Sweet Haven Book Review

Sweet Haven (A Home Sweet Home Novel) by Shirlee McCoy

Publication Date: February 23, 2016

Publisher:Zebra

Source: NetGalley

Personal Thoughts: Sweet Haven was a new read for me as I have never read a book by this author and her style took a bit of time to get used to. It tells the story of Adeline (Addie) Lamont as she takes over her grandfather’s chocolate shop while he is recovering in the hospital after a fall. The story talks about how she is always struggling to make the world famous fudge recipe, her never ending to do list and new and unexpected adventures with the tenant that lives upstairs.

Sinclair Jefferson is back in town to do one thing and that is to clean the house that he grew up in and then he is leaving town. He doesn’t account for running into Addie and seeing the sparks that begin there. Throughout the story both get to know each other and their quirks and have to come to terms with their past baggage in order to move on in the future.

Although this was an enjoyable read and funny at times, there were times that the story dragged on and didn’t really capture my attention. There was a bit of a mystery in the plot however it didn’t really add to the story as I thought it would.

Overall a funny, quick read for those looking for a romantic read with great characters.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Heart of a Savage Sale Blitz

Title: Heart of a Savage
Author: Lashanta Charles
Genre: Romance — Contemporary, Sports

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Heart of a Savage by Lashanta Charles is on SALE for 99¢ through March 31st!

They call him THE SAVAGE PRINCE.

He told me to call him MY SALVATION.

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Bailey Ross-O’Malley has spent her whole life catering to others. She used to enjoy it. Until her father died. In an attempt to protect her, her father chose Connor to be her husband, but that was a mistake. Connor was supposed to love her, be her rock – but some rocks need to be tossed as far away as possible. She only has one source of happiness now, her son, and if Connor doesn’t get his way, he’ll take that joy from her as well.

MMA fighter, Dominic Prince, has only one mission in life: forget his past. Forget the pain, the drama, and the loss of things taken away from him too soon. He’s guarded and secretive and that’s the way he likes it. He was doing a damn good job of keeping it that way. Until her. Bailey showed up and Dominic’s life became a minefield. He can’t decide if he wants to kiss her or shake her, but he does know that he’ll fight to keep her safe. He’ll be as savage as he is in the octagon, outside of it.

Neither of them wants to accept it happening, but the past has a way of sneaking into the present. Hearts will be shattered and bonds will be broken. Will they survive it?

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As I lock the door Tyrese and one of The Isley Brothers are extolling the virtues of having a girl who loves them. Why the fuck did he think it was a good idea to team up with Tank and Ginuwine? Something small and soft touches my forearm and I barely resist the urge to jump a mile because, what the fuck, I see a hand. A hand with long, slender fingers and neon pink nail polish, sharp in its contrast to the smooth, mahogany skin. I follow an arm covered by a leather jacket to a face with big brown eyes, stretched wide as they look up at me, a small nose, and luscious lips. Her brown eyes are surrounded by long, dark lashes and arched eyebrows. They’re beautiful. She could be beautiful. She’s not though. There’s something blocking it and against my better judgment I want to know what it is. A beanie covers her head, but short black hair peeks out from one side. Those luscious lips move and I remember I still have my headphones on, but I also remember that since Janae, I hate being touched. I should really go talk to someone about these issues I’m having, but I’m a guy. Soooooo . . . I look back down at the hand that’s still on my forearm and she quickly pulls it back before dropping her gaze to the ground. I slip my headphones off just as she speaks again.

“I’m sorry. I was trying to ask you about the gym, but I knew you couldn’t hear me.”

And Junior has decided he likes her fucking voice. Soft and sweet and conveying utter innocence, even with her mumbling like she’s scared out of her mind. I would contribute that to my size, but she’s pretty tall for a chick. I’d say about 5’ 9” at least. Not to mention that chicks seem to be more turned on by my size than afraid of it. Being bigger means I can protect them. Not her though. I expect her to run for safety at any moment. She hasn’t made eye contact since I initially turned to her and she’s fidgeting. I take in her clothes, which look like they could be expensive, and I notice that she’s skinny as hell. No hips, no ass, no tits, just slim and athletic. So why in the hell is Junior stepping up to full throttle? The icing on the cake? I feel beads of pre-cum. Eleven months dry as the desert and this timid little boy-girl is un-manning me. That gets my blood boiling and for a second causes me to question my masculinity, which is totally unacceptable. Did I just say totally? This girl is destroying my vibe.

