Archive | January 2016

Flasher Friday – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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This week I’m flashing back all the way back to 1991. It was a good year. I got married, had a baby, and Diana Gabaldon published Outlander and gave us all Jamie Fraser.

 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the hype about Outlander. Starz has made the books into a series. It’s good. I watched. But it’s even better because I read it first. Yes, I’m one of those that believe in reading a book before watching the movie. But then, I irritate whoever I’m watching with by complaining about the differences and saying how it wasn’t like that in my head. My friends and family have learned to deal.

I first read this back in 2011. Here’s my original review:

Gah. I just don’t even know where to start with this one. I laughed out loud in some parts. I bawled like a baby in others. The story was very emotional. Jamie Fraser stole my heart and I’ll never hear about Scotland again without thinking of him. Will I read the rest of the series? I’m not sure. I like where this ended and am scared of where it might go. This is definitely a book I’ll buy for my bookshelf since I borrowed this from the library 🙂

Well, it’s 2016.  My husband bought me a hard back copy for the bookshelf a few Christmases ago (He knows how much I swoon over Jamie Fraser and he still bought the book). I haven’t read anymore of the series because every time I thought about picking the next one up, I would go back and reread my favorite parts and end up not grabbing Dragonfly in Amber because I am still content with how Outlander ended.  And yes, I still get all giddy thinking of Scotland and Jamie Fraser.  Starz did an excellent job casting him in the series ;0)

So, will I ever read the rest of the series?  Eh, probably not.  However, I will probably watch the next season of the show; cause who can resist Jamie Fraser?

 

Happy Reading! ~Susan

Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti

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4 stars reviewed by Susan

Have you noticed how dystopian, end of the world type books are all over the place now, and zombies are all the rage? Well, I have to confess. I’m not into all that. Much to my children’s dismay, I’ve never watched an episode of The Walking Dead. Go ahead and gasp. I know you want to. It’s ok. I just don’t go for that. I want to believe the end of the world is going to be happy and we will all have unicorns that sprinkle glitter. ;0)

So, with all that being said, I picked up the newest release by Rebecca Zanetti, Mercury Striking. I have several of her books and I like her writing so I figured, why not? Well, the premise of this book is a United States that is trying to regroup after a deadly outbreak of a bacteria called Scorpius. And guess what?! If you survive, you either get enhanced mental capacity or you become….are you ready?…a Ripper, which is a zombie-like being. Even knowing these things before reading, I delved into this and I am beyond thankful I did because it was an action-packed, emotional read. The action started on page 1, and didn’t stop until the very end.

Jax Mercury is a soft-hearted soldier who is leading a group of people in what is left of LA after a dangerous bacteria has killed off most of the population. Ex-head of the CDC, Lynne Harmony, is on the run from the government and needs Jax’s help. I’ve come to realize there is a prequel out to this that explains about the disease. I didn’t read it and I really don’t feel like I missed out on anything. Things were explained well. In fact, in some places I felt it was a little repetitive because Lynne told her story several times to several different people.

I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series to see what happens with Raze. He was an interesting character. I also want to know what’s up with Sami and what she’s hiding.

~Happy Reading! <3, Susan

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TRANSCENDENTLove, desire, and the undeniable hunger for another living being is something Jeffrey Bauer knows nothing about. Women have always been drawn to him like moths to a flame. But, he’s been careful to never indulge in the same woman more than once; it’s a rule he has always abided by. A rule that has kept him safe—until now.

Jeff’s impervious world now crumbles to the wayside once he crosses paths with her—Elise Jewels. She knocks down his walls with just one glance. She grabs ahold of his soul, without permission, and keeps it hostage. She’s become the exception to his simple rule.

Elise screams innocence and purity—a beauty that Jeff doesn’t want to taint. He has to decide to embark on his deepest desires with Elise or to save her from himself by staying far away.

Will he be able to fight the irresistible pull she has on him? Or will he allow her to slip away?

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Debt by Nina G. Jones

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amanda
I absolutely loved this book. It sucked me in right from the start. I will definitely be reading more books by Nina G. Jones.
I have been thinking about how to write this review without giving too much away. I will say you need to make sure you read the summary before you begin.
“I don’t know what I was thinking when I hired someone to attack me. Maybe I was bored, or lonely, or there was a void so deep inside of me that I needed something explosive to fill it.

It was supposed to be safe. A thrill. A way to break through the monotony of everyday life. It was an illusion of danger that I could walk away from as soon as it was over.

Except that it wasn’t. Because I had been in danger long before I ever invited it into my life.”
5+ stars
Teresa
Wow…I’m blown away! This is the first book I’ve read this year that I haven’t flounced. This book was amazing. I loved Tax, loved him even within the messed up relationship he and Mia had, I loved him.
He was like an onion: the more layers she peeled back the more we learned about him. I wanted to hate him, I wanted to hate Mia, but deep down I got it. I understood how she felt, about him, the situation, herself. HE made her feel alive, and even if it was bad or wrong, I loved it!
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{COVER REVEAL} Set The Pace by Kim Karr

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Title: Set the Pace

Series: The Detroit Love Duet #1

Author: Kim Karr

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Set the pace AMAZON.jpgEvery city needs a hero, but Detroit’s white knight just might be a villain.

A rough childhood branded Jasper Storm trouble. A bad boy. Not worth a damn. His love of cars was the only thing that could battle his delinquency. With the need for speed in his blood, he overcame his wayward ways. Mostly. Now the broken city of Detroit hails him their shining star. And the man behind a new cutting-edge automobile is ready to turn this bankrupt town around.

Charlotte Lane was the tomboy who lived next door. She was his best friend. He was her protector. Then tragedy struck and she disappeared, forever—or so he thought.

