Wednesday, July 17, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- The Sheikh's American Daughter by Kate Goldman

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 Olivia is a normal twenty-three-year-old girl from Atlanta. Her life dramatically changes when her mother dies and leaves a will stating that Olivia’s father is alive and she should go find him in Lebanon. When she arrives in Lebanon, she’s surprised to find out that her father is a wealthy sheikh. It angers her to see him living such a good life, and yet she and her mother struggled to make ends meet. Before she can return to the United States, she gets entangled in a crazy situation when she meets the green-eyed, impossibly handsome, tall and muscular Sheikh Joseph Boutros. He comes to her father’s house to choose a bride among his daughters but decides that he wants to marry Olivia instead. Can Olivia unravel the mystery of her birth and fight her emerging feelings for a man who doesn’t take “no” for an answer?  AMAZON  3 STARS

I liked the eBook cover and the plot idea but I was hoping to actually like the book more.  Although both of the M.C.'s were pretty good as far as things went.  Joseph ended up being more likable than at first.  And Olivia was spunky but also kind.
Most of the players in the story were kind of on the shallow side when it came to depth.  Even Olivia's long lost father seemed to be kind of all surface and I didn't feel a  He also seemed kind of weak when it came to dealing with his wife and his other children.  Sure, he was caught in an emotional bind but it was still kind of odd just the same.  
Olivia has two half-sisters and a half-brother. Her half-brother is somewhat amused from the fireworks that he expects from Olivia's revelation.  The half-sisters and her father's wife make sure continually that Olivia knew she wasn't wanted there.  They were incredibly rude and condescending.  She was so tired of all the fighting and after awhile I had to say, "Right there with you, sister."
The anger and emotions were definitely a part of the story and they were well done.  
There is a surprise twist at the end but it doesn't end up being a huge one.  The story does work it's way to a H.E.A.
One other thing that I just have to mention is the phrase I read over and over again.  "She/he crossed her/his eyebrows."  What the heck does that mean?    The usual phrase of "she raised her eyebrows" I get but the other one not so much.   And it was used WAY too much!
It happened so often it became irritating to me and kind of interrupted the story flow for me.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Temptation's Darling by Johanna Lindsey


 “I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

Monday, July 15, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Her Counterfeit Husband by Ruth Ann Nordin

 A conspiring duchess. An amnesiac doppelgänger. Can hearts be true in the midst of double deception?

Anna feels little anguish when she sees the dead body of her husband. The young widow has no plans to mourn over the cruel Duke of Watkins, but she knows that his untimely death will put her at the mercy of his malicious younger brother. With help from her loyal butler, Anna smuggles away the body in the dead of night…

Anna hopes to keep her husband’s death a secret until she’s settled far from the reach of her spiteful brother-in-law. When she stumbles upon an unconscious, wounded man who bears an uncanny resemblance to the Duke, she wonders if she’s found the solution to all their problems. The stranger wakes up with no memories of his life, and Anna wastes no time convincing him of the lie…

As her husband’s doppelgänger begins to treat her like true royalty, Anna succumbs to his affections. Just when she thinks the charade is in the clear, the truth bubbles to the surface. Can Anna convince the amnesiac of her love before losing her husband a second time?   AMAZON 3.5 STARS

I found this to be enjoyable, quick story with a great outcome.  It had some twists and surprises as well as good main characters. Yes, I know some of it was unlikely but I enjoyed it anyway.
What a life Anna had been forced to life.  Her husband, the Duke was one nasty piece of work.  And his death relieved her of a lot of pain and trouble.  But it didn't remove all of them.    Lord Mason tried to hide it but he was over eager to see his brother die so that he could have the title and everything else.  He also was under the idea that she would be his when his brother died and it didn't have anything to do with love.  
Talk about being at the right place, at the right time.  That would be true about the second main character in this book.  No, he wasn't in good shape when he was found but at least he did recover.  And with "the stranger" as Anna had to think of him came the first gentleness, kindness and humor she ever experienced from a husband.
I can't leave this review without mentioning at least one man who really had always been in her corner.  Since he was a butler in the household there was only so much he could do but he did the best that he could.  Appleton and Anna had such kind friendship.  It was more like a father-daughter relationship.  I did like that.
The bad, bad guy,  Lord Mason's story comes with an ironic twist.   
Epilogue included.  I always like that as well.  

