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review 2016-10-24 14:00
Once a Scoundrel (The Secret Life of Scoundrels #4) by Anna Harrington
Once a Scoundrel (The Secret Life of Scoundrels Book 4) - Anna Harrington

Release date: October 24th, 2016


Faith was heartbroken when Stephen joined the army and left England without even a goodbye note. As far as she knew, they were more than friends and shared a bond that in her heart she dared call love. Stephen apparently didn’t see things that way.
He was a rake of the first class. He pretty much refused to carry the title of a Duke by being a rake of the worst class and by providing fuel to the endless gossip and tales that people liked to create about him. Four years later, Stephen returned claiming to be a changed man, ready to settle down and asking Faith for a second chance.

So, our hero wounded our heroine and now he’s trying to make amends. Faith sounded a smart woman, resolute in refusing Stephen advances because she knew the kind of man he used to be and of course she didn’t want her heart crushed once again. Also, the fact that he brought home some unwelcomed people didn’t help much his cause.
As I was reading I kept asking myself, can a rake truly change? Can you learn to believe in him again? Particularly in this instance when he kept saying one thing but actions expressed something completely different. He was open and honest with Faith (I mean, I was reading his side of the story) but she didn’t know that so she relied on what she saw to make a decision. The good thing is that he never gave up on her and in the end she realized that either she took a risk or she could lose him forever.

Although the story was a bit slow-paced for me it was still enjoyable. In truth, I think it was more a matter of lack of communication that delayed the HEA than anything else. It is part of a series but can definitely be read as a standalone and I recommend it to historical lovers that like light stories with a bit of heart tugging.

** I requested and received this book from the author at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher. **

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review 2016-08-04 17:00
A Middle-Grade Story of Hope and Healing
Lucy in Her Secret Wood (The Lucy Series) - Christina M. Pagès

Book 1 of the 'Lucy' series is set in 1970s England and tells of eight-year-old Lucy, who has lived most of her life locked in a small closet until one day her angry stepfather takes her into the woods and abandons her.

One might think that, like Hansel and Gretel, disaster will come of this move; but in fact Lucy thrives in her new wilderness world outside of the closed-in room that has been her life. In the process of adapting to the outdoor wonders she has only read about in books, she comes to feel a new kind of freedom and appreciation for life.

Despite her friendship with a boy who helps her, and her ability to adapt, Lucy's not out of the woods yet: when authorities discover a child living alone in nature, they 'rescue' her and take her to an orphanage where, once again, she is bullied and abused.

One notable feature of Lucy in Her Secret Wood is its focus, not on the abusive situations, but on Lucy's sense of wonder as she discovers the good in her world. Her closed-in life serves, in this case, as a backdrop for the sense of appreciation she evolves for nature (wild though it may be), and the focus is on this sense of growth and discovery and not just upon the abuse she endures.

Gorgeous color paintings enhance the feel of Lucy's woods experience and the comfort it involves, while dialogue throughout reflects Lucy's respect for the newfound world she moves through.


Now, all is not sweetness and light in the woods: Lucy discovers she lacks and requires very basic survival skills despite the efforts of her new friend's help, and in the course of her explorations, she learns survival and problem-solving skills.


As advanced elementary to early middle school grades read about Lucy's evolution, it becomes evident that her story is about more than abuse, escape, and an appreciation of nature: it's about healing, recovery, and how to maintain a sense of wonder and appreciation of surrounding beauty.

In this respect, Lucy in Her Secret Wood offers an appealing window of opportunity for kids of all ages to reconnect with the world, use art to express these connections, and ultimately arrive at better places in life where hopes, dreams and promises do come true.

Lucy in Her Secret Wood offers a message, not just of survival, but how to choose positive paths that wind through the world's negative influences, making it a recommended children's novel for many reasons.

