Monday, September 15, 2014

All My Belongings by Cynthis Ruchti

All My BelongingsBook Description:
A new life and a new identity can’t protect Becca from a past that refuses to go away.
After spending years running from the shame her father put on her family, Jayne is determined not to let him steal her future in the same way he stole her childhood. Changing her name to Becca Morrow, she moves to California and settles into a new life and new job caring for ailing mother of handsome young businessman, Isaac Hughes.
But just as she’s wondering if she and Isaac are headed for a relationship, Becca’s patient passes away under unusual circumstances. Suddenly, her past catches up with her and the unnerving details of her heritage threaten to destroy all sense of home and all hope for love.
Even if she could clear her name, a phone call wraps a suffocating shroud around her heart. Her estranged father needs her help. But can Becca open her new life to the man who ruined her past?

My Thoughts:
I completely enjoyed this book.  Becca is determined not to let her father's past destroy her future.  He may have been a doctor Kervorkian copycat, but that wasn't her.  After changing her name and getting a job tending to an elderly lady, life is settling down.  That is until the lady dies under suspicious circumstances and Becca's past comes out.  When the past comes, it comes in full force and may destroy everything she has worked hard for.
I really liked Becca.  She tried to hide her identity for, what I thought, was a good reason.  I felt bad that what her father had done was such a burden for her.  Then when things started going her way, then went drastically wrong, I was crushed.  I don't think I could help someone that had tainted my life so badly but maybe if I was in that position I could?  I just don't know.  I do know the author did a great job with this story and I will look for more books from her!
Solid 5/5 for me.  This book faced tough questions head on.

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

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Image by Jamie Magee

Image (Insight #3) (Web of Hearts and Souls #3)Book Description:
There is an ominous darkness; one that is so dense and mind-numbing that you can feel the chills race across your skin as the energy of its hatred hovers near you. They thought that it was over… that he was dead… they never imagined that he was more powerful dead than he ever was alive. 
The dark dimension Esterious is on the brink of war, the victory Willow had a few days ago is nothing more than a vague memory. With each thought she has, she fights the images of Drake’s dark eyes and his words… his promises. Doubt seeps into her soul as she faces what could be the hardest battle she has faced so far. 
Venus is meant to be the planet of love and peace… but when it falls into retrograde its influence changes. Matters of past relationships will surface, choices will be made with the mind and not the heart and gateways to an evil that cannot be fathomed will open. Willow and Landen’s only defense is to hide their family away, and lock themselves in the palace that was once ruled by Donalt. 
The energy is heavy and dark within its walls…there is a presence that lingers and strikes at will. Cruel illusions are placed before Willow, but that is not even the hardest part… what is hard is standing in a room with Drake and Landen and listening to others tell you of lives that you cannot recall… for them to tell you when and how you are going to die. 
Every prediction and theory is about to be proven wrong… and the choice before Willow’s heart holds the lives of millions at stake. The question is: will she be able to see through the illusions before her and make a choice… she can live with?

My Thoughts:
I couldn't wait to read this book!  It is the 3rd in this series and just great.  Willow and Landen have made it through two trials already believing that Drake is the 'bad guy'.  In this trial though, they must  partner with him to make sure none of them are taken by Donalt's evil.  In the palace, they and their protectors try to unravel what will happen before it comes to pass.  Not remembering past lives and loving another, Willow is torn.  While she is completely devoted to Landen, Drake's problems have tugged on her heart.
I still love how Landen and Willow have been destined but kept apart, only to find each other again.  Drake is a wonderfully sad character.  I have no doubt that he loves Willow but he has to come to terms with her being with Landen.  Landen is much more understanding than any other soul-mate would be.  I enjoyed finding out about their pasts, seeing their families again and especially Preston and Libby.  I believe those two little ones are my favorites.
Solid 5/5 for me.  I love the way this author writes and cannot wait to read more from her.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason

Nowhere to Turn (Hidden Identity, #2)Book Description:
The day Danielle Harding takes her 11-year-old son, Simon, and flees from her abusive husband, is the same day Kurt Harding dies. A relieved Dani believes she and her son are finally safe--but in reality, the danger has just begun. When Kurt was alive, he took something important to a mysterious person. That person wants the item back and believes Dani now has it. As she and her son run for their lives, they have nowhere to turn, until she hires Adam Buchanan of Operation Refuge and goes into hiding. Unfortunately, she won't be able to hide for long . . .

