Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Journeying from England to Scotland, Lady Brenna has resigned herself to an arranged match with a highlander. But when a band of fierce, painted warriors captures her en route, she fearlessly meets their demand to instead marry their leader—her betrothed’s sworn enemy—the quick-tempered Connor MacAlister.
Brenna harbors no illusions that her husband is in love with her, but their shared past gives her hope. Maybe the laird who once visited her father’s castle and charmed her with a dazzling, unexpected smile remains underneath Connor’s stern exterior.
But as she sets out to win the man whom she has come to adore, a legacy of revenge ensnares Brenna in a furious clan war—and only her faith in her new husband can save her... AMAZON 5 STARS
Includes an excerpt of another beloved Julie Garwood highland romance, The Bride
Loved this book. Maybe a more accurate way of putting it is that I fell in love with Brenna and she made the story so worth reading. I could hardly wait to see what would come out of her mouth or what she would do next. She was one unusual child and that trait followed her through to adulthood. She isn't even aware of how beautiful she is. Not only does her beauty stun people but her ways do too.
Connor had no idea what he was getting into when it came to Brenna. Although he had met her as a young child, that should have been warning enough. I lost count how many times, I either laughed or had a smile on my face.
Connor was an interesting man as well. He grew up hard; brutally losing his father and home at a really young age. I had to shake my head a time or two when it came to his arrogant statements and feelings that after a time Brenna "would settle in." Translation?
That Brenna would be the model wife...compliant, doing things his way without comment or question. Yeah, right! But it does provide a lot of funny situations.
It's not all fun and games though. There is war, enemies and hidden enemies too. Some violent attacks too. Romance, action, friendships and treachery.
Also has a really good group of secondary people; who add a whole lot to the enjoyment of the story.
All in all, a story I wouldn't mind reading more than once.
Police Chief Lolly LaTullipe’s professional life runs amuck when dead drug dealers start floating up on the beach. Port Serenity, Texas is known for bird watchers and bikini clad co-eds–not murder and mayhem. Lolly’s situation becomes even more complicated when a sexy undercover narcotics cop shows up eliciting thoughts of rumpled sheets and hot summer nights. This single mom of two is afraid she’s in way over her head.
Christian Delacroix is jaded from years in drug enforcement and the appealing police chief has him reassessing his priorities and future. Is he ready for this small town with its cast of eccentric characters. And is he prepared for Lolly LaTulippe with her white-picket-fence life complete with a close-knit family and circle of friends? Not to mention her big shaggy dog and all the complications of life with a teenager.
Are diapers, PTA meetings and football games in this cop’s future? AMAZON 3.5 STARS
This book starts out in a "stunning" way. And you are right if you think this has a double meaning!
Lolly is a good solid character with a flaky ex-husband and several children. They just add to the general chaos of trying to find out who is sending frozen floaters to her town. And what a twist its going to be when they find out the "who" and the "why" of it.
Lolly not only has a "flaky" ex but she has some lovable but strange relatives . Her friends have her back and add their own flavor of
good- natured craziness.
Christian is a good guy who when he is around Lolly lets his playfulness out and it starts the trouble in their first meeting. Christian is also an honest, hardworking, undercover cop.
I enjoyed the friendship between Christian and his co-worker, C.J. They had worked together so much and knew each other so well that they often knew what the other was going to do. A well oiled team.
C.J. was a charmer of course, and I liked him as well. I was glad to see that he got his own book, as seen in the Excerpt "Texas Born" at the end of this book. Yes, he was going to need his own book because he sure messed things up with Olivia in a major way. That was another twist in this book.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.
Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can't ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.
Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage--for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she's found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah's fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she's come to love? AMAZON 5 STARS
What a great book, I almost don't know where to start. I enjoyed the dramatic start to the book. The main characters first meeting was as interesting as the book blurb promised. In fact the whole book was even better than I had hoped. Bravo!
Alanah was an outstanding character in this book. Her father had raised her as a warrior alongside her brothers and she had learned to work hard and to be strong. Good thing. She was going to need that strength and more. Tobiah was also someone that I enjoyed so much as he rescued Alanah and as he dealt with her from there on. He was a huge fierce warrior but he also had such gentleness and caring towards others as well. He was a man of honor and fiercely loyal to Yahweh and his teachings. It also showed more than once, Tobiah's reverence for obeying Yahweh and not to be found in rebellion. He knew what rebellion brought first hand. And that obedience ended up saving his life more than once as we read the story.
