Friday, June 28, 2013

Truth or Date by Susan Hatler Book Review



Blurb:

Better Date than Never Series, Book 2

Gina Hall is done with men who won’t commit. Ten years waiting for her ex to propose wasted her time. Never again. When her friend Kristen starts a game of Truth or Dare, she dares Gina to go on a date with Ethan, who’s amazing and total marriage material.

As Gina plans the going away party for office playboy Chris Bradley, she spontaneously initiates a game of Truth or Dare with him. When his turn comes around, he dares Gina to pose as his girlfriend to help get a flirty colleague off his back. Gina finds playing couple with Chris way too much fun.

Even though Gina and Chris are pretending, their relationship begins to feel painfully real. Fearing she might be falling for another fly-by man, Gina must focus on Ethan so she doesn’t make the same dating mistakes all over again.


My Review:

Susan Hatler has done it again!  Truth or Date is an easy read and the characters grabbed my attention from the beginning!  Gina has had bad luck in love and her new best friend ice cream is fine for her, but not for her friends.  A simple game of Truth or Dare has Gina going out with a handsome man.  Will this be the one for her?  
I love Gina's story so much because she didn't try to change or be someone that she wasn't to find love.  I really appreciated her love for ice cream that she refused to give up ( a girl after my own heart)!  A great installment in the Better Date than Never Series, Truth or Date will have you laughing and smiling the whole way through!  I love Susan Hatler's books because they are always easy to read, full of love and life and  never fail to leave me with a smile on my face! You can't go wrong with a Susan Hatler book!  Five stars and I am anxious to read Kristen's story next!


You can pick up your own copy of Truth or Date via Amazon  or Barnes and Noble.


Want a great deal?!?  Pick up the boxed set of her date books via Barnes and Noble or Amazon.


HAPPY READING!!!


Source:  Author for review.  I received a free copy for an honest review.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Swept Up by the Sea~A Romantic Fairy Tale by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman Blog Tour



Blurb:

Determined to seek his fortune, Percival Taylor leaves behind his sleepy hometown and sets out to become a legendary pirate. The only problem is, no one at the rough-and-tumble seaport of Blackshore will allow him anywhere near a ship!
Percival must find other means to win the heart of the beautiful Tuppence Magrathia-Paddock, who has mistaken him for a pirate rogue out of one of her romantic books. She is entirely willing to swoon into his arms if he can prove his buccaneer soul—and she will even arrange her own kidnapping to prove it.
Percival eventually find himself captain of a broken-down ship, complete with a crew of reluctant pirates, a jilted fiancee, a reclusive master shipwright, and an old professor with a magical secret that could kill them all. Join the strangest assortment of characters you'll ever meet on the Nine Seas as they set sail for treasure and romance!

This is a new release and you can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken, Guest Review by Andy



Blurb:

"I have a proposition for you..."
Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus's mouth. Instead, she made a deal with the devil in hopes of putting her past behind her once and for all.
Four days.
She could do four days!
But she wasn't counting on Jake’s older brother Travis being there to witness their farce of an engagement.
One thing is for certain.
One brother is right for her.
One wants a lifetime.
And one is in league with the devil.
She should have gotten Jake’s signature in blood.



Andy's Review:



"The Bet" by Rachel Van Dyken is captivating, alluring and leaves the reader in suspense as the POV's rotate between the three main characters. Jake is easy to fall for, but as the story went on I found myself wanting to slap him. Several times. There's laughable moments and a few scenes that'll leave you blushing. This book was an easy read and I loved it! You can relate with Kacey and you'll secretly wish you had a grandma like she does. Even though I think Jake is a piece of work, I still like him and look forward to reading the next book "The Wager".



You can pick up your own copy of The Bet via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


Happy Reading!!!


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Elite by Rachel Van Dyken ~Guest Review by Andy


Blurb:

When I won the annual Eagle Elite College Scholarship lottery, I was thrilled. After all, my grandma had just died and I wanted to take care of my aging grandpa -- he couldn't be a farmer in Wyoming forever. And graduating from Eagle Elite meant opportunity.

But I wasn't counting on meeting Nixon.

Nor was I counting on the rules of the Elect.

1. Do not touch The Elect.
2. Do not look at The Elect.
3. Do not speak to The Elect.

And worst of all? Don't discover the secret they hide, because in the end, you may just realize... it's about you.

