Book Tour: The Nephilim Virus

Endorsements for “The Nephilim Virus”: 

“This story isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a blood-pumping thriller sure to make your heart rate spike. The Nephilim Virus has villains that will make your palms sweat and a plot so real you’ll be looking over your shoulder for Nephilim while asking your doctor to test you for the virus. This is an amazing book!” —Kenny Schwartz, Emmy-nominated film and television writer –American Housewife; Modern Family; American Dad!; Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place

“This book would make a great movie! It’s a cohesive, fun ride through some of my most beloved topics—science, the supernatural, and the apocalypse.” —Megan Fox, Actress – Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jennifer’s Body, This Is 40

“Get ready to wake up and find yourself in a nightmare of epic proportions. Each page is an adrenaline-infused adventure that will leave you breathless as each paragraph is another jolt moving you toward the heart-pounding conclusion. Blending biblical history with modern high-tech thrills, John Prather emerges as a master storyteller with a tale that you won’t be able to read fast enough. The Nephilim Virus is infectious and the only cure is to read this amazing story.” —Jeff Dixon, Bestselling author – Dixon on Disney series

About the Author:

John Prather grew up with seven siblings in Memphis, Tennessee, on a steady diet of BBQ and southern values. After graduating from the University of Memphis, he moved to Hollywood to try his hand at the entertainment industry. He has been featured in TV series such as Scream Queens on Fox as well as WWE Raw. His commercial work has included ads for FedEx, Old Navy, Burger King, and Ruffles, in addition to various other major corporations. As a model, he has been featured in national magazines such as People, GQ, Men’s Health, as well as on the cover of Muscle and Fitness magazine, among others. John and his wife are expecting twins in early 2018, and hope to adopt their foster daughter very soon.

For more information, visit www.JohnTPrather.com.

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Q: What lead you to a career in writing?

I’ve always been a writer. I’ve always liked to write stories. For as long as I can remember I’ve had stories and unfinished manuscripts on my computer and in notebooks that I started but never took the time to complete. Then four years ago, I set a goal for myself to sit down and finish a manuscript. I told myself I only had to complete it and it didn’t matter how good or bad it was. It took me about a year, but I finally finished a manuscript. Honestly, it wasn’t very good, but it showed me I could finish a complete story. So the next year I started another one. This one only took about five months and I felt it had a good chance of being published so I changed my goal from writing a book to getting one published. Little did I know the difficulty of getting published, but two years later that manuscript was the one that became The Nephilim Virus

Q: How did you come up with writing Nephilim Virus?

I had an idea for a virus that infects two-thirds of the world but I never knew quite what story to tell with the idea. I kept it in the back of my mind and waited for a plot to emerge. Then one day the idea to use the Nephilim popped into my head. I’ve always thought the Nephilim were fascinating creatures. The two verses in Genesis six about them leave so much information to be desired, and there is so much we don’t know. I thought it would be fun to imagine what the world would look like if they were alive today. I enjoyed tracing them through history and using my imagination to bring them back from the dead, so to speak.

Q: How would you describe your writing style using only three words? 

Adventurous. Exciting. Fast.

Q: What was your toughest moment, when writing Nephilim Virus?

I don’t want to give away too much, but there is a moment towards the end of the book where the main female character has a moment that really brings the whole story together. I wrote the story in first person so that moment would feel very personal to the reader. I wanted the reader to feel like they were in her skin as she experienced the moment. I really tried to create an opportunity for the reader to feel as connected to the character as I was. That was very fun for me to write but also very difficult.

Q: Did you have any moment where you felt like quitting, when you were writing your novel?

The story really flowed for me so I never felt like quitting while writing my book, but I often felt like quitting when I was trying to get it published. There came a point after months of submissions and folders full of rejection letters that I started to doubt my own work. I know that not every story is for everyone but it really seemed like no one thought my manuscript was even worth looking at. Thankfully God gave me a persistent spirit so I kept trying. It was a matter of years, not months, but I found a publisher. Fortunately, I never quit.

Q: Did you always want to write a book?

Writing a book has been one of my life goals for as long as I can remember. I was always one of those people that told everyone I was going to write a book one day. Eventually, I decided I had to stop saying I was going to write it and just write it.

Q: What writing strategies did you use to help you write that you can share with readers?

For me, it came down to the decision to finish writing a book. Every writer will have periods where being creative is difficult and the words don’t seem to come, but the writers who are going to be authors will keep trying anyway. The only thing really required to be a writer is for you to write.

Writers also get better with practice. Writing is the best way to become a better writer. So write a lot. And read a lot. Reading is the second best way to become a better writer. Read every novel you can get your hands on, especially ones by authors who inspire you. Reading good storytellers is a great way to become a storyteller yourself.

Q: What is/was your favorite school subject?

I’ve always enjoyed history. I still love to read historical books about men and women whose stories inspire me. There is so much wisdom to be gleaned from the past and much of it lies untouched by the current generation. It’s a shame.

Q: Did you meet your own expectations for your novel?

My first goal was to finish a book, and I was able to do that. My second goal was to get that book published and I was able to do that. Now, I’m just excited to see where it goes from here.

Q: Which characters did you like creating the most? 

I wrote The Nephilim Virus in first person but I did it from two different characters perspectives. One of them is male and the other is female. Being a guy, I had a lot of fun writing from the female protagonist’s point of view.

I also loved writing the part of Blue, the dog. I love animals and I enjoyed creating a character that had a history and personality like any human character would. I really had a lot of fun writing the relationship between Blue and Nick.

Q: Where can readers find you and your work online?

You can find my blog and my latest work on my website, which is www.Johntprather.com. You can also connect with me on Twitter and Instagram where my user name is @johntprather.

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Review: Maybe This Tme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Maybe This Time is the next heartwarming contemporary romance from Nicole McLaughlin in her Whiskey and Weddings series.

Jen Mackenzie has been knocked down more than a few times, but she always gets up and makes sure she has the last word. It’s the reason she now considers herself equal parts self-sufficient and free-spirit. But since losing her job and trying to help her mother beat cancer, real life—and her occasional careless choices—have begun to catch up with her. Her one saving grace: The Stag, a boutique distillery that has become Kansas City’s go-to wedding venue. The only catch: One of the owners, TJ Laughlin, happens to be the one man who somehow manages to make Jen feel inadequate.

TJ has secretly had a thing for Jen since high school. Now, as her new boss, it’s a daily struggle between revealing his feelings and wringing her beautiful neck. Only one thing is for certain: he can’t stand idly by and watch the woman he cares for struggle. She may be convinced that accepting TJ’s help is a weakness. But all he sees in Jen is beauty and strength, inside and out. As things finally heat up between them, can TJ find a way to convince Jen that love is about give and take—and having it all, together?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Maybe This Time by Nicole McLaughlin is sweet contemporary romance. Two young adults with completely different background have always crushed on each other. Turns out, that all this time, they still love one another. But neither one knew what the other was dealing with as they were teens.

TJ comes from a wealthy rich lifestyle. Yet, he’s super smart, hardworking, and a gentleman, TJ isn’t anything like his other male peers. He has always stuck up for Jen. Harbored a secret crush on her ever since they shared their first school project together. TJ had a mother who still lives with his jerk of a father. A father who sleeps with other men’s wives and thinks nothing of it. TJ’s mom loves him though. Jen is opposite of him in background and personality.

Jen can be super confident like TJ. Except that when it comes to TJ and his kind, she loses her confidence. Jen sees herself as this woman who still can’t control her life, is dirt poor, and can’t do anything right. Yet she handles her bar tending well. She can also, handle wedding clients at the Stag for her bosses. TJ is one them. Jen can sing and loves theater. Her personality is wonderful. Colorful at times when she’s feeling angry or hurt. But overall, she’s a strong independent woman who can do anything. Jen’s mom is going through cancer again…and Jen thinks her mom is going through medicine therapy to get well…only she’s not.

Maybe This Time is exactly as it presents itself. Maybe, the characters will finally get together forever. And maybe they can find their happiness. Love, work, and family are hardships they both share. Together, they can get through anything, if they let themselves. I laughed and cried while reading this book. Nicole McLaughlin writes well. I fell fast for the characters. Colorful, bright, and what an exciting journey! Overall, I recommend this novel to readers everywhere.

Spring/Summer Titles to Add to Your TBR Pile

Fiction

Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone (Henry Holt BYR, 3/6)

Emily Adrian, The Foreseeable Future (Dial Books, 5/8)

Tara Altebrando, The Opposite of Here (Bloomsbury USA Children’s, 6/5)

Kelley Armstrong, Aftermath (Crown Books for Young Readers, 5/22)

Mindee Arnett, Onyx & Ivory (Balzer + Bray, 5/15)

David Arnold, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik (Viking Books for Young Readers, 5/22)

Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X (HarperTeen, 3/6)

Victoria Aveyard, War Storm (HarperTeen, 5/15)

Megan Bannen, The Bird and the Blade (Balzer + Bray, 6/5)

Christopher Barzak, The Gone Away Place (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 5/15)

Michael Belanger, The History of Jane Doe (Dial Books, 6/5)

Jenn Bennett, Starry Eyes (Simon Pulse, 4/3)

Kathryn Berla, Going Places (Amberjack, 3/20)

Ashley Herring Blake, Girl Made of Stars (HMH Books for Young Readers, 5/15)

Elly Blake, Nightblood (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 6/5)

Bryan Bliss, We’ll Fly Away (Greenwillow Books, 5/8)

Matthew Boren, Folded Notes from High School (Razorbill, 4/3)

Erin Bowman, Contagion (HarperTeen, 7/24)

Alexandra Bracken, Untitled Darkest Minds spin-off (Disney-Hyperion, 7/10)

Nadine Brandes, Fawkes (Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins, 7/10)*

Demetra Brodsky, Dive Smack (Tor Teen, 6/19)

Tiffany Brownlee, Wrong in All the Right Ways (Henry Holt BYR, 7/17)

Amelia Brunskill, The Window (Delacorte, 4/3)

Erin Callahan, The Art of Escaping (Amberjack, 6/19)

Sophie Cameron, Out of the Blue (Roaring Brook Press, 5/15)

P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast, The Dysasters (WednesdayBooks, 5/1)

Crystal Chan, All That I Can Fix (Simon Pulse, 6/12)

Kristen Chandler, Thief of Happy Endings (Viking Books for Young Readers, 6/19)

Joelle Charbonneau, Eden Conquered (HarperTeen, 6/12)

Joelle Charbonneau, Time Bomb (HMH Books for Young Readers, 3/13)

Emma Chastain, The Year of Living Awkwardly: Sophomore Year (Simon Pulse, 7/3)

Autumn Chiklis, Smothered (Wednesday Books, 5/1)

Mary H. K. Choi, Emergency Contact (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 3/27)

Alexandra Christo, To Kill a Kingdom (Feiwel & Friends, 3/6)

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 4/10)

Brandy Colbert, Finding Yvonne (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 8/7)

Jay Coles, Tyler Johnson Was Here (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 3/20)

Katie Cotugno, 9 Days and 9 Nights (Balzer + Bray, 5/1)

Melissa de la Cruz, Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 4/17) – The follow-up to bestselling Alex & Eliza.

Camille DeAngelis, The Boy From Tomorrow (Amberjack, 5/8)*

Ava Dellaira, In Search of Us (FSG BYR, 3/6)

Anat Deracine, Driving by Starlight (Henry Holt BYR, 5/22)

Amy Fellner Dominy, The Fall of Grace (Delacorte, 4/10)

Alexa Donne, Brightly Burning (HMH Books for Young Readers, 5/1)*

Keira Drake, The Continent (Harlequin Teen, 3/27)

Sara Ella, Unbreakable (Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins, 5/1)*

Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison, Freshmen (Delacorte, 6/12)

Shea Ernshaw, The Wicked Deep (Simon Pulse, 3/6)

Rosalyn Eves, Lost Crow Conspiracy (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 3/27)

Heather Ezell, Nothing Left to Burn (Razorbill, 3/13)

Michelle Falkoff, Questions I Want to Ask You (HarperTeen, 5/29)

Carrie Fountain, I’m Not Missing (Flatiron Books, 7/10)

Gayle Forman, I Have Lost My Way (Viking Books for Young Readers, 3/27)

Gillian French, The Lies They Tell (HarperTeen, 5/1)

Kit Frick, See All the Stars (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 8/14)

Stephanie Garber, Legendary (Flatiron Books, 5/29)*

Whitney Gardner, Chaotic Good (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 3/13)

Kelly Loy Gilbert, Picture Us In The Light (Disney-Hyperion, 4/10)

Jennifer Gilmore, If Only (HarperTeen, 7/31)

Meredith Goldstein, Chemistry Lessons (HMH Books for Young Readers, 6/19)*

Florence Gonsalves, Love & Other Carnivorous Plants (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 5/15)

Maurene Goo, The Way You Make Me Feel (FSG BYR, 5/8)

Claudia Gray, Defy the Worlds (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/3)

Sally Green, The Smoke Thieves (Viking Books for Young Readers, 5/1)

Philippa Gregory, Dark Tracks (Simon Pulse, 3/6)

Adele Griffin, Tell Me No Lies (Algonquin Young Readers, 6/12)

Sandra Gulland, The Game of Hope (Viking Books for Young Readers, 6/26)

Margaret Peterson Haddix, The Summer of Broken Things (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 4/10)

Alwyn Hamilton, Hero at the Fall (Viking Books for Young Readers, 3/6)

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, My Plain Jane (HarperTeen, 6/26)

Sarah Henning, Sea Witch (Katherine Tegen Books, 7/31)

April Henry, Run, Hide, Fight Back (Henry Holt BYR, 5/8)

Zach Hines, Nine (HarperTeen, 8/7)

Tiffany D. Jackson, Monday’s Not Coming (Katherine Tegen Books, 6/5)

Lauren James, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (HarperTeen, 7/3)

Cordelia Jensen, The Way The Light Bends (Philomel, 3/27)

Sheba Karim, Mariam Sharma Hits the Road (HarperTeen, 6/5)

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Obsidio (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 3/13) – The final book in The Illuminae Files trilogy.

