Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Clover Chapel (Jamison Valley #2) by Devney Perry

Goodreads Review

She took a dare and fell in love. Truth would have been the smarter choice.

After years of living under her father’s thumb, Emmeline is ready to break free. She’s abandoned her life as a New York socialite to follow her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher in a small, wholesome town. Seeing the man that nearly broke her was absolutely not what she had hoped to find in Prescott, Montana.

Nick hasn’t seen his Emmy in nine years, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten a thing about the woman he loves. After just one blissful night as man and wife, he gave her up, sacrificing his own happiness to keep her safe—far away from him. But the moment she walks back into his lonely life is the moment he decides never to let her go again. He won’t waste his second chance. All he has to do is win back Emmeline’s heart, keep her safe from the shadows in his past and prove to her that taking a wager on him is a sure bet.

Oh. So. Good.

Life doesn’t always go as planned and for our heroine this is most certainly the case. After meeting the love of her life and him feeling the same let’s say fate intercepts well actually stupidity on the Hero’s part but I guess that is neither here nor there otherwise there wouldn’t be a book now would there?

Emmy Austin is tired of her Upper East Side life in New York and working for her father’s company she has finally got her degree in teaching and is in Prescott, Montana to teach Kindergarten.  Leaving her boyfriend well fiancée of five years back in NY. But the relationship was more of convenience than anything else. Her one true love left her a long time ago.

Nick Slater has always thought of what ifs in life and but Lady Luck is on his side and has given him a second chance and he fights Emmy for that second chance. 5 dates. To win her back. He moved from Colorado to Montana but could never be found. As the fire fighter in Prescott he has led a somewhat happy life to this moment.

In my opinion he made up for the gap. He grovelled and Emmy made him grovel. Finally enough grovelling to feed my monster when people screw up.

The one thing that I have to say is I mean seriously what are the odds that you pick the one town where you liked the school mascot and you see your husband who you have been looking for ten years even with a PI. I mean that is serendipity at its best. Kismet, karma, providence. DIVINE INTERVENTION. You name it they had it on their side from day one.

I enjoyed the first book in the series but here the author has done an outstanding job of developing her writing style and the characters are loveable, down to earth and real.  I was rooting for this couple every step of the way and they deserve every ounce of happiness that they have. They are so good together and the sex is a steaming. And that last twist in the plot well didn’t see that a coming.

This had a lot of pet peeves and yet I loved every hour, minute, second.

Let me list my pet peeves:

Pet Peeve 1: Second chance romances are NOT my thing. But I adore this book and the couple. They have something truly beautiful. I didn’t quite get Emmy’s logic but who am I to judge.

Pet Peeve 2: Our heroine was in a relationship, a flailing relationship nevertheless a relationship. They weren't suited for one another. There was emotional cheating and a kiss but that didn't bother me. Under normal circumstances I would have flipped my lid but there was so much heartfelt emotion I just couldn’t.

Pet Peeve 3: Being married, separated and being with other people. But these two were always meant to be together. The others were just side notes in the story. IMO at least.

I really do not see how I’m going to like Felicity, in book one she is a right mare and we didn’t see her at all in this book. Gonna be tough.

If I had more than two thumbs then I would stick them up. A book to read and to enjoy. Take enough time to read it in one go because I felt gutted every time I had to put it down cause of RL.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Coppersmith Farmhouse (Jamison Valley #1) by Devney Perry

One old farmhouse brought them together. It could also tear them apart.

Gigi has just uprooted her whole world to start a new life. The unexpected gift of a farmhouse in small-town Montana is just what she and her daughter need to escape big-city loneliness. The last thing she needs is attitude from the town’s sheriff, the most perfectly attractive and ruggedly handsome man she’s ever laid eyes on—and a complete jerk.

Jess knows all about women like Gigi. Beautiful. Sexy. Scheming. She’s stolen his sanctuary, the farmhouse that should have been his. But along with a face full of freckles, she’s got a sharp wit and a backbone of steel—something he doesn’t discover until after making a complete fool of himself. If he can earn back her trust and win her heart, he might just find the home he’s always needed.

Definite old school KA vibe to this book. Fingers crossed it stays that way.
Gigi and her daughter Roe have moved out to The Coppersmith Farmhouse to start a fresh. What she doesn’t calculate into her new start is the town Sheriff Jess Cleary.
They don’t get off to the best start, he is actually Jackass Jess and I didn’t like him. That he can suddenly do a 180 when it comes to Gigi. Nah not feeling it.
Overall I liked the book. The culprit of the story is clear from the start nevertheless I still enjoyed it. Gigi and Jess as a couple were alright but Gigi’s insecurities where getting tiresome. The author has done a good job in creating a solid start to a new series that I will continue reading about the guys and gals of Jamieson Valley.
Who I didn’t like and where I’m likely not to change my mind is Felicity.
Gonna be honest here I wasn’t going to read this book but I requested the second book and went back to read this one before I started the second one.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Goaltending: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle Book 8) by Jami Davenport

Goodreads Review

WANTED: single dad needs nanny.
In more ways than one.

