Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hunted by Sandra Robbins

Hunted (Firebrand Book 2)
Book Description:
After over one hundred documented missions as Gray Feather, the elusive military sniper, Colt Hanson is trying to put his former life behind him. However, a mission he carried out in Africa against the rebel leader of The Leopard Army still haunts his dreams because the shot that ended the life of the sadistic killer also brought about the failure of his marriage. Now after five years, members of The Leopard Army have come to America to sell a diamond that will enable them to buy guns to carry on their rebellion, and they are seeking vengeance on Colt for killing their leader. But they also have targeted Colt’s estranged wife Sloan, and the two find themselves thrown together again as they become the prey of the vicious hunter known as Nimrod. If Colt is to save Sloan’s life, they must put their differences aside and work together as they begin a cross-country journey trying to elude Nimrod who has vowed he will not stop until Gray Feather and his woman are both dead. 

My Thoughts:
I completely enjoyed this book.  Sloan has left her former life and her husband far behind.  Things happened that were too much for her to take and now she lives moving from place to place as a fill in nurse.  The problem is when the past catches up to the present.  Colt has never stopped loving Sloan or hoping that they will reunite.  He just didn't expect their reunion to go quite the way Nimord has planned.
The author did a good job making me like the characters here.  The story flowed well and there was romance, suspense and action throughout.  There were several times I thought the story was going to go one way and the author took it in a different direction.  I wasn't surprised by who the bad guy was but it did make me sad the way it all went down!  I want to read more about the Firebrand family and see what happens to them.
It was a 5/5 for me.  While it is the second in the series, that doesn't take away from the story at all.

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book (via BookFun Mag).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs

Powerless (The Hero Agenda, #1)Book Description:
Kenna is tired of being "normal". The only thing special about her is that she isn't special at all. Which is frustrating in a world of absolutes. Villains, like the one who killed her father, are bad. Heroes, like her mother and best friend, are good. And Kenna, unlike everyone else around her, is completely ordinary— which she hates.

She’s secretly working on an experiment that will land her a place among the Heroes, but when a Villain saves her life during a break-in at her lab, Kenna discovers there’s a whole lot of gray area when it comes to good and evil and who she can trust.. After all…not all strength comes from superpowers.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed Kenna's story.  She is a powerless girl in a world of superheros and villains.  Kenna's attitude is great about it though.  Her best friend, Rebel is a super and they share everything.  At least that is what Kenna believes.  To her, the world is good vs. evil so Heros vs. Villains.  She had never thought it could be any other way, until she meets a certain Villain.
Her mother is an amazing scientist who tries her best to keep Kenna safe.  I liked all the characters in this story.  Kenna's transformation is amazing as the story goes along.  The author did a great job with making the book so engrossing that you don't ever want to put it down.  There is action from the beginning to the ending (cliff-hanger).  
It was a 4/5 for me.  I really liked the characters (so much so that I bought the second book already).

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via Netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In The Light of the Garden by Heather Burch

In the Light of the Garden: A NovelBook Description:
In the Light of the Garden is a novel about unearthed family secrets, the enchantment of past loves, and the indelible power of forgiveness.

Inheriting her grandparents’ island estate on Florida’s Gulf coast is a special kind of homecoming for thirty-one-year-old Charity Baxter. Raised by a narcissistic single mother, Charity’s only sense of a loving home comes from childhood summers spent with Gramps and Grandma. But piercing her fondest memories is her sharpest grief—the death of her beloved grandmother, when Charity stopped believing in the magical healing power of the weeping willow that still casts a shadow on their property.

Now that Charity has returned, she’s full of longing and regret, until she befriends her neighbor Dalton Reynolds, who has come to Gaslamp Island carrying his own heartache. As other exiles arrive—a great uncle harboring secrets, a teenage runaway—Charity begins to reconsider what makes a family. When her own estranged mother shows up in crisis, Charity is challenged to search her heart for forgiveness. But forgiving herself may require a little magic from the last place she’d expect to find it.

My Thoughts:
Loved this book.  Charity inherited her grandparents' home after they passed.  It is on an island and it is a bitter-sweet homecoming.  Her grandparents were her refuge.  Her mother was self-centered and had issues.  So, this story has sadness.  The plus side is, it also has forgiveness and second chances.  
The author does a great job with the characters.  They are not one dimensional in the least but very developed.  I honestly didn't want to put this book down at all once I started it (but was forced to for meals etc :( ).  As the story plays out, watching how the characters grow and change was wonderful.  I would really love to live with these people!
It was a 5/5 for me.  

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Kill Without Shame by Alexandra Ivy

Book Description:

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Kiss the Bride by McClone, Hatcher and Springer

Kiss the Bride: Three Summer Love StoriesBook Description:
Meet the people who make it all happen—the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples—as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Picture Perfect Love: A June Wedding Story by Melissa McClone

When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart.

Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren’t always as perfect as they look through her camera lens.

Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away, but he wrongly blamed Jenna for ruining his political aspirations. Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?

I Hope You Dance: A July Wedding Story by Robin Lee Hatcher

Can two left feet lead to one perfect romance?

Grant Nichols is a genius in the kitchen and a klutz on the dance floor. But his friend’s wedding is shaping up to be a shindig the likes of which Kings Meadow has never seen—including dancing. Lots of dancing.

Former rodeo queen Skye Foster is offering dance lessons for the wedding party. Grant and Skye are no match on paper. But when they step onto the dance floor, they create a melody all their own.

Love on a Deadline: An August Wedding Story by Kathryn Springer

MacKenzie “Mac” Davis returns to her hometown of Red Leaf, Wisconsin, and takes a job at the weekly newspaper writing about social events.

When Hollis Channing, Mac’s high school nemesis, returns to Red Leaf to marry her celebrity fiancĂ©, the editor asks Mac to cover all the festivities for the newspaper. The last thing Mac wants to do is reconnect with the person who made her life miserable when she was a teenager . . . unless it’s spending time with Ethan Channing, the bride’s older brother—and Mac’s first crush.

My thoughts:
All 3 of these novellas were good, clean, quick reads.  The first one, Picture Perfect Love, was ok, I had issues with the man but the writer did a good job with the story.  I just didn't connect or maybe I just took issues with some of the things he did.  Either way, still a good story and very much about second chances.
I Hope You Dance was better.  Very much an instant love.  I loved the dancing element to it.  I kind of wish this one had been longer, maybe a full length book, all by itself.  It really was a good novella, I just wanted more of it!  The last one, Love on a Deadline, was my favorite of the three.  Mac was always just a kid to Ethan but now she is all grown up.  I liked it was a first crush and coming home story.  Like the second one, I wanted more but that was mainly because I really connected with these characters and didn't want it to end.
Overall, I enjoyed these novellas.  3.5 rounded up to a 4/5 for me.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via BookLook).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Sweet on You by Chautona Havig

Captionless ImageBook Description:
It is my hypothesis that social conventions are created to test our fortitude.
Rockland circa 1900~ As the mayor's daughter, Madeline Brown enjoys a rich social life that many might envy.  But a sharp mind and a growing talent for observation leaves Madeline torn between avoiding social censure and exploring the world around her.
With an aunt who considers higher education and employment equally unsuitable for the mayor's daughter, there is little to amuse her save endless committee meetings, evening socials, and her favorite pastime: curling up with an exciting detective novel.  The temperance and suffrage movements hold little interest for a young woman who has just endured the rigors of her father's mayoral campaign.
So when a young man shows interest in her friend, Madeline's interest piques--until his actions hint that he might not be the upstanding gentleman everyone presumes him to be.  Unable to ignore her concerns, Madeline finds herself in the middle of an investigation into his character and discovers a side of Rockland she's never encountered.
Will her new hobby reduce the tedium of her life, or will her "meddling" create tension for herself and her father?  Will she be forced to squelch this budding skill of hers or has Madeline finally found her calling in life.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this author's style of writing.  It wasn't what I was used to, but it really made me like the characters.  As this is a historical mystery, Madeline is not a traditional lady for the time period in which she is born.  She absolutely doesn't conform to the 'norm' but she isn't mean  or flaunting about it.  As the mayor's daughter, she knows the boundaries (even if she likes to push them).
Madeline is a smart cookie.  When something seems off about her friend's love interest, she has to investigate it.  She sees the 'meddling' she does as a good thing, but it causes issues as well.  This isn't a suspenseful mystery but it will absolutely keep your attention.  As you read one page, a piece clicks into place, but you really want to know more so you must keep reading.  I kept hoping for something between her and Russell and really hope that happens in the future.
It was a 4/5 for me.  I do want to see what happens next with these characters.

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book (via Celebrate Lit).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Scripture Doodle and Scripture Doodle God's Promises

Book Description:
With inspiring exercises and prompts, this unique interactive guide introduces readers to a creative connection between Bible study, artistic expression, and worship.
Often, in the busyness of life, Christians forget that God created them to enjoy creativity. With guided instruction and completed examples, this beautiful book invites readers to draw closer to God through their own art.
More than a coloring book, ScriptureDoodle is a combination of Bible study, creative expression, and artistic community with artwork shared online at #scripturedoodle. Exploring topics such as being generous, finding rest, and facing grief, ScriptureDoodle gives the heart the creative space it needs. This book stimulates the reader's imagination and helps integrate God's Word into everyday life.