Beth Kephart, Wild Blues (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 6/5)

Brigid Kemmerer, More Than We Can Tell (Bloomsbury USA Children’s, 3/6)

Matt Killeen, Orphan Monster Spy (Viking Books for Young Readers, 3/20)*

Jessi Kirby, The Other Side of Lost (HarperTeen, 8/7)

Adrienne Kisner, Dear Rachel Maddow (Feiwel & Friends, 6/5)

Lindsey Klingele, The Truth Lies Here (HarperTeen, 8/21)

Leah Konen, Like Love (Amulet, 5/15)

Lorie Langdon, Olivia Twist (Blink, 3/6)

Claire Legrand, Furyborn (Sourcebooks Fire, 5/22)*

Maggie Lehrman, The Last Best Story (Balzer + Bray, 8/7)

Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki, Now You See Her (Katherine Tegen, 6/26)

Katrina Leno, Summer of Salt (HarperTeen, 6/5)

Pittacus Lore, Fugitive Six (HarperCollins, 6/26)

Britta Lundin, Ship It (Freeform, 5/1)

Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Frost and Starlight (Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 5/1)

Carolyn Mackler, The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I (Bloomsbury USA Children’s, 5/29)

Tahereh Mafi, Restore Me (HarperCollins, 3/6) – The fourth installment of the Shatter Me series.

Taran Matharu, The Outcast: Prequel to the Summoner Trilogy (Feiwel & Friends, 5/1)

Kimberly McCreight, The Collide (HarperCollins, 5/18)

Janet McNally, The Looking Glass (HarperTeen, 7/25)

Gretchen McNeil, #MurderTrending (Freeform, 8/7)

Joy McCullough, Blood Water Paint (Dutton Books for Young Readers, 3/6)

Mindy McGinnis, Given To The Earth (G.P. Putnam Son’s Books for Young Readers, 4/10)

Will McIntosh, The Future Will Be BS-Free (Delacorte, 7/24)

Amy McNamara, A Flicker in the Clarity (HarperTeen, 6/12)

Richelle Mead, The Emerald Sea (Razorbill, 6/26)

Marissa Meyer, Heartless (Square Fish, 5/1)

Linsey Miller, Ruin of Stars (Sourcebooks Fire, 8/1)

Meredith Miller, How We Learned to Lie (HarperCollins, 7/31)

Samuel Miller, A Lite Too Bright (Katherine Tegen, 5/8)

Derek Milman, Scream All Night (Balzer + Bray, 7/24)

Julie Murphy, Puddin’ (Balzer + Bray, 4/18) – The companion to NYT bestseller Dumplin’.

An Na, The Place Between Breaths (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 3/6)

Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings (Greenwillow Books, 6/26)

Mark Oshiro, Anger Is a Gift (Tor Teen, 5/22)

Emily X.R. Pan, The Astonishing Color of After (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 3/20)

Kathy Parks, Notes from My Captivity (Katherine Tegen, 7/10)

Ash Parsons, The Falling Between Us (Philomel, 3/13)

Mary E. Pearson, Dance of Thieves (Henry Holt BYR, 7/7)

Lygia Day Penaflor, All of This Is True (HarperTeen, 5/15)

Farrah Penn, Twelve Steps to Normal (jimmy patterson, 3/13)*

Marisha Pessl, Neverworld Wake (Delacorte, 6/5) – A thriller from the author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics.

L. Philips, Sometime After Midnight(Viking Books for Young Readers, 6/12)

Gae Polisner, In Sight of Stars (Wednesday Books, 3/13)

Tara Wilson Redd, The Museum of Us (Wendy Lamb Books, 6/26)

Riley Redgate, Final Draft (Amulet, 6/12)

Douglas Rees, Elektra’s Adventures in Tragedy (Running Press, 5/8)

Brendan Reichs, Genesis (G.P. Putnam Son’s Books for Young Readers, 3/6)

Randy Ribay, After the Shot Drops (HMH Books for Young Readers, 3/6)

Anica Mrose Rissi, Always Forever Maybe (HarperTeen, 6/5)

Lilliam Rivera, Dealing in Dreams (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 8/21)

Kiley Roache, Frat Girl (Harlequin Teen, 3/27)*

Madeleine Roux, Court of Shadows (HarperTeen, 5/29) – The second book in the House of Furies series.

A.B. Rutledge, Miles Away from You (HMH Books for Young Readers, 3/20)

Sara Saedi, The Lost Kids (Viking Books for Young Readers, 4/10)

Leila Sales, If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say (FSG BYR, 5/1)

Shawn Sarles, Campfire (jimmy patterson, 7/17)

Chloe Seager, Dating Disasters of Emma Nash (Harlequin Teen, 5/1)

Robyn Schneider, Invisible Ghosts (Katherine Tegen Books, 6/5)

Nisha Sharma, My So-Called Bollywood Life (Crown Books for Young Readers, 5/15)

Sarah Nicole Smetana, The Midnights (HarperTeen, 3/6)

Katie Sise, The Academy (Balzer + Bray, 5/22)

Carlie Sorosiak, Wild Blue Wonder (HarperTeen, 6/26)

Tamara Ireland Stone, Little Do We Know (Disney-Hyperion, 6/5)

Jeff Sweat, Mayfly (Feiwel and Friends, 5/8)

Sabaa Tahir, A Reaper at the Gates (Razorbill, 4/24)

Amy Tintera, Allied (HarperTeen, 5/1)

Angie Thomas, On the Come Up (Balzer + Bray, 4/11) – The second novel from the author of The Hate U Give.

Kara Thomas, The Cheerleaders (Delacorte, 7/21)

Rob Thomas, Slave Day (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 7/31)

Stephanie Tromly, Trouble Never Sleeps (Kathy Dawson, 4/24)

Danielle Vega, The Merciless IV: Last Rites (Razorbill, 6/12)

Rachel Vincent, 99 Lies (Katherine Tegen Books, 6/26)

Cecilia Vinesse, The Summer of Us (Poppy, 6/5)

Erin Watt, One Small Thing (Harlequin Teen, 6/26)

Mary Weber, Reclaiming Shiloh Snow (Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins, 3/6)*

Patrick Weekes, Feeder (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 3/6)

Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Luck (Simon Pulse, 5/8)

Kerry Winfrey, Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It (Feiwel & Friends, 7/10)

Sara Wolf, Bring Me Their Hearts (Entangled Teen, 5/15)

Ashley Woodfolk, The Beauty That Remains (Delacorte, 3/6)

Jane Yolen, Mapping the Bones (Philomel, 3/6)

Adrienne Young, Sky in the Deep (Wednesday Books, 6/5)*

Samantha Young, The Fragile Ordinary (Harlequin Teen, 6/26)

Suzanne Young, The Complication (Simon Pulse, 4/24)

Nonfiction

Jessica Burkhart, Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles (Simon Pulse, 4/10)

Jeremy Daldry, The Teenage Guy’s Survival Guide: The Real Deal on Going Out, Growing Up, and Other Guy Stuff (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/3)

Elena Delle Donne, My Shot: Balancing It All and Standing Tall (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 3/13)

Johnny Kovatch, 59 Hours (Simon Pulse, 3/20)

Jessica Long, Unsinkable: From Russian Orphan to Paralympic Swimming World Champion (HMH Books for Young Readers, 6/5)

Leslie Odom Jr., Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning (Feiwel & Friends, 3/27)

Elizabeth Partridge, Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam (Viking Books for Young Readers, 4/10)

Anna Crowley Redding, Google It!: A History of Google (Feiwel & Friends, 8/21)

Chessy Prout and Jenn Abelson, I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope (Margaret K. Elderrry Books, 3/6)

Amy Reed, Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America (Simon Pulse, 8/14)

Jason Reynolds, For Every One (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, 4/10) – The National Book Award finalist’s inspirational poem originally performed for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Susan Goldman Rubin, Coco Chanel: Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 3/13)

Polo Tate, Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir of Survival (Feiwel & Friends, 5/1)

Mackenzie Ziegler, Kenzie’s Rules for Life: How to be Happy, Healthy, and Dance to Your Own Beat (Gallery Books, 5/15)

Review: Close to the Edge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

They are part of an elite unit. On task. Off grid. These are the men of the Shadow Ops task force. Be seduced and thrilled by Close to the Edge, the next Unbroken Heroes novel by Dawn Ryder.

HOW FAR WILL ONE MAN GO?

Jenna Henson always plays it safe. It’s what has gotten her through all these years . So she never expected to end up in arm-to-arm combat with a gorgeous, muscle bound mercenary named Dare…

Agent Dare Servant lives for the thrill of the chase, the adrenaline high. He’s fully committed to his job, fully armed, and full-on dangerous. But when innocent, irresistible Jenna Henson walks in on his latest mission, the need to keep her safe becomes all-consuming.

TO PROTECT THE WOMAN HE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

Jenna’s captured the attention of Dare’s deadliest enemies, and with a target on her back, she needs Dare’s protection. But being Jenna’s bodyguard might be his hardest challenge yet. How can he keep her safe when he longs to take her in his arms and never let her go?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Close to the Edge by Dawn Ryder is hot thrilling read. I couldn’t stop reading it. Dawn Ryder created characters with both beauty and intellect. That made for a strong combination. The story was packed full of action, danger, and heat. The protagonists were like watching a moth to a flame. Their attraction was believable and unbreakable. The risks for them both increase as enemies seek to destroy them both. Death is hanging in the air, and it will take everything they have to survive. Overall, I recommend this stunning romantic suspense title to all readers.

Review: Smooth-Talking Cowboy

Synopsis

Welcome to Gold Valley, Oregon, where a rough-and-tumble rancher and the girl next door are about to learn that opposites attract

Olivia Logan has a plan: win back her ex by making him see what he’s missing. But first she needs to find a man who’s willing to play along. With his laid-back cowboy charm and knack for getting under her skin, Luke Hollister is an unlikely hero—but he wants her help convincing her father to sell him land, which means he needs her as much as she needs him.

Luke likes his life—and his women—uncomplicated. So why does good girl Olivia heat his blood like no one else? She’s always been off-limits, but the more time they spend as Gold Valley’s hottest new “couple,” the more real it’s starting to feel. Luke was supposed to help her win back another man…not keep her in his arms. But now that he has her there, he’s not sure he’ll ever let go.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates is a sexy cowboy romance. I was enticed with the bad boy image that one particular cowboy had. Yet inside, he was a good man. He worked hard and played hard. Luke has always wanted one person…Olivia. Yet she’s the one person he can’t have. He feels underserving of her. His life is dark and empty. There’s nothing he can give her or so he thought…

Olivia is this straight laced kind of woman. Or so I originally thought. She carries her herself in a way that scares off most. So stiff like. But inside, she’s as wild as that sexy cowboy, Luke. Luke ignites a passion in her. Olivia always that Bennett was the one. But he never lit her up the way Luke does. One touch, one kiss, and that attitude has Olivia feelings things she shouldn’t. She wants Luke. Her barriers are being broken and she’s not sure what to do. All she knows is what Luke makes her feel…

Smooth-Talking Cowboy is exactly that. Luke knows how to smooth talk any woman but Olivia. She heats his blood up in ways no other woman has. Olivia is different. His words only frustrate her not smooth her over…yet this cowboy ends up smoothing his way into her heart. Maisey Yates made me fall in love with this novel of hers. I wanted to keep these characters. I want to hear about what comes next for them. They were that good. I enjoyed their banters and their fights. I love their chemistry too. Hot and instant. Overall, this was one addictive romance title. I recommend it to all.

Spring & Summer 2018 Titles to Add to Your TBR Pile

Commercial Fiction Titles Coming this Spring & Summer 2018:

Cristina Alger, The Banker’s Wife (Putnam, 7/3)

VC Andrews, Echoes in the Walls (Gallery, 8/28)

Dathan Auerbach, Bad Man (Doubleday, 8/7)

Fredrik Backman, Us Against You (Atria, 6/5)

Linwood Barclay, A Noise Downstairs (William Morrow, 7/24)

J. D. Barker, The Fifth to Die (HMH, 7/3)

Chris Bohjalian, The Flight Attendant (Doubleday, 3/13)

Michele Campbell, She Was the Quiet One (St. Martin’s, 7/31)

Gail Carriger, Competence (Orbit, 7/17)

Mary Higgins Clark, I’ve Got My Eyes on You (Simon & Schuster, 4/13)

Bill Clinton and James Patterson, The President Is Missing (Little, Brown and Knopf, 6/4)

Daniel Cole, Hangman (Ecco, 7/24)

Jenny Colgan, The Endless Beach (William Morrow, 5/22)

John Connolly, The Woman in the Woods (Atria, 6/12)

Clive Cussler and Graham Brown, The Rising Sea (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 3/13)

JP Delaney, Believe Me (Ballantine, 8/14)

Judith Flanders, A Howl of Wolves (Minotaur, 5/15)

Jamie Ford, Love and Other Consolation Prizes (Ballantine, 6/19)

Alison Gaylin, If I Die Tonight (William Morrow, 3/6)

Elizabeth George, The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel (Viking, 3/20)

Emily Giffin, All We Ever Wanted (Ballantine, 6/26)

Lauren Graham, In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It (Ballantine, 4/3)

Elly Griffiths, The Dark Angel (HMH, 5/15)

Araminta Hall, Our Kind of Cruelty (MCD/FSG, 5/1)*

Julia Haeberlin, Paper Ghosts (Ballantine, 5/15)

Kristan Higgins, Good Luck With That (Berkley, 8/2)*

Elin Hilderbrand, The Perfect Couple (Little, Brown, 6/19)

Jennifer Hillier, Jar of Hearts (Minotaur, 6/12)

Linnea Hartsuyker, The Sea Queen (Harper, 8/14)

Anthony Horowitz, The Word Is Murder (Harper, 6/5)

Steve Israel, Big Guns (Simon & Schuster, 4/17)

Caroline Kepnes, Providence (Lenny, 6/19)

Alice LaPlante, Half Moon Bay (Scribner, 7/10)

Harriet Alida Lye, The Honey Farm (Liveright, 5/29)

Arnaldur Indridason, Dark Deeds (Minotaur, 5/29)

J.A. Jance, Duel to the Death (Touchstone, 3/20)

Lisa Jewell, Then She Was Gone (Atria, 4/24)

Ragnar Jonasson, Blackout (Minotaur, 7/24)

Alma Katsu, The Hunger (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 3/6)

Stephen King, The Outsider (Scribner, 5/5)

Michael Koryta, How It Happened (Little, Brown, 5/15)

Joe R. Lansdale, Jackrabbit Smile (Mulholland, 3/27)

Owen Laukkanen, Gale Force (Putnam, 5/8)

Malcolm Mackay, For Those Who Know the Ending (Mulholland, 5/8)

