Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review:Montana Rose by Mary Connealy

Its a Christian romance  with a good story.  It kept me wanting to see what happens next. I would like to read more books by Mary.
It starts with Cassie mourning her husband dead. Everyone in town new her husband was always spending money on her and he had loans everywhere.
Their is not a lot of women in this small town in Montana. The men were gathering around her saying she had to choose right after the funeral. Cassie or China Doll some called her was in shock.
Muriel the shopkeeper's wife tried to help her and wanted Red the grave digger to marry her.  Red did not want to especially right their at cemetary.  Than Wade and his father Mort Sawyer said, She is marrying him. Mort carried her to his horse.  Now Mort was big rancher and people were scared of him and his men.  Cassie tried to get away and Red Dawson came and rescued her from him and asked Cassie to marry him.  So right their at the grave she got married again.
Cassie at 12 lost her mom and Griff became her guardian and married her at 15 and moved them to Divide Montana. He spent all of her inhertance and morgage all her belongings. So now she had nothing but a dress and was pregnant.
Red is a honest hard worker. He went around and paid off her debts that her husband made. Red worked and barted for all he had and now had a small home,full pantry 500 cows. Red preached on sundays. delivered groceries on sat.Clean stables.
you really care about Cassie and Red and the people of divide. I would like to see how things turned out for Belle.
I enjoyed this story I was given to read in exchane of honest review from Netgalley.
07/01/2009 PUB Barbour Publishing Inc.

Review:The Kissing Tree by Prudence Bice

I loved the Kissing Tree it brought smiles and tears but mostly smiles. Clean old fashion romance.
At the start Georgie has been dared to steal a kiss from Ridge under the kissing tree. Georgie got Ridge thier and kissed him on the lips and ran away. Than her and Sammy left to go home. Georgie was almost 13 and she thought she was leaving for a month vacation to her Aunt's house back east.  Then she found out they were not comming back at all.
Georgie's mom has been a widow for a year and could not handle still living on the ranch any longer. So when her sister Cecelia invited them to live her back in the family home she left her in-laws and took her three children away.
Georgiana wanted to come back to Colorado for over 5 years.  Her Aunt Cecelia paid for her schooling and clothes but was cold. At least the last three years she lived at school.  Now her grandma had passed away and her grandfather wrote and asked if she could come out and help.
Georgiana was glad to come home and when the stage coach pulled in and she saw her grandfather for the first time in 5 years she ran to him.  She started to fall and someone caught her.  Ridge was their and started to tease her right off the bat.
Georgiana was surprised to find out he was working for her grandfather as foreman at the ranch. Georgiana had written Ridge and Samantha but neither one had ever written her back.
Georgiana loved cooking and taking care of the house for her grandfather.  She loved being needed. She would paint while the men were out working.  She found Samantha and picked up their friendship fast. Georgie found out that Samantha had written and she never got her letters either.
Georgiana had left a good friend Dawson back east. Dawson wanted to marry her and wrote her lots of letters. Georgiana was still drawn to Ridge but did not think he cared about her even though he kissed her.
Just thinking of this sweet story brings a smile on my face. I hope to read more books from Prudence Bice. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.
12/06/2011 PUB  Cedar Fort  Sweetwater

Review: Hidden Summit by Robyn Carr

This is the second book about the town of Virgin River that I have read and enjoyed. I want to read the rest of the books sometime. Thier's a few love scenes in it. Virgin River community is what is ideal about it. They all pitch in and care about each other. Makes me want to be a better nieghbor.
Conner Danson owned a business and worked hard. Conner help take care of his widow sister and their twins. One night he was taking trash out the back of his store when he saw a murder take place.  Conner called the cops and was willing to testify than his store was burned down.
the DA called his sister and hid Conner Danson in Virgin River and his sister in the East Coast. Dan Conner was his new name and worked construction for a job.
Conner was also divorced after catching his wife with another guy and found out their had been lots of guys.
Leslie Petruso moved to Virgin River after her divorce and his remarrage. She was still hurting to see her ex with his wife everywhere she went. Leslie ex still wanted to be good friends with her. So she told her boss of ten years that she was quitting. Her boss got her a job with his son who split off to start his own construction business in Virgin River. Paul Haggerty worked with dad some of the same time with Leslie and was glad to hire her. Paul knew she could do the job and his wife was glad to not do office work for him.
Conner and Leslie both did not want relationships right now with all their baggage. They made he each other laugh and grew closer.
I like the community and how welcome the people of Virgin River were. They helped each other when they saw the needs. I read it without putting it down.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.
12/27/2011 PUB Harlequin MiraBooks

