Review: Twisted Up by Erin Nicholas

Twisted UP

Published August 23rd 2016 by Montlake Romance

ISBN: 9781503936782

Series:  Taking Chances #1         Rating 4-1/2*

Avery Sparks is a master of organization and containing chaos.   As the Fire Chief and head of Emergency Management for hr hometown of Chance, Nebraska – smack dab in the middle of ‘tornado alley’ she is one very busy gal controlling most aspects of any major tornado or fire disaster.  Clear headedness is one thing she must maintain, but when Jake Mitchell, her first everything the night of her high school graduation comes back to town, Avery is having a heck of a time trying to control her head, never mind that a disastrous tornado is heading their way!

Jake simply wanted to do something with his life – he wanted to make a difference and he seemed to find his niche as a nationally recognized leader in disaster recovery.  However each time he returns home to visit his parents his home seems so much more comfortable than the ‘road’ going to one disaster after another.   But one of the bigger reasons he finds when he returns home is Avery Sparks, the young woman he hasn’t really forgotten since the night of her Prom.  Avery had fully intended to move on just as Jake had, but wishing and accomplishing that feat was harder than she could accomplish each time Jake came to town.

This was a truly interesting read with the background featuring a very dangerous tornado ripping through town.   The romance of course, was nothing new with boy has a love affair with girl – he leaves – she swears to move on – and then he comes back and sparks fly again.  What kept this from being a ho-hum average read was the fight back from a disastrous tornado and how the people all pitched in a this small town to start all over and help one another.

Bottom line:   Pretty good light read for a summer beach time novel.

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: Putting Out Old Flames by Allyson Charles

Putting Out Flames

Published August 16th 2016 by Lyrical Shine

ISBN13:    9781601836038    Series:   Pineville #1

Rating:  4*

Jane Willoughby who hardly ever takes a day off from her job of answering 911 calls was blindsided when she opened her door to meet her new co-chair for the Annual Firemen’s ball.   How much worse could she feel to see her ex standing on her doorstep!  The man who broke her heart by leaving town with no face to face but leaving her a greeting card!  Jane has kept her rage at a slow simmer but her temper is about to explode other than the fact that the Mayor was also there and she didn’t think letting loose now would be to her advantage!

Chance McGovern her one true love from high school broke up with Jane with a damn greeting card and today he agrees it was a cowardly thing to do but when your a young dumb kid settling down was just not in his plans at that time.  So after nine years he finds himself face to face with Jane. Unfortunately, Chance senses her disgust  even as she is admiring his fine looking washboard abs and even broader shoulders than she remembered.

What follows is a rather enjoyable tale of “she protests to much”. However enter an adorable 4 year old (Chance’s son) and Jane can’t help to adore the little tot and begins to soften just a smidgen towards Chance for love of Josh.  Enter Chance’s ex-wife and let the battles begin.

Bottom line:   A pleasant and pleasurable summer read.  Recommended.

Review: The Sight by Chloe Neill

TheSightClaire Connolly is learning more about her hidden magical abilities while moonlighting as an apprentice bounty hunter with Liam Quinn. Liam is aware that Claire is a Sensitive and he struggles to keep a boundary between them, ever fearful she could lose control and become a wraith.  Should Claire become a wraith, Liam would have to lock her in Devil’s Isle, the government-sanctioned community for all individuals displaying paranormal abilities.  However, a cult is now targeting anyone who isn’t actively interested in eradicating all paranormals. Can Claire and Liam work together to once again save New Orleans? Or will they have to sacrifice everything to stop Reveillon?

Chloe Neill does a marvelous job at furthering the world building and character development in THE SIGHT. THE SIGHT is focused more on the politics underlying the various factions as we start to get a better sense of just how divided the world has become.  One of the aspects that really enhances our understanding of the world is that Claire is surrounded by friends who are in various roles within the new governmental system. Whether it’s seeing things from the perspective of a bounty hunter, containment agent, or a paranormal trapped in Devil’s Isle, we get an inside look at how the relationships intertwine.

Claire is a phenomenal urban fantasy heroine! She isn’t afraid to do the right thing, even when it costs her everything. In fact, my only complaint with THE SIGHT is the enormous cliffhanger moment Chloe Neill leaves us with. My heart is still breaking for Claire and I can only hope Chloe Neill’s next book is published soon.

Chloe Neill has rapidly become one of my favorite urban fantasy authors and THE SIGHT once again showcases her phenomenal talent. If you haven’t read THE VEIL yet, stop what you are doing and read that before starting THE SIGHT.  Chloe Neill plunges readers headlong into the second book of the Devil’s Isle series, and oh what a treat she has for readers!  Highly recommended!

