Saturday, August 22, 2015

Slate (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #2)

Slate (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #2)
By Kelly Gendron

"Some boys will keep it, some will break it, and some boys, they just won't want it. You gotta be careful who you give your heart to..." Slate Declan

First loves, we all got them. Mine is Slate Declan. He was kind, gentle, and caring. Still, he managed to break my heart. So I put miles between us, and eventually, my heart healed. 
I haven’t seen Slate in years, but a couple friends and I are going back to the Bayou for the summer. While I’m visiting my hometown, I’m going to look up Slate Declan. And I plan to break his heart, just as he did mine. I'll remind him of what he has lost, and then I'll prove to him that I’ve moved on. 
It should be real easy, right?
Well, let me tell you, Slate Declan is not the same guy that I left behind. And there’s another problem. How do you break someone’s heart when they no longer have one?


Received a copy from NetGalley for a honest review

I loved this book and could not put it down. It was very realistic and believable. I got very irritated with Mr. Slate! Being an addict is something I have difficulty dealing with and I always say we say what we really feel when we are mad or stressed! He was very hateful at first, but he got it together and turned into the heart felt person he was. The hotness between Rayna and Slate was beyond hot! It was shower inducing! The hero all dominant and dirty talking is a big plus! The story had a great pace not too fast not too slow. I wasn't lost because I didn't read the first one, but it would help a little. I want to read the third for sure and I will go read the first. I am lost in the world of the Declan brothers! The author had me at hello! This is so worth the time to read. Awesome read!


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When a shipping container washes ashore on an island between our world and the next, John the Collector finds a young woman inside—broken, frozen, and barely alive. With the aid of Healers and Scholars, John oversees her recovery and soon discovers her genetic code connects her to every known human race. She is a girl of prophecy and no one can guess what her survival will mean...

No one but Eve, Mother of the Living, who calls her “daughter,” and invites her to witness the truth about her story—indeed, the truth about us all.

Eve is a bold, unprecedented exploration of the Creation narrative, true to the original texts and centuries of scholarship—yet with breathtaking discoveries that challenge traditional misconceptions about who we are and how we’re made. As The Shack awakened readers to a personal, non-religious understanding of God, Eve will free us from faulty interpretations that have corrupted human relationships since the Garden of Eden.

Eve opens a refreshing conversation about the equality of men and women within the context of our beginnings, helping us see each other as our Creator does—complete, unique, and not constrained to cultural rules or limitations.

Thoroughly researched and exquisitely written, Eve is a masterpiece that will inspire readers for generations to come.


I couldn’t connect with this story.  I was bored and had to keep telling myself I requested to read this book as the summery makes it sound like a fun read.

I can say it was edited thoroughly as I found no grammatical or punctuation errors.


Would I recommend this book to friends? NO

Would I read other books written by this author? Unsure

Is this book priced correctly? I’d never pay 27 dollars for a hardcover of this book it’s way over priced for the length and the difficulties of connecting to story line.

Was it a full length Novel or a Novella? Short Novel

On the Hunt

On the Hunt
By Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jay

Four of today's most intriguing paranormal authors entice readers deep into the shadows, where vampires, immortals, and other supernatural creatures heat up the night...
On The Hunt by Alexandra Ivy
Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again...
Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti
With a deadly disease spreading like wildfire across the country, microbiologist Nora Medina needs to focus all her energy on stopping the pandemic. Playing with dynamite—in the form of her way-too-hot ex—is the last thing she should be doing. ​But forced to work with Deacan McDougall against unexpected enemies with the seconds ticking by, she knows the explosion is coming...
Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, yet he's never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.
Stake Out by Hannah Jayne

Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who's responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.


Received a copy from NetGalley for a honest review

These are not stand alone books!  I read them as such and felt lost in a couple of them. I did not read any of the books before them and my reviews reflect that!  I think my rating would be higher if I had read some of the books before.  I really liked the first three books.

On the Hunt
For a short story, the background and setting if the story was effectively set.  The hero and heroine were very sexy together and the plot was short and sweet.  It seemed rushed at the end and just needed a couple more pages to make it truly outstanding.  

Scorpion Rising
Wow I didn't think I would like this book....I was so wrong!  I was pulled into this book from the first paragraph.  All the science and stuff was a little overwhelming, but it added to the story making it real life possible.  Nora and Deacan were hot together and you really could feel how much they cared about each other!  Deacan almost takes the number one position on my list of sexy Scots!   The plot gets scary and could really happen the end had me shouting for MORE!  I would definitely read more!

Phantom Embrace 
Interesting storyline.  I have never read a story with ghosts.  I liked the book, but there were too many details to keep up with.  When the author was telling about all the people in the house it was like a run on sentence I couldn't keep up with.  The action was good and the relationships between characters were solid.  I felt like it needed to be longer or I needed more information on the others in the story.  I felt like I could put the puzzle together, but missing the pieces.

Stake Out
This was so not my cup of tea.  The snarkiness in the book had much humor.  I like the comments about afterlife insurance.  There was no romance or sexiness.  Just an uppity fashion designer who is a vampire trying to solve who was going to steal her limelight at her fashion show.  It just didn't thrill me.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Promises Kept

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Summary: Promises Kept

Victoria Eastman grew up in a Texas saloon--an experience that made her tough, resourceful, and determined to forge a new life. So she places an ad in a gentleman's newspaper. . .and soon finds herself a suitable arrangement on a farm in Promise, Wyoming. Only problem is that her would-be husband turns up dead the day she arrives.

