Sunday, October 22, 2017

Book Review of The Runaway & The Russian (The Runaway Trilogy Book 1) by Helen Bright



Book Title: The Runaway & The Russian (The Runaway Trilogy Book 1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Pages: 190
Author: Helen Bright
Date Published: 18 September 2017

Synopsis:

When her best friend goes missing after being targeted by child groomers, Tess Robertson feels she has no choice but to run away.
Fearing for her life, Tess leaves the children’s home where she’s resided for the past eighteen months, and boards a train bound for the capital.
While wandering the streets of London, Tess realises she’s being followed, causing her to run once again, straight into the path of a bullet meant for arms dealer, Kolya Barinov.
While Tess recovers, Kolya vows to keep her safe: to give her a good life in return for saving his.
But is this simply swapping one danger for another? Or could the path to true happiness begin with blood and bullets?

Review:


The Runaway & The Russian (The Runaway Trilogy Book 1)The Runaway & The Russian by Helen Bright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Runaway Trilogy. I really enjoyed it!

Tess Robertson is a likeable character. She is a relatively normal teen who has had her fair share of angst in her past, though she has a sensible head on her shoulders. Now eighteen, she has been living in a children's home for the past eighteen months after her foster parent suffered from a heart attack. When her fifteen-year-old friend Sarah goes missing, Tess sets off to find her. Fate puts her in the path of a bullet meant for an arms dealer.

Kolya Barinov is a fascinating character. He is a Russian arms dealer and businessman. He is not a man you want to cross. When a young woman throws herself in front of the bullet meant for him, he's taken with her bravery and finds himself drawn to her even though she's young enough to be his daughter.

This is not an easy review to write as it is extremely difficult not to give away spoilers. However, I will do my best not to.

This story is not a comfortable read, as there is some violence and deals with human trafficking. However, it is also, first and foremost, a romance novel.

I started reading the book and didn't put it down until I'd finished it. The story is told through the eyes of both Tess and Kolya, which gives the reader a chance to see their thoughts and feelings, and is written in British English. I found myself caught up in the tale and absolutely enthralled with the way the author wove the story together. The author portrays the way that sexual predators lure their victims into relationships with chilling reality. It is scarily easy, unfortunately. Living in South Yorkshire, where a huge paedophile/grooming ring was exposed recently, this tale takes on more significance in my eyes. However, although the author uses men of a certain religion in this tale, sexual predators come in many guises and many denominations, and they have my utter contempt. Kolya Barinov may be an arms dealer, a businessman, and be as scary as hell when crossed, but he at least has a conscience, unlike the men and women who prey on vulnerable children.

I loved the romance side of the story and enjoyed watching Kolya and Tess's relationship bloom. Some readers may be put off by the main protagonists age difference, but it didn't bother me in the least. The story kept me hooked and took me on a roller coaster ride of emotion. When I reached the end, I was a little disappointed as I wanted to continue reading! I am now looking forward to reading the second book in the trilogy as soon as I can.

Helen Bright has written a wonderful contemporary romance filled with danger and suspense. I love her fast paced writing style, which kept me turning the pages. The story flow is wonderful too and I could picture each scene in my minds eye with ease. I haven't read any other books by this author, yet, but I would definitely do so in the future.

Although there are no explicit scenes of a sexual nature, I do not recommend this book to young readers, or those of a nervous disposition, or those who may be affected by a triggering event due to extreme violence and/or abuse. I do, however, highly recommend this book if you love gritty contemporary romance or romantic suspense genres. - Lynn Worton

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Helen Bright is forty something, married, mum of two grown up daughters and grandchildren that are the light of her life. She lives in a South Yorkshire village and has based her paranormal romance series around the Yorkshire area. The Night Movers vampires live and work with the humans they employ in modern day Yorkshire, and Helen creates scenes that show the 'normal' in paranormal.
Although mainly writing in the paranormal genre, Helen also writes romantic suspense stories with darker elements, the first of which is due for release at the end of the year.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Book Review of Ros by Dee DeTarsio



Book Title: Ros
Genre: Science Fiction/Chick-Lit
Pages: 304
Author: Dee DeTarsio
Date Published: 2 January 2014

Synopsis:

An out-of-this-world love story . . .

