Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Book Review: Judgement: A Cassidy & Spenser Thriller #1 (Cassidy & Spenser #1)

 Judgement: A Cassidy & Spenser Thriller #1
Title: Judgement: A Cassidy & Spenser Thriller #1 (Cassidy & Spenser #1)

Author: Carey Baldwin

Stars: 5 out of 5


I picked up this book for free on Amazon because it sounded interesting but soon found other books that took me away from this book. Monday I came across the book again and thought why not.
What kept me from reading this fast moving psychological thriller I have no idea.
From beinging to you the reader is pulled in so many different direction each one darker than the next until the reader and Dr. Cassidy are  discovering the truth together.
Judgement is a captivating story that has everything a reader could want and more in a psychological thriller.
Carey Baldwin paints a very Bones type of relationship between Dr. Catlin Cassidy and FBI agent Atticus Spenser.  There is sexual attraction but the readers are kept waiting as they work together to find a killer. I loved that Agent Spenser was ADD and had difficultly keeping his mind from wondering. Carey Baldwin make the Special Agent very human and not the typical Alpha Male. 
Catlin is struggling as she discovers the truth about her father and her past.

The book can get a little wordy but it makes up for the suspenseful scenes and the very end of the book. 
In a nutshell this book is entertaining psychological thriller and I can't wait for more. 
I still have no idea what a forensic psychiatrist is.

When a coed falls prey to a sadistic killer, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caitlin Cassidy and Special Agent Atticus Spenser are called in to testify—one for the defense, one for the prosecution. With warring approaches on justice, these two rivals have been butting heads for years—both in the courtroom and out. And at first, this case appears to be no different.

But when a brutal attack leaves the accused man dead and Caity in critical condition, petty differences take a backseat to saving lives. As the lone survivor, Caity knows too much and the killer—a madman calling himself the Man in the Maze—is coming back for round two. Now, Caity and Spense must join forces to uncover the killer’s identity before Caity’s time—and luck—runs out.

About The Author:
 Carey Baldwin
 In real life I'm a mild-mannered brunette. A very nice doctor who happens to write edgy romantic thrillers.

Oh, and before I became a doctor, I used to be a clinical psychologist. I guess that's why writing about psychopaths comes naturally. I still haven't decided precisely what I want to be when I grow up, so you can expect to see me serving up a genre mix.

Here's my favorite recipe:
A dollop of romance + a dash of medicine + a cup of crazy. Fold into a story. Bake until it rises, and voila, you've cooked up a delicious thriller!
First Do No Evil
From Samhain Publishing June 26, 2012

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Book Review: The Isaac Project

 The Isaac Project
Title: The Isaac Project

Author: Sarah Monzon

Stars: 5 out of 5 Stars

A truly well written book with a story line as old as the bible. 
Girl needs husband in order to make her Grandfather happy. So she 
commissions her friend to find her one. This story will tug at your 
heart strings and make you soar with its finale. It is a real pleasure 
to read a book that does not depend on graphic sex scenes to keep the 
readers interest.
I give this book a 5 star rating.
I obtained this eBook from Amazon.
Thank you Frank for the Review!

Becky Sawyer’s life unravels in a single day. Not only does she catch her boyfriend, the man she hoped to marry, lip-locked with another woman, she also receives the gut-wrenching news that her grandfather, the man who raised her, is dying. His last wish? To see her happily married. Heartbroken, Becky seeks inspiration in the pages of the Holy Scriptures. And finds it in the story of Isaac and Rebekah.

If love couldn't keep his parents together, Luke Masterson wonders what will make a marriage last. He decides to steer clear of all women—especially crazy ones like Becky Sawyer, who employs a friend to find her a husband. But when he feels the dogged promptings of the Holy Spirit to move across the country and marry a complete stranger, it seems love has little to do with it anyway.

With commitment their only foundation, and love constantly thwarted, can an arranged marriage find happiness in the twenty-first century

About the Author: 
 Sarah Monzon
 Sarah Monzon is a pastor's wife and a stay at home mom of two small children. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southern Adventist University. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, The Isaac Project is her debut novel.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Motherhood

As I have been reflecting how  to make the blog a little more fun I decided to start Monday off with a bang.
  Life as a mom isn't easy and if you think so than you are not a mom.
When I first became pregnant I had everything figured out and how perfect my children would be. Than number 1 was born and I soon learned quickly I wasn't in control of anything. If I got two hour of sleep during the first year of life I was excited. I still question how we made it to his second birthday sane. (It is still in question.)
As I am blogging, reviewing books I hear my kids talking in the other room playing Minecraft. Yes we came to the darkside and no matter how hard we try to leave we are here forever.

Converation between number 1 (9 years old) and number 2 (7 year old).
Number 1: "Listen I want a fish for a pet."
Number 2: "Cool catch me a fish and I will name him Ivy but than I guess that would be a girl."
Number 1: "Thats a good name."
They keep playing talking about the best way at catch a fish and now they love nature.
SCREAM and I leave my compture to see what horrible thing has happened. I find number 2 on the floor crying and I look at number 1 and ask what happened.
 Number 2: "He ate Ivy. I named my fish which means we can't eat it. Remember mom's rule we do not name things we eat otherwise they become real!"
I take Number 1 aside. "Listen catch her another fish and re name it Ivy. Please.
Number 1: "Fine mom!" As number turns back to the game we see one of number 1's dogs is missing. "What did you do?"
Number 2: "You killed and ate my fish. So I killed and ate your dog."

