Review: Madame President 



Synopsis:

The harrowing, but triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women’s movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history.

When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won the 2005 Liberian presidential election, she demolished a barrier few thought possible, obliterating centuries of patriarchal rule to become the first female elected head of state in Africa’s history. Madame President is the inspiring, often heartbreaking story of Sirleaf’s evolution from an ordinary Liberian mother of four boys to international banking executive, from a victim of domestic violence to a political icon, from a post-war president to a Nobel Peace Prize winner. 

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author Helene Cooper deftly weaves Sirleaf’s personal story into the larger narrative of the coming of age of Liberian women. The highs and lows of Sirleaf’s life are filled with indelible images; from imprisonment in a jail cell for standing up to Liberia’s military government to addressing the United States Congress, from reeling under the onslaught of the Ebola pandemic to signing a deal with Hillary Clinton when she was still Secretary of State that enshrined American support for Liberia’s future.
Sirleaf’s personality shines throughout this riveting biography. Ultimately, Madame President is the story of Liberia’s greatest daughter, and the universal lessons we can all learn from this “Oracle” of African women.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Madame President by Helene Cooper is an inspiring read. Women everywhere will be awed at the work done by one woman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She has gone beyond any other woman of her time in a country that mistreated women as objects. Here, I got to follow the brave and clever woman as she rose from just a mother to a president of a nation. Going to prison, suffering like every other woman has done…,yet she managed to rise dispite the hardships that fell upon her. I was amazed. She kept on going even when it might have meant the end for her. Writer, Helene Cooper, has brought Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s life alive on these pages for All to see. Just when I thought I have seen, heard, and know it all…this book brought out more than just a woman struggling to rise among men of her country. It’s a story of survival, courage, determination as well as breaking barriers. Overall, I recommend this nonfiction piece on one of the most compelling stories of a woman to readers everywhere.

Review: The Garden City Rules 




Synopsis:

Kathryn “Kat” is bursting with excitement and anticipation to begin high school. She is hoping, as most girls do, for acceptance, popularity, and, most of all, a boyfriend. But the sudden death of her father changes everything. Her family begins to unravel. Her mother becomes absent, and she finds herself in trouble and sent away.

Devotedly, Steve, her oldest brother, rescues her and takes on the responsibility of raising her and her brothers. They keep a watchful and protective eye over her as she begins her long awaited high school years. High school brings her everything she wanted—acceptance, popularity, and a boyfriend—as she struggles to pick up the pieces of her past.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Garden City Rules by Michelle Courtney is a contemporary YA piece that readers won’t be forgetting any time soon. The plot immediately draws readers into its emotional rollercoaster ride. Sad, tragic, and beautifully written. There was so much inside this book. I was easily able to identity with not just the main character but all of the characters. Their story took me in deeper. I felt their pain, their frustrations and the tensions were real. Growing up while trying to do what’s right for one’s siblings is hard. Without parents in the picture, it’s left to the older or oldest sibling to carry the burden. Life is hard enough without losing people one loves. But as the story progressed, it went from sad to peaceful. The understanding and love was powerful. Watching the characters grow, was interesting. Definitely, a page turner. Michelle Courtney not only wrote about loss and grief,  it also about struggling with popularity, acceptance, and dating. Responsibility was another important theme. This book was super easy to read. The plot went by faster than I thought.  The Garden City Rules is one read that I highly recommend to readers worldwide. 

Review: Candy’s Kisses



Synopsis:

City girl Candy Merrill can’t see herself falling for a country bumpkin. But her best friend’s cousin, Levi Bishop is hard to resist in his tight jeans and country charm. This has to be lust at first sight…because it couldn’t possibly be love.

It’s been a long time since Levi has kissed a woman as sweet as candy. And this Candy is looking for a guy who can kiss her socks off. Levi’s never been afraid of a challenge. But after one kiss, he’s hooked on sweets. Now he’ll just need to get Candy to see past their differences and show her she needs him for more than kisses.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Candy’s Kisses by Carys Weldon is the steamiest, hottest, and sweetest romance ever. The characters will leaves readers swooning faster than they can blink. Sex appeal plays a high role in this read. A smoking hot country boy and a city girl meet at a bar. Due to the urging of a cousin/ best friend, they meet. When they do, the instant chemistry smolder into hot flames. Sexy, irresistible, and exciting. Never a boring moment in this book. Love is hard. Candy isn’t the kind to go sleeping around…and neither is Levi. But he’s hooked after that first kiss. However, she leaves him waiting for her and Candy doesn’t return…so, he goes to her. Thinking she lost interest. But her eyes say the opposite. They go to his farm, where the cowboy lures her into his heart and bed. But is it just hot sex or more? Carys Weldon will keep her readers reading through the night. Every page is engaging. Torn between staying or leaving, Candy will have to decide what’s best. Levi is the kind of man all women want in their beds and in their lives forever. Candy’s Kisses is a tug of war erotic romance that will hook readers instantly. I definitely fell in love with this tale. Overall, I recommend this romance to all. 

Review: The Skeleton Code

Synopsis:

Early in life, we learn to exaggerate our positive personal qualities and hide or deny our failures and weaknesses. The Skeleton Code is a satirical and humorous look at the many ways we protect our public personas by closeting our personal secrets, an ultimately self-deluding way of life. As a parody of the self-help “success” genre, the book presents facetious strategies about how to cover up our silly and scandalous secrets before turning to The Skeleton Cure.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Skeleton Code by both Alla Campanella and Ken Massey is a great read. The book is a super neat way of getting the past to stay in the past. We are all human. Meaning we’re bound to make mistakes that keep us on edge if ever leaked. Both writers go through every step of addressing skeletons and how to move forward. Their advice and self-guide helps going through the process. Plus, there’s situation of skeletons inside that help us relate to our own skeletons. From there it makes us feel that we can take on the future and not be dragged downward by the mistakes. The help also leads readers into a more productive, positive, and engaging lifestyle. Limit future skeletons. Funny, well-written, and absolutely the best self-help book I have come across in a while. Overall, I recommend The Skeleton Code to readers worldwide. 

Review: The Sun is Also a Star



Synopsis:

The Instant New York Times Bestseller! Soon to be a Major Motion Picture!

The dazzling new novel from Nicola Yoon, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything (in theaters May 2017!), will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other!

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel:  I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? 

Rating: 5-stars

Review

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is by far the greatest book ever. Her story weaves readers into its depth. Never letting them go. I felt the tension, rebellion, and the yearning. Two unlikely characters by chance meet. A meeting that shakes up their world and puts it upside down again. Love. True love. Chemistry. Instant attraction. Neither one was expecting it to happen. But there in the midst of everything they fell into a whole. One that has swallowed them both. However, as with real life, love is separated or broken. In this case, both are separated. One is being taken out of the country and the other staying. Their chance of love is impossible. But the hearts protest…

Nicola Yoon’s debut novel is brilliant. Refreshing, exciting, and leaves readers wanting it to never end…it’s a book that captures its audience. I was hooked. Every page lured me deeper into the character’s lives. Society, family , and distance keeps playing the bad parts…but somehow the odds might just break. The Sun is Also a Star kept me wondering what will happen next. I never knew what was going to occur. This phenomenal read is similar to that of The Fault in Our Stars movie. I really can’t wait to see this one on screen soon. Suspenseful with every page. The characters are amazing. Well-developed. The tale is well-told. Overall, I highly recommend it to all. 

Review: The Arts of Legerdemain as Taught by Ghosts



Synopsis:

Set against a backdrop of magic tricks, ghost stories, and attempts to communicate with the dead, The Arts of Legerdemain as Taught by Ghosts tells the story of Steve Kozwa–a former stage magician who’s recently released from prison. Steve is living in a dilapidated apartment, working a dead-end job at a donut shop, and clinging to one spark of hope: that he can somehow scrape together enough money to get to New Zealand and the fresh start his sister has promised.

His fragile existence is shattered by a poster advertising a magic show, and a magician Steve recognizes: his ex-lover, Fox Fellows. As he wrestles with the conflicting emotions and memories surrounding his failed relationship with Fox, Steve tries to gain ground on his potential future, signing on to help a sad and obsessive hunt to communicate with spirits. And, just as Steve thinks he’s managed to get over the crux of his problem, an unforeseen catastrophe wipes everything away, and leaves him facing a dangerous and desperate set of choices.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Arts of Legerdemain As Taught by Ghosts is entertaining, suspenseful, and well-written. Jim Naremore has created a marvelous masterpiece. After opening the book, the story swept me off my seat…and settled me deep into the tale. Following a magician as his turn of events go from livable to highly dangerous, was fun. I didn’t know what to expect. Each page was full of adventure. Bold, enticing, and engaging. 

Jim Naremore has created a character reader’s like myself won’t ever forget. Steve Kozwa. A magician who is let out of prison and soon finds himself starting back towards magic. Then, there’s his ex lover, as well as the promise of a new life. But first, he is easily turned away by someone over her own success. Next, he’s framed…or is trying to be framed. Yet Steve and his magic are so good, it’s unbelievable what he can do. Steve is easily a character I liked. His story hooked me from the beginning to end. I look forward to reading more about Steve Kozwa in the future. The ending leaves so much that could be turned into more possibilities. Overall, I highly recommend The Arts of Legerdemain As Taught by Ghosts, to readers worldwide. 

Review: Dominion of the Star




Synopsis:

The totality of a solar eclipse lasts only a few short minutes. That’s more than enough time for an apocalypse to erupt. 

Almost eighteen years have passed since the Eclipse changed the Earth forever, and Sebastian Za’in rose from the chaos and seized control, imposing his order on the broken planet. In a world ruled by fear and superstition, where all gods have perished, there is no one that can stand up to Za’in, the man rumored to be one of the Nephilim—hybrid offspring of Angel and Man. In a few short months, another Eclipse will occur, and while there are those that expect a new natural disaster, Za’in has plans of his own . . . 

