"Kidnapped Cowboy" is a cute little story about a psychologist named Caitlin who runs a summer camp for troubled teens that is about to be shut down a...more"Kidnapped Cowboy" is a cute little story about a psychologist named Caitlin who runs a summer camp for troubled teens that is about to be shut down and turned into a resort for the rich. After unsuccessfully attempting to phone and have a face to face meeting with the owner, Brandon Barnes aka The Ogre, a desperate Caitlin decides to kidnap him. Unfortunately, she mistakenly kidnaps his brother, Dalton using a curling iron. She takes him out to the Stoney Brook camp before discovering her mistake but before she can rectify the situation they are snowed in.
As Caitlin and Dalton spend some time together, he promises to help her keep the camp open. However, Dalton and Brandon have a checkered past full of resentment and hostility. Brandon resents Dalton for refusing to participate in the family business and going on the rodeo circuit. Dalton resents Brandon for attempting to control him.
As Brandon and Dalton strike a deal that will leave Dalton working side by side with Caitlyn for the summer he discovers that he enjoys working with the kids. Will he be able to keep the camp open as well as break down Caitlin's aversion to becoming involved with him or will everything break down before they begin?
I enjoyed this story and the humorous antics of Caitlin in her attempt to keep the camp open. The romance between Dalton was superb and the sex was hot. My only complaint is that the story dragged on a bit too long. However, it didn't affect my enjoyment too much. This book is currently free at Amazon.com. Enjoy!(less)
"Chosen" is a unique paranormal read without the typical vampires and werewolves. Instead, it is about a woman named Shanti who is a warrior for her p...more"Chosen" is a unique paranormal read without the typical vampires and werewolves. Instead, it is about a woman named Shanti who is a warrior for her people and also prophesied to be the 'Chosen One.' Unfortunately, Shanti does not believe this since her people are dead. They were massacred by ruthless money hungry tyrants who literally raped and pillage wherever they go. They're like locusts on steroids.
After traveling for days without food or water, Shanti is close to death. Then, some young men stumbled upon her and begin nursing her back to health. Cayman, the Commander of the village wants to know what she is about but Shanti refuses to divulge any information. He also wants her to wear proper ladylike clothes which Shanti also refuses to do. So, she sets out on a mission to irritate him. She takes the young recruits who found her and train them for battle her way of course. She develops a colorful repertoire of cuss words that would rival any sailors.
Then, one day Shanti awakens to the threat that the village is about to be invaded. She interrupts the Commander's love making to alert him. While he demands she be hidden and kept safe, Shanti sets out with her band of recruits to take down the threat. It is more than clear she is a force to be reckoned with.
There were so many things I enjoyed about this book, like the humor or Shanti trying to learn the correct uses of colloquialisms, her refusal to conform to the unrealistic expectations of women in the village and her shear determination. However, there were some things I definitely had problems with such as the poor transitioning from one major scene to another. For example, in the beginning of this book Shanti is five years old; then, a couple of paragraphs later she is grown. I had to go back and re-read the beginning to make sure I didn't miss anything. Hopefully, with future installments of this series, this won't be a problem.
All in all, I enjoyed this read and looking forward to reading more books by K. F. Breene. BTW, this book is currently being offered for free on Amazon.com.(less)
"Graveyard Shift" started off with a bang and a plot that promised an incredible journey; yet, after reading it I find that I am somewhat on the fence...more"Graveyard Shift" started off with a bang and a plot that promised an incredible journey; yet, after reading it I find that I am somewhat on the fence as to how I feel about this read. Don't get be wrong, there were moments of true magic but then there were also many more moments of monotonous drudgery in the guise of world building. It reminded me of when I was a kid reading the bible for the first time and I confounded by all of the so and so begat so and so's.
Lana is a reaper with feeling that on occasion has caused her to break protocol and allow some souls to deter their destinations to a better one. Because of this, Lana has been looked over for promotion time and time again. It doesn't really matter to her and in fact she seems to like where she is. She and her friends, Gabriel and Josie work for Grim the head reaper in charge. It is his job to assign jobs to collect souls and keep the afterlife in some semblance of peace. However, Grim has a secret that if revealed could catapult their world into an epic war and in order to keep this from happening he must promote Lana.
After 300 year as a reaper, Lana has learned to stay clear from pretty boy Nehalem such as Maalik. Yet, Maalik refuses to take no for an answer. When new council members are installed Lana discovers Maalik is a new member and responsible for her promotion. As they get to know each other, Lana realizes that she has been a bit unfair to Maalik. He gifts her with two hellhound puppies she names after two of her fallen comrades, Coreen and Saul. The hounds provide an extra layer of protection for Lana from the many demon attacks she has suffered from lately.
