Review: Defenseless by Elizabeth Dyer

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DEFENSELESS started out with what I thought was info dumping about Georgia’s life, but I’m glad I didn’t give up because the story picked up when she met Parker at the end of Chapter One. Oooh, Parker!! Parker is a geek, and he’s super brilliant, but he doesn’t have the typical geek profile. He’s charming and can communicate like a normal human being. I find him refreshing due to the role reversal here, where Georgia (the bodyguard) is the badass and Parker (the tech guy) the damsel. It’s also the first time where I read how the hero is “intimidated” and “deferred” to someone else, because he’s not “physical” as the rest of the spec ops guys and also because his expertise is based on his brain. While it’s disconcerting to read, we also really see Parker’s growth here, both in his relationship with Georgia and individually as a person. Continue reading

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Review: Zero Hour by Megan Erickson

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Think geek heroes are boring? Let ZERO HOUR change your mind. It’s a gritty, pageturning, thrilling ride into the world of cyber romantic suspense with hackers and high-octane action!

Roarke gathered a crew together to avenge his brother’s murder, but he never wanted to involve Wren, the woman who had the power to tie him up in knots. But Wren got an in with the villain, and it would’ve saved them work and time if she used that connection, so Roarke reluctantly allowed her to join them, not that he could’ve stopped her. But what he didn’t know was that Wren had a personal revenge mission of her own…

Roarke and Wren are unbelievably hot together! Continue reading

Review: Cinderella by Mike Klaassen

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This reimagining of a well loved fairy tale is amazing! I love how the author breathed life into the cardboard characters in the fairy tale. Even the prince has some sidekicks that we didn’t know about and Cinderella’s fairy godmother is of a different sort. I enjoyed this revisit into my childhood, and I believe every kid should know this version of the tale as well.

However, and it may be the adult romance junkie in me speaking, but I wish we could have seen more of Ella’s interaction with the prince, instead of her um…(spoiler) to know his thoughts and intentions. If they had talked more, it would’ve strengthened the bond and connection between them. She could’ve opted not to use her ability when it comes to the prince. Also, how Ella got the prince to fall for her? Romance readers all over the world would revolt. On the relationship development side, it’s definitely not recommended for it to happen that way. I wouldn’t have believed in their relationship or that it would even last, unless through sorcery. That said, fairy tales are not known for in-depth character and romantic development (if there’s any romance at all), so perhaps this story is merely staying true to its origins. Continue reading

Review: One and Only by Jenny Holiday

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Another superb offering from Jenny Holiday!

It’s no secret that I love Jenny Holiday’s books (49th Floor Novels). So it’s an auto-reflex to snatch this one up, especially when the hero and heroine promised to deliver sparks of the clashing kind. I’m happy to report that the author exceeds expectations and more. Jenny Holiday is a superb storyteller and she presents the romantic journey of Cam and Jane in a clear manner that is every bit as thrilling and fulfilling as her previous books. Not only do Cam and Jane develop as a couple, but their individual ARCs were fulfilled as well.

First up, you’ll love Cameron McKinnon–he’s adorable and sweet, vulnerable, honorable, Continue reading

Review: Shake Up by Joyce Palmer

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Most of the stories I’ve read are new couples falling in love; hardly do I read about an established couple encountering problems in their marriage and trying to find their way back to each other. So I went into SHAKE UP with an open mind and not a lot of expectations, and I’m happy to say I enjoyed this story a lot.

John and Lacey are great characters, both individually and together as a couple. John came across as a dominant, and he has definite ideas about a woman’s place in his life and household, but when Lacey bucked against this, when she decided to work at the DEA as an undercover agent, the couple ran into problems that might seriously wreck their marriage. However, John and Lacey loved each other too much to give up just like that. Continue reading

Review: Call Your Steel by G.D. Penman

NEW BOOK RELEASE !!
A new dark fantasy novel by G.D. Penman
Call Your Steel
CALL YOUR STEEL
G.D. Penman
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: October 15, 2017
In the sky above there was no sun.
For millennia beyond reckoning the Eaters of the Gods ruled over this sunless world, waging their secret war on each other through their Chosen, mortals granted a fraction of the Eaters in human powers in exchange for a life of servitude. Kaius counts himself among their hallowed ranks, devoted entirely to his brutal duties. Lucia is no more than a travelling minstrel, albeit one who found herself in the very worst place at the very worst time. How could mere mortals like them stand up against the vast alien power of the Eaters of the Gods?
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I’m not totally new to the fantasy genre, and this book being billed as dark fantasy made me pause for a bit. However, I was amazed to find that I enjoyed it a lot, and while there was some gore and lots of violence, I didn’t find myself cringing too much. Every time I start a new fantasy, it would take me some time to acquaint myself with the characters and the world, and it’s the same here, but once I did, the story carried me along every exciting step of the way until the end.

The worldbuilding was superb, truly fantastic. The world was always night, the characters didn’t know there was such a thing as day and night, and I thought at first that their world was such. When the truth was revealed, it was so much more and I was flabbergasted and amazed. Wow. That’s just one example, there are others, and to experience the fabulousness of this novel, you truly have to read this.

The characters are distinct one from the other, and I have to commend the author on the great characters he had created. It was especially fun to read about the author’s dream cast (another stop on the tour) and imagine the actors playing out the characters in my imagination as I read.

Overall, an exciting adventure you won’t want to miss!

Rating: 5 stars! Continue reading

Review: Legacy of Evil by Sharon Buchbinder

NEW BOOK RELEASE !!
The exciting next installment from the Hotel LaBelle Series by Sharon Buchbinder
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LEGACY OF EVIL
Sharon Buchbinder
Series: Hotel LaBelle Series Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: October 13, 2017
Legacy of Evil
One battle, one outcome. Who will win? Good or evil?
When a wild mustang is shot in Montana, renowned horse whisperer and telepath, Emma Horserider, is called in to calm the herd and find out what happened. Once on scene she is almost killed by a bullet-spewing drone, and calls her black ops brother for back-up.
Emma’s help roars into her life covered in tattoos and riding a Harley. Remote viewer Bronco Winchester takes the assignment because he is ordered to, but he wonders what type of assistance, his boss’s sister needs. That is until he sees Emma, a valiant Warrior Woman proud of her Crow heritage.
Posing as a married couple, Emma and Bronco go undercover to infiltrate and stop a hate group. Both are anxious enough without the now growing attachment they feel for one another. When the lives of many are on the line, they are not sure if they will live or die—let alone have a chance at love.

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LEGACY OF EVIL is a highly entertaining and enjoyable story, also educational for me, because like Bronco, I’ve had a bad education in Native American stuff. I learned a lot in this book, and I especially like the Indian telegraph. There’s a kind of homey and sense of belonging in being part of a community like Emma’s. There’s also a certain subtle humor threading throughout the story that made me chuckle or at times, outright laugh out loud.

Sharon Buchbinder has created an unforgettable heroine in Emma Horserider. She’s bold and brave and I’m thoroughly jealous of her ability to communicate with horses and dogs. I love Bronco as well. These characters are fleshed-out and three-dimensional, well-rounded with layers that are peeled open as the story unfolds. They’re certainly different from most characters in the books I usually read.

Speaking of characters, there are noteworthy secondary characters here like Stephanie (Emma’s cousin), Beautiful Blackfeather (Emma’s ancestor) and let’s not forget Gaucho the bobcat! I’m not saying more; let’s just say you have to read this to appreciate them.

Overall, entertaining and unforgettable characters make this a recommended read!

Rating: 5 stars Continue reading