Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Pages: 527
ISBN: B0052VUNHC
Source: Netgalley

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

REVIEW

Reading Beautiful Disaster was such a whirlwind experience. My experience and emotions was synonymous of how Travis and Abby was in their relationship – hard to focus when you have that much emotion circling inside you. I think the story stayed true to the title of the book though.

Travis was so volatile. One moment he’s your knight in shining armor and on the next moment it was like flipping a switch and you have a very aggressive, angry and immature guy. Abby had the same approach – one moment she’s mature and composed then very ill tempered and bitchy. Sometimes I could not understand their relationship and it can be very irritating yet heartfelt.

Indeed their relationship was very dysfunctional as mentioned by Abby but it the reason for me wasn’t the owning part, it was I think being too dependent with each other. Travis acted like an a-hole and Abby tolerated it until she couldn’t anymore. The relationship was very destructive.

Do you know what co-dependecy is Abby? Your boyfriend is a prime example, which is creepy considering he went from having no respect for women at all to thinking he needs you to breath.

I don’t know how many of you felt in the first part all gooey, cute and mushy about these two and when they became a couple all hell broke lose too. The ending, wasn’t too believable in my opinion. I can do without that, it just doesn’t fit for me in this case. The mob and Mick, that I would love to have read more. Created more drama and friction but hey I could only hope.

Even I am becoming uncertain of how I’ll rate this book (if that is a good thing, I do not know yet) I’m torn with giving this a 2 or a 4 but most of the time it’s a 3. Let me explain, there are parts of the book that I so hate Abby and Travis and everyone around them who just tolerates their sh*t – that’s a 2 but there are moments that they are soo uber cute and darn romantic and perfect for each other – here’s your 4. 3 is just the middle ground and no matter how I contemplate on the rating, I remember Abby and Travis and it goes from 2 to 4 or the other way around again.

I’ve got to say though – I do understand that there are troubled lovers out there who makes a relationship work and my heart is with you guys but Abby and Travis’ relationship is very (can’t even think of an appropriate adjective here) alarming but as I said there were highlights in the relationship part. I think the reason why I focus mainly on Abby and Travis rather than the whole story is because they drove the story end to finish and I also have to say that this book needs to be read with caution due to its nature. For rating purposes, lets use a 3 and I hope I got my point as to why it’s a 3 but to help you decide I’ve linked a couple of reviews below.

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Book Review: Death’s Dream Kingdom by Jessica Penot + Giveaway

The Solitary Bookworm & Reading Addiction Blog Tours presents Death’s Dream Kingdom by Jessica Penot

Title: Death’s Dream Kingdom
Author: Jessica Penot
ISBN: B004YXMFYS
Source: Reading Addiction Blog Tours
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | MUSA Publishing

Death’s Dream Kingdom is the story of a woman who is ordinary in every
way. She’s an average mother and wife and is happy living every day mired in the ins and outs of the mundane, until she is murdered. After her death, Cera finds herself lost in a nether land somewhere between life and death where demons, ghosts, and old gods roam the streets preying on the living. In this strange world, Cera is told that she is everything but ordinary. In death, she alone can help heal the rift between worlds and help bridge the gap between life and death. Caught somewhere between her desire to live again and the desire to find heaven, Cera fights those that would pull her into the politics of the netherworld. But the will of the Fates is stronger than Cera’s will and Cera quickly finds herself pulled into a quest that will drag her to hell and back and into the arms of an ancient demon lover. She will find that she is a child a Fate and that she alone can challenge Death himself for dominion over his kingdom.

REVIEW

Death’s Dream Kingdom was an exhilirating read. Death’s Dream Kingdom is a story about life today and life after death. It had entricate characters that gives more depth to the story which only makes the adventure more exciting especially with the inclusion of Greek mytholody. I have loved Greek mythology as long as I can remember and Penot’s version of it through Death’s Dream Kingdom was beautiful. I think the only think I can comment negatively about the book is that the first part has been confusing on my end but Penots use of her imagination in writing Death’s Dream Kingdom has proven to be a talent.