Martin "Brick" Bricker is living the good life. He's playing the sport he loves, has all the women he can handle, and parties like a rock star. At twenty-six, he has no interest in slowing down or taking anything seriously —except hockey, of course.

Then a knock at his door changes everything. Suddenly he's the single father to a five-year-old daughter he didn't know he had, and he's trading his playboy ways for barbies.

Amelia Stacey struggles to make ends meet and juggles her day-care job with a full load of college classes. When she's offered a temporary, two-week nanny position making more money than she imagines, she jumps at the chance. Before she knows it, she's in over her head, not just with her five-year-old charge but with the girl's hot single father.

Brick always goes after what he wants, and he wants Amelia. Only responsible Amelia doesn't want anything to do with the party boy. Struggling with fatherhood and his unexplainable attraction to his nanny, Brick has to figure out where his daughter and Amelia fit into his life. If they fit at all.

But one thing's for sure: Brick can't block this shot straight to his heart.

Going to keep this short.
I hated this book and those that know me I rarely react so negatively towards a book. But this book oh made me so mad! I’m always game for reading the nanny trope but this was truly awful.
I didn’t like the Hero in the book he is an imbecile, a muppet, a douchecanoe. He has no redeeming qualities and I would have punched him if I had been the heroine. Instead of getting to know his daughter he was trying to get into the nanny’s pants and ignored his daughter. He missed his playboy lifestyle and only at the very end did he see the light.
I went on about conquests he could have, ditched his daughter to go out drinking with his teammates just so that he could be cool. Had women hanging off of him although he was really interested in the heroine.
I didn’t get the heroine. She could have done so much better. It is tragic what happened to her but to put up with this shit. Nah wouldn’t have done it.  Macy is the real star of the book. She sure did brighten it up.
Ms. Davenport can write an engaging story but for me it was anything but that. I had constant moments were I rolled my eyes and where I thought that it wasn’t really original and that the book could have been more. This author and I aren’t well suited and it happens. Good luck to all of you that loved this book and the author. I’m just one of very few. Most likely anyway.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Steam Tycoon by Golden Czermak

Goodreads Review

Jesse Winthrope is a self-made millionaire who has quickly risen from his own humble beginnings. Rocketed high into the upper echelons after the invention of his high efficiency Winthrope Steam Engine, Jesse is poised to take on the Western Frontier, starting in the city of Diablo.

Jenny Boone is from a hard-working farming family, living off the land far from the city and its technological marvels. However, circumstances beyond Jenny’s control force her into the clutches of a highly judgmental population.

Going to work in one of Winthrope’s factories, the two find each other and along with it a love that crosses both finances and prejudices.

Can their feelings for each other survive, or will society get the best of them, dousing the fire in their hearts?

While this was interesting and I was captivated by what I read I can truly say that this book is not for me. I am one of many who feels this way as you can see to what the other reviewees have written.
Was I sucked into the story? Yes and no. I thought that the MC would have met earlier on in the book but they didn’t and when they did it was way past the 52 % mark. I was also under the impression that it would only be based around Jesse and Jenny but there are several POV that we get to see in the book. This obviously adds to the story yet it isn’t what I wanted. This is where I’m torn where I thought that it added additional layers to the book but where it was also something I personally wasn’t interested in.
The mind of the author is creative, offering in-depth characters with a world filled with raiders, barren lands, robots, and huge difference in societal classes.  There is action, suspense with some banter that I liked now I love steampunk and I’ve read quite a few books in this genre but this book just wasn’t for me. IT could be that the paranormal aspect was missing that adds for me more spice to a book.
There was just not enough romance in the book and the character meet far too late in the book that I lost interest. This is just ONE opinion of many and is to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fierce Obsessions (The Phoenix Pack #6) by Suzanne Wright

Goodreads Review

When raven shifter Riley Porter was given sanctuary by the Phoenix Pack, she let them believe she had left her flock. Reluctant to divulge the secrets of her past, she was still embraced as family. Only Tao Lukas, the protective and passionate Head Enforcer of the pack, was resistant to the enigmatic shifter. Until Riley started to arouse in him something other than suspicion.

Tao doesn’t trust lone shifters, especially ones so guarded—and tempting. But the sexual tension between them is making them both come undone, and vulnerable to more than desire. All Tao wants is for Riley to stay with him and to trust him with the truth of her past.

