May 30, 2016

Ramblings


 

  • Further proof that robots are taking over the world. I picked up some gorgeous enameled pendants but didn't receive an PayPal invoice. The seller finally got in contact & we unraveled the mystery as to why. Apparently her autocorrect kept 'correcting' my email address. 
  • Love the depth of this pic. Almost a visual effect. Now if only I could remember how I did it. 
  • Have three days off in a row this week though I am considering being a glutton for pain and working on Tuesday for a bit. 
  • Don't forget to enter the contest for the Verizon gift card. 
  • I think that the online boutique that I was a part of has died. Not too happy about as it was where I put my higher end designs. Really considering setting up my own at IndieMade. And donating 25% to Old Dog Haven.
 
  • Oh and my Year Of Jewelry Project design. I have been keeping up except for one week. Going to try to catch up on my long 'weekend'.  It's along the line of what I would set up at the shop. Actually that bracelet is part of a set with a necklace and earrings. If interested in any part, just drop me a line. 
May 29, 2016

Art Bead Scene May Challenge


If you are looking for the contest for the $100 Verizon gift card, click here.

"On a Shaker Theme", 1956
by Charles Sheeler
oil on canvas
23" x 29 1/8" (58.42 x 73.98 cm)


I really enjoy doing this challenges because well they are a challenge.  And some are more then others.  And this is one of those. I like the picture but it didn't really 'speak' me.  So I decided to go through all my focals and see if one would whisper to me.  It wasn't until I found a box of focals that I had forgotten about that one did.



This lovely little house was made by Jennifer Jangles years ago (or so I am assuming since she isn't working with clay any longer).  It's a happy little house with all touched up with a Swarovski dangle for summer and wearing a bit of Wooley Wire for a bail. 



Since Shaker means simple to me I decided to keep the necklace itself rather simple with opaline glass and crystals all knotted up and finished with a sterling silver clasp. 

Since I am just eeking in under the wire on this one, I am not going to get all wordy.  If you would like to find more information on the Art Bead Scene's Monthly Challenges, just click here.
May 27, 2016

No more dropped calls with Verizon!




I am sure that we have all been there.  Need to make that important call but don't have a signal.  Or having the connection be so slow that you can't download an app or a podcast.  How incredibly frustrating!

My moment of truth came about last summer when I was heading down to the Washington coast last summer.  I don't have any kids of the two-legged variety but I do have some senior pets that I was worried about and wanted to be available to my pet sitter in case anything came up.  And then it happened! Yep you guessed it.  No signal. Thank goodness, a friend came along with us who just happened to have Verizon.

http://bit.ly/1WqrPAX



If you have ever considered switching to Verizon now is the time to do so.  They’re offering waived activation fees for phones and tablets through June 11, plus $100 off select smartphones with code VZWDEALNow this is a deal that you are going to be wanting to jump on quickly as the $100 off select phones is only good through 6/30 and who wants to pay for activation. 

And speaking about the phones, Verizon has some of the best ones out there!  I have fallen in love with the Samsung  Galaxy 7 Edge.   So much real estate on that screen.  Be sure to check out all of their new deals here.  

I went out on Tuesday to a Verizon store to take a look at all of their new phones for myself and the dear husband.  I tend to prefer the smaller phones so the iPhone SE is perfect for my needs.  My husband prefers a larger screen as he watches a lot of movies and tv shows on his so I am trying to convince him that the beautiful Samsung is his best bet.  That way I can at least admire it from afar.  So which phone or tablet will be next in your life?  Check out all the new phones here.

Now to get you started,  here is a contest for a Verizon gift card!  Just think with the free activations, $100 off a smart phone and a $100 gift card,  you can now get that phone that you have always wanted. There really isn't a better time to switch.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And now for the disclaimers and restrictions.

Waived activation available through 6/11; $100 off select smartphones available through 6/30. Both the waived activation and $100 off are available online only and cannot be applied to upgrades. $100 off select smartphones does not include the Samsung Galaxy S7 & Galaxy S7 Edge, HTC 10, or the iPhone SE.

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic   


  
http://bit.ly/1WqrPAX

Book Review: The Shark



At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum’s past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards.

Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley’s old flame, is Shield Security’s newest member. He’s plagued by the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game. Only one girl survived. With the Shark now bent on evening that score, Clay has a chilling suspicion: Riley is the girl who escaped the Shark’s deadly amusement—and she is his next prey.

As the Shark gets ready to play his hand, can Riley and Clay stop him—or will this killer finally claim the one who got away?


* * * * *

I think that I might have found my new favorite author for romantic suspense!  Mary Burton has written several book in this genre though I just found her through NetGalley.  To discover any of her other books, just click here

I think what really impressed me about THE SHARK was the characters.  Almost immediately, I became invested in what happens with Riley and Clay.  They are both such great characters that have gone through hell to get to where they are today.  Riley is drawn to helping the street kids as she herself came from there with the help of Duke and his wife Maria who run a homeless shelter.  

And when Riley's past comes back to haunt her so does Clay.  They had a brief fling in the past but he was still recovering from his wife's death and wasn't ready to take it any further.  Now Riley isn't too sure if she can trust him again.  

Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the fact that just as soon as I start to think that I have it all figured out and relax, Ms Burton throws in another twist that I didn't see coming.  One of the best romantic suspenses that I have read this year.

As you can tell, I do highly recommend THE SHARK to any of my readers who enjoy the romantic suspense genre.  I think that you will also really enjoy it.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


May 25, 2016

Ramblings




  • It is a truly wonderful thing what a good pillow can do. I woke up this morning actually refreshed, and without pain.  It is such pleasant experience and it is going to be a wonderful day.
  • I really hate it when the weather bounces back & forth between hot & cold. Or at least, my fibro does. 
  • Found a new podcast. Our Fake History takes a look at myths & historical conspiracy theories & debunks them. It's quite enjoyable. 
  • Work has been whittling down our monthly potluck. We only have four people coming this time around. Time to find some more folks. 
  • I think that it's quickly coming on time to let Kharma go. He is having more bad days then good ones. I am really going to miss him.
  • I love asparagus. Well I pretty much had to do without it for 15 years because my husband do that he hated asparagus. Well I forgot to edit my order of organic vegetables and guess what.  It had some in there. So being the nice man he is he cooked it up for and discovered that he loves asparagus. Yay!
  • It is really not safe in my house to sit down without making sure that there isn't a dog under a blanket.  They tend to get most upset if you sit on them.
  • I will be drawing for my contest on Saturday for a beautiful Southwestern primitive necklace. To enter click here.
  • And speaking of contests, I will be hosting a new one on Friday. And it's a nice one. 
 
May 24, 2016

Book Review: Mr. and Mr. Smith




Secrets and seduction make for an explosive combination in HelenKay Dimon’s edgy, thrilling new series, which kicks off with a novel about two men who can handle any threat—except the one posed by desire.
 
Fisher Braun knows how to keep a secret. As a covert paramilitary operative, his job—and his life—depends on it. He’s at the top of his game, ready for action and always in control. No enemy has ever brought him to his knees, but one lover has: Zachary Allen, the man currently sharing his bed. The perfect package of brains and brawn, Zach is someone worth coming home to, and Fisher hates keeping him in the dark about what he does. But the lies keep Zach safe. Until the day Fisher loses everything. . . .

Zachary Allen is no innocent civilian. Although he plays the tech geek, in reality he’s deep undercover for the CIA. In a horrible twist of fate, the criminal enterprise he’s infiltrated has set its sights on the man whose touch drives him wild. Zach would do anything for Fisher—except blow his own cover. Now, in order to save him, Zach must betray him first. And he needs Fisher to trust him with all his heart if they want to make it out alive.


* * * * *

This book starts out with a bang.  Literally.  It's not until Fisher's home is invaded and fired that he learns that Zach might be more then the innocent computer tech he thinks that he is.

MR. AND MR. SMITH kept me engrossed from the very first.  Both Zach and Fisher are interesting characters that are well developed to the point that I wanted to shake some sense into Fisher's head.  He is always so strong and won't admit that feelings have invaded his relationship.  Zach is definitely the more sensitive of the two.  The team that Fisher works with, Nathan and Seth, are also quite the characters and help the story along.  

If you are looking for a book with a lot of action, hot gay sex, and romance then MR. AND MR. SMITH.  I do recommend this to my readers with the warning that this book isn't for all ages.  There is a lot of violence and explicit nontraditional sexuality. 

