Sunday, April 21, 2019

HOME AND HEART by Sean Michael




Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date Published: December 25,2018
ISBN: 9781640806337
Contemporary, BDSM,M/M/M or More
eBook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink:
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/home-and-heart-by-sean-michael-10058-b
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts



Sawyer takes a chance and moves from the home that he knows to a new and different one. One that does not remind him of all that he lost. He finds a nice and cozy apartment with a trio of wonderful neighbors. To Sawyer surprise the men are more than just neighbors. There are benefits to be had living at his new place. Will Sawyer fit in with these men? Can he get over his loss and try to start over again with new friends and lovers? They say that time and love can heal all wounds, but will that be true for Sawyer?

Sawyer’s story is not only a beautiful romance but it is also a hot and sexy read. Sawyer is a man who is hurting and trying to heal and move on with his life. When he meets Derek there is an attraction, but Sawyer is scared and unsure. Derek sees this and wants to help Sawyer in any way that he can. An innocent gesture in helping Sawyer when he has no furniture leads to something more and the two men begin a careful friendship. Soon their neighbors Benny and Luke are included in this friendship as well. As we see the four men explore the benefits of this kind of relationship bonds begin to form and Sawyer and Derek find themselves learning about one another at a deeper level.

I loved seeing Sawyer open up and begin to heal as Derek finds another side of himself that Sawyer brings out and Derek enjoys it and Sawyer. This story is much deeper than what it seems. The trust and love that is earned in their tale makes for a wonderful read full of emotions. Sawyer’s pain pulls on your heart and you cannot help but want to see it get better for the man. It was nice seeing the four men find their way to a happy ever after as love finds its way back into Sawyer’s life again. The author brings a lot of depth and emotions to these characters and shows the true power that love can be.

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

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

CALIFORNIA GIRLS by Susan Mallery



Mira Books
February 26th, 2019
978-0-7783-5125-2
Contemporary Romance
Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by self-purchase
3.5 Hearts
 


Three sisters find themselves dumped on the same day and as they deal with the aftereffects, they find what has been missing in their lives.

Oldest sister, Finola is a popular TV morning show host who gets blindsided right before she goes on air with the news he is leaving her for a young pop star. Shattered, she is determined to show the world she is just fine even as she tries to pick up the pieces and hopes he comes to his senses, coming back to her.

Zennie is the middle sister who is athletic and is happy with her life. She doesn’t need a man or be part of a couple to be secure. When she agrees to be a surrogate for her best friend, she finds that being pregnant is a lonely thing when her support system all disapprove of her choice.

Youngest sister, Ali is used to being ignored as she isn’t the prettiest nor the favorite. When her fiancĂ© has his brother call off the wedding, she is devastated yet Daniel, her ex’s brother, keeps showing up to help her through this tough time. But as Ali wonders, is Daniel seeing who Ali is in a way no one else has?

Three sisters, all very different yet all three find their way to one another in this time of crisis and change. Can they rebuild their lives after these setbacks?

CALIFORNIA GIRLS is a classic Susan Mallery story filled with intriguing characters and stories that intertwin with one another. I really enjoyed meeting and seeing the three sisters interact with one another as well as with other characters. The author does a great job in capturing the three different personalities in the sisters. I really enjoyed learning about each sister and their parents. I really liked Zennie’s storyline though Ali’s story was a close second but Finola’s story made it hard for me to empathize with in the beginning. The interactions with their mother made me laugh and I really enjoyed how they dealt with her in their own way. The story flows smoothly and kept my attention until the very end.

Meet the three sisters-Finola, Zennie and Ali. All three are different and unique but within twenty-four hours, their worlds change and explode. I loved meeting the sisters and how different they were together and apart. Finola is a TV talk show host with a great career and marriage. Zennie is independent and is an adrenaline junkie. Ali is the youngest sister and the overlooked one. She stirred my heart more than anyone as she kept putting herself down even as she had all these amazing qualities. She was the one sister I could relate to the most. This is an author who can deliver and create outstanding yet unique characters. I love how she puts three different personalities on the page, and you have no trouble keeping track of who was who. The secondary characters were just as enjoyable and entertaining.

CALIFORNIA GIRLS is a fun filled story filled with amazing characters and a story that will resonate with you long after you finished reading it. If you haven’t read one of this author’s books before, this is a perfect introduction to her writing style. I look forward to seeing where she goes next for her readers in the future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement


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Sunday, April 7, 2019

THE LAST SECOND by Catherine Coulter and JT Ellison



A Brit in the FBI Series Book 6
Gallery Books
March 26th, 2019
978-1-5011-3824-9 (ebook ISBN)
Contemporary, Action-Adventure, Mystery/Thriller, Crime, Suspense
E-book ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher
4.5 Hearts

For FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine, recovering from their last adventure in saving the world has given them a few days of peace but when one of their friends is lost at sea on a regular security job, they leap into action and find they are in the middle of a case that will change the face of the world if it succeeds.

