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review 2018-09-28 21:47
Wolves at the Door (Shifters of the Glen #1) by Skye Jones
Wolves at the Door - Skye Jones

A freebie in the NOOK store, this is book one in a series about a werewolf pack located in a very isolated rural area of Scotland. It was pretty standard fare for werewolf romance, plus there wasn't much to identify this area as Scottish; this could have taken place in Iowa for all the details given. It does suffer from first book syndrome, as there is a lot of info-dumping in the beginning. The story is pretty short, with a lot of the romance progressing in the epilogue/teaser for the next book. I am going to pass on reading anymore from the series.

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review 2018-09-27 04:12
good book and characters
Five Days in Skye - Carla Laureano

Andrea was glad they couldn’t fire her. She tried to figure out how things went wrong ro quickly. She had been on the verge of closing a half-million -dollar deal. The next thing she knew she’d nearly broken her hand on the jaw of a client who thought her company offerings extended to favors she had no intention of delivering. Three years it took her to work towards VIP of Sales  all down the drain because of one man. Who wouldn’t keep his hands to himself. Her company wouldn’t risk an ugly public legal battle. They didn’t have to her boss had other more subtle means of showing displeasure. As punishment went Scotland was a big one. She was going on a business trip to Scotland. If only Andrea had managed to keep her temper she would have been next week in the tropics with the promise of a fat commission and a guaranteed promotion not serving time in Scotland babysitting a celebrity client who who suddenly wanted to dabble in the hotel business. James McDonald who was a celebrity chef she had never heard of. This man had half a dozen restaurants, four cookbooks, and  his own tv show. Andrea was sitting in a bar in London stating she should be in a plane to Tahiti not in a bar in London drinking a mediocre glass of wine. Then she heard a man say” That’s because you go to Paris to drink wine, you come to London to drink Ale.” Andrea introduced herself and he introduced himself as Mac.nHe asked why, she was there instead of the South Pacific and she said she was doing research on the owner of the pub. She asked Mac if he knew Mr. MacDonald and he said it depended she said she was asking as she was meeting with him tomorrow and she was looking for some background. Mac asked if she was always this unprepared and Andrea said she had only got the call from her office a few hours ago. Then Mac said he felt the pub was a good reflection of Mac- comfortable. Slightly sophisticated. Andrea said she didn't like being unprepared . She’s used to dealing with a hotel group with hundreds of properties not celebrities with nothing better to do than play innkeeper. Then the bartender said he thought that was the first time not only has a woman not fallen over him, she insulted him to his face He added he wouldn’t  worry to much he thought Mac rather liked her. Andrea knew she had to get this account if she wanted to get back in her boss’s good graces. How many times had Andrea lectured her junior account manager on the importance of maintaining professionalism at all times? Yet she didn’t practice what she preached lately. It had been years since a man had rattled her like Mac did. Mac couldn’t have accomplished all he had by thirty five without a sharp mind and plenty of talent as well as hard work and sacrifice. James was a dead man when Mac got to him. Mac needed guidance after all he did and had. Mac thinks Andrea needs to relax and he’d decided it his mission to get her to relax.

I enjoyed this book. It was a good Christian romance. I liked James and Andrea together. This was a very good debut novel in my opinion. I am looking forward to reading more from this author. I loved how James and Andrea interacted with each other. How can Andrea be punished when Andrea was sexually harassed by a client? I liked the ending. I really enjoyed the description of Scotland and Isle of Skye but also the food James made - yuuuum! I  do believe that Andrea protested a little too much on her feelings for James. I like the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

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review 2018-09-16 16:06
Rapture (Renegades, #8) by Skye Jordan
Rapture - Skye Jordan

 

Is this the beginning of the end for the Renegades? Will Zahara ever find her happy ending? Can love really conquer all? Rapture is the magic of what love can do. It's power can turn strangers into one big happy family. It shines a light on what it means to hope and pushes us to facing our fears. After all without risk there is no reward. With Chase and Zahara, Skye Jordan shows how a leap of faith can help mend a broken heart. Love is a master of disguise. It's not always kind. It's messy, heartbreaking, irresistible, irrational and inspiring. There is no limit to the adjectives that describe love, but if you get it right it's worth it in the end. Jordan got it right. Rapture is so worth it.

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text 2018-09-07 08:00
Friday Reads - September 7, 2018
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets - Svetlana Alexievich,Bela Shayevich
The Siren - Kiera Cass
An Affair with Mr. Kennedy - Jillian Stone
A Touch of Midnight - Lara Adrian
Black Rose - Nora Roberts
Wolves at the Door - Skye Jones
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

This week I watched as my daughter (my youngest) went into her first day of Kindergarten. Now that both kids are in school, I have some time for myself which means going back to the gym and volunteering at the library again. 

 

I read more books this week than I did for all of August. Seems Halloween Bingo is the cure for my reading slump. But now I have to review a bunch of books. For non-Halloween Bingo reading, I am working my way through Secondhand Time. For H'ween Bingo reading, her is what I am reading this weekend and into next week:

 

1. The Siren by Kiera Cass (Fear...Deep square)

2. An Affair with Mr. Kennedy by Jillian Stone (Darkest London square)

3. A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian (Relics and Curiosities square)

4. Black Rose by Nora Roberts (Ghost Story square)

5. Wolves at the Door by Skye Jones (Cryptozoologist square)

6. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (Creepy Carnivals square)

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review 2018-08-26 00:00
Hostage
Hostage - Annika Martin,Skye Warren Hostage - Annika Martin,Skye Warren Hostage was so good that I took a break for a week at about three quarters in so it would last longer, because I didn’t want it to end too soon.

Although we knew about Stone’s history from Prisoner, getting his point of view was equally if not still more devastating as we saw how he, being the eldest, took upon himself the responsibility of taking take care of the others, both in the past and in the present, and doing the dirty work himself so others wouldn’t have to.

And then there is Brooke, seemingly a spoilt rich girl who has everything, but who lets us see behind that façade from the get-go and gives a reader a lot of food for thought regarding how much of the ‘happiness’ and ‘wealth’ some people have could be just putting up appearances and following the invisible rules of the elite .

Brooke, somewhat naïve and innocent to an extent, with her highly-regulated life, and the hardened, disillusioned Stone, stripped of any notions of ‘propriety’ couldn’t be more different. And yet, they complement each other and fit together perfectly.

As Brooke puts it herself, she is a good influence on him and he is a bad (but in a good way) influence on her – while she shows him he doesn’t have to be a monster and can still have a life beyond vengeance, he teaches her how to stand up for herself and be her own person, and they both help each other see a way to live a life not predetermined by their past or other people and stay true to themselves even as they change each other.

Hostage takes place over several years, encompassing the time before and after Prisoner and brings the story to a wrap. Hence, although I would love to see other guys’ stories, I would also be fine with the series ending here, as the ending is very satisfactory and actually even more so than I had expected going in.

Other qualities I praised in Prisoner – great writing, vivid side characters, real stakes, truly dark elements, and organic development of the romance among others – are also present in Hostage.

All in all, Hostage was what very few sequels are – even better than the first book, and I cannot recommend this duet enough to the lovers of dark romance.

This review was cross-posted from my blog, Beyond Strange New Words.
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