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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Witchy Woman (Book 2, The Necromancer): Psychic Suspense by Pamela M. Richter

Witchy Woman (Book 2, The Necromancer): Psychic SuspenseWitchy Woman (Book 2, The Necromancer): Psychic Suspense 
by Pamela M. Richter

My rating: 4.2 of 5 stars

This is the second book in a series, and to be honest I did not read the first book, but it did not hamper me from being able to enjoy and understand this book. Most of the highlights of the first book, or the things that I really needed to know to understand this book were retold in memories or nightmares, or some other form that allowed you to know what had happened yet it still fit into the book wonderfully.

Michelle, may or maybe not be a bit of a witch, and that has nothing to do with here personality. She's still not sure she believes it, but Omar believed it enough to have her attacked, raped, kidnapped and almost killed twice now. Thankfully he is in jail, well at least his was until this morning. Michelle can't believe he got released on bail already, but she also doesn't think he is stupid enough to do anything to her while he is being watched. Of course, Michelle has no idea how desperate Omar really is.

Her first day back to work is hectic, and she has plans with her best friend Heather to go to the grocery, since both of them are out of food. She calls to let her know she is running late, then calls when she is heading to the parking garage, but when Michelle isn't home an hour later, Heather knows something is wrong. Good thing for Michelle, Heather is on top of everything, and bad for Omar.

Within hours, Omar has kidnapped Michelle and moved her car back to her apartment, left a message at work that she is sick and thinks that no one will be looking for her and that he has a couple days if not a week before anyone notices that she really is gone. He has a wicked plan and unfortunately it involves drugging Michelle to get her to cooperate or at least not resist.

Back in Hawaii, within those same hours, Michelle has alerted her new boyfriend Mike, Michelle's boyfriend Rod, who has dealt with Omar before, and Professor Vincent MIddleton, who was involved the first time around, and they are already searching for Michelle. They may be about twelve hours behind Omar, but they are determined not to let him win, they all want Michelle back now.

This was a good book. It is well written and the characters are well developed. Omar is someone that you will hate immediately, he has no redeeming qualities, he is just pure evil and it comes across in everything he does to try to force Michelle to come to him. Michelle is strong and a fighter, and she has learned to stand up for herself and she is not about to let some slimey guy take control of her life. She has amazing friends that will do anything for her and that is what is probably the best part of the story.

One note - anyone who has dealt with fertility issues might find a trigger in this book. You might do fine reading it or it might bring on memories and thoughts, depending on your personal experiences. I know how touchy the subject can be so I wanted to give a warning.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I received an ARC of this book. This is my honest and truthful review.

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The Black by Neil Mosspark

The BlackThe Black 
by Neil Mosspark

My rating: 4.1 of 5 stars

Without warning one morning ten years ago, a black dome appeared over what was then Toronto. No one knew were it came from or why, but thousands of people died, and a huge area around it was off limits. Governments began working together, sorta, to try to figure out what it was and what to do about it, and that lead to Dave's current job. He trainers miners to try to tunnel far enough under the edge of the black dome to see if they can get inside.

Nothing ever goes as planned, and when they finally start getting a tunnel far enough in, strange things start happening that threaten to derail the whole project. A last ditch effort with Dave leading the charge and his best friend, Tony, who has been in the higher ups of this project all along, with him, leads to something completely unexpected!

This is a science fiction novel, and tells an engaging story that has you reading from page one. You want to understand where this black dome came from and what it is doing and you are completely interested in what is going on, and then everything gets completely flipped on its head!

I can't, and won't say why it gets flipped because that would ruin it for future readers, but just know that things are not as they seem, and once Dave has the chance to get inside the Black, all bets are off!

I really enjoyed this book and read it quickly because I couldn't put it down.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I received and ARC copy of this book. This is my honest and truthful review, it was not influenced in any way by receiving a copy of the book.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Rebel by Alice Ward

The RebelThe Rebel 
by Alice Ward

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sean is an amazing motorcycle mechanic, barely making a living, but doing the best he can on his own, and for the most part feeling pretty good about himself. He's got some demons from his past, some owning to his family and some to his brief time in a motorcycle club.

Paisley is Sean's eight year old daughter, and on that he hasn't had contact with since his ex-wife took her away. Of course Sean hasn't always felt he deserved to be in Paisley's life given his entanglement with the motorcycle club, but he is determined to give his daughter everything he can from a distance. That is until the day that his ex-wife is killed in a car accident and he becomes a single parent overnight.

