Wednesday, February 22, 2017

FLIGHT FROM DEATH by Yasmine Galenorn


Book 1 in the Fly by Night Series
Berkley
July 7th, 2015
978-0-425-27215-2
Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Self-Purchase

4 Hearts

 

Shimmer, a blue dragon from the Dragon Reaches, is exiled to earthside and bonded to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigation Agency, for the next five years. With her powers as a blue dragon limited, she is trying to fit in and learn the culture of her new home.

When an old friend of Alex’s asks for help in trying to determine what is haunting his new house that he is trying to turn into a bed and breakfast, Alex, Shimmer and Ralph quickly find out these ghosts are restless and something is trapping them at the house. Uncovering an eighty year old murder on top of that doesn’t help either. But if they are to succeed, it will take all their combined help plus a few new friends to lay down the angry spirits and break a curse.

I absolutely adore this author’s work and will auto-buy her books anytime she has a new release. In her spin-off to her popular Otherworld series, we meet a few new characters that keep the reader highly entertained. What I love about this author is how her books are quite in depth and deliver a story that continues to grow with each book. I really enjoyed getting more in depth look at the Fly by Night agency and the people who work there. Bette is a crusty old brood who makes me laughs each time she pops up on the page, Ralph the electronics whiz kid and wolf shifter and Alex, the vampire who owns the agency and a vampire who just might be more than her boss if Shimmer let’s herself fall for him. Each character is a delight to read but all together give something to the story, either the sparks that fly between Alex and Shimmer or how Bette and Ralph spar together. They continue to grow within the story and we get to know more about them as the story moves on.

Meet Shimmer, a dragon and an exiled one at that. Forced into exile and stripped of some of her powers, she works for and with Alex at his investigations agency. I love Shimmer. She is feisty, strong in character and one character that I kept rooting for right off the bat. She is a loner, an orphan and has no idea who her parents or lineage are, which is very important in the dragon reaches. I love how Shimmer tries to fit in, keeps her head and learns about her new home. With each page, the reader is drawn in more and more into this world and fall a little bit in love with her as well. I also enjoyed how diverse the characters were; from a vampire to dragons to shifters and more. The characters are quiet well written, multidimensional and keep the story moving forward.

FLIGHT FROM DEATH is a great introduction to the new series even if you haven’t read the Otherworld series. It’s set in that world but completely separate though they do mention a few characters from the series periodically. Ms. Galenorn is a masterful storyteller who captures her characters vulnerabilities and strengths perfectly and balances them in the story just right. The story flows smoothly and as we get more into the storyline, we meet some new characters that help keep it moving along nicely. With her trademark style, this author captivates her readers with the right amount of mystery, romance and more within the pages.

If you haven’t read this author or series yet, I highly recommend you grab it. This author does have an e-book short story that bridges the Otherworld series and this one in Flight from Hell, which introduces the characters and is a great introduction to the series. You don’t need to read it but it does mention situations from that story in this one. If you need a paranormal pick me up, you won’t go wrong with this author or her books. This is one author I just can not get enough of. I am looking forward to seeing where she goes with this series and these fabulous characters in the future.

 

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Monday, February 20, 2017

ONCE A RANCHER by Linda Lael Miller

 

The Carsons of Mustang Creek Series Book 1
Harlequin
March 29th, 2016
978-0-373-77968-0
Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by self-purchase
3 Hearts

Slater Carson is a cowboy at heart and a filmmaker by trade. But under the hot Wyoming sun, he knows the merit of a hard days work. When he sees teenager Ryder going down a path that will just bring pain and heartbreak, Slater offers a way out from that slippery slope: A job on the ranch he shares with his brothers. It probably doesn’t help that his guardian, Grace Emery, is also the Mustang Creek resort’s new manager and is feisty to boot.

Grace Emery doesn’t have time for romance or that sexy cowboy, Slater, right now. She has a new job to learn, caring for her ex-husband’s rebellious son and she has all she can handle at the moment. Love and passion just don’t work for her at the moment. But she can’t deny her attraction to Slater is strong. But when danger emerges from the shadows, Slater will show Grace that he’ll protect her at all costs and that love that is blooming between them is worth the fight.