Saturday, November 26, 2011

review:Baby Don't Go by Stephanie Bond

I really like this series about the town of Sweetness was destroyed by a F5 strom.  Only the water tower survived.  The Armstong brother came back home to rebuild the town.  They brought in lots of workers that lived in a bunkhouse. But no women, so they put out  ad in Broadway Michigan for women and offered a free room and board lots of single guys. To help build a town again with green jobs and buildings stronger.
Alicia Randall writes for a magazine feminist.  Alicia is a afended by the asking for women.  Alicia goes undercover for her stories so she heads to Sweetness. Alicia walks into the dinner to ask for a job and comes out manager.
The manager just quit but everyone who had worked quit and the food not good.
Marcus is not looking for a  relationship he is too busy building the town so when inspectors come they will get the grant and the land of Sweetness belongs to the
I have read a few of the stories and have liked them and would love to read the books that had already come out.  I was given this ebook in exchange of hones review from Netgalley
07/26/2011 PUB Harlequin Mira books

Review:Reckless Witch (A Modern Witch Series by debora Geary

5 Stars
I love this world going  on in California.  Their Witch community is great.
Their are a couple of new faces, but a lot of old friends.
Sierra is about to turn 18. She has been in fostercare for 6 years and now she needs to find a job so she can leave.  Sierra has been doing magic forever but she has not been trained like most witches.  She doesnt know what could happen world wide when she plays with her magic.
We finally get to meet Jamie's brothers Devin more than Matt.
Also meet T.J. non witch genius and Govin a weather witch who together try and save lives.
As with all her stories so far their are so many characters that we get to see them all working, playing and eating. Aervyn is turncant ing five. Lauren finally finds a guy.
It has a lot of fun either in real life or in the video games. Its  enjoyale read.  I was given this ebook in exchane for honest review by debora geary.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review:Three- Day Town by Margaret Maron

It kept me interested and guessing the whole book. I like Deborah and Dwight.  I think their must have been other books written with them and I would read them.
Deborah and Dwight after a year of marriage are finally going on a honeymoon to New York City by way of train.  Leaving Dwight son with brother and sister-in-law. They are staying in an apartment for a week while renter is out of town.
Dwight is second in command of the Sheriff's Dept. in Colleton County, North Carolina.  Deborah is a Judge.
Their first day in New York they are invited to neighbor's party in the next apartment.  They where asked by a distant relative to give her daughter a package since she lived in New York. But the daughter was out of the country for a month and left her daughter's phone number. So Deborah called and told her about the package. Sigrid Harald called back and asked what was in the package her grandmother sent her mom.
So Deborah opened it and it was a statue of bunch of men making love. So Sigrid arranged to come pick it up that night and meet them at the party.  When Sigrid and Deborah went back to their apartment the door was open and the statue gone. Dead building super on balcony. with door opened. In the bathroom Deborah was last to use it before they went to party and seat was up and she knew others had used it. Turns out a lot of people kept going in and out of that apartment.
Everytime I thought okay maybe its him someone else dies.  The super Phil's wife has mental problems and she stills little shiny stuff useually animals. Phil is always returning them. She never leaves the building and doesn't talk to others but does clean some of the apartments.
The building has a old elevator that the doorman is sopposed to run at all times, but because their was a party lots of people crowded in hallway ended up lot of people came into the apartment to use the bathroom.
Easy read murder mystery. Likeable characters.  I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.
11/21/2011 PUB Grand Central Publishing

