Friday, August 19, 2011

It's my birthday

I have a ton of new books to read and when I done I will post the reviews.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Modern Day Drifter by Jessica Tate

Modern Day DrifterModern Day Drifter by Jessica Tate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jake was fresh out of prison and was one of the few men who had learned his lesson. He wanted to get as far away from the prison town as possible. He has a little money and bag with one change of clothes.  Jake eventually makes it to a another small Texas town and inquires about work. A man takes him out to the Smithson Ranch where he is given a job has a ranch hand. Smithson is a tough old man and he requires all his workers to join the rodeo and give him a cut. He can see potential in Jake from the beginning.

What I liked about the book?

Well mostly Jake, he is quiet keeps his own counsel and is not afraid of much of anything. He learns some valuable lessons on forgiveness.

What I did not like?

I feel like the author thought she had to wrap the book up in a neat little bow. She was on to a great thing.

What the author could have done better?

She could have delved deeper into the relationship with his father. Let it evolve a little more.

This is was a Kindle Free Novel.

Texas Hold Him by Lisa Cooke

Texas Hold Him (Leisure Historical Romance)Texas Hold Him by Lisa Cooke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What I liked about the book?

It was set in New Orleans and much of the South. The story was a good one. A man is blackmailing Lottie Mason's father and she has to find a way to pay him $15,000 dollars to keep her daddy from hanging. Lottie does not tell her father about the blackmailing, he is weak and a little out of it since returning from the War.

Lottie gets on a gambling boat on its way to ST Louis for a high stakes game. She tries to get Dyer who is the best gambler on the boat to teach her poker. He refuses at first but knows that he can not resist.

Dyer has demons on his own and is chasing a ghost. The man who killed his family as punishment for Dyer fighting for the north.

What I did not like?

THis was a free read on Kindle and I doubt that I would have purchased it or even heard of the author had I not. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story.

What the author could have done better?


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Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum#15) J Evanovich

Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum, #15)Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What I liked about the book?

IT was funny, I mean really funny. The killer who giggles, the gun totin' grandma. And a host of other characters. Stephanie has some much happening to her should have been in a mental hospital.  And the conversation with the Landlord after her apartment was firebombed was too funny.

What I did not like?

IT wasn't a bad book, I just wish Lula had a different manner of speaking. I think reading the books before this one will help in knowing more about the characters.

What the author could have done better?

since is book 15, I don't think that there is much she should change.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Break Every Rule by Aliyah Burke, McKenna Jeffries, Taige Crenshaw

What I liked?

The story was interesting and the characters were kind of funny. I suspect that there are more connecting stories to this one. I love the closeness that Taggart and his family shared.

Let me say this book started off one way and I thought I knew what this was about but in the end it was something else totally.

What I did not like?

There was no character depth. I don't know Dominique. I know more about Taggart than her. Hell I found out more about McGee who did not show up til the end of the book.
There are also some random characters that appear and I still do not know why they were there. I am sure that there are more stories I am just not sure if I will be reading them.

What could have been better?

Well just see above. There are three contributing authors for this book and I have noticed that Aliyah Burke has very good reviews on her other works so I will be checking her out and then deciding whether or not to follow up on the other authors and the remaining books in this series

Beautiful Sins by Jennifer Hampton (Book 1)

What I liked about the book?

It was quite interesting, it took the paranormal in a new direction. I am quite glad that she make this story overtly sexual which helped to make it more enjoyable than a lot of other stories in the genre.
The story kept me interested even though I wish it were a little more in depth.

What I did not like?

The fact that Leigha appears to have some special meaning to Prince Alex but it is never revealed in the first book. Why is he so connected to her and can find her when she is in trouble.  I have alot of questions?

What could make the book better?

I am reserving my judgement of the book because I now know there is another book in the series so once I read that one I will know if this was worth it.

Reinventing Leona

This is a Christian fiction novel so there is not cussing or sexual content. And I found that I enjoyed it anyway. The book is not preachy by any means. It was a great story, there is sadness and there is triumph.

What I liked about this book?
That it was about survival and finding your place in the world. I loved Leona'a resolve and her ability to land on her feet. She stood up for herself when it counted most.  Her old evil mama was a hoot though.

What I did not like?

IT was kind of slow. I found myself wishing they would hurry up and get to the good part. Or whatever was next. However, I am inpatient.

How the book could be improved?

I wish the author would have extended the book past the point where it ended. I don't want to give away the ending.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Godspeed Leslie Esdaile Banks

She wrote under many names and had some many great novels. I am so saddened to learn that God took her home today. She is most popularly known as LA Banks.  I hope her passage was a easy one and I am more than sure that there was someone behind the veil awaiting her arrival.

You are home now Leslie. No more suffering.