Rancher Colt McBride is known for his true grit and business smarts. Yet when it comes to his new neighbor, Victoria, he's stumped: Who is she, really? She's lovely to look at, of course, and has proven herself a gentle soul. She's even causing him to question his staunch bachelorhood. But any kind of future may be shattered when a stranger reveals a secret about Victoria's past--one that could destroy them both. Unless, together, they can take a leap of faith--right into each other's arms. . .


This book has it all, great plot, great characters.  This is one of those rear books you start reading, and you can’t put it down until it’s finished even if that’s at 2:30 am.  Not many books keep me reading way into the early mornings.  You see I live on a small ranch and have chores to do early morning, and I’m one of those people who needs 7 to 8 hours a sleep most days, but I just couldn’t seem to be able to walk away from this story. It had me laughing at parts and crying at others, and then just plan mad that Victoria could be so blind.

Reading this story was like watching a movie in my head as I read it. I could see it and feel everything that was going on. I didn’t find any grammatical or punctuation errors, which always makes the story that much better. The flow, as well as the development of the characters, and plot is spot on.

I fully understood why Victoria had lost her faith.  I’ve walked away from fear, which isn’t nearly as bad as feeling God isn’t answering your prays or watching over you. I could feel the pain of abandonment she felt from God. I know when you shut the door on him; it's hard to see what is right in front of your face. All the emotions within this story feel so real from each of the characters.  I don’t have a favorite one I loved each and everyone and, so look forward to reading more about them in the up-coming sequel.  


Would I recommend this book to my friends? YES
Would I read other books from this author? YES and I plan to read each book in this series.
Is this a Novella or Novel? Novel
Is this book priced correctly? Yes the price listed for a paperback copy seems very fare.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Forbidden Surrender (Forever #1)

Forbidden Surrender (Forever #1)
By Priscilla West

“What gives you a thrill Kristen?”

The minute I saw Vincent Sorenson, I knew he was trouble. Billionaire. Bad boy. And dangerously sexy. He was everything I craved, and nothing I needed.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t just avoid him. The higher ups at my company decided they needed his business, and I was on the team to bring him in. Vincent Sorenson didn’t seem as interested in business as he was in me, but I knew that was a door better left unopened. If I got involved with him, it would only unearth the pain I spent years trying to bury.

I thought I had it under control, but I seriously underestimated Vincent’s seductive charm and silver-tongue. I would soon find out how delicious it would feel to let myself fall into this forbidden surrender.


Received a copy from NetGalley for a honest review.

I don't really know how I felt about this book. I was disappointed. I really dislike that authors are writing "parts" of a whole story and telling the readers it is a full book and then there is a squeal. I feel robbed and that the author is just out to make money. Please nine chapters does not a book make. The story ended abruptly and the heroine's trauma in the past seems to be thrown in just because, it was like a side bar and didn't seem to effect her until she had a dream. So unbelievable. The characters were not truly developed. You can't do that with nine chapters. The story line was choppy. I will not be seeking out the rest of the series. This reader feels short changed and ripped off by the series and the author.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My brother's Crown

Review copy provided via NetGallery in exchange for an honest review


France, 1685. Catherine Gillet knows her brother, Jules, wants to protect her from the sinister threats of the French crown. But Jules is involved in a potentially deadly enterprise, one connected with an encoded document. When his actions put the whole family at risk, will Catherine find a way to save them?

Virginia, present day. Renee Talbot, a direct descendant of Catherine’s, is fascinated by the document that’s been part of her family legacy for more than three centuries. Certain its pages hold hidden secrets, she takes a closer look—and makes a shocking discovery. But when memories of a childhood trauma are rekindled, she’s forced to seek answers of a different kind. Inspired by the faith and bravery of Catherine, can Renee find the truth and face her deepest fears at last?

From the authors of the Christy Award–winning The Amish Midwife comes an epic story of two women, centuries apart, each discovering her own hidden bravery, standing for what she believes in, and finding love in unexpected places.


I loved every word of this story; it is well-written and thought out. The history was fascinating as well as intriguing. Sometimes when authors jump from one point in time to the other, it’s hard to follow and keep up, but not the case with this book.  You become Catherine as well as Renee. When you’re Catherine, you feel all of her tension, misgivings, as well as her irritations. With Renee, you feel her fear, intrigue, as well as her fascination with science, as well as her fascination with the pamphlet.  I was a little sad not to find out when and how the Talbot’s came to America, and for this reason, I can only give it a four-star rating, it felt like the story wasn’t complete.

I was very pleased not to find any grammatical errors or punctuations as when you find them; it ruins the whole story at least for me because I start looking to see if there are any other errors instead of just sitting back and enjoying the story. The flow and development is spot on.  I have to say I loved the discussion question at the end of the book it gives you food for thought as you go through them, it makes you think and learn what you took from the story.


Would I recommend this book to others? YES
Would I read other books from these authors? YES
Was this book a novel or novella? Novel
Was this book priced correctly? I received this copy free for my honest review, so I’m not sure. The listed price for a paperback is listed, and I would pay that price with no problems.