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10 Book Reviews2016 NetGalley Challenge

The Striker (Highland Guard, #10)

Stirred (A Love Story #5)Stirred by Tracy Ewens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book and I was pleasantly surprised. It is one of those wonderfully romantic but not raunchy. The best part of this book as that the characters and situations are very believable. There is no over the top billion dollar romance, although I am a fan of those too. Sage is passionate about what she does and her crush, Garrett is trying to find his way after being the head of the family helping out his father when his mother left. Garrett has the bigger issues when dealing with letting himself be free of the burden of family and allowing himself to be his own person. I realized after a few chapters that this was actually the 3rd in a series however, I was not lost. I just wanted to know more about some of the other characters and I may go back a read to find out. So, if you have not read the other titles in the series do not let that discourage you. This is a wonderful, pleasant read and I enjoyed it.

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The Striker by Monica McCarty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can we get a slow clap for Monica McCarty. I am in love with this series. If you have not read the rest of the series I would not suggest diving into this book, which is number 10 in the Highland Guard series.
I love a good romance and their are certain things that take a series from good to great and for me it is all about character development. I have to believe in these characters. In order to make me believe, you have to put the characters in situations that are believable. Monica McCarty does this with every book in this series.
I truly love the character Margaret. She has qualities that I wish I had in myself. She holds her head up high even when being ridiculed with assumptions because she is different than a normal noble woman. This makes her attractive to Eoin Maclean, because she is the complete opposite of him and THAT is what makes them believable.
This book will make you laugh out loud with the quirks of Maggie and cringe for Eoin’s discomfort. It will also make you feel awful for Maggie and some of the things that she must endure, just because people are assuming things about her. In my opinion, this is one of the best books in the series. The emotional roller-coaster and the action will have you turning pages so quickly, you’ll be sad to see it end.

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Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark, #16)Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was everything and more. The beauty of Kresley Cole is she has the most powerful and strong women in all of books. I never have to worry about a dingy chic because she won’t give you one. This book is no different.
The main characters are Josephine and Rune. Both are hybrids and meet in a courtyard under strange circumstances. Then the adventure begins. Rune in his arrogance must pursue the one woman who he cannot have while Josephine does everything in her power to learn more about the Lore from Rune. This of course would not be a Kresley Cole book without our favorite anti-hero Nix. She of course sends them in one direction only to end up somewhere they never truly expected. we also see a side of Nix that is almost scary. I laughed and I almost cried following these two characters. The plot has become even thicker with the new characters of Moron.
I would recommend this book to those who have been following Cole since the beginning. If you have not, you will be very lost. I too became lost at points, trying to remember characters from many books ago. Considering that this is Cole’s 16th book in the series it is easy to lose track.
Sweet Rune is yet another great addition to this highly addictive book series.

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OvertureOverture by Issa Puppi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good introduction book

I received this as a book to review. I really enjoyed this book. The writing was smooth, fun and believable. Elma is a cute character and she has a fun side about that I enjoy and the decisions she makes are pretty believable as well. The connection between her and Roan is building but it is definitely not a quick rush romance. It got slow around the middle but picked back up for a good conclusion to a first in a series. We are left wanting more because we have just been told everything is not as it seems. I am now anticipating the next.

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Ecstasy Unbound (The Guardians of the Realms, #1)Ecstasy Unbound by Setta Jay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Raw. That is the first phrase that comes to mind when I think about this book. The book starts out with sex. This is when I almost rolled my eyes because I thought that this would live of to what everyone thinks that romance books are. I was pleasantly surprised. The book is about the Immortal Guardians and keeping the gods asleep because they were evil little bastards. But as with all evil bastards there are always more and we must stop him at all cost! Then the adventure begins, The mating frenzy, the battle of good and evil and we meet all these hot guys in the process. There is a 3-way in this book and the language has no filter. I blushed several times but, I could not stop reading. If you love J.R. Ward or Kresley Cole this is a step up when in comes to the sexual side. If you have never tried erotic fiction this is a good place to start.

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Awakened (Eternal Guardians Book 8)Awakened by Elisabeth Naughton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you have not read books 1-7 in this series then you will be a little bit lost. I say that because this books jumps about 20 years ahead of where the last book ended. Therefore, it is almost an entirely new set of characters. These are the children of the original guardians and we are now following them.
The daughter of Demetrius and Isadora, Elysia, is our heroin and she is kidnapped by Zues’s sirens and dropped on a island for Siren training. She has been chosen to become a siren and go through a series of tests. Damon is a slave on the island and he is involved in one of the tests.
As her family tries to find a way to rescue her, she grows into her own and falls for Damon. But, as many of Naughton’s books show, all is not as is seems. There is a brand new adventure with these two as well as the other offspring of the original guardians. I can already tell Naughton has a few more stories to tell with these characters and I look forward to the rest of the series.