Ros is a supernatural encounter with a female from our cosmos: E.T. meets Starman. With the clock ticking, Micki tries to save Ros, who only has a few days left to find her way back home. The bonds of this most unlikely friendship are tested on the run, as they realize that love truly does transcend time and space.

Review:


RosRos by Dee DeTarsio
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book has been sitting on my Kindle for quite a while. I bought it when I first bought my Kindle way back in 2012 and it was on free promotion at the time. I was originally intrigued with the blurb because I love a good space romance. Unfortunately, due to my long reading list, it has taken me longer than I anticipated to get to read it.

Micki Cramer is a character I must admit I didn't connect with at first. I initially found her rather annoying. However, as the story progressed I came to like her a little more. She is a divorced mother of two who unexpectedly has a close encounter of the third kind when an alien spaceship crashes close to her house. As she tries to help the alien, Ros, get back home, she finds herself running from the US Navy and facing a dangerous cult who will stop at nothing to capture the stranded alien. Will she succeed in helping her new friend?

The blurb is slightly misleading. I thought I would be reading a space romance. However, the story is more about friendship than romantic love. Having said that, I really enjoyed watching the sisromance (can't call it bromance) grow between the two main characters. Ros's character comes across a little one dimensional in my opinion. I think this is because the author may have struggled to imagine what an alien is like, while trying not to make her too human. There is an ET type feel to the story, with action and adventure thrown in along with some quirky characters. I actually loved Micki's ex mother-in-law, Rhoda. She's an eccentric character with the beginnings of Alzheimer's, but she's as sharp as a tack when she wants to be. There are also a few other interesting characters, like Captain James Kerk of the U.S. Navy, and Stanley Brower, Micki's neighbour.

I must admit that although the story was interesting, I found it easy to put it down and read something else and then come back to it. I'm not sure if this was down to the author's writing style or if it was my mood at the time of reading. There are some scenes that had me laughing, but I think the author was trying too hard to use wit and it fell flat at times, especially where there was a need to ratchet up the feeling of suspense for some of them instead. Having said that, I especially loved the scene where they steal Stanley's RV and find him in it. Then there's the one... Nope, you may just have to read it to find out more. I did find myself becoming rather emotional near the end and even shed a tear or two. The ending was slightly unexpected, but it left me feeling satisfied.

Dee DeTarsio has written an intriguing story. Her writing style is not particularly fast paced, but it kept me turning the pages. The flow of the story was pretty good, but some scenes could have been shortened for more impact. Would I read more of her books in the future? Perhaps. I am not ruling it out completely. I need to reduce my reading list first.

Due to some profane language, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I recommend this book if you love chick-lit or science fiction genres. - Lynn Worton

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DEE DeTARSIO is an award-winning writer living in southern California. After growing up in Ennui, Ohio, and graduating from The Ohio State University she vowed never to be cold again and ended up in Tucson, Arizona, producing the news for the CBS affiliate, oddly enough called KOLD-TV. She moved to San Diego where she worked in the SeaWorld entertainment department as a producer/writer. (Penguins are mean!) She then became a producer/writer for the NBC affiliate.

GINGER KRINKLES - Winner, New Apple Book Award 2015
ALL MY RESTLESS LIFE TO LIVE - Winner, 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards
HAOLE WOOD - Winner, 2013 San Diego Book Awards, 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist, 2014 Readers' Choice Awards Nominee, Big Al's Books and Pals
THE SCENT OF JADE - Finalist, San Diego Book Awards
THE KITCHEN SHRINK - Finalist, San Diego Book Awards
ROS - Amazon Bestseller
'TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU - Romantic Comedy Quick-Pick Novella

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Forged by Greed by Angela Orlowski Peart

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Forged by Greed (Forged #1)

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 3.87  ·   Rating details ·  208 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
Young Adult (teen) paranormal/urban fantasy romantic thriller.

