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3 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – In a Ranger’s Arms (The Men of At Ease Ranch #1) by Donna Michaels

Goodreads Review

 

Former Army Ranger Stone Mitchum doesn’t have time for sex. Since starting a company with his brother and two buddies, he’s had more important things on his mind. Like transitioning veterans back into society. But when his curvy new tenant falls into his arms—literally—his libido snaps to attention.

Jovy Larson has four weeks to prove she’s worthy of taking over the family business. Her challenge? Sell gluten-free, vegan food—in the middle of cattle country, Texas. It’s a tough task, but not half as tough as fighting her attraction to her sexy, surly landlord.

Before she knows it, Jovy’s tangling sheets with the hot cowboy, stalked by a jealous cow, and strategizing ways to help Stone’s ranch. But by the time her lease runs out and the test is over, she’s faced with a new challenge…competing against Stone’s sense of duty to win his heart.

 

Where to start?  

For starters I’m in the minority here.  I truly wish that it would be different but alas it isn’t. I know, I know we can’t like every book we read but sometimes you see why everyone else does and then you just don’t get why you don’t.  

Stone Jackass Mitchum is ex-military turned cowboy is offering a safe haven for veterans who need a fresh start. A place to stay, to heal and to work with Foxtrot Construction.  Stone, Brick, Vince & Cord founded Foxtrot together. After a tragic incident Stone has put his life on hold. No matter what he thinks that would have happened. People find a way no matter the obstacle. But getting back to Stone. 

All business and no play makes Stone a very dull rock.  

His friends are urging him to go out and well get laid. But there is a special someone.  

There was only one girl in his life right now. She was big and sweet, with the warmest chocolate-brown eyes that melted his heart. Lula Belle. The cute black-and-white cow he always stopped to feed. Catching his scent, the old girl stopped grazing and turned toward him.  

He’s off to town to collect the rent so that Foxtrot can do more for veterans.  

Jovy Larson has been sent to Texas to sell Vegan food in a county filled with steak, sausages, bacon and anything meat. She has 4 weeks to prove that she can run a successful business to take over Larson Industries. She is getting her café ready until a hit and moo throws her into the arms.  

Their attraction is instant when Stone catches Jovy. But then thanks to foot/mouth syndrome it goes south pretty quick.  

My annoyance started when they both kept on repeating that they were not interested. Jovy had been there done that she was leaving in four weeks. Yeah we get it sweetheart you’re leaving in 4 weeks now shut up and save a horse ride a cowboy.  

Stone’s whole I can’t because of everyone else needing him. Come on be selfish. I know that is also what makes him a good guy. But still grated on my nerves. And he wouldn’t have been able to stop it.  

There are funny moments here and the book is enjoyable and I would recommend reading it. As I wrote it’s just not for me.  

P.S. What were their parents thinking? Stone & Brick I mean really come on. I can accept Stone but Brick?  

I’m wasn’t getting any inspiration on this one.

 
4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Meet Me Halfway (Off Field #2) by Kim Carmody

Goodreads Review

An ambitious journalist on a fast track to success.

A round one draft pick determined to keep his personal life his own.

And an attraction neither of them expected.

Olivia Callahan is a woman on a mission. When she lands a career defining opportunity in the male-dominated world of sports journalism, she knows it’s make or break time. Olivia’s boss has given her the green light to produce her very own documentary, and she’s not going to let anything get in the way of perfection.

After a few setbacks in college, Nate Sullivan is finally on his way to the big leagues as the newest recruit for the New York Warriors. Determined to put his somewhat colorful past behind him, Nate’s all about the straight and narrow as he sets out to prove he’s worthy of the first round draft pick that’s caused so much debate from fans and media.

The last thing Nate wants is to delve into stories from his past. But when his new team directs him to set the record straight, he has no choice but to cooperate with the feisty, determined reporter who shows up on campus. Olivia is thrilled that Nate Sullivan is her man. His colorful background is just the thing to take her story from memorable to award winning.

What neither of them expected is their attraction to one another, yet try as they might, determination gives way to temptation eventually. As Nate battles to protect his privacy and Olivia fights to produce the story of her career, they must decide what they’re willing to give up in order to gain each other.

