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review 2018-10-12 15:23
Book Review: Vow of Protection by Brittany Cournoyer
Vow of Protection (Personal Protectors #1)Vow of Protection by Brittany Cournoyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First time reading this author and I liked the book!

Privileged Walker Cardwell had the world at his feet - at least on the outside. His family was wealthy, his father running for reelection as governor and he worked as his dad's campaign manager. He had everything money could buy. Except he'd caught his girlfriend cheating on him with his best friend in HIS bed, his father was a verbally abusive, domineering asshole, his mother lived her world through the haze of medication and he had his own demons. But the girlfriend and his former best thing had been the straw that broke the proverbial back.

Needing to blow off steam and not able to go to the trendy, elite clubs he normally went to because, damn, his so called friends were the biggest gossips and backstabbers out there, so he ended up at a dilapidated bar called Rusty's with a bouncer who didn't know who he was and didn't care, which only added to his ire. A bunch shots of tequila later, Walker was feeling no pain and wanting to try his luck a line dancing. Luck was not on his side - he accidentally groped the girlfriend of the leader of the local biker gang and got himself beaten into oblivion.

The bouncer - Beckett - was forced to break up the fight, and take the unconscious and badly damaged governor's son to the hospital. Nephew of the bar's owner, the ubiquitous Rusty, Beckett had seen more than his share of action in his life. Ex-military, he was working for his uncle while he tried to figure out what he would do now after a medical discharge because of PTSD. But he couldn't not take care of the little twerp of a governor's son, because no one deserved the kind of beat down he'd just gotten. Meeting the twerps a-hole father made him realize that maybe the life of privilege wasn't so privileged after all.

Waking up in the hospital the next day Walker realized he may have bitten off more than he could chew with getting on the bad side of the gang and that he probably needed to hire a bodyguard - and oddly enough the bouncer from last night was his first choice. And he managed to convince Beckett to work for him just in time. A series of events made Walker realize someone really was out to get him.

Beckett and Walker strike sparks off of each other like oil and a match and when they ignite - the flames will either destroy them or make them stronger. Combined with the mystery of why Walker is being targeted by a stalker and the two have the odds stacked against them.

The book was an enjoyable read. There were some typos, a few things missed in editing, and the plot a little obvious at points; but on the whole I liked it.

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review 2018-10-10 19:53
Book Review: Winter Rising by Richard Amos
Winter Rising (Coldharbour Chronicles #1)Winter Rising by Richard Amos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was weirdly wonderful and I can't wait for Book 2!

Jake Winter is a man who has lost everything; his husband had been murdered and the killer had gotten away. The only 'good' thing that came from it was that Jake got clean, kicked his heroin addiction, stopped smoking and drinking, and started getting into shape. He had a killer to kill and a husband to avenge. On the one year anniversary of his husband's death Jake confronted the 'white eyed' bastard who'd destroyed his life. And had his entire existence turned upside down and inside out.

A deadly game of Cat and Mouse (with Jake the unwitting mouse) leads our hero to Coldharbour, a town shrouded from the rest of the world by magic, sealed by a curse and supposedly inaccessible. And yet the White-Eyed bastard had led him straight into the town through a crack in the magic, and then saved his life. Why would he do then when he'd robbed Jake of everything precious to him? And why the hell was he calling Jake a 'gift' and a 'weapon'?

Coldharbour is a place where evil entities known as 'beast' have broken through from their own realm. It is a town of goblins, trolls, werewolves, vampires, witches and fae (or half fae). It is a place where Jake can tip the balance and save the world from Beast if he can learn how to harness the power within him. Along with his four chosen guardians, Jake battles the Beast on the streets of Coldharbour, hoping to end the war before it bleeds into the rest of the world. Oh yeah, and in between all that Jake really needs to figure out why he turns into a complete idiot around his hot, half-fae guardian.

But what does the White-Eyed bastard want with him and why does he keep saving Jake?

This book was a spine tingler from start to finish. I admit, I was a little leery at first, it was a bit hodge podge and didn't really make sense until a few chapters in. I'm probably dating myself here but it reminded me of that animated fantasy movie, Heavy Metal, the one that jumped from scene to scene with no discernible connection - at first. But by the end you were like 'aha! I get it, I see the connection!' The writing was slick and sharp and full of vibrancy. I found myself sucked into the story, not wanting to put the book down even when I knew I should. The world building Richard does is impressive and seamless. He sets up his reality and makes it plausible. I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for the sequel!.

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review 2018-10-08 19:38
Book Review - Craft Brew, Trouble Brewing Book 2, by Layla Reyne
Craft Brew (Trouble Brewing, #2)Craft Brew by Layla Reyne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love me a good Craft Brew, I won't lie, and this particular drink was delish!

