Tuesday, June 28, 2016

THE DRAGIL: BROKEN MAGIC by Holly Barbo

My review of The Sleepless by Nuzo Onoh

When Kene is taken into the forest by his father and sacrificed the rest of his family has just thought that the child has disappeared. But his sister Obele hears "Mother Voice" and begins to put the pieces together for what happened to him. But Obele is viewed by her mother and father has part Demon with these voices and is continually beat because of it.

Obele must protect herself from the evil around her and relies on Mother Voice to keep her safe. Yet Mother Voice also leads her to meet "others" who help protect her. When the war comes and their family is forced to move will Obele's mom lead her into more danger proclaiming she is a demon?

I enjoyed this book and have never read a book considered African Horror before. At certain times during the book I felt as though I was losing a bit of interest and had to refocus as some parts seemed a bit tedious.

Emotionally I found the book so depressing with what Kene and Obele had to go through. Obele endured so many beatings and degradation that my heart continually broke for her and I was shocked at what her parents put her through. The ending for me was so disappointing as that was really not the way I wanted to see it end.

I did enjoy the look at the mystery behind someone who is deemed a demon and how Brother Emmanuel tried to get the demon out of her. Again it was her mom who didn't protect her but it is the unknown that we fear the most.

3 Stars

THE SLEEPLESS by Nuzo Onoh

Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Lovin’ by Jacquie Biggar

My review of Summer Lovin' by Jacquie Biggar

Rebecca Sorenson is the secretary at Cascade Elementary and enjoys her job and living in her hometown. When Rebecca helps a young boy at the school, Tommy, whom she doesn't recognize something seems off to her and she reports it. One night she is at a local club when she is approached by 2 drunks who are planning on attacking her when she is rescued by Mitch Taylor.

Mitch Taylor had dreams of making it football and finding the right woman and both seemed to have blown up. He still has feelings for his ex but she cast him aside within minutes after they were married.

Will Mitch try and keep Rebecca safe from whom is after her and are there more secrets being kept from the people in town when Tommy is recognized?

This was a great novella about second chances and about protecting those who need protecting.

This is the second book I have read in this series and I think I really need to go back and read the ones I haven't read yet as there are some characters I really want to know more about.

I liked Rebecca but I'd love to really know why she pulled the plug on her relationship as I felt as though it could have gone into more depth. I didn't get a sense that she gave the marriage a shot at all. Mitch seems to show up at the right time which is great for Rebecca and obviously he cares about her.

I really hope the author writes a book with Sheriff Jack Garrett and what happens with Tommy and Jasper!!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

An Altered Course by R.A. Carter-Squire


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Book Blurb - When a friend is in trouble, no barrier is too great; not even decades.

Driven to unravel his best friend’s disappearance, Michael Eldridge is on the verge of a discovery that will enable him to finally solve the mystery; time travel. He has worked out the equation, and is testing his theory, ready to leap into the past to find the missing link.

While in the process of ensuring a safe and successful trip, Michael’s life explodes around him. A competing company will stop at nothing to get their hands on his technology, and his father’s health is deteriorating rapidly. When the woman of his dreams suddenly announces she’s interested in a relationship, he realizes this could be the worst timing ever; things are coming to a head faster than he can cope with them.

Will he find the truth, get the girl, and save his father, or will he be swept away on An Altered Course….


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Author Bio - Mr. Carter-Squire likes to write what he enjoys reading...thriller/mystery/horror. He's had the pleasure of reading most authors in these genres, from Doyle to Grisham, from Poe to King and everyone in between. The story is what compels him to read and continue reading. That's his plan when he writes and continues to develop his abilities to give you the reader, the best possible story to entertain you. Mr. Carter-Squire has achieved a top ten placement in the Horror Fans Fiction Appreciation competition. Competed in the World's Best Fiction competition and received a top 200 placing. Rick's work is supported by his amazing wife and family, because they are his first audience.


