Wednesday, September 20, 2017

LEOPARD’S BLOOD by Christine Feehan

 
Leopard People #10
Piatkus Books, September 2017
ebook
ISBN:  0349416540
ISBN13: 9780349416540
Paranormal Romance
*****




The tenth book in Christine Feehan’s Leopard People series, LEOPARD’S BLOOD, evokes warm sultry evenings on the bayous of Louisiana as the perfect mix of romance and violence.

A leopard shifter born in the bayou, Joshua Tregre made his mark in the rainforests of Borneo before being asked to take over a crime syndicate in his home state of Louisiana.  He wasn’t looking for a mate, but when the fates decide to put Sonia in his path, Joshua will do whatever he has to in order to keep her safe.

Sonia had no idea of her dual nature until the day her leopard, Gatita, rose to Sonia’s rescue and saved her life when Sonia’s husband tried to kill her.  Now Sonia is hiding in the bayou, trying to put her life back together.  Joshua and Sonia are thrown together when she is sent on a construction job to Joshua’s estate and Joshua’s leopard recognizes Gatita/Sonia as their mate.  Now, what are the chances that the very man Sonia is running from will end up crossing paths with Joshua?

Christine Feehan is definitely back on her game.  The last few books that this talented writer has penned have really taken her readers’ comments to heart.  Feehan has let up on the constant sex to give her fans a whole lot more storyline to go along with all that passion and it has really put her books back on top.

Sonia is a strong female lead on the run from the Russian mob, determined to put her life back together in the quiet of the bayou.  When Sonia’s cat goes into heat, she ends up attracting the interests of Joshua’s leopard who immediately recognizes her as his mate.  Weary of getting Joshua involved in her mob problems, Sonia is reluctant to give into her strong feelings for him even while her cat is mating with his.  But Joshua is one of the good guys and he has no intention of allowing anyone to take what is his.

A wonderful storyline, strong multifaceted characters and the beautiful backdrop of the Louisiana bayou all come together to make this fast paced romantic adventure another possible best seller.  This reader is super happy she stayed with Ms. Feehan and all her wonderful supernatural tales.  LEOPARD’S BLOOD is just that good.


Review by Tammy (TammyLRM@gmail.com)

*This is an objective review and not an endorsement*

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

WHISPERS OF WARNING by Jessica Estevao

Publisher:     Berkley
Published:     September 19, 2017
ISBN:        978-0425281611
Genre:      Historical Mystery, Paranormal Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

FOUR HEARTS

 

 
After leaving behind her con artist father and recovering emotionally from solving her first murder, Ruby Proulx is settling into life at the Belden Hotel.  The hotel is part of her family legacy from her mother’s side.  Her aunt, Honoria has welcomed her with open arms and an open heart.  The Belden stands out in Old Orchard due to its amenities—psychic readings of all manner and classes for those who wish to learn.  Ruby’s particular talent is clairaudience—the ability to hear voices from beyond the veil.  Despite hearing “the voice” for most of her life, with the help and support of her aunt and her aunt’s staff she has begun to trust and rely on what it tells her.  She is delighted when suffragist Sophronia Foster Eldridge comes to stay at the Belden and offers to assist Ruby learn more about her gift.  But something seems off…something is not right.  When Sophronia asks Ruby to add something to her readings, something more than what her own intuition tells her, Ruby feels an intense disquiet.  Not only that, what Sophronia proposes could expose a part of Ruby’s past she’d much prefer to leave there.  When Sophronia turns up dead Ruby’s dilemma is solved…or is it?
 
I thoroughly enjoyed Jessica Estevao’s first Change of Fortune Mystery, WHISPERS BEHOND THE VEIL and eagerly awaited the next story in the series.  With WHISPERS OF WARNING she did not disappoint.  First of all I enjoy a good historical mystery.  They are among my favorites.  I also enjoy a paranormal that deals with psychic abilities.  Estevao gives us both in her Change of Fortune series.  A bonus for readers are her historical notes at the end of the books. 

There’s so much to like in this series and in particular WHISPERS OF WARNING.  First of all there is the setting of Old Orchard and in this book there is the pending opening of the Pier which is purported to be the longest entertainment pier in the country.  This thread was hinted at in book 1 and is carried into book 2.  It’s not jarring, but an integral part of the story.

