BOOK REVIEW # 2017-020 – WEDDING PLANNERS

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I read this collection of stories written by four wonderful authors of romance via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.

Come on now what woman hasn’t yearned for the day that she finds herself walking down the aisle towards the altar all dressed in white to have her HEA come true with the man she adores. However, there are two groups of women for which this day is actually one of nothing less than a day of frustration; frustration of not being the bride who’s getting married.

The first group is one some of you have been part of, that of being a bridesmaid. Being part of this group, you might feel resentful and frustrated in seeing one friend after another getting married with you once again being a bridesmaid.

The second group consists of wedding planners, those wonderful individuals who work side by side with the bride making sure all the wedding details deliver a dream wedding, dress shop owners making sure each bride had her dream bridal gown, and photographers making sure all the marvelous details of the event are meticulously recorded for posterity.

It doesn’t help the situation any when someone from their past shows up and puts a damper on what’s transpiring; the groom who happens to be the planner’s ex, a former lover wanting to buy the bridal shop from the owner and threatening to steal her heart again, a wedding planner’s is helping her beloved grandmother get married with a second chance at love has to avoid her former lover and now the small town’s doctor and her own second chance romance; and then there’s the wedding planner’s brother who insists their friend lend his expertise to the wedding plans, and who’ve guess it – a former ex as well.

Wedding planning while having an ex-lover floating around can make for a dreadful situation. Imagine helping someone make their HEA come true, and at the same time thinking of what might have been had their own HEA not fallen apart. The female protagonists in these stories are just waiting for a second chance for romance to occur, but only if all the participants are willing to put aside their past experiences of having lost a love and the reasons related to them.

So, if you’re into second chance romances, then this collection is for you; and why I’ve given it 5 STARS.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R20EMQ6BDUHCM1
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2AORL72H94JYZ

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-019 – YOU ARE NOT ALONE

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I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.

How many of you reading this love to read romances? How many of you are into reading those which happen to fall under the sub-genre of military romances? How many love fantasizing about being in the shoes of the female protagonists in these stories, longing to be in the arms of the man in uniform in these stories and the HEA you’ve always desired to have with a guy who’s considered to be a hero in another person’s eyes other than your own.

While these stories are wonderful to read, there’s a reality which is seldom, or better yet, never gone into. In this book Jen McDonald takes you from the realm of romance books and fiction into the real world; the real world of which she’s a part of for over 25 years.

The blunt reality is not like in a romance novel where you’re marrying the guy you love, you’re also marrying all his comrades in the service he’s enlisted in along with a new way of life you probably didn’t foresee or had imagined.

You’ve probably just wanted to settle down, own a home and raise a family; but once you’ve become a military family you go where they want you to go and when they want you to go. And even though you might remain stationary in one place, your dear other half might be deployed to G-d where with the dreadful possibility he might never return alive.

Ms. McDonald in her book has aptly described how she’s managed to sustain herself and her family through the years she’s been an obedient military spouse. With the addition of biblical quotations and her own triumphs, the author tries to elicit her readers to remind themselves that military spouses are not alone in their journeys.

While this book’s target audience seems to be military spouses, this book proves to be quite beneficial to all those who have friend that have a military spouse. This book is not only beneficial to any woman who has a military husband, it also should prove to be beneficial to any guy who has a military wife.
Given the extremely worthwhile intention of this book, how can I not give it or its author 5 STARS.
US: https://www.amazon.com/review/RQ5UVV4GZHW3R
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R39LEQO39BI5H0

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-018 – POP GOES THE QUESTION

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It’s been a quite a while since I’ve posted one of my book reviews, so going forwards I’ll be posting them on a more regular basis. In addition, I’ll be going through all the reviews I’ve done on Amazon, GoodReads and LibraryThing since my last posting on this blog and will be posting what I feel are one of my better review.

Okay are you happily married with a HEA relationship which you’ve always wanted to have? Can you recall the day your man got down on one knee to ask you to marry him? Where were the two of you when he’d asked you this question and how did he go about asking you? While some guys do it in a traditional manner, others want to make sure it would be quite memorable.

 

It doesn’t actually matter how you had been asked, each of the six contemporary romances will have you reexperience one of the most important days in your life; aside from getting married or giving birth to your first child. Stepping into the shoes of each of the female protagonists in these stories, you’ll be able to fantasize about being asked by the male protagonists for your hand in marriage in his own imaginable, forgettable  manner. I for one did fantasize about being in their shoes.

