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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- DEVIL IN SPRING by Lisa Kleypas

Devil in Spring: The Ravenels, Book 3 by [Kleypas, Lisa]
An eccentric wallflower  . . .
Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.
A cynical rake  . . .
After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.
A perilous plot  . . .
After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy—and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven
 AMAZON 5 STARS

I LOVED this one. Pandora was charming in her outspoken, unconventional way.  Gabriel was a charming rake of sorts who comes from an unconventional family.  I loved them both on their own as as an attempted couple.  The more Gabriel gets to know Pandora, the more he wants her.  And she fights giving up her independence most of the way.  I can't even begin to tell you how many times I laughed out loud at some of the conversations between the two of them.  That doesn't even begin to count the times when it just made me grin.  I loved how Pandora's mind was always working and that she was intelligent and had fun making up words.  They just seemed to flow out of her naturally.
Even additional characters were a lot of fun.  You can see where Gabriel got some of his seductive ways once you are introduced to his father.  That's not a bad thing though because his father is a reformed rake wildly in love with his own wife.   He had a great sense of humor too which he passed onto his son.  Just listening to him was funny too.  Families on both side were a great addition to the story and I really enjoyed them too. 
There is more to the story than just the fight to win Pandora to marriage, and the adjustments after they marry. Although that was fun in itself.  There are some plots, action, some surprises and also some "liberties" taken before marriage.  There is also several scenes of marital sex too, so if that makes you uncomfortable, skim over those parts and enjoy the rest of the story.

For me I think this was a character driven story and it won me over.

BOOK REVIEW- THE DANGEROUS THIEF by Mallory Crowe

The Dangerous Thief (Stolen Hearts Book 3) by [Crowe, Mallory]
James Weston hasn't given a damn about anything or anyone ever since the first time he took a life. Except now the hired killer is on a very different type of job: Babysitting.

Willa Belli has trouble following her. She is used to partying and trips to the most exotic parts of the world, but her glamorous lifestyle has taken a heavy blow. Now that she knows exactly where her father's money comes from, she's determined to finally do something right and put a stop to it. That is if she can stay alive long enough.

But the stakes are high as her father's men comb the country for her and she's forced to put her trust in a stranger who seems torn between ignoring her and staring with a lust from her deepest fantasies. But she needs to be careful. Because James Weston is deadly, greedy and sexy as hell. AMAZON 4.5

The opening chapter starts out really good and I really enjoyed this story.  Although I have read some of the prior books, this one was written in a way that I think it could be read as a stand-alone.  For me it was like revisiting friends and meeting new ones.  Willa was a really good main character, a "richy" rich woman with no real goals in life except partying and shopping with her Daddy footing the bill.  You'd think that she would be someone with very little character when you read that, but don't count her out.  She does draw the line on quite a few more things than you would think.   One flaw though is that when she is nervous she prattles on and on.  James is a no nonsense get it done kind of man and he is not impressed when he first takes off with Willa.  He's kind of disgusted with his "babysitting" job but he will do it and his attitude is that she will just have to fall in line with how he does things.    Yeah, in his dreams.
There is plenty of action and some surprises as the story unfolds.  I think this is a book that I will be adding on the list of one of my favorites of the series.

I received an  advanced copy of  this book, and this is my honest opinion of it.

Monday, May 22, 2017

BAILEYS IRISH CREAM BUNDT CAKE


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BOOK REVIEW- COMANCHE WOMAN by Joan Johnston

Comanche Woman (Sisters of the Lone Star Book 2) by [Johnston, Joan] and
In this dazzling prequel to the New York Times bestsellers The Cowboy and The Texan, Joan Johnston takes us back to a time when Texas was a young and wild republic, and three strong-willed sisters carved out a destiny that would spawn two legendary dynasties. Here is the spellbinding tale of a woman captured by Comanches—and of the proud warrior who vows to make her love him.

Born to a white father and his Indian bride, Long Quiet believed his destiny lay with his Comanche brothers. But his heart secretly belonged to Bayleigh Stewart, daughter of the richest cotton planter in Texas, who’d been abducted by a marauding brave and sold to the highest bidder. For years he’d searched for the violet-eyed beauty, and now a strange twist of fate led him to her. 