*This is a New Adult Book, blood, violence, cursing, sexual references, and drug use. Not recommended for those under 17.*


Andy's Review:



Elite, by Rachel Van Dyken
This novel has some serious ups and downs! I suspected that a major secret would be revealed after the first few pages, but I never would have guessed it would lead to what it is. Which I loved. I do admit that I wasn't sure what some scenes meant as the story progressed, but I’m sure if I go back and reread, those uncertainties will be answered now that I know the ending. Need I mention I read this novel in one day! I couldn't put it down, it’s a different pace and I liked it a lot!!

I rate this novel  4 stars because I was confused at times, but I would recommend it to a friend because it’s a great read. And I will be reading the 2nd novel of this story coming out this November. 



You can pick up your own copy of Elite via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


Happy Reading!!!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Intuition by C.M. Omololu Blog Tour and Guest Post



Blurb:

As Cole begins to accept her new life as Akhet, someone who can remember flashes of her past lives, every new vision from her past lives helps explain who she is in this life. As her passion for Griffon grows, she learns to identify other Akhet around her, including Drew, the young self-made millionaire who reveals his startling connection to Cole-he was her husband in Elizabethan England and gave her the ankh necklace that has been returned to her after centuries in hiding. Drew's attentions are overwhelming as he insists that their connection in the past signals their future destiny together, but before she can decide who she truly loves, Cole must learn to harness her unique Akhet abilities if she is to ever understand her role in this strange new world.



Guest Post by C.M. Omololu


Interview for Books Are Sanity
Where did your inspiration come for the series? Did you intend for it to be a series?

I started thinking about reincarnation when a friend’s son died unexpectedly. I wondered what his 13 years were all about, if this is all there was and started thinking that it would be better if this time was just too short for him, that he’d get another chance to do it again. This lead to the beginnings of my philosophy of the Akhet – that everyone has lived many lives, but only a small group of people remember them.  The people that do remember their past lives use that knowledge and the skills they’ve gained over many lifetimes– hopefully for good things, righting the wrongs that humans have done in the past. But of course, there are going to be rogue Akhet who use their skills and knowledge for evil, and that was where my story really began.
I always knew that there would be more than one book – I just didn’t know how many. Once I got to know the characters of Cole and Griffon (and Drew in INTUITION), it was fairly easy to imagine a big-world scenario that their past lives could influence. I like to think that there are a number of stories in the book – the one about Cole as she discovers who she was in the past and who she should be in the present, the story of her relationship with Griffon and how that develops and changes over time and the bigger, overarching  story of trying to prevent some evil  Akhet from doing real damage to our world.  INTUITION has a satisfying ending – no cliff hangers,  but there is definitely room for more from Cole and Griffon. More books in the series will depend on readership and how many people want their story to continue. Because I do have ideas….


Thank you to author C.M. Omololu for taking the time to write this post!!!


Happy Reading!!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swept Up by the Sea~A Romantic Fairy Tale by Tracy and Laura Hickman



Blurb from the book:

Determined to seek his fortune, Percival Taylor leaves behind his sleepy hometown and sets out to become a legendary pirate only no one at the roguish seaport of Blackshore will allow him anywhere near a ship! Percival must find other means to win the heart of the beautiful Tuppence Magrathia-Paddock, who has mistaken him for a pirate rogue out of one of her romantic tales. She is entirely willing to swoon into his arms if he can prove his buccaneer soul and she is willing to arrange her own kidnapping to prove it. Percival eventually finds himself captain of a broken-down ship, complete with a crew of pirates.


Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Suddenly You A Moderning Retelling of Mansfield Park (The Jane Austen Academy Series #4) by Cecilia Gray



Blurb from the book:

Fanny doesn't want to be at The Jane Austen Academy. She intends to lay low until graduation when she can try out for the Olympic track team. She doesn't need friends or love. She only needs her running.

But The Academy is in danger. In an effort to save it, Fanny joins forces with the friends she never knew she wanted. Suddenly, Fanny finds herself center stage in the middle of the Academy's biggest love triangle as the lead in the school play...only this track star can't afford to break a leg.