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Friday, June 24, 2016

My review of Ameerah by Rebekkah Ford

Ameerah Arrowood is trying to live the life she wants and get away from her controlling parents who want her to live up to their societal image. But all Ameerah wants is to be herself and dance and be with her best friends Betty. Yet when her parents make a decision for her, all of her dreams and wishes are gone in an instant.

Ameerah soon finds herself a dark spirit under the guidance of Aidan and soon joins a group headed by Volac and is able to get some revenge on those that hurt her. When Aosoth's purposeful actions hurt Ameerah to the inner core she knows she needs to help Nadia who is in a lower world in a confused state of existence with the help of Derek. But when she gets to Nadia she realizes that the truth doesn't always set you free.

I really enoyed this book and I find it so ironic how little some people's views have changed in regards to sexuality and being different. Although society is much more open than before there are still so many people who consider it deviant and the person unstable.

Ameerah's parents were just so worried about their self-image that they had no regard for her or even cared for her in the slightest bit. I was so heartbroken for her with what she had to endure and where they sent her.

I was very disappointed that Ameerah never did contact Betty or her spirit just to let her know she was still there for her. For me that would have been a bonus just for her to make peace with that side of her. Obviously she was using Nadia as somewhat of a replacement.

This was such an interesting book and the first one I have read by this author and it certainly won't be my last.

4 Stars

Ameerah by Rebekkah Ford

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My review of Kid: Cerberus MC Book 2 by Marie James

Khloe Devaro is in pieces when her best friend/fiance, Alejandro "Alec" Sanchez dies overseas and is now being kicked out of their place as she was not listed on the lease and is hated by his parents. She is desperate and knows that in order not to go back into foster care the easiest way out for her is to end it.

Dustin "Kid" Andrews belongs to the Cerious MC and is attending the BBQ fundraiser for Alec Sanchez when he sees Khloe attempt to end her life. Luckily he is able to save her but then sees what sad state her life is in and brings her home with him.

Yet as Khloe is not of legal age Dustin must control himself around her but when an accident puts everything in jeopardy will he realize how much she means to him?

This was the first time I have read a book by Marie James and it certainly will not be my last. I was completely drawn in by these characters and I loved how much I felt for them. I loved how Kid was torn between his feelings for Khloe and doing the right thing and waiting till she was of age. At the same time I understood how hurt Khloe was that he was not acting on his feelings for her and she felt so alone.

I hated how things went down with Snapper and I can't imagine the hurt that Khloe felt and I am super surprised that she didn't leave on her own but I think with the developing closeness between Khloe and Emmalyn that forced her to deal with everything that happened.

This series has me so excited and I can't wait to go back and read the first book!!

5 Stars

My review of Tangled Sin by Georgia Lyn Hunter

Riley Reomer is a demon who is trying to escape his past. But unfortunately his past is after him with Baric trying to get him any chance he can.

Sara Sen-Graysen's dad and brothers are supernatural hunters and lives with her Aunt Liz. When Sara sees something she isn't supposed to and ends up stabbing a Caligo named Trevor, her life is now in danger. Riley feels responsible since the attack happened in his bar and promises Sara's brothers that he will keep her safe.

Yet when Sara is grabbed by Riley's enemies it is clear that he must fave his past and deal with his growing feelings toward Sara. Yet Riley is scared of what he is and knows he has to protect Sara at all costs, no matter what it costs him.

I really enjoyed this book and there was definitely a lot to take in. It was interesting to see all of the different relationships and how each one intertwined with the other ones. There were some definite surprises that I never saw coming!

I really liked Sara and how she truly tried to protect herself and how much she cared for Riley. She wanted him to trust her with what he was but he was scared to lose her. I thought Riley was great and completely understood why he had his guard up with Sara as he really never wanted to hurt her. He was so protective over her and extremely jealous yet there is nothing he wouldn't do for her.

I really hope the author decides to write more with these characters as I'd love a story with Sara's brothers.