Monday, November 21, 2011

Review:Wolfsbane by Ronie Kendig

Is the 3 book in the disguarded heroes by Ronie Kendig.  It is the first book that I have read I believe from her but not the last.  The book had lots of action it also had almost another story going on at same time that was a little confusing but worked out great in the end.  It is a clean romance with human beings making mistakes.
Roark has been kidnapped and held in a Venezuelan rebel army. She been beat up and raped many times.
She was able to escape finally and brought with her proof of what was going on down their. In testimony on the hill they thought she was the traitor and working with General.  Roark father is a US Senator and looking for a run to the White House.  He volunteered her to go back with Special OPS team and get proof.
Canyon Midas Metcalfe was also testifying on the hill but he kept the secrets he was ordered to. About a operation that went wrong in the philippines. He was a former Army Special Forces Group.  Because of what happened he was maybe facing charges and was kicked out of Army.  But he was a member of Nightshade team a Black OPs team. Not even his family knew what he did now.  He was listening at Roark testimony and was attracted to her and she to him.
Canyon brother a member of Coast Guard rescued her out of ocean really liked her and asked her out. While at his parents house at a party Roark got word they wanted to send her back to get more proof she slit her wrist. Canyon a medic sewed her up . They had a few encounters and it was his team sent in to escort her and get proof.
Things kept going wrong one adventure at a time. Kept you reading and not wanting to put book down. Really recommend this book. Can't wait to read more of her books.
07/01/2011 PUB Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review:Turnabout's Fair Play by Kaye Dacus

It started slowly for me than I got to the point that I did not want to put it down.  I believe this is the first book I have read from Kaye Dacus. I hope to read more from Kaye in the future.
Flannery is moping because her best friend is getting married and her other one is engaged to be married.  She is afraid they will leave her behind like what happened to her when her sister's got married.
Their grandmothers were all moaning that none of their grandchildren were married so they stepped in with a goal of getting at least one grandchild of each of them married. Only Maureen had just one grandchild and Jamie was not interested at the time.
Flannery thought Jamie was stuck up and did not like him.  Jamie was interested in her but tended to be a dork around her. Flannery grandfather Kirby
 was comming to visit her each weekend so his church would except his retirement. Because he tried to retire two years ago and church asked him to keep working till they found someone. So he decided to be out of town on weekends.
Maureen met Kirby when he came to church with his granddaughter Flannery and they thought to set up Flannery and Jamie. Jamie noticed how they were interested in each other so tried to arrange them to get together.
Jamie thought he was getting promoted instead their company was sold and his whole department was let go. Jamie was thinking of making some changes and going back to school. Got back with friend who he lost touch with 5 years ago. Jamie asked if Kirby wanted to stay with him on weekends because he had extra bedroom. So they double dated some.
It is a charming story. Its has no sex scenes, talks about church and prayer. Lots of different friendships and how important they are.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest reviews.
11/01/2011 PUB Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Review: A Dixie Christmas by Sandra Hill

Two short stories in one book. Their is a lot of laughter,sex and Elvis in the first story.
Clayton Jessup III just inheritance a hotel themed around Elvis in Memphis, Tennasee. Clayton lives and works back east and can't believe this part he inherited.  The rooms were all decorated around Elvis movies.  His suite was the Roustabout. included cotton cany machine,hotdogs ect.
Clayton was planning on selling the hotel and the empty lot next door.  When he heard animals he looked out the window and saw a living nativity scene on his property included sheep,donkey and real baby.
Annie and her brothers set up the living nativity to earn money they needed for their farm. Their parents died a few years ago and they were trying to keep the farm going.  They needed a new barn roof, money for vet school and her brother just had a baby left for him.
Clayton went to tell them to get off his property but fell and hurt his head and foot.  Then Clayton had a bad reaction to medicines so Annie took him home from farm. They were polar oppisites. Clayton lived in a house with 8 bathrooms,cook,gardner east coast. Annie with her brothers and grandmother and the new baby on farm with one bathroom.
I enjoyed the story but not the sex scenes.
The second story is about Lance Caslow a NASCAR star trying to win his wife back after their divorce 5 years ago.  He did not want a divorce and fought it. He was friends with Brenda since they were 5. had one little girl age 7 who wanted her parents back too.
Brenda still loved Lance but did not trust him with all the pictures of women draped over him. Also after they seperated Lance got drunk and slept with someone else.
Lance asked for help from others and ended up preforming on stage to try and show Brenda how much he still loved her.
They were fast reads. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review by Netgalley.
11/18/2011 PUB Bell Bridge Books

