Thursday, September 29, 2016

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #47 - City on Edge by Stefanie Pintoff, Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale, Unraveled by Jennifer Estep

City on Edge (Eve Rossi, #2)City on Edge by Stefanie Pintoff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had a hard time caring about any of the characters in City on Edge. I loved the blurb. A FBI team made up of criminals sounded really good. What kept me form caring was the fact that they never seemed to be a team and they sure did not care for each other. The plot was well developed and the writing was good. It should have been a page turner but it was not. It started off very slow as each character was introduced and a profile was part of each introduction. Then the story line developed. This is book two in the series and I wondered if I would have been more invested in the characters if I had read book one.

Everything We KeepEverything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is not your run of the mill romance.  It is one that is truly full of surprises. Aimee Tierney has to come terms with the loss of the man she loves not once but twice. At the same time her career has to take a new route and a new man comes into her live. Everything We Keep has great writing, a fully developed plot that kept me guessing and some interesting well-developed characters. I really recommend this one for all the twists and turns it takes. Look for another surprise at the end. I wonder if it is a teaser for a story featuring a character in Everything We Keep

Unraveled (Elemental Assassin, #15)Unraveled by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Bitter Bite Gin Blanco found that she had a new enemy; at least a new to her enemy but one that has been around since she was a child. In Unraveled Estep fleshes out that enemy when she sends Gin and friends on a vacation to the theme park Finnegan Lane, her foster brother, inherits. By the end of the book Gin has a whole new set of enemies to find and fight. Unraveled is a great set up for the next series of Elemental Assassin books. Instead of same old, same old that often happens in a long series there is a new and interesting enemy for Gin and friends

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Look Back Wednesday - The Dimensional Shift by Frances Pauli


The Dimensional Shift (Shift Happens, #1)The Dimensional Shift by Frances Pauli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Science Fiction Romance

I found The Dimensional Shift on the SFR Brigade’s Pitch Contest and went to Barnes and Noble to purchase and download the ebook. This is cute story with an unusual main character. Chloe’s job is cleaning rooms in a local hotel in the northern US. Her job is seasonal as the hotel has few guests in the winter. On one of her last days of the season a woman in room 306 walks in from the balcony while she is cleaning. The only problem is that there should not have been anyone in the room. Drew, the only occupant, was out and when he returned confirmed that the woman must have broken in. Meeting Drew leads to a job offer for Chloe.

Drew offers her a job at twice the pay at a hotel he helps manage. She does not have to move she can commute to work from her living room. The hotel is an inter-dimensional hotel catering to being from different dimensions. Chloe will be working in the human section. Chloe is still cleaning rooms but is drawn into an ongoing mystery. She must use her skills to find the answerers to several question, not the least of which is whether or not her boss, Drew, is interested in her.

I enjoyed the story. At times it was a little slow, mostly because of the world building. The characters were fun and unique. The concept was interesting and lends itself to future stories. In fact the second book featuring Chloe is already out.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #46 - Shooting at Loons by Margaret Maron, Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan, The Widow's Auction by Sabrina Jeffries

Shooting at Loons (Deborah Knott Mysteries, #3)Shooting at Loons by Margaret Maron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My library had just received several of the Deborah Knott Mysteries on CD. I had never read any of the books so I picked the one with the earliest copyright. I enjoyed the story. It was a very easy going mystery. There was a lot of background about the location and the people who live there. Nothing moved at a fast pace. There was plenty of time to enjoy the story and the characters while wondering who did what. There were several twist as the story progresses. There were things in the story that dated it but it did fit the time when it was written. It is a good read when you want something a little light with a mystery attached.

Shadow Rider (Shadow, #1)Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Shadow Rider follows the same path as other Christine Feehan books. The main female character is slightly needy. The main male is over the top with looks, sex drive and dominance. Stefano Ferraro also has a hidden talent; the ability to ride the shadows. That is a talent he has know from birth so he is surprised when he meets Francesca Capello and sees that she has that same talent. From there the story follows the pattern in other books. He wants her, she wants him but has questions. She has a problem that he promises to solve. There is a lot of sex, a lot of redundant prose that I skimmed when I read one of Feehan's books. Since I was listening to this on CD it really hit home how much was repeated and repeated. Not a book I will re-read or listen to but since I knew what to expect I enjoyed it for what it was.

The Widow's AuctionThe Widow's Auction by Sabrina Jeffries
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We have all heard "Don't judge a book by its cover" In The Widow's Auction two people learn not to judge each other by their public face. Isobel Lamberton, the widowed Lady Kingsley and Justin Antony, Lord Warbrooke seem to always be on opposite sides. It takes the night of the widow's auction to bring them together. There they both learn that they have more in common than either suspected. A nice easy read with great characters and good action.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stacking The Shelves - September 24, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books I added to my shelves this week. They may it be physical or virtual. I include books I buy in a physical store or online, books I borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!  Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews.  Follow the link to see what others have on their shelves. 

