Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Done Deal - Rene D. Schultz

Cissy is just your typical hard working, single mother, who leads a very simple life, until one day, when a cancer diagnosis leave her spinning in circles. Not one to sit around and do nothing, and with experience in the medical field, she decides to research new medication and clinical studies on the Internet. All of a sudden, she hits a block wall. The pharmaceuticals are holding back and shelving drugs that have the potential to save lives. Why aren’t there clinical studies on these drugs? Why aren’t they being produced and dispensed? Why is this happening? 
Cissy goes on a quest, to find these answers and what she discovers is shocking. With an anger that leaves her cynical, and with time running out, she sets out to ‘right a wrong.’ She forfeits her integrity and leaves a legacy that will crush the greedy pharmaceuticals and the corrupt insurance companies! 
With the new age of technology, hackers become a reality, and new Robin Hoods emerge. 

I was honoured to read this book for this author. I found it quite compelling in the topic she chose to tackle. I cried at the story. LOVED the characters. I even felt the pain they were all going through. 10/10 for me all the way.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Opal Fire (A Reluctant Witch Mystery: Stacy Justice Book One) - Barbra Annino

Opal Fire is a paranormal mystery with a splash of romance and a helping of humor. 

Stacy Justice did not expect to be set on fire that night, but being raised by witches prepares one for life's little surprises. In fact, she isn't the least bit shocked when her cousin is accused of arson, or when her divorced grandparents sign up for a marriage retreat, or even when her own boyfriend hauls her off to jail. But when a decades-old secret is discovered within the walls of her cousin's bar, even Stacy is rattled. Now, someone wants her dead and she finds herself dodging angry motorists, exploding chickens and a very creepy man who lurks around every corner. As she begins to dig up the past, Stacy learns that even those closest to her have something to hide--and she's about to discover a destiny she never imagined.

I picked up this book as I loved the cover. It's a cozy kind of mystery with some magic thrown in.

This is part of a series of cozy mysteries starring Stacy Justice, a witch who is a journalist and a lovely Great Dane called Thor who is her guardian angel. It starts off with her cousin (Cinnamon) bar being burnt down. Stacy investigates herself and gets into all sorts of trouble. Her boyfriend is the Chief of Police, she has a grandmother and 2 weird aunts who are witches (who help her). She finds a body and goes around investigating who the body is and what happens. Along the way people die cos of her investigation. 

I found this funny in parts for the way Stacy and Cinnamon were. I loved Thor as he chases or sticks up for Stacy. Can't wait to read book 2.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Succubus Gift (The Telepathic Clans #1) - B.R. Kingsolver

Book 1 of the Telepathic Clans Saga. 

The history of the Clans, called the Sidhe by the Irish, stretches back to antiquity. The Goddess blesses Her people with 25 Telepathic Gifts. In addition to Telepathy, the Gifts include command over Air and Fire, Telekinesis and Teleportation. In over 2,500 years, She has never bestowed more than 15 Gifts on a single person.

Brenna Morgan was orphaned at eight when her parents were killed in a plane crash. Through one foster home after another, she carried the ornate, carved wooden box her mother had left with her, keeping it always a secret. Then one night she stumbles over a man who claims her as family.

Brenna’s life isn’t the same after she discovers her unusual and mysterious heritage. In addition to being a telepath, Brenna learns she has the Succubus Gift. 

That’s just the beginning of her problems. Someone is stalking her. Then there’s the tall, dangerous woman who shadows her and hints a Goddess has linked them. And what is she going to do with a handsome, charismatic, womanizing man she knows she should avoid? 

Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed -- with a willing young man of course.

Urban Fantasy with a dash of romance. The Succubus Gift is a completely different take on the succubus myth. Beautiful women and hot men in a world with a hidden telepathic subculture.

I was offered to review this for the author.

When I started reading this, it set me back to when I read [author:Richelle Mead|137902]'s Succubus series. I loved the characters. The strength of Brenna and the fun but serious Rebecca. I have cried and laughed at some of the antics of the characters. It's been really nice getting to know Brenna. I loved the grandfather Seamus, Aunt Callie. Collin is gorgeous and so into Brenna and the way Brenna was introduced to her Gifts was sometimes complicated, but made me turn each page. I even took on the trips when Brenna was going all over the place. 

