Monthly Archives: August 2014

Alex a Cold Fury Hockey Novel

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I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Alex Crossman is hockey’s hottest bad boy. He’s rude, aloof, and utterly dismissive. Often voted hockey’s MVP (Most Valuable Prick), his bosses are tired of his attitude and antics. In an effort to improve his image, he is ordered to help set up a drug program that targets teens or forget his career.

Sutton Price is a counselor/social worker that gives her all to help those in need. Her main goal is to help those struggling with drug addiction. So, needless to say, she is thrilled when she is told she will be working with a star athlete to set up her cherished program. What she didn’t count on was the attraction.

I really liked the way this book was written. Yes there was instant lust, but the more mushy parts took some time. Both Alex and Sutton had less than happy childhoods. But that is where the similarities end. Sutton has found a way to make her childhood give her strength and purpose. Whereas Alex, poor pitiful Alex, is burdened with anger and apathy.

The story is somewhat predictable but still enjoyable. Alex is definitely someone you want to take for a ride on the Zamboni machine. Sutton is strong and forgiving. Sometimes a little too forgiving, need to make him grovel a little girl!

I recommend this if you are looking for a easy romance. The story line reads smoothly and I really enjoyed the characters, plot, and setting.

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A French Mystery Worth Trying

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I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review.  The Stone Boy by Sophie Loubiere is definitely worth giving a try.  A best seller in France, the book weaves a delicate tale.  Madame Preau is a former headmistress.  She is also a wife, mother, and grandmother.  After moving back into her former home after being away a while, she finds things much changed.  Its what she finds upon her return that sets things into motion.   

The characters are very well developed.  Each character has their own story line that is subtly interwoven into the main plot.  However, the story focuses on Madame Preau.  You don’t know if you pity her or hate her.  

One thing that I both loved and hated was the manner in which the story was written.  The chapters are very short and wrote in a somewhat disconnected manner.  The effect is that the story does not read very smoothly.  But after reading this novel, I see why it had to be written in exactly this way.  The start and stop feeling while reading only adds to the suspense and the general feeling of unease.  The reader is left just a little off kilter while trying to make sense of the events happening.  

While I recommend giving this book a try, I must warn you, it is not a hit you over the head and take you for a ride type of book.  It is a tap you on the shoulder, introduce itself, ask you out for a cup of coffee and walk you back home at night.  It doesn’t leave you breathless or angry, but it does leave your mind wandering around in a loop.  So all in all I give this book 3 stars.  

Happy Reading!!  

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Cover Him With Darkness

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I received this ARC for an honest review.  Milja is the daughter of a priest that has been charged with keeping the family secret. Deep in the mountains of Europe beneath a church, deep within a tomb lies an angel. Milja was introduced to this mysterious angel when she was just a young girl. But she cannot fight the attraction she feels for this tortured being. Milja is conflicted between her family obligation and what she feels is right.

This isn’t your flowers and rainbows romance. Azazel is an angel who has been bound since before Moses parted the Red Sea and well he’s pissed. Azazel isn’t the type you immediately cheer for. He’s difficult, unapologetic, and doesn’t really care for the opinions of others. He’s a walk to the beat of a different drum type of guy. But for all his faults he can be loyal and is a BAMF.  But you kinda have to cut the guy some slack, he was shackled in a dingy since the creation…..of the freakin world.  Just think of all the reality t.v. he’s missed!

I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to give anything away. I will say the book gives you an ending, but it is left open for future installments.  The writing is well done and the plot moves along nicely.  I recommend giving it a try.

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No In Between by Lisa Renee Jones Goes All the Way!

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I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I had fallen in love with the first two books of the Inside Out series.

If I Were You (Inside Out, #1)                                                 Being Me (Inside Out, #2)

Chris was deliciously tortured and Sarah was learning to stand strong and find her own way. Then the third book arrived.

Revealing Us (Inside Out, #3)

I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t love it as much as the first two. Now Lisa Renee Jones has released her fourth installment in the series. I have to say I like this book much better than her last.

First of all, the story progresses nicely. While the previous book focused mainly on Chris and his demons, this newest installment gets back to the core of Chris and Sarah. They are finally trying to learn how to face their problems together and stop running.

Having arrived back from Paris, Chris and Sarah have to deal with the psycho Ava and the aftermath of her admission of murder and the attempt on Sarah’s life. Chris is still somewhat moody and controlling, but would we really want him any other way? Sarah, well Sarah has learned to pick her battles well. Finally! I really liked the progression of their relationship and how we, as the reader, can see the depth of character growth. We also finally get some Mark action. But it is less sexy alpha and more tortured shell of a man. Sarah always the super sleuth, is not happy to let the police take care of the investigation into both her missing friend and the psycho Ava. So her and Chris are constantly hypothesizing and trying to determine the truth.

This doesn’t end in a cliffhanger per say, but the story is definitely not finished. You will have to read the previous two in order to understand this newest installment.  Now that being said, Lisa Renee Jones has produced a ton of other, what I like to call, supplemental books that go along with this series.  I have read none of those.  Jones has wrote each of the main four books in a way that frugal readers such as yours truly can read, enjoy, and understand without having to go broke buying the others.

Overall I gave this book four stars. There were a few things I didn’t see coming and the plot moved along nicely. I definitely recommend.

Happy reading!!!

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Her Special Forces by Sophia Roslyn

22718538     Kacey, a former special forces pilot, is enjoying retirement in her hometown. She has her everyday routines; morning run, coffee and muffins with the local sheriff, and horrible night terrors. Kacey tries to pretend that her time overseas hasn’t affected her. But her friends know otherwise. Not only has her military service given her emotional trauma but it also gave her Nathan Weatherly. Nathan is a former SEAL who is has recently taken a job in Kacey’s idyllic hometown. But Kacey is less than pleased to see her former lover. But Navy SEALS are nothing if not persistent. This sets up the cycle of Kacey and Nathan’s relationship. Kacey runs but Nathan always follows. I enjoyed seeing a strong military woman depicted in this novel. Kacey is strong, competent, stubborn, opinionated and wait, did I mention stubborn? She is capable of taking care of business and doesn’t need a man to swoop in and save the day. As a matter of fact, she can swoop in with her helicopter and get things done. To quote the great Aretha Franklin, “sisters are doin it for themselves!” The book is an easy read and pretty predictable. You figure out the bad guys very quickly. Plus the blurb is a little misleading. It mentions some great secret that Kacey holds. Ummm….what secret? You find out within in the first chapter Kacey’s problem. I kept waiting for some big, bad horrible thing to emerge. Nope. Didn’t happen. But that being said, if you are looking for a quick read that leaves you with happy feels then I highly recommend this book. Overall I gave it 3 stars for a strong female lead, decent plot, and good writing.

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