Sunday, February 18, 2018

TEA OR CONSEQUENCES by K C Burn



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: December 19, 2017
Mystery/ Suspense
Audio book

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Obtained via publisher

Rating: 3.5 Hearts



When life gives you a second chance at love you are a fool if you don’t grab for it. During a recent temp job Riley’s life changes forever. Riley likes his life simple, he is happy as an administrative temp and he is good at what he does. When his latest boss is found dead by Riley he finds himself face to face with his high school crush.  As it turns out one of the detectives working the case is none other than Tadeo Martin. Riley has changed his look from high school and is sure that Tadeo never even knew he was alive back then but the sparks infighting between the two now cannot be denied. Will something come of their attraction or will the killer on the lose find Riley before they have a chance?

I enjoyed meeting Riley and joining in on his adventures. Narrator Darcy Stark does a nice job of bringing  world to life. I was quickly immersed in what Riley was going through. He is an engaging character that is full of depth. Riley has grown up since high school but when Tadeo comes back into his life Riley feels like the boy he used to be.  Riley and Tadeo have an interesting relationship and it was nice to see love begin to blossom between the two.  Their story takes on an interesting turn when the investigation comes to ahead and Riley is all mixed up in it. The two make a nice couple and I was happy to see that Tadeo was willing to fight for Riley’s love in the end but is it enough or is it too late already?

Riley and Tadeo’s story moves along at a good pace and I was pulled in to their story right from the start. The two men are full of emotions and depth and their romance makes for a wonderful story.

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

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Friday, February 16, 2018

DRAGON’S HOARD by M. A. Church



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: December 12, 2017
Fantasy, Werewolves, shapeshifters

Audio book
Reviewed by Gabrielle (
meingee@yahoo.com)


Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts



When a dragon comes calling during Avery’s birthday celebration his world is turned upside down. It seems that Avery’s father borrowed a huge sum of money from Warwick years ago and it is now time to pay up. Yet Avery’s father has not made any provisions to pay the dragon back and has nothing to even give to Warwick to show that he is trying to pay.  Avery soon finds out that his father has agreed to give him to the dragon as part of the payment that is due. Can Avery find a way to forgive his father and go with Warwick? Has fate given Avery what he truly longs for?

Avery and Warwick’s story is full of emotions and depth. Narrator Dorian Bane brings this book to life and pulled me right in to their adventure. Both men are so much more than what they show the world. Together they find that love and trust come easily, and it was nice to see their attraction grow into something much deeper. As the two work through everything they find that life has given them something special and they must decide if they want to fight for it or not. I enjoyed getting to see the softer side of Warwick and the stronger side of Avery. Their roles in life are so much different in private than what they are able to share in public. I loved that Avery fought for what he wanted and stood up for what he believes is fair and just.  With Warwick by his side Avery can accomplish so much. Their romance is a sweet story that shows just what you can accomplish with someone that you trust and that believes in you by your side.

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


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

CATACLYSMIC SHIFT by Tara Lain



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: September 13, 2017
ISBN: 9781635335439
Urban Fantasy
Ebook

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)

Obtained via publisher


Rating: 4 Hearts


Things are not always what they seem at first glance. Aloysius may be the most powerful familiar but there is more to his story than that. Long ago something happened, and Aloysius came to be but now something has happened to bring back Alain the man he used to be. With no memories or powers, he does not know who he is, but luck has it that he befriends a good man who has a past of his own. Luke has no idea how a gorgeous naked man came to be in his animal clinic, but he feels drawn to him. Luke and Alain begin a friendship that soon leads to something more but can the two find out Alain’s past and hide from Luke’s? Will love find a way to these men or will it slip away?

This story brings us back to the world of witches and magic. While Killian and his friends are dealing with their enemies as they try to figure out just what to do about Aloysius.  Alain and Luke are trying to solve their own problems. When the two worlds collide, they must join forces and fight the enemy or lose everything. Alain and Luke have chemistry right off the bat. I loved watching the two find their way from friendship to lovers. The two must make some hard choices and decide what is more important in their lives. Alain and Luke’s story had me right from the start. It is full of wonderful characters and emotions. I enjoyed visiting with previous characters and seeing how strong their relationships are and watching Luke and Alain fight for what they want.

This is a fast-paced story that will pull on your heartstrings at times and leave you smiling at others. Alain and Luke prove that love is the most powerful magic in the world.

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


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

SISTERS LIKE US by Susan Mallery



A Mischief Bay Novel, Book 4
Mira
January 23rd, 2018
978-0-7783-3090-5
Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Self-Purchase
4 Hearts

Harper Szymanski is struggling to make ends meet after her divorce, raising her teenage daughter and meddling mother who thinks a woman should be a domestic goddess in all ways. But for Harper, trying to make ends meet is catching up to her and if it wasn’t for her loyal clients in her virtual-assistant business, she would be in curled up ball of goo.

Dr. Stacey Bloom is a renowned scientist who can tell you all about the brain’s makeup and more but when it comes to motherhood, Stacey is utterly out of her league. With time running out, Stacey has to figure out how to tell her mother she is having a baby and figure out this whole nurturing thing.

As these two sisters figure out life and all its messiness, both women will find the strength to move forward, together, and that they can survive anything.

SISTERS LIKE US is a fun and poignant look into the lives of two sisters and family. Told with Susan Mallery’s trademark style of humor and warmth, the author delivers a wonderful story filled with great moments of life lessons learned, humor and a romance you don’t see coming. I love this author’s Mischief Bay series and was thrilled to see a few familiar faces pop up and the surprise of Lucas, who readers met in book 3, A Million Little Pieces. The writing is tight, that flows smoothly from one scene after another. With each page I turned, I got more and more invested within Harper and Stacey.

 I loved these two sisters and found them to be as unique apart as they are together. Stacey is the brain and loves science, taking after her grandfather who was an astronaut back in the day. Harper took to her mother’s Susie Homemaker lessons to heart and has more of a nurturing gene than Stacey does but its getting hard for Harper to keep up with all the rules her mother installed in her about her home and everything. Sometimes, as Harper finds out, life won’t blow up if you get a take-out pizza or don’t make meals from scratch. Susan Mallery has a way of creating some amazing characters that I can relate to and with all the characters in the series, I loved each and everyone of them immensely. They are life-like and it doesn’t take me long to wonder if I could meet them in real life one day and go for coffee. Add in some amazing secondary characters such as the sister’s mom, Bunny, the sleazy ex of Harper’s and Harper’s daughter, Becca, adding teenage angst even as life tosses lessons to her in the form of Lucas. With each introduction of characters, the story doesn’t feel overfilled with competing characters but a close-knit family that you can’t help but fall in love with.

SISTERS LIKE US is a wonderful story about family dynamics, even as the sisters try to meet their mother’s high expectations about how they are to live their lives, even as life has shown them, sometimes you just have to wing it and hold on for the ride. I loved SISTERS LIKE US and can not wait to see where the author goes in this series. If you enjoy a story filled with family drama, romance that turns into something much more than expected then you will enjoy reading about Mischief Bay and all its quirky residents there. I highly recommend reading from the beginning of the series to get all the back characters stories who show up here in SISTERS LIKE US. A wonderful addition to the series and one I plan to read again soon.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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