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Review: War Hawk by James Rollins

June 7th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

War Hawk by James Rollins

Source: Received for review

Publication date: April 19, 2016

Publisher: William Morrow

Series: Tucker Wayne #2

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his war dog Kane are thrust into a global conspiracy that threatens to shake the foundations of American democracy in this second exciting Sigma Force spinoff adventure from New York Times bestselling authors James Rollins and Grant Blackwood

Tucker Wayne’s past and his present collide when a former army colleague comes to him for help. She’s on the run from brutal assassins hunting her and her son. To keep them safe, Tucker must discover who killed a brilliant young idealist—a crime that leads back to the most powerful figures in the U.S. government.

From the haunted ruins of a plantation in the deep South to the beachheads of a savage civil war in Trinidad, Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a mystery that leads back to World War II, to a true event that is even now changing the world . . . and will redefine what it means to be human.

With no one to trust, they will be forced to break the law, expose national secrets, and risk everything to stop a madman determined to control the future of modern warfare for his own diabolical ends. But can Tucker and Kane withstand a force so indomitable that it threatens our very future?

My Review:

James Rollins is an auto-read author for me so when I saw I had missed him releasing a new series I immediately knew I had to catch up. I ended up getting War Hawk first so I started with it vs The Kill Switch (though that is now sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read.). This series follows a new character, Tucker Wayne, on his adventures after getting out of the military. He has some very loose ties to Sigma and I love that series so I was eager to dive in.

I finished reading War Hawk about a week ago but held off on writing my review because I have mixed feelings about it. The story line was based on an interesting premise and as the story progressed I was curious how it would play out. This story contains a lot of the action and suspense I expect from James Rollins and I loved Tucker’s dog, Kane. In fact, there are several sections in which we are actually in Kane’s head as he reacts to the situations around him and what he is feeling in response. I’m a sucker for dogs so I really appreciated that facet of the story.

What I didn’t enjoy as much was that other than Kane, Tucker is pretty much a lone wolf operator. Yes, he does pick up a compatriot here and there throughout the book but they felt more like temporary add ons instead of actually team mates. This is just my personal tastes so others may not have the same problem but I like seeing the main hero bond with his team and work together to resolve the situation. Even in stories like Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow series, Scarecrow may be the main character but he has a team he relies up on and truly cares about. They are an integral part of who Scarecrow is and aren’t a random cast of characters he picks up. So I felt a little let down in this book and never felt like I truly bonded with Tucker the way I did with the Sigma Force team.

I do still plan on going back to read The Kill Switch and perhaps that will help me connect with Tucker’s character more so. Sadly I can only give this book 3 stars but I would recommend that those who enjoy the lone wolf type characters to give this one a try.

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Review: Chasing I Do by Marina Adair

June 6th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Chasing I Do by Marina Adair

Source: Received from the author for review

Publication date: June 7, 2016

Publisher: The Adair Group

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book:

Darcy Kincaid might be a runaway bride, but she still believes in happily ever after, which is why she’s devoted to helping couples orchestrate their perfect I do. Even though her fiancée turned out to be unfaithful and a big disappointment, Darcy walked away from her wedding fully committed—to her unborn daughter. Now, a single mom, it’s up to Darcy to secure her daughter’s future, which is why she’s invested her life savings into renovating Belle Mont Manor, Portland’s oldest, and nearly forgotten, wedding venue. So when Wedding Magazine offers her the cover for their June issue, in exchange for planning the wedding of a high-profile couple, Darcy thanks her lucky stars. Until the star’s best man turns out to be her ex’s brother…

The last time Gage Easton saw Darcy, she was sneaking out the back door of her own wedding—destroying his brother’s life. No way is he going to entrust the gorgeous jilter with his biggest client’s special day, no matter how much in love with her he secretly was. Determined to take his client’s wedding elsewhere, he confronts Darcy, only to meet a toddler with Darcy’s blonde curls and the Easton blue eyes that has him renegotiating—the wedding for a chance to know his niece. But when a fun day in the park leads to warm family dinners, Gage finds himself stuck between his loyalty to his brother—and the two women who have stolen his heart.

My Review:

Marina Adair yet again has outdone herself! Such a heart warming, make you sigh a happy sigh read that you don’t want to miss.