4 Any Given Sunday & The Godfather Stars.

Olivia Callahan, 27 year old New Yorker has her whole life mapped out. To the guy she wants to date. To when to do what. It is all planned out. An older man who wears a suit and isn’t an athlete. I see a spanner in the works here. Moving on, though each junior sports reporter knows that if you land the Under the Lights documentary you get promoted to senior sports reporter. Olivia Callahan wants that spot and she gets it. Document an athlete’s journey from college making it to the NFL first draft pick. Enter Nate Sullivan.

Nate Sullivan, the king of gentle let-downs. 22 year old soon to graduate college and is in the NFL as the first draft pick for the Warriors in New York. He’s at the beginning of his career. He always knew that going pro would put him on the map on the field but off the field he wants his privacy. He doesn’t like the media or reporters but doesn’t want to be the difficult one so agrees. Enter Olivia Callahan.

They meet and get off to an odd start.

He stared at me in shock. “Did you just sniff me?” Mortified, I nodded. “I’m sorry but you’re so clean…not exactly well groomed or anything,” I said as I studied the messy blond hair that was tucked behind his ears, the rough stubble along his jaw. “But you look…fresh” “And how did I smell?” I lifted my chin. “Good nothing like your room.”

“Are there many women like you in New York? She scrunched up her nose. “You mean opinionated?” “No I mean sniffers.” “Oh, no.” She shook her head. “That’s my special brand of crazy. And just so you know, I reserved that bit of crazy all for you. I don’t normally sniff people I’ve just met.” “I’m honored.”

I wouldn’t mind giving him a sniff. Not at all.

Olivia wants a juicy story the juicer the better. She wasn’t to what really happened with that fight. This book was hard for me that in that respect reporters show no boundaries. And they don’t realize how much they affect people.

Nate finds Liv confident, sexy as fuck a little intimidating. Liv is never embarrassed to say what she thinks. She wants Nate. The chemistry is undeniable and I love how there were encounters where there could have been more straight away but we get a buildup how they are together.

“You don’t kiss like a college kid” “I don’t fuck like one either.”

or

“You’re sweet.” I smirked. “You wouldn’t think I was sweet if you knew what I wanted to do to you.”

There is something there right from the start but they are both on different sides. Without both of them knowing it they have move towards something beautiful. Although Liv is really hesitant in getting involved she could lose everything that is important to her. She wants that promotion. They do both have something to prove but each of them take different paths to achieve it. The last interview Olivia really knows how to go for the jugular. Had me on my seat.

She knows that he is lying and then she feels duped about her job and not being taken serious enough and that is when all things start to go to hell. All she had to do was tell him the truth beforehand before he gets blindsided but she is selfish and doesn’t until it is too late. She did grovel though and she did as much as she could to right a wrong even by losing one of her dreams. They both felt anger, pain and disappointment. Nate stands his ground and doesn’t say anything. It’s not his story to tell and neither does he want to tell it.

There are some truly amazing laugh out loud moments in the book. Meet me Halfway is well written. It engages you. You want to know more about the characters, you get involved with them you feel what you feel. You’ll scream at them. Well I mainly screamed at Olivia. Ms. Carmody has the tendency to have the most annoying heroines ever. Olivia is better than Emma (book 1) so there is that. Olivia has a priorities set completely wrong and that is why I docked half a star.

That among the laugh out loud moments there are sweet moments behind closed doors with our main characters. But they frustrated me as well. In their actions but there was a chain reaction to it all and they were in pain as they said some awful things to one another. Olivia always acted as if she didn’t know Nate at all out of their fling. And that she didn’t have any feelings for him was tough.

But it all boils down to

Meet me halfway, right at the borderline
That’s where I’m gonna wait for you
I’ll be lookin out, night n’ day
Took my heart to the limit, and this is where I’ll stay.  –The Black Eyed Peas

They were both at that borderline, and in reach of it but never at the same time. Until? Of course you guessed it right at the very end.

I would like to say that more people should read Ms. Carmody’s books. This is told in a dual POV which is my favorites. I’m going to leave a lot out because I lot happens in the book all good though. Although I liked this more than book 1 there is one thing that could have been left out also why I docked half a star. PM me if you want to know what.

 

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Major Love (Balls in Play #2) by Kate Stewart

Goodreads Review

 

 

“I met her at an all-time low . . . the worst night of my life—a time I never wanted to remember.”

“It was a night I could never forget.”

“When it came to women, I swore I was done with wishful thinking. Ball and my coaching career were all that mattered.”

“I reminded him it wasn’t.”

“She was everything I was afraid of.”

“He was everything I’d ever wanted.”

