I was really looking forward to reading "The Curse Keepers." The book summary seemed to promise everything I enjoy in a good paranormal book and whileI was really looking forward to reading "The Curse Keepers." The book summary seemed to promise everything I enjoy in a good paranormal book and while the premise for the story is unique (Native American curse), the incessant bickering between the two main characters spoiled the book.
All of her life, twenty-three year old Ellie Lancaster was told she is a curse keeper. Yet, she never really believed it especially when her father's mental health dwindled due to the onset of Alzheimer's. But, when sexy Collin Daily walks into her restaurant she realizes the this womanizing man is a danger to her in more ways than one. It seems Collin is a fellow curse keeper and he knows more than he is willing to share. As they attempt to battle evil and keep the Native American gates of hell from opening and releasing vengeful gods seeking revenge.
Ellis must come to grips that this curse is real and the fate of the world rests squarely on both her and Collin's shoulders. Boy, are we in trouble! As I stated earlier, this book had so much potential. I really enjoyed the connection of the prophecy with the Lost colony of Roanoke. However, what was meant to be romantic tension quickly turned out to be incessant bickering that almost resulted in me not finishing this book. I had to constantly remind myself that this was not a YA book because of how immature the characters were. It truly hindered my reading enjoyment. Although there were some suspenseful moments, there wasn't much action as well.
Clearly, I will not be going on with the other books in this series. It just wasn't my cup of tea but check it out for yourself and decide if this is a book for you....more
I was really enamored with the first book in the Forbidden Trilogy. It was unique and full of action. However, I guess the shiny newness has worn offI was really enamored with the first book in the Forbidden Trilogy. It was unique and full of action. However, I guess the shiny newness has worn off because I had trouble remaining interested in "Forbidden Fire," book two. What is the problem? Well, at times I felt as though I was reading a modified version of Harry Potter. The paranormal students are trapped in the school under the new regime of Mr. Black. He bullies and beats the kids. So, what do they decide to do? They form a secret army. Doesn't this sound a little bit like Dumbledore's Army.
Meanwhile, Sam and Drake are still on the run. Her pregnancy is progressing too rapidly and she is suffering from withdrawal symptoms from the so called vitamins injections the school forced upon her. She is still a virgin although she wants intimacy with Drake, the father of her child.
Sam and Drake receive assistance from the most unusual sources all while trying to communicate with their friends back at school. Unfortunately someone, namely a man known only as the seeker is thwarting their attempts at hiding and canceling out their powers.
Although there was plenty of action in this sequel, I grew tired of the countless blackouts of the characters and the stagnant way the story inches forward. This is only a trilogy; therefore, we the reader should have a greater sense of what is going on in the plot by now. I realize other reviewers truly loved this book as a whole but it was my least favorites so far. With that being said, read it for yourself and decide....more
Despite the cheesy book cover, "Righteous Lies" is an interesting story based on the premise of a sperm donor clinic that experiences a mix up.
GraceDespite the cheesy book cover, "Righteous Lies" is an interesting story based on the premise of a sperm donor clinic that experiences a mix up.
Grace is seven months pregnant sitting in the waiting room of the clinic she received her deceased husband's sperm. Her husband, Marc had died of cancer two years prior. While she waits she begins a conversation with another pregnant woman who is sitting between identical twins. One is a massive cowboy named Jack and the other is his more refined brother, Sam. Soon all four people are piled into a conference room with the owner of the lab and his attorney. They are informed of the mix up and the lawyer attempts to dissuade them from a lawsuit by attempting to give the $50,000 each.
Needless to say, Grace is devastated that she is not carrying her dead husband's son and that since all the sperm was used up, she has missed out on her one chance. However, that is just a small part of the problem. It seems Sam also suffered a bout of cancer so his twin brother, Jack donated his sperm in order to make it possible for them to give birth to another child whose umbilical cord tissue could be harvested to save their older son, Ricky who has a rare blood disorder.
As everyone attempts to deal with the pandemonium raised by this revelation, Jack makes it clear he plans to be a part of Grace and his baby's life even if he has to file for joint custody. When Grace appears to show signs of early labor, Jack insists she come stay at the ranch where she will have plenty of people who can look out for her. Neither one of them could possibly understand how this one decision will change both of their lives. Jack's secrets are about to be revealed and Grace will be more vulnerable than she can possibly imagine.
The premise for this book is excellent but the execution of the plot is middle of the road. The world building is good but then, the author rushes the remaining portion of the story but not establishing a deep enough bond/connection between Grace and Jack. Additionally, the love making between them was virtually none existent. In my humble opinion if you are going to write a romance novel, you cannot be afraid to write erotic sex scenes. It is tandem to what a romance novel is all about. Additionally, I believe this book could have been even better if Jack's ex-wife, Lauren had taken an even more drastic reaction to Jack's relationship with Grace.
