BOOK REVIEW # 2015-061 – PLAYING THE GAME

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This book is second of three books I’ve recently won which had been offered as part of an internet giveaway by the publisher and the following is my honest opinion for this book.

Several months ago when I began my 2nd second as a Book Reviewer I would shy away anything erotic, especially if included any BDSM, but these days nothing fazes me in reading/reviewing any romance novels.

Ms. Barber couldn’t have picked a better for her book than “Playing the Game” because this is what the storyline is all about, two men and one woman engaging in sexual games which go way beyond the lovey-dovey love making ordinary couples engaged in.

The thing is Alice is definitely not a floozy; she’s a well-educated woman who works as a mechanical engineer, who desires to get some satisfaction and closer to her lovers something she hasn’t been able to do. If you’re interested in fantasizing about a relationship in a threesome, you can step into Alice’s shoes, throw away any notion of love you might have and discard being independent in a relationship in order to become more submissive, this book might be something you might consider reading.

But before you do, you might want to know a little about who is going to complete this threesome you about to enter in reading this book. To begin with you’ll have a dichotomy in the two guys you’re going to meet who happen to share the apartment across the hall from you.

On one side of this dichotomy you’ll meet Henry who’s a quirky kind of gentleman who will deny himself anything so he can keep to the code of honor he’s created for himself, and at the same time he wants to control anything that’s around him. On the other side you’ve got Jay who is a bit coquettish and somewhat playful, he needs to be guided to order to maintain a sense of strength, and has a strong need to please others.

Besides the graphic language Ms. Barber has used for the book; be warned she’s held nothing back as she takes you into a world of explicit sex, spanking, bondage, BDSM and even a menage a trois.

For the erotic experience Ms. Barber has created for her readers, how can I not give this book the 5 STARS I’ve given it.

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IGFXAHQ

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IGFXAHQ

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Hi ALL

I just looked at the right side towards the bottom of my blog site and I can’t believe it states I’ve got almost 10,500 followers.  So I’ll like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to check out my updated biography on Amazon.com as well as my two books, [read the reviews these books have received].

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BOOK REVIEW # 2015-060 – IF THE SHOE KILLS

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This book is one of three I’ve recently won which had been offered as part of an internet giveaway by the publisher and the following is my honest opinion for this book.

This story takes place in the relatively small tourist town of South Clove, California. Who doesn’t love these quaint small towns, I know I do; especially the small stores which populate towns like this. As I read this book images of the television program “Murder She Wrote” kept popping into my mind. I saw Jill Gardner filling the shoes of crime author Jessica Fletcher; and like Jessica, Jill is involving with books, she sells them instead of writing them.

And like Cabot Cove, Maine where Jessica is the protagonist, there’s a lot of intriguing things happening with Jill taking on the role of the protagonist.

Being well-known and liked in South Clove, the mayor finagles Jill into becoming the town’s liaison to a new work program to benefit the town’s merchants for the holiday season. Jill first has to sell everyone on the plan, because they’re fearful that it would mean hiring the undesirables, undesirables who they’d never hired on their own.  But, unfortunately, it would also mean having to work with a guy she knows all too well after a few interactions, Ted Hendricks. 

However, soon he is found dead in his car, in front of the police office station; and while her hot detective boyfriend thinks it’s a suicide, Jill, like Jessica thinks a murder has taken place and sets out to prove it.  If this isn’t enough, a ritzy blonde wants to sue the city for causing the heel on her shoe to break, interfering with the investigations to find the truth.

And like Jessica in Murder She Wrote, Ms Cahoon does a wonderful job in keeping the “surprise” murderer a secret to the end of the book. For this romantic mystery, I must now reveal my feelings for this book, which is 5 STARS.

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KM9O6SQ

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00KM9O6SQ

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-059 – WATERFALL

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, being a Book Reviewer and only reading/reviewing books I’ve either won from the numerous giveaways I enter or have been written by members of the internet support group I belong to can cause me, as is the case with this book, to read/review the second book in a series without reading the first one and missing the events which had transpired prior to my coming into the storyline.  The following is my honest opinion for this book.

We’ve all heard the story of Atlantis and how it had mysteriously disappeared into the sea, in Lauren Kate’s book “Waterfall” the tears of one lone girl, Eureka, has caused most of the earth to be flooded; and now the evil king of Atlantis, Atlas, is bringing Atlantis back thanks to power contained in these same tears. The king is the not the only one she needs to worry about as she several exiled sorceresses provoking her as well.

In the fantasy world the author created, Eureka is also the one with capable of returning things the way they’d been before she’d caused everything; but first she needs to learn more about the powers she possesses. She meets up with Ander, a Seedbearer, who assures her he will help her find another Seedbearer, Solon. Romance now kicks in as Eureka falls in love with him, but when she meets Solon and an exciting, heart-breaking love triangle ensues.