It was so good to watch the slow transformation in Alanah as she began to see how different the Hebrews were when it came to valuing life and how they followed such goodness and protection towards the women in their families. This was so different that what she was used to and had seen before in other cultures. One thing that was surprising was that she had been around other gods but she had come to the understanding of how vile the worship was of them was. She basically felt that they took everything and gave back nothing.
I found it interesting that she had a thirty day period in which to decide if she would go or stay as Tobiah's wife. And some of the things she had to do to conform to being in the camp of what she considered the camp of her enemies, were sometimes eyebrow raising. Not harmful but surprising.
It's not all about Alanah and her struggle to adjust to the Hebrew camp, although some of her battles were emotional, mental, and spiritual. But there are also real physical battles that have to be fought by the Hebrew men to take the land.
I can't even begin to go into all of the other secondary people in the story, they added so much to the story. Not in an overwhelming way either.
I liked how the Epilogue (which I always look forward to) gave another look into the "why" of this title. Nice touch.
I received a copy of this book via Bethany House and this is my honest opinion of it
Friday, June 16, 2017
Mandy comes home to forget…until Kevin, now a war veteran, helps her remember. Ten years ago high school sweethearts Mandy and Kevin had the whole world. Divorce and three tours of duty have stolen their dreams. In this heart warming novella romance, beach picnics, lake sunsets and moonlit swims help Mandy and Kevin heal the past so they can face the future.
A lot has changed when Mandy Klavis returns to Gull Harbor. Voted the girl most likely to succeed, she’s discovered marriage and a city career didn’t deliver. Kevin Corbin, her high school boyfriend, knows all about responsibility. Following three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the star quarterback now struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Instead of a wife, he has a one-eyed dog named Rufus.
But Kevin’s still smoking hot -- a good-hearted man with a sweet smile. When he stops in her family bakery for a raspberry kolache, unsettling memories come flooding back. Together they explore summer in Gull Harbor, the way it used to be. The lake provides carefree refuge but a hidden danger could end their dreams. AMAZON 4 STARS
A good feel good, summer story. Don't get me wrong, it's not all about feeling good. Both main characters are suffering from damages. I liked both of them and I also appreciated the way the author described some of the things about Michigan. She painted a really good picture of the area and even the sometimes unpredictable weather was pretty good. I also liked how "summer people" were explained.
When I read in the book blurb about danger I went, "huh?) but when it came, it wasn't exactly what I had expected but it was good. A surprise for sure.
On a side note, I had no idea what kolaches were when it came to the bakery, so I had to look it up.
And here are some pictures to help. The second picture probably gives a more accurate idea of the actual size.
I received a copy of this book and this is my opinion of it.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Evil is lurking in Port Serenity, Texas. This idyllic town is known as a beach playground for sun worshippers and bird watchers—not murder and mayhem in the real estate development community.
Zack Maynard is a California homicide cop on administrative leave who arrives to investigate the vandalism occurring on a project owned by his family business. His first meeting with Liza Henderson— the project manager in charge of the Blackwater Lake development—is more like a Monty Python comedy skit than a business meeting. She’s a widow with an extended family of eccentric characters and definitely not a typical Texas Rose. In spite of the wacky situation, she’s the first woman in years to jump-start his libido.
Can love blossom in this small town with its underground of nefarious characters? And will the good guys win? Absolutely! AMAZON 4 STARS
A fun read.
What an interesting start to the book. Our two main characters are having a day from hell even BEFORE they meet. And it doesn't get all that much better immediately after. It made for some laughs as well as a smidgen of sympathy for the "trials" each had gone through that day. They are exhausted, hungry, aggravated and just want to wash up and go to bed. Separately. Well, at least at this point anyway. There is an attraction to deal with but there are plenty of other things on their plate to deal with.
They made for two good main characters. With a crazy cast of secondary characters too. Small town USA with all its beauty and quirks too.
When anything upsets tiny Liza's apple-cart she called in the rest of her wild support team. Her twin sister, Maizie (who looks nothing like her and her cousin, Sunny (when she is available).
It was cute to to hear Zack describe Liza as a gorgeous pixie. And the imp in him liked to rile her up and watch the firebrand temper of hers loose.
