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GAME ON by Becky Komant

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Author: Becky Komant

http://www.beckykomant.com

Publisher: Bk Press

 

Publication Date:  Sept. 8 2017

ISBN-10: 0991811526

ISBN-13: 978-0991811526

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Amazon)

 

GAME ON! For nearly two decades, Sarah Ruiz’s ex-husband has controlled her. But no more! With Alex finally behind bars, Sarah is ready to put her dreams first. However, her safety and security are short-lived and she finds herself twisted in a web of lies even more complex than she could have guessed. To find the truth and protect her children, Sarah must step into a world where the game played is one of life and death. It’s no longer about control, it’s about survival. From the author of The Controlled, Game On! continues the story of Sarah Ruiz, a fitness model and mother of five whose battles with her manipulative ex-husband will leave you turning the pages to find out who wins the game.

Your thoughts

GAME ON is the long awaited sequel to THE CONTROLLED. It continues on where THE CONTROLLED left off. Sarah was sitting wondering if Christian would soon show up or if she would finish off her vacation alone. She truly did miss Christian and knew her ex-husband had caused the breakup. With Alex in prison, things should turn around and she will be able to resume her life; free from Alex and his controlling ways.

However, to Sarah’s surprise when she return, who was awaiting for her at the airport? Shocked and afraid all Sarah could do was follow Alex’s instructions. She had no clue what was going on or how he managed to get out of prison. Sarah new she had the separation papers and the restraining order and would use that to her advantage. The only problem…somehow they went missing. How was Sarah ever going to gain control of her own life?

Once again, Ms. Komant has blown me out of the water. I actually had to put this book down or would have stayed up all night to finish it off. There are definitely twists in there that I did not see coming. The best part was that it was not predictable like most novels. I actually thought at one point there might be some plastic surgery/disguise! The character development was very well put together and the storyline flowed very smoothly for being 32 chapters long. There are not too many authors out there that have such a profound effect on me. I was lost in the book. It felt like I was there living with Sarah and going through everything with her. It is best to read both books, however you could read each on their own, but it might be a bit confusing.  It is my hope that this is not the last book from Becky as she is a fantastic writer one that I would follow. Definitely a must read.

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: KellyR

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

 

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Country of Red Azaleas by Domnica Radulescu

Title: Country of Red Azaleas

Author: Domnica Radulescu

Website: http://www.domnicaradulescu.com

Publisher: Twelve

Publication date: April 5, 2016

ISBN-10: 1455590428

ISBN-13: 978-1455590421

Genre: Woman’s Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Amazon)

From the moment Marija walks into Lara’s classroom, freshly moved to Serbia from Sarajevo, Lara is enchanted by her vibrant beauty, confidence, and wild energy–and knows that the two are destined to be lifelong friends. Closer than sisters, the girls share everything, from stolen fruit and Hollywood movies as girls to philosophies and even lovers as young women. But when the Bosnian War pits their homelands against each other in a bloodbath, Lara and Marija are forced to separate for the first time: romantic Lara heads to America with her Hollywood-handsome new husband, and fierce Marija returns to her native Sarajevo to combat the war through journalism behind Bosnian lines.

In America, Lara seeks fulfillment through work and family, but when news from Marija ceases, the uncertainty torments Lara, driving her on a quest to find her friend. As Lara travels through war-torn Serbia and Bosnia, following clues that may yet lead to the flesh-and-blood Marija, she must also wrestle with truths about her own identity.

Told in lush, vivid prose, COUNTRY OF RED AZALEAS is a poignant testament to both the power of friendship and our ability to find meaning and beauty in the face of devastation.

My Thoughts

Country of Red Azaleas was a story of two women’s friendship over the span of their lives. From war to separation of continents, these two women have been through it all. Lara and Marija were best friends with Marija being the wilder one. Lara, on the other hand, was more conservative.  Many adventures happened in Marjia’s life as a reporter, where she ends up covering the war. Lara marries an American professor and moves to Washington, DC. Eventually the two lose touch and Lara is concerned that Marjia did not survive the war.

I have to say that although parts of this story had me turning the pages, more often than not, I needed to put it down and pick it up later. I found certain parts were described in too much detail and dragged on. Yet at other times, it felt too rushed. The character of Lara seemed to be self-absorbed and maybe that was the intent. The character development for Marija seemed to be well-developed. Overall, it wasn’t a bad read but I did find the end came to abruptly.

