Mar 27, 2018

Book Review: Whiskey Sharp Jagged




Vicktor Orlov took one look at the wary gaze and slow-to-trust personality of the deliciously sexy and fascinating Rachel Dolan and knew he wanted more than just a casual friendship. But as a natural protector, he also knew bossiness and overprotective maneuvering would push her away rather than draw her close. He’ll use every tool in his easygoing arsenal to convince her to take a chance on them.

Rachel’s flourishing new career as a tattoo artist has brought color back into a life previously damaged by a series of bad choices and violence. She knows she can trust Vic—it’s herself she’s not sure of. She doesn’t want to be caged or controlled. Doesn’t want to be protected so much she has no ability to make her own choices.

And damn if the man doesn’t know it.

When Vic finally drops all pretenses of “just friends” and focuses all his careful affection and irresistible seduction on her, Rachel knows she’s falling hard for the laid-back pretty-boy Russian she discovers has a relentlessly steel spine when it comes to her.

And she can’t resist.


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Lauren Dane has been one of my go to authors for years.  She tends to write just the right brain candy for me to take a mental vacation.  Her characters are always first rate and her heroines are strong women even if they don't recognize their own strengths.
Rachel is no exception.  She used to be a FBI agent until she was taken and tortured for quite a long time.  She has physically recovered and is working on healing some of the emotional scars.  Part of that healing was changing her profession and lifestyle.  Rachel is now a tattoo artist and becoming interested in the son of her next door neighbor.

Vicktor is just luscious.  Very definitely an alpha personality but one that is patient.  He wants to take care of Rachel and it that means taking it slow until she is ready. so be it.  And he cooks and bakes!  The fact that he is also very good with his hands and other body parts is just icing on the cake.

The characters hooked me immediately even though I was pulled out of the story quite a few times as I tried to figure out who was thinking what.  Yes there was a lot of head hopping.  There were also some editing glitches that I assume will be corrected when the book gets its final go over.

Even with those issues, the story kept me entertained and reading so I do recommend it to anyone who enjoys a contemporary romance with quite a bit of heat.  It does have a few twists and turns but since when is the path to happiness all sweetness and light.

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

Book Review: Nikan Rebuilt





Does the past ever really stay in the past?

Nikan can never be complete. He's got a rock group made up of the family he built for himself, more money than he knows what to do with, and a stream of groupies falling over themselves to date him. But none of them are her. The one regret that still plagues him, still taunts him with what he could have had.

Jenny is a survivor. Now running a group home after overcoming life in a cult lead by her manipulative father and watching her mother drink the poison he fed his followers, she fights to keep the light in the eyes of every boy who walks through her doors. Far from simple young love, Nik taught her to trust, showed her how good life could be. Before he formed the band. Before he became a famous rockstar. Before he destroyed it all.

A chance meeting after years of no contact shows the connection still blazes between them. But will they have their second chance at love? Or will the weight of their past crush their future together?

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I think that it's only fair to warn everyone that I am going to gush this review.  Okay consider yourself warned.  

I think that I have found myself a new go to author in contemporary romance!  Scartlett Cole is willing to delve into dark corners and shine a spotlight on the issues with her writing.  In this book the issue was how the First Nations peoples were and still are being treated in Canada (though the way we Americans treat and have treated Native Americans here in the States is even worse).   I haven't had the opportunity to read the first two books in this series...yet.  They are now on my list.

Another thing that really impressed me was the depth of the characters.  I hadn't even read the first two books but I felt like I knew the members of Preload as well as their significant others as well as I would know a friend.  

Nic and Jenny are a wonderful main atraction.  They both had issues that they had to face and the book doesn't shy away from the emotional wounds from the past.  And the sex when it finally arrived fit into the plot rather then the plot fitting around the sex.  And it made sense!

There is a lot of cursing as well as some really hot sex in this book but if those aren't trigger points then I would highly recommend this book.  I have already set myself up on FictFact to be notified when the next book arrives.

***I received  this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and not influenced by the publisher or author. 


Mar 26, 2018

Chipmunks






Now there is NO way around it.  Chipmunks and babies are cute with their pudgy little cheeks that you just want to pinch and/or squeeze.



I however am not that photogenic when my cheeks puff up.  I managed to irritate a tooth on Sunday and I woke up this morning with my right side of my face swollen up.  Now admittedly the swelling is along my jaw line rather then in my cheeks but still it would be nice if I was cute like a chipmunk.



I have a dentist appointment tomorrow afternoon but in the meantime, don't even try to pinch my cheeks.  I do bite.

