Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Book Review: Unspeakable (Deadly Secrets #4) by Elisabeth Naughton

Unspeakable (Deadly Secrets Book 4)
Title: Unspeakable (Deadly Secrets #4) 

Author:  Elisabeth Naughton

Stars: 4 1/2 stars

This is the second in the Deadly Secret series I have read by Elisabeth Naughton.  This can be read as a stand alone novel but I think readers will enjoy it more if they read the entire series.
Rusty is a broken alpha male who is trying to right the wrongs while Harper is trying to find out who is killing young girls.  
The story is well paced until the sex starts and the story stalls out having readers flip though endless sex scenes that are "mind blowing" to find the story again.  When the story is found readers will be hooked once again but soon sex and romance takes over until the last 80% of the book where if you put it down for a second you will be wondering what is happening to the heroes of the story.

The ending is a little cheesy for my taste when it comes to romantic suspense stories.  With that being said if this is the end of the Deadly Secrets series the author put the perfect finishing touches.
Thank you to Netgalley, The author and publisher Montlake Romance for the advance copy of Elisabeth Naughton Unspeakable 

All his siblings have moved on from their troubling pasts, but Rusty McClane can’t leave his behind. Not even when his freedom is in jeopardy.

Legal investigator Harper Blake can sense a bad boy. She’s drawn to them—like she is to her mysterious and brooding new client. The police believe that Rusty is involved with the case of a missing underage girl. Harper’s job is to find evidence to defend him. But is her sexy suspect a predator…or something else?

If Rusty is guilty of anything, it’s of stirring something primitive in Harper. The closer they get, the harder it is to believe the worst of him.

But in an underworld filled with sex trafficking, kidnapping, and murder, Harper will need to be cautious about whom she trusts. Because Rusty isn’t the only one with secrets.

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: November 20th 2018 by Montlake Romance

About The Author:
Elisabeth Naughton
Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—award winning author Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Elisabeth now writes full-time.

Though primarily known for her romantic suspense work, Elisabeth has penned over thirty books and continues to write in multiple genres, including paranormal romance and contemporary romance. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have earned several award nominations, including three prestigious RITA® nominations from Romance Writers of America. In 2017, REPRESSED, the first book in her Deadly Secrets series, won the RITA® for best romantic suspense.

Elisabeth's work has been praised by the Chicago Tribune as being filled with "deadly intrigue, high adrenaline action, and scorchingly hot passion.” Kirkus calls her "a writer talented enough at weaving a yarn to get her readers ensnared in it.” When not dreaming up new stories, Elisabeth can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home, wrangling two cats, or chasing after one very rambunctious Dalmatian.

Learn more about Elisabeth and her books at www.ElisabethNaughton.com.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Book Review: Bait (The Dangerous Distractions #2) by Samantha Keith

Bait (The Dangerous Distractions, #2)
Title: Bait (The Dangerous Distractions #2)

Author: Samantha Keith

Stars: 3 1/2 Stars out of 5

Samantha Keith creates a story that has potential but ends up needing more help than readers might be able to stand.
how man times can one woman get hit over the head, drunk, almost killed before someone steps in to help?
When reading this book please tell me I was not the only yelling at the Riley telling her to stop?
Why is Riley so hung up on a guy that she refuses his help over and over again.
Riley is suppose to me smart but she never once uses her head each for getting hit.  She refuses help, tries to save her friend by getting drunk with guys who will rape her.  On top of that the one person that scream crazed killer is the one person she refuses to knowledge.
It would be almost laughable if the author didn't put so much heart and soul into the story.
This is the story I would tell Romantic Suspense avoid this style of story. While it has promise it falls on every single romantic suspense cliche.  Its a fast summer read with you typical cast of characters and ends just as you imagine it would.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Lyrical Liaison for the advance copy of Samantha Keith Bait
With a little more focus and mystery this story could have been a 4 out of 5 instead it was predictable and lacked focus.

Former military and ex-FBI agent Ethan Worth is searching for a new way to serve and protect. On a break in Beaufort, North Carolina, he just may have found it. It starts with saving a tipsy damsel in distress from a shady troublemaker. But it ends with the surprisingly sober beauty outraged by his rescue. That’s all Ethan needs for his expert instincts to kick into high gear . . .
Riley Jones is back in Beaufort for one reason only: to find her missing best friend, Hanna. If that means using herself as bait for the kind of guy who’d prey on a vulnerable young woman, so be it. She doesn’t need a rugged knight in shining armor like Ethan distracting her, and she doesn’t want his help. But it turns out she needs it. And together, as the heat between them rises, so does the danger. Until both their lives are on the line.

