Wednesday, October 18, 2017

THREE UNCAGED by Sean Michael

Publisher: Changeling Press LLC
Date published: June 2017
ISBN: 08057- 02601
Paranormal Romance
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)


Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts



More shifters have been saved from an abusive carnival and brought to the Old Tavern for healing. With the lack of rooms these three cat shifter are put in a room together. Xeno, Shen and Stripe form a bond but are unsure about the new place that they find themselves in. Are they truly free or have they just found themselves in another prison? Stripe is taken by the two smaller shifters and decides that he will protect them no matter what.  Will their burgeoning bond grow into something deeper or will they only find solace in friendship while they figure out what happens next for them?
 
These three cat shifters find more than just solace with one another.  Sparks fly right from the start and their attraction soon grows into something deeper.  I enjoyed seeing Stripe protect the two smaller shifters as well as encourage them to grow and feel safe. Stripe and Xeno work well together and seeing them care for Shen made for a sweet read. The three are good together and their emotions shine through in everything that they do.

I really like this series and each new storyline brings new and wonderful characters. Each and every character has depth and a strong personality. Three Uncaged brings us three different shifters that rely on each other for comfort and safety while finding an attraction along the way.  Their adventure has just begun in this book and looks like it will continue in the next one and I cannot wait to see what happens next.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


Monday, October 16, 2017

BRINGING NICKY HOME by Sean Michael

Publisher: Pride Publishing
Date published: December 2016
ISBN: 9781786515216
Contemporary, erotic romance, M/M, BDSM
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)


Obtained via publisher


Rating: 4 Hearts
 


Whip and Nicky continue their adventure in this book. Having met and hitting it off at the Gay Riders’ Carnivale the two men decide to take a chance on love and try for a relationship. As Nicky and Whip get comfortable in their new-found emotions Nicky’s past comes calling and their love is put to the test. Will Nicky learn to turn to Whip in his time of need or will his past master tear these two men apart? Whip understands Nicky and knows his past so he is willing to work through things but will Whip get pushed too far and let Nicky go or is their love strong enough to withstand it all?

I loved the previous book where Whip and Nicky met and am happy to say that their story continues in the same way. It was nice to see Nicky grow and be able to develop his self-worth once again. Whip is a great man and is the perfect Dom for Nicky. The love and trust that they share continues to grow and make them stronger. When danger comes calling Whip is more than ready to help Nicky. The two make a great couple and the love that they have for each other shows in everything that they do.    Whip and Nicky may have been brought together by strange circumstances but they are happy and more than willing to fight for that happiness.
 
Bringing Nicky Home is a fast paced and engaging read. I loved seeing more of Whip and Nicky and how they build a home together. Their relationship is built on a strong foundation and only grows from there. I enjoyed visiting with them again and hope that this is not the last we see of this world and its characters.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

ABOUT A DOG by Jenn McKinlay

Publisher:     Berkley
Published:     May 30, 2017
ISBN:        978-0399584718
Genre:      Chik Lit, Contemporary Romance
Format:     Print / ebook
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina myreviewbooks@aol.com

THREE HEARTS
 

 

Mackenzie (Mac) fled Bluff Point, Maine, seven years ago after being left at the altar on her wedding day.  Heartbroken, she watched he groom take off with one of those women we all knew in high school who most of us didn’t like.  She did find solace though…at least for a short time, in the arms of her best friend, Emma’s brother, Gavin.  It was a night she never forgot…and never intended to repeat because the last thing she wants to do is betray Emma by starting a relationship with her brother.  In the past few years she’s made a life for herself in Chicago—a super job and a boyfriend who doesn’t put too many demands on her.  With Emma’s wedding just around the corner and being the maid of honor, Mac is back in town.  She’s not there long before she finds herself remember just how good things were with Gavin, even if it was only one night.  Despite her best efforts to avoid him or at least a replay of the wedding night that wasn’t, Mac finds herself spending more and more time with Gavin.  She’s also finding herself more and more attracted to him.  And, Gavin is not making things easy for her.  At every turn he lets her know he hasn’t forgotten their one night together and that he wouldn’t mind a repeat – a long term relationship type repeat.  Just when Mac thinks maybe she can make it through Emma’s wedding without succumbing to Gavin’s charms a puppy named Tulip bounces into her life.  It isn’t long before Mac wonders how she can leave Tulip…and Gavin…behind once again.