Clare Mackintosh, Let Me Lie (Berkley, 3/13)

Ann Mah, The Lost Vintage (William Morrow, 6/19)*

Aaron Mahnke, The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals (Del Rey, 5/29)

Frances Mayes, Women in Sunlight (Crown, 4/3)

Paula McLain, Love and Ruin (Ballantine, 5/1)

Derek B. Miller, American by Day (HMH, 4/3)

Christopher Moore, Noir (William Morrow, 4/17)

Jason Mott, The Crossing (Park Row, 5/15)

Fredrik Olsson, Acts of Vanishing (Little, Brown, 4/24)

Carla Neggers, Impostor’s Lure (Mira, 8/21)

Jo Nesbo, Macbeth (Hogarth, 4/10)

B. A. Paris, Bring Me Back (St. Martin’s 6/6)

James Patterson, Texas Ranger (Little, Brown, 8/13)

Allison Pearson, How Hard Can It Be? (St. Martin’s, 6/5)*

Camille Perri, When Katie Met Cassidy (Putnam, 6/19)

Lori Rader-Day, Under a Dark Sky (William Morrow, 8/7)

Bryan Reardon, The Real Michael Swann (Dutton, 6/12)

Suzanne Rindell, Eagle & Crane (Putnam, 7/3)

Nora Roberts, Shelter in Place (St Martin’s, 5/29)

Sebastian Rotella, Rip Crew (Mulholland, 3/13)

Michelle Sacks, You Were Made for This (Little, Brown, 6/19)

Riley Sager, The Last Time I Lied (Dutton, 7/10)

Marisa de los Santos, I’ll Be Your Blue Sky (William Morrow, 3/6)

Lisa Scottoline, Feared (St. Martin’s, 8/14)

William Shaw, Salt Lane (Mulholland, 6/26)

Sara Shepard, The Elizas (Atria, 4/17)

Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist, Two Steps Forward (William Morrow, 5/1)

Karin Slaughter, Pieces of Her (William Morrow, 7/31)

Sarah Sparrow, A Guide for Murdered Children (Blue Rider, 3/20)

Danielle Steel, The Cast (Delacorte, 5/15)

Wallace Stroby, Some Die Nameless (Mullholland, 7/10)

Carsten Stroud, The Shimmer (Mira, 6/5)

Jake Tapper, The Hellfire Club (Little, Brown, 5/1)

Paul Tremblay, The Cabin at the End of the World (William Morrow, 6/26)

Ruth Ware, Untitled Book 4 (Gallery/Scout Press, 5/29)

Lauren Weisberger, When Life Gives You Lululemons (Simon & Schuster, 6/5)

Kim Wilkins, Daughters of the Storm (Del Rey, 3/6)

Beatriz Williams, The Summer Wives (William Morrow, 7/10)*

Review: Words from the Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Ivy Yoder thought she had found the man she would marry, but she returns to her Amish community of Birch Creek with a broken heart. When a family friend asks for her help in cleaning out an attic, she’s grateful for the chance to get her mind off the betrayal.

Noah Schlabach is an Amish auctioneer and is eager to get into his aunt’s attic in search of lost treasures. He loves learning about the past, and he has created a thriving auction business for himself. When he meets Ivy, he suspects his aunt is trying to set them up, but all of that is forgotten when they come across a box of old love letters.

While Noah is more interested in potential auction items than love letters, Ivy is swept up in the story of the young couple. She’s also fighting her growing feelings for Noah—she can’t risk her heart again. But if there is one thing these young Amish people learn from the past, it’s that they must take hold of the gifts of today. With a little help from the letters, and a lot of help from God, Noah and Ivy begin to live in the present, full of love.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Words from the Heart by Kathleen Fuller is a sweet and heartfelt journey. Two young Amish adults must learn what their hearts wants and where God leads them. Heartbreak is tough but builds the character. Somethings are meant and some are not mean to be. But unless they try, they won’t know.

Ivy loved another Amish man. Yet her love wasn’t returned. Ivy felt broken. Her heart shattered. Her first love destroyed her hope for a chance at love. But God has plans for her. However, she needs to listen with both her mind and her heart.

Noah is an interesting young Amish man. He is all about finding things to auction. Auctions business is what Noah does well. He soon has Ivy helping with auction stuff, and the more time they spend together the harder it is for him to not like her. Feelings grow along with faith and respect.

Kathleen Fuller has peaked my interest with this tale from the beginning. Her characters are realistic and easy to like. I felt like I was tagging along with them. Their troubles soon grow complex but not all things in life are easy. Ivy has to reopen her heart and that’s the toughest thing to do after having it broken…overall, I recommend this Amish novel to all.

Review: Luckiest Cowboy of All

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A secret baby brings a second chance for love. Carlene Varner’s homecoming isn’t exactly going according to plan. She thought she’d have some time to adjust before introducing her daughter to Jace Dawson, the father her little girl has never known. Instead, within days of her arrival, her house burns down and she and Tilly have no choice but to move in with the sexy cowboy himself at the Prairie Rose ranch. Now the whole Dawson clan-heck, the whole town of Happy-is all up in their business.

Jace has dealt with stubborn bulls and bucking broncos-but being a dad? He is so not ready for this… Yet the more time he spends with Carlene and little Tilly, the harder it is to imagine life without them. Now he just has to convince Carlene that he’s the real deal-and hope that this time she’s here to stay.

More in the Happy, Texas, series by Carolyn Brown: Toughest Cowboy in Texas Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Luckiest Cowboy of All by Carolyn Brown is an engaging romance. I enjoyed the 8-year-old daughter the most. Her language and attitude is adorable! I can only imagine what her parents will go through when she’s a teen…going to be hell. The main protagonists such as the cowboy and his past high school sweetheart were likable not not as much as their daughter was. These two had chemistry but it was like they were dragging their feet too much for me to really love them as much as I did Tilly.

The title is exactly what this story is about. A cowboy who gets lucky. He finds out his love is back in town, they still have the sparks, and that he is now, a father of an eight year old girl. Talk about surprises…Jace couldn’t believe it when he saw Tilley and found out her age. After that it was like he was being sucker punched in the gut.

Carlene loved Jace when they were together. They spent one amazing yet reckless night and it changed her life forever. Her parents moved, she became pregnant and had Tilley. Carlene raised Tilley by herself and never told Jace. Even though he had every right to know…

Now, as fate has it they both are brought together in more ways than one…

The words from Tilley’ mouth made me laugh so hard, it was amazing. I loved it!

Overall, this contemporary romance is a must read. Humor, action, and second chances were enticing in this tale. There was a big emphasis on family in this book. I enjoyed the other cast of smaller characters. They too, made this a sweet journey.

Review: One More Promise

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Dylan Anders is making amends
…to his family
…to the public
…to the woman who just walked into his life

Paige Walters must learn to forgive
…her busy father
…her bossy sister
…and the wonderful man she horribly misjudged

Ambitious Paige Walters is ecstatic when she’s hired to recruit musicians for a literacy campaign—it’s her chance to prove she’s got the chops to make it in the family business. When Dylan steps in, she immediately dislikes him and vows not to let the fallen idol screw it up. But as the work brings Paige and Dylan closer together, their attraction grows…and so do their challenges…

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

One More Promise by Samantha Chase is a promising romance. Samantha Chase has cleverly created an atmosphere that appeals to all appeal people of different backgrounds. Whether one comes a conservative or rich family, the characters are nothing like their parents. They mess up a lot. But those mistakes make them who they are in the end…it was emotionally charged.

Here, I got to meet a sexy as hell rockstar who just got out of rehab. He drank so much he got into an accident. No one died. Yet, Dylan feels so guilty. Then, there’s a deep secret about his life that shocked me completely. With him coming from a good family, I just couldn’t believe it…but it felt believable. I can see how he got away with it for so long. And despite his issue with that secret, he still became a successful hero aka man. One that everyone could be proud of…

Paige Walters comes from a wealthy conservative family. She’s got the boho librarian style down right. Her passion about reading made me love her. Plus, she has a heart of gold. Works hard, goes all out to help others, and is an intense woman. She takes her job seriously…and her family doesn’t. Her dad underestimates her. He lets her do all the hard work then steals the spotlight from her. Yet, he never acknowledges her hard work. Then, there’s her sister who always steals her spotlight and takes over her projects after all the hard work has been done. Her sister is lazy and a complete bitch. She’s nothing but selfish and a liar. Whereas Paige is nothing like her older sister. Paige is easy to understand and love. She’s the hero.

One More Promise made me swoon all the way until the last page. Even when I finished reading it, I still awed over the characters. Their lives became messy and complicated. But they both survived their struggles and learned a lot along the way. Enticing, sexy as hell, and sweet too. Samantha Chase has successfully hooked me into her new world of fiction, easily. Overall, this is a must read for all romance readers.

Review: Road to Eugenica

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Two dimensions – And the girl who connects them.

Yesterday, Drea Smith couldn’t do anything spectacular—even walking and texting at the same time was a challenge. But today, she suddenly has more answers than Google, can speak and understand numerous languages, and she can fight. Like a boss.

Super freaky.

Drea has no idea where her encyclopedic knowledge has come from, but she’ll take it when she discovers someone out there knows her secret and wants her badly. And that they’ve been searching for her since she was born.

Since she was created.

With the help of her best friend Dylan, who just wants to keep her safe, and Maddox, a mysterious new boy who is prepared to get her answers, Drea will have to push her new skills to their limit as she uncovers nothing is quite what it seems.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Road to Eugencia by A.M. Rose is an intriguing YA science fiction/fantasy tale. A young teen has her entire life flipped upside down and inside out…it’s torn apart. First, she comes down sick, then, there’s a car crash and her dad doesn’t make it. Her mom is not who she thought she was. And then, there’s two guys. One of them is her best friend forever, Dylan. He’s crazy about Drea. Dylan wants to keep her safe. Next is Maddox. He too, wants to keep her safe.

Road to Eugencia is full of action, suspense, and danger. The attraction Drea feels towards Dylan feels real. After going through all the hell, Drea has to figure out whose after her and why. Staying safe, will be difficult. But with Dylan, Drea feels safe.

The shadowing from the end of this novel, has me wondering everything I thought I knew about Drea’s situation and her best friend, Dylan. I can’t wait to read the next book! Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

Review: Troubled Waters

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra’s relationship.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren is an enticing contemporary romance read. There’s a lot to offer. From romance to mystery, Susan May Warren kept me intrigued. The main characters were easy to understand and like. The attraction between the two protagonists was exciting. Their lives went from being simple to complex. Romance is never easy.

Ian Shaw a strong male character. Life has just gotten messier than he would care for…his niece is missing and his woman is leaving him. There just can’t be enough hours nor a break for this hero. He won’t give up searching for his niece and that made me love him.

Sierra Rose is another strong character. She pretty much holds up the situation together. Ian is falling apart because of his niece. She loves him but isn’t sure they could make it work. Until he finds peace, Sierra can’t be with him.

Then, there is the danger that leaves both Sierra and Ian together. Working through their issues and troubles, there might just be hope for them after all…

Overall, Troubled Waters is intriguing. Tons of action, romance, and sparks to keep me hooked. Susan May Warren brought her characters to life in this book. I would recommend this to others readers,

Review: Murder on the Sugarland Express

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The latest from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Angie Fox…

Ghost hunter Verity Long is overdue for a little R&R (rest and romance) with her boyfriend, Ellis, and a vintage train trip through the Tennessee mountains seems like just the ticket. The Sugarland Express carries history and nostalgia in every compartment, and Verity is determined to enjoy it—without ghostly interference. But the ghosts have other plans…

On a dark, desolate night nearly a century ago, the train was stranded in the mountains, and a young woman was found stabbed to death in her locked compartment. The murder was never solved, and a ghostly Belgian detective is still pursuing the case from the grave.

To Verity’s dismay, all of the ghostly suspects are back. And when history repeats itself and a new murder mirrors the old, it’s up to Verity and her friends to discover which of the passengers—dead or alive—could be behind the murders before the killer strikes again.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Murder on the Sugarland Express by Angie Fox is amazing. Her main protagonist, Verity, is a ghost hunter. She helps the ghosts she sees and helps them move into the light. Then, there’s the gangster ghost, Frankie, who is attached to the urn that she possesses. Wherever she goes with the urn, Frankie goes to…

Verity and her boyfriend, Ellis, want to escape their town and have a romantic getaway. However, Frankie convinces Verity to let him tag along so he could seduce his lady ghost friend. Then, there’s the other ghosts she meets while on the train. The train they’re on, is new except for the bell that was rummaged from the original Sugarland Express train. That train had several mishaps, like murder and taking all of its passengers down into the river…so many died that day. Now, with the original bell attached to the new Sugarland Express train, the ghosts are being called back to the living world. There, Verity, Ellis, and Frankie will have their hands full trying to solve the past and current murders. Plus, if they’re not fast enough, they may all die in a train wreck…

Angie Fox sure knows how to engage readers like myself. I was hooked. The plot kept me guessing, laughing, and rooting for Verity and Frankie. Ellis was a major help in solving the murders too. Being a cop, Ellis, is always answering his calling. The romance between Ellis and Verity felt real. I love this couple. No matter what happens they stick through it. Overall, I highly recommend this paranormal romance mystery to all.

Review: A Devil in Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The dawning of desire…

1806, Scotland: Wild, reckless Callum MacCreath is in no hurry to become someone’s husband. But when his responsible, steady older brother Ian announces his engagement to their childhood friend Rebecca, Callum makes a startling discovery: he wants the lovely young lass for himself. But it’s too late, and when Ian banishes him for his duplicity, he’s only too happy to leave Scotland forever…

…is delicious and dangerous.

1816: Marrying Ian was the practical, logical thing for Becca to do. But once Callum sailed away to America, she missed his rakish charm and lust for life. Now, ten years later, Becca is a widow when a much-changed Callum returns to his Scottish homeland. Will he remember their spirited, fiery connection, or does he blame her for his brother’s unexpected death? This time neither of them can deny their scorching attraction, but will their hearts be burned in the blazing heat of scandal?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

A Devil in Scotland by Suzanne Enoch is a very satisfying romance. I was instantly in love with the characters. Especially, the fallen hero who ends up redeeming himself. It’s a story I couldn’t resist.

