Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review – ‘Ms. Calculation’ by Danica Winters


Blurb 

Welcome to Mystery, Montana, a small town with dark secrets...
The body found in the Dunrovin Ranch stables isn't just a crisis for Wyatt Fitzgerald's family or his top priority as sheriff--Gwen Johansen is both the victim's sister...and Wyatt's ex. And in a small town like Mystery, events of the past don't seem to fade. Maybe she'd misjudged his potential when they were younger, but now he could be her greatest ally--and not just in the investigation. That is, if he can work his way around a broken heart. With the killer circling, the clock is counting down on more than Christmas, a time when family means everything and forgiveness is the best gift of all.
 


Review

In the first book in the Mystery Christmas series, sheriff deputy Wyatt Fitzgerald has to notify the Johansen family about the loss of a loved one. He hates that part of his job, but his connection to the Johansens makes his task even more difficult. Though they’ve lived in the same little town for years, he hasn’t had any contact with Gwen, his old high school girlfriend, and he’s still in love with her. When he tells Gwen and her emotionally damaged, alcoholic mother that her sister is dead, the rift between them slowly starts to mend.
Gwen Johansen broke Wyatt’s heart back in school, and she’s never quite got over him. When they’re thrust together to try and find her sister’s killer, old sparks fly and she wonders if she made the right choice back then to end things. When the killer targets her mother and a friend from town, Gwen knows she and Wyatt are close to finding the killer. When the killer targets Gwen, Wyatt is prepared to drop everything he’s ever worked for to keep her safe, but will it be enough?
I really enjoyed this story. Gwen and Wyatt have a lot of chemistry, but old hurt feelings and the fear of being hurt again kept putting the stops on their newfound relationship. They both have family problems, especially Gwen with her mother, and trust issues when it comes to relationships. They’re both strong, stubborn characters and their personalities meshed.
For readers who like sweet but sensual stories, you should pick this one up. The language is clean and the sex is tame. There’s a plot line not tied up, but it carries over into the next book. This story ends with a HEA. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
5 Stars

Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. Thank you, Danica Winters, for sending me a print copy. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Review – ‘Haunted on Bourbon Street’ by Deanna Chase


Blurb 

Jade loves her new apartment—until a ghost joins her in the shower!
When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn't count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord.
Being an empath has never been easy on Jade's relationships. It's no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it's up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she'll need Kane's help to do it—and he's betrayed her with a secret of his own. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost?

Review

I normally don’t read chick-lit but this one caught my eye. I liked the hero, Kane, and most of the secondary characters, but I couldn’t connect with the heroine, Jade.
Jade Calhoun moved to New Orleans for a job and to be closer to her best friend, Kat. When she finds out Kat is now dating her ex-boyfriend, Dan, a rift grows between them. Jade moves into an apartment next door to a strip club and her hunky landlord, Kane, is also the owner/manager of the strip club. His best friend, Pyper, is the owner of the coffee shop on the other side of the apartment building and she’s also a stripper/manager of the strip club.
There are a lot of side characters. Other than Kat, Dan, and Pyper, there’s Charlie (the female bartender), Ian (a ghost hunter and Kat’s friend), and some other people. Jade spends a lot of time befriending these people and very little time developing a romance with Kane.
Jade is an empath (a person who can feel and draw on the emotions of others) and most people think she’s a freak, so she keeps this part to herself even when bad things start to happen around her and her friends. This, in essence, put her friends in danger. Jade grows throughout the story, learns to trust her friends and in herself, but I found her a little selfish and self-absorbed. I mean, she often drew on Kane’s emotions but got angry with him when he used his gift on her (he can dreamwalk into people’s dreams). She also flirted with Ian, but had no romantic interest in him. She has feelings for Kane, but won’t tell him and gets jealous when she thinks he’s with someone else. He’s not a sleazy perv, but that’s how she’s pegged him.
When Jade and Kane finally become a couple, they still spend so much time apart. I understand this technically isn’t a romance book, but there was just so little romance between them that their newfound love felt forced to me.
Since this is a continuing series about Jade and her friends, I’m sure the unanswered questions in this book will be answered in the later installments of the series.
3 Stars

Disclaimer – I downloaded this book from Amazon and volunteered to review it. I am not compensated in any way, shape, or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Blast - 'Pride' by Frances Stockton

 

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They have lived for centuries. An ancient, secretive race of were-panthers faced with near extinction. To assure their survival they must conceal their identities and abilities, while protecting mankind from an unimaginable, primordial evil.