I’m a long-time fan of Jenn McKinlay’s cozy mysteries with her library lovers series a particular favorite.  Recent books in all her cozy series have had increasing focus on romance rather than on the various sleuths figuring out who done it.  I’m happy McKinlay has branched out and is now writing romance.  When I pick up a mystery I want to read a mystery, not a romance and when I pick up a romance, that’s what I want.  And who can resist a story that features a dog?  Especially a cute little puppy that just melts your heart.  For her first romance McKinlay did a decent job.

Gavin is a hottie.  Plain and simple, you want him for yourself hottie.  Add in the fact that he’s a vet which generally translates into an animal lover, he’s one special kind of guy.  The story on its own was fun…but when Tulip arrives on the scene the story had the added element of being heart-warming. 

I’m not sure if it was to up the word count or McKinlay felt it was necessary, but there was some repetition that got a little old after awhile.  I got it after the first fifteen times that Mac felt guilty for getting it on with Emma’s little brother. 
 
I do look forward to not just the next book in the series, but McKinlay’s future writing romance…but please do not leave those cozies behind!  
 
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

HIS MOSSY BOY by R. Cooper

Publisher: DREANSPINNER PRESS
Date published: September 11, 2017
ISBN: 9781635338850

Urban Fantasy
Ebook


Reviewed by Gabrielle(meingee@yahoo.com)


Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts

 

His Mossy Boy brings us back to the world of wonder that R. Cooper has created with this series.  We met Martin and Ian before but this is their story and in it we get to learn so much more about them and their world.  Martin works at the coffee shop and everyone knows how messed up he can get and what kind of family he has grown up with. They let him be the way he is without truly seeing him. Yet Ian; a local deputy sees Martin and what he truly is inside. He comes to the coffee shop everyday just to get a glimpse of something that he knows he can never have. With the world changing and dragons arriving Ian and Martin are thrown together as friends gather at the coffee shop to figure it all out.  Can these two truly find happiness or has love turned its back on them?
I really enjoyed getting to see more of Ian and Martin. We learn so much about Martin’s past and how he uses the drugs and alcohol to hide. I loved the man Martin can be when he is sober. With the help of friends, he learns to stand on his own and fight the things that his mother says and does.  When Ian shows Martin the love that he longs for Martin uses that to strengthen himself. The two find that their love makes them stronger and that it is worth fighting for.

Not only do we get to watch Ian and Martin’s relationship take shape but we also get to see more of Joe and the dragons. Friendship and love are strong in this book and we get to see just what that strength can do.  Life in the town of Everlasting is changing and the dragons are not the only beings in town.

I truly enjoyed this visit to this world and hope that there is more to come. I would love to see Bernard and Azar get a story of their own.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

THE PIXIE PRINCE by Lex Valentine

Publisher: Loose id LLC
Date published: October 2016
ISBN: 9781682521878
Fantasy, Paranormal
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle


Weblink: http://www.loose-id.com/the-pixie-prince.htmlObtained via publisher
 
Rating: 4 Hearts

 

 
A recent family development and inheritance has Max searching for a new mattress. At the end of an exhausting and disappointing shopping trip Max and his good friend Alexa stop for dinner and find help in the last place they would have thought to seek it. Which brings them to Bliss; the owner of the club Carpe Noctem.  When Max visits Bliss he finds so much more than a mattress but can he have it all? A mate and a mattress while still keeping his best friend or will Max end up having to choose between the two women?

