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Book Review & Giveaway: Tides by Natasha S. Brown

5 Jun

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It’s Leif’s eighth summer going viking with his father on their ship the Kraken—and he’s had enough. For as long as Leif can remember, his father has claimed to be a descendant of Ægir, god of the sea, and has exploited their shape changing ability—all this to amass enough gold to gain entrance into the ocean god’s halls. Leif hopes that time’s drawing near so he can free himself from Ragna’s domineering shadow.

On the green hills of Éire, Eilish is content learning traditional folk cures from her father until a Finn-Gall raid disturbs the peace. Desperate to protect Eilish from harm, her father cuts her hair and disguises her in his old clothing before she’s ripped from the only home she’s ever known. Sold as a thrall in Duiblinn, she must hide out as a young man on a ship full of barbarians.

Now Eilish, who fears she’ll become Ægir’s next sacrifice, and Leif, who isn’t prepared to stand up against his father’s powerful wrath, must face the tides of change—no matter how ominous they may seem.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I don’t read a lot of romances but Tides has a lot more than romance in it. It is historical fiction with a touch of fantasy and a touch of romance.

The Finn-Gall for the most part seem to be a horrible people but it could be just the view I had of them from this book. Leif’s father, uncle, and cousins are all violent men with nothing but wealth and women on their minds (depending on the person). The Finn-Gall are also responsible for raiding Eilish’s village and taking Eilish and her father to sell as slaves.

Leif seems to be an exception to the typical Finn-Gall. He actually cares what happens to others, even those not in his family. He only stays with his father out of fear that he will kill Leif’s only true friend if Leif tries to leave. His father only wants to keep him around because of the power he has to transform into other beings. Leif’s power helps his father raid other ships. I like Leif’s character for the most part. It’s hard to believe that such a good man will do his father’s bidding for so many years without finding a way to get himself and his friend, Agnos, safely away.

Eilish has been taught healing by her father which helps her along the way. She is pretending to be a man at her father’s request so that these barbarians won’t take advantage of her. Her only desire is to find a way to escape and find her father. Eilish is a likable character as she is brave and stubborn enough to continue living.

I like Natasha S. Brown’s writing style. It does get a little too descriptive of surroundings at times and I skipped a paragraph here and there but that’s just my personal preference.

I definitely recommend Tides especially if you like historical romance with a touch of fantasy.

 

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Scars (Time of Myths: Shapeshifter Sagas Book 1)
Along the breathtaking and unforgiving coast of Snæland, Ásta’s ancestral farm is plagued with bad luck. The kinless maiden’s turf walls continue to be found damaged, and there aren’t enough farmhands to maintain the property. Claw marks in the dirt revive old memories of the wolf attack that left her scarred, and she begins to fear the whispers are true—that Fenrir, son of Loki and king of the wolves, has come to claim her and her land.

Torin often leaves his uncle’s farm in the southern hills to track and ensnare valuable gyrfalcons. His secret ability to turn into the birds he trains means his falconry skills are unparalleled, earning him precious silver and gold. If the ghosts of his past didn’t haunt him daily, pushing him to numb his senses with drink, Torin might have married by now—as his uncle often reminds him. He knows the time has finally come to find a wife and settle down.

During the Althing, the gathering of the year, Ásta’s ability to maintain her property comes into question while Torin wonders if a woman in jeopardy of losing her farm is really worth the trouble.

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Book Review: Truths Not Spoken by Pamela T. Starr

13 Apr

Single mother Laura Walters had her life under control. She had a jewelry business, a generous best friend and a careful watch on her nine-year-old daughter, Emily. Then, Emily is seen on national television with Vic, the man who could tear their world apart. With one thirty second news clip, Laurel’s life turns into a tailspin. The paparazzi chase her. Two men from her past want her: Vic is a former lover. Kyle a former friend. They both know her secret, and either one could ruin the careful life Laurel built for herself and Emily.

Faced with no other option, Laurel turns to Kyle to protect her and her life with Emily. But just as Laurel and Kyle are beginning to trust each other, they learn of shocking betrayals they each have been hiding. Some secrets are made to be broken. Some secrets never should be. But how does Laurel learn which ones are which? Truths Not Spoken is the debut novel by promising new author Pamela T. Starr. It is a must-read for every woman who balances her dreams of love with a man with the needs of her child. Truths Not Spoken shows readers that yes, dreams can come true.