Linda Lael Miller is usually my go to author for heart felt stories that leave you breathless but the first book into her new series, ONCE A COWBOY, left me slightly disappointed. The story was okay though the suspense portion of it was a bit of a let down since I figured out who did it half way through the book. The characters were really good for the most part but I honestly couldn’t enjoy Grace too much. She was very independent and determined to never fall in love again. Her waffling over her feelings for Slater annoyed me and I felt she either had to admit she has feelings for him or just walk away. It got old really quick especially since she went from zero to all out ‘love you’ with barely any talk between her and Slater. I’m not a fan of instant love stories but if told right then it works. Unfortunately because I couldn’t enjoy Grace, the romance between her and Slater felt more forced than anything.

What I did love was meeting and learning about Slater, his brothers and Ryder, Grace’s ex-husband’s son. They were enjoyable and quite entertaining. I can’t wait to read about Drake and Mace’s adventures in romance. The writing was good and the characters were quite enjoyable. For the most part, ONCE A COWBOY is a good read just not one of this author’s best in my opinion. Ms. Miller still delivers a classic tale of two people who find one another and fall in love. I just wish we could have seen Grace fall in love more realistically and not so fast like she did. If you enjoy a cowboy tale then you might enjoy Ms. Miller’s new book, ONCE A COWBOY, and the residents of Mustang Creek. I look forward to seeing where the next book goes and revisiting this wild portion of the country again in the future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement.



Sunday, February 19, 2017

THE SPACE BETWEEN SISTERS by Mary McNear

 

Publisher:    William Morrow
Published:   June 14, 2016
ISBN:        William Morrow P
Genre:       Women’s Fiction
Format:     Ebook / Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com

TWO-1/2 HEARTS
 

At one time Poppy and Win were as close as two sisters could be. And then something happened. Poppy withdrew and became a flake.  Flitting from job to job, man to man, place to place. Unreliable because her middle name.

Win, on the other hand, became even more stable. She took control of her life and continued to control every little detail. Rearranging her kitchen drawers is a high point of her day.

While they’ve kept in touch, Win has remained at Butternut Lake in the house left to her by her grandmother and Poppy visits here and there.  And then one day Poppy shows up—unannounced.  And not just shows up, she brings all her belongings and most especially her beloved cat, Sasquatch. She’s not there for just a visit.

Poppy has left yet another job and has really no idea where she plans to go next with her life. While Win doesn’t want to give up her solitude, she doesn’t really have a choice but to let her sister move in. As the days and weeks go by, Poppy and Win have a chance to not only reconnect, but to forge a new, stronger, relationship.

I’m at a loss with Mary McNear’s latest, THE SPACE BETWEEN SISTERS.  Her Butternut Lake series is one of my favorite go-to reads. This one was, in many ways scattered.  It just never got off the ground for me. By time what was really going on with Poppy I’d already pretty much lost interest in the story.  I felt bad for her, for what she went through. But I didn’t really like her or Win. At first I wasn’t even sure she loved her cat and when that story thread was addressed I felt bad for Sasquatch, I hurt for him, but not for her.

I don’t know why two romances were dealt with in one book except maybe there wasn’t enough of a word count to write two separate stories. 

The earlier books were just wonderful. I settled in to read them and didn’t want the stories to end.  Usually when a series is as good as this one has been there is always one book that falls short.  THE SPACE BETWEEN SISTERS is, I hope, that book. McNear is such a good writer that I will check out the next in the series and see where she goes with it.


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

Saturday, February 18, 2017

EVERY LITTLE THING by Marie Force

Butler, Vermont Series, Book 1
HTJB, Inc.
February 14th, 2017
978-1946136060
Contemporary Romance, Small Town romance

E-ARC

Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)

Obtained by Author

4.5 Hearts




When Grayson Coleman moves back to Butler, Vermont after years of working as a high-powered attorney in Boston, he is burnt out and trying to figure out his options. What he didn’t expect is to be charmed by a pint size cutie named Simone and feel the pull to Simone’s mother, Emma Mulvaney over the holidays. She is sweet, beautiful and has a shyness that just tugs at his heart. After helping to raise his seven siblings, he wasn’t interested in a family just yet but there is something to Emma and Simone that just draws him to them.

