Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rayne's Thunder (Part One): Master Chef (Dating a Werewolf Series Book 1)
by Jami Brumfield

Book Description

Dating a werewolf can get a little hairy, literally and metaphorically. Rayne Manchester's suitors learn this pretty quickly. Rayne and her siblings, Rhyme and River, have been through a lot lately, and the loss of their father was only more fuel for the firestorm that is their lives.

Grief offers a subtle salve to the drama that eats up their existence and leaves them spinning like a tornado, but when their uncle reads their father's last will and testament they discover things are only going to get worse. The will divides the massive estate equally, but there is one catch; all three must be mated and married one year from their father's death. If even one of them fails in this mandate, none of them will inherit! Estranged, the siblings will now be forced to help each other.

Rayne's Thunder is Rayne Manchester's journey toward finding a mate and walking down the aisle. Upcoming, Rhyme's Reason and River's Fire are River and Rhyme's stories to happily ever after.

In Rayne's Thunder, Part One: Master Chef of the Dating a Werewolf Series, Rayne meets her first suitor, Brick. Their date goes well until payback is delivered for the disrespect the two made to the new alpha. Immerse yourself in this series, the characters, and their world. They're waiting for you to join them on their adventure.

Each installment will serve up romance, suspense, intrigue, and action.

Message from Rayne:

My father's death rattled me to the core. A part of me died with him and left my world spinning out of control. I needed the sanity, the comfort home and my pack offered. Returning home was the only option. Father was always overbearing, determined, protective. He felt he knew what was best for all of us, even if it wasn't.

But this time he really overstepped, I mean to tell me who and when I need to marry and mate from beyond the grave is just inexcusable and to make it worse, he wasn't here for me to tell him how furious I was with him.

There's only one saving grace... at least he left me with a decent list. I'm looking forward to my first date with Brick Mason. I hear he's a mater chef and comes from a respectable alpha family in Wyoming. I suppose we'll see. Whatever happens finding true love is going to be an adventure. I hope you'll join me on my journey to my happily ever after. 

My Review 
5 Stars

This was a good read giving you a little action with a few very controlling men one who just wants the best for his sister the other said he wants what is best for the pack. I am not sure I am buying that but we will see as the story continues. It is hard enough when you are on the outs with your family but what do you do when the father you love who you haven’t seen in years dies leaving a will that said you must marry within a year or you lose everything. He gives you a list of those to choose from some you have never met and others you do not care for. For Rayne she thinks her father has lost it with Storm’s name being added to the list she is sure of it. She doesn’t need the money but the wise father throws in a twist if one does not comply with the rules they all are cut out of the will. The others need the money this first installment in this series is about the fathers will, the trying times for the pack, and Rayne’s first date.

The author gives you lovely characters and tells a little about each in this first installment. Rayne is a strong willed lady who knows her mind not letting herself be pushed around. This does get her into a lot of trouble as you will find as you read this delightful read. This is a very short read which gives you most of the information you will need. I found very little was left out and the author never leaves you hanging. As with most short reads a reviewer cannot give out to much information or there would be no reason for you to read the book.

River her brother is now the alpha and leader of their pack. He isn’t finding that easy with other packs wanting to take it over. He is strong and a loving man who will have some tough decisions to make some will be about Rayne but he must do what is best for the pack. I really liked him he is an upfront person who cares so much and will make a great leader I am sure if he can just find the right mate.

Rhyme is a lovely lady with a few issues she is working through. She and Rayne had a major falling out which tore the family apart. With their fathers dead they have come together and straightened out past mistakes. There isn’t a lot about her in this book but more will come as the series takes off.

