Friday, July 20, 2018

Book Review: Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems (Cindy's Crusades #1) by Susan Jean Ricci

Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems (Cindy's Crusades, #1)
Title: Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems (Cindy's Crusades #1)

Author: Susan Jean Ricci 

4 1/2 stars

Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is a laugh out loud funny easy to read story.   
                                              This is a must read book!!
Susan Jean Ricci is able to create a laugh out loud story with fund dialogue, a protagonist that will have readers loving and a hate to love or is it love to hate characters.
Cindy shows the world what it is like to date online and the humor you need when the crazy happens.
Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is the perfect read for anyone going though a divorce not to mention if you just need to laugh.

This story from what I have heard from friends is a very honest look at dating after 40.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of Susan Jean Ricci Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems. 

Twice divorced, cynical Cindy Layton feels like a relic with prehistoric baggage, and doubts she can muster the courage to establish a new relationship, even if it's on her own terms.

Her journey out of the Stone Age hits freaky, hilarious turbulence when she joins an Internet dating service. The scammers and weirdoes she meets in cyberspace make Cindy want to crawl back into her cave, until she receives an accidental email from Jay DeMatteo.

Jay has the dating blues, too, but after meeting Cindy, reconsiders his options. Now it's up to him to convince her it's never too late to pursue a meaningful relationship, even when a couple is struggling with midlife adolescence.

Kindle Edition128 pages
Published September 14th 2012 by Jumping Jersey Jenkins Books

About The Author: 
Susan Jean Ricci
An Award-Winning, From Women’s Pens Author and Humorist, Best Selling Author Susan Jean Ricci is best known for her Cindy’s Crusades Series, starring the hilarious duo Cindy and Jay DeMatteo. These cherished characters are first introduced in the novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, and return to entertain you in the sequel The Sugar Ticket. Their mischief making continues in these shorts: Two Miracles for Christmas, A Valentine’s Day to Remember, and The Blind Seer. 

Most recently, Ms. Ricci’s novels have been included in the Sweet and Sassy Christmas - A Time for Romance Collection and the Unforgettable Christmas - Gifts of Love (The Unforgettables Book 3) Collection. Her novella When Saliors Play has been included in Uvi Poznansky’s Bestselling Anthology Love in Times of War. Her other titles are offered in the following anthologies: Unforgettable Heroes – Unforgettable Passion, and Sweet Heat – Where Love & Suspense Meet. 

Ms. Ricci’s Christmas stories and novellas have been published in the beloved Annie Acorn Christmas Treasuries 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. Other selections appear in Annie Acorn's Romance 2015 Treasury, Annie Acorn's Romance Treasury 2016, and Annie Acorn’s Spirited Tales 2015. All may be purchased as stand alone stories, as well as other her titles, including those smoking, hot novellas available in Ms. Ricci’s catalogue, The My Sexy Chef Series. 

Susan and her husband Joe live in a beautiful town near the sea, and when time allows, they love to travel. Together they have seven children and ten grandchildren.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Book Review: I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5) by Lauren Layne

I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5)
Title: I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5)

Author: Lauren Layne

Stars: 5 stars 

I think I love you is a cute fast pace romance that readers will love because it when best friends finally realize they are perfect for each other. This story isn't anything new but the author has created a cast of characters that readers will fall in love with. 
This is the first in the series I have read Oxford series but I plan to go back and start at the beginning.
Lauren Layne write fun, lovable characters that pop off the page as readers find romance for the first time all over again.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Loveswept for the advance copy of Lauren Layne I think I love you.

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?
Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.

 July 17th 2018 by Loveswept

About The Author:
Lauren Layne

I'm a New York Times bestselling romance author living my dream life, and an outspoken cheerleader for helping you live yours!

I believe that books with happy-endings are the best kind. I believe that champagne shouldn't be reserved for New Year's Eve and weddings. I believe that Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe had the right idea about nearly everything.
In addition to writing romance, I'm widly passionate about supporting aspiring writers, and am a pretty unabashed advocate for a more glamorous lifestyle!
Life's too short not to look and feel your best every day! So break out that wedding china! Drink your water out of your fanciest water glass! Quit saving that fabulous little black dress and splurgy bottle of champagne a special occasion. Your life is the occasion, and it's happening right now.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Book Review: Lord of Secrets (Rogues to Riches #5) by Erica Ridley

Lord of Secrets (Rogues to Riches, #5)
Title: Lord of Secrets (Rogues to Riches #5)

Author: Erica Ridley

Stars: 4 out of 5

An historical romance that encompasses an excellent group of people. It has a crossover of characters and events that will be familiar to readers of other stories by this accomplished author. All's well that ends well and this tale ends well for all concerned parties. The hero is untarnished and the heroine is beautiful and compassionate. 

I has rated this book 4 stars.

I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased opinion.

Thank you Frank for your review.

Heath Grenville is the problem-solver for London's elite. Unmask the devious cretin skewering the ton with audacious caricatures? With pleasure. His success should keep the powerful happy. But when his work leads him to a young lady outside his class, surely he won’t do anything so scandalous as to fall in love...