Review: The Blue Enchantress by Tyndall, Marylu

Blue Enchantress is a fun christian romance book.  It has slave trade,pirates and many more adventures. I would love to read more Marylu. I stayed up till 4 am and could not put book down.
Miss Hope Westcott found herself in the Caribbean on St. Kitts up for sale in a slave auction. Her fiance that she sneaked on board is ship to runaway with him.  She found out that he was married and he denied knowing her.  So the captain of the ship put her up for auction.
Nathaniel Mason was also from Charles Towne with his ship saw her up for auction and could not believe it.  He was drawn to her but she would not have time for him.  He could not leave her so he entered the bidding and after all his money was not enough he bid his ship and won.  He only had two ships that he had built himself and was trying to have a fleet of his own.
Nathaniel made a deal with to work on Lady Devon,  a different ship to pay their passage to Kingstown where he was to meet up with his other merchant ship.  He would than see her safely back home to Charles Towne and her family.
Nathaniel lived a rough life is younger days than a revend raised him and taught him about Christ.  His mother sold herself to men.  Nathaniel vowed to save himself for marriage only. He put a lot of faith in Christ and was willing to share his love of the Savior. Praying for help with the problems that came up.
Also on board the Lady Devon were Mr. Gavin Kesse the second mate. Abigail Sheldon who was going to Kingstown after her missionary parents were killed to work with a friend their as a missionary too. Mrs and Mr. Hendrick and their little girl Elise.  Captain Conway, Mr. Herbert Russel a business man, Major Harold Paine and other sailors.
Their is much action from the start of the slave auction it kept me wanting to find out what happens next. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review.
08/01/2009 PUB
Barbour Publishing Inc.
Imprint:Barbour Books

Friday, November 18, 2011

Review: Marian's Christmas Wish by Carla Kelly

I stayed up till 3 am was not finshed reading but could not stay awake anymore. First thing this morning had to finsh the book.
Marian is quite the character. She is very smart almost 17 year old. She speaks her own mine, and doesn't let anyone put her down.  She also takes care of wounded animals and makes her own remedies.
Last year her father died on Christmas and he left his property and family way in debt.
Lady Wynswich has written her son Percy to find a rich suiter for his sister Ariadne and bring him home. If Ariadne marry someone rich they could save their home.
Ariadne is in love with local  Vicar Sam. Sam Beddoe  is poor and afraid to face Percy & Lady Wynswich to ask for Ariadne hand in marriage. Ariadne does mostly what she is told to do.
Percy came home from peace talks with two guests, Sir William Clinghorn and Lord Ingraham.  Sir William is not a likable man. Rich though he is. He wants to change everything even Ariadne name.  Lord Ingraham came because he did not want to go home this christmas.  In fact he was burned and scars on his face when the French sunk the ship he was on, while on peace talks with after English torched Washington 1813.
Alistair got kicked out of Eton a week before Christmas and end of the term. Alistair as the youngest and Marian were raised up a lot  by their father so they are outspoken, teases and Mare has free access to all the books. Whereas Percy and Ariadne were more influenced by their mother.
I laughed and cried in reading this story of the Wynswich Christmas.  Everyone seemed to have a plot of somekind going on. I would read more of Carla Kelly's books in the future. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review.
09/06/2011 PUB  Cedar Fort  Sweetwater

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review: In Seconds by Brenda Novak

This is the second book I have read about in this town.  This one comes first and In Close after. I read them backwards. I was kept in suspense except for information about a few things about Clair in her story.  So yes I will read more of Brenda novels in the future.
Vivian (Laurel) for the last couple of years lives in Pineview, Montana with her two kids. Vivian has had a rough life but she is in a good place now. Vivian keeps her past and tries not to get involved with anyone.  So she won't have to lie or if trouble comes get them involved.  Myles King the sheriff lives next door and as asked her out a few times but she keeps saying no.
Myles has a teenage daughter. His wife died 3 years ago from cancer. Many women have tried to get his attention but he has not wanted anyone except his neighbor but he wants to go slow their but not as slow as she wants.
Then their is a murder at a cabin in the area and no one is found to have a reason to kill him. Vivian is afraid that the gang who wants her dead has found her again. She was part of witness protection for a couple of years, but when they were found again and marshall killed they went off on their own.  Vivian tries to get information out of sheriff by asking him to fix her fridge that she sabatoged and got wine out too.
Vivian drank to much and asked the sheriff for a one night stand and never again.
Myles can't get her to except dinner or anyother date turns her down because she had too much to drink.  Then another times tries to see her bluff, but than an old boyfriend of Vivian comes to visit and tells her she needs to run again.
Lots of actions, murders and falling in love.  I want Rex to have a story of his own. You want to route for the good guys and hope bad guys are stopped for good.
08/30/2011 PUB Harlequin Mira Books