This is a short and fun read with great characters full of emotions. Max is now the Pixie prince and with it comes the wings that make it impossible to sleep comfortably. When he finds the right mattress he also finds the one woman for him. I loved seeing Max and Bliss find their way. Their story may be short but it is full of depth and romance. As we watch Bliss and Max’s relationship take shape secrets are revealed. Everybody has a secret even their favorite waiter who set this all-in motion. Each of the characters in this book has a great personality and has something to say. The banter between them is great. I was quickly immersed into their story and was engaged all the way to the end.

The way to love may not be the way you expected to go but when you end up at the place that you long to be it is all worth it. Max and Bliss certainly find this out in their adventure to love. The Pixie Prince is an engaging read and I cannot wait to return to this world and see what awaits Alexa.
 
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

ENIGMA by Catherine Coulter

A FBI Thriller Book 21
Gallery Books
September 12th, 2017
978-1-5011-3811-9
Thriller/Suspense, Contemporary, Action-Adventure
E-ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher via Netgalley

5 hearts

 

When FBI agent stops a madman from harming a pregnant woman, he finds more questions than answers when the mystery that surrounds this man deepens as the guy goes into a coma. When the woman he rescued has her baby, Savich finds out that the mystery continues especially after her baby is kidnapped hours after birth. Now Savich and Sherlock are in a race to figure out the answers to this mystery as fellow agents, Cam Wittier & Jack Cabot, work on finding an escaped federal prisoner in Daniel Boone National Park. Who would help this killer go free and why? Is Savich’s mystery connected to the escape prisoner or is there more to the story?

Get ready to be swept away as Catherine Coulter ramps up the action in this thrilling installment in her beloved FBI Thriller series in ENIGMA. I just love this series and adore Savich and Sherlock’s relationship as well as their interactions with fellow agents and other secondary characters. From the first page to the last, the reader is thrust in two stories in ENIGMA that will leave you reeling from all the twists and turns. I just love her dual plots in her FBI series and find them totally engrossing and thrilling as I flipped the pages to see what would happen next for Savich, Sherlock, Cam and Jack. This is an author who really keeps the reader on their toes with her thrillers. The cases are intriguing and I, for one, can’t figure out until most of the way through the book who are the bad guys are and why they are doing it. That is the testament to this author’s writing prowess and each book in this series keeps the momentum going. The books are not getting stale even after twenty-one stories in the FBI Thriller series.

ENIGMA features two mysteries that may or may not be connected. Savich and Sherlock are trying to figure out why a deranged man targeted a pregnant woman and then collapsed. Plus when that woman’s new baby is kidnapped, well let’s just say the stakes rise even higher. Cam and Jack are trying to find escaped federal prisoner, Liam Hennessey (AKA Manta Ray) in Daniel Boone National Park and find more questions as well as few answers. Who helped Liam escape and why? Both these cases would be intriguing on their own but put them together with a few twists and turns I sure did not see coming, I found myself on the edge of my seat racing alongside these four agents as they tried to find the answers before the clock struck twelve. This is truly a thrilling edge of the seat ride that truly doesn’t let up even after the last page is read. I found ENIGMA to be one of those rare books that I will reread again soon just to get back to those wonderful characters.

ENIGMA is more than a typical thriller, it’s all about people and Ms. Coulter deftly created a series of characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. I am eager to see where this author goes in the series as I impatiently await more in the series. Now how long do I have to wait for the next book?

This is an objective review and not an endorsement


Friday, October 6, 2017

LONG, TALL, COWBOY CHRISTMAS by Carolyn Brown

Publisher:     Forever
Published:     September 26, 2017
ISBN:        978-1455597475
Genre:      Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
Format:     Print  
Obtained via:  Publisher

Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

 THREE-1/2 HEARTS

 

 

Nash Lamont gave his heart, soul, body and mind to his country.  His last mission sent him home with more than a tremendous sense of loss with the deaths of three of his team.  He came back with PTSD.  To heal, as much as one can, from the things he saw, he has moved back to the family ranch, Texas Star. There he’s found something of a life for himself raising sheep.  But his memories rise again and again, especially when he meets the wife of one of his dead team members.