My only question I have 'Is Brenna and Rebecca long lost sisters?' So I can't wait til I can get the next installment as I have to know where they are going next.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #1) - Lisa Renee Jones

Infinite possibilities….
Infinite passion…..
Infinite danger….

His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard down, the ghost’s of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run. 

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?

I was asked to read this for Netgalley.

My initial thoughts was what is Lara/Amy about? What is she running away from? Who is Liam Stone?

Well I am like WOW at the book. I loved Lara/Amy character, the way she tries to re-invent herself. Liam Stone came into her life via a aeroplance and is trying to run her life and find out who Amy Bensen is. 

Amy has done a runner when she has overheard Liam talking about Texas. Now what will happen in the next installment of Amy Bensen and Liam Stone's relationship? Can Liam find Amy?

Saturday, 2 November 2013

The Guardian's Apprentice (Beyond the Veil #1) - J. Michael Radcliffe

Keegan Whitestone doesn’t believe in magic. A disillusioned young man drifting through life without purpose, he almost welcomes the unexpected delivery of his father’s signet ring and a mysterious note. Estranged from his father before the man’s death, Keegan knows nothing of his family heritage, or of the world awaiting him on the other side of the magical barrier known as the Veil. Summoned by the grandfather he never knew existed, Keegan must travel beyond the Veil to become the older man’s apprentice. With his grandfather, known as the Guardian, they must safeguard the barrier tethering together the worlds of science and magic. Someone – or something – is at work trying to break that barrier and bring the long separated worlds together, to subjugate the human race on both sides. Before he can become his grandfather’s apprentice, Keegan must gain the approval of the High Council, a group of witches and wizards more interested in advancing their own agendas than in protecting their world. If he wins their approval, he must survive training under the tutelage of his grandfather’s assistant – a wizard convicted of treason some five-hundred years before and sentenced to spend all but one hour every day as a black cat. Learning to control the power within proves harder than he thought, but when he tries to return home he learns the shocking truth – his grandfather’s enemies want Keegan dead whether he’s an apprentice or not. If he doesn’t find the inner strength to control his power, both worlds could perish as the ancient portal is unsealed and the Shadow is unleashed upon mankind.

What an immense and brillant story. I loved all the magic and spell binding storyline to how a normal human is really a wizard.

Scale of a Dragon (Beyond the Veil) - J. Michael Radcliffe

Callen is a beautiful young woman who tries to see the best in everyone. Cursed with a cruel, overbearing father, she struggles to find balance in her life. When an injured dragon crashes near her home, she must disobey her father to follow her heart. Scale of a Dragon is a short story of 5,600 words set in the world of The Guardian's Apprentice.

What a quick and easy read. A nice installment to the series.

A Dish Best Served Cold - Cornelius Harker

"I've done something ... terrible."

In the pre-dawn hours Michael's phone call to his best friend instigates a chain of events that propels them into uncharted avenues of despair.

Detailing the consequences of delving too deeply into the unknown, 'A Dish Best Served Cold' is a supernatural novella that explores the darker side of human nature and the beyond.

WOW, what a story. I never saw the twists and turns coming in this book. Cornelius Harker is a great author who made a short story turn into something I never wanted to finish reading BUT never wanted to read at bedtime lol.

The Truce - E. Milan

When strangers Aaron and Amber die in the same car accident they wake in Purgatory. Haunted by their pasts they choose the unthinkable. Between Purgatory and Heaven lies Hell. Together they choose to walk through the gate and enter Hell hoping to reach Heaven and all they have lost on the other side. Once in Hell they will spark the culmination of a revolution that has been raging for 2,500 years.

What can I say? The story of a man and a woman with their own demons. They suddenly land in between Heaven and Hell, it's called Purgatory. What would you do if your loved ones were in Heaven and you put them there? All you feel is guilty for your actions. 

One woman and one man's fight through hell to help each other to get to heaven to see their loved ones and to make one place a better place as well.

Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish (Inspector Zhang) - Stephen Leather

Inspector Zhang loves mysteries, but as a Detective Inspector with the Singapore Police Force he knows that mysteries are few and far between. There are relatively few crimes in the city state and those that are committed are usually solved quickly. But that all changes when Inspector Zhang is called to a top Singapore hotel where a guest has been found murdered in a locked room.

What a quick read. This was my 1st Stephen Leather book and I have others of his on my TBR (tree books) and it won't be my last.

Stephen writes a good mystery short novel and can't wait to read his other in the Inspector Zhang series.

Broken City (Book #1) - D.D. Chant

Deeta Richards has never seen the outside world. Before she was born a banking crisis brought civilization to an end and now no one leaves the safety of the compounds unless they need to, but Deeta still dreams of seeing more than the building she was born in. 
Tom is in the guard, this group are the only people that the tribal elders allow to leave the compound and Tom knows only too well that Deeta could never survive the harshness that exists outside. Then tragedy strikes and Deeta and her sister Jan find themselves captured by a hostile tribe. Why does Tom know so much about these people? And why do they know so much about him? As this mystery draws to a climax, they discover that their friend Tom is not quite what he seems...

I thought this book wasn't gonna be that good as I'm not usually into dystopia kind of books. But after getting into the storyline, I noticed it resembled Malorie Blackmanand Scott Westerfeld style. So I settled down and couldn't stop reading once I started getting into the book.

D.D. Chant is a wonderful author who at times made my mind think I was watching teh story unfold in reality.

My Husband's on Facebook! March Edition - Richard Parise

My Husband's On Facebook! is a satirical account of a husband and wife's first venture into the world of social networking. Its sole purpose is to relieve a little daily stress while putting a smile on your face.

This is the March edition of a monthly serial. It is meant to be read in one sitting, while at home, riding the bus or on the subway.

What a hilarious book. A wife and husband's out takes on Facebook. A quick read and hope the author does more each month on this subject, but using different people and different types of scenarios as well.

Shattered - Karl Jones

After the grisly discovery of a mutilated body, the small community of Greenville is held in the terrifying grip of a serial killer.
Author Jason Denton immediately falls under suspicion, and while Sergeant Underwood is determined to prove his guilt, no matter what how he has to do it, the relatives of those being killed aren't so keen to wait for justice.
Caught in the middle is Donna Harp, a young constable partnered with the sergeant. She isn't convinced the author is guilty, and is determined to catch the killer, whoever he may be, but is she being swayed by Denton's charm?

Well, what can I say about this book. It had me gripped from beginning to the end. Had me doubting what I thought I knew and boy I was correct of who did it, but my mind made me think was it that person or not.

A MUST READ for all Thriller fans.

Uncle Mildred and Other Stories - Ian Ayris

Meet Uncle Mildred, Jonathan Sideboard, Len Munch, George Wafflemaker, and various other unnamed ne'er-do-wells and heroes in fifteen gritty crime/noir short stories, characterised by a twist and a quirk and a wayward bent.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Cancer Research UK and The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

What a funny 15 short stories. It had me giggling at the antics of these poor unfortunate people and what they got up to. A good read and can't wait to read his 1st novel out soon.

Office Politics (Harper & Lyttle #1) - Sharon Gerlach

Malaria is nothing a good dose of quinine can’t handle.

At least that’s what software training specialist Frannie Freeman thinks when her vile office manager Malia — aka Malaria — unexpectedly marries their boss Sam, with whom Frannie has been in love for years. Certain it’s only a matter of time before Sam comes to his senses, she hides her heartbreak behind sarcastic humor and copious amounts of tequila.

Exceptional at everything except romantic relationships, Frannie is still waiting two years later. When Sam suddenly confides that he believes he was roofied the night of his surprise Las Vegas wedding, it seems too good to be true. And it isn’t long before she realizes that’s exactly what it is.

A quick little divorce seems the ticket, but Malia’s father has other things in mind. Garland Harper is determined to stop his daughter’s downward spiral, and he isn’t afraid to use whatever means comes to hand — such as Sam’s “saving people” complex. And if that doesn’t work — as the CEO of the company for which they work, Harper has sufficient means to make good on his threat that if Sam reneges on his agreement to stay with Malia until she’s dry, the only bars Frannie will see for many years won’t be offering tequila.

