Friday, October 9, 2015

LAST HIT by Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick

A Hitman Novel #1
Berkley Books, November 2013
Obtained via:  publisher
ISBN13:  9780989247962
Romantic Suspense

The first book in a new romantic suspense series from Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick, LAST HIT, is the impossible pairing of a hardened Russian hitman meeting an innocent isolated young girl and falling in love at first sight.

Nikolai has been a Russian hitman since he was a boy.  It is all he has ever known and he is the very best at it.  Daisy has been sheltered from the outside world her entire life, home-schooled and farm raised, only allowed out for brief trips to the store for groceries by her agoraphobic father.  Finally, she has gotten the strength to leave him and set off on her own to go to college.  Nikolai is doing surveillance on his last hit when he notices Daisy in the apartment across from his and can’t take his eyes off her.

CRACK!  That is the sound of the bat hitting the ball out of the ballpark – exactly where Clare & Frederick hit this one with LAST HIT.  It was everything this reader loves in a good story.  The characters were very different yet really worked together.  Daisy is so shy and awkward in social situations.  Nikolai is big, bad and scary, but not to Daisy.  To Daisy, he is simply her friend and protector.  She is his reason for living.  Neither has many social skills and when they attempt to fit in with the other college kids, the results are both amusing and sad at the same time.  Things that most people would run from, finding out your boyfriend is a hitman for example, Daisy seems to almost accept in stride.  And similarly, Nikolai accepts at face value things about Daisy that others might question.  These two characters were absolutely heartwarming.  And their story grips, pulls you in and refuses to let go.

The storyline was strong, the action constant, the characters are multifaceted and LAST HIT is the first book in the series!  The pairing of Clare and Frederick seems to be a good one.  This reader is looking forward to reading many more interesting hitman stories from this talented writing duo.  Definitely worth four stars.

Reviewed by T. Barringer

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


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dark Ghost by Christine Feehan

Publisher: Berkley
Date published: September 1 , 2015
ISBN: 9780425277331
Paranormal Romance

Reviewed by Gabrielle


Obtained via  publisher
Rating: 3 Hearts

This is the newest book in Christine Feehan’s Dark series. Once again we have a tortured hero and a woman who is fated to save him. This book gives us the story of Andre and Teagan. As a long time fan of this author I was excited to see a new Dark book come out. This book seems like it was more of a way to move on to the next and bigger adventure, giving readers a small glimpse into the Carpathian world but not really giving more than that small glimpse. Teagan has gone in search of a special crystal  but she soon finds much more. Andre is the more that she finds. The two must work together to figure things out and to fight the vampires. Will the two find love or will the evil win?

As much of a fan of this author that I am I did not find myself enjoying Andre and Teagan as much as previous books and couples.  Their story moves at a slow pace and neither character endears themselves to this reader. It was nice to see Teagan face her fears and fight for herself. I would have liked to see more of the two outside of the cave and dealing with life in general. The two are from different worlds and Andre’s he-man attitude clashes with Teagan’s modern woman beliefs. The two must break through to each other and find common ground before they can fight their way out. We get to see their hard fought journey to love and understanding in this book.

I was not pulled in enough to get lost in their story but still enjoyed visiting this world again. Although this couple and their story are not a favorite I am still eager to see where this author will take the Carpathians next.

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

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

REBOOT YOUR BODY: Unlocking the Genetic Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss by Rashelle Brown, BS, CPT, CHC

Publisher:    Turner Publishing Co.
Published:    August 25, 2015
ISBN:      978-1630268893
Genre:    Non-fiction, Health
Format:  Ebook via Edelweiss – Above the Treeline
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


We’ve see it all before—why we, as a society, has gained weight over the decades, eat less, exercise more, eat this food, avoid that food, it’s in your DNA, it’s how busy you are—it’s not your fault—because it wouldn’t be PC to say it is your fault.

