Friday, December 18, 2015

Hendee's amazing Noble Dead series finds its ending with "The Night Voice"

With much relief, Magiere, Leesil, and Chap prepare to hide the last two of the powerful orbs. Once this last great task is completed, Magiere can take Leesil home to a life of peace.

Then, rumors reach them that a horde of undead creatures, slaughtering everything in their wake, are gathering in the far east regions of the Suman desert. This gathering could only be caused by the Ancient Enemy awakening.

With no other choice, Magiere tells Leesil they cannot go home yet. They must go to the desert and seek to learn if the rumors are true . . . and if so, face an awakening evil: The Night Voice.

Oh No!! Say it isn't so!! The Noble Dead series is ENDING?! I could cry, seriously. I have adored this series for years, I think I started reading about the time book 4 came out. I am going to miss my friends so much!

After years of searching, Magiere, Leesil, Chap, Wynn, Chane, Shade, and the others finally have all of the Orbs. The next question is what the heck to do with them. Unknown to these friends, their "helper" Ghassen is possessed by an evil spirit that they thought they had wiped out. He plots to get the orbs to the Ancient Enemy and use them to destroy him. He calls upon others who have been defeated by Magiere and crew to help him distract the group along the journey to the Ancient Enemy's hiding place.

The final battle takes place. And that is all I am going to say, because seriously, y'all just need to read it. this has been a great series from beginning to end, although around book 6 and 7 it was a little slow. Overall, I feel like this has been a fantastic series!! A dhampir who doesn't know she is part vampire who travels around with her half elf friend who pretends to be a vampire and she pretends to vanquish him so the town will pay them.. And then they stumble upon a real vampire, a Noble Dead.. and she finds out her own heritage.. They race around the world, making new friends and enemies everywhere they go, trying to prevent an ancient evil from coming back... Yep, it has all the elements I need in a book! 
I am saddened that the series has ended but I did enjoy the way the authors pulled all the parts together and finished it. Thank you so much for years of entertainment :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Kilts and Quilts series is back with "The Accidental Scot"

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

When her father is injured in an accident, Edinburgh engineer Pippa McDonnell comes home to Gandiegow to take over the family business, the North Sea Valve Company. Now she’s working overtime trying to fix NSV’s finances and find the cash to get her father proper medical care. 
One possibility is to accept a partnership with MTech, an American firm desperate to get their hands on her da’s innovative valve design. He was against bringing in outsiders, but Pippa is desperate enough to at least listen to MTech’s charming representative Max McKinley. 
As Christmas approaches and with the help of Gandiegow's meddling quilters, Pippa and Max slowly find themselves attracted to each other. Max seems honorable, but is he there to steal the valve design…or Pippa’s heart?

There is something about this book! I love a good Christmas romance and this one sure hit the spot! I think this was my favorite story so far from the Kilts and Quilts series! Not to mention, the cover for this book is absolutely gorgeous! Pippa has taken over the running of her father's company. She's fully trained and knows what she is doing, but scared for her father who needs medical care that they just can't afford.

Max's job is on the line; he has to seal the deal with the North Sea Valve company or lose his job. Pippa certainly is not making it easy for him. Pippa's bright idea to introduce him to the town and make him love it as much as she does so that he doesn't close the company is really a good one, but Max's job is to seal the deal, not what happens to the town afterwards. What he doesn't expect is a fiesty, warm hearted woman that he encounters. It is easy to fall for her. But she has a fiance already and his boss is riding his rear end to get this deal done.

But when his boss shows up to speed it along, things go terribly wrong. Max had a previous relationship with her and she is ruining all the good faith he has built within the town. 

I can't pin point the reason, but this story really drew me. It was, as always with Ms Griffin, absolutely hilarious. I love seeing the characters return from previous books and seeing where they are now, and how much trouble they are causing (Deidie!). I liked the characters. I could not put this book down. 

Oh, check out Ms Griffin's facebook page. She has lots of really neat giveaways. Now, its the anxious wait for the next book "The Trouble With Scotland"!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Return to Angel's Rest with Emily March and an all new novel

Two weary strangers are about to rest their burdens in Eternity Springs, where there's hope for every broken heart.
Haunted by the loss of his wife and son, Daniel Garrett left the police force to devote his life to finding missing children. But he still hasn't found a way to mend the wounds of his past-until he attends a wedding in the small mountain town of Eternity Springs...and meets a beautiful, intriguing woman who offers a glimpse of something Daniel thought he'd never have again.
Sometimes life gives us 
a second chance at love.
Shannon O'Toole isn't looking for romance. Ever since her fiancé's death, she created a quiet life for herself restoring Victorian cottages. Still, she can't deny her attraction to the handsome, broad-shouldered stranger. Daniel makes her feel things she's hasn't felt in years-including the desire to share her secrets. But can Shannon trust a detective when doing so could bring danger to her cottage door? In Eternity Springs, anything-and everything-is possible...

