Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Book Review Mine to Save (Rescue Ops #3) by Diana Gardin

Mine to Save (Rescue Ops #3)
Title: Mine to Save (Rescue Ops #3

Author: Diana Gardin

Stars: 3 1/2 Stars 

Review:
The author writes from the two leads different points of view and each chapter is titled with the who will be speaking to keep readers from getting confused. 
I enjoyed the author created a female characters who has issues more than broken home and past. She struggles with Autism. The author was able to capture the intelligence and the  compulsions a lot of people with autism have.  She made Sayward very likable and Bennett very caring when his past said otherwise.

The story its self failed to pull me in leaving wondering the purpose of the story and the characters. For the first several chapters the story pulled along dragging readers with it.  Mine to save I found lacking in pace which caused this reader to stop reading.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Foever Yours


Synopsis:
I make everything complicated. Instead of being content owning a bar, I accept a job with the Rescue Ops team at Night Eagle Security. Apparently, guys with Special Forces explosives training are hard to come by. And instead of hooking up with one of the many women who flirt with me, I have to fall for hacker Sayward Diaz. Not only is she one of my new co-workers, she's also just become my first assignment. Like I said, complicated.

When Sayward's father dies and his secret ties to the Columbia cartel put her in danger, it's my job to keep her safe at all costs. For a woman who's more comfortable with computers than humans, she's not exactly thrilled to have me as her bodyguard--or by our undeniable spark. And with threats coming at us from all sides, I can't let our attraction compromise her safety. Because if I do, my first mission might be my last.


Paperback304 pages
Expected publication: December 12th 2017 by Forever Yours 

About The Author:
Diana Gardin
Diana Gardin was born and raised combing the coasts of Southeastern Virginia. She is now a happy resident of South Carolina as she married into an enormous Carolina-rooted family. She loves the beach, and even more than that she loves to read while sitting on the beach.
While writing was always a passion of Diana’s, she enrolled in college to become an elementary-school teacher. After eight years of teaching in both Virginia and South Carolina, she decided to stay at home with her first child. This decision is what opened her eyes to the fact that she still very much loved to write, and her first novel was written.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Book Review: The Apple Of My Eye by Mary Ellen Bramwell

The Apple of My Eye
Title: The Apple Of My Eye

Author: Mary Ellen Bramwell

Stars: 4 out of 5 

Review:
A modern day story of love found and lost at an early age. A young mother loses her husband in what appears to be very tragic circumstances. After going through her stages of grief she begins to investigate and is truly disturbed and disappointed in what she discovers. But there is a bright side which comes forth and will leave the reader feeling both good and sad. The story line is believable and most of us will know someone who would fit the description of her husband.

I have given this book 4 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.
Thank you Frank

Synopsis:
When Brea Cass, a young mother, is awakened in the night by the news that her loving husband, Paul, has been shot during a robbery, she is stunned. When she finally emerges from the fog of her life, it dawns on her that something is amiss in the way her husband died.

As Brea searches for answers, she discovers things she never knew... and things she's not sure she wants to know. Delving into unsolved mysteries brings several questions to the forefront of Brea's thoughts, and she must decide if moving forward can erase the heartache and mistakes.

Paperback246 pages
Published August 28th 2014 by Black Rose Writing

About The Author:
Mary Ellen Bramwell
Mary Ellen Bramwell has been writing stories since she was ten years old. After working in other fields and raising five children as a stay-at-home mom, Mary Ellen has returned to her first love, writing, working for magazines while completing her debut novel, The Apple of My Eye. She resides in Northeast Ohio with her husband, Allen, and her two youngest children.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Book Review: Avalanche! (Survivor Diaries) by Terry Lynn Johnson

Avalanche!
Title: Avalanche! (Survivor Diaries)

Author: Terry Lynn Johnson

Stars: 4 stars from 11 year old and 5 stars from 8 year old

Review:
Review from my 11 year old son.
Its a good book. I mean its a little easy for me to read but I really liked. It taught me alot about Avalanches and how destructive they can be. The characters are pretty awesome and I finished it in a night. The pictures were awesome and I learned a lot about survival. 
Review from 8 year old daugher
This book was awesome mom! I learned all about Avalnches and it talked about how cold it gets and how you can freeze. Did you know if you fall asleep cold you can die in your sleep!
The book told me how to survive but I think I could die from the cold. The book was awesome and I was able to read it in a night. Fun, fast read.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers HMH Books for Young Readers for the advance copy. 

Synopsis:
Ryan are skiing with their parents in Wyoming's Grand Teton Mountains where there is a ground-shaking rumble. Unstable snow rushes downhill and buries them in icy white. It will take all of their knowledge and grit to survive.     With seventeen years of hands-on experience and training in remote areas,  survival expert Terry Lynn Johnson (Ice Dogs; Sled Dog School) creates on-the-edge-of-your-seat storytelling featuring the real skills that kids need to survive a disaster. This page-turner with illustrations includes survival tips from the National Avalanche Center and U.S. Forest Service. You could have a better chance of surviving a real-life avalanche after reading this book!

