Monday, October 31, 2016

Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon

Tangled Webs (Men of Valor #3)Book Description:
After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not. 
Bestselling author Irene Hannon draws readers into a web of psychological suspense where danger lurks in dark corners . . . and keeps them captive until the very last page.

My Thoughts:
Great book!  I've read the previous books in this series so I was excited to read Finn's story.  That being said, it would stand alone fine if you've not read the other two (though I highly recommend them!).  Finn is needing to have some chill and reflect time so he is 'hiding out' and thinking things through.  Dana is having issues of her own and needing quiet to work through them.
I really liked Dana right off the bat.  If you've read Ms. Hannon's work before, you know neither character is going to get quiet reflection time and there is going to be plenty of action and suspense.  I like the chemistry between Dana and Finn.  He is there when she needs him but she isn't a slouch either.  
5/5!!  Just a really great 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, October 30, 2016

Seaside Secrets by Dana Mentink


Protect and Serve by Terri Reed

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Christian's Hope by Ervin R. Stutzman

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When Christian Hochstetler returns to the Amish after seven years in captivity, he finds that many things have shifted. Captured as a child during the French and Indian War, Christian has spent much of his life among Native Americans, who cared for him and taught him their ways. Now that Christian is home, his father wants him to settle back into their predictable Amish life of farming, and Christian's budding friendship with Orpha Rupp beckons him to stay as well.

Yet Christian feels restless, and he misses his adoptive Native American family--who raised him as their own son. When faced with a life-altering decision, will Christian choose the Amish identity that his father desires for him? Or will he depart from his family and faith community yet again?

"Christian's Hope" tells the story of the younger brother of Joseph and son of Jacob, whom readers have come to love in the first two books in the Return to Northkill series. Based on actual events and written by a descendant of the Hochstetler family, "Christian's Hope" brings the sweeping epic of the Return to Northkill series to a soul-stirring end.

My Thoughts:
I liked this story. Christian has been held captive for years and now is able to go back to his Amish life he was so violently jerked out of.  The problem is he has lived years without the Amish ways and in the Native American life. He doesn't easily slide back into the 'old life style' and wants to go back to what he has lived the last years. 
I felt so bad for Christian and his father. That was a terrible ordeal to go through but they survived. I wasn't sure how to feel about some of the issues because I really could see both sides. I'm not certain there was a right or wrong for those situations because each person is different. I also liked that this is based on a true story. That added and interesting element for me!
I enjoyed it 4/5 for me. 

Thank you to the publisher/author 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. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Protection Detail by Shirlee McCoy

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After a prominent senator's son is murdered, Capitol K-9 Unit captain Gavin McCord wants answers. The senator was a mentor to Gavin, and he'll stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice. With his team of elite K-9 cops and his loyal dog, Glory, at his side, Gavin discovers that a child at Cassie Danvers's nearby foster home may have witnessed the murder. He's drawn to the determined and beautiful woman, but she doesn't want him interviewing her traumatized charges. Yet trusting Gavin is the only way to stay one step ahead of the deadly gunman when Cassie becomes a target.

Capitol K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners
My Thoughts:
I just love the K-9 Unit.  Gavin's job is to protect and serve.  He and Glory (his k-9 partner) are investigating a murder when they come across Cassie.  Cassie has had a stressful night of her own trying to evade a man with murder on his mind.  I just loved Cassie's heart for kids.  She has her own past but she does love the kids as if they are her own.
Gavin has his own past, slightly similar to Cassie's, that has taught him how to help kids cope with stress.  Their similar backgrounds make both of them wary of people, but both have always wanted/needed love.  With the kids in danger and trying to keep Cassie safe, Gavin has his hands full.  He isn't an over-the-top cop but a really well written one that is very likable.
It was a 4/5 for me.  I still have questions that hopefully are answered in the next one!

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 27, 2016

Her Rogue Alpha by Paige Tyler

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bring on the Dusk by M.L. Buchman

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Concealed by Christina Bauer

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply by Terry Spear

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Family Sins by Sharon Sala

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Guarded by the Warrior by Eliza Knight Cover Reveal

Title: Guarded by the Warrior
Author: Eliza Knight
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Knight Media LLC
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook

A lady in need of protection...

Suffering through a short marriage to an enemy of Scotland, Lady Emilia MacCulloch manages to escape just before her husband dies. But the Ross clan will stop at nothing to get her back, for she plays a big part in their plans to thwart Robert the Bruce. She fears for her own family being labeled traitors and for her life. Placed by her king as a governess in the household of a devastatingly handsome warrior, Emilia finds herself drawn to the man, when she had previously sworn off love all together. His passion, charisma, loyalty and strength shake the very foundation she's built around her heart.

A warrior in need of saving...