Book Review: Devil in Tartan




Peril and passion on enemy seas…

Lottie Livingstone bears the weight of an island on her shoulders. Under threat of losing their home, she and her clan take to the seas to sell a shipload of illegal whiskey. When an attack leaves them vulnerable, she transforms from a maiden daughter to a clever warrior. For survival, she orchestrates the siege of a rival’s ship and now holds the devilish Scottish captain Aulay Mackenzie under her command.

Tied, captive and forced to watch a stunning siren commandeer the Mackenzie ship, Aulay burns with the desire to seize control—of the ship and Lottie. He has resigned himself to a life of solitude on the open seas, but her beauty tantalizes him like nothing has before. As authorities and enemies close in, he is torn between surrendering her to justice and defending her from assailants. He’ll lose her forever, unless he’s willing to sacrifice the unimaginable…


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Another winner for Julia London!  This is one author that has never failed to sweep me away with her men in kilts and the women who catch their attention with their strength and uniqueness.  And did I mention kilts?

I thought that Lottie was fascinating.  She would be a woman that I would love to be friends with.  She is caring, willing to do what is needed to protect and nurture her family and clan including becoming a pirate and the one that everyone turns to for answers.  And some of those questions lead to intriguing circumstances.   

I really felt for Auley.  He had decided on a path and was completely derailed by Lottie and the Livingstones.  He really had to look deep within himself to find answers to some of those intriguing circumstances.

I really enjoyed DEVIL IN TARTAN.  Ms. London brings the characters and the era to life through her words.  It is a wonderful way to step back into Scotland and meet some hot, and some not so hot, men in kilts.  The perfect way to wile away a rainy spring afternoon.  

***I received  this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and not influenced by the publisher or author. 


Mar 24, 2018

Signs of spring






I just love it when there are signs that warmer weather is on its way. I was out walking with Keyla the other night. A few of my neighbors have beautiful front gardens and I noticed some flowers. The smile that they brought was a reminder that I need to start my walks again.  With or without Keyla. 





And now comes the bird song as the soon goes down. What a perfect way to end the day especially if you are curled up with a good book and some tea. Just started reading Lake Silence. I swear that Anne Bishop’s worlds are either hit or miss but when they hit, they really hit the spot.   Anyways, what would be your perfect early spring evening?




Mar 21, 2018

Book Review: Daughters of the Storm




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Five very different sisters team up against their stepbrother to save their kingdom in this Norse-flavored fantasy epic--the start of a new series in the tradition of Naomi Novik, Peter V. Brett, and Robin Hobb.

FIVE ROYAL SISTERS. ONE CROWN.

They are the daughters of a king. Though they share the same royal blood, they could not be more different. Bluebell is a proud warrior, stronger than any man and with an ironclad heart to match. Rose's heart is all too passionate: She is the queen of a neighboring kingdom, who is risking everything for a forbidden love. The twins: vain Ivy, who lives for admiration, and zealous Willow, who lives for the gods. And Ash, who is discovering a dangerous talent for magic that might be a gift--or a curse.

But when their father is stricken by a mysterious ailment, they must come together on a desperate journey to save him and prevent their treacherous stepbrother from seizing the throne. Their mission: find the powerful witch who can cure the king. But to succeed on their quest, they must overcome their differences, and hope that the secrets they hide from one another and the world are never brought to light. Because if this royal family breaks, it could destroy the kingdom.

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I very enjoyed being swept away into another world.  One that is having issues with an upstart religion trying to take over and it's one that doesn't feel that women are good for anything but having children.  And one of the sisters just happens to be devoted to it.  Of course if you aren't able to relate to Willow there are four other sisters that just happen to be as different from each other as night is to day.  My favorite sister just happened to be Ash.

I found DAUGHTERS OF THE STORM to be very well written with each of the sister's personalities well thought out and portrayed.  Each sister is given her share of the story so that you are able to see the happenings from all of their points of view.  Each of them has the ability to strengthen or destroy the fragile peace that the countries in the region currently enjoy.  

I do feel that my readers who enjoy epic fantasy will enjoy DAUGHTERS OF THE STORM.  The sisters do undergo a lot of changes and growth during the time of their father's illness.  There is danger, love, treachery and new alliances founded which will keep you entertained.  The conclusion is satisfying yet will leave you waiting impatiently for the next book in the series.