With that being said, this is a middle of the road romantic read and is currently being offered for free on Amazon.com. If it sounds like something you'd be interested in, give it a shot....more
"Precise" is a dark tale about a young woman named Katie who has suffered through verbal abuse from a mother who is suffering from mental illness. No"Precise" is a dark tale about a young woman named Katie who has suffered through verbal abuse from a mother who is suffering from mental illness. No one recognizes how brutal Katie's mother is. They just believe she is misunderstood and harsh for Katie's own good.
The situation between these two escalates when Katie and her husband discover she is pregnant and she gives birth to a baby girl. Her mother interferes in the raising of her child under the guise of helping her be a better mother. When Katie's best friend shares his insights into her mother's motives, she realizes she must take action. Instead of responding in rage, she teaches her mother a lesson in love.
This short novella is the prequel to the series Pulling Me Under. It is amazing how easily the reader becomes engrossed into the dysfunctional world of Katie. I highly recommend this prequel and cannot wait to read the first book in this series....more
First and foremost let me say that this is a difficult review for me to write. There are so many aspects of this book that are truly great; yet, the sFirst and foremost let me say that this is a difficult review for me to write. There are so many aspects of this book that are truly great; yet, the story fails to be a really good read mainly due to the disjointed writing. "Becoming Red" had the potential to be mind blowing but it just left me scratching my head in an attempt to determine whether to go on with the series or not.
Washing DeMorgan hurriedly boards a plane to Dublin after receiving notification that the grandmother who raised her suffered a stroke. Ash has been living in the U.S. since the terrible events of her past that left her mother murdered and her dead stepfather accused of the crime.
When Ash arrives at the hospital, her grandmother's heart rate increases to the point she has to leave before she gets the answers she wants. So, she goes to her gran's cottage where her neighbor quickly returns her oversized dog. Then, as she tries to sleep she awakens to a strange man in the house. She hits him in the head with a skillet only to discover he is her gran's tenant, Connal, who lives downstairs.
Soon, Ash discovers that there is a drug on the streets making sex slaves out of unsuspecting women and their are men who are hunting her due to her unique blood. What she didn't count on is that these men are werewolves who ancestry is steep in Irish folklore. Can she find a way to survive and will loving Connal or "Big Bad" surely be the death of her?
Usually when you read a book steeped in mythology or folklore, the author provides you with adequate background knowledge to assist in your understanding. While this writing duo references Irish myths, it just is not enough and leaves the reader confused and frustrated at times. At other times, they insert information that is just not necessary to the understanding or flow of the plot. I guess I'm just not a fan of this writing team's style. If a more straightforward approach had been used, I would have loved this book. The plot is unique, fast paced with interesting characters. I will warn you though that the material is dark at times and displays violence against women.
At this point, I am not sure if I will go on to the other books in this series; so for now, I will take a break and read several reviews of other people before making my decision. If this book sounds like something you would enjoy, give it a try. It is currently being offered for free on Amazon.com....more
When I first saw the summary for "Running into Darkness" I was excited to read it; but, if I am going to be totally honest, this is a vile and disgustWhen I first saw the summary for "Running into Darkness" I was excited to read it; but, if I am going to be totally honest, this is a vile and disgusting little story with less than likeable characters who sell their souls for what? Power, revenge? Additionally, I didn't even mention the act of incest the main character willingly participates in. I've read some reviews that justify the incest by saying it wasn't Samantha, the main character. It was her alter ego, Alexandra. I say, "Bullshit!" No matter how much cologne you spray, it still reeks.
I don't mind a dark story; but, this book didn't have much for me to relate to or want to relate to. No matter how much I needed revenge there is a line you do not cross because if you do, you are no longer you. You are just a shadow of any worthwhile human being. The only reason I read the book in its entirety is because one reviewer wrote that the story improves after the incest. Not!
I am in the minority on my disdain for this story. However, I am totally okay with that. There are some depths of depravity I will not tolerate and this is one of them. Read it for yourself and decide. I am done and definitely not moving forward to the other books in the series....more
I will admit that when I first saw the book summary for "Clarity" I was concerned that I would not be able to read it due to the rape of the main charI will admit that when I first saw the book summary for "Clarity" I was concerned that I would not be able to read it due to the rape of the main character, Helen. However, after reading so many positive reviews, I realized that I would potentially be missing out on a great story if I did not muster the courage to read the book. Boy, I am glad that I pushed myself to read this good because it was really good.
Helen is blind. She also was raped three years prior. So, she distances herself from her family and friends, purchases a cabin and begins a writing career. She has been fairly successful and moderately happy in her distant environment. Then one day, two Opthamologist show up at her door wanting her to be part of a study they believe has the potential to restore her sight. At first she refuses but then, after one of the doctors, Liam returns the next day she agrees but on one condition. Liam must agree to take Helen to her family for her older sister's wedding.
