Monday, July 21, 2014

UNBREAKABLE SEAL ~ J.M. MADDEN (ARC REVIEW)


My review is only (currently) for Unbreakable Seal by J.M. Madden.

I am such a huge fan of her LNF series and these novellas bring such an epic feel to the books with lots of new characters and a story that packs a punch.

ep·ic adjective \╦łe-pik\

: telling a story about a hero or about exciting events or adventures

This is Max and Lacey's story. Max was on a downward spiral until Lacey came into his life. His SEAL career was over and he was overmedicated. Lacey, a former Nurse at Walter Reed saw something was going on and followed him to an alley and extending a lifeline.

***SPOILLERS***

Lacey put herself out there and kept extending olive branches to Max. Max finally took Lacey up on her offer to make a call for him to get the needed help and everyone from this point on has been someone that Lacey has worked with over her career.

Ultimately, Max will interview at LNF and Lacey will interview with the Colorado VA and off they go on their new rewarding careers.

***END SPOILERS***

I am so excited and can't wait for the next LNF book because J.M. Madden is an absolute "must read" author for me and I have loved each an every book and novella.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND ~ LISA UNGER


We are once again back in The Hallows where retired from the police force, Jones Cooper is front and center in this mystery. It begins with Jones in therapy and we discover he now does little things for his neighbors to keep busy. He receives a visit from Eloise Montgomery with a vision she had and saying he would be in more demand and she saw him drowning.

Another aspect of the story involves Willow Graves who was moved to The Hollow by her mother after her divorce (an author) to get her out of the City and to bring her up and get away from bad influences and help her to no longer lie.

Michel Holt is another main character who has hired Eloise to try to find out what really happened to his mother all those years ago.

I found this story to be a bit distracting and confusing, but seeing that there are more books in the series and since I enjoyed the first book so much, I'm looking forward to see where the next books in the series go.

I went back and forth on who was the killer, but should have stuck to my first instinct on this one.

3.5 stars

LANDLINE ~ RAINBOWEL ROWELL


I received this at BEA and was excited since this was an author I was anxious to read. I'm aware that she is known for her YA books, but this book had a unique twist to it.

Georgie McCool is finally getting her big break, but will it come at the expense of her marriage. Just days before she is to leave on a Christmas Holiday trip to Omaha with her husband and children to visit her MIL, Georgie breaks the news to Neal that she can't go because she has to work toward her ultimate goal, her own pilot series.

I admit I was a bit lost at the beginning of this book until I had my "AHA" moment.

Loving the unique twist of using a landline vs. a cell phone, this book revolves around the relationship between Georgie and Neal and actually includes their dating years.

Georgie realizes her marriage has some trouble but when Neal goes to Omaha without her, she has to decide whether to save her marriage or her career. This book is filled with some raw and emotional issues as well as fun and clever "magic".

I definitely enjoyed this and would definitely read more by this author.

4.5 stars

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

THE DARE ~ RACHEL VAN DYKEN - RELEASE DAY


The Dare Release Info

From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken, comes the third and final book in the New York Time's Bestselling Bet Series...


Boring Beth Lynn has always lived up to her nickname... until she wakes up in a hotel bed next to a sexy as sin state senator she re-connected with at a wedding the previous night.



The biggest problem? She can't seem to remember anything about the night before except for crying into a box of cookies, and she's pretty sure Grandma Nadine slipped something in her drink. And what should have been a one night stand turns into a six day adventure when Grandma whisks them off to Hawaii to save them from the ensuing media firestorm.



Jace isn't looking for commitment -- he believes he made that clear when he left the wedding with Beth. Then again, he can't remember much of anything other than the way her skin felt beneath his hands. Now he's stuck with her at some lame couple's retreat and trying his hardest to fight the attraction only a woman like Beth could invoke.



He doesn't think it can get any worse.



But one spider attack... A donkey ride from hell... And an unfortunate episode with Viagra tea -- and there's one thing Jace knows for sure: He should never have agreed to Grandma Nadine's suggestion in the first place.

Because if this isn't paradise, and it isn't a vacation -- that only leaves one option.



Survival.



But to make it through alive... they might lose their hearts in the process.

(Romantic Comedy, Friends to lovers, Vacation Romance, New Adult Romance, Funny Stand Alone, Bargain Books, Humorous Romance)


BLURBS:
"The Dare is a laugh out loud read that I could not put down. Brilliant. Just brilliant.” —NYT Bestselling author Cathryn Fox

THE DARE somehow manages to be equal parts funny, sweet, and brimming with edge-of-your-seat tension, both romantic and situational. And I wouldn't mind a Grandma Nadine of my own. Maybe. – NYT Bestselling Author Jasinda Wilder



AUTHOR Info:
About Rachel Van Dyken:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RachelVanDyken

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From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken, comes
the third and final book in the New York Time's Bestselling Bet Series...






