Book Reviews: Hearts of Valor #1 and #2

Honor Among Seals
Hearts of Valor #2
by Dixie Lee Brown
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pub Date: 10/9/2018
Working for a security company with his brothers-in-arms has given former
SEAL Matt “MacGyver” Iverson a reason to get up every morning.
But keeping a runaway bride from harm isn’t in his job description . . .
Former Marine Kellie Greyson is in over her head. A cold-hearted ultimatum leaves
her no choice but to wed mob boss Tony Palazzi. But when she overhears his
deadly plans for her after she says ‘I do,’ Kellie flees his
casino, only to wind up in a seedy Vegas bar. The next thing she
knows, she’s waking up beside a protective powerhouse of a man . . .
Though Kellie’s body kickstarts his into high gear, MacGyver is all business trying to
convince her that they need each other. Both are looking for missing
people—and all roads lead to Palazzi. MacGyver will have to lay all
his cards on the table to get Kellie to trust him in a game they
might not survive . . .
My Review

What a great story! I liked it and I liked more than one aspect of it. I found in this book (actually, in what I’ve read so far from this series), everything I would have expected: a great romance, great action and a great combination of the two.

Matt and Kellie need each other and must rely on each other, like it or not. She needs to find a way to escape her forced marriage with a very dangerous mob boss and he needs to solve a case and all leads turn to Mr. Dangerous. Both find something in common in a fight of wisdom, strength and slippery situations. Add to that a touch of passion and all you have is a great story. Nothing more, nothing less.

I loved the interaction between all the characters. Yes, Kellie and Matt are the center of attention, but all the others bring nothing but good stuff to the story. A former Marine and a former SEAL unite their experience and personalities to escape a powerful enemy. Both have their work experience and that is what brings them closer. They fit perfect together and the romance between them is well built and flows well with everything else. We are not oblivious to our characters’ backgrounds either and the consequences of their careers are not to be ignored or treated lightly.

All in all, Book 2 is at least as amazing as Book 1. I would gladly recommend the series, should you feel the need to read a good romance + thriller story. Amazing mystery and amazing characters! Loved it, 5 stars!

Heart Of A Seal
Hearts of Valor #1
They’re brothers in arms, Navy SEALS risking their lives for their country

. . . and the women they love.   

This is Luke Harding’s story. 

Six months in a desert hellhole taught Navy SEAL Luke Harding things he
never wanted to learn about life and death. Only tender memories of
the beautiful brunette he met a few weeks before his deployment
helped get him through the torturous days and nights. Back in the
States after a perilous rescue, physically and emotionally damaged,
Luke’s about to plunge into a new kind of war. In a seemingly
bucolic Idaho town, Sally Duncan faces real—and
unpredictable—danger. 

All Sally ever wanted was a safe place to raise her nine-year-old
daughter. Her identity hidden behind a façade of secrets and lies,
can she trust Luke—a man she barely knows—with the truth? Even as
they give in to long-denied passion, a killer with a personal
vendetta is setting an ambush that will leave them praying for a
miracle and fighting for the future they may not live to see.  

My Review

Intense and unpredictable – these are just two of the characteristics of this book. Again, I found something to enjoy at every page turn, something to keep looking forward to reading and in the end to feel sorry it’s gone.

Both these characters have a tumultuous past and present. Both have their own demons, inside and out but the most important thing is that somehow, they manage to have each other. While Luke is determined not to give up on Sally this time and is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her and her daughter, Sally is there to help him face his nightmares and fears. We see them both strong and sensible. We see their tough moments and also their weaknesses. I loved this balance so so much!

And the plot itself is very entertaining. I was on the edge of my seat and it was hard to put it aside. I read both this book and the next one so quickly and I already miss them. We have a lot of action and a lot of mystery and many twists.

I do advise you to read the series and to follow Dixie Lee Brown. These were my first books by her, but she has several other books that sound amazing and interesting! Until next ones, enjoy another 5 stars book J

Dixie Lee Brown lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by
gorgeous scenery and three hundred sunny days a year. Having moved
from South Dakota as a child to Washington, Montana and then to
Oregon, she feels at home in the west. She resides with two dogs and
a cat, who are currently all the responsibility she can handle. Dixie
works fulltime as a bookkeeper. When she’s not writing or working,
she loves to read, enjoy movies, and if it were possible, she’d
spend all of her time at the beach. She is also the author of the
Trust No One romantic suspense series, published by Avon Impulse.
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Audiobook Review: Wishes & Wellingtons

Author: Julie Berry

Narrators: Jayne Entwistle

Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

Publisher: Audible Studios

Released: Sep. 25, 2018

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

From award-winning author Julie Berry comes a brand new middle-grade fantasy adventure full of humor and heart, exclusively from Audible.

Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for “Upright Young Ladies.” When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master.

Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery. It’ll take all of her quick thinking and sass to set matters right. Maeve Merritt is one feisty heroine you won’t soon forget.

Julie Berry lives near Los Angeles with her family. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place is an Odyssey Honor Audiobook, and The Passion of Dolssais a Printz Honor Title.

Julie Berry is the author of the 2017 Printz Honor and Los Angeles Times Book Prize shortlisted novel The Passion of Dolssa, the Carnegie and Edgar shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me (2013, Viking), the Odyssey Honor title The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place (2014, Roaring Brook), and six others. Her latest novel, The Emperor’s Ostrich, released June 13, 2017 from Roaring Brook. Her forthcoming novel, Lovely War, will release from Viking Children’s Books in Spring 2019. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College. She lives in Southern California with her family.

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Jayne was born in the North of England and lived in a myriad of places (Vancouver, San Francisco, Tucson, Sequim, Seattle) before landing in Los Angeles. She is an avid improviser who hitched her space-work wagon to Patrick Bristow’s company, Improvatorium, where she studied, taught, directed and performed improv.
She is an award-winning audiobook narrator best known for her narration of the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. She also received the 2015 Odyssey Honour Award for The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry and the 2016 Odyssey Award for, The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
When not inhaling books for work or pleasure, Jayne works in film, television and commercials. The biggest star she has ever worked with is Shaquille O’Neal. He is quite literally THE biggest star she has ever worked with. Ever. He’s really big!

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I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this book was! Again, I wish I had a physical copy so I could mark my favorite parts! Then again, there are so many, I would mark the entire book! It was fantastic, it was delicious and so so fun to listen to!

Julie Berry has created a delightful character. Maeve Merritt is such an interesting character. Even her name is musical in some way. It just sounds right – I’ll get back to that when I’ll discuss narration. Little Maeve is supposed to behave as any young lady of her age. Her parents have sent her to one a good school, where she is supposed to learn manners and how to properly behave in the Victorian England. Still, she is more rebellious than the other girls, but in a fair way. She doesn’t like her superficial colleagues and prefers spending time with the boys. This earns her a lot of bullying and gets her into trouble, as innocent as she may be. Still, when she discovers a magical sardine can, her mind starts working as an adult’s should.

I love the main character and I love her adventures. It reminds me in a way of little Anne of Green Gables, even if their stories are nothing alike. It just gives me the same childhood feeling. This book is perfect for middle grade, but it can be read at any age. I for one would read it over and over again. It will bring a smile to your life and it will brighten your day. Yes, that’s what this book does – it brightens your day and your mood.

The narration was fantastic, for lack of an even better term to describe it. What Jayne Entwistle was to charm us even more and to make us adore the characters and all the amazing adventures. I loved how she pronounced the name of our main characters – something about the musicality of it really stuck with me. She did an amazing job with the accent and with voice acting. I am telling you, she was phenomenal.

 This entire story was phenomenal! I cannot get enough – I have just finished it and would listen to it all over again. This is a book you must have in your home, as a physical copy but also as audio. The audio version enhances to enormous proportions the fun and the wit of our character. It was a fantastic production. I am really really sorry for not being able to give more than 5 stars – I am confined to this insignificant rating for such a wonderful book with such a wonderful narration.

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P.S.: Sorry, I used “amazing” too many times. It still feels so little. Because it was AMAZING!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Julie Berry. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Audiobook Review: Aries’ Red Sky

Author: James Young

Narrator: Jennifer Jill Araya

Length: 16 hours and 21 minutes

Series: Vergassy Chronicles, Book 1

Publisher: James L. Young Jr.

Released: Aug. 27, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction; Space Opera

“[S]pace opera that plays out on a grand scale, and Young conduct[s] it with aplomb.”-Pop Cults, the website of Geek and Alternative Culture

For over seven hundred years, theSpartan Republic’s citizens have known one truth: Terra is coming. Descendants of exiles who dared to defy an emperor,the star nation’s 70 billion citizens spent the centuries training, arming…and waiting.

