Friday, November 30, 2018

Book Review: Hearts of the Missing: A Mystery by Carol Potenza

Hearts of the Missing: A Mystery
Title: Hearts of the Missing

Author: Carol Potenza

Stars: 3 1/2 stars

Hearts of the Missing is a police procedural story that isn't able to find the right flow making the story feel jerky and a little too messy. The story throws readers right in with very little back story that could cause readers to becomes lost at times with who does what and why.  The characters at times lack focus for being police which makes the story once again a little too stop and go feeling.
While the story its selves is interesting giving readers a in-depth look at fire-Sky customs as was as Native Americans traditions it gets lost in the stories inability to flow.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher  Minotaur Books for the advance copy of Carol Potenza Hearts of the Missing.

When a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire-Sky tribal members commits suicide, Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews is assigned to the case. As the evidence leads her to a shocking discovery, she uncovers not only murder but an ominous, vengeful twist that strikes at the very core of what it means to be a member of the Fire-Sky People. With an intimate knowledge of Fire-Sky customs and traditions, the killer ensures the spirits of those targeted will wander lost forever. As Nicky closes in on the murderer, those closest to her are put in jeopardy. She realizes she must be willing to sacrifice everything--her career, her life, and even her soul--to save the people she is sworn to protect.

Expected publication: December 4th 2018 by Minotaur Books

About The Author: 
Carol Potenza
A biochemistry professor at New Mexico State University, Carol decided to write for something to do after her kids went off to adulthood. Hearts of the Missing is her debut novel. It won the Tony Hillerman Prize in 2017. She keeps busy teaching biochemistry and writing the next book in the Nicky Matthews series which will always include (1) science twisted into science 'fiction', (2) some paranormal because a number of her relatives are 'sensitive' (she is not) and have GREAT ghost stories that she weaves into the fabric of her books, and--of course--(3) murder.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Book Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Duke (The Cavensham Heiresses #4) by Janna MacGregor

The Good, the Bad, and the Duke (The Cavensham Heiresses #4)
Title: The Good, the Bad, and the Duke (The Cavensham Heiresses #4)

Author:  Janna MacGregor

Stars: 4 stars

A great historical romance that was able to keep my interest from beginning to end. Our heroine is in love, from an early age, with our young, second son, of a Duke. Move forward 16 years and we find our second son has become the Duke after the death of his older brother and father which is a title he does not want. In addition, owing to his life style up to that point, he has alienated the heroine's family and extended family. Is it possible for the heroine and hero to rekindle their love and rejoin severed family relationships? Do miracles still happen? You will be rooting for this couple from the beginning to the end of this excellent story.

I have rated this book 4 stars and recommend it to you.

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

Lady Daphne Hallworth is ready to celebrate the holidays with her family. But when they accidentally leave her home alone, Daphne uses the time to work on her dream—opening a home for unwed mothers. But her quest isn’t problem-free: She’s in a battle to win the property for the home against her brother’s best friend-turned-enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. And that’s not all: someone has stolen her personal diary, which holds secrets that could devastate her family. Daphne has always harbored private feelings for the man her family scorns…though perhaps striking a bargain with the handsome Duke will solve both their problems?

Paul, long considered good for nothing, aims to open a hospital to honor his brother and restore his reputation. So when a conflict over the land brings him straight into Daphne’s life, they make a deal: He will help her find her diary if Daphne can change her family’s opinion of him. But before he can win her family’s affection, he has to win hers first. Maybe love was the answer to their family feud all along?

Mass Market Paperback368 pages
Expected publication: November 27th 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks

About The Author:
Janna MacGregor
Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs. She loves to hear from readers.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Book Review: Hard Night (11th Hour #3) by Jackie Ashenden

Hard Night (11th Hour #3)
Title: Hard Night (11th Hour #3)

Author: Jackie Ashenden 

Stars: 2 Stars out of 5

I am not sure if it is the authors writing style or the story but Hard Might just doesn't click together making it a somewhat hard and boring read.  As readers we always suspension of belief but at times even this story was too over the top and didn't make any since.
The story throws two people together and bam lots of sex. Which then leaves very little times for the story to evolve.
The author Jackie Adhendenn tried to create a sexual tension with a push pull reaction to things but in the end everything falls flat lacking the desired outcome. 
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher Kensington Books for the Advance copy of Jackie Adhendenn Hard Night

Made up of former soldiers, the men of the 11th Hour play by their own rules to protect the innocent, capture the guilty, and stay in fighting shape for whatever--and whoever--comes their way . . .