 

 

As I read this book I couldn’t help but recall listening to “Will You Marry Me” by Alabama; which got released around my birthday in 2001, which gives the guy’s POV for the premise of each of the stories in this collection.

 

LYRICS:

 

I come here today, I’m kind of nervous

You know how words get in my way

It should come easy, I’ve been rehearsing

I don’t know why I’m so afraid, to say

 

[Refrain]

Will you marry me

Put our love and life together

Will you stay with me

For always and forever

On bended knee, would you take this ring

Will you marry me, please

Will you marry me

 

To be with you is what I live for

But at this moment I confess

Though I love you, God knows I love you

Deep down inside I’m scared to death, say yes

 

[Refrain]

 

On bended knee

On bended knee

Would you take this ring

I will take your ring

Will you marry me, please

Will you marry me

For giving its readers an opportunity to relive one of the most important days of their lives, how can I not give these authors 5 STARS.

US:   https://www.amazon.com/review/R2CG658BUXDVRL

UK:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R36P9NT6M2H65K

 

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-017 – WEDDING DREAMS

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Reading the stories in this anthology, I couldn’t help but remember growing up when I was 13 years old that one of the songs I always heard being played on the radio in 1964 had been “Chapel of Love” being sung by The Dixie Cups. If you’re not familiar with the words because you’re too young, here are the lyrics.

 

Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get ma-a-arried

Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get ma-a-arried

Gee, I really love you

And we’re gonna get ma-a-arried

Goin’ to the chapel of love

 

Spring is here, th-e-e sky is blue, whoa-oh-oh

Birds all sing as if they knew

Today’s the day we’ll say “i do”

And we’ll never be lonely anymore because we’re

 

Because goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get ma-a-arried

Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get ma-a-arried

Gee, I really love you

And we’re gonna get ma-a-arried

Goin’ to the chapel of love

 

Bells will ring, the-e-e sun will shine, whoa-oh-oh

I’ll be his and he’ll be mine

We’ll love until the end of time

And we’ll never be lonely anymore because we’re

 

Because goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get ma-a-arried

Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get ma-a-arried

Gee, I really love you

And we’re gonna get ma-a-arried

Goin’ to the chapel of love yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Goin’ to the chapel of love yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Goin’ to

 

As you read the stories in this collection written by 20 best-selling authors, just allow yourself to fantasize you’re in the shoes of the female protagonists in each of these stories walking down the aisle to marry your guy of your dreams. As you do; this song should remind you of why you’re there and the HEA that waits afterwards.

 

To add to your reading enjoyment you’ve got deliciously sexy guys wish you could call your own, in a variety of cozy romances, thrilling international and holiday adventures, and sweet heart-melting stories. You’ve got your women who are looking for their second chance at a romance to brides who are seeking to get revenge on a previous failed romance.

 

With a wide variety such as this you’ll should definitely find at least a few stories to satisfy your taste; and at 99 cents for 20 great stories how can anyone go wrong, which is why I’m giving this collection and their authors 5 STARS.

 

US:   https://www.amazon.com/review/RLZ3LG0KJ9G5D

 

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1CO306X8VWDTH

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-017 – THE SEBASTIAN CHRONICLES

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I won a KINDLE copy for all the books in this series from the author through The Romance Reviews 6th Anniversary Celebration, and the following is my honest opinion.

 

Once Isabel had laid her eyes on Sebastian, she knew he had to be hers for now and forever more, for decades and centuries to come. You see Isabel had been a vampire and nothing would stop her from making her determination come true. Once bitten by Isabel, a bite which wound up turning Sebastian into a vampire has well, his desire to be my her side became unstoppable, the mere smell of her presence drove Sebastian wild. Not only that; his already sexual prowess got heighten even more. No longer did he have to woo his desired victims to have sex with him, they’d now seem to want to do it willing and allow him to have his way with them. Little did these individuals realize it had been Sebastian’s mind-controlling thoughts that were forcing them to lose their virginity so willingly. The visual descriptions written by Ms. Travis of their erotic activities are quite vivid, vivid enough that some reader could find up wetting their own panties merely fantasizing they’re in Isabel’s shoes.

 

Isabel made had sure he would be taken care of should she ever fallen victim to the wrath of the local town people who were always eager to drive a wooden stake through the heart of any individual they believed had been a vampire, which had become her fate at the end of Book One.

