Whoa! I believe Shauna Allen has taken her vitamins and grown to another level! I loved her Cupid Chronicles series, but make room for the Jack Em UpWhoa! I believe Shauna Allen has taken her vitamins and grown to another level! I loved her Cupid Chronicles series, but make room for the Jack Em Up series.....it is powerful and moving in its own right. So beautifully written with heartfelt emotion and tenderness.
I love romance and stories that make a person feel and Shauna's writing is like a balm or prescription written just for me. She writes not only the passionate throes of love, but also is addressing some sensitive topics that affect more and more of us in today's world.
The Jack Em Up series centers around a garage owned by Blake Travers and his motley crew of mechanics. Motley? Okay, let's say Hotties! Jesse Joyner definitely had the pages of Torque sizzling from start to finish and although he was an ex con, he was imprisoned for a valiant reason. Beyond that he had a secret. That one bit of baggage colored his perspective and sullied his life with darkness.
Rachel Chaseman, was his opposite...full of life, light and a love for Jesse that was unquenchable, unconditional and non judgemental; two characters whose passion for one another was palpable.
Allen conveyed their love for one another in truly convincing prose, but even more awesome was how she handled Jesse's secret, Rachel's dissatisfaction with her career path and the surprise Rachel's Dad left her. All of this contributed to a very satisfying and rewarding story....one of Shauna's best to date!
I'll be quite anxious to read the third in the series, Throttle! Love the surprises this author never ceases to amaze me with! ...more
Loads of characters, suspense and somehow, it's all woven into one cohesive story. Sometimes you read a book with a lot of characters and points of viLoads of characters, suspense and somehow, it's all woven into one cohesive story. Sometimes you read a book with a lot of characters and points of view and it feels choppy and you wonder what each chapter has to do with the overall book. Thirst is not like that. Chapters were presented from various points of view, from multiple characters, but Sagnier writes so straightforward, there is little confusion and somehow it all culminates into the aha moments appropriately and brilliantly. Maybe that occurred for me because I did complete the read in two sittings. I was hooked immediately.
The story twists and weaves between the lives of the multiple characters.....all of whom are as troubled as real people.....all of whom are consumed with the fails of humanity. Colin is a recovering alcoholic and has been sober for 10 years, but what he encounters in helping his lover find her daughter is enough to cause serious falling from the wagon. For every individual encountered, there is an agenda, be it hidden or exposed.
I feel inadequate to convey what I felt about this story. I appreciated the grip the book provided, enjoyed the twists and turns, never saw the outcome coming and felt character development was a really strong feature. I look forward to reading more of Sagnier's work....more
When I was offered the opportunity to read Defiant, a collection of three Dutch author's young adult work, I was thrilled to do so. I have been enamouWhen I was offered the opportunity to read Defiant, a collection of three Dutch author's young adult work, I was thrilled to do so. I have been enamoured with the thoughtful approach Jen Minkman takes in her writing and I was hungry to try some other Dutch authors as well. I was not disappointed in any of the stories in this collection.
All three stories had one thing in common and that was the beliefs that their lives were as they were meant to be. They believed in their governments and societys' propaganda and had no idea, there were other ways to live or believe...until they were startled into realizing another perspective existed. At that point the main characters were faced with decisions. Would they remain loyal to their way of life or would they challenge themselves for more?
All three writer's presented unique stories and characters...characters who were very easy to empathize with and root for their success.
If you like a read that makes you think and invites you into it, this anthology may be just what you need to read....more
This was indeed a book of a different sort, and as a result, I am very torn in my review of the book. It was definitely a historic look back into theThis was indeed a book of a different sort, and as a result, I am very torn in my review of the book. It was definitely a historic look back into the 1800's of Boston and to the life and times of Jesse Pomeroy....a child serial killer when barely more than a child himself.
The story of Jesse Pomeroy was most disturbing and truly sad. I would have preferred that Montillo provide an in depth work on what causes a person to be without remorse or to be so vicious. And I was convinved there would be more to Pomeroy's story than rotting in prison or a mental institution. But, his story was but a small part of this book. The tale went from Pomeroy to various authors of the day, Herman Melville, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Nathaniel Hawthorne....the more famous authors of the day. Although for myself, I enjoyed this glimpse into the lives and times of these authors, I saw very little relevance for them appearing in the book. The connection with the Pomeroy boy was minimal and fruitless at best.
Montillo does have a very interesting writing style and her work flows smoothly and is easily read. It was obvious that she thoroughly researched her topic. If success is measured by how long a book stays with you, I am sure this one will be in some far recess for the remainder of my life ...more
I don't read a lot of paranormal/fantasy, but I loved, loved, loved Death Wish by Megan Tayte. I will be in for the whole five book series and see wheI don't read a lot of paranormal/fantasy, but I loved, loved, loved Death Wish by Megan Tayte. I will be in for the whole five book series and see where she leads us.
