Thursday, December 3, 2020

Book Tour: Safe Harbor by: Gerhardt Roberts

 


Safety is a foreign word, danger is everywhere and love is a luxury they can’t afford...





By Gerhardt Roberts





In World War II Berlin, Jews such as Erich Reinhold, who can pass for Aryan, and his sweetheart, Nessa Baumgartner, go underground. In a city where Jewish life is being snuffed out, they soon find themselves in a world of false identification papers and forged ration cards, risking their lives to help others escape to freedom. Safety is a foreign word, danger is everywhere and love is a luxury they can’t afford. But maybe, in spite of danger and separation, they will find their safe harbor.


My Review: 

This book was an incredible look at World War II Germany and everything that happened and the lengths people went through to do the right thing.  Enrich and his girlfriend Nessa do all sorts of things that normal teenagers don't think of.  They grow up in a scary time in history and find a way to make it work for them.  This book had so much going on it just blew me away that the writer came up with this fabulous take on such a brutal time in Germany and turned it into a fabulous adventure!




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R.F. Rabe (Gerhardt Roberts) grew up in Germany and has been a Professor of German for the past 35 years at various colleges and universities. In the 1970’s he served in the Army Security Agency as a German linguist and intelligence analyst. His passion is all things German: the language, the culture and the history.

You can visit his website at http://www.rfrabe.weebly.com.

 




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Monday, November 30, 2020

Book Blitz: Frosting Her Christmas Cookies by: Alina Jacobs

Frosting Her Christmas Cookies
Alina Jacobs
Publication date: November 17th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Holiday, Romance

Dear Santa, I do not want a Frost brother for Christmas.

In fact I do not want anything for Christmas—no annoying Christmas carols, no holiday family drama, and no last-minute presents.

And I certainly don’t want to be a bachelorette in The Great Christmas Bake-Off. Yes in the spirit of holiday commercialism, the bake-off is also a date-off and Jonathan Frost is the prize.

I should be hiding away with wine and snacks while waiting for Christmas to end. Instead I’m wearing a reindeer mascot costume and pretending I’m oh-so-excited to meet New York City’s most eligible billionaire bachelor!!! Just look at those blue eyes and six-foot-five tall frame!!! Don’t you want to take him home for the holidays?!?!!

Barf.

Unlike the other bachelorettes, I refused to debase myself and stroke some billionaire’s ego.

Instead, I threw a candy-cane dildo at his stupidly handsome face.

Then I laughed when he yelled at me.

Of course Jonathan couldn’t take the hint. He came around offering to put a little frosting on my Christmas cookies.

I attempted to shank him with a spatula.

He got offended and said that as a judge on The Great Christmas Bake-Off, he was just trying to help.

Sure

Not that I’m looking for holiday romance.

Christmas is already a stressful time of the year without adding a billionaire in the mix.

Between dodging bake-off sabotaging cousins, applying for a long-shot prestigious museum internship, and trying to survive being broke in Manhattan, I’m up to my black lipstick in my own special nightmare before Christmas.

And it’s making me wound tighter than a nutcracker.

So when Jonathan offers to put some frosting on my cookies—and a few other ornament shaped parts—his washboard abs and sexy smirk start to seem like the perfect stress relief.

Especially when he offers himself all wrapped up in a bow.

So no, dear Santa, I do not want Jonathan Frost, but I won’t say no to his Christmas package!

Frosting Her Christmas Cookies is a standalone holiday romantic comedy. If you love Christmas baking, hilarious holiday hijinks, and a big thick Christmas stocking, then pick up this full-length, steamy romance novel! There are no cliffhangers but there is a very merry (Christmas!) ever after!

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EXCERPT:

“Drinking alone?”

I stiffened. “I need it after dealing with you,” I said to Jonathan.

“I can’t have you in here ruining the atmosphere,” he said, spinning the barstool around to have me face him. “You’re like roadkill that dragged herself in here.”

“Ah yes, because a billionaire with delusions of adequacy is someone whose opinion I care about,” I shot back.

“I am way more than adequate,” he said, striking a pose. The glow from the expensive fixtures highlighted the slight bruise on his perfect face.

I smirked slightly.

“Like something you see?” Jonathan asked.

“Just that dildo-shaped bruise on your face,” I replied, sipping my drink. “Your company has our first meeting all over its feed. Better than the basic images you have up there now. At least people can laugh at the spit flying out of your mouth when you ran into my candy cane instead of dying from boredom at those images you’re posting.”

