Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Safe by the Marshall's Side (Witness Protection Series): By Shirlee McCoy

      Safe by the Marshal's Side is the first Shirlee McCoy book that I have read.  This book was a free download on Amazon when I picked it up, and for a free read it was a good one.  The book is about Annie, a widowed mom in the witness protection program and Hunter, the U.S. Marshal tasked with keeping her safe until trial. There is a little action, some suspense and a sweet romance with a good story line to keep the pages turning.
      I didn't notice any errors while reading this one. Which is unusual for a free read. I was impressed. Also there is NO sex, or foul language or gritty violence. It is classified as "inspirational romance" which basically means that it involves more God and religion than kisses and naughty pages. The characters and emotions are well developed. This was a great download. The only thing I noticed that I did not like, was the cliffhangers. It seems that the only thing wrapped up in this book is the romance. The plot and back story carry on to the other books. This makes it hard to read stand-alone.

Harlequin shows them listed like this. Though, I believe this is reverse reading order.
Witness Protection
Undercover Marriage: by Terri Reed
Family in Hiding: by Valerie Hansen
Top Secret Identity: by Sharon Dunn
Stolen Memories: by Liz Johnson
The Baby Rescues: by Margaret Daley
Safe by the Marshals Side: by Shirlee McCoy

GENRES: christian romance
WARNINGS:  religion, biblical references
AGES: 15+

Thanks and Happy Reading!

Friday, June 20, 2014

The KGI Series: By Maya Banks

  It's official. I have a new favorite series. Maya Banks is a long time favorite of mine and her KGI Series adds to that. Currently there are 8 KGI books and a novella, but the story is still growing. The ninth book, When Day Breaks, is due to release on the 24th and I'm excited, to say the least. I have already read each of the others twice, and could probably read them again before the next one comes out.
   KGI: Kelly Group International is a private protection/rescue agency owned by the 6 Kelly brothers Sam, Garrett, Ethan, Donovan, and twins Nathan and Joe. So far 5 of the brothers have their own book, the rest of the books are other team leaders and part of the extended Kelly family. Each book is packed with action. There is all the great stuff I love like, kidnapping, gunfights, helicopter crashes, and so on, with the addition of a great romance. Each book tells it's own story and could be read alone, but they are so hard to put down you move onto the next one when you finish. I love this family and their stories so so much. I am excited that When Day Breaks is almost out, but I only have four days and now I want to read these again before it's released!

The KGI Series:
1. The Darkest Hour (Ethan)
2. No Place to Run (Sam)
3. Hidden Away (Garrett)
4. Whispers in The Dark (Nathan)
5. Echoes at Dawn (Rio)
5.5 Softly at Sunrise (Ethan 2)
6. Shades of Gray (P.J and Cole)
7. Forged in Steel (Steel)
8. After The Storm (Donovan)
9. When Day Breaks (Swanny) (Release date: 06/24/14)

GENRES: contemporary romance, romantic suspense
WARNINGS: graphic violence and sex
AGES: 18+
SERIES: Yes!!!

 Thanks and Happy Reading.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Coulda Been a Cowboy: By Brenda Novak (Dundee, Idaho Series)

     I have long been a fan of Brenda Novak, but Coulda Been a Cowboy is much different than other books of hers I have read. Previously, I had read her summer "Heat" series, three books about a private investigation agency. Lots of murder, crime and suspense. Coulda Been a Cowboy, is most definitely not like those.  Coulda Been a Cowboy is about a famous NFL Player, Tyson, and all the whirlwind and scandal surrounding him and his new son. The only thing this book seems to have in common with the others is the romance, and the fact that it was a great read.
   Coulda Been a Cowboy is the eighth book in the Dundee, Idaho Series but it reads great stand alone. This is the only book I have read from the series and I don't feel that I missed anything "need to know" in the others. I only want to read them now to get to know some of the characters more. (And because once I start a series I tend to obsess until I know everything I can about them,  *sigh*.)
   Every Brenda Novak book gives you those great characters that I love. Also, even thought this book doesn't really have any action, the plot keeps moving enough to keep you interested, with drama, scandal, and a blooming love.  There is some sex in the book, but it is not very graphic and doesn't go on for pages and pages. And there is some drinking, but again it's not pages after pages of parties. I didn't notice any grammatical errors. Overall,  I really enjoyed this book, it is very well balanced.  In think my favorite part of the book is Grandpa Garnier. Grandpa Garnier passed away before the time of the book, but each chapter starts with a great wise cowboy quote from him. It literally had me laughing out loud a few times. Oh, and did I mention that this book was a free download on Amazon when I caught it? It was, and I absolutely love a great read even more when it's free!!!  

Here's what I've found on the rest of the series.

Dundee, Idaho Series:
1. A Baby of Her Own
2. A Husband of Her Own
3. A Family of Her Own
3. A Home of Her Own
5. Stranger in Town
6. Big Girls Don't Cry
7. The Other Woman
8. Coulda Been a Cowboy
8.5 That Christmas Feeling

GENRES: Contemporary romance
WARNINGS:  Some sex and drinking
AGES: 18+ (maturity level)

I'll leave you with one of those wise quotes:
"Never squat on your spurs." -Grandpa Garnier

Thanks and Happy Reading!