Wednesday, August 29, 2018

ARC Book Review: Rust and Stardust by T Greenwood

Release Date: August 7, 2018
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Format: ebook
Pages: 368 pages
Genre:  True Crime Fiction
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Synopsis: 

Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11 year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth's, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute—unless she does as he says.

This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.

Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconicLolita.

Review:

This is a fictionalized true crime story.  Sally Horner was kidnapped at age 11 and not found for 2 years.  Little is known about those 2 years or the people whose lives she touched, T Greenwood has given a voice to those people and to Sally. While the narrative is fiction many of the characters are true. So many times I found myself thinking this can't be true only to find out through research that much of this tale is documented by newspaper accounts.

This is a sad tale, that really touches your heart.  Its hard these days to fathom that someone would fall for Frank's deceit but we have to remember when this took place. I found myself angry with Sally and with her mother for pretty much handing her over to this criminal but this was a naive world and the world today is very different.

This took me a while to read, not because it was difficult but I think because it was so disturbing and to find out this is true was all the more heartbreaking. Very well researched T Greenwood gives voice to a young girl's tragic life.






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Monday, August 27, 2018

ARC Book Review: Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe

Release Date: August 28, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook
Pages: 352 pages
Genre:  YA
Buy: Kindle Hardcover 

Synopsis: 

Scorn the witch. Fear the witch. Burn the witch.

History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. Toil & Trouble features fifteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure—and to kill.

A young witch uses social media to connect with her astrology clients—and with a NASA-loving girl as cute as she is skeptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualized murder. A bruja who cures love sickness might need the remedy herself when she falls in love with an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. In Reconstruction-era Texas, a water witch uses her magic to survive the soldiers who have invaded her desert oasis. And in the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective power in order to destroy their captors.

This collection reveals a universal truth: there’s nothing more powerful than a teenage girl who believes in herself.

Review:

I don't usually like short stories but I was really drawn into this book. While most of the stories were well done and really spoke of women owning their power and not letting others tell them how to behave some were just not all that good. I was encouraged that about 1/3 of the stories featured lesbian characters which is a refreshing switch from most mainstream books I've read, I particularly liked the one where the main character is given a male soul mate only to have her reject this because she had already fallen in love with her childhood girlfriend. There are definitely some stories in this collection that are well worth a read, while I wish the editors would have looked a little more closely at some of the others and given them a pass. However stories of empowering young women will always be a hit in my book!





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Friday, August 24, 2018

ARC Book Review: Our House by Louise Candish

Release Date: August 2, 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Format: ebook
Pages: 416 pages
Genre:  Mystery/ Thriller
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Synopsis: 

There's nothing unusual about a new family moving in at 91 Trinity Avenue. Except it's her house. And she didn't sell it.

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she's sure there's been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern coparenting arrangement: bird's nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona's children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram's not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.

Review:

This is a good domestic noir novel. It is broken down into 3 different pieces that seem to alternate. Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her home which is taking place in the present, the story of whose house it still is, where the money is, who sold it etc. Then there is the story of how we got there told by Fiona on a podcast called Victims. Interspersed with Fiona's account of what happened we get to read a word document written by Bram and learn how this all came to be from his perspective.

Many other reviews have mentioned a twist toward the end that they didn't see coming but I didn't find it all that mind blowing. Overall I thought it was a well written book but I felt it was a bit too long.  Especially as the book headed toward its conclusion. There were revelations I saw coming, some outcomes I didn't but wasn't surprised by but in the end I felt that this was a well written book about a naive woman who slowly starts to see the darker side of life.





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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Audio Book Review: Capital Gaines: Smart things I learned by doing Stupid things by Chip Gaines

Release Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Audio
Length: 5 hours 7 minutes
Narrator: Chip Gaines
Genre: Biography/self help
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Synopsis: 

The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of five in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge, even if it didn’t quite work out as planned. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.