“She was fire—an irresistible piece of southern heaven that I couldn’t stay away from.

“He was smoke that clouded me in every imaginable way.”

“And the sex . . .”

“Dear God, the sex . . .”

“I fell hard, and she gave me hell at every turn.”

“I made a promise I was hell bent on keeping.”

“And you kept it.”

“Hell yes I did.”

“Fuckin’ A.”

 

SPOILER FREE REVIEW with some quotes.

4 Moon Pie & Puddin’ Stars.

Andy Pracht is in a bad place at the moment. After falling in love that love being unrequited he has lost himself. One particular night he loses himself in a bottle of Johnny Walker. Without knowing his life changes that night. Slight issue? He can’t bloody remember. He is attracted to the maid of honor but doesn’t really know what to do with that attraction.

“You are a bit crooked, best man Andy,” she said as she straightened my tie. “I thought we agreed to just Andy,” I corrected, tempted to go in then and there and suck the gloss off. Clearly, I’d drank too much already.

Andy is a perfect Hero. I didn’t get how he could be so hung up on Kristina to be honest. He is adorable, kindhearted, funny, warm, and let’s face it ladies hot as hell. He is tired of the game although he loves baseball it cost him something dear. But he can’t quite let it go and takes a coaching job in Atlanta. Exactly where the dreadful Kristina has moved to. She isn’t that bad.  More than anything else Andy was in love with love. But being in love with love and finding the right person to be in love with are two different things. It is a natural process. His promise to himself? Not to force things.  

I loved Andy in Anything but Minor and I was rooting for him to get his own book. My wish was granted. Once again I can only say that you are the dog’s bollocks Ms. Stewart.

BTW good choice with the surname Pracht it means gorgeousness in German. Coincidence? I think not.

April Turner’s life has changed ever since one of her best friends died. She has put her life on hold. April has one of the hardest jobs ever you need a cool head and nerves of steel. Although there are tragic days there are also moments in the Coop which are hilarious.

“Charleston 911, what’s the address to your emergency?” “773 Palm Tree Way. There are people in my house!” With a level voice, I asked, “Are you in the house now?” “YES! YES! They came out of the refrigerator.” [……] I’m sorry, ma’am, can you repeat that?” “Midgets came out of the refrigerator! They’re wearing camouflage.”

After giving her ex 15 years of her life she is thinking of herself. Even after 15 years and being single it wasn’t easy as they also shared the same friends. One chance encounter with Best Man Andy gives her the strength to give her heart to someone special.

“Give that big heart to a man who deserves it, okay?! Make him earn it, make him earn you.” He pulled back with a serious face I couldn’t look away from. Andy kept his eyes on mine, waiting for a reply. “I promise.”

April knows what she wants from the beginning. Andy. Andy bless his soul is oblivious whereas April remembers everything it breaks her heart. But she has to woman up and by helping Alice with wedding preparations it brings them together.

The attraction is there they don’t want to act on it to begin with. They both can’t deny it in the end.

While they were separated I love their texting with one another. Especially Andy’s attempts at icebreakers more specifically when he tried to get back into April’s good graces.

Andy: I’m no weatherman…

April: No?

Andy: But I definitely see several inches in your future.

Andy: When was the last time you had SWAG?

April: SWAG?

Andy: SWAG. Sex with a ginger.

They have filthy, sweaty, and dirty sex. It’s unrehearsed, raw and they feed off each other. They are in sync. They are electric. They just are.

The man was a beast and had the sexual appetite of a caveman on crack. And I loved every second of it.

“Jesus Christ,” Andy swore as he tried to control his breathing. If we were talking to God, I was next in line. Please Jesus, can I keep this one?

The hotel room, the woman’s toilets, while Andy was on the telephone. Dear Lord, me knickers went poof!

They both get sick together. Rain is not their friend.

“You look like a science experiment,” he said, choking on his cold. “You loob like a circus clown who needs more lipstick.” “You hab enough grease in your hair to fry chicken.” “You loob like Colonel Sanders ten days post mortem.”

These two are perfect for one another. They want to save themselves the heartache but in the end it nearly leads to this.

“Daddy, Andy is the kind of man I’ve wanted my whole life. The kind Tyler could never be. The same way I feel about him… I couldn’t manage again with anyone else.  I know it. I know it’s Andy. I knew it the night I met him. I don’t want to lose him. “You got to have him to lose him.”