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: November 20th 2018 by Lyrical Liaison

About The Author:

Samantha Keith resides in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. In case you’ve never been there, it’s one of the coldest cities in North America about eight months out of the year. She is a wife to a very busy, multiple careered husband. Her thirteen-month old daughter, who they’ve nicknamed Sleepless Skylar, stays true to her nickname. Skylar has a beloved friend, Teddy, the family multi-poo, who does a really good job of functioning on little sleep and walking around with bits of cheese in his hair. He doesn’t mind.

Samantha writes steamy, fast-paced, romantic suspense novels in the rare moments she has uninterrupted—even interrupted, she manages to apply words to paper. Aside from her love of writing, she and her husband run a couple of e-commerce businesses. You know, to make life simple. Her life is busy, scattered, and sickeningly happy. She wears bags under her eyes better than mascara, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

Her other interests include: Food, cooking, baking, creating recipes and eating. When she’s not eating, she enjoys working out, yoga, and practices an extremely natural and healthy lifestyle, complete with her weekly acupuncture sessions that she couldn’t live without. She does a good job of keeping her you-need-to-try-acupuncture lectures to a minimum.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Book Review: Past Tense (Jack Reacher #23) by Lee Child

Past Tense (Jack Reacher, #23)
Title: Past Tense (Jack Reacher #23)

Author: Lee Child

Stars: 4.5 stars

This is the first time l have read a Jack Reacher novel and it becomes readily apparent as to why he is widely followed by so many readers. It is an action adventure with the emphasis on action. Starting out on a cross country trip, from New England to southern California, he finds himself in his deceased father's birth town of record and decides to look up his ancestral roots. Meanwhile, an unknown cousin and business partners, begin a muderous adventure with a Canadian couple as the potential victims. As with all good action adventures the two eventually run together and it is up to our hero to  satisfactorily resolve this matter.

I very much enjoyed the book and have rated it 4.5 stars. I recommend it to anyone else who likes an action adventure with a solid, plain speaking, hero. I did not rate it five stars because I was left with a minimum of 9 bodies that were not accounted for to the local police departments. Small thing but still left me wondering how they were accounted for.

I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.
Thank you Frank for your Review

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What’s one extra day? He takes the detour.
At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It’s a strange place, but it’s all there is.

The next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?

As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.

Hardcover382 pages
Published November 5th 2018 by Delacorte Press

About The Author:
Lee Child
Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age." During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars' worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment. The first Jack Reacher movie, based on the novel One Shot and starring Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike, was released in December 2012.

Lee has three homes—an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while traveling between the two. In the US he drives a supercharged Jaguar, which was built in Jaguar's Browns Lane plant, thirty yards from the hospital in which he was born.

Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Book Review: Lord of Vice (Rogues to Riches #6) by Erica Ridley

Lord of Vice (Rogues to Riches, #6)
Title: Lord of Vice (Rogues to Riches #6) 

Author: Erica Ridley

Stars: 4

In this book Miss Bryony Grenville, the youngest and most mathematical and financial astute of the Grenville clan, meets her match in Maxwell Gideon, owner of the infamous gambling parlor, The Cloven Hoof. He wants to buy the building where his gambling parlor is located, but is unaware who the owner is, and that they are also his secret partner in the business. His secret partner becomes suspicious when he offers her double what was initially paid and determines to secretly examine the books to ensure all is above board. After being caught sparks begin to fly between this unlikely duo. Perhaps the hoyden has found her match in this untitled but true gentleman?

I have rated this book 4 stars.

I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased opinion.
Thank you Frank for your Review

Vice merchant Maxwell Gideon is wickedly handsome, sinfully arrogant, and devilishly ruthless. Rumor has it, his gaming hell has the power to steal souls and grant miracles. Truth is, Max only owns half of The Cloven Hoof. He’d buy out his silent partner if he knew the man’s identity. But it’s hard to focus on business matters when a fallen angel tumbles right into one’s lap… 

Miss Bryony Grenville has a well-earned reputation as an unrepentant hoyden. But even the gossipiest of the pinch-faced matrons ruling High Society could never imagine the daughter of a baronet secretly financing the ton’s most infamous gambling parlor. Its maddening, sexy proprietor doesn’t suspect a thing… and two can play at temptation! 