The first date for Rayne was interesting as she works her way through the list of men her father gave her. I am not sure what the date thought he was doing which got him and Rayne in a mess of trouble. With Storm to the rescue things heat up. I will be very surprised when this series is over and these two do not end up together. They have wonderful chemistry as the passion heats up but neither seems to be interested in taking it farther. They do not even seem to like each other but we will see…

I thought this was well written with little left out. I understood why the sisters stopped speaking to each other. I could not understand why Rayne did not go home for years why she was away at school. She adores her father I just do not feel the drift between the two sisters would have kept her away from her father. Maybe I missed something but for me this was not explained. That is the only issues I had with this read. I thought the author did an outstanding job of writing a short story and of course this is a cliffhanger but I knew that going in. For a short story that is very interesting the author does hold your attention and gives a well put together story for a reasonable price. She gives you and exciting plot with action and a few thrills that makes this a page turner. If you are into Paranormals and Werewolves I am sure you will enjoy this read as much as I did. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series as well as more from this author. I have found this author does have a reading group if you liked the story you might want to join her FB group. 
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About the Author
Jami M Brumfield has a passion for the paranormal, supernatural, and mythological worlds for most of her life. She believes there is a kernel of truth in every story and loves playing detective to discover what that hidden truth is. She has written most of her life. She started with poems and short stories, then graduated to journalism working for online websites. It was only a natural progression that her love of writing and her passion for the unknown would combine. Her books are a product of that union.

Jami is a multi-genre author in the paranormal arena. She currently has eight series out and two more in the writing process. The Winters Saga series is a Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy Adventure with a touch of romance, Mystery Springs Series is an Adult Paranormal Romance with awesome Action and a Mythological twist, PBI (Paranormal Bureau of Investigation) Case Files series is a Paranormal Mystery series with Romantic Suspense, Ghost Connection series is a New Adult Paranormal Mystery series centered around a reluctant medium and her ghostly companions, Shifter Love Tales series is an adult paranormal romance with mythological twist, Paranormal Hypnotherapy Files series is an adult paranormal romance with a metaphysical twist, Vanished is a paranormal dystopian romance series, Magical Secrets Series centers around antique hunters Josie and Joshua Parker and the mysteries they solve from magical antiques they find, and Demon Love Tales an adult paranormal romance series.

The Winters Saga:
Lone Wolf Rising
Vampire Princess Rising
Fire Master Rising (coming soon)

Mystery Springs:
The Witch's Vampire
The Faerie King's Guardian (coming soon)

PBI Case Files:
The Beginning, Adventure #1
Outbreak, Adventure #2
Lost Plane, Adventure #3
Justice Driven, Adventure #4

Ghost Connection:
Lost, Adventure #1
Death Does Not Become Her, Adventure #2

Shifter Love Tales:
To Love a Dragon (published in box set from Beau Coup Publishing titled Haunting)

Paranormal Hypnotherapy Files:
Cherished Gift (published in Mystical Xmas Box Set)

Death Interrupted
The Mating Challenge (published in Eros box set)

Demon Fairy Tales:
The Dragon's Demon (part of the Mystical Royal Love box set)

Magical Secrets Series:
Genie's Treasure (part of the Windswept Anthology)

By day Jami works with hypnotherapy and coaching clients and in her nights she focuses on creating new urban fantasy and paranormal romantic thrill rides for your enjoyment.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

4 stars  
Texas Thunder
by Kimberly Raye

Book Description
Set deep in the heart of Texas, bestselling author Kimberly Raye's sizzling new series proves that men, women, and moonshine make one dangerous combination…

The most infamous moonshiners in Lone Star history, the Tuckers and the Sawyers have been feuding for over a hundred years. Sure, the days of buckshot and bloodshed are long gone, but it's not over yet. To save the family business, Callie Tucker has to find the recipe for the legendary Texas Thunder moonshine. But first she'll need to make a devil's bargain--with a red-hot hellraiser named Brett Sawyer.

A Sawyer through and through, Brett was raised to never trust a Tucker--especially one as pretty as Callie. But desperate times call for desperate measures. With his ranch going bankrupt, Brett agrees to help Callie find the recipe, sell the rights, and split the profits. Of course, it won't be easy for these two enemies to work together. But it's even harder to ignore the sparks of attraction--when just one kiss delivers a kick stronger than any swig of moonshine…

My Review
The author grabs you attention with a mystery of Texas Thunder moonshine and they family feuding around it as she gives you a intriguing, complex beginning to the Rebel Moonshine series and the love that never was. Two people who have loved each other for a century to bullhead to see it as their families along with other issues torn them apart. It isn’t easy when families can’t get along because of a falling out they had before you were born. They had the best moonshine around, the best of buddies until one day it all fall apart they torn the recipe in half along with their friendship. Now with times being hard and the two families are about to lose their homes the only thing that will save them is the lost recipe for Texas Thunder.

