Monday, February 24, 2020

Pokergeist by Michael Phillip Cash

PokergeistBook Description:
Sometimes life, as well as death, is about second chances. Luckless Telly Martin doesn't have a clue. An awful gambler trying to scrape by as a professional poker player, he becomes the protégé of world famous poker champion Clutch Henderson. The only catch…Clutch is a ghost.
Telly and Clutch must navigate the seedy gambling underbelly of Las Vegas learning to trust each other in order to win the elusive International Series of Poker, repair their shattered personal relationships and find redemption in this life and the hereafter.

My Thoughts:
This is an entertaining novella.  It was a good, quick read that I enjoyed.  I thought this was going to be a mystery, but it wasn't.  That being said, I still enjoyed the story.  If you enjoy the game of poker, I think this story will strike your fancy.
Clutch was entertaining to me.  As a ghost, he still wants to play the game.  Telly and his girlfriend were both interesting characters and somewhat believable.  Overall an interesting and entertaining read.
It was a 3/5 for me.

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received copy of this book via PUYB for review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill

Collision of LiesBook Description:
Three years ago, a collision between a fast-moving freight train and a school bus full of kids led to devastation and grief on an unimaginable scale. But a fresh clue leads San Antonio police detective Amara Alvarez to the unlikely conclusion that one of the children may still be alive. If she's correct, everything law enforcement believes about the accident is a lie.

With time running out, Amara must convince others--and herself--that despite all evidence to the contrary, the boy lives. And she will do everything in her power to bring him home.

A fresh voice in suspense, Tom Threadgill will have you questioning everything as you fly through the pages of this enthralling story.

My Thoughts:
This book caught my attention at the start and didn't let up.  I enjoyed the way it pulled me in and didn't veer off path but barreled straight ahead.  There was plenty of suspense and it is clear that the author did his research.  The horrible accident the book is about broke my heart but it is something that really could happen.  
Amara was a good character and very realistic.  Following her thought process and all the evidence, she developed well as a character.  I loved her determination.  It didn't matter what, she was going to get to the end of it.  Overall, a really good book.It was a 4/5 for me.  I will absolutely look for more from this author.   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, February 22, 2020

Shadows of Lela by Tessonja Odette narrated by Emma Faye

Shadows of Lela audiobook cover art
Book Description:
A forgotten princess. A deadly quest. A threat that hides in shadow....
Sixteen-year-old Cora is a princess with a dark past. Exile has kept her safe. But when she rescues a dying unicorn from a mysterious band of hunters, her identity - and her life - are in danger.
Prince Teryn has the perfect plan - win the quest, marry his betrothed, and become king. But his mission goes awry when he faces a feisty young woman in the woods. Although they meet as foes, she shares a secret that bonds them.
Teryn and Cora’s fates are entwined in a plot far deadlier than they ever imagined. Can they face the threat together? Or will a terrifying enemy destroy the land they love?
Shadows of Lela is book one in the Lela Trilogy. If you like swoon-worthy romance, adventurous quests, breathtaking magic, and surprising twists, then you’ll love Tessonja Odette’s epic fantasy tale.

My Thoughts:
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book as it is a new author and narrator to me, but I loved it!  Cora has been raised away from the comforts of a princess that she should have been accustomed to.  It wasn't her choice but probably was what wound up being the best thing for her.  Teryn is a prince out on a crazy quest.

I loved the first meeting between Teryn and Cora.  It was great!  I love how the author twisted the story lines together and how we get the different viewpoints.  The narrator did a good job of giving each character their own voice.  There were funny parts, creepy parts, and loving parts to this story.  Lots of elements wonderfully balanced and I cannot wait to see what the author does next with these characters in this land.

It was a 5/5 for me!

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

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren

The Way of the Brave (Global Search and Rescue #1)Book Description:
Former pararescue jumper Orion Starr is haunted by the memory of a rescue gone wrong. He may be living alone in Alaska now, but the pain of his failure--and his injuries--has followed him there from Afghanistan. He has no desire to join Hamilton Jones's elite rescue team, but he also can't shirk his duty when the call comes in to rescue three lost climbers on Denali.

Former CIA profiler and psychiatrist Jenny Calhoun's yearly extreme challenge with her best friends is her only escape from the guilt that has sunk its claws into her. As a consultant during a top-secret mission to root out the Taliban, she green-lighted an operation that ended in ambush and lives lost. When her cathartic climb on Denali turns deadly, she'll be forced to trust her life and the lives of her friends to the most dangerous of heroes--the man she nearly killed.

Her skills and his experience are exactly what's needed to prevent another tragedy--but in order to truly set Orion free from his painful past, Jenny will have to reveal hers. They'll have to put their wounds behind them to survive, but at what cost?

Leap into action with this high-octane, breakneck new series from bestselling author Susan May Warren.

My Thoughts:
I was so excited to get a copy of this book that I started it and didn't stop.  The author pulls you in from the very start and simply doesn't let go.  Jenny and Orion are both wonderfully flawed characters that were amazing to read about.  This one was full of suspense and I honestly had no desire to put it down.
Jenny and Orion's romance (while I was expecting it) felt a bit off and I'm not certain why.  Still, I loved the twists and turns the story line took and the wonderful new characters I got to meet.  I honestly cannot wait until the next book in the series!
Absolutely a 5/5 for me.