*A copy of this book was provided from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Review: The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

With a very clever, well-written plot, I think THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES is brilliant. I really enjoyed it and will surely be reading other books by Sarah Maine. I found I just had to keep reading to find out what happened in the end. It is a real roller coaster of a book with the tension building piece by piece. Sarah had my emotions all over the place and I truly love when an author can do that to me.



ARC received from Net galley for an honest review.

Review: Don’t Tempt Me

Don't Tempt Me

Sweet, steamy romance that will take you away.

I will have to say right away I loved DON’T TEMPT ME. Readers get two very complex stories in one great book. You will meet Honor Brown, a sweetheart of a girl determined to make it on her own, so much so that she equates accepting help as showing weakness. After losing her mother, she is dropped off at her grandfather’s home by her father who then disappears. Her aunts and cousin always made her feel as if she was taking advantage of the old man … even though that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Jason Guthrie, her new next door neighbor, is a helper. He does things for people, it’s just the way he is. The last thing he does want is the attraction he feels for her. After all she’s prickly, defensive and closed up. But as she slowly loosens around him, he finds that the woman she is hiding is a damn fine one, who makes his heart beat a lot faster. He didn’t expect the protectiveness that sweeps over him when he finds she is harassed and endangered. Nothing was going to happen to her if he could help it.

The second part of the story line brings us Lexie Perkins, Honor’s best friend, and what most people would see as a party girl. Sullivan Dean might be attracted to her, but the last thing he wants is an involvement with her. He wants to work with and teach his martial arts to students who need an outlet. Little by little the party girl façade falls away as she lets him see the warm, caring woman she really is.

DON’T TEMPT ME is a fantastic read that will give you the proverbial warm fuzzies as you devour the pages. Honor and Lexie are two different types of women bonded together out of need. Jason has his hands full with his brother and nephew who have moved in with him after the brother’s marriage broke up, but he is unable to not help Honor with her dilapidated house. It takes Honor a while to learn that accepting help is OK, and also to later find her backbone. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and the patience of Jason, who despite his own reluctance, knew she is special. Then add in Sullivan and Lexie’s story and their learning curve with each other and wham … love all around. I enjoyed the “giving” Honor a guard dog (you will have to read it to understand what I mean by that) and the two brothers and son/nephew’s interaction with each other as we the reader are getting to know them. I enjoyed this little town and the people in it and want to move there. If you want romance, sweet and steamy, men who are men (raised right with manners and well … hot), and women who are strong in their own rights, then DON’T TEMPT ME will be a read you want in your hands.

Review: Forward by J Saman


J Saman

I received a copy from the author for an honest review.

Oh my goodness! What a perfect story FORWARD by J. Saman is. I was hooked on Lara and her life from the very first chapter. Lara is a nurse in a Boston hospital and she has the perfect life. She also has a perfect boyfriend of two years, a Brit named Tom who adores her. Her life is right where she wants it to be until one night when her past comes crashing back to her in the ER where she is working. She needs to stitch up the hand on Levi, a guy who broke her heart and destroyed her seven years ago.

Lara wants nothing to do with Levi Katz and she tries to get out of stitching him up but no one else will do it. All those emotions from seven years ago come rushing back to her and she is going to have a panic attack if she doesn’t calm down. FORWARD is definitely the way she wants to move, not backwards when Levi shredded her heart. Can life get any worse? Oh, on top of seeing the guy who destroyed her seven years ago Tom tells her that he needs to go to England for a year and wants Lara to go with him. She meets Levi a few days later and he explains what happened to make him leave.

Lara is torn. How can she go to England for a year when Levi has just found her after all this time? She always thought Levi was THE ONE and when he left, she cried for three days straight. It took her many years to get over him and to even think about trusting someone else with her heart. Eventually she did and that guy was Tom. Now here he is telling her he has to go and he wants her with him. What is Lara going to do? Doesn’t she love Tom now? Isn’t she over Levi? Why should it matter that he is back?

FORWARD had me reading like a mad woman, swiping the pages like crazy and holding my breath. I was instantly invested in Lara and really wanted her to just tell Levi to go to hell and for her to leave with Tom. But after hearing Levi’s explanation and what happened, I knew I was a goner……sorry Tom. J. Saman has once again left me in tears and crying for more. I now know I will devour everything this awesome author writes and do it all easily with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.

Review: The Earl’s Wager by Rebecca Thomas


Published July 25th 2016 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Scandalous)

Series:    Reluctant Bride #2      Rating:    4*

It’s taken many years for Will Sutton, Earl of Grandleigh to emerge from his family’s disgrace and he’s still working on bringing his estate back from the ruin his father left it in.   Will feels he can save his estate by investing in a racehorse, though when he hears what they cost he is taken aback.  However, his brother-in-law who is one of the leading breeder of race horses offers him a deal.  If he can take his brother-in-laws stubborn and obstinate American ward under his wing and find her a proper husband, he will gift Will with one of his finest young stallions.  I mean, how difficult could that be especially seeing how lovely she is.