Callum MacCreath is a Highlander at heart. Ten years ago, he figured out that the woman he loved was betrothed to his older brother, Ian. Wanting Becca, Callum tries to persuade Becca to marry him instead. Yet she wasn’t having it. And to top if all, he insulted his older brother, and made a drunken fool of himself in front of everyone, including Becca and Ian. Ian pushes Callum to leave their only home. Callum doesn’t hesitate and leaves without a penny to his name. Now, he’s brought back home by news of his older brother’s death. A drowning…his brother was the best swimmer and the water he drowned in was not deep enough to drown in…Callum knows who the killers are and his going to get them both. But first, family duty calls.

Becca was Callum’s and Ian best friend. Until she gets betrothed to Ian. That’s when, Callum realizes he’s loosing the one thing he thought he’d always have, Becca. Becca has always had a thing for Callum. However, all he has done was prove that he’s irresponsible, ignorant, and a drunk. He’s not to be trusted. That was ten years ago. Now, Becca has lost her husband and her father not too, long after each other. Becca is doing everything she can to find her way in life. Until Callum returns and comes claiming his inheritance. He always brings with him a lot of trouble. Enough to rattle Becca’s heart, and the two killers’ scheme to get Becca’s inheritance….plus, there’s Callum’s niece aka Becca’s daughter to consider.

A passion that never died…

Heat, danger, risks, and trust are found on every page.

A Devil in Scotland was everything I expected and more. Suzanna Enoch writes well. Her characters were charming. The Scottish rogue held my heart from the beginning. Then, there was the little girl, who brought so much joy and humor to Callum’s and Becca’s intense situation. I can’t wait to read more by this writer. Overall, I recommend this historical novel to all.

Review: Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The grass is always greener on your sister’s side of the fence…

Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can spell, a house she can’t afford and a teenage daughter who’s pulling away. With her fledgling virtual-assistant business, she’s scrambling to maintain her overbearing mother’s ridiculous Susie Homemaker standards and still pay the bills, thanks to clients like Lucas, the annoying playboy cop who claims he hangs around for Harper’s fresh-baked cookies.

Spending half her life in school hasn’t prepared Dr. Stacey Bloom for her most daunting challenge—motherhood. She didn’t inherit the nurturing gene like Harper and is in deep denial that a baby is coming. Worse, her mother will be horrified to learn that Stacey’s husband plans to be a stay-at-home dad…assuming Stacey can first find the courage to tell Mom she’s already six months pregnant.

Separately they may be a mess, but together Harper and Stacey can survive anything—their indomitable mother, overwhelming maternity stores and ex’s weddings. Sisters Like Us is a delightful look at sisters, mothers and daughters in today’s fast-paced world, told with Susan Mallery’s trademark warmth and humor.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery is funny, realistic, and the most engaging women’s fiction novel, that I’ve ever read. This, is a story about the relationships between mothers and daughters. Quirky, sweet, and heartfelt were these pages. It felt like it was nonfiction but entertaining like fiction. Yet, it really is fiction…which made me like it even more. Susan Mallery captured life between these women perfectly. They fought, cried, and laughed. But in the end, they love and respect each other. No matter what, the were there for each other.

First, there is Harper. A forty-two-year-old divorced woman. Harper is raising her daughter on what little her ex gives and what she can make as a single mother. Life isn’t easy to balance. Harper works so much she forgets to listen and spend more time with her daughter. Her daughter feels like Harper doesn’t love her anymore. She never listens. Just works all the time.

Second, there’s Harper’s mom, who forced Harper to give up her dreams and live the life she lived. Harper’s mother is always telling Harper how to raise her own daughter and how she’s lacking as a mother figure. Harper and her sister always have to tiptoe around their mother. Fear of not having their mom happy or proud of them keeps them having secrets.

Third, is Harper’s sister, Stacey. Stacey is a lab researcher. Super smart and gorgeous, Stacey is happily married and expecting. Only her mother doesn’t know…then, there’s the fear of her not loving her own child and not being a good mother. Stacey’s husband defends her and is willing to stay as a stay-at-home dad. He loves Stacey. Yet she fears she lose both him and their child.

Fourth, is Harper’s daughter. This girl has had it rough as a teen. Her parents divorce, her friends move, and another friend accuses her of being boring. She feels like her mother doesn’t listen to her at all. Her grades are slipping in some classes and she’s not sure what she wants to study for college. Then, there’s her father who breaks his promises and doesn’t do anything with her. To make things even more complicated, there’s Lucas. He’s the next door guy. Always paying her mom for doing his stuff. He respects Harper and her daughter. In fact Harper’s daughter feels like a daughter he never had. I love the sweet moments when the girl tells him stuff that makes him uncomfortable and she needs advice….it was both funny and heartfelt. Also, a new guy her age moves in with her aunt. Ashton is super hot…and it’s not long before she crushes on him…

Overall, Sisters Like Us is amazing. It’s so easy to love and understand. The characters were believable. The scenes were interesting. There was a rollercoaster of emotions as the plot unfolded. I enjoyed reading this novel. After reading this, I can’t wait to see what Susan Mallery comes up with next. I highly recommend this to readers worldwide.

Spring YA Titles to Add to Your TBR Pile…

This month we spotlight key young adult titles, including:

• Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 3/6)

• Gayle Forman, I Have Lost My Way (Viking Books for Young Readers, 3/27)

• Cordelia Jensen, The Way The Light Bends (Philomel Books, 3/27)

• Brigid Kemmerer, More Than We Can Tell (Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 3/6)

• Tahereh Mafi, Restore Me (HarperCollins, 3/6) – The fourth installment in the Shatter Me series.

• An Na, The Place Between Breaths (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 3/6)

• Leslie Odom Jr., Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning (Feiwel & Friends, 3/27)

• Emily X.R. Pan, The Astonishing Color of After (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 3/20)

• Gae Polisner, In Sight of Stars (Wednesday Books, 3/13)

• Chessy Prout and Jenn Abelson, I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope (Margaret K. Elderrry Books, 3/6)

• Randy Ribay, After the Shot Drops (HMH Books for Young Readers, 3/6)

Extra, Extra!

“Dear Prudence” columnist and former co-proprietor of The Toast Mallory Ortberg turns to a revisionist spin on scary stories with The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror (Henry Holt & Company, 3/13).

New York Review of Books editor Ian Buruma publishes his memoir, A Tokyo Romance (Penguin Press, 3/6).

And former Los Angeles Times Books Editor Joy Press examines the most important female television showrunners in Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television (Atria Books, 3/6).

Review: The View from Rainshadow Bay

 

Synopsis:

Prepare to stay up all night with Colleen Coble. Coble’s beautiful, emotional prose coupled with her keen sense of pacing, escalating danger, and very real characters place her firmly at the top of the suspense genre. I could not put this book down.” –Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered

“…The View From Rainshadow Bay, opens with a heart-pounding, run-for-your-life chase. This book will stay with you for a long time, long after you flip to the last page.” – 4 STARS, RT Book Reviews

After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.

When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.

Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.

In The View from Rainshadow Bay, suspense, danger, and a longing to love again ignite amid the gorgeous lavender fields of Washington State.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble is a romantic suspense novel readers like myself won’t forget. The characters have a way of pulling me further into their lives. I was frightened for them and hoping they would make it out fine. As with any suspense novel, I wasn’t sure of the outcome nor who the killer was.

Shauna lost her husband due to a dare competition. She never forgave her friend Zach’s for daring her husband too, far. However, it’s been a year later and now, she’s facing another loss. An older man and friend of hers dies from an explosion. But that didn’t happen until after he gaveled a box to give to his wife and his burner phone number. Shauna can’t ignore the gut feeling that the sweet older man was murdered…

Zach owns an emergency airway place in town. He and Shauna haven’t spoken since the day they loss Shauna’s husband. Now, it’s just Shauna raising her son alone and blaming Zach for the loss. Zach is torn inside about the whole situation. Out of the blue, Shauna comes to him asking him to take her son on a father-son picnic only because her son begged her. Zach is filled with hope to mend things between them. But then fate has other plans.

Colleen Coble has created a fascinating world of fiction in this book. I was impressed. The danger, risks, and romance caught my full attention. Sexy Zach and compassionate yet daring Shauna…made for a fun journey. I enjoyed reading this, and I recommend to all readers.

Review: Awaken to the Wilderness

Synopsis:

Edge of the Known have emerged from their self-imposed stasis into a climate of musical stagnation and social unrest. The world is hungry for a new vision, and many people look again to the band that once brought it to them with passion and fury.

But as Brandon Chane leaps into his most grueling tour jaunt to date, alongside his group of soul-brothers, he questions, more and more, whether it is the creative or the destructive power of Dionysus that he has just unleashed.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Awaken to the Wilderness by Seth Mullins is a great read. It’s more of an emotional journey that the main protagonist tells. He shows us what he’s feeling, thinking, and the consequences of his actions. He finds responsibility in his actions and wonders just how much he can impact others with his music. Brandon is a musician who goes through thinking about his past, present, and future lives. Through this journey, there are a lot of sad, angry, and heartfelt moments. I felt sympathy towards Brandon. He wanted to be successful and he got it. But at what cost to others? This book is not a standalone and should be read in order of the character’s journey. That way, it’s easier to understand where Brandon is coming from, how, and why. Overall, it was a good story…

Review: Tales of Titans Vol. 2

Synopsis:

Tales of Titans, by award-winning author Rich DiSilvio, brings great historical figures to life with concise yet compelling essays, coupled with engaging narratives that enlighten readers to their miraculous deeds, and misdeeds, that have significantly shaped Western civilization.

This handsomely illustrated series offers readers brief biographical overviews and cogent analysis, while the quasi-fictional scenarios transport readers into a fascinating past, whereby putting flesh on the bones of several titans and offering glimpses into their hearts, minds, and actions.

Even those less inclined to read history will be drawn into DiSilvio’s rich narratives that read like novelettes. Yet these engaging tales are constructed from actual events and are infused with original quotes that prove to be both humanizing and instructional. Meanwhile the essays offer unique factoids and perspectives that broaden understanding.

This volume features: The Medicis, Gutenberg, Lorenzo the Magnificent, Savonarola, Leonardo, Machiavelli, Martin Luther, Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, Galileo, Darwin, Marx, Stalin, Freud, Marconi, Edison, Tesla, Einstein, Fermi and von Braun.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Tales of Titans Vol. 2 by Rich DiSilvio is an interesting book. A journey all history lovers, like myself, would enjoy. This volumes features many popular figures and turns them into three-dimensional characters. Characters that intrigue, fascinate, and hook me further into their tales. I loved how Rich DiSilvio captured history and wove fictional elements into them. It made history more fun to follow. I wished this volumes didn’t the others in the series were used back when I was so a student…overall, Tales of Titans was informative, educational, and engaging to read. I highly recommend it to all.

Review: Chasing Mercury

Synopsis:

Chasing Mercury is a Romance-Suspense-Saga about “love in the time of mercury poisoning.” A Black ballerina and a whistleblower Powwow dancer meet in the Montreal Airport. They are both scheduled to perform in Berlin. During a long lay over in Zurich, he stuns her by depositing many hundreds of thousands of dollars into his Swiss bank account, to which he adds her name with no true explanation. Then he disappears. Is she an accomplice or is this just love in the time of mercury poisoning?

Chasing Mercury is a soaring cross cultural, international romance were the lovers and their families struggle for human and environmental rights against seemingly insurmountable odds. The novel honors the 2017 ratification of the United Nations Minamata Convention on Mercury. Chasing Mercury is the first of a series of three books.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Chasing Mercury by September Williams is an interesting yet environmental tale. Romance, mystery, and intrigue are woven onto these pages. Both protagonists share some commonalities but there’s still that gapping hole where trust seems to sink away…

September Williams can indeed write well. The story caught my attention and held it until the end. I was left wondering what’s next in this series. Poor, underprivileged, and a minority, these characters make the pages turn. Leading from sweet to dangerous situations, readers like myself will be hooked. Overall, it was very good.

Review: Silver Bells

Silver Bells

Synopsis:

New York Times-bestselling author Fern Michaels headlines this quartet of seasonal tales.

In the air, there’s a feeling of Christmas… so settle into your coziest armchair and enjoy four captivating tales that will make your holidays merry and bright…

“Silver Bells” by Fern Michaels

For years, movie star Amy Lee wondered what it would be like to leave her shallow Hollywood life and go back home to Apple Valley, Pennsylvania. This Christmas, she plans to find out. And Hank Anders, her high-school boyfriend, is now ready to give her a welcome she’ll never forget…

“Dear Santa…” by JoAnn Ross

Mystery author Holly Berry’s SUV has broken down in the little hamlet of Santa’s Village, Washington. Holly hates the holidays–that is until lodge owner Gabriel O’Halloran and his five-year-old daughter rekindle her belief in passion, magic, and Christmas wishes…

“Christmas Past” by Mary Burton

Photographer Nicole Piper just received a very unwelcome Christmas gift–a letter that holds clues to an elusive killer’s identity. Uncovering the truth means enlisting homicide detective David Ayden’s help, and embarking on a road trip that will take them both into the heart of danger and desire…

“A Mulberry Park Christmas”by Judy Duarte

Every Christmas, the folks living on Sugar Plum Lane pull out all the stops when decorating. After a bitter breakup, Alyssa Ridgeway’s heart just isn’t in it this year. But running into her first love, James “Mac” MacGregor, fills her with memories of the tender Christmas kiss they once shared…

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Silver Bells by Fern Michaels, JoAnn Ross, Mary Burton, and Judy Duarte is a sweet and heartfelt collection of four novellas.

The first one depicted a woman who has grown tired of her high celebrity life and coming back home. Once there, she feels more like her old self and maybe finding a love, too.

Second tale, was about a woman writer who lost her belief in Christmas. She gets lost and ends up in the most Christmassy town that has ever existed. There she meets a sexy as hell man, divorced, and is raising his daughter. Maybe, she’ll find both a renewed hope in Christmas and in love.

Third story was about a woman whose husband was abusive slash obsessive over her. She finally left him, started a new life with her child, and gets involved into a dangerous situation. That’s where her friend who is a cop comes in to save the woman he cares deeply about…only she has to find the courage to be brave enough to love him back.

The last tale involves another woman but one who suffered heartbreak and betrayal from her husband. She has two kids and moved into her father’s house. There is a nasty mean old man next-door who seems to be grumpy and ridiculous to both her and her kids. And to add into the complications, her old romance flame lives nearby. Making it impossible to ignore their attraction.

