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Damage Control: Dirty Money #2 by Lisa Renee Jones

Damage Control: Dirty Money #2 by Lisa Renee Jones

On the blog today, we’ll picking up from a cliffhanger ending in the Dirty Money series from Lisa Renee Jones. Be assured, that many questions are answered, and the action? Oh it never stops. With secrets, steam and a hero to die for, please read on for my review, an excerpt and a giveaway where you could win one of the 2 (two) $25 Amazon gift cards, or one of 3 (three) signed copies of Hard Rules and 3 Dirty Money tote bags

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Little Black Dress by James Patterson & Emily Raymond

Little Black Dress by James Patterson & Emily Raymond

Well, this was an experiment, the collaborative short stories that are included in the BookShots line are ‘devour in hours’ books, perfect for commutes or flights.  With the first to grab any interest from me, I decided to take a chance on this author combo and a new to me narrator, Helen Wick.  Please read on for my review of the audiobook version of

Little Black Dress

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Scorpio Rising: The Scorpio Series by Monique Domovich

 

 

Today I am pleased to present a review for Scorpio Rising by Monique Domovich, the first of 2 books in The Scorpio Series.  In addition, you should look at the other Tour Stops, and see what other’s think. And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win your own eBook copy.

 

Title:  Scorpio Rising
Author: Monique Domovich
Publisher:  Larsen Publishing
Format:  Paperback and eBook
Pages: 378
ISBN:  1463790732
Series:  The Scorpio Series #1
Read in Order: Yes
Stars:  4.5
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About the Book:  Set in New York and Paris amid the glamorous and competitive worlds of art and real estate, Scorpio Rising takes the reader from the late 1940s to the 1960s through the tumultuous lives of its heroes.

There is Alex Ivanov, the son of a Russian immigrant and part-time prostitute. He yearns to escape his sordid life and achieve fame and fortune. His dreams of becoming a world-class builder are met with countless obstacles, yet he perseveres in the hope of someday receiving the recognition he craves.

Half a world away, Brigitte Dartois is an abused teenager who runs into the arms of a benefactor with an agenda all his own. When she finds out that her boss has an ulterior motive, she flees again, determined to earn her living through her art. This career brings her fame, but also the unwanted attention of her early abuser.

Monique Domovitch’s debut novel, Scorpio Rising, is a compelling tale filled with finely etched characters and a superb understanding of the power of ambition. Scorpio Rising promises to resonate with all who once had a dream.

My Review:  The majority of the book is two concurrent but very different story lines, also done in two very different voices. The book starts with Alex Ivanov at age 12: son of a Russian immigrant mother, absent father and living in Brooklyn. Quickly we are taken to meet Brigitte Dartois, a young girl in France with a new and abusive stepfather and a cold and removed mother.

From two different perspectives, we see the effects of that early abuse or indifferent behaviour and how it shapes the relationships and attitudes of these two young people, as they grow into adulthood and need to find their way in the world. Alex wants nothing more than to create and design buildings that will sit as monument to his talent. Brigitte is an artist with a bold, emotive style that utilizes everyday objects to create emotion in those who see her paintings.

The story was beautifully written, with a solid and distinct voice for each character that reinforces the characters we are coming to know. While through a series of coincidences, the characters meet, although it was a rather predictable outcome, it came on faster and with less introspection on all sides, when the history of the characters is considered. The ending felt a bit rushed, and while it is leading nicely into the sequel, that transition felt as if it was more of a “I should” decision by the author rather than asking “Should I ?”. I almost feel as if the book could have ended without the second to last section as a lead in to the next volume. And that, is why this was a 4.5 star book for me, rather than a full on 5.

*I had purchased this book prior to the review opportunity. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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Bare Necessities: Brookfield Series Book Two by Lacey Wolfe

 

Today I am pleased to present a review of Bare Necessities, the Brookfield Series Book Two, by Lacey Wolfe.

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Title:  Bare Necessities
Author:  Lacey Wolfe
Format: eBook
Publisher: Southern Girl Press
Pages: 150 (approx.)
ISBN:  B009H8AZLA
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Series:  Brookfield
Best Read in Order:  Not Required
Stars: 4
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About the Book:  After years of bad relationships, Ava Miller is finally living life for herself and isn’t going to let anyone get in the way. Her dream is to open a lingerie shop, and she has chosen Brookfield, Wyoming as her new home, where her dreams might just come true. Once she meets the town sheriff, though, she’s suddenly involved in a flirtatious battle for the right to open her store.

Seth Hampton is the town’s sheriff, and when Ava shows up, he’s not sure what hits him. He craves her, yet he can’t stand to allow that type of shop to open in his small town. However, he isn’t alone. Someone else wants Ava to leave town. Things take a turn when her shop is vandalized, and all evidence points to Seth.

Ava isn’t sure what to think. While Seth seems to be the only one with motives, something inside her believes he would never do it. Can Ava and Seth figure it out before one of them gets hurt?

The Review:   With a tight and clever writing style, Lacey Wolfe has transported a city girl into the countryside, and livened up this small mountain town.  It’s not a stretch to imagine the friendliness of the people, and Ava’s personal discomfort with trust, not after her abusive past is revealed.  While Seth’s interest, as both the Sheriff and a man are easy to relate to.  While no one is comfortable with the thought that an “adult store” is taking up residence on Main Street, his overt hostility to Ava once he hears that she is the new businesswoman with a planned lingerie shop that also sells adult toys is a bit overdone.

Yes, all of that conflict is settled when, as must happen with romance, their desires for each other overcome their discomfort of the situation, and the danger faced when Ava’s past returns to haunt.

A perfectly fun book, great for an escape read; with touches of more serious elements of abusive and controlling boyfriends.  Somewhat predictable, which is in no way a negative for a romance read, this book is the first in several I am sure to read of this author’s work when I want to escape the mundane and have a happy ending.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

For more on the author, and Finding Home: Brookfield Series Book One : Read More

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