Friday, June 23, 2017

THE FRIAR by Samantha A. Cole

Title:  THE FRIAR
Series:  N/A
Author:  Samantha A. Cole
Publish Date:   05.25.2017
Publisher:  Samantha A. Cole
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  A
Received from:  Samantha A. Cole (as an ARC gifted copy)
Goodreads link: The Friar
Date completed: 06.17.2017

Description from the publisher:
Adam Westfield gave his heart, mind, body, and soul over to God and entered the Franciscan Brotherhood, but a moment of rage had him breaking his vows and one of the Ten Commandments. Five years later, he’s released from prison a changed man once again. Unsure of his destiny now, he hits the road, roaming the United States, hoping to find a purpose in life again . . . and forgiveness.

A widowed mother of two, Sage Hammond is doing everything she can to hold onto the horse-breeding ranch that had belonged to her husband’s family for generations, but times are tough and she’s just barely getting by. Unable to find a ranch hand willing to work for meager wages, she thinks all may be lost and she will have to sell. Until a quiet, handsome stranger appears to be an answer to her prayers.

Adam is falling in love for the first time in his life, however, strange things begin to happen at the ranch—things that are putting Sage and her children in danger—and he finds he is willing to sell his soul to protect them. But will it be enough?

A man trying to overcome his past. A woman trying to secure her children’s future. Can they both learn to live in the present and discover that second chances do exist?

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THE FRIAR is a stand-alone novel and not related to any series currently in production.

This is different from Samantha’s series in many ways.  There is no team to rely upon.  That is a completely different dynamic to write.  She has done it superbly!

I loved the characters – good and evil.  Each was unique with great back stories to add to the world that was being created.  I also loved that I was kept guessing until the very end – who and why.

This is one of those mysteries that I wish I could read again for the first time.  The thrill of discovery is perfectly paced.

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.


Also from Samantha A. Cole:
  • The Friar
The Omega Team series:
Mountain of Evil
  1. A Dead Man’s Pulse (coming this summer)
Trident Security Series:
  1. Leather & Lace (Devon & Kristen)
  2. His Angel (Ian & Angie)
  3. Waiting for Him (Boomer & Kat)
Not Negotiable (Parker & Shelby)
  1. Topping the Alpha (Jake & Nick)
  2. Watching from the Shadows (Marco & Harper)
Whiskey Tribute (Curt & Dana)
  1. Tickle His Fancy (Brody & Fancy)
No Way in Hell (Steel Corp/Trident Security Crossover Novel)
  1. Absolving His Sins (Carter & Jordyn)
Option Number Three (Mitch, Tyler, & Tori)
Doms of the Covenant Series:
  1. Double Down & Dirty (Grayson, Abigail, & Remington)
Malone Brothers Series:
  1. Take the Money and Run (KC & Moriah)
  2. The Devil’s Spare Change (Sean & Grace)











Monday, June 19, 2017

BOND by Anne Conley



Title:  BOND
Series:  Pierce Securities #6
Author:  Anne Conley
Publish Date:   06.19.2017
Publisher:  Anne Conley
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused
Received from:  Anne Conley (as an ARC gifted copy)
Goodreads link: Bond
Date completed: 06.11.17

Description from the publisher:
This has got to be one of the weirdest relationships on the books.

Deena Rae is a loner, a strong independent woman who needs nobody, with the possible exception of Mr. Fine Ass, with whom she’s begun a strange courtship. He’s certainly a nice diversion from her new job with Pierce Securities and her first solo gig with the company.

Slade is in debt to a man nobody wants to owe, his sperm donor just died, and somehow, Deena Rae knows the half-brother Slade’s never met. Slade can’t keep his eyes off his gorgeous bitch of a neighbor who keeps her drapes open, even when she’s “entertaining.” He’s told her, though, he’s a train wreck and they shouldn’t get involved.

Now Deena Rae is riding Slade’s train all the way to the end, whether she likes it or not. Slade is working for her mark, and her mark suddenly wants her dead.

And Slade’s the man who’s got to do it.

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BOND is the sixth book in the Pierce Securities series.  Though each does stand on its own, it is much better to read all and in the order of release because of the recurring characters.

