Monday, May 29, 2017

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser  is part of the SheReads Spring book selections.     SheReads is a community of bloggers that as a group help promote specific books.   We share reviews, thoughts, and our feelings after reading books suggested to us by the wonderful people who run the SheReadsOrganization. 

 Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
Violet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.

So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach—just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all.

Caitlin and Finn have been best friends since way back when, but when Finn shows up on Caitlin’s doorstep with the son he’s wanted for kidnapping, demands that she hide them from the authorities, and threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy her own family if she doesn’t, Caitlin faces an impossible choice.

Told through alternating viewpoints of Violet, Finn and Caitlin,
 Almost Missed You is a powerful story of a mother’s love, a husband’s betrayal, connections that maybe should have been missed, secrets that perhaps shouldn’t have been kept, and spaces between what’s meant to be and what might have been.

My Thoughts…

I Almost Missed You is a book I couldn’t put down.   When I read the last word I stopped and just sat there thinking about what I had read.    Even now I am not exactly sure what I think of it, other than I want my friends to read it so we can discuss it.     

My first mistake was assuming that I knew what was going to happen.    There were other parts to the story beyond the father kidnapping his son that I was thrown off track numerous times.   With each twist and turn I found myself becoming more invested in Violet finding her son.     I wanted to be mad, truly pissed off, at Finn but I just couldn’t get there.     It was evident that every character had their own secret.    As close as the 4 of them were they were not always truthful with each other.   I enjoyed how they paired off, not always with their spouses, sharing secrets.   

Jessica Strawser did an amazing job taking the reader on a wild ride.    A ride I didn’t want to end but I had to know what would happen to Caitlin, George, Finn, and Violet.     I recommend picking up your own copy today.  

Thank you to NetGalley, SheReads and Katie Bassel at St. Martin’s press for a copy of the book in exchange for a honest review. 

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Demon Who Loved Me by Jessie Lane


Title: The Demon Who Loved Me
Series: Big Bad Bite Series #4
Author: Jessie Lane
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release: May 28, 2017

He’s a gambling man… One brunette bombshell with a devious mind and a potty mouth has thrust Kent smack dab in the middle of where he never wanted to be—his family. He’s spent most of his life avoiding his familial responsibilities, especially the one that required him to join the Ninth Circle Council—the demon society’s equivalent of judge, jury, and executioner. Then one lost bet with a little Amazon flips his entire life upside down. With worries about retaliation from the remnants of a rogue pack of wolves in Germany, he doesn’t have time to deal with his family, or his obsession with Chloe Demos. And she’s the biggest risk he’ll ever take… After her mother’s death, Chloe’s world crashes down around her. A secret Amazonian heritage. Aunts and a long lost brother she never knew about. Supernatural beings. With all of the sudden changes, she’s decided it’s time to step out from behind her façade of an air-headed, materialistic bimbo and show her sisters she truly does love them—she only hates their wardrobes. What better way to show she cares about her family than to help prove someone close to one of them is innocent of the bogus murder charges from some ridiculous council? Chloe has no scruples about calling in the marker the demon Kent owes her in order to do just that. It’s only too bad she’s underestimated Kent’s intelligence, and his playboy charm.

My Thoughts...

Hot, steamy, and fun!  Those are the first three words that pop into my mind when I think about The Demon Who Loved Me by Jessie Lane.     The Big Bad Bite Series is one of my favorites by Jessie Lane and I am always excited when a new book comes out in this series.   I am quick to get a copy and devour it.    The Demon Who Loved Me is the perfect book 4 to this series.   I do recommend picking up the rest of this series to fully appreciate and understand the story line but they are all fun and easy reads.  

There were a few times while reading that I felt like there was a lot going on in the story.   Yet the Jessie did an amazing job of tying up those loose ends and making the story and the characters fall into line.   I am sure this was not an easy thing to do as the characters seemed to have taken on a life of their own and probably didn't do as Jessie Lane was expecting.   

I cannot wait for more from this series.   There is more to tell, more characters to make behave (or not!), and more fun to have.     If you are looking for a new shifter story The Big Bad Bite Series is perfect.    