Hardcover112 pages
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

About The Author:
Terry Lynn Johnson
Terry Lynn Johnson writes outdoor adventures inspired by her own team of eighteen Alaskan huskies. Her passion for adventure has provided her with a rich background to write from.

When she's not writing, Terry enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and kayaking. She works as a Conservation Officer (Game Warden) in Whitefish Falls, Ontario.

She is represented by Caryn Wiseman of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Book Review: Safe at Hawk's Landing (Badge of Justice #2) by Rita Herron

Safe at Hawk's Landing (Badge of Justice #2)
Title: Safe at Hawk's Landing (Badge of Justice #2)

Author:  Rita Herron

Stars: 3 1\2 stars

Review:
3 1\2 stars
I love Rita Herron All The Pretty Faces from the Graveyfall Series and I have read the first in the Badge of Justice Series so I feel I have a pretty good idea on the authors writing style.
Her Justice series has a great story line but everything feel very rushed which is understandable being it a Harlequin Intrigue series and they have a limited word count. The story moves along at a fast pace and the author is able to pull readers in right off the bat when Charlotte Reacher is hit so hard she loses her sight and has to trust those around her to keep her safe. 
Human Trafficking is big this year in books but Rita Herron is able to pull at readers heart strings as well as give romance and suspense readers expect from Harlequin Intrigue series. I wish the story was long so really flush out the characters which is lacking in the first book and the second book.
Thank you to netgelley as well as the publishers Harlequin Intrigue

#SafeAtHawk'sLanding #NetGalley 

Synopsis:
She’s sworn to protect her students—he’s sworn to protect her

Charlotte Reacher found her calling teaching art therapy to teens. But when her attempt to stop a kidnapping leaves her wounded and unable to see anything beyond trauma and fear, she’s hesitant to trust the stranger who promises to keep her safe.

FBI agent Lucas Hawk knows Charlotte’s the only witness to the human-trafficking abduction that shook his Texas hometown. Determined to find the victims, he must convince her to work with him—even while resisting his growing desire for her. Every hour is critical for the kidnapped girls. And every breath Charlotte takes could be her last.


Kindle Edition256 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Intrigue

About The Author:
Rita Herron
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Rita Herron fell in love with books at the ripe age of eight when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. Although she wanted to be a writer then and actually scrawled her first novel at age twelve, she didn’t think real people grew up to be writers, so she became a kindergarten teacher instead. Ten years ago, she traded her classroom storytelling and puppets for a computer and now writes so she doesn’t have to get a real job.
Having sold over fifty books to date, she enjoys spinning spine-tingling romantic suspense tales filled with murder, mayhem, and spicy romance as well as sexy romantic comedies. Rita Herron currently writes romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue and she’s writing dark, gritty romantic suspense thrillers for Amazon Montlake.
If you want to know more about Rita or have a question for her about her books, or writing in general, email Rita and she’ll be happy to answer 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Book Review: Signature (A David Wolf #9) by Jeff Carson

Signature (David Wolf #9)
Title: Signature  (A David Wolf  #9)

Author: Jeff Carson

Stars: 4 stars

Review:
A bang up police/action adventure story set in Colorado. The action continues through the entire book. The story line is solid and details the chase for a serial killer. As with all good thrillers there is a twist in the end and I did not see it coming. I felt justice was done in the end but that is only my opinion yours may differ. This is book nine in a series with this main character and is the first one I have read. It stood alone very well and was an excellent read.

I have given this book a 4 star rating.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.
Thank you Frank

Synopsis:
Wolf is called to a crime scene next to the Chautauqua River, where a woman resident of Rocky Points has been murdered. The killer has left a well-known signature not seen for years--a severed ear. 

For Wolf, the gruesome display is a surprise, but so is the FBI beating the local department to the scene. 

Three days earlier a truck is unearthed from south of Durango, Colorado. Within it is DNA evidence linking to killings in southwest Colorado that have stumped the FBI for years. The evidence, and now a new body, has led them north, where it seems the monster known by all as The Van Gogh Killer has chosen Rocky Points as his new venue to display his horrific works. 

While the town reels with panic, Wolf learns the latest victim was dating an SBCSD deputy whose past directly links to the killings in the Four Corners area. Worse, the news the case involves one of their own means the higher-ups want to outsource the investigation to the feds. It's a matter of due process and objectivity. 

With his community in danger there's no swaying Wolf, however, and special agent Kristen Luke sees the value in using his skills, convincing her superiors to add Wolf to the killer task force. Now part of the team, Wolf learns there are more secrets the FBI isn't telling everyone, and the unanswered questions are more than anyone can deal with. 


About the Author:
Jeff Carson
Jeff Carson is from the Front Range of Colorado where he lives with his wife and two sons. His David Wolf series of books takes place in the fictional ski town of Rocky Points, Colorado.

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