Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review of -- The Werewolf's Bride by Michele Bardsley

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
The Werewolf's Bride (The Pack Rules Book 1) by Michele Bardsley

Overall star rating --- 5

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Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 24 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 9
-- 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 excellent book, and it is a great paranormal romance. It has a great story, hot sex scenes, and a mystery too. And all this is wrapped up into one book. I highly recommend this one.

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review of -- The First Dragoneer by M.R. Mathias

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
The First Dragoneer (Introductory Novella) (Dragoneers Saga Book 0) by M.R. Mathias 

My overall star rating -- 3

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Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 20 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 5
-- 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 --
It's a good book, as far as it went. I like the characters introduced in this book, but my problem is that the story of these characters is not continued in book 1 of the series. One of the characters does appear later on in the series, and the other may appear in a forthcoming book. I really got into these characters, and was disappointed that their story was not continued in book 1 of the series. That caused me to totally lose interest in reading any more of the series.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- fantasy
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- a good bit

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review of -- Breaking Up with Barrett #1 by Katy Regnery

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Breaking Up with Barrett: The English Brothers #1 (The Blueberry Lane Series - The English Brothers) by Katy Regnery

Overall star rating --- 3

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Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 23 out of a possible 30
-- 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 --
The initial feel of the book is that this is your standard romance novel formula, and it pretty much is. But as I read it, I was distinctly reminded of the storyline from a movie called 'Sabrina', made in 1954 and 1995. The storyline is very similar. In Sabrina, it is the chauffeur's daughter who catches the attention of the wealthy employer's sons. While in this one, it is the daughter of the gardener and housekeeper. This is an all right novel, but not a stand out one.

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review of -- Rising Dragons Box Set by Ophelia Bell

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Review of -- Rising Dragons Books  (Box Set) by Ophelia Bell

Overall star rating --- 2.5

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Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 13 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 3
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing & formatting -- 5
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This set was nowhere near as good as the first one. There was much less real story, and more just stuff to connect the sex scenes together. There wasn't much monogamy in this book, and I definitely didn't care for the forced sex/punishment scenes, as they felt more like rape/assault scenes. There was a new character introduced in this set named Rowan that I just didn't care for, and her character seemed to dominate the books too much. The storyline in this set of books just wasn't anywhere near as strong as the last set either. The storyline focused on Rowan too much and not on the characters from the last book enough. The only parts of this set that I did like were a few sections about the characters from the first books.

It's one redeeming value is that it does have a somewhat happily ever after ending. But the sex scenes in this book are more raunchy than the last book. It's almost like the author tried to find out how vulgar she could get in this set. There were pairings of m/f, m/m, m/f/m, f/f, etc. The first set had a stronger storyline, was more orderly, and had much better sex scenes. The sex scenes in this one were cruder, and there was even an orgy or two in the book as well.

I definitely would not recommend this set to anyone at all. The first set was good erotica, but this second set falls far short, and has turned me away from wanting to read anything further from this author.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- erotica/porn
Age recommendations --18 plus, most definitely
Sex content rating -- very, very graphic; and of all different kinds.
Violence rating -- moderate

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review of -- Dragon's Fire by Tiger Hebert

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Dragon's Fire (Beating Back the Darkness) by Tiger Hebert 

Overall star rating --- 4

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 book of battles and violence with definite religious overtones. There are elves and dwarves, and orcs and ogres, and humans and more, plus an evil dragon. Also, it is a very intense one book.

It is well written, with good descriptions of the characters and the landscape, without bogging the book down. It all blends and flows together well. The author has put in a wide range of fantasy creatures, save for fairies and unicorns.

