Saturday, November 30, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Somebody To Love by (Ryker Falls Book 1) Wendy Vella

He was the bad boy no one trusted.
Bailey’s burned out, and not sure what leads her back to Ryker Falls, but has a feeling it’s got something to do with closure. Bad boy Joe Trainer was once her soulmate, but she isn’t sure she has a soul anymore. Finding he’s made something of his life is a shock, as he’d been on a one-way trip to hell when she left. This new Joe is sexy and enticing, but she knows all too well there’s a devil underneath the urbane exterior.
She was the good girl who never broke the rules.
When Joe’s childhood friend, Bailey Jones, returns to Ryker Falls, his life suddenly shifts from settled to off-center. Once they’d been closer than anyone ever guessed; now, they’re chilly strangers. But Joe’s not letting his stubborn, sexy-as-hell ex-best friend stay closed off. He lost her once through his own stupidity; this time he’s never letting her go. Joe knows he doesn’t deserve a second chance, but he’s never played by the rules before, so he’s not starting now. Game on.  AMAZON LINK
                                                                       5 STARS

What a great little gem this turned out to be.  And talk about drawing me in quickly.  Within the first couple of chapters I so wanted to know more of Bailey's story.  She's been away 15 years but it also looks like a lot of those years had been tough on her.  Bailey may have been basically all on her own except for her controlling grandfather.  
Of course Joe's life hasn't all been a walk in the park either. Joe had some family behind him and that included his brothers, his Aunt Jess
and cousin Piper. Not to be forgotten is Joe's best friend Fin. 
 Not everyone in the community liked him though and Mrs. Howard was one nasty voice.  But he has built a good life for himself. 

 I also really enjoyed how the brothers did the teased each other with guy good natured ribbing.  One of my favorites has to be when Jack told Joe, " I may love you like a brother, because you are but you have the emotional maturity of a Twinkie."  This is only one of the other things that made me smile in the book. Buzz is another one.  Buzz is Joe's dog who he often jokingly claims the community likes his dog more than they like him. 
What a great additional character Mr. Goldhirsh turned out to be. He was a man of Jewish descent who started out life in a Nazi concentration camp in Germany.   Joe observed that he was the most position person that he knew.  And as you read on, you see that he has quite a bit of wisdom that he's not shy to share.
Twists and surprises were woven in a really great way making it a superb book.  It kept me involved every step of the way.  There is an incredible twist toward the end that in no way did I see coming.  Ah, Good!
"I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

Friday, November 29, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Will o’ the Wisp by Lucy Naylor Kubash


In spite of a broken heart, Allison Delaney carved out a life for herself and her young daughter on her grandparents' farm. Her child and the horses she rescues are all that matter. Then a sudden threat to their safety puts her back in touch with Shane McBride, the man she never thought to see again. Returning to the small town of Silver Creek brings back a lot of memories for Shane, ones he treasures haunted by the ones that made him leave, but this time he is determined to stay and make things right. Trusting Shane may be her only choice, but now Allison fears not only the threat against her farm but the risk of losing her heart again. AMAZON LINK
                                                               4 STARS

Alison and Shane have quite the past history.  And not all of it good.  Back in their heyday they thought they would  be together soon and forever.  But then life reared it's ugly head and Shane leaves without even a word to Alison about it. That's gotta sting and it does for a very long time.  She ends up marrying Shane's best friend Jason and life goes on.  Alison is now a widow.  A widow with secrets and more than one danger crowding her. It seemed like she just couldn't seem to catch a break.  One problem after another would crop up.  She did have some friends who helped her when they could.  That was one plus in her life and it included the local veterinarian,  Doc Brewster.  
Doc Brewster was someone important to Shane was well.  In his youth the doc was there for him when he desperately needed help.  So now it's Shane's chance to help out the ailing veterinarian. 
Lizzie was also an enjoyable addition to the story as another main character.  Lizzie is a very responsible little girl. She's also horse crazy like her mom.  Some of the horses included in the story were rescued horses.  I liked that inclusion in the story.
Things really get more and more twisted as the attacks kept coming.  Add into the mix a dangerous animal that is prowling around.  Make that a four legged animal because there were some dangerous two legged people messing around as well.  One of those people causing problems doesn't get totally revealed until towards the end.  That's something that places Lizzie in unexpected danger. 
All in all, a good story that kept tensions high.  If you like romance with suspense this book should do it.  The romance, the re-gaining lost ground, the tenderness and forgiveness leads to a H.E.A.