Now a #1 New York Times bestselling book, Capital Gaines offers readers a ringside seat as Chip relives some of his craziest antics and the lessons learned along the way. His mentors taught him to never give up and his family showed him what it meant to always have a positive attitude despite your circumstances. Throw in a natural daredevil personality and a willingness to do (or eat!) just about anything, and you have the life and daily activity of Chip Gaines.

Review:

I loved Fixer - Upper and I loved the chemistry between Chip and Joanna Gaines.  Chip's personality is infectious.  He is a hardworking family man who loves to joke around. This book is about his outlook on life and how he became the wildly successful entrepreneur. He had his ups and downs, his failures and successes but he uses each experience as a learning experience on what to do again or what to do better. He is wildly positive and doesn't let a whole lot get him down.  He continues to look forward toward bigger and brighter things and always puts family first.  Joanna is his rock and his partner in all senses of the word. She grounds him, his ideas and keeps him on track. If nothing else this book is a great pick me up and it will inspire you to see things in a more positive light. There is no such thing as failure, because its just an experience that teaches you what to do different the next time. So while the business venture may fail you are not a failure because you can learn from the experience. Well done and funny this is a great book for anyone who needs a little inspiration.



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Monday, August 20, 2018

ARC Book Review: The Point by John Dixon

Release Date: August 7, 2018
Publisher: Del Rey
Format: ebook
Pages: 352 pages
Genre:  Mystery/ Thriller Sci fi & Fantasy
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Synopsis: 

Welcome to The Point, future leaders of the Posthuman Age.

New Cadets, society is not ready for you. The oldest, fiercest fear is ignorance. The general population would burn you at the metaphorical stake.

Here, you will train alongside other posthumans. You will learn to control and maximize your powers and to use them for the greater good. You will discover camaraderie and purpose.

You will become a part of something bigger than yourselves: the Long Gray Line. 

Scarlett Winter has always been an outsider, and not only because she’s a hardcore daredevil and born troublemaker—she has been hiding superhuman powers she doesn’t yet understand. Now she’s been recruited by a secret West Point unit for cadets with extraordinary abilities. Scarlett and her fellow students are learning to hone their skills, from telekinetic combat to running recon missions through strangers’ dreamscapes. At The Point, Scarlett discovers that she may be the most powerful cadet of all. With the power to control pure energy, she’s a human nuclear bomb—and she’s not sure she can control her powers much longer.

Even in this army of outsiders, Scarlett feels like a misfit all over again, but when a threat that endangers her fellow students arises from the school’s dark past, duty calls and Scarlett must make a choice between being herself and becoming something even greater: a hero.

Review:

Scarlett Winter is a young woman who lives life on the edge. When she is forced to attend West Point she doesn't know how she will survive but her alternative is prison, so she vows to do her best. A few weeks in though she hits her breaking point and is quickly whisked away to The Point, a secret underground school on the grounds of West Point that trains Posthumans who have special gifts.

Here she is to learn how to not only control her gift but to push it further making her stronger and more useful to the powers that be. Of course Scarlett struggles with this until her dreams start to talk to her. Helping her, teaching her.

While Scarlett attends school the outside world is being tormented by a Posthuman named Jagger. Jagger has the ability to charm anyone into doing his bidding. He also seems to be learning how to take on other peoples gifts.

The Point is charged with stopping Jagger but Jagger has skills that render most people useless. Can Scarlett learn enough to conquer Jagger but still remain intact?

This was a pretty good story. While some of it was predictable some of it was also surprising.  I could see this being turned into a series or even a movie. It definitely has potential.





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Friday, August 17, 2018

Audio Book Review: Retribution (Protectors book 3) by Sloane Kennedy

Release Date: June 15, 2017
Publisher: Sloane Kennedy
Format: Audio
Length: 8 hours 3 minutes
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Genre: Romance/ Suspense
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Synopsis: 

Ex Special Forces soldier Michael "Hawke" Hawkins has spent every day of the last ten years waiting for the moment he would get to watch the life fade from the eyes of the men who brutally murdered his wife, but when he finally gets the break he's been waiting for, the trail leads him to someone he wasn't expecting.