Emily March's books really need no review. We know that we are getting an amazing, heartfelt story that will warm our hearts in a dreary world. I honestly cannot say how much I enjoy this author. I love the Angel's Rest community, the characters who make us laugh, and the animals as well! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tamora Pierce, thirty years of fantasy.. And I just found her!

So, for the last four years my friend has been hounding me to read Tamora Pierce. I was reluctant.. the covers are ... boring. Yes, I know. I am a librarian and I shouldn't judge a book by its cover.  Pierce's first book "Alanna The First Adventure" was printed in 1983. I was two years old. Growing up, I never heard about Tortall or Pierce.

Two years ago, I found Sarah Maas, who writes the Throne of Glass series and the Court of Thorns and Roses series. I am completely obsessed and I wanted to find something else that had strong female characters and magic. So, very quietly so my friend did not know, I picked up "Beka Cooper Terrier" by Tamora Pierce.

Two weeks later, I now own all of Pierce's books (thank you eBay!). I finished the Beka Cooper trilogy and started Alanna. They are really good. I wish my school work (darn me for decided to go back to college) wouldn't interfere with my reading time! I am highly motivated to get my homework done so I can read though!

Beka Cooper wants to be a Provost's Dog, the Tortall version of a policeman. They don't use swords, they use two food long, lead lined batons. She is entering her puppy training, the year she follows around a pair of seasoned Dogs. Though magic is real in Tortall, not everyone has it. Beka  is no mage, but she can talk to ghosts that ride the back of pigeons. There's also a purple eyed cat that talks.

Beka's pigeons reveal a dastardly plot involving murdered children and miners being killed. They happen to be two different things going on, and Beka convinces her partners to help find the murderers.

The official jacket description is:
Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, and she's been assigned to the Lower City. It's a tough beat that's about to get tougher, as Beka's limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City's criminal enterprises--and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost's Guard has never seen before.

I can't actually explain why, but this book just grabbed me. There's enough humor in it. I laughed sometimes.. The speech sometimes was very interesting. Beka is a strong character who knows what she wants, but I love the way she is shy in front of people. The second book takes place after Beka graduates to full fledged dog, and the third book takes place three years after the events of book 2. This really is a fantastic author. I can't wait to finish reading all of them! 

The Ranger's Apprentice series returns, starring Halt and Crowley!

When Halt and Crowley discover that the ambitious Morgarath has been infiltrating the Rangers in order to corrupt the Corps, the young Rangers travel north to find Prince Duncan, seeking a royal warrant to stop Morgarath before it is too late. By weakening the Rangers, the most powerful force in support of the King, Morgarath plans to steal the throne. 

Yet when Halt and Crowley arrive in Gorlan, they discover just how close Morgarath’s scheme is to success. Morgarath has a plan to discredit the Prince and alienate him from his father. At the same time, the Baron of Gorlan has been conspiring to win the trust and admiration of the Council of Barons to further his plan. If the young Rangers are to prevent the coup from succeeding, they will have to tread a dangerous path, which leads them to a thrilling climax at the annual tournament at Gorlan, where a series of bitter duels must be fought and won.

When I first read about this book, I couldn't believe it! Finally! We get to learn more about Halt's history! Okay well, not really. Not yet at least.

 The book starts as Morgarath is starting to take over Araluen. The king is imprisoned "for his own safety" as supposedly Prince Duncan tried to assassinate him. Duncan is off in the wilds of the north raiding and pillaging and causing all sorts of problems. Morgarath managed to fire all the Rangers and in their place put stupid saps.

 This is where the story starts, as Crowley and Halt are on the run from Morgarath's soldiers. Of course, they run into mayhem and find new friends. They track down the twelve former Rangers who were fired in hopes of finding Duncan and freeing the king and confronting Morgarath. Things never happen the way they should, though. Concealing themselves inside Gorlan, during a huge tournament that Morgarath has once a year, they wait for the perfect time to take Morgarath down.

