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Stormy: Older Couples Romance novels, Second Change Romance (Baby Boomer Romance Book 1) - Tina Gayle

Stormy by Tina Gayle
Book starts out with Karen and she's arrived at his house one snowy night but hadn't been able to reach him by phone.
Daniel is surprised to find her in his home after leaving the bathroom and they find they have much in common-having held it all in for too long.
Hot steamy sex scenes. They each had lost their spouses and are overcoming their grief.
Story also follows the children and how they assume Karen will show up at the hospital with her ex's heart attack although he's got a new woman in his life.
He was her boss, now he's her lover. Gets a bit confusing as the other families come into play with their lives.
Like all the turmoil that goes with the story as the people are the older age and not much drama as 20s couples.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.


Soldier on - J.D. Wynne

Soldier On by JD Wynne
This book starts out with Molly and she's gone trhough rough times after 9/11 and is now stationed in Afghanistan.
She's with other females and she just wants to get the year over with.
Daily things that need to get done are listed for her to do as a guard to the detainees locked in their cells. Some deplorable conditions but then there are breaks away from it all.
Adult situations and was happy to hear she had stuck to her guns and followed it through. Hadn't seen it coming.
Like relationships formed and with who during her stay there to help pass the time. Loved hearing all about the treats sent from the scout troops and relatives.
Like phrase of the title of the book and love what it stands for. Especially like the ending and glad it wasn't a cliff hanger.
Received this review copy from the author via Goodreads and this is my honest opinion.

Andromeda's Reign (Moonrising Book 2) - K. S. Haigwood, Anne Conley, Darkmantle Designs, Ella Medler, Eric Battershell

Andromeda's Reign by K. S. Haigwood

This one starts up where the last ended off. Very steamy at times and you really need to read the previous books to understand what's going on.

They have a bond, Ace and Andromeda although she as Nema loves Phoenix.  They must be together for each to survive and it's hard to fit Phoenix and Andromeda into it all. She must learn more about her powers and the bond with Ace and what's why she's in Vegas, with him and his clan.

She also learns of Ace's powers over her...

Lots of action, adventure and mystery as they try to find another witch to break the bond spell. More shifters and much more to learn about them and how they play with existing shifters.

Not really my genre but I like the style of writing as it's very descriptive.

I received this review book from the author and this is my honest opinion.


Memory Warp: How the Myth of Repressed Memory Arose and Refuses to Die - Mark Pendergrast

Memory Warp: How the Myth of Repressed Memory Arose and Refuses to Die by Mark Pendergrast
This book contains adult situations, abuse and other disturbing topics.
What I really like about this book is the research and much references that are quoted about repressed memory.
Had read another book by this author and he goes above and beyond to back up his statements.
He also gives the very medical technical side of things but in easy to understand language. The other book I had read about Jerry Sandusky is also quoted in this book as it refers to the repressed memory.

Like learning about sleep paralysis, I've had these and now I know why.
Body and mind memories, good to learn about these and about PTSD and flashbacks.
Cult and Satanic insistences that are similar to the memory problems mentioned prior. Like link with hypnotic driving.
I got as far as the day care molestations and can't go any further. It's all so disturbing to me.
Gave this book a 5 because of all the intense research involved and the research on the memory warp diseases.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

The Earl's Defiant Wallflower - Erica Ridley

The Earl's Defiant Wallflower by Erica Ridley
Have read other works by this author and have enjoyed the reads.
This one starts out in 1816 London and we find Lord Carlisle, Oliver York and he's glad to be back home, in charge of the family estate.
His father is dead by an allergic reaction to seafood from his new mistress. He needs to have a wife and very soon...
Story also follows Grace Halton and she's in charge of her mothers health and they travel to London and she needs to save her home.
She needs to find a rich husband as Oliver asks her for a dance....
Loved learning new words and finding out what they mean that are no longer used in today's world.
They confide in one another, he learning about her money woes and her learning of his estate woes. He may have a scheme that will help his best friends pregnant girlfriend that will solve all their money woes.
Oliver offers Grace his address so she can correspond with her mother without her grandparents burning them...
Lots of action, scheming and how can things turn out good?
Next book in the series is excerpted at the end. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Author bio at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

