Friday, April 21, 2017

Between a Wolf and a Hard Place by Terry Spear

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Crowned (Beholder, Book 4) Cover Reveal by Christina Bauer

Christina Bauer
(Beholder, Book 4)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: November 28th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Beauty. Romance. Power. It’s all in the eye of the BEHOLDER.
At last, Elea has found the love of her life. Unfortunately, the evil Tsar Viktor is about to unleash an army of twisted mages bent on killing everyone Elea cares about… including the man who’s stolen her heart.
So what’s a powerful witch to do? Why, organize a league of magical warriors, of course!
Elea recruits and trains a fighting force to take down the Tsar. That’s challenge enough, but on the eve of battle, Elea realizes that her true enemies may be far more powerful than even Viktor: The deities Oni and Yuri could be out to destroy her as well. With major battles brewing on two fronts, Elea’s not sure that she’ll win, but with true love to inspire her, she’s certainly ready to fight.
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Author Bio:
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Shattered Pack by Aileen Erin

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Wooing the Wedding Planner by Amber Leigh Williams

Wooing the Wedding PlannerBook Description:
Wedding planner Roxie Honeycutt can make happy-ever-after come true for anyone except herself. Freshly divorced and done with love, she's okay with watching clients walk down the aisle. What's not okay? Sharing a charming Victorian house with accountant Byron Strong. He's frustratingly sexy and determined to keep her confused.

Roxie thought Byron's expertise was numbers, yet somehow he sees her for who she really is. Somehow he understands the hurt she hides behind a trademark smile. Suddenly romance is tempting again, even if it means risking another heartbreak.

My Thoughts:
This was a pretty good book.  Roxie plans other peoples' happily ever afters.  She isn't sure after her heartbreaking divorce that she truly believes that happily ever after is possible.  Byron has had a heartbreaking life-changing event as well.  The whole town just doesn't know about his.  Together they could have a happy ending if they are both willing to risk the heartache. 
I like that the author has gone through this set of friends and given them all their own story.  It has been fun to get to know them and then check back in with them in the following books.  Roxie is a wedding planner who doesn't believe in happy ever after anymore but then again maybe she does.  I like that she is willing to put her heart out there, knowing that Byron is 'damaged'.  Byron is a great guy and I love his family (though sometimes I could have slapped him silly).  The author does a good job of making us care about these characters and always want more!
It was a 4/5 for me.  I do enjoy reading this series about these friends!
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.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Classified Christmas Mission by Lynette Eason

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #2)Book Description:
"Cat" Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat's tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what's a girl to do when she knows it's her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.

Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world-for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin must embrace their fate together. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom...or not at all.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book.  I looked forward to it after the first book in the series and it was good.  The issues she and Griffin have are different in this book but still some of the same lingering issues.  Cat is determined to believe the worst and Griffin just wants her.  I adore the band of friends the couple has around them.  Griffin's family is wonderful.
I'm hoping Cat's family comes more into play in the next one.  I enjoyed the ones we met in this book and can't say too much because it would have spoilers then!  The journey they have to go through for Griffin's dreams to start taking shape is monumental.  I particularly liked how he did his task for the goddess.  The author threw in a couple twists that you kinda saw coming but that are still totally worth reading though to the end to understand.
It was a 4/5.  I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series.

Monday, April 3, 2017

21 Days of Grace

21 Days of Grace: Stories that Celebrate God's Unconditional Love (A Fiction Lover's Devotional) by [Ide, Kathy]Book Description:
Christians have long loved devotionals, but today’s Christians are also developing a strong love for fiction. They want to read stories about characters they can relate to, who experience situations similar to their own, and learn from those examples how to live out their faith. For them, life lessons are more easily absorbed this way. 

21 Days of Grace fits all of these needs. It is a collection of engaging, inspirational short fiction stories written by new, intermediate, and well-known authors including Angela Hunt, Deborah Rainey, Cindy Woodsmall, Cecil Murphey, Robin Bayne, and more. 

