Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Fool and the Dragonox by Jacob Gowans: A Prequel to A Tale of Light and Shadow

This is a prequel to A Tale of Light and Shadow.

In The Fool and the Dragonox, we meet Henry Vestin, his best friend Ruther, his sister, Maggie, and the love of his young life, Isabelle Oslan, as they begin an adventure in Atolas; a world where swords and daggers both extend life and end it, where magic is feared by all but a few, and where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships.
File Size: 233 KB
Print Length: 43 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (February 25, 2014)

My review: The Fool and the Dragonox by Jacob Gowans: A Prequel to A Tale of Light and Shadow


This is a short story that is a Prequel to A Tale of Light and Shadow. It does a good job of making these characters interesting that I want to see more of them. It has four young friends especially Henry is the central figure of the story.

Henry is learning how to be a carpenter from his father. He really likes Isabelle Oslan. Ruther is a good friend that keeps getting him into trouble. Maggie is Henry's sister.

Henry's father used to have Ruther as a apprentice and living with them but kicked him out. He does not want his children around Ruther anymore.

Isabelle's father does not want his daughter to be around Henry and Maggie anymore. He thinks he is too good for them.

Henry's mother used to teach them all and that was the education they all received and where they got to be friends.

This is a fantasy story with a Dragonox which is a big scary animal that is in their town for a few days that the friends sneak out to see it. I would want to see it too but not get so close to it. For a short story it has a lot of drama, action and young romance.
It is a clean read.

I am excited to read A Tale of Light and Shadow next.

This is a free book on Amazon right now.

I was given this ebook from Net Galley and Shadow Mountain in exchange for a honest review of it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Abandon the Dark by Marta Perry (Watcher in the Dark #3)


Facing the past can be deadly…

Twenty years ago, Lainey Colton spent one perfect summer in Deer Run with her beloved great-aunt Rebecca. Since then, the beautiful graphic designer has been a gypsy, calling no place home. Now Rebecca is gravely ill, so Lainey has returned to Deer Run to care for her…and to escape her mistakes.

Lawyer Jake Evans gave up a high-powered job to build a quieter life in the small Pennsylvania town. So when a beautiful stranger appears after twenty years gone, he naturally questions her motives. Still, he is drawn to Lainey. But no amount of attraction will matter if he can't keep her safe from a mysterious threat….
Series: Watcher in the Dark (Book 3)

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (June 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373778848
ISBN-13: 978-0373778843

My review: Abandon the Dark by Marta Perry (Watcher in the Dark #3)

4 Stars

This is a good ending to the series. Has good suspense, drama, characters that you want more of and romance.

Twenty years ago Lainey spent a summer with her Great Aunt Rebecca in her Amish home. She had two good friends that were always together that summer. Now a lawyer calls her to tell her that Rebecca had a stroke and is in the hospital. Lainey comes back to Deer Run for her Aunt.

Lainey Colton has lost her job and broke up with the man she was seeing and has other problems. She worked in advertising. She plans on staying at her Aunt's Amish home forgetting that it does not have electricity. Some one does not want her in Deer Run.

Jake Evans with Rebecca's lawyer. He needs Lainey to make some decisions if she wants to accept her Aunt's power of attorney if not he needs her to sign papers. Jake is single.

Rebecca is in a comma. She is a widow. It is unusual for the Amish to have a lawyer but Rebecca has a lot of property for a Amish. But does not have health insurance.

The story line that goes across all three books of the series. The three 10 years old that summer followed Aaron a Amish teen and Laura. They made up stories about them and Lainey even drew the pictures of all their sidekicks. Aaron was dead by the end of the summer most people thought it was suicide. When Rachel moved back home her and Meredith got comparing notes and proved it was murder in the first two books of the series. Their was even another murder and suicide. Now Lainey is back and making someone nervous.

Abandon the Dark ties everything really well together and it is good to see the three friends back together again and finding happiness.

This is a clean suspense story that takes place in the Amish community of Deer Run.

I was given this ebook to read from Net Galley and Harlequin. In return agreed to give honest review of Abandon the Dark.

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Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her job, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Homecoming by Robyn Carr (Thunder Point #6)


In a small town, reputation is everything. In her latest novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr explores the burden placed on a young man returning home to face his mistakes—the first step in claiming the life he was meant to live

At the age of nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything. A superb athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point. Destined for greatness, he lost it all in a terrible accident that put an end to his professional football career when it had barely begun. The people in his hometown have never forgotten what might have been.

Seth has come to terms with the turns his life has taken. But now he's been presented with an opportunity to return home and show his father—and the people of Thunder Point—he's become a better, humbler version of his former self.

Winning over his father isn't the only challenge. Seth must also find a way to convince his childhood neighbor and best friend, Iris McKinley, to forgive him for breaking her heart. With his homecoming, will Seth be able to convince the town, his family and especially Iris that he's finally ready to be the man who will make them all proud?

My Review:The Homecoming by Robyn Carr (Thunder Point #6)


I love Thunder Point. The Homecoming did not disappoint. It was full of drama, romance, heavy issues and a community of characters.
I love the characters. There are always a main couple and a whole town of secondary characters that some are old friends and others are new characters.