I must start sounding like a broken record when it comes to Marina Adair’s books because I love them so much. For those who might be a little leery because this is a self-published book don’t worry because it was just as good if not better than her previous Montlake books.

I love Darcy’s character. So many women would be bitter in her situation but she moved on, worked hard and made a wonderful life with her daughter while still painting a positive picture of her ex-fiance. I can only imagine how hard that must be after what he did and then what his mother did to Darcy. Gage was just as endearing and watching him build a relationship with Darcy’s daughter, Kylie, was just adorable.

My only minor issue was I would have liked to see more of the confrontation between Gage and his mother to make the grand gesture more grand. His mother is a real piece of work and it would have been so satisfying to see her taken down a peg or two. I cannot wait for the next book. I want all the siblings and Darcy’s best friend’s story. Such an amazing start to the series!

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Review: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

June 4th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

Source: Received for review

Publication date: May 17, 2016

Publisher: Balzer & Bray

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

My Review:

When I first heard about this book I was so excited. I am a huge fan of Russian history even having taken Russian as my language in school, a Russian history class in high school and another Russian politics class in college. So combine the Russian history background with magic and romance and I am instantly adding the book to my TBR list.

The idea of enchanters who help protect the imperial family was great and it reminded of the mystic, Rasputin, and the rumors of who he really was to the tsarina. I had a feelings once we knew there were two possible enchanters, one being male and the other female, that we would seem a star-crossed romantic relationship. I had no problem with that and I actually really loved Nikolai and Vika. I was rooting for there to be a way they could both win and end up being together.

What did ruin the story for me was the third wheel in this romance love triangle, the Tsesarevich Pasha. His insta-love with Vika grated on my nerves and seemed thrown in just to create drama and to bring the story to a crescendo. He has barely even spoken to Vika and fancies himself in love with her and then is angry when Nikolai also admits to loving Vika. Pasha’s character also irritated me because he was basically a spoiled brat in many senses. Yes, I appreciated that he was sympathetic to the peasants lot in life but other than that he makes no effort to try and learn to become a better tsar so he can help these people. He avoids responsibility at every turn, throws a temper tantrum when he feels betrayed by Nikolai and Vika and then tries to blame his actions on other people. I felt like slapping him around a few times to tell him to grow up and take responsibility for his own actions.

I felt if the love triangle aspect had been left out this could have been an amazing book. It would have left more time for Nikolai and Vika’s romance to develop and to build up the tension as the two must come to terms with their feelings and their situation.

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7 Nights of Laughter with Tawna Fenske – Marine for Hire on sale!

May 16th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

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We are so excited to be kicking off our 7 nights of laughter where we will be highlighting the queen of laughter, Tawna Fenske, her laugh out loud until your stomach hurts books, a special sale and giveaway! So kick back, relax and get ready to fill your ereader with books guaranteed to liven up your reading time. 

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 Marine for Hire by Tawna Fenske

About the book:

She thought she’d sworn off military men for good…

Sam Kercher is every inch a wickedly hot Marine. Tall. Sexy. Lethal. When his best friends call in a favor, Sam is forced to face an entirely new line of duty—playing nanny for their newly divorced sister and her squirming seven-month-old twin boys. If Sam can dissemble an M16 in his sleep, diaper duty should be a cakewalk…right?

Unfortunately, Operation Nanny isn’t quite that simple. Sheridan has sworn off overbearing military men, so Sam must protect her from her dirtbag ex without revealing just how much he has in common with her brothers. Or that he’s been ordered not to touch her. Ever. Problem is, Sheri’s one hell of a gorgeous woman, and Sam wants her bad.

Protect the girl. Care for the babies. Hide his identity. And keep his hands off. But even the most disciplined Marine has weaknesses…and Sheridan is one Sam might not be able to resist.

Excerpt

Mac turned back to him, and Sam caught his own disheveled image in the reflection of his buddy’s glasses. He had a streak of mud on one cheek, and he hadn’t shaved all week.

 

“You like kids, right?” Mac said. “I mean, you have all those nieces and nephews.”

 

Sam frowned. “Sure, kids are great. My sister’s having another little girl in April.”

 

He nodded as though making a mental list. “Can you operate an oven?”

 

“Microwave. Oh, and I baked brownies once. Laced ’em with Ex-Lax as a prank for some SEAL buddies at a party.”

 

“How do you feel about Kauai?”