As Lana goes off in search of a special soul to maintain the fragile peace in her world she will be forced to make decisions that ultimately might lead to her downfall if the demons don't get her first. There is much to be enjoyed in this read but there was also way too many characters! Additionally, I found that everything felt cursory to me. The relationships between lovers were mediocre or warmly titillating but never sizzling hot. The bad guy was moderately bad and definitely didn't strike fear or anger in me.
So, the question is whether the second book will be more a more exhilarating experience for me or more of the same? The jury is still out for me and I am not sure I can rely on the reviews because so many people liked this book without reservation and just wasn't that impressed. I think I will table this question for now and come back to it later.(less)
(2.5 Stars) "Threads That Bind" is not your typical YA novel. It doesn't have any werewolves or vampires; just some demons who want to release one of t...more(2.5 Stars) "Threads That Bind" is not your typical YA novel. It doesn't have any werewolves or vampires; just some demons who want to release one of their own and the beserkers who are determined to stop them. Oh and did I mention that beserkers are always male except in the case of a newly discovered female named Madison.
Madison wears coke bottle glasses, is overweight and socially awkward. Then when she goes to take her driving test at the DMV, the unimaginable occurs, her vision corrects itself and she has an accident. Then, Madison loses all interest in the sugary treats she's crave all of her life and rapidly begins to lose weight. When she returns to school she is a new girl and finally lands a date with Josh, the boy she has had a crush on for years.
While on her date with Josh, Madison experiences a violent episode that leaves Josh afraid of her and Madison mystified. As she tries to come to grips with her heightened strength, speed, ability to memorize facts she is attacked by some strange creatures. As she battles with them, two new boys from her school come in to assist. They are shocked by the revelation she is a Bessemer and begin to explain who and what she is. This will not be the only surprise for Madison as more secrets will be revealed. However, that old saying, "What you don't know won't hurt you" may not be the truest words ever spoken.
I started this book with great anticipation due to the uniqueness of the plot; however, it didn't take long for my interest to wane and I found myself almost unable to finish the book. What happened? I became bored with all of the explanations and walks down memory lane of the various characters. Additionally, it bothers me when aspects of the plots I question are not addressed. For example, as Madison begins spending time All of her time with the beserkers, the author doesn't really address how or what her best friend, Amy thinks of her friends abandonment. The Ultimate goal of the demons is not really clear as well. I like my antagonists to be really nasty pieces of works and my protagonists to be wicked strong and badass. The characters in this read were lukewarm at best and in the end I went from enjoying this read to being bored senseless.
There are some amazing reviews for this book but it just wasn't for me. So, read it for yourself and decide. Obviously I will not be going on with the series.(less)
I've been a fan of Tess Oliver for a long time and just when I think I have her writing style figured out, she does the unthinkable and writes "Rain S...moreI've been a fan of Tess Oliver for a long time and just when I think I have her writing style figured out, she does the unthinkable and writes "Rain Shadow." This book reveals a whole new side to Ms. Oliver. "Rain Shadow" is a much grittier read and in some ways a darker story.
Evangeline or Angel has spent her entire life living in the compound run by her grandfather, Dreygon, head of a serious gang known as the Bedlam MC's. She has always wanted to leave the prison that she calls home and pursue a career as a doctor. There's only so much a girl can learn on YouTube, right?
One day as Angel is riding her horse, Chance, she stumbles upon a man who is close to death. It's clear that he has been beaten, with busted ribs and the globe of his ear hanging precariously. He also has amnesia so she decides to call him Reno. As Angel brings him to the compound her grandfather and his men are not pleased. It will be a miracle if Reno survives the beating he received and the interrogation he is about to get.
Angel and Reno are mutually attracted to each other and that certainly doesn't go without notice from Dreygon. He has already made arrangements to marry Angel off unbeknownst to her. Just as things seem as though they cannot possibly get any worse, Reno's memory returns with a vengeance. The real questions are how long can he keep his identity a secret, how long before Angel walks away from him, and how long will he manage to stay alive?
"Rain Shadow" is a short but rapid paced read that pulls you into a dark world where woman have no more value than a bargaining chip for power. I truly felt badly for Evangeline and the life she has been forced to lead as well as the life she has been denied. It will leave you wanting for more (although the author includes a snippet from the next installment at the end of this book). Now, here comes the hard part, waiting for the next book.
If you are in the mood for a gritty, erotic and hot romance with a twist of intrigue, I highly recommend that you read this book. You will definitely enjoy the ride. The antagonists are borderline crazy and the protagonists are flawed enough just to keep the story realistic. Take it from me and enjoy!(less)