Book Review: Shake Up

About the book:shake up

 

Title: Shake Up: An Edison Bay Romance

Author: Joyce Palmer

Published: September 1st 2017 by KDP (first published March 11th 2011)

Source: ARC received from Book Unleashed

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Motivations and tenacity collide in this passion-filled Edison Bay Romance by Joyce Palmer.

Shake Up is a contemporary love story packed with a myriad of emotion, plenty of sensual detail and an abundance of humor.

Lacey Parker’s new position with the DEA earned her career independence. Will vocational freedom be worth the sacrifice of her former boss, the only man she ever loved?

Sheriff Jonathan Parker is less than thrilled with his wife’s new job and the boundaries she’s imposed upon him. He witnesses the danger she faces while trying to take down a brutal drug-dealing killer. He must resist the urge to protect his woman. A concept he finds almost unbearable.

While sexual compatibility alone is not the basis for a healthy relationship, the insatiable lovers struggle through their perspective emotional preconceptions to function as equal partners while an unstable admirer attempts to sabotage their delicate family foundation.

˃˃˃ A hero with a protector complex and his feisty, risk-taking heroine mix it up in this high-spirited love story.

Lacey, a gifted marksman and law enforcement professional, is tired of the sheriff (who happens to be her husband) assigning her to ‘the safe zone’. Like most cops, she wants to see some action. It is obvious to her the only way that will happen is for her to change agencies, and that’s exactly what she does. She never expected, though she should have, her overprotective husband’s meltdown as a result of the deal. Fate intervenes, and for the sake of their family, the couple is forced to learn the meaning of compromise.

˃˃˃ There’s plenty of trouble to be found in the booming beach-bordering town, Edison Bay.

Whether Lacey’s out with her girlfriends at their favorite hangout, Barney’s Pub, horny as all get out when John slips in beside her, or skinny-dipping at night on a public beach with said friends, and her husband shows up just as a bunch of randy cops are stripping down to join them, or at The Shoot Out, her father’s gun club, when her undercover target crosses her path, the woman has no problem finding trouble.

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My Review:

I loved this story quite a lot. It has quite nice characters, both knowing what they want and doing what it takes to achieve it. Yes, it does have some issues, in my opinion, but it is a very enjoyable read, that will stir some of those romantic feelings.

A protective husband, a much determined wife, these are our main characters and they are quite a couple. When Lacey is accepted as a DEA agent, you can imagine how furious her husband had become. Especially since his protective nature wanted her as close as possible. His possessiveness becomes unbearable so Lacey needs some time away to figure things out. When divorce becomes an issue, John realizes they may have bigger problems than he thought. In parallel with their issues, we have undercover agents trying to capture a big time drug dealer. Who’s a husband supposed  to deal with that?

Lacey started as a confident woman, but later in the story she proves to be weaker and always in need of a savior. I appreciated the connection Lacey and John shared and his willingness to do what it takes to recover their marriage. This comes in contradiction with the image of a DEA agent, willing to fight crime. Their love life is quite intense and the way the author describes it is weaved greatly in the story.

Beginning was great and action packed and the characters seemed very strong and developed. But towards the end, the book becomes predictable and it reduces the action part of the story. However, the focus is more on the main characters and how they find common ground.

Even if there may be some items that did not stand quite well with me, I cannot give this book less than 4 stars, as it made me feel good, it made me feel emotions and it kept me focused on both levels – the relationship between the main characters, but as well the case waiting to be solved by the agency. I can’t wait to read more about the other characters and more by this author. Hope you like it as well! Enjoy J

About the Authorjoyce palmer

 

A native Floridian and Christian conservative, Joyce Palmer is an avid reader who loves stories of romance. She has no problem writing in her favored genre, sensual/erotic romance with wide-open bedroom doors. She finds the open honesty of the matter refreshing. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America, Passionate Ink, and Savvy Authors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English from SNHU.

For over 30 years, Joyce has been happily married to her personal hero with whom she shares a construction company. They live in southwest Florida where she writes fast-paced contemporary erotic romance with feisty heroines and alpha heroes. Joyce believes her characters are enhanced and their humanity further developed through intimate and explicit sexual detail. There is always a happily ever after, and all romantic relationships in her stories are heterosexual and monogamous

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Book Review: The Trouble with Love

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About the book:the trouble with love

 

Title: The Trouble with Love

Author: Cheri Champagne

Published: January 31st 2017 by Pandamoon Publishing

Source: received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Lady Bridget Mason is hopelessly in love with her best friend, Major Charles Bradley. Since his return from war, however, something has changed him. He has stopped returning her letters, he gives her the cut direct, and when forced to interact with her, he is rude and downright unconscionable. Her hopes for a marriage with Charles have been heartbreakingly dashed.