 

Sam raised an eyebrow and wondered—not for the first time—if Mac had gone crazy. “Is this some kind of psych exam where you’re going to show me ink blots and ask whether I fantasize about badgers wearing men’s underwear?”

 

Mac folded his arms over his chest. He didn’t answer the question. “You remember my sister, Sheridan, right? I think you met her once at a party in college.”

 

At the mention of Sheri’s name, Sam felt several pints of blood drain from his brain and pulse toward other extremities. He thought about those thick, chocolaty curls and those huge brown eyes, and that perfect, heart-shaped ass and—

 

“I think I remember her,” he said, straining to keep his voice casual. “Blond, right?”

 

“You know goddamn well she’s a brunette, just like I know goddamn well you didn’t stop staring at her that whole night at the party. That’s not why I’m asking. Her douchebag husband left.”

 

Sam blinked. “What? Didn’t they just have a kid?”

 

“Two kids. Twins. Seven months old, and Lieutenant Limpdick ran off with a stripper he met in Arkansas. We’re dealing with the situation.”

 

He refrained from asking who “we” might be or what “dealing with the situation” entailed. Probably best not to know. “Weren’t they stationed in Honolulu?”

 

Mac nodded. “Sheri’s still there. Well, on another island now. Kauai. She has a friend there, and she just got a job as an accountant on the Pacific Missile Range Facility.”

 

“Civilian gig?”

“Yeah. Great pay, good bennies. But she’s a single mom, and she needs a nanny. A good nanny. Someone who can cook and who’s great with kids and housekeeping and M40 sniper rifles.”

 

“You got that job description on Craigslist?”

 

“And maybe black-belt level karate skills,” Mac continued, ignoring him. “And the ability to use power tools.”

 

“You can’t be serious.” Sam shook his head, propped the chain saw against a stump, and rubbed a smear of mud off his forearm.

 

“Why not? You’re supposed to report for your new command in Hawaii in a couple weeks anyway. In the meantime, Sheri needs someone to watch out for the twins. And her.”

 

He touched one hand to the utility knife on his belt and stared Mac down. Then he remembered it wasn’t possible to stare Mac down, especially since the guy never removed his sunglasses.

 

He tried reasoning instead.

 

“Aren’t there services for this sort of thing? There have to be a thousand people more trained to be nannies.”

 

Mac leaned against a tree, his arms still folded. “No one with your unique qualifications. And not anyone who happens to owe me a favor.”

 

Sam sighed, already knowing how this would end up. “I appreciate you saving my life in Baghdad. I do. But can’t I just buy you a beer or a car or something?”

 

*****

We all know where Sam ends up but don’t miss what happens when he steps in as many for Sheri. Pick up your copy for just $1.99!

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About Tawna Fenske:

Tawna Fenske is a fourth-generation Oregonian who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Her offbeat brand of romance has received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, one of which noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”

Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year.

To learn more about all of Tawna’s books, visit www.tawnafenske.com

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Review: Risk of Exposure by Emmy Curtis + Giveaway

May 4th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

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About the Book:

He is a trained professional—but nothing can prepare him for the hottest mission of his life. Assigned to protect his boss’s daughter, British former SAS operative Malone Garrett breaks the first rule of covert surveillance—don’t make contact. And especially don’t take your mark out to dinner, then agree to a rooftop quickie.  But now that Mal has Abby in his arms, he has no intention of ever letting her go.

Abby Baston told herself it was a hit and quit, a one-nighter with a hot, handsome stranger whose hands were trained to take action. Working undercover for the CIA, she can’t risk anything more. But when an international crisis ignites, Abby must make a call: trust Mal with her secret—and her heart—and partner up, or lose everything in a split second . . .

My review:

Rating: ★★★★☆

This was my first Emmy Curtis book and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Both Abby and Malone are both kick butt characters that I really enjoyed. Though there were a few moments with Abby that felt off to me. For the most part she’s strong and smart but then she pulls stunts like threatening Malone that she’s going to call her daddy and make up some lies about Malone. It seems like an underhanded tact to take out of character with everything else she does. There’s also a point at the end where again she seems to morph from a strong female character to someone who runs off with her tail between her legs.

Malone on the other hand I fell in love with. He’s a jerk a lot of the times but at the same time you have to sympathize with him because you know it’s his defense mechanism. I loved the way he protected Abby and knew just how to shake her out of her nerves or fears even if that did mean making her think he was a jerk. The chemistry between the two was smoking and I loved watching them together.

