Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Review! Sorceress (Prophecy Series #3) by Jessica Wayne 5 Cranky Stars

Sorceress (Prophecy Series Book 3)Sorceress by Jessica Wayne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

It's fantastic to read about Anastasia and Dakota again in their second book, continuing their journey into bringing Vincent to his knees. They had decided to travel to the other worlds to try and recruit other species to join them, but Vincent had been their first to most of them and if they didn't join him he destroyed most of their worlds. He always seemed to be 3 steps ahead of them which frustrated them both.

When going through the portal to take them to Vincent in Seattle, it was a trap, they had been betrayed. Tony and Dakota along with a great many of their army were kidnapped through Vincent's portals. Tony and Dakota were tied to a pillar while Vincent taunted them, beside him was the ailing sorceress who would not give into Vincent's demands. Vincent left to wage war on Anastasia and her depleted army. The sorceress had a enough energy to free Dakota and Tony who then gathered up the rest of the kidnapped army. He knew that he would need more help and enlisted his old precinct into going with them through the portal.

Many people and creatures had been slaughtered already when they arrived. Vincent being the coward he was, was trying to escape back to Seattle but the sorceress had enough power to stop him.When the sorceress dies Anatasia absorbs her power and leaving Dakota no match for her power.Is this the end of the story??? What no one else saw only Anastasia was Vincent morph into somebody else as he was dying!!!!!! You must read first book to be able to understand this book.

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New Review! The Bastard (The Filthy Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones 4 Cranky Stars

The Bastard (Filthy Trilogy #1; Dirty Rich, #6)The Bastard by Lisa Renee Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

Eric was a bastard and savant. His mother was the mistress to the owner of the Kingston Empire. A company that designs high end cars. He tries to fit in but when the family makes you feel worthless you learn to forge your own way. It’s at his final attempt at being a family that he meets Harper. They have a tryst and he learns who she really is and he walks away. Now he is a former Navy SEAL and a self made billionaire. He owes everything to Greyson Bennett. When after 6 years Harper waltzes into his office for help he pushes her away and advises her leave Kingston Motors behind but she’s stubborn because part of her deceased father is in that empire.

Harper had an immediate connection to Eric. She knew he was the frowned upon son of Jeff Kingston. Her father’s car company was absorbed by Kingston Motors when he died, and her mother married Jeff. She starts to notice things are very wrong and with several wrongful death cases on their hands she knows she needs to solve this mystery. She turns to the only person who she believes can help the only one with the resources to get to the bottom of this mess once and for all. She knows it’s a gamble but it’s a risk she’s willing to take.

This book did have some steam. Woowee. Look past the relationship they have by marriage since they never really interacted or lived together.

I just wish it wasn’t drilled into our heads that Eric is a billionaire and a bastard. It’s like ok we know!! I know it was trying to drive home a point, but it got to be a bit much. Also, I know it was done to build up the story but the whole I have a secret and keep repeating it and dodging it was kind of annoying. If they really wanted to tell each other their secret, they would have done it despite the million interruptions. I really hated Isaac that guy is shady and a master manipulator. I did like Eric but he was stubborn and Harper was really trying to make it in a male dominated field. I know it sounds like I didn’t enjoy the story, but I did. I liked the chemistry between Eric and Harper, and I can’t wait to jump into the next book to get some much needed and deserved answers.

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New Review! Every Time We Touch (Redeeming Love #5) by J.E.Parker 3.5 Cranky Stars

Every Time We Touch (Redeeming Love #5)Every Time We Touch by J.E. Parker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Cranky Stars

At first I thought this was going to be a very good book. Starting with Kyle as a 12 year old boy taking his little sister Lily to the park with his friend Ty. While the boys were distracted Lily was abducted and found murdered. Then they found the abductor and he had killed himself. His father blamed Kyle and walked out and his mother retracted into her own grief. Nearly 2 decades had passed and the grief had made Kyle into a very angry young man. He worked for the fire department along with his friends. Then the author bombards you with loads of new characters, which I couldn't tell who was related to who.