By day, Miss Eleanora Winfield is a proper, unremarkable paid companion. By night, Nora’s skillful hands sketch the infamous penny caricatures rocking high society. Nora desperately needs the money…and her anonymity. But how can she keep them both, when she’s fallen for the one man whose livelihood and reputation requires him to expose her?

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 middle of Budapest.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Book Review: Double Blind (Kendra Michaels #6) by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Double Blind (Kendra Michaels, #6)
Title: Double Blind (Kendra Michaels #6) 

Author(s): Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Stars: 4 out of 5

I wanted to love Double Blind by Iris and Roy Johnansen but for some reason this book was lacking.  They created an amazing synopsis that will have reader jumping for the book but fail to full fill those expectations.  IN many ways I felt like I was reading a half done super hero story that couldn't find its grove. 
The story was more about the relationship and less action packed as the other books in the series which seems to be the main drive of the series.  
While some readers will be happy to have more relationship development other will wonder where the voice of the series.
The author has an interesting voice and this book is a series and not a stand alone novel.  
Pushing though the book I found the story line to flow well and readers will enjoy the story as it builds into the next of the next Kendra Michael series.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher  St. Martin's Press for the advance copy of Iris and Roy Johansen Double Blind.

Kendra Michaels is reluctant to help the FBI with the most recent case they've brought to her...until she hears the details: The body was found just blocks away from Kendra’s condo. The man was carrying an envelope with Kendra’s name on it, and inside was an SD card with what appears to be an innocuous video of a wedding reception. And just one week before the attempted delivery of this mysterious video, the groom in the video was murdered. 

As the body count rises, Kendra joins forces with private investigator Jessie Mercado and agent-for-hire Adam Lynch as they discover that each victim played a part in convicting a serial killer years before. Someone has clearly taken up his mantle to exact a sadistic form of vengeance. But who is it? A family member? An old partner? Or is it possible that the wrong man was convicted and the serial killer himself has returned to continue his sick spree?

Hardcover336 pages
Expected publication: July 17th 2018 by St. Martin's Press

About The Author(s)

Roy Johansen is a New York Times-bestselling mystery/suspense author and screenwriter. 

He was awarded the Edgar Allen Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America in the Best Television Miniseries or Movie category for his original screenplay "Murder 101". He continues to write screenplays for Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Disney, and MGM.

He has written several mystery/suspense novels on his own, but Roy Johansen also collaborates with his mother, Iris Johansen, on several best-selling mystery novels, including Storm Cycle, The Hannah Bryson series, and The Kendra Michaels series.

Iris Johansen

Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great success. 

She lives in Georgia and is married. Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Her daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Book Review: Deadly Games (Dallas After Dark) by Karen Rock

Deadly Games (Dallas After Dark)
Title: Deadly Games (Dallas After Dark)
Author: Karen Rock

Stars: 2 stars 

Deadly Games is part of a series called Dallas After Dark. The story starts off with sex between two strangers. Nash Hawkins decides that after seeing Katherine Bowden from a distance she is the woman for him. The story is very predictable from the romance to the killer at the end of the story.
The author repeats the line "Arrogant, Cocky, egotistical man" in different areas of the book even if the words are moved around it is the same line with the same outcome.
The killer is obvious from the second the person is present to readers leaving them hoping the romance keeps them hooked to the one sided characters.
In the end the story falls flat, predictable and I won't remember this story from the hundreds other I have read that are the same story line.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Lyrical Liaison for the advance copy of Karen Rock Deadly Games

Special Agent Katherine Bowden doesn’t do girls’ nights out. She doesn’t do blazing hot dances with male strippers or unbelievable, uninhibited one-night-stands. If you ask her ex, all she does is work: study evidence, profile criminals, track them down. And now Katherine’s back home in Dallas, with a new set of all-male colleagues second-guessing her every move, and a possible serial killer hunting women just like her. But just this once, Katherine is going to try all those things she doesn’t do . . .
  Growing up on the Reservation led Nash Hawkins down paths he’d rather forget. When his dream of joining the police force was crushed, he turned his hard body and wicked imagination into a meal ticket. His chemistry with Katherine is like nothing he’s ever felt. And though he’s sure a woman like her won’t want to get seriously involved with him, Nash knows things—things that might help catch a killer. 
Nash and Katherine can save lives, if they put aside the desire that torments them both. But the closer they get, the more they have to lose .

Expected publication: July 17th 2018 by Lyrical Liaison

About The Author: 
Karen Rock
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary author. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time author. Her Harlequin Heartwarming novel, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN, has won the 2015 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award and the 2015 Booksellers Best Award. Her Heartwarming novel, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the 2014 Golden Quill Contest. Her co-authored YA novel, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards. When she's not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes, hiking and redesigning her gardens. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, daughter, and two lovable dogs who have yet to understand the concept of "fetch" though they know a lot about love. 

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