Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A PERFECT CARESS by @NanaPrah is LIVE! #BookReview #Giveaway


Title: A Perfect Caress
Author: Nana Prah
Genre: Adult, Harlequin Kimani Romance
Published: November 22, 2016
From the very first touch…

The moment suave businessman Dante Sanderson brushes hands with Lanelle Murphy, he can't get her out of his head. The guarded beauty resists all of his polished attempts at seduction. To soften the pain in her past, she's dedicated her life and family fortune to helping others, not chasing sexy millionaires like Dante.

Something about Lanelle makes Dante want to open his heart like never before. He knows their encounters are destiny. Lanelle is sure their sparks mean another heartache is in the making. Yet her cherished new project—a state-of-the-art neonatal unit—brings them together. From charity ball dances to strolls in Milan, desire pushes her…right into his arms. But will Lanelle be able to seize this sweet second chance at love?

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First of all, I love the cover!

I also love strong heroines and Nana Prah definitely delivers on this. Lanelle isn’t just a beautiful face but a smart and strong woman with self-defence manoeuvres (one in particular) that leaves you in awe of her. She also has a good-to-a-fault heart that a younger me can so relate to.

A past experience has left Lanelle with no faith in men and relationships, but a chance meeting with Dante awakens a part of her that had been dormant for years. Even though she is willing to admit her attraction to Dante, Lanelle is determined to fight tooth and nail than succumb.

Dante on the other hand is ready to explore his attraction for Lanelle despite his negative past experience. I liked that the hero does not deny his feelings, and the fact that pursuing them helps him develop into a patient and caring man who puts his woman’s needs above his own.

What struck me early on in the story was how well-matched Lanelle and Dante are. Their lives and past experiences work so well together without feeling forced. That was probably the most enjoyable aspect of this story. I found myself excited whenever something about one of them reveals a potential conflict, and I just couldn’t wait till other person discovered the new bit of information.

A Perfect Caress is sweet and passionate and real without being inundated with the extreme drama normally associated with African-American fiction.

In my opinion, this is Nana Prah's best work, yet and I look forward to future Kimani reads from her.

I received a free of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


A Perfect Caress Excerpt © Nana Prah 2016

Without warning, Dante invaded her space and tilted her into a dip. Gripping the shoulders of his tuxedo, she scowled into his smiling face as the blood rushed to her head. Before she could chastise him, he brought her upright.
She hated surprises. Being out of control ranked number one on her never-to-do list. Dante threatened all of that. From the few stories Vanessa had told her about him, they were as different as a waltz and a tango. “Talk.”
Should she be feeling the deep rumble of his laughter against her chest? When had he pulled her so close? She tried to create space between them. His hand splayed at her back made it impossible.
“Do you ever loosen up?”
She snapped her head up. Even though she was wearing stilettos, he loomed over her. “You’ve met me, what? All of twice? You have no idea who I am.”
He leaned in close, his breath tickling her ear as he whispered, “But I’d like to.”
All thoughts of why she’d come on the dance floor escaped as he pressed his cheek against hers. For once in her life Lanelle lost herself in the gentle sway of a man’s embrace.
Nana Prah first discovered romance in a book from her eight grade summer reading list and has been obsessed with it ever since. Her fascination with love inspired her to write in her favorite genre where happily-ever-after is the rule.

She is a published author of contemporary, multicultural romances. Her books are sweet with a touch of spice. When she’s not writing she’s, over-indulging in chocolate, enjoying life with friends and family, and tormenting nursing students into being the best nurses the world has ever seen. Nana loves to connect with her readers on Twitter @Nana Prah and Facebook at Nana Prah, author.

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Winners of the Color of Love Blog Hop 2016 #CoLHop2016 #Coloroflovehop


I want to say a big thank you to all the authors, bloggers, readers and book lovers who took part in the Color of Love Blog Hop 2016.

