Review: The Last Protector (The Star Child #3.5)

Today I get to give to you a great novella by one of my fave authors, Stephanie Keyes.  The Last Protector is Gabe’s story before Kellen.  This is a story I have been waiting for.  Gabe is one of my favorite characters in The Star Child series.  For my full review of this awesome novella keep reading after the book blurb.

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Gabriel Stewart helped his best friend Kellen St. James save the world from The Scourge in the Battle of Dublin. But before that? Gabe was just an ordinary guy who kept having dreams about a little boy with black hair and green eyes—a boy he hadn’t even met yet.

And even weirder? Gabe’s mind kept replaying these images on loop of things he’d never seen. He heard voices in his head when no one was around. And he actually blew off hot Valerie Gibbons to chase after the black-haired kid in the park. What was up with that?

As Gabe searches for the truth, fate continually puts him in Kellen’s path, but will he be able to stop the Children of Danu from stealing Kellen before the battle begins? What will it take for Gabe to become The Last Protector?

*The Last Protector is a companion novella–intended to be read after the other books in the series.

Review:

Gabe is an ordinary kid. The only difference is that he is not really a human boy.  He is special.  He is meant to protect. Gabe doesn’t know any of this.  He doesn’t even know he’s special.  That is until he begins having strange dreams and an inconvenient impulse to find this one boy.  At first he thinks he must be gay because of this, but when he talks to his mother about this he soon forgets all that has happened.  This cycle continues until he finally meets Kellen in college.  Where their journey finally coincides and it begins.

I really loved this prequel.  Gabe is one of my favorite characters and I was ecstatic to get my greedy little hands on this.  This book really fills in some of the back story with Gabe.  You get to see how Gabe comes into his powers as a protector and how he instinctually knows who Kellen is.  I will say this though my favorite parts were when Gabe kept thinking he was gay.  What was comical about this was he would go into detail about being with these girls but then he thought something was wrong cause he was thinking about Kellen.  In typical Gabe fashion he says and does most of this humorously.  Knowing what I now know about Gabe it made me feel a bit sorry for him because his memories kept being wiped and he’d relive these experiences over and over.  Overall, this was another great addition to The Star Child series.  I truly can’t wait to see what Stephanie Keyes has in store for us next.

Review: Come Dancing by Leslie Wells

Today I have the great opportunity to bring to you a wonderful novel.  This is a great opposites attract kind of story.  This takes you back to the 1980’s where rockers used drugs freely, slept around without concern and ruled the music world.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Hope you all have a great week.

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It’s 1981. Twenty-four-year-old Julia Nash has recently arrived in Manhattan, where she works as a publisher’s assistant. She dreams of becoming an editor with her own stable of bestselling authors—but it is hard to get promoted in the recession-clobbered book biz.

Julia blows off steam by going dancing downtown with her best friend, Vicky. One night, a hot British guitarist invites them into his VIP section. Despite an entourage of models and groupies, Jack chooses Julia as his girl for the evening—and when Jack Kipling picks you, you go with it. The trouble is … he’s never met a girl like her before. And she resists being just one in a long line.

Jack exposes her to new experiences, from exclusive nightclubs in SoHo to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood; from mind-bending recording sessions to wild backstage parties. Yet Julia is afraid to fall for him. Past relationships have left her fragile; one more betrayal just might break her.

As she fends off her grabby boss and tries to move up the corporate ladder, Julia’s torrid relationship with Jack takes her to heights she’s never known—and plunges her into depths she’s never imagined.

With a fascinating inside look at publishing, this entertaining story of a bookish young woman’s adventures with a rock superstar is witty, moving, and toe-curlingly steamy.

Book Review:

Julia is just a lowly assistant editor at a book publisher. She is working hard to go further in her career but when she has some time she likes to dance and listen to music.  Its one of these times she goes to her favorite club with her best friend and meets Jack from her favorite group.  She can’t believe he would possibly be interested in her and resists his pursuits.  It isn’t until Jack is so persistent she can’t possibly see that he’s not serious.  Julia decides to take this for what it is until the ride ends.  She doesn’t want to get hurt and is just waiting for the other shoe to drop.  In the mean time, Jack introduces her to a lifestyle that is completely foreign to anyone but a rock star.  But this is what makes Julia doubt herself and their relationship.  How could a rock star who can have anyone want a bookish girl like her?