Everything Jasper does in life is fast. He talks fast, f*cks fast, and drives fast. But when one reckless turn brings him face-to-face with the childhood he has tried very hard to forget, he finds himself on the edge of wondering if he shouldn’t slow down.

Time hasn’t erased who they are though. Jasper has many reasons to hate Charlotte and keep his distance, which is easier said than done. Soon she’s infiltrating his every thought and he can’t stay away. Back in town with an agenda of her own, she should push him aside. Make him turn around. Walk away herself. Yet she can’t.

With the past lurking between them, they proceed with caution. That is until one sex-filled night leads to murder, and things are forced to change. Now that Detroit’s biggest ally has suddenly become suspect number one, will Charlotte—the girl Jasper once kept safe—be the one to save him?
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Kim Karr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is a daydreamer. So much so that if daydreaming could be a hobby it would be her favorite. It’s how her stories are born and how they take root. An imagination that runs wild is something to be thankful for, and she is very thankful. 🙂

She grew up in New York and now lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and with the rest of her time embraces one of her biggest passions–writing.

Kim wears a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of her family. However, she always finds time to read.

She likes to believe in soulmates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.
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I Pick You

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When I left Nashville, Tennessee, I knew deep in my heart I wouldn’t be back. I knew I would never be heard on every country music station around the world, and I would never step foot on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Cold hard guilt and responsibilities that I didn’t want forced me on a different path.
Me being responsible for an eighteen-month-old was a horrible idea. Me being a second grade teacher in a catholic school was plain ludicrous.
Life sucked, love hurt, and I didn’t know who to pick.

 

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Jettie Woodruff is a lifelong writer, living in a pretend world since she was a little girl. Jettie spent hours filling pages of spiral notebooks with a number two pencil and a wild imagination. Her very first story was a scifi of all things.
Jettie writes more along the lines of erotica now. She likes to keep her readers on edge, and deliver a story that will pull out every emotion possible. Writing on the edge of taboo and dark, Jettie hopes to distribute an adventure you’ll not soon forget.
Married for twenty five years, raising two boys and one girl has left lots of writing material. She has recently become a grandma to not one, but two of the most beautiful little girls on planet earth.
Jettie also hates doing this bio. That’s all you get. She loves to read and write. What else is there? <3

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*Cover Reveal* Target on our Backs by J.M Darhower

Target on Our Backs (Monster in His Eyes, #3)

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Blurb:
The best way to keep your word is never to give it.

Not long ago, in a chapel in Vegas, I swore to love Karissa for the rest of my days. But nobody’s promised an infinite number of tomorrows. Nobody’s promised forever. Sometimes, all we have left is today.

Carpe Diem
Seize the day.

It should’ve been over, we should’ve been happy, but people are making it hard for me to live in peace. I’ve got so much blood on my hands they’ll never be clean, and somebody out there seems to want me to pay for it. Happily Ever After always comes at a cost, one any real man would be willing to pay. But that doesn’t mean I’m just going to roll over and accept these consequences.

Because when it comes to the woman I love? The life I’ve fought for?

Nobody is safe.

Pucked Over (Pucked, #3) by Helena Hunting

 

 

Lily LeBlanc isn’t versed in the art of casual sex, but after seven years in an on-again, off-again relationship, she’s definitely willing to give it a shot. And who better to try it with than her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend? What could possibly go wrong?

NHL player, Randy Ballistic, lives up to his last name on the ice and in the bedroom. His best friend and teammate has recently given up the puck bunnies and traded them in for a real girlfriend. And she just happens to have a seriously feisty, extra-hot best friend on the rebound. Randy’s more than happy to be Lily’s spring board back into the dating scene.

But casual sex is only casual until those pesky things called emotions get involved. Once that happens, someone’s bound to get pucked over.

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FLASHER FRIDAY! Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley

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Sooo, we girls at Two Girls With Books were talking and decided we would start a Flashback Friday feature since I (Susan) don’t always read the most current books when they’re just out.  I’m a book buying addict who doesn’t have enough time to read everything I buy immediately (I should probably keep a tally of what I buy and see the actual numbers LOL).   Or maybe you’re also like me and find the need to read an author’s back list after you discover her, therefore you are reading older books.  Whatever the case may be, the need for flashback Friday came about.  And we’re here to tell you what we think about those books too 🙂

I’ve decided to start this feature off with a huge fan favorite – KRISTEN ASHLEY!  Most everyone who reads her loves her (us included) and I hadn’t finished the Dream Man series, so Motorcycle Man has the honor of being our first FLASHER FRIDAY post!

Motorcycle Man (Dream Man, #4)

Don’t you just love the new updated cover on this?  I do, but I’ve got to admit, I pictured Tack with a bit more scruffy beard on his face from his description.  This was a nice wrap up to this series and a great introduction to the world of Chaos MC. I LOVED having all the heroes from this series together in here.

It took me longer than usual to warm up to our hero, Tack. He was very handsy, and not in a good way, and that just didn’t work for me, even when he gave an explanation for part of the handsiness. But, I have to give it to him, he spoke in complete sentences and not KA’s typical hero talk of one or two words per sentence. When Tack turned on the charm, watch out! I’d have fallen for that man, same as Tyra. Tyra was, in typical KA fashion, sassy and spunky and would melt for her man. I loved how she quickly bonded with and felt protective of Tack’s kids.  The girls night out she had with Gwen and the rest of the gang was laugh out loud funny!  Tipsy Tyra was hilarious!

This was a solid 4 star read for me.  Go out and find this.  Or the other books in this series.  Or all the books in this series and ENJOY!

Happy Reading!  ~Susan