After nearly two years of running, 24-year-old Tate Travers has become an expert at hiding...until the day a dangerous stranger shows up looking for vengeance and threatens to destroy the fragile life Tate has managed to build for himself and his five-year-old son. Except the life Tate has been struggling to hold on to started unraveling long before Hawke showed up looking for the same men Tate has been running from...his own father and older brother.

Retribution - it's all Hawke has wanted since the day he held his wife's hand as she took her last breath. And he won't give that up for anything or anyone...not even the tormented young man trying to give his little boy a better life. Because Tate is the only one who can lead Hawke to the men he's been searching for. And if it means forcing the young man to confront the past that nearly destroyed him, then so be it.

Only the last thing Hawke expects to feel is something besides the hatred that has driven him. And he definitely never expected to feel it for a man.

But when it comes down to choosing between the unwanted feelings Tate stirs in him and the revenge he's finally close enough to taste, will Hawke be able to give up the one thing that has kept him going for a second chance at a future he gave up on ever having?

Review


We met Hawke in the last book as he is guarding Seth and helping Ronan move beyond his issues to find love. This time Hawke has taken off to go after the men who killed his wife and unborn child but he doesn't find them, instead he finds Tate, the other son of the man who killed his wife.  Tate unlike his father and his brother is tender hearted.  He fled his fathers home with a young boy in tow raising him as his son.  Hawke tries to use him to get to his father but quickly discovers that his heart is not quite on board with treating Tate so harshly.  

Not used to being attracted to men Hawke struggles with his attraction while also struggling with feelings of betraying his wife. Tate has been abused by his father and brother his whole life but has made a new life for himself with his son. When he finds out his son is sick his world starts falling apart until Hawke steps in and helps take some of the load.  

Can these two men find love? 

This book was more about self discovery than actual vengeance but its really well done.  Each book holds its own and really dives into the minds of these men.  Its not just about the physical its also very emotional. 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Audio Book Review: Salvation (Protectors book 2) by Sloane Kennedy

Release Date: May 1, 2017
Publisher: Sloane Kennedy
Format: Audio
Length: 7 hours 56 minutes
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Genre: Romance/ Suspense
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Synopsis: 

"I lifted my gaze to tell Seth no but then I saw it. The thing I'd feared I'd lost. It wasn't hero worship or the wayward emotions of an innocent child. And it wasn't some distorted reflection of a man who no longer existed. All I saw was me...the way he saw me." (Ronan) 

Trauma surgeon Ronan Grisham lost everything the day the man he loved was stolen from him in a brutal attack. Driven by a thirst for vengeance, he turns his hatred into building an underground group that can do what he couldn't that fateful day...take the lives of the guilty to save the lives of the innocent. But years later, he's forced to confront the one link to his past that he can't sever. 
Seven years after the loss of his parents in a violent home invasion that left him permanently scarred both inside and out, 21-year-old Seth Nichols is trying to put his life back together so he can take over the reins of his father's global shipping empire. But the last person he expects to come back into his life is the man he drove away with one innocent, stolen kiss.

With one brush of his lips, Seth managed to do to Ronan what no other had since the day Ronan watched the light in his fiancé's eyes go out forever. He made him need again. But Ronan can't need anyone, least of all his dead fiancé's younger brother. Because even one touch from Seth could shatter Ronan's carefully constructed world and Ronan knows there's no coming back from that a second time.

But when a series of escalating attacks against Seth forces Ronan back into his life, Seth knows it's his last chance to show Ronan he can be the man the broken surgeon needs. Only the Ronan who returns isn't the Ronan Seth fell in love with so long ago....

Can Seth be Ronan's salvation or will he end up destroying them both?

Review:

Sloane Kennedy does it again.  Another great romance with a good story as well as smoking hot sex scenes. We met Ronan in the last book - he was Mace's boss in the underground organization that took out bad guys that justice seemed to have let escape. Ronan was a surgeon before his fiance was murdered and he was left for dead. He always returns to keep an eye on his fiance's brother Seth who is now alone, after having suffered a horrible home invasion that left his parents dead and Seth barely hanging on.  Seth has always been in love with Ronan but Ronan belonged to his brother, can they move forward and put the past behind them?