On the road to New York, Helen, Liam and Owen are a real barrel of laughs as Owen regales them with the sorted details of every porn movie he has seen. Soon Liam and Helen have had enough and take a break and a nap at a roadside stop. They manage to get Helen home but not before she gets Liam to agree to be her date so that her sister won't set her up with any men.
Just as Helen is becoming comfortable again in her old home, the worst possible situation occurs. No, I will not reveal what it is but I will say it is a doozy. I appreciate the way the author handles the sensitive areas in this book and allows us time to get to know Helen and Liam. I will alert you to the fact the book ends with a major cliffhanger but I actually thought that was the best way to handle it. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book. It truly is very good....more
Dystopian themed novels are very popular in the YA market right now. Some are good and some are not so good. So, when I read the summary for " ConcealDystopian themed novels are very popular in the YA market right now. Some are good and some are not so good. So, when I read the summary for " Concealed in the Shadows" I approached it cautiously. However, since the book is currently being offered for free on Amazon.com, I decided I had nothing to lose.
I am happy to say, I was pleasantly surprised. This book is very good. Sydney Harter turns eighteen today and finally she can apply for guardianship of her fourteen year old sister, Evvie. Debbie is currently living in foster care but her foster mother's sister recently passed away and she needs to adopt one of her two daughters. In a society where you can only have two kids, Evvie will need to go live with her sister or go back into the system.
Luckily, the courts grant guardianship to Sydney. Yet, after one day, Evvie is eager to get her sister alone and away from the prying ears of the government. She informs Sydney that she stumbled upon information that their mother may not be dead after all, however, little do either of them know but the have both been implanted with audio microchips.
As Sydney ventures beyond the walls and surveillance of her city, she discovers a community she never knew existed. However, her short lived freedom will put someone she loves in jeopardy and someone is going to die.
There is plenty of action, intrigue, great world building and an interesting plot in this little gem of a read. My only complaint is that this book is in serious need of good editing. There are too many capitalization mistakes and spelling errors. In my experience, editing issues is the biggest problem plaguing the self publishing world. Hopefully, book two will eliminate some of these issues....more
I've been reading so many middle of the road stories lately that it almost put me in a funk. Thankfully, "Werewolf Dreams" was very interesting and heI've been reading so many middle of the road stories lately that it almost put me in a funk. Thankfully, "Werewolf Dreams" was very interesting and helped me out of the rut.
Ava Paskell has just graduated high school. Instead of going to California with her friend her father has requested she spend her last summer prior to college with him investigating a. crime scene. What girl wouldn't jump at that chance. Ha! When they arrive at the sleepy little Canadian town, Ava's father promises to reveal some secrets about her heritage he has long held. But imagine her surprise when she discovers her father grew up in this town and she meets the grandfather and Aunt she never knew existed.
Soon it becomes abundantly clear why Ava's father left this backward little town. Women are treated as objects and brow beaten into compliance. Yet, when Ava meets Cyrus she finds herself attracted to him like she has never known before. So, why do people keep talking about mates and why are others trying to kill her? It seems is really is time for daddy dearest to clue Ava in on her heritage.
There is plenty of action in this short but sweet story. The characters were entertaining and the world building was quite interesting. I enjoyed the character of Ava and the antagonists as well. However, I must make the comment that the cover make me think of a more mature/ adult book versus YA. Unless, book two is planning to cross over into an adult read. This is a no Brainerd people. It is a good read and currently being offered for free on Amazon.com....more
(2.5 Stars) When I first read the summary for this book, I was really looking forward to reading it. Truth be told, it was a middle of the road read. T(2.5 Stars) When I first read the summary for this book, I was really looking forward to reading it. Truth be told, it was a middle of the road read. The plot and storyline was not unique and at times I felt as though I was watching a B rated movie.
Seventeen year old Vicky wakes up in a coffin. Suddenly, a vampire appears and tries to get her to go with him. She kills him and he turn to dust. After her thirst gets out of control she kills an elderly couple for their blood. She is so disgusted with her behavior, she tries to kill herself by lying in the sun. However, she survives.
On the run, Vicky meets a boy named Drake who miraculously accepts her and her vampire tale without blinking. Really? Then starts the sappy romance. Yes, there was some action and antagonists, the writing was pretty good but the overall plot was weak and not very exciting. Read r for yourself and decide. It just wasn't for me....more
(3.5 Stars) If you're the type of reader who enjoys variety in your paranormal library, "Away With the Fairies" could be just the book for you. It is a(3.5 Stars) If you're the type of reader who enjoys variety in your paranormal library, "Away With the Fairies" could be just the book for you. It is a short but sweet novella about a girl named Lucy with petit mal seizures that her grandma believes sends her off to see the fairies. When Lucy goes missing her sister, June knows exactly where she is but is too afraid to tell.