The main characters, Ruby and Yancey, have some nice growth and development, especially Ruby as she becomes more comfortable with her psychic skills.  And Yancey plays a part in that as he starts to come around to believe in Ruby’s skill.  It’s not a sudden turns around but a well-done, natural progression.

Estevao blends several prominent historical issues into the story adding depth to the mystery.  The story is nicely paced told in a voice that has you sitting down to savor each word.  Because of the language of the time this is not a quick read, but one that absorbs you into the story. 

You do not have to have read book 1 to enjoy WHISPERS OF WARNING, however, if you do not partake of both you are missing out on some good reading.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

FOOL OF MAIN BEACH by Tara Lain

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: August 21, 2017
ISBN: 9781635339666
Contemporary, M/M
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)


Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts
 

 
This book gives us Merle’s story. We got to meet Merle in a Prince of the Playhouse. I enjoyed meeting him in that book and am glad that he got his story told.  Merle longs for more than just being known as a teenage girl’s vampire fantasy come to life. He longs to be taken seriously in the world of Hollywood. When he finally gets his chance to grab for the stars he finds himself in a personal dilemma. Can Merle find love and keep his career or will he have to choose one or the other?

Merle is taken by surprise by his feelings for Tom yet he cannot deny them. He must make some hard choices and decide if he will follow his heart or let true love pass him by.  Merle is a good man and we see this throughout his story as he deals with his emotions and the conflicts that he has. Tom is a quiet and non-assuming man that many people take for a lack of intelligence. He understands that he cannot compete with the men vying for Merle’s attention and is more than happy with what the attention that he receives. Tom loves Merle enough to let him go but it still hurts.

Their story is a wonderful read that shows us just how strong love can be and what it can accomplish. Merle and Tom make a great couple and everyone else can see the love the two shares but the men themselves. Each one is determined to give the other a better life without them in it. This story is full of emotions and both men must look inside themselves and make some hard choices.  Not only do we get to see the two men work through their attraction and watch it turn into something more but we also see them fight for the people that they care for. I also enjoyed seeing what is behind the façade that Merle shows the world and what his personal life is like.  New and old characters shine in this book and I must say I truly loved Rene and hope that we get to see more of him in future books.


Tom and Merle’s story is well paced and full of depth and emotions. I found myself engaged in their story from the very first page all the way to the last. With great characters and a good storyline this is a nice addition to this series.
 
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

LIMITLESS by SJD Peterson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: December 2, 2016
ISBN: 9781634775342
Contemporary BDSM
eBook

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/limitless-by-sjd-peterson-7834-b

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts

 

When Nash meets Joshua, he has no limits and no boundaries. If Joshua continues down this path Nash does not know how long he will even be alive. Since he laid eyes on Joshua Nash knows there is something about him that calls to Nash.  Soon Nash is contemplating making Joshua his own but can Nash help Joshua or is it already too late for the young man?  Joshua is just chasing the next high he can get with pain from his Doms. Never feeling like he mattered or even loved. When Nash enters the picture, Joshua is taken aback and thrown for a loop. How could a man like Nash be interested in someone like him?

As Joshua need more and more dangerous pain to get off he finds himself at a loss. No Dom can appease the addiction holding him hostage. Joshua knows that each time he plays could be his lasts. When Nash gives Joshua something more than just pain, Joshua does not know what to do. Nash is different and the feelings that Joshua begins to feel for him are something Joshua never thought he would ever get a chance to feel. Yet this is where he and Nash find themselves; on the brink of a new adventure and maybe even some healing.  I enjoyed seeing these two men find their way towards a happy ever after. Nash is a good man and he sees what nobody has seen in Joshua. Nash realizes that there is so much more to Joshua even if Joshua himself doesn’t see it.  The attraction is almost instant between Joshua and Nash but can it turn into something deeper?  It was nice to see the trust and love begin to grow between Joshua and Nash.  We get to see the personal relationship alongside the Dom and sub one.

This story grabbed my attention right at the beginning and did not let go until the very end. It moves at a good pace and is full of emotions. The characters are well rounded and have you rooting for love to win.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A STARDANCE SUMMER by Emily March

An Eternity Springs Novel
St. Martin’s Press
June 27th, 2017
978-1-250-13168-3
Contemporary Romance
E-ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher via Netgalley

3.5 Hearts

 

Brick Callahan is enjoying his summer as he finds his campground the hot place to be in Eternity Springs. As his luxurious glamping campground catches on, he also rents out to regular folks like the Tornado Alleycats group, who he assumes will be busy with bingo, craft nights and book club meetings. What he gets is seniors who like to skinny dip, laugh and enjoy life. What he doesn’t expect is to find his best friend Derek’s sister, Liliana, skinny dipping with them. When he spies her in all her glory he is struck dumb and finds that Lili is all grown up.