This book also has a story other than the romance.  Seth is now in charge of his parents company although he struggles to leave the house. Bad things keep happening to Seth, is it coincidence or something more as Ronan assumes?

Well written, with beautiful hot sex scenes filled with emotion and passion.  I'm in love with this author.



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Monday, August 13, 2018

Audio Book Review: Absolution (Protectors book 1) by Sloane Kennedy

Release Date: August 19, 2016
Publisher: Sloane Kennedy
Format: Audio
Length: 7 hours 16 minutes
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Genre: Romance/ Suspense
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Synopsis: 

After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he's ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.

The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun from eating his own gun after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty. Ending the life of the young artist who committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims should have been the easiest thing in the world. So why can't he bring himself to pull the trigger?

After years of fighting in an endless, soul-sucking war, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to fight another battle - dealing with the discovery that the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier is lost to him forever. He needs answers and the only person who can give them to him is a young man struggling to put his life back together. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.

Cole and Mace. One lives by the rules, the other makes his own. One seeks justice through the law while the other seeks it with his gun. Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they're forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen evil that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.

But each man's scars run deep and even the strength of three may not be enough to save them...

Review:

I love a romance with a good story as well as well as smoking hot sex scenes and Sloane Kennedy delivers. Mace Calhoun works for an underground organization that takes out child predators that have escaped justice. His latest target is Jonas Davenport but something seems off. Its been 4 weeks since he was supposed to have taken out his mark but he can't force himself to do it. While he looks for answers to his indecision he gets closer to Jonas to try to figure out what makes him think that Jonas is innocent.

Cole Davenport seeks out Jonas to get answers to what happened to his sister. Opening those wounds leaves Jonas raw, and Cole who has never been attracted to men before finds himself drawn to Jonas.

Mace is jealous of Cole but he is also drawn to him in a similar way he is drawn to Jonas.  Soon the three men find themselves thrust into danger, while Mace and Cole struggle to protect Jonas, Jonas struggles with his feelings toward the two men and wonders if he can give them half of what they are giving him.

Two men with heartbreaking backstories, each trying to build a life, and move on from pain when they meet Jonas, who has been broken by his past as well. Can they learn to trust each other? Do they have to choose?

There is an actual story here that was really well written.  It sucks you in and you start rooting for the guys to save each other. Can't wait to read more in this series.


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Friday, August 10, 2018

ARC Book Review: Wild Hunger (Chicagoland heirs) by Chloe Neill

Release Date: August 14, 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Format: ebook
Pages: 352 pages
Genre:  Mystery/ Thriller
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Synopsis: 

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she's a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he's prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

Review:

I haven't finished the Chicagoland Vampire series but really enjoy it and didn't want to let the first book in this new series pass me by.  Even though I haven't finished the other series I was still able to catch on to what was happening in this book although it probably helped that I had some clue who some of the other players were.

This book focuses on Elisa Sullivan the only vampire child born of two vampires.  Most vampires are made not born.  However the magic that helped create her also resides inside her as a monster that is Elisa has been trying to control since she was a child. Connor is the son of the Apex or pack leader of the shifters.  Connor and Elisa have known each other since they were children but now they are both grown and their passion for each other has turned from a childish rivalry to grown up passion.

The Vampires of Europe have converged on Chicago for peace talks which go sideways when one of the oldest vampires is murdered and a shifter is charged with the crime. Connor and Elisa try to find evidence to prove him innocent and stumble onto a much larger conspiracy.

Politics, passion, and predjudice run rampant through these books just as they do in the real world. This book kept my interest and was a quick read, I look forward to what is happening between Connor and Elisa and also with Elisa and the monster living inside her, which I find to be an interesting story line particularly because it mimics something that happened to her mother back when she was first turned. Great start to a new series.