Rating: 3

Heat Rating: None

Reviewed by: KellyR

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Boyfriend by the Book by Laura Briggs

Title: Boyfriend by the Book

Author: Laura Briggs

File Size: 773 KB

Print Length: 194 pages

Publication Date: July 18, 2016

ASIN: B01IOPYP5S

Genre: Romance

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Amazon)

Jodi Nichols isn’t the most romantic girl on the planet. She doesn’t get mushy over fictional love stories, or picture herself getting swept away by a handsome hero. She’s much too grounded in reality—and much too busy working as a concierge at the luxurious Regent hotel. Helping customers is Jodi’s passion in life, and while romance may be on the back burner for now, she is nursing a little crush on Levi, the cute and friendly deliveryman for the hotel packages. And unless she’s imagining things, Levi feels the same way about her.

But Jodi’s friends think she’s turning into a lonely workaholic. They try to fix her love life, buying her a copy of the bestselling relationship guide that claims women can find true love by channeling the wisdom of famous storybook heroines. Jodi thinks it sounds crazy—no way is she acting like Jane Eyre or Lizzie Bennet to find a man! But when Levi suddenly grows distant and Jodi’s chances with him seem to fizzle before her eyes, she wonders if her friends might have a point after all. Disheartened and lonely, she decides to give the so-called relationship guide a whirl, with unexpected consequences.

Before you can say ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Jodi is up to her neck in handsome, brooding men that seem too much like fictional heroes to be true. Her attempts to think like the greatest heroines in romance lead her to meet everything from a modern Mr. Rochester to an angsty Heathcliff, and even a Darcy-esque novelist. But when a former crush re-enters her life in the form of a modern day Romeo, Jodi wonders if there might be something to this ‘inner heroine’ thing after all. Now, if she could just stop thinking about Levi, then maybe her happy-ever-after will fall into place…or is something still missing from Jodi’s storybook romance?

My Thoughts

Boyfriend by the Book is an entertaining read. As the description says, Jodi tries to spice up her love life by using the classics and their characters, channeling her inner heroine. Unfortunately, after a few failed attempts, Jodi isn’t so sure she will find her true love.

I have to say that although I am not a regular reader of romance, I really enjoyed this story. It isn’t too predictable as there are a few plot twists and turns that had me second guessing myself. It is a very light read and tasteful; definitely well written with the characters true to their “fictional” counterparts. Ms. Briggs is a new to me author and I have to say, I will be watching her more closely. Looking forward to reading more from this author. This would be a perfect read for a rainy day. It can be done easily in one sitting.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: None

Reviewed by: KellyR

GHOSTS DON’T LIE by Katie O’Sullivan

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GHOSTS DON’T LIE

Katie O’Sullivan

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Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 682 KB

Print Length: 246 pages

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc

Publication Date: Nov. 11 2015

ASIN: B0166SWKE8

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Source: Received from publisher

Book Description (from Amazon.ca)

Jillian Rogers Greene worked hard to close the doors on the psychic abilities that defined her youth. For years she pretended to be normal, ignoring the ghosts who whisper to her. When a car crash sets her on a collision course with the past, ugly secrets about her family and marriage come to light. She’s forced to reevaluate what she thought she knew…and exactly what the future holds.

Connor Sanderson might be the key to unlocking that future. The grey-eyed artist knows ghosts aren’t real, but his attraction to the beautiful psychic makes him question those beliefs. With her husband plotting to kill her, can Jillian make Connor see the truth before it’s too late?

 My Thoughts

GHOSTS DON’T LIE is exactly what the title states. Jill is your “ghost whisperer” who denies her gift as a teenager in order to be accepted. She becomes the cheerleader and dates the football player. Unfortunately her life takes a turn when her husband is accused of some pretty awful things. Of course Jill believes him and picks up the family moving from the only place she new.

Jill’s marriage since the birth of her kids is not doing well but things are looking up when she returns home to visit her sick Aunt. It is there that her “gift” returns and her grandmother comes to speak with her. Jill’s life is about to change and she is about to find out the truth of what happened so many years ago. Will Jill live long enough to find out?

GHOSTS DON’T LIE is a very well written novel. I didn’t anticipate the story being about “ghost whispering” but it was a nice surprise. It is one of those stories that once you start you can never put it down. There is plenty of twists and turns that keep you on the edge along with some things that you ever see coming. I must admit, there were times that I was angry and wish I could smack Jill’s husband. This is a perfect example of well developed characters and a great plot. Definitely worth the read. Not one to pass up.

Rating: 4

Reviewed by: KellyR

Received for an honest review

STEALING HIS HEART by Ella Jade

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STEALING HIS HEART – Book 1

Kingston Heat Series

WWW.AUTHORELLAJADE.COM

Kindle Edition

Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.