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The Harder You Fall (The Original Heartbreakers, #3)The Harder You Fall by Gena Showalter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book. It was my favorite of the Heartbreakers series. I enjoyed this finale as well as the entire series because you can read these out of order and not be lost. Showalter, is one of my favorite authors because of her Lords of the Underworld series. She, however, does not disappoint with this romance series.
Lincoln and Jessie Kay have been fighting their desire for each other the entire series. I wondered how this would work considering she has already slept with Lincoln’s other friends. But, this is a book so anything is possible including water under the bridge. Once you get over that fact, the book becomes adorable. I love Jessie Kay’s playfulness and how she breaks down Lincoln’s walls. She uses her strongest asset, which is her very outgoing personality, to woo Lincoln. There is even some action going on with a jealous wanna-be lover. I don’t think Showalter can get away without putting a little action adventure into all of her books and she has once again done it in a believable way.
This a great series to pick up especially for a by the pool summer read. It is light and fun and of course sexy.

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The Chief (Highland Guard, #1)The Chief by Monica McCarty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As I scrolled through my online library I came across this book. I read the synopsis and decided to take a chance and I am so glad I did. This book took me on a ride. I am not normally a fan of period novels but I fell in love with this one.
We have a group of secret warriors forming to help Bruce gain his rightful place as king. Ok, there is a lot more going on than that but I am terrible with names and I don’t want to confuse you. There is action, adventure, secret meetings and of course romance which is why I picked up the book.
The romance in this is so awesome and most important believable. I loved how this tiny little woman could break down this huge warrior even though the initial first encounter was not ideal. The action in between and their interactions pulled you in. The fact that this is not a short book also helps. Often times a long book is fluff but this one truly had substance. I had a soft sigh once I was finished. All was right with the world but the drama continues because this is a series. One of my new favorites.
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Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, eBooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your BusinessContent Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, eBooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business by Ann Handley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book answered all of my questions and eliminated all of my excuses. If you have a business, blog or web page that you want to get off of the ground then this is the book for you. I normally do not enjoy non-fiction but I was in desperate need of a boost and this delivered. I actually listened to the audio version of this book every day for about a week.
I learned so much about the content of my blog and my other social media accounts that I know I will purchase this in a paperback. There are just so many things to remember. I love the narrators as well. I always think it is awesome when the actual author(s) does the reading because you can hear the genuine enthusiasm in their voices.
This is a perfect book for entrepreneurs, marketers and those new to the entire social media platform for their business.

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The Undead Heart (Blood Thirst, #1)The Undead Heart by Tate Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just finished reading this book and It was not bad but it was not great. I was confused at the beginning because somethings were not made clear..like..what are they talking about time traveling? You did not find out until she actually got there what was going on. I also did not like Beck at all, she annoyed me. Don’t get me wrong I like a strong character but she was cussing Richard out for simple stuff and it was like Dang girl..get a grip! Then there was never a climax. After the time travel thing there was all this other stuff going on and some of that could have been saved for another book and more detail building the realtionship.. It was just too much “stuff” fights, kidnapping, changing species.Plus there were alot of errors not sure if that was from the file transfer or what. It just seems alot was being packed in like 4 pages of “How did you become a vampire??”…ugh. Like I said it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great.

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The Hotter You Burn (The Original Heartbreakers, #2)The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ugh…it hurts so bad. I LOVE Gena Showalter and I enjoy this series, but I was so annoyed by this book. I actually skipped the second book in the series waiting on the library to get it, but I was able to follow very easily. I was annoyed that Harlow would not just LEAVE!! Who the hell is going to stay in a place with nothing but negative memories? These people treated her like crap and damn near killed her and she LOVES the town so much…girl bye. Then she lives in a TENT?? What the hell? I could not wrap my head around that entire concept and then the RV comes into play. Who does this? I was just confused as to why she made her life so hard and why Beck was such an idiot dying to sleep with her.
I will admit that I enjoyed the playful banter, but the tent just threw me off. Not once but TWICE she moves into a tent and DOES NOT LEAVE…JUST LEAVE THE DAMN TOWN!!!
I love you Gena but this one through me for a loop.

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Virtually Impossible (Once and Forever Book 2)Virtually Impossible by Lauren Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lauren Stewart is a great author. He characters are very believable Their situation makes sense and I don’t find myself rolling my eyes at dumb female characters (which can happen often in books).
I love that her books start in the fairy-tale format. I find this adorable.
If you have not read the first book in this series there is no need to worry because the books do not really build upon on another. The characters are friends but they don’t rely on you reading previous books to follow the story.
This book had great character development. It was believable how the relationship between Hayden and Andi grew from simple chatting online to wanting to know meet one another in person.
I like the fact that Andi, the female character, was smarter in computers than Hayden. I thought him being completely lost, in her world, made him venerable and not just a rich executive. Although we do find out later is a lot more vulnerable than we thought. I was weary about the wife situation in the synopsis, but I enjoyed the fact that she was not the normal “bitchy” wife who treats her husband like crap. She had a story as well and it fit very well within the story.
There was not a huge amount of sex in the book but the plot and situations were believable, which is, to me, the most important part of a story and what keeps you engaged.
This is a perfect poolside book and is quick read.
I am looking forward to the rest of this series.

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