Although there was an easiness to their relationship they never really defined what they are. But thought wise they were already there.

April was my biggest and boldest seam scar. She’d clocked in the fastest and brazened her way throughout the whole of my heart.

April herself comes to a revelation. 

We both had hearts to put back together before we could give them to each other.

I love and adore Ms. Stewart and her writing style she knows how to set up a romantic comedy book without it being too cheesy, kitschy and falling flat. I laughed so much but it wasn’t unfortunately on par with the first book. Nothing beats Alice and Rafe. They are the best. They have a special place in my heart. Alas with all the humorous banter and sweet moments Andy and April didn’t quite get there.  

On a side not:

“If you were a tropical fruit, you’d been a fineapple.” – Where does Ms. Stewart come up with these things? 

 

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis (Blueberry Lane 3 – The Rousseaus #3) by Katy Regnery

Goodreads Review

 

 

If the best man and maid of honor are both single, it’s practically an unwritten rule that they should pork. …so begins a rocky acquaintance between Jean-Christian “J.C.” Rousseau and Libitz Feingold at the wedding of J.C.’s brother and Lib’s best friend. While manslut best man J.C. is surprised when maid of honor Libitz soundly spurns his advances, his curiosity is piqued. The girl he couldn’t have becomes the only one he wants.

So, when he finds a seventy-year-old portrait in the attic of his sister’s mansion that bears an uncanny resemblance to the prickly gallery owner, he enlists her help in solving a mystery seven decades in the making. Traveling from Philadelphia to New York to Marseille, a couple who started off as enemies will discover that even cynics can find true love…and mortal man is no match for destiny.

 

It started with a painting and led to a love they both never expected to happen.

This is my first impression of J.C. in the book but he has several epiphanies throughout the book and my opinion of him changes at the end of the book…. Want to know how? Read my review and then you’ll find out.

J.C. is a pig at the beginning of the book when we meet him at Kate’s wedding.  He has a specific type of woman – big tits, hips and well I won’t be crass. But it ain’t pretty this alone made me want to throat punch him.

If the best man and the maid of honor are both single, thought J.C. Rousseau, taking another peek at Kate English’s best friend, Libitz Feingold, it’s practically an unwritten rule that they should pork. And if anyone was in dire need of a good, hard, thorough fucking, it was Mademoiselle Feingold.

Libitz Feingold. Kate’s best friend. Maid of honour. Classy, sophisticated and brilliantly smart is no prude and she has found her match in J.C.  But will the battle of the wills lead to something more? But it can’t be just some random fuck. They are family now. They will both be godparents to Ten & Kate’s child. I found Kate to be very judgemental and selfish towards Libitz and Jean Christian although it probably was due to the hormones.

First impressions I’m afraid do count.

“Hi. I’m Libitz Feingold, Kate’s best friend… and it’s not cold enough.” “What?” asked J.C. feeling completely turned around.  “It’s not cold enough in hell for me to fall for someone like you,” she said then shifted back around to talk to the person on the other side. Well, fuck me, thought J.C.

Libitz Feingold instantly judges him although everything she says is true. The Rousseau charm didn’t work. You’re going to have to work for it. They both have more in common then they want to have. They are both lovers of art.

Passion was art. He loved it. He fucking loved it. It was honest. It was raw. It was ugly. It was beautiful. It was the one time he let himself feel. It kept him safe.

He had conditioned himself to be in a relationship no expectations, assumptions, and no feelings. Just two consenting adults. I got it. He was the alibi for his father’s infidelity. How can a parent do that? I get where he was coming from but he is just so callous with other people’s feelings. But he is coming to realise that things can be different. But he has to deal with not disappointing the people he loves. And that the chance of forever is a choice.

There are no guarantees it is a choice to love someone. L’ chaim tovim, a good life.

J.C. sorry Jean Christian at the end of the book was……

A man worthy of love. He learnt what he wanted and that some things that needed to be changed. His love for his family and friends helped him especially getting closer to Libitz. They are both in unchartered waters and that is what I really enjoyed about their relationship they are just oblivious in how to lead a relationship but they do a good job in getting there.

The mystery of the painting is solved…. I would post the perfect quote here but I won’t so read it.  

I am a huge Katy Regnery fan but her last two books in this series have not been for me. There was a lack of substance whereas here it was the opposite. The mystery of a painting of family resemblance. That leads to a trip to France. If this had been another glossy book I feared that the Katy I know and love had lost her spark. Thank God she hasn’t I would have been devastated I didn’t want to miss another auto buy author. Let alone let her talent go to waste. I’m mean this all in the nicest way possible.

