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review 2017-07-24 09:13
great first book, second not so much.
Road Trip Vol. 1 - BA Tortuga Road Trip Vol. 1 - BA Tortuga
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is a two book set, Racing The Moon, and Steam And Sunshine, and I read them back to back, so my review will be for both books, as a single listing. I enjoyed reading about Sonny and MJ, in Racing The Moon. They come together in an unusual way, Sonny running his Moonshine and MJ blowing up Sonny's escape route! There is immediate chemistry between these guys, I mean, they are trying to kill each other but it quickly turns into sexual chemistry. And THAT is way off the charts! Once these guys get with the programme, they are at it like bunnies and I LIKED that ....in the first book. But in Steam and Sunshine?? not so much. Every little thing sets them off, like EVERYTHING!!! And its on every bloody page, almost. Oh, I'm not against high levels of sexual activity, not at all, but it has to be in keeping with the book, and it took me an inordinate amount of time to read the 330 pages its billed on Goodreads as. I had to keep putting it down, and coming back to it, just to give myself a break from it all! In the first book, its pretty much just Sonny and MJ, with side characters, but in book 2, Neil and Paddy are introduced, hog tied and kidnapped! And these guys are great, weird, as are Sonny and MJ, but great. I liked them. It's very well written, from Sonny, MJ, Neil and Paddy's point of view. All four of them are very different, and it does take a little time to get into each character's way of thinking. Quite hard, at first, but I found it quicker to get with Neil and Paddy, than Sonny and MJ, possibly because I read them back to back. And these guys are BADASS! All of them are, but Sonny and MJ more so. They make no apologies for who and what they are, and I did love that, even badass as they are, Sonny and MJ managed to find those three little words. Kinda cute, but don't tell them that! There is a bigger picture across the stories, and I'm not seeing it yet. I have inklings, but I can't see that picture, and BECAUSE I can't see it, I would love to be able to read books 3 and 4 in this series. Had I just read book one, I would have rated that 5 stars, but this is for volume one, and is for two books and I had some issues with book two, so.... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-07-23 13:52
4 solid stars
We Belong Together - Megan Slayer
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian,I was gifted my copy of this book. Sarah broke Dare's heart when she didn't go with him when he left for Hollywood 17 years ago. But he never stopped loving her, and now, a trip to Vegas bring Dare and Sarah together,and Dare is determined to not let her go again. But Dare doesn't come alone, he brings Liam, his husband. And Dare want both Liam AND Sarah. I wasn't sure I was going to like this book in the beginning and here's why. Dare and Liam corral Sarah, for want of a better word. They almost gang up on her. There is very little discussion about what will happen once all three of them get to the hotel room. Sarah DID consent, but I really didn't like how it all went down. But after that ?? The guys redeem themselves in wanting to go slow with Sarah. Yes that first time with the three of them was rushed, and hurried but amazing, and now they realise they have to take the foot off the accelerator and slow down or Sarah will reject them both. But once Sarah makes her mind up to run with this, even if it shatters her heart, she's all in and the guys don't stand a chance! I loved that, somehow, I missed what it says in the blurb about Dare and Liam being married. Because that came as a shock when it was mentioned in the book! I had to double back, to see if I missed something! I liked how Sarah's past caught up with her. No, not liked. That's not the right word, when you read the book, you'll see what I mean. It was well written, and did not go down how I expected it to. Sarah's secret wasn't hard to guess, once you do the maths, but I loved that Liam got it way before Dare had to be told. Talk of domestic violence, murder, rape and stalking but none of it described in any great detail. Hot and steamy in places, with MMF, MF, and MM scenes. Emotional and heart breaking in others. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-07-20 18:22
Rebound sort of felt like a rebound book from the love I had for Boomerang...hoping Bounce is what I'm really looking for.
Rebound: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August

 

 

Book Title:  Rebound

Author:  Noelle August

Narration:  Dahlia Salem and Vikas Adam

Series:  Boomerang #2

Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Setting:  California

Source:  Audiobook (Hoopla)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

♫Be My Forever by Christina Perri feat. Ed Sheeran  --the lyric video goes with the book cover and with the setting...so yeah, I was under inspired on this book for a theme song.♫

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

3.8/5 STARS

B

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I loved the first book in this series, Boomerang…I think I loved it so much because I adored Mia.  I didn't really care for Allison, though…So, I was reluctant to read this because of how I felt about her, I just didn't think I could relate to her as a heroine.   It turns out that Adam's character mostly made up for what Allison was lacking.  So...I did like them, I just didn't love them.  I really didn't understand Allison's relationship with her dad either. 