The troubled hero…

Major Charles Bradley is in a fix. The very same men that kidnapped his sister and her new husband a few months past have given him a warning. They are coming after Bridget. He’d done his best to keep his two identities separate, but they are determined to clash. Despite doing his utmost to push Bridget away for her protection, his love for her has been discovered by his unnervingly indomitable enemy.

Their perilous love…

Charles must face his greatest challenge; he must protect Bridget at any cost. But, will his love’s big secret and Charles’ horrid treatment of her prove the task impossible?

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Also available on Book Depository with free delivery world wide

 

My Review:

I have started the “Mason Siblings Series” with book number two and by the time this review goes live, I would have finished book no. 3. Let me say this because otherwise I’ll forget. The way Cheri Champagne waves in the current story bits and pieces from the next book is fabulous. I like it, I like her! Ok, back to the book at hand.

Here we are, with the story of another Mason. Lady Bridget Mason has had her heart broken by her best friend and love, Major Charles Bradley, not only when he chose war over her, but also when his promises of marriage prove to be just words. Major Bradley is struggling to keep the love of his life away from his alter ego. But when this becomes impossible, me must find a way to protect her. A great love story, with a heavy dose of mystery and action, “The Trouble with Love” is just amazing.

Lady Bridget is unusually strong and determined for a lady of that era. It seems her only weakness are the feelings she has for Charles. The only times we see tears from her are when she is remined of her love or when she is worried for his safety. She knows how to behave in society, how to make use of her charms and even how to do some other… man-related activities.

Major Bradley tries his best to push back his love and lust for Lady Bridget, while keeping his secret activities…. Secret. But at some point, this becomes difficult to do. Then he will try to convince her he still cares. They are an explosion of emotions together. They are like fuel and flame. And I love it.

The war against Napoleon, the conspiracies from that period, are gently intertwined with the love story. Our author has done her fair share of documentation and for that she deserves my appreciation.

All in all, this was an amazing book, written by an amazing author. A bit of a spoiler from my next review, book no. 3 is even better. I loved it and if you like historical romance, this book should be a must for you.

 

About the Authorcheri champagne

I started writing as a child, and began reading historical romance novels at the age of fifteen. Finally, I combined my two passions and began writing steamy and suspenseful romances. I live in BC, Canada, with my husband, four young children, and our dog.

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Book Review: The Sweetheart Mystery

The Sweetheart Mystery
Brash & Brazen #4
by Cheryl Ann Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Harper Jane Evans is so over pro
cheerleading but she’s not quite ready for prison. Good thing she’s
got a badass ex-boyfriend ready to go to bat for her . . .
Sure, Harper made a few unsavory threats against her team’s manager—she’d
had a few drinks and she despised the skimpy uniform he expected her
to wear. That didn’t mean she wanted him dead. But when the sleazy
dude is found murdered in his tighty whiteys, Harper is the number
one suspect—and former FBI agent Noah Slade is the one man who can
help. Too bad she once told Noah she never wanted to see him again .
. .
Noah may have done a number on Harper’s heart all those years ago, but
he’s determined to do right by her now. Yet the fiery beauty isn’t
the only demon from his past, which makes hunting down a murderer by
her side . . . complicated—never mind the powerful attraction still
pulsing between them. Good thing he’s willing to do just about
anything to keep from losing Harper again. And an old love just might
bring her a new career—assuming she can stay out of jail . . .

My Review

What can you say about a book that makes you laugh at every page turn and, in addition, it adds a dose of mystery to it all? I had a lot of fun reading it and it is a book that I would recommend any time you want to just sit back, have a cup of smiles and put that tension away.

Cheryl Ann Smith’s book opens up with quite a murder scene and a suspect by circumstances. Harper is found next to her boss’s body and her big mouth is of no help. These two elements land her in jail and asking help from her high school sweetheart. Noah Slade is reluctant to help, especially if he takes into account how last argument (more than 10 years ago) ended. But, with a guilty conscience and Harper’s good looks, he gives into it.