 

Sebastian, as he moved through the centuries which passed around him alone, felt he’d more and more that he’ll never fall in love again [which reminded me a little of Dionne Warwick’s song “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”.] Nor did he believe that he’ll ever find someone like Isabel again, someone whose mere presence would drive him so wild that nothing would stop him from making her his and his alone. And as we follow Sebastian through the next three books, something kept on coming up which prevented him from fulfilling his quest. Here, once again, Ms. Travis’s writing should fulfill a reader’s erotic desires when it comes to the erotic activities between Sebastian and the woman he’s with.

 

Book Five brings us and Sebastian to the present day and to Seattle, Washington, a place whose gloomy weather made him feel like he’s finally home. It is here that he encounters Bree, and the instant he sees her, his senses go haywire, and he feels that she’s the one he’s been searching for all these years. She has her own set of rules regarding the opposite sex, as does Sebastian. Yet both of their rules go out of the window when they’ll in each other’s presence. Sebastian vampire abilities of reading other people’s minds drives Bree crazy, since she can’t figure out how he knows all the things he does about her, and she can’t understand how he’s about to more around so quickly; one moment he’s in front of her and the next he’s behind her. Eventually Bree becomes a victim to his charms and desires to have him as her own as does Sebastian does regarding her.  

 

As I read this final book of the Sebastian Chronicles, and realizing he’s found his soul mate for eternity, I couldn’t help but hear Etta James’s classic song “At Last” playing in my mind. And if you read the lyrics to this song, you might feel that it could actually belong to Sebastian, the way I do.

 

AT LAST

My love has come along

My lonely days are over

And life is like a song

 

Oh yeah yeah

At last

 

The skies above are blue

My heart was wrapped up in clover

The night I looked at you

 

I found a dream, that I could speak to

A dream that I can call my own

I found a thrill to press my cheek to

A thrill that I have never known

 

Oh yeah yeah

You smiled, you smiled

Oh and then the spell was cast

And here we are in heaven

 for you are mine…

 

At Last

 

For having her reader’s possibly reaching a climax of their own as they read these five stories, I can’t help but give Ms. Travis 5 STARS for her erotic endeavor here.

 

US:   https://www.amazon.com/review/RMGYTF6YG0FX1

 

UK:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RMAB4DZPGPXDJ

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-016 – UNBOXED BAD BOYS

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Honestly, regardless of what kind of individual you are, from a sweet little thing that is still as pure as some newly fallen snow to an individual who has probably broken every forbidden sin in the book, from an individual who comes from the other side of the tracks to someone who comes from the upper crust of society; haven’t you yearned to fantasize about spending some time in the arms of a Bad Boy. If you have, then this limited edition boxed set of over 20 full-length novels is something you must definitely check and at less than five cents per story; how can you lose?

 

There’s a wide variety of bad boys within these stories, bad boys who are a movie or rock star, a guy who’s in a uniform from one of the armed services to a sly business mogul and everything in between. In addition to this, there’s a variety in the level of heat in the language [both dialogue and narrative] from a simply an innocent and sweet tale to one which is so hot you might be unable to stop wetting the pair of panties you’re wearing as you fantasize about being in the shoes of the female protagonist in the story.

 

If you’re already into reading Bad Boy stories, this will be a chance to visit some of your favorite authors; or better yet, discover new authors you’ve never read anything from. For having given readers this wonderful opportunity, I’ve given this 20+ story anthology 5 STARS.

 

US:   https://www.amazon.com/review/R45VJV4TPHLK0  

 

UK:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R247VSFSROCYK8

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-016 – FATHER’S ROAD

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I won an ARC [Advance Reader’s Copy] of this book from the publisher through a giveaway they had on LibraryThing and the following is my honest opinion.

One of my favorite subjects in high school had been history and this book is a wonderful introduction to what became own as the “Silk Road,” a path which took travelers, mainly merchants and the like from the Far East to Constantinople [now known as Instanbul], a major economic center of commerce. The road was full of dangers, not only because of its long trek through an unforgiving terrain with many barriers along the way but the numerous band of bandits out to rob travelers of their valuable merchandise they’ve traded or are seeking to trade for “rare” spices, etc.

The story in this book follows Wong Chong when he gets a chance to travel with his father and the caravan they’re traveling with for protection for almost a year each way. Through its words and illustrations this book paints a quite accurate vivid depiction of what such an arduous journey might have been like for its young readers.

For having given its young readers a fun, educational reading experience I’ve given this book 5 STARS.

US:   https://www.amazon.com/review/R2OYSLRY3ZFLGI

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1RBUCRSZD2KER

 

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