Where did she go and how can her family get her back? You will have to read the book to find out! This little gem is packed full with imagination and some sweet but comical moments. I'm going to have to start staring at the walls and see where it takes me....more
If you enjoy a quick paranormal romance centered around the werewolf theme then, " Gone with the Wolf" could very well be the book for you. So, why diIf you enjoy a quick paranormal romance centered around the werewolf theme then, " Gone with the Wolf" could very well be the book for you. So, why did I give it three stars? Well, it was totally predictable.
Emelia thought she owned her bar until she discovered she has been swindled. Now, the bar is owned by a huge financial conglomerate and she wants a little revenge. So , she attends a Halloween party of the owner dressed as a sexy Little Red Riding Hood and sneaks into his wine cellar to take a great bottle of wine.
When Drake stumbles upon Emelia he is immediately attracted to her. Could she be his luminary, the woman destined to be with him. She's human and does not know what he is. Additionally, she despises his corporation. So, he does not tell her who he is. Soon, he has her working directly for him in his corporate offices.
Emelia is attacked while leaving her bar one night but is rescued by Drake. Did she really see a man almost change into a werewolf and why was he trying to kill her?
This is a typical rich boy meets poor girl plot with mediocre action and sex scenes. Truthfully, there wasn't anything unique about any aspect of the story. Although the writing was not bad, I like unique plots and this one just didn't do it for me. Therefore, I will not be going on to the next book in this series....more
From the very first book, I fell in love with the Monster Haven series. So, I don't miss a chance to read anything in this series whether it is a fullFrom the very first book, I fell in love with the Monster Haven series. So, I don't miss a chance to read anything in this series whether it is a full length book or novella.
"What Zoey Doesn't Know" gives us a glimpse into a day in the life of Maurice the closet monster. Since so many monsters have been living in Zoey's neighborhood a strange phenomenon is starting to occur, humans are beginning to imagine they are a part of the paranormal world. Maurice has had to bandage up his neighbor, Gavin because he believes he is a mummy. Just as Maurice sets out to do his errands for the day he runs into Silas, the golem and bearer of bad luck. Dials shares what is causing the problem and how to solve it.
Maurice is wary of Silas' motivations but wants to help his neighbors. As he runs around providing the cure for the afflicted. he also cleans the house, does laundry; oh, and saves Zoey from harm while the bank is being robbed all unbeknownst to her. Did I mention that he also sends a baked donation to the fundraiser for displaced monsters and has an incredible dinner awaiting Zoey when she arrives home from work? This is why Maurice and the Monster Haven series is just so darn good! Now, I am off to read the next book in the series that was just released today. If you like reading about creatures in the paranormal world, you should definitely check out this series....more
I loved this book! This is the first book I've read of Jackie We get and it definitely won't be the last. 24 year old Phoebe Hawley has been sent withI loved this book! This is the first book I've read of Jackie We get and it definitely won't be the last. 24 year old Phoebe Hawley has been sent with her brother Willie Boy and her twelve year old sister, Maydean to secure work and find a place for her family to live. Times have been tough for the proud Hawleys since the mills closed down.
After being turned down for a job, Phoebe accidentally hits the bumper of a man's truck who she thinks has kissable lips. Unfortunately, the man, Gage Morgan only wants the $75 needed to fix his bumper from the scrawny Phoebe. However, she manages to worm her way into his life and his home with his daughter.
Gage Morgan hasn't trusted a woman since his deceased wife cheated on him. He runs his junk yard and welding business from the back of his home. When Phoebe blows into his life with the force of a tornado, she manages to bring order to his untidy existence and happiness to his daughter. He never counted on her openness and curiosity about sex to bring him to his knees.
"Finding Home" is a truly fresh romantic read. It doesn't contain sleek, sophisticated characters just everyday people who work hard and are a little down on their luck. So many times I found myself cheering Phoebe on and laughing so hard at her honesty and sexual naivety. The vernacular is priceless and I couldn't help but laugh. I just wish this was a series because I couldn't get enough!...more
"Montana Homecoming" is a cute, quickie, romantic read. I will admit I am a sucker for family based romances where there are multiple siblings needing"Montana Homecoming" is a cute, quickie, romantic read. I will admit I am a sucker for family based romances where there are multiple siblings needing a solid relationship. This is one of those where the reader will have multiple opportunities to read first time romantic connections while hearing updates on characters from previous books.
Is this some great literary drama? No! but is is a lot of fun. My only criticism is that the love scenes could have been hotter but that is just my taste. I will probably go on to read other books in the series....more