The story is so funny, with so many come backs from the characters. The mystery surrounding the murder is also well created and it had me reading to the end to find out who did it, since we know for sure that our main character is innocent.  The author has created great characters that are a match to one another.

Harper Jane Evans has had her heart broken and unfortunately, the guilty guy is apparently the only one that could take her cries for help. However, she stands tall in front of all the accusations and fights for justice. And fights the attraction for Noah. He, on the other hand, wants more from her. But there are other important tasks at hand, like keeping her out of prison. The attraction is obvious from the first pages and goes on throughout the book, increasing.

Now, while there were elements that did make me laugh and did push me to the end of the book, I feel that the combination between, laughter, murder, love and other elements was a little too much at times. The author wanted to create a book that was of liking to a wider audience and the efforts are visible. Also, sometimes the irony of the events and dialogue it’s too much.

All in all, it was an enjoyable read and I had fun spending a few hours in the company of Harper and Noah, seeing as I’ve read it in one sitting. My final rating is 3.5 stars (4, rounded) and I am ready to pick up the next book by this author. Have fun J

National bestselling author Cheryl Ann Smith became hooked on
romance at age fourteen when she stayed up all night to read The
Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Her own writing journey
happened much later, when one afternoon she ran out of books and
decided to write her own. Previously, she has published five sexy
Regency novels and one novella with Berkley in her School for Brides
series.
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Book Review: Intimacy on the Plate

About the book:

 

Title: Intimacy On The Plate (Extra Trim Edition)intimacy

Author: Olga Petrenko

Published: August 18th 2017 by Identity Publications

Source: received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Format: paperback

Blurb:

Intimacy On The Plate: Extra Trim Edition contains the same 200+ elegant, erotic recipes as the original, but has been reformatted for a smaller size and lower price. Snack on the convenience of the new smaller trim size, or indulge in the colorful, picturesque body of the original coffee table book.

Every couple knows that the key to a harmonious home is a healthy love life, but keeping your time in bed spicy isn’t enough – you need to turn to the kitchen and amp up the flavor.

Olga Petrenko is a housewife who dedicated years of her life to crafting original dishes that combine tradition with innovation, creating new tastes that everyone can enjoy. In the process, she discovered something new: by applying scientific research to her recipes and by using the correct ingredients, all meals had the potential to be the perfect aphrodisiac. After a decade of hard work and experimentation, she finally had an extensive collection of recipes designed to make every bite erotic – Intimacy On The Plate: 200+ Aphrodisiac Recipes to Spice Up Your Love Life at Home Tonight

Every dish in this erotic cookbook pays as much attention to presentation as to flavor and science. If you want to create the right mood for your loved one, you need to feed the eyes before you feed the stomach. Olga has worked hard to make every sensual meal beautiful and visually appetizing so that you and your partner will feel the food love before you even sit down to eat.

Within these pages, you’ll find 200+ healthy, easy-to-cook recipes known around the world to contribute to sexual desire. Using a wide range of ingredients, including dozens of types of vegetables, mushrooms, fish, seafood, fruits, nuts, herbs, and spices, you and your partner will experience the full range of erotic properties the world of food has to offer. You’ll never run out of new and exciting places to take your meals. From appetizers to main courses, to side dishes, beverages, and desserts, you’ll always have something scintillating to offer up on date night.

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Note that currently the book is on discount for Kindle: 90% off (from $11.49 to $1.18)

My Review:

I love cooking! I love cooking books of all sorts, I love having a lot of kitchen supplies (that I may never use) and I love this book! And I’ll give you two more reasons: all recipes here are using as main ingredients some of my favorite elements (like fish and fruits) and it covers a range of recipes I was not focused on before – aphrodisiacs.

The book is very well structured and each chapter introduces the reader with the qualities of each element. The combinations are easy to follow and they are very detailed. It has everything you need for your taste buds.

Do you like salads? Well, here you have over 30 salad recipes destined to boost your love side. You’ve got fish, seafood, chocolate, fruits and even drinks. You can prepare a healthy diner for your partner just by following these easy instructions. I found them friendly and well detailed and definitely you don’t have to be an expert to prepare them.

I like the index at the back of the book, as it helped me identify some of my other favorite ingredients and where or how I can combine them with the main elements of this book.