In 3035, Lt. Ian Campbell, Spartan Defense Forces (SDF), discovers a strange anomaly on his corvette’s sensors…and realizes the wait is over. The Spartans must convince the Terrans of the cost of subduing their nation. If they succeed, the Republic survives. If not, the SDF will be forced to paint the stars red with their enemies’ blood.

The Confederation of Man was born in the terror of the Harran Empire’s death throes. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, humanity now spreads from its cradle on Earth to hundreds of stars across the Milky Way, and seeks out new worlds to add.

Captain Marcy Cochran was hoping to find a habitable planet; she didn’t expect thesystem to already have hostile humans. Now a captive, Cochran mustcontend with a crew proving to be as dangerous as their enemies, and preventwhat has started out as a misunderstanding from becoming a full-fledgedinterstellar war. For Terran law isquite clear: All humanity will answer to the Confederation. For the Spartans, that makes the governmenton Earth no different than the empire it supplanted…and they would rather dieon their feet than subjugate themselves once more.

Aries’ Red Sky is the newest novel in James Young’s Vergassy Chronicles universe. A prequel to An Unproven Concept, it is the first in the Spartan Trilogy. If you like space opera with compelling characters, military sci-fi with high body counts, and capital ship battles on a galactic scale, pick up the the latest work in a series whose previous entry was recommended Amazing Stories, Pop Cults, and The MidwestBook Review.

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James Young is a Missouri native who left small town life to attend a small, well-known Federal institution in upstate New York. After obtaining a degree in military history from West Point, Dr. Young spent six years repaying his education via military service in various locations (both foreign and domestic). Along the way he collected a loving, patient, and beautiful spouse (Anita C. Young)…and various animals that only fit those descriptions when it suited them.

Upon leaving the Army, James returned to the Midwest to obtain his Ph.D. in U.S. History from Kansas State. When not tormenting his characters, Dr. Young spends his spare time reading Anita’s first drafts, finishing that pesky dissertation, and trying to figure out how book eating shelter animals keep ending up in his office. Outside of Amazon, he can be found at conventions throughout the Midwest selling books and merchandise as James Young, Slinger of Tales.

In addition to his positive fiction reviews, Dr. Young is also the winner of the United States Naval Institute’s 2016 Cyberwarfare Essay Contest and runner up in the 2011 Adams Center Cold War Essay Contest. He has also had multiple articles published in Proceedings and the Journal of Military History since 2010.

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Jennifer Jill Araya has been listening to audiobooks since she was a young child, and the fact that she now gets to narrate audiobooks for a living is a dream come true. Jennifer’s training as an opera singer and orchestral cellist lend a musicality and depth of understanding to her narration that help bring her authors’ stories to life. She loves nothing more than giving life and breath to the printed word.
When she’s not narrating, Jennifer can be found hiking, biking, running, or generally exploring her home city of Cincinnati with her husband Arturo (aka “Partner in Crime”) and their two children.

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Wow, this was a long audio. Great thing is that it was not boring at all. On the contrary, it had so many elements to keep the reader entertained. I got carried away by the story, the characters and the narration and managed to get a good part of the book finished in be sitting.

A deep dive into the subject will show us a completely different universe. We have a more mature scene, with humans extending their discoveries into other planted and Space in general. There are many cultures, many characters and personalities. We don’t have the normal heroes who save everyone (not necessarily), but we do have characters fighting for what they consider home, peace and normalcy. I must admit though it was a bit difficult getting to know everyone but lucky I had the time! So the length of the story is perfect for the reader to get acquainted with everyone and experience this universe and all its planets and dark corners.

There are political intrigues, there are sides to choose. We have on one side The Spartan Empire, who’s been off the grid, doing their own things away from an Earth falling into a bad governing. And then we have the Confederation of Man and they intend to bring back the old Terran life. To a point, they both fight for the same thing, but does power corrupt? Will they put aside hundreds of years of history and put an end to this war? Or will it be as in nowadays, when we just don’t know when to stop anymore?

The narration was very beautiful and entertaining. We have a great amount of voice acting, considering the amount and diversity of the characters and we have emotions. So what more should I ask? We could feel the narrator’s interest for the story and that’s another good thing.