Liliana Howe is escaping from her life and the betrayal she has experienced from those close to her. Spending the summer with the alleycats is just what she needs but she never anticipated bumping into her childhood crush, Brick Callahan. Sparks fly and as Lili and Brick give into their mutual desires for one another, the past comes barreling down to engulf them both, Can the magic that is Eternity Springs show them the way to their hearts or will these two be destined to be just a summer fling?

Emily March’s Eternity Springs series is one I absolutely devour every time I pick up one of these books. It’s like a return to your favorite town and you see all the regulars around. It’s old friends and I for one love returning to this quaint little town in Colorado. Ms. March delivers a wonderful story that brings her beloved Callahan’s to Eternity Springs and gives us a story of childhood friends that have that spark, that if carefully nurtured will turn into something so much more if they work at it.

We are introduced to Liliana Howe and her family right off the bat and I really felt for her. She is the quiet, unassuming daughter in the Howe family and one that doesn’t aspire for greatness, just something other than being an accountant. When events conspire against her and accusations fly against Lili, the reader cannot help but feel for her. As the ‘good’ daughter, she has done the right thing all her life, even without any thank you’s or pats on the back. I love Lili so much. She is a sweet girl next door that comes into her own while in Eternity Springs. I loved her spunkiness as she figured out just who she was and where she wanted to go in her life. Coming out of her comfort zone, Lili finds her inner strength and finds friends in the Alleycats, the residents of Eternity Springs and especially Celeste, the angel of Eternity Springs. Brick is a delight if at times a total man who can be quite clueless at times even as he fights his attraction o Lili. These two just work together in all ways. Brick pushes Lili to her feisty side while also showing just how much he wants her. Lili shows Brick that being with her is something so much more than he even expects. With her trademark style, Ms. March delivers a heartfelt story that tugs your heart in all ways and leaves you breathless when the last page is read. The story flows smoothly and has a few twists that just had me gasping in shock as I flipped the pages to see what happens next. The secondary characters are well written and I loved catching up with returning characters from past Eternity Springs books.  

A STARDANCE SUMMER is a perfect summer read and one that will give you a ton of feels even as you laugh, cry and swoon over the characters in the book. I look forward to seeing where this author goes next in the series and I am really hoping she gives us more of Brick’s foster brother, Josh and the rest of the Callahan’s.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Friday, September 15, 2017

WEDDING SOUP MURDER by Rosie Genova

Publisher:     Berkley
Published:     September 2, 2014
ISBN:        978-0451415158
Genre:      Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print  
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com
 

FOUR HEARTS

 

 
Victoria (“Vic”) Renzi returned to the Jersey Shore and her family restaurant, Café Lido, to learn the fine art of cooking good—really good—Italian food. A few months ago she ended up in the middle of a murder investigation after which she said “Never again.”  And while she hasn’t been allowed to actually cook anything, she is front and center for learning all she can about the business.  That includes helping prepare, deliver and serve Café Lido’s famed Wedding Soup to a family friends’ wedding.  Chef egos being what they are, it doesn’t take long for several of them to mix it up—and not in the sense of mixing cooking ingredients.   In the middle of all this Vic overhears an argument…well several…between the club president and several members of the wedding party, guests and chefs.  The next morning word reaches the Renzi family that said club president has been found dead—murdered.  Despite her determination to stay out of it Vic is drawn into investigating who killed club president Elizabeth Merriman.  Drawn into finding the killer Vic uncovers unknown family ties, and not just in her own family.  As those threads unwind Vic soon finds herself face-to-face with the killer.  Can she keep him…or her…from killing again?

 At first I had a little problem being drawn into the story.  Since I don’t cook the cooking aspect was interesting, but not absorbing.  The unresolved relationship between Vic and her ex-boyfriend, Tim, came up a little too often and didn’t add to the mystery.  The lead in to what will be the ever present and so not enjoyed love triangle, took up some pages that didn’t really add to the story but probably helped the word count. 

