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review 2018-06-17 03:38
Good Characters and Story
Honor Before Heart (Emerald Belles, #1) - Heather McCorkle

Corporal Sean MacBranian is injured in battle and wakes up to the sight of an Irish Angel. His blond-haired, blue-eyed nurse has now given him a reason to live. Ashlinn knows it’s a big risk, but she can’t help but give Sean her heart. Will their love survive the ultimate test?

I don’t get many that are set in the Civil War so this was a nice change for me. This was a sweet book with good, strong characters. It took a little bit, but I was really drawn into the story and the characters’ journeys. I recommend.

This was a sweet book with good, strong characters.

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review 2018-06-15 18:57
Book Review: Depraved Heart
Depraved Heart: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta) - Patricia Cornwell

Book: Depraved Heart

 

Author: Patricia Cornwell

 

Genre: Fiction/Mystery

 

Summary: Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a highly suspicious death scene in a historic home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages, immediately begins playing...and it seems to be from her niece Lucy. But how can it be? It's clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago. As Scarpetta watches she comes to grips with frightening secrets about her niece, whom she loves like a daughter. That first clip and others sent soon after raise dangerous implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, alarmed, and not knowing where to turn. She doesn't know whom she can tell - not her FBI agent husband, Benton Wesley, or her investigative partner, Pete Marino. Not even Lucy. Cornwell launched these unforgettable characters on an intensely psychological odyssey that includes the bizarre death of a Hollywood mogul's daughter, wreckage on the bottom of the sea in the Bermuda Triangle, a grisly gift left in the back of a crime scene truck, and videos from the past that threaten to destroy Scarpetta's entire world and everyone she loves. The diabolical presence and singularly "depraved heart" behind what unfolds seems obvious - but strangely, not to the FBI. Certainly that's the message they send when they start harassing Lucy and begin building a case that could send her to prison for the rest of her life. In the latest novel in her bestselling series featuring medical examiner, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell captivates readers again with the jolting twists, high-wire tension, and cutting-edge forensic detail for which she is renowned, proving yet again why she is the world's number one bestselling crime writer. - Harper Collins, 2015. 

 

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review 2018-06-14 22:11
A Radiant Soul by Kianna Alexander
A Radiant Soul: A Sweet Way to His Heart Novella - Kianna Alexander

This story involves Rosaline's  (from Drifting to You) former apprentice, Sarah, as she carves out a career baking in a luxury resort in Wyoming territory while volunteering for the women's vote. She is called home for her mother's upcoming 45th birthday and decides on the way back to Wyoming that she will go to Washington DC to network with other WOC suffragettes. While home, she meets Owen, a carpenter that is building a gazebo as a birthday gift to her mom. Owen also volunteers his time to clandestine organization (the Sons of the Diaspora) that works to maintain and forward the progress of the black male vote, even at the expense of the women's vote. 

 

I really enjoyed reading Sarah and Owen's story except for the fact that they met because her father's manipulations - dear father wanted Sarah to move back home and be more "traditional". Screw that, I liked Sarah the way she was and in the end Owen did to which is why they continued to court through letters and trips to see each other after she returned to Wyoming. Plus, after they got engaged, they decided to leave Fayetteville and Wyoming and make their home in a place that offered both of them opportunity for employment and to continue their volunteer work. I also loved that I got to see Sarah and Will together with their new daughter.

 

In both Drifting to You and A Radiant Soul, Alexander explored the lives of African-Americans during the Reconstruction/Gilded Age by the characters' back stories; Rosaline and Will were former slaves, Owen grew up the child and grandchild of escaped slaves that hid in the Great Dismal Swamp until after the Civil War, and Sarah grew up freed. There is a lot of great history within these romances and a great way to discover parts of history that don't get told in classrooms. 

 

*This story was originally published in Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology.*

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review 2018-06-13 10:00
Review! A Stubborn Heart (Rogue Inc. #1) Gayle Parness!
A Stubborn Heart - Gayle Parness

 

 

The first novella in the Rogues Inc. Series. 

 

Sinc can’t forgive… 

 

Despite an early trauma Sinc, a leopard shifter, had made a good life for herself with the Rogues Inc. team—until the day her world exploded and everything she'd worked so hard for came crashing down around her. Now she has to start over, learn how to cope with a devastating injury, maybe even lose her hard-won place on the rogues team. Problem is, the former love of her life is back to haunt her, and old feelings are coming alive, despite the hurt she's lived with for the past twelve years. Opening her heart to Gabriel would be the worst idea ever. 