GIVEAWAY

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AUTHOR BIO
Official Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

I am a therapist and writer who lives in Alabama with my three corgis, children, husband, and other strange creatures. My short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies including CSM, Summer Gothic, Bound By Blood, and Outer Darkness. I have ghost story columns in theValley Planet and White Cat Magazine where I share my love for ghost stories that send shivers down your spine and keep you up at night. I also share my passion for all things ghostly and haunted at my blog, ghost stories and haunted places.

I am currently working on my next Haunted America Book for History Press, Haunted South Alabama. Follow me at my blog to learn about the ghost stories I am chasing and collecting for this fascinating addition to Haunted America. I’m also workng on the next book in my Circe series. The demon is awake and waiting for my new heroine in the swamps of Southern Alabama. Click Here to Follow My Blog!

You can contact me at jessica.penot@gmail.com

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Book Review: The Rebel Princess by Anne M. Strick + Giveaway

The Solitary Bookworm and Enchanted Book Promotions presents The Rebel Princess by Anne M. Strick

Title: The Rebel Princess
Author: Anne M. Strick
Pages: 394
Publisher: Createspace
ISBN: 1452864977
Source: Enchanted Book Promotions

An insider’s first-ever behind-the-scenes scoop on how movies are REALLY made: gritty, grinding, tunnel-vision labor, back-stage intrigue, explosive dramas, parties, and relationships that last a night or a lifetime.

Larger-than-life characters who live life with fervor, while contending with their own inner demons and one another, all in the pressure cooker of a location shoot in the exotic world of Mexico. This romp of a story follows the making of a movie from pre-production through wrap. A hotly passionate love story and a murder elevate the stakes.

REVIEW

The Rebel Princess was an intriguing read. I started reading The Rebel Princess out of curiousity. The author herself had first hand knowledge about the movie industry and that made The Rebel Princess more real for me. It was juicy, exciting and very chaotic in a good way.

I must admit that I had a hard time reading for the first few pages, especially with the number of characters involved but the story was closely knitted that it was fluid. It was controversy after another and the story of each character was a good balance to the whole plot. I think the story stayed true to what is Hollywood and the movie scene behind the screen.

Another thing to add is the fact that I wasn’t expecting to read it this long (more than a week) but I think that is was mostly due to the number of characters as I indicated above and the fact that my work last week was so hectic but under different circumstances, I believe I’ll enjoy The Rebel Princess more.

EXCERPT – NOT APPROPRIATE FOR MINORS

She may have made the first move then. He may have. They came together with a heat she had never known. Beneath the white satin robe whose belt he untied, she stood naked; glorious. The coral tips of her full breasts were heard. He caught his breath. For a moment his eyes luxuriated in her ripeness; and then he lowered her to the thick carpet. She was ravenous for his lips, his tongue, his hands everywhere: her mouth, her breasts, her navel, the mound that was already so wet and swollen. She wanted him inside. But still – his teeth on her nipples, his fingers probing her wetness, rolling her clitoris, – he made her wait. Made her wait until, writhing, almost out of her mind, all shame gone, all fear gone, she could only beg, “Please. Now, please.” He straddled and entered her and she gasped. Something irrevocable had happened. In her most private, secret places, in her center, she was open to this man as never to anyone before. She moaned, and in mutual frenzy they moved to driving, trusting, flooding climax.

The second time was slower. Now they had all the time in the world. He ran his tongue from beneath her ear to the hollow in her throat, played with it between her breasts and beneath them. With his tongue he circled her nipples and teased down to her navel, probing in till she shuddered, tonguing down further over her flat stomach to the rich chestnut hair. With his tongue he circled and teased and probed her still-swollen lips below, sucked them, thrust his tongue into the opening still running with their juices – and brought that tongue into her mouth so that she, too, could taste the two of them mingled.

** GIVEAWAY **

As always, all you need to do it fill out the form located in TSBs Facebook page and that’s it. Giveaway is open until the 9th.

