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Friday, June 23, 2017

auld acquaintances by Adam Zorzi

auld acquaintancesauld acquaintances 
by Adam Zorzi


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Reviewed for Readers Favorite



A winter wedding is what Ella has always dreamed of, especially growing up in Florida, and that is what she is about to get. This is her bridal week, and on New Year's Eve, she and Jay will be married in Williamsburg. Too bad her sister Edy isn't as enthusiastic about it as she is, in fact Edy is almost down right hostile about it. Auld Acquaintances is the story of weddings and family, brothers and sisters, parents and step parents, friends and more. Planning a wedding is stressful, but when it is the first time his family and her family meet, and the first time parents with new spouses are with former spouses, it can become hysterical. Thrown in a historical town and a ghost with a vendetta and you have the makings of a story with so many twists and turns that you will never know what is coming next. Author Adam Zorzi has created a current and modern story that pulls you in and keeps you engaged to the very end.

Auld Acquaintances is part wedding story, part ghost story, part family saga and part holiday story. It has a current feel, even mentioning the wedding dress as being designed by Christian Siriarno, winner of a recent Project Runway season. Author Adam Zorzi does a wonderful job of mixing a historical story about the past of a hotel and the ghost that haunts the place in with a modern wedding and a completely current family dynamic of parents and new spouses and old spouses, siblings and friends that all merge into one cohesive story. Although there is some adult themes between the soon to be married couple, the story overall is pretty clean and appropriate for most readers.

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Under A Blood Kissed Moon (Blood Moon & Magic, Book 1) by Kelleye Richards

Under A Blood Kissed Moon (BloodMoon & Magic, #1)Under A Blood Kissed Moon (Blood Moon & Magic, Book 1) 
by Kelleye Richards


My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Ember may be a shifter, but she was raised by vampires, and her family is everything to her, which is why she is at an illegal shifter fight. Patrone has threatened her family if she doesn't fight for him, and Ember will do anything to keep her family safe. Tonight's fight is going to be different, Ember can feel it in the air, there is a different scent in the air, something is going on. Thoren hates shifters, and who can blame him, a rogue set of shifters murdered his family and he has vowed revenge, but there is something different about Ember that unsettles him. Under a Blood Kissed Moon is the story of a vampire, Thoren, bent on killing all shifters for the mistakes of those few that destroyed his life and family, and Ember, a shifter raised by vampires but something completely different than what Thoren was expecting, and he isn't sure how to handle it. Author Kelleye Richards is actually the writing team of authors Anya Kelleye and E R Richards, and they have taken a role playing exercise and developed it into a full book series.

Under a Blood Kissed Moon is the first book in the Blood Moon and Magic series, and it brings vampires, shape shifters and witches together on a wild journey. One thing that is unique in this book is that the author Kelleye Richards gives vampires the ability to shape shift as well. This is the first time I have read a book in which a vampire can also shape shift. I found that to be interesting and different, making it something apart of all the other paranormal books out there at the moment. This is definitely an adult novel as there is some sexual content, some violence, fated mates, bonded mates, and even childbirth. Most of these topics most teenagers know about but I like to warn readers so that no one is caught off guard or offended. This is a paranormal book that doesn't follow the rules of all the others and makes you want to read it, and future books.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Curl Up and Die by S.Y. Robins

Curl Up and DieCurl Up and Die 
by S.Y. Robins


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Curl Up and Dye is the tongue-in-cheek name of a beauty shop owned by Carly, where she employs her best friend Hans. To promote a new line of pastel hair dyes, Carly dyes her hair lilac. Lilac hair in a small town is going to stick out like a sore thumb. Of course with the carnival in town, maybe she won't be too noticeable.

When a young carnival worker, Ruby stops in the shop, she leaves with a bubble gum pink hair dye job. But when Carly and Hans try to find her at the carnival they find her dead behind the cotton candy booth.

Carly, afraid that something will think her dye job was to blame, decides to investigate herself and gets herself into a mess.

