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review 2017-07-04 19:30
Didn't Like The Characters
Hometown Cowboy - Sara Richardson

Jessa Mae Love is a small-town vet who is unlucky in love. She starts right off by being dumped via text, which also makes her lose her number one donor. Lance Cortez has been busy training for his next rodeo. However, when his dad’s heath takes a turn for the worst, he feels he has no choice but to find a way to help him. His best solution is to talk his dad’s friend Jessa to move in with them.

This sounded like a cute and quick read. However, I really just didn’t like Jessa very well. I also didn’t care for Lance. Unfortunately because of that I just couldn’t get into this book.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-05-05 03:13
MANIACS WITH KNIVES: UNAPOLOGETIC HORROR FROM SHAUN HUPP
Maniacs with Knives: Unapologetic Horror - Shaun Hupp

To a regular person, they’re just tools. . .
A chef uses them to prepare a meal.
A surgeon uses them to save lives.
To the maniacs in this story, however. . .
Theirs is a much darker purpose.
For them, the first cut is NOT the deepest. It’s just the beginning. . .

 

This is Book 1 in the Maniacs with Knives Series, from #MichiganMadman Shaun Hupp’s Unapologetic Horror line.
The author is NOT sorry this book contains: Gore, violence, dismemberment, rape, swearing, and a dozen other things you wouldn’t want your grandmother to talk about at her Sunday church group. If you’re a sensitive reader, this book is probably NOT for you.

 

MEET YOUR MAIN MANIACS!

 

Jen & Troy – Jen’s parents are out of town, and she just wants to have a little fun with her boyfriend, Troy.  She hears noises and thinks that Troy, being the wonderful boyfriend that he is, has snuck inside while she was in the shower to fulfill one of her kinkier fantasies.  She finally finds him, but realizes that something is wrong when he turns around… Troy wouldn’t be wearing her dad’s face as a mask. Oh shit!

 

“Guys that wear other peoples faces don’t get scared.”

 

Kim & Rich have been married for 5 years. She loves him, and he beats her. But he always says he’s sorry, so it’s OK (I just rolled my eyes so hard I saw my brain).  The past couple of days have been especially bad, though – so Kim ruining tonight’s dinner was the straw that broke Rich’s back.  What happened next was just a simple accident – one that could have been avoided if they had any ketchup in the house.

 

Alex & Owen begin as strangers in a bar, drinking & telling stories. The tales get taller as they tend to do when alcohol is involved, so can we believe Owen when he confesses that he’s the infamous Bay River Slasher – the most prolific serial killer to never get caught? Probably, because the ‘Holy Shit’ moment comes when Alex finally tells Owen who HE really is.

 

Ben & Erin are my absolute favorite characters! ‘Ben’ – The Artist, and Erin – The Masterpiece.  ‘Ben’ has been reading too many books by Matt Shaw, and wants to be Art when he grows up. Erin just wants these things taken off of her face!

 

Each story continues as the book progresses, meshing together here and there, and proving to be one of my main sources of hilarity so far this year! ESPECIALLY ‘Ben’ & Erin’s parts. I have FIVE highlights showing where I busted out laughing, and exactly what I was thinking as I tried not to pee my pants.  I don’t want to spoil all the fun, so I’ll refrain from sharing all my twisted, and hilarious thoughts. Just promise me two things… check out my full review to enjoy the full effect, and when you’re reading this book and you get to Loc 1443, play a ‘BOING!’ sound effect. Then finish up and come back here so we can chat and giggle!

 

Peace, Love & Necrophilia ♥
 ~sg

 

You can find Maniacs with Knives on Amazon, and Goodreads

Stalk Shaun Hupp on Amazon, Goodreads, and Facebook

Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/maniacs-with-knives-unapologetic-horror-from-shaun-hupp
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review 2017-05-04 21:14
MANIACS WITH KNIVES: UNAPOLOGETIC HORROR FROM SHAUN HUPP
Maniacs with Knives: Unapologetic Horror - Shaun Hupp

To a regular person, they’re just tools. . .
A chef uses them to prepare a meal.
A surgeon uses them to save lives.
To the maniacs in this story, however. . .
Theirs is a much darker purpose.
For them, the first cut is NOT the deepest. It’s just the beginning. . .

 

This is Book 1 in the Maniacs with Knives Series, from #MichiganMadman Shaun Hupp’s Unapologetic Horror line.
The author is NOT sorry this book contains: Gore, violence, dismemberment, rape, swearing, and a dozen other things you wouldn’t want your grandmother to talk about at her Sunday church group. If you’re a sensitive reader, this book is probably NOT for you.

 

MEET YOUR MAIN MANIACS!

