REVIEW HOT Ice by Lynn Raye Harris

ICE HOT Grace Campbell the daughter of United States Senator is a scientist creating a super virus that could destroy nations. When she is almost attacked outside her lab her father wants the best protection possible. Garrett “Iceman” Spencer is one the HOT specialist who didn’t join the elite black ops group to baby sit a spoiled senator’s daughter. As Garrett is sent to protect the princess he finds a shy woman who might be able to thaw his heart. I have read several HOT novels and each one has hot sex scenes, enough Alpha males to drive a sane women crazy, lots of action and more sex. What I have enjoyed about the HOT series is each book is its own entity so the reader can start on book three and know what is going on in book 7. The reader will never be lost because even the background mystery or story that started in book 5 carries forward with HOT’s men retelling with a different view points again keeping the reader updated so new readers to the series will not be lost. HOT ICE isn’t my favorite in this series because I feel the story disappeared when the characters jumped in the sack. The story instead revolved around each sexual encounter with a little story thrown in so you could remember why Iceman and Grace where found in different place to have sex. Lynn Rayed Harries knows how to write a sex scene there is no question about that but I really could have used more story. I felt the book was 85-90% sex. (Either the act, thinking or leading up to sex.) I almost felt lost in why they were running until it was mentioned because of the countless hot sex scenes. I like the HOT commanding officer Méndez best quote in the book that reflects the entire series. “Every F***ing time. If there’s a woman involved, you assholes loses your minds.” The writing style is what readers expect from Lynn Rayed Harries. Lots of snappy dialogue between Grace and Garrett which I found quite fun. Thankful there was enough reference to the movie bodyguard to make me realize this was Lynn Raye Harries personal version.  Lots of clinch moments that would have had me rolling my eyes if not for the reference to the movie bodyguard reminding me again this was her personal version. If you enjoyed the other books in the HOT series this is a can’t miss. Lots of steamy sex scenes to get the read though the long winter nights. Received as an Advance Copy for an Honest Review.

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Fashioned For PowerSnippet By Kathleen Brooks

Fashioned for Power Original Cover

Fashioned For Power by Kathleen Brooks

Book Description:

Allegra Simpson is the Vice President of Simpson Fashion and she’s always handled life like her mother taught her — with manners and a smile.  But Allegra learns being nice can get you in trouble as someone haunts her from the shadows and turns her life to one of secrets.  She fears she’ll never be able to have a relationship with Finn, because it would put everyone she loves in danger.

Finn Williams had a promising professional baseball career until an injury disrupted everything.  But Finn wouldn’t let that stop him.  He went to law school and started his own sports agency with the support of the Simpson family.  The only thing missing was Allegra’s love.  The chemistry between the two had been undeniable. But Finn knew there was something that Allegra is holding back from him. He just has to get her to trust him enough to tell him.

The man in the shadows is watching.  He’s always watching.  He knows Allegra’s every move. He’s been in her house, laid in her bed, and has plans to make her love him. She rejected him, but they are destined for each other. He’s seen her with Finn and knows this new man is no match for him. Soon she’ll come to see they are meant to be. Because if he can’t have her, then no one can.

Snippet:

As she headed back to her room, she looked back at the flowers. A card stuck out the side. She wondered if Finn had written something sweet or something naughty to her. Allegra grinned with anticipation as she reached for the red envelope and pulled out the white card. She turned it over. There was only one word written on it . . . Whore.
Allegra felt her knees give out as she collapsed on the floor. He was here. Harry was here. Clutching the phone, she struggled to enter her passcode. Her fingers shook and she kept hitting the wrong buttons. With every wrong number, she felt her vision blur. She struggled to breathe. Finally she entered the right numbers and called the only person who knew the truth.
“Damien, he’s here. He’s in New York.”

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Damn Harry. He was ruining friendships and relationships. It took her months just to trust Finn enough to tell him what was going on, and now she had the feeling that she got the brush-off tonight. She would have to talk to him tomorrow. Maybe Harry threatened him. Finn loved her; she knew he did. Threatening her was the only reason that Finn would back away from her. This relationship meant too much for her to sit back and do nothing as it fell apart.

“Here, honey, have a piece of pie. It’ll put a smile on that beautiful face,” her mother said as a slice of pumpkin pie was placed in front of her.

“Thank you, Mom,” Allegra smiled. She felt better. She wasn’t going to sit back and watch life happen to her. No, she was going to take a page out of her sisters’ book and go after what she wanted.

“You know what else will put a smile on your face . . .?”

“Shirley!” the women all groaned as Nate and Reid laughed. The bodyguard could only cringe.”

Book Comes out Monday January 19th

http://www.amazon.com/Fashioned-Power-Women-3-ebook/dp/B00PO36FUC
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/fashioned-for-power/id942130177?mt=11
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/fashioned-for-power/
https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kathleen_Brooks_Fashioned_for_Power?id=IC5pBQAAQBAJ&hl=en

