Review: Craving Vengeance by Valerie Clarizio

Yeah!  I got my greedy little hands on another Nick Spinelli novel.  Well this one is more like a novella but anything with Nick Spinelli is good.  Today I am reviewing Craving Vengeance by Valerie Clarizio.  This takes place two months after her first book Covert Exposure.  You can check out my review of Covert Exposure here.   For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Nick Spinelli’s normal life as a homicide detective has been catapulted into a whirlwind of chaotic holiday adventures ever since he met the beautiful Shannon O’Hara.

Nick had hoped to spend his first Valentine’s Day with Shannon in a traditional manner, starting with a nice dinner out on the town and then perhaps a long warm adventurous night in her arms. His plans quickly change when cupid is found murdered in a back alley. The investigation becomes more and more inconceivable, as Spinelli discovers that Shannon is linked to the victim. When another cupid turns up dead, and it is discovered that Shannon knows him as well, Spinelli is motivated to go undercover as a singing valentine dressed as cupid, complete with wings and a quiver of arrows. How many other cupids are at risk? Is Spinelli on the killer’s list as well? The stress ignited by the day’s events causes sparks to fly between Spinelli and Shannon as he struggles to piece it all together and stop the string of slayings

Review:

Spinelli’s life has been turned upside down since he met Shannon two months ago.  He’s never felt this way about anyone and he realizes he doesn’t want any of that to ever change.  So he has a romantic Valentine’s Day planned.  Unfortunately, all of that is put to the side when multiple cupid’s are found dead.  As Spinelli goes deeper into the case he realizes all of the cupids are connected to Shannon and she may be hiding a secret that could end it all for the two of them.  Spinelli is forced to go undercover again and try to find who is killing these cupids before he becomes the next target.

I adore Spinelli and Shannon.  I loved them in Covert Exposure and I loved them even more in Craving Vengeance. These stories are so enthralling.  They keep you guessing and hooked in wondering what is going to happen next.  I really liked that this story took place not long after the first one.  I would recommend reading the first book so that you can have a better perspective of where this story is coming from.  Overall, this is a great novella that I hope is leading to the next Nick Spinelli book.

Review: Warrior Lord (The Drift Lords #3) by Nancy J. Cohen

Today I am reviewing Warrior Lord by Nancy J. Cohen.  This is the third book in her Drift Lords series.  Though this is the third book in the series it felt like it could be read as a standalone book.  It’s a fast paced book that when you finally do turn that last page.  Be sure to keep reading after the book blurb for my full review.

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Pottery sculptor Erika Sherwood has no idea her televised wedding in Las Vegas is for real until an official confirms she and the stranger she’s just met are legitimately wed.

A Drift Lord and warrior of the Tsuran, Magnor tricks the redhead into marriage because she’s one of six women prophesied to save Earth. But as he’s forced into her company in their race against the apocalypse, he wonders if he risks his heart more than his life.

Can a free-spirited ceramic artist and a fierce swordsman trust each other enough to prevent disaster?

Review:

Erika finds herself sitting at a gambling table when she notices an extremely handsome man dressed in strange clothing.  When their eyes meet she can’t pull her gaze away from him and he strides over to her taking the seat next to her.  It is this chance meeting that will change her life forever.  Her handsome stranger soon persuades her into entering a contest that leads to them getting married.  Erika believes this is all for show, but when she finds out it was real she is shocked.  Soon she forces her handsome new husband, Magnor, to tell her the truth.  The truth is almost unbelievable until she sees the strange things with her own eyes.  Erika soon finds herself jumping off roofs, traveling across the world in a blink of an eye and learning she has strange powers over the earth.  In a situation so dyer can this woman and man come together and leave their past behind or will things crumble?

I loved their love story.  I really felt connected to these characters.  The story is quick-moving and really keeps you entertained.  The only complaint I had would be that they had too many adventures and obstacles to over come for one book.  It felt like the story could have wrapped up naturally in a few different places.  That being said it was still quite entertaining and draws you.  This is a book you can read as a stand alone but I personally want to go back and read the other stories in this series.  I think it would add depth to the series and give me a complete look at all the characters. Overall, this is an entertaining read and definitely will leave you satisfied.