Two Seattle 16-year-olds, Jatred and Jasmira, are not your typical star-crossed lovers. They are not even your typical Shape Shifters. Sure, they try to live an ordinary life. At least, as ordinary as the Prince and the Princess of the rivaling ancient Races--the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards--can live. But eventually they learn that not much about their existence can be normal. Especially when the Races' two commanding Goddesses are involved. 

One of the Goddesses is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means kicking Jatred and Jasmira's love to the curb. Nothing is off limits, including removing Jatred's memories of Jasmira. 

To complicate things even more, there are the Universe's powers to consider. They are trapped in an ancient Amulet in order to protect the stability of the world. But the Universe has a mind of its own, and when the powers are unleashed, the forces of nature are disturbed; earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions shake the Earth. All Shifters of both Races are summoned by their respective Goddesses to fight in the name of, or against, the normalcy of the world.

About the Author  - Thank you Amazon for this info! 
A.O. Peart left beautiful but rainy Seattle for sunny but hot Arizona in summer 2015. She writes in several genres including romantic comedy, romantic suspense, dark contemporary, and paranormal. 

Angela lives with her family and a chronically curious cat Cinnamon who behaves like a dog. 
You can often spot her in one of the Starbucks locations, feverishly typing on her computer and sipping coffee with cream--or rather, cream with some coffee in it. Don't be surprised when a paperback you ordered from her arrives "decorated" with coffee and chocolate stains (kidding!) 

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My pennies worth -

This book is as a-typical while still falling smack right into a readers comfort zone as I have ever come across. 

It is interesting, the twists are both expected but executed in a way the reader cannot foretell and the characters are like-able.  The book reads amazingly fast and is a really good call for a YA reader.  

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Meant to be by Tiffany King

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Meant to Be (The Saving Angels #1)

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 3.73  ·   Rating details ·  5,146 Ratings  ·  388 Reviews
Krista Miller feels like she has lived her entire life in a glass box with her every emotion on display. She can’t help feeling like a defect as her sensitivities have made her socially inept and without any real friends; the one exception being the boy that visits her each night in her dreams.

Krista’s emotions are put to the test when a move to California triggers a devastating change to her fantasy world. The nightly comfort that the boy provides has now become a recurring nightmare as he is taken from her by an unseen force.

Struggling to appear normal, Krista enrolls in a new school and finds it to be nothing like she thought. Her new life is sent spiraling out of control from a strange connection with a boy, Mark, who claims to know all her secrets.

As Krista begins to explore the emotions that Mark evokes in her, secrets about their mysterious past and their predestined purpose threatens to separate them just when they have found each other.

My feeling over the book - 

This book was a new take and twist on two plot lines that works out very well together.  Mostly, I think because the author used her own voice to tell the reader a story one she knows very well.

For this genre and the age group it is aimed at I must say this book is a really good read.  It must be because even thought it is not my preferred genre nor age appropriate I really had fun reading this book.  

A four star read.  

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Book Review of The Blue Diary by Shannon Allen



Book Title: The Blue Diary
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 4
Author: Shannon Allen
Date Published: 4 September 2017

Synopsis:

Sometimes the most simple, but most endearing, moments are treasured in unexpected ways and methods.

Review:


The Blue DiaryThe Blue Diary by Shannon Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must admit that I am not a huge reader of memoirs. However, I was asked if I would be willing to read this one. I agreed and received a complimentary copy of this book from the author with no expectation of a positive review. This is a short memoir based on the memories of the author at a young age and is dedicated to her grandmother.

At the age of eleven Shannon (the author) kept a diary to record events she wanted to remember. This story gives us a glimpse into her thoughts and feelings of her younger self as she re-reads her entries now that she is older. As the story was short, I found it interesting to read, but it is more of a reminiscence than anything else. It only took me roughly ten minutes (if that) to read and didn't engage me emotionally. However, this is probably because I am used to reading novels rather than short stories.