This was a very steamy read.  I adored the two main characters.  Though there were many times I just would sit there putting myself in her place and wondering if I could ever be in Julia’s shoes.  Most of the time it was a now.  Now, Jack I definitely wouldn’t so no to having in my bed but as for forever I’d never think that was a possibility.  Also, I thought it was interesting that this took place in the 80’s.  I caught myself thinking why aren’t they using their cell phones or why does she have records.  Then it would hit me again that this was the 80’s and their technology was a lot different.  Overall, this was a great read and it really allowed you to have a connection with the characters.  I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a rocker romance thrown back to the time of big hair, puffy sleeves and Mtv was only a baby.

 

Review: Trail of Kisses by Merry Farmer

Today I have the great privilege of reviewing another great historical romance by Merry Farmer.  Trail of Kisses takes us on a journey from Missouri to Denver City.  With all the hazards of the wagon train and the cross-country travel that the mid 1800’s, this story weaves those realities with a love story that is very natural and heartwarming.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Someone is trying to kill Lynne Tremaine. After her father sentences two members of The Briscoe Boys gang to death, Judge Tremaine feels he has no choice but to send Lynne to Denver City along the Oregon Trail to live with her Uncle George…against her will. For Lynne, the only thing worse than being sent away to the wild west is making the journey with the handsome, arrogant, wicked man her uncle has hired to escort her. Especially when the anger she feels toward him begins to turn to something hotter.

Cade Lawson is determined to prove himself to his employer, George Tremaine, after letting him down months earlier. But what he thought would be his second chance may, in fact, be a harsh punishment for his past mistakes. Lynne is headstrong, fiery, and determined to show him she is fearless. She is also beautiful and tempting, and when Cade sees just how afraid she really is underneath her brave act, he may be in danger of losing his heart to her forever. When her would-be killer attacks, it’s all he can do to keep Lynne safe.

He swore to protect her, but who will protect him from her?

Review:

Lynne is being sent away from all she loves.  She and her family are being threatened and her father decides to keep her safe by sending her away.  With her is her protector Cade.  Cade is meant to keep her safe at all costs.  What Cade doesn’t realize is that Lynne is not some wilting flower.  She is independent and adamantly refuses to adhere to anything he says.  It is Lynne’s tenacity that also attracts Cade and soon they both find their attraction is undeniable.  As their love grows Cade vows to protect Lynne but what he doesn’t realize is there is a very dangerous snake in their midst that threatens their happily ever after.

This was another great historical romance by Merry Farmer.  I loved the characters and the story.  They were both compelling and entertaining.  Lynne’s independent nature resonates with a very modern woman and of course Cade’s very alpha male will attract any woman with a working dirty mind.  The back drop of a wagon train going across the country and the stories of those who chose to travel using one was a great setting.  It is fairly historically accurate and brings to life the struggles of those who lived in those times.  Overall, this is fantastic historical romance that will definitely warm up any cold nights this Christmas season.

Review: The Donor by Candace Osmond

Happy Monday!!  Today I am bringing to you a new book by Candace Osmond.   Many of you will recognize her from her Iron World series that I have reviewed.  The Donor is a new sci-fi romance that has a futuristic look at organ “donation”.  It is a short wonderful book that is gripping and probably way too close to being true.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful week and I will see you all again on Friday.

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What’s the first thought that would run through your mind if you woke up, completely naked, strapped to an operating table, sans a kidney? What ran through Nora Daniels mind was that, sadly, nobody would even notice she was missing. No family, no friends, not even a boyfriend. No, there would be no Prince Charming busting down the door to save the day or loved ones to mourn her death. Unless she could find a way to uncover the secrets hidden in her past and discover the one thing tying her to this world.

Review:

Nora wakes groggily to find herself naked and strapped to a table.  Not knowing what is going on she tries to get a feel of her surroundings but fails to find an escape route.  That is until an unknown knight in shining armor frees her and takes her to the hospital.  While at the hospital, Nora meets the very handsome Dr Henry Stokes.  It is through him that she realizes what happened to her.  But, as her life is slowly returning she finds she is no longer safe.  Those that kidnapped her are searching for her and will never stop until she is there.  She soon teams up with Henry and they discover what is really going on at the huge organ donation corporation and how that is connected with Nora and Henry.  When all is revealed will Nora and Henry be the same or will the worlds they’ve known come tumbling down?

