Sunday, September 25, 2016

Review of Mistakes Were Made by Casey Matthews

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Mistakes Were Made (A Pygmalion Fail Book 2) by Casey Matthews

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
Had Isaac known Rune was a real world populated by his fantasy illustrations come to life—or that he’d find himself stuck there—he’d have thought longer on the politics of Queen Eliandra. As it stands, the Queen would love nothing more than to jail him and enlist his powers against the vengeful wizard Dracon.

But first Isaac and the impetuous Queen, along with the mysterious samurai Ronin and aided by Isaac’s best friend Dak, must fight their way through the Palace of Ten Thousand Chambers, filled with traps and horrors designed by Isaac on a late-night caffeine binge.

If only he could remember what he put in the dungeon’s final chamber…

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Okay, so this is the 2nd best book I've read this year. The first best was book 1 in this series. I love this series, I love the story, I especially love the characters that the author has created. And what if you're not into role playing games? No biggie. Neither am I, but I loved this book.

The wonderful humor in the first book is still present in this book too. Another thing I really liked in this book is the relationship between Dak and Isaac gets explored some more. The endings of both books were continued type endings, but not cliffhangers. It doesn't leave you desperate to know what happens next, but it does leave you definitely wanting more. And I do want more. I want to read book 3, and find out what happens next with these characters and these stories.

If there's any book that you should put on your MUST-READ list, it is books 1 and 2 of this series. They are simply great. They have drama, they have depth, they have humor …. simply put, they have it all. All the things a great book should have.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction/fantasy
Age recommendations -- 16 and up
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- mild to moderate

Links for the book:

Buy it on Amazon

Link for book 1

Link for book 3

Author's Amazon page

Author's facebook page

Author's website

Twitter

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review of The Accidental God by Casey Matthews

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
The Accidental God (A Pygmalion Fail Book 1) by Casey Matthews

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
The world of Rune is just a series of fantasy paintings, or so Isaac Myers assumes; he’s even started adding some new art of his own to the seemingly abandoned project.

He learns better after a frustrating night of gaming with his best friend, Dak, culminates in a one-way trip to Rune itself—where fearsome creatures are intent on eating or otherwise destroying him, impractical armor keeps female warriors off the battlefield, and both a foppish overlord named Dracon and a masked samurai named Ronin (because of course) seem to think Isaac is terribly important.

Rune is real, all right. And it’s a damn mess.

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Hands down, no doubt about it, this is the best book I've read this year. It was like a wonderful breath of fresh air, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The humor that threads its way throughout the book is so great.

So what happens if an artist/role playing gamer happens to fall into one of his worlds? That's what this book is about, and it's awesome. The characters are great, and the story is awesome. I already have book 2 which I'll be reading next.

Yes, it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, but it's totally worth it. And no, you don't have to be a gamer to enjoy it.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction/fantasy
Age recommendations -- 16 and up
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- mild to moderate

Links for the book:

Buy it on Amazon

Author's Amazon page

Author's facebook page

Author's website

Twitter

Monday, September 5, 2016

Our new fan zone group on facebook

Hey there, check this out! It's brand new:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/theleisurezone/
We now have a fan zone group. 


In the future, we hope to hold some author takeovers there. Plus, you'll get all the review links shared there. And you'll find out what we're reading. You'll be able to ask questions and discuss the books we review. And I'm sure there will be more down the road.

I just haven't thought of it yet.

Here's the info on the new group:
**** The Leisure Zone fan zone ****
(formerly The Leisure Zone review request group)
A place for fans and supporters of The Leisure Zone book review blog to gather.
-- No promoting here.
-- Not the place to make review requests, not any more.
-- Sharing of The Leisure Zone links would be appreciated.

As for the rest, we'll make it up as we go along.

Please note - there will be no promoting there unless it's an author takeover, and absolutely no review requests made there, except for the older posts from when it was a review request group.

Hope to meet up with you in the group.
-- jd --

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Review of Moon Borne by Rachael Slate

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Moon Borne (Halcyon Romance Series Book 1) by Rachael Slate

Overall star rating --- 5 


About the book:
She'll either enslave his heart...or tear it out
As an Amazon warrior, a slave is the last thing Kyme would ever willingly become. At least before the slaver Arsenius threatens her sisters. To protect them, she agrees to be his captive and plans to slit his throat the moment she gets the chance. Though she's determined to hate Arsenius, the unexpected kindness of his touch and the growing passion between them stay her knife. He's a man so dangerous she just might dare to trust him.

He's endured every torture, except the one that could actually break him.

For Arsenius, his mission was simple--capture and deliver one of the fiercest Amazon warriors, Kyme. In exchange, he'll receive the location of the sister he's spent years searching for. But Kyme's selfless dedication to the goddess Artemis entrances him. Her pure existence is so different from his dark past and the bleak life he now leads. When Kyme becomes master and his heart the slave, nothing will stop Arsenius from failing his mission.

Sometimes, the surest path to freedom is forged in ecstasy
Possessing Kyme as his slave isn't enough. Arsenius wants more. When the gods intervene, they'll risk more than their duty to the past to be together...Yet never has surrender been so sweet.

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is a very excellent book that is the start of a fun series. Actually, I read book 2 first, then read book 1. I don't at all recommend that. They're much more fun read in order. They're not continued, but they do build upon each other.