Ian Matheson has spent his entire life trying to prove himself. To belong. When his father passes away and his mother takes her vows at a nearby abbey, he is suddenly left in a position he was wholly unprepared for. And then his father's dozen illegitimate children arrive on his doorstep in need of a father figure of their own. They are adorable and reckless, and he's certain they'll drive him mad. Just when he thinks he might actually need to find a wife to help him, Lady Emilia is presented to him by the king. She needs his protection, and he needs her help with the bairns. Ian is tempted by her angelic face, her fiery tongue, and the secrets that surround her. He must resist the growing desire that's laying claim within him. He must prove to his clan that he is a worthy leader. But maybe, just maybe, he can have the respect of his people, and Emilia, too.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Secret Refuge by Dana Mentink

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Red's Tangled Tale - Cover Reveal

Everyone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Well, at least they think they do. History would have many believe Red was a naïve little girl who brought treats to her grandmother in the dark of the forest. History had it wrong.
After the curse of the wolves came to Timbergard, Red’s father was the only soul brave enough to enter Blakx Forest. However, when the wolves claimed his life, his young daughter took up his bow and began hunting the beasts to fill her need for revenge.

When Captain Hook shows up in the village in search of the rare burning ash that lies on the far borders of the cursed forest, Red agrees to help get him safely through the dangerous land.

The trek through the forest becomes precarious when the group is cornered by a pack of wolves. Red is forced to make a decision that will alter the lives of everyone, including individuals she has yet to meet.
The cover of the much anticipated "Red's Tangled Tale," book two in The Untold Stories, has been revealed!

With only two weeks until publication, you can now preorder your copy at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo and Smashwords (Amazon will not have a preorder for this title but will carry it on November 1 when it is released).

In addition to the cover, fans will get exclusive teasers as well as a teaser trailer over the next two weeks, building to the anticipation of the release.

If you would like to join in the fun of the release, be sure to join the Facebook Party wherein numerous authors have come together to celebrate the release and will be giving away amazing prizes.

Lastly, you can help spread the word by participating in the Thunderclap campaign which will announce the release to social media on November 1 (link below).

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Sea Keeper's Daughters by Lisa Wingate

The Sea Keeper's Daughters (Carolina #3)Book Description:

Wingate's third Carolina book follows the highly reviewed, The Prayer Box and The Story Keeper as well as related three novellas.

From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt’s WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny. . .

Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at The Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney’s estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney’s only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a depression-era love story change everything.

My Thoughts:
Intriguing and enthralling book.  Whitney is struggling but determined and quite desperate to save her restaurants.  When life intervenes and she has to search through family heirlooms, she finds a startling surprise and perhaps the way to save her business.  Going from past to present and the two different story lines was quite enjoyable for me.  
This is apparently in a series but stands alone just fine.  I felt bad for everything Whitney was having to deal with but rooted for her throughout.  The book shows how people make good and bad decisions and the effects they have.
4/5 for me, I want to read the other 2 books in this series because I really enjoyed this one!

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Deadlock by DiAnn Mills

Deadlock (FBI: Houston, #3)Book Description:
Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.

When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.

My Thoughts:
This one caught my attention from the start and kept it the whole way through.  I liked Bethany and Thatcher.  They were mismatched, but yet a good fit.  I wanted to know from the start, and just couldn't figure out who the murderer was.  I thought I had it figured out a couple of times but nope!
Thea author added some very real violence and touchy subjects but I thought she handled them really well.  For me this was a book that I did not want to put down.  If it had been possible, I would have devoured it in one sitting.  Mills just flat out knows how to write romantic suspense!
It is a keeper.  5/5.

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Messed up Men of the Bible by Tina & Dave Samples

Messed Up Men of the BibleBook Description:
From schlubby sitcom heroes to mommy blogs to online articles, there is a broad cultural perception that men constantly mess up and women must fight an uphill battle to fix them. Men are a burden, constant works-in-progress, pushed toward perfection but always falling short. This book asks a revolutionary question: What if these messed-up men are actually a mighty tool for God?

Tina and Dave Samples remind us that the Bible is filled with a cast of messed-up men--men who struggled and fell, and yet were used by God to accomplish His purposes. In fact, God has consistently chosen imperfect "clay pots" in which to place His light.

David was a poor father. Peter had problems with integrity. Moses had anger issues, Gideon struggled with fear, and Elijah suffered from depression--the list goes on. "Messed Up Men of the Bible" offers encounters with these ancient men who faced the same emotions and questions that contemporary men face, in order to reveal fresh spiritual insights and hope for modern relationships. Through personal stories, practical advice, and useful exercises, Tina and Dave provide encouragement and hope for women dealing with the messed-up men in their own lives.

