Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley

Book Description:

In a steamy small town riddled with broken promises, one woman's secret could change everything.

Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn't heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn't mean he can get her--or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago--out of his head. When she calls out of the blue, it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. But all too soon, Ben is charged with a different task--protecting Leigh from the people after her brother. With Leigh doing everything in her power to avoid Ben, it's no easy task. And the secret she is keeping just may change their lives forever.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this one.  Ben is the Sheriff in town since his father's incapacitation.  When his college sweetheart calls and asks him to help her brother, he didn't know the brother's dying request would be for Ben to take care of Leigh.  Leigh is devastated by her brother's death but also by the thought of Ben being around her and her son.  With the killer determined to find what he is looking for, some secrets from the past can't stay hidden.I really liked Ben.  He has issues from the past that he still blames himself for.  He loves his family, God and Leigh.  Leigh can't let what happened in the past keep her from doing what is best for her son.  His safety is most important to Leigh.  I really liked the secondary characters in the story.  Leigh's son, Ben's father,and the deputy all added depth to the story that made me enjoy it all the more.
This was a 4/5 for me.  I really enjoyed the whole story but the ending left me feeling a bit wrong.
Thank you to the 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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

Destined for Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

Book Description

In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake - choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she's received her Calling - proof she and Duncan are each other's one true love - and it's pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen needs her to return, Kenna doesn't have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.
My Thoughts:
After reading Doon, I was excited to see the second in the series.  At the end of Doon, Mackenna and Vee chose their 'happily ever after', only to find that they may not have known exactly what they were thinking.  Mackenna has left Doon when her calling is there and Vee needs her help.  She also has left, probably, the love of her life and he is the one who goes to find her and bring her home....to Vee.  Vee has to come to terms with people not wanting her in power because she is an outsider.  AND there is something terrible going on in Doon.
I still had questions when Doon ended and was glad that the second book FINALLY came out!  The authors write alternating between Mackenna and Vee and you can see why the two of them are best friends.  I love that when Duncan came for her and Vee needed her, Mackenna went without question.  I enjoyed the story, most parts I can't talk about without spoilers, but I think if you like fantasy you will enjoy this book.
A 4/5 for me, this book flowed well and I loved the continuation of the story of Doon.  

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.

Hot Rebel by Lynn Raye Harris

Hot Rebel (Hostile Operations Team #6)Book Description:
A rebel on the run…

Victoria Royal is a traitor. Or so the U.S. government believes. Victoria was once a promising sniper in the Army, but now she’s gone rogue—worse, she’s just landed in the middle of a Hostile Operations Team mission in the desert and blasted it all to hell. 

Nick “Brandy” Brandon doesn’t expect to run into Victoria when he’s bugging out from a mission gone wrong. It’s been more than three years since she disappeared from the sniper course they were in together, and he’s finally stopped thinking about her killer curves and smart mouth. 

But now she’s back—and she’s far more dangerous than Nick ever believed possible… Is she really a traitor? Or is there something more at stake? He has to decide fast—because time’s running out and too many lives hang in the balance…

My Thoughts:
This was definitely a hot read!  Nick is a sniper.  That is his position with his team and he excels at it.  When someone ruins his mission, he is mad and wants revenge.  What he doesn't expect is to run into Victoria in the middle of the desert.  Victoria is a sniper too, but not for the Military.  She works for whoever it takes to get what she wants.  Nick thinks she is a traitor but the more he gets to know about her the more he thinks his assumption may be wrong.  The zing of attraction between them doesn't make his thought process any smoother, but it is certainly entertaining getting under her...skin. 
I really liked Nick.  The thoughts I got of him from Victoria made me wonder if I would but then we see the past and get perspective.  He was a competitive guy who wanted to win and she was his competition.  The attraction between them is intense and I wasn't expecting a couple of the twists thrown into the story.  That being said I completely enjoyed the whole book.  Victoria is made of strong stuff and will do anything for family.  Nick is the same way but he has a team to watch his back.  Both are great and I really liked the glimpses I got of Nick's team!
This was a 4/5 for me.  I intend to go back and read the earlier books in this series!

