Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Littlest Cowboy (The Texas Brands Book 1); By Maggie Shayne

I often brag on Maggie Shayne and The Littlest Cowboy just gives me more to talk about. Shayne flawlessly combines all of my favorite attributes in a book. She gives us a lot of amazing characters with great personalities and physical descriptions. Then there is the deep suspense, a ton of action, and a great romance. When Shayne tells you a story, you’re there. You can feel the tension and smell the gunpowder.
The book and the entire series are “romantic suspense” so my warnings for them seem obvious. There is graphic violence, a lot, in many forms. Also, it contains graphic language and some sex. The sex isn't extremely graphic, nor is there a lot of it but it is there. Last, this is not a light fun happy read. It's tense and emotion packed. I know I had a tear or two come to eye. 
The Littlest Cowboy is the first novel in The Texas Brands Series. The Series revolves around the Brand family, brothers Garrett, Wes, Elliot, Adam, and Ben and their sister Jessi and a bunch of cousins. I really loved this book, and want to get the rest of the series! Oh, and this was a FREE download for Kindle on Amazon.

**UPDATE 3/17/15** I have now read this ENTIRE series and I love all of the book as much as I did the first one. Each book brings you a new story with new love, tension, and suspense but still involves the other characters as well. Each book can be read stand alone, but you will want to read them all!

The Texas Brands:
The Littlest Cowboy (Garrett)
The Baddest Virgin in Texas (Jessi)
Badlands Bad Boy (Wes)
The Husband She Couldn't Remember: republished as, Lone Gone Lonesome Blues (Ben)
Texas Guardian (Marcus)
The Baddest Bride in Texas: Republished as, Lone Star Lonely  (Adam)
The Outlaw Bride (Elliot)
Texas Angel (Sarah)
Texas Homecoming (Luke)

The Texas Brands have a strand of cousins who have their own connected series.
The Oklahoma All- Girl Brands:
The Brands Who Came for Christmas
Brand –New Heartache
Secrets and Lies
A Mommy for Christmas
One Magic Summer
Sweet Vidalia Brand


The Littlest Cowboy is available free for Kindle when I caught it, check to see if it’s still free here.
To check for other device/retailers with free downloads and everything else Maggie Shayne, visit her website.

GENRES: romantic suspense,  contemporary western
WARNINGS: graphic violence, and language. Some sex
AGES: 18+
SERIES:Yes


Thanks and Happy Reading!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Deathwatch, A Broslin Creek Novel: by Dana Marton

   I know I have been on a thriller/ suspense kick lately and Deathwatch by Dana Marton is the latest one I've read. This was a great book. It is like ice cream with all my favorite sprinkles on top such as, explosions, killers, car chases, fight scenes, and of course romance.  And the cherry on top of that, it was a free download for Kindle when it snagged it.
   Marton has you hooked from the first line, literally. The first line is,  "Kate Bridges thought attending her own funeral would be the hardest part." I mean, how can you stop after that. I couldn't. I had to know what the hardest part would be. The book keeps you guessing, and turning pages through all the tension, danger and action. 
   Deathwatch is the first installment in the Broslin Creek series. The Broslin Creek series is a collection of books revolving around the small town of Broslin Creek, of course. Deathwatch read very well stand alone, and I'm sure the rest are just as good.  My warnings for this stay in line with the genre. Graphic violence, language and some sex. 

The Broslin Creek Series
Deathwatch
Deathscape
Deathtrap
Deathblow
Broslin Bride


 To pick this up for free on you Kindle click here. 
For more on Dana, and links to other retailers visit her website


GENRES: romantic suspense.
AGES: 18+
WARNINGS: graphic violence, language, some sex (not extremely graphic) . 
SERIES: yes

Thanks & Happy Reading.
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Deathwatch

Friday, September 5, 2014

Dream of Danger: By Maggie Shayne

            Maggie Shayne is another one of my favorite authors. I will read anything with her name on it, as soon as I get one I read it. And it seems I’m not the only one as many times as she is on the big bestsellers lists. Dream of Danger is A Brown and De Luca novel, revolving around Homicide Detective Mason Brown and author Rachel De Luca.
            Dream of Danger is true to Shaynes style. It has great characters, tons of suspense, a dash of romance, and a hint of the paranormal thrown in on top all wrapped up and written fabulously. I loved this book and hope to get my hands on the rest of the Brown and De Luca novels.
            My warnings for this book are graphic violence, action and language. As in the title Danger is everywhere else in the book too. There’s no sex in Dream of Danger, just the implied memories. I can’t say for sure about the others.
The book has them listed like this:

Brown and De Luca
Sleep with the Lights On
Dream of Danger
Wake to Darkness

To download free for Kindle click here.
For more on everything Maggie visit her site at maggieshayne.com

GENRES:  suspense, romantic suspense
WARNINGS:  graphic violence, and scary stuff J
AGES:  16+
SERIES: yes


Thanks and Happy Reading!
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The Laurel Heights Series by Kate Perry

If you are looking for a light fun read, the books of the Laurel Heights series by Kate Perry will do the trick. I have read book 4, Looking for You and 5, Dream of you. I really liked both of them. Laugh out load funny with romance and great characters.
            Laurel Heights is an upper crust community/ shopping district in San Francisco (fictionally, of course) and the series revolves around the shop owners and their crazy lives. From what I can tell, all the shop owners are bas ass females ruling the world, or well their stores at least. Perry does a great job with these girls and all the rest of the characters. You can picture them in your head and feel their distinct personalities. The books are written from multiple view points, giving you even more insight into what’s going on in the neighborhood.
            My main warning for this series is graphic sex, but not enough to classify this as erotica. Also, this is a rather large series of books. Each book can be read alone, but you may get wrapped up in the world of Laurel Heights.
According to the back pages of Dream of You the Laurel Heights series goes like this:
Perfect for You
Close to You
Return to You
Looking for You
Dream of You
Sweet on You
Tamed by You
Here with You
All for You (novelette)
Mad About You
Loved by You