There is a large cast of characters which to follow. There are battles from the beginning of the book, through to the end of the book, with few lapses between battles. Those lapses are either retreating from a battle or preparing for one. It doesn't really have a happily ever after ending, but the good guys do win.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- fantasy
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- intense and high and graphic

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Review of -- Playing Hooky by Rita Webb

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Playing Hooky (Paranormal Investigations series Book 1) by Rita Webb

Overall star rating --- 2

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 -- 11
-- Story & characters -- 2
-- Cover & title -- 4
-- Editing & formatting -- 5
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is a very disappointing book. The description promises something that the book doesn't deliver. And, there isn't much more to the book than what the description says. The things left unanswered by the description are also left unanswered by the book. The book just abruptly ends. This is an incomplete story that hasn't been finished. I hate books like this, and I'm being generous in giving it 2 stars. Don't pick this book up expecting a paranormal romance. If you do, you'll be sorely disappointed.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- ??? fantasy
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- mild

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Review of -- The Valentine Grinch by Sheila Seabrook

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- The Valentine Grinch by Sheila Seabrook

Overall star rating --- 3.5

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 -- 21
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is a delightful romance story, and the grandpa ghost adds a different take to it. We're familiar with the grinch at Christmas, and it is a different take to have one at Valentines. Another different take is that it is the younger granddaughter who is the grinch, and it is grandma who is getting married. All in all, a very sweet romance. 

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

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review of -- Picture (Im)perfect by J.S. Frankel

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Picture (Im)perfect 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 --
I looked forward to reading this book. I wanted to see how the author would do wring a different type of book. He clearly demonstrated his writing skill midway through the first page. Mr. Frankel is an expert writer and words are his partner. He writes like I always wanted to but never could. His character development was outstanding and imagery phenomenal. I picked out several sentences to demonstrate what I meant, but I changed my mind. I want future readers to discover it for themselves.

The subject of this story is timely and it deeply impacted me. It changed the way I look at people who are so different from me. It helped me to understand what they face daily. I would encourage everybody to read this book and it may change you too.

Wonderfully written and well edited makes this an easy read. I hate reading books with glaring mistakes that detract from the book. Well done editor(s).

The vivid scenes and powerful emotions flowed off the page. They grabbed my soul and impacted my emotions. The romantic moments happen but aren't the focal point of the story. They depicted life.

You'll like the way the story wraps up. It's worth every page of this delightful story. Enjoy!!!                

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Fictional        
Age recommendations -- 12 and older.        
Sex content rating -- Mild.        
Violence rating -- Moderate.    

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review of -- The Trouble With Magic by Danyelle Leafty

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
The Trouble With Magic (The Secret Stepsister Society Book 2) by Danyelle Leafty

Overall star rating --- 4.5  
     

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Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 28        
-- Story & characters -- 9.5        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 8.5        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Delightful story about a young girl's adventure into the magical world and the trouble it can cause if handled wrong. It's much more than that because it's a love story between sisters and keeping your word no matter what. Though it may drag at some points, it recovers and pushes on in the adventure. I enjoyed the interactions of the characters and magic itself. You must keep a watchful eye on magic and pay attention to his interaction with the main character (Bettony). You will be surprised by a revealed relationship towards the end of the book.

Editing was very good and didn't affect the telling of the story. You can't go wrong when using magic as the theme of your story and the author used it well. Watch out for a really good ending to a delightful story. I recommend this book to all you parents. Enjoy!!!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Fantasy.        
Age recommendations -- 7 to 8 and beyond.        
Sex content rating -- None.
Violence rating -- None. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review of -- Harry Potter Series by: J.K. Rawlings

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Harry Potter Series by: J.K. Rawlings        

Overall star rating --- 5        

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 --
The best way to review this story is by doing it as a whole. The author grabs you from the beginning and builds suspense and momentum through the final lines. I consider it an epic work in literature and especially the area of Fantasy. I watched the films first and decided this summer to finally read the books. I wanted to find out how close the films were to the books.

The books were set in England of modern times. A lad discovers that he's a famous wizard on his birthday and the journey towards the final confrontation begins. The book is beautifully written and is filled with strong imagines. It's a series filled with 5 star books. There isn't a weak book among the seven.

