Sunday, January 10, 2021

PEACE TALKS by Jim Butcher

 

A Novel of the Dresden Files Book 16

ACE

July 14th, 2020

978-0-451-46441-5

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Action Adventure, Thriller, Fantasy, Mystery

Hardcover

Reviewed by Dawn Roberto

Obtained by Self-Purchase

5 Stars

 

For Wizard Harry Dresden, Chicago is his home and he is determined to protect it. He has battled countless enemies, faced danger beyond compare and always has come out alive and a bit broken at times as he continues his quest to keep Chicago and the world safe from the paranormal creatures that hide in the shadows. But after facing demons, the fae courts and more, Harry has become the Winter Knight to Queen Mab of the Fae Winter Court as well as a White Council wizard. Harry is tasked to make sure the peace talks between the supernatural nations of the world meet in Chicago and now the trouble begins. First you got his brother is in trouble, his grandfather, Wizard McCoy tells Harry there is faction determined to kick him out of the council and now the accords between everyone is on the verge of collapse. Harry just can not get a break. But he continues in his duties as he investigates a multipronged attack that will leave Harry, his city and the world on the brink of a war they did not see coming……

 

PEACE TALKS is finally here after a five year long drought, Jim Butcher delivers the first of two books this 2020 in his acclaimed and beloved Harry Dresden Files series and I got to say this one just had me on the edge of the seat right off the bat. I love this author’s world building and he completely enamored me with Harry Dresden from the first book, Storm Front. The last few books in the series have led to PEACE TALKS and we finally find out who has been in the shadows, covertly aiding and abetting events that have left Harry, his friends and family and allies battered and bruised from all te constant attacks. Now with the peace talks about to begin, the author amps up the danger and suspense as he delivers a wild ride from start to finish.

 

If you haven’t read this series before I highly urge you to start right from the beginning because each book delivers character growth as well as subtly delivers clues on where Jim Butcher is leading Harry and by extension, the readers. PEACE TALKS is no mere story, it’s a wild edge of the seat ride with so many twists and turns, I had to keep flipping the pages to figure things out and once I did, the author would flip the script and there went my hypothesis. The characters continue to grow with each book and even though Harry is my favorite main character, I still enjoy the secondary characters as well, including Butters (Polka Never Dies!!!), Bob the skull and more. Each character plays an important part in PEACE TALKS and the ending, which I won’t go into so I don’t spoil it for any who haven’t read this one yet, is one I sure didn’t see coming. The minute I put PEACE TALKS down, I immediately had to preorder Battle Ground, the next book in the series, so I can see where this author is leading us to. If you enjoy high octane stories filled with supernatural nations, characters that deliver wonderful quips, puns and adventure that will keep you on your toes, then RUN-DON’T Walk-to grab this series and be prepared to fall in love with harry and the gang. Now it is time to get ready for battle. Are you ready?

 

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Sunday, January 3, 2021

STATUE OF LIMITATIONS by Kate Collins

Publisher:  Kensington

Date Published:  January 28, 2020

ISBN#   978-1496724335
Cozy Mystery

Reviewed by Gina (myreviewbooks@aol.com

Obtained via Library



Athena Spencer, along with her young son, has returned to her family and home town, leaving behind her ex-husband and career as a journalist.  Her very traditional Greek family is there for her and she enjoys her job working in the family Garden Center.  She’s dating her old boyfriend, mainly to keep her mother from continuing to introduce her to new Greek men to marry.  While Kevin drives her nuts with his massive ego and “all about me” way of life, he does keep her mother at bay and provide fodder for her blog.  Not that her family or Kevin know it’s HER blog they find so entertaining. But things are not all that peaceful in town.  The local “rich” family, the Talbots, are determined to shut down all the Greek based businesses in town and put up some exclusive and very expensive condominiums.  Athena quickly finds herself front and center to prevent the condos.  But she suddenly has more on her plate when late one night, while working on her blog she discovers someone breaking into the Garden Center.  When she confronts the seeming burglar, Case, it seems he may have a legitimate purpose for showing up in town just then.  But then there are not one but two murders at the Talbot house and Case is caught on camera near the scene of one of the crimes.  Athena suddenly has more on her plate and soon needs to draw on her journalistic skills to solve a crime and stop the condos.

 My book club selected Kate Collins’ Statue of Limitations for our December 2020 read and we all enjoyed it.  Athena is a marvelous character – intelligent, compassionate, creative and talented.  Her family is a hoot, especially how we get to know them through Athena’s secret blog.  Case is the kind of guy I’d like to have in my life—loyal to his family, intelligent, protective of Athena without being domineering and very handsome.  He’s quite the charmer.

