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The Chronicles of Moxie - Z.B. Heller (5 Stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on January 21, 2015 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (2)

I picked up this book as a freebie for a quick read during the long weekend and I am so glad I did!


Moxie is a young, kindergarten teacher in search of Mr. Right.  In the meantime though, exploring the options for Mr. Right will have to do. An unfortunate event during a night out introduces her to Miles Dane, a new to town artist/graphic designer.  He also happens to be the widowed, single parent of one of her students, Dillon. The rest of the tale involves Moxie overcoming the embarrassment of her first encounter with Mr. Dane and establishing a deliciously steamy relationship with him.


Likes: This book is hilarious. I really liked the character of Moxie and relate to her sense of humor. She is a young, confident, no holds barred chick, who is determined to embrace her curves regardless of what anybody else thinks, including her irritatingly meddlesome stepmother. Definitely my kind of gal! Her circle of friends are also equally engaging and Miles has made a nice addition to my list of book boyfriends.


Dislikes: None. I had never heard of Z.B. Heller before I read this book. I am happy to have stumbled across her and look forward to reading more from her, including the follow up to this novel, First Comes Love, which will be released soon.

 

Light My Fire - Kristina Knight (5 Stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on July 26, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I’ll admit I’m a checkout line tabloid creeper. I see all these stories about how the other half lives and the supposed crazy things they are up to now… and I’m suckered in. So why should a book be any different? Especially when the two main characters have a history as just friends with a secret desire for something more. I loved that the author didn’t get so bogged down in details regarding the glitz and glitter of stardom that she lost the characters along the way. I was rooting for Nate and Lily even AFTER they hooked up. Great read and great writing!

All I Have - Nicole Helm (5 Stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on July 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

To say I am a sucker for a blue collar man, is putting it mildly. However, I’d never thought about that in terms of a farmer. However, I may start slowing down when I pass tractors from now on and stopping at EVERY farmer’s market I pass… That Dell… whew! In Mia I may have found a kindred spirit as I too often blurt out things I’d really rather I hadn’t divulged.

Likes – I liked that the competition between them was more out of necessity than just because… it added depth to both characters and made the plot line very believable. Love or Money? The age old dilemma was out in full force in this book.

Dislikes – Aside from more steamy love scenes… I couldn’t ask for more. This book had it all! Hence the 5 star review! This will be a re-read for me and one I can easily pass on to friends, relatives and anyone else who wants a good contemporary romance.

 

The Last First Date - Maggie Wells (5 Stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on July 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This is an extremely well written erotic novella. I’ll say it again… This is an extremely well written erotic novella. I like a little ‘spice’ in a romance story but not if I can’t connect to the characters. I’ll pass on reading a book with zero character development but lots of sex. It’s not exactly ‘steamy’ if you don’t care about the characters as individuals. Unfortunately I see this more often than I care to admit in some erotic novels. That was NOT the case with Lang and Jessica. Two great characters I could completely relate to which made the ‘steamy’ absolutely SCORCHING HOT! LOVED IT. A re-read for me… may even share it with the hubby ;)

Two Secrets and a Mask - Thomas J Williams (5 Stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on July 26, 2014 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This was a well written story. I enjoyed the characters and I love that the author touched on a subject that is unfortunately still considered taboo. Greg figuring out that he's in love with Jordan even though the very idea is repulsive to him, only to discover that a heart wants what it wants, was beautifully done in this short story. Looking for more from this author!

Trace of Fever - Lori Foster - (4 stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on May 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This is the second book in Lori Foster's Men who walk the Edge of Honor series.  This book revolves around Trace Rivers who works as a mercenary along with Dare McIntosh from the first book.  Trace is undercover to bust a leader in a human trafficking ring, Murray Coburn.  Trace is well trained and ready for anything... except Murray's long lost daughter, Priscilla Patterson.  Priss has a little vendetta of her own where Murray is concerned.

Likes:  I liked how Trace was willing to do whatever it took to bring down the bad guys which included several rather nasty characters while attempting to keep Priss and any other innocents out of harm's way.

Dislikes:  Priscilla's character was a little hard to believe.  I like characters who aren't always what they seem but I had a hard time connecting with Priscilla.  As a woman, I know when I'm outmanned (pun intended) and am willing to step aside if it benefits the overall cause, regardless of personal feelings.  Priss was annoyingly not willing to do this.

I love the series overall and still highly recommend it though this story wasn't my favorite.

Deadly Beauties: Blood's Fury - C.M. Owens (4 Stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on May 23, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Blood's Fury is a romantic fantasy work by C.M. Owens. The story follows a young witch, Alyssa Coldwell, in her attempt to leave magic on the back burner, and live as a normal human before she turns immortal.