Kasey McKay, nee Dawson, has also given her heart and soul to her country by virtue of the death of her husband, Adam.  She does, however, have her family at their ranch, Hope Springs, and more important, the three children she and Adam made together.  Despite Adam’s words to her before his last deployment, moving on is just not something she is ready to do.  How do you let go of the love of your life? 
 
When she first meets Nash she finds him attractive but there is something about the man.  Not something bad…but something that reminds her of Adam.  When Adam takes a tumble off a ladder he wakes up to Kasey bending over him. He knows without a doubt she is his wife—even though he cannot remember much about their life together, he’s sure of one thing—she is the love of his life and his wife.
 
Feeling responsible for his accident, Kasey agrees to move into Texas Star until Nash regains his memory.  But what if he never does?

Carolyn Brown’s LONG, TALL COWBOY CHRISTMAS was not an easy read and I do not imagine it was easy for her to write.  In this second book of the Happy, Texas series she takes on the issues of PTSD and loss of a beloved husband in the service of his country.  PTSD is perhaps the most difficult of war injuries a service person can suffer.  There is no rhyme of reason to what triggers the flashbacks and reactions.  And it isn’t always the same trigger.  Too often undiagnosed, hidden for myriad reasons from friends, family and loved ones, it is devastating.  Kudos to Ms. Brown for her compassionate portrayal through her characters, especially Kasey, in telling Nash’s story. 

What disappointed me was some of the writing when Nash believes Kasey is his wife.  The narrative and dialogue were more of what I would have expected from Kasey’s children, Rustin, Emma and Silas.  The juvenile and stilted language was incongruent with the rest of the story and I wondered if perhaps Brown turned that scene over to an aspiring, much younger, author.  Fortunately the story moved on.

I’m not normally a fan of “cute” kids in books but Kasey’s three, especially Silas, won my heart.  He was just adorable.  What a little cutie.  I liked how her family rallied around her and the children and how those opposed to her growing relationship with Nash came around. 

I did feel that there were some of the characters’ personal issues that could have been resolved in the story.  For instance, was Adam’s mother so adverse to Nash because she couldn’t move on from her son’s death?  That would have added another layer of emotion, especially when she finally came to accept Kasey and Nash’s relationship.  There were other scenes that I felt could have been more emotional, but given the difficulty of the subject matter, sometimes it’s just too hard to go in that deep.

There is a lot of sadness in the story.  There is a sense of starting a long emotional journey that will never end.  Like PTSD, just as you think all will be well, something triggers it.  Sometimes it passes easily, sometimes it takes a long time and sometimes, never. It does come to a happy ending, just be ready for a lot of sadness before you get there. When you do, it is worth the wait.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 

 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

FIXING TO DIE by Miranda James

Publisher:     Berkley
Published:     October  3, 2017
ISBN:        978-0399584770
Genre:      Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com
 

FIVE HEARTS

 

It’s been a relaxing autumn for the Ducote sisters An’gel and Dickce when they receive a rather strange missive from a long-time family friend, Mary Turner Catlin. Instead of calling, emailing or texting she’s sent an actual letter!  And Mary Turner is pretty young to be resorting to such an old fashioned, yet time honoured way of communicating.  It seems there are some strange goings on in her antebellum home in Natchez.  Always ready to help a friend, the sisters along with their ward, Benji, head off to Natchez.  There they are greeted with a story that sure sounds like the house is haunted.  Strange things are happening—cold spots on the stairs, objects moving and electricity going off for no reason, just to name a few.  Not ones to believe in other worldly happenings the sisters set out to find out just what is causing these strange events.  Before they can really dig into what is behind these unexplained matters several people show up unannounced—not one but two rather disliked cousins and a self-proclaimed psychic.  Things go even further awry when one of the residents is found dead in their bed.  Despite having been involved with several previous murder investigations, the sisters aren’t at all sure if this is murder, justice from the other side or a simple natural death.  With strangers in the house and a number of antagonistic parties the sisters find themselves in the middle of yet another investigation…but is it really murder?

