Review: A Fine Imitation

 

Synopsis:

Set in the glamorous 1920s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin.

Vera Bellington has beauty, pedigree, and a penthouse at The Angelus–the most coveted address on Park Avenue. But behind the sparkling social whirl, Vera is living a life of quiet desperation. Her days are an unbroken loop of empty, champagne-soaked socializing while her nights are silent and cold, spent waiting alone in her cavernous apartment for a husband who seldom comes home.

Then Emil Hallan arrives at The Angelus to paint a mural above its glittering subterranean pool. The handsome French artist moves into the building, shrouds his work in secrecy, and piques Vera’s curiosity, especially when the painter keeps dodging questions about his past. Is he the man he claims to be? Even as she finds herself increasingly drawn to Hallan’s warmth and passion, Vera can’t suppress her suspicions. After all, she has plenty of secrets, too–and some of them involve art forgers like her bold, artistically talented former friend, Bea, who years ago, at Vassar, brought Vera to the brink of catastrophe and social exile.

When the dangerous mysteries of Emil’s past are revealed, Vera faces an impossible choice–whether to cling to her familiar world of privilege and propriety or to risk her future with the enigmatic man who has taken her heart. A Fine Imitationexplores what happens when we realize that the life we’ve always led is not the life we want to have.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

Readers won’t be able to set this book down, once they begin reading it.  A Fine Imitation is the first novel I have read by the more than talented writer, Amber Brock. Her main character, Vera Belington, will call all readers to this intriguing historical read.

Vera Bellington is a woman who grows up having it all. The richness of life is constant but lacking in a few areas. One area is her mom. Another is the loveless marriage she’s found herself bound within…will her life change? Now, enters a mysterious man. Then there’s a painter, who ignites a passion in Vera that she can’t ignore. But nobody is perfect. Vera soon finds herself sandwiched in a place where she must make decisions. Where she decides to head and what happens next, is for readers to find themselves.

A Fine Imitation is one marvelous novel that is stunning well-developed and the words on every page will entice readers every time. Amber Brock is the new author to watch for…her writing is exciting, brilliant, and vibrant. Characters are so life like it’s hard to believe it’s all a work one clever mind. Overall, I highly recommend this title to readers everywhere.

Review: Bring Me to Life

 

Synopsis:

Anastasia wanted to be a witch. One of her friends even found a spell to give her magic. But before the spell is over, Anastasia dies. She wakes up in Hell, having to serve a purgatory sentence for her crime.

When Anastasia is suddenly ripped out of Hell and brought topside, Ezra, a demon working for Lucifer, is told to send her soul down below. When he finds her, there are questions that must be answered. He decides to keep her alive until he knows her friends won’t resurrect her again.

While he still has Anastasia, he’s sent on another assignment. They have to work together to stop a murderer. But as she and Ezra grow closer, the decision to get away from him becomes harder. To save her life and find out the truth behind her death, she must leave the only person who has made her ever feel alive.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

Bring Me to Life by Nicole Thorn is one addictive read. A story unlike any other. Here, readers get a refreshing yet a believable story that entices them in like moths to a flame. Two unlikely characters met under certain circumstances…and while they are stuck together working side-by-side, a chemistry begins to form. Sparks are flying everywhere and readers are encouraged to read further to find out what happens next. Nicole Thorn is a talented writer who can lure readers easily to her lair, or should I say a world of fiction? Anastasia fascinates readers from the first page as well as Erza the demon. But her friends are also, enjoyable to follow along as the story develops. Readers will be taken on one adventure to another one as they follow the new pair to the end. Overall, I absolutely loved reading this novel. I look forward to reading more brilliant paranormal romance pieces by Nicole Thorn in the future. Her characters are out of this world. Bring Me to Life, is one read that I highly recommend to readers everywhere.

Review: Behind Closed Doors (Book 2)

 

Synopsis:

“The love of money is the root to all evil, but poverty and wealth are its greatest companions…” ~ A.L. Smith

Human trafficking is often considered an international phenomenon and women from third world countries are the first images that come to mind. However, “familial human trafficking” is a more intimate crime due to the dynamics of the underlying relationships. Human trafficking is one of the largest criminal entities in the country today, second only to drug trafficking…200,000 cases reported each year. Abject poverty, visible obscurity and other socioeconomic disparities are contributing factors.

Behind Closed Doors 2 is the riveting tale of one little girl’s struggle to overcome circumstances beyond her control. Born and raised on the ruthless streets of East St Louis, Dana Toussaint was accustomed to a life of privilege, thanks to her father, a Haitian-born immigrant and notorious drug lord. Dana’s mother, a materialistic southern belle from South Louisiana, is consumed by the good life, as memories of her upbringing in an East New Orleans housing project become a distant memory.

In spite of the similarities between the Haitian and Louisiana Creole cultures, the marriage unravels and the unthinkable occurs when Dana’s father abruptly abandons the family. At the age of 12, Dana becomes the ultimate sacrifice and her mother brokers the deal.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

Behind Closed Doors Book 2: Dana’s Story is a phemnomonal story. One that readers will feel with their hearts and souls. This kind  of story never leaves a reader. A.L. Smith has beautifully spun together a novel worthy of every reader’s attention. Her second novel is just as stunning as her first one but packs more of an emotional journey.

Inside of A.L. Smith’s, Behind Closed Doors (Book 2), is the sad underlying truth to the world real nature. A talented writer with a goal and passion for writing is one to watch out for…and A.L. Smith is indeed on my favorite author’s list. Her writing inspires, encourages, and shakes down barriers. Dana is the new heronie that readers will fall in love with from the first moment and until the very end. Her life is one that no one can think possible yet it’s happening. A young girl grows up only to deal with a mother like that of Cinderella’s stepmother but far much more cruel. Dana is treated like garbage and then her mother plans something that would endanger Dana’s life… A.L. Smith’s work is sad, heartbreaking, and a must read.  I enjoyed reading this masterpiece, and I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.

 

Review: Liberation’s Desire

 

Synopsis:

Second in the Robotics Faction Series, this sexy stand-alone novel sizzles!

Running for her life…

Mercury Sarit Antiata will do anything to protect her family from Robotics Faction assassins, even undergo illegal surgery that leaves her damaged and alone. Now Faction agents know where she hides. And they’re coming.

Ultra-logical android assassin Yves|Santiago [y$14n2] uses his flawless features and stunning blue-gold eyes to blend in with the humans he’s assigned to destroy. But when a rogue agent severs him from the Faction, stranding him with feelings he can’t comprehend, he needs Mercury alive to stop this new threat. Discovering that he needs the soft, supple young woman for other reasons too makes him question everything.

With the entire universe out to end her, it will take every byte of Yves’ skill to protect Mercury.

Protect her from the Faction…
Protect her from the rogue…
Protect her from the greatest danger of all…
Himself.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Woohoo! Book 2 of the Robotics Faction is here. Liberation’s Desire by Wendy Lynn Clark is a hot, steamy romance that readers everywhere will want to get the hands on. Inside of this well-developed story, readers are taken on a journey that questions everything. Questions one’s true motives for why and what is happening and then what is happening with their own feelings. Liberation’s Desire will only further readers’ desire to read more brilliant adventures by Wendy Lynn Clark.

Liberation’s Desire brings us two major protagonists who are having to fight everything. Fight off the ones that are chasing them, fight off the why’s, and most of all fight off the instant pull of desire that is equally felt. There’s no returning point once they let their romance skyrocket. But there’s the Faction and then the rogue who severed Yves from the Faction and the danger is close behind them. Can they make it? I absolutely love reading Wendy Lynn Clark’s amazing novels.  Each of her novels will only leave readers waiting for more. The characters are out of this world and irresistibly believable. Readers will fall in love with Wendy’s plot, characters, and her way with words. It’s not like reading…it’s more like actually being there and experiencing it all first hand. Overall, I highly recommend Liberation’s Desire to all.

 

 

Review: The Customer Is Always Wrong

 

Synopsis:

’90s grunge kid Conrad Jacoby is on the verge of graduating from Hiawatha High. Eager to leave the nest and his alcoholic Vietnam veteran father behind, Conrad joins the workforce where he tests his luck at minimum wage jobs in food service and retail, building his savings and his backbone with the goal of moving out. Although Conrad is determined, he quickly finds that his sheltered Minnesota upbringing has not prepared him for the life challenges and difficult personalities he will encounter in this coming of age comedy.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

The Customer Is Always Wrong by CC Standish is one outstanding piece. Readers will automatically take to this novel like it’s the last food source left on the planet. CC Standish brings readers a fresh, exciting, and vibrant novel. The protagonist gets into a lot of trouble. Every time he does, readers will be there laughing along the way and enjoying the thrill ride as they soar to the last page. Not only is the story intriguing but the protagonist is one that readers worldwide can easily connect with on so many levels. We all have been there and done that. The Customer Is Always Wrong will bring back memories to readers everywhere. This is a must read that readers won’t be able to put down…once they read it. Overall, I highly recommend CC Standish’s brilliantly well-written novel to all.

 

Review: Bewitching Circe

 

Synopsis:

Stone Koufax, tattooed tough ex-ranger steeped in heartbreak, plunges through shape-shifter sirens and twenty-first-century partners with sexy charm. But within the deep woods, old gods laugh as he twists and turns to escape love’s binds. Dating app, Tinder, taunts the Florida backwoods with indecent proposals as enchantress Circe twirls her magic. Isle McQueen, a redheaded vixen with XXX-rated allure, intrigues Stone. Will she tap Stone’s heart icon or swipe off-screen?

