Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Book Review The Legend By Donna Grant

The Legend

Title: The Legend

Author: Donna Grant

Stars: 3 1/2 stars out of 5

3 1/2 stars out of 5

Suspend your belief while reading this book otherwise readers will be disappointed at the unrealistic nature of this book.
This is the third book in The Sons of Texas series but Donna Grant and since I started with book 3 I was a little lost on the story but Donna Grant caught up readers rather quickly mixing the backstory as well as the story together. The story as a whole moves very quickly keeping readers reading at a fast pace. This story focus on Wyatt and Callie but brings in the brothers from the other series as well as the father and Kate the future romance in book 4.
Donna Grant's writing style was a little hard to chew with the typical descriptions of Wyatt "magnificent male specimen" and "He was the master of decadence". Basically Wyatt is Rambo who has the ability to get shot and still keep moving. Callie is a super Hacker tried by the CIA and Rambo father so she is able to kill without problem.
I will admit with the body count I wanted to know where they were hiding, burying to putting them? Will someone not come looking for them?
Donna is able to give readers over the top violence, character development as well as catching readers up with what happened in the other books and sets readers up for the next book making them excited to see what will happen with the Family as well as the secret organization.
The book finishes with a bang, Happily Ever After and slight cliff hanger for those who have been following the series from book 1.
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for the Advance Copy of of The Legend.
PS I love the book covers of these series.

In The Legend, Callie Reed doesn’t need a man to protect her. An expert sharpshooter and renegade hacker, this Texas-born spitfire’s got the skills and the courage to stand up to any danger—no matter how deadly. But when she becomes the target of a shadowy organization known as the Saints, Callie is forced to team up with the one man she can’t outshoot: the gorgeous, and infuriating, Lone Star legend named Wyatt Loughman…
A Delta Force Colonel with a rock-hard body and stone-cold heart, Wyatt has been teasing and tormenting Callie since they were playmates on his family’s ranch. Of course, he’s wildly attracted to the fiery, strong-willed Callie. But he’s always hidden his feelings behind a wall of Texas tough and military cool, even as he’s burning up with desire. Can Wyatt save Callie’s life—without putting her love in the line of fire?
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks

About The Author:
Donna Grant
Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, three cats, and a dog.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Book Review A Darkness Black (Windsor Series # 6) by Tamsen Schultz

Title: A Darkness Black (Windsor #6)

Author: Tamsen Schultz

Stars: 5 out of 5

I couldn't put this book down.  I have only read book one and now book 6 each are able to stand alone but it also brings characters from earlier books which readers of the series will love no doubt.
The story brings two people who needed one another but refused to see past their own sorrow and pain.
I enjoyed the mystery very Agatha Christie Nine little Indians and many more.  I found myself for the first time following the romance than the mystery. It could be because of all the different characters but to the authors credit she was able to keep everyone straights and the readers as well.
The romance takes center stage towards the end of the book and the mystery is tied up in a nice little bow.
I couldn't put the book down because I had to know if the couple was able to get over their past.  Lets face it since all of her books tie into a nice little bow this one had me wondering.

I wouldn't call it a roller-coaster but I wouldn't call the story slow either. It had the perfect pace for romance readers to love and mystery readers to enjoy.

I can't wait to go back and read books 2-5.

Darkness. Covert operative Caleb Forrester has always preferred darkness over light, keeping his grief and shame in shadow. But just as he starts to question this existence and let go of the years of blame he's carried, his best friend's widow calls upon him to help her stop a murder. It's a request he can't refuse, even though he knows that traveling to the remote New Hampshire mansion to reunite with Cate will put him face-to-face with memories he’s spent more than five years trying to forget.

Life. After suffering two searing losses less than a year apart, widow Catherine Thomson has worked hard to let go of her guilt, move forward, and rebuild her life. But when a murderer threatens the wealthy family she works for, it’s Cate’s history that may save them. To help her investigate, she calls on Caleb—a man she trusts though may no longer know—and when it becomes apparent that it's not just the family who is in danger, Cate realizes that revisiting the past she's so painstakingly put behind her may be the only way she can help Caleb find his own redemption.

Betrayal. It's everywhere. The Whatley family has generations of secrets and resentments that Caleb and Cate must wade through if they have any hope of preventing the murder. But it's Caleb's own disloyalty that shocks him to his core when he finds he's falling for Cate. Caleb knows that stopping the killer isn't going to be easy, but finding the strength—and forgiveness—to forge a future with Cate could be the hardest thing he’ll ever do.

About The Author:

Tamsen Schultz
Tamsen Schultz is the author of several romantic suspense novels and American Kin (a short story published in Line Zero Magazine). In addition to being a writer, she has a background in the field of international conflict resolution, has co-founded a non-profit, and currently works in corporate America. Like most lawyers, she spends a disproportionate amount of time thinking (and writing) about what it might be like to do something else. She lives in Northern California in a house full of males including her husband, two sons, three cats, a dog, and a gender-neutral, but well-stocked, wine rack.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Book Review: A Tainted Mind (Windsor Series #1) by Tamsen Schultz

A Tainted Mind, Windsor Series Book 1
Title: A Tainted Mind (Windsor Series #1)

Author: Tamsen Schultz

Stars: 4.5 out of 5

This is the first novel Tamsen. 
The story starts off with a dead body and a medical examiner who needs a vacation. As the story continues so does the characters development which readers will appreciate. While the authors has a lot of talk and only a little action. The conversation were on point with the story and the author was still able to bring to life the world Tamsen was able to create.
Tamsen is able to create a small town feel that readers are pulled into a world of safety even though their is a serial killers out there hunting in the small town.
Their is romance with sex scenes that work into the story without being in the readers face.
The story has a nice flow, keeps readers engaged until the last page.

