Wednesday, 24 May 2017

New Review! Poppy by M.A. Horst, 3 Cranky Stars

Poppy (A Force of Nature Fairytale #1)Poppy by M.A. Horst
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*** 3 Cranky Stars ***

Poppy Flowers is about to embark on a night that will change her life forever. All dressed up with stars in her eyes and hope in her heart she's off to the Royal's ball.

Storm Royal has to pick a bride tonight and it has to be a Flower. He only has one Flower in his sights and she disappeared.

This is a cute and quick read. I'm used to the dark reads by Michelle Horst and this couldn't be more opposite. This could be read on your lunch hour. It's a quick erotic read with a little turmoil and drama thrown in. A cute adaptation on the classic fairytale Cinderella.

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New Review! Maneater by Aleya Michelle, 3.5 Cranky Stars

ManEaterManEater by Aleya Michelle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*** 3.5 Cranky Stars ***

Oh oh here's she comes! Jemma is a maneater. Ok now that that's out the way let's get to the rest of this review.

Jemma is a party girl a girl who had her heart shattered. She lives life with the motto of a man can do it why can't I? She enjoys her no strings lifestyle. On one of her nights out she meets Dan. She just wants a romp in the sack while he wants so much more.

Dan is a guy who knows what he wants. He has the perfect established life but he wants more. He meets Jemma and has to have her. He sets out to win her heart and won't take no for an answer.

I wish I could say I loved this book or even liked it a lot. It was just ok for me. It didn't have a lot of depth and maybe that's the point. It's a fun fluffy read with steamy sex scenes, witty banter and some drama tossed in for the sake of drama. Jemma at times was really annoying and needed a reality check. It seemed like a quick read and would be good for someone who wants a fluffy story.

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New Review! Runners and Riders by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, 5 Cranky Stars

Runners and Riders (Treasure Chronicles #2.5)Runners and Riders by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***** 5 Cranky Stars *****

Jonathan saw his family murdered by Runners when he was a boy and he swore that he would end them. When he grew up he became a Rider and set out to keep his promise.

Juliet grew up a lonely girl and when super-confident Anne befriended her and introduced her to the Runners, she determined to do anything to fit in.

When Jonathan takes up his new post in New Addison city he meets Juliet and she starts questioning the decisions of the Runners. Juliet finds that she possesses a strength of character she was unaware of.

Runners are a mafia type gang and Riders are the policing institution.

This book, although part of the Treasure Chronicles is a stand alone novel. As with everything that I have thus far read from the pen of Ms Jordan, this book also captivated and enthralled me, it ticks all the boxes for a great escape with danger, murder, awesome inventions and yes, love!
I wish I could invent a rating to adequately reflect my enjoyment but I guess I will have to settle for 5 stars!

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New Review! Wicked Treasure by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, 5 Cranky Stars

Wicked Treasure (Treasure Chronicles #3)Wicked Treasure by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***** 5 Cranky Stars *****

After a seer in a lunatic asylum foresees that Clark will overthrow the presidency his and Amethyst's idyllic life comes to a screeching halt when their infant daughter gets abducted by a clockwork lion!

Backed by his old gang Clark leaves no stone unturned in the search for his daughter and in the process uncovers corruption in the presidency which threatens the entire country. Clark collects new allies from unexpected quarters.

The adventure continues in book 3 and as impossible as it may seem new intriguing adventures await in every page of this book. Kudos to Ms Elizabeth and another 5 star review from me!

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New Review! Born of Treasure by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, 5 Cranky Stars

Born of Treasure (Treasure Chronicles #2)Born of Treasure by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***** 5 Cranky Stars *****

The army and the very corrupt Senator Horan have found out where Clark is and the Treasure family, instead of handing him over align themselves with him and they are all on the run! The search for Clark's father's inventions are temporarily put on hold.

Amethyst has grown a lot since book 1 but is still a feisty do first think later type. While a prisoner of Senator Horan Amethyst discovers vials of the potion that gave Clark his ability and decides to drink one and she develops the same abilities but because of her nature, embraces her ability more fully.

The story takes off where book 1 ended and if possible was even more exciting and adventurous with non stop action. All the ingredients for an exciting read are present, love, loyalty, betrayal a rotten government, futuristic inventions........

I found myself just falling more in love with the characters and the imagination of this extraordinary author and as such no surprise that I again award 5 stars to this enticing read.

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New Review! Treasure Darkly by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, 5 Cranky Stars

Treasure, Darkly (Treasure Chronicles #1)Treasure, Darkly by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***** 5 Cranky Stars *****

Clark Treasure is the son of a Tarnished Silver in the small western town of Tangled Wire. He steals a vial of liquid from one of his mother's clients which he drinks, believing it to be absinthe, it gives him the ability to raise newly dead people and to see and converse with ghosts and because of that the army wants him and he goes on the run for 3 years.

Clark believes that if he can live with his biological father Colonel Treasure and his family he would be safe from the army and Senator Horan because of the family's high standing in the west.

His arrogant, spoiled, bratty half sister Amethyst hits on him and he feels an irresistible attraction to her........ His one half brother hates him and his foster mother inexplicably accepts him unconditionally.

A meeting with a specific ghost sends his life in a totally different direction.

I am relatively new to the Steam Punk genre and I confess that I binge read all 3 of the Treasure books back to back. The characters captivated me from the word go and the story line had me obsessively turning the pages. Ms Jordan has steamrolled ( excuse the pun) her way onto my list of favorite authors and I am anxious to read more of her work.

This book deserves a steaming 5 stars.

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Cover Reveal! The History In Us by L.B. Dunbar

Cover Design: Shanoff Formats
Release Date: June 2, 2017


Are you a hero yet?
Her words rang in my head.
I wanted to be.
For you, I want to be, I told her in my dream, the dream where she kissed me again.
A hero-worthy kiss.
Stay safe, she had said. Come back to me.
My lips tingled.
The brush of hers over mine a memory held in the blackest of night,
the hottest of desert days,
and the cold-evil hell of war against hidden enemies.
I wanted another chance to taste those lips,
melt them against mine,
and mold her body to me.
I wanted to live.
For Katie.

One of Five ARC's for The History in Us

About the Author
Avid drinker of Coca-Cola, L.B. Dunbar loves the sweet things in life. Her affair with all things romantic began with her first book at the tender age of six: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. One can never forget her first! From there, the reading journey includes a deep love of fairy tales, medieval knights, regency debauchery, and alpha males. She loves a deep belly laugh and a strong hug. Occasionally, she has the energy of a Jack Russell terrier. Accused, yes, that’s the correct word, of having an over active imagination; to her benefit, such an imagination works well. Author of over a dozen novels, she’s created small town worlds, rock star mayhem, and MMA chaos. Her other duties in life include: mother to four growing children and wife to the one and only.

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