The war between Stone and Isle becomes a thin red heart that could snap at any moment. Can Isle avoid Stone’s bed until he falls from friendship into love?  A posse of ghosts and god of thunder, Thor, gather to defeat Circe …
My Rating: 5 stars
My Review: 
Bewitching Circe by Maria Hardin is the most intriguing novel readers will get their hands on. Absolutely touching, sexy, and enchanting. Readers will be sucked into the plot after reading the first page. Maria Hardin automatically takes her readers on the most curious and dangerous battlefields of all. Gods, love, and two individuals who will be fighting as hard as possible the instant connection and power that comes their way.
Bewitching Circe is a debut novel that will capture audiences from all over the world. Mythology, paranormal stuff, and romance all wrapped into one incredible novel. The drama and troubles are only just beginning…Can one man defeat his way through it all? Maria Hardin is indeed a talented writer to watch out for. Her characters will find their way into readers laps and their hearts. Overall, I highly recommend this adventure to readers everywhere.

Review: Bound to Darkness

 

Synopsis:

Carys Chase is accustomed to making her own rules and letting her heart lead the way–no matter what anyone else has to say about it. A rare Breed female and a daywalker as well, headstrong, beautiful Carys is one of the most powerful of her kind. She lives passionately and loves without limits, especially when it comes to the lethal cage-fighting Breed warrior called Rune.

Unbeatable in the ring, Rune exists in a brutal world of blood and bone and death. He’s made his share of enemies both in and out of the arena, and his secrets run as deep and turbulent as his past. A dangerous loner who has survived by his fists and fangs, Rune has never allowed anyone to get too close to him…until Carys. But when the bodies buried in his past rise up to threaten his present, Rune must choose between betraying Carys’s trust or putting her in the crosshairs of a battle neither of them can hope to win on their own.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Rating:

Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian is one of the most compelling hot vampires novels in existence. Her stories come to life and send readers deep into danger with heart pounding situations, and enough heat that will melt Alaska. Lara Adrian never disappoints readers. Her characters are tough, sexy, and vibrant. There’s never a dull or slow pace in any of Lara Adrian’s novels. Bound to Darkness will not just lure readers in but capture their heart and souls.

A woman who’s family wants to keep her safe and doing what they want that they don’t see the woman she is or has become. When faced with a choice, Carys will decide to leave her family and home for a man who turns her into mush.  There’s nothing like two vampires with their own life issues and an undeniable love that never ceases. Carys has come to terms in love with the tough vampire fighter, Rune. He’s strong, sexy, and he’s hers. Rune is so tempted to bind himself with Carys but his past and the danger that comes with him are preventing a happy future for him and Carys. Can he protect her and will they ever find their happiness? Bound to Darkness is exactly what’s happened to Rune. He’s bound himself to a life of darkness to keep his woman alive and safe…until it comes crashing and destroying all he cares about. I highly recommend this paranormal romance to readers everywhere.

Review: A Wicked Hunger

 

Synopsis:

A hundred years after vampires revealed themselves to the masses, the world is still recovering from the hysteria and war that devastated much of the Earth. And though peace has been brokered between the human and vampire nations, it is tumultuous at best.

Orphaned at the age of ten, Coraline Conwell has struggled to survive a turbulent existence growing up alone on the harsh streets. Until a wealthy man provides an escape from her vagrant life by offering his hand in marriage. Out of place in the upper-crust world, Cora has done her best to adapt to her new role as wife, but when her husband is brutally murdered, she is ripped from her secure life at the hands of the Vampire Enforcement Agency.

Now her survival teeters on the whim of a brutally handsome vampire named Mason as she is hunted by those who would see her dead. She must keep unwanted desires for the sexy vampire from leading her down a dangerous path while she discovers there is more to this world, and herself, than she could have ever imagined.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

A Wicked Hunger by Kiersten Fay is one smoking hot read. Readers will be dragged instantly into the novel. At first, readers are taken on one woman’s journey of seducing her husband to her being shot at and then to find that her husband is dead. But that’s not all. Someone wants her dead. Cora ends up finding herself being taken into protective custody by none other than a hot sexy vampire. One that feel the spark of attraction when he first spotted her in nothing more than a coat and sexy lingerie.  Mace is on a mission to take Cora’s husband alive as a prisoner for criminal actions but then all hell breaks loose. Soon, he takes Cora into his care. Along the way their lust and something else begins to develop. As for Cora, her crazy yet dangerous journey as only just begun. Kiersten Fay is a superb writer with skills that will heat up the night and send a shiver down readers’ spines. This was the first novel, I have read by her and I highly recommend it to all. The ending will only leave readers begging for more. I can’t wait to read her next masterpiece. (Warning this read will create a wicked hunger for more novels by Kiersten Fay.)

 

 

Book Cover Designs

 

Recently, a friend and client of mine asked me to create new book covers. Above, are the three new book covers I created for him.

Book cover designs cost only $5.00 each.

If you need a book cover, please email me at, universalcreativityinc.2014@gmail.com.

 

Review: Just Breathe

 

Synopsis:

There’s an irresistibly sexy man in my life who came out of nowhere and somehow has stuck to me. I’m not complaining — I just never saw my life happening like this. My life has changed completely from almost a year ago — something I vowed would never happen, and yet, it has. I’ve broken my rules, all of them because of him.

Our relationship is forced out into the public — something I’m not sure I’m ready for at all. There are many things that make me uncomfortable, mainly because I’ve never had a boyfriend before. Certain things arise in my life, complicating it even more, testing me in so many ways all while having to face the demons of my past.

What do you say to someone, who says they love you when you still don’t understand your own emotions?

Will Emma break through life’s obstacles and allow herself to love and be loved?

This book is not a standalone and is meant to be read after reading the first and second books (Breathe In & Breathe Out) of the Just Breathe series.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Just Breathe by Martha Sweeney is the last installment in this hot, sexy, yet highly addictive series. Readers will be instantly hooked when they open up this read. Emma and Joe are the perfect couple. Joe knows Emma is the one and is will do anything to get her to accept that they are indeed a couple. He wants it to be known in public to their friends and anyone else. However, Emma is just not used to having a man she loves wanting to go the extra mile for her. Joe is the man that can make any woman swoon on sight. Plus, his caring ways with Emma makes readers fall even harder for the hot irresistible man. Emma like every woman has her own insecurities…she’s tough, smart, and sexy….but when it comes to defining her relationship with Joe in stronger terms, she’s a bit hesitant at the new changes. Martha Sweeney has beautifully woven a story worth reading. A story full of passion, heat, and fun. Readers won’t find another hot read that compares to Martha’s Just Breathe series. Martha Sweeney’s characters are charming and her plot is just as exciting. I feel in love with each novel. Just Breathe was the most stunning one in the collection. It was a wonderful way to end this intriguing romantic series. Overall, I highly recommend Just Breathe to readers worldwide.

A Writer’s Thoughts

A Writer’s Thoughts 

Reader’s read the finished piece. The final thoughts of a writer. But what is it that the writer truly thinks of when writing. Whether to inform, entertain, or to persuade, the actual working thoughts of a writer are a great mystery.

Creativity can instantly spin in one’s mind and flow continously like that of Niagra Falls or maybe tap them lightly on the shoulder causing a brief sense of what to write. Yet leave them with a struggle for further words.

Or maybe somethinng they have seen, felt, or heard inspired them to say soemthing. That something turns into a piece that leaves readers with some kind of emotion. We feel, think, or learned something new.

But whatever it may be that turns a writer’s thoughts to pen and paper, could also, be quite opposite of the writer’s actually wanted to provoke in his or her audience.

How can we say we truly understood a writer’s piece or that we can easily analyze the meaning of words when their might have be an undrelying theme or message hidden deep within?

What if we went about the study of literature wrong? Or maybe our full understanding of it is only just a tiny piece of a bigger puzzle?

No one can truly call themselves an expert. For we may never truly know the true message behind any writer’s thought when they created their masterpiece. We can only guess or assume or maybe we might even be awarded the pleasure to ask the writer. But whatever the truth is behind a writer’s thoughts it shall forever remain a mystery.

 

January All Wrapped Up

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This month has been amazing. So many things have happened. Our ebook and print book review requests have gone up even further! Here are some things we have done this past month:

Paid jobs – $350.oo total.

Fundraiser for a college student: $300.00 total.

Book reviews completed: 36 books reviewed total.

February’s Magazine Issue was finished and sent out early!

We have had 5 contributing writers this month.

Sent out March Issue Cover Reveal.

Working on March Issue…

We hosted 2 book giveaways.

Best Fiction Award Winners were Announced!

That is January all wrapped up. We thank everyone, who has helped and supported us! We would not be here without all of you! Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

Valentines Day Writing Contest!

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Hi everyone,

We will be hosting a Valentines Day Writing Contest, where writers will get to compete with other writers for the best Valentines Day Writing Story.

This competition cost onlly $5.00 to enter in, and will begin on February 8th. All those wanting to participate must sign up now. Registration ends on February 7th.

The contest is composed of 3 rounds of writing. Each round consists of a given topic that writers must write a story for and will also, have a limited number of words to be used.

1st Round – Consists of writing a story on a given topic. Writers must write a story using only 2,500 words. Writers will be given 6 days to write and submit their stories.  Judges will then choose the top 5 writers to make it to round 2.

2nd Round – Consists of writing a story given on a new topic. Writers must write a story using only 2,000 words. Writers will be given 3 days to write and submit their stories. Judges will then choose the top 3 to make it to the final round.

3rd Round – Consists of writing a story given on a new topic. Writers must write a story using only 1,500 words. Writers will have 24 hours to write and submit their stories. Judges will then choose the final winner of the 2016 Valentines Day Writing Contest.