***I received  this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and not influenced by the publisher or author. 

Mar 19, 2018

Book Review: A Merciful Secret




A pair of ritual murders could expose Mercy Kilpatrick to something terrifying: her own past…

Raised off the grid by survivalists, Mercy Kilpatrick believed in no greater safeguard than the backwoods of Oregon. Unforgiven by her father for abandoning the fold for the FBI, Mercy still holds to her past convictions. They’re in her blood. They’re her secrets—as guarded as her private survival retreat hidden away in the foothills.

In a cabin near her hideaway, Mercy encounters a young girl whose grandmother is dying from multiple knife wounds. Hundreds of miles away, a body is discovered slashed to death in a similar way. The victims—a city judge and an old woman living in the woods—couldn’t be more different. With the help of police chief Truman Daly, Mercy must find the killer before the body count rises. Mercy knows that the past has an edge on her. So does her family. How can she keep her secrets now…when they’re the only things that can save her?


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And another small town that I have fallen in love with.  Or perhaps I should say that I have fallen for a few of the residents namely Truman, Mercy and most of her family though this book has added a few more onto that list.  

A MERCIFUL SECRET is the third book in the series that has kept me entertained and glued to my iPad.  What really sets this book apart from the rest of the series is the leaps and bounds that Mercy grows in this book.  She closed down emotionally when her father disowned her when she was eighteen.  She was able to let Truman in some but wasn't able to completely trust him.  Until this book and some of the happenings which force Mercy to look inside and face her fears.

I do highly recommend this book to any lovers of romantic suspense though if this is your first one, I do recommend that you start at the beginning of the series as it will add depth to the characters.  A MERCIFUL SECRET has an interesting plot that brings in Wicca and witchcraft with enough twists and turns that you won't want to set the book aside until the very end.  Followers of the series will get a chance to check on on some of their favorite characters and if you are not a follower, well what are you waiting for?

***I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within this review are my own. 
Mar 18, 2018

Book Review: Baby, I'm Howling For You





WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps.

Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…

Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?

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I don't know why but I am a sucker for stories about small towns in the Pacific Northwest especially when the folks in the town don't quite fit the stereotype of small townsfolk. The inhabitants of Alpha definitely fit that description.  Alpha Washington is tale that shifters tell each other, a place where they will fit in. 

It's been a few years since I have stumbled across one of Ms Warren's books and I am berating myself for that because her books are just that good.   I became immediately engaged with the story as it opens with Renny on the run for her life.  And the characters are so real that they just seem to jump off the page.  And the dialogue is sharp, and at times had me laughing hard enough that my ribs hurt.  This book reminded me why I fell in love with both paranormal romances and romantic suspenses.  

I do highly recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy the paranormal.  There is enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat and characters that are easy to connect with.  And as a bonus, this is the first book in what looks to be a series well worth following. 

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

Mar 15, 2018

Still alive!



Yes I am still alive.  In fact, I am actually doing a lot better. Still getting episodes of vertigo but they are short lived and no longer coming in multiples. There for a while I was having attacks of vertigo that were lasting upwards of 45 minutes at a time and coming one after another. There was a silver cloud however in that it happened today rather then 10 years ago. I would have gone flat insane then as the best way to weather the attack was by laying down and keeping my eyes closed. Audio books and podcasts were my saviors. 





Speaking of audio books, I found a great new to me author, Drew Hayes   I devoured several of his audiobooks and was entranced.  My favorite was actually a whole series, Super Powered.  It’s a great young adult series about teenagers with special abilities training to be Heroes.  A lot of character growth along with an intriguing plot. Highly recommended!




One cool thing that came with vertigo is that I picked up a walking stick under the recommendation of the physical therapist that I went to. It really helps to have that added stability when dizziness or vertigo hits. Anyways, I plan on personalizing it with some crystal & charms. 

I am also trying to switch from a PC to a Mac.  I can already tell that it going to be an interesting journey learning the operating system. Though I really wish that someone could explain to me why a calendar app that I fell in love with on my phone and was only like 5 bucks is $50 for the Mac.  That sucks as it is really important to me that my calendar sync between my phone and computer.  And here I thought that it would be easier if everything was from the same manufacturer. 





Oh and I am one of those people who has always hated using a touch pad. As in detests it. So when I decided to switch, I picked up a mouse which cost half as much as my laptop. Guess what though.  I discovered that I prefer using the touch pad on the Mac. Who would’ve thought?  Time to return the mouse. 