Like Jesus’ parables, these stories deal with important life issues in a subtle, unpressured manner. And, as Jesus did, the authors follow up with life applications based on the stories, suggesting how the inherent lessons can be applied to the reader’s daily life.

My Thoughts:
Ok, I absolutely loved this book.  It is a wonderful hand-sized hardback book that is perfect to stick in your purse and take with you.  The authors that contributed to it are all wonderful and I enjoyed all the stories.  Stories with themes or morals are my favorite.  I am mostly a fiction reader and these little stories with their insights were perfect for me.
Anyway, this was different and absolutely something everyone should have.  A 5/5 for me.
Thank you to the 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.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Meddlin' Madeline Such a Tease by Chautona Havig

Such a Tease (Meddlin' Madeline Book 2)Book Description:
Madeline, with a little assistance, discovers her old adversary is gaining a following in Rockland! Can she expose him for the fraud she's sure he is?

In book two of the Meddlin’ Madeline series, Madeline Brown has a new endeavor to occupy her time. But is it to keep her out of the way or a reward for her work in Sweet on You? With the help of her young friends, Madeline discovers her old adversary is gaining a following in Rockland! What’s a girl to do?

However, her new position also gives her opportunities to observe, and what she sees sets more than one new investigation in motion. What does her old suitor, Delbert Jackson, know? Why is Mr. Merton giving important papers to that scoundrel, Vernon Smythe, and whatever happened to poor Abigail Cooper?

Add to these intriguing questions Henry Hardwick’s continued attentions, Edith’s newfound devotion to the temperance movement and Madeline’s determination to find her a more reliable suitor, and strange behavior from her Aunt Louisa and things heat up as summer fades from Rockland.

Unfortunately, her dear friend, Russell, busy with an important project at work, finds himself unable to help keep her out of trouble and away from danger. Is Madeline going too far? Will her meddling get her in serious trouble this time, will it destroy her reputation irreparably, or will she rid Rockland of a scoundrel once and for all?

My Thoughts:
Yes, I'm still a fan of this series.  Madeline had adventures in the last book and this one is no different.  Favorite characters are back and back at it.  Since Madeline isn't a typical female of her time period, in fact, she is quite modern thinking, her actions reflect this.  She investigates and is an amateur detective.  This also means she gets into some extremely interesting situations. I like how Madeline grows as a character from the first book through this one.  Trust is a key factor in this story and the overall theme of needing God was done quite well.  I thought the author did a great job staying in 'her time period' and keeping your attention throughout.  I cannot wait to see what she does next with these characters as I've now become quite a fan.
It was a 4/5 for me.  The slight issues I had with it are much outweighed by love of characters. 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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel by Sandra Kopp

Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel (Dark Lords of Epthelion #1)Book Description:
Dead. All dead. Her father and mother. Their loyal servants. Her countrymen. Killed by her cousin, Lucius Mordarius, and his ilk, followers of the dark lord Ryadok. Though beaten down in the following years, hatred fuels Merewyn, keeping her alive. And then it comes: an opportunity to escape. Aided by four strangers she doesn't entirely trust, Merewyn directs her steps to Ha-Ran-Fel, land of the savage Horse Lords, where she hopes to gain the strength to come back for her cousin's head. But complications arise. The band of strangers hunt Lord Ryadok's beast, the Baugonril, a monster born of magic, created to be impervious to attack. If successfully bred, the Baugonril would mean the ruin of every nation still fighting Ryadok's yoke. Merewyn's quest must expand beyond revenge to the salvation of her world, but there is little room left in her heart for anything but hate; so she thinks. The longer she remains with the companions, the more her suspicions turn from them to her reactions to their care and protection. Could she weaken so easily? Dogged by the sorcerer's soldiers and her own inner demons, she survives maelstroms, near starvation, and the dangerous crossing of the raging Ashgard River only to arrive at her destination, what she believes to be the end of her quest, to be treated with suspicion and condescension. She must prove her worth and fight for the right to avenge her family and the honor of saving her world as the Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel.