For a "quiet" small town, there sure were more "things" going on that anyone had any idea about. There will be romance, action and mysteries that will be solved. At least one that is a six year old one.
There will be a H.E.A, for us romance lovers.
I felt like the romance could have been a bit deeper but the friendship between Zack and Liza did show up pretty clearly. You could see that they developed having each other's backs pretty quickly too.
“I received this book as an ARC” and this is my honest opinion of it.
He remembers everything... except the first thirty years of his life.
Sports star-turned-coach Lucas Delaunay has no recollection of his past, despite his parents' and friends' efforts to help him. Every month of his life is accounted for. Mementos from the birthdays he celebrated, the games he played, and the women he dated fill Lucas's mind, amounting to hundreds of memories.
Shame they aren't his.
Now the founder of a Paris water polo club, Lucas's ambition is to take his team to the European and World arenas. He wants them on the podium even more than he wants to remember his past.
Enter Isabelle Ferrand, a young publicist hired to land sponsors and fundraise for the club. A few years back, Isabelle was a poloist herself. She was also a friend. Just a friend, until she fell out with him for reasons she claims she can no longer recall. But everyone--Isabelle included--insists Lucas regarded her as a sister.
Not anymore, he doesn't.
Every night, he dreams of her naked and panting beneath him. Her taste, her smell, the way her breasts fill his palms... Every morning he wakes up rock hard, groping for her in his empty bed.
With desire spinning out of control, Lucas struggles with his own non-fraternizing policy. But he must know if he hungers for Isabelle because amnesia has changed his taste in women, or if there is something she isn't telling him.
And if she might be the key to unlocking his past. AMAZON 4.5.STARS
Wow, what a way to start a book. And wow, way to start to hate the "hero", well at least the main character Lucas. Wasn't sure how that was going to change. It was interesting how that came about.
I really enjoyed the book and it's probably my favorite of this series so far. The story idea itself I thought was interesting and I'm glad that I didn't regret reading it. It could have gone south but I don't think it did.
I liked how the story unfolded when it came to memories and what Lucas can recover about that past. He's not going to like all of what he finds out.
Isabelle oh yes, a good character and she definitely deserved better than Lucas. Well at least the old Lucas that is.
You know things are going to work out but the road is going to get a little bit rough.
Good Epilogue is included with a surprise twist; a happy surprise.
At the end of the book is a 4 Chapter look into another of her books, "Find You in Paris."
I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Abducted by a band of renegade Scots, Highland gypsy Tasara Faas blackens her rescuer’s eye when the charming duke attempts to steal a kiss. Afterward, Tasara learns she’s the long-lost heiress Alexandra Atterberry and is expected to take her place among the elite society she’s always disdained.
Lucan, the Duke of Harcourt, promised his gravely ill mother he’d procure a wife by Christmastide, but intrigued by the feisty lass he saved in Scotland, he finds the haut ton ladies lacking. Spying Alexa at a London ball, he impulsively decides to mgood and evil ake the knife-wielding gypsy his bride despite her aversion to him and her determination to return to the Highlands.
The adversary responsible for Alexa’s disappearance as a toddler still covets her fortune and joins forces with Harcourt’s arch nemesis. Amidst a series of suspicious misfortunes, Lucan endeavors to win Alexa’s love and expose the conspirators but only succeeds in reaffirming Alexa’s belief that she is inadequate to become his duchess. AMAZON 4 STARS
I liked this story; it kept me involved. Both Lucan and Alexa were really good main characters and their was a good cast of both evil and good people in the story too. Plenty of action mixed in with some interesting twists and turns. It was amazing how many people cared deeply for Alexa. Her aunt and uncle to name two. Also her younger brother and sister, who we got to see a few brief times. They did lighten things when we did get to see them. She managed to win many people over pretty quickly because of her spunky but kind ways. But of course her elevation in status also drew out her enemies as well as the snotty ton who were just looking for reasons to snub her. Any juicy gossip would do the job.
And of course there are at least 2 men who are trying to involve her in a scandal for their benefit.
Alexa's step-mother was something else, you could tell she was insincere and looking out for herself but unsure if she is evil or not.
Her beauty is one thing that caught Lucian's eye but she also fascinated him as well. Even coming from such different backgrounds they really did fit together well. And Alexa finds him not only easy to talk to and be around but also charming and easy on the eyes.
