Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Reiver

The Reiver (Medieval Outlaws 0.5)
by Glynnis Campbell 
 

Fast pace, fun, exciting, grabs your attention from the first page. It is a story about a young lady that has been abused by the uncle she lives with and a man who lost his wife years before. They meet a strange lady who is serving beer in a keep, she tells them a story about a comet that will change their lives forever. This is one author that knows how to draw her readers in with a wonderful talent for story telling that hooks you from the first page.

Both Cristy and Brochan have a sad story to tell, it really broke my heart at all these two have been through and are still dealing with. It depends on how you look at it, either it will be Cristy and Brochan worse day of their life or the best they will ever have when Cristy steals a cow and gets caught by Brochan. He has is own troubles trying to raise twins without a mother. He decides he is going to do a trade but things do not go as planned which makes him rethink what he was thinking to start with. What follows is a wonderful delightful story with a twist on romance that makes you smile and laugh as well as a little cheering and maybe a bad word or two.

I really love this authors writing style, her humor and the way her mind works. It is a delightful story that grabbed my attention from the first page until the end. I really didn’t want it to end. The plot is wonderful with wonderful likable characters that you come to love. I enjoyed watching them work through issues and find a love like they have never known. Each has to get through some very trying times and learn how to deal with each other as well as trust the other. I know who ever picks this up will just love being taken back in time watching these two beat around the bush and find love.
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Rogues, rapscallions, knaves, scoundrels, hellions, scallywags, blackguards, outcasts, and firebrands. They may be villains, but they're irresistible, and sometimes the right hero can steal their hearts and help them mend their wicked ways.

Raised by her abusive uncle, Cristy Moffat will do anything to impress her brawny cousins, including reiving the neighbor's cattle…until she steals the wrong cow and is caught in the act by the new laird. Brochan Macintosh has his hands full, repairing his tower house and raising his motherless twins. But when his plans to trade Cristy for his cattle go awry, he wonders if he wants to ransom her after all. Can he tame her wild ways and give her a family to love, and will Cristy be the one to heal his loneliness?

Second Chances

Second Chances (Fairshore #1)
by Christina Butrum


Is there anything worse than losing in a relationship, starting over many miles away from your friends and family? Amelia is about to find out this answer as she leaves the only home she knows and the only friends she has along with the man she thought she knew and loved. A very sweet and touching read with true emotions that grabs you. It is heart breaking but at the same time a story of passion of one that has lost so much and breaking out to find what it is like to be truly on your own. It is a little slow at the start but does pick up and is a great read. From what I understand this is the first book this author wrote, and she did a really good job. I haven’t read anything by her before but I do look forward to reading more of her work.

I like the characters Amelia and Bailey friendship starts out strong and fast. Amelia and Zack romance is lovely even as they work to overcome things that get in their way you can tell they love each other. The characters are likable, the plot is good, the writing not bad at all. There are a little repeating of wording and a little more filler than I like but all in all it was a good read that I did enjoy.
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Amelia Edwards was a normal twenty year old. She had the perfect life. She had loving parents, a good job, and what she had thought, a perfect relationship with Ryan Andrews. Until one day, after being in a relationship for five years, she showed up at Ryan's to tell him she was pregnant. Her perfect life shattered in an instant.

After devastation and heartache, she finds control in her life. She leaves Linford and her past behind her. She takes a leap of faith and moves to Fairshore, eighty miles from her hometown.

Is eighty miles far enough away from her past? Or will her past follow her?

What she finds in Fairshore is more than she imagined. Expecting nothing more than a fresh start, she soon realizes everyone gets a second chance.

There is only one question to answer: Is she prepared for her second chance with romance?

Summer Bite



Summer Bite (Macconwood Pack)
by C.D. Gorri


My heart is always sucked in when it comes to second chance romance, there is nothing like getting another chance at the one person who really sucks you in never letting you go. Life may go on but that person is never far from your thoughts leaving you always wondering what if.... A short sweet romance full of passion where the author never misses a beat pulling you breaking your heart at the misunderstandings lost and then gives them a second chance that keeps you in awe.