4 Stars

BAD BOYS AFTER DARK: Mick by Melissa Foster

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Cover Reveal for Cutting Through the Darkness by Ivy Love


Book Information:

Title: Cutting Through the Darkness

Author: Ivy Love

Genre: Fiction, Dark erotica

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Cover Design: Claudia Bost of CWB Designs, LLC

Cover Model: Tanna Ackerson


Warning

This book does touch on some sensitive subjects and may contain triggers for some people. It is not meant for readers age 17 and under.


Synopsis

I am broken.

I am trapped in a sea of darkness with no way out.

I found him when I was at my worst, wondering if life was worth living.

He is everything I am afraid of.

Tall handsome, strong.

He tries to piece me together and me whole again.

But, I’m too broken, too lost.

I want to live, but fear consumes me.

There is a darkness that lingers no matter what I do.


Kat has been through hell and back. This is her story, as she tries to break through the darkness.

Excerpt

I feel like I’m drowning, like the darkness is consuming every inch of my soul. I’m desperately trying to claw my way out of the hole that threatens to consume me, but there’s no light in sight. I’m trying so hard to free myself, but something keeps pushing me deeper into the black abyss.


I’ve tried to figure out what causes it, why I feel the way I feel. But the truth is, I don’t really know why I am the way I am. I don’t know exactly what triggers this emotional blackout, but when it happens it is the only thing that I can focus on. This darkness is the only thing I breathe. The only thing I care about is making the pain go away, no matter what the cost.


When I take a minute and think about it, there is something terrifying, yet, oddly peaceful about the turmoil that rages inside you. That moment you think you might finally be able to end it all and drift into an uncaring bliss. I know people won’t understand why I do what I do. I’m okay with that. I understand that what I do isn’t considered a natural action or reaction, but for me, it’s what helps me get through each day. It’s the breath of air that I need to survive when I feel like I’m constantly drowning.


When I’m in that place, there is only one thing that helps. Only one thing that helps pull me from the darkness that threatens to take me from the living to the dead.


Author bio...

I live in the wonderful and naughty Sin City aka Las Vegas. When I’m not writing, I’m working in the legal field or playing with my four, yes, four dogs.


When I was in grade school, I was your classic nerd. I spent more time reading books “above my grade level” and getting lost in them, than paying attention to the people around me. I loved the journey each book would take me on, I still do. When I was thirteen I picked up a pencil and wrote my first hundred page story. It was then I fell in love with writing. That moment I realized that I could not only lose myself in books, but in my own words.


I currently have several works in progress, but I’ve only recently begun to share my writing. Thanks to some serious encouragement from some amazing authors and friends, I’m taking the leap. So far, I’ve loved every step of my journey.


Whether you end up liking my work or not, I appreciate that you took the time to check out my work. <3


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My review of A Risky Dance by Monika Summerville

Riley Frost is a successful attorney and in the past was a Dom in many of his relationships but began to tire of the lifestyle. One night at a bar he meets Sophie Pantagen whom he mistakes as a hooker and he immediately wants one night with her.

Sophie is the VP at her dad's company and has no interest in more than one-night stands and is really not impressed with Riley's arrogant attitude, yet at the same time she is extremely attracted to him. When Riley tracks Sophie down she knows that all her "personal rules" are going to be thrown out the window as she wants more than one night with him.

Yet when you mix business with pleasure someone is bound to get hurt. When it is clear how ruthless Sophie's father, Rupert, can be she must decide if she can be safe with Riley or if she is better off on her own.

I thought this book was great and definitely had many twists that I completely was not expecting! I really liked Riley throughout the book and his dedication and love towards Sophie. Meeting her was not in his plans but he would do anything to keep her safe, even if she didn't want to be with him.

I can't imagine how Sophie felt when she discovered everything about her dad and everything he kept from her. I was absolutely shocked with how he treated his family. Sophie starts to crumble and I understand why and somewhat understood why she needed to be alone to process everything.

This was a great book and I definitely look forward to more from this author!!

4 Stars

A RISKY DANCE SERIES by MONIKA SUMMERVILLE

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cover Reveal - Blood to Dust by L.J. Shen

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His name is Beat, and I should hate him.


