Monday, April 23, 2018

Book Review: Wanted For Life by Allison B. Hanson

Wanted For Life by Allison B. Hanson
Title:  Wanted For Life 

Author:  Allison B. Hanson

Star: 5

This is the second book I have read in the series Love Under Fire.  If you read my review of Witness In the Dark than you know I didn't care much for the book.
Wanted for Life is similar to Witness in the The Dark. However this time the author is able to better  her vision to life without using over the top cliche. The story has better pacing that will keep from flipping pages to discover the mystery killer.

Allison Hanson takes a very dark and twisted past story and bring it to the light giving the demons of the past very little power for the future that Angel had always wanted. The story will have readers remember our past do not define us but help make us stronger if we fight.  If we live in the past you can't move forward. Angel and Colton learn grow and find how to balance the part with the future in a way readers will want more after the story has ended.

Wanted For life has a strong beginning, mix of action, romance character building in the middle and a great ending that will have readers satisfied. Wanted For life is better paced them the previous story, less cliche, and witty humor. The perfect blend for a romantic suspense story. 

 Allison B. Hanson's Wanted For Life is part of a series. This story can be read as a stand alone novel.
I can't wait to see what the author has next for the characters in the Love Under Fire Series.

Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher Entangled Publisher LLC Amara for the advance copy of Allison B. Hanson Wanted For Life (Love Under Fire Series) 

Deputy Marshal Angel Larson has been set up and accused of murder. On the run, desperate to stay one step ahead of the law and the real killer, she turns to a former protectee in a small town—the man who's haunted her dreams...and fantasies...ever since. 

Former DEA agent Colton Williamson misses the action of his past life since entering witness protection as a high school math teacher. He also misses Angel, who refused to join him in his new life. Now it’s Angel who’s in trouble, and Colton can’t help but be there for her—before it's too late. 

But the killer may be closer to them than they think.

About The Author:
Allison B. Hanson
Allison lives near Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her contemporary romances include paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery suspense. She enjoys candy immensely, as well as long motorcycle rides, and running.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Book Review: Forbidden (House of Sin #1) by Elisabeth Naughton

Forbidden (House of Sin #1)

Title: Forbidden (House of Sin #1)

Author: Elisabeth Naughton 

Stars: 3

This isn't the first book I have read by Elisabeth Naughton. 
Forbidden is the first in a 3 book series that follow two main characters into a dark world or possession, obsession and Sex.

Trust me I understand the series is called House of Sin but still the story disappeared and is replaced with graphic sex scenes readers will either flip though or enjoy.

Before anyone picks up the book they are warned in a blurb "**WARNING!**
This book is very sexy, very dark, and very addictive! Contains consensual kink and a dark and dominant hero with a dangerous secret. This is a big story that can't be told in only one book so there is a cliffhanger"

The story is interesting but the erotic sex scene take away from whatever story you might to be reading to the point readers will be flipping though at least 75% of the book to find the story and the dark hidden secret.

I was disappointed not with the sex scenes while there were many and readers will need a glass of water and a window open. The main story didn't pick up until the last 10% of the book.   We were give two points of view and yet we didn't learn anything about the family until the last part of the book which ends in a cliff hanger. 

I wish the story not the sex was the main focus of Forbidden. That being said the writing is well done and everything is paced well throughout the book

Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the advance copy of Forbidden
by Elisabeth Naughton

he has no idea what lurks behind the forbidden doors of the House of Sin...

He is temptation. Forbidden fruit. A craving I can’t seem to resist. 

I went after him in search of answers, certain he had blood on his hands. Now I’ve fallen prey to his seductive looks and commanding charisma.

I know he is a threat. He's entwined in a dangerous world I don't understand. But even that doesn’t stop me from aching for his touch, for the taste of his wicked lips.

Before I can truly surrender to the fire smoldering between us, I need to know more. I have to see behind the doors he keeps firmly locked.

I need to discover what he's hiding in the shadowy world known as the House of Sin...

This book is very sexy, very dark, and very addictive! Contains consensual kink and a dark and dominant hero with a dangerous secret. This is a big story that can't be told in only one book so there is a cliffhanger - but never fear, book two releases three weeks later. The release schedule is as follows:

Books in the House of Sin Series:
FORBIDDEN -- Book 1 -- April 24, 2018
DECEIVED -- Book 2 -- May 15, 2018
UNDONE -- Book 3 - June 5, 2018

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.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Book Review: Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self by Heidi Schauster

Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self
Title Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self

Author:  Heidi Schauster, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S,


Words can no express how much this book should be apart of anyone with any kind of eating disorder Therapy.
I cried, I laughed and I realized I have so much more work ahead. Healing isn't a time table it is steps and Nourish has wonderful steps and a author has a good since of humor. She isn't shaming, or telling you want to do and said stated "Take this with a grain of Salt." 