The story itself was interesting and had a few twists that were surprising. I would have given this book a full 5 stars if it weren’t for those few inconsistencies in Abby’s character and the one at the end in particular bugged me. Still a great read.

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About Emmy Curtis:

Emmy Curtis is an editor and a romance writer. An ex-pat Brit, she quells her homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She’s lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled for the time being, in North Carolina. When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab. All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference…well, she already considers you kin.

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Review: Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh + Giveaway

May 3rd, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

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About the book:

Eva Leigh’s deliciously sexy Wicked Quills of London series continues as a Lady’s secret career writing erotic fiction is jeopardized by real-life romance . . .

In society circles she’s known as the Watching Wallflower—shy, quiet, and certainly never scandalous. Yet beneath Lady Sarah Frampton’s demure façade hides the mind of The Lady of Dubious Quality, author of the most titillating erotic fiction theton has ever seen. Sarah knows discovery would lead to her ruin, but marriage—to a vicar, no less—could help protect her from slander. An especially tempting option when the clergyman in question is the handsome, intriguing Jeremy Cleland.

Tasked with unmasking London’s most scandalous author by his powerful family, Jeremy has no idea that his beautiful, innocent bride is the very woman he seeks to destroy. His mission must remain a secret, even from the new wife who stirs his deepest longings. Yet when the truth comes to light, Sarah and Jeremy’s newfound love will be tested. Will Sarah’s secret identity tear them apart or will the temptations of his wallflower wife prove too wicked to resist?

My review:

Rating: ★★★½☆

This is the first book I’ve read by Eva Leigh and even though it’s book 3 I didn’t have any problems jumping in. That said while I enjoyed the later half of the book it started off extremely slow. I struggled to get through the first 40% or so of the book and it took several days. Once I got through that I finished the last half of it in an evening. Hence, the 3.5 star rating.

I really liked Sarah’s character and loved the premise of her being an author of scandalous novels. She was a likeable character and I enjoyed the chemistry between she and Jeremy. There was one point where she makes a switch from thinking she will never marry because she doesn’t want to be under the control of a man and she could never continue writing if she married to she needed to marry to be protected while she continues to write. I felt like there was no explanation for the sudden change of heart. It would have been nice to see a little more of the thought process there.

Jeremy’s character was interesting but I can’t say I fell in love with him. There wasn’t anything wrong with him per se but I think he was a little too beta for my tastes. I don’t want to spoil the ending but it was my favorite part and I loved seeing Sarah’s journey to the resolution.

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Author Info

EVA LEIGH is the pen name of a RITA® Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from the ‘80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

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Excerpt

Now it was her turn to laugh. “I’m hardly enviable, Mr. Cleland.”

His expression shifted to thoughtfulness. “I wonder why you might say that.”

“I have…everything a woman could want,” she acknowledged, matching her stride to his.

“Such as?”

“Wealth, position. If there’s a material thing that I desire, I simply have to ask, and it’s mine.” She shook her head. “And I’m grateful for these things. I truly am. And yet…”

“And yet…?” he prompted gently.

“It comes at a high price,” she admitted.

“What is that price?”

She considered this. Never before had she spoken so openly to anyone. Not her friends, or her family. But here, now, to be with this man, and to consider the foundations of her life, was both odd and deeply right. At last, she said, “Freedom.”

He contemplated her perceptively. “Must be very restricting,” he murmured. “The responsibilities of your position in society. Not to mention the fact that you’re a woman.” He blushed a little at that word.

It was a charming—but also gently erotic—blush. Her own cheeks warmed.

He continued, “You haven’t the liberty that a man in your place might have.”

“Indeed, no.” She gave a small, strained laugh. “You must think me dreadful to take issue with my admittedly fortunate circumstance.”

He fell briefly silent. “I know a little about having one’s role be predetermined.” They stopped walking, and she gazed up at him. Cool sunlight carved hollows in his cheeks and gilded his eyelashes. “Being a vicar means I must be a model to everyone in my parish. I have to be more pious, more humble, more self-sacrificing. I have to be better at everything while also being deferential. I certainly cannot admit to being an ordinary human man.”

Their gazes held at that word, man. Awareness of him sizzled. His height, his physicality. That suppressed desire. Her own body warmed in response.