Overall, these stories were believable, funny, and interesting. I was hooked. Each story had a great Christmas tale filled with hope, laughter, and love. Friendships and romantic entanglements were formed as well. I enjoyed following each of the characters as their journeys unfolded. I recommend Silver Bells to readers everywhere.

Review: Secrets of Cavendon

Secrets of Cavendon (Cavendon Hall, #4)

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, a stunning, epic novel featuring the characters of the beloved Cavendon series.

 

For years things have run smoothly at Cavendon Hall, with very few quarrels, dramas, or upsets among the Inghams and the Swanns. But since the end of World War II, things have changed. The Secrets of Cavendon picks up in the summer of 1949, with the new generation of the estate at the forefront of the scandal and intrigue. With romance, betrayal, heartbreak, and possible murder threatening to tear them apart, the Inghams and Swanns will have to find a way to come together and protect each other in the face of threats they never could have predicted.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford is an engaging historical read. It’s similar to Downton Abbey. A big enormous place that is getting harder to keep up with…and families that have poured their money into keeping it alive. Then, there’s the secrets and history that are revealed. Plus, it too is set after the war. I enjoyed reading this novel.

As with all wars, things change. Drastic changes affect the Ingham and the Swann families. Finding ways to manage the finances and ways of the heart intrigued my attention. There was a lot of backstory and made this hard to get into quickly. I couldn’t move between pages that fast, because I needed to learn what was going on and who was involved with what.

The history of Cavendon is explored on these pages. Major themes of betrayal, romance, and heartbreak are incorporated into the tale. Some characters I enjoyed following more so than others. One of the ones I loved was Aunt Charlotte. She and Cecily Ingham had personalities that just drew me more into the plot. But others were not as captivating as them. There is a bit of mystery to follow here. Other than that it’s mostly a drama novel. So much drama within this book.

Overall, I was intrigued but bored. It has a historical slash women’s fiction genre to it. The strong characters were the females. The males seemed to be left behind mostly in the background of the story. Secrets of the Cavendon is good, but could have been better.

Review: Beneath the Summer Sun

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Jennie Troyer knows it’s time to remarry, and with two men pursuing her, she doesn’t have to look far. But after the pain she’s experienced, can she open her heart to love?

It’s been four years since Jennie’s husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it’s time to shed her grief and remarry for the sake of her seven children. What they don’t know is it isn’t grief that’s holding her back, but rather a fear of a repeat of her abusive marriage.

Leo Graber has known–and loved–Jennie since they were children, and he’d hoped to court her when they were teenagers. But when he was fourteen, Paul’s father died suddenly in his arms. Ever since he’s been afraid of the searing pain of loss that comes from opening himself up to love. Now Jennie’s free again, and he’s fighting to have the courage not to lose her a second time.

Nathan Walker is a Mennonite book salesman who makes it a point to stop by Jennie’s farm as often as he can. He’s grown to care for her, but he knows he has no right to court her unless he resolves his own struggle with his faith. He will have to change everything about his life in order to join the Jamesport Amish community. But would he be embracing a new life or running from his old?

The path isn’t clear for any of them. These three people, drawn together by circumstances and God’s plan, must come to grips with their pasts in order to discern God’s plan for their futures and find peace beneath the summer sun.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin is an interesting tale. One full of faith, hope, and love. Three protagonists have their own dilemmas to face. The question of them being able to move forward and find happiness caught my attention. Pain, loss, and fear cloud the characters as they struggle to face their issues. Clean and heartfelt, I felt like I was there with the characters.

Kelly Irvin has created a believable plot. Jennie is scared to love again after her abusive marriage. But with all of her kids, she needs a man in her life. Nathan is looking for love too, but he struggles accepting his faith. He must first find that before he can love anyone. Leo like Jennie has faced a loss. He lost his father and struggled with wanting to save others especially Jennie. But his fear of not being able to save someone he loves has him stuck in a rut.

A love mess with two Christian men chasing after one widow, made me smile. It gave a shed of lightness to Jennie’s dark marriage and to Leo’s loss. Having a third character brought out a little more in Leo. It gave me more of the push he needed to go after Jennie. Jennie is super easy to connect to…her situation made her likable. She felt real. I really liked her.

Beneath the Summer Sun was a sweet journey. A path to finding oneself and one’s heart. Having faith helped these characters face their lives in the present. Slow but steady, I think these characters will have found what they’re looking for in life. Overall, I enjoyed reading this novel.

Review: The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author comes the fourth novel of suspense taking place in Virtue Falls, Washington.

Beautiful Merida is married to a wealthy older man who takes her around the world as his trophy. Merida is everything a man could want. But a traumatic accident years before left her without the ability to speak. When her husband dies, she knows it’s her chance to exact revenge on those responsible for her accident—and that vengeance begins in Virtue Falls. Reinventing herself, she slips into village life, biding her time. But someone knows exactly who she is and will use this chance to finish what was started years ago. And this time an accident for Merida will mean silencing her forever.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream by Christina Dodd is a thrilling yet intriguing romantic suspense novel. I was hooked. The characters intrigued me. The beginning opened me up to a young woman who was through hell and continues to be put through it as the plot unfolded. Merida is mute. She’s been severely injured in the past through a terrible experience. One that many would love to forget. But it still haunted her. Merida is married to a the wealthiest man much older than her. He’s jealous and possessive of her. I felt the threats vibrating off of him from the pages.

Then, there’s Benedict. He’s more her own age and is fascinated by her. Merida’ beauty lured him in where all he could do was watch her. Benedict appeared to be real. At first, I couldn’t put a finger onto whether he was a decent man or not. Christina Dodd definitely has me guessing…

Another important character is a woman, Kateri. She’s a Sherrie and friend of the victim in this tale. Kateri also becomes a victim as well. As with any suspenseful yet dangerous journey, the women always become a victim.

There’s a bit romance between two sets of characters. The entire cast of characters come from a variety of backgrounds. Kept me turning the pages. I didn’t know for sure what would become of the couples.

The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream had an ending that I would never have guessed. It has something to do with the first victim. I can’t say much more…without giving away the whole tale. I loved the intensity of the situations, the deadly atmosphere, and the risks that were involved. Drama, murder, and romance all in one great book! Overall, I would highly recommend this novel to all

Review: Pangaea (Saga of the Sun-slinger)

Synopsis:

“Every now and then a Ranger, near the end of his life or edge of her sanity, enters Lyonesse in a last-ditch effort to bring a small measure of hope to the hopeless.

Predictably, their life span is short and violent.”

Lyonesse exists a lawless city under constant siege by malicious crime lords. It is a nexus point between Pangaea’s underworld and its elite, delivering both the best and the worst Pangaea has to offer a broken people. No one, whether Highbourne or Low, whether mortal or High Immortal, can escape the city’s darkness once it takes hold.

In that darkness a young Cougar seeks to shine a small light by helping those less fortunate. And with some luck, atone for past sins committed out of inexperience.

Her protector; an Elf whose past has left him defeated and whose boss seeks only to keep them both under his heel.

A terrible accident can either set them both free or see them forever ensnared, or worse…dead.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Pangaea: Saga of the Sunslinger by Bolivar Beato is a fascinating book. Inside are pages full of myth, fantasy, and paranormal themes. Each page was pure magic, events, wars, and other things. Detailed, carefully planned, and entertaining. The book held a intense environment…breaking into more intense moments. This book is definitely for fans of Stars Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings and Dark Rage. The characters are a variety of beings. I loved the mixture. Made every moment interesting. I was deeply intrigued by the scenes. The story is complex. I also enjoyed the dialogue between characters. There was some humor that made me feel like I was transported into the book. Bolivar Beato is a talented writer. Creating worlds that captured my attention and held it until the end.

Review: Long Black Veil

Long Black Veil

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2017

 

 

For fans of Donna Tartt and Megan Abbott, a novel about a woman whose family and identity are threatened by the secrets of her past, from the New York Times bestselling author of She’s Not There.

 

 

On a warm August night in 1980, six college students sneak into the dilapidated ruins of Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary, looking for a thrill. With a pianist, a painter and a teacher among them, the friends are full of potential. But it’s not long before they realize they are locked in–and not alone. When the friends get lost and separated, the terrifying night ends in tragedy, and the unexpected, far-reaching consequences reverberate through the survivors’ lives. As they go their separate ways, trying to move on, it becomes clear that their dark night in the prison has changed them all. Decades later, new evidence is found, and the dogged detective investigating the cold case charges one of them–celebrity chef Jon Casey– with murder. Only Casey’s old friend, Judith Carrigan, can testify to his innocence.

But Judith is protecting long-held secrets of her own – secrets that, if brought to light, could destroy her career as a travel writer and tear her away from her fireman husband and teenage son. If she chooses to help Casey, she risks losing the life she has fought to build and the woman she has struggled to become. In any life that contains a “before” and an “after,” how is it possible to live one life, not two?

Weaving deftly between 1980 and the present day, and told in an unforgettable voice, Long Black Veil is an intensely atmospheric thriller that explores the meaning of identity, loyalty, and love. Readers will hail this as Boylan’s triumphant return to fiction.

Rating: 3.5-stars

Review:

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan is an interesting novel. A thriller that holds a lot of action, intrigue, and danger. Explorations of murder, past secrets, and the truth are found among these thrilling scenes from their past. I was captivated. Jennifer Finney Boylan created a thick mysterious atmosphere in which I couldn’t deny. Her characters were believable. It was fun following them especially, Judith, as the intensity of the situation came unraveling from the past. Friendships tested, complex scenarios, and drama filled characters made for a fun read.

The pacing of this story was slow. Not quite up to my normal steady/fast paced environments that I usually love. The whole position of the friends locked up and things escalating out of control reminded me so much of Pretty Little Liars. I noticed that the book switches from past to future a lot. This was understandable as it explored the backstory of what happened to the cast of characters and what was currently happening to them now. Despite their past that haunts them as adults that they are now, I wasn’t that impressed with the rest of the current happenings of the story. Overall, it was good but not as good as I had expected.

 

 

Review: Reckless Lust by Chris Lange

haunted ruined old house with wooden windows

Synopsis: 

This new world is dangerous, lonely, and scary.

At last, she’s no longer alone. At last, she’s found real people. Bad luck they turn out to be rebels with a cause. Unlike them, her special abilities protect her most of the time, and she doesn’t want to be heroic.

But when a weird desire binds her to a complete stranger, she can’t fight it. The feeling is too strong, too savage, too merciless. Powerless to resist it, she teams up with this uncanny hunter. Together, they have to find the treasure that will enable them to destroy the enemy and restore the world.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

Reckless Lust by Chris Lange is a magnificent adventure. The third book in The Blast series, it continues to amaze me and pull me deeper into the story with every turn of the page. I can’t help myself. It’s how amazingly written this book and series is that I can’t help but become sucked into them as if I’m being pulled into one of Holly’s portals to another world. This book focused on Sage and her lover. A whole new twist comes with this book, too, that I did NOT see coming. Sage gets sent to a different dimension and meets a man who she has such a strong sexual connection with that she can’t be near him for long without both of them on their knees – controlled by their lust but unable to touch each other.

The plot continues to thicken and their pack grows in number with the journey that Sage has to take – not necessarily of her own volition. However, that makes the story that much more believable and fun to read. Similar to the previous book, it’s in the middle of the series but does an absolutely fantastic job of continuing the plot while giving the reader a unique insight to the characters introduced and focused on in this novel. We get to meet the last member of the group, Slate, and how he fits into the plan that Kat’s father has made for them. Even though everything within the book – Holly’s visions, Sage’s telekinesis, Bracken’s ability to uncloud Holly’s visions, and more – they are out of this world. Yet, Lange has found a way to wrap them into a story that feels so believable, that I wonder if it could happen in the near future!

This book is a fantastic addition to this series, and I absolutely love it. I NEED the next book. NEED it! I am so angry over how he ended this book. Not because it’s bad, but because it was a twist that there was no way I could see coming. Which is difficult to do – I can see most plot lines, but I didn’t see it here. Lange shocked me and made me need to read the next book. Not want or crave. I NEED to read it. I have never NEEDED to read a book before this one. As a fan of many series, this is the only one that has made me absolutely need to read the next book. I cannot wait to read it.

Thank you, Chris Lange for writing this amazing series, but I hate you for making me wait to read the next book! I’m looking forward to not only the next (IT BETTER NOT BE THE LAST ONE) book in the series, as well as everything else that Lange has written.

Bask in the fabulous world that is The Blast with me! Feel my frustration so I have people to discuss this with!

Review: Mute Desire by Chris Lange

Spooky old building in dark alley with small lit window and metal fire escape

Synopsis:

This new world is dangerous, lonely, and scary.
Standing up to packs of Blasted has never been so risky. In spite of her visions, she can’t always tell where the next attack will occur. She needs help, even more so since the dice are loaded.

It happened a moment ago. There used to be four of them fighting the enemy, there’s only three now. They’re surrounded, trapped in a dreary place with no hope, with no choice but to surrender. Only one person can save them, the terrifying man who makes her heart skitter.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

Mute Desire by Chris Lange is an absolute adventure from the first page to the very last, and makes you wish that there was more! The second book in The Blast series, I was absolutely stunned and did not want the book to end. I’m always leery of books in the middle of a series as they tend to be a little boring. They are always filler information while the reader waits for the juicy drama/end portions of the story. Lange does an absolutely PHENOMENAL job keeping my attention throughout the book and keeps me guessing at every turn of the page. It didn’t really seem like the second book in a series, nor did it feel like it while reading. It almost could have been a standalone novel if it weren’t for the connected storyline of the Blast, Cranium, and how the main characters are connected.

It was really cool to get more insight into Holly’s character in this novel. We still had cool notes from Kat’s father to read and wonder about, but it was amazing getting to know Holly and Bracken in this book. It not only gave the reader a fantastic, personal view of these characters and their connection, it pushes the plot of the entire series forward in a logical and entertaining fashion. I didn’t want to stop reading and wanted to know more about the relationship between Holly and Bracken, and the mystery behind the plot – how Kat’s father manipulated the events to ensure Kat and her group of miscreants would save the world. I need more!

Please read this book! It’ll give me more people to gush over how much I love this book and the entire series! I can’t wait until I read it again. I need more of this series and these characters! Damn you, Chris Lange, for creating such an addicting and AMAZING world to read about.