My Review:


Suddenly You is a fantastic addition to The Jane Austen Academy Series!  Cecilia Gray has done it again!  A great story that grabs your attention right away and a writing style that is smooth and flawless!  I enjoyed Fanny's story and watching her learn to trust and open up to her friends.  It was great that the other characters from the previous novels were in the story as well.  Tran was a great lead character; mysterious, constant, and unwavering in his friendship to Fanny.  I loved how Josh was a part of Fanny's story as well!  Reading a Cecilia Gray novel is like sitting in your favorite chair!  It feels just right and you don't want to get out!  I am anxiously looking forward to the next two books in the series!  I am a Cecilia Gray fan for life!


You can pick up a copy of Suddenly You via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Divine Uprising by Rachel Van Dyken



Blurb:

The fallen were never named, therefore we go by our human names, names given to us by people who use to worship us. I’m Athena, one thing you need to know about me? I hate having to protect the human race, but my job as Seeker asks me to do just that—so that one day, I can earn a spot in heaven.

My father is the leader of the Phantoms, so I’m pretty sure that the archangels think of me as a flight risk, maybe that’s why they gave me the most gorgeous and annoying partner in all of Halceyon, Adonis.

His kisses give me strength, his presence soothes my soul—but our love, is completely forbidden.

There is a war coming, and now that the Titans have been released, it’s been brought to my front door. One thing is for certain—I’m going to have to make a choice, and I’m not sure I have the strength to make the right one, not anymore. Not after meeting Seth, not after my best friend’s betrayal, and not after I meet my father face to face and learn the truth—I may be exactly like him.



My Review:

I was literally swept away into this awesome world that Rachel Van Dyken has created! This book has it all:  Action, romance, good versus evil...what more could you want?  Oh, I know...hot looking guys in all their perfection! I loved how tough Athena was and how perfect and good-looking all of the characters were -- and for good reason since they are all angels, fallen or some super race.   Athena was a great lead character: she was  strong, she could hold her own and she wasn't simpering (bonus!)  Adonis, I loved him!  He kept me smiling throughout the book.  Seth takes the cake though. He was part bad boy, wanted to be a good guy and so darn charming!  Man, how could Athena stand being around such hot guys all the time?  I guess it was her lot in life :) 

Overall this was a fast and easy read for me.  I was hooked from the start and couldn't put it down until the finish.  Rachel Van Dyken beautifully weaves together the story of the Creation, Greek mythology and fairy-tale creatures into one fantastic book! The ending left me wanting more, a lot more. Yet I know there is another book, so I am trying to be content.  If you like books about angels or Greek mythology then you will LOVE Divine Uprising.  Hurry and grab your own copy, you won't be disappointed!

I received a copy of this book for free.  This is my honest review.

Rating:  Clean in the romance department


You can pick up your own copy of Divine Uprising via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Above Rubies by Jaclyn M. Hawkes LDS Blog Tour

above rubies tour  

above rubiesAbove Rubies

His chivalry was strangling her. He thought he was helping her—and in truth, he was. She was in desperate straits. But as honorable as he was, he was also breaking her heart. Her attraction was drowning him. When World Champion rodeo cowboy Rossen Rockland and his friends rescue a young runaway who has been abused by her foster father and take her home to his parents’ ranch, he expects her to turn out to be a pain in the neck. And sometimes she is. It doesn’t take him long to figure out that she has way more than her allotment of troubles—and far more than her share of gifts. Lovely, talented, and ravingly brilliant, Kit Star is too young, unbelievably humble, and oh, so loveable. Knowing that she needs his protection and time to grow into her potential, Rossen also figures out that what she really is, is a pain in the heart. Watch for more of the Rockland Ranch Series!  

Praise for Above Rubies:

I absolutely could not put this book down. It had me laughing, crying, angry and pretty much every other emotion. I can not wait for the next one in the series to come out. Keep them coming!!! ~Addicted to Books This is the second book in the Rockland Ranch Romance Series. It can be read as a stand alone or copies of Peace River can be supplied if you would also like to review it.  

peace riverPeace River (Book 1)

The police didn't understand the danger, but she did. Her father had always been abusive, but now, with a ten million dollar Thoroughbred farm on the line, and a powerful bookie leaning on him, her father had become out of control. But how do you get away and take a world famous stallion with you? Carrie was getting desperate when a handsome and honorable but thoroughly cynical rodeo cowboy from Wyoming happened to show up with a horse trailer. He didn't ride a white horse, but he was definitely a knight in shining armor. He'll protect her from the mob, but can she survive falling in love with a bull rider?  