In Rashelle Brown’s REBOOT YOUR BODY:  Unlocking the Genetic Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss is revisits some of these excuses/reasons/plans/programs, etc. and then does something a little different because she gives you a roadmap to work through all of these sometimes conflicting, sometimes helpful, ideas.  Her approach isn’t just medical or mind set or practical dietary suggestions.  Instead she combines different the different sciences in an understandable, easy to follow program that, at the same time, is forgiving of our human needs.

She starts out with some history about how we got where we are—did you know before WWI our military was generally underweight?  And it was so until pre-packaged meals—needed to feed all the troops—came into being.  She then engages her readers into the psychological aspects of her program—taking personal responsibility to work with what nature has given us.

There are no expensive meal plans, meetings to hear what you could read in a book or expensive gadgets to buy.  All you need is a notebook, pen or pencil and your personal commitment to show up to work with yourself.

What I particularly liked was that Brown tells you, in essence, it’s okay to be less than perfect—that sometimes you need to take a step or two back, particularly when it comes to plateaus.  She doesn’t tell you they might happen—but that they will, in fact, happen and then gives you some solid advice on how to deal with them.

Ms. Brown’s Reboot Your Body presents a solid, working took to shed those pounds and keep them off.

This is an objective review and an endorsement of this book.


Monday, October 5, 2015

The Planet Friendly Diet: Your 21-Day Guide to Sustainable Weight Loss and Optimal Health

Publisher:    New Society Publishers
Published:   January 12, 2016
ISBN:      978-0865718111
Genre:    Non-fiction, Health
Format:  Ebook via Edelweiss – Above the Treeline
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


It’s always hard to rate a non-fiction unless it’s really awful or really good.  Cat Smiley’s The Planet Friendly Diet:  Your 21 Day Guide to Sustainable Weight Loss and Optimal Health is one of those really good books.

The Planet Friendly Diet is much more than a diet – it is an introduction to a sustainable and healthy way of living for those new to the idea and a supportive narrative for those already living “green” as it were.  I read the electronic ARC and even the ebook has some marvellous photos of people harvesting sustainable food products as well as menu creations.  There is some wonderful history of food and nutrients followed by explanations of why we need to eat certain food groups and what healthier, vegan or non-meat products are available to meet those nutritional needs.  Mixed in are some delicious sounding recipes including one for salmon that was just fantastic.

Smile doesn’t hit readers over the head with “this is the be all and end all and you must do this” writing, but takes readers along the path to healthier, more sustainable eating. 

One reason I’d advocate for the e-version of the book is it makes it much easier to carry around as a reference or while traveling, if cooking facilities are available, to turn to those really fabulous reciipies.

This is an objective review and an endorsement of this book.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Safe At Last by Maya Banks

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Date published: 6/23/2015
Contemporary Romance

Reviewed by Gabrielle  (


Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3.5  Hearts

Safe At Last is the third book in the Slow Burn series. It gives us the story of Zack and Gracie. The two were torn apart so many years ago but Zack never stopped looking for Gracie. His efforts finally pay off but what he finds is not his Gracie. These days pain and betrayal is all she knows and believes. Can Zack show Gracie the truth before it is too late or will it all be lost to them?

I enjoyed meeting Zack but Gracie is much harder to like for me. She is a bit too whiney and her lack of trust in their relationship is hard to take. I understand her reasons but with their closeness it is hard to think that she would truly believe Zack would do that to her. Their story  is  a slow read and I did not find myself getting lost in their world. Gracie has a traumatic secret and until she shares it with Zack he does not know why she hates him so much. Yet their love is true and in the end Zack and Gracie will find the truth. There is a lot of inner dialogue and self thought going on in this story. So much would be easier if only they would communicate better but than we would not have a story now would we?

It was nice to see the devotion and the love that Zack has for Gracie. He never gives up on her or proving his love for her. Readers get more of the mystery  than the romance in this story. Emotions run high in this book. Zack and Gracie travel a hard fought road but true love cannot be denied.

I am a big fan of this author but this book and series did not pull me in like her previous works. I did not feel as connected to these two characters as I would have liked to.  While this book may not be a favorite of mine I am still excited to see just what comes next from this author.

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