Saturday, July 13, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Irresistible Heroes by Multiple Authors including Stephanie Queen

You Need A Hero...

Everyone needs a hero and you're sure to find yours in this steamy premiere series, featuring strong heroes and heroines in this collection of SEVEN BRAND NEW NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED STORIES from eight multi-award winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.

Does your dream man fight fires or catch bad guys as a cop or undercover? Maybe he's a doctor saving lives? Perhaps he's a military man, who's put his life on the line as a wounded warrior or working security?

You'll find each of these stories simply...IRRESISTIBLE.

Two Hearts Unlikely Heroes: Tamara Ferguson, USA Today bestselling author: When wounded warrior Captain Samantha Caldwell is being targeted by a terrorist in Crystal Rock after killing their leader in Iraq, can AFOSI Agent Captain Ben Nash keep her safe?

Simply Love: Natalie Ann, USA Today bestselling author: Being strong doesn't make you a hero, but doing what is right does.

She's Having A Baby: Suzanne Jenkins, USA Today bestselling author: During the worst fire season in California history, a wildland fire changes life for Mike and Aisling Saint and their best friend.

Johnny's Girl: Cynthia Cooke, USA Today bestselling author: Will he choose the mission or the girl?

Fire Me Up: Alicia Street, USA Today bestselling author: After an FDNY fireman loses his fiancée to a rich Wall Streeter, he seeks a new start in a sleepy village on Long Island's North Fork, only to fall for a shy schoolteacher who shakes up his world like never.

SEAL of Refuge: Alyssa Bailey, USA Today bestselling author: Becoming vulnerable for a chance at true happiness takes a special kind of courage.

Never Gone: Stephanie Queen, USA Today bestselling author: Joe is a regular guy from Boston--except when he's called on by the Zero Go Team. So when he's sent to protect a sexy Hollywood costume designer, the last thing he expects is a crazy attraction that's anything but regular.

Handle With Care: Patrice Wilton, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: An ER doctor and a wounded veteran find each other, but can their love survive? 

So far I've only read a few of the stories in this group of books but my thinking is that it is well worth the price.

Never Gone by Stephanie Queen-
Mary Ann Monday or "Mae" as she is called is one interesting character.  She was NOTHING like I'd been expecting but I quickly feel in love with how real she was.  I liked how she "owned" who she was but wasn't mean about it.  She was also incredibly good at reading people.  That is something that Joe was continually surprised by.  I liked that she called him Average Joe in her head.  But that was compared to the glitz falseness of Hollywood.  She knew deep down that there was NOTHING average about him. 
Joe didn't know what to make of Mae at first, because he'd never met anyone like her before.  It was interesting when he thought of her as a sex kitten  but that she was just naturally sensual.  It didn't take long for him to realize that she had other good qualities as well.  That made it all that much harder for him to distance himself since he wanted to be professional.  Sleeping with his client was a big no-no.  But don't think he always succeeds because there will be steam as well as the danger that is mentioned.
It has a good ending that satisfied me.
The other book that I read is by an author that I don't think I've read before.  I thought this was a good way to read authors new to me. 
Simply Love by Natalie Ann-
I liked the emotions that are played out for both of the main characters.  They have their own dysfunctional family pain.  But I liked how Gemma overcame something that you don't always hear written about in a story.  I liked that she was shy but was strong and getting stronger all the time.  She was becoming more the person she wanted and needed to be.
Her family, what a nightmare they were.  She should have booted them out and KEPT them out of her life.  They were toxic!!   Her Aunt Julie was the only one worth keeping.  She was her biggest and only champion and always had been.
Blake was a really good guy and it didn't take me long to adore how he treated Gemma.  He appreciated her right where she was at.  I was fun to watch them grow together.  Because his family challenge for him was that he had a  family that was never there for him either.  His challenges were different but he craved normal  and loving, faithful relationship with a woman who loved him. 
There get to their H.E.A. as they work through their emotional baggage. 