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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Audio Book Review: Use Me (Kid's Story) (Caldwell Brothers Book 4) by MJ Fields & Chelsea Cameron

Release Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 8 hours 7 minutes
Narrator: Alexandra Shawnee & Aiden Snow
Genre: Romance
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Synopsis: 

New York Times best-selling author Tatum Longley is being forced out of her comfort zone. Her publisher needs her to change from hard-hitting nonfiction to romance. But first, she must find a muse.

Angelo has no desire to form relationships, when a very persistent Tatum makes him an offer that nearly knocks this six-foot-five, long-haired, tattooed, dangerous-looking man on his ass. 
Will he be able to resist the temptation? Or will he allow her to use him?

Review:


This is a great series.  Kid was a bit of a mystery when he was introduced but he is angry, and has been handed a crap deal from life. In walks Tatum who wants to use him as a muse. Writing a romance novel for the first time after making a name for herself writing non-fiction, Tatum struggles with finding the male voice, but Kid helps her get it just right.

Watching Angelo (Kid) thaw and realize that he needs to live in the now and stop living in the past. Tatum also has a past but not one that is holding her back as much as Angelo's. I really like this whole series and this installment was just as heated and great as the last.  I did feel that the ending was a bit rushed and I was confused as to what happened to the gym and the young guy Kid had been training but maybe there is a book out there that I'm missing.



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Monday, August 6, 2018

Audio Book Review: Jagger (Caldwell Brothers Book 3) by MJ Fields & Chelsea Cameron

Release Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 7 hours 6 minutes
Narrator: Joe Arden & Maxine Mitchell
Genre: Romance
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Synopsis: 

Jagger Caldwell is no one's hero. With a reputation for busting heads and breaking hearts on the underground MMA circuit, he lives for easy cash and easier women. But when he stumbles upon an all-too-familiar scene, painful memories awaken Jagger's sensitive side and compel him to act. As a kid, he stood by helplessly as his old man beat his mom. Now, Jagger won't let 17-year-old Tatiana Rand suffer the same fate. Nothing matters except saving her.

Tatiana is a prisoner in her own home, at the mercy of her violent father - until an unlikely savior bursts through her door and into her life. Six-feet-plus of tattooed muscle and raw power, Jagger is no prince charming, but Tatiana stopped believing in fairy tales long ago. Despite their differences in age and, well, everything else, the sexy bad boy sparks a fire that Tatiana never knew she had - and desires that only Jagger can quench.

Review:

The Caldwell brothers are stunningly hot, very loyal and when they find their One they don't shy away. All the Caldwell boys are still reeling from the death of their Mama.  They loved her dearly, hated the man who was their father and wished they could have protected her from his wrath.

I wasn't as enamored with this book as I was the first two in the series.  Oh Hendrix and Morrison are still a major part of the book and hot as hell but Jagger is more rough around the edges.

Baby Caldwell as his brothers call him makes his living fighting. He has been fighting his whole life. When he was old enough he would fight his father to protect his mother, and he hates to see a woman in distress. He can't stand the noises coming from his landlords apartment and finally breaks in and stops him from beating his daughter to death.  However that backfires and he winds up in jail.
But even that doesn't prevent him from wanting to protect the girl he found beaten in that apartment.

Tatiana is only 17, she will be 18 in a few days but she feels much much older.  She never leaves the house, doesn't have a life and gets beaten by her father on a regular basis until that one night when Jagger broke in and saved her. No one cared about her before that. One night after taking a beating so bad she realized she was in danger she runs to the only man she knows, the only one who has ever shown he cared.

My issue with this book is that while it doesn't belittle domestic violence even in the world of romance this jumped the shark for me a bit.  I doubt a girl who has been through this much trauma would be so quick to jump into anything with a man. Trust is hard earned and she is way too trusting. Don't get me wrong its a sexy book but I just felt Tatianna was a bit more of a caricature than the other Caldwell women. I think the Marked Men series did a better take on a woman coming out of abuse than this one did.




