Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lucky Charmed (Charmed in Texas #2)


Lucky Charmed (Charmed in Texas #2)
by Sharla Lovelace



Oh my Lord what a hook this author gives this story. There is no way you can read this and not feel sorry for Carmen that is after you get over the fact she hates honey. She is something else with her dry witty sense of humor and her outlook on life you can’t help but laugh your way through turning the pages as fast as you can. As the book takes off the author grabs your attention with Carmen’s charming self complaining about the people in the grocery store and talking about her love or not so love of honey. As she takes a little walk down memory lane who does she run into but the one man she thought she would never see again. Then the story takes off from ex’s to her over bearing mother as friends take her side and others go against her she rides the tide of shame, loneness, heartbreak. Just as you get through one bump another one comes along that is bigger than the last. There are some major twists and turns and a few you won’t see coming as this author drivers you right to laughter.

When Carmen was 18 she had all her hopes on one man who would take her way from her crazy life and give her true adventure with carnival his father owned. She spent her days dreaming of the only man she has ever loved in all of her short 18 years. Oh the life they will have doing this and that seeing the world one town at a time. That is until the day came and wait she did but he never showed. Maybe she made a mistake so she drove to the next town but again she sets and waits for hours all alone as day grew to night she knew he wasn’t coming. Going home with her head hung low listening to all the things her mother had to say she married the guy her mother wanted her to. After many years of more disappointment she divorces. Just as she is about to get her life on track in walks the one man she never forgot or forgiven. From this point on it is one shock after another until she can’t be shocked any more.

Sully is done totally through with the carnival letting his brother takes it over. He has decided he is coming back to the only place that ever felt like home and the women he has always loved. When he starts his project he finds not only does his true love not forgive him but the town has a long memory as well. That is what happens when you mess with the hometown sweetheart. Not only will he have to get her to change how she feels but he has to work on the whole town as well.

I just loved Carmen who stands up and said what she thinks. Her mother is a trip with little class but a good heart. She has some major explaining when the cat gets out of the bag. Carmen has her ideas of just what everyone can do including those dang bees. I laughed and laughed. At one point I was eating ice cream and just about died when something happened and I chocked my way through it. Sully stole my heart with his classy hot self that would turn any women to mush.

The author does a wonderful job showing how the past affect everyone and how everyone deals with it. There is drama at its finest with so much emotion you aren’t sure who you feel for the most. As the author takes you along first your heart breaks for Carmen, than Sully and then Carmen by the time you have read the last page you even feel sorry for her ex husband who was really a piece of work. Stalker comes to mind but you can’t help feeling for a man who is and has always been so in love with her that he is willing to do anything to keep her.

I totally loved this story of second chances filled with romance, learning about yourself, finding how to forgive so many and finally learning that sometimes you have to swallow some crow to make your dreams come true. If you are looking for an outstanding read one that will stay with you leaving you with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart this is the one for you. There is no way this cannot be added to my favorite reads of the year. So far to date I think this book is my favorite of the ones she has written.


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Charmed, Texas, is as warm and welcoming as it sounds. But even in a small town, when it comes to love, sometimes you’ve got to take the bitter with the sweet . . .

Carmen Frost hates honey. And bees. And in her hometown of Charmed, Texas, which practically invented the stuff, that’s a problem. The good news is that the summer Honey Festival is finally over. Even better, so is the annual Lucky Hart carnival, a road show that made off with her dreams years ago—including the boy she loved. Now she’s got a divorce behind her, and a successful law career in front of her, but in a tiny town, big memories die hard. Or they don’t die at all—as Carmen discovers when she runs into an all too familiar pair of eyes—older, wiser, and just as heart-melting as ever . . .

Sully Hart has had enough of the nomad lifestyle. Travelling with his father’s carnival gave him adventures, but it cost him much more. Now he’s home to stay, contracted to create an entertainment complex in Charmed. He wants roots, a house with a yard and all the mundane pleasures that go with it. But the girl he loved has become a woman who still wants freedom. Can she still want him? It seems he and Carmen are at each other’s throats one minute—and on each other’s lips the next. Someone’s gotta give . . .

"Fans of the first installment (A Charmed Little Lie) will enjoy this second one just as much and be clamoring for the third."Library Journal on Lucky Charmed



The Calling Tree: Book One


The Calling Tree: Book One

Written by: C. F. Waller
Narrated by: Wyatt Baker
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:07-11-17
Publisher: C. F. WALLER

This is the second book I have listened to of this author it was almost as good as the first one. I have to admit it was a little confusing which most likely had to do with the narration. The author gives lots of twists and turns some are very shocking and surprising. He gives you a story of people who are immortal living thousands of years going into vivid detail of how they live and how they die. Some die from the same things you and I do and others do not. The story moves pretty fast with lots of suspense and action that keeps your attention. When the hunted becomes the hunter and turns the table’s things get very hot.