The winners have been selected, but before I tell you who they are, let me remind you of the blog hop grand prizes:
1st prize $75 GC + 7 ebooks
2nd prize $50 GC + 7 ebooks
3rd prize $30 GC + 7 ebooks
4th prize $15 GC + 7 ebooks
5th prize $10 GC + 7 ebooks
6th prize $5 GC + 7 ebooks

My blog prize is $5 Amazon GC to one lucky commenter plus a review of one suggested IR/MC book recommended in the comments.

And the winners are...

Friday, 25 November 2016

Color of Love Blog Hop 2016 #coloroflovehop #CoLHop @kirutaye @empibaryeh @nanaprah


The Color of Love Hop is here again! We have 44+ blogs joining us to celebrate diversity in romance. Plus, there are over $300 worth of prizes to be won! Translation: this hop is going to be HUGE.

In the spirit of celebrating multicultural romance, here's a snippet from a WIP, currently titled Expecting Ty's Baby (From Ghana With Love #2)


Twenty-four hours after their conversation, Ty still felt the sting of Patricia’s words. Each one gutting him like a lance through his chest, segueing into a need to prove her wrong, to force her to see him not as part of a collective but as a man apart. But to what end? He had no clue, so he’d bottled it in and zipped his mouth shut. Then spent the rest of the evening resisting the urge to reacquaint himself with her lips.

Stepping through the doors of the restaurant where he was supposed to have dinner with her and the rest of the bridal party, Ty prepared for more of the same. Thankfully, others’ presence should make this a much easier task than last night. A glance at his watch told him he’d made it with only five minutes to spare, which meant he was probably the last to arrive.

He stopped at the reception about to ask after his friends when he saw Patricia. Across the room, she sat facing the entrance browsing through what he assumed was the menu. Thane and Naaki were not with her.

“May I help you find a table, sir?” the receptionist asked, her customer service smile firmly in place.
“Thank you, but I found my table.”

“Very well, sir. Enjoy your dinner.”
He mumbled a thank you as his mind fished out an unsolicited memory of Patricia eating. The corners of his lips twitched. He’d definitely enjoy that, but the ensuing R-rated thoughts would guarantee a less than comfortable dinner.

He’d psyched himself for it. Or so he’d thought before Patricia looked up and every resolve he’d built up over the past twenty-four hours vaporized. The impact of her gaze was like having every one of her manicured nails raking down his back. Lord, have mercy. He needed to sit before the desire tightening in his groin made a mockery of his resolution to not proposition her.
End of snippet


If you liked this piece, check out book one of the series, Chancing Faith, which is in print, kindle and audio.

On to the  hop. To stand a chance of winning any of our grand prizes, remember to enter into the rafflecopter:

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In addition, I'm giving away a $5 Amazon GC, to one lucky commenter. Just tell me about the last (good) IR/MC book you read. This leads me to my second prize. I will pick one of the suggested books to read and review.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Book Review: Love to Believe by Lisa Ricard Claro

Love to Believe by Lisa Ricard Claro is book 2 of the Fireflies series, so after I read - and enjoyed - Book 1 (A Love Built to Last), naturally I had to read the next in line.

Here's a blurb
A woman in a man’s world… 

CPA Rebecca Walker wields a hammer and saw with skill, but it’s like fighting tooth and nail to prove to her chauvinistic father that she’s capable of managing the family construction business. Romance is a luxury Rebecca can’t afford.

A man with secrets…

Thanks to his past, romance isn’t in Sean Kinkaid’s future, so when Rebecca proposes ‘friends with benefits,’ Sean agrees. It’s the perfect scenario until love sneaks in—and Sean’s secrets tear them apart.

Believe…

But Rebecca has a secret too, one she fears Sean will never accept. It will take intervention from an unlikely source to convince these two lovers they have the one thing neither of them ever expected to find…a love to believe.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Prah, Constantine & Baryeh Reviews: His Halloween Kisses by Kathy Bosman #PrahConstantineAndBaryehReviews

So for Halloween month, we went with the season and read a Halloween themed romance, His Halloween Kisses by Kathy Bosman.