However, once Vic started digging into who killed Elizabeth the story took off.  Genova intertwines threads of Vic’s family, Elizabeth’s past and her own characters from her own mystery series, into the story.  Each individual story stands on its own but woven together makes for a really good read.

I appreciated how Genova told the killer’s story—not that it was justified, but the history behind it.  She didn’t just deal with a prior death brought about by a debilitating illness, but how that death affected another family.  And not just the emotions, but how that disability caused the same illness in other family members.  The ending is emotional and was truly well done.

 
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

IF NOT FOR YOU by Debbie Macomber

Ballantine
New Beginnings Series Book 3
August 22nd, 2017
978-0-553-39196-1
Contemporary Romance
Hardcover
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher

4 Hearts
 

 

If Beth Prudhomme didn’t get fed up with her sweet but oh so controlling parents, she never would have moved to Portland near her aunt Sunshine, a new job as a music teacher and new friends such as fellow teacher, Nichole. When she gets set up on a blind date, Beth is resigned to an awkward evening making small talk and a longing for something else. But when Beth meets Sam, she finds him totally out of her comfort zone. Sam is long haired, tattoos galore and seems to be more at ease in a biker bar than at an opera. But when tragedy strikes Beth, she finds another side of Sam that causes her to reassess her first impression of him.

Sam was sure Beth is a tight-laced society girl and at first glance she is that but when Sam helps Beth in her time of need, he finds something different about her, something that calls to him even as he tries to fight his attraction to her. Soon an unlikely friendship emerges between these two opposites and they find that romance that surprises them to pieces. But when Beth’s well-meaning if controlling mom comes to Portland, family secrets and more engulf Beth. Unfortunately, when secrets come out about Sam’s past, Beth will have to figure out her feelings for this unconventional blue-collar guy but when Beth goes too far and hurts Sam, can she figure out a way to show him how sorry she is and heal the break between them? Or will she lose the one person who has become the most important person in her life?

IF NOT FOR YOU by Debbie Macomber is a sweet and entertaining story about two people who are opposites but are just perfect for one another. The story flows a bit slow in the beginning but picks up steam after a few chapters in. If you stick with it, you will find the heart of the story and the characters themselves. This is an author I adore since I discovered her books years ago, especially since she writes such uplifting and heartwarming stories to enjoy. This is an author who knows how to steal her readers hearts and deliver stories that deal with everyday issues such as new jobs, blind dates, divorce, relationships, etc.

The core of this author’s books is her castoff characters and IF NOT FOR YOU continues with some amazing characters to fall for. We got Beth who is determined to make it on her own and find her own path in life, just not the one her parents want for her; there is Sam, who is determined to not get involved in a relationship and the secondary characters such as Beth’s aunt Sunshine who has secrets of her own that slowly come out. These plus a few returning regulars from the first two books keep the story moving along and kept my interest till the very end. They are multifaceted and so likeable that I was dying to go grab a coffee with them or have a chat.

IF NOT FOR YOU is a sweet story that will give you so many feels even as you root for Beth and Sam to find their way over the bumps life throws at them. I loved seeing how their unlikely of friendship turns to love even as both try to fight it at times. If you enjoy a contemporary story that will steal your heart with a great set of characters, then you will definitely enjoy IF NOT FOR YOU. You don’t have to read the first wo books (Last One Home & A Girl’s Guide to Moving On) to follow this one as it can be read as a standalone story. Though I highly recommend reading these first two books especially as Nichole plays in Beth’s story a bit and her story is just as compelling as Beth’s. Now I am eager to see where this author goes next in the New Beginnings series and hope we don’t have to wait too long.
 
This is an objective review and not an endorsement


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

DRAGON’S HOARD by M. A. Church

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: October 1, 2017
ISBN: 9781635338805

Fantasy, Werewolves, shapeshifters
Ebook                                              

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)


Obtained via publisher


Rating: 4 Hearts

 

Years ago, Avery’s father the alpha borrowed money from a fearsome dragon. Warwick has not forgotten and the time to pay has come. Yet the alpha of the Sunset Creek Pack has not even acknowledged his debt. Warwick takes matters into his own hands and in the end, he finds something worth much more than money. Will Avery be willing to come with Warwick or will the young man fight him to the end?  Can Warwick find a way to show Avery that he has a heart buried underneath all the coldness and to give their relationship a chance even with the circumstance that leads to it?