Called Shadow by her captors, Bay had almost given up hope of rescue, when a rugged stranger in buckskins appeared, risking his life to bring her home...and awakening a passion that burned hot and true. Bay knew her place was with her family. But Long Quiet hadn’t found her only to lose her again. He had to convince this woman—his woman—that her true home was with him... as together they would fight for a love strong enough to bridge two worlds....AMAZON  4.5 STARS

Good characters and plenty of drama and misunderstandings.  Long Quiet and Bayleigh/Shadow were both interesting people and you get to see their P.O.V.'s, making it easy to be drawn into what they are going through, who they are and their hopes and some of their dreams.  Long Quiet has his work cut out for him when it comes to Bay.  He's searched for her for so long and was almost about to give up when things began to align in his favor. It's quite the different slant in the story about where she has been and the how of why she was so hard to find.  That was a story in itself.
We get to see manipulations that have gone on and are still going on and it's not just limited to one race.  It is happening in both the Indian and White community, including Rip, Bay's father, and the Indian medicine man and another white man that I won't name because that would kind of spoil it for new readers.  There is also a couple of women that get into the act with their own agenda also.  Now, don't get the wrong idea, it's not all evil.  There are good people and tender moments as well. 
Long Quiet does woo Bay but as you can expect not without difficulties. For a while, its like one step forward and then two steps back.  But it doesn't come across as tiresome to me.  They do get their H.E.A. and the sense of families beginning to heal continues. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- WHEN YOU DARE by Lori Foster

When You Dare: Hard Knocks: An Ultimate Novella (The Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor) by [Foster, Lori]
The tougher they are, the harder they fall… 
Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard-and-fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with pleasure. 
Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she's uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge?   Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all…AMAZON 4.5 STARS

A really good story.  Something to remember is that it has adult content, has some sensitive issues which would probably be better for 18+ readers.  Great main characters; Dare and Molly were both strong just in some different ways.  I liked them both and as the story unfolds you get to see some things that they have in common too.  Molly is a straight shooter, who doesn't play games and often caught people off guard with it with her words and her ways Her father and stepmother were always uncomfortable with her style . Dare found her honest approach refreshing and even though he doesn't show it at first, he's really drawn to her.  Dare is a straight shooter too, he is a man of integrity.  But his straight shooting often had to do with the physical protection of the innocent and helpless. Gun, knife, fighting skills were something he had perfected and he wasn't afraid to kill if he had to.  It wasn't his first choice, but it was on the list.  So you can see not only is he skilled but he's also lethal at times.  
 The secondary characters were really good too; Chris and Dane's girls, "Sargie and Tai".  Nice addition.
Something that I appreciated was the unusual choice of occupation for Molly.  That also was a nice touch I thought.   Here I am reading a book (by an author of course) and one of the main characters is an author writing a book.  Made things kind of interesting. 
There is plenty of action, twists, turns, surprises and yes, romance.   The book kept me interested all the way through. 



I loved her first - Heartland

Little Boy On His Knees Aka Cameron's Song

Kenneth Copeland Ministries - Does God allow tragedy to teach us?

Kenneth Copeland Ministries - Does God allow tragedy to teach us?

Let’s get this clear from the start. Tragedy, troubles and terror are direct attacks of Satan, whose total focus is to steal, kill, and destroy any way he can (John 10:10). Getting us to question these things and question the love of God is just part of Satan’s plan to discourage, defeat and torment. When troubles and tragedies happen, it is not a judgment of God permitted in order to correct or teach us something.

Isaiah 54:14-15 states, “In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you. Indeed they [oppression, fear and terror] shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.”

Yes, oppression, fear and terror will try to come upon us. God’s Word is clear about that. But it is just as clear these things are not from God; they are not part of His plan or His will. God is neither terrorist nor tormentor.

In fact, the very thought that God allows trouble to correct or punish us is contrary to the basic principle of redemption. God put our sin, sickness, disease, sorrow, grief and poverty on Jesus in order to redeem us. Jesus was sent to carry our sorrow and grief—not to give it to us. The things the devil brings were put on Jesus so we wouldn’t have to suffer them. God does not need the devil to correct His children!
So how does God teach and correct us? He uses His Word and the Holy Spirit to deal with us. You only need to read 2 Timothy 3:16, John 16:13 and 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 to see this. God has appointed the Holy Spirit to be the teacher of His children (John 14:26).

God’s attitude is characterized in Acts 10:38. Jesus “went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” And He made clear it was the Father in Him who did those good works (John 14:9-10). No one can imagine Jesus hurting people. How then can we imagine this of our heavenly Father who sent Jesus to represent Him to us?

Certainly there are Bible references to the wrath of God. But read those references in context. God is not using His wrath to teach His people. He’s directing it against those who’ve let themselves become His enemies. (See Nahum 1:2 and Romans 1:18). But toward His children, Jesus compared Him to a human father who only gives good gifts—not evil ones—to those who ask for them (Matthew 7:9-11).
 