I hope that every one of the five books can live up to the first installment. I can already tell that this will be a tearjerker for me.
The best part of any book is if it can make you feel something or provoke you to think. Tayte's Death Wish, actually did both. There is a storyline about the suicide of her sister and how unbelievingly shocking it was to all who knew her. (Thinking provoked). There is an additional storyline about Luke and Scarlett's budding romance...(depth of feelings provoked). The story just grabs you and holds you until you reach that final page.
Tayte developed characters that you loved in Luke, Cara, Scarlet and Jude. Scarlet's mom made my eyes roll to the point I wanted to smack her. Yes, lots of feelings were provoked. I loved the fact Scarlet was new to Twycombe, but easily found friendship in this town and the surfers who surfed and partyed along it's shores.
Nearing the end of book one we finally learn the destiny that is to be Scarlet's and that was the second heartache in this captivating fantasy. I have purchased the second book in the series, (Forget Me Not) and will probably read and review it next month; I can not escape the thoughts returning to Death Wish and the longing to know the (rest of the story)....more
don't you just love the cover on this book? I could get lost in the cover alone, allowing my imagination to take a romp.
Anderson's a Beautiful Taste idon't you just love the cover on this book? I could get lost in the cover alone, allowing my imagination to take a romp.
Anderson's a Beautiful Taste is a part of six books in the Beautiful series, but can definitely be read as a stand alone and is considered contemporary romance or YA . As romance stories go, it is a lovely tale and I was hopelessly in love with both characters, although Brad Rae? Big Swoon!
The characters were very well developed and fleshed out. The story moved at a good pace with several surprises along the way. And it ended at a good place. I had not intended to finish the story in one sitting, but I found myself doing exactly that, totally intriqued and invested by the story at hand.
If you love romance, try Anderson's, A Beautiful Taste. It'll surely warm your cockles on a lazy afternoon!...more
This is the final novella in the Cage Foster series. It is a very short read at 98 pages, but we get to see more of the Investigator's personal side.
AThis is the final novella in the Cage Foster series. It is a very short read at 98 pages, but we get to see more of the Investigator's personal side.
Although this is supposedly the last in the series, I certainly hope he is revived at a later date. He is the type of character I would want investigating my situation if I were murdered or harmed.
Green writes great characters, twisted and deviant crimes and is a great storyteller. Her writing is easily read, satisfying and a bit disturbing. I would encourage anyone who loves mystery/suspense to read her books!...more
I haven't read much of Susan Mallery, but I wanted to be in on the newest series about the women of Mischief Bay,California. Thus, I pre-ordered The GI haven't read much of Susan Mallery, but I wanted to be in on the newest series about the women of Mischief Bay,California. Thus, I pre-ordered The Girls of Mischief Bay.
I was impressed with the realism of Mallery's writing. I could empathize and relate to her characters so deeply. I felt I had walked in Pam Eiland's shoes. I felt I had shared the regrets about Nicole Lord's marriage. And I had definitely felt the newness of love between Shannon Rigg and her new beau, Adam. Each of these women was encountering a real life scenario and each wanted to lose as little possible in the process.
Definitely character driven, this story was about friendships and relationships and the effects of time on those relationships. For me the stories within the story ran close to home and my own life situations, resulting in a highly emotional read....more
I have taken a shine to our hero, Cage Foster. He seems to be pretty ready for racial prejudice to take a hike out of his town and into oblivion....coI have taken a shine to our hero, Cage Foster. He seems to be pretty ready for racial prejudice to take a hike out of his town and into oblivion....couldn't we all use that! He uses his instincts as a trained cop and listens to his gut feelings. He is the kind of cop we'd love to have on our side when it comes to a serious accusation.
Of course, novellas are short, read fast and cut directly to the chase. This was no different. It was very well plotted, flowed smoothly and provided a nice tidy mystery with all the key elements necessary to bring satisfaction to the reader. My natural mystery solving abilities had pretty much established the "who dun it" in this story, but it was an enjoyable read, nonetheless!
I would highly recommend this to mystery buffs everywhere. ...more
In every situation in life, there is the good, the bad and the ugly. Cliche' but so true. Steven Gore is a master storyteller dealing with all three.In every situation in life, there is the good, the bad and the ugly. Cliche' but so true. Steven Gore is a master storyteller dealing with all three. His characters come to life on the page. They are realistic, dimensional, and suffer all the mental frailties humans are plagued with.
Gore masters a thought provoking and investigative suspense tale as he weaves in and out of the lives of his characters. His story is revealed one nuance at a time, thoughtfully, well plotted and flows smoothly. This novel also explored an aging mind as a sub story and was well delivered.
