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review 2017-08-11 06:39
Cross Check: A Bayard Hockey Novel - Kelly Jamieson

This is book # 2 in the Bayard Hockey series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading in order.


Ben & Ella have best friends in common, who are dating.  They are always invited to get together with them.  They do not really seem to get along.


Ella finds herself suddenly attracted to a man she never considered remotely hot before.  She is appreciating all the other qualities about him she never knew.  Now if only she knew why?


I love this series!  Whew.  Okay, now that we have that out of the way - I just want to tell you I think this is the best book yet.  I really love the controversial subjects and how they were handled here.  The characters are very down to earth with real world problems.  Who doesn't love a story with hot hockey players?  Great solid read.  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This early copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-08-10 13:02
Book Review For: 'Crossing the Line' by Kimberly Kincaid
Crossing the Line (The Cross Creek Series) - Kimberly Kincaid

'Crossing the Line' by Kimberly Kincaid is book Two in the "Cross Creek" series. This is the story of Scarlett Edwards-Stewart and Eli Cross. I have not yet the previous books, so for me this was a standalone book.
Eli is the youngest of the brothers in the Cross Family. Eli seems to get a bad deal at every turn when working with his family. Yes, Eli doesn't make sound choices but when he makes these choices he has his heart in them. Like when he chooses to secretly help his dad with some of his work and then gets in trouble because now one knows he did it and they think he just be slacking somewhere. Eli even goes so far as to make a heated bet with a long standing rial to him when that person talks bad about the Family Farm. But there is more to Eli than he lets on...which Scarlett starts to see.
Scarlett has an unusual childhood being in the foster care than taking in by two daddies. Scarlett is now making a name for herself as a photographer and been working really hard. When her best friend confides in her that she needs help Scarlett quickly takes up the roll to help her by taking on the story of the Cross Family. Scarlett will work on taking pictures and getting some in site on the family for her friends magazine.
When Eli is put in charge of her and helping her get what she needs for the story, he is at first upset. But they start to get to know each other and find that there first impressions of each other are not who they really are.
Sweet Romance Story!

"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."

Source: www.amazon.com/Crossing-Line-Cross-Creek-Book-ebook/dp/B06WGR5J5F/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502037520&sr=8-1&keywords=Crossing+the+Line+Kimberly+Kincaid
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review 2017-08-09 02:35
Shady Cross by James Hankins
Shady Cross - James Hankins

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I liked this book even though I didn't love it. I recently discovered that Amazon Prime members can borrow books with narration as part of their Prime Reading program. There are not a ton of options but this one sounded interesting so I thought I would give it a try. I did find it to be an entertaining story and I really liked the premise. 

Stokes is a small time criminal. He is not above taking something that isn't his and tends to keep his eye out for any opportunity to to make a little money. When he is involved in an accident that takes another man's life and finds a bag full of money, he thinks that he has finally found his big payday. Then the phone in the bag rings and everything changes. When he realizes that the money in that bag was meant to save a little girl's life, he feels compelled to do the right thing and save the girl.

This book had a lot of things going for it. I love that the story features an antihero. It was kind of fun to see a character with questionable morals work so hard to save someone he has never met. The story was exciting with one roadblock blocking his path after another. There were a few surprises along the way as well.

I didn't love all aspects of the book. I started to tire of all of the problems that Stokes kept running into. It seemed that no matter what he tried thing would go wrong. It became a bit predictable and the excitement of the story suffered as a result. I also never really connected with the characters. I didn't dislike him but I didn't like him either. I never fully believed that he would really risk so much to save the girl. 

This is the first time that I have listened to Bon Shaw narrated a story and I really enjoyed his performance. He handled all of the voice really well and the dialogue in the story was flawless. The cast of character in this story really cover a wide range including men, woman, older adults, and children and he did a great job with all of them. I would not hesitate to listen to his work again in the future.

I would recommend this book to fast paces mystery fans. This was an enjoyable listen that was a little different than the norm. This was the first time that I have read James Hankins work but I do plan to read more in the future.

Initial Thoughts
This falls somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me. I liked that it was a different kind of hero but by the end of the book he had run into so many problems that they stopped being exciting. The narration was great.

Book source: Kindle Prime borrow

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review 2017-08-08 20:11
Blood Cross / Faith Hunter
Blood Cross - Faith Hunter
The vampire council has hired skinwalker Jane Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules — but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep...

With the help of her witch best friend and local vigilantes, Jane finds herself caught between bitter rivalries — and closer than ever to the secret origin of the entire vampire race. But in a city of old grudges and dark magic, Jane will have to fight to protect both sides, even if no one will protect her.
***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List***

Jane Yellowrock is growing on me. Faith Hunter is a good writer and I’m enjoying the world that she has crafted to show off Jane’s talents. I appreciate that Jane has female friends right from the get-go. And they tease her about the various men who are circling, trying to win Jane’s favour. Also a pleasant change is the mystery and puzzle-solving aspects of the book taking higher priority than the personal relationships. Not that I mind a love interest, but I prefer when it isn’t the be-all and end-all in the book.

Jane is a smart leading character. She can put information together, find ways to get others to help her willingly, and see through problems that have stymied others. She’s tough, as is her alter-ego Beast, and she needs to be in the line of work that she has chosen.

The side-line into Cherokee culture as Jane reconnects with her roots was intriguing as well. Volume 3 was an easy decision—I’ll be reading it asap.
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review 2017-08-06 13:54
Crossing the Line (The Cross Creek Series) - Kimberly Kincaid


Eli gets a bum wrap. While it's true he doesn't always make the best choices, his heart is in the right place. His biggest problem is he leads with his heart. That ends up being a gift and a curse. His questionable choices bring out the worst in his brother, negativity to the family business and even more trouble headed his way. Photographer Scarlett sets out to help a friend and ends up making waves with a bad boy. Crossing the Line highlights the best of Ms. Kincaid. Her heart, humor and saucy talent. Her romances are sweetly packaged and emotionally fulfilling. 



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