Plagued by headaches and memory loss after a life-threatening injury, Rhiannon has spent years confined behind the walls of a decrepit castle. When a loathsome earl attempts to earn her favor with an extravagant painting, she is inexplicably drawn to its depiction of an ancient, mythical race. Believing the Florentine artist could be the key to unlocking her past, she and her maid escape, hoping to enlist his aid. Upon reaching the Piazza della Signoria months later, she is unaware that the handsomest man amongst the lavish merchants is the one she seeks.
Dante Luciano is considered the most renowned artist of his time. His patrons are wealthy and powerful. His charm and prowess with women legendary. Yet, as the adopted son of the king of his kind, he must guard his secrets. For he possesses the heart and soul of a panthera prince, therefore, able to shift into a lion. Taken by the discovery of a rare Abcynian female nearby, he recognizes her as his destined mate. Discovering Rhiannon is stricken with debilitating pain, he takes her home, providing the remedies, protection, and knowledge she needs to survive.
While she heals, they fall in love, beginning to plan a future together. However, when her memory returns, imminent danger looms. It’ll take all of Dante’s abilities and the Abcynians to save Rhiannon from a vicious, beastly foe.

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My love for storytelling began in kindergarten when I created my first fictional characters. Though I’d given them simple nicknames, I’d convinced my family that Red Henry and Green Henry were identical twin brothers in my elementary school.
They were mischievous, rarely did their homework, had trouble with math and spelling, experienced heartbreaking losses, and yes, they even had girlfriends!
It wasn’t until the Henry twins mysteriously moved to a different state that my family realized that they were entirely fictitious and my mother suggested I write the stories down.
A few years later, I began to write, completing my first manuscript at age thirteen. I confess the heroine was a cross between Nancy Drew and a contemporary Laura Ingalls Wilder, who happened to be dating one of the Hardy Boys. But when I’d written ‘the end’ on the very last page, I’d known I had more stories to tell. Of course life intervened, but whether I was in high school, becoming part of a local theater and dance company, working as a Veterinary Technician, earning a degree in History and Secondary Education, or teaching, I was always writing and reading romances.
Finally, I met and married the love of my life and moved from Maryland to Massachusetts in 2001. Shortly after, I proudly joined Romance Writers of America and the New England Chapter, and I’ve been writing faithfully ever since.
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Review – ‘The Gift’ by Casi McLean


Blurb

Savanna Bradford's impulsive reaction to her boyfriend Ryan's proposal spirals her into a rendezvous with fate. How could she choose between her dreams and the love of her life? Savannah panicked, took off to the solace of the lake despite the impending snow storm. She had to think, but her brief sabbatical didn't include getting stuck in a ditch in the middle of nowhere, or spending the night with an enigmatic old woman from the twilight zone. Was it fate, or had her accident thrust her into a comatose dream? And will she discover that the mystical gift from her bizarre encounter holds the key to her true destiny before it's too late?

Review

Savannah works as a successful fashion designer in Atlanta and she’s in love with a wonderful man who dotes on her. Life is perfect until she’s promoted to her dream job and has to move to London. It’s Christmas Eve and Ryan has no idea about the promotion. He plans to ask her to marry him. When she finds the ring, she flees his house during a snowstorm and finds herself in a stranded in a ditch. Luckily for Savannah, there’s a sweet old woman who takes her in for the night.
But this woman, Emma, isn’t who she seems to be. Savannah needs to make a choice that will forever change both her and Emma’s destinies forever.
This is a really sweet short story about second chances and learning that there’s more to life than money and a career. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and I found no typos. I wish the story would've been a bit longer so I could've seen Savannah and Ryan interact more, but it's a full, complete story with no cliffhangers.
5 Stars

Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. I received an ebook copy through the author’s newsletter. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Release Day - 'Shane's Truth' by V.F. Mason #Giveaway

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Falling in love was never part of the plan. 

