Physical Forces by D.D. Ayres

Physical Forces (K-9 Rescue #6)

I really like this series. It has great characters…and dogs! What a great combination!!! Macayla Burkett is a pet detective. Yes, I said a pet detective. I know what you’re thinking. What exactly does she do, stalk fluffy and try to catch him with the neighbor’s cat??? She actually finds missing pets and returns them to their owners. Much better right?! Well, while on a hot case she runs into hot and sexy Oliver who works in K-9 search and rescue. Needless to say, sexy sparks fly.

The reason I like this series is it is a fun and fresh read. You won’t be pondering life’s mysteries like why good things happen to bad people or why the Kardashians won’t go away???? I mean seriously, they need to go away. Oh well, I digress. The point of this book is a great story with lovable characters. There’s plenty of action to keep the story line progressing. Not much character growth, but it’s not really needed. This book, along with the other books in the series, are fun reads perfect for that summer reading list.

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Choas Bound by Sarah Castille

Chaos Bound (Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club, #4)

It is no secret I am Sarah Castille’s bitch. I admit it. So what! So needless to say, I loved her newest installment in the Sinner’s Tribe series.

Holt, a.k.a. T-Rex, assumed dead and being held by a rival motorcycle gang escapes with the help of a spunky girl named Naiya. This book focuses on Holt’s feelings of abandonment, need for revenge, and his feelings for Nayia.

What I liked most was Holt’s metamorphosis after his abduction and torture. He doesn’t walk away from his captors just hunky dory fine. He struggles with feelings of abandonment and disappointment in his club brothers. He often wonders why no one bothered to look for him. Unbeknownst to him, his brothers assume him dead. Well….you know what that way about assuming. You make an ass out of yourself. All but one of the club has moved on, and that one is Holt’s best friend Tank. Tank never gives up his search for Holt.

I won’t go into too much more detail but the friendship of Holt and Tank is a grounding and unifying force for both men. I loved seeing their friendship play out.

As usual with Castille’s Sinner’s Tribe books, there is violence but this is not a dark and gritty read. Which is a good thing in my opinion! After all, there is only so much female abuse and subjugation a girl can handle. It is very refreshing to read about a heroine that can think for herself (hint, hint, Naiya) and take up for others.

I definitely recommend this book with one stipulation……you must read the previous book in the series. Otherwise, you will not fully understand the story line and will be left unsatisfied. Happy reading!!!

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For the First Time

For the First Time: Twenty-One Brand New Stories of First Love

Naughty Wishes is a new short story written by Sarah Castille. Now, I will be honest, normally I am not a huge fan of short stories. They can be either rushed or end some what short, for my taste. But I was very happy with Naughty Wishes. It proceeded at a believable pace and wrapped up very nicely.Kylie and Dan have been happily married for years. As with many married couples, the fires have cooled and been replaced with comfortable routines. So, for Kylie’s birthday, Dan attempts to stoke those flames once again. I won’t go into detail as to not ruin your reading experience, but it was a very steamy and lovely story.

I have begun to love anthologies. They give you the opportunity to try out other writers you may not have otherwise given a shot. My adoration for all things Sarah Castille is a given. However, in this anthology I was given an opportunity to read a new story by my favie and sample some others. I can say I was not disappointed.

I highly recommend this anthology. It is very cheaply priced, I mean it’s 99 cents for cripes sake! With the anthology containing 21 stories you have great odds of finding many stories you will enjoy. But don’t take my word for it, skip the soda from the vending machine and buy the anthology instead. After all, water is better for you anyway!

This ARC was provided by Sarah Castille in exchange for a honest review.

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Sinner’s Steel by Sarah Castille

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I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review and I am not disappointed. I love the newest installment in the Sinners Tribe series. O.K. so I may be a little biased here because there isn’t a book by Sarah Castille that I haven’t liked. Whatever she puts on paper I instantly adore. This book is no exception.

Zane is VP in the Sinner’s Tribe MC. He’s good at his job and has no regrets, except one….Evie. She is the proverbial “one that got away”. Having grown up with Evie, Zane has loved her for most of his life. She has always been in the back of his mind, never forgotten. Circumstances beyond his control forced Zane to leave Evie many years ago. But fate brings them together once more.

Evie has built a life for herself and her son. She has a successful business and his dating a local biker. That is until Zane walks back in her life. While they both care for each other, is there too much water under the bridge to begin again?