We encourage you to meditate on and let the following scriptures comfort and establish you in God’s heart toward you: Deuteronomy 28:7; Psalms 34:17, 61:1-4; Proverbs 3:3-6; Matthew 6:9-13; John 14:27; and 1 Timothy 2:1-2.
- See more at: http://www.kcm.org/read/questions/does-god-allow-tragedy-teach-us#sthash.kX0wGf0P.dpuf

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY by Marie Cole

Merry Christmas Baby: Rockstar Secret Baby Holiday Romance by [Cole, Marie]
When hotel event planner Carrie Abbott comes to the rescue and steps in to help at the front desk, the last person she expects to see is her high school sweetheart. Shawn Jeffries is now a famous rock star, and he's not alone. The woman on his arm is a star in her own right. Carrie knows he's out of her league, but that does't stop the memories of their youthful infatuation from melting her heart again.
But when Shawn shows an interest in rekindling their old flame, Carrie faces a tough decision. To keep him in her life, she must tell the truth. How will Shawn react when he finds out that she's been keeping a big secret for the past six years?   AMAZON  3 STARS
A likable short book with romantic struggles that come to a good outcome.  I think it would have been even better if it had been a bit deeper, maybe even a full length book. But still it was a nice, quick read.  
I liked the main characters but I also just have to add this.  Please forgive me for just one snarky comment.  I thought it as I was reading the book. " Didn't these two ever hear of birth control?"  

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- NEVER REFUSE A SHEIKH by Jackie Ashenden

Never Refuse a Sheikh (Bad Boy Sheikhs Book 2) by [Ashenden, Jackie]
Altair is a man perfectly in control both of himself and the power he wields as regent of Al Harah. Yet in order to retain his stronghold on the country he loves, he must wed a princess wilder than the Bedouin tribe she was raised in. A princess who only has one word for him: no.

Princess Safira knows what freedom means and it isn’t a palace or a crown. Neither does it mean being told what to do by a man with more ice in his veins than blood. Safira is innocent in the ways of men, but the heat in Altair’s gaze calls to a deep, unclaimed part of her soul she cannot deny. Altair seems hellbent on civilizing her, but she’s not so easily tamed. Especially not when she can sense the wildness that lives in him….AMAZON   4 STARS


I enjoyed this story.  Good main characters and plenty of spunk on Safira's part.  She was NOT going to go quietly into the night! The way the story starts out is interesting in itself as is the subtle warning that the desert chief gives Altair.   It made me smile and it didn't take long to see that he had a tiger by the tail.  She has become a Warrior princess during her time of protective exile.  Altair just comes in and arrogantly expects things to fall into place.  No one ever tells him no, but of course that is to be expected because of his position.   He has such cold iron control but he also has a secret and its a whopper.  It also explains a lot.  He often confuses Safira with his mixed signals.  No matter what their differences they both have one thing in common, they are  lonely people.  
There is no cliffhanger and it does have a H.E.A.
There is also a quick peek into another book that is an offshoot of this one and it sounded pretty good too.   It's called, " Never Resist A Sheikh".

Friday, May 12, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- THE COWGIRL TAKES HER MAN by Barbara Catlin

The Cowgirl Takes Her Man (Bitterpill, Texas 78020 series: Book 1) by [Catlin, Barbara]
Readers are instantly drawn to the small-town charm of her authentic, pulse-pounding novels. On top of that, fans glory in her sweet yet sensual stories that are praised for their “cleaner than usual” language—and old-fashioned values galore.

Could she live with Cameron...but without his love?Struggling to operate her ranch, Terra Lee Bradford realizes the full extent of the Glory B’s dire financial straits. Cameron Stoner’s neighboring ranch, on the other hand, is thriving. Yet he’s overwhelmed with problems trying to tame his three motherless children—not to mention his libido.
...Concocted as an instant solution to everyone's woes, their marriage of convenience soon turns into a lusty battle of wills. He'll be damned if he'll give her his heart, and she refuses to settle for less!  AMAZON 3 STARS


I wanted to like it more.  It was pretty clean, family focused and had 2 really good main characters.   It had a lot of potential but I just felt like it ended being somewhat disappointing.  Probably because it was for the most part pretty predictable, with very few surprises.  Oh, it started out good but for me it kind of fizzled after that.   

