Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review of -- Worth the Chase by J.L. Beck

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 --
Worth the Chase (Worth It Series Book 1) by J.L. Beck 

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Overall star rating --- 5

        
Book creation ratings --
based on a 1-10 scale -- 1-4, poor -- 5-7, good -- 8-10, great --
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting --10        

The review --
Ah! Such a fantastic read, as I’ve come to expect from JL Beck! I’m a big fan of the kingpin series and an even bigger fan of the bittersweet series, so my excitement level was near a 10 with the start of this book, and JL Beck definitely does not disappoint. I laughed out loud from the very first page. I just love this author's writing, flow, and character development. This series is a crossover from the two original series centering around Alzerro’s daughter from the kingpin series and Corey’s son from the Bittersweet series.

Gia King is ready to get out and experience life away from her father’s watchful eyes, so she packs up and heads for Auburn University. Chase Winchester is Auburn’s notorious playboy with an attitude to match. The attraction between the two is immediate, but Gia isn’t willing to have a one night stand and doesn’t think that Chase would possibly be interested in more. When Gia’s father catches them in a compromising position and Gia blurts that Chase is her boyfriend, things get really interesting.

I really enjoyed the passion and emotion written into this book. It’s definitely one you won’t want to put down once you’ve started reading. I can’t wait for the next installment. Bravo JL Beck!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Romance        
Age recommendations -- 18+        
Sex content rating -- hot        
Violence rating -- moderate        

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review of -- The Art of Going Home by Nicole Sorrell

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 Art of Going Home by Nicole Sorrell        

Overall star rating --- 4

About the book:
Maddie dreads going home to face memories of her twin, who was murdered at the age of ten. But she must return to the tiny town after a decade to attend a funeral. As it turns out, the haunting reminders of her sister are the least of her worries...

Not given details of the drowning at age ten, Maddie reluctantly agrees to solve the mystery and track down the killer. Digging into her past causes long suppressed childhood memories to come crashing forward, and she begins to doubt everything she once believed. And everybody she thought she could trust.

Including Zac, her high school crush. Though she can't find the strength to end their romance, Maddie isn't sure she can forgive his betrayal. As she struggles to come to grips with her family's past and accept the compassion of those who love her, will the horrifying discovery of who killed her sister heal old wounds... or scar her forever?
        
Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 28        
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
The book was beautifully written. The characters were very well developed and the settings were wonderfully described. The storyline on the other hand just was not my cup of tea. This book is about a girl finally going home after ten years away, with limited contact with those from her old town. Throughout the book, Maddie goes through a thrill wind of issues and emotions to finally fix issues that were long overdue for fixing. There is more descriptive sex in this book than I care to read, so being honest, I just skimmed over those pages. 
    
Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Mystery        
Age recommendations -- 18+        
Sex content rating -- Hot to steamy        
Violence rating -- Mild        

** The author's links **

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http://www.nicolesorrell.com/                                                          

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review of -- Sanguinary by Margo Bond Collins

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

Book Review of --
Sanguinary (Night Shift Book 1) by Margo Bond Collins 

Overall star rating --- 5        

About the book:
When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city’s vampire unit, she planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the department. She didn’t know then what she knows now: A silent war rages between humans and their supposedly pacified predators, and the vampires are winning. With the clock running out on her kind, Cami will do whatever she must to defeat the “Sanguinary.”

Enter Reese Fulton, a disaffected ex-cop and a vampire. She can’t exactly trust him, but with his cowboy boots and good-ole-boy drawl he’s the perfect beard for Cami’s fledgling undercover operation. Yet playing Reese’s Claimed—a vampire’s personal bloodgiver—isn’t as straightforward as she was led to believe. His bite is as enthralling as his dimpled smile, and soon Cami is wondering which will pose more of a challenge: subduing the enemies of humanity...or her own desire.

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 --
This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I was very impressed.  The characters were so real in this book that I truly felt as if I was right there with them. Cami and Reese make a great team. I loved following their story as they got to know each other better, and the circumstances they got into. This book has tons of action and I was sucked in right at the beginning. This book held my attention all the way through and I could not believe the ending. The author totally left us hanging, ready for the next book. I love cliffhanger books like this. The action in this book was intense; the connection between Reese and Cami was super hot, and once they got together…watch out.  I can’t wait to read the next book to find out what happens to them now. I highly recommend this book to vampire lovers everywhere. It’s great and I should mention there are a lot of funny parts as well. Cami is a real butt-kicker of a character and that is awesome!        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Paranormal mystery        
Age recommendations -- 18        
Sex content rating -- super hot        
Violence rating -- extreme        

** The author's links **

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Review of -- Heaven Sent by Avelyn Paige

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 --
Heaven Sent (Heaven's Rejects MC Book 1) by Avelyn Paige 

Overall star rating --- 5        

About the book:
Danae “Dani” Espinoza is on the run and desperate to escape the demons of her past. Plans to hide out in a sleepy Los Angeles suburb turn into a pipe dream as she is drawn into the secret filled world of the local motorcycle club. Dani soon learns that her secrets and lies are nothing compared to those kept behind the clubhouse doors. Trying to avoid the suspicious Vice President, she must keep a low profile in order to survive. The trouble is he has other ideas.