From the first breathless scene, this tension-laced story will hold readers in its iron grip. Bestselling author Lynette Eason propels readers along at a breakneck pace in a race to discover the truth and a better future.

My Thoughts:
I completely enjoyed this book.  Dani is getting away from her abusive husband.  She is taking her son, Simon, and going to disappear where Kurt can never hurt them again.  The interesting twist is the day she chooses to leave, Kurt is killed.  Now she believes she and Simon are free...only their problems are just beginning.  She now has to take Simon and run for their lives from a new threat (or two) and runs to Adam Buchanan and Operation Refuge for help.
I have to say that I completely disliked Kurt and his family!  That being said, they were written that way for a reason and the author did great on them.  Dani might think she is weak but I like how Adam sees her strength in the first meeting.  There were parts I laughed, parts I wanted to yell at the characters, and parts that I reread because they were just awesome.  
5/5 for me!  I enjoyed the whole story, suspense, romance and all of it written superbly well!

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, September 2, 2014

Danger at the Border by Terri Reed

Book Description:

UNSAFE TERRITORY

When a mysterious toxin threatens lives and livelihoods near the border between the U.S. and Canada, Dr. Tessa Cleary is called to trace the source. But when the no-nonsense doctor is forced to work with border patrol agent Jeff Steele, she finds the lone wolf's dedication to his job—and country—chipping away at the walls around her heart. Just as Tessa and Jeff are about to uncover the toxin's deadly source, armed thugs kidnap them in the forest. Now they must trust each other to survive before time runs out for everyone. 

Northern Border Patrol: Keeping the U.S.–Canadian border safe

My Thoughts:
This one was pretty good.  Dr. Tessa is called in to find the source of water contamination in a lake up on the US/Canada border.  Jeff Steele is a border patrol agent and is determined to stick with Tessa during her investigation.  When they get close to the source of the toxin, they get pulled into a mess that no one expected even existed.  Though each have been hurt in the past, Tessa and Jeff feel a pull toward each other that makes them each think the other just might be trustworthy.
I liked Tessa and Jeff.  I thought his protective streak was great and understood why it endeared him to her.  I also liked that both of them were determined to not let the attraction go anywhere.  When they were in danger, both looked out for the other.  The bad guys were twisted and creepy.  Overall, the couple trusted each other and God to get them out of the mess they were in and nothing happened like expected but happened in His time.
This is a 4/5 for me.  It was a good romance with some suspense.

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.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Otherworlds Book Promo!!!

Otherworlds: Twelve Young Adult Fantasy Books to Benefit the Hungry


How can a child focus on solving a math problem or memorizing a new word when she or he is trying to ignore the persistent pangs of hunger?
Across the country, teachers and school nurses have found that in some instances, Monday morning comes and they are forced to compete against hunger for the attention of their students. More than 18 million children qualify for free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program, the fuel that they need to get them through the week. What happens to these children when they go home over the weekend?
For more than 15 years, the Feeding America BackPack Program has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need over the course of the weekend. Today, bags of food assembled at more than 150 local food banks are distributed at the end of the week to nearly 230,000 children every year.  With your help, we can provide more.
Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. For less than one dollar, you can help.
Twelve young adult authors have come together to form Otherworlds: Twelve Young Adult Fantasy Books to Benefit the Hungry. One hundred percent of the authors’ proceeds from the sale of this charitable boxed set will be donated to Feeding America.
Otherworlds Boxed Set Cover Final
For ninety-nine cents, you can help feed America’s hungry while feeding your imagination with twelve other worlds:
Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity, #1), by Angela Corbett
Pawn (Nightmares Trilogy, #1),  by Sophie Davis
The Prophecy (Divinity Stone, #1), by Desiree DeOrto
Through Glass Novella Series (#4, #5, #6), by Rebecca Ethington
Final Life (The Transhuman Chronicles, #1), by Rose Garcia
Reality (The Arie Chronicles, #1), by Dani Hart
Hunted (Dark Secrets, #1), by Allie Juliette Mousseau
The Amulet (Custodian Novel, #1), by Alison Pensy
Betraying Innocence, by Airicka Phoenix
The Gatekeeper’s Sons (Gatekeeper’s Saga, #1), by Eva Pohler
Halo City, by Mary Ting
Blood and Snow (Blood and Snow #1), by RaShelle Workman

