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review 2020-03-29 10:34
Shatter
Code Name: Hacker (Jameson Force Security, #4) - Sawyer Bennett

This is book #4, in the Jameson Force Security series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader to understand series, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this fast paced series in order.

 

Briana Belle AKA "Bebe" has gotten a surprising second chance at life with her son.  Getting out of prison seemed like an impossibility.  Now she is in danger from her past and those whom she has never named when she was put away.  She has no idea until the first man she has been attracted to in such a long time comes along.

 

Griffin knows he must do a job.  Only the sparks he feels flowing between himself and the amazing Bebe are so new and amazing.  While he does not want his employer to start a killing spree with his name on it, he also does not want to harm a hair on her head.  Can they move on past the lies and the secrets?

 

Right from the very start this book was racing toward the finish line.  With enough action to be made into a movie, this series and especially this story suck you in and fulfill an action hero need.  Sexy with a good heat level that burns through the whole book, it still shows how a hard man can be tender.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2020-03-29 09:52
Forgiven
Easy Reunion: A Boudreaux Universe Novel - Tracey Jerald

High School Reunion's can be fun or they can be devastating.  Kelsey has returned to the scene of the crime as it were.  Those around her in high school were cruel to the point of physical violence.  She only came back because her best friend in the world thinks it will help her move on and let go.

 

Rierson AKA "Ry" was always the best looking in school.  He was the only defender of her honor.  Until the Graduation Day when he didn't.  The biggest reason she never returned until now.  When they see one another its explosive.  In a different way.

 

Such an amazingly sweet, yet very hot story.  The touchy subject of bullying is handled so well it moved me to tears.  I was impressed with the dark subject matter, that I ended up loving the book anyway.  The characters are so easy to fall for, and reading their reunion and eventual HEA makes it all worthwhile.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2020-03-29 07:00
The Blue Cloak Review and GIVEAWAY!
 

About the Book

 


Book:  The Blue  Cloak

Author: Shannon McNear

Genre:  Christian Historical/Suspense

Release Date: March, 2020

Evil Incarnate Leaves a Trail of Destruction across the Frontier

Book 5 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

Rachel Taylor lives a rather mundane existence in 1797 at the way station her family runs along the Wilderness Road in Tennessee. She attends her friend Sally Rice’s wedding only to watch the marriage dissolve into horror has the groom, Wiley Harpe, and his cousin Micajah become murderers on the run, who drag their families along. Declaring a “war on all humanity,” the Harpes won’t be stopped, and Ben Langford is on their trail to see if his own cousin was one of their latest victims.

How many will die before peace can return to the frontier?



Click HERE for your copy.
 

About the Author

 


Transplanted to North Dakota after more than two decades in Charleston, South Carolina, Shannon McNear loves losing herself in local history. She’s a military wife, mom of eight, mother-in-law of three, grammie of two, and a member of ACFW and RWA. Her first novella, Defending Truth in A Pioneer Christmas Collection, was a 2014 RITA® finalist. When she’s not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the northern prairies. Connect with her at www.shannonmcnear.com, or on Facebook and Goodreads.
 

 

More from Shannon

 

How dark is too dark for a Christian to write?

That was the question I wrestled with when deciding whether or not to take on the story of the Harpes. The histories in Scripture itself aren’t rated G, but writing fiction requires a level of detail and depth of emotion I wasn’t sure would be wise, or helpful, to explore in this case. But as I prayed and sought the counsel of those whose discernment I trust, the answer came back, overwhelmingly …

Is God stronger than the darkness, or not?

Well, of course He is. And nothing in human history has ever escaped His notice, or taken Him by surprise.

So, was there something redeeming to be found in the tale of the Harpes?

For the first few weeks of research, I walked around in a state of shock at the horror of the historical accounts, but details surfaced that helped me shape my fictional characters Rachel and Ben. With Rachel working in her family’s trading post near the wild frontier town of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Ben a lawyer who recently passed the bar, the real-life Hugh Lawson White provided a handy connection point between them. Many other details fell together in ways I had not foreseen when I began developing the story. Sally Rice Harpe, however, rose to the forefront. This was more her story than anyone’s, but realizing I couldn’t properly write the book without using her point of view? That was scary. I knew the moments I’d have to visit, some of them in real-time.

Despite the tragedy, however, I could see an overarching story of spiritual warfare. Felt a growing conviction that prayer must have played a vital role in bringing the Harpes’ reign of terror to an end. So it is my hope that against the backdrop of one of the most chilling episodes of our country’s early history, the hand of God shows clearly, and that yes, the reader finds it redemptive.
 
 

My Review

 

Barbour’s True Colors series always has me anticipating the release of the next installment, and each story seems more intriguing than the last. True crime is a genre that I have watched on television as well as read about, and although I can’t remember exactly which medium provided the information, I’m sure that I’ve heard of the Harpes before, although the details are extremely hazy. Due to having some medical background and chronic illnesses, descriptions of bodies tend not to bother me as much as the next person, so in my case that is not a deterrent. This book does include content that some readers may find disturbing insomuch as to make them want to avoid reading it, but these passages are few and far between and are handled tactfully, without sensationalized graphic details. As usual, the pop of color (blue, in this case) on the otherwise monochromatic background infuses life and dimensionality into the cover.