Completely unaware of this global turmoil, Kayla Steelryn has spent most of her life in a quiet village, longing to uncover her hidden past. When she leaves her home in search of answers, she finds herself faced with the truth about her identity, forced to choose between the two men she loves, and thrust into a conflict where she alone has the power to stop an event more disastrous than the end of the world.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Dominion of the Star by Angelica Clyman is a fascinating world of fiction. Here, both evil and good reside. The past is no more…and the present is awful. Then, there’s the unknown of what the future will hold. Bold, engaging, and the most intriguing fantasy ever…Dominion of the Star will steal readers from their seats. I found myself curious and hooked. The plot holds a promising story full of action. Danger, war, and destruction all on a tipping scale sinking closer to a reality. Imagine a world once destroyed and soon to be under another terrifying moment. The characters were well-developed. The turn mail wasn’t just an external one but also an internal conflict. Kayla is a character I could easily relate to and feel her emotions. She’s seeking answers and those answers lead her on an adventure of a lifetime. Interesting, suspenseful, and intense. Angelica Clyman held my attention from the first page onward. Her story is one that has a lot to offer. Romance, coming of age, and leaves readers wondering what will come. Overall, I recommend this novel to all. 

Review: Completely Yours


Synopsis:
Kiera Connelly leads a quiet life, and that’s just how she likes it. She’s built a name as a graphic designer and meets up with her friends online, all from the comfort of her living room couch. But when a rare outing turns disastrous, Kiera finds herself up close and way too personal with an unbelievably hot real-life hero.

Zach Ashley doesn’t see himself as a hero. He’s just a regular guy who gets to help people every day as an EMT. But when he’s called to a scene and has to treat his most gorgeous patient ever, he finds himself mixing work with pleasure. He never hesitates to put his life on the line…but will he ever risk his heart?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Completely Yours by Erin Nicholas is a sweet romance that readers will love. Her  characters are so believable that I can’t believe it’s fiction! Both character wou are never have met if it wasn’t for the building that collapsed. Many were injured and luckily neither main character yet was hurt. One is a sexy EMT the other a gorgeous graphic designer. Both have the hots for each other and only time will tell if they go from this super sweet hot moment to a happily ever after…life is complicated. And their meeting just but their worlds upside down and inside out…the emotional war each character has is stunning. I felt their frustrations and feelings as if I were feeling them myself. Erin Nicholas has a way with words that leads readers like myself further into her delightful world of fiction. Completely Yours makes absolute sense when reading the novel. Each character in a way becomes the other’s complete half. I loved the brewing romance and the fire of spdesire each time the characters were near each other. Loved it. Overall, I highly recommend this contemporary romance read to all. 

Review: Acanemia 



Synopsis:

An irreverent appraisal of America’s higher education players–administrators, faculty, and students–offered by an emeritus professor at a university established in the 1960s.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Acanemia is a fascinating memoir. It took me on a journey to learning about higher education failures. I also got a sneak peak to a liberal instructor’s point of view on education. It was quite an informative read. Lawerence E. Hussman took me through his journey of learning in school while talking about the good and bads of higher education. He doesn’t blame a particular group or institution but explains it’s a group failure. This book discusses the numerous issues facing the American higher education system. I agree with the writer. As an American student, the higher education has many failures indeed. Lawerence E. Hussman goes on with suggestions to reforming the higher education system. One such problem is that school officials have a personal versus inclusive agendas. This a major effect upon education and those earning their education. I found this book to be quite educational. I enjoyed exploring the roles of education and the system itself. Acanemia is a must read whether one is getting their education or working in that field. It’s even beneficial to those looking to solve the issues happening everywhere. Lawerence E. Hussman gives a deeper meaning to the topic. Both drawing from his personal experiences and from what he does as an educator. Overall, I recommend it to all.

Review: The Skills of A Scoundrel 

Synopsis:

A Man on the Run from Love… 

Lord Mark Dawnton is a genius. Everyone says so.

Not only can he think circles around most of his peers, but he has also a skill for maneuvering through his father, the Duke of Wardington’s, marriage schemes.

Mark’s plan: Dodge women of good breeding. Dodge marriage.

The plan had done the Duke of Wardington’s youngest son well for years… that is until the day Mark was presented with a new challenge.

He must instruct a lady in the ways of science and present her to His Majesty by the end of the season as a great mind.

It’s a challenge that he can’t refuse… but when he meets his lovely student, Mark finds he’s up for another challenge entirely.

A Woman on the Run from Herself…

Lady June Haywood is ready to take on any challenge that will get her in Society’s good graces once again.

Scandals from her past have made life hard for her, so she’s willing to do whatever it takes redeem her reputation.

Anything but marriage.

With June’s secret past, the last thing she needs in her life is another man, but Mark is like no man she’s ever encountered and very quickly, lessons in chemistry and psychology turn toward anatomy.

Namely, hers.

He doesn’t wish to marry and neither does she, but what will happen when their actions give flame to new scandal?

Page Count: around 330 pages

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Eleanor Meyers has created a stunning historical romance. Her novel explores the theme of women and them getting an education. Most men think it’s a joke. But there are some men like, Lord Mark Dawnton, who find educating those who seek it as something praise worthy. At first, he thinks the woman sent to him was due to his father’s marriage schemes…but it turned out to be a real request to learn. Plus, he can’t stop thinking about the woman. She doesn’t hit on him or is impressed with his scandalous ways. But he has impressed her with his speeches on various scientific stuff. She remembers everything he said. Now, that has caught his attention. He dismisses her…but soon finds himself wanting her in more ways than one. 

The Skills of A Scoundrel by Eleanor Meyers is perfect. It sizzles with heat, action, and intrigue. Every page was as captivating as the first. Two unlikely characters set together yet both defy the other…but as fate has it, both will be attracted before they realize it. Love, danger, and learning. A strong female heroine and a matching male figure are bound to lure readers deep into this story. Their personalities are like fire. They set ablaze reader’s appetite to know more. Once again, I found myself pulled into Eleanor Meyers fascinating world of fiction. I love her writing. I can never get bored of reading her novels. As each character has his and her own struggles. Dilemmas that readers can easily understand and relate to…overall, I highly recommend The Skills of A Scoundrel to all. 

Review: A Portrait of Emily Price  


Synopsis:

Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she can’t fix—until she meets Ben, an Italian chef, who seems just right. But when Emily follows Ben home to Italy, she learns that his family is another matter . . .

Emily Price—fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist—dreams of having a gallery show of her own. There is no time for distractions, especially not the ultimate distraction of falling in love.
But Chef Benito Vassallo’s relentless pursuit proves hard to resist. Visiting from Italy, Ben works to breathe new life into his aunt and uncle’s faded restaurant, Piccollo. Soon after their first meeting, he works to win Emily as well—inviting her into his world and into his heart.
Emily astonishes everyone when she accepts Ben’s proposal and follows him home. But instead of allowing the land, culture, and people of Monterello to transform her, Emily interferes with everyone and everything around her, alienating Ben’s tightly knit family. Only Ben’s father, Lucio, gives Emily the understanding she needs to lay down her guard. Soon, Emily’s life and art begin to blossom, and Italy’s beauty and rhythm take hold of her spirit.

Yet when she unearths long-buried family secrets, Emily wonders if she really fits into Ben’s world. Will the joys of Italy become just a memory, or will Emily share in the freedom and grace that her life with Ben has shown her are possible?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

A Protriat of Emily Price by Katherine Reay is one that readers don’t want to miss. It’s vibrant and full of life. Life isn’t perfect and neither is the main character’s life. Drama and choices go hand-in-hand in both reality and fiction. I loved how Katherine Reay made her characters real. She portrayed everything perfectly. From traveling to foreign places, experiencing a new culture, and meeting new people…there’s quite a bit for everyone to enjoy. The food, new beginnings, and romance spark an intrigue that doesn’t end even with the last page. I was immediately hooked. A Protrait of Emily Price was the first novel of Katherine Reay’s that I have read. I was pleased with her novel and I look forward to reading more of her novels in the future. The combination of art and food plus, the difference in cultures was a brilliant mix. Exciting, adventureous, and hilarious. This was definitely one romance I will never forget. Overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere. 

Review: Boy 9, Missing


Synopsis:

In the tradition of Defending Jacob or Drowning Ruth, this is a suspenseful debut that explores the ramifications of revenge, justice, and the aftermath of a terrible night in the lives of two families.

It should have been just a quiet evening with friends. But Francis lost his brother that night in what was ruled a tragic accident. He’s tried to move on in the last twenty-three years, even though his father certainly hasn’t. Indeed, his father still blames the lone witness, Sam, the nine-year-old son of friends. Perhaps if Sam would have just said something, anything, about what happened that night, but Sam still seems unable-or unwilling-to utter a word about the accident.

And now, twenty-three years later, Sam’s own nine-year-old son has disappeared.

Rating: 5-stars

Review

Boy 9, Missing by Nic Joseph is a psychological suspense novel, all readers won’t forget. The death that haunts the family within is one of the most realistic tellings I have ever read. An older brother can’t move past his younger brother’s death. Since that day, he has needed therapy of all kinds. He can’t move forward. Like the weight and unknown truth of what happened that night keeps haunting him. It’sad to see a family torn both physically and emotionally like this one presented here. A witness, annother young boy, has never once told the truth of what he saw that night on how his friend died. The mystery has surrounded that place until the last page…where all hell breaks loose and the truth may just come out after all. Nic Joseph created a thriller that was stunning, well-developed, and intriguing from the start. It sent chills down my back and tears down my cheeks. Who knew the killer was closer than the family thought. Anger, sex, psychological trauma and another young boy missing…keeps reading turning the pages. I couldn’t stop reading it. I had to know the truthjust like the main character, Francis. Boy 9, Missing is one novel that I highly recommend to all readers. 

Review: Naked Prince & Other Tales

 

Synopsis:

Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods, who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Follow Cinder and Prince Charming in this twist on the classic Cinderella tale as they discover their inner strengths and find their very own happily ever after.

Enjoy The Naked Prince and three other reimagined tales from Fairyland, each with a unique spin on stories we all know and love, including The Golden Rule, where eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden, after being thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents, breaks into the cottage of three burly men on Bear Mountain.

In Whatever Happened To…?, friction ensues between a celebrity with a growing appendage and a reporter who has a thing for giants.