Kyle met Carissa at a party and whispered he would make her his no matter how long it takes. Carissa and her deaf younger sister Heidi live with their trucker father after their mother had died of Cancer. She also had self loathing as she felt it was her that caused her mother to die. Another three years go by and Carissa graduated and seemed to just jump into bed with Kyle! The many characters in this 3 years had partnered up and had children or were pregnant, I couldn't keep track.

The men in this book come over as being very arrogant and the women weak. There were funny moments from the few weird characters, but on the whole they all seem to have hang-ups about their past. The saving grace of this book is the end, not only was their forgiveness, but an unexpected event happened that had you turning the next page with eager anticipation.

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New Review! Covet (Sinful Secrets #3) by Ella James 4 Cranky Stars

Covet (Sinful Secrets, #3)Covet by Ella James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

Finley lives a very secluded life on an island called Tristan. She wears many hats and is quite loved. Sadly, her life had a tragedy that rocked her to her very core. Having lost both parents and living with her grandma for some time she is well and truly alone. She is trapped on this island since having a fear of boats and no planes can land on it. She grew up with stories of Charles Carnegie and his son Declan. When Declan comes to visit the island for the Carnegie Foundation she is enamored. She knows she shouldn’t be since her life is complicated and his life isn’t on this island. When they find themselves trapped in a burrow for a few days after tending to some sheep they become closer and start to slowly tell each other their secrets.

Declan Carnegie is a famous baseball player he is also an addict. He remembers the girl with flaming hair after his father rescued her from the ocean the very ocean that claimed her parents. With an injury and a knowledge that he really needs to get clean he finds himself on supply boat to Tristan with the excuse that he is there for the Carnegie Foundation to help modernize the island. He finds everyone here strange and different but it’s the girl with the flaming red hair that he falls for. He thinks he’s no good and that he shouldn’t corrupt Finley, but he is drawn to her. Over his time on the island he detoxes and thinks this might be the kind of life he wants. Yet when truths come to light, he wonders if he can spirit her away to a better life?

I truly liked this book, but I felt at times it was very wordy. If that makes sense. It’s a lot of story and at times I felt like I couldn’t tell you what the plot of the story was. I started getting really interested at the end when life was finally coming together. The island was almost like a cult and Finley was very naïve which I guess is par for the course when you have no real contact with the outside world. I found the island and its inhabitants very strange. I felt Declan’s struggle to get clean it was so real. He was truly a mess and I felt Finley became a different addiction to him. All in all, I really loved this story it was just a lot of story for me. I think if you like very detailed world and story building then this is your story.

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New Review! Stormy Kind of Love by Tia Lee 3 Cranky Stars

Stormy Kind of LoveStormy Kind of Love by Tia Lee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 Cranky Stars

I'm on the fence with this book. Like I love the characters and the premise of the story but I just don’t know if I would call this book a suspenseful romance. It just wasn’t that... well... suspenseful.

Let me say that I love a best friend turned lover romance. Rachel and Asher are an adorable couple. I have a thing for nerds and Asher is that adorable nerd that is a bit of a romantic and was raised a good ol’ boy. He knows how to respect and love a woman. His y’all lanky form mixed with just the right amount of muscle to give him an attractive appeal was the perfect creation for that best friend math geek.

Rachel is a head full of blonde curls heading into life care free and clueless to what she wants. Typical really, but she is smart and has a big heart. What I like about her is she also makes mistakes. Not everyone is perfect. She is far from it. She overlooks Asher because she doesn’t really see him at first. How could she with hot steamy biker boy Liam? Eventually she realizes her mistake in Liam and begins to see Asher for who he really is and bam, best friends turned lovers.

Liam is every girl’s wet dream. What girl in her right mind wouldn’t want that dangerous bad boy. Who wouldn’t want to be that gorgeous gem hanging off his leather jacket arm and riding on the back of his motorcycle with hot steamy sex just waiting around the corner? But Liam isn’t a good person and he loses his mind when it comes to Rachel. Obsession and addiction and stalking take a big part in his unhealthy connection to Rachel. With his past coming to light, it’s just not a good mix.

