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.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sheerluck Holmes and The Case of the Missing Friend by Karen Poth

Book Description:

A Lesson on the Golden Rule
In the newest addition to the VeggieTales I Can Read series, Sheerluck Holmes and the Case of the Missing Friend, our Veggie friend Sniffy’s feelings are hurt, and he disappears from the Pizza Place. His friends are worried and ask Sheerluck and Dr. Watson for help finding him. Will they find Sniffy before the hounds of Baker Street do? And will Sniffy ever forgive his friends for treating him poorly?
My Thoughts:
This was a cute little book.  Sniffy has gone missing and there are many suspects, but who hurt his feelings?  Sheerluck and Bobby must discover that and find Sniffy before the dogs.  Sniffy is alone and sad at how his friends treated him.
I read this with my 6 year old son who loves Veggie Tales.  He really enjoyed reading it and learning the new words through the book.  It was nice that it did give him some new, challenging words and that I knew it would have a good message.  He really wasn't that impressed with the story itself but there was a good message to it.
It was a 3/5 for us.  My son had fun with reading it, but wasn't engrossed in the story, just trying to learn the new words.

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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Married One Night Book Blitz!!!!


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We're happy to be hosting Amber Leigh Williams and her MARRIED ONE NIGHT Book Blitz today!  Be sure to enter the $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway below.  Giveaway ends 12 a.m. October 2!

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Title: Married One Night
Author: Amber Leigh Williams
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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What happened in Vegas...followed her home! 

Olivia Lewis is not the marrying type. So when a wild weekend in Vegas leaves her with a surprise husband, she's happy to sign anything to erase her mistake—even if that mistake is handsome, charming and comes with an English accent. Fortunately, her groom has other plans. 

Bestselling author Gerald Leighton knows he can make his new bride fall in love with him—he just needs time. In exchange for a quickie divorce, Olivia grudgingly gives him a few weeks to attempt to woo her. And whether Olivia likes it or not, Gerald plans on using every second to win her heart!



Book Excerpt:

Before Olivia could shoulder her way through the door, it opened quickly. She felt herself pitch over, tripping over the edge of the bedsheet. Cursing, she fell against the lean, chiseled chest of the man on the other side of the bathroom doorjamb.

She heard his surprised whoosh just before his arms snagged her under the shoulders and curled around her to keep her from falling at his feet. Her cheek pressed tight against his sternum. He was so warm. The deep timbre of a chuckle trebled beneath the ear pressed to his chest and words, rough around the edges, came floating from his mouth. “Ah, she wakes.”

When she tried to pull herself back, he held her fast to him for a moment longer to make sure she had her footing. With a murmured, “Easy there, love,” he released her and she stepped away, seeking his face.

He was smiling. The soft expression was tense around the edges, probably from what she could guess was a good deal of pounding happening on the inside of his head, too. She drew in a breath. His eyes were a brilliant shade of green. Dimples, or laugh lines, dug in around his mouth and the corners of his eyes. A man who smiled often and laughed well, Olivia surmised. His hair was blond and wet from a shower she assumed, judging by the steam behind him. He’d combed the hair back from his forehead, leaving his high brow bare.

A towel hung loosely around his waist. She blinked. She was staring. But the longer she stared, the more she could remember from last night, and the giddy spontaneity and blistering heat of all that had transpired made her forget for a moment how miserable she felt.

And, bless him, he didn’t seem to mind the staring. He was doing a good bit of his own. The smile on his lips deepened into a full-fledged grin, eyes softening further as he took her in. “Well. Aren’t you a sight for sore eyes.”

She found a smile curving at the corner of her mouth. He was British. His words were enunciated with the high-class sounds of English breeding and good humor. His voice was like fine-aged wine. Or whiskey.

Whiskey, she decided. It had a good, old-fashioned burn to it.

Lifting her hands to the sheet knotted just under her collarbone, she made sure it was in place before dragging a hand back through her long, curly, bedraggled tresses. “Erm...good morning?” Olivia said, unsure of herself. Usually, she knew how to navigate the awkward, morning-after interlude. But this stranger’s clean-cut, unexpected appeal threw her for a loop.