This book will draw you in and hold your interest. It has vivid characters and excellent writing with a unique story. If you are fond of the Greek myths, you will love this book. I know I did.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- moderate

Links for the book:

Buy it on Amazon

Author's Amazon page

Author's facebook page

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Youtube

Website

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Review of Gabby, Angel of God by Greg Sandora

Reviewed by --
Shannan Williams        

Book Review of --
Gabby, Angel of God: Guardian and Messenger: ( A Supernatural Romance Thriller ) by Greg Sandora        

Overall star rating --- 3  
     

About the book:
When Bo, a grieving widower, meets Gabby, he’s struck by her beauty, grace and laughter that wash over him like the sweetest song in heaven. Gabby is unlike any angel ever dreamed of—evil has no strength against her and the dark one and his minions are no match for this warrior of God. All Bo knows is that Gabby is every man’s dream and every woman’s nightmare…until she shows her true character and everyone loves her for the force of righteousness she is! Rescuing those in danger, providing for the poor and lifting up those in despair, Gabby does it all while wearing killer stilettos and a fab little black dress or tight jeans and a leather jacket.

Bo falls in love with Gabby, but she won’t let her own desires interfere with God’s orders and her mission. He realizes her short stay in his life is bittersweet because he’s going to lose another woman he loves. He’s been insensitive to the women in his life after his wife died, but Gabby has taught him the eternal power of love. Ever relentless, Bo is determined to exploit that power to the nth degree to get what he wants—never realizing he can destroy his destiny and the glorious future God has for mankind!

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 18        
-- Story & characters -- 5        
-- Cover & title -- 5        
-- Editing & formatting -- 8        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
The idea of the book is a good one and I was really looking forward to reading this. The book has amazing reviews on Amazon. I realize this book is a Supernatural Romance, but it was really far out there for my liking. It's so unreal that it left a bad taste in my mouth. An angel of God acting the way the angel did in this book would just never happen. She acted very human and flirted; was just really weird to think of an angel acting like that. The human characters in this book were rather odd. I can't imagine someone falling in love with an angel and being so calm about meeting one. I thought this was going to be a religious book...I'm not sure what it was after reading it.        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Supernatural Romance        
Age recommendations -- 18        
Sex content rating -- none; just some flirting        
Violence rating -- extreme        

** The author's links **

Amazon

Amazon author page

Twitter

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Review of Hollywood Dragon by Zoe Chant

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Hollywood Dragon: BBW Dragon Shifter Paranormal Romance (Hollywood Shifters Book 2) by Zoe Chant

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
Curvy opera singer Jan thinks she missed her chance at love. But when she comes to the little town of Sanluce for her best friend Shelley's wedding, she meets a man who surprises her in all the best ways. The handsome, sophisticated JP LaFleur, whose family has run the town for generations, lights Jan's fire. But she's sure a man like him would never look twice at a woman like her...

Dragon shifter JP LaFleur thinks he doesn't have time for love. He's too busy juggling his high-powered Hollywood agency, a menacing shifter after his family’s treasure hoard, and his role as protector of his town. But at first touch, Jan shatters his carefully controlled world.

Hot love in a beautiful grotto, a kidnapping, and a dragon fight over the mountains all climax in a passionate mating—and a secret that could destroy Jan and JP's love. Can Jan tame the fire dragon?

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is an excellent book that is easily 5 stars, and is better than the last book in the series, which was excellent too. The author, Zoe Chant is an excellent writer who tells a good tale. You have a wonderfully slow romance, with a wedding in the works, mysterious strangers, a kidnapping, and the most wonderful ending that you just have to read. If you like paranormal romance, you will be hard pressed to find any who do it better than this author.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- nil

Links for the book:

Buy it on Amazon

Author's Amazon page

Author's facebook page

Author's website

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review of Hidden Scars by A.M. Myers

Reviewed by --
Lee'Anne        

Book Review of --
Hidden Scars by A.M. Myers        

Overall star rating --- 4   
    

About the book:
Emma Harrington is an intelligent, confident, sweet and sassy woman.

Or she was...before him.

Emma sets out to rebuild her life and find the person she once was. A wrench is thrown into her plans when she meets Phoenix West, a sexy as hell, smooth-talking tattoo artist.

As soon as Nix meets Emma, he knows he's found something special. He can't deny their connection and despite her reluctance, Nix slowly works his way through her hidden scars and into her heart.

Just when Emma starts to breathe again, her fear resurfaces, threatening her hopes for the future.

Will she ever be free to live the life she truly wants? Or will her torturous past finally catch up to her?

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 25        
-- Story & characters -- 8        
-- Cover & title -- 7        
-- Editing & formatting --10        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is a great read, very emotional. I’m not usually a fan of books that go back and forth between past and present but the author does a phenomenal job with it in this story. Emma Harrington is working to survive a past that won’t seem to leave her alone. Ryan her ex, police officer, fiancĂ© was abusive and after she leaves him he’s continuing to stalk her, insisting she is his. A year after Emma leaves Ryan she’s decided to get a tattoo to symbolize her growth and that’s when she meets the gorgeous Phoenix, who also happens to be her bosses nephew. Emma and Nix’s relationship starts as friendship as Nix, alongside Emma’s brothers does whatever they can to keep Emma safe from Ryan. Their relationship grows from friendship to more but Emma is scared to go down that road again.

This is a fantastic story, a complete roller coaster of emotion from crying to yelling in anger you’ll experience it all while reading this book. The plot is original, the book is well written and face paced with great character development. As far as I can tell this isn’t a series but I wouldn’t complain if we got Emma’s brothers stories!
                
Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Romance        
Age recommendations -- 17        
Sex content rating -- hot        
Violence rating -- mild        

** The author's links **

Amazon

Amazon author page