I love Miranda James' Southern Ladies Mysteries.  They are such a fun and clever off-shoot of his Cat in the Stacks series starring Diesel the Maine Coon cat.  These feisty seniors stand on their own especially with how they are ready to up and travel to where they are needed.  James brings his own brand of creativity to this series, as he does with Cat in the Stacks by including Peanut the dog and Eudora the kitty into the stories.  They are not token characters just to draw in animal lovers, but have their own roles to play in the stories.  They add depth to how the sisters go about solving their mysteries, such as in his latest, FIXING TO DIE, when An’gel and Dickce rely on Peanut and Eudora’s feline and dog talents to sense things that often go right past our humans.  While he could have taken the easy way in writing this series by having the sisters solve crimes in Athena where Charlie Harris and Diesel are located, after all, they are from the same town, James has the sister traveling to different locales.  It would be easy to have them stay in Athena where James “knows” the town well, but he treats readers to not just different cities, but gives a bit of their history in telling the stories.
 
James also delves into some subject areas others may struggle with and does it with class and style. These subjects aren’t tossed in just to be PC, but are an important part of the story.  Of course, FIXING TO DIE is a cozy so it has some fun characters, quirky moments and a good mystery to solve. 

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

INITIATION by Sierra Cartwright

Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Date published: July 2016
ISBN: 9781786510822
Contemporary BDSM
Ebook

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)

Weblink: https://www.totallybound.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=4686

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts


Jennifer longs for something more.  When she finally gets her nerve up to give the world she has fantasied about for all this time Jennifer sees her chance but can she let her guard down and give herself to Master Logan? The man may be her dream Dom but is she ready for her dreams to come true? Will the reality of Logan be what her fantasies are made of or will Jennifer find things better left to her imagination? Master Logan cannot deny the attraction that he has for Jennifer but can he let the past go and not dictate his future?  Is love in the cards for these two or are they just scratching an itch?

Sierra Cartwright brings readers another wonderful read with this story.  The characters are full of emotions and depth. Making you feel and hope right alongside these characters. Jennifer is a strong woman who finds herself given a chance to try what she has been longing for. Logan is an intense man who does not realize what he is missing until Jennifer comes along.  I enjoyed watching these two find their way. As a Dom Logan knows what he is doing and it was nice to see Jennifer open up and give herself to him. Logan learns that trust works both ways and It was nice to watch their relationship grow.  Love can be both a strong and fragile thing. Jennifer and Logan learn this the hard way and must decide what they want and where they will go from here.  Can this be more than a fleeting thing for these two or will they let it slip through their grasp?

I loved Logan and Jennifer. Their story is a wonderful read that pulled me in right from the very start and did not let go until the very end. I hope that this is not the last time we get to visit their world.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.



Saturday, September 30, 2017

HIS GUILT by Shelley Shepard Gray

Publisher:     Avon
Published:     July 4, 2017
ISBN:        978-0062469137
Genre:      Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
Format:     Print  
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

 
FIVE HEARTS
 

 
Two years ago Mark Fisher was accused of a most heinous crime.  He didn’t do it.  The Sheriff believes he didn’t do it.  But pretty much everyone else in Horse Cave thinks he did.  His long-time friend and mentor, Henry Lehman, the owner of Blooms and Berries, believes in him too and with his return to Horse Cave, has given Mark a job.

Waneta (Neeta) Cain has worked for Henry for some time.  At first she isn’t too happy to be working with Mark, but then she realizes she’s judging without knowing all the facts.  Determined to see the best in Mark, Neeta does her best to trust him and soon befriend him. When her parents welcome him into their home, Neeta finds herself thinking of Mark as more than a friend. 