My Thoughts:
I really got into this book.  There is a bit of everything from war to romance to evil monsters to sorcery.  There are a lot of characters to get to know but once you get into the book, that isn't really an issue.  The point of view does switch fairly frequently but you won't want to miss the action.  Merewyn is a beloved daughter and adores her parents, most especially her father.  When her cousin murders them and makes her a prisoner, she knows she has to escape.
Four friends are traveling and scouting together and I must say, they are an interesting mix!  I'm not certain which of the four was my favorite here but I liked them all.  They each have their own strengths but are loyal to each other to the end.  Merewyn is determined to have her revenge no matter what she has to do to achieve it.  I loved that she was willing to set aside personal comfort to seek justice (revenge).  The story flowed well, there were suspenseful moments, lighthearted moments, and everything in between.  It is a book that once you start, you will be pulled in and not want to end.
It says book 1 in this series so I'm really excited to see what book 2 brings!
4/5 for me, and I have to say that I really enjoy this author's writing style!  

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.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trapped in Wonderland by Dani Hoots

Trapped in WonderlandBook Description:
Meredith Alice Hughes has found herself falling through a portal and into Wonderland. There, she finds some of her classmates, who are actually fictional characters from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, and they use a potion to make her forget everything. Everything would have been fine, that is, until the White Rabbit tries to murder her and she finds herself in Wonderland once more. Apparently, according to a prophecy, Alice is the only one who can save Wonderland from the Cirque de Rêves, a group that is trying to destroy and takeover the world. Little does Alice know that not only is Wonderland in danger, but her home world as well, because all the citizens in Wonderland represent the dreams of every living human in the real world, and when they start to disappear, so does the hope of every living thing. Will Alice believe in herself enough to defeat the Cirque de Rêves? Or will she fall victim to the dark thoughts that reside in her heart?

My Thoughts:
I truly enjoyed this book.  Alice isn't her first name, but she is dragged into Wonderland anyway!  This isn't a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, but more a continuation of the story.  Alice meets the characters from the classic story, some of them good and some bad.  Either way, she is the key to the problem they are having and only she can stand up to to Morpheus.  I liked Alice.  She is the reluctant hero that everyone loves to cheer for.  I wasn't sure about the guys at first or which I wanted her to choose.  There are pros and cons to both of her choices.  I've determined that I'm not a fan of the White Rabbit, but his character is very well done.  The darkness and how Morpheus used it was intriguing to me and I wasn't certain how Alice could win on that count but the author did a good job with that as well.  I enjoyed the characters and the story.  There is also a moral to the story that I enjoyed as well.  
Overall, it was a 4/5 for me.  I do look forward to the next 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.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Last Shadow Gate by Michael W. Garza

The Last Shadow Gate: The Shadow Gate Chronicles Book IBook Description:
Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this.

It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad's home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again.

My Thoughts:
This is a really good start to a promising series.  Gavin and Naomi are half-siblings and have to spend the summer together.  Not only that but they are spending it at their great grandmother's house.  There is a mystery around doorways and their great grandfather's disappearance that intrigues the two and they begin a search.  Once they discover the world on the other side of the door, the problems start piling up, not the least of which is, how to get home!
I thought the author did a good job with his characters.  I liked how realistic Naomi and Gavin were as siblings and that they did have issues.  The other world that was created was quite interesting as well.  I now want to actually see some of the inhabitants of that land!  The story flows really well and it isn't one that you want to put down.  The story doesn't 'speed' you through but it pulls you along and you always want to know what is going to happen next.
It was a 4/5 for me and I am really interested to see what happens next.

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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce

Murder for the Time BeingBook Description:
"You'll pay for this. I'll get you both."

Computer expert Lexi Wynn is frightened. Someone is after her, but she doesn't know why. Is it because of her past or because she was thrust into a deadly bank robbery and might identify the ones responsible? Escaping a failed kidnapping attempt and not sure who to trust, she hopes her specialized skills with computers might flush out the name of the killer. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger rams into her truck with the hearse he's driving and puts his life in danger to save hers, can she ignore the attraction she feels for him to concentrate on the killers? Or is God the only one who can save her now? 