The editing in the books are exceptional and the editor(s) should be commended for their work. The films were great and I enjoyed each of them, but the books are at least fifty times better. The only way a film could do justice to the book would be four hour films, and that would turn people off. The final conflict between the Dark Lord and Harry was exceptional in the book. I love each and every page of all seven books. I know some people will be turned off by it being a book about witches, but sometimes you just need to enjoy a good book for it's worth. Here is one of those book series. It's really worth the read folks!

The ending by now is known by most people, but unless you read the books then you'll never know the real story. Enjoy!!!"        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Fantasy/Adventure        
Age recommendations -- Six and up.        
Sex content rating -- None        
Violence rating -- Mild.        

Monday, June 5, 2017

Review of -- Mr. Taxi by J.S. Frankel

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of -- Mr. Taxi by J.S. Frankel

Overall star rating --- 5    
 

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 --
The thing I liked about the beginning of the story was the short blurb before the prologue. It quickly brought the reader up to speed on the story. After reading another book of his, this book didn't disappoint me. This author demonstrates such a strong understanding of words and phrases that mold together to form outstanding imagery. He sucked me into the story after the first paragraph and I really enjoyed the book.

The pace of the book was outstanding. It held my attention and flew by quickly. My mind didn't drift or stall at any point. Mr. Taxi was a movie set to words. It's the highest praise that I can give a book.

The characters were well developed and couched in very descriptive language. If the character appears more than once, the author develops him for the reader. It's a very strong characteristic of this writer. The reader can tell he's done this before.

The setting of the book is deep space and a young man working as a space driver. It's in the science fiction genre but there's plenty of adventure and mystery to hold your attention. The ending comes quickly and very satisfying. I'll not spoil it for you, but I encourage you to get the book. It's well worth the price and the read. Enjoy!!!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Science Fiction/Adventure        
Age recommendations -- 11 years old through Adult.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- Mild.                

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Review of -- Deadly Ruse by E. Michael Helms

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Deadly Ruse: A Mac McClellan Mystery by E. Michael Helms

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Overall star rating --- 5        

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 --
I expected a little fall off after the first book. Wrong! The writer grabs your attention in the first paragraph and never releases you until the end. The strong use of good sentence structure and imagery are hallmarks of this gifted writer. We are reintroduced to the main characters of the last book and some interesting new characters.

The author takes you on a fast paced adventure through his world as he attempts to answer several puzzling situations. This is another book that's hard to put down. I finished it just as lightening fried my computer. True story!

It took me on a roller coaster of emotions as the hero of the story faced many dangerous situations. I strongly encourage anybody to get this book and enjoy some real entertaining reading. The ending will surprise you for sure and make it worth your time.  I hope the author writes more stories in this series.  Enjoy!        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Excellent Detective Mystery        
Age recommendations -- 12 through Adult        
Sex content rating -- Very Mild        
Violence rating -- There was violence but not overblown. The mystery and the chase were the centerpiece to this outstanding story. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Review of -- Tom Paine Maru by L. Neil Smith

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Tom Paine Maru by L. Neil Smith 

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Overall star rating --- 1.5

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 25        
-- Story & characters -- 8        
-- Cover & title -- 9        
-- Editing & formatting -- 8        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
I'm sure as you look at the above numbers, you must think me mad. How can a book receive a 25 on creation ratings and yet only a 1.5 star rating? The character development was very strong in the book, but the story made it very hard to read and stay focused. I equate the pace as setting on a boat and watching an iceberg melt. The cover is very inviting and I thought it was well edited. It showed the efforts of some very talented people, but the story just didn't work for me.

My emotional reaction to the book was, "will it ever end?" I am a "Trekie" from childhood and loved Star Wars, but this book wasn't in their class. The scenes played on and on. The author loved using descriptive words, but they never moved the action along. I tried hard to picture the action in my head. I wanted to get drawn into the story, so I tried leaving the book for several hours and come at it anew. After six attempts I decided to read it as I found it. This harsh review is the fruit of those failed efforts.

The ending was much like the whole story and ended on a flat thud. I reread the ending twice but I never found a reason to get excited. Alas, I just didn't get excited.