Now, faced with letting Sam go forever or fighting for her heart’s desire, Frannie prepares for battle with a woman’s three best weapons — a loyal heart, a willingness to fight dirty, and the strongest margarita money can buy.

What a hilarious kind of book. A good pick me up and reading about Office Politics and things in a light-hearted way.

Tollesbury Time Forever (Frugality #1) - Stuart Ayris

Tollesbury Time
Nothing is real
And there's nothing
To get hung about

sing the children...

In September 2008 I accompanied the police as they entered a house in Tollesbury. I was a psychiatric nurse at the time. The owner of the house was one of my patients. He had not been seen for two weeks - neither had his wife or his son.

What I saw that evening will stay with me forever. On the walls of the lounge, in tiny, neat black writing, were thousands and thousands of words. The torch beams picked them out as if they were groups of well-ordered flies. The words continued up the stairway, onto the landing walls and into the main bedroom. I had been in the house before and had seen some of the writing upstairs. Still I was mesmerised.

What you are about to read are the words that I saw on those walls...

Tollesbury Time
Nothing is real
And there's nothing
To get hung about..

What an amazing and thought provoking book. Stuart Ayris is a great author and writes with attention to detail of what it's like to deal with people with Mental Illness and life.

Six Cats in My Kitchen - Lyn Horner

This very personal story focuses on six special cats and the part they played in the author’s family. Although the book touches upon serious subjects such as the loss of loved ones, living with a disability, and the impact of life changes, it’s lightened by dashes of humor. Only 9 chapters long, this little book includes lots of photos.

Reviewer Todd Tonseca says, “Through her prose, Horner’s love of life, cats, and wonderfully engaging humor comes through in this high energy memoir. Reading Horner’s story is like chatting with a best friend over coffee on a Sunday afternoon – few things in life are better.”

As the author says, this isn't a "cute kitty" book. It's a marvellous book about a woman and her original 6 cats. What their temprements are like, what antics they get up to and she also shares some bits about her family life as well. I really enjoyed reading this book.

Megan's Way - Melissa Foster

What would you give up for the people you love? 
When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she'll be faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. She'll endure an emotional journey, questioning her own moral and ethical values, and the decisions she'd made long ago. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends, will be stretched and frayed. 
Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia's world is falling apart right before her eyes, and there's nothing she can do about it. She finds herself acting in ways she cannot even begin to understand. When her internal struggles turn to dangerous behavior, her life will hang in the balance. 
Megan's closest friends are caught in a tangled web of deceit. Each must figure out how, and if, they can expose their secrets, or forever be haunted by their pasts.

The author is a member of Goodreads. I was 1 of the people asked to review this book as part of a discussion. I found this book very intriguing and wonderful. Gives you the insight to what best friends do and sometimes its about those dark secrets that you wonder if they should or shouldn't come out.

I would recommend this book to anyone.

Entwined with You (Crossfire #3) - Sylvia Day

The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts, and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires… 

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…

This has been left open for another 2-3 books.

What can you say about Gideon Cross. PWOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRR is my exact words at this moment. What 1 man will do to keep his partner protected from ANYTHING AND ANYONE.

If you haven't read book 3 yet, THEN READ READ READ.

Reflected in You (Crossfire #2) - Sylvia Day

Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn't stay away. I didn't want to. He was my addiction... my every desire... mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful... except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. 

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession...

Again Sylvia Day has written a wonderful insight in a relationship and what can possibly go wrong or right. Had me in tears, laughter and most of all gripped from page 1 til the end.

Now I want to know what happens with Gideon and Eva, but oh I have to WAIT til 31st December when the final installment comes out lol.

Bared to You (Crossfire #1) - Sylvia Day

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… 

He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires.The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart...

I loved Gideon and Eva. The way that they fight and then come together to sort out their differences using sex as a go between. Raunchy stuff. But can't wait til October to read why Gideon is like he is and what the heck is Christopher Jr up to.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) - E.L. James

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. 