“What the fuck are you doing creeping around here this late at night?”

She squeaks. Literally jumps a foot in the air and squeaks like a scared little mouse. Granted, I did snap at her, but come on. Really? I glance around the parking lot and around the building. She can’t be out here by herself, but there is no one else and I don’t even see a car. When I look back at her, she’s hugging herself and slowly backing away. I reach out and grab her by both arms and she whimpers, her face a mask of terror. What the fuck?

“Please,” she begs. “I’m s-sorry. I-I only wanted to ask about the gym. I’ll leave. I promise.”

“You think I’m going to hurt you?” I try to keep the growl from my voice, but I can’t. Everything about this girl is irking the fuck out of me. Why would I want to hurt her and why in the hell is she so scared when she sought me out? She shrugs her shoulders in answer and although she tries to cower away, she doesn’t physically try to get free. Now I’m upset and confused. Either she’s scared or she isn’t. “I’m not going to hurt you. I’m going to let you go and you’re not going to run, okay? You’re going to tell me what you’re doing out here and why you’re alone.” She nods her head in agreement and I let her go. She keeps her eyes trained on the ground and that gets to me even more.

“How’d you get here?”

“I walked . . . from the bus.”

“Why?” The bus stop is roughly a quarter-mile from here. This isn’t a bad neighborhood, I made sure of that when I picked the location, but she’s a female and no place is really safe for her to be alone at night. But shit, why do I even care? Why does her being here, alone, unsafe, bother me so much?

“The gym.”

Captain Obvious. Of course she’s here for the gym. She’s literally at the gym. And why is she still mumbling? “Why?”

“I looked online. It said you have self-defense classes.”

At no point would I have considered that to be her reason. She’s asking about self-defense classes and yet she’s here alone this late at night. She risks a glance at me just as a pick-up truck pulls into the parking space in front of where we stand. I groan because I know that as scared as she is, it’s about to get ten times worse.

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LaShanta Charles was born and raised in the small town of Orangeburg, SC. She has always been an avid reader of all genres, but Romance has always been her true love and is what inspired her to pursue a writing career. In high school, she began letting her classmates read the short stories that she would write and based off of their feedback, her passion for writing pushed her to become a published author. She published her debut novel, Lovely Lies, in 2013 and released the sequel, Lovely Lies 2, in February 2014. Her third novel, Splitting Karma, was released in October 2014. She lives in Yelm, WA, with her husband and three children and also serves in the US Army. She’s a home body who enjoys SLEEPING, reading, SLEEPING, eating, SLEEPING, white chocolate mochas, SLEEPING, sexy alien romances, and of course, writing. Oh, and she hates spiders; they’re extremely creepy, why do they need eight legs??

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Echoes in Death Book Review

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

Publication Date:  February 7, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Source: Library

Synopsis: As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”…

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

Personal Thoughts: I was really looking forward to reading the latest In Death book in the series however this one was just an ok read. The plot line takes us through a story of different fictional characters in makeup (i.e. the devil, dracula, etc) as the culprit goes around killing people dressed up as a villain. It is up to Eve Dallas to find out why he is doing it and stop him before he picks the next target and it is too late.

Throughout the book, there are echoes (like in the title) that are parallel with Eve’s history of abuse and it is interesting to see how she deals with it now, compared to back in the beginning of the series. Overall, it was a great read but it didn’t really do much compared to some of her other books.

Rating: 3 1/2 /5 Stars

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly Book Review

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang

Publication Date: November 26, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books

Source: Borrowed from a friend

Synopsis:A Korean Charlotte’s Web

More than 2 million copies sold

This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command, only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild—and to hatch an egg of her own.

An anthem for freedom, individuality and motherhood featuring a plucky, spirited heroine who rebels against the tradition-bound world of the barnyard, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is a novel of universal resonance that also opens a window on Korea, where it has captivated millions of readers. And with its array of animal characters—the hen, the duck, the rooster, the dog, the weasel—it calls to mind such classics in English as Animal Farm and Charlotte’s Web.

Featuring specially-commissioned illustrations, this first English-language edition of Sun-mi Hwang’s fable for our times beautifully captures the journey of an unforgettable character in world literature.