 

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Shut Up and Kiss Me (Lost Boys #2) by Jessica Lemmon

Goodreads Review

 

Cade: I tried. I really tried. I should be out of this small town by now, finishing my law degree and partnering up with my buddies, but I couldn’t resist one last street race. Now I’m sidelined in the hospital, and while my injuries will heal, I’m not so sure my voice will return. What kind of attorney can’t talk? Yeah, exactly. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to come back from this… until Tasha Montgomery reawakens every competitive bone in my body.
Tasha: I nearly watched Cade Wilson die on that lonely stretch of road. He’s damn lucky just to be alive, even if he doesn’t realize it. I know he’s destined for bigger and better things, but I don’t mind helping him get there as he relearns everything he took for granted. Cade’s a good student, a real perfectionist; I can tell how much his stutter bothers him. But when he lets his kisses do the talking, everything else disappears. And one day, maybe he’ll be able to tell me that he wants me—as much as I want him.

 

4 Oral Therapy Stars.

Cade our Hero was in a car accident and that fateful night he lost everything. He had physical injuries to heal from and there were some psychological ones as well. He hadn’t lost his voice completely but the silver tongued fox stuttered. Cade is angry at the world and at himself.

But only one person stuck by him and never gave up on him.

Tasha is just about to wrap up college as a PTA. After her boyfriend being a cheating rat she has found it hard to trust again. She is wealthy but really down to earth she has worked for everything she has.
Tasha saw everything that happened that fateful night.

The only one that didn’t walk away and never gave up.

Before the accident they had an encounter that didn’t go that well. But people change, events change people and this happened with Cade.

Cade and Tasha have more in common than they thought they did and I loved them together. I admired Cade with dealing with the aftermath and how he decided to do what he really wanted in the end.

The chemistry between the two is scorching. With every relationship they have their ups and downs. There is a misunderstanding it takes two to tango so Cade isn’t completely responsible for what happened but his grovelling – EPIC!!

I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would and I was also very close to a DNF and in hindsight I have no idea why.

I admit I haven’t read the first one but it does seem to be worth it. What I liked about this so much?
Although it is NA not a lot of the story took place at college. Yes our heroine went to college but a lot happened outside of campus more than it did on campus.

I would recommend this book to everyone.

Can be read as a standalone although there is a backstory in the first book but it didn’t take away from the book in any way.

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review- Wallflowers: Three of a Kind by C.P. Smith

Goodreads Review

 

“Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens, and wallflowers, need ruin to make them grow.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

They say money is the root of all evil, but sometimes, evil lurks in the most unlikely places.

Calla Lily Armstrong spent her whole life shielding her heart. Now she’s ready to break down her walls and see what’s hiding on the other side. With the help of her new friends, Poppy Gentry and Sienna Miller, the three band together to find their happily ever after. One Wallflower at a time.

Former Atlanta Homicide Detective, Devin Hawthorne, moved to Savannah for a change of pace and a fresh start as a Private Investigator. He finds it right under his nose in the form of a Southern beauty who drives him to distraction, and deadly secrets that threaten her very life.

 

Wallflowers are for life. Wallflowers always stick together, and Wallflowers never leave a woman behind.

 

You love soulmates? Instalove? No other women drama? Some utterly hilarious, over the top alpha maleness murder, mystery and mayhem? Then this my peeps is the book for you.

 

Calla Lilly is a strong heroine, she loves hard when she lets it happen. Her Aunts are her saving grace and her blood is so blue she would be a smurf.

 

Calla Lily has put her life on hold that she doesn’t know how to escape the rut that she is stuck in. She wants to break out of her shell, she wants to laugh, to live and to love. Baby steps! That is until one Devin Hawthorne enters her life. It is time to live but watching Devin also helps with her decision.

 

Devin Hawthorne has moved from Atlanta to Savannah for a change of pace. Savannah is old money a town full of secrets the perfect setting for a new PI. While showing his cousin Meghan around he sees the woman of his dreams. Meghan sees it and calls it before Devin even had the idea developed of claiming Calla for his own.

“Though, that bein’ said, I don’t think you’re prepared for what’s about to hit you. For once in your life, you may not be able to handle what’s comin’ your way.”

