Saturday, September 21, 2019

Book Review: Undercover (London Phoenix Book 2) by Rebecca Crowley

Undercover (London Phoenix Book 2) by [Crowley, Rebecca ]
Title: Undercover (London Phoenix Book 2)

Author: Rebecca Crowley

Stars: 3 1\2 

Review:
The story starts out interesting enough soon romance aka sexy aka steamy time takes over the story to the point readers might even get lost in the reason Asher and Ada are together.  Readers will get reminded many times over how beautiful Ada is to the point of an eye roll. 
The story plays out like all romance novels that focuses on the sexual relationship only Ada plays more of the male role and Asher plays the more typical female role. (Just using it as a generalization and not what I think.)
The story falls flat many times as the romance seems to be the focal point of the story.  As a readers I perfer to have more of a blend between story and romance.  Undercover is 90% sex, thinking of sex and wanting sex.  While 10% of the story is Asher finding his path in life.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of Rebecca Crowley Undercover.

Synopsis:
After almost ten years dodging bullets as a foreign correspondent, Asher Brody is struggling to find his place back in the U.K. – and in his family-run newspaper, the London Phoenix. He’s intent on proving he’s as committed as his brothers, even if it means putting on a suit and posh accent to investigate a high-ranking executive at an upscale retreat.

Ada Hunter wasted years trailing her ex-boyfriend, only for him to turn his back when her documentary career finally took off. Now she’s beating her own path, and it’s taking her all over the world. To secure funding for her next project, she takes a risky job with the Phoenix posing as broody-sexy Asher’s fake girlfriend – too good to be true. 

They plan to spend a few days pretending to be a couple at a country estate before going their separate ways. But when bad weather strands them in the countryside, temptation develops into something more and the line between fantasy and reality becomes dangerously blurred.



About The Author:
Rebecca Crowley
Rebecca Crowley inherited her love of romance from her mom, who taught her to at least partially judge a book by the steaminess of its cover. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense with smart heroines and swoon-worthy heroes, and never tires of the happily-ever-after. Having pulled up her Kansas roots to live in New York City, London, and Johannesburg, Rebecca now resides in Houston.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Book Review: What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr

What Rose Forgot
Title: What Rose Forgot 

Author: Nevada Barr

Stars: 5


Review:
I have been a long time fan of this author. When the opportunity arose to read and review her latest book I jumped at the chance and hoped I would not be disappointed. Well I was not disappointed Ms Barr still has the ability to catch my attention early and keep me enthralled to the final page. The story line centers around a rich elderly female who has found herself drugged and being held in a secure memory care facility. Fearing for her life she manages to escape not once but twice. In the process she discovers who the villains are and exposes their deadly misdeeds with the help of her young teen granddaughter and others. There are several well laid red herrings to mislead the reader so careful attention is required of the reader.

I have rated this book the maximum of 5 stars.

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

Synopsis:
Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she's been committed to an Alzheimer's Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she's "not making it through the week," Rose is convinced that if she's to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape.
The only problem is—how does she convince anyone that she's not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn't sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her.
With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year old granddaughter Mel, and Mel's friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back—to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they're holding all the cards.

Kindle Edition304 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2019 by Minotaur Books
About The Author:
Nevada Barr
Nevada Barr is a mystery fiction author, known for her "Anna Pigeon" series of mysteries, set in National Parks in the United States. Barr has won an Agatha Award for best first novel for Track of the Cat.

Barr was named after the state of her birth. She grew up in Johnstonville, California. She finished college at the University of California, Irvine. Originally, Barr started to pursue a career in theatre, but decided to be a park ranger. In 1984 she published her first novel, Bittersweet, a bleak lesbian historical novel set in the days of the Western frontier.

While working in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Barr created the Anna Pigeon series. Pigeon is a law enforcement officer with the United States National Park Service. Each book in the series takes place in a different National Park, where Pigeon solves a murder mystery, often related to natural resource issues. She is a satirical, witty woman whose icy exterior is broken down in each book by a hunky male to whom she is attracted (such as Rogelio).

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Book Review: How to Love a Duke in Ten Days (Devil You Know #1) by Kerrigan Byrne

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days (Devil You Know, #1)
Title: How to Love a Duke in Ten Days (Devil You Know #1)

Author: Kerrigan Byrne 

Stars: 4

Review:
A love story that starts in 1880 and ends in approximately 1892. Three school girls are finishing up a school year, in France, when their mischievous behavior entails their unofficial leader being called to the headmaster's office to answer for their misdemeanors. The punishment gets out of hand and she is raped by the headmaster. While defending herself she kills the man. All three, plus a trusted gardener, then conceal the body and crime. Move forward 10 years and we find the young lady being blackmailed, broke and single, while attending a party to celebrate the upcoming engagement of one of her school friends. Subsequent events lead to her being the bride and the blackmailer being exposed and dealt with along with other miscreants. All in all a good story line but if I had to sum it up in five words it would be sex, sex, and more sex.

I have rated this book 4 stars.

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

Synopsis:
Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.