“You’re just jealous,” Jonathan retorted, eyes narrowing as he leaned over me. “I have one of the best marketing firms in the city working on my social media push.”

“Guess you can’t buy good taste,” I said, draining my drink.

“Says the woman wearing a reindeer costume,” Jonathan shot back. He reached out and hooked two fingers right at the neckline of the costume, pulling me forward slightly. “At first I thought you were wearing it under duress, but you’re still parading around in it. Like you said, you can’t buy taste.”

“Oh my god! Don’t touch my sister, creep!”

Now Lilith shows up.

Our friend Emma was hovering behind her.

Jonathan jerked his hand back then looked between Lilith and me wildly.

“Holy shit. Of course you’re creepy identical twins.”

Lilith and I glared in unison—or tried to. Lilith was dressed in her standard gothic garb, while I was bedecked for Christmas.

Jonathan turned on his heel to leave then looked over his shoulder at me. “I’d tell you good luck on the competition, but after your little stunt, everyone is going to put you in last place.”

Author Bio:

If you like steamy romantic comedies with a creative streak, then I'm your girl!

Architect by day, writer by night, I love matcha green tea, chocolate, and books! So many books...

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Book Blitz: Tic-Tac-Mistletoe by: N.R. Walker

Tic Tac Mistletoe
N.R. Walker
Publication date: November 27th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Holiday, LGBTQ+, Romance

Hamish Kenneally is moving from Australia to the US for a fresh start, starting with Christmas at his sister’s place in Idaho. When a snowstorm diverts his plane to Montana and leaves him stranded two days before Christmas, he hires a car and drives right into a blizzard.

Ren Brooks has always called Hartbridge, Montana, and his family hardware store, home. After a few failed attempts at love, he’s resigned to being single forever—after all, no guy wants to stay in his sleepy little town for long. And after his dad’s passing earlier in the year, Ren’s Christmas is looking bleak. But when a car runs off the road in front of his property, Ren pulls the driver out and takes him home to get out of the cold.

With the storm and the holidays leaving Hamish with nowhere else to go, Ren kindly offers a place to stay. Hamish is certain he’s crashed right into a Hallmark Christmas movie, despite more car delays and road closures and the prospect of not seeing his sister for Christmas. And with help from Hamish, Ren is beginning to feel a little Christmas cheer.

These two unlikely strangers have more in common than they first realise, and after two days of Christmas decorations, cookies, and non-stop conversation, it looks like Christmas might be saved after all.

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EXCERPT:

Hamish’s POV

A totally catastrophic, unmitigated disaster.

What is a totally catastrophic, unmitigated disaster, you might ask?

Let me break it down for you real quick.

My life, my relationship, my job, my plans, my future, and this whole damn trip.

So, basically me.

Me.

I am the totally catastrophic unmitigated disaster.

Hamish Kenneally, thirty-one-year-old Australian, who quit his shitty job and sold his shitty apartment and left behind his shitty life in Sydney, packed his said-shitty life into two suitcases, and boarded a plane to spend Christmas with his sister in God-knows-where, Idaho, USA.

Well, Christmas first. Then two years, at least, in America trying to unshitify his life.

And if the trip to said God-knows-where, Idaho, was any indication of just how spectacularly extra-shitified my life was going to get, I should have turned around and stayed right where I was.

Because if the flight from Sydney to LA was bad, which it was, then the second flight, LA to Spokane, made the first flight look like a joy ride.

Because I didn’t get to Spokane, did I?

Oh no, of course I didn’t.

Because you see, Christmastime in America is in winter. Which is weird enough for this Australian. Christmas should be hot summer days at the beach, seafood and salads, beers and watching the bronzed surfers and drunk foreigners at Bondi. That is what Christmas should be.

None of this “sorry folks; to avoid flying into a massive snow blizzard, we’re being diverted to Missoula, Montana” crap the captain of the plane said when we were halfway there. Like the screaming baby in the seat next to me, or the vomiting lady in the row in front of me weren’t bad enough. Like we had any choice about which direction we were flying into.

