Saturday, August 19, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 130 -Love Across the Universe: Twelve Stories of Science Fiction Romance, Various Authors, Last Ship Off Polaris-G by Carol Van Natta, Two Against the Stars by Veronica Scott

Love Across the Universe: Twelve Stories of Science Fiction Romance Set on Intergalactic ShoresLove Across the Universe: Twelve Stories of Science Fiction Romance Set on Intergalactic Shores by Traci Douglass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A nice collection of Science Fiction Romance stories. They are a mix of different types so there should be something for everyone. I found most to be short story length with at least one novella length. A nice way to find new authors and see if you like their writing style. I found all to be very well written with a nice plot leading to romance.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Last Ship Off Polaris-G: A Central Galactic Concordance NovellaLast Ship Off Polaris-G: A Central Galactic Concordance Novella by Carol Van Natta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Last Ship off Polaris-G has all the elements needed for a great Science Fiction Romance story. Set in the Galactic Concordance Universe the main female character is hiding her talents and the main male characters has gone it alone because he does not know how to handle his talent. Put them together with an old freighter and the need to escape a certain doom and danger filled with sparks make for a very good plot. I have loved all the Central Galactic Concordance stories. Each provides additional back story and world building with great characters and a unique plot line. A nice fit to the series.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


Two Against the Stars: The Sectors SF Romance SeriesTwo Against the Stars: The Sectors SF Romance Series by Veronica Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Carialle is another of the females who have the power over others minds and she has just found a way to get free. I love Carialle and her sisters. They all have such power, are so giving and have a strong connection to nature. Marcus Valerian, a wounded Special Forces veteran, is in danger of losing his life and cannot save himself. Carialle puts herself at risk to save him. From there it is a race to stay ahead of the people who threaten them both. This is a fast paced story with tension, danger and romance. With strong character development, additional back story and world building this has everything you could want in a Science Fiction Romance. It is part of the Sectors AF Romance series and can stand alone but the enjoyment is doubled if you have read the previous books in the series.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 130 - Do You Take This Cowboy by Vicki Lewis Thompson, As We Rise: Rogue by Donnielle Tyner, Mikolos by Ruby Lionsdrake

Do You Take This Cowboy?Do You Take This Cowboy? by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With this one we say a sad farewell to the Thunder Mountain Brotherhood series. It started with Cade and Lexie starting to get together and two years later in this final book they get married. The picture Lewis paints of the wedding is moving. Many of the men return for the wedding including Austin Teague who has returned from New Zealand ready to marry and settle down. He even has the bride picked out but she has different ideas. A nice romance to end the series as well as a wedding with the two who were in main characters in the first book.

As We Rise: Rogue (As We Rise Series Book 1)As We Rise: Rogue by Donnielle Tyner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jo Cygni is a very strong character even as she has to fit into a new role as captain of the spaceship CS Kismet after the death of her father. Throw in a need for a well paying cargo and you have the background for Rogue. There is tension, mystery and romance as a part of the plot. Jo has to captain the ship while dealing with a unpleasant surprise and the addition of her lover there to watch over everything she does. The story was a little uneven but had all of the correct elements for a science fiction romance. It does end with part of the problems solved but there are more left up in the air. Book two follows with some of the answers.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


Mikolos (Star Guardians novella)Mikolos by Ruby Lionsdrake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ruolan the Retriever finds stolen items and is great at her job. What she really wants is to be a Star Guardian but know in her heart it is a difficult if not impossible dream. When she meets several real Star Guardians and volunteers to help them find a stolen item she is close to living her dream. This is a cute story with a lot of action leading to places where Ruolan is the difference between success and failure in recovering the stolen item. There is a romance added into the mix and a big surprise for Ruolan at the end. This is a side story in the Star Guardian series and adds some extra backstory and world building to the series.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 129 - The Old Grey Line by J.A. Dance, In the Cowboy's Arms by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Say Yes to the Cowboy by Vicki Lewis Thompson

The Old Blue Line (Joanna Brady, #15.5)The Old Blue Line by J.A. Jance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A nice novella that gives a look into Butch's past before Joanna. When Butch is framed for murder an unlikely group comes to his rescue. The old blue line is composed of retired cops, attorneys and others who step up to help rescue Butch. A fun story, easy to read or listen to and it gives more backstory to the Joanna Brady mysteries.


In the Cowboy's Arms (Thunder Mountain Brotherhood, #9)In the Cowboy's Arms by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Matt Forrest is the latest Thunder Mountain Brotherhood member to find his HEA. I liked how Vicki has painted a very different picture of each man as they come home to the Thunder Mountain Ranch. Matt has just been set up by a co-star and is not happy about his PR person's reaction. The fun begins from there as Matt gets the support he needs on his return. Gene Lysander handles Matt's PR and when she follows Matt home she learns that the support she gets at Thunder Mountain is something she also needs. A nice story with a great HEA.