Review: The Soul of the Witch by Dana Michelle Burnett

Hey Everyone!  Sorry I have been away for a while, but I am back now and hope to have even more exciting reviews.  Today, I have a good one.  The Soul of the Witch is an exciting paranormal that melds past and future in an entertaining and gripping way.  This is definitely a great book for Halloween.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I have missed all of you I hope that I will soon get back to the good ole routine.  :)

21842038Book Blurb:

Once again, she sweeps readers away with her spellbinding storytelling and the crafting of legend. Dana Michelle Burnett creates a reality of seductive witches, murder, revenge, and an ancient secret going back four centuries.

In a small Indiana town, alone in the dark, a man watches and waits…Waiting to see if the stories are true about The Soul of the Witch.

It begins with two girls, the very best of friends with an amazing psychic bond. As children they were lonely outsiders, but now as adults, Devan and Janesa’s powers are growing stronger and more difficult to control. When a mysterious stranger comes to town offering to tell them a dark and magical secret about their past, they are thrown into an old battle they didn’t start, but one that threatens to claim their very lives.

Jealousy and suspicion threaten their lifelong bond as they set out to solve the mystery of their past and their budding supernatural powers. The novel moves from past to present from the small town of New Albany, to nineteenth century England, to the witch hunts in Ireland, and back again. A complex tale of seduction and evil unfolds–starting on a fateful night in the sixteenth century because of a forbidden love and a curse . . . A curse meant to punish and torment throughout the following centuries.

Can they trust this stranger? Can they trust themselves as the dark secrets they learn threaten to tear them apart? Will the curse at last claim The Soul of the Witch?

Review:

Janesa and Devan have always had an otherworldly connection.  Best friends that have never really fit with those around them.  They have always been able to attract any many they wanted and used this to get through life.  That is until Nick comes into town.  Unbeknownst to Devan and Janesa, Nick has been watching them.  Soon Nick gets closer than he is supposed to and is drawn to Devan.  Through Nick Devan learns who Nick is, who he works for and what she and Janesa are.  Through letters that take you into the past through generations of Devan and Janesa’s ancestors you see that they aren’t as unusual as they may think.  They are just the first two to have found each other.  But with this information they will have to protect themselves from the one person who has tried to annihilate their ancestors.  The only way to do this will be to accept who they are and what they have to do.

I was really drawn into this book.  I liked the story and I liked the characters.  Devan and Janesa were quite interesting in the beginning.  With the mystery that surrounded them it really propelled the story.  I think the best part of this story was the incorporation of the letters.  The letters from the witch hunters that were very detailed and showed quite a lot about the people who were made to hunt the supposed witches.  The only puzzling part was the letters where they confessed about their failings knowing they would be killed.  Though that seemed a bit confusing it helped propel the story in new and interesting angles.  Overall, I thought this was a fantastic story that I hope will be continued with future books.  I would say this is the perfect Halloween book.

Review: Song Chaser by Kandi Steiner

Hey everyone!  I hope you are all doing well.  Today I am bringing a great book to you.  Song Chaser by Kandi Steiner is a great story that will have you anticipating the next turn of the page.  This is the second book in her Chasers series and I look forward to the next book she writes.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all are having a great week and have a great weekend ahead.

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For more than a year, Tanner West has tried to shake his feelings for his long time best friend, Paisley Bronson. She was the perfect girl to fit the lyrics in all his favorite songs – the girl he had always wanted. When she fell in love with another man before Tanner had the chance to tell her how he felt, he was left with no resolve to find love again. Burying himself in school and easy girls has become his new lifestyle, but when Kellee Brooks shows up at his favorite bar, he begins to think there may be another verse to his song, after all.

Kellee Brooks moved to New York City for one thing: escape. Growing up in a small town where her entire life was planned out for her, she’s desperate to break free and find herself without following the same path as her mom. Kellee thought working at the local dive bar would mean more money for school, but when she meets the smoldering, scarred honey eyes of Tanner West, she finds there’s much more hiding in the smoky building than just a few tips.

With Paisley still haunting Tanner and Kellee vowing to save anyone the trouble of loving her, will the pain and fear keep them apart – or will they find a way to rewrite their song together?

Break free with this heartbreaking story of letting go and letting love in.

