Monday, March 30, 2015

Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

Keep Me Safe (Slow Burn Trilogy #1)

If you are a huge fan of Maya Banks and her style of devoted, hunky men who protect the women they love at all costs, then you will be happy with the first of her Slow Burn series, Keep Me Safe.  This time around, Raime, the female character, is gifted in a way comparable to an empath, but she can sense evil, feel it and experience so much that it can consume her, almost to the threshold of death.

The male protagonist, Caleb, is intent on finding his missing sister, Tori, (who also has special abilities)  and he demands the assistance of Raime, who has been in hiding.  She is recovering from a police case that had greatly affected her physically and emotionally.  Without regard to her traumatic experience, Caleb forces her to help him but with disastrous results.

When Caleb returns to find Raime, she has disappeared.  Eventually, she returns and begs for his help instead. She is now the hunted and the person after her will stop at nothing, including using his own deadly gift, to possess and extinguish her soul forever.

Action paced, emotionally charged and steamy scenes, Keep Me Safe will KEEP you entertained!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sweet Tale of Friendship and Love

New book everyone!  Just in time for the holidays.  This is an excellent gift for young adult readers.  I would like to add if you are picky about gifts and are looking for a wholesome story without violence, sex and foul language.  Beautiful book!


Ingrid

Ingrid is a young adult novel set within a Scottish culture with a touch of magic and the paranormal. The book is written in such a way that the mystical elements are quite believable and spiritual. The time period is neither past, present or future, but placed in a setting that is nonspecific but can be imagined quite clearly. Ingrid is a special young lady with one flaw - she cannot physically speak. However, her childhood friend, Adair, does not see this as a fault. As the son of the town's loathed villager, he finds solace with his beautiful friend. As the story progresses, many characters are introduced and interweaved into the mysteries surrounding Adair's father, mother, and the gift that Ingrid offers to all, unknowingly. Her "flaw" becomes something more precious than anyone ever conceived. A curious pair of travelers enter into the plot and as the tale unwinds, a hated person becomes wrongly accused and jailed, forgiveness, redemptions and hearts are healed. This story is unique in nature. Young adult readers will enjoy the journey not only between Ingrid and Adair, but the epiphanies the minor characters experience. Spirituality, love, friendship and commitment are themes are constantly present. It will teach the reader that one can make mistakes in life, to forgive is truly divine and that the power of love is ultimately the answer.

If you were lucky enough to purchase the limited edition, the accompanying music written specifically for the novel by Jared Kraft is at times haunting, sweet and joyous. Each tune matches the mood of the subplots and heightens the senses to actually experience the pain, love and loss throughout the book. 

The music, the story and the illustrations will be make the story highly original and unique in nature. Worth the read! 
                  

Monday, July 7, 2014

When Day Breaks by Maya Banks

When Day Breaks If you know Maya Banks, then you are familiar with the KGI series that she has written about the Kelly brothers.  When Day Breaks is Book 9 in the series involving tough, covert military men who have a passion for their families and the rare "Code of Chivalry."  The main character, Swanny, was introduced in Book 4, Whispers in the Dark.  He returned home, saved by KGI, from torture and imprisonment.  He had been jailed with one of the Kelly brothers, Nathan, who was also rescued.  Swanny was a quiet character in the background but not totally invisible.  One side of his face had been ravaged by the enemy and he kept a low profile.  Adopted into the Kelly family, Swanny figured he would never find love but would gladly accept the love of family.

When Day Breaks changes his perspective.  This time, Swanny is the main hero and his job is to protect Eden, a high profile celebrity supermodel.  Eden is not the stereotypical model: she is beautiful spiritually as well as physically.  When her life is threatened (connected to her own military father and brothers), KGI sends Swanny and his team to act as bodyguards. She surprises everyone with her calm demeanor, sweet nature and pure heart.  She is never demanding or spoiled.  She listens with logic and cares about the team risking their own lives to protect hers.

Swanny is amazed that Eden only has eyes for him. She is not repulsed by his scars, but rather, intrigued by his quiet nature and gentle manner. He dares to believe that he might actually have a future with someone, but still is quite pessimistic about the possibility of love.

As the story unfolds, the "Beauty and the Beast" scenario is mildly played out:  Swanny is a confident man yet conflicted in some aspect. Eden has her own weaknesses, especially when it comes to Swanny.  She has to find a way to show him that there is a future for them.  They balance each other.

I am a huge fan of the KGI series.  The camaraderie, the humor, the tough guy persona and the gentle sides of the warriors are romantic, indeed.  Swanny had me intrigued from Book 4 and I waited in anticipation for his own story.