Gabe can’t forget… 

 

Gabe, the former heir to the alpha position in the corrupt Los Altos werewolf pack, could have done something to stop the tragedy that caused Sinc's injury, only his decision to do the right thing came too late. Now he's on the bottom rung of a new pack, fighting with every ounce of his strength to make a place for himself among strangers. When Sinc arrives to testify against the wolves who hurt her, Gabe yearns for a second chance with Sinc, even though he knows he doesn't deserve it. 

 

And when the call goes out for a new alpha to head up a nearby territory, life gets complicated. 

 

Content Warning: This book contains adult language and violence between supernatural characters.

 


I was just introduced to author. Gayle Parness and her shifter world and I am hooked. I was introduced to her world by Gabe and Sinc in A Stubborn Heart, which is the first book in the Rogues Inc. series which includes characters from the Rogue Shifter and Triad series. The World is well developed and inviting with lots of strong, compelling characters that I really want to get to know better so I will be visiting the previous series as soon as possible. Gabe and Sinc were captivating and their story was full of romance, passion, chemistry and suspense.

 

Gabe and Sinc had a very troubling past, so their romance is full of emotional turmoil that pulls the reader into their story as they work hard to overcome the past and move forward, but the journey forward is no picnic either due to the circumstances that the couple must endure. Sinc is a solid character that draws empathy from the readers as well as she strives to stabilize her world since the explosion. Note – the explosion took place in a previous book but I had no problem catching on to what was going on.

 

This fast paced story is full of thrills and suspense that gets the heart pumping and hanging on to the edge of their seats as these characters have to deal with heart breaking and disappointing but also cathartic issues before they heal and start a new chapter in their life. (Beware that the way the issues are solved is quite violent but to me well deserved). The story jumps ahead a bit as changes to Gabe and Sinc’s lives progress toward a hopefully bright future which also adds to the depth and the overall full view of this couples journey toward their happily ever after.

 

I was completely enthralled with A Stubborn Heart and Gayle Parness’s shifter world which she painted such vivid images of that I was easily able to picture the scenes and I eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.

 

 

 

A Stubborn Heart


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38927041-a-stubborn-heart

 

http://booklikes.com/a-stubborn-heart-gayle-parness/book,13975997

 


The 1st book in the Rogues Inc. series


https://www.gayleparness.com/rogues-inc-series.html

 

which includes some of your favorite characters from the Rogues Shifter


https://www.goodreads.com/series/97072-rogues-shifter

 

& Triad series.


https://www.goodreads.com/series/170921-triad

 


A Stubborn Heart is available in print & ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Stubborn-Heart-Rogues-Inc-Book-ebook/dp/B07B44MHSP


Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-stubborn-heart

 

iBooks - https://apple.co/2Fe8lgo

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/rebirth-gayle-parness/1120420028?ean=2940046198614

 


can be found at:

 

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

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5165431.Gayle_Parness


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/gayle-parness

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Gayle-Parness/e/B005IODY74

 

Facebook - http://gayleparness-author/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/gayleparness/

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/GayleParness/

 

InstaGram - http://instagram.com/GayleMPar


WattPad - https://www.wattpad.com/user/GayleParnessAuthor

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/gayle-parness/author,2553557

 

 


For Spicier content, check out Gayle’s alter ego:


Marie Booth - http://www.mariebooth.com/

 

 

 

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text 2018-06-11 11:39
NBtM, EXCERPT, GUEST POST & #GIVEAWAY - Heart of a SEAL by Dixie Lee Brown
Heart of a SEAL (Hearts of Valor #1) - Dixie Lee Brown

They’re brothers in arms, Navy SEALS risking their lives for their country . . . and the women they love.

 

This is Luke Harding’s story.

                         

Six months in a desert hellhole taught Navy SEAL Luke Harding things he never wanted to learn about life and death. Only tender memories of the beautiful brunette he met a few weeks before his deployment helped get him through the torturous days and nights. Back in the States after a perilous rescue, physically and emotionally damaged, Luke’s about to plunge into a new kind of war. In a seemingly bucolic Idaho town, Sally Duncan faces real—and unpredictable—danger.

 

All Sally ever wanted was a safe place to raise her nine-year-old daughter. Her identity hidden behind a façade of secrets and lies, can she trust Luke—a man she barely knows—with the truth? Even as they give in to long-denied passion, a killer with a personal vendetta is setting an ambush that will leave them praying for a miracle and fighting for the future they may not live to see.

 

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/06/nbtm-excerpt-guest-post-giveaway-heart.html
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