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Review:A Little Cowgirl Needs a Mom by Patricia Thayer

4 Stars
Gracie is a cute 8year old little girl.  She sees a sign in the quilt shop about quilting classes starting soon. Gracie had promised her mom that she would finsh the quilt they were working on.  Her mom died around 2 years ago. She lives with her dad,grandpa and uncle out on the ranch.
Jenny is now the manager of the quilt store and lives above it in apartment. Jenny sees that Gracie is reaching out for help and she wants to be their for her. Because no one was there for her growing up.
So Jenny starts a different class for young girls and asks others to come and teach them the skills.  First she has to get Gracie dad to let her come to the quilting class once a week.
Evan was not ready to let Gracie go anywhere.  He wanted to protect her always.  Evan just wanted to be left alone but no one would let him. With Jenny's help he started to connect better with Gracie and understand her better.
It was fun to see them grow closer together. Gracie got closer to other girls at school.  In fact everyone was blooming.  I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest reviews from Netgalley/
07/28/2011 PUB Harlequin  Harlequin Romance

Review:Twas The Night by Sandra Hill

This was a fun different book. There was three writers writing a chapter at a time about three different men who grew up together at a boys home. They are the best man at a wedding of George a vet who believed in them and mentored them.  They were all trying to get back for the Christmas Eve wedding but the east coast was in the middle of hugh winter storm and all the flights were cancelled.
Sam Merrick was stuck in Philadelphia's airport when flights to Maine were cancelled. Sam is a Navy pilot and a Blue Angel pilot. He was the first to be picked up by the Santa Brigade. Santa Brigade was a group of senior citizens who traveled in a bus visiting homeless shelters and putting on christmas show with presents for the children.  He knows the Santa Brigade members even though he has not been back to Maine since graduating high school. In fact the director was his ex-flame Reba. Sam was excited to see her again especially finding out she was divorced. Sandra Hill wrote the  the Sam's chapters.
Trish Jensen wrote Kevin's chapters. Kevin  who's nick name was JD which stood for Juvenile Delinquent. Kevin was called Juvenile Delinquent a lot in Snowdon by the adults. So his best friends Sam & Stan at the boy's home shorten it to JD. Kevin was a cop for 5 years than a P.I. and part time bounty hunter. Sam was stuck in a train station at Schenectady.  Kevin was after Cassandra Lee Brandt and found her so handcuffed her and ended up taking her too on the Santa Brigade.
Stan Kijewski was a Quarterback for a NFL but recently got in an accident that ended his career. George had asked him to pick up  Dana Freeman on his way to the wedding. Where they were trapped by closed roads, but the santa brigade was able to pick them up. His chapters were writtenby Kate Holmes.
All three guys were   happy to see each other for longer but they also ended up part of the shows.  The senior citizens where a lot of fun. Everyone on the bus ended up helping to give the kids a good show.
I enjoyed seeing all three couples fall in love. They all really enjoyed being part of Santa Brigade.  Made me want to help more than I do.  There was three love scenes that did not have to be thier in so much detail. That was the only part I disagree with. I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.
11/15/2010 PUB Bell Bridge Books

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Review: Three Girls and a Baby by Rachel Schurig

It's scary to think your alone and having a baby. I enjoyed Ginny and her good friends Annie and Jen. The story kept moving right along and to advance it. Would have little snippets about stage of pregnacy or what the baby should be doing now.
Ginny had a lot of changes the last year, she moved back to her hometown, broke up with longtime boyfriend Josh, graduated collage, moved in with friends from collage.  Then finding out on one of those visits with Josh whom she still loved she got pregnant.  Ginny did not want to tell him or her parents and kept putting it off until too late. Josh changed his number and moved to a different state with fiance and did not want to see or hear about a baby.
Ginny had to deal with depression over breakup and then fired. Her friends were really their for her as she turned her life around.
I would read more books by Rachel. Liked the dialogs yes some was cheesy but good.  I was given this ebook in exchange for honest review from librarything.