Sex Scene Levels:  Steamy, Hot and Sweet
Some violence/curse words
Humor

I recommend this series.  You will be forever hooked and become a part of the KGI family.

You can purchase the book at Amazon and Barnes and Noble: (see links below)

http://www.amazon.com/When-Day-Breaks-KGI-Novel-ebook/dp/B00HDMM7JA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404786619&sr=8-1&keywords=When+Day+Breaks

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-day-breaks-maya-banks/1117745954?ean=9780425263785

If you would like to learn more about ALL of Maya Banks' romantic novels, check out her website:

http://mayabanks.com/

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Married for Christmas

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Jessica is a twenty eight year old, somewhat reserved woman, who works from home and takes care of her ailing mother. She's never done anything in her life to attract attention - including enhancing her looks. However, she longs for a husband and children, but has decided that it won't happen without making some changes.

Daniel has been Jessica's childhood friend and now one of her closest. As a pastor, Daniel has a role in town to take care of others and his church. His seven year marriage ended tragically when his wife died, along with his ability to ever love again. He is a finalist for his own church but his one flaw is that he is single.

Jessica has a plan: she wants marriage and doesn't expect love. Daniel wants his job, but believes falling in love again will be next to impossible.

A marriage of convenience between two best friends. Sounds simple but becomes very complicate when Jessica realizes she wants the entire package, but Daniel cannot let go of his grief of his deceased wife.

A sweet story, full of small surprises. If you are looking for inspirational romance only, then this story may not be for you due to some mild swearing and sexual scenes, but overall a story of healing, forgiveness and falling in love.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Lindsay McKenna: "High Country Rebel"

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Ahh...the Navy SEAL. What woman can resist this type of hero?

Talon is returning home to his cancer stricken mother. He has been sending all of his paychecks to pay for her medical bills. However, his best friend and he are captured in Afghanistan, tortured and injured. His best friend dies, but Talon is rescued and sent home with is combat dog, Zeke.

Destitute, Talon hikes to his childhood home in the mountains, in order o be with his mother. His injuries, lack of funds lead to his almost death during a freak storm. He collapses on the mountainside, lungs filled with pneumonia, right at paramedic/firefighter, Cat, drives by.

Cat is able to get Talon to the working ranch where she lives off and on between shifts. There, she and her friends, are able to heal Talon, although he fights PTSD.

As he recovers, Talon not only deals with the impatience of seeing his mother (he cannot until he is healthy) but the fact that Cat is being stalked by a former lover. Cat, a tall strong woman, has dealt with an abusive past and poor relationships. Can she trust Talon not to lose control as well?

As the story develops, Cat and Talon face his PTSD, her qualms with trust, the possible death of Talon's mom and a man bent on controlling Cat physically and emotionally.

A suspenseful read with emotions that run high from time to time.

Rachel Lee: "Killer's Prey"


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I am a huge fan of Rachel Lee and her Conard County series. This story is about loss of innocence, despair, tragedy, redemption and the power of forgiveness. Nora is the heroine who is a psychologist. She was raped, beaten, tortured and left for dead. When she physically recovers, she reluctantly returns to Conard County to her abusive, religious zealot of a father. It is her only choice. However, her high school crush, who is now a deputy sheriff, intervenes and has her move into his ranch while she recuperates.

Most of the story revolves around Nora and Jake healing emotionally from the past and helping her deal with her emotional traumas. However, the man who had attacked Nora skips out on his bail and is determined to finish what he started. A control freak, he cannot allow to leave things "unfinished."

With the help of Jake, but also the determination to survive, Nora has to decide to trust again, and possibly find love.

The hero, Jake, is patient, compassionate and highly protective.

Another strong tale from Rachel Lee.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Fallen Seal Legacy by Sharon Hamilton

Fallen SEAL Legacy (SEAL Brotherhood, #2)
As a military spouse, I tend to navigate toward this type of romantic genre.  Coop is a SEAL known as a playboy and with no grass roots.  He has seen relationships fall apart due to his career choice.  The easy solution:  never get involved.  One night stands are more his preference.  However, after a personal tragedy, he is ordered to complete a task that he finds uncomfortable.  Step in Libby - a smart, beautiful woman who is running from her own personal demons.  Their chance encounter leads to a more permanent one.  Coop is confused about his emotions but as a SEAL, he is dedicated to protect the innocent.  After threatening letters are sent to Libby's family and other horrific events transpire, Coop has to not only battle his feelings for Libby, and his conflict with her father but also the menace stalking her entire family.  The story is full of emotional conflicts, suspense and hot, steamy love scenes.  If you love the military line of romance, then you will enjoy this story.
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