Joyfully Reviewed’s Best Romance in 2014

Joyfully Reviewed’s Best Romance in 2014

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All of us here at Joyfully Reviewed are excited to announce our favorite reads from 2014!  I can tell you from experience that when it comes to picking our favorites it can be an arduous task.  

As reviewers for Joyfully Reviewed we have the honor of reading many wonderful books throughout the year.  We select our favorite Recommended Reads each month.  At the end of the year Joy and Melissa, our fearless leaders, make us whittle our list down to three!  

After much debate internally you can find each reviewer’s favorites by clicking the Best Romance in 2014 photo above. Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY! KATIE IN LOVE by Chloe Thurlow!

GIVEAWAY! KATIE IN LOVE
by Chloe Thurlow!

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Joyfully Reviewed is excited to welcome Author Chloe Thurlow’s latest release,

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Katie Boyd has nothing in common with Tom Bridge, the volunteer doctor she meets at a party – except in bed she finds a passion to match her own. Tom is intense, puzzling, a man who cares about others and compels Katie to question her own life drifting through the hip clubs and London party scene.

When Tom returns to his post in a Sri Lanka orphanage, Katie isn’t sure if their passion was lit by its brevity, or if love, unexpected and not entirely wanted, has edged its way into her life. Should she go back to being who she always was? Or follow Tom into the unknown?

Katie in Love is a compelling erotic-romance that will grip readers as they follow Katie’s journey to an ending they may have expected – but not in the way they expected it.

Brilliantly written and coolly self-aware, Chloe Thurlow was described by KM Dylan on Amazon as “…the Anaïs Nin of our times.” With Katie in Love  – her sixth novel – Thurlow reveals a writer at the height of her powers.

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Katie in Love: Painting by Numbers

I have always thought of writers as right-brained artists inspired by daydreams and fantasy. When I finished Katie in Love, my new novel, it dawned on me that writing is a left-hemisphere calling: planning, logic, a painting by numbers.

Storytelling is governed by 3 acts, and you will be hard-pressed to find a great novel or movie that falls outside this paradigm:

  • the present; normal life moving towards a point of crisis;
  • overcoming that crisis and reaching new understandings culminating in a major turn of events;
  • resolution, often birth (or rebirth), marriage (or divorce) or death, literal, as in dying, or a major change that solves the initial crisis ie: suicidal housewife overcomes all difficulties to become an opera singer and saves her marriage.

All stories follow this 3-part formula: boy meets girl, boy and girl are torn apart, boy and girl resolve the problem – Romeo and Juliet in death; Jane Austin’s characters in marriage; Diane Keaton becomes a mom in Baby Boom.

The Rule of 3 applies to granting wishes in fairy tales; the mountain climber reaches the summit the third time he sets out, usually in the worst of all conditions; Goldilocks in the house of the Three Bears finds a comfortable bed on the third attempt.

Scenes that progress a story should go through the same sequence: conflict, action to resolve the conflict, resolution of conflict, creating a fleeting equilibrium that will turn again to conflict – the oil and essence of  fiction.

Katie in Love is a romance, threaded through with glints of erotica. It explores the theory of everything I have ever thought about, and what I am thinking about now, in a world where there is danger everywhere and even falling in love seems risky and perilous.

Writing a new novel takes you from crisis to crisis until you come to the end of the third act and publication feels like reincarnation. Katie in Love is my painting by numbers: 13 months to write, it contains 80,000 words and fits 250 pages in the 9×6 format.

The paperback is matt-finish and silky to the touch, the last detail grabbed from the right-hemisphere because our brains have a revolving door connecting the two sides and writers are poets as well as mathematicians.


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Chloe Thurlow started writing erotica after being seduced by her tutor at Cambridge. She lives in East London, sometimes Barcelona, works periodically as a teacher, occasionally as a waitress at corporate events where masters of the universe drink buckets of champagne and fall over. She hates bankers. Before writing Katie in Love, Chloe penned five novels she grandly calls ‘The Girl Quintet’ – The Secret Life of Girls, A Girl’s Adventure, Trade Girl, The Gift of Girls and Being A Girl.

 

Website: http://www.chloethurlow.com/

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Blog Tour! MYSTERY ON THE MISSING SHIP by Tate Linders

Blog Tour! MYSTERY ON THE MISSING SHIP
by Tate Linders

Joyfully Reviewed thrives on sharing up and coming authors with readers and today’s guest definitely fits the bill.  MYSTERY ON THE MISSING SHIP is the debut novel from Author Tate Linders.  AND Guess What…Tate Linders is the ripe old age of 13! Yes, I said 13 people!!!! How awesome is that!!  I hope you will all take a look at today’s post and consider picking up MYSTERY ON THE MISSING SHIP! 

