on Nov. 28, 2013
The love story of Felicity “Fizz” Beaumont and Luke Devlin is an old fashioned romance with a bit of glitz, glamour and gaiety that tells not only of meeting, greeting and loving but also has an undercurrent of revenge gone awry. This is the first book in a series of three that will tell the love stories of sisters with Fizz being the first in line. This story includes a business takeover in a small working town on the coast of England, a private radio station that is entangled in the takeover, actors and actresses, love betrayed, love lost and love found. I would recommend this to anyone who would like to read a contemporary romance with a happy ending.
Down at the End of the River
on Dec. 24, 2013
Angus Woodward has a voice that is unusual and worth reading. In the ten short stories collected together in this book his characters grabbed me and then proceeded to tell me their stories. All of the stories are told from the male perspective and Woodward has stepped into the shoes of a variety of men in this book. Whether it is a thief going straight, a Vietnam veteran dealing with flashbacks and a Vietnamese wife, a businessman’s trip on a bus, a writer’s angst or a religious backslider falling in love…the people are believable and quirky and have a story to tell. I guess I should say that Angus Woodward has stories to tell and all of them based in Louisiana make me feel I might want to go visit there someday.
Wolf Sirens Forbidden: Discover the Legend (Wolf Sirens #1)
on Dec. 28, 2013
This young adult book geared, to those who want to read about werewolves, begins in much the same way that Twilight did. Lila is a 17 year old who has moved to a small town from the big city. She has a mother who is recently divorced and not the most hands-on of parents. She is rebellious, strong willed and interested in belonging but unsure where she should and will ultimately fit in. She catches the eye of the athletic beautiful in-crowd who eagerly include her in their group. She also catches the eye of someone in her class named Cresida who warns her against being part of the in-crowd. There is love, angst, a bit of sex and a different twist to the werewolf mythology by bringing in Artemis, Apollo and Zeus. The first book in the series left me wanting to read the next book even though I had not thought I would in the first half of the book.
The Demon Warrior's Light
on Jan. 03, 2014
This novella was a quick read and just what the doctor ordered for my bedtime story last night. I loved Lydia (the vampire) and the setting of America during revolutionary times. Lydia was a strong character and likable and Joshua absolutely wonderful in so many ways. The ending was not what I hoped for BUT it did leave me wanting to read more and that is a good sign of a great storyteller. I highly recommend this short read if you like this genre. But, be prepared to want to read more by this author!
Waiting for Snow
on Feb. 16, 2014
What a wonderful love story of hope. I had not thought about abuse in gay relationships before reading this book or of the impact it might have on the abused partner. Dain's story is well written and his ability to overcome his past and find true love one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
on Feb. 22, 2014
This science fiction story of Mikrandra’s journey to find her true calling and true love was believable and fun to read. I enjoyed the characters in the book, the description of imaginary places and the growth of Mikandra as she learned to become independent while interacting with persons and places she would never have encountered or learned to know if she had not been willing to leave her parents’ home and pursue her goals. This is a standalone book in a series written by Patty Jansen. I had not read the first book in the series before reading Mikandra’s story and wondered if it would make sense – it did. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would like to read more stories by Ms Jansen in the future.
on Feb. 22, 2014
This is the second short story based in Seattle with Detective Ian Rite as the main investigator. Detective Rite and his partner work to discover who murdered a woman working for a big drug company and why information she might have tried to pass on to someone else about research tampering might be the reason she was killed. The premise of the story and getting to know Detective Rite might have been interesting but I felt this should have been the rough draft and a few more editorial revisions made before putting the story up for sale. Specific problems: The dialogues were not separated into paragraphs with each speaker being separated from the next. Verb tenses were not always consistent. Punctuation was used where it was not needed and needed where it was not used. I managed to finish the story and got the gist of it but would recommend a bit more editing in the near future.
Must Love Cats - Book 1 - The Nine Lives of Thomas Cash Riley
on April 01, 2014
Elysa Hendriks and created lovable human and animal characters in this sweet love story. Thomas Cash Riley (TC) finds himself face to face with the powers that be when he dies in an automobile accident before he turns thirty. Thomas is given an opportunity to redeem himself by coming back to earth as a cat. His task is to help Katherine (Kat) and Daniel fall in love. Add two children, another man reincarnated as a squirrel, a great plot, good writing an interesting back story, and chemistry…it became a fun read hard to put down. I am eager to find out what TC’s next undertaking will be because this story deserves a sequel and perhaps a series.
on April 20, 2014
Patty Jansen has written another wonderful story that is filled with magic. Her heroine is strong and courageous and faced with a lot to deal with in a country that comes under attack. I am eager to find out what happens to Johanna, the merchant’s daughter who can read willow wood, and how good will eventually triumph over evil – at least I hope it will!
on May 06, 2014
This 32 page short story was well written with enough detail to let me know the father and son in the book were close and looking forward to the weekend together, at least the son was. The ending was definitely a surprise and one that I am not sure I was prepared for. If you are interested in something that is a bit dark, a bit different and will make you think…”what if I were in that position?”…then this is the book for you.
