Monday, December 19, 2016

Review: Melody's Key @DallasCoryell

TITLE: Melody's Key
AUTHOR: Dallas Coryell
RELEASE DATE: June 24h, 2016
PUBLISHER: AsherRain Publications
FORMAT: Ebook & Paperback
SOURCE: complimentary copy 

“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.” 
Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

Dallas Coryell is a musician and author residing deep in the untamed wilds of Michigan, USA, where he desperately attempts to assign meaning to his world through bouts of maniacal creative catharsis and pitifully doomed hopeless romantic fantasies. All of the songs written by the characters in this novel are real and can be viewed on the author’s fledgling YouTube channel: Selfies and other

assorted randomness can be found on the author’s Instagram:

Sometimes all you need is someone who believes in you and teaches you that love can heal all wounds. 'Melody's Key' is a story about growing up, learning that people are more than just what you can see at plain sight and that life is full of surprises.

Tegan is a lovely girl, she gave up her dreams of attending college to stay home and help her family with their business. One summer a famous singer arrives at their place and at first she thinks he's all that magazines says. Of course, Mason is more than just a sexy singer and has demons of his own.

I adored the characters, Tegan is really human and feels like a real person. Her bunch of brother and sisters are all great and hilarious. Her friend, Simon is adorable and I think was one of the best from the book. I liked how Mason is portrayed and his evolving is natural.

The romance is sweet and innocent at first. Both of them are broken somehow and they need to trust each other before move on beyond a friendship. Their pasts hide many secrets and suffering. Then,  little by little they help to heal and let go of the fears, doubts and the what if?.  

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and as a romance, it's a really good choice.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Review: Enchanted Desire

TITLE: Enchanted Desire
AUTHOR: Paul Lonardo
RELEASE DATE: June 17th, 2016
PUBLISHER: The Wild Rose Press
SOURCE: complimentary copy

I had my life all planned out...until I met him. Kenny Honana is sexy and alluring. Mysterious. I'd always been drawn to the Native American heritage, and now I found myself dream-deep in a supernatural tribal ritual. Little did I know, his vision quest would involve me in a sexual odyssey beyond my wildest dreams. But when the quest is over...what becomes of us?
Paul Lonardo has published both fiction and non-fiction. He has had titles excerpted in Reader’s Digest and reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly.

FROM THE ASHES became the basis of a 2013 documentary web series, THE STATION, which he produced. Paul was interviewed as part of NBC’s documentary program featuring the true crime story depicted in his book CAUGHT IN THE ACT.

'Enchanted Desire' is a hot and magical romance. Shanna is not happy with her relationship and some recent events are taking its toll on her. One day she walks into a strange shop and meets an intense and sexy man. Somehow she starts to have vivid and sensual dreams with him that turn her life around.

The story behind the mysterious dolls is intriguing and the native American folklore gives the plot a really solid background. The writing is really good and the characters are quite interesting.

This one is a short story, it will only take you a few minutes-hours to read. The intensity and passion of the story will catch you and won't let you go.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Review: The Serenity Stone Murder

TITLE: The Serenity Stone Murder
AUTHOR: Marianne Jones
RELEASE DATE: December 7th, 2015
PUBLISHER: Split Tree Publishing
FORMAT: Ebook & Paperback
SOURCE: complimentary copy

The peaceful city of Thunder Bay is shocked when one of its most prominent businessmen is murdered with a stone stolen from a nearby church garden. Visiting the city to attend a retreat, friends Margaret and Louise become intrigued by the circumstances surrounding the murder and quickly find themselves embroiled in the investigation. Will they discover that they’ve stepped into something they won’t be able to walk away from? Will the murderer target them next?

Marianne Jones is a retired teacher, actor, and choir director from the wilds of Northwestern Ontario. Married, with two amazing daughters and two gorgeous granddaughters, she writes, blogs and celebrates life. Although not all her words are carved in stone, three of her poems are, in permanent installation at Prince Arthur's Landing at Marina Park in Thunder Bay.


Margaret and Louise are attending a retreat when an intriguing murderer hits the town. Curiosity will get the best of them and they will get involved in solving the mystery behind who is the killer.

This is a fast, enjoyable and light mystery that will only take you a couple hours to read. I really enjoy the dynamic between the two friends and their sweet fights over the dog and the places they are going to sleep. The book is well written and the descriptions are quite ok.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Review: Carved in Stone

TITLE: Carved in Stone: Monochrome Destiny
AUTHOR: T. L. Blake
RELEASE DATE: July 12th, 2015
SOURCE: complimentary copy.