I recommend it to all who enjoy mystery suspense and love accompanying the Harlan Donnally's of the world as they figure out the who and why dun its. Very enjoyable read....more
Words for describing Flash and Dazzle: a tearjerker, brilliant, heartbreaking, thought provoking, memorable....I will never forget this book!
Here's whWords for describing Flash and Dazzle: a tearjerker, brilliant, heartbreaking, thought provoking, memorable....I will never forget this book!
Here's what I thought I was going to read. I thought this book was a man's read. A story about two men and their friendship. I thought I would have to push myself through it. I thought I would maybe be bored and I thought I wouldn't care for it. Could these suspicions have been any further from the truth? I came so close to not responding to the request for a read and review.
Well let me just say, that decision would have been to my detriment and a great loss, knowing what I know now. Flash and Dazzle is a story about love and friendship and the sins friends can commit against even their very best friends. It is about life changing events and how we respond to them. It is a story of life, in all its wonderful goodness and badness.
Aronica has a very engaging writing style and tells his story with refreshing candor and humor. I felt as if this was the most honest story I have read this year and one that I will not soon forget. It touched my heart and soul in a very deep and profound manner.
To say I loved it is a much lesser representation of how I truly felt. I love authors who speak to my heart. ...more
My mom prefers light hearted romance novels. I love a good mystery with some romance added in. But I also like to explore other genres as well. SylviaMy mom prefers light hearted romance novels. I love a good mystery with some romance added in. But I also like to explore other genres as well. Sylvia McDaniel brings both a mystery and a romance read to the first tale in the Lipstick and Lead series...Deadly.
Think three daughters, basically raised by a single father, who happens to be a bounty hunter. Then one day they loose their daddy and are left to their own devices and the knowledge of bounty hunting he left them with. Deadly is the story of the oldest girl Meg, the reluctant bounty hunter.
McDaniel lends real quality to her characterizations through her story. There is humor in her work as both main characters struggle for the upper hand in bringing a bad guy to justice. These characters have misunderstood one another for quite some time and there is a lot of growing tension and frustration between them.
Although I prefer a romance with quite a bit less sexual explicitness, I found the twists within the story enjoyable and the overall story fun and pleasurable....more
What is it about bad boys that pull the heartstrings of fair and unfair maidens alike? I certainly have no answer for that question, but I can attestWhat is it about bad boys that pull the heartstrings of fair and unfair maidens alike? I certainly have no answer for that question, but I can attest to the fact that I rooted whole heartedly for our bad boy outlaw, Beau Samuels in this rolicking western romance, Dangerous by Sylvia McDaniel.
What a great idea for a premise of the story.....bounty hunting sisters. And what a time in history for women to be seeking justice for their male counterparts. I loved this storyline, the internal conflict that had both the heroine and the hero warring between their heads and their hearts and the passion that brewed from the get go between them.
The story was definitely character driven and moved rapidly from beginning to end. I found it refreshing and enjoyable although the romance scenes were a bit explicit for my taste. But I sure loved how McDaniel created such believable and rounded characters. ...more
Cage Foster is a favorite character of mine and I enjoy Green's novellas--short crime suspense reads. One thing about a novella is they are short andCage Foster is a favorite character of mine and I enjoy Green's novellas--short crime suspense reads. One thing about a novella is they are short and you can read a complete tale in one sitting, which lends itself to immediate gratification rather than stretching the suspense for several days.
Green has a unique and refreshing writing style. Her stories incorporate a lot of desperation to resolve the crimes, but the story is never rushed and flows smoothly to a satisfactory conclusion. ...more
Although this was a shorter read than I usually enjoy, Light of Lorelei was a captivating and charming paranormal fantasy read. It was the second in JAlthough this was a shorter read than I usually enjoy, Light of Lorelei was a captivating and charming paranormal fantasy read. It was the second in Jen Minkman's Tales of Skylge series.
I soon became enthralled with the character of Aska as she was reminiscent of a cross between Cinderella and Joan of Arc. She had an innate sense of right and wrong and the disparaging differences between the classes that dwellt on their island. Not only did she want the truth about her birthright, she wanted the truth about the humans and the sirens and why there was such hostility between the two.
Previously in Sound of Sirens we saw a relationship between Skylge and Anglian develop between Royce and Enna and in Light of Lorelei, the bonds of friendship stretch even further between Aska and Tjalling who has secrets of his own to protect. But the four bond together to find and release the truth at great risk to themselves.
I am anxious for the next book in the series to see what erupts on this island so separated from the mainland. And I applaud Jen Minkman for her thoughtful creativity and skillful journey through the class systems of society....more