Bound, blindfolded and bruised, I'm tied in his basement, waiting for the men who stripped me from clothes and humanity to collect his debt to them. Me.


His name is Nate and I should hate him, but I don't.


I'm not supposed to know his real name, even worse, I'm not supposed to care. He is nothing to me but means to an end. The plan is simple: break free, collect the pieces of my broken soul, kill the bastards and run away.


His name is Nathaniel Thomas Vela, and I've never seen his face, though I hear that it's beautiful.


Behind the rugged and handsome exterior, there's a quiet murderer, a killer who thinks guns are for pussies and ends people with his bare hands.


His name doesn't matter, neither does his face, but what does matter is my heart. And right now, sadly, it's his.


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“You don’t get a say in this shit,” Ink announces with borrowed authority. I can hear the uncertainty leaking from him. He’s what I call an easy job. If it were just him watching over me, I would have been dancing in Iowan cornfields far away from here by now, Sebastian and Godfrey’s heads tucked in that Nike bag.

“You make me uncomfortable.” I yank my arm away.

“What, and the other guy makes you warm and fuzzy?” He sounds genuinely offended.

Beat inches closer behind me, and I feel the heat of his body drifting into mine. He’s close. Hot-jock-leaning-against-your-locker close. It’s going to be hard to bypass someone his size.

“You think I’m nice?” His breath moves through the plastic of his mask, tickling my ear. I shudder down to my toes. His mouth smells like peach. How bad can a guy who smells like a peach be?

“Nice-r.” I clear my throat, my eyes still trained on Ink in front of me. Ink shakes his head, indicating that I’m dead wrong. The air becomes chilly. Why hadn’t I noticed it’s so chilly?

Because it’s not. It’s August in California, and I’m cold because I’m frightened.

“Let’s test your theory. I’m going to touch you now. Move without permission, and I’m breaking your arm.”

My busted lower lip splits open again as I scowl at his threat. He definitely looks like a guy who makes good on his threats.

“Okay.” I lick my blood, my voice tender.

Beat kicks my legs open and brings my arms up, patting me down dryly, like airport security. His rough fingers stroke the curves of my shoulders as he moves down from my skull to my outer breasts, circling them lazily. Down to my stomach…lower to my tensed inner thighs, pushing the fabric of my mini dress away to make room for his warm paws.

Every muscle in my body is ready to plow forward, to run away, to try and hurt him; the memory of every experience I’ve had that started this way demands for me to take action. But this…it doesn’t feel like a violation. The sour taste of bile has yet to explode in my mouth.

His hands move down my legs, stroking my ankles…then he stops.

“Got something inside?” He squats down, hooking one of his thumbs into my ankle boot. His masked face is eye level with my pelvis, and warmth spreads along my bones like hot wax.

“No,” I lie. There’s still a slight chance he won’t check.

But he checks.

Beat jerks my boot out and a Swiss army knife falls with a clank on the concrete pavement. I let out a sigh and drop my head. Shit.

Happy thoughts.

Frozen yoghurt with Preston down the local mall.

Curling up on the egg-swing with a Mia Sheridan book.

Water lilies blooming over the artificial pond in the Burlington-Smyth’s garden.

A genuine smile from a stranger.

Beat stands up slowly, his gleeful mask zeroing on my face. It all looks like a scene from a horror movie.

And I’m the victim.










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L.J. Shen is a best-selling author of Contemporary Romance novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.


She enjoys the simple things in life, like chocolate, wine, reading, HBO, spending time with her girlfriends and internet-stalking Chris Hemsworth. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.



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My review of Safe To Love You by Jude Ouvrard

Presley Williams is a photographer that has been down in the dumps since his beautiful model girlfriend, Kelly Dickey, broke up with him after he completed her portfolio. Out with his brother, Joshua and his girlfriend Alicia he sees a girl that entrances him and he knows that he needs to know who she is.

Abbie Rylee knows that her relationship with Dean Hurley is ending but she is scared of how he will react, even though the passion is gone. When Abbie and Dean attend a Muse concert she meets a stranger who captures her attention instantly.