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- INSTANT DADDY by Carol Voss

Instant Daddy: Inspirational Romance (Noah's Crossing Book 1) by [Voss, Carol]

A grateful mother...
Jessie Chandler is used to heartbreak. But she’s also used to blessings. Before her sister died, she gave Jessie the gift of a lifetime, her baby son, and Jessie is joyfully dedicating her life to raising little Jake. It isn’t until she meets Dr. Peter Sheridan, her sister’s colleague, that Jessie begins to fear heartbreak might win out.

An overwhelmed father...
Dr. Peter Sheridan never wanted to be a father. Finding a cure for neurological disease demands his full focus, and he has no room in his life for anything else. But when he sees Jake’s little face, the spitting image of his own, Peter realizes he can’t turn his back on his responsibility to his child even when he has no earthly idea how to be the daddy his son needs.

The gift of love…
Wanting the best for Jake, Jessie agrees to help Peter learn to take care of his son, even though losing the toddler she loves will destroy her. But in the shadow of her sacrifice, can  Jessie and Peter discover another of God’s blessings… that through sharing comes the greatest love?  AMAZON 4 STARS

A nice, clean story that I enjoyed.  Good main characters each with their own challenges.  Lots of family on Jessie's side and a town where at least half was probably a relative.  Now compare that to Peter's lifestyle of almost no one.  Yes, he had a mother and father but they were so busy with their professional lives and always had been.   He had grown up with nannies and boarding school and work. Imagine his surprise when he meets Jake?  He has almost nothing to go on about being a father. 
And mess up he does, which makes the story more real. 
He did have two close friends Scott and his wife, Karen.  Those two added another element to the story on their own.  
Jessie is a good woman with such a compassionate heart and is an exceptional mother.  Her son, Jake is one happy little boy.  I enjoyed his "conversations" with people.  Smile-worthy and believable. 
Jessie is holding an unhappy secret from others;  the emotions were well written.  
There were good, likable secondary characters in the book.  That included Jessie's parents, her spunky best friend Maggie to name a few.  

I also liked how God was woven into the book; not preachy but there none the less.  Even when people were having a crisis of belief at times.  

BOOK REVIEW- LOVE LETTERS FROM GOD- Bible Stories for a Girl's Heart


In this heart-warming picture book designed for girls, author Glenys Nellist tells the inspiring stories of incredible women in the Bible. With beautiful illustrations by Rachel Clowes and sweet lift-the-flap envelopes, each story delivers a special message for children to open as they read their own personal love letters from God. Full of warmth and love, this picture book will fill girls' hearts with the wonder of the Lord. The stories of Eve, Miriam, Hannah, Mary, and many more will delight children and remind them of the bond they can share with God, just like the women of the Bible.AMAZON  5 STARS


What a lovely, lovely book.  Such a tender attitude that comes through.  The illustrations are beautiful and feminine; pleasing to the eye.   Each Bible story has a personal note attached where you can add the girl's name to make it even more personal.    All done in a quality kind of way, no cheap feel to it at all.  
Now I have to be honest, it did give me a bit of a hesitation when I read some of the stories and they weren't 100% accurate according to scripture. But what a good starting point if you want to start a conversation about the Bible.  Why not use it as a jumping off point to go deeper into the Bible itself?  Why not say to the reader, " You know this is great but there is more to the story.  Why don't we look it up  together in the Bible and see more about it.?"   Or if you know your Bible, you could add more truth about each story.  Just a thought. 

On a side note this is a really big sized book, in case you didn't notice in the description. 


I received a complimentary copy of this book via Handlebar and my reviews did not have to be positive. 


(But what a delight that it is a positive review.  I am now trying to think of who to gift this book to.)  

BOOK REVIEW- HER WICKED PROPOSAL by Lauren Smith

Her Wicked Proposal (The League of Rogues Book 3) by [Smith, Lauren]
Fans of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series and Johanna Lindsey’s Malory Series will love the passionate romances and gripping adventures of the League of Rogues.

He doesn’t need his eyes to uncover her true beauty.

Cedric, Viscount Sheridan, is cursed. Once the ton’s golden boy, the loss of his sight has left him a reclusive shell of man. His days of womanizing, horse racing and pistol shooting lost forever.

Offered the chance to recapture a small part of his old life, he can’t refuse—even if it means accepting the shocking proposal of the infamous ice maiden, Anne Chessley.

Still reeling from her father’s death, Anne’s deepest wish is to avoid the hordes of fortune hunters who will soon be beating down her door. Proposing marriage to Cedric is an act of desperation, his unexpected acceptance a strange and wonderful dream.