She tiled her head to one side, imagining what it must be like to live such a restrained life. “Sounds exhausting.”

“Not unlike being a duke’s daughter, I imagine.” He smiled at her, and that lush warmth continued to gathered through her.

“I never would have thought I’d have much in common with a vicar,” she said with a laugh.

“Nor I with you,” he answered, his smile softening. “But here we are, in this garden.”

“So we are.” Strange how the world worked, that she discovered a man such as him on a day that had started out so perfectly ordinary. It was almost…miraculous. Did miracles happen? She went to church as a matter of form, not faith, though the ritual gave her comfort. Still, it was a revelation to learn that men of God were mortal just like anyone else, with the same needs and frustrations anybody might experience.

She ought to have imagined as such. She often imbued people in her mind with hidden motivations and secrets. He was no exception.

“And does your…wife…feel as you do?” She inwardly grimaced at her lack of tact, but she needed to know whether or not he had someone with whom he could confide. It seemed a shame, a right shame, that he should be alone in this world.

“No wife, I’m afraid,” he said with a self-deprecating grin.

A strange relief shot through her. She reasoned that it must be because it wouldn’t do to flirt with a married man. “Stick around the London Season long enough,” she replied. “An earl’s son, with a living? You’ll make someone a fine catch.”

“I’m just a humble country vicar,” he answered. “Hardly the stuff of a doting mama’s dream for her daughter.”

“You might be surprised.” Without a doubt, she and Mr. Cleland could never be a match. Even if she wanted to marry, he stood too far beneath her to warrant any possibility of courtship. Duke’s daughters and vicars—though they might be sons of earls—made for an improbable, mismatched pairing.

A vicar could never be married to a woman who wrote anonymous erotic novels, either. The very idea was ruinous.

But damn and all the other curse words she wasn’t allowed to use—she liked Mr. Cleland. The way his mind worked, how he spoke to her like a person of equal intelligence, the sensual quality within him. It wasn’t all her writer’s fancy. Something burned in him and it lured her closer, closer, drawn toward the mysteries of this man. Even Lady Josephina wouldn’t find someone half as interesting in her adventures.

And…he was exceptionally attractive. In a way she’d never experienced with another man before. She’d met handsome gentlemen in the past, but Mr. Cleland lit a spark within her, low and hot.

A shame, really, that Sarah couldn’t have been someone else. Because, if she had…she might give him serious consideration.

But that was never to be. She was who she was, and he was who he was, and they would have to be friends—nothing more.

So absorbed was she in this thought, that she didn’t hear footsteps approaching until they were almost upon her. Turning, she saw her mother coming down the path, wearing a pinched expression.

“There you are,” Lady Wakefield said impatiently. She nodded at Mr. Cleland, barely acknowledging him. Sarah felt a small stab of shame at her mother’s rudeness. But a vicar didn’t warrant much attention. “This sun has given me a headache. It’s time to go.”

“Yes, Mama.” Before the words had left her mouth, her mother had spun on her heel and strode off back toward the main house.

Sarah offered Mr. Cleland a remorseful smile. “I’m so sorry.”

“Nothing to apologize for,” he said easily, and it was clear he meant it. He bowed. “It was a genuine pleasure to meet you, Lady Sarah.”

“I feel the same way.” They smiled at each other. For a long time, neither, it seemed, willing to move away.

“Now, Sarah,” her mother called out.

Sarah sighed. Her gaze drifted back to the hedge maze. Could she drop her fan? As they both bent to retrieve it, she might whisper to him an invitation to meet her there in a few moments. And then… She could taste those gently curved lips of his. Oh, she’d experienced a few chaste kisses before, but never anything she truly desired. But she wanted to kiss Mr. Cleland. She craved feeling his mouth against hers, and seeing if her imagination was correct about him.

He, too, looked at the maze. Was he thinking the same thoughts? Did he want to savor her? A delectable thought, one that made her feel both languid and powerfully alive all at once.

Their gazes met. He turned gorgeously pink.

He was thinking of kissing her!

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Review: Kill Switch by Jonathan Maberry

April 26th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Kill Switch by Jonathan Maberry

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: April 26, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Series: Joe Ledger #8

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

What do you do when the power goes off?

Terrorists have acquired a terrible new weapon that can crash the power grid and plunge America into a new dark age. A coordinated attack is planned to shut out all lights and emergency services to ten major cities. Planes will fall, hospitals will go dark, no help will come.