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
May 20, 2016

Book Review: Turn Me Loose




Rochelle Marks is working hard to build a name for herself that has nothing to do with her pinup-girl curves. She’s made mistakes in the past, and now she’s trying to stop her little sister, Stacy, from making worse ones. Rochelle’s done with being nothing more than someone’s good time. Even if that someone is the one-night stand who turned her life upside down before vanishing—and who’s just arrived in Paradise, Idaho, looking to pick up where they left off.

Tech mogul Travis Cochran’s hard-won new priorities have brought him to town as a university lecturer, but he’s come for something else, too: the smart, sassy, gorgeous woman who’s been in his head for months. When Stacy’s choices draw her big sister into a web of down-home crime and cold-blooded murder, Travis’s mission gets a whole lot more urgent. Now convincing Rochelle to trust him isn’t just about winning her back. It may be the only way to keep her alive.…


* * * * *
 
Another winner in the Paradise Idaho series from Ms. James.   TURN ME LOOSE is the third book in this series and it does a great job of not only furthering the story arc but standing on its own. I loved the opportunity of catching back up with the characters that I met in the first book but didn't feel that I had to read the second book first.  

One of my favorite part of  TURN ME LOOSE is the fact that Rochelle isn't wet behind the ears.  She has been divorced, has a good job and stands on her own two feet.  That doesn't mean that she doesn't want to find Mr. Perfect but he isn't needed to make her life complete.  Her biggest issue is trusting that things will work out as they didn't with her first husband.

Travis had met a gorgeous woman right before his life fell apart and he lost her number.  Accepting a temporary position in Paradise, he was very pleasantly surprised to find Rochelle again.  Convincing her to accept him since he just disappeared last time is another story.

Another character that has an important role in this story is Rochelle's youngest sister Stacy who is living with Ro after she overdoses at a party.  She definitely adds a bit of teenage melodrama to the story which helps lighten the tension that everyone is feeling when a murdered teenager is discovered.

I do recommend this book and this series to anyone who enjoys their romance with a touch of suspense added in.  There are some sex scenes but nothing over explicit.  I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for the next book in this series.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
May 18, 2016

Ramblings




  • I must be getting old.  I went out to lunch with my Red Hatter's chapter on Saturday and afterwards, we went to an antique mall.  I always thought that antiques were items at least fifty years old.  Hey I am not old, I am antique.  Anyways, this place had such a load of crap being sold at inflated prices because it was antique.  Arg!  I saw Betty Boop tiles that were really cute but they even had the year of 2009 on them so obviously not old enough.  Why does marketing so often lie?  And of course we encourage it by buying.
  • I am finally getting a new computer for work and I am so excited!  The one that I have been using is a dinosaur and just far too slow to be efficient.  The only downside is that I an going to be stuck in the office on Monday so we can do the swap.
  • Don't forget that I am running a contest for the above necklace.  Just click here for details. 
  • I hate having to deal with banks but I received my credit card statement with a fee for not paying the bill last month.  Well I paid it on the 4th through my bank.  So I get to deal with them.  So much fun.
  • Took me a bit to figure out how to get edit this post in this new app. I keep forgetting that I can now work on my blog from my tablet. It really has gotten to where I am using my laptop less & less.  
  • I situated my bed so I could see the moon from it. I love that!  One of my favorite features of this house is the bedroom windows. They are up high so they let in a lot of light but no one can see in. I never close the blinds. Well the only issue is that the morning sun also shines in. Right in my face at this time of year. And if I sleep in on my days off, I wake up with a nasty headache. Not cool. 

May 17, 2016

Book Review: In the Clearing




Detective Tracy Crosswhite has a skill, and a soft spot, for tackling unsolved crimes. Having lost her own sister to murder at a young age, Tracy has dedicated her career to bringing justice and closure to the families and friends of victims of crime.

So when Jenny, a former police academy classmate and protégé, asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier, Tracy agrees. Following up on evidence Jenny’s detective father collected when he was the investigating deputy, Tracy probes one small town’s memory and finds dark, well-concealed secrets hidden within the community’s fabric. Can Tracy uphold the promise she’s made to the dead girl’s family and deliver the truth of what happened to their daughter? Or will she become the next victim?