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Friday, August 3, 2018

Audio Book Review: Morrison (Caldwel Brothersl book 2) MJ Fields & Chelsea Cameron

Release Date: August 23, 2016
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 7 hours
Narrator: Elizabeth Hart & Jeremy York
Genre: Romance
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Synopsis: 

For Morrison Caldwell, life is a game of chance. A high roller with a legendary poker face, he’s the wild card of the family, always chasing the next thrill and never staying put for long. The one place that always lures him back is Las Vegas, with its hot tables and even hotter women. He’s perfectly content to live his life as a series of one-night stands. But when a parking lot confrontation with a cocktail waitress takes a naughty turn, she leaves Morrison aching for another round.

After a long losing streak in Sin City, Hailey Poe is ready to get lucky. A steamy tryst with a cocky, mysterious stranger is the kind of no-strings encounter she’s been craving . . . until Morrison Caldwell asks for more than she’s willing to offer. But when Hailey’s controlling, soon-to-be ex-husband tries to take her daughter away, she can’t afford to turn down a helping hand. In this winner-takes-all game, Morrison is gambling with Hailey’s life—and her heart.

Review:

The Caldwell brothers are stunningly hot, very loyal and when they find their One they don't shy away. All the Caldwell boys are still reeling from the death of their Mama.  They loved her dearly, hated the man who was their father and wished they could have protected her from his wrath.

Morrison makes his living playing cards.  He loves the game and loves nice things.  When he was growing up they didn't have nice things and taking beatings from his father taught him not to show any emotion.  He didn't have a tell...until he meets Hailey.

Hailey has spent her whole life being owned by someone, first her mother was traded through a card game, then her mother basically sold her to the loan shark of Las Vegas. He married her, gave her a child a nice home but always reminded her she owed him.  When she finally gets the courage to leave she finds Morrison right there to help her.  She doesn't want to accept help thinking he will just think he then owns her but Caldwell men are different. They like their women strong, they want them to stand on their own two feet and make their own decisions.

Watching Morrison fall in love with Haileys daughter was heart melting, listening to Hailey's story was heart wrenching, everything else was sexy as hell.  I love that Hendrix and Jagger are still a major part of this story even though most of it is set in Vegas. The bond between the brothers is fabulous. This is another hot, sexy, fun escape.



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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Audio Book Review: Hendrix (Caldwell Brothers Book 1) by MJ Fields & Chelsea Camaron

Release Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 6 hours 55 minutes
Narrator: Lidia Dornet & Guy Locke
Genre: Romance
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Synopsis: 

Hendrix Caldwell wants nothing more than to revitalize the family bar—and tear down every last reminder of his no-good father. But business isn’t the only thing on his mind. An explosive encounter with a stranger at a charity masquerade is just the distraction he craves, with no names and no strings attached. For Hendrix, sex is casual, and love is a four-letter word. His commitment is to his brothers, his bar, and his bike. So why can’t he stop thinking about the naughty Cinderella who rocked his world, then left him—and her panties—behind?

Olivia Hemmingway knows fairytales are for little girls. Drowning in debt and hiding a shameful secret, she won’t be saved by a knight in tattooed armor, no matter how mind-blowing their one-night stand may have been. Olivia never expects to meet her masked lover again. But when she takes a job at Hendrix Caldwell’s bar, her sexy new boss seems all too familiar. And once the lights go out and the music is turned up, the sparks between them burn hotter than ever.

Review:

Hendrix Caldwell and his brothers are stunningly hot, very loyal and when they find their one they don't shy away. All the Caldwell boys are still reeling from the death of their Mama.  They loved her dearly, hated the man who was their father and wished they could have protected her from his wrath.

When his brother cons him into going to a charity event for him Hendrix never knew that the little drunk vixon who rocked his world in a closet would turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to him.  Olivia Hemmingway is a worker, she doesn't like taking handouts and is determined to stand on her own.  One drunk night she got swept away and wound up having sex in a closet with a man she had just met.  So unlike her she is embarrassed but determined to put it behind her.  When she takes a job at a local bar she realizes that one of the hot sexy brothers that run and work there is her mystery closet man...but which one?

Hot, sexy and fun this is a great escape.




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