Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jacqueline's review of Dragon's Chase by Mina Carter

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Dragon's Chase
By Mina Carter

My overall star rating -- from 1-5







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About the book:
He’s found his mate. But can he convince her that he’s her dragon?

Working for the Paranormal Protection Agency has never been boring, but shadow-dragon Duke didn’t expect to meet his mate in the line of duty. He certainly didn’t expect a warrior every inch his match, or for her to slap him across the ass with her tail and take off across the city.

With Baron on a very personal protection detail, Duke has to fly solo on the pair’s investigation into the warlock who nearly killed Baron’s mate. Just one problem, his mate is working with the warlock. So, dead or alive, he has to bring her in…

She found the one thing she didn’t want. Her mate. Now she needs to get rid of him before he ruins her mission…

Sleeping for centuries has it’s drawbacks, Chase knew that going in. What she didn’t expect was to wake with a Warlock’s spelled collar around her neck and to find her charge, the Queen’s daughter, in a cage. Vowing to free them both will take skill and strength and she doesn’t need the distraction of a hot as hell male dragon trying to make his claim on her. Even though her heart aches to complete their joining, she can’t. Not yet.

The mission, or her heart. Can she have both? Or will she need one to complete the other?

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

My 5 point review:
-1- Mina Carter is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  I really like her stories and writing style.

-2-  I have reviewed another book in this series, and this book is an excellent addition to that series.  You can find my other review here:
http://jdslzone.blogspot.com/2014/05/jacquelines-review-of-paranormal.html

-3- This time out, we have dragons!  I love dragons.

-4- The action is intense, and keeps you hanging on until the last moment

-5- This book has a deliciously wonderful surprise ending!  That's all I'm telling!  To know more, you'll just have to read the book.  It's great!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal, fantasy
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- sizzling
Violence rating -- intense

Book spotlight -- Ten Brides for Ten Heroes

Ten Brides for Ten Heroes
Multi-author boxed set

I don't know about you, but I simply love box sets like this.  It gives you a great chance to sample the writing of several different authors, all in one set.  I especially love it when they are bargain priced at .99 cents.  So . . . lets start with the buy links, and where you can grab your copy:


Also, there's a free cookbook that goes with this, that you can download from Smashwords.  Here's the info on that:
In this cookbook, you’ll find twenty recipes that go with the Ten Brides for Ten Heroes collection—two favorites provided by each of the authors. All are tied to the stories in the boxed set. Some are for foods served at the wedding receptions depicted. Others are from meals the hero and heroine enjoyed or from their family’s favorite recipes. Each dish—from appetizers through main dishes and desserts—is introduced by a little background on the story or characters. Here you’ll find Mini Crab Cakes from Return of the Runaway Bride, Peanut Chicken from The Army Doctor’s Wedding, Raspberry Streusel Muffins from Here Comes the Bride, and seventeen other tempting treats.

These recipes are the authors’ gifts to our readers. It’s our pleasure to share a little more of what makes our writing meaningful to us. We hope you’ll think of Ten Brides for Ten Heroes when you make these tasty dishes.

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Now here's some more info on what you'll get in the boxed set:

BLURB:
Ten Brides for Ten Heroes spans the gamut of the ever-popular wedding romance genre—from heartwarming laughter to thrilling adventure, from sweet to steamy. This 10-book bundle features novels by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. So get ready to toss the bouquet and say, "I do!" as ten brides risk it all to find their happy ever after.  



Patrice Wilton:
Wedding Fever by Patrice Wilton - The romantic comedy series, Serendipity Falls. 
Mila O’Reilley owns Wedding Fever, a bridal boutique in Serendipity Falls Mall. She sells more than dresses, she sells dreams along with the belief in happily-ever-after – a sentiment she personally doesn’t share. Can a jaded bridal consultant and a cynical news reporter uncover the true mystery of Serendipity Falls without being swept away in the madness?
Find Patrice at: www.patricewilton.com 

Helen Scott Taylor:
The Army Doctor's Wedding by Helen Scott Taylor - The Army Doctor's Series
Major Cameron Knight throws himself into the danger of front-line, battlefield medicine to keep the demons from his past away. When he rescues an injured charity worker who's saved a tiny newborn baby, he marries her so they can take the orphan back home for surgery. With this brave woman he finally has the chance to redeem himself and find love.

Mona Risk:
Wedding Surprise by Mona Risk – The Holiday Babies Series 
Claire and David faced many challenges over the years. Finally, Claire's dream of a wonderful white wedding to the man she loves is about to come true. Two weeks before the wedding, Adriana, the high-school classmate who’s tried to snatch David several times, makes an announcement that threatens to destroy the couple's happiness. Is Claire and David’s love for each other strong enough to turn the worst wedding surprise into the best?
Find Mona at: www.monarisk.com 

Alicia Street: 
Tomboy Bride by Alicia Street – The Dance 'n' Luv Series    
Kendra returns home for her brother’s wedding determined to get her age-old crush to finally see her as more than a tomboy. But will her game of making him jealous with a hot and handsome faux-beau make him fall for her—or backfire and leave her in ashes? 

