Friday, June 26, 2015

Strange Bedfellows Release and Review!


Can the billionaire son of a Democratic president build a family with the congressman son of a Republican senator? Forget politics, love makes strange bedfellows.

As the sole offspring of the Democratic United States president and his political operative wife, Trevor Moga was raised in an environment driven by the election cycle. During childhood, he fantasized about living in a made-for-television family, and as an adult, he rejected all things politics and built a highly successful career as far from his parents as possible.

Newly elected congressman Ford Hollingsworth is Republican royalty. The grandson of a revered governor and son of a respected senator, he was bred to value faith, family, and the goal of seeing a Hollingsworth in the White House.

When Trevor and Ford meet, sparks fly and a strong friendship is formed. But can the billionaire son of a Democratic president build a family with the congressman son of a Republican senator? Forget politics, love makes strange bedfellows.

Release Date: June 26, 2015
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Darra's Review:
I have looked at several at Cardeno's books before however this is the first time to read one. It was not disappointing at all. When reading the synopsis, you know it would be complicated relationship. It is difficult for Ford to continue with his career and not have people judge him. Which makes feel compassion for Ford. I could not imagine how it would feel to be in his position.
Loved both Trevor and Ford. Both are different, but charismatic at the same time. It was a great love story. The relationship grows the longer you read into the book. Which is exactly how a relationship should be written. Real, raw and pulls at the strings of your heart.
I can absolutely say, I loved both characters, and loved the development of the story. Well written and makes you feel the emotions that characters go through. That is how a Romance book should be written.
My rating for this book is a 4.5 out of 5.
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Short Bio: Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

Heartwarming Stories. Strong Relationships. Forever Love.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Devil Made Me Do It!!!

Title: The Devil Made Me Do It
Series: Speak of the Devil, Book #2
Author: Shawna Romkey
Genre: YA paranormal
Release date: June 15th, 2015

The demons strike back!

Lily is working with the angels to stifle the last of the demon outbreaks and to figure out how to stop the Silence of God, so life can get back to boring normality. But all hell breaks loose when she's stolen from school and brought face to face with the devil himself. Lily has to find her way back home to Luc, crack the prophecy that breaks the curse silencing God, and figure out how she and Luc can ever really be together; but Lucifer has other plans for her that don't include her ever getting out of Hell intact.

Romance | Paranormal | Teen | Young Adult | YA | Fantasy | Angels | Demons
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Sunny's Review:

If you saw my review of Speak of the Devil you know that I was really excited to get my hands on The Devil Made Me Do It. Shawna did not disappoint me. I am in a book hangover and I can't wait to find out what happens in The Devil You Know.
There are going to be some spoilers. I hate doing that but to get my feelings across I think that you need to know that you will meet Lucifer in this. I kind of loved him. Don't get me wrong. I am definitely on Team Halo and not Team Awesome and Lucifer is totally, 100% certifiably insane! Again, I kind of loved him. He had some amazing liners and so much more but I don't want to tell you because I want you to enjoy them for yourself.
I can honestly say that I feel like I need to go to Confession so that I am in good with God and his Angels. Don't want to end up in Purgatory or Hell. Luc is pretty good in this book and just gets better. I was a little bit annoyed with him at the end but I get it. He was awesome right before I got mad at him. I like Lily a lot more in this one. She is not whiny and basically gets a backbone. I love it.
There is so much more that I want to say but I don't want to give up too much. I am giving this book 4.8 stars out of 5. Anytime I can laugh and gasp, be happy and sad while getting mad at a book means that the author did an AWESOME job. Go get these and seriously enjoy.

Darra's Review:

Sunny pretty much summed it up well.

Loved Luc and their relationship shifted to so much more than just acquaintances. You want them to get together but there is so much that keeps them apart. Lily was slow at times, however she finally understood what a terrible position she ended up in.
Lucifer is charismatic? Shockingly, yes. And funny as well. I am supposed to hate him! Your emotions are toyed with and that just made me want to continue to read the book more.

Looking forward to the next book. Left us with a great cliffhanger in the end! Enjoy the read. The series is worth your time.