Say Yes to the Cowboy (Thunder Mountain Brotherhood)Say Yes to the Cowboy by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just when you think you cannot depend on anyone you realize that you are wrong. It takes becoming a father to lead Zeke to realize that he really does want a family and he wants it with Tess Irwin. Zeke has always been a loaner at Thunder Mountain. He has taken comfort is being around but has not every made an effort to belong. It was fun seeing him change and accept his place at Thunder Mountain. Another more great story in the series.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 128 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, TRident's Forge by Patrick S. Tomlinson, Children of the Divide by Patrick S. Tomlinson

Dark MatterDark Matter by Blake Crouch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am very ambivalent about Dark Matter. At time I was really caught up in the story and at other times I found parts to be slow and not really that important to the keeping the story moving. I listed to this as an audio book so I could not skim through the boring parts. Jason was an interesting character and the plot was different from any other I have read. However I could knock holes in part of the plot and had trouble believing other parts. Pick it up and see for yourself who you feel about the premise and the story.


Trident's Forge (Children of a Dead Earth, #2)Trident's Forge by Patrick S. Tomlinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As good as The Ark but different. This starts 3 years after the Ark arrived at their new home. While The Ark was a locked room mystery this is a first contact story with interesting natives and trouble for our main characters. Some humans just cannot seem to stop showing their worst behavior and greed and greed is at the heart of the story. I loved seeing how Bryan and others were operating in their new home. The natives showed some of the same characteristics as humans but did have their own culture. This was a page turner that was hard to put down. A great second book in the series.

My Science Fiction Book Club gave The Ark all thumbs up.


Children of the Divide (Children of a Dead Earth)Children of the Divide by Patrick S. Tomlinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Loved the first two could have snoozed through this one. Eighteen years have passed since characters arrived at their new home. Children have grown up, are rebellious teenagers and have some different ideas and feeling from their parents. This has bombs, kidnapping and acts that could be seen as treason but I just did not care about the action. What I did like was the discovery even though it was an old much used trope. This is book three in the series but the ending lead me to believe that there will be more in the future. Even though I was disappointed by book three I still recommend the series based on how much I liked the first two books.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Lawman's Apache Moon by Debra Holt - Book Blast and Giveaway



THE LAWMAN'S APACHE MOON
by Debra Holt

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GENRE:  Romance

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BLURB:

“No more detours!” That was the promise Angelina Lord made to herself when she accepted a ride from a wedding in Texas, with the best man to her destination in Santa Fe, New Mexico. What could possibly go wrong?

Angelina is focused on one thing–opening a fashion boutique in Santa Fe. What she really doesn’t need is one full-of-himself lawman with his aggravating air of superiority and soul-searing eyes…not to mention heart-stopping kisses…coming to her rescue. If she lets him get too close to the truth, he could bring down the wall she erected around her well-ordered life and her heart.

United States Marshal Jace Blackhawke holds family and traditions as the center of his life. He isn’t part of Angie’s world and she certainly isn’t part of his. Will their differences prove to be too insurmountable in the face of the truth that will not stay silent?

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EXCERPT

At first, Clay remained silent. When Jace was about to prompt him again, he finally began to open up. “A long time ago, I thought I did the right thing. It hurt like hell to do it. Then I did something else that seemed to be the honorable thing. And that went bad, too. I paid for it all for twelve long years. Now, Kaitlyn comes back here because her grandmother needed to see her. I thought I was beyond all the feelings, all the memories and the pain from a dozen years ago. But turns out, I am still the world’s biggest fool. I put my heart out there once again. But I should have known it was too late.” He’d probably left out the more personal details, but what he told Jace was enough to have him shaking his head when Clay finally finished with his departure from the ranch that morning and his arrival at Lou’s Bar.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Debra Holt

Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers.  Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most.  She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).

When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure.  She read her first romance...Janet Dailey's Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles...and sighs...to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s. 

Debra invites you to visit her website at www.debraholtbooks.com.  She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email at debraholtbooks@gmail.com.  Twitter is https://twitter.com/DebraHoltBooks and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DebraHoltBooks. 



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Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 127 - Safe in Your Arms: The Quiet Storm'A Weaver Beginning by RaeAnne Thayne and Allison Leigh, Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn, Seal Wolf Undercover by Terry Spear

Safe in Your Arms: The Quiet Storm\A Weaver BeginningSafe in Your Arms: The Quiet Storm\A Weaver Beginning by RaeAnne Thayne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I liked both of the novels published in this two for one issue. Thane's is an early release that was very well written with great characters. Beau Riley and Elizabeth Quinn have a history that leaves Beau cold when Elizabeth comes asking for help. It was fun to see each learn to like and then love the other.

