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review 2019-03-14 14:54
not sure I liked Ryker!
Ryker - V.L. Locey,R.J. Scott
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. **This review will be short, I really dislike writing the three star reviews!** Ryker is hockey royalty, coming up as 4th generation championship winning players. Jacob works his family farm with his mum and dad. Both end up at hockey camp for the summer, and are polar opposites in most things. Sharing a room brings them closer, then camp is over and they are on opposite sides of the country. When Ryker switches college to be closer to Jacob, will Jacob let him? I can't put my finger on why this one didn't work for me, and ya'll know how much that does my head in! So, here's what I DID like. Both Jacob and Ryker have their say, so we get both sides of the coin. Both voices are clear and very different, and their voice is in the first person. Each change is clearly headed, and comes as the chapter changes. I saw no spelling or editing errors to spoil my reading. I tagged it as a short read, because it does NOT seem as long as the billed 196 pages! One sitting read, too. There are some characters from the series this one spins off, and that makes me want to go back and read THEIR series, or at least, Jared and Ten (Ryker's dad and step dad) stories. I just . . . .DON'T know what didn't work! Or at least, that was what I thought when writing this review. Now I'm typing it up, I *think* it might be Ryker himself. I dunno, maybe. Possibly. So, gonna leave it at that. 3 good solid but maybe not for me, stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2018-10-06 19:48
If you’ve a fan of and have read ‘The Harrisburg Railers’ series...
Ryker - V.L. Locey,R.J. Scott

than you know who Ryker is and at the very least can probably skip the rest of this paragraph. If you’re not you can probably still read this book and not feel lost but honestly, I think you’ll enjoy it even more if you’ve read the series or at least the first book which has Ryker’s father, Jared Madsen as one of the MC’s along with Jared’s partner Tennant Rowe. We’ve gotten glimpses of Ryker here and there throughout the series but nowhere more than ‘Changing Lines’, book 1 of the Harrisburg Railers and now here in his own book.

 

Not only is Ryker the son of a well-known hockey player turned coach who’s living openly with his partner and hockey’s golden boy Tennant Rowe, the youngest of hockey’s Rowe brothers. He’s also the grandson of a well-known old timer and all he’s ever wanted is to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and make them proud, so relationships are not something that factor into his life there’s no time not when you want to be one of the best.

 

Jacob Benson’s had a very different life growing up in a small rural farming community where he’s struggled alongside of his family to keep their dairy farm going. For Jacob hockey has become a means to an end…college hockey means scholarships and a chance at an agricultural science degree…a chance to learn things that could help him save his family’s farm. It’s not that he doesn’t like or want to play hockey…it’s just that for Jacob, hockey’s not the end game, but a means to an end and between his studies, hockey and working 2 jobs to pay for the things that his scholarship doesn’t. Jacob has even less time than Ryker for a relationship but try as they might neither one of these young men can bring themselves to truly walk away and really it’s just a summer fling right?

 

I loved Jacob and Ryker together, sure there were moment of immaturity and at times I found Jacob to be a bit judgey but he’s young…they’re both young and I don’t know about anyone else but some of my finer moments happened at this age, when I was young and silly enough to think I knew everything unlike now when I’m happy to realize that with any luck I know something…any little thing!!!

 

There are events from Goal Line book #6 of the Harrisburg Railers that get revisited in this story but it’s relevant and if you haven’t read that series it’s very helpful background information to have.

 

When Jacob and Ryker first meet there’s a bit of animosity between them, but as they get to know each other both men realize that if they’re ever going to get to know each other they’ll need to set aside their preconceived notions.

 

Ryker may be dedicated to being the best hockey player he can, but it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t understand that sometimes a person just needs to relax and unwind a bit something that Jacob doesn’t see as a priority or seem to have the time for. While Jacob helps Ryker look at things from a different and more personal perspective and not just as abstract concepts.

 

Ultimately when all is said and done together Jacob and Ryker help each other to grow and mature as they discover that even though they both have full and busy lives when it comes to love there’s always room for more.

I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next in this series we’ve been introduced to some of the Owatonna Eagles and I definitely want more about Ben and Scott and I won’t deny it I’m also on the lookout for more about the Harrisburg Railers should the occasion arise.

 

After all I am Canadian and R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey have become two of my favorite ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ announcers.

 

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An ARC of ‘Ryker’ was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-12-04 23:57
Fabulous!
Somebody To Love - Wendy Vella

Somebody To Love by Wendy Vella is a phenomenal story.  Ms. Vella has delivered a well-written book and populated it with amazing, lovable characters.  Bailey is a world famous pianist.  After an accident, she gives it up and travels until she ends up in Ryker Falls, the town of her childhood.  Joe was Bailey's best friend but when she left town he acted out and has spent years cleaning up his reputation.  Their story is full of drama, action, suspense and sizzle.  This book hooked me at page one and held me captive till the end.  I loved reading Somebody To Love and look forward to reading more from Wendy Vella in the future.  Somebody To Love is book 1 of the Ryker Falls Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete story, not a cliff-hanger.  

 

I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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review 2017-10-04 16:59
Comedic Horror – A Pink Zombie With a Mist by Jada Ryker @JadaRyker
A Pink Zombie, with a Mist: A Shaken, Not Stirred, Mystery/Horror Story (Shaken, Not Stirred, Mystery/Horror Series Book 1) - Jada Ryker

With a title like Pink Zombie With A Mist by Jada Ryker, how could I resist?

 

Cover:  Christina Keats

 

 

A Pink Zombie, with a Mist

Amazon US  /  Amazon UK  /  Amazon CA  /  Goodreads

 

MY REVIEW

 

I didn’t want to scare you so bad you wouldn’t stop in, so lets have some fun.

 

A ragtag band of characters are thrown together by chance. determined to solve, not one, but two mysteries. Who took EMMA and who killed Steven’s wife?

 

The gang physically resembles the Scooby Doo gang – Molly is Velma, the brainy one and is shot in a school incident, Ashdon is Shaggy, the cowardly and hungry one, Steven is Fred and Olivia is Daphne. Olivia is on a school teacher suspension of sorts.

 

The characters are what I keep coming back to. The neighbor lady is a trip.

 

We have a stalker, a murderer, a missing person, and even a mystery machine.

 

The story is told in a comical and humorous way, but it is not all laughs and giggles.

 

Pink Zombie With a Mist contains some serious and sad issues, yet I found myself laughing at the dialogue and the characters antics. They fumble their way through solving mysteries and become a tight knit group. The zombies…we will find the answer to that too, but it won’t be easy.

 

Jada Ryker kept me on pins and needles, wondering and worrying.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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review 2017-04-24 00:00
Redeeming Ryker
Redeeming Ryker - Kelly Collins A guilty conscience, a broken heart and a second chance, lead to an at times confusing but no less powerful emotion packed ride. Redeeming Ryker is truly one of the best stories I've ever read. Ryder has allowed traumatic events of the past to shape his life. In one tragic act, he was orphaned and haunted by the numerous losses from that day. Ana's life has not gone untouched by tragedy. She's suffered in ways she can't even fathom. No memories of her past, Ana lives barely getting by. When a bequest brings her to Fury, her life will never be the same. Kelly Collins brings out the waterworks in this heartbreaking tale of tragedy, hope and mystery.
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