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ARC Review: The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

 

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Hey everyone, Happy Friday!!

 

I finished the Night Mark, the upcoming new release by my favorite author, Tiffany Reisz and I just had to review it. It’s a smallish review, but the book is AMAZING!

 

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She has nothing to live for in the present, but finds there’s something worth dying for in the past…

From Tiffany Reisz, the international bestselling storyteller behind The Bourbon Thief and The Original Sinners series, comes an enthralling new novel about a woman swept away by the tides who awakens to find herself in 1921, reunited with the husband she’s been mourning for four years. Fans of Kate Morton and Diana Gabaldon will fall in love with the mystery, romance and beauty of an isolated South Carolina lighthouse, where a power greater than love works its magic.

 

 

 

MY RATING: 5 Beastly Stars

 

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MY REVIEW:

 

***ARC received in exchange of an honest review***

 

The Night Mark is completely different than anything else Tiffany Reisz ever published. It has NOTHING to do with the Original Sinners series, my favorite books EVER, as you know. It’s not as controversial as The Bourbon Thief, and it’s not an erotic romance. But I’d know it’s a Tiffany Reisz book even if I didn’t know who wrote it. Why is that? Tiffany has the ability to make me smile and feel warm inside by the words she writes. Other (very few) authors have that ability too, but The Night Mark is the kind of story only Tiffany can write.

 

The actual story telling in this book is PHENOMENAL. I will be honest (as usual), the beginning of the story was kind of slow, but once I got the pace of it, I couldn’t put it down. The story is BEAUTIFUL, and it makes us believe in time-travel. We know rationally it’s not possible, but Tiffany makes us believe it IS possible. This book makes us feel like we’re inside the story, like we, the readers, traveled inside of the book, so why can’t time-travel be possible?

 

As you know, I don’t usually read blurbs before reading the books, but I don’t feel like I cheated with Tiffany! The blurb has nothing on the book (and it gives nothing away). It was a surprise after surprise every time I turned a page.

 

The plot line is very fresh. Even tough time-traveling can seem quite straight forward (someone traveling to another time is the basic plot line in this kind of book), it’s the opposite. I love the angle Tiffany chose with The Night Mark and on what she focused.

 

I loved Faye and I could definitely relate to her and put myself in her place. She hasn’t had the easiest life for the past few years and her struggle could be anyone else’s struggle. I really like how relatable she is, the reason she’s suffering too. Even though we may not have been through the same things she has, everyone is going through something.

 

The story is very romantic, not only for the romance aspect of it, but also because of how it was writing. Tiffany’s very words are poetic and the world she created with this book cement that. I’ve always felt like I should have been born and lived in another time (it varies from Medieval Times through the 1960s), so this was the perfect book for me. 1921 never sound so good!

 

But don’t worry, if you’re not into History like I am, it won’t be an issue, The Night Mark doesn’t focus on the History aspect, it focuses on the people, the characters. I actually wish there was more on them, because I’ve finished this books a few hours ago and I already miss the characters.

 

One of the things I most liked about it is the fact it’s different. Different from other time-traveling books. Different from other contemporary romance books. Different from Tiffany’s other books. It’s so refreshing to read something so different from a favorite author, but something you can love too. It shows why that author is between your favorites. Because it’s not easy to write erotic romance, taboo romance and contemporary romance and excel in all of them. So I bow to Tiffany and her writing. She did it again!

 

When I finished The Night Mark I had the biggest smile on my face and tears on my eyes! It was the perfect book, with the perfect story and the perfect writing.

 

I’m really happy I read it, because every new book of Tiffany I read reminds me why she’s my ALL TIME FAVORITE author. They are different and daring and romantic (sometimes in their own way). They make me believe in them and in love. They make me want to be a character inside their pages. I can not imagine a world where Tiffany Reisz’s books don’t exist, because they’ve changed my life. And every new book of hers I read, I’m left with a mark (no pun intended). They mark my heart and I know I’ll have that mark forever, no matter how many other books I read!

 

 

 

 

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Blade Bound will be released on March 28th, but you can PRE-ORDER it now!

 

KINDLE | PAPERBACK | AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Valentine’s Day Special: Interview with Stefan and Luna from the Lord and Master series

 

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I discovered Lord and Master (the first book in this series) back in 2015 and I definitely became a fan of Kait Jagger writing style! The third and final book in the series, The Marchioness, will be released in March. I’ve read it already and I LOVED it!

 

I can say without a doubt that the Lord and Master series is one of the best written series I’ve read. I really like how the story is told, the characters and Kait’s incredible talent!!

 

And for my last post, to crown these awesome Special Posts this year, Stefan and Luna, the protagonists of the Lord and Master trilogy, played an awesome game of “Love Match” and they each had to answer questions about the other!!!