In A Weaver Beginning Abby Marcum's and Sloan McCray have a difficult past and Sloan has trouble seeing past what he thinks are his failures. Add a cute kid and you have a nice story. I did think that the ending was the weak point in the story but still enjoyed seeing the Weaver clan.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


BannerlessBannerless by Carrie Vaughn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enid of Haven is an Investigator in the world created after the Fall. For a post-Apocalyptic story it is a gently book. While there is a murder most of the book in backstory and world building. As the story progresses we see what happened and how this group of people decided to change and survive. The Banner is the right to have a child and is at the heart of the murder. It looks like this might be a series and if so I want to read the next book to see what and where the characters go from here.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


SEAL Wolf UndercoverSEAL Wolf Undercover by Terry Spear
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was my first time to read a book by Terry Spear and while I liked it I just did not love it. I liked the characters but I was a little behind on the world building and backstory. Special wolf agent Jillian Matthews starts out shooting Vaughn Greystroke then has to work with him to find out who attacked one of Vaughn's pack members. There are two types of shifters in the book and a interesting mystery that is very well presented. What I did not feel was the tension and interest between the two main characters. You can read this as a stand alone. I did think I would have enjoyed it more if had read previous book in the series.

I received a free copy of the book from the publisher.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 126 - Power Games by Christine Feehan, Binary System by Eric Brown, Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders

Power Game (GhostWalkers, #13)Power Game by Christine Feehan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nonny is still collecting new family members. This time it is Bellisia or Bella. She is small but deadly and has just escaped the control of a very bad man. On her last mission she heard Captain Ezekiel Fortunes and his men sold out so she goes to check it out. Turns out she has to save Ezekiel and the heat between the two is burning hot. A fun romance with a lot of danger, some interesting enemies, and a large cast of characters. Through it all Bellisia and Ezekiel are working toward their HEA. Can be read as a stand-alone. I listed to this as an audio book. The reader was very good and kept the tempo of the story moving forward with great voices for the different characters.

Binary/SystemBinary/System by Eric Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like Eric Brown's books and this was no exception. This has it all. A explosion causing a trip 10,000 light years away, natives to the planet, aliens other than humans who are no good and a interesting plot line. The characters are great. The non-humans come in several types that add to the flavor of the book. The backstory is worked into the plot and the world building is excellent. A fun read that is not over long. I found it just right for a rainy Sunday afternoon.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Under Her Skin (Blank Canvas, #1)Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked the premise but was bored by all the sex. The characters were interesting and the two themes very relevant. Battered Women and life as an ex-con were right on target as important issues. What I did not like as I stated above was the pages and pages of pre-post and actual sex. The character building was interesting especially as facts from the character's past were revealed. There was a nice ending to the story and as this is book one in a new series I expect more on current themes and interesting characters.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Love on the Risky Side by Mariah Ankenman - Book Blast and Giveaway




Love on the Risky Side
by Mariah Ankenman

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GENRE:  Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Falsely accused of the murder of her best friend, Kayla Jenkins is on the run for her life. She ends up lost in dark, snowy woods off some backcountry road in the middle of nowhere. Frightened and colder than she’s ever been in her life, she almost thinks she’s hallucinating when a warrior on a white steed saves her.

In all his years as the sheriff of Peak Town, Colorado, Jake Ryder has never come across a half-frozen woman alone in the woods. She’s terrified…and lying to him, yet something about her calls to him on a primal level.

Even with her trust of law enforcement lower than the harsh temperature, Kayla finds it difficult to keep her secrets hidden from the kind and far too handsome sheriff. But as her faith in Ryder grows, she not only risks the real murderer finding her, but losing the one thing she has searched for her whole life and only just found…love.


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EXCERPT

“My name is Jake Ryder, but most folks call me Ryder.” When she didn’t return the introduction, he continued. “Can I ask how you came to be all the way out here in the middle of the night?”

Giving a guarded glance from the horse back to him, she simply said, “Got lost.”

And they say women were chatty. Hell, he had a pet parrot as a kid that talked more than this woman. Not a problem. As sheriff, he was used to interrogating uncooperative suspects. Not that she was a suspect, yet.

“Got lost...” He looked her over. Big, red, winter coat, long dark slacks and—were those high heels? “…shopping?”

Honestly, who the hell wears heels in the woods?

She scowled, wrapping her arms around herself. “My car ran off the road. I—I got out to find help. Wandered off the road and got lost.”

Something about her story smelled like Wind Chaser’s stall after feeding time. “Why didn’t you call Triple A?”

Her gaze darted to the side. “Cell died.”

Yeah, and I’m the King of England.

“You need a ride back to your car?”

Her eyes widened. “On that thing?”

“Her name is Wind Chaser, and yes. Did you think I had a car hidden in the trees?”

Her jaw clenched at his sarcasm. Well, excuse him. It was dark, cold, and the last thing he wanted to do was be out here trying to pull a story out of Ms. Lying-Crazy-Lady.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

RWA® Golden Heart® Nominated author Mariah Ankenman began writing at the tender age of five. Her first book “George and the Green Glob” received high praise from her mother. Many years, and green glob stories later, Mariah received a playwriting degree from the University of Wyoming. After a few years in Hollywood, working in “the biz,” she came home to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. When she’s not writing Mariah loves to read, crochet, and play her ukulele. She loves to hear from readers.
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