All in all, “Aries’ Red Sky” is not a book that you can simply read/listen. It is an experience, as all the elements can be analyzed and compared to our current times. Add to that Space, space ships, planets and stars and you obtain a galactic adventure. Give it a try, it’s great!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by James Young. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: Truth Kills

Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 1

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC

Released: Nov. 17, 2017

Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery

A murdered mistress. An accused mob boss. Can two detectives put their differences aside to find the real killer?

Angelina Bonaparte is starting from square one. After a messy divorce, the middle-aged librarian put down her books and picked up a new gig as a private investigator. When a mob boss heads to jail for his mistress’ murder, she has no issue with the womanizing scumbag rotting in prison. But when the suspect’s pregnant wife swears his innocence, Angelina can’t find it in her heart to refuse the case.

Already reluctant to get involved, her frustration grows when she’s forced to work alongside Ted Wukowski, a homicide detective who thinks a crime scene is no place for a woman. In the search for clues along the mistress’ long record of broken hearts and promises, Angelina’s natural charm is the perfect complement to her temporary partner’s take-no-prisoners interrogation style. And before long, she and Ted can feel their grudging respect transform into an undeniable attraction.

To solve the case and catch the murderer, the PI and the cop must learn to trust each other completely before an innocent man goes to jail for a crime he didn’t commit…

Truth Kills is the first book in the suspenseful Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like fierce female detectives, unlikely partners, and nail-biting whodunits, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s gripping crime thriller.

Buy Truth Kills today, and ride along with a hard-hitting detective who’s not afraid to reinvent herself!

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Nanci Rathbun is a lifelong reader of mysteries – historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, hard-boiled, cozy … you can find them all on her bookshelves. She brings logic and planning to her writing from a background as an IT project manager, and attention to characters and dialog from her second career as a Congregationalist minister.
Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

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Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her Audible.com library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.

Almost everybody reads thrillers and mystery books during fall, but I am among the few sticking to what they know best. In my case, that’s Romance. However, this series has raised my interest and I loved the first book.

I know the cover looks a little scary, with all the red coming down like… something else, but the story is not that bloody at all. Our main character is a little over 50 female detective, whose father may or may not be involved with the Mafia (ok, he totally is), investigating the death of another mafia leader’s mistress. The plot is interesting, the killer is not that easy to identify and the story flows easily and keeps you captivated.

The writing is beautiful and very solid at the same time. I would have liked to have this in a physical or electronic copy so I can mark down some lines. There are a lot of things to be quoted from our main character. The author has managed to create the proper atmosphere, the proper environment for all the action happening here. No arguments on that!

Now, Angie is amazing! She is cool – yes, that’s the word. She is so cool and so open-minded. Yes, she has been though a lot in her personal life and because of that she has trust issues, but she is not immune to the opposite sex’s charm. At some point, Angie has to decide between two guys (“decide” is a strong word, but I’m keeping it) and her life experience is visible. I like how she interacts with her family and I like that she creates this grey zone – where mob and police meet. She helps the mob, but does it legally, no funny business. I wish she could have been tougher, but it’s explainable since she is not experienced to deal with murder. This vulnerable point is well illustrated in her conversations with the very good looking detective Ted Wukowski. They both have issues to overcome and working together proves to be effective in that respect.

Narration was ok. I loved the different accents Kieren Calland Metts uses and I loved how she played with different emotions in her voice acting. I would have liked to hear her changing voices more often, but when it comes to accents, she is amazing.

All in all, I give this fist book 4 stars, with a potential to so much more. I would have wanted to feel more of that thrill you get when you read a mystery book, I would have wanted to feel more engrossed in the story. But other than that, no other issues. I am sure you will love it and remember – perfect time to check it out!

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nanci Rathbun. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Book Review(s): The Thorne Brothers

Give and Take
The Thorne Brothers #2
by Lee Kilraine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 9/18/2018
 
Six Brothers Construction was built to reunite a family and heal a
painful past. So far it’s opened to rave reviews. But the youngest
sibling is about to discover that the right woman can shake even a
rock-solid foundation . . .
Wyatt Thorne was so traumatized by his mother’s abandonment he didn’t speak
until he was six. At 26, he’s still the quiet type—strong and silent, most
comfortable with a hammer in his hand and work to do. But the
reassuring rhythm of his life is interrupted when his brother Beckett
decides to pay forward their unused office space to a needy start-up.
Enter Rhia Hollis, flighty, impulsive, and outspoken—everything
that drives Wyatt crazy. Only this time in the sexiest, most
irresistible way . . .