Chapter 1: The Doctor

Bree Egan stood watching as they last petal fell. The once beautiful rose was now gone. Sadness crept into her heart as the tears fell upon her cheeks. A strangled sob broke out causing a full case of weeping.
No. I won’t go. They can’t make me.
The sound of feet running towards her broke Bree from her sobs. It was now or never.
The doctor was coming for her. He even told her the day would come that she would be his.
With everyone else dead, Bree had no family to fight for her. Everyone thought she was crazy. Insane…all because the family doctor convinced them that she was. Too late, did Bree and her family find out what he really was. A murderer.
It’s all because she reminded him of someone…
Breaking the window to her right would be impossible. There was anything to break it with…except for her body. Weak from being drugged. Bree dragged her wheelchair closer to the window. Bringing her foot up, took forever. Slowly, she finally got it in place. Just as she kicked the window…he came rushing at her…
Screaming, Bree hoped somebody was around to hear her.
“I got you. You’re going nowhere, Bree. Do you hear me?”

The doctor grabbed her chin and cut her. A sharp pain vibrated through her. Screaming louder, Bree kicked him with all the strength she could muster. Then, everything went black.
****
“Hey, Bree.”
“Hey, Conner. How are you feeling today?”
“I feel great. A bit slow but that’s what arthritis does for someone in my age, huh?”
Smiling at the 76-year-old in-house resident, Bree enjoyed her work. Working with the older residents gave her joy. Many didn’t have families who visited and the ones that did only came to keep up appearances.
“You seem to be feeling just fine to me. I saw the way you moved when Ms. Walters came out into the living area.”
“Busted. I can’t do anything without you ladies noticing.”
“No. But that’s because we care about Conner.”
“Nurse Bree, we need you in room 205. There’s a new patient”, said Mandy.
“Thanks. I’m coming…Conner, do you need anything else?”
“Nope. I’m good. Thank you, Bree.”
“Always, Conner.”
Turning into the main foyer, Bree walks into the office picks up the roster sheet. Looking over the new patient information as she headed into the hallway.
Knocking on the door, Bree steps into the room.
“Hello, Mrs. Aaron. How are you doing? I’m nurse Bree. But you can just call me Bree…”
Bree stopped the moment the older woman grabbed her wrist. Pulling it out of the woman’s grasp was proving a bit difficult.
“He’s coming for you, Bree Egan…he’s coming for you.”
“How did you know my last name? Who’s coming for me? Mrs. Aaron…who?”
Beep. Beep. Beep. Be…..beep.
Nurses and the two resident doctors rushed into the room. Pushing Bree aside.
Stunned Bree walked out of the room into the hallway.
A masked person dressed in all black ran the moment Bree noticed.
“Security! Help! Intruder!”
Bree ran after the person. Knocking into trays and people along the way. The masked intruder left speeding away into the night.
***
Bree waited outside while the police came. They checked the video feeds, questioned witnesses, and took Mrs. Aaron onto a stretcher. Her body was being sent to a lab for forensics.
“Hey, you had a rough night.” Mandy said sitting beside her.
“That’s mildly putting it. I don’t know how she knew my last name. Or how she got here, where I work. Or who the intruder could be…but I can’t help feeling that she was murdered before she could say anything of real interest to me. What if…”
“Don’t go there, Bree. You worked real hard to put one danger behind you. That killer is buried six feet under. There can’t be anyone else going after you. You’re the best nurse here. Besides, the residents are in love with you.”
Sighing…Bree knew it was true. No one else could be after her…But that didn’t stop the words from Mrs. Aaron floating into her mind again. Shivering, Bree shook away the thoughts. It’s a new day…work had to be done.
“Oh, and Ms. Jones told me to tell you to go home, take the day off. Then, come back to work.”
“But I’m fine. Really…”
“You can’t fool me, Bree.” Mandy said getting away.

Review: Alaska Nights

Alaska Nights: Daddy's Little Helper\Because of the Baby

 

 

 

Synopsis: 

LONELY MEN IN HARD LUCK, ALASKA, LOOKING FOR WOMEN.

OUR TOWN MIGHT BE COLD, BUT OUR HEARTS ARE WARM!

Location: north of the Arctic Circle. Population: 150 (mostly men!). But the three O’Halloran brothers, who run a bush-plane charter service called Midnight Sons, are heading a campaign to bring women to town.

Daddy’s Little Helper

Mitch Harris is a friend of the O’Hallorans, and he’s responsible for law and order in Hard Luck. He’s also the widowed father of a little girl, although he never talks about his marriage. But it’s not long before seven-year-old Chrissie decides that her new teacher, Bethany Ross, is the perfect candidate for wife and mom!

Because of the Baby

Matt Caldwell, Charles O’Halloran’s brother-in-law, is an easygoing charmer, and still in love with his ex-wife. Karen’s still in love with him, too. Her reaction to him the night of his sister’s wedding certainly proved that. It also left her pregnant Now Matt wants her to marry him again and not just because of the baby!”

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Alaska Nights by Debbie Macomber is a sweet heartfelt book. Containing two novellas inside, I was intrigued. Both stories were about second chances, new beginnings, and love. Love pops up even when the characters least expect it to…the, there’s secrets that are waiting to burst. A father never knowing he had a child and a woman who has yet to tell her ex about the baby they just created together. Funny, realistic, and steady. These characters bring a lot of drama, humor, and friendship wherever they go.

Daddy’s Little Helper was the cutest of the two novellas. A little girl goes about setting up her father and new teacher. Imagine an eight-year-old asking such serious questions about age, love, and marriage. Chrissie Harris wants a brother or a sister. But she cant have either one unless her dad marries. And she won’t stop trying to setup her dad with her brand new teacher, Bethany Ross.  Bethany Ross just moved out to Alaska. Her goal was to find out what her birth dad was like. It so happens her birth father is like her in many ways. Mitch Harris lost his wife when their daughter, Chrissie, was just a baby. He and his wife didn’t get along…marriage isn’t something he wants until, he meets Bethany Ross.

Because of the Baby is a novella about husband and wife trying to patch things up…Karen Caldwell, divorced her husband. Thinking he’s being just as childish as before. Switching careers, spending his entire inheritance, Bethany is worried he’s just like her father. But Matt Caldwell is nothing like Karen’s dad. Instead, he’s just trying to find the career he wants and will enjoy doing. Neither one expected him to finally find his calling. Then, there’s their marriage on the line. Matt is doing everything he can to win back Karen’s hand in marriage. However, there’s also a tiny surprise that might just be the fix they needed to bring them closer. A baby does wonders…

Overall, I enjoyed reading Alaska Nights. A book containing two stories in the Alaska series. Men needing women in their lives. Women who can’t resist the Alaskan men makes for an interesting journey. Debbie Macomber has proved that she can definitely write well. Her two fictional worlds felt so real. I recommend this collection to all.

 

 

Review: Into the Night by Cynthia Eden

=Into the Night (Killer Instinct #3)

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Two FBI agents are caught in a merciless vigilante’s crosshairs in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s electric Killer Instinct series

Lives will be ravaged as two FBI agents confront a mastermind serial murderer in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s new Killer Instinct novel

Sheltered in the shadows of the Smoky Mountains is the suspect who’s summoned FBI agent Macey Night’s fears to the surface. Every day that the “Profiler,” a vigilante serial killer, escapes justice is another day she’s reminded of what it is to be a ruthless predator’s prey. Capturing him is a craving deeper than anything she’s felt in a long time. But Agent Bowen Murphy, equal parts sexy and volatile, seems hell-bent on changing that. Working together—needing, living, and breathing each other—they’re entwined to distraction.

Bowen’s used to operating on impulse: act, don’t feel. Now Macey and the controlled terror behind her beautiful eyes has him rethinking everything, including his rule to never get close to a colleague. He’s willing to fight for a future with Macey, but the consequences of love could be deadly.

Rating: 5-stars

Review: 

Into the Night by Cynthia Eden is a dark romantic suspense that both entices and frightens at the same time. Her writing brings to life the haunting scenes depicted on every page. The serial killers work and their own death by serial killer hunters. The hunters becoming the prey was both a relief and a nightmare at the same time. These serial killers that were caught had to be very good at not being caught so their executioners had to have better skills and knowledge than them. That’s what chilled my spine as I kept on reading.

This FBI unit has a lot of backgrounds in dealing with serial killers. Each team member has had their own personal experience with a serial killer killing them or someone close to them. Each one managed to survive their nightmares. Now, they work together in bringing others like their serial killers to capture. Yet, what they don’t know is that one of them might not be who they think…

Imagine working closely with an intelligent individual that you are supposed to trust with your life, only to find out that person’s real identity…

I really enjoyed getting to meet, Macey. She was the main leading female protagonist in this story. Her past included being scarred by a serial killer. Macey was once a doctor and now, she lives fighting to catch her killer and others like him.

Bowen is captivating. He’s another member of the FBI unit. His history is darker than others. Bowen was once engaged to his best friend,  who died and was manipulated by a serial killer online. Bowen couldn’t wait for the police to catch the bastard. So, he went out for the killer himself. That soon made him a hero and made him feel like a killer. Bowen soon lands as an agent wit the unit and falls instantly for the strong yet beautiful agent Macey. But as partners, he can’t get involved with her…

Until, a case leads them both closer together than they would have dared to dream.

Macey and Bowen are being manipulated and tested by a serial killer or more than one…and catching the bad guys is their main focus. But then, when they are injured it takes everything in their will power to fight what they have for one another.

Overall, Into the Night is a stunning thriller. I enjoyed following this cast of characters from the beginning. Their worst fears, dreams, and hope kept me intrigued. I was instantly hooked with this novel. Cynthia Eden has proved herself as a worthy writer. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future. I highly recommend this book to all.

 

 

Review: Because It’s Christmas

Because It's Christmas: The Christmas Basket\Merry Ex-Mas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Can Christmas bring the gift of a second chance?

The Christmas Basket by Debbie Macomber

Ten years ago, Noelle McDowell and Thomas Sutton fell secretly in love. Secretly because their mothers had been locked in a bitter feud for decades. But despite the animosity between Sarah McDowell and May Sutton, Noelle planned to elope with Thom. Until he jilted her.

This Christmas, two things happen when Noelle comes home to celebrate the holidays. The feuding mothers find themselves working together to fill Christmas baskets for charity. And Noelle and Thom discover they’re still in love. Can family rivalries be set aside? Will Sarah’s daughter have a second chance with Mary’s son? Maybe she will…this Christmas!

Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts

Cass Wilkes has been looking forward to her daughter Danielle’s Christmas wedding—until Dani announces that she wants her father, Cass’s ex, to walk her down the aisle. Then her friend Charlene arrives at their weekly chick-flick night in shock. She’s just seen the ghost of Christmas past: her ex-husband, Richard, who left a year ago when he ran off with the hostess from her restaurant. Now the hostess is history and he wants to kiss and make up. Hide the mistletoe!

And bring out the hot buttered rum, because the holidays aren’t easy for Ella O’Brien either. Ella, newly divorced, is still sharing the house with her ex while they wait for the place to sell. The love is gone. Or is it?

Two delightful stories. Two writers known and loved for their Christmas novels!

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Because It’s Christmas by Debbie Macomber and Shelia Roberts is a great 2-1 book. Two wonderfully written novellas combined for this Christmas season. Each story featured lessons to learn, forgiveness, and love. Of course the obstacles for these characters seemed like they were never going to happen…but then with these writers’ talent, Christmas miracles may just come true.

The Christmas Basket by Debbie Macomber is about a feud between two mothers. Once best friends, now enemies. For years, they have antagonized each other over one simple mistake. It soon goes too far, creating a distance between their children who are in love with one another. It did remind me a bit of Romeo and Juliet but with a more positive telling than a deadly one. Here, the lesson of forgiveness, friendship, and rekindling love is open. I enjoyed the trouble between the mothers more than I did of the two love birds featured in this tale.

Merry Ex-Mas by Shelia Roberts wasn’t my favorite tale. It was more heartbreaking than the previous story. It was about broken relationships. Some were fixable while others were not. Even though some things couldn’t be fixed the theme of counting one’s blessings was huge. A mother is thankful for her kids even though she didn’t have a love in life. Couples facing dilemmas and having to make decisions was believable. The way it was told felt real. It was more like real-life than a fictional tale with a happy ending. Sometimes, there just isn’t a happy or sad ending but just a closure of finding a peace within yourself. That was what the ending was about…finding peace in the character’s life. Former exes bring trouble to the women in this novella.

Review: Amish Sweethearts

Synopsis:

Love is in the air in these four sweet romances!

Love and Buggy Rides  (previously published in An Amish Harvest)

Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?

A Home for Lindsay

From Amy Clipston’s beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series comes Lindsay Bedford’s story. Lindsay is happily looking forward to the day she becomes Matthew Glick’s wife and is excited for the plans he has for the house he will build her. So, when Matthew suddenly calls off the wedding, she is blindsided. She knows there is more to the story than what he is telling her, but will he open up and let her in on his own heartbreak?

Where the Heart Is

Tobias Smucker is back home, and it’s no secret he and his father are still not on the best of terms. But what is surprising is that his little sister’s best friend, Mariella, has been harboring her own secret feelings for Tobias. With her help, he begins to unravel a family mystery and learns that everyone has their own hidden depths, including his father.

Love Birds  (previously published in An Amish Market)

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Amish Sweethearts by Amy Clipston is a wonderful collection of four short stories. Each story has a powerful message and heartfelt connection. I enjoyed following each of these characters. Their journeys were hard and full of promise. Hope, faith, and love are major themes examined in each of these tales. Amy Clipston captured the Amish language and culture down perfectly. It was like being there physically experiencing all of the scenes firsthand.

In Love and Buggy Rides, I got to meet these characters again from a previous collection. Two young Amish adults find themselves facing their fears. An accident involving a buggy brings them together in ways they didn’t think would.

A Home for Lindsey was exciting. I got to meet with previous characters from another story. However, in this one, I got to follow along and see if there would be happy ending. Love is simple yet complicated. This tale made me laugh and fall in love with the characters. Amy Clipston never disappoints. I was intrigued.

Where the Heart Is, showed me that even though we think we know something, it turns out that there’s always more to the story than originally thought. Here, there was a lo of anger directed at a father from his son. Boundaries were explored and tested in this story. It was interesting to watch the rift between them men become less sows the pages fly by. A young woman helping the son find strength and hope. A sweet journey.

Love Birds was my most favorite. Here, two best friends lose their friendship over a misunderstanding. It takes a lot of work, patience, and forgiveness before these two can begin again. Plus, there’s the secret attraction one feels for the other. It made the plot more engaging.

