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

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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 **

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Review of Bloodlust by Nicole Zoltack

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Bloodlust by Nicole Zoltack

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
Barbarian-Princess Ivy will do anything to save her people, even if it means forming an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath. Bloodlust is driving her father to provoke the other five races into war, a war the precious few barbarians will not likely survive. Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal.

Almost despite themselves, they grow to respect each other, but nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war. Not even killing her father and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she might destroy her one last chance at peace and possibly love too with one swing of her sword.

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 awesome book with a very engaging story. Since it's a barbarian love story, it's a bit violent; but it has an awesome ending. I loved it. The setting is wonderful, and covers a wide range. The characters are wonderful too. You won't get bored with this book, or the story the author tells. Well worth plunking your money down for.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- fantasy
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- moderate to intense

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review of Past Judgement by Wendy Cartmell

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker        

Book Review of --
Past Judgement (An Emma Harrison Mystery) by Wendy Cartmell

Overall star rating --- 4  
   

About the book:
How do you prove your innocence, when everyone believes the judgment made on your past?
Prison governor Emma Harrison befriends ex-soldier Leroy Carter, convicted for killing a drug dealer on a night out, but he's always claimed his innocence. When Leroy is being transferred to an adult facility in Dartmoor, he makes a desperate bid for freedom. All he wants is for his case to be re-opened so he can prove his innocence and re-join the army. Helping to track Leroy down, Emma comes back into contact with a man from her past she never thought she'd see again. Sgt Billy Williams had been with her on a hijacked train a few years ago, but is there a deeper connection between the two of them? Will Leroy ever prove his innocence? Or is he past judgement?

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 27        
-- Story & characters -- 7        
-- 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 --
I found myself making a diagram of the storyline as I read the book. The characters were well developed, but the story had way to many flash rounds  for my taste. The story really picked up about midway through the book and moved quickly to it's shocking ending. I would love sharing the ending, but you must read that for yourself. If you like complex stories and show some patience, then the ending is worth it. Like always Enjoy!
                        
Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Detective Mystery        
Age recommendations -- 13 and older.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- Mild.                

** The author's links **

Amazon

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Review of Bieber's Finger by Craig Nybo

Reviewed by -- Lake
        
Book Review of --
Bieber's Finger (The Pan-Galactic Prom Show) by Craig Nybo
        
My overall star rating --- 5 
        
About the book:
An intergalactic pop idol dies in a tragic murder. But one of his most devoted fans isn't ready to say goodbye. Twana Burch, super-fan, waits outside a concert venue for a glimpse of Bieber, the object of her obsession. Her whole world changes when his limo explodes. In the blast, she catches a souvenir, his finger. In the midst of recent controversy surrounding illegal cloning, Twana concocts a plan to resurrect her pop idol and rescue his career by booking him at the biggest concert event in the known universe: The Pan-Galactic Prom Show. Meanwhile... The warrior crew of a dying race of alien creatures sets out into space in a search for help to rescue their war-tattered planet. Their tools: entertainment and propaganda. Their target: The Pan-Galactic Prom Show.

Book creation ratings:
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 story is like 2 books combined into one. At first I was scared that I wouldn't like it. Because I really don't get too much into Sci-Fi creatures. So the 1st time, I had to stop listening. But I decided to give it another chance. I'm very glad that I did. WOW! He nailed it. He has such a way with war. His narration takes you out of your world and drops you smack dab into whatever setting the story is in. I hate to blow the plot or anything. But it's about a young Pop star being cloned and an alien group becoming a Rock and Roll band. A great listen!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Sci-Fi/Rock and Roll        
Age recommendations -- 16        
Sex content rating -- none        
Violence rating -- War                        

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Review of Magicless in Nevermore by Violet Merriweather

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Magicless in Nevermore (Witches of Nevermore Book 1) by Violet Merriweather

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
TONIGHT SHE’S GOING TO FIND HER MAGIC OR DIE TRYING—HOPEFULLY IN THAT ORDER. AND WITHOUT DYING.

Cassandra Holly is just your average witch living in Nevermore. Except for the witch part. To be a witch, to stay in Nevermore—and in enchanting distance of her family—she needs to find her magic.

Now.

Against all odds, she does.

Sort of.

FINDING HER MAGIC IS WHEN EVERYTHING GOES WRONG.

Coming into her magic is a dream come true. Stumbling onto a crime scene where the most powerful—and crankiest—witch in Nevermore’s history has been murdered? Not so much. Being hired by the witch’s ghost to find the killer? Verging into nightmare territory.

Ordinarily Cassie would have left the crime solving to the experts. But it turns out the ghost is not only well-versed in cranky, but coercion as well, and she isn’t going to take no for an answer.

GHOSTLY DESPOT ASIDE, WHAT IF THE MURDER WAS SIMPLY A RED-HERRING?

The more Cassie learns about the murder, the more she realizes something more nefarious is afoot. And if she doesn’t figure out the true mystery in time, she’ll lose her magic, her family, her home.

And quite possibly herself.

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 --
You so need to put this on your to read list! It's awesome! The author has mixed magic and a mystery, and has done it most brilliantly. Open this book and step into Nevermore, a place hidden from the normal world, where magic still exists, and so do witches. Meet Cassie, who is desperate to discover her magic so she won't be exiled from her home.

Cassie gets in trouble right off the bat, at the very beginning of the book. And she stays in trouble right up to the very end of the book. The story has some wonderful twists and turns, and Cassie and her friend find themselves in a fix or two. If I tell any more, I'll tell you too much.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal
Age recommendations -- 15 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- none

Links for the book:

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review of The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal by Adite Banerjie

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal by Adite Banerjie

Overall star rating --- 3

About the book:
Krish Dev needs to find a bride—and quick! With a marriage arranged by his father looming, Krish finds the key to his freedom in Maya Shome. But is this dazzling beauty really all she seems…?

Maya has only one thing in mind: revenge. But when the host of the most exclusive high society party asks her to dance what is meant to be an innocent tango, it leads to an engagement to Krish—her enemy's son!

Arranging their own marriage could work to their advantage…if they can resist mixing business with pleasure!

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 22 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is an interesting book, in that it has a somewhat different take on the usual romance formula, this being set in India and is an arranged marriage. The spelling in the book is UK spelling, and the quotes around dialogue are single quotes and not double quotes, as we are used to here in the US.

I must confess, I had a bit of a hard time getting into the book, as here in the US, arranged marriages are a thing of long, long ago. The relationship between the 2 main characters starts as a business deal, then morphs into lust, then migrates into love. It's a nice book, a nice casual read, that builds to a very satisfying conclusion.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- mild to moderate
Violence rating -- none

Links for the book:

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