 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Truths Not Spoken is about just that, secrets that the characters in this story keep from each other. I became a little frustrated with these people because they caused each other so much pain by keeping secrets. One person would finally come clean and the other one would be upset with them when they were keeping their own secrets! The most frustrating person was Laurel. I don’t know how many times I wanted to just shake her and tell her to calm down. I understand that being a single mom can be scary when you don’t trust the father (been there, done that), but she was constantly jumping to conclusions.

There was some decent drama here and there but I couldn’t really get into any of the characters except for Kyle, Laurel’s old friend. He really tried to help Laurel all he could. Even her daughter Emily didn’t have any qualities that really stuck out. She was a typical nine-year-old who Laurel did a great job raising, but like everyone kept telling her, she really needed to get to know her father.

Truths Not Spoken won’t grab you and knock you over the head but if you like a drama that moves at a good pace, and you don’t mind a little frustration, this is a good read.

 

Author’s Bio

 

Pamela T. Starr has been recognized as an outstanding new author with a promising future. Truths Not Spoken is the first in her Shifting Sands series, all set in her home state of Florida.

An accomplished trainer and public speaker, Pamela has motivated more than 60,000 people at live presentations and workshops. She has also logged more than 30 hours of live national television appearances.

Pamela is inspired by the two men in her life. The one she mothers is still young enough to be excited by life and the many opportunities he discovers. The one who is her life-long partner is old enough to know that life is an adventure and he embraces it every day.

 

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: A Human Element by Donna Galanti

1 Apr

Author: Donna Galanti

Narrator: Chase Bradley

Length: 10h 8m

Publisher:Auspicious Apparatus Press⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller

Release date: Jan. 10, 2017

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Evil comes in many forms…

One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next.

Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together.

But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his, and she has two choices—redeem him or kill him.

 

 

 

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I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Several lives are intertwined in this Sci Fi story and the author does a good job of weaving those lives together as time goes on.

As a young boy, Ben witnesses a “meteor” demolish his home with his parents in it and is suddenly an orphan. Nine months later, twins are born to a young woman. One is deformed and horrific looking and is whisked away by the government. The other is a normal girl who is secretly adopted by a local family. The girl is named Laura per her dying mother’s request.

Laura and her twin are part alien, have powers, and are total opposites. The twin is locked up as an experiment and resents Laura because she’s been allowed to live a normal human life.

Ben and Laura end up meeting when they’re older when they’re both searching for what, they don’t know. Maybe each other? They realize that they need to figure out where Laura came from and that they’re going to have to face her evil twin brother.

Laura is such a strong character. She handles devastation, horror, and loss but she continues to live her life. I really liked the side characters, especially Jim, Laura’s older friend who lives by the lake.

I like the narrator’s voice. he has one of those voices that is easy on the ears. He did a good job with inflection and pacing of the story.

There’s so much happening in A Human Element. It starts as Sci Fi but is also a thriller with a bit of romance. I don’t recommend this book for younger readers because of a couple steamy sex scenes as well as some violence.

Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy (Imajin Books) and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books). Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem. She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna enjoys teaching at conferences on the writing craft and marketing and also presenting as a guest author at elementary and middle schools. Visit her at www.elementtrilogy.com and www.donnagalanti.com.

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Chase was born and raised in a quiet town in upstate New York. He concentrated on musical pursuits through most of his younger years, excelling in anything that had to do with using his voice. He attended college in Potsdam, NY, where he studied Wilderness Leadership, Sociology and Vocal training at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Chase’s dream since he was a kid was to be a voice over artist and professional musician, but after college he decided to spread his wings and explore the world a bit first. He worked as a mountain guide in Alaska, leading Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, and Backpacking trips. He traveled all over North and South America for work and and pleasure, climbing and skiing everything that stood in his way. After meeting a beautiful woman (in Alaska of all places!) and falling in love, he settled down in Lake Tahoe California, where he currently resides with his wife and two children. Chase has finally returned to his roots and works as a full time voice over artist, and plays weekly shows with his band. Things have come full circle, and the dream has been fulfilled. Chase does commercial voice over work, but has found that his true passion is narrating audiobooks. He has narrated 14 audiobooks to date, with more to come! Chase is constantly looking for ways to improve his narration, and deliver the best possible performance for the authors and listeners.