Each writer will receive feedback on their writing as well as a rating. All writers will also, receive a digital seal for each round of writing they completed.

Each writer’s work will be featured for a one time free publication in our online literary magazine called, Urban Lit Magazine.

Writers who sign up, will receive a confirmation email and an invocie for the $5.00 entry fee. At the end of the contest, each writer will be emailed their ratings, feedbacks and digitals seals.

To sign up now, email us at: urbanliteraryagency@gmail.com and put VDWC in the subject area.

Writers Wanted!

Hi everyone,

We are needing writers who would like to write a piece to be featured in our online literary magazine.

Here are several topics that we need writers to write about:

  • Blogging Into the Future – Talk about how blogging has changed the way writers publish their work, gain promotions, and market themselves to readers around the world. Also, mention a few new features in blog sites that have changed for the better in improving the ways writers can target their pieces to readers everywhere.
  • Poetry 101 – What is considered poetry? What kind of poetry is there? How to go about writing the perfect poem?
  • Poems – We need poets who would like to see their poetry featured. Gain public attention to your work by allowing us permission to publish your poems one time in our magazine issues.
  • Flash Fiction – We are thinking of adding a flash fiction column into our magazine. A place for writers to submit pieces to be featured in our magazine and to gain votes by our readers on which pieces were the best in plot, characterization, hook, and pace of story.
  • Behind the Desk of A Poet – We would like to feature a poet who has success iin publishing his or her poetry and wouldn’t mind speaking out to other poets and writers about his or her experience.
  • Fantasy – What is fantasy fiction? Elements commonly found in this genre? What to look for when writing in this genre?
  • Science Fiction – Is this genre gaining momentum in the publishing world? If not how can writers target their work to make it catch up with other popular genres like romance?
  • Reader’s Opinion – This is a column, where we would like readers to send us their opinions about the latest trends in books, literature, reviews, and etc. These opinion piece can be sent in to us and we can but annoymous in place of reader’s name. However, we would like to put the reader’s state the live in to show that that readers come from everywhere.
  • Author Interviews – We need more poets and authors to feature within our magazine issues. This is an excellent and free way for writers to gain more exposure.
  • Book Releases – Authors and or publishers can send us pictures, links, and book release information for us to feature in our magazine issues.

Writers and readers can send us an email with anything they would like us to feature for free inside of our magazine issues via Word Document in English to us at: urbanliteraryagency@gmail.com.

If you have a photo to include with your poetry, flash fiction or other piece of writing and or opinion then please attach that to your email.

Review: Kidnapped by the Billionaire

 

Synopsis:

Get lost in the deeply passionate, darkly sensual new novel from Jackie Ashenden, Kidnapped by the Billionaire.
He kissed her the way he’d run her down, conquering her, taking her…

A priceless plan. An illicit attraction.
Seven years ago, billionaire-turned-bodyguard Elijah Hunt lost everything he had—his family, his future—and now he wants revenge. But when he decides to kidnap the daughter of the man who ruined his life, Elijah gets a lot more than he bargained for. Violet Fitzgerald is nothing like her corrupt wealthy father. In fact, she’s so disarmingly independent—and irresistible—that she just might be dangerous…

And a love that’s too good to be true.
Violet never thought she’d feel a connection to her captor. But there’s something beneath Elijah’s steel-bodied exterior that makes her want to know him more deeply…and surrender to his every demand. But once Elijah’s erotic fantasies become a reality—and he and Violet develop a real romantic connection—he finds himself in a quandary: Is he still the one in control? Or has Violet imprisoned him—body and soul?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Kidnapped by the Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden is super hot, dark, and exciting. There’s never a dull moment inside this suspenseful read. Readers will be taken deep into a secretive world built upon masks and lies. One woman will finally learn the about the evil and hurtful truth about her family. Her mom doesn’t love her, her dad was going to send her off to a bad man, and many lives were killed. A family business that is more about money than being a family. There are just some things a woman doesn’t want to know…Jackie Ashenden sends her readers the best of the best action and edge of your seat novel. Kidnapped by the Billionaire will set your heart racing and lead you straight into danger. Overall, I highly recommend this brilliant well-developed story and believable characters with a realistic edge to readers everywhere.

Review: Drama Muscle

 

Synopsis:

It could be lights out for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodybuilders popping up on campus, Nicky, and his favorite colleague/life partner Noah Oliver, must use their drama skills to figure out who is taking down pumped up musclemen in the Physical Education building before it is curtain down for Nicky and Noah. Complicating matters is a visit from Noah’s parents from Wisconsin, and Nicky’s suspicion that Noah may be hiding more than a cut, smooth body.

You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining second novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and weights up!

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Drama Muscle by Joe Cosentino is the second installment to a sexy mystery series. It’s hard to put down the novel that Joe Cosentino has brilliantly woven together. Readers will be laughing out loud, cheering on Nicky and Noah, and be left guessing as to who committed the murders. Plus, a love for the arts, literature, and drama can be found inside this stunning read. I couldn’t quite believe it but Joe Cosentino always surprises his readers.

Readers will be following Professor Nicky and Noah as they set-up a Body Building Competition. Students are eager to compete for a gold cup and full paid tuition. As the practice  rehersals go on, students and faculty end up dead. As to who dunnit and why, readers will constantly be dragged into the plot guessing at who had the strongest motive. However, readers won’t be able identify the killer until the very end. Surprises are stong in Joe Cosentino’s work. This particular exciting read, will show readers not one but mnay surprises. Not only is there a murderer to catch, but Nicky assumes the worst of Noah, and then there’s Noah’s parents who come to visit. Nicky will have to dress up and use his skills to cath the murderer red handed. But will he find the killer in time? Overall, I loved reading this intriguing, funny, and hot gay mystery. I highy recommend this dazzling novel, Drama Muscle, to all. Nicky and Noah are the new detectives in town!

 

Review: Lost in Tanganyika

 

Synopsis:

In 1862, William and Elizabeth Darmon escape from Zanzibar, crossing hostile territory to Lake Victoria. Pursued by ruthless slavers, they flee to Niam Niam country in Darkest Africa. There, William is forced on a desperate mission to save his wife from cannibals. Upon his return, he discovers evidence that she has been sold as a slave to the Arab Rashid family in Hayil across the Red Sea. His chase ends in a disaster beyond imagination, with redemption dependent upon solving Emir Talal’s demise.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Lost In Tanganyika by Thomas Thorpe is a fascinating adventure novel. One that will lure readers from everywhere. The well-written plot instantly takes readers on a journey of a life time. Danger and suspense hanging in the air, causing a shiver to run down the backs of readers as the characters race against everything to make it back home safe. Or will they?

Thomas Thorpe’s novel, Lost In Tanganyika, is by far one of the greatest reads I have stumbled across. Not only is his story highly entertaining but it also, shows readers the real scary truth about the world. Slavery, war, and even cannibals can be found inside this read. Readers will be left on the edge of their seats as they turn the pages wondering what happens next. The characters, William and Elizabeth as well as their new friend were perfect for this eye opening read. I can’t imagine Lost In Tanganyika without these three believable characters. They make the story pop to life and leave readers falling from their seats into the book itself. Beware, the heart pounding fear and visual scenes will take you on an incredible journey. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers world wide.

 

 

Review: Covered Bridge Charm

Synopsis:

Carly Blosser may not match the typical description of a conservative Mennonite woman—unmarried at 27, living alone, and careening around her Oregon neighborhood on a pink bicycle—but she has a soft heart for the elderly Mennonite residents at Sweet Life Assisted Living Facility, where she works as a caregiver. When Carly’s plans for a new volunteer program go awry, she shifts her focus to one lonely resident named Martha. Adam Lapp, a wood shop instructor at Sweet Life, joins with Carly to reunite Martha with an old flame before her 85th birthday. Carly and Adam’s hunt involves carved initials on covered bridges, digging up the past, and the appearance of a newcomer, who hinders the budding romance between the two. Soon, new clues sweep them all in a harried race to the finish line where love is sure to be the ultimate prize.

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review:

Covered Bridge Charm by Dianne Christner is absolutely a must read for all. This exciting yet sweet Christian romance will entice readers from everywhere. The build up of tension on both of the protagonists’ sides is intirguing. Readers won’t know which way the wind will blown when it comes to Carly and Adam. This was my first read by Dianne Christner. After reading this perfectly well-written story, I am definitely on the look out for more of her novels. The ending will leave readers wondering…and wanting more by this talented writer.

Covered Bridge Charm is romantic, funny, and a mysterious. Readers will be left hanging in suspense, when Adam and Carly are around each other. At first it’s like the two are dodging bullets but then something changes both of them…One moment is all it takes for for readers to fall in love with this amazing novel. I could see and hear every scene as if I were actually there. That is what I love about reading this brilliant heart melting and swoon worthy read. A real man that makes a woman blush and sweeps her off her feet is one to behold, maybe Adam is just that guy.  As they say opposites attract and that’s exactly what Adam and Carly are. However, Carly is plain looking, super sweet, and talks a lot. Plus, she’s always in one scrape or another. Can a man like Adam handle a generous loving and independent woman like Carly or will they both lose out on a chance of a life time? Readers beware, once you open this up, you won’t be putting it down until you finished reading the last page. Dianne Christner will lure readers in like a moth to a flame with her irresistible plot and charming characters.  Overall, I highly recommend this romance to readers everywhere.

