My Name is Simon (I, Dragon book 1)
by Nathan Roden
Great World building from the beginning. This story caught my attention and had to keep reading.
Four stars because there were some editing errors, I feel a good beta reader would have done this book wonders.
A little boy gets turned into a dragon, the prince of the Kingdom, then his mother and father are killed. Even knowing he is their prince, the people of the kingdom try to kill him because dragons are not liked. Eleven years past, he makes two friends, and then a third, and know it is time to fight for his kingdom, and free his people from his sadistic Uncle who rules for his younger brother until his seventeenth name day.
I got so caught up that I had to go out and the second book, I think there is a third after that and I will be picking it up too if the writing stays as good as this one.
Magic, dragons, kingdom in peril and love. Excellent combination, the descriptions were great while not being over whelming. Pick it up if you love epic fantasy, you must not miss this one.
Pleasures of Passion (The Sinful Suitors Series book 4)
by Sabrina Jeffries
This book captivated me from the first line. I could not put it down, love the characters, the interactions, the tension. It was great.
I love visiting this group of friends, they are so fun as each takes the plunge into love. Some just can’t help themselves, some return to a love that was pushed off course years ago for one reason or another. Brilliana had loved Nail before her coming out, he said he loved her, but then he had to go away because of a dual that we wouldn’t tell her the reason for. Seven years later, Nail is home and treating her like she had betrayed him instead of the other way around.
Now the two of them must work together to keep her father from hanging. Can they do it? The lies told in the past, the lies they are living right now, will the two of them find their way back to love? Or will it pass them by for good this time?
One the best things I love about Ms. Jeffries’s writing is that in the end all the lies that so much a part of the Regency period writings, are uncovered and worked through. True remorse is shown by both parties and forgiveness given. She does it with such style and witt that we keep coming back book after book because we know we are going to be entertained. And we know that no matter the obstacles she will work everything out for the best in the end.
Five stars for this perfect followup book in this series of the Sinful Suitors Club.
Twitters for Writers is a very informative book. Part of Ms. Rayne Hall’s Writer Craft series, this one focus’s on using twitter as a platform for beginning authors to gain followers, fans and eventually sell their books.
She used a concise style with wit and information. she is not afraid of laughing at her own past mistakes as she learned the best way to create a viable account. She walks you thorough the many pitfalls beginner writers can fall into, giving sound advice and simple strategies to maneuver your way around the large Social Media platform known as Twitterverse.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and though I have been on twitter for many years, I learned quiet a bit from a writers stand point than from just a user. Five stars for this book, a great tool to have in your arsenal if you are a writer moving into a new promotional platform.
Elemental Mating (A.L.P.H.A, Series book 1)
by Milly Taiden
This first book in her new series showcases Ms. Taiden’s talents as a world builder and story teller. Very strong well developed characters carry this story from beginning to end. I loved the interactions and the dynamics between all of them.
Melinda Caster is our heroine, a betrayal back when she first joined the CDC by the man she thought she loved has hardened her heart to anyone really loving her. Along with a very religious upbringing that has caused her believe only what she sees and can prove scientifically. She does not believe in the paranormal world, gods or demons. But she lives in Uganda now, and somethings are as much a part of their lives and beliefs as breathing. Will the Demon king win her body?
Parish Hamel is an A.L.P.H.A. jaguar shifter. He has been sent to protect her from threats the home office became aware of. The first time he sees her his whole world is turned upside down and inside out as he knows he’s found his mate. When he informs his boss, he is told he has to stay on the job because they have no available other agents that can take over. But to keep his head on his shoulders and keep both of them alive. Can Parish find his way out of his dreams and save his mate?
This story is a blending of demons, science, paranormal, and dreams. Dreams of happy ever afters, and dreams within the demon realm. A nasty, but small, demon king with Napoleon sized dreams of his own. Can a woman who has been hurt so badly before that she willing to believe the worse thing she hears out of a man’s mouth without any thought or possibly it might be something else and a man that is more than a just a man make it work? Can they admit their feelings to themselves and each other before the sun set on the demons world? You must read to find out. I loved it, five stars and I cannot wait for the next book.
