Friday, February 17, 2017

Review - Bear Marked by Eve Hunter

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Bear Marked: BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance (Bear Force Book 2) by Eve Hunter

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
A botched Bear Force undercover op has left Romer Sachs-Severin shattered. His inner bear is enraged and wounded, his memory missing huge chunks. Even worse, crippling flashbacks have made him unfit for duty until he recovers. The one bright spot in his dark days is serving as his brother Ranger's best man.

Jessa Wickstead has returned to New Zealand from the Chinese bear sanctuary where she volunteers as a veterinary nurse to be her best friend Ada's maid of honor. She's shocked to realize that Romer is the man she fell for, hard, after a single night of passion—and devastated when he acts as though they've never met.

Romer's bear insists that the curvy redhead is his mate. When Jessa learns about Romer's injuries, she gives him another chance, and soon they're sparking enough heat to melt an iceberg. But then Jessa and Romer both make shocking discoveries that jeopardize their relationship once more. Can they fit together the pieces of their past in time to save their future?

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 the second book in this series, and is an excellent book! The author excels at paranormal romance, and the setting and characters she has created are wonderful. You'll definitely want to start with book 1. Yes, they're both stand-alones, but read together, you get to better know this family of shifters that the author has created.

I loved this book. It was awesome. I read and reviewed book 1 and enjoyed that one a lot. This one was just as good as the first one. It shares characters that you were introduced to in the first book. But tells the story of the other brother. It's a delicious story with a wonderful ending, that I'm sure you'll love.

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

Links for the book:

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Link for our review of book one in this series:
Review of Bear Trapped by Eve Hunter

Monday, February 13, 2017

Review - Secret Valentine by Marissa Dobson

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Secret Valentine by Marissa Dobson 

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
Ashlyn Brooks moved back to her hometown of Cedar Grove after a messy divorce. After a month of moping around the house, things take a turn when letters from a secret valentine start arriving at her door.

Can Ashlyn figure out who her secret love is in time for Valentine’s Day? If she does, is she willing to put her heart on the line and love again?

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 an absolutely delightful Valentine's Day themed romance novel. It's a short book, but a very good one. The characters are great and the story is wonderful. It has a deliciously perfect Valentine's Day ending, and just the thing for your romance day reading.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- none

Links for the book:

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Review - The Yesterday Tree by Kenneth Teicher

Reviewed by -- Maegan Schaefer        
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of --
The Yesterday Tree by Kenneth Teicher 

Overall star rating --- 4 1/2        


About the book:
Computer specialist Joe Rebman joins a team to investigate what might be man’s first contact with extraterrestrials. The alien nature of the craft, discovered at a remote location in the Arizona desert, raises concern for national security. This prompts the Pentagon to add Colonel Warren Anderson to the team. A group of college students on a field trip is discovered near the landing site. But they are not really students. They are time travelers from five-hundred years in the future with a mission to instigate the development of a worldwide genealogical database. 26th century doctors will use the data to track down and cure people with genetic mutations, saving millions from certain death.

Is this an advance party of an alien invasion or time travelers on a lifesaving mission? Joe and the Colonel battle about which scenario is true. Joe believes he must help the 'students' save future humankind from genealogical doom. Colonel Anderson doesn't buy the story and wants to focus on the present. Who is right?

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 28        
-- Story & characters -- 8        
-- 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 loved this book and how it incorporates genealogy. The author gives a reason why it has suddenly become so popular. The story jumps back and forth from the two groups of people. One from the future and one from the past. I really become involved with wanting to know what happens to each group and normally would jump ahead to their chapters and read them, but I read this on a kindle, so no such luck there. My only problem with this book is that it ends before answering all the questions. Not sure if there is a sequel.        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Science fiction        
Age recommendations -- 12 and up, both boys and girls I think would enjoy this        
Sex content rating -- None        
Violence rating -- Mild         

** The author's links **

Amazon

Amazon author page

Goodreads

Review - Night Watch by Linda Hall

Reviewed by -- Maegan Schaefer        
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of --
Night Watch: An Em Ridge Mystery by Linda Hall  
      

Overall star rating --- 5        

About the book:
Desolate Maine shores... Murder... And peace slipping away on the outgoing tide...

For yacht delivery captain, Em Ridge, having a billionaire's daughter go overboard on her first captaining job is not a good beginning. The sailboat is new, state of the art, her crew on this trip include two close sailing friends. But an unknown fourth, who can't even tie a bowline, and the unruly owner's daughter turn the idyllic trip into an adventure not wanted.

Two years ago Em buried her husband, her soulmate, her sailing buddy, and with him buried a secret. As hours on the open seas slide by, secrets are resurrected that tie Em's past to a present, awash with murder and deception.

Will Em's career go overboard? Will the investigating detective help her or hurt her? Any why does the best boat delivery captain on the east coast pull at her heart strings?

The oft foggy coast of Maine holds secrets it does not want to give up, and a lot of bodies can be hidden in The Pine Tree State's largest city.

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 29
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 9        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is a great murder mystery with loads of twist and turns. The characters are wonderfully written it leaves on thinking/ believing that are actual people. The author has done awesome job of making the terminology that is used in boating make sense to me without me needing a dictionary. The description of the settings in the novel are very descriptive and fun to read about. It feel like one is actually there on the boat with the characters and can feel the wind as well as smell the sea salt air. Throughout the book, the author has made to clear that little things can grow in to bigger things when ignored.                