Modern Girl: A Novel

Modern Girl

 

Dear Readers,

It has taken me about four tries, and I finally think my book is on the right track. It’s still in the stage of rewriting so, it may contain many errors. But here’s an excerpt:

I waited. So far, nothing. All my dreams were but fading into air. Feeling frustrated, I turned to my computer. Hoping to scope for some sign. I needed a job. Well, I needed a lot more than just needing a job, but was God listening to me at the moment. Maybe, or maybe he’s just thinks I’m not ready yet. How much longer Lord? It wasn’t like I was a sixteen-year-old girl waiting for her first kiss. I did once a time, wish for that very thing. But it never happened. At least not until, I was nineteen. I almost remember it as if it were yesterday. We were sitting in his car, parked at local park. Listening to music we were just talking. Then, somehow, he moved closer, and before I knew what was happening, he kissed me. I didn’t know what to say. First kiss from a guy. What was I supposed to say or do? He; however, predicted my very exact reaction. I guess I was or still am just that predictable. Maybe that’s my issue. Guys liked a mystery about their girls. I basically tell my whole life story to guy. Thinking it wise to bear my whole self-up front rather than wait until later.

Was I just setting myself up for failure every time I did that or simply did I just not meet any man’s real interest? The only romance these days, are my romance novels. Without them, I probably wouldn’t know what the feeling was like between a man and woman. The novels always left me wondering if a romance could ever possibly be that hot and that passionate…

Okay back to the job hunt…every job either required skills I don’t have or required that I move to that particular location. I mean moving would be fine, if I had the money and a car to do so. I wanted to cry.

Maybe, if I actually took the time to pray the whole rosary or make it to adoration at my church, I might actually have better luck right now. Unfortunately, I was the kind of person who can’t sit still for long periods unless I have a majority of different kinds of tasks at hand.

Thus, the reason for me starting so many projects and only completing a few at a time.

I was about to let my head fall on my desk when…

“Piper, you are so going to owe me a girl’s night out for this!” Shouted my Kendra. My bestest friend in the whole world. Unlike me, she was happily married to a great man.

Slapping a newspaper upon my desk, she goes to sit on the edge of my full sized bed. Taking up the paper, I instantly look at the highlighted parts.

WANTED: A FULL TIME LIBRARIAN. MUST WORK FROM 8AM-4PM ON MONDY’S THROUGH FRIDAY’S. ALSO, MUST BE FAMILIAR WITH THE DEWEY SYSTEM, BOOKS, AND HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE.

“So, what do you think?” I can just hear Kendra getting worked up over her find.

“This is unbelievable!”

Kendra frowned.

“I meant that in the best of ways. I might actually get a job now, thank you!” I shouted back and hugged her tightly.

Kendra’s smile told me that she was happy to have helped my job dilemma. But there was only one obstacle. I had to apply and then be interviewed…then wait for a response on whether or not I actually will be hired.

Going back to the newspaper, I went on to read:

MUST STOP BY LIBRARY TO APPLY. INTERVIEWS WILL HAPPEN ON SPOT. ONLY SUITED CANIDATE WILL BE HIRED. JOB INTERVIEWS CLOSE FRIDAY AT 4PM ON MAY 16TH.

May 16th at 4pm? “Oh my gosh, it closes today at 4pm!”

“Oh my gosh! Let me drive you. I forgot to check that bit…I was too excited.”

Grabbing decent clothes and putting them on as I’m running down the stairs is indeed a task that is not to be tried. I almost fell a few times if it weren’t for Kendra grabbing my arm to keep me from falling.

As we get into her small car, Kendra turns the key. A litter splutter then nothing.

“Oh crap this is not good!”

“Oh my gosh! This is so not good. Try again, Kendra!”

“I’m trying…” Turning the key once more… the engine comes to life.

“YAY!”

It took us ten minutes to get to the library. I practically ran out and stumbled right into a man. He was like running into a brick wall but warm and breathing…shaking my head, I apologized and went to the door. Only it was closed. A sign that read, sorry, we are closed.

“What!” That’s not possible!

“I’m afraid we had to close early due to no interviews.”

“But it’s not 4pm, and I am here for an interview!”

The man looked at me with his piercing green eyes. I looked right back at him. Standing my ground. I will not let him scare me away from a chance to interview for a job that obviously wasn’t taken yet…

“Fine. You’re hired. You will start tomorrow. Be here at 7:30 am sharp. No lateness will be tolerated.”

“Yes. Thank you.”

Nodding his head, he turns to leave.

“Wait, what’s your name?”

He turns back to me. “Mitchell.”

Then, turns away once more.

I stand there gaping after the man.

“What just happened?”

“I just got hired for the job!” I told her.

“Oh my gosh! I knew it! I just knew it! Oh my gosh! We are so celebrating! Girl’s night out you owe me remember?” Kendra said dragging me away to her car.

I felt light headed. I was finally going to work and not just work any job, but one that I would love to do.

Enjoy!

 

Review: See How They Run

 

Synopsis:

Digging up lost secrets is always dangerous.

For the past three years, Grace Blakely has been desperate to find out the truth about her mother’s murder. She thought it would bring her peace. She thought it would lead her to answers. She thought she could put the past to rest.

But the truth has only made her a target.

And the past?

The only way to put the past to rest is for Grace to kill it once and for all.

On Embassy Row, power can make you a victor or a victim; love can turn you into a fool or a fugitive; and family can lead you forward or bury you deep. Trust is a luxury. Death is a very real threat. And a girl like Grace must be very careful about which secrets she brings to light.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review:

Ally Carter is one of my favorite YA authors. As a teen and young adult, I have read every book of hers. My all time favorite was the Gallagher Girl series. When, I first heard of Ally’s new series, Embassy Row, my heart was thumping with excitiement to get my hands on her new novels. See How They Run, is well-written and the characters are indeed well-developed. I would not have expected any less from this talented best-selling writer. Ally Carter has brought back a world of secrets to share once more with her readers from everywhere. Readers can explore a deeper inside view of how politics, glamour, and family life all come hand-in-hand within this exciting read. See How They Run will take readers on one magnificent heart-pounding thrill ride.

See How They Run is book two in the Embassy Row series by Ally Carter. Here, readers get to meet a whole new line of characters. The main character, Grace, and her world is quite similar to the Gallagher Girls world of spies yet holds a lot more action and edge of your scenes. Readers will find the ending just as surprising as Grace did. Ally Carter definitely knows how to leave her audience hanging and waiting for the next great adventure. Although, I didn’t quite feel the same deep connection with Grace as I did with Ally’s famous Gallagher Girl, I still enjoyed following this new series of hers. This novel, unlike any of Ally’s previous books, holds a little of everything. Action, suspense, and a cloud of msytery all masterfully created for everyone’s entertainment. Readers will never know what will happen next as they follow Grace on her journey. Overall, I highly recommend this read to all.

 

Review: The Gay Detective

Synopsis:

The premier of Nick Scott’s TV talk show, The Gay Detective, appears to be a big hit until his first guest ends up murdered. Nick, also a gay detective with the Chicago Police Department, and his older, straight partner Detective Norm Malone hunt this heinous serial killer tagged The Reaper. This odd couple encounters both personal and professional conflict as this suspenseful noir thriller races to a surprise conclusion that leaves Nick and Norm battling for their lives.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

The Gay Detective by Kenneth D. Michaels is an intriguing and exciting novel. Kenneth D. Michaels has brought to readers a gay detective that works for the police force and who also, has recently started his own talk show. This world is so realistic with every detail that readers wouldn’t be able to tell fiction from reality. What I love about this mystery, is that readers are not just told but shown what’s happening. Almost as if we were actually there sitting with the detective as he’s interviewing famous gay people or talking to his partner at some resturant. There are both personal and professional conflicts inside this suspenessful tale that keep readers turning the pages. The why and who dunnit are strong and readers will love the ending. Can a gay detective and his straight partner find the killer before it’s too late? Readers will have to read on to find out. Overall, I highly recommend The Gay Detective to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: Success Is Your Birthright

 

Synopsis:

Life resembles a roller coaster. It has suspense, intrigue, smooth moments, hairpin turns, sudden twists, plummets, loopty loops, near misses, excitement, and anticipation. Life consists of countless moments. Moments that make us smile, experience tingling sensations, laugh until we can hardly breathe, and leave us speechless with wonder and admiration. As beautiful as those moments are, our memoirs hone in and linger on the moments that leave us in tears, wincing, grinding our teeth, and asking for Divine Intervention. It is that part of life’s roller coaster that makes you want to get off, wonder why, and feel psychologically queasy. Questions like “What do I do? Where do I go from here? How will I bounce back or can I bounce back?” surface.

This book offers hope, love, and lessons to cope with those not so great moments and the people who instigate and perpetuate them, including ourselves, using the biblical Joseph Story as a platform. Why the Joseph Story? His story mirrors our own. He too experienced life’s roller coaster. Joseph’s story is not just a testament to resilience, but one of faith in and reliance on God.

Success Is Your Birthright: God’s Success:
• Offers a spiritual awakening
• Builds confidence
• Prods introspection and growth
• Encourages during difficult times
• Challenges misconceptions
• Opens a closed heart and hands
• Demonstrates love, hope, selflessness, and forgiveness

Success Is Your Birthright: God’s Success is a captivating appraisal, making it hard to put down. We discover life’s beauty and the confidence to bounce back from life’s unpredictable moments.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Success Is Your Birthright (God’s Success) by R. Stanton Tucker is the first book I have read by this amazing and most talented writer. He brings a book that is not just inspiring to read but one that will leave an imprint upon his readers forever. Success is a loose term that can be described by both indivduals and society in different ways. Yet, this beautifully told guide leads readers onto a journey in exploring what really matters and what they are doing now versus what they should be doing with their lives. Success is defined as not letting life’s many curves balls throw us off from achieving our dreams. That meaning we should try our very best to be the best we can be. If we can do that then no matter what, we will be successful and successful in God’s eyes too. This is not a bibical guide telling you to give up your sins and pray, but it does have some very wise sayings from the Bible throughout to lure reader’s into a long moment of wondering what they are doing and what they will do next. Each chapter is realistically well-written in a way that allows readers to follow a self-journey of hope, love, and a confidence that they would not normally find. R. Stanton Tucker’s book takes not only our minds but our hearts and very souls deep into this rollercoaster ride that will keep readers coming back from time to time. I have found this to be a great read, and I highly recommend it to all.

