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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: My Lord Rogue: A Nelson's Tea Novella (Nelson's Tea 0.5) by Katherine Bone


Print Length: 208 pages
Publisher: Seas the Day (February 6, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: Reissued and edited with new scenes, My Lord Rogue is an introduction to the Nelson's Tea Series!

Espionage, secrecy, and thwarted assassination attempts. The only thing more dangerous is being in love…
Gillian Chauncey, Baroness Chauncey, is a master of disguise, trained by her expatriated husband, a former French royalist, in the arts of espionage. When a dangerous life or death secret lands in her lap, she’s thrust into a perilous world of ticking clocks and desperation, arrowing her directly into the arms of the man who arranged her marriage.
Lord Simon Danbury is no ordinary nobleman. He’s been tasked by Admiral Nelson to organize an elite group of clandestine first sons willing to sacrifice all to protect England’s shores. When an assassination attempt is made on Nelson, Simon isn’t sure what poses more danger, the enemy or the masterfully seductive Gillian.


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Having read all of the other novels in the Nelson's Tea Series, I found it almost unfathomable that I had not read the novella that started it all.

My Lord Rouge perfectly sets the stage for the novels that come later, introducing you to the primary cast of characters, and giving you the background needed in order to understand the threats facing them. If you haven't already started this series, then I would highly recommend that you do so, starting with this novella! Ms. Bone has a gift of being able to draw her readers into the scenes and worlds that she has created, allowing you to visualize these characters, and experience their joys – and their sorrows – alongside of them.


I would highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy well written novels that feature a cast of characters unlike any I've ever encountered before. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                 My Lord Rogue is available from Amazon.com

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: Eulogy (Eagle Elite #9) by Rachel Van Dyken


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Publisher: Van Dyken Enterprises INC (February 20, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: All is lost.
All.
I don't recognize myself in the mirror anymore.
My thoughts are filled with hatred and dripping with rage.
I've lost my soul.
She took it to the depths of Hell with her and haunts me with images of what could have been.
Sixty lives are mine to take.
Sixty lives stand in the way of my vengeance.
Sixty lives plus one more.
Mine.
When the last drop of blood falls — mine will be spilled.
Only one person stands in the way.
She doesn't realize I'll kill her too.
I don't own a heart.
And even if I did — I wouldn't fall prey to its lies again.
I am Chase Abandonato.
Heir to a legacy of betrayal.
And I will kill them all.
Even if it means pointing the gun at myself.
A life for a life.
A soul for a soul.
Now I lay me down to sleep… I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Blood in. No out.


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

NINE BOOKS. Nine books filled with characters that have made me laugh and brought me to tears. Nine books filled with friendship and brotherhood. I have watched the men and women of this series grow from young, inexperienced kids to full fledged mafia members. I have watched them love. I have watched them lose. And I have watched them kill - often brutally. 

But what does that mean for Eulogy? Those of you who have read Enrage, remember how that book ended, and a lot of the emotion from that book carries over into this one. These characters, one in particular, have experienced the ultimate sort of betrayal. They are hurting, they are grieving, and they are ANGRY. I can't say that I blame them for that, nor can I say I don't understand completely some of their actions and desires. 

I saw a lot of similarities between this book and Empire (book #7). Chase and Sergio both experienced a loss, albeit on two entirely different levels. However, they chose to approach that loss much in the same way. By being angry. By being threatening, but most of all, by being afraid. Neither would admit it of course, but at least Sergio got his happily ever after in Empire. I was worried that Chase wouldn't. 

There were parts of this book that literally had me on the edge of my seat. Although I had figured out who one person was, the fate of several of these characters was often hanging in the balance. And Luc. Damn. That's unfortunately all I am at liberty to say about her. 

Overall, I believe this story will appeal to fans of the Eagle Elite series, as well as those who enjoy a spellbinding story that grips you tight and doesn't let you go. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                       Eulogy is available from Amazon.com

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Review: Dark in Death (In Death #46) by J.D. Robb


Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (February 1, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime—from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.

The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama—and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

The last couple of book in this series have been hit or miss for me. For some time now, each book has felt "off" to me, as though some key element from the earlier books is now missing. I don't know it maybe the author is feeling burned out from writing so many books in this series, or if its because the earlier books were so edge of your seat amazing that as a reader, I now have a higher expectation of what I think these books should be. 

