Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Al-Thar by Sean Dow

Al-TharBook Description:
America's hero, Dr. Brent Holcomb, returns in this thrilling sequel to A Leafy Green World.
Flushed from the witness protection plan after a brutal assault, Brent returns to find his country under attack by the same terrorists he had battled in Portland, Oregon, terrorists whose only goal more pressing than the destruction of the United States was to give Dr. Holcomb, the mostsought after man in the Arabic world, a painful and humiliating public death. Emboldened by a deep need for revenge, and accompanied by a cast of friends reaching high into the U.S. government, Brent devises a daring and unconventional plan to turn the tables and bring the terrorists down once more, this time, for good.
Brent's action packed hunt for revenge carries him across the world, from the peacful islands of the Phillipines, to Washington, and from America's heartland to the most remote valleys of Pakistan where he works to gain the trust of the same terrorist council he had thwarted in Portland, Oregon, only the year before. Join Dr. Holcomb as he travels back to the United States with a cargo so deadly that a misstep could lead to the death of thousands; watch as he and his memorable cast of friends orchestrate the greatest con the world has ever witnessed, pitting a handful of men against the resources of their own goverment and the foreign enemies who had sworn an oath to bring him to his death.
Al-thar, (revenge) is a non-stop thrill ride. Its explosive ending will leave readers wishing for more.

My Thoughts:
Yeah, Brent is back!  After the last book (A Leafy Green World), Brent is in witness protection.  That doesn't last long though and he is back in action.  The terrorists that he has thwarted before want his head on a stake and literally!  The book starts out with a bang and doesn't stop.  You bounce around the world keeping up with him and all the time rooting for him to win.I still like Brent.  He is a good guy who is determined to do what he has to for these guys to go down.  Plenty of action, thrills, mystery, twists and turns, I had trouble putting this book down because I just had to know what happened next.  I had read the first book in the series so Brent was like and old friend.  That being said, I think you could read this one without necessarily reading A Leafy Green World and enjoy it.4/5 for me.  I do enjoy this author's writing style! Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Kiss Me Maybe by Heather Burch

Kiss Me Maybe (Princess Cruises Presents: Kindle Love Stories)Book Description:
She writes a beauty blog. He’s heir to a beauty empire. Love never looked so good.
Megan Cooper believes fate is about to strike—and zap her sleepy small-town life with a jolt of big-time romance. There’s just one thing: she hasn’t found him yet. No matter. The feisty redhead is on a mission to meet her match. When a charming, mysterious, handsome stranger named Alexander offers to help with her quest, she must decide if she believes in fate…or what lies in her heart.
Alexander Andrews, heir to a beauty empire, is all about business. Sure it’s his family’s company, but after all these years he can do a deal in his sleep. When his assistant sends him on Emerald Princess for some much-needed relaxation, he doesn’t think it’ll do him any good. But one look at Megan and he feels his legendary control slipping from his grasp. His heart is in her hands…but is he ready to risk it all?

My Thoughts:
This was just an all around sweet romance.  Megan believes her grandmother is right and the cruise she is going on is going to be where she finds true love.  Alexander is being forced into a vacation by his assistant.  This puts the couple together for the perfect romance....except not.  The busy billionaire is struck by Megan's beauty but she is on a mission.
The author does a great job pulling you into this story.  I wasn't sure I was going to like the ending but I really did.  The story line is sweet and there isn't a whole lot of twist to it but there is some.  It is a short read so you should absolutely grab a copy and read just to put a smile on your face!
It was a 5/5 for me.  Was nice to have a simple, sweet romance story to read.

To Love a Wolf by Paige Tyler

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Evergreen by Susan May Warren

Evergreen (Christiansen Family, #3.5)Book Description:
An empty nest has Ingrid Christiansen dreading the upcoming holidays, but her husband, John, couldn't be more excited about this new season of life. He even has a surprise trip abroad planned. He's sure she'll love it. What's more romantic than Christmas in Paris?Before he can stop her, however, Ingrid agrees to spearhead a major church project. Then their faithful dog, Butterscotch, needs emergency surgery, draining their savings. And then--because disasters strike in threes--an unexpected guest arrives, dredging up old hurts.As a beautiful blanket of snow transforms the north woods into a winter wonderland, a deep chill settles over John and Ingrid's marriage. With the holidays fast approaching, their only hope of keeping their love evergreen depends on turning the page on the past and embracing a new chapter of their future.

My Thoughts:
This is a good novella.  I love Susan May Warren's books and couldn't wait to read this one.  John and Ingrid are 'empty nesters' now and John is ready to enjoy it.  This book shows exactly why couples go their separate ways after their children leave.  If you don't focus on being a couple throughout the 'kid' years then there is always going to be something missing when they leave.
I like how the author makes you both love and want to smack the characters.  Each had their faults and had their good attributes but I rooted for them throughout.  I wanted their marriage to work no matter what came at them because despite everything, they do love each other.  They just need to realize what each of them need and work together.  The author tackled a touchy subject and did a great job.
5/5 for me.  I love it. Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via bookfun magazine).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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Lily-May, wife of NYPD Detective Murray and mother to beautiful Callie, tragically goes missing, with her daughter witnessing the ordeal, but unable to save her mother from the captor's grip. Will Callie be able to live with herself? A mystery as to where she is or how she got there and to stay alive, Lily begins a new life pretending to be someone else. Will she ever be found, or will her captor carry out the unthinkable when he learns her true identity? Back home, Lily's husband and daughter have been left to pick up the pieces. While both suffer immeasurable pain and emptiness, Callie believes she has seen her mother on a number of occasions but has been too scared to tell her dad who, unbeknownst to her, has witnessed his own sightings of this same woman. Has Lily returned, or is it her ghost back to haunt her daughter and husband?
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Dragon of the Month Club by Iain Reading