LOVE TAKES NO PRISONERS

Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.



Mass Market Paperback440 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
About The Author:
Kerrigan Byrne
If you're anything like me, the best night is one spent with a brawny highlander, a mysterious werewolf, a conflicted vampire, or a hot-headed Irishman. My stories span the spectrum of romantic fiction from historical, to paranormal, to romantic suspense. But I can always promise my readers one thing: memorable and sexy Celtic heroes who are guaranteed to heat your blood before they steal your heart. Lose yourself in the enchanted Celtic Isles, you never know who, or what, will find you..

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Book Review: Save Your Breath (Morgan Dane #6) by Melinda Leigh

Save Your Breath (Morgan Dane #6)
Title: Save Your Breath (Morgan Dane #6)

Author: Melinda Leigh

Stars: 5

Review:
Save Your Last Breath focuses on all the different characters in the Morgan Dane series.  The book has heart and soul.  Each characters has a life real with people who love them.  The story brings out the joy, excitement, passion and loss in life.
Melinda Leigh is able to find way to pull at readers heart strings while bringing them a end that will have them hoping the Morgan Dane series continue.  
This book isn't nearly as good as the last book in the series and might have people scratching their head why would anyone create this type of plan.  Whoever the writing top notch, with the perfect about of details with characters from her different books.
This isn't a stand alone novel but readers will be able to figure the basic story but the characters that Melinda Leigh has woven though each and every book will have readers wishing they had started with book one.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Montlake for the advance copy of Melinda Leigh Save Your Breath.

Synopsis:
Morgan Dane and PI Lance Kruger investigate the mysterious disappearance of a true-crime writer.

When true-crime writer Olivia Cruz disappears with no signs of foul play, her new boyfriend, Lincoln Sharp, suspects the worst. He knows she didn’t leave willingly and turns to attorney Morgan Dane and PI Lance Kruger to find her before it’s too late.

As they dig through Olivia’s life, they are shocked to discover a connection between her current book research on two cold murder cases and the suicide of one of Morgan’s prospective clients.

As Morgan and Lance investigate, the number of suspects grows, but time is running out to find Olivia alive. When danger comes knocking at their door, Morgan and Lance realize that they may be the killer’s next targets


Kindle Edition314 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2019 by Montlake Romance

About The Author:
Melinda Leigh
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. Over the next few years, she learned a few things about writing a book. The process was much more fun than analyzing financial statements, and she decided to turn her hobby into a career. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She is a RITA® Award Finalist and has earned three Daphne du Maurier Award nominations, two Silver Falchion Awards, and a Golden Leaf.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Book Review: The Book of Terrifyingly Awesome Technology: 27 Experiments for Young Scientists by Sean Connolly, Kristyna Baczynski

The Book of Terrifyingly Awesome Technology: 27 Experiments for Young Scientists
Title: The Book of Terrifyingly Awesome Technology: 27 Experiments for Young Scientists

Author:(s) Sean Connolly,  Kristyna Baczynski (Illustrator)

Stars: 3 1\2 

Review:
My kids loves Sean Connolly  The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science book and did many of the experiments in the book.  As a family during the summer we tried to do a lot of projects to keep their minds busy.  This book I was hoping would be the same.  I falls a little flat compared to the science book.  It was more about how technology can be good and how it can go wrong but didn't really work as well as the other book he has written.  One of my kids though it was boring and would rather work on a coding site.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher  Workman Publishing Company for the advance copy of Sean Connolly The book of Terrifyingly Awesome Technology.

Synopsis:
Sean Connolly’s bestselling “genius at work” series gets it’s “T!” STEM, standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, refers to the core non-humanities subjects that are so critical to contemporary education. And now, after covering everything but the technology, this master of fun, messy, possibly risky and compelling interactive science experiments explores twenty-seven key areas in current and near-future tech.
           
Author of The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science, The Book of Massively Epic Engineering Disasters, and, most recently, The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry Sean Connolly delves into the fascinating and potentially scary world of driverless cars, artificial intelligence, robots and androids, smart clothing, the “internet of things,” test-tube meat, the space elevator, and more. Through cool illustrations, quick definitions, illustrated panels, and Connolly's clear and always-lively writing, readers learn what each breakthrough means; how it has or will improve our lives; what other technologies are related to it; and what the terrifyingly awesome potential risks are. (3D printing? What happens when someone bad “prints” a weapon?) And to make the learning hands-on, each chapter includes an experiment to help understand the underlying principles of these incredibly complicated developments: Use milk jugs and balloons to test solar power. Food dye and water to understand genome technology. A paper airplane to gain insight into drones. Two boards and two friends to replicate the force of a powered exoskeleton. It’s science, down to a T.



Hardcover240 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2019 by Workman Publishing Company

About The Author:
Sean Connolly will be familiar to listeners of BBC Radio Five Live and Radio Wales. Among his more than 50 books aimed at children and adults are Wholly Irresponsible Experiments and Witness to History: The Industrial Revolution. He has also written for the Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia. His three children are either collaborators or guinea pigs, depending on the project.

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