Sunday, July 1, 2018

Book Review: Chased (Chase Brothers #3) by Lauren Dane


Title: Chased (Chase Brothers #3)

Author:  Lauren Dane

Stars: 3 1/2 Stars out of 5

Review:
Chased is a series about brothers who find love. This one is about Liv a childhood friend who even dated one of the brothers before falling in love with Mac Chase 6 years younger than her.  
The really isn't anything new and I didn't find the characters all that interesting.  Even though the story basic girls falls for best friend who happens to date\sleeps with every woman he meets.
I was hoping for humors moments but there were very few. Making the story drag on.
Readers who enjoy the Chase Brother series I'm sure will love this story as well but for this review the story falls flat with unimaginative characters and a story line used one too many times.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Harlequin Carina Press

Synopsis:

Liv Davis had just about given up on her happily ever after. Burned by love more than once, she's beginning to think Mr. Right wasn't in the cards for her. Marc Chase is a confirmed bachelor and lover of women-lots of them. He's determined not to fall head over heels the way his brothers have. Until he kisses Olivia Davis and realizes head over heels may not be such a bad thing after all!

Can Liv open her scarred heart for this younger ladies man? She loves Marc more than she can begin to admit but she's terrified of being rejected again. Marc faces a challenge greater than he's ever faced before. Making a woman believe he's more than just a great bedmate-making her believe he's in it for good. In the end it will all come down to two days in a hotel and a bet. Can they both win?

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language


Publication Date July 1 2018 Harlequin Carina Press
 

About the Author:
Lauren Dane
Lauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Book Review: A Necessary Deception (Search and Recover #2) by Lucy Farago

A Necessary Deception (Search and Recover #2)
Title:  A Necessary Deception (Search and Recover #2)

Author:  Lucy Farago

Stars: 4

Review:
Necessary Deception is a fun romantic suspense that readers can start and finish quickly or enjoy over the summer break. (I know what break if you work or have kids)
The characters are well developed, the authors ability to write banter without taking away the story is a feat. Their is sex but it fills in the time where the characters are waiting to something to happen.
While this is book 2 in a series it is completely a stand alone novel.  I didn't read book 1 and the author blends the update and the new story together keeping readers engaged until the very end or what readers think is the end. Trust me you turn the page and find the story is still moving forward with the ending you hoping to find.  There is no cliff hanger. The story will leave readers happy and with a smile on their face.

Thank you to the Netgalley and the publisher Lyrical Press for the advance copy of Lucy Farago A Necessary Deception.

Synopsis:
The agents of the renowned Investigative Collection Unit have to be the biggest, baddest, and brightest to take on missions no one else would dare. It doesn’t hurt that they’re also the sexiest. But in a shadowy world where reality means living on the razor’s edge of deception, few survive with their hearts intact . . . 

ICU intel expert Monty Buchannan’s idea of fun is creating software—not roughing it in a cabin off the grid in Alaska. But his team forced him to unplug when his intense need to be in control put a mission at risk. Being alone isn’t a problem; most people make him uncomfortable. But there’s something about the woman he finds floundering in a frozen stream that warms his ice-cold heart . . .

Taylor Moore was once a spoiled socialite famous for her tabloid-worthy exploits, until she broke out from under wealthy father’s thumb. Now she’s the self-made CEO of an online matchmaking service—and on the run from Russian mobsters who’ve hijacked her website. But when she’s suddenly plucked from a river by a half-naked mountain man, trust will become a matter of survival. And desire just might break down the defenses that have kept them both playing it far too safe for far too long .


About The Author:
Lucy Farago
Lucy Farago knows there is nothing like a happy sigh at the end of a good book. With the encouragement of her loving husband, she wrote her first manuscript. An unpublished historical, it sits in a file on her computer, there to remind her how much fun she had learning the craft and becoming part of an industry whose books make you believe anything is possible. A big fan of Agatha Christie, she set out to write her first romantic suspense novel. Thrilled to be a published author, Lucy also teaches yoga, enjoys cooking, and saying what other people are thinking. In her fantasy world, her beautiful Siberian husky, Loki, doesn’t shed and her three kids clean up after themselves . Alas, that fantasy will never see fruition.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Book Review: Arresting Mason (Arresting Onyx, #1) by Amber Daulton

Arresting Mason by Amber Daulton
Title: Arresting Mason (Arresting Onyx, #1)

Author: Amber Daulton

Stars: 3 1/2 Stars out of 5

Review:

I really wanted to like Arresting Mason but the story is what it is.  Everything was really over the top to the point the story get lost and readers find themselves skipping pages.  This readers felt a little lost on where this series is going but I would be willing to try another story by the same author.

Thank you to Netgalley for the advance copy The Wild Rose Press

Synopsis:
Once you’re in a prison gang, you’re in it for life. That’s what Mason Harding thought until the boss accepted his resignation. After the State releases him on parole, a sexy divorcée behind the wheel of a car almost ends his life quicker than a shank. His chance encounter with Mia Eddison results in a night of passion, but her brother—his parole officer—catches them together and doesn’t approve.
Mia falls hard for the cocky ex-con, but not because of his chiseled body. She vows to break through his walls and discover his secrets, but never expects those secrets to threaten her life.
When members of an organized crime ring kidnap Mia to force Mason’s return to the gang, he goes up against an old friend to save the woman he loves. Will his sacrifice be enough or will everything fall apart in a blaze of gunfire?
 

About The Author:
Amber Daulton
Writing is the fruit to happiness. 

Amber Daulton lives her life by that one belief even though she normally isn't so Zen. 