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Shawna grew up around farms in the heart of Missouri but went to the University of Kansas, was raised in the US but now lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, one rescue dog and one overgrown puppy from hell. She’s a non-conformist who follows her heart.
She’s taught English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to stay the same.  She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dark Angel by Samantha Jacobey!!!

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Dark Angel, A Summer Spirit Novella
by Samantha Jacobey,
Book 2 in the Summer Spirit Series
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 23rd
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Dark Angel - A Summer Spirit Novella… Can your Guardian Angel simply walk away?
Charlie and his girlfriend met last summer, after his awakening from a near death experience. Their love grew while his body healed, and after a few short months, he had come to believe she was the girl of his dreams. But Donna has a secret; one she had never intended to share with the love of her life.
While Charlie’s physical being had lain in a hospital, his spirit had traveled to another dimension - her world - where the forces of light and dark collide. When he had returned to the living side of consciousness, Clarisse stole Donna’s body, claiming it and giving herself a second chance at life and love. Of course, people who die are meant to stay dead, and there will be rough times ahead as Keeper, head of the angels, decides how to put things back in order...
Charlie stared down at their plates, guilt washing over him; “Damn.” He could tell she had put a great deal of effort into the meal, and he had blown it. “So much for overtime,” he muttered, turning to follow her to their bedroom. “Honey, I’m sorry,” he called more loudly.

Stepping into the room, he noted her hunched frame on the foot of the bed. Her face in her hands, her shoulders shook, signaling her silent sobs. Taking a knee before her, he sat back on his haunches while his fingers gently wound around her warm flesh, pulling on her arms to uncover her delicate beauty, “Hey.”

Allowing him to expose her tears, her face looked distorted, causing him to inhale sharply. “Don’t look at me Charlie,” she implored.

“Why?” he breathed the question. “Seriously, baby. What’s happening to you?”

Flicking her moist tongue over her lips, she whined, “You’ll call me crazy if I tell you. Just like you did Grandma Parker.”

“No, I won’t,” he pushed himself up onto his knees, his arms sliding around her waist, “Baby, I love you so much. We’re survivors, remember?” he alluded to their private joke. “There’s nothing you can’t tell me, an’ I promise; I would never call you crazy.”

She stared into his deep brown eyes, feeling as if they would swallow her whole at any moment. “My name isn’t Donna,” she stated flatly, “My name is Clarisse.”

Charlie’s lungs clamped down tight within his chest, as if she had knocked the wind out of him with a single punch. “Clarisse,” he coughed, squinting as he tried to make the connection. Finally, unable to do so, he stroked her long straight locks, “Honey, I’m not following.”

“That’s why she doesn’t know me,” she pulled herself up straight, “Because… I’m not me. And Grandma Parker can see it somehow.”

“I see,” he sank back down, heels to rear, “And how long has this feeling that you’re someone else been going on?”

“I told you!” she screamed, leaping to her feet, “Now you think I’m bat shit psycho!” she whirled around, moving to the window to peer outside, searching the darkness for some unseen enemy.

Watching her, he pushed himself up, standing slowly, “I never said that. I don’t understand. That’s all.”

“Of course not, you’re still you,” she quipped.

Darra's Review:

We have been looking forward to reading a book about Angel's lately, hence the reason why we wanted to give our reviews.
You have to read the first book to understand what is happening in Dark Angel. I do really like Clarissa, I mean Donna. And did like Charlie in the first book. There is a part in this book I did think he was a jerk. However he redeemed himself. I definitely would have to read the next book. Good ending, but I don't think that the characters have developed enough to where I can really give explanation why I truly love them.
A lot of things happen in the book and it occurs back to back. As a novella, it has to be fast pace to get all the scenes in. I wish it was a bit longer. There were times I needed more details because some of the scenes are so swift, I felt a bit lost and thought I missed something.

I think that once the next book comes out, I will be able to give my honest review in more details. There is so many things that are left unexplained and I am an impatient person!

My rating for Dark Angel is 3.9.

Sunny's Review:
I was curious about this book based on the synopsis. I liked Summer Angel. It was pretty interesting and held my attention. I like the concept of the story but I don't feel like it was long enough. Almost like I needed more of a connection with the characters. I didn't really like Charlie very much in Dark Angel. I was annoyed with his attitude towards Donna when she was trying to explain everything to him.