I had no choice. I was now going to Montana. In a freaking blizzard, of all things. Ever been on a plane that flew into a snowstorm? There is zero joy in that kind of turbulence, believe me. It would also explain the screaming baby and the vomiting woman. And the man behind me saying Hail Mary’s . . . which you’d think might be comforting. But oh boy, is it ever not. Especially when he yelled the prayer every time we hit a particularly large pothole in the sky on the descent. Honestly, if this flight was a scene in a movie, you’d think it was too ridiculous to be real.

After the plane landed—to which I would have clapped and cheered like everyone else if I wasn’t stuck in the brace position after trying to kiss my own arse goodbye—we were kicked off the plane without so much as a good luck in the wrong bloody state.

So there I was, a clueless Aussie, after flying for twenty hellish-hours and now a few hundred kilometres from where I was supposed to be, trying to wrangle two overweight suitcases down the concourse, when one little wheel on my suitcase broke.

Because of course it did.

Frazzled and trying not to cry— Yes, cry. A thirty-one-year-old man can cry; shove your toxic masculinity in your cakehole and stop judging me. I was having a jetlag-fuelled shitastic day meltdown, trying to keep my shit together the best I could, and clearly not doing it very well. I was allowed a little saltwater leakage.

Anyway, getting back to my story. I tried to call my sister.

No signal.

Because of course there’s not.

So, taking a deep breath and willing myself not to spiral, I found my car rental kiosk. Finally, something is going right. “I have a car booked,” I said, trying to keep my now-broken suitcase upright with my foot while rifling through my backpack for my booking confirmation and driver’s licence. After dropping my passport and half the contents from my backpack all over the floor, then scrambling to collect it all while still trying to keep my suitcase upright, I handed everything over with a flourish of triumph. “Oh, that flight was the worst,” I said, sagging onto the counter. I was about to tell her all about my day from the ninth circle of hell when she looked up at me with that look.

You know the one.

The look of superficial appeasement before they cut you off at the knees. “I’m sorry, sir. But I don’t have a reservation under your name.”

I stared at her. My brain short-circuited and the will to live left my body. It was an actual out-of-body experience, I’m sure of it. I could see myself staring at her, mouth gaping like I’d been lobotomised.

Because of course they didn’t have my booking.

Why would they? My rental car was waiting for me in Spokane. In Washington. Not in freaking Montana.

“Oh,” I whispered, and my left eye twitched. “That’s nice.” I looked around the airport, at the line of annoyed people behind me. “Excellent. I’ve seen that movie where Tom Hanks lives in an airport. It wasn’t so bad. Could be worse. Could’ve been the one where he’s stuck on the island, I guess. Though I didn’t pack a volleyball, so that would’ve sucked.”

She blinked and tap-tap-tapped away at her keyboard. “But sir, we’ve had a lot of cancelled flights today because of the weather. I can arrange a vehicle for you, if you’d like?”

Oh, my sweet baby Jesus in a manger, why didn’t she lead with that?

Author Bio:

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Review: Murder In Season by: Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land

Title: Murder In Season
Author: Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land
Publisher: Berkley
Series: Murder She Wrote #52
Format: e-book ARC ( 304 p.)
Source: NetGalley

Description:

Christmas has come to Cabot Cove, but a peaceful holiday season is not in the cards after Jessica Fletcher is pulled into a centuries-old mystery in the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series.

With work on the reconstruction of her beloved home almost complete, Jessica Fletcher is in high holiday spirits, spearheading the annual Christmas parade and preparing for her nephew Grady and his family to come to town. The only thing dampening the holiday cheer is the discovery of two sets of bones on Jessica’s property: one set ancient, the other only about a year old. It’s concluded that they were both placed there during the reconstruction, and Jessica suspects that, despite the centuries between them, the remains might be connected. 

Soon tabloid reporter Tad Hollenbeck arrives in Cabot Cove to write a story about what he calls “the murder capital of the country.” But when Tad himself is murdered, Jessica speculates that his arrival, his death, and the discovery of the bones are all somehow linked.

As Jessica digs deeper to find the connection between the bones and Tad’s murder, everything seems to come back to a mystery that has long plagued Cabot Cove. If she wants to solve the case, she’ll need to delve into her beloved town’s dark history, or else this holiday season may be her last....

My Review: 

Jessica is finally home again to find she has a septic issue now and while working on that her workers stumble over a dead body or two and a box containing sacred old Cabot Cove documents.  All this with Christmas on the horizon.  Will Jessica have a Merry Christmas or will she be missing during this holiday?

