Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Legs, the Journey of an American Thoroughbred by Laura Farrar

Summary:

He was born to equine royalty in beautiful Bluegrass Country. But the bay colt known as Legs by his friends, would not enjoy a life filled with the luxury and promise expected with such bloodlines. Instead, his life would become a journey as a racehorse, eventer, and trail horse. Ultimately, Legs’ courage would be tested far beyond that of the track. This is a story of friendship, loyalty, love, and courage as told from the horse’s mouth. As in the classic horse story, Black Beauty, the reader is carried away by the story of Legs as he makes friends and enemies, is owned by people, both good and bad, and ultimately expresses views of life relevant to both humans and animals. The exciting narration of racing, dressage, jumping, and the relationships between horses is sure to captivate horse lovers of all ages. A must read for all animal lovers!

Review:

WOW, I read all sorts of books and got this one because one, I know the author and two we meet rescuing horses from an Oklahoma kill lot…  as, someone who reads and reviews books regularly, I wasn’t sure what to expect, as so many self-published books aren’t worth the money, you pay to read them.  
This book has it all… great story line, very well developed characters; the flow is perfect.  I found no errors, which is a pet peeve of mine. You become part of the story, laughing, crying, and getting angry.
This is the type of story animal lovers will enjoy reading.    I don’t give 5 star ratings often, and this one is ticks all the boxes for one. Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop reading.

Conclusion:

Would I recommend this book to others: YES!!!

Would I read other books by this author:  YES!

Was this book a Novel or Novela? Novel

Did the charters feel real? YES

Is this book priced correctly? Yes it’s at the top of my price range for e-books and right in the middle of what I’d pay for a paperback.  


Monday, July 24, 2017

The Ghost King by Jeff Altabef

The Ghost King

Summary:
An Ancient Prophecy foretold.
An Evil haunts the land.
A battle looms against overwhelming odds.

Led by a powerful witch, a wild invading army threatens to tear the Soulless lands apart. To survive, the three tribes must join together, but old grievances and hatred divide them. Only Wilky can unite them, but when he glimpses the future, he sees only a glimmer of hope; too much of the future remains veiled in darkness.

As the battle approaches, King Dermot orders his brother, Eamon, to stay behind at the Stronghold and defend against a possible siege. Eamon, who took an oath to fight the invaders, defies his brother, risks everything, and plunges into a desperate race with Aaliss and Wilky to unite the tribes.

Enemies from all sides conspire against them. Only together can they hope to succeed against the witch who will stop at nothing to destroy them. Yet even united, they will need magic to defeat this enemy at their door.

As the battle looms, only one chance at survival remains—the Ghost King—but who is he, and what will be the price of their redemption?

Review:

I’m just wow, once again I was transported to this world and felt like I was part of it. This book was even better than the first one.  The flow of the story is perfection; the characters feel so real.  Jeff captured the emotions very well.  I didn’t find any errors so once again this shows the editor and the writer both care about the quality of book they are putting out. I can’t say enough about this book to me this series has become a must read if you’re into fantasy.

Conclusion:

Would I recommend this book to other?   YES YES YES

Would I read other books by this Author?   YES YES YES

Is this book a Novel or Novela? Nice length Novel

Is this book priced correctly? I’m a budget book buyer so to me I feel this is a little over priced for the paperback, but the ebook is priced where I’d buy it.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Red Death by Jeff Altabef

I received this book free for my honest review

Summary:

What happens when everything you believed turns out to be a lie?

Every child of Eden fears the Red Death. All those afflicted with the plague die young, their souls stripped away as punishment for ancient sins long forgotten. For centuries, Guardians have protected Eden from the Red Death by killing outsiders who stray too close.

