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review 2017-12-27 16:24
Hopeful & Heartwarming – Strays by Mara McBain @MaraMcBain
STRAYS - Mara McBain

Strays by Mara McBain is one of those gems that could easily slip through the cracks.

If you are looking for a feel good book for the holiday season, look no further.




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“I’ll risk it. We all go through shit. We can either sit down and cry, self medicate, or let it roll off and keep trying.”


A good deed done, and Jarek pays it forward, just when Cali needed a friend.


“Strays like us need to stick together.”


My feelings were all over the place, leaving me feeling dirty, wanting a shower, yet making me smile and want to hug the characters. It makes me feel hope for mankind. That there are more good people than bad people.


Even though the sex is a bit graphic, erotic, it is so sweet and loving, it gave me a warm, loving feeling.


I cannot imagine what it would be like to grow up  without your parents, but this horrendous story of the foster care system makes me fear, not just for the characters.


I could see a totally different outcome for these two young people growing up in the system and turning out ‘bad’, but they managed to rise above their past into loving, giving, ‘normal’ grown ups.


“I think a lot of people underestimate the power of laughter. Couples that laugh together, stay together.”


I so much agree with this. To me, laughter is very powerful…and necessary.

“You don’t keep score in love.”


When theyy came home from seeing the Fourth of July fireworks, my feelings caught in my throat. Thank goodness it wasn’t what I thought, but Mara McBain sure gave me a feeling of panic with her writing.


Such a touching story, the writing having my feelings running riot. Hit all the buttons. Realistic, heartbreaking and heartwarming, with characters that shine and disgust in a realistic fashion. I have to give it a rousing five star rating and if you’re looking for something to wake you up and slap you around, give it a try.


I won a signed ARC of Strays by Mara McBain and I am so happy I did. Thank you Mara.

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review 2013-11-17 04:35
Club Ties - The Trinity Falls Series
CLUB TIES (The Trinity Falls Series) - Mara McBain

Mox and Eva make an interesting couple.  Eva's easy to love and she turns out to be a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately Rocco, a cruel underworld boss, without a caring bone in his body, wants his toy back and when he does there's a good chance he plans to break her all over again.  He’s a poor excuse for a man and he will stop at nothing to 'save face' and get her back.


Eva finds love like nothing she has ever dreamed of with the trinity falls MC.  Instantly accepted, it just up to her to accept their love and support.


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review 2013-10-24 16:18
Club Justice Review
Club Justice - Mara McBain

I’ve been warring over doing this review for quite some time. My new publisher has told me on numerous occasions not to review other author’s novels—especially indies—but some rules need to be broken. That advice was not given to keep me mysterious, or make me seem holier than thou. The suggestion has merit. If I find a novel I can’t finish for some reason—bad editing, poor plot, drab characters, unreal dialogue—and I end up reviewing the book, it makes me seem like I know everything, or I’m a better author than the person I hold such a low opinion of. With that being said, I’ve only ever reviewed good books. So shoot me. But, with this review, I’m only going to focus on the bad parts.


I hate this book…

…because I didn’t write it. Zeke and Ginny are flesh and blood. Mara writes Zeke real, with all the duality that lies at the heart of every man. I was shocked stupid by how well she got into a man’s brain. So much so, that I continually asked myself who Mara had molded him after in her real life. I think that is a true testament to the astounding skill of character development that Mara possesses. I found myself arguing with myself that Zeke must be real, because no one, I don’t care who you are, can write a character that damn good. I surmise she cheated. But only because I can’t do it myself. Jealousy is a bitch, ain’t it?

Now, what do I say about Zeke’s wife, Ginny. Well, more of the same I said about Zeke, but this character had more sass. As you read Club Justice, you will understand when I say, this book is, hands down, about family. You protect family, no matter the cost, and Ginny, the matriarch of the Brawer clan, gets that. Whether you’re blood, or not, if you’re allowed into her family’s world, you are part of the tribe.

Another thing I can’t stand about this book is, there are an abundance of characters. I couldn’t handle this many souls on a page if I tried. Pisses me off to see Mara do it so effortlessly. You have club members—Sambo, Bowie, Reaper, Tech, Taz—, Zeke and Ginny’s boys, who are, or will be club members—Rhys, Mox, Garrett—and the member’s old ladies—G.G, Kat, Amber and so on. Then you have the cops—Donovan, Kramer, and later, Murphy. You even get a town whore! There are more, but my brain is already hurting. You see, I just named all those characters by memory. I’m sure I missed some, but I got the ones I could think of right now. Not once while reading this book, did I get confused. Mara is just brain-numbingly good with her cast. Once again, I’m envious.