Soon a tabloid reporter shows up to investigate Cabot Cove the murder capital of century at least that's what he calls it.  When Tad Hollenbeck winds up snuffed out Jessica wonders if all the murders are connected?  The more she investigates the more questions arise. With Mort, Harry, Seth, Grady, and other friends on the case you know it will be so much fun!

I love Jessica she to me was the first cozy character I really loved to watch her investigate and solve the crimes.  She has a way that not many sleuths can match!  You know when Jessica is on the case an injustice will be corrected and Jessica wont stop until the whole mystery is unraveled.  This was no exception.  Jessica proved once again why she in my eyes is the queen of cozies!  

Friday, November 13, 2020

Review: Lethal Bayou Beauty by: Jana Deleon


Title: Lethal Bayou Beauty
Author: Jana Deleon
Publisher: Createspace
Format: e-book (212 p.)
Source: Kindle purchase

Description:

No one in Sinful liked Pansy Arceneaux, but who hated her enough to kill her?

When aspiring actress Pansy Arceneaux returns to Sinful, Louisiana to head up the beauty pageant portion of the Summer Festival, CIA assassin Fortune Redding knows she’s in for trouble. Her undercover identity as a former beauty queen makes Fortune the perfect choice to chair the event with Pansy, but Pansy’s abrasive personality makes it impossible to get through a single rehearsal without a fight.

When Pansy turns up dead, Fortune is the prime suspect.

Armed with only her wits and two conniving seniors referred to locally as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune launches an investigation to find the real killer before her cover is blown.

My Thoughts: 

Fortune is still trying to lay low in Sinful which proves most difficult when Pansy Arceneaux returns to Sinful and causes more trouble and even worse by winding up dead!  Who killed her and why?  Fortune finds herself on the hook for the murder and is determined to figure out who killed Pansy and why?

This book is so much fun with Ida Belle, Gertie stumbling around trying to figure out the murder and making everyone laugh out loud along the way!  

If you haven't read these books yet you are missing out on a great series that pulls you in makes you laugh and solves a mystery two along the way!

Monday, November 2, 2020

Review: Selling Christmas by: Angelina Goode




Title
: SELLING CHRISTMAS
Author: Angelina Goode
Publisher: Beach Blanket Publishing
Pages: App. 300
Genre: Christmas Romance

BOOK BLURB:

Helping people find their dream house has always come natural to Caroline. She’s able to set the stage perfectly so her clients can imagine spending the holidays in their new home, even though she doesn’t decorate her own. When her boss assigns her to oversee the company’s first Christmas Tour of Homes, Caroline thinks she may be in over her head.

Luke has always made sure his daughter, Ella, had all that she needed for Christmas, including a home bursting at the seams with tinsel and holly. Even if it meant working extra shifts patrolling the town. So when a house of their own is at the top of Ella’s Christmas list, he can’t help but set out to find one.

As Christmas fate brings Caroline and Luke together, they just might be exactly what the other needs to make it through the holidays. Until Luke unknowingly stumbles across Caroline’s past. A past that keeps Caroline from looking to a future with Luke.

Can Caroline and Luke find their way to happily ever after? Or is the only thing keeping them from finding it, each other?


My Thoughts:

This book follows Caroline who loves to bring Christmas to other people but won't decorate for herself considering it too commercialized.  She's put in charge of turning four homes into Christmas wonderlands and finds herself in a predicament as she herself no cut out for this project will she get it done or fall flat on her face.

Luke has done everything for his daughter to make sure she has everything she could want for Christmas with holly and cheer even if it requires him to work overtime to get it.  When Luke's daughter puts a house on her Christmas list he sets out to make her dreams come true which leads directly to Caroline.  Will they be able to make this Christmas magical for his daughter and maybe each other as well?

This was a great Christmas story.  This was such an uplifting magical story which you could find yourself reading every Christmas it pulls you in and you really feel apart of their world seeing how it will all play out!  Can't wait to see what is next for this author!

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Meet The Author



Angelina Goode began writing as a teenager. Though her first works were poems about love-struck teenagers, she grew her craft while earning her degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. A former grade school teacher that loved teaching children to write, she enjoys finding creative ways to present everyday events. Now she primarily writes light-hearted contemporary women’s fiction. Angelina loves to travel and weave places she’s visited into her novels. She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys people-watching and year-round sun.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: www.angelinagoode.com

Twitter: @angelina_goode

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Review: Mumbo Gumbo Murder by: Laura Childs & Terrie Farley Moran


Title: Mumbo Gumbo Murder
Author: Laura Childs & Terrie Farley Moran
Publisher: Berkley
Series: A Scrapbooking Mystery #16
Format: e-book ARC (308 p.)