Jacob Night, ex-Black Ops, owner of a billion-dollar security company, and leader of the 11th Hour, spends his life completing dangerous missions for others. But there's one personal mission he has yet to complete: Finding his missing brother, who was betrayed by the woman he should have been able to trust. But when he finally tracks down his brother's ex, there's one surprise: she can't remember a thing.

Faith has no memory of who she is. She can't remember life before she came to work for Jacob Night, and she's not sure she wants to. But when she and Jacob are ambushed by men who have come to kill her for sins she can't recall committing, she has no choice but to face the past. Yet once she does, and Jacob's identity--and her own--come to light, they may not survive with their lives intact, let alone their hearts.

Kindle Edition304 pages
Expected publication: November 27th 2018 by Kensington

About The Author:
Jackie Ashenden 
Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romance. She particularly likes to write dark, emotional stories with alpha heroes who've just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines. 

She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). When she's not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Book Review: Taming Fire (Braving the Heat #2) by Leora Gonzales

Taming Fire (Braving the Heat, #2)
Title: Taming Fire (Braving the Heat #2)

Author:  Leora Gonzales 

Stars: 3 1/2 stars out of 5


Taming Fire has it moments where readers will find they enjoy the story and it has great potential but than fails to delivery many times.  The story goes from meeting to him moving and living the Happily Ever After in such a short spanned of pages that the story felt rushed when it could have been so much more.
Louise Pine is such a push over with very little backbone that it hard to root for her. Phoenix “Nix” Jones wants what his friends have but instead of taking the time to get to know her he just tells here everything he wants.  Yes she does the whole "You didn't ask you just told me." But it just lack any type of humor I think the author was going for.
The story felt rushed with very little thought other than write a story and get it out there.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of Leora Gonzales Taming Fire

The Story has potential but doesn't delivery on what could have been a great romance. 

Yoga instructor Louise Pine is the ultimate caretaker. Everyone around her seems to have an emergency, but Lou hasn’t met a fire she couldn’t put out—until she’s faced with the hunky, bossy firefighter who crashes into her own backyard—and her life. No one tells Lou what to do, yet somehow the guy’s take-charge style makes her tingle . . .

Phoenix “Nix” Jones is used to calling the shots, whether he’s dealing with his younger siblings or taking on a dangerous blaze. Luckily, the fire at Lou’s is a false alarm. But the heat the fit and feisty woman ignites is far from dying out . . .

As the sparks turn into 5-alarm passion, can two strong-willed people end up engulfed by love—or will they crash and burn?

ebook1st edition
Expected publication: November 27th 2018 by Lyrical Press

About The Author:
Leora Gonzales
I am originally from Kansas and love the area even though I am now located in Florida.

I started writing last year after plotting a story line in my head and having it slowly drive me insane. I am a HUGE reader and my tastes vary from MC to historical so there is a pretty broad range of books that I adore. 

Writing for me was not easy. I have some college under my belt but had never really taken any writing courses so the process started out with simply getting a story on paper. From there, I handed it over to my husband for editing and the rest is history. (side note-I still get twitchy when I see him with a red pen.)

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Book Review: Promise Me the Moon (The Q Chronicles #1) by Nichole D. Evans

Promise Me the Moon (The Q Chronicles #1)
Title: Promise Me the Moon (The Q Chronicles #1) 

Author: Nichole D. Evans

Stars: 5 Stars

If you love James Bone I have a feeling you will enjoy a fun, laugh out loud Nichole Evans take of Q and the adventure she is about to have.
The plot is fast pace, characters are over the top, and spy vs evil the world is about to end is as bond as it comes.
This book has the perfect banter, sexual humor and mystery to keep readers of James bond, Romance and Mystery on their toes wanting and needing more from this author.
This is a perfect being to a series of book this readers can't wait to get her hands on.
Thank you Netgalley and The Wild Rose Press for a copy of Nichole D. Evans Promise me the Moon.

When Grace Quincy (“Q”) lands a job as the lead scientist and engineer in the CIA’s Clandestine Operations and Properties group, she becomes the Quartermaster for U.S. reconnaissance—the creator of spy gadgets for Jayce Jackson, special agent with a license to kill.