His only stipulation: she must respond passionately and wantonly in his bed. Her agreement barely crosses her lips before he begins a sensual assault on the icy walls bitter secrets have built around her heart.

Yet even as they catch a glimpse of true happiness, betrayal is poised to sweep them away on opposing tides of danger.

Warning: Contains an outwardly aloof heroine with a secretly tender heart, a once-notorious rake who isn’t quite as rusty at seduction as he feared, and a band of rogues who join together to make sure happily-ever-afters do come true.  AMAZON




This book had good main characters; charming and challenged all in their own ways.  I thought the portrayal of Cedric's life as a blind man was easy to relate to and believable.  You could almost feel the agony at the loss of his eyesight.  Also the grief of his other losses as well.  He had moments of joy as well so it wasn't all a downer.  Anne is also totally relate-able with her joys and her losses too.  I thought the author did a good job of showing the emotions and thoughts of each person in their own sharing of the story (P.O.V.'s) 
Other friends including members of the League of Rogues show up and play a good part in this book.  Enemies of the League show up and come against Cedric in particular.  And he;s made a few personally.  But at times he is his own worst enemy and that shows up in his dealings with Anne.  Of course Anne, managed to mess things up a bit on her own too.

There will be a Happy Ending for Cedric and Anne of sorts.  Why do I say that?  Because there is still one evil, powerful, cunning enemy of the League still out there.  I don't consider it a cliff-hanger exactly because you could stop at this story if you want to and be satisfied (I think)
The reason I gave it a slightly lower rating is because several times it slowed down so much that I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish it.  The only thing that kept me going was that I wanted some answers to some questions.  I did want to see how it all was going to work out.. 









Sunday, May 7, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- STAR PRINCESS (The Star Series #3)

The Star Princess (The Star Series Book 3) by [Grant, Susan]
An alien crown prince with a deadline to marry...
A working-class bachelorette from Earth with an allergy to long-term commitment...

Ché Vedla is less than thrilled about his family choosing the perfect princess bride for him, but as the crown prince it is his duty to comply. With an arranged marriage looming, he escapes to Earth to sow some wild oats. Falling head over royal heels with his friend Ilana Hamilton may not have been in his plans, but he is determined to convince her of their happily ever after.  AMAZON  4.5 stars


I really liked this book.  It is the first one that I have read in the Series but I had no problem keeping up.  So I guess in other words, it's a good standalone story.

 I liked both of the main characters, a lot. There was some pretty good word building when it came to the differences of the other outer space worlds.  There was a clash of personalities and a clash of cultures but they also had a strong underlining attraction also.  Others recognized that attraction long before they did.  All that they saw at first was the fact that they hadn't forgotten each other after their first meetings. Ché also saw her as totally unsuitable in everything that he wanted in a woman and  Ilana saw him as the enemy of everything that she believed in and some things that she feared.  It got really amusing when they often went toe to toe and when Che tries to learn the customs and slang of Earth. 
There are some good secondary people in the story and an interesting unexpected turn of events towards the end of the book.  Che's brother, Klark also plays an important part of the story as well.  
No cliffhangers, a good Epilogue and a H.E.A. What's not to like about that? 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- PLAYING WITH FIRE by Alix Nichols

Playing with Fire: A Single Dad and Nanny Romance (Game Time Book 1) by [Nichols, Alix]
He was supposed to look after her, not kiss her senseless...
Au pair Uma is all kinds of wrong for single dad Zach. Raised in a conservative Hindu family, Uma is his son's nanny, a twenty-three-year-old virgin, and a guileless ingenue to boot. Zach knows all of that.
Then why can't he rein in his lust for her?
If there is one man Uma should not be attracted to, it's the father of the adorable five-year-old in her charge. Once burned twice shy, Zach is the captain of a pro water polo team and a wealthy entrepreneur who can have any woman he wants. No strings attached. 
Small wonder he goes all out to shun Uma!
But when, with the help of a bottle of fine wine, Zach confesses all the dirty things he'd like to do to her, Uma astounds him by saying she wants that, too.
What's a man to do but oblige?
Besides, it's not like it's the end of the world. They're both sensible, level-headed adults. They'll just have a bit of fun and then go back to normal, as if nothing happened.
As if feelings weren't already getting in the way.  AMAZON 3.5 STARS

This book was kind of hard for me to rate because I had mixed feelings about it.  Let me say right off the bat that I have read other books by this author and liked them.  This one was a quick read but not my favorite of all of them. I did like both Uma and Zach and his friend Noah when he showed up. The friendship between Uma and Zach was definitely there, as was the closeness and caring that Uma had with Sam.  So was the challenge of their "forbidden" attraction;  they really liked each other first of all.  But for me, it felt like some of the spark was missing.

