Monday, December 31, 2018

Book Review: Delta Force Die Hard (Red, White and Built: Pumped Up #3) by Carol Ericson

Delta Force Die Hard (Red, White and Built: Pumped Up #3)
Title: Delta Force Die Hard (Red, White and Built: Pumped Up #3)

Author: Carol Ericson

Stars: 3 1/2 stars

Review:
This is the 3rd in a series and while it is better than the first I still find myself struggling with the story.  Yes its has everything a Harlequin Intrigue read loves; Mystery, Romance, action, suspense murder and of course sex.
The story moves at a decent pace just enough detail without bombarding readers with useless details or characters.  
The lead characters needed more flushing out at times but all in all its was a decent read for a night.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Harlequin Intrigue for an advance copy of Carol Ericson Delta Force Die Hard.



Synopsis:
A soldier out for justice finds an unlikely ally 

And an even more unlikely attraction…

Determined to discover who’s framing his commander for terrorism, Delta Force captain Joe McVie is faced with a mission unlike any other. One that involves socialite do-gooder Hailey Duvall. But Hailey Duvall isn’t what she seems…which is why someone wants her dead. And why Joe knows he’ll put everything on the line to keep the innocent beauty safe.


Kindle Edition256 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Harlequin Intrigue

About The Author:

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Ericson/e/B001KC6B5K

Book Review: The Duke I Once Knew (Unlikely Duchesses #1) by Olivia Drake

The Duke I Once Knew (Unlikely Duchesses, #1)
Title: The Duke I Once Knew (Unlikely Duchesses #1) 

Author: Olivia Drake 

Stars: 4 stars

Review:
The youngest daughter, with 4 older siblings, finds her life being planned for her as if she had no desires of her own although she is only two weeks from turning  30. Having cared for her aging parents until their demise a year previously she knows she must rebel if she is to have any life to call her own. So she announces her intention to become a governess to a Dukes young sister. This is a Duke that she shared a blossoming romance with 15 years earlier. But the Duke has not been home for 15 years. Will fate intervene and true love find a way to come to the forefront? That is what makes this story a delightful read to enjoy from beginning to end.

I have rated this book 4 stars.

I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.

Thank you Frank for your Review!

Synopsis:
For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her aging parents and the children of her siblings. Now, eager to make her own life, she takes a position as governess on the neighboring estate. It shouldn’t matter that her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the infamous rake who once broke her youthful heart. Surely he’s forgotten her, for he hasn’t set foot on his estate for fifteen years. At least, that is, until he arrives unexpectedly.

Max is incensed to meet his sister’s new governess. But why does Abby appear just as displeased to see him when it was she who’d rejected him all those years ago? Why is he so drawn to the independent spinster she has become? And why is there a sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes that suggests they might have a second chance at love?


Mass Market Paperback336 pages
Expected publication: December 31st 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
About The Author:
Olivia Drake
Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism, Olivia Drake sold her first novel two weeks after sending it to a publisher. She now lives in Texas in a cozy cottage with a feisty cat, a loving husband, and two wonderful daughters who still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal. 

Many of you already know Olivia as Barbara Dawson Smith, author of 24 historical romance novels. She is a New York Times bestseller and winner of numerous honors, including the Golden Heart Award and the coveted Rita Award for excellence in the historical romance genre


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Book Review: Valentine Candy Murder by Leslie Meier


Title: Valentine Candy Murder 

Author:  Leslie Meier

Stars: 3

Review:
I'm not sure if the book is being republished or if it is suppose to feel dated.  While it is a fun story languages, setting and lingo seemed to date the story pulling readers out of the story. It is two books in one story but for some reason they do not feel as if they are book 1 and 2 but more book 1 and maybe book 4 or 5.

The Toddler in book one is now a teen in the next book. Confusing YES!