I purchased two books from Barnes and Noble when they had a 40% off coupon for members.  The first was a paperback copy of J.D. Robb's Brotherhood in Death.  I missed this on when it came out.  The second on was a hard cover of Time Siege by Wesley Chu.  I loved the first book Time Salvager (follow the link to see my review on Goodreads) and have high hopes for Time Siege.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 - September 23, 2016

I'm linking up with Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings and Freda's Voice for Page 56. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Pick the closest book on your book stack and join the fun.

The Beginning:

"Some days he loved the Galaxy'sEdge Space Station, with its wild atmosphere and dilapidated feel."

Page 56 or 23% on My Kindle:

"It's called the Atocha Treasure. It came from a Terran shipwreck"

From Through Uncharted Space (The Phoenix Adventures) by Anna Hackett. This is one I purchased this week. It is novella length and it goes to the top of my TBR pile.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #26 - Runway Colton by Karen Whiddon, Cardwell Christmas Crime Scene by B.J. Daniels, Into the Guns by William Dietz

Runway Colton Cardwell Christmas Crime Scene by B.J. Daniels, Into the Guns by Williama C. Dietz Runaway ColtonRunaway Colton by Karen Whiddon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This time it is Piper Colton who is the runaway. Everyone is still trying to find out who happened to her father and someone is framing her for the deed. She asks Cord Maxwell to help her clear her name. He makes a bargain with her and the story takes off from there. The introduction to the Colton family and much of the back story is in pervious books. Even so this can be read as a stand-alone. This is one of those series where there is a mystery that is part of the main plot in each book. The mystery is not solved here but it looks like it might be in the next book. I have been keeping up with the series and look forward to finds out where that missing Colton is.  Goodreads did not have a cover for the book.

Cardwell Christmas Crime SceneCardwell Christmas Crime Scene by B.J. Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We are back on the Cardwell Ranch. This time for Christmas and of course another mystery with some new characters. Dee Anna Justice has just learned that she has more family than her father who is in prison. When she arrives at the Cardwell Ranch she finds that her father has called in a favor and asked Beau Tanner to keep her safe. It seems that other half of her family (who she also did not know about) may want her dead. Daniels has written another interesting story set on the Cardwell Ranch.

 Into the Guns: The First America Rising NovelInto the Guns: The First America Rising Novel by William C. Dietz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It seems that post-apocalyptic is the new rage and William Dietz has added a new addition. Into the Guns is book one in a new series. It has all the elements that make up this series. The destruction around the world is caused by a large meteors hitting the Earth. The story starts with a Army unit in the Pacific Northwest and follows them as everything falls apart then slowly starts to come back together. Into the Guns introduces the characters, sets up the world building, and brings the main plot point into focus. This is book one so it only goes so far. It just stops after one crisis is solved so book two and three for the rest of the story.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Look Back Wednesday - Break Out by Nina Croft


Break Out (Dark Desires #1)Break Out by Nina Croft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Science Fiction with a Vampire space ship captain. I could not resist when I read a review of the second book in this series, Deadly Pursuit. I went over and purchased the first book Break Out.

Richardo Sanchez is a two thousand year old vampire who really knows how to change with the time. In 3048 he is the Captain and owner of the space ship El Cadazor. Skylar Rossaria is on a rescue mission to break a assassin from the most secure prison in the galaxy. She is not what she seems. Her mission is not what she thinks. She hires the El Cadazoe and her attraction to Richardo is a further complication.

Look for an interesting crew, great dialog and a surprise ending. The world building is a little weak. We know that there is a mineral that can give immortality and only the Collective has access but not much more. I read where the second book fills in some of the blanks the first did not.

Break Out is a quick fun read more Science Fiction than Paranormal.

Entangled Publishing released Break Out by Nina Croft in 2011.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Short and Sweet Audio Book Reviews # 45 - Make Me Love You by Johanna Lindsey, Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson, Night Shift by Cahrlaine Harris

Make Me Love YouMake Me Love You by Johanna Lindsey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to the story from Recorded Books. It caught me attention from the first. I loved Brooke Wentworth and her I will survive and have a better life attitude. Dominic Wolfe was never a total loss even at the first of the story. There was a twist at the end. I anticipated part of the twist but the second part took me by surprise. A nice story using the forced to marry trope. Lindsey managed to include enough new circumstances to make it unique.

Undead and Unwed (Undead, #1)Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have seen this series at my library for several years so decided to give it a try. Undead and Unwed is the first book in the series and sets up the world, the backstory, the characters and a nice plot with elements that can carry over and a solution to the big problem in this book. I loved Nancy Wu who performed the book. Betsy Taylor is very snarky and Wu does a great job getting just the right voice for Betsy. If you like vampires this is a good series to start. Davidson gives her vampires a different twist. Betsy has a unique making and thus can do some things others cannot. There are also some really great side characters to add to the story.

Night Shift (Midnight, Texas, #3)Night Shift by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to start by saying that when I picked the book up to read it just did not catch me and I put it down. I had the opposite reaction to the audio book. I think most of that was thanks to the performer who did the recording. Her timing and pace were perfect for the story and kept me listening. All of the characters were on hand with the addition of at least one new character. Since this is a trilogy a lot is wrapped up in Night Shift. There is enough left unanswered for another book but Harris has said three and no more. I was satisfied with the ending so if there are no more it will be OK>

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