Title: Year of the Cat Author: Carroll Bryant Format: e-book (Kindle edition) Read: Dec 9 - DNF Rating: 1/5 Recommend: No
Summary: Lancaster Parks, an American Detective is sent to a tourist city in Mexico. What exactly he's investigating is a string of deaths of male tourists over the past years. The case he's on currently has 16 unsolved murders, all the victims American males and murdered between Spring Break and Memorial Day Weekend (the city's two biggest tourist times). Oh, and there is this mysterious woman too.
Review: I am so usually not one to give into hype, drama or let other people's reviews color my opinion of a book. So, up on receiving this book as a gift (which I usually do not turn down, but in this case I probably should have).
I could not even finish it, I have no desire to finish it. Nor do I think any amount of money could make me finish this book. This author reminds me of Vizzini in The Princess Bride with his use of words improperly.
The on that made me giggle, seriously, was apparently the main character was going to spend "the next ions" of his life in the city he was transferred to in Mexico. Dear Author, you are aware that the word that you should have used in that sentence was EONS.
Ions do not measure time. Ions are an electrically charged atom, and is a term used in physics or chemistry.
Eons measure time. They measure an indefinite amount of time.
So, your character would not be spending electrically charged atoms in a place, instead he would be spending eons (an indefinite amount of time) in the city in Mexico.
Then, there is this mystery woman. I don't get entirely where she comes from (maybe I would if I finished the book) but to have her simply show up in this one mini flash back toward the beginning of the book is kind of disjointed and really doesn't make things flow nice and neatly in my opinion.
Anyway, that is my two cents and I bid you all a good day and happy reading. Please do not bring your hate, drama and various other trivial things to my page. I've now read the drama and the whirlwind of a shit storm that this book and the author has produced. I do not want any part of it, and you will not hesitate to find yourself blocked, banned, or reported for bringing the drama here. (less)
Title: Quicksilver in the Hand Author: Jamie Freeman Rating: 5/5
A sincere thank you to Jamie Freeman for offering this book for review via the Goodreads...moreTitle: Quicksilver in the Hand Author: Jamie Freeman Rating: 5/5
A sincere thank you to Jamie Freeman for offering this book for review via the Goodreads.com group Making Connections.
Summary: Julian and Tony meet in line at a David Sedaris book signing. "Promise me sixty blissful moments and I'll pass my whole life with you," Tony tells Julian. And, although the line is really little more than a charming pick-up line, a relationship does develop, told moment by moment from beginning to end in the 60 segments of this story. Love blooms in moments of passion, but as the clock ticks on, the cracks begin to show and Julian must choose between himself and the relationship he thinks he wants.
Review: FIVE STARS! I am a sucker for a romance story, and this is one. Stunning portrayal of a gay relationship, the characters were absolutely wonderful. Within moments of meeting a whirlwind romance comes together between Julian and Tony who meet at a book signing.
The writing story itself is written in a very unique way and it takes you a moment or two to realize just what Jamie has done. We don’t get the whole massive story of the relationship between Julian and Tony, but what we get are sixty unique glimpses into their relationship. Small segments of time that allow us to be observers of the rise and fall of these two individuals, and they do fall both in and out of love.
However, my favorite character even above Julian and Tony has to be Cassie, Julian’s cat because she’s smart and she’s a vicious protector of Julian despite the warning signs that she’d been giving him since he and Tony moved in together. It made me laugh at her little antics (constantly pushing things off high surfaces to land on Tony’s head) that looked little more like accidents, not the malicious intent by the cat.
I applaud this uniquely written glimpse into a relationship and I will definitely be looking forward to more books by Jamie Freeman because of my love for this book.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good rollercoaster of a romance story, the ups and downs, twists and turns will have you biting your nails at every turn. Though, if same sex couples aren’t your thing, then you will unfortunately have to give this fantastic story a pass.