Rhia is determined to
disprove her reckless, party girl image by making her new company,
Seize the Day, the premier event planning firm in Raleigh. She has
big dreams, and the Thornes’ offer of a free command center is a
huge help. But Wyatt’s gruff, stubborn resistance to her presence
is an annoying hindrance. They’re as different as night and day,
yet when they begin to meet in the middle, the sparks fly hot. Is
this a case of opposites distract—or the beginning of a beautiful
long-term project? . . .
 
My Review

“Give and Take” brings an even more interesting brother. Wyatt has had a rough childhood and has lived with the trauma most of his life. He likes order, control, he has OCD. But here comes Rhia Hollis with her “Seize the Day” start-up business and that means chaos and bye-bye silence. Wyatt’s life is turned upside down and there is no chance to make it right.

Again, we have the most interesting couple and the most interesting personalities. The background story becomes more interesting with every chapter in the series. If we know already about a missing brother, we find out about a younger sister. There is something happening at every page. I am in love! Honestly, the way the elements of the story unfold and the way everything comes together is fantastic. But when you think you’ve figured it all out, guess what? You’re wrong.

Rhia is universes away from what Wyatt needs. But she is also what he needs to start living a little, to start distressing and to appreciate the beauty in all the chaos. They need to find that common frequency, in order to come together. They are so beautiful and they have those sparks around them all the time.

The series gives you more than one reason to stat the next book. We know something about every brother and we want to see each one in their respective books. But we also want to know what happens to the family. And I want to know what other amazing personalities the author creates. She is amazing and this series just gets better and better! Read it, it’s amazing!

 
Give It Up
The Thorne Brothers #1
 
Beckett. Asher. Gray. Eli. Ryker. Wyatt. Five out of six very different
brothers reunited—and working to make their construction firm a
success. But oldest brother Beckett just found their major new
project becoming one hard and sexy challenge . . .

 
A rough childhood tore Beckett and his brothers apart. It took
everything he had to track them down and establish Six Brothers
Construction. He only trusts them—and his drive to win. Now if SBC
can build a billionaire team owner’s much-hyped new mansion, it
will put them on the map—and finally fulfill Beckett’s promise to
take care of his siblings. Too bad he’ll have to collaborate with
hot new rival Samantha Devine, who’s throwing him curves on-site,
out-the-box . . . and between the sheets.

 
Sam knows from experience that arrogant good-ole-boy Beckett is long,
strong, and built to go the distance. But this is her only shot to
prove she and her fledgling design company can succeed on her own
terms. She’ll match Beckett’s expertise by day—and reignite the
explosive heat between them by night. But when passion threatens to
become real love, will this competition separate them for good . . .
or make the sizzling collaboration of a lifetime?
 
My Review 

The series starts off so so good and it only makes me want to read more from this author and more about the brothers. “Give It Up” brings together the big brother Becket and an old crush of his, Samantha Devine. Both good at what they do, both stubborn and decided on not to get involved again, they must work together and somehow face the attraction. Well, they decide on facing it head-on. Their story is so amazing and what happens between them is purely because of their personality.

I don’t want to get too much into their relationship. It is the central aspect of the book, but what’s even more interesting is how the author is showing us their personalities through their actions and reactions, not only towards one another, but also in their interaction with others. Together they are like flames in the fire. They complement each other intellectually and intimately. But their pride and strong personalities will end up tearing them apart. I loved this rollercoaster of emotions so much!

Except that, we learn a lot about the brothers. We learn the hardships Becket has been through to bring his family together. He has a lot of issues, he is private and that makes him even more interesting. His focus on the company is only for the family, not necessarily for the money. I find him so interesting and intriguing. Don’t get me wrong, Sam is equally challenging, but Becket is something else.

One can analyze a romance story based on how the couple looks together, based on how their passion is depicted. But what Lee Kilraine manages to do with this first book is impressive and beautiful. I loved it so so much and I am so happy I got to read book 2 as well.