Here's the blurb
Ali’s never been so scared. She’s housesitting for a colleague on Halloween night, but the lights have gone out, and terrible noises and crashes send her imagination into overdrive. When her brother’s friend comes to her rescue, he kisses her in the dark three times. Once back in the light, Ali is embarrassed at allowing him to kiss her. Byron tries to ignore his strong attraction for Ali, especially seeing he’s not ready for a relationship. When Ali finds out why, she runs away, but life has other plans. What can bring them together? Fate, faith, or the memory of his Halloween kisses?

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh #Reviews: Love Built to Last by Lisa Ricard Claro

Happy October and welcome to another 3-in-1 review!  Last month we read a Love Built to Last: (Fireflies ~ Book 1) by Lisa Ricard Claro.

The Blurb

She can’t let go of her dead husband… 

Maddie Kinkaid believes her late husband, Jack, gives her advice on everything from ordering a pizza to hiring a carpenter, so when she finds Caleb Walker’s business card on Jack’s desk, she’s convinced that he’s the guy to remodel her kitchen. 

He can’t decide if she’s worth the risk… 

Caleb is a single father, and protecting his young son means avoiding romantic entanglements. But there’s heat in every kitchen, and sparks ignite between Caleb and Maddie—until disaster strikes. When Jack goes silent, Maddie’s guilt consumes her, and it looks as if she and Caleb will never find their happily-ever-after—at least, not without a little help from Jack… 

LOVE BUILT TO LAST began as the award-winning short story Fireflies, and is now the first novel in the Fireflies series. Watch for Book 2 Love to Believe and Book 3 Love to Win, coming soon from Lisa Ricard Claro and Black Opal Books.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Reviews: Hot Pursuit by Lynn Raye Harris


We're at it again! Last month we read Hot Pursuit, a romantic suspense by Lynn Raye HarrisIt had been a while since I read romantic suspense, so I was eager to read this when it came up for a vote. I totally used my veto powers (insert evil laugh here). Okay, I didn't really veto but I asked very nicely.

Okay, enough rambling. Let's get on with this review.


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Reviews: Hitched by Kendall Ryan

Hey world. Happy August! If you're a Monday-is-the-first-day-of-the-week kinda person then this is probably a great month for you since the first of the month was also a Monday. 
Anyway, let's get to the business at hand, which is another Prah, Constantine and Baryeh review!

 Last month we chose Hitched by Kendall Ryan.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

#BookReview: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker, Sam Taylor (Translator)

Blurb
August 30, 1975: the day fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods, never to be heard from again; the day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.

Thirty-three years later, Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of the country’s most respected writers, and to find a cure for his writer’s block as his publisher’s deadline looms. But Marcus’s plans are violently upended when Harry is suddenly and sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan—whom, he admits, he had an affair with. As the national media convicts Harry, Marcus launches his own investigation, following a trail of clues through his mentor’s books, the backwoods and isolated beaches of New Hampshire, and the hidden history of Somerset’s citizens and the man they hold most dear. To save Harry, his own writing career, and eventually even himself, Marcus must answer three questions, all of which are mysteriously connected: Who killed Nola Kellergan? What happened one misty morning in Somerset in the summer of 1975? And how do you write a book to save someone’s life?
 


My Review
This book has been on my TBR pile since May 2015 when someone recommended it to me following a discussion about books. I proceeded to download a sample from Amazon, after which I wanted to read what happened next.

First off, I realised that the book was originally published in French, and then later translated into English and other languages. As someone who speaks both English and French, I know how difficult it is to translate from one to the other and keep the same meaning and effect.

The story is the account of Marcus Goldman, an author whose first novel has achieved phenomenal success. Now gripped with writers' block and a legitimate fear of his next novel not living up to expectation, he retreats to the home of his college professor and friend - also a writer - who later becomes the subject of a scandal. Now Marcus is determined to proof his friend's innocence, a journey that will force him to face his writer's block and also lead him to the subject of his next novel.