Having never read this author before I can't say I am looking forward to reading anymore stories bu her.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Kensington for the advance copy of Leslie Meier Valentine Candy Murder  



Synopsis:
Lucy has barely arrived at her first library board meeting when the new librarian is found dead in the basement. The agitated group assumes Bitsy Howell was killed by an outsider—until Detective Lt. Horowitz announces that the killer is among them. Lucy knew that Bitsy rubbed some people the wrong way. But she has a hunch the murderous motives run a lot deeper. And as she snoops into the curious lifestyles and shocking secrets of Tinker’s Cove’s most solid citizens, what she finds is far from hearts and flowers . . .
 
CHOCOLATE COVERED MURDER
 
Despite the frigid winter temperatures, to boost the economy, Tinker’s Cove is launching a travel promotion for Valentine’s Day. Lucy is assigned a puff piece on upscale Chanticleer Chocolate—and its deliciously handsome owner. But there’s another tantalizing tart behind the counter—sultry store manager Tamzin Graves. Leaving a throng of jealous women in her wake, it’s almost no surprise when Tamzin turns up dead, her body covered in chocolate. And as Lucy closes in on the culprit, she may find herself locked in the clutches of a half-baked killer .



Kindle Edition416 pages
Expected publication: December 18th 2018 by Kensington

About The Author:
Leslie MeierLeslie Meier lives in Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is the creator of 'Lucy Stone', a reporter and amateur sleuth in New England.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Book Review: Miami, Mistletoe & Murder (Red Stone Security #4) by Katie Reus

Miami, Mistletoe & Murder (Red Stone Security, #4)
Title: Miami, Mistletoe & Murder (Red Stone Security #4 Novella) 

Author:  Katie Reus

Stars:

Review:
It simple amazes me how an author can pack in so much information, excitement and romance in a few shot pages and have reader feel they almost read a full length novel.
If readers have read any of the Red Stone Security Stories this will be a fun addition to their collection.


Synopsis:
Fierce and sexy, former Marine Travis Sanchez has always held himself back from the rest of the world, using his tattoos and piercings as armor. But when the woman he’s wanted for months is threatened, he knows it's time to strip away the bad boy image and show her just how much he wants to be with her. As one of Red Stone Security’s best contractors, Travis is trained for almost any situation. But nothing prepares him for the most dangerous threat of all: the one to his heart.

Kind-hearted Noel Baskov’s only wish for the holidays is that her Miami coffee shop has a successful Christmas season. But her focus on work is interrupted when the family of the young girl she mentors is threatened, and the man she’s been lusting after for months steps in to handle it. Unfortunately the danger is far from over. Can this sexy and mysterious warrior protect Noel, or will he be the one to shatter her heart?

Warning: features a heroine determined to fight for those she cares about, a protective hero with a very interesting piercing, and some holiday magic




ebook87 pages
Published October 31st 2012

About The Author: 
Katie Reus
Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Book Review: Reckless Deceptions (Dallas after Dark #3) by Karen Rock

Reckless Deceptions (Dallas After Dark, #3)
Title: Reckless Deceptions (Dallas after Dark #3)

Author: Karen Rock 

Star:

Review:
Karen Rock is able to create two likable characters that develop friendship over time while trying to terrorist from ending everything they have worked so hard to save.
Erica is interesting character with more depth than I originally thought as I read the synopsis.  She is strong willed wanting to complete the mission she created even though David by the rules refuses see her for more than a wash up CIA agent.
The story moves quickly and effortlessly from beginning to end of the story keeping readers engaged.
The perfect story to curl up and read during the winter rights. The romance will keep readers warm.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Lyrical Liaison  for the advance copy of Karen Rock Reckless Deceptions

Synopsis:
Erica Keeley has always been willing to break the rules to catch a criminal, until her unorthodox tactics get her booted from the CIA and betrayed by the man she trusted. Now, gone rogue to stop a terrorist group, she’s working undercover at Dallas’s top male strip and burlesque club, dancing alongside sexy, sculpted men. Not that any of her co-workers give her the adrenaline rush she got from her former life. Erica hits the jackpot when she overhears her targets discussing a homegrown terrorist plot. But her last shot at redemption means getting up close and personal with her traitorous ex.
 