After I finished this tale, I remembered that I tried to keep a diary as a child, but I never got the whole idea of writing down the events of the day. Most of the time I forgot to write in my diary and so it remained empty for the most part. I am envious of people being able to write their thoughts and feelings down every day. I'm generally too exhausted or have nothing of interest to say about the day's events now that I'm older to even consider keeping a diary. I'm sure reading back your diary's entries would bring back memories, but it would be the readers in the future who would probably be intrigued by the social aspects, or scratching their heads at some of the entries that wouldn't make sense to anyone but the writer of the diary.

Diaries are a snapshot into the social (mostly), as well as economic and political aspects of our lives. Today's diaries are now available in the virtual world as online blogs and vlogs. However, I feel there are some things that should never be made public. Diaries, blogs and vlogs can have both positive and negative aspects to their use. Future scholars may or may not find your diary, blog or vlog of great significance due to the contents. For the most part, it is still the best way to record your thoughts and feelings about the events (or non-events) that happen in your life. I wouldn't consider keeping one now, but I would encourage others to keep one if they feel the need to express their thoughts and feelings, either on paper or on a computer. It can be a useful tool for therapy or just to unload the detritus of everyday life. - Lynn Worton

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This is her first foray into the writing world, therefore there is not much information. However, you can find her at Smashwords and Goodreads.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Book Review of Treasured by a Tiger (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 14) by Felicity Heaton



Book Title: Treasured by a Tiger (Eternal Mates #14)
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Pages: 192
Author: Felicity Heaton
Date Published: 9 September 2017

Synopsis:

Despised by his tiger shifter pride as an abomination, Grey has ventured far from home, deep into the bowels of Hell in search of answers about the machinations of Archangel, the mortal hunter organisation who held his twin captive. With no knowledge of the realm, and little skill with the local languages, he quickly finds himself at a dead end—until he crosses paths with a beautiful hellcat female who rouses his darkest most dangerous instincts.

Lyra has been a fool, falling for the charms of a male whose only desire was to make a fast buck by selling her. Shackled and collared, her strength muted by magic, she awaits her time on the stage at a black-market auction, but before it can come, all hell breaks loose and she seizes a chance to escape—and runs straight into a majestic warrior who steals her breath away and tempts her like no other as he battles alone to free everyone.

When Lyra offers her services as a translator to repay Grey for saving her, will he be strong enough to resist the needs she awakens in him and spare himself the pain of her inevitable rejection when she discovers the truth about him? And when the powerful male in charge of the slave ring starts a bloody hunt for Lyra, can she escape another collar and find the courage to trust the tiger who is capturing her heart?

Review:


Treasured by a Tiger (Eternal Mates, #14)Treasured by a Tiger by Felicity Heaton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the fourteenth book in the Eternal Mates series. I loved it!

Grey is a wonderful character. Having met him in Turned by a Tiger and then again in Tamed by a Tiger, I am glad that the author has chosen to tell his story, as I really liked him. As Talon's twin and Maya's brother, Grey has been plagued by his prides' attitude and disdain to his different colouring for most of his life. Rather than being the usual orange and black, Grey is a white tiger. Unfortunately, the constant disapproval of being different has left his self-esteem really low, and this story sees him struggling to adjust to freedom from his duties as a bodyguard/guardian of the pride now that Maya has a mate. I must admit that I wanted to shake Grey (or bash him over the head) for believing that he was an abomination, but since he's fictional, this would pose a problem. He volunteers to go into Hell to track down the secret behind the door hidden in Archangel's basement for his brother Talon. What he didn't expect was to meet a beguiling Hell Cat.

Lyra is also a wonderful character and I really liked her too. She is a Hell Cat who finds herself captured when she trusted the wrong man and is being sold at a shifter auction. When a white tiger appears at the slave auction and rescues her, she decides to thank him by helping him as a translator, then realises that he is her fated mate.

I absolutely love the Eternal Mates world. I started to read this book and I was quickly pulled in. It kept me riveted from beginning to end.