As charming as the famed British double-O, Jackson is one-hundred percent all-American, from his dusty cowboy boots to his unending Southern charm. His conquests in and out of the bedroom are the stuff of legends, yet Q daydreams of being something more to Jackson. 

At the highly sought-after event, Nebulas and Novas, Q gets tangled in Jackson’s latest mission and the mysterious disappearance of NASA’s green glass Moon stone. Q must trust her wits to survive the dangerous operation, thwart Dr. Faust’s sinister plan, and save the sexy spy she loves.

Paperback328 pages
Published November 14th 2018 by The Wild Rose Press

About The Author:
Nichole D. Evans
Nichole D. Evans’ writes tales of international intrigue laced with salty humor—probably from growing up in a hometown centered around a national laboratory and fifteen years teaching bawdy eighth graders, respectively. 

She believes in heroes and heroines who are smart, loyal, and do the right thing, even when the mission seems impossible. Inspired by the clever quips of James Bond and the unexpected courage of Jack Ryan, her plots are woven on a backdrop of real-world events, resolved just in time to fall in love.

Nichole is married to her real-life “Q”, and she has two children who are out saving the world on their own.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Book Review: Renegade Protector by Nico Rosso

Renegade Protector
Title: Renegade Protector

Author:  Nico Rosso

Stars: 3 1/2 stars

The story starts off with a fighting, fire and mystery men saving the life of Mariana. Many times though the story the lead male Ty Morrison talks about how strong Mariana is and how she can change things for the better.  The only as the story kept going I felt as a reader I was missing something.  Never once did Ty explain why he felt that way.
The story is nothing more than a vigilant story with over the stop action, romance, sex and one over the top Alpha Male that didn't quite make since in this story.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of Nico Rosso Renegade Protector

When intimidation turns to deadly force,

It’s time for Frontier Justice.

If ruthless developers want Mariana Balducci’s land, they’ll have to kill her for it. And they nearly succeed—until Ty Morrison foils her attacker. The sexy San Francisco cop is part of a secret organization called Frontier Justice. Mariana is tough, but she realizes she can’t win this fight alone. And when bullets fly, Ty realizes battling bad guys is easier than fighting their sizzling attraction.

Look for 6 new titles from Harlequin Intrigue every month!

Harlequin Intrigue: Edge-of-your-seat mysteries, fearless romance…resourceful women and tough-as-nails men fight for survival.

Paperback256 pages
Expected publication: November 20th 2018 by Harlequin Intrigue

About The Author:
Nico Rosso
Nico Rosso was a writer in search of a genre until his wife, ZoĆ« Archer, brought romance into his life in more ways than one. He’s created sci-fi and post-apocalyptic romance worlds, as well as working with his wife on the steampunk Ether Chronicles series. His paranormal Demon Rock series brought you satyr rock stars and the Muses who fed them. With the romantic suspense Black Ops: Automatik series, he takes you into the deep dark world of secret operations designed to protect the innocent.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Book Review: Driven to Distraction (Road to Love #1) by Lori Foster

Driven to Distraction (Road to Love, #1)
Title: Driven to Distraction (Road to Love #1)

Author: Lori Foster

Stars: 4 Stars

Lori Foster Driven to Distraction is an interesting take on first impressions are not always the best.
Driven to Distraction is what readers come to expect from Lori Foster with her female leads feisty, somewhat lost, strong willed and seem to take their first impression and hold on to it until finally the male lead has them questioning everything they know.
Brodie is alpha male who protects those he respects. He is a little over the top as most of the men are in these stories.
Road to Love is the start of a new series with that in mind readers are introduced to endless amounts of characters. Characters pop off the pages while others fade into the background waiting for their story to be told.  Lori Foster is able to create a beautiful landscape that will have readers wanting more.
The characters comes to life in this action packed romance that has readers wondering what is so important that someone is will to kill another?  
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Harlequinn for the advance copy of Lori Foster Driven to Distraction 

Mary Daniels doesn’t let anything get in the way of her job acquiring rare artifacts for her wealthy boss. But this particular obstacle—huge, hard-muscled, unashamedly masculine—is impossible to ignore. Stuck in a cramped car with Brodie Crews for hours en route to their new assignment, Mary feels her carefully crafted persona—and her trademark self-control—is slipping, and she won’t allow it.

Brodie can’t imagine what secret in Mary’s past has left her so buttoned-up, though he’d dearly love to find out. Maybe then she’d trust him enough to explore their explosive chemistry. But he needs this job, so he’ll play by her rules and bide his time…until an enemy determined to outwit them strikes and he needs to get close—in every way—to protect her. Otherwise they could lose much more than a precious collectible. They could lose it all.