And in Ice Cold, young Gaelen must save his love, Kieran, after a handsome but evil prince freezes Kieran’s heart and bewitches him into being the prince’s slave.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Once more, Joe Cosentino is indeed my favorite writer. He has surprised me with another fabulous rich tale. This time; however, he has taken famous fairy tale stories we all know and put a whole new spin, upon them. Tales like Cinderella and a few others can be found inside, The Naked Prince and Other Tales.

I loved how Joe Cosentino made a few tales into a more interesting read yet. His writing style has a way of luring readers into unknown territories and leaving them with a taste for more. The Naked Prince and Other Tales brings up several different themes one like the love of two men who are complete opposites. These two meet and love is tapping them on the shoulder. Humor as always is to be expected when reading this new book. I love fairy tales and the creative ways that Joe Cosentino retold them. Definitely for adult eyes only due to the adult content mentioned.

I got to meet a wide variety of intriguing characters. Characters like Goldilocks and the three Bears are amazing. Their lives pull in readers. I was enticed as well as enchanted. Twists like readers never expected are found with each new fairy tale. Funny, sexy, and entertaining, this new novella collection is a must read for all. The Naked Prince and Other Tales is truly an enjoyable book. I can’t wait to read more by this talented writer. An adventure of a lifetime!

Review: Deborah Rising

Deborah Rising: A Novel Inspired by the Bible by [Azrieli, Avraham]

 

Synopsis:

Set in ancient Israel, Deborah Rising (HarperCollins, 2016) portrays the dramatic (and unlikely) rise of the first woman to lead a nation in recorded human history. In the tradition of The Red Tent, The Fifth Mountain, and The Mists of Avalon, this absorbing novel delivers an inspiring story of suspense and adventure in pursuit of freedom and self-determination, starring a courageous 14-year-old girl who would become the most powerful woman in biblical lore.
Before he was murdered, Deborah’s father had dreamt that his daughter would one day become the leader of the Israelites. But the social and religious mores of her time dictated that a girl must marry–even against her will–and obey her husband in all matters. When Deborah is forced to marry the violent son of the local judge, she rebels, determined to forge a path of her own.

Captivated by the notion of escaping the arranged marriage and fulfilling her late father’s dream, Deborah embarks upon an epic journey to find a mysterious elixirist, one rumored to be blessed with the ability to turn women into men. It is a journey that proves increasingly perilous–filled with wild beasts, lustful men, unscrupulous priests, and warring tribesmen. Yet Deborah manages to attract unlikely allies, including lepers, slaves, Moabite traders, and even a dead tiger, while she persists in the face of seemingly insurmountable setbacks and continues to pursue her daring quest.
Part historical novel, part adventure story, part visionary fiction, Deborah Rising is a captivating tale about a girl on the cusp of womanhood, whose unrelenting struggle to overcome discrimination, sexism, and paternalism spoke to the lives of girls and women today.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Deborah Rising by Avraham Azrieli is a stunning historical fantasy. One that has an epic journey that no reader could guess. It’s nothing like anything I have read. This novel brings about some historical people and their customs as well as what kind of lives they lived back then. I was constantly intrigued by the story. Each page sent me on another journey. the main journey was one that a father passed down to his youngest. After losing her parents and her older sister, the young girl sets off to fulfill her destiny. However, trouble comes her way each time. The men from her land are worshiping idols and killing innocents due to lies and greed. The lives of women are similar to those of the Indian customs. Many women are controlled by men. A paternal ruling that still survives, today. I was frightened by what the women went through constantly. Even if they followed rules by their society there was always a man or men who abused them. Sadly, many are stuck in this threatening lifestyle. Like Deborah’s older sister. One false accusation and she like many other women were stoned to death over a lie. Women were not permitted to speak on their defense. I almost wished Deborah’s sister retaliated. Imagine letting your own people stone for no reason at all. Why should the innocent be slaughtered so easily? Realistically told and captured the time period perfectly. Avraham Azrieli is indeed a talented new author. His work can be read by teens and adults. The issues presented in this novel were strong yet the material was done in a clean manner. After reading this book, I felt like I traveled back in history. The young woman’s journey was quite fascinating to follow. An adventure that is both intriguing and entertaining. Deborah Rising is a YA religious tale, that I highly recommend to readers worldwide. I believe that the issues shown in this title are ones that need to be read by all.

Review: Unleashing the Intrapreneur


Synopsis:

Millennials desire to be autonomous, be creative, and live meaningful lives. But because current company landscapes impede on that, their career is driven elsewhere, to companies that support their priorities. Companies that welcome and provide Millennials intrapreneurial opportunities entice employees to stay and help the company move forward. Millennials will dedicate futures to companies that stake their confidence in and allocate resources to them. The future of corporate America belongs to the individuals and the companies that embrace the idea of the intrapreneur.

This book is about helping Millennials find their voice, their passion, their vision and aligning these ideas so that they can allow their intrapreneurial spirit to soar and lead them towards a fulfilling career.
Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Unleashing the Intrapreneur by Debbie Wooldridge is an interesting read. This book focuses on the millennial succeeding. This how-to-book isn’t just a business inspiration to the millennial who will be in charge of this world but a way for them to get out there and be successful. It more than just a reading guide that lists and walks them through steps. It gives them critical information to be analyzed and learned. I loved how the chapters were set-up like a workbook. It’s like okay here’s the lecture now, let’s see what you obtained from that lecture. Business won’t work unless there is a passion, voice, and vision behind it. This guide not only informs, but teaches and allows individuals to recognize what they are passionate about and how to go from there. It’s the building block to get up and move forward in the business world. I loved reading Debbie Wooldridge’s book. Her experience and leadership is present throughout this guide. Overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere. 

 
 

Review: The Homeless Entrepreneur

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Synopsis:

 If you’re homeless you don’t have to get a job – you can start a business and make twice what most jobs pay you. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme. It will take work, but millions have done it. This book gives you the basic steps, resources, and inspiration you need to start a business. It’s packed with information anyone can use, but it’s targeted to those with little to no money. The author was homeless for more than a year and used many of these suggestions to make/earn money herself, so she knows they work. Instead of giving the homeless money, hand them a copy of this book and $5 seed money. Step back and see what happens.

Rating: 5 stars

Review

The Homeless Entrepreneur by Becky Blanton is indeed a must read for all. This book would make a great gift for anyone homeless or not. Most of us, are interested in setting up our own business; however, we don’t always have the funds. Or the knowledge to get it started. The Homeless Entrepreneur does. It gives us ideas, steps, and the the knowledge we need to make it happen. The job starter book. It’s inspiring to read. The writer herself, was at one point living in her own car. But she stay determined to make her career. She kept going and now, she’s employed and a famous TED speaker. Her life and the challenges she met was fascinating to read about…Becky Blanton wasn’t just talking the talk but lived it. I highly recommend this resourceful yet business starter book to all readers. It is truly a great book to read. 

Review: A Priestly Affair


Synopsis:

A PRIESTLY AFFAIR is a lively and humorous murder mystery. Jesse Thorpe, a young private investigator, is hired by Monsignor Francis O’Reilly to find his three-year-old daughter, Evelyn, who was conceived during a one-time sexual encounter. DNA testing, requested by the mother, Nicole Levesque, concluded that he is the biological father, but Nicole has never allowed him to see her. He has been paying $15,000 a year in child support, beginning shortly after “Evelyn” was born. 

On January 1st, Father O’Reilly meets Nicole in Deering Oaks Park, in Portland, Maine to make his annual payment. Jesse and two of his colleagues secretly film the meeting and follow her as she leaves, hoping to discover where she and Evelyn live. However, Nicole proves to be an elusive adversary. She drives away with her money and gives Jesse the slip in a Boston suburb. 

Within a week, Xavier LaGrange, a second paternity “victim,” comes knocking at Jesse’s door, but this time the mother has been murdered, minutes after Xavier makes his support payment. 

This second novel in the Jesse Thorpe Mystery Series is every bit as inventive, exciting and hilarious as the first. Jesse is a charmer, and his girlfriend, Angele Boucher, lends a spicy feminine touch to the narrative. A PRIESTLY AFFAIR is a page-turner that will leave you in stitches.
Rating: 5-stars

Review:

A Priestly Affair by Carl Schmidt is an extraordinary read. It combines danger, suspense and mystery as well as humor into one marvelous book. The plot is full of action. The intrigue will leave readers on the edge of their seats as the scenes roll on by. A Priestly Affair is the second Jesse Thrope Mystery novel. I was fascinated. From beginning to end, Carl Schimdt knows how to hold onto my attention. I loved reading the page turning tale. Jesse Thrope is hired on a mission to follow a priest’s daughter whom the priest has not once meet due to the mother. The mother having been a seductove parishioner…but soon Jesse as before, found himself in a bigger and more deadly investigation. Money, blackmail, and a deadly case. Jesse Thorpe will once again drag readers into his world of mystery. I loved the humor throughout the story. It made the tale more interesting. Well-written and well-developed, A Priestly Affair is a must read for all. I highly recommend this new book to readers everywhere. 

Review: Enjoy the Ride


Synopsis:

This memoir chronicles the last seven years of the life of Uncle Sammy, a Holy Fool, as he travels the different dimensions of dementia. There are stories of deep wisdom in this simple tale, written by Sandia Siegel and Sammy after he came to live with her in Hawaii. He is truly a rascal and an unlikely sage.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Enjoy the Ride by both Sandia S. Siegel and S. George Green is a beautifully written book that all will love. It is about an older man who goes through the journey of suffering from dementia. I can truly relate to this book because someone from my family is suffering from it as well. It’s hard for us to accept a loved one going through the it. This title, gave humor and wisdom everywhere. It made me laugh, cry, and love it. Truly a refreshing outlook and a real experience that readers can be sucked into as well as enjoy. Life seems too harsh not to try and enjoy the present moments. Enjoy the Ride is definitely a memoir that I would highly recommend to readers everywhere. 

Reviews: Big Flies



Synopsis:

After Chester Daniel David, highly celebrated travel writer and hospitality critic, dies in an automobile accident, his son, Leland, is the heir to his prosperous estate. Among the late writer’s possessions are stacks of magazines hidden in an attic that suggest that his stories about his world travels were less than authentic.

