Saturday, June 25, 2016

Book Review: Outcast

Author: Dianne Noble
Title: Outcast
Publisher:  Tirgearr Publishing
Publish Date: March 16, 2016
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Book Blurb:

Rose leaves her Cornwall café to search for her daughter in the sweltering slums of Kolkata, India.

In the daily struggle for survival, she is often brought to her knees, but finds strength to overcome the poverty and disease, grows to love the Dalit community she helps.

But then there are deaths, and she fears for her own safety.
Her café at home is at risk of being torched, and finally, she has to make the terrible choice between her daughter and the Indian children.



Review:  This is a book that I went into not knowing what to expect and when I finished, I was left with a feeling of WOW! Just wow!

This book was sort of emotionally draining as a mother is searching for her daughter in a distant country. The book starts out in Cornwall and moves to India. 

It is a story of a mother and daughter and relationships and all the emotions that those relationships conjure. You get the story from both the point of views of mother, Rose and then a daughter, Hannah who is keeping Rose's shop for her when she goes to India in search of her daughter.  Hannah keeps the cafe and tries to do what she can for her druggie mom, Willow.

I really wish the Hannah/Willow story line was a little more developed or more too it. I couldn't understand how someone who was so with it, let it all fall apart when she could have asked for help from her boss when things got out of hand.

Rose was a character that you can really admire. She grew as a person in India, maybe a little faster than you'd expect in reality, but I liked how she jumped in to help the children right away knowing so little about the culture and the country that she was in.

It is interesting to see the role reversal in the characters between Emily and Rose.

Ms Noble really brings you into the story engaging all your senses as you read.

I will say one thing, I didn't find the book blurb to be an adequate representation of the book. Yes there's drama on both sides of the story, but it isn't as intense as the blurb would make it out to be.

I totally loved this book and look forward to reading more by this author.

Rating: 4 flowers



Friday, June 24, 2016

TLC Book Tours Book Review: He Will Be My Ruin

Author: K.A. Tucker
Title: He Will Be My Ruin
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: Feb 2, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided by: Net Galley & TLC Book Tours
Book Blurb: Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what's left of her best friend's belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lock box hidden in Celine's apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man who Celine herself claimed would be her ruin. On the hunt for answers that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine's private life--and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered

Review: Sometimes you read a book and you have so much to say about it that you can go on and on. Then there are books that just leave you gobsmacked.

This book did that to me.

This is a book that reminds us, that we don't really know anyone, even our best friends. We all have secrets, some of those secrets are deep and dark and Celine's life has sort of become a deep dark secret. Her suicide proves that to Maggie, and when Maggie starts digging, she finds out how little she knew her bestie.

This was a book that I couldn't let go of. It is fantastic and it really just leaves me at a loss for words because it was so good.

Rating: 5 flowers


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Super Sexy, Rock Star romance from Tania Sparks...


PURE TORTURE
Oblivion on Tour #3
Tania Sparks
Releasing July 29th, 2016


Cody’s the sexy drummer extraordinaire of the hard rock band Oblivion.

Kitty’s the little sister of one of Cody’s band mates and she’s had a secret crush on him for years.

When the band are back home for a few days, the chemistry between them is both unexpected and undeniably off-the-charts.

She quickly realizes that the prospect of having what she’s always fantasized about is a very real possibility.

He quickly realizes that although he feels this mind-blowing attraction towards her, she’s the little sister of one of his band mates - he would get his ass kicked from here to hell if he ever laid a finger on her!

But can Kitty convince him? After all, no one else needs to know, a one-time hook-up might suit both of them…or could it ruin everything?

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Tania Sparks is a romantic at heart who genuinely believes in true love and soul mates. She met her husband while still at school, she was sixteen, he was seventeen. They are high school sweethearts who more than twenty five years later are still very much in love and are happily married with two beautiful daughters.

Tania does have a full time job, but in her spare minutes enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and reading. She's an avid reader who tends to chomp through a large volume of books, mainly in the romance genre. Her other major 'hobby' is writing steamy rock star erotic romances!

In 2014, after finding herself constantly being inspired by numerous romance novels, she decided to try her hand at writing. After penning her first scene she discovered that she enjoyed it immensely and so resolved to continue with the rest of the story that was swirling in her imagination. That story resulted in her first novel, Heaven Sent which is the first book in her Oblivion on Tour Series. This was soon followed by Bolt From The Blue and Pure Torture. Each book in the series is a stand-alone story which follows a different band member from a hard rock group called Oblivion - and of course the feisty ladies that steal their hearts! The other books in the series are at various stages of completion.

Now-a-days Tania finds it very difficult to control her imagination and swears that her rock stars are constantly chanting their stories in her head. She can't wait to share them with you...




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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Woman In The Photo

The Woman in the Photo coverAbout The Woman in the Photo

• Paperback: 432 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 14, 2016)

The lives of two young women—bound by heritage and history—are changed forever by one epic event . . .