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

BOOK REVIEW- Hidden Obsession (Alliance Agency #2) by India Kells *

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 On the hot streets of Miami, someone is watching, waiting for the perfect moment to strike at a team member of the Alliance Agency.
Cleo Darwin is the stunning violet-haired office manager of the Alliance Agency. She is capable, controlled and respected by the people she works with. But the woman who has such complete control has a secret. Her past is anything but pretty; it is messy and cruel and why she strives to live her life with no room for surprises.
Until she meets Mason Bentley, the clean-cut suit wearing operative that makes her body hum and her heart wants more. She tries to fight the attraction they share but he is slowly breaking down her defenses and showing the life she could have with him -- a future.
Mason Bentley has spent his life protecting the rich and famous, from politicians to royalty, and never has he been tempted to change the rigid control he has on his life until her. Cleo walked into his life and made him yearn for a future filled with bright colors and love.
Now, a stalker is hunting Cleo, and as the threats escalate and the stakes become perilous, will Mason be able to protect the woman he has given his heart to, from the person who wants her dead?
The stakes have never been higher and the danger never so real, but not all is as it seems as secrets and past lives crash into the present.    AMAZON LINK
                                                4 STARS

The book cover caught my attention first. It made me stop long enough to read the book information.  And now I want to write a review on it.  
I have to say that I had mixed feelings on the book.   Was it the main characters?  No.  I liked both of them.  They were unique and had some layers to their personalities.  
I even liked the supporting characters that surrounded them.  They were not only highly skilled but loyal to the bone.  A mix of chosen people who become like family. 
Was it the mystery of Cleo's stalker?  No, that was done in a scary good way.  
 It's got to be the way the sexual encounters between Cleo and Mason almost overtook the story.  That's just my opinion.  I know that both Cleo and Mason were hot for each other the moment that they met.  They hid it really well for quite a while.  But once it was out in the open between them?  Wow, get out the fire-hose! That had we bouncing between 3 or 4 Stars on Amazon.  The thing that had me bounce back up to 4 was because they really did care for each other.  That was legit.  And also because the forces that were against them were so well done with at least 1 huge, totally unexpected twist towards the end.  

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

No such thing as hoarding books?

It's not hoarding!

Monday, November 25, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Storm Summit (Redemption Mountain Book #4) by Shirleen Davies *

Image may contain: horse and textStorm Summit, book fourteen in the Redemption Mountain historical western romance series, is a full-length novel with an HEA and no cliffhanger.

A hardened lawman fighting the betrayal of the woman he loved.
The female agent who couldn’t rid him from her heart.

Storm Summit, Book Fourteen, Redemption Mountain Historical Western Romance Series
Chandler Evans made the decision years ago to turn his back on a privileged life in New York to follow his older brother, Gabe, to the frontier. He didn’t regret the decision to become a Texas Ranger, only the choices which went with it. His first mistake had been to accept a government agent as a partner. The second was to fall in love with a woman incapable of returning his emotions.

Agent Elizabeth Cartman became a widow much too young. Guilt plagued her, especially when feelings for a young Texas Ranger grew too strong to ignore. Retreat had been her lone option, running from her feelings easier than facing them. She never expected to see him again, but fate had other ideas.

Handing in his badge and riding north, Chan followed a precarious path to Splendor. Settling in as a U.S. Marshal, he obeyed a summons to Big Pine, finding himself face-to-face with the one woman he hoped had disappeared from his life forever.

Refusing the new assignment would achieve nothing, especially when a routine investigation turned to a game of life and death.

The hunters become the hunted, while the identity of the threat continues to elude them. As their mutual attraction grows, rekindling what they’d lost years before, they find themselves facing direct attacks to them and those they care about.

Can two fiercely independent people find a way to accept their love while fighting those intent on driving them apart by any means necessary?   AMAZON LINK

This was a good story but with a huge cast of characters.  Both the good people and the villains kept me hopping. Even though I have read many of the books in this series, it was a while ago.  And I felt a bit like I needed to keep a cheat sheet to keep the people straight .  You know, like who went with who and how they were related.   I do have to say though that I enjoyed the closeness of the families but also the whole community that surrounded Chan. 
Just doing his job, Chan seems to have stirred up quite a bit of trouble and he has a multiple bunch of people who want him in the ground.  Oh, their reasons vary but their desire is the same.   Not only Chan's death drives them but also greed.  There is also a twisted idea of re-gaining past glory and it's the plan of one of the main groups.  I'm not going to say what that plan is because that would be a spoiler and I want the next reader to find out like I did. It was a surprise to say the least.  It's not the only surprise in the story.
I just have to  mention an interesting but often underestimated man in the story. Enoch Weaver was often underestimated by people who didn't know him.  Being known as the town drunk, he was mainly invisible to strangers.  But to people who did know him?  He was a fount of information and some skills. 
Wow, both Chan and Elizabeth have a TON of pride and they pay the price for it more than once.  It actually gets in the way of them communicating in any really helpful way when it comes to their relationship.  Both are really skilled in their jobs but it takes time for them to get it together between themselves.  In a way I could kind of understand why Elizabeth ran from Chan the last time. She was still grieving the death of her husband and being in love again felt too soon.  It also scared the daylights out of this otherwise fearless woman. 
There is a H.E.A. for Chan and Elizabeth.  One that they do their way.