Good ending, epilogue and H.E.A.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
A childhood love…
Maggie McGuire can’t remember when she didn’t love Tony Stefano. Growing up together in the rolling hills and forests outside Noah’s Crossing, Wisconsin, the two had been inseparable, spending sunny summer days swimming in Rainbow Lake and rainy ones huddled in her treehouse sharing the best secrets. Tony was Maggie’s closest friend, and as teenagers, one day their friendship blossomed into more.
Torn apart by time…
Run out of town by a vengeful sheriff, Tony disappeared to parts unknown, leaving Maggie devastated and with a secret she couldn’t share. Ten years later, after Tony’s grandmother falls ill, he rides back into Maggie’s life on his Harley, as if nothing has changed. Something Maggie only wishes were true because although it’s too late, she knows she must tell him he’s a father, and there’s no way to do that without breaking his heart… and risking her own. AMAZON 3.5 STARS
I liked although its not a favorite , it was still good. It had good main characters with good secondary ones as well. It was emotional, and the problems were real. So many misunderstandings between Tony and his grandmother. Tony had a lot of anger to work through and he definitely had to learn to stop running when things got too emotional for him. And in this story he finally does. He also gets to see the problems that his running helped make.
Maggie looks like she had a lot of responsibility on her shoulders; which she lovingly accepted.
For me, the story seemed to drag a few times and caused me to give it a lower rating.
Caroline has been a ward of the Venatores lamiae (vampire hunters) ever since a vampire brutally murdered her parents in front of her as a toddler. On vacation with David, her best friend and secret crush, Caroline gets separated from her friends. All alone, she’s overpowered and kidnapped by a vampire to serve as a gift to his master.
Terrified at first that her fate will be the same as her parents, Caroline slowly comes to realize not all vampires are as deadly as Venatores have taught her. The master is genteel and kind. Despite his great power, he lets her speak freely and teaches her about the secret pact between their peoples.
Caroline learns to question the hate that has fueled her all her life, but, also discovers that David has been taken. Not protected by Nicholas, he’s been tortured by the same vampire that took her, the master’s own brother. For her, there is no choice. David is her brother and her best friend. She offers herself freely. No longer as a prisoner, but a willing student of the master, she faces the Venatores when they invade the master’s lair.
Her love for her people makes her a willing sacrifice to save them all. But, her growing affection for Nicholas, Master of the City, gives her the strength to face her own unique power. She must make a choice between the lives she is offered. Now, with growing faith in her own abilities and the ardor of a master vampire, the choice she makes will be her own. AMAZON 4.5 STARS
Surprisingly, pretty good. When I picked it, I had hopes that I would like it and that it wouldn't disappoint. There were twists and turns in the story which I liked.
There were good characters in the story and a pretty good look into who they were considering the length of the book. Good and evil in both camps; pretty realistic . David, Caroline's foster brother was quite the surprise in the end. So was the end (a this point) book.
I liked that if you wanted you could end the book right there and be satisfied. But also if you wanted to continue there are more adventures to be had in following books.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
(A standalone Heartbreaker Bay novel)
There’s no such thing as a little in love . . .
Elle Wheaton’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . .
There’s no such thing as a little in lust . . .
Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco earthquake and he craves her 24/7, but Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . .
There is such a thing as . . .
As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along . . .AMAZON 5 STARS
Loved it. GREAT main characters and plenty of trouble that needs to be solved. I'm not sure that I have read anything by this author before but I'm already on the outlook for another one.
Some of the conversations between Elle ad Archer were hilarious and spunky. That is when Elle could get more than a few words out of Archer. Great supporting cast of fellow workers and friends.
I really enjoyed some of the men who she was friends with who basically said that she was gorgeous but kind of scary. She was really good friends with Spence but even he knew when to tread carefully.
I liked the dual P.O.V's and also liked that they didn't rehash scene by scene with each person.. I have read other books that do that and its not a favorite of mine. This one flowed nicely.
I really laughed about some of the conversations overheard on the comms.
The book had an active ending with a good Epilogue. I like this series so far and want to read more about the secondary characters from this book. I want their stories....Spence's story will be out in the Fall of 2017 (Chasing Christmas Eve) and I want to read that one too.
