Book Reviews

5/5

Right for the Job is a sweet and relatable story of a woman who knows her worth and sets out to get what she rightly deserves. 

Amanda has been doing the job her boss should have been doing. When a new position opens up she takes the chance and applies. She stumbles upon a new employee along the way who may turn out to be her undoing. 

Shane is a rich man who is used to getting what he wants. His generosity towards his employees has endeared him to most of his employees, except maybe Amanda.

This is a quick romantic read that will carry you through the emotions Amanda feels along the way. With steamy encounters and heated misunderstandings, Right for the job us great for any adult romance fanatic.

5/5

Mercury’s Son is an intriguing look into the future. The Earth as we know it is dead, or so the creator of this utopian world Eugene Fisher would have us believe. Follow Moderator Valko and his Sergeant Satoshi through the mechanical world that has been created to save humanity from the destruction of Earth. Winding through the mind of Valko you take a journey through the thoughts, feelings, and fears of others as he reads the last thoughts of the deceased to find what has happened to them. Until one of these connections leads him to a short circuit and a new view on life. 

I was not sure I was going to like this book when I started, however, I found myself drawn in further and further. With the amazingly descriptive scenes and feelings Hindmarsh wrote, I found myself imagining exactly what would be happening to Valko and his team. The suspense that is built through shifts and changes, had me believing several people at fault and innocent all at the same time. This is definitely a book to read for any sci-fi lovers. I am not normally a sci-fi fan and I was hooked.

5/5

Search for the Wyrdritch is a fascinatingly compelling continuation of the story of Darque and her Dragon Clan. It takes readers through the lives of each player from their beginnings through to present day battles in the fight for the Resistance. 

Each of the characters revealed in this third book of the Darque Legend series finds their way through the perils of existence in a time when the Evil One is threatening their very being. Their destinies unfold as they are united and reunited with their families, partners, and lifemates.

Like the first two this book left me hopeful, crying, and angry in the same night. I love how the story begins with new lives and characters and ties all together. I can’t wait to start the next book, although I fear I need to sleep first. I have not been able to put this book down. I had to know what would happen to all of the characters.

3/5

This is an intriguing compilation of the thought process of a person’s life. It speaks volumes about the trials of life from love and loss to friendship and forgiveness. I think the author expresses his thoughts with a higher purpose in mind. One of encouragement for all, including himself. I felt that a few of the poems were a bit forced, however, the meaning still rang true.I look forward to seeing how the creative mind of the author progresses in time. This is a very good start though.

5/5

Spider’s Web is an amazing continuation where The Brotherhood left off. Telling the story of the love between Maggie and Bernardo and the great lengths people will go to for those they love. This book made me mad, had me crying on several occasions and turned it all around to an ending befitting Maggie Shepherd. I loved this book and I look forward to the next one

5/5

Dylan’s Cosydoze is a wonderfully relateable book. As a parent, I have dealt with this exact meltdown many times. The rhythm of the story and the flow are exceptional. My son loved hearing it and related to Dylan. He has his blanket which he calls heya (because in Spanish it is cobija, and he only picked up the heya sound). He talked through the book about how he would feel if his heya was missing. The characters came to life for him and allowed him to feel the needed connection to hold a child’s interest. I highly recommend this book for parents with young children. Mine is 3-years-old, and he completely related to the characters.

2/5

Metamorphosis is an interesting book, to say the least. It is the story of a beautiful woman (Cindy Jackson) who is taken advantage of and left for dead by a corrupt politician to satisfy his own desires. Cindy with the help of her loyal friend David plots her revenge on her attackers and through a serum that David has created, turns into a beautiful version of herself. This is where Cindy/Cynthia become alter egos. The story follows her progression from an innocent rape victim into a vengeful personality and back again. Until her final metamorphosis takes place in the end. 

This book speaks volumes on the issue of how power corrupts and innocence can quickly be lost. The plot of this book could be amazing. The layout of the book, however, is a bit choppy. The plot while good, is hindered by improper formatting and mistakes that leave the reader a bit confused. This book could be exceptional with a bit of editing and reformatting so that the passage of events flows more fluidly.

5/5

Death of Life is an amazing continuation of the Darque Legends series. It starts where the first book left off and leads you on Darque’s journey as Battle Commander and tells of the trials the Dragon Clan and all living beings have to face in their fight against the Black. I especially like how the story starts where the first one ended and weaves a tale through the past and tells the tale of how life began for the Dragon Clan and the major players. 