Come Tame Me
on June 08, 2014
This story is one of love found after being lost for ten years. It contains adult scenes that are erotic and have the Gabe in the beginning stages of becoming a dominant with Cassie. The story inheritance, rustlers making off with some of the inheritance, finding a love lost for ten years, quite a bit of drinking and sex and some good friendships. I had trouble believing that Gabe and Cassie would have gotten back together quite so quickly once they see one another again and also have trouble believing that good female friends that have never had a sexual encounter with one another would do so when Cassie and Dani did in this story. I wrote in my notes that at times it was not realistic, read like a black and white old time movie and didn’t develop the characters or the plot enough.
To the Gallows
on Aug. 07, 2015
Great gritty graphic Western that reads just like a Western should!
Westerns are a genre unto themselves. They should have strong heroes and evil bad guys. They should have a story to tell that includes horses, saloons and fist fights, bandits, Indians, lawmen, soldiers, stagecoaches and a feel for the West as it once was. This story has all of these and more.
A black lawman and an Indian gunslinger – what could they have in common? Quite a bit it would seem! This story is only the introduction to Cole and Joseph and what an introduction it is! I don’t like to give away plots so won’t begin now but will say that if you like Westerns, and even if you don’t, this is a well written and thought provoking book. I also have to say it had me scurrying to google Filipinos and their history in the USA. Why? Because mention was made of one in the book.
Thank you to LibraryThing and the author for the copy of this book to read and review. I really want to find out happens next in this series…if it indeed is a series :)
The Christmas Challenge
on Dec. 09, 2016
Wanting Christmas magic and hoping to make it happen brought Tucker and Laird together on a Montana pond one fateful night. Both wanted and hoped and worked hard to fulfill the challenges they set for themselves at the beginning of the book and by the end they had achieved all and even more than they had imagined when first they set out on their month-long journeys.
What joy it was to read this story! I adored Tucker’s unapologetic acceptance of herself even though for one month she hoped to rein herself in a bit while reconnecting with her twin sister. I loved Laird’s strengths that included but were not limited to his amazing cooking skills, physical abilities and his willingness to listen nonjudgmentally while helping Tucker achieve her goals. Tucker and Laird together brought out the best in one another – and their love story was one I could not put down. I have not read previous books in this series and did not need to - this book was a standalone and standout - in my opinion.
Thank you to NetGalley and Tule Publishing for the ARC – this is my honest review.
on July 28, 2018
Female college students on a yacht with professors
Pirates on the Java Sea
Retired military and mercenaries to the rescue…
This action-packed thriller was just what I needed! The retired military and mercenaries were a motley group that worked together as a team with a common goal and though they had little hope of success, were not always in agreement politically and came from various military disciplines they did achieve more than they had hoped to while thwarting more than one evil they were confronted with.
I love a book that makes me stretch, grow and think while teaching me something I didn’t know before and this book did all of those things. I would love to know more about Tommy Scarred Wolf, the men on his team, the Java Sea, pirates, human trafficking, Black Ops, Tier Zero Ops teams and a few more issues raised in this book. I found the writing kept me on the edge and invested throughout and hopeful that the conclusion of this book would provide some resolution for those that were still standing at the end. I have a feeling this book could be followed by another in the future as it seems that the main issue dogging Tommy may not have yet been totally resolved.
Did I enjoy this book? Yes
Would I read more by this author? Yes, definitely
Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review.
Home To Stay
on April 01, 2020
Home to Stay by Shirley Wine
A Katherine Bay Romance #7
Family plays a big part in this story. Zach has a superbly supportive family while Lark has lacked a loving cozy family for most of her life. The two should not have anything in common but from their first encounter after not seeing one another for years it is evident these two will find a way to be together before the end of the book.
What I liked:
* Zach: a good, caring, insightful man who knew what he wanted and went all out to get it. He was a great book boyfriend
* Lark: a woman with a plan to move on from her bad past. She had a plan and would stick with it. The plan did not include a man...not at first anyway
* Zach’s family: loving, kind, supporting and there for one another
* Blair: interesting and important to more than one character in the book
* The way family played a part...good family and bad
* The story, plotting, character development and writing style
* Being in New Zealand for the romance
* The mystery of who was creating havoc and why
* All of it really except…
What I didn’t like:
* Lark’s ex-husband – a total waste of space
* The bad guy(s) – such amoral hateful people
* Lark’s mother – such a miserable, mean and selfish woman
Did I like this book? Yes
Would I read more by this author? Definitely
Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review.
For the King ~ Medieval Erotica
on April 01, 2020
Concise thought provoking look at a king and queen and what they were willing to do to maintain their dynasty. Gobsmacked and somewhat unsettled after the last page