The first line of the blurb is “This has got to be one of the weirdest relationships on the books.”  Weird doesn’t even begin to describe it.  Not to worry!  I mean that in the absolute best way possible.  Deena Rae and Slade are both so dark and twisted and when they twist around one another the steam and the sparks are impenetrable and undeniable. 

Their relationship may seem weird, twisted, and probably doomed. … but sometimes it takes someone just as twisted as you to understand you.  Isn’t that what we’re all ultimately looking for in our other half?

At times, Slade came off as a little whipped by life – in the form of his five-foot-nothing-cougar-mamma – but, it is his mamma.  In my humble opinion, every man should be a mamma’s boy to some extent.  It shows they have a compassionate heart.  Slade is his mamma’s boy and Deena Rae’s perfect twisted man. … but, oh what a ride they take to find that out!

What can I say about Deena Rae.  She is a hellcat with a brilliant mind.  So, of course, I understand that part of her.  She lives life with two names, and please don’t shorten it to just the first.  Yep, I understand that one, too.  The rest was a great escape from my life to experience something completely different.

I highly recommend this story, this series, this author!

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

The Pierce Securities series:
  1. Craze
  2. Wire
  3. Click
  4. Grab
4.5 Redemption for Misty
  1. Murmur
  2. Bond
Also from Anne Conley:
            ·         The Fixer Upper
            ·         Best Laid Plans of Boys and Men
            ·         Master of Love
            ·         Fated to Mate (Paranormal Dating Agency)
Stories of Serendipity Series:
  1. Neighborly Complications
  2. Dream On
  3. Chef's Delight
  4. Hot Mess
  5. Falling for Him
  6. Gambling on Love
  7. My Mistake
  8. Wrecked
  9. Saving Charlie
The Book Bitches series:
  1. Power of Love
  2. Loving the Enemy
The Four Winds series:
  1. Falling for Heaven
  2. Falling for Grace
  3. Falling for Hope
  4. Falling for Faith
  5. Falling for Cyn
Moonrising Series (with KS Haigwood):
            1.      Midnight Moonrising
            2.      Andromeda’s Reign


 










Friday, June 16, 2017

HANNAH’S STORY, A SECOND CHANCE by Terra Kelly



Title:  HANNAH’S STORY, A SECOND CHANCE
Series:  N/A
Author:  Terra Kelly
Publish Date:   03.27.2016
Publisher:  Terra Kelly
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  B – a few small errors
Received from:  Terra Kelly (as an ARC gifted copy)
Date completed: 04.07.17

Description from the publisher:
Looking back one last time at the home that used to hold everything she loved, Hannah Blaine turned back towards the road. Her lucky cowboy boots made impressions in the dirt path with each step. After 15 years with the only man she ever loved, it was time to go back home to Louisville. She hoped heading back to where her life began would help ease the pain from that horrific day. Hannah's heart was, and always would be, with her husband.

Hollis Ackers could care less about women. Hell, he didn't care about anyone. When his mother, the only woman he ever loved, died, he became numb inside. Motorcycles became his life, and the Louisville biker group was the perfect stand-in family.

When miss country-girl-in-her-cute-ass-cowboy-boots spills coffee on him it shouldn't mean a thing. Or will it?

When two people who lost the will to love meet, what will happen? Can new love really heal all the pain?
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HANNAH’S STORY is a stand-alone romance. 

This is Hannah’s do-over.  After the death of her husband, she returns to her hometown.  I didn’t understand why she did this, since she wasn’t returning to anyone.  The only person in town that she knew was an aunt that she hadn’t talked to in years.  She walked away from a home (and a mortgage) to live in a rented room.  She walked away from multiple vehicles to rely on mass transit, hitch-hiking, and walking.  She didn’t sell off her old life and start over.  She just walked away.  That is a definition of insanity that was not addressed at all!

Hollis has joined an MC on a temporary basis, but is keeping secrets from his erstwhile family? 

While I love the romantic inclination of the two of them coming together – after all, I love all things ‘love’ - the setup is too unbelievable to follow.  I “get” what the author was trying to “say,” but it just didn’t ring true enough for me.

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Also from Terra Kelly:
  • Hannah’s Story
  • Changing My Future
Winters Family Series:
  1. Catch Me
  2. Need You
  3. You’re Mine
  4. Let’s Dance
Torn Pieces Series:
           1.      Falling Deep into You
           2.      Take this Pain Away