 

 

Review: The Seal’s Secret Lover

Synopsis:

The first in the Alpha Ops novella series that features an alpha Navy SEAL who meets his match in a buttoned-up firecracker who is hiding a passionate side.

Logistics director Rose Powell agreed to chaperone her grandmother on a guided tour of Roman ruins on one condition: her brother Jack would come with her. But when Jack backs out, his best friend and fellow SEAL Keenan Parker takes his place. Without a working cell phone, Rose’s orderly world drifts into dreamy days and hot, secret nights in Keenan’s bed. Keenan left the Navy but never made it any farther than Istanbul, much less to a viable future. Until he does, he’ll show Rose things she didn’t know about herself. Can he give his heart and his future to the woman he promised his best friend he’d never touch?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

The Seal’s Secret Lover by Anne Calhoun is a novel that will heat up a reader’s night like a match to gasoline.  Never have readers felt a novel that shows them how to both open their hearts and bodies to the unknown. That’s exactly what happens here in Anne Calhoun’s sizziling read. Readers beware of the heat because this book only gets hotter with every page.

A woman who hesitates to complete a task…but only will do it if a specific person comes with her. Just as the agreement is sealed…it crashes hard and fast. Rose Powell is now in a hot seat. She is filled with taking on the task hands-on and that won’t be the only thing that her hands will be busy with.  Keenan Parker magically takes the place of the a man whom he made a promise to and now, with a woman like Rose near him, that promise will be difficult to keep. The instant these two characters meet, the faster the novel spins forward. A man like Keenan is what every woman needs. Someone who makes her laugh, and feel wanted…The Seal’s Secret Lover, leaves readers with intrigue as they read on to find out what happens.

This was the first novel I have read, by Anne Calhoun, and it was everything I could dream of. Fun, sexy, exciting is exactly what The Seal’s Secret Lover is. Readers won’t be disappointed with this military romance. Readers will still be thinking about Rose and Keenan until Anne Calhoun’s next brilliant masterpiece. Overall, I highly recommend this well-written story to readers everywhere.

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Review: Jump

 

Synopsis:

In this book, Orsi invites you on a journey where she says good-bye to her 9 to 5 job and Jumps into the unknown. All she knows is that she can’t fail. Not because she is a super woman, but because she realises that failing is never trying. She decides to get out of her comfort zone, and follow her heart.

Her project is to write a self-help book within just 90 days, while she simultaneously coaches 3 people with 3 very different obstacles they wish to overcome and shares their case studies with us using various coaching techniques. During this period, in the hope of finding Mr. Right, Orsi is back to dating and even after her various heartbreaks, she pulls herself together and doesn’t give up until she finally finds love. Orsi introduces a diet that has changed her whole life for the better and last but not least, she shares some excellent ideas and techniques on how to manage our finances and how to start moving towards achieving financial freedom with a little help from the “Law of Attraction”. With her book, Orsi encourages all of us to dare to Jump, be smart and believe that the Universe will help us along the way to achieve anything we want in just 3 months.

Don’t worry if you are not sure of what your first steps should be, Orsi will support you in reaching your full potential and be that amazing person who you always wanted to be.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Jump by Orsi Kovacs is a sensational hit from page one. Readers will automatically be drawn deeper into this exciting book. Readers can almost sense and feel what the author has masterfully penned. The writing is well-developed and creates an air of suspense. One that will keep readers turning the pages to find out what happens next.

Jump is a self-journey that readers will take and follow along as the writer shows her readers what happens. From working a job that no longer interested her to turning in her resignation and feeling the fear of what next is one that propels readers forward into the world of life’s changes. Some times we find that we are better suited for other things. Things we may not have noticed until we take that one daring leap like Orsi Kovacs did. This was definitely the most inspiring tale of a real woman and real life decisions that shaped her future. I have found this book as a guide that gently takes me through the process and steps f redefining me and my life’s purpose. The possibility of failing is a fear all face. But getting the courage to embrace the unknown is a defeat for the strong and successful. Overall, I highly recommend this well-written book to all.

Review: Draw Me Close

Synopsis:

YOU NEED A GOOD FOUNDATION
Lindsey Morales is a decorating genius with a natural flair for design and an eye for a bargain. As a contributor to a popular lifestyle blog, she can take anything from trash to treasure-except for her own life. Burned once, and badly, she’s more than twice shy, especially when it comes to the breathtaking builder who broke her heart…

BEFORE YOU CAN BUILD HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Architect Derek Walsh has made a name for himself designing sleekly modern buildings, but when renovating a hundred-year-old farmhouse gives him the chance to see Lindsey again, he jumps at it. Still dreaming about her after eight long years apart, he’ll do anything to prove that he’s serious about spending the future with her. Can he convince sassy, stubborn Lindsey that they can DIY their own happy ending?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Draw Me Close is the first novel I have read by Nicole Michaels. Her story is filled with two amazing heroes that will melt te hearts of readers everywhere. A hot, intriguing and exciting adventure wait at the hands of readers. Nicole Michaels has beautifully woven a passionate yet sexy read. The characters are brilliantly well-developed and will charm anyone who follows their journey. Upon reading this romantic story, readers will see that one character is a decorator and the other an architect. This sounds like the perfect match; however, the plot goes much deeper and starts off with where the two were in the past. One wanting to settling down and the other wasn’t ready. Readers will be drawn instantly to this heartmelting and perfect novel.

Inside of Nicole Michaels’ novel, Draw Me Close, readers will be wondering if the couple will finally get together or not.  Love is strong and never fades even with time and distance.  Derek Walsh gave up the best thing to ever happen to him, Lindsey Morales. She wanted to start a home and family with Derek. However, Derek wanted nothing more than to build up is career not settle down. That left them separated. Now, after several years they are brought back together. Working side-by-side on an old farm house. Feelings start to rise once more and Derek is willing to gamble everything to win Lindsey back. But the question is will he? I absolutely loved reading this latest novel by Nicole Michaels, and I look forward to reading more of her work. Overall, I highly recommend this title to readers everywhere.

Review: The Gallery of Wonders

The Gallery of Wonders Cover

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

The Gallery of Wonders by Marc Remus is the most fascinating children’s book that I have read. An illustrator at heart, Marc Remus has turned his illustrations into much more than just words on blank pages. He has beautifully created worlds where a child’s imagination can soar. Adventure, suspense, and a fun world filled with extraordinary things and places one can only dream of. Marc’s talent as a writer is definitely one that readers should look for. His writing is captivating. I highly recommend Marc Remus’s novel, The Gallery of Wonders to both children and adults alike. Who would have thought that a world of painting can be so exciting?

The Gallery of Wonders is a must read for every child. The story is fast-paced and packed with enough action to keep the children turning the pages.  Inside, this remarkable well-written masterpiece, readers will find a young girl worrying about her grandpa. She sees a fire coming from his place and tries calling for help. Her step family won’t let her and yet she goes after her grandpa hoping to help him. Soon, Holly will lose the only family member that cared about her…but all is not lost. Marc Remus then takes readers on one addictive rollercoaster ride of a life time. One that’s involves a painting. A painting that takes Holly and a few others to a world no one knew about. There anything that is drawn comes to life. Readers will have a blast following Holly and friends on their journey. The ending will leave readers wondering what happens next…The good news is that Marc Remus has another book coming soon. Overall, I loved this children’s book and look forward to reading more by Marc Remus in the future.

Review: Extreme Honor

 

 

Synopsis:

HONOR, LOYALTY, LOVE

David Cruz is good at two things: war and training dogs. The ex-soldier’s toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. Nobody at Hope’s Crossing kennel can break through the animal’s grief. That is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility . . . and into Atlas’s heart. David hates to admit that the curvy blonde’s mesmerizing effect isn’t limited to canines. But when Lyn’s work with Atlas puts her in danger, David will do anything to protect her.

Lyn realizes that David’s own battle scars make him uniquely qualified for his job as a trainer. Tough as nails yet gentle when it counts, he’s gotten closer to Atlas than anyone else-and he’s willing to put his hard-wired suspicion aside to let her do the same. But someone desperate enough to kill doesn’t want Lyn working with Atlas. Now only teamwork, trust, and courage can save two troubled hearts and the dog who loves them both . . .

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake is one sexy as hell romance novel. Readers won’t be able to stay away from this juicy yet well-written plot. Piper J. Drake knows what readers wants and delievers just that plus more. This was the first romance novel I have read by her and immediately I was impressed. Readers can tell a lot of research went into the makings of this stunning read. The way the characters interacted around and with each other was believable. It was like experiencing the whole scene as a witness rather than just as a reader. The sizziling heat will leave readers begging for more reads by Piper J. Drake.

Extreme Honor is a military romance that shows readers what really goes on out there in the battle fields as well as the choices soliders are left to make. Sometimes soliders are left with no choice but to accept the bad and try to make good whenever possible. However, that wasn’t the case for one solider. There were others who were left to keeping a dark secret or else be killed for exposing it. Even if you deny any part of such operations, one risks the chance of being shot down. Piper J. Drake leads readers deep into a dangerous field that will tear at their heart as well as warm them. Love is just as much a risky business as dealing with military trained dogs and the soliders that work with them. Readers will instantly be taken away from their seats into this exciting yet fast-paced story filled with action and adventure. Overall, I highly recommend this hot read to all. The pasion within is enough to light a flame…

Review: The Spring at Moss Hill

 

Synopsis:

Kylie Shaw has found a home and a quiet place to work as an illustrator of children’s books in little Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. No one seems to know her here—and she likes it that way. She carefully guards her privacy in the refurbished nineteenth-century hat factory where she has a loft. And then California private investigator Russ Colton moves in.