Control is what CIA officer David Arnell values above all things. Yet he was irresistibly drawn to Erica’s impulsive, uninhibited nature in the field—and in bed—until her bull-headed tactics risked the agency’s mission. Teaming up to stop a deadly attack, he’s falling again for this spontaneous, high-octane woman. And with Erica’s ties to the terrorists proving closer than either of them expected, the riskiest mission of all might be this second chance at love 


Kindle Edition
Expected publication: December 18th 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. http://www.karenrock.com

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Book Review: Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out by Samantha Brody ND

Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out
Title: Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out 

Author: Samantha Brody ND

Stars: 5 stars

Review:
I have been taking my time reading and rereading Overcoming Overwhelmed.  As a parent of 4 kids between 12-5 lets just say overwhelmed isn't even close to the word I would use most days.  I jumped at the chance to read this book when it come up on netgalley.
ND Samantha Brody gives readers a step by step guide for readers to find a balance and Sanity to take back control of out lives.  It is to help us find better health and peace of mind in our unbelievable crazy lives.

I love authors who gives readers a down to earth approach that this might not work or it might work.  They don't pretend everyone fits in the same box but she does gives you different approaches to help cope in health ways.
I love that the Author Samantha Brody gives read a way to figure out how to commit and say yes and when to say no in simple easy tools that anyone can follow. I plan on using with book with my children as they become overwhelmed in in school and life choices.

Thank you to Netgalley the Publisher for the advance copy  Samantha Brody ND Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out


Synopsis:
Do more. Be more. Try harder. It's the battle cry of our culture —and it's making millions of us sick, tired, and frustrated. Why? According to Dr. Samantha Brody, "We simply can’t solve stress and overwhelm by doing more and more of what we’ve been doing."
With Overcoming Overwhelm, this pioneering naturopathic physician offers an alternative. In this step-by-step guide, she helps us restore balance and sanity by showing how we can take back control of every dimension of our lives: our physical health, nutrition, commitments, work and home environments, relationships, and more. With practical guidance and many self-assessment tools, readers embark upon a simple four-step plan tailored to those unique issues—for better health, greater resilience, and peace of mind.

Paperback240 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Sounds True

About The Author:

With over 20 years of experience as an integrative physician practicing both Western and complementary medicine, I’m uniquely positioned to design a safe and effective health plan that is tailored to your needs, based on your individual health values. 
Licensed naturopathic physicians are unique in that we draw on the proven medical philosophies of various cultures and integrate these with modern scientific research. We also maintain that an underlying cause exists behind all disease and symptoms. We seek to address this underlying cause and restore the body back to health. In my practice I also have an emphasis on education and empower clients to take back control of their own health.
I received my doctoral degree in Naturopathic medicine in 1996 and a Masters degree in Classical Chinese Medicine in 2000 from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. I was licensed in 1996 and currently have a full scope of integrative primary care practice. My training included pre-med classes, four years of naturopathic school that includes traditional medical training—basic sciences, anatomy and physiology, pathology, diagnosis, pharmacology and pathology as well as complementary training in nutrition, physical medicine, herbal medicine, counseling, stress management, exercise therapeutics and more. My Chinese medical training includes extensive training in diagnosis, herbal medicine and acupuncture.
My undergraduate degree was started at Union College in Schenectady, NY and finished at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. I have a liberal arts BA with a concentration on psychology and pre-med.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Book Review: The Collector (The Bone Collector #2) by Fiona Cummins

The Collector (The Bone Collector, #2)
Title: The Collector (The Bone Collector #2)

Author:  Fiona Cummins

Stars: 3 Stars

Review:
I will be honest I wasn't a fan of the first book in the series I found the story telling basic as well as the characters very flat.  
I decided to try Finoa Cummins one more and I have to say I like this book better.  The author created it as a stand  a lone story for readers just starting the series. The characters had a little more dept, the story was more detailed and had me excited to read.  The story is slow once again but it was used to create the world and the characters and less details that were useless. 
The author uses different points of review that help readers understand the who why where when and how.  
I think fans of the series Bones will find this series someone they cam sink there teeth into.
Thank you Netgalley and the Publisher  Macmillan for the advance copy of Fiona Cummin The Collector.