She lives in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina with her wonderful husband and their four crazy kitties. Writing takes up most of her time, aside from her day job in the retail industry. As a fan of contemporary, paranormal and historical novels alike, she can't get enough of feisty heroines and alpha heroes. Her mind is a wonderland of romance and adventure, laughter and awesome ways of kicking a guy when he's down. She probably wouldn't be too sane without her computer and notebooks. After all, what's a girl to do when there are people jabbering away in her head and it's hard to shut them up? Write! Nothing else works.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Review: A Dangerous Madness (Regency London #3) by Michelle Diener

A Dangerous Madness (Regency London, #3)
Title: A Dangerous Madness (Regency London #3)

Author: Michelle Diener

Star: 5 Stars

Review:
A brilliantly conceived historical romance that takes a sliver of fact and builds an intriguing romantic encounter around same. While the basic facts can not be ignored they provide the impetus for the initial meeting and growing love story between the two principals. A well told tale that, if you enjoy history as I do, will provide a very pleasant reading interlude.

I have rated this book 5 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format. Frank You Frank for your review. 

Synopsis:
The Duke of Wittaker has been living a lie...

He’s been spying on the dissolute, discontented noblemen of the ton, pretending to share their views. Now he’s ready to step out of the shadows and start living a real life...but when the prime minister of England is assassinated, he's asked to go back to being the rake-hell duke everyone believes he still is to find out more.

Miss Phoebe Hillier has been living a lie, too...

All her life she's played by society's rules, hiding her fierce intelligence and love of life behind a docile and decorous mask. All it's gotten her is jilted by her betrothed, a man she thought a fool, though a harmless one. But when she discovers her former fiancé was involved in the plot against the prime minister, and that he's been murdered, she realizes he wasn't so harmless after all.

And now the killers have set their sights on her...

The only man who can help her is the Duke of Wittaker--a man she knows she shouldn't trust. And she soon realizes he's hiding behind a mask as careful as her own. As the clock ticks down to the assassin's trial, the pair scramble to uncover the real conspiracy behind the prime minister's death. And as the pressure and the danger mounts, Phoebe and Wittaker shed their disguises, layer by layer, to discover something more precious than either imagined–something that could last forever. Unless the conspirators desperate to hide their tracks get to them first.



About The Author:
Michelle Diener
When not writes historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy. Having worked in publishing and IT, she's now very happy crafting new worlds and interesting characters and wondering which part of the world she can travel to next.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

When she's not writing, or driving her kids from activity to activity, you can find her blogging


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Book Review: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone
Title: Then She Was Gone by

Author Lisa Jewell

Stars: 4 1/2 stars

Review:
I loved it and hated it at the same time - this author is talented and will make you think long after you finish this book.

Wow! this book grabbed me just a few chapters in and then turned dark really fast.  At one point I was not sure how deep or bizarre the book could get.  How can someones thinking be so convoluted and evil?  How could another person allow a person to do what she did?  Well, it started to get less psychological thriller(this would never happen in real life) and more believable as I continued to read.  The characters were struggling and I had great empathy for the mother especially since I am a mother.  Her life had been tossed and turned and she was adrift with nothing to anchor her to this world.  Her husband could not support her because she was lost and he could not figure out how to reach her.  Her other children could only watch as she drifted further and further from where they were and from who she had been.  What would you do if one of your children just disappeared without reason?  This book will make you think and some of those thoughts are terrifiying. Closure is so important and this book really showed that aspect of human nature.  You cannot always move on without it.  Also, if you have information even if it seems small you need to tell someone - you will understand once you read this book.

I read this book in less than 3 days because I had to know what happened to Ellie.  I would have read it faster had I not had to work, be a mother, and do all the other things that are necessary for this life to support a family...bummer somedays when you find a really good book. 

I give this book 4 1/2 stars and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery that can be graphic at times.  This book was bizarre and yet not too bizarre like I started to think it was getting.  Unstable people seem to attract unstable people making some situations pretty scary, to say the least.  I had not read this author before but I will look at her other books and see if they are as good as this book.  

Make sure you have time to read this book when you get about 1/2 way because you will begrudge putting it down for any reason.  This would make a really scary movie because it could happen - happen to anyone.  This is not something out of the realm of possibilities and that is what scares me the most about this book.  It is good, but it is tense and will keep you wondering how could this happen and what if it happened to me?
Thank you Lisa Peters for your Review.

Synopsis:
THEN
She was fifteen, her mother's 
golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. 
And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. 

NOW 
It’s been ten years since Ellie 
disappeared, but Laurel has never given up 
hope of finding her daughter.
And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet. 
Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter. 
Poppy is precocious and pretty - and meeting her completely takes Laurel's breath away. 

Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age.
And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. 

What happened to Ellie? Where did she go? 
Who still has secrets to hide?


Hardcover426 pages
Published July 27th 2017 by Century

About The Author:

Lisa Jewell
Lisa was born in London in 1968. Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art & Design studying Fashion Illustration and Communication.

She worked for the fashion chain Warehouse for three years as a PR assistant and then for Thomas Pink, the Jermyn Street shirt company for four years as a receptionist and PA. She started her first novel, Ralph’s Party, for a bet in 1996. She finished it in 1997 and it was published by Penguin books in May 1998. It went on to become the best-selling debut novel of that year.

She has since written a further nine novels, as is currently at work on her eleventh.

She now lives in an innermost part of north London with her husband Jascha, an IT consultant, her daughters, Amelie and Evie and her silver tabbies, Jack and Milly.

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