Oh, hey this is where Halt meets Lady Pauline :)

I'm thrilled that Flanagan has taken his world in this direction. I loved the original Rangers Apprentice series. I thought the Brotherband Chronicles were awesome. Even though I care absolutely nothing about sailing, I never lost interest in the books. And here we have young Halt and Crowley, trying to save the country, but from the beginning. Love it!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Evanovich and Goldberg bring us another hilarious page turner in "The Scam" out September 2015

Nicolas Fox is a charming con man and master thief on the run. Kate O’Hare is the FBI agent who is hot on his trail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality, Fox and O’Hare are secretly working together to bring down super-criminals the law can’t touch. Criminals like brutal casino magnate Evan Trace.
Evan Trace is running a money-laundering operation through his casino in Macau. Some of his best customers are mobsters, dictators, and global terrorists. Nick and Kate will have to go deep undercover as high-stakes gamblers, wagering millions of dollars—and their lives—in an attempt to topple Trace’s empire.
It’s a scam that will take Fox and O’Hare from the Las Vegas strip, to the sun-soaked beaches of Oahu’s North Shore, and into the dark back alleys of Macau. Their only backup—a self-absorbed actor, a Somali pirate, and Kate’s father, an ex-soldier who believes a rocket launcher is the best way to solve every problem. What could possibly go wrong?

Everything, of course. With the hilarious feel of the Stephanie Plum novels, Evanovich and Goldberg seriously deliver on this series. I have enjoyed every minute of them. 

Kat and Nick are out to take down Evan Trace, a casino owner allowing bad guys to launder dirty money through his casinos. In the midst of it, Kate's dad has a friend in Hawaii who is butting heads with a Hawaiian mobster. They have a brilliant plan to involve the mobster in their plot to take down Trace, that way everything gets done at once. They bring their team back to help them out, after Nick poses as a lawyer to get Willie out of a stealing a bus charge. Then the action happens....

Every turn of the page makes you laugh until you run out of breath! Great series!

Linda Lael Miller brings us Christmas in Mustang Creek

Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn't wait to escape to the big city. But life in New York isn't as fabulous as she'd like to admit—she's lonely, doing a job she doesn't love and dating too many frogs she meets online. 

There was one potential prince, though—Jaxon Locke, a veterinarian with definite possibilities—but his move to Idaho to fill in at his dad's vet practice ended things just as they were getting interesting. What Charlotte doesn't know is that he misses her, more than he expected… 

Meanwhile, Charlotte's great-aunt Geneva—the woman who raised her—needs to enter an assisted-living facility. So, just before Christmas, Charlotte moves back home. When Jax catches wind of her move back West, he's determined to get to Wyoming and do whatever it takes to win her back. 

Christmas in Mustang Creek is a magical time in a magical place, not least because of a mysterious visitor named Mrs. Klozz. She knows that love is the greatest gift of all, and she's ready to help out Santa by giving these two a push in the right direction!

Charlotte and Jaxon had a relationship previously, but Charlotte believed they wanted different things. She loved the big city and Jaxon longed for the quiet of the country. When Charlotte loses her job, she decides to head home to Mustang Creek, where she grew up with her aunt Geneva. Geneva has early stages dementia and decided it would be best to move to a home. What Charlotte doesn't know is that Jaxon remembers how much she talked about her hometown. When a college buddy asks Jaxon to join his practice, low and behold it is in Mustang Creek. Jaxon can only hope that he runs into Charlotte and makes her realize that she is wrong and they definitely belong together.

A friend of Geneva's has been staying at her house and becomines Mrs Matchmaker, Mrs Klozz asks Jaxon to stay at the house, saying they could use a man around to help them out. Charlotte has no clue how to really take this. Mrs Klozz seems to barrel over everything. But with the way the woman cooks, who can say no?!

Then the idea forms to make Geneva's house into a bed and breakfast. Charlotte knows nothing about running a bed and breakfast but she just can't seem to get the idea out of her head. Not knowing what her future holds keeps her from making a commitment to Jaxon, but Christmas miracles are happening in Mustang Creek...

Fantastic, as usual. Ms Miller has given us a wonderful Christmas read that is, as always, so very feel good. I set the book down and definitely felt lighter.

Return to Fool's Gold in an all new Christmas novel

To bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug, organizing a Christmas wedding sounds like a joy—until she finds out she'll be working closely with the gorgeous brother of the bride, movie star Jonny Blaze. How will a small-town girl like her keep from falling for the world's sexiest guy? Especially with mistletoe lurking around every corner! 

Jonny came to Fool's Gold looking for normal, not for love. Happily-ever-after only happens in the movies. Still, nothing about this quirky town is quite what he expected, and "ordinary" Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he's ever met. Refreshingly honest, disarmingly sweet. Achingly beautiful. 

Planning the perfect wedding leads to candlelit dinners and strolls through snow-covered streets. And Madeline finds Jonny in real life even more captivating than her celebrity crush. But will the action star be brave enough to risk his heart and step into the role of a lifetime?