But all is not well in Horse Cave.  Along with Mark’s return it appears someone is beating women. As eyes turn toward Mark, Neeta continues to stand by him, but is it enough to prove he is not guilty?

I’m not normally a fan of inspirational, religious based stories.  Shelley Shepard Gray is definitely changing my view of them.  She tells such a good story that once you start you just don’t want to stop till you get to the end…and then you want to read it again because it was just so good.  She writes to a solid cross-section of readers in terms of age and experience.  Men, as well as women, will enjoy this series.  Her latest, HIS GUILT is the second book of her Amish of Hart County series, but it stands on its own. 
 
Neeta and Mark are both complex characters.  Despite them living what some of us might consider the simple Amish way of living, the characters are multi-dimensional and even within the short time span covered in the book both change and develop.  Both separate and together they make the reader stop and think about actions and consequences.  The secondary characters as well are fully developed and have their own interesting stories. 

I figured out pretty early on who was beating up on the different women in Horse Cave, but that didn’t in any way ruin the story for me.  Instead it had me unable to put the book down until I found out if I was right or not—and how Gray was going to resolve the situation.
 
I really enjoy this series and cannot wait for the next instalment along with the hope that it continues for a long, long time.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

 

Friday, September 29, 2017

LEAF AND JAMES (SHIBARI AUCTION HOUSE DUET) by Sean Michael

Publisher: Changeling Press, LLC
Date published: July 21, 2017
ISBN: 08081-02609
BDSM, M/M
Ebook

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)

Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts



Leaf does what he always does when his twin brother; River calls looking for help. He comes to the rescue but what has Leaf agreed to this time?  When River asked him to come help him Leaf never thought that he would be naked and bid on. When he meets the man who has paid for his time Leaf is not sure what to think but as they always say, “honesty is the best policy” and Leaf explains his dilemma to James. Will James be angry and report Leaf to the auction house or will they find a common ground and make the best of things?

I enjoyed watching these two men find their way. James is a good man and is willing to see where things go with his new-found sub. Leaf is a sweet and shy person but he is more than ready to explore with a little help from James.  The two make a great couple and seem to be made for each other.  Their attraction is almost instant and it was nice to watch those sparks turn into something much deeper for the men.   The author does a good job of bringing their story to life. As hot as Leaf and James get we still see their emotions and get to watch them work towards finding a happy ever after.
This story moves at a nice pace and pulled me right in. James and Leaf’s feelings jump off the pages and you can see that they are not only a great fit in the bedroom but out of it as well. It was nice to watch Leaf grow and enjoy himself as he explores his wants and needs with James.  I enjoyed meeting these two and hope to see River get his story told as well.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

THE SUMMER THAT MADE US by Robyn Carr

Mira Publishing
October 3rd, 2017
978-0-7783-3086-8
Contemporary/Women’s Fiction
Paperback ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Publisher

4.5 Hearts

 

Once, the summer at the lake house for two Hempstead’s sisters and their families were magical and fun. Both sisters married brothers, had three daughters apiece and they would escape for the summer to the lake where the kids can frolic and play, where the sisters can relax and not worry about anything and for all of them to enjoy that perfect time there, until a tragedy tore the two families apart and broke the bonds between them. Now many years have passed and the daughters are all grown up and have lives of their own. Now two of them will go back to the lake house and find that comfort and peace, healing the wounds so deep, some of them have no idea what to expect. But miracles can happen, forgiveness can be fought for and hearts can heal with the touch of the hand. When the secrets come out from that long-ago summer, it won’t change just the people involved but also the ones around them. Past, present and future are in play and as these two families find out, love has a way to heal even the hardest or wounded of hearts.