Now, all that sounds great right? For me the story was dull. A suspenseful romance should be suspenseful and I just wasn’t on the edge of my seat biting my nails with this one. There was a big lack in basic human emotion. The POV was not written properly to pull me in completely. When I hear or read a book is a suspenseful romance I want to be completely invested, hook line sinker, pull me in and blow my mind. This book had no emotion, no descriptive details to explain the heart throbbing, exciting or terrifying sensations that the characters were feeling through the ups and downs of the story being told. If anything it was just a girl talking to her best friend giving a timeline of events that took place and nothing more.

For lack of emotions and better description with the authors writing, I give this book 3 cranky stars. Add some gory details and some insightful description to make the readers imagination go wild, then maybe this book can be considered suspenseful. Otherwise it’s like I’m listening to my 6 year old tell me a scary story that turns out to be a dry humorous fantasy that she made up.

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New Review! For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story by Simon Gandossi 3.5 Cranky Stars

For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown StoryFor Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story by Simon Gandossi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Cranky Stars

I enjoy reading Historical Fiction, especially books about WWII, so I was looking forward to this book. The description of the book says that it is about an ordinary woman, Sarah Ashdown, who joins the Resistance after a young girl is killed during an air raid bombing in London.

The young girl, named Beaux (Beau) idolized Sarah, much like a younger sister. When Sarah gets angry and tells Beau to go home, she leaves in tears and is killed in the air raid shortly thereafter. Sarah is full of remorse for Beau's death and decides to join the Resistance to fight the Nazis who are threatening her way of life.

The story of the air raids and their effect on the people of London is truly haunting and very descriptive. The author does a wonderful job of making you feel like you are right there with Sarah as she walks through the devastation.

Another part of the story that was poignant was Sarah's friend, Mary, who becomes pregnant while her fiance is away fighting the war. I would have liked to have more insight into Mary's thinking about her actions during this time, but her story is basically just a sideline to Sarah's.

There were several things about this book that made it less than a great book for me. First of all, the book starts out with Sarah in her later years of life, living in a nursing home and telling her story to a group of journalists. Once she starts telling her tale, the author often interrupted the flow of the story with a comment about Sarah being offered tea or tissues while telling her tale. I would have rather had the story be just about Sarah's time during the War instead of having this secondary part of the book added in. I did not think that it contributed anything to the story and in fact found it to be very distracting.

At times, the author's writing was very descriptive and really drew me in, while at other times, I got bored reading about Sarah's fixing tea, walking past vendors, etc. Some of these long descriptions were told in choppy, short sentences, which I find bothersome.
There were some notable quotes:

"Being scared means the enemy gets what they want. If I was to be killed by a bomb, then it was just my time."
"She will always be with me, wherever I go. From now on, everything I do is for her."
"Sometimes it takes a tragedy to make you realise how much a person meant to you."
Maybe I am just used to reading more exciting, faster moving tales, but this book tended to drag for me. I found myself skimming through a lot of it instead of savoring the read.

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Pre Order & Release Blitz! Mike (Henderson Security #1) by MLJ Quigg

Title: Mike
Series: Henderson Security Book #1
Author: MLJ Quigg
Genre: Military M/M Romance
Release Date: February 25, 2019

“The first time I laid eyes on you, I knew I was a goner. You’re the most loving, beautiful soul I’ve ever uncounted, and the sexiest man I have ever seen. You make my heart race just looking at you.”

Mike Williams knew from an early age he was joining the military. After meeting the sassy, sarcastic, and foul-mouthed Monique at a training course for the elite of the Australian Army, he was introduced to the man who would become his life and soul. Dave Harris was the most stunning man Mike had ever met. He was taken from the moment he met him, and he’d stop at nothing to have this man and make him his for the rest of his life. 
After a horrific event which changed his life, Mike left the military and joined Henderson Security. Life was good; life was quiet until it wasn’t.
Can Mike keep his man’s family safe and see the man he loved happy and healthy or would he fall down on the job?

MLJ lives in NSW, Australia, with her husband, three adult children, and six cats—yes, you heard that right, six.
Growing up in a huge family of eight kids was always noisy and didn’t give her enough alone time to unwind.
Books have always given her an outlet from the craziness that is her life. Nothing is better than curling up with a good story to take her mind off her surroundings.
As a new author, she hopes you enjoy her stories and that they help you get out of your world and into hers for a few hours.