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Book Review: Feel Me Break by Tara R.

18 Mar

Chloe Reed and Nick Grayson couldn’t have more different lives. Where Chloe had a bleak future and was trying to deal with a loss that had left a hole in her heart, Nick was a happy-go-lucky guy, leading a carefree life with a path set.

Until one fateful night, they met and everything changed. The night that gave Chloe hope for the future, left Nick scarred for life. Was their meeting a one-off tryst or was their story just beginning?

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Nick and Chloe meet one fateful night. Nick saves Chloe from ending her life and after he leaves her with a friend, his life changes in an instant. Both Nick and Chloe are broken and think about each other all the time but they don’t know how to contact one another. Even though they hardly know each other, that night brought them together.

When Nick and Chloe meet by chance two years later, Chloe is doing better and she can see that Nick is suffering. She wants the chance to save him this time. What happens next? I don’t know because that’s how this novella ends!

Feel Me Break is good and I recommend it, but only if you plan on reading the book that follows, Watch Me Rise.

 

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Book Review: Girl in the Water by Dana Marton

11 Oct

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After the death of his wife and twin sons, Army vet Ian Slaney is a shadow of his former self. On the path of self-destruction, only his best friend’s disappearance in South America pulls Ian back from the ledge. He rushes to Brazil, only to discover that his friend was murdered. The single lead in the case is also the single biggest obstacle–Daniela, a mysterious beauty very much in need of protection, with a host of secrets hidden in a dark past. As the two of them track down clues and try to untangle an impossible case, they draw the attention of all the wrong people, and danger follows them back to the US.

Ian wants the murderers. Daniela wants Ian to acknowledge the hot sparks of passion between them. But convincing Ian to set aside his protective instincts proves more difficult than teaching a water buffalo to tap dance.


TAKE YOURSELF ON AN EPIC ROMANTIC ADVENTURE to another world, with a spellbinding story about love and hate, honor and evil, hope and justice set against the exotic backdrop of the teeming Amazon rain forest.
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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author.

The Girl in the Water is about Daniela who starts life in the jungles of Brazil as a prostitute. She’s just a teenager and she wants to escape her life but isn’t sure how to do it. Fate brings her to Finch, an American who buys her from Rosa, the woman who runs the brothel Daniela was living in. Finch is kind to her but when he is murdered, she’s again lost. That’s when Ian comes into her life. Ian was a friend of Finch’s and was worried about him when he hadn’t heard back from him after a message from Finch that he was in trouble. Ian doesn’t have much of a life in the US, so he has come to Brazil to save his friend, but it’s too late.

The beginning of the book about Daniela was interesting but as it progressed, I became more and more engrossed in the story. There is action, mystery, love and heartbreak in The Girl in the Water. Daniela has a questionable past but Ian’s past is heartbreaking and he has a difficult time dealing with his wife’s death and the death of their children, especially since it didn’t look like an accident.

The characters are complex and, although their feelings are understandable, I could have strangled Ian once or twice. I didn’t know if he could ever get past being Daniela’s protector even though it was obvious that he loved her more than just as someone he saved.

I definitely recommend The Girl in the Water. It is full of action, suspense, and romance. 