Synopsis:
Jakey escaped with his life and moved to a new town. His rescue was a miracle but his parents know that the Collector is still out there, watching, waiting…

Clara, the girl he left behind, is clinging to the hope that someone will come and save her.

Life has fallen apart for Clara's mother as she starts to lose hope.

The Bone Collector has a new apprentice to take over his family's legacy. But he can't forget the boy who got away and the detective who had destroyed his dreams.

Detective Etta Fitzroy's life collapsed when the Collector escaped. With Clara still missing, and a new wave of uncannily similar murders beginning, will she be able to find him again?

The Collector is back and this time he has nothing to lose .


Hardcover400 pages
Published January 25th 2018 by Macmillan
About The Author:
Fiona Cummins
Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. She lives in Essex with her family. Rattle is her first novel.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Book Review: Deadly Past by Kris Rafferty

deadly past
Title:  Deadly Past 

Author: Kris Rafferty 

Stars: 3 Stars

Review:
Deadly Past starts off with a bang but soon slows down to a snails pace as Cynthia is being pushed around by Charlie her best friend she kissed. the story again picks up its pace only to slow down once again giving readers a unfocused roller coaster ride that can't seem to figure out where it is going,
Readers will questions the female lead who is suppose to be all about the rules but starts to break them before the story gets off the ground.  With that in mind the story lacks focus and isn't true to the characters the author paints.  Trust me you will be reminded many times how Cynthia is a rules follower and how out of character this is for her throughout the story to the point readers will want to yell we get it she follows the rules but this one times she decides to break every single one of them.
With that in mind the story isn't able to keep readers focus as the two characters negative the world they have been thrown into.
The story has the romance readers who love romantic suspense stories. The story falls flat many times having readers struggle though what feels like repeated story line.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Lyrical Liaison for the advance copy of Kris Rafferty's  Deadly Past 

Synopsis:
Cold, hard facts are what make or break a case for the FBI. But when there’s evidence that one of their own has been turned, there’s more on the line than the truth. There are personal bonds that can be stretched to the limit . . .

After blacking out, a discharged weapon and hazy memories put FBI profiler Cynthia Deming at the scene of a crime: the execution of six federal witnesses against the mob. The one and only person she can turn to for help is her best friend, Boston forensic pathologist Charlie Foulkes. It’s a relationship that no one on her team knows about—and it’s about to be tested by danger and desire . . .

Charlie knows that Cynthia is no killer. But as they embark on a shadow investigation to clear her name, evidence surfaces implicating him. With the conviction of a mob boss hanging in the balance, they’ll have to uncover who’s framing them to take the fall, and what lines they’re willing to cross—in their professional and personal lives—to prove that nothing will tear them apart.


Expected publication: December 11th 2018 by Lyrical Liaison

About The Author:
Kris Rafferty
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I am the youngest of four in a rambunctious Irish-American family. I became obsessed with books young, and still retain an image in my mind of the first book I took out of the library. I completed my first short story during “rest period” in first grade, first novel at eighteen, first rejection at eighteen…it took me a long time to believe I could be a writer, and longer to convince anyone else. Meanwhile, I filled the time earning my BA at U/Mass Boston, married the love of my life (who is also the baby of his family), had three perfect children (that I could wax poetic about for days, and often do), and got my third degree black belt in Parker Kenpo Karate (a life-changing event that took over a decade of challenging my mind and body). I’m a staunch advocate for people empowering themselves, emotionally and physically, to be their best selves, to not rely on others to keep them safe in a world that is not safe. And I believe creating/playing music is the closest thing to creating life that doesn’t eventually lead to diapers and drool. I play classical piano, love summer road trips, am a fanatic for warm water ocean, and one of my favorite things to do is to say I’ll start exercising tomorrow. 

Monday, December 17, 2018

Book Review: Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey by Alice Robb

Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey
Title: Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journe

Author: Alice Robb 

Stars: 4 Stars

Review:
As someone who struggles to find sleep for whatever reason if I dream when I wake up tried or not I am excited.  I am in late 30s OKOK I am going to turn 40 in January.  I find it harder and hard not only to sleep but dream.  I have been told dreams are a way for your mind to process the events of the day.  It takes everything you see, heard, watch, talked about and more and tries to make since of it as you dream.  I wish I had started a dream journal when I was younger.  
My sons tells me all the time if he is having a bad dream and can't wake up he takes control of his dream.  I ask for him to write them down all the time.

