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Swan Point (The Sweet Magnolias – 11) by Sherryl Woods

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Determined to build a new life for her family after her divorce, Adelia Hernandez has bought a home in the historic Swan Point neighborhood of Serenity. Promoted to manager of Main Street’s most fashionable boutique, she feels revitalized and ready for a fresh start as a single mom. But barely into this new independent phase, she crosses paths with the sexiest man to hit Serenity in years. 

Gabe Franklin, back in town to make amends for past mistakes, has no intention of settling down, but Adelia’s proving irresistible. Cheered on by their friends, “the Sweet Magnolias,” Gabe is bringing long-absent passion and laughter into Adelia’s life. To his surprise—and hers—sometimes a rolling stone is just what it takes to build the rock-solid foundation of a family.  

Adelia has moved back to Swan Point to start over with her four kids after her divorce is finalized. After the abuse of her ex, she has no self confidence and is surprised to get a job so quickly and to be welcomed back into the Sweet Magnolia gang.

At the same time Gabe has decided to grow up and return to Swan Point. He is hired by his cousin for construction and meets Adelia while renovating her house. He has eyes for her but he doesn’t know if he really wants all the baggage of his past, her past, and her four children that are wary of him.

This is a sweet little story that would make a great vacation/beach read. I liked how Adelia is starting over after the whole headache prior to the divorce. I loved seeing how she could grow past all the grief from her ex. The same goes for Gabe, he is so hard on himself that he doesn’t really see how far he has come from being the bad boy.

This is a great story that I think anyone will like.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on this book or others the in the series or to purchase Swan Point make sure to check Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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The Voice of Waterfalls

By Natasha A Salnikova

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Inga manages to escape from a “house of terror” where she was held as a captive along with other girls who were kidnapped. She is chased into the woods and runs onto the road, almost falling under the wheels of an approaching car. She thought, it would be better to die that way than to return to her captors. The driver of the car, to her surprise, saves her. He brings her to his house and introduces her to his family: his mother, his father and his younger sister. He gives Inga a key to a separate room and brings her food. She appreciates his help and calls him her knight from the road. All she needs now is a phone to make a call to her mother. Her savior, Alman, says they don’t have one in the house. He’s also not in a hurry to take her from his house in the woods to the town where she can talk to police. And Inga began to doubt the noble intentions of her savior. After some time she starts to think this house is worse than the one she was imprisoned in before, if that was possible.

Inga is like most girls in the world; she is naïve and goes to an audition then gets kidnapped and becomes a sex slave. Then one day she takes a chance and escapes. As she is running away from her captures, she comes across Alman. He fights off the captures and takes her to his home, but refuses to take her to the sheriff. Inga realizes that she has just left the frying pan and jumped into the fire, Alman and his family are a whole new terror worse than what she just left.

Anthony is an attorney that just finished a rough case and has decided to visit his grandma in Quiet River. But something is going on; everyone is watching him and waiting for him to leave, even grandma. But Anthony is the one chance that Inga has to escape. The question is if he is strong enough.

This is one creepy story. I felt for Inga, she reminds me of so many women currently that just float along not really paying attention to their surroundings. Of course she is kidnapped and made a sex slave. But when she escapes she finds herself in a worse situation. It’s really bad when she escapes that one and gets to the sheriff just to be returned to Alman. I loved how Anthony comes into play in the story.

This has been translated from Russian. You can tell that there is a little something off about the writing, but it’s nothing that really takes away from the story.

This is a great story. Those that like thrillers and horror stories are going to fall in love with it. Now I want to read more books from Natasha A Salnikova.

I received this book a long time ago from the Library Thing Early Reviewer Program in exchange for an honest review.

To purchase The Voice of Waterfalls make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

American Woman

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American Woman by Robert Pobi

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A stifling heat wave rolls into New York City, amplifying the already critical level of tension in the fragile concrete ecosystem. The air tastes of electricity—the negative charge of bad things to come—but everyone hopes it’s just the temperature. Then, on the morning homicide detective Alexandra “Hemi” Hemingway finds out she is pregnant, a twisted serial killer makes his debut. And the heat goes up.

Alexandra Hemingway, Hemi, is a detective in New York. The story starts with her kayaking around Manhattan trying to get her thoughts together. Earlier that morning, she learned that she is pregnant and doesn’t know if she could bring a child into this world. When she gets to work she gets a new case, a 10 year old child found in the river with his feet missing.

Another child goes missing, his driver brutally killed, and a tip gets called in about a guy that had in front of a judge years prior. Although they find evidence of missing children in his apartment, he can’t be the killer that they are looking for. Hemi finds a link between the children and a local fertility clinic, but it’s not going to be easy to figure out all the information when their best lead ends up dead too.

I really liked this story. Hemi is a tough as nails cop that is still trying to work around some major drama in her past. But she is quick and won’t let anyone stand in her way. There are some great twists and some brutal killings. I couldn’t put this book down. The only thing that I didn’t like was the title doesn’t seem to fit the story. It also looks like it is part of a series but I didn’t see any indication if this was true or not.

This is a great mystery that you won’t want to put down. Now I’m going to have to find other books by Robert Pobi.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information about this book or to purchase it please check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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The Brotherhood of the Red Nile: America Rebuilds by Dan Perkins

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF A NUCLEAR BOMB WAS DETONATED NEAR A CLUSTER OF OIL REFINERIES? From the president’s airplane window, he sees oil refineries lie as white-hot glowing rubble in what was the Texas City of Texas City. Cracking towers lie toppled on pipelines above the ground now carrying radiation contaminated energy toward all parts of the United States. The fires are being fed by row after row of massive storage tanks. One of the tanks explodes, sending the massive roof thousands of feet into the air and then the one next to it explodes because of the heat from the one that just exploded. As the president watches, the next one blows like another domino falling. As the pilot veers to escape the heat from the blast, a third explosion sends a shock wave, hitting the plane. General Maxwell will save the plane from the bomb aftermath. But as he brings the president back to Washington, the millrems gauge reading threatens disaster that they all may…

This story starts with a nuclear bomb being detonated in one of the main oil refineries in Texas. If course you have the basic destruction of things being blow up, people being killed, and high levels of radiation. But the master mind behind this plan, all of the contaminated oil is still being pumped through the various pipelines for the country.