A former Air Force spouse, Lee Kilraine moved seven
times over eighteen years before finally settling with her husband in
the pine woods of North Carolina. She has worked as a physical
therapy aide, a cashier, a waitress, an English tutor, a ballet
teacher and a stay-at-home mom. Holding tight to her mother’s
motto, “There’s nothing you can’t do if you try hard enough,”
Lee returned to college as an adult and graduated from the University
of North Carolina at Greensboro. Writing thirty-one papers in two
years (she counted) rekindled her love of writing, and she set her
sights on her other dream—writing romance. When she isn’t
swinging on her front porch swing or watching another of their four
young adult children leave the nest (she swears she isn’t pushing
them out!), you can find her typing away on her computer with her
golden retriever, Harley, destroying something at her feet. Lee is a
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Book Review: Quick Fall

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Author: Michelle Dayton

Published: October 8, 2018

Publisher: Self-published

Series: Tracy Brothers #2

Genres: Contemporary Romance

 

Synopsis:

 Justin Tracy, the perennial life of the party, is used to being teased by his friends about his success with the ladies.  Not that he’ll ever get serious with one.  Why should he?  His life is absolutely perfect the way it is. But at his brother’s bachelor party, a drunken bet about his womanizing skill gets a little out of control. Before he knows it, his friends have invited his new tenant – a woman he’s never even met – to go to his brother’s wedding with him.

Single mom Maddy Trainor has just moved back to Chicago, ready to reclaim her life and conquer the city.  Maddy’s determined to get her new business off the ground and build a happy home for her son, Teddy.   She didn’t expect a gorgeous landlord, but ogling Justin Tracy is definitely a bonus to her new apartment.

Justin intends to apologize to Maddy for the out-of-the-blue wedding invitation and get gone, but his new neighbor turns out to be funny, whip-smart, and sexy as hell.  Why not take her to the wedding for real?  Just as friends, of course.  To Maddy, the wedding – one night of champagne and dancing with a self-admitted Peter Pan – sounds like amazing no-strings fun.  But the sparks that blaze between the two of them can’t be contained to one night.  And two people who think they have life figured out are about to realize they know nothing about love …

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 My Review

Oh, you cannot even believe how much I loved this book! Yes, it does have some very small issues I am not quite comfortable, from a reviewer point of view, but now several days after finishing it, I cannot remember what I did not like. I only remember the feelings, I only remember the good stuff. So that makes it very close to a five star read.

So what do we have here that makes this book so good? We have Maddy Trainor, a single mom to a very smart kid I might add, who has put herself on hold even form a young age to give her son the proper attention and education. Back to Chicago, she struggles to start her own business and reacquaint herself with a city that was once her scene. Then we have Justin Tracy – one of the most eligible bachelors, always with a different girl, smart, charming and very attractive – who leases his downstairs apartment to the brave woman forced to raise his child alone. A bet brings them together, as friends and neighbors and through that bet, he invites her to his brother’s wedding, just to help out her starting business.

The premises are interesting and some may argue that they are even common. But they have a relationship based on honesty in all aspects but one – love and its consequences. Because they both have been burnt once and don’t plan on getting it again. Still, what wrong would it do to have a no strings attached relationship, as long as both know how things are? I am not sure who has conquered who’s heart, but definitely little Teddy, Maddy’s son, plays such an important role.

The writing is very easy and beautiful. There are simple words what are so full of emotions! I read it in one night and I was so sorry it ended! The attention to family development is beautiful and I really appreciate that the author has not lost side of things and Maddy remains a devoted mother thought the book. There is a small mention about diversity in relationships, but that’s not the point of the story.

Even if towards the end I felt that the things kind of dragged and the conclusion was too sudden, this book made me feel so much and gave me that cozy feeling any romance book should bring to its reader. I loved it so so much. Well, to be completely honest until the end, I was expecting it! I mean, come on, “Fast Ride” (review here) was amazing as well. I had my expectations met! 4.5 stars and my “thank yous” to the author for bringing us such a great story!

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There are only three things Michelle Dayton loves more than sexy and suspenseful novels: her family, the city of Chicago, and Mr. Darcy. Michelle dreams of a year of world travel – as long as the trip would include weeks and weeks of beach time. As a bourbon lover and unabashed wine snob, Michelle thinks heaven is discussing a good book over an adult beverage

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Audiobook Review: Invincible

Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Melissa Thom

Series: Piercing the Veil Trilogy, Book 2

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Released: Sep. 07, 2018

Length: 8 hours 12 minutes

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

The Shadow Lord rises again seeking a weapon of ultimate power.