Publication Date: March 14 2014

ASIN: B00J0ZRBQM

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from amazon)

Will the bad-boy pitcher strike out when it comes to love?

Shy music teacher Sophia Ballis has sworn off men. After a bad experience with a college jock she decided it was better to be alone than to get burned again. She focused on her education and now her new job at a local private school.

Professional baseball pitcher Paxton Hughes is a player both on and off the field. He’s signed to the Kingston Crushers to bring home the coveted championship title. Nothing can get in his way. Serious relationships don’t mix with a life on the road and he never loses focus on the game. One-night stands are his specialty for a reason.

While out jogging one spring morning, the two collide, setting their course in motion. Pax is immediately drawn to the unassuming beauty. Sophia is aware of his reputation and decides one night of meaningless sex with the attractive Texas charmer is just what she needs to get over her self-imposed dry spell. Pax has more than a one-night stand on his mind, but will his bad-boy persona and demanding schedule ruin any chances of a happily ever after?

My Thoughts

STEALING HIS HEART was book 1 in the Kingston Heat Series. Ms Jade will have you loving Sophia and Pax’s romance right from the start. Sophia was your typical girl next door introvert and Pax was the “player” having someone new every night. Sophia on the other hand was a music teacher who really didn’t date much since her heart was broken. As the romance between the two of them blossoms, the scenes get pretty steamy!

I have to say that this was a great read for me although the beginning was slow. By the time I got to the middle, things picked up. Usually I read mystery and/or psychological thrillers but Ms. Jade had me hooked.  This was your typical boy meets girl, they fall in love, and live “happily ever after.” The story had a natural flow, but was pretty predictable. This would be my only criticism. The plot was believable and the characters were well-developed and likable. The secondary characters added to the story line and at one point really pissed me off. This should be a must read for lovers of contemporary romance and/or romance in general. It will definitely be a quick and enjoyable read.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Steamy/Sizzling

Reviewed by: KellyR

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THE GIRL WITHOUT A NAME by Sandra Block

THE GIRL WITHOUT A NAME

Author: Sandra Block

Website: http://www.sandraablock.com/

Paperback: 368 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication date: Sept. 8 2015

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1455583774

ISBN-13: 978-1455583775

Genre: Psychological Suspense

Received for an honest review from publisher

Description (from Amazon.ca)

In what passes for an ordinary day in a psych ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is stumped when a highly unusual case arrives. A young African American girl, found wandering the streets of Buffalo in a catatonic state, is brought in by police. No one has come forward to claim her, and all leads have been exhausted, so Zoe’s treatment is the last hope to discover the girl’s identity.

When drugs prove ineffective and medical science seems to be failing, Zoe takes matters into her own hands to track down Jane Doe’s family and piece together their checkered history. As she unearths their secrets, she finds that monsters hide where they are least expected. And now she must solve the mystery before it is too late. Because someone wants to make sure this young girl never remembers.

The Girl Without a Name is a powerful novel of memory and forgetting, of unexpected friendship and understanding…and of the secrets we protect no matter the consequences.

My Thoughts

THE GIRL WITHOUT A NAME is a great psychological suspense. This is the first novel by Sandra Block that I have read and am very impressed with the writing. Although this seems to be a continuation from LITTLE BLACK LIES it does well as a stand alone novel. Zoe is a resident who is on probation and Jane Doe has been assigned to her. Zoe is struggling to find out what has caused the catatonia in her patient and eventually needs to find Jane Doe’s family.

The first chapter had me hooked and I did like Zoe as a character. I think I benefited from the fact that I didn’t read LITTLE BLACK LIES so both characters were new to me. There seems to be a few unexpected twists which kept me intrigue  and I couldn’t figure things out quickly which in my opinion, makes for a great suspense novel. Readers will definitely be surprised at the end.  Given that Ms. Block is a neurologist herself, the medical information written about in the book is accurate. Overall, for readers of psychological suspense/thrillers, this should be on your reading lists.