Enter Taylor, a marketing exec in his father's company, that has no idea his history, knows nothing about him, but knows that Sean is what the company needs to turn around its recent major downturn, and she is just determined enough to know that she may have to fight father, son and brother to get it, but she is sure this is the best thing.

This was a well written book and the characters had depth and development and I think it is a good book to read. For me personally, I had trouble with the way Sean seemed to hold onto his mistakes like a badge and push people away and think that no one would ever give him a decent chance at a real life or think that he could change. I just wanted to smack him a few times in the book and knock the chip off his shoulders. That is the only reason I lowered the stars on the book. Another reader may not have those kinds of issues with the characters.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I received an ARC copy of this book and asked if I would be willing to honestly review the book. I am always honest in my reviews, and while I think this was a good book, it wasn't one that I personally would be into reading because of my issues with the personalities.

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Taliesin - Choice/Destiny by Suzanne Redfearn

Taliesin - Choice/DestinyTaliesin - Choice/Destiny by Suzanne Redfearn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For Tally, living around and being one with horses is just part of her life in the last few years, since her mothers death. When she endures an attempted attack by a drunken son of a horse owner, which ends with the horse defending her and injuring her father in the process, everything in her world is turned upside down.

Tally is asked to return to her hometown and live with her aunt, her mother's twin sister while her father is in the hospital, and when she starts heading back to the town, Tally experiences a huge since of deja vue. As she tries to settle in and be there for her father, Tally must come to terms with her own memories, the reality of what really happened, and what is really going on in the town for her birth.

Throw in two teenage guys, Cord and Walter, and things just get even more complicated.

This was a good book, well written and well developed. I found myself getting caught up in the story and wanting to know more about the characters and what is happening. This is titled to be the first book in a series, so that leads me to have great expectations for the next book.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I received an ARC copy of the book in return for my honest review. I always give my honest opinion, and while I like this book and think it is a good book, it is really clean reading and good for all age readers.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Alawahea: The Azellian Affairs, Book One by Sara L Daigle

Alawahea: The Azellian Affairs, Book OneAlawahea: The Azellian Affairs, Book One
by Sara L Daigle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(I still hate the 5 star rating system, this deserves more like a 4.75, but I don't have that option)

Reviewed for Readers Favorite

Tamara is working to finish her college degree in a time when the Earth has found out that there are other plants out there with life on them, and in fact has been sending and receiving ambassadors for over 50 years. This year is going to be different as the Azellian ambassador has proposed having a sort of foreign exchange program at the University with four Azellian students coming to Denver to study for the year. Tamara is excited because her grandfather had been the ambassador to Azelle years ago, and she is interested in learning, even if her grandmother is having a hissy fit about it all. The thing is that there are secrets in Tamara's life and past that are on a collision course with the Azellian students, and nothing is ever going to be the same. Alawahea, The Azellian Affairs is the first book in a series that introduces the reader to another culture and begins the story of interactions, fears, differences and similarities. Author Sara L. Daigle has created a story that is captivating and realistic, the fears and prejudices that are projected towards the Azellian's are the same fears and prejudices that we as humans project on anyone we don't know much about, and the problems it can lead to are enormous.

Alawahea, The Azellian Affairs is the first book in a new series that looks to be both entertaining and thought provoking. All the characters were so well written and developed that, as a reader, I felt a connection to them each from the start, and it was easy to get caught up in the story and following them and wanting only the best for each one. Author Sara L. Daigle has created an environment in the story that is so realistic and believable that you feel like you are part of the story as the reader. I think this is a great book for all readers, and I definitely think it is a time, when a book that causes the reader to look at pre-conceived prejudices and how we think and treat someone slightly different than ourselves, is much needed and should be read by many people. Will it change attitudes? Maybe of a few, those open to understanding and that in and of itself is worth the read alone.

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the alchemy of charlotte goodwin by Michelle Colston

the alchemy of charlotte goodwinthe alchemy of charlotte goodwin
by Michelle Colston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The Alchemy of Charlotte Goodwin by author Michelle Colston is probably the most captivating book I have read in awhile. Charlotte poured herself into dance, ballet specifically, and when that was taken from her, she poured herself into work. The problem is that she has never really figured out who she was or what she really wanted in life, and that is leaving her a lot of voids and questions in her life. When her Uncle Shel dies, she finds out through a phone call and in her distraughtness she runs across the street only to be hit by a car. The accident leaves her dreaming of alternative lives that she might have lead. At first she isn't sure what is happening, but the more she sees in these dreams, the more clear her frustrations with he3r current life become and she begins to wonder what her life could have been, and where it should go.

