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Book Review! “A Message From The Sparticist League” by G.A. Southern

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ***

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

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I always get excited to read a mystery. Especially when it has the added bonus of being a mystery/thriller.  
Some books let me down, but “A Message from the Sparticist League” was definitely not one of them!

It hooked me pretty much from the first chapter and called to me every time I tried to put it down until the ending. The ending I never saw coming I might add!

It seems that this book or genre has something in common with James Bond type stuff. I have never really watched those movies but after reading this I really want to!

The characters were very well developed. So much so that they almost came to life right off the page. They were all so different from each other but they blended together flawlessly at the same time. 

Anyone who is in the mood for a great murder mystery with plenty of other twists and turns thrown in should definitely grab this book up. It would be a perfect book to read at the pool or on the beach. It’s almost that time of year again!

 

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Food and sex, love and death. They happen to all of us, but not equally. 

It’s February 2004 in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Life is good but also cold, boring, and bourgeois smug. So when you spot someone who, decades ago, handed you a Trotskyist leaflet at the Whitehall Street Induction Center in New York City, of course you follow him. Why wouldn’t you? 

This is the story of a man who stumbles across a small piece of his past that’s haunted him since 1968 and, on a whim, sets out to uncover the truths and lies behind it. What he finds instead is a beautiful and mysterious secret agent, murder, and a guerilla band of ruthless rogue capitalists intent on capturing an unlikely, yet critically important, piece of the global economy.

Forty years late, here’s the first, and maybe the last, New Left detective thriller. The moral of the story is that there are no morals, only politics. Make sure your life is an adventure.

 

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Book Review! “Finding Billy Battles” by Ronald E. Yates

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

 

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I knew I was going to enjoy “Finding Billy Battles” as it is based on a true story…and I never pass up an opportunity to read a true story! What I didn’t know was how much I was going to absolutely LOVE IT!

There is something about this book that is almost impossible to explain, but it takes it from being a *good* book to a GREAT one. 

In “Finding Billy Battles” we meet Billy through his great grandson. They take an instant liking to each other, and Billy tells Ted (the grandson) that he is going to give him his old journals. 
Thus begins the long journey of turning Billy’s journals into this series. 

I can’t begin to explain how happy I am to have stumbled upon this gem! What an amazing microscope into history.
There is some crazy lingo and insights into the past that would have been completely lost to me. 

I think anyone and everyone should pick up a copy of this book and then tell all of your friends and family about it! 
This is a true classic in the making and I hope it rises to the top and gets all the attention it truly deserves!

Highly recommend! 

 

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DESCRIPTION:

Western
Kansas 1860. Billy Battles is born on a remote homestead just off the storied
Santa Fe Trail. More than one hundred years later a great-grandson inherits two
trunks filled with Billy’s personal effects. In those trunks are several secret
journals that reveal an astonishing life of adventure and violence that until
now was obscured by the haze of time and Billy’s desire for secrecy. 

The journals tell of a man both haunted and hunted who, in a
desperate search for peace and redemption, journeys far from the untamed American
West to the Far East, South America, and Europe. In amazing detail they describe
Billy’s interaction with a wide assortment of men and women–some legendary, a
few iniquitous, and many lost to history. They also recount his participation in
such cataclysmic events as the Spanish-American War, turmoil in French
Indochina, and violent revolutions in Mexico and South America.

Complying with Billy’s last request the great-grandson assembles
the journals into a compelling trilogy that reveals a man often trapped and
overwhelmed by circumstances beyond his control, but who nevertheless manages to
persevere for ten decades.

 

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Book Review! “Besieged” by L.P. Lovell

 

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

 

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There are so many things I loved about this book! 
First, the prologue was awesome. I do sometimes look around and just think how complex our world is. Everyone has their own unique story. 

Lilly’s story is a dark one, but she puts on a show for the world. 
Theo is a rich playboy…but perhaps there is some deep dark desire inside him to actually give his heart to the right girl?
When Lilly and Theodore actually meet! Wow, let’s just say it makes for one witty, steamy, *can’t put it down* read. 

I really enjoyed how both Lilly and Theodore took turns being the protagonist. It made it very interesting to know both of their thought processes. 
The setting being in London was also a plus for me. Seeming that I am from the States and I have never been there. 
I love to travel via books! 

Highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a steamy read with a complex (and sometimes dark) story line.
If you absolutely can’t STAND cliffhangers than you may want to wait until the next book comes out….the ending may leave you either throwing the book across the room or carefully putting your reading device down while slowly walking away 😛

 

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What would you do if you were granted millions of pounds and a face that melts the underwear off of any woman? Meet Theodore Ellis, the business man who parties like a rock star, and has more women than he has room on his bed post to put the notches.

Meet Lilly Parker. With a difficult past; Lilly is cold, closed off and emotionally unavailable in every way. Don’t go thinking she’s the sweet and innocent victim though, she plays the game better than most men, and is the original use and abuse woman.
She’s built her walls ten feet high and topped with razor wire, but Theo is relentless in the face of a challenge and Lilly finds herself besieged by him. Can he get in her pants? Or will the unsuspecting man whore go a step further and finally tear down her walls? Unlikely.

This is no hearts and flowers love story, it is a battle of wills as a woman who trusts no-one denies a man who has never been denied.

Cue fireworks as female sass meets alpha male tenacity.

Besieged will make you laugh, fantasize and perhaps even shed a tear. 

 

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Book Review! “Evan’s Ladies” by Eva Caye

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

 

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I wasn’t sure exactly how this book was going to go. Was it going to be just a bunch of flings by an experienced player? Where we going to feel like reaching through the pages and slapping Evan?

Well, it ended up reading like  four romance novellas. Only they were more akin to “real life” dating and all the drama that comes with it. 

I cried at the end of Evan and Nicole’s story. I nodded along in understanding at Sarah’s predicament. 
Each romance was very natural and I could completely see why Evan was drawn to them and also why it couldn’t/wouldn’t work out between them. 

This book almost had the feel of a regency romance with the Lords and Ladies, but with this crazy (in a good way) sci-fi spin. 
Highly recommend to any fan of romance.  Or anyone looking for a great story. It would be a great book to read on a trip! 

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DESCRIPTION:

Prince Evan Sinclair, a brilliant stargate scientist, sees his love life soar to incredible heights and plunge to unbelievable depths. Yet of all the ladies willing to date an Imperial Son, who can he really trust? 

Is true love more than attraction? More than compatibility? More than fascination? More than friendship? From scientist Nicole (The Cremian Dance) to socialite Sara (Good Enough) to sufferer Vivian (Breathe) to stereotype Leah (Treasure Your Words), Evan finds out the hard way, as science, sex, sorrow, solidarity, scandal, sympathy, and sense deprivation characterize these four novellas that chronologically take place between Loyalty and Nobility, books six and seven of the To Be Sinclair series. 

Part I: The Cremian Dance 

Part II: Good Enough 

Part III: Breathe 

Part IV: Treasure Your Words

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Book Review! “Thirty-Two Going On Spinster” by Becky Monson

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ***
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ***

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

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Oh my gosh, this book was so funny! I should disclose that I love comedy. I’m totally one of those people who can laugh at comedy shows on Netflix all day long, so this book was right up my alley.

Julia is a 32 year old, self proclaimed, spinster. She still lives in her parents basement and she hasn’t been on a date in about a decade. Even her job sucks!

Her life takes a turn for the better when a new cute guy is hired at her job, but will she be able to put her spinster ways aside and catch his eye? 

Great book! Definitely a cute story line with well fleshed out characters.
The only thing keeping it from five stars was the ending. There was something about it that just felt like it could have been better. Nothing bad enough to keep me from giving it an overall recommendation though =) 

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“Dear fans of Bridget Jones, Sophie Kinsella, and Marian Keyes, I have found an American author for you to meet and watch!” –Andi’s Book Reviews

 ***Thirty-Two Going on Spinster is the sleeper Chick Lit hit of the summer! With over 50,000 downloads since June! Filled with humor, this fun-loving romance and relatable beach read and has been recognized by top bloggers and readers alike as a great escape for the contemporary woman!***
 
Description:
 Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her career, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie.
 
With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.
 

But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?

 

 

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Book Review! “Blackness Takes Over” by Norma Jeanne Karlsson

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

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What a book! Drama, mystery, romance and suspense all rolled up in one package.

