Friday, May 26, 2017

Review of -- Summer Beach Vets: Playing for Love: Book 1 by H.Y. Hanna

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Review of --
Summer Beach Vets: Playing for Love: (A sweet clean small town beach romance set Down Under) ~ Book 1 by H.Y. Hanna

Overall star rating --- 3.5

About the book:
Sara needs to escape and a gorgeous seaside town in Australia seems like the perfect place. When she finds a lost Beagle on the beach, she also finds herself meeting handsome TV veterinarian, Dr Craig Murray. She vowed that she would never date a celebrity again - she's been burnt too badly before - but now she's beginning to wonder: should she risk another chance at love?

As a national heartthrob, Craig has women falling at his feet, but he is enchanted by the beautiful, curvy American. They may come from different cultures - and even speak different "English" sometimes - but he knows they can have a future together. Can he convince Sara that this is more than just a vacation fling?

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 -- 24
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- 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 --
This is a simple, mild, Aussie-based romance. It's a great lite read. It doesn't have a complicated plot, and is a solid, basic romance story. It is slow to start, but then gets going, and has a happily ever after ending.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- very, very mild
Violence rating -- none

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review of Call to Arms by Randy Lindsay

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of -- Call to Arms: Nations Fall by Randy Lindsay        

Overall star rating --- 3        

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Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 18        
-- Story & characters -- 3        
-- 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 --
The first five lives of the story are the most important part of the book for me. The author either sucks me into the story or I give up on it. The only thing I really enjoyed in the first 46 pages of the book was the introduction of the President and Vice President into the story. I was ready to stop reading it until business picked up on page 47.

I found my mind drifting countless times during the first 46 pages of the novel. I was interested in the political, social, and military plots of the story, but the religious angle turned me off. The characters never really grabbed me and I never really connected with any of them.

I was happy that two characters survived the ordeal and the ending was good. The second half of the book swings along at a nice pace and held my interest. I didn't appreciate using the Mormon Church in the fashion the author did. It totally turned me off to an important part of the story line.

I wasn't a fan of the author's writing style. The imagery just never grabbed in this book. I noticed several sentences that suffered from poor word phrasing in the book. It was a well edited book. It's not a book that I'd read again, but it's worth reading for the ending. Enjoy!!!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Military Fiction.        
Age recommendations -- Fifth grade through adulthood.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- Mild for a war story setting.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review of -- Sleeping Dragons Books 1-6 (Box Set) by Ophelia Bell

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Sleeping Dragons Books 1-6 (Box Set) by Ophelia Bell

Overall star rating --- 4

Book creation ratings --
*based on 1-10 scale with 1-4=poor, 5-7=good, 8-10=very good.*
-- 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 --
On the rare occasions when I do read erotica, I like it to be good erotica. This is good erotica. The writer has a very unique take on an erotic novel.  If you like erotica, and dragons, and fantasy, you'll definitely want to read this one. The whole archeologist, mysterious temple angle so totally works, and the mix of characters is great. And who doesn't love dragons?  Dragons and erotica mix so very well.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- erotica
Age recommendations -- definitely 18 plus
Sex content rating -- scorching hot
Violence rating -- nil, zilch, none

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review of Finding the Dragon by Josette Reuel

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Finding the Dragon (D├ísreach Council Book 1) by Josette Reuel 

Overall star rating --- 3

About the book:
Kai Darrow is a dragon shifter and the next leader of the D├ísreach Council – that is if he and the other twelve members of the Thirteen can find their mates. Years of frustration push Kai to take action and with a little luck and finesse maybe he can find the woman of his destiny.

Alvena Anderson prefers books over people, yet she still craves love and adventure. In a rut, a trip with her Book Worm friends is just what she needs – until unexplained accidents, a Psychic reading, and a tattooed hottie from the plane make her want to run home.

Unbeknownst to the Thirteen a darkness is working against them, preventing possible mates from coming into contact with them. Working in the shadows and using human pawns, the darkness has set its sights on Alvena and her friends.

Can she accept her real life hero before it’s too late?

