Friday, May 30, 2014

Jacqueline's review of Playing with the Prop by Mina Carter

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Playing with the Prop
By Mina Carter

My overall star rating -- from 1-5

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About the book:
Never mix business with pleasure…
A physical therapist for successful Rugby team, the Strathstow Sharks, Ashley’s golden rule is never to mix business and pleasure. She loves her job and the guys she looks after, and doesn’t want to jeopardise her place with the team. As nicely put together as her charges are, she’s never found herself remotely tempted.

Until now.
Harry James, the team’s newest prop gives her butterflies in her stomach every time she has to treat him, and her fantasies involving his hard, muscled body and sinful lips keep her hot and bothered at night. Luckily, he shows no sign of having noticed her attraction, and hasn’t shown any interest in her…

She’s been his from the moment he saw her…

Harry James marked the pretty little physio the first day they met. For the last year he’s been biding his time, and trying to get her attention. So much so, it’s gained him a few nicknames in the squad. Not that anyone would dare tell her.

When the Sharks win big on Harry’s birthday, can he stop at claiming a birthday kiss, or will he want everything she has to give?

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 27 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 9
-- Cover & title -- 9
-- Editing & formatting -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My review:
Excellent read.  I enjoyed it a lot.  I'm impressed with the author's knowledge of the sport of rugby.  Me, I don't know much about the game, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the book.  I love good romance books, and this is a great one.  Mina Carter is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  This is a great book that I would heartily recommend to any romance junkie, and it has a wonderful ending too.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- spicy
Violence rating -- none

Monday, May 26, 2014

Jacqueline's review of -- the Aurora Conspiracy series by Gelsheimer and Keats

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Aurora Conspiracy Series
By Ginger Gelsheimer and Christina Keats

My overall star rating -- from 1-5

Crash Landing: Aurora Conspiracy Prequel Series - Episode 1

Conflict Rising: Aurora Conspiracy Prequel Series - Episode 2

Calm Before the Storm: Aurora Conspiracy Prequel Series - Episode 3

Chaos Unleashed: Aurora Conspiracy Prequel Series - Episode 4

Quest of the Hybrid (Aurora Conspiracy Trilogy)

About the book:
An alien crash lands into the windmill on a farm in late 19th century Texas, and sets off a chain of events that will span the coming years.

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 24 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My review:
I really liked prequel books 1 and 2 best.  In these first 2 books, Emily Proctor is an intelligent, courageous young woman of the late 19th century, who falls in love with the alien Aurelius, who crash lands into their windmill.  I  liked the character of her father too.  In my opinion, prequel books 1 and 2 are the best in this series.

Books 3 and 4, I didn't like as well.  In these books, Emily suddenly becomes somewhat scatter-brained and shows little regard to how her actions will affect her or those around her.  It's a distinct and discouraging departure.  Book 4 does not have a happy ending.  I'm a happy ending girl, so book 4, while still a good book, was my least favorite.

Quest of the hybrid starts like prequel 1, then it is revealed that it is a dream that Jesse Proctor (descendent of Emily) is having.  Same house, different people, many years later.  While the character of Jesse is interesting, she isn't one of my favorites in this book.  I like her brother and his friend and Aurelius the best.  My overall, throughout the series favorite would be Aurelius.

The last book does end on an interesting note though.  Not going to say just what.  You'll have to read the book to find that out.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction
Age recommendations -- 15 and up
Sex content rating -- very little, and very limited, and very tame
Violence rating -- moderate

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Trials of Hallion

Two of Swords
Book One
Maria Greene

About the book -- Through a dimensional rift, stuck inside a tarot card spread, and trying to solve the mystery why her aunt stole something that could spell the end of an entire continent, modern New Yorker Kate McKnight has to face the fact that she has landed in a different world. Totally unprepared, she is plunged into a war where evil is moving toward resounding victory. As she is forced to develop skills she never knew she had, she struggles to reconcile what is real in her life and what is a dream, all her beliefs put to the test.

Jamie Kirkland attempts to right the wrongs of his father who perpetrated the rift, only to be told he is facing a useless death. Even if his efforts will not make a difference to saving Hallion, he has to support Kate in her struggle to discover the clues of their mission, a race against time that will take them to the heart of evil. They have to recover the six items that will give them the power to restore Hallion, but they have to face all of their own inner weaknesses to succeed, and a dark force that permeates everything.

About the author -- Hi, I'm a veteran writer of twenty-three historical romances, but decided I wanted to forge a road into a new genre, Fantasy. TRIALS OF HALLION is my first effort, and I loved writing about a heroine who is plunged into something so completely different from her regular, pretty boring, life. This is my first book in epublishing, and I'm excited about it. TRIALS OF HALLION, BOOK 1, TWO OF SWORDS is available in the Kindle store. I'm also an artist, but writing is in my blood and I have stuck with that art form for many years. I live in Florida and I'm now at work on book number two in the series, CRYSTAL WORLD.

My thoughts -- The fact that she's an experienced historical romance writer who is trying a new genre interests me; plus, the cover totally snagged me.  I'm just a total sucker for a book cover with a sword on it.  It instantly snags my attention, because I have some for real swords of my own.  The premise for her book sounds interesting too.  You can't help but wonder how Jamie and Kate will fare as they strive to put things to right.  For a first foray into fantasy, sounds like Maria is on to something here.  You can purchase her book on Amazon, by clicking here!
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wendy's review of Guardian of Maradon by LJ Capehart

Reviewed by --  Wendy Walker
Book Review of – Guardian of Maradon by LJ Capehart

My overall star rating -- from 1-5

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About the book:
Trina, a dreamer, finds her Guardian to save her world. Can Tristan, a college boy, rise to the challenge to save her world and her? A sweet love story with a determined hero and a splash of magic.