My Thoughts:
I liked this book simply because of the title.  It is a book that does exactly what the name suggests and tells us about men from the Bible that were far from perfect.  They struggled with many of the same things that men today struggle with.  Still, God used those men for His purposes.  This is a book written about men but it is geared toward women.
I liked that it made men's flaws that women might complain about less of an issue.  That isn't to say that they aren't still issues but it was more of how to help and encourage instead of nag and annoy.  The men in our lives aren't perfect and may be really messed up but God can still use them and we can still be helpmates to them.  I liked that it was a positive outlook on the whole thing!
It was a 5/5 for me.  I'm keeping it as a reminder.

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

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Nowhere to Hide by Sigmund Brouwer

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Storm of Arranon by RE Sheahan

Storm of Arranon (Storm of Arranon, #1)Book Description:
Beneath Erynn's petite build, curly red hair, and startling blue eyes, lies a deeply hidden secret.If the truth about her were revealed, her life would be in danger. Her dream to be a fighter pilot would tailspin, crash, and burst into flames.

Jaer's wise brown eyes reflect his smoldering strength. An enigma, charismatic and moody, he is a physically powerful warrior who defends his world. A warrior afraid to love because of mistakes in his past.

When the presence of a marauding alien society is discovered on their planets, a struggle of life and death begins. Both Erynn and Jaer's worlds face annihilation.

A mysterious force plunges Erynn into Jaer's cold, dangerous, and beautiful world with its magical essence and living consciousness. Both the alien enemy and this strange inexplicable power purse Erynn.

My Thoughts:
I liked this one.  It starts off in such a way that had me intrigued so reading on was a must!  Erynn is just a determined girl, or so she thinks.  Beneath all her 'normal' is something extremely unique.  Her powers have always been something she has hidden and thought were a big secret.  I liked the different planets and the war between the two and the alien race.  The story overall is very good and I like the mix of genres here.  
The author did a great job with her characters.  I liked Erynn pretty much all the way around.  She is strong, but kind, compassionate and smart.  Jaer is tough and a protector.  This book is obviously the set up and start of a series with all the information and characters given and the author does a good job of making it memorable and not confusing.  
It was a 4/5 for me.  I am extremely interested to see what happens next.

Thank you to the author/publisher 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.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving from J.C. ROCHFORD

~ Happy Canadian Thanksgiving from J.C. ROCHFORD ~
Will she escape or will the four walls be her death? Find out in this four and five star read. A Contemporary Mystery Suspense novel from J.C. Rochford.
Pick up a copy today for 50% at $1.49 from Oct 7-11!
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Lily-May, wife of Detective Murray and mother to beautiful Callie, tragically goes missing, with her daughter witnessing the ordeal, but unable to save her mother from the captor's grip. Will Callie be able to live with herself?
A mystery as to where she is or how she got there and to stay alive, Lily begins a new life pretending to be someone else. Will she ever be found, or will her captor carry out the unthinkable when he learns her true identity?
Back home, Lily's husband and daughter have been left to pick up the pieces. While both suffer immeasurable pain and emptiness, Callie believes she has seen her mother on a number of occasions but has been too scared to tell her dad who, unbeknownst to her, has witnessed his own sightings of this same woman.
Has Lily returned, or is it her ghost back to haunt her daughter and husband?

Friday, October 7, 2016

Nevermore by Erica Reeder

Nevermore: Faerie Princess (An Urban Fantasy Novel)Book Description:
 didn’t sign up to be a comic book hero. 

So why did I suddenly find the fate of all of these fae in my hands? Yes, I rescued them. But didn’t a girl get a break when her heart was freshly broken? If the Boogeyman was sent to hunt you down, it turned out the answer to that was a big fat no.

I’d be damned if Mother was going to keep me at Knockany though. She couldn’t keep me here if I got rid of my wings. So that’s what I’d set out to do. I was just lucky enough that Anthony could help me. Because how else was I going to find werewolves’ blood, dragon scales, and a whole slew of other ingredients like that on my own? The problem is love can slip in among the chaos. Plus you never know who you can trust. And it isn’t long before I realize that turning your back on destiny is a dangerous game. 

Read what’s being called "Great for True Blood fans!" and "This author rates right up there with Laurell K Hamilton, Charlene Harris (True Blood)." 