Seventeen-year-old Aaliss is a highly-trained Guardian, but when her rather odd thirteen-year-old brother, Wilky, discovers a cure to the plague, her world turns upside down. Branded as traitors by the corrupt High Priest, Aaliss and Wilky are forced to seek refuge in the last place Aaliss thought she'd ever go—beyond the boundaries of Eden and into the land of the Soulless. Here they must navigate a medieval world filled with witches, magic, and warrior kingdoms run by Elders only a few years older than her.

Aaliss yearns to return home, but when her heart tugs her deeper into the world of the Soulless, she questions everything she once believed. Has her soul been taken? Will she and Wilky fall victim to the Red Death, or might they die sooner in the center of a battle that threatens to tear apart the Soulless world? Or... might Aaliss finally find, against all odds, what her heart has yearned for all along?

Review:

There is just something about this book that captured me, and I wanted more. When reading the summary it was, it sounds alright I’ll give it a shot since it was a free book for my review.  After reading the first page I was so intrigued that I couldn’t stop. As someone who writes and dreams of being published, I’ve written many stories that switch characters. To me, this was with pure perfection.  I’m one that hates errors in my books, and I didn’t come across any, so that tells me that the writer and the editor really cared about the quality of book they put out. Each character is very believable. Jeff did a superb job at capturing the emotions along with painting a picture in my mind.

Conclusion:

Would I recommend this book to others? YES

Would I read other books by this Author? YES

Is this book a Novel or novella?  Novel

Is this book priced correctly?  The ebook is priced fare, but hard cover and paperback are a little over priced if you’re a Bergen book reader.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Chasing Wicked (Wicked Series, #1)

Chasing Wicked (Wicked Series, #1)
By Kathryn L. James

SUMMARY
Stone Mitchell was and always will be toxic.
Forbidden.
Poison.
I’d had a taste and it nearly killed me. Now, I knew better than to bite the apple.
He’d betrayed me in the worst imaginable way possible.
Six years later, I found myself riding out a dangerous storm with the cheating bastard.
Truths are uncovered. Deception unfolds. Passion ignites and chemistry explodes.
Adding to the drama? I hold a secret that’s unforgivable. I’m the one that ruined our second chance.
Yet, it’s Stone that comes for me with a vengeance.
He’s wicked. He’s wicked ruthless. Pure wicked sin.
…and I want another taste.
 

REVIEW
Woah.... can you say drama or can you say drama?!? This made my head spin! I couldn't put this down and just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen,

I can't say too much or it will ruin the story. The storyline keeps you reading lots of twist and turns. We have affairs, blackmail, scandal, love, mental health issues, kidnapping, serial killers, jail time, family issues, and lots of HOT sex! Steamy sex! Yes all f this is one book!

Loved Stone he got on my nerves with his wishy washy behavior. Avery was on tough cookie, but her choices bit her in the butt, she should be very grateful that people are forgiving.

Great read, I would like to check out the next installment!

Received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hard Proof (Notus Motorcycle Club, #1)

Hard Proof (Notus Motorcycle Club, #1)
By Debra Kayn

SUMMARY
Identical twin sisters move to St. John's, Oregon, buy Vavoom's Bar, and purposely put themselves into the path of Notus Motorcycle Club.

Burdened by a deep, dark secret, Clara has to be careful because one wrong step, one wrong word, could land her and Gracie in prison. Her need to stay close to the motorcycle club members backfire when Wayne Shaw throws her heart into a tailspin. There is more to the possessive biker than she originally thought. Cornered and out of options, she can only go forward and hope Wayne protects her.

Wayne Shaw splits his time between working at Port Loaders, searching for missing persons in partnership with the local police department, and keeping Notus Motorcycle Club together in hopes a brother will come home. Skilled at finding clues normal people miss, he has no trouble telling the new owners of Vavoom's apart. He only wants Clara.

When a little girl goes missing, followed by a teenager disappearing, Wayne's need to keep Clara safe while searching for a serial killer gets tested…until he's no longer sure who is the hunted and who is the hunter.