Pre-order date: September 1st       Release Date: September 15
Otherworlds is available now for pre-order at Smashwords and Amazon (You may have to wait a few days for Amazon to price match the ninety-nine cents).
It will soon be available at your other favorite ebook sellers, so stay tuned and thanks in advance for your support!
Here is a list of bloggers participating in the promo book tour. Please visit these other amazing blogs!
Pure Jonel 9/15

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Relentless Pursuit by Kathy Herman

Relentless Pursuit: A Novel (Secrets of Roux River Bayou, #3)Book Description:
Rich with the Cajun flavors of south Louisiana, this final book in the Secrets of Roux River Bayou Series is a story of what it means to find true peace in an uncertain world.
 Sax Landry left home at seventeen to escape his father’s abuse, leaving his mother and sister to fend for themselves. Now, twenty-eight years later, both parents are dead, and guilt compels him to find his sister and make peace. His search leads to Les Barbes, Louisiana, where authorities fear a bio-terrorist has injected cyanide into juice cartons and fresh produce at the grocery store. People are dead. It’s not safe. Sax stays, fearing death less than living another day without peace. A divine appointment is about to change all that forever.

My Thoughts:
Loved this visit to Louisiana.  Sax is trying to track down the baby sister he left behind years ago.  He was escaping abuse but left her to endure it and now he has so much guilt that it has encompassed his life.  He is a musician but after a 3 year search, he will take as long as it takes off to finally talk to her.  While looking for her, he winds up in Les Barbes just as a rash of murders takes place and the police are investigating any lead they can find.
This was such a great book.  There is extreme happiness, sadness, anger, betrayal, love, and everything in between.  I liked most of the characters and the three older men in the restaurant were my favorite.  I loved how the author wove in that forgiveness isn't deserved or earned, but given.  God gives it to us and we do the same for those that have wronged us.  It isn't easy but it is following his example.  Great characters, suspenseful and compelling story, all in all a great book.
This was a 5/5 for  me.  I plan to go back and read the earlier books in 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.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Spirit Bridge by James L. Rubart

Book Description

The Warriors Riding have battled in astounding supernatural realms, set captives free, and awakened thousands of hearts. But now their only chance of survival depends on calling for The Spirit Bridge.
Reece, Dana, Brandon, and Marcus have achieved staggering success in the spiritual realm . . . but each is reeling from vicious attacks. They need rest. A break from the war.
But the warlord Zennon is raging and will give them no quarter. The demon holds what he believes to be the trump card—a hidden strategy set in motion before Warriors Riding even began—that will detonate the team from the inside out. And he's just set it loose.
The street magician Simon—finally free of Zennon's alternate reality prison—is racing to remember his past before his ignorance obliterates his destiny. Then there's Miyo—a brash young warrior with advanced knowledge of spiritual realities and supernatural armor even Reece doesn't know about. These two will be pivotal in the final war.
If only the Warriors knew which side Simon and Miyo are truly on. If only they knew how to fight against Zennon's final assault.
The Spirit Bridge is the epic conclusion to acclaimed author James L. Rubart's Well Spring series, which will propel each of the Warriors Riding on a quest of true identity, ultimate freedom, and a final battle that will leave them changed forever.
My Thoughts:
To read this book and really enjoy it, I believe you have to have read the previous books in the series.  This is the third and final book in the series and it is good.  In a typical good vs. evil book, we meet demons and warriors.  Cryptic messages lead the Warriors and they fight to achieve their goals.  Even when they think they are finished, Zennon has a much larger war planned for them.
Though I didn't get in at the start of this series, the story line was really good.  It took me a bit to warm up to it and the characters but the author's writing style invites you in to get wrapped up in the story.  It is a story of good vs. evil, and it is a war.  Plenty of action, suspense and questions galore.  I wasn't sure how it was it was going to go and if the people I was wanting to would triumph or not.  I will definitely be reading more from this author.
For me it was a 3/5.  I think if you've read the series up to this point it will be a must read!
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via Booksneeze).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Zero Visibility by Sharon Dunn

