Monthly Archives: September 2015

Review of UPPER HAND by Freya Barker

  
***Coming October 8th, 2015***
I love all of Freya Barker’s books and was very excited to read the latest installment of her Cedar Tree series. Clint has always been a favorite character of mine and it was great to finally read his and Beth’s story. Clint is such a lovable guy even when he’s acting like a macho idiot. He means well but sometimes his brain is trailing too far behind his mouth and it gets him into trouble, especially with the equally fiery Beth. Fireworks definitely abound in this story! I love the excellent mix of romance, humor, and mystery that is woven through the book. A page turner from beginning to end. Definitely recommend!

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More often than not, Clint Mason has his foot firmly wedged in his mouth, which tends to get him in plenty of hot water with the ladies. Although his laid back good ole’ Southern charm does not fly far with the female population of Cedar Tree, the big burly contractor hides his dark side well.

The only one Beth Franklin allows herself to rely on is Beth, and so far that has served her well. Just when her son disappears after dropping his little guy off on her doorstep, her life seems to spiral out of control. For the first time ever, fearing for his safety, the fiercely independent waitress is forced to be on the receiving end of a helping hand. 

That’s not easy for her, especially since the shovel-sized hand belongs to a man whose approach has run hot and cold the last year, leaving her feeling off balance. With a steady and commanding force, he exposes her softer side, while doing everything he can to keep her and those close to her safe.

**Due to some content of a sexually explicit nature, this book is recommended for a mature audience only.**

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Review of WENDY DARLING by Colleen Oakes

  
****Coming October 13th, 2015****
Incredible retelling of PETER PAN! Absolutely fell in love with this book. Told from Wendy’s point of view, it gives you a different way of looking at Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. A darker, twisted take on a beloved children’s book. Definitely not the story you grew up hearing! It draws you in and keeps you anxiously turning the pages to find out what happens next! You won’t want to miss this first book of a new series. Definitely recommend! 

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Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life with her parents and brothers in wealthy London, as well as a budding romance with Booth, the neighborhood bookseller’s son. But one night, while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children’s nursery, and—dazzled by this flying boy with god-like powers—they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning into Neverland, an intoxicating island of freedom.
As time passes in Neverland, Wendy realizes that this Lost Boy’s paradise of turquoise seas, mermaids, and pirates holds terrible secrets rooted in blood and greed. As Peter’s grasp on her heart tightens, she struggles to remember where she came from—and begins to suspect that this island of dreams, and the boy who desires her, have the potential to transform into an everlasting nightmare.

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Review of WHEN DESTINIES COLLIDE by Shirl Rickman

  
WHEN DESTINIES COLLIDE by Shirl Rickman
Beautiful story of two teenagers who come together after each have suffered terrible losses. Selena and Drake have each lost the most important persons in their lives and are floundering. Each of them is struggling. At a time when they each need a lifeline, they find each other. The road is not easy but their story is even more powerful because of the roadblocks thrown in their way. This story will make you laugh, cry, love, and hope. It is a wonderful story and a must read!
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FROM THE OUTSIDE, THEY APPEAR TO HAVE IT ALL…
Waking every morning and pasting a smile on her face, Selene Chandler only looks like she has it all; parents who love each other, popularity… but what she actually has, is everyone fooled.
Afraid to let anyone see the real, raw her, Selene’s life is far from perfect, and the well-constructed wall she’s built is so high, no one has ever seen past it except her mother; the one and only person she’s ever felt love from.
A TWIST OF FATE THAT IGNITES A FIRE…
The handsome “golden” boy of Montgomery, Texas, Drake Thomas only looks like he has everything; the Mayor’s son, Drake is privileged, entitled, and has never faced the consequences of his actions. He’s never had to.
Until one fateful night, his carefully constructed world begins to unravel, and it takes all the strength he didn’t know he had to hold it together.
A CONNECTION THAT CAN’T BE DENIED…
When fate deals Selene a devastating hand, she is forced into a new life, in a new town. Both alluring and beautiful, two strangers lives cross paths in a tangle of feelings impossible for them to ignore.
Desire turns to a longing neither have ever allowed themselves to feel; but will it be enough to tear down their walls and overcome the secrets of their past?
They’re both pretending; but in this life, you can only pretend for so long.

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Review of HANOVER HOUSE by Brenda Novak

  
Exciting prequel to a new psychological thriller series by Brenda Novak! Truly enjoyable and I can’t wait until the first full length novel comes out. I loved reading about Dr. Evelyn Talbot and her quest to understand the psychotic minds of serial killers. She had suffered through a horrible ordeal as a teenager and was able to pull through and become a successful psychologist who is set to open a special prison in the wilds of Alaska to study psychopaths. With the person who nearly killed her when she was a teenager still on the loose, Evelyn lives half a life and hasn’t been able to get close to other men. But when handsome Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, comes on the scene things begin to shift. Danger lurks in every corner and the stakes are getting high. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book! This novella does a great job of whetting your appetite and leaves you anxious for more. Definitely recommend.

Hanover House

The Hanover House Chronicles

Prequel novella to Brenda Novak’s new Hanover House Chronicles (digital only).

Welcome to Hanover House….

Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the psychopathic mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them?

After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her. So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst.

But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them. And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He’s even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries.

He knows what could happen if only one little thing goes wrong…

From Sweet Dreams Boxed Set

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The Hanover House Chronicles

Coming September 2016
http://brendanovak.com/books/posts/hanover-house/

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Review of RYKER by Sawyer Bennett

  
HOLY HOTNESS was Ryker a great book! Sawyer Bennett outdid herself with this one. This is the 4th book of her Cold Fury hockey romance series. I’ve read them all and Ryker and Gray’s story was FANTASTIC. Ryker is a hot, single dad who happens to be a top goalie in the NHL. Throw in Gray, his sexy General Manager, and you have a delicious recipe for disaster. Forbidden fruit always tastes sweeter and they can’t help themselves from taking a bite. I definitely recommend this book! Be sure to check out the other books in the series. You won’t be disappointed.
The rugged men of the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team are winning hearts once again in another scorching novel from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett.

The stakes have never been higher for Carolina Cold Fury goalie Ryker Evans. With his contract running out, he’s got a year left to prove he’s still at the top of his game. And since his wife left him, Ryker has been balancing life as a pro-hockey star and a single parent to two daughters. Management is waiting for him to screw up. The fans are ready to pounce. Everybody’s taking dirty shots—except for the fiery redhead whose faith in Ryker gives him a fresh start.

As the league’s only female general manager, Gray Brannon has learned not to mix business with pleasure. And yet even this tough, talented career woman can’t help breaking her own rules as she gives Ryker everything she’s got. She hopes their hot streak will last forever, but with Ryker’s conniving ex plotting to reclaim her man, the pressure’s on Gray to step up and save a tender new love before it’s too late.

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