This a person who is surviving an eating disorder since the age of 12 years old this book is nothing new. It wasn't until I was married with children of my own did I realize my how unhealthy my relationship with food has been and will be until I stop it. This message isn't anything new if you have been to therapy for any type of eating disorder over, under ect.

This book sets itself apart with the Dr Heidi Schauster who lets readers know she makes mistakes and take everything she has written with a grain of salt. She had and I assume still has issues with food which makes this book set apart from all the other over and under eating books because she has the fight too. Heidi makes it real, there is no shaming, disagree when you fight with your personal demons. Its apart of life that reads will need to work on with the different steps she present.

The Author makes many reference to other books within her book and I plan to pick up a few of those as well.
As a blogger I read this book from cover to cover . It hit me like a ton of bricks even after 3 years in therapy and another 4 with a different therapy I still do not like food. The author ask a lot of questions but the one I didn't realize I hadn't ask my self WHAT do I want to eat? No what I think I should eat or what calories I can consume and be ok with. She has readers ask themselves When you think of chocolate cake is it Celebration or Punishment? 
I dread that work my husband celebrates when he hears that word. This book put into words how I feel about food with quotes, diagrams, ideas, suggestions and concepts that I need to work on daily to find peace with my body, food and self.
I am starting this book over to work on the different steps. I can tell you Step 5 is the beginning of the harder steps.

Thank you to publisher for asking me to read this book and review it. I can be honest it has changed my life and my therapist is picking up a copy as well. 
This is my honest review.

Eat less. Eat clean. Avoid these foods. Eating is a life-giving pleasure, but confusing messages from the diet and nutrition industries may leave you wondering what to eat. Do you find yourself:

Eating food that doesn't nourish or energize you? Munching mindlessly or emotionally? Flipping between feeling "good" and "bad" about your eating? Thinking about food and your body more than you'd like? Discover how to trust your body, and to eat with love and common sense:

Eat without deprivation or overeating Accept your body and trust its wisdom Deal with setbacks, destructive thoughts, and self-defeating attitudes Create healthy habits to nurture yourself Ditch dieting so you free yourself to live a life you love. Nourish will guide you to transform your eating from self-control to self-love, using a 10-step healing process. In this book, Heidi Schauster, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, founder of Nourishing Words Nutrition Therapy, shares 20 years of wisdom from her Boston-area practice treating disordered and emotional eating.

About The Author:
Heidi Schauster
Heidi Schauster, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S is a nutrition therapist with over 20 years of experience in the field of eating disorders and emotional eating issues. She is a writer, consultant, and certified eating disorders registered dietitian, based in the Greater Boston area. Heidi is the founder of Nourishing Words Nutrition Therapy, facilitates the No Diet Book Clubs, and supervises other nutrition therapists in the field of eating disorders. Heidi lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with her partner David and twin daughters, Ava and Kyla. Heidi and her family enjoy hiking, swimming, herb gardening, tea-making, story-telling, and professional stilt performing. Heidi enjoys most food that is lovingly and consciously prepared, especially if it’s followed by a dish-washing dance party.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Book Review: One Last Breath by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush

One Last Breath
Title: One Last Breath 

Author(S)  Lisa Jackson and  Nancy Bush

Star: 3

One Last Breathe pulls readers in but soon puts them to sleep as the story drags on until almost the end of the story than it picks up once again. The problem is getting though the slow parts of the book.
The characters are flat and have very little interest to keep this reader wanting more.  Pushing though the story finding that Rory isn't feisty but the female lead you start to hate.  Instead of going to the man she "Loves" she runs away to the point it becomes an eye rolling scenes.

One Last Breath isn't much more than a blip on the spring to read pile.

Thank you to Netgalley and Zebra for the advance copy of Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush One Last Breath.

Rory Abernathy’s wedding to Liam Bastian turned into a bloodbath. She fled after stabbing a masked intruder, just before a gunman opened fire on the wedding party. Five years on, Rory still has no idea who was behind the attacks. Fearful she and her daughter remain targets, she’s made a new life far from Liam and the wealthy, powerful Bastians.
But even in remote Point Roberts, Washington, she can’t hide from the past. Liam tracks Rory down, stunned to learn they have a child. Did someone in Rory’s family try to kill him for his portion of the Bastian estate? As they gradually overcome distrust in search of the truth, Rory knows one thing for certain: someone is watching her…
Time has passed, but the killer’s need for vengeance hasn’t. And as a nightmare stirs to life again, Rory will find that this time, there’s nowhere left to run…

About The Author:(S)
Lisa Jackson
Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Timesbestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver.  She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages.  

