Review: Mercy and Mayhem by Lindsay Cross

Mercy & Mayhem (Operation Mayhem #1)
by Lindsay Cross

He wanted nothing but revenge…until her.

Mack Grey wants one thing in his life: vengeance for the ex-CIA operative who betrayed his team, Jack Mankel. And he’s finally got the traitor within grasp, all he has to do is catch a hop across the Congo and capture his enemy.

He had no idea the depths to which Mankel’s evil could reach.

She never thought she could love again…until him.

All single-mother air force pilot Marley Mitchell has to do is fly a group of special operators across Africa for a HALO jump and then she can be back home with her baby girl. Then the unexpected happens. Her plane crashes and Marley has to rely on an insanely hot commander to get her out of the jungle alive.

Deep in the jungle, Mack gives her his heart and soul. He’s willing to lay down his life to protect hers.

But Marley has a secret.

A secret that could destroy not only their hope for happiness, but Mack’s entire team.

With Mankel closing in and guerilla soldiers on the prowl, their sensual attraction is put to the ultimate test in an action-packed thrill ride of passion so hot it threatens to burn them alive.

The latest book by Lindsay Cross just left me breathless!

I never met a woman pilot as feisty and stubborn and damn well passionate as Marley Mitchell.  She’s independent and determined and would do everything for her daughter Maddie.  When she met Mack Grey,  it was only a matter of time before she got thrown again in that wonderful bliss being in a relationship entailed.

Mack Grey was the colonel leading the team that’d bring down the notorious Jack Mankel, who  betrayed  his  team  and  his  country.  Too many lives had suffered and were at stake,  it was time to capture and punish the traitor once and for all.

But everything changed when Marley was thrown in the crossfire that would put bullet into Mack’s head.

This has been another fantastic story from Cross.  Action packed from start to finish.  Sizzling hot in every chapter too.  There’d been no dull moment when I read this book. Truly another absolutely amazing treat by the men in uniform.

Review: Love in Lingerie by Alessandra Torre

Love in Lingerie
by Alessandra Torre

I hired her to fix my company, to bring Marks Lingerie back to life. I didn’t expect her to become my friend. I didn’t expect to fall in love with her.

The first rule of business is to never touch your employees. I think there is another rule about not falling for your best friend—a rule against imagining the curves of her body, or the way her breathing would change if I pulled down her panties and unzipped my pants.

Now, I can’t wait any longer. I’m tossing out the rules.

Damn the company.
Damn our friendship.
Damn my fears.

This has been so tantalizingly sexy, deliciously funny, definitely hot and sexy.

Kate Martin is looking for a job after feeling so under-appreciated in the lingerie company she’d been working at. She met Trey Marks, dashingly handsome and rich and hot. She can think of so many things to do with the man, but she isn’t one to misbehave herself, especially after getting engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Craig.

Well, she isn’t going anywhere whether she likes it or not, because if there’s one rule that Trey Marks religiously implements and follows, that is not to get associated with his co-worker, no commitments, no touch, no feels. Even if Kate Martin happened to be the woman who rocks his world.

Trey Marks isn’t the kind of man I’d want to consider as a book boyfriend, what with all his crazy and naughty ideas and kinks, but Kate Martin sure is the one that has slayed him. Props to this feisty girl who had full control of herself even if she really wants to get a taste of her boss the moment she sees him. Took them years and years – that’s long enough to do the inevitable, that was quite painfully slow if you were to ask me.

But when the love was consumed, everything around them burned and exploded. This is quite a shocking and aggressive read. My first Alessandra Torre book and this won’t definitely be the last.

 

ThrowbackThursday: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

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It’s Thursday once again and we’re back with my newest favorite book meme, #ThrowbackThursday created by Renee of It’s Book Talk (https://itsbooktalk.com/) as her way of sharing some of her favorite oldies but goodies books that were published more than a year ago. Check out her blog to see her TBT recommendations this week 🙂

Today, I’ll go a little gritty and bloody.

Title: Warm Bodies

Author: Isaac Marion

Kindle edition

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel. 

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. 