As for my actual cooking experience, I have tried recipe no. 26 “Podium Salad”. It turned out really fun to make and tasty. I would have added a picture here but, well… I made only a little and I was anxious to see how it was and I forgot….

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got dinner to prepare and I need this book! To conclude, I find it very useful and a title worth having, regardless if you cook for yourself or others. The recipes are not only aphrodisiacs but also tasty and fun to make. Enjoy and Bon Appetite!

 

 

 

Unboxing + Book Review: Identity Publications

Before continuing with this review, let me mention that this is my first non-fiction book that I write about on my blog. I am not an expert on this type of books, it is just something I love to read about, especially if the subject is of interest to me.

I have received this book, together with some other interesting ones from the publisher, in exchange for my thoughts and I would like to thank them for taking the time and effort to send me these great titles. So here are my unboxing pictures and sorry for not including the complete sealed package, just that my address is on both sides and I have no chance to take a clean picture J

All these books will have a review on my blog, but let’s take them one at a time, shall we? 🙂

Book Review: Loving Ordinary Life

About the book:LovingOrdinaryLife

 

Title: Loving Ordinary Life

Author: Anastasia Petrenko

Published: October 12th 2017 by Identity Publications

Source: ARC received from the publisher

Format: paperback

Blurb:

Loving Ordinary Life is written for us: living, emotional people.

We all want to live a happy life, but we can easily fall into a state of despondency. We prefer to smile, but more often we frown.

We like being inspired, but most likely, we can’t recall the last time when we were.

There are many books and courses about self-motivation and inspiration. You might have heard hundreds of platitudes and affirmations. Each of them sounds valid but their utility is limited when you actually find yourself stuck in a pit of pain and despair.

Loving Ordinary Life is meant to make a functional difference. It’s not a treatment for depression. It is about living a life where depression has no place.

Loving Ordinary Life is your guide. It is designed so that you can open any page and find the inspiration to act and improve your life when you’re feeling down.

Each chapter in Loving Ordinary Life is a tool for moving from a negative idle state to a positive proactive state. It displays to you the art of being present, free, and genuine every day.

If you want to be more fulfilled and enjoy life more, if you’re open to quality changes, Loving Ordinary Life will become your loyal companion.

Everything is within your power. You are the master of your life. How you experience it depends only on you. Take the lead.

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

Marcus Aurelius

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My Review:

In the meantime, I’ve managed to finish one of the titles in this box, and that is “Loving Ordinary Life” by Anastasia Petrenko, a book intended to lift to lift your spirits and even hare some tips on how to know one’s feelings or reactions better.

What I mostly love about it is how it encourages us to open up to what makes us feel good and happy and not to be afraid of being sad or down. Life is made of high and lows, happiness and sadness, but what is important is how we manage to bring ourselves from that down point to a floating line. And we can achieve that by getting to know ourselves better.

The introduction defines so well the purpose of this book it is not intended to guide us towards complete happiness or be a manual on how to handle mental health issues. It just gives some hints on how to make our life more comfortable and learn to enjoy the beauty in all that surrounds us.

Going through each chapter, I’ve learned some things that I can easily apply for myself and as well advices on how to support my friends when they are at their lowest. These were some easy steps that can even be fun to implement.

I must admit though that I was not very comfortable with the illustrations. While they bring color to the text, they are a bit childish and sometimes even distracting. That’s my only reason not to give all my stars.

To sum up, reading Anastasia Petrenko’s book has inspired and encouraged me to pay more attention to what makes me happy and it really boosted my optimism. I’ve learned as much as the author intended to disclose, so I believe it has reached its purpose.

 

Book Review: The Watcher of the Night Sky

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About the book:

Title: The Watcher of the Night Sky (The Aronia Series Book 1)watcher of the night sky

Author: Rachel Pudsey

Published: June 11th 2016 by Pronoun (first published December 28th 2014)

Source: received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Fifteen-year-old Abigail Crumble was never much for talking about love and marriage and other such nonsense – no matter how often her boy obsessed best friend pestered her to do so. Or so she so adamantly proclaimed.

Yet on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Abigail makes the biggest, most contradictory mistake of her life. She wishes on the stars for love, or even the smallest amount of attention, without knowing the full impact of such a feat.

Abigail soon finds her simple life in chaos as princes, men and mysterious creatures come to her door, each adamantly in love with her and refusing to leave her side.