Russ is in Knights Bridge to keep his client and friend, eccentric Hollywood costume designer Daphne Stewart, out of trouble. Keeping tabs on Daphne while she considers starting a small children’s theater in town doesn’t seem like a tough job until he runs into Kylie. Her opposition to converting part of the old hat factory into a theater is a challenge. But his bigger challenge is getting Kylie to let loose a little…like the adventurous characters she depicts in her work.

Kylie and Russ have more in common than they or anyone else would ever expect. They’re both looking for a place to belong, and if they’re able to let go of past mistakes and learn to trust again, they might just find what they need in Knights Bridge…and each other.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

The Spring at Moss Hill by Carla Neggers is one fascinating romance. One that comes tapping the characters on the shoulders unaware. Or at least one of them is captured unaware. Carla Neggers never disappoints her readers. There’s always a new surprising story filled with adventure, suspense, and romance. The Spring at Moss Hill will show readers a realistic way of how one man sweeps a woman straight into his arms and into his heart.

Inside The Spring at Moss Hill, readers will get to see a fresh personality in a leading female character. Kylie isn’t just the average of your mill character. She has a creative side to her that is highly remarkable. Yet, unlike the characters she creates she is more shy to the outer world. In her books is where she comes out more adventureous than she seems. But then there’s the good looking stranger who is tempted to show Kylie how to let her hair down. Something about Kylie lures Russ to her. Like a moth to a flame both Kylie and Ross can’t ignore what they feel. However, there’s never an easy simple way when it comes to falling in love. Each of Carla Neggers’s characters needs to get past their own issues before everything else can fall into place. The question is can they do it, or will they let a blooming romance fade? Overall, I have loved reading this beautiful, creative and intriguing novel. I highly recommend this read to readers everywhere.

 

Review: For Love or Magic

Synopsis: 

Eliot Parker’s good-for-nothing deceased husband has left her a new lease on life: a house in sleepy Nodaway Falls, New York. But his offer comes with a cost: his ghost…

As if being married to him wasn’t hard enough! Nodaway Falls turns out to be a town with more than a little magic in the air. Eliot swore off using her own powers sixteen years ago, thanks to one catastrophic day when she lost the only people who ever mattered to her, and ran away from her spellbinding father and his reckless enchantments. Now, when a chance encounter with quiet, handsome Desmond Lamb results in a magical explosion that rocks Eliot to the core, she can’t help but wonder: Has her heart fallen under some sort of spell? Or is this what true lovereally feels like? The real question, of course, is whether her husband will stop haunting her…and let Desmond give her a chance at happily ever after?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

For Love or Magic by Lucy March in one laugh out loud and romantic read. Readers won’t be able to stop reading until they have read the last page. Suspene, intrigue, hot mysterious man and a father who messes with magic. A young woman had a lot to deal with while growing up. Her mother died and she lost many others that were important to her as well. Changing her name and keeping her magic away, Eliot has a tougher life than when she was younger. Just when readers think there’s enough action and conflict to keep them turning the pages, Lucy March brings in the issue of Eliot having to put up with a ghost. A ghost she can’t force to leave. When someone close to her dies recently, Eliot is left with three items. These three things being a small house in her home town, a slobbering dog, and a broken down truck. But there’s the fact that her father is still in town and up to something. Exactly  what he’s up to and why as well as what happens between Eliot and the hot stranger is something readers will have to find out on their own.

For Love of Magic is a romantic comedy that will leave readers wondering, if what happens between the protagonists was for love or magic. This was the first novel that I have read by Lucy March. I could not stop laughing or feeling sympathy for the main female character. She has gone though many tough paths only to come out surviving them all. But there’s the latest set of events that make readers question, if she will indeed make itout of the current events or not. There are many things to love about Lucy March’s story.  A dog that slobbers and is fast at eating any food that is lying around. The dog, Seamus, kind of reminded me of Marley and Me. The dog was always getting into things, he shouldn’t. Despite Seamus eating all of her food and slobbering everywhere, Eliot still took good care of him. Overall, Eliot is a funny, smart, and sweet woman who just so happens to have a lot on her plate. Readers can easily relate to her as well as following along this fast-paced story. For Love or Magic has it all. Romance, humor, and one heated magically experience that readers everywhere won’t forget. I highly recommend this read to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Husband Wanted

 

Synopsis:

Frannie Brisbane knew it was an impossible scheme, but unless she went through with it, the daughter she had given up thirteen years ago and who now wanted to visit, would discover that Frannie had painted a very different picture of her life in the letters they’d exchanged. Frannie’s close friends rally around her, and next thing she knows, she is living in a mansion and wearing designer clothes.

The only thing missing is a husband.

Confirmed bachelor, Clay Coleman, has ulterior motives when he agrees to play the role of loving husband, but Frannie, who nursed a crush on him for years, fears she is flirting with danger in their role of let’s pretend. But Frannie and Clay aren’t the only ones keeping secrets. Sooner or later, the truth comes out, exposing everyone involved. Can Frannie ever get past her hurt when she discovers the truth about Clay?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

Husband Wanted by Charlotte Hughes is one fantastic read. Readers will love this romantic comedy. Charlotte Hughes never disappoint her readers. She knows exactly what they like and how to deliver it in the best ways. Humor…check. Romance…check. Inspirational…check. Highly sweet and enticing…double check! Husband Waned will intrigue readers from page one and keep them glued in until the very last page. I could not put this novel down at all. The only good news when I reached the last page, was knowing there were more novels written by Charlotte Hughes. Her novels will satisfy readers thirst for the best romantic comedies. This particular story will leave readers blushing, laughing out loud and feeling both surprised and happy at the ending.

Unlike others within its genre, Husband Wanted out does itself. Bringing readers a realistic yet higly believable tale that can actually happen in our world. The scenes come to life on every page with the charming characters that round out each other perfectly. A woman who has gone through a tough and embrassing life style when younger thought giving up her baby girl was for the best. Now, after having corressponded with her daughter, she is second guessing herself. Will her daughter like her or not? What is a woman to do especially, when she finds out that all the lies she told her daughter will have to happen asap? Frannie finds out that her daughter is comig to see her within days time. That puts Frannie on the spot. What happens next…and after that will keep readers coming back for more. Charlotte Hughes is clearly a telented writer whose work is always a must read for all. I don’t know what would happen if I finished a novel and only to find that there wasn’t another one to read afterwards. Overall, I loved reading Husband Wanted, and I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Made for Me to Love

 

Synopsis:

True love does triumph…in some shape and form.

Isabelle has always risen above tragedy and heart break. When her baby died, she rose and survived. As she dealt with a cheating and abusive husband, she rose and survived. Isabelle thought her chance at finding happiness was fading, but real love was nearby. When true love presents itself she realizes accepting it is not the easiest thing to do. This tale tells the struggle of the human spirit’s desire to be loved even when it is not entirely right.

Set in the 1970’s, Made For Me To Love is a heart-warming story based upon actual events in the author’s life.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Made for Me to Love by Unnis Ballad is an inspritational journey that readers will love. Heartbreaking at first, then there’s the fight to stay strong despite everything that happens. Yes, life tosses us curves balls and pulls the rug from under our feet occassionally, but readers will find this one woman’s fight is the hardest. Love created a precious gift and only to be taken away from the arms of one woman. Then, her relationship with her man is one that many women find themselves trapped within. However, Isbelle fights and she fights with all the passion and strenght God has given her. Being happy is something we all want. Unnis Ballad’s realistic and believable character, Isabelle believes that happiness just isn’t within her reach, until fate brings something to her. Maybe, just maybe Isabelle will finally find what she deserves after all. Happiness.

Made for Me to Love is a remarkable African American piece of literature that is heartbreaking. A story how how many lives come together all facing a future that none of them wanted. The ending was something, I didn’t expect. It was definitely one that readers won’t see coming. Unnis Ballad weaves family, love, and loss all into this beautifully written story. The characters are well-developed. I enjoyed reading this novel, and I highly recommend it to readers everywhere. It will definitely open up one’s eyes to the world’s cruel fates.

 

 

 

Review: The Moral Line

 

Synopsis:

After being rejected and left alone, Alexandria finds herself going down a moral line. Slightly desperate for money, she takes a one-time ‘job’ as a paid for companion by a not so attractive but very nice wealthy man. Is getting paid to be in the company of men really such a bad thing if it feels good? She falls into a world of clients that are wealthy, powerful, successful men with fancy cars and country club lifestyles. But she sees the fragility in all of these men, the loneliness and need for acceptance that is the human condition. Alexandria becomes ‘Catherine’ a high-end escort with a beautiful laugh who finds the goodness and attractiveness in all men, falling in love with all of her clients just a little. By accepting these men and seeing the goodness in them, she pleases these men in many ways. Is it possible by pleasing others maybe Alexandria/Catherine can find her true self and find happiness?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

The Moral Line by Vanessa Bogenholm is one journey readers won’t ever forget. A woman who loves her husband and loves being intimate with him…then to lose it all. Her life then spirals into an unknown place. How will she survive? Then life takes an interesting route and she finds a way to keep her feet firmly on the ground and her head up. Catering to men to support one’s self is a risky business. It can be challenging and difficult. Especially, when some men attract one’s heart to them. Lines can be blurred. Hearts can be worn out until there’s nothing left.