 

Ohh, if you want to see it, HERE is my review of the first book, Lord and Master!

 

Thank you so much for doing this, Kait!!!

 

LOVE MATCH

Hello and welcome to Love Match, where we test couples to see just how well they know each other and whether their relationship has what it takes to go the distance! Today we’ve come to beautiful, historic Arborage House in Berkshire to quiz 26-year-old personal assistant Luna Gregory and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Swedish entrepreneur Stefan Lundgren. Luna works as PA to the Marchioness of Lionsbridge, and in her spare time she likes motorcycling and girls’ nights out with her best friends. Stefan is a former TV personality (and recovering ladies man!) who also happens to be third in line to inherit the Arborage Estate.

Now, remember, neither Stefan nor Luna know what the other has said about them. So let’s see how often they get it right!

 

QUESTIONS FOR STEFAN:

 
1. Okay, Stefan, we’ll start with an easy question. What’s Luna’s favourite song?

STEFAN: It would have to be one by the Arctic Monkeys. They’re her favourite band—she and her friends Nancy, Kayla and Jem once spent an entire summer going to every single concert they played. But which song? I’m going to go with Do I Wanna Know.

 

2. What were Luna’s first words to you?

STEFAN: Otch, hmm, I’m trying to think…It was September, and I was standing in the farm shop here at Arborage. Luna had just come running in on another of the Marchioness’s crazy, last minute missions. I remember she was wearing a white silk blouse, black pencil skirt and a pair of black stilettos. And with those eyes of hers, ice blue, cold as Hallviken in winter, she looked like a very stern governess. Stern, but also slightly mischievous, maybe just a little bit naughty…mmm…sorry, what was your question??

 

3. What’s her favourite meal?

STEFAN:Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.

 

4. What’s Luna’s favourite part of your body?

STEFAN:Luna will lie about this one, I know it. Proper little Englishwoman that she is, she will say something like my nose or my smile, but Luna and I both know it’s my arse.

 

5. We understand Luna loves her BMW Enduro motorbike so much, she’s even given it a secret name. Do you know what that name is?

STEFAN: I do. It’s Michael.

 

6. What’s the hottest sex the two of you have ever had?

STEFAN: Oh ho! I can promise you my oh-so-proper älskling will refuse to answer this question, but I’ll just say this: it involved a tailored suit, a silk negligee, a brass bed and some rope. And Luna’s hair, coming down from that French twist of hers one hairpin at a time…hmm, yes…what was the question again?

 

7. Which of you is most likely to be jealous?

STEFAN: Ah, me I’m afraid.

 

8. What was her mother’s nickname for her when she was a child?

STEFAN: She…Luna told you this? It was chicken, but this is a very distressing subject for her. She lost both her parents when she was very young and…I think we should strike this question from the quiz.

 

9. When we asked Luna what she loved most about you, she said the following three things:
1.Stefan is a management consultant, but he doesn’t just tell people how to run their businesses. He inspires everyone around him, challenges them and makes them believe they can achieve anything they set their mind to.
2.He’s also the smartest, bravest, strongest man I know. I would follow him into a burning building…or into a sinking ship. I’d go anywhere as long as it was him telling me to.
3.Stefan knows me, really knows me, outside and in. He understands me better than anyone else on earth.
But which of these did she say was the most important to her?

STEFAN: My flicka said these things? This…this makes me very happy. You see now, why I love her so much. But she would say number 3 is the most important.

 

LUNA’S ANSWERS:

 

1. Do I Wanna Know

2. ‘Fuck off back to Sweden’

3. Fish and chips

4. Smile

5. Michael

6.Pardon?! I’m not answering that

7.Him

8.Chicken

9. Number 3

 

QUESTIONS FOR STEFAN:

 

1. What’s Stefan’s all-time favourite band?

LUNA: That’s a hard one. What he’ll say is something like Nirvana, or the Kings of Leon, or Kasabian. But really, it’s Abba.

 

2. All of us here at Love Match remember Stefan from his time on the English TV show Triad, where he and two other business experts were brought in to save failing companies. But do you remember his most famous catchphrase from that programme?

LUNA: I was living abroad when the programme aired, so I’ve never seen it! My best friends all watched it obsessively, though, and I still remember them waxing lyrical about the ‘hot Swedish totty’ on the show. Was Stefan’s catchphrase something like, ‘Sometimes you have to shrink to grow’?

 

3.What will Stefan say is his favourite part of your body?

LUNA: My eyes.

 

4.What was his mother’s nickname for him growing up?

LUNA: Ha ha, oh no! It’s liten prince, and his friends never let him forget it.

 

5. Where is his favourite place to go on holiday?

LUNA: Stefan loves to travel, he’s been all over the world. But I think he’d say he was happiest in his family’s summer house on Gotland, an island off the coast of Sweden. That’s where he’s most relaxed.