This is a very short little story, only about five or six chapters long or so, but it's cute and fun to read. It's quick and enjoyable. Now whether there is more to this beauty shop idea or not, I am not sure, from what I can see from the author there seems to be a great number of cozy style mysteries, but all different genres.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon

Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery #1)Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 1)
by Jana Deleon


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There was a movie out in the past called Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock, and even though I never watched the movie, the trailers make me think of this book. CIA agent Fortune Redding has a price on her head, and a leak in the agency has her hiding out in Sinful, Louisiana. She is suppose to be a beauty queen, librarian, and old-fashioned non feminist kinda gal. The exact opposite of what Fortune is, and what it turns out Aunt Marge was.

As Fortune is there, she gets caught up with some older ladies in town, Gertie and Ida Belle, that pretty much run the town, are life-long singles and have some skills that are quite uncommon for women of their age. It turned out to be quite a cute story and I enjoyed the book.

This is the first in a series, and it looks to be interesting to see what comes next and how long Fortune stays in Sinful and what all kinds of trouble she can get into with the ladies during that time.

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Princess Dracula by John Patrick Kennedy

Princess DraculaPrincess Dracula 
by John Patrick Kennedy


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Princess Dracula takes the classic tale of the origins of the first vampire Dracula and turns it upside down. Vlad Dracula is the father in this story, and a ruthless man, bent on winning a decades long war against the Turks, no matter what the cost, even if it means sacrificing his eighteen year old daughter Ruxandra. Too bad for Vlad he has no idea what he is doing or who he is dealing with, he is way too confident in himself and thinks he is invincible, which leads to his downfall. Poor Ruxandra has to deal with what her father has done, and what it does to her, which is ultimately to turn her into a vampire of the night. For a young girl raised for the past ten years in a convent, this is unthinkable, how can she live like this. Author John Patrick Kennedy gives the reads a first hand look into the innocence of Ruxandra's mind and her moral and ethical conflicts at having been turned into what she feels is truly a beast.

From the very beginning, Princess Dracula twists in ways I never expected and kept me guessing from the first page! I was hooked, wanting to find out how Ruxandra dealt with this change, and what she finally did. There were some parts I liked less than others, but it all seemed to work together to tell a very convincing story set in 1476. Author John Patrick Kennedy reimagined the birth of the vampire and gave it a new life and a new beginning that is completely different and unexpected. This was a great read, but it is definitely and adult book. There are some mature themes throughout the book, which kinda comes with the territory when you are talking vampires, but at the same time I would just mention it here to avoid upsetting a sensitive reader.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Violca's Dragon by Leilani Love

Violca's Dragon (The Dragon Ruby #1)Violca's Dragon (The Dragon's Ruby, book 1)
by Leilani Love


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I accidentally started reading The Dragon Ruby series with book three, Kassandra's Wolf, and having enjoyed the book so much and wanting to know more about the characters in the book, I found the rest of the series that had been published so far.

Violca's Dragon is the first book in the series, and the beginning of the story. Violca is the Hungarian for Violet, which I found a neat connection to as my children are part Hungarian, their grandparents on both sides are first generation american born from full-blooded Hungarian immigrants. We always are looking at different Hungarian things because of this.

This story begins with Violca, still learning the nature of herself and her sisters, and Chase, a dragon shifter that was sent to protect her. Although once Chase sees her he is sure that she is the one in this world meant for him, his fated mate.

This was a great start to the series, introducing the witch sisters, who will show up in future books, as I found them in Kassandra's Wolf, as well as found mention of Kassandra in this book. I love when the books intertwine together, it just makes them so much more fun to read. I am so ready to start the next book!

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Author Post: Leilani Love

Author:  Leilani Love
Leilani Love

Leilani Love is a proud mother of two very active boys. She loves
traveling to new places and meeting new people wherever she goes.
Thus far, Leilani has visited Paris, DenBosch and Amsterdam and
hopes to one day return. On her next trip she hopes to be able to
make stops in Scotland and Italy. Currently residing in California,
she has also lived in Hawaii, Florida, Alaska, Virginia, Texas,
Washington and Oregon. She loves to read books and has a passion
for various genres. Her love affair with dragons began when she
was young and she still dreams of having her own dragon and Black
Panther. For now, she is content to write about them in her books.