Expected publication: November 20th 2018 by HQN Books 

About The Author:
Lori Foster
Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN.

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

Each year Lori donates all proceeds from one book to charity. You can see the benefit romance books here:

Career Highlights
•In 2001, Lori received the prestigious Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for Series Romantic Fantasy.

•In 2002, Lori’s book Too Much Temptation was the top-selling romance title for Amazon books.

•In 2003, Say No To Joe was the second “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance title for Waldenbooks.

•In 2004, Lori Foster was a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle.

•In 2004, The Secret Life of Bryan was the “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance title for the BGI group.

•In 2005, Lori received the prestigious Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for Contemporary Romance.

•In 2006, Jude’s Law was the “Bestselling Romantic Comedy” romance title for the BGI group.

•In 2007, Lori launched a new “urban fantasy” series under the name L.L. Foster. See more on her “dark side” at

•In 2007, Causing Havoc was among Amazon’s Top Ten Editor’s picks in Romance.

•In 2008, Hard to Handle made #2 on The New York Times.

•In 2009, Servant: The Acceptance was Amazon’s #1 Editors’ Pick in Romance.

•In 2010, Lori was a clue in the USA Today Quick Cross puzzle.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Book Review: Unspeakable (Deadly Secrets #4) by Elisabeth Naughton

Unspeakable (Deadly Secrets Book 4)
Title: Unspeakable (Deadly Secrets #4) 

Author:  Elisabeth Naughton

Stars: 4 1/2 stars

This is the second in the Deadly Secret series I have read by Elisabeth Naughton.  This can be read as a stand alone novel but I think readers will enjoy it more if they read the entire series.
Rusty is a broken alpha male who is trying to right the wrongs while Harper is trying to find out who is killing young girls.  
The story is well paced until the sex starts and the story stalls out having readers flip though endless sex scenes that are "mind blowing" to find the story again.  When the story is found readers will be hooked once again but soon sex and romance takes over until the last 80% of the book where if you put it down for a second you will be wondering what is happening to the heroes of the story.

The ending is a little cheesy for my taste when it comes to romantic suspense stories.  With that being said if this is the end of the Deadly Secrets series the author put the perfect finishing touches.
Thank you to Netgalley, The author and publisher Montlake Romance for the advance copy of Elisabeth Naughton Unspeakable 

All his siblings have moved on from their troubling pasts, but Rusty McClane can’t leave his behind. Not even when his freedom is in jeopardy.

Legal investigator Harper Blake can sense a bad boy. She’s drawn to them—like she is to her mysterious and brooding new client. The police believe that Rusty is involved with the case of a missing underage girl. Harper’s job is to find evidence to defend him. But is her sexy suspect a predator…or something else?

If Rusty is guilty of anything, it’s of stirring something primitive in Harper. The closer they get, the harder it is to believe the worst of him.

But in an underworld filled with sex trafficking, kidnapping, and murder, Harper will need to be cautious about whom she trusts. Because Rusty isn’t the only one with secrets.

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: November 20th 2018 by Montlake Romance

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.

Learn more about Elisabeth and her books at

Monday, November 19, 2018

Book Review: Bait (The Dangerous Distractions #2) by Samantha Keith

Bait (The Dangerous Distractions, #2)
Title: Bait (The Dangerous Distractions #2)

Author: Samantha Keith

Stars: 3 1/2 Stars out of 5

Samantha Keith creates a story that has potential but ends up needing more help than readers might be able to stand.
how man times can one woman get hit over the head, drunk, almost killed before someone steps in to help?
When reading this book please tell me I was not the only yelling at the Riley telling her to stop?
Why is Riley so hung up on a guy that she refuses his help over and over again.
Riley is suppose to me smart but she never once uses her head each for getting hit.  She refuses help, tries to save her friend by getting drunk with guys who will rape her.  On top of that the one person that scream crazed killer is the one person she refuses to knowledge.
It would be almost laughable if the author didn't put so much heart and soul into the story.
This is the story I would tell Romantic Suspense avoid this style of story. While it has promise it falls on every single romantic suspense cliche.  Its a fast summer read with you typical cast of characters and ends just as you imagine it would.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Lyrical Liaison for the advance copy of Samantha Keith Bait
With a little more focus and mystery this story could have been a 4 out of 5 instead it was predictable and lacked focus.