Ms Mallery scores again with an all new Fool's Gold Christmas novel. Madeline has a huge crush on movie star Johnny Blaze. So much so that she can't form two words around him. When Mayor Marsha and Dellina come asking for help to organize Jonny's sisters wedding, Madeline isn't so sure about being able to communicate with him without fangirling. She is pretty surprised to learn is he is just a regular guy who loves his sister so much that he goes way over the top for the wedding. Madeline is mostly able to contain him, though. She also can't help falling for him.  But she's as mall town girl working in a bridal shop, certainly not good enough for THE Jonny Blaze.

Jonny wanted respite from the crazy life of an actor, which is why he chose Fool's Gold to make his home. He didn't expect for the town to accept him as he is, a real person, instead of a famous movie star. They protect him from crazed fans and invite him to dinner. He falls in love with the town. Meeting Madeline as she helps with Ginger's wedding is definitely a plus. She's down to earth and funny and beautiful.  She's everything he wants, but past loss keeps him from claiming her as his. 

A very snow storm and a wedding bring these two together. And as we are in Fool's Gold, we know we will have a happy ending :) Ms Mallery brings us another fantastic love tale. I love her writing. It's an easy read, nothing I have to think hard about. It's a great story, keeping me interested all the way through it. She has amazing characters. And now I have to wait months for another return to Fool's Gold. NetGalley, I love you for letting me have these early but I hate you as well because its a much longer wait! LOL!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Argeaneau family returns with About a Vampire!

With Immortal good looks and scorching charisma, Justin Bricker has yet to meet a woman he can’t win over. His potential life mate should be no different. But instead of falling into his bed, Holly Bosley runs away and ends up mortally wounded. To save her, he has to turn her. And then Bricker learns the shocking truth: Holly’s already married.

Holly wakes up with a bump on her head, a craving for blood, and a sexy stranger who insists they belong together. She needs Bricker’s help to control her new abilities, even as she tries to resist his relentless seduction. Choosing between the world she knows and the eternity he offers is impossible. But Justin is fighting for his life mate—maybe even his life—and he’ll break every rule to do it…

When Holly went back to work late at night to get her test meter to check her blood sugar, she had no clue she would leave dead. Well, immortal. After a creepy trek through the cemetery to deliver missing paperwork to the crematorium, Holly witnesses something she couldn't believe. She takes off running, is chased, trips, and stabs herself to death with a pair of scissors. Justin Bricker knew the second he took off after her that she was his life mate, at least potentially his lifemate. He uses his one turn to save her life.

Holly wakes up in a strange bed with strange people. Bricker tries to explain immortals to her, but of course she thinks he's crazy!  Finally they convince her about it and take her to train her to hold her blood lust and use her abilities. Justin can't wait to begin his new life with Holly. Just one teeny problem Holly is married. Holly knows that there's something with Bricker, but she is determined to keep to her marriage vows. She won't betray her husband. 

Okay, this book was so funny in so many different ways. This series usually has alot of humor, which is why I like it so much. Even after so many books, I love this series. It just keeps getting better and better. And I love it when Lucien shows up, all bad ass and glowering and stuff. And his wife puts him in his place. 

Really if you haven't read this series yet, you are seriously missing out, and if you have read them, just keep going! They are always worth it. Just a nice relaxing read :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sara Humphreys brings us an all new novel.. with firefighters.. mmmm..

The only fire he can't put out...
Jordan McKenna is back in town, and Fire Chief Gavin Maguire's feelings when he sees her after all these years are as raw as the day she left. Then he was just a kid wearing his heart on his sleeve. Now he spends every day trying to atone for the tragedy he couldn't prevent.
Is the torch he carries for her
Jordan's life has not exactly worked out the way she expected. A divorced mother of two with a failed acting career, Jordan's biggest concern about coming back to Old Brookfield was seeing her first love. But when a series of suspicious fires breaks out, Jordan and Gavin realize that dealing with the sparks between them may be the least dangerous of their problems.

Jordan McKenna ran fifteen years ago from an abusive father. She left behind her mom, her boyfriend, her friends. A clean break with no contact with them. She felt it was the only way. Now she is home again, with her two daughters in tow, after leaving an equally abusive husband. She's ready to start over, but not ready for Gavin. Top it off, her father is dying and with the dementia, he doesn't even remember her or the horrible way he treated her.
Fifteen years later, Gavin's feelings towards Jordan are still raw. As teenagers, they felt they would last forever, but then she was just gone with no word. Now she's back, and he has no clue how to feel about that. When he finds out why she left, his immediate response is to protect her. 
When Jordan's ex-husband starts snooping around, Gavin's protective feelings kick into high gear to take care of Jordan and her little girls, who he definitely has a soft spot for. But can these two work through their past to their happily ever after? Not only that, Gavin is the fire chief and someone is out setting fires willy nilly on the outskirts of town, and they are getting bolder. He needs to catch the firebug before someone gets hurt. 
I sat down to read this book last night and didn't put it down til I was finished... which was way past my bedtime! I would say, any Susan Mallery or Robyn Carr fans would love this book. (And everyone knows I absolutely adore Susan Mallery!) . I liked Jordan. She had been mentally beat down but managed to get away and start a new life with her girls. A good life at that. Gavin.... Don't tell my husband, but I kind of want a Gavin! He's so sweet with Jordan and her girls. Makes your heart melt. 
I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.. Gavin has four more brothers that I want to hear about! And I know Maddy will come back.. she and Ronan obviously have unfinished business.
Thank you, Ms Humphreys for a fantastic read!