Bike…babes…and booze…

Tyler "Hero" Tobias has simple needs. Being the Heaven's Rejects MC Vice President, he has all three at his disposal. But he has his own ghosts that keep him awake at night. When Dani arrives at the clubhouse, he knows he should stay away but there is something about her dark beauty and the mystery that surrounds her that makes him burn. There are secrets in her eyes and lies in her smile and he knows he should put his club first, but Hero’s heart and loyalty are about to be tested.

Can an angel with blood-covered wings and the devil himself resist temptation or will they risk bringing hellfire down on everything that they love?

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 book that sucks you in from the very first page – I loved it! Danae “Dani” Espinoza has moved to California to start her life over after being raised in a really rough childhood. Dani is feisty and is carrying around a big secret from her past that we don’t find out about until the very end of the book. After moving, Dani meets Ricca a bartender who takes Dani under her wing and gets her a job at the bar she works at. Little does Dani know, the bar that she’s working in is an MC bar and in walks Hero, VP of the Heavens Rejects MC. The minute eye contact is made, the sparks fly and Hero becomes completely obsessed with having Dani.

I really enjoyed that it’s written in dual POV. That’s my favorite way to read a book because I feel you get so much more of the story. Hero is a total prick at the beginning of the book, like I wanted him to get hit by a car… but somehow the author manages to make us fall in love with him by the end! This book is absolutely hysterical, I literally had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. I cannot wait for book 2!
                        
Reader Recommendations
Genre -- MC Romace        
Age recommendations -- 18+        
Sex content rating -- hot        
Violence rating -- a lot        

** The author's links **

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Review -- Heart Break by MF Moskwik

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 --
Heart Break: An Isabel Swift Novel (Isabel Swift Series Book 1) by MF Moskwik 

Overall star rating --- 4

About the book:
Isabel Swift is a savvy, down-to-earth, female police officer who protects the citizens of Westchester County and wants to become a detective. From a broken home, her brothers and sisters in blue are her family, and she is shaken by the recent, unexpected death of her mentor, Ben Carter, from what everyone thinks was a heart attack. On her first day back from leave, she is paired with an arrogant forensic data scientist, Mark Jameson, who is more interested in analyzing data than solving the crime of stolen technology to which they are assigned.
When their investigation uncovers an unexpected link between the theft and her mentor’s death, Swift and Jameson have only 48 hours to whittle down a countywide list of suspects, track down the stolen technology, and solve the mystery of Ben Carter’s death. Can Isabel overcome her grief and her differences with her new partner to solve the case and earn her detective’s badge?
        
Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 25.5        
-- Story & characters -- 7.5        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 8        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This story is a murder mystery with a few twists and turns to make things intriguing. The storyline and characters were well developed. In most instances, I could clearly visualize the settings and characters. There were a few moments when the characters were not described at all, so it was left to my opinion on how they would look. The editing needs to be relooked at, as some of the words were wrong for the sentence or just misspelled.        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Detective\ crime solving        
Age recommendations -- 17+        
Sex content rating -- None        
Violence rating -- Mild, gun shots

** The author's links **

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review of -- Death Wish by Charlotte Wilson

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 --
Death Wish (The Ceruleans: Book 1) by Charlotte Wilson 

Overall star rating --- 5        

About the book:
Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit: run away from school, join a surfing fraternity, drown in a tragic ‘accident’.

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to an isolated English cove to uncover the truth. And, as it turns out, to fall in love with the place and its people, especially a certain blue-eyed surfer with a serious case of the heroics.

But as Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Power.

What transpires is a summer of discovery: of what it means to conquer fear, to fall in love, to choose life, to choose death.

To believe the impossible.

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 first chapter of the book drew me in and had me asking questions about what happened in the past for the characters. The author took time to have the answers unfold, and some, for me, weren't even answered in this book. So not fair… The book takes place in England. I have never been there, but the author does a great job of describing that scene and their customs. The book ends with a major cliffhanger, and I'm totally not happy about it. I need to know what happens... guess that is why authors leave the read hanging, to sell books. This one is so well written that I don't mind getting another book.        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Sorta Sci-Fi         
Age recommendations -- 14        
Sex content rating -- Mild, not really sex, just kissing scenes and hints about sex
Violence rating -- Mild, someone dies, people are verbally abusive to each other        

** The author's links **

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Book Review of -- Reaper's Fall by Joanna Wylde

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 --
Reaper's Fall (Reapers Motorcycle Club Book 5) by Joanna Wylde

Overall star rating --- 4

About the book:
Levi “Painter” Brooks was nothing before he joined the Reapers motorcycle club. The day he patched in, they became his brothers and his life. All they asked in return was a strong arm and unconditional loyalty—a loyalty that’s tested when he’s caught and sentenced to prison for a crime committed on their behalf.