Former military and ex-FBI agent Ethan Worth is searching for a new way to serve and protect. On a break in Beaufort, North Carolina, he just may have found it. It starts with saving a tipsy damsel in distress from a shady troublemaker. But it ends with the surprisingly sober beauty outraged by his rescue. That’s all Ethan needs for his expert instincts to kick into high gear . . .
Riley Jones is back in Beaufort for one reason only: to find her missing best friend, Hanna. If that means using herself as bait for the kind of guy who’d prey on a vulnerable young woman, so be it. She doesn’t need a rugged knight in shining armor like Ethan distracting her, and she doesn’t want his help. But it turns out she needs it. And together, as the heat between them rises, so does the danger. Until both their lives are on the line.

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: November 20th 2018 by Lyrical Liaison

About The Author:

Samantha Keith resides in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. In case you’ve never been there, it’s one of the coldest cities in North America about eight months out of the year. She is a wife to a very busy, multiple careered husband. Her thirteen-month old daughter, who they’ve nicknamed Sleepless Skylar, stays true to her nickname. Skylar has a beloved friend, Teddy, the family multi-poo, who does a really good job of functioning on little sleep and walking around with bits of cheese in his hair. He doesn’t mind.

Samantha writes steamy, fast-paced, romantic suspense novels in the rare moments she has uninterrupted—even interrupted, she manages to apply words to paper. Aside from her love of writing, she and her husband run a couple of e-commerce businesses. You know, to make life simple. Her life is busy, scattered, and sickeningly happy. She wears bags under her eyes better than mascara, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

Her other interests include: Food, cooking, baking, creating recipes and eating. When she’s not eating, she enjoys working out, yoga, and practices an extremely natural and healthy lifestyle, complete with her weekly acupuncture sessions that she couldn’t live without. She does a good job of keeping her you-need-to-try-acupuncture lectures to a minimum.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Book Review: Past Tense (Jack Reacher #23) by Lee Child

Past Tense (Jack Reacher, #23)
Title: Past Tense (Jack Reacher #23)

Author: Lee Child

Stars: 4.5 stars

This is the first time l have read a Jack Reacher novel and it becomes readily apparent as to why he is widely followed by so many readers. It is an action adventure with the emphasis on action. Starting out on a cross country trip, from New England to southern California, he finds himself in his deceased father's birth town of record and decides to look up his ancestral roots. Meanwhile, an unknown cousin and business partners, begin a muderous adventure with a Canadian couple as the potential victims. As with all good action adventures the two eventually run together and it is up to our hero to  satisfactorily resolve this matter.

I very much enjoyed the book and have rated it 4.5 stars. I recommend it to anyone else who likes an action adventure with a solid, plain speaking, hero. I did not rate it five stars because I was left with a minimum of 9 bodies that were not accounted for to the local police departments. Small thing but still left me wondering how they were accounted for.

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

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What’s one extra day? He takes the detour.
At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It’s a strange place, but it’s all there is.

The next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?

As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.

Hardcover382 pages
Published November 5th 2018 by Delacorte Press

About The Author:
Lee Child
Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age." During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars' worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment. The first Jack Reacher movie, based on the novel One Shot and starring Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike, was released in December 2012.

Lee has three homes—an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while traveling between the two. In the US he drives a supercharged Jaguar, which was built in Jaguar's Browns Lane plant, thirty yards from the hospital in which he was born.

Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Book Review: Lord of Vice (Rogues to Riches #6) by Erica Ridley

Lord of Vice (Rogues to Riches, #6)
Title: Lord of Vice (Rogues to Riches #6) 

Author: Erica Ridley

Stars: 4

In this book Miss Bryony Grenville, the youngest and most mathematical and financial astute of the Grenville clan, meets her match in Maxwell Gideon, owner of the infamous gambling parlor, The Cloven Hoof. He wants to buy the building where his gambling parlor is located, but is unaware who the owner is, and that they are also his secret partner in the business. His secret partner becomes suspicious when he offers her double what was initially paid and determines to secretly examine the books to ensure all is above board. After being caught sparks begin to fly between this unlikely duo. Perhaps the hoyden has found her match in this untitled but true gentleman?

I have rated this book 4 stars.

