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

 

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-015 – LOVIN’ CHRISTMAS: BELIEVE IN THE SEASON

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Christmas came and went six weeks ago and in real life and the romance stories particularly all women love to read. And in these stories, especially those with this seasonal theme to them how many women who haven’t found their HEA yet, each year are looking forward to this holiday season so they can grab their desired hunk and kiss him under the mistletoe, even it means having a friend nearby with a sprig of this mythical bough dangling on a string attached to a stick.

To love the second most romantic time of the year, Christmas; you’ve got to love and believe in it. If you do believe in the Christmas season you’ve got to believe that every woman’s life will be ending in a wonderful HEA they’re longing to have.

Christmas is a time in which a loss of a loved one hurts the most, a time one longs to be lucky to find someone under the proverbial kissing bough we know as mistletoe, to kiss them so they become theirs; and if they guy turns out to be a sexy hunk, so much the better. Christmas is a magical and fanciful time of year when romantic wishes do come true, but only if you believe.

The collection of stories in this anthology should be able to rekindled the seasonal spirit you had six weeks ago and be able to warm the cockles your hearts, as you experience falling in love again while fantasizing about being in the shoes of each of the female protagonists, laughing and crying along with them. And for having done this for me, I’m happy to give the authors involved in this anthology and their endeavors, 5 STARS.

US:   https://www.amazon.com/review/RLK2OP2WG4TI

UK:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1374BENII5UZ4

 

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-014 – LOVE ONBOARD: CUPID’S CARIBBEAN CRUISE

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One of reasons I’ve loved reading this anthology of five stories written by authors we’ve come to love is that being a child of the 1950’s I had been around to watch 10 seasons of the award winning comedy/romance television series known as “The Love Boat” [1977-1987].

While the show’s weekly episodes contained three interconnected vignettes, all taking place on a single cruise, all the stories here take place on a singles cruise taking place around/on Valentine’s Day, and you can’t have a better time of year than this for romance.

And like the television show this collection also contains a variety of known storylines for what we all hope will end in a HEA. Storylines like the hope of finding romance for the first time, rekindling the one two individuals once had, getting a second chance in having a HEA after a disastrous divorce custody fightr, as well as a Cinderella type story of a woman dreaming that a guy she’s known forever actually does love her for real.

For allowing their readers to fantasize about being in each of these captivating individual stories, I’ve decided to give the authors of the stories in this anthology 5 STARS for their efforts.

US:   https://www.amazon.com/review/R3TN907LDZ05WG

UK:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R19M2T5G0ZO8LC

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-012 – DIARY OF A CHRISTIAN WOMAN

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There isn’t a woman who from time to time doesn’t want to return some spice to their relationship with their dear OH [other half] that they once had prior to and shortly after they’d said their I Dos.

But having a family and becoming more religious there’s a strong desire to keep everything clean and without even a glimmer of being perverted like it once might have been. Sex is in the minds of those participating in it and as the author uses her character, Phoebe to say, “I know God created sex for marriage. And not just for beautiful people, either. Sex is supposed to bind a man and wife; to give them an intimacy they share with no one else. Sex is supposed to be fulfilling. And fun! I think we’re supposed to want to have sex with our spouse.”

There needs to be a happy midpoint where one can go to fulfill our lustful desires, while being sexually anxious in terms of our actions in the eyes of our maker; remembering we’ve also got a standing to maintain to in the eyes of our children, and those in our community. But where are we to find such guidance. Phoebe finds her guidance in the form of a book we’ve all heard of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Even though this book is a work of fiction, it’s interesting to read how Phoebe goes about using this book in the relationship she shares with her husband George.

But given the author’s background as a pastor and working in the ministry for over thirty years, one has to wonder whether we can use the same ideas and techniques Phoebe had used on George, in our own real lives. We need to remember some of the best religious messages are sometimes best communicated through works of fiction, and a good example of this I believe would be Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

For having given her readers a clean romance novel with much to dwell upon in our own lives, I’m giving the author, Rebecca Reilly and this book 5 STARS.

US:   https://www.amazon.com/review/R18V2GBZ0KPUX8

UK:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2GVEW4K1DKADD

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