Before she became a nationally bestselling author, Lisa Jackson was a mother struggling to keep food on the table by writing novels, hoping against hope that someone would pay her for them. Today, neck deep in murder, her books appear on The New York Times, the USA Today,and the Publishers Weekly national bestseller lists.

With over thirty bestsellers to her name, Lisa Jackson is a master of taking readers to the edge of sanity – and back – in novels that buzz with dangerous secrets and deadly passions.  She continues to be fascinated by the minds and motives of both her killers and their pursuers—the personal, the professional and downright twisted.  As she builds the puzzle of relationships, actions, clues, lies and personal histories that haunt her protagonists, she must also confront the fear and terror faced by her victims, and the harsh and enduring truth that, in the real world, terror and madness touch far too many lives and families.  

Nancy Bush
Bestselling author Nancy Bush has had an eclectic writing career. She started her first story when she heard how young mothers were making money writing romance novels. She thought, “I can do that,” and talked her sister, bestselling author, Lisa Jackson, into joining her in her foray into writing. At the time Nancy was a young mother herself. Now, she says she's just…a mother.

Nancy began her career in the romance genre, writing both contemporary and historical novels, but being a mystery buff, she kept trying to add suspense into the plot, as much as her editors would allow. In 2002 she was chosen by ABC Television to be part of a writing group “think tank” which was tasked with developing story for ABC's daytime dramas. She was one of two people selected from that group to actually become a breakdown writer for, at the time, one of ABC's top-rated daytime shows: ALL MY CHILDREN. Nancy made the move to New York to join the AMC team while she was writing for the soap. That was an experience, she admits. Ask her, and she'll swear that the pressure cooker of delivering story every day – lots and lots of story -- helped focus her writing.

When Nancy returned to her home state of Oregon she channeled that newfound energy into writing the kind of books she's always loved: mysteries. She wrote three Jane Kelly Mystery novels in the space of three years, and has another one currently in proposal form. The last several years she's turned her attention to romantic suspense novels, writing both with her sister and on her own. Like Lisa, sh e's now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, both in her co-writing ventures and on her own merits as well.

Nancy's latest project? Summer 2012 is the kick off for her newest suspense series with NOWHERE TO RUN debuting in August and NOWHERE TO HIDE in September. A third ‘Nowhere' book is scheduled for next year.

Nancy has recently received the rights back to many of her earlier novels and the Danner Quartet, one of her most beloved series, is available again in e-book form. LADY SUNDOWN, MIRACLE JONES, JESSE'S RENEGADE and SCANDAL'S DARLING follow the ups and downs of the irrepressible Danner family in turn of the century Oregon. Nancy also has a number of contemporary romances that have been updated and reformatted and now have new life as e-books. Look for THE PRINCESS AND THE PAUPER, DEAR DIARY, and the Summer Lovin' Duets: SUMMERTIME BLUES and IMAGINARY LOVER along with many more in the coming months.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Book Review: Fast Fury (DEA FAST #5) by Kaylea Cross

Fast Fury (DEA FAST #5)
Title:  Fast Fury (DEA FAST #5) 

Author: Kaylea Cross

Stars: 4 

Fast Fury is like its title a fast pace romance that will keep readers falling in love with Abby and Kai.  Kaylea Cross series are all the same with the characters have flaws that no one else seem to understand until they meet the ones.
 The men are alpha the woman can hold their own in the stories. Abby isn't any different the sexual tension is enough to melt the pages you are reading.
Kaylea Cross is able to make the characters real enough that readers will feel a connection that keeps them hooked to the series.
Thank you to the author Kaylea Cross and Netgalley for a copy of Fast Fury (DEA FAST #5) 

Abby McKinley misses her sexy former neighbor from across the hall more than she expected—because he means more to her than she was ready to admit. When she learns the feeling is mutual, she balks at the idea of getting involved with a man who is sure to break her heart. But the pull between them is too strong to deny. Putting caution aside, she agrees to meet up with him in Maui and see where things go. Then, just as she begins to lose her heart to him, her trip to paradise turns into a waking nightmare. 

He’ll do whatever it takes to make her his. 

With a series of bad relationships under his belt, FAST Bravo member Kai Maka is ready for something real, and he wants it with Abby. Spending time with her on his home island of Maui gives him the perfect chance to show her how good they could be together. But a shadow has followed him home. A deadly drug cartel has set its sights on him, putting him and those close to him in the crosshairs. When unimaginable tragedy strikes, Kai is powerless to stop it. In the wake of that loss, he’s more determined than ever to keep Abby safe. But he can’t protect her from a threat he can’t see coming. If he can’t stop it in time, Kai will be forced to watch the woman he loves die. 

About The Author:
Kaylea Cross
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards and has been nominated for both the Daphne du Maurier and the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.

Kaylea loves to hear from readers, so please feel free to drop me a line and say hello.

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