In a continuation of Imperial Stout, this book takes up shortly after the end of the last book. And Dominic Price is running... although he says he's not, all the way to San Diego. It's an opportunity to try out the top chair as US Attorney while trying to figure a way out of the mess his father has made. But he didn't expect to miss Cameron Byrne like he would his own breath.

Meanwhile back in San Fran Cam is determined to get Dom to move in with him as well as stand by his man and get the bad guy gunning for him. He just has to get through the next six weeks of lonely nights and then convince Dom he's right - piece of cake.

But Vaughn isn't done with his threats and Dom is barely back in the door of his apartment when fire in the apartment directly above him forces him out and into Cam's place. A fire that was determined to be arson. Cam is thrilled by the chance to have Dom live with him except he gets a call from his brother that summons him home to Boston. Waiting for him is a decades old personal tragedy that has barely begun to heal and a request that rips the wounds completely open again.

Now Cam is racing against the clock to solve the mystery that tore his family apart, help rescue a missing daughter of a South end Boston cop, and still find time to help Dom solve his own problems. Except he's falling apart at the seams and this time it's Dom that needs to save Cam - and keep him afloat.

This book was a high octane rush from start to finish. I loved the tension that Layla builds from her very first word, and she keeps the tension up throughout. I was especially impressed with how she combined Cam's past with his present and wove it throughout the story. The whole book let us get to know him so much better than we have up until now.

And we finally get to know more of Dominic's story too. We learn why he's so afraid of losing someone he loves, why he keeps himself apart from his new family, why he's been keeping Cam at arm's length. And we see them both realize that they're stronger together than apart.

This book, and series, is fast becoming my favorite of Layla's. It takes the best parts and people from Agents Irish and Whiskey and infuses them into this masterful series. All our most loved characters make an appearance and weave throughout Dom and Cam's story beautifully.

This is a must read book, and series. And Layla Reyne is definitely in my top 10 authors to read and watch!

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review 2018-09-23 19:13
A disappointing ending to one of my favorite series...3.5 Out Of 5 STARS worth
The Lost Codex - Heather Lyons

 

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The Lost Codex

Heather Lyons

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Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart. 

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence. 

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated. 

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost. 

For what is written can still be erased.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I wanted to love this…I have loved the first three books in The Collector's Society.  This has always been a uniquely told book series, but this one was just too out there in left field and left me feeling confused and sadly disappointed.  It felt like it dragged a lot of the time and was the longest 411 pages ever.  I've adored these characters and I have been fascinated with the premise, so I tried to let that reflect in my rating.  I guess, overall I just wanted this play out differently…and that ending…well, I guess ultimately that ending left an opening for this story to play out differently...

 

I actually finished the last half or so of this book with the Audio version, because I was being plagued by migraines and couldn't continue reading.  I did not care for the narration of this at all, though.  Heather Lyons, in my opinion, this series could have benefitted from a different narrator, in fact adding a male voice would have been worked much better for Finn's parts and for the print version, you really need to have someone proofread it.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

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Plot~ 3.2/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.8/5

The Feels~ 3.7/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.3/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ This is supposed to be the last one…but it could be continued…with the way it ended.

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Book Cover~ It's fairly cool…

Series~ The Collector's Society #4

Setting~ The Institute, Antarctica, Wonderland

Source~ I own Kindle eBook

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I used this for Relics and Curiosities Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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review 2018-09-23 17:05
5 STARS for this story that lives up to its amazing cover...
Contagion - Erin Bowman

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Contagion

Erin Bowman

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IT GOT IN US

 

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

 

MOST ARE DEAD

 

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

 

DON’T SET FOOT HERE AGAIN

 

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

 

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I wasn't sure what to expect with this…the only other books by Erin Bowman that I've read have been YA Westerns.  This is way different than those books.  I'll admit, early on, I thought she was jumping on the bandwagon, so to speak, with this deep space horror/thriller based on a crazy virus.  It felt an awful lot like Illuminae.  Within no time though, that thought was out of my head, because I was hooked on this compelling story.  With zombie-like symptoms, this mysterious virus is seriously frightening.  It does end on a total cliffhanger, but I'm not even upset about that because I cannot wait to listen to the second book which is set to come out in July of 2019.

 

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~MY RATING~

5STARS - GRADE=A+

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 4.8/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.8/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4.8/5

Ending~ 5/5  Cliffhanger~ Yeah…you could say that.

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Book Cover~ Love it…especially the colors in it.

Narration~ Amy McFadden

Series~ Contagion #1

Setting~  The Planet Achlys

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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I used this for Dead Lands Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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