Mr. Baker’s narration isn’t too bad he does need to slow down and pause, giving the reader time to process what they just heard before moving on to the next sentence. When going from one person or story it isn’t smooth and runs all together. Some of his characters voices are great giving wonderful emotions but others are a little high pitch or flat. It was hard for me to keep the characters apart due to the reading speed and character voice sounding too close together.   There are no background noises, no volume changes, if any breaks where taken I could not tell. There are a few pitch changes but I believe he will get this worked out over time. From what I can tell he is very new at narration but I feel he will grow and learn. Dominick, Bea’s and Shelly’s voice were wonderful. These were given great emotions. They really came to life for me and I grew to love them dearly. His accents were wonderful and I thought Dominick’s and Bea’s dry humor really came through making me chuckle. Mr. Baker’s normal voice is very pleasant to listen to but he does need to work on his female voices. They for the most part sound more male.  I didn’t care for Ronnie’s voice it was to male for me and to high, it just didn’t sound natural.  I did think he put a lot into the action and suspense and this part really pulled me in. I do believe over time his narration will improve and he will be wonderful to listen to.

Mr. Waller really knows how to grab his reader’s attention giving you characters that you enjoy. There wasn’t a character I didn’t like even the evil ones kept me smiling or chuckling. He spins a tale that is interesting, original and makes the reader think. Before you know it you yourself almost believe in immortality. This book is really totally different from the other book I have read of his. It is refreshing, in-depth, spun around a delightful plot which really keeps you spellbound with a story you have trouble putting down. His characters are vivid, charming and delightful with wonderful personalities. At first I thought the story to be a little confusing but in time you will find how each character plays an important part. Some will die and some will live but it is amazing how this comes about giving the reader vivid details that hold your attention keeping you with ears/eyes glued to the outcome. The ending is really a big surprise, that never even cross my mind. It is well setup for the next book in the series which I have bought. I can’t wait to see where the author takes it. You can tell this is one book that was well thought out keeping the reader in suspense with dry humor and delightful wit. You really have to pick this up to know what you are missing.  

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BOOK ONE of The Calling Tree Trilogy. Dominick Dunn is in people acquisition. When the phone rings he shuffles off to the far corners of the globe to retrieve the captured, then turns them over to his employer. He doesn’t actually believe these people are immortal, but the pay is good and he likes to travel. Despite rumors that his quarry meets an unthinkable fate at the hands of his employer, he’s content with his lot in life.

Aaron Wessker is miserable. His life has not gone according to plan. Trapped in a dead end job bartending in Vegas, he longs for a family he lacks, or at least the possibility of a girlfriend.

Their lives are about to intersect, causing them both to rethink their place in the world. More importantly they will have to change their opinions of the possibility of immortality.

Unfortunately for both of them they will have to do this very quickly. Dunn’s quarry is also being pursued by something much more deadly than his employers.

Dominick Dunn is about to become the hunted and Aaron’s world is about to be turned on its side.

Disclaimer: This novel contains controversial opinions on Greek mythology, genetic mapping, gun pointing, love triangles, murderous redheads, bows and arrows, degenerate gamblers, choosing the correct wine when boiling people in oil, overuse of movie references, hooker tossing and indictments of our educational system.

Any resemblance between real persons and characters depicted in this work is pure coincidence, but really now . . . you know who you are.
The Calling Tree Trilogy . . .
The Calling Tree (Book One Available now
The Conduit (Book Two) Available now
The Agreement (Book Three) Release Date November 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Heart of a Texas Cowboy


The Heart of a Texas Cowboy (Men of Legend #2)
by Linda Broday


There is nothing truer than the saying love it blind. The first few pages of this story just ripped my heart out. Your heart breaks for one, than you hear the whole story which spins you in a 360 for poor Houston and how he was betrayed. A year later two lost hurt souls come together when two fathers make a deal forcing them to marry. One swearing to service and protect his wife and her child the other hoping for the best, can these two help heal the wounds others have given them?

A story full of danger, hope, dreams, action, and adventure with excitement, heartbreak, desire, pain and sorrow as two people build a life together and those who want to bring it down.  The story captivates you as it takes you back in time to a wilder side of Texas where actions speak louder than words. A place where it is kill or be killed, the hunted become the hunter and justice is service with bullets flying. Men had honor, women had souls and children had respect they grow up fast and learn to protect those they love.  The author takes all of the above and captivates the reader in a story that will hold your attention keeping you spellbound with a story you will have trouble putting down. She shows you the best of the best and the worse of the worse taking down one evil man at a time that is if they do not get taken down first.

Houston is a man of his word he holds power but in the west it doesn’t mean much. He is a gentleman until the end always putting his family first standing in the way of danger to keep them safe.  He is forced to marry a woman that most would take one look turn their heads or make fun of.  He takes it all on the chin making her feel beautiful and loving her child that isn’t his. Lara is a broken woman who has been to hell and back facing things we hope to never face. She has lived our worst nightmare taking one day as it come facing life with her chin held high. Life has not been easy and it is about to get worse as the man who attacked her hunts her down to take back what is his.