Alice Robb help readers realize that dreams are not just dreams or even understanding of ones day but it is a guide of ones mental health. Why We Dream is a blend of psychology and dream analysis.  Depending on your mind set this can change your life and make you a believer or you will talk away finding interesting topic but still sleep with or without dreams.
Thank you Netgalley and the Publisher Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for an advance copy of Alice Robb Why We Dream. 


Synopsis:
While on a research trip in Peru, science journalist Alice Robb became hooked on lucid dreaming—the uncanny phenomenon in which a sleeping person can realize that they’re dreaming and even control the dreamed experience. Finding these forays both puzzling and exhilarating, Robb dug deeper into the science of dreams at an extremely opportune moment: just as researchers began to understand why dreams exist. They aren’t just random events; they have clear purposes. They help us learn and even overcome psychic trauma.

Robb draws on fresh and forgotten research, as well as her experience and that of other dream experts, to show why dreams are vital to our emotional and physical health. She explains how we can remember our dreams better—and why we should. She traces the intricate links between dreaming and creativity, and even offers advice on how we can relish the intense adventure of lucid dreaming for ourselves.

Why We Dream is a clear-eyed, cutting-edge examination of the meaning and purpose of our nightly visions and a guide to changing our dream lives—and making our waking lives richer, healthier, and happier.



Hardcover272 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

About The Author
Alice Robb
I wrote a book called Why We Dream. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on November 20, 2018 and you can buy it here. It’s been recommended by Vogue, Elle, TIME, LitHub, New York and The London Evening Standard.
The New Yorker says it’s “a spirited rebuke to the idea of sleep as a mere parting with consciousness… she is able to tread a careful and persuasive line between robust skepticism and open-mindedness…Part of the charm of Robb’s book lies in her willingness to journey beyond the bounds of what is scientifically verifiable—to embrace the strictly unrigorous ways in which humans attempt to extract meaning from their dream lives….In celebrating dreams as poetic artifacts, Robb offers a welcome antidote to the medicine administered by most sleep gurus. She is a more persuasive sleep saleswoman precisely because she does not champion slumber solely as a mental-health aid—an enhancer of acuity and efficiency, and so forth—but as an end in itself.”
I have written for The New Republic (where I was a staff writer), New YorkThe New StatesmanThe AtlanticElleForeign Policy, The Washington PostVice, The BBC and British Vogue. My work has been republished by Slate, CNN, The Week, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Town & Country.
I graduated from Oxford with a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Book Review: The Billionaire's Last Chance (The Beaumont Brothers, #3) by Leslie North

The Billionaire's Last Chance (The Beaumont Brothers, #3)
Title: The Billionaire's Last Chance (The Beaumont Brothers, #3) 

Author:  Leslie North 

Stars: 5 stars 

Review:
Leslie North is a hit or miss for me.  I have read a lot of her different series and I can't say there is one I am in love with.  However sometimes within her series I find a gem I fall in love with.  Either the Characters, Story, or just her writing style.  This time it was the banter between the two lead characters was fun, moved with ease throughout the story and written perfectly.  Readers know the ending of the story before they get close to the end and yet the this story will keep readers hook.  Connall Beaumont, is a little to perfect but hey its a romance right.  Bernadette is the perfect blend of humor, femininity with her giggles and girl next door charm.  All in the background of a Billionaire who can have anything, anyone and be anywhere.

I usually avoid these stories because of how cheesy they tend to be.  Yet here I am singing the books praises.  Yes there is hot sex scenes but it flows into the story naturally.

This is a stand a lone or read as part of the series readers will not be left behind with what they choose.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Relay Publishing for a copy of Leslie North The Billionaire's Last Chance 

Synopsis:
Connall Beaumont, CEO and COO of B3 Motors, needs a wife in less than two months or he will lose the business he and his brothers have spent years building. Connall never expected that the stunningly beautiful woman he met at a bar is the daughter of the lawyer who’s executing his grandfather’s will—a will Connall would do just about anything to get his hands on in order to save his company and the livelihoods of the people who work for him. If putting his hands on a beautiful woman will get him closer to that goal, then he’s game. Besides, there’s something about Bernadette Rowland that has him thinking she could be more than just a pawn in his grandfather’s game. 