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, October 15, 2014

Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun

Thunder (Stone Braide Chronicles, #1)Book Description:
In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah's really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.
Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers--and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.
With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of scientific advances, political intrigue, and wilderness survival, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a world more like our own than we may want to admit.

My Thoughts:
This was an interesting book.   Selah wants to hunt with her step father and brothers.  They hunt people who was ashore with certain markings on them that are worth a lot of money.  She has been raised to believe these people are bad and that they can be rehabilitated.  Everything she has been taught is questioned when one of these 'Landers' protect her and yet her brothers take him away.  Then everything changes for her when she wakes up with a mark and is told to run and take letters to explain what is going on.
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect with this book.  It's summary intrigued me but I wondered where exactly it would go and I have to say that I enjoyed it.  Selah's world is completely turned up-side-down when the things she has been raised to believe show to be not the truth.  Not to mention that Bohdi, the Lander that helps her, is the one she must turn to for help.  I wasn't really surprised by who the 'bad guy' was or what the Landers seem to really be....the author did a good job with the story line.  I look forward to having my questions answered in future books and seeing where everything goes from here.
This is a 4/5.  I will absolutely read the next in the series. Thank you to the 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.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Twisted by Elisabeth Naughton

Book Description:

NICK – Leader of the half-breeds, the last true hero, and the son of one psychotic Titan. He’s spent his life fighting a dark pull toward the gods he doesn’t understand. But as his powers grow stronger and his destiny is revealed, no one knows whether he will choose to fight for the side of good or succumb to the sinister lure of evil…even him.

My Thoughts:
This book definitely lived up to it's name.  Nick is a slave.  A prisoner down below and they are determined to break him, no matter what that entails.  Cynna is in charge of his torture, in a way, but has issues of her own to deal with.  Nick's powers are too sought after to ignore and his lineage is unlike anyone else's.  Once he is free, he has to choose if he lets the darkness that pulls at him consume him or fights against it.
I felt so bad for Nick at several different places in this book, but most especially where the soul mates were concerned.  I wasn't sure about Cynna's angle at the start but it showed itself as the story moved along.  I have to say that honestly the story line wasn't there for me.  I think mostly because I had issues with Cynna torturing Nick then becoming his lover.  That and their connection wasn't there for me other than as a way for him to handle his power and her to assuage her guilt.  I think mostly the story was there to get to the sex scenes, at least in my opinion.
This was a 2/5 for me.  There was just more that I didn't care for than I did.
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.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Lawman Returns by Lynette Eason

Book Description

DANGEROUS HOMECOMING

Deputy Clay Starke has come home to Wrangler's Corner for one reason only: to solve his brother's murder. Denied the official resources that will help him unravel the case, Clay is forced to rely on his wits—and on the help of beautiful social worker Sabrina Mayfield. But Sabrina's willingness to assist him soon draws her into the troubles of Clay's past. Now both Clay and Sabrina have targets on their backs, and Clay is at risk of losing not only his heart, but also his life. Will finding his brother's killer cost him the woman he has come to love?

Wrangler's Corner: Family comes first

My Thoughts:
Completely enjoyed this one!  Sabrina has to help the child that calls her for help, but she doesn't realize exactly what trouble she is running straight into.  Clay has come home and taken over his brother's place in the police department.  The main reason he is home is to solve his brother's murder and Sabrina is more than ready to help him.  Now, Clay is more determined than ever to find his brother's murderer, but with Sabrina in a killer's crosshairs, their trouble may be more than they imagined possible.
I really liked Clay.  He had to deal with his brother's murder, family grief, secrets, and many other problems.  With all of that, he was still his own man and determined to do what is right.  Sabrina had a past that wasn't really her problem but the small town aspect made it her problem.  I really liked how invested she was in the kids she helped.  It wasn't a take them and drop them off, but instead get involved in their lives.  Plenty of suspense, good romance and they story was great.
This was a 5/5 for me.  I really enjoyed all the aspects of this book.

