ARC Book Review: Burning Gold by Clea Calloway

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Title: Burning Gold
Author: Clea Calloway
Publication Date: May 9, 2014
Publisher: Createspace/Clea Calloway
Series: N/A
Format: ebook
Acquisition: from the author

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This is a story of family, love and loss.  It takes a look at a strong young woman, Jennifer Ann, and her journey in life.  As a small child life was idyllic. Then, through her teens, things unravel when horrific and tragic events occur, leaving her in a new home in a new school and with new rules. With the help of her family she gains some control again in her life and finds her tremendous gift as an artist.  When the handsome Ashton Holt Parker, Jr. enters her life she knows that love and happiness could be hers — if he doesn’t discover her secret and her lies from her dark past.

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Book Review: Oracle of Philadelphia by Elizabeth Corrigan

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recommendedTitle: Oracle of Philadelphia
Author: Elizabeth Corrigan
Publication Date: March 20, 2013
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Series: Earthbound Angel #1
Format: ebook
Acquisition: from the author/publisher

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Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve.
Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure.
Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others, and she cannot bear to see another good man damned when it is within her power to prevent it.
In order to renegotiate his contract, Carrie must travel into the depths of hell and parley with the demons that control its pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to save one good soul.

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DNF Mini Book Reviews: Unite, The Park Bench Test, Heartbeat

DNF: Did-not-finish

I’m not really sure how to do a DNF review because this is the first time I’ve done this, but I will mostly talk about why I couldn’t finish these books. I’m sure others loved them, but they just couldn’t work for me. I included the percentage of what I read based on what my Kindle App told me so the percentages include covers, acknowledgments, etc.

Unite the park bench test heartbeat

Look at those gorgeous covers. It’s such a waste that the content didn’t deliver. Just thinking about them and writing the reviews put me in a sour mood, but I had to trudge through because they were all review copies and I needed to produce an output.

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Book Review: I Dream of Zombies by Charlotte Gerber

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Title: I Dream of Zombies
Author: Charlotte Gerber
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
Genre: Fiction: Humor and Mystery
Series: Rose Lee’s Zombie Adventures #1
Acquisition: Reach for the Stars Marketing

Purchase at: Amazon / Createspace

Being a zombie counselor was not Rose Lee’s dream job. However, there was a growing need for people who were willing to work with clients that smelled bad, were falling apart, and had a propensity for bad behavior. She decided to put her college degree to work, and try to help out her fellow man, or rather fellow zombies.
When Rose meets a soon-to-be zombie waitress at the Crispy Biscuit, things go from bad to worse. She tangles with zombie landlords, zombie hunters, undercover zombies and mercenaries, just to name a few.
Rose tackles all of her problems straight on, whether she is taking out a thug in the supermarket parking lot or saving a cop’s life at the playground. She battles the dark underbelly of post-apocalypse Hornellsville, and proves that she is more than just a pretty girl named after a famous stripper.

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Book Novella Review: What the Heart Wants by Staci Hart

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A journey for a job

No matter how we start, we can never plan what happens in between until the end. – Francine

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Title: What the Heart Wants
Author: Staci Hart
Publication Date: September 15, 2013
Publisher: Promise Socks Publishing
Series: Good Gods #2.5
Format: eBook
Acquisition: Won from a giveaway

Purchase at: Amazon

It’s 1984, and Tanaka Katsu is paving his way in the Yakuza. His marriage to Yuki was a business deal, and one that he has paid for with his happiness.
Aphrodite can’t stand that he’s so miserable, and Hera, the goddess of marriage and monogamy, has a strong hold on Yuki, who will do whatever it takes to get what she believes is hers. Aphrodite won’t sit by and watch Katsu’s life slip away with no chance at love, so when he takes a trip to Vegas, she’ll introduce him to his match.
Kim never thought she’d be in the situation like the one that’s coming her way, but what the heart wants is a powerful thing, and one that’s impossible to walk away from.

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[Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY] Book Review: Love Waltzes In by Alana Albertson

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Title: Love Waltzes In
Author: Alana Albertson
Date of Publication: July 19, 2013
Series: Dancing under the Stars #1

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Acquisition: Tasty Book Tours

To her millions of fans, ballroom champion Selena Marcil seems to have the perfect life: a great dance partner, a hit reality show, and celebrity perks. But underneath the glamorous ball gowns, Selena longs to find someone to share her life with when the stage lights dim.
Selena’s childhood sweetheart, Bret Lord, hung up his dance shoes after winning two national titles with her as a teenager, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He never saw his former fiancée again, except on television and on the cover of men’s magazines. Ten years and three deployments later, Bret gets an offer to audition for Selena’s dance show. When the Marine Corps gives him temporary leave to appear on the series, Bret can’t refuse the quick cash that will enable him to provide financially for the widow of his buddy, even if it does mean coming face to face with his past.
When Bret shows up at her national championship, Selena is shocked. For years she searched for him to no avail. After spending time with Bret, Selena realizes despite their past romance, they have no future. He has no desire to live under a spotlight and she has no desire to leave it. Can Selena and Bret recognize when Love Waltzes In?

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[Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY] Book Review: Sisters in White by Melissa Foster

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Warning: This is a third book in a series. It may or may not contain spoilers on the previous books. You can find my review on the first book, Sisters in Love, here and the second book, Sisters in Bloom, here. And you may skip to the OVERALL and rating part to know how much I liked this book without reading about the book so much.