 

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A couple of boats had been dragged up on the flat of the riverbank. Nobody around. Ian sat in the shade of the largest boat and pretended to be watching the barges and tugboats going past him. He stole a glance at the house, hoping to spot Finch. Nothing there, but something rising out of the water maybe thirty feet from him caught his attention. At first, he thought it might be a caiman—South America’s version of an alligator. Caimans were native to the area, although, he had no idea if they lived in this part of this particular river. But instead, out of the river, rose a young woman. She seemed to be struggling with…an anaconda? When the shiny black, long body wrapped around hers, Ian moved, ready to dive into the water to help her, but she had the upper hand and dragged the wriggling beast toward shore with a triumphant smile, and he could see that she had a giant eel. He couldn’t take his eyes off the thing. The eel stretched as long as the woman was tall, over five feet. They wrestled in the mud, the scene stunningly primal and elemental. She had a piece of rag tied around her small breasts, and another around her slim waist, covering only the private parts of her body. She was the most stunning sight he’d ever seen, long dark hair streaming down in wet rivulets. A goddess risen. A goddess in mortal struggle. His western sensibilities pushed him to run and help, but the woman and the eel and their battle seemed somehow the spirit of the Amazon itself, and he felt like an interloper. He felt that he couldn’t take the woman’s triumph away from her. And she did win, dragging the eel to shore, grabbing a rock the next second and smashing the eel’s head. The eel was still squirming when, with the same, sharp-edged rock, she gutted the thing, dumping the insides back into the river. She was not a peaceful goddess. She washed the eel efficiently, then picked up the carcass and carried it, staggering under the weight, up the tall, steep bank, and in through the back door of the house Ian had been watching. Ian’s chin might have dropped a little. Or a lot. In fact, he felt as if his chin just hit his lap. Who on earth was she?
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About the Author

145593I’ve been a writer, one way or another, all my life. Before I could read, I made up poems and my mom wrote them down for me. In elementary school, my teachers almost always let me write poems or stories instead of requiring me to do art projects. Always, I dreamed of becoming a published writer…and that dream came true! I write novels about sexy, powerful men and independent-minded women, and what happens when they find each other and fall in love. My books are sexy and romantic, and they’ve very often full of romantic suspense. I write the kinds of books I love to read, and I hope that makes my readers happy.

Book Review: Sought by Evangeline Anderson

18 Dec

11995467Title: Sought (Brides of the Kindred, Book #3)

Author: Evangeline Anderson

Genre: Science Fiction, Erotica

Publication Date: July 7, 2011

About the Book

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This Book is a Super Plus length novel–129,000 words long

One Woman, Two Hot Guys, A Galaxy of Problems…

Kat O’Connor is no pushover. She’s a no nonsense girl with a commonsense approach to life. But there’s nothing common about what’s happening to her lately…

First she was forced to have a kinky mind ménage with two of the hottest and most irritating men in the galaxy—Twin Kindred warriors, Deep and Lock—in order to locate her kidnapped friend. Then she couldn’t get their feelings out of her head. And now she’s on her way to their home planet, Twin Moons, to find a cure for the debilitating illness their unorthodox joining caused, when all she really wants to do is go home.

Locks Tight, the light twin of the two, is already in love with Kat. Her curvy plus-sized body is the epitome of beauty on his home planet and her sharp mind makes her doubly attractive. But though he fell for her the moment he saw her, Twin Kindred are unable to mate a woman alone. Lock knows nothing can happen between them without his brother…

Stabs Deep. The dark twin has a secret agony in his past—a tragedy he feels he and he alone is to blame for. He too, hungers for Kat, but he hides his fear of rejection behind an impenetrable wall of angry sarcasm. For if he lets anyone get too close, the unbearable pain he has already endured once may happen again.

Now Kat and her twin warriors are on a quest—but they’re all looking for different things. Kat wants to find a way to dissolve the half-formed bond between them so she can be alone in her own head again. Lock wants to convince both her and his brother to complete the bond which will keep them together forever. And Deep is trying to protect his heart and love Kat from afar…though it grows more and more difficult to deny the hunger he feels for her growing inside him.

Their travels will take them from the uncharted wilds of Twin Moons to the Deadworld of the Scourge home planet. Will Kat find a cure for having other people’s emotions crowding her mind? Will Lock convince his brother and the woman they both love that they’re all meant to be together forever? And will Deep ever unshield his heart long enough to let Kat in?

You’ll have to read Sought, the third book in the Brides of the Kindred series, to find out…

My Review

I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

Sought is the third book in the Brides of the Kindred series. I had listened to the first 2 books, Claimed and Hunted, about twins Olivia and Sophia, and the warriors who claimed them. Sought is about their best friend, Kat, who is in grave danger unless the twin Kindred, Lock and Deep, can figure out how to help her. Olivia and Sophia also find out that they have a cousin, but she has been kidnapped by the Scourge so they don’t know if they’ll ever get to know her. 