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.

#CoverReveal: Rumble Young Man Rumble by Dante Zuniga-West #Hosted @Crossroadreview


Rumble Young Man Rumble is a modern coming of age story. I wrote it because as a young man I did not identify with any of the iconic coming of age stories people gave me. I don’t think any of my peers did either. It’s 2014, hand your average American 20 year old a copy of Catcher in the Rye and see if they get past the first couple pages… they won’t. It’s sad, because Catcher is a great book, but it just doesn’t speak to the experience of growing up now. There aren’t too many books that do. When I taught high school English, it became glaringly apparent that my students were suffering from a similar lack of literature they could identify with. When I taught undergrads in college, I found the same thing to be true. In America, we no longer come of age in our teenage years: we come of age in our mid twenties with far more access and danger around us. I wrote Rumble Young Man Rumble to renew the dialogue of the genre.
I wrote it to reach out to the young men and women who, unfortunately, look at books like they are things that belong on a dusty library shelf.
On a more personal note, I wanted Rumble to be a story about love, loss, and prizefighting, all things I find to be infinitely fascinating and quite similar to each other.
Who do you think would be most affected by or touched by this work?


It is my hope that this book finds its way into the hands of sensitive and angry young men who are learning to become adults. I think that they would be the most touched by this story. I also think people who’ve never given ring fighting a second thought but had the courage to pick up this book will be incredibly surprised at the complexity and emotion portrayed in this story with regard to fighting. It is a book that, if you can look past some of the raw grit, can transcend age and gender variables.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Deceived by Irene Hannon

DeceivedBook Description:
For three years, Kate Marshall has been grieving the loss of her husband and their four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was dead. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious but agrees to investigate. Digging into the case he discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and may be willing to go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret. 
As Irene Hannon's many fans have come to expect, "Deceived "is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plot line that accelerates to an explosive finish.

My Thoughts:
This one was a bit tough, but good!  Kate had thought she'd put the loss of her husband and son in the past and moved on with her life.  She would never say she was 'over' them, but she did move and get a new job and try to focus on the future...that is until an incident at the mall makes her question what she thought was reality.  Certain she'd seen her son, she reaches out to PI Connor Sullivan.  He isn't certain what Kate experienced but is willing to look into it, just to ease a grieving mother's mind (even if he is attracted to her).  Neither of them expect what they will discover in this investigation. I liked Kate.  She was a strong woman who had been through a lot.  She loved her husband deeply and her son as only a mother can.  Working through the pain of losing both of them cost her dearly but she did it.  Connor was a great 'knight in shining armor' or PI, whatever!  He treated her with respect and I thought their mutual attraction was well written and executed.  I also enjoyed going back and seeing what was going on with the characters we'd already met and see how their lives are growing and changing.   
Plenty of questions and suspense make this a 5/5 for me.  I really enjoyed the story, but as a mother it makes me want to grab my babies and hide them away!

Thank you to Revell 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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stolen Dreams by Christine Amsden

Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)Book Description:
Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood's grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie's father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.

My Thoughts:
I was absolutely looking forward to this book.  It is the last in the Cassie Scot series.  I can't tell a lot about this book without giving away some spoilers.  The Blackwood and the Scot families have been feuding and it is coming to a head.  There are tears, fights, and a lot of issues to be worked through before the truth can come through.
I have really enjoyed Cassie throughout this series.  She is a strong character and that really shined in this book.  The author did a good job of answering the big questions and working through issues with the characters.  She also left it where there could be some 'spin off' books. :) Evan really came through in this book like I'd so wanted him to.  There were a couple things that I thought were abrupt but overall the story was great.  Once I started this book, I just couldn't put it down.
This was a 5/5 for me.  Great ending to an awesome series.  I recommend reading them in order though so you get the full effect of the 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.