Book creation ratings --
*based on 1-10 scale with 1-4=poor, 5-7=good, 8-10=very good.*
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 7

The review --
This book, in part, paves the way for other books to come in this series. It's a different take on the paranormal romance, in that they meet their mates through tattoo parlors that they run. And then there are the tattoos that the guys have. Plus, there's this unknown element that is throwing a monkey wrench in the process of the women finding the men; and going to the extremes of even trying to kill the women. Not your run of the mill paranormal romance. Lots of action and drama.

Good book, with a unique take on the paranormal romance. Different shifters, bear, dragon, panther, etc. Enjoyable read. Sometimes book gets a bit bogged down by being in the character's head too much, and them thinking over this and that. Liked the Kai character a lot, but could have used a bit more confidence and assertiveness.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- moderate

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Review of Revolution by J.S. Frankel

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Revolution (Catnip Book 3) by J.S. Frankel 

Overall star rating --- 5      
 

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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 --
Harry and Anatasia are thrust into danger once again as the book opens; and they are confronted with a new danger. The author sets the tone of tension and dread from the opening paragraph and suspense carries the reader through the last pages.

New and interesting characters are brought into the story and are craftily developed by the writer's skillful hand. He wraps the readers into the characters world until you are vested in them. Wonderfully written book. The book is well written and edited throughout the series. Strong imagery and sentence structure make this a pleasurable book to read.

The story line is plausible and consistent throughout the book and series. He did his homework before striking out on this tale. You want to read this book for the smashing good ending. You'll have to read it to find out the ending. I'll never tell. Enjoy!!!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Science Fiction/Adventure        
Age recommendations -- 13 and up.        
Sex content rating -- Suggest scenes that stopped and left it to the readers imagination. Mild.        
Violence rating -- Moderate. That is why I suggest the age of thirteen. The scenes were vivid but not long. It wasn't the major thrust of the book, but necessary in the telling of the adventure.        

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Review of -- The Menagerie by J.S. Frankel

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker        

Book Review of -- The Menagerie by J.S. Frankel

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Overall star rating --- 5    
   

Book creation ratings --
*based on 1-10 scale with 1-4=poor, 5-7=good, 8-10=very good.*
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting --10        

The review --
Well, the author hit another home run in my opinion. It starts here on earth and reaches out to the depths of the deep space. I read it slower than past books because I wanted the pleasure to last. I've read my share of bad books since starting this reviewing work. This gifted writer will draw you in and hold your attention from cover to cover.

The main character experiences a major adversity in life, but it leads to a life changing adventure. The readers will meet a great many different animals and people along the way. The readers will travel to a variety of planets along the journey.

This well written story is graced by an outstanding editor. There's no noticeable editing mistakes to distract the reader, and that's a major plus.  It was pure pleasure to read. The storyline was fast paced and filled with tension, and danger filled the air. I don't want spoil the ending of the story, but it's well worth the read. Enjoy!    
            
Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Science Fiction Adventure.        
Age recommendations -- 7 or 8 and up.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- Mild.        

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review of -- Shifting Shadows by Betty Woodcock

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker        

Book Review of --
Shifting Shadows by Betty Woodcock        

Overall star rating --- 3       


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Book creation ratings
*based on 1-10 scale with 1-4=poor, 5-7=good, 8-10=very good.*
-- Story & characters -- 5        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 8        

The review --
I usually know within the first chapter if I am in for a good read. The book started very slow, and it didn't gain momentum until around page 50. It begins to gain momentum, but never gets past third gear. The story suffers from a very slow pace and very overused plot. I found the characters rather irritating because the men let the women dominate their lives.

The book was well written structurally speaking. There was moments of really interesting imagery, but not enough to save it. The editing was very good with just a few small oversights. Editing was not the thing that kept this book from gaining a fourth star. I just didn't connect with the characters or the predictable storyline. Frankly I was thrilled to finish the journey. It's a book worth checking out if you're interested in the subject. You could do a lot worse. Here's to good reading folks. Enjoy!!!"

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Supernatural.        
Age recommendations -- 10 and older.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- None.