Another thing that might have thrown it off kilter for me was the unusual element of Zach and his water polo career.   I wasn't all that into that part (but that's probably just me) but I have to admit it was different.  And I did learn what the Eggbeater Kick was, something I hadn't heard before.


So I guess " A Mixed Bag" is the best way I can put it.
Oh but let me say I really liked the cover for this book and the title too.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book and this is my honest opinion of it.






BOOK REVIEW- UNDER PRESSURE by Lori Foster

Under Pressure (Body Armor) by [Foster, Lori]
He can protect anything except his heart 
Leese Phelps's road hasn't been an easy one, but it's brought him to the perfect job—working for the elite Body Armor security agency. And what his newest assignment lacks in size, she makes up for in fire and backbone. But being drawn to Catalina Nicholson is a dangerous complication, especially since it could be the very man who hired Leese who's threatening her. 
What Catalina knows could get her killed. But who'd believe the sordid truth about her powerful stepfather? Beyond Leese's ripped body and brooding gaze is a man of impeccable honor. He's the last person she expects to trust—and the first who's ever made her feel safe. And he's the only one who can help her expose a deadly secret, if they can just stay alive long enough…AMAZON 4.5 STARS


I really liked this story.  Great people, great action and great backup people.  

I like the way Leese described Justice (another bodyguard, in training).."Justice was like a big teddy bear..if teddy bears ate steel for breakfast." He also had good instincts when it came to Catalina.  She had a delicate look but he had a feeling that she was made of pure steel.  And it turned out that in some cases that is exactly who she is.  She also has a strong compassionate streak, she hates to see other people hurt.  Especially those trying to protect her.  She also marched to the beat of a different drummer when it came to her rich family. It made her feel odd; but she was more of an artistic woman than a party goer.  Her honest approach to life, her honest speech often got her in trouble but is one of the things that Leese finds endearing.  She was the most infuriating and the most amusing woman he ever met.  She is also smart and inventive although her step-father thought she was too naive to make it on her own.  Not realistic enough.  But she was smart enough to get away from several men with really evil plans for her.  And she did it for several months, surprising many people. 

It was amusing the differences between Cat and Leese.  He's neat-nick and she is a bit of a slob.  He is a healthy eater and she likes her junk food.  That made for some interesting scenes and conversations. I think their bantering and conversations were some of my favorite things. 

At some point Cat begins to meet some of Leese's close friends and the general thought is that she is nice and as hilarious as well.  It was nice to see the owner of the agency.  She was a nice addition and 

Sahara Silver was smart, tough, inventive and good to her agents.  


There will be sex along the way although Leese is trying so hard to not take advantage of Cat's vulnerability.  She on the other hand has been very verbal and a bit pushy about her attraction to him.  


Everything gets taken care of with no cliffhangers and there is a H.E.A. with plenty of action and a few surprises along the way.  


There is also a short Bonus story included which I really enjoyed as well.



  Built for Love by [Foster, Lori]

Contractor Jesse Baker knows all about knocking down walls—but chipping away at Tonya Bloom's defenses has been tougher than he expected. The gorgeous blonde has made it clear she doesn't have room in her life for romance…so what is it about her that makes Jesse determined to prove her wrong?
Realtor Tonya is an expert on houses, but building a home—and family—for her newly orphaned nephew, Kevin, is a challenge she never expected. And while Jesse might be a shoulder to lean on, he's also a distraction she can't afford. But with Jesse set on winning her heart, will she realize once and for all that the perfect love doesn't always happen at the perfect time
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"Built For Love" was sweet, short story that was  funny, and even heart -wrenching at times.  Part of the bitter-sweetness came from Tonya's nephew Kevin and all that he went through and without.  How afraid of rejection he was and so afraid that he is in the way.  Another winner with 4.5 STARS.  I enjoyed seeing the closeness that develops and how everything worked out. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- RUN THE RISK by Lori Foster

Run the Risk (Love Undercover (Foster) series Book 1) by [Foster, Lori]
When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend's unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious—and in far more danger—than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her….

Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new "construction worker" who's moved in next door. The heat between them is undeniable. But will surrendering to passion bring her the safety she so desires—or will her feelings for Logan draw them both into a killer's crosshairs?  AMAZON 4 STARS

A really good story, with great characters. I enjoyed it.  I also felt towards the end that it had gone a little bit too long.  Another reviewer on Amazon had mentioned it and I remembered having some of that same feeling but overall a pretty good story.  There were plenty of twists and turns, which I loved.  Of course I read the series out of order again.  *Sigh.  BUT, even though I knew a few things going in, it didn't really ruin the book for me. Which was a surprise for me.  It just gave me a different insight into the book.  It made me even appreciate the author's writing even more.  I could see how well the story was woven together.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- CASSIE (Brides of the Rockies) by Carre White

Cassie (Brides of the Rockies Book 1) by [White, Carré]
Nathanial Carroll has been a thorn in Cassie Bjorn’s side ever since they were children. He has tormented her by dipping her blonde hair in ink, pouring honey into her school bag, and teasing her relentlessly. Now, grown up and more handsome than a man ought to be, Nathanial is determined to make Cassie his wife, although she loathes him with a passion. The task before him is formidable, and Nate will have to make amends for past behavior and court Cassie properly.

Cassie knows Nathanial as a womanizer and drunkard with appalling manners. Any well-bred young lady would give this man a wide berth, as she has done for years. But Cassie’s mother and Nate’s mother are the best of friends, and they see fit to broker an engagement. To compound matters, an accidental kiss during a shootout sends the town’s gossips into a furor, and Cassie finds her reputation in tatters. There’s only one man to blame for this predicament—Nathanial Carroll.   AMAZON  3 Stars


For the most part I liked it although it was not all that deep.  It was a quick read.  One of the things that I didn't like was all the manipulation that  Cassie's parents, especially her mother did.  And for a woman with spunk Cassie was quicker to let it go than I thought was possible.  Sure at one point she refused to talk to them for a week, but then all of a sudden it was as if all was forgiven.  That was a bit hard to believe.  Even Nathanial's parents get into the act too. And why would her parents want her to marry a boozing, womanizing man?   Lifelong friendships between the two mother just isn't a good enough reason.    I know everyone thought that a strong woman (Cassie) could bring him to change but really? That's a dangerous idea in general.  
Sure, towards the end of the book there were more moments of sweetness so that helped the story.  
  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- THE BAD LUCK BRIDE




The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses) by [MacGregor, Janna]

All were shocked at the announcement of the “cursed” Lady Claire Cavensham to Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, especially since she is already engaged to another unfortunate Lord. Perhaps she will make it to the altar this time with one of these fine gentlemen! Could her run of bad luck finally be at an end? It’s highly doubtful in this writer’s humble opinion. —Midnight Cryer
No one is left breathless at the imperious pronouncement of her engagement to Lord Pembrooke more than Claire. She hardly knows the dangerously outrageous man! But after three engagements gone awry and a fourth going up in glorious flames, she isn’t in a position to refuse...especially once she realizes that Lord Pembrooke makes her want to believe she’s not a bad luck bride anymore...
Alexander requires the hand of his enemy’s fiancée in marriage in order to complete his plans for revenge. It’s his good fortune that the “cursed” woman is desperate. However, what begins as a sham turns into something scandalously deeper. The beguiling lady has no business laying claim to his heart. But as a mission of revenge turns into fiery passion, Alexander wants nothing more than to break Claire’s curse...and lead them both to their hearts’ desire.  AMAZON   4 STARS

Good main characters, plenty of good emotional drama.  While I liked this book, I can't say that it is on my list of favorites.  
Lord Pembrooke has always been a calm, logical, good guy.  However, when his sister commits suicide all bets are off.  Alex had always been a voice of reason but now his very best friend, Somerton has taken up that role but is often unheeded by Alex.  He ends up regretting that fact, because boy does he make a mess of things, more than once.  I include Somerton in the evaluation that he was a good character in the book because he did add to the story. 
Claire went through some incredible traumas and that was well portrayed I think.  Her terror was easy to understand and it IS a wonder that she didn't lose her mind from what she went through at 10 years old.  Claire had a great family, who loved her dearly and showed it.   They also enriched the story.  
What about Lord Paul Barstowe?  Is he as evil as he appears?  Or is he a misjudged good guy?  Or a little of both?  You will have to read the book to figure that out. 
There is a H.E.A. and a good Epilogue.  