Review: Emmy's Equal by Gruver, Marcia

I really enjoyed reading Emmy's Equal. Emily is fiesty and does not give up.
We first meet Emmy by an old well and she talks Nash into helping her go down the well looking for a hankie she lost.
Her parents and her Aunt Bertha are going on a trip to learn about cattle ranching down to South Texas.  Emmy wants to go visit her friend Charity in St. Louis or stay home while they are away.  Emmy's father William will not hear of her traveling so far or staying home by herself.
Emmy is 21 blond and beautiful living in Humble, Texas in 1906.  She loves her parents but thinks her father does not love her because of his harshness to her.
On the Twisted-R Ranch lives Mrs Katherine Rawson her husband John Rawson owners,their son Cuddy, daughter is Greta. Diego his forman and lives in the bunk house with the other workers. Diego's Mom lives near the big house in one room house.
Before they had guests on the ranch Greta has been flirting with Diego's and Diego's had been thinking to ask her father if he could court her.
Both Cubby and Diego were both taken by Emmy's looks and started to compete for her attentions which left Greta jealous. Diego's mom Melatha was afraid either girl would not be right for her son. Cubby drinks a lot, his father is always holding Diego as an example and wants Cubby to be more like him.
The story keeps you interested and has lots of drama.  Good clean story, has a lot of conflicts with everyone interacting together. Also has some faith but does not throw it in too much.
I would like to read some other books in this series.  I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest reviews by Netgalley.
10/01/2009 PUB Barbour Publishing Inc Barbour Books

Monday, November 7, 2011

Review: Balancing Act by Patricia Davids

Its a family romance on a ranch. With twin little girls, bulls wearing nail polish and throw in cattle rustlers. Makes for a fun enjoyable story.
Cheryl Steele goes to her sister wedding and has to drive aways to get to her ballet performance. She has a starring role in the traveling ballet.  Angie tries to make her sister promise to go out to the ranch where they used to live.  Cheryl keeps telling her no but finds her almost to the ranch and she turns the car around in the snow and hurry down the road so she won't be late and she almost runs a cowboy on his horse down. Cheryl is able to advoid him but wrecks the car and traps her foot.  Sam Hardin is finally able to free her foot and they ride his horse to the ranch.
Cheryl is stuck their till the roads opens in a few days and finally gets to hospital and her foot has two broken bones.  Cheryl is fired from the ballet, she's leased her apartment out for the 6 months she was on tour and her wallet is missing.  Cheryl does not want to tell her past and that she used to live here in this area years ago.
Sam is cattle rancher and architect raising his twin girls.  His mother baby sits for him when he has to go away to work. But she has to go help her daughter who has three children and just got put on bed rest for the rest of her pregnacy.  Cheryl agrees to stay and help take care of the girls while he works for a while.
The twins are adoreable and get into lots of things they shouldn't and want her to stay longer. Cheryl falls for them quickly but does not want her past mistakes and family history of trouble to be found out.  She is afraid someone will reconsise her.
I had a great time seeing what happens next in the story. Its clean feal good story. I want to read more from Patricia Davids. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.
09/20/2011 PUB Harlequin  Harlequin Heartwarming

Review: SEAL of My Dreams by Stephanie Bond

Seal of My Dreams is an Anthologies with contributers : Jami Alden, Stephanie Bond,Kylie Brant, Helen Brenna, HelenKay Dimon, Cindy Gerard, Tara Janzen,Leslie Kelly, Elle Kennedy, Alison Kent, Jo Leigh,Gennita Low, Marliss Melton ,Christie Ridgway, Barbara Samuel, Roxanne St. Claire, Stephanie Tyler and Loreth Anne White.
All the procedes go to Veterans Research Corporation.
The stories are all different with Seals as the main character some are still in the service and others are dealing with injuries and horror of war.  Some made me laugh,concerned and even cried in some of stories.  I would read a few before bed. This collection of shorts stories about Navy Seals is well worth the time to read them and help at the same time.
One of the ones I cried at a Navy Seal had lost part of his leg and returned to Sweetness, Georgia. His home town was wiped out by a tornado when he was 15. (I remembered reading this book) Barry was at the store when the siren rang and he was one of the few trapped in store basement in the dark.  Two soldiers rescued them. Now people are comming back and rebuilding the town.  Barry is welcomed back and cared and supported by the town.
It just really hit me emotionaly Barry's story.
These 18 stories all have romance in them are about heroes who have paid a price for freedom and wanted to make a difference. I enjoyed reading them.
11/11/2011  PUB Bell Bridge Books  396 pages