Then she meets a human, Kane Ice. Knowing the trouble involved with any human/immortal relationship, she tries to fight off her growing affection for him. Alyssa's efforts to live as a normal girl is quickly obstructed by the kidnapping of her mother. The rest of the story revolves around Alyssa's search for her mother, and her growing attraction for Kane, a mortal man.

Likes: The story is good, with a good mix of sexy romance, and mysterious suspense.

Dislikes: The story ends with a cliff hanger, that has me scrambling to read the second title, Deadly Beauties: Poison's Kiss, before the release of the third book in June.

POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT

As a side note, I would have given this book 5 stars because it's really good, but she never finds her mom! The book literally ends with someone telling her they have info about her mother, but they didn't find her.  I'm guessing that is what the next book is about, but it did tick me off a little.... I really wanted them to find her mom, lol. That didn't happen so it ended up with only 4 stars.

 

 

The Highlander's Dangerous Temptation - Terri Brisbin (5 stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on April 27, 2014 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes... as a hopeless romantic, that also includes historical romances.  I have two favorite authors in this genre of romance novels... Terri Brisbin and Michelle Willingham.  Having recently looked at Michelle's blog about her time spent watching the photo shoot for one of her books, I noticed this book based on the fact that it was the same cover model as was on Michelle's book. And what a hottie he is... geesh!  ;)

Anyway, as I read the book blurb, I figured out this was a follow up story to a series I had previously read by Terri Brisbin and thoroughly enjoyed.  This book is about the brother of the hero from the first book in that series teaming up with Ruric's daughter.  Ruric was just... sigh.  Yeah.  Yet again, this was one I had to finish reading in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. 

Terri Brisbin has a real talent for taking actual historical information and facts and weaving it into her stories in such a way that it's quite inspiring.  Her and Michelle both do a great job with that.  So much so that my first manuscript/series was a historical one.  I've not published that one but I may someday after being reminded of just how much I love history mixed in with a little romance!

Likes - The heroine knew the man she wanted and was willing to stick her neck out and then wait for him to realize that she was meant for him.  The hero tried to resist her but she won his heart in the end!  Along the way was a few misunderstandings but also some amazing healing for the hero in terms of his past.  Also characters from previous books made an appearance and I love that! :D

Dislikes - Nothing... In fact I want to go back and re-read the whole series from the beginning now.  I borrowed this one from the library but will now have to find it on Amazon to add to my library... there's my dislike.

Hopeless - Colleen Hoover (4 stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on April 9, 2014 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

So this book recommendation came by way of a feed from Amazon within Facebook, indicating that it was a free download (which only lasted a few days I believe). Having seen the book and heard others talking about it, I’ll admit… I got curious. I’m not normally a young adult/new adult reader. However, there are always exceptions to the rule. This book was an exception. Though not for the faint of heart or anyone easily offended by realistic and frank discussions of topics most people would rather not even think about… it was a good read.

Likes: You are lead to believe for the first half of the book that the issues lie with one person, while in reality they are totally about someone else. I like subtly in a storyline or those books that at some point during reading make you go “OMG… she’s talking about XXXX person… not XXXX person!” And you sit up a little taller in your chair. This book did just that for me. I also liked that the author touched on a dicey subject about loving someone regardless of the pain they cause you. When someone hurts you it doesn’t mean that you can just turn off your feelings for them immediately. Sometimes you care about them even when you don’t want to anymore. Life is just not that easy.

Dislikes: The first half of the book was a little slow and a few areas left me going “what!?!” but the book is about teenagers. Having experienced a couple of those (teenagers) personally… I am often surprised with what they think they can get away with. I stuck out those parts and overall enjoyed the book.

 

When You Dare - Lori Foster (5 Stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on April 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When You Dare is the first book in Lori Foster's Men Who Walk the Edge Of Honor series. I decided to re-read this book as it is a favorite. :) This story follows a hunk of a mercenary named Dare Macintosh, who infiltrates a human trafficking ring in Mexico to save a close friend. Upon finding her, he also rescues another woman in serious need of his help. Thus, we meet Ms. Molly Alexander.

Likes: The entire book revolves around Dare and Molly trying to figure out who is behind her kidnapping, and the reasons why. All the while the two are falling in love. This read had me constantly guessing right up until the end on who was out to get Molly. I fell in love with both characters, and also Dare's “girls”.

Dislikes: None! This is a five star for me... hence the re-read! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sexy romance and suspense. I look forward to revisiting the rest of Ms. Foster's Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor series when it's released as a box set in May!