I was pleasantly surprised with how engrossed I became in Avery and Warwick’s adventure. Warwick is so much more than the façade that he has created to show the world and Avery is deeper and smarter than he is given credit for just because of his status in the pack. It was nice to see the two find their way. Each man discovers the true person that they are, the one that only a few special people ever see. I loved that each man was more than what was on the surface and that they each looked deeper and did not take things for granted or at face value. The attraction is there between the men right from the start and it was nice to see it grow into something stronger and deeper with the more time that the two spent together.  Seeing the two men willing to take a chance made for a nice read.  Right from the start I was immersed into a wondrous story with characters that are full of emotions and depth.  

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MAUDLIN’S MAYHEM by Yasmine Galenorn

Book 2 in Bewitching Bedlam Series
Nightqueen Enterprises
July 16th, 2017
ASIN#: B0732GF233
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance
E-ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher

3.5 Hearts

 

Poor Maudlin…after getting her Bed and Breakfast up and running, she finds herself in the middle of chaos. At first, she finds the chaos swirling around her an annoyance but soon it gets quite deadly especially when she is on the black list of a certain vampire queen, Essie Vanderbilt. Now if Maudlin doesn’t find a way to dispel the hex that is on her, she is afraid things will turn even worse for her and those around her.

Yasmine Galenorn’s second installment in her wonderfully funny Bewitching Bedlam series is back in MAUDLIN’S MAYHEM and this time Maddie is facing even more danger than she expected. I love this series so much. It’s fun and quite entertaining. The characters keep the story rolling along rather nicely and I enjoyed finding more about Maddie and the gang. The world building is spectacular and this is an author who is a pro at creating such captivating worlds for readers to get lost within. With a few of my recent reads being so heavy lately, MAUDLIN’S MAYHEM was a breath of much needed laughter and fresh air. It’s a light fun read set in a town full of wacky, magical creatures that left me smiling through the whole book.

Meet Maddie, the owner of the new Bed and Bath Inn in Bedlam. Problems start flying all around her. From Aegis is stuck in bat form, Maddy is finding herself fending off pranks left and right but it gets downright dangerous when the pranks go after those close to her. Now Maddy is trying to figure out who is trying to ruin her and possibly kill her and keep her friends and family from getting caught in cross fire. I love, love, love Maddie. She is a pure delight to my reader senses and I enjoyed her interactions with everyone in the story. The characters are wickedly wonderful and quite a treat to read. They are larger than life and very well written. There was just one little issue I had with one of the characters, Thornton. He wasn’t as fleshed out as the rest of the characters were and detracted my enjoyment from his scenes but overall, even though he wasn’t as complex as the others, it still worked for me. I am hoping to learn more about him, Essie and many other returning characters from the past books.
 
MAUDLIN’S MAYHEM is a fun paranormal mystery story that will leave you smiling when the last page is read. What I thoroughly enjoyed the most was how this author’s pure enjoyment in writing this story came across in the storyline. It made me happy to see an author enjoy their work as much as Ms. Galenorn seemed to be doing with the Bewitching Bedlam series. If you enjoy lighthearted paranormal stories, then you will enjoy the Bewitching Bedlam series. I can’t wait to see where this author goes next in the series.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

ANY DREAM WILL DO by Debbie Macomber

Ballantine Books
August 8th, 2017
9780399181191
Contemporary/Women’s Fiction
Paperback ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher
3.5 Hearts

 

Shay Benson loves her younger brother, Caden but when he brings trouble to her door, Shay finds out that in helping him, she lost the life she was making for herself. Now released from prison and trying to get back on her feet, Shay discovers that the path to the life she wants is not going to be easy.

Pastor Drew Douglas is lost and lonely after his wife died, leaving him and their two children behind. Drew finds Shay in his church one day and thus begins a journey for these two that will show them their heart’s desire. But as time goes on, Drew and Shay’s friendship evolves and grows and as Shay opens to Drew and lets down her guard, she finds a life worth fighting for. But when her past finds her, can Drew and Shay survive the chaos it causes or will their fragile bond break amid the weight of Shay’s past?