Boring Beth Lynn has always lived up to her nickname... until she wakes up in a
hotel bed next to a sexy as sin state senator she re-connected with at a
wedding the previous night.




The biggest problem? She can't seem to remember anything about the night before
except for crying into a box of cookies, and she's pretty sure Grandma Nadine
slipped something in her drink. And what should have been a one night stand
turns into a six day adventure when Grandma whisks them off to Hawaii to save
them from the ensuing media firestorm.




Jace isn't looking for commitment -- he believes he made that clear when he
left the wedding with Beth. Then again, he can't remember much of anything
other than the way her skin felt beneath his hands. Now he's stuck with her at
some lame couple's retreat and trying his hardest to fight the attraction only
a woman like Beth could invoke.




He doesn't think it can get any worse.




But one spider attack... A donkey ride from hell... And an unfortunate episode
with Viagra tea -- and there's one thing Jace knows for sure: He should never
have agreed to Grandma Nadine's suggestion in the first place.



Because if this isn't paradise, and it isn't a vacation -- that only leaves one
option.




Survival.




But to make it through alive... they might lose their hearts in the process.


(Romantic Comedy, Friends to lovers, Vacation Romance, New Adult
Romance, Funny Stand Alone, Bargain Books, Humorous Romance)






"THE DARE somehow manages to be equal parts funny, sweet, and brimming with edge-of-your-seat tension, both romantic and situational. And I wouldn't mind a Grandma Nadine of my own. Maybe."
--NYT Bestselling Author Jasinda Wilder


"The Dare is a laugh out loud read that I could not put down. Brilliant.  Just brilliant." 
 --NYT Bestselling Author Cathryn Fox


"This book deserves more stars than I can give. Rachel is a diabolical mastermind with these books. No joke...Also have I mentioned this is the funniest book known to book literature? No? Well it is."
--Sammies Book Blog















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EXCERPT:



“I’m not saying I didn’t get a little help.” Grandma shrugged. “What woman doesn’t want to look twenty years younger? These old things still have some perk left.” She pointed to herself and winked.


“I’m sorry, but what does this have to do with our national security?” The FBI agent took off his glasses and groaned.

“Oh, it doesn’t. I was just bored with all the silly questions about kidnapping and death. So depressing! You wouldn’t happen to have any wine, now would you?”







About
Rachel Van Dyken:




Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today
Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing
you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while
watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir
Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing
journey at



www.rachelvandykenauthor.com



Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RachelVanDyken













Saturday, July 5, 2014

HAPPY (LATE) 4TH OF JULY

Today was a busy day for us. We were in a parade in Ridgewood, NJ and then off to the American Legion for some food and friendship. After that it was home to watch Frozen (finally). I hope you all had a wonderful day.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

KEEP QUIET ~ LISA SCOTTOLINE



Jake Buckman makes a decision to protect Ryan, his son, but is there a cost for this decision.

Having a turbulent relationship with his son, Jake is trying to make things better. One night he goes to pick him up from a movie and he sees his son walking out with his friends and 2 girls. Ryan is texting during the ride home. Ryan begs Jake to let him drive even though it is after the time he is allowed to drive. Trying to be the good parent, Jake relents. As he and Ryan are talking, Ryan averts his eyes and hits something in the road. Thinking it was a deer, they get out to investigate.

Jake tells Ryan to call 911 but Ryan is freaking out and discloses to his father that he has smoked some pot and has it on him. In that instant Jake makes a decision that will alter the events of his life and his marriage. Jake realizes the person is dead and there is nothing that can be done, but that he can save his son. They drive away. Ryan is traumatized by what he has done and it leads to an unfortunate series of events.

Can Jake's marriage withstand his lies? Will Ryan be able to overcome his fear? What if someone else say it and turns them in to the authorities? In this book, can one poor judgment call alter the lives of everyone?

I totally did not see the ending coming.

4.5 stars

TAINT ~ S.L. JENNINGS


From the description of the book I expected something totally different. What I got was more of a romance book, not to say that's a bad thing.

The basic premise of this book is a sex boot camp for females who are losing the interest of their husbands. It is very expensive and a six week intense training course. The women are secluded away. One woman in particular, Ally, was the focal point of the book.

What I was not expecting was Justice Drake. He was dark, sexy and broody, and his ways were unconventional. He kept his dark secrets hidden away. There were also so seriously hot scenes. In addition, there were some sweet and tender scenes, which included episodes of Friends and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.

I got a kick out of some of the women at the sessions as well as what occurs during the timeframe of these sessions.

At times I felt my mind drift away from he book and that is why it earned 4 vs. 5 stars. I do think the book is well written and very well crafted.

4 stars