This oil is only a couple miles away from the main hubs where the pressure is going to blast all that oil through out the whole country contaminating everything within a couple miles of each line. The real problem is there is no way to for sure stop that flow of oil, no main kill switch. And even if they could stop the flow of oil, what are we supposed to do without oil and the by-products.

I have not read the first book but that has not affected this review at all. This book is amazing! Just the concept of such a planned out attack, I never even would have thought about that as something that we faced. There is so much detail about what is happening that you just get sucked into the story. And if that wasn’t enough, at the end of each short chapter you learn how far the oil has to go before getting to each major point in the pipeline.

This book is scary good. You have to read it!

For more information about The Brotherhood of the Red Nile: America Rebuilds or the first book A Terrorist Perspective make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads.

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Anouska Knight

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) How do you learn to love again?

In one tragic moment, Holly Jefferson s life as she knows it changes for ever. Now to the external world, at least she s finally getting back on her feet, running her business, Cake. Then she meets Ciaran Argyll.

His rich and charmed life feels a million miles from her own. However, there s more to Ciaran than the superficial world that surrounds him, and he too is wrestling with his own ghosts. Will Holly find the missing ingredient that allows her to live again and embrace an unknown and unexpected tomorrow?

Holly lost her husband shortly after their wedding two years prior. She is still grieving and has push away those that love her to focus on her cake shop. One day she gets the odd request to serve a Happy Divorce cake to Fergal Argyll. At the delivery she meets Ciaran, Fergal’s son.

Ciaran is the typical millionaire playboy. Although he has beautiful women throwing themselves on him, he is interested in Holly. Holly’s business suddenly picks up and she traces it back to Ciaran. She doesn’t know what to think of him and doesn’t know if she could let go of Charlie and move on.

This is a cute, typical girl next door meets millionaire and they live happily ever after. I did feel for Holly, I couldn’t imagine what she’s gone through and I did like how Ciaran took care of her. I have to admit that Fergal was my favorite character.

This is a good vacation/beach book. It’s worth reading if that is what you are looking for.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

For more information or to purchase Since You’ve Been Gone make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

Lost in Starlight

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I was recently contacted about Lost in Starlight and I just had to share. This looks like a great book.

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Star reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.

Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.

They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.

Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life….

Sounds great, right?!

Sherry Soule

Award-winning author, Sherry Soule currently lives with her family and one very spoiled black cat in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. She writes thrilling tales of romance and suspense, often mingled with a dash of the mystical and a splash of trendy fashion. Her published novels do not include any graphic sex, explicit violence, or excessive profanity, so that all of her novels can be read and enjoyed by both teens and adults.

Sherry’s debut novel, “Beautifully Broken” was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance in the 2011 Wizard and Witch/Sorcery category by The Romance Reviews (TRR). Her adult PNR novel, “Immortal Eclipse” is a *TOP PICK* by Night Owl Romance Reviews.

For more information about Sherry Stone or Lost in Starlight make sure to check out her website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads.

Purified

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Purified by Brian Robert Smith

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) “There’s no use trying to escape. You’re miles from anywhere. You have no clothes, no food, no money… You’re dead, Mason.” As far as everyone else is concerned, Mason Bushing died over a year ago, but now he’s running from Dr. Harlow who is secretly conducting an unauthorized experiment for a drug he calls Purify. It saved Mason’s life, but Mason is focused on getting what he wants most-his old life back. His plans change when he realizes his wife is more interested in the insurance money she inherited than seeing him alive. His best friend doesn’t believe his story, and the police intend on charging him with fraud and assault after he almost kills his wife’s boyfriend. Warren is a detective who’s assigned the case. He’s been on personal leave because his wife died. His investigation turns up suspicions of lying, disturbing coincidences, and related homicides. When Mason becomes the prime suspect, he’s forced to run again. Imagine having to run from someone who saved your life. Imagine everyone thinking you’re dead, but you’re really alive. Questions, accusations, conspiracies… murder. What if this was all caused by a drug that’s creating the next physical evolution of man? What would you do if you were Purified?

Mason died from terminal cancer then was revived by Dr. Harlow and his miracle drug Purify. The problem with this is Dr. Harlow feels those that he has revived should do his bidding in thanks for bringing them back. Mason does not agree. We start this story as Mason has escaped and is trying to return to his hometown and pick up where his life ended. But he has to learn the hard way that things don’t just wait around after you are dead.

Warren is a detective that is heart broken after loosing his wife to cancer. He is called in to investigate Mason. He doesn’t believe Mason; no one just comes back from the dead. So he starts an investigation into fraud. Meanwhile, Mason is trying to get one with his life but at every turn things keep way laying him.

This is a modern take on Frankenstein. You have the insane doctor testing on human subjects then expecting them to be his minions when they are brought back to life. It also doesn’t help that there are failed experiments to help sure Mason into getting back to his old life. I felt sad about Mason dying from cancer but when you learn about his prior life I had to laugh about karma.

I really liked this book. It’s a great thriller/horror story. I can’t wait for more from Brian Robert Smith.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information or to purchase this book be sure to check Amazon and Goodreads.

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