Description:

A shocking murder strikes a sour note during Jazz Fest in the latest New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It's Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and the giant puppets from the Beastmaster Puppet Theatre are parading through the French Quarter. Some are very spooky and veiled, others are tall and gangly, like strange aliens.
    
As the parade proceeds, Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava, follow behind, down Royal Street and past the food booths. Suddenly, they hear a terrible crash from Devon Dowling's antiques shop. They rush inside to find Devon collapsed with blood streaming down the side of his face. Has he been shot? Stabbed? 911 is hastily called, and the police and EMTs show up. After the police examine Devon's body, they tell Carmela and Ava that their friend was murdered with an icepick. They're shocked beyond belief—and now Mimi, Devon's little pug, is left homeless.

Carmela and Ava are determined to catch the murderer, but the list of suspects is long. How long do they have before they find themselves on the killer's list?

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Carmela Bertrand and her bestie Ava as they are out one night in the glorious Crescent City and hear a glass shatter and find their friend Devon Dowling dead and his dog Mimi traumatized.  

Carmela ends up taking Mimi home thinking maybe Mimi can help identify Devon's murderer.  Of course they are so many suspects.  Could it be his heavy drinking assistant TJ?  Or could it be the owner of his building whose quick to build Condos? Or could it be Richard Drake from the vampire society?

This book had so much going on as Quigg was also involving Carmela with a new bar idea which created alot of friction with Babcock.  All this while also investigating a murder and getting a wedding dress and coming up with a wedding date!  I don't how these two do it but they manage to do it in style as well.

I love this series so much it has rich location of New Orleans along with alot of interesting and colorful characters!  Can't wait to see what this writing teams come up with next!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Review: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by: Simone St. James







Title: The Haunting of Maddy Clare
Author: Simone St. James
Publisher: Berkley
Format: e-book (318 p.)
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

Sarah Piper's lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis—rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts—has been summoned to investigate the spirit of nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is haunting the barn where she committed suicide.

Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah's task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a deperate struggle. For Maddy's ghost is real, she's angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Alistair's assistant, the rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, where she came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance—before she destroys them all?

My Thoughts:

Sarah Piper gets a new job as an assistant to a ghost hunter Alistair.  They travel to a small town and learn about Maddy Clare.  A girl who was scarred by something very badly and committed suicide.  she spends her time haunting a barn where a couple took her in when she showed up at their house.

Sarah finds herself contacting Maddy as she detests men,  She wants Maddy to find out the truth so she can seek her revenge.  Until she gets her way she hold's Alister in some sort of mental hostage, bringing him back to the war and his time in the war.  What happened to Maddie and will she ever release Alistair from her grip?

I loved this story it reminded me of Carolyn Haine's Pluto Detective Agency.  It brings you in wanting to learn more about Sarah, Maddy, Matthew and Alistair.  What they went through in this addictive book!  It hooks you in until the end and the ending was definitely worth it!  Can't wait to see what is next for this incredible author!

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Review: The Broken Girls by: Simone St. James


Title: The Broken Girls
Author: Simone St. James
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Paperback ( 336p.)
Source: Publisher

Description:

A suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare...

Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants--the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming--until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister's boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can't shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past--and a voice that won't be silenced. . . . 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Fiona Sheridan whose trying to make sense of the murder of her sister Deb.  Part of making sense from it brings her to an abandoned private school.   Back in 1950 troubled girls were sent to Idlewild Hall.  There they are groomed to make a success of their life.  Some of the horror's these girls faced that brought them there were really traumatic.

Fiona finds herself digging deep into the past of the school while under the guise of writing a story about the girls who went there.  When a body is found the pressure is on to find out what really happened back then and whose to blame? 

I found this story very compelling it brought you back and forth and from various points of view it dragged you and didn't let go.  It was incredible adventure to go on and feel like you were on it until the very end!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Review: Lover Reborn by: J. R. Ward




Title: Lover Reborn
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: NAL
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #10
Format: Hardcover (572 p.)
Source: Library 

Description:
Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been unrecognizable from the vampire leader he once was. Physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair, he has been brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel. Now, fighting once again with ruthless vengeance, he is unprepared to face a new kind of tragedy.