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Title: Sisters in White
Author: Melissa Foster
Date of Publication: November 9, 2013
Series: Love in Bloom: The Snow Sisters #3

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Acquisition: Tasty Book Tours

Danica and Kaylie Snow are about to celebrate the biggest day of their lives—their double wedding—on an island in the Bahamas. But no wedding is complete without a little family drama. The two sisters aren’t ready to face the father they haven’t seen since he divorced their mother and moved away to marry his mistress, and live with Lacy, the half sister they’ve never met.
While Danica has exchanged letters and phone calls with Lacy, Kaylie has fervently tried to pretend she doesn’t exist. Lacy is sweet, fun, and nearly a mirror image of Kaylie. To make matters worse, not only is Lacy looking forward to meeting her sisters, but she idolizes them, too. As the countdown to the wedding date ticks on, their parents are playing a devious game of revenge, and there’s a storm brewing over the island, threatening to cancel their perfect wedding. The sisters are about to find out if the bond of sisterhood really trumps all.
Sisters in White is a steamy contemporary romance with alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable for readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction.

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[Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY] Book Review: Sisters in Bloom by Melissa Foster

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Warning: This is a second book in a series. It may contain spoilers on the previous book. You can find my review on the first book, Sisters in Love, here. And you may skip to the OVERALL and rating part to know how much I liked this book without reading about the story so much.

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Title: Sisters in Bloom
Author: Melissa Foster
Date of Publication: October 9, 2013
Series: The Snow Sisters #2

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Acquisition: Tasty Book Tours

Kaylie Snow has always been the fun, flirty, pretty sister. Now her burgeoning baby bump, hormone-infused emotions, and faltering singing career are sending her into an unexpected identity crisis. Watching her older sister, Danica, glide through a major career change and a new relationship with the grace of a ballerina, Kaylie’s insecurities rise to the forefront—and her relationship with fiancé Chaz Crew is caught in the crossfire.
Chaz Crew has everything he’s ever wanted: a lovely fiancée, a baby on the way, and soon, the film festival he owns will host its biggest event ever. When he’s called away to woo the festival’s largest sponsor—and the lover he’s never admitted to having—secrets from his past turn his new life upside down.
With her baby shower around the corner and her fiancé’s big event looming, the pressure is on for Kaylie to pull herself together—and for Chaz to right his wrongs. In a few short weeks, the couple who had it all figured out will learn things about life and love that may change their minds—and their hearts.
SISTERS IN BLOOM is a testament to the bond of sisters, the strength of women, and the pains and delights that accompany motherhood. A book for every mother, sister, and daughter, SISTERS IN BLOOM will resonate with readers who love to explore family dramas.

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ARC Review: In His Command by Rie Warren

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Title: In His Command
Authors: Rie Warren
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Forever Yours
Series: Don’t Tell #1
Format: eARC
Acquisition: Netgalley

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In the dystopian future, two men discover attraction isn’t just dangerous, it’s deadly.
It is the year 2070. Generations ago, the world was annihilated by catastrophic environmental events. The survivors were driven to live in big city centers ruled by the Company. To rebuild the world’s population, the oppressive Company had one rule: all homosexuals must be exterminated.

Commander Caspar Cannon has a stellar military reputation—and a life-threatening secret. When a revolution rips through the territories, Cannon is ordered to escort Company executive Nathaniel Rice to a secure location. For months, the commander has harbored illicit desire for Rice, knowing he cannot act on his attraction. Privileged, polished, and groomed to one day take over the Company, Rice is drawn to the rugged, military man. Yet Rice has his own mysterious agenda, and he knows their love can be as dangerous as the wasteland they must traverse.
Now leaving the besieged city behind, the two men embark on a journey that becomes a minefield of sabotage, betrayal—and forbidden passion. But when danger catches up to them, can Cannon trust the secretive man who holds his heart—and his fate?

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Book Review: Snake in the Grass by Staci Hart

Please note: This is a review of a second book in a series. See my review for book 1, Deer in Headlights, here. My review will NOT contain spoilers on book 1, but the first book must be read before this book because this second book will contain spoilers. Luckily, Deer in Headlights is FREE.

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favoriteTitle: Snake in the Grass
Author: Staci Hart
Published: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Promise Socks Publishing
Format: ARC ebook
Series: Good Gods #2
Acquisition: From the author

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It’s Round Two of high stakes Love Connection on Olympus, and this time, everything has changed. For Aphrodite, at least.
Ares is on deck, and Aphrodite is nervous. As much as she loves to hook up with him, she doesn’t trust him as far as she could throw him, which isn’t very far. He’s a big dude. They haven’t been together in a very long time, but she can’t resist him. She never could. Even when every part of her screamed that he was a liar.
Ares has a plan to keep Aphrodite, for good this time. He wants to win the game, but he’ll hold back to get what he wants. He’s sitting on a chance that he’s been waiting thousands of years for, and he’ll do what he has to do to convince her to stay forever.
The only thing that could stop him is the secret that he’s been keeping from her for eons. If she finds out, it will destroy everything.
Kat and Dillon have been through a lot, and everything has been to protect their younger siblings. They have sacrificed everything to make sure their brother and sister are safe. The players are tough and loyal. Fierce and determined. But they become each other’s weakness, even though they fight it, and even though it means danger for Kat and her sister. 
If Aphrodite can get the players over their egos and issues long enough to see that they’re meant for each other, the competition will be a piece of cake. One that she’ll eat a la mode, right in front of Ares, if she beats him.

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