The Smallest Dragonboy is the story in this collection. It follows Keevan the youngest and littlest candidate to stand on the hatching sands. Will he succeed in impressing a dragonet? Especially when he gets injured and is not there when the hatching starts?
The Girl Who Heard Dragons is the next story. Aramina is of the Ruthan blood line, and her parents are holdless thanks to Fax. They discovered that she could hear all the dragons when they close enough. Then one day she desperately needs their help when he father gets caught under their wagon. This brings her to the notice of Benden Wyer, which helps when the Lady Holdless Thalla tries to kidnap her for her own purpose. Wonderful story.
Runner of Pern shows a totally different aspect of Pern society that we don’t normally get to see, the Runners who take messages all over Pern. How they train, run, and live. Tenna belongs to a family of Runners, generations of her family have run the taces of Pern and now she on her first CrossCountry run. Just before she reaches Fort Hold, almost the end of her crosscountry run, she run off the traces by a man on a runnerbeast who is not supposed to be on the traces. delightful little story with a smattering of possible young romance.
Ever the Twain is the last story in this book. A set of twins are both are searched for the eggs on the Ista Wyer sands. Can the both impress on hatching day or will one be left while one takes to the skies?This ebook is a delightful look at the younger people of Pern, and some different aspects not in the Wyers or Holds. A must have for anyone that loves Pern and her dragons. Five stars.
Dropout (Bad Boy Homecoming #1)
by Carrie Ann Ryan
Wow!!! Loved this book, it was great! A great start to a new series, currently there are 5 books, all by different authors, and I have all five. Can’t wait to get in to the others.
In this one Grayson is coerced by his best friend to come their class reunion. He doesn’t want to, but for her he will do it, because he has a feeling she needs him. He as pegged as a bad boy, though the only thing he did to get that was be poor and hit the class golden boy when he was bullying his younger sister. Most said he was a drop out because he never walked across the stage for his diploma. He did get it in the mail, and he has spent the last ten years trying to make something of his life. Once back the first person he sees is the girl he had a major crush on, and he reacted to her as strong as he had as a teenager. Kate married the school golden boy right out of high school, after all they had dated for all 4 years. Her parents weren’t too happy about it, she was too young. Then when she go pregnant and he convinced her drop out of college, they said again she was too young. Now she is home, divorced and a college drop out. Her parents can only morn the lost potential in their girl. The pull between Kate and Greyson is instant and as powerful as two magnates next to each other. She thinks it going to fast, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to make it slow down, they just can’t keep their hands off each other when their near each other.
What will happen at this reunion? Small towns don’t forget anything, and don’t let you forget either. Can these two find a way to make their attraction last longer than the weekend? Can Kate find a way to move forward with her life with her children? Will there be a place for Greyson in that future? Five stars for this emotional roller coaster. It is a short fast read but you will love every second of the read. It pulls you in from the first and doesn’t let go.
The Assassin Next Door (Bad Boy Inc #1)
by Eve Langlais
This book is a new venue for Ms. Langlais, no shifters. I knew it would be good with her sense of humor and assassins? in suburbia? Single mom with secrets? Oh, this was a recipe for laughter. And I was so right.
Lily is trying to escape her ex-husband, but her lawyer says she can’t leave the state, and that she can’t kill him, what’s a lady to do? He never had time for their daughter when they were together, but he has fought for dual custody since they split up, just to try to get her back. And he has never been late picking up Zoe, or finding a reason to berate her trying to force her to come back to him. Calvin in an assassin, who has set his sights on his sexy single mom next door, and he has decided to be truthful with her. The problem is she doesn’t believe he’s a professional assassin, she thinks he is a real estate broker who likes to play vigilante with the drug dealers she is terrified of. Until she decided to take what she knows to her boss and lawyer, who puts her in touch with the Bad Boys Inc. the team that Calvin works with.