The Moral Line shows readers an inside glimpse into love’s good and bad sides. Readers especially women will see the fragile side of men. Men can be violent and cruel. Sometimes bitter and this can change a woman. A woman just like Alexandria. At first love was good then went sour. This story is one adventure that will leave readers breathless and intrigued. Every page will lure readers deeper into its irresistible plot. The one remarkable strong going woman like Alexandria give women hope. Hope that they can carry on when life gives them lemons. Overall, I highly recommend this well-written story to readers everywhere.  Vanessa Bogenholm is a talented writer whose words can persuade any reader to her fictional masterpiece.

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Just Breathe

Just Breathe (Just Breathe, #3)

 

Synopsis:

There’s an irresistibly sexy man in my life who came out of nowhere and somehow has stuck to me.  I’m not complaining — I just never saw my life happening like this.  My life has changed completely from almost a year ago — something I vowed would never happen, and yet, it has.  I’ve broken my rules, all of them because of him.

Our relationship is forced out into the public — something I’m not sure I’m ready for at all. There are many things that make me uncomfortable, mainly because I’ve never had a boyfriend before. Certain things arise in my life, complicating it even more, testing me in so many ways all while having to face the demons of my past.

What do you say to someone who says they love you when you still don’t understand your own emotions?

Will Emma break through life’s obstacles and allow herself to love and be loved?

This book is not a standalone and is meant to be read after reading the first and second books (Breathe In & Breathe Out) of the Just Breathe series.

 

Review: A Paris Affair

 

Synopsis:

Late nights at the office… Hotel rooms and secret rendezvous… Lingering perfume… Sizzling texts…

What takes place in Paris when husbands and wives tangle with infidelity?

In this compulsively readable collection, Tatiana de Rosnay paints a portrait of forbidden loves in many shades – sometimes tragic, sometimes humorous, sometimes heartfelt, always with a dry wit and unflinching authenticity. A PARIS AFFAIR will take you on a vacation overseas, into the hidden lives of husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, where illicit desire wars with duty, and where a French take on romance will surprise you every time.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay was like a breathe of fresh air. Here, I was thinking it was a book containing one particular couples’ affair and instead I found it contained several diferent affairs. Each affair had one theme. That theme centralized on how men are cheaters and women know it, yet we set ourselves up for the disaster anyway. But there were also, married women having an affair with married men. So, each affair was like a contradiction to the overall main theme. Tatiana de Rosnay has masterful captured the lives of those living with an affair. The characters come off pages and you feel like your are seated across the room from the action and watching it live instead of just reading about it. The pages will lure readers in instantly with the emotional struggles of the couples having the affair. The romance in these affairs were hot and like that of a fantasy. Yet, the sweet kind gestures were left once they affairs ended. If they ended at all.

Tatiana de Rosnay protrays the hardships and fails of a marriage. The emotional rollercoaster that the devoted wives go through when they find out about their husbands’ affairs. This book shows readers how common and widespread the cheating scheme was and how it affects all of those involved. There were marriages with children and without children were the men and women were both cheating. A Paris Affair made me wonder why the men or women who cheated even married their spouses in the first place. I loved how one man is having an affair and he so carefully writes a letter to his lover. A letter that cancels their affair. Then a disaster oocurs and this brings him with the haunting conclusion that he needs to come clean with his wife. The ending of tis one affair will be priceless to readers. I truly enjoyed reading Tatiana de Rosnay’s brilliant fiction protraying lovers and the realistic side of their affairs. Human sturggles and emotions so perfectly brought onto the pages for readers’ entertainment. Overall, I highly recommend A Paris Affair to readers world wide.

 

 

 

Review: Anything for You

 

Synopsis:

Before you get down on bended knee… 

…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O’Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she’s got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it’s the perfect time to get married.

When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who’s now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she’s positive married life isn’t for her.

But this time, Connor says it’s all or nothing. If she doesn’t want to marry him, he’ll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he’s never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn’t quite as sure as she thinks…

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Kristan Higgins latest novel, Anything for You, is a must read. Brilliantly written and well-developed, readers will love this new romance. Every woman dreams of the moment the man of her life proposes to her. Yet, here is one man all down on bended knee and the answer is no. Readers will be puzzled as to why a woman would say no to a good man prosing with a wedding ring. So, the answer is no. Now what? Readers’ interest will pique as the hot sexy alpha male decides to give his woman two choices. Either she says yes to his proposal or he will go find another woman to share his life. However, Kristan Higgins has created a lead female character who appears out going and strong on the outside yet inside she has fears just like the rest of us. I love the characters and their dilemma is definitely one that will keep readers turning the pages. Anything for You is fresh, exciting, and memorable.

Anything for You is a contemporary romance story that will drag readers from their seats and into the plot. A man proposes to his girlfriend. But the proposal goes exactly opposite of not what he thought but also, what readers think will happen. Kristan Higgins creates beautiful tales that bring to life real situations. Situations that can easily go under within seconds. Readers will feel both character’s emotions as if they were experiencing the humilation and stubbornness themselves. Readers will be in for a huge surprise. The ending was nothing like I thought, yet it held everything I postively looked for in this story. I enoyed following both Jess and Conner as the journey blossomed. Overall, I highly recommend this romance to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Heart Like Mine

 

Synopsis:

Delaney Blair loves her job at Echo Lake’s Mercy Hospital, where she’s developed a reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she’s assigned to cut funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs, and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the pediatrics department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could do without, but she’s determined to stay focused while she brings his budget into line. It’s not working.
Beloved by his colleagues and patients alike, Josh is too busy caring for sick kids to talk numbers with the sexy, stiletto-clad Delaney. Every time they talk business, tensions run high…but so does a powerful attraction neither of them can ignore. When an emergency brings Mercy to its knees, Delaney and Josh must work together to save lives. But can they also find a way into each other’s hearts?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Heart Like Mine by Maggie McGinnis is an outstanding novel. I was impressed with the plot and its amazing characters. Hospitals are scary enough without a budget cut to stress over. That’s exactly where readers will find the incredible heart melting people like Delaney Blair and Dr. Joshua MacKenzie. Two good people fighting to save the pediatrics department and the innocent lives that need their help.

Maggie McGinnis has beautifully woven together a realistic threat to small-town hospitals like Mercy. Inside, readers will get a first hand experience in what it’s like to cut budgets in places that you don’t want to cut from as well as trying to save your own butt from being dismissed. Then there’s the instant attraction that happens between a pediatrics doctor and the woman in charge of handling the budget maintenance. Heart Like Mine is definitely a sweet and inspirational romance that will tug at every reader’s heart. Overall, I highly recommend this well-written contemporary romance to readers everywhere.

 

 

 

Why Is Literature So Important?

 

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Why is Literature So Important?

By Danielle Urban

 

Everywhere we look, literature is everywhere. It’s talked about a lot. People are taught literature at a young age and all through their school life. Literature can be taught or passed on verbally or in written form. We share it with others. Literature is in a way a sort of communication.  The kind of communication that brings forth a form of expression. Reading a piece of literature, we can find morals being taught or maybe it’s a way of documenting life’s events. Events that can be about important figures, places, and things. Maybe these are what educates us in shaping the future.

For example, history is a form of literature. It’s told in way that documents who, when, where, and why. It not only tells us but also, shows us what happens when a certain event causes things like war, segregation, and death to many. We don’t read what was recorded so that we may be aware of what happened and maybe to prevent us from doing the same mistakes twice. Literature cases emotion. Things in history may cause us to cry or feel sympathy. Maybe we feel hopeful or inspired to see that none of the bad things happen again.

History inspires, educates and causes expression within its readers. Literature teaches, entertains, and promotes. Teaches us right from wrong. Entertains us by taking us to different places and cultures we could possible never dream of.  Promotes different agendas. Literature can be taken seriously or not so seriously, but no matter how we perceive it, it changes us and the way we analyze everything.

Literature is important because its education at its best. We learn things that we probably wouldn’t have learned, if we didn’t read or write it down and pass on to others. Once literature is written and shared, it goes around like a virus. One person passes it onto another person. Then that person passes it onto another person until soon a good majority of the populations have read and analyzed the piece of literature. It may sway some to change their political thinking or it may make other see the world in a new light. Or it might be something funny that teaches a child words.

Words that take that child’s imagination into a new place. Literature can explain why something happens the way it does or it might question we already know as fact. It causes us to analyze and to react in a way that may be the same as our neighbor or different than our neighbor. But that’s why literature is important. We can pass on a culture or history to our people or teach them new things. Or to persuade others to our side. Maybe we just want to make people laugh or cry or feel good. Whatever the reasons are for literature, it has a strong impact on our lives and thus it is important. Not to us but to future generations.

Review: The 8th Circle

 

Synopsis:

A year ago, Danny Ryan lost his wife and son in a car accident. He’s still reeling from the tragedy when Michael Cohen, his friend and fellow journalist, drives into the pond in front of his house with a bullet through his gut.

With Michael’s death ruled a murder, Danny must work to get his name crossed off the list of suspects, and that means digging into Michael’s last article, an expose of the twisted side of Philadelphia politics. But powerful people are ready to kill to protect what Michael was about to uncover, and if Danny’s not careful, he’ll be next.

The dark heart of the city is on display in Sarah Cain’s gripping debut thriller, The 8th Circle.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

The 8th Circle by Sarah Cain is the most intriguing thriller I have read. Readers will get an insider’s peak to the real dangers of what journalists uncover. The wrong doers are powerful and they do kill, if their secrets are about to be revealed. Readers will see the scenes of crime come to life with every page. Sarah Cain’s words are vivid and show readers what the corrupt evil ones do to innocent human beings…like a journalist who ends up dead. Then his best friend digs into his work and soon the danger is chasing after him. Can the innocent escape the powerful clutches of evil, or will more lives be shattered to keep things quiet?