AUTHOR BIO
Official Website

Anne M.Strick has spent over twenty years in the movie industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as a Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, Sting and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others. She has published theater reviews, articles in Parents Magazine , Frontier and The Nation, and six books: two novels, two self-help books, one memoir (a best-seller in Italy); and a non-fiction, scholarly critique of our adversary trial system. (”remarkable”) . Born in Philadelphia, and educated at Bennington College and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles.

Book Review: Fire On The Island by J.K. Hogan

The Solitary Bookworm and My Reading Addiction Blog Tours presents Fire on the Island by J.K Hogan

Title: Fire On The Island (Vigilati, #1)
Author: J.K. Hogan
Pages: 376
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
ISBN: B008RO8BZM
Source: My Reading Addiction Blog Tours

“She who wields the mark is the barrier between man and monster. She is the daughter of gods, the mother of man, protector of all. Vigilati Usque Ad Mortem”

All Isla Macallen wanted was a simple existence on her little Scottish island, free from her mother’s insanity and the prying eyes of neighbors. What she got was embroiled in a war for the souls of mankind. A war of good versus evil, of witches versus demons, and Isla learns that she alone can end it.

Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau was a self-proclaimed nomad, traveling the world researching paranormal phenomena. He doesn’t expect his research to lead him to Scotland, and to the woman who will turn his world upside down.

Together with a facetious shapeshifting animal spirit guide, Jeremiah and Isla discover that she is part of an ancient bloodline bred to protect the gateways between the human world and the spirit world, to keep evil demons from destroying them. They must find the key to defeating Alastore, the demon king, and closing the gate before Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is lifted. As the war for their souls wages around them, Isla and Jeremiah will risk it all for love—a love neither had ever thought possible.

REVIEW

Fire on the Island was an amazing journey for me. The novel was a great mix of paranormal, love and humor. Humor was not the element that I was expecting but it was a great addition to the novel. Continue reading

Book Review: Maven Fairy Godmother by Charlotte Henley Babb

The Solitary Bookworm and Enchanted Book Tours presents Maven Fairy Godmother by Charlotte Henley Babb

Title: Maven Fairy Godmother
Author: Charlotte Henley Babb
Pages: 279
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
ISBN: 9781771270007
Source: Enchanted Book Tours

Broke, busted and despairing over the mess her life has turned out to be, middle-aged Maven Morrigan is offered a job as a fairy godmother, a one-time-only last chance to make something of herself and make the world a better place.

Not knowing who to trust: her boss, her slithery familiar, or her own Bump of Direction, she has to find her personal power by relying on herself, her real world failures, and her sense of the absurd, to survive in this imaginary garden with real trolls in it so that her clients get their happily ever after.

Publisher Page | Maven Fairy Godmother WebsiteMaven Fairy Godmother Facebook

REVIEW

Maven is a middle aged woman who is very unlucky with her life. She has no job, nothing to family, no place to stay, nothing to make her life easy. With no resources, Maven is desperate to have a job – any job. One call changes her life – and her job title? Fairy godmother. 🙂

I actually had a hard time following the story for the sole reason that it had a lot of characters involved although their stories are connected to each other – with that number of characters it can be daunting to remember them all. What I thoroughly enjoy though are the familiar story integrated in the book and how Maven works with them. She is very honest and intuitive (with the help of The Bump) and loves what she does but struggles with how Fiona wants her to do her job.

Maven Fairy Godmother is an enjoyable read it it can definitely tickle your funny bones. The ending was unexpected and my experience with reading Maven Fairy Godmother is one to remember.

AUTHOR BIO
Official Website | @charlottebabb | Facebook

Charlotte Babb began writing when she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name–although she sometimes mistook “Chocolate” for “Charlotte” on the sign at the drug store ice cream counter.

When her third-grade teacher allowed her access to the fiction room at the school library, Charlotte discovered Louisa Alcott and Robert Heinlein, an odd marriage of the minds. These two authors have had the most influence on her desire to share her point of view with the world and to explore how the world might be made better.

In the meantime, Charlotte has fallen prey to steampunk and the gears are turning…corset, bustle and magic, oh my! She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl Friday, and telephone psychic.

