Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- STILL LIFE (BOOK #2 Chesapeake Valor Series) by Dani Pettrey

Still Life (Chesapeake Valor Book #2) by [Pettrey, Dani]
Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart. 

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.  AMAZON 4 STARS

Another edge of your seat story in this series by Dani Pettrey. Great main characters and a supporting cast of interesting people.  Even if you haven't read any of the other ones, you should still be able to read this one on its own.

I have read one other book in this series and it made me want to read Avery and Parker's story.  The other book hinted that Avery had plenty of secrets in her past that she didn't want anyone to know.  She was ashamed and especially didn't want Parker to know what she had done before she came to Christ.  Yes, there is a theme of faith in God to this story but there is also a pretty good story there too.  
There is a couple of mysteries that need to be solved and the team of friends  are working them as fast as they can.  There is plenty of surprises, action.  About the time you think you know what is going on a big twist comes at you.  One of the mysteries has to do with Avery's missing friend, Skylar.  And that journey along had it's share of twists until you get the truth of what is going on.
Parker had his own terrifying memories of a young love lost violently.  
He exudes Irish charm and is top notch when it comes to his profession.  He is also a fiercely loyal friend to those around him.  He keeps running from his feelings about Avery.  Well, that only works for a while.  Until it doesn't. 
I also want to say that Avery had some mad skills when it came to providing her own physical self-defense.  And that is going to come in handy in this story too.  She is also top of the field when it comes to photography.  She was excellent when it came to helping Parker at crime scenes.  But she ran away because she figured she was never going to get anywhere with Parker romantically.    But as you read you see that they ARE headed for their own H.E.A.  
My final words are that I really enjoyed this story!

Monday, June 18, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- SLATE by Stella Marie Alden

She woke a part of me I thought long dead...

"She pretty?"
"F###, yeah."
"She into you?"
"Think so."
"So, what's the problem?"
"I kissed her."

I specifically told the agency I wanted a male dog walker. She's way too leggy. That's the problem. And young. And naïve. I got no business letting her stay in my guesthouse, especially the way my blood runs south whenever she's near. In another lifetime, I might've pursued her but I suck at relationships.

Unfortunately, my dog found a clue to a murder and she's involved. If I don't protect her, who will?

There's something about Mr. Sexy and that over-the-top kiss. I've never felt anything so consuming, so mind-blowing. Then, he apologized. Now, he's pissed. What the h3ll? How had my heart become so invested in so short a time?   AMAZON   4 STARS

Note: Steaming hot scenes, two wounded souls, and a slobbery puppy. HEA guaranteed.

Yes, the book blurb should have warned me how HOT this book was going to be.  Even so, I was a bit unprepared for just how in my face it was going happen at the very beginning.  Almost immediately there was a lot of  mental sexual foreplay. Wow, I don't think I've ever put a phrase like that together before. Oh yes and there were some surprises and nakedness too.  It was a dramatic start to the book.  It even had me wonder at first if there was going to be any kind of plot but take a breath, there is.  
But I'm not downplaying the main characters who have some pretty painful things in their past.  I'm not going to tell you what their pain is, as you read the story it all begins to unfold. They are very interesting indeed. 
Slate was so endearing when you got to know him.  He was SO over his head when it came to women.  And he wasn't afraid to admit it.  Well, he admitted it to a close man friend at least.  His boss and friend was the first one he called trying to figure out what he was doing wrong getting to know Lilac.   Because of that he bounced between being this grouchy, alpha  type guy and then being sweet to Lilac. No wonder she was confused at times. 
Lilac.  Boy, she did have her share of grief just over her name alone. I liked the name and I liked her. She was a fighter even when it was hard to get people to believe her.  At times, it seems that Lilac just has some unsettling things happen to her.  And this latest caper with Dog, is going to innocently throw her right into the middle of danger.  But at least Slate is on her side.   
There was humor in the story that made me smile a time or two.  After they catch two low IQ thugs breaking into his house, that whole conversation between Lilac and Slater made me grin.
So final words.  There will be attraction, a prickly friendship, then sex.  Secrets shared, walking the dog and sex.  Tenderness, protectiveness, and sex.  Danger, mysteries and once again sex.  All working their way to that H.E.A that was promised and is delivered. 

I have not read The CEO's Redemption, so I was not familiar with any of the people from that book.  But this was an easy to read book all on it's own.  I will say that I took a look at the other book and it sounded pretty interesting too. 

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

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BOOK REVIEW- BIG SKY SECRETS Book 6 of Parable, Montana Series (The Parable Series) by Linda Lael Miller

Big Sky Secrets: Book 6 of Parable, Montana Series (The Parable Series) by [Miller, Linda Lael]
Self-made tycoon Landry Sutton heads to Hangman Bend's Ranch to sell his land to his brother Zane. Though he's got cowboy in his blood, Landry plans to return to city life before the dust even settles on his boots. Of course, he didn't count on falling for Big Sky Country…or Ria Manning. 