Brett and Callie had a thing for each other in high school which turned out bad each going their own way. Years later with the home about to be lost they come together in the hunt for the recipe to sell it to keep their homes. The attraction between the two is stronger than ever it is just to late to forgive and forget the past. One night of misunderstandings tore their world apart as each walked away from the other neither being able to forget or forgive. When these two get together sparks fly as tempters rise, can they keep it together until they can find the recipe or will they give into the lust they hold for each other. What will they do when and if they find out that lust just might be more.

The author gives you mysteries of who did it and why. Some of the mysteries will be solved others will go into the next book or maybe even the next one. You see a lot of pain and sorrow from these two along with their grandfathers. Each of the sisters has issues as I am sure will come to light as the series goes on. Brett’s sister has been betrayed she isn’t looking for a love but she just might be getting it or will this new man break her heart as well. The author gives great characters from pappy who will break your heart as he goes through a trying time. I am sure many of you will relate to him and come to love him as you watch his pain. Brett’s sister is a sweetheart who I could relate to she is just down to earth wanting to do what is best for her family as she gets over her ex. The three sisters are a trip as each one deals with their fears, they keep you laughing at the things they pull. I found at times this to be a very humorous book as well as a very sad one. The author does give you passionate love scenes which I really did not feel but it doesn’t mean it was not a good read. I thought this was a wonderful read, I enjoyed the humor and getting to know these characters. I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Ms. Raye is a new author to me that I feel will give us readers a wonderful new series to look forward to. If you are looking for a intriguing, complex for love lost and a family feuding this is the book for you. Sometimes you might just get a second chance to get your hearts desire…. 

About the Author 
I've always been an incurable romantic. While I enjoy reading all types of fiction, my favorites, the books that touch my soul, are romance novels. From sexy to thrilling, sweet to humorous, I like them all. But what I really love is writing romance--the hotter the better!

I started my first novel back in high school and have been writing ever since. To date, I've published over thirty novels, one of them a prestigious RITA Award nominee, Romance Writers of America's highest award of excellence. I have also been nominated by Romantic Times magazine for several Reviewer's Choice awards, as well as a career achievement award.

I've written for several different publishers, including Harlequin Books, Leisure Books, Berkley/Jove, St. Martin's Press and Warner Books. Born and bred in the Lone Start State, I still live deep in the heart with my real-life hero, Curt, and our young children.

Like any over-worked, under-appreciated wife and mother, I have very little free time. But when I find a few precious moments, I LOVE to read. Some of my favorite authors include Janet Evanovich, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Charlaine Harris (see my Favorite Reads page for more) and the exceptionally talented Nina Bangs. Give me a bag of Sugar Babies, a Toby Keith or Kevin Fowler CD (I love Texas music), and a great book, and I'm in heaven!


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

5 Stars 

Veil of Secrecy (Shadows Book 1)
Written by: RM Alexander 
Narrated by: Shana Pennington-Baird

Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins 

  • Series: Shadows (Alexander), Book 1

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date:03-17-15
Publisher: RM Alexander 

Book Description

RM Alexander is an author of Sweet / Clean Romances that are sometimes contemporary, sometimes paranormal or suspense, but are always ruled by the heart of true romance.

With characters who look for love in wrong places and are victims of the worse kind of betrayals while fighting for what they want and believe in, RM's novels promise a good read with unexpected twists and turns.

When she's not writing, RM is spending time with her husband and two small children in Michigan. She loves to travel, especially to Walt Disney World, and can often be found on Twitter or Facebook chatting with other authors and fans.
When Rachel's home is ripped apart and a friend attacked, it's clear there is no safe haven. She is no longer running from her past, but trying to survive to make it to her future.

