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review 2018-09-28 23:27
Quick Contemporary Romance
On His Watch (Search and Rescue) - Katie Ruggle

On His Watch by Katie Ruggle is a contemporary romance.  This is a quick read, perfect for those with limited reading time.  Ms. Ruggle has given us a well-written book and furnished it with a delightful cast of characters.  Derek is on the fire department dive team.  Artemis is an elementary school teacher.  Derek and his team leader arrive at the school to give a presentation to Artie's class.  Madness and mayhem arrived right behind them.  Artie and Derek's story has enough drama, humor, sizzle, suspense and action to keep any reader happy.  I enjoyed reading On His Watch and look forward to my next book by Katie Ruggle.  On His Watch is book 0.5 of the Search And Rescue Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-09-08 02:09
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The Darkest Thread (The Flint K-9 Search... The Darkest Thread (The Flint K-9 Search and Rescue Mysteries Book 1) - Jen Blood

This book starts out very strong.  Jamie Flint, her dog Phantom, her son Bear, and his dog Casper, all come across as fully realized.  The opening sequence of mother, son, and dogs doing a training tracking run in Maine was wonderfully written.  The use of mother and son having varying degrees of the sight and the ability to see ghosts isn’t overdone.  It’s just right.

 

                But then once Jamie, Bear, dogs, and their employee/friend/Bear’s romantic interest Ren (accompanied by her dog) go to Vermont to help the FBI with a search for two missing girls, the book, slowly goes downhill. 

 

                At first, it isn’t quite that obvious.  There are several positive aspects, even though despite being a first in a series, there is quite a bit of history that seems to have been dealt with another series.  Unlike several other books with strong female leads, Darkest Thread has Jamie surrounded by strong women – an FBI agent as well as the head of the Vermont K-9 rescue both work with Jamie, and even the potential romantic rival, a news reporter who while pushy and antagonist comes across as strong willed.

 

                It is promising enough for a reader to overlook the fact that it is the Maine team that just happens to make a major discovery, even after the Vermont team has been working.  There is an attempt to explain this that a reader can somewhat buy – the father, Dean, of the missing girls has reason to distrust the FBI.  Dean’s brother, an FBI agent, went to jail for killing two of the men’s sisters.  The FBI agents working the missing girls’ case are all connected to this disgraced agent, who maybe innocent.  Furthermore, Dean is a bit of a doomsday/off the gird guy who distrusts the FBI and blames the government for everything.  Talking these plot points into an account, even with the unlikeness of the FBI team all having a connection with the murderer, a reader can allow herself to buy the no one checked the property because Dean wouldn’t let them attempt to justify why Jamie and crew find the body of one daughter and not the Vermont team.

 

                But that’s when the book goes pear shaped. 

 

                In a slightly confusing sequence Dean goes bonkers, shoots Bear, takes him hostage to ensure that Jamie finds his other missing girl, Ren refuses to leave Bear, so Dean tells everyone that he will kill one teen in x number of hours.

 

                The FBI lets this happen, pretty much.

 

                And then the plot point that totally shatters any left-over suspension of disbelief.  Jamie tells someone that she called Ren’s father to tell him about his daughter being taken and he’s upset but is going to stay back in Maine.

 

                I’m sorry, but what the fucking hell?

 

                Before Ren is taken hostage, Blood tells the reader at least three times that Ren’s mother and siblings were violently murdered in Nigeria, and Ren herself was separated from her father for over a year.  It’s why Ren and her father went to the United States.  So why is dad like, whatevers?

 

                And even without that backstory, what parent would stay away?

 

                And then Jamie finds some tunnels and gets caught in a cave in.  All the dogs howl, but no one is smart enough to connect the howling with the earthquake that caused the cave in.  Her knee gets hurt, but don’t worry despite it being two times its normal size, she is still able to keep up with everyone else.

 

                What’s worse, the two of the other strong women become weak.  It’s like the female FBI agent has a brain transplant or something (mostly because she is supposed to be a red herring), and the news reporter gets killed because she didn’t listen to the big, strong man.

 

                No men die though.

 

                Blood also seems to be trying to use the ghosts to up the horror, and in some ways, they are the most interesting part of the story. 

 

                The downhill slide is a shame because if it had been workshopped or edited more, it would have been a far better book.  There are plausible reasons why Ren’s father might not show up – he’s in the field, he’s on a plane, he’s out of country – instead of the half ass on that we are given.  The ending could have been smoothed out and tightened.  The ghosts could have been allowed more room, the mood could have been better.  As it is now, it goes from a book that had promise at the beginning to a book that kills any desire to read anything else by the author.  Two stars because of the strong beginning.

               

               

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review 2018-08-31 19:45
CATS. IN. SPACE. 2 of 2
CatStronauts: Robot Rescue - Drew Brockington

And so I picked up Robot Rescue which is the 4th book in the series and revolves around a secret mission to rescue their friend Cat-Stro-Bot after he is stranded on a planet during a mission that went horribly awry. As they are not authorized to actually be on this mission, they have to leave replacements back on earth to fool their superiors into thinking they never left...and what better solution than building lookalike robots?! For the kids (or adults with childlike wonder) that like quick, funny graphic novels and/or cats and space this is the perfect series. For myself, this is the best "book filler" I've come across in ages to help to combat my book fatigue. 