And in that terrible darkness a dreadful plague will be released. If the lights go off, nothing can stop the bioweapon from killing millions.

At the same time the intelligence services are being torn apart from within by a plague of betrayal, murder and suicide. Even the Department of Military Sciences is stumbling in its response to the growing threat.

Time is running out. And Joe is being hunted by a terrifying new kind of assassin. A team of remote viewers have the ability to take over any person and turn ordinary citizens into killers. Where can you turn when there’s nobody left to trust?

Joe Ledger faces his deadliest challenge as friends and allies become enemies and all of the lights begin to go out…

My review:

Jonathan Maberry is one of those authors you really can’t go wrong with and he knocks it out of the park again in Kill Switch. Even if he writes the most outlandish ideas you just go with it and quickly become enthralled because his writing is just that good.

Whenever I see a new Joe Ledger book I wonder where he’s going to take it because each one is just so crazy and over the top I think he can’t take it up another notch. Yet somehow he always manages to. I am glad that this one wasn’t quite as disturbingly gory as Predator One but you will still find a lot of the expected stuff blowing up and bad guys getting torn up. I didn’t want to stop reading this book but the main reason it didn’t get the full five stars was the buy guy was pretty obvious from the get-go for me. So I found it a little frustrating that Joe and his team didn’t figure it out sooner. Granted we’re seeing the overall picture but Joe’s team is only seeing bits and pieces but I still thought they should have picked up on it sooner than they did. Other than that the story was great. I am curious to see where the Echo Team goes in the next book. The team goes through a lot of soul breaking stuff and we already see there are going to be changes coming. I can’t wait to see how it shakes out.

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Review: Best of My Love by Susan Mallery

April 25th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Best of My Love by Susan Mallery

Source: Received for review

Publication date: April 26, 2016

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Series: Fool’s Gold #20

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book:

To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend—a male friend—to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool’s Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her?

Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the “adventure” in Mitchell Adventure Tours…and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he’s inadvertently become that guy—the one-night Casanova—and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby’s boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect.

As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool’s Gold rumor mill. If no one will believe they’re just friends, maybe they should give the gossips something to really talk about!

My Review:

Wow, I can’t believe there are now 20 books in the Fool’s Gold series. I am so in love with this series and it’s really flown by. I remember requesting Three Little Words for review because it sounded so cute and I was hooked. I got my hands on whatever books I could in the series and devoured them. Though there have been a few that were misses, overall this is an amazing series and Best of My Love ranks up there with one of my favorites in the series.

I loved both Aidan and Shelby’s characters. At first like the rest of Fool’s Gold I didn’t believe they were going to be just friends for very long but they surprisingly lasted much longer than I expected. I love seeing them alternate “male activities” and “female activities” and it cracked me up seeing Aidan attending baby showers and getting pedicures. He takes everything remarkably in stride and the more into the story you get, the more you start thinking this is how all relationships should start out. It was actually a little refreshing that the conflict wasn’t because one thought the other was cheating, was too controlling, etc. They communicated well and Aidan never went all cave man on Shelby. In fact, I loved the twist on the margarita pity party that takes place.

There are some deeper moments where Aidan has to deal with his dad’s artistic temper tantrums and come to terms with his relationship with both his mom and dad. Susan Mallery also seems to be setting us up for a spin off series that takes place in Happily Inc or at least I’m hoping we will be taken there to see the other Mitchell brothers’ stories. I sighed a very happy sigh upon closing this book and can’t wait for the next one.

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Book Blitz: Bachelor for Hire & Falling For Her Bachelor + Giveaway

April 13th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

I am a huge Robin Bielman fan so I was so excited for this tour. Check out my review below and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom!

Meet Charlene:

Charlene Sands is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. She has been honored with the National Readers Choice Award, the Booksellers Best Award, The Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award and Romantic Times Magazine’s Best Harlequin Desire Award of 2014.   She is an active member of Romance Writers of America.  When not writing, she spends time with her four “princesses”, enjoys sunny Pacific beaches and yummy chocolate mocha cappucinos!  Sign up for her newsletter for fun and exclusive prizes at www.charlenesands.com and on FB and Twitter!
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Meet Robin:

USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and one crazy-cute dog who loves to chew on everyone’s socks. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, eat cupcakes, and dip her toes in the ocean. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.
She loves to connect with readers. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter on her website at www.robinbielman.com.