My Review
I thought this book was very interesting with a different twist. The author gives you some really heartbreaking scenes, betrayal no doubt of the worse kind along with starting over. It is never easy to start over when your love one has been killed. For it to happen why in the military to a almost new bride goes beyond the call of duty. I have always said the spouse serve our country just as the ones at war. This book shows that over again, what do you do when it feels like everyone is against you, his family blames you for his death, your military friends are no longer your friends. You pack up and go where? Home? There isn’t anything waiting there for you, with nowhere to go or run to lick her wounds Rachel decides to go to the one place she has never been. The grandmother she has never met left her a big estate. Everything, money, a big house and a note that said I am sorry. The mystery begins as Rachel starts over rebuilding her life. What she finds is life might not be as safe as she goes into the forest, she feel something there she is afraid, then it attacks, something or someone comes along, she passes out and wakes to a voice that said do not be afraid I will not hurt you, you are safe. She sees nothing but feels comfort, the voice keeps her there until morning than tells her how to get home and never come back. She doesn’t know what to feel or think. There is a man who is watching her making her feel uneasy, he comforts her which even unsettles her more. What is he talking about, what could this all mean….Danger is near, nearer than she thinks….There are to many secretes that she must uncover to find the true meaning and just what did her grandmothers note mean? She finds not everyone is happy she is there, to many things go wrong, to many people are on the hunt…but for what?

The narrator Shana Pennington-Baird I thought did a great job of narrating. Her different voices added a lot to the audio. It was easy to tell which was male and female and what emotions she was trying to betray. The only problem I saw in this audio was at the beginning of some chapters her voice was louder than the one she just finished. I am guessing this is when she took a break and came back to start recording again. I cannot say it took away from the audio it was more of wow that is different but it isn’t long before you get right back into this story. It was a story I did have trouble setting down and really wanted to continue it. There was no background noise at all just nice smooth listening with just the voice getting louder at the beginning of some chapters.  Would I listen to more by this narrator you can bet the bank I would. She really does have a smooth voice that pulls you in and holds you there, at times with your heart in your throat.

The author gives a story with many twists and turns that will keep you interested as she tells you a heartbreaking story of love lost and starting over. She takes you on a journey through the forest of the unnatural and Rachel pieces together her family, their lies, betrayal which will cause her lots of pain. It is heartbreaking to see these half human half animals and all they have had to deal with. Life is dangerous as a bounty hunter is following her wanting information she doesn’t have.  He will get his information at all cost whatever it takes.

You get to meet some wonderful characters that have their own painful story to tell. They come together to unite as a family keeping all those like them safe. Each are special in their own way but Leonardo stands out as he keeps Rachel safe through the many different issues that happen.  As a reader it is hard for your heart not to go out to these characters when you learn their story. Rachel at times I just wish I could have pulled her out of the book to safety and take her sorrow away. The author gives you characters you do not know if you can trust one minute and the next they are dearing and you just love them. Do not believe everything you see for it might not be. As I listened along thoughts started stirring and I thought this it is how it is. To find out I was correct I was like YES but I never thought it was going to be that way. I would have to say the ending is painful and heartbreaking but at the same time sweet and happy. You are torn between how you think it will go and how you want it to end. This is a series and I am so looking forward to seeing what the author has in store for me. This story can go many different ways and with this authors mind you just never know. If you haven’t read anything by RM Alexander this would be a great one to start with. The audio is outstanding as the book is. 

 About The Author
RM Alexander is an author of Sweet / Clean Romances that are sometimes contemporary, sometimes paranormal or suspense, but are always ruled by the heart of true romance.

With characters who look for love in wrong places and are victims of the worse kind of betrayals while fighting for what they want and believe in, RM's novels promise a good read with unexpected twists and turns.

When she's not writing, RM is spending time with her husband and two small children in Michigan. She loves to travel, especially to Walt Disney World, and can often be found on Twitter or Facebook chatting with other authors and fans.

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