As Leland grew up, it seemed as if his father was never home. If he wasn’t at the exotic locations depicted in the various publications, then where was he? What was he doing?

In a witty mystery that simultaneously follows the lives of the father and son, clues that Chester leaves behind point to notorious unsolved crimes committed within a fifteen-year span:

  • The D. B. Cooper plane skyjacking and ransom demand in the Pacific Northwest
  • The theft from a Caribbean museum of a twenty-four-carat-gold cross recovered from a sixteenth-century shipwreck
  • The inexplicable vanishing of $1 million from the Chicago First National Bank
  • The theft of a collection of priceless artifacts from a Mexican anthropological museum

As Leland unlocks the mysteries surrounding his father’s true life, he finds himself with even more unfathomable questions that he never anticipated asking about his family—and himself.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Big Flies by Keith Hirshland is a great read. I found myself intrigued by this talented writer’s style. It switched back and forth from two of his characters’ point of view. They told the story. Imagine losing both parents and finally after the loss of the second parent, the truth of that parent comes to light. What was once thought to be truth is far from it. A mystery woven into another mystery. The suspense was great. I enjoyed following the characters throughout the book. A son trying to discovery what he dad was and really is. I can relate to that as well. My dad is quite a mystery himself. Some questions still are not answered and maybe never will be. However, this novel was realistic, stunning, and one that all readers can easily connect to in one or more ways. Brilliant, clever, and mysterious. Keith Hirshland has a way that lured me in deep. I couldn’t stop reading it. Overall, Big Flies is one mystery I highly recommend to all. 

Review: Just One Week

Just One Week by [Gaines, Alice]

 

Synopsis:

Her brother’s best friend is not only the hottest man Michelle Dennis has ever seen, he’s the one man she hopes to avoid after leaving town eight years ago. Of course, he’s the one waiting at the airport. Worse, he made sure they’re staying in the same house.

Pro football player Alex Stafford is expecting to pick up his friend’s kid sister, not a full-fledged bombshell. He was planning to apologize for their past, but the feelings he had years ago come roaring back…and this time, there’s no denying them.

Keeping his hands off is a test he’s bound to fail—especially when they’re stuck in close quarters. But falling in love with Michelle, living in her world, isn’t an option for a guy like him. And remembering that will save them both a lot of heartache…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Just One Week by Alice Gaines is an sexy, hilarious, yet entertaining read. This novel mentions how to friends grew apart over an incident and now, they are finally facing each other again. Except neither one expected the other to be so hot looking. Remembering each other as the other kid is one thing but now as adults their their secret crush on each other will come to light. Fighting chemistry is a losing situation. Michelle and Alex can’t ignore the heat, or else it will consume them beyond repair. As they are forced to be together for family anniversary, they will have to be in each other’s sight all the time. However, Alex is dealing with three issues. His desire for Michelle, getting her to forgive him for the incident that happened years ago, and fighting the fear of what his best friend will think. Having a crush on a best friend’s sister is not cool. So many relationships can get screwed up, however, if it’s already screwed up what harm can come? Delicious, intriguing, and beautifully written. I could not put the novel down…the characters will keep readers reading all night long. Overall, I loved the strong characters and their differences. It made the story feel real. I highly recommend Alice Gaines’ novel Just One Week to all. 

Review: Olive & Jumpy (49-51)


Synopsis:

Oliver is an elegant tuxedo cat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!”, quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that he has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Love you all! Meow! 

Story 49: Ice – Joey is getting Oliver into big trouble with an ice bear.

Story 50: Mice Chase – Oliver is the tutor of a bunch of mice.

Story 51: Dragon Heat – A naughty dragon is taught a lesson.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Oliver and Jumpy stories 49-51 by Werner Stejskal were absolutely amazing. Again, the beautifully illustrated pages drew me into the stories. Every page was filled with action. Adventures waiting for readers to jump into with Oliver the cat and Jumpy the kangaroo. The first short story in this collection was about ice. Oliver ended up teaching Joey how to skate. But then Jumpy landed into trouble once again. Oliver his friend came to his rescue. However, they both needed to be rescued by a whale who chased off a mean eating polar bear. Then, the next story was funny. Oliver doesn’t eat mice. He chases his mouse friend just for exercise. Until one day, the mouse asks Oliver to chase his six kids around instead. Oliver agreed. But boy, did Oliver get a workout. The six mice had Oliver chasing them around everywhere. The last story was another adventure rescue by both Oliver and Jumpy. They both come across a door that led into a new land. This time they meet a large ant, a giant, and have to capture a fire breathing dragon. This collection of children’s stories are well-written and highly engaging. I loved reading these stories. Werner Stejskal is a talented writer whose work I would highly recommend to readers everywhere. 

Review: Rio Street Kid Stargazer

                                                                              
Synopsis:

A gripping, gritty, action-packed crime thriller ripped from today’s headlines from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Beyond the beautiful beaches and elegant hotels lurks the squalor and crushing poverty of Rio’s notorious favelas. It is a dangerous, exotic world governed by a different set of laws and shaped by contrasts — beauty, violence, power, poverty, protection, corruption, faith and drugs. Here, in the slums of Rio, thousands of poor people face horrific choices every day. It’s no exception when sixteen-year-old Rio street kid Lucas Rocha meets Daniel Burke, a Brazilian-American businessman visiting from Boston. When Lucas snatches Daniel’s wallet in an act of desperation, it sets in motion a series of catastrophic events, and the lives of these two strangers become permanently … and dangerously … entangled. Facing down Rio’s powerful drug lords, both Lucas and Daniel are hell-bent to beat the odds and make things right. But what is right in a world filled with wrong? 

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Rio Street Kid Stargazer by Craig S. Wilson reminded me of everything I learned about other cultures and the people that lived in those foreign countries. It made me sad learning how poor and terrible the living situations are for most of the world’s population. This brilliant novel brought those realistic issues into a stunning read. Death, mystery, and danger all wrapped into one entertaining dark novel. The addictive yet sinister plot creates a thought provoking session into readers. More questions occur and the risks are high. Choices have to be made and just like chess each step could have major consequences for all. Craig S. Wilson’s masterfully woven tale brings readers a brother who struggles to support and feed his siblings after the death of their mother. Yet the final words from their mother leaves Lucas wondering what she meant. Lucas is faced with struggles no guy should have to go through yet food is a must. To get it he’s left with begging, stealing or selling drugs. This story is a fast read and one that will keep readers turning the pages. Overall, I highly recommend Rio Street Kid Stargazer to readers worldwide. The suspense and crime within makes it a must read. 

Review: Side Effects

Synopsis:

Alan loves his new job. It’s in his field, he is paid well, and he works in a gorgeous building with a girl he has had a crush on since high school, Michelle. She works at a pharmaceutical company with headquarters in the same building. Michelle is stunning and fun, but she can be flaky at times. When Alan learns that she is working with a small group to go against the big pharmaceutical company because of a specific drug, Alan is intrigued. For this reason (and a very large paycheck), Alan takes a job offer from Michelle’s boss. Not only does he get paid well, he also gets to work with Michelle and help save the world from a dangerous drug. The more Alan uncovers, though, the more questions he has about what’s going on and how much time he has.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Side Effects by Owen Grant is a great thriller. His novella is a fast-paced intriguing read. Leaving readers on the edge of their seats filled with more questions and suspense that it’s brilliant. I loved the main character. A new IT man who runs into an old friend. An old friend who also happens to a crush of his. They meet up and it seems to have been fate bringing them back into each other’s life. However, once the character’s questions are answered he left with only so much time to put a stop to a pharmaceutical issues. New drugs. Battles aren’t always easy. A short conspiracy story worth every minute…overall, I highly recommend Side Effects to readers everywhere.


Review: Love in the Family Cartel (Redemption)

Love in the Family Cartel: Redemption by [McBryde, Brittany]

 

Synopsis:

Meet Harlem, a true beauty with the brains and body to match. Always viewed as the golden child, she vowed to never disappoint her father. The doting daughter gave up her dream of attending culinary school to attend college and major in Pre-Law –per her father’s request. A successful completion of the bar exam landed Harlem on the State’s payroll, and a spot within The Family, the most notorious drug cartel. Headed by Grandfather Maurice, Harlem, and her younger sister Harmony doesn’t have many options, as the two are forced into the wrath of their family’s business. It was her father’s plan all along. Secretly, Harlem yearns for a life outside of The Family’s life.

As fate would have it, Harlem’s wishes are granted when she stumbles upon the handsome Carter. She quickly falls for the successful businessman, but her father isn’t too pleased with her choice of mate. His hatred resonates in his actions as he tries to destroy the beautiful union of Carter and Harlem. Their father quickly realizes that the rules of the game have changed and maybe he has bitten off more than he can chew. After pushing his daughter’s into the pit of fury, he prays that the two make it out alive.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Love in the Family Cartel: Redemption by Brittany McBryde is one thrill ride readers don’t want to miss. The drama is crazy but good. There’s never a boring moment within this novel. Brittany McBryde keeps her readers entertained with steamy sex, danger, and intrigue. Reader’s will not be able to guess what happens to each character or why it happens. The suspense creates a strong desire to keep on reading. Soon, readers will find themselves finished with the book. The characters’ lives overlap each other’s. A woman in the cartel business was sent to order a hit against another cartel leader. That leader just happened to be her recently married husband. One moment she’s on the phone with him and the next she watches him get into his car and BOOM! Her love is gone. She had no idea. But the one who ordered her to take the hit knew all to well who her husband really was. Someone blood related to her…then there’s the case of another woman endanger her daughter’s life. Died from a gunshot. A gun that the police have found to be unregistered. That leaves her into even deeper hot water than before. Her man was shocked that they lost their only daughter due to her not being able to take care of the kids properly…at least their son was still alive. The cartel family was off, on a good start but now, it’s starting to crumble as their lives get more entangled than thought. Love in the Family Cartel: Redemption is a realistic urban street romance that all will want to read. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: Murder at the 42nd Street Library

 

Synopsis:

This first book in an irresistible new series introduces librarian and reluctant sleuth Raymond Ambler, a doggedly curious fellow who uncovers murderous secrets hidden behind the majestic marble façade of New York City’s landmark 42nd Street Library.