Debbie Macomber is a wonderful storyteller and delivers a heart stirring story of two people who find themselves at a crossroad. I normally enjoy this author’s books and as I was reading ANY DREAM WILL DO, I got sidetracked by all the mentions of religion and god though it didn’t come across as preachy in my opinion. It just moved the story along nicely. I mainly concentrated on Shay and Drew’s growing friendship. Normally I put books down that have an overabundance of religion within the storyline but in this l attest story from one of my favorite authors, I found it to be charming and perfectly written. I loved how Shay and Drew clicked after they first met and I enjoyed seeing these two continue to grow and evolve within the pages of ANY DREEAM WILL DO.

The story isn’t just about Shay and her desire to stay on the straight and narrow but of allowing her guard down to see the opportunities before her, that with hard work she could make that life she always dreamed of happen. Drew is at a standstill ever since his wife died. Meeting Shay leaves him reeling in a good way and he feels like he has awoken from fog. As much as I enjoyed these two main characters apart, together they were electric. I loved the scenes where they tease and flirt with one another, where Shay is interacting with Drew’s kids in a charming sort of way that left me falling just a little bit more in love with her. Shay is sweet, kind, compassionate and determined whereas Drew is trying to take it one day at a time and when he meets up with Shay again after many months apart, he is startled by how much she has changed yet stayed the same. Ms. Macomber has a gift of creating such unique and intriguing characters for readers to love. From Drew and Shay to Mark and Sarah’s love for Shay. Add in some homeless men who Shay befriends and tries to help plus members of Drew’s church well you get a sense of this village that is on Shay’s journey.
 
ANY DREAM WILL DO is a perfect book if you enjoy second chance stories filled with unbelievable characters that steal your heart, a storyline that is fast paced and keeps you glued to the pages until the very end and an author who is a master storyteller. Ms. Macomber is an auto-buy for myself and I look forward to seeing where she goes next for her readers to enjoy. If you haven’t tried this author before, then this is the perfect book to get started with.
 
This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Thursday, September 7, 2017

PLAID VERSUS PAISLEY by KC Burn

Dreamspinner
Date published: June 30, 2017
Contemporary, M/M
Audio book
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/plaid-versus-paisley-by-kc-burn-8755-b

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts
 


This is Will’s story. He was introduced to us in the first book of this series as Raven’s best friend. Will is a good man with a big heart but we see the hurt that he has dealt with and just how he came to work for Idyll Fling. With what happened at his last job Will is very territorial and is determined to do everything on his own even if that means working himself to death. When a man from his past shows up and is given a job on Will’s team he does not know what to do. He longs for Dallas but he is positive that Dallas is the one that stole his job. Little does Will know that his thoughts could not be further from the truth if he tried. Will the two be able to find a way to work together and maybe even give the attraction that they have a chance?

It was nice to see Will’s backstory and you begin to understand why he practically lives in the server room and does what he does. Will’s life made an unexpected change and the man he has laid the blame on is Dallas. He is more than confused with his strong feelings for a man he wants to hate. When he learns the truth, he may have already lost the battle. Dallas has his own demons and is trying to get healthy again and will not let the past and false accusations bring him back down.
Narrator David Ross brings this audio book to life and had me quickly immersed in their story.  I enjoyed the emotions and the depth of these characters. Each one is fighting his own battle and they each must come to terms with their feelings and wants. It was great to see Raven and Jaime make appearances in this story and I loved seeing the banter between Dallas and Stefan. Love is strong throughout this book. Will and Dallas have an uphill battle but it is worth every minute.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 

 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

THE ALPHA’S BOY by Marcy Jacks

Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Date published: June 2016
ISBN: 9781682952498
M/M, Paranormal, Werewolves
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/the-alphas-boy

Obtained via publisher
 
Rating: 3.5 Hearts

 

 

Brooks never thought he would ever be so lucky as to find his mate so when he stumbles upon Carter he does not let the man slip away. Brooks is not about to miss out on his happy ever after. Life has not been good to Brooks and he is determined to find happiness where ever he can but it seems that his presence in town has been noticed by the Hunters. Will these two find their happy ever after or will the Hunters have their way and finish what they started in the town?
Brooks and Carter’s story is a sweet read. Brooks is a strong man. He has gone through so much yet he continues to fight and survive. Carter is a good man who lives his life the best he knows how. Together the two make a nice couple and it was nice to see the two fight for their love. Carter is thrust into another world that he never knew existed and must make some hard choices.  The love that the men share is strong and shows through everything that they do. As we watch Brooks and Carter’s relationship take shape we also get to see characters from the previous books show up.  A misunderstanding brings them all together and survival keeps them together.

