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Monday, April 23, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- CLOSE CONTACT (A Body Armor Novel) by Lori Foster

Close Contact (Body Armor) by [Foster, Lori]
MMA fighter Miles Dartman’s casual arrangement with personal shopper Maxi Nevar would be many men’s fantasy. She seeks him out, they have mindblowing sex, she leaves. Rinse, repeat. Yet lately, Miles wants more. And when Maxi requests his services via the Body Armor security agency, he’s ready to finally break through her defenses—and protect her day and night.

Receiving a large inheritance has brought chaos and uncertainty into Maxi’s life. Her ex has resurfaced, along with lots of former “friends,” and someone is making mysterious threats. Then there’s Miles, who doesn’t ask for anything…except her trust. Pleasure is easy. Now Maxi has to give her heart as well as her body…or risk losing a man who could be everything she needs.  AMAZON 4 STARS

I liked this book but I can't say that it is my favorite of the series.  The book information caught my attention.  As did the opening chapter, it was a dramatic beginning.  When Miles and Maxi meet up again, it kept the tension going.  There will be plenty of tension and action in the story.

I did like both of the main  characters and Maxi sure did have a lot on her plate.   I have read other books in this series so it was nice to see some of the other people "visiting" in this one.  Sahara, the bodyguards boss shows up as well and always adds a little bit of sparkle and grit to the story.   Even with the additional people, I think that the story can stand all on its own without having read any other books in the series.

I guess a drawback for me, was how much time was spent on the regret and shame that Maxi felt for walking out on Miles earlier and leaving him high and dry.  Of course, he was angry because he knew almost nothing about her except 3 nights of incredible sex.  He had no way of contacting her and he wanted to.  However, so much time was spent on Maxi's regret I felt like it slowed the story down a lot.  It was too repetitive for my liking.  But that's just me. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- THE COMMANDERS CAPTIVE by Alix Nichols


He saved her life. But he must hold her captive. Screaming and kicking. Hating him. Craving him… 

Lady Nyssa Sebi lost her parents in a freak accident. 
Her brother is unjustly condemned to death.
Locked away in Commander Heidd’s residence, Nyssa is the hostage of corrupt thugs who rule the land.
Oh, how she hates them!
But the one she abominates above all is her captor. 
During the war, Heidd was her brother’s commanding officer. He was Nyssa's idol, her biggest crush… 
Until he betrayed everyone. 

Commander Jancel Heidd sacrificed his honor to protect Nyssa. 
It’s killing him to see her so miserable, so disgusted with him.
But she’s safe.
Jancel will do anything to keep it that way. 
He’ll shield his spunky captive from the depraved police chief, the ruthless governor, and the deadly cyborgs. 
The only monster he can’t save her from is himself.

THE COMMANDER’S CAPTIVE is the second novel in a series of connected sci fi romances. This volume features Nyssa and Jancel’s complete story, and concludes Etana and Areg’s (THE TRAITOR’S BRIDE). AMAZON 4.5 STARS

All right the story continues and it gets even better!  This winds up what happens to Areg and Etana but who knows maybe there could be more about them in future stories.  Maybe they will have future adventures. But it's done for now.  I do have to say that when we first find out what happened to Areg in this book, it's a doozy.  It's a major surprise!  But this book is mainly about Jancel and Nyssa, so I will get on with it.  

There is plenty of action, secrets and danger in this book.  But it's also about Nyssa fighting her attraction to Jancel because she's fully convinced he's a traitorous dog.  Even though he seems to be protecting her, where was he when it came to protecting her much beloved brother?  But Jancel has been keeping secrets too, but its because he has to in order to protect others.  
There are several good secondary characters in the book but I do have one question?  When is Chief Ultek going to get his?  A truly bad guy in the story but he isn't the only one.  So you can see there are others that need to be taken down and they weren't...yet.   But I enjoyed this book and see it as a happily ever after for now ending.  There are more adventures to come is the way I see it. 


 I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.




















Friday, April 20, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- HARD REVENGE by Jason Stanley

Hard Revenge: Action Adventure Pulp Thriller Book #1 (Michelle Angelique) by [Stanley, Jason]

Sick at heart. . . Mad to the bone. . .Witness to her brother’s murder, Michelle is dead set on revenge. But how?

Neither a gangster or a cop, she’s just a regular person, an “everywoman.” Now, she’s also hunted and homeless.

Her life in shambles Michelle discovers the hero living in the heart of each of us. She uncovers the strength we know we’d have if faced with the same life destroying disasters.