To be honest, I enjoyed this installment of the series more than I did the prior installment (Secrets in Death).I found the fact that they killer was emulating a book series to be an interesting twist (considering this not only gave Eve an her crew a bit of a heads up, but the fact that it makes me insanely curious if the author has had any crazed fan letters such as described in the story). I also enjoyed the interactions between Eve and the secondary characters that I have grown so fond of over the years (Feeny, Nadine, Mavis, etc). I do think the actual take down of the suspect wasn't as adrenaline inducing as I would have liked considering, but the way it was done worked well with the overall plot. 

I feel it is important to point out that although this book stands on its own (with a solid beginning, middle and end), that you have to read at least some of the prior novels in order to understand just who these characters are and their interactions with each other.

All things considered, I do think some of the long time fans of this series may be disappointed, but I enjoyed this installment and look forward to the next. And it is my honest week that if the author is feeling burned out that she find a way to take a break for a while. I would rather have to wait a bit longer for the next book than continue to feel like the author has missed the mark.

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                            Dark in Death is available from Amazon.com

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz


Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (February 13, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: They called themselves “the lucky ones.” 

They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She's determined to find out what really happened that fateful night--was it an accident or, as she's always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she'll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.



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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Let me begin with a bit of a disclaimer. This story is NOT for everyone. There are cases of adopted siblings and foster siblings having romantic relationships (either as late teens or as adults). A lot of people complained it was "incest", but I feel I must point out it was not as these people are not biologically related to each other. Sure it's a little weird, but given what they have gone through, and how the author portrayed it, kind of understandable. 

Now, I have read A LOT by this author. In fact, I have had this novel sitting on my kindle for awhile now. And I have been putting off reading it - not because I expected there to be anything wrong with it, but because of the publish date. I knew the minute I started reading, I would not be able to put it down, and I had other stories that were being published sooner. 

But I was right to wait. Because this novel? Surpassed my expectations. It was everything I have come to love and admire about this author, and more. It doesn't matter the genre, the location, or the characters, Tiffany Reisz has a gift. She simply creates a world, and makes the reader powerless to escape it until the very last page. And once its over? It's a very bittersweet good-bye. Sure you have finished a story, but you have FINISHED with that world. And I for one am never ready to say good-bye to the characters this author creates.

Strong, if flawed, characters, intriguing story-lines, twists and secrets you will not forget? If any of these things sound like you cup of tea, than you are sure to enjoy this novel! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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                      The Lucky Ones is available from Amazon.com

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review: Salvation (Corsets and Carriages, #3) by Carla Susan Smith


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Publisher: Lyrical Press (February 13, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: “I will not be a wife in name only.” 

Rian Connor’s proposal of marriage should have been the happiest moment of Catherine Davenport’s life. He is her savior, her tutor in the ways of flirtation, the man she wants for her lover. But two impediments bar the way: the vicious assault that may have ruined her ability to enjoy any man’s touch; and the vindictive woman who will stop at nothing to regain Rian’s affection.

“There can be no turning back once you have given yourself to me.” 

One exquisite night of completely mutual pleasure proves to Catherine that with Rian, the physical side of their union will bring only joy. But even her new husband cannot protect her from the diabolical scheming of his former mistress. Delivered into the hands of the madman who once delighted in tormenting her, Catherine is swept back to the place where it all began. And this time, the price could be her future with the man she is finally free to love.

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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Unfortunately, this IS one of those stories where you have to have read the other stories in the series, otherwise, this one will not make sense to you.

Salvation more or less picks up where book two leaves off. And just as with the prior stories, the author manages to seamlessly weave together several different points of view, as well as story-lines in a way that not only makes sense, but keeps the reader interested. 

This was the epic conclusion that I had been hoping for! It tied up all the loose ends that had been left within the first two books, while still moving the relationships between the characters forward, and showing how they have grown, both as friends, and as family since we first met them. 

The one thing that I wish would have been different is the ending as it pertains to Isabel. I felt as though after everything she had done, her punishment should have been more severe. I think it speaks volumes about the character of the brothers that they let her go as they did. Especially Liam. 

I believe this story will appeal to those who enjoy slightly unconventional historical romance novels. I would definitely read more from this author!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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 Salvation (Corsets and Carriages, #3)  is available from Amazon.com


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Review: More or Less a Marchioness (The Somerset Sisters #1) by Anna Bradley



Print Length: pages
Publisher: Lyrical Press (February 6, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: The Somerset sisters, three beautiful, headstrong debutantes in Regency London, are discovering that a bit of scandal is a delightful thing...