* * * * * 

IN THE CLEARING is the third book in the Tracy Crosswhite saga.  They are set here in my local area of Washington State and I do have to say that I really appreciate the fact that Mr. Dugoni has done his research.  While some of the towns are fictional, others such as Seattle and Redmond are very real and accurate.  

I really do like the character Tracy Crosswhite and will continue to follow this series just to keep up with her.  She does seem to have a touch with cold cases.  That being said, I didn't care for this book as much as the previous two simply because it kept jumping from the present to the past and back again.  I find that when this occurs very often that I don't feel the tension building.

While mention is made of happenings in the first two books of this series, it is not necessary to read them to enjoy this book. IN THE CLEARING is a well written novel with great characters and dialogue.  I do recommend it to my readers who enjoy police procedurals especially if you enjoy cold cases.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own
May 14, 2016

2016 Swap-N-Hop Blog Party



Today is a day that I have been waiting for...well what seems like forever.  It's the reveal for the second annual Swap-N-Hop.  Just a reminder of how it works.  Two jewelers are matched up and we send each other beads to work on.  My partner this year is Kristina Peck and she sent me a delightful selection of beads to work with.



Hard to believe that this is her first swap.  I just love that polymer leaf.  Also included were some gorgeous jasper, Czech glass and glass pearls.



And here is the assortment that I sent her way.  I can hardly wait so see what she came up with as there are several different directions to go.



And now it is time for my big reveal. The leaf focal that I received was rather large so I decided to make it a longer necklace.  I wirewrapped up the jasper along with the Czech glass and added in some snakeskin jasper and pewter links.  It is finished off with a lovely pewter leaf clasp.



Now that you have had a chance to check out my design, be sure to hop around to check out all the eye candy.  And since it has been traditional for me to give away something on this type of hop,I will be giving away this lovely primitive horse necklace.  Be sure to leave a comment about what you think of my design.  Or how your weekend has been going.  Or the funniest thing your pet has done.  Oh well, you get the idea.  Now go forth and hop.



Linda Anderson
- Hostess -
http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com



Linda Anderson http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Natalie Davidson http://www.northshoredays.com



Marcy Lamberson http://www.studiomarcy.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/



Dita Basu Http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Andrea Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/



Kristina Peck http://tealeavesandtinyhats.blogspot.com/
Shai Williams http://www.shaihasramblings.com/



Catherine La Vite http://www.drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com/
Christina Hickman http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com/



gloria allen http://wingsandbeads.blogspot.com
Teresa Schurter http://treezstreazurs.com/



Maria Rosa Sharrow http://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Susan Kelly http://mimismilesdesigns.blogspot.com



Jenny Kyrlach http://anafiassa.blogspot.com/
Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com



Terry Jeanette Carter http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com



Laurie Vyselaar https://lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Marianne Baxter http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com



Divya N http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com
Kelly Hosford Patterson http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/



Johana Nunez http://www.artincendi.com
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickjewelrydesign.com/blog



ROBIN REED http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
Kristina Hahn Eleniak http://www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com



Robin Lynne Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Rosantia Petkova http://bairozan.blogspot.com/



Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.de/
Inge von Roos https://ingetraud.wordpress.com



Rachel Mallis http://mintmonarch.com
Sam Waghron http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk



Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com
Fay Wolfenden http://torchfairy.blogspot.com









SEEDERS




Suse Stelljes http://pearlify.blogspot.de
Ginger Bishop http://www.lilmummylikes.blogspot.com



Nelly May http://www.smellynelly.blogspot.com
REbecca White http://morganafeycreations.121hub.com/



sheila Prosterman http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com
CatherineKinghttp://catherines-musings.blogspot.com



PALLAVI ASHER http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/
Krafty Max http://kraftymax.net



Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com



Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/
Deborah Apodaca http://deborahapodacadesigns.blogspot.com/



Heather Richter http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/
Tami  Norris https://tamisdesigns.wordpress.com



Brandy Scozzari http://bhjewelry.wordpress.com
Catherine King http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com



Kathleen Breeding https://www.facebook.com/99BOBOTW/
Veralynne Malone http://veradesigns.blogspot.com



Bobbie Rafferty http://beadsong.blogspot.com
Lori Blanchard http://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com


May 13, 2016

Book Review: Death at a Fixer-Upper


Add caption


In Sarah T. Hobart’s wickedly funny and fast-paced Home Sweet Home mystery series, small-town real estate agent Sam Turner discovers it’s bad for business when her clients keep dropping dead.