1889: Elizabeth Haberlin, of the Pittsburgh Haberlins, spends every summer with her family on a beautiful lake in an exclusive club. Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains above the working-class community of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the private retreat is patronized by society’s elite. Elizabeth summers with Carnegies, Mellons, and Fricks, following the rigid etiquette of her class. But Elizabeth is blessed (or cursed) with a mind of her own. Case in point: her friendship with Eugene Eggar, a Johnstown steel mill worker. And when Elizabeth discovers that the club’s poorly maintained dam is about to burst and send 20 million tons of water careening down the mountain, she risks all to warn Eugene and the townspeople in the lake’s deadly shadow.

Present day: On her eighteenth birthday, genetic information from Lee Parker’s closed adoption is unlocked. She also sees an old photograph of a biological relative—a nineteenth-century woman with hair and eyes likes hers—standing in a pile of rubble from an ecological disaster next to none other than Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. Determined to identify the woman in the photo and unearth the mystery of that captured moment, Lee digs into history. Her journey takes her from her hometown in California to Johnstown, from her present financial woes to her past of privilege, from the daily grind to an epic disaster. But once Lee’s heroic DNA is revealed, will she decide to forge a new fate?

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Review: Some people pick books based on their covers. Well I picked this one because it was a historical novel that is set in Pennsylvania, close to Pittsburgh, which is near to where I live. I love seeing my area come to life in print. It gives me warm fuzzy feelings.

The historical setting of the book is Johnstown, PA. The time period is right round the time of the flood that wiped out the city and killed thousands of people.

I was totally fascinated by the historical part of the story. I had read a book about the flood awhile back and loved it. This story focuses more on Johnstown and less on Pittsburgh. I loved Elizabeth she was quite a lady. She had a mind of her own and she knew how to use it.

The second part of the story is told in the present day. Clara's closed adoption is unlocked and she finds a picture of a relative. That sends her on a journey to Pennsylvania. I didn't find her story as intriguing as Elizabeth's. I think it is because I'm more a historical fiction girl than a contemporary one.

If you are looking for a novel that's a little out of the ordinary when it comes to setting, this is definitely one to try.

Rating: 4 flowers


Mary Hogan APAbout Mary Hogan


Mary Hogan is the NAPPA Award-winning author of seven young-adult books. Two Sisters is her first novel for adults. She lives in New York City with her husband, Bob, and their dog, Lucy.

Find out more about Mary at her website, and connect with her on Twitter.

TLC Book Tours Book Review: How Secrets Die

Author: Marta Perry
Title: How Secrets Die
Publisher: HQN
Publish Date: June 28, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley & TLC Book Tours
Book Blurb: As Laurel Ridge embraces a stranger hungry for answers, a sinister truth is awakened

A hard-hitting reporter, Kate Beaumont unearths the deepest lies and brings harsh truths to light. But the story that lures her to the gentle town of Laurel Ridge, Pennsylvania, is closer to her heart than anyone knows. The details of her half brother's sudden death have never made sense. She owes him justice, yet the one man who can help her is the stubborn sheriff she can't stand.

Protecting his town is Mac Whiting's top priority. Everything else—including pacifying a beautiful crusader on a mission best left resting in peace—is secondary. But as Kate's search embeds her in his world and attracts a skilled criminal, she needs Mac's protection. Drawn together by deadly secrets, they must find a way to trust each other before a killer silences them both.


Review:  I'm a huge fan of Marta Perry's books. I've read several of her Amish romances and one of her Amish mysteries. This is the first contemporary novel she's written that I've read.

This book is romantic suspense that's more suspenseful with a touch of romance.  That's actually how I like my romantic suspense. I prefer the mystery to be front and center.

Kate comes to Laurel Ridge looking for answers to her half brother's death. Kate isn't the most likable heroines. In fact, for most of the book, I found I didn't like her much at all. She seemed to have a chip on her shoulder and really did her best to plow into her investigation head on no matter how many toes she steps on or who she annoys. (She annoys a lot of people and gets herself in a fair amount of trouble on her quest for answers)

Laurel Ridge reminded me of a northern Mayberry. It was a small town with a small police force. Mac is very protective of his town. He keeps that peace in town and Kate isn't making things easy for him. He knows that if he want the peace he's going to have to work with her.  Together they try to find answers to the questions that Kate has from watching her half brother's video diary.

I liked that the relationship between Kate and Mac was kept to a minimum even though there was chemistry there.

There were enough twists in their investigation to keep me interested though I admit from the beginning I had an idea where the killer was going to come from, but I was totally surprised at who the killer was.

I was glad that Kate got closure in the end, but I wasn't happy that her brother's name wasn't officially cleared. That left me feeling a little upset. I though Jason deserved to be vindicated totally not just to his sister.

Rating: 4 flowers


Friday, June 17, 2016

Book Review: Lone Heart Pass

Author: Jodi Thomas
Title: Lone Heart Pass
Publisher: HQN
Publish Date: April 26, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Where family bonds are made and broken, and where young love sparks as old flames grow dim, Ransom Canyon is ready to welcome—and shelter—those who need it

With a career and a relationship in ruins, Jubilee Hamilton is left reeling from a fast fall to the bottom. The run-down Texas farm she's inherited is a far cry from the second chance she hoped for, but it and the abrasive foreman she's forced to hire are all she's got.