I like the characters in these books. I love the way the Kindred warriors protect the woman they love. Lock and Deep are no different, but Deep and Kat both have issues to overcome and they’re both as stubborn as can be. 

I don’t read a lot of erotic romance but I think these books are great.  I like the way Evangeline Anderson incorporates sex into the story. The people who are in love physically need each other. I can’t wait for the next audiobook from Evangeline Anderson!

Warning: this is an erotic romance so if you’re not comfortable with a lot of sex and sexually explicit language, don’t read this book. 

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Guest Post: My 5 Favorite Romantic Non-Romance Books by Kate Moretti, author of While You Were Gone

15 Oct

My 5 Favorite Romantic Non-Romance Books

I have a confession: I don’t consider myself a romance writer, not really. Which is crazy, because two of my three novels have a very strong romance plot line. WHILE YOU WERE GONE is almost strictly about the relationship between the main characters. But when asked what kind of books I write, I hem and haw and say “oh, some mystery, some romance, some murder” (which is all true). Regardless of how I identify as an author, or even if I align myself with anyone one genre, everyone loves a love story. We all love that sweeping feeling of getting caught up in a romance that seems to span space and time and makes your heart skip, your eyes tear.

There are some fantastic books out there that nail down this love thing, but don’t fit neatly into a romance genre. They aren’t happily ever afters, they skimp on the heat, they’re more about the love. My top five:

  1. THE MAGICAL LOVE STORY: Lemongrass Hope, by Amy Impellizzeri

This is a book about missed chances and alternate endings. Remember the movie SLIDING DOORS? What would happen if you could go back to that pivotal moment in your life, the moment when your path was forever forged, and choose the door #2? Lemongrass Hope gives us that chance but not without complicated, heartbreaking consequences. The atmosphere is intoxicating, the characters are hugely compelling and I flew through the pages as fast as I could click next on my Kindle. With a touch of magical realism, the plot was sheer genius and at one point, I gasped out loud. It’s more than your average love triangle.

 

  1. THE TRAGIC LOVE STORY: Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes

This is more of a tragic love story than a happily ever after, but I fell in love with Will and Lou. Lou is a bit wacky, pretty, headstrong, probably could be mistaken for ditzy but is truly very smart. She’s stalled in her life, you don’t know why. She meets Will, paraplegic, cantankerous, miserable. There’s a real Beauty and the Beast theme to the whole thing, without the weird bestiality angle. I fell in love with the possibility of happily ever after for Lou and Will and up until the very end didn’t know which way it would shake out.

 

  1. THE OUTCAST LOVE STORY: Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen

Jacob and Marlena are ill-fated, it seems. Marlena married to the abusive August, the ringleader of the Benzini Brother’s Circus. You can see Marlena isn’t meant to be with August, he’s crass and crude and Marlena is beautiful and talented. Jacob is smitten, but carefully so because August is so volatile. Rosie, the elephant, acts as a matchmaker of sorts and their furtive love story, set to the backdrop of the depression era circus. The cast of secondary characters is so colorful, you can’t help but fall in love with all (well, most) of them. Especially Rosie.

 

  1. THE VOLATILE LOVE STORY: Rodin’s Lover, by Heather Webb

Camille Claudel was more than Auguste Rodin’s muse. She was an incredibly head-strong, ambitious, volatile, jealous artist. I was more in love with the turbulent character of Camille than I was the romance! Webb brings a certain humanity to Camille that I forgave her all her sins. The attraction and romance between Camille and Auguste has this larger-than-life quality. She is his muse; he is both her salvation and her demise in the art world. She’s determined to be her own person, her own artist, outside of Auguste but 19th century Belle Époque France has other ideas. Auguste, a product of the times, may not be a big enough man to handle Camille. But there’s no denying his infatuation with her. It taps into the idea that there is someone out there who will love us, warts and all, for who we are: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Not to mention the descriptions of the art world, the city, the fashion are all intoxicating.