Mixing fantasy and romance, The Watcher of the Night Sky begins the tale of one girl’s quest to rid herself of a curse that was definitely far more than she wished for.

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My Review:

There is a say: “Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it”. This is the perfect line that would go with this book. At her fifteen years, Abigail wishes she could be in the center of attention, like her beautiful best friend. She has been the source of many mockery and only in her better days she was treated with indifference. So why is she to blame for wishing some of that attention?

Things get out of control when a bunch of guys show up on her doorstep, asking for her hand in marriage. Now she must figure out under what kind of spell they are, if she has casted it and how. A lot of questions to be answered in just the right number of pages.

When it comes to our main character, the author has done a great job depicting her innocence. Her lack of knowledge when it comes to boys, love and marriage is almost tangible. She has no clue how to handle the hoard of men wanting her. But she is in for a major reveal soon enough.

The other characters are from very diverse worlds and they are unique in their behavior as well. At times, I got lost in all their banter and “fights” to win Abigail’s heart. It got so noisy and at some point, I wanted to get in there and yell: “QUIET!!!”, so that she can get some time out and figure things out. Sometimes, men can be frustratingly annoying!

The writing was not bad. It was simple and overly descriptive, but it served a purpose and went much in line with our characters and story. The beginning was quite slow and there are some scenes in which Abigail moved around town with all these strange men following her. This was kind of weird. But once the reader gets past that, all is for the better.

So this was a good start for a series. First book leaves you with a major cliffhanger, so be ready for Book No. 2. And take a moment to admire the cover! I love the moon, the dress, the dark colors… Yes!

 

About the Authorrachel pudsey

Rachel has been writing stories since as long as she can remember. An obsession with Point Horror books led to her first novel being written at the age of ten. Truth be told, it wasn’t very good.

The following years were spent writing, dreaming, reading thrillers, romantic comedies, fantasies, occasionally playing guitar, and dabbling in song writing.

Rachel was born and raised in Scotland. A graduate of psychology, she now resides in South Korea. She has dabbled in teaching children, but after a few blessed years has succumbed to teaching business English to adults in Seoul.

 

 

Book Review: The Leftover

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About the book:

 

Title:  The LeftoverThe_Leftover

Author: Brooke Williams

Published: September 1st 2017 by Boutique of Quality Books

Source: received from the author, in exchange for a review

Format: e-book

Blurb:

A reserved wallflower discovers that reality TV is the perfect backdrop to develop her confidence in this lighthearted rom-com. Megan Malone is the ultimate homebody. When her sister talks her into going on The Leftover, a local version of the TV show Survivor, she isn’t sure she’ll make it past the first vote. Meanwhile, Cane Trevino is nursing a broken heart by joining the show as a medic. With time away from his regular job and a dozen contestants to distract him, he hopes he can finally get over the woman he thought was “the one.

Check it on: Amazon  & Goodreads

My Review:

I was so excited when Brooke has agreed to send me a review copy!  I loved the cover very much and I must admit it was what most attracted me to read her book. Although it has some small issues, it is a great book and a nice love story.

Megan and Cane meet when she enters a competition called “The Leftover”, a TV Show similar to “Survivor”. Each participant has to pass some challenges, they all have to learn to work as a team in order to pass some of them until only one will be the leftover. Cane is the attending medic, while Megan learns how to leave her stress aside in front of the cameras and how to make friends.

Their love story evolves in a clean manner, you won’t see any cat fight but there is some intrigue. Megan has not had many interactions with people, as her job keeps her mostly in house. Cane is used to the cameras, as has met the one who broke his heart while at a TV show. They seem different in a way, but they will find a common ground and they will form a beautiful bound. The romance is clean, sweet and the relationship goes through the basic stages. The attraction is definitely visible, but they both want more. They are both looking for the emotional tie as well.

Megan is a character that evolves a lot throughout the book. She proves to be strong, she wants to get as far away as possible in the show but not because she thinks she can, or because of some kind of vanity. She just wants to make her sister proud. And she will come long way and evolve a lot! She is definitely my favorite character!

Cane is full of doubts when it comes to love and relationships. But to be honest, his reason is not as mature as I would have expected. He will criticize himself throughout the book, and for quite a good reason. I didn’t like him that much.

All in all, the book kept me till the last page, especially because I wanted to know who will win the competition. There are some twists and I think the suspense is especially due to the show. I liked it J I hope you’ll give it a try J