 

What's Up Next: Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World by Jennifer Palmieri

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Star Trek Destiny #1: Gods of Night by David Mack

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review 2018-08-31 11:00
Release Week Review! SEAL To the Rescue (SEALs of Coronado #6) Paige Tyler!
SEAL To the Rescue - Paige Tyler

 

 

One way or another…


Holden Lockwood never suspected the beautiful woman he saved from her ex-boyfriend during a drunken brawl was all a set-up. But he always was a sucker for damsels in distress, and if that means going the extra mile and letting her stay at his house to protect her…Now he’s falling head over combat boots for her and it seems she feels the same. But Holden has secrets, one in particular that rip their new romance apart like a land mine.

 

She always gets her man.
Undercover FBI agent, Kendall Patton, has orders to get close to Holden Lockwood—whatever it takes. Suspected of stealing a high-tech decryption device, Holden is considered a threat to national security. Little does Kendall know he’s a threat to her heart. The deeper her investigation gets, the deeper her feelings get. But when she’s kicked off the case and Holden is arrested, it will take a SEAL team, a little theft, and a lot of luck to save him.

 

Can their relationship be saved? Or has trust been tested beyond its limits?

 

 

Explosive passion, excitement and betrayals keep readers glued to the pages as Holden falls for a woman with a secret. Holden and Kendall are strong, appealing characters that have lots of electrical chemistry which have sparks flying as the passion heats up the pages of this romance. The relationship builds quickly but has a major obstacle that puts trust to the test which keeps readers in suspense until the very end. The anticipation builds throughout this smooth flowing and fast paced plot as Holden discovers he been betrayed twice over which precedes an exhilarating battle as the SEALs take on a bad guy in order to save Holden from the situation he finds himself in. These hunky SEALs and their heroines continue to wow readers and guaranteeing they can’t get enough of this loyal and commanding team and the explosive trouble that finds them.

 

 

Author book page - https://paigetylertheauthor.com/seal-to-the-rescue-2/

 

 

 

Add SEAL To the Rescue to your shelves

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40583341-seal-to-the-rescue

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/seal-to-the-rescue-seals-of-coronado-6-by-paige-tyler

 

 

SEAL To the Rescue is the 6th book in the SEALs of Coronado!

U.S. Navy SEALs are the best of the best. They risk their lives every day for people they’ve never even met because it’s the right thing to do. The men of SEAL Team 5 from Coronado, California have deployed to the most dangerous places in the world to take down terrorists and save lives. But when the women they love are the ones in harm’s way, these elite warriors must use all their SEAL training to rescue them.

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/177294-seals-of-coronado

 

Author - https://paigetylertheauthor.com/undercover-seal/

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DWGDDZ9?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

The series includes:


.5 SEAL of Her Dreams
1 SEAL for Her Protection
2 Strong Silent SEAL
3 Texas SEAL
4 Undercover SEAL
5 SEAL With a Past
6 SEAL To the Rescue

 

 

in ebook at

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DV57CCQ?tag=patyneyotia0e-20

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/seal-to-the-rescue

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seal-to-the-rescue-paige-tyler/1128935891?ean=2940155648680

 

 

Paige is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romantic suspense, military romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines who fall in love with them.

 

When not working on her latest book, Paige enjoys reading, jogging, P90X, Yoga, Pilates, working out on her Simply Fit Board, going to the beach, watching NFL and college football, watching TV and movies, and hanging out with her husband and fur baby (not necessarily in that order!)

 

You can find Paige’s books in eBook and paperback online and at bookstores everywhere.

 

​Paige is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary.

 

Website - http://www.paigetylertheauthor.com/

 

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review 2018-08-07 21:50
Purr M for Muuuuuuuurder
Purr M for Murder: A Cat Rescue Mystery - T.C. Lotempio

Well, my dad means well when he sends me stuff. And usually he gets me. He sent me a Golden Girls collectors magazine once, and a cat shirt, and a book about a cat saving Christmas. But this book is just...wow. 

 

I don't read mysteries, for one. And I really don't do cozy mysteries because I find them campy and easy to figure out. But the 52 pages I read of this was like a bad Lifetime movie. Or maybe Hallmark. 

 

I mean, we start out with a conflict with the cat rescue and Baddy McBadguy.

 

 

Rich white Southern man in a 3-piece suit, Italian loafers, and a pit of money for all I know. Beak of a nose, beady eyes, weaselly fellow. Hates do-gooders and only worries about money. Wants to shut down the rescue. It was so straight out of a cookie-cutter Disney Channel movie I couldn't believe it. 

 

The McCall sisters are more of the same stereotypes. One is a jilted former New York exec. The other is the hometown bomb shell who stayed behind to run the family businesses. 

 

All we needed was a motorcycle riding Michael Shanks to show up and we would have a made-for-TV movie there, but I digress. 

 

 

Mmmm.

 

Wait, what? Oh, the book.

 

Anyway, the writing was stilted and stiff. The author didn't have a grasp of modern technology, and the dialogue was forced. The McCall sisters made immature decisions for grown business women, and that's what made me hang it up. When a book places characters in unrealistic positions and has the characters do unbelievable things just to move the story in a certain direction, it shows poor writing. People act a certain way and have certain natural reactions to things, and I am finding more and more that authors do not get that. And I am an author. Like this story: these ladies go to confront  Baddy at his business, they can't find him, it's way early in the morning and dark in the building. Normal people would effing leave. Not these brilliant ladies. They wander inside, using their cellphone as a flashlight, and proceed to just snoop. I closed the book when they had found the office, turned on the lights, saw nobody was there and decided to OPEN A LN ARMOIRE FOR NO REASON. They were there to see a person, not spy. There was no reason to spy, yet the author thought it was a great way to make the women end up caught in the murder web of the book. But do grown women really act this way? I certainly don't. 

 

Two stars, but subtract half a star for the cellphone flashlight stupidity.

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