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Blue Moon Brides, Box Set by Anne Marsh with Giveaway

Blue Moon Brides, Box Set by Anne Marsh with Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for the Blue Moon Brides Box Set release by Anne Marsh. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a $25 Gift Card to Amazon or Barnes.

Book Review:

Tempted by the Pack: Blue Moon Brides # 1

Rafer Breaux is six plus feet of sexy Cajun male with a predatory edge. The edge is wholly appropriate since he is a werewolf, and an unmated one at that.  Anne Marsh introduces us to the Breaux brothers and their Louisiana Bayou lifestyle and sets their legend and story up with a unique premise.  Read more

Harbor Island: Sharpe & Donovan #4 by Carla Neggers with Excerpt

Book Review:

My first introduction to this author, and I was hoping for some action-packed tension mixing it up with a solidly believable romance.  The fourth in the series, I was intrigued by the art theft storyline with ties to Boston (a familiar and well-known city to me) had me interested enough to give it a read.

Sharpe and Donovan are apparently ‘in love’ but the seeming disinterest and lack of connection between them, and some rather heavy-handed stereotypical FBI agent characteristics had me wondering just why they were together: it felt convenient and rather strained.  And that feeling continued with some secondary characters, Emma and Colin’s boss Yank and his wife. Again I felt the lack of communication was still present even after they ‘reconciled’.  Perhaps the lack of feeling I got for the characters, and any appreciable empathy, came from my entering the series so late, but I believe that their previous definition and development should have held up, even with a new adventure.  Read more

Winterkill by P.H. Turner with Excerpt and Giveaway

Winterkill by P.H. Turner with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for Winterkill by P.H. Turner, a western romantic suspense title.  Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where one lucky winner will get a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card and Digital Copy of WINTERKILL by P.H. Turner.

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AudioBook Review No River Too Wide: Goddesses Anonymous #3 by Emilie Richards

This just in~ Karen White – the narrator for this book, and in fact ALL of the titles in the Goddesses Anonymous series by Emilie Richards has a treat.  Blackstone Audio has provided her with an Audio CD copy of each of the 3 titles in the series to giveaway: all you have to do is go to her blog and comment!  Go to Home Cooked Books  and enter – and do it soon !

AudioBook Review:

There was no master plan for this review to appear just as domestic violence is in the news, in fact I had been struggling to finish and polish this review.  My first encounter with the writing of Emilie Richards, and I found her characters believable and empathetic, her deft handling of the abuse and, more importantly, the path to recovery FROM the abuse was well-defined and clearly utilizes that curious mix of professional and friend support that is so important in the aftermath. Read more

AudioBook Review: Nobody’s Child: Georgia Davis #4 by Libby Fischer Hellmann

AudioBook Review:

The second title in her Georgia Davis series that I have reviewed, Libby Fischer Hellman again brings light to shadows, unearthing truly disturbing elements as she brings us through the story.  Georgia Davis is an easy character to like: she breathes and thinks and reacts to events with a humanity that is often missing in other detective stories, and Hellman uses that well-defined humanity in a character that is gutsy and determined, looking to do right for the underdog.

This story is particularly disturbing for it highlights the sex trafficking industry: already readers will intuit some less than savory elements, but Hellman goes steps further bringing child-trafficking into the mix. Be aware readers, while the story is incredibly well detailed and researched, there are moments that will literally turn your stomach and have you writing your congressmen.  Read more

Mercy: Beartooth, Montana #5 by B.J. Daniels with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for the Media Muscle/BookTrib tour for Mercy: Book 5 in the Beartooth, Montana romantic suspense series from B.J. Daniels.  Please be sure to check out the excerpt – and don’t forget to enter the blog exclusive giveaway where one US winner will get a paperback copy of the title.

Book Review:

The fifth book in the Beartooth, Montana romantic suspense series and B.J. Daniels manages to bring a deceptively simple story of attraction and trust into the center of an investigation into a gruesome series of murders. Read more

I Really, Really Want It by Richard Hennerley

Book Review:

I’m still of two minds about this title: clever prose that is so bitingly ironic and dark with a protagonist that, to this point, I still don’t know if he was simply playing a part of what he thought was expected of him, or if he was really that enmeshed in the game.

Hennerley has penned a dark and occasionally gruesome tale about the quest for celebrity, and the reality that is behind the façade.  The most relevant question is, how badly do you want it?
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Not Quite a Wife: The Lost Lords #6 by Mary Jo Putney with Giveaway

Not Quite a Wife: The Lost Lords #6 by Mary Jo Putney with Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for Not Quite a Wife, the sixth book in the Lost Lords series from Mary Jo Putney.  Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of three Print copies of  NOT QUITE A WIFE.

Book Review

My first encounter with this author or series, and I couldn’t wait to see if my expectations were met: it also feeds into my obsession with all things historical, and who doesn’t love a bit of trial and redemption?

James and Laurel were married young, she very sheltered and exceptionally pious, her upbringing even discounting the fact that she is female was vastly different from James’ early years, a key factor in their marital issues.  James was a ‘difficult’ child, and was sent to what would today be thought of as an ‘alternative’ school for difficult children, where he reformed his ways to ultimately work for the Crown during the Napoleonic Wars as an intelligence agent.  Now he has fallen ill and after a mugging has landed on his estranged wife’s doorstep. Read more

Rewind To You by Laura Johnston

Rewind To You by Laura Johnston

Welcome to my stop for the Tasty Tour for Rewind to You by Laura Johnston.  Please be sure to check out the other tour stops,  and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could be one of five lucky winners of an eBook copy of the title.

Book Review:

A debut offering from Laura Johnston manages to convincingly combine a story of coming to terms with grief and loss and a love story, with characters that are well-crafted and easy to relate to.  Told in alternating points of view, Johnston tells the story of Sienna and her struggles with guilt and grief over her father’s death.  Sienna is often ‘stuck’ in her own head and memories, reliving moments and beating herself up over her grief.  The summer at Tybee Island, a family vacation spot for so many years has added a whole new layer of memories to her already full plate.  Read more

AudioBook Review How to Break a Dragon’s Heart: How to Train Your Dragon #8 by Cressida Cowell

Soon coming to the end of the series, this has been such fun, I’ll be sad to reach the end.  Only 3 installments left – this series is perfect for kids and adults alike, best suited to middle grade readers with the heroic Hiccup and his troublesome dragon Toothless.

AudioBook Review

The story of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, continues on, with this story carrying more plot and background information for Hiccup than in any of the earlier stories. Yes, there is an adventure and a chance for Hiccup to use his brain and a bit of luck to save his friends, but this story has a mixed result, foreshadowing the future in ways that earlier books didn’t. Read more

AudioBook Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

AudioBook Review:

So I was late to the party again with this title, and actually my initial assumptions about this being ‘yet another’ story of Nazi Era Germany.  Honestly, the perspective and construct of this story is so unique and different, that it has been added to my list of ‘your child should read/ see’ this list of books and films that I believe provide a perspective on history that is often lacking in textbooks.

Firstly, the main narration is provided by death. Yes, Death. His retelling of the story, providing a perspective that ranges from ‘oh what fools these mortals be’ to actual moments where his occupation feels like a burden. A rather tricky narrator to be sure, but Zusak uses the character to full effect, giving a sense of foreboding without being maudlin. Read more