ScriptureDoodle God's Promises refreshes believers who are feeling burned out or stuck in a rut in their relationship with God. Each of the creative worship prompts in this interactive guide includes biblical encouragement and ideas for worship through art. Artist April Knight includes creative lettering tips, color ideas, and completed examples to inspire readers to respond to promises in Scripture related to trust, faith, and the power of God's Word in all circumstances.

This unique blend of Bible study and creative expression provides the opportunity to connect with God as Creator in a new, life-changing way.

My thoughts:
I absolutely loved these two books!  They were just what I needed right now and I think everyone should have them.  Both books guide you but let's you discover on your own the lessons it is helping with.  Each time you go back, you will learn something new.  I'm not an artist but I didn't feel self-conscious about doodling in these books.  
The artwork in them is pretty and works right along with guiding you through the topics.  I enjoyed coloring and doodling as I thought about the scriptures and having my hands busy as my mind was as well, made it just connect more.  I'm not certain how to explain it, but this was the absolute best book and Bible study I could have done!
5/5.  I am seriously buying these for gifts this year.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of these books (via litfuse).  I received these books in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Avalon Dreams by Alexa Whitewolf

Avalon Dreams by [Whitewolf, Alexa]Book Description:
“It was impossible they had met before – of that she was certain. Yet his hold on her was undisputable, an irrational pull to the utmost recesses of her soul.”

Vivienne du Lac has everything she could wish for – a normal, peaceful life, a good job, cushy nest egg, and a semi-social nightlife. The only problem? She’s clueless to being the reincarnation of the Lady of the Lake, mythical sorceress from King Arthur's time, and Merlin's apprentice. 

Sebastien Dubois is the guy you wouldn’t take home to mom and dad. He’s the one you jump off on a motorcycle with, to ride into the sunset. The sexual chemistry between them is sizzling from the start – but there’s more to the tall, dark and handsome stranger. When a magical past tumbles into her orderly reality, he is Vivienne’s only hope at survival. 

Caught between darkness and light, a battle she has no intention to fight – let alone the knowledge to win – Vivienne quickly finds out not even closest allies can be trusted. 

Can she look within and access powers from long past, become the enchantress Merlin meant her to be… Or will she lose it all over love, for Sebastien’s salvation? This is a battle between 

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book.  It is an original book and I liked how it mixed the past and present.  Vivienne is a princess and much more, she just doesn't remember it.  Sebastien is a bad man who does really bad things.  The instant attraction the two of them have surprises Vivienne.  He is gorgeous but she has never had that kind of reaction to a man.  Her friend doesn't seem to like him but her dog does...and so does she!
I love how devoted Sebastien is to Vivienne.  She doesn't know the evil that is out to get her but he does and feels it is his duty to stop it.  I love Vivienne's dog.  He is completely awesome and more than meets the eye.  The flashes between the past and present are done really well and explain some of the different issues the characters are having.  I both loved and hated Merlin at different times throughout.  I couldn't believe the lengths Sebastien went to in his job to save Vivienne.  The author did a great job of answering questions but creating new ones at the end to ensure you have to read the next book!
A 4/5 for me and I cannot wait to see what happens next to these characters.

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, December 12, 2016

My Wild Irish Dragon by Ashlyn Chase


Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

A Royal Christmas Wedding (Royal Wedding #4)Book Description:
It’s been five years since Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom fell in love. But he broke her heart with no explanation.

Fast forward to present day, and Colin is Brighton’s most eligible bachelor now that cousin Stephen has married. When Avery’s father dies of a heart attack, she puts her life on hold and returns home to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to help Mama with the family restaurant. But Mama misses Avery’s sister Susanna, who lives four thousand miles away in Brighton Kingdom—and is expecting her first child. So Mama insists she and Avery spend the Christmas season in Brighton.

Colin and Avery are going to see each other a lot while she’s visiting. But she can’t forget the way he hurt her, and he didn’t expect his feelings to still be so strong.

Avery is torn between considering a future in Brighton and taking a coaching job in Georgia, and Colin is finally pushed to pursue what he really wants. Is it too late to convince Avery that she is his true love? And even if he does, will she make it to the chapel on Christmas Day to give him her heart?

My Thoughts:
I was in the mood for a good Christmas romance and this one fit the bill!  Avery and Colin's love is already there from years before and he broke her heart.  Just because there is a broken heart, doesn't mean the love goes away.  That is why there are stories like this of second chances and God's timing.  
I really liked the characters this author invents.  They are now real to me and always will be.  It was a good read seeing these two and what they had to go through to be together.  The author doesn't just give it to them, there are obstacles.  Still it is a feel good romance that makes me want to go back and read the previous books in the series just so I can meet some other wonderful characters.
This one was a 4/5 for me.  It is a good, fast, romance read that you will enjoy!

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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