Ria's starting to settle into country life herself…until she has a close encounter of the terrifying kind with a buffalo. Turns out the peeping monster belongs to the cowboy next door—and he has her running even more scared than his bison. She wants a home where the buffalo don't roam, and the men don't either. Could Landry's homecoming be her heart's undoing?  AMAZON 3.5 STARS

While I liked this book I can't say that it was a favorite out of all of the books in this series.
Both main characters were different even from each other; way different. And the author did the almost impossible. She had me end up actually liking Landry Sutton! I felt that was going to be almost impossible because he came off as a snooty, arrogant, superior, jerk in the previous book. And in the beginning he kind of starts out the same way. I thought, "oh no, here we go." But as I kept reading more redeeming qualities did show up. , Highbridge, his butler is one of them. The fact that no self-respecting cowboy would HAVE a butler seems like another snooty thing that he would do. But there is a good reason why he does and it has nothing to do with being superior like I thought. Highbridge does add his own kind of flavor to the book too. Of course, in the beginning Landry is ALL greenhorn and sticks out like a sore thumb. And for a while doesn't even try to fit in.
I liked Ria but more than once I just wanted to say, "Grow a backbone" when it came to her sister, Meredith. Of course, then I did begin to see that
happen more. I understand that she was made to feel less than and an outsider in her own family. All except from her niece Quinn who shows up in the story in an unusual way.
I thought it was kind of odd that you felt that she didn't really interact all that much with the people of Parable. There were snippets here and there were some of the people showed up from the previous books but it wasn't that much really.
The romance I wasn't really feeling it as strongly as in some of the other books. Although, once again this was another couple who basically almost "hated" each other on sight. Well, not exactly but that is what they thought as first.
I still give the author points for her usual writing style that I really enjoyed. Her descriptive phrases were not overdone to my way of thinking. But they are peppered through out the book. And they made me smile every time they did. Like when they were looking for the best bronco bucking horses for the rodeo. They were trying to identify the best buckers, "the ones with go-to-hell wired right into their DNA and a marked determination to launch any cowboy who tried to ride them into outer space". Who doesn't get that? Yes,descriptive phrases that added some smiles and fun to the book. Well, anyway I liked them.
You just know Jess, the "boys" father is going to show up sooner or later and he does once again here. That part felt kind of rushed to me in the end.
In the end with this being Book #6 and maybe the last one, I was left with a feeling of things being unfinished. A slight disappointment.

Friday, June 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- BIG SKY WEDDING Book #5 in the Parable Series by Linda Lael Miller

Big Sky Wedding: Book 5 of Parable, Montana Series (The Parable Series) by [Miller, Linda Lael]
Wedding bells are ringing in Parable, Montana, but Brylee Parrish hasn't enjoyed the sound since being jilted at the altar by Hutch Carmody. She's over Hutch now, and running a multimillion-dollar business is challenging enough for this country gal. So she should avoid falling head-over-boot-heels for A-list actor Zane Sutton. He's come home to his rodeo roots, but Hollywood lured him away once and just might again. Yet everything about him, from his easy charm to his concern for his young half brother, seems too genuine to resist….

Zane didn't come to Parable for love—but count on a spirited woman to change a jaded cowboy's mind. Problem is, Brylee's not convinced he's here to stay. Good thing he's determined to prove to her, kiss by kiss, that she's meant to be his bride.AMAZON 4 stars

Although I liked this book I was hoping for a tad bit more when it came to the romance between the two.  And a little bit more development when it came to the relationship between them would have be nice.  Other than Brylee's attraction then her sometimes the kiss and cut and run.  I totally understand why she was so skittish.
It did seem like the story was more abut Zane and his life.  That is something that I do understand to a certain degree because we don't know him.  The introduction of his twelve year old brother Nash did add to the story. That was one tough life that the kid had so far. Nash and Zane barely know each other, which makes things kind of awkward when Nash lands at his door. Another brother, Landry sounds kind of rich and snotty although he grew up poor right alongside of Zane. Sounds like Zane and Landry have a lot of issues to settle.  They sure know how to set each other off.  So far I didn't like him, although maybe he can redeem himself in his story which is the next book. 

Another person who is introduced in this book is Zane's flashy, take-charge housekeeper Cleo.  When I say flashy, I mean that she likes bold, colorful clothes.  She kind of reminds me of Opal from other books in this series.  Although Opal was a force of nature, Cleo was even a step above that. Maybe a gale force personality, in a good way.  Her clothes were loud and so was she. And organized to the max.  All that and a big heart too. She was a lot of fun to read about.

I noticed that this book like the others has more than one dog in it.  Each with a personality that shows through whether they have been raised since puppy-hood or rescued in one way or another.
There is a steamy scene or two (which I forgot to mention about the other books) and of course the required H.E.A.  I do love those.