I love watching these two as their relationships grow both learning so much making a life for them and their child on a trail drive as a gang is hot on the tail making habit over Texas that will bring most to their knees. The story holds you captive keeping you holding your breath and breaking your heart, making you smile and laugh why keeping you on the edge with very vivid details that pulls you in taking you away. I really hated to put this book down. I stayed up very late and picked it up first thing in the morning. I had to see where the author would take it. She surprised me at every turn making my heart beat faster as my eyes grew bigger. The adventure is thrilling and the danger feels real. Ms. Broday puts so much emotion in her stories spinning a tale of romance that keeps you breathless. She makes you smile, laugh and just wanting to cry. Her characters become real leaving you with your hand over your mouth and tears in your eyes. It will be a story that stays with you making you understand how vivid Texas was years ago. These are characters that kept American free they stood up for what is right giving back not only to the land but the people. Fighting for justice the only way they knew how. The supporting characters add so much from their love of the land to their love of one family who is about to lose it all. There is shock and surprises waiting for you between these pages. The author takes you on a story that spins out of control leaving you very sad and then does a 360 making you smile with relief. If you have not read any books from this author you are truly missing a great experience.  She is truly an author that deserves all the awards she has received. Give this book a try and you will know why she is a best seller as she takes you back in time bring Texas alive not only in your mind but in your soul. When the end came I wanted it to go on. I have picked this as one of my favorite reads for the year.


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Three Brothers. One Oath.
No Compromises.
The MEN of LEGEND


The Cowboy
One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend’s world. He swore he’d never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he’s never met—a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart.

All Lara Boone wants is a name for her baby. She never expected to fall in love with her own husband—or any man—after the heartache she’s endured. Yet when her troubled past catches up with them, Houston will move heaven and earth to protect his bride…and discover depths to a marriage of convenience neither realized could be theirs to claim.

Men of Legends Series:
To Love a Texas Ranger (Book 1)
The Heart of a Texas Cowboy (Book 2)

"Linda Broday's books always take me back to a west that feels true. Her love stories run deep with emotion. A delightful read." ―Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Promise Me Texas on Texas Mail Order Bride

Praise for Forever His Texas Bride:
"Broday's Westerns always captivate." -RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"One of the best historical western authors." -Fresh Fiction
"Poignant, dramatic and packed with action and mystery." -Addicted to Romance

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Not So Sweet Maria


Not So Sweet Maria (Sisters by Marriage Book 1)
by Jessica Spencer


This is a cute read but nothing that really grabs you.  A clean read with really nice characters that is fun. The book moves a little slow with two people who meet giving different names falling for each other.  Neither wants to marry but are focused into it without meeting the one they are suppose to marry.  What a shocker it was when they found out they were to marry each other.

I have an issue with the repeating of things we already know and each character already knows.  The story of Mary’s begging was very interesting as well as her grandmother’s story of how she came to love a little boy. I like how Mary took charge of her life making her own money. I do have an issue with so many men falling at Mary’s feet having to be drug away. The ton is unforgivable I just do not seeing a man doing this where others can see him. These men did not marry for love or feeling they got that somewhere else. They married for money and pretty much ignored their wives.

It was cute, clean and a fun read with a nice plot and fun characters. It wasn’t a book I couldn’t put down but one I did enjoy.

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LOVE UNDER MISTAKEN IDENTITY.

The ton calls her Sweet Maria and, even in her fourth Season, eligibles continue to offer her marriage. They do not know Lady Maria despises the hypocritical ways of Polite Society and is trying to sail away to America!

Though the granddaughter of a duke, Lady Maria is a Child of Scandal because her mother was an American commoner. She blames the duke and the duchess for her parents’ death. Had they not disowned them, they would not have died of a virulent fever in America, leaving her an orphan at the age of five.

She has not forgotten the coldness she had met with as a child, and how there were those who examined her features for tainted blood, and disparaged her mother to her face.

She agrees to an arranged match to ward off her persistent suitors, treating the engagement as a sham one to be ended at her convenience.

Then, most unexpectedly, she finds love with a commoner. Only he isn’t a commoner but the Earl of Daventon.

Gareth, Earl of Daventon is no stranger to Scandal. Rumour has it that his father had banished his mother for adulterous behavior. He remembers his mother as a sweet, gentle woman and knows the late earl yearned until his last breath to have her back.

Love is a quagmire and I shall not be caught in it, he decides. But love finds him. The object of his ardour is a mysterious young woman who dresses like a shop girl and behaves like a lady.

Lord Daventon remedies the situation by accepting an arranged match, his betrothed being Lady Maria whom he hasn’t met.

All of which leads to a delightful tangle of affairs.