 

  1. THE TEENAGE LOVE STORY: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

Gus and Hazel Grace are atypical teenagers. Not only are they intellectual, philosophical, sarcastic and irreverent but they have cancer. Both of them. They meet at a cancer support group and Gus pursues Hazel, despite her self-deprecation. He thoroughly convinces her to love him, and how could you not? His sweeping proclamations about life and love are classic teen: dramatic and urgent. Their jokes about cancer are a sneak peek into the mind of a teen with a terminal disease. They fall in love almost accidentally and it’s tempting, as an adult to scoff at teenage love: that fast and furious rush of emotion, that immediacy. It’s so enthralling to remember that feeling.

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By Kate Moretti

Genre: Women’s Fiction

 

Description

Despite Karen Caughee’s intense focus on her music, her life is drifting out of its lane. Her alcoholic mother keeps calling from bars for early-morning rides, her boyfriend doesn’t think she gets him, and that Toronto Symphony Orchestra position she applied for ends up going to her friend, Amy. By chance, she meets American Greg Randolf just before she’s in a car accident. He pulls her from the wreckage, but after major surgery, her recovery is slow. Without her music, her life’s pursuit, Karen is pushed further adrift.

Greg stays by her side while she heals, and he sees her every time he’s in Toronto for work. Without any other support or friendship in her life, Karen craves his enthusiastic attention, and their friendship deepens to love. Though she’s fallen hard for him, he doesn’t share everything with her. In one heartrending moment, Karen’s life comes to a crossroads, and she must face the full truth about who Greg is, and about who she has become.

 

Author Bio

K MorettiKate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.

She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like.

Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.

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Twitter: @KateMoretti1

Blog: A Beaker’s Reflection

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Book Review: No Way Out by Lila Rose

1 Apr

   

24809903Title: No Way Out (Hawks Motorcycle Club #4)

Author: Lila Rose

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Publication Date:  March 20, 2015

DescriptionTrapped in a marriage since the age of twenty-one, Malinda May is finally free. Having lost her biker husband, she is determined to keep her two teenage children as far away from the MC lifestyle as possible, a lifestyle which has brought her nothing but heartache and fear.

Life is never that simple.

Relentless in their mission to prove to Malinda that not all bikers are bad, the Hawks’ women are determined to support Malinda and her family, whether she wants it or not. In her struggle to keep her distance, Malinda soon battles her desire to keep her family safe or relent and begin to trust the MC.

Tired of women and their mind games, Declan Stoke knows women are only good for keeping his bed warm for a night. Having once thought he’d found the one, he’s no longer willing to put his heart on the line. Even when faced with the temptation of a wounded, sexy woman, he steers clear…well, tries to.

Malinda and Stoke find themselves at an impasse, one seemingly impossible to navigate through. With trouble brewing, life is going to get complicated, and for Malinda, she’s trapped with no way out.

My Review

I received an advance copy of this book as a beta reader.

I have read this entire series and I consider it an indulgence of mine. These books are full of sex but that’s not why I read them. There’s something about a group of bikers who take care of each other and their families that intrigues me. Lila Rose’s writing also flows well and these books are a quick, fun read.

In No Way Out, all of the same characters are back, but if you haven’t read the previous books, this one does stand on its own. When one of their members is killed, they find out that he had a wife and two kids that no one knew about. They take her into their fold and it’s soon obvious that Stoke has fallen for her.

The characters in this series are great. They are each unique in their own way, especially the women. Some of them, like Malinda’s next door neighbor, are hilarious. 

No Way Out is full of suspense and sex. If you like an erotic, suspenseful book, this one is for you!

 


Book Review: Secrets of the Elusive Lover Books 1 & 2 by Mike Wells

21 Feb

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Author: Mike Wells

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Publication Date: December 2014

 

 

 

Description (from Goodreads)

Every woman knows an Adam. He’s a “player,” the type who professes true love, but with eyes that never stop wandering. He always has the perfect excuse when you find that long strand of blonde hair stuck to his collar, and fidgets whenever you get near his computer. Adam can’t fool Bethany, who, despite her better judgment, falls head over heels for him. Bethany is far more intelligent and strong-willed than Adam bargains for, and he finds himself smitten, too. Hilarious at times and poignant at others, Secrets of the Elusive Lover explores the age old challenge of obtaining the unattainable man, and the paradoxical issues surrounding monogamous relationships. As you turn the pages faster and faster to see if Adam and Bethany will ultimately get together, you will find this book another truly ‘unputdownable’ Mike Wells read.