I am giving this book 3.8 stars out of 5 stars. If you want a quick read with an interesting look at guardian angels then this is your book.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Deacon by Cheryl Douglas!!

 Who will come out on top in this battle of wills? The dominant one or the woman intent on teaching him the meaning of submission?

Title:  Deacon
Author:  Cheryl Douglas
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Series:  Starkis Family, Book 1
Cover Designer:  Fantasia Frog Designs
Release Date:  June 15, 2015

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When Deacon Starkis sets his sights on the gorgeous young model gracing the pages of his glossy catalogue, he knows he has to have her. One problem. She’s not available. But that won’t stop Deacon. He’s a man used to getting what he wants and he wants Mia.

Mia is stunned when she receives an email from the elusive billionaire who owns the lingerie company she models for. He tells her he’s intrigued. He’s not the only one. But she knows she’d be a fool to throw away an eight year relationship for a brief affair with the head honcho. He doesn’t do relationships and she doesn’t do casual sex. It seems they’re at an impasse. 

Who will come out on top in this battle of wills? The dominant one or the woman intent on teaching him the meaning of submission?

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Darra's Review:

Beginning the book, I was leery Mia getting involved with Deacon. Way too much baggage. However how can you have a plot with no drama with their past. Deacon has a mountain full of issues and with Mia being so innocent, this was going to be a train wreck.
When I read characters like Deacon, I most likely will hate them. Well, I will make him an exception. He did mean well, and there was at least a reason why he was practically a manwhore. He truly did love Mia and wanted to be with her.
For a portion of the book, I loathed him. But he redeemed himself, which made the ending so much better. Overall, the end of the story made the book. Otherwise, I would not have recommended the book. It was an interesting plot and did keep my interest the entire time. But it means everything in a story to me if I do or do not like the characters. Eventually I did after all the ups and downs. With the EXCEPTION of the ex boyfriend. What a flake! 
Same as Sunny. A 3.9 out of 5. If you are looking for a Alpha male with a appetite that exceeds the proper limits, Deacon is your man! 

Sunny's Review:

I am all about the super rich alpha male. I like them as long as they are not over the top with the demanding "I own you" thing. Deacon was a little out of control but not too bad. I liked him for the most part. Mia is young and annoying. I get that she has basically been on her own since she was a teenager and has supported herself and her boyfriend for years but she is still ridiculously immature. I didn't like her at all. Main reason: I don't agree with cheating. I don't like reading books about it and even though she doesn't physically cheat and her boyfriend is a freaking jerk, she was still wrong. Deacon was wrong too but it he wasn't the one in the relationship.
Once I got past that part of the book (normally I will just stop reading a book if there is cheating but I decided to give this one a chance) it was okay. I ended up liking Deacon for the most part. I am glad that Mia did try to go a little bit slow and was not okay let's get married right now.
This book was a quick read and it was pretty good. If you like the alpha male then I think you will like this book. I am giving it 3.9 out of 5 stars.

When one door closes, another one opens. I closed the door to my business for the last time in 2011, which left me with a decision. What now? Find another location and move my nutrition business, go to work for someone else, or take a chance on my dream? I chose the latter and I’ve never looked back! 

I’ve always loved reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I jumped in with both feet and decided writing would be my career, instead of just a hobby, that my muse woke up from her deep slumber. It was like someone flipped a switch inside my head and stories just came pouring out. At the end of the day, I would often look at the keyboard and wonder, ‘Who the heck wrote that? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me!’

I don’t write books. I tell stories, or rather, I allow my characters to tell their stories through me. I’m not a plotter, never have been, never will be. Why? Because I have no idea how the story will evolve and it’s not my place to manipulate it. My job is to get to know these characters, figure out what makes them tick, then follow their journey wherever it takes me.

When I’m not writing, I’m daydreaming. Thankfully, I have an understanding husband and son who know I’ll re-join the land of the living just as soon as my muse decides it’s quitting time. I don’t work for myself. I work for her. She’s the boss. And I’m okay with that.