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Series:
The Dragon Ruby
1.  Violca's Dragon                     My Review
2.  The King's Fire
2.5  Violca's Vow
3.  Kassandra's Wolf                   My Review
4.  Warrick's Hope

Kassandra's Wolf by Leilani Love

Kassandra's Wolf (The Dragon Ruby, #3)Kassandra's Wolf (Dragon Ruby Series, book 3)
by Leilani Love


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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Welcome to a world of humans, wolf shifters, dragon shifters, vampires and witches. Author Leilani Love creates a world that appeals to every paranormal fantasy that a reader might have and draws you into the world she has created, making you want to belong and find out so much more. Kassandra's Wolf is the story of Kassandra or Kat as her friends call her, and her mission to find out more at the connection between rogue dragon Dimitri and wolf-shifter Damien. Of course to accomplish her mission, Kat feels it best to hide her own dragon shifter nature from Damien, who takes her for a human, and is worried about telling her of his own wolf nature.

Kassandra's Wolf is a well written story of fated mates, finding each other in the most of unlikely places, and then dealing with family histories and betrayals that leave both parties scared of the idea of mates. Friends and close family play major roles in the story as well, making them prominent secondary characters that has the reader wanting to know even more about them. Author Leilani Love has done a fabulous job at creating a family structure and bond of friendship that feels real and genuine, one that the reader can easily identify with and relate too. As a reader I found this novel an enjoyment and the promise of a follow up novel appealing. Although there are some mature scenes between the main characters, it is within the confines of a mated pair, I would still advise it for adult reading only.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Roar! by Vanessa Kittle

Roar!Roar! 
by Vanessa Kittle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was an amazingly short novelle, and I call it that because it took les than a couple hours to read, but I was engaged in the story the whole time and wanting to read more, in fact I was disappointed when the story ended, I wanted more, it actually felt like the first third of a book.

The story starts with Iris, a young woman who has moved back home to take care of her ailing and aging parents. She doesn't seem to resent this but takes it as just part of life and something that is expected and she should do. She works as a librarian at a high school and is asked to chaperon prom with a teacher, which turns out to be a disaster. On her way home she runs into something.

Alternating chapters tell the story of space travelers that have a problem, leaving only one of a crew of three alive and 5 light years off course, but in earth's system and finding an inhabited planet. Although not sure how to proceed, he knows that he has to travel to earth to find supplies to fix his ship to travel home at all.

The book was cute and fun to read, but I really wanted to get so much more from this story. I just felt it ended too soon, which is why I only gave it three stars.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Librarian by Brian Fence

Librarian (Lenna's Arc, #1)Librarian
by Brian Fence


In a more old world environment, where steam power has only recently been introduced into the area and changed the way of life slightly, comes a story of magic, power and betrayal.

Lenna is a Librarian, and he childhood friend Gilbert has left their home of Port Homish to join the Blue Brotherhood to learn to hone his magical abilities. Of course in their society only boys are trained in magic, and girls tend to lose their magic as they reach puberty, or at least that is the way Lenna has always thought it worked, but she is about to learn that a number of things she thought about life are not what she thought.

Gilbert arrives with a fellow mage, Luc, and asks Lenna for a favor of getting him out of town, which she readily agrees to because he was her best friend. On the way to her home, there is a confrontation with another of the Brotherhood, making their escape mean that Lenna is going to need to leave town with them.

As Gilbert, Luc and Lenna venture out to avoid capture, Lenna slowly learns more about what is going on, and find out that her own magic is still viable.