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Review: Brotherband Chronicles bok 1 Outcasts by John Flanagan

As far as I am concerned John Flanagan has another hit series going. It was exciting and drew you in from the first. Did not want to put it down. The only bad thing is wait till the next book comes out.
It starts out 12 years in the past when Erak is still raiding and two warriors are holding off some fighters whill the rest are taking the treasure to the ship. One is killed and he asks his friend to watch over his wife and boy.
Than it tells a little about Hal his mom Karina and Thorn lives. How Hal became good friends with Stig and how he builds his boat .
Then most of the story is about the Brotherband training camp. How their is 3 teams competting to be the best. Wolves led by Rollond, Sharks let by Tursgud and the Herons by Hal. The first two co-captains were picked but no one second the third so the first two teams picked 10 and the ones no one wanted became the Herons named after Hal boat that 5 of them had worked on and sailed with him. They only had 8 to their team.
Right away you want to root for the Herons the underdogs. Tursgud is spoilled and does not fight fair. It build the story very well and you want to see what happens next. See how they come together and become a team.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Review: Alias Dragonfly by Jane Singer

I love how brave Maddie and everyone who was risking their lives for their beliefs no matter what side of the war they were on. Maddie story kept me riveted did not put the book down till it was through.
At the ending are a bunch of study guide questions that help you to think more deeply.  After that is a list of which characters are based on real people. Plus their is a list of books about different subjects of the civil war era.
Maddie was 15 at start of the war. Her mother had died just months before that and her father inlisted in the second New Hampshire Infantry Regiment as a private. Maddie was taken to Washington D.C. to stay with her Aunt at her boarding house.
Maddie could remember everything she saw she wanted to join and fight with her father but no one would let her. While she was out in the city she noticed one of her Aunt's boarders from the south was dressed as a preacher in disguise outside of a famous Rebel's house of Rose Greenhow.
Because she impressed Mr. Webster of her observations she recalled he introduced her to Mr. Pinkerton where she was tested and than trained as a spy.
I hope their are more adventures of Maddie to come in the future. I will gladly read them. It gives you glimpses of what life might be like at that time. Different family members choosing different sides of war to support. Slaves trying to get to freedom and slave traders willing to kill them. Even different cemetaries for black and white. How quilts hanging could tell a message or doll wearing different colors in a window.
11/01/2011 PUB Bell Bridge Books

Reveiw: Crave by Melissa Darnell

I had to wait to read this book for awhile till I was in the mood for it. Then I did not put it down till I finshed reading it. Still want more of the story so I think their will be another story or at least hope so.
Savannah and Tristan got married in 4th grade recess and her best friend where twins.  The next day no one could associate with Savannah and they could not tell her why.
The Clan founding members settled this part of Texas and their were a lot of rumors about them. The Clan families where in leadership everywhere. The Clan adults told their children to stay away from Savannah.  Some of them took instead to teasing her, insulting and pushing her around.
Savannah always knew when Tristan was nearby she would get sick to her stomache.  Tristan could always pick her laugh out of all the noise in school.
They had math together every other day and had to sit next to each other.  Than one day Savannah got really sick and stayed out of school for a week. Tristan tried to find out she was but no one would tell him.
After a few days Savannah woke up and her dad,mom and grandmother were around her bed.  They had to tell Savannah the truth about herself and her dad. Her dad was a vampire and mom a witch. A member of the clan till they were kicked out. The vampire and witches have had many wars and their was a peace treaty but no one wanted the two to get together.  Everyone thought vampires could not have children but Savannah was born.  They had to promise she would never learn magic and had to stay away from the clans.
Each side was afraid she would be a weapon against other side.  So her parents tried to keep Savannah from puberty but now she had to have spells taken off her.  When she went back to school she had changed.  Had to wear new bras and shirts to fit her new body.  Hair color got more healthy, Boys were flirting with her.  She could read emotions.
It was harder to stay away from Tristian. Tristian could not keep attention from Savannah and when boys would become stalking her Tristian learned to make charms for her and  sneak them in her backpack. Everyone was watching Tristian and Savannah making sure they kept apart.
Its a little like Romeo and Juliet but more dangerous all around. I hope to read more books by Melissa. I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.
10/25/2011 PUB Harlequin  Harlequin Teen