Although I didn't like it, I wouldn't discourage anybody from reading it. Books are like ice cream. You may not like my favorite flavor, but it's still ice cream. Read the book for yourself and see how you like it. Enjoy!!!        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Science Fiction/Adventure        
Age recommendations -- High School and up.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- Mild to Moderate.           

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review of -- Excelsior by George Sirois

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Excelsior by George Sirois

Overall star rating --- 3.5

About the book:
Put down the pen. Pick up the sword. Unleash the hero within.

Created by high school senior Matthew Peters, Excelsior - savior of faraway planet Denab IV - is becoming an Internet sensation as the main character of a popular online comic strip. But before Matthew can enjoy his burgeoning success, a beautiful older woman arrives at his school and tells him that not only is she from the planet Denab IV, but that Excelsior's lifeforce lives within him.
Now, with Excelsior's old enemies regaining strength, Matthew realizes he is the key to Earth's survival and Denab IV's salvation...

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 very well written science fiction book, with a splash of superhero thrown in. It is a bittersweet book, and has a bittersweet ending though. A hero is found again, but in the process, a 14 year old boy is lost. There is a good deal of violence in the book, but it is a very good story that is told, with strong characters and a good plot.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction, super hero
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- great deal of violence

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review of -- O'Neill's Texas Bride by Caroline Clemmons

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
O'Neill's Texas Bride by Caroline Clemmons

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
Finn O’Neill longs for his own ranch, his own horses, his own home and family but thought the lofty dream beyond him. Now the opportunity has arisen but to achieve his dream, he bargains with Grandpa McClintock and his nephew to pose as a miner and seek out the person or persons causing disasters at the Farland Coal Mine.

Stella Clayton has witnessed the heartbreak and tragedy of a coal miner’s life. Her family came from England to the promise of a better life only to find the same hardships. She is determined that her young brother will never follow in their father’s footsteps. And she vows she will never marry a man who engaged in that work. She fights to resist charms of the handsome Irishman who’s recently come to work in Lignite, Texas.

When Finn arrives in Lignite, he immediately falls for the beautiful schoolteacher, Stella Clayton. But her father is one of the men suspected of causing destruction. What Finn discovers soon puts him and members of the Clayton family in peril. Can he salvage his dream, fulfill his promise, and protect the woman he loves and her family?

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 --27
-- 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.*

The review --
This book is the sequel to The Texan's Irish Bride, and is a fine continuation of the series. Caroline Clemmons is an excellent writer and I thoroughly enjoy her books. I'd be ready to review her books any time. This book continues, and tells the romance/adventure/mystery story of the Irish bride's brother. It's a wonderful book that has romance and adventure and mystery. I highly recommend both this writer and this series.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- western romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- moderate

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Review of -- A Bear in Need by Christa Kelley

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Review of --
A Bear in Need: BBW Paranormal Bear Shifter Romance (The Marked Book 1) by Christa Kelley 

Overall star rating --- 3

About the book:
Bear shifter Brandon Mitchell is cursed. Destined to lose the woman he claims as his mate, he's lived the life of an arrogant, cocky playboy to keep from getting his heart broken. But deep down, Brandon wants what he can never have: A family of his own, with a few cubs and a curvy goddess of a woman to keep him in line.

He never thought he'd find her in a feisty witch from his past, and now he'll stop at nothing to break his curse and claim her as his mate.

There's just one problem: The woman he wants--the woman he's doomed to lose--is the only witch who can help him, and if he wants to protect her, he'll have to find a way to resist her first.

Liz Malone just can't catch a break. After promising to secure her grandmother's spellbook, she's back in her old hometown and faced with confronting the dark, powerful figure who still holds sway over her life.

If that wasn't bad enough, she gets drawn in by the charm and confidence of her old high school crush.

She never wanted to go back to Star Lake, and yet here she is, setting aside her own problems to help Brandon break a curse so he can take a mate. A mate she just knows isn't her.

How could it be when the only thing between them, after all this time, is a one-night-stand?