Bernadette wasn’t looking for a man, but when Connall inserted himself into her life, she didn’t put up much of a struggle. He’s sexy and smart and seems genuinely interested in her work as a wolf researcher. Bernadette can’t resist his charm and before long, she’s swept up into a world far away from the isolation and loneliness of the Montana wilderness. But just when she thinks she’s found someone who could be her mate for life, she discovers the real reason he’s been piling on the charm, and their perfect romance crumbles. 

Can two people who are worlds apart find happiness together or are they each destined for life as a lone wolf?



Kindle Edition136 pages
Published November 19th 2018 by Relay Publishing

About The Author:
Leslie North
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Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women's contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres. 

The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren't afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east. 

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie. 

She LOVES reader feedback, and if you have any comments, don't hesitate to contact her on Goodreads.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Book Review: Buried Lies (Crimson Point #2) by Kaylea Cross

Buried Lies (Crimson Point, #2)
Title: Buried Lies (Crimson Point #2)

Author: Kaylea Cross

Stars: 5 Stars

Review:
Readers if you haven't read the first one no big deal this can be read as a stand a lone novel.  However all I can say is if at the end of this book you don't want to move to Crimson Point than what is wrong with you.
Kaylea Cross has the ability to bring to life a small town on the Oregon Coast that will have readers falling in love with the location, town as well as the characters that are threaded though the story.
The town becomes a characters in its own right.
While the story has your typical romantic suspense, sexual tension and evil.  The story isn't just about love but loyalty, overcoming the past, not allowing someone else to control who you are and who you want to become.  Bullies are bullies some figure out what they have done and apologize for it.  Other will forever be a bully.  Poppy is strong enough to overcome the Bullies of her past and fight for the future she wants.
Readers will fall head over heels with Poppy.
Buried Lies has an amzing message that readers will find heart warming.
Kaylea Cross you have out down yourself once again.  This is a series I can't miss.

Thank you to Netgalley and the author for a copy of Kaylea Cross Buried Lies.

Synopsis:
She left her painful past behind. 

Poppy Larsen is finally free. She moved to Crimson Point to make a new life for herself, full of bright possibilities. A whole new world awaits her, if she can find the courage to trust again—even her gorgeous neighbor, the town sheriff. But darkness lurks in the picturesque Oregon Coast town, concealing a deadly threat that’s closer than she ever imagined. 

Now a killer is watching her from the shadows. 

Sheriff Noah Buchanan can’t help but be intrigued by his new neighbor. She’s hard working, sexy as hell, and unlike most of the women in town, she hasn’t thrown herself at him. After it becomes clear that she plans to put down roots here, he finds himself falling more and more for Poppy and her big heart. When someone from her past tries to hurt her, it triggers all his protective instincts. But the real danger is hiding in plain sight. When the unthinkable happens, Noah is thrust into a race against time to save her before it’s too late. 

Kindle Edition228 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Kaylea Cross Inc.

About The Author:

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Book Review: Special Agent Finnegan (Undercover FBI #2) by Mimi Barbour

Special Agent Finnegan (Undercover FBI, #2)
Title:  Special Agent Finnegan (Undercover FBI #2)

Author:  Mimi Barbour 

Stars: 4 stars

Review:
The author Mimi Barbour doesn't disappoint with her ability to tell stories that bring emotion, excitement and down right action pack in a nice little wrapping.  Readers will finish the book before they even know it and will be wanting more.
This can be read as a stand a lone novel or as part of the series either way Readers will not be disappointed.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Sarna Publishing for a copy of Mimi Barbour Special Agent Finnegan

Synopsis:
When Special Agent Finnegan O'Reilly gets shot, and the news brings on his father’s heart attack, he decides to take leave from more undercover assignments. The O'Reilly has suffered enough and Finnegan can’t be the cause of more distress for this beloved old rascal. Then his boss forces one more case on him - to take place in their own pub. Acting as the target to expose serial, suicide killers rampaging through New York City, Finn must play the part of a wife-beater, a cheating husband and an all-time jerk. No problem, until he meets his make-believe wife. 