An all new novel by Sandra Brown, "Friction"

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter Georgia in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act, met all the court imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.

Holly, ambitious and confident, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high-stakes. Despite Crawford's obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet. 

But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large . . .and a threat. 

Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary diehard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter, and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin, but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them. 

Sandra Brown really needs no introduction. With more than 60 novels to her name, many New York Times Bestsellers, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from RWA, Ms Brown started writing.. the year I was born. I'm sorry, I don't mean to make her feel old, however, she has so many fantastic books that she has written. She started over 30 years ago, and yet she still brings us great books to this day.

I have to be honest, I stopped reading her a about five or six years ago. Her books had moved into this the woman was married, husband was trying to kill her, she ended up having an affair with the male lead character. Yeah, she was still married. That kind of irked me, so I stopped reading. BUT. Last year I picked up "Mean Streak" and even though it still had that same flow, I really enjoyed the book.

So when NetGalley put "Friction" up, I immediately requested it, and received it, yay!

I have to say, I think this is one of Ms Brown's best books ever. 

So, about the book. Crawford Hunt's life spiraled down after a major shootout at work and his wife died in a car accident. Amazingly, his baby daughter was not injured, but Crawford was in no shape to care for Georgia, so he gave legal care over to her grandparents. Now, four years later, Crawford's life is back on track, his job steady as a Texas Ranger,  and he wants his daughter back. Fate intervenes, however, when at the custody hearing, a shooter storms into the courtroom, killing the bailiff. Crawford acting instinctively and jumped in front of the judge, Holly,  to save her life. 

Crawford knows he has killed his chances to get Georgia back by his reckless behavior protecting the judge. At least that is how any court would see it. But something about Holly gets to him and after realizing that SWAT shot the wrong man, he has to keep her safe and catch the real shooter.

There are lots of twists and turns to this plot. It certainly kept me on my toes. I loved Crawford's character. His need to protect and the love for his daughter very apparent. Holly was a spitfire. She wasn't going to let a little shooting keep her down, even if it could still cost her her life. I can't wait to push this title to my library patrons.. even though I believe I have 30 people on the waiting list already for this! 

Mercedes Lackey sets on out a new adventure, a young adult dystopian fantasy novel Out Sept 2015

***********Thank You NetGalley for an advanced copy of this title**********
They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares. 


Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it's taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities,behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous monsters fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky. 

To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people. 

Joy soon realizes that the city's powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers,and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they're in-to them, Joy and her corp of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.

When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, Joy uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them

I've read some of Lackey's fantasy novels, and her Valdamar series scares me because I don't know where to start, but this novel looked so interesting, and different, than her usual that I just had to read it, and I am soooooo incredibly glad that I did!

Joy was raised on the Mountain, hunting since she was a small child for food and hunting the monsters that came through from Otherworld. With the help of her Hounds, she is a very talented hunter. But her uncle, from Apex City, has sent for her to join the Hunters school. She hates having to leave everything she knows, but she is excited to see Apex and join other Hunters.

Hunters have magic and call their Hounds... who don't always look like hounds, they can look like pretty much any kind of animal, to help them hunt the things that go bump in the night.. and day. Disturbing to Joy is that every Hunter has a vid channel, where citizens can watch the Hunters. More disturbing is that many of the hunts take place within the magical barriers of the city, however the vids show they are outside the barriers.

When one of Joy's mentors is hurt, Joy realizes that it was supposed to be her in that section. Someone was definitely after her. Politics have definitely gotten in the way of Joy wanting to protect the citizens and she has to find a way to stop whoever is after her .

I loved Joy. Her sense of loyalty to the people she protects is very strong, and her growing up away from the craziness of the city has instilled a sense of right in her that the Hunters raised in the city don't have. She is honest and innocent as well as being a darn fine Hunter. I cried right along with her when a Vampire killed her friend. And I want to see more of her relationship with Josh!  