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Melodie Crane, her twin sister, Lila, and their mother are embarking on a trip to America on the Titanic. 

What is supposed to be a rather uneventful trip turns into mystery, mayhem, and murder. 

Who will make it out alive? Will they find the person responsible for this tragedy?

Tate has always had a passion for reading all genres of books. She loves to write and draw. She is a very bright young lady who loves to learn. Tate is currently 13 years old. She lives in Seneca, Missouri where she attends school and lives with her mom and 2 sisters. She is an amazing, loving, and wonderful daughter, sister, granddaughter, and friend. She is a very warm-spirited young lady who has such a loving and generous heart. She has overcome a lot of events in her life which have made her a stronger person and shown her what she is capable of and the type of person she wants to be in this world. In turn, this has given her the opportunities to be able to build her character and have her light shine bright.

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MINE TO TAKE by Jackie Ashenden

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Series: Nine Circles #1
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Gabriel Wolf has thought of nothing but revenge against the man who ruined his mother’s life, his own father. Now the time is finally here. But in order to finally make him pay he is forced to use his father’s step-daughter. Honor St. James isn’t stupid, she knows that Gabriel is a ruthless man but that doesn’t stop her from falling in love with him. What is unexpected is that Gabriel finds himself falling for her too. When it comes to down to a choice will Gabriel chose Honor and the love she offers him or the revenge he’s been planning forever?

 

This is my first book by Jackie Ashenden but she’s going on my “must be read” list right now! Wow! Gabriel and Honor’s story kept me turning pages, wanting them both to get over the past and accept that they were meant to be together. Add to this the other members of the Nine Circles and Jackie Ashenden has reeled me in!! Mine to Take should be every romance lovers list of books!

LACEY’S LUHPYNES by Honor James

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Series: Beyond the Veil #1
Published by Siren-BookStrand Genres: Futuristic, Menage
ReviewedbyJo

Earth and the humans who inhabit it got a serious wake-up call many years ago when the veil that separated the realms came down and humans discovered just how far down the food chain they really were. It probably would not have been so bad except when humans learned just who and what their neighbors were, the first course of action humans did was violence—the one thing that would not be tolerated. Now humans live under rules set up by the other races to keep the other races safe from the humans’ violence. One of the consequences of those rules is a new policing agency, the Alien and Earth Defensive Alliance, or the AEDA as most refer to it.  One of those human agents is Lacey Rose, a human who has been teamed up with two Luhpynes, and that is both her heaven and hell.

 

Ansell and Zhubin might not be blood relations, but they act like brothers and were raised together. However, their personalities are very different as Ansell was not adopted by Zhubin’s family until he was a young child and those few years made a difference. One thing they do agree on is the fact that they were marked long ago as being the mates of the same fated female—Lacey. These last few years have been rough for them to control their feelings, because it appeared that Lacey had a boyfriend and they would not interfere with that. But when the truth about a brutal attack on Lacey comes out in to the open and the truth is known, nothing is going to stop Ansell and Zhubin from claiming the woman they love and keeping her safe.

 

Lacey can’t believe that part of her hell was just misunderstandings on al ltheir parts. Now that the truth is known, their mutual attraction is ramping up fast and their mating is not far behind. However, the danger facing them all, from an unknown hybrid, is also taking a more deadly and determined turn—that of Lacey’s death now that she is newly mated. With their future looking so happy, their only issue right now is taking care of the onetime assailant-turned-stalker. A trap is set and with a little help from other agents and a lot of luck, that problem will soon be over. Or will the trap be sprung against Ansell, Zhubin, and Lacey, thus ending their hope of that future forever?

 

The world is much different and a whole lot larger now, but the journey to love is just the same as three people will soon discover.  Lacey’s Luhpynes will take Lacey, Zhubin, and Ansell from the struggles of fighting their feelings to mated happiness.  I fell in love with this unique Earth and the neighboring worlds pretty quickly, and I even fell faster for Lacey, Zhubin, and Ansell. Seeing that no matter what your race, there were still the same day-to-day issues made this story and the new world so believable. Watching as Lacey, Zhubin, and Ansell found the answers and fell so deeply in love was a really pleasant way to spend my time. I really can’t wait to see more of these special agents and their co-workers fall in love and work to make all the worlds a much better place to be. Lacey’s Luhpynes is a pretty fast-paced story with lots of suspense and romance spaced throughout it, with just that right touches of humor.

LILLY’S TORMENT by Honor James

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THE IMMORTAL WHO LOVED ME by Lynsay Sands

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BROKEN OPEN by Lauren Dane

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CROUCHING TIGER, FORBIDDEN VAMPIRE by Kerrelyn Sparks

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THE COLLECTOR by Nora Roberts

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