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

Monday, January 27, 2020

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps, #1)Book Description:

Honorably discharged from the Army after an explosion nearly killed her, former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams has set up shop to help others--but her days of helping military personnel are over. She's got her own battles to fight from her time overseas, and she's not equipped to take on more. Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James could handle anything that war sent his way--terrorists, bombs, bullets. The only thing that scares him now is sleep. As the shadows close in, the nightmares begin.

Finally convinced that he needs help, Asher makes an appointment with a counselor, and Brooke is pressed by her boss to take him on. When he arrives at her office she isn't there--but a dead body is. Brooke is devastated when she walks in, and Asher is a conveniently strong shoulder to cry on. But she can't take him on as a client after sharing such an intimate and unprofessional moment, can she? And he's not sure he can handle sharing his deepest fears with such a beautiful woman.

When it becomes clear that Brooke was the real target of the attack--and that her secrets go even deeper than his own--Asher vows to protect her no matter what.

Bestselling author Lynette Eason is back with a new series that spans the globe and will have your heart working overtime.

My Thoughts:
I love Lynette Eason's books and this one was fabulous!  Brooke and Asher are both army veterans.  Brooke is a psychiatrist but has her own issues from her time overseas.  Asher has his issues as well.  Ms. Eason wove such a wonderful story here full of twists and turns that I couldn't put it down.
I loved how faith was woven into such a suspenseful story.  This was the perfect start to a new series.  The cast of characters she brought together in this book makes me look forward to what comes next in this series.  
It was a 5/5 for me and I cannot wait until the next book. 

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, January 19, 2020

Initiation by Heather Renee

Initiation (Elite Supernatural Trackers, #1)Book Description:
Being sent to prison just after my eighteenth birthday wasn’t exactly what I had in mind after getting my first taste of freedom. Neither was ending up in cell block B with all male prisoners. There had to be some sort of mixup, right? Wrong.

After a too-close-for-comfort attack, I’m taken in by the Fabled Four—a group of guys who don’t play by the rules and are prisoners here just like me. The only difference is they know what the warden wants from them and I have no idea.

Much to their leader’s dismay, it’s time to figure out the real reason I’m stuck in Mandora Supernatural Prison. Though, if I can’t learn to play by the rules in this twisted world, I just might get myself, or others I care about, killed.

Let the games begin.

*Please note, this is not a Reverse Harem book and recommended for ages 16+ due to language*

My Thoughts:
I need the next book in this series now!  I always love this author's books, but this one dragged me in and had me devouring it from start to finish as fast as I could.  Cara is just awesome.  I love that she is a strong female, even if she is confused as can be.
The FF are completely drool worthy.  The end of the blurb says it isn't a RH, but it is perfectly set up for one!  I'm not sure which of the guys is better suited for her.  I love the dialogue and snappy comebacks throughout.  Overall, it is a great read that I couldn't put down. 
It was a 5/5 for me.  I'm waiting impatiently for the next one.

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, January 14, 2020

Deadly Intentions by Lisa Harris

Deadly Intentions

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Dragon Ghosts (Unwanteds Quests) by Lisa McMann Audiobook

Dragon Ghosts (The Unwanteds Quests Book 3)Book Description:
Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond Artimé in the third novel in the New York Times bestselling sequel series to The Unwanteds.

Devastated by loss and hampered by war, Fifer struggles to regroup and continue the search for her twin. Meanwhile Thisbe, pounded by images of Grimere’s dark history, contemplates her abandonment and considers leaving Rohan behind in a risky move that could take her home…or to her death.

My Thoughts:
We have had a great time continuing this series on audiobook. The kids all still love it and most of the characters we've grown to love make an appearance though out the book. There is still lingering heartbreak from previous book events. We do adore a lot of the new characters we've met.  I really like the ghost dragons.  The kids like Thisbe and Fifer.  I'm enjoying the way the author doesn't take the safe route and goes all out with her writing.  Can't wait for the next one.
It was a 5/5 for us.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Risk it All by Katie Ruggle

Book Description:
Cara Pax never wanted to be a bounty hunter. She's happy to leave chasing criminals and tackling skips to her sisters. But if she wants her dreams of escaping the family business to come true, she's got one last job to finish... Only problem is, she doesn't think her bounty is guilty.
Henry Kavenski is a man with innocence to prove. When he realizes that Cara believes him, he'll do anything to keep her out of harm's way. Escaping criminals and dodging cops might not be the best time to fall in love, but Henry and Cara won't give up, not when there's a chance at a new life ahead—if they can survive the fall.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. I like the Pax sisters from the first book and this one focuses on Cara. She isn't like her rough and tumble sister from the first book but more of a researcher. The sisters' interactions were still great but seemed lesser in this book than the previous book. I love how they all stick up for one another and have each other's backs.  That is how family should be.
Henry was a quirky character and I enjoyed getting to know him. The author did a good job with how the characters met and came together. I liked both Cara and Henry so their story was fun to read. Of course there were plenty of adventures because Cara is in the bounty hunting business. I enjoyed the twist at the end that I hadn't figured out!
It was a 4/5 for me.  I can't wait to see what happens next with these sisters.

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, December 3, 2019

Holiday Homecoming Secrets by Lynette Eason