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

Vice merchant Maxwell Gideon is wickedly handsome, sinfully arrogant, and devilishly ruthless. Rumor has it, his gaming hell has the power to steal souls and grant miracles. Truth is, Max only owns half of The Cloven Hoof. He’d buy out his silent partner if he knew the man’s identity. But it’s hard to focus on business matters when a fallen angel tumbles right into one’s lap… 

Miss Bryony Grenville has a well-earned reputation as an unrepentant hoyden. But even the gossipiest of the pinch-faced matrons ruling High Society could never imagine the daughter of a baronet secretly financing the ton’s most infamous gambling parlor. Its maddening, sexy proprietor doesn’t suspect a thing… and two can play at temptation! 

Kindle Edition243 pages
Published August 31st 2018 by WebMotion

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 mid
dle of Budapest.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Book Review: The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health by Patricia C Frye, MD, Dave Smitherman

The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health
Title: The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health 

Author:(s) Patricia C Frye, MD,  Dave Smitherman

Stars: 4 1\2 stars

As a text book this works as a book anyone would pick up and read I find it a little difficult at times. The author is well informed and gives the pros and cons to this form of medication.  They do not tell you to use it without making sure you as a consumer are well informed. The author talks about legal allegations, the political side effect and you can tell by the passion they want this to become more main stream with the guidance of professionals. 

Did she convince me? I am still on the fence due to lack of evidence on long term use on teens though adulthood with mental disorders.

The review will becomes more personal and opinionated from this point on. (Just a Warning)

I have seen the effect of Medical Marijuana though friends who couldn't find relief from though chemical medication. I have seen others who have gone though the process of getting their card and found it was more expensive than conventional medication and found no relief and worse side effects then chemical mediation.

I think everyone has the right to make the decision of their mental and physical health with the proper guide of medical professionals.  I think there are benefits to the use of Medically guided Marijuana when it is handled professionally and not handed out like gummy bears.  (Which has helped a friend of mine out with her ADHD and mood swings.)

I do see Marijuana as a gateway drug if not taken though the guidance of a medical professional that is able to help those needing relief from pain, anxiety, Adhd and more. 

Have I looked into using Medical Marijuana for my Anxiety and ADHD? Yes but the cost is more than all of my chemical medications and drs visit put together.

This was wonderful information and insight into a very misunderstood medical Marijuana.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers for a chance to review Patricia C Frye, MD,  Dave Smitherman The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health 

After decades of misinformation about cannabis largely due to the well-funded propaganda campaign in the 1930s, public attitudes toward the drug have finally begun to evolve. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana and since then, 28 other states, 2 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia have followed suit. Now countless patients are reaping the benefits of this amazing resource which has been used to effectively treat everything from chronic pain to debilitating illnesses. In The Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis and Your Health, Dr. Patricia Frye takes a direct, no-nonsense approach to educating readers about cannabis and its medicinal qualities. After having retired from medicine, Dr. Frye was offered an opportunity to practice cannabis treatment. Intrigued, she educated herself on this emerging alternative and is now ready to share with others what she has learned. In this book, using humorous and touching stories from the many situations she has encountered in her practice over the years, Dr. Frye provides valuable information about the undeniable medicinal qualities of cannabis. This book helps to de-stigmatize this misunderstood drug and educate readers on the history of cannabis and how it is used by the medical community today. This is an accessible, enjoyable resource that will not only entertain readers, but may change their lives for the better.

Paperback240 pages
Published November 8th 2018 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

About The Author(s)

Patricia C Frye, MD Takoma Park Alternative Care in Takoma Park, MD is a medical clinic here to help you. Our patients have adequate time with the doctor to discuss medical concerns, ask questions, and review options. We provide ongoing medical management of cannabis therapy and alternative pain management.

Our mission is to inform patients of the medicinal properties of Cannabis and how it alleviates symptoms and promotes homeostasis and well-being. Patients will learn how to benefit from medical cannabis without experiencing undesirable psychoactive side effects.

We are honest, ethical, well educated. experienced, knowledgeable, and provide exceptional patient care, pediatric patient evaluations with extensive experience in medicinal cannabis therapy. We provide ongoing care in a private, discreet office setting; no crowded waiting rooms; person-to-person consultation with physician who is knowledgeable and experienced in the field of medical cannabis. We are 2 blocks from Metro with on site parking.

We are licensed to practice medicine in Maryland, District of Columbia (DC), California, and Nevada; Member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians; Fellow of the American Academy of Pain Management, Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics.

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