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

I think I have fairly mentioned before that I hated zombie flicks/stories. But not entirely. I have read a couple of books featuring zombies and this is by far the most eloquent, if not, vindictive characterization of a zombie I have encountered. And I, surprisingly, loved it.

While I refrained from watching the film adaptation of Warm Bodies, I consider myself lucky to be one of the readers of this Isaac Marion brain-eating macabre masterpiece. The story coming from R was full of passion, as if he really was speaking from his heart, or the lack thereof (initially, that is).

Although I was on the verge of spewing coffee & food all over my Kindle while reading , I managed to control my emotions and soon I developed a love-hate relationship with R. Yes, that gory zombie who had a hole in his stomach and had decaying flesh. That walking-but-no-talking zombie who ate the brain of a certain young man, then soon fell in love with Julie, who happened to be the girlfriend of the said certain young man. Never mind that Julie was alive and kicking, but she did made R felt more human than ever before. Oh yes, what a mouthful, eh?!

The ending of the story was a little rushed, but I am not complaining. Seeing that Julie became an instrument for R to become alive and kicking again, it didn’t bother me anymore if I have stumbled upon a lot of cuss words.

Because seriously, this is one of the best written zombie novel I have ever read. Yes, I repeat, I haven’t watched the movie.. but NO, I have no intention of watching it anytime soon. Because I still want to bask in all those gory details that Isaac Marion had instilled on my mind. He is sick! But he is definitely a great writer.

Review: Happily Ever Single by Jessica Frances

happysingleHappily Ever Single
by Jessica Frances

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 7/9/15

coffeesynopsisdStill in my twenties, I have it all. I am young, happy, and healthy, despite my wine and pizza addictions. I am a successful business owner who lives a life I love, free from any romantic commitments. To me, my life is perfect right now, except for just one small problem…

My mother.

She will tell you I am missing something in my life, that I should be married with kids and have a house with a white picket fence, even though I cannot think of anything worse.

Ignoring my constant protests, she manages to set me up on a series of horrendous blind dates. To pacify my mother and avoid being set up with another friend’s son, I am driven to do something I never thought I would.

I begin arranging dates through an agency.

This idea seems to work well, until my arranged date falls sick right before a family event. With no other options, I am forced to attend with the agency owner’s brother-in-law as my stand-in date. At this point, my perfect life suddenly becomes … complicated.

Ollie is sexy, fun, and intense. There is an instant connection between us, but is it strong enough to risk my perfect life plan?

I am single, free, and content. I don’t need a man.

However, Ollie is persistent, despite my reluctance, and now I am left wondering if it is possible that he may be the perfect match for me.

Can Ollie be the one man to finally accept me for me, or does he think he can change who I am and my opinions?

Does my story end with me happily-ever-single or with a happily-ever-after?

Or can there be room for both?

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Lucy was sick and tired of her mom setting her with blind dates. It was really embarrassing her. She specifically wanted to stay single and childless forever, because she didn’t want the complexities being married and a mom would entail. But her family was adamant in seeing her hitched, one way or another.

So she sought dating agencies and they soon found her a match who would pretend as her boyfriend and come with her in every family gathering.

Until her date became unavailable and a replacement was sent. Ollie. Broken-hearted and still reeling with pain, he went out and helped Lucy out. Next thing they know, their lives changed, new emotions were felt, a budding romance started and before they know it, their own families got entangled.

Aww… This was a light-hearted read for of feels! I was smiling all throughout the book, I felt my jaw cringing after grinning for so long, even on those parts where the characters were fighting and arguing and almost maiming each other.

Lucy was understandably wary of relationships, but when The One had finally arrived, I knew she’d find herself doubting her decisions in life. Ollie was a great catch, his perfect imperfections made him more attractive, at least to me. Author Jessica Frances wrote a wonderful story that had me laughing and crying at the same time. Highly recommended for hopeless romantics! Who knows, you might as well find yourselves happily single forever, single together with your The One, that is.

Here’s a bonus excerpt for all of you!