Murder at the 42nd Street Library follows Ambler and his partners in crime-solving as they track down a killer, shining a light on the dark deeds and secret relationships that are hidden deep inside the famous flagship building at the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

In their search for the reasons behind the murder, Ambler and his crew uncover sinister, and profoundly disturbing, relationships among the scholars studying in the iconic library. Included among the players are a celebrated mystery writer who has donated his papers to the library’s crime fiction collection; that writer’s long-missing daughter, a prominent New York society woman with a hidden past, and more than one of Ambler’s colleagues at the library. Shocking revelations lead inexorably to the traumatic events that follow—the reading room will never be the same.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

 

Murder at the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane is one that readers can’t miss. Librarians as sleuths…takes on an interesting role in a crime mystery novel. This is the first novel in a new series that makes tracking down a killer intriguing.

Con Lehane’s new crime mystery, Murder at the 42nd Street Library, will lead readers to a string of murders, a woman wanting revenge, and three generations of criminals. Readers will be kept guessing as the clues are pieced together and the truth starts to unravel. The scenes are intense with action, drama, and danger on every page. A woman abused my several men wants revenge, but then she is killed by a man whom she also had information on…and now, trying to piece together the whole mystery before another murder happens will be like racing against time itself. Internal conflict, criminals with too much to lose, and jealousy will keep readers turning the pages in a rush to find out what happens next. The writing is full of mayhem even on the last page. Murder at 42nd Street Library is a rare and complex crime mystery that once readers dig into it, it becomes addictive. Overall, I would recommend this novel to readers worldwide.

Review: The Weekenders

 

Synopsis:

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends and it’s something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed. To make matters worse, her husband is nowhere to be found. She turns to her island friends for help and support, but each of them has their own secrets and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens. Cocktail parties and crab boil aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews is a novel that dives deep into a family’s life and secrets. In the beginning, readers can feel the main female character’s stress and frustration and then her daughter’s rebellious stage makes for quite an interesting read. There’s a husband, who is found dead and his death being investigated by police. Then, there’s the house being foreclosed and a past love that comes tumbling into the picture. What should have turned out to be a fun weekend turned into more than the wife and daughter ever wanted…

Mary Kay Andrews has beautifully woven a story that drags readers in deep and holds them there. The Weekenders has everything readers could ask for in a novel. Family, intrigue, mystery, suspense, as well as romance, can all be found in this exciting new title. The plot is fast-paced and leaves readers guessing as to what, who, and why one man died as well as where that leaves the family he left behind…I enjoyed reading this story and following the characters as the scenes flew by and the action swept over me. Overall, I would highly recommend this novel to readers worldwide. Mary Kay Andrews has a talent that is brilliant and suspenseful.

Review: Turka Bella

 

Synopsis:

Compelling Military Love Story

A week after watching the events of September 11, 2001 claim thousands of innocent lives, Jonathan Feldman, a 23-year-old Jewish-American from Chicago’s affluent Gold Coast neighborhood, decides to join the U.S. Army.

With no prior interest in the military, but feeling lost a year out of college, Jonathan feels compelled to be a part of something bigger than himself. Like many young soldiers at the time, he enlists with ambitions of saving the world from Muslim extremism and visions of hunting down the evil perpetrators of 9/11.

Those dreams are shattered when he is transferred to a remote base in Germany that is soon to be closing down and left forgotten by the American government. But what happens when Jonathan’s brother and friends visit for Oktoberfest that changes his one-dimensional existence forever.

It is at that time, when Jonathan is perfectly unprepared, destiny brings Ela, a beautiful Turkish Muslim businesswoman from Istanbul into his life.

Love blossoms…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Turka Bella by Jonathan Feldman is a stunning memoir that will automatically grab readers and take them deep within its pages. The people and scenes come, to life, on every page. Everything and everyone felt so real. Readers are taken back to the before and the aftermath of one of the most horrific events in the history of the U.S. The terrorist attacks of September 11th will forever haunt the American people especially that of one in particular. He can’t shake the terror he saw happening in his own country. I enjoyed following the character’s journey and his family heritage. A Jewish culture and language…along with the character’s sense of American duty that leads him on his new path in life. A path of love and destiny. Jonathan Feldman’s memoir is brilliantly well-written and will captivate audiences from all over the world for ages to come. Love, hope, and fate…are all a part of this fast-paced memoir. A memoir that has a little of everything and will never be forgotten by its readers. I enjoyed reading Turka Bella, and I look forward to reading more future works by this talented writer. I highly recommend this powerful yet beautifully told memoir to readers worldwide.

Review: Can You Keep A Secret?

 

Synopsis:

R.L. Stine has built his legacy on scaring children and teenagers. Now he’s back with another spine-tingling tale of horror in this new Fear Street book about temptation, betrayal, and fear.

Eddie and Emma are high school sweethearts from the wrong side of the tracks. Looking for an escape their dreary lives, they embark on an overnight camping trip in the Fear Street Woods with four friends. As Eddie is carving a heart into a tree, he and Emma discover a bag hidden in the trunk. A bag filled with hundred-dollar bills. Thousands of them. Should they take it? Should they leave the money there? The six teens agree to leave the bag where it is until it’s safe to use it. But when tragedy strikes Emma’s family, the temptation to skim some money off of the top becomes impossible to fight. There’s only one problem. When Emma returns to the woods, the bag of money is gone, and with it, the trust of six friends with a big secret.

Packed with tension and sure to elicit shivers in its readers, this new Fear Street book is another terrifying tale from a master of horror.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

It has been a long time since I have read R.L. Stine’s novels. So, when I saw an opportunity to read this one I grabbed it. I wasn’t disappointed that I did. R.L. Stine has always been known for writing the most fearful edge of your seat novels. I loved his books for kids and I surely fell in love with this one for adults. Can You Keep A Secret? is just as dark, scary, and intense as all of the previous novels by this talented writer. Readers will be lost in the words with the characters and taken on a suspenseful nightmare as the plot unfolds.

Can You Keep A Secret? by R.L. Stine keeps readers wondering which of the friends took the bag of money that only two found. As an unforeseen conflict arises, Emma finds herself wanting to take the money to help her family. However, the money is gone…and with it is readers guess as to who and why. This novel is full of secrets, horror, and twists and turns. Especially at the ending, readers will find several surprises waiting in store for them. R.L. Stine brilliantly wraps the conclusion of the entire story and then leaves readers with a sense as to what happened next? Temptation, fear, and betrayal are deep roots of this stunning read. Death, danger, and the truth will keep readers turning the pages in a race to figure it all out…but sometimes, we don’t see it until it’s told to us or seen with our very own eyes…just like with Emma, Eddie, and her other friends.

Review: Satin Doll (A Jana Lane Mystery)

 

 

Synopsis:

Murder, corruption, and scandals rock Washington, D.C…. America’s most famous ex-child star, Jana Lane, is playing a US Senator in a 1983 film. Just as she and her family arrive in DC, two Washington power players are murdered, and Jana is caught in the web of intrigue and political scandal. Jana falls under the spell of the breathtakingly handsome detective assigned to the case, ex-professional football player and food aficionado, Chris Bove. Will Jana and Bove uncover the murderer’s identity and shocking secrets before Jana and her family become the Capitol’s next victims?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Joe Cosentino is a brilliant mastermind when creating the perfect mystery series. Each novel in this intriguing series of his, Jana Lane Mysteries, readers are blown away by his writing. The instant readers jump into Joe Cosentino’s fictional world, the danger feels real, the suspense is killing, and the plot moves so fast. Action, lights, camera! Jana Lane is back and as readers know there’s another movie to make as well as another murder case to solve or else it might be too late…

Satin Doll by Joe Cosentino leaves readers with a sense of adventure and a thrill ride of a lifetime. Jana Lane keeps getting horrifying nightmares before each movie. Each time there has been a threat against her life…now it might not just be Jana’s life that’s in danger…

Joe Cosentino knows how to deliver the best fiction to his readers worldwide. I am no longer surprised at how well-written his novel are…nor how well-developed his characters are. Every book comes out with its own perfection that will give readers a taste for more. Satin Doll is indeed a must read for everywhere. I love the marriage life between Jana and her husband as well as how every page creates a sense within me to rush through the book to find out what happens next. A fast-paced murder mystery that readers will easily fall in love with…and one they can’t live without. Overall, I highly recommend this new title in the Jana Lane Mysteries and look forward to the next best adventure from Joe Cosentino.

Review: Behave

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Synopsis:

“The mother begins to destroy the child the moment it’s born,” wrote the founder of behaviorist psychology, John B. Watson, whose 1928 parenting guide was revered as the child-rearing bible. For their dangerous and “mawkish” impulses to kiss and hug their child, “most mothers should be indicted for psychological murder.”

Behave is the story of Rosalie Rayner, Watson’s ambitious young wife and the mother of two of his children.

In 1920, when she graduated from Vassar College, Rayner was ready to make her mark on the world. Intelligent, beautiful, and unflappable, she won a coveted research position at Johns Hopkins assisting the charismatic celebrity psychologist John B. Watson. Together, Watson and Rayner conducted controversial experiments on hundreds of babies to prove behaviorist principles. They also embarked on a scandalous affair that cost them both their jobs—and recast the sparkling young Rosalie Rayner, scientist, and thinker, as Mrs. John Watson, wife and conflicted, maligned mother, just another “woman behind a great man.”

With Behave, Andromeda Romano-Lax offers a provocative fictional biography of Rosalie Rayner Watson, a woman whose work influenced generations of Americans, and whose legacy has been lost in the shadow of her husband’s. In turns moving and horrifying, Behave is a richly nuanced and disturbing novel about science, progress, love, marriage, motherhood, and what all those things cost a passionate, promising young woman.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax is definitely a must read for all women. This fictional biography piece is a fascinating historical tale that will drag readers down one promising young woman’s life as one life  moment spins her whole life downward…

Andromeda Romano-Lax’s stunning novel portrays a woman’s ambition, work, and motherhood. Behave explores the psychological, emotional, and ethical ways of a smart, attractive, and independent woman. A well-known scientist soon falls into motherhood by accident…and now she’s living, behind a man as nothing more than a shadow. As a student studying sociology, communications, and education this novel….was beyond amazing. It informs, educates, and shows readers…what life was like for women like Rosalie Rayner. Readers will be spellbound by this magnificent story. A most compelling and well-written novel. Overall, I highly recommend Behave to readers everywhere.