Advance Copy from Netgalley for Honest opinion. I was also sent book two which I will review also. 

OBSESSED with her job as a medical examiner and lead consultant with the FBI, Dr. Vivienne "Vivi" DeMarco is a woman running from her own demons. And finding the remains of a body on the side of a road in rural upstate New York wasn’t part of her plan. 

FRUSTRATED that the ghosts from his past won’t leave him alone, Ian MacAllister makes for a reluctant Deputy Chief of Police of Windsor, New York. But as more victims are discovered, all women that bear a shocking resemblance to Dr. DeMarco, he knows he’ll need to call on all the skills he learned as an Army Ranger if he wants to keep her safe. 

DENIED over and over again of the one thing he desires most, a killer may have finally reached his breaking point. The only question that remains is, will he take Vivi and Ian with him?

Kindle Edition324 pages
Published May 14th 2017 by EverAfter Romance

About The Author:
Tamsen Schultz
Tamsen Schultz is the author of several romantic suspense novels and American Kin (a short story published in Line Zero Magazine). In addition to being a writer, she has a background in the field of international conflict resolution, has co-founded a non-profit, and currently works in corporate America. Like most lawyers, she spends a disproportionate amount of time thinking (and writing) about what it might be like to do something else. She lives in Northern California in a house full of males including her husband, two sons, three cats, a dog, and a gender-neutral, but well-stocked, wine rack. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review Keeping Her Close (Hot Heroes In Blue #2) By Suzanne Rock

Keeping Her Close by Suzanne Rock
Title: Keeping Her Close

Author: Suzanne Rock

Stars: 2 stars out of 5

Suzanne Rock wants readers to be taken on a while ride from the first chapters. The only problem is the story is unrealistic to the point it is laugh able. I wasn't able to get into the story and found myself uninterested in the characters who were a little too unbelievable. 
I am male and I know what I am doing to keep you safe. I am woman and I can take care of myself even if it puts others in danger. 
Advance Copy from Netgalley to my honest opinion

As the newest SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team member, Officer Maximo "Max" Ferreira is irritated that his first assignment is not diffusing a terrorist threat, but instead providing protection to the controversial blogger Tess Abbott during her lecture tour in New York City. He believes the job is nothing more than glorified babysitting but after one look at the sexy journalist, suddenly, his job is no longer a hardship.
The attraction between them is immediate, and Tess's take-charge personality in the bedroom is like a dream come true. Unfortunately, Tess is too wrapped up in her work to take their relationship seriously. When an attempt is made on her life, it will take all of Max's training to convince her to stop trying to handle everything on her own and stay where he can protect her best--in his arms.
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: June 20th 2017 by Swerve
About The Author:
Suzanne Rock
A lifetime New Englander, Suzanne married her college sweetheart and has been with him for over twenty years. Every summer she drags her husband and two daughters to Maine on a quest for the perfect lobster dinner. Every fall she can be found down in Foxboro, Massachusetts cheering on her favorite football team. In between those trips, she’s a chauffeur, a maid, a chef, an event planner, a hairdresser, a wardrobe stylist, a tutor and a sometimes masseuse. To keep her sanity, she often drinks copious amounts of coffee and stares at the blank screen of her laptop, dreaming of great adventures. Sometimes she even writes them down for others to enjoy.

Suzanne is represented by Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency and writes mainstream romances under the pen name Ava Conway.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Review The UNSBU by Meg Gardiner

Unsub (UNSUB, #1)
Title: The Unsub

Author: Meg Gardiner

Stars: 5 stars out of 5

This is the first book I have read by Meg Gardiner.
The story a dark and gritty story serial killer story that drove one family member to the point of obsession The female lead Caitlin Hendrix is taking on the same Killer her father once tried to find.
The author has the ability to get into your head and keep you thinking about the story long after you have finished the book.
The author created characters who are real and their past struggles define who they are today.  Caitlin Hendrix. cutting herself to get though her fathers disgrace, mother over protective way of trying to help to her relationship and how it helps her work though her cases.
The author is able to paint very vivid imagines that bring the story to life even when the scene can be dark and gruesome.

The story is a serial killer story that I believe was inspired by the zodiac killers in San Francisco.
Thank you to Netgalley for the advance Copy

Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB—what the FBI calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.

The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders—eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh—was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.

Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.

About The Author:
Meg Gardiner
Meg Gardiner is a bestselling, Edgar Award winning author. A former lawyer and lecturer at the University of California, she's also a three-time Jeopardy! champion. Born in Oklahoma, she grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and lives in Austin.

China Lake won the 2009 Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Paperback Original. The Nightmare Thief won the 2012 Audie Award for Thriller/Suspense audiobook of the year. Phantom Instinct was named an O, the Oprah magazine, "Best Books of Summer."

Meg's upcoming novel, UNSUB, (out June 27, 2017) has been bought for development as a major television series by CBS. 

Find her on Facebook: and Twitter: @MegGardiner1

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