She finds an enchanted pond which gives her an understanding, provided Eureka has the willpower she can use her newly gained knowledge to cause the downfall of Atlas. However, if the broken heart she’s suffered rules her mind, then he’ll obtain the energy he needs to have Atlantis rise again.

I found the romantic thread in the storyline to be quite somewhat powerful at times, adding to the appeal of this book for which I’m giving 5 STARS.

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JCS2H0M

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JCS2H0M

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-058 – EMMA JEAN’S BAD BEHAVIOR

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I won an e-book copy of this book through the final giveaway for The Romance Reviews 4th Anniversary Celebration, and the following is my honest opinion for the book.

I doubt any of us who has read this, or will read it, who can deny they’ve seen part of themselves in the author’s protagonist, Emma Jean.  Like Emma Jean we’re all flawed in one way or another. We have all lied about our ages, Emma Jean’s 48 but tells everyone following her online she’s 43.  In her, we get transported to the various places in her mind and continuous shifting religious beliefs.

We’ve all journeyed down the path life changes has in store for us. And for Emma Jean the past year has been a long one with a myriad of ups and downs, a big one is falling in love; which is only made smaller when she discovers she’s now pregnant. Being pregnant is apparently one thing she doesn’t really want as she as her life has been a big lie including the fact she hates children especially babies.

The writing is quite inviting as some might find it hard to put the book down at times. Despite Emma Jean’s apparent bad behavior she realizes something important, the love for her family.

For allowing us to share Emma Jean’s experience, I’m giving the author, Charlotte Rains Dixon, 5 STARS for her endeavor here.

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BE7RIH6

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BE7RIH6

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-057 – THIS SUMMER

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I won an e-book copy of this book through Week 4 of The Romance Reviews 4th Anniversary celebration, and the following is my honest opinion for the book.

Like any high school senior, Hadley before heading to college to desires to have one last thing, a summer experience like no other she’s ever experienced. She knows once the summer days have gone she’ll be in New York City, far away her family and her best friend. Hadley also knows it will be quite enjoyable, especially since she’s now out of a undesirable relationship with her ex, however her ex still desires Hadley to be his.

While working at the camp she’s worked at for so long with her father, a former boyfriend, Will Carson, who’d left her abruptly two years before, reenters her life. At the two are chosen to work together as co-counselors, and it is here their relationship gets rekindled and the discoveries of the past, the secrets Will had kept from her slowly get revealed.

The interaction between these two will at times cause you to laugh, and at times will make you almost want to cry, as the author writing makes the story to move almost continuously. I would tend, given the ages of the book’s two main characters and it’s storyline, to classify this book as a prefect New Adult Contemporary romance novel. The entire book, especially given its title, and as others have already stated, would make a wonderful book for its intended audience to read this summer.

The only thing I would change regarding the book, if I’d been the author, would be to have a more eye-catching title. Aside from this, I see no reason not to give “This Summer” the 5 STARS I’m giving it.

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K30MDO8

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00K30MDO8

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-056 – THE HOUSE

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I won a signed copy of this book through a giveaway on the internet, and the following is my honest opinion for this book.

At almost 450 pages this is one of the longest I’ve read/reviewed. Ms. Faragher did a wonderful with her conglomeration of paranormal characters: ShapeShifters, vampires, telepaths, super-healers, etc; and does a decent job educating her readers who aren’t familiar with these entities.

The story centers around Beatrice “Trix” SinClara and her journey as she sees her own shape-shifting and telepathic powers growing stronger and which she needs to get under control. Trix tries to unravel what is happening in The House such as shape-shifters disappearing from The House all of a sudden and without leaving a trace.

While the book is enjoyable, I feel it would be even more so if it wasn’t for its length. Too much of the beginning of the book is spent introducing us to its characters          and creating the world of the book. A good review by the author coupled with a willingness to delete all of the excess verbiage would improve its readability. As an author myself I can understand the difficulty Ms. Faragher might have in wanting to deleting hundreds of words from various sections of the book, because I’ve faced the same challenge in regards to one of my current WIPs. No author, whether it be male or female, wants to delete any which they’ve given “birth” to.

Despite the wordiness of the book, I feel it still deserves the 4 STARS I’ve given it.   

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C1C8JLM

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00C1C8JLM

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-055 – SINNERS’ OBSESSION

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Since I don’t accept any requests to read/review books and only read books which I’ve won or have been written by a member of a support group I belong, the following is my honest opinion for a signed copy of this book which I received through an internet giveaway. The downside of this is, as is the case with this book, I haven’t had the opportunity to read the first volume of this series of books where I’d have gotten to know more about its characters.