Review: The Seal’s Rebel Librarian

 

Synopsis:

The second in the Alpha Ops novella series that features an alpha Navy SEAL and the librarian who brings him to his knees.

Jack Powell never planned on leaving the Navy, but his final mission as a SEAL left him with a tremor and a bad case of nerves. He’s home, taking some college classes and trying to figure out what comes next when he meets Erin Kent, a divorced college librarian with an adventurous bucket list and a mission to get her ex-husband’s voice out of her head. Jack guides Erin through skydiving and buying the motorcycle of her dreams, blithely accepting Erin’s promise that their relationship is purely temporary. But when Jack gets the chance to go back into the shadowy world of security contracting, can he convince Erin to break her word and join him on the adventure of a lifetime?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Seal’s Rebel Librarian is exactly as the title states. Inside of Anne Calhoun’s novel, readers will see that even librarians have a bet of a wild streak. Erin is a woman with a sexual appetite that hasn’t been quenced since her divorce…plus, she’s had a bad experience with husband in breaking her word…and when she promises the Navy Seal that what they have is only for fun…they both feel bad when she ends their relationship. But bad boy Jack won’t let the sexy sweet Erin go just yet…

Anne Calhoun knows how to entice her readers and drag them in deep. Hot, sexy, and daring is what this stunning story is. Read te first page…and you won’t let go until you have read the very last page. Once yo finish you will be begging for the next hot novel by Anne Calhoun. Her story are more than just words that generate heat and emotions from her readers…they are a chance to live wild and break free. Live life daringly. The characters are brilliant. So real and tempting…if only there were more Jacks out there and more women willing to live like Erin…the world would be a happy place. Erin is indeed the Seal’s Rebel Librarian. I loved reading this hot military romance. Overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere. It’s a romance readers don’t want to miss.

Review: The Friends We Keep

 

Synopsis:

In this insightful and compelling story from book club favorite Susan Mallery, three close friends test the boundaries of how much a woman can give before she has nothing left 

After five years as a stay-at-home mom, Gabby Schaefer can’t wait to return to work. Oh, to use the bathroom in peace! No twins clamoring at the door, no husband barging in, no stepdaughter throwing a tantrum. But when her plans are derailed by some shocking news and her husband’s crushing expectations, Gabby must fight for the right to have a life of her own.

Getting pregnant is easy for Hayley Batchelor. Staying pregnant is the hard part. Her husband is worried about the expensive fertility treatments and frantic about the threat to her health. But to Hayley, a woman who was born to be a mom should risk everything to fulfill her destiny—no matter how high the cost.

Nicole Lord is still shell-shocked by a divorce that wasn’t as painful as it should’ve been. Other than the son they share, her ex-husband left barely a ripple in her life. A great new guy tempts her to believe maybe the second time’s the charm…but how can she trust herself to recognize true love?

As their bonds of friendship deepen against the beautiful backdrop of Mischief Bay, Gabby, Hayley and Nicole will rely on good food, good wine and especially each other to navigate life’s toughest changes.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

 

The Friends We Keep by Susan Mallery is heart melting and addictive. Every single novel of hers lures readers in like a moth to a flame. Readers can’t avoid an irresistible story and that’s exactly what The Friends We Keep is. Emotionally readers can easily attach themselves to Susan Mallery’s characters. Especially to Gabby and her step-daughter. Teen pregnancy is hard to deal with and when the young father leaves everything about the young stepdaughter’s life seems to crash. At first, we can feel and understand Gabby’s angry at first and then, later, on it blooms into something else. Family life is the strongest theme, within this novel. Friendships that we keep is another strong theme that readers love. When life comes crumbling downward…our friends are there to pick us back up.

When life comes crumbling downward…our friends are there to pick us back up. I felt my heart tug with sympathy, understanding, and love as the plot moved forward. A steady paced read that reader’s won’t be able to release anything soon.

Susan Mallery is a talented writer by all means. She never disappoints her readers. It’s incredible at how every novel she writes …she takes a piece of us readers with her. The characters will have you crying, laughing, and falling in love. The plot will keep you up all night long reading until the book is finished. The plot is juicy with trouble, drama, and sacrifices that have to be made. The Friends We Keep is just another brilliantly well-written story that all readers must add to their collection. Susan Mallery has done it again in creating another heart-pounding loveable read that readers won’t be forgetting. Overall, I highly recommend this romantic sweet story to readers everywhere.

Susan Mallery is a talented writer by all means. She never disappoints her readers. It’s incredible at how every novel she writes …she takes a piece of us readers with her. The characters will have you crying, laughing, and falling in love. The plot will keep you up all night long reading until the book is finished. The plot is juicy with trouble, drama, and sacrifices that have to be made. The Friends We Keep is just another brilliantly well-written story that all readers must add to their collection. Susan Mallery has done it again in creating another heart-pounding loveable read that readers won’t be forgetting. Overall, I highly recommend this romantic sweet story to readers everywhere.

Review: Sweet Little Lies

 

Synopsis: 

Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

Fall for him—hard . . .

Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus, of the hard-working hottie, who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.

And then tell him the truth.

Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Jill Shalvis has done it again! Her novels are absolutely brilliant. The heat that’s packed into each story along with the emotional journey is one to read. A talented writers whose words never fail her readers worldwide. I am a major fan of Jill Shalvis’s novels. Each one is unique, exciting, and romantic as the previous book before it.  Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis is one that will bring readers to a realistic telling story with characters who are just as human as we are. Life is never fair and can be tough as nails…but it takes tougher individuals to sort it all out and to go through it all despite the hurt, surprise, and emotional baggage that comes with it all. Here, in this novel readers will see how Sweet Little Lies comes to life.

Sweet Little Lies is the newest installment by none other than Jill Shalvis. Her latest novel packs a punch and a romance unlike any other. Yes, the heroes are hot, sexy, and irresistible. But there’s much more here than beats the reader’s eye. A story of how one woman takes on the task of helping each person still feels obligated to help even though it was never her fault for what happened to them. One of these people she has helped is someone that makes her want the impossible. A relationship…with a man that makes her insides all gooey and causes all rational thoughts to leave. Her secret….is one that she should tell him…but she can’t find it in her heart to tell him sooner than she does.  Where their relationship goes after she finally decides to tell him the truth is one that readers will need to find out on their own. I enjoyed reading this contemporary romance filled with drama, loss, love, and humor. Pur’s dog and her way of accidently injuring the man she has the hots for creates amazing laugh-out-loud moments that are hard to forget. Overall, I highly recommend Sweet Little Lies to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: Bring Me to Life

 

Synopsis:

Anastasia wanted to be a witch. One of her friends even found a spell to give her magic. But before the spell is over, Anastasia dies. She wakes up in Hell, having to serve a purgatory sentence for her crime.

When Anastasia is suddenly ripped out of Hell and brought topside, Ezra, a demon working for Lucifer, is told to send her soul down below. When he finds her, there are questions that must be answered. He decides to keep her alive until he knows her friends won’t resurrect her again.

While he still has Anastasia, he’s sent on another assignment. They have to work together to stop a murderer. But as she and Ezra grow closer, the decision to get away from him becomes harder. To save her life and find out the truth behind her death, she must leave the only person who has made her ever feel alive.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

Bring Me to Life by Nicole Thorn is one addictive read. A story unlike any other. Here, readers get a refreshing yet a believable story that entices them in like moths to a flame. Two unlikely characters met under certain circumstances…and while they are stuck together working side-by-side, a chemistry begins to form. Sparks are flying everywhere and readers are encouraged to read further to find out what happens next. Nicole Thorn is a talented writer who can lure readers easily to her lair, or should I say a world of fiction? Anastasia fascinates readers from the first page as well as Erza the demon. But her friends are also, enjoyable to follow along as the story develops. Readers will be taken on one adventure to another one as they follow the new pair to the end. Overall, I absolutely loved reading this novel. I look forward to reading more brilliant paranormal romance pieces by Nicole Thorn in the future. Her characters are out of this world. Bring Me to Life, is one read that I highly recommend to readers everywhere.

Review: Husband Wanted

 

Synopsis:

Frannie Brisbane knew it was an impossible scheme, but unless she went through with it, the daughter she had given up thirteen years ago and who now wanted to visit, would discover that Frannie had painted a very different picture of her life in the letters they’d exchanged. Frannie’s close friends rally around her, and next thing she knows, she is living in a mansion and wearing designer clothes.

The only thing missing is a husband.

Confirmed bachelor, Clay Coleman, has ulterior motives when he agrees to play the role of loving husband, but Frannie, who nursed a crush on him for years, fears she is flirting with danger in their role of let’s pretend. But Frannie and Clay aren’t the only ones keeping secrets. Sooner or later, the truth comes out, exposing everyone involved. Can Frannie ever get past her hurt when she discovers the truth about Clay?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

Husband Wanted by Charlotte Hughes is one fantastic read. Readers will love this romantic comedy. Charlotte Hughes never disappoint her readers. She knows exactly what they like and how to deliver it in the best ways. Humor…check. Romance…check. Inspirational…check. Highly sweet and enticing…double check! Husband Waned will intrigue readers from page one and keep them glued in until the very last page. I could not put this novel down at all. The only good news when I reached the last page, was knowing there were more novels written by Charlotte Hughes. Her novels will satisfy readers thirst for the best romantic comedies. This particular story will leave readers blushing, laughing out loud and feeling both surprised and happy at the ending.