Peter Stewart is a dead ringer for the legendary King Arthur, and because of that, everyone in Carlion believes that he is the Child of the Prophecy, destined to destroy the Shadow Lord. But Peter doesn’t want to be a hero; all he wants to be is left alone.

Lily Portman also fits the prophecy. Having spent her entire life as an orphan and a misfit, Lily would love nothing more than to be the Child of the Prophecy, so she envies Peter…but she’s also developing a crush on him. And it seems to her that he couldn’t care less.

Isdemus and the Watchers believe that it is only a matter of time before Peter’s twin brother Kane betrays them all and frees the Shadow Lord. The winner of the war to come depends on who has the legendary Philosopher’s Stone – the only problem is, it has been lost since the days of Arthur. With the help of a skeptical anthropologist, the Watchers attempt to decode the ancient treasure maps that lead them to the heart of Egypt and the dawn of time. Meanwhile, Lily and Peter discover that Peter holds the real key to the mystery…but will they be too late?

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By day, C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ, and she writes medical books under her real name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She lives with her husband, with whom she maintains a facetiously contentious movie review blog, and travels as often as they can get away. When not writing or seeing patients, she does yoga, drinks red wine while eating dark chocolate, and consumes audiobooks like there’s no tomorrow!

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Narrator Bio

Melissa has over 17 years’ experience as a voice actor, broadcaster, presenter, entrepreneur & communications consultant. Always fond of spinning a good yarn, she has an English Literature degree & studied acting at Bristol Old Vic & The American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. Melissa kicked off her career in 1999 as station voice at Surf 107.2, Brighton. She went on to host breakfast for the GWR Group and Sunday breakfast on Galaxy 101 for Chrysalis. Numerous gigs for major brands followed, including Heineken – where she was the main voice for their ‘Found @ Thirst’ annual Caribbean DJ competition for over 4 years. Current clients include Google, Facebook, The Economist and Late Night Tales – a series of artist curated compilation albums.

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How can I review such an incredible book without revealing what happens in book 1? I will limit myself to describing how amazing this world is, even if I have already mentioned that in my review for Intangible . A beautiful story that has geographical, physical and historical aspects that mix together in this explosive sequel.

Things are clear now, everybody has a purpose and everybody knows what they have to do. If they like it or not, that’s a different story. The fight  against evil is starting and heroes will rise. I was not expecting the events in the story. I mean, from the first book to this second one, the characters evolve so much. Peter was a nonbeliever. He needed a scientific explanation for anything. Well, prove this! Lily, who in Intangible was as lost as a needle in a haystack now knows exactly where she belongs and how she fits in the legend.

There are so many elements that will keep you captivated and that will push you one chapter forward and then another, and then another… until unfortunately it ends. And that makes you wish for more. I love it and I have no other words to say it better! I MUST HAVE the conclusion now please?

The narration was amazing! I loved the emotions, I loved how she acted every scene and I loved the accent! I don’t know, I loved everything and so much about this audiobook.

This is a C.A. Grey month for me. I am also in the middle of another series by the same author and I am now a prisoner of her writing. Lucky for me, this is a high class prison and I feel so so good! Thank you J 5 stars!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

BOOK ONE

Oct. 4th:
In Pattis Imagination

The Book Junkie Reads . . .

Oct. 5th:
Lilly’s Book World

Adventures Thru Wonderland

Oct. 6th:
Notes from ‘Round the Bend
T’s Stuff
Bean’s Bookshelf

Oct. 7th:
Jazzy Book Reviews

Oct. 8th:
Haddie’s Haven
Writers N Authors

Oct. 9th:
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
Smada’s Book Smack

Oct. 10th:
The Book Addict’s Reviews

BOOK TWO

Oct. 11th:
In Pattis Imagination

The Book Junkie Reads . . .

Oct. 12th:
Lilly’s Book World
Bean’s Bookshelf

Oct. 13th:
Notes from ‘Round the Bend

Adventures Thru Wonderland

Oct. 14th:
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
T’s Stuff
Writers N Authors

Oct. 15th:
Jazzy Book Reviews

Oct. 16th:
Haddie’s Haven

Oct. 17th:
The Book Addict’s Reviews

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