There is also a peek into another book that has already hooked my interest and its not even out yet until later in the month. I just put "Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis" on my wishlist.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Ex-Navy SEAL Jace Stevens has never shied away from trouble and with the madman framing the Brothers-in-Arms for murder still on the loose, Jace is ready to put an end to the killing for good. Only one person stands in his way: a tough-as-nails FBI agent who suddenly won’t let Jace out of her sight. But the dark-haired beauty is more than just a complication. Jace can sense there’s something special beneath her buttoned-up exterior, and he can’t wait to get his hands on it.
FBI agent Felicity Belasko always gets her man, and this case should be no different. She knows the SEAL suicides are really murders, and she’s sure there’s a connection to the Brothers-in-Arms. But are they suspects…or potential victims? When her investigation leads to Jace Stevens, she can tell the blond troublemaker is masking something even more dangerous. He wants to stop the killer on his own, but Felicity can’t let that happen. Wickedly handsome Jace may be making her wild, but she always plays by the rules.
As the heat flares between them, a killer plots his next move. Can Felicity and Jace find a way to work together, or will a madman continue to get away with murder? AMAZON 3.5 STARS
Good main characters with like the book blurb says a "madman" as their arch enemy. He's not just a madman but he's crazy smart. Paranoid, sneaky with some unexpected funds and control over some powerful people. And if that's not enough, he also has some military training and the patience to plan and carry out his evil
Jace and Felicity are tough "guys" in their own areas of expertise but there is also the family like atmosphere that Jace has with his fellow Brothers-in-Arms and their girlfriends.
Heads up there will be some rough language; we are talking former Seals here and there will be some sex too. Just in case you wanted to know.
There are some twists and turns along with some predictable parts as well.
But hang on because there is a "slamming" good ending to the book.
I always look for an Epilogue in a book and this one had a satisfying one.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and this was my honest opinion of it.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Wealthy aristocrat Bella Benedict has one last wish: to see her five estranged children happily married. But one of her sons, Max Benedict, has no interest in long-term commitment. Instead, he travels the world, working as a sometime spy for the CIA but mostly cementing his reputation as a rich playboy. When he's asked to investigate a foreign threat against the president, he doesn't think twice about accepting—until he hears who he'll be working with in London.
FBI Special Agent Kristin Lassiter is under investigation and on the verge of losing everything—her savings, her job, her beloved father. So when Bella Benedict approaches her with an offer to pay her mounting debts, she's tempted to accept. But there's a catch, and a big one. Bella wants Kristin to win the heart of her playboy son Max—the very man who broke Kristin's heart years ago and is unaware that he fathered her nine-year-old daughter. If Kristin succeeds, she'll get the money she needs. But can she win Max's heart without falling back in love with him? AMAZON 4 STARS
I liked this story. It had really good characters and plenty of plots and misunderstandings. Not everything was as it seems and that includes Bella. She just might not be as "evil" as she has been painted. There is a lot of mysteries with just Bella all on her own. Although she hasn't been much of an involved mother to her children, there was some insight about that but not a lot.
Kristin and Max had their fair share of misunderstandings and a pretty serious one with unexpected consequences when they were teenagers. There were some interesting secondary people in the story and I enjoyed the book overall.
One of the unexpected consequences was a 9 year old daughter (Felicity) that Max never knew about. She was one whip smart, super talented, blunt talking but fun kid.
Another interesting person was Emily, Bella's assistant and confidant. Bella has future plans to see Emily happily married as well. It made me wonder who she would end up with and if it would be a surprise attraction between Emily and one of Bella's remaining sons. It also made me wonder how that would work out.
There will be a hard fought for H.E.A. and an outing of the villains of the piece. With some unexpected twists and turns thrown in to add to it.
This is the cover for the version of the book I read:
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Master Your Goals, Improve Your Life, or Overcome a Major Obstacle -- One Small Habit at a Time
Imagine what life would be like if you started every morning with small actions that created a chain reaction of positive benefits throughout your life.You eat a healthy breakfast, have a great conversation with your loved ones, and then begin your workday focusing on the important tasks. Then, throughout the day, you complete other habits that positively impact your top goals. You’d probably feel more fulfilled, get more accomplished, and have a better direction for your career.
All of this is possible when you add DOZENS of small changes to your daily routine. These habits don’t require much effort. In fact, most of these habits ONLY take five minutes or less to complete. And all this can be done when you follow a strategy known as "Habit Stacking."