A horrifying look at the two brothers who are considered by many to be America’s first serial killers, Shannon McNear’s “The Blue Cloak” is a book that will stay with you after turning the last page. The first third of the story is, in my opinion, a bit more slow-paced, with exposition and character development, but that is certainly not to say that it is lacking in activity, which becomes apparent later on. From the beginning, Sally Rice’s wedding to Wiley Harpe felt wrong, but unfortunately in the late eighteenth century along the Wilderness Road in Tennessee, the threat can remain hidden for a long time. Rachel Turner is a godly heroine, relying on prayer and trusting God to work in all situations. As an employee of her family’s trading post business along the Wilderness Road, she also represents a working woman who does everything that she can for those she loves. Her work, and that of lawyer Ben Langford, serves to not only seek out justice but also to bring the hope and love of God to even the most desolate. In times such as these, this message is all the more important; may we be lighthouses guiding the lost to the safe shores of the Savior’s arms.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

 

Blog Stops

 

Just the Write Escape, March 24

Texas Book-aholic, March 24

Inklings and notions, March 25

Girls in White Dresses, March 25

Emily Yager, March 25

Godly Book Reviews, March 26

Genesis 5020, March 26

Remembrancy, March 26

Among the Reads, March 27

Through the Fire Blogs, March 27

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, March 28

Christian Bookaholic, March 28

Inside the Wong Mind, March 28

For the Love of Literature, March 29

For Him and My Family, March 29

Betti Mace, March 30

Older & Smarter?, March 30

deb’s Book Review, March 30

Robin’s Nest, March 31

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 1

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 1

Stories By Gina, April 1

By The Book, April 2

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, April 2

Blossoms and Blessings, April 2

A Reader’s Brain, April 3

Connie’s History Classroom, April 3

Artistic Nobody, April 3 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 4

Back Porch Reads, April 4

Daysong Reflections, April 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 5

Pause for Tales, April 5

Britt Reads Fiction, April 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 6

Hallie Reads, April 6

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 6

 
 

Giveaway

 

 
To celebrate her tour, Shannon is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of The Blue Cloak and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
 
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
 

 

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review 2020-03-28 21:50
Xeni
Xeni - Rebekah Weatherspoon

Not bad, just not that engaging. I think the story was too rushed. I didn't buy the chemistry between Xeni and Mason. I liked Rafe much more because Weatherspoon took time building the chemistry between the two leads before we get into the bedroom. I think we were at 10 percent (if that) before the two leads were naked with each other. The backstory to Xeni's life was too confusing for words and glossed over much too quickly. I also maybe shook my head about the whole "witch" thing. I don't know guys. I am stuck in bed and not able to go hiking so maybe I am just cranky. Anyway, perfectly serviceable, but not something I will re-read in the future.

 

"Xeni" is the second book in Weatherspoon's "Loose End" series. I loved Rafe, but Xeni kind of left me going ehh. "Xeni" follows Xeni Everly-Wilkins. She was introduced (at least to me) in the prior book. Xeni's aunt has died and she's been charged with dealing with her estate in upstate New York. Xeni has a surprise in store though when she is told the terms of her aunt's will and has a huge family secret revealed to her. Xeni finds out the only way she can collect a sizable inheritance left to her, is to marry a friend of her aunt's, Mason McInroy. Mason has his own secrets and reasons for going along with things.

 

Sorry, Xeni left me cold throughout this one. With the reveals she gets through this book and how things are dealt with just did not feel very realistic.

 

Mason though I was more interested in, but once again, we don't get to spend enough time with him either.

 

I applaud Weatherspoon for featuring two romantic leads who are bisexual, but besides that, this book just didn't do a thing for me.

 

The secondary characters were not developed very well. And I have to say the terms to the will read as something that would not eve be legally binding. I just think that the whole story-line was too rushed and you don't get a chance to really get invested in the relationship.

 

The writing/dialogue just felt off in some way. The flow was really bad. I think I got whiplash with how the story developed after the two leads knew each other maybe 3 days in. I am all for hot sex scenes, it just read as fan-fic to me after a while. Or at least something I would read on literoritca when the two people just meet and decide, cool let's have sex. 


The ending felt rushed too. We just skip several months and then we get a resolution. 

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review 2020-03-27 07:10
Release Blitz - That Night

THAT NIGHT by K.I. Lynn - Release Blitz

Release Date: March 23, 2020

Cover Design: Lori Jackson Design
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Model: Andrew Biernat

Genre: Contemporary Romance


SYNOPSIS

I got pregnant on New Year’s Eve.

That night was hands down the best night of my life. A magical night with the man of my dreams.
The aftermath changed everything.
After weeks of silence from him and a positive pregnancy test, it was safe to say I was in full out panic mode.
Until I walked into a conference room only to find Mr. Man-of-my-dreams-father-of-my-unborn-child at the head of the table.
Turns out the VP of finance isn’t an old boring guy with white hair.
Two different cities.
A baby on the way.
An intense attraction.
And he’s technically my boss.
Life just got even more complicated.


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That NightThat Night by K.I. Lynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Natasha never takes risks. She arrives at a major party with her best friend and meets the man of her dreams after he spills a drink on her. To ignore the sparks igniting would be crazy.

Richard did not mean to spill a drink. He wouldn't change a thing, since he met the woman he never thought he would. The "One." Now he just has to convince her to let him be a part of her life.

Such a sweet and yet sexy book. These characters know what they want from page one and it is hot hot hot! The lessons to learn here are how to move on from the crazy night. I love the sincerity and friendships this story holds. I also liked the determination. What really rich characters. I could not put it down.


***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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$25 Amazon Gift Card

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

K.I. Lynn is the USA Today Bestselling Author from The Bend Anthology and the Amazon Bestselling Series, Breach. She spent her life in the arts, everything from music to painting and ceramics, then to writing. Characters have always run around in her head, acting out their stories, but it wasn’t until later in life she would put them to pen. It would turn out to be the one thing she was really passionate about.

Since she began posting stories online, she’s garnered acclaim for her diverse stories and hard hitting writing style. Two stories and characters are never the same, her brain moving through different ideas faster than she can write them down as it also plots its quest for world domination…or cheese. Whichever is easier to obtain… Usually it’s cheese.


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