Collins gives her readers several suspects to choose from as they try to find the killer along with Athena.  There’s a couple of sad cases and some utterly slimy ones like her boyfriend, Kevin. 

I appreciated how Collins didn’t take a lot of artistic license with legal procedure and was very matter of fact about many of those issues.  The growing romance between Athena and Case, if there is going to be one, was nicely done—they don’t go from A-Z in one fell swoop and both of them were cognizant of Kevin’s place in her life. 

In our book club discussion we talked about how much we all enjoyed the Greek aspects of the story – the history of the Goddesses the sisters are named for, the food--this is one book I would have loved the recipes for some of the dishes, and through the characters, teaching readers a smidgeon of the language.  We all agreed we were looking forward to book 2.

 

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

 

                                                                           

Monday, December 28, 2020

SUCKER PUNCH by Laurell K. Hamilton

 Publisher: Berkley

Date Published: August 04,2020
ISBN: 9781984804457

Paranormal Fiction
eBook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/603779/sucker-punch-by-laurell-k-hamilton/9781984804433
Obtained via publisher

Rating:4 Hearts

 

 


Once again Anita Blake must right a wrong. She has been asked to come to Michigan to consult on a murder case but to her dismay the so-called easy case turns out to be something much more. Time is beginning to run out and Anita must figure out if the man accused is guilty or not. Can she solve the case before it is too late? The evidence is growing but Anita cannot shake the question and the worries about this case. Time is not on her side, but Anita always gets her man and she is determined that she will do just that with this case.


This book will bring readers of this series back to the first few books that were filled with more plot and less sex. Anita is her usual badass self and is more than ready to take on the world. Police work is front and center in this book. It does move a bit slow and the story plods along. This is book twenty-seven, so I really advise you to read the previous books to understand just where you are headed in this universe. There is a lot going on in Anita’s life right now and dealing with Olaf is one of them. He is trying hard to be a man Anita wants but she is having none of it. Anita needs to close this case and soon, she has no time for games. This story delves into how Anita’s mind works at solving the crime and dealing with everything that is going on. It was nice to see Anita working with the police and solving crime as she did in the beginning of this series. We get to see a strong woman hold her own in a world where men are seen as the best. I enjoyed this latest adventure with Anita and look forward to the next one.

 

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

Sunday, December 13, 2020

FURY’S MANTLE by Yasmine Galenorn

 A Fury Unbound Novel, Book 5

Nightqueen Enterprises

October 30th, 2018

978172945903

Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian, Futuristic, Action-Adventure

Print Book

Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)

Obtained by Self-purchase

5 Hearts

 

It’s been eight long years since the second world shift and as Tam, Fury and their friends and allies recover and grow, civilization as they knew is no over and they have tried to move on, to recover from all the changes that have happened. But as they settle in this new life they made, a danger grows in the distance.

 

Lycanthropes are attacking under a strange banner and rumors are circulating about an old god returning to earth. Whomever this god is, danger grows, and deaths are coming fast and furious. For Fury, Tam and all their family and friends, this danger scares them to death and Hecate warns Fury that if we can’t stop them, all we have built in UnderBarrow and Willow Wood will be decimated forever.

 

Wow is all I can say after finishing FURY’S MANTLE and I can honestly say hold on to your hats, ladies and gents, its about to get bumpy. Ms. Galenorn delivers another wonderful heart pounding installment in the Fury Unbound series and it is one that has twists and turns around every corner. An old god has returned to earth and in its wake danger and chaos comes. Lycanthorps are massing under this god and deaths follow as they move toward Willow Wood and the UnderBarrow. I was glued to the pages of FURY’S MANTLE to the very end and I can say this has got to be one of the best books so far in this series and that isn’t because the first four are not as good. Nope, this takes Fury and the gang on a new adventure, one filled with uncertainty, danger and death every time they turn around. This is an author who just takes Fury on a wild ride right off the bat and in the end, the reader is left hanging on for dear life. I loved every minute of Fury’s adventure and loved at how much she has grown since book four, Fury Calling.