This is kind of a crazy blend of dystopian and fantasy but it all seems to work well together. I really liked this book!

Thunder Point returns in an all new novel by Robyn Carr

Blake Smiley searched the country for just the right place to call home. The professional triathlete has traveled the world, but Thunder Point has what he needs to put down the roots he's never had. In the quiet coastal town, he can focus on his training without distractions. Until he meets his new neighbors and everything changes. 

Lin Su Simmons and her teenage son, Charlie, are fixtures at Winnie Banks's house as Lin Su nurses Winnie through the realities of ALS. A single mother, Lin Su is proud of taking charge and never showing weakness. But she has her hands full coping with a job, debt and Charlie's health issues. And Charlie is asking questions about his family history—questions she doesn't want to answer. 

When Charlie enlists Blake's help to escape his overprotective mother, Lin Su resents the interference in her life. But Blake is certain he can break through her barriers and be the man she and Charlie need. When faced with a terrible situation, Blake comes to the rescue, and Lin Su realizes he just might be the man of her dreams. Together, they recognize that family is who you choose it to be.

Lin Su has been taking care of her son Charlie on her own for fourteen years. She is content to keep on doing that. She loves her job working for Winnie being her home health nurse. Winnie and her family are fantastic, and the let Charlie hang around. She knows the job won't last forever, but she will certainly do her best and enjoy it while she can. 

Charlie meets the new neighbor and can't stop talking about him. Blake is an Ironman, a famous athlete. He's also pretty nice. When Charlie has a major asthma attack due to a short ride on Blake's bike, Lin Su pretty much flips out. Charlie's asthma has always kept him down. 

Lin Su isn't fond of Blake, because he tried to tell her that a little exercise wouldn't hurt Charlie. Charlie is her son and she knows what is best. But after Charlie is chased by a couple of jerk guys, Blake comes to the rescue. He also helps out when her home is broken into and trashed. He confronted the guys and got Lin Su's treasure box out. Now, certainly the guy can't be too bad.

Lin Su relents and allows Blake to start training Charlie. It was supposed to help him build up his stamina, and then his asthma would be a lot better. Behind Lin Su's back, Charlie decides to go looking for their family. Lin Su was adopted and her family disowned her when she had Charlie and insisted on keeping him. Charlie tells Blake what he is doing and Blake makes him promise to tell his mother. 

Lin Su and Blake's relationship grows and everything is great... until Charlie finally tells his mom about finding their family and she flips out. SHE is his family. They other people don't matter. They didn't want them. When Lin Su finds out that Blake knew about it, she is furious he kept that kind of secret from her. 
Can they repair their relationship with such a breach of trust? 

Well, of course, its Thunder Point! We know we will get a happy ending. I wasn't too fond of this series when it began, but it has certainly grown on me. With all the old characters and new characters and everyone helping everyone. I kind of want to live here. 

Sharon Sala returns with the next installment in the Secrets and Lies series.

If only it had been something else that brought Lissa Sherman and Mack Jackson back in touch after so many years. Something—anything—other than the murder of Mack's father. Even worse, Lissa's car had been used as the murder weapon. 

Thirty-five years ago, four friends went out joyriding and ended up in a terrible accident that left one dead and the others with no memory of that awful night. Now two more people, including Mack's father, have been murdered, and if the lone survivor knows why they're being targeted, she's not talking.  

Even as Lissa and Mack find themselves drawn together in the midst of tragedy, the mystery deepens when someone comes after Lissa, too. Is the danger to her tied to the other deaths, or are two killers at work in town? Now Mack has to fight an unknown attacker as well as his feelings for Lissa, but it may be that he can't win either battle.

Lissa certainly didn't expect to find Pete Jackson dead underneath her car when she went to pick it up from the shop. She is devastated, thinking that her vehicle killed her old boyfriend's dad. And now Mack will be coming home. 

Mack comes home, shocked about his fathers death. When it comes out that it wasn't an accident, that someone murdered his father, and that Lissa is being stalked by a very depraved person, Mack decides he is going to stick around and help Lissa and hopefully find out who killed his dad. Mack finds a letter from his father telling him that if he had the letter, then he was dead. And he needed to be looking into an accident that happened years ago after Pete's high school graduation. One friend who had been in the accident was already dead, and another, the police chief's mother, was certainly in danger. 

Mack and Lissa were a couple all through high school. When Lissa became pregnant, they were both scared but excited. But rumors spread that Lissa had an abortion. When he confronted her and asked if she was still pregnant, she told him no. Unfortunately, he didn't wait around for an explanation, but instead took off. Ten years later, Mack finds out what really  happened and can't believe how wrong he was. His best hope is that, even ten years later, that Lissa can forgive him. Because he still loves her.