A chain of events lead to Calla ending up in the same bar as Devin.

“Oh, um, I got hit with a ball. Nothin’ nefarious.” “Mhm. I’ve heard that one before. If nefarious shows up, let me know, and I’ll set a bouncer on him”

As a favor to his friend Nate he takes on a missing person’s case. It leads him to Calla which helps him with his mission. Although the whole ball incident adds to the hilarity of the book. A Southern Gentlemen always protects his female be it from friend or foe.

Devin can get any woman all hot and bothered. They get down and dirty…

 

 

Boom. Exploded ovaries. 

 

Calla wants someone safe and easy not someone like Devin but it is getting harder and harder.

 

“Were you not listenin’ to me last night? I told you I have a weakness for Harleys, and he’s the Devil who’d be my undoing’. It’s like leadin’ a lamb to the slaughter!”

 

Then I sighed when he made his claim to the Detective Bo Strawn and in a short period of time what Calla has come to mean to him.

 

“What I’ll admit is that a woman like that would be worth lyin’, stealin’, or killin’ for.”

 

All the elements in the book that make a book a success are well balanced. Calla & Devin suck you in. You want to be friends with the Wallflowers. Although they are certifiable at times.

 

“I want a wallflower divorce!” Both women gasped at that announcement then started talking over each other. “Marriage is for life,” Sienna cried out.  “Wallflowers don’t turn their backs on each other,” Poppy joined in.

 

But takes one to know one. Everything is different down South anyway. Lol.

 

Calla makes a big step to come out of her shell but mistakes Devin’s reaction for something completely different. Talking about it to the girls doesn’t help.

 

I love every character in the clique that Ms. Smith has created. How we meet the other female leads and the other male leads for the next books in the series. Especially Poppy & Sienna are quirky, unique and a barrel of laughs. But Nate and Bo? To die for. I tell ya.

 

Each brick is torn down that Calla puts up with Devin’s help of course. She becomes the woman she wants to be before her tragic past took over her life and made her hide from the outside world. She truly does have a horrible, horrible Grandfather but her Grandmother at least does one thing right for Calla. Just in time so she gets a point from me there especially when Devin goes to rescue her.

 

“Can you handle gale force winds?” Devin’s moth pulled into a sinister grin. “Like a fuckin’ lighthouse.” Calla’s grandmother actually smiled. “Don’t say fuck its not gentlemanly.”

 

Five days it took me to find my happily ever after. Now, it was Poppy and Sienna’s turn. Sounds good to me.

 

Stay tuned for Wallflowers: Double Trouble. Coming early spring 2017

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Wilde Omens by Bree Lawrence

Goodreads Review

 

 

Everything was fine until Sherlock showed up for tea.

Penelope Wilde has worked hard to be normal. With an IQ off the charts, her mother forces her to dampen her genius throughout school to avoid unwanted scrutiny. In time it becomes a normal way of life until a man shows up in her living room proclaiming himself to not only be her father, but also the fictional, ingenious character of Sherlock Holmes. Oh and one more thing, he claims to be a time traveler.

Someone has some explaining to do.

Soon Penelope is plunged into her father’s bizarre yet brilliant world where she’s forced to give up her way of life and embrace the danger and intrigue that are her birthright in order to claim her father’s empire as her own. However, you can’t just thrust a girl into high stakes time travel. First, she has to be trained. With the enigmatic John Watson in the picture, Penelope is confused, bruised, enlightened, and pushed to her limit as she tries to rectify the world she once knew with the one she now belongs to.

But Daddy Dearest has another bomb to drop. Due to an error of epic magnitude with an experimental serum, Watson, and everyone in her genetic line is cursed with immortality. And someone wants that serum. Bad.

Penelope has her hands full and, even with immortality on her side, time is running out.

I read a snippet of this book and just had to read it. Why? Because it is bloody brilliant.

It is original, witty, and funny with likable characters.

Penelope Wilde is wallowing in self-pity when her father, who she doesn’t know is Sherlock Holmes. Yes that Sherlock Holmes the one and only. He created a serum to prolong life turned out it made him immortal along with Penelope’s Mum, Watson, Sherlock and an unknown fifth person.

She is sassy and strong, has a lot to deal with but can stick up for herself and it is now time for her to take up her birthright as a time warden. Just before her 25th birthday when she turns immortal.

There is a lot of banter that adds to the charm of the story.