My Thoughts:
I was excited when I won a copy of this book.  It picks right up where the first one leaves off and Cy is once again stuck being the reluctant hero.  I was happy to be back in this world and with Cy.  I did miss the little pixie and her sassy character but maybe she will be more present in the next book.  Anyway, Cy is taking those she rescued home and trying to avoid getting caught up in a world she wants nothing to do with.
I felt bad that she can't trust really anyone and their intentions.  She wants to get out of Knockany and back to her life but having wings has complicated everything.  If she could only figure out how to get rid of them without making herself disappear, everything would be perfect.  Anthony, now he is a character I really like!  He is protective, kind, with a jealous streak a mile wide!  I'm intrigued by her connection that she tries to ignore and so curious how the author is going to handle that in future books.  The set up for the next book is there and I cannot wait to see what happens.
It was a 5/5 for me.  You need to read book 1 so you know exactly what is going on but once you do, you will be hooked!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Paths of Destiny by Cris Pasqueralle

Paths of Destiny AudiobookBook Description:
Wizard twins Jack and Maddie Austin have been separated, finding their own paths while discovering their powers. In this continuation of Destiny Revealed, Jack wants nothing more than to defeat the evil Tardon, a constant threat to his family's lives, but Maddie has been given a different perspective. Only when the two are reunited can the truth be exposed. As new friends and enemies join the adventure, only one thing is certain: the twins are stronger when they're together, and together, they can defeat evil once and for all.

My Thoughts:
This is the second in this series and really just as good as the first.  This one picks up shortly after Destiny Revealed ended and shows where Jack and Maddie are and what they have been doing.  Jack still has issues and is sometimes still a sullen kid, but I loved watching him grow and change.  Maddie is still naive and sweet but is coming into her own.  The characters that we get to know and love in book one are here again.
There is an emotional roller coaster through this book with betrayal on several levels, tough decisions, jealousy, and danger.  Most of the new characters we met, I liked.  Some I wasn't sure about to begin with but the author did a good job weaving them into the story and making them a part of it all.  Overall, this series is great.
I bought this one because my kids enjoyed the first one so much and I have to say, they loved this one as well and are impatiently waiting on book 3 to come out!  
It was a 5/5 for us.  Great continuation on this story.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Destiny Revealed by Cris Pasqueralle

Destiny Revealed AudiobookBook Description:
On the day of their 13th birthdays, twins Jack and Maddie Austin receive a special gift from their Uncle Benny: two necklaces, along with a note shrouded in secrecy. The celebration is interrupted by three intruders, led by the evil being Tardon, who kidnaps the twin's parents. Uncle Benny manages to escape with the twins and later, reveals the truth behind both their gifts and identities: that Jack and Maddie are powerful wizards from the magical realm. Now, faced with the decision of a lifetime, they must return to that realm, rescue their parents and save all the realms from imminent doom.

My Thoughts:
This was a really good book.  I started listening to it in my car and then restarted it for my 6 & 8 year old kids.  They LOVED it.  Maddie and Jack are twins with a destiny that their parents are going to tell them about on their 13th birthday.  That all comes to a screeching halt when their parents are taken.  Uncle Benny is there and takes the twins to safety but then has to explain about magic and why their parents were taken.
I really liked the characters in this book.  Honestly, Maddie seemed naive and Jack was too full of himself, but then again, they are 13!  There was action, a touch of potential romance, and lots of love for family in this book.  It isn't a long book but it kept both kids' attention throughout and they were begging for book 2 as soon as we finished this one.
5/5 for me.  I love that this book is clean and interesting enough to keep both mine and my kids' attention. 

I won this book in a giveaway from the author so Thank you!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Fearless Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas

Fearless Little Werewolf by [Salidas, Katie]Book Description:
The death of the Regional Alpha exposes Giselle to the deadly game of werewolf politics where friends are liabilities, boyfriends are weaknesses, and family are pawns strategically played against her.

Finding her fur-ever family, after years lost in the foster care system, brought more drama than little werewolf Giselle had bargained for, especially when it’s discovered she’s the long lost daughter of the former Regional Alpha, Orion Silverman.

After the current Alpha’s death, Giselle is suddenly thrust into the brutal arena to prove herself. Her veins might run with the blood of Alphas, but all her enemies can see is a legacy of human weakness, and they’ll do anything to prevent this feral pup from taking leadership.

In the game of Alphas, claiming the title is the greatest prize, one which most would kill to achieve. But for Giselle to win, she’ll have to risk her pack, her family… and her life.

My Thoughts:
This was an amazing book. It is the third in the little werewolf series and I think now my favorite. Giselle is going to be the Regional Alpha, or maybe not. Wolfy politics are not her strong suit. There seems to be a group that doesn't want her to succeed. I was thrilled to be back in the werewolf world. I love the characters that Salidas has created and made come to life. 
I also loved getting to see some old characters from her earlier vampire series. That makes me want more from them too. The story had plenty to keep you interested. A feuding family, fights, love, family, heartbreak. It was all I'm there and skillfully written. The characters are ones you fall in love with and want to follow more with what happens to them. If you want a good read, you need to read this series. 
5/5 for me. I suggest you read the first two in the series first but this one is great! I just can't wait to see what this author comes up with 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.

In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle

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Saving Jake by Sharon Sala

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