The story is told through the eyes of both Grey and Lyra, which gives the reader a chance to see their thoughts and feelings. The characters living within the Eternal Mates universe have a strength within them that helps them to survive. However, they also have flaws and fears, which makes them lifelike and relatable. The heat between the main characters blazes white hot on the pages, and left me breathless at times with their intensity. There are several twists and turns that I didn't see coming, and there is an amazing fight scene with a Fallen Angel that took my breath away. I said in my review of Tamed by a Tiger that there should have been more of the story arc in it. However, this book certainly brings the story arc back into focus a little more, and there's a revelation that gives the story more direction which, I think, was missing in the previous book. We are also introduced to a dragon called Brink, whom I felt sorry for. Will he play a role in the next book of the series? I do not know, though I hope so. If not, I have a feeling that his story may be the climax of the series as the story arc seems to be heading in that direction. When I reached the end of the book, I was slightly disappointed that it had concluded. Even though it ended in a HEA, I wanted to keep reading! However, the mystery that surrounds Archangel and what is hidden behind that door has me looking forward to finding out what happens next.

Felicity Heaton has written another fast paced, sexy paranormal romance that I thoroughly enjoyed! I love her fast paced writing style, which flows effortlessly from scene to scene. She is on top of my favourite author's list.

I do not recommend this book to younger readers due to the extremely HOT and explicit sexual scenes. However, I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love sexy paranormal romances full of vampires, elves, werewolves, cat shifters, succubi, incubi, angels, dragons, demons and demonesses. - Lynn Worton

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About The Author:



Felicity Heaton


Felicity Heaton is a NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and International Best-Selling Author writing passionate paranormal romance books and series for adults.

In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, her best-selling Her Angel romance series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm romance series or any of her stand alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try her Vampire Erotic Theatre romance series. Or if you like hot-blooded alpha heroes who will let nothing stand in the way of them claiming their destined woman then try her Eternal Mates series. It’s packed with sexy heroes in a world populated by elves, vampires, fae, demons, shifters, and more. If sexy Greek gods with incredible powers battling to save our world and their home in the Underworld are more your thing, then be sure to step into the world of Guardians of Hades.

Fans of paranormal romance books by authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter, Larissa Ione, Kresley Cole and Christine Feehan will love Felicity's books too.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Coming Undone: Contemporary Christian Romance Fiction by Staci Stallings

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About the book - Thanks to Goodreads here is a synopsis  

Coming Undone

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 4.06  ·   Rating details ·  493 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Ben Warren had life all figured out. 

At 35, he’s successful in his work and free as a bird everywhere else. He has no desire to be tied down like some of his friends, and he sees no reason to change that. Then the unthinkable happens and causes him to rethink everything about everything.

Kathryn Walker can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong in the dating department. The rest of her life makes sense. She’s compassionate, strong, honest, hard-working and still alone. She wonders if she is doomed to spend forever single. Little does she know that fate is taking a major turn in her life. In fact, she doesn’t even see it happening until it has. Can she ever get past the fact that Mr. Right didn’t show up in the way she thought he would?

About the author... Again, thanks to Goodreads

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A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Staci touches the lives of people across the globe every week with her various Internet endeavors including:

Spirit Light Books–The Blog: 

Facebook Author Page at:

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Follow Staci on Twitter: @StaciStallings 

My review.

I used to love Christian fiction then I fell out of love with it until I found darker Christian fiction that was less preachy and more live the life and stop talking about it.  So colour me shocked when a few years ago I find that Christian Romance have been completely overhauled as well.  

Gone is the preachy holier than though point of view and in with people living their best possible lives and striving to live better and armoured in the love of Our Father.

This book has a real story.  The romance is more of a miss and hit thing than true overwhelming romance. Actually the book is very well balanced.  I really enjoyed it and even though the genre almost guarantee a  happy ending this book had me worried for a bit.  A really good read.  

Worth every penny.  Get your copy.  My copy gets a 4* rating from me.
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