For the sake of propriety, and her younger sisters’ reputations, Iris Somerset has kept her rebellious streak locked away. But though she receives a proposal from Phineas Knight, Lord of Huntington, Iris can’t marry a man she knows isn’t truly enamored with her. In fact, Iris no longer wants to be chosen—she wants to choose. Under the clandestine tutelage of “wicked widow” Lady Annabel Tallant, she’ll learn how to steer her own marriage prospects—and discover her secret appetites.

What kind of debutante refuses a marquess? Finn is surprised, a little chastened—and thoroughly intrigued. This new, independent version of Iris is far more alluring than the polished socialite she used to be. Finn believed he needed a safe, quiet wife to curb his wilder impulses. But the more Iris surprises him, the more impossible it becomes to resist their deepest desires.
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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I have read, and enjoyed, other stories by this author, so I have to admit his one was a bit of a disappointment to me. No matter how hard I tried, I just could not invest myself in these characters or their story. I feel as though the characters fell flat - Iris jilts him without at first giving him a real reason, and Finn treats her like the toy he lost on the sandbox. He wasn't overly interested in her until someone else wanted her. And of course that someone else must be a villain - its cliche for a reason. I didn't even see where Annabel really even took her under her tutelage other than to suggest she read erotic (and therefore highly inappropriate) books, and place an idea in a head here or there, merely for her own amusement as she says several times. 

I think this book could have been so much better with just a few changes, and I know what this author is capable of so I feel she could have done better than this. All things considered however, I do believe this story will still appeal to those who enjoy historical romance novels.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                          More or Less a Marchioness 
is available from Amazon.com

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Review: The Missing Child (Detective Rachel Prince Book 1) by Alison James


Print Length: 316 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (February 7, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: A MISSING CHILD. A DEAD WOMAN. A SHOCKING MYSTERY. 

Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper is taken from her bedroom. Her mother is distraught. She is convinced her estranged husband, Gavin Harper, has abducted their daughter.

Detective Rachel Prince is leading the investigation but is soon out of her depth as she searches for the most high-profile missing child in the country. To uncover the truth about Lola’s disappearance, Rachel must untangle the Harper family’s complicated web of secrets and lies.

As the case progresses, the body of a local woman is found. The death at first seems unrelated, until a trail of social media posts lead Rachel to a chilling discovery. 

And then another little girl is taken…

With growing pressure from the public and the appearance of someone from her past she’d rather forget, will Rachel be able to solve the connection between the two missing children and the murder - before it’s too late?


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This was unfortunately one of those novels that despite some pretty interesting twists and turns, just ends up taking too long to get there. I think this author definitely has potential, and there were times when I was thoroughly engrossed in this story, but for the most part I found it entirely too easy to put down and walk away from. 

And while part of that is definitely the fact that is very much is a classic "police" story in that there is very little action per-say, but when things break - all hell breaks loose. There are so many twists and turns that I feel as though it would have been a least a solid four stars if not more if there were just a couple of changes. 

Let's start with the two main "police" leads. Rachel makes it very hard to like her. She apparently made a bad choice when she was younger, and instead of dealing with the consequences she continues to avoid them, acting like a spoiled child instead of the woman she supposedly is. She continues to act as though she feels she is "better" than everyone else, whether she is referring to her own family, or simply trying to explain why she doesn't like "girls nights", instead of coming across as complex, she comes across like a snob. And don't even get me started on the fact that she made very inappropriate advances towards a married man. 

If we take a step back from Rachel, we are left with her partner Brickhall, and well.  It's very hard to like, or even have any sympathy for someone who not only uses a police database to "find" someone's home address so they can casually "run into them", but who also "copies" said person's phone number from court files to contact them in direct violation of their duty. But then to have them be surprised and dare I say angry, when the object of their "affections" gets upset and files a complaint against them? It was a ridiculous story-line that did nothing to endear the reader to the characters, nor did it really do much for the overall main plot. 

As to the overall plot. It was interesting if a bit on the unbelievable side. It actually kind of showed police in somewhat of a negative light. It was nearly unfathomable how no one had figured it out before Rachel and company got on the case.

Even considering all of that, I still believe this story may appeal to those who enjoy police procedural/whodunit novels. I would read more from this author to see how she grows from here. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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                   The Missing Child is available from Amazon.com