“You know, it is so unfair. Why is it so forbidden to be single? Why am I not complete unless I am stupidly in love with someone, even if that someone makes me miserable? Was there a memo that I missed? One the entire population received that I somehow lost? Why is it that my worth is judged on whether or not I’m married? Why do I have to be in love to be whole? I’m perfectly happy and content by myself. However, everyone automatically assumes I only say that because I haven’t found love. What’s so fucking special about love? Sure, it can be great, until it’s not, until your heart is ripped out, and you lose yourself completely. Until your best friend has to break into your apartment and pry the container of melted ice cream out of your hands and throw you in the bathtub because you got more all over your body than in your mouth!”

“Hey, that only happened once … four times,” Jules weakly complains.

“I don’t know why I have to defend the fact that I am single. I hate that I am considered weird or a freak because I am not desperately trying to find love. I don’t want to get married. I don’t want kids, and I don’t want to be trapped in a loveless relationship just because it is considered normal to be paired up.” I take deep breaths, my head swimming from lack of oxygen from my serious ranting.

“Whoa, how long have you been holding that in?” Jules asks.

“My entire life, but overhearing my cousins basically laughing at me earlier and saying I’m going to be a crazy cat lady didn’t help.”

“I’m sorry about that. Your cousins are such bitches.” I don’t need to explain it was my orange cousins; they are the only ones I ever seriously bitch about to Jules.

“I know, and I shouldn’t let their words get to me. I really couldn’t care less what they think. I just hate how society has given us all this expectation of what our lives should look like, and now, if we don’t meet it, we’re hounded over it. I don’t know the last time I had a conversation with a family member that didn’t have the mention of me being single. I’m sick of it.”

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Spotlight/Review: Fat Girl Begone by DE Haggerty

FatGirlBegone_finalBook title: Fat Girl Begone!

Book Series: standalone

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance

Published: May 1, 2017

Word count: 70,000

I’m a total mess. My boyfriend dumped me – get this – because I diet too much. Not because I’m fat, mind you. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it. Things are looking up! Naturally, that’s the moment my ex decides he wants me back, the personal trainer asks me out, and my millionaire male buddy decides to throw his hat in the ring. But that’s not enough drama. No, not for me. Because I’ve also lost my job and decided to start my own business. Just call me Ms. Drama.

Warning: Bad language, bumpy roads, and embarrassing moments ahead. But there’s also more than a bit of romance and even, if we’re lucky, love. Fingers crossed.

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A story after my own heart.. Everly was reeling from a broken heart after her boyfriend of five years dumped her. His reason, he couldn’t take Everly’s obsession about her dieting anymore. And so her best friend Blaze came to the rescue. A year of gym membership with a personal trainer (a hottie by the way), checked! Zumba classes with new-found girl friends, checked! A smoothie date with a millionaire, check, check, checked!!

And then she lost her job. And his hottie gym trainer turned out to be a player. What to do, what to do, what to do?

I had a hilarious great time reading this book. Everly is an endearing and quirky character. Although I didn’t really like the way she told Blaze everything that’s been happening to her life, she knew her secrets weren’t safe with her. She’s her best friend, I know that, but I would have loved if she’d keep something to herself. But that’s just me.

And there’s her issue with her weight. She didn’t see her real beauty. All she thought about was losing weight and looking great and showing her jerk of an ex-boyfriend that he made a mistake dumping her. Her insecurities were eating her alive.

But I liked how the story went. Carter, the millionaire was delicious.. I mean, he’s such a gentleman, very patient, very understanding and yes, very loving. He’s the best thing that ever happened to Everly and I loved it!

D.E. Haggerty once again made me laugh out loud and cheered for her characters in the end, to the extent that being privy to some of her insane internal monologue drove me crazy. This has been really an enjoyable read from beginning to end and silly in a fun way.

I’m thinking of doing the same thing Everly did with her diet/workout regime.. Although come to think of it, I don’t know if I could ever live in chia seeds and water and fruits alone. How about my husband’s weekly pizza take-out or my twice a week pancake breakfast with the kiddos? Uh-oh… what to do, what to do?

So okay, I finally decided I don’t need to follow Everly’s strict diet. I’m satisfied with the way I look, with the way I feel, with the way I eat.


 

Buy links:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Fat-girl-Begone-D-E-Haggerty-ebook/dp/B06XTSHJHB/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/714063

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fat-girl-begone-de-haggerty/1126081046?ean=2940154089385

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/nl/en/ebook/fat-girl-begone

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/fat-girl-begone/id1221566707?mt=11

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34683994-fat-girl-begone

 

D.E. Haggerty

I grew-up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom’s Harlequin romances, to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin.