Review:

Tanner’s perfect girl has always been his best friend, Paisley.  But, when Paisley falls for another he is devastated.  This is how we meet Tanner.  He is drowning his sorrow after a year at a bar he frequents when he isn’t a resident doctor.  It is here that he meets the spunky new bartender, Kellee.  She immediately intrigues him when she isn’t as easy as all other girls that normally fall at his feet.  But after Kellee and Tanner run into each other at an underground concert they realize that both of them have a passion for underground music.  With this connection the two of them begin dating and grow even closer.  Unfortunately, Paisley is never too far from Tanner’s mind.  Can Tanner let go of Paisley to find something real with Kellee or will Tanner prefer to live in his regret and sorrow forever?

I loved Tanner and Kellee.  I think these were two of the best characters I’ve read in a while.  They were fun and their banter was entertaining and real.  I also really liked that the two of them both had to work through their own issues when it came to relationships.  This brought a level of realism to the story.  I do have to say though there were times when I just wanted to shake Tanner and tell him to grow a pair and let Paisley go.  It was rough at times with his obsession with her.  Kellee’s character was definitely the most real and made the story.  I think if she was different I wouldn’t have liked this story.  This only works because of how her character is written.  Overall, I think this is a great little love story.  I have not read the first book called Tag Chaser, but after reading this I know I want to.  Also, you don’t have to read Tag Chaser to get into this book.  Kandi Steiner does a great job tying the two stories together for anyone who hasn’t read the first book.  I can say for sure I can’t wait for the next book from Kandi Steiner.

Review: Solstice Island by Mae Clair

Today’s review is a short novella that will carry you away with its mystery and romance.  Solstice Island by Mae Clair has a wonderful blend of good characters hunting down a mysterious creature.  It is a quick read that is wonderful if you want something refreshing between big books.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful hump day!

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Can an ancient leviathan work magic between a practical man and an idealistic woman?

Rylie Carswell is an amateur cryptozoologist in search of a mythical creature, the Sea Goliath. In order to reach Solstice Island, a location the ancient leviathan is rumored to haunt, she’s forced to hire charter boat captain, Daniel Decatur.

Initially, Daniel wants nothing to do with the trip or the fool woman waving double payment in his face. Convinced she’s yet another loony treasure hunter looking for gold on the remote island, he reluctantly agrees. An embittered neighbor wants to have his charter license yanked, so the extra cash will help him stay afloat.

It doesn’t take long for Daniel to realize Rylie is after the same beast his parents were tracking when they mysteriously vanished ten years earlier. He’s avoided all links to cryptozoology ever since, but the smart and sexy cryptid hunter has him second-guessing his oath and wondering what he’s signed on for.

Warning: A family legacy, glowing plankton and rough waters

Review:

Rylie enters Daniel’s life with a hefty proposition that he can’t refuse.  Rylie offers to pay double the fee for Daniel to charter his boat around Solstice Island.  It isn’t until the first day of Rylie’s charter that Daniel finds out that she is a cryptozoologist and she is looking for an elusive Leviathan.  Daniel is all too familiar with both of these things.  His parents were well-known for their research as cryptozoologists and disappeared in their attempt to discover this creature.  Though his first instinct was to tell her to forget about her trip and money he finds her enchanting and can’t say no.  It is searching for this creature that Rylie and Daniel find in each other exactly what the other wants and needs.

Rylie and Daniel’s story was an entertaining read.  It was a great blend of paranormal and romance.  The characters of Rylie  and Daniel really make this story.  Their love story was quick and cute.  I also thought it was a clever idea using the mutual background of the mythical creatures known as cryptids.  I did find the small background story of Daniel and Craig a bit unnecessary.  I think everything would have ended up the same way without that which seemed more like filler than something important to the story.  Overall, this is a great little novella.  Mae Clair has scored another great one in my book.

Review: Jumper by Rebecca Scarberry

Today’s review is one that’s a bit different.  This book is the first children’s novella I have reviewed.  This sweet little story will capture the imagination for all who read it.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Jumper is a red beach ball, trying to escape from a toy store. He wants to find a swimming pool and Carnival Castle. Join in the fun as Jumper tells you all about his adventures away from the toy store. This book was written to be read to four-year-olds. Due to it’s length, you might choose to read a little to them each day. Eight-year-olds are able to read it without any problem. Many first and second graders have enjoyed this highly original, action packed, book when it was read to them during the library ‘story time’. This book is in ebook format and paperback

Review:

The adventure of Jumper, a red ball,  and his drive to escape his home at the toy store.  His attempts to go to a swimming pool and Carnival Castle is a fun adventure for a little red ball.  All ages will fall for this ball and feel for his trials and successes.  This story is shock full of lessons and any youngster will be bouncing in their seat as they read this short novella.