She has studied the folk stories of many cultures and wonders what happened to ours. Where the stories are for people over 20 who have survived marriage, divorce, child-rearing, education, bankruptcy, and widowhood? Here.

Charlotte loves Fractured Fairy Tales and writes them for your enjoyment.

Book Review: Determinant by A.M. Hargrove

The Solitary Bookworm & Reading Addiction Blog Tour presents Determinant by A.M. Hargrove

Title: Determinant (The Guardians of Vesturon #3)
Author: A.M. Hargrove
Published Date: 6/30/2012
Source: Reading Addiction Blog Tour

January St. Davis, on her own since the age of sixteen and struggling to stay in college, thinks she’s scored in a major way when she lands a paid summer internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. One evening, after working an especially long shift, a chance encounter with a group of mysterious men alters the course of her life.

Rykerian Yarrister, a Guardian of Vesturon with unearthly powers and impossibly gorgeous looks, finds himself at odds over the human female he recently saved from certain death. When it seems he is on the verge of winning her over, she is ripped from his hands by a strange and powerful being, threatening to destroy her if his demands are not met.

Do Rykerian and the Guardians have the ability to meet this fierce barbarian’s ultimatums, or will January suffer a horrid demise?

REVIEW

Determinant is the third installment in The Guardians of Vesturon series wherein we are introduced with January St. Davis. If you’ll remember, January is actually mentioned in the first book as Maddie’s room mate during college. So January is a troubled teen in the sense that her childhood was not like the usual teens experience for unknown reasons to January, her parents seems to despise her and that alone baffles her. Rykerian on the other hand is amazed by January. He seemed to be mezmerized not only with her beauty but everything about her. Rykerian eventually connect with January but because of her past – she is having a hard tinme determining her feelings.

Continuing with story of the guardians, Xanthia is wanting to control Earth and the other planets through annihilation! They actually planned to wipe out people in Earth in order for the to use its resources. Here we are introduced to Jurek. Jurek is from a different race and it seems like Jurek’s race is more powerful and harder to kill.

I don’t want to give away too much of the story to you guys so I’ll just leave you with that. I did read Survival and Resurrection, books 1 and 2 respectively, and I had a hard time getting into them. The first book gained a low rating for me because of multiple reason, you’ll understand better by reading my review but Resurrection proved to be an improvement and I did liked it which is why I continued reading Determinant (asides the fact that I am part of the tour). Determinant is book 3 in the series but it can also be a stand alone book, however I do advice that you read the first 2 books as it is connected and for me it’ll be easier to read Determinant after.

Okay so what are the changes in Determinant compared to Survival and Resurrection? For one, Determinant is not solely focused on Rayn and Maddie anymore – Determinant is written in January’s and Rykerian’s POV which is told in parts. They both share their sides and they are both amazing characters. January is very head strong but not stubborn very stubborn since she has a hard time trusting people. Rykerian is overwhelming for me due to the fact that most Versturians are known to be very greedy and protective of their true mates. Rykerian can come off as childish in some parts though. A favorite would be Jurek. I would love to know more or read more about this character.

In terms of relationship, I can say that it’s tolerable. From reading Survival and Determinate it seems that Vesturians can easily form a connection. Insta-love would be unavoidable so I can understand that but in fairness to Determinant, January didn’t reciprocate immediately to Reykerian so I wouldn’t really consider their relationship as insta-love. 🙂 January and Jurek is a great brother-sister combo. Hargrove wrote their relationship well and I really see the bonding and connection there. The affection I felt for their weird connection was amazing. So what else? oh here’s one thing I didn’t quite enjoy in Determinant. It had a lot of mushy lines and until now I still can’t take in whenever Rayn calls Maddie sunshine or whenever character profess their love for their mates! I just felt that the mushy lines were overdone. I don’t know why but every time I read that (the sunshine thing) I make a face. Asides that, I loved Determinant. I am curious as to how Hargrove will steer the story now.

** The Guardians of Vesturon Series **
Survival
Resurrection

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

AUTHOR BIO

Official Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.

Boss: Hello

A.M.: Boss, is that you?

Boss: Why yes, A. M., who else would be answering my phone?

