Monday, May 22, 2017

Head back to Blessings, GA with a new novel by Sharon Sala out May 2016

She's never had a home
Growing up in a troubled foster home, Mercy Dane knew she could never rely on anyone but herself. She's used to giving her all to people who don't give her a second glance, so when she races to Blessings, Georgia, to save the life of an accident victim, she's flabbergasted when the grateful town opens its arms to her. She never dreamed she'd ever find family or friends-or a man who looks at her as if she hung the stars.
Until she finds peace in his arms
Police Chief Lon Pittman is getting restless living in sleepy little Blessings. But the day Mercy Dane roars into his life on the back of a motorcycle, practically daring him to pull her over, he's lost. There's something about Mercy's tough-yet-vulnerable spirit that calls to Lon, and he will do anything in his power to make her realize that home isn't just where the heart is-home is where their heart is.

Mercy grew up in and out of foster homes until she aged out of the system. She is hardened but has learned to take care of herself. She works at a bar, with a great boss, and bakes in her spare time. Baking is her passion. On a cold Christmas night, she gets a phone call from the Blessings, Georgia hospital that her extremely rare blood type is in need at their hospital. She jumps on her motorcycle and flies to the hospital to donate. She does not expect to run into a man who she who, one night long ago, helped her after her apartment was broken into, taking care of her for the evening. She ran and never looked back. She also does not expect to find the sister who was separated from her when she was a very young child. The woman she came to help is her long lost sister.
Mercy heads to Blessings to spend time with her sister and get to know her. She doesn't expect to fall head of heels for the town sheriff, her one night stand from so long ago, Lon. When nasty, snobby women try to embarrass Mercy and run her off, she doesn't expect for the town to stand up for her. Can Mercy learn to trust so that she can have a happy ever after with Lon, her sister Hope, in this crazy little town?
As always, Ms Sala has delivered an amazing story that gives us strong women, loving men, and a town to back them up. I love reading everything by her and am so excited about this new book!

Nora Roberts offers us a new story of love and family and finding what was lost. Simply Fantastic!

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose—and her mind has been shattered…
When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him—and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past—and the threat that follows in her wake—will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined.

I'm really terrible at describing books. And Nora Roberts really needs to introduction. With each book we are drawn into a complex mystery but a not so complex romance. I feel as if, each year, the mystery in her romantic suspense novels gets a little deeper, but the romance gets a little less complex. They know they should be together, but they have to find the route that takes them to that place as well as figuring out who is murdering people around them. 

I thought that the murders of the two young women was interesting, because even though we knew they were caused by whoever had Alice, the main characters had no idea that they tied into their story. I do feel like I figured out some of the "who dun it" during the book, but it did not reading til the end. 

I really enjoyed the relationships between the characters and how each one interacted with the others.  Especially how Alice interacted with Cal. That one got me right in the feels. I also enjoyed the relationship between Chase and Jessica. Each character in this book was a stand out character with flaws and virtues. 

Another amazing read from Ms Roberts. Keep them coming!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fans of Sarah Maas will rave about Laurie Forest's Black Witch

A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother's legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she's been taught to hate and fear.

Honestly, nothing I can say will do this book justice. I read some amazing reviews about it recently and just thought to myself.. NO WAY can I speak as eloquently as they do about this book. I would honestly say, if you are a fan of, say, Sarah Maas, then this book is a must read. I enjoyed reading about each of the characters and their back stories as well as the "band of misfits" that Elloren ends up surrounding herself in. It was awesome. I thought I would kill her aunt though, seriously. What a meanie! 

So, my review sucks, but y'all just seriously need to read this book!

Julie Kawaga returns us to the world of Talon and St George in an all new novel out April 2017.

The legions will be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragonslayer can stand against the coming horde. 
Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all—dragons do not suffer human emotions—let alone with a human, and a former dragonslayer at that. With ex-soldier of St. George Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she's capable of doing and feeling. 
In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against St. George and her own twin brother, Dante—the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known. Talon is poised to conquer the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who will not yield.

Ember and Riley rescued Garrett after he killed the leader of St George for his betrayal of working with Talon. They have to find a way to rescue all of Riley's hatchlings and expose Talon to the other dragon shifters for what they are. Ember is stunned to learn of her brother's experiments with the clones. She still thinks she can change his mind about Talon, but Talon is too ingrained in her. She, Riley, and Garrett are taken captive but manage to escape with the help of an unlikely Talon operative.  They found plans that Talon was going to take out every single St George compound as well as all of Riley's safehouses. 

Time is of the essence for Ember and her team to save as many people as possible from Talon, even if they do not want to be saved. 

As always, loved it!!! I mean, really, DRAGONS! YES!  I have enjoyed this series from the beginning, although the love triangle drives me batty at times. I was glad to see Ember finally step up and say what she feels so that one or the other can move on. I really enjoyed this book and dread the year long wait for the next book......