Tristan Daniels finds himself magically transported to a world that he knows nothing about. The same can't be said for those he meets in this strange world, though. They all seem to know who he is, and have high expectations for him. As Tristan travels with Jacob and his son, Kinnead, he begins to discover many things about both this world, and himself. As chosen Guardian of the people of Maradon, he MUST find the magical sword that only he can wield, before he is found by the enemies of Maradon. But finding the sword is only the beginning!

My 5 point review:
-1- The Storyline of the book is well thought out and interesting.

-2- The characters are loveable well used and balanced,

-3-  I appreciated the violence wasn’t to graphic

-4- For a YA book it was nice that there wasn’t any inappropriate behavior between the heroes, I would definitely allow a younger audience to read this story.

-5- The book had so much potential but I was just a bit disappointed as it could have been really amazing it has all the right elements it just came off a little bit flat and rushed.  It needed better character representation and emotions of the character and their interactions.

As mentioned the story line moved very quickly important events were rushed through or skipped over, more time spent on these would have really finished the book off nicely.

Reader Recommendations
Genre – YA, Fiction, Fantasy, light romance
Age recommendations – 12-18
Sex content rating --  0
Violence rating -- 3

Monday, May 5, 2014

Jacqueline's review of Paranormal Protection Agency: Volume 1 by Mina Carter

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Paranormal Protection Agency: Volume 1
By Mina Carter

My overall star rating -- from 1-5

Get it on Amazon -- Click here!

About the book:
This book contains the following novellas: "Hard as a Rock", "Between a Rock and a Hard Place", "Protect and Service", "Seduced by Santa", and "Close Protection". If you already own these books, please do not purchase this title. The first five books in the PPA series now bundled together for one great price!

'Hard as a Rock'
Iliona's had a rough day, so the last thing she wants is a whiny ex on her doorstep throwing accusations about which of her co-workers she's sleeping with. When he starts throwing punches and one of her hunky gargoyle co-workers rushes to her rescue, Iliona is more interested in what exactly he's been doing on the ledge outside her bedroom window...

And whether he's interested in more than watching.

'Between a Rock and a Hard Place'
There's nothing like a bit of Gargoyle lovin'... Unless it's double the lovin'

Iliona is used to dealing with all kinds of paranormals thanks to her job with the Paranormal Protection Agency. Even so, an office break in by a banshee nearly has her heading for the pearly gates, and she needs a little 'me time' with her live-in, live on the building lover, a gargoyle named Cal.

But Cal's got some plans of his own. Plans that involve Iliona, a candle-lit room and some up close and personal time with himself and his 'twin' Granite.

Two sets of hands, two ridged tongues, two hot bodies...Being caught between a rock and a hard place has never been so hot.

'Protect and Service'
One curse. One Wolf. One Night.

Eloise is a woman on a mission. She needs to find a date for the annual hospital ball, and fast. The trouble is she's not only man-free but after her bastard of an ex had a nasty little curse hurled her way, no human guy will touch her with a barge-pole. Not after one date ended up with green acne, another with a nose like Pinocchio...the list went on.

Out of options, Eloise ends up at the offices of the Paranormal Protection Agency. She's not sure what to expect but she certainly doesn't expect Jared Stone. No-one expects Stone...

'Seduced by Santa'
A woman determined to spread the Christmas spirit...

Former socialite turned community centre worker Candice Kane loves Christmas. In the run down area she works in, economics and rising unemployment mean that there isn't a lot of Christmas spirit to go around. Determined to do something about it, for the last couple of years she's arranged a Christmas Party, complete with a visit from Santa for the neighbourhood kids. This year though, a break in and damage from vandals means the party could be cancelled...

A Santa who hates Christmas...

Rhod is...was a Santa. For years he joined the other men in his family delivering presents, until the attitude and ungratefulness of the rich children he delivered to made him hang up his red suit. Working for the Paranormal Protection Agency, he's convinced himself that he's happier without being the big guy anymore.

When he and his partner rescue Candy from an attack in a deserted alley, all Rhod's decisions are put to the test. Can he hold out against a woman with Christmas spirit in her heart, or will he lose his own in the process?

'Close Protection'
Ashlee Bishop is a bar owner. She was a happy bar owner until a bunch of pixies turned up demanding protection money. As a garden-variety human, she knows she doesn't have the ability to deal with the pixies, so she calls in the Paranormal Protection Agency to sort the problem out.

What she doesn't expect is for the pixies to come back before the agency can get to the bar, or the hot as hell werewolf who shows and starts teaching pixies how to fly. The hard way.

She certainly doesn't expect to be able to command his wolf... or to have to when the shit hits the fan.

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.*

My 5 point review:
-1- Loved this set!  Mina Carter is an excellent writer who successfully blends romantic and erotic into what I would call romantica.
-2- If you like your romance hot and sizzling, then you'll love this set and this writer.  Must admit, I'm a fan now.
-3- The paranormal men in this book are hot and hunky and caring; just what you want.
-4- What I think I love the most is the women she creates.  They're not these extraordinary women.  They're ordinary women, who have a pudge here and there, and aren't perfect runway models, and I love that.
-5- The story not to be missed in this set is the Christmas story.  I really loved that one especially.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance, erotica, paranormal
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- sizzling hot
Violence rating -- mild to moderate