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

Sunday, November 24, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Lethal Redemption (Steele Ops, #2) by April Hunt


Saturday, November 23, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- A Cowboy Like You(Heart of Texas #4) by Donna Grant *


In the Heart of Texas, a heartthrob cowboy may get his second chance at love…
Danny Oldman, the handsome Lone Star sheriff, is still single. He tells himself, and anyone who asks, that he is married to his job—and what matters most is keeping the people of his beloved Texas hometown safe. The truth? Danny still hasn’t gotten over his high school crush. She moved away after graduation and took Danny’s heart with her.
Skylar Long never thought she would have to flee Houston and return home—where it all began for her. But that’s what happened after the man of her dreams turned out to be an actual nightmare. Now, Skylar is desperate to escape her obsessive boyfriend. Nothing shocks her more than seeing Danny again and realizing that their long-ago attraction is more powerful than ever. But can she and Danny find a way to fight against Skylar’s wealthy, powerful ex who is dead set on tearing them apart?

Both Skylar and Danny were good main characters, they made you want to see them win.  And for them to win and be together. Danny was such a solid good guy who had helped so many people.  Now so many people want to be there for him.  
Skylar got sucked into her ex Matt's web because he had been good hiding the monster that he really was.  Now she has to fight to stay out of his reach.  And what a fight it will be. 
 There were really good secondary people in the story.  It seems like there was more story about the support that Skylar and Danny were getting from the people around her than the romance between the M.C.'s.   Of course, Matt and other things keeps everything jumping. 
 Matt was one violent, evil guy who was way too clever.  He was REALLY skilled when it came to trying to manipulate and control people.  Let's face it.  It's not his first rodeo. And it didn't help that he had so much money and influence.  You just didn't know what he was going to do next. The tenseness that Matt creates is felt throughout the story.  His overconfidence and desperation to get Skylar back ramps things up even more dangerously for all.   It makes things even more interesting as the story comes to it's end.  There is an Epilogue included and everything wraps up.  The only thing I might have liked to see is more consequences shown with Matt's family.

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

AARP- Fraud Watch Network with Link

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This looks like a site that could be really helpful getting information out to not only the Seniors
but the general population at large.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Saving Him (Lovers in Louisville, Book 2) by Ariella Talix *

Adult themes and hot, sexy scenes are intended for mature readers only.


Sparks fly, but so do bullets.
Sibley Xenopoulos has more attractive, successful men vying for her attention than she has the time to deal with. But she's only ever had eyes for one—Private Investigator, Leo Spanos.
If ever a man needed saving, it’s Leo.
His life is in terrible danger, and a bad, BAD man is on the loose. Leo positively craves Sibley, but he's convinced that being involved with him could ruin her life in more ways than the obvious.
Set in Kentucky, the second installment in the Lovers in Louisville series is full of local color and drama. Sibley runs a bed and breakfast in a Victorian mansion located in Old Louisville, and Leo is back in town after a three-month gig out of state. His investigation business is booming, but he needs to somehow stay out of trouble.

An interesting mix of innocence and shy sweetness; well at least at first.  Leo is so crazy about Sibley right from the start.  He's so crazy about her that so many different times he acts kind of crazy. No, not dangerous crazy but more like self-sabotaging crazy.  He feels like he just can't offer Sibley the kind of life that she so deserves.  As the story unfolds it easier to understand where those fears are coming from.  And there are some legitimate reasons.

Sibley, has had her eye on Leo for quite some time.  And that was before he went to California on a job and his image was transformed.  Sibley was beginning to despair of ever really getting him really interested in her.  She just didn't realize how he already felt.  There were a lot of mixed messages going on.  Even after they moved on in their connection there were more times when their messages got mixed. 
Leo was trying to keep Sibley out of the danger that was surrounding him.  The "bad man" was dangerous but also clever and ruthless.  He keeps things stirred up as he runs circles around law enforcement. 
This story had some interesting secondary people in the book. That includes the main characters best friends, Gunnar and Ase.
 There are surprises coming up as the story works towards the end.  I have to say the language twist was something I was NOT expecting.  You'll have to read the book to figure that one out.
I will say that I liked some parts of the story more than other parts.  Some of it did slow the story down  but overall I did like it.
Epilogue was well done.  It tied up more ends of the story with it's look into the future too.

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

BOOK REVIEW- Her Desert Prince (Desert Destiny Series Book 1) by Marie Tuhart *

Catherine Taylor, no stranger to life’s school of hard knocks, at 18 leaves her dysfunctional family behind, striking out on her own to embrace her passion for art. Years of hard work has given her a degree of acclaim. When offered the opportunity to work in the middle eastern country of Bashir to create the defining mural for the new children's critical care ward, Catherine embraces the chance to meld her love of children and her love of art. What she doesn’t think she is ready for is the blatant and instant passion she feels the moment she meets the successful country’s crown prince, Malik.

