new world, with all it's twists and turns! I need the next book now! Too bad I have to wait for it 😭
Everless (Untitled #1)
Title: Everless
Author: Sara Holland
Series: Everless #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: January 4th 2018

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In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

I haven't read a fantasy book in a little while and I'm so glad I decided to jump back into the genre by picking up Everless! I was blown away with the world building, the intriguing characters and the plot twists! It was a splendid read, that had me on edge throughout the entire journey!

Jules was a character I really loved; she put her life on the line to try and save her father. She put herself in a dangerous position, even though her father didn't want her to go. She was a selfless, determined and kind hearted girl, who saw the best in those around her. She sought after answers when her life was thrown into turmoil, endeavouring to learn more about herself and her past.

There were numerous characters that I enjoyed meeting throughout Jules' journey, all of whom impacted her in some way. She formed meaningful relationships with people who helped her in tough times. Then there were the Gerling brother's: Roan, whom she loved as a child, and Liam was dark and broody, that chased her and her father away all those years ago. When the Queen and her entourage arrived, they certainly had me guessing to their motives!

The plot was fabulous, packed with interesting twists and turns! The way blood is used as currency in this world, really was an interesting component in the story! The magical side was entertaining and I'm really looking forward to seeing Jules develop into a stronger person of power!

Sara Holland... I tip my hat to you! For her first novel she has found a fan in me! Everless was a magnificent and addictive read that I adored! Once I opened the cover (which I love, by the way, and am so glad I have in the paperback), I was reading it every spare moment I could! Those last few chapters, I devoured quickly and I know I'll have to re-read them a little slower! I am excited for the next book, I need to know what happens next... I cannot wait!
I have a couple of quotes today... things were getting interesting toward the end of the book, I tell ya!

“Ina,” I say again. “Do you love her?”
Roan blinks. Swallows. He takes a step closer to me, close enough that I can smell the scent of pine that clings to his skin. No trace of either lavender or rosewater today. He takes a deep breath that has the hint of a shudder in it.
“No," he says finally. “I don't.”
I’m frozen, stunned. I can’t move, not even when Roan reaches out and closes my hand in his.
“You’re here,” he says haltingly. “You're here, and I missed you, and I . . . I can’t see Ina anymore, not like I used to. Not when I know you‘re at Everless.” He steps even closer. I can feel the heat of him, his breath stirring my hair.

Paperback Page 312

“You cannot stay at Everless," he says.
“I know," I spit. The beginnings of furious, confused tears brew in my throat. “But tell me. If you’ve got proof now that I broke into the Vault, why not just have me bled? If you hate me so much, why get rid of me this way?”
This seems to take Liam aback, if only for a moment. He blinks, raises one hand to fiddle nervously with the clasp of his cloak.
“I don’t hate you, Jules,” he says, voice uneven. “But don’t you understand? You’re in danger."

Paperback Page 319

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Sara  HollandSara Holland grew up in small-town Minnesota among hundreds of books. She graduated from Wesleyan University and worked in a tea shop, a dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. These days, she can be found exploring the city’s bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream. EVERLESS is her debut novel.

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MAY WRAP-UP

May was a busy month... I turned 40! We had a small party at our new place, and as it started to get cold, he had a big fire. I was happy to have so many friends and family around to celebrate with me.
I also celebrated Mother's Day, and went to lunch with my Hubby and the kids.
We also went to the V8 Supercars in Winton. We all love to watch the fast cars ping around the track, so  It's always good to see it in person instead of watching it on TV!
My eldest nephew turned 18! Where has that time gone? So you can imagine that we celebrated in style with a fire and a few beverages! 😜
And Finally... we got a new addition to our family. Everyone meet Maggie!

Blogging/Reading... last month I was able to keep up, so I scheduled a lot of posts for May, but this month I didn't have a lot of time to read... so as you can imagine, June is going to be a little light on posts, but I should pick up in July! 