This is the first book in a new series, and it is well written, draws you in and creates a wonderful new world and environment that makes you want to explore and read more. I am looking forward to finishing this series and reading more of this series.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Mane Event (The Pride, #1) by Shelly Laurenston

The Mane Event (Pride, #1)The Mane Event (The Pride, #1) 
by Shelly Laurenston


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Mane Event is the first full book in The Pride series, but it is actually two smaller stories in one book. The two stories set the background for The Pride series and really begin everything.

Howl For It is labeled as book 0.5 and it is a fill in book that goes back later and adds some details to the family and parents, but you don't really need to have read it before you read this book, because in reality the characters in it are not mentioned in this book yet.

The first half of the book is called Christmas Pride and is Dez and Mace's story. They will form the foundation, along with Mace's friend Smitty of everything to come in the series. At the outset Mace and Smitty have been retired from the Navy SEAL's and are going to start their own company offering security and information services for high end clients like themselves. Mace is a lion shifter and Smitty a wolf shifter.

Dez is the only woman that Mace has ever loved, and she is human and has no idea that the shifter world exists and she is a cop. Now Mace has to let her know about the shifter world, and win her over to his side all in a short amount of time. All while someone is out to get Dez.

The second half of the book is Shaw's Tail, and this is Brendan Shaw's story. We meet Brendan in the first story as he is a lion shifter, and at the end of the story, he is rescued along with Dez. Of course his rescue puts him in the hands of a wolf shifter named Ronnie Lee, and Brendan falls head over tail for her, but she is not buying it.

Author Shelly Laurenston is able to bring this shifter world alive and into focus so that as a read you feel a part of it, you feel like they are your neighbors and friends and you want to read it and you want to root for the good guys, yell at the bad guys and sometimes slap someone upside the head.

This is an amazing series and I am so excited and looking forward to reading more of it.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Clouds Over Akaloshia: Sci-Fi Paranormal Romance by Riley Moreno

Clouds Over Akaloshia: Sci-Fi Paranormal RomanceClouds Over Akaloshia: Sci-Fi Paranormal Romance 
by Riley Moreno


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author Riley Moreno takes two of the most popular genre's to date, science fiction and paranormal and mixes them together into one novel, so what is not to like! You have your science fiction of another planet just above Earth and the paranormal of shape-shifters, werewolves to be exact. Mix that with high school and you have a novel that will keep you guessing until the end!

Cara and her mom have just moved across the country from NJ to LA and Cara is not happy about it. It's hard to move when you are a junior in high school and you have to leave your boyfriend and your best friend behind, of course it doesn't make it any better when you find out that said ex-boyfriend and best friend are now a couple in your absence.

High School is hard for Anna because she has a secret, she's a werewolf and she isn't happy about it, she just wants to be a normal teenage girl, but her pack is determined to increase their numbers and they have a terrible plan to spike the punch at a local party.

Chad is suppose to be the son of Hollywood parents, but he has a secret as well, at this point who doesn't in LA, he is not even from this planet, he is here to prevent a takeover plot from some coup participants from his planet, and in the process he gets involved with the werewolves and Cara.

This is a fun book that didn't take long to read. I didn't want to put it down because I wanted to find out what happened and I was pleasantly surprised. There are high school emotions, but even more there is the fate of two or three worlds and the people of a number of different populations. You have science fiction notes in the space travel, superior knowledge and other worlds and then you have paranormal in the werewolves and their whole agenda. All of this wrapped in real life high school.

This is the first book in a series, and although it ends well, it does leave some questions that lend themselves to another book easily. Looking forward to reading the next book as well.


**In the spirit of truthfulness, I received a copy of this book in return for a truthful and honest review. **

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Howl For It (Pride, #0.5) by Shelly Laurenston

Howl For It (Pride, #0.5)Howl For It (Pride, #0.5) 
by Shelly Laurenston


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Walking through the library Tuesday, killing time before picking the kids up from school, I found this book and Wolf With Benefits. Not knowing anything about the author of the books, I picked them up and took them home, reading them both and enjoying them!!