While Darque and her warriors of both the Dragon Clan and the new Dragon Warriors battle to rebuild after the destruction of their beloved Drekkin, they are met with the task of securing and helping the True King.

I am completely in love with these books. I have been reading all of my life. Jane Austen is my favorite, however, Derrien Relyea and her Darque Legends have officially become my second favorite books thus far. I am getting ready to start the third book in the series and have no doubt it will be just as amazing as the first two.

5/5

Like Father Like Daughter

Darque Legends: The Black War Begins is the story of Darque and her sister Storm and the trials and errors they face on the quest to free their family and friends from the Black. The story tells of the training these two warriors have received from birth from their Battle Commander father. This training leads them to the fulfillment of the prophecy that foretells of Darque defending the Dragon Clan and becoming the Battle Commander. Joining in a blood bond with dragons the teams come together to defend the inhabitants and all of mankind as well as dragon-kind from complete annihilation.

This book is exquisitely written with details that place you in the battle with Darque and her dragon Gunnar as they learn to protect with their many gifts and build a bond that goes far beyond blood. The author brings to life every detail in a way that leaves you longing to know what happens next and how the warriors fare. I look forward to reading the remaining book in the series. This is an excellent book for lovers of fantasy, folklore, dragons, and adventure.

I am completely addicted and must read the remaining books.

4/5

Genetically Perfect Does Not Mean Life is Easy

The Boyhood of Kaede is the adventures of the life of the grandson to the emperor on the fantastical elf world. The storyline and intended plot are great. This book takes you on the journey of a young boy who has been genetically perfected before birth and shows the trials that plague his world. It illustrates the love of family and the commitment demanded as a royal descendant. Kaede and his father must protect their world if any of them are to survive the perils they face as their supplies diminish and enemies attack.

I like this book for the storyline and the characters. I found it difficult to read though. While the descriptions in this book were very details, they took away from the storyline itself. There are many descriptions of clothing and weapons that were in great detail; however, they gave me a sense that I was reading a manuscript for film, more than a novel. Also, there are grammatical errors that make it hard to read certain parts; I had to read several sentences through again to understand the meaning.

All in all, this is a good read and would be great for those interested in fantasy and space..

4/5

People Are Not As Innocent as They Seem

 Maggie is a young woman, who has had a horrific life. She lost her parents at 15 and has since tried to make the best of the life she has been dealt. The story takes you through her heroic life and the trials she faces from one abusive relationship to another. She finally finds the man of her dreams, but her choice of careers could cost both of them everything they love. 

Maggie is a very strong passionate 19-year-old. She is focused and very trusting. Or so it would seem. Her new love interest Bernardo is a perfect fit for her crazy life, but there are some problems along the way. 

This book has a very good plot and is captivating all the way through. There are several instances of mistaken identity with the characters and many typos that have slipped through. Apart from these errors making it a bit difficult to follow at times, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next in the series.

5/5

True Love Really Does Exist

 

Sophie Coming Home is a great sequel to the first book in the “The Englands” series. It is the continued story of the life of Jamie, Sophie, and their 8 children. This one finds Sophie again pregnant and lost in the world of amnesia. After a plane crash, Sophie is left with no memory of who she is or where she is from, while husband Jamie is mourning the loss of the wife he believes is dead.

This family faces more obstacles from a longtime enemy and some new characters as well. Will there love and Sophie’s intuition allow them and their children to escape these perils unharmed?

This was a great story. Though the pace was a little slower than the first one, I still found it a bit too rushed for me. I have to love any story that has me crying with the worries of the characters though. This book definitely delivered on that. I found myself fighting the tears on more than one occasion. This is definitely a beautiful love story with some suspense added in. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys the devotion of true love.

5/5

When One Dreams Dies, Another is Born to Take its Place

 

Anchored in Misty Lake is a compelling story that has you comfortable, mad, happy, and in love by the end.

 

This is the story of Shauna McCabe and her four older brothers. Shauna works at a bank while she works towards her dream of opening her own yoga studio and day spa. She has finally reached her goal and is ready to make that leap. Only to have her dream snatched out from under her by mega-rich Cortland Mackenzie. Mackenzie has set out to further his families holdings with a chain of yoga studios. He just so happened to choose Shauna’s town and the exact location she has chosen for herself. The story takes you through the emotions felt by Shauna and her desire to escape. Throw into the mix four big brothers on the hunt for their baby sisters tormentor and you are in for one interesting ride. Will she be able to forgive this stranger and stay in her home town, or will she pack up and leave it all behind?