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Motivational Monday (5-1-17) DUNMIS- Katie Souza



Motivational Monday -
Good morning everyone! Wow! What a weekend!
Are you guys battling against a demonic assault? Is the enemy trying to make your body sick? Devastate your marriage? Take your children captive. Have you fasted and prayed but gotten no breakthrough? Well, Jesus tells us the key to defeating the enemy in John 14:30. Listen to what the Lord said in this powerful scripture: “I will not talk with you much more, for the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.]
Here Jesus gives us the secret to successful warfare. When you have nothing in you that’s in common with Satan then he will have no power over you. What does that mean? You were created a three part being. You are a spirit that has a soul, which lives in a body.
In Hebrews 12 it says that the spirits of the righteous have been made perfect. That verse is talking about us and our born again spirit. We are the righteousness of Christ because what He has done on the cross and when we believe in Him and receive Him as our Lord and Savior then our spirits are made perfect. So your redeemed spirit man has nothing in common with Satan so he has no power over your spirit man.
But your soul man is different. That part of your being was not made instantly perfect when you were born again. The traumas and sins you have experienced in your life have literally left “wounds” on your soul. These unhealed areas in your inner man are what give Satan the Legal right to assault you. When you get your soul healed then Satan with have no power over you because you will have nothing in you that’s in common with him. and that’s when you are going to win the battle that he has mounded against you.
How do you heal these wounds? The secret is living right now in your perfected spirit man. Every born again believer has a power inside their spirit called Dunamis. According to the Strongs concordance the word Dunamis means excellent of soul. Your spirit man has an endless supply of this Dunamis power. In fact you have a tankful that never runs out! If you are battling against a demonic spirit simply command the Dunamis power that is in your spirit to flow out into every wounded area in your soul that you have in common with the enemy. Remember the bible says rivers of living water will flow forth from your belly which is your spirit man! Command that Dunamis living water to flow into every area in your wounded soul that Satan is using to attack you.
Let's do it together now. Pray with me:
Lord Jesus I am in a war right now but because of the Dunamis power you have put in my spirit I am going to win! I decree that I have a tankful of Dunamis. The supply never runs out! I command that Dunamis power to flow like a river of living water into my wounded soul. I believe Dunamis is bringing life to me right now and I am becoming excellent of soul. I decree that my soul is getting healed so I will have nothing in me that is in common with Satan and he will have no power over me. I believe I am being healed, made whole and made excellent of soul. I am disease free, sound of mind and prosperous in every area of my life. I decree Satan has lost the battle and I am totally victorious over him in Jesus   name.
Amen.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- FAST AND LOOSE (Men of the Sisterhood) by Fern Michaels

Fast and Loose (The Men Of The Sisterhood) by [Michaels, Fern] 
The Sisterhood: a group of women bound by friendship and a quest for justice. Now their male allies, the Men of the Sisterhood, have formed a top-secret organization of their own, with the same goal of helping the helpless and righting the wrongs of the world…

With the women of the Sisterhood away on a covert assignment, their significant others could be expected to kick back and enjoy a little drama-free downtime. But that’s not the way Jack, Ted, Harry, Charles, and the rest of their comrades roll. An urgent call has come to the headquarters of their organization, BOLO Consultants. Bert Navarro, head of security for Countess Anna de Silva, suspects that Annie’s deluxe casino, Babylon, is being stealthily and expertly robbed. But figuring out who’s hacking into Babylon’s security system proves more difficult than expected—and may have implications for one of BOLO’s own. The security expert working for them has unlocked one hard fact—that there are more than enough suspects to investigate. But the men of BOLO will do what it takes to prove that, even in Vegas, there’s no gambling with justice . . .AMAZON  3 STARS Not my favorite of the group of books.


Mixed feelings on this one.  It felt like it was somewhat lacking.  This one was harder for me to get into as the "boys" make a "hot mess" of things.  At times the book felt like a hot mess some of the times.  Maybe it was just me.  Add to that the book starts out really slow.  
I can say that one of the main characters of the story was an interesting person.  With an unusual name too.  Philionias Needlemeyer; a very large name for a very large man.  He also is an off the charts genius especially when it comes to computer hacking. He's the #1 top dog in the field.  Abner Tookus figures in the story as this is his mentor.  Someone who he has known as RCHood in the computer world.  
Jack's dog, Cyrus is in this story again.  He is almost human in his understanding and interaction with "his people".    I forgot to mention it in other reviews but he has been more involved in several of the previous books.  He knows how to make his bed, turn the heat up before Jack gets up and has a host of other human like responsibilities. 
This story did have some surprises and unexpected twists to it.  And it was good to see the guys begin to pull it together and work as a team .  They started to see that what they were doing wasn't working all that well.   Because  they lacked a good plan with lots of information and instead of they had been doing their own thing.  Jack is the one who finally blows the whistle on that particular problem. Maggie and Abner add so much to getting the needed info although Abner does struggle with divided loyalties. 
Everything does come to a good ending. 

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