Seth Sileski is back home. He is the new deputy that has taken Mac's place. He grew up in Thunder Point. Now he is home. He is single. Made some errors in his past. Wants to keep the town safe. He also wants to be friends again with Iris.

Iris is a guidance counselor at the high school. Seth and her were best friends till their senior year. She is still hurt from it.
She has no family left. She still lives next door to Seth's parents house.

Some of the issues that this book deals in is speeding and distracted driving how it took things away from two families. Abuse and other issues that effect teens.

I did not put the book down till I was finished reading. Robyn weaves stories that make you care about the people and makes you think about helping others, and reaching out to those around you. I am always sad to put the book down and say good by to new friends till her next book is out.

There is a couple of love scenes that I skipped over.

The setting for Thunder Point is a small coastal town in Oregon around Coos Bay area.

Good pacing of the story.

One scene in the book that I loved was at the medical clinic. When Seth needed stitches. Dr. Scott's kids were their telling Seth it would only hurt a little. They wanted to watch him get the stitches. They were so cute.

I would read more of Robyn Carr's books in the future.

I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review of it.

It's in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor, #10)


Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?
Series: Lucky Harbor

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 26, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1455529524

My review: It's in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis


I love the characters in this book. They are so likeable faults an all. The writing is easy and just draws you into the story. You laugh with them and celebrate with them. Also want to eat popcorn with them.

Things I could do without the swearing and sex scenes.

Sam Brody is smart, helpful, grumpy ,sexy. He has problems with his father. He is in business with two good friends in Lucky Harbor Charters. He does not do commitments. He also does not sleep with the help.

Becca is new to Lucky Harbor. She is also lost finding her new apartment. She runs into Sam and he Points to warehouse around corner. She is a little shy at first. Talented has issues with her family.

Cole and Tanner own and work the business with Sam. They have Wright Sport boat take people out for whale watching, deep sea fishing or what ever. They also rent equipment and teach how to use it like snorkeling, paddleboards ect. Sam also builds boats.

Becca and Sam get close one night and then she applies for the shop the guys have opening. Sam tells her it is either the job or sleeping with him. Becca takes the job.

I would love to live in Lucky Harbor it is very inviting and fun to visit.

Small town of Lucky Harbor, WA is the setting. Most of the story happens close to the pier.

I enjoy coming back and reading more of Jill Shalvis Lucky Harbor stories.

I was given this ebook to read and in return promised to give honest review of it.

Shattered Secrets by Karen Harper (Cold Creek #1)


Every town has its secrets…

Returning to Cold Creek, Ohio, is an act of courage for Tess Lockwood. Abducted and held captive as a young girl, she is unable to remember anything about the crime that destroyed her childhood and tore her family apart. Now a grown woman with a bright future, she is certain she has put the past behind her. But when she inherits the family home, Tess must confront the demons that still haunt her and the town of Cold Creek.

Gabe McCord has always blamed himself for what happened to Tess. He had been a teenager when she was snatched from the group of children he was responsible for watching. Now Gabe has taken on the role of sheriff and hopes to shed new light on the cold case, especially given his growing feelings for Tess.

Tess isn't ready to recall what happened to her, and she has no intention of digging up any details that might remind her of the truth. But when another child in the town goes missing, she's certain it's related to her return to Cold Creek. Together, Tess and Gabe will have to work to unlock their painful memories in order to save another child and heal their damaged souls, for good….
Series: Cold Creek (Book 1)

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (August 26, 2014)

My Review: Shattered Secrets by Karen Harper


Shattered Secrets is a hard book to put down. You want Tess to get her memories back and help find the missing children. Boy is this full of drama, suspense, a little scary and tense. At least I felt the tension. It is a clean story but deals with real emotional issues. Child kidnapping, and drugs.

Teresa Lockwood was kidnapped when she was a child. She was gone for eight months before she was found and has no memories of what happened to her. She is single. She has come back to her home town to sale her house she owns now twenty years later. She goes by Tess now.

Gabe McCord blamed himself for Teresa's kidnapping. He was watching her that day. Now he is Sheriff of Cold Creek, OH. He wants to find out what happened to the other children that were kidnapped after Tess. He hopes he can get help from Tess.

Tess comes home to sale her house so she can buy a preschool in Michigan where she now lives. She is going through a lot to be back in town. Right after she gets back another child is taken. There have been others kidnapped after her and they were never found.

Also her cousin Lee and his family that had been renting her home have joined a commune near by. Tess is not allowed to visit as she would like.

Tess was taken from the corn fields right behind her house. They are tall and almost ready to harvest and freak her out. Someone is trying to scare her to leave.

Tess starts out scared and week. But as she struggles with the past and trying to remember she is getting stronger and braver. The more she learns about what happened to her it helps her to understand.

This is the first book in the Cold Creek trilogy. Forbidden Ground will be Kate's story. Broken Bonds is Char's story. I want to read both of those books now. I hope they come out soon.

The town librarian is always trying to get kids to read. She hates ereaders and people getting books from the air. She said it a few times as I was reading on my kindle fire. Having gotten it from the air. I felt guilty. I hardly go to the library anymore. I have three ereaders that I use all the time.

I was given this ebook to read for the purpose of giving a honest review of it from Net Galley and Harlequin