He beamed and held out a hand, skimming far and above the awkwardness of the situation with good-natured ease. “Gerald Leighton. It’s lovely to meet you...again.”</ span>

About the Author:
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Amber Leigh Williams lives on the Gulf Coast. A southern girl at heart, she loves beach days, the smell of real books, relaxing at her family’s lakehouse, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and their sweet, blue-eyed boy. When she’s not running after her young son and three, large dogs, she can usually be found reading a good romance or cooking up a new dish in her kitchen. She is represented by Joyce Holland of the D4EO Literary Agency.

Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Married One Night.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Very Levet Christmas by Alexandra Ivy

Book Description

A gargoyle of Levet’s charm and intelligence should not be facing a solitary Christmas. True, he may appear a little unconventional—not to mention unconventionally little—even for a gargoyle. But what Levet lacks in height he makes up for in loyalty, and being banned from the festivities surrounding the Queen of Weres’ new pups is quite unfair.
So when a beautiful Christmas angel begs for help in fulfilling her duties, Levet has nothing better to do than agree. Armed with a magical wand, Levet confronts Damon, a pureblood Were intent on seizing the throne. Challenging the King will put the pups at risk—and drive away Damon’s potential mate, Gia. Who better to convince Damon to choose love, not war, than a gargoyle expert in amour? With a little magic, and a lot of Levet, this may yet be a truly wonderful Christmastime…
My Thoughts:
I love Alexandra Ivy's Guardians of Eternity series and this novella is no different!  Levet is excited to go and meet Harley's babies, except he hasn't been invited.  The king of the Werewolves isn't having anyone into the house except those within the pack, and that is only because he must.  With hurt feelings, Levet leaves and runs across a Christmas angel with a problem.  He is the one to solve the problem both for the angel and for Harley's babies.
I really like Levet throughout the series.  He is such a great guy (gargoyle), but has crummy luck with love.  He is in love with women in general and generally his purpose is varied.  This book is centered on him though instead of him being a secondary character.  He is willing to do anything to save his family, even if they don't consider him family, and loves them all regardless.  His attitude through the whole thing was just perfect and I can't wait to read more about him in the coming books!
This is a 5/5.  If you have read the series, you will love it.  If you haven't read the series, you will still enjoy it!
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.

Going Gone by Sharon Sala

Book Description:

The final storm of the season could be their last. 

After barely escaping death when her plane crashed deep in the Rocky Mountains during a snowstorm, Laura Doyle is left with a lingering fear for her life. Her lover, FBI agent Cameron Winger, reassures her that he found her then and always will. But Laura is right to be afraid, because when their engagement is announced it signals to a madman that it's time for his killing spree to begin again.

Twice thwarted by Cameron and his partners, the Stormchaser pairs random acts of God with deliberate acts of evil. His final act of vengeance will finish his twisted vendetta by taking from Cameron the thing he loves most: Laura.

As law enforcement struggles to connect the gruesome murders he's committed to mask his return, the Stormchaser draws closer to his true target. But Cameron and Laura don't realize they're in the eye of the storm—and this time, being unprepared for the onslaught could spell disaster.

My Thoughts:
Awesome book.  Laura is the only survivor of a plane crash and uses all her resources to stay alive until the rescue team can get to her.  Cameron and the rescuers search for survivors and Laura is the only one found.  After they make it back, they announce their engagement and that starts a series of trouble.  Stormchaser is determined to get Laura and exact his revenge on the three agents.  Cameron and Laura try to guard against trouble, but it seems there is no way out of this particular storm unscathed.  
This book starts off with action and never lets go.  Cameron is such a strong character and wonderful man.  He and is determined to protect Laura.  Laura is resourceful and not easily frightened.  I loved getting back into this series and these characters.  The story line flowed and was intense.  Once I started, I couldn't put this one down and read it all in one sitting.
Absolutely a 5/5.  Perfect ending to this series.

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.