November 2017 Review Roundup!

Gold StarsI’m instituting a new tradition here. Pay attention all you authors! Because I realize just how FREAKING important reviews are to my own success, I realized (duh) they are equally important to others who labor at this thing we call *writing* for fun and profit.

In November I read and reviewed eight books. That’s two a week, on average. If I can do this, and make it to my day job on time, and get my ghostwriting projects done, and get Book 2 in my Salt Water Scars series back in the pipeline – so can you!!

People – Read some books! And then post a review if you like the book. (If you don’t like the book, do like your grandmother told you — “If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all!”)

Here are my November Reviews:

1] Mated to The Warewolf King, by Alena Des
(*****) Witches! Priestesses, Strange cave creatures all coexisting in a fantastic, magical world!! Add one irreverent hybrid teenager named Belle, a whole lot of unexpected romps through the challenges of discovering who and what she is, stir in some *heavy petting*, and you have Mated to the Werewolf King. It’s a fun read that I can recommend if you’re into paranormal romance.
Amazon Review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R1ME9FO2TLNCAA?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl
GoodReads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2181130913

2] Beating Hearts, by Diana Lucretia-Stanhope
(*****) The opening reminded me a little bit of Interview with the Vampire, but in this case, the vampire has as much interest in his interviewer as she has for him – which isn’t safe! Their curiosity and fantasies build throughout this slow-burn story. This is a great psychological page turner, with some serious danger, chemistry, and sexy heat! I loved it!!
Amazon Review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2F3HMMSKE4CCV/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8
GoodReads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2181130913

3] Harvest of Sin, by Jordan Shay and Ella Nash
(*****) Harvest of Sin, by Jordan Shay and Ella Nash, turns the traditional Amish Romance genre on its head in the most delightful way! The first chapter opens with a bang (pardon the pun), and then moves right along from there. The main character, Anna, is a foul-mouthed, irreverent, and (might I say) lusty lass, who spreads her love around between two hard-core lovers in ways expanding on the purely Biblical. (One; a red blooded, corn-fed Amish man who wants to do right while doing wrong, and the other; a guy who does wrong at every turn while thinking of ways to steal her away from the 19th century.) She’s a girl caught between centuries; her bonneted mother’s home-made apple pie and something approaching Fifty Shades of Dirty Amish Laundry. Good Lord!
I have lived alongside Amish families. I have wondered what the heck went through their heads. Now – I fear – I might have a better idea. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS. 5 stars.
Amazon Review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RHXFBIIJA448O/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8
Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2181986145?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

4] Fallen from Grace: A Fight for Light Crossover novel, by Nikki Landis
(*****) “The five realms consisted of Heaven, Hell, the Garden, the human world, and the valley of the descendants. Linked by a portal, connecting the human world and the valley, only descendants and Angels had the freedom to cross over its barrier unscathed…”
Bash lives between worlds – the supernatural and the human. In the human realm he caught a fleeting glimpse of Emily, and from there, everything went sideways.
I didn’t expect to like this book b/c Paranormal is hard to do. There’s little new under the stars, but Nikki Landis accomplishes something entirely new with this one. I won’t give the ending away because you should read this!
(On top of the general creative high marks, I should also note the prose is well-written, the plot engaging, the dialogue believable.) Well-done! 5-Stars!
Amazon Review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R34AXOATCGGIGF/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8
Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2183023871?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

5] Isle of OZ: An Accidental Adventure, by R.T. Graham
(****) Graham’s Isle of Oz is a fun, light-hearted adventure through the South Pacific, with plane crashes, pirates, and Navy Commandos who keep the action moving and the stakes high. There’s also a little bit of teasing tension between the main characters – who mix like oil and water from the outset – but who develop a reliance and mutual respect over time. A good quick read that will make you want to take a cruise instead of flying, ever again.
Amazon Review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R14IB0AUHHPX6Z/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv
Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2188208203?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

6] Those Last 10 Pounds (Harriet and the adventure series), by R.M. Kelly
(****) A very quick, spicy read with tons of fun innuendo and kindle melting steam. Hard bodies, actresses, and tongue tempting smoothies? What could go wrong? I enjoyed this one. And now I need to go to the gym and find my own Colton to limber up with!
Amazon Review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RL0OIJ0DE8YCR/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv
Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2190455721

7] That One Small Omission, by Anna Belle Rose
(****) A light-hearted, easy-to-read little book about love-at-first-sight that goes sideways before it has a chance to *take*. Andre and Maggie keep getting thrown together by the Universe (who clearly wants to see them together), but they just keep tripping all over themselves to screw it up every time.
What the book lacked in high-stakes conflict or any real antagonists, it made up for with a cast of likable, relatable characters who you can’t help but root for (even if you think they’re over-thinking everything and trying a little too hard to be *perfect*).
This is a respectable debut! I expect to see more titles soon from this promising new talent.
Amazon Review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3LDS539KGTCLP/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1978167547
GoodReads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2197327575

8] Adam’s Witness, by J.C. Paulson
(*****) This is book departs far and wide from any typical Romance *trope*, and that’s a very, very good thing. J.C. Paulson has contrived a story that’s real, timely, necessary, relevant to these difficult times, and damn hard to put down. “Adam’s Witness” takes on controversial topics like prejudice, hypocrisy, child abuse, the abuse of power, and more. I read a lot of books in the Romance category, from a lot of new authors. It’s rare that I actually find one that I don’t want to put down. This one kept me up all night, two nights in a row. I look forward to more work by this author. 5 stars! (If I could give more, I would.)
Amazon Review: https://www.amazon.com/review/REANCSMKSY9GK/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv
GoodReads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2199488445

And there you have it folks.
Now, if you truly want to be a friend of mine, go have a peek at my book, read it. If you like it, PLEASE, leave me a review. THANKS!

 

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