A.M.: Er… right. Well, I’m calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate.

Boss: Why ever would I want to do that?

A.M.: Because I quit!

A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.

A.M.: Hi hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks?

Hubs: Sure… Having some car trouble?

A.M.: Not at all. I don’t have a car to have trouble with because I just quit my job.

Hubs: WHAT?!

A.M.: It’s time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist.

So began A. M. Hargrove’s career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published ebooks. Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love. Survival and Resurrection are her first and second full length novels in the series and Beginnings is the prequel novella. Her third installment, Determinant, will be released on June 30, 2012. (It didn’t happen exactly like that, but you get the idea!)

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Determinant is the third installment in the Guardian of Vesturon trilogy wherein we are introduced with January. If you’ll remember, January is actually mentioned in the first book as Maddie’s room mate during college. So January is a troubled teen in the sense that her childhood was troublesome. Her parents seems to despise her and that alone baffles her.

Rykerian on the other hand is amazed by January. He seemed to be mezmerized not only with her beauty but everything about her. Rykerian eventually connect with January but because of her past – she is having a hard tinme determining her feelings.

On the other hand Xanthia is wanting to control Earth and the other planets through annihilation! There have been a lot that happened but I appreciate

Book Review: The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton

Title: The Mind Readers (Mind Readers #1)
Author: Lori Brighton
Pages: 170
Publisher: Self pub
ISBN: 0012740292

Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.

REVIEW

First of all, I just wanted to say that my initial reason for downloading The Mind Reader was because it was free at the time and it did have a gorgeous cover! I know, very shallow of me but my shallowness proved to be great help on this one. The Mind Readers was a fabulous read. Continue reading

Book Review: Witch Weigh by Caroline Mickelson

 

 

 

The Solitary Bookworm and Enchanted Book Promotions presents Witch Weigh by Caroline Mickelson

Title: Witch Weigh
Author: Caroline Mickelson
Pages: 29k words
Publisher: Bon Accord Press
ISBN: B007X7CY5W
Source: Enchanted Book Promotions

Tessa Von Hellengaard is a real witch. Magical spells aside, she’s snarky and selfish, and the other witches in her silent spell coven are fed up with her. Their plan to reform Tessa involves taking away her magic, saddling her with one hundred extra pounds and sending her to a weight loss spa. For good measure they call in Liam Kennedy, a charming and sexy fairy godfather, to teach her some manners. Desperate to regain her magic and determined to shed the weight, Tessa soon realizes that protecting her heart from Liam will prove to be her greatest challenge.

REVIEW

“So you’re saying the real problem is that I am acting like a witch?”

Her aunt leaned forward and shook her head. “No, my dear, the real problem is that you’re acting like a bitch.”

Contessa Von Hellengaard is a witch who disregards everybody just so she can have her way. Known as Tessa, she loves to cast spells without thinking twice and because of this, she was punished by her councel to make her learn and understand the more important things in life. Liam the sexy and charming fairy is the one who’s assigned to Tessa’s case, her “fairy godmother”.

Witch Weigh is a delightful quick fix for you magical craving and romance. Although Witch Weigh is short, it was entertaining and funny to read. I also love the weight angle that the author did – powerful message and inconvenient method and tactic yet effective. Tessa and Liam is a cute couple, the relationship needs refining but effective nonetheless.

Witch Weigh is a quick read if you need a break from your reading plan and usual genre. Witch weigh though needs to step up from its competition, there’s really nothing new here – nothing to make a mark, asides the lessons and creativity – which is why I think this is one of those i-read-it-i-forget-it reads not to make that as an insult though. Its not a reading material for re-reads (solely my opinion) but hey, as I said it’s a novella but the author does write effectively. I would definitely consider to read her future works.

EXCERPT

“I do have one question.” She twirled her beer bottle as she spoke, without taking a second sip. “If you’re my fairy godperson, aren’t you supposed to grant me three wishes?”

He laughed. He couldn’t help it. She was so clueless.

“No, that would be a genie, a different game altogether.” He took one last swig of beer and set the empty bottle on the table. “But, just for the sake of conversation and getting to know each other, tell me what your first wish would be if I were your genie.”