As Abbie and Presley become friends and support systems for each other they grow close but they each have so many ghosts in their pasts that keep revisiting them and with how much is stacked against them, will their love be enough to get them through??

I thought this book was so amazing in that I didn't want to stop reading as I knew something else was coming. I reluctantly had to put it down once to go to sleep but I really had to push myself to do so as I didn't want to miss anything.

One thing I loved was that you always felt like something else was coming so you never really knew if it was going to be good or bad but you felt like something was right around the corner. I felt a few parts the people got off easier than I would have liked but at the same time I would have been sad if something happened as a result of retaliation.

I absolutely adored both Abbie and Presley. Abbie was the girl-next-door without the pretenses of being more than she was. I loved that she was a book editor and therefore could have a "reclusive" lifestyle when she needed to. She really wanted to get herself safe and healthy but so much was working against her and I was so sad for her. You were always waiting for the other shoe to drop but it made me want so much for her.

Presley was a dream guy with how carrying and attentive he was towards Abbie and how he always seemed to remember the little things about her. Unfortunately he had his own ghosts that cam back to haunt him and Abbie several times and there were a few times I was like WTF!! I definitely wish there was a Presley out there for me!

I loved how both Presley and Abbie were able to work on their family issues in this story which made them both stronger because of it. They each had different things to overcome but it definitely helped them become stronger in the end.

This was the second book I have read by this author and it definitely will not be my last!!

5 Stars

SAFE TO LOVE YOU by Jude Ouvrard

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My review of In Irina's Cards by Christine Hart

Irina Proffer is leaving her hometown of Prince George and headed to Victoria after seeing a vision from some Tarot Cards that she bought. Yet nothing really prepares for the world she is about to enter.

In Victoria Irina meets Rubin who leads her to a job at Innoviro Industries, a job where there are more people like her. Yet Irina soon realizes that not is all it seems and she must learn who to trust and knows that some things are happening that shouldn't be. Yet that soon leads her down a dangerous path, and one she and her friends may not survive.

I really didn't know what to expect with this book and I was definitely pleasantly surprised. There are many facets to this book on what makes people normal and whether they are born with it or genetically modified for powers. Yet there is also a need for power and having people altered so they will no longer have power or have it suited to one better.

I enjoyed Irina and her quest to do the right thing, even if it placed her in danger. I also really enjoyed her exploring Victoria and seeing the capital of BC through her eyes.

I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series to see what happens next!

4 Stars

IN IRINA'S CARDS by Christine Hart

Sunday, June 12, 2016

My review of The Unraveling by Holly Barbo

This is book 3 in The Sage Seed Chronicles and the books need to be read in order to understand the book properly.

When Erin's parents are murdered she sets out to escape the evil that she can sense following her. She is able to make it to Ree's with the help of several animals. From there she is able to change her appearance and fit in with a caravan and works for Lor.

Soon others are dying and it is clear that noone is safe. Will Erin, Lor and others be able to find out who is committing the murders and why or will they get to those they love before they can be stopped?

I really enjoyed this book and it's important to note that each book is separated by many years. I wish it wasn't so spread out as I love the characters and wish we got more of them but understand the introduction of new characters every book.

This book is all about the want of power and although it is set in a different time there are so many relevant points with our lives today in what some people will do to get the power that they want. The author really makes you think with these books and I really enjoy it. It also shows how one person can make you doubt what you have never challenged before and put unrest into a society that has been fine until that point.

Erin is a great character and I love her relationship with Tempo. She is so caring yet really wants to protect those around her.

Such a great series!!

4 Stars

My review of Over The Fence by Lyssa Layne

The Right Pitch

This book was absolutely amazing!!! I was hooked from the first page and did not want it to end!!

Colie Adger is a rookie trainer for the professional baseball team the New York Aces. Grant Adamson is the pitcher for the Aces and he has feelings for Colie, that he is keeping from her.