This was a great short book.  It was well written and exactly what I expect out of a book by Candace Osmond.  This story was unique and its characters were engrossing.  I loved the twist with Nora and Henry’s relationship.  That really added a sweetness that a sci-fi story like this doesn’t always have.  Candace Osmond has really out done herself with this one.  This was definitely a story based in science fiction that could be closer than we think.  I think that’s what made this story really feel real.  Overall, this was a great refreshing read.  I look forward to Candace’s next work…hopefully its the next Iron World book…hint hint hint.  🙂

Review: Dragon Knight’s Medallion by Mary Morgan

Happy Friday!  Today I have the great opportunity to celebrate Mary Morgan’s newest addition to her Dragon Knight’s series.  Dragon Knight’s Medallion is the second book in this fantastic series.  This book follow’s Stephen and his road to redemption.  This is a fantastic follow-up to the first book in the series, Dragon Knight’s Sword.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to wish Mary a Happy Release Day today!!

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Dragon Knight, Stephen MacKay’s powers are altered after the death of his sister. Now he is plagued with visions that threaten to destroy his soul. When Aileen Kerrigan falls through a time tunnel, he vows to keep her safe, despite the fact the beautiful but head-strong half-blooded fae could be the death of him.

When Aileen finds out her dad is a Fenian Warrior, she flees to a nearby ruin. Armed with the medallion her mother gave her, and a matching one belonging to a long dead knight, she is flung into the past and finds a handsome but surly warrior who is on a quest. Now it seems her future could be entwined with his, if she doesn’t kill him first.

Review:

Stephen is one of the cursed Dragon Warriors.  His curse leaves him in debilitating pain after a vision.  This once was handled better when he had his medallion.  But, that is gone and so is his respect for the religion he once was so entwined.  Meanwhile, in present day, Aileen’s world is flipped on its side when she realizes her parents have been hiding her true heritage.  She chooses to run from this over abundance of information and in doing so falls into a time tunnel.  This is where Stephen and Aileen’s worlds converge in a destiny that has been foretold.  The more these two fight fate the closer they become.  As they become even more entwined they realize that a future without the other would be unbearable but there are forces set out to destroy them and the relic that they hold.

I loved this installment of this series.  Stephen and Aileen were great characters and you immediately fell for them.  I also loved the intricacies of this story.  The added complexities of this story really brought this series to a new level.  The dialogue and imagery within the story is fantastic.  It really melds the historical romance of 13th century Scotland and present day.  This story really makes any woman want to find a Scottish relic in hopes she will find a rugged highland warrior.  Overall, this was a great book and I highly recommend this series.  I know I will be waiting with bated breath for the next in the series.

 

Review: Restless Spirits by Kathy Bryson

Happy Monday!  I hope all of you who had a long holiday weekend enjoyed it and for those not celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you too had a great weekend.  Today I am bringing to you a great romance with the added bonus of some paranormal activity.  This is an addicting story with fun characters and wonderful writing.  Restless Spirits is definitely a book to pick up.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Marilee Harper is desperate to find another job after she accidentally set fire to the home of the richest woman in town. Converting an old hospital into a bed and breakfast seems like a golden opportunity. But faucets and lights turn themselves off and on, and old baseballs fly without help. Stressed and aggravated, Marilee wants nothing more than to redeem herself, even if it means hands off her sympathetic boss!

John Smith has every confidence in the bossy, strong woman he hired to launch his bed & breakfast. She handled difficult customers at the bank and now she’s handling electricity and plumbing and whatever unseen force keeps throwing baseballs. Who can blame him if he starts to admire the woman in more than strictly professional terms? But when the angry, treacherous King of the Fairies shows up, can Marilee become his champion?

Review:

Marilee just made a mistake that is likely to have her losing her job.  With this looming over her head and chauffeuring her mother around she doesn’t realize she is going to a possible job interview until she is there and makes a horrible impression.  Lucky for her both her prospective and good-looking employer makes an equally bad impression which ends with one of them running the other over with a car.  In spite of this hiccup Marilee comes to run a Bed and Breakfast for John Smith.  As she helps to renovate and start-up this Bed and Breakfast strange things begin to happen.  Rumors of the place being haunted are starting to look like they are true but when Marilee finds out what is really going on she has to use all her inner strength and gumption to make sure every she cares about and those she now loves are safe.

This was a very good and fun read.  I got sucked into the story along with Marilee and John’s love story.  Every aspect and layer of this story flowed together in an easy page turner.  The characters were some of the best parts of this story. From Marilee to John, to Thumbs to Elvis, they all contributed beautifully and really helped to make the reader a part of the story.  This is one book that will suck you in and give you some curve balls that you don’t see coming.  Overall, this is a great novel that has me excited for Kathy Bryson’s next book.

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