Title: One Night with You Author: Toni Dare Format: E-book (Kindle) Date Read: August 7, 2013 Rating: 4/5 Recommend: Yes
Summary: Cass Jones is a plus-sized...moreTitle: One Night with You Author: Toni Dare Format: E-book (Kindle) Date Read: August 7, 2013 Rating: 4/5 Recommend: Yes
Summary: Cass Jones is a plus-sized fashion designer. By accident or fate she meets heart-throb Andreas Katsakis and after one night she flees in Cinderella-esque fashion, leaving behind a signature piece of her clothing line.
Review: I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
In this steamy Cinderella-esque story that starts with a hotel room mix-up, an expensive suite is double booked, and originally it had been booked to millionaire Andreas Katsakis and then booked for Cass Jones for the night after she pitched her plus-sized clothing line.
The mistake was discovered when Andreas arrives and after a shower climbs into bed only to find it occupied by Miss Jones. After a steamy sexual encounter Cass flees, leaving behind a signature nightgown from her collection, and leaving many questions unanswered for Andreas.
This book easily captured my attention and sucked me into the story. Toni Dare has a flare for the erotic, and her writing style is one that will keep you captivated from beginning to end.
The only complaint I have with this story is some of the time jumps are jarring and tend to pull me briefly from the story. It isn't horrible but it is noticeable. Also, it is short! I want more of the steaminess between Cass and Andreas! They are a fantastic couple and I do hope that Toni revisits them again! (less)
Summary: Allie lives in Peakcock Flats, Washington with her mom. Every day life...moreTitle: Moonstone (Unbidden Magic #1) Author: Marilee Brothers Rating: 4/5
Summary: Allie lives in Peakcock Flats, Washington with her mom. Every day life has the typical filler of every fifteen-year-old’s life: high school bullies, snarky drama queens, bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Oh, Allie also has this prophecy to live up to about saving the world from evil. Her psychic abilities are jump started by an electrical jolt from a TV antenna which brings forth a hippy-dippy guardian angel and the gift of an incredible moonstone pendant from the town “witch,” who just happens to be Allie Emerson’s next door neighbor.
Review: The story starts off a touch strange, but it quickly becomes exciting and more suspenseful as you progress. Kudos to Marilee Brothers on her first attempt, and as a self published book there are a few flaws, but that is to be expected, and they did not bother me too much, except for the failure to set the ‘rules” so to speak for the many magical talents Allie is now in possession of by the end of the book.
Allie’s powers are telekinetic and they are amplified by the moonstone pendant that she is given by her eccentric neighbor, however, there are others that want the pendant as well, and now Allie’s world is filled with quite a bit more than your average high school drama, she has now started her part in the age old battle between good and evil, however she isn’t sure who she can trust.
The characters are pretty well developed, and they are the type you can either love or hate. Allie just wants a normal life, and actually wants her powers to go away when they first manifest themselves. She is also more grown up than her mother Faye, who you just want to shake and smack some sense into. Junior is the local bad boy, former gang member and now trying to right his wrongs and keep himself out of trouble. I love the interaction between Allie and Junior and the potential for a budding relationship is so strong, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.
This book is definitely one of my new favorites. It is rare that I find a supernatural romance, a paranormal romance that fits my standards for books....moreThis book is definitely one of my new favorites. It is rare that I find a supernatural romance, a paranormal romance that fits my standards for books. There is actual PLOT to this story, there is something other than just "blah. blah. blah." hot sex scene here "blah. blah. blah." Seriously.
The concept is something that is definitely unique. The "Gods of Night" as they have named themselves are a series of twelve individuals (group of eleven plus leader). The Eleven are the truly unique creatures because the souls that inhabit those deliciously yummy and muscular bodies are not 'human' they are 65-million year old creatures that had roamed the world before the catastrophe that wiped out life as we know it.
Seriously, what in the hell would you do if your 'soul mate' had the soul of a DINOSAUR!!! I mean, really.(less)
I actually really liked this book. I do not mind the fact that they told us what Chloe is in the book, and I like that there is still a struggle with...moreI actually really liked this book. I do not mind the fact that they told us what Chloe is in the book, and I like that there is still a struggle with Chloe starting to begin to get ahold on her powers as well as learning more about what exactly is going on with where she's suddenly been "committed" to with Lyle House.(less)