Monday, February 13, 2017

Rentless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs

Relentless (The Hero Agenda, #2)Book Description:
Revenge is easy, but justice is worth fighting for…

Kenna is tired of being lied to—and hunted by the very allies she once trusted. Unearthing the dark secrets of the superhero world has not only endangered her life, now her boyfriend faces execution for crimes he didn’t commit and her mother is being held captive in a secret governmental prison.
Kenna is determined to stand up for what’s right and save those she loves from unspeakable fates. It’s time for the betrayal to end. It’s time for the real criminals to face justice.
But the truth is even more terrifying than Kenna could imagine. A conspiracy threatens the fate of heroes, villains, and all of humanity. If Kenna’s going to survive, she must draw on her deepest strength: her resilience. Because when Kenna’s pushed to the limit, she doesn’t break down. She fights back.

My Thoughts:
Loved these books.  This is the second in the series by Childs and Deebs and it is just as good as the first.  Keena is still reeling from the realization that Heroes are bad guys and Villians are good least some of the time.  Breaking her boyfriend out of the mess he is in and figuring out what is wrong with her best friend is Keena's top priority.  Her friends are with her full force but even she isn't prepared for all she finds out.
I liked Keena's development as a character.  To go from nothing to super powerful, not to mention everything she has to endure.  She is just an amazing character.  The friends that she makes and surrounds herself with are intriguing.  I think Rebel may still be my favorite though.  The book will take you on a roller coaster of emotions and still make you want more.  The book ties up all the questions nicely but left it where they could still come back and add to the series.
It was a 5/5 for me.  I want more books like this to read!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Rookie K-9 Unit Christmas by Valerie Hansen and Lenora Worth

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Newcomer (Amish Beginnings #2)Book Description:
In 1737, Anna Konig and her fellow church members stagger off a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. On the docks of Port Philadelphia waits bishop Jacob Bauer, founder of the settlement and father to ship carpenter Bairn. It's a time of new beginnings for the reunited Bauer family, and for Anna and Bairn's shipboard romance to blossom. 
But this perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasps the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World--isolated, rigid with expectations, under the thumb of his domineering father--his enthusiasm evaporates. When a sea captain offers the chance to cross the ocean one more time, Bairn grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him? 
When Henrik Newman joins the church just as it makes its way to the frontier, Anna is torn. He seems to be everything Bairn is not--bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And the most dramatic difference? He is here; Bairn is not. 
Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves together the lives of Bairn, Anna, and Henrik. When a secret is revealed, which true love will emerge?

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this one.  I really liked Anna.  She and all the other Amish coming to the new world to get away and the hardships they faced there are interesting.  There is quite a bit of detail that makes me feel for these people and the author does a good job of making you feel like the characters are friends.
It was an interesting story to read.  I wondered what would happen several times along the way.  I likely groaned at some points (when characters trusted people they shouldn't). There were different story lines going and I got really into it.  I think being the second book in the series, it helps to have read the first one but it is ok if you don't.
It was a 4/5 for me.  I always enjoy Ms. Fisher's books.

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

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Two Suitors for Anna by Molly Jebber

Two Suitors for AnnaBook Description:
In 1903 Ohio, a young Amish woman must choose between the life she has long planned for and a new, very different future Since Anna Plank moved to Berlin, Ohio, with her widowed mamm and two schweschders, she s found a real sense of belonging. As soon as her beloved Noah Schwartz proposes, they ll begin a new chapter here together. But Noah has a surprise for Anna: once they re married, he wants them to travel and live in other communities. Anna, who loves her home and her job at the quilt shop, is distraught when he takes her hesitation as rejection and leaves. 
Daniel Bontrager s arrival adds to Anna s confusion. Since taking over his late brother s farm, the handsome roofer has offered friendship and gentle attentions. Yet the pull of first love is strong and deep, especially when Noah returns. Through each revelation, Anna must search her faith for guidance, knowing she is choosing not just a husband, but a life to nurture and to share.