Every time Charley Collins has let a woman get close, he's been burned. So Lone Heart ranch and the contrary woman who owns it are merely a means to an end, until Jubilee tempts him to take another risk—to stop resisting the attraction drawing them together despite all his hard-learned logic.

Desperation is all young Thatcher Jones knows. And when he finds himself mixed up in a murder investigation, his only protection is the shelter of a man and woman who—just like him—need someone to trust.


Review: Jodi Thomas is an author that I've been meaning to read for ages. Lone Heart Pass is more romantic suspense that is really heavy on the suspense. The main focus of the story is Jubiee and Charley, but there is so much more to this story, that their romance doesn't seem like it is what this book is about.

Thatcher is the real star of the show and the murder investigation that he gets tangled up in. His story is one of a child that didn't get tossed into the system but should have been. He's basically raising himself until Charley gives him a chance.

I loved Charley. He's a guy that trouble follows even though he isn't necessarily looking for it. There's so much about him that's messed up, from having custody of his daughter, to screwing his dad's 3rd wife, and thus being kicked off his ranch without a dime...the list goes on. But even though he has a black cloud following him, he loves his daughter and you can see, he's coming to love Jub, even though that wasn't part of his plan.

Jubilee is just as messed up, coming from a family that thinks she doesn't measure up to her sister, and originally having a job she wasn't as good at as she thought she was. That's how she ended up at her Grandfather's ranch and she wants to make a go at it because it was the place she felt was "home."

Like I said this book is about more than just these central characters. There's the sheriff's daughter and her friend Tim. The get involved in the murder investigation and more so when the sheriff is shot. I really liked Lauren and Tim and I have to say, I wanted them to become a couple, but that wasn't meant to be.

Ms Thomas really knows how to weave a complex story with multiple characters that all meld together. It's several stories within a story.

Rating: 4 flowers



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Lone Star Nights

About Lone Star Nights

Series: The McCord Brothers (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (May 31, 2016)
No strings attached is pretty much Lucky McCord’s calling card in Spring Hill, Texas, but when family is on the line, this cowboy’s honor and heart are about to get lassoed, tied and branded 
Every family needs its black sheep, and Austin “Lucky” McCord is happy to oblige. The bad-boy bull rider lives fast and loose, until his business partner leaves him an unexpected bequest. Suddenly Lucky is sharing custody of two children with Cassie Weatherall, one of the few homegrown women he hasn’t bedded. And not from lack of trying…
Cassie fled her messy past to become a celebrity therapist in LA. So why does it feel so right to come back and share parenting duties—and chrome-melting kisses—with a man she’s striven to avoid? Loving Lucky always seemed like a sure bet for heartache. But for this perfectly imperfect family, Cassie might just gamble with everything she’s got.
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Review:  I've done binge reading of certain types of books. The last few books were cowboy type books.  I was really impressed with the characters in this book. Almost all the characters have some pretty interesting flaws.

Lucky McCord is a bit of a manwhore. He's also so darn lovable that you'll forgive him for it. Seriously, this guy is just downright precious, and that's a word I save for characters like Mia.  Really. I do.

Cassie is a hot mess. She's a celebrity therapist who has some pretty nasty panic attacks and her father owns the local strip club called "The Slippery Pole." Her father is an absolute a-hole. I loved that her grandmother knew this about him, and I love how she puts the screws to him from the grave. Good on you Dixie!

When her grandmother passes away Lucky and Cassie find themselves guardians of two girls that are both pretty flawed too. The oldest, MacKenzie dresses like she might work at The Slippery Pole. These aren't the type of children you'd expect to draw an unlikely couple together to find love. (Though the youngest Mia, is really adorable with the magic stars). MacKenzie does a wonderful job at causing trouble for everyone, herself included. You will love both girls as the story goes on. They are kids that really need love.

There's more than a little bit of drama. (Some of it involving cats)  The romance is slow at building even though there's a lot of tension between Lucky and Cassie. Oh there's also Cassie's ex-boyfriend, who gives the work jerk new meaning.

This book was sexy and funny and full of twists and turns, and Dixie Mae really has the last say in the end.

I especially liked that this book wasn't full on cowboy/western. That part of the story was really the backdrop here. This book was about the characters and all their fabulous foibles.


Delores Fossen is an author that will be on my must read list from now on.

Rating: 5 flowers



871833-300x200About Delores Fossen

USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.
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Delores Fossen’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, May 31st: Book Reviews & More by Kathy
Wednesday, June 1st: Let Them Read Books
Thursday, June 2nd: Romancing the Readers
Monday, June 6th: The Sassy Bookster
Tuesday, June 7th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, June 9th: Books and Spoons
Friday, June 10th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Monday, June 13th: Written Love Reviews
Tuesday, June 14th: Stranded in Chaos
Wednesday, June 15th: A Chick Who Reads
Friday, June 17th: Mignon Mykel Reviews
Monday, June 20th: The Romance Dish
 
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