When Colie's college crush, Jace Richards and rookie pitcher of an opposing team, contacts her again he wants to pick up where they left off. The question is whether his intentions are sincere.

Is Colie choosing the right guy or will the past cloud her judgement for the future?

I absolutely loved this book and if you are looking for an amazing baseball romance pick this one up!!!

Fear of Striking Out

Lyssa Layne has become one of my favorite authors and everytime she has a new book out I get very happy!

This book is another incredible baseball story, this time involving shortstop Tate James, newly traded to the Los Angeles Stags. As Tate heads to LA to try and find a place to live he meets Mia, his real estate agent whom he is immediately attracted to.

Mia Tomko is immediately attracted to Tate as well, but Mia still has a past that she has not quite gotten over, her ex-husband Asher.

When the pasts of Tate and Mia collide it may be too much for the two of them to overcome.

This book has incredible characters and the relationship between Mia and Tate is extremely hot! I love how Lyssa has brought back the characters of Colie and Grant from The Right Pitch as it brings in that familiarity yet you don't need to read the other book first, although you really should!

This is another incredible book by Lyssa Layne and I can't wait for the next one!!

Another at Bat

Let me be clear - I hate Jace Richards after what he did to Colie in The Right Pitch. How could he treat her so poorly? Does he have a chance at redeeming himself and can I overlook everything he has done and give him another chance?

So when we left Jace Richards he was kicked out of the MLB for throwing games and gambling and completely breaking Colie's heart. Now as part of his community service he has gone to Florida to coach a baseball team and work in a hardware store. A far cry from where he was.

Laurel Darbis's 10 year old son Grey is playing on this baseball team and Laurel wants nothing to do with the playboy coach who threw his life away and doesn't think he should be allowed anywhere near any of the kids. Yet Laurel has her hands full with her ex-husband Adam and all of his antics.

Somehow Laurel decides to give Jace a chance and sees that he really is trying to change yet will both of their past mistakes cost them a future together?

I love, love, love this book. I can't say enough without giving away so much but redemption is sweet. The attraction between the two is so intense and hot and I can't believe how much of a gentleman Jace can be. Wow!! This book really shows how someone truly deserves "another at bat".

A Diamond is Forever

Benny Martinez is out for dinner with friends Tate James, Grant Adamson and Jace Richards and they question why he hasn't married his girlfriend of almost 20 years Isabel Soltera. Isabel is the mother of his son, Marco, and although he has never cheated on her, he has never proposed to her.

As Benny and Isabel have some fundamental differences in their actions they must decide whether they are meant to be and when their son Marco makes some big mistakes, Benny must decide what kind of father he is going to be.

This is another great story on one of the lovable guys that we have grown to know through the series. I love that Benny remains faithful to Isabel yet I question his decisions. I completely understand why Isabel works and does what she needs to to take care of herself and Marco.

Such a great book and look at why our actions can have such an impact without even realizing it!!

5 Stars

My review of The Other Side of Someday by T.K. Leigh

"Someday begins today"

Baylee Morgan just caught her husband cheating on her with her best friend and decides to leave North Carolina and head to California to start over. She manages to meet a handsome man while walking her dog, Sport, and through many laughs she discovers his name, Sebastian Powers.

Sebastian wants to prove to Baylee that guys and girls can be just friends and he begins to provide her with a great friendship that allows Baylee the confidence to do things she would have never done before. Yet as Baylee begins to meet men and go out for dates with other guys she begins to discover what she really wants, even if he is unavailable.

This book is so funny at times and other times I just want to scream at people for things not going the way I want them too!! The author is amazing and the dates that Baylee has are so amazingly awkward that you can't help but laugh at her misfortune.

The group of friends that Baylee meets in her apartment are incredible and it is so great to see how they welcome Baylee in and make her feel comfortable. I can't wait for my own musical pictionary!!

I loved Baylee and how she embraced her mother's journal and her whole philosophy of adapting to "someday begins today". I love that whole notion and found it somewhat emotional as she tried to accomplish the things her mom wanted to.