My Thoughts:
I must start by saying that I love the way this author writes.  Her descriptions make you feel like you are actually in the scene.  Anna lives in Ohio and is set to marry Noah.  She is happy with her life and her charming town.  Noah wants to travel and when she doesn't, he goes ahead without her!
I really liked Daniel.  He is new in town but makes himself known and is really well liked.  I wasn't thrilled with Anna's little sister's choice at all.  The author does a great job weaving God and his timing deep within the story.  It isn't 'in your face' but just always there.  There isn't an urgency to the book but it is definitely a book want to keep reading and saying 'just one more page' until it is done!
It was a 5/5 for me.  I didn't realize it was in a series but I'm absolutely going to read more from this author!

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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Charming by Dannika Dark (audio book)

Charming (Seven, #6.5)Book Description:
After seven hundred years, Prince has acquired everything a Packmaster could desire. But when he meets the enchanting Nadia Kozlov, he realizes there’s one thing he doesn’t have: answers. Prince owes his life to a man he hasn’t seen in centuries, and Nadia holds the key to his whereabouts, because that man is her father. 
Destinies collide when Nadia’s sister shows up unexpectedly. Katarina is a skilled bounty hunter, hot on the trail of a nefarious outlaw who turns out to be Prince’s old nemesis. Prince teams up with Nadia’s sister to track down the Mage, but the real game of cat and mouse is already underway as sparks fly between Prince and the cunning bounty hunter. 
The only trouble? Nadia wants him too. 
"Most men can only handle me in small doses." 
In the Seven series timeline, this full-length novel is 6.5 and comes after Two Minutes. However, Charming can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone and won't give away spoilers to the series. This is a full-length novel. 

My Thoughts:
This was a good, quick listen.  Prince is a Packmaster and is of the 'old royal' blood.  That means he needs to mate with a female from 'old royal' blood as well.  He meets Nadia and thinks she might just be the one.  It is very interesting that she is also the daughter of his long lost friend who saved his life.  Then the twist shows up in Kat.  She is Nadia's twin sister and polar opposite.
Kat is a bounty hunter and not exactly who a Packmaster would look at for a mate except that she is exactly what Prince (Charming) needs.  The narrator for this one made the characters come alive for me.  Kat's sass was wonderful and it contradicted so well with Charming's proper attitude!  Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
It was a 4/5 for me.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Covering Love by Caryl McAdoo & Giveaway

Covering Love (Texas Romance Book 8) by [McAdoo, Caryl]Book Description:
Love may cover a multitude of sins, but not knowing all the facts can also get a man killed.
A family calamity gathers the clan, then a dying request tests loyalties and changes lives. New York City’s posh society, living on a rugged Texas hill country ranch, and the isolation of Alaska’s frozen tundra share little commonality and make going from one to another difficult at best. Still, destiny drives Crockett and his sister Charlotte where neither wants to go or thinks they belong. Second and third generations of the Buckmeyer progeny encounter danger, challenges, heartaches, and joys. But then reunions are all the sweeter for it. 
This tale continues the breathtaking—and sometimes heartbreaking—family saga of the Buckmeyers, Baylors, and Nightingales that readers around the world have come to love.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed the characters in this one.  This is apparently the 8th in the series but you can read it just fine as a stand alone (which I did).  The book ranges all over from New York to Texas and further.  I really enjoyed the story that Evie reads.  I liked that aspect, it was different and drew me in.  Evie herself is a sweet, innocent child but also has wisdom beyond her years at times.
The wishes of a dying family member send different parts of the family in different directions on different jobs.  The author really doesn't hold back and she lets her faith shine through in the writing.  This book has love, forgiveness, second chances, and a lot more.  There are tasks put to characters that make you wonder if they can handle it or how the situation will turn out and the book doesn't disappoint.
4/5 for me.  I would love to go back and read the previous 7 books.

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.

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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

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