“Your home is quite a mish mash of eclectic things. Do you require funds?” A benevolent trespasser. The world is full of wonders. “My home is just fine,” I responded with barely there patience. “Can I help you?”

Daddy Dearest doesn’t see the issue with being immortal but he is a bit bonkers. He is also not to be trusted as he will do anything for a scientific break.

So I always seem to have a favorite in the book and it was most certainly John Watson. He is a handsome, funny, to die for man, wild, untamed and well I would commit bloody murder to get to him.

He pressed a kiss to my forehead. “We are not normal. Remember that, love.”

Penelope and Watson don’t want to be attracted to one another but they have serious chemistry.

So would the evil cow of the book Lila. As well as Aaron. I can’t wait for the next installment as this book left me guessing in what could happen and to what actually happened.

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – In her Eyes by Wesley Banks

Goodreads Review

 

When Ben Wilder is given a second chance he focuses on the one thing he’s always been good at: running. After walking on to the University of Florida Track and Field team he begins to quickly move up the national rankings, paving a path towards the NCAA Championships. Everything is going the way he planned, until the day he bumps into Casey Taylor.

New to Gainesville, and focused on her first year out of medical school, Casey is initially hesitant to let Ben into her life. But the truth is she’s worried about letting a guy near the one thing she loves most: her daughter, Emma. After one fun and fateful night Casey can no longer bury her feelings behind these excuses, and takes a chance on a guy she is slowly falling for.

Casey’s relationship with Ben starts to gradually build into a love that she has never felt before. But more importantly, Emma has taken a particular liking to Ben. As they all spend more time together Ben is forced to confront painful memories when he starts to notice something hauntingly familiar in Emma’s eyes.

After a local journalist uncovers the secret of Ben’s past their lives begin to converge on a single promise that Ben Wilder has long since made: to never give up…no matter what.

 

3.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book which for me was very much unexpected. The blurb is very promising and well I usually have bad luck, if there is a good blurb then I am usually really am disappointed with the book but with this book it isn’t the case. I do have one complaint but I’ll get to that later.

At 24 years of age Ben Wilder has experienced more than his share of heartbreak and pain. I personally wouldn’t call it a second chance at life but more that he uses his heartache and pain to be one of the best runners that the University of Florida has ever seen. His concentration and focus leaves him very little time to be sociable that is until he meets Casey.

Casey Taylor is a doctor second and a single mum first. To a beautiful five year old daughter, Emma. Ben worked hard to get a date with Casey. I really liked them together. Casey is his second chance. And he knows how precious life can be.

The book is well written and the first 60% flew by it waned a bit in the middle and then it picked up again. Even the running jargon didn’t bother me at all. There is a twist to the story that I really didn’t expect and that was the icing on the cake.

There were some things that bothered me.

What happened to Emma’s father?

What about a reconciliation with the doctor?

But I’m a bit peeved with the ending of the book. Although it stopped at 98% I felt as if there was something missing unless there will be a second book?

 

 

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Black and White Flowers (The Real SEAL Series, #1) by Rachel Robinson

 

Carina Painter lives a life she created in between the pages of her bestselling novel. At least, that’s what she outwardly portrays. A heart-rending childhood followed by an abusive engagement leaves her broken in all ways possible. A chance encounter provides the fork in the road she so desperately desires.

Navy SEAL Smith Eppington is fighting the war of his lifetime. One that isn’t fought with weapons and highly sought intelligence. It’s a battle to remember his past. The accident that scarred seventy five percent of his body, and stole the life of his best friend also seized parts and pieces of his memory. When an author asks to interview him for a fiction novel, he’s ready to pour his heart out no matter the cost.

The friendship that blossoms between Smith and Carina is something extraordinary. It’s a living, breathing love story about finding yourself, change that is out of your control, grasping what you can, and letting go of everything else.

In a twist of kismet, remembering could destroy everything, but fiction may be what saves the day. A friendship built on new truths and a relationship torn apart by old lies collide in a poignant novel by International Bestselling Author, Rachel Robinson.

 

UNEXPECTED.

My initial reaction when finishing this book was that.

I really do not know what to do with this book. One restless night of sleep later I still don’t know.

I have come to the conclusion while I am writing my review on tram that I’ve decided to split this review into two parts.

Part I

I shall review as the blogger that I am.

Ms. Robinson knows how to spin a realistic story full of pain, heartache, honor, tragedy. A solitary beauty I haven’t read in a long time.