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Blog Tour: Review – The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

April 7th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

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I’m really excited to be participating in the blog tour for The Matchmaker’s Playbook. Be sure to check out the excerpt and enter the giveaway below!

The Matchmaker's Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

About the book:

Wingman rule number one: don’t fall for a client.

After a career-ending accident, former NFL recruit Ian Hunter is back on campus—and he’s ready to get his new game on. As one of the masterminds behind Wingmen, Inc., a successful and secretive word-of-mouth dating service, he’s putting his extensive skills with women to work for the lovelorn. But when Blake Olson requests the services of Wingmen, Inc., Ian may have landed his most hopeless client yet.

From her frumpy athletic gear to her unfortunate choice of footwear, Blake is going to need a miracle if she wants to land her crush. At least with a professional matchmaker by her side she has a fighting chance. Ian knows that his advice and a makeover can turn Blake into another successful match. But as Blake begins the transformation from hot mess to smokin’ hot, Ian realizes he’s in danger of breaking his cardinal rule…

My Review:

I have never read Rachel Van Dyken before but the title caught my eye and after reading the blurb I was intrigued. I have to say I’ve fallen in love with Rachel’s writing style! Even being such a total player I still fell in love with Ian. Yes he falls into bed with any female who welcomes him but he never really comes across as a jerk. He appreciates women and tries to help them be their best. In fact, I love how one of his tips for women is not to change who they are for a guy, it’s just about enhancing on what they have.

I also loved Blake’s character. Talk about a spitfire! She is the perfect combination between naive, country girl and no BS, straight talking woman. She holds her own with Ian and his best friend, she’s funny and is one of those girls I wish I could be.

The story line is great and I liked the entire concept. It was executed perfectly and probably my only beef is the Lex/Gabi sub-plot. I know they will get their own book but for being such an expert on relationships it did grate on me every time Ian comments on how much Lex and Gabi hate each other. It was a classic case of two people being totally into each other but acting like cats and dogs as they are in denial. I would expect Ian, being both their best friends and relationships guru, to realize this by now. When Blake finally comments on it I felt like saying hallelujah! Someone finally pointed out the obvious. Still I am dying to read their story next!

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Ian and Lex’s Rules of Play

  1. Jealousy is key when trying to get noticed by a dude. No girl ever got her guy by hanging out by the potted plants or doing the dishes in the kitchen.
  2. Smile. Often. Smiling makes dickheads automatically assume you’ve got a secret–and damn, do guys love discovering secrets.
  3. Never call. Always text.
  4. If he calls you, answer on the third ring, but only after he’s called you three times.
  5. The rule of three pertains to every situation, answering in person, the length of time you touch a body part (unless it’s down below, but you shouldn’t be doing that at this point unless you’re a psycho), the length of time you take to answer the door, the point is this, you have to pause, breathe, stare, and then answer. If you’re doing it any other way. You’re doing it wrong.
  6. I don’t care if he’s serenading you with Taylor Swift and it’s just like absolutely OMGEE your most favorite song, holy shit he brought coke zero? I LOVE COKE ZERO. No. Hell no. You don’t cave. It’s been one day. You do not cave on day one. On day one. You plan.
  7. You are NEVER to be so interested in them right off the bat that you’re willing to cancel plans, according to them, you’re always busy damn it, why can’t they just catch a break?
  8. Walk away, never toward. I don’t give a flying shit that he’s wearing your favorite shirt and holding a monkey on his head, smile, wave, walk the other way. The only time you walk toward is if the douche needs medical attention and even then…if he’s gonna live, so will you.
  9. It’s not about you. I know, I know, you’re just so pissed about Shelly and how she gave you a bitchy look during chem, but control yourself. It’s about him, ask him questions, in return, he will ask you. This. Is. Called. A. Conversation.
  10. Put your damn phone away. When you’re in his space, you aren’t on Facebook or tweeting about it, this is how you lose his attention and gain another cat. Toss the cell phone away or Wingmen Inc will very politely shove it up your ass.

If the first ten rules are too difficult for you to comprehend, you probably aren’t the client for us…because quite honestly…there are forty more, no chance in hell you’ll get through them if you’re already scowling. Buh-Bye.