What Will was about to discover was that Miss Georgia Duvall had no marriage in mind for herself.  What Georgia did want was her obscenely hefty inheritance.  She knew she would marry but not to be a brood mare for some titled gentleman.  What Georgia wanted was to find a very old, sickly husband so that she would soon be a widow and be able to build her own racing stable.

God knows she would never defy her deceased father’s wishes but what about her dreams?  The strictures of being a Lady in jolly old England were not for her.  She wanted the freedom she’d grown up running wild in the horse country of Virginia.

Straitlaced Will Sutton thought he could teach her manners and marry her of to a suitable suitor, but Georgia was abut to teach Will a thing or two, about enjoying himself and he just might enjoy the ride!

Great characters and interaction allowing some quite humorous dialogs.  The pages somehow flew by and the battle lines were drawn between two very obstinate people until they discovered they had more in common than learning lady and gentlemen like behavior.

Bottom line:   A really good and enjoyable read and one I recommend.

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: The Other Side of Him by Alice Rene


Alice Rene

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.


Claire has finally finished college and is working as an intern at a hospital in San Francisco. There she meets a charming and handsome older doctor named Greg Lombard who sweeps Claire off of her feet right away. Claire is a bit leery of getting her hopes up with Greg as he is a much older and sophisticated man and she is a poor girl from the Chicago projects. At first life with Greg is perfect and Claire feels very flattered that Greg would even be interested in a girl like her. After a while, Claire starts to see THE OTHER SIDE OF HIM. At first, it’s little things, like how he never asks her what she wants to eat when they go out to dinner. He always orders for her and even when she says what she would like, he orders what he thinks she should have. He starts to question every move she makes and with who.

Soon Claire struggles with how she is going to get away from Greg. He is charming and attentive to her, but now it’s to the point where red flags are going up and Claire can’t ignore them. Unfortunately, Greg can not take no for an answer and he starts to stalk her. THE OTHER SIDE OF HIM takes place in the 1950’s and stalking isn’t as common back then as it is now. But Claire knows she must escape Greg’s reach before he hurts her or kills her. She loves her job and refuses to let Greg keep her from doing what she loves most. Trust me, once you start reading Claire’s story, you wont be able to put it down.

THE OTHER SIDE OF HIM is a quick read and had me turning the pages with such anticipation. I had to find out what was going to happen to Claire and if she would ever find her happily ever after. Would Claire ever be able to get over what happened to her with Greg? Would her life ever be without turmoil? As I was reading THE OTHER SIDE OF HIM I felt like I was right there in San Francisco staring out into the ocean, waiting for Claire to see what is right there in front of her. I’m excited to read more by Alice Rene.

Review: Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

BloodOfTheEarthNell Ingram is forging her own path as a “widder-woman”, free from the cult she grew up in. Unfortunately, some of the men from God’s Cloud of Glory Church just won’t leave Nell alone on her land, particularly after she helped Jane Yellowrock free a missing vampire and save more than a hundred children from the cult (see the Jane Yellowrock series for more details).  Now, Rick LaFleur and his team from PsyLED want Nell to help them with yet another investigation as a paid member of the team. Nell will have to face her past if she hopes to move forward with her future.

BLOOD OF THE EARTH is the first book in the Soulwood series, although it is loosely tied to the Jane Yellowrock series. Unlike some spinoff series, you don’t have to be familiar with any of the Jane Yellowrock series in order to appreciate BLOOD OF THE EARTH. Faith Hunter gives new readers (like me!) all of the necessary back story in order to thoroughly enjoy BLOOD OF THE EARTH.

Faith Hunter does a marvelous job with character development! I love how Faith Hunter drops us little pieces of Nell’s story rather than giving us one giant info dump. Instead, we get to know Nell and her past gradually while watching her step out into her future. Nell is an intriguing character, and one I look forward to seeing more of in the future. However, I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Occam, the wereleopard, and how gentle he is with Nell, even as he allows her to stand on her own.

Atmosphere is key to the success of BLOOD OF THE EARTH. Soulwood is a very unique land and I love how Faith Hunter makes it practically a sentient being. BLOOD OF THE EARTH shows us the mysterious connection Nell has with her land and it will be interesting to see how this develops as the series progresses.

BLOOD OF THE EARTH is a stunning and exciting start to the Soulwood series. I have to admit that I’ve had friends telling me I need to read Faith Hunter for a while now and after finishing BLOOD OF THE EARTH, I’m convinced! Faith Hunter’s BLOOD OF THE EARTH is urban fantasy at its finest. Spectacular world building, superb character development, and a whole host of intriguing paranormal beings make BLOOD OF THE EARTH a must-read for urban fantasy fans. Highly recommended!

*A copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*