Saturday, August 27, 2016
published by: Houghton Mifflin
publish date: June 3, 2013
The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.
Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.
This is a book I've had on my TBR pile forever. My library got the audiobook so I was finally able to get this one done.
Basically this a pretty typical dystopian type book. The world has been destroyed by war. The country has been broken up into large sections. Each section sends its best and brightest to The Testing each year. If a candidate is able pass the testing then they are able to attend university and be eligible for some of the more coveted jobs. However, the students that pass are given medication to wipe all memory of the test. No one can pass tips down, except Cia's father, who was able to maintain some memory of the test. He gives her advice that gives her a leg up on all the other candidates.
Despite the fact that I've been trying to stay away from YA dysopian trilogies, I wanted to give this one a try. I'm glad I did, it was a pretty story. It wasn't anything super amazing, but there were a few spots that I was surprised about. I would recommend this book for fans of the genre.
Friday, August 26, 2016
Author: Barbara White Daille
Date of publication: July 2016
Single mom Layne Slater thought she'd seen the last of Jason McAndry when he chose the rodeo over her and their unborn son. Now Jason's back in Cowboy Creek and just as handsome as ever. But Layne can't give in to those feelings again. She has to protect her children…and her heart.
Jason wants to try to make up for the pain he caused when he left. The least he can do is help Layne while he's home. Before long, Jason realizes he's finally ready to be the husband, father and man his family deserves. But can Jason prove to Layne that this time, their love is forever?
Enjoy this guest post from author, Barbara White Daille!
Hi, I’m Barbara, and I write contemporary romance. My stories usually include kids and cowboys, the first because they’re cute, funny and touching, and the second because…well, there are so many things to like about writing cowboys, the list could go on forever.
Here’s a look at my cowboy hero, Jason, that I hope illustrates a few of the points above:
Please feel free to share what you love about cowboys or your favorite fictional heroes, or to leave a comment or question.
About the author:
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the wild Southwest, where they deal with lizards in the yard and scorpions in the bathroom. A writer since before she knew how to spell, Barbara loves creating home and family stories--with cowboys!--for Harlequin American Romance. When not writing, she can be found near books and chocolate. Please visit her at: www.BarbaraWhiteDaille.com.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Author: Lora Leigh
First published in 2006 by Samhain Publishing
Love will find a way. Slade was Jessie's life, the first love that filled her heart and soul and bound her woman's spirit. Years of waiting culminating in an incredible weekend of sexual abandon-teaching her everything she needed to know to be his woman and branded her as Slade's woman for life. Jessie was certain Slade had to love her. Until he whispered the lie, the ultimate betrayal, and walked away only to wed another woman. Now five years later Slade returns, his soul has withered without Jessie's presence, and now he'll have her, one way or the other.
The love for her, the fierce overriding hunger and need consumes his heart and binds his soul. No matter the obstacles, Slade will get her back. Whatever it takes. Whatever he has to do. Warning: this book contains lots of steamy, hot lovin'.
It's been a while since I have read a book by this author. I forgot how intensely erotic her books can be. Loving Lies is no exception. With the upcoming release of one third "Boys of Summer" book, Dirty Little Lies, I thought it might be good to go back to the beginning of the series to catch up.
For the most part, I enjoyed the story. Slade is an uber-alpha male and a little over the top at times. But I was rooting for him to get Jessie back. I had to suspend a little bit of disbelief over the reason Slade left. I liked how Jessie grew over the five years he was gone. It would have been nicer had the book been a little longer to be able to see what went on while they were apart.
If you are looking for intense and well written erotica, you can't go wrong with this author. Why not start with this one?
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publication: August 2016
Underneath the axle grease and tats
About the author:
Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, MARIE HARTE is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after.
Visit marieharte.com and fall in love.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of publication: August 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
published by: Bantam
publish date: June 12, 2012
Raised in a clan of small-time thieves and grifters, Terrier Rand decided to cut free from them and go straight after his older brother, Collie, went on a killing spree that left an entire family and several others dead. Five years later, only days before his scheduled execution, Collie contacts Terry and asks him to return home. He claims he wasn’t responsible for one of the murders—and insists that the real killer is still on the loose.
This was one of those books that I got from the library. When it came time to read it, I was like "why did I pick this??" So, I kinda put it off, but I eventually got around to it. I don't know what the problem was, because I ended up really liking this book and hopefully I can get to the second book in the series some time soon.
Terrier is fed up with his family. They're all thieves and grifters. When his brother Collie goes on a killing spree, he leaves his family behind and starts and new life. Collie calls him to death row to make a confession that he didn't kill one of the victims he was accused of killing. Terrier doesn't believe him but begins his own investigation. Terry gets drawn back into the dealings of his family. His sister is involved with a lowlife, his uncles are in trouble with the mob. He has to clear his brother's name, find a killer and get his family straight.
One of the things I liked about this book was the names. Everyone in Terry's family was named after a breed of dog. I thought it was a clever little aspect of book. This was a really good mystery and I would for sure recommend this one.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publication: September 2015
Brave the Heat is the first in a series about five brothers. I think they are set up as a stand-alones because this book focuses on only Gavin. The other brothers show up in the end so the reader doesn't really get a chance to know them. Gavin and Jordan have a history. She ran away 15 years before and Gavin still has a thing for her. Now she is back in town, divorced and with two little girls in tow.
Friday, August 19, 2016
The American Girl is about, well, an American girl who is in France as an exchange student. One day, she stumbles out of the woods and, after getting hit by a car, loses her memory. The host family she was staying with is missing and she gets blamed for their disappearance.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Author: Cynthia Eden
First published in 2010 by Grand Central Publishing
TWO BRILLIANT AGENTS
FBI Special Agent Monica Davenport has made a career out of profiling serial killers. But getting inside the twisted minds of the cruel and the sadistic has taken its toll: She's walled herself off from the world. Yet Monica can't ignore fellow agent Luke Dante, the only man who ever broke through her defenses.
ONE DREAM TEAM
Luke has the unique ability to put victims at ease...professionally, he and Monica made a perfect team. Now they're reunited to catch a murderer who uses his victims' deepest, darkest fears for sport - but their investigative skills aren't enough. Luke and Monica will have to face the secrets from their past, the ones that terrify them the most, if they are to have a future together.
Deadly Fear was a fast paced hunt for a serial killer involving two FBI agents who have a past history and are both battling inner demons. For the most part, I liked this one. I thought the mystery was really good and creepy. I liked the premise that the killer played on the victim's biggest fears. The identity of the serial killer was hard to pin down making it more exciting.
The main characters were just OK for me. I liked Luke, but Monica kept annoying me. I didn't understand how she got to be in the FBI while hiding her true identity or her past. Seemed a bit unlikely to me. I kept waiting for her to share as it probably would have sped up the investigation. The romance part of the book was a bit underwhelming for me. So I'd recommend reading this one for the suspense part, not the romance.