 

Jen & Troy – Jen’s parents are out of town, and she just wants to have a little fun with her boyfriend, Troy.  She hears noises and thinks that Troy, being the wonderful boyfriend that he is, has snuck inside while she was in the shower to fulfill one of her kinkier fantasies.  She finally finds him, but realizes that something is wrong when he turns around… Troy wouldn’t be wearing her dad’s face as a mask. Oh shit!

 

“Guys that wear other peoples faces don’t get scared.”

 

Kim & Rich have been married for 5 years. She loves him, and he beats her. But he always says he’s sorry, so it’s OK (I just rolled my eyes so hard I saw my brain).  The past couple of days have been especially bad, though – so Kim ruining tonight’s dinner was the straw that broke Rich’s back.  What happened next was just a simple accident – one that could have been avoided if they had any ketchup in the house.

 

Alex & Owen begin as strangers in a bar, drinking & telling stories. The tales get taller as they tend to do when alcohol is involved, so can we believe Owen when he confesses that he’s the infamous Bay River Slasher – the most prolific serial killer to never get caught? Probably, because the ‘Holy Shit’ moment comes when Alex finally tells Owen who HE really is.

 

Ben & Erin are my absolute favorite characters! ‘Ben’ – The Artist, and Erin – The Masterpiece.  ‘Ben’ has been reading too many books by Matt Shaw, and wants to be Art when he grows up. Erin just wants these things taken off of her face!

 

Each story continues as the book progresses, meshing together here and there, and proving to be one of my main sources of hilarity so far this year! ESPECIALLY ‘Ben’ & Erin’s parts. I have FIVE highlights showing where I busted out laughing, and exactly what I was thinking as I tried not to pee my pants.  I don’t want to spoil all the fun, so I’ll refrain from sharing all my twisted, and hilarious thoughts. Just promise me two things… check out my full review to enjoy the full effect, and when you’re reading this book and you get to Loc 1443, play a ‘BOING!’ sound effect. Then finish up and come back here so we can chat and giggle!

 

Peace, Love & Necrophilia ♥
 ~sg

 

You can find Maniacs with Knives on Amazon, and Goodreads

Stalk Shaun Hupp on Amazon, Goodreads, and Facebook

Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/maniacs-with-knives-unapologetic-horror-from-shaun-hupp
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text 2017-03-03 10:00
Blog Tour with Excerpt for HOMETOWN COWBOY by Sara Richardson
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Today we are part of the blog tour for HOMETOWN COWBOY by Sara Richardson. This is the first book in her brand new series, Rocky Mountain Riders. You can buy it now and pre-order the next book in the series, Comeback Cowboy!

 
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About HOMETOWN COWBOY:

NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH A COWBOY

Jessa Mae Love is done with relationships. No matter how tempting he might be, she cannot--will not--fall for a man like Lance Cortez. The outrageously handsome cowboy is practically a living legend in Colorado, as famous for riding bulls as he is for breaking hearts. What would a big-time rodeo star like him see in a small-town veterinarian who wears glasses, rescues animals, and cries when watching rom-coms? Turns out, plenty.

 

Raising bulls, riding the circuit, and looking after his ailing father--Lance never stands still for long. Yet Jessa catches his attention, and the more she tries to resist him, the more he wants her. When she agrees to move to the ranch to keep an eye on Lance's dad, Jessa tells him they have to keep it professional: no flirting, no sweet talk, and definitely no kissing. But with Jessa now living under his roof, that's easier said than done . . .

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Before she could stop herself, Jessa darted her gaze to the right and yes, ladies and gentlemen, there was Lance Cortez in all of his bull-riding glory. Chap-clad legs cinched down over the steer’s wide girth, back arched, free arm whipping over his head in a graceful rhythm. Sweat drenched his blue T-shirt, making it cling to every chiseled muscle, and that black cowboy hat on his head made him look downright dangerous.

The maniacal bull snorted and jackknifed his body, but Lance held on, those powerful arms fully engaged, and god they had to be as big around as the fence posts she was loading. Then there were his hands. There was something so seductive about large, rugged hands skilled in the art of holding on. She’d like to bet they were skilled in other arts, too.

A slow heated breath eased out as she thought about all of the places those hands could hold her body.

Lance continued the dance—that’s how he made it look, graceful and choreographed—riding that steer like he owned it. In complete control.

Wooooowwww. She couldn’t move. Couldn’t take her eyes off him. His body was actually built for this, muscle stacked on muscle, tendons as thick as ropes. The more the bull bucked, the more Lance seemed to come alive.

Awe surged through her, nearly buckling her knees, turning her arms weak.
The fence post dropped from her hands and slammed onto her toes. Pain shredded through her feet.

“Ow!” she screamed as she fell to her knees to push the thing off.

The post rolled down to the ATV.

“Oh no!” she heard Gracie screech. “Hold on, Uncle Lance!”

Jessa looked up. Lance had turned his head in her direction, which threw off his form. The beast below him bucked and kicked its legs in the air.
Jessa scrambled to her knees.