Jessie Lane is a best-selling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance, as well as, Upper YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy.

She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in-the-making and her over protective alpha husband that she’s pretty sure is a latent grizzly bear shifter. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them.
She’s also a proud member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA).

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Friday, May 26, 2017

A Dozen Truths: 12 Works of Fiction by Lou Aronica editor, Aaron Brown (Editor)

Published March 14th 2017 by Story Plant

The greatest truths are often revealed in fiction, as exemplified by this stunning anthology of stories that reveal the human condition in bracingly truthful ways. The eternal complexities of sibling relationships are revealed in four-time #1 bestselling author Steven Manchester’s “Lost.” The hope and betrayal that so often underlies love declare themselves in Marcia Gloster’s “Losing Will.” The reality behind a con man’s illusions emerge in Craig Ham’s contest-winning “Tonic and Spirits.” These are three of the dozen truths that will rise from these pages. 

Side by side with the work of national bestselling novelists like Mary Marcus and Earl Javorsky, A DOZEN TRUTHS features the three winners of the 2016 AuthorsFirst Short Story Contest, providing a bold mix of experienced storytelling and fresh new voices.
 

As entertaining as it is engaging, A DOZEN TRUTHS promises twelve dramatic revelations – and as many powerful reading experiences.
 
CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE: 
Eric Andersson 
Steven Manchester 
Carmen Siegers 
Marcia Gloster 
Craig Ham 
Lynn Voedisch 
Mary Marcus 
Christopher Slater 
KJ Steele 
Earl Javorsky 
Roger Bagg 
Robert Herzog 



My Thoughts…

A collection of short anthologies is a great way to be introduced to new authors, different genres, and some familiar authors that you haven’t read for a while.   I picked up A Dozen Truths because I am a huge Steven Manchester fan and have found that there are other authors that I will now be searching out more of their work. 

This anthology was fun because of the different genres shared.   There were a few that I would have said were not my type of reads yet I enjoyed them all.   I liked that each individual story gave a bio about each author.    I recommend picking up this great collection and enjoying each short story. 

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Beyond Falling Stars by Sherry Soule with a Guest Post

ISBN: 9781535579209 / ASIN: B0718VKFGB
Paperback page count: 335
Genre: Romantic Comedy with a Sci-Fi concept
Series: Starlight Saga / Book #3
Release date:  April 24, 2017
Publisher: Disenchanted Publishing
Book Blurb:
Being hunted by alien mutants totally sucks. And the threat of imprisonment in a secret underground lab? Even suckier.
Now that Sloane Masterson’s blackmailer has been revealed, and she knows the truth about why Hayden’s been so secretive, she’s ready to put all that epic craziness behind her.
Besides, Sloane has bigger problems to deal with, like protecting her family from Sector Thirteen and getting Hayden’s snobby parents to accept her as one of them. . .which is proving more difficult than giving up chocolate.
And what better way to win over the ’rents and evade ST than an intergalactic vacay with her smoking’ hot boyfriend?
Sloane and her bestie, Viola Saks, are invited to join the Lancaster brothers for a twisted family reunion on their home planet, an oasis of wicked cool beaches, warm dual suns, and clear blue seas.
But danger lurks in paradise. . .
Even in this beautiful utopia, Sloane and Hayden’s relationship is never far from higher levels of suckage. They might be vacationing in a galaxy far, far away, but someone still wants her dead.

My Thoughts…

Book Three of a series that I love… I am in heaven!     The Starlight Saga does have to be read in order but they are all amazing books so I recommend picking up book one (see my thoughts here) and continuing to book two (my thoughts here) and fly right into book three.  

The characters are mostly teenagers.    Sherry Soule does an amazing job writing them as teenagers.   They have teenage relationships, teenage reactions, and teenage maturity.     I liked that these were real teenagers, which Sherry stayed true to that throughout the entire series.    I realize that their problems were not always typical teenage problems but their problems were of the world they were living in.   Most teenagers do not have people trying to kidnap them to make them test subjects but Sloane manages to keep herself and her friend alive. 