Brooks and Carter’s story moves quickly and kept my attention from start to finish. With a nice balance to the action and romance it is a nice installment to the New Luna Werewolves series and it has me interested in what will happen next in this world.

 This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

DYING FOR A CUPCAKE by Denise Swanson

Publisher:     Penguin Berkley
Published:     March 3, 2015
ISBN:        978-0451418890
Genre:      Cozy Mystery, Chik Lit, Contemporary Romance
Format:     Print  
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com

 
THREE-1/2 HEARTS

 

 
Deveraux Sinclair is still trying to decide between lifelong friend and former beau, Noah Underwood and U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio. One would think that was all she had on her mind and it is until the “Saturday Night Prayer Circle” calls a meeting.  Now this isn’t your run of the mill church group. In fact, it has really nothing to do with church. It’s actually a group of Dev’s friends and tonight they are planning for what could be a fun event – a Cupcake baking competition.  Everything sounds great – especially the part about how much business the competition could bring to Shadow Bend. That’s until Dev learns that former high school mean girl, Kizzy Cutler is the Cupcake maven due in town.  Before things can get started the group learns that Kizzys assistant, Fallon, has died.  Being a rather young woman the situation is odd at best. But then they learn she’s been murdered.  Not long after an attempt is made on Kizzy’s life and it appears the cupcake contest is going to be cancelled.  While she isn’t too keen on it, Dev quickly finds herself drawn into the mystery of who is out to kill Kizzy.

I’m a pretty big Denise Swanson fan and will read pretty much anything she writes.  She has a fun, down home, sense of humor and combines real life issues with her sleuths tracking down killers.  While the story line in DYING FOR A CUPCAKE was similar to her Scumble River book, MURDER OF A CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY, it was a fun read because of the different characters in the Deveraux Dime Store series.  I love the setting of the old fashioned dime store with the stools at a counter where you can have a hot fudge sundae or a real milk shake. 

DYING FOR A CUPCAKE has some really good red herrings.  Just when you think you’ve stumbled on the killer Swanson takes you down another road. Rather than frustrate, you’re right there with Dev trying to figure out where to look next.

While she does some nice third person writing about what’s going on with the men in Dev’s life between the 1st person story told by Dev, I could do without the love triangle.  And if that wasn’t enough, Dev does seem a little boy crazy when she adds a third guy to the mix.  For the most part Dev is smart, independent and someone you wish was real and you knew her.  It’s just sad when an otherwise fun cozy mystery goes down the romance trail and it’s not even a true ménage.

As I’ve said before, Swanson tells a good story and I look forward to the next book in this series.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 

Friday, September 1, 2017

JUST ONE TOUCH by Maya Banks

Publisher: Harper Collins
Date published: 5/23/2017
ISBN: 9780062410184
Contemporary Romance
Print
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)



obtained via publisher

Rating: 3 Hearts


 

Jenna has lived all of her life in a cult and once they found out about her healing abilities her life became more like being a hostage to the cult. Jenna bides her time but one day she sees her chance and she takes it but it is not without consequences. When Isaac is hurt and Jenna saves him Isaac does not know what to make of the situation but he does know that he has some kind of feelings for Jenna and that he will do anything in his power to keep her safe.

This is a nice romance with some paranormal aspects to it. Danger abounds and emotions are high. Isaac and Jenna are good characters and the two make a nice couple. The two complimented each other nicely.  Isaac and Jenna both seem to heal something in the other. I enjoyed seeing the two find their way and it was nice to see the team and their wives come together to fight the evil that threatens not only Jenna but everyone now.


There is some just go with the flow in this story and some parts seemed to be rushed while other things seemed to be unexplained. Jenna has grown up in a cult with no connections to the outside world but seems to fit right in to this world and do many things that gave me pause. This is the fifth book in the Slow Burn series and readers should read the earlier books as previous characters show up in Jenna and Isaac’s story.  The author does a nice job of combining the action and romance giving the characters lots of emotions.  

Jenna and Isaac may not be my favorite couple from this series but their story is a nice addition to it.  Jenna may not seem strong but she soon shows what she is made of.  It was nice to see the two work to find a happy ever after and fight for what they want.

 
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.