Brave (by Rose McGowan)

I’m not going to review this book.
I’m not going to talk about Rose McGowan.
I’m not going to talk about how much better I am than all those “other” men.

I’m a male.
I’m a white male.
I’m a white male heterosexual.

 

This book isn’t about the other men. It’s about every man. It’s about every woman.
What I’m going to do is look at myself and think about the things I can do better.

So buy this book. Read it. Give it to your daughters and give it to your sons.

Shadow Hunt (by Melissa F. Olson)

Urban Fantasy

Leaving town on an urgent errand has catastrophic consequences for Scarlett. Her friend Jesse has been cursed and is dying and her dog Shadow has been stolen.  An old enemy has returned and they plan on destroying the peace between the vampires werewolves and witches and starting a war.

As a null Scarlett holds the key to stopping them but to do so she will need to take control of all the supernaturals who haven’t fled LA and face their common foe in a last ditch battle.


I read a little of the first of the Scarlett Bernard books (Dead Spots) but being totally honest it didn’t really grab me and I didn’t continue with the series.  I managed to get a review copy of Midnight Curse, the first in the Disrupted Magic series which also features Scarlett Bernard and I was hooked.  Now I think I need to revisit those earlier books and get the entire back story.

I’m not sure if Shadow Hunt is the last in this series but it’s certainly the best.  Far and away my favorite thus far. I’m definitely wanting some more of these characters and especially the bargest.  What’s not to love about a monstrous bullet proof demon dog?   

Many thanks to 47North for providing me with this review copy.

Deadly Summer (by Denise Grover Swank)

Mystery

As a teenaged star in Hollywood Summer had a squeaky clean image.  But after a scandal she lost her job, was all but unemployable, and to top things off her mother emptied her bank accounts and ran off to live the high life on her money. Without a dollar to her name and debts due she has little choice but to accept a role in a reality TV show where she is a private investigator in her home town of Sweet Briar.  But she quickly discovers she’s been set up to fail. The director and the crew all hate her and the cases are all contrived to make her look like a washed up failure.

Determined to save herself, protect her family and save the farm, she starts investigating the disappearance of the town drunk. And as she investigates she discovers plots and intrigue and murder.


Denise Grover Swank can be a little hit and miss.  I honestly struggle with her short stories, I’d be surprised if I’ve rated any of them more than 3 Stars. I gave up on the Chosen series and found The Curse Keepers tough going. But when she gets it right she hits that ball right out of the park.  And Deadly Summer is that book. It’s Denise Grover Swank being as great as she can be.  I loved this book.  

Many thanks to Montlake Romance and Netgalley for providing me with this Review Copy.

Sweet Tea and Sympathy (by Molly Harper)

Women’s Fiction / Contemporary Romance

As a high end event planner Margot can handle just about anything. But after her crowning glory in the Chicago event planning scene goes horribly awry she finds herself unemployed and unemployable. So when her aunt who she has never met offers her a job in the family business in Georgia she has little choice but to accept.

She quickly discovers the family business is a Funeral Home and Bait Shop, she has dozens of relatives and a father who abandoned her as a child. With spotty internet and cell phone reception, no Starbucks or even a shop that sells fruit, Margot is well out of her comfort zone but with the help of a brooding school principal, his two young daughters and her crazy family she gradually finds a place. The only problem is Lake Sackett is a dying town. The tourists have abandoned them, businesses are closing and there isn’t much of a future for someone with her skills.


I read a lot of books and honestly I’ve read pretty much every story before, usually more than once. There aren’t too many books I wished would just keep going. There aren’t too many authors I’ll buy just because their name is on the cover.

But this is that book and Molly Harper is that author.

I loved everything about this book. I wanted more of every single character. So much love for Sweet Tea and Sympathy

Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic 0.5)

Marianne returns to Lake Sackett, GA and runs right into Carl whose heart she broke when she left town. As she reluctantly settles into a summer with the family she does her best to avoid Carl but the old spark is still there and if they can just deal with their past, they might have a chance at a future.


Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is a quick enjoyable prequel novella. It’s well worth the effort but I think it would be better to read book one first. After Sweet Tea and Sympathy I can almost guarantee that you’ll want more, and this little novella will fit the bill perfectly.

Many thanks to Pocket Books and Netgalley for providing me with this review copy.

Yellow, Orange, Red – What it means: YOR-Guide

Flame in the Dark (by Faith Hunter)

Urban Fantasy

A mysterious creature is targeting a senator and PsyLED are racing against time to not only save him and his family but find out what the creature is and why it’s attacking. Adding to their problems Nell is the only one who can sense the creature … and she can’t be everywhere at once.


Flame in the Dark is everything this series can be. It’s brilliant. It’s Nell on her land…using her magic to hunt and take down evil. I enjoyed the first two books. They were straight up Urban Fantasy. Well written but I’ve seen it before. From the beginning I’ve wanted these books to be about Nell and her Soulwood. In this book Faith Hunter delivers and then some. It’s outstanding, unique, mysterious…far and away the best in the series.

Position in Series: Book 3

Book 1 –– Blood of the Earth
Book 2 –– Curse on the Land
Book 3 –– Flame in the Dark

 


Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for providing me with this Review Copy.

Yellow, Orange, Red – What it means. YOR-Guide

Beard in Mind (by Penny Reid)

Contemporary Romance

There is a story about the disciple of a famous master of the Tea Ceremony. He had made a beautiful bowl and when his master visited one day he served him tea in it. The master didn’t comment on the bowl, didn’t even seem to notice it and the heart-broken disciple threw the bowl into the garden after his master left, smashing it.

He immediately regretted his actions and collected the pieces, then sent them to the pottery repairer to fix.

The next time his master visited, he served him tea in that same bowl, now with visible cracks and staples where it had been repaired.

After finishing his tea the master carefully examined the bowl before saying, “Now it is perfect.”

(Bowl repair from the movie The Road Home starring Zhang Ziyi)


That’s all. If you want to know what that story has to do with anything, you’ll have to read the book and find out for yourself.

5 Stars

Appointed by Fate (by Skye McNeil)

Romantic Suspense

Cameron is a mob soldier who has been sent to Iowa to sort out some rival gangsters. When he wakes up in a park with a knife and a gun and a dead body beside him he finds himself charged with murder and dragged into the legal system.

Joci was Cameron’s first love and now she is his lawyer. As the case progresses she finds herself drawn to him but with two other suitors in the wings and mobsters circling her life is both complicated and dangerous.


Have you ever read a good book that just didn’t work for you?

Appointed by Fate is that book for me. I know it’s good. It’s gritty Romantic Suspense. It’s a well written Courtroom drama. Honestly, it’s a great book for the right reader. I’m not that reader and all cards on the table I’ll explain why.

The main character has an intimate relationship with all three men in this book. I really don’t mind women or men who have multiple sexual partners, I’ve read and enjoyed plenty of erotic fiction. The very first review on this blog is The Siren by Tiffany Reisz. But books about sex and books about romance are very different things and I don’t want that in a romance novel.

So it’s a great book that went places that make me uncomfortable.

Many thanks to Skye McNeil for providing me with this Review Copy.

Yellow, Orange, Red – What it means.