One Routine + Multiple Habits = Habit Stacking
We all know it's not easy to add multiple new habits to your day. But what you might not realize is it's fairly easy to build a single new routine. The essence of habit stacking is to take a series of small changes and create a ritual that you follow on a daily basis.
Habit stacking works because you eliminate the stress of trying to change too many things at once. Your goal is to simply focus on a single routine that only takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Within this routine is a series of actions (or small changes). All you have to do is to create a checklist and follow it every single day. AMAZON 5 STARS
Wow, this book surprised me. All in good ways. I hesitated at first to get this book because I didn't want to be disappointed with the same-ole-same old. I wasn't disappointed. Now, the difficulty I face is how to put into some many words how much I liked this book. I guess, the first thing to say, is that I liked the friendly way the author wrote, there was an ease to his writing that I enjoyed. Oh, he had facts and backed them up with links but I didn't feel like I was drowning in them.
I liked that he broke things own into categories of life and things in life that most of us want to improve.
There is no way I can touch on everything of course, so I'll just add a few things that got my attention.
Early on in the book he mentioned, the myth of anything or anyone being an overnight success. I was in total agreement with him and was glad to see that mentioned. He presented the idea that small actions done every day causes a compound effect. I liked the way he put it and it reminded me how easy that was to understand when it came to money (compound interest). Another damaging though process was the "I'll get around to it / I'll remember to do it (later) Paradox. A statement that opened my eyes was that small habits are super easy but get overlooked because there isn't an immediate negative consequence for not completing them. What a great point!! It wasn't long before some of my thinking began to change by reading this book. Something that also got my attention was the information about using our willpower. It was enlightening and totally different from what we normally hear.
This book has great references to resources and great links to other helpful sites.
There is no way to point out all the great stuff in this book. I consider it a keeper. Something to begin using, keep using and to use as a refresher too. I think just a short time ago I began to use just a tiny bit of this system. Of course I didn't exactly know that's what it was called or had it explained this well. Now I can go deeper in it with someone who knows what they are doing. I'm not finished in any way yet with this book, this is a road map, process and I appreciate it. Maybe other people know about these things, but I'll be honest and say most of it was new to me.
"I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review".
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Evelyn Tremaine HAS DREAMS TO TRAVEL THE WORLD…
And being outwitted by fate will not deter her!
But even she has to admit that waking up in the bed of a stranger with no memory might be a tiny wrinkle in her otherwise grand plan. Was he a peasant? A gunman? Perhaps a duke? Or was he just a figment of her imagination? Evelyn wasn’t about to lurk around and find out. But she will soon learn the mysterious stranger was a force much larger than fate to be reckoned with and he has set his sight firmly on her. AMAZON 2 STARS
I tried, I really did. It started out with potential and some fairly good main characters. And for me it went downhill pretty quickly. It just felt like it got sillier and sillier. I'm talking about the situations that Evelyn put herself in. I kept hoping it would get better but at 68% I just had to give up. I couldn't finish it. It's like the story went on another confusing tangent and I was done.
I hate to say this about anyone's book that they have worked so hard on but there it is.
Yesterday, all Dennis Tanner wanted was to love his wife, Rachel, and to be the best doctor he could. Today, all Dennis wants is to stop traveling forward in time, before the woman he loves, his friends, and his entire world are gone.
Will Dennis discover the answer to why he’s been traveling into the future? Will he finally be able to stop or will he continue to travel, alone and bereft, until time itself ends?
No Time to Say Goodbye is a gripping novella about one man’s desperate attempt to hold onto love and life no matter what happens, no matter where—or when—he is. AMAZON 4 STARS
If I could capture what this book is like in one word, it would be "Different". I both liked and disliked this book. How can that be, right? I thought the author did a good job of drawing you into the main characters and their confusion about what was happening. Let's face it, Dennis did everything he could to try to figure out what is going on. He doesn't really get any answers when he had himself checked out physically. The emotions are stirred as he sees his life with his wife slipping away. That's the part that I didn't like so much but lets face it, it is an important part of the story. And it kind of grabs you, I thought it was pretty well done. The people building and the different world building was pretty well described and I was surprised at how much the author packed in the short amount of pages.