Malik al-Hakim has been raised with the sole purpose of someday becoming the king of Bashir. Years of careful preparation by his loving family has him ready to take the yoke from his father one day, but nothing could prepare him for the instant lust he feels the moment he sees Catherine. Never one to let an opportunity slip by, Malik pursues Catherine, convincing her to explore their desire. But when political intrigue places Catherine in danger, Malik soon realizes lust has evolved to love and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep the woman of his dreams safely by his side, no matter how hard she tries to fight their fate.  AMAZON LINK
                           4 STARS

I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best when I picked up this book.  Other books similar to this have disappointed me.  They didn't have much depth when it came to the people in the story.   This one had depth and wasn't just about sex.  Oh, it had that but it didn't dominate the story; the people did. It also didn't happen right off the bat either.  The story took the time to develop knowing each other,  caring, interest and tenderness. 
It helps that I liked both of the main characters.  It was also revealing how much damage the paparazzi had done to not just one but both of them.  Catherine's intense hate for the paparazzi could almost be felt because they were so relentless. 
I have to say that I loved the members of the royal family.  The author used a different view of a royal family than most of the other books I've read.  Duty? Yes but the family was so close to each other too.   That was heartwarming. 
Did I spot who the troublemaker in the story was before the end?  Yes, but I am always trying to figure that out as I read.   But it didn't really ruin it for me because there is always the question am I right?  How do they get found out?  And when does it happen?  Do they do anymore damage before they get outed?  
This may sound a little picky. But one thing that I wanted was a little more closure on the little boy, Zain.   The author, Malik and Catherine drew us into his story and I would have liked to see him in a happy home.  One in particular.

Monday, November 18, 2019

How to crochet a circle - Easy Double crochet circle | Flat crochet circle

This has a really well explained pattern on YouTube video

BOOK REVIEW- Hidden Hearts (The Women of Hearts #1) by Marci Bolden *


Saturday, November 16, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Night's Kiss (The Ancients Book 2) by Mary Hughes

 Each book in the Ancients series is STANDALONE:


**Erase the Shame - Vengeance of the Lord


Also has the scripture base that a woman used to repair her credit in Business. 
Shame is a giant that has to come down.

Friday, November 15, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Armed 'N' Ready (Federal K-9 Book 2 )by Tee O'Fallon *

Each book in the Federal K-9 series is STANDALONE:


Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Nick Houston is as tough as they come, and he and his K-9, Saxon, are hot on the trail of a major illegal gun dealer. But his best lead—the beautiful owner of the Dog Park Café, Andi Hardt––is not cooperating. Doesn't matter how sexy she is, or that his dog seems to be in love with her. She's a suspect and he won't cross that line. Ever.
Andi Hardt sank everything into her dream business—the Dog Park Café, a restaurant catering to dogs as much as people. Now everything is in jeopardy because of one extremely frustrating, incredibly hot state trooper. Like it or not, she's in Nick's crosshairs, and he's calling the shots. Her only option: cooperate, or lose everything she's worked so hard for.
Nick and Andi are catapulted straight into the danger zone, forcing them to make life-altering choices, and face their desires. Risking his life for Andi is the easy part. Risking his heart is the toughest assignment Nick will face.   AMAZON LINK
                                                             4 STARS

Great start to this book.  The startling beginning put things into the intense category right away.  
Andi has had bad radar when it comes to men and it looks like another one used her again and now she's in danger.   She's been friends with Joe for many years and he sure has kept some dangerous secrets.  Andi is a stand up gal who finds herself at the wrong place at the wrong time. And she's having a hard time convincing law enforcement people that she is innocent of wrong doing. 
Nick's got a job to do and he's good at it. So is his K-9 partner Saxon.   They are good together on the job and at home.  What can I say, I loved the police officer Saxon.  I consider him another main character who added a lot to the story too.
This particular assignment also has personal issues for Nick that make his drive to find the criminals even stronger. 
I liked the idea of the business that Andi is running. The Dog Park Café, was well drawn and easy to envision.  Tess is both friend and manager for the business.  You just know that she has her own story which is just hinted at in this book. 
Oh, and that line that Nick would never cross?  He does but it's not going to be right away.  And this assignment puts more than one bump in the road when it comes to their romance. 

Nick has a lot of work buddies who are also friends that show they have each other's backs.  Any time, any place.  I'm sure there are enough interesting people to include more stories about them. 
There is a humongous, dangerous, surprise twist towards the end.  You'll never guess who the Master Mind behind everything is.  Beautifully done.  The danger went off the charts and several people almost die.  But that's all I'm going to say about that.  I hope I haven't said too much already.