Yup I left the room and simple asked them to work out the problem on their own.  Honestly not sure what to think other than I need to explian we do not live by the rule An Eye for an Eye.

Next week the terror of the modern Toddler and all the havoc two little hands can create.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Book Review: Necessary Risk (Bodyguard, #1)

Necessary Risk (Bodyguard, #1)
Title: Necessary Risk

Author: Tara Wyatt

Stars: 2 1\2

Necessary Risk isn't really a risk at all. Nothing about this book charming, new or even sets its self apart from all the other book in the suspense romance. This book wasn't really all that suspenseful. I really dislike Sierra because she threw herself at Sean only to rejected over and over again. He tells her its because its his job to protect her and can't protect her if they were together.
There were moments of fun dialogue that kept me hoping it would pick up but it just never could deliver.
This book is reminisce of the movie The Bodyguard so if you fell in love with that movie you will enjoy this book.
I will try this author out again because I did like her writing style just not the story.
ARC from Netgalley.

Former child star Sierra Blake is making a stunning Hollywood comeback—and attracting a scary amount of attention. When her home is vandalized and her safety threatened, she knows it’s time to bring in the professionals. But from the moment she sets eyes on her indecently sexy new bodyguard, Sean Owens, Sierra’s thoughts are anything but professional…

Few things in this world scare Sean—until he realizes he’s in serious danger of losing his heart to his new client. No matter how much he wants to, Sean won’t let his feelings for the smart and gorgeous Sierra get in the way of doing his job. Because as the attacks against her escalate, crossing the line between business and pleasure could get them both killed.

About The Author:
Tara Wyatt
Tara Wyatt is the author of The Bodyguards series, coming in 2016 from Forever Romance. Her debut novel, Necessary Risk, will be published in February 2016. Known for her humor and steamy love scenes, Tara’s writing has won several awards, including the Unpublished Winter Rose, the Linda Howard Award of Excellence, and the Heart of the West. A librarian by day and romance writer by night, Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her dog and husband. Visit her online at, or find her on Twitter @taradwyatt.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ThrowBack Thursday Elegy - Amanda Hocking Book 4 in the Watersong Series

Friday, November 29, 2013

Book Review - Elegy - Amanda Hocking Book 4 in the Watersong Series

Title:  Elegy
Review:  This is book number 4 in the Watersong series and I think it was a good ending to the series as a whole.  The sirens could be really scary at times and creepy at others.  I don’t think I ever liked them even Thea, she was weak and let thing happen instead of doing anything about it…at least until the end and the she did get a back bone…finally. 

Notice the page count and you will see this is a book that will take more than an afternoon to get through.  I think at times it felt long and drug on…I wish Amanda had cut a bit more out.  I found the background interesting, but just too much information that did not seem relevant to the on-going plot line…interesting yes…needed no.  I love long books, but every word needs to hold my attention if I am going to read close to 600 pages in the 4th book in the series.

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but I enjoyed the series and look forward to Amanda’s next project.  This book took a step up from the teen romance and added sex to the equation which makes me glad my 13 year old is still on the second book and doesn’t read that fast….I would not recommend this series to younger than 15 or so, but we went to a book signing and Cenneidigh insisted she had to read the series after meeting Amanda.

Good series and worth the time to read if you enjoy young adult romance/supernatural.  Mermaids, mythical monsters, goddesses and the like fill the pages and it was fun to escape to a small seaside town to see life from a different point of view.
Publisher: Published August 6th 2013 by St.Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2013)
ISBN: 9781250005670
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 542
Quick Review:  4 stars out of 5
Where did I get the book:  Purchased at Amazon.
Synopsis: Readers won't want to miss the explosive final book in the Watersong series by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking
Now that Gemma holds the key to breaking the siren curse, the stakes have never been higher. At last, a future with those she loves—and a romance with Alex—is close enough to touch...but not if Penn has anything to say about it. Penn is more determined than ever to have Daniel for her own and to destroy Gemma and Harper along the way, and Penn always gets what she wants. Now a final explosive battle is about to begin, and the winner will take everything Gemma holds dear.
Amanda Hocking
Author Biography:  I live in Minnesota, and I write young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy mostly. The My Blood Approves series is about vampires in Minneapolis, and its available now. I also wrote the Trylle Trilogy, which is a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, mermaids, fae, angels, dragons, ghosts, or ninjas.
My latest book is Hollowland - a zombie urban fantasy set in the dystopian near future. It's a bit more violent and gritter than my other books, but there is still romance. Mostly though, Remy kicks a lot of butt.
I also enjoy Red Bull, Jim Henson, Batman, Jane Austen, Star Wars legos, and I absolutely hate long walks on the beach out of my intense fear/hatred of wet sand
My favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, Alan Moore, and J. D. Salinger, but I don't write anything like them. I have an obsession with River Phoenix, and I've seen Silence of the Lambs more than any other movie, even The Dark Knight. If I were trapped on a deserted island, the one thing I'd take with me would be a boat capable for taking me home.
I'm also the guitarist in a band called the Fraggin Aardvarks, and even though its even twice as cool as it sounds, we haven't had a practice in like two years, so I'm not sure that technically we are still a band. But we never broke up, and it's an awesome thing to tell people, so I'm sticking with it. (We even had a synethesizer!)

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