Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Furious Rush

Furious Rush
By C.S. Stephens

For Mackenzie Cox, racing motorcycles is in her blood. Born into a family legacy, she's determined to show the world that she has inherited her father's talent in this male-dominated sport. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonised by her rival team's newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Hayden, exceedingly arrogant and outrageously attractive, immediately gets under Kenzie's skin and she can't help but be distracted.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense - and strictly forbidden - attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie needs a win, and she also needs to stay away from Hayden. Unfortunately for her though, one thing has become all too clear: she can't.

Fuelled by passion, driven by desire, Hayden and Mackenzie both want to win more than anything else. Except for, maybe, each other. But anger, jealousy and extreme competitiveness aren't their only obstacles . . .

Couldn't put this one down at all. I sure hope there is a sequel to this because a great deal was left up in the air.

Wow what a tangled web was weaved in this one. Kenzie was a very strong character. She wants to be loved deep down inside and her family just cannot give it to her. Her father is bitter and being vengeful doesn't get you what you want. The family's enemy is despicable in every way and shows his true colors at the end....I hope there is a way Kenzie gets back at him. Everyone seems to turn on Kenzie friends and family. I felt like she truly didn't get a HEA. There has to be more to it,

Hayden is a mystery and I am truly not sure who he is even after the whole book. He has secrets and I think he is Keith's son. There were too many references of how they look the same. 

The sex is hot and lots of attraction between Hayden and Kenzie. But again the end was lacking something to make me feel good about the story.

Received a ARC from the publisher through NetGalley for a honest review.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Perfect Horse

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley exchange for an honest review


In the chaotic last days of the war a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find—his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine—an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food.
With only hours to spare, one of the Army's last great cavalrymen, American colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision—with General George Patton's blessing—to mount a covert rescue operation. Racing against time, Reed's small but determined force of soldiers, aided by several turncoat Germans, steals across enemy lines in a last-ditch effort to save the horses.
Pulling together this multistranded story, Elizabeth Letts introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters: Alois Podhajsky, director of the famed Spanish Riding School of Vienna, a former Olympic medalist who is forced to flee the bomb-ravaged Austrian capital with his entire stable in tow; Gustav Rau, Hitler's imperious chief of horse breeding, a proponent of eugenics who dreams of genetically engineering the perfect warhorse for Germany; and Tom Stewart, a senator's son who makes a daring moonlight ride on a white stallion to secure the farm's surrender.
A compelling account for animal lovers and World War II buffs alike, The Perfect Horse tells for the first time the full story of these events. Elizabeth Letts's exhilarating tale of behind-enemy-lines adventure, courage, and sacrifice brings to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valor.


This is my first non-fiction review I’ve every done.  It’s not the first I’ve read, as I’ve read many over the years.  I’m a huge history fan and love to read books written about the different wars. I took a chance on reading this book for two reasons one it’s about WWII, and it’s about horses.  I currently own four horses myself and have dreamed of seeing Lipizzaners perform.  I knew little of what had happened to them during the war.
This book is so well written it paints a picture in the readers mind so you see it almost like a movie. This book even as a pre-copy is very well edited.  I hate books poorly edited; it takes away from the enjoyment you receive from reading the book.  I didn’t come across any errors. 
From the very first page you feel a connection with each of the characters as well as each of the horses we come to know and love. It’s one of those books that once you start reading you don’t want to put it down for anything. There’s really not much that I can say other than, it’s insightful and delightful to read. 


Would I recommend this book to others?  YES

Would I read other books written by this author? YES

Is this book a Novel or Novella? NOVEL

Is this book priced correctly? YES……  I don’t say that often as I’m a budget buyer as I live on a fixed income, but after reading this book.  I know when it come out I will buy a copy as to me it’s a must have for any history buff.