And the climax of the story.. Oh. My. Gods. What a cliffhanger! I'm on my toes because now I have to wait to find out what happens! What a great story you have brought us, Ms Sala. Can't wait for the next one!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Meet me in Fool's Gold once again for an all new novel out July 2015

***********Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of this title**********

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool's Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports. 

Now ten years later, Maya's been hired to promote her hometown's new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward! 

Although Del's not the type to hold a grudge, he's determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He's a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya's kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…

Maya walked out on Del and broke his heart. Now, back in Fool's Gold to help with the TV campaign, she has to work with him. It is the hardest thing she has ever had to do. She left because she was scared . And she hurt Del badly in the process. Can they really learn to work together?

Maya is keeping a secret from Del, which she doesn't want to do, but she made a promise. She knows that if Del ever finds out, it will destroy anything that has happened between them. They learn that they work really well together. They are making video commercials touting the town of Fools Gold, and they are turning out pretty fantastic. What Maya wants, is to travel the world, preferably with Del. She wants to go out and do good and make a difference.

Del has no clue about Maya's dreams. He knows he isnt a stay in one spot kind of guy, but is Maya willing to head out to the great beyond with him?

I have to say, LibraryReads chose part of my review to advertise "Kiss Me", Phoebe and Zane's book. I was so honored, and thrilled, and I totally fangirled when I ended up on Susan Mallery's facebook page and her website! There is  Fools Gold Getaway in Chicago coming up July 31st and August 1 2015. I am so going and I cannot wait! Its going to be awesome to meet Ms Mallery finally, after reading her for so long! 

Anyways, "Thrill Me" is just as awesome as all the others, so as soon as its released... Read! lol!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

JR Ward brings us something new!

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

Lizzie made a mistake in having a relationship with  Lane Bradford, she's must smarter and positive it won't happen again. Lane comes home because his "mother" isn't well. His real mother hasn't been well in years and stays in her room. The woman who isn't well is a cook in the family's kitchen. A woman who pretty much raised him and his siblings. He has avoided home but now returns to check on her. 
There are so many different story lines going on in this book.  Lane finds missing money from the family company, Lane divorcing his wife. Edward, the eldest Bradford child, learning to deal with his disabilities after being kidnapped and tortured in South America. The only girl Gin being married off by their father to a horrible man. After Lane gets in trouble for supposedly beating up his wife, will Lizzie take the time to believe in him or run?
This book, while when you read it you can see JR Ward, is different than her usual paranormal stuff, but I really enjoyed it. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Kilts and Quils return with an all new book... A matchmaker and a fisherman? Interesting....


Kit Woodhouse’s matchmaking business is such a success, she’s expanding to the Highlands of Scotland where the hot, prosperous, and kilted are anxious to connect. Now, looking to fill her stable with eligible bachelors, Kit’s arrived in Gandiegow to recruit potential Real Men of Scotland. It’s not until she meets her tour guide that she discovers just how real they can be.

With his sexy grin, jeans, and black wellies, Ramsay Armstrong is an unpolished hulk of a Scottish fisherman—and a skeptic when it comes to romance. Not exactly a man of “pairing attributes” when talking marriageable matches, but he does make Kit’s heart beat a little faster. Maybe it’s the scent of the sea in his hair. Maybe it’s the challenge. Maybe it’s the thrill of the unexpected. Then again, maybe it’s love.

Kit is determined to keep her matchmaking business going so she can take care of her mother and sisters. She needs this job to put her sisters through school and help her mother, who works part time at an art gallery. Growing up, Kit's family had been rich with multiple homes, but the real estate crash decimated their family. She's in search of wealthy Scottish men to pair up with her wealthy American female clients.

Ramsay is determined to break up this matchmaking scheme and will stoop to low levels to get Kit to leave Gandiegow. His brother hires him out as Kit's driver, making him drive her all over the place searching out male clients. He secretly convinces the men they don't really need a woman. Kit is growing frustrated that the men are backing out on her, and Deydie forcing her to quilt is cutting into the time she has to do her job. The American women are coming to Scotland to meet the men, and Kit has no men. 

When Ramsey finds out that Kit needs this job to support her family, he realizes he screwed up. But is there any way to make it right, so late in the game? Not to mention he is so attracted to Kit, and Kit to him, and they both just can't figure out how right they are for each other! 

Patience Griffin has brought us another fantastic tale set on the coast of Scotland. Her characters are so great! Previous characters are around as well as some new ones. I pick these books up and can't put them down. And Ms Griffin herself is awesome! After meeting her last year, I promise to read and review everything she has, to get the word out. Because awesome authors need awesome fans, like us :) 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Robyn Carr and Thunder Point are back!