RenĂ©e Knight enjoys her job as a New York City cop. Her disguises have become a permanent fixture in her life. No one really knows what she looks like except for the father she loves fiercely… the man, whose suicide makes no sense. If it means going undercover in an Irish pub where the culprits hang out, she’s their girl. Playing the victim wife of the bar owner to catch the killers—easy. But they never intend for her to fall for this guy, she does this all on her own. Now she has to hire the assassins to arrange his suicide. Will she catch them, before they complete the mission? 



Kindle Edition251 pages
Published October 30th 2014 by Sarna Publishing

About The author:
Mimi Barbour
Mimi is an incredibly busy NYT and USA Today award-winning, best-selling author who has seven series to her credit. The Vicarage Bench Series – Spirit/Time -Travel tales that have a surprising twist / The Angels with Attitude Series – Angels Love Romance / The Elvis Series – Make an Elvis song a book / Vegas Series – 6 books full of romantic suspense, humor and gritty conflicts / and… the fast-paced, edgy, humorous, romantic suspense, Undercover FBI Series /The Holiday Heatwarmer Series - puppies become cupids. And the latest, explosive Mob Tracker Series - five books full of conflicts and characters you'll hate to leave.
Mimi lives on the East coast of Vancouver Island with her husband and writes her various romances with tongue in cheek and a mad glint in her eye. She’s been known to say: “If I can steal a booklover’s attention away from their every-day grind, absorb them into a fantasy love story, and make them care about the ending, then I’ve done my job.”

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Book Review: Mission: Impossible to Resist (Impossible Mission Romantic Suspense Series, #1) by Jacki Delecki

Mission: Impossible to Resist (Impossible Mission Romantic Suspense Series, #1)
Title:  Impossible to Resist (Impossible Mission Romantic Suspense Series, #1) 

Author: Jacki Delecki

Stars: 4 stars

Review:
Impossible to Resist as a whole is a fast pace romantic suspense but it take a long time for the story to really take off.  The author repeats herself many times that can be frustrating for some readers while other will pass over the information and keep on reading as Jordan is about to be thrown into a world of the unknown and Aiden will do everything to protect her.
This is a great beginning to a series I can't wait to get my hands on.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Doe Bay Publishing LLC for a copy of Jacki Delecki Impossible to Resist 

Synopsis:
She's beauty, brains, and trouble.

With Daddy's money, life could have been one continuous party for Seattle socialite Jordan Dean. Instead she chose college and a career. She doesn't have time for love or men--not with work and the responsibilities of raising her younger sister. But when her sister is kidnapped and a sexy Special Ops bodyguard is suddenly thrust into her life, Jordan must let go of her tightly controlled world and accept help from the one man who poses a huge risk to her well-guarded heart.

He's in the wrong place at the right time .

Delta Operator Aiden Foster was more than willing to do a favor for his buddy, but why did it have to be guarding a spoiled debutante? Aiden has zero interest in babysitting a rich girl for a week, but when he meets the reserved scientist, his opinion does an about-face. When Chinese terrorists kidnap Jordan's sister, it's assumed the girls' billionaire father will be asked for ransom. Instead, the kidnappers want something that could lead to an international disaster. Once Jordan and Aiden discover she's been betrayed by someone close to her, there's no one to trust but each other.

Time is already running out, but when Jordan is taken hostage too, Aiden is faced with near impossible odds. Can his beautiful woman use her brains to keep herself and her sister alive long enough for him find them?
 