Author Michelle Colston has written a tale that feels so life-like and real that you find yourself drawn into the story, wanting to root for certain versions of her life over others, yet they all seem to intertwine in a great number of ways with the same people and places. The Alchemy of Charlotte Goodwin is not only the story of a woman finding who she really is and what she really wants, but it begs the readers to look into their own lives and think about choices and what might have been had they made a different choice, or had thins happened differently. Hidden secrets in her life are staring to come to the front the book, and her search is just beginning. The book ends on a promising note, and with the promise of a second book to come. This book is a perfect read for all ages, but I especially think it would be good your the young adult reader, to allow them to question their own lives and make sure they are living the life they want, and not trying to fulfill someone else dreams for them.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Don't Hide From Me: Luc (The McCabe Brothers, Book 4)by Lorhainne Eckhart

Don't Hide From Me: Luc (The McCabe Brothers Book 4)Don't Hide From Me: Luc (The McCabe Brothers, Book 4)
by Lorhainne Eckhart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don't Hide From Me is the fourth book in the McCabe Brothers series and focuses on youngest brother Luc. If you have read the previous books, it helps set the scene for this book, although it probably could be read on it's own.

Luc is having the hardest time of the brothers, and part of that is because Luc wants a relationship, marriage and a family, and that hasn't always been available to him, since Luc is gay. Now, things are changing and Luc is refusing to be anyone's secret, he wants it all, the same things his brothers all have.

This book is really a conclusion to the series in a way, focusing on Luc, but at the same time tying up any loose ends from the previous books, and wrapping up the McCabe Brother's into a neat little package.

I have no problem recommending this to readers of any age, just know they storyline going in so that you aren't caught off guard if you aren't open to reading the story. It is a good story line, and the family dynamics that you find in this book relate to a great number of people.

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Don't Run From Me: Aaron (The McCabe Brothers, Book 3) by Lorhainne Eckhart

Don't Run From MeDon't Run From Me: Aaron (The McCabe Brothers, Book 3)
by Lorhainne Eckhart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Aaron McCabe is a great fighter, but what no one knows is that he uses his fighting to relieve his greatest failure, to exercise the wounds from his past that he can't heal nor let go of. Tonight is no different, expect that his brother Chase is there, and not about to let things go. Chase always has to fix everyone's problems, but this isn't something even Chase can fix. Don't Run From Me is the third book in the McCabe Brothers series, so far having oldest brother Vic's story in book one and next oldest Chase's story in book two. Author Lorhainne Eckhart builds from the previous books, although you don't need to have read them to understand this book, and moves on to the next brother.

The McCabe Brother's series follows each of the McCabe brothers, who are all four adopted, and their individual journey's as they look to fill voids left in their lives by loss and love. Don't Run From Me is the third book, and can stand alone on it's own, but having read the other books in the series does give you more insight to each brother. Author Lorhainne Eckhart is able to weave a tale that is both heartwarming and contemporary at the same time. This story plays on a natural disaster that effected a great number of people, and influenced the lives of Aaron and his girlfriend at the time. This is a good read and recommended for most any reader, although there are a few minor adult themes in small areas of the book, it is really a good book for all.

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Don't Catch Me: Chase (The McCabe Brothers, book 2) by Lorhainne Eckhart

Don't Catch Me: Chase (The McCabe Brothers Book 2)Don't Catch Me: Chase (The McCabe Brothers, book 2) 
by Lorhainne Eckhart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reviewed for Reader's Favorite.

Of all the McCabe brothers, Chase is the one who has always felt the need to fix things, to take care of problems and people ad deal with them. So when Chase stops for gas in a remote little place, walking into what looks like an armed robbery, he immediately takes action and takes control of the situation. Things get more confusing for chase when he realizes that it's just a young kid, and then that there is a whole lot more going on in this sleepy little town than meets the eye. It will take all of Chase's smooth-talking and handsomeness to build any trust with Billy Jo, but in her, Chase sees his own brother Aaron, and he is bound and determined to make things right. Don't Catch Me is the second book in the McCabe Brother's series, written by author Lorhainne Eckhart.