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - but on his own terms. 

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Wow, what a book with emotions. It had me crying at the end, laughing in all places and certainly knowing what Mr Grey and Ms Steele know now. I never thought I would like a book like this as it's been a while since I've read anything this exciting or racy in a while lol. But I am now reading book 2 and like everyone else, JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH!

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2) - E.L. James

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. 

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

OMG, what a book. I can't believe that he and she have such a relationship. The money he has and she can get is so enormous and what I would do for that as well. Really can't wait to read the last installment.

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3) - E.L. James

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.

Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

OMG, I didn't wanna stop reading and I made it last longer than I should lol. Ana is 1 hell of a woman and Christian, well what can we say about him "I WANT HIM ALL TO MYSELF!!!!!". 

In this book, you find out more about Christian and what happened to make him the way he is. Ana is a great tamer for Christian in my opinion. He and she was made for each other, the best part was the ending as it gave you the reader more insight into Christian and the way he wooed Ana.

A Life For A Life (Parish & Richards #1) - Tim Ellis

What starts as a routine stabbing for DI Jed Parish and PC Mary Richards turns into the hunt for a serial killer who uses an unusual weapon to kill, and leaves numbered tokens in his victim’s mouths. As well as getting to know each other and dealing with the fallout from the Chief’s prostate cancer, the two new partners must discover the dark history behind the tokens and the connection between the victims. To do that, they must gain access to the abandoned Beech Tree Orphanage where a terrible truth awaits.

This was a good storyline once you understood what the characters were. It was based on a Orphanage where boys were abused. 1 of them ended up being the Inspector who was dealing with the case. It wasn't til near the end was it determined he was 1 of the boys.

There is murder, intrigue and suspense in this book. I liked it and will be reading the next in the series.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Edge of Disaster (Edge #1) by A.M. Hargrove

Adult Contemporary Romance--Not appropriate for younger readers.

Alexia Hammond, broken and destroyed by a tragedy she can’t seem to recover from, is on a downward spiral toward destruction. A life of partying, alcohol, drugs and men has brought her near the edge of disaster. That is until one night while at work as a waitress in an upscale restaurant, she falls under the spell of one of her customers, Pearce Middleton. Once she gazes into his smoky gray eyes, her life takes on new meaning. But can she put her past behind her and allow herself to fall for the exciting and gorgeous Pearce, or will her lewd behavior come back to haunt her and ruin her chances of happiness forever?

What can I say. A new series from A.M. Hargrove. She was unsure how this series would go, but by reading her 1st novel in the series, I don't think she has any concerns.

ReEmergent (The Guardians of Vesturon #4) - A.M. Hargrove

Xarrid Yarrister is barely surviving...he’s living a life in hell.
The love of his life, Saylan, has vanished into thin air, and his telepathic powers can’t connect with her mind.

Saylan, a Guardian of Vesturon, doesn’t know herself anymore. Kidnapped by the Xanthians, she’s had a robotic chip implanted in her brain and is now a prisoner in her own body, lacking free will, at the beck and call of her cruel masters. 

For over a year Xarrid has been on the hunt. The Guardians have searched everywhere for her, but when they finally bring her home, Xarrid discovers her memory is gone. He’s determined to restore his love’s mind back to its healthy state. Removing the chip can cost Saylan her life, but doing nothing will cause irreparable brain damage. What choice will Xarrid make and how steep of a price will Saylan have to pay?

Another great book from A.M. Hargrove.

This is the final installment in the Guardians of Vesturons series. I have loved all in the series and loved all the characters.

Determinant (The Guardians of Vesturon #3) - A.M. Hargrove

Determinant, Book 3 of The Guardians of Vesturon... January St. Davis, on her own since the age of sixteen and struggling to stay in college, thinks she's scored in a major way when she lands a paid summer internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. One evening, after working an especially long shift, a chance encounter with a group of mysterious men alters the course of her life. Rykerian Yarrister, a Guardian of Vesturon with unearthly powers and impossibly gorgeous looks, finds himself at odds over the human female he recently saved from certain death. When it seems he is on the verge of winning her over, she is ripped from his hands by a strange and powerful being, threatening to destroy her if his demands are not met. Do Rykerian and the Guardians have the ability to meet this fierce barbarian's ultimatums, or will January suffer a horrid demise?