Unlike others within its genre, Husband Wanted out does itself. Bringing readers a realistic yet higly believable tale that can actually happen in our world. The scenes come to life on every page with the charming characters that round out each other perfectly. A woman who has gone through a tough and embrassing life style when younger thought giving up her baby girl was for the best. Now, after having corressponded with her daughter, she is second guessing herself. Will her daughter like her or not? What is a woman to do especially, when she finds out that all the lies she told her daughter will have to happen asap? Frannie finds out that her daughter is comig to see her within days time. That puts Frannie on the spot. What happens next…and after that will keep readers coming back for more. Charlotte Hughes is clearly a telented writer whose work is always a must read for all. I don’t know what would happen if I finished a novel and only to find that there wasn’t another one to read afterwards. Overall, I loved reading Husband Wanted, and I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Anything for You

 

Synopsis:

Before you get down on bended knee… 

…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O’Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she’s got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it’s the perfect time to get married.

When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who’s now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she’s positive married life isn’t for her.

But this time, Connor says it’s all or nothing. If she doesn’t want to marry him, he’ll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he’s never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn’t quite as sure as she thinks…

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Kristan Higgins latest novel, Anything for You, is a must read. Brilliantly written and well-developed, readers will love this new romance. Every woman dreams of the moment the man of her life proposes to her. Yet, here is one man all down on bended knee and the answer is no. Readers will be puzzled as to why a woman would say no to a good man prosing with a wedding ring. So, the answer is no. Now what? Readers’ interest will pique as the hot sexy alpha male decides to give his woman two choices. Either she says yes to his proposal or he will go find another woman to share his life. However, Kristan Higgins has created a lead female character who appears out going and strong on the outside yet inside she has fears just like the rest of us. I love the characters and their dilemma is definitely one that will keep readers turning the pages. Anything for You is fresh, exciting, and memorable.

Anything for You is a contemporary romance story that will drag readers from their seats and into the plot. A man proposes to his girlfriend. But the proposal goes exactly opposite of not what he thought but also, what readers think will happen. Kristan Higgins creates beautiful tales that bring to life real situations. Situations that can easily go under within seconds. Readers will feel both character’s emotions as if they were experiencing the humilation and stubbornness themselves. Readers will be in for a huge surprise. The ending was nothing like I thought, yet it held everything I postively looked for in this story. I enoyed following both Jess and Conner as the journey blossomed. Overall, I highly recommend this romance to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Heart Like Mine

 

Synopsis:

Delaney Blair loves her job at Echo Lake’s Mercy Hospital, where she’s developed a reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she’s assigned to cut funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs, and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the pediatrics department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could do without, but she’s determined to stay focused while she brings his budget into line. It’s not working.
Beloved by his colleagues and patients alike, Josh is too busy caring for sick kids to talk numbers with the sexy, stiletto-clad Delaney. Every time they talk business, tensions run high…but so does a powerful attraction neither of them can ignore. When an emergency brings Mercy to its knees, Delaney and Josh must work together to save lives. But can they also find a way into each other’s hearts?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Heart Like Mine by Maggie McGinnis is an outstanding novel. I was impressed with the plot and its amazing characters. Hospitals are scary enough without a budget cut to stress over. That’s exactly where readers will find the incredible heart melting people like Delaney Blair and Dr. Joshua MacKenzie. Two good people fighting to save the pediatrics department and the innocent lives that need their help.

Maggie McGinnis has beautifully woven together a realistic threat to small-town hospitals like Mercy. Inside, readers will get a first hand experience in what it’s like to cut budgets in places that you don’t want to cut from as well as trying to save your own butt from being dismissed. Then there’s the instant attraction that happens between a pediatrics doctor and the woman in charge of handling the budget maintenance. Heart Like Mine is definitely a sweet and inspirational romance that will tug at every reader’s heart. Overall, I highly recommend this well-written contemporary romance to readers everywhere.

 

 

 

Review: It Had to Be Him

 

Synopsis:

Even though Meg Anderson’s hell-raising days are over, coming home to Anderson Butte isn’t easy, especially when her impossible-to-please dad is the mayor and her do-gooder siblings run the place. But with another job lost and the gorgeous father of her daughter trying to make contact after disappearing three years ago, a break is definitely in order. Hopefully the little town filled with big, juicy secrets can help.

After being off the grid for years, Josh Granger, a man with his own secrets, wants Meg and his daughter back. But first he has to get past townspeople as protective as a pack of rottweilers. He’s not the man Meg thinks he is, but he can’t tell her why…not yet.

As Meg slowly warms to Josh, it’s clear the old spark is still there. But when his secret is exposed—along with Meg’s own shocking revelation—will it tear their family apart again, or bind them forever?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

Readers get ready for a crazy, funny, and romantic read. It Had to Be Him is indeed a must read for all. Tamra Baumann has beautifully written a novel that will entice readers everywhere to her characters. Characters like Meg Anderson and Josh Granger. Meg is a tough woman, who is trying do her best for her daughter’s sake. She’s trying to avoid her ex and wonders about why he’s trying to find her and their daughter. It was apparent to Meg that he didn’t want them and now he does. Josh is the hero all women love. He has somethings he needs to bring out in the open and tell Meg. However, reaching her will prove to be difficult. The close knit town, a family that protects its own, and last but not least convincing Meg to hear him out. Then there’s the pressure Meg feels being stuck back in her home town. Her family is still giving her a rough time and she’s more than willing to show them that she has changed.

It Had to Be Him is one rollercoaster ride readers don’t want to miss. Tamra Baumann has woven together a romance that shows readers what family, trust, love are really like. We can imagine it but expericening it inside this magnificent novel is truly amazing. The annoying sibling treatment is and Meg’s grandma bring the family life and humor to the story in ways readers will love. Readers will find twists and turns as the well-developed plot unfolds before them. This is one journey, I highly recommend to readers world wide. Tamra Baumann never disappoints. Her novels are superb and her characters pop off the pages becoming realistic human beings. The stories overall, will tug and cause reader’s hearts to melt. Overall, It Had to Be Him is the perfect read.

Review: From A Distant Star

 

Synopsis:

When Lucas Walker inexplicably recovers from a terminal illness, everyone is astonished –except for his girlfriend Emma, who never gave up hope. However, as friends and family celebrate the miracle, Emma becomes alarmed: Lucas has changed. He speaks haltingly, can’t recall past events, and even his own dog doesn’t recognize him. Emma begins to suspect something is terribly wrong. What happened to the Lucas she loved? Does his strange behavior have something to do with the shooting light that fell into Lucas’s backyard the night he recovered?

As the two set off on a road trip in search of the truth, the journey takes an unexpected turn. First they’re shot at by unknown enemies and then helped by unlikely allies. Before long, Emma and Lucas are plunged into a desperate life or death race against time.

Packed with intrigue and emotion, FROM A DISTANT STAR is a riveting novel about loyalty and the power of love.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion is indeed a marveleous adventure. Here readers are transported to a time when a young teenage girl’s boyfriend is on the brink of dying only to fully recover. Everyone but her gave up hope. Emma never let thoughts of Lucas dying creep into her mind. She managed to remain strong and it pays off. But then she is left wondering what’s really going on with her boyfriend, Lucas. Something’s different,  yet no realizes it except for Emma. Soon Emma and Lucas are taking a journey they never imagined possible and they will give it all to fix everything. Readers will enjoy this science fiction fantasy novel just as much as I have. There’s an intriguing hook that keeps readers turning the pages and a mystery of what really is happening as well as seeing the impossible become a reality. Karen McQuestion has brilliantly shown readers what the power of love can do. All it takes is a little faith and two believable characters to set readers on a read that will be hard to put down.  From a Distant Star is one superb and well-written story that can be read by all. Teens and adults will enjoy this race against time. Overall, I highly recommend this well-developed and fast-paced plot to readers everywhere. Karen McQuestion’s novel will drag readers in instantly.

Review: A Drop in the Ocean

Synopsis:

On her 49th birthday, Anna Fergusson, Boston neuroscientist and dedicated introvert, arrives at an unwanted crossroads when the funding for her research lab is cut. With her confidence shattered and her future uncertain, on impulse she rents a cabin for a year on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. However Turtle Island, alive with sea birds and nesting Green turtles, is not the retreat she expected. Here she finds love―for the eccentric islanders who become her family; for Tom, the laid-back turtle whisperer; and for the turtles whose ancient mothering instincts move her to tears. But Anna finds that even on her idyllic drop in the ocean there is pain, and as the months fly past her dream for a new life is threatened by a darkness that challenges everything she has come to believe about the power of love. Evocative and thought-provoking, A Drop in the Ocean is a story about second chances and hard lessons learned in the gentlest of ways.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

A Drop in the Ocean is a brilliantly well-written novel. One that will instantlly pull readers into its deepest depth. Jenni Ogden has beautifully woven a story that readers won’t forget. A story of one woman’s journey to life, love,  and loss. A Drop in the Ocean is a fictional world where readers will truly lose themselves inside its plot.

Jenni Ogden’s novel, A Drop in the Ocean, is te first of her novels that I have read. After reading this compelling story, I have fallen in love with Jenni Ogden’s work. A world depicting one very intelligent yet strong woman. Anna Ferguusson isloates herself inside of her work. Work that requires a lot of back backing old-fashioned research. It’s not until her big 49th birthday that she reads a letter that will forever change her life. The life and work that she has come to know and love is taken away, but still she hopes for a miracle. Soon, she finds herself on an island and discovers a lot more to life than just research. Readers will laugh and cry and want to hug Anna Fergusson as the scenes unfold. But that’s not all. Readers will be taken into the vivid imagery of the island and the turtles. A beautiful world indeed. Life throws us curveballs and here we see Anna struggle with the ones tossed her way. Jenni Ogden’s story is realistic and heart felt. A powerful read that I highly recommend to readers world wide.

Review: A Gift to be Simple

 

Synopsis:

She left the plain life because it was too restrictive, but Mr. Rock and Roll All Night And Party Every Day might be too freeing for her.

Rachel left the cage of her simple life behind to do costuming off-Broadway and when that ended she got another job doing wardrobe for the band SendDown where she meets Gian.

Gian wants Rachel now and forever from the minute he meets her. She’s hot, amazing and completely kinky. But can she handle the cage door being open? If not, can he handle letting her go for her own good?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Christa Maurice’s latest romance novel, A Gift to be Simple, is definitely a must read. Inside this well-written story, readers will find the life that a woman left behind to start another new one. From the good Christain lifestyle to a much more exciting and exotic one, the female protagonist has a lot to discover and weigh in. A life completely different from what’s she use to and then balancing a love that might be her undoing. Christa Maurice has done it again, in this hot new rocker band novel. I have read many of her romance pieces and this one is by far the best yet. Readers will not only be dragged in but dazzled by the heartmelting story. A story that is packed with heat and an intensity that will leave our leading female caracter questioning if this was really for her after all.