Overall the Amish Sweethearts, is a clean romantic collection of novellas. Each one facing a different love issue. The struggles felt real. Amy Clipston beautifully wove these words into three-dimensional worlds. I loved the Christian feel good environment filled with sweet promises.

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Book Review: Lone Wolf Lawman

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A Texas Ranger must protect the daughter of a serial killer from becoming his next victim…

Breaking into the home of the woman who shared his bed three months ago isn’t Weston Cade’s usual MO. But the Texas Ranger is on a personal vendetta to catch a killer, and Addie Crockett is the man’s biological daughter. The beautiful rancher also happens to be carrying Wes’s child…

Addie can’t remember her birth father, but she’ll never forget the lover who took her to bed — and then disappeared. Now she has to trust Wes with her life. And the life of their unborn baby. As desire reignites, Addie quickly discovers that with this lawman by her side, she just might escape the target on her back.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Lone Wolf Lawman by Delores Fossen is a wonderful romantic intrigue story. I loved the characters! They were easy to understand, like,  and had me cheering for them. The bad guys were believable too. My only complaint was how fast a character appeared and then, just as quickly disappeared without knowing what happened to him. That part is driving me nuts. At first, I thought, well maybe, I went through the book too fast. So, I went back and still couldn’t find him…I wanted to cry out in frustration. That was just plain mean to tease me with that character. He was planning to use himself as bait and that’s the last I read about him…

Okay, so the main characters were really great. First, there is Addie. She finds out that she is a serial killer’s daughter. Wow! I can’t imagine what I would do, if that were me. Then, about that same time she finds that out…a man appears in her life. His plan was to find out what she knew of her dad. Apparently, she may hold memories that could identify her father. This same man ended up changing Addie’s life. Addie is in real danger from a bunch of criminals…and they might have been hired by her serial killer father.

Second, there is Weston Cade. He is a Texas Ranger. However, he leads Addie to believe he’s just a normal cowboy hanging around…what he didn’t plan on doing was making love to her. Yet, he did not once but many times. Something about her has him stuck by her side. Yet, he disappears from her not too soon after their love making. Addie then, hates him and so does her adoptive brothers. Jax and Jericho. These brothers are also lawmen.

Lone Wolf Lawman is sexy, haunting, and suspenseful. I enjoyed reading this book. Delores Fossen has proven that she can indeed write a stunning tale. I got lost within the first chapter. A journey about a young pregnant woman being targeted for reasons not sure of, and her past lover comes to her rescue. Then, there’s the twists and turns that pop up, keeping readers like myself guessing who and why. The sole focus is keeping Addie alive and catching the bad guys, especially her father. This piece of fiction left me with a taste for more of these characters. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this series holds. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Scars by Eliza Bates

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The doctors said she was lucky, but ex-student Anabelle Cahill is haunted. The sole survivor of a car accident that killed her only brother, she’s been adjusting to her new normal—nightmares, panic attacks, and a scar that reminds her of the biggest mistake of her life. Just as she’s about to give up on her dream of pursuing a career, she meets Luke Klein, a handsome heir to a hospitality tycoon and a drugged-up mess. He’s high, he’s unpredictable as hell… and he wants to see more of her.

Pulled into Luke’s world nearly overnight, Anabelle discovers he’s almost as haunted as she is. A sex scandal, a bankruptcy, the shadow of his family’s masculine dynasty—his recent past is shrouded in mystery, and no one wants to talk about the whole story.

Anabelle is determined to find out the truth about Luke Klein, even if he’s determined to keep her at arm’s length. But she soon finds that the truth—and her feelings for him—is even more complicated than the lies, and Luke’s demons are darker than she had imagined.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Scars by Eliza Bates is an outstanding contemporary romance novel. I was hooked. Addicted, actually. I can’t wait to read book 2, Secrets! I need to read the next one to find out what is gong to happen next…Eliza Bates…you, have written an interesting series with a heroine that I’ll never forget.

Scars is exactly as the title suggests. Anabelle has a lot of scars. One is visible and the others are not. She got behind a wheel after drinking and her brother died from that night. That pain is relieved every time, she sees her scar. She hides it from everyone. Until, Luke shows up and somehow gets her sucked into working for his family’s business. But Annabelle isn’t going to do what Luke wants. She will not stop until the truth comes out…whether it’s to proveLuke is indeed the rapist/murderer everyone thinks or to prove that he’s actually as innocent as he tells her. Along they way, Annabelle gets wrapped up into the investigation and risks her life and her heart. Luke is super hot, super rich, and difficult to pin…

Luke Klein is the next big character. I’m still not sure how much I like him. He cares deeply for Annabelle but it’s still not enough. He parties, does drugs, and hooks up…while holding onto his non exclusive girlfriend, Britt. Britt is a model. Luke wants to be a photographer. However, when the chips finally land, he still refuses to leave the world he hates to be with Anabelle. I ended up both hating him for being a duche bag and liking him for being there at the critical moment for Anabelle.

Eliza Bates has created a novel that feels more real than fiction. I can literally see the characters in action as the scenes fly by…I wanted to hug Anabelle and was cheering for her all the way. She changed a lot from the beginning and is still finding herself. Then, there’s the complicated Luke. I’m not sure where he will be in the next piece to this brilliant series, but I’m curious to see if he grows a pair when it comes to chasing after Anabelle. If he chooses to go after her…again. I loved the writing. It was raw. Sad, hilarious, dangerous and sexy…were the feels I got from this emotional rollercoaster ride. Absolutely, wonderful. I loved a read that connects me to the protagonist and has me begging for the next book. This, novel, has done just that. Overall, I highly recommend this title to all readers.

Review: Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies

Synopsis:

Cooking a wonderful meal is an art. An act of love. An act of grace. A gift that affirms and gives life—not only does it nurture those who partake of the meal; it also feeds the soul of the creator. These are lessons Gina learns from her mother, daughter of an unfortunate French chef.

Gina is a young woman born to poor parents, a nobody keen to taste life outside the world she was born into. A world that exposes her to fascinating people gripped by dark motives. Her passion for cooking is all she has to help her navigate it.

She gets lucky when she’s chosen to cook at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area where customers belong to a privileged class with money to spare for a dinner of inventive dishes costing hundreds of dollars. In this heady, scintillating atmosphere, she meets new friends and new challenges—pastry chef Marcia, filthy rich client Leon, and Brent, a brooding homicide detective. This new world, it turns out, is also one of unexpected danger.

Can the lessons Gina learned from her mother about cooking and life help her survive and thrive in this other world of privilege, pleasure, and menace?

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies by Evy Journey is a contemporary readers like myself won’t forget. The plot itself is this dark edgy vibe to it with a hint of romance. It’s more dangerous than anything. Friendships are tested, broken, and destroyed. Romances begin so fast and end just as quick as they started. From a sexy filthy rich man to a regular average joe, the main protagonist has her hands full. Being seduced by a rich man can be nice…but with comes unwanted danger. Unexpected events occur and kept me intrigued. I felt both sympathy for the bad ones at first but I felt even more sorry for the protagonist. Her pain is both a physical and emotional one. What a rollercoaster…

Evy Journey has created three-dimensional characters. I could see, hear, and feel everything they did. It was crazy. One moment Gina’s work life goes from being busy good to a nightmare. Her past friendship comes out and it gets worse with each page. I felt connected to Gina. She’s a hard worker and a good person.

Gina comes from a poor family. Inherited her skills of cooking from her family, Gina works her butt off in the food industry. She has finally landed herself at a top star restaurant and her personal life unwinds completely. All it takes is for one rich customer and a former best friend to bring the unexpected and disasters to Gina. What Gina thought she knew will change as the course of events escalate out of control. Life threatening, deadly, and stunning…scenes kept me turning the pages.

Leon is the filthy rich customer who wants nothing but Gina. However, he’s dating her best friend. Talk about issues and complications. Here, this was the first warning bell for Gina,,yet she didn’t think things would turn out for the worse…

Imagine trusting a best friend one moment and then fighting for your life…

That’s what happened to Gina…not once but twice.

Pastry chef, Marcia, is the other best friend that Gina has. I really liked Gina until I noticed her crazy moment over the “brooding” cop, Brent. She was obsessed with him as hers until she learned he doesn’t like sweets. Luckily, Brent had that going for him…because Gina has a past that one doesn’t know until the unexpected happens…

Brent is the homicide detective that meets with Gina when the accident with her first best friend happens. From there, Brent and Gina have been in contact since. Brent soon becomes a little jealous because Gina is gorgeous and Leon is trying to take her. Brent knows something about Leon and try’s to tell Gina, but she still goes with Leon. Thinking Leon really loves her…

Romance, work, and friendships are deeply explored in this exciting piece. Evy Journey has captivated me from the beginning with this tale. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was worth reading every single last page. Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies is exactly what’s in this novel. There’s a little of all that inside…overall, I recommend this contemporary to readers everywhere.

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Review: Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz

Synopsis:

A broken promise reveals a terrifying legacy in this electrifying novel from the New York Times bestselling author of When All the Girls Have Gone.

A painter of fiery, nightmarish visions throws herself into the sea—but she’ll leave some of her secrets behind…

Seattle gallery owner Virginia Troy has spent years battling the demons that stem from her childhood time in a cult and the night a fire burned through the compound, killing her mother. And now one of her artists has taken her own life, but not before sending Virginia a last picture: a painting that makes Virginia doubt everything about the so-called suicide—and her own past.

Like Virginia, private investigator Cabot Sutter was one of the children in the cult who survived that fire…and only he can help her now. As they struggle to unravel the clues in the painting, it becomes clear that someone thinks Virginia knows more than she does and that she must be stopped. Thrown into an inferno of desire and deception, Virginia and Cabot draw ever closer to the mystery of their shared memories—and the shocking fate of the one man who still wields the power to destroy everything they hold dear.

Rating: 5-stars

Review

Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz is a promising read. The novel instantly gives way to a dark tale. One full of loss, death, and danger. Now, in the present moment two young adults are still gripping with their past fears. A dangerous man who killed their mothers, might still be alive and killing again. The risks are just as high as their fears. But both Virginia and Cabot are willing to follow any leads to the questions they need.

An older woman, a friend of Virginia’s mother, made a promise. She will not tell the killer anything. Instead, she ends up taking the answers to her grave. But she happened to leave behind clues to Virginia. That’s where Virginia contacts Anason, the lead detective the night she was recused, about the new death. Virginia believes the old woman’s death is in connection to her past life. And that the killer may still be out there…

Cabot is obsessed with the conspiracy idea that the man who killed his mom and other children’s mothers is still alive. But he doesn’t have enough proof to dig further. Until, Virginia comes to him and Anason for help. She believes that she has something that could lead them to catching the killer after all those years…

However, neither one expected the danger to come chasing them. Nor did they expect the attraction to each other to hit them hard…

Promise Not to Tell is intriguing, haunting, and suspenseful. I was hooked. The details kept me guessing. There were a lot of leads and several suspects but then…there still the question is the killer still out there or not? If he is, when will he show himself? Jayne Ann Krentz has proved herself in this novel. It was everything I expected. Dark, gruesome, and a bit romantic too. I loved the characters. Virginia, Cabot, Anason and even Xavier…I can’t wait to read the next book! Overall, I highly recommend this novel to all readers.

Review: You’ve Got Fail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

She’s driving me crazy. Or am I the one driving myself crazy? I can’t tell anymore. Ever since Scarlet Rocket showed up in the flesh, she’s turned my structured world upside down. My neatly ordered life, my hand-painted Aliens versus Vampires figurines, my expertly curated comics collection—none of these things provide any shelter from her sexy, sassy onslaught. It’s a disaster of my own making. She didn’t exist until I created her. Now, I can’t get her out of my mind, and all I want to do is get her into my bed. Never mind that she’s a thief, a liar, a con-woman. Every step she takes leaves chaos in her wake. And damn if I don’t want more of it.

Note: This is a full-length romantic comedy that will have you guffawing, or at least snorting hard.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

You’ve Got Fail by Celia Aaron has the super funny, super hot, super fun factors down completely. I couldn’t get enough of the these exciting scenes and characters. Their flaws are what make them so irresistible. A nerd who has a degree in English Lit, is buffer than most jocks, and has a heart of gold is a keeper. Plus, his own blog writing is hilarious. That is Willis. And he has an issue. Everyone thinks he’s a woman due to his blogger name Scarlet Rocket. But that’s not his only growing problem…a woman con takes his name and everything Willis built into a career could go down if he doesn’t catch her soon…

Who knew that men who play with action figures and love fantasy movies could be so freaking hot? Daphne aka Scarlet Rocket was surprised with Willis. Willis being the real Scarlet Rocket blogger. However, once Daphne realizes what kind of mark Willis is, she can’t sop using his name…and if that fates have it, neither will her PR manager.

Willis is beyond furious that the woman stealing his glory is a beautiful redhead. He happens to be a sucker for redheads…and that isn’t helping his case in stopping her. Then, he finds out she’s a thief and wants nothing more from her. That was until his PR manager uses the fake Scarlet Rocket woman to work as a clutch for Willis. Willis new problems will be controlling his lust towards the beautiful thief, keeping his relationship completely professional, and watching her to make sure no trouble comes…

Yet, life is full of surprises and the more time they spend together the more their instant chemistry sparks out of control…

You’ve Got Fail is by far the best romantic comedy I’ve come across as a reader. This, hit the spot perfectly. Sexy as hell, fun, and one that pulls me into its pages. Wow! Hot geeky nerd and a gorgeous redhead thief kept me turning the pages. Absolutely , a must have for all TBR piles! I highly recommend it to all.

Review: Wallflower Most Wanted

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

THE PICTURE OF ROMANCE

A dedicated painter, Miss Sophia Hastings is far more concerned with finding the right slant of light than in finding Mr. Right. But when an overheard conversation hints at danger for another local artist, Sophia is determined to get involved. Even if it means accepting help from an impossibly good-looking vicar who insists on joining her investigation—and threatens to capture her heart…

Reverend Lord Benedick Lisle knows that Sophia is no damsel in distress. But he won’t allow her to venture into peril alone, either. . .especially since he finds Sophia’s curious, free-spirited nature so alluring. But protecting her from harm is becoming more difficult than the vicar could have expected as he and Sophia confront their fiery mutual passion. Who could have known that the art of love would prove so irresistible?

Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins is a page-turning Regency romance and part of the Studies in Scandal series.