Melanie Tucker may have had a rough start, but along the way she’s learned to fight for her future. She’s escaped from hell and started a new life, yet every night she dreams of a biker whose touch she can’t forget. It all started out so innocently—just a series of letters to a lonely man in prison. Friendly. Harmless. Safe.

Now Painter Brooks is coming home… and Melanie’s about to learn that there’s no room for innocence in the Reapers MC.
        
Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 25        
-- Story & characters -- 9        
-- 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 the first book in the Reapers MC series that I’ve read and I really liked it! The book starts with Melanie coming into a bar on a date with a man and Painter, her ex, is there and has a conniption fit. We find out that they have a child together and that’s the only thing that’s keeping Painter from murdering Melanie’s date, then Painter grabs Melanie and drags her away… then we go back in time 5 years. Mel is writing letters to Painter in prison and they’re getting to know one another. Painter doesn’t believe he’s good enough for Mel and when he gets released from prison, he kind of ignores her. They go back and forth with this for a while and the sexual tension between the two builds and builds. When they finally give in to the sexual tension and begin a relationship it’s ruined by “club business.” Mel wants a man that puts her first and has a hard time understanding why Painter is always putting the club first.

I’m giving it a 4 star rating for the simple fact that I hated the way it started and then we went back in time. I personally don’t read books that are written that way because I have no patience and I find myself skimming to get back to the present. It’s a well written book with a great flow, and I didn’t want to put it down once I started reading it. It has just the right amount of humor, steamy sex, and intriguing mystery to make it a great read. I highly recommend checking it out. I’m definitely going to be looking into other books from this series!                

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- MC Romance        
Age recommendations -- 18+        
Sex content rating -- super hot        
Violence rating -- moderate        

** The author's links **

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Book Review of -- The Devil's Due by Steven F. Freeman

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 Devil's Due (The Blackwell Files Book 5) by Steven F. Freeman

Overall star rating --- 4.5      
 

About the book:
While on their honeymoon, cryptologist Alton Blackwell and FBI Agent Mallory Wilson receive a frantic plea for help. Resourceful Afghani teenager Mastana Meer, once instrumental in rescuing a mutual friend from Afghanistan terrorists, finds herself coerced into a nefarious plot by her Al-Qaeda uncle.

Having escaped the clutches of her terrorist uncle, the teen is days away from leaving Kabul for a better life when Alton and Mallory lose all contact with her.

As the former soldiers race to Afghanistan to search for Mastana, they battle Al-Qaeda terrorists, a resurgent cult of evil, and a web of political intrigue in which the label of friend and foe is not easily assigned. The duo must summon all their investigatory powers and combat skills in a desperate bid to track down their young friend and rescue her before her captors’ malevolent designs can be set in motion.

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 --
This book is the 5th in the series. I have not read the others, so jumping into the middle of the series makes it a bit intimidating. But upon finishing the book, I had nothing to worry about. I didn't need to read the first 4 books to understand what was going on. This book takes place mostly in Afghanistan. The characters are civilians now trying to find a friend who has gone missing. When they receive little help from local authorities and the military personal from the base, they take matters into their own hands to find her. This book starts off intense and never slows down, which made for a quick read for me. I just couldn't put it down, not knowing what was going to happen next.         

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Suspense and mystery        
Age recommendations -- 16 due to violence         
Sex content rating -- Mild          
Violence rating -- Moderate         

** The author's links **

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Review of -- Prossia by Raphyel M. Jordan

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 --
Prossia (Book 1): A Coming of Age Space Opera by Raphyel M. Jordan

Overall star rating --- 4.5        

About the book:
For a seventeen-year-old Goolian named Aly, it was on another planet, a world where she had to "adjust" in order to fit her new surroundings. Daydreaming got replaced with nightmares. Sparring got replaced with killing. Singing to adoring crowds in her father's store turned into shouting for cover. This is what fighting in the war has given Aly, ever since her tribe was drafted. This is the sacrifice she makes while defending galactic order against the Cyogen.

However, there's a danger lurking among the allies and friends Aly has sworn to protect. It's worse than any Cyogen weaponry, or any being known in the galaxy. It's wrath has the potential of crumbling enemy forces, and bringing allied troops to their knees. That danger is Aly, herself, and she doesn't even know it.

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

The review --
This novel follows the same two main characters from Evaluation of the Tribes, Ali and Catty. We see their friendship tested as they are sent to war. There are some minor grammatical errors, not enough to be annoying, but enough to make mention of. The author does a good job of describing the aliens; how they are different and the similar to each other; as well as the new planets that the "girls" go to.
        
Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Sci-Fi         
Age recommendations -- 16        
Sex content rating -- None        
Violence rating -- Moderate to a lot the whole book is about a war between planets.

** The author's links **

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