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Review:Bring Me Home for Christmas by Robyn Carr

Well this book kept me up to really early AM. I really like the town of Virgin River and how they take care of everyone.  Bring Me Home for Christmas leaves you feeling good and wanting to do more for others in their community. Plus your routing for Becca and Denny to get back together.
Becca showed up at her twin's early in the morning with luggage and gun and told him she was going on his hunting and fishing vacation. Rich Timm told her no its was a guys trip and Denny her ex-boyfriend would be their. Becca told him her Thanksgiving plans cancelled and her parents would not go on their vacation if Becca was staying by herself.  Rich gave into Becca but told her not to ruin his trip.
Becca boyfriend Doug was making lots of plans about them for when he got finshed with law school in Spring. Becca was thinking too much about her breakup with Denny and about him so she needed closure before getting Married.
Denny has found a new home 10 hours away from San Diego in Virgina River a small town in the mountains. He found a family in the community after comming home from war. Six years ago when he was stationed in San Diego Rich brought him home one weekend and for three years Becca and Denny were a couple. Even when he was Irac with Rich. When he got out his mom was facing cancer after she died Denny reinlisted without telling Becca and broke up with her. She did not hear from him while he was in Afghanistan even though she wrote and sent emails. After being home for awhile Denny showed back up and wanted to try again but Becca was still hurt and angry sent him away.
Denny planned a hunting and fishing vacation with three good friends he made in Irac.  He wanted to catch up and have a good time with his buddies even with Rich. He would think of Becca too much with her twin right their.
When Rich and Becca showed up at the bar they were to meet at Denny lost it, Denny got angry when Becca introduced herself to Dirk and Troy and told them she blindsided her brother and would they mind her being their.  Becca was beautful and Dick and Troy flirted with her and told her she was welcomed. Denny lost his temper and was really rude to Becca and was jealous.
First day of hunting ducks she quit early and Denny had to go back to town so took her with him . On the way back they fought and she had Denny pull over. Becca jumped out of the truck planning to walk back to others but she ended up falling down off the side of the road and ended up with a broken ankle and had to be operated on and told she could not travel home for at least 10 to 12 days.
I  liked how Becca found ways to help while she was stuck on crutches and tried to make the best of it.  While she was stuck with Denny they talked about what happened in the past. Becca also got involved with the town of Virgin River and all their service projects doing what she could do.
You cared about the characters and wanted to read more about them, and their town. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.
09/27/2011 PUB Harlequin MiraBooks

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review: A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day

I liked the story line.  But it had too much swearing and sex scenes for me.  The idea of head Angel swearing for me was bad.
Adrian was the head of Sentinels. They were too enforce the punishment of the Watchers or Fallen the Vampires.  They had strict rules when they could kill the fallen and when not. Adrian had fallen in love with the lead Fallen's daughter Shadoe. Her father was in the process of bringing her over to be a vampire but Adrian killed her rather than see her become vampire. Because she was half human and have angel why her body died her sole lives and comes back every so often. Her father still wants to bring her over to vampire. Adrian is still in love for with her. Shadoe never remembers her past and she always looks different. This time she has been gone 200 years.
Lindsay is now the host of Shadoe soul.  Her mother was killed in front of her at age 5 and she can tell when someone is not human and kills them.  Lindsey is drawn to Adrian and goes with him. Lindsey killed a demon in front of him so Adrian told her he was a Angel.
The watchers became the fallen because they fell in love and had human families. They became Vampire and lost their wings.
Some of them became shifters who were bound to serve and protect the Angels but they lived and had children and died. They want their freedom some of them. Elijah is an alpha and their are many trying to get him to rebel and lead them.
Elijah is also Lindsey's bodyguard and friend.  Lindsey saved his life. I really like Elijah.
Their are a lot of story lines that kept getting me messed up. I really want to know what happens next because their are so many lines that continue. But the F word too many times and confusing different lines not sure if I really want to invest in this series. Did enjoy most of it and I probably will read at least one more.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review.
10/04/2011  PUB Penquin Group USA  Signet