Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOODNIGHT MOON ~ SARAH JIO


Thirty Five year old June Anderson, a banker that forecloses on small businesses is overworked and stressed. She learns that she is to inherit a small bookstore from her Aunt Ruby who has passed on. June goes in thinking she can take a few days off from work and clear up the store and sell it while resting.

Once June arrives, she finds a man who she befriends, letters from Ruby alluding to secrets and some family issues that must be dealth with. The secrets come in the form of letters between her Aunt Ruby and Margaret Wise Brown (the author of Goodnight Moon). There is pain, sorrow, suffering and joy told throughout this book. There are some painful moments with her sister and mother and some loving moments as well. Will June find love and friendship at the book store or will she go back to banking?

Jio is quickly becoming a must read author for me. Her stories are unique and this one read like a fairy tale and I loved the reference to all the children's books and the famous authors.

5 stars

LADY LUCK ~ KRISTEN ASHLEY


Wrongfully imprisoned and walking out of jail, Ty Walker sees his "ride" and not only is the car gorgeous, but so is the woman, Lexie.

OMG, this book is so swoon worthy.

I loved Ty as an Alpha Male and I loved how he protected Lexie, right until he didn't and sent her packing. There were so many sweet and tender moments as Lexie and Ty go to Vegas to get married and from there to set up house in Colorado.

The series, up until this point had me a bit baffled, but now there are familiar characters and it is making much more sense to me. I loved being back in Carnal and hooking up with old "friends", i.e., Tate, Bubba, Wood, Deke, Krystal, Ned & Betty, and many more. The author leaves such vivid pictures in my head as I read her books and it is the type of book that I don't want to/can't put down.

Take a journey with Ty and Lexie, you won't be disappointed. Watch them go from two people who have not had the best upbringing to two people who rock each other's worlds. Also, watch a town come together to fight injustice.

Loved, Loved, Loved..................this book

5++++++ Stars

HELLER'S REVENGE ~ J.D. NIXON


I'm enjoying this series, but I found this book to be very frustrating. There were so many great parts, but at points I thought it was a bit over the top and I was not loving bed jumping Tilly.

This book had a totally different feel from the first book, but sometimes I don't love the second book as much as the first and then they get better for me. I'm hoping (and pretty sure) that this will be the case.

Heller, Tilly Chalmers’ boss, has a score to settle with Tilly's brother, Brian. The way he settled the score was not to my liking, nor was the confrontation that Heller and Brian had.

Tilly is now and official Security Guard and once again is given the oddest security jobs where she gets in all kinds of dramas and predicaments She is tasked with crowd control at a lingerie parade and instead ends up in the Lingerie Show. She is an escort/security office for a Gaming IT man, with roving eyes and lastly and most sadly, she is given the job of standing with a famous environmental activist, who lost his girlfriend to this cause and knows his time on this earth is limited, but wants someone to witness his death.

Heller is a temptation for Tilly, but Tilly spends any time that she is not spending with Niq and Daniel with her boyfriend. In that department there are also a few shocks.

Suffice it to say that I love this series and am definitely continuing, but so far, this was not my favorite book.

3.5 stars

FIXING JUSTICE ~ SUZANNE HALLIDAY


This book is about 007 sexy (Draegen St. John) and the newest employee at Justice, Victoria (Tori) Bennett.

From the start Drae is in a pissing contest with Victoria. Alex tries to warm Drae away from Tori. Tori dresses very frumpy, hiding her real attributes. She was recently burned by a Royal after she blew the whistle and is hiding out at the Justice Compound and getting her life back on track.

Going away on a business trip to Vegas can either make or break Drae and Tori.

Tori has a retort for everything that comes out of Drae's mouth. Once they are back at the Justice Compound, Drae can't keep his foot out of his mouth.

I really enjoyed this book and excited to read the next book in the series.

4.5 stars

BEHIND HIS EYES - TRUTH ~ ALEATHA ROMIG


This book felt a bit like a re-read, but I did like finding a softer side to Tony, realizing his life wasn't complete even though he had fame and fortune and it answered some of the questions/thoughts I had while reading the original book.

I also saw a more confident side to Claire and it showed her personality in a bit more depth.

I did enjoy reading it and it brought back memories.

4 stars

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