Full of determination but lacking skills, street savvy, and information she sets out to exact the revenge the killers so richly deserve.

Powerful women all, Michelle and her two lifelong friends buck the odds of street crime, life in the hood, dirty cops, and crappy boyfriends.

The system is stacked against them. Steeped in messages of distrust, failure, and being lesser, can these friends succeed where generations of others have fallen prey to the easier way out?

Rated R for language (she's from the hood and has a potty mouth).

AMAZON

Previously released as Sister's Revenge by Lori Jean Grace


What a dramatic start to the book.  Then when we see  Michelle again after 3 years, and what a change those years have brought.   And we see that in the dramatic opening in chapter 2. 


I have to say that this book was kind of a mixed bag for me.   I had things I liked about it. Michelle had to toughen up really fast.  And she doesn't take any guff off of anyone but still I liked her.  Michelle's two lifelong friends,  Deja and Nikky really did have her back and were such loyal friends.  That puts it into the plus column. Michelle's uncle G-Baby was another plus.  Even the fact that Michelle is living a double life maybe even what you could say was a tripe life was an unexpected plus as well. 

Now I knew this was going to be an adult story because of the warning in the book blurb about the R rated language.  And that was fair warning because the language was definitely raw as was some of the conversations.  There is a lot of action and violence but it was also a bit darker at times than what I was expecting.   Some of these things made it harder for me to decide how many starts to give it.  I decided 4 stars just because overall the writing was good.   


I just have to mention that the eBook cover was something that got my attention right away.  Nice touch.


"I received this book in exchange for a review."



Thursday, April 19, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- THE INTERCESSORS HANDBOOK by Jennifer Eivaz

The Intercessors Handbook: How to Pray with Boldness, Authority and Supernatural Power by [Eivaz, Jennifer]
How to Pray with Boldness, Authority, and Supernatural Power
In a world full of desperate need, we turn expectantly to prayer, hoping to witness the realities promised in Scripture. Most of us, however, seldom see the results we hope for. Why don't our prayers make more of a difference?

Beginning with her own experiences of breakthrough, Jennifer Eivaz offers much-needed direction and the biblical context for prayer that does make a difference--explaining the intervention of angels and demons, prophetic manifestations, and much more. She helps believers take hold of their authority and spiritual giftings and use them in the battle for victory. The Kingdom principles and study questions will help every believer navigate the spiritual realm of prayer by using the tools that make it truly effective.
AMAZON 4 STARS


I found this to be a good, easy to read and relate to book.   I feel that it's good for both newer Christians and for those that have been around for a while.   It was both basic and had depth in other areas which I know can be difficult to express.  Not in this book though.  It does encourage the reader to go deeper in the things of God.  
It has good scriptural references and also experiences of the author and her husband as they ministered.  I also liked that the book had at the end of each chapter, Kingdom Prayer Principles which are a summary of the main points of that chapter.  Questions or thoughts for reflection, was also at the end of each chapter.  The questions were direct, short and insightful. 
Although I have been a Christian for many years and an intercessor as well, I did find many nuggets in this book.  It was both encouraging and caused a stirring back up, that I hope does the same for others.
Chapter 8 "Fasting is a Game Changer"was such a refreshing handling of fasting.  Preparing to fast was such a sensible and biblical approach. It's one that I'm not sure has been addressed this way before.
As the chapters go on, so does the meat  or the maturity of the material.  Now, some may not be ready for some of that, so my advice would be to read it and set that part aside until you need it.  And expect Holy Spirit to bring it back to your remembrance when you need to re-visit it.
On a side note, I got several revelations as I read this book.  One big one answered a question that I had years ago.  A church I went to had a pattern of every 3 years a pastor would leave  It was almost like clockwork, a pattern that was seen but not understood.  It was so much more than just differences between the pastor and his congregation but no one realized what was going on.  Myself, included.  But this book opened my eyes to what had happened. 


Do It Again (Acoustic) - Elevation Worship

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- A REAL COWBOY NEVER SAYS NO by Stephanie Rowe

A Real Cowboy Never Says No (Wyoming Rebels) by [Rowe, Stephanie]
 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Rowe delivers a heartwarming new series set in Rogue Valley, Wyoming, home to the Stockton brothers, a clan of fiercely loyal and honorable men, and the women who touch the hearts of these rugged, loner cowboys. 

