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Inevitable

Harmony #1 By: Angela Graham. Format: eBook. Read: March 2014.

Cassandra Clarke is enjoying the last few weeks of summer, before she begins her first teaching job. Running in the morning and organizing boxes full of old memoirs is how she spends her days, until gigantic moving trucks indicate a new neighbor is in town. Little does she know, her new neighbor is Logan West, a handsome, rich and strong man with a certain reputation among women. Will Logan’s son, Oliver, bring these two together or will Logan’s past be too much to handle?

This is a sweet, multi-layered debut novel by Angela Graham. Readers will be able to explore their own feelings and motives with each new depth revealed by the characters. The minor characters are just as vital to the story as the main couple and they will cause just as many strong emotions within readers.  Graham does a delightful job weaving her tale and balancing it through each of the characters. The beginning and ending are very fast paced, while the middle will have readers anxiously flipping to the next page. Inevitable is a sugary and promising start to this Harmony series.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Notes:

The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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The Lost Heir

(Dragonath Chronicles #1.) By: Andi O’Connor. Format: Paperback. Read: January 2014.

Darrak Hunter is just your typical college student that strives for perfection in every aspect of his life, except for taking the time to clean his room. However life as he knows it, changes suddenly when he starts having dreams of a town with a purple sun. As the characters from his dreams become reality, he is whisked away to the planet of Dragonath, where he learns he is the true heir to the world. Darrak and his new friends must risk their lives in order to save their planets.

The Lost Heir provides a thrilling and intriguing start to the Dragonath Chronicles. Readers will be quickly swept up in the race to save Earth and Dragonath. The author describes the planet and sky in vivid detail. The characters each face their own challenges, while growing individually and as a group.  The pace of the plot is slow at times, due to the explanations which set-up the premise for the whole series, while the characters appear to accept their circumstances a bit too quickly sometimes. Overall this novel is a must read for fans of the fantasy/sci-fi genre.

This book is an easy, fun read. The flow leans towards a young adult book, but it is definitely enjoyable by readers of all ages. I am very excited and anxious to see what happens next with Darrak and his entourage.
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Notes:

The author of this book provided a copy for me to review. To learn more about this book and her work, please visit her website.

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My Sister’s Books #29

The Anatomist’s Apprentice

By: Tessa Harris

Dr. Thomas Silkstone is in London and is one of the top anatomists in town. His services are called upon by Lydia, who is desperate to solve her brother’s murder. Sir Edward Crick’s murder has stirred the rumor mill into action, yet there doesn’t seem to be anyone who cares he is gone. The main suspect is Lydia’s husband and it is up to her and Dr. Thomas Silkstone to figure out the truth.

The Anatomist’s Apprentice mixes science and romance and places them in the midst of the Georgian Era in London, England. Though the details can be a bit morbid and unpleasant, the romance is surprising and very fitting to the tale. The book starts off very slow, but by the second half the readers are entranced in the multiple puzzles and deaths that pile up. Fans of forensic science and medical mysteries will enjoy this historic thriller.

Notes:
This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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My Sister’s Books Review #27

The Bullet Catch
By: Lynn Hodges

Detective Logan Hawthorne Michaels runs a special company that excels in discovering the truth by using unique talents of each of their employees. For Logan Michaels, he enjoys using the power of deception that he learned through magic to weave his way to the truth. Hence the phone call that he received, asking for his expertise to help solve the mystery behind the Amazing Gregor’s death. Amazing Gregor is a talented magician who aims to please the crowds by catching a bullet in his teeth. Unfortunately for him, the trick fails and brings about instant death. When part of his crew disappears out of thin air, detective Logan and the local police are taken on a wild ride.

The Bullet Catch is the first book in the magical detective series by Lynn Hodges. It starts with a bang and will keep readers guessing right up until the very end. The story is told through several different points of view, which can be confusing at times, especially when there is a plethora of characters introduced in the beginning. However readers will enjoy playing the guessing game, as they figure out the truth behind this disastrous magic act. The writer uses his experience in magic to bring the trickery alive in this book, which is a promising start to a hopefully intriguing series.