By P.B. Ryan Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series) (Volume 1) (3rd Edition) [Paperback] - P.E. Ryan

STILL LIFE WITH MURDER by Patricia Ryan/ PB Ryan
Have read other works by this author and have enjoyed the books.
1860's on the Cape and life at the summer cottage, more like a mansion.
Hewett's are about to have another in the family. The new nursery maid, Nell tries to adjust to living in the city and on the Cape during the summer months. She also has to help raise the child under religion of the family.
She knows much of the family's dark secrets. She's a great one to sketch.
She is asked to help save their son William after he's been found, in a jail accused of murder. Mrs. Hewett can only rely on Nell to help as her husband has banned her from doing so herself.
The jail is so much part of her past life and she tries to find clues and people who saw what happened to try to help William...
Very detailed descriptions of hard subjects as she is witness to some of the investigations of scenes of events that occurred.
Like learning about all their dark secrets and how things worked back in time.
Lots of twists and turns and unpredictable things and you won't know who was the culprit til the end and it won't be who you think it is, who all the clues are pointing to.
Excerpt from the next book is included along with author bio.
via Smashwords

Embers of Atlanta: A short story - Laurentiu M. Badea

Embers of Atlanta (a short story, crime, mystery)
Very descriptive book about a few different characters as they appear to be surviving the catastrophic demise of a city.
What some have to go through as they are bitten on the legs from dogs as they try to climb to higher ground.
Seems to be only the fittest will survive the hardest of times. Almost like when a bomb goes off, there's destruction all around.
Nothing is as it once was and will never be again.
from author for my honest opinion.

When DNA Is Wrong - Jeff Beckett

When DNA is Wrong by Jeff Beckett
Have a few review chapters from the author.
Subject intrigues me as I've heard of many that have been wrongly accused and later in life while serving in prison they are released because the DNA proved it couldn't have been them.
Starts out with detectives and they are summoned to a crime scene. Lots of details come forth as they question the woman in the apartment about her boyfriend that is now dead.
Very descriptive you can picture the scenes as they are very detailed.
Would like to review this but not going to pay to do so.

Under His Skin - S.I. Hayes, J. Haney

Under His Skin by S.I. Hayes and J. Haney Sounded like a great story to read and finally got the book and was not disappointed. Story follows Charlie who is a tattoo artist among other artistic mediums, at her family's shop in Gatlinburg, TN. Dorian is part of the family amusement park empire and he's banished from LA to TN to head up the new park there. He's come across Charlie and has her do his back tat. They spend time together and get to talking and one thing leads to another. Love the drop of the hat travel plans. Am familiar with TN area and was surprised to hear about parts of other countries - what a bonus for me! Lots of steamy sex scenes, very well detailed. Love the opportunities that are given to her, priceless! Like hearing of the mystery surrounding the shooting and how they solve that immediate problem. Everything goes into high gear as they are kept safe and other family personal emergencies arise. Lots of action and adventure, travel, romance and mysteries along with real life situations. Great all around story. Author bio's at the end. Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment - Mark Pendergrast

The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast
Very disturbing adult situations and abuse, be warned. Very explicit details but it's necessary as the case comes together.
Feel this was a minute by minute collection of data with people involved and how all the facts come to light and how some are not used in the trial at all.
I followed this case in the news and not sure I've heard all the details so was happy to get a copy of this book to learn more information.
Loved hearing of the charity he started but soon after events come to light and charges are brought against him, pedophile and charged with molestation.
Book starts prior to when he was charged and follows the leads.
After 45 come forward I couldn't understand why his wife stood behind him, now I know why, he was really innocent. took the fall for others.
Learned about the techniques used to get the boys to state what had been done to them by reason of suggestion in some cases.
So much was never allowed in the court trials, see it happen so often now in trials. Nobody wants to hear/know the real truth.
Like memory discussions and do wonder if he was really innocent-as today's news and media prosecutes others for crimes without a trial.
So much went wrong in the gathering of information and facts and so much speculation and the media ran with that.
Much is covered about his life prior and current, enjoyed learning about his family histories over the centuries.
Love foot notations as they arise in the story and listed in detail as to how the information was found.
I received this review book from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Rebecca's Redemption (Call to the Jungle Book 3) - Lee Carver


Have enjoyed the other books in this series although they are also stand alone books, love the locations and so much more.