Emma is enjoying her time in Butler and loves that her daughter is enjoying herself. What Emma didn’t expect is to feel the sparks of something between her and one of the Abbott cousins, Grayson. She finds him entertaining, he’s good to Simone and she can talk to him about anything. What she didn’t anticipate was how much she enjoyed herself with him and can’t wait to go out with him. But when dinner turns into something more, can Emma and Grayson let themselves see where it will go or will this holiday week flirtation fizzle out?

I got to admit I was absolutely thrilled to see that this author is returning to Butler, Vermont and continuing the series on her own. I loved how the author uses song titles for her titles of the books and the characters are so much fun to read and devour. I absolutely love the Abbott family and in this book, we see a bit more of Grayson’s family which opens a whole new set of people for the matchmakers in the Abbott family. It was nice to revisit with them and see all my favorite characters again in EVERY LITTLE THING. Even though this is book one of the Butler, VT series, it continues where the last book in the Green Mountain series, Ain’t She Sweet, left off. The author does an amazing job in keeping the story going and I loved how seamless this fits right in the series. The story flows smoothly and kept my attention till the very end. But it’s the characters that are the star of this series. They are captivating, entertaining and keep the reader glued to the pages till the very end. The author does a marvelous job in capturing the diverse cast of characters just perfectly and this is a big cast of characters to enjoy. Plus we meet some new ones that are just as interesting and I can’t wait to see where this author goes next for the series.

 
We met Grayson and Emma in the last book and I loved that we got to see those sparks fly completely in their own book. Grayson is jaded and tired, hoping that small town life as a lawyer will be better for him than staying in the high powered law firm he was in for years. Emma is a strong woman who is so gun shy over relationships; she is amazed that just being around Grayson puts her at ease. I loved these two right off the bat. They had sparks flying right from the start and even though we knew a little about Grayson’s background and family, I didn’t know much about Emma and Simone. The author does a great job in keeping the characters true to themselves and Simone is a hoot. I loved her old soul outlook and her infectious excitement in being in Vermont as well as trying new things. What got to me was Emma’s back-story which is heartbreaking yet also made me root for her to get her own chance at happy ever after. She definitely deserved to find love and happiness, if not with Grayson but with someone else. Luckily Grayson is just the right guy to steal her heart and hold onto it tight. The characters are engaging, multidimensional and diverse. The author does a great job in capturing all of their unique personalities and I loved catching up with all the beloved characters again in EVERY LITTLE THING, even Fred, the Moose, who is by far my favorite character ever since the first book.

EVERY LITTLE THING is a great romance that will tease you, thrill you and steal your heart along the way. With the right amount of romance, passion and more, the author does an amazing job with the lush background of Vermont to steal the reader away for hours on end and captivate them till the last page is read. We get a glimpse of who may be next in the crosshairs of the Abbott matchmakers and I am gleeful after a few hints through the Green Mountain series off just who that may be. If you enjoy tender romance, sizzling passion and a writer that delivers an engaging story then you will love this series. I do highly recommend reading it from the beginning to get a sense of who everyone is and how past couples met & fell in love. Another winner for author Marie Force and I am really hoping we don’t wait long for the next installment in the Butler, Vermont series.

 

This is an objective review and not an endorsement.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

















 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

ONCE YOU GO DEMON by Sean Michael


Publisher: Changeling Press
Date published: 01/27/2017
ISBN: 07935-02561
Paranormal Romance, Dark Fantasy, BDSM

Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle  (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: https://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=2561

Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts


This book gives readers two stories that are nicely intertwined together. In one story we get Kerr's adventure.  Kerr has worked for years in Horatio's service until one day when he is unexpectedly told that he has been sold. Kerr begins a new adventure under the care of Master Ceris. Along the way Kerr is also given a demon to train himself. Kerr must find a way to fit in to this new household and figure out just how to train a boy of his own. Just as these three demons begin their dance another story is taking shape in the household. Bel is the head of this household and he has plans for his friend Horatio. Once he wins Kerr from Horatio all of Bel's plans are set into motion. He sees the truth about Horatio and is more than ready to grab his chance to prove that Horatio is a submissive and will soon be his.

