Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday: Always You: A Murphy Brothers Story by Jennifer Rodewald

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring Always You: A Murphy Brothers Story by Jennifer Rodewald releasing March 3.

About the Book
They made a pact of friendship. Love was not supposed to be part of the deal.

Lauren is desperate to escape the massive shadow of her father’s and sister’s political careers.

Matt is running from the biggest disappointment of his life.

After a messy meeting in a snowbound airport, they launch a new friendship, founded on a mutual love for the Lord and an agreement of respect. They find themselves working together at the Lake Shore Resort, thankful to have each other as they each carve out a fresh start. But as the winter season wears on, and through a few interesting predicaments, one begins to feel more, and the other...well. Maybe neither knows what they really want. Already wounded from the things they’ve left behind, Matt and Lauren wrestle with what comes next. Afraid to move forward. Not wanting to go back.

Each must face a dilemma that only the hand of the Potter can smooth into a hopeful, promising future. Can they surrender past hurts, as well as their future hopes and plans and trust the good intentions of the God they both love?


Why I Need It
Jennifer Rodewald never disappoints. So you can be sure when she has a new book coming out, it goes to the top of my TBR. This one sounds great! I always a enjoy a good friends-to-lovers romance.

What upcoming release are you eagerly anticipating?

Monday, February 24, 2020

Review: Midnight Strike (Cyber Division #2) by Vannetta Chapman

About the Book
Terrorists are targeting Dallas, Texas. Nora Brooks and Randall Goodwin have until midnight to stop an unprecedented cyber attack.

Who would want to bring about the collapse of the nation’s ninth largest city? And if they succeed, what is their next target?

Nora Brooks has a new partner--Randall Goodwin is young, confident, and a computer genius. He thinks he wants out from behind the desk at the agency’s headquarters, and so he joins Nora in pursuing cyber terrorists. When Dallas, Texas is hit with a coordinated attack, Nora and Randall board a C-20 Gulfstream Naval Jet bound for the Lone Star state. At risk are four different sectors--transportation, utilities, medical, and infrastructure. If allowed to proceed, the toll on the 1.3 million population will be devastating. Nora and Randall arrive at the Dallas command center to discover they’re facing a coordinated attack from four different cyber terrorists, and at least one of them is on the inside.

Midnight Strike is book 2 in Vannetta Chapman’s Cyber Terror series. The journey begins with Fading Into the Night, a novella set in the Amish community of Shipshewana which first appeared in the Summer of Suspense Anthology.


My Thoughts

Midnight Strike was a quick, fast paced, and compelling read. It's book two in the series, but can be read as a standalone.

It's scary to think about how easy it'd be for a cyber criminal to cause all kinds of trouble. In this novella, we see what might go on behind the scenes to stop a coordinated cyberattack targeting the main forms of infrastructure in a big city like Dallas.

I wished this story had been a little bit longer, but all in all, I really enjoyed it. It shines a light on a serious threat. I'm looking forward to book three.

I won this book in a giveaway and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.

Four Stars

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: Cry of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga #3) by Morgan L. Busse

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring Cry of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse, the conclusion to The Ravenwood Saga.

About the Book
Lady Selene Ravenwood has come into her full power as a dreamwalker just as the war with the Dominia Empire begins. Working with the other Great Houses, Selene and Damien use their gifts to secure the borders and save those devastated by the war. But conflict, betrayal, and hatred begin to spread between the Great Houses, destroying their unity as the empire burns a path across their lands. At the same time, Damien Maris starts to lose his ability to raise the waters, leaving the lands vulnerable to the empire's attacks.

The only one who can unite the houses and restore her husband's power is Selene Ravenwood. But it will require that she open her heart to those who have hurt her and let go of her past, despite the one who hunts her and will do anything to stop her power.

Will Selene survive? Or is she destined to fall like the dreamwalkers before her?

Book Beginning
Numb. So numb.
The only thing Selene could feel was the dull thump of her heart beating as she sat beside the window in the guest chambers the next day.

Friday 56
Damien blinked, his body feeling as though it had turned to stone. He knew he needed to run, find shelter from the arrows, but he was unable to move.

Hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

What is your go-to recommendation for someone who doesn’t read often?

I don't have a go-to recommendation. I think it just depends on the person. I usually have a different pick for everyone.

What have you been reading lately?

Review: The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli

About the Book
Boston, 1773
Emma Malcolm’s father is staunchly loyal to the crown, but Emma’s heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a lowly printer’s assistant and Patriot. But her father has promised her hand to Samuel Clarke, a rapacious and sadistic man. As his fiancée, she would have to give up Noah and the friends who have become like family to her—as well as the beliefs she has come to embrace.

After Emma is drawn into the treasonous Boston Tea Party, Samuel blackmails her with evidence that condemns each participant, including Noah. Emma realizes she must do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, even if it means giving up the life she desires and becoming Samuel’s wife.

Present Day
Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs. But before her dream can be realized, she must return to Boston in order to put the abuse and neglect of her childhood behind her. When an unexpected encounter with the man she once loved leads to the discovery of a tea chest and the document hidden within, she wonders if perhaps true strength and freedom are buried deeper than she first realized.