Well this post has gone on long enough so I had better cut it off here especially since I had originally planned just to say wave and say hello. I hope that everybody had a better February than I did. 
Mar 14, 2018

Book Review: Truth Be Told




A torrential two-day storm has cut off the small town of Solitude, Oregon, from the outside world. But for police officers Stevie Duncan and her husband, Zane, the ravages of nature have nothing on the nature of man. In the last forty-eight hours, a child was a mute witness to a double homicide; an unidentified body has washed up on the riverbanks; and now, at the foot of a submerged bridge, two FBI agents have been found shot to death inside their SUV. What’s worse, the young charge they were enlisted to protect has gone missing.

With the only exit out of town washed away, Stevie and Zane know that the murderer is trapped. But whatever’s going on in Solitude is far from over—because as sure as the receding water, the killer is going to resurface.
 


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One of my favorite towns and some of my favorite characters reside in Solitude Oregon so I dived into TRUTH BE TOLD with delight. And I wasn't disappointed in the least.  While I don't recommend reading this novella all on its own as there isn't a lot of character development, it is perfect those of us that have already had the pleasure of meeting the residents in earlier books.  Ms Elliot packs a lot of tension and personality into a few pages. 

I do believe that any of my readers that have been following the goings on in Solitude will very much enjoy this novella. It will give you the opportunity to catch up on your favorites and meet a few more. 

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



Mar 3, 2018

Book Review: Claiming Felicity




Former mercenary Ryder Sinclair’s stunning discovery that he has three half brothers in Castle Rock, Colorado, is giving them all the chance to color in the spaces of their tragic pasts. For Ryder, establishing roots is made all the more desirable by Felicity Jones. But if Ryder’s instincts are correct, this breathtaking beauty is in trouble.

Castle Rock isn’t Felicity’s home. Like her false identity, it’s just a cover. All she wants is enough cash to keep moving to another temporary hideaway—to stay on the run from a secret that’s haunted her for years. As safe as Ryder’s strong embrace makes her feel, she fears that falling for him, and staying in Colorado, will put everyone she’s come to love in danger.

The more Ryder learns about Felicity, the more determined he is not to let her go. It’s time for her to stop running—even as a relentless danger closes in, threatening their love and their lives.


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Just when I was getting ready to be sad that there weren't any more Anderson brothers their half brother show up.  Ryder is hard edged, capable and wants to get to know them.  And Felicity.  She however is none to sure about that especially as she is getting ready to run so that no one she loves is hurt by her past.

I found CLAIMING FELICITY a great addition to the Ace Security series.  There is a nice sense of tension from the very first page which quickly ratchets skyward.  I have always liked Felicity and found Ryder to be a great addition to the group.  Add in the witty banter between the characters, an interesting plot and a villain that you will love to hate, what's not to love.

There are some sex scenes though nothing explicit as the book relies on the build up of desire rather then just jumping in the sack.  There is also violence but isn't that expected in the romantic suspense genre?  

I do recommend this book and this series to any of my readers who enjoy romantic suspense.  I am sad that this series is over but rather happy about the fact that a spinoff is mentioned. 

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Mar 2, 2018

Book Review: Claiming Bailey





Bailey Hampton will do whatever it takes to keep both herself and her little brother safe from the vicious Inca Boyz gang. Hiding out in Castle Rock, Colorado, is only a temporary solution until she can earn enough money to get out of the state altogether. But when she meets handsome security nerd Nathan Anderson, she discovers a reason to stay and fight for what she wants.

Ace Security’s Nathan Anderson has always been the “numbers guy,” not the man any of the firm’s clients look to when their safety is threatened. But from the first time he ran into Bailey, she never made him feel like less of a protector than his brothers. Nathan was attracted to the petite, black-haired pixie with wild tattoos from the start, and by some miracle, she seems to return his interest.
But danger stalks Bailey and her brother, so it’s up to Nathan to channel his inner alpha and find a way to end the threat to their lives once and for all—and he’s not giving up Bailey without a fight.

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I was really hoping that the last Anderson brother Nathan would find the right woman for him.  He is rather different from his brothers as Nathan prefers to fight with his brain and openly admits to being a nerd.  Now Bailey is definitely his opposite with her knowledge of cars and tattoos yet he knew that she was his to protect right from the very beginning.

I actually found this book to be my favorite of the series.  Well written with engaging characters, witty dialogue and an interesting plot.  I enjoyed it as the tension both from danger and the heat between the characters builds up nicely.  But what I really enjoyed was a couple of surprises which go to show how unusual a hero Nathan really is.

I do recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy romantic suspense especially to any that following the Ace Security series.  And if you aren't, well why not?  There are some sex scenes but nothing that explicit and of course, there is violence so perhaps not for the younger readers.

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