This is a wonderful read about finding ones true self. Horatio is hiding his true nature under the guise of being a dominant. While Kerr is a pleasure demon who has not been used in years. Both men must find themselves if they truly want to be happy. Kerr soon finds the attention he has longed for from Master Ceris and his new pet Harmony. I loved seeing the relationship between these three work itself out. The demons attraction is strong and soon it becomes powerful. I hope that we get to see more from Ceris,Kerr and Harmony in the future. Horatio and Bel's story is just as compelling. Watching Horatio fight and try to work through it all makes for an engaging read. Horatio must find out what he truly wants and let go. Bel is there for him every step of the way and we can see the love that he has for the other demon.

These two stories are emotional as well as hot. These demons are dominants and pleasure demons and their interactions are intense. The sex is powerful and vivid and builds on their love. They learn that trust and love can hold them together better than it can tear them apart. I enjoyed my visit to this world built by this author  and hope that it is not the last one.

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



 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DIVINE GRACE: SEIZE THE DAY by Heather Rainier


Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Date published: November 2010
ISBN: 1-60601-992-9
Contemporary, Western, Menage
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: http://www.bookstrand.com/divine-grace
Obtained via
publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts


Jack has always liked Grace but knew that she was off-limits because of her relationship. When circumstances bring Grace into Jack's life even more and she needs his help with her  bad relationship all bets are off.  Jack's feelings begin to deepen and Ethan and Adam are just as smitten with grace as him. The three have always known that they would share one woman between them and it was just a matter of finding that right woman. With Grace it looks as if all the pieces are falling in place.  Will Grace find love with each of these men and is she willing to share her love all around?

There is so much emotion in this story. Grace and her men go on a journey that takes them to a place that they never thought they would be and that journey continues to bring them surprises and happiness along the way. It was nice to watch Grace grow and find herself with the help of these three men.The love that they all have for each other is a wonderful thing to see. Each man shares something special with Grace and in turn is loved by her. The men share a friendship that is so deep it makes them more than brothers and sharing Grace comes naturally. I enjoyed watching the love and understanding blossom with everyone. Their journey was a wonderful one and it has yet to end. I cannot wait to see what else life has in store for them.


The author brought these characters and their world beautifully to life. Not only did  the main characters have a lot to say but many of the supporting characters had a lot to say and I cannot wait to see what is in store for this world next.



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

 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

FAMILY TREE by Susan Wiggs


William Morrow
August 9th, 2016
978-0-06-242543-0
Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
Paperback ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher
3.5 Hearts

 

Annie Rush loves her handsome husband, is producing one of the hottest cooking shows on TV and now she has found out she is pregnant with their first child. Life is good for Annie until it all comes crashing down around her in one fell swoop. After waking up from a year long coma, Annie finds out her life now is infinitely different then before. Now she is back home in Switchback, Vermont, in the family home, where they have a generations old maple farm. Now Annie has to relearn who she is again as her memories come back in fits and waves, as her past emerges to help her with her present and maybe gives her a future that will be exactly what she wants this time around. Can a life that was changed in a blink of an eye turn out to be one that will give way to a future that is dawning around her?

 

FAMILY TREE is a wonderful tale of a woman betrayed, lost and broken who finds the strength to move ahead even as she doesn’t know what is normal anymore. Susan Wiggs is a wonderful storyteller who delivers a complex yet highly emotional story that will steal her readers’ hearts from the first page to the last. With each page I turned in FAMILY TREE, the reader gets to meet Annie as a young adult and the Annie that emerges from a cocoon of sorts after a devastating accident alters her life in a way she never imagines. Ms. Wiggs delves deep into Annie and her family as she gives the reader glimpses of our heroine’s past that will lead her onto a path that life is determined her to forge. With the deft strokes of a master storyteller, Ms. Wiggs delivers a story that is at times heartfelt, delightful and full of emotion that will warm you on a cold winter’s night.