It is a very touching story of secrets so many have been kept along with a few lies. When Abrigail father dies she comes home facing facts she cannot over look. He is the reason she left so many years ago without a word, leaving behind the one man she loves more than anything. With her return secrets come out on both sides it seems Mason has a few of his own.

I thought this was well written with a great plot, it was very easy to follow and get lost between these pages. I loved the characters they became my friends as they broke my heart through what they had to deal with and put it back together as they worked out the issues. It was a great read that I truly enjoyed.

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Artisan whiskey tycoon and Werewolf, Mason Lane has everything he ever wanted, but thoughts of his first love plague him. He buries himself in work to try and forget the raven-haired beauty that haunts his dreams. Ten years later, Abigail Vicente comes back home. Is she only there to claim the twenty-percent of the company left to her by her late father or is there some other secret she’s hiding? Whatever the reason, Mason is determined to find out the truth!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Body Counter

The Body Counter
Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries, Book 2
By: Anne Frasier
Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
Series: Detective Jude Fontaine, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
Unabridged Audiobook


With the first book in this series I was blown away if you haven’t read or listened to it you really must. The Body Counter is full of mystery around numbers and how the bodies add up and are displayed. Never in a million years would I have worked the meaning of it was. The author brings to life an amazing story of a serial killer who leaves few clues and no rhyme or reason for the killings as well as some wonderful characters on the hunt for a mad man before the bodies start adding up. I really loved how the author laid this out, keeping you guessing, the mystery as well as how it twisted leaving you hanging on the edge. A great plot with some great characters, from the first moment that I picked this up I couldn’t put it down and listened to it at one setting. I didn’t feel the connection that I did with Jude in the first book in this series but I still was hooked from the first page. It was very hard to work out who did it but at the same time you work out people involved, there is mystery, danger along with a lot of excitement, thrills, a few chills that had my mouth dropping, a few shocking scenes, as well as an adrenaline rush that will keep you hanging on. It is a story you don’t want to miss and one that will keep you guessing until the end.

Emily Sutton-Smith does an outstanding job of narration. She pulls you in giving you wonderful character voices with outstanding emotions never leaving you guessing what each character feels. Her tones are right on the money giving you a power listen full of feeling. Not much has changed from the first time I have listened to her, she does an outstanding job on Jude’s character giving you the flat voice you would come to expect of a woman who has been through so much. This is one narrator that knows how to give you an adrenaline hush keeping you spellbound until the end. Both her male and female voices are a delight really giving each character the tones and emotions you would expect them to have. There are no background noises, no volume changes and no repeating of words, I could not tell when a break was taken it was just one smooth, clear audio that I got lost in. She gives just the right amount of pause so the story sinks in and holds you spellbound. Just as she did with the first book in this series she held me from the first word until the last.

Jude is strong she has to be to deal with all she has, but she is weak, she doesn’t like to show emotions of any kind and those she does show are real. She is complex but yet easy to get to know. She is unique in so many ways, she knows who she is but is still finding her way. The house she was kept in still plays a very big role in her life. You feel sorry for her but at the same time she is your hero. There are so many mixed emotions going through your head as you listen to this audio, but I still feel that she is the sanest of us all. The author gives you a well-balanced story of horror, shock, delight, laughs, smiles and sorrow than turns your world upside down doing it all over again. It is well written and thought out leaving me in awe at how her mind works. The story moves around Jude touching on her past, I don’t feel you have to read the first book to know what is going on, but I am unsure why you won’t. It is the most powerful story with a mind-blowing plot just as this one is. Her partner is a sweetheart with issues of his own, there are some very troubling characters that will pull you in and a few that will shock you. I know I set with my mouth hung open more than once. There are no words to tell you just what a very talented author Ms. Frasier is and just how much this series has touched me. What an outstanding move this would make having you glued to your seats replaying it all over in your head again. It isn’t a book you will forget very easy.

