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Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst

Posted January 26, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment
Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst

  This was better than I expected, better than the first one, Everywhere and Every Way.  In spite of the fact it is the Billionaire Builders series, even though the brothers have money, they work hard for it and with integrity.  I generally don’t like the billionaire troupe, especially with the penniless virgin he rescues. Thankfully, this author features strong women who are smart and capable. The women have their own lives, are doing well and not waiting for a man to make them complete. Any Time, Any Place was more emotional for me. This may be because the characters were more familiar or just the plot revealing more about the mystery of their mother’s death. This couple, Dalton and Raven, were adults and generally honest with themselves and each other. I appreciate it greatly. Not that they didn’t make mistakes, as happens in the emotions of a relationship, but […]


Release Day Review: Accidentally On Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Posted January 24, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment
Release Day Review: Accidentally On Purpose by Jill Shalvis

    This Heartbreaker Bay series has been consistently good, if not too realistic in some aspects. Jill Shalvis is an auto-buy author since I enjoy everything she writes. I looked forward to the story of Archer and Elle. Their tension had built through the last two books as a side aspect. We reviewed those two books,  Sweet Little Lies and The Trouble with Mistletoe, plus the novella,  One Snowy Night. Accidentally On Purpose is Elle and Archer focused. Two changes throw things into gear. First, Elle decides to admit to herself Archer will never want her and she begins to date. Second, their past comes roaring back into the present in the form of Elle’s sister and the situations which caused them to meet. It is difficult for them both. They’ve moved on but never dealt with the issues. Each becomes vulnerable to the other in working through the truth […]


Big Vamp on Campus by Molly Harper

Posted January 21, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments
Big Vamp on Campus by Molly Harper

    This is a special review which is akin to Jennifer’s Read It, Track It where I am reading books for the COYER Winter Storm Challenge. The Half-Moon Hollow series has been somewhat hit or miss for me. But what is always a home run is Molly Harper’s humor and the narration of Amanda Ronconi. And Dick Cheney.  I did read Big Vamp on Campus rather than listening, but I may go back and add the audio. I enjoyed learning more about Ophelia. Her reaction to college life and developing personal relationships is interesting and understandable. I don’t feel like I know Jamie very well and consequently I don’t care about him too much. I’m not sure why some girls become her friend but I like it. There is one part where Ophelia is told Jane wants her to email information and then Jane doesn’t seem to know about […]


Audio review: Reckless River by Lindsay Cross

Posted January 20, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments
Audio review: Reckless River by Lindsay Cross

I read the first two books in the Men of Mercy series, Redemption River and Resurrection River, which did not impress me. Sadly, this is more of the same. The special forces team is mostly not present and there is no mission here for them. One member of the team Jared, goes back to his childhood hometown to get revenge for the abuse he and his brother suffered. His brother is captured and tortured. Jared spends most of his time, even when trying to get his dying brother to medical help, thinking with his little head. His focus is nearly always having sex with Sparrow, the grown-up girl who freed the brothers when they were young. Of course, she is a virgin. Sparrow is also strong, smart, loyal, skilled and long-suffering with the emotional, dickhead Jared.  For a trained special forces guy, Jared is not all that skilled and his ability to […]


Thrifty Thursday: Oracle by Kelly Meading

Posted January 19, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments
Thrifty Thursday: Oracle by Kelly Meading

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on December 16, 2016  (currently $3.99 as of writing this post) Overall rating 4.0 with 8 ratings and 3 reviews   This would be an unlikely choice except I have been reading more science fiction and Kelly Meding is an author I have wanted to try. The blurb is longish and does not match my sense of Oracle.  The title doesn’t seem to fit, either. The beginning felt slow with the world-building.  Once I got to know a few of the characters, and care about them, it was interesting. There was action throughout, so it’s odd the beginning didn’t quite capture me. Olivia and Nick are my heart in the story and the ones I want to succeed. Knowing them more also allowed the humor which I always enjoy. They have been […]


Thrifty Thursday: John Milton prequel novellas by Mark Dawson

Posted January 19, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments
Thrifty Thursday:  John Milton prequel novellas by Mark Dawson

          The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on November 23, 2016  (currently FREE as of writing this post) This is a special edition of Thrifty Thursday which is akin to Jennifer’s Read It, Track It where I am reading more “free” books for the COYER Winter Storm Challenge   1000 Yards is a prequel novella in the John Milton series. It is a detailed, political operation by a coldly rational assassin.  Milton is obviously skilled and intelligent. Although, he seems to be having health issues; it is not developed. It is frightening in its suspense and the unemotional progression of events. Similar to 1000 Yards, Tartantula is another mission from the case file. The character seems much more skilled and confident in this outing. It is just as interesting and nerve-wracking, however. The only noticeable […]


Phantom Kiss by Chloe Neill

Posted January 17, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments
Phantom Kiss by Chloe Neill

            Anne’s Thoughts Ethan IS a book boyfriend, but Merit is also a girl crush. They are a couple I have shipped throughout the Chicagoland Vampire series. Phantom Kiss is a sweet treat, the author’s gift to us, bringing them back into my mind and heart before the final book, Blade Bound, is available April 25, 2017. Many favorite characters, good and bad, make an appearance. If you don’t read the series, it won’t mean as much to you, because you won’t have the depth and love for the characters. It is a short, fun read. There doesn’t seem to be much towards the overall story arc, but it is a very pleasant visit to beloved people and their places.   Jennifer’s Thoughts Phantom Kiss is a is nice little side adventure for the gang. Merit and Ethan is getting closer to the march down the isle […]


Early Review: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Posted January 12, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments
Early Review: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Since I really enjoyed this author’s Kitty Norville books and I’ve rediscovered my love of science fiction, Martians Abroad seemed like a perfect fit. I was so excited to read it. It was interesting while I was reading and learning about the world and the characters. People are living on Earth and Mars and various other colonies in space.  Polly and her twin brother, Charles, are the children of the head of the colony on Mars. Unfortunately, this was a young adult story and I don’t like young adult most of the time. The perspective of everything was by Polly. As a young adult, she was immature, rebellious and not all that far-thinking. Certainly, she had skills which allowed her to handle some bad situations. But other happenings she caused herself. Polly just felt whiny to me, thinking over and over what she wanted. She didn’t look at options to […]