Although Don't Catch Me is the second book in the McCabe Brother's series, it can easily stand on it's own. The oldest brother Vic, who was the subject of the first book, is mentioned in this book, but you don't need to know any of his story to completely understand this book. The reader is introduced to Aaron and Luc, in fact we meet the whole McCabe family in this book, and you start really understanding the family more in this book, they play a slightly bigger role, as they were almost non-existent in the first book. Author Lorhainne Eckhart has written a captivating tale of family, especially a dysfunctional family that has managed to create some amazing men, that have their flaws, but at the same time those flaws are what make them that much more interesting and relatable. This is a great book for any reader, there is very mild references to a couple of intimate moments, but it is easy for me to say those are so mild, any age reader would enjoy this book.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Don't Stop Me: Vic (The McCabe Brothers, Book 1) by Lorhainne Eckhart

Don't Stop Me: Vic (The McCabe Brothers Book 1)Don't Stop Me: Vic (The McCabe Brothers, Book 1)
by Lorhainne Eckhart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Vic McCabe has come a long way over the years, he is a successful contractor and developer, but there is something missing in his life. He holds almost everyone at a distance, but after the one mistake in his life when he was a teenager, he isn't about to let anyone get close to him again. When a determined reporter shows up at his office wanting to know about the past, she won't take no for an answer, and when she worms her way into his house, he lets her know that what happened in the past is off limits, it's not his story to tell and he refuses to let it hurt anyone again. To prevent the story from going to press, he has to find someone from his past, someone who doesn't want to be found. Don't Stop Me is the story of Vic years after a tragic incident that changed everyone's lives. Author Lorhainne Eckhart melds a classic bad boy, good girl, misunderstanding story into a completely modern and current romance.

Don't Stop Me is a well written story that develops in the wake of 9/11 and the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York. It cold easily be a true-life story, in that is plays into the the fears of people in that time period and the overzealousness of some to bring someone, anyone to justice, and to make someone pay, even if they had nothing to do with anything. Author Lorhainne Eckhart wrote a wonderful story that will tug at your heartstrings, and maybe make you rethink some positions on people. I found the book to be a good story, but my own sensitive nature, dislike of racial and ethnic profiling, and background in seeing some of these things occur to friends in college, made it difficult for me to read. It just came too close to real life for me to be comfortable, but at the same time, I think it would be a great book to make someone who has never experienced anything of the sort think about what can happen. Not sure what the author has planned for the next books in the McCabe brothers series, but even with my issues reading this one, I look forward to finding out.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Greensmith Girls (Lainswich Witches, Book 1) by Raven Snow

Greensmith Girls (Lainswich Witches #1)Greensmith Girls (Lainswich Witches, Book 1) 
by Raven Snow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the small town of Lainswich, almost everybody knows everybody and their business, so the rumor around town has always been that the Greensmith Girls were strange, or well witchy. Rowan took the first chance she got and left town, renting a run-down tiny apartment working for a tabloid, but at least she was on her own. At least until the annual family yard sale when her Aunt sold a trunk to someone and that person ended up dead.

Now Rowan is back in town trying to figure out who was the body in the trunk and what happened to the lady that bought the trunk, without anyone in her family getting hurt. Enter the grandson of the man in the trunk, and thing get even more complicated.

Can Rowan figure out what is going on without involving the family? Can she keep herself from getting mixed up with the grandson?

This is a great start to a new series that focuses on family, a little witchy nature, a little romance, and small towns. It looks to be be a cute and entertaining series.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hunted (Witch Hunters, Book 1) by: Kathleen Rovner

Hunted (Witch Hunters, Book 1)
by:  Kathleen Rovner

4 of 5 stars

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Being a witch hasn't always been an easy existence for Sabrina and her family, especially when there is a government agency called ARSE hunting you down to be permanently corralled in a testing facility.    This means that of course, Sabrina and her family have to live on the fringes of society, using their talents to take down criminals and such.  All his life Chance has grown up as part of ARSE, and he has believed everything they have feed him, that all witches are evil and bad and have to be hunted down and controlled.  One look at Sabrina and Chance is not sure what is going on, but he is finding it hard to believe that she is evil.  Hunted is the story of Chance and Sabrina,  his kidnapping her and him trying to convince himself  that she is definitely evil, even though everything she does and says tells him that she is far from evil.   Author Kathleen Rovner creates a story that appeals to a variety of readers.

Hunted is titled as the first book in the Witch Hunters series, and as such it is a great start to the series. Although we never meet any of Sabrina's family in this story, we do learn a great deal about Sabrina, we also learn Chance's hidden past and more about the ARSE agency.  We also meet the Fae nation and Ash and Ike, who seem to be able to make everything better.  Author Kathleen Rovner spins witches, fae, and shape shifters, hidden from the regular world and secret government agencies not above using, abusing and exploiting people to get what they want. This is a great novel, different from most paranormal out there at the moment. This is good for all age readers, as there is no sex and little violence in the book. This has the makings of a great series.

Friday, June 23, 2017

auld acquaintances by Adam Zorzi

auld acquaintancesauld acquaintances 
by Adam Zorzi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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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.


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

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



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

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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