FURY’S MANTLE gives the reader a glimpse into the world Fury and Tam have created in the last eight years since the second world shift. Some of the gods stayed with humanity and began to build up their temples again, survivors tried to live and grow in a world they no longer recognize, and Fury became a Queen of the UnderBarrow as well as beloved to the goddess, Hecate. Life moves on and as Fury grapples with all the changes that have happened, danger mounts and it scares her spitless. I love, love, love Fury. Her growth is tremendous in a sense she is finally at peace with her marriage to Tam and being a queen. She is also feeling pent up as she hasn’t done much work for her goddess, Hecate, the last several years. But times are changing, and Fury learns to adapt and roll with the punches. I love how much all of my favorite characters have grown since the last book, Fury, Tam, Jason, Elan and more all have grown even as they loved and moved on as best, they can. The characters are vibrant, alive and just so entertaining. This is an author who knows how to create characters that fairly brim with life and jump off the pages and into your living room. Even the gods play a major part in this series and all are just as unique and enjoyable as the main characters.

FURY’S MANTLE kicks off a new story ARC in this world and its one I am chomping at the bit to read more of. The ending of the FURY’S MANTLE is a little bit sad, a lot happy and there is a few twists that I sure didn’t see coming. I can’t wait to see where Ms. Galenorn goes next in Fury’s world and I am eager to see if Fury will take up arms yet again next to her goddess, Hecate. If you enjoy a character driven series that just sucks you in and keeps you up for hours to see what happens next, then I urge you to grab this series. You can start from book five, FURY’S MANTLE, but I strongly urge you to start from the beginning in order to see how Fury got to where she is in this latest book. You won’t be disappointed.

 

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

 






Sunday, December 6, 2020

Loved By The Elite Commander by Jessica Coulter Smith

 

Publisher: Changeling Press
Date Published: February 2019
ISBN# 008764-02833
Futuristic, Sci-Fi, Romance
eBook
Reviewed by Gabrielle(meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: https://www.changelingpress.com/loved-by-the-elite-commander-intergalactic-guardians-1-b-2833?series_id=553
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3.5 Hearts

 

 


So many years ago, Marcy’s ancestors were stolen from Earth but the ship they were on crashed and the humans had to learn to survive on the planet that they now call home. Even though the humans survived it seemed that the men have changed drastically, and the women are treated as slaves and taken whenever the men feel the need. Women are nothing but second-class citizens there for the pleasure of the men. When the day comes that Marcy cannot take this life anymore, she runs and finds herself in the hands of the Elorian’s. After all that Marcy has been through with the human men is she brave enough to trust the big male aliens?


Marcy and K-Tan’s story is an engaging read. Marcy is a strong woman who has survived so much and is still fighting. K-Tan is a good man who longs for a mate and a way to save his people. When he finds Marcy in his quarters K-Tan finds so much more than just a human woman. I enjoyed the way their relationship took shape. Their story is a sweet and sexy read. Love and trust are slowly earned and given. It was nice to see the way the Elorian’s treated woman, the tenderness that they show makes for a nice read. K-Tan and his people cannot imagine hurting women in any way and will fight to keep them safe. While he and Marcy work to figure things out K-Tan sends his men to save the other women from Marcy’s world. This book introduces readers to the Elorian males and what they are going through and it is a nice start to this series, and I am eager to see what will happen next in this world.

 

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

 

                                                                           

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Seducing the Beast by Tina Donahue

Publisher: Totally Bound

Date Published: February 2019

ISBN: 9781786862938
Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Comedy, Contemporary
eBook

Reviewed by Gabrielle(meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: https://www.totallybound.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=70534
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts

 

 


When Ursula goes to the spa From Crud to Stud to help her change her looks and ways, she never thought to find the man of her dreams. One look at the demon Farron and Ursula knows that he is the one. He sees her as no one else does and Ursula is not going to give up on making Farron see that they belong together. Farron knows he is not good enough for Ursula and will try his damnedest to stay away from the beautiful angel. Can two people from opposite sides find a way to a happy ever after?


I enjoyed this trip to From Crud to Stud. Both Ursula and Farron are good people. While each one is trying to fix their own perceived faults, they are determined to have the other stay as they are. The two are good together Farron is a sweet man with a big heart and Ursula finds a new side of herself that even she did not know that she had. It was nice to see these sides of the two that no one else ever sees. The attraction between the two grows and blossoms into something much stronger and the harder Farron tries to stay away from Ursula the harder she tries to seduce Farron. As Ursula works on Farron we also get to see the depth of the friendships made at the spa, it was nice to see the camaraderie and true friendship between everyone. I enjoyed watching Farron and Ursula fight hard for their happy ever after with the help of friends. I loved seeing Ursula find her true self and go after the man she loves. Ursula and Farron’s adventure is a nice addition to this series and I am eager to see just what this author comes up with next for this world.


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