 

This was a great story that had me feeling all of Shauna’s emotions and heartache. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a love story with high emotional involvement.

5/5

This book is fascinating, to say the least.

 

Sequence (The Heart of the Ocean, #1) is the story of Alessia and her journey from a world that has always made her feel like an outsider, to a world that was home.

 

Alessia has lost her parents and lives with her aunt. She has had a hard time in life and now she is facing the voices she is hearing. At her limit, Alessia’s aunt sends her to an island for the mentally insane. Doctors have decided she is incurable. Little do they know that she just needs to go home. To a world under the ocean. After escaping, she finds her way home to this new world. She no longer feels like an outsider, she has finally found where she belongs, and along the way she finds where her heart belongs as well. This story takes you through Alessia’s journey home and shows the path she must take for her true powers to be revealed. She is just beginning her task of becoming the chosen one in this first book. She has found family, love, and a lot of responsibility. Will her innocence and pure heart be enough to carry her through. I cannot wait to find out.

 

I look forward to reading the remaining books in this series. This first book has kept me wanting more. I could not put it down. I needed to know what happened to Alessia and the other half of her heart Dante. This story is romantic, fantastic, and addicting. The pace is wonderful and the flow takes you from beginning to end on a seamless journey. I would highly recommend this book for lovers of fantasy or romance. It covers both quite well.

 
4/5

 

“Asia: Good Girl by Susan A. Buchanan

 

This book is for adults only due to sexual content.

Asia Daniels is the Marketing VP at MinolaTech. She is a minister’s daughter and in all rights a good girl. Or so she would like everyone to believe. 

Antonio Minola is CEO and top board member at MinolaTech and Asia’s boss. He is divorced, rich and Italian. Oh and gorgeous to boot. 

The story starts out with Asia facing an all too familiar harassment problem with a co-worker. The CFO has come up with a way to make Asia, go see him monthly. By denying her access to software she needs for her department’s accounting (with the excuse of some error) he successfully makes her visit his office and spend time with him. Asia catches on and eventually, he gets fired for it. This event though shows Mr. Minola, Asia’s abilities and leads to better things for her. 

After a meeting between Minola and Asia, Mr. Minola takes Asia home where she falls asleep. He is left to protect her from a misguided associate and takes it upon himself to protect the good girls home from future problems with a state of the art security system.

When Asia wakes she finds she has been abducted and is being held in a penthouse by a masked man who has decided to show her the dark side of life. Living out his fantasies and hers as well, she is introduced to the subtle side of submission. Turns out the good girl already had a bad side.

This is a good read. I found the plot a bit too rapid though. There was very little build up into the characters. I think a bit more character building and a slower pace would have furthered the reader’s sense of involvement in the story. Everything happened so fast and left the reader guessing a bit. Which may be exactly what the author wanted. Overall though a good story.

4/5

 

Image Credit to Victoria Quinn

 

Good afternoon all. I have just finished reading “Black Obsidian” by Victoria Quinn. Here are my thoughts.

First I feel the need to say this is a book for adults only and has a large amount of sexual content.

Character Rome Moretti has struggled in life to get to where she is. From an abusive childhood to memories that haunt her, she has struggled through them with the help of her brother by choice Christopher. Rome is independent and self sufficient. Enter Calloway Owens, wealthy head of a humanitarian organization to turn her world upside down. He is into some dark things and she has no clue. He wants to be her dom and she wants to be his love but on her own terms.

This book is a good read. I liked the storyline and the struggles Cal faces in his earnest longing for a woman that is contrary to everything he thinks he wants. Rome is the personification of an independent woman, a role she struggles to maintain as she falls for Calloway. I enjoy how the story unfolds and how it describes the struggles both sides face to try and be what the other wants without giving up themselves at the same time.

I did not give this five stars even though I liked it, here is why. While very well written I find the story to be a watered down version of Fifty Shades. I was expecting more from the advertisements, however, did not receive it. I also do not like how the story just ended. While I know this is book one of a series, there was no lead up to the end and next book, it just kind of ended. This is definitely a series that does not stand alone.

Altogether, this was a good book. I do not know if I am willing to read the remaining books in the series. We will see.

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