Monthly Archives: February 2014

Pink Slips and Glass Slippers by J.P. Hansen

Today I am reviewing Pink Slips and Glass Slippers by J.P. Hansen.

 

SLIPS

 

Blurb: Brooke Hart was beautiful, smart, and groomed from birth to deal with adversity.

Her widowed father did his best to raise his baby girl to be a strong-minded business woman. Then she found Tanner. Just when her world seemed perfect, everything turned upside down. Following Tanner’s tragic death, Brooke joins a start-up company that is developing a cure for the disease that killed the love of her life. Just before the treatment is ready to market, the company is gobbled up by a giant conglomerate. She moves to the acquiring company as its youngest VP and becomes enamored with CEO Chase Allman—only to be betrayed by him. Brooke rebounds again and sets out on a personal journey to discover what will truly make her happy. Sparks fly when she and Chase cross paths again in an unlikely way. Now, they need each other to find an abducted child and save thousands of people.

My Review: This a cute and entertaining romance. While it is very predictable there were a couple of twist that keep it original. This might be because, unlike most romance books ,this one is written by a man which gives it fresh perspective. Some areas really seemed to drag and there were a lot of editing errors to wade through. I did find the humor of mistaken messages great. In all it was about what I expected. I give this 3 stars.

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Redemption by R.K. Ryals

Today I am reviewing Redemption by R.K. Ryals.

REDEM

 

 

Blurb: If you love paranormal romance with action, adventure, drama, angels, demons, and all kinds of supernatural things going on, this is one series you will most definitely want to read. ~Always YA at Heart

With swoon-worthy demons and snarky heroines, what’s not to love? Ms. Ryals takes a very popular genre and makes it her own. Redemption is unlike anything I have ever read and I am officially a fan for life! ~Pyxi Rose

A fateful car accident, a strange Abbey ruled by an even stranger Abbess, an insane Demon, a world where right and wrong becomes dangerously twisted, and a confident, rebellious teenager . . . .

Dayton Blainey is a foul-mouthed, grief-stricken young woman forced to live with a religiously eccentric aunt who favors her moral older sister. But when Dayton’s life becomes intertwined with a dangerous stranger, she suddenly finds herself at the center of a war fought since the beginning of time.

Trapped between what she believes is right, and a forbidden attraction, Dayton must come to terms with betrayal and her surprising lineage to stop a war before it even begins.

My Review: This book starts out a little confusing I though that the jump of seven years was almost too much of a leap. It was not done smoothly. After I got past that and into the story I did get interested in it. There are lots of twist and turns that kept the reader going. The main character seemed a little shallow but then she is suppose to be 17. Her smart mouth got a little tiring. Emotion was also a little lacking. I did not feel the scared or creepy feeling I expected. In spit of it’s short- comings I am interested enough to want to see what happens in the next book so I guess the author did her job well enough. I give this book 3 stars.

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Tangled Omens by Joni Parker

Today I am reviewing Tangled Omens by Joni Parker.

TANGLED

 

 

Blurb: Alex’s adventures continue as she unravels the mysteries of Seaward Isle. In her new role as a Tracker, she is on the trail of a spy called the Horseman who is in cahoots with the pirates to steal Elfin gold. Alex experiences new aspects of her own gifts bestowed on her by her Titan ancestors in this rollicking new adventure.

My Review: This is the second book in the Black elf Saga that I have read I  really enjoyed getting reacquainted with the characters as Alex continues her mission as a tracker. It moved along nicely and kept me interested. At time the conversations seemed a little forced and there were some editing errors. However I did enjoy the story and would read more of this series. I give this book 3 stars.

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A New Beginning: Tales From Galdrilene by A.D. Trosper

Today I am reviewing A New Beginning: Tales From Galdrilene by A.D. Trosper.

 

BEGIN

 

 

Blurb: In the War of Fire, death often heralds a new beginning…
Dragons, magic, and war are commonplace for sixteen year old Emallya. Though she longs for the simple life of hearth and home, some things are not meant to be.
Her dreams for the future are changed in a single night when battle breaches the walls of her home, and she finds her true calling. The innocent hopes of youth are cast aside as Emallya steps forward into a future she never imagined for herself.

*This is a short story within the Dragon’s Call world and includes a bonus a peek into Embers at Galdrilene, the first Dragon’s Call book.

My Review: Anytime I read a series such as this I devour any tidbit that comes my way. This was such a nice surprise to come. I loved seeing Emallya when she was young before she was hardened and tempered by war. Getting a glimpse of her and Bardeck meeting was special as well even as it was bittersweet for her family’s loss. As always A.D. Trosper delivers a powerful story even though it is short. I will look forward to reading more of these and of course look forward to the next in the series. A must add to the book shelf. I give this 5 stars.