Every once and a while, you’ll come across a novel so engrossing that you can’t put it down. I’m a fast writer, but a slow reader. I could probably write this sentence faster than I could read it back to you. The reason for this is, I like to taste every word, every sentence, and see what ingredients they hold. I want to know how the chef made the dish. I’m nosey like that. I found myself playing hooky from my writing to read Mara’s book. Yep. You can blame the delay of my newest novel on Club Justice. Damn a good book! Damn it all to hell!

She had me laughing when I least expected it, and bawling like a toddler watching the end of Bambi in another scene. She scared the stains out of my shorts, then put new ones in their place, on more than one occasion. The bad guys are bad. The good guys are good, but sometimes in a bad way. Everyone else is along for a rollercoaster of a ride. Every single time I thought I knew where the book was going, Mara put a boot in my ass and shoved in another direction. The back story is fiery and integral to the overall thread of the novel. No one’s hands are clean here. Just the way I like it. Sorry, I forgot, I hate this book. Blah!

And sex! There’s sex. I can’t stand sex!

There really is so much going on in Club Justice that if I drop even a subtle hint at the plot, I will ruin the experience for you. Just go buy it. I’m sick and tired of typing. Either you’re going to read this and give Mara a chance, or you’ve already bought it. Because if you have no intention of reading this book, your brains must’ve leaked out of your head when you used the toilet this morning.

Full Disclosure: Mara and I know each other. She read my debut novel, Bay’s End, and gave it five stars. That fact has nothing to do with the review you just read. Club Justice is good. Deal with it.

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review 2013-08-05 00:00
McCade's Way - Mara McBain I liked it. It's not fantastic, but I ejoyed it all the same! :D

A nice story where the hero is so afraid to get "burned" by love again that it becomes almost funny when he forbids her to speak to other men! OMG!!! Neanderthal!!!!

He wants to completely control the heroine and he gets that's idiotic and completly wrong, but he cannot help himself! Otherwise he's great! I liked him and his possessiveness - it was his defense mechanism. Obviously it didn't work! *wink*

The heroine is sometimes a doormat, but she's also very dear and stubborn. She's the perfect woman for our hero: she goads him, she challenges him, she respects and appreciate him and, more important, she loves him.

I would love to read what happens with the hero's brother - must be good! :D
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review 2013-08-04 00:00
McCade's Way - Mara McBain McCade's Way - Mara McBain My other love besides really dark reads are Alpha males *grins*. It's rare that I find the perfect combination, so if you were thinking of adding this to your TBR list, I'll be blunt. Alpha, cocky, bordering on or actually is a jerk, oh and high handed. So I really liked this book!!!Gen leaves a depression ravaged New York City with the promise of a new and better life. She's marrying a man she has never seen or met before, all she has are the letters they have written to each other. When she meets Trey at the train station he's hardly the man she was expecting.When Trey sees Gen, he definitely is surprised at the beauty before him. He speaks without thinking, but he's never been a man to worry about such things... He has a jealous streak and an ugly bride would have helped prevent him worrying about competition. LMAO!!!! I was laughing here!You aren't ugly, but you'll do.I should have known better than to trust a priest to judge a woman.Gen is a meek little thing, she grew up in a house hold where her father wasn't scared to use his fist to get a point across. Her mother didn't help her, when she gave her advice like, it's a woman's job to follow her husbands orders!Back to Trey, this man has been burned. His previous marriage was a disaster and he's defensive, making Gen pay for another woman's transgressions."I can understand you being scared, but we might as well get this conversation out of the way," he said, his voice dropping into that low bass that fascinated and terrified her all at once. His pale eyes narrowed on her face. "Sex is going to be a part of our marriage darlin'; a big part. I will do everything I can to make it pleasurable for you, but make no mistake, it's going to happen. Phony headaches and tears aren't going to ingratiate you to me. In fact, crocodile tears are a good way to piss me off. I don't play games, Gen"You're about to take a vow to obey. You might want to get some practice in.Did I mention how much I enjoyed this book? Well I did! Add in some drama, a few secrets, pregnancy scares, long lost kids and an uncle from hell!!! I was in soap opera heaven!!!
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