Drew Sheffield is irritated when a cute lady stops abruptly in front of him and he plows into the back of her pickup. After their initial confrontation, flashbacks of honeysuckle and sassy green eyes linger in his thoughts. When Lexi is threatened, he steps in to help the feisty young woman, in spite of agonizing over a past relationsh

My Thoughts:
This was an enjoyable read.  Honestly, it took me a bit to get into this book, but it was worth it.  Lexi's family is horribly hurt when her mother foils a bank robbery and is shot.  Lexi is afraid her past has come back to haunt her and her family.  Drew is the coroner and is less than impressed when he meets Lexi.  The two of them get off to a rocky start and I really liked that.
The fact that it wasn't an instant love was nice.  There is suspense in is it Lexi's past or Drew's that is interfering in their lives.  There is danger for all of Lexi's family and I really liked her little brother.  He had an attitude but it was understandable.  The author does great with her characters and the story line flowed once you got into it. 
It was a 4/5 for me.  I must say that I loved the way the author wrapped it all up.
Thank you tot he 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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Monday, March 13, 2017

Make Believe Beau by Keli Gwyn

Make-Believe Beau (Love Inspired Historical) by [Gwyn, Keli]Book Description:
The Courtship Charade 
As a draftswoman in a man's world, Jessica Sinclair causes a stir as her new male colleagues vie for her attention. And the company manager has an ultimatum: fake a courtship with her boss, Flynt Kavanaugh…or lose her job. But pretending to be smitten with the handsome engineer unleashes a real, complicated attraction—and could reveal the past she hoped to keep hidden. 
Jessica is certainly the best person for the job. But as their make-believe romance escalates, Flynt knows that's not the only reason he wants her on his team. However, with his past shrouded by a shameful secret, Flynt has always focused his ambitions on building a career, not a family. Now he has designs on Jessica's heart, but can they trust each other with the truth?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this one.  Jessie is used to making her way in a man's world.  She is a draftswoman and is significantly good at what she does.  She lands her dream job with a company and in large part thanks to Flynt.  Flynt and Jessie are thrown together when their employer demands they pose as a couple to keep the office productive.  Each have issues from their past that could affect their relationship.
I really liked Jessie.  Her past was an issue, but not as horrible as she thought it was.  She still has trouble grasping that God does forgive all sins.  Flynt's own past casts a large shadow across his outlook.  He is a good man, hard worker, and all around stand up guy.  I like that while they are forced into the roles, they both enjoy it.  There is instant attraction but not instant love.  Their friendship grows and blossoms into more.  Their issues were a big problem but only if they allow it to be bigger than they believe God can handle.
It was a 5/5 for me.  A good, quick read with a good message.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Angels in the Bible for Little Ones by Allia Zobel Nolan

Book Description

Angels in the Bible for Little Ones gives children a fascinating look into how powerful behind-the-scenes helpers interacted with Bible greats such as Abraham, Daniel, and Mary, acting as messengers, protectors, warriors, and more. This padded cover board book, written by bestselling author Allia Zobel Nolan and illustrated by Alisa Massari, brings eight stories from the Bible to life for little ones.
My Thoughts:
When I got this in the mail, my 2 year old immediately snatched it.  We looked through it and he loved the pictures.  Then we actually sat and read through it.  Not once, but four or five times now!  It has quickly become one of his favorites and I know children older than he is would enjoy it as well.  The pictures captured his attention from the start, but he will also sit and listen to it...that is impressive that it keeps his attention!
It is quite durable and Biblically accurate.  There are stories from both the old and new testament told in here.  Each one is short enough to keep your child's attention but gives them good information.  Overall, we just really loved this book.
It is a 5/5 stars for us!
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, March 1, 2017

Hook's Little Mermaid Audio Release & Review

Official Release! Hear the story of Captain Hook from his own lips in this Audible version of "Hook's Little Mermaid."