Kindle Edition
Published October 18th 2018 by Doe Bay Publishing LLC

About The Author:
Jacki Delecki
Jacki Delecki is a bestselling romantic suspense author whose stories are filled with heart-pounding adventure, danger, intrigue, and romance. Her books have consistently received rave reviews, and AN INNER FIRE was chosen as an Editor's Selection by USA Today. Currently, she has three series: the contemporary romantic suspense Impossible Mission, featuring Delta Force operatives; Grayce Walters, contemporary romantic suspense following a Seattle animal acupuncturist with a nose for crime; and the Code Breakers, Regency suspenses set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Delecki's stories reflect her lifelong love affair with the arts and history. When not writing, she volunteers for Seattle's Ballet and Opera Companies, and leads children's tours of Pike Street Market.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Book Review Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones

Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2)
Title: Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2)

Author: Darynda Jones 

Stars: 4 Stars

Review:
I know it is never a good idea to pick up a book in a series and not start with book 1.  Well I did and the author is able to get readers up to date without taking up half the book to do it.
The story is full of one liners that at times takes away from the story but will have readers laughing out loud. The characters are very light for the topic and Charley Davidson will have readers following her not matter where she goes or what she does because the humor follow.

I can't wait to see what happens next in the series
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher  St. Martin's Press for a copy of Darynda Jones Second Grave On the Left.

Synopsis:
Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper Extraordinaire, is back in this sexy, suspenseful novel of supernatural shenanigans When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she cant help but wonder what Cookies up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a womans name. Mimis husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message. Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. Hes left his body because hes being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes cant let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, theyll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heavenwell, lets just say it wouldnt be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do? 


Hardcover307 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by St. Martin's Press

About The Author:
Darynda Jones
NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Book Review: Beachcomber Investigations (Beachcomber Investigations #1) by Stephanie Queen


Title: Beachcomber Investigations (Beachcomber Investigations #1)

Author: Stephanie Queen

Stars: 4 stars

Review:
Beachcomber Investigation is a blend of sexual tension, mystery, mix of odd and fun characters that bring laughs, fun and story that readers will not want to put down.
Dane is ex special ops and Shana is an Aussie surfer chick and ex-Scotland Yard detective. The author is able to make the love hate relationship work without leaving readers rolling their eyes at some of the lines.  Instead readers will find they the characters are perfect blend of the classic TV PI shows.
I can't wait to pick up the next in the series.


Thank you to Netgelly for a copy of Stephanie Queen Beachcomber Investigations. 

Synopsis:
A romantic detective series novel
Ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise is desperate to recruit Shana George away from Scotland Yard to partner with him in his new venture, Beachcomber Investigations. She has impressive skills and if he’s honest, he needs her to keep him grounded. But most of all, Dane wants to keep Shana on the island of Martha's Vineyard because he can't get past his insane longing for her.
Shana’s boss David Young forces her to decide on the spot when he assigns an important case to Beachcomber Investigations. She chooses to partner with Dane, going with her gut--or more accurately her heart--rather than her brains. They may be good partners in crime-fighting, but they are all wrong for each other in every other way possible. He's soulless and lost and likely has more wounds from his past than the bullet and knife scars scorching his body. But she's crazy. About him.
Their big assignment is to protect Dane's old special ops buddy, Acer. They need to find whoever paid a sniper to take a shot at Acer--before the sniper takes another shot and doesn't miss.
Dane and Shana need to be on top of their game to keep Acer alive, and not on top of each other. But each of them is secretly worried whether that’s possible--and worried about what will happen if it’s not.


ebook
Published November 2nd 2015 by Smashwords Edition

About The Author:

Stephanie Queen has always been a writer–ever since second grade when the Nuns of Sacred Heart School got her hooked by offering fame–though not fortune–when she won first prize in their story contest. That was her first publishing gig.
Since then Stephanie kept writing in the background while she built up a catalogue of life experiences. She went to UConn, got married had two sons who could star as heroes in any lucky girl’s romance story, got a Masters degree at Harvard University, worked a few jobs–Math teacher, Keebler Elf and desk jockey at various cubicle farms doing bureaucratic things. Then she finally put writing stories back into the foreground.
Since then, Stephanie has published more than twenty-five novels and novellas. She teaches a class in novel writing and also speaks at libraries, conferences and workshops on writing and publishing.
“One of my all-time favorite things in the world is to hear from readers who enjoy my books. I love to write back, too. If you email me, I will reply!”

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