Saturday, 10 June 2017

New Review! Civil War by G. Miller, 4 Cranky Stars

Civil WarCivil War by G. Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

This is the first book I've read by G. Miller and in the Nephilim Chronicles Series. I have to admit, coming into it without the requisite background, it took me a while to get into the story and work out the characters and the world I was in.

In saying that, this is an intriguing world with fully fledged characters. In some ways, I was reminded of Luke Cage and Django, not in terms of similar storylines or characters, but in terms of thematics.

Dr. Athena Johnson, a newly minted PhD, wants to help her people. In the midst of a drug epidemic, she runs Jacob's ladder to save addicts and victims.

Her twin brother, Apollo, wages war with Artemis Harris, the only manna supplier in the State and also, a white supremacist.

As the war draws closer, Athena becomes a target. Her normal stance is to seek peaceful resolution, but this time that might not work. What path she chooses will dictate the future of the community she is determined to protect.

There is a lot to like about this book. It's multi-layered and much of the issues the author explores in the work have relevance to social and political climates - both current and past. It's not easy to classify: there's political intrigue, supernatural, thriller, action, and filled with diversity.

As an aside, I loved the nods to the Greek and Roman Gods in the Johnson children's names. It fed the geeky historian in me. And as a proud member of a martial arts family, I did enjoy the fight sequences that often felt cathartic.

The characters are likeable and relatable, the issues important and the storyline is unique. Recommended.

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Release Blitz! Graffiti City: A License to Jizz by Thor Cox

Release Date: 06/06/2017
Publisher: Howling Mad Press

Graffiti City: Cummageddon
Issue 1

Suzy Suxxx takes both of her jobs very seriously. As one of the hottest porn stars in Graffiti City, she keeps the adult citizens happy with her gravity-defying moves on the set. As a secret Sexual Liberation Underground Taskforce (S.L.U.T.) agent, codenamed Starfish, she keeps innocents safe.

The supervillain business has been booming lately. With a recent spike in activity from the evil Legion of Absolute Domination (L.O.A.D.), Suzy is up to her eyeballs in boy-joy juice to keep her unique superpower flowing. Quite frankly, it's exhausting.

After being on call 24/7 for weeks, all she wants is a damn night off.

But things are looking up when a religious hunk of a villain appears at the scene of a crime she's investigating. Not only does Celibator's puritanical innocence threaten to bring Suzy to her knees, but he could also help her hook the biggest bottom-dweller in the L.O.A.D. pond: the Jacker. Rumor has it, the Jacker has his sights on purloining Abraham's Testicles.

As in, THE Abraham. From the Bible.

If L.O.A.D. gets their greasy hands on this powerful magical artifact, it could mark the beginning of an unholy war against humanity, fought with sexual weapons of mass destruction.

A superhero's work is never done, and there are no nights off.

Griffin City is screwed, motherfuckers. Long live Graffiti City.

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The Spy Who Jizzed Me




Live and Let Jizz



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Thor Cox spends his days hunting frost giants in the land of ice and snow. When he’s not slaughtering j├Âtnar, wrestling polar bears in the Svalbard, or carving magical runes from the bones of his enemies, he writes superhero porn.

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Release Day! 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.

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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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New Review! Degrees of Separation by Lydia Michaels and Allyson Young, 5 Cranky Stars

Degrees of Separation Box SetDegrees of Separation Box Set by Lydia Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

This is the story of unconditional love, faith, hope and friendship. It's also the story of struggles, addiction, anger and sadness.

Austin and Cord grew up together. They're practically brothers and attached at the hip until they meet December. She captured Austin's heart at first sight and before anyone can blink they're married. This leaves Cord feeling like a third wheel.

While he's happy for them, he once again puts his feelings on the back burner. Life is wonderful until Austin loses his job. Spiralling downhill fast he turns his problems over to alcohol and away from his loved ones. December is lost without Austin's love and support and turns to his best friend Cord for help.

Cord has always had a secret but he won't let that stand in the way of helping his friends when they need him. When they all start to come together to help heal each other the feelings fly free.

I loved every aspect of this book series. The way the authors portrayed very real situations with raw emotion sucked me in. This series is a definite must read that has me wanting more.

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Monday, 5 June 2017

New Review! Beautifully Broken by Em Frances, 4 Cranky Stars

Beautifully Broken (A St. Anne Story, #1)Beautifully Broken by Em Frances
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

Emerson Decker is the woman all women strive to be. She is strong, beautiful, independent and has a "Don't Give A F***" attitude. She's loyal to a fault and would do anything for her friends and the one family member she has left. There is one thing missing though, love. She has walled up her heart so tight that nothing will break it down until HIM.

Brigham O'Niel is all man. He's growly and has caveman tendencies but underneath is a heart of gold. He just moved back to his home town and already set his sights on the difficult and sexy Emmerson aka Sonny.

While these two navigate through the landmines called relationship, situations arise and danger ensues. Will Brigham be able to protect Sonny? Will Sonny be able to let him in?

This book was a breath of fresh air. It had the right amount of mystery and intrigue as well as the perfect amount of dirty talking sexy time. I loved how the author created likeable characters with very different personalities.

The only thing that cut a star off for me was that certain parts felt rushed. It didn't take away from the story though just left me with a few questions. I'm happy to see that this is a series and look forward to reading more from this author.

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New Review! A Reluctant Warrior by Kelly Brooke Nicholls, 3 Cranky Stars

A Reluctant WarriorA Reluctant Warrior by Kelly Brooke Nicholls
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*** 3 Cranky Stars ***

Forced to flee her village from paramilitaries, Luzma and her family head to Buenaventura to stay with her Aunt. There, she encounters a city torn apart by the army and drug lords.

Her brother Jair becomes an unwitting pawn for a drug lord and when he uncovers a plot that implicates powerful people, he sets off a chain of events. With a death sentence hanging over them, Luzma's one hope is Rafa, an American human rights activist and the possible intervention of international agencies.

Sometimes, you read a book with great writing, but it's thin on plot. Other times, you find a great plot that needs further work on the writing. A Reluctant Warrior is the latter.

This has the potential to be a fantastic work. It's timely, political and gives a fascinating insight into a country riven with civil war and cartels that deal in death.

The statistics at the end of the book in the Author's Notes is sobering reading and I have to admit, confronted by them it made my heart sink.

My main issue with this work is that the writing is clunky and needs to be polished in order to make the fantastic plot shine. It bogged down the pace of the novel and the adjectives and speech tags dragged me out of the work. Told from multiple points of view, we often head hopped from one character to the next and also, time jumped without any indication by section break or new chapter.

These are all small things that can be corrected, but when they're littered throughout a work, it detracts from the overall quality.

In saying that, this book was an eye opener and I commend the author for her humanitarian work in what must be a heartbreaking and at times, soul destroying area.

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