Personal Thoughts: I was give this book as a recommendation and that I must read it. I had never heard of the author or seen the book before however, the description and the rave recommendation made me give it a chance.

It is the story of a hen who can no longer lay eggs as she is old but she does not know that. One day the owners can see that the hen is getting up there in age and is of no use to them so they try to cull it but the hen is  smart and escapes. There begins an epic story where the hen meets everyone in the yard and the barn, comes upon and guards a strange egg until it hatches and treats it as her own child. Through this whole story there are challenges, bullying, and a fire to become something more, give something back to a child that is technically not hers.

This story will open your eyes to show you just how far a person can go to get what they want and get their dream achieved. I would recommend this book to everyone and you will read it quickly as I read it in under 2 hours it was that good. It will make you think differently about the world around you. 🙂

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

Bzz Agent Pantene Pro-V Shampoo Review

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I recently received a sample of the Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Shampoo and Conditioner to review. After trying it for a couple of weeks I can now provide an accurate review. The shampoo and conditioner are wonderful on your hair and they smell great! They will leave your hair feeling silky smooth and the additional volume will make it easier to do any kind of hair style. With the additional volume it makes it seems as though you have more hair and you look great after blow drying and styling your hair.

This is a wonderful shampoo to try if you have never tried it before or if you want to change up your hair routine. It is recommended to use both shampoo and conditioner at the same time as your hair will not feel the same if you just use the shampoo (at least for me it doesn’t). I find that my hair is always better when I use both 🙂 Using this shampoo makes your hair look amazing and boosts your confidence even more. Give it a try 🙂

Firefly Cover Reveal

Title: Firefly
Author: Molly McAdams
Series: A Redemption Novel
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Releasing July 18th, 2017

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“I’m wrecked, ruined, destroyed, and in awe.” – #1 New York Times bestselling author, Rachel Van Dyken

The next captivating installment in New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams’s Redemption series.

As the Princess of the Irish-American Mob, there’s no shortage of men ready to help guard and protect me. To slowly suffocate me to the point of seeking freedom—a place where I can breathe.

Kieran Hayes has been saving me for as long as I can remember. It’s in his blood, and one of the many reasons I fell in love with him. Until my favorite trait became his biggest flaw, making me resent the man I love. An unwavering warrior, his love for me has been shrouded by those instincts.

Save Lily. Protect Lily. Hide Lily. Cage Lily.

What I wasn’t prepared for was Dare—the man who would set my world on fire with just one touch. He saw straight through to my soul, as though he knew I was desperate for freedom, and silently demanded my heart from the beginning.

And I didn’t expect Dare to be Demitri Borello—the reason for so many deaths in my family. A man who will take my life the moment he finds out who I am.

Despite it all, I’ll love him until that moment comes.

A fire will die if there is no oxygen for it to consume. Ours is rapidly stealing every last breath we can sacrifice to it.

 

***The Redemption series is a series of romantic suspense standalones***

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Title: Blackbird
Author: Molly McAdams
Series: A Redemption Novel
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Releasing February 28th, 2017

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“Dark, delicious, and sinfully sexy. Blackbird made me gasp, cry, swoon, and pant! This book has ALL the feels and McAdams has outdone herself once again!” – Molly E. Lee, author of the Love on the Edge series.

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From New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams comes a powerhouse romantic suspense that will have you questioning your morals and second guessing your view on love.

I live in a world few know exist. I’ve trained for this. I know what to say, what to do, and how to act. I’ve perfected the lethal calm required for this life.

Now it’s time to buy my first girl. But all it takes is one look at the brave girl who starts singing mid-auction for that calm to slip.

Briar Chapman is going to be the death of me, and I don’t care. I’ll take every day with her until that death comes, and I’ll welcome it when it does.

On the outside, Lucas Holt is what nightmares are made of. A man cloaked in darkness, with sin-filled eyes and an enticing grin. A devil so devastatingly beautiful and cruel that his very presence instills fear.

But beneath his terrifying, ever-calm exterior is an affectionate man haunted by a past that refuses to stay buried. And Lucas looks at me as though he’s finally found the only person who can make it all go away.

We’re a battle of the brightest day and the darkest night—and I want to lie in the wake of our war.

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Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

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