Newly armed with her real estate license, Sam Turner loves Arlinda, her quirky seaside hometown in Northern California. But life by the beach isn’t exactly a breeze: She and her teenage son, Max, are being evicted from their apartment, her long absent ex-husband unexpectedly resurfaces, and her possibly romantic relationship with sexy Chief of Police Bernie Aguilar is, well . . . complicated. All Sam wants is a quick and easy sale. What she gets instead is a killer headache—or three.

Sam’s trying to drum up interest in 13 Aster Lane, a rambling Victorian fixer-upper that’s more than a little neglected—and possibly haunted—so when a trio of offers arrive out of the blue, she can’t help thinking it’s too good to be true. But after a new client drops dead on the property, she fears she’s lost more than a commission. Before Sam’s out of house and home, she must unmask a killer targeting her clients, or the only property she’ll be moving will be plots—at the local cemetery.


* * * * *

I don't tend to read cozy mysteries as I usually find that they get boring rather quickly.  Or so I thought.  I might have to change my stance as least as far as Ms. Hobart is concerned. Her writing has a quirky sense of fun to it that I could easily get used to. 

Sam is a real estate agent with a heart who shares her coffee with homeless man and drives a VW  van. She is in the process of buying her first home when everything starts to go haywire from her ex-husband showing up after years to her clients suddenly dying.  Oh and let's not forget her attraction to her sister's ex husband.

I really enjoyed DEATH AT A FIXER-UPPER.  The characters are well rounded, the plot is filled with action and the dialogue is witty.  I want to find myself an Arlinda to move too.  I do recommend that my readers who enjoy a mystery check out this book and author.

*** I received this book at no charge from the publisher and House Party in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
May 11, 2016

Ramblings



  • I very much enjoy blogging but I have found that I am spending less and less time at my computer. Oh don't get me wrong.  I am still online a lot but I tend to use my tablet instead of my laptop. And there was the issue.  I couldn't figure out a way to put pics in my posts. Hopefully I have overcome that issue with an app. Now to just find a good photo editor that I like. 
 
  • So now I get to play with apps for my pics. Usually all I do is add a nice frame since I prefer to edit in my photo app. Oh why is everything so complicated?  Be sure to let me know which frame style you like best. 
  • My husband always get a kick out of our animals and their strange commands.  Want a dog to move?  Just say 'Excuse me.'.  Want Boo to lay down on your lap?  Tell her to 'Be flat.'.  I just wish that I could get a video of them doing so.
  •  
May 9, 2016

Book Review: Holding Smoke





John "Smoke" Conlan is serving time for two murders but he wasn't the one who murdered his English teacher, and he never intended to kill the only other witness to the crime. A dangerous juvenile rehabilitation center in Denver, Colorado, known as the Y, is Smoke's new home and the only one he believes he deserves.

But, unlike his fellow inmates, Smoke is not in constant imprisonment. After a near death experience leaves him with the ability to shed his physical body at will, Smoke is able to travel freely outside the concrete walls of the Y, gathering information for himself and his fellow inmates while they're asleep in their beds. Convinced his future is only as bright as the fluorescent lights in his cell, Smoke doesn't care that the "threads" that bind his soul to his body are wearing thin-that one day he may not make it back in time. That is, until he meets Pink, a tough, resourceful girl who is sees him for who he truly is and wants to help him clear his name.

Now Smoke is on a journey to redemption he never thought possible. With Pink's help, Smoke may be able to reveal the true killer, but the closer they get to the truth, the more deadly their search becomes. The web of lies, deceit, and corruption that put Smoke behind bars is more tangled than they could have ever imagined. With both of their lives on the line, Smoke will have to decide how much he's willing to risk, and if he can envision a future worth fighting for.