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review 2016-07-29 00:00
His Dirty Secret (Best Friend Series Book 2)
His Dirty Secret (Best Friend Series Book 2) - C.M. Steele 3.5 Stars

"Everything about him screamed I could have any woman I wanted, so why is he not getting any? Did he have performance issues? I didn’t actually know how old he was. So maybe he did or maybe it was because he was little down there. Is that why he was grouchy with me?



"Dad. Please don’t cancel the wedding tomorrow,” she begged. “Honey, I don’t know if it’s possible to have it with him on the loose.” Great minds think alike. “Plus, if Mandy dies, I don’t know if Nora is going to want to still get married."

I swear the above quote made me laugh myself silly for 10 minutes straight. Ya, I am pretty sure that if Mandy (Nora's sister) dies Nora just MIGHT not want to go ahead with the wedding...LMAO. No worries those, cause Mandy lives to be incarcerated for murder years later! Poor misunderstood Mandy...sigh.


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review 2016-03-17 14:07
The Hunter's Moon (The Secret Warrior #1) by Beth Trissel
The Hunter's Moon (The Secret Warrior Series) - Beth Trissel

Beth Trissel’s The Hunter's Moon has an interesting combination of history, fantasy, and paranormal.  Seventeen-year-old Morgan Daniel and her ten-year-old brother Jimmy have been in witness protection after observing a murder by the head of the Panteras.  The gang chases them through the Shenandoah Mountain in Virginia where they are rescued by wolves from the Wapicoli, discovering a world they did not know existed.


The way Jackson and Morgan spoke, threw me for a loop a few times.  Sometimes they would talk really formal and almost old, then they would say something like “freaking awesome” that made them seem more the seventeen-year-olds they are.  It didn’t seem consistent to me. 


I like Jimmy.  He was very wise for a ten-year-old.  He was always good for some fascinating information.


I enjoyed the historical aspect of the story dating back to the American Revolution, and Daniel Morgan.  I thought the background of the Morcants and Wapicoli was a good concept..  The Panteras are noteworthy enemies.  Mateo was a lethal adversary.


I liked the setting; it made the plot seem convincing.  At 133 pages, the story was a quick read.  This story is appropriate for young adults.


Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2015-12-15 06:52
Book Blitz: The Hunter's Moon (Secret Warriors Series) by Beth Trissel



Seventeen-year-old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she's hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.


Then a very cute guy who handles a bow like Robin Hood emerges from the woods and takes them to safety at his fortress-like home. And that's just the first sign that Morgan and her brother have entered a hidden world filled with secrets...


Excerpt: “Should we stay, or go while the smoke lasts?”  The cloth muffled her voice.


“You can hardly walk.”


She couldn’t argue that point. Neither could they wait to be found. “The Panteras won’t give up until we’re dead.”


“Maybe they think we are,” he argued under his breath.




She suspected Mateo would demand a body, even a charred one. Make that two. She and Jimmy didn’t have much choice, though, other than to crouch in dread while the fire crackled.


“Next birthday, I want an AK-47.” He nudged her. “Look.”


She fixed her blurry gaze on what appeared to be a black wolf emerging from the trees. The creature was larger than she’d thought wolves were, and she’d understood none remained in these mountains. They were all farther north or west. Somewhere else.


Apparently, she was misinformed.


Judging by its size, she guessed this was a male. He stopped before their hideout. Eyes the color of red coals surveyed them before he turned and darted down the trail she’d spotted.


“Holy cow, Batboy. Did you see that?” she whispered.


Jimmy didn’t reply. He prodded her again. She stared at the big brown and gray wolf that took the black one’s place. Where on earth had he come from?


The beast turned its furry head at her and Jimmy. His eyes shone with a luminous light, like fireflies...


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Married to her high school sweetheart, Beth Trissel lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by her human family and furbabies. An avid gardener, her love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into her work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of her inspiration. She's especially drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. In addition to YA fantasy romance, she also writes historical, time travel, and paranormal romance, plus nonfiction.


Connect with Beth on her: Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Amazon Author Page


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