Sloane… I just don’t know what to say about Sloane.   Never ever in my life have I met someone who was so jinxed in life.   NOTHING, absolutely nothing, went right in her world.    With every step she took I was afraid that she would hurt herself, get herself kidnapped, or end up dead.    Thankfully she managed to keep herself alive with the help of her friends. 

This is the end to a wonderful series.   I feel like I am saying goodbye to old friends but I know that I will never forget them.   

Thank you Sherry Soule for a copy of the book for an honest review.   


Series blog for book cover: http://frightnightbabble.blogspot.com/

“Why I Love the Young Adult Genre” - #StarlightSaga
Guest Post by Indie Author, Sherry Soule
Today bestselling author Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us. She has recently published the next book in her popular Starlight Saga series, a humorous paranormal romance. Sherry is doing this fun guest post to share the book love with fellow readers.
Be warned, these books have scorching-hot romance!

Hi everybody, I’m author, Sherry Soule—waving from the SF Bay Area. Thanks for letting me visit today, it’s an honor to be a guest here and meet fellow booklovers.
YA (young adult) Lit is a general term used for books aimed at the teen market. Nowadays, these books can be read by anyone at any age.
Ever since I was a child, I have recognized that books are a way to travel to other places and have incredible adventures. Even though I am older than the average teen reader, I’ve always loved reading Young Adult books and strongly believe you’re NEVER too old to read them. A great book is simply a great book regardless of its intended audience. I read both adult and young adult novels, and equally love both.
One reason that I enjoy reading YA Lit is because most novels in this genre are fast-paced and thrilling, and will captivate teen and adult readers alike. The storylines are just as complex and imaginative as adult fiction, in my opinion. And teenage characters tend to have a much more hopeful perspective than adult literature, which draws me in—plus the fact that I’m really a big kid at heart. I also adore that there are so many books created into a series nowadays, so that you can continue to have additional adventures with your favorite characters.
Could my love of YA Lit be simply because I’m just a teenager-at-heart?
Maybe. Actually, I am an adult with teenage children, and I love writing young adult fiction as much as I love reading it. Writing upper YA is fun and exhilarating, and I get to relive my youth in new and exciting ways. My stories will appeal to both adults and teens, and even college-aged kids. And like many of you, because I am a writer of YA literature, I’ve read hundreds of YA books and I can actually say that I enjoyed almost all of them.
Although I buy many of my books through Amazon, I am never embarrassed to buy YA novels in bookstores, or carry them around with me. I love the genre and always have and always will. To me, reading YA novels has to do with simple escapism, instant gratification, and mostly nostalgia. I say, “Live and let read!” If adults are reading YA books, it speaks to the quality of the genre, not the diminishing tastes of adults. “Reading is food for your brain.” I read many different genres in both young adult and adult novels, and I am no book snob.
We all have diverse tastes in literature. Most of you will have various genres that you love to read, and probably some of my favorite books are simply your forgotten reads. That is what makes reading as a whole, so fascinating. Each one of us will enjoy different types of characters, genres, plots, and, of course, a writer’s voice, the way only they can tell a story.
And I don’t know about you, but I need some romance in almost every book I read. And if you’re a hopeless romantic at heart, then you’ll enjoy reading any of my books.
At its core, this YA series, Starlight Saga, is basically a story about two outcast teens finding each other and how their “forbidden” love changes both of their lives. Sure, there is an element of danger regarding this star-crossed romance, but they are both young and impulsive with their hearts. Who isn’t at that age?
I think the heroine of this fun series, Sloane, is rather unique. To me, she’s not your average “Mary Sue” or flawless YA heroine. She has some self-esteem issues, but she’s also headstrong and gutsy, with an eccentric fashion sense. 
Thank you for letting me chat about my love of young adult literature today. I hope you enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind and read a book! Preferably one of mine. :-D
STARLIGHT SAGA