I just want to mention that this book was dedicated to Yarmouth Police Department K-9 Sgt. Sean Gannon shot and killed in the line of duty.  He was executing a warrant, highlighting how dangerous the job can be.  His K-9 partner Nero was also shot  during the incident.  It sounds like he is  now retired.  The author  mentioned this book is also dedicated to the Massachusetts State Police K-9 Unit.

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

Thursday, November 14, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- High Stakes (The Men of the Sisterhood #3) by Fern Michaels

Title details for High Stakes by Fern Michaels - Wait listThe 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...
Investigative reporter Dennis West joined forces with the men of the Sisterhood to help fight corruption and greed on behalf of underdogs everywhere. Now he and his band of brothers are on a mission to help an old friend in danger: Toby Mason was a whip-smart college nerd—nothing like the buff dancer at the Supper Club who's reached out to Dennis. The owners of the Supper Club adult-entertainment franchise have expanded their empire through tours, contests, and calendars. But Toby suspects the Supper Clubs offer a convenient front for a major drug trafficking operation—and those suspicions have become known to his employers. At the top-secret headquarters of BOLO Consultants, Dennis, Jack, Abner, Ted, Harry, and the rest of the crew gather to formulate a plan. It'll mean going deep undercover, but the men of the Sisterhood are breaking out their most impressive moves to stop a criminal network that's stayed two steps ahead of justice for too long...

I have to admit to mixed feelings on this one.  Also that I generally have enjoyed The Sisterhood adventures a bit more than the Men of the Sisterhood ones.   This one wasn't too bad though.  
I did like Dennis and his friendship with Toby.  During the time that they had lost contact, a lot of things sure changed.  Including Toby's job and appearance.  He's still making big bucks just not with his big brain.  He went through a slump for a while before he picked up this unusual gig. 
I didn't enjoy the president trashing that went on a little bit.  Probably because there is so much of that going on in our current news.  There was a good plug for supporting our veterans and that I did like.  It explained a bit of what some of the people of the Sisterhood were up to. 
The couple running the Supper Club were not exactly what I was expecting.   Mr and Mrs.  Sanders had more depth to them than expected as well.  Pilar was greedy without a doubt.  Growing up dirt poor in Alabama had her always searching for the next score.  Her husband, Gabe  loves his wife but also has more cautious bones in his body.  To be honest, I found their parts in the story was  one of the most interesting part of it.  Also their "outcomes" was a surprise that I didn't see coming.   They get points for how clever they were.  Even when it came to Pilar having to deal with the drug dealer and his man shadowing her every move.  Not sure if it's okay to high-five someone doing illegal things but she had some gutsy moves.  And darn, the author even had me feeling bad for her quite a few times.  Not at first but as time went on.  She had some real regrets.
Toby also gets high marks for being an interesting character.   He also gets some unusual, kind of funny revenge of sorts on a former fiancee.  
I'll just leave it there and say that it had some good moments with their high jinks. Mixed in with some boring moments too.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- The Duke's Bride by Erica Ridley


From a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author:
Single father and confirmed bachelor Jack Skeffington is the mastermind behind an international smuggling ring, yet unable to control his rambunctious ten-year-old twins. What he needs is a stern, experienced, no-nonsense governess. What he gets is his business partner’s untouchable sister, whose delectable body Jack yearns to pull close.
Mademoiselle Désirée le Duc cannot wait to return to France and regain her lost vineyard. But to do so, she must repay crippling debt. Determined to buy freedom, she accepts temporary employment from an Englishman with a wicked smile and a big… wine cellar. His kisses taste like heaven and his arms feel like home. How can she choose between two families separated by the sea?

What a sweet, charming, fun story. 
 Désirée was someone that I really liked. She was so talented and I enjoyed her "inventions".  She was not only smart but funny, semi-wild and she tries so hard to improve the lives of those around her.  She also loves from a big heart.  I can also see why so many people adored her.  She might not feel like she belonged anywhere but so many people around her would disagree. 
Jack never stood a chance when it came to Désirée.  Her beauty called to him but as he got to know her, he found he enjoyed so much more about her.  Jack was a character all on his own too.  He has a wicked sense of humor and a very other side of the law "job".  He also loves his children with all that is in him and that is shown time and again.  "Family first" is more than just a motto to him.  And it's something that both of the main characters live.
Jack's children, Annie and Frederick don't want a governess.  But it doesn't take long for Désirée to charm them and encourage them to grow.  She has a unique way of teaching them and it works.  The close relationship between Annie and Désirée has it's own funny moments.
I liked how the story ended and that it includes a good Epilogue.