When Tohr begins to see his beloved in his dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld far from the peace and tranquillity of the Fade—he turns to the angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. But because Lassiter tells him he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed....

Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past and a very hot, passion-filled future…but can his heart let go and set all of them free?

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Tohrment whose life was tilted on it's axis when he lost his shellan and baby.  Now she is stuck in a in between wanting to make everyone pay for what happened what he didn't count on was No one appearing everywhere he turned.

No one is stuck she's trying to find her way in the world but doesn't know what that is per se.  When the two are thrown together the sparks fly like crazy.  

Unfortunately Tohr has a hard road to travel one that would kill just about anyone to free one girl and have another!  This book was such a roller coaster ride.  It brings you all over the place.  While it had slow parts in the end it all came together!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Review: Finding Peace by: Alaine Greyson

 

Finding Peace
Alaine Greyson
(Reclaiming Life, #3)
Publication date: September 24th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Bracken Point is full of secrets, but none top the ones Tobias Sawyer is ordered to keep.

Sent undercover, Tobias arrives at the small town of Bracken Point determined to solve the case and leave. But he never counted on meeting Madeline Grant.

Ten years ago, Madeline was injured in a house fire, leaving severe burns over her body. Now at twenty, she prefers life behind the scenes, not wanting people to see her scars. When Tobias begins to notice her, will Madeline let down her guard or run away?

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My Thoughts:

This book follows Tobias Sawyer and Madeline Grant who are working for a photographer.  Secretly in their own way they are doing more than just photography they are both looking into a case to find who knows what?  But will they figure it out?  Or will they finally find each other?  

All Madeline wants is for her brother and father to get along and to be her own woman.  While interning at a photography office she meets Tobias under the name of Preston.  She finds herself attracted to him but will he like her with her scars and all?  

Tobias is determined to get to the bottom of what happened to his sister and who hurt her.  Is it a dirty cop or someone else entirely?

This book had a lot of sneakiness going one which makes it very interesting wondering if they will figure out who the bad guy is and if Tobias gets enough information to nail the bad person?  It's definitely a great book for people in their twenties/thirties!


Author Bio:

Alaine Greyson lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, son and cocker spaniel puppy. She loves to push the envelope with her stories and strives to make her readers sympathize with characters from all backgrounds. Alaine is an avid reader and considers Jane Austen and Diana Gabaldon to be her literary heroes. She loves Mexican food, 80s music and is a Robert Downey Jr. super-fan. You will find mentions of things she loves throughout her books.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Cover Reveal: Demon King by: Elizabeth Briggs

Demon King
Elizabeth Briggs
(Claimed By Lucifer, #1)
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

I made a deal with the devil. Now hes claimed me as his mate.

When my best friend goes missing in Las Vegas, there’s only one man I can turn to for help.

Lucas Ifer. Billionaire playboy. CEO of Abaddon Inc. King of Sin City.

And…the devil himself?

Lucas—aka Lucifer—agrees to help me, but in exchange he wants one thing: me.

He’s dark, dangerous, and wickedly handsome. Oh, and evil incarnate. I should say no, but I can’t. I’m that desperate.

But when you make a deal with the devil, there’s no escaping it. Now he owns my body for seven nights of sin. Even worse, he owns my soul for all eternity.

I’m Persephone being claimed by Hades, and I have no choice but to enter his underworld and become his dark queen.

Is there any light left in that black heart? Or will his darkness consume me?

Demon King is a sinfully sexy retelling of Hades and Persephone with a Lucifer twist, perfect for fans of Jennifer Armentrout, Sarah J. Maas, Laura Thalassa, and Amelia Hutchins.

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New York Times Bestselling Author Elizabeth Briggs writes unputdownable romance across genres with bold heroines and fearless heroes. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology and has worked for an international law firm, mentored teens in writing, and volunteered with dog rescue groups. Now she's a full-time geek who lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter, and a pack of fluffy dogs. Find her online at www.elizabethbriggs.net.

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Review: Lover Unleashed by: J. R. Ward

Title: Lover Unleashed
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: NAL
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #9
Format:  e-book ( 512 p.)
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:


Number-one New York Times best-selling author J.R. Ward's thrilling new novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself - only to face a devastating injury.

Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can - but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?

My Thoughts:

When Payne leaves her mother's sanctuary she is left without a injured spine and in her twin Vishous's hands to help heal her, which calls his love Dr. Jane to help her.  Unable to do much she hunts down Dr. Manuel to help, but it comes with a price the memory wipes which leave him all screwy.  What Payne needs requires more of Dr. Manuel then even he knows.  Will he help heal her?

Payne doesn't know much about a normal life.  She knows one thing she is feeling things towards Dr. Manuel and knows if she can't walk again her life is over.  Add to the fact Vishous is going through some deep crap and is pushing everyone away!  Will he find what he is looking for or die trying?

I love this series such fun to learn about different characters and see how they deal with things and get their happy ever after even during this fighting of lessers.  These books are so addicting I can read one a day!  So action packed yummy goodness!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Review: Lover Mine by: J.R. Ward

Title: Lover Mine
Author: J. R. Ward
Publisher: NAL
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #8
Format: Hardcover ( 528 p.)
Source: Library

Description:

John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.

Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows mute vampire John Matthews who spent time among the humans before he was discovered by the brotherhood.  From there he spent time with Tohrment before that fell apart and ended up living at the compound.  But as readers learn he's another brother reincarnated with his own destiny.  Brother Darius who died in the first book has been alluded to with John.  

He also has a thing for Xhex even though she warns him over and over that she won't be with him.  But will she decide that this time it could be forever?  

I loved the character of John/Darius as he gets to be near his daughter without her knowing it's him.  We also get to see him fall in love and really show how bad*** he can be!  I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Review: Lover Avenged by: J. R. Ward

Title: Lover Avenged
Author: J. R. Ward
Publisher: NAL
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #7
Format:  Hardcover ( 527 p.)
Source: Library

Description:

Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood—even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him—and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

My Thoughts: 

Rehvenge has always kept a safe distance from the brotherhood as it is safer that way which is complicated as his sister is married to a brother.  Rehvenge is keeping a secret that could make him a massive liability.

He finds himself falling for Ehlena a fellow vampire.  Will he win or will he destroy anything between them?

I love this such a great tortured soul who keeps people at a distance.  It was definitely a bumpy ride going on with Rehvenge.  But with the brotherhood is there any other way to go?  I  thoroughly enjoyed this adventure.  These books get better and better every time i pick one up.  

A massive addictive roller coaster that never lets you go, leaves you wanting more and bummed to have to wait for the next book to be released!


Friday, September 18, 2020

Review: Lover Enshrined by: J. R. Ward

Title: Lover Enshrined
Author: J. R. Ward
Publisher: Signet
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood # 6
Format: Hardcover (560 p.)
Source: Library

Description:

In this "frighteningly addictive" paranormal romance saga there's a war raging between vampires and their slayers. Here are the stories of a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now a dutiful twin must choose between two lives...

Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.

As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body, but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsibility behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood's mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love....

My Thoughts: 

Phury has decided to be the one brotherhood member to keep their line going.  His chosen one Cormia wants love not just her body.  She finds it hard to break Phury to get to his core and find out what he thinks and feels which doesn't happen right away.

Phury isn't sure what he wants until he's figured another way about the deal he made.  Will others agree or will Phury find himself doing a heartless duty?

Phury definitely was a complex situation and not easily solvable.  Being with someone who knows nothing.  Not even a movie it's a complex confusing situation.  Never did you think he'd find love among it!  I enjoyed this story and was glad Cormia got what she desired!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Review: Lover Unbound by: J.R. Ward


Title: Lover Unbound
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: Signet
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #5
Format: Hardcover (528 p.)
Source: Library 

Description:

The ruthless and brilliant brother Vishous possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time-until a destiny he didn't choose takes him into a future that does not include her...

My Thoughts: 

This book tells you more about Vishous who has a dark past, he can also see the future and is stuck with a horrid curse.  When he finds himself in the local hospital and Dr. Jane Whitcomb as his doctor he can't seem to get her out of his head and finds himself falling for her.  By the time it's way to late his future is altered and Jane isn't part of it.

Vishous goes extreme when it comes to Jane.  I think that is what is the best his love of her and trying to protect her and do anything he can to be with her!  This series is so addicting, it pulls you in and won't let go.  Can't wait to see what is next for the brotherhood.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Review: Lover Revealed by: J. R. Ward


Title: Lover Revealed
Author: J. R. Ward
Publisher: Onyx
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #4
Format: Hardcover (480 p.)
Source: Library

Description:

Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world—to engage in the turf war with the lessers. He's got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. If he can't have Marissa, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers...