The essence of the story is Isabeau’s struggle to save the life of her half­-breed daughter Eroica; half human, half vampire, who has a defective DNA gene which will cause her to go mad when she turns twenty. On one hand there’s Morgan D’Arcy, a famous pianist and vampire, who is Eroica’s father; and who Isabeau has stayed away from for six months, despite having given birth to his daughter. But absence makes the heart grow fonder, so she reluctantly returns        to him. On the other hand Isabeau has a former boyfriend, John, who would simply adore getting back into her good graces, but her child is a continuous jealous reminder that it’s not his.

When Lucian, the Chief Counsel of the Les Elus, the ruling body of the Vampyre, learns of Eroica, he tells Isabeau he can save her life as well as the lives of her daughter and Morgan, if she would enter in a pact with him in which when her daughter reaches the age of twenty, she’d give her daughter to him. This is something she’s never told Morgan about. If she did, Morgan would want to kill Lucian.

As Eroica become a young beautiful lady, things get somewhat complicated as there’s a lone vampire who has his eyes on killing Morgan and his family begins to stalk them. Eroica is off to college where she heads right into the hands of Lucian and the plans he has for her. The continuous twists in the storyline, adds to the enjoyment of reading this book. The book ends on a promising note with Isabeau being more committed than ever to find a cure for her daughter’s condition.

I regret not having read the first volume of this series of books by Ms. Nightingale as I’m giving Volume 2 – 5 STARS.

 US:   http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MGW0AP0

 UK:   http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MGW0AP0

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-054 – BLOOD BOUND

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I received an e-book copy of this book from the author through an internet giveaway and the following is my honest opinion. Please note, the author has used British English in the writing which will reflect in the spelling of certain words and terminology being used.

While the author warns readers her book that despite the age of her two main characters [their 17 years old], twins Shaun and Sarah Gallows, is that a not YA novel; I feel it might qualify as still being appropriate for the upper range for a NA [New Adult] novel.

These twins, although they’re demon trackers, a job they’re paid to do by the village by their council, they’re different as night and day. While Shaun wants to forget about the powers he has, his sister Sarah embraces them fully.

This difference comes into play when they’re confronted with another demon tracker their age, Melissa Carling, who’s abusing her powers by going after those with super-natural powers who have done nothing wrong. Sarah wants to give her what’s coming to her, but, Shaun become infatuated with her the moment he sees her in a way he has never done before with a girl his age.

If you’re into fantasy and its creature, than this book should please you as it has: demons, fairies, vampires, werewolves and for good measure, witches.

The bad thing about being a Book Reviewer is not really being able to have the luxury to continue reading the next book in the series once you’ve found one which has piqued your interest. This is why, I’m happy to give Ms. Stevenson 5 STARS for the first volume of her Gallows novel series of books. 

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009JBKV96

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009JBKV96

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-053 – TMI

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This review is for the third of the four signed books I’ve recently won from this author through a massive giveaway on one internet site, which had consisted of 13 individual ones, and the following is my honest opinion for this book.

The first thing any potential reader needs to know about this book is the book’s title, “TMI.”  For those who aren’t really savvy on the internet the title appears to be three random letters, lumped together. But, for who are, it means “too much information.” For those who understand this, use it as a response in TwitterSpeak to an overload of information, and in terms for this book, it means there’s been an inappropriate disclosure of personal information.

Ms. Blount skillfully explores this notion in her book when Bailey develops an online relationship with a faceless guy. Ryder West, she has yet to meet in person. When this relationship turns into almost an infatuation Bailey wants to spend more quality time with him, and in doing so winds up for the want of a better word, ignoring her best friend, Meg.

Naturally, Meg resents being casted aside like an old shoe. She doesn’t trust him, and she wants Bailey to remove the rose-colored glasses she probably wearing, and see the truth regarding who this guy really is.  As a good friend, Meg innocently posts an insignificant little secret about Ryder; but winds up creating a rift in her friendship with Bailey, a rift which eventually leads to a feud between the one-time best friends.

The dialogue the author uses it authentic, as nothing in the nature of what is being said between the characters. Problems with teens dealing with dead or missing fathers have also been brought into the mix of the book’s storyline, adding to the powerful nature to what Ms. Blount has created here. And once again, the author has included in the back of the included a discussion guide with question to be answered in a group, and self-examination questions for those who read this book.

I hope I haven’t given TMI concerning this book, as it is one which needs to be read on your own to get a better of what the book is communicating; for which I giving it 5 STARS.

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CA3SHE6

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CA3SHE6

 

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