Feb 28, 2018

Book Review: My Name is Venus Black




Venus Black is a straitlaced A student fascinated by the study of astronomy—until the night she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and ignites a media firestorm. Venus refuses to talk about what happened or why, except to blame her mother. Adding to the mystery, Venus’s developmentally challenged younger brother, Leo, goes missing.

More than five years later, Venus is released from prison with a suitcase of used clothes, a fake identity, and a determination to escape her painful past. Estranged from her mother, and with her beloved brother still missing, she sets out to make a fresh start in Seattle, skittish and alone. But as new people enter her orbit—including a romantic interest and a young girl who seems like a mirror image of her former lost self—old wounds resurface, and Venus realizes that she can’t find a future while she’s running from her past.


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This book is far from my usual reading material.  I normally get lost in a book to take me away from reality.  MY NAME IS VENUS BLACK is a book that will cause you to examine reality closely.

This is a dark coming of age for Venus as she works to set up her new life after prison.  It is a story about love and family as Leo is still missing.  It is a story about facing your past so you can work toward a better future.  It's a story that will have the reader questioning their own decisions.

I ended up absolutely loving the book though I did have some issues with finishing it.  This wasn't a book that I would sneak a few pages every time I got the chance.  In fact, there wasn't really anything drawing me back to the book once I set it aside.  However once I started reading it again, I would be engrossed in the story itself.   

I do highly recommend this book as it is one that will stay with you.  With the exception of some violence, this book is one that entrance readers of all ages from teenagers to seniors.

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


Feb 27, 2018

Book Review: Collision Point




Riordan “Rory” Malone is a force to be reckoned with. A member of the Brute Force Protection Agency and an operative working with the Elite Ops, Rory is the fiercest of warriors and protectors. Honed from the strong Irish stock of their grandfather and sharpened to a razor’s edge, Malone men live for one single purpose: to protect the women who own them, body and soul. From the moment he saw Amara Resnova, he knew she could be that woman.

But Amara, daughter of an alleged notorious crime lord, is a force in her own right. When she betrays her father, she’s finds herself in the arms of a man who is dangerous for her body and soul.

Can Rory keep Amara safe while protecting his own heart? Can Amara trust Rory not to break hers even as the danger mounts, threatening to take them and their passion to a breaking point?


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To write an interesting romantic suspense where the tension keeps building and to liven it up with heat between the characters is a delicate dance.  One that I don't feel was achieved in COLLISION POINT.  Now don't get me wrong, this book does make for a fun read but there nothing memorable about the story other then a faint sense of irritation that this book didn't reach its potential.

I found the characters interesting to a point.  Rory is definitely an alpha male and there is just a touch of the paranormal with his family history with their women. And I just loved his grandfather!  That man definitely knows more then he is letting on.

What threw me off about this book is the pacing.  Every time I started to feel the build up of tension from the danger surrounding Amara and Rory, it was interrupted for a sex scene.  Now I am far from a prude but I want the sexual energy to add to the story line not attempt to overtake it.  

COLLISION POINT is a romantic suspense that I am sure some of my readers will enjoy.  It is fast paced and has some good dialogue.  It is just not one that I am going to recommend that all of my readers rush out to buy.

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


 
Feb 26, 2018

Book Review: Defenseless




How far will she go to protect the sexiest guy in tech?

When ex-marine Georgia Bennett left the military for high-end private security, it was supposed to soften her snarky attitude. Instead, her short fuse just earned her a punishment of an assignment: protect smart-ass tech genius and Department of Defense contractor Parker Livingston. It should have been easy—only no one warned Georgia that Parker was one seriously drop-dead-gorgeous geek.

The last thing Parker needs is a bodyguard, especially not one with killer curves and a sassy mouth who tempts him to do something incredibly stupid. He’s too busy investigating whoever is turning his technology against him and threatening his team of covert operatives. But when an assassin sends Georgia and Parker running for their lives, it might just be the explosive sexual chemistry and the trust that’s building between them that saves their necks. Because the only thing more dangerous than the combination of Parker’s intellect and Georgia’s aim is their steadfast desire to protect each other, no matter the cost.


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Wow!  This is my first book by Ms. Dyer but it will be far from my last.  She has a gift for creating both believable characters and realistic scenarios.  All to often I find that the 'love' is rushed but in this case, I could easily see it happening.  Very nicely done.

The plot was nicely paced with the sense of danger and tension throughout.  The dialogue was on point with both witty and snarky finding their places.  And the villain, well those reasons were understandable while being unacceptable.  

If you enjoy romantic suspense, I would recommend picking up DEFENSELESS.  It's the first book in a series where I can hardly wait for the next installment.  There is definitely sex but it doesn't get explicit and of course, there is violence.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Feb 20, 2018

Ramblings




  • Yeah. I disappeared again. At least it hasn’t been all that long this time.  I am having some issues with vertigo so I have mainly been flat on my back listening to podcasts & audio books. At least I am getting paid for being on my back but there are so many things I could be doing like finishing up a necklace, taking pics & getting them uploaded. 
  • I do have to say thank goodness for the job I have.  I might complain when they start messing with my commissions but they have good benefits.  My short term disability will cover all of my wages for the first six weeks.  
Feb 7, 2018

Book Review: Kiss Kiss Bang




Six-foot-two and ripped...with superior computer skills, Josef “Joey” Clad is not your typical ex-Marine. The co-owner of Iron-Clad securities is 100% Alpha male, but under his muscular physique, he's the best hacker in Miami who specializes in running Iron-Clad's cyber ops. The perfect skill set for their new client who is getting threatening emails, a client who he definitely wants to get to know better. Much better.

Single mom, widow, Olivia Monroe has exceptional dreams that she refuses to let go of. Fifteen years ago, she left her broken home in New York City and never looked back. Now a dark horse candidate for Florida governor, she's not looking for a relationship. Even with the hot guy who sweeps in and saves her computer the night before a big speech. Her hero has trouble written all over him. Joey is too handsome, too funny, too confident, and way too hard to resist.

Too bad he's now her bodyguard.


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The men of Iron-Clad Security are definitely eye candy and it sure doesn't hurt that they are all extremely intelligent.  Joey is no exception.  He is pretty laid back unless someone threatens someone that he is hired to protect or someone that he cares about.

Olivia is trying to run a clean race against the current governor who doesn't appear to care about anything but padding his pockets.  When she starts getting threatening emails and damage to her property, she is rather glad that her computer had broken down in the first place.

KISS KISS BANG is the third book this series that I have thoroughly enjoyed.  It stands quite nicely on its own merits though I do recommend the whole series. The plot is tight with the tension ratcheting up slowly until you are sitting on the edge of your seat.  The dialogue is witting and some of the scenes are flat out amusing.  Another thing that I appreciated with this book is how the sexual tension is allowed to build quite nicely before there is any relief.

I do recommend this book to any of my readers who like a good romantic suspense especially one that delves into the dirty world of politics.  Joey is worth drooling over and Olivia is a good example of a single mother trying to juggle her daughter, her job, and finding time for Joey.

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