EXCERPT

Blake let out another pitiful groan. “I don’t think it fits.”

“They measured you. It fits. Just, tell me if it looks okay so we can go.” I checked my watch. “Gabi said dinner was at six, and it’s already a quarter till.”

“This is too much pressure.” Her voice was frantic. “I can’t do this. I mean, how do I know if it looks good? They’re boobs.”

I groaned. “Boobs always look good. Believe me.”

“Boobs are gross!”

Said no man ever. Even the gay ones.

One of the salesladies eyed me up and down. “Are you two okay?”

“Great,” I chirped. “Just having a very heated discussion about the beauty of breasts.” I dipped my chin to Blake’s chest. “What are you? A double D?”

Scowling, she marched off.

Thank God.

“Blake,” I hissed.

No answer.

I’d never had such a difficult client. If anything, they jumped when I told them to, asked how high, and then kept jumping until I was satisfied. Blake fought me at every turn.

“Open the door before I crawl underneath it. I’ll pick the bras, you can close your eyes if you want so you don’t have to watch me look at you, alright? My stomach literally just ate my liver. I need protein. Open. The. Door.”

The door slowly creaked open. Taking advantage of the small crack of air, I pushed it farther, then clicked it shut behind me and turned around.

Blake was facing me, hands on hips, face beet-red, body . . . freaking perfect. My tongue almost lolled out, like a dog.

Most girls starve themselves to have abs like that, which was disgusting. But her abs? They had muscle, actual muscle, but still appeared feminine.

She also had a nice tan, just enough to show that she spent time outside or maybe just had naturally darker skin.

My throat went completely dry as I continued to stare.

“Well?” Her voice was weak. “How awful do I look? On a scale of one to ten?”

I’d convinced her to buy some new workout clothes to replace her old ones. I knew I’d never get her to actually completely change her style. She liked workout clothes? Fine, at least buy the kind that fit and actually point to the correct gender. I tried to steer her away from the boyfriend sweats and sweatshirts, but she eventually wore me down, so I told her if she bought at least five new Pink outfits that had spandex in them, I’d let her get one pair of ugly slouchy sweats. You’d think I’d just given her a million dollars, from her reaction.

Currently, she was sporting a short pair of bright-blue yoga shorts.

And a black push-up sports bra that did wonders for her boobs.

And the world just in general.

Holy shit.

I gulped as I became more and more irritated with the fact that my body was reacting as if it had never seen a girl without her shirt on before. “Blake, it’s great.”

“You sound bored!”

I had to, damn it! What did she want me to do? Sound interested? Turned-on? Intrigued? Curious? I was all those things. I just tried to ignorethe insanity bouncing around in my head and blurted, “Your boobs look really good. Perky, happy, just . . . awesome.”

Did I just call her boobs “happy”?

“You think?” She stared down at her breasts, then grabbed them.

Holy shit, was she seriously feeling herself up? I braced my hand against the door and sucked in a breath.

“They still feel comfortable,” she said.

“Do they?” I managed to choke out while she continued bouncing them a bit in her hands. Dear Lord, did she know what she was doing? Waving a flag in front of a bull. My jeans suddenly tight in all the wrong areas, I tried to envision Lex naked, anything to get my dick to clue in to the word “client,” meaning I was in a no-play zone.

Another first.

It was because I was hungry.

And Marissa? Melissa? Hadn’t satisfied me. I’d gotten off, and made sure she did too, but the entire experience left me feeling empty, bored, and—if I was being completely honest? A bit depressed. Besides, her tits paled in comparison. I had to wonder what the hell I’d been doing all my life if this was the first time I was having such a strong reaction to boobs.

Something about Blake had me wondering if I’d been satisfied at all up until this point. And I had no idea what the hell was so confusing about her, and about the situation. I was unable to put my finger on it, and the more I thought about it the more my head hurt.

Hunger does weird things to guys.

“Yeah.” More bouncing, then turning and staring in the mirror. I wasn’t sure what was worse. Her staring at her own boobs or touching them. “I’m just no good at this stuff. I didn’t grow up with a mom, and I hit puberty really early. The girls made fun of me, and the boys pointed.” Her shoulders slumped inward again.

Could we please go back to the bouncing? I was a fan of that Blake. The one that rolled up like an awkward armadillo? Not so much.

ABOUT RACHEL VAN DYKEN:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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