Book Description:
The Dragon Of The Month Club is the exciting first installment in a new book series that tells the story of Ayana Fall and Tyler Travers, two best friends who stumble across an extraordinarily magical book and soon find themselves enrolled as members of a very special and exclusive club - The Dragon of the Month Club.
On the thirteenth of every month a new dragon conjuring spell is revealed and the two friends attempt to summon the latest Dragon of the Month. The varieties are almost endless: Air Dragons, Paper Dragons, Fog Dragons, Waterfall Dragons, Rock Dragons, Tree Dragons - not to mention special bonus dragons for all the major holidays, including a particularly prickly Holly Dragon for Christmas.
But one day when a conjuring spell somehow goes wrong Ayana and Tyler find themselves unexpectedly drawn into a fantastical world of adventure based on the various books scattered all across Tyler's messy bedroom. Traveling from one book-inspired world to the next with nothing to rely on but their wits and a cast of strange and exotic dragons at their disposal they must try to somehow find their way home again.
Drawing inspiration from some of literature's most memorable stories - from 19th century German folktales to the streets of Sherlock Holmes's London - the adventures of Ayana and Tyler bring these classic stories to life in delightfully strange and unexpected ways. Filled with fascinating detail and non-stop action these books will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages to inspire a life-long love of reading and seeking out books that are just a little bit off the beaten track.

My Thoughts:
This was a good start to a promising series.  I liked Ayana and Tyler.  They become friends in the library and in the back, dusty shelves find their treasure.  A book that tells them how to summon dragons.  There are different kinds of dragons and the summoning has to be done just right.  When they make a mistake, they wind up in a different world and have to use their wits to get home.  
I was expecting this to be a typical children's book but it was more.  The two kids the book is about are well written and their friendship grows mainly because of the book.  While the book has dragons, it's main focus is Ayana and Tyler.  I like how there are several stories all twisted up into this one story.  There were characters that I never expected to meet in this book there and written into it so well!  
It was a 4/5 for me.  I like the author's writing style and am looking forward to more.

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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Truth and Consequences by Lenora Worth

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A Leafy Green World by Sean Dow

A Leafy Green WorldBook Description:
Dr. Brent Holcomb had no idea how much a chance encounter with a friendly dog and an overweight barber would change his life. He wasn't looking for adventure when he move to Portland, and he certainly wasn't looking for adventure that evening when he stumbled into Paddy O'Bryan's after a particularly trying day at the hospital, but that's what he found. Before long, Holcomb found himself perfectly positioned to infiltrate the Northwest's loose affiliation of eco-terrorists as they planned a major operation with the intent of bringing the U.S. economy to its knees. Throw in a deeply hidden international terror cell with plans of its own, and his life was about to get a whole lot more interesting! 

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book.  Realistically, when I started reading, I thought this book was going to go somewhere completely different than where it did.  After the horrible loss of his family, Dr. Holcomb (Brent), can't hold down an job and is just unhappy.  I felt so sorry for him and the author did a great job at making him seem like a real person.  Being completely down, it made me just want to root for him to find happiness again.
After moving to Portland, and through a series of events, Brent finds himself in a situation that isn't exactly what it seems.  The action in this book is good.  There was a bit of twisted, sarcastic humor that I enjoyed.  This book had a bit of everything, mystery, suspense, a touch of romance, and a main character that I flat out just liked.  
It was a 4/5 for me and I will absolutely be reading more from this author.
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Heroes of the Bible Treasury by David Miles

Book Description

The Adventure Bible Bible Story Collection is a six book treasury of level 2 Adventure Bible I Can Read titles designed for newly independent readers and based on the Adventure Bible—the #1 Bible for kids!
Read all about people in Bible times and their adventures in these well-known Bible stories.
This 6-book bind-up includes: • Elijah and the Power of God ISBN: 9780310750819 • A King, A Statue and a Fiery Furnace ISBN: 9780310750932 • Miracles of Jesus ISBN: 9780310732426 • A Father’s Love ISBN: 9780310732402 • The Good Samaritan ISBN: 9780310746621 • Paul Deliver’s God’s Message ISBN: 9780310750765
My Thoughts:
This is a really good collection of Bible stories for the kiddos to read.  My little boy that just finished 2nd grade read through them with no problem and really enjoyed them.  There are bright and colorful pictures that all 3 of my kids enjoyed.  The younger two completely enjoyed being read to by their big brother.
The stories are well told and follow the Bible well.  These stories are really good about heroes from the Bible, the list is a good collection of stories that really teaches your child about God.  The pictures go along with the stories wonderfully and young children will really enjoy it.  I think it is a good addition to any library for the kiddos.  
A 4/5 for me.  It will stay on our reading shelf for the kiddos to reread and learn from.

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, July 18, 2016

Unwanted by Jennifer Estep

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