Zero VisibilityBook Description:
Merci Carson doesn't have a clue—but she knows she owes her life to the quiet man who roared to her rescue in his snowmobile. EMT Nathan McCormick is used to handling challenging situations, but between the unexpected blizzard that stranded the lovely student and the desperate men chasing her, he has his hands full. Yet for Nathan, failure is not an option. Merci's bravery and kindness challenge his guarded heart, bringing every protective instinct forward and making him start to hope for the future. Together, they could be something special—if they can solve the mystery in time.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book.  Merci is just trying to get home to her aunt for the school break.  Finals stunk and someone breaking into her place wasn't what she needed.  Since her car broke down, she caught a ride with an acquaintance and they got stuck in the snow on the side of the road.  Thinking they were being rescued by two somewhat creepy men, everything changes when guns are pulled and a stranger rushes in to save their lives.  Merci and Nathan have to fight for their lives and their attraction is almost as thick as the snow around them.I really liked Merci.  She was trying to make it in life without relying on her father so she doesn't have to comply with all his ideals.  That means she isn't a typical student but she does work hard for everything.  Nathan wasn't supposed to be up at his family's cabin but God works things in His timing.  His being there was perfect timing, even if it put him in danger.  It also put him in the perfect place to save Merci's life and them to get together.  I just like the way God's providence is woven through the whole story.
This was a 4/5.  Solid suspense and good romance.


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, August 19, 2014

A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson

A Bouquet of Love (Weddings by Design #4)Book Description:
Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her huge Greek family–especially her father–has other ideas. They’ve all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant location on the Strand– directly across the street from the Rossis’ popular pizza place–and they want Cassia’s full participation.
To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston’s premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family’s faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into Bella’s good graces!
Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . .
Fan favorite Janice Thompson gives readers one more romp with Bella, Galveston, and the bustling wedding biz in the final installment of her popular series. Anyone who loves quirky families, loads of laughter, and tender romance will find themselves hooked.

My Thoughts:
This book made me laugh out loud so many times!  Cassia's family is Greek, huge and loud.  Her father has opened up a restaurant right across the street from an Italian restaurant and has forbidden the family to speak to anyone from that restaurant.  There are several problems with that, the main one being the Rossis are everywhere!  Not to mention none of them are as bad as Cassia's father believes them to be, but there is no telling him that.  Cassia is also interested in Alex, who delivers the flowers to the flower shop she works at.I thought this book was really good.  The author does such a great job weaving humor throughout her books.  I absolutely love that.  Cassia and several in her family are put into amusing situations while trying to obey, yet avoid her father's decree.  Alex is great.  Too good looking and with a family just as loud and crazy as Cassia's!  I just couldn't put this one down when I started it.  I was really hoping her family would prosper, but at the same time wishing her father would see more than the Italian/Greek rivalry!  Still a great story and such wonderful characters.
A solid 5/5. I like seeing all the characters again.  If you haven't read the series, this is book 4 but you can read it as a stand alone and still really enjoy it!


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.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dark Tide by Susan Sleeman

Book Description:

MISSION: PROTECT BABY

Gina Evans knows her brother was murdered—even if the police won't believe her. After catching a quick glimpse of the evidence her brother had gathered, the same criminals are after her and her baby niece. And Gina's only hope is the man she left behind. Despite the painful memories, private investigator Derrick Justice won't fail Gina and her baby. Yet now, the woman he never stopped loving and the baby he's come to adore are in a killer's crosshairs. But can Derrick trap the cold-blooded murderer before he strikes again?

The Justice Agency: Family and law enforcement go hand in hand
My Thoughts:
I was excited about this book.  Gina is running from a murderer.  He killed her brother and now her best friend.  Not sure how she is being tracked, she turns to the one man who likely never wants to see her again for help.  Derrick loved Gina and she ended the relationship.  Now she is back and terrified, trying to keep her and her niece out of the hands of a murderer.  He is too caring of a man to let anything happen to them, but he doesn't want either of them hurt by the feelings that are obviously still between them.
I really liked Derrick.  He was a completely stand up guy.  Even if he was crushed by Gina leaving him, he was going to do whatever he could for her.  His family was also completely awesome.  They stepped up to help and protect Gina, even if they had some hard feelings towards her.  Gina has issues from her past, as does Derrick, but she still loves him and doesn't want him hurt.  There was plenty of action and suspense in this one.
It was a 4/5 for me.  I plan to go back and read the others in the Justice 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.