Shannon is the main character, and she has had her fair share of misfortune in this life. When she was six years old her father was murdered right in front of her and she almost died in the attack as well.
She went to live with her great uncle after that, as her mother couldn’t be bothered with her.
As a retired navy seal he taught her how to take care of herself and stay calm under pressure.

These traits will prove to come in handy as she starts college and ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time.
The only good thing is that the horrible assult she suffered ended up bringing her into her new family. Kavy, Cally and Sully would do anything for her and vice versa.

However, things start to get complicated when she meets the son of prime witness to her fathers attack, Kel. He ends up really falling for her, but dating a girl who is more like a guy might be more than he bargained for. 

To add some suspense to the story, Shannon receives death threats after her fathers old enemies realize she survived the attack so many years ago. This prompts her to hire a body guard….like she really needs another guy around her 24/7!

The ending…..whew!! I can’t hardly wait until April! 
Highly recommend and a solid five stars. 

 

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Shannon Kelly’s life has been anything but typical. Her life has been altered viciously at the hands of others twice. However horrible they have been, it’s these changes that have given her a family and career…now possibly love. The last thirteen years she has been supported and loved by her protector, her entertainer, and her comforter, but never a lover. When Dylan Kellerman enters Shannon’s life he changes its course in more ways than one. He gives her hope and promise of a future she was convinced wasn’t attainable. Just as she begins to believe she has finally turned her life into something she can build a future on…blackness takes over.

 

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Book Review! “The Sky Between Two Worlds” by Glen E. Books

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – **
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – *****
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

 

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This work is labeled as a Science Fiction novel. It certainly does fit some of the criteria for that, but it is definitely not *hard core* sci-fi. In fact, it is kind of ominous in the sheer fact that anything and everything in this book could actually happen! 

In the not to distant future, science and technology determine who is the ultimate world power. The United States is in a constant struggle with the Middle East to stay ahead. 

We follow Kantak Johnshon, a native Alaskan as he studies at MIT and eventually goes back to his long distance girlfriend back home. 

Things really go to a head when the two world powers disagree on oil prices. That causes a huge electromagnetic burst of energy to be used as a weapon….we all know what kind of devastation that would bring about in a world so heavily dependent on technology and electricity. 

Will the men in power stop destroying the world before it’s too late? 

Great, fast paced read! The only thing that brought it down to four stars is the fact that the characters all had the same *personality*. I really, really, REALLY have a hard time keeping characters straight when they all have the same voice and reactions. Overall not too much of a detraction from an otherwise great novel. 

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A story of intrigue, love, battle and survival in a future world of titanic East-West conflict. Tragic events and miscalculations sweep nations toward global conflict. Leaders confront the consequences and struggle to shape the future world. The story is told by those caught up in the struggle, including Kantak Johnson who, about to graduate college, discovers a technology that can change the balance of world power. Suddenly he finds himself in the realm of assassins, covert actions and a war that threatens him, his friends, his family, and his country.

 

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Book Review! “Timelapse” by Lorrie Farrelly

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

 

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Wow – Timelapse is one of those books that sucks you in and doesn’t let go. I literally read it in about three sittings….and it is NOT a short book!

Right away you feel sorry for Alex as you find out how his wife died. She was pregnant with their son when they were hit by a drunk driver. Due to modern medicine, their precious little miracle survived.

 

Then the action starts within the first few pages and never lets up. Alex works as a teacher in a University. He is woken in the middle of the night because his office was broken into.
Unfortunately, in his trashed office, he finds a weird looking *cell phone*. It thrusts him into a parallel universe where Marshall Law is the only law and freedom is just a dream.

Things get strange fast. National Guard soldiers murdering young men and women right at the University he worked at. Only it isn’t a University anymore, Washington D.C. doesn’t look anything like it should, and both of his parents died before he was conceived. Which means there is no possibility of his son existing in this reality.

Oh, and his wife is alive. Only she couldn’t have married someone who was never born, so that is another knife to the heart.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but this is a great book. I really don’t know if I would classify it as strictly Sci-Fi. It seemed like it had many more elements, and besides the Time Travel there were no other far fetched ideas. Plus it had a little bit of romance thrown in for some spice. 

Even if you aren’t typically a fan of the genre give this one a chance. I guarantee you won’t regret it!