Sebastian was great - even though I was mad about his Mercedes. I'm glad that he and Baylee developed a strong friendship even though I was mad at the choices he was making.

Such an incredible book!!

5 Stars


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

My review of To Dance One More Day by Rachel Jones

Jillian Russell is a ballet dancer and the owner of the North Carolina Ballet Company. She had to give up dancing professionally due to a medical diagnosis and now teaches others. An explosion has now left even that in jeopardy.

Dr. Alan Armstrong is the newest trauma surgeon at Bradley Medical Center and meets Jillian as she is being rescued from the explosion she is involved in. Alan has a goal of opening his own practice in a small town and being his own boss. But when he meets Jillian he questions all of his goals.

As Jillian and Alan begin to get to know each other they are faced with many hurdles and ghosts from their respective paths that threatens any chance of a future together. Will they get their acts together or are egos to blame for keeping them apart?

I enjoyed this book and getting to know Rachel. I felt so bad for her with everything she went through in the past with her mom leaving her and then having her grandma and dad pass away. She has definitely been through a lot!

I really liked Alan until the end when he made me mad! I understand why he made that comment but I was like - oh no!!!

Audrey was a puzzle to me and even though I understood what she did I was still extremely disappointed in how she went about everything. I'm glad they worked everything out but as a mom I still find it maddening!

Great book!

4 Stars

Rachel Jones

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

My review of The Healers by Holly Barbo

This is the second book in the Sage Seed Chronicles and I think it is important to read book one first to understand the background on all of the different people involved.

When a deadly virus hits the city of Yerra, Mayor Mossel is desperate for any assistance in finding a cure as people are dying in the city. Help comes from an unlikely source with Ree, a Sage who is just coming into her powers and learning more every day. With guidance from Catri she is able to get help from her environment in learning how to develop medicine.

But not everyone is pleased with Ree and her solutions and someone else believes that they know everything and should be where Ree is.

There are also problems within the community as someone is creating fake badges and they need to figure out who before a disaster strikes.

Will they discover everything in time or will the virus take over completely?

I really enjoyed this second book in the series as it is very unique. I love how it's almost a historical fiction book based on how the people are getting their knowledge and trying to discover things yet at the same time it's almost futuristic. I love how the Sage's are able to learn from what is around them in the environment and I find the books so peaceful and naturalistic to read.

I loved Ree and how she began to learn about her abilities and the good use. She has such innocence and great knowledge at the same time. I also liked how we got to visit with the characters from the first book and were able to catch up with everyone.

This is such a great book and I am really looking forward to the next book in the series!! Great job Ms.Barbo!!

4 Stars

Sage Seed Chronicles by Holly Barbo

Monday, June 6, 2016

My review of The Wedding Promise by Karen Rose Smith

Beth Crandall was born Lynn Thaddeus, but after being kidnapped and then adopted she has just found her birth parents, Max and Amanda, again and is trying to repair their relationship. She feels guilty that she still refers to her adoptive parents, Irene and Roger, as mom and dad while calling her birth parents by their given names.

As Beth tries to heal from her past she asks Dr.Samuel Benedict to help cover a scar she received in her past. Beth is attracted to Samuel but knows he works overseas for much of the year and therefore is probably not the man for her.

As Beth works through getting to know her new family she wants to reconnect to a friend from the past and will use the resources she can to get information but maybe it will bring her more trouble.

I enjoyed this book and felt like it contained a lot of information. I found other than Sam and Beth we got to know the others but not as indepth as I would have liked with how much they appeared. It almost felt like the author tried to put so much information in that we almost had too many sub-stories.

I enjoyed getting to know Beth but I felt like with so much other stuff going on that we never got to know her as much as I would have liked. She had so much stuff happen to her that I felt like we almost didn't get to know the real her beneath everything. She was so concerned about pleasing others that we lost a bit of her.

I would have also liked to know a bit more about Samuel as well. I know about his past growing up but still felt as though I didn't get to know him as much as I wanted.

I really hope that the author has another book with these characters as I really would like more of them.  

3 Stars