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- The Royal Bodyguard by Lindsay Emory *


Monday, November 11, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Count Your Blessings: A Novella (Blessings, Georgia Book 0) by Sharon Sala *

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Previously titled Color Me Bad, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala dishes up Count Your Blessings, a contemporary romance piled high with love, laughter, and plenty of heart in Blessings, Georgia!
As the respectable wife of the town preacher, Patty June Clymer never thought she'd have to worry about a cheating husband. But when things come to a head, Patty decides to take charge of her life by kicking her no-good husband out her house, and getting a total makeover at the popular local salon. With a new spiky black haircut and a new outlook on life, Patty goes from mousy and meek to living large and in charge, and fairly starts a revolution in the small town of Blessings, Georgia.

 This book made me smile pretty quickly into the story.  And that happened more than once. Revenge has a new name and it's called Woman.  In this case, Patty June.   Oh, she doesn't kill anyone although her rage does bust out.  But I did enjoy her creative outburst when faced with the "other woman." 
It was a really good intro into the community of Blessings, Georgia.
It also had even a better look into the book, "Saving Jake."  

BOOK REVIEW- ECHO (Linear Tactical Series #7) by Janie Crouch *

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 Sometimes the deepest scars are the ones that can't be seen. 
Single mom Peyton Ward works hard to make ends meet. At Linear Tactical she’s surrounded by heroes on a regular basis…but none of them are hers. She thought she'd found one in Linear’s silent partner, and country music superstar, Cade Conner. 
She was wrong. 
Unintended wounds still cut as deep. 
Cade may not work day to day operations at Linear, but he takes the mission of the company he helped create—teaching survival intelligence and self-defense skills to the people who need them most—seriously. And finding out he’s wounded Peyton in the worst way possible weighs on him.
So when danger on closes in on her, he will damn well be by her side, making sure they survive so he can right his personal wrongs. 
He might not have been a Special Forces soldier, but Cade Conner knows how to fight. And Peyton is a woman worth fighting for.     AMAZON LINK       
                                                  4 STARS

This was a good solid story with good main characters and supporting cast of people.  It was interesting to see that Cade had been the behind-the-scenes money guy that helped get it up and running. 
I liked that the reader got both points of view.  Although in the beginning I was a little thrown when it opened up with a play by play first with one and they another play by play by the other.  I generally don't like that and was hoping that the whole book wasn't like that.  I had my fingers crossed and was relieved to find that it wasn't all written like that. 
Jess was a whip smart little girl and pretty perceptive little girl.  Peyton has done a really great job raising her with most of the weight falling on her.  Heck, she's working three jobs just to give her little girl every opportunity she can. 
Cade has a lot to make up for even though he didn't know about all the secrets that have been kept from him.  
There is plenty of tension that comes from the danger that is surrounding Peyton.  She just doesn't know when and where it's going to hit. 
Cade's stalker is creepy and seems to know too much on how to strike.  As it got much further into the book I had my suspicions about one particular person and a possible motive.  I was right but there was even more of a twist coming concerning that.
Don't we all want a H.E.A. in our stories?  Don't fret.  This story does have one, and a very nice one at that.

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


Saturday, November 9, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Home to Wind River (Wind River Valley) by Lindsay McKenna *

Title details for Home to Wind River by Lindsay McKenna - Wait listFor some, love is the only medicine . . .
After a harrowing tour of duty in Afghanistan, Army nurse Lily Thompson escapes to Wind River Ranch to find herself once more. Working as a caregiver to foreman Jake Murdoch's elderly mother, Lily almost feels at peace—except for the unsettling presence of Jake, a tight-lipped, intimidating man everyone calls Bear. But one look in the powerful ex-Marine's eyes and Lily glimpses a vulnerability that shakes her soul: a hurt she understands all too well—and longs to heal . . .
Jake is ready to rail at the fates when Lily moves into his home. Everything about this captivating woman calls to him, demanding that he abandon his solitary stance and start to live again. But Jake is a man who knows that no one can save him from the past that stalks his heart and mind. Not even sweet, achingly beautiful Lily. Still, that doesn't stop his longing to pull her into his arms—and keep her there forever. Will time, and patience, bring them the courage to make their connection real? . . .

This book was just okay for me.  I really couldn't get into it all that much.  I kept thinking, "really, where's the story?"  As emotional as it was, it just didn't draw me.  It's probably my least favorite book of the series. 

I will say that both of the main characters had their strengths as well as they were battling their P.T.S.D.  Jake was just a bit further ahead in his healing than Lily was.  
Jake's mother Jenna added to the story as did a pregnant border collie but it just wasn't enough to make the story compelling.   Part of the problem was so much repetition of the same P.T.S.D. issues over and over again.  Should it be a part of the story?  Absolutely.  But basically the SAME conversation time and again?   No, it just caused the story to drag and just made me want it to be over.  Which is a shame because it had so much potential. 

BOOK REVIEW- Don't Breathe a Word (Texas Justice #2) by Christie Craig

 Mysteries & Thrillers, Romance on NetGalley
 Includes the bonus novella "Hot Target" by April Hunt!