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So Fell The Sparrow by Katie Jennings

Today I am reviewing So Fell The Sparrow by Katie Jennings.

 

SPARROW

 

 

Blurb: After the tragic death of her parents, Dr. Grace Sullivan inherits more than she bargained for. An empty house she’s never heard of, a nosy neighbor, and the restless spirits of a violent, century old murder.

A hard-nosed skeptic, Grace refuses to believe in ghosts despite hearing sounds and seeing things that can’t be explained.

When she unearths antique furniture from the basement, the spirits become agitated and dangerous. Ian Black and Alex Gallagher, a team of ghost hunters, come in to investigate.

Still denying the paranormal events in her home, Grace can’t bring herself to take the ghost hunters or the psychic medium who teams up with them seriously. As Grace struggles with her grief and the feelings she’s developing for headstrong Ian, the disturbing mystery of the house deepens. Now she’ll have to face the unbelievable before the spirits claim her for their own.

My Review: I first discovered MS. Jennings when I read her Vassar family saga novels. I fell in love with them, so it was with just a little trepidation that I read this change of genre. Ghosts stories are quite a departure from high society intrigue and drama. I was very pleasantly surprised. She does spooky quite well. It is at times fairly dark and makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck a time or two to say the least. I really didn’t like the main character that well however. Jackie was my favorite. The only thing that didn’t seem to fit well was the neighbor being possessed. There did to seem to an opening for more in this series , I will look forward to them. I would recommend this to any one that enjoys the paranormal read you won’t be disappointed. I give this book 4 stars.

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Final Reckoning by Tony Bull

Today I am reviewing Final Reckoning by Tony Bull.

 

FINAL

 

 

 

Blurb: Former SAS soldier Greg gets a call from his past.
Isle of Wight police want to talk to him about a human skeleton found during extensions to Seastone marina. After Greg contacts them they lose interest, but retired DCI Ray Tindall is convinced there’s a connection with ‘The Vanderling Associates’, a criminal gang he pursued unsuccessfully throughout his career.

Despite the risk of exposing another skeleton – the one in his own cupboard – Greg allows himself to be dragged into the ex-DCI’s investigation, and finds all his old skills returning as he uncovers evidence of illegal immigration, drug smuggling, money-laundering and murder, before a long overdue final reckoning with his old enemy, Sir Robert Clarmont Brown.

My Review: This is a very interesting and detailed crime suspense novel. The way the evidence was developed over thirty two years spanning from Greg’s youth to his retired military years is intriguing. At times it moved a little slow but kept me interested. The author’s writing style is good. There were quite a few editing errors but I was able to work through them. Some may be the difference of terms from England to America. I recommend this to the who done it lovers out there who are looking for another good read. I give this book 4 stars.

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Penance by James M. Clifton PhD.

Today I am reviewing Penance by James M. Clifton PhD.

PEN

 

 

Blurb: Carlos Ramirez is an Ivy League educated lawyer and the son of an infamous drug lord. He spent most of his life sheltered from the seedier side of his father’s business dealings, devoting his time to running his family’s legal business ventures. All that changes, however, when his father is murdered by his partner, the head of the northeast Irish mob. Consumed by hatred, he and his sister Lena exact their revenge.

Seemingly oblivious to the collateral damage he is causing, Carlos’s actions result in the death of a number of innocent people. The deepest of regret follows. Given the perspective of time, he comes to grieve his actions, leading him to the brink of suicide.

Carlos’s sister, Lena, is a very different person. While Carlos avoids his father’s legacy, Lena embraces it, maturing to become a major crime boss. As the story unfolds, Carlos devises a desperate plan to soothe his stricken conscience. What Carlos does not realize, though, is that Lena and her professional killer are watching over him, protecting him from danger.

At various points during the story, you might find yourself cheering for the killer, empathizing with the drug lord, or lamenting the weaknesses and flaws of the one character that is risking his life and sacrificing everything to do the right thing. Carlos, Lena and her hired assassin are complex characters caught up in a complex story, not unlike real life. And, as in reality, at any given instant in time, it is difficult to tell the good people from the bad.

My Review: This was a interesting crime novel. It was fast paced and very detailed. You actually find yourself cheering for the main crime boss as he sets about reliving his guilt. I loved the twists and turns. My favorite character believe it or not was his sister even though she was capable of great violence. It did some editing issues which takes it down a notch but I would recommend it to anyone who like the crime suspense genre. I thought it ended a little abruptly. I’m not sure if there will be a sequel but thought this one could have wrapped up better. I give this 4 stars.

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