“You’ll do it?”

“If I can. Go ahead, your reasonable wish is my command.”

Tessa suddenly looked as satisfied as a cat with a canary’s feather in its teeth.

“I wish you’d take off your shirt.”

That certainly wasn’t what he was expecting to hear. Contessa Von Hellengaard was a witch in a million. Someone at Fairy Godmother Inc. had done him a good turn indeed when they’d assigned Tessa’s case to him. Of course, they’d likely just wanted to pass the buck after reading her file.

He stood and pulled his t-shirt off over his head.

The look on her face was priceless.

He watched her eyes wander over his body. He didn’t feel the least bit self-conscious. Not after the hours he put in at the gym every morning. It was actually nice to have his hard work appreciated.

“Turn around.” Her voice sounded far less imperious than usual.

He did as she bid. He knew what she was after and it wasn’t her first fairy experience between silk sheets with him. She was looking for wings.

He was more than happy to give her an eyeful.

AUTHOR BIO

Official Website | @authorCarolineM | Facebook | Goodreads

Caroline Mickelson loves her family and loves to write. She also loves a good adventure, among her favorites thus far were attending graduate school in a Scottish castle, riding a camel around the Pyramids in Giza, and taking a best-in-a-lifetime road trip to Graceland. Caroline lives in the American southwest with her husband and their four children, affectionately known as The Miracles.

Book Review: Wanting Rita by Elyse Douglas + Kindle Fire giveaway

Title: Wanting Rita
Author: Elyse Douglas
Pages: 261
ISBN: B007ZSPDDY
Source: Pump Up Your Book

When his high school sweetheart experiences a devastating tragedy, Dr. Alan Lincoln reluctantly returns to his Pennsylvania hometown to see her. It’s been 15 years. Rita was a small town beauty queen—his first love whom he has never forgotten. He was a nerd from a wealthy family. Her family was poor. They formed a strong connection during their senior year, but Rita married someone else, and the marriage ended tragically.

Alan’s marriage of three years is disintegrating, and he sees in Rita the chance to begin again with the true love of his life. Rita has been mentally and emotionally shattered, but she reaches out to Alan and fights to build a new life with him. During a passionate summer, however, the past and present converge and threaten their rekindled love, as Alan and Rita must struggle with old ghosts and new secrets.

REVIEW

Wanting Rita is a surprisingly good read. It was a perfect example of a book that keeps getting better as you turn each page. It is sweet and heart breaking at the same time. Continue reading

Book Review: Resurrection by A.M. Hargrove

Title: Resurrection (The Guardian of Vesturon #2)
Author: A.M. Hargrove
Publisher: Self-Pub
ISBN: B006Z8WF9A
Source: Reading Addiction Blog Tour

“Maddie knew she was dying. Her life started to flash before her. She had visions of running down the soccer field, scoring a goal, eating her mother’s yummy, homemade, sticky cinnamon rolls, standing in her foyer listening to the police tell her father that her mother had been killed in a car accident. Each vision was disturbingly clear—as if it was happening again.”

Rayn Yarrister, the first-born son and Leader of The Guardians, has been imprisoned on Vesturon for breaking their most sacred of covenants. He is suddenly jolted by Maddie’s telepathic pleas for help, as her life hangs in the balance. Can he alert The Guardians in time to save his soulmate? Or will he face his trial alone and broken without his one true love?
In Resurrection (Book 2), The Guardians of Vesturon are facing their biggest challenges as Earth is threatened by an invading species from a distant planet intent on destroying it for its resources. The Guardians, as protectors of the universe, have been assembled to defend not only Earth, but other vulnerable worlds as well. The Yarrister family is threatened by an unknown entity intent on discrediting them. Will they uncover this plot in time to save themselves from ruin? Will The Guardians succeed in stopping the Xanthians, or will Earth be invaded and ravaged by this marauding species?

REVIEW

Resurrection immediately picks up from where Survival left and it’s just plain suspense and curiosity that will keep you reading and reading. Continue reading