Wow, just wow! Reading the new book by Robyn Carr, THE SUMMER THAT MADE US, is deeply engrossing and emotional with me laughing one minute and the next, crying while I flip the pages to see what happens next. Ms. Carr delivers a powerful story of two sisters and their families who were once close until tragedy tore them apart in the blink of an eye.  What was once a cherished family tradition was now torn away from them and colored their memories of their one favorite place in the world. The story is moving and you definitely run the gauntlet of emotions while you read THE SUMMER THAT MADE US. This was a book I just could not put down. It left me reeling in places that had me flipping pages to see what would come next. I rooted for the families to find their way back to one another and cheered when some reconnected and when others were on the fence.

Ms. Carr is wonderful storyteller who tells of everyday people of all walks of life. Her characters are quite life-like and different as night is to day. I loved each and every one of them, even the tough nuts like Louise, Charley’s mother. She was bitter and stern yet in the end you got the glimpse of who she once was before the summer from hell and you couldn’t help but empathize with her. I don’t want to go into details about all the characters because I don’t want to reveal any plot twists but suffice to say, the reader will find all walks of life in THE SUMEMR THAT MADE US and I couldn’t help but root for each of them to get their happiness and renew their bonds with cousins, family and more.

With each book this author writes, the reader cannot help but fall in love with Ms. Carr and her wonderful stories. I know I am not the only one who finds her books quite entertaining and intriguing, either from the places they are set in or the wonderful cast of characters that populate them. With the broad stroke of her pen (or keys on the keyboard), Ms. Carr delivers a timeless tale that will thoroughly enchant you and steal your heart. At the end of the book, I just sat there with a smile on my face and a tear on my cheek. This story just hits you right in the heart and I for one can’t wait to see where this author goes next. I highly recommend THE SUMMER THAT MADE US if you enjoy captivating characters, a story that is set in the real world and with issues facing many people today and a climatic ending that will leave you breathless.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

FURY CALLING by Yasmine Galenorn

Fury Unbound Book 4
Nightqueen Enterprises
August 22nd, 2017
ASIN#: B0752B5XLR
Urban Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic, Paranormal/Fantasy, Action-Adventure
E-Book
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by author

4.5 Hearts
 

 
Her name was Fury, an oath-bound Theosian (minor goddess) who hunted down abominations who came into our world from the World Tree and sent them back to Pandoriam. After retreating from Seattle after the Order of the Black Mist unleashed a systematic attack across the world and then a Tsunami hit Seattle afterwards, Fury and her friends and allies find themselves rebuilding in to the Wild Wood, taking what they can from the past to rebuild for the future. But Fury, while training with Hecate gets a vision from Gaia, she realizes they need to have one last stand in Seattle with the Lyon and his minions. But there is a traitor in their midst, one who will stop at nothing to stop Fury and her friends from stopping Lyon from opening the door to the Chaos realm.

FURY CALLING is a heart stopping wild ride from start to finish. The author has been leading up to this book in the first three books and we get the satisfying conclusion to this story arc in FURY CALLING. But let me warn you that you need to start from the beginning of this series, Fury Rising, to understand all the characters and events mentioned in FURY CALLING. I just fell in love with this series right from the start. Ms. Galenorn delivers a story that spans four books, includes some of the most amazing cast of characters that I have read and a storyline that just held me in thrall. Her attention to character development and storyline advancement is phenomenal. I got to admit this author’s way into world building just awes me to pieces. The story flows smoothly and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat till the very end. Hang on to y our hats, readers, it’s about to get wild.
 
FURY CALLING is a story about new beginnings and endings, happy and sad. With a breakneck speed, the story winds its way around you as you flip the pages and race alongside these intriguing characters. The twists and turns this author gives the readers kept me glued to the pages. You will laugh, cry, smile and cheer even as some sadness as these beloved characters find themselves at war with Lyon and the Order of the Black Mist. Can they stop this manic from unleashing even more horrors upon the world? Will Gaia unleash another storm to corral the people here on earth? This author does an amazing job in keeping the reader glued to the pages and I for one am eager for more. So even as this story ARC is done, I am hopeful the author comes back to Fury, Tam and the gang in the future because I would love to see what they are up to and what storm awaits them in the shadows.
 
This is an objective review and not an endorsement