Answers come as the story ends but I also see some possibilities to take it further too. I kind of hoped that he would rage just a little bit when he finds things out at the end. But the good doctor responds to need and he is needed. I don't really want to say much more and possibly ruin it for others.
By the way, the cover of the eBook, really got my attention too.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion of it.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Captain Fordham Remington has survived countless dangerous missions fighting the foreign enemies of the Queen while maintaining his cover as a traitor to the Crown. Now he undertakes the far less threatening assignment of finding out who is stealing from Her Majesty’s shipping company, and nearly gets himself killed.
Lady Calinda Barclave has worked alongside her grandfather, Admiral Barclave, to run Her Majesty’s Crown Shipping Company for four years. When she’s unable to discover who is behind the company’s shortage in profits, she turns to the dashing Captain Remington for help. But when she discovers his betrayal, she realizes she’s lost the shipping company she loves. And her heart along with it.
AMAZON 3 STARS
I liked this story. It was an enjoyable, quick read even though at times it was also somewhat predictable.
I liked both Calinda/Callie and Fordham/Ford, they both were hard-working, intelligent, honorable people. Callie was in an unusual position for a woman of her time but she loves what she does and she's good at it. She pretty much enjoys everything about the shipping business and she loves her grandfather and wants to help him as much as she can. She is also a woman who had trusted in a charming, handsome captain before only to find that he was not an honorable man. So when Ford shows up, she is once again is faced with a charming, handsome captain. She fights the attraction, not wanting to open her heart to him but she finds herself trusting him and sharing some of her concerns about the shipping company.
Ford is torn almost from the first moment of meeting Callie. He doesn't want to hurt her or her grandfather, whom he admires. He's on a mission though and he's not quite sure how this is going to work out.
There is plenty of trying to figure out the who, what and how things are going on. It goes from thinking something is amiss to knowing it. More than one person is SURE thievery is going on. But how to prove it? That is the question that gets answered as well as the "who" behind it all.
There is a romance that develops in the story but it starts with admiration and friendship and goes from there. It is a clean story though, in case people wondered.
There are also good secondary people and they added to the story.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion of it.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017
Simon Marcheford wants nothing more than to settle down on the land bestowed upon him by the English crown. Queen Elizabeth, however, is not about to let her best spy retire so easily. Simon will have his reward, she decrees, after he completes one last mission in Scotland. But no sooner has he sussed out a diabolical plot up North than Queen Mary weds him to her cousin—an exquisite beauty with troubled, soulful eyes—and orders Simon to watch her every move.
Aimee de Verris is no spy. But her life may depend on becoming one. Banished from the French court by Catherine de Medici, Aimee finds herself tasked with reporting on Queen Mary’s activities in Scotland, where she’s unnerved by the frigid weather and brutish customs. Worst of all, Aimee’s been married off to a most uncouth lout. But when murder strikes, she learns to appreciate Simon’s talent for shielding her with every inch of his muscular frame. If Aimee desires her husband, perhaps she could trust him—or even love him. AMAZON 3.5 STARS
Simon and Aimee are both good characters in the book; they are constantly looking over their shoulders in one way or another but for different reasons. But as time goes on, you also realize they also have some things in common. You have to admit a spy marrying a spy to keep an eye on her is something different. Both are subject to the whim of people of the court especially different monarchs. When its all said and done Aimee will have been whipped around to the will of at least 3 different ones. That is also one of the ways she ends up wed to Simon. And its not like she can say no. All she wants to do is return to France and the man she loves, Pierre.
She grew up in a French Court but even other foreign courts aren't all that different. They have their own gossipers, back-stabbers and intrigues going on.
When Aimee ends up married to Simon, she doesn't make things one bit easier for him, Even though he didn't want to marry her either, he also couldn't say no. He tried but to no avail. He ends up giving her a nickname of "Magpie" and soon discovers although she is naive about the real world she does have a spirit of steel to her. In fact he said that although she looked like a fragile little bird, she was full of strength and fire. She didn't know she had that strength in her but as the dangers add up, she ends up pulling on that strength.
I found Simon's observation that he had been sent to Spain, ended up in Scotland and married to a French woman, funny. Accurate but also humorous. He was a likable man, who lived with honor and skill. I like her description of him reminding her of a lion both in coloring and attitude at times.
I think the reader could figure out he loved Aimee before he did. His admiration for her and her beauty was something that attracted him. But he also enjoyed being with her, most of the time. She could act like a brat but she also had good qualities too.