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 --18
-- Story & characters -- 6
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Usually I like paranormal romance books, but this one, I didn't particularly. It starts off with a rather intense sex scene, and I much prefer to meet the characters and get some story first. It mixes a witch and a bear shifter, which is okay. But the book doesn't pick up speed until you get to about the middle of the book. Plus the book is a bit too wordy in places. Plus, there are parts of the storyline that are just not well enough explained. Overall, it's an all right book, but there are better ones out there.

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

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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

Links for the book:

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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.        

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review of -- A Touch of Passion (boxed set romance bundle)

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
A Touch of Passion (boxed set romance bundle) by Uvi Poznansky  (Author), Mimi Barbour  (Author), Elizabeth Marx (Author), Tamara Ferguson  (Author), Regina Puckett  (Author), B. J. Robinson  (Author), Laura Taylor  (Author), Suzanne Jenkins  (Author), Cynthia Woolf  (Author), Lisa Gillis  (Author), Traci Hall  (Author), Donna Fasano  (Author)

Overall star rating --- 4

About the book:
Lose yourself in a touch of passion. Whether it’s the beauty in a song or the magic of a kiss, the agony of heartbreak or the hunger of yearning, explore ecstasy and desire in these captivating full-length, award winning novels. Written by eight bestselling, USA Today and NY Times authors, this boxed set has it all: Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Victorian Romance, Western Romance, Romantic Suspense, Wounded Warrior Romance, Military Romance, and Literary Fiction. These sensual tales of love with a strong female lead will leave you with a smile on your lips and music in your heart.

The Music of Us by Uvi Poznansky (Bestselling Author)
Lenny goes as far back as the moment he met Natasha during WWII, when he was a soldier and she—a star. Natasha was a riddle to him then, and with all the changes she has gone through, she still is.

Love Me Tender by Mimi Barbour (NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author)
How could Anne return to Texas knowing that her son would be meeting a father who didn't know he existed? And how could she go back to face the only man she'd ever truly loved?

That Unforgettable Kiss by Tamara Ferguson (Top-10 Bestselling Author, Romance Reviews Readers' Choice Award Winner-New Adult)
Since Kate Callahan will be running the family construction business someday, she doesn’t have time for love. Until fate steps in by way of an unforgettable kiss from architectural intern Michael Murphy.

Concealed in My Heart by Regina Puckett (Bestselling Author, Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner)
Charity Fields is married to her childhood sweetheart and has the job of her dreams—until a terrible lie and a heartbreaking betrayal turns her life upside down.

Perfect for Him by Suzanne Jenkins (Bestselling Author)
As they danced, Jason whispered words of love to Harley, while her oncologist’s terrifying diagnosis kept ricocheting in her skull. To ensure he’d be okay after she was gone, Harley would take matters of love into her own hands.

Nellie by Cynthia Woolf (Bestselling Author)
Saloon owner Blake Malone is a bachelor and likes it that way. Nellie Wallace, a widow, needs a husband but never expected a man like him. Can Nellie and Blake make a marriage out of mutual need, without love being involved?

Ambrosia by the Sea by Traci Hall (USA Today Bestselling Author)
After a bitter betrayal by her late husband, self-taught chef Celia Langdon moved to the sea, where dive shop owner Dax Smith dared her to heal from the heart.

The Single Daddy Club: Derrick by Donna Fasano (USA Today Bestselling Author)
Ex-military man Derrick is solitary and satisfied—until Timmy’s dropped into his lap and Derrick must become a daddy. Fate has denied Anna a family of her own, but she has plenty of love to give, if only someone would notice.


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

The review --
Favorite books in the set:
Love Me Tender by Mimi Barbour
That Unforgettable Kiss by Tamara Ferguson
Nellie by Cynthia Woolf
This is a very good romance box set, as there is bound to be something in there that most everyone will love, and several that you will like. I know I had my favorites, and they're listed above. But overall, it is a very well put together box set that I would gladly recommend. The great thing about box sets is it gives you a chance to get to know some new-to-you writers and check out their work. This set is no exception, as they have a great collection of writers here for your reading pleasure.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- varies
Violence rating -- varies, mild to moderate

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