Our characters are complex just like all humans are in real life. They are flawed, they are messy, emotional and alive. We as the readers experience a rollercoaster of a ride. The ups, the downs. The twists and the turns.

The story is unique and different. Different is meant in a positive way. There is a slow and steady pace.

You can’t help but not get emotionally involved with the characters in the book. Even the secondary characters.

I would recommend this to everyone who wants angst, frustration, a beauty of hope, love and need.

Tragedy can happen at any given point of time and we concentrate on our lives so much that we don’t realize it.

Part II

My personal opinion on this book.

I was pushed out of my comfort zone and it was hard to read. I’ll try to put into words why I feel uncomfortable. Bear with me here.

I think because I’m a cynic and some of the words written in the book have never been said in real life. See cynic. Very mixed feelings here and maybe I’m contradicting myself here.

Sometimes the book reminded me of a modern day Jane Austen book combined with philosophical elements. I read to escape if I want to read philosophy then I’ll read Kant. Just saying.

On a more personal level I’m not the most romantic person. Bless the hubby for loving me anyway. And on a scale from 1 to 10 in how sappy this is I’m going to go with 22. Half the time it made me want to be sick. Sorry not sorry.

A slow and steady pace that is excruciating for me.

I was close to a DNF or1* to 2*. This book is just colorful and clashing. Maybe I’m just too stupid to get the real beauty and depth behind it? Maybe I’m an emotionally stunted individual.

In her acknowledgements Ms. Robinson wrote the following.

“I will never deviate from accuracy. I will write characters that are flawed and cringe worthy. Yes Ms. Robinson you managed to hit the nail on the head with this one.

My verdict in the end? With all my confusion, issues and discontent with the book I give it 4 stars. Why? Because it is deserved. 

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Force of Temptation (The Mercury Pack, #2) by Suzanne Wright

Goodreads Review

Harley Vincent is resigned to life in the human world. Sure, being a margay shifter is half her nature, but life among humans gives her the freedom to roam and do as she pleases. That is, until anti-shifter extremists target her, putting her life in immediate danger.

When an old acquaintance and onetime fling, Jesse Dalton, shows up to offer the protection of his pack, Harley hesitates. She may have feelings for Jesse that go beyond their one-night stand, but life among shifters means giving over her independence to the needs of pack. Plus Mercury Pack has its own threat to face: a rich half-shifter is determined to claim their territory at any cost.

Jesse, who lost his true mate as a child, has wanted Harley since their night together, and he’s not letting her go again. They may not be destined for each other, but he knows she belongs to him and with his pack. Even if he can convince her to join him now, can he convince her to stay? 

 

 

 
 

4 Refreshing Stars.

This book is a breath of fresh air. I love Suzanne Wright and the world that she has created. Each and every single book and if you haven’t read anything by her then I would go to your computer and one click her books right now.

So you’re wondering how is this can be a breath of fresh air.

Our heroine Harley Vincent is a margay wild cat not a wolf. This alone makes it different than the other books. She has a lot of feline characteristics which made this book unique.

As a half shifter she has spent time in both worlds. Her pack life is different to what a normal pack would be. Harley has resorted to roaming. It doesn’t help that her father Clive Owen is meant to be the leader of The Movement.

But that all comes to a screeching halt.

Jesse Dalton enforcer with the Mercury pack had one night with a margay cat and since then has been smitten. They have history deep and painful history.

Harley was the scapegoat for what happened to Mia. Jesse knows the truth but his old pack not so much. There is a backstory which is heart-breaking.

But amazingly enough this wasn’t the main focus in the book which didn’t make it dull as dishwater.

Jesse Dalton came straight out and said it all.

“I don’t play games, Harley, so I’ll tell you straight. I want you. In my bed. In my life. Where you belong.”

Praise the Lord no hassle there. The overall plot for the book was also different. It didn’t resort back to extremists and all the nasty things that they do. Which also was refreshing not to read about. But with a half shifter who is a bad sociopath and sick to the core.

The unknown star of the book Cassidy. So adorable.

The whole mate thing wasn’t a push or pull situation where it is denied. Nope. It developed well and then was no annoying barriers put up to make it difficult for them.
I would still like a book with Cain Holt I don’t care if he is a sociopath.

It was hard to get into the book to begin with because I switched the genre up and it just felt odd there was one time where I wanted to put it down and come back to it at some point. I’m ecstatic I didn’t.

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