Sunday, February 17, 2019

ALL NIGHT WITH THE COWBOY by Soraya Lane



Publisher:      St Martins
Published:      May 29, 2018
ISBN:      978-1250131034
Genre:     Contemporary Romance
Format:     E-book from publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

THREE HEARTS



Tanner Ford was the high school bad boy—smoking, riding his motorcycle and stirring up trouble when the mood hit.  And while he was a hard riding and successful bull rider, he loved something – or rather someone – more than the thrill ride. 

Good girl Lauren Lewis won his heart in high school and no one has come close to what he had with her.  Lauren loved Tanner with all her heart but she had goals, serious career goals.  And her parents played on those goals to pull her and Tanner apart.  One day she just ended it.  Without a word, she broke things off and broke Tanner’s heart.  Her action left Tanner somewhat bitter and he was determined to hate her with a passion. 

And then the inconceivable happened.  A bull didn’t just throw Tanner.  He went after Tanner, almost killing him.  Now, on the road to recovery, he needs not just a good physical therapist, he needs the best because he plans to get back on a bull as soon as he can.  His sister, Mia, finds the best of the best for him.  But the best of the best happens to be on her way to Fiji for a well deserved vacation.  It just so happens the best of the best is none other than the woman Tanner hates beyond words…and who is also the only woman he’s ever loved.  If he wants the best chance of recovery he needs to go to romantic Fiji…alone with the woman who got away. 

I’m not sure how the title ALL NIGHT WITH THE COWBOY played into Soraya Lane’s latest River Ranch story, but I have to say there were a few nights I was up all night reading Tanner and Lauren’s story.  While the trip to Fiji and the events there didn’t seem all the plausible to me, I did enjoy the background on bull riding.  And Lauren is a pretty terrific character.  She’s smart, determined, independent and compassionate.  She’s someone you’d like as a friend. 

I read the book during a particularly hectic time at my day job and while I couldn’t take the time to go to Fiji myself, doing is vicariously with Tanner and Lauren made for a fun read.  ALL NIGHT WITH THE COWBOY is definitely a “get away from it all” read.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

A SHADOW OF CROWS by Yasmine Galenorn



Wild Hunt Book 4
Nightqueen Enterprises
December 3rd, 2018
978-1790433018
Paranormal Romance, mystery/thriller, Action-Adventure
Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Self-Purchase
4 Hearts


The Cruharach approaches and Ember tries to get ready for this event, a revelation rocks Herne’s world that could damage their relationship. In the middle of this, the Wild Hunt is approached by Raven, one of the Ante-Fae, to investigate the disappearance of her fiancĂ©. As a bone-witch, Raven has been warned by the spirits that something is amiss. The Wild Hunt races across a trail of bones and blood as they try to figure the mystery that soon extends into several unsolved disappearances. A serial killer is targeting the Dark Fae and it is up to the Wild Hunt to stop the murder. But as they race toward the killer, a bombshell erupts that could lead to war between the fae courts and an ancient enemy.

Wow is all I can say after reading A SHADOW OF CROWS. The Wild Hunt is fast becoming one of my favorite series of this author. I can’t get enough of this series. Its full of some of the most amazing cast of characters that just are so unique and intriguing. I mean I never heard of the Ante-Fae until this series and am loving the introduction of Raven into the Wild Hunt series. This new story brings Ember even closer to the Cruharach and her relationship with Herne continues to evolve and get more solid as time goes on but trouble looms as the new case, they take on also introduces some issues that may break Ember and Herne apart. I love this author’s writing and in her new installment in the Wild Hunt series we see her trademark writing style in all its glory and the reader can’t help but enjoy all the fun this author throws at her characters. The story flows swift and there are a few twists I sure did not see coming. I liked the introduction of raven into the mix and think she will bring some amazing energy to the series as well intrigue me in hoping the author writes some books about this character. She is just that darn fun and amazing.

A SHADOW OF CROWS delivers a few twists that will leave you gasping for more especially as revelations come out that will rock the Wild Hunt as well as the Fae courts. Will the wild Hunt solve this new case? Can Ember and Herne survive the bombshells coming? All this and more are in this new book and the author does an amazing job in keeping the tension on slow boil throughout the story and add in a few sexy times with Ember and Herne well, there is enough to keep the reader glued to the pages tillthe very end. I liked the mystery of Raven’s missing fiancĂ© and look forward to more diverse cases for the Wild Hunt to solve. If you enjoy a darker urban fantasy filled with fae, mythology and more then you will enjoy the Wild Hunt series. I can’t wait to see where the author goes next in book five, The Hallowed Hunt. Run-don’t walk-to grab this series and get ready for fun, adventure and lots of pure reading enjoyment.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