Thursday, November 7, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Christmas Knight (Matchmaker Cafe #5) by Pam Binder *


Colin Edward Penrose, a knight from fifteenth-century Glastonbury, England, must solve the riddle of his family's curse and marry a woman out of time—or lose his ancestral home. With a matchmaker's help, he meets a woman to whom he feels an instant attraction, but he knows the curse makes falling in love dangerous for her. Madeline Murphy, defense attorney in a prestigious law firm, needs a date for her family's Christmas Eve party. In desperation, she turns to a matchmaker for her knight in shining armor. The man supplied exceeds her wildest fantasy but vanishes without a trace. A year later she needs a date for her mother's wedding, and she asks the same matchmaker. One problem: In order to find her mystery man, she must travel through time. AMAZON LINK
                                                                                                                      3 STARS

The eBook cover was the first thing that caught my eye.  It was just so pretty and slightly magical looking.
This book had good main characters.  Colin was an honorable man.  He was also surrounded by some people who had their own agenda's.  And not necessarily ones that would benefit him.  In fact, they want to destroy everything that is important to him.  The main reason being greed.  Prejudice and religious intimidation also comes into play.  
Madeline is a courageous woman with a kind heart and also a person of honor.  She cares about other people a lot and Colin sees both her courage and her caring.  She loves both her mother and her father, although I disliked the way her father treated her.  He just about worked her into the ground with very little free time for herself and what she valued.  Business and being a success is his main focus. He also has plans on how he expects his daughter to line up.  Even hand picking the man he expects her to marry.  It was good to see her develop more of a backbone even if she had to step back in time to find it.
If you are looking for villains, you will have several choices.  The author also throws quite the surprise towards the end when it comes to villains.   But there is also some good people in the story too so don't despair.
There is a H.E.A. but that also involved a bit of a twist as well.   

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Wrapped up in You (Heartbreaker Bay Novel #8) by Jill Shalvis

Title details for Wrapped Up in You by Jill Shalvis - Wait list
It's love. Trust me.
After a lifetime on the move, Ivy Snow is an expert in all things temporary—schools, friends, and way too many Mr. Wrongs. Now that she owns a successful taco truck in San Francisco and an apartment to call home, Ivy's reinvented life is on solid ground. And she's guarded against anything that can rock it. Like the realities of a past she's worked hard to cover up. And especially Kel O'Donnell. Too hot not to set off alarms, he screams temporary. If only his whispers weren't so delightfully naughty and irresistible.
Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner, is on vacay, but Ivy's a spicy reason to give his short-terms plans a second thought. Best of all, she's a tonic for his untrusting heart, burned once and still in repair. But when Ivy's past intrudes on a perfect romance, Kel fears that everything she's told him has been a perfect lie. Now, if only Ivy's willing to share, Kel will fight for a true love story.

This is a story that I have been wanting to read for a while.  Ivy Snow's story was worth waiting for.  Ivy has been on her own for most of her life.  She had a mother, she has a brother but neither of them ever put her first in any way.  In fact her brother, Brandon unintentionally put her in danger over and over.  She became very good at escaping through a window and running to keep herself safe.  What a childhood.   Constantly moving from place to place, never staying in one place for very long. No time to make friends and even if she could, there's no way she could tell anyone of truth about her family.   Even as an young adult, she would start getting a good start in life Brandon would show up and blow everything to pieces.  He wasn't malicious but he sure made stupid mistakes. 
  Part of this story is about the friends that Ivy had that she didn't even realize that they were there for her.   They had "adopted" her as family which is something else that she didn't get for quite a while either.  They WANTED to have her back IF she would just let them.  
Kel was a good guy but he was all bound up with his own family issues.  That was the first trust issue that burned him early in his life but it wasn't the only one.  Liars? He couldn't abide them which puts the main characters on a collision course.  Ivy had to tell lies just to survive for most of her life. 
These issues aren't the only ones going on because although it is an emotional story there is also some danger lurking too.
You ask if there is a H.E.A.?  Yes, and I thoroughly enjoyed the Epilogue that also contained a surprise or two.  

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Blood Magic(Dangerous Magic Book 1) by Melody Raven *

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I’m not a wicked witch, but I’m not a good person either.  How I came to be the newest recruit to the Dangerous Magic Division of Homeland Security is beyond me. It’s the first time I’ve ever tried to work with the law instead of against it, and, believe me, good doesn’t come naturally for me.

But between a psychic who has no idea how to use her powers and a partner who cares more about rules than actually getting the job done, I feel like I’m the glue holding this team together.

All of my new colleagues have their own secrets, but we’re going to have to get along if we’re supposed to help the humans of the world survive. When the pretty simple missions we’re assigned start pointing to a bigger plan, every single one of my well honed instincts tart screaming at me that something is wrong.

