Friday, February 26, 2016

Finding Harmony: Cypress Corners Book 1

Finding Harmony: Cypress Corners Book 1 by JoMarie DeGioia
I'm not sure if it was the mood I was in or not, but this started a little slow for me. Luckily it picked up pretty quickly and I found myself engrossed in the book. Wendy Rich Stanton has one of those voices that pulls you into a story and keeps you there. She just has a way of capturing the essence of the characters and making you feel like you know them.
I really enjoyed Harmony, our main character. She just had this mellow personality that had no fuss and pomp. And, I even liked Rick. He was conflicted but honest. I loved the way their story sort of unfolded into this sweet, loving connection. I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of this series. I'd really like to know what happens with Ricks siblings and if his detached father ever gets a clue. I received this as an ARC and now want to continue with the series.

Reviewed by Marla Josephs
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Love in Rewind

Love in Rewind by Tali Alexander
I have no words.......This book was so full of emotion and suspense that I was literally hanging on every word. This is the first book I have read by Tali Alexander and it will not be the last!! Her writing was amazing and flowed seamlessly. The story completely sucked me in until the very end which still left me just sitting there like a speechless idiot. Lol. I love a book when I can read thinking the story is going to go one way and completely get surprised with the way the author takes it. I did not expect that ending at all. This book will not just leave you wanting more, you will need more!!

Dirty Aristocrat

Dirty Aristocrat by Georgia Le Carre
Ooooooohhh, What can I say?! Amazing, hot, phenomenal, and so many other words I cannot even think of right now. There is no secret that I am a huge fan of Georgia Le Carre and I swear every book get better than the last and I will swear that she cannot do any better - well let me tell you SHE DOES GET BETTER WITH EVERY BOOK!!!!! Writing gets better, sex scenes get hotter, characters are amazing. Georgia's writing will pull you in and completely mesmerize you from the first sentence and hold you, making you turning each page until the very end never breaking the spell she keeps on you. Her characters make you feel their joys, pain, and every emotion in between. Now I will have to wait to put under her spell again and when the time comes I will willingly submit to her words and story.

Uncovering Love

This was such an enjoyable story. I truly felt for all the characters as they go through different emotions. This book drew me in and held on until the end while still holding me in to the point that I can't wait to start the second book. This book will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. There is some suspense that will keep you guessing and turning the pages. I love that there are these two main characters that each have their own story line but that are intertwined together. This was a refreshing read; a different style than some of the others I have read and I truly enjoyed it. Again, I can't wait to read more from this author!!!
I received this copy through The Next Great Read book Reviews for an honest review.

Reviewed by Michelle ThompsonMichelle's GoodReads Reviews
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Forbidden Valentine

Forbidden Valentine by J.C. Valentine
Finally, Ransom gets his HEA!!! This was such a great story. Watching Ransom come back from drowning in his sorrows from losing what he thought was his love to finding what true love is. Ransom has some demons and he finally sees the light and can move on. This book takes through an array of emotions. If you read the first three books then this is truly a must read. This book will give you closure for all characters. It was also a great look and where the other characters are now and how everyone has moved forward. I couldn't help but to keep turning page by page to see what was going to happen next. 
I received this ARC from the author for an honest review.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Dream Kisses

Dream Kisses by Verna Clay
This is a delightfully sweet read. It's full bodied with interesting characters and an engaging story, easily one you'd want to read all in one sitting. The characters are loveable and just interesting. The author does a great job of really expressing the emotions of the characters without beating us over the head with internal dialogue. At times, the transitions between scenes seemed so abrupt I stopped to and went back a few seconds wondering if I'd somehow missed something. (I Listened to the audio of this book.) However, even that didn't distract me from being totally engaged in the story. Just a really great fun listen.
And, speaking of listening, this book was narrated by Wendy Rich Stetson. This narrator is new to me. I was offered this audiobook as an ARC and her sample was what sold me and made me decide to take a chance on it. And, Ms. Stetson does not disappoint. Her voice and interpretation of characters pulls you right in and makes you feel like you're right there. Her characterizations are feeling and real, her voice very easy to listen to and engaging. This book had women, men, teens, and accents and she expertly delivered them all while telling a story in a way that keeps the listener tuned in to every word. Will definitely be listening to more from these two!

Reviewed by Marla Josephs
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Hearts and Daggers

Hearts and Daggers
What an amazing combination of stories and authors!!! If you want suspense and angst, then this is the anthology for you!! But a fair warning- you will beg for more with each story. Every story kept me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages. I have only read books by one of these authors before but I promise I will be reading all them from now on. 

I received an ARC copy for an honest review.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cold In The Shadows

Cold In The Shadows  By Toni Anderson

Wow! Wow! Wow! This book was offered as an ARC and WOW am I glad I gave it a whirl. Toni Anderson knows how to grab you and keep you on the edge of your seat. This is something like book 5 in her series, but is a standalone that only makes you want to read more. There are references to previous books but only as other missions Killion was been on.
Killion doesn't know if he needs to protect Audrey or if she's the bad guy. And, watching him strip away the layers of this mystery to find out keeps you locked in the story. This is romantic suspense at its best. Non-stop action, sprinkled with just enough sexual tension and romance, and a tough heroine that isn't just another damsel in distress. Someone's trying to kill her and Killion, the only reason she's still alive, suspects she might be a terrorist. She's fighting for her life on all fronts.
Eric Dove does a great job with narration. His pacing, accents, characterization, and just the way he delivers the story so pulls you in and holds on. This is one of those stories you'll want to listen to straight through.

Reviewed by Marla Josephs
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Dangerous Ties

Dangerous Ties by J.L. Beck

WOW another amazing book from JL Beck!!!! What a great start to what is looking like a series that will have you begging for the next book as soon as you finish one. That is what I'm doing now.....begging and begging for the next book because this book was that amazing. I was taken on an emotional, twisting, turning, and suspenseful journey that I can't wait to continue. The writing was phenomenal and fast paced. The suspense, twists and turns kept me turning the pages as quick and as slow as I could. lol I wanted this book to last and tried to prolong it but I just could help but to keep turning the pages to see what was going to happen.

One thing of advise before you start this book........make sure you don't have any other plans or cancel the ones you do because once you start this book you will not be able to put it down.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.     
Reviewed by Michelle ThompsonMichelle's GoodReads Reviews
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Naughty Angel

Naughty Angel by K.M. Neubold

Another OMG LOVED this book!!!! I knew after reading the first book that I would have high expectations for this one and as soon as I finished this first book, I jumped into this one immediately. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed at all! This book and story was amazing. The characters are so real and you can honestly feel their emotions. Again amazing story and even more amazing writing had me picturing the story unfold in my head just like watching a movie. I can't even express how wonderful it is to be pull into a story like that. I couldn't put it down. Asher is such an amazing person to me and Eve is just learning and exploring the world. These two didn't such grow as individual characters but they grew together also. These two were just a perfect match for each other. My heart ached for each of them at times and my heart was full at times. Emotions were high for me with this story and characters, they just really seem to touch me like few other characters have. Again, I thank you K.M. Neuhold for allowing me to read this amazing story and I truly cannot wait for book 3!!

I received this copy from the author for an honest review through The Next Great Read Book Reviews.