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Living carelessly through life to dull my pain, I didn't pay attention to my father's threats.

When he had issued an ultimatum after yet another stunt, I thought he was joking. Either work on the ranch in the middle of nowhere for the entire summer or lose any chance of making it as a fashion designer... I had no choice but to agree. 

Determined to follow my dreams, I traveled to Texas with one goal in mind: to prove my father wrong. 

However, with all my planning, I didn't consider one thing. 

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Leaving everything behind, I came here one year ago to find out the truth. But I never expected for it to destroy so many lives. 

Leaving in the aftermath, I struggled to find myself in this new world I had created... Until she showed up, bringing more added chaos with herself than it was humanly possible. 

Every part of me wanted to claim her, but succumbing to those desires was a big mistake. We didn’t belong with each other, and I couldn’t help but feel she was hiding something.

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Finally, when she was tired of all those voices in her head, she sat down and wrote a book. It was a huge decision to make and she thanks her friends and family for supporting her in it.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Review – ‘Fated’ by Shayla Black


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Ronan Wolvesey is an eternal bachelor, always on the prowl for a woman to enjoy…then forget. But Kari Keswick is utterly unforgettable. He can’t stop his growing obsession for the beautiful pub owner. But his family was cursed a thousand years ago, and if he gives into his urge to make her his mate, the curse could cost Kari her life.

Though Kari has pined for Ronan since the moment he walked in her door, she has refused to be another notch on his well-marked bedpost. But Ronan’s seductive prowess finally proves too strong, and Kari surrenders to him, knowing that he will leave her. After a stunning night like no other, Ronan realizes that he wants her forever and must face his greatest challenge: give Kari up for her own good or believe that love truly can conquer all.

 
Review


Kari is a spunky heroine and I instantly liked her. She owns her own pub, caters to humans and wizards alike, and she’s crushing on a sexy wizard named Ronan. Too bad he goes home with a different woman every night. They’re friends but she won’t give him a chance at anything more, too sure he’d break her heart with his man-whore ways.
Ronan and his wizard family (all men) live under a curse. If they fall in love and take a mate, the woman will die and they’ll live in misery for centuries. Or so they believe. He’s a lover, not a fighter, but he’ll do anything to win Kari’s heart.
Kari and Ronan’s love story brought tears to my eyes. They’re in love, but they have so many problems to overcome. Besides that, an evil wizard has returned to destroy all of magickind. The Doomsday Brethren, a motley group of sexy, badass warriors, are seriously outnumbered by the new threat but they vow to take it on no matter what.
I believe this book is 1.5 in the Doomsday Brethren series. Well-written with good pacing, I loved this story and I want to read more in the series!
5 Stars

Disclaimer – I bought this ebook for my own enjoyment. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.
 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Release Day - 'Mondays with You' by KJ Lewis #Giveaway

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High-school teacher West Connors struggled to put the pieces of his heart back together after the sudden departure of his best friend, Blake Thomas, from his life ten years ago. While loves have come and gone, West has never quite filled the hole in his heart Blake left behind.

  Blake Thomas gets things done. As a handler for one of the top political fixers in the business, he focuses on work, friends, and one-night stands. He's fooled himself into thinking he's conquered the demons of his past until he runs into the best friend he was forced to leave behind when he was sixteen.  

When their jobs force them into a fake relationship, Blake learns something about his childhood best friend and eventually about himself.

 As they try to repair their damaged friendship, they find that moving forward can sometimes lead you back home.
 
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KJ is a novelist, hot tamale-addict, and an abolisher of grammar. When not writing, you can find her reading at the beach, exploring New York City, or hanging out in her hometown of Memphis, TN. She started hitting Amazon's top 100 lists with her first novel, Taylor Made, in 2016. She is currently working on the next installment in the Sunday Love Series.
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