The only reason rancher Chase Stockton and his brothers survived their brutal childhood was because they protected each other. Nothing will ever come between them…until a sudden tragedy calls in a life debt Chase can't ignore, forcing him to make a choice that could destroy the very bonds that hold his family together. 

Mira Cabot has never asked for help, but when a sexy, protective cowboy makes her an offer she can't afford to refuse, she finds herself on her way to Wyoming to be the shotgun bride of a man she has every reason…and no reason…to trust. 

The sizzling connection between Mira and Chase turns a rescue mission into something dangerously addictive, one that could either heal two broken hearts, or shatter them forever.  AMAZON 4 STARS


What an emotional story.   And not just on Chase's side only. Mira has had to share of grief but she did have one thing that Chase didn't have.  A loving family as she grew up.  She also had seen what it was like when two people had a loving relationship.  Her mother and father were that wonderful example.  

One thing that the main characters had in common was their friendship with one man, A.J.   And what a link that was.  They had known about each other for about 10 years but had not met before the opening scene.  Which was another dramatic moment.  

There are quite a few times of Chase and Mira see sawing back and forth when it came to the help that they could give to each other.  Is there any other way to help each other than what they were considering?  Both had been so hurt, that they weren't sure they could trust each other long enough to stick around for more than a couple of week.  Maybe.  Sure, they knew about each other for 10 years but they really didn't KNOW each other did they.  A lot of what they knew came through A.J.  Someone who trusted very few people and for very good reasons.  I felt a couple of times that the see sawing went on a bit too long.  But it was well established, the doubt, the fear, the lack of trust.  There was also Chase's hurting brothers that he had to take into account.  His mission was to help rescue them and Mira just added a new level to that problem.

Alan was A.J.'s father and what a violent, sick man he was.  He was also rich and powerful. And violent, I did mention that he was violent didn't I?   Always plotting, threatening and seeking revenge against anyone who tried to stand in his way. You could almost taste the rage and loathing that Alan had against Mira.   He is a definite danger to her.

There is a dramatic end to the book, in more ways than one.   

I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion of it.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- LOVE ME TENDER by Mimi Barbour


A young mother’s eight-year-old secret… 

Anne Pichette is an eighteen-year-old exchange student who goes to live in Texas for a year. Rose Walsh, her host mother, treats her like a daughter and Anne believes her life is perfect. Rose’s teasing, devilishly handsome son, Clint, on whom Anne develops a crush, has a lot to do with this belief. One night, Anne shares her tender passion with Clint, but sadly, he’s too inebriated to remember. A week later, she returns to Paris devastated—and pregnant. Anne fully intends to tell him about her condition except her plans are deterred due to a letter arriving announcing his impending marriage to a pregnant woman he loves. Eight years later, Rose appears in Paris to beg Anne to come back to Texas to help her through her final days of cancer. Unable to refuse her dear old friend, Anne accepts. Now she’ll have to divulge that her boy, Max, is Clint’s son.

Clint Walsh might be hardened and embittered but he knows he has a good reason for acting this way. After all, his wife, the slutty woman he believed was his true love, leaves him with their daughter and never looks back. So how’s a man supposed to handle that kind of treachery? Especially after they’d shared one beautiful night of lovemaking he’s never been able to forget. Or, due to his state of intoxication—clearly remember.  AMAZON 4 STAR


I enjoyed this book.  Anne and Clint both made for good main characters.  I liked that it wasn't exactly what you would expect when it came to a "you kept my child from me" story.  

Rose Walsh was a delight and so was the moments that we got to see of Anne's father.   Clint's daughter, Debbie was so shy and kind of fragile until she began to realize how much Clint loved her.  It takes a while and it takes some challenges to get there but they do.  Of course, Anne and her son Max help a lot in that as well.  .  Max was an unusal 8 year old.  All boy but also with two cultures and languages under his belt. His grandfather helped form some of his French manners and way of thinking.  And that was a good thing.


Speaking of challenges there will be more than one.  One of them is the fact that Clint is no longer, the charming, easy going, teasing guy that Anne remembers.  He's closed off, somewhat bitter and not ready to allow others to get all that close to him again.   It also got in his way for a while when it came to relating to Debbie.  It's what he knew though, it was how his father related to him.  He was harsh, rigid and tough on people.  But he also learned from his mother Rose how to be kind and tender.  

I liked how the song figured into becoming the title for this book.
By the way what a beautiful cover for the eBook. 



I received a free copy of this book and this is my honest opinion of it.