Kindle Edition243 pages
Published August 31st 2018 by WebMotion

About The Author:
Erica Ridley
Erica Ridley is a USA Today and New York Times best-selling author of historical romance novels. 

In her new Rogues to Riches historical romance series, sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romances.

Fan-favorite Dukes of War features charming peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England. 

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the mid
dle of Budapest.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Book Review: The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health by Patricia C Frye, MD, Dave Smitherman

The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health
Title: The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health 

Author:(s) Patricia C Frye, MD,  Dave Smitherman

Stars: 4 1\2 stars

As a text book this works as a book anyone would pick up and read I find it a little difficult at times. The author is well informed and gives the pros and cons to this form of medication.  They do not tell you to use it without making sure you as a consumer are well informed. The author talks about legal allegations, the political side effect and you can tell by the passion they want this to become more main stream with the guidance of professionals. 

Did she convince me? I am still on the fence due to lack of evidence on long term use on teens though adulthood with mental disorders.

The review will becomes more personal and opinionated from this point on. (Just a Warning)

I have seen the effect of Medical Marijuana though friends who couldn't find relief from though chemical medication. I have seen others who have gone though the process of getting their card and found it was more expensive than conventional medication and found no relief and worse side effects then chemical mediation.

I think everyone has the right to make the decision of their mental and physical health with the proper guide of medical professionals.  I think there are benefits to the use of Medically guided Marijuana when it is handled professionally and not handed out like gummy bears.  (Which has helped a friend of mine out with her ADHD and mood swings.)

I do see Marijuana as a gateway drug if not taken though the guidance of a medical professional that is able to help those needing relief from pain, anxiety, Adhd and more. 

Have I looked into using Medical Marijuana for my Anxiety and ADHD? Yes but the cost is more than all of my chemical medications and drs visit put together.

This was wonderful information and insight into a very misunderstood medical Marijuana.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers for a chance to review Patricia C Frye, MD,  Dave Smitherman The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health 

After decades of misinformation about cannabis largely due to the well-funded propaganda campaign in the 1930s, public attitudes toward the drug have finally begun to evolve. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana and since then, 28 other states, 2 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia have followed suit. Now countless patients are reaping the benefits of this amazing resource which has been used to effectively treat everything from chronic pain to debilitating illnesses. In The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health, Dr. Patricia Frye takes a direct, no-nonsense approach to educating readers about cannabis and its medicinal qualities. After having retired from medicine, Dr. Frye was offered an opportunity to practice cannabis treatment. Intrigued, she educated herself on this emerging alternative and is now ready to share with others what she has learned. In this book, using humorous and touching stories from the many situations she has encountered in her practice over the years, Dr. Frye provides valuable information about the undeniable medicinal qualities of cannabis. This book helps to de-stigmatize this misunderstood drug and educate readers on the history of cannabis and how it is used by the medical community today. This is an accessible, enjoyable resource that will not only entertain readers, but may change their lives for the better.

Paperback240 pages
Published November 8th 2018 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

About The Author(s)

Patricia C Frye, MD Takoma Park Alternative Care in Takoma Park, MD is a medical clinic here to help you. Our patients have adequate time with the doctor to discuss medical concerns, ask questions, and review options. We provide ongoing medical management of cannabis therapy and alternative pain management.

Our mission is to inform patients of the medicinal properties of Cannabis and how it alleviates symptoms and promotes homeostasis and well-being. Patients will learn how to benefit from medical cannabis without experiencing undesirable psychoactive side effects.

We are honest, ethical, well educated. experienced, knowledgeable, and provide exceptional patient care, pediatric patient evaluations with extensive experience in medicinal cannabis therapy. We provide ongoing care in a private, discreet office setting; no crowded waiting rooms; person-to-person consultation with physician who is knowledgeable and experienced in the field of medical cannabis. We are 2 blocks from Metro with on site parking.

We are licensed to practice medicine in Maryland, District of Columbia (DC), California, and Nevada; Member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians; Fellow of the American Academy of Pain Management, Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics.

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