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From a New York Times bestselling author comes the chilling follow-up to the Thriller Award winner The Body Reader.
Months after discovering the mastermind behind her own kidnapping, Detective Jude Fontaine is dealing with the past the only way she knows how: by returning to every dark corner of it. But it’s a new, escalating series of mass slayings that has become her latest obsession at Homicide.
At first, Jude and her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, can see no pattern to the seemingly random methods, the crime scenes, or the victims - until they’re approached by a brilliantly compulsive math professor. He believes that the madman’s next move is not incalculable; in fact, it’s all part of a sequential and ingenious numerical riddle. His theory is adding up. The body count is rising.
But when the latest victim is found in Jude’s apartment, the puzzle comes with a personal twist that’s going to test the breaking point of her already-fragile state of mind. For all she knows, her number may be up.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

You're Not Alone

You're Not Alone
By: Stacy Eaton

Narrated by: Maria Marquis

Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release date: 04-03-17

Language: English

Publisher: Stacy Eaton


What a very touching story that really grabs you making you want to go into the story and pull her out. Domestic abuse is never easy but when one's husband is a cop it makes it even worse. With nowhere to turn Trinity took what she got until the day he went too far and his brothers in the department took him down when they walked in and just about found her dead with him over her. One young cop took it all in helped her until they took her way, he never forgot her and always wondered about her. Years pass she is doing a seminar, that young cop isn’t young anymore, he is watching as she does an unbelievable amazing demonstration that is mind-blowing. He is as blown away by her strength as he was years ago. This is a story about strength, overcoming your pass, moving on, starting over and helping others like you. It is such a touching romance that you feel all the way to your toes. I promise when the end comes you will feel each emotion that Trinity does along with the power of healing and love like you have never seen it. Oh things aren’t all cheery a lot goes on here in a little time that pulls you in as you become part of the book.

I have not had the pleasure of listening to anything this narrator has done before. She really pulled me in from the first page taking me away leaving me in awe at what the author had written. There is so much emotion in her voice it is hard not to feel everything that the character is feeling. Both her male and female character voices are outstanding as well as her very pleasant normal voice. I could hear the pain, sorrow, laughter and happiness as well as the uneasiness and how unsure the character was in her voice. She gives just the right about of pause and goes that extra mile that really makes you feel and believe what she is saying. I just could not put it down, I am not one to just set and listen to an audio I do things around the house, shop, listen in the car but I found myself setting in the car once I got home for a few extra minutes, even in the house I just set and listen. The author gives a powerful story and the narrator had no trouble delivering it. There are no background noise, no repeating of words, no volume changes, I could not tell when breaks were taken. It is just a wonderful audio that is clean, clear and takes you away you forget you are listening. I am very much looking forward to listening to more of this narrators work. There is no doubt she will become one of my favorite.

All I can say is wow just wow this is a powerful story. I was blown away by the seminar that was so powerful the way the author wrote it making you feel the emotions as a victim would. She is one very talented author that knows how to pull you in taking you away and making you become part of the story. This would make a great movie I really can’t tell you how much this audio touched me. It will make anyone who has never been abused understand why the victim can’t walk away how painful it is and the way some people enjoy power and take it too far. For anyone who has been a victim this is one author that is telling your story in a way that I do not think it would trigger anything. For me it was very easy to relate to and understand, I cannot tell you the emotions I felt why listening to this. Oh it isn’t all dome and gloom, there is a very touching romance that just makes you feel at peace when the end come. It is about learning, growing and not taking what one dishes out but also about what love truly is, the give and take, support that only true love brings. It is a delightful older woman younger man romance that is touching. There is a little mystery, a few twists and turns that gets the heart pumping and leaves you on the edge. The suspense was outstanding as the author had me talking to the characters which I totally loved. I loved the characters, there wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this audio was hooked from the start to finish. I understood where each character was coming from and felt every emotion they felt. It was truly an amazing listen that pulls you in from start to finish. There was nothing I didn’t like and really wanted the story to go on. To the author you have out done yourself giving an amazing story that really touched me. It will be an audio that I will listen to again, my hats off to you for giving such a powerful story.

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Trinity Morris, cofounder of You're Not Alone, has a domestic violence past that still haunts her 10 years later. She is devoted to helping victims find freedom and to sharing information on how to help them through their emotional and violent trials.
While Trinity is presenting at a seminar, she comes across Gavin, a police officer who knows her past all too well. It's been 10 years since he last saw her, but the moment Gavin's eyes land on her, he's intent on getting to know the woman who has haunted his dreams all these years.
Can Gavin break through the wall that Trinity has built around herself, or will the present and the past collide and take her away from him again?