A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before deciding to follow the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

Fat girl Begone! is my eleventh book.

Author links:

Website: http://dehaggerty.wordpress.com

Blog: https://dehaggerty.wordpress.com/category/mymusings/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dehaggerty

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dehaggerty

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dehaggerty/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7210211.D_E_Haggerty

Spotlight + Review: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Rarity from the Hollow
by Robert Eggleton

Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.

Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.

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Lacy Dawn isn’t your typical eleven year old kid. She has a lot of experiences under her belt, most of which aren’t great. Imagine her and her toothless mom being beaten to the pulp, everyday by her Gulf War veteran father. A father who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and deals with it by drinking, smoking weed and torturing his family. Not a sight that would likely appeal to you, eh?

How about this? Lacy Dawn can also talk to trees, have I mentioned that? Oh and the trees converse back at her, liked it’s the most normal thing they do. There’s Faith the ghost, too. And then there’s DotCom, an Android who’s slowly growing older like Lacy. Who Lacy introduces as her boyfriend, and who tells her, she’s destined to save the universe.

You see, life isn’t typical where Lacy Dawn is concerned. The constant abuse, heartbreaking experiences and other children’s account of maltreatment and sexual assault had struck me deep. This book is actually an eye-opener, revealing the harsh truth about Hollow and the real world, if you could see it that way. Robert Eggleton wrote a hard-hitting and amusing story that will make you realize life isn’t fair and there’s more to it than you’ll ever know.

This is a different kind of science-fiction story that will tug at your heartstrings.


Check out this book for only $2.99 until May 25th on  the following sites: 

Lulu, Amazon, and Dog Horn Publishing


Excerpts of Two Book Reviews – Gold Medal Awards

Awesome Indies:

 

“…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.

http://awesomeindies.net/ai-approved-review-of-rarity-from-the-holly-by-robert-eggleton/

Readers’ Favorite:

“…Full of cranky characters and crazy situations, Rarity From the Hollow sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved… Robert Eggleton is a brilliant writer whose work is better read on several levels. I appreciated this story on all of them.”
https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/rarity-from-the-hollow


Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children’s psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines. Author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment.

Find him here: Lacy Dawn Adventures, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn

Review: Of Heads and Hearts in the Metro by Thessa Lim

Of Heads and Hearts in the Metro
by Thessa Lim

The friendship of four Filipinas is tested when Jazmine Abaya, a foundation worker in Manila struggling to make ends meet, grapples with the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy and contends with the father, who refuses to take responsibility. When rich girl Anne Tioleco, a sales executive at a multinational firm, announces to her friends that she is eloping, tensions mount; and social classes, jealousies, and regrets threaten to tear the four ladies apart.

Set in modern-day Philippines, Of Heads and Hearts in the Metro is a new adult fiction for women that reveals the life-saving element of friendship and the intricate dynamics within it.

Four girls, a baby and a wedding.. Zara, Laine, Anne and Jazmine got a lot of problems in their hands as their friendship was brought to a test. Tears flowed, words flew out of their mouths, muscles tensed and ached, and a beach full of revelers brought them all back together. Will the awesome foursome still stick in the end? Or will they finally fall apart?

The opening scene was quite a blast, imagine almost giving birth in the beach after getting kidnapped by her circle of friends. That was quite an experience, if you’ll ask me.

I super loved this book. Reminded me a lot about my gal pals and the friendship that we had been on for forever. The characters were real and endearing. Everyone of them had flaws, but that’s what made them more personal and appealing to the readers. The boys, not too much, except for Matt, which I would really love to know more about. The twist about Daniel was really a surprise, though. I didn’t see that coming!
Thessa Lim was able to capture the true beauty of having girl friends and being in a close-knit relationship. I loved that she was also able to paint my beautiful country (the Philippines) with all those exciting destinations and majestic tourist spots and culture in the book. A real must read! I enjoyed the story from start to finish… Or was it really the end? I’d be very happy if there’s gonna be another book about this girls soon!