As Riley’s mysteries come to light, so does a danger that threatens not only her life but the safety of the entire pack. For Tao, keeping Riley safe means keeping her close—forever—as his mate.

“You really should learn to control your anger better. Eighty-Eight percent of men with bad tempers end up with high blood pressure and die an early death.” “They do not.” “They could do.”

I originally gave it 4 stars but what the heck I've bumped it up to 5 stars.

Ms. Wright is the dog's bollocks. It’s a compliment believe me. She is my one click. My go to author. My if the world is a being a fickle bugger she will get me out of my funk author. For me she is one of the best paranormal romance authors out there. With Fierce Obsessions, she absolutely got it right.

I worship the ground you walk on. This author thinks out of the box when it comes to shifters. Wolves, wolves are everywhere but other shifters be it Marquay or in this case Ravens? Bloody brilliant I tell you.

As a reader, I dread when an author sticks to the mold that they use. SW has taken on board not what not to do and has developed and expanded on the world that she has created and made a world different from other shifter romances. Fingers crossed for The Movement as a series.

If you hadn’t guessed then I’m a total fan girl. So, sue me!

I want to go into the plot of the story but I won’t what I can say is that it is gripping, in depth and unique naturally I loved every moment of it.

Riley Porter is one of the best heroines that I have read in the series. She is a rock especially for the kids. She is ruthless, fierce, vengeful and so very over protective but has always tried to keep her distance from the pack.

Times run out sweetheart.

Tao Lukas, head enforcer has wanted Riley from the start although he has acted like he didn't. Tao is so fucking sweet and yet a total badass he will protect all of his pack. Tao doesn’t like humans he doesn’t get them and he can be really mean.

Together the chemistry is fierce. It is true opposites do attract. They have a fantastic rapport going on. I could go on and on about it but basically just read it.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Real Deal (Single Dads Club #1) by Piper Rayne

Goodreads Review

Red Flags…

Too loud.
Too clingy.
Too much make-up.

I could go on and on. The other guys in the Single Dad’s Club would say I’m obsessed with finding them. But none of their kid’s mothers call a maximum-security prison home either, so their opinions mean shit.

Caterina Santora has her own list of red flags…

She’s too young.
She’s my client’s daughter.
She’s my five-year old’s camp counselor.

Even after repeating this mantra to myself every morning on the way to Lily’s summer camp, guess what happens the moment I see Cat? Yeah, that mantra turns into ride me, doggie style and reverse cowgirl.

Every. Damn. Time.

The fact that she doesn’t remember me from six years before grates on me until I don’t have it in me to leave her alone any longer. I have to have her. But our lives are opposites in every way. In no way compatible.

When we’re together all the complications fade away and I have to keep reminding myself, even if I can have her— I can’t keep her.

Goodness gracious me! Does liking the cover help me in any way for what I’m going to write now will most likely not make me popular.

Well I finished the book and I really do not know what to say. Not what I expected to be honest. I struggled with the beginning and the middle immensely and found it to be tedious and tiresome. On top of that my believability muscle wasn’t really working when it came to the story. Or maybe I also just don’t have humor.

It felt week and flat and at times I wanted to DNF. It picked up at the end of the book. Maybe because it was the end. The couple just seemed to plod along the whole time really with nothing happening.

I love this trope but I expected more with Marcus and the whole disaster of that he turned her down at the age of 18 and then suddenly he has the hots for her. This takes place six years later.

I liked Cat and that she stood by what she wanted and that she deserved the real deal which means that Marcus needed to get unstuck. He sure did have his head stuck in the sand and if he gotten his finger out of his arse sooner than it would have been better at least IMO.

I would have liked to have seen the outcome of Cat’s family a big deal was made about it and then nothing.

The one person I despised in the book is Dane. God help me I wanted to punch him every single time he opened his mouth to give advice.

I haven’t read any of their other books and for the moment it’s a maybe I also requested book 2 and for the moment I’d rather stick needles in my eyes.

Feel Me (O'Brien Family #4) by Cecy Robson

Goodreads Review

Declan O’Brien was always driven to take his place among Philly’s elite, working hard for everything he’s earned, including the title of Assistant District Attorney. He’s won seemingly impossible cases, so he’s furious when he’s assigned to lead the one unit he doesn’t want.

Melissa Fenske was born hearing impaired to a neglectful mother, finding solace when she was adopted by a young attorney, now Declan’s boss. As the current Director of Victim Services, Melissa’s livid when Declan is placed in the main unit she oversees. She can’t forget their disastrous first encounter. Or shake how he makes her feel.

Declan considers the assignment another step toward his political aspirations, despite that he can’t get Melissa out of his mind. Melissa sees Declan as egotistical and self-serving, kicking herself for how fast she’s falling for him. Someone as hot, smooth, and perfect as Declan isn’t supposed to want her.