Reviewed by: KellyR

Rating: 4

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TELL ME by Lisa Jackson

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Lisa Jackson

http://www.lisajackson.com

Publisher: Kensington; 1st Printing edition

Publication Date: June 25, 2013

ISBN-10: 0758258585

ISBN-13: 978-0758258588

Source: Received for an honest review from publisher

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Description (from Amazon.com)

The most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, Blondell O Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter and wounding her two other children. The prosecution argued that beautiful, selfish Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover. Now Blondell s son, Niall, has recanted his testimony and demolished the case in the process. Reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get the true story, and not just for professional reasons. Blondell s murdered daughter, Amity, was Nikki s childhood friend. The night she died, Amity begged Nikki to meet with her, insisting she had a secret to tell, but Nikki didn t go. Her guilt is compounded by other complications Nikki s favorite uncle, Alexander, was the attorney who helped save Blondell from execution. And rumors swirl that he was one of her many lovers. Nikki s fiancé, Detective Pierce Reed, is concerned she may be compromising the case. As she digs for answers during one of the most sweltering summers in Savannah s history, he also worries for her safety. Everyone involved seems to have secrets, from Blondell s old boyfriend and his fundamentalist, snake- handling in-laws to the cop who led the original investigation. And somehow, the events of that tragic night connect to Nikki s own fractured family. But now the killing has begun again. Is Amity s murderer still at large, or is this a new, darker danger? Soon Nikki will discover what really happened twenty years ago, but the answers may come too late to save her life…

My Thoughts

First off, I have to say that Lisa Jackson is one of my favorite authors. Although her novels are “romantic suspense” there is always more suspense. In this novel, which is the third in the Savannah Series Blondell is set to be released after 20 years in prison for killing her children. Her son, whose testimony put in jail, is now all of a sudden recanting his testimony. You can imagine the up roar this has caused the town.

Nikki, who is close to the case, is determined to find out the truth but doesn’t realize she is putting her life in danger. As the story unfolds, there are plenty of plot twists and turns to keep you guessing. All the evidence is pointing at Blondell but how could someone kill or attempt to kill her own children.

This was probably the first book of Ms. Jackson’s that took me a while to read. I found myself having to put it down and go back to it. Once I got through the first 100 – 150 pages it starts to pick up and I, at that point, couldn’t put it down. I honestly couldn’t figure out “who done it” until the very end. It is so well written that you do not see it coming. The characters were well-developed and you were able to relate at least with Nikki. Sometimes the switch between scenes was a bit confusing especially since I did leave off and then start again a few days later. Overall, I have to say it was a great read for me since I couldn’t figure it out.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: Kelly Ross

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Download Your Destiny Code by Dr. Mark J. Chironna

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Dr. Mark J. Chironna

Paperback: 158 pages

Publisher: Motivational Press, Inc; 1 edition (June 4, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1935723588

ISBN-13: 978-1935723585

Genre: Psychology

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Amazon)

What makes you tick? What stirs your soul? Is it the sight of a saxophone…reams of scientific data… the ordered chaos of a construction site? Think about the issues that set you ablaze, the quirky and beautiful things you do so well, and, yes, the dusty dreams long since forgotten on the shelf. They are clues to your destiny DNA, the destiny code programmed within and waiting to be cracked.

My Thoughts

Destiny Code was such an interesting read. It was insightful and not preachy. I liked how Dr. Chironna used real life examples to make some of his points. I couldn’t read it in one sitting but I did want to pick it up after a bit and finish reading it. I think everyone would get something out of it but it really all depends on where you are in life.

Rating: 3

Reviewed by: KellyR

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HeartMath Brain Fitness Program by Deborah Rozman, Ph.D. and Rollin McCraty

HeartMath Brain Fitness Program

Deborah Rozman and Rollin McCraty

Genre: Medical

Source: Recieved for an honest review

 

Book Description (from heartmath.org)

Explore how your brain works and learn how to make it work better
Emotional stress, the strains of modern life and aging all can hasten cognitive decline. Memory, focus and concentration are especially vulnerable, but you can actually learn to take care of your brain, improve mental functions, remain alert and develop your brainpower. The new HeartMath Brain Fitness Program book explores the critical relationship between our emotions and the brain. It describes the heart’s role in shaping and controlling our emotions and communicating with the brain. Learn how to harness your neuroplasticity, the brain’s capacity for changing and rewiring itself. Learn to raise your heart coherence to promote emotional stability, optimal cognitive performance and harmonious function across all of your body’s systems. This wonderful research-based work lays out a practical and simple method for using HeartMath techniques and technology to improve and sustain your cognitive abilities throughout your life.

My Thoughts

HeartMath Brain was an interesting read. It is research based which makes it a little more believable compared to some other books. For me, although interesting, it was a little tough to read. It didn’t keep my interest peaked and I kept having to put it down. It was definitely written with a scientific mind and if you do not have a medical background, you may have difficulty reading it. The section on TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury was interesting but written like a text-book. I guess I was thinking it wasn’t going to be more of an entertainment type book. There are charts and graphs to show their points which makes understanding it a little easier. Overall, it wasn’t a bad read but definitely not what I was expecting.

Rating: 3

Reviewed by: KellyR

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

 

 

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