NAVIGATING THE STARS by Maria V. Snyder

 

Book One in Sentinels of the Galaxy
Publisher: Maria V. Snyder
December 1, 2018
978-1-946381-01-9
Science Fiction, Futuristic, Time Travel
Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Self-purchase
5 Hearts



For seventeen-year-old Lyra Daniels, traveling across the Milky Way can suck big time, especially after leaving all her friends behind. With the discovery of Terracotta warriors on other planets, Lyra’s parents are the premier experts on the Warriors. When the warriors were discovered on over twenty exoplanets, Lyra’s parents are thrilled to discover another planet to explore and discover new information on how the Warriors got there. But even if Lyra likes traveling to other planets, the time dilation sucks because it can put her years in the future. But as Lyra and her parents travel to the newly discovered planet, she finds solace in annoying an impossible security officer who threatens to throw her in the brig and illegally worming into the Q-net. But after the planet they just left, Xinji, abruptly goes silent, security has a new threat to deal with than Lyra doing illegal worming. For crucial data files on the Warriors are going missing and looters are spotted on the new planet they are at. Time is of the essence and for Lyra, it’s either try to help or die.

NAVIGATING THE STARS is Ms. Snyder’s foray into the science fiction/futuristic genre and I got to admit she delivers a marvelous, intriguing start to her new Sentinels of the Galaxy series. The story is full of adventure, amazing characters and a story that basically kept me glued to the pages till the very end. This is an author who I fell in love with in her Study fantasy series and her new book, NAVAGATING THE STARS, is just as good if not great. The story flows smoothly and quickly with a few twists I sure did not see coming. Add in the mystique of Terracotta warriors and other planets, well you got the earmarks of a story that will either ride off on a rocket or go down in a heap. I am happy to say this one blew me away and then some.

Meet Lyra Daniels. Her parents are the experts on Terracotta warriors and when a new planet is discovered housing them, they are thrilled to go and see what the warriors have to say to them. But Lyra doesn’t want to leave her friends and life on Xinji. Alas, she leaves with her family and finds comfort annoying this cute security officer who is around her age and illegally worming on the Q-net. I really enjoyed Lyra. She surprised me at times with her maturity and yes, she does have moments of being a brat, but it fit the way the storyline was going at those times. I enjoyed reading about her thought processes and how she see’s puzzles in things, especially in the Q-net. She is intriguing and a perfect MC (main character) to root for. I got to admit all the characters are entertaining, in my opinion. You got Lyra’s parents who are typical scientists, full of excitement over new discoveries, then you got the annoying gruff security officer, some secondary characters that just made me giggle at times and more. All are entertaining on their own, but all together kept the story flowing at a quick pace.

NAVIGATING THE STARS is a pure gem of a book that literally has me anxiously awaiting the second book, Chasing the Shadows, just to see where the group of characters goes next in the series. The ending left me gasping in shock as the bad guy was one, I sure didn’t expect and one that left me wanting to know more of. Ms. Snyder delivers a perfect book to while a snowy night away with a mix of action/adventure, a little romance and a mystery that will keep you engaged right up till the end of the book. I look forward to seeing where the author goes next in the series and hope it won’t be too long of a wait for it.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

FIRE BALLS by Tara Lain



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date Published:10/08/18
Genre: Contemporary
Audio Book
Reviewed by: Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: https://www.audible.com/pd/Fire-Balls-Audiobook/B07J2RM2VB?qid=1547606377&sr=sr_1_1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=NFQ3M4ZEX61BDMNATYRZ&
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts


When the man of his dreams shows up at his booth at the art fair Rod is stunned speechless but when his best friend sets his sights on Hunter it breaks Rod’s heart. Hunter is big and macho and would never look twice at a man like Rod but a surfer like Jerry is just the right man. Even though it hurts Rod he does his best to get the two together, but things take a turn when Hunter agrees to pose for Rod. As it turns out Rod and Hunter are more suited to each other than they think but Hunter is still hiding, and Rod is tired of fighting for what he cannot have.

This is a sweet story about finding love when you least expect it and giving it a chance. Rod is a good man and has tried hard to be himself and live a carefree life. When he finally meets Hunter, he falls for the man but hides his true feelings. Giving Jerry and Hunter a chance to be happy together but life has different ideas. Hunter is not truly happy and must work through what he really wants and how he will live his life. Their story is full of emotions and strong friendships. It was nice to see the friends support one another. I enjoyed watching Hunter and Rod’s attraction turn into something deeper and Hunter’s turmoil made this a captivating story. Narrator Nick J. Russo gives this story life and keeps the narration flowing nicely letting the listener get lost in the story.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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