Review HotShot

Book Review – HotShot – Julie Garwood

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Title: HotShot
Stars: 5 out of 5 I got this at my online library
Review:
I have never read Julie Garwood but I saw this book show up as a suggestion on my Library account so I thought sure why not it sounded interesting enough.
Peyton Lockhart graduated from a prestigious French Culinary school and got her dream job as a food critic but quickly finds out her dream job might not be what she wanted it to be. She quickly moves back home and runs into her childhood crush Finn MacBain at his brother’s wedding.
Seeing Finn again brings back that crush she once had on him and with 8 years different in age she figures he will never really notice her. He does notice the bullet holes in her car.
Than her Uncle offers her and her two sisters a chance to run his oceanfront resort but the catch is they need to be able to show a profit in one year to be able to keep the place?
Peyton finds life isn’t always what you plan it to be and sometimes you have to roll with the punches.
This was my first Julie Garwood book and boy she is into background details making sure the readers is invested into every characters she writes. Which I have a love hate relationship with because I would find myself lost in the details she created about each character.  However I love it because you never need to guess why someone is doing something.
Payton is a fun, sarcastic character that the reader cannot help but love and root for from the beginning to end of the book. Finn MacBain is your typical alpha male character with time entertaining moments but Payton steals the book.  The dialog in the book is fun quick and will keep the readers reading along with some sexy scenes as well.
I loved that Julie Garwood created secondary characters and flushed them out making them integrated into the story. I was excited that they didn’t bog down the story but kept it going and I found myself wanting to know happened to them.
The Villains are nasty and dark but Julie Garwood offset the darker parts of the book with real housewives moments/ characters that will drive the reader to laugh or crazy.
I really enjoyed the book and plan to read more from Julie Garwood in the future.

Review The Family Girl Katherine Brankin

Stars 4 out of 5
Review:
Every girl has her weakness Catalina Bennett isn’t any different with her endless Christian Louboutin shoes, extensive art collection and Faberge egg.  Catalina Bennett looks like a model with her long blonde hair and ice cold eyes but she is an assassin for Sicilian Famiglia.
Catalina’s last hit causes her trouble sending her into hiding with her brother, his daughter and her father Frank who prays he can keep Catalina safe from the CIA and his nosey neighbors.
Her handler send hers on a job, as payment she is given a fabulous Faberge egg for her collection, but instead of walking away the CIA is soon hunting her down and the agent just happens to be someone Catalina put a bullet in once Jim Campbell.
As she takes refuge in Chicago- Catalina begins putting together the puzzle that takes her from New York, Washington DC and finally to Miami where she is ready to settle all her affairs.
Where to start -The Family Girl by Katherine Brankin is like watching a movie with endless characters that caused the book to be drawn out losing its steam halfway through.  Catalina is described with cold eyes throughout the book and after a while I wanted to yell I got it she is a killer can we move on please.  Several times in the book you would get a glimpse that Catalina loves her brother, niece and father but then the reader would be sent to another character. I wished the author would have spent a little more time allowing the reader to feel a connection to any of the characters but she doesn’t give you enough time before she moves onto another scene.  The flow of the book was extremely choppy due to the parade of the different characters throughout the book.  If this was a movie it would be much easier because you can see each scene played out in front of you but as a book I would found myself lost having to reread certain pages to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
Sent to me from Netgalley

Goals for 2015

Goals for 2015

1. Read 75 books (I don’t see this one being too hard since I Have finished at lest four books in the last four days.)

2. Eat healthier.

3. Think about the future has a happy place and not frighting.

4. Focus on myself. (It isn’t selfish to focus on oneself if it is to better those around you.)

5. Look at therapy as a positive place where I can over come my fears. (IE Food, eating again.)

6. Try hard to be better than I was last year.

7. Realize I can’t fix everyone’s problems and I can’t make everyone happy.

8. Finish writing the book I have been working on for five years. (Will anyone read it but me? Nope because its just for me.)

9. Be willing to understand my mental health better and not shy away.

10. Hopefully spend one week not obsessing about missing my scale. (I miss my scale)

This all might seem like weird goals but to be honest most of the time my goals says Sing in public and read at least five books.  Those are easy and who doesn’t love easy.  These goals that will challenge me to be a better  mother, wife and a better me.

What I learned in 2014

1. Life isn’t fair and there is nothing we can do about it but find the positive.

2. Hiding your feeling are truly harmfully to your body, mind, spirit and those you love

3. Admitting I have a problem and accepting help

4. Watching people not give up on me no matter what.

5. You can’t choose your family but you can choose where you Live 😉 LOL

6. I love reading. I love all the amazing authors I have met this year and thank you for never teasing about my lack of spelling and grammar errors in my reviews. 🙂

7. Crying is OK and in fact it is healthy.

8. Telling someone I can sing, play the piano will have me doing just those things in public A LOT!

9.Telling someone you love and knowing they love you right back is simply amazing

10.Standing next to someone realizing you can’t take away their pain and suffering is the hardest thing.

I love life! I truly do everything about it is simply amazing.

Happy New Years

Reviewing Books

Something funny happened to be the other day. My husband asked me to read a short story from a friend of his on twitter and since every thing I read I review after I finished the 31 pages I quickly started to write a review.  I was trying hard to be kind but it was hard because the “Novelette” had potential but the author is unwilling to make changes.  The book was in desperate need of simple editing. I mean you can only use the word AND so many time in a sentence right?  As I wrote the review my husband asked me to be kind and if I couldn’t be kind than please do not write a review at all. OK I would like to say I was offended that he thought my reviews were not nice but lets face it I can be mean sometimes. So I thoughtfully wrote the review sending it to my sister’s blog that I write on because I am under just my first name there so it wouldn’t be traced back to my husband who is friends with this author and doesn’t want to hurt her feelings.

To make a long story short I asked my hubby to read the review of the 2 1\2 star “Novelette” and he thought it was very fair but still asked me not to place the review on my goodreads account.  Finally I told him that at some point someone other than friends will review this book and my review will look like a five star review next to others who will rip it apart.

The question I have to ask is When do you spare a persons feelings and when do you tell them the truth?

I personally would want to know right away if something I wrote and published was crap.  In fact I have been toying with the idea of writing for about a year and yesterday outlined a story I think would be fun to write. Will I published it? I have no idea but I am leaning towards no. Its easy to write but it takes real strength and courage to have someone else read it.