*******Thank you NetGalley for an Advanced copy of this title********

After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she's excited to be assisting with the Lacoumette wedding. 

In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger is swept up in the pleasure of the occasion. But the beauty of the Lacoumette farm and the joy of the gregarious family are ruined by an unfortunate encounter with the bride's brother, Matt. Struggling with painful memories of his own, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself when he tries to make a pass at Ginger, forcing her to flee the scene in embarrassment. 

But when Matt shows up at the flower shop determined to make amends, what started out as a humiliating first meeting blossoms into something much deeper than either of them expected. Everyone around them worries that Ginger will end up with a broken heart yet again. But if Ginger has the courage to embrace the future, and if Matt can finally learn to let go of the past, there may still be hope for a happy ending.

We met Ginger during the last book, where she came to live with Ray Ann after the death of her child. Her parents felt like she was spiraling downwards and thought some time away would help. Grace hired Ginger to help in the flower shop, which turned out to be exactly what Ginger needed.

Since moving to Thunder Point, Ginger has finally learned to cope with her grief and start to live again. She loves working in the flower shop and learns new things every day. Her encounter with Peyton's brother aside, she has a great time at the Lacoumette wedding. Afterwards, Matt comes to apologize and they start seeing each other; as friends. But they both know that they feel much more for each other.

Neither really feel like they can let go of the past to make a future together. Matt has deeply guarded secrets about his marriage that he doesn't want anyone to know. All of his built up anger could eventually push Ginger away. At the same time, Ginger's ex husband, who abandoned her when she was pregnant, comes back and wants to see Grace again, which makes Matt seriously angry.

Of course, since we are reading Robyn Carr, we know that these two will work through their issues. Its what I love about reading contemporary romance like Carr and Mallery. There is always a happy ending. Its always interesting to see how that happy ending will come about and how the main characters deal with the obstacles in their paths.

By now y'all should know that I wasn't particularly thrilled with the first few books in this series. I am happy to say that they certainly got much, much better.  Anyways, go forth and read, my friends :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Nalini Singh and the Psy-Changelings ... Why did I wait?!

For years my friend Errick has yelled at me for not reading this series. A year ago, I read the first, I liked it, but it didn't hook me. What was I thinking!

A week ago I sat down with book two, and here I am now almost done with book four. And now I must tell EVERYONE to read this awesome series.

The first book is Slave to Sensation. Here's the book description, because y'all know I really suck at descriptions:
In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”—the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion—and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities—or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…

So in less than two weeks, I have zipped through from number 2, to number 11. I can't put these books down.  So first we have the Psy, an enhanced human race. They have psychic abilities that range from teleportation, telekinesis,  medical professionals, tech geniuses, etc. A hundred years ago, the Psy instituted Silence. Violence among the Psy is a thousand times worse because of their abilities, and they believed the root of violence was emotion. Silence is a process that removes emotion from the Psy, so they are pretty cold hearted and technical about everything. Two people will have a child, but there's no intimacy, its all laboratory done. And the child is given up pretty early to whatever training he or she will be doing the rest of their lives. 

Second, we have changelings. Shapeshifters if you will. They are tight knit family groups who will do anything for each other. I want to be a changeling!
Third, there are humans, who just keep on living and doing what they are doing, among the world of the Psy and the Changelings. 

This has truly been a fascinating series. The Psy are all linked by what is called the PsyNet. Every piece of information is on the PsyNet and the Net itself is a sentient being, acting sometimes like an adolescent. Its part sci-fi, and mostly romance. I only have about 3 1/2 books before I am caught up, a new one was just released a few weeks ago. Not sure what I will do after that!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Erika Johansen's Tearling series continues with "The Invasion of the Tearling"

********Thank You Edelweiss for an Advanced copy of this title************


With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine. 

I absolutely loved Queen of the Tearling, so when Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read the sequel, I absolutely jumped on it. I think I knew that this series was dystopian, but with the first book I thought it was fantasy. The sequel really jumps into the dystopian aspects of the story. 

Kelsea keeps having visions, flashbacks of a woman named Lily Mayhew; a woman who lived before the Crossing. She knows that Lily has something to do with how she is supposed to keep the Mort from taking over the Tearling. 

There are so many aspects to this story. Kelsea is changing, in appearance and in her personality. We learn more about the Red Queen and why she wants the Tearling and the sapphires. We learn a bit about Andalie and her children. And the ending, cliffhanger! Ugh!! I hate cliffhangers! I'm a terrible reviewer. Im no good about going into the details of a book. I'm just going to say.. WOW. Happy Reading!