While the writing is still stellar in this second installment, the characters were only so-so in capturing my attention, there story was lacking something that Mia and Ethan had in Boomerang.  I'm hoping to recapture with Bounce, the next book in the series. 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes!

 

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review 2017-07-19 16:41
Saving Paradise by Mike Bond @mikebondbooks
Saving Paradise - Mike Bond

Saving Paradise…..

 

I would like to thank Mike Bond and Mandevilla Press for the opportunity to read and review Saving Paradise.

 

Saving Paradise

Amazon  /  Goodreads

 

MY REVIEW

 

A tropical island location and murder, I can hardly wait for my journey to begin.

 

The opening page brought to mind the beauty and wonder of Oahu, Hawaii.

Surfing zero. Dead body one.

 

Sylvia, literally, bumped into Pono Hawkins, as he hit the surf. But she wasn’t breathing any more.

 

I love everything about the guy. He’s rough around the edges, loves critters…and the ladies…he served in Afghanistan and even did time in prison, but he is not the bad guy.

Love he’s got a surfing dachshund. Imagine heading off to the beach, two boards strapped to the top of the car, head hanging out of the window, the dog’s head not his, just two ‘guys’ going surfing.

 

I can visualize that now. Come on. Close your eyes, smell the salty air, hear the crash of the waves and see Mojo, riding the waves, with his tongue hanging out and his tail wagging a mile a minute.  Mojo even liked to have a drink and a puff or two of Maui Wowie.

 

I loved the story about Prima, the cat, moving in and taking over.

 

The trouble began when he decided it was up to him to find Sylvia’s killer himself.

 

The danger mounts but he can’t figure where it’s coming from. Neither can I, but I do have a list of suspects. My head is spinning as I try to keep pace with him. I am confused with all the misinformation and setup going on.

 

Mojo…well, I sure didn’t see that coming. and I’m more pissed than ever.

 

Who to trust? Is everything a lie and everyone a liar? When he talks about vets, marijuana and the government, it makes me angry. We don’t take good enough care of the people who lay their lives on the line for us and we do own them a good life…no matter the cost.

 

The war talk made me angry but that’s for another day. We are here to solve the murders and expose corruption.

 

Big government, big business, greed and disregard for natural resources. Could it be the end of Paradise? How can you fight billions of dollars with nothing?  How much is someones life worth? I get angry when corrupt government, big business and the greedy people involved think that money is worth more than someone’s life and our environment.

 

I liked the glimpse of Hawaiian history, the characters and the storyline. The story seemed a little rushed and fell a little flat, but Mike Bond did keep the mystery going and who doesn’t want to visit a tropical island and do a little surfing.

 

This isn’t my first Mike Bond read and it won’t be my last.

 

Hang loose.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of Saving Paradise by Mike Bond.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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review 2017-07-17 19:41
A Zombie Christmas by Anthony Renfro @atothewr
A Zombie Christmas 2: The Mike Beem Chro... A Zombie Christmas 2: The Mike Beem Chronicles - Anthony Renfro

I am doing Christmas in July this year, so I am sharing this wonderful Zombie short story.

 

You can see my review for Book I here.

 

I have read a lot of Anthony Renfro’s horror shorts and highly recommend them.

 

A Zombie Christmas 2

Amazon  /  Goodreads

 

MY REVIEW

 

It’s a year later and the zombie apocalypse is worse than ever. Will it never end? Do the zombies die out on their own, slowly disintegrating into dust?

 

Mike Beem is back and he’s shooting, stabbing, decapitating the broken and decomposing zombies to save Donnie and his family. He puts everything on the line to add more survivors to his ‘family’.

 

The star on top of Mike’s Christmas tree is like a beacon of hope to those lost, seeking shelter from the zombies.

 

It is Christmas Eve, and come hell or high water, there will be a Christmas.

 

Mike’s Angels, Double and Trouble, have his back.

 

Horror, suspense, love and hope abound in this gruesome yet heartwarming story in the brutal world of the zombie apocalypse.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

GOODREADS BLURB:  A boy lost. A family desperate. It’s Christmas in a Zombie Apocalypse and Mike Beem is once again aiming for another Holiday miracle. His goal this year isn’t toys for the kids in the neighborhood. His goal this time is trying to save one small life so another family doesn’t have to suffer the way he suffered. Can Mike save Christmas once again?

 

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