Determined science teacher, Robyn Darrow, has started a new life in the sleepy rural idyll of Porthmollek. But Porthmollek has sinister secrets and outsiders are most definitely not welcome. Handsome, but arrogant, Andrew Obursen knows all too well that there is rot in the small town, but he has his own reasons for keeping quiet and Robyn is the last person that he would ever open up to. When fate drags the two together after the mysterious disappearance of a colleague, Robyn and Andrew think that their only problem is the unwanted attraction that sizzles passionately between them. But it soon becomes obvious that the disappearance was no accident and that Robyn and Andrew may, in fact, be next. . . 
Please note that this book contains adult sex scenes, violence and swearing. 

T L Blake is from Gloucestershire, England.  She has a University degree in Biochemistry and Physiology and has had a full and varied career in both research and secondary education.  Now that she is responsible for a young family she is finally indulging in her passion for writing, stealing precious minutes whenever she can.
With an avid interest in the arcane, T L Blake’s books all share dark fantasy themes whether those themes are backed by solid science like in the Monochrome Destiny series, or are set in wholly fictitious worlds like her upcoming Guardians series.
All of T L Blake’s books also share the theme of romance and super hot sex.

This is the story of Robyn, a school teacher who has a rough start in a small rural town. She and her friend are new in the town and some of the people don't like outsiders. Another colleague bullies her in order to make her leave but she won't give him the satisfaction. One day her friend goes on a trip and doesn't come back, from then on she will try to figure out what happen to her while discovering that the town has more secrets than she thought. 

The book has a slow start in my opinion, somewhere around half of it the story started to be more interesting and I devoured the rest of the book. The last chapters are quite dark and intense, the plot takes an interesting twist and I found the idea quite original.

The romance between Robyn and Andrew is one of the good things from this book. They feel attracted but her fears don't allow her to follow her heart. And also, there are some secrets that prevent Andrew to really be with her. Of course, once they get together is really sweet and passional. I like their dynamic and want to know what's next for them.

This is the first of a planned trilogy so you can expect a cliffhanger at the end of the story.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Review: Missing Parts

TITLE: Missing Parts
AUTHOR: Lucinda Berry
RELEASE DATE: October 25th, 2016
FORMAT: paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

Growing up abandoned by her father and raised by a single mother, Celeste was determined to create the perfect family but even perfect families have secrets. Celeste’s days are filled with a rewarding career, a devoted husband, and her four-year-old daughter. Only Celeste knows the precarious house of cards her family is built upon until the day her daughter falls critically ill. Celeste’s world quickly spirals out of control as her secret threatens to destroy her marriage, family, reputation, and sanity. She’ll go to any lengths to protect her family—take any risk, break any law—anything except tell the truth.
Dr. Lucinda Berry's background is as unique as her stories. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specializing in trauma and children. She is the Assistant Director of Evidence-based Practice at UCLA's National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. She uses her clinical experience to create compelling tales that blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction. 

'Missing Parts' is an intriguing, catching and quite excellent story about how one decision can alter your whole life. This is one of those books you cannot put down and drags you into its pages only to release you once you finish.

Celeste has built a life with the perfect family she couldn't have as a child. However, all her world crumbles when her daughter falls ill with a terrible disease. Little by little, we discover that there are secrets that could change everything. 

I have to say that I love the writing style, the author wrote a solid book with a strong background and thought of every detail. Celeste is a great character, I liked her despite her choices (whether you agree with her or not) because she is as human as any of us. 

Each chapter brings a new surprise and it's hard to stop reading. I really liked how dynamic the story is despite the dark tone of the story. There were minor things that were predictable but it still is a really good story.

I highly recommend this book, if you like thrillers, mysteries and a bit of family drama, you should read this one. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Review: Single by Christmas @RosaT_Author

TITLE: Single by Christmas
AUTHOR: Rosa Temple
RELEASE DATE: October 3rd, 2016
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review


You’ve heard the saying, ‘opposites attract’ haven’t you? Well meet 27 year old Alex Marshall, a party girl with a penchant for free flowing Prosecco, and her devilishly handsome scientist boyfriend, Charlie, who loves jazz and dinner for two.Alex and Charlie are together for 11 blissful months until Alex goes out of town and does something she will later regret. Was she drunk? You bet. Does she want Charlie to know? Well what do you think?With the couple about to spend their first Christmas together will Charlie be the forgiving kind or will Alex be Single by Christmas?
This is a feel good, Christmas novel with very few mince pies, not much snow and absolutely no mistletoe – just a couple of best friends, a sociopathic nemesis and a lot of drinking.

Rosa Temple began writing romantic comedies and chick lit because of her passion for what she calls the 'early chick lit films', like: Sabrina, Barefoot In the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany's. She honed her skills as a ghost writer, gaining experience writing romantic novellas, both sweet and on the slightly steamy side. In her notebooks, she constantly jotted down story ideas of her own and she eventually completed her first novella Sleeping With Your Best Friend and now, the full length novel, Natalie's Getting Married.
Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. She spends her days creating characters and story lines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits. 