Lance was trying to recover, hands both grasping, but his body was being tossed violently. With a final snorting fury, the bull threw his head back, a horn connecting with Lance, then leaped and sent him flying toward the fence.

“Oh god!” Jessa shot to her feet and hobble-ran the perimeter. It was horrible seeing him sprawled there. He could be dead!
Tucker was already out in the corral, luring the bull away from Lance. Somehow Jessa managed to squeeze herself between the fence posts and sprint to him, but her foot caught a rock. Momentum pitched her forward and launched her right on top of Lance.

His wide eyes stared into hers. They were open. And he was breathing.

“Are you okay?” she choked out. The lingering pain in her toes throbbed with the fast pulse of her heart.

“Of course I’m okay,” he said with an amused smile. “That’s not the first time I’ve been tossed, Jessa.”

His eyes were so pretty. Grayish blue with heavy thick lashes.

“Are you okay?” he asked, lifting his head.

Oh. Right. She was still lying on him.
 
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What reviewers are saying about Sara Richardson's novels...

 

"Charming, witty, and fun. There's no better read. I enjoyed every word!"―Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on No Better Man

 

"Richardson's debut packs a powerful emotional punch. [Her] deft characterization creates a hero and heroine who will elicit laughs in some places and tears in others."―Publishers Weekly on No Better Man

 

"4 stars! Hot! Richardson brings us a modern read set in beautiful Aspen. Her brisk storytelling and the charming, endearing characters set within a solid, engaging plot make this sweet romance shine. A strong and vulnerable Bryce, coupled with a determined, lighthearted Avery, will appeal to readers, especially with their sizzling chemistry. This is a truly delightful read."―RT Book Reviews on No Better Man

 

"Fresh, fun, well-written, a dazzling debut."―Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author on No Better Man

 

"The perfect balance of humor, heart and heat. I couldn't put it down! Sara Richardson will sweep you away."―Christie Craig, New York Times bestselling author on No Better Man

 

"An enjoyable read. Richardson's spunky, baseball-lovin' heroine is delightful!"―Katie Lane, USA Today bestselling author on No Better Man

 
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PRE-ORDER THE NEXT BOOK IN THIS SERIES

 

Comeback Cowboy - Coming June 27th, 2017!

 
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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

 
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BIO:
 
Sara Richardson grew up chasing adventure in Colorado’s rugged mountains. She’s climbed to the top of a 14,000-foot peak at midnight, swam through Class IV rapids, completed her wilderness first-aid certification, and spent seven days at a time tromping through the wilderness with a thirty-pound backpack strapped to her shoulders.
 
Eventually, Sara did the responsible thing and got an education in writing and journalism. After five years in the corporate writing world, she stopped ignoring the voices in her head and started writing fiction. Now, she uses her experience as a mountain adventure guide to write stories that incorporate adventure with romance. Still indulging her adventurous spirit, Sara lives and plays in Colorado with her saint of a husband and two young sons. Her first contemporary romance, No Better Man, was released by Grand Central forever 2015.
 
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text 2017-02-28 18:35
February 2017 Round Up!
Hometown - Luke Walker
Fatale Deluxe Edition Volume 2 (Fatale DLX Ed Hc) - Elizabeth Breitweiser,Ed Brubaker,Sean Phillips
Gilded Cage - Vic James
Of Foster Homes and Flies - Chad Lutzke
Incognito, Volume 2: Bad Influences - Ed Brubaker,Sean Phillips
Rusty Puppy - Joe R. Lansdale
The Disembodied - Anthony Hains
The Fireman - Orion Publishing Group,Joe Hill,Kate Mulgrew

 

My reading has slowed down a bit this month, due to some health issues in my family. Also, I'm in the midst of a few books that seem like they'll never end!

 

Graphic Novels

 

Fatale Deluxe Edition: Volume 2

Incognito: Volume 2 Bad Influences 

 

Both of these were written and drawn by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, respectively. 

 

 

Audio Books

 

The Fireman by Joe Hill

 

 

E-ARCS

 

Rusty Puppy by Joe Lansdale

Gilded Cage by Vic James

 

 

Random Books

 

Hometown  by Luke Walker

The Disembodied by Anthony Hains

Of Foster Homes and Flies by Chad Lutzke

 

Total Books Read in February: 8

 

READING CHALLENGES:

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

(Horror Aficionados Group on GR) 

 

Goal: Read 40 books that I already own during 2017

 

January count: 1-Dominoes by John Boden

February count: 1-Hometown by Luke Walker

Running Count: 2

 

Graphic Novel Reading Challenge

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

 

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

Running count: 7

 

 

Coolthulhu Crew 2017 Challenge:

 

Goal: Read Horror Books

 

January Books: 5

February Books Read for Challenge: 3

Running Count: 8

 

 

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