In another situation with any other woman, Declan wouldn’t hesitate to take Melissa to bed. But she is the boss’s daughter, and for once, Declan finds himself wanting more than just a one night stand.

Neither counted on each other. Both just met their match.  

4 Shepherd Dog Stars.

Office romances don't always work for me. Feel Me did. I am a happy bunny.

Declan O'Brien appointed A.D.A is smooth, women love him and he loves women. But there is one woman who doesn't fall for his charms. The less she falls the more he wants her.

I didn’t always like our male lead in this book but he grew on me and in the end I was rooting for me. He did try to make up in the grovel department but not enough for me to be honest.

Melissa Fenske doesn't like Declan she thinks that he is unsuitable for the job and maybe in the beginning he is.

Melissa is a fantastic female lead I love books where either one of the main characters has a disability.  Melissa is hearing impaired add a tough start to life and as a character I admire her.

Declan wants it all. D.A for Homicide not SACU. Mayor and even Senator. There is a spanner in his works. He wants Melissa but he is a slight commitment-phobe. And eventually he screws it up.

Feel Me left me raw, emotionally drained and a mess yet despite all that, the sap in me always loves to see that love really can conquer all.

Our MC as a couple complement one another. Ms. Robson has a unique writing style that pulls you into the loud, boisterous in your business Catholic family. I personally love every single moment of their antics. In saying that though Wren is MY favorite O'Brien. Major girl crush going on here.

Although we get an Epilogue the ending and our couple making up felt somewhat abrupt.

On a side matter note the author did a fantastic job of being tasteful and respectful and what the survivors of such hideous crimes go through.

When I read Wren’s book 3 I said I’d backtrack and read 1 & 2 but I never did. I have now bought book 1 to read.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Making It Right (Most Likely To #3) by Catherine Bybee

Goodreads Review

In the final book in bestselling author Catherine Bybee’s Most Likely To trilogy, River Bend’s rebel follows in her father’s footsteps to become sheriff. But it might be time to forge her own path…
Some kids inherit a family business; Jo Ward inherited a badge. Once voted Most Likely to End Up in Jail, the town wild child has become sheriff—hell-bent on uncovering the truth about her father’s mysterious death. Life is quiet in rustic River Bend, but Jo longs for something beyond her small hometown and the painful memories it holds. All that keeps her sane is the support of her best friends, Melanie and Zoe.
But when Jo signs up for an expert law enforcement training seminar, she meets Gill Clausen, whose haunting eyes and dangerously sexy vibe just may challenge her single-minded focus. Commitment-phobic Jo can’t deny her attraction to the arrogant federal agent, and when odd things start happening around River Bend and danger surrounds her, she realizes she’ll need his help to discover who’s out to remove her from River Bend…permanently.
As Jo and Gill work together, it’s clear they make a great team. But can Jo loosen her grip on the past enough to let love in and reach for the future?

3.5 big and mmmm Stars.

Making It Right got off to a rocky start. Our heroine JoAnne Ward came off too reserved. Throughout the other books I just wasn’t interested in her as a character but gave her a chance in this book. The beginning as mentioned was tough going for me but once the ball started to get rolling it improved a lot.
Jo rebel child has been trying to redeem herself for the past ten years. So after her father’s accidental murder. Yeah that didn’t happen. She went to the Academy and became Sheriff and since that day she has been leading a half-life. Trying to catch her father’s murderer she isn’t getting any further.
Jo goes to DC to improve her skills with the FBI to help her in her endeavour. When not in River Bend Jo likes to live a little. In this case it came in the form of.
God Lord, God broke the mold with this one. His goatee was trimmed, immaculately so. His lips were full, his jaw tight … and his eyes. Dark, almost haunting. Dangerous. He did a once-over, and when his eyes met hers, he lifted his lips in a half smile.
And lovelies – I was a goner.
Fake names and a good time Anne creeps out of the hotel room to bump into him at the FBI. What are the odds right? Well ask Shauna about that one.
Agent Gil Clausen is smitten, gosh he is one of the best Heroes this year. IMO. He is protective, persistant and he knows what he wants and he wants JoAnne but with a murder on the loose and a couple of close calls they are up against a lot not to mention small town living lives Jo wanting a different life.
My one thing which irked me is I guessed some of the twists which is why I docked a star but also in saying that I enjoy the authors writing style and hope to read more of her works in the future. Ms. Bybee how about a book about Zane? Ta very much.
My friend Janie mentioned the acknowledgements at the end of the book and boy am I a bleeding heart. Ms. Bybee is really invested which as an author you should be. But for her it was personal. And my parting words?
Lead your life for yourself. Lead your life for the right reasons. Lead the life that you want.
Peace out Peeps!