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The Swedish PrinceThe Right GirlHunterLife As We Know It (Love Not Included)
The Thing About LoveI Dare YouAll the Little LightsI Flipping Love You (Shacking Up, #3)

These are the books I've picked up over the past month!
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Good GirlThe Wild Heir
Chaser (Dive Bar, #3)
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The Wild Heir by Karina Halle ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@MetalBlonde)

I could wait to get more Magnus! The hot as hell and carefree prince that I met in The Swedish Prince! I was sooooo looking forward to someone taming his wild ways!
The Wild Heir
Title: The Wild Heir
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 16th 2018

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A ROYAL STANDALONE ROMANCE from the NYT Bestselling Author of The Pact, Bad at Love & The Swedish Prince

At first glance I probably seem like any good-looking guy in their late twenties. I have an obscene amount of confidence, a tattooed body sculpted by the Nordic gods, and I love the ladies as much as they love me.

If I’m not BASE jumping or car racing, I’m chasing other devious thrills with the woman of the week. And that’s fine if you’re the average single guy.
But I'm not the average single guy.

​I’m Crown Prince Magnus of Norway and my latest scandal just landed my entire royal family in hot water.

Now the only way the monarchy can save face is for me to smarten up – publicly. If I don’t, I’ll no longer be heir apparent to the throne. So it’s either I abdicate my future role as King or…
I get married.
To a blue-blooded stranger.

Enter Princess Isabella of the tiny country of Liechtenstein.

Quiet, intelligent, and uniquely beautiful, Ella doesn’t like this arrangement any more than I do and she’s not afraid to show it. She says I’m a womanizer, that I don’t take anything seriously, that my ego should be taken down a few pegs, and I think she aims to make me miserable for the rest of my life.

But even as our arranged marriage becomes a war of wit and words, I’m determined to break through Ella’s prim and proper façade to find the wild​, sexual​ and risk-taking woman underneath. I want to uncover the Queen inside her.

The only question is – will she let me?

**The Wild Heir is a standalone royal romance and a spinoff of The Swedish Prince but it is not necessary to read that book beforehand as The Wild Heir is about different characters**

Ever since meeting Magnus in The Swedish Prince I have wanted to know what made him tick! He was the confident, cocky Prince that was always ready to party. However in The Wild Heir, that partying prince soon realises that he needs to rein it in and find himself a bride.

I loved seeing the change in Magnus; he knew that he got himself into trouble, and was willing to step up to repair the damage that he'd done. Although the plan scared the crap out of him, more so than jumping off a cliff, he was willing to do it, not only for himself, but his family too.

The perfect choice for him was Ella! I loved how she came in to their initial meeting and was determined not to fall for his charm. She knew he was a playboy and an adrenalin junky Prince, but she was willing to stand her ground. She was a sweet girl, that I adored because she wasn't one to back down and really challenged Magnus.

The more time that Magnus and Ella spent together, you could see this unconventional pairing was turning into something real. They supported one another through a few tough times, and the chemistry was smoking!

Again I love the way Karina Halle is mastering these lighter reads. I've fallen for each of the couples so far and I am dying for more! I damn well hope we get King Aksel's story next! I need to know more about him! 
*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***


Two swoons today, the first one made my heart melt, the second on is fun and flirty!

“... when I see you, you’re all I see.” I stare down at her lips. “I know that doesn’t sound like much, but to me, it means everything. You’re starting to mean everything to me.”

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“What happened to the old Magnus?”
I stiffen. “The fun one?”
“You’re still the fun one. I mean the man-child. I only now see the man.”
I lean down and rub my lips along hers. “Oh, I’ll show you the man, all right.”

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Originally inspired by YA Bound
Karina HalleKarina Halle is a former travel writer & music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author of The Swedish Prince, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Bad at Love & over 45 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her adopted pup Bruce, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.





Other reviews featuring Karina Halle 
The Swedish Prince
Smut
The Debt




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