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Murder mystery        
Age recommendations -- 14 and up        
Sex content rating -- none        
Violence rating -- mild        

** The author's links **

Amazon

Amazon author page

Facebook page

Website

Review - Almost Perfect by Jenny Siegel

Reviewed by -- Lee'Anne
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of --
Almost Perfect (A Good Girl Book 2) by Jenny Siegel 

Overall star rating --- 4       

  
About the book:
For the last three months, Charlie has worked hard to reinvent herself as a good girl. Now living with her boyfriend Dominic, everything is perfect.

Almost.

Charlie thought she has escaped her past, but as more photographs surface, she wonders if it has finally caught up with her? Despite Dominic's assurances nothing can come between them; the truth isn't easy to accept when it's staring you in the face. Especially when Charlie realizes there might be more to the photos than someone trying to remind her of a life she'd rather forget.

Can she make peace with her past or will it destroy her present?

Being the good girl just got dangerous.

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 23        
-- Story & characters -- 7        
-- Cover & title -- 8        
-- Editing & formatting --8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Charlie and Dominic’s story picks up right where we left off in the first book. Dominic finds out that his brother is marrying his ex, the ex that caused a stir in the first book between him and Charlie. Dominic’s brother is requesting that he put aside his differences with his family and come to the wedding. Charlie accompanies him and meets his entire family as well as some old friends from when Dominic was younger. These old friends make comments that stir up some insecurities with Charlie about her past. On top of this she keeps receiving mysterious pictures and notes from someone bringing her past up and causing tension between her and Dominic.
I really enjoyed this book, and the only reason I’m giving a 4 star rating instead of a 5 is because the chapters felt a bit disconnected from one another, especially in the beginning, the flow just wasn’t there. It was still a really enjoyable read for me though, I love Charlie’s sense of humor and the author does a fantastic job at running you through all the emotions her characters are going through. I will definitely be checking out the next book!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Contemporary Romance        
Age recommendations -- 17        
Sex content rating -- steamy        
Violence rating -- none

** The author's links **

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015OS4904                        

Amazon author page

Facebook page

Review - Silent Running by Robyn K. Schneider

Reviewed by -- Lake Leafty        
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of -- Silent Running: Our Family's Journey to the Finish Line with Autism by Robyn K. Schneider  (Author), Kate Hopper  (Contributor)       

Overall star rating --- 5    
   

About the book:
Running is a way of life for the Schneider family, but not in the same way as it is for most runners. Twin brothers Alex and Jamie Schneider are severely autistic—they are nonverbal and when anxiety takes over they bite themselves or slam their feet into the hard floor, they cannot tell their mother Robyn if they are hurt or hungry, and they can never be left alone. Yet they have run almost 150 races, including six marathons. The boys’ parents have also turned to running to battle health issues: father Allan successfully manages his symptoms of multiple sclerosis with vitamins and miles and miles of jogging on the trails near their Long Island home, while mother Robyn, who, while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer six years ago, laced up her own running shoes for the first time and headed out the door, determined to run her way to recovery. In Silent Running, Robyn Schneider shares her family’s incredible story of triumph in the face of enormous hurdles, and of the shared passion that has fueled their fight. It is a story of hope and of never giving up.

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 28        
-- Story & characters -- 8        
-- Cover & title -- 8        
-- Editing & formatting --10        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
I was sent a review copy of Silent Running by the publisher. I loved reading about the process of finding about the boys autism. I would've loved more details on some of the treatments that were tried before the running. I loved hearing about what the autism did to the family. This book really hit home for me for 2 reasons: 1. Our 10 year old has autism, 2. I found I love running. Now if I could only find a running club that could help me figure out how to get my son to run?                           

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Biography        
Age recommendations -- 16 and up
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- none        other than violent rages of kids with autism attacking someone

** The author's links **

Amazon

Amazon author page

Facebook page

Website

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Review - Bear Fur The Princess by Aya Morningstar

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Bear Fur The Princess: A BBW Paranormal Shifter Romance (SHIFT Squad Book 4) by Aya Morningstar

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
Greybear Bjornberg is an ex-SEAL turned bodyguard. He’s tall and chiseled as a mountain, unstoppably powerful, and fiercely protective. Guarding people for cold hard cash is growing old, and he’s longing for the warm embrace of his mate—if he can ever find her. When his boss ships him off to Ireland to track down a killer, he figures it’s just another job. He loads his gun and hops on a plane, but when he runs across Nessa Cliffmoor and her luscious curves, he knows he won’t be firing blanks.

Nessa Cliffmoor is the heir to her clan’s throne. She’s an Irish dragon shifter with fiery red hair and a temper to match. When a traitor poisons her father, her clan wants to marry her off to an outsider and steal the crown. Just when she thinks she’s all alone, Greybear Bjornberg swears to protect her. He’s cocky and a total brute, but with those bulging muscles and that chiseled jaw, how can she refuse?

They join forces to fight for Nessa’s legacy, and their romance erupts and heats up hotter than dragon’s fire. Soon, Graybear will have much more to fight for, as the fate of the Cliffmoor clan rests on the shoulders of his unborn child.

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 --
Mix in dragon shifters and a bear shifter, one who is of an awesome height, and it makes for a fine mix. There's an almost forbidden attraction between the dragon shifter and the bear shifter, which makes for a most delicious read. Evil forces are poisoning her father and trying to steal the throne, and those are the forces they must fight against. In amidst it all, there is a growing attraction between the two that they can't resist. It's a great book that has a wonderful ending.

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

Links for the book:

Buy it on Amazon

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