 

6. Speaking of Sweden, a little bird has told us that Stefan and his boyhood mate Mika got into a fair few scrapes growing up, including one that involved the police. Do you know what happened?

LUNA: Ah, yes, Stefan has never fully confessed to this, but his father tells me it involved a life-sized nativity crèche, two teenage boys, and a great deal of alcohol.

 

7. If we ask Stefan to tell us what animal you most remind him of, what do you think he’ll say?

LUNA: I’ll let you in on a little secret: Stefan has a weakness for small, cute animals. Baby bunnies, kittens, bear cubs—they’re like Kryptonite to him. So maybe he’ll say I remind him of a newborn black Shetland lamb?

 

8. Stefan didn’t always want to be a management consultant. What career would he have pursued if he hadn’t started his consultancy firm?

LUNA: Yes! I know this one! He’d have been a farmer.

 

9. When Stefan gave us his top tips for making sure a relationship lasts, here’s what he said:
1.Make sure she knows that in your life, she comes first. And last. And everything in between.
2.Never, under any circumstances, disrespect her friends. Luna will cut you dead if you come between her and her best friends.
3.Remember Stefan Lundgren’s golden rule: ‘I consider it both a duty and a privilege.’ (yes, I’m talking about a sex act and yes, I think you’ve guessed which one)

LUNA: He didn’t! He didn’t say that last one, did he? Oh, he is too bad. The answer’s 1, though. Definitely.

 

STEFAN’S ANSWERS:

 

1. Nirvana

2.‘That’s bullshit and you know it’

3.Her eyes

4.Liten Prince

5.Gotland

6.Bearing gifts to Baby Jesus

7.Wolf

8. Farmer

9. #1 Luna 

 

Combined score: 14 out of 18.

 

Well, we don’t know about you folks at home, but we at Love Match reckon Luna and Stefan have what it takes to keep the home fires burning for a long time to come!!!

 

 

 

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The series will be complete in March when The Marchioness releases, but there’s already a pre-order link! I also LOVE the covers of these books, they’re sooo pretty, I definitely want them in paperbacks!!

 

LORD AND MASTER| HER MASTER’S SERVANT | THE MARCHIONESS

 

 

 

Aaaaand, that’s it for this year’s Valentine’s Day!!! I hope you enjoyed these special posts!!! ❤️❤️❤️

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Valentine’s Day Special: Valentine’s Day Tips from Amber Jones and Ethan Vaughn from Sledgehammer by P. Dangelico

 

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Again, I have two characters from a book that wasn’t even released yet! How flipping cool is that??

 

You should definitely add Sledgehammer by P. Dangelico to you TBR list!

 

Here is something funny from the heroine and the hero:

 

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Thank you so much for this, Paola!! ❤️

 

 

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Sledgehammer is the second book in the Hard to Love series (they are all standalone), but since it wasn’t released yet, there’s not a buy link, so her is the link to buy the first book in the series, Wrecking Ball:

WRECKING BALL

 

 

Stay tuned for more special posts in honor of Valentine’s Day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Valentine’s Day Special: Relationship Tips from Justin Kerrigan from Someone Not You by Jessica Hawkins

 

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Technically Valentine’s Day is over here in Brazil, but thanks to time zones (sometimes they are useful haha) I can still post the remaining specials for you guys!!

 

This post is from Jessica Hawkins’ new novella, Someone Not You, featured in the Beaus & Arrows: A Collection of Sweet & Sexy short stories anthology.

 

Justin, the hero, is a magazine editor and I’m going to meet him tonight (or tomorrow after work depending on the time I finish these tonight)!

 

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BEAUS & ARROWS: A COLLECTION OF SWEET AND SEXY STORIES

 

 

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XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Valentine’s Day Special: Relationship Tips from Foster (More than Water) by Renee Ericson

 

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Now it’s time for Fozzy!!! I’ve talked about him and More than Water by Renee Ericson a LOT here. I ABSOLUTELY love that book!

It’s the kind of NA I really enjoy reading!! It’s as angst and romance and the right amount of funny in it! And you’ll fall in love with Fozzy and his nerdiness!!!

You can read my review HERE.

 

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You’ve gotta love Fozzy! I really hope a Brazilian publisher brings this book here for the Brazilian readers!❤️

 

 

 

 

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MORE THAN WATER

 

 

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XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Valentine’s Day Special: Relationship Tips from Dominick and Rain from Miss Take Identity Series by Cleo Scornavacca

 

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For this one we have the hero and heroine of one of my favorite books, Miss Taken by Cleo Scornavacca! So let’s hear (or read LOL) what they have to say in terms of relationship advice!!