For more on everything Kate Perry visit her website at  www.kateperry.com

GENRES: romance, romantic comedy
WARNINGS:  some graphic sex.
AGES: 18+
SERIES: YES and it’s big one. ^

 


Thanks & Happy Reading!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Grave Danger: By Heather Graham

     Heather Graham is one of my long time favorite authors. I will read anything with her name on it,  without reading the synopsis. And of course, she didn't let me down. Grave Danger is A Love is Murder short story.
   Grave Danger was great. Really short story, but very well written. It has a great plot full of action and suspense, with a little love and a serial killer. Graham wraps up the story well in the end, leaving us with no cliff hangers and a happy ending. The characters aren't as well defined as in a full length novel, but you still get a pretty good sense of Ali and Greg, and Graham fills that space with some nail biting tension to make up for it.
   My warning for Grave Danger is violence. There is no sex or partying. Just a serial killer on the loose with a little bit of the paranormal mixed in for fun. I didn't notice any grammatical issues either.

 From what I can gather on the world wide web, Love is Murder is a suspense collection containing works by thirty New York Times bestselling authors (such as Sandra Brown & Heather Graham) and some new kids on the block.
Some of the titles mentioned are:
Old Moonlight
Poisoned
Speechless
Lockdown
Spiders Tango
Night Heat
B A D Mission
Deadly Fixation
Hot Note
Last Shot
Grave danger
Without Mercy
Even Steven


Grave Danger was a free promotional download on Amazon for Kindle. Direct Link
For more on Heather Graham check out her site.

GENRES:  suspense, romantic suspense, thriller.
WARNINGS: violence, scary stuff
AGES: 16+
SERIES:  no, a collection.



Thanks & Happy Reading!
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hot Pursuit: A Hostile Operations Team novel; By Lynn Raye Harris

    Hot Pursuit (A Hostile Operations Team novel) by Lynne Raye Harris was a GREAT free download. I really enjoyed this book. It has great characters, both in their physical attributes and personalities. Plus, it has a great story line with lots of action and romance. And did I mention it was free?
    Hostile Operations Team, or HOT, is a top secret special forces unit of the Army staffed by sexy bad-asses, of course. The guys in the team,  Matt, Sam, Billy, Kevin, Jack, Nick and Garrett each get their own book. Hot Pursuit is Matt's book and the first in the seven book series.
    My warnings for the  HOT novels are graphic sex, language and graphic violence. There is a ton of action, fight scenes, shoot outs, kidnapping and explosions and it all ties together smoothly. The story line was really good as well, and it kind of rang close to home for me. Not only because I have an obsession for men in uniforms or dog tags, but because of the small town and first love.  I won't say anymore and be a spoiler. Overall, I really loved this book. Great characters, great action and no grammatical errors that I noticed. I will be looking into getting the rest of the series.

Hostile Operations Team:
Book 1: Hot Pursuit (Matt)
Book 2: Hot Mess ( Sam)
Book 3: Hot Package ( Billy)
Book 4: Dangerously Hot ( Kevin)
Book 5: Hot Shot (Jack)
Book 6: Hot Rebel ( Nick) [release date 9/29/14]
Book 7: Hot Ice (Garrett) [release date 12/29/14]



As I said above, Hot Pursuit was available as a free promotional download for Kindle on www.amazon.com when I picked it up. Direct link 
For more about the HOT books and everything Lynne Raye Harris visit her website at : http://lynnrayeharris.com/


GENRES: romance, romantic suspense
WARNINGS:  graphic sex, language and violence
AGES: 18+
SERIES:   yes



Thanks & Happy Reading!
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Other Side of Us: by Sarah Mayberry

    I have finished reading The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry, and I loved it. There are a lot of intense emotions but they are covered up with humor. This book was hilarious. It took me a couple chapters to realize that the story is happening in Australia. Once I did, the characters took on an Aussie accent and the story became even funnier. We all say "LOL" so much lately, but Mayberry actually had me Laughing Out Loud numerous times through the book. Consider this fair warning before you start reading this at work, or school or anywhere else reading is probably not appropriate, you'll get caught.
  Also, I loved the characters. They are very well developed. You get a very good sense of their physical attributes as well as their personalities.Which seems to be a hard thing for some writers to accomplish, Mayberry does it fabulously.  The are the two main characters, hero Oliver and heroine Mackenzie, as well as two canoodling canine co-stars who will keep you laughing throughout the novel.
   I only have one warning for this novel other than the "bursting out laughing" and it's sex. There is quite a bit of it and some of it's graphic. However, it's not too bad. Not pages and pages of the same love scene. There's no heavy drinking, drugs, or religion. Just comedic romance.  I'm not sure if I paid for this book or if it was a free download, but if I did pay for it, it was worth it.

To find out more about Sarah Mayberry and her books visit her site at www.sarahmayberry.com

GENRES: romance, comedic romance
WARNINGS: some graphic sex... oh and laugh out loud moments.
AGES: 18+
SERIES: nope




Thanks & Happy Reading!
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