Review: Dragon Knight’s Sword by Mary Morgan

Today I have a wonderful novel to share with you.  It’s an enthralling story that brings lore of Scotland and its enchanted lands to life.  This is the first book in Mary Morgan’s Order of the Dragon Knights series.  Dragon Knight’s Sword will drag you in and make you fall in love with the story and the land of Scotland.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Order of the Dragon Knights

Duncan Mackay will do anything to lift the curse from his family — even forfeit his own life. But his plans change when he encounters the woman from his dreams, literally. She is from the future, somehow has his lost sword, and can talk to the Dragon that is able to lift his family’s curse.

Brigid O’Neill has spent her life listening to the mythological legends from Ireland and Scotland. So, when an ancient sword lands at her doorstep and she starts dreaming of a rugged Highlander, she drops everything and takes on a quest that will alter everything she believes.

Before their journey ends, not only will Duncan and Brigid battle an ancient curse, they must also find the courage to believe in the destiny that brought them together

Review:

When Duncan Mackay plays a tragic role in cursing his family he feels that redemption only comes with giving up his own life.  This all changes when Brigid O’Neill comes into his life.  Brigid is from the future and has always been interested in her Scottish heritage.  When she is sent an ancient sword and begins dreaming of a handsome Highland warrior who beckons her to bring him the sword.  On an impulse, Brigid travels to Scotland to return the sword to the owner’s family.  But, on a strange twist of fate and faery magic Brigid finds herself in 1205.  Not long after landing in 1205 Brigid comes face to face with her dream Highlander.  Instantly, Duncan and Brigid feel tied together.  What Duncan doesn’t realize is that Brigid is his way of lifting his part of the curse and thawing his frozen soul.  But, will Duncan let Brigid help in his quest or will he choose the wrong path and be doomed forever?

This was a fantastic story.  It drew me in and wouldn’t let go until the very last page.  Duncan and Brigid’s love story was epic.  It was one for the ages. Not only will you fall in love with Duncan and Brigid but you will also love all the other characters like Nell, Finn and Cormac.   This story isn’t just the love story that is so prominent.  Scotland both past and present is a character.   Through this story the land draws you in and calls to you.  Like all good stories with memorable characters you will be dreaming of them for days to come.  I guarantee you will be dreaming of Scotland after reading this book.  This beautifully written story and wonderfully described scenery sets up this series as one I will definitely be following.  This is definitely a story and series that will stay with you for a while.

Surprise!

Today I have a fantastic surprise for you all. I had a unique chance to be the guest reviewer on Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine.  With this I was able to do a one question interview with an author of my choice.  I have been so lucky to interview author Tara Sivec.  Here books make you laugh out loud and crush on her hunky heroes.  Here is the link to my review spot.  Below you can read my interview and get to know the fantastic Tara Sivec and her newest book, Burned.  Enjoy my surprise to all of my fantastic readers.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books and characters?

My inspiration comes from so many different places that it’s sometimes hard to shut down my brain! So many things can be the basis for a new story idea like music, real life events, etc.  A lot of my ideas come from dreams. I make sure to keep the notepad app on my iPad open and next to my bed at all times!

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Seventeen years old when he broke my heart.
Seventeen days later when another picked up the pieces.
Seventeen years together.
Seventeen thousand problems.
Seventeen days of reliving my past and finding a new future.
Seventeen minutes until it all went up in flames.
Seventeen breaths until I took my last.
This is my story…and it’s going to burn.
Book 2 in the Ignite series – Branded is expected to release in September 2014

TaraBio:

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.

Tara Sivec
I’d like to thank the wonderful Tara Sivec for stopping by and giving us some insight into her inspiration.  If you haven’t checked out her books I highly recommend any of her books.  Her talent crosses genres and continues to grow with each of her new books. 