About Sherry Soule
Sherry Soule is a bestselling author, who lives with her family and two black rescue cats in Northern California. She’s always wanted to live in a world where sweatpants are sexy, cupcakes don’t make you fat, and she could adopt every homeless animal.
She writes young adult, new adult, and adult in urban fantasy, romantic comedy, and paranormal romance genres set in fictional places within the SF Bay Area that feature independent females and sexy alpha males. Many of her books have spent time on the Kindle bestseller lists and have been nominated as top picks in the “Best Paranormal Romance” categories.
When she’s not writing thrilling tales of romance and suspense, often mingled with a splash of trendy fashion, you can find her binge watching Netflix, reading (often crushing on fictional characters), or hanging with her zany family.
As a fan of all kinds of movies, Sherry’s been addicted to horror films because of the thrills and chills since childhood. It might be the adrenaline rush, or that feeling of being kept on the edge of her seat (so to speak) in anticipation of what happens next as one of her favorite kinds of escapism.
Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:
Official Author Blog:  http://sherrysoule.blogspot.com/
Twitter - @SherrySoule:  http://twitter.com/sherrysoule



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Paperback, 350 pages
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.

Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.

My Thoughts…

Allie and Bea started slow for me.   I felt like it was kind of a pity party for Bea.   Poor her…having her accounts wiped clean, losing her husband, not being able to pay rent…nothing was going her way.     Then she went shady and ran.    I wasn’t sure of her.    Then there was Allie.   Her folks get arrested and she is taken to a group home where she has to run.     There was no fault on Allie’s part but I feel like she was living in a dream world with how she thought her life would end up.    Maybe it was due to her age but I have a 15 year old and I hope she would be less naïve that Allie and know that life can be tough and sometimes you have to put on your big girl pants and figure out how to get along with different people.  

My favorite part of the book is the travelling and the scenes they saw.   The coast, the lighthouse, the beaches, and the towns they visited captured my attention and had me dreaming of a fun vacation.     It was fun that Allie and Bea winged their trip for the most part.     They decided where to stop, where to eat, and which direction to head based on recommendations from locals, how much gas and money they had, and where they were at the time.     I think travelling this way would be fun.

Hyde  wrote a fun book.      I didn’t have to think a lot and could just fall into the story and follow along on their journey.     

Thanks to Lake Union  for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.   

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio

Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
After serving seventy years in prison for the murder of her sister, Eula, Della Lee has finally returned home to the Texas town of Puerto Pesar. She’s free from confinement—and ready to tell her secrets before it’s too late.

She finds a willing audience in journalist Mick Anders, who is reeling after his suspension from a Boston newspaper and in town, reluctantly, to investigate a mysterious portrait of Eula that reportedly sheds tears. He crosses paths with Dr. Paloma Vega, who’s visiting Puerto Pesar with her own mission: to take care of her ailing grandmother and to rescue her rebellious younger sister before something terrible happens. Paloma and Mick have their reasons to be in the hot, parched border town whose name translates as “Port of Regret.” But they don’t anticipate how their lives will be changed forever.

Moving and engrossing, this dual story alternates between Della’s dark ordeals of the 1940s and Paloma and Mick’s present-day search for answers?about roots, family, love, and what is truly important in life.
 

My Thoughts…

  Before the Rain is told in a dual timeline format, Della Lee’s story from 1940’s and the current day in Puerto Pesar.   In the 1940’s Della Lee finds the love of her life in Tomas and she also pleads guilty to murdering her sister and is sent to prison.     In the present day granddaughter has returned to help care for her grandmother after she had a heart attack. 

I was intrigued by both timelines.     The idea of a new bride and loving sister killing her sister and being sent to a women’s prison was fascinating.    The things she had to do just to stay alive along with the interesting people she met while incarcerated had me intrigued.   The other time is Paloma’s story.  I felt for Paloma, coming home to a sister that has grown up and turned into a young women that is so different from who she use to be and a grandmother recovering from a heart attack could not have been easy.    Paloma ran from this place, she needed to get out of Puerto Pesar and do bigger and better things yet it is the place that needs her the most.     Add to her life the journalist Mick Anders, who has his own reasons for running from his home, and her life gets more intriguing.  

Before the Rain is a story of family, heartbreak,  and finding out what is truly important in life.  