Two women, separated by centuries, must find the strength to fight for love and freedom. . . and discover a heritage of courage and faith.


My Thoughts

The Tea Chest was an amazing and breathtaking read. It held me captive from beginning to end. It was a definite page-turner that was almost impossible to put down. I can't say enough good things about it.

I was pulled right into the story, into these characters lives. The real world faded away. I was no longer sitting in my bedroom, but was right beside Haley before and during her SEAL training and back in Boston with her investigating the history of the tea chest. I was right there back in 1773 with Emma during the Boston Tea Party and the years that followed. It's rare that a book can so completely pull me in, but this one did just that.

Both timelines were compelling, though I did find myself drawn just a little bit more to the past. I found it really interesting learning more about the Boston Tea Party and what followed. The struggles, triumphs, and hardships. The challenges they faced. Things I never knew before.

I admired both ladies. Their strength and courage. It was a different kind of strength they each had, but I think that by the end of the story, it actually became the same kind of strength. I don't know if that makes sense, but I really enjoyed watching their journeys and their growth.

I didn't want The Tea Chest to end. In fact, I read it slower than I normally would. I took my time with it and savored it just so it would last longer. So I could spend more time with these wonderful characters. This was my first time reading anything by Heidi Chiavaroli, but it definitely won't be my last. I'm very much looking forward to checking out her previous books and am eager to see what she comes out with next. She's found a spot on my insta-buy list.

Five Stars

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday: The Traitor's Pawn by Lisa Harris

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring The Traitor's Pawn by Lisa Harris releasing March 31.

About the Book
When FBI agent Jack Shannon arrives in Corpus Christi, Texas, he is focused on one thing: find the man who has been selling encrypted government secrets to the Chinese through online birding chat rooms. But when a senator is shot during a hunting trip and the woman he was with is abducted, Jack agrees to join the search--especially when he discovers that the kidnapping victim is Aubrey Grayson, a woman he was once in love with.

As the search continues, it becomes clear the senator may not have been the intended victim--and Aubrey may be connected to the other case Jack is supposed to be working on. Can Jack untangle the knots before it's too late? And when he learns the truth, will it be too painful to get past?

Join the hunt for the truth--and a traitor--in this tension-laden story of secrets, betrayal, and second chances


Why I Need It
My mom is a big fan of this author and is constantly telling me I need to read one of her books. This one sounds really exciting and I'm eager to try it.

What upcoming release are you eagerly anticipating?

Monday, February 17, 2020

Review: Accidental Sire (Half-Moon Hollow #6) by Molly Harper


About the Book

In Molly Harper's newest paranormal romantic comedy, Ben, Gigi's old boyfriend, must find a way to save his new love after a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident. But will she want to live after she finds out how Ben had to save her?

In this exciting addition to Molly Harper’s beloved Half-Moon Hollow series, the focus is on Gigi’s ex-boyfriend Ben. When his new girlfriend is killed in a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident, he’s determined to save her, no matter the cost, even if it means bringing her into the darkness of vampire life!


My Thoughts

Meagan dies, well, almost dies, in a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident and the only way to save her is to turn her into a vampire. What follows is a series of unfortunate events and the hilarious journey of learning what it is to be a vampire.

I needed a good laugh and this book provided plenty. I can always count on Molly Harper to put a smile on my face. I love the way she writes. It flows along nicely which always makes for an easy and fun reading experience.

The synopsis for this book doesn't really do it justice, but to say much else would spoil some pretty entertaining and unexpected things. If you're a fan of paranormal romance, I definitely recommend this series.

NOTE: This book does contain some bad language and a steamy scene.

Four Stars

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli. I can't say enough good things about it. It's so, so good! 

About the Book
Boston, 1773
Emma Malcolm’s father is staunchly loyal to the crown, but Emma’s heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a lowly printer’s assistant and Patriot. But her father has promised her hand to Samuel Clarke, a rapacious and sadistic man. As his fiancée, she would have to give up Noah and the friends who have become like family to her—as well as the beliefs she has come to embrace.

After Emma is drawn into the treasonous Boston Tea Party, Samuel blackmails her with evidence that condemns each participant, including Noah. Emma realizes she must do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, even if it means giving up the life she desires and becoming Samuel’s wife.

Present Day
Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs. But before her dream can be realized, she must return to Boston in order to put the abuse and neglect of her childhood behind her. When an unexpected encounter with the man she once loved leads to the discovery of a tea chest and the document hidden within, she wonders if perhaps true strength and freedom are buried deeper than she first realized.

Two women, separated by centuries, must find the strength to fight for love and freedom. . . and discover a heritage of courage and faith.
 

Book Beginning
Naval Special Warfare Center
Coronado, California

The bell was beautiful.

Friday 56
The call to arms came in the dark of night before dawn on the nineteenth of April. A rider came barreling through our streets, shouting.

Hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

Which genre do you like the most?

I read, and like, all kinds of different genres, so it's hard to say which one I like the most (especially since I'm such a mood reader). But the one I always go back to, and can never seem to get enough of, is Urban Fantasy. There's just something that's so fun about it.

What have you been reading lately?