Similar Authors:
Scott Jenkins, John Bohannon, Lesley Cookman

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This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

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Moon Song Cover Reveal

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Synopsis:
Salem Keats has a plan. Finish her studies at Loyola as quickly as possible, prove to the Louisiana Child Custody Division that she has what it takes to care for her twin siblings Jasper and Margaret, and envelope herself in the strains of music that she creates with her violin. Then her lawyer delivers a 1, 2 punch by telling her that it would be best if she could show the judge that she is in a stable relationship.

Wyatt Crane has watched the girl who lives across the street for two years. When Salem gave him the cold-shoulder her first day in the neighborhood, he thought that would be enough to put him off her. Instead, when Salem shows up asking for his help it’s all he can do to remain aloof. One look into her tired eyes though, and he knows that this is the beginning of his end.

Brantley Howard spent a full year living under the same roof with Salem when they were teenagers. He knows her better than anyone else, and while Salem has placed him firmly within the friend zone, he longs to be all she will ever need. He’ll do whatever it takes.

When she’s forced to choose, what choice will Salem make?

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Executive Sweet

Westerly #1. By: Sage Ardman. Format: eBook. Read: September 2013.

Kay Samson is excited to finally start working after graduating college as Valedictorian and receiving her MBA. She worked hard to get straight A’s, but she also piled up a large amount of student loans. She knows her life is about to change, because she is going to be able to use all of her knowledge and work her way up in the Yorick Corporation. Unfortunately for her, the CEO is known as the Playboy around town and it seems Kay’s impressive good looks have made it to the top of the food chain. Her first day orientation is delayed and she is directed to the top floor to speak to Dan Avery, Mr. Playboy CEO, himself. Dan Avery is not your typical CEO that was born into the highly wealthy and famous Westerly family, since he has worked hard to make it to the top. Dan has been in search for the perfect, killer partner to plan out a few distraction games and he knows Kay is the one, just so long as she accepts. Will their games flow smoothly, or will the game cost them everything?

Sage Ardman weaves a tale straight from the fantasy of corporate romance. Executive Sweet is a contemporary romance with a taste of business suspense. Each new distraction game not only increases the financial opportunity, but it also increases the inner-debate within the main characters. The book starts off a bit slow, but quickly picks up at heated pace. Kay comes across as the perfect woman, not only extremely smart, but incredibly beautiful too. Though these are not necessarily attributes most women will relate to, her struggles to accept herself and the morality of the games will give readers a question to ponder: How far would they go to bring down the bad guy and pay off their debt? Executive Sweet is a tantalizing start to the Westerly series.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book. The first chapter had me wondering just how much spice would be involved in this high-stakes corporate game. Each “game” amped up the heat factor, without crossing the line into the popular, provocative world of BDSM. Though some women readers may not approve of Kay using her body to the company’s advantage, they will appreciate her using her brains to come out on top.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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Thirty-Two Going on Spinster Blog Tour

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Blurb:
Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her job, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie.

With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.

But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?(

About Author:

By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last… but it probably won’t.

Becky runs a large on-line book club called “This Chick Reads”. Check it out on Facebook!

Author’s Links:
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◦Website: https://www.32goingonspinster.com/

Book Links:
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Winners will be announced during the Facebook party on Saturday, September 14, 2013 @ 5:00pm EDT.

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On Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm EDT – 4:00 pm EDT, the Celestial Book Divas will be hosting a special text-only Skype chat with author Becky Monson. If you would like to participate, please email celestialbookpromo@gmail.com with your Skype ID and your questions for the author. Remember this will be a text based chat!

Facebook Party will be held September 8, 2013-September 14, 2013.