Oh, the sparks that fly between Calvin and Lily, and between Calvin and Murphy, Lily’s ex are explosive. I loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down for sleep. Five stars and a must read. This story had some shivering sexy points, some tears to your eyes laughter, and tears down your cheeks heart stopping moments of terror. Can’t say enough of how highly I recommend this book.
The Photographer’s Assistant
by Andrew Grey
Another five star read by Andrew Grey. This is an older novella by Mr. Grey, I didn’t remember it until I got into it, but then I remember reading it along time ago.
It was as good the second time time around as well as the first. The characters are very well defined and jump off the page from the first sentence. And like most of Mr. Grey’s novel is grabs you and won’t let go until you are through. It is a very quick read, but you do not find it lacking at all for the shortness of the story. A must pick up if you like your romance with a lot of heat, a little bit of turbulence and a happy ever after.
by Sharon Sala
I love the style and story telling technique of Sharon Sala. I know I am always going to get a good suspenseful book with a warm love story as a base. Family is important to Ms. Sala, that comes through in all of her books.
In this book it is a two families against each other. A good mountain blood feud. The husband of Leigh Youngblood is killed, he writes the name of his killer, her maiden name. The family that had disowned her for marrying him and threatened 35 years ago to kill him. They are the richest family in Eden, the small town below the mountain the Youngbloods live on, basically own the law enforcement department, and everything else. The governor even called the county constable and the town Chief of Police to reminding them who the Wayne family was and to go slow and make sure they had evidence to back up any move they made. Bowie Youngblood, the oldest son is working on offshore oil rigs, but comes home immediately for his mother. She is strong women, raised five strong sons all with their father’s long hair, only to have her youngest returned from the war with the mind of a ten year old. At one point she points out to Bowie that God returned Jessie to her that way to giver her reason to hang on after her husband had been killed, or she surely would have followed him.
My heart ached for this family, and for Talia Champion as she dealt with last days of her father’s life after a debilitating illness that had gone on for seven years. The fact that seven years ago she had told Bowie no when he proposed marriage to her, but didn’t tell him about her father, and now when he found out this time home, and he forgave her and they moved forward – yes, this is the best thing about Ms. Sala’s writing I love. No secrets, no angst where it isn’t needed. They still love each other, he understood her reasoning when she explained it, and so in the way of the mountain people they picked up and life went on.
Five stars for this book that will take you from the deepest lows to the highest highs. I love that Ms. Sala also doesn’t write always from deep point view of one person, she uses the omnipresent view point alot. For her writing it works and just seems to fit.
Zach (BlackBeary Creek #4)
by Ruby Shae
Great short read. Ms. Shae never disappoints with her bear shifter stories. Love them every time, she is one of my got to authors when I am having a bad day, or just need a good short read with of laughs and lots of hot romance.
Rory just out of a bad relationship. she is not looking for another one. She is just starting to get her self esteem back after her old boy friend did a number on her and for the first time in six months she goes out with girlfriends. Zach knew something was off in the club his small clan ran where he and his cousin provided security. But he wasn’t sure what it was until he met the eyes of a certain woman across the dance floor. She said she would never go out with him, but sh was his mate and he was a patient bear, sometimes. Then he had her, then he didn’t and he had no idea why. One night, Rory was coming home from work and something felt off, she didn’t feel safe. She saw Zach in the window of the ice cream in town, she didn’t hesitate to go him and ask for help. Can they get past her thoughts and what she sees as his similarities of her ex? Will Zach win his mate for be alone forever?
If you like quick reads that make you laugh, and your shifters hot and hunky with a touch alpha dominance you will love these five black bear shifters and their mates. A five star quick read that I could not put down. Can’t wait to open the last of the series. But sad that will be the end of Blackbeary boys.