Because I start to suspect something sinister has infected our new team. Something dark and deadly and we’re only going to be able to stop it if we work together. But how can humanity trust us to save them if we can’t even trust each other?   AMAZON LINK
                                                                  4 STARS

I was surprised how quickly I found myself smiling. I wasn't very far into the story when that happened. Sonia (the main character) was the driving force behind that. Man, I like me a feisty, mouthy heroine (?). I think the jury is still semi-out on the heroine part. At least for some of the people that surround her. One of those that hates her because she's a criminal and not to be trusted is now her supposed boss/partner. His name might be Carter but in her mind he's Boy Scout.

If you're looking for a story that has twists and turns this book should do it. There are several really good ones towards the end of the book too.
I just blew through this story because it kept my interest all the way through.

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

Monday, November 4, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Wind River Lawman (Wind River Valley #6) by Lindsay McKenna *

Title details for Wind River Lawman by Lindsay McKenna - AvailableThe new novel from the bestselling author of Lone Rider.

Sometimes the war comes to you . . .
After serving as a Navy medic, Dawson Callahan is back in the States and ready to start over. Leaving his native Texas, he heads for the wide open spaces of Wyoming, where he finds work as a wrangler. True, he'll mainly be wrangling chickens—and wrangling Sarah Carter's granny, who's still spry, but in need of a little caregiving. But ranch work is ranch work, and it's hard to turn down a job offer from the beautiful Sheriff Carter—especially when she deputizes him as one of her lawmen.

Sarah loves her grandmother, but with her law enforcement career keeping her busy, they could both use some help from a strong, steady man. And policing Lincoln County has only gotten tougher since a merciless drug lord arrived in the area. When Sarah takes a bullet on the job, it's Dawson who comes to her rescue—and though they both thought they left war behind in Afghanistan, they'll do whatever it takes to protect what's theirs, even if it means facing down traumas they've buried for years. Because love isn't for the faint of heart . . . AMAZON LINK    
                                                                                        3 STARS

A good story with even better main characters.  Dawson wasn't exactly what I was expecting but he was multi-talented with a very good way of discerning how to handle people.  That is also more than just from the medical angle as well.  He genuinely cared about people  and usually saw deeper into the way that they were hurting.  He knows that he doesn't always know exactly what to do but he still does pretty well.  He is attracted to Sarah almost from the start and they have more in common than they had realized at first. She "notices" him right off the bat too.  But they take things slow and easy as they are running for their lives.
Pain.  That is something that both Dawson and Sarah had in their pasts.   Both had experienced trauma from serving in the military but also from personal tragedies in their lives.  Add to that the dangerous family that lives in the valley and continues to wreck havoc. The Elson family is trouble and continue to cause it.  The are vengeful and will kill anyone who tries to get in their way.  That's not just a threat, they have done it before or at least tried to.
I liked how Sarah said and the reader found to be true that Dawson treated her as an equal.  Even if the danger of her job scared him at times. 
There is a great family backup for Sarah.  Her grandmothers Gertie (the spunky, take no prisoners one) and Nell (the more genteel one).  There are also friends and co-workers who come in and help support Sarah when she needs them the most. 
The tension is kept pretty high and there is action that will satisfy.   On the downside:  I know the M.C.'s needed to communicate but at times it felt like there was TOO much talk.  Especially when something was re-hashed over and over. Seems to be that in other books by this author I have commented on this same thing. But it slowed the story down quite a bit at times.  So did what I felt like was the over detailed descriptions of rooms and the antique furniture.  I know it played a part in the story but after awhile I kind of skimmed over some of that.  Sorry author, I know you probably worked hard on that.  Even after all of that would I read anymore by this author?  Yes, probably skimming over the parts that I wasn't as interested in.  It was a fairly good story just with parts I wasn't as interested in.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- Marriage, Bravo Style! (Bravo Family #31) by Christine Rimmer *


You are cordially invited to the…shotgun…wedding of

Elena Cabrera Bravo


Rogan Murdoch

Date: As soon as labor is over.

Time: Just enough for the bride to fit into something other than a hospital gown.

Hosted by: The brothers of the bride. In fact, they insisted on it!

Reason for Union: The bride and groom love each other…even if they're both too stubborn to admit it!

RSVP to the Bravo Family.

Gifts (wedding and baby) optional…AMAZON LINK  3 STARS

The book information was kind of misleading because things didn't exactly happen as implied. 
This was an emotional story before we even got to the "romance" between Elena and Rogan.  
Elena and her family had some major issues right from when the truth about Elena's birth came out.  They are still dealing with the aftermath of that information.  Now add in Rogan and the fireworks about to get more intense. 
Rogan  had some unsettled issues of his own that cause MAJOR problems for Elena. 
Sorry folks, but he turned out to be a jerk for awhile. I really didn't like him after that.  But he comes face to face with some truths. I could understand the problems that had festered and why they were there.  I like that they do get their H.E.A.