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Right and Left Grand

Darla King #1. By Rosalee Richland. Format: eBook. Read: August 2013.

Darla King is an ex-criminal investigator, who is still coping with the tragic loss of her husband five years ago. In order for her and her daughter to remain connecting to his family she moves to Texas where she is reunited with her former passion, square dancing. With her daughter in college, Darla has become a square dance caller, which is a rarity for females, but she is loving each and challenge the clubs and dances bring her way. That is until one club member discovers an unconscious man dressed in a square dancer’s outfit on his property and the local police are trying to pass it off as a simple car-jacking. It is up to Darla and her three best friends to figure out the real reason behind this mysterious man’s attack.

Right and Left Grand is a cozy mystery with square dancing galore. Fans of square dancing will enjoy the insider’s view to what it takes to be a caller, while square dancing novices will learn several steps. The story starts out a bit slow, with the real mystery not appearing until the halfway mark, but the straightforward writing style makes it an easy read. The entire novel is told through Darla’s perspective, which allows readers to connect to her fears, apprehensions, and enjoyments, through her inner thoughts. Readers will look forward to seeing what Darla and her friends get into next.

When I started reading this book, I knew absolutely nothing about square dancing, so it was intriguing to read about it. What about you? Are you a fan of square dancing?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her series, please visit her website.

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My Sister’s Books #20

Bella Fortuna
By: Rosanna Chiofalo

Valentina DeLuca, her two sisters and their Mom, own and run the wedding dress boutique, Sposa Rosa. Everyday these four women help brides find their perfect dress, but now it Is Valentina’s turn. She has spent several months creating her unique wedding gown and she can’t wait to shock everyone with the style. Unfortunately though, she might not get the chance. After a string of misfortunes and bad luck signs that her mother feels are a curse, Valentina decides to leave everything behind and go to Venice for a few weeks. It is there amongst the majestic beauty, the charming atmosphere and the delectable food, that Valentina slowly re-discovers herself.

This debut novel by Rosanna Chiofalo is exquisite. Readers will be caught up in all of the details of the sights and food of Venice. Though the book is written in English and takes place mostly in New York, there are several Italian phrases throughout, some easy to understand, others may need to be looked up. Readers will laugh, they will cry and they will be wishing to board the next plane to Italy, just to eat the food. Thankfully there are recipes in the back of the book. This must-read book is a beautiful tale of how staying true to yourself will allow you to accept both love and luck when they appear right in front of you.

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Dream Student

Dreams #1. By: J.J. DiBenedetto. Format: eBook. Read: July 2013.

Sara Barnes is just your average junior in college, that is until she starts remembering her dreams. Unfortunately for Sara, she is no longer just remembering her own dreams, but other people’s dreams too. Sara realizes she is seeing other people’s dreams, some pleasant, like that boy who goes to her school dreaming about her, others horrific, reliving a guy’s dream where he brutally murders a young girl. Sara is frantic she doesn’t know what to do, much less why she has this ability to see these dreams. All she knows is that the boy’s name is Brian and he and her best friend Beth are going to help her catch the murder.

Written as a constant stream-of-consciousness that jumps from dreams to reality, makes this book an intriguing read. Readers get to experience the dream with Sara, but then they can relate to her feelings afterwards. The story starts off with a bit of a slow pace, but it quickly picks up and turns into a nail-biting race against time, with a hint of romance in between. This book covers some horrific topics, but does so without going into the nitty-gritty details. The ending will leave readers reaching for the second book, just to see what happens next with Sara.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the fact that Sara had to set her own course through this hard to believe dream jumping talent of hers, however she had the strength and support from Beth and Brian that kept her alive. This was a unique story and I am looking forward to reading more.

As for dreams, I can remember some of mine with lots of details, whereas with others I can only remember the feeling. What about you? Do you remember all of your dreams? What would you do if you suddenly found yourself inside of someone else’s dream?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The author of this book provided a copy for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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