Thank you to NetGalley and Ann-Marie Nieves with Get Red PR for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Going in Deep (Billionaire Bad Boys, Book 4) by Carly Phillips


Date of Publication: May 9, 2017

Blurb


He isn't Mr. Nice Guy…

Julian Dane thought he'd hit rock bottom — until he met a woman (isn't that what they all say?). He used her and broke her heart. Now he wants to turn things around but the damage he dealt stands in his way.

Kendall Parker's unique issues have made it hard to live a normal life. Very few people understand her and she trusts even less … but she believed in Julian once, and he only betrayed her.

Now Julian is back — a new man — and determined to win Kendall's heart. But this reformed bad boy just might find that Going in Deep is harder than it looks.

Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and Sexy as hell.
All Billionaire Bad Boys Novels stand alone!

My Thoughts…

I started Going in Deep without any background knowledge of the characters.    This is the first book in this series I have read.     My expectations were hot, heavy, sexy, steamy, and fun.    There was all that so more in the book. 

Julian had to prove himself to Kendall.   Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice shame on me came to mind and I was hoping that Julian would treat Julian as the queen she deserved to be treated as.    Both Julian and Kendall were good, nice characters.   I was invested in Julian staying clean, Kendall becoming her own person, and them coming together and finding their happy ever after.   

The secondary characters especially Lexi, Kendall’s twin, and Alex, Julian’s roommate, were wonderful.   I am interested in learning more about them both and seeing how they continue to live their lives.    I liked how protective the characters were of each other yet how much they respected each other’s opinions.     The things they did for each other were not meant to hurt but rather to protect, help, and show their love.    

Going in Deep was a quick and easy read.   The words flew off the page and I could not stop reading.     I enjoyed the story and look forward for more from Carly Phillips.


Thank you Rock Star PR for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.   

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About Carly Phillips



After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sea of Love by Melissa Foster AUDIOBOOK

  • Written by: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

  • Release Date:03-24-15
  • Publisher: Melissa Foster

  • Lacy Snow wasn't looking for love when she met strikingly handsome and seductive Dane Braden. But how could she ignore the six-foot-three, darkly handsome god who tagged and researched sharks for a living - and made every nerve in her body tangle into an overly sensitive knot? Even her fear of sharks could not suppress their intense attraction.
    As founder of the Brave Foundation, Dane Braden travels from port to port, educating and advocating on behalf of the mammals he adores - and spends his nights finding solace in the arms of strangers. The last thing Dane was looking for when he met Lacy Snow was a relationship, and the last thing he expected was to fall in love.
    Fifteen months - and hundreds of flirty emails, steamy phone calls, and sensual video chats - later, they reunite and take passion to a whole new level. But as Lacy's phobia meets Dane's past love life, their steamy romance is upended, and when tragedy strikes, Dane and Lacy are forced to face their deepest fears head-on as they try to navigate their own sea of love.


  • My Thoughts...

  • BJ Harrison is amazing.   I know, I know, I say this about every book that I've listened to that he has narrated but it is always true.     He has the perfect tones to share the feelings, the reactions, and just make the characters come alive.    Melissa Foster wrote the story but BJ Harrison makes it become real.   Together Melissa and BJ are the perfect audiobook pairing. 

  • Lacy Snow met Dane Braden at her half sister’s wedding. After the wedding they both went their separate ways, keeping in touch with daily emails, texts, Skype calls, and Face Time calls. Fifteen months later they are back together, face to face, at another wedding. The passion is hot and they both know they have to face their fears to make a relationship work.

Melissa Foster has written another book about the Braden's that kept me reading all day long. The passion is hot. The feelings are real.

Dane is the type of man every woman wants. He goes out of his way to win Lacy's heart. Even when she tells of her intense fear of sharks, which is what Danes job entails, he goes above and beyond to help her come to terms with her fear and to terms with his job. As with any relationship there are bumps in the road to happiness.

Sea of love is the seventh book in the Love in Bloom series. It is also the fourth book in the Braden series. I recommend you read the others in this series but it is not necessary as each book can stand alone also. This entire series has quickly become one of my all time favorites so of course I recommend you read and enjoy the Braden's and the Snows stories.


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