'Single by Christmas' starts with Alex waiting for her boyfriend on Christmas Eve and we start wondering why is she freezing and alone. So, we jump back a month in the past to discover that a serious of events left her waiting on a cold night.

Alex is an amazing character, I never felt so close and related to a character as I did with her. She likes to drink and enjoy parties, of course sometimes she loses control and the results are not good at all. She is so immersed in her own world that she doesn't realize the things that go around her, she not bad she is just a bit clueless and has a hard time acting as an adult. Her boyfriend is so perfect and deserves an award for putting up with her. Charlie is smart, sexy, handsome and sweet. He is just what she needs because he is patient and caring.

The book is fast to read and the writing style is really good. The dialogues are funny and the characters are all adorable. Each event unchains a series of misunderstandings, fights, secrets and it's all a big mess at the end. However, as any other chick-lit the book finds its route to a better path.

I really enjoyed the book, if you like chick-lit and romance you should definitely read this one.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Review: Spitting on Hans' Tosti

TITLE: Spitting on Hans' Tosti: How It Feels to Be Groped and Preyed Upon by Your Boss
AUTHOR: Karin Bosman
RELEASE DATE: July 5th, 2015
PUBLISHER: CB- Logistics
FORMAT: paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

Sexual harassment at work, the real life story about unwelcome and unlawful behaviour in the workplace. The intimidations of sexual harassment unwittingly pull you into a world of sadness and loneliness. This story gradually reveals how an apparently stray kiss leads to degrading harassment.

'Spitting on Han's Tosti' is a tale of sexual harassment, an honest tale of how your workplace can become an awful place and how going daily to work can feel like hell.

The author took the courage to tell us her real experience and she does it with grace and without looking for pity. She is honest, brave and open about her journey to escape an abusive boss. She uses nicknames to identify each person involved and I think it was a great decision because that way it's easy to imagine the situation in any scenario, I mean that this kind of things happen every day and it's sad.

The book has a really good style and it feels like hearing a friend telling you about his-her life. For moments it was hard to imagine going through the situations the author had to face. But I believe she come out of it stronger and despite all, happier because she could expose his boss.

This one is a really good non-fiction book and a good choice if you want to read about this topic.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: Intomesee: In Pursuit of a Passionate Life @WeMahaErwin

TITLE: Intomesee: In Pursuit of a Passionate Life
AUTHOR: maha Erwin
RELEASE DATE: July 31st, 2016
SOURCE: complimentary copy

The 1967 Summer of Love never ended in the City by the Bay. It just morphed into the “play ethic” of the hyper-rich and upwardly mobile. 
Introducing Aimée, a San Franciscan who plays by the rules – hooks up, no strings attached – until her bourgeois world collapses. Desperate, she must find a husband. A Mr. Half-Right will do, so long as he provides her financial security again. Matador, the pharmaceutical magnate who concocts the newly-launched female libido drug, Intomesee, exceeds all her expectations. His st, pharma-drugs give her passionate highs, but does she possess the je ne sais quoi to intoxicate him in the city, designer built for free love?

Maha is a proud American, Erwin is a flying Dutchman. We hooked-up during an overland safari across the heart of Africa. When the tour ended, we got hitched. Disillusioned with our careers in finance and science, we sold two of our homes and started to travel again. Five years later, we’re still possessed by an unrelenting wanderlust, lugging around our huuuuge suitcases wherever we go. Cape Town. Rome. San Francisco. Ubud.

We’re not ones for bummin’ it. We live large. Kinda. Our Airbnb homes overlook outrageously scenic landscapes. Weekdays, we swim along pebble beaches. Weeknights, we enjoy cultural events and festivities. Weekends, we climb active volcanoes. But, recall, we’re not lazy butts. We wake up early and sleep late, typing loooots of words per day. Writing fiction gives us purpose.

This summer, to celebrate the release of our debut novel, “Intomesee: In Pursuit of a Passionate Life”, Erwin grew a Hemmingway beard. Maha hopes his scruffy look is just a phase, not an excuse to justify his shameless drinking habit. Erwin hopes Maha unscrews the rusted bolts in her head, or else his sci-fi thriller, “Humanity Rebooted,” will never be published by the end of next year.

If you’re curious about our itinerant lifestyle or want to explore the rapidly changing world with us (from your comfy armchair), send us a Goodreads message! We’re always happy to make new friends.

Intomesse is the story of Aimée, it's a mix of bizarre situations, experimental drugs, and eccentric characters. I had some issues enjoying this book, however, it's fast to read and a good book.

The plot is quite solid and it's easy to follow the story. I had a hard time understanding Aimée, she is definitely not one of my favorite characters. She sounded a bit dramatic or anxious, I really don't know but there was something about her I didn't like.

The book has a good writing style, it has smart dialogues and the authors managed to create a different kind of chick-lit book. I also have to add that the book has a strong sexual component, there were many graphic scenes which also made the book a bit better.

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