REVIEW
I will put this out there first, this is not your everyday MC story. The MC in this is 5 guys. They really don't do anything criminal, except for being a tad vigilante. They are guys they grew up together and bonded during a terrible tragedy that set them on the path to trying to find missing persons. They don't have road names or a club house. So if you are looking for all that this is not the book for you.

The story itself was good and kept you interested. I really didn't feel the pull between Clara and Wayne. They seemed more friends then lustful. Now they did have hot moments. It was interesting how the tragedies in both their lives became intertwined. Wayne was very sweet and caring and I did think he was forgiving.

I would like to read about the others in the story and was hoping Gracie would hook up with one of them. Plus I would like to hear about the one guy that is MIA.

Good read. Received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Highlander's Vow(Loch Moigh, #4)

The Highlander's Vow(Loch Moigh, #4)
 By Barbara Longley

SUMMARYOn the eve of her wedding, Sky Elizabeth, the earl of Fife’s eldest daughter, learns of her betrothed’s murderous plot against her. As she flees, Sky falls through a mysterious portal in time, landing at the feet of a twenty-first-century American knight.
Struan, the bastard son of the earl of Sutherland, escaped death through time’s portal once. Recognizing what has befallen the frightened woman, he vows to protect her even while Sky, with a trace of fae blood in her veins, senses his resentment.

Despite their growing attraction, she’s determined to find a way home to avert a clan war. Though he cannot deny his desire, he fears that helping her return to the past will surely lead to his demise. As the two work together, passion ignites and an unbreakable bond forms—but will it be enough to sustain them through the perils they’ll face in the past? Can their love have a future?
REVIEW
Oh I don't want it to be over!

I want more! I have loved this series!

I think was the best read out of them all.

I loved Struan. He was just the right mix of all the best parts about a man. Kind, caring, sexy, alpha, strong....oh I could gush for hours! He was such a great character!

Sky was wonderful too. So steadfast almost to a fault. I am glad she found her footing and blossomed to a strong woman.

All the other characters from the series got their face time too. I just want to know more about what happens to them all. I know it might be cheesy to some, but it just was sweet time travel cheesy goodness!

Sad to see it end.

The Highlander's Folly(Loch Moigh, #3)

The Highlander's Folly(Loch Moigh, #3)
By Barbara Longley

SUMMARY
A brave fifteenth-century Highlander fiercely devoted to his foster family, Hunter of clan MacKintosh can defeat any man in battle. Thanks to his fae gifts, he can read the intent of his opponents and guess their next moves. But when the faerie Madame Giselle sends Hunter to the present day, he stumbles into a staged battle and rescues a young knight—only to discover that the knight is a woman, and she’s anything but a damsel in distress.

Meghan McGladrey learned martial arts and sword fighting from her father, a time-traveling Highlander himself. To Hunter’s surprise, Meghan is as skilled as any knight. When both of them are pulled back to the fifteenth century, Meghan becomes desperate to return to her time. Hunter, who is pledged to another, begins to fall for the beautiful, brave warrior as they fight side by side against a common enemy. Now, he must decide which matters more: his honor, or following his heart.

REVIEW
Great read...it dragged a bit and I wanted to punch a Hunter in the face throughout the story.  What a lame brained man!!

Hunter was just so stubborn not to see the truth in front of his face.  Hunter for all his strength, success, and kind hear has such issues with his upbringing and self.  Deep down he doesn't feel worthy or good enough and tends not to see the truth right in front of his face!  His family loves him no matter what.  He argues with everyone and then fate punches him right in the face!

I liked Meg and how tough she was.  I laughed out loud when she really got to see what a Scot wears under their kilts!  Meg was way different from the other female characters before her.  I liked how they brought her family back around to the story.  She I think overcame more then her counterparts True and Erin.

Our friendly gypsy/Fae had her hands all over this one...great twist and action!

Great story again started listening and then just had to read it to find out what would happen!