 

FAMILT TREE introduces the reader to the Rush family, their friends and the small town of Switchback, Vermont. I loved the small town atmosphere and how the author was able to incorporate the maple farm in the story. There were a lot of wonderful scenes set at the Maple farm and gives the reader a glimpse into how its run plus some yummy scenes where I was hoping the author would include recipes for the reader to enjoy. The characters are well written, delightful and quite entertaining. I loved how diverse they are and add in an ex-husband who is quite a dog, well let’s just say I was rooting for Annie to give him hell in the end. The secondary characters are equally entertaining and I loved seeing glimpses of some of them as youngsters. It made them a bit more real to me and life-like.

FAMILY TREE is at times emotional, uplifting and quite a delight to read. I finished it in one sitting and fell in love with the story, the characters and this writer. Ms. Wiggs delves deep in a character that will equally charm and entertain you throughout the book. Even the back and forth between the past and present didn’t annoy me like it normally would have. It gave the characters more depth, in my opinion, to see how they reached where they were in the present life. If you enjoy a story full of mesmerizing characters, a writer who knows how to tell a story and steal the readers’ heart, then you will not be disappointed by FAMILY TREE. I am eager to see where this author goes next and hope I won’t have to wait too long for the next book.

 

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

    

Monday, February 6, 2017

Lord Of A Thousand Steps by Tara Lain


Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: December 12, 2016
Contemporary , M/M
Audio book
Reviewed by  Gabrielle  (meingee@yahoo.com)

Weblink: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lord-of-a-thousand-steps-by-tara-lain-8060-b
Obtained via
publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts


Your life can turn on a dime. Ian learns this the hard way. He thought he found love with Rico but when Rico goes back to Mexico Ian learns just who Rico truly is and what he really means to the man. As Ian sorts through the mess of his love life he finds distraction at work. His hard work and more is noticed by his boss Braden but Braden is going through some hard times of his own. Coincidences and luck soon find these two in a easy friendship. As their friendship grows so does their attraction. The men have their work cut out for them and must decide if their love is something worth fighting for.

Braden and Ian make a great couple and the narrator, K.C. Kelly, does a wonderful job of bringing them and this world to life for me.  Their relationship is full of highs and lows. Both men have problems of their own to work out and Braden must figure out just how much he loves and wants Ian in his life. Not only do these two men have a story to tell but the supporting characters have a lot to say as well. Braden's children are great characters and we cannot forget Ian's cat, who has a big personality. I enjoyed the way Ian's brother Jim and his husband Ken are intertwined into Ian's adventure. The author has a wonderful cast of characters and weaves a beautiful story around them.

As I listened to this story I quickly became immersed in Braden and Ian's lives. The two men find that love is something precious and worth fighting for and I enjoyed being along for the ride.

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



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Leopard's Fury by Christine Feehan


Publisher: Jove
Date published: November 2016
ISBN: 9780515156225
Paranormal Romance
Print
Reviewed by Gabrielle  (meingee@yahoo.com)

Weblink: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/318693/leopards-fury-by-christine-feehan/9780515156225

Obtained via
publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts


Evangeline has worked hard to find a little peace and safety in her life. She understands how difficult it can be for a woman of her kind and is always on guard. Life has not always been good to her but she is a fighter and does what she can. When Alonzo enters her world Evangeline keeps her distance and does not act on her desires. It is safer for her that way but it is hard to deny the attraction to the man. Alonzo knows that he is not good enough for the woman that is his other half but he cannot stay away from her and when danger comes knocking Alonzo is ready to answer.


I enjoyed watching Evangeline and Alonzo's story play out. Evangeline is a strong woman who stands up to her man just as much as she stands by him. Alonzo is an alpha man who loves and supports his woman. The two make a good couple,  each one understands the other and is ready to fight for their love. They both have pasts that they must deal with before they can even think about a future.  As they try to find their way through their emotions and attraction danger finds its way to them.  Their story is a nice mix of romance and action. The love that they have for each other is strong and shows in all that they do. I loved seeing the two come together and fight for the bond that they share.  It was nice to see the man that Alonzo is with Evangeline. He needs her submission but he also needs her love and he will stop at nothing to show her just how special she is to him. 


 

Leopard's Fury is a wonderful addition to this series and I am excited to see what will come next in this world.



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