 “I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

Thursday, July 11, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Coming to Her Rescue by Katie Knight

 When Navy SEAL Jake Hendrix attends a charity bachelor/bachelorette auction as a favor for a friend, he’s stunned to see his squad mate’s gorgeous sister, Hanna Masterson, walk across the stage. She’s grown even more stunning in the years since he’d met (and very nearly made out with) her at the end of basic training. When Jake overhears other bidders talking about her, his alpha protector instinct kicks in and he decides to bid on her himself. He thinks he’s saving her. What he didn’t expect was how upset she’d be at him.

Hanna has developed a checklist of qualities she wants in a man. Someone reliable, dependable, and family oriented who can provide for her and their children. She doesn’t need the likes of Jake Hendrix—smoking hot as he is—getting in the way of her man hunt. She’d been hoping the auction might pair her with a potential long-term match, but alas she just got her brother’s hot squad mate who has “one night only” written all over him.

But the date actually goes well—really well. Best sex of her life well. But the following day, Jake immediately pulls back, just as she expected. Romance only gets in the way of doing his job: protection has no room for passion. Resigned to their night together being nothing more than a blip in the road, Hanna’s unsettled when a pregnancy test turns that blip into a major speedbump.

Before she can tell Jake she’s pregnant, something far more unexpected lands on her plate. One of her high-profile clients has been murdered, and because he’s shared certain information with Hanna, the killers will stop at nothing to silence her.

Despite his promises to stay uninvolved, Jake can’t help but protect Hanna, baby bump and all, insisting they go on the run as they dig deeper into the dangerous situation they’ve found themselves in. But as the threat closes in on their secluded safe house, their biggest problem might just be falling in love and losing it all…AMAZON 3 STARS

I had high hopes for this book since I had read a different book by Katie Knight and liked it.  However, when I was about 38% on my kindle I just wasn't feeling the connection.
As the story went on, I got tired of Jake re-hashing of how his life of being in the military was all he could focus on.  That he needed to distance himself from Hanna.     Even though Hanna kept mentioning the spark between them, I just wasn't feeling it.  Something was missing.   It just felt like a shallow connection for me the reader.  
Hanna did some stupid stuff considering she should know she was facing some serious danger.  She keeps thinking how much the baby means to her but she must have pregnancy brain when it comes to some of her decisions. 

Of course Jake made one decision towards the end that had me shaking my head.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to cry or scream.  

I didn't hate this book but it just wasn't my cup of tea.  Will I read any other books by Katie Knight?  Of course, because I had liked the other book.  I'm sure other people might enjoy this book more than I did.  Everyone has different tastes after all. 
 I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Alien Aladdin by Zara Zenia

 A disgraced alien king on the run. A human female detective determined to find him. A fated love neither expected.

Since the Trilyn’s made their pact with the people of Earth, Prince Akrawn has been struggling to find his genetically compatible human mate while also dealing with distrust from his own brothers.

When an apparent misunderstanding makes Prince Akrawn public enemy number one, rather than face the legal ramifications on Earth or return to his home planet, he chooses to disappear into the streets of San Francisco, but the human authorities aren’t going to let him go that easily.

Brilliant SFPD Detective Catherine “Cat” O’Shea is tasked with tracking him down with the assistance of her AI. While Cat learns more about Akrawn and starts to believe he may not be responsible for the crime he’s accused of, she has no idea he’s using the same technology to spy on her and has become fascinated with the tenuous and beautiful woman.
Forced on the run together by a nefarious entity set on destroying them and gaining control over the Trilyn, can Akrawn and Cat see past all the reasons they may wrong for each other to the truth of their destiny?    AMAZON 3 STARS