 

 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins is an interesting tale. This historical romance, brings out the most unusual characters for this genre. Beautiful yet exceptionally talented women who are looked at as strange among the society of their time period. However, their family and closest friends love them for who they are. Then, there are the men they meet…seduction, heat, and passion are mixed into the atmosphere creating a raw and unforgettable story.

The men can’t resist temptation in the form of the these exciting women. Strong, independent, talented and smart women…who know what they want in life. It was hard not to love the especially the main characters focused in this novel. Miss Sophia Hastings has been made an heir. Her talent is painting. She’s an outstanding artist that can make people think and feel what she has painted. I loved her fiery spirit. Her strong will and determination came from her Aunt who is a force to beware of…

Miss Sophia Hastings ends up injuring her leg and meets the dashing yet remarkable vicar in her area. Every lady wants to marry him. His good looks cause for the flock of women to surround him. Yet Miss Hastings isn’t flocking him despite how attracted she is to his looks and charms. When Reverend Lord Benedict Lisle pulls his full on charms, there’s no resisting him…

Reverend Lord Benedict wants to help people. He has no stomach for war yet he can defend himself and those he cares about…especially, the wallflower known as Miss Hastings. Both him and her suffer with the opposite sex coming to them for attention. Neither one enjoys this. Yet as their chance meeting happens, so does the danger. Over hearing a crime plot, both characters end up pulling closer than they ever dreamed. Maybe, they’ll find their match after all…unless the danger gets to them first.

Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins is a super sweet, funny, and charming book. I couldn’t resist it. The temptation was too great. The characters were lovable. Each one had a personal connection to the situations happening and their personalities made the story that much better. It was believable. Manda Collins beautifully wove this tale into a romance unlike any other. Overall, I highly recommend it to all.

Review: A Hand of Magic

Synopsis:

Even in a world of magic… you must trust in love… to heal the healer.

As Madison is running from venomous weresnakes who forced her to be their healer, she heals a werewolf pup attacked by a troll. A deed that turns her world upside down when she’s unexpectedly drawn to the pup’s werewolf pack. Even more so she’s drawn to their leader, the alluring Alpha—Alex. Though Madison gave up on love long ago, the more she’s with the werewolf pack, the harder it is for her to push Alex away.

Alex Spiros has close-cropped light brown hair, hazel eyes, and a wolfish grin, but the caution and danger in his movements mark him as a protector… and the killer for his pack. Madison brings out the male part of his wolf, but he’s also worried about her and wants her to feel safe after the horror of the weresnakes. Alex throws himself into a war to protect her and his pack.

Is time running out for the pack or can Alex bring the war with the weresnakes to a victorious end? Moreover, is Madison ready to not only bond with the pack, but also surrender to an even rarer bond with Alex…or will she keep running?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

A Hand of Magic by Diane Moat is one of the best paranormal romance novels I’ve read in a long time. Her protagonist, Madison, stands out from the norm. She’s easy to like and makes me wonder what and where she’ll be next. I never know what to expect with a character that is running away from her greatest fear.

Madison can’t get too close to anyone. Otherwise, they end of dead by the very group who held her hostage. Her friends have died and now, that Hand is coming after her. They won’t stop until she’s dead…

Madison runs into a pack of wolves that are needing her help. She ends up sealing her fate with them, when she heals a pup belonging to them. The leader, Alex, will not stop chasing her to stay. Then, there’s this irresistible bond she feels with him. Alex too, feels their connection. Unlike her, Alex wants it…them together. But it’s up to Madison to decide where she will be when the times comes.

A Hand of Magic is dark, intriguing, mysterious and romantic. I loved it. Diane Moat has everything I wanted and expected in this read. Plus, some. Besides, who could resist a magic, danger, and love? This made for a heady combination that sealed me in from the start. Diane Moat proved she is indeed a talented writer. I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next and hopes she creates a book two for this one. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to all.

Review: Steal Away Home

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

“This is a powerful story of grief, love, forgiveness, and holy mystery, and I loved it. Billy Coffey is a master storyteller.” —Lauren Denton, USA Today bestselling author of The Hideaway

Owen Cross grew up with two loves: one a game, the other a girl. One of his loves ruined him. Now, he’s counting on the other to save him.

Owen Cross’s father is a hard man, proud in his brokenness, who wants nothing more than for Owen to succeed where he failed. With his innate talents and his father’s firm hand guiding him, Owen goes to college with dreams of the major leagues—and an emptiness full of a girl named Micky Dullahan.

Owen loved Micky from the first time they met on the hill between their two worlds: his middle-class home and her troubled Shantytown. Years later, he leaves her for the dugouts and the autographs, but their days together follow him. When he finally returns home, he discovers that even peace comes at a cost. And that the hardest things to say are to the ones we love the most.

From bestselling author Billy Coffey comes a haunting story of small-town love, blinding ambition, and the risk of giving it all for one last chance.

“In one evening, a single baseball game, Coffey invites us into a lifetime. With lyrical prose and aching description we join Owen Cross on a journey of love, loss, faith, the unexpected—and America’s favorite pastime.” —Katherine Reay, author of Dear Mr. Knightley and The Austen Escape

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey is an emotionally intense tale. A young man has his life ahead of him. A baseball career awaits and Owen does not hesitate to grab it. But then, he falls in love and it seems like a part of him is left behind with Micky. The one woman who grabbed his heart. Soon Owen finds himself searching for something. The past holds so much pain and memories flood as the pages are turned. I found this emotional journey entertaining. A love that was never forgotten, mistakes that haunted the character, and finding a peace within is found, here. Micky is different than Owen. She is smart, beautiful, and excluded from peopled like Owen. Yet Owen still wanted her…even after the years that divided them apart. Hurt, anger, and refusal to believe left behind a wounded woman and man. Overall, this story was heartfelt and messy. I recommend it to all.

Review: I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Synopsis:

Three holiday favorites from New York Times bestselling authors!

Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber

A single dad’s rambunctious teenage daughter hatches a plot to find her father a wife, and she has just the woman in mind. He may claim he’s not interested in remarriage, but perhaps the magic of the holiday season will help him change his mind.

On a Snowy Christmas by Brenda Novak

When their private plane crashes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains shortly before Christmas, two political enemies discover that survival means more than just staying alive. In their case, it also means falling in love…

The Perfect Holiday by Sherryl Woods

What’s a holiday without a handsome husband? To a matchmaking aunt, it isn’t very festive at all! So she sends the perfect man to her single niece. But will he become the perfect groom-to-be by Christmastime?

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

I’ll Be Home for Christmas is a book containing three Christmas novellas. Each one is done by a talented and well-known writer. These writers include: Debbie Macomber, Brenda Novak, and Sherryl Woods. It’s collection is sweet, sexy, and heartfelt. Christmas time is a time for family, healing, and new beginnings. These areas are explored in each piece.

In Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber, I got to follow a teenage girl separated from her mother and living with her dad. Her dad has buried himself into his work and ignored her. She misses the way things used to be between them. Her father is always grouchy. But when they move into an apartment with quirky characters, the daughter goes on a plan to find her father a wife. But he refuses her offer. But then, the woman he’s being setup with is just as enticing to his daughter as she is to him. A woman who needs a man in her life, soon gets her wish. However, there are many fun bumps in this journey. I laughed a lot in this story. The characters were realistic. It was fun watching all the main characters transform with every page.

On A Snowy Christmas by Brenda Novak, is just the thing to heat up the night. A plane carrying two nemesis soon crashes. The pilot dies leaving the two enemies working together to stay alive. The woman would rather save her pride than admit her attraction to her enemy. The man has been fighting his desire for his enemy since day one. Now, stuck in the freezing wilderness, they both need each other to stay alive until help arrives, if ever. Heat, passion, and frustration adds to the tension of this tale. Both characters want to make it out alive and return home in time for Christmas. Complications arise between the two and it takes a whole lot of trust and a risk to keep what they want alive between them. Sexy, entertaining, and funny…Brenda Novak wrote well. I was thoroughly engaged with her story.

The Perfect Holiday by Sherryl Woods is was the sweetest touch to this novella collection. I liked how two strangers were connected at the same pulled to together at random. An older lady makes a young man promise her to return to her inn at Christmastime. About that same time, her family relative, whom she left the inn too, also moves into the inn. Both miss the older woman terribly. However, they find a compromise and both stay at the inn. With the woman’s young daughter, the trio becomes best friends and more. Take chances, risk your heart, and fall in love again! This story was my favorite out of the three. Spicy yet still sweet enough to keep my interest the whole way. Sherryl Woods created a magical piece with this enchanting short tale.

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Review: The Perfect Gift

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Bobby and Paolo’s Holiday Stories: Book Two

Back in America after finding “A Home for the Holidays” and each other in Capri, new couple Bobby McGrath and Paolo Mascobello are ready to tie the knot during the winter holidays. Their families, friends, and pastor offer more advice than sages on speed. So, young lawyer Bobby and fashion designer Paolo are caught in the matrimonial holiday circus. Will a shocking turn of events somehow lead to the perfect wedding for the December grooms?

The following Christmas, Bobby and Paolo aren’t feeling the holiday spirit. They have a nice apartment, designer clothes, entertaining and supportive friends and family, but little time for each other. While out shopping in their quaint local holiday village, Bobby and Paolo encounter Gregory, an adorable seven-year-old who changes their lives forever, offering them a true holiday miracle… if they’re willing to accept it.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Joe Cosentino is a great writer. His latest book, The Perfect Gift, demonstrates that. The characters from book one are once again having another adventure. This time, it’s their wedding planning. Family goes crazy trying to make it the best wedding for both grooms. However, the stress adds up and the couple are feeling less excited about it with each new moment. Tension, drama, and relationship woes adds texture to this tale. Making it believable. I kept wondering if the couple would survive the wedding planning or not. I loved their families as much as I did the main characters.

Two grooms totally in love falling apart and decisions to make…plus, it’s the holiday season! Growth from both Bobby and Paolo are seen on the pages. It was interesting to follow them as things got messier. The Perfect Gift was funny, sweet, and entertaining. I enjoyed reading this new book.

The book is about love and new beginnings. The emotional journey felt so real…For fans of LGBT fiction and romance, this is a must have book. It contains all of these elements shaping it into the wonderful journey that Joe Cosentino made it.

Review: Claiming His Secret Heir

Synopsis:

Can he win back his wife?

When Caroline McNeill shows up outside her husband’s mansion, she claims to have no memory of the past year…or their passion-filled honeymoon. But faking amnesia is the only way Caroline can find out if Damon was behind her abduction. She needs to trust him—a man she craves but still barely knows—before she can tell him about their infant son. Did the Silicon Valley mogul merely marry to claim an inheritance then dispose of her? Or is what they share real and forever?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Claiming His Secret Heir by Joanne Rock is sexy as hell, emotionally engaging, and fast-paced. Risks, danger, and intrigue…all in one perfect read. Themes such as second chances, new beginnings, love, and family are found.

A woman just married the man she loves. Returning back home, she finds her father in their house and then everything is blank. She wakes up with amnesia. Caroline can’t remember her name or anything…until her sister finds her. From there, parts of her life come back to her. Yet, she still has no idea what happened or why. Nor who to trust. Running away from her father, Caroline takes a risk and finds her husband. She needs to find out what happened. Once, she can eliminate her husband from her suspect list, she’ll share her story. Plus, there’s a secret that Damon will want to know…

Damon never liked his wife’s father. That man was manipulating and awful. Always trying to push Damon out of his business. However, Damon is a fighter and won’t go down without fighting back. Damon tried looking for his wife, but Caroline’s dad reassured the police that she kept in touch with him. Damon wanted to go after her, yet the father said she wanted distance. Damon let it go but he still hoped for Caroline to return.

Ten months later…they reunite but under terrible circumstances. Danger and temptation are surrounding them. Caroline was kidnapped and drugged. Damon blames her father…but Caroline can’t believe that her father would be so evil…their passion still sizzles.

I fell in love with the characters instantly. Caroline’s torture that she went through had me sympathizing with her. Plus, with the secret she has…and the Heat Damon creates within her…everything was explosive in all the right ways. Hot, heartfelt, and addictive. Overall, I recommend Joanne Rock’s Claiming His Secret Heir to all.

Review: Weightless

Synopsis:

When 15-year-old Carolyn moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the junior class at Adams High School. A good student and natural athlete, she’s immediately welcomed by the school’s cliques. She’s even nominated to the homecoming court and begins dating a senior, Shane, whose on again/off again girlfriend Brooke becomes Carolyn’s bitter romantic rival. When a video of Carolyn and Shane making out is sent to everyone, Carolyn goes from golden girl to slut, as Brooke and her best friend Gemma try to restore their popularity. Gossip and bullying hound Carolyn, who becomes increasingly private and isolated. When Shane and Brooke—now back together—confront Carolyn in the student parking lot, injuring her, it’s the last attack she can take.

Sarah Bannan’s deft use of the first person plural gives Weightless an emotional intensity and remarkable power that will send you flying through the pages and leave you reeling.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Weightless by Sarah Bannan is a novel everyone should read. It’s about bullying, manipulation, and disaster. Loss, grief, uncertainty and coming of age themes are woven into the plot. One girl went from being a typical teenager to dying. Bullying happened. Maybe, she was to blame as well. But the horrifying elements of the attacks against her made me cringe.

Carolyn Lessing was popular. Loved and hated. Yet, it all began with dating a senior. From there her life changed dramatically. Drama increased. From a jealous ex to thrown glass, Carolyn experienced it all. Blood, taunting, and harassment never stopped. I felt sorry for Carolyn. She didn’t deserve what she received.

Sarah Bannan took me back to the era of being a high schooler. That’s a time, I would love to forget. I thought I had it bad…until, I read this book. Carolyn suffered worse. Her whole life got torn to shreds and inside out…

No one helped her.

The worst part, she really didn’t seek for help either.

Teenagers are cruel. They’re not saints. That image and philosophy can be seen on every page. I was shocked. These things actually happen to teens everywhere. Some have it even worse than Carolyn did. A life is changed and gone forever, a community destroyed, a family never whole, and the memory will haunt forever…

Weightless by Sarah Bannan is a great read. I was hooked. I didn’t like the tormentors much. Their personalities probably describe how real ones act and feel. But it just made me move as far away from them as possible. I’m still wanting to know why they did it. The book left me wondering why…so much pain and hurt was felt. It’s a sad novel.