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he's found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back. But even her love may not be enough to save him... 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Butch the only human to know just about everything about the brotherhood and live to tell about it.  He wants to go further with his new family.  Doesn't just want to be the human cop but to be one of them.  He is in love with Marissa but she won't be with him as he's not a vampire.  What will Butch do to finally find his place?  Will it be enough for Marissa?

I love this series it pulls you in and you know your in for a hell of fabulous ride.  This one was no different.  Butch finds himself at a crossroads in life of how far he's willing to go to be part of the brotherhood or if he will walk away and go back to not knowing anything!  I loved it.  As any of the books in this series they pull you in and you don't let go until the last page is turned!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Review: Echoes in Death by: J. D. Robb

Title: Echoes in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: In Death #44
Format: Hardcover ( 371 p.)
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:


This chilling new suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb is the perfect entry point into the compelling In Death police procedural series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas.


As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.



Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”...



While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:



What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

My Thoughts:

Eve Dallas and her husband are heading home after a party when they stumble on a dead girl who is covered in blood!  What happened to her and who is she?  

Daphne Strazza is lucky to be alive but when she gives a description to Eve the only thing she can get out of it was how the devil took her.  Whose the devil and will he attack again?  Eve and her team investigate what happened and how many were impacted on a similar level and who killed her husband and of course why?  

This case hits close to Eve who herself suffered all sorts of violence by someone who claimed to love her.  The book introduces you to numerous victims and a masked figure whose had way to much fun at the victims expense!

I really enjoyed this story as we see Eve and Roarke work together in their various strengths to peice together what happened to the couples and whose attacking them.  The killer was definitely a surprise and kept the ride as a definite rollercoaster!

Monday, September 14, 2020

Review: 'Til Death Do Us...' by: Patrick Gallagher

Title: 'Til Death Do Us...'
Author: Patrick Gallagher
Publisher: WildBlue Press
Format: Paperback ( 242 p.)
Source: PUYBP

Description:

In August 1945, Gladys Lincoln of Sacramento contacted prosperous Dr. W. D. Broadhurst of Caldwell, Idaho, and rekindled a romance from twenty years earlier.  After many passionate letter exchanges and several sexually-charged meetings, they were married in Reno, Nevada on May 20, 1946.  After a passion-filled three-day weekend together, the doctor returned to his home in Idaho, and Gladys returned to Sacramento … and to her husband, Leslie Lincoln! But Gladys was much more than a bigamist.
Gladys needed something even she didn’t understand.  She married her first husband when she was 20, and her second husband only 14 months later.  The second marriage lasted only two years, the third less than 16 months.  Leslie Lincoln was her fifth, and Dr. Broadhurst became her sixth. But what desperate need drove her to go from marriage to marriage?
Then what dark mindset moved her and her young cowboy chauffeur to commit murder? Find out in ‘TIL DEATH DO US …’ the gripping new true crime from WildBlue Press author Patrick Gallagher whose grandfather was Gladys’ lead defense attorney during her sensational trial.

My Thoughts: 
This book follows Gladys Lincoln whose had her share of breakups in her case the breakup happens after marriages.  We learn there is more to Gladys than her marriages and the road you go one is full of turns you didn't think someone would go through.  
This book is definitely different than most true crime books and you learn so much you may not have known about Gladys Lincoln.  What made her do what she did and why she would want to murder someone she loved.  
Definitely great for those who love true crime stories it pulls you in and keeps you reading to find out what Gladys Lincoln was thinking and feeling when she did so many marriages and even marry someone while still married! 

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Many have set about in life to tell stories that amaze others. Patrick Gallagher had no such ambition. However, some stories grip us by the collar and demand they be told to the world, and this is what Patrick has been challenged to do. He has been a “jack of all trades, master of one,” the “one” being a U.S. Customs Broker and logistics specialist. But over the curse of a lifetime Patrick has worked as a farm laborer, forest fire fighter, process server, retail store manager, preacher, ware-houseman and dishwasher. However, founding and managing a business in international logistics was the career he loved.
Now retired, Patrick and his wife enjoy their four children and twelve grandchildren, and their home at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado.

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