Rebecca York:
Destination Wedding, by Rebecca York – The Decorah Security Series
From the moment Nick Cassidy signed on as one one of Camille Norland’s bodyguards, sexual sparks flew between them. Although determined to keep his emotional distance from her, Nick is forced to admit his real feelings when she’s kidnapped by a ruthless Russian mobster with matrimony in mind.  Can Nick rescue her before the wedding night?  Can they escape from Victor Zanov’s tropical island death trap?  And can they come to terms with their complicated relationship?
Find Rebecca at: www.rebeccayork.com 

Annie Jones:
Summer of Love by Annie Jones
Brides, Beehives and Barbecue! Can mother daughter mayhem be far behind? Bless her heart, it's 1967 and a determined southern bride isn't sure love is really all she needs.
Find Annie at: http://theanniejones.com/ 

Donna Fasano:
Return of the Runaway Bride by Donna Fasano
Savanna returns to her hometown to explain why she fled on her wedding day, but she never imagined how her escape all those years ago changed Daniel. Can she make him understand—and forgive?
Find Donna at: www.DonnaFasano.com 

Rita Herron:
Single & Searching by Rita Herron
A woman looking for love... A reporter looking for a story... A mad rush to find a criminal... When the truth comes out and danger strikes, will they succumb to the passion burning between them?
Find Rita at: www.ritaherron.com 

Theresa Ragan:
Here Comes the Bride by Theresa Ragan
Samantha Johnston, a reporter for the LA Beat, attends the wedding of one of America’s hottest actors in hopes of learning the identity of his mystery bride, and ends up saying, “I do.”
Find Theresa at: www.theresaragan.com 

Mimi Barbour:
Love Me Tender by Mimi Barbour – The “Elvis” Series
After her year in Texas as an exchange student, Annie leaves pregnant and heartbroken. Nine years later she returns to introduce her eight-year-old son to his American family. And to the man who still haunts her dreams – the handsome, embittered rancher who never knew he’d fathered a son. 
Find Mimi at: www.mimibarbour.com 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review of Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

Reviewed by – Shawna Hembree

Book Review of – Minutes Before Sunset
By Shannon A. Thompson

My overall star rating --







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About the book:  Two destinies. One death.

"Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates..."

Eric has less than a year left before his fated battle when he meets her. She's a shade like him, but separated from the Dark - and with more power than she should have. And he can't stay away.

Jessica is new to town and desperate to figure out who, or what, her birth parents were. But she can't find them without overcoming Eric, and she won't let him stop her.

Minutes Before Sunset happens through the minds of two young adults as they struggle to survive their paranormal realities and find balance in their human lives.


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

My 5 point review:
-1- A great read. I absolutely enjoyed reading and it does take your imagination for a ride.

-2- I did not care for the cover art. It just doesn't fit.

-3- There were a few minor grammatical errors but nothing you couldn't get through.

-4- I would add more descriptive details to the characters. I couldn't really imagine what the characters truly would look like.

-5- This is a great leading book. I cannot wait to read the following books.

Reader Recommendations
Genre – Young Adult
Age recommendations – 14+
Sex content rating – none so far
Violence rating – just a tad with swordplay and magical abilities

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Shannan's review of Sweetest Curse by Susan D. Taylor

Reviewed by -- Shannan Williams

Book Review of -- Sweetest Curse (Miami Mermaids Book 2)
by Susan D. Taylor

My overall star rating -- from 1-5







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About the book:
When the Kratos, God of War steps down from his position on Mount Olympus to became a mere mortal on South Beach, things don't run according to plan. For the last two years, Wyatt and Marissa have operated under the radar of the supernatural realm until they meet and instantly become star-crossed lovers. On her wedding day, Marissa receives a visit from one of the Fates warning her of those who wish her harm and foretelling a prophecy involving her unborn child. Hours later Wyatt suddenly loses his ability to breathe while asleep. As the ancient curse that plagues all mermaids who dare marry a mortal is played out, the immortals didn't count on the ability of Wyatt and Marissa to harness the power of their love to triumph over the ill-fated odds.

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing – 10

Shannan’s Review
This is the second book in the Miami Mermaids series and it picks up right where the other one left off.  This is a great romantic fantasy book and I loved the story.

I really enjoyed this book as we see Wyatt and Marissa do everything to overcome all the bad things in their way.  It was awesome to see what they could do with the power of love.

The characters Wyatt and Marissa are totally in love and it was very exciting following them throughout this book.  I felt as if I was right there with them.

I like a book where I can really feel the emotions of the characters and I was totally in tune with this book.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of this genre and would love to read more by this author.

Genre – fantasy, romance
Age -- 18+
Sex content rating -- hot
Violence rating -- moderate

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Review of Good Cop, Bad Cop by Harlem Dae

Reviewed by – Shawna Hembree

Book Review of – Good Cop Bad Cop
By Harlem Dae

My overall star rating -- from 1-5







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About the book: India is a superstar musician who has a stalker. After receiving a new note, she runs into the arms of 2 cops. Dillon and Jose are supposed to be going on vacation. When they find India on board their boat, they each have different attitudes but end up helping India with her predicament.


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

My 5 point review:
-1- This book has a good story line. I just wish there may have been a little more to the climax. (pun not intended)

-2- I did not find any grammatical errors and it is very well written.

-3- I did find in some aspects these authors are very descriptive and in other areas they lack. Sex=descriptive. The island=not so much.

-4-This is a book that should be taken and read while having a glass of wine while soaking in the tub. I would suggest not reading while company is over. (Combustion is a possibility)

-5- Also, having an open mind would help. Awesome book, totally worth the time I spent reading it. Look forward for more from this duo.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Erotica
Age recommendations – 18+
Sex content rating – HOT n Steamy, Threesome, MFM , handcuffs…off the charts
Violence rating – just a little