A Gift to be Simple, is a beautifully told romance. One that shows readers how one Amish woman left behind her simple way of life for the city.  Her she works her butt off and leaves readers in awe over her determination to make it in the real world. A world that can be fast, harsh, and dangerous. Soon, Rachel will land a job that leads her on a wild adventure. One that invloves a hot sexy rocker, Gian. Gian instantly takes to Rachel. He is completely opposite of everything her former life was and leaves her insides all a mess. Gian is man that will make any woman succumb to his ways and leave feeling hot every day. Can Gian give Rachel eerything she needs plus the things she never thought she would have or will Rachel be too frightened to take on the full chemistry? I absolutely loved reading this masterpiece by Christa Maurice. Her characters are always well-developed and her plots are always a believable journey that excites all. Overall, I highly recommend A Gift to be Simple to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Life is Beautiful

 

Synopsis: 

“Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God” takes you on a full journey of trauma, loss, and finally resilience. While on a mission’s trip in Guatemala, a small Cessna Caravan’s engine blows while carrying fourteen passengers. Unfortunately, the Cessna crashes in a remote village, leaving eleven of the fourteen passengers dead. One passenger, Sarah, shares her story in “Life is Beautiful”, about the deaths of her father and brother; her mother’s extreme physical and emotional injuries, and Sarah’s self-discovery to accept this new life.

“Life is Beautiful”, however, is more than a story about an airplane crash. “Life is Beautiful” shares the personal struggles of Sarah’s father’s drug use, his recovery, and redemption to be a better person. He gives back by doing missions work in Africa, takes in Sarah’s aunt dying of uterine cancer, and eventually leads their family to the mountains of Guatemala. Sarah also discusses her struggles with alcohol use and depression; where she eventually hits rock bottom. It is not until she starts seeking God through prayer, books, and therapy, where she starts to turn her life around.

“Life is Beautiful” is not only a unique story, but it shows the strength of God’s Will. When all hope is lost, she never gives up on God. This story is a true testimony of God’s love for His people, and when one seeks a spiritual journey and connection with God; He gives back in love, forgiveness, and happiness.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Life is Beautiful is a must read for all. I can’t stress just how great this beautiful read is. Life isn’t easy, it’s difficult. Bad things always happen and sometimes we lose a bit of ourselves along the way. Sarah M. Johnson has brilliantly written a book, that all should keep a copy handy. This book shows readers her journey through life’s trials. We are tested every day. Things can go well for us for a time and then unexpectedly fall apart and never be the same again. Here, inside of Life is Beautiful, readers get a first hand glimspe into a young woman’s life journey. First, her dad struggles with an issue. Then it’s her struggling to love and forgive her father. Her mom is angered and feels betrayed by her husband’s fall into the dark side.

The youngest child, the son, feels the pain just like the rest of his family but somehow it’s like he holds them together. He tells his father that no matter what, they will always be here for him. That is a showing of true love. Love for a father even when that father betrayed his family and fell off path. His son isn’t giving up on him. Later on, there’s more family issues that will rock their family way of life once more. A father must learn to be the father and husband that he should be. A daughter ,who needs to learn to forgive and move on, as well as recognize her own bad behavior. A mother and wife stressed out from everything. A son, who watches everything unfold and tries to remain strong. Life is Beautiful, shows us, at the end, that life can indeed be beautiful to us once again. I loved reading this book by Sarah M. Johnson. It will tug at your heart, leave you feeling sad, angered, and scared. It will also, give readers hope. Overall, I highly recommend reading this story. You will love this stunning book and all that it brings.

 

Review: Acapulco Nights

Synopsis: 

ACAPULCO NIGHTS was a Write Affair finalist (Kensington Books) on Wattpad as an “Editor’s Pick.” Suzie’s fiancé, James, is pressuring her to pick a day for their wedding. She’s cancelled three dates, and he’s starting to wonder if she really wants to get married. But how does she go about telling her fiancé that she’s already married to a man in Mexico? She needs a divorce, and she needs one fast. Her marriage has been a secret from her best friend, Janice, her fiancé, even her own mother, and she wants to keep it that way. When Janice asks her to come along on an all-girl vacation to Acapulco, Suzie leaps at the chance. A search on the Internet gives Suzie all the information she needs to track down her husband, Joaquin, while out of the country and finally get that divorce. Unfortunately, Joaquin won’t give her up so easily. When James appears in Acapulco unexpectedly, all hell breaks loose, and Suzie stands to lose everything she’s ever loved.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

Acapulco Nights by K.J. Gillenwater is magnificently stunning. The plot is incredible. Readers will be sucked into this exciting and adventureous trip as they follow Suzi. Suzi wants a divorce from her Mexican husband and no one but her knows they are still married. Soon things get more stressful and much more complicated. Where will Suzi’s heart lay at the end? Acapulco Nights is definitely a novel I would recommend to all. Entertainment, fun, and highly suspenseful. Reader’s won’t know what to expect next as they follow along. K.J. Gillenwater is a talented writer whose words come right off the pages. This is the first novel, I have read by K.J. Gillenwater and I look forward to reading more by her in the future.

 

Book Review: Winter’s Wonder by Allie Boniface

Winter’s Wonder by Allie Boniface is indeed a romantic masterpiece that readers won’t want to miss. Allie Boniface has beautifully put together a novel that features two unlikely characters and had fate bring them close together. Exactly how close they become is still yet to be seen. The attraction between them grows hotter but uncertainty hangs within the freezing air between them. Will they unite or will they fall further apart than where they were to begin with?

I choose Winter’s Wonder by Allie Boniface because the lure of opposites coming together excites me. It makes me wonder if it can be done or not. Or if they try but find someone else that they wouldn’t have found. Curiosity kills the cat as they say and Allie Boniface has drawn me in like a child wanting the sweet candy dangling in front of her. This story is by far the sweetest and coziest romance readers will find. Also, this novel is perfect for those who love animals especially dogs. One woman who takes the strays back to Pine Point Paws and a hot security guard who makes her time doing so that much harder. Both are doing their jobs but will that be the only problem? Women are after use to be bad boy Zane…but the one he shares a kiss with and asks out is none other than Becca. The one woman who isn’t sure what is happening between them or what will become of it but she goes all in. Three words for this stunning piece is hot, fresh, and exciting. Readers will be begging for more by Allie Boniface after they read this. I definitely fell in love with these realistic characters and the animals. It’s had not to fall head over heels with them all. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers worldwide and rate it a five out of five stars.

Book Review: Breathe In by Martha Sweeney

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Breathe In by Martha Sweeney has captured both my heart and soul. It will leave readers breathless. I was given this novel by Martha Sweeney for a review. I am happy she was did. The characters are intoxicating and realistic. Martha has wonderfully placed more than just two irresistible characters and a hot romance together. She placed before us readers, a unique set of real life characters. Not just the usual erotic bedroom romance that you can find anywhere.  I have to say that after reading this brilliant plot written by Martha Sweeney, I was HOOKED.

Breathe In features a tale of how one dedicated yet hardworking woman in the professional world has these set of rules.. and how one man comes crushing in causing her to break them all. The rules were set to keep her safe. Yet one man,  such as Joe Covelli enters into her life. Sex is just something Emma needed and none of the men were able to give her exactly what she needed until Joe. Joe is Emma’s best friend’s colleague. He is the one that breaks into Emma’s emotions. Joe is the one who makes Emma quiver and try to analyze everything she’s doing but her heart comes in and stops her. Readers will get an insider’s view of Emma and her past and come to love both her and Joe as their new top favorite couple.

I loved reading this debut novel by Martha Sweeney. She created perfect masterpiece that will continued to be read by many as the years come. Her novel is one that is hard to put down until every last juicy and intriguing page has been read. Perfect plot, stunning creativity, and a romance that will leave you completely undone. I highly recommend to Breathe In or in other words to read and re-read Breathe In by this talented writer. I can’t wait to read book two in this marvelous new series called Just Breathe. Overall, I rate this story a five out of five stars.

Book Review: Dead Ringer by Allen Wyler

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Dead Ringer is an amazing thriller written by Allen Wyler. The story will leave readers instantly hooked as they read on to find out that Dr. Lucas McCrae is staring at his best friend’s face. Dr. Lucas McCrae was supposed to be doing a routine medical demonstration when he lifts up the material covering the cadaver’s head. The cadaver’s head turns out to be his best friend Andy Baer. Rushing back to Seattle, Dr. Lucas McCrae finds out that his best friend is missing and possible dead. He later learns that his friend may have been killed by a cadaver ring. Body snatchers. These body snatchers range from dirty law enforcement, politicians, funeral home curators and murdered prostitutes. Dr. Lucas McCrae ends up teaming with two individuals a female cop and a gang member who has been hurt b the cadaver ring. Can this team of unlikely three be able to solve what has been happening and stop it before it’s too late for them? How far will Dr. Lucas and his new friends go to uncover the truth?

Allen Wyler has a well written plot that entices and captures his audience in from the very beginning. The horrors that are about to be released in this incredible thriller will send chills down readers backs and make them sweat in fear of what will happen next. The danger inside Dead Ringer will make readers feel like that have been transported right into the heart of the plot. The scenes and characters pop off thee pages coming to life. Dead Ringer is highly suspenseful and alluring novel unlike many in it’s genre.

This is one novel that I would recommend to readers everywhere to read. Dead Ringer by Allen Wyler is the most fascinating murder suspense novel that I have read in a long time. And Dr. Lucas McCrae makes for an interesting main character as he rushes to find his best friend only to find that his friend was killed by a cadaver ring. Now, it is up to him and his two unlikely members to uncover the truth and dig through their way into one of the most dangerous webs any character has gone into. I loved reading bone chilling intoxicating novel. Dead Ringer is definitely a must read thriller. Overall, I rate this spectacular novel a five out of five stars.

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