Another great book. Now we are finding out about January, Rykerian and other people. I can't wait for book 4 in 2013.

Beginnings: Prequel to The Guardians of Vesturon (The Guardians of Vesturon #0.1) - A.M. Hargrove

You met the Guardians of Vesturon in Survival and Resurrection. Now read about how their parents, Rowan and Annalise met in Beginnings, the novella Prequel to The Guardians of Vesturon. Learn more about Rowan and how Annalise unwittingly captured his heart and how his chance meeting of her took him on a journey of forbidden love.

WOW, no wonder it runs in the family with both First Borns lol. I am very happy that Rowan stood up for what he believed in as well as Rayn did against his father. The old saying "Like Father, Like Son" comes to mind when you read these 3 wonderful books of A.M. Hargroves. No one will be disappointed.

Resurrection (The Guardians of Vesturon #2) - A.M. Hargrove

"Maddie knew she was dying. Her life started to flash before her. She had visions of running down the soccer field, scoring a goal, eating her mother’s yummy, homemade, sticky cinnamon rolls, standing in her foyer listening to the police tell her father that her mother had been killed in a car accident. Each vision was disturbingly clear—as if it was happening again."

Rayn Yarrister, the first-born son and Leader of The Guardians, has been imprisoned on Vesturon for breaking their most sacred of covenants. He is suddenly jolted by Maddie's telepathic pleas for help, as her life hangs in the balance. Can he alert The Guardians in time to save his soulmate? Or will he face his trial alone and broken without his one true love? 
In Resurrection (Book 2), The Guardians of Vesturon are facing their biggest challenges as Earth is threatened by an invading species from a distant planet intent on destroying it for its resources. The Guardians, as protectors of the universe, have been assembled to defend not only Earth, but other vulnerable worlds as well. The Yarrister family is threatened by an unknown entity intent on discrediting them. Will they uncover this plot in time to save themselves from ruin? Will The Guardians succeed in stopping the Xanthians, or will Earth be invaded and ravaged by this marauding species?

WOW, what a book. It had me laughing, crying, lumps in my throat. It had me so gripped I can't believe I read this book within 2 days.

The characters were so believable and I so wanted to read on further. Now I definately can't wait til I get book 3 when A.M. Hargrove writes the next 1.

Survival (The Guardians of Vesturon #1) - A.M. Hargrove

"Maybe I was caught between the two worlds. I was having serious trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality."

While on a backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, nineteen-year-old Maddie Pearce finds her world has been thrown into a vortex and is madly spinning toward the impossible. Abducted by a mad psychopath, Maddie narrowly escapes with her life. But that is only the beginning. Her mysterious rescuer introduces her to a world that Maddie has difficulty accepting as reality. Will this strikingly gorgeous stranger be the key to her future or will she return to her mundane world, scarred from her experience? Follow Maddie as she is forced to make difficult decisions that carry her to mysterious places.

Wow, what a book. Never in a million years would I read this style of book. It's not quite Sci-fi as the author led me to believe when I read the Synopsis lol. There is a few spelling mistakes, but it drew me in like any other Paranormal Romance I had read before, but with a slight twist to the story.

I wasn't expecting to like the storyline or the characters, I had to ask the author was it worth me reading it as it wasn't grabbing me like I thought it would. I was pleasantly surprised and now can't wait to read her next in the series.

Just Add Spice - Carol E. Wyer

Escape from reality comes in patent-leather Prada kneeboots

Dawn Ellis needs to escape from her painfully dull existence. Her unemployed husband spends all day complaining about life, moping around, or fixing lawnmowers on her kitchen table. The local writing class proves to be an adequate distraction with its eccentric collection of wannabe authors and, of course, the enigmatic Jason, who soon shows a romantic interest in her.

Dawn pours her inner frustrations into her first novel about the extraordinary exploits of Cinnamon Knight, an avenging angel -- a woman who doesn't believe in following the rules. Cinnamon is ruthless and wanton, inflicting suffering on any man who warrants it. Little does Dawn realise that soon the line between reality and fiction will blur. Her own life will be transformed, and those close to her will pay the price. Find out what happens in Just Add Spice by best-selling author Carol E Wyer.