My Review

I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.

I have read a few of Mike Wells’ books in the past: With Mother’s Approval, Passion, Power & Sin, Lust, Money, and Murder. The Elusive Lover was quite a bit different from the other books of his I’ve read, and even though I didn’t care much for the main character, it was still an interesting read. And I like Mike Wells’ writing style, which always helps.

Adam has being a player down to an art. He did surprise me at times because he genuinely didn’t want to see his “girls” hurt and he definitely didn’t want to cause them any pain. While I didn’t care for Adam’s lifestyle, I did feel sorry for him at times. 

Adam’s and Bethany’s characters were well developed. Poor, naive Bethany was in over her head from the beginning.

I listened to the audiobook and the first thing I thought when the book started was that Mark Torres was a good choice. His voice is what I would imagine Adam’s to sound like.

I’ve decided that the ending of this book was perfect. It made the book stick with me for quite a while. 

Book Reviews: Forgotten & Twisted Games by Sarah J. Pepper

14 Dec

I enjoy Sarah J. Pepper’s writing so I jumped at the chance to read the first 2 books in The Fate Trilogy.

Forgotten (The Fate Trilogy #1)

ebookGwyneth’s chronicle began long before she witnessed her family being brutally murdered and lost her sight. Living as an orphan, her world is anything but black and white. She sees her vivid future that promises suffering and death. Cursed with these visions, Gwyneth pretends to be like everyone else, until a dangerously charismatic, young man walks into her life. From the moment Jace lays eyes on her, he refuses to believe Gwyneth is normal. He knows information about her past that only a psychopathic stalker could dig up. He reveals her dirty secrets. Unbeknownst details of Gwyneth’s former life unfurl.
Unsure of what to believe, Gwyneth searches for answers that lead to her inconceivable fate. However, the ancient truth she uncovers is more dangerous than any high school romance she’d bargained for. Gwyneth is drug into an inevitable battle brewing between immortal Gods and ageless Hunters – both of which have sworn to swear to kill her if deemed necessary.

My Review:

I was confused through the first half of Forgotten but my guess is that is what Sarah was aiming for. Most of the time, the reader just knows what Gwyneth (or Winnie) knows, and she’s in a state of confusion throughout most of the book.

I like Sarah’s style of writing. I did get tired of the same memories being repeated over with just a little added each time. I’m not sure if there would be a better way to accomplish what she did, but I found myself skipping to the end of those memories.

The relationship between the 2 main characters, Gwyneth and Jace, is one of those one-of-a-kind loves. The problem is that Gwyneth doesn’t remember Jace even though her body does, which is even more confusing for the poor girl.

If you like young adult fantasy/romance you’ll definitely like this book.

Twisted Games (The Fate Trilogy #2)

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00006]For years, deities searched for the Fate Sisters, but they weren’t alone in the pursuit. Their biggest rivals, the Hunters, sought the sisters as well. It was a sick, demented race of who could find them first… and then kill them. Gwyneth trusted no one, not even her beloved, Jace. For if he knew what she had planned, he’d be her greatest enemy.

My Review:

In the second book in The Fate Trilogy, Gwyneth has accepted that she is the Chronicler and one of the Fates. This book was less confusing after having the background of the first book. I don’t recommend reading Twisted Games without reading Forgotten first.

I still felt like there were too many memories, although I understand that they were important for the story. I think the main thing about them was that I was rereading the same memories several times.

Sarah has good character development. I really felt like I knew the main characters. There were times I wanted hug them, slap them, and of course, I did cry with them. As for the rest of the characters, I decided that no one can be trusted.

Twisted Games is a young adult fantasy with romance and several twists. I’m looking forward to reading the last book in the trilogy.

About the Author

11-28-2013-1-38-56-amSarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance – think “happily ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, unicorns, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?

LINKS: @sarahjpepper
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