Sarah Cain’s debut novel, The 8th Circle, is packed full of live action. Suspense hangs thickly and readers are aware that death is just lingering around the corner. A journalist dies with a bullet to his chest and the next thing that happens is his best friend becomes a suspect. Now, after losing his wife and child Danny Ryan loses his best friend. A friend that dug deep enough into dirt that the dirt came back to get him. Politics is a nasty business to begin with and then add corruptiveness to the mixture, and it’s never good. Michael Cohen found something bad enough that got himself killed. What he didn’t realise was that it would kill him and maybe his best friend too. Readers will love the mystery of who’s behind it all and why. Then there’s also the question of what kind of dirt did Danny Ryan’s best friend find…I highly recommend this stunning plot with its twists and turns. Readers will be on the edge of their seats with this story.

 

 

Review: Fighting Dirty (spoiler alert)

 

Synopsis:

With the life he’s led and the muscles he’s gained, Armie Jacobson isn’t afraid of anything. Except maybe Merissa Colter’s effect on him. It’s not just that she’s his best friend’s little sister. Fact is, she deserves better. Women pursue him for one night of pleasure, and that’s all he wants to offer. Until rescuing Merissa from a robbery leads to the most erotic encounter of his life.

Good girl meets bad boy. It’s a story that rarely ends well. But Merissa is taking matters into her own hands. No matter how he views himself, the Armie she knows is brave, honorable and completely loyal. And as past demons and present-day danger collide, they’re both about to learn what’s truly worth fighting for…

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster is one hot sizziling romance that readers won’t be able to stop reading. Her novel shows readers the hard life of one very young man. His mother left and then he has to deal with a no good excuse of a father. But that’s not all. Soon, a young rich girl will make his life uneasy. Then her father also, goes after him. Armie was lucky. The only good thing he had in life was his best friend. A friend that knew the truth and went out of his way to help protect Armie. However, his past comes back to nip him in the rear. He struggles with how it will affect his friends and the woman he loves. A woman that loves him despite knowing his past and the women he’s been with. But Armie keeps trying to push her away. But she’s determined to make him fall and accept her. Will Armie make it through his past and accept his love for the woman in his life or will everything be ruined?

Lori Foster has done it again in her latest novel. This story is packed full of real life drama. A male hero who doesn’t have the best life growing up, and has people after him. Then there’s his undeniable attraction to a certain woman and he’s feeling the stress. Readers will fall in love not only with the MMA fighter, Armie but also, in love wiht his woman, Merissa. Merissa is the good girl who is tough as nails when it comes to fighting for her love. However, someone is after her making things hard. Two lovers fighting their way through life and struggling with where they will be when their fights are won. Intriguing, hot, and absolutely entertaining. I could not stop reading. Fighting Dirty is well-written and the characters are well-developed. The plot is fast-paced and will instantly lure readers. Overall, I highly recommend this read to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: Sicario

 

Synopsis:

On July 22, 1992 Pablo Escobar – the feared leader of the notorious Medellin Cartel – simply walked out of the Envigado prison. The latter was a luxurious facility that he had essentially designed for himself and a selection of his most trusted henchmen.

Free from even the minimal restrictions of the Envigado, Escobar was intent on continuing with role as the world’s preeminent drug trafficker. This he would do with practiced and unrestrained violence.

For the United States Government, it was the last of very many straws.

Intent upon ending his savage reign for all time, the decision-makers in Washington threw everything they had into the mix to find him and finish him…

… to include a covert Special Activity known as The Org.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Sicario by Regis P. Sheehan is outstanding. It’s gives readers a realistic first hand glimpse into a dangerous world. Readers will be fascinated with this stunning plot. A story that will keep readers turning the pages and seating at the edge of their seats. Intrigue, danger, and adveture can al be found within these pages. A hit man’ life is one hell of a roller caoster ride that readers will see, hear and imagine. It’s almost as if the readers are there experiencing all of the action instead of reading it.

Sicario is indeed a must read. Regis P. Sheehan shows readers all of the inner as well as the outer workings of a hit man, drug lords, and government ways. A brilliant way of informing yet entertaining readers at the same time. Readers may even have nightmares after reading this story. The cartel is a very dangerous enemy and their dealings are very deadly. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere. I definitely enjoyed reading this and look forward to reading more by the writer in the future.

Review: It Had to Be Him

 

Synopsis:

Even though Meg Anderson’s hell-raising days are over, coming home to Anderson Butte isn’t easy, especially when her impossible-to-please dad is the mayor and her do-gooder siblings run the place. But with another job lost and the gorgeous father of her daughter trying to make contact after disappearing three years ago, a break is definitely in order. Hopefully the little town filled with big, juicy secrets can help.

After being off the grid for years, Josh Granger, a man with his own secrets, wants Meg and his daughter back. But first he has to get past townspeople as protective as a pack of rottweilers. He’s not the man Meg thinks he is, but he can’t tell her why…not yet.

As Meg slowly warms to Josh, it’s clear the old spark is still there. But when his secret is exposed—along with Meg’s own shocking revelation—will it tear their family apart again, or bind them forever?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

Readers get ready for a crazy, funny, and romantic read. It Had to Be Him is indeed a must read for all. Tamra Baumann has beautifully written a novel that will entice readers everywhere to her characters. Characters like Meg Anderson and Josh Granger. Meg is a tough woman, who is trying do her best for her daughter’s sake. She’s trying to avoid her ex and wonders about why he’s trying to find her and their daughter. It was apparent to Meg that he didn’t want them and now he does. Josh is the hero all women love. He has somethings he needs to bring out in the open and tell Meg. However, reaching her will prove to be difficult. The close knit town, a family that protects its own, and last but not least convincing Meg to hear him out. Then there’s the pressure Meg feels being stuck back in her home town. Her family is still giving her a rough time and she’s more than willing to show them that she has changed.

It Had to Be Him is one rollercoaster ride readers don’t want to miss. Tamra Baumann has woven together a romance that shows readers what family, trust, love are really like. We can imagine it but expericening it inside this magnificent novel is truly amazing. The annoying sibling treatment is and Meg’s grandma bring the family life and humor to the story in ways readers will love. Readers will find twists and turns as the well-developed plot unfolds before them. This is one journey, I highly recommend to readers world wide. Tamra Baumann never disappoints. Her novels are superb and her characters pop off the pages becoming realistic human beings. The stories overall, will tug and cause reader’s hearts to melt. Overall, It Had to Be Him is the perfect read.

Review: Summoning the Demon

 

Synopsis:

Alyssa doesn’t like to ask for help, but when fighting zombies, sometimes a witch needs a little backup. So she summons a demon. Falan Farrelly, demon. Alyssa wouldn’t have survived the night without him, but is that the only reason she wants to summon him again?

Falan isn’t used to chasing imps out of old lady’s yards or getting rid of demons, but there is something about this witch that makes him unable to resist. For the first time in a very long time he wants to help out the witch that summoned him and he’s actually having fun.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Summoning the Demon by Kelly D. Smith is impressive. A short story that will hook readers instantly. I could not stop reading, until I read the entire thing. Readers will love Kelly D. Smith’s writing and her unique plot. The characters are so real and the energy behind this romance will take readers deep into an interesting world where a witch calls on a demon. I have never read a fictional piece where a good witch calls on a demon for help, and yet here is a remarkable story about it. Summoning the Demon is exciting, hot, and incredibely sexy. Overall, I highly recommend this paranormal short romance to readers everywhere. Also, I look forward to reading more by this talented writer in the future.

Review: A Worthy Heart

 

Synopsis:

Will Maggie Listen to the Warnings of Those She Trusts Most or the Leadings of Her Heart?

The answer to Maggie Montgomery’s dream of seeing America has arrived at just the right time. Not only will she be reunited with her beloved brother Rylan, but she’ll finally be able to escape Neill Fitzgerald and his increasingly unwanted attentions. She’s intent on never returning to Ireland, hoping to build her future in the land of opportunity and perhaps find the love of her life.

While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man she thinks is a stable hand. Only when her brother demands she stay away from Adam O’Leary does she learn he’s Rylan’s brother-in-law, recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can’t seem to make her stubborn heart conform to her brother’s request.

Adam O’Leary has never felt worthy of his place in the family. Now a free man, Adam’s only desire is to earn back his family’s trust. Falling in love with the newly arrived Maggie, however, was never in his plans. Despite everyone’s efforts to keep them apart, the two develop a bond it seems nothing can break–but they soon discover the past isn’t easy to overcome.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

A Worthy Heart is indeed a fresh and exciting historical romance. Susan Anne Mason’s novel is an inspirational journey that readers won’t be forgetting. Inside readers will find a man with a dark past and a woman with a haunting past. Both of these protagonists’s lives are brought together for a reason. What that reason is, readers will have to find out. Danger, suspense, and adventure are all found in this perfect read. Maggie has someone dangereous on the hunt for her. Adam has family and trust issues that he’s struggling with at the moment. Then he meets a mysterious woman, who turns his whole world upside down. Maggie is strong and stubborn and Adam is a man, who will fight, until the end. Readers can easily connect with Susan Anne Mason’s characters. The plot has enough action and thrills to keep readers turning the pages. A Worthy Heart is the first novel, I have read by Susan Anne Mason. I definitely enjoyed reading her charming novel, and I look forward to reading more by her in the future. Overall, I highly recommend this read to readers everywhere.