I was asked to review this wonderful book. 

The characters are so believable and makes you think that you are them. The story starts off with a bored housewife who joins a writing club. She writes about a feisty woman who has had some personal problems. The story goes back and forth between the 2 women. Cinnamon and Dawn are likeable characters who you can relate to and they way they interact with each other within the story. Cinnamon always giving Dawn advice, tips and sometimes becoming a feisty Dawn is so immense. The ending wasn't what I expected, but I did guess some of the stuff in the book.

I loved the way Carol E. Wyer tackles issues to do with places where older women can look for new ways to spice up their love lives and the fascination with certain shops and what's out there. It made me laugh and smile at things with the characters and it also made me feel sorry for the 2 main characters.

Destined to Fly (Avalon Trilogy #3) - Indigo Bloome

The final instalment in the intensely erotic Avalon series that started with Destined to Play. Perfect for fans of 50 Shades of Grey.
The compelling and thrilling climax to Alexandra Blake’s sensual journey, from the author of Destined to Play and Destined to Feel.
Alexandra has returned to the world after her captivity and is left with a heady mix of emotions. Strangly empowered, her feelings of pleasure and exhilaration are tinged with fear, but now she must reconcile the decisions of her past and how they may determine her future.
Alexandra knows it is she alone who holds the key to the answers so desperately sought by both her lover, Jeremy Quinn, and her captors. In order to unlock the secrets within her, she must embark upon a quest to explore long-forgotten sexual rituals and despite believing that she has experienced everything possible in her erotic adventures, she discovers that there is still so much more to learn.
At last she will learn what freedom truly means and understand the real purpose of the role she was always destined to play.

When I got this, I was excited to read how the story was going to end.

I absolutely adore Alexandra and the way she has come out of her shell. She loves Jeremy loads and she loves her kids. Her body is the answer to all the whole world. 

She goes on an adventure to know her spiritual roots. Why is her blood so special?

NO SEX whilst she goes on this journey and boy does this journey make her see everything in a new light.

Loved the book and was sad to finish the book.

Vigilante (DS Jessica Daniel #2) - Kerry Wilkinson

Dead bodies are piling up for Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel.

Usually when a serial killer is on the loose, the pressure would be building to find the perpetrator but the victims are all hardened criminals themselves.

The national media can't believe their luck with an apparent vigilante on the streets, while Jessica's new boss seems grateful someone else is doing their job for them.

But things aren't so straightforward when forensics matches blood from the apparent killer to a man already behind bars.

This is Book Two in the Jessica Daniel series of detective novels.

Had some spelling/grammar mistakes, but all in all a very good thriller. I kinda guessed near the end who was doing it and will be carrying on reading the rest of the series.

Dying To Live (Zombie Overload Series) - C.M. Wright

Admit it. You think about it, fantasize about it, live through it in your
head. But what would you do if zombies became a reality? If you actually
were to see the dead walk, attack and kill people you know - who then
rise right in front of your eyes? What would you do when the undead
don't follow the script you've played out - over and over - in your own

Find out what happens to a woman in central Illinois when her life is turned upside down. Zombies become real and so does the danger. Her family means the most to her, but can she keep them alive? Can she keep herself alive?

In this short story that begins the full-length series, you are a big part
of it. The main character "speaks" to you often and you're invited into
her thoughts - which can be quite humorous at times. She's not perfect
and she knows it.

She strong and she's a fighter...but she doesn't know it.

I bought this a while ago and whilst in a giveaway, someone said I should read this.

I started it last night (Halloween 2013) and it had me gripped from the start. I don't usually do too much gore, but boy did this pull me in. It was like I was watching a Zombie movie at 1st and as I got into the characters (Love Canada), I just got further and further into the story.

Unfortunately, I had to go to sleep, but as soon as I got up. I was back on the story and it carried on gripping me right til it says "To be continued ..."

GOD @C.M. Wright what are you doing to me, now I have to read book 2 lol.