The only thing that bothered me was Aimee stewing so much about her lost love (?) for Pierre. That could probably have been dialed back a bit and shortened the story. I think the author got that point across pretty well without the need to dwell on it for so long.
There is action, some twists and surprises that do make the story more interesting.
I did like how Simon protected and cared about Aimee even when she disliked him so much.
Eventually there will be some pages of marital sex in the story.
I really like the attractive cover of the eBook.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion of it.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Thornton “Thorn” Macklin, ex-Special Forces sergeant, has returned home to focus on his future. Scorpion Custom Motorcycles is one of the two dreams he pushed aside when he left Burnt River. The second dream? Well, it died long ago.
Grace Jackson works hard to be successful, trying to forget the one great mistake from her past. Returning to Burnt River to work for the family business forces her to confront her future—as well as the man who shattered her heart.
Being close to his brothers, helping at the ranch, and working with lifelong friends is exactly what Thorn needs. The last person he expects to see is the woman who vanished from his life without a word. Now she sits in her plush office down the street, resurrecting emotions, as well as memories he’d buried long ago.
Not only must he confront his feelings for Grace, he and his friends face another danger. Someone wants their new business to fail, and isn’t above putting people at risk to achieve this goal.
Guarding against threats is what Thorn does best. Protecting his heart from the woman he’s never forgotten is another matter.
Could coming home, and the hope of a second chance, be his ultimate journey? AMAZON
Good main characters with a whole lot of pain in their past. As teenagers they had such high hopes and dreams; that included them being together. It's amazing how many years that they have been separated and the pain is almost still fresh. The cruelty of two men (their fathers) is almost too hard to bear when the information about what they had done to separate them comes out. I called them M.M.'s - Master Manipulators. And although Thorn's father is dead, Grace's father is still alive and is still trying to control her choices. He didn't seem to learn much from his past actions. Oh he was surprised that when she learned the truth, their relationship went from a close one to a coldly polite one. Wow, talk about dense.
Thorn's father was even more of a coldblooded schemer and when he tried to give Thorn the ultimatum of either the ranch or college after Grace left, Thorn choose something else entirely. He refused to be controlled and went and signed up to the Army. And he kept re-upping for a very long time.
There were some good secondary people in the story. Like Thorn's brothers and Kull, a father-like mentor to Thorn.
It was a pretty good story with a few surprises to it ( like where is the danger coming from?) and a long awaited H.E.A.
I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion of it.
The ultimate royal bad boy is about to meet his match...
If one ever needs to find Prince Devereaux of Santaliana, one needs only look for the nearest newspaper: His Royal Highness is sure to be splashed across the scandal pages…
But enough is enough, and Prince Devereaux’s formidable brother King Gabriel is stepping in. No more night clubs, no more drinking, absolutely no more one-night-stands with up-and-coming models. Devereaux will step into his responsibilities, or he will be cut off.
For his own reasons, Devereaux submits to the stipulations that his brother sets out, even as he chafes at the restrictions. But the recalcitrant prince is about to find out that self-improvement can be surprisingly seductive.. AMAZON 4 STARS
I liked the main characters and it also had some good secondary people as well.
The story did have at least 2 surprises in it that kind of blindsided me, in a good way. These weren't the end of surprises though.
This book has a steady pace with just a few times that it did bog down a bit. It felt like that when it went over the same couple of issues a bit longer than I would have liked. But the reason I'm talking about the pace of the book is because of the way it would all of a sudden have an unexpected twist that seemed to come out of nowhere. Well done! I had thought that this was going to be a fairly predictable story and that was just not true. I have to give the author credit for going along in the story making me think okay this is going to be pretty predictable and then "Bam" things would change to "wow, what a surprise that was." It went from being fairly predictable to, now its not.
The relationship between Dev and Mac was a good one and although the attraction was immediate so was the distrust and secrets.Towards the end Mackenzie (the image consultant) does something so incredibly stupid, I just wanted to shake her. But of course, everything does work out, H.E.A. and all.
As a side note, I really liked the cover of the eBook; very attractive.
There is also a quick look at another book at the end of this book. It's King Gabriel's story called, "Royal Affairs". If you enjoyed this book, you might want to follow it up with Gabe's story since he had his part to play in this book too.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion of it.