It's been a while since I've been engrossed in a book as I was with this one. Maybe it is the fact that two of the primary characters were writers and an aspect of the book deals with publishing. I enjoyed the friendship between Marcus and his mentor, Harry, as well as the goings on in a small American town. The story gets us to consider our feelings/opinions about paedophilia, unsolved crimes, secrets, love and friendship.

One major thing didn't work for me: Because the story is told in so many pieces, and not in chronological order, there are many scenes that related some other previous scene. The problem is that the author repeated the previous scene verbatim, which I found to be unnecessary.

A couple of other cons I noticed are: for his age, Harry Quebert really seemed childish in some places, both in speech and conduct. Of course, this could have been the author's intention because it worked in some places and not it others.

Finally, the writing could have used some tightening up or re-wording in some parts of the book. I assumed this was a result of the translation from French to English, so since it didn't slow me down or dim my enjoyment of the story itself, I wasn't particularly bothered.

This story has won a lot of awards, and I personally found it enjoyable. If you have the time and enjoy what I'd consider and alternative love-cum-thriller novel, you should check this one out.

4.5 stars!




Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Reviews: Pains and Penalties (Geeks and Things 1) by Sarah Biglow

If you've been following us closely, you may have noticed there was no review posted last month. Well that's on account of... I have a new baby! 

As you may have guessed, I had a lot on my plate and couldn't commit to reading and reviewing for April.

We're back this month with our 3-for-the-price-of-1 reviews :-). For same reason as stated above, we selected a short story titled: Pains and Penalties: (A Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery Novella #1)  by Sarah Biglow.



Thursday, 19 May 2016

#BookReview: Destiny Mine (Destiny Series #2) by Nana Prah

The Blurb
Extraordinary midwife, Esi Darfour, is looking to get married. She’s a master matchmaker but has no

luck when it comes to her love life and has yet to find a man worthy of her. Until she has to deal with gorgeous Dr. Adam Quarshie outside of work. 

Adam is a player who refuses to get married—ever. His interest lies more in getting her into bed than in having any kind of committed relationship. Esi’s matchmaker instincts warn her to run in the other direction as quickly as possible, but her heart insists she stay…get closer…and see if what they feel for each other can change his mind.


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Prah, Constantine, and Baryeh Review: Bedding the Wrong Brother (Bedding the Bachelors #1) by Virna DePaul

Hey, readers,

Welcome to another Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Review! For March, we read Bedding the Wrong Brother (Bedding the Bachelors #1) by Virna DePaul.

Interesting title, right? That's what I thought too. So what's the story about? 

Here's a blurb:

Determined to find her inner sex diva, Melina Parker enlists her childhood friend, Max Dalton, to tutor her after hours. Instead, she ends up in the wrong bed and gets a lesson in passion from Max’s twin brother, Rhys Dalton, a man Melina’s always secretly wanted but never thought she could have.

Friday, 11 March 2016

#BookReview: Making Scandal (The Essien Trilogy #2) by @KiruTaye

The Blurb
Sassy, successful Faith Brown has earned her place in the boardroom through hard work and sheer ambition. Making family is not on her agenda when there are businesses to develop and competitors to outdo. So when a casual affair with smooth and irresistible tycoon Mark Essien leads to an unplanned pregnancy, she’s determined not to make the mistakes her mother made by living with a man just for the sake of her child.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Prah, Constantine, and Baryeh Review: For the Love of Chocolate (Superstitious Brides Book 2) by Susan Ann Wall


We just said goodbye to February and while it wasn't all about a particular date, we all attribute Valentine's Day with the month. Well, in Ghana, 14th February is officially National Chocolate Day, so it was really in the spirit of Valentine's Day/Month, that we decided to read For the Love of Chocolate by Susan Ann Wall.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Prah, Constantine, and Baryeh Review: Game of Love (Love in Bloom: The Remingtons, Book One) by Melissa Foster


Hello readers and fans; welcome to 2016's round of PC&B reviews. We took a break in December for the holidays, so this is our first joint review for the year. We decided to go with a book that happened to already be on our e-readers: Game of Love by Melissa Foster, a sweet romance with some spicy sex scenes.

Friday, 8 January 2016