“Hook wasn't always a villain. Discover what leads him on the path of destruction and how the love of a mermaid can change his heart.” ~ Hook's Little Mermaid

Captain James Hook was once a good man trying to make a somewhat honest living. He is a pirate, after all. However, after getting word that a boy named Peter Pan played a part in the death of a dear loved one, Hook makes it his sole purpose to hunt down and destroy the fiend.

On his journey for vengeance, the captain encounters many new comrades, including a young girl named Red and a fairy called Tinker Bell, and both push him to reconsider his desire for justice.

The accidental rescue of a mermaid leads him on a whirlwind adventure in Neverland. The journey is not a simple one, considering Pan, the Lost Boys, mermaids, and magic all come into play. After several misadventures, Hook must choose between the possibility of a new life with love and his much-desired retaliation against Pan.

Once everything is said and done, will the captain be able to overcome his need for revenge? Will he let compassion steer him toward love? Or will Captain Hook live up to his villainous reputation?

I enjoyed this new look at Captain Hook.  He is a good guy, I mean he is a pirate but he isn't a BAD pirate.  I enjoyed the book from start to finish.  The narrator took some getting used to but did a pretty good job.  It isn't a long book and I listened to it in one day.   Not a book you are going to want to put down to do something and come back to but one you will want to read start to finish as quickly as possible.  The author does a great job with her characters and keeping the story entertaining start to finish.  I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!  Really good book 4/5.  

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

Rescue Me (Montana Rescue Book #2) by [Warren, Susan May]Book Description:
When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him--not just on the job as liaison between the Mercy Falls sheriff's department and PEAK Rescue, but in his private life. He's the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father's accidental death. And he's the one--perhaps the only one--who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she's nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding heart sister, Willow.

Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on--namely, nabbing the job as youth pastor for her small-town church. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.

Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.

My Thoughts:
I love Susan May Warren's books and this was no exception.  Willow isn't organized like her sister.  She lives life full of love and life.  She is happy and wants her sister to be happy as well.  Sam is her sister's boyfriend.  He is also the man Willow is head over heals about.  Through a series of crazy events, the two of them wind up in a life or death situation and have to depend on each other for survival.  Not to mention that they have a bunch of teenagers from the church to keep alive as well.
I enjoyed the characters through this.  The two sisters that just wanted each other to be happy.  That was so sweet!  Sam being so torn but watching him grow and work through his issues was great.  I really liked all the teenagers and how they were secondary characters but each was unique.  I didn't really like the preacher or his wife.  They seemed way too judgmental but that is the way of it sometimes.  I really want to know what happens with a couple of the different secondary story lines so I cannot wait to read more.
It was a 5/5 for me.

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.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Once Upon A Kiss

Once Upon A Kiss: 17 Romantic Faerie TalesBook Description:
Seventeen all new, magical stories from NY Times and USA Today bestsellers and award-winning authors that will warm even the coldest hearts. Inspired by old favorites as well as lesser-known tales, find retellings of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Old Rinkrank, King Thrushbeard, The Princess and the Pea, and many more - all with fresh, romantic twists - just in time for Valentine’s Day~ 

THE GLASS MOUNTAIN - Alethea Kontis 
On the way to her wedding, brave and clever Princess Sabine falls into a Glass Mountain, where she is trapped with a crotchety man she calls “Old Rinkrank.” The two form a unique, unlikely friendship while working to escape. 

THE BAKERS GRIMM - Hailey Edwards 
When two struggling business owners compete for the contract of a lifetime, it’s all bakers on deck. Mix in a dollop of rivalry, a tablespoon of romance, and a pinch of magic, and you’ve got the recipe for one heck of a bake-off. May the best decorator win! 

A young woman in ancient Greece is tasked with carving a new statue for Aphrodite's temple. But what happens when she falls in love with her art? 

RED– Sarra Cannon 
Charlotte is searching for a cure to save her sister, but what she finds in the woods is not at all what she expects... 

PRINCESS CHARMING – Yasmine Galenorn 
Sometimes, the road to Happily Ever After leads a girl right past Prince Charming... into the arms of his sister. 

MAD ABOUT YOU – Jennifer Blackstream 
Alice doesn't want to marry the Mad Hatter. Will an unexpected trip to Wonderland change her mind? 