Praise for Peace River

"Give me a clean romance, humor and a good looking cowboy and I'm a happy girl. LDS fiction isn't always my favorite but I really enjoyed the characters and adventure in this book." ~Carol - Goodreads "There was plenty of action, adventure and danger to keep me guessing just how everything was going to turn out. I didn't want to put it down until I finished! Jaclyn Hawkes is one of my favorite LDS romance authors. You really can't go wrong with any of her books that you pick up!" ~Cathy -Goodreads
 

jaclynAuthor Jaclyn M. Hawkes

Jaclyn M. Hawkes grew up in Utah with 6 sisters, 4 brothers and any number of pets. (It was never boring!) She got a bachelor’s degree, had a career and traveled extensively before settling down to her life’s work of being the mother of four magnificent and sometimes challenging children. She loves shellfish, the out of doors, the youth and hearing her children laugh. She and her fine husband, their family, and their sometimes very large pets, now live in a mountain valley in northern Utah, where it smells like heaven and kids still move sprinkler pipe.
  Blog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 6/26/13  a Rafflecopter giveaway  



My Review:

The beginning of the book grabbed my attention right away!  I felt drawn into the story of this mysterious girl and this incredible cowboy who had rescued her.  For the majority of the book, I was completely interested and couldn't seem to put it down, yet there were some points where the book felt slow and and disjointed from the rest of the story.  I liked the fast pace that Kit's life became, yet I felt like she was too perfect at everything.  She then became almost unreal and non relatable.  It seemed unrealistic that someone could be a prodigy at sculpting, guitar, a super intelligent person and on top of that, every guy wants her?  Where was her flaw?  Rossen was a fabulous character yet he was frustrating me so much with his blind sense of chivalry.  At the end, I felt like things were too rushed, I finally got what I was hoping for and then poof!  It's over with one short paragraph for an epilogue?  I felt cheated somehow!  Don't get me wrong, this book was completely intriguing and I want to read the next one, I just felt like there were a few things that could have helped the book be even better!  Kit really needed some type of flaw!  Overall this is a really good read and I look forward to reading about Rossen's brother in the next book in the Rockland Ranch Series!



Source:  Blog Tour/Author for review

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Keeper of the Wolves by Cheree Alsop, New Release and Giveaway!



Newly released by Cheree Alsop, Keeper of the Wolves!

Blurb from the book:

“I had been away from the fall of moonlight and the glow of the stars so long I forgot how real I felt beneath their quiet contemplation.”

Victus, a wolf forced to change to the form of a man in the moonlight, lost everything the night he was captured. Caged and beaten, he quickly learned the darkest depths of the human soul. But when blue eyes and a soft smile threatened to steal his heart along with freeing him, he was torn between two worlds.

Victus has to decide if he can trust his fierce instincts to protect the girl, or if he should run away with the wolf pack whose loyalty kept him alive. When a terror appears that threatens to destroy them all, Victus’ decision may be the only thing that can protect those he cares about.

A true love story, Keeper of the Wolves takes love and sacrifice to a new level. Victus faces the ultimate truth: in finding love, one must truly be prepared to put everything on the line in order not to lose it again.


Cheree Alsop has generously donated three smashwords coupons of Keeper of the Wolves for giveaway!  To enter, please leave your GFC name you follow my blog under and your email so I can contact you if you are a winner.   This giveaway is open until June 17th! Good luck!
You can pick up your own copy of Keeper of theWolves via Amazon or Smashwords.


Happy Reading!!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Tempest Revealed by Tracy Deebs Blog Tour




Blurb from book:

Half-mermaid Tempest Maguire is trying to have it all: fulfilling her duties as second-in-line to the merQueen Hailana while periodically returning home to the California coastline to be with her family and longtime boyfriend, Mark. Living under the sea and rebuilding Coral Straits is grueling work, while being back home reminds her of everyone she loves and misses. But when her old flame Kona arrives bearing news that Hailana has died and Tempest is now officially merQueen, she returns permanently to Coral Straits--even though it devastates her family and rips her apart from Mark. Once there, she discovers that an old enemy has resurfaced, hell-bent on taking over her throne...with or without her. As Tempest prepares for her final showdown against Tiamat and anyone who stands with her, she must decide what--and who--is really important to her. Because there will be few survivors in the ultimate sea battle that is brewing--and Tempest isn't sure she will be one of them.


You can pick up your own copy when it is released, June 4th!  This is the third book in the series so make sure you pick up the first two books before you read this one!


Happy Reading!