The plot idea was a good one and the main characters were good ones.  They were good especially in their differences.  However, it seems like although there was a lot of running around.  With not a whole lot being accomplished when it came to the who or what was behind all the chaos. After while I began to find that a little tedious.   It did give Cat and Akrawn time to get to know each other but that didn't always work out well for them. 
It didn't take long for me to be shaking my head over Akrawn's father King Zavir. Cat hit the nail on the head when she called him a dimwit.   I was calling him stupid long before that.  And some of the actions of the earth lawmen was right up there with people ranked as stupid.  David Davon was Cat's work partner.  But I wondered about him after awhile.  The balance of power seemed to be somewhat skewed in his favor.  I also sometimes questioned the intelligence of loud mouth Captain Brontsen who is Cat's boss.  All these things and more make for misunderstanding after misunderstanding bringing things to near disaster more than once.    
It did get a bit technical towards the end that I didn't enjoy quite so much.   But the actual world building of the ships and homelands that I did enjoy.
I do have to say that things work out well in a H.E.A. for our main characters.  And the Epilogue does give a good look at how some things ended.   But it also leaves the door open for further adventures because two of the villains did escape for now.  I have to say that I wasn't really surprised on who they were.   Although some of their motives and maneuvers I hadn't quite figured all the way out.

 I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

BOOK REVIEW- Alien Protector's Rescued Bride by Juno Wells

 When hope is dimmest, a ray of light breaks through...


Being abducted from Earth was terrifying. When the fish-headed, aquatic aliens took me I knew I was in trouble. Thankfully I was raised to be a fighter.

I've struggled against my captors at every turn but how many times can a girl get beat down before coming to realize you can't win? It's wearing me down and I'm finally coming to realize there's no Prince Charming coming to rescue me.

I can't give up though, not yet. In a desperate attempt I join up with another girl from Earth and this time I'm either getting free or else. There is no other option, I can't live like this.

Then the floor shakes and winged demons from hell invade. At least they're fighting the aquatics but is this a rescue or am I trading one master for another?

In this battle it's not just my life at stake, this time my heart is on the line too.


Another mission, one more battle. Maybe this will be my last, maybe not. I can't bring myself to care anymore.

Being bigger than all the other warriors my entire life has been one lone string of abuse. The other males pick fights with me to prove how tough they are and the Queens abuse me because I'm so big I always stand out. All they see is the giant, none of them see the person I am.

None of them see my dreams or my desire to be accepted. How I want someone to love me for me. Even my one friend barely sees because in this world I have to hide that part of me away.

There is no compassion in my world. There is nothing to live for except to fight. Go to the next battle and see if this time it's my last. It doesn't matter, there is no other end for me. Sooner or later, it will happen and I've accepted it. At least then my suffering will end.

Until this mission. Until I meet the human female Daisy. Then everything changes. I'll fight all of them to save her, to make her mine. She is the light in my universe and I'm not going to let it fade.

When I saw this book information I took a chance.  I was thinking it's either going to be lame or it's going to be good.  It actually turned out to be pretty good. When Daisy stops being afraid of the "men" on board the rescue ship, there was actually some tender moments between Daisy and Darnok.  It was kind of amusing when Darnok this huge warriors is on the run AWAY from spending time in Daisy's presence.  Of course, it was both funny and kind of sad why he was doing that.   Of course there will be the required "alien" sex but I like that it wasn't the whole story. 
This book turned out to be a wild fantasy ride with some really good world building.  The aliens, the culture of Darnok's race, and the re-building of worlds was pretty imaginative.  
The emotions were also there, especially the suffering that Darnok went through.   And how messed up the men of his world were when it came to how they were valued or not.   
Daisy was also a really good main character, who became so beaten down from all the things she went through.  Physically, emotionally she was pretty much on empty. Still it didn't take all that long for her regain her strength when someone weaker is threatened. 
I liked how the story ended and the Epilogue shows some of the new beginnings that have taken place. I didn't realize until I finished reading the book that there was a Glossary at the end.  It was a nice touch and added to the story but I guess for me it wasn't that hard to enjoy the gist of the book anyway.
 Before I forget, there was also some humor in this story as well.  That's something that I always enjoy.

 I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.