* * * * *

HOLDING SMOKE is definitely a different type of Young Adult book then I have previously been exposed too.  It is much darker and grittier.  Smoke is current in juvie where you really can't trust anyone as evidenced by the fact that one of the inmates is out to kill him.  One of the guards will do everything he can to make life harder on Smoke.  And to cap it off, he shouldn't even be there.

I really enjoyed this look at life once you go into the correctional system. It corrected some misconceptions of mine since I always thought that things were easier of you were a minor.  And when you add in a touch of the paranormal with Smoke being able to 'travel' and discover the secrets of the others.  Well this book is really a keeper.

I do recommend HOLDING SMOKE to my readers.  It is in the Young Adult genre but it deals with concepts that will cross the ages. I do want to issue a warning that there is violence in the book as well as an attempted rape.   

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

 
May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day


 

I hope that everyone is having a great Mother's Day.  I am working today but I got a chance to chat with my mom yesterday and today I was woken up with lots of purrs and puppy kisses. 
May 7, 2016

Pine Ridge Treasures Gentle Spring Blog Hop




Just once I would like to remember to take pictures of the beads before I use them.  Or if I do take them, remember what they are for before I delete them.  You guessed it.  Yet again I don't have a before pic. Le sigh.

I can tell you that I recieved a gorgeous goodie bag from Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures filled with crystals, glass pearls (my favs), and some pewter.  And as always, she sent so much that I have a lot stashed to play with later.  And I still made three necklaces.



In this first one, I used the light pink beads along with the butterflies from the kit and added in a focal that I picked up somewhere along the way.  It has a very light and airy feeling to it.



In this next one, I knotted up some glass pearls from ZNetShows along with some purple matte glass beads.  The colors remind me of spring flowers with a touch of elegance from the pearls. 



And this last one has to be one of my favorites.  With raspberry glass pearls and plum crystals, we are getting into the stronger pink colors that I like.  And of course I had to add a touch of spring with the flower focal.

Now since there is a blog hop (and hopefully someone took some before pics of the beads we received) be sure to check out the eye candy of the other hoppers.

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Saundra Farren, Something by Saundra
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
 
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware



May 3, 2016

Book Review: Savage Urges




She’s a lone wolf with a cause.

As a volunteer at a shelter for lone shifters—the same one that rescued her—Makenna Wray has dedicated her life to finding homes for its residents. And when she discovers that a teen in her care is related to Ryan Conner, the broody, handsome-as-sin enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, she’s eager to help connect the two. She just wasn’t prepared to feel a connection of her own.

Lone wolves are loners for a reason—and most of them bad. Or so Ryan assumes until he meets the mysterious Makenna. Quirky and sensual, she seems to enjoy riling him, especially when she refuses to discuss her past. Although there is no mating bond, he’s sure she’s the one. All he has to do is be patient and wait. But when another pack’s sinister Alpha comes sniffing around, threatening Makenna and her shelter, this enforcer is ready to let his wolf off the leash…


* * * * * 

SAVAGE URGES is book five in the Phoenix Pack series and my first to have the opportunity to read.  I do have to say that Ms. Wright did a wonderful job of ensuring that this book will stand on its own while engaging my curiosity about the rest of the series.   

Wolves in a pack have a huge prejudice against lone wolves.  They think that all of them have done a heinous crimes against the pack and have been kicked out.  That isn't always true as Makenna knows well.  She is a volunteer for a homeless shelter for lone shifters and she is fiercely protective of them.  Right now she is trying to help a young teenage wolf Zac who has ran away from him pack and won't disclose why.  Makenna has found an uncle of Zac's and finds herself strongly attracted to him.

Ryan is a protector for the Phoenix Pack and not what most women would consider an ideal man.  Tall, dark and handsome but he was taken and tortured when he was younger and still not comfortable around people.  Yet he finds himself undeniably drawn and protective of Makenna especially when you add in the fact that an Alpha from another pack is trying to take over the shelter.

This book have a lot of sex and sexuality but if you take all that away , SAVAGE URGES has a good strong plot.  The villian is suave, charming and have some kinks that just aren't acceptable.  When his reasons for trying to take over the shelter come out, they will bring a chill down the spine.

I do recommend SAVAGE URGES to my adult readers who enjoy paranormal romance.  It does have a lot of sex and some of it is pretty rough though consensual so younger readers might want to steer clear.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
.