Three things I like about a book: has a bit of romance, I have to learn something new and I have to be taken away. This book provides all 3!

This one starts out with Rebecca and she's arriving in the jungle to help as a missionary at the hospital center.

Dr. Ed is the main doctor when she arrives and he has two girls that live nearby. There are other nurses and one is hoping the doctor will pay attention to her now that his wife has been gone over a year.

Rebecca just does what she's told and tries to stay out of the nurses way, she wants no conflict.

What I liked about this book was it took me away from the very first page on the plane just about to land and I felt like it was me sitting there as I've experienced small plane travel.

Very descriptive details of the scenery and all the medical things done to patients. Like how they all get along so smooth. Especially liked how they get the things they need and the trips to other areas to enjoy themselves.

Love the books the children get and was so surprised when Rebecca was given a gift. Learned so much about the fauna and nature, animals and procedures.

Conflict does occur when an agency arrives to investigate and you wonder if they will shut the hospital down...

Loved hearing of the scriptures and how that helps Rebecca and Dr. Ed open up to each other about their pasts.

Thought this was the best out of the series but all are very good and so detailed and descriptive.

I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review

The Sunshine Sisters - Jane Green

The sunshine sisters by Jane Green
Have read other books by the author and have enjoyed them.
This one is about 3 sisters and their mother who's sick. Starts at present day then goes back to 1970's then 2000 then back again.
To me it's so mixed up and hard to keep track of who os who. There are three sisters and the best part for me is when they are summoned home from their jobs and family.
Their mother is very ill and she tells them a secret she's held close for a long time.
The sisters are once again together, something that's not happened since they were young.
Good story and I've though of doing same thing, my husband and myself if our circumstances get to that point. It's legal in OR already.
Wish each of the sisters had gotten their own book because I like to get to know my characters.
Liked mixture of careers and relationships but I couldn't tell you who was who at any given point.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey - Linda Greenlaw

The Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw
Have read other works by this author and have enjoyed them.
She, swordfish captain and the 5 man crew leave the dock heading to Grand Banks, Newfoundland area.
Love learning about the technical things and new things I've yet to know about: birds and why they are used.
Love how they get along with one another under all circumstances.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Because It's Christmas - Kathryn Shay

Because It's Christmas by Kathryn Shay
Have read many of the authors books and have enjoyed them.
Starts out with Lacey and she's there to visit with her brother in prison as she tries to rehab him before he gets out.
He was the one who helped their grandfather when he had the heart attack...
Seth Taylor is the one who put him in prison. She's a writer for the paper and Seth is the school principal.
Story also follows Seth and how he wants to run the school. Lacey has her own ideas and has voiced them in the paper.
Story also follows Kevin and his stay in prison and what he goes through...
Lots of action and drama and sensual scenes. Secrets that come to light....controversy and compromises and negotiations.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end and an excerpt from the next in the series.
Free copy via Kindle.


Christmas on Interstate 80 by John Bensink
Starts out with Bonnie, the mom of 3 grown and moved out kids and she's decorating her house from top and bottom and then some.
Reminds me of me in a past life and even parts in the present as I go around tipping people for the services they provide, while on the road.
She's doomed-none of them will come home for Christmas, lame excuses, so she heads out, to maybe see them but gets turned down so he invents her own journey.
Love where it takes her as we've been to similar jaunts in our lifetime together. She's all alone Love after she leaves voice messages she turns her phone off.
Really enjoy the locations she travels to as we just recently had visited one that I'd love to see and enjoy again some day. Awesome memories as she's experiencing.
What struck me the most was usage of words-never seen/heard them lumped together like that but you knew exactly what they meant without an explanation.
Christmas decorations are so descriptive you can picture yourself there watering eyes as the colors are so bright and vibrant. Whole book is very detailed, would be a great movie!
Love where this story goes and wish there was more to it. Will be searching for more works by this author because of the terminology used-wicked good!

The Pastures of Heaven - John Steinbeck

The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck
Love hearing how this book came about and how he achieved writing it.
Starts in very old days of 1700's and the book explains who founded the area and who lived in the house through the centuries til Monroe's move in.
Love explanations of words as they appear, informative.
Enjoy the different households and the things that are important to them in this town.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).