 

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DOMINICK: I always say no matter how much you screw up gentlemen, bring your ladies roses….white is what I bring Rain.

 

RAIN: That’s true. He always brings me flowers, but not screwing up in the first place would be the better bet. Think before you do something. That can be hard in the heat of anger or the heat of the moment, but it’s better than having to clean up the mess you created. Okay….if all else fails bring her something that says you’re sorry and that you were thinking of her. Sure it could be flowers or chocolate …….or better yet, bring her yourself and just say that you were wrong and you messed up, but you still love her.

 

DOMINCK: With Valentine’s Day upon us, never buy your significant other any sort of appliance and even if she asked for one, err on the side of caution and buy anything but appliances. Not that I made that mistake, but trust me, appliances are not the way to a woman’s heart.

 

RAIN: Yeah… My husband is right, appliances are not for special occasions. I have a better idea just your typical wine and roses. Although that’s nice, why not plan a small getaway without the kids. Choose a place, any place you would both like to be and book it for the weekend of the holiday.

 

DOMINICK: Since we’re on the subject of the birthdays and holidays……do yourself a favor and never forget the special occasions.

 

RAIN: In all seriousness, keeping a marriage together is more than the gifts on holidays. It about making time for one another, no matter how busy life gets. Whether it’s watching a movie, a long walk on the beach. It really is about quality time.

 

DOMINICK: I dont know if I could top that, but I’m going to try….keeping a marriage happy and together, is all about listening. Okay I know what you’re going to say, I never listen….but the truth is that I hear more than Rain thinks.

 

RAIN: Also truly choosing your battles carefully. Something Dominick needs to remember. If it not worth fighting for, its not worth fighting about. This is just a total waste of time you could be together.

 

DOMINICK: This isn’t original but it is the truth….never good to bed or go away mad. Make sure not matter what, you will always kiss goodnight.

 

DOMINICK: If truly all else fails … swoop her up and take her to bed. ( an evil grin appears on Mr. Kane’s)

 

RAIN: ( silence and a pause) I’m good with that. ❤

 

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MISS TAKEN | IDENTITY |THE TIES THAT BIND

 

 

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XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Valentine’s Day Special: Love Advice from Grayson (Grayson’s Vow) by Mia Sheridan

 

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Do I actually need to praise Mia Sheridan and her Sign of Love series? HELLS YEAH! I love her writing and I’m honored to be reading an ARC of her upcoming one, Preston’s Honor.

 

And today the hero of one of my favorite books of hers, Grayson from Grayson’s Vow is stopping by to give his love advice too!!

 

Grayson’s Vow was one of my Favorite Books of 2015 and it’s the kind of book you will definitely fall in love with. I reviewed it HERE on the blog.

 

Thank you so much, Mia and Grayson!!! ❤️

 

 

 

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Most of the books in the Sign of Love are standalone (some are duets) and you can definitely read them out of order. My favorite ones so far are Grayson’s Vow and Archer’s Voice!

GRAYSON’S VOW

 

 

Stay tuned for more special posts in honor of Valentine’s Day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Valentine’s Day Special: Relationship Tips from Lawrence from the Virtue series by Mia Asher

 

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I hope you’re all are having as much fun reading these as I am!! I absolutely LOVE doing these special posts for you guys!!

 

And now it’s time for Law to give his advices! He is one of my favorite characters and I’m still waiting for Mia to write a new story about he and I because we’re clearly meant to be! LOL

 

He’s from the Virtue series, one of my all time favorite ones! Mia Asher writes angsty books like no one!!! ❤️

 

 

 

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EASY VIRTUE | SWEETEST VENOM

 

 

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XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Valentine’s Day Special: Love Letter from Beckett to Bailey from Believing Bailey by Linda Kage

 

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Heeeey guys!!

 

This post is pretty special!! Linda Kage is still writing this book, but she let the hero share a love letter to the heroine here. How awesome is that???

I LOVE Linda Kage and her books!!!

 

 

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Linda, thank you so much!!!❤️

 

 

 

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XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Valentine’s Day Special: Relationship Tips from Desmond Flynn from Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) by Laura Thalassa

 

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Heeeey bookworms!!!

 

So, last year I read a book that ended up being one of my Favorite Reads of 2016 (I will review it here at some point, I promise)!! Rhapsodic is the first book in the Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa and if you like fantasy novels you’ll LOVE it!! And if you don’t like those, this book might change your mind after all!!

And today I have the honor to share Desmond (the hero of the book)’s relationship tips. I won’t deny it, these made me SWOON so hard and I definitely will re-read this book this month still!!!

 

 

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Ohhhh Des…How I wish to bargain some favors with you!! ❤️

 

 

 

 

 

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RHAPSODIC 

 

 

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XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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