 

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The accidental death of his beloved wife sent Alex Morgan into a numbing world of suppressed grief and rage, eased only by a profound bond with his son. Suddenly his life is shattered again when a chance discovery propels him into a world gone horribly, terrifyingly wrong.

Piecing together clues in this new nightmare, Alex suspects a colleague of taking a few, meddling steps back in time, changing the course of history – destroying Alex’s family and his world. Desperately clinging to his sanity, he searches for any evidence his young son still exists.

Jessica O’Neil is fighting a nightmare of her own, captured and facing execution for freedom-fighting heroics in her grim, oppressive world. When Alex rescues the feisty young rebel, she resists her dangerous attraction to him – a man who’s clearly crazy, literally in a world of his own.

Bound together first by chance and desperation, then by growing purpose, respect, and emotion, Alex and Jessie must depend on each other to survive. More than that, they must find a way to prevent a terrible crime from taking place – a crime that plunged both their worlds into nightmare – over a hundred years before. To have a future, they will have to find their way to the past.

 

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Book Review! “Loyalty” by Eva Caye

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – *****
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

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I must admit, I was a little concerned about this book. Starting on number six?! Anyone who follows my blog should know two things:
1. I LOVE series.
2. I am a stickler when it comes to reading them in the correct order.

That being said, I am glad I decided to go against my instinct on this one. What a great book! Even though it was technically number six, it was more than fine to read as a standalone. 

At first all of the characters were a little confusing, but before I knew it they were all *close friends*. 
Watching the three siblings (Princess Anne, Prince Christian & Prince Brian) try to find balance between love, friendship, and responsibility was heartbreaking at times. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for them. 

Can they find any love and loyalty when there is so much on the line? 

I definitely can’t wait to read more books in the “To Be Sinclair” series! 

 

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How dangerous is it to be Imperial? 

Princess Anne Sinclair is unsure if she is in love, while her brothers Prince Christian and Prince Brian have a hard time finding ladies they can trust, and their strenuous duties keep them from really exploring their love lives. When Anne, a stargate scientist, is caught in a space battle, she does the right thing, but at what cost? 

Meanwhile, Christian fights to save the Stargate Fleet while Brian investigates the treason that led to the attack. Even as they celebrate Anne’s wedding, they reel under further treasons until the unthinkable happens…. 

What price must they pay, in pain and blood and freedom, in order to maintain their security? And how do they find spouses who can tolerate the demands of an Imperial lifestyle? 

This science fiction romance is the sixth book of the seven-part To Be Sinclair series. The saga continues with DYNASTY and its companion volume LOYALTY, which detail the romances and political struggles of the youngest Imperial siblings of the Sinclair Demesnes. A few scenes describe sexually explicit behavior.

 

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Book Review! “Master of the Dark” by M. L. Rigdon

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ***
GRAMMAR/EDITING ***

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

 

 

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I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book after reading The Vital a few months ago (you can see my review of The Vital HERE). I loved the first book in the series and I actually re-read it before starting in on Master of the Dark.

The book starts and it has been over three years since Ahleah was abducted from her homeland. She is now under the protection of the King Poseidon. 
She is little more than a prisoner, albeit in a beautiful prison. 

Although she does have friends, like Weng and Peracles, she also has enemies. The most powerful being Melasaris. 
When she has to go back to live with Melasaris I almost had a heart attack right along with her. 

To put it bluntly – I love this series. All of the characters are so 3-D and jump right  off the page at you. I feel excitement right along with Ahleah when Percoles shows up and terror when Melasaris is around. 
Ahleah herself is still growing and discovering her powers (as we find out at the end – hint hint) and I seriously can not wait for the next installment in the series. 

Overall I highly recommend. As always, you know me, I would suggest you start with the first book of the series

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Ahleah of the Western Continent has become a political pawn known as The Vital. Her meteoric rise from auction block on Atlantis, to slave owned by the powerful and clever Lord Heracles, to an object of the king’s fascination, has condemned her to protected prisoner status within palace walls. 

Peracles, son of Lord Heracles, the only person Ahleah trusts, has been sent away for training to become her Guardian. With his return comes the devastating news that he must marry for state reasons, leaving Ahleah at the mercy of Dark Master Melasaris. His goal is her death, even though she’s the nation’s only hope of survival, as every day catapults them closer to disaster and the end of Atlantis.

 

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