A mermaid gives up everything to be with the mortal man she loves – but can there be a happy ending when the Sea Witch intervenes? 

Juliet enters the afterlife and discovers the truth behind her relationship with Romeo and Paris - and that their greatest challenge is yet to come. 

SOOT AND STONE: A Fae Tale of the Otherworld - Jenna Elizabeth Johnson 
Aisling, a young Faelorehn artist, finds herself falling for the son of one of the famed Tuatha De Danann. The only problem is, she’s unaware of his true identity, and her selfish uncle will do anything to keep her from realizing her dreams. 

Sometimes, a prince isn’t as charming as history would like you to believe. And sometimes, a princess needs an alpha male shifter to find her happily ever after. 

An imp finds herself in a fairytale world without her infernal powers facing an impossible task. Will Sam barter away her firstborn? Will her angelic main-squeeze save her? Or will she come up with a devilish solution of her own? 

THE GLASS SKY - Alexia Purdy 
Star’s refusal of suitors lined up for her hand has her family in knots, but when the city is bombed and overthrown, she loses everything. After she’s rescued by a handsome stranger named Clyde, she sneaks away to save her parents but finds herself trapped in the new president’s clutches. 

RUSH - C. Gockel 
Misogyny is a beast. 
When the incarnation of Creation gets angry at Rush for innocently stating his opinion, she curses him to find true love in two weeks … or else. 

PERCHANCE TO DREAM – Phaedra Weldon 
Her first love has been placed under a spell.

THE TOAD PRINCE - Nikki Jefford
Isabel Ivers’s stepfather will do anything to secure his place as Far North’s new ruler, even if it means marrying her off to the depraved prince of the lowlands.

CRAFTED WITH A KISS - Shawntelle Madison
Despite fighting in countless battles to bring peace to warring kingdoms, Pynnelope, a warrior maiden made of wood, knows no fear. Becoming human is all she desires until she discovers she can have so much more.

A SMALL MAGIC - Devon Monk
A cursed princess, a talking pea, and a wish that changes everything.

My Thougths:
In this set so far, I've read the Glass Sky.  I have to say that I got completely wrapped up in this one.  It starts with what is happening now then flashes back to explain what happened previously.  Star doesn't want to marry any of the suitors her parents have presented to her.  Then everything around her explodes, literally, and she is saved by a man named Clyde.
It isn't difficult to guess who Clyde is but I was intrigued with what all was going on throughout the story.  I want to know more about this world and what happens to it.  I really liked Clyde and Star for that matter.  I wasn't a big fan of her parents but they were well written characters.  Overall, I say grab a copy of this book to read because it is a great set up for future books!
5/5 for me.  I can't wait to read more in this!!
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.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

Justice Delayed (Memphis Cold Case #1)Book Description:
It's been eighteen years since TV crime reporter Andi Hollister's sister was murdered. The confessed killer is behind bars, and the execution date is looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned killer didn't actually do it, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. After all, this case is personal: the person who confessed to the crime is Will's cousin. They have less than a week to find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But much can be accomplished in that week--including uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and falling in love.
With the perfect mixture of intrigue and nail-biting suspense, award-winning author Patricia Bradley invites her readers to crack the case--if they can--alongside the best Memphis has to offer.

My Thoughts:
Completely enjoyed this book.  Andi is tenacious, but there is a topic that she hates talking about (and yet wants to know about), her sister's murder.  The man who confessed is set to be executed but someone else comes forward saying it wasn't him.  Will is going to help Andi find the truth, not just because his cousin is the one that confessed, but perhaps there is more between he and Andi than just friendship.
I really liked Andi.  She is such a 'go getter' and wanting answers.  Will, yeah, I definitely like Will.  He is the man every woman wants in her life.  There was plenty of action and I didn't want to put the book down at all.  I thought I had it all figured out and something would happen to change my theory.  The story kept me guessing and I cannot wait to read more from this author.  I really enjoy her writing style and her characters.
Good start to a new series.  5/5 for me! 

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.

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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