Review: Color of Danger by Alexa Verde

Happy September!  I know I have been a bit absent lately and I have missed all of you.  I have been busy with vacations and getting something pretty exciting started.  I officially have an etsy store where I have coasters both decorative and useful with your favorite book covers on them.  I also have a made to order option if the one your looking for isn’t there.  Here is my shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MavenKrafts  .   OK…so now that I have caught you up on some of the exciting things going on here I am reviewing for you guys a great novel for you, Color of Danger by Alexa Verde.  This was a fast paced and exciting with every turn of the page.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Former runaway Mari Del Lobo works hard to save her struggling restaurant and to trust people again. Dallas surgeon Dr. Luke Goodman turns her world upside down with terrifying news. A recent murder has her late brother’s – aka the Smiling Killer – signature and MO. When attacks on her escalate, Mari fights her growing attraction to the good doctor as fiercely as she fights for her life. To rescue herself and those she loves, will she be able to stop the murderer before he strikes again?

Luke couldn’t save his fiancée from the Smiling Killer, but he’ll do anything to prevent more murders, even ask help from the serial killer’s sister. Finding a kindred tortured soul and the perpetrator’s next target in Mari, Luke is determined to protect the stubborn ex-rebel. But Mari would rather face danger than risk the safety of the man she comes to love.

Review:

Mari is living in the shadow of her serial killer brother.  Though he has been dead for a year she still feels that shadow.  When Luke Goodman comes into town to ask Mari questions about a murder that is just like her brother’s things begin to get dangerous.  Mari begins to get threats and more people start dying.  Could this be a copycat or is her brother still alive?  While these questions swirl around her connection with Luke deepens but with that comes more risk to all Mari loves.  Can they catch the killer before the killer catches Mari or will everything end the way her brother really wanted it to?

I really loved this story.  It really catches you from the first page.  I adored Mari’s character and all that made her story.  It was definitely a unique perspective of how the life of the family of a serial killer could be effected.  The supporting characters of Mari’s friends was a fantastic addition.  It also allows for follow up stories.  The story itself was unique and had you guessing who could be the culprit.  At one point in the story everyone is a suspect even Mari’s dead brother.  I adore stories that keep you wondering what is happening next.  Alexa Verde really knows how to write a suspense filled story.  I truly can’t wait to read her next story in this series.  Overall, if you like to be kept guessing and love memorable characters you will love, Color of Danger.

Review: In Your Arms by Merry Farmer

Today I am bringing to you a wonderful historical romance.  In Your Arms is both captivating in the the romance and in the historical significance of the story.   The characters are engaging and well-written.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all are having a great week.

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Lily Singer has never belonged. Taken from her tribe as a child and raised in a white man’s school, she no longer has a place in either world. Teaching has become her life. When that life is threatened by rumors and prejudice after a string of robberies, she must turn for help to the one man who spells disaster for her carefully ordered existence. Will he save her or steal her heart?

Christian Avery, Justice of the Peace, is used to having things his way. Cold Springs is his responsibility, and when its citizens blame the local Indian population for the mysterious robberies, it’s up to him to restore order and maintain calm. The one person who refuses to follow his lead is the beautiful, native-born Lily. Her defiance turns his life upside down and ravages his heart.

But when town gossip shifts from robberies to romance after a foolish indiscretion, Lily’s job and reputation are on the line. She must choose between the only life she has ever known and the only place she has ever felt at home, in Christian’s arms

Review:

Christian Avery has been a thorn in Lily Singer’s side ever since she became the teacher in Cold Springs.  He is constantly challenging her and her progressive views.  But, its not just Christian she must fight.  Her heritage and skin color is a challenge for many to accept.  So, when robberies start happening and the local Indians are being pegged as the perpetrators Lily is thrust into a political climate that could end with her losing her job.  As the turmoil progresses so does her relationship with Christian.  Their spark becomes a flame in more ways than one.  But, can their love save her, her job and the town or will it just leave ashes behind?

I really loved this story.  I’m a sucker for a good historical romance and this is definitely one of those.  I loved Christian and Lily.  Their fiery relationship was great.  I loved that Lily didn’t just fall all over herself around Christian and Christian didn’t pull punches (verbal) when he sparred with Lily.  I think another great level to this book was the historical significance of interracial marriage between native Americans and whites during this time period.  In today’s day and age I think we forget how tumultuous loving someone who didn’t look like you effected not just your relationship but those around you and quite possibly your livelihood.   This aspect is beautifully portrayed.  Overall, I think this was a fantastic novel and now I’d like to go back and read more by Merry Farmer.  I know once you pick this up you won’t let it go until the final page is turned. 

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