I really enjoyed this book. While this is the third book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read any of the previous books and I was able to follow and keep up with things happening. I highly recommend this book

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Hard to Break by Bella Jewel

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Oh Tazen…..Tazen….Tazen… Tazen Watts is a celebrity in the car building world and has always been an unobtainable God until the day he walks into Quinn’s auto repair shop. Quinn has been working on cars for as long as she can remember. She works hard to prove herself as an accomplished mechanic, in a male dominated field. She also works tirelessly running her father’s shop. She is doing the best she can but the shop is failing anyway. The mortgage is overdue and the bills have pilled up, which causes Tazen Watts to take notice.

Tazen wants to buy Quinn’s shop and turn it into a custom build shop. He values the location and sees a great business opportunity. The only problem is, Quinn has absolutely no interest in selling. She has poured her life’s blood into the shop and isn’t going to let it go without a fight. Let the sparks fly!!!

Hard to Break is a definite enemies to lovers story. Quinn hates the arrogant nature of Tazen and his blantant come-ons. Tazen is drawn to Quinn’s fiery nature and loves how she doesn’t fall down at his feet, but he needs Quinn’s shop and she is standing in his way.

I love the story’s progression. At different times throughout the book I found myself disliking each character. Tazen comes across as an arrogant jerk and indifferent to Quinn’s plight. Quinn starts out as a strong-willed woman but can be somewhat bratty. But, in my opinion, these flaws only highlight their character and relationship evolvement.

While Hard to Break is the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone. There are no cliffhangers and you get a definite resolution. I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review, and I can say I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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Primal Force by D.D. Ayres

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This is the third installment in K-9 Rescue series by D.D Ayres. True to style, Ayres delivers a heartwarming story about a troubled vet and his service dog. I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review.

Lauray “Law” Battise is an veteran that lost his K-9, Scud, while wounded in action. While trying to deal with the pain of losing his leg and his faithful companion, Law is not doing well. He frequently has nightmares and has withdrawn from friends and his career in law enforcement. Trying to put the pieces of his life back together hasn’t been easy for Law. So, after agreeing to his sister’s demands, Law seeks out a service dog.

At Warrior Wolf Pack Law meets Jori Garrison. Jori is an ex-con that is trying to get her life on track. Jori has always proclaimed her innocence, however, her life was completely ruined the day she was convicted.

I really liked the characters in this book. Jori was strong and likable. She didn’t do the wilting flower too much but, when she did, it was understandable. The one aspect I really enjoyed was the focus on the developing relationship between Law and his service dog, Sam. Law, still grieving the loss of Scud, is sometimes mean toward Sam and a bit cold. He always keeps Sam at a distance until a pivotal moment in the book when he realizes how important the dog becomes.

This is the second book I have read by Ayres and I am not disappointed. Although the books are in a series they can be read as a stand alone. There are no cliffhangers. But I will say Ayres definitely left things open for Law’s sister to have a book of her own. I am really hoping that is in the works, because Law’s sister is a force unto herself and would make a great heroine.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and would recommend giving it a try.

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Sue Duff Takes on ComicCon

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Sue Duff celebrates the release of her newest novel, Masks and Mirrors, by attending the Denver ComicCon convention.

If you haven’t heard about Masks and Mirrors then let me educate you by providing a synopsis.

Ian Black’s commitment to safeguarding Earth has come at a price. His career as an illusionist is at a standstill and attending to the planet’s needs has distanced him from his best friend, his guardians, and the woman he loves. When presented with an opportunity to perform, Ian seizes the chance. But moments before he takes the stage, Ian encounters the mysterious Jaered and a rebel force fighting to protect Earth alongside the Weir.

Jaered is determined to stop a malevolent Weir from releasing a drug capable of wiping out the last vestiges of their race and plunging Earth into self-destruction. But when Jaered is willing to sacrifice an innocent child to obtain the drug for himself, Ian risks everything to uncover the secrets of the rebel forces and their true intentions for Earth’s survival.

Sue Duff in Author Alley

Author Sue Duff

Sue Duff on Author Panel

Sue Duff on Author Panel

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You can find Sue Duff at her website: http://sueduff.com/

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Full Contact by Sarah Castille

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OH Sarah Castille you have done it again. I can’t help but love everything I have read by this woman. I can say now and truly I am Sarah Castille’s bitch. I will line up to buy whatever she puts to paper and shamelessly beg for an ARC. Which I did. I am little biased since I am such a fan but I will endeavour to give you a honest review.