Former astronaut Dr. Nevaeh Patel is booted from the NASA program after an unexpected calamity when she was out on the International Space Station. Deemed crazy as she raved that aliens called the Numen, wanted to bring peace to the world when they saved her. Pushed from the world and a job that she has trained for over the years, Patel is determined to quiet the space above earth with an EMP attached to nuclear device on a satellite for the Numen and help remake the world into her favor. But as Drummond and Caine find out, all things are not as it seems when the fabled holy grail is found then stolen by Patel. With the clock ticking, they must stop Patel from activating the EMP and bringing about World War III.

THE LAST SECOND is a thrill ride from start to finish and these two authors deliver the thrills and chills with a breakneck speed that will leave you breathless. I love this series and find each book a thrill a minute as the cases Drummond and Caine get involved in are intriguing and unique. The series just gets better with each book and I love how the characters continue to grow with each book. Ms. Coulter and Ms. Ellison deliver lots of action scenes that left me gasping as I flipped the pages on my kindle. The mythology of the Holy Grail was intriguing one that added much to the other aspect of the storyline, the ‘aliens’ and their representative here on earth, Dr. Patel. The story starts off slow as we meet the new players in the series and catch up with Drummond and Caine who are taking a much-needed break after their last adventure almost killed them. This time going to help a friend leads them into a bigger mystery that leaves them nothing to do but see to it till the end.  Full of amazing characters that fairly leap off the pages and a storyline that just keeps you glued to the edge of your seat, the reader is lost within the pages of THE LAST SECOND till the very end.

THE LAST SECOND delivers so much within the pages that you can not help but get sucked in. I couldn’t put this book down and I just loved all the twists and turns the characters took as they chased down leads to Patel and her evil plot to ‘quiet’ the world. These two authors are so good together in this series and I loved every minute of THE LAST SECOND. If you haven’t read A Brit in the FBI series, then I highly recommend it, though start at the beginning with book one, The Final Cut, as you get to meet all the main players and continue from there to the other books in the series. I am looking forward to seeing where these two authors go next in their next adventure for Drummond and Caine as well as the rest of the Covert Ops group of the FBI. Run-don’t walk-to the check this series out. You won’t want to miss all the fun times they get into and the unique cases they need to solve.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

CLOSE TO THE BONE by Kendra Elliot




Widow’s Island Book 1
Montlake Romance
October 23rd, 2018
ASIN#: B07F1442NX
Contemporary, Novella, Mystery/Suspense
E-book ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher
3.5 Hearts


FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back on the Pacific Northwest island she once called home, recovering from an injury when she gets a call of a body found on a nearby island. But with memories of a past case haunting her, reconnecting with an old friend who is now a local deputy, Cate is racing against the clock to figure out the clues even as she finds herself falling for the local coroner. Will Cate be able to find justice for the victim even as her memories of a similar case twenty years before haunting her?

I love this author’s Mercy Kilpatrick series and was intrigued by this new series she is writing with author Melinda Leigh. Overall, CLOSE TO THE BONE had potential to be a really good book if it was just a tad bit longer. For the length it was, I felt I couldn’t connect to the characters like I normally do. The storyline felt stilted in spots and rushed in others. The ending was a little too pat for my liking though the bad guy(s) were quite a surprise to me. With the premise of an island that if you leave, you want to come back home and if you don’t belong, the island will let you know one way or another. I liked the mystery that was hinted about between Cate and Tessa, one that haunts them to this day. It intrigued me whenever Cate and Tessa talked about it and it made the mystery of this new death on an adjacent island to Widow’s Island a bit more intriguing. The author tries to give the reader much within the number of pages that was in the book but for myself, it falls short. What I wished was the author expanding the story just a little more and expanding the story a little more but overall, it works within the novella format to a degree.

CLOSE TO THE BONE introduces new and old characters that had me smiling at times and some characters were from this author’s other series, so I am going to have to check that out later. Ms. Elliot delivers a new series that will keep you intrigued at times with a thriller that will intrigue the readers and flipping pages. The downside is its too short in my opinion. I look forward to seeing where Ms. Elliot and Ms. Leigh go with the characters in Widow’s Island series in future books.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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