Howl For It is the start of the whole Pride series, which I didn't know until now, but it still was written so well that I was able to read it and not be lost. Which is wonderful because I really hate reading books out of order!!

Eggie Ray is something of a strange man, or wolf. He isn't talkative like his brothers and he is a special marine, very good at killing. Of course that means that most of the pack is scared of him and wants nothing to do with him.

Darla Mae is one of the Lewis sisters, in fact her older sisters are all involved with Eggie Ray's brothers, but of course everyone has told her to stay away from Eggie. But trouble seems to be after Darla Mae and Eggie is determined to protect her.

This is the story of the beginnings of the Pride, Eggie and Darla - their romance and life, what happens to bring them together and then there is their pride and joy, introduced at the end of the book, Dee-Ann, their daughter. It's an amazing story to the rightness of two people being together, two people that complete each other and understand each other without the need for a lot of words or fancy things.

This may be a shorter story, just filling in the background on Dee-Ann, but it is still and amazing book and I am so glad I read it, even without knowing it was the beginning. I read book EIGHT first, and now I am ready to dig into books one thru seven!!

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Author: Shelly Laurenston

Shelly Laurenston



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Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. Shelly Laurenston is also The New York Times Bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info on G.A. Aiken's dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, check out her website at www.gaaiken.com.

Pseudonym G.A. Aiken

Pride Series:

.5. Howl For It                               Review Link
1. Mane Event                               Review Link
2. Beast in Him
3. Mane Attraction
4. Mane Squeeze
5. Beast Behaving Badly
6. Bad, Bad Beast
7. Bear Meets Girl
8. Wolf with Benefits                       Review Link
9. Bite Me 

Magnus Pack:

1.  Pack Challenge
2. Go Fetch
3. Here Kitty, Kitty
3.5 When He Was Bad

Call of Crows:

1.  Unleashing
2.  Undoing
3.  Unyielding

The Gathering:

1.  Hunting Season


Wolf with Benefits (Pride, #8) by Shelly Laurenston

Wolf with Benefits (Pride, #8)Wolf with Benefits (Pride, #8)
by Shelly Laurenston


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


So I was walking through the library yesterday, trying to kill a little time before I picked the kids up from school and wandering the shelves is how I find some of the best books, and the title and cover of this one peaked my interest.

Toni is the "normal" sister in a family of prodigies, and she has made it her mission to control and keep them all on a schedule and out of trouble. The thing is Toni is just as talented as her siblings, but in a completely different way - she can manage ten prodigies and keep them all under control and the fighting to a minimum! No one person can do that, in fact it takes a team of people to try to do her job at home when she actually takes a "real job".

Ricky Lee is in security, and he just happens to run into Toni, and finds her fascinating and he is willing to do whatever it takes to spend some time with her. Of course he is only thinking about fun in the beginning, but before he realizes what has happened he has found himself not wanting to be without her, ever.

I laughed out loud throughout this book at some of the one-liners and jokes, insults and general conversations between the characters! The book begins with Toni waiting with the kids to get an autograph of a hockey player, as Ricky Lee starts to take interest in her, one of the smallest siblings looks at him and says "Are you my Daddy?" Of course Ricky Lee is taken aback, but come to find out this is Toni's trick at keeping men away from her, she has taught all the kids to ask that of any man who approaches her. It is so funny! There are so many other great lines and comebacks that you'll be laughing and falling in love with the characters the whole way.

When I picked up this book, I had no idea it was the EIGHTH book in a series. Oops! Now anyone who has read my reviews knows that I absolutely hate, despise with a pain reading books out of order. The thing is that I never knew I read this book out of order until I went to write my review and found the look list! Opps!

This book was so well written that it doesn't depend on you having read all the books in order. You can easily read this book and understand the story just fine. Of course you do start wondering about other characters in the book, and I was hoping when I got on Goodreads to write the review I would find more books about the other characters, so I was excited when I found out that there are seven books in front of this to read! Yeah!! Back to the library I go to find them all!!!

This book is definitely a fun read, and I am excited to read more in this series.

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