This newest installment in the Redemption series focuses on Sia, a talented artist and Ray, the P.I. we saw in the previous book. This is the third book in this series and I will say you need to read the other books first. Yes, you may be able to follow it but you will miss some of the significance of these characters. So suck it up buttercup and buy the other books. You will not be disappointed.
I love the way Sarah Castille writes. Her books have a very good flow and move along quickly. The only thing that bothered me was Ray’s patois. He began his sentences in a almost philosophical manner. “A man needs to….” “When a man finds…” All the ” a man” crap got annoying. Speak English!!  Also, his vernacular didn’t quite match who he is.  He’s not some bumpkin.  He is a somewhat educated and well-traveled man. The stunted speech seemed to me as a way to make him seem more basic.  Which didn’t work for me.  He is somewhat complex and not that simple at all.

These characters have a dark past. Sia has suffered a traumatic event and has since given up a part of who she was once. Ray is equally tortured and has a secret that serves as a big turning point in the book. I found myself liking the characters very much. They were well-written and they developed and evolved nicely. While this book is the third in a series it is a stand alone story and you do get your HEA.

Overall, I gave the book four solid stars and would highly recommend this book and author to anyone.

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Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank

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I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review. A new series by Jacquelyn Frank, Cursed by Fire, is the first in the Immortal Brothers series.

I both enjoyed and hated this book. The book starts a little slow. But once it took off I found myself enjoying it. Not sure exactly why, but I did nonetheless.

First let us start with the story/plot. A group of brothers decided they would like to become immortal. O.K. Why not? So off they go in search of an immortal fountain of youth, so to speak. At last they succeed and drink freely from the immortality stream. Well, this angers the Gods and each brother is cursed. Dethan is cursed to burn for eternity. He is chained in hell and burned daily by hellfire, only to be allowed to heal just in time to start the process all over again. You know…burn, rinse, repeat. Well as Gods are known to do, they begin to quibble and war amongst themselves. Dethan is tasked with conquering cities in the name of a particular deity in order to give her more power. This is where he meets Selinda. Selinda the grandina a.k.a. Selinda the doormat.

Selinda is promised in marriage to a cruel man. Her father doesn’t listen to her pleas and doesn’t believe the truth about her bethrothed. I love using that word. There are just not enough opportunities to use the word bethrothed. Anyway…..Dethan and Selinda strike a bargin. Dethan gets rid of the big meanie and Selinda will marry him and give him her territory.

I think the part that bothered me is Selinda. She is just so weak. She is relying on everyone else to fix her problems. While I do not advocate violence, I’m sure a well placed blunt object would have cured all that ailed her. But no. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if she had a bit of a spine.

One thing I did enjoy was the writing style. Each pov melded easily into the next one. I really like how seamless the transition was between Dethan and Selinda’s pov. Her writing style and word usage was very nice and quite enjoyable.

Overall, I’m giving the book three stars. I didn’t hate it, but it will not be one of my favorites. I may try the next book in the series just because I enjoyed her writing style and the different story line. I just hope the next heroine has a backbone.

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Garrett by Sawyer Bennett a Cold Fury Hockey Novel

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I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review.  Sawyer Bennett brings back the Cold Fury boys in this second installment. While the book is a bit formulaic, it is an enjoyable read. You don’t need to have read the first book in the series to enjoy this book. Bennett does a great job of filling in the blanks a first time reader may face, without becoming repetitive.

Garrett is a player that leaves a string of women in his wake. Hockey is the number one priority in his life and he makes no apologies for that fact. That is until Olivia enters his life. With a little bit of lust at first sight, Olivia quickly becomes a major part of Garrett’s life.

Olivia is somewhat of a free spirit. She is very self-assured and strong. She is instantly taken with Garrett but she has a secret and isn’t sure Garrett is something she should take on at this point in her life.

I enjoyed how we see Garrett lose his man-whore ways and become a committed partner. His character becomes more dimensional and evolves throughout the book. I wish I could say the same for Olivia. She began kind of flat and that’s how she ended. Don’t get me wrong, she was a great character. She was independent and went